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It pays to take a close look at the Rohingya and their leadership. The next post comes from an apparently normal, run-of-the-mill young Indonesian woman, Fatimah Az Zahra. She refers to the Rohingya as Mujahideen (the plural for one who is engaged in Jihad). She says, "Mujahideen Rohingya (as heading)...
All his own work, all from his own Facebook page. Christopher I know too well the truth of the maxim "you'll be judged by the company you keep". I wish I'd been less impetuous and more thoughtful in some of my decisions of the past. We can't change history; and...
UPDATE Thanks for your notes and well wishes. Last Thursday morning I woke up with a line of what looked like Mr Vesuvius(es) on my left outer calf. Couldn't really walk, went to local medical facility and was diagnosed with cellulitis with some bacterial infection that was right throughout my...
New Matilda wont be lining up for government funding following the announcement of a media bailout package. Chris Graham explains why.
I learned an important lesson about myself from a close friend recently. Apparently, if something makes me anxious, then thats what Im compelled to go and do.
My names Chris Graham, Im the owner and editor of New Matilda, the most self-defeating independent publication in Australia, and Im a counterphobic.
One of the things thats made me anxious recently is the passing of the federal governments legislation to free up cross-media ownership.
Long story short, under the new laws, the big media companies that consistently perpetrate the big media scandals will get even bigger. You can guess what will happen with their scandals.
The deal is as dirty as it gets, and was designed to advantage the Murdochs of the world, while smashing the Guardians. Interestingly, I remember the last debate we had on loosening cross media ownership laws a decade ago. It was fever-pitch. This time around, the battered, bruised Australian media have laid down. Theres nothing like self-interest mixed with failing business models to shut people up.
But in truth, I dont spend a lot of my time worrying about the big guys. I do, however, spend a lot of my energy worrying about small independent publishing, in which I have an obvious interest. On that front, in exchange for his support to get the Turnbull governments legislation through, Senator Nick Xenophon negotiated a three-year $60 million innovation fund for small publishers. Small publishers like me. You can read all about it here.
If you cant be bothered, heres the prcis of the politics behind it: The Turnbull government is going to spend $60 million of your taxes buying a Senators vote to pass bad legislation designed to advantage some of the most powerful media corporations in the world. Because political donations.
Thats how theyre going to fix the media problem in Australia. And thats the part thats making me really anxious.
Queer identity in the age of a same-sex marriage postal survey life was hard enough, but right now it feels a whole lot harder for Gene Smith.
For many people of my generation, the same-sex marriage postal survey is our first taste of active state-sanctioned discrimination. Were dealing with this whilst still coming to terms with our identities, and what it means to be queer.
If any of you boys came home and told me you were gay, Id probably disown you, says Mum casually as we are watching the Sydney Mardi Gras on TV, her brow furrowed in mild disgust.
I am 13 and think I might be gay; her words are like a bomb going off, the ringing in my ears drowning out the TV.
We love you, no matter what. And who knows? Maybe its just a phase. My grandfather embraced me after I told him I was gay.
What? Mums eyes widened and her hands jerked the steering wheel of the car, sending us swerving. Im never going to have grandchildren she later cried.
Faggot! someone screamed from a passing car. I pretended I didnt hear, but thought about it for weeks after. Sometimes I still think about it.
Since when did you start sounding so gay? my best friend laughed, having not seen me for a few months.
I dont like him hes a poof, quipped my brother about a boy he doesnt like at school. Whats wrong with being a poof? I quipped back.
Marriage should be between a man and woman! Being gay is unnatural! reads a comment on an online article. I clicked on the womans name, and discover she lives in my hometown.
Shes Facebook friends with members of my family.
I had probably been with Mum down the main street as they smiled at each other in passing.
You can never be too careful, said a boy I dated once, after he snatched his hand from mine as we were walking down the street.
I probably feel a bit threatened, chuckled Tony Abbott, on screen and in front of the nation, in answer to a question about how homosexuality makes him feel.
Im not as okay with being gay as I thought I was, admitted the boy I like, my shoulder wet with his tears.
Hes been out for less than a year. His mother, for religious reasons, is voting no in the marriage survey.
He loves her, and I have no doubt that she loves him. Its complicated.
Above are a just a few of the words said to me over the course of m...
Donald Trump found his reason to continue the catastrophic 16-year war in Afghanistan: up to $ 3 trillion of natural resources in the country. His new Afghanistan strategy means more deaths in a war-torn country. Trump is the embodiment of the hostile US Empire, writes Jakob Reimann.
In 1776, the British historian Edward Gibbon wrote in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire:
They endeavored to convince mankind that their motive was not the temptation of conquest but was actuated by the love of order and justice.
What Gibbon writes about the Imperium Romanum is a general motive of empires. In addition to the hard power the economic power and, above all, the military power, the conquest, the physical violence an empire must also be able to successfully compete in the field of soft power: the war over hearts and minds.
Military violence has to be sold to the people just like to the world. It must always be accompanied by a narrative that obfuscates the actual motives and turns them into something positive.
What was true in ancient Rome also applies to the empire of the young 21st century the US Empire. In his infamous speech at the US Congress after the attacks of September 11, George W. Bush declared the terrorists would hate our freedoms, and the newborn War on Terror is civilisations fight for progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom.Former US president George W Bush (IMAGE: Peter Stevens, Flickr).
If it was still a little hard to buy the liberty-and-democracy-narrative out of the mouth of the oil cowboy from Texas and especially from his Vice President and former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney with Barack Obama, the subsequent charismatic constitutional lawyer from Illinois, all doubts vanished. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Obama showered eight countries with his bombs to fight for the human rights of the oppressed of this world.
But Donald Trump and fanaticism moved into the White House, this interdependence of hard power and soft power was destined to change. Just as Trump never made a big secret out of his shameful racism or his hatred of women, he was always a passionate advocate of the...
The shadow forces behind the New World Order (NWO) are following a slow-paced agenda of total control over mankind and our planets resources. David Icke coined it the Totalitarian Tip-Toe, because they are making very small steps towards our complete and definitive enslavement.
As a result, the masses remain relatively unaware of the fact that their liberties are being gradually taken away, while the power of the NWO octopus grows steadily.
The shadow forces behind the NWO agenda
Somewhere near the very top of the pyramid, an extremely elitist organisation known as the Council of the 13 families orchestrates all of the major world events. As the name suggests, the Council consists of the top 13 most influential families on Earth.
An increasingly number of people is becoming aware that 99% of the Earths population is controlled by an elite 1%, but the Council of the 13 families consists of less than 1% of the 1% elite and nobody on Earth can apply for membership.
In their opinion, they are entitled to rule over the rest of us because they are the direct descendants of the ancient gods and consider themselves royal. These families are:
Personally, I suspect that this may not be the complete list and some very powerful lineages are still unknown to us.
Update: Author and researcher Fritz Springmeiers exposed more of the elite blo...
17 September 2017
Opponents of same-sex marriage have officially launched the No campaign, saying they are on the right side of legal and moral history.
Last night Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi asked No supporters to be vigilant at an event launching the Coalition for Marriages campaign at the Sydney Convention Centre.
A new TV ad was played at the event and has been posted online, and this morning Sydneysiders could not miss Vote No sprawled across the sky.
We are under assault because we are on the right side of legal and moral history, Senator Bernardi told an audience of more than 1,000 people.
It is a sign of what is to come unless we are vigilant and can...
Immigration picking up
Long-term arrivals into Australia slowed along with the economy from 2013.
But now they are rising again.
In fact annual permanent and long-term arrivals combined rose to 776,790 over the year to July.
That's some +7 per cent higher than a year ago, and the highest figure on record.
A self-described rainbow warrior who proudly tells anyone wholl listen that she has a lot of gay friends, has announced shell be voting against same-sex marriage in the postal plebiscite, after being convinced by the vote no skywriting in Sydney today.
No amount of reasoned arguing could change my mind but something about seeing it written in the sky several times really got to me, she said, adding that the entirety of her aggressive yes-campaign protest group was now in the process of updating signs and chants in preparation for agitating for a no vote.
However, a poll has shown that the sky writing stunt, which cost millions of dollars, will make no difference to the outcome of the vote, with an equal number of people who had been planning to vote no reporting that they were now switching to a yes vote because they were sick of being told what to do.
Australian journalist/blogger Shane Dowling was jailed for four months on 10th of August 2017. He was jailed for standing up for free speech and exposing judicial corruption. Mr. Dowling was found in contempt of court, after seven west media/channel 7 paid for 2 of their tv stars to institute frivolous and vexatious defamation proceeding against 
Australias obsession with sports may have a direct correlation to social norms discouraging men from crying, according to a new study that found many men considered seeing their team win or lose a game as the only acceptable time to leak from the eyes.
I havent cried since Optimus Prime died in the 86 Transformers movie, so it was a huge relief when I discovered the real reason men watch sports, one self-described footy fanatic said. Luckily, I support the Rabbitohs, so there have been plenty of opportunities for me to have a proper cry this season.
The study also found that an excuse to get smashed and an excuse to yell in public also rated highly on the list of reasons for watching sports, with many of those surveyed pointing out the obviousness of these motivations.
Why else would anyone watch sports? I mean, take away the drinking, yelling and crying, and football is pretty boring, one man said. The Bachelor is heaps more entertaining.
When Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulFattah Ahmed, recently took time on a public radio to answer questions on various issues about his administration, one recurring question was the relationship between the state and local governments. The governor, in this excerpt by BIODUN OYELEYE, explained his position on the controversy as well as other issues about the state What is the current economic status of Kwara State and what are you doing to increase its viability? The economy of Kwara State cannot be insulated from the Nigerian economy and we...
Have you ever noticed that for some bizarre bloody reason, the coke at McDonalds just tastes better than the coke at other fast food restaurants and no, were not talking about the canned and bottled stuff, were talking specifically about the coke they have on tap.
