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18 Articles : 2 Articles on Muslims – A Better Tunisia and a supposed Salafist Lobby in USA (there such a thing? are they dangerous?), Tuareg in Need of Help, Israel Subsumes Deathcamp Chic, 2 Articles on Migration, Victimising the Aggressor is not Equitable or Just, Declarations and Thoughts on Homosexuality, Disorganized India, Whatever Obamacare Levies – No Taxes OR Penalties Or Else No Votes!, Raw Deals In Raw Food Laws, How Industrialisation (Handphones Brainscanners For AI to Replace Humanity?) Will Destroy All Jobs, Introducing the Vassal Dominion of Englishstan, Romney Is **NOT** Joe Everyman, Eniment Domain And Allodial Revisited, Citizen’s Resistance Against Wealth Sequestering Corporations, Hollande As of 2012 July, Punk Subculture Trailings, 2 mini-articles on Guns and Fireworks – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 3rd July 2012

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Marzouki at Oasis: Christians, Muslims, Jews and atheists, all brothers in Tunisia – by Bernardo Cervellera – 06/20/2012 14:50
The Tunisian president reiterates the point that freedom of conscience is the basis of the Jasmine Revolution in his country. This means the right to change religion or have none at all. The transition is difficult in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Arabian Peninsula and Morocco. In such places, conversion and baptism are prevented by fear of what consequences they might entail. However, the Arab revolution has changed people’s mindset, carving greater space for the individual rather than the ‘Ummah’. The West has failed to understand what is taking place.

Tunis (AsiaNews) – The “destiny” of the Arab Tunisian revolution is to welcome “Muslims, Christians, Jews and atheists” as “brothers”, everyone with full citizenship. This is the pledge Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki made at the meeting of the Scientific Committee of Oasis currently underway in the Tunisian capital. Marzouki, who was himself a prisoner and an exile because of his activism in the field of human rights, returned home from France at the time the Jasmine Revolution. Last December, he was elected president with a huge majority. Upon hearing about the Oasis meeting, he decided to meet the representatives of the Committee to reassure them that the Arab revolution is not driven by Islamic fanaticism, but by democracy and a desire to integrate the religious rights of communities and the rights of individuals. “Freedom of conscience” would be protected, including the right to change religion or have no religion at all.

Towards freedom of conscience

What the Tunisian president said challenges a (pessimistic) view that is widespread in the West, namely that the Arab revolution is inevitably moving towards the Islamisation of North Africa and the Middle East. Marzouki was critical of this (Islamophobic and neo-colonialist) stereotype that is prevalent in Western media.

Still, some months ago the president did defend the conviction of two men who had been accused of “insulting the sacred” by posting images deemed offensive of Muhammad online. At the same time, he slammed the conviction on “blasphemy” charges of the makers and actors of the movie Persepolis in which God is shown reciting like any other actor.

For Marzouki, such dithering is inevitable in a country negotiating a path towards a certain “balance”. From this point of view, Tunisia’s journey is no different than that of other countries, torn by conflict over the place to be given to the sacred in society.

To illustrate his point, he mentioned the debate in the United States about Article 1 of the constitution (which mentions God the Creator that some would like to remove), abortion and homosexuality, a demonstration by French Catholics against an offensive show, and tensions in Italy over the presence of crucifixes in public places.

As he received a round of applause from those present at the meeting, the president reiterated that the foundations of his country must be freedom of conscience and that religious affiliation is no business of the state.

Social problems in Egypt and Libya

The situation is more contradictory in other countries stirred by the Arab revolution, Egypt above all. Here, a political majority constituted by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists is engaged in a power struggle with the military and economic power of the Armed Forces.

Various witness who spoke at the conference, including the spokesman of the Egyptian Catholic Church Fr Rafic Greiche and Dominican Fr Jean-Jacques Perennes, noted that many of the promises that came out of Tahrir Square (full citizenship for Christians and Muslims, freedom to build places of worship, an end to discrimination) did not materialise.

Fr Samir Khalil pointed out that in Egypt people voted for Islamic parties because they have no point of reference to decide other than their religious affiliation. What is more, 40 per cent of the population is illiterate.

Nevertheless, speakers said that among Egyptians, people are increasingly wary of “religious” discussions (on what is lawful or unlawful, on anti-Christian bias or morality). A majority of them would like to see political leaders, Muslim included, work to solve problems like unemployment, housing, public transit and education.

Unlike Tunisia, the revolution in Egypt has not moved forward by much. The country is in a stalemate with the military and the Muslim Brotherhood involved in a power struggle.

The same is true about Libya. After the fall of Gaddafi, the country has been affected by low-intensity chaos. Promises of freedom by the National Transitional Council have not yet brought security and peace to Christian communities, constituted mostly by foreign workers, often exploited and without union protection.

The Arabian Peninsula and Morocco

The sorest situation is in the Arabian Peninsula. In places like Saudi Arabia, the revolution was stopped in its track by sticks (repression) and carrots (financial handouts to the population). In the United Arab Emirates, the secret services engaged in “discrete but effective” controls, nipping in the bud any potential demonstration.

The situation of the area’s Christians, all foreigners from India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, etc, is well known. In Saudi Arabia, they are denied freedom of worship. In the Emirates, they can celebrate Mass, but are denied any public expression of their Christian faith.

Out of fear that even this modest right might be taken away, Christian communities dare not baptise Muslims who might want to join the Catholic Church.

The same is true in Morocco where the Arab Revolution was pre-empted by King Mohammed VI’s attempt at reforms. Under the new constitution, Christians are guaranteed freedom of worship, but here too it would be unthinkable to have Muslims baptised and become Christian. Conversely, in the words of Mgr Vincent Landed, bishop of Rabat, Catholics in the North African country do try to be close to every initiative coming from youth, women and men in search of “peace, justice and reconciliation” in society.

No Syrian representative came to this year’s Oasis meeting, perhaps due to that country’s tense political and humanitarian situation.

For Mgr Philippe Brizard, a former director of Oeuvre d’Orient, the revolution in that country was hijacked by the Gulf States and the West, whose goal is to remove Syria from the Iranian and (Shia) sphere of influence. This has turned the region into an arena for “big power” politics.

Some shared features

The ‘Jasmine Revolution’ has unfolded differently according to the countries it has affected. Results have thus been different, yet they share some features.

Prof Olivier Roy, from the European University in Florence, tried to list a few, noting their stable nature, from which “it is impossible to go back”.

1)      First of all, the Arab revolts represent the end of politics centred on a charismatic leader, the saviour of the fatherland;

2)      They mark the end of Islamist and pan-Arabist ideologies;

3)      Although Islamic groups do exist, the demands for justice, jobs and a good economy have put to an end the slogan ‘Islam is the solution to everything’;

4)      A certain patriotism (but not nationalism) has been encouraged and the rhetoric about the Ummah (the world’s Muslim community as a single entity) has been waning;

5)      The Palestinian cause has taken a backseat, almost disappearing from slogans;

6)      Democracy is seen as “possible”;

7)      Islamic societies are undergoing secularisation and there is a growing awareness of the individual (Salafism is a perturbed reaction to this discovery).

For Olivier Roy, the West has failed to understand the Arab revolution. It did not expect it, even though it was entirely predictable in light of the underlying conditions developing in those societies (better educated youth without jobs, better-educated women without rights, a desire for justice against corruption, and more).

Fr Samir Khalil noted that the Arab world also rejects the West, for its alleged irreligiosity and immorality and its “atheistic” separation of religion and state.

Nevertheless, for the Jesuit clergyman, the future of these countries lies in a model of society based on the values of equality (gender, race, social conditions, and religion), solidarity among all citizens, openness to the contributions of all cultures, and a capacity to guarantee tolerance and mutual respect for differences.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Marzouki-at-Oasis:-Christians,-Muslims,-Jews-and-atheists,-all-brothers-in-Tunisia-25073.html

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An article of hope for a better, more inclusive tolerant Muslim! Just as the Prophet intended. Meanwhile though Islam DOES NOT punish apostasy or disallow non-Muslims from their haram entertainments.

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A Clean Break – Posted on June 28, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a clean break.

Here’s a nice little quote from a recent article based on the work of the most excellent Grant Smith of IRmep.

Material obtained under FOIA by IRmep reveals that during the same time period Jonathan Pollard was active; American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) officials obtained and used stolen classified US confidential business information passed by an Israeli diplomat. Although industry groups such as the US Bromine Alliance filed formal complaints and the FBI investigated, no action was ever taken. Israeli spy-master Rafael Eitan—mentioned in the DIA video— earlier infiltrated the NUMEC facility in Apollo, Pennsylvania at the invitation of its owner Zalman Shapiro. Although FBI investigators obtained eyewitness affidavits of the mass diversion of weapons-grade uranium from the site, presumably into the Israeli nuclear weapons program, a 1978 GAO report concluded no bona fide effort was ever made to properly prosecute Israel’s US based operatives. Victims of NUMEC toxic pollution are currently filing hundreds of millions in health claims as the US Army Corps of Engineers struggles to manage a toxic cleanup that could cost taxpayers up to half a billion dollars.

Israeli espionage against the United States is long-standing, wide-spread, deeply penetrated into both the public and private sector and inimical to the interests of the citizens of the United States. This espionage activity is often discovered and then covered up.  That espionage includes Israel’s getting its hands on nuclear weapons materials to include, but not limited to, uranium – weapons-grade uranium.

Add to that the Lavon Affair and the attack on the USS Liberty and you have not only espionage and theft of nuclear technology but actual military and terrorist attacks.

