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Don’t Take the Kids To New Zealand

Posted by feww on March 27, 2008

[New Zealand Poisoning Syndrome (NZPS), Health Bulletin # 7. Toxic Environment, March 27, 2008]

The Legacy of Poisoning the Soil, Water and Air

If you must visit New Zealand, don’t take your children with you! Here are the reasons why:

Young People: Causes of Deaths [in New Zealand]

Young people in the 10 to 14-year age group were more likely to die of cancer and a range of diseases which afflict various sites and systems of the body (nervous system, sense organs and endocrine system). In 1994, 62.7 percent of deaths of 10 to 14-year-olds were the result of chronic illnesses or diseases, while 77.9 percent of 15 to 24-year-olds died from external causes, particularly due to accidents, suicide and self-inflicted injury, and non-motor vehicle accidents.

(Source: Statistics New Zealand: Young people: causes of deaths, URL:
cause-of-death.htm; accessed 27 March 2008 )

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Pleasure Center

Posted by feww on March 27, 2008

The following is a reply to the blogger Alan Roberta who recently dropped by. In his response to A Fast-Warming World Alan wrote:

The latest news about climate change is so alarming (the right wing would say alarmist) as to make many people want to plant their aching heads in the sand. Some scientists using advanced computer models now argue that if we want to stop the Earth from warming, the amount of carbon we should be emitting is … none. None? As in, zero? As in, shutting down the global industrial economy? After all, global energy demand is expected to accelerate until at least 2020. Yet attempts even to slow the rate of increase of carbon emissions have paralyzed world politics for more than a decade.

FEWW replied:

Alan, we [Members of Creating a Sustainable Future, CASF] have argued for ZERO emissions by way of reducing the world energy consumption to levels below 60EJ since 2005. See

There’s a fundamental systemic problem. It’s called exponential growth economy and it’s degrading, polluting, tearing apart destroying and otherwise killing off everything in its domain. In the absence of a ‘radical’ change to the economic system our world is rapidly falling apart. See:

The world is also running out of TOPSOIL. There are only about 4 years to go before a sharp decline in the production of food crops occur due to critically low levels of topsoil. See:

Freshwater? Not much left! See:

The end result? First the collapsing cities, then war and finally ecocide. See and

Yet attempts even to slow the rate of increase of carbon emissions have paralyzed world politics for more than a decade.

The Golden Age

The ruling elite, their politicians and lawmakers (sic) depend on the political economy and enjoy the status quo. The economic system [and the lifestyles that it promotes] places the individual’s pleasure above all else, stimulating their “pleasure center.” A CASF Member equates the human reaction to the ecological fallout [the loss of food, freshwater, habitat, species extinction . . . pollution, climate change, extreme weather events . . . and the failing ecosystems] with the famous Frankensteinian experiment on rats:

Two brain researchers, James Olds and Peter Milner, while investigating if rats might be made uncomfortable by electrical stimulation of certain areas of their brain, especially the limbic system, discovered the “pleasure center” in the 1950s. An electrical current was applied to the rat if they entered a specific corner of a cage, the theory being that the uncomfortable effect would deter them from entering that corner. Instead, they came back quickly after the each stimulation. The rats were allowed to press the stimulation lever themselves in later experiments; they pressed it as much as seven-hundred times per hour. This region in the rat’s brain became known as the “pleasure center”.

The Golden Age (Goldenes-Zeitalter) by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The Skinner Box

In later experiments, rats in Skinner boxes with metal electrodes implanted into their nucleus accumbens repeatedly pressed a lever which activated their pleasure center. They did so in preference over food and water, eventually dying from exhaustion.

The Skinner Box. Image: GNU Free Documentationl icense, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. Source: (Wikimedia Commons).

If a rat is given the choice between stimulating the forebrain (obtaining pleasure) or eating, it will choose stimulation to the point of exhaustion and death.

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Naples Garbage: First Commercial Dividends

Posted by feww on March 27, 2008

Fouling your own doorstep!

Don’t foul your own doorstep, nor someone else’s! Surely the first thing Italian mothers should now teach their children.

Japan and South Korea blocked imports of mozzarella cheese, one of Italy’s best known culinary products, after larger than “permitted” levels of the lethal dioxin compound, a carcinogen, was found in the mozzarella and milk at 25 out of 130 cheese factories in the southern Campania region near Naples.

The mozzarella di bufala campana known best for flavor and quality (now dioxin) Mozzarella is a generic term for Italian fresh cheeses that are made by spinning and then cutting. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Italy’s Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema said the alarm was “totally exaggerated and unjustified”.

Italian health officials finally sealed off 83 dairy farms were the cancer-causing dioxin contaminations were found.

“The sealed-off farms are in the southern Campania region around Naples where officials believe a garbage crisis earlier this year is linked to the higher dioxin levels. With dumps in the area full, locals burned piles of rubbish in the streets and in open fields. Health officials say industrial waste was also set ablaze, spreading fumes that in some cases contained dioxin, a toxic chemical.”

Mountains of rubbish lies uncollected in Naple. Photo Credit: AFP (image may be subject to copyright) See: FEWW Fair Use Notice

Experts believe that mozzarella sales in Italy and abroad may fall by more than 60 percent in the near future.


  • A quarter of a million Italian buffalo produce 33,000 tons of mozzarella each year.
  • About 16 percent of mozzarella produced is exported.
  • The sector employs 20,000 people at home.

“Buffalo mozzarella, which costs at least twice as much as mozzarella made with cows’ milk, is best known abroad for its use on pizza, although purists eat it on its own or with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.”

Italian Pizza with Buffalo Mozzarella Topping

An authentic Neapolitan Pizza Margherita. Photo: ElfQrin (Valerio Capello). This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 1.2 or later version.

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