Theres long been debate as to exactly why this is. Some wankers have speculated that its because Maccas food is so salty youre just thirstier, other wankers reckon that Maccas uses more syrup than other fast food joints, some wankers would rather have a beer.
Well, A New York Times article has done its research and found out that because Maccas keeps its coke syrup in metal containers, its better preserved. Typically, their competitors arent doing this.
Maccas, being the global icon that it is, is pretty bloody keen on making sure that Maccas in Sydney is the same as Maccas in New Delhi. That means that every Maccas store under the sun follows strict guidelines from Coca Cola to ensure the bottled stuff tastes the same as the stuff from the tap.
A Maccas spokesman has even come out and confirmed it. Despite the speculation, he said, there...
What are the odds that the Federal Reserve is going to allow Venezeulas oil companies to align with Chinas paper currency and allow a further decline of the Petrodollar? The answer, of course is slim and none, and slim just left town.
Look for a false flag (i.e. Gulf of Tonkin) which will serve as both the catalyst and the excuse to boots on the ground in VZ. And will the American people be the beneficiary of such an expedition? The following video addresses that question and many more related factors.
Today I welcomed back to the program filmmaker Robbie Davidson from Celebrate Truth to talk about his new films and the Flat Earth International Conference in Raleigh North Carolina November 9th and 10th! A Flat Earth show of mega proportions! His latest film Impossiball is an in depth look at the Copernican Paradigm and answers
Trump said we did not need to send our troops to 117 countries and that we needed to stop being an imperial power. So what has Trump done, he has increased the number of troops being sent out of the country.
The real answers behind the shipping of US troops out of the country is revealed in the following video.
Papua New Guinean genetic diversity of populations intrigues
scientists: [gearsofbiz.com] Papua New Guinea is called a
stepping stone in the human movement from Asia to Australia by the
researchers. The team of researchers note that the differences in
the genetic makeup of the population can be dated back to ten to
twenty thousand years only rather than fifty thousand years back
when humans first arrived. They found that agriculture was
independently found on this island around ten thousand years ago,
and this did not change the genetic makeup of the population as was
the case in several populations across Europe and in some regions
Anders Bergstrm, a graduate student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, who was part of the study team, explained that agriculture tends to homogenize the genetic differences in populations. Sanger Institute geneticist Chris Tyler-Smith, lead researcher further explained that in the Europe for example when agriculture was brought in by the Anatolia farmers, the genetic makeup of the local hunter gatherers that lived then for generations completely got replaced by the new genetic features. This obliteration of the genetic picture is absent in New Guinea and this is a big surprise he said.
Skiers and snowboarders are continuing to hit the slopes in Australia's ski resorts with spring providing conditions that have been described as the best in years. Three big dumps of snow throughout August and early September have lead to the biggest recorded snow depth since 2000. The snow depth recording at Spencers Creek, midway between Perisher Valley and Thredbo, was 239.7cm this week, just shy of the 262cm recorded in 2000. This time last year, the snow depth at Spencers Creek was just 114.7cm, less than half of the current depth and well below the average maximum of 190cm in previous years.
Andy Paine, August 23, 2017.
Friday September 16 2016 was a busy day for me. I began it preparing a radio show about Pine Gap, the secretive US military base near Alice Springs in central Australia. I had interviewed an academic who has studied Pine Gap and what it does; an activist who has opposed it; and an Arrernte traditional owner who says it has no right to be there. Then I rushed off to Griffith University, where I gave a guest talk to an ethics class about civil disobedience the practice of intentionally and openly breaking unjust laws.
But I am not purely a journalist who reports on whats happening, nor an academic who explains theories. So after completing these two tasks, I got into a car and headed for Alice Springs to attempt to resist Pine Gap and the US wars it facilitates.
So I guess before we go on, a quick primer about Pine Gap and what it does. Theres a lot more information out there if youre interested, but basically Pine Gap is one of three satelite communication bases the US has planted strategically around the globe to enable it to spy on the whole world. The lease for it was signed in 1966, the base built in 1970. At first, it was never publicly admitted that it was a military facility it was described as a space research station until academic Des Ball uncovered what it actually did. Rumours abound that the sacking of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam had something to do with his wanting more control over the base and getting on the wrong side of the CIA.
For most of its life, while Pine Gap has always attracted porotests from anti-war activists, its purpose has been just basic surveillance. In the last ten years though, this purpose has changed. These days the mobile phone and radio signals that Pine Gap recieves via satelite are used for drone strikes or other targetted bombings enabling the US to kill people in the Middle East without the risk of having a soldier killed or the risk of the empathy that comes from interacting with an actual human being.
As I said, Pine Gap has been the subject of numerous protests over the years. This one was to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the lease though for what exact purpose everyone was going out to the desert wasnt quite made clear. More on that later.
The trip to Alice was in my friend Jims van. Jim is a veteran of numerous actions and court cases out at Alice he was well acquainted with the route. The van runs off the biodeisel Jim makes out of used fish and chip oil; so all available car space was taken up with drums full of fuel. Other travel companions were my housemates Franz and Tim. Franz is Jims son so grew up going to protests though he is still a teenager. Tim is from New...
This video from the USA says about itself:
How Politicians and Academics Lie: Misinformation, Public Relations, and Public Opinion (2005)
Academic dishonesty or academic misconduct is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise. It can include
Plagiarism: The adoption or reproduction of original creations of another author (person, collective, organization, community or other type of author, including anonymous authors) without due acknowledgment.
Fabrication: The falsification of data, information, or citations in any formal academic exercise.
Deception: Providing false information to an instructor concerning a formal academic exercisee.g., giving a false excuse for missing a deadline or falsely claiming to have submitted work.
Cheating: Any attempt to give or obtain assistance in a formal academic exercise (like an examination) without due acknowledgment.
Bribery: or paid services. Giving assignment answers or test answers for money.
Sabotage: Acting to prevent others from completing their work. This includes cutting pages out of library books or willfully disrupting the experiments of others.
Professorial misconduct: Professorial acts that are academically fraudulent equate to academic fraud and/or grade fraud.
Impersonation: assuming a students identity with intent to provide an advantage for the student.
Academic dishonesty has been documented in most every type of educational setting from elementary school to graduate school. Throughout history this type of dishonesty has been met with varying degrees of approbation. Today, those who are a part of an educated society tend to take a very negative view of academic dishonesty.
The extent to which the US government was guilty of propaganda aimed at its own people is a matter of discussion. The book Selling Intervention & War by Jon Western argued that president Bush was selling the...
Did you read the latest news that Vladimir Putin is rich and evil? Oh, you don't read anymore, more power to you. Fake news has it that the Russian president has a new "secret" holiday mansion worth untold millions. Furthermore, some of the stories tell of Putin being the world's richest and most evil man. For those of you who do not believe in fairytales, here's a candid look at what Russians are really up against. My initial reaction to reading "Drone footage shows Putin's secret island mansion" at 9 News Australia was, "So what if the leader of Russia is rich?" I would have skimmed the article and moved on but for a familiar name popping up. I'll get to the ousted industrialist shark Bill Browder in a minute, but first it's important for readers to understand that Putin actually has little need of money in the traditional sense. Every financial magazine, every expert, and hordes of guessing investigators have tried for years to count Vladimir Putin's gold, and to no avail. Some say he is worth more than Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos combined, but nobody can trace down this immense wealth. Amid all the speculation as to "why" the Panama Papers could not convict Putin, the pointedly obvious shines through. Nobody can trace Putin's fortune because there isn't one. But this is fodder for another story, let me move on to the latest Alexei Navalny fairytale and to this Browder character cited in the Australian piece.
QUESTION #1: Marty,
___ ________ makes the argument that if the government raised the price of gold to $5000/oz it would start and inflation that would wipe away the debt.
Dont they have to ensure convertibility as well? He kind of skips over that. And isnt that pegging the dollar to gold, and no peg holds? At that price the dollar would become incredibly cheap, and world demand for it would soar to arbitrage trade into goods, I would think.
Anyway, how does his proposal compare to the 1934 and 1971 devaluations.
ANSWER: This proposal is insane and it would not work anyhow. In 1934, it was the link of gold to the dollar that CAUSE deflation. When Roosevelt devalued the dollar, then inflation took place. If you suddenly fixed gold at $5,000, so what? He would be doing the opposite by creating deflation and then the national debt would become payable in gold.
The 1971 closing of the gold window by Nixon cut the link to gold ending Bretton Woods and then inflation unfolded. This is why Europe is in trouble for they keep trying to create a strong Euro which means assets decline and that produces deflation.
I just do not get the reasoning of these people. They clearly have no real world experience. They want to forecast markets without ever leaving their bedroom.
QUESTION #2: I have been bullish on gold until recently. It seems that to cheer gold we have to cheer the end of the world. If that is our fate for us all, then gold wont matter. As you said, a $1,000 in gold in 1980 is worth $1350 today less storage fees. A $1,000 in the Dow back then is $22,000 plus all the dividends. Do you really think gold will ever go up? With North Korea fading out, what reason do we even have for gold? Deflation dominates the world and taxes keep going highe...
A study has revealed that better employee productivity would occur if people over 40 years old were able to work three days (25 hours) a week. According to the paper which is in the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, doing more than three days a week once you reach 40 years old can damage your ability to think.
The research was conducted using the data of more than 3,000 men and 3,500 women (aged over 40) who completed the national Household Income Labour Dynamics in Australia survey. The research took peoples economic and subjective well-being, family structures and employment into account. The participants were asked to read words aloud, match letters and numbers under pressure and to recite lists of numbers backwards. The results indicated that participants who worked 25 hours a week tended to achieve the highest scores.
