New Zealand

When American TV presenter, Melissa Bachman posted a photo of herself grinning over the body of a huge male lion she’d shot on safari in the northern Limpopo province of South Africa at a so-called Maroi “conservancy” (actually a legalized canned hunting reserve which even advertises all the animals you’re allowed to kill on their land, including rare giraffes and zebras), she ignited a social media firestorm. Read more...
USDA Privatizing Meat Inspections With Program That Allowed 'Chunks' Of Feces
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to roll out a meat inspection program nationwide that will allow pork plants to use their own inspectors, but it has a history of producing contaminated meat at American and foreign plants. Read more...
New Zealanders and Australians have good reason to fear the “Americanization” of their civil liberties. And the US didn’t have to even employ one single soldier to do it, either. Read more...
Open Thread - terrific pro-gay marriage speech from the floor of the New Zealand Parliament. Read more...
Cheers as New Zealand Legalises Gay Marriage Read more...

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Watch: New Zealand parliament has voted to make same-sex marriage legal.Those in the public gallery broke into applause and cheered as it was announced the vote passed with 77 votes to 44. They then broke into song. Read more...
We Americans like to think, and in fact have been indoctrinated for decades to believe, that we are the greatest country in the world, the best at just about everything. Sadly, that hasn’t been true for quite some time. Words patriots once Read more...
"Here's to the watchdogs, the whistleblowers, the nonviolent resisters. Those who fight for fairness and hustle to keep the planet honest. Theirs is not an easy stroll through the tulips." Read more...
January 19, 1987 - The Battle Of Basra And Other Sordid Goings On.
January 19, 1987 - the Battle of Basra continues in the seemingly endless (going on 7 year) Iran-Iraq War. A suspect in the TWA Flight 847 Hijacking in 1985 is being held in Bonn, West Germany. Fears of terrorist reprisals. U.S. entry in Americas Cup wins latest round. Long Island Railroad on strike for 2nd day. 22,000 Steelworkers urged to approve new contact with USX. Dollar sinks to new low in Tokyo and Martin Luther King's Birthday is celebrated in 37 states. Read more...
Aerial footage of the damage in Christchurch, New Zealand (courtesy of RT News) Just before one o’clock in the afternoon today, one of my partner’s colleagues in Dunedin had been on the telephone speaking with another company employee up in Read more...