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Frackman the movie


The main reason I have no time to organise Astrotas meetings is I am renovating an old house. It’s lovely but if he knew then what we know now do you think Gramps would have used lead paint and asbestos?

Dayne Pratsky will be available for q&a at the Tasmanian screenings of his movie on fracking in australia. For session times and venues ( burnie, devonport,hobart ) please see the what’s on page or http://frackmanthemovie.com/screenings?r=#more

Fracking suffers from being a newish process where everyone seems to be “making it up as they go along” – to quote Jolynn Minnar, director of “Unearthedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPIEzSwPwT0

Considering the mess and colateral damage oil wells, coal and gold mines, not to mention nuclear power companies manage to make with the existing technologies, I conclude a coal seam gas well disaster is merely a matter of time and Murphy’s Law.  To quote the detractors of the movie –

..actual well integrity failures are very rare. Well integrity failure is where all barriers fail and a leak is possible. True well integrity failures are two to three orders of magnitude lower than single barrier failure rates – http://www.energyresourceinformationcentre.org.au/conversation/frackman-facts/#myth

ie: leaks are very rare but NOT ZERO. So certain are we that Murphy’s law applies to petroleum companies, Tasmania has The Penguin Jumpers Project Over 15,000 Penguin sized little woolies stored in Oil Spill Response Kits. In the case of a major oil spill, these jumpers will be used to help rehabilitate Little penguins (Eudyptula minor) that have been oil affected.

The only real question is do we want another method of fecking up the environment to add to those we already have?

Fire Water: Australia’s Industrial Fluoridation Disgrace


Talk about thyroid health and you talk about two elements – fluoride and iodine. Both are on the same period of the periodic table of elements and this is why one, fluorine – which is not needed for any bodily function, can interfere with the other, iodine – without which we cannot live.

Lucy Herron talked about flouride on day 3 of the thyroid summit. She is a kiwi – and was warned before moving to Australia that we do things a bit funny in Tasmania, the little southern island state that keeps getting left off the map. Tasmania was going to add iodine to the water apparently but we lobbied to get flouride instead, …. and won!

Australian water has flouride added at levels in all States and Territories, other than the Northern Territory ( who set optimal at 0.6 mg/l) :
Optimally Fluoridated” = The level is more than 0.7 mg/l.
Suboptimal Fluoridated” = The level is between 0.3 and 0.7 mg/l. Please seek advice from your dental advisor.
Not Fluoridated” = The level is less than 0.3 mg/l.

Note: mg/l is the same as ppm ( parts per milllion ) which you may see on water analysis. source – fluoride map of australia

Altered thyroid function is associated with fluoride intakes as low as 0.05-0.1 mg fluoride per kilogram body weight per day (mg/kg/day), or 0.03 mg/kg/day with iodine deficiency. Increased prevalence of goiter (>20 percent) is associated with fluoride intakes of 0.07-0.13 mg/kg/day, or 0.01 mg/kg/day with iodine deficiency.4

Drinking water, reconstituted baby formula or fruit juices, other foods made with water from a municipal supply like soups, rice and pasta, those which concentrate water like jams – you add all of this up and work out how much poison you are ingesting! Kids of course are at risk as they eat and drink more per kg of body weight than an adult but have less tolerance for fluoride.

Firewater is a free online film about the issues of  water flouridation in Australia http://www.firewaterfilm.com

But what about cavities?

Cavities are due to calcium deficiency, vitamin C and D defficiency, a mineral deficient acidic diet, or malabsorbtion as in coeliac disease – not lack of flouride.

In her careful experiments, Dr May Mellanby demonstrated that the same nutritional conditions that support development of strong, well mineralized teeth, also support the arrest of dental decay, development of reparative dentin and tooth remineralization.  That is, optimal supplementation of vitamin D, together with adequate calcium and phosphorus and a calcifying diet with restricted intake of sugar and cereal grains. Dr Weston Price found even better results when vitamin K2 was also supplemented. ~http://%20thedentalessentials.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/can-cavities-really-be-healed/%20

There are non-toxic proven alternatives to topical flouride to prevent and reverse tooth decay. Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (CPP-ACP) as Recaldent from Melbourne university http://www.breezecare.com.au/ausshop/recaldent-tooth-mousse.html( the recaldent chewing gum is really nice, the mousse not so much but effective.) How about theobromine from chocolate in the toothpaste? http://www.theodent.com/products_kids.html (hoping to try this soon) or the orthomolecular tooth hardener nano calcium hydroxyapatite  in Apagard, a japanese toothpaste which has been available for 30 years www.apagard.com/en/ ( tested this too and its nice!)

Access to pure water – only for the rich?

removing flouride ( and chlorine) is incredibly hard. A few filters will do it as cost of around 20c a litre www.fill2purefilters.com.au. and on my wishlist the Bear Gryll’s tough British Berkfield http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/berkey/ My children had the luxury of growing up in a semi rural area with rainwater tanks. Now they are renting they can’t have the option of showering in flouride free water.

NZ residents of Hastings have come up with another solution – tapping directly into the city’s bore supplies to stockpile untreated waterhttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11262618 Just don’t use that water to make tea – Tea, particularly with lower quality older leaves, contain high levels of fluoride.

Had enough? Join the International Fluoride Free Teleconference

(Australia/Sydney): Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 07:00 – 09.00 am

A monthly teleconference of activists from around the world sharing information and experiences to increase the effectiveness of local, state, and national campaigns. Register Here

Unearthed March Meeting pt 1


Coinciding with Tasmanian elections but independant of any political party we screened a few short videos on coal seam gas extraction by fracking in the Karoo, the vast heart of South Africa. video 2 video 1

Quite timely considering the eruption in the press a few days before – “A leaking pond that contaminated an aquifer with uranium at levels 20 times safe drinking guidelines is still being used, despite coal seam gas operator Santos knowing it was faulty more than two years ago.
Santos eastern Australia vice-president James Baulderstone confirmed on Monday that Bibblewindi pond at the site in the Pilliga forest, in north-west NSW, was being used to store water from previous operations, which was produced from exploratory drilling into coal seams. Poor quality pond lining has been blamed.” SMH 10 march 2014

the fine was $1500 in australian pesos
worse the MAX fine possible was $1 million; worser according to NSW govt. “The CSG industry in NSW is subject to the toughest controls in Australia.” begging the question which state’s got the flimsiest? Does anyone else find it alarming that there isn’t a national consensus on best practice? There is now a ban on evaporation ponds in NSW and the site is being cleaned up – http://www.csg.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/41535/FactSheet.pdfdogs with pizza

proving the sentiment expressed by investigative filmaker Jolynn Minaar that the CSG regulatory bodies are unable to protect the environment since they are making it up as they go along. You can watch her full length documentary ‘Un-earthed’  here : http://youtu.be/IPIEzSwPwT0 and keep abreast of coal seam gas in Tasmania here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Unconventional-Mining-Tasmania/489647581112052

I’ll let the global health experts from Melbourne University sum it up

It is clear that Australia must quickly move beyond its reliance on coal for health and environmental reasons. However, when taking into consideration the uncertainties over health risks, the unfavourable comparisons with other energy options, the climate risks associated with fugitive emissions, the moral obligations Australia faces as a gas exporter, the potential displacement of renewables and doubts raised over the claim that gas will prove to be a cheap energy option,33 the scale is firmly tipped against the further development of unconventional gas. ~ https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2014/200/4/harms-unknown-health-uncertainties-cast-doubt-role-unconventional-gas-australias