Colin Mckenzie is a Professor of Economics at Keio University. He took part in the research and said that working long hours was more damaging to brain function than not working at all. Given the fact that the retirement age has gone up in many countries, Mckenzie suggests that these new findings should be taken into consideration. He stated that many countries are going to raise their retirement ages by delaying the age at which people are eligible to start receiving pension benefits. This means that more people continue to work in the later stages of their life. He added, the degree of intellectual stimulation...
The term the American Dream, is a term first coined by writer James Truslow Adams 86 years ago. The American dream has become an unmitigated nightmare.
Michael Snyder recently wrote a very astute article in which he bemoaned the present status of the middle class. I want to begin where Mr. Snyder and I agree and then I want to take a look at economic factors that are not getting a lot attention as they relate to middle class economic health and well-being.
$0 saved: 39 percent
Less than $1,000 saved: 18 percent
$1,000 to $4,999 saved: 12 percent
$5,000 to $9,999 saved: 6 percent
$10,000 or more saved: 25 percent
Further, a full 25% of all Americans do not have a bank account. Why? The answer is simple, they have nothing left at the end of the month t deposit.
The condition of the middle class is catastrophic and the tragedy is present across all economic domains. This article will only analyze the status of the middle class as it relates to two standard measures of middle class economic health, the viability of home ownership and the readiness for retirement and in both cases, the middle class receives a grade of F-.
As prices rise, homeownership rates are going in the op...
(ANTIWAR.COM) The expansion of US military operations around the drone has coincided with the Pentagon having an increasingly large drone arsenal to carry out unmanned airstrikes around the world. Thats given them an opportunity to massively increase spending on drone warfare.
But the CIA also invested massively in drone warfare, and officials are looking for more opportunities to use those drones from extrajudicial killings. This has led CIA Director Mike Pompeo to press President Trump for authority to conduct drone strikes in Afghanistan.
Military drone strikes are common in Afghanistan, and Pentagon officials arent clear what the CIA thinks their drones can do that the existing drones arent already doing. On top of that, since the CIA declines comment on their strikes, the Pentagon is worried CIA strikes that kill civilians will lead to blowback against US ground troops.
The CIA doesnt appear to have good answers for the Pentagons concerns, so much as they have a lot of drones they want to get more use out of. Pompeo has bragged that President Trump has been eager to grant him more authority and more resources whenever hes asked, even though the specifics of what theyre doing and why remains largely secret.
Sometimes you have to put out information in hopes that those who havent heard this will at least absorb a fraction of it. If you havent heard this and you absorb just one of these random points, I believe that may be enough to cause a major paradigm shift your life or in the life of someone you know. Here are 10 random, mostly recent but some archival information that is factual and verifiable for anyone willing to look it up.
1- Genetically Modified Foods are illegal in many countries for health and medical reasons all the while the U.S. passes laws making GMO labeling illegal. You may be thinking, say what? Thats right. U.S. citizens are being propagandized daily and are being practically forced to blindly consume GMOs while countries like Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, Australia, Russia, France and Switzerland have all booted Monsanto and their GMO crops from their countries. Thats like being booted out of a town for being a rapist and child molester only to have that same person settle into the next town over and become a grade school teacher or pastor. Now imagine the citizens of that other town having a law forced on them that says rapists and child molesters must be allowed to teach little kids and run churches. Thats what were talking about here.
While humanity in other countries wake up fully to the dangers of GMO foods, Monsanto and other GMO food producers are having a feast in the U.S. buying out politicians, distorting news, research and evidence that proves GMO foods are directly linked to cancer. Like a scene from a bad movie only its not a movie it life. Actually its YOUR life if you are i...
About time if you ask me
Julian Assange says all freedom-loving people should support Bitcoin as an answer to government oppression.
One of the challenges to the claims about the power of the Israel lobby is: What about liberal Zionists? They are very critical of the Israeli occupation and of Netanyahu. In what sense do they constitute a lobby for Israel in the U.S.? The answer is that they establish red lines on criticism of Israel inside the Democratic Party. They work to marginalize progressives who have fundamental criticisms of Israel as a Jewish state or as a burden on American foreign policy.
Here are three recent examples of the ways that liberals set these red lines.
Last week Daniel Biss, an anti-establishment candidate for the Democratic nomination to be governor of Illinois, ditched his running mate over his support for BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign targeting Israel; and many of us thought it was a big story. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), the movement for Palestinian human rights, has become an issue in the ongoing Illinois gubernatorial race, Jewish Voice for Peace declared. While Palestine Legal said that despite shifting public opinion toward support for Palestinian freedom, Palestinian rights were taboo for the political establishment.
Daniel Biss is a Jewish progressive who went into politics in opposition to the Iraq War and says I care deeply about justice for Palestinians. But he understands that if you want to be Illinois governor, you have to be pro-Israel. J.B. Pritzker, a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, has given money to the Israeli Defense Forces, Electronic Intifada reported, while another leading candidate, Chris Kennedy, was...
Did you read the latest news that Vladimir Putin is rich and evil? Oh, you dont read anymore, more power to you. Fake news has it that the Russian president has a new secret holiday mansion worth untold millions. Furthermore, some of the stories tell of Putin being the worlds richest and most evil man. For those of you who do not believe in fairytales, heres a candid look at what Russians are really up against.
My initial reaction to reading Drone footage shows Putins secret island mansion at 9 News Australia was, So what if the leader of Russia is rich? I would have skimmed the article and moved on but for a familiar name popping up. Ill get to the ousted industrialist shark Bill Browder in a minute, but first its important for readers to understand that Putin actually has little need of money in the traditional sense. Every financial magazine, every expert, and hordes of guessing investigators have tried for years to count Vladimir Putins gold, and to no avail. Some say he is worth more than Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos combined, but nobody can trace down this immense wealth. Amid all the speculation as to why the Panama Papers could not convict Putin, the pointedly obvious shines through. Nobody can trace Putins fortune because there isnt one. But this is fodder for another story, let me move on to the latest Alexei Navalny fairytale and to this Browder character cited in the Australian piece.
I neednt outline the role and the character of Alexei Navalny again here. The blogger who would be kind of Russia was last seen fueling up his drones for another flyby of Sergey Shoygus super secret space station home. Having attempted to label Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev a criminal for the places hes vacationed at, Navalny seems unable to stop himself proving the insignificant. I think the best reason for Russians to ignore Putins biggest detractor is the simple fact he knows nothing of Russian people. Hey Navalny, heads up, Russians dont care if Putin is rich, they only care if he does his job. Sorry, this western poster boy of change in Russia, he just sets me off. What an idiot. But lets move on to another famous profiteer who Putin banished from Russia, the founder of Hermitage Capital Management, Bill Browder.
Its amazing how western mainstream media and the politicians always turn to Putin haters to be experts or to get proof on the Ru...
QUESTION #1: [_____] says that the dollar will collapse because with the debt ceiling gone no more buyers of Treasuries in the markets and only the Fed Reserve buying inflation goes to the wazoo. All over USA. care to comment?
ANSWER: Total nonsense. The USA debt of $20 trillion is a tiny fraction of global debt at $160 trillion. This entire theory does not hold up. Just where is all the money going to run? Gold? Institutions do not buy gold and cannot function with gold, which is not legal tender for even paying your taxes. The only thing that matters is the general public confidence. When the average person on the street no longer trusts government, that is the tipping point.
There is a whole series of people given a choice between a bar of chocolate and a bar of silver. They take the chocolate. Kids line up in Starbucks and pay with their phone not even cash. Not until you shake the confidence of these people will you see the explosion in markets. That is what took place in the late 1970s. I was there. OPEC created the image of wholesale inflation. People were hoarding toilet paper.
QUESTION #2: What will Fed Balance Sheet Shrinkage do to Gold?
ANSWER: The opposite of what people think. Shrinking the Balance Sheet will be anti-inflationary to the standard reasoning and thus gold should collapse with deflation. However, the Fed has turned away from QE because pension funds are at serious risk. They have run off to emerging markets and bought very long-term paper desperately trying to get their yields up. As the stock market rises because there is no alternative, the Fed politically will be forced to raise rates. They will end up creating inflation with rising rates that will blow interest expenditure through the roof.
Publication of Hillary Clinton's book, which I have not read but which I gather characteristically blames everyone for her election defeat but herself, and which assumes all the Russiagate allegations to be true, begs the question of what stage the Russiagate investigation has reached, and whether we are any closer to a final end to this affair. The answer is that the investigation - predictably enough - appears to be going nowhere, and that the affair is now probably close to its end. Firstly, there has been a dearth of new 'revelations' driving the scandal, which suggests that the well of such 'revelations' from our old friends the 'anonymous sources' has finally dried up. In place of these 'revelations' the media has had to content itself with reports of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's activities, including details of the various people he has had interviewed or intends to have interviewed. The fact that Mueller and his people are carrying out these interviews and are going through the evidence is in my opinion a good thing. Whilst Comey was in charge of the Russiagate investigation it proceeded at a snail's pace, almost certainly because Comey had a vested interest in keeping it going as long as possible. Mueller by contrast appears to be taking his job seriously, which means that (finally!) the people who have been publicly implicated in the scandal are being interviewed, giving them at last an opportunity to state their case and to respond to the allegations which have made against them.
By Kent Heckenlively, JD Ive done all I can. Now its time for the glasses, big nose, and mustache. In response to the Australian governments denial of my visa application on August 31, 2017 I sent them a letter on September 5, 2017, asking them to rescind the order. I wrote, I would like to Continue reading How to Sneak into Australia
This Sunday, September 17, Avi Yemini has organised a rally to castigate the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, for failing to stop African yoof from slaughtering Victorians. Or something. According to Avi: The government has failed us. Violent crime in Victoria Continue reading
Its not about you its about your father.
