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2019年08月08日

豪州 イラン   

SPUTNIK2019/8/8
Beijing Outraged as Australian MP Compares China to Nazis
Commenting on the MP’s remarks, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stressed on Thursday that Hastie was “not a minister in the government” and that Canberra would continue to balance its relationship with the US and China.

The Chinese Embassy in Australia has strongly rejected comments made by Australian Liberal MP Andrew Hastie comparing the West’s attitude toward China to France’s irrelevant defences against Nazi Germany.

“We strongly deplore […] Hastie’s rhetoric on ‘China threat’ which lays bare his Cold-War mentality and ideological bias. It goes against the world trend of peace, cooperation and development. It is detrimental to China-Australian relations,” the embassy said on Thursday.

The embassy claimed that history showed that “China’s peaceful development is an opportunity, not a threat to the world.”

“We urge certain Australian politicians to take off their ‘coloured lens’ and view China’s development path in an objective and rational way. They should make efforts to promote mutual trust between China and Australia, instead of doing the opposite,” the embassy said.

The statement comes in response to Hastie claiming in his opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper on Thursday that Beijing is allegedly trying to replace Washington as the dominant power in the Indo-Pacific region and that the West had miscalculated the impact of economic liberalisation in China.

“The West once believed that economic liberalisation would naturally lead to democratisation in China. This was our Maginot Line. It would keep us safe, just as the French believed their series of steel and concrete forts would guard them against the German advance in 1940. But their thinking failed catastrophically,” Hastie claimed.

In an apparent nod to China, he argued that like the French who did not “appreciate the evolution of mobile warfare”, Australia also failed to see "how mobile our authoritarian neighbour has become.”

Australian Government Wants Balanced Relations Between US and China

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was quick to try to distance himself from the MP’s remarks, stressing that Hastie was “not a minister in the government” and that balancing its relations with the US and China will remain one of Canberra’s key priorities.

Australia will “continue to have a cooperative arrangement with China” which is “far broader than just the economic [relationship],” said Morrison.

This view was echoed by Defence Minister Linda Reynolds who said that it was “in no one’s interests for the competitive relationship between China and the US to become adversarial.”

Labour’s Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers slammed Hastie’s comments as “extraordinary […] extreme, overblown and unwelcome.”

The past few years have seen a deterioration in ties between the two major trading partners amid reports that Beijing is allegedly trying to influence Canberra’s domestic affairs.

In August 2018, the Australian government banned Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment (ZTE) from supplying 5G technology to the country.

SPUTNIK2019/8/8
Iran’s Defence Minister: Israeli Involvement in Gulf Coalition May Have ‘Disastrous Consequences’
On Tuesday, Israeli media reported that Foreign Minister Israel Katz had agreed to take part in the US-led maritime security pact against Iran in the Persian Gulf after meeting with a senior official from the United Arab Emirates.

The formation of a US-led security mission in the Persian Gulf would cause a dramatic decline in regional maritime security, while any Israeli involvement in the operation may carry utterly catastrophic repercussions, Iranian Defence Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami said, as quoted by IRNA.

“The region should not be an area for foreigners,” Hatami said, speaking in a conference call with his counterparts from Qatar, Kuwait and Oman on Thursday.

“There is no doubt that the countries of the Persian Gulf region should ensure security in the region. The Islamic Republic of Iran is also an important country for maintaining stability in the Gulf,” the minister said.

Commenting on Operation Sentinel, the US-proposed effort to deploy a military coalition to ensure freedom of navigation through the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, Hatami stressed that such a coalition would only have the opposite effect.

“The military coalition that America is seeking to form with the excuse of ‘securing maritime transport’ will only increase insecurity in the region,” the defence minister stressed, adding that Washington itself, not Tehran, was the primary source of tensions in the region.

As far as media reports of the potential involvement of Israel in the US-led coalition are concerned, Hatami warned that Israeli participation in the coalition would be “highly provocative, and could have disastrous consequences for the region.” The senior officer did not clarify what these ‘consequences’ might be.

Hatami called on Iran’s Gulf nation “brothers” to hold “constructive talks” to ensure maritime security in the region by themselves instead of depending on outside powers.

Following the talks, Kuwaiti Defence Minister Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah expressed a desire to strengthen relations between Iran and Kuwait, saying Kuwait City “respects” Iran’s “decisive and effective role in maintaining regional peace and stability,” Iran’s Pupils Association News Agency reported. Oman’s Defence Minister Badr bin Saud al Busaidi similarly proposed the need for closer coordination between the Iranian and Omani navies, according to the outlet.