If Mike Piper is right, you can add to that Israeli participation in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

And lately a very steady and fact-based researcher and writer has been expressing views on at least a couple of interviews he has done recently that Israeli might have had just a bit more than just some foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks.  If this person is starting to go in that direction, well, I just find that quite interesting.

Now let’s also add to this witch’s brew the fact of the Israeli lobby’s virtual death grip on both houses of Congress and both parties and its deep infiltration of the executive branch at the very highest levels.

Fortunately, the major media outlets, Hollywood and the US financial sector are controlled by Salafists. Imagine if the same elements who have done and continue to do all of the things mentioned above – imagine if they exercised overwhelming control of our media, entertainment and financial industries. We’d really be fucked the, wouldn’t we?

Now as many of you are aware, IRmep has just obtained a Defense Intelligence Agency video about the threat Jonathan Pollard represented to the interests of the United States. That video is on youtube and on the IRmep site.

Here is another quote from a recent Smith article that in my view shows you exactly how pernicious Israeli infiltration into the Obama administration is.  Red highlighting is mine.

Less widely known is that Israeli front company Telogy was caught in the summer of 2010 illegally shipping nuclear weapons components out of California to Israel.  When such crimes occurred in the past — such as in the case of MILCO smuggling nuclear triggers out of California to Israel — the US at least criminally investigated Israel’s US operatives even while carefully steering around the true masterminds such as Arnon Milchan and high Israeli intelligence officials.  In the case of Telogy, the Obama administration simply leaked tidbits of the export violations to friendly press, helpfully allowing Telogy to quickly roll up its illegal US operations.

I find it more than a little interesting that the article that the above quote is taken from is entitled “Why Obama Will Free Jonathan Pollard.”

It’s all about Pollard.

Last November I linked to the Amazon page of this book.

Capturing Jonathan Pollard: How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice

Here, Keith Johnson, working for AFP, interviews the author of that book, Ronald J. Olive, who describes Pollard as having stolen more secrets than any spy in US history. It’s a good short read and ends with a powerful quote by Mr. Oliver who was a key player in the investigation into Pollard’s crimes. Speaking about the many Republican and Democratic members of the House and Senate who support Pollard, he says:

“They don’t know what the true story is,” said Olive. “I wrote my book to tell the story from the inside. It tells them everything they need to know. It’s the true story—not just what Jonathan Pollard is saying now. It’s who he really is, what he really did and the devastation that he caused.”

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a clean break.

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‘Fortunately, the major media outlets, Hollywood and the US financial sector are controlled by Salafists.’ WHAT?!? Hollywood controlled by Salafists?!? That might almost be worse than Zionists!

Could the govt. of the USA please show all fundos the door and keep the entertainment and finance industries free of all these self serving and biased groups? WHOS a Salafist or Zionist in Hollywood and the finance sector? Get rid of all these extraneous and agenda idiots out of the neutral spaces of the public sector! Proliferation and proselytization or infiltration by religionists is detestable and polluting!

Neutral spaces can only be useful to society and preserved by neutral workers. Identify all so called persons who are not dedicated to the job per se instead using work as a platform for religion or promotion of belief system (proselytization) and kick them out. This is public sphere not their home town backyard or at least demand any owners as well to make clear that the bank or production house is Salafist or Zionist aligned. Little wonder USA is bankrupt and the films are so propaganda like and manipulative. We the PEOPLE OF THE WORLD want agenda free banks and films!

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Mali : Islamists rout Tuareg from their own rebellion in north Mali – 6/29/12 10:52 AM

Mali – Separatist Tuareg rebels led the takeover of northern Mali but Islamists who fought alongside them have now dislodged the desert nomads from all key positions, scuppering their dream of independence. It was the Tuareg’s rebellion, one which they have waged several times in past decades in their bid to split northern Mali, which they call Azawad, from the south where the government in Bamako has long marginalised their community.
But this vast northern desert had also become the base of Al-Qaeda allies and Islamists, whose fighters appeared alongside the Tuareg as they seized the main cities and then planted their own black flag, laying down their strict Islamic laws.

“Today, you need a magnifying glass to find a trace of the MNLA fighters,” said Malian journalist Tiegoum Boubeye Maiga, referring to the Tuareg rebel movement, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad. The MNLA was formed in late 2011, including members of rebel groups who were active in the nineties. Boosted by the return of heavily armed Tuareg who had gone to fight for Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, the rebels launched their rebellion in January and quickly overwhelmed a demoralised and poorly equipped Malian army.

Angry and frustrated, a group of low-ranking soldiers carried out a coup on March 22 against a government they said was incompetent in dealing with the rebellion. But the coup only worsened the situation as the unmanned north became easy prey and fell to the rebel groups in a matter of days. Alongside the main Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) backed by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) an offshoot of the also-present Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Tuareg were swiftly pushed aside. While they still maintained a presence, unilaterally declaring independence for Azawad, tensions grew between the two groups, erupting in bloody combat in the town of Gao on Wednesday where the Tuareg were chased from their headquarters.

MUJAO spokesman Adnan Abou Walid Sahraoui said it had “seized the governor’s palace and the residence of MNLA secretary general Bilal Ag Acherif who fled with his soldiers.” Some 20 people were reported killed by witnesses, and Ag Acherif was said to have fled, wounded, to a neighbouring country. While in former colonial power France the MNLA garnered certain sympathy, seen as a group which could counter the Islamist groups, and regularly given airtime to explain their struggle, the reality on the ground was different.

“While the Islamists were doing work on the ground, the Tuareg were talking to the media,” said Maiga.

The Islamists slowly moved their chessmen into place, first blocking the Tuareg from accessing the heavy weapons they had brought back from Libya and hidden in the AQIM-controlled mountains in north-eastern Mali, experts said. Then they won sympathy on the ground among the different tribes in the north, where Tuareg are a minority, by distributing basic goods and insisting they wanted to maintain the territorial integrity of Mali.

“When the mujahideen took Gao, they walked through the town brandishing the Malian flag, we liked that,” said Saly Toure who works for the Sahel Museum in Gao which has been closed since the beginning of the crisis. But to win “the Islamists also played the corruption card wholeheartedly,” said an African diplomat based in Bamako, on condition of anonymity. “A very influent leader of a citizens’ association in Gao was ‘bought’. Since then he turned his back on the Tuareg to support the Islamists.” He said the defeat of the MNLA would change the framework of negotiations with transition authorities who took over from the junta. Lacking money, abandoned by their supporters and riven by internal divisions, the Tuareg rebels have been sorely weakened, and only hold small towns such as Gossi, Menaka and Anderamboukane.

However the Islamists have not been welcomed with open arms and protests have broken out as many in the northern main cities – home to a hodgepodge of black African and Arab tribes – have no interest in the strict Islamic state sought by their occupiers.

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Where are the Americans when you need them? The Tuareg need help here. There are already too many Islamist countries. Send some mercs wrapped up in blankets to preted to be Tuaregs and also send funding and supplies to make sure the AFRICAN NOMAD Tuaraegs get their homeland. Whats going on USA? Diversity remember? And just look at what happend to the Sufi shrines just recently? Start emptying those US army bases back home filled with comfy whitebread kids and put those resources to good use, there is a FRIENDLY COUNTRY the CIA or FBI (maybe Russia and China should do that instead – for ‘humanitarian’ reasons, better the Red bloc than more strict shariah Islamists . . . ) or what not needs to carve out in North Africa where Gaddafi fell . . . airlift some ‘Tuareg’ to Mali pronto . . . heck put guns in the hands of ‘illegal immigrants’ (i.e. especially Latinos or others in the US military about to be thrown away . . . ) about to be deported, and send them there to garrison or be led by Tuareg commanders if USA can’t do anything else cleverer than send away trained and dedicated troops simply because they were not born in USA . . .

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Israel holds beauty pageant for Holocaust survivors – June 30, 2012

Hava Hershkovitz, 79, (2nd right), a Holocaust survivor and winner of a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide, stands with other contestants during a contest in the northern Israeli city of Haifa June 28, 2012. — Reuters pic
JERUSALEM, June 29 — A beauty contest for Holocaust survivors stirred deep emotions in Israel today, with organisers hailing it an affirmation of life and detractors calling it a macabre spectacle.

Fourteen women who survived the Nazi genocide took the pageant stage before a packed hall in the city of Haifa. Each of the contestants shared a bit of their personal stories before the capacity crowd.

The event touched a raw nerve with some Israelis who saw it as cheapening the memory of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust during World War Two.

Others said it was a self-image boost for aging survivors, some of whom have fallen into poverty.

Shimon Sabag, director of Helping Hand, a private group that aids thousands of the estimated 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel, said the contest held yesterday had been so successful he may hold a similar event next year.

“There were 1,000 survivors there who enjoyed the event,” Sabag told Reuters. “People don’t have to see Holocaust survivors mainly as a group of wheelchair-bound victims.”

Former Israeli lawmaker Colette Avital, who heads a survivors’ organisation, was quoted by local media as denouncing the competition as “macabre”.

The contest winner, silver-haired Romanian-born Hava Hershkovitz, 79, regaled with a blue and white sash as a tiara was placed on her head. She said the victory was “her revenge, showing how despite the horrors her family went through, her beauty and personality have endured,” according to Shabag.

“We should never forgive and forget what they went through, but I find this a very constructive way to show these people remain beautiful,” he added.

