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The former director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has said that the rise of the ISIL terrorist group in Syria was a â€œwillful decisionâ€ made by Washington.
An internal DIA study released recently shows Washington knew that the actions of â€œthe West, (Persian) Gulf countries and Turkeyâ€ in Syria may create a Takfiri group like the ISIL.
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Inventing viruses: a staggering hoax âŹSEbola has returned.âŹ Has it? by Jon Rappoport August 6, 2015 (To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Power Outside The Matrix, click here.) âŹSI have many reasons for exposing hoaxes about viruses. One vital reason: when people realize the truth, they begin to grasp,…
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A group of Israeli settlers attempted to burn another Palestinian house Saturday morning. The house is located on the way between Nablus and Jericho on the eastern side of Palestine.
They believe SEAL Team 6 had a target on its back and that persons inside the Afghan National Security Forces may have tipped off the Taliban that night in Tangi Valley. That is why, they say, a fighter just happened to be stationed in a turret within 150 yards of a landing zone that had never been used before.
Phi Beta Iota: We believe that Leon Panetta and CIA lied to JSOG – a Bin Laden “patsy” was put in place by CIA and Blackwater for the specific purpose of getting Obama easily re-elected. SEAL 6 figured this out and started to talk about it. They were set up to die and they may wall have died from directed friendly fire, not a Taliban shooter.
This 25 July 2015 video from the USA is called Sandra Bland March & Vigil in Houston, Texas.
From the Voice of America:
Anger About Black Texas Woman’s Death in Jail Still Strong
August 07, 2015 8:20 PM
On July 13, she was found dead in her jail cell. Officials say it was suicide.
Bland’s college classmate Alex McGrew doubts that story.
“She was fun to be around,” he said. “She was a cool person and definitely not a sad, suicidal person at all.”
In video recordings she posted on Facebook, her lively, warm personality is evident. But she also spoke about struggling with depression.
“Do not let the depression hold you down; do not let it keep you in the spot where you are, because depression is nothing but the devil,” Bland says in one of the videos.
Those who believe she did take her life blame the...
Typhoon Soudelor has ripped through central Taiwan after making landfall on the east coast, cutting power to nearly 3 million households and causing the evacuation of over 7,500 people. Four people have died, and scores injured as the eye of Typhoon passed over Taiwan, bringing down trees traffic lights and power lines. Hundreds of flights have been delayed or canceled authorities said. Taiwan’s weather bureau says the typhoon is moving north-west, gradually losing its strength The storm is later expected to move into the Taiwan Strait and on to mainland China. RT reports: Thousands have been evacuated, with 1,300 people in temporary shelters across the island, according to AFP. All schools and workplaces were shut on Saturday. The storm made landfall early on Saturday morning on the island’s east-coast counties of Yilan and Hualien, bringing up to 1,000mm of rain in mountainous northeastern areas, with wind raging at up to 200kph. “This is one of the worst typhoons I have ever seen,” a sewage station engineer named Jiang, who was inspecting pumping stations early on Saturday, told Reuters. “My car was shaking when I was driving. There are too many trees down, and I even saw six downed power poles,” he [...]
Early one morning in June, a Panama hat weaver named Simon Espinal sat down to work at a wooden table in his house in Pile, an obscure village hidden in the hills near Montecristi, in Ecuador's steamy coastal lowlands.
Selecting eight threadlike strands of toquilla straw from a special stock of extraordinarily fine straw he had spent three weeks preparing, he separated them into four matched pairs with which he formed the cruzado — the crossed threads — that is the start of every Panama hat.
And then he began to weave.
Over the coming days, then weeks, then finally months, the P
This video says about itself:
2 October 2010
Owing to the risk of inbreeding depression, the evolution of inbreeding avoidance by means of kin recognition is expected for many biological systems. Nevertheless, an ability to distinguish among relatives and non-relatives has been only rarely demonstrated, especially so in non-social organisms.
We here show that, in the non-social tropical butterfly Bicyclus anynana, females discriminate against relatives by preferentially mating with non-relatives. Inbreeding avoidance was more pronounced in inbred as compared with...
This week marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While the world is now aware of the horrifying aftermath of these events, this wasn’t always the case. This is the third in a three-part series on the US’s decades-long deliberate effort to hide the true extent of the atom bombs’ mass devastation. (For part one, go here. For part two, go here.)
This final part of our series tells the story of the color film of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that was locked and hidden from Americans — and even the Japanese — for decades. Frame by frame, the footage captured the horrors. If not for certain determined individuals, almost no one would ever have seen this documentary proof of the inhumanity of nuclear war.
“Actually, the film had been quietly declassified a few years earlier, but the outside world seemed unaware of it. An archivist there later told me, ‘If no one knows about the film to ask for it, it’s as closed as when it was classified.’”
by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street The junk-bond market lost money in July. Not a lot, 0.62%. But it did so after having already lost money in June. It was the third losing month so far this year, despite their “high” coupon payments that make these bonds look so juicy to yield-desperate fund managers. Until recently, they were superb investments, riding up the credit boom. Junk-bond guru Marty Fridson, CIO of Lehmann Livian Fridson Advisors, explained… Visit Site
Good Saturday morn. Pour yourself a cup of strong black coffee, and settle in for a longer form, weekend reads:
• Goldman in Ventureland: The inside story of how—and why—Goldman Sachs became a tech-investing powerhouse (Bloomberg)...
• Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? (MIT Technology Review)
• Emerging markets: Redrawing the world map (FT)
• Inside the sad, expensive failure of Google+ (Mashable)
• How baseball’s tech team built the future of television (The Verge)
• The Friedrich Hayek I knew, and what he got right – and wrong (New Statesman)
• How corn made its way into just about everything we eat (WonkBlog)
• How I Gave Up Alternating Current (Mostly Harmless)
• The True Story of an Ex-Cop’s War on Lie Detectors (Bloomberg)
• Billy Beane on Making Better Decisions and Avoiding Biases (F...
Jill Gronewald was two weeks away from starting her new job as a Ferguson police officer when Darren Wilson, a now-former member of that same department, fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
[I may add some comments over the course of the next few days …] Far-right fringe raises profile by reclaiming immigration debate John Lyons The Australian August 8, 2015 When James Gilhome turned on his computer on May 28 he … Continue reading
The following is part 2 of 4, of a translated diary entry from a Sunni Muslim militia fighter, fighting in Baiji against ISIS. Baiji (بيجي) is a city in northern Iraq. It is located some 130 miles north of Baghdad, on the main road to Mosul.
On 10th June 2014, Da’esh/ISIL terrorists advanced into Baiji. The city remained occupied until mid-November, when it was announced that it “had been completely liberated” by forces belonging to the Iraqi Army and Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular mobilisation unit).
A 25 year-old local fighter from a well known Sunni tribe (Al-Jaysat) fought along Hashd Al-Sha’abi in Iraq’s Baiji, and made a diary blog entry (in Arabic) of his experience during the fight to retake the city. He was infamously known on social media as عراقي من المريخ (Iraqi from Mars).
The following is as close to possible a word-for-word translation of a blog entry of his, titled “I’m not a hero!”
In the morning we share our food as if we are one family, and in the night we aim towards the same enemy. Most of the time we trade bits and pieces of conversation regarding everything, even our personal matters.
What is beautiful about strangers is that they know how to
listen without much of an effort. Sameer is one of Basra’s sons;
“What has brought you here, Sameer?”
He quickly answered, “Iraq!”
I was not surprised, as many have come for the same reason, but what did surprise me is his story; the pain he suffered due to his mother’s illness, and the loss of his brother; the tragic story that he denied me the permission of sharing with anyone else.
It’s the first time in years that I talk with someone from the other sect without discussing matters of religion. Most of our conversations were centered on traditions, jokes about our different accents and dialects, the mentality and thought pr......
by Paul A Philips, ZenGardner Whether a list has been made or not. Indeed, some books may well have changed your life, seeing things in a totally different light… Without further ado, here’s a sample, a list in no particular order of 10 of the most life changing books I’ve ever read and naturally would highly recommend. 1. Technocracy Rising – The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation by Patrick Woods Those wanting to find out… Visit Site
Personally, I do not like to reduce politicians’ support or lack of support for Israel to their personal religious beliefs or heritage, and I am only somewhat less reluctant to explain their behavior simply by looking at the constituency that they represent. Chuck Schumer, however, provides such an interesting case that there is just no getting around discussing these things in relation to his opposition to a deal with Iran.
With both the left and the right in Israel opposing the deal, it’s almost unthinkable that someone in Schumer’s position would support it, but he wants to be the leader of the Democrats in the Senate after Harry Reid steps down next year, and going against the president on this is going to jeopardize this prize that he has all but locked up at this point. In fact, the backlash was immediate:
The liberal activist group MoveOn is assailing Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for his decision, announced late Thursday night, to oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.
“Our country doesn’t need another Joe Lieberman in the Senate, and it certainly doesn’t need him as Democratic leader,” MoveOn political action executive director Ilya Sheyman said in a statement about Schumer, who is next to line to be the Senate’s top Democrat.
“No real Democratic leader does this,” he added. “If this is what counts as ‘leadership’ among Democrats in the Senate, Senate Democrats should be prepared to find a new leader or few followers.”
“In response to Senator Schumer’s decision to side with partisan war hawks, MoveOn.org’s 8 million members are immediately launching a Democratic Party donor strike,” Sheyman declared.
As part of that strike, MoveOn is urging its members to withhold campaign contributions to the Democrat......
Eleven years can do bad things to your memory. I was as close to certain as certain can be that it was Brit Hume who asked Al Sharpton to explain his understanding of the Federal Reserve during a debate in New Hampshire in 2004, but it turns out that it was Peter Jennings. What I must have been remembering was Hume laughing and crowing afterward about Sharpton’s inability to answer the question. I also didn’t realize that it was a joint FOX/ABC debate. I thought it was sponsored solely by FOX, although ABC has traditionally been almost as partisan in the way they treat these debates.
A sample from April 16, 2008:
STEPHANOPOULOS: A gentleman named William Ayers. He was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. He’s never apologized for that. And in fact on 9/11 he was quoted in The New York Times saying ‘I dont regret setting bombs I feel we did not do enough.’ An early organizing meeting for your state Senate campaign was held at his house, and your campaign has said you are ‘friendly.’ Can you explain that relationship for the voters and explain to Democrats why it won’t be a problem?
In any case, going back to the 2004 debate in New Hampshire, the FOX/ABC moderators were trolling the Democratic candidates all night. It opened with a question from Jennings for John Kerry:
JENNINGS: In your career, you voted to raise billions of dollars in taxes. You’ve advocated spending billions more in this particular campaign. So I would like you at the outset to put yourself in a moment, on a stage like this, if you’re the nominee sometime dur...
A lot of personal issues are going on my life at the moment, which I will not bother to bother you with the details. I didn't watch the debates, but apparently some deadbeat, obnoxious, homophobic, xenophobic, racist, sexist real estate developer who made most of his money by being born rich, conning his investors and through government assistance won the evening according to various polls and pundits.
What that says about the Rebuplican party and its supporters I find truly frightening.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he had nothing to do with having air removed from game balls.
The NFL, following an investigation, says he did. It gave him a four game suspension, which he is appealing. That four game suspension could cost him somewhere between $2 million and $4 million of his $14 million 2015 salary. If he plays well with others, doesn’t get into any more trouble, and injuries and retirement don’t stop his career before he becomes 40 years old in 2017, he will earn $31 million for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
The NFL also fined the Patriots $1 million and required the team to forfeit its first round draft pick next year and 4th round pick the year after.
Of course, Brady also forfeited his cell phone. Before it and its 10,000 messages could be confiscated in the investigation, he destroyed it and got a new phone. Multi-millionaires can do that.
But, the issue here is not so much Brady or the Patriots. It’s an endemic problem of cheating.
In school, children spend more time learning how to avoid learning than they do learning subject matter. This can be by looking over someone else’s shoulder during a test or copying information from an online story for a paper.
By the time they get to college, their ways of evading knowledge becomes more refined. They can use their grants and loans to buy term papers written by others. On tests, they can flash hand signals to a buddy two rows away or secretly text each other for answers. They can wear baseball caps to hide their wandering eyes. They can even buy copies of the tests. Some professors give the same tests every year, and fraternities and sororities assist their brothers and sisters by having a current test bank of knowledge. There are hundreds of ways to cheat, and even the best professors don’t know all of them.
And then the students graduate, their resumés floating into corporate headquarters, like parade confetti. Most of these capsul...
Israel sells weapons to some of the most repressive nations on earth, a policy that has existed for decades. Itay Mack, a Jerusalem-based human rights lawyer and activist, tells Haaretz about his campaign to bring more transparency to the process. The Jewish state’s relationship with South Sudan is particularly murky. Mack explains:
According to reports of international organizations and human rights activists, Israel has violated the embargo and sold arms during the civil war. There are reports that the security forces are armed with Galil and Tavor rifles. We know about South Sudan forces who are trained by Israelis, both there and in Israel, and about a defense mission from South Sudan that visited Israel about half a year ago. We know that Israel built and is operating a surveillance system in South Sudan and is cooperating with the local secret service.
I find this appalling. It recalls Chile during the Pinochet period. Chile was a democracy and didn’t have a secret service when the coup took place, and according to reports Israel trained and prepared the Chilean secret service, which conducted the most brutal torture. Again we see ties with an organization in a country that commits crimes against its citizens.
Read the whole interview but this section is especially relevant:
Since 2008, Israeli military exports have soared, from $3 billion to somewhere between $7 billion and $8 billion....
Yes, that’s the average since Operation Cast Lead, in Gaza.
Israel, then, can sell battle-proven weapons.
Yes. There are some who maintain that Israel carries out certain operations in order to test weapons. Tha...
This video from the USA says about itself:
2 August 2015
The NAACP has launched a 40-day march across the US South on Saturday (August 1) with a rally in Selma, Alabama, aiming to draw on that city’s significance in the 1960s civil rights movement to call attention to the issue of racial injustice in modern America.
Organizers of “America’s Journey for Justice” want to build momentum behind a renewed national dialogue over race relations that was prompted by the killing of a number of unarmed black men by police officers over the past year.
Read more here.
Israeli occupation forces confiscated a donkey from some children in the village of Al-Tur, under the pretext of annoying the settlers in a settlement outpost established in that area.
by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics Just remember, when it comes to buying and claiming ownership on gold and silver bullion, possession isn’t 9/10ths of the law, it’s 11/10ths of the law. – Investment Research Dynamics A good friend of mine scraped together $150 and sent a check to Provident Metals in order to buy one of the Royal Canadian Mint 10-oz bars they were advertising as being in stock. He used Provident for the… Visit Site
Extremist Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian home with fire bombs and rocks in the village of Douma, to the south of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank on Saturday morning, Palestinian said.