Tensions in the Persian Gulf escalated dramatically in May, following a series of sabotage attacks on tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Two more tankers carrying ‘Japan-related cargos’ were sabotaged in mid-June, in the midst of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Tehran. The US, which sent a carrier strike group to the area in early May, blamed Iran for both attacks. Tehran denied the allegations, calling the attacks suspicious and accusing the US and its regional allies of deliberately exacerbating tensions. On 20 June, Iran shot down a US spy drone, bringing the two countries to the brink of war. On 20 July, the Revolutionary Guards seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, accusing it of dangerous manoeuvres, prompting London to announce that it would be forming a European-led coalition in the Gulf. The UK dropped those plans on Monday, saying it would be joining the US-led mission instead. On Tuesday, Israeli media reported that the country’s foreign minister had agreed to provide the US-led coalition intelligence and other assistance. Last week, US Vice Admiral Michael Gilday said the US Navy was looking to ensure that “80 or 90 percent” of the work in the maritime security coalition was done by the US’s allies, with the US effort to be focused primarily on “intelligence support.” Iran has repeatedly warned the US and its European allies against any ‘maritime security missions’ in the area, and said that it was prepared to defend its 2,400 km of coastline and to ensure freedom of navigation for others.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:59| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

エバ・バートレットの見たベネズエラ 人々は飢えてはいなかった

パレスチナ、シリアの現地ルポで評価の高いエバ・バートレットがベネズエラに行き、街を回って観察した結果を語っています。彼女は寄付を募っていますので、管理人が少額でも寄付しようとしたら国外からは受け付けていないと表示されました。まあ、怪しいところから寄付を受けると後が大変ですから、カナダ国内のおそらくは個人からの寄付だけにとどめているのでしょう。まだ若い人ですが、一見して誠実なジャーナリストとわかるところが彼女の強みです。度胸もすごい。


SPUTNIK2018/8/8
Western Media is Lying & Fabricating Сhaos That Doesn't Exist in Venezuela - Journalist
Russia has called the move by the United States to freeze all Venezuelan government assets in the US "economic terror." On Monday, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order that also targets other countries that continue doing business with "regime" of Nicolas Maduro.

In response to US actions, thousands of people took to the streets of Caracas to voice their support for President Maduro.

Since January the country has been in political crisis after opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself Venezuela's interim president on 23 January, two weeks after President Nicolas Maduro's inauguration to a second term following elections in May 2018.

The US and its allies accused the Maduro government of starving its people, something independent journalist Eva Bartlett who visited the country this year says is not true, adding that Western media paint an untruthful picture of the situation there.

Sputnik: Why have you decided to go to Venezuela? What cities have you visited?

Eva Bartlett: It just coincidentally happened that a peace delegation was going from America, so I joined them for my first week, which was very interesting because then we were able to go to many different areas, many of the poorest areas, we also met with the representatives of civil society, and governmental representatives, including President Maduro and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

Now, this is a bit of a divergence, but I had planned to go to Kyiv to see the trial of [journalist] Kirill Vyshinsky, but American Airlines cancelled all the flights out of Venezuela, so I could not leave, and I missed my flight to Kyiv. So I decided I would just stay on since at that time what Western media was saying about Venezuela was that everybody is starving, there's no food in the stores, greatly exaggerated fabrications. So I went around not only in downtown Caracas, but I went to what is known as the poorest barrio in Latin America - Petare, and I went into the hills of Petare. And everywhere I went, I saw people that looked like they were not starving, and I saw a shop selling food, meat, cheese, vegetables. So mainly the takeaway I got was the media was fabricating a crisis that doesn't exist. There is poverty, but the way the media is presenting it is that everybody is starving, everybody's eating out of the garbage, and that wasn't the case.

I walked quite a lot, and I took the metro all over the city, and I saw one instance of somebody eating a bag of potato chips out of the garbage, but I didn't see this mass chaos that the media was portraying.

During that time, there were two major power outages which the Venezuelan government attributes to American government interference and sabotage. At that time, even though people were without power, therefore without water, etc., it was calm, people remained calm, they were helping one another. So I was glad that I was there at that time, because it was a time when some of the worst war propaganda was hyping up, and I was able to see that at least these things were not true at all and tried to convey that to people who follow me.