Hershkovitz, one of hundreds of survivors in an assisted living facility sponsored by Sabag’s group, won a family weekend at a resort and all 100 contestants were issued with electronic distress buttons. — Reuters

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Israel shows confidence and forward looking to do this. Death camp chic this is not, but being quite holocaust related does subsume the ‘Death camp chic’ meme and take the ball away from the aggressors among Nazis (Differentiate : there are Nazi ideologists that do not accept the worst aspects of Nazism . . . ). And Leviathan’s love of women-mountains cannot be balanced with skeletal crones who suffered so much . . . Israel is displaying a form of maturity most nations of the world could do with, though in practical application on the ground (i.e. Gaza, Palestine issues) where the issue of UN treaties and land, there needs to be much more work. A sign of good things though.

Holocaust Pageant

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Plumbing New Depths of Inanity in the Tea Party Crowd Sun, 07/01/2012 – 12:45 — Anonymous by:  Dave Lindorff

Let me preface this column by saying that I don’t think all conservatives and right-wingers are stupid. In fact I have some right-leaning friends of a libertarian bent who are really smart, and a lot of fun to argue with. They may have an unquestioning faith, bordering on religious zealotry, in the wonders of the “market,” but like Jesuit-trained Catholics defending the existence of God, debating that faith with them can be entertaining and even challenging.

Having said that, I have to say that the so called “rock-ribbed” conservative crowd — let’s change that to “rock-headed” — that serves as the foot-soldiers for the Koch-brothers-funded Tea Party “movement” are really low-wattage.

Back in 2008-2010, their incredibly inane rallying cry was: “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!”

Never mind that the Medicare these bozos were trying to protect is a government program.

Now, after the latest Supreme Court decision, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the four alleged “liberal” members of the court to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), the new cry from these dopes is that they want to move to Canada “because the US is too socialist.”

I kid you not!

Wally Weldon (@WallyWeldon), is a classic of the genre. In a Tweet, he declares, “I’m moving to Canada, the US is entirely too socialist.”

Van Summers (@VanSummers) chirps back, “Screw this commie country, I’m moving to Canada.”

Problem: Canada has what might best be described as socialized health care. Way back in 1947, Tommy Douglas, a social-democratic provincial leader of the prairie province of Saskatchewan, introduced the first public hospital insurance program in Canada. That plan was expanded nationwide in 1957 in the face of militant opposition from the Canadian Medical Association. In 1962, Saskatchewan broadened the program to cover all medical costs, making health care in that province fully funded for all by the government. A conservative Canadian national government expanded the program in Saskatchewan nationwide in 1966. Doctors fees were set buy the provinces, but doctors responded by adding on private charges called “extra billing.” That practice was banned in 1984, giving Canada the basic system it has to this day. It’s quality health care at half the cost in terms of share of GDP (10%) that it is in the US (20%).

Tea Party wackos see socialism in Obamacare (!) and in everything Obama the Democrats do.Against all logic, Tea Party wackos see “socialism” or even communism in Obamacare (!) and in everything Obama the Democrats do (if only!).

Canada’s Medicare-for-all program is not socialist in the way that the British National Health program is socialist–with UK hospitals owned by the government and UK doctors receiving state salaries. Doctors in Canada still are private entrepreneurs, but their fees for service are set by the provincial governments. Hospitals can also be private, but patients only pay a nominal charge for treatment in them. Their costs and their reimbursements are negotiated by governments.

Do these conservatives who want to flee to Canada to escape “socialist” Obamacare even know any of this?

It’s hard to believe they wouldn’t. Fox TV, the main “news” source for the ignorant and willfully ignorant, has run plenty of scare stories about a non-existent “wave” of Canadians allegedly pouring across the border to the good-ol’ capitalist USA to get medical treatment they are allegedly denied in “socialist” Canada. On investigation, most of these stories fall apart very quickly. But at least the viewers ought to get the picture that Canadians have socialized medical care.

Obamacare isn’t remotely socialist, meanwhile. Its crucial flaw, indeed, is precisely that it leaves the whole funding of American medical care in the hands of the private insurance industry (it caters shamelessly to most of the industries in the US medical-industrial complex, but especially to the insurance industry, which expects to clean up on the health insurance mandate). Canadians, meanwhile, effectively did away with private health insurance in their country when they introduced their Medicare program for all Canadians.

Meanwhile, these clowns who want to flee to Canada may be in for a rude surprise if they do more than yack on Twitter and actually try to flee Obamacare. Canada doesn’t provide its free medical care to outsiders, and it’s very hard on would-be immigrants who might want to get a free ride on their health care system. If you go to Canada and get sick or injured, you will get treated, but you’ll also get a hefty bill if you’re not Canadian. You should hope you have some kind of private US medical insurance to handle the bill or it could really set you back.

I had some friends in their late 50s who tried to immigrate to Canada from Alaska a few years ago. They both had lifetime insurance from the woman’s former job as a state worker in Alaska, but even so, they were denied landed immigrant status in Canada, and were told it was because the immigration authorities feared they would end up using (abusing) Canada’s health care system anyhow.

No surprise that, but it is a delicious case of “turnabout is fair play” (not for my two friends, who knew all about Canada’s health system and, with their lifetime retirement insurance plan, had no need or desire to freeload off it.) Conservatives in the US are always railing that Mexicans are coming across the border illegally to the US to get free Medicaid in this country. Now they want to go further north across the next border to freeload for health care themselves.

But it’s not going to work.

They’d do better to do a little research about Canada’s system of government-funded health care, and then, once they understand it, join the fight to get the US Medicare program they love so much, “socialist” as it may be, expanded to cover every American they way it works in Canada.

I’m not holding my breath for a new Tea Party cry of “Get the government’s hands to broaden their reach and extend my Medicare to cover my kids, my grandkids amd my neighbors!”

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They both had lifetime insurance from the woman’s former job as a state worker in Alaska, but even so, they were denied landed immigrant status in Canada, and were told it was because the immigration authorities feared they would end up using (abusing) Canada’s health care system anyhow.

They could simply be required to sign away their rights of access to Canada’s healthcare system then be allowed to move instead? This sort of thing shows where the hegelian dialect between governments is at work, they want to prevent immigration and hence force people to remain in countries that do not suit them through inflexible laws. Such people innvariably become disillusioned and disruptiv and end up in jail, enruiiching the Prison-Supplier/Contractor Complex.

In the real world before the passport was invented, people did move and passport laws are artificial and do not regard very reasonable reasons for moving, especially those from fundo countries that need the ‘first/free world’ to beat understanding of the UN Human Rights Charter into them or unseat the Dictators and their nepotistic family blocs.

In fact poor health (this is a spiritual or perhaps energic thing) could be very well due to NOT being allowed to migrate by governments which again causes more cost for all countries overall intentionally, making insurance and healthcare profiteering an industry off the people being disallowed to move to a suitable magnetic declination! Wanna have lots of earth quakes and senile aging people? Degradation of young minds? Keep disallowing migration and voting dictators and plutocrats!

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Chinese Father Disappears After Protesting Wife’s Forced Abortion – written by  Brian Koenig – Thursday, 28 June 2012 10:49

The man whose wife fell victim to the Chinese government’s strict one-child policy has gone missing after he posted photographs online of his wife and their aborted baby. Government officials had forcibly aborted the late-term pregnancy earlier this month, prompting an international outcry and, consequently, leading to the suspension of three officials in the Shaanxi province.

The abortion took place on June 2 (seven months into the pregnancy), provoked by the fact that Deng Jiyuan and his wife Feng Janmei could not pay the 40,000-yuan ($6,300) fine for having a second child. In protest of the horrific act, Deng Jiyuan published graphic photos of his dead baby online, attracting a flurry of international criticism and reigniting the debate over China’s controversial one-child policy.

Embittered over Deng’s public reaction, local officials coordinated a backlash against the family, branding them as traitors and setting them under government surveillance. “We are already heartbroken from losing the baby,” lamented Deng Jicai, a sister of Deng Jiyuan. “How did we become traitors?”

Deng Jicai has since condemned the government’s actions, asserting that guards have patrolled outside Feng’s hospital room and have even followed family members when they go to the restroom or leave the hospital. Deng also emphasized that her brother and sister-in-law initially refrained from notifying the media but spoke to German reporters who were traveling to the province after the government refused to deliver investigation results that had been promised.

“We did not make more out of the story,” Deng attested. “My sister-in-law mainly stated what she had experienced.”

Deng Jiyuan traveled to Beijing last week to meet with lawyers and journalists to discuss the incident. But, according to his sister, Mr. Deng was met with fierce resistance. “More than 100 people and a dozen of cars showed up to stop him, and a man suddenly appeared and kicked my brother in the stomach,” Deng Jicai said.

On Sunday, government officials purportedly urged local townspeople to unfold a banner near the hospital where Feng was located, which called the family “traitors” and ordered that they be excommunicated from the town. Meanwhile, photos were posted online displaying a red banner that reads, “severely beat the traitors and expel them.”

Ms. Deng responded on China’s popular Twitter-like service Sina Weibo, decrying the government’s effort to defame and incite violence on her family:

I feel like crying but have no tears. Where is justice? Zengjia Township, where I was born and brought up, how can I still love you? I just don’t understand in what way I have committed treason! I don’t know what you mean by calling me a ‘traitor.’ My lord, in what way I have sold the People’s Republic of China? I didn’t beg you for pity for my miserable sister-in-law. I didn’t ask you for even the slightest bit of sympathy. Just get lost! Let us go home!!!