This is a Siberian tiger video.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Bhutan tiger population higher than previously thought, survey reveals
Himalayan country’s first nationwide survey finds 103 tigers, but WWF warns big cat was facing a crisis elsewhere south-east Asia
Wednesday 29 July 2015 10.50 BST
Bhutan is home to more than 100 tigers, a rise of more than a third on the previous population estimate, a survey has revealed.
The first national tiger survey in the tiny Himalayan country, conducted entirely by Bhutanese nationals, has found there are 103 tigers, up from the previous estimate of 75.
But while conservationists welcomed the news from Bhutan’s first nationwide tiger survey, they warned the big cat was facing a crisis in south-east Asia where some countries are failing to assess populations.
Countries need to carry out national surveys as a crucial step in the “Tx2” goal agreed in 2010 by tiger range nations to double numbers of the...
Alternative News Network: Millions of Android phones at risk from software installed by handset makers: ‘Certifi-gate’ flaw could let hackers listen in on conversations and steal data "IndyWatch Feed World"
By David Icke
‘Millions of Android phones could be easily hijacked using software that was installed on them by their manufacturers, hackers have claimed.
The same ‘remote support’ apps loaded on phones and tablets made by HTC, LG, Samsung, and ZTE and many other manufacturers are vulnerable to the hack.
The apps are given special access to the phone, using digital certificates, which hackers can break into and then use.’
: Millions of Android phones at risk from software installed by handset makers: ‘Certifi-gate’ flaw could let hackers listen in on conversations and steal data
By David Icke
‘An embarrassing security lapse at the heart of the Calais crisis has been exposed after dozens of migrants unlocked a supposedly secure door into the Eurotunnel complex.
Despite millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money being spent on reinforced fencing, photographs taken by The Telegraph reveal how a group of 30 migrants breached security and simply walked inside the secure zone.
The men walked up to a gate about a mile from the Coquelles Channel Tunnel terminal near Calais and, within seconds, were inside.’
: Calais migrants find the door to Britain wide open
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NPC Auto races, Rockville Fair, Montgomery County, Maryland 1923 • China Exports Fall 8.3% From A Year Earlier (Bloomberg) • The Commodity Slump Is Killing Hedge Funds (Bloomberg) • “The Top’s In”: David Stockman Warns Of “Epochal Deflation” (ZH) • Gross Sees September Rate Rise, Global Economy In Deflation (Bloomberg) • Shadow Banking Draws Canadians
By David Icke
‘Labour Party leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has called for Britain’s complete nuclear disarmament at an event commemorating 70 years since the US dropped an atom bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
Speaking on Thursday at the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) commemoration event in London, the anti-austerity candidate said if became prime minister he would not renew Trident, Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
Unveiling his Plan for Nuclear Disarmament, Corbyn said he would move away from a nuclear weapons based arsenal.’
: Jeremy Corbyn calls for UK nuclear disarmament on Hiroshima 70th anniversary
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In the French port city of Calais, a few thousand people from the Middle East and North Africa live in shabby plastic tents. They've crossed the Mediterranean and traveled through Europe to arrive here.
About two-thirds of these people will try to enter Britain, while the remaining third are applying for asylum in France. In April, the French government said migrants would be tolerated at this site, known as "The Jungle."
In the middle of the encampment, NPR's Ari Shapiro spoke with Celine Schmitt of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In a lush green bayou a little southeast of New Orleans, John Lopez and Howard Callahan are cruising the waterways in an airboat under the hot Louisiana sun on a recent day.
It's an area known as Breton Basin, and Callahan is a local land manager who often helps researchers such as Lopez explore environmental changes in coastal wetlands.
This photo shows Mary Ann Twitty (below, right), a Ferguson court clerk who was fired over racist emails, in an undated photo from her Facebook page with former Ferguson cop Darren Wilson (with his hand on her shoulder), who shot and killed Michael Brown.
From the New York Daily News in the USA:
BY Denis Slattery
Saturday, August 8, 2015, 1:35 AM
The Ferguson, Mo., court clerk fired over racist emails that surfaced during a...
By David Icke
‘People who have been burgled could be told to email their own evidence to the police instead of officers visiting their homes.
The suggestion that victims could file their cases direct to police databases comes from Sara Thornton, the chair of the National Police Chiefs Council who sparked outrage with the suggestion that police will not always visit a property which has been burgled.
It also emerged today that officers are being taken off the beat to answer phones because cutbacks mean there are not enough staff to deal with 999 calls.’
: Now police tell victims of burglary to EMAIL in pictures of crime scenes because officers can’t investigate
by Ronan Manly, Bullion Star Below is an interesting 1988 discussion paper on gold, written by Bank of England staff. The original paper can be found in pdf here. The United Kingdom’s gold reserves belong to HM Treasury (HMT) and are held in the Exchange Equalisation Account (EEA), but managed by the Bank of England on behalf of HMT. The discussion paper is presented with no comment. The introductory context for the paper and the tables and… Visit Site
Zionists pushing countries to World War III: Researcher JerusalemZionist Jews in Israel and their supporters in the United States, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, are pushing nations towards another global war and nuclear annihilation, a researcher and historian in Washington says. “There is a desire by AIPAC and their radical, extremist, nihilistic, […]
By David Icke
‘Just as we’ve been warning about for years here at PFT, international trade deals and treaties, like the TPP or NAFTA, allow multinational corporations to sue governments and even individuals if they think their investments are at risk. And sure enough, the power company in Nova Scotia is not allowing Cheryl Smith to live off the grid.’
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A short inspiring film about the incredible power of your being,
presented by Chris Bourne.
Is there a higher expression of being that you can be?
An excerpt from the ‘Homo Divinicus’ seminar filmed live at Glastonbury Town Hall, England in January 2013.
Bennie Janssens made the video.
U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Head: “It Was A Willful Decision [By America] To” “Support An Insurgency That Had Salafists, Al Qaeda And The Muslim Brotherhood” An internal Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document produced recently shows that the U.S. knew that the actions of “the West, Gulf countries and Turkey” in Syria might create a terrorist […]
A powerful typhoon, magnified by fierce winds and torrential rain, has ripped through central Taiwan after making landfall on the east coast, cutting power to nearly 3 million households and killing four people. As the eye of Typhoon Soudelor passed over Taiwan, in addition to the dead, 64 were injured and four were missing, Reuters reported. Over 7,500 people have been evacuated. Hundreds of flights have been delayed or canceled, authorities said.
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In Guerrero, Mexico, Normalistas staged a rally, blocking roads and shutting down stores as they demanded more teaching positions. According to one report:
[Normalistas were] demanding 700 teaching positions. [Stopping trucks,] Normalistas arrived at the store that is within the main shopping complex and surrounded facilities at the Chilpancingo department store.
Twenty business owners shut their curtains for fear that the Normalistas, some covering their face, would damage their business or take merchandise. State riot police came to guard the facilities. The Normalistas argued that they had to make ” these radical measures ” to ensure that the federal and state governments recognize them…The protesters surrounded the shops and prevented people from entering to buy. The Normalistas warned that they will continue their protests until their movement benefits all who are applying the teaching positions.
— newsobserver.com (@newsobserver) August 7, 2015
In the US South, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, a massive Confederate Flag rally took place, as vandalism continued against statues and monuments. In Rockville, Maryland, the city put a box around...
By David Icke
‘A marijuana chemical known as cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) helps fractures heal faster and even make the bones stronger than they were before, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University and published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
CBD has no psychotropic effects.
“We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue,” researcher Yankel Gabet said. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”’
: Marijuana helps heal broken bones, and even makes them stronger, scientists discover
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They say “A picture paints a thousand words.” Look deep into this picture and you will see what the New World Order is all about – False Flags – Natural Resources & Money – Chip and Pin for everyone – Mass depopulation by whatever means including WMD’s (depleted urnnium), Vaccinations (HPV, Swine Flu and other toxic jabs), Mind Control, Forced removal – Imprisonment – Assasinations/Deaths – Matial Law – Police State – Drones – CCTV/Internet/Phones Monitoring and Total Control of your life!! Basically do what they say or have your chip switched off making it impossible for you to go to the bank, go shopping, go to hospital or see a doctor etc without these basic needs ones fate is clearly sealed!!
Out of all the articles I have ever written this particular one was probably the most difficult and accordingly it is also very long…….one cannot write a standard aricle based on the magnitude of this topic and I have no intenton of doing so…..basically you can read it or not and likewise you can believe it or not…..the choice is yours……all I can say is whatever your decision just remember this article next time you look into the eyes of your children or grandchildren and say to yourself “I let this happen and did nothing” !!
Despite all my efforts over many years on TV, Radio and writing hundreds of articles on this topic th.....
A gas monitoring station was hacked earlier this year, prompting Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt to take a closer look at what was really going on in the situation. From Engadget: They set up fake internet-connected systems called “GasPots” — honeypots that mimic the real ones — in several countries to track hackers’ movements. Turns out gas monitors are never safe: the researchers observed a number of attacks on their GasPots within a period of six months, with US-based ones being the most targeted. Some instances were clearly for reconnaissance purposes as they were merely automated scanners pinging the monitors. Others were more intrusive, with the hackers changing GasPot names to something else. Once, they changed it to “SEAcannngo,” presumably to represent the Syrian Electronic Army, which denied any involvement to Motherboard. In another instance, hackers named a GasPot “H4CK3D by IDC-TEAM,” the same message Iranian Dark Coders Team members use when they crack websites. To note, when the real gas station was hacked in February, its name was also switched from “DIESEL” to “WE_ARE_LEGION,” which is commonly associated with hacker collective Anonymous. One GasPot in DC also suffered a DDoS attack for two days. Gas monitoring systems or automated tank gauges (ATG) keep an [...]
Bloomberg reports that Chinese-based hackers attacked Sabre, a travel reservation group and American Airlines, though the airline denies the breach. From Reuters: Incidents at the travel companies were consistent with incursions by China-based hackers that recently targeted insurer Anthem Inc (ANTM.N) and the U.S. government’s personnel office, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the investigations. “We recently learned of a cyber security incident,” Sabre said in an email to Reuters. “At this time, we are not aware that this incident has compromised sensitive protected information, such as credit card data or personally identifiable information, but our investigation is ongoing.” Sabre, a former American Airlines subsidiary that was spun off in 2000, operates IP addresses still registered to American’s name. However, American Airlines spokesman Casey Norton said the carrier has found no evidence that its customer data might have been compromised. “American has worked with outside cyber security experts who checked digital signatures, IP addresses and the style of attack, and there’s no evidence to suggest a breach similar to that experienced by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management,” Norton said in an email to Reuters. The China-based hackers reportedly targeted the systems of United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N), [...]
From Hiroshima to Iraq, America is the world’s leading terrorist state and proud of it When America’s enemies commit crimes, they’re crimes. When the United States commits crimes, they didn’t happen. My Lai massacre in Vietnam where US Marines mass murdered as many as 500 civilians. According to the Pentagon, US led airstrikes against ISIS […]
Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. […]
George P. Bush, son of Presidential candidate Jeb Bush, grandson of President George H.W. Bush, and nephew of President George W. Bush is used to dealing with jokes about his family. According to The Associated Press: “We are lucky to have George Bush here. That’s George P. Bush,” quips state Sen. Katrina Shealy, who introduces the Texas land commissioner to the crowd at Lizard’s Thicket, an eatery where locals talk politics over fried chicken, giblet and cornbread gravy and five kinds of pie. Bush grins but stays silent. “Yeah,” he later concedes to a reporter, “I’ve heard just about every George Bush joke that there possibly is.” That’s because the next-generation bearer of the powerful political name has been helping relatives run since age 3, when he clutched a balloon and sported a campaign T-shirt as his grandfather, George H.W. Bush, launched his first presidential bid from a Houston park in 1979. But never has George P.’s role as a political surrogate been as important as it is in the 2016 primary campaign. The 39-year-old is traveling the country – and flexing his muscle as a rising political star in Texas – as he attempts to help his father become [...]
Syria is bombing the ISIS terrorists, of course they are, the USA should be doing it too, whether that happens using “barrel bombs” (if they actually exist) or any other type of armament is totally irrelevant. The fact that civilians sometimes get killed cannot actually be avoided , as the Americans should know very well. Barrel […]
Alan Tristram in Sydney
As Australians wring their hands, and bow their heads, over the performance of their cricketers, it is hard to pluck up much sympathy for a side that resorts to sledging when they think things are going their way.
The great thing about true sportsmanship is that one can hold one’s head high even in defeat.
On the other hand, if you’re a braggard and a sledger, you’ll suffer like all bullies do when they finally meet their match.
But whatever the outcome, I think the rugby Bledisloe Cup players — in the yellow and green, and black jerseys can teach many Aussie cricketers a thing or two about the real meaning of sport.
Chicago Police have agreed to independent evaluations of it’s “stop and frisk” procedure that many, including the ACLU, claim targets the black and minority populations. From Al Jazeera: The agreement that calls for increased public disclosure and more officer training follows a scathing March 2015 report from the ACLU of Illinois that found Chicago officers disproportionately target blacks and other racial minorities in hundreds of thousands of stop, question and frisk encounters. “This unprecedented agreement with the ACLU is a demonstration of CPD’s commitment to fairness, respect, transparency,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said. Under the agreement, former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys will provide public reports twice a year on Chicago police investigatory stops and pat downs, looking at whether the city is meeting its legal requirements. It goes into effect immediately. The ACLU report identified more than 250,000 Chicago stop-and-frisk encounters in which there were no arrests from May through August 2014. African-Americans accounted for nearly three-quarters of those stopped, even though they make up about a third of the city’s population. The agreement comes after months of negotiations between the city, the department and the ACLU that aimed to avoid expensive and time-consuming litigation, the parties said [...]
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In Folklore ,Shapeshifting, or metamorphosis is the ability of an entity to physically transform into another being or form. This is usually achieved through an inherent faculty of a mythological creature, divine intervention, or the use of magic spells or talismans.
The idea of shapeshifting has been present since antiquity and is common in many cultures.
It is present in the oldest forms of totemism and shamanism, as well as the oldest extant literature and epic poems, including works such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Iliad, where the shapeshifting is usually induced by the act of a deity. The idea persisted through the Middle Ages, where shapeshifting was caused usually by a sorcerer or witch
MORPHOLOGY – Greek for the study of shape
The emerging science of biofields is a recognition of the fact that humans are comprised of energy as well as matter. Researchers are just beginning to characterize the various electromagnetic fields that occur within cells, tissues, organs, and a human being.
These electromagnetic fields of the body are easily picked up when using dowsing rods… high electromagnetic fields can be found at the heart and brain.