Sputnik: If I'm not mistaken, you attended two different political rallies in Caracas both pro-government and opposition. So how can you describe each one of them?

Eva Bartlett: So the pro-government rally I went to: I ended up walking in the rally between two or three hours, it was massive, and all that time people surrounded me, it was an endless sea of people down the streets. It was very festive, people were singing chants in support of President Maduro, they were also singing songs about Venezuela, about people being united, and they were very welcoming, they were very happy- dancing even and patriotic as well. But also if you stopped and spoke with people you found that they were very well informed about what it is they're defending, they're not merely saying a slogan, they can cite from the Constitution, they know their legal rights, they know what it is what the imperialist states, specifically American, have been trying to do in Venezuela and they're not going to allow that.

I did go to another pro-government rally; I think it was two weeks later, it was as big if not bigger, the same festivity. On the first day that I went to the pro-government rally, I also tried to go to a rally in support of the opposition or Guaido, they didn't turn out, and then, one or two weeks later there was supposed to be another one, and I literally got on a motorcycle taxi and went around to all the points where the rally was supposed to start, and I couldn't find anyone. I couldn't find anyone. I found a group of Maduro supporters, and finally, I found a group of like 10 to 15 pro-opposition supporters in eastern Caracas, in Chacao, and in Altamira, I found maybe 20 people. So I didn't see the masses. And I really wanted to; I wanted to talk to them because colleagues of mine have been there before when there were larger demonstrations, and the people that they spoke to were violent, aggressive, abusive. And so I wanted to hear what they had to say, but I was only able to speak to two people, and one person insisted that the elections in 2018 were illegitimate, even though Jimmy Carter of the Carter Center said that Venezuelan elections are the most transparent that he's aware of, and the other person didn't really have much to say. So overall, what I took away was that the people who were supporting the government were the most well informed as to why they were supporting the government, and the few people that I was able to speak to that supported Guaido or the opposition just had a couple talking points, usurpation was the word they were using.

Sputnik: What impressed you the most when you came to Venezuela?

Eva Bartlett: The people, quite honestly the people, because, again, these people are largely Venezuela's poorest, but their spirit is very impressive. They're not only well informed, but they're enthusiastic. If you took a poor person in a developed country, in a North American country let's say, you'd find that not only a poor person but even a wealthy person, people complain a lot, but in the poor areas in Venezuela I found people working together, and very hopeful, and inspiring, and hard-working. The other thing is that women have a large role in society there, very much an equal society. Women are very empowered, I should say, in Venezuela, and they really focus on educating youths there, so I just found a great sense of community in Venezuela.

Sputnik: What conclusions did you make after your trip to Venezuela? What things that you had heard or saw turned out to be true, and what was just mainstream media propaganda?

Eva Bartlett: Well I do have to say in fairness that I was only in Caracas, the main reason being is my Spanish is very, very minimal. So even though I could've travelled around the country, and I had in prior years, I didn't have a translator, so there would be no point, I couldn't really conduct interviews. So just to say, I was only in Caracas, but that said, I did go around, and I did meet, as I mentioned, people in civil society and community leaders, etc. So what I take away is there is a broad base of support for President Maduro. I do not have enough firsthand knowledge to get into the exact statistics of how much support that is, but what I see just in general is what the Western media is doing in their reporting on Venezuela parallels on what they've done on Syria, on Libya, on Iraq, on North Korea, on any area that imperialist nations want to target, whether to overthrow the leadership and harvest the resources, or simply eliminate a power that they see as a power they don't want existing. So the same tactics are used. They're vilifying the leadership, to a very extreme and ludicrous degree, and are very abusive. Western leadership is very abusive when it comes to Russia, to Syria, to Venezuela. It isn't just criticizing policies; it's criticizing the person. And also the very exaggerated propaganda about what the reality is in the ground − the same in other areas. So what I took away is that the Western media is lying and fabricating chaos that doesn't exist and also that unfortunately, America will not let up.

