#TPPA Public Scrutiny Motion Passes In The Aus Senate [#geekgirl]
— Peter Whish-Wilson (@SenatorSurfer) December 4, 2013
Stand Up For Unity Human Rights Day [#geekgirl]
Don’t Let #Bayer Overturn the Ban on Bee-Killing #Pesticides [#geekgirl]
“Bayer has just sued the European Commission to overturn a ban on the pesticides that are killing millions of bees around the world. A huge public push won this landmark ban only months ago — and we can’t sit back and let Big Pesticide overturn it while the bees vanish.
Bayer and Syngenta, two of the world’s largest chemical corporations, claim that the ban is “unjustified” and “disproportionate.” But clear scientific evidence shows their products are behind the massive bee die-off that puts our entire food chain in peril.
Just last month, 37 million bees were discovered dead on a single Canadian farm. And unless we act now, the bees will keep dying. We have to show Bayer now that we won’t tolerate it putting its profits ahead of our planet’s health. If this giant corporation manages to bully Europe into submission, it would spell disaster for the bees.
Sign the petition to tell Bayer and Syngenta to drop their bee-killing lawsuits now.”
FREE?! A One Day Journey Into The Cultures of Sharing [#geekgirl]
“FREE?! investigates one of the great paradoxes of our times: While the fast paced development of digital media and the Internet has made the sharing and reuse of cultural products, like movies, music, books as well as their tools of creation, extremely easy. Yet at the same time, this same technological development allows intellectual property law to increasingly enclose culture behind privileged walls, thus tightly controlling and policing its access. Meanwhile, the debate that opposes the rights of authors and file sharing has been stifled into a virtual trench warfare.
Is there a way out? FREE?! attempts to answer this question by looking at the alternative offered by the free culture movement, both exploring its potential and the obstacles it encounters.
The concept free culture refers to all forms of cultural expressions that have been deliberately ‘freed’ by their legitimate authors from the limitations that current intellectual property law, such as copyright, impose on them. Free culture promotes the free distribution of works and tools to create the lowest threshold possible for the access and transformation of culture for an audience as broad as possible. To do so, free culture operates as a nested territory, in which different forms of cooperation and collaboration establish working environments and modes of production that are based on sharing and exchanging knowledge. This requires a new approach to the production, financing, distribution, and appreciation of culture. It is in this particular context that FREE?! explores the potential and limits of this alternative.”
Make the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement text public [#geekgirl]
“Prime Minister Abbott
I am deeply concerned that you are negotiating a secret trade deal that will undermine the rights of the Australian community.
We know the deal – the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement – is the biggest trade deal in Australia’s history.
It covers everything from giving America the right to put Australian internet users under surveillance to giving multinational pharmaceutical companies more power – threatening access to affordable medicines for Australians and our Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Deals this big can’t be kept secret.
Successive governments have been keeping this deal quiet. We now have a small piece of the TPPA puzzle. But we know from other leaks that this agreement could place at risk human rights, public health, the environment, climate, internet freedom, privacy, labour rights, food labelling, purchase of agricultural lands and more.
The Greens have repeatedly called on the Government to make the TPPA draft texts have tabled a motion in the Senate calling on the government to make public the secret negotiating text.
Secrecy is no way to trade. Please tell us what you are preparing to trade away.“
“A bailout of the people by the people…” [#geekgirl]
“Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits.”
Event organizers used social media to plan rallies and marches at more than 450 locations around the world. Hundreds of people turned out in each New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and other US cities.”
“A former NSA chief tried to do an on-background interview on the train. Oops.” [#geekgirl]
Update: So here’s how the whole thing ended – with Matzzie and Hayden taking a selfie together.”
Crime Rates Higher Among Australian Politicians Than Refugees [#geekgirl]
Worldwide Protests Against GMO-Food [#geekgirl]
[Via RT] “Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states…The demonstrators have been calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and “other harmful agro-chemicals,” according to March Against Monsanto’s official webpage. Protesters wielded large banners denouncing GMO products, and donned fancy dress: In Washington DC a group dressed as bees to highlight the impact of insecticides on bee populations.”