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Kim Dotcom: "I don't trust Mega anymore"

Dotcom: I'm not involved in Mega anymore. Neither in a managing nor in a shareholder capacity. The company has suffered from a hostile takeover by a Chinese investor who is wanted in China for fraud. He used a number of straw-men and businesses to accumulate more and more Mega shares. Recently his shares have been seized by the NZ government. Which means the NZ government is in control. In addition Hollywood has seized all the Megashares in the family trust that was setup for my children.

As a result of this and a number of other confidential issues I don't trust Mega anymore. I don't think your data is safe on Mega anymore. But my non-compete clause is running out at the end of the year and I will create a Mega competitor that is completely open source and non-profit, similar to the Wikipedia model. I want to give everyone free, unlimited and encrypted cloud storage with the help of donations from the community to keep things going.

The Destruction of New Zealand as a Sovereign Nation Nearly Complete

I feel blessed that I was born in New Zealand in the 1970s. Of all the places in the world that I could have been born into, this country back then was a paradise.

Our population was tiny. When a murder was committed it was a national news headline sensation, there was perhaps 2 murders a year back in the 1970s and 80s as I recall and it was a big deal nationally when it happened. Family holidays to the Coromandel Peninsular from Auckland City were an odyssey requiring many hours driving on steep and windy unsealed roads to get to isolated golden beaches without crowds of tourists everywhere.

Secrecy around TPP trade deal fuels suspicions, worries

A handful of draft chapters of the TPP, leaked via WikiLeaks, have highlighted the proposed treaty’s heavy emphasis on expanding protections for corporate rights and assets like intellectual property — patents, copyrights and databases — that are far more valuable to advanced economy corporations than traditional cargo trade.

For critics, the proposals show a deal moving more toward protection than free trade, one more about corporate benefits than boosting economies and development.

New Leak Confirms the Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Horrorshow

At a luxury hotel in Maui, representatives from the 12 countries participating in the highly controversial and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal are negotiating behind closed doors. Thanks to a secret letter from a 2013 meeting, released today by WikiLeaks, we now have a clearer idea of what they’re discussing.

Unsurprisingly, based on what we know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, so far, the letter is mostly about limiting the power of government in favour of private commercial development.

Deputy Speaker of House of Lords resigns after ‘being filmed snorting cocaine with two prostitutes’

This is exactly why you should obey your puppet masters orders when you are a highly ranked politician. Step out of line and they will dish all the dirt collected on you, the people above this guy probably set him up for this.

A BRITISH deputy speaker in charge of upholding standards in the House of Lords has resigned after allegedly being filmed snorting cocaine with two sex workers.

Video obtained by the Sun on Sunday allegedly shows Baron John Sewel, 69, naked and snorting white powder from a woman’s breasts at his rent-protected London apartment.

New Zealand Superannuation Fund Refuses to Invest in Unethical Corporations Such as Serco

However the the corrupt National government lead by the corrupt liar Prime Minister John Key awarded them the contract to run the country's new private prisons which are now in a state of absolute fucking turmoil forcing the government to seize back control of prison management.

Taxation Without Representation

Today, millions of Americans will begrudgingly pay their taxes to a government that does not inspire confidence. With public trust in government at near historic lows, many Americans believe that their elected representatives don't care what the average citizen thinks.

Unfortunately, they're right.

For the vast majority of Americans, "taxation without representation" isn't just a relic of high school social studies -- it's a perfect description of their relationship with a political system that's been thoroughly corrupted by money.

The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning - By Jane Kelsey

The global economy imploded in 2008 and confirmed a stark reality. Entire nations and billions of people are captives of an unstable and amoral economic system powered by finance, insurance and real estate New Zealand included.

‘The FIRE economy’ is a metaphor for the fundamental shift in global capitalism since the 1970s. Finance has replaced industry as the driver of wealth creation in affluent countries – a transformation known as financialisation. Neoliberal ideology, rules and institutions acted first as the midwife and then as the guardian of this new economic order.

US, EU investors ask Big Pharma to release all drug trial results, including failures

A group of UK and US investors holding more than €3.5 trillion (£2.5 trillion, $3.8 trillion) in assets are asking the pharmaceutical companies they invest in to make all the results of drug trials they conduct public. The site reports that 85 pension funds and asset managers support its aims of requiring pharma companies to set out their plans to have past, present, and future clinical trials registered and their results reported.

The campaign hopes to compel drug companies to release all their clinical trial results, irrespective of whether they succeeded or not, to allow independent researchers to verify results and fine-tune treatments in order to improve health and lower treatment costs. Uncovering deliberate fraud is another key aim. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal on the latest announcement: "fines paid by 21 drug makers for marketing malfeasance between 2007 and mid-2015 was $40 billion

Protesters rally against compulsory vaccination in Brisbane

Protesters rallied at Queens Park in Brisbane yesterday to oppose proposals to revoke family tax benefits of conscientious objectors to vaccination, through means of legislative reform, and to promote the ideals of freedom of choice from state-enforced measures through lies, deception and propaganda.

The Australian Government is set to introduce measures to remove family tax benefits from parents who are “conscientious objectors” to childhood vaccination from January 1st, 2016, as part of an attempt to “crack down on the anti-vaccination movement.”

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