1970’s Fritz Popp’s biophoton theory describes a web, or hologram, of light created by the constant emitting and absorbing of photons by DNA, cells, tissues, and organs an....
A sex offender in a prison located on an island in Norway escaped on a surfboard and used a plastic shovel to paddle to the mainland, reports indicate. From The New York Post: The Bastoy low-security prison, famous for organic farming and allowing inmates to watch movies, go cycling and use local beaches, has no fences and is often held up as the ultimate symbol of Norway’s emphasis on humane incarceration policies. The inmate, a man in his mid-20s, was not considered a danger to the general public. He went missing during the night, and a surfboard and shovel belonging to the prison were found on the shore of the mainland about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) away. “It sounds spectacular when it happens this way. But if it hadn’t been a surfboard, it could have been something else. It’s not so hard to find a floating device of some sort on the island,” prison chief Tom Eberhardt told Reuters. With serial killers, rapists and drug traffickers typically among the criminals serving time on the island, doing farm work, cooking and other practical tasks, the emphasis of the prison is to prepare them for an eventual return to normal life. Many of [...]
Wadi al Nasera (Valley of the Christians) encompasses approximately 40 picturesque Christian hamlets in western Syria, located amidst the green plush rolling hills between Homs and the Lebanese border. Thirty of its villages are Christian, four are mainly populated by Alawi Muslims and one, Al Qalaa (aka Hosn village), just under the Crak des Chevaliers medieval fortress, was Sunni Muslim.
Peru is scrambling after an unusually cold winter has killed over 170,000 alpacas. From Fusion: Heavy snowfall and bitter cold temperatures in southern Peru’s Puno region froze the grass that alpacas normally graze on, leaving large herds in the Peruvian highlands with little food, said Wilfredo Zirena, an official with Puno’s regional emergency operations. “We expected snow, just not so much of it,” he said in a telephone interview. “It’s been a real challenge.” To assist farmers, officials have dispatched vitamins, antibiotics and grains to ensure the surviving animals are fed and remain healthy, Zirena said. Puno, located near Lake Titicaca which straddles the Peru-Bolivia border, is home to Peru’s largest number of alpacas, whose thermally efficient fleece is used to make sweaters and scarves. Peru is believed to have more than 3 million alpacas (not to be confused with its relative, the llama). For those of you wondering: alpacas, which are bred mostly for their luxurious coats, are smaller than llamas, which are often used as a pack animal. Most alpacas are raised by farmers who tend to their herds in the mountains at altitudes around 14,000 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level. This isn’t the first time alpacas [...]
Why Israel is suddenly owning up to its terrorism This attack was unprovoked by the Palestinians and has shocked both the Israeli and Palestinian communities, writes Kuttab [AP] After over a year of total silence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made two phone calls to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in as many weeks. The first […]
Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: SHOW NOTES: Story #1: US Allows Ally Turkey to Bomb Only Group Effectively Fighting ISIS http://ur1.ca/ndk1k US-Trained Syrian Rebels Refuse to Fight al-Qaida Group After Kidnappings http://ur1.ca/ndk1n British Special Forces “Dressing Up” As ISIS…What Could Go Wrong? http://ur1.ca/ndk1o SITE Says ISIS Launched Its Own Android App http://ur1.ca/ndk1r Moscow Denies Putin Called Erdogan 'Dictator' http://ur1.ca/ndk1v Russian Airborne Troops Chief Says Paratroopers Ready to Help Syria in Combating Terrorism http://ur1.ca/ndk1x Story #2: Caution Urged Over Editing DNA in Wildlife http://ur1.ca/ndk32 Last Scientist in Congress Has Human Genetic Engineering Warning http://ur1.ca/ndk34 UK Company Plans to Release Genetically Engineered Flies in Spain http://ur1.ca/ndk35 Agriculture Can Not be Considered Secure Confinement of the Release of Genetically Modified Flies http://ur1.ca/ndk38 Genetic Engineering for Our Babies Is Real http://ur1.ca/ndk39 The Hidden Politics of Abortion: Genetic Modification http://ur1.ca/ndk3b Story #3: #GoodNewsNextWeek: Idaho Rules Anti-Whistleblower "Ag-Gag" Law Unconstitutional http://ur1.ca/ndk3d Anti-Whistleblower 'Ag-Gag' Law Ruled Unconstitutional http://ur1.ca/ndk3f PDF: Idaho Ag-Gag MSJ Decision http://ur1.ca/ndk3h Japan's New State Secrets Law Raise Fears Over Fukushima Reporting http://bit.ly/1M9DUTY #GoodNewsNextWeek Updates: Tech Leaders Urge Ban on AI Warfare http://ur1.ca/ndk3w Nestlé India Sales Drop 20% After Maggi Noodle Recall http://ur1.ca/ndk3y Miracle Motorbike Goes 500km/300mi On a Liter of Water http://ur1.ca/ndk4k Marijuana Found Growing in Vancouver BC Traffic Circle http://ur1.ca/ndk4m #NewWorldNextWeek: Hiroshima and Nagasaki - The Worst Terror Attacks in History http://ur1.ca/ndk4n PA to Become First State to Use "Precrime" Stats.....
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‘Assad regime is root of all evil’ – US State Department The US State Department has slammed the Syrian government as the main evil in the country – blaming it for the rise of ISIS. It comes as America carried out a drone bombing in Syria, launched for the first time from a Turkish base. […]
Studies are now showing that the once disputed notion that we live in an environment similar to a computer hologram is in fact very feasible. According to GeoBeats News: Our entire physical world might be a hologram–a simulation. Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology, writing in the journal Physical Review Letters, suggest the idea of a holographic universe is actually quite feasible. Merging quantum and relativistic models, the study lends weight to the theory that our universe might actually be a fake–and one that functions similarly to the two-dimensional holograms on the surface of some credit cards. Co-author Max Riegler said, “This calculation affirms our assumption that the holographic principle can also be realized in flat spaces. It is evidence for the validity of this correspondence in our universe.” That all we experience might be a complex simulation is a notion that’s been around since the nineties. And many scientists and philosophers refuse to discount it entirely. Ray Kurzweil, the Google-backed visionary best known for his work on the singularity concept, put it this way, “Maybe our whole universe is a science experiment of some junior high school student in another universe.” The idea goes that our brains are [...]
By Alan Tristram
The Kapiti Coast Council says Ōtaki Gorge Road at Blue Bluff will remain closed from four to six weeks due to on-going stability issues on the banks alongside the road.
It says the closure will allow an investigation and remedial work to be carried out.
The road was closed four days ago after a ‘dropout’ occurred on the lower bank at Blue Bluff.
Debris is also falling off the top bank in this area where several slips have occurred recently.
Pedestrians will be able to get through this area of the road, but Council is warning people to stay away from the site unless absolutely necessary due to the risk of falling rocks.
“We are keen to open the road as soon as we can, but safety needs to be our number one priority,” Sean Mallon, council’s Group Manager Infrastructure Services, says.
“We are looking at what options we have to stabilise the area and have engaged a geologist to provide expert advice early next week.”
“We may need to remove up to 10,000 cubic metres of unstable material off the top bank. This could require explosives to bring down, as the site is currently too dangerous for anyone to get to the material.”
New wall needed
The dropout on the lower side of the road will also require an engineer-designed wall to prevent it collapsing again.
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With the nuclear deal with Iran a subject of intense debate and lobbying, and Ukraine an ongoing possible flash point between nuclear powers, the topic of “the bomb” has never been more timely.
This week marks the 70th anniversary of the United States’ devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The following article, originally published in March 2014, speaks with undiminished power to today’s concerns.
You might wonder why most Americans, after Hiroshima, accepted the new nuclear dangers so readily, even as atomic bombs led to hydrogen bombs and the world’s stockpile of warheads mounted on intercontinental ballistic missiles expanded from mere dozens to thousands.
An important factor was the active suppression, by the Pentagon and other U.S. agencies,of vital information about radiation effects and other nuclear dangers I have documented this in two books, “Hiroshima in America” (with Robert Jay Lifton) and “Atomic Cover-up.” The cover-up extended even to Hollywood.
This is a cautionary tale, one that has only recently seen the light after being buried for decades. It exposes the official censorship—by the Truman White House—of a major Hollywood film on the bombing of Hiroshima. And the tale goes beyond censorship: it involves the outright falsification of major historical facts.
Just weeks after the Hiroshima attack in August 1945, Sam Marx, a producer at...
Chinese families of the missing passengers from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 have marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing to demand to be taken to Reunion Island where suspected pieces of the flight have washed ashore. According to Yahoo! News: Most of the aircraft’s passengers were Chinese, and around 30 of their relatives protested near the embassy, as dozens of police blocked off roads near the building. Earlier they gathered at an office in the hope of meeting Malaysian officials, although none arrived. Several demanded that Kuala Lumpur organise travel to the French Indian Ocean island, where a wing part that Malaysia’s prime minister said came from the plane was washed ashore. “We want to go to the island and see the truth,” said Lu Zhanzhong, whose son was on the plane, adding: “I want to see if my son’s luggage is there.” MH370 Truth? Lu held a sign appealing to China’s President Xi Jinping to help find the missing plane, but had harsh words for the dozens of security personnel present. “The Chinese government has only repressed us. Look at all the police here.. they come to our houses and stop us from giving interviews… They want to cover [...]
By Panagioti / Prison Ecology Project
August 10 is a day that prisoners have declared Prisoners’ Justice Day. It’s a day to demonstrate solidarity in remembrance of those who have died unnecessarily behind bars—victims of murder, suicide and neglect—at the hands of the police state.
It started in Canada in 1975 following the death of prisoner Edward Nalon in a solitary unit of Millhaven Maximum Security Prison located in Ontario, and it has remained most recognized in that country. While there has been some success in calling to use this day as a way to bring awareness to the plights of incarcerated people who suffer injustice worldwide, it still hasn’t quite caught on in the U.S. … yet.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has announced a new initiative to resolve the Syrian crisis. In a statement to the Al-Alam News Channel, the Iranian official said that Russian President's Special Envoy for the Middle East and North Africa Mikhail Bogdanov and Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Al Moualem will visit Tehran to discuss the initiative.
‘Operation Storm’ in August 1995, when Croatia overran the Serb-inhabited territory of Krajina, was the biggest single instance of ethnic cleansing in the Yugoslav Wars, Because the attack was backed by the US, however, it was never treated as a crime. Between August 4 and August 7, up to 2,000 people were killed and over […]
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The July 30 ruling by a federal judge that the U.S. may continue holding as a prisoner of war an inmate of Guantanamo who was captured in Afghanistan in 2002, was a reminder that America is still at war in that country. The prisoner claimed that since the U.S. formally ended its combat role in […]
A few days ago, news was spreading about demolishing a Sunni mosque in Tehran by the government. However, an Iraqi website published an article saying that this prayer hall had some legal issues and had violated municipal laws. Reported by al-Waie News, in contrast with what the recent news claims, there are numerous Sunni mosques in Iran’s capital, Tehran.
Just in case you thought stuff in our own country takes the cake for plain stupidity, Spain has now got “beach police” handing out instant fines. You arrive at the beach in the morning to find every inch of sand is occupied – by other people’s towels. Now a Spanish resort is attempting to crack […]
When borrowing become prohibitive (or impossible) and raising taxes no longer generates more revenues, state and local governments will have to cut expenditures.
Strangely enough, every easily foreseeable financial crisis is presented in the mainstream media as one that “nobody saw coming.” No doubt the crisis visible in these three charts will also fall into the “nobody saw it coming” category.
Take a look at this chart of state and local government debt. As we noted yesterday, nominal GDP rose about 77% since 2000. So state and local debt rose at double the rate of GDP. That is the definition of an unsustainable trend.
As noted earlier in the week, state and local taxes have soared 75%. While this would be no big deal if wages and salaries had risen by 75% in the same time frame, but earnings have barely kept pace with inflation (38% since 2000).
So state and local taxes have risen at a rate twice that of wages/salaries. State and local governments can keep raising taxes, but where’s the money going to come from?
State and local government expenditures have risen faster than inflation or GDP.
Here is the context that matters: household income. This is median real income, i.e. adjusted for inflation.
Wages and salaries are barely keeping up with inflation, real household incomes are down 8.5% since 2000 and state and local government taxes and spending are rising at twi...
Those of us in alternative news media shoulder a growing responsibility of shedding light on the truth where little to none exists anymore either in government and mainstream media. As such, citizens of the world but especially of America need to know that the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) like al Qaeda before them are the created, well-paid, well-armed secret mercenary ally of the US Empire in cahoots with Israel, other Western nations, NATO, and US Muslim allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other oil-rich Gulf state puppets.
Overwhelming evidence has been amassed to expose this basic fundamental fact. This sobering reality in and of itself proves that key members of the international crime syndicate posing as the US government have violated their sworn oaths to protect and defend America from both foreign and domestic enemies and clearly committed repeated acts of treason. The same neocons responsible for murdering 3000 of their own American citizens on 9/11 have also been the creators of ISIS and they have the blood of five US servicemen on their hands in Chattanooga… not to mention the millions of people in the Middle East and North Africa....
Last week, in “Economics 101: Wal-Mart Hikes Wages, Prepares To Fire 1000,” we highlighted an internal memo circulated at Arkansas recruiting firm Cameron Smith & Associates.
The letter, which was obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, advised employees to prepare for an expected wave of layoffs at WalMart’s home office in Bentonville. “Please remember, these people are our neighbors and friends,” Cameron Smith tells his recruiters, “you have a skill that will be very much in need when this goes down.”
The retail giant has received quite a bit of scrutiny this year (more than usual), after abruptly and simultaneously closing five geographically distinct stores in April. The company cited “plumbing issues“, but many of the 2,500 or so affected employees weren’t buying it and neither was the chorus of Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theorists who suggested that the shuttered stores were being set up as internment camps as part of a wider government plot to institute martial law.
We had a different explanation for Wal-Mart’s “clogs and leaks”: Earlier this year, WalMart became one of several corporate heavyweights to lift wages for its meagerly compensated workers, around 500,000 of which are now set to receive at least $9/hour and $10/hour by Q1 2016. Meanwhile, the move by the country’s largest retailer to pay a few extra penni...
In his desperation to sink the Iran nuclear deal, Bibi Netanyahu is taking a hellish gamble.
Israel depends upon the United States for $3 billion a year in military aid and diplomatic cover in forums where she is often treated like a pariah state. Israel has also been the beneficiary of almost all the U.S. vetoes in the Security Council.
America is indispensable to Israel. The reverse is not true.
Yet, without telling the White House, Bibi had his U.S. ambassador arrange for him to address a joint session of Congress in March — to rip up the president’s Iran nuclear deal before it was even completed.