During a meeting with Foreign Minister Arreaza, he cited a conversation he had with Elliot Abrams, in which he said, "Okay, your coup has failed," referring to Juan Guaido's attempt to proclaim himself as president. And Abrams said something like, "Well, I'm looking forward to the destruction of your economy," which is, of course, what the sanctions are doing to Venezuela. So that's another sad aspect that the US is not going to let up, they're going to increase the sanctions as they've done to Russia and other countries. They're going to continue supporting extremist and violent elements in Venezuela.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:05| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

これはすごい 4

グロズヌイは、ロシア連邦南部に位置するチェチェン共和国の首都。後ろからサポートする人の動きもとても格好いい。
RT2019/8/7
Stylish rescue: Chechen heroes risk their lives to save 6yo boy from fifth floor of fashion house


RT@RT_comの2019/8/7のツイート
This tree has more friends than you do! One tree – one year!
https://twitter.com/i/status/1158860301032448002

また若い移民の男性が子供を助けました。今度はイスタンブール。
RT2019/6/27
Teenager saves toddler from 2-story fall in spine-chilling VIDEO
A quick-thinking Algerian teenager has been dubbed a hero after catching a two-year-old Syrian toddler who fell from a second floor balcony. His incredible save was caught on CCTV and has been shared widely on social media.

Two-year old Doha Muhammed was playing in her apartment in the Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey last Thursday when the unthinkable happened and she went over the edge while her mother was in the kitchen preparing a meal.

Thankfully, the watchful 17-year-old Feud Zabaat, an Algerian migrant worker in the city, was on hand below to save the plummeting toddler.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A_AaTlcfc0



https://twitter.com/i/status/1118350051238207488
Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh played out a scene from Hollywood blockbuster 'The Matrix' when the MLB star showed incredible reflexes to dodge a ball rapidly coming his way.
McHugh was pitching to Oakland Athletics slugger Kendrys Morales, who fired the ball back at him chest-high at around 90 miles per hour in their game on Tuesday night.
And, just as Keanu Reeves’ character ‘Neo’ dodges bullets in slow-mo style in The Matrix, McHugh showed amazing reaction skills to bend backwards just in time to see the ball whizz inches from his face.
The Matrix comparisons were picked up on by a number of social media users – including the official Astros and MLB accounts.

※ Alistair Bunkall認証済みアカウント @AliBunkallSKY
Video has emerged of soldiers on a shooting range in Kabul firing at a target of Jeremy Corbyn. MOD confirms it as legit:

https://twitter.com/AliBunkallSKY/status/1113352300037398528

ノルウェーのバイキングスカイクルーズライナーが嵐にあいエンジンストップ。乗客が救命胴衣を着けてすし詰めで座る中、その足元を海水が流れている。




※ Enrique @garoukike氏の2019/2/28のツイート
Russian women 泣き笑い
https://twitter.com/i/status/1101138742943858688

※ ふぁす @Noah_Fastel氏の2019/2/10のツイート
目を離したスキにリスがラジコン飛行機に乗り込んじゃうの面白すぎでしょ
https://twitter.com/Noah_Fastel/status/1092438330623447040

※ RT認証済みアカウント @RT_comの2019/1/31のツイート
Apparently you can get attacked in #London for speaking in your native language
https://twitter.com/i/status/1090686082923053057
ロンドンでは日本語でしゃべると攻撃される?

※ SCMP News認証済みアカウント @SCMPNewsの2019/1/19のツイート
Bust a move – with your school principal.
https://twitter.com/i/status/1086539256581959680

※ ヨコヤマ@baritone_666氏の7:52 - 2019年1月7日のツイート
実家に猿の大群現れたって
母からLINEきたけど
こんなん笑ってまうわw
https://pic.twitter.com/kWOESzac1n
https://twitter.com/baritone_666/status/1082047203915386881/video/1

RT2019/1/9
Pilot shows off nerves of steel with incredible close-call Alpine rescue (VIDEOS)

こういうプロフェッショナルな仕事ぶりを見ると、胸がすきます。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:37| Comment(0) | 社会・経済

イランの自国製地対空防衛システムは、S-300の需要を奪えるか

FARSNEWS2019/8/7
TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Tehran on August 22 intends to present its own version of Russia's S-300 surface-to-air missile system, dubbed Bavar 373, Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami said in a statement on Wednesday.

"There will be very good news in the field of air defense on August 22. I hope the defense capability of our country will significantly increase with the demonstration and transfer of the Bavar 373 system, which will happen on Defence Industry Day," Hatami said, as quoted by the defense ministry.

The missile system, designed and developed in Iran, was already tested in 2017. The Iranian military considers Bavar 373 as a competitor of the S-300 system.