Prompted by the family’s tragic story, 43-year-old Zhang Wen Fang has also risked government retribution as she reached out to the human rights organization All Girls Allowed to describe a similar incident that occurred four years ago. LifeSiteNews.com reported on the story:

According to Zhang, on May 23rd, 2008, when she was nine months pregnant, at least eleven Family Planning officials entered her home while her husband was away. Eight or nine men and three women dragged her into a van and took her to the People’s Hospital, where they induced labor despite her protests. At 8 p.m. they tried to inject an unknown chemical into her stomach, and Zhang resisted: “I pulled the needle out,” she said. “But then six men held me down so that they could give me the injection with a second needle.” Afterwards, they kept her in a room and did not let her family know where she was.

Two days later Zhang’s contractions began and then her water broke. “I was saying, ‘Help, help!’ but they ignored me and wouldn’t even let me out of the room,” she said. When she woke up the next day, after having lost consciousness, Zhang’s baby was gone. “When I asked the officials and doctors what happened to the baby, if it was alive or dead, they would not tell me,” she lamented.

“Some people think contacting the foreign media equals selling out the country,” says Liang Zhongtang, a retired social sciences research who now studies China’s family planning policy. In turn, Liang affirms, the Chinese government is pursuing physical recourse to silence media reports that may position the country’s social policy under an unfavorable spotlight.

Another Chinese couple (below), Yang Zhongchen, and his wife Jin Yani pose in their one bedroom home in Qianan, China, July 26, 2007. Seven years earlier, Yang’s heavily pregnant wife was dragged from her bed and taken to a clinic, where her baby was killed by injection while still inside her.

Yang Zhongchen and Jin Yani

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Instead of forced late term abortions, how about getting China to send the offending family to a country that would not mind a few more kids even if not ethnically local? There must be some international treaties to allow easy migration based on problem issues like these. UN? NAM? How about putting such parents in touch with countries that are ready to allow them to migrate to to avoid such terrible and dehumanizing treatment? China’s higher authorities have as of now punished the officials over late-term abortion case :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18605767
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Police officer in jail after allegedly forcing girl, 15, to strip naked for ‘sex exam’ in the backseat of a car – by Laura Cox – PUBLISHED: 20:22 GMT, 30 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:18 GMT, 30 June 2012

Unacceptable: Capt. Juan De los Rios was arrested after allegedly forcing a 15-year-old girl to get naked so that he could inspect her to make sure she hadn¿t been having sex

A Florida police captain was arrested after allegedly forcing a 15-year-old girl to get naked so that he could inspect her to make sure she hadn’t been having sex.

The girl was so mortified when Captain Juan De los Rios, a Miramar police force veteran of 28 years, told her to strip off that she complied, allowing him to carry out a ‘sex check’ on her.

De los Rios insisted that he inspect the girl’s private parts using his flashlight to look for signs of bruising when he came across her and a 19-year-old male friend talking in the backseat of a car.

He ignored the girl’s protestations that the pair were not having sex and told her that he needed to ‘see inside’ to make sure she was telling the truth.

After he had finished with his ‘exam’, the disgraced officer told the teens to go home.

The humiliating crime happened back in January but the girl was so mortified by what had happened that she initially refused to report it, NBC Miami reported.

Charged: Capt. Juan De los Rios was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct involving a child for making the girl strip naked and is being held at the Broward County Main Jail

She confided in her sister who eventually managed to persuade her to tell their mum and dad.

The parents immediately contacted authorities and a warrant was issued for De los Rios’ arrest.

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He turned himself in at the Broward County Main Jail where he is being held on $30,000, charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious conduct on a child under age 16 by someone over age 18.

He has been suspended from the force and faces up to 15 years in prison as well as a $10,000 fine.

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Save the taxpayer money from the prison contractor or even courts system and also do not shame publicly like this. The expense of shame was off 1 person (victim) by 1 person (aggressor), not 1 person by the whole of society. At most make the policeman strip in front of as many relevant people of the girls choice as needed and be done with the whole thing.

The police man gets to keep the job, has been punished appropriately and equitably in sufficiently private settings so that continuation of work is possible, and can continue police work and life with whatever useful experience from so many years on the force. For a mistake of a few minutes, taking away all of the above and destroying a man’s life is an indictment on society. Shouldn’t there be some form of privacy applied here? How about a transfer instead? This cop should not be finished off like this, for a moment’s mistake, does the city have the right to throw away a decade or more of  work and value?

ARTICLE 8

Anderson Cooper : ‘The Fact Is, I’m Gay’ – 7/2/2012 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Anderson Cooper has revealed … he’s gay and he’s proud.

Cooper made the announcement in a letter to Andrew Sullivan, who was doing a story for TheDailyBeast.com about the social impact of famous people who come out as gay.

Sullivan reached out to Cooper for his thoughts, to which Anderson replied with a letter.

“There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand,” Cooper wrote.

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

“I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.”

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Maybe being homosexual (gay or lesbian) typifies people with a sense of equilibrium and fair mindedness. Being gay to balance out the collective nature of man.

Sexual ‘society’ as is, is quite invasive as of now, perhaps the natural state of affairs would be bisexuality where attraction and entertainment is concerned.

Biologically mm/ff procreation can be viable due to technology so extinction of mankind is no longer a valid excuse to denounce. There needs though to be more bisexual people coming out as bisexual, and all existing homosexuals need to examine this line of thought before marrying and later divorcing which does hurt the case for sexual diversity.

Practicality, organic and cost wise, the heteros have the case (no need to use tech), but where awareness, abuse and other factors are considered, yes gays and lesbians are the frontline against oppression of sexual diversity and sexual choice. This was never taught in school, there needs to be a UN approved syllabus to prevent further gender wars and sidelining and abuse of LGBTs. Barring genetic basis preferences, in a civil and protected environment, perhaps there will be more bisexuals rather than homosexuals?

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As crops rot, millions go hungry in India – by Mayank Bhardwaj – NEW DELHI | Sun Jul 1, 2012 6:03pm EDT

(Reuters) – Every day some 3,000 Indian children die from illnesses related to malnutrition, and yet countless heaps of rodent-infested wheat and rice are rotting in fields across the north of their own country.

It is an extraordinary paradox created by a rigid regime of subsidies for grain farmers, a woeful lack of storage facilities and an inefficient, corruption-plagued public distribution system that fails millions of impoverished people.

And it is an embarrassment for the government led by the Congress party, which returned to power in 2009 thanks in large part to pledges of welfare for the poor, who make up about 40 percent of the 1.2 billion population.

Quite why the authorities could not simply offload the mountains of grain for free to fill empty stomachs is puzzling, but the explanation lies in the complex regulations that govern procurement and distribution.

“This is a case of criminal neglect by the government,” said D. Raja, national secretary of the Communist Party of India, an opposition group. “The ruling party has been the worst manager of the demand-supply of food grains.”

Officials say that, in all, about 6 million tons of grain worth at least $1.5 billion could perish. Analysts say the losses could be far higher because more than 19 million tons are now lying in the open, exposed to searing summer heat and monsoon rains.

Saddomajra, a village in the bread-basket state of Punjab, is one of the dumping grounds for the record stockpile of wheat that has accumulated after half a decade of bumper harvests in the world’s second-largest producer of the grain.

Here there are thousands of sacks of decomposing wheat, occupying an area the size of a football field and towering in some places to the height of a house. Tarpaulins cover most of the mounds, but many of the bags are torn, spilling blackened grain blighted by fungus and insects.

“The wheat has been lying there for the past five years. It smells very bad,” said Hakkam Singh, who works as a watchman at the open field. “Nobody steals it, but people use it to feed fish and poultry farms.”

At another dump, on the outskirts of Punjab’s Amritsar city, locals told Reuters that officials sometimes dip into the sacks of rotting grain to mix it with fresh wheat for distribution to the poor who hold ration cards.

WHEAT STOCKS AT ALL-TIME HIGH

In India the government buys rice and wheat from farmers at a guaranteed price, a support system akin to the subsidies that led to Europe’s notorious butter mountains and milk lakes.

The government has raised the price it pays to buy wheat by more than 70 percent since 2007, which only encourages more production. As a result, stocks are now at an all-time high of about 50 million tons, 12 times more than the official target.

“It’s related to pure economic security for the farmers,” said Purnima Menon, a research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in New Delhi. “They make a safe choice of crops.”

Rajiv Tandon, a senior adviser for health and nutrition at aid organization Save the Children in India, said that to diversify the country’s food basket farmers should be offered incentives to grow vegetables and other cash crops.

However, he said root-and-branch modernization is needed. The farm sector was transformed by the introduction of high-yielding seeds, fertilizers and irrigation during the Green Revolution nearly half a century ago, ending a dependence on imports, but it has seen only incremental reform ever since.

Storage is one of the biggest problems of all.

“For the last 25 years the storage capacity has not been upgraded at all,” Tandon said. “Part of the grain is officially stored outside store houses, where the chance of rotting is high. There are often not enough sacks and tarpaulins, and sometimes it is dumped by a graveyard or cremation centre.”

Grain stocks officially deemed as stored in government warehouses now stand at a record 82.4 million tons. However, that is about 20 million tons more than actual capacity, which means grain lying in the open is being passed off as “stored”.

WHO WILL BUY?

State-run Food Corp. of India (FCI), the main grain procurement agency, buys about one-third of total wheat output to run welfare programs and keep stocks for emergency needs.

What to do with the rest is a conundrum for the government, which is reluctant to sell wheat for less than the inflated support price it paid to farmers because it would put further strain on an already hefty fiscal deficit.

Recently it offered 6 million tons of rice and wheat to state administrations for the poor at cheaper rates, in addition to 55 million already earmarked for financial year 2012/13. But there were not many takers because state governments are grappling with budget overruns themselves.