The day the deal was signed, using what The Washington Post calls “stark apocalyptic language,” Bibi accused John Kerry of giving the mullahs a “sure path to a nuclear weapon” and a “cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars … to pursue its aggression and terror.”
Bibi has since inspired and led the campaign to get Congress to kill the deal, the altarpiece of the Obama presidency.
Israel Ambassador Ron Dermer, a former Republican operative now cast in the role of “Citizen Genet,” has intensively lobbied the Hill to get Congress to pass a resolution of rejection.
If that resolution passes, as it appears it will, Obama will veto it.
Then Israel, the Israeli lobby AIPAC, and all its allies and auxiliaries in the think tanks and on op-ed pages will conduct a full-court press to have Congress override the Obama veto and kill his nuclear deal.
Has Bibi, have the Israelis, considered what would happen should they succeed? Certa...
Peter Schiff spoke with CNBC Asia last night about why the consensus is wrong – the Federal Reserve is not going to raise rates significantly in September. And if it does, it will likely drop them back down to zero before too long. Instead, Peter argues that investors should be preparing for a fourth round of quantitative easing.
Follow along with this transcript of Peter’s responses:
“I was listening earlier. You had a guest on that said the Fed is trying to raise rates in. I think that’s the last thing the Fed wants to do – is raise rates. Of course, the second to last thing they want to do is admit that they can’t raise rates. If the Fed wanted to raise rates, they would’ve done it years ago. They keep talking about how they’re waiting for improvements in the labor market, yet they pretend they’re maybe going to raise rates in September. The labor market is not going to get any stronger between now and September. If anything, it might get weaker. We had a pretty bad private sector ADP payroll number today. Just 185,000 jobs. The goods producing sector – the most important sector – particularly weak. Just 2,000 manufacturing jobs created. And the labor force participation rate just hit a new low… The lowest of this cycle…
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Pitcairn Island is a place so remote, and with a history so bizarre, that until recently it was viewed almost as myth rather than reality. But the events that took place on this tiny island in the Pacific Ocean were very real. Settled by a pack of mutineers of the HMS Bounty in 1790, along with a small group of Polynesians, the island soon became like the famous 1954 novel Lord of the Flies, in which a group of boys stuck on an uninhabited island descended into savagery and immorality. Faced with physical, social, and psychological isolation, along with struggles for power, the Pitcairn population rapidly diminished due to murder, suicide, and madness, and the remaining inhabitants descended into incest, sex abuse, and delinquency. Today, 47 inhabitants from just four families remain on this ill-fated island that carries with it a dark and evil history that has been retold in countless films and books.
A Remote Land
Pitcairn Island is one of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean that make up the Pitcairn Group of Islands. Located more than 3,000 miles (4830 km) from any continent, approximately halfway between New Zealand and the Americas, it is one of the remotest inhabited islands and the least populous national jurisdictions in the world. It is also the last British Overseas Territory in the Pacific.
Measuring just 2.2 miles (3.6 kilometers) from east to west, the island is not much larger than New York’s Central Park. Yet this tiny dot in the ocean has a long and varied history, culminating in the dramatic events beginning in the 18th century.
The history of the Pitcairn Islands......
Websites pour forth heated arguments between liberals and conservative about almost everything—or, as is becoming clear due to brain research, what seem to be arguments but in fact are genetically determined reflexes.
Even before the latest results from PET scans and functional MRI, simple observation convinced the sentient that rationality was not involved in political discourse. The chief evidence is that political adherences tend strongly to cluster together. For example, if you tell me that a man favors capitalism, with high confidence I can predict his attitudes toward China, race, immigration, environmentalism, bombing Iran, evolution, abortion, and so on. If you tell me that he advocates socialism, I will similarly know in advance his ideas regarding these things.
This suggests a genetic origin. The various views have no necessary connections to one another. For example, there is no logical contradiction in being in favor of national medical care and simultaneously of sending heavy weaponry to the Ukraine, or being against abortion but for the legalization of drugs. Yet one seldom sees such juxtapositions. Political views are a package.
This suggests that people start with genetically determined conclusions, and work backward to find supporting evidence.
In terms of evolutionary psychology, the genetic explanation makes sense. While saying so will enrage conservatives, it is clear that conservatism is a Darwinian relic, a selective adaptation to primitive times.
Consider the circumstances of the first barely-human tribes as they emerged from simian darkness on the temporally remote savannas. What psyc...
Our eyes tend to skim over information and our brains often jump to conclusions.
This is because we take in so much visual information, that our brains need shortcuts to process it all.
The trait evolved to help early humans survive encounters with fast predators, but it also means that we can be easily fooled by simple illusions.
A new video, which is a collaboration between the American Chemical Society and Inside Science TV, explains the science behind this visual trickery.
Take a look at the centre of this figure. It looks like an intricate pattern, nothing more. But when you look outside of it, it starts to move. ‘Our brains are able to perceive lighter values much more quickly than dark values,’ the video says. ‘This explains why the discs seems to rotate in the direction of the lighter shades’
‘When you look at something what you’re really look at is light,’ the video narrator explains. ‘The light is then converted into electrical signals that your brain can turn into an image.
This process takes place in about one tenth of a second. So at any given moment, your eyes are taking in an incredible amount of information.
‘It’s really diffic...
Do you know why SUVs became so popular?
It wasn’t because of their, er, sportiness. Or even their utility. It was because they provided a way to get the size(especially under the hood) that American buyers wanted but which the government was doing its damndest to deny them via fuel efficiency mandates.
The story goes like this:
In the mid-late 1970s, Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE, in government-ese) standards began to bite down. Government bureaucrats and politicians, in their usual secular Puritan we-know-best way, decided – then decreed – that new cars – generally – weren’t “efficient” enough.
It wasn’t that there weren’t numerous high-mileage cars available on the market for people who valued fuel economy more than other attributes (size, power, etc.). Granted, they were mostly imports – models like the VW Beetle and Honda Civic, Datsun B210, etc. But the point stands: Fuel-efficient cars were available.
The problem – from the government’s viewpoint – was that not enough of them were being made.
The bureaucrats and politicians felt that all cars should be more “efficient” and ordered it be so – regardless of market wants and needs. And regardless of the destruction and distortions this might impose on the car i...
[Libertarian Forum (March 1983)]
|Wisdom has taught us to be calm and meek,|
|To take one blow, and turn the other cheek;|
|It is not written what a man shall do,|
|If the rude caitiff smite the other too!|
|—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.|
Somewhere in Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead there is a striking passage where one of the Bad Guys (and Rand’s Bad Guys are always unmistakably bad) abandons the Communist Party and rushes off to India to plunge into Hindu/guru mysticism. Rand caught one of the striking intellectual movements of our age. Time and time again, left-collectivists, after toiling many years in the Marxian vineyard, get disillusioned, give up, and join some Maharishi cult or other, babbling about the ineffable Wisdom of the East. On the New Left, Rennie Davis was a striking example; before that, veteran Communist fellow traveler Louis Fischer suddenly rushed down to India to do a biography of Mahatma Gandhi.
In my own experience, I knew a bright young Trotskyite w...
Are root canals safe? Dr. George Meinig, author of Root Canal Cover-Up, was a founding member of the American Association of Endodontics. He quit the association later in his career after he saw firsthand the adversereactions that root canals have on the immune system. Dr. Meinig also witnessed the irreparable damage to the jaw bone caused by the infected cavitation sites where root canaled teeth once sat.
What exactly is a root canal?
The standard root canal procedure effectively kills the tooth by removing all the dental pulp. The dental pulp contains the blood supply, nerves, and connective tissue. Once the pulp chamber in the center of the tooth is emptied of these vital tissues, it is incapable of carrying on necessary functions.
The filling materials such as gutta-percha, which are used to fill the pulp chamber, are chosen for their properties to expand into the tiny spaces, cracks and crevices of the voided roots. Gutta-percha, a common dental product, is the rigid natural latex produced from the sap of the Palaquium gutta tree. This type of filling material has been the cause for many root canals that have gone bad.
Truth be told, every root canal is problematic because once the tooth has been devitalized, it can no longer perform the critical functions of cleansing, repair, and growth. A root-canaled tooth is in fact a dead tooth. The introduction of toxic and/or allergenic filling materials sets up an environment that invites inf...
New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra slashed its farm-gate milk price for this season by $1.40 to $3.85 per kilogram of milk solids. Few farmers will be able to make a profit at such a price with Dairy NZ estimating $5.70/kgMS is the industry average break-even point. Fonterra says it’s doing something to help them with […]
There seems to regularly be stories about online scams, and a number of these seem to be playing on relationships and ‘love’. Preying on the vulnerable and the gullible is dirty but some people don’t care about the personal damage the do. There has been two high profile New Zealand drug mule cases. There are […]
As an exceptionally hot summer heatwave continues to drain the region's water supplies, this week Israeli water company Mekorot took the situation to a new level with the villagers of Kafr Qaddoum when the company cut off the village's water supply.
Scores of Palestinians suffered, on Friday evening, the effects of tear gas inhalation, after Israeli soldiers invaded Silwad town, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and clashed with local youths. Soldiers also invaded homes near Jenin.
It must be a quiet Saturday. I just got an email that at a glance raised a few suspicions: And on inspection it raised may more suspicions. Allie Rothman – an uncommon sounding name for New Zealand. email@example.com – web businesses usually have their own mail addresses. Booster Web Network Ltd – no web address […]
He never resigned as leader. Offered. Offered to facilitate a process, during which he’ll offer to stand down. In Colin’s mind, this process never happened, the offer was never made, and therefore, the offer was never accepted. He’s still the Conservative Party leader. His “Dirty Politics” booklet, written after his supposed resignation, and distributed to […]
Who would’ve thought it would come to this? Certainly not the Obama Administration, and their brilliant geo-political think-tank neo-conservative strategists. John Kerry’s brilliant “win-win” proposal of last September during his September 11 Jeddah meeting with ailing Saudi King Abdullah was simple: Do a rerun of the highly successful State Department-Saudi deal in 1986 when Washington persuaded the Saudis to flood the world market at a time of over-supply in order to collapse oil prices worldwide, a kind of “oil shock in reverse.” In 1986 was successful in helping to break the back of a faltering Soviet Union highly dependent on dollar oil export revenues for maintaining its grip on power.
So, though it was not made public, Kerry and Abdullah agreed on September 11, 2014 that the Saudis would use their oil muscle to bring Putin’s Russia to their knees today.
It seemed brilliant at the time no doubt.
On the following day, 12 September 2014, the US Treasury’s aptly-named Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, headed by Treasury Under-Secretary David S. Cohen, announced new sanctions against Russia’s energy giants Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Lukoil, Surgutneftgas and Rosneft. It forbid US oil companies to participate with the Russian companies in joint ventures for oil or gas offshore or in the...
Palestinian medical sources have reported that a child was wounded, late on Friday evening, after Israeli soldiers, stationed across the border fence, opened fire on homes, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
Dairy farmers are not only worried about their own bottom lines, but also the impact the downturn will have on their local communities. Federated Farmers wants the Government to fast-track infrastructure projects in dairy-intensive regions to keep them afloat. Dairy spokesman Andrew Hoggard said there are plenty of projects in the works like irrigation, rural […]
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At least 109 were killed and 61 were wounded in fresh violence across Iraq. Over 2,000 more were reported killed, but it is unclear when they were killed.
It looks like the long running soap opera called “the formation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)” is beginning to make pucker not only those who are forced to watch it, more or less regularly, but also the main actors. There are currently 12 such participants, namely the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Chile, Mexico and Peru. In the recent 5-6 years, all of them have been members of various levels of negotiations for a collective Free Trade Zone (FTZ).
Each round of negotiations (which have already accumulated 19 “official” and over 20 “work sessions”) culminates in a standard declaration by the main participants in the style of: “a lot of work has been done and there is significant progress, but several outstanding issues still need to be resolved in the next decisive session.”
The latest round of negotiations, which took place in Hawaii from 24 to 31 July of this year (initially at the expert and subsequently at the ministerial level), had also been designated previously as “decisive”, where it had been expected to solve all the “remaining” issues from the previous meetings. So, in a solemn ceremony, the heads of states would only have to sign the prepared documents.
However, after the Hawaiian round there were “a few” problems. Moreover, the n...
On July 14, the lengthy negotiations between Iran and the “six world powers” culminated in signing an agreement on the Iran’s nuclear program. The result of the 13-year negotiations is the abandonment of the nuclear weapons development program and granting permission to the IAEA representatives to access to facilities and nuclear programs. In exchange, Iran will be given an opportunity to rebuild its economy since all the previously imposed sanctions will now be lifted.
These results have given rise to a series of statements with an appeal to the DPRK to follow the Iran’s example. Thus, summing up on Monday the results of the meetings held with South Korean colleagues in Seoul, the special representative of the U.S. at the six-party negotiations Sydney A. Seiler said that the agreement reached with Iran showed that the U.S. was also willing to negotiate with Pyongyang “in case the counterpart had a desire to do so.” He emphasized that “when the North Korean leadership decided to end its international isolation, Washington would show its flexibility.”
The government of South Korea has also expressed hopes for the North Korean nuclear issue to be resolved through negotiations resulted in final settlement. Unlike Tehran, Pyongyang already has nuclear weapons and cannot be hurt by economic sanctions as severely. However, an example of successful joint work of the world community should have a positive effect on Pyongyang, which hardly benefits from its current isolat...
The Saturday Herald’s editorial gets some royal things right and with a notable exception. Editorial: Charles’ titles a big step backwards In late November, a couple of utterly discordant events will occur. New Zealanders will vote in the first of two referendums that will decide whether we replace a flag that features the Union Jack. […]
At one stage it looked on that England could win match and series inside two days, but they’ll have to settle for three. Nick Millar The Guardian
On the brink of a series
After only two days of the fourth test in Nottingham, England are just 3 wickets away from another resounding victory, and the recovery of the Ashes. It’s been another amazing match: the third test was almost completed in two of the scheduled five days at Trent Bridge. And but for bad light stopping play, the English fans could have been celebrating before the weekend.
The first day brought the unheard of spectacle of a strong Australian batting line-up being bundled out for 60! Stuart Broad’s figures of 8 for 15 are amongst the best of all time. Then England cruised rapidly to 274 for 4 with the in-form Joe Root scoring 124 not out.
Victory set up on the first day
Small break in the hunt as a squall sends them scurrying below the ridge. At least his low IQ head is being kept toasty by some quality WO merchandise. Ute had a bit of off-road exercise to get near the tops. This is just a teaser. I suspect a proper article will follow. […]
This week we’re welcoming back returning guests the National Federation of the Blind of Hawai‘i. The National Federation of the Blind of Hawai'i is made up of members of our community who are blind, helping other blind people and the general public with networking, advocacy and other invaluable resources on issues relating to their integration into the community.