The Bavar-373 is a long-range mobile air defense system which was unveiled in August 2016. Iran is said to have launched the project in 2010 after Russia suspended a $900 million deal signed in 2007 to deliver the S-300 complex due to the adoption of UN Security Council sanctions on Iran in mid-2010.

In April 2015, Russia resumed the talks on the S-300 deliveries following an interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. A year later, Russia delivered the missile system on a previously concluded contract.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:25| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

この先9年間で人口自然減650万人は堅いだろう

全国人口動態統計から47都道府県計の毎月の出生数を取り出すと過去9年間でこんな感じです。


ここにきて傾斜が強まっていますので、2016/5から2019/5の実績をもとに直線回帰で近似式を取り出し、将来にあてはめます。5年後に月別の出生数は平均して65,000人程度と見込まれます。


死亡数についても同様に、2016/5から2019/5の実績をもとに直線回帰で近似式を取り出し、将来にあてはめます。5年後に月別の死亡数は平均して127,000人程度。


推計した月別の出生数と死亡数の差で人口自然減の数を推定します。2019/5までは実績、その先は推定です。9年後の2028/5まで推定しています。1か月で8万人の人口自然減に届く見込みです。


毎月の自然減が積み上がる様子です。この先5年間で302万人、9年間で650万人の人口減になると推定されます。


この先、年配者を主体とする死亡者が月11万人から12万人死んでいきます。そうなるとどうなるでしょう。

まず、新聞を読む人が減ります。これは確実。あとは何でしょう。家庭用電気、水道の使用量も減ります。

介護サービスなどは、年寄りの層が厚いので次々に客が現れるでしょう。

保育園、幼稚園の入園者も減ります。一方で要支援の児童を対象にしたサービスの需要は増える。

親が死んで遺産が入り一時的に懐が温かくなる人が出る一方で、葬式貧乏になる人もいるでしょう。親の年金に頼っていた人も苦しくなる。

どんどん軽量化した社会になっていく?

別の試算に示しましたが、この先15年か20年後あるいは30年後には、下手をすると20歳から45歳の女性のうち10人のうち4人が子供のいない女性になりそうなのです。これらの人は一時的に、つまり数年子供が生まれないのではなく、ずっと子供を持てないのです。不妊が放射能被ばくの影響であれば、改善は見込めませんよね。

女性に子供がいない人が多くなれば、男性にも子供がいない人が多くなるということです。つまりある夫婦1組に子供がゼロならば、その家がどんな名家でろうとも継続性はそこで途切れます。

大量の住居放出があるでしょう。金のある人ほど早々に介護施設に入ります。何年後から動きが出ますかね。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:21| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

米国が支配する国の農産物は避けたほうが良い 危険な農薬に遺伝子組み換え

米国産食料については、前から警戒していますが、かなりやばいですね。米国の支配層は庶民とは異なるものを食べているそうです。米国はまた新型核兵器の開発に意欲を示しています。汚染は続きます。日本に帰国時にはどうぞご注意を。油断すると被ばく蓄積が急増して身体の不調が出ます。日本も米国が支配する国に入ることをお忘れなく。

RT2019/8/7
How US regulators embrace toxic pesticides & the corporations that make them
As an increasing number of hazardous chemicals are banned around the world, they remain legal in the US. Why are American regulators so slow to move, and who benefits from their inaction?

Dozens of pesticides, up to 85 in total, approved for widespread agricultural use in the United States have been banned elsewhere in the world. For example, the US allows 11 different pesticides banned in China, and 17 that have been prohibited in Brazil.

The contrast is especially stark in Europe. The recently banned pesticide chlorpyrifos has serious genotoxic and neurological effects, especially in children, the European Food Safety Authority warned in a report published over the weekend. The pesticide, which comes up for re-approval in January, does not comply with EU health regulations because a safe exposure level cannot be established, even at the lowest experimental quantity.

With no safe dose, there can be no responsible use of the substance, no matter how cheap and effective it is compared to other pesticides. This seems like common sense, but the EU regulator’s decision to advise against chlorpyrifos stands in contrast to its American counterparts, which have stubbornly refused to ban the pesticide in commercial agriculture, along with many other deadly substances manufactured by wealthy agrochemical conglomerates.