Exporting wheat is not an attractive alternative.

After buying wheat from farmers and adding freight, storage and transport costs, the free on board (FOB) price is around $346 a ton. However, Indian wheat would only be competitive in the export market at around $260, which implies a loss – effectively a further subsidy, and this time to consumers in other countries – of $85-90 per ton for the government.

The brimming granaries forced India to lift a four-year-old ban on private exports last September, but lower global prices have scuppered those plans.

Traders say that even if India went all-out to export wheat it could at best sell 6-7 million tons a year because of transport bottlenecks and doubts about the quality of the grain.

New Delhi is considering the export of up to 3 million tons of wheat to sanctions-hit Iran, but traders say Tehran will not be falling over itself to buy because of concern that Indian grain may be tainted by fungal disease.

Last month the government decided to offer 3 million tons of wheat to local biscuit makers and flour millers at $205 a ton against the $225 it paid to farmers in 2012.

“Subsidizing our bread and biscuit makers is easier than subsidizing consumers of other countries,” said a senior government official, who did not wish to be identified due to political criticism of a solution to the surplus that benefits private companies rather than the poor.

In China, a large portion of wheat stocks are channeled into the country’s rapidly expanding animal feed sector, replacing more expensive corn. However, India has an exportable surplus of corn and its meat consumption is far lower, so there is little demand for wheat as a replacement for other grains.

“NATIONAL SHAME”

A government-supported survey published earlier this year found that 42 percent of India’s children under 5 are underweight, almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa. The finding led Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to admit that malnutrition was “a national shame”.

The cause of this widespread malnutrition cannot be tied mechanically to a lack of staples like rice and wheat.

Indeed, many families living on less than $2 a day are fuelled and filled by subsidized carbohydrate-rich food like wheat chapatis. These lack the much-needed protein and other nutrients that come in more expensive food. Poor hygiene and contaminated water are also to blame because they cause illnesses like diarrhoea, which prevents nutrient absorption.

Still, there are real grain shortages in the poorest states.

Here the problem is an inefficient and corruption-prone distribution system. Eighteen months ago investigators said millions of dollars worth of grain meant for poor families had been siphoned off and sold locally and abroad in a scam involving hundreds of government officials.

In 2010 the Supreme Court urged the government to distribute grain free to the hungry rather than let it go to waste in warehouses and open fields, but that hasn’t happened.

This is because state governments are reluctant to buy extra grain for distribution under the food welfare program and, even if they were, only people with under-the-poverty-line ration cards would be entitled to buy it in subsidized shops.

“The problem of rotting grains and the poor going hungry lies in the system itself,” said Biraj Patnaik, principal adviser on food issues to the court.

The government is now planning a food security scheme that will guarantee cheap grain to 63.5 percent of the population.

However, critics see this as political gimmickry. They doubt that the new scheme will be less corrupt, more efficient or better targeted than current programs, and they suspect that the government will not be able to afford a plan that may cost as much as $12 billion in additional subsidies a year.

(Writing by John Chalmers; Additional reporting by Ajay Verma in SADDOMAJRA, India, by John Chalmers, Satarupa Bhattacharjya and Ratnajyoti Dutta in NEW DELHI and by Naveen Thukral in SINGAPORE; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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Weekend volunteers with trucks could be given free fuel and maps to ferry grain that is fast deteriorating from warehouses to any area starving. The military (instead of sitting pretty in barracks) could be the first to get moving. India should use those manpower resources. Starving Indians probably would not care that the soldiers did not do their morning run or obstacle course on any day. The starving Indians would however certainly prefer that Indian soldiers bring grain about to rot from warehouses to their homes so that they wont starve while grain rots! This is akin to a national emergency! Taking things too easy India?

ARTICLE 10

Is it a tax or a penalty? Obama and Romney struggle to define aspect of healthcare law – by Calvin Woodward, Associated Press / July 3, 2012

Obama’s health care law is closely modeled on the universal-coverage plan Romney achieved as Massachusetts governor. That plan contains a penalty for noncompliance similar to the one in the federal law upheld by the court last week.

In 2012 file photos President Barack Obama talks to reporters in Washington on June 8 and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 14.

It looks like a tax, smells like a tax, and the Supreme Court says it must be a tax. But politicians in both parties are squirming over how to define the Thing in President Barack Obama’s health care law that requires people to pay up if they don’t get health insurance.
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The problem for Obama is that, if the Thing is indeed a tax, he is by definition a raiser of taxes on the middle class, which he promised not to be.

If that sounds like an opportunity for Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney, well, it’s not that simple.

Could you pass a US citizenship test?

Obama’s health care law is closely modeled on the universal-coverage plan Romney achieved as Massachusetts governor. That plan contains a penalty for noncompliance similar to the one in the federal law upheld by the court last week.

So if Obama is a raiser of taxes, so is Romney.

Contortions have ensued over what to call this health care Thing.

Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom strayed from Republican talking points when he told MSNBC that Romney agrees with Justice Antonin Scalia’s minority opinion that “very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax.”

That position is at odds with congressional Republicans who are determined to portray the Thing as an Obamatax pure and simple.

“The American people do not want to go down this path,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “They do not want the government telling them what kind of insurance policy they have to buy, and how much they have to pay for it, and if you don’t like it we’re going to tax you.”

As for the other side, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California and some others have taken to calling it a “penalty for free riders.”

“This is a penalty on free riders,” echoed Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Just as everyone loves motherhood and apple pie, no one loves a free rider. Not Democrats. And not Republicans.

But Democrats didn’t make that up.

Some years back, Romney called his own Thing a penalty on “free riders.”

The whatever-it-is starts in 2014, will be collected by the Internal Revenue Service and functions like a tax in that its amount is keyed to the income of those who must pay it.

The Obama administration always shied away from calling it a tax for the obvious reason that tax increases are political trouble. But, paradoxically, his health care law only stands today because the high court considered the insurance mandate part of Congress’ broad powers of taxation, therefore constitutional.

The court carefully parsed all of this in a migraine-inducing summary of Chief Justice John Roberts’ written decision.

“The Affordable Care Act describes the ‘shared responsibility payment’ as a ‘penalty,’ not a ‘tax,'” it says. “That label is fatal to the application of the Anti-Injunction Act. It does not, however, control whether an exaction is within Congress’ power to tax. In answering that constitutional question, this Court follows a functional approach, ‘disregarding the designation of the exaction, and viewing its substance and application.'”

In other words, the Thing is a tax.

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All Americans DO NOT CARE what hegelian dialectic terms are applied. call this Tax or call this Penalty, so long as the people PAY, this angers everyone – against BOTH Obama and Romney. NO PAYING, otherwise NO VOTE ! Also, opt outs for any not wanting to pay!

ARTICLE 11 (2 Related Articles)

Chef serves up raw meat protest in Windsor
Rino’s Kitchen will have lamb tartare and lambe Carpaccio on special this weekend
CBC News / Posted: Jun 28, 2012 12:10 PM ET / Last Updated: Jun 29, 2012 9:28 AM ET

Rino Bortolin called the health unit’s decision to ban kibbeh culturally insensitive. Rino Bortolin called the health unit’s decision to ban kibbeh culturally insensitive. (Courtesy Courtney Renaud/Converged Citizen)

Health officials ban Lebanese dish from restaurants

(Note:CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.)

At least one Windsor chef plans to protest the local health unit’s crackdown on raw meat dishes.

Rino Bortolin will serve raw meat dishes lamb tartare and lamb Carpaccio this Canada Day weekend.

Other raw meat dishes : Steak Tartare, Carpaccio, Ceviche

“Until an inspector tells me to stop, I’ll keep serving it. And if they tell me to stop, I will probably still do it,” Bortolin said.

The decision flies in the face of the Windsor Essex County Health Unit, which has banned the raw beef dish kibbeh from a handful of Lebanese restaurants. It also told one restaurant to stop serving steak tartare in May.

Bortolin called the health unit “culturally insensitive” to “hard-working small businesses.”

“Certain preparations have been accepted for years and pose no harm when done properly. Those have been on menus for decades,” Bortolin said. “These meats and dishes have been prepared and eaten this way for centuries.”

Bortolin said the health unit has overreacted to an incident in Ottawa.

In February, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a media release warning customers to not consume finely ground beef sold at New Middleast Supermarket in Ottawa.

“The affected ground beef is a finely ground raw beef known to be used for Kebbeh,” the release said.

The release never mentioned a restaurant. In an email sent Wednesday, CBC News asked the CFIA why it made reference to a specific dish. The agency has not responded.

The owner of the New Middleast Supermarket told CBC News that he didn’t sell the beef to restaurants and that the meat in question was consumed by a customer.

“If it’s the source material, investigate that source and fix that problem,” Bortolin said.
Chef calls regulations into question

Chief medical officer Dr. Allen Heimann said beef must be cooked to an internal temperature of 71 C for 15 seconds before public consumption.

Bortolin contends the law does not prohibit him from serving raw meat, only that he must “be aware of susceptible segments of society,” such as children and the sick.

Bortolin said he hasn’t yet heard the reason behind the health unit’s sudden enforcement. He said he’s not aware of anyone in Windsor getting sick after eating kibbeh at a restaurant.

Heimann said that, to his knowledge, the local health unit never received a complaint about kibbeh being served at restaurants in Windsor.

“If they did, they would have used it as an example,” Bortolin said.

Heimann said inspectors are just enforcing rules already on the books.

Bortolin said the health unit should instead be educating the public on safe food preparation.