Seismic Hazard – Earthquake Event The earthquake occurred in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Region of Kivu (population 7,173,131) . The nearest places are Kigali, and Kaseke. The maximum altitude nearby is 4415m USGS Interactive map Africa – Rwanda | Western Province Epicenter: 2°06’07.2″S 28°55’48.0″E Location: 42km N of Cyangugu, Rwanda Magnitude: 5.5 Time: 2015-08-07 01:28:37 (UTC) […]
Robert Faurisson, In 70 Years, there has been no forensic study proving existence and operation of Nazi gas chambers
I was playing a word association game today and it occured to me that we associate certain words and images with politicians. Just for fun I have put some images and words together to see if you all associate them with the same current or ex politicians both local and national that I do. My […]
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Biological Hazard – Typhoid Fever Outbreak Asia – India | State of Andhra Pradesh, Krishna Location: 16°36’35.9″N 80°43’17.2″E Bio-hazard Level: 3/4 High – Travel Advisory Watch Level 1 Deaths: 18 Infected: ~250 Biological Hazard in India on Friday, 07 August, 2015 at 08:31 (08:31 AM) UTC. More than 250 villagers including children have been admitted to […]
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Charles Pellegrino opens a you-are-there time capsule on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, which was followed three days later by the bombing of Nagasaki. With WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman, Pellegrino shares the heart-searing testimony of survivors —who show what’s really at stake in the nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Fox News Had Its Own GOP Debate Agenda: Narrow Down
There is no shortage of analysis about last night’s debate. You can check out the “top ten moments.” And you have your pick of the top “five” or “...
Senator Bernie Sanders pushed the false propaganda about needing to prevent Iran from getting a nuke, and even threatened war under the "all options are on the table" euphemism, but did so as part of the following statement supporting the Iran agreement:
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that he will support an agreement that the United States and other nations negotiated with Iran to limit its nuclear program.
Sanders issued a statement after a telephone conversation on Friday with President Barack Obama, who addressed some of Sanders’ concerns. The senator first publicly discussed his intention to vote for the agreement in an interview with John Dickerson of CBS News, which will be broadcast Sunday on “Face the Nation.”
“The test of a great nation is not how many wars it can engage in, but how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner,” Sanders said in the statement.
“The war in Iraq, which I opposed, destabilized the entire region, helped create the Islamic State, cost the lives of 6,700 brave men and women and resulted in hundreds of thousands of others in our armed forces returning home with post-traumatic-stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. I fear that many of my Republican colleagues do not understand that war must be a last resort, not the first resort,” Sanders said in the statement.
“The United States must do everything it can to make certain that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon, that Israel is not threatened by a nuclear Iran and that a nuclear arms race in the region is avoided,” he added. “President Obama and Secretary Kerry have worked through a very difficult process with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran. This agreement is obviously not all that many of us would have liked but it beats the alternative – a war with Iran that could go on for...
Senator Bernie Sanders pushed the false propaganda about needing to prevent Iran from getting a nuke, and even threatened war under the “all options are on the table” euphemism, but did so as part of the following statement supporting the Iran agreement:
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that he will support an agreement that the United States and other nations negotiated with Iran to limit its nuclear program.
Sanders issued a statement after a telephone conversation on Friday with President Barack Obama, who addressed some of Sanders’ concerns. The senator first publicly discussed his intention to vote for the agreement in an interview with John Dickerson of CBS News, which will be broadcast Sunday on “Face the Nation.”
“The test of a great nation is not how many wars it can engage in, but how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner,” Sanders said in the statement.
“The war in Iraq, which I opposed, destabilized the entire region, helped create the Islamic State, cost the lives of 6,700 brave men and women and resulted in hundreds of thousands of others in our armed forces returning home with post-traumatic-stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. I fear that many of my Republican colleagues do not understand that war must be a last resort, not the first resort,” Sanders said in the statement.
“The United States must do everything it can to make certain that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon, that Israel is not threatened by a nuclear Iran and that a nuclear arms race in the region is avoided,” he added. “President Obama and Secretary Kerry have worked through a very difficult process with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran. This agreement is obviously not all that many of us would have liked but it beats the alternative – a war with Iran that could go on for years.
Removal of subsidies and tariffs to boost NZ farm incomes – econfix: (Hat tip: Utopia)
With most of the attention has been focused on the TPP the 161 countries of the World Trade Organisation had set a deadline of the end of July to agree on a “work programme” to substantially complete the Doha round of global trade talks later this year.
Launched in 2001, the Doha round was to pick up where the Uruguay round of global trade liberalisation left off six years earlier. The deadlock in negotiations is ultimately down to a belief that the EU and the US and the large developing countries of China, Brazil and India have each given up more than its fair share in liberalising agricultural trade and the other side should do more. . .
South Canterbury farmer Ben Jaunay is “farming for free” and facing losing hundreds of thousands of dollars if milk prices keep falling.
Banks are tipping dairy giant Fonterra’s payout for its latest financial year to go below $4 a kilogram. The value of whole milk powder dropped sharply at Fonterra’s global commodity auction this week, increasing fears for its payout forecast on Friday.
Jaunay manages more than 3000 cows on t...
By Nick Bernabe The long-term decline in viewership for America’s big TV outlets is finally starting to catch up to their stock prices. Since 2009, media stocks have been some of the best...
By Melissa Dykes The title kinda sounds like the plot of a bad Sci-Fi movie, doesn’t it? Oh NOOO! THE SUPERCHARGED FRANKENCORN IS TAKING OVER!! RUUUUN!!! Sadly, though, it’s true and it’s called...
Kelvin Davis seems to have reached peak usefulness when he ousted Harawira and, with him, Dotcom’s hired help. Labour MP Kelvin Davis has been visiting hardened convicts including career criminal Arthur Taylor in prison to collect further stories about inmates’ treatment at the privately-run Mt Eden Corrections Facility. Mr Davis spent yesterday afternoon at Paremoremo, […]
The New York Times is a very good newspaper, except where ideology and party line demands intrude. Unfortunately these intrusions occur often and are of great importance. The Times is the paper of record of an imperial superpower whose leaders have long and regularly flaunted international law and used their great military and economic power recklessly, in good part because they can get away with it. They push and push, eventually starting or provoking a war when their target refuses to surrender (see Gareth Porter’s Perils of Dominance). The collapse of the Soviet Union worsened this situation by removing a force of containment.
As a leading U.S. client, arguably a tail that wags the dog, Israel also can engage in long-term ethnic cleansing, regular cross-border bombing attacks and invasions, and continuous violations of international law, and get away with it. And it, like its parent, falls under the protection of the editors of the Times. (Barbara Erickson’s blog, TimesWarp provides regular and compelling evidence of Times protection of the tail.)
As the top establishment newspaper the Times invariably strives to put imperial (and imperial client) violence in a good light. This goes back a long way, but let me just describe briefly the cases of Guatemala and Vietnam before looking at the present scene. The United States supported a nasty dictator in Guatemala for several decades before a 1945 revolution, not supported by this country, overthrew him and installed a democratic order. This democratic order fell into U.S. disfavor with the passage of a law protecting workers rights in 1947, and then became a regime change target when a land reform bill encroached on United Fruit Company’s (El Pulpo’s) rights. A U.S.-sponsored invasion force, aided by U.S. propaganda, air force assistance and diplomatic cover, ousted the elected regime in 1954 and began a long stint of undemocratic and terror state rule. The main U.S. propaganda cove...
Meanwhile in mythical Middle-Earth (not photos of real people).
Drone have been used to drop bombs, spy on foreign countries and monitor how farmers work their fields. Now they could help hack into personal computers.
According to e-mails posted by WikiLeaks, military contractors may want to do just that. Boeing and Hacking Team — a Milan-based company criticized for selling surveillance software to repressive governments — were in talks earlier this year to plant malware on drones to perform such activities, according to the e-mails, which were stolen from Hacking Team in July.
According to an e-mail that summarizes the contents of a meeting between the two companies, Boeing was searching for a “ruggedized” network injector “transportable by drone (!).”
Drone and network analysts offer a scenario about how this type of technology could work:
A highly desired al-Qaeda operative is on the lam, hiding out in a bungalow in the foothills of some not-so-allied country, which may or may not be protecting him from U.S. detection. The American military could try hacking into that government’s computer network to look for...
If the US Congress shoots down the Iranian nuclear deal, America will eventually be pressured into a military strike against Tehran’s nuclear facilities, which will in turn increase terror against Israel, US President Barack Obama told Jewish leaders Tuesday, a source who was present at the meeting said.
During the two-hour meeting, Obama said it was legitimate for opponents of the deal to lobby lawmakers to reject it, but added that a discussion focused on personal attacks, rather than the merits of the deal, could jeopardize the coherence of the American Jewish community and ultimately the resilience of US-Israel relations, according to Greg Rosenbaum, the chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council.
In a bid to convince the US Jewish community to support the deal, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hosted 20 Jewish leaders from across the political and religious spectrum at the White House’s Cabinet Room, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged members of the Jewish Federations of North America in a video address to fight the deal.
Speaking to the Israel Diplomatic Correspondents Association after the meeting with the president, Rosenbaum said that Obama had meticulously tried to debunk the arguments against the Iran deal, while acknowledging that the agreement was “by no means...
Zoologger: World’s first venomous frog has the kiss of death Species: Greening’s frog (Corythomantis greeningi) and Bruno’s casque-headed frog (Aparasphenodon brunoi) Habitat: Brazil – C. Grenningi – semi-arid Caatinga region, while A. brunoi favours the vast, dense Atlantic Forest You don’t want to mess with Bruno’s casque-headed frog (Image: Carlos Jared/Butantan Institute) Meet the two […]
According to Dr Helen Driscoll, an expert in the psychology of sex at the University of Sunderland, sexual technology or ‘sex tech’ is advancing so rapidly that within a century physical relationships will seem backward and primitive.
In theory, anyone with a lust for rust will be able to engage in copious amounts of what is termed ‘robophilia’ without raising an eyebrow from the neighbors. People may even begin to “fall in love with their virtual reality partners.”
Referring to the burgeoning trade in technologically advanced sex dolls, Driscoll told the Daily Mirror: “It could really start to enable mannequin partners to ‘come to life.’
“We tend to think about issues such as virtual reality and robotic sex within the context of current norms.
“But if we think back to the social norms about sex that existed just 100 years ago, it is obvious that they have changed rapidly and radically,” she said.
Driscoll believes that the steady march of technology will dictate how well robot sex is received.
“As virtual reality becomes more realistic and immersive and is able to mimic and even improve on the experience of sex with a human partner; it is conceivable that some will choose this in......
By Raymond Ibrahim, August 6, 2015: The Obama administration recently made changes to the Oath of Allegiance to the United States in a manner very conducive to Sharia, or Islamic law. On July 21, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services … Continue reading
In my recent article on Philippines’ ultimately absurd legal challenge to China’s claims in the S. China Sea, I noted how that conflict arose from the prevailing wind to diss China’s interests in the post WWII world. The cause for that are many. No doubt China’s relative weakness vis-a-vis the West and/or Soviet Union, its plunge into a major civil war in the aftermath of WWII, the alignment of the interests among the world’s most powerful – including both the West and the Soviets – to keep China from re-emerging as a major power all play a part. But whatever the cause, I think it is major time for the world to revisit just how important a role China played in securing WWII’s victory against the Axis.
I have heard many Japanese say that even though China was technically a victor, China did not defeat Japan, only the U.S. did. Some Americans say – what role could China have played when it was always teetering on the brink of national annihilation? Both are way over simplifications of history.
Even if China could not have singlehanded defeat Japan, the world – I argue – would not have been able to defeat Japan without China. The defeat of the axis was a collaborative effort. The U.S. and Soviet Union may have been the strongest military powers of the day, but the removal of any of the major four victors – China – would have changed history dramatically. There are many reasons for the Axis to be defeated in WWII, and I am confident in saying that but for China, it would have gone the other way.
Consider, for example, that despite Japan’s many military victories in China throughout WWII, the truth is that China was able to, through its heroic resistance movement, lock down some 94% of Japan’s a...
Last night we celebrated the 70th birthday of my good mate and proprietor of the Grand Hotel, one of the good bastards is Eric.
As we left The Grand at around 10 30 it was raining quite hard and for a first time in my life we climbed from rain to snow as when we reached our little bit of paradise it was snowing heavily at around 60 M asl.
I had sort of decided to stop putting attention towards John Armstrong. His columns are getting increasingly insane, and whereas they used to provide some insight, there are nothing but head scratchers now. But he’s done it again. He’s outdone himself. To vary an old joke about very old men marrying very young women, the […]
Jim W. Dean, It is time for us to declare war politically against Israel and its subversive lobbies, and yes, begin prosecuting those involved in espionage
If you don’t think the Fed and other central banks have transformed financial markets into debt besotted gambling casinos, consider the last few days of carnage in the media stocks. That sector is rife with bubble finance infections. To wit, hedge fund speculators feasting on zero interest carry trades and cheap options own 10% of the 15 companies which…
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 5-8pm in Akakū Media Lab Akakū Technical Director, Stephen Luksic, will conduct this valuable workshop. Topics will include: *Overview Digital Workflow from camera to archive *Role of Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) *Importing camera orginals, verification & backup *Hard drives for editing & archiving *Post production organization best practices *Creating a master […]
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Tip of the Hat to Ed Dursky at Facebook
Phi Beta Iota: The ability of morons to mass over chickenshit is very troubling — it is even worse when ostensibly reputable companies make decisions without due process (e.g. PayPal against WikiLeaks, Amazon against all vendors of Confederate-related merchandise). We have deep serious problems in the USA — including treason at the highest levels. Civility is nice to have — integrity is “must have.” We do not endorse any candidate but we must say that in terms of challenging the two-party tyranny and possibly re-booting American democracy, Donald Trump is the most exciting personality we have seen since Ronald Reagan (Bernie Sanders is not even close — no money, no black people, and he refuses to run as an Independent, hence no integrity either).
