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Toxic New Zealand Headline

Posted by te2ataria on January 27, 2010

Sent by DH

Why We Call Wellington Sewage City (Other than for Obvious Reasons)

Sewage contamination at Wellington beach

Wellington City Council this afternoon warned swimmers to avoid Owhiro Bay waters, and erected pollution-warning signs after it detected sewage contamination.

Their test showed a large concentration of enterococci, which means  microbiological pollution, including sewage was present.  The pollution level was [highly] likely to cause a health hazard. In fact, the contamination level was so high, it probably killed other bacteria in the water.

Meanwhile, the E.coli count in Rona Bay in Eastbourne and Hutt River at Birchville fell below “deadly” and the two reopening for swimmers. However, if you have any cuts, bruises, or skin lesions, avoid the waters!

What caused the contamination? The government says it doesn’t know!
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3268032/Sewage-contamination-at-Wellington-beach

25c per hour wage increase all we could afford:  John Key

As the government plans to increase its military personnel wages by an undisclosed sum, it said 25 cent increase, amounting to about $10 a week, was they could offer, take it or f**k off.

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said you can’t have an effective [sic] military force and eat your food, too, or words to that effect.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10622596

Lower Hutt homes evacuated after chemical found

Imagine buying a new house and then discovering 200 tons of deadly chemical buried underneath your dinning room. Well, that’s almost exactly what happened to Benji [name changed, so that he can flog off the house to another first time idiot.]

According to a police spokesman, a special army unit was preparing to move  the chemical to an undisclosed location (!)
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3268102/Lower-Hutt-homes-evacuated-after-chemical-found

Toxic fumes overcome dump visitor

Toxic fumes from concentrated nitric acid mixed with other toxic materials  sent a person to hospital. The highly toxic acid was dumped among rubbish at the EnviroWaste refuse and recycling center in Patiki Road in the Auckland suburb of Avondale today.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3265782/Toxic-fumes-overcome-dump-visitor

Highly Contagious Mystery Bug Contaminating NZ Campsites

Holiday From Hell. A highly contagious mystery bug alleged to be Gastrointestinal Norovirus is contaminating New Zealand campsites.

Sewage in creek blamed for campground bug

“Routine water quality testing by Tasman District Council staff on January 15 found high levels of E.coli contamination at the mouth of the Tukurua Stream, which runs through the campground.”

“The level was 700 most probable number (mpn), well above the 240mpn which would see the council start ‘intensive monitoring’”.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10622304

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Aussie mercenary faces death penalty

Posted by te2ataria on January 27, 2010

Sent be a reader in Sewage City [Wellington]

Former Aussie soldier turned mercenary faces death penalty in Afghanistan

A former Australian special forces soldier turned mercenary is facing execution in Afghanistan for the murder of a security guard.

Robert William Langdon, 38, murdered an Afghan security guard by shooting him four times in the head and body. After he was arrested in May 2009, he told the authorities it was the Taliban insurgents who killed the security guard, The Australian newspaper reported.

Langdon was employed by the US-based mercenary firm Four Horsemen [of the Apocalypse] International as a “security contractor.” The report said.

After murdering the victim, who was his colleague,  Langdon returned to Kabul, took US$10,000 from his bank account and bought a ticket to Dubai, but was arrested as he tried to board the flight. The Australian said.

Langdon claimed diminished responsibility at his trial, but his claims “were undermined by an admission that he had tried to cover up the crime by throwing a hand grenade into the truck containing Karim’s body.”

“Langdon’s family is trying to raise money to persuade the dead man’s family to formally ask the Supreme Court in Kabul to spare his life.”

Australian PM [and head of the Pacific Gendarmerie,] Kevin Rudd has reportedly vowed to intervene in the case and save the convicted mercenary from being executed, The Australian said.

“We as the government always intervene in support of any Australian citizen who has been convicted of a capital offence,” Mr Rudd told Perth radio, The Australian reported.

“(But) While that appeal is under way I don’t intend to get engaged in a rolling commentary on the content of the case.”

Mr Rudd refused to comment  on whether Australia’s [neocolonial] role in Afghanistan would add extra weight to any intervention to save the convicted murderer’s life.

“We need to adhere to Afghan due process. I don’t think it would be wise at this stage to predict the effectiveness of any particular intervention by me,” he said.

“Talking publicly about how much influence you have with the government in question may not help their case. I think it’s fair to say more generally that we have a good operating relationship with the government of Afghanistan.”

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