Not only does chlorpyrifos remain in use in the US, concerns about its negative effects on living creatures (including humans) are dismissed by regulators and media marching to the tune of Big Business. The poisonous pesticide, and dozens more like it, are zealously protected by watchdogs who seem to have devolved into lapdogs for industry.
Agency of no ban

After nearly a decade of lawsuits, the Obama administration finally promised in 2015 to ban chlorpyrifos. The Environmental Protection Agency even produced studies showing that the pesticide harmed brain development in children. But Trump’s EPA director Scott Pruitt reversed that decision before it could take effect, shortly after a meeting with executives from Dow Chemical, its manufacturer. Prior to his appointment, Pruitt worked so closely with the energy industry in fighting the EPA and environmental legislation, that he actually allowed energy lobbyists to use his official stationery (as Oklahoma attorney general) to file complaints against the regulator.

That is just one example of collusion between US regulators and the industries they’re supposed to regulate. Communications between Monsanto executives and EPA scientists show the former bullying, cajoling, and coercing the latter into downplaying troubling experimental results regarding the carcinogenicity of Monsanto’s blockbuster herbicide glyphosate (marketed as Roundup). It remains legal in the US, despite multiple court rulings awarding hefty sums to customers stricken with non-Hodgkins lymphoma from using the product.

Monsanto, now owned by the German giant Bayer, has been caught ghostwriting scientific studies and journal articles and paying sympathetic scientists to use their names, thus allowing the company to present the work – including studies it has shown off in court as proof of Roundup’s safety – as “independent.”

In 2017, the EPA’s inspector general launched an investigation the agency over an email in which its Office of Pesticide Programs appeared to conspire with Monsanto to “kill” an investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services into glyphosate.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined the herbicide was “probably carcinogenic to humans” based on a wealth of peer-reviewed studies, but the EPA refused to change its classification. Instead, the agency has relied on proprietary industry-funded studies even as former EPA scientists insist on re-evaluating the herbicide following a study that found exposure raised the risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma by an eye-popping 41 percent.

This regulatory capture has been aided by the media. Monsanto has “pet journalists who pushed Monsanto propaganda under the guise of ‘objective reporting,’” according to one of the Roundup cancer lawsuits. The lawsuit described the “reputation management” consultants who infiltrated news outlets, including the BBC, in order to influence the “real” journalists writing about the company, supplying pro-GMO talking points and storylines while slapping their names on Monsanto-written articles. The company has also sought to smear and discredit hostile journalists, using an astroturfed journal called Academics Review. More recently, the EPA itself has started going after journalists who pursue stories exposing the regulator’s collusion with Big Pharma.
Tip of the chemical iceberg

Glyphosate and chlorpyrifos are far from the only chemical pariahs the US continues to embrace. The US Food and Drug Administration dismisses the danger of food dyes like Blue #2 and Yellow #5, linked to brain cancer and genotoxocity, respectively, arguing that they’re used in such small doses in American products that they couldn’t possibly have an effect – even though some people are sensitive enough to Yellow #5 that US companies are legally required to list it on their labels.

Bovine growth hormones (rBGH and rBST) given to cows to increase milk production remain legal (if controversial) in the US, where the dairy industry has fought against laws that would require products containing them to be labeled. Milk containing these hormones contains IGF-1, an ingredient linked to tumor development by the American Cancer Society.

While other countries tighten the screws on corporations that would abuse the public trust, the US lets them write the regulations. Many chemical and pharmaceutical companies belong to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a powerful lobbying group that actually writes bills for friendly members of Congress to pass into law.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has elevated regulatory capture to an art form. Not only was Pruitt named to head the EPA, but former Monsanto lawyer Aurelia Skipwith was appointed director of Fish and Wildlife Services, while Alex Azar, former president of pharma giant Eli Lilly, runs the Department of Health and Human Services.

These appointments demonstrate to companies like Monsanto and Lilly, who have been caught time and again covering up evidence of their misdeeds, that all is forgiven as long as they turn a profit. Not only has the EPA green-lighted chlorpyrifos, glyphosate, and sulfoxaflor – a pesticide known to harm bees, which are dying at an unprecedented rate, posing a serious threat to the world’s food supplies – but it has given up on the pretense of actually regulating agribusiness.

Last month, the EPA dropped “surprise” inspections of chemical and power plants, a move the agency claims is “aimed at fostering a better working relationship between the agency and states.”
The fox governing the henhouse

Washington’s dismantling of regulations meant to protect Americans is only the culmination of a long history of regulatory capture, fueled by hefty contributions from the nation’s top corporate predators. A 2015 law banning states from requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled as such was pushed through by lawmakers receiving six-figure sums from the agrochemical industry, even though some polls showed 90 percent of voters were against it.