Court of Appeal declares notice on planned re-delineation by commission is in accordance with Federal Constitution The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya has overturned the Kuching High Court’s decision to nullify the Election Commission’s (EC) notice of recommendations for the proposed re-delineation of electoral boundaries for Sarawak. A three-member panel chaired by Datuk Mohd Zawawi […]
The Court of Appeal here today ruled that the Election Commission notice of its recommendations for the proposed re-delineation of electoral boundaries in Sarawak is valid. A three-member panel chaired by Justice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh unanimously allowed the EC’s appeal to set aside the High Court ruling which had nullified its notice. Justice Datuk […]
Politically conscious Sarawakians today were greeted with news that the Election Commission had won its appeal to set aside a High Court decision nullifying the EC’s Sarawak re-delineation exercise. Interest in the re-delineation exercise is focused on the extra 11 state seats that would be created if the exercise is allowed to proceed. Most Sarawakians […]
The Court of Appeal’s decision today that upheld the Election Commission’s (EC) proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries in Sarawak, overturning a lower court’s ruling, has paved the way for gerrymandering, Bersih has claimed. Maria Chin Abdullah, who heads the electoral watchdog, said the EC was looking to increase the number of state seats in Sarawak […]
The ruling of the Court of Appeal in favour of the Election Commission (EC) will not trigger an early election. Dr Jeniri Amir, senior lecturer at Unimas’ Department of Communication Studies, believed that though the ruling of the Appellate Court was in favour of BN, it did not mean the state election would be held […]
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi warned “disruptive elements” not to destroy the good ties between the Federal Government and Sarawak. No one should try to come between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, he warned. “The relationship between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching will […]
The St. Louis County NAACP is launching two new initiatives on the eve of the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown: one to provide free legal services to children and one to push municipalities to improve police training.
In response to a report released last week by the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP branch is starting a program for attorneys to represent children facing long-term school suspension or charges in the juvenile justice system on a pro-bono basis.
Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today stressed that he is not a “yes man” as he believes a leader needs to voice out concerns if there are any mistakes or wrongdoings in the administration. Speaking in Pagoh this morning, the former deputy prime minister also revealed that since he was axed from the […]
Vexed over the sudden transfer of two directors, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) number two Mohd Shukri Abdul has demanded their reinstatement. Mohd Shukri, who is currently attending a course in the United States, said he was willing to be made the sacrificial lamb instead. “Take me, but return the two MACC men,” he told Malaysiakini […]
Former Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has slammed the transfer of two Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officials to the Prime Minister’s Department as a “blatant show of power”. MACC special operations division chief Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and strategic communications director Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob were transferred with immediate effect for “disciplinary issues” earlier […]
Vocal Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) special operations director Bahri Mohd Zin has been transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department with immediate effect. Bahri was spearheading the SRC International Sdn Bhd probe, including the transfer of RM42 million into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal bank accounts. The MACC director had landed in the limelight after […]
Citing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, the Malaysian Bar said even if the RM2.6 billion deposited into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal bank accounts was a donation, it does not mean no act of corruption occurred. Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said the term “gratification” in Section 3 of the MACC Act […]
International investors are selling Malaysian stocks at the quickest pace in Asia as Prime Minister Najib Razak struggles to contain a political scandal and doubts grow over the outlook for the economy. Foreign funds have pulled a net 11.7 billion ringgit ($3 billion) of the nation’s shares this year as the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia […]
Support for Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) keeps coming in as social activists and student group members visited the graftbuster today. They met MACC strategic communications deputy director Kamarudin Ripin for about an hour and voiced their support for the ongoing investigation regarding the SRC International Sdn Bhd and the RM2.6 billion transfer into Prime Minister […]
Bersih 2.0 declares that the Bersih 4 rally will be held on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu from 2.00pm 29 August to 30 August. The time has come for Malaysians to come forward to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak’s resignation and a host of institutional reforms to put an end to […]
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull today has asked Putrajaya to reinstate two of his top men who were transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department today. As a trade-off, he has offered himself instead, saying that the duo – MACC director (special operations) Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and […]
An unfolding political scandal in Malaysia is starting to reverberate far from Kuala Lumpur to the downtown New York headquarters of Goldman Sachs. State fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is at the centre of allegations of graft and mismanagement. The furore has prompted renewed scrutiny of hefty fees the Wall Street bank led by Lloyd […]
Former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today told Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to cease all harassment of investigators looking into claims that RM2.6 billion was deposited into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts. In a statement from Sungai Buloh prison released through his lawyers, Anwar said there were indications that the country’s institutions, particularly the […]
An engineer, a mathematician, and a physicist were standing around the university flagpole when an English professor wandered by.
“What are you doing?” she asked.
“We need to know the height of the flagpole,” one of the trio said, “and we’re discussing the formulas we might use to calculate it.”
“Watch!” said the English professor.
She pulled the pole from its fitting, lay it on the lawn, found a tape measure in her handbag, measured the pole and said, “It’s exactly 8 metres.” Then she replaced the pole and walked away.
“English professor!” sneered the mathematician, “We ask her for the height, and she gives us the length.”
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A French guide was chatting with her American client and was jokingly explaining about the red, white and blue in the Tricolour.
“Our flag symbolises our taxes,” she said. “We get red when we talk about them, white when we get our tax bill, and blue after we pay them.”
“That’s the same with us,” the American replied. “Then we see stars too.”
‘Loins’ of Longleat’ Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, has a wife, two children, more than 70 girlfriends, immense personal wealth and his own lions. He is nostalgic, sentimental and romantic, and he likes talking about sex. This is fortunate since, in many ways, it is his sex life that defines him. The aristocrat is, […]
Once you connect enough dots things start to become very clear. Along with all the financial and monetary chaos we expect in the fall we are also starting to connect the dots on a planned social unrest.
Today we noticed that the African-socialist Uruhu movement is holding its annual conference in Chicago in late September, and that is only one of a number of a number of expressions of black and African solidarity taking place around the Shemitah end day, September 13th (and I should expand to say that it is not just the final day of Shemitah, on September 13th, that has our interest but events all throughout September and into the end of the year).
It is certainly feasible to suggest that racial tension, deliberately stoked, could explode in the fall – and generate a kind of race war in the US. They’ve been trying to provoke it, which is what the “Confederate Flag” false-flag event was about. Europe has its own form of ethnic confrontation that can be seen in the increasing tension between Muslims and local communities.
The movement’s website announces that, “On September 26 and 27, 2015 African people from throughout the world will gather at 6855 S. Emerald Ave, Chicago, IL to convene the 24th Annual Convention of The International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM). “
InPDUM’s Convention is happening as imperialist white power is in severe economic crisis. Around the world, there is turmoil as colonized people engage in pitched battles with their oppressors to throw off their shackles and Africans are no exception. From Ferguson, Missouri to Baltimore, Africans are resisting the terror and attacks from the U.S. State and general white population who many times act as extensions of the state. There are daily demonstrations and protest throughout cities in the U.S. around police murders of young Africans....
TV3 asked me to join The Nation’s tweet panel with Generation Zero co-founder Kirk Serpes this morning.
It was an interesting exercise.
Good interviewers listen to what interviewees say and base their next question on what they hear. I tried to do that with my tweets but kept missing the next point as I was tweeting on the last and trying to keep up with other tweets coming in.
Lisa Owen interviewed Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings talking about the farm gate milk price announcement today. This was followed by reporter Torben Akel discussing governments appointing ex-MPs to government boards and an interview with American journalist Ben Taub who’s been writing about why teenagers’ journeys to jihad.
The studio panelists were Heather du Plessis-Allan, Jacqueline Rowarth and Bernard Hickey.
Having Heather on the panel was very good marketing for Story which she’ll be co-hosting with Duncan Garner. It starts this Monday.
You can see the tweets here.
By Dan Dicks Just as we've been warning about for years here at PFT, international trade deals and treaties, like the TPP or NAFTA, allow multinational corporations to sue governments and even...
By Luke Rudkowski In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to the CEO and one of many people behind Minds.com a new opensource encrypted social network that many are saying will destroy Facebook. The new...
By Star Fox Idaho residents gathered outside Veteran John Arnold’s home in Priest River on Thursday to protest the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decision to threaten seizure of Arnold’s...
Source: Rolling Stone Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state's Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living
Rachel “Kevlar” Smalley went troppo on John Campbell being hired by Radio New Zealand. And instead of John responding, or better, just ignoring the intellectual giant that’s Smalley, one of his ex girlfriends went into bat for him. Radio New Zealand head of content Carol Hirschfeld says Rachel Smalley’s column about John Campbell’s appointment […]
The post Bitch fight! John Campbell needs to have a girl do his fighting for him? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Breitbart, by Frances Martel, Aug. 7, 2015: As Republicans wake up from their first taste of a crowded and extremely accomplished field of 2016 candidates, many will praise the candidates for what will likely be remembered as one of the … Continue reading
By Doug Kass Bill Gross, Monthly Investment Outlook, July 30, 2015: “But perhaps the recent annual report from the BIS – the Bank for International Settlements – says it best. The BIS is after all the central banks’ central banker, and if there be a shift in the ‘feed a fever’ zero interest rate…
Ferguson Court Clerk Fired Over Racist Emails Back At Work In
Another Court: [bluenationreview.com] Twitty was terminated by
the City of Ferguson, and two police officers, Capt. Rick Henke and
Sgt. William Mudd, were forced to resign after their participation
in the email exchanges was revealed. The trio traded vile and
malicious jokes and cartoons that maligned African Americans.
Justice Department investigators called the messages “unequivocally
derogatory, dehumanizing, and demonstrative of impermissible
The Post-Dispatch reported, “Among them was a Dec. 6, 2011 forward from Twitty to Mudd and Henke of ‘insensitive one liners’ that referenced a Muslim clothing store, floods in Pakistan and pedophilia. There was also a June 7, 2011 email from Mudd to Twitty that made cracks about welfare recipients being unemployed, unable to speak English, lazy and having no ‘clue who their daddies are.’”
(SGS Subscription required) • July Employment Detail Showed a Sub-Par Jobs Gain, with the Internal BLS Payroll-Growth Trend Falling below 200,000 for August • Suggestions of a Pending Downside Payroll-Benchmark Revision • Still No Full Recovery for Full-Time Employment • Flat Construction Employment Did Not Confirm the Reported Construction-Spending Boom • July 2015 Unemployment: 5.3% (U.3), 10.4% (U.6), 23.0% (ShadowStats) • M3 Money Supply Resurgent, July Annual Growth Jumped to 5.6% from 5.2% in June
Dear CIGAs, I would like to add a little clarity. There have been questions such as “if the Chinese sell Treasuries and interest rates go up, isn’t that bad for gold?”. Simply put, the market place WILL generate interest rate levels, NOT the Fed. The Fed can and has pegged interest rates but they only... Read more »
Secure Freedom Radio, Aug. 7, 2015: With Clare Lopez, Claudia Rosett, Dr. Michael O’Hanlon, Prof. Peter Navarro CLARE LOPEZ, Vice President of Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy: A disconnect between the president’s rhetoric on the Iran … Continue reading
Another great video subtitled by our brother in arms at Vox Populi Evo:
Maybe something will come of this.
William W. Lee
They have declared they are going to take over the Vatican, and perform mass executions in St. Peter’s Square.
William W. Lee
For those of you following the story of Planned Parenthood, you should be aware of this as well. This is a sidebar you won’t hear in the media.
William W. Lee
Center for Security Policy, by Fred Fleitz, Aug. 7, 2015: In a surprise to both supporters and opponents of the controversial nuclear deal with Iran, Senator Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), who is likely to succeed Harry Reid as the Senate’s … Continue reading
In his desperation to sink the Iran nuclear deal, Bibi Netanyahu is taking a hellish gamble. Israel depends upon the United States for $3 billion a year in military aid and diplomatic cover in forums where she is often treated like a pariah state. Israel has also been the beneficiary of almost all the U.S. […]
Succinct Summations for the week ending August 7th
1. Car sales are on fire, GM sales rose 6.4% and Ford sales rose 4.9%, vs expectations of a 0.6% and 1.8% increase, respectively.
2. Unemployment came in at 5.3%, unchanged from last month and in line with expectations.
3. Weekly jobless claims came in at 270k, in line with expectations.
4. Personal income came rose 0.4%, better than the 0.3% expected.
5. Average hourly earnings rose 0.2%, in line with expectations.
1. U.S Nonfarm payrolls came in at 215k, below the 220k and the 231k previously.
2. Consumer spending rose 0.2%, below the 0.3% expected rise.
3. ISM fell to 52.7, down from 53.5 in June.
4. Greece PMI fell to 30.2 as employment fell at the fastest rate in the history of the reading (16 years)
5. Construction spending rose 0.1%, well below the 0.8% expected rise.
6. Factory orders rose 1.8%, below the 2% expected rise.
7. U.S stocks have come under pressure recently, with the Dow falling 7 straight days.
Oh ISIS. The latest existential enemy that we are supposed to relinquish all of our civil liberties in order to battle. The terror group that has everyone so afraid, yet no one asks where they came from, and why their ranks continue to grow.
Here at Liberty Blitzkrieg, we have asked those questions, and the clear answer is that ISIS arose out of the chaotic power vacuum created by the U.S. government’s unprovoked war in Iraq. But it’s worse than that. Far worse. Some of the biggest funders of ISIS from the very beginning, were represented by America’s Middle East “allies.” This is something I highlighted last year in the post: America’s Disastrous Foreign Policy – My Thoughts on Iraq…
Read more here.
We live in a world of smoke, mirrors, paid deception, and total denial. In the article below it would be more accurate to say that the Tucson Weekly covered part of the climate reality (though they left out the largest single factor to the equation, climate engineering). As conditions get rapidly worse on countless fronts,
The move to a new economy is underway, whether we like it or not. The many cracks widening in latter-day capitalism are creating new pressures and opportunities for people to do things differently. The real question is whether we patch over those cracks with more of the same, or nurture the seedlings for a more beautiful world that are sprouting up and breaking through.
Jim, No problem! We don’t count them as unemployed! Underemployed is also not important. And, surely those who lost a high paying full time job and now have two or three part time jobs that barely replace it are counted 2 times for the three new jobs. CIGA Dr. David. Americans Not In The Labor... Read more »
A mine waste spill has spewed about a million gallons of orange-colored discharge into a tributary of the Animas River.
As of Friday, roughly 1,200 gallons of contaminated water per minute were spilling into the river. South of Silverton, the river runs to Durango, then continues into New Mexico where it eventually runs into the San Juan River south of Farmington.
Environmental authorities are scrambling to assess damage from the leak, caused when a plug blew at the Go...
The monthly payroll report needs to be rebranded the monthly labor force report. By far, the most accurate measure of the series continues to be the apathy of Americans not currently working or looking toward purportedly massive employment expansion. Those two positions are not only inconsistent, they are by all intuitive sense mutually exclusive. No...
Cooperation Texas.">Worker cooperatives can help build community wealth through sharing profits with workers. The Third Cooperative Principle is “Member Economic Participation” which describes how members invest into the cooperative and benefit from the surplus of the cooperative, as well as share any financial burdens it may have in difficult times. Similarly, the Second Cooperative Principle is Member Democratic Control, which is a key to this equitable sharing process as members decide how the surplus is distributed.
