All posts by Pam Vernon

I'm for justice and equity for all peoples everywhere. I am also for exposing lies and corruption, particularly the lies of the corporations that have a tight grip on humanity, all for profit and control. A grip that has been instrumental in the rape and pillage of indigenous peoples planet wide, for centuries.

25 Celebrities Who Have Family History Of Owning Slaves

Nwo Report

These 25 American celebrities all have family members who owned and tortured slaves up until very recently. 

25. Anderson Cooper

The CNN News icon is also a member of the Vanderbilt family, one of the oldest and wealthiest families in American history. They made their fortune through plantations and railroads. One of Cooper’s ancestors was actually beaten to death with a farm hoe by his own slave. When Cooper found out, he laughed. When Henry Louis Gates asked Cooper on Finding Your Roots, “did you think he deserved it,” Cooper said, “Yeah, I have no doubt…He had 12 slaves, I don’t feel bad for him. I feel bad for the man who killed him.”

24. Benedict Cumberbatch

The star of Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange has one of the most unique and recognizable names in Hollywood: Cumberbatch. However, he almost didn’t use this name as his relatives advised against it. For over a century…

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ABORIGINAL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTEST THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS STOLEN WEALTH

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Photo: John Pilger

From johnpilger.com

Australia has always wanted to stake a claim on Aboriginal culture – but only when it benefits them. They remain ignorant when the legislative bullets are fired to weaken and destroy it, and do not seek to protect it when the right to culture and ceremony is in the way of profit and white prosperity.

But when we need to show ourselves to the world, when we need to present a different face, it is Aboriginal culture that is seen as the antidote to the cultural cringe.

Suddenly, Australia is proud of the 100,000 years of human habitation that colonialism sought to wipe out, and which Australia devalues. Suddenly, it is “ours”, and one for which we all hold a shared pride.

As Patrick Wolfe wrote: “In Australia, the erasure of Indigeneity conflicts with the assertion of settler-nationalism. On the one hand, settler society required the practical elimination of natives in order to establish itself on their territory. On the symbolic level, however, settler society subsequently sought to recuperate Indigeneity in order to express its difference – and, accordingly, its independence – from the mother country”.

The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony was a reminder of this. The highlight of the night was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elements, from the traditional smoking ceremony by Luther Cora, to the Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Torres Strait Islander hip hop artist Mau Power.

No doubt, the First Nations people who took part should be celebrated because their performances, despite occurring inside the arena, represented acts of resistance and defiance – a display of survival in a state that was one of the largest killing fields in the nation.

But it is deeply ironic that while the Aboriginal flag was being lifted, and broadcast across the world, right outside the arena, Aboriginal protestors were being arrested, their own flags dragging along the ground.

SBS journalist Stefan Armbruster, one of our allies and the few to be outside reporting on the protests, reported that three Aboriginal activists – Dylan Voller, Ruby Wharton and Meg Rodaughan – were detained by police outside the stadium.

All of them were part of a delegation to the Gold Coast, to protest the imperialism and colonialism of the ‘Stolenwealth’. They were continuing the legacy of previous resistance fighters, like the thousands who converged on Brisbane to protest under the draconian administration of Joh Bjelke-Petersen in 1982.

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http://johnpilger.com/articles/aboriginal-people-have-a-right-to-protest-the-commonwealth-games-as-stolen-wealth

How Big Water Projects Helped Trigger Africa’s Migrant Crisis

Iowa Climate Science Education

By Paul Homewood

 

Following up the Lake Chad post, this is a highly relevant contribution by science writer, Fred Pearce, in Yale 360 last October:

 

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The Hadejia-Nguru wetland was once a large green smudge on the edge of the Sahara in northeast Nigeria. More than 1.5 million people lived by fishing its waters, grazing their cattle on its wet pastures, and irrigating their crops from its complex network of natural channels and lakes. Then, in the 1990s, the Nigerian government completed two dams that together captured 80 percent of the water that flowed into the wetland.

The aim was to provide water for Kano, the biggest city in northern Nigeria. But the two dams dried up four-fifths of the wetland, destroying its natural bounty and the way of life that went with it. Today, many of the people who lost their livelihoods have either headed for Kano, joined…

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Did you hear about the NZ businessman who challenged the privatization of New Zealand’s electricity infrastructure & is now in exile?

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

I found this initially on a blog called lawisanass-wingate.blogspot.co.nz  Unfortunately that blog is no longer online. It cited Kiwis First’s article below.

Not too long ago I posted here an article on the privatization ‘two step’ you could call it because it really is smoke and mirrors. The sale of your assets  by your govt/corporation Kiwis (same modus operandi in other countries) has to look like a good thing so as usual these characters pulling the strings, ‘sell’ it to you as such. On power we were told power would be cheaper. “Yeah right” as the Tui saying goes.  Throughout our recent history, there have been those who have challenged this new status quo and Simon Kaiwai’s been one of them. That  removal of your sovereignty is the real aim, is clearly demonstrated in the response Simon got from the powers that be, leading him finally to be deemed ‘mentally…

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In Aotearoa (New Zealand) Māori children were forbidden by the colonial education system to speak their mother tongue at school

“This recently-written song, He Kakano Ahau uses an old proverb to remind us of the rich ancestry of the Maori language. (You can read the whole article at the link below).”