“You can easily use this as a teaching tool,” Bortolin said. “Instead of banning it outright, ask questions. We don’t need a government body telling us to eat here and eat this.”

He said before ordering, customers should ask when a restaurant’s meat arrived and where it came from.

“I welcome people asking questions,” he said. “All my meat comes fresh from Essex County. We do that for a reason.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2012/06/28/wdr-rinos-kitchen-raw-meat-health-unit.html

Japan raw liver lovers lament new food ban – Tuesday July 3, 2012 MYT 11:54:00 AM

TOKYO: Japan, the home of raw fish, has banned the serving of raw liver after a series of food poisoning cases last year in which five people died and 24 became seriously ill after consuming the dish at a major restaurant chain.

The dish, raw beef liver cut into bite-sized chunks and served with onions and sauce, was taken off restaurant menus indefinitely from July 1 by Japan’s Health Ministry.

“When you actually cook liver it’s a bit rough, but raw it’s very easy to eat,” said Yoshiko Miki, a 38-year-old who rushed to Kintan, a downtown Tokyo restaurant that specialised in the dish, before the ban came into effect.

“Especially the liver here is very nice and delicious. So when I think about the fact that I can’t eat it anymore, it’s quite sad.”

Food analyst Chiharu Saito, a member of the Japan Food Analyst Association, said there were a number of well-liked raw meat items on sale, but beef liver was the most popular.

“In terms of what has the most chance of causing food poisoning, I believe that’s why they chose to ban beef liver,” she said.

“It can be a star product for restaurants, and if they are suddenly unable to sell that then it will indeed affect sales and profits.”

Yuichi Kamata, management chief at Edge, the company that oversees the Kintan restaurant chain, said that probably 90 percent of customers had been coming specifically to eat raw liver, with a plate going for around 1,800 yen.

But despite the ban, it’s still far too early to count out the restaurant chain – or its star product. Kintan said it was looking into developing new products to circumvent the ban, including one in which the liver is partly cooked. – Reuters

http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/3/business/20120703121105&sec=business

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This is a right and free choice of all citizens who raise domesticated animals or fresh seafood for meat (I’d advocate getting those petri-dish meat production labs up but until then, the Right to Serve and Eat/Order Raw Food issue should not be compromised on . . . ), process meat under government oversight/health inspections and also the eatery which is again checked by hygiene inspectors and as the above restauranteur says, ‘allows questions to be asked’. How Orwellian can a government get? Also the law in the first article also smacks of racism ever so vaguely.

Raw beef liver is as integral as some types of sushi or asian food (Lebanese example above)to the Japanese, how could Japan act against one of Japan’s strongest points? Raw Food culture can hardly be said to be over-proliferated and has been a tradition for centuries, and barring the rare occasional incident (which might well be sabotage on the suppliers’ part in collusion with local officials or saboteur-workers trying to be racist or Orwellian) chefs are well aware and do take pains to ensure cleanliness of the raw food served. This ban seems unconstitutional. If there is nothing to stop people from humanely culling food animals and serving raw food at home, there cannot fairly be such impositions upon eateries which are obviously cleaner due to government checks and personal reputations of the vendors/owners.

ARTICLE 12

John Henry (folklore) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_%28folklore%29

John Henry is an American folk hero and tall tale. Henry worked as a “steel-driver”—a man tasked with hammering and chiseling rock in the construction of tunnels for railroad tracks. In the legend, John Henry’s prowess as a steel-driver was measured in a race against a steam powered hammer, which he won only to die in victory with his hammer in his hand. The story of John Henry has been the subject of numerous songs, stories, plays, and novels.[1][2]

The legend of John Henry has been compared to that of other American “Big Men”, such as Paul Bunyan[3] and Pecos Bill.[4] John Henry’s heroism is associated with several elements: his strength and grit as a working-class common man, his status as a hero to African American laborers, and his allegorical depiction of “the tragedy of man versus machine” and other aspects of modernization.[3][4]

There are many versions of John Henry’s story. In almost all versions of the story, John Henry is a black man of exceptional physical gifts, a former slave,[1] possibly born in Tennessee.[3] Henry becomes the greatest “steel-driver” in the mid-nineteenth-century push to expand railroads from the East Coast of the United States, across and through the mountains, to the frontier West. However, the owner of the railroad buys a steam-powered hammer to do the work of his mostly black steel-driving crew. To save his job and the jobs of his men, John Henry challenges the owner to a contest: Henry will race the steam-powered hammer. John Henry beats the machine, but exhausted, collapses and dies of a heart attack.

Historicity

The historicity of many aspects of the John Henry legend is subject to wide debate.[1][2] It is commonly stated that Henry’s rail work, including his race against the steam hammer, occurred while working along the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.[3] In particular, Henry is claimed to have raced the steam hammer during the construction of Big Bend tunnel near Talcott, West Virginia between 1869 and 1871.[1][5][6] Talcott holds a yearly festival named for Henry and a statue and memorial plaque have been placed along a highway south of Talcott as it crosses over the Big Bend tunnel.[5]

In Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend, Scott Reynolds Nelson, an associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary, argues that John William Henry (prisoner #497 in the Virginia penitentiary, released by the warden to work on the C&O Railway in the 1870s) is the basis for the legendary John Henry.[7]:39 Nelson asserts that a steam drill race at the Big Bend Tunnel would have been impossible because railroad records do not indicate a steam drill being used there.[4] Instead, he believes the contest took place at the Lewis Tunnel, between Talcott and Millboro, Virginia, where prisoners worked beside steam drills.[8] Nelson also believes that an early version of the ballad that refers to John Henry’s grave as being at “the white house”, “in sand”, and somewhere that locomotives roar, indicates that Henry was buried at the Virginia penitentiary, where unmarked graves have been found.[9]

According to Nelson:

    …workers managed their labor by setting a “stint,” or pace, for it. Men who violated the stint were shunned…Here was a song that told you what happened to men who worked too fast: they died ugly deaths; their entrails fell on the ground. You sang the song slowly, you worked slowly, you guarded your life, or you died.[7]:32

Coosa Tunnel and tracks between Coosa Tunnel and neighboring Oak Mountain Tunnel, possible Alabama sites of John Henry legend.

Other research has placed Henry’s famous race near Leeds, Alabama. Retired chemistry professor and folklorist John Garst, of the University of Georgia, has argued that the contest instead happened at the Coosa Mountain Tunnel or the Oak Mountain Tunnel of the Columbus & Western Railway (now part of Norfolk Southern Railway) near Leeds on September 20, 1887. Based on documentation that corresponds with the account of C. C. Spencer, who claimed in the 1920s to have witnessed the contest, Garst speculates that John Henry may have been a man named Henry who was born a slave to P.A.L. Dabney, the father of the chief engineer of that railroad, in 1850.[10] Since 2007, the city of Leeds has honored John Henry’s legend during an annual September festival, held third weekend in September, called the Leeds Downtown Folk Festival & John Henry Celebration.[11]

Garst and Nelson have debated the merits of their divergent research conclusions.[12] Other claims have been made over the years that places Henry and his contest in Kentucky or Jamaica.[13]

Cultural references and influence

The tale of John Henry has been used as a symbol in many cultural movements, including labor movements[14] and the Civil Rights Movement.[15]
“     John Henry is a symbol of physical strength and endurance, of exploited labor, of the dignity of a human being against the degradations of the machine age, and of racial pride and solidarity. During World War II his image was used in U.S. government propaganda as a symbol of social tolerance and diversity.[16]     ”
Music

The story of John Henry is traditionally told through two types of songs: ballads, commonly referred to as “The Ballad of John Henry”, and work songs known as hammer songs, each with wide-ranging and varying lyrics.[2][13] Some songs, and some early folk historian research, conflate the songs about John Henry with those of John Hardy, a West Virginian outlaw.[13] Ballads about John Henry’s life typically contain four major components: a premonition by John Henry as a child that steel-driving would lead to his death, the lead-up to and the results of the race against the steam hammer, Henry’s death and burial, and the reaction of John Henry’s wife.[13]

Songs featuring the story of John Henry have been recorded by many blues, folk, and rock musicians of different ethnic backgrounds. Many notable musicians have recorded John Henry ballads, including: Furry Lewis,[2] Big Bill Broonzy,[2] Pink Anderson,[13] Fiddlin’ John Carson,[13] Uncle Dave Macon,[13] J. E. Mainer,[13] Leon Bibb,[13] Lead Belly,[13] Joe Bonamassa,[13] Woody Guthrie,[13] Paul Robeson,[16] Pete Seeger,[16] Van Morrison,[16] Bruce Springsteen,[16] Gillian Welch,[16] theDrive-By Truckers,[16] Ramblin’ Jack Elliott,[13] and Jerry Lee Lewis.[13]

Literature

Henry is the subject of the 1931 Roark Bradford novel John Henry, illustrated by noted woodcut artist J. J. Lankes. The novel was adapted into a stage musical in 1940, starring Paul Robeson in the title role.[2] According to Steven Carl Tracy, Bradford’s works were influential in broadly popularizing the John Henry legend beyond railroad and mining communities and outside of African American oral histories.[2] In a 1933 article published in The Journal of Negro Education, Bradford’s John Henry was criticized for “making over a folk-hero into a clown.”[17] A 1948 obituary for Bradford described John Henry as “a better piece of native folklore than Paul Bunyan.”[18]

Ezra Jack Keats’s John Henry: An American Legend, published in 1965, is a notable picture book chronicling the history of John Henry and portraying him as the “personification of the medieval Everyman who struggles against insurmountable odds and wins.”[15]

Colson Whitehead’s 2001 novel John Henry Days uses the John Henry myth as story background. Whitehead fictionalized the Talcott, West Virginia, John Henry Days festival and the release of the John Henry postage stamp in 1996.[19]
Other

In 1973, Nick Bosustow and David Adams co-produced an 11-minute animated short, The Legend of John Henry[20] for Paramount Pictures. In 1996, the U.S. Post Office issued a John Henry 32-cent postage stamp. It was part of a set honoring American folk heroes that included Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and Casey at the Bat.[21]

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Consider the fact that a smaller ‘mega’ drill of this sort costs 24 times 401K at 10 million (bigger ones costs far much more) with the factory equipment to build the machine costing perhaps up to 100 million. That means 24 or 240 people could retire for everyone of these machines produced and have jobs instead (which also need buildings to house and electricity and insurance, other cost adding factors . . . ). Industrialisation takes away jobs. Now if the 99% is smart, think what will happen when fully functional Androids are developed. Will the 99% demand an equal Socialist share in a nation that supposedly belongs to all but is sequestered by plutocrats or term limited politicians (who attempt to become plutocrats), or keep building their own destruction as technology develops to make humanity redundant?