Your legal structure will determine different aspects of how the cooperative can distribute profit or surplus. For the sake of this blog post, I’m referring to Worker Cooperatives that are incorporated under corporate statutes. As incorporation st......
There’s been a lot of debate over whether the United States should treat Internet service as a utility. But there’s no question that Internet service is already a utility in Sandy, Oregon, a city of about 10,000 residents, where the government has been offering broadband for more than a decade.
“SandyNet” launched nearly 15 years ago with DSL and wireless service, and this summer it's putting the final touches on a citywide upgrade to fiber. The upgrade was paid for with a $7.5 million revenue bond, which will be repaid by system revenues. Despite not being subsidized by taxpayer dollars, prices are still low: $40 a month for symmetrical 100Mbps service or $60 a month for 1Gbps. There are no contracts or data caps.
“Part of the culture of SandyNet is we view our citizens as owners of the utility,” City IT Director and SandyNet GM Joe Knapp told Ars in a phone interview. “We've always run the utility on a break-even basis. Any profits we do have go back into capital improvements and equipment upgrades and things like that.”
After 30 years of torrid expansion, perhaps the single most consequential factor in China’s economy is how much of it is a “black box”: a system with visible inputs and outputs whose internal workings are opaque.
That black box is looking increasingly like a Pandora's box. What will happen if it breaks apart?
If you have not yet read Part 1: Is China’s “Black Box” Economy About to Come Apart? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.
In Part 1, we looked at the factors that render China’s economy a black box: the inputs and outputs are visible, but the internal workings are often opaque. Though there is an abundance of data on China’s housing market, it too is opaque in critical ways.
Let’s dig into what makes China’s housing bubble so risky.
The percentage of household assets in real estate varies from source to source, but however it’s sliced, China’s...
by Tim Worstall for Forbes There’s two interesting little stories in this idea that Saudi Arabia is going to go bust in a couple of years as a result of the sagging oil price. Both are more general economic ideas than just the story of that oil price. The first is that mono-anything in economics…
by Conn Hallinan at Antiwar.com The recent agreement between Turkey and the United States to cooperate against the Islamic State in Syria brings to mind the sociologist C. Wright Mills’ description of those who make American foreign policy as “crackpot realists”: realists about advancing their careers, crackpots about the policies they pursue. On paper, the…
The Animas River in southwest Colorado turned bright orange on...
by Lois Sahagun / Los Angeles Times
The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to ban all commercial bobcat trapping in the state, even as members acknowledged they had no evidence the centuries-old industry was harming the species.
The commission voted 3 to 2 to eliminate the industry, with the majority citing two reasons.
The estimated 100 commercial bobcat trappers still working in the state, down from more than 3,000 three decades ago, cannot afford to pay the full cost of regulating their industry as required under the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, commissioners said.
They also said they could not determine whether trapping jeopardized the species because they had no current scientific data on the health of the state bobcat populations.
“Before we make a decision to allow destruction of a natural resource, we should have the science to support that as a practice,” said Commissioner Anthony Williams, 47, of Huntington Beach, a newly appointed member and former director of government relations at Boeing Co. “I don’t think that burden has been met.”
The director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Chuck Bonham, took issue with that logic, as did the California Trappers Assn.
by Oliver Renick and Callie Bost at Bloomberg A bull market without Apple Inc. is one thing. Removing cable television and movie stocks from the 6 1/2-year rally in U.S. equities is a little harder to imagine. Ignited by a plunge in Walt Disney Co., shares tracked by the 15-company S&P 500 Media Index have…
Sen. Lindsey Graham was the only candidate to speak about...
When borrowing become prohibitive (or impossible) and raising taxes no longer generates more revenues, state and local governments will have to cut expenditures.Strangely enough, every easily foreseeable financial crisis is presented in the mainstream ...
You’ve heard of Cecil’s dentist killer, but for tens of thousands of other exotic animals, internet marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist are the biggest threat
During the debate, Hemmer asked Graham, "you worked with Democrats and President Obama when it came to...
8th August 2015 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Guest Writer for Wake Up World According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, and the prevalence is rising.1 Since national surveillance began in 1982, the number of annual Lyme cases reported has increased nearly 25-fold.2 ...Continue Reading - Lyme Disease on the Rise as Tick Epidemic Spreads Across the U.S.
8th August 2015 By Jack Adam Weber Contributing Writer for Wake Up World DonâŹ"t be fooled. The status quo is delusional. When it comes to what really matters, what you feel in your marrow is usually right. And on this note, hippies arenâŹ"t really âŹShippies.âŹ ThatâŹ"s just what weâŹ"ve been called to disenfranchise us from ...Continue Reading - 11 Reasons Why Hippies (Not Psychos) Should Rule the World
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Charles Corbett Powell (CCP) Wilson was born in 1859 in the
Geelong district. His father was Charles Anthony Corbett (CAC)
Wilson (1827-1923), an English migrant and chartered engineer whose
father was a Anglican minister. CAC Wilson migrated from London to
Australia in 1851 and joined the gold rush at Golden Point near
Ballarat. He soon found that this was not a particularly productive
pursuit and headed to Geelong where he found work surveying the
Geelong-Melbourne railway line.
Between 1854 and 1860 he worked as an assistant engineer with the Central Roads Board, surveying the Geelong-Ballarat Road and contributing to a number of bridge designs in the region, including the iron Barwon Bridge which opened in 1859.
|Barwon Bridge c1861, Image held by the State Library of Victoria|
If you were holding your breath last night waiting for one of the 10 GOP presidential candidates to mention...
Lately it’s been feeling like my feed has been filling up with...
Calling all Pink Floyd fans, we now know what the dark side of the moon...
We need a renewable energy revolution, an end to fracking, no new nuclear power, efficient homes, and the break up of our energy cartels, writes Jeremy Corbyn, All that, and strong protection for wildlife and oceans, no TTIP trade deal with the US, clean air to breathe, and massive investment in public transport. Is there anything not to like?
When it comes to Australia’s “irrelevant”
crimes against humanity, I anticipate that the Australian Federal
Police will continue with the same policies and practices in regard
to the manner in which some federal politicians abuse the
“Entitlements Fund”, a pool of money worth billions over the last
20 or 30 years. It is my intention to forward this posting to the
Federal Police with a request that Andrew Wilkie’s request to audit
back to 2010 be extended back to 1st July 1996.
Anyone who wished to copy the URL below and email to the Federal Police is welcome to support this call. The Federal Police email address is:
[ The short link URL copy is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-nv ]
Tonight,s posting scopes down to look at the fine details of the excuse “I made a mistake” that politicians regularly roll out if caught out with claims of questionable legality. This posting takes a layman’s view of what the Rules for Entitlement Claims say, what the law says, and looks at how “Chopper-gate” stacks up against these rules and laws.
How valid was Bronwyn Bishop’s “I made a mistake” explanation for chartering a jet in November 2014 and a helicopter in 2015?
The answer to that question is to be found in the Parliamentary Entitlements website run by the Department of Finance. A quick quiz at the website and it soon becomes apparent that although our federal politicians collectively have millions of dollars’ worth of benefits up for grabs, every one of those benefits comes with readily available, easily understood rules that must be obeys.
To help with understanding and obeying those rules, there are as many as 5 different layers of help avai...
Community concerns about paid parking in Byron Bay, and the proposal to move Byron Community Markets from Butler Street to the Cavvanbah Sports Centre, are understandable.
Then there’s the $10 million Byron bypass which is causing angst among affected residents, but will do little to reduce traffic or parking problems in the town.
At the recent jobs forum in Ballina, lack of public transport was again identified as a major impediment to people in this region obtaining employment.
The West Byron development of possibly 1,000 homes will dramatically increase traffic and parking problems.
While governments spend billions upgrading the Pacific Highway to the specifications of the road transport lobby, little has been spent on our dangerous local roads, which are a little more than a patchwork of potholes.
Given there’s a billion-dollar train line and station in the centre of Byron; the only sensible, least environmentally destructive, cost effective, sustainable solution to all these problems is to have a regular commuter train service into Byron and around the region.
In Byron, and many of the eight out of ten major towns connected by the rail line, it’s an easy walk from the station to shops, markets, and beach. Festival sites at Bangalow, Mullumbimby. Tyagarah and Yelgun, are situated close to the rail line and could easily be connected, reducing some of the traffic congestion created by these events. No need to sit in traffic for hours breathing fumes then drive around looking for non-existent parking.
In other towns along the train line, local bus services could easily connect people to trains, as they do in other regions around the country.
The northern rivers population is growing fast. It’s also the third largest tourism destination after Sydney and Melbourne, with 4.6m visitors per year. Over 900,000 of these visitors come over the border from Queensland to Byron Bay every yea...
Caerphilly councillors yesterday refused permission for a huge open cast coal mine in South Wales that's fiercely opposed by local people furious at its impacts on air, landscape, tranquillity and climate, writes Guy Shrubsole. Coming so soon after the rejection of fracking in Lancashire, the message is clear: fossil fuels are best left safely underground.
A winning entry in the Poetry Matters Sixth
Annual Poetry Competition (2015) on the theme ‘Speaking of Love’,
my poem ‘Golden Point’ was described as ‘outstanding and
‘Golden Point by Katherine E Seppings takes us by the hand into a place where we face our fear of the dark, our fear of drowning, our fear of falling into nothing and disappearing. It is through love that she takes us there.’ Cheryl Howard, editor.
Also published in Issue 24 were my poems – ‘Extension of the Heart’ and ‘Centered’.
Read winning poem here – http://katherineseppings.com/poetry/
Glaciers around the world are melting on a scale without precedent in recorded history, writes Alex Kirby. Measurements of over 5,000 glaciers show that they have been retreating so fast so far this century that even if climate is stablised, the ice losses will continue for years to come.
Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber has
expressed alarm for Tasmania’s threatened rainforests of the
Tarkine, and criticised the company Ta Ann for appalling logging
practices that are un-sustainable, “Ta Ann’s new plywood mill in
north-west Tasmania is another very controversial foothold by the
Sarawak timber company in Australia. Ta Ann has today opened
a second mill on the doorstep of the largest tract of temperate
rainforest in Australia, Tasmania’s Tarkine. More than 400 hectares
of ancient forests are scheduled for logging in the Tarkine region
to supply Ta Ann in the next three years.”
“We are very concerned about the supply of timber to this new mill, sourced from logging high conservation value forests, not only in the Tarkine, and other contentious logging areas elsewhere in Tasmania. These are forests with critical habitat for endangered species, storehouses of carbon that can reduce climate change impacts if left intact and unique natural ecosystems with value far greater than lost to the taxpayer subsidised logging industry,” Jenny Weber said.
“There is also a lingering question over whether timber will be supplied to this mill from tropical forests of Borneo. When Senator Eric Abetz visited Sarawak in recent years on behalf of Ta Ann, he told indigenous Penan people that they should support Ta Ann and a new mill in Tasmania would not be able to be supplied by Tasmania’s forests alone and so they will get the timber from Sarawak to feed the mill. These Penan people of Sarawak are protesting the proposed logging of their native customary lands by Ta Ann, while an Australian Senator acting on behalf of the logging company is a proponent for destruction...
Prime Minister Tony Abbott's green "sabotage" charge is a highly-irresponsible failure to defend Australia's system of law and order, environmentalist and former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Melbourne today. It is the PM who is sabotaging Australia's future, Brown said.
Addressing 300 teenagers at a conference on social responsibility, Brown said that they were living through the most ecologically illiterate and irresponsible Prime Ministership in modern Australian history. "Mr Abbott's Minister for the Environment has bungled the Adani coal mine process and the court found him out. The Prime Minister is driving a trenchantly anti-environmental course highlighted by his re-iteration just last month that loggers are Australia's genuine environmentalists. Abbott's anti-green mantra is based on fabrication and illusion about the real environmental crises and economic options facing Australia and the planet."
The Adani coal mine project threatens the extinction of species, an injection of billions more tonnes of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and damage to both Aboriginal and European heritage in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland.
"I challenge Abbott to justify this in real terms - he is wrong on the environment, wrong on his claim of 10,000 jobs and wrong in saying the mine is needed to give 100 million poor Indians electricity. This is the PM who is proud to have cut billions of dollars out of Australia's already-low overseas aid budget. His claims are as duplicitous as they are simply wrong.
Brown said that Abbott's measure of Hunt's success in terms of billions of dollars of developments ticked off by the minister, rather than any environmental advance for Australia, underscored the bankruptcy of his thinking.
Located 25 minutes from Noosa and 5 minutes from the quaint township of Cooroy, in a lush green valley is a peaceful and private 7 acre, self sufficient, food filled organic paradise.
Energy efficient and abundant in organic food, water, and wildlife, this beautiful permaculture/organic property also boasts a delightful modern 4 bedroom 2 bathroom open-planned, sun filled home with glass abound, framing the beautiful green outdoors and bringing it inside, making it look and feel like a tropical paradise.
Twenty years in the design and development, everything thought of for an easy care, relaxed, minimal energy input and maximum output of healthy food it easily feeds the family plus friends! Either relax and eat healthily and enjoy this property or it has the proven added income potential through lifestyle improvement/permaculture education.
Featuring in several TV lifestyle shows, permaculture design education videos, magazines and newspapers both in Australia and overseas, this property has been used as a teaching design medium for permaculture and lifestyle ‘tree change’ education, with literally hundreds of different interest groups touring the property or using its design to teach others over the years.
Motorcycle, car, truck and boating enthusiasts are invited to enter their machines in the second annual Bowen Rev Heads show in October.
Rev Heads organiser and Bowen resident Korrine Coppi says the 2015 event will be bigger and better.
“This year’s event with include a freestyle show from the local Motorcross club, a flying demo from the local model airplane club, rides for the kids and entertainment from local band Homebrew,” she said.
“In 2014 we had over 50 cars, 45 bikes 12 4x4s as well as prime movers and market stalls at the show. We even had people joining us from as far away as Brisbane (about 1100km).
“Events like this provide many flow-on effects including accommodation for caravan parks and motels, food outlets and other business all benefitting from the increased visitors to the town.
“A percentage of the profits of the day will be donated to Autism Queensland who do so much to help support kids in the schools.”...
It's not unusual for visual artists to also have a musical bent and so it is for Jane Tyack whose new exhibition celebrates both visual and aural art and how beauty is from the inside out.
The post Musical themed artworks speak of the potential inside us all appeared first on Radio Blue Mountains 89.1.