These words introduced me to a nightmare that would change my life. I was 45 years old and what developed after that sentence was a product of someone elses past that would frame so much of my future.
It was October 1999, and I was senior pastor of Hillsong Church, which my wife Bobbie and I had started from scratch in 1983 in a...
So someone has ghost-written another Hillary Clinton memoir. My biggest question when I picked it up was: Did Hillary stiff the writer out of the final payment as she did Barbara Feinman, the real author of It Takes a Village?
You dont have to read any further than the cover of the book to answer the question posed by its title: What Happened: Hillary Clinton. Glutton for punishment, I took a masochistic dive into its dark pages anyway.
It soon became apparent that Hillary shouldnt have treated Feinman so churlishly. What Happened would have greatly benefited from her stylistic enhancements. The prose in this book is as brittle as the mind behind it. Notice the lack of a question mark in the title. This is a telling punctuational elision. It signals that this text will not be an investigation into the dynamics behind the most perplexing election in American history. Dont skim these pages in search of a self-lacerating confession or an apologia. What Happened reads more like a drive-by shooting rampage. The book is a score-settling scattershot rant, enfilading anyone who stood in Clintons way, from Bernie Sanders to James Comey. Amid Hillarys hitlist of villains, even toothless Joe Biden gets gut-shot.
There are, naturally, two ways of interpreting the results of the 2016 elections pitting the two most unappetizing candidates in American history against each: either Trump found some way to defeat Hillary or, more probably, Hillary managed to lose to Trump. But Hillarys psyche cant swallow either scenario. So, she endeavors to create a mystery where there is none. The outcome was so inexplicable, she reasons, that there must be some hidden mechanism at work: Russian hacking, press bias, left betrayal, FBI sabotage. Clinton summons a lineup of the possible suspects: Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin, Julian Assange, Jill Stein, the New York Times, CNN, and Jim Comey. Alas, Hillary and her ghost-writer are not John LeCarr. She cant spin a coherent and plausible cyber-spy yarn, in part because Clinton keeps getting sidetracked by a compulsion to wash her own hands of any culpability in blowing the election.
The closest Hillary comes to any admission of personal liability is when she discloses that she may have blundered when she smeared Trumps supporters as deplorables. Then she suddenly pulls back, recalibrates and defends her denunciation of white working class vot...
A lot of infromation is coming to light about cloning. Ask yourself a question, when has the government not weaponized an invention of breakthrough? If you can answer that question, then you are ready to view the following video.
Smoking has been on the government hit-list for decades. Why then are junk food and sugary drinks flying under the radar. Jonathan McGuane weighs in.
Obesity in Australia has risen steadily since the 1980s such that almost two thirds of adults are now overweight or obese, a phenomenon colloquially referred to as the obesity epidemic.
High body mass index (BMI) is linked to cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and cardiovascular disease, and costs the Australian economy $21 billion per year. High BMI also accounts for 5.5% and 14.1% of total disease burden (years of healthy life lost) among non-indigenous and Indigenous Australians, respectively; both second only to tobacco.
Sorry for all the boring facts, but its important to establish this right up front: obesity is a huge problem (pun intended). The question is, how did we get this way?
The vast majority of Australians put the blame squarely at the feet of obese people themselves after all, simply reducing ones caloric intake and increasing energy expenditure should theoretically decrease body fat and normalise BMI. However, this view ignores the fact that in modern Australia, people are exposed to a huge variety of strong influences that increase their propensity for developing obesity, and unlike the other major lifestyle risk factors (smoking and alcohol overuse), food consumption is essential to life.
Structural and cultural factors decrease the accessibility of healthy food, promote consumption of energy-dense nutrient-poor food, increase sedentary behaviour, and decreased levels of exercise create what has become known as an obesogenic environment. These include advanced advertising and marketing techniques, the low cost of energy-dense food, poor urban planning, inadequate food literacy, and human genetics/biology all factors outside the control of individuals.(IMAGE: frankieleon, Flickr)
The fact that interventions focussing on individuals (e.g. pharmacological, educational and behavioural) have not worked reinforces this concept. The effect is most devastating among peopl...
The Gruen Transfer came under fire from ProudBlackSista (Collen Lavelle) when one of the shows contestants (Creative Director of Loud) included footage of Dylan Voller in a spit hood for their mock ad aimed to convince Kim Jong-Un not to nuke Australia. Gruen seems to have removed the tweet from their feed since complaint was made but you can watch the video here (pitch 2).
This is the mock commercial that uses Dylan Voller footage, for white middle class laughs. https://t.co/519b4WkLTI
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Cashless Welfare was a big news in my circles this week with the publication of a feature-length investigative article in Independent Australia which I wrote at the request of Managing Editor, Dave Donovan. Anti-Poverty SA are running conference on poverty that features poor people a novice concept in a country renowned for our middle class talk-fests and are crowdfunding it here.
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price published the article Greens should shut up and listen to Indigenous people including the video containing CCT footage of criminal behaviour in Indigenous communities funded by Andrew Forrests charity Minderoo. I have written to the OAIC to explore this use of CCTV for various reasons.
Andrew Forest went a step further branding the Greens as the party for pedophiles:
I have to hold the Greens accountable here; the Greens might...
The answer may surprise you because its not what you think.
In fact, we think youll find the answer downright shocking.
Back in 1929, Harry Anslinger was made director of a government department known as the Department of Prohibition. But, as it turned out, Prohibition was a disaster and when it was repealed, Anslinger needed a way to keep his department alive.
So, without a way to scapegoat alcohol any longer, he turned his eyes elsewhere on cannabis.
Cannabis, he said, would make a dangerous, insane criminal. Marijuana, he said, made people turn into evil beasts. And then, he said, there was the case of the boy Victor Lacata, whod recently hacked his family to death in Florida with an ax. That, Anslinger said, is what happens when you smoke weed.
Documentation now shows that Anslinger wrote to thirty leading doctors, hoping theyd sign off on his crazy statements. Twenty-nine said no. One said, sure. Anslinger used that doctor to give legitimacy to his ravings.
The United States banned marijuana then strong-armed other countries, such as Mexico, into doing the same.
Confused doctors, who knew that cannabis wasnt the evil Anslinger was making it out to be, asked where the scientific research was to support such wild claims.
Anslinger refused to hear it, writing only The marijuana evil can no longer be temporized with, and as such, he would fund no independent science, not ever.
But heres the catch. Years later, somebody went and looked at the psychiatric files for Victor Lacata and theres no evidence he ever used cannabis. Instead, there was a long history of mental illness in his family, and someone had actually suggested Lacata be institutionalized a year prior. There was no mention of cannabis in any of his files.
Theres no data anywhere to support the idea that cannabis causes pyschosis.
In fact, the scientific evidence suggests cannabis is safer than alcohol. Alcohol kills 40,000 people every year in the US. Cannabis kills nobodyalthough Willie Nelson says a friend of his did once die when a bale of cannabis fell on his head.
Isnt it time we listened to the scienceand finally put away Victor Lacatas axe?
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern
monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
In the past week, we observed, Monday, September 11, 1973 the day when right-wing forces, aided by the US government, overthrew the elected government of Chile. It was a terrorist act and we should not forget that.
When a sovereign government issues debt to match its fiscal deficit, the debt adds to the financial wealth of the non-government sector.
The answer is False.
The fundamental principles that arise in a fiat monetary system are as follows.
National governments have cash operating accounts with their central bank. The specific arrangements vary by country but the principle remains the same. When the government spends it debits these accounts and credits various bank accounts within the commercial banking system. Deposits thus show up in a number of commercial banks as a reflection of the spending. It may issue a cheque and post it to someone in the private sector whereupon that person will deposit the cheque at their bank. It is the same effect as if it had have all been done electronically.
By Dr. Mercola
Your body lets you know every day, in a variety of ways, that it is alive and well. One such way is the familiar growl of your stomach, which, to most of us, signals hunger.
But, are all those rumbles and noises actually coming from your stomach? Are they really a sign you need to eat? The answer to both questions is a resounding No. Ill take this opportunity to remind you about whats really going on when you feel and hear a rumble in your belly.
You may not realize stomach growling actually originates as muscular activity in both your stomach and your small intestine. To better understand what causes it, lets take a closer look at how your body digests the foods and beverages you consume. As you probably know, one of the primary components of your digestive system is a long hollow tube called the esophagus, which runs from the back of your mouth all the way to your anus.
Your esophagus connects with all of your various organs along your gastrointestinal tract, such as your gallbladder, liver, pancreas and stomach, as well as your small and large intestines (also referred to as your bowels).
The walls of your esophagus are primarily composed of layers of smooth muscle, which are squeezed and contracted as a means of digesting and propelling food through your body. This process is called peristalsis. As peristalsis does its work, the food and beverages you consume are steadily being moved along from your stomach to your anus.
Along the way, they are being mixed with a variety of digestive juices. These juices help your body transform liquids and solids into a gooey mixture known as chyme. Now, this is where the growling noises factor into the process.
The funny noises and rumbling sounds you experience are not hunger pangs; they are caused by pockets of trapped air and gasses that are compressed as your body churns food particles and chyme through your digestive system. Typically, stomach growling is no cause for concern. About stomach growling, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders says:1
Whether audible or not, bowel sounds in the absence of other significant symptoms are normal phenomena of no medical significance. Their harm is embarrassment, a social, rather than a medical affliction.
You may be surprised to know that growling sounds can happen at any time not just when you're hungry or when your digestive system is relatively empty. Sometimes the....
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Publication of Hillary Clintons book, which I have not read but which I gather characteristically blames everyone for her election defeat but herself, and which assumes all the Russiagate allegations to be true, begs the question of what stage the Russiagate investigation has reached, and whether we are any closer to a final end to this affair. The answer is that the investigation predictably enough appears to be going nowhere, and that the affair is now probably close to its end.