Bayer, Monsanto’s parent company, spent $3.6 million on lobbying in 2018. The pharmaceutical industry spends more money on lobbying than any other, dumping $283 million into elections last year alone, and over $4 billion over the last two decades. These industries pay good money for friendly government, while the people that the government is supposed to protect just can’t compete. Especially in the wake of the 2010 Citizens United decision that infamously determined “corporations are people” whose political donations are legally protected speech, ordinary Americans don’t stand a chance of seeing their interests represented in government.

As a result, glyphosate is found in almost every foodstuff tested – including organic foods supposedly grown without it, and even breast milk – but the Centers for Disease Control doesn’t include the herbicide in the 200 industrial chemicals it monitors in Americans’ blood and urine. The EPA actually raised the limits for glyphosate allowed in food in 2013 – perhaps because most American food wouldn’t pass inspection at safety levels set by watchdogs like the Environmental Working Group.

Pesticide residues are found in 70 percent of produce sold in the US, and have been measured at levels harmful to aquatic life in 60 percent of rivers and streams in rural areas – even though the World Health Organization says pesticides are “intrinsically toxic.”

On top of all this, over 40 million Americans (and a quarter of those over the age of 60) are taking psychotropic drugs, despite serious side effects especially associated with long-term use.

After all this, it’s no surprise that just 11 percent of Americans trust Congress, and even Big Business only enjoys 23 percent support, according to a Gallup poll conducted earlier this year. A Princeton University study in 2014 – while Barack Obama was president – confirmed that the US is no longer a democracy, but an oligarchy. When the interests of average Americans clash with the interests of the rich, the rich always prevail.
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発達障害の子供の数は驚かされる水準になっている模様

発達障害の多発の予想について、これまでの記事でお伝えした内容は、理解できたでしょうか。特に大きな動揺も見られないようですのでさらに話を進めます。

2018/11/30、管理人がその時点で得ていた情報をもとに次のように書きました。

保育面で何らかの問題を示す子供のうち、年長組で3人に1人が療育を受けたり、特殊学級に進む見込みの地域もあるようです。あくまでも何らかの問題が意識されている子供さんについてカウントした場合です。

そしてそういう高い割合は、現在の年長組の下の学齢層、年少組でも見られるそうです。

仮に年長組全体で40人いるとします。そしてその4分の1に何らかの問題が意識されているとします。10人です。そのうちの3分1のですと約3人ということになります。何らかの問題が意識されている子供が5分の1であれば8人、その中の約3人ということになります。全体の中では1割弱となります。

何らかの問題が意識されている子供が全体のどのくらいかはわかりませんが、この割合は上がってきているのが確実です。

都内で学童保育の手伝いをしている方は、この数年で特別支援学校(級)に入る子供の数が増えている。支援が必要かどうか、判断に迷うボーダーライン上にいると思う子供も増えていると述べています。

読者からは、「発達障害や学習障害の話は日常化しており娘の通う幼稚園では療育に通っている、これから兄弟姉妹が通う予定の子どもの話を良く耳にする」と伺っています。

その後に寄せられた情報によりますと、一つの学齢期の児童を全体として見た場合、発達障害ありと認定される者の割合は1割弱にとどまらず、3割程度に上る例、地域もあるそうです。

確かに母親たちの間で発達障害というキーワードが飛び交うという事態は、発達障害の(可能性のある)児童を養う母親たちが少数派としてヒソヒソと話をしている状態ではなくなっていることを示すと考えられます。

もともと被ばく回避のために生活の細かいところに気を配るような習慣からより遠い母親たちがその問題に直面しているとすれば、会話の内容もよりオープンになるとも考えられますが。



とにかく大変な事態になっている模様です。

以下の三つの資料は文部科学省 「特別支援教育について」特別支援教育資料(平成29年度)による。







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通級による指導(つうきゅうによるしどう)は、特別支援教育の制度の一つで、通常の学級に在籍していながら個別的な特別支援教育を受けることができる。
次のツイートは、()内が2014/5/1現在、()なしが2017/5/1現在。千単位で区切り記号を付した。