Tasmanian public servants are escaping prosecution for misconduct because the Tasmanian Government is complacent, according to the head of the integrity watchdog. … He attacked the Government’s budget cuts to the watchdog and what he described as a “manifestly inadequate” legislative framework. I fear that such complacency and naivety will in the future prove to have given the ‘green light’ to corruption in this State. “There appears to be complacency in Government and in the bureaucracy that allegations of corruption of the nature that have recently resulted in prosecutions being commenced in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, after investigations by their integrity bodies, will not occur in Tasmania,” the statement said. “It is simply naive to assume that Bass Strait forms some sort of a barrier to corruption and it is naive of the Government to, as it has, assert that other bodies such as Tasmanian Police have the capacity to detect and investigate such public sector corruption. • Cassy O’Connor: Outgoing Integrity Commission Chief Slams Cuts and Complacency Retiring Integrity Commission Chief Commissioner, the Honourable Murray Kellam AO, has exposed in raw detail the Hodgman Liberal Government’s attempts to undermine and weaken Tasmania’s Integrity Commission, potentially giving the ‘green light’ to corruption in the State. Mr Kellam, a former Supreme Court Justice in Victoria, is scathing of the Liberals’ decision to slash the Integrity Commission’s funding by 20%, accusing the Government of ignoring advice, clearly in a bid to justify the budget cuts publicly. • Lara Giddings: Integrity Commission’s blast for the Liberal Government • John Francis in Comments: My experience of working in multiple departments of the Tasmanian Public Service since the beginning of the 80s is that corruption is often rewarded with promotion and incompetence is simply ignored. That is, of course, if you are part of the incestuous ‘in-group’....
As part of the ongoing, summer and fall series of 2015 Inland Northwest Climate Activist Workshops, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) presents the Flood the System Slide Show and first organizing meetings . In anticipation of the likely futile, 21st annual session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Paris, France, from November 30 to December 11, the Rising Tide North America network of grassroots activists and groups will escalate local and regional resistance against the entrenched, interconnected systems of oppression that threaten the collective survival of Earth’s life and humanity . Together, we will seek and initiate alternative solutions to the failing negotiations of political elites purportedly achieving a legally binding, universal agreement on climate change deterrents from all the nations of the world.
Over just the last five years, hundreds of thousands of outraged citizens have streamed into the streets to confront the corporations, government institutions, and systems of power that create and perpetuate patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism, and industrialization, and their insidious, predictable outcomes of oppression, pollution, and climate chaos. But this ever more urgent and diverse wave of resistance needs a phenomenal escalation of frontline community coordination and participation, not to mention more courageous tactical feats. As we increasingly link our concerns and actions to stop the climate crisis with allies seeking racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice for brutally poli...
Who could not fall in love with dear little Lochy’s sweet face? Sadly his condition is critical and has been so since arriving into our care only days ago. Around the clock care is provided and blood has been taken for testing. We are thankful we have vet nurse Stitch on had to assist. Hang in there little buddy, an entire world of kindness awaits.
The PTUA has welcomed confirmation that the “Homesafe” all-night weekend public transport services will start in January 2016, while noting that the government would need to make adjustments to the trial as it became clearer what worked and what didn’t.
PTUA spokesman Daniel Bowen said that Melburnians had been calling for all-night trams and trains at weekends for some time, with the Nightrider route structure confusing to passengers, buses often overcrowded, and long queues for taxis a regular sight in the CBD.
“Melbourne is becoming a 24-hour city. Particularly at weekends, it is very busy after dark, including after midnight.
“Our city also has many Sunday morning events starting before the trains start – all-night services will help a lot, provided inbound services are included in the scheme.
“Night owls, shift workers and those going to events such as fun runs will all benefit. So the introduction of weekend all night trains, and trams on six routes, as well as regional coaches, is very welcome”, said Mr Bowen.
“But with trains only hourly, it remains to be seen whether large numbers of people use them. Many people may be unwilling to wait up to an hour if they miss a service.
“Most cities with 24-hour train services run them every 20-30 minutes, and the government will need to regularly review the service during the trial period, and move resources to where they’re most needed.”
Mr Bowen noted that a substantial part of the cost of the all-night service was for security.
“It costs a lot to put PSOs and other staff onto stations, for instance. Those costs don...
The duo of Tony Burke and Skye Laris, reminded me of Johnny Cash singing something like: ’We go married in a fever….I’m goin to Jackson, I’m gonna mess around…’ and let me say it is time the forth estate took the lead from social media and forced politicians to travel cattle class to address their greed and arrogance.
For those of them who don’t know what the public is on about, those still talking of their self sacrifice and what they could earn in the private sector (forgetting they are vein ham actors wanting a stage and really were just second rate lawyers and unionists anyway), take a look at the public anger over cardinals who originally signed on to serve the humble and poor in the name of Jesus, and now seek and live the good life. Then there are greedy union leaders..
‘We got married in a fever…’ Make politicians travel economy, and stop them renting off their partners in Canberra to do the double dip.
John Dobinson, Balwyn North, Vic.
I'm a baby rainbow lorikeet (well technically, a 'fledgling'). You can tell I'm a young'un 'cos my beak is a dark browny color. When I grow up it'll be bright orange.
You've probably seen me hanging out recently on the ground in the parks and in silly spots beside the road. DON'T PANIC! I'm usually OK, it's just time for me to learn how to fly. Listen carefully and you can probably hear my mum and dad calling to me from somewhere nearby, making sure I'm safe.
If you think I don't look well, maybe I'm fluffed up and sleepy looking or my wings are lopsided (don't worry if I'm walking a bit funny, that's pretty normal) then please take me to the vet. And remember to tell the vet exactly where you found me so I can go home to my family when I'm better.
BUT if I am bright and happy and make a lot of noise if you try to pick me up, even if I can't fly yet, then PLEASE don't take me away. I need to stay with my family so they can keep looking after me!
Thanks for caring,
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The current operating system is based on a 20th century neurosis and is incompatible with modern logic. Since inception, Prohibition 101 has failed to serve justice and has imposed restrictions under a social class format.
Install an open source operating system that is future proof and has many applications for human rights and relative harm. Check your system requirements and please save a copy of your old files before the changeover. Or you can just hold down control and alternate, then press delete.
The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.
The presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle of Australia’s legal system. This means it’s up to the prosecutor to prove that the accused is guilty. When it comes to drug offences, principles are put aside. In most Australian jurisdictions, we’ve got ‘deemed supply’ laws. That means you can be charged with a drug supply offence based solely on the amount of drugs found in your possession. If you want to challenge the charge, you have to prove you weren’t going to supply the drugs to someone else. It’s an approach that should be abolished, according to a recent paper published in the journal Current Issues in Criminal Justice. So far, the only state to take this step is Queensland, which abolished deemed supply in 1986. This ca...
NASA Captures Images Of The Moon Photobombing Earth
NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, known as DSCOVR for short, has captured stunning images of the far side of the moon as it crosses in front of the Earth from 1 million miles away. The spacecraft captured the images from a gravitationally neutral point between the Earth and the sun.
Read more: http://www.penny4nasa.org/2015/08/06/nasa-captures-moon-crossing-in-front-of-earth/
A spectacular 1941 Harley-Davidson FL Knucklehead V-twin and a 1983 Ducati MHR900 Mike Hailwood race replica head an eclectic range in the annual Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction on Monday, August 10, 2015.
The fully restored Knucklehead is unusual as it has the larger 74-cid FL engine which was not officially available until the following year.
Otherwise, the Harley is all period, from its frame up, laden with chrome and sitting on fat 5.00-16-inch tyres.
Among the many rare features that set this Harley apart are its Flanders handlebars, saddlebags with matching and very rare chrome ‘spats’, front fender bird ornament, mirror visor, high-beam headlight visor, period shift knob and an original saddle, making it a piece of mechanical art.
The bike has covered just over 400 miles (643km) in the past three years. Shannons expects it to sell in the $55,000-$60,000 range.
The 1983 Ducati MHR900 864cc Mike Hailwood Replica was one of the last Ducati 900s produced and remains in original condition...
Monday 10th August
12 – 2pm Midday Jazz
The early part of Midday Jazz on Monday 10 August will feature tracks from the late 1930′s band led by pianist Claude Hopkins followed by a mixed offering.
Sunday 9th August
8 – 9am Country Roads
Indymedia Austrlaia Newswire - Full: WGAR News: Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture 2015. "You can keep your gold. We just want our land back.": The Northern Myth; speech by Jeff McMullen "IndyWatch Feed National"
Newsletter date: 7 August 2015, 10:45am AEST; last updated 8 August 2015 1:00pm AEST
Ed. note: This newsletter will be updated as new events and videos/audio become available
* Speech: The Northern Myth: Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture 2015. "You can keep your gold. We just want our land back." [featuring speech by Jeff McMullen]
* Radio Interview: Mornings with Rebecca McLaren, ABC Darwin: Lingiari lecture 2015: Jeff McMullen
* Upcoming Sydney Launches & Past Speeches: The Intervention - an Anthology: Published by 'concerned Australians': http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
* Speeches & Videos from Redfern
Launches: 'concerned' Australians: The Intervention - an
-- Speech Transcript: Prof Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission
-- Videos: 1 Compilation; 2 Introduction and Welcome to Country; 3 Rosie Scott; 4 Pat Anderson; 5 Ali Cobby Eckermann
* Upcoming Parramatta Events: Building Bridges 2015: 12th, 19th & 26th of August 2015: Reconciliation For Western Sydney
* WGAR Background: Intervention into Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal communities by the Federal government
WGAR News postings on Indymedia Australia: https://indymedia.org.au/newswire
WGAR News Public Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en-GB#!forum/wgar-news
Friday 7th August
The best of the vinyl years!
Marriages in Music!
By Darren Coyne
Lismore City Council will decide next week whether blasting can go ahead at a quarry heavily populated by koalas.
Councillors were set to make a decision at last month’s meeting, with staff recommending that the application be refused.
But the operators of McDonalds Quarry at Flood Reserve Road, Ruthven, provided last minute information that prompted councillors to defer the matter and hold a workshop to examine the new information.
The council also engaged Dr Sean FitzGibbon of the Koala Ecology Group at Queensland University to undertake a peer review, and he briefed councillors via video link at the workshop on 21 July.
Dr Fitzgibbon told councillors there was insufficient evidence to determine whether blasting would impact on koalas.
However, he ‘strongly recommended’ that a monitoring program be established to provide baseline information on the distribution, abundance and health of koalas at the site (prior to any blasting).
‘This information will allow a proper assessment of the likely impact of blasting upon the local koala population,’ he said.
‘Further, if blasting is to occur on the site then I would also recommend that the monitoring program assesses the response of a sub-set of the koala population to the impact of a typical blast (provided it is safe to do so).
‘The proposed blasting may not have a significantly negative impact upon the local koala population, but this c...
Always up with the latest trends, Byron Bay Writers Festival chose First Dog on the Moon to kick off its 2015 event at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday night.
Mr Moon chose as the theme of his talk, the current bête noir of Australian politics, Bronwyn Bishop.
Founding festival director, Chris Handley, conducted a Q & A after the Dog’s hilariously sad Powerpoint presentation.
Speaking of politicians, it appears that Julia Gillard is more popular in exile than she was in government: the Saturday session that features her has already sold out.
But there is much more to see, with tickets to today and Sunday still on sale (no pensioners’ concessions, alas, but discounted youth tickets are available for Sunday).
Special events spread as far and wide as Tweed Regional Gallery (food events) and Lennox Head Community Centre (film evening with Margaret Pomeranz).
Here are a couple of photos from last night’s opening party; ...
A confusing little clip from the northern rivers hit the net this week – the launch of the first teaser trailer for a series of forthcoming films about the gas fight in the Northern Rivers is full of local faces expressing everything from confusion to joy.
Confusing Them With Our Joy is an epic trilogy from Cloudcatcher Media and will tell the unfinished story of the struggle against invasive gas from the early days at Glenugie and Doubtful Creek through to Bentley and beyond.
Director David Lowe has been involved in the fight for the northern rivers since 2012, when a gas well appeared near his home in The Channon.
Since then he’s become well-known for his video and photography work with Lock the Gate and other organisations opposing invasive mining, from Gloucester to Queensland, up to the Northern Territory and out to the Liverpool Plains.
David’s 2012 feature music documentary Rock the Gate! featured the monster anti-CSG rally and concert in Lismore and screened to packed houses. Now four years of...
A bid by the Indonesian government to revive an authoritarian-era law that makes insulting the president a crime has sparked outrage, with thousands taking to social media to denounce the plan.
The administration of President Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi, this week proposed reinstating legislation which was used by former dictator Suharto to silence critics during his three decades in power.
The Constitutional Court revoked the law in 2006, eight years after the downfall of Suharto and the introduction of democracy, ruling that it undermined freedom of speech.
The move to reintroduce the law, which could punish those who insult the president in public with up to five years jail, sparked anger online.
‘Shameless,’ said Twitter user SangPemburu99.
‘The president should and must be able to be criticised because he, as the head of the government, is running an agenda that concerns the public,’ tweeted Haris Azhar, chairman of prominent rights group Kontras.
The proposal has also faced criticism in parliament, with most MPs opposing it, meaning it is unlikely to become law.
ROSEBUD—The Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Education Department has been awarded a three year grant to update and implement the Tribal Education Code.
“We are very excited about this new grant,” stated Cindy Young, Director of the RST Education Department. “This funding will allow us to update our Education Code and implement it.”
7th August 2015 By Dr. Edward Group Guest Writer for Wake Up World In terms of health, a vegetarian diet can be quite high in certain nutrients and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. A study 2009 published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests a vegan diet could actually be the best when it comes to ...Continue Reading - Vegan Diet Dangers and What You Can Do To Avoid Them
When it comes to Australia’s “irrelevant” crimes against humanity: Has “Bronnie”, the Federal parliament’s former ‘Queen of the skies‘, cleared the way for a Federal Police investigation?
The web page is still not formatted but my priority is get this page on the web BEFORE emailing the text below to the AFP’ “Top Cop”, Commissioner Andrew Colvin.
[ NOTE: Te short link URL for this posting is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-ng ]
ANYONE facing prosecution for a crime should download this posting and discuss it with their lawyer because it may contain the information needed to get criminal charges dismissed on the grounds of Manifest Ostensible Bias. Some of this content worked for Dr. Patel, who allegedly killed 87 of his patients at the Bundaberg Base Hospital in Queensland, so it could work for almost anyone, or perhaps for no-one else. If you don’t read it, you wont know.
Attn: Commissioner Andrew Colvin APM OAM
This is a request to address the problem of rorting by politicians, Centrelink fraudulent torts, and the undisclosed death toll caused by unconstitutional, human rights violating legislation.
UPDATE (August 6, 2015) : Police have charged a 38-year-old Moe man with threats to kill, threats to inflict serious injury and stalking related matters. The threats were allegedly made to Stephen Jolly (see below). Yesterday news.com.au published a story … Continue reading
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