Vote for 99% types and insist on amendments for term limits at all levels where policies can be ratified. The nation belongs to all citizens and cannot remain in the hands of a handful of people who have no intention of ensuring everyone has a space and an equal share but instead write laws that oppress disenfranchise, or legislate into conformity to their narrow visions of the real world which in nature would simply see the alpha males (i.e beer guzzling Johns or Joe Publics, the semi-rich who retired to study social issues as as form of intelligensia at 21 rather than spend money on the Education-Financier Complex, even the odd ‘Bull Dyke’ lesbian ‘male’ or ‘Camp-chic’ Gays, aware of such issues from the sheer sexuality oppression discrimination of the narrow in society, who would beat Mr.Nepotist’s or Mr.Political Oligarch’s ass if they saw them in public – much like wildlife conducting the occasional kill of humanity – how many of their species were imprisoned in zoos to be gawked at till they died?), of any local society rise up in rebellion (vote rebellion if not respected and honestly conducted will result in physical rebellion) to throw down (Bastille/Independence style) those who attempt oligarchies in feudal satrap style as seen in Mubarak or Gaddafi’s or Salleh’s cases.

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Tower about that? Chinese city builds its own version of the world-famous London landmark – by Tom Goodenough – PUBLISHED: 15:28 GMT, 5 July 2012 | UPDATED: 17:28 GMT, 5 July 2012

China is well known for leading the world in exporting goods, but these pictures of its very own Tower Bridge show the country is not adverse to importing a historical monument or two.

To the untrained eye, visitors to Suzhou in the east of China may well believe they have ended up 9,000km away by mistake.

The city in the Jiangsu province now boasts its very own – almost identical – version of London’s most iconic bridge.
The cloned Tower Bridge in Suzhou in China’s Jiangsu province, is an almost identical version of London’s landmark

As if that’s not enough to stave off homesickness for English visitors, the reproduction of the bridge also boasts a cafe at the top promising ‘English-style coffee’.

All that differs between the two replicas is that the Chinese version lacks a raising mechanism to allow boats to pass underneath.

The top floor of the building boasts a cafe promising ‘English-style coffee’ to guests

Unlike the version spanning the Thames, the replica Tower Bridge lacks a raising mechanism

And, of course, during the Olympics this summer, it also won’t boast the five rings currently adorning the version that spans the River Thames.

London is not the only city to have inspired builders in Suzhou, though.

Sitting about 200 miles north-west of Shanghai, the area has become well known for cloning other world-famous landmarks.

The river through the city also has its own Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as a copy-cat Alexandre III Bridge straight out of the French capital, Paris.

English, Dutch and French visitors to Suzhou can all feel at home in the city thanks to its replica landmarks
As well as being inspired by London’s landmark, the city also boasts its own Sydney Harbour Bridge

As well as being inspired by London’s landmark, the city also boasts its own Sydney Harbour Bridge
The original Tower Bridge, complete with Olympic rings, which will be illuminated every night during the Games

On top of that, the area boasts a Dutch town complete with windmill and Dutch-style housing.

Suzhou is often dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’ and has been an important hub of China’s silk industry for around a thousand years.

The original Tower Bridge dates back to 1896 when it was the only crossing point over the river Thames.

A colossal 11,000 tonnes of steel help provide the framework to the tower which, at the time it was built, was the product of 432 working over an eight year period.

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Abit disjointed. How about marking out and building on the very Western border of Central Inland Asian nations an exact replica of England right down to Buckingham Palace? This ‘New England’ project could take a century or few to build but might well be worth the effort. China after all is 73 (219 if only the Angle parts are considered) times the size of England . . . might as well make the best use of that space. After ‘New England’ is built, invite any number of ‘white’ people (including ‘hoodies’ and ‘chavs’ to hold yearly faux ‘Riots’) to live there. So whos going to be QEIII? A Camilla or Kate lookalike? Would draw the crowd in China for sure, (i.e. ‘lets visit the Queen of Englishstan in the Western Regions this holiday . . . ‘).

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Ann Romney: Obama’s whole campaign strategy is “let’s kill this guy” – by Jan Crawford – July 5, 2012 7:18 AM

(CBS News) On a mission to shatter the image of her husband as rigid and unrelatable, Ann Romney told CBS News she worries that President Obama’s entire campaign strategy is “kill Romney.”

“I feel like all he’s doing is saying, ‘Let’s kill this guy,” she said, seated next to her husband, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in an exclusive interview with CBS News chief political correspondent Jan Crawford. “And I feel like that’s not really a very good campaign policy.

“I feel like Mitt’s got the answers to turn this country around,” she continued. “He’s the one that’s got to bring back hope for this country, which is what they ran on last time. But the truth is, this is the one that has the hope for the – for America.”

Romney: Roberts health care ruling not accurate

In August, some Democratic strategists let leak to the press that Obama’s top aides were looking at a massive character takedown of Romney in light of a deterring economy; “kill Romney” was a phrase used by one. “That was their memo that came out from their campaign,” Ann Romney said. “And it’s like, ‘not when I’m next to him you better not.”

(Watch more of the interview with Mitt and Ann Romney below.)

Mitt Romney’s image problem is perhaps the single most consistent aspect of his candidacy. The latest installment of his portrait as being unable to relate to the plight of the common man came Wednesday, with a report suggesting his already $250 million net worth, as estimated by his campaign, could be greater still with assets hidden offshore.

Ann Romney said it’s all part of a plan to portray her husband “in a light that is just completely wrong… they don’t’ get him at all.” Pressed by Crawford on what qualities in her husband she sees most misrepresented, she said, that “he’s not as approachable as I am or something like that. That’s like, really kind of funny to me because it’s all – it’s all backwards.”

“That’ll change,” Mitt Romney assured her. “That’ll come with time.”

One opening the pair has to usher in an “everyday” persona is their search for a running mate. Though Mitt Romney wouldn’t say where he is in the picking process, both he and Ann said they have a shortlist of favorites.

She said she’s been “giving [the veepstakes] a lot of thought actually,” and is convinced that “it’s gonna take someone else that’s gonna be there with Mitt, that Mitt will enjoy, with the same personality type that will enjoy spending time with them, and also competent, capable, and willing to serve this country.”

On their way to meet up with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who frequents the running mate shortlist chatter, at a July Fourth parade in Wolfeboro, N.H., Ann Romney said she and her husband “been looking at” the possibility of choosing a woman to run alongside him. “And I’d love that option as well,” she said.
© 2012 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved.

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Everyday man? OK. Try this to prove the ‘Everyday Man-ness’ of Romney. Dish out 401K to the first 10 homeless, jobless US army veterans who approach Romney to retire on. AND KNOW THIS, veterans are NOT even everyday men, the who premise of the above already stinks of elitism, even though USA has somehow managed to allow these veterans to fall through the cracks. Thats 4.01 Million, but there is nothing ‘everyday’ about someone who has 250 million WHEN the country is at war and has returning injured veterans. Thats about 2% of the total wealth. For true respect drop 40.1 Million of there is so much in liquid assets. Without veterans the plutocrats should fully expect ‘Muslims’ to target them first among all Americans, more so politicians who are plutocrats. Think about these suggestions which will even then may not ‘everyman-ise’ Romney in the eyes of the US citizen. As said before injured veterans ARE NOT everyday men to even begin with. Helping ONLY veterans is already elitist to begin with and this might not even happen. So if 100s of millions worth people do not help the elite soldiers, guess what they think ordinary citizens deserve and if they deserve the ordinary citizens’ vote?

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California cities consider seizing mortgages – Published July 05, 2012 – The Wall Street Journal

A handful of local officials in California who say the housing bust is a public blight on their cities may invoke their eminent-domain powers to restructure mortgages as a way to help some borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.

Investors holding the current mortgages predict the move will backfire by driving up borrowing costs and further depress property values. “I don’t see how you could find it anything other than appalling,” said Scott Simon, a managing director at Pacific Investment Management Co., or Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE.

Eminent domain allows a government to forcibly acquire property that is then reused in a way considered good for the public-new housing, roads, shopping centers and the like. Owners of the properties are entitled to compensation, which is usually determined by a court.

But instead of tearing down property, California’s San Bernardino County and two of its largest cities, Ontario and Fontana, want to put eminent domain to a highly unorthodox use to keep people in their homes.

The municipalities, about 45 minutes east of Los Angeles, would acquire underwater mortgages from investors and cut the loan principal to match the current property value. Then, they would resell the reduced mortgages to new investors.