※ kegasa @kegasa2007
通級による指導の現状(平成26年5月1日)平成29年
注意欠陥多動性障害(12,213人)18,135人(3年で5,992人増加)
学習障害(12,006人)16,545人(4,539人増加)
自閉症(13,340人)19,567人(6,227人増加)★
情緒障害(9,392人)14,592人(5,200人増加)
総計(83,750人)108,946人(3年で、25,196人増加)





読者から不登校に関する記事を教えてもらいました。

毎日新聞2018/12/12(水) 21:21配信
不登校傾向33万人、全中学生の1割 日本財団調べ
 日本財団は12日、不登校の傾向にある中学生は全国で推定33万人いるとする調査結果を発表した。全中学生の10人に1人にあたる。文部科学省が把握する不登校の中学生は全国で11万人だが、調査では「年間に30日以上の欠席」とする同省の定義にこだわらず、保健室などに登校する生徒も含めた。日本財団の枡方瑞恵さんは「不登校予備軍の存在が初めて浮かび上がった」としている。

不登校と発達障害はイコールではないこと、インターネットによる調査で母集団の偏りが大きいとみられること、日本財団の実施によるものなどの点で、この結果の評価は難しいです。不登校が発達障害と関係がないとも言えませんけれども。

文部科学省 「特別支援教育について」特別支援教育資料(平成29年度)の平成30年度版がまだ公表されていません。なぜ遅れているのでしょう。

学校基本調査の結果は出ています。

100人中4人ですね。

毎日新聞2019/7/31(水) 9:21配信
特別支援学校の生徒急増 施設不足が深刻化 埼玉
 埼玉県内で特別支援学校に通う生徒が急増し、受け入れ施設の不足が深刻化している。県は学級の増設を進めるとともに、2021年度に県内で初めて普通科高校敷地内に特別支援学校を設置し、障害児と健常児がともに学ぶ「インクルーシブ教育」の旗艦校としたい考えだ。参院選で重い障害を持つ候補者が当選し、共生社会への関心が高まる中、識者は「施設の確保と教員の質向上も必要だ」と指摘する。【山越峰一郎】
 県教育委員会によると、特別支援学校に通う児童・生徒の7割を占める知的障害の児童・生徒数がここ10年間で増加を続けている。08年度には3597人だったが、18年度には5896人と1・6倍になった。
 県内には46の特別支援学校があり、知的障害に限ってもこの10年で5校が新たに開設された。だが県高校教職員組合の坂本修中央執行委員は「学校、教室、教員いずれも足りない『3ない』だ」と訴える。一つの教室を間仕切りで分けて使用する例もある。「算数を学ぶ教室の脇で音楽をやるなど現場対応は限界で、廊下で体育をやっている学校もあるくらいだ」と明かす。
 県教委は18年度までの10年間で知的障害対象の特別支援学校の学級数を774から1163に増やした。今後も21年度に戸田翔陽高敷地内に特別支援学校の新設を予定。また松伏高に特別支援学校の分校を開設し、移転した肢体不自由児向けの旧岩槻特別支援学校の校舎を知的障害向けに再利用する。
 ただし、県は26年度までにさらに約1000人の児童・生徒が増加すると推計しているが、現在はこの3校490人以外の新設計画はない。
 そもそも、なぜ知的障害の生徒数が増えているのか。細渕富夫・埼玉大教授(特別支援教育)は「発達障害が広く知られるようになったことを受け、引っ張られるように知的障害への認知度も高まっている」と言う。特別支援学校への抵抗感が薄れ、軽度の知的障害児童の入学が増えているとみられるという。
 一方、学級数増加に伴い教員の質が問題になる例もある。細渕教授は「特別支援教育の専門性がない臨時採用の教員で回している現場がある。毎日ドリルをやらせるだけの例もある」と話す。
 インクルーシブ教育についても、現状では行事の交流にとどまっている。小松弥生・県教育長は記者会見で「高校内の分校で合同マラソン大会を開いたり、(実習の)パンを販売したり、お互いに良い影響が出ている」と成果を強調するが、例えば神奈川県では、17年度から県立高3校で知的障害の生徒を毎年数人〜十数人、面接のみで受け入れ、健常者と同じ授業を40人学級で受けて補助教員が支援に加わる。細渕教授は「インクルーシブ教育は本来、同じ教室で学びの場を共有するもの」と話す。
 県内の学校はどのような共生のあり方を目指すのか。県教委の教育政策に注目が集まる。

初出 2018-11-30 01:07:37 追記 2018/12/3、12/4、12/13、2019/6/21、8/7
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