In New Zealand (Aotearoa) as in most places colonized around the planet, the Māori language was banned at school. The goal for the colonizer was assimilation. Genocide achieved by blending the race into non existence.  Children were severely punished for speaking their mother tongue at school. You can read interviews with traumatized survivors of this regime in Rachel Selby’s book, Still Being Punished. Little ones were forced to empty latrines (buckets of human waste), or had their heads slammed under the opening desk lids among other punishments. One survivor says he didn’t speak for many months … at all.  English or Māori. When he did eventually speak he never spoke his mother tongue again.  They were not successful fortunately in wiping out Te Reo, it is still alive and well today.  This song reflects on that. In the words of the song writer Hohepa Tamehana: “In the renaissance of the language in the time of our fathers, anger was the drive to revive the language; it is now the language and culture that gives strength and identity to our children.”


 

From the article: Hohepa Tamehana (Tūhoe) who wrote this song said “his personal philosophy is ‘Culture is the essence of our being, it is the voice of our ancestors, the cries of our grandfathers, the anger of our fathers and the strength of our children.’

“In the time of our ancestors, culture was the daily voice used,” he explained. “In the time of our grandfathers, when culture and the language was banned by the colonial education system, it became the cries of our grandfathers.”

“In the renaissance of the language in the time of our fathers, anger was the drive to revive the language; it is now the language and culture that gives strength and identity to our children.” ”

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http://folksong.org.nz/he_kakano_ahau/index.html#notes

 

Tauranga: the racism friendly city

“Māori are not partners, a related party, or fellow residents. Māori present a range of problems that require resolution.

For example, in land development, Māori are consulted because that is a required legal step. The appropriate resources and pressure are applied to move from that step to the next one. Māori are a problem to be resolved in land development. In council events, Māori are invited to open with a karakia and do kapa haka. This ensures the problem of how to appropriately acknowledge iwi is resolved. Māori are included to avoid problems.”

First We Take Manhattan

In the last week, my friend and local notable Pat Spellman has kicked off a campaign with Moana FM to make Tauranga a te reo Māori friendly city. As Pat, notes there are three simple goals in Tauranga Te Reo: embracing diversity; improving knowledge of basic te reo Māori; and bringing the city together. The Bay of Plenty Times has given Pat plenty of column centimetres and have been, if not supportive, at least interested in debating the idea.

Cue hate fest.

It was, of course predictable there would be a hate fest. The leading contender for hater of the year wrote into the Sunlive all the way from Wanganui (I have it on good authority that this a place that is somewhere near Whanganui). It’s worth reading in full:

I read Pat Spellman from Tauranga wants Tauranga City to be the first to have signs in public places both…

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Check out the ‘Wanganui Savage Club’ formed when colonial racism was unashamedly brazen

“The Savage Club was founded in 1857 in London “to provide rational entertainment and good fellowship”. The name is a joke, named after a poet of poor reputation, Richard Savage… The Wanganui Savage Club is in a hall that is done as a crudely presented marae. Visiting another club is called a raid. And the members are, almost to a person, Pākehā.

The Wanganui Savage Club is our very own Tikitiki Bar, an Orientalist fantasy that provided a testosterone filled chance for men (and latterly women) to dress up as savages, to play act with their projection of the freedom of Māori society. In one sense it feels like a harmless chance to play. On the other hand, it is a crude appropriation of an entire people.

I was overwhelmed, amused and offended. And I really believe it is something that we shouldn’t let fade into nothingness. It is another strand in the development of our relationships as Māori and Pākehā.”

First We Take Manhattan

For my wife’s birthday, we were gifted tickets to Trinity Roots, who were playing at the Wanganui Savage Club in Whanganui. Suffice to say, they were outstanding, and the atmosphere was suitably eclectic and friendly, alcohol flowed freely and clouds of marijuana smoke wafted outside, across the front of the hall.

But it was the venue that really caught my attention. Essentially a large tin shed, it is a remarkable record of New Zealand Pākehā history that is calling out to be shared with a wider audience. If a picture paints a thousand words, then here’s five thousand to start us off:

A faux representation of Māori carvings bordering the stage A faux representation of Māori carvings bordering the stage

The opening ode sung by members

Club presidents, all Pākehā, are called rangatiras

Visiting clubs were subjected to a welcome from the local club’s haka party

Poorly done kowhaiwhai & murals borders the walls of the hall

The Savage Club was…

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In bed with the world’s biggest polluters the WWF is also accused of committing violent crimes against indigenous peoples, contributing to 20 million ‘conservation’ refugees

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

Not new, as is from 2014. Stories like this deserve to be shared over & over lest the revelations be forgotten. I stopped donating to this cause long ago after I learned some of the ugly truth.

From Natural News

World Wildlife Fund’s hidden role in spreading harmful corporate practices is revealed in new book

Monsanto, Coca-Cola, Shell, HSBC, Cargill, BP, Alcoa and Maine Harvest have reportedly all benefited from the WWF’s green label while continuing business as usual … Wilfried Huismann

NaturalNews) Overcoming adversity by piercing through the corporate fabric in which the world’s corporations are banded together, PandaLeaks – The Dark Side of the WWF exposes the ugly underbelly of the planet’s largest conservation group.

Written by award-winning German journalist and filmmaker Wilfried Huismann, the book almost didn’t make it to print after the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) fought tooth and nail to stop its sale. The group’s…

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“Black People, Please DON’T Take Your Children To See The New ‘Black Panther’ Movie For Black History Month!” — The Most Revolutionary Act

Originally posted on shelbycourtland: ? First of all, let me start off by saying that this movie would NOT be in theaters this month if it were based on the REAL Black Panthers. The Black Panthers, also known as the Black Panther Party, was a political organization founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby…

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