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Occupy Savvy

This is one of the most disturbing things we’ve seen in a long time. Because it is so blatantly true.

There is a long history of NZ government’s cutting mental health services in New Zealand, and of shoddy handling of cases.

There is much more to come on this story, so if you are particularly moved by the words spoken at the end of the video, check back soon.

Update: We have just received this harrowing statement from the activist involved;

I am on hunger strike during the White Ribbon campaign because I object to the government hypocrisy when sexually abused people with life-threatening stress disorders are not getting the care they are entitled to by law and one of the symptoms of Complex PTSD is violence. I can’t get ACC to reinstate the care I was getting in 2009 (professional care I had fought seven years to get)…

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Occupy Savvy

Official @OccupyNZ #O13 De-Occupy event poster. Decentralised occupations nationwide! October 13-15+, camp for freedom! Become the change! Become the media!

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The Extinction Protocol

August 10, 2012NEW ZEALANDTests have revealed that magma is bubbling higher than usual in Mount Tongariro, which means further eruptions are more likely. A series of samples have been tested since the volcano’s Te Mari crater erupted on Monday night, but the latest results give the greatest insight. “We’re now convinced that the likelihood of this just being a one-off has decreased,” GNS vulcanologist Nico Fournier said. “But it doesn’t mean it’s just about to blow and go pear-shape.” The results detected sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide in the steam plume, which indicated that magma was closer to the surface than it usually was, Fournier said. It was unclear how high the magma was – it could be anything from metres to kilometres, Fournier said. If a magmatic eruption did occur then it wouldn’t necessarily be significant, he said. It could result in a lava flow…

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The Extinction Protocol

August 10, 2012NEW ZEALAND – A floating mass of the volcanic rock, pumice, reportedly covering 25,000 square km, has been found floating in the South Pacific, indicating a third volcano is active near New Zealand. The New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) said Friday the floating pumice, measuring 250 nautical miles long and 30 nautical miles wide, was first spotted by a New Zealand air force Orion on a maritime patrol from Samoa to New Zealand. The Orion relayed the information to New Zealand navy vessel HMNZS Canterbury, which spotted the pumice late Thursday about 85 nautical miles west southwest of Raoul Island, one of the Kermadec Islands that lie 750 to 1,000 km northeast of New Zealand. Lieutenant Tim Oscar, a Royal Australian Navy officer on exchange with the Royal New Zealand Navy, described the pumice as “the weirdest thing I’ve seen in 18 years at sea. The…

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The Extinction Protocol

August 10, 2012NEW ZEALANDFlashes of lightning have been reported coming from White Island as the volcano continues to erupt since Sunday. White Island, which lies 48 kilometers off the Bay of Plenty coast, was raised to a Volcanic Alert Level 2 after a surveillance camera captured a small eruption from its crater last week. Whakatane Police said they received a number of calls reporting lightning of different colours since just after 7pm. GNS visited the island, which is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano, this morning and confirmed it was still erupting with a 300 metre plume of ash spewing from the crater. GNS scientist Michael Rosenberg said volcanic lightning is quite common and is a result of ash generating static electricity. There were also reports this afternoon of ash falling on Papamoa, which is on the coast near Tauranga. “It is extremely fine, but it’s…

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The Extinction Protocol

August 9, 2012AUSTRALIAWell-known Scottish scientist Iain Stewart delivered that grim prediction yesterday in Brisbane during an address to a global geology conference. Professor Stewart, a geologist and academic who has gained fame for multiple BBC television series on the planet, said the risk of disaster has grown because a growing number of mega-cities are built on or near major earthquake faults. Large settlements since antiquity have been based on these fault lines because they also help provide water and are usually located near flat plains ideally suited for growing crops. This “fatal attraction” to dangerous areas was “actually a good thing,” because historically the trade-off was worth it since earthquakes were rare and most cities were not that large, he said. While earthquakes today were often less destructive because of improved building codes, more people were affected because cities were larger, Prof Stewart told delegates at…

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The Extinction Protocol

Steam billowing from the Te Maari area, as seen from the base of the Alpine Crossing.
August 8, 2012NEW ZEALANDThe Department of Conservation says three new lakes have been created by Mount Tongariro’s eruption on Monday night. The weather improved enough on Wednesday morning for a helicopter carrying a team of scientists to fly over Te Maari craters for the first time since the eruption. DoC’s Nic Peet says a stream that flows from the crater has been dammed by material from the volcano, forming three new lakes. He says heavy rain may cause the lakes to overflow and for water to head down the mountain. But it is estimated there is only up to 10,000 cubic metres of water that is dammed, which is smaller than the crater lake atop Mount Ruapehu. GNS Science says there was also a debris flow streaming 2 km from…

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The Extinction Protocol

August 7, 2012NEW ZEALANDAsh from New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro covers houses and farmland in this still image taken from video, August 7. A New Zealand volcano dormant for more than a century has spewed boulders and spread an ash cloud over the center of the country, disrupting air traffic but causing no other damage or injuries. A volcano quiet for more than a century erupted in a New Zealand national park, spreading thick ash for several miles and causing some residents to evacuate their homes. Some domestic flights were canceled Tuesday. Mount Tongariro spewed ash and rocks for about 30 minutes late Monday night after a few weeks of increased seismic activity. It didn’t cause any injuries or damage in the sparsely populated central North Island region. Tongariro National Park has three active volcanos, is a popular tourist destination and was the backdrop for many scenes…

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