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This is a good use of the power, though there are some aspects of Eminent Domain that must be entirely removed for Eminent Domain to be democratic, as well as recognition and allowing of Allodial Titles for citizens who do not want to be paying taxes forever. Perhaps the debt could have interest permanently capped on condition that heirs will take up on that debt? Compound interest is impossible to fairly apply DURING recession and should NEVER compound beyond 10-20% more to the value. There must be a limit to compound interest and late payment penalties that inflate pricing beyond a few times the actual market value.

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CCTV footage shows details of Microsoft firebomb attack in Greece (VIDEO) – Published: 05 July, 2012, 21:01

A security guard speaks on the phone following an attack on Microsoft’s Greek headquarters at Marousi suburb, north of Athens (REUTERS/John Kolesidis)

Greek police have released CCTV footage of the night a group of people drove a stolen van into the Microsoft office in the capital Athens and set fire to 150 liters of petrol there.

The video clearly shows the van busting through the glass doors after a few attempts. After it stops, petrol can be seen spilling from the vehicle as three people wearing motorcycle helmets emerge from the van.

The men can then be seen around the front of the van, closing doors and presumably lighting the fire, before leaving the building.

The incident happened on June 28th, after security guards were forced out at gunpoint by the attackers. As a result of the fire, the main entrance was almost completely burnt down.

Microsoft representatives said they had received no calls with threats or warnings before the attack happened.

A few days later, a little-known leftist militant group called the International Revolutionary Front claimed responsibility for the attack. Their statement, posted online, says they chose Microsoft because it “is one of the most powerful companies of the computer sector … which is now carrying capitalism on its shoulders.”

The International Revolutionary Front made its first appearance last year, carrying out arson attacks on the personal cars of Athens policemen, as well as on a branch of US fast-food chain McDonald’s.

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IRF should liase with uninfiltrated Anonymous members, local (good) gangs and act as a military arm for freedom of humanity which identifies people (such as fundos from any faith, paedophile priests unaccountable, oppressive law enforcement not legally actionable but who have harmed the citizens, oppressive makers, MPs who either propose or ratify oppressive laws) and organisations most dangerous to human freedom. Taking out a target every week or month ‘Fight Club’ (1999 David Fincher) style should encourage recruitment.

Megaupload’s Kim Schmitz looks like a foil for that ‘Bitch Tit’ Bob character if anything . . . ‘Death Machines’ (1994 Stephen Norrington) are better than lame-o flying drones Kim? Drones are also so Orwellian, do something more dramatic and Death Machine-esque. BTW Congress and the WH has lots of ‘fat sweaty psychos’ needing a claw through their shoulder . . .

Heres a LolKim : We Can Haz Deathmachines? Drones are costly and dull . . . Kim can also help save lives of future mass shooters, who needs to be a mass shooter when one can buy a remote controlled Death Machine from Kim? Set up ‘Chaank heavy Industries’ with that cash Kim! Flying Drones are boring!

ARTICLE 17 (2 Articles on 2012 France’s New PM Hollande) Legacy of Sarkozy’s Lap of luxury remains : A falcon 900 aircraft, as used by the president

‘Champagne socialist’ Francois Hollande under fire as he makes his first trip as French president…in a £12,000-an-hour private jet – By Ian Sparks – PUBLISHED: 14:23 GMT, 8 May 2012 | UPDATED: 16:47 GMT, 8 May 2012

Francois Hollande has triggered accusations of hypocrisy by making his first trip as France’s newly elected socialist president in a £12,000-an-hour private jet.

The left-wing leader – who has promised massive tax hikes for the rich – was whisked into Paris in the luxurious Falcon 900 aircraft within hours of winning the election on Sunday night.

He made the 45-minute flight to address supporters at an open-air concert in the capital after spending the evening in his home town of Tulle, in central France.

He must be tempted…Sarkozy has kept up a dignified front in public, insisting he is not bitter about losing the presidency to Socialist Francois Hollande (left)

Second fiddle: Hollande stood by as Sarkozy took part in a ceremony marking the end of World War II

His lavish choice of transport came despite his insistence just a month ago that if he was elected, he would ‘travel by train’.

Twitter users were swift to attack the 57-year-old for ‘breaking his promise’ and being as keen on ‘bling’ as his luxury-loving predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

France’s Huffington Post online newspaper wrote: ‘The image of Francois Hollande taking a private jet to travel 300 miles between Tulle and Paris has clearly not gone down well.

‘Within hours of being elected, he is being called a hypocrite and compared to Nicolas Sarkozy.’

French actor and socialist supporter Gad Elmaleh posted on Twitter: ‘Private jet, open-air concert, new girlfriend – welcome to the world of show business.’

Others said he should have chosen between celebrating his victory in either Tulle or Paris, rather than taking the jet – which was paid for by the French socialist party and not by taxpayers. Entente cordiale? Sarkozy offered a ‘supportive’ arm to his former rival

Entente cordiale? Sarkozy offered a ‘supportive’ arm to his former rival

Showing the strain: Both men appeared tense while observing a minute’s silence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris

But Mr Hollande’s spokesman Bruno Le Roux said: ‘He had no choice. He wanted to make a speech in his home town as a mark of respect.

‘But there are no trains from Tulle to Paris after 10.30pm.

‘To go by car would have taken five hours, and he would not have got to Paris to thank his supporters there until 3.30am.’

Socialist party treasurer Regis Juanico added: ‘This is ridiculous. In money terms, this plane cost relatively little.

‘Nicolas Sarkozy used a £6,000-an-hour plane during his campaign and hardly ever travelled by train.

‘But Francois Hollande only once took a private plane between Metz and Perigueux, and otherwise used the train on almost every trip.’

Today Sarkozy and Hollande met in public for the first time since the election as they marked the 67th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

The former rivals laid a wreath at the tomb of the untold soldier, beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Despite winning their bitter contest, Hollande looked almost as strained as the outgoing president.

Sarkozy is facing an uncertain future – his poor English means he is unlikely to be able to make money on the lucrative US lecture circuit, and he has ruled out any return to politics.

He has said that he would to retire, adding: ‘I am not bitter.’

France Raises Taxes on Wealthy, Companies to Narrow Budget Gap – Wednesday, 04 Jul 2012 06:35 AM

France’s two-week-old Socialist government unveiled 7.2 billion euros ($9 billion) of tax increases to meet deficit-reduction goals and avoid bond-market punishment.

The 2012 measures, approved at a Cabinet meeting today, presage even larger tax increases and spending cuts next year in an economy that’s barely expanding.

The largest new levy will be a one-time surcharge on wealthy individuals’ assets to raise 2.3 billion euros. Another 898 million euros will be reaped by ending a payroll-tax holiday. Other steps include surcharges for oil and financial companies, each raising an additional 550 million euros, and a levy on dividends and stock options.

“We face an extremely difficult financial and economic situation,” Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said at a press conference today in Paris. “The wealthiest households, the big companies, will be asked to contribute. In 2012 and 2013, the effort will be particularly large.”

France’s national auditor said July 2 that the government needs between 6 billion euros and 10 billion euros in savings this year to meet its 2012 target of a deficit equal to 4.5 percent of economic output. For next year, it needs to find 33 billion euros in savings to achieve its aim of 3 percent. President Francois Hollande has delayed the goal of a balanced budget to 2017 from the 2016 target set by previous president Nicolas Sarkozy.

France pays about 2.51 percent to borrow for 10 years, compared with 6.21 percent for Spain and 5.61 percent for Italy. The spread between French and German bond yields is at about 101 basis points, down from more than 140 points in mid-May.

Reverses Sarkozy

Today’s mid-year corrective budget reverses measures pushed through by Sarkozy. Sarkozy had cut wealth taxes, saying it would encourage wealthy French to stay home, and eliminated the payroll tax on overtime hours to boost purchasing power and circumvent the 35-hour work week.

Hollande has said the 2013 budget will restore the pre- Sarkozy wealth tax rates on people with assets of more than 1.3 million euros. A one-time contribution is being imposed this year ahead of an overhaul of the levy.

French companies with 250 million euros or more in revenue will be asked to pay a portion of their corporate taxes early. Companies will pay a 30 percent tax on stock options, up from 14 percent. Executives receiving the options will be levied at 10 percent, from 8 percent now.

Another Sarkozy measure being rolled back is that French residents abroad will be tested on their means before sending their children for free to French state schools.

Among the measures that will be in the 2013 budget will be a 75-percent tax rate for income of more than 1 million euros.

Spending Freeze

The government has signaled that spending cuts are also coming. For its 2013-2015 budget, it plans to reduce the number of civil-service jobs by 2.5 percent annually and reduce operating costs — including car fleets — by 10 percent next year, Le Figaro reported last month.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has issued orders to all ministries except education and justice to cut spending by 2.5 percent immediately.

Hollande cut salaries for himself and for ministers by a third at his first cabinet meeting, fulfilling an election promise. French ministers will now be paid 9,940 euros a month instead of the 14,200 euros under the previous president.

Moscovici said that that taxes as a percentage of economic output will rise to 46.5 percent in 2016 and 2017 from 43.9 percent last year. Government spending will be 56.2 percent of output this year, before declining every year to 53.4 percent in 2017. Government debt is estimated peak at 90.6 percent of the economy next year, declining to 79.6 percent in 2017.

The government’s budget is counting on the economy expanding 0.3 percent this year, 1.2 percent in 2013, and 2 to 2.5 percent annually from 2014 to 2017.

© Copyright 2012 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

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But for what looked like an earlier near slide into flagrant