This strange creature was found bobbing along in the waters off of Port Douglas in Australia. While we already know the ocean is full of unique and terrifying things, who knew something like this would come to pay mankind a visit?
Divers came across this enormous translucent tube with an interesting pink sheen to its surface and felt as if they were looking at something out of a sci-fi flick. This creature is around 10-foot-long and to begin with, they were unsure of what it might be. That being said, we now know what this creature is, it is a giant pyrosome or is it?
Giant pyrosomes are not just one huge organism but a body of tons of organisms. They are individual cones that work together to form the hollow structure. At this time, we do not know much about these pyrosomes. They are bioluminescent, though, which is quite a sight. Their light is noted for being unusually bright and lasting a very long time.
Any damage done to the tube is easily repaired as they can reproduce clonally and each individual clone is a hermaphrodite, able to make both eggs and sperm. Strangely though when two of these masses bump into one another in the ocean they have sexual reproduction. Pyrosomes are also part of the tunicate group of animals meaning that each one contains a notochord and is classed as a chordate just like humans are.
While the divers seem to believe this is a pyrosome, many believe it may be diamondback squid eggs. Because of the pink sheen and the ruffles in the body of the mass itself, which makes sense to a degree. These two things look extremely similar so without doing some in-person research it is hard to know for sure. For more information on that click here.
Of course, whether you believe this is a pyrosome or think it is squid eggs we can all agree these magnificent things are not seen often so those divers were able to make memories that will stick with them forever. Check out the images below of the massive pyrosome (or possible squid eggs) they found and then take a look at the video for more information on pyrosomes in general. Personally, I dont think it is either, I am pretty sure this is the water creature from The Abyss.
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SACRAMENTO The Winnemem Wintu Tribe and allies from far away as Hawaii protested outside the Sacrmento Convention Center during the 2017 League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo on Thursday, September 14, 2017 as part of the Run4Salmon that is making its way through parts California.
Among the allies was Holly Andrade Blair, council member, City of Lemoore, California.
We are being nickled and dimed with this filtration plant here, we need a new well here, things like that it adds up. They are like water barons,We have five or six families that own the majority of the water rights in our a...
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is under a criminal homicide investigation because 8 of the residents of the nursing home died after they lost air conditioning.
After Hurricane Irma rolled through, they lost power, and it was so unbearably hot and humid that the elderly people were literally dying.
The worst residents were sent to the hospital across the street as they struggled to find solutions for air conditioners. They had portable A/C units and fans, but the heat and humidity was too much, reported Raw Story.
But according to CBS4 Miami reporter Jim DeFede, the center kept calling Florida Gov. Rick Scott begging for help.
They actually called 36 hours before the the first death, but the calls for immediate help were not answered.
The reason they were calling Scott was they were told to call a special cell phone that Scott gave out to healthcare executives saying they should call if there are any problems. So, they did exactly that, and no one came to the rescue.
Scotts office refused to accept any blame after they ignored the pleas for help on the special help line for healthcare.
The tragic and senseless loss at Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center is the subject of a criminal homicide investigation by law enforcement, a statement from Scotts office read. Lets be clear this facility is located across the street from one of Floridas largest hospitals, which never lost power and had fully operating facilities. It is 100 percent the responsibility of health care professionals to preserve life by acting in the best interest of the health and well-being of their patients.
CBS4 reported there are still dozens of nursing homes across Florida still without power.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)
How do you solve a conservation problem? Do you protect a wild leopard that has entered a village by removing it and releasing it into a forest far, far away? Or do you work with the people living in the village and help them live with the leopards and other wildlife that might stray into their backyards? Do you save a patch of tropical forest by declaring it a protected area and keeping people out? Or do you let local communities take charge? The answers to these questions are, as might be expected, not straightforward. But we do need answers. The endangered Indochinese lutung (Trachypithecus germaini) is native to Southeast Asia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. We are in the middle of what some scientists call a sixth mass extinction event. Our planet is losing species at least 100 times faster than historical levels. Halting this ongoing human-induced extinction will be neither easy nor cheap. Nearly every country has committed to reducing the loss of globally threatened species and protecting their habitats under the Convention on Biological Diversitys (CBD) 2020 biodiversity targets. This would cost about $80 billion per year, scientists estimated in 2012. But the overall picture is poor, CBD noted in its 2016 report. With just three years left, most countries have made inadequate progress in achieving the 2020 targets and have weak levels of future ambition to do so, the report found. Funding for conservation, too, is becoming increasingly scarce. So figuring out how to spend this money prioritizing
Not everyone wants to be asked if theyre okay. Joshua Dabelstein explains, and a warning to readers while hes a brilliant writer, hes got a bit of a potty mouth.
This week was RUOK Day again.
I was just accosted by a smiling young woman who, after experiencing travel anxiety on a holiday in between her undergraduate and her masters degrees at USYD, has joined the campaign.
It got me feeling feelings, and then those feelings led to thinkings, and now my thinkings are going to become writings in the hope that by the time I hit the sack this whole thing has coalesced into a puddle of meaning that I can learn from.
On that front tokenistic gestures to mental health issues are causing more harm than good.
For every RUOK day you celebrate, countless young people are coaxed onto a path of pill-paved chemical-adulteration.
We must distinguish between mental health and mental illness if we want to build campaigns that have the capacity to do more good than harm.
Access to labels of anxiety and depression are free and fast. Many peers have walked out of university doctors clinics, and local GPs practices, with scripts for drugs that they identify by brand names, not knowing that Eleva and Pfizer are not actually the names of the antidepressants that theyve been prescribed.
There is significant therapeutic value in having an issue identified, and then subsequently treated. I work in horticulture, and I see the interactions I have with clients as to the diagnoses, prognoses, and treatment plans for plants and gardens in strife that mirror interactions with doctors regarding mental health issues.
I cannot and will not name friends who have been incorrectly taking their meds without appreciating how this affects basics like sleep, and appetite, and libido, and alcohol/black market drug use. Its not their fault that a celebratory blanket has been draped over the shoulders of sufferers.
But judging solely from what Ive seen first hand, we are treating mental health related drugs with a degree of smiling and carefree malaise I daresay exists as a result of the normalisation of these issues by campaigns like RUOK Day.
The problem is, if the Fiddle Leaf Ficus doesnt shake root rot it can be replaced. When you cant treat the curl grub in your veggie patch with Confidor you can just rip out those brassicas and replace them with summer loving edibles!
You cant do this with your own brain.(IMAGE: Jennifer H, Flickr)
After a month of travelling back and forward between Sydney and Canberra (for work), its terrific to be back at home. Hotel rooms are lovely, but theres nothing like the feeling of being in your own bed and having your own stuff around you.
For those who do it more regularly, it must be a difficult life. There was a moment a couple of weeks ago, as I looked around the breakfast room at one of the hotels I stayed at, and I looked at all of the single men sitting by themselves having breakfast, I realised how lonely that kind of life must be. Later in the day, you would see them sitting in the bar by themselves, having a beer.
Though I really enjoyed the opportunity to work between Sydney and Canberra, and I really loved working with the team at ABC Radio Canberra, Im kinda pleased it was only for a month.
Regrettably, I didnt spend enough time exploring Canberra. As I was combining a couple of jobs, and never strayed much beyond work and home, I never made it much beyond Civic, Dickson and Braddon. Entertainment-wise, I also never strayed much beyond Bar Rochford, King OMalleys and Red Chilli. Though I did attend a film, as part of the Italian Film Festival, and went to the opening night of the Wharf Review, both of which were very enjoyable.
And on top of all that, as in Sweden a couple of years ago, Ive developed a case of Cold urticaria due to the combination of colder temperatures and 247 exposure (at work and in the accommodation Ive been staying) to air-conditioning.
So this weekend is hopefully a weekend of wearing shorts, getting my body a little exposed to fresh air and sunshine, and catching up with friends ahead of my next big adventure which is only two or three weeks ago. More to come....
Look, weve all been there. Were trying to do something that will actively make our life better, but our brain keeps getting in the way.
We often find ourselves overthinking, plagued by doubt, or giving in to anxietybut we can all do better, and these fifteen mental hacks can help. Check them out, and let us know about your successes!
1) Practice silence
You know how sometimes you ask someone a question and they only sort of answer the question, or sidestep it? Try maintaining eye contact while staying silent, then just wait. Most people will be uncomfortable enough with the silence that theyll answer the rest of the question.
2) Chew gum to lessen anxiety
A natural reaction to stress, nervousness, or anxiety is to eatbut that doesnt always help, and can have adverse effects on our waistlines. Chewing gum, however, can have the same effect (tricking your brain into relaxing) without the added calories.
3) Watch group dynamics
When youre in a group, pay attention to what people do when they laugh. When people laugh, they tend to instinctively look at the person they are closest to, or wish they were closest to.
4) Drop the I believe
When you use phrases like I believe or I think it undersells the point youre making it. If youre saying it, you clearly already believe or think it, so drop the extra clause. Doing so will help you appear more confident.
5) Stay cool, calm, and collected
The easiest way to gain power in a disagreement is to stay calm; loosing your cool is a way of giving your power up. Stay calm, and youll have a much better chance of coming to an agreement in the future.
6) Act the way you want to feel
Research has shown that not only do we tend to act the way we feel (our actions serving as an emotional outlet, such as stomping when angry), but this can work the other way around, too: If we want to feel happy, acting like we are can help us do so. In other words, fake it until you make it is very real. So if you want to be happy? Act happy. You may be surprised how quickly you notice your mood turning around in response.
7) Treat others as if they were friends
Think of tense situations like interviews. Most of us get nervous, uptight, and cold, forgetting that our interviewer is human, too. If we treat the people around us like they are old friends, and consequently stay respectful and relaxed, we may just be surprised by the results.
8) Confidence begets brilliance
If you are confident in something, people will buy it. Sometimes the best part of bri...
Ian McAuley has written two articles on the problem of housing affordability and the related risk faced by those who have high housing debt. One reader has asked him to respond with suggested solutions. Over to Ian.
There are two related problems non-affordability for those who find themselves locked out of the market, and financial stress for those who have become heavily indebted in an over-priced market (while my article on borrowers is about individuals, Greg Budworth has an excellent article in New Matilda this week on affordability that goes into its social aspects).
To an extent the interests of the two groups those who cannot afford housing and those who are over-committed are at odds: what is done to bring down housing prices will probably leave others exposed to financial risk, particularly those who have high debt and little equity.
When prices fall debt stays constant, resulting in a disproportionate (levered) effect on equity, which can easily go negative. For example: if you owe $800K on a $1 million property, you have $200K equity; if its value falls by 10 per cent your equity falls to $100K (the debt doesnt fall) meaning it halves; and once its value falls again by a similar amount, your equity is wiped out.
Thats the essence of the political problem facing the government, because many of the Coalitions so-called aspirational voters have taken the bait of low nominal interest rates, permissive bank lending practices and tax breaks to buy investment properties.The Commonwealth Bank logo, pictured in Sydney. (IMAGE: Phil Desveaux, Flickr)
Apart from their real estate they are not necessarily wealthy: rather many are taking advantage of what they see as a chance to get ahead materially in a country described by Cameron Murray and Paul Fritijers in their work Game of Mates: How favours bleed the nation, as a class-society, with an elite that robs the rest who are scrambling to salvage some self-esteem by secretly hoping to join that elite.
Even though their self-image may be one of rugged self-reliant...
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This August 2016 video from the USA is called 12 Harrowing Stories About Military Sexual Assault.
Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant:
Defense department covered up abuse of soldier
For the first time, a male victim of sexual abuse in the armed forces is telling his story. The abuse took place at the Royal Military School, and was covered up by the senior officers.
By Maud Effting and Willem Feenstra, September 15, 2017, 20:27
The armed forces covered up an abuse case at the Royal Military School (KMS) in Weert in 1982. A male soldier, attacked by five soldiers and abused sexually by one of them, was sent away by the platoon command when he reported the incident. The perpetrators still have impunity. Three of them still work in the armed forces, two of them in high ranks.
In an interview with the Volkskrant that will be in tomorrows printed edition and will be online, former soldier Ronald Vreeburg (52) tells about the abuse, the subsequent cover up and the far-reaching consequences for his life. His story is largely confirmed by three (former) fellow soldiers.
It is for the first time that a male soldier in the Netherlands tells so openly about abuse. In the USA and England, in recent years, men in the military have been increasingly victims of sexual abuse. In the USA, even more than half of the victims of abuse in the army are male.
According to experts, this disclosure can serve as a catalyst for other male (former) soldiers who have experienced sexual abuse. Abuse scandals in the sports w...
North Korea spooked markets yet again by launching a missile that reported flew over Japan, which came a day after North Korea claimed it would sink Japan. The events were short-livid however and after a brief flight to safety in gold, treasuries and the Yen markets quickly corrected back. The JPY traded into the low 110s but by US trading had drifted into the 111s. Gold did have a bid in Asian trading but by the late US session was testing $1320. The recovery had already taken place by the time Asia closed with the Nikkei closing in positive territory (+0.55%) with exporters and financials setting the pace. The Australian ASX closed down -0.8% led by industrials and miners. SENSEX and Hang Seng were both little changed but we saw a positive return for the core Shanghai index closing up +0.55% as the Yuan drifted again.
UK was the talk of the market today with both good and ad news. Sadly, there was an explosion on a London underground tube where it is to be people hurt and talk that it was terrorist attack. The markets were thin for about an hour but then returned to focus on a rallying Sterling and the declining FTSE. Late in the day the UK raised the terror threat level to critical. GBP made around 200 points against USD taking levels to 1.3610 before settling high 1.35s, a gain today of around 1.3%. Much of this was a direct result of weaker than expected US Retail Sales but the market does appear to be a positive spin top the latest BREXIT talks and the fact the BOE could be back in play soon. The forwards market now prices-in a 60% probability of a November move and February a done deal. Elsewhere in Europe both the CAC and DAX closed small down (-0.2%), while the Spanish IBEX was a little heavier losing -0.4% on the day.
US stocks hit yet more record highs even in the face of poor data but probably benefited on the back of marginally weaker currency against the basket. Retail Sales were 0.3% weaker than forecast at -0.2% and also the Industrial Production number was down almost 1% in August. We have just closed the week at record levels with the geopolitical uncertainty and US Dollar at almost the years lows. Volumes continue to be an issue but with many still on the side-lines, a market...
And then I recalled all the gossip about all the prime ministers since Ive been a journalistPaul Keating he and Annita would divorce because he was secretly gay.
Sydney Morning Herald article below
In 1993 I received my Australian citizenship from then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating at the Sydney Town Hall in front of thousands of people at a special commemoration citizenship ceremony.
I was chosen because I was a New Zealand emigrant businessman whod done well in Australia. I was the only Anglo-Saxon and the other candidates for citizenship came from all over the world. The Australian government was illustrating the multiculturalism of Australia.
Paul Keating arrived with a large entourage and fanfare. Assistants and media, the whole shebang. He was quite something in those days and knew how to play the game, maintain the invincibility and aura.
Paul Keating made a total mess of the Australian economy.
When Paul Keating was Australian Federal Treasurer in the late 1980s, under his economic governance, and as a direct result of him dismantling Australian tariffs on imports carte blanche, the Australian economy went into a major recession. It was all Pauls fault and yet to this day Paul sees himself as an economic hero.
Paul Keatings gayness
I really dont give a toss about whether Paul Keating is gay or not.
Paul lives with his boyfriend in Potts Point so he must be gay....
As per plan the Cassini mission to Saturn is over.
Contact has been lost with the Cassini spacecraft after it completed a death dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn and transmitted its final signal, according to NASA.
Blair Cottrell is an Australian political activist, carpenter, and the leader of The United Patriots Front. Blair joins us to discuss his legal battles, the Islamization of Australia, antifa, and much more. But first, Blair tells us about his background, including how he came to be involved in right-wing politics. Next, we discuss the recent court decision in which Blair was found guilty of inciting contempt for Muslims. This leads to a consideration of Islam in Australia, which Blair tells us is growing at an alarming rate. The show explores many other topics, including Australian antifa and Blairs thoughts on the American Alt-Right.
Cory Bernardi outlines legislation that has just passed banning *old-style* 2-stroke motors from 2019 - meaning lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, weed whackers, and outboard boat motors. In Australia mowers and fishing tinnies are heritage material. It's a new carbon tax by stealth, pretending to be about health. h/t to Tim Blair who adds a movie of Australians dancing with lawn mowers for the Sydney Olympic opening ceremony (just to give you foreigners some appreciation of how attached Australians are to them). Stock up now. You may not be able to buy them (legally) after 2019. I predict a high black market value decent prices for "Vintage models on ebay".
A Senate panel may be stealthily trying to give federal law enforcement a new tool to go after the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks and its U.S. collaborators. A one-sentence "Sense of Congress" clause was tacked onto the end of a massive 11,700-word bill that was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee and is likely to come before the full Senate later this month. The clause says that WikiLeaks "resembles a non-state hostile intelligence service" and that the U.S. government "should treat it as such." The intended target might not be Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks who has been holed up at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012. Federal law enforcement, experts say, is likely targeting anyone collaborating with his organization.
This is the begging-for-the-overthrow-of-a-corrupt-status-quo economy we have thanks to the Federal Reserve giving the J.P. Morgans and Jamie Dimons of the world the means to skim and scam the bottom 95%.
Dear Jamie Dimon: quick quiz: which words/phrases are associated with you and your employer, J.P. Morgan? Looting, pillage, rapacious, exploitive, only saved from collapse by massive intervention by the Federal Reserve, the source of rising wealth inequality, crony capitalism, privatized profits-socialized losses, low interest rates = gift from savers to banks, bloviating overpaid C.E.O., propaganda favoring the financial elite, tool of the top .01%, destroyer of democracy, financial fraud goes unpunished, free money for financiers, debt-serfdom, produces nothing of value to society or the bottom 99.5%.
Jamie, if you answered all of them, youre correct. The only reason you have a soapbox from which you can bloviate is the central bank (Federal Reserve) saved you and your neofeudal looting machine (bank) from well-deserved oblivion in 2008-09, and the unprecedented, co-ordinated campaign by global central banks to buy trillions of dollars of bonds and stocks.
This 8-year long central bank intervention has:
1) transferred billions in what were once interest payments earned by savers and pension funds to banks such as J.P. Morgan
2) boosted your sales by flooding the financial system with low-cost credit
3) lifted your stock far above its value in an unmanipulated market and thus
4) awarded you immense stock-option and bonus-based wealth for doing nothing but letting the central banks enrich J.P. Morgan and its peers.
In other words, your claim of financial genius is based solely on central bank intervention. J.P Morgan would have done very well in the past eight years if theyd replaced you with a crash-test dummy. In fact, the shareholders would have done much, much better if the crash-test dummy had a Post-It note on its chest reading buy bitcoin.
Compare the return for an investor who believed your shuck-and-jive claim to financial genius and &...
Queensland's largest university will become a smoke-free zone within 10 months. The University of Queensland announced today it intended to be a smoke-free campus from July 1. The university adopted the policy after consulting with the State Government and health experts, a spokeswoman said. "The decision aligns with UQ's responsibility and desire to provide healthy and vibrant campuses, and reflects evolving societal norms," she said. The university would offer support to students and staff who currently smoke.
Today we're bringing you a video from a Strong Towns event earlier this year in Calgary, Alberta at the Building Resilience - National Urban Planning Conference. This is the Q&A following a presentation on Strong Communities by Chuck Marohn.
You can watch Part I and Part II of the original presentation, but we wanted to especially highlight the question and answer portion because the questions raised are insightful and invite a valuable discussion on how to build strong towns, particularly from a planning perspective. Some key questions include:
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(ANTIWAR.COM) Adding on to the 3,500 troop escalation already announced for the Afghan War, officials are now reporting that another 6,000-plus ground troops from Fort Carson are also slated for a future deployment to the country.
Its part of the increasingly complicated way in which the US reports, or rather, doesnt report, on troop levels and details in its ongoing wars. The report on the Fort Carson troops includes a lot of questions, including timing of deployment, and how many are new deployments,as opposed to replacing existing troops simply rotating out of the country.
Those are big questions, and there are simply no answers. The Pentagon isnt officially confirming any of the details on this matter, and while those familiar say the deployment is likely to happen sometime in early 2018, even that is just speculation.
While Defense Secretary James Mattis had promised improved transparency, President Trumps declaration that Americas enemies must never know our plans is indeed ushering in a new era of unprecedented secrecy, and these reports about deployments from bases might be the closest we ever get to confirmation of overseas escalations in the future.
A five-year study into sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has found that mandatory celibacy and a culture of secrecy within the entirely male-dominated clergy were "the major precipitating risk factor[s] for child sexual abuse." Former Catholic priest, Des Cahill, and co-author, theologian Peter Wilkinson, compiled information from 26 royal commissions and inquiries from Australia, Ireland, the UK, Canada and the Netherlands since 1985 in their report. Cahill, now married but still a practising Catholic, began the research after he discovered he had lived and worked with several pedophile priests throughout his career in the priesthood. He told Guardian Australia: "After the issue of abuse first became public, around 1978, I began wondering: 'Why did this happen?' I knew some of the priest perpetrators and I studied with them and I lived with one of them. And yet I was never aware while I was in the church. You have to understand, a priest offender is very secretive and doesn't want to be found out."
The Australian media are heavily promoting biometric chip implants as a good thing that will make life easier and possibly save lives.
The mainstream media continues to push biometric implants, tiny microchips upon which personal data is stored that are inserted under the skin, as a matter of convenience that is something out of a science fiction movie.
Take, for instance, this new report from an Australian television station:
From opening doors to riding the bus and paying for lunch, subdermal microchips are the way of the future for people embracing a digital future. Remi Baker and Mitch Hunter from PHD Media are two early adopters of the microchip technology.
We dont need any ID cards, we dont need any pin codes, we dont need any access cards or anything so we can live a much freer life, Mr Hunter said.
The microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice, sits beneath the skin. Data from your bank card, LinkedIn profile or even your medical history is cloned on to the chip which is then implanted in the hand.
Using the same technology as tap and pay cards, the chip can be used to do anything that has been programmed on to the chip.
The report even suggests such implants can save lives, if a person has stored medical information on it.
This 2012 video from Victoria in Australia is about mallee emu-wrens.
This video says about itself:
In September 2014, I had the excitement of finding a population of at least 3-4 Mallee Emu-wren, an endangered species, at Wyperfeld National Park in northwest Victoria, Australia. My video here is hand-held and rough but, along with the pictures I got, I hope it shows you that these tiny vulnerable birds are present at this location.
14 Sep 2017
Irreplaceable Murray-Sunset, Hattah & Annuello, Australia
In our Irreplaceable series, we cast a light on the globally-significant bird habitats that are in danger of disappearing forever.
By Alex Dale
Stretching across three national parks and covering 7,004 km2 of semi-arid shrubland in North-Western Victoria, this area is one of the last refuges for a number of endangered bird species dependent on its unique mallee habitat for survival.
Mallee is a term used to describe species of eucalypt plant that have adapted to survive in hot, dry areas prone to bushfires. They boast a swollen root crown laced with buds. When the plant is destroyed by fire, the dormant buds allow it to grow back in multi-stemmed form. After 15-20 years of unburnt growth, they offer the perfect environment to deliver sanctuary and shelter to several specialist species.
These include Malleefowl Leipoa ocellata, a chicken-sized megapode once widespread across Australia, but now restricted to scattered locations across southern Australia. Other resident species are scarcer still. A small colony of 20-40 breeding pairs of Black-eared Miner Manorina melanotis in Murray-Sunset National Park is considered one o...
The disease we now call AIDS burst onto the scene in 1981 after a group of gay males in New York City and Orange County were stricken with a rare type of pneumonia and sarcoma. A year later GRID (gay related immune deficiency) morphed into AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and in 1984 the 'probable' cause of AIDS was named. It was called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and the entire world recoiled in fear whilst subjected to a publicity campaign the likes of which had never been seen. According to HIV/AIDS researchers, everyone -- not just gay men and IV drug users -- is susceptible. The science was clear and to be diagnosed was a death sentence. But is it? From the beginning there were disturbing questions raised regarding the shoddy scientific methods involved in identifying HIV and the unreliable testing parameters required for a definitive diagnosis. These questions were never fully answered by mainstream science and what we're left with is a morass of confusion, contradiction and of course, suffering and death. On this episode we dip our toes into heresy and denialism and ask the question: What if the HIV/AIDS hypothesis is just that -- a hypothesis? Running Time: 01:23:31 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!
A sixth-grade student in Michigan says he does not want to go back to school after he was assaulted by his homeroom teacher for choosing not to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Stone Chaney, who attends East Middle School in Farmington Hills, Michigan, said his teacher violently dragged him out of his chair and attempted to force him to stand for the pledge, leaving the young man confused and unwilling to return to that school, reported ClickOnDetroit.
The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently, Stone told the news site. I was so confused. I didnt know what was going on.
Stone, who is very adamant about not standing because he does not pledge to a flag, said that the day after the initial incident, another teacher yelled at him for remaining seated during the pledge.
I dont stand because I dont pledge to a flag, the child explained. I pledge to God and family.
Stones parents are still looking for answers as to how the September 7 incident occurred.
His father addressed the district directly at its last board meeting, defending his sons right to do what he wishes when the pledge is being spoken.
Its his choice to sit, Brian Chaney said. I dont make him sit. And they should respect that.
Even though he was yelled at and physically ripped from his chair, the superintendent of Farmington Public Schools released a statement detailing that the district does support the right of students to opt out of the pledge, announcing that it was conducting an investigation and that the teacher involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome.
Stone and his family are looking into other options and will
probably leave the district.
No matter what you think of the man- he is top in his field and is quite brilliant- so it can be EASILY said that I learned from the very best.
FRESH laneway artwork isnt the only new addition to Corrimals Town Centre this month.
Wollongong City Council has installed a permanent table tennis table and will be placing a Libraries Everywhere Box for the community to enjoy at Corrimals Memorial Park. These new instalments are part of Councils ongoing program to revitalise Corrimal Town Centre.
Corrimal Mens Shed and Corrimal Public School students were
invited to give Council a hand in creating the Libraries Everywhere
Box; Corrimal Mens Shed created and built the box with Corrimal
Public School students putting on the final decorative touches.
The unleashing of colour in the laneway at 219 Princes Highway has been painted with colours of the rainbow by artist, Anthony Jones. The artwork is inspired by Streets Ice-cream, as the company was founded in Corrimal.
These new installations and the ongoing revitalisation contribute to the suburbs unique local character and vibrancy.
Council is always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance public spaces and make them more...
Who first used the phrase the final solution in reference to
exterminating a race of people?
The first Geneva convention wasnt a response to Nazis. It was a response to the Americans. 1863 the entire civilized world was shocked and codified rules of war that had been up to this point followed for centuries. The world was horrified at the Union armies for attacking civilians, burning property, raping, looting, and even targeting children in the American Civil War. The same barbarity by the same Northern generals was brought to the American Indians after the Civil War had concluded.
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Opinion by Meryl Dorey Former President Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network (AVN) In 1992, Carl Scully was the Member for Smithfield in NEW South Wales Australian Parliament. That year (1992), he spent his entire annual budget preparing and printing a report critical of vaccination. Entitled, Immunisation: Is it Worth the Risk? Mr Scully showed himself to be Continue reading Australia Have You Sold Your Soul To The (Pharma) Devil?
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Intimidation of 9/11 Commission witnesses: the minders
by Jon Rappoport
September 15, 2017
Lets say you work for a large corporation, which is undertaking an internal investigation of possible corruption and fraud within the company.
Youre sitting in a room, and an employee of the company is interviewing you.
But next to you sits your boss. He hears all the questions, and he hears your answers. He takes notes on the interview. He answers questions you are supposed to answer. He is your minder.
Getting the picture?
On October 2, 2003, during the 9/11 Commission investigation into what happened on September 11, 2001, a memo was sent to two Commission attorneys, Daniel Marcus and Steven Dunne. It was ominously titled:
The memo was written by members of the 9/11 Commissions Team 2: Kevin Scheid, Lorry Fenner, and Gordon Lederman. There is no indication that any official subsequently acted on their highly serious charges:
When we have asked witnesses [in interviews] about certain roles and responsibilities within the intelligence community, minders [in the room] have preempted witnesses responses by referencing formal policies and procedures. As a result, witnesses have not responded to our questions and have deprived us from understanding the intelligence communitys actual functioning and witnesses view of their roles and responsibilities.
[M]inders have positioned themselves physically and have conducted themselves in a manner that we believe intimidates witnesses from giving full and candid responses to our questions. Minders generally have sat next to witnesses at the table and across from Commission staff, [falsely] conveying to witnesses that minders are participants in interviews and are of equal status to witnesses.
[Minders now and then] answer questions directed at witnesses.
[Minders write] verbatim notes of witnesses statements [which] conveys to witnesses that their superiors will review their statements and may engage in retribution.
[Minders making notes] facilitates [government] agencies in alerting future witnesses to the Commissions lines of inquiry and permits agencies to prepare future witnesses either explicitly or implicitly.
[T]he net effect of minders conduct, whether intentionally or not, is to intim...
What is a store for? Its definition appears to be changing, increasingly illusory, as consumers embrace digitalization and the virtual.
For many, running to the grocery store is replaced by ordering groceries on Amazon Fresh. While trips to the shopping mall are still relatively popular, depending on where one lives, many malls are now ghosts of themselves: empty holes of space, surrounded by a mass of unused parking lot.
As the world increasingly turns to computers for an easy shopping alternative, retail stores are attempting to reinvent themselves: to assert their usefulness and relevance in a digitalized economy. But many seem to be finding their answer to this dilemma not by burying into retail practices of the last several decades, but rather by reinventing their stores experience entirely. Take Nordstrom, for example.
Nordstrom just announced their creation of a store without merchandise last week: a 3,000-square-foot space called Nordstrom Local which would offer experiential amenities, such as a spa and a bar, hair salon and tailor.
Stylists will be on hand to guide shoppers to a personalized wardrobe, which customers can then order online to be delivered to the store that same day, reports the Washington Post. Or the stylists will visit one of the nine local traditional Nordstrom locations to retrieve the purchase. The idea is to keep shoppers from feeling overwhelmed by too much choice.
Its a fascinating idea, especially at a time when online retail stores offer a mind-numbing array of choices. We have more options than ever beforebut that doesnt mean shoppers are happier than ever before. We still have to return clothes that dont fit, dont work, or dont look like they were advertised. As people experience information overload online, they increasingly turn to expert curatorsvia newsletters, podcasts, and blogsto give them the most important information of the day. Maybe this is what shoppers want, too.
Retailers are, very consciously, promoting these in-store experiences, Joe Pinsker writes for The Atlantic. Its a reaction to the fact that buying is now something that can be done anywhere, and that reaction can be detected in a linguistic shift.
In a room, somewhere deep inside the Pentagon generals and admirals met recently in order to prepare an assessment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Present at the metering were General Mark Milley, the U.S. Armys Chief of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein. At such a meeting theres no doubt that Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford attended seeing hes the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The agenda for this meeting was serious as a heart attack Americas most brilliant and powerful military men gathered that day to discuss Armageddon.
The minutes of this fateful meeting are top secret. Only a handful of people will ever know what was discussed. But the end result of the strategy session was revealed on September 15, 2017 before the people of the United States. The top generals of the most powerful nation on Earth advised congress that America could in fact win an all-out war with Russia and China. It must have been a scene right out of Director Stanley Kubricks classic Cold War film, Dr. Strangelove. I was not there, so I can only imagine the gathering of war hawks, the stoic expertise and military intellect, and the obtuse arrogance being conveyed across the congressional forum that day. The vision makes me wonder, Who in the hell ordered such an assessment in the first place? But I think we all know the answer.
General Milley expressed his only concern over World War III by citing the U.S. Armys lack of resources and training to execute Americas national security strategy without high military risk. Admiral Richardson agreed with Milley, but his level of confidence in the U.S. Navys dominance seemed somehow higher. Milley told committee:
I concur with Gen. Milley. If we get into one of those conflicts, well win, but it going to take a lot longer than wed like and its going to cost a lot more in terms of dollars and in casualties.
Marine General Neller parroted these opinions, only with a typical Jar Head obtuseness and psychosomatic bravado proclaiming America...
By Alex Emmons, September 13, 2017, The Intercept.
After President Donald Trump launched a cruise missile strike against Syria in April, his administration struggled to justify the legal basis for the attack. For months, a watchdog group has hounded the Trump administration for its legal reasoning. Under court order, the government has finally produced documents that reveal little, if anything.
One document the administration saw fit to release is simply an aggregation of praise for Trumps strike from pundits, lawmakers, and world leaders. It was prepared by Trumps National Security Council.
On April 6, the United States fired 59 tomahawk missiles at Syrias Shayrat air base in response to the regimes use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun, Syria, two days earlier.
The day after the missile strike, an advocacy group called the Protect Democracy Project filed a request with multiple agencies for documents that outline the administrations legal basis for the attack. After the Pentagon and State Department denied the groups request for expedited processing, a judge ruled in July that there was a compelling need for the information to get out and ordered the administration to provide answers as soon as practicable.
In response, the administration on Friday released nearly 60 pages of responsive documents, none of which contain any legal reasoning beyond what appears in the White Houses public statements. The Protect Democracy Project has published the documents on its...
Ive mentioned this odd duck conference sponsored by Mythicist Milwaukee beforenow Martin Hughes clarifies what bugs him about it, too. The meeting has been doing some unusual things. Theyve been advertising some well-known attendees not speakers, just popular atheists who will be doing the hard work of showing up which is the first time Ive seen that.
On Saturday, September 30th, 2017, several atheist celebrities will be at the fourth annual Mythicist Milwaukee Mythinformation Conference. The more well-known names include Matt Dillahunty, Richard Carrier [Wait! I thought we destroyed his reputation and his career! At least, he claims we did that, and is suing us for one million dollars for it], Aron Ra [edit: Aron Ra has recently decided not to attend. His wife cited the reasons here), and Seth Andrews. Their presence at this conference is being well-publicized.
But the people coming to hear these people speak are going to be disappointed. Because none of them are giving a talk.
Which isweird. I mean, Matt Dillahunty, the one exception, will only serve as a moderator for a debate; hes not speaking.
Some of them, like Seth Andrews, have been awfully defensive (and offensive) about it, too. Im curious about a couple of things.
Are you being paid, or at least having your travel costs covered, to be an attendee and to promote the meeting?
Are you comfortable being window-dressing?
No condemnation if they were to answer yes to either of those questions its just that it would make me a little uncomfortable, and I wouldnt accept an invitation to a conference on those terms.
But then the next question is, when youve got Dillahunty and Andrews and briefly, Aron Ra, why are they being sidelined? Who are the even more brilliant speakers being showcased at this meeting?
Why, in a conference attended by so many shining stars of the atheist movement, arent any of the celebrities speaking?
Its a simple mystery. Heres the clue: All the speakers at this skeptic conference are anti-SJWs who, for the most part, havent had a prominent voice on the atheist conference scene before.
A bit of background: See, the three YouTubers speaking were not given opportunities to speak at VidCon 2017, the major YouTube conference. In spite of the fact th...
In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose brewing in the Atlantic, many people are looking for answers as to the increasingly volatile weather being witnessed.
And while climate change is one potential cause, there are other lesser known activities that could potentially be playing a role in the manifestation of these weather anomalies.
While weather modification and geo-engineering are still somewhat taboo subjects to the mainstream, often considered to be in the realm of conspiracy theory, there is a significant body of academic research and science that confirms that these technologies not only exist but are being operationalized.
No, the Free Thought Project is not claiming the government, nor anyone else is making hurricanes or actively controlling the weather. We are only presenting this information because it exists and people should be aware that it exists.
In a segment aired on CBS in 2013, respected scientist Dr. Michio Kaku, a physics professor at City College of New York, discussed with Charlie Rose and Norah ODonnell the science of weather manipulation.
During the interview Kaku, in discussing the experiments with weather modification notes that Were shooting trillion watt lasers into the sky, referencing the use of lasers to induce changes to naturally occurring weather phenomena.
Later in the conversation, Kaku briefly touches on the history of weather modification that has been carried out for decades by the government with the CBS hosts quickly interrupting him to note these programs were only alleged.
Of course, these hosts must be ignorant of the declassified history of Operation Popeye, which was a weather manipulation program enacted during the Vietnam War as a means of creating ongoing monsoon conditions in an effort to impeded the Viet Congs mobility in the region.
This is no conspiracy theory.
In fact, research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences specifically notes that laser beams create plasma channels in air, which in turn, cause ice to form.
Professor Jean-Pierre Wolf and Dr. Jerome Kasparian, both biophotonics experts at the University of Geneva, actually organized a conference at the World Meteorolog...
Berkeley, CA Berkeley police are in the spotlight this week after one of their officers not only cited a man for selling hot dogs to willing customers without a permit but then opened up his wallet and robbed him of his cash as well.
The entire robbery was captured on video and subsequently went viral. But that was only the beginning. Showing how much society respects hard working entrepreneurs while decrying the police state that robs them, a Go Fund Me for the hot dog vendor has raised over $70,000.
The Go Fund Me campaign was started by the person who was brave enough to question authority and film the road side robbery. According to the campaign:
The funds raised will be utilized to cover legal and personal loses. In addition, funds in excess are to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard earned living through citations and removal of their carts. It is my goal to locate Juan in Berkeley. Any and all help to support and locate him is welcome.
On Monday, the video became so viral that UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy had to issue a statement, in which he justified the theft of the hot dog vendors money.
While I cannot comment on the specifics of this particular case, our practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation, Biddy said. In a case such as this, it is typical to collect any suspected illegal funds and enter them into evidence.
According to NBC 5, UCPD officials said that three other people were warned about vending without a permit, but the vendor in the video was the only person who was given a ticket.
Perhaps it was because he had the thickest wallet.
Whether or not the money in the mans wallet was from selling unlicensed hot dogs remains to be answered. However, that was apparently of no importance to UC police officer Sean Aranas who found it necessary to confiscate it all.
Yes, selling food without first paying the government for permissionknown as a permitis against the law. However, this does not in any way justify this incident.
Thats not right man, thats not right, Martin Flores, the man who took the video, said as he used his phone to record Aranas issuing the hot dog vendor, Beto, a ticket.
Thats how it works, the male officer responded. Take it to a judge, and the judge can decide whether or not its right.
The officer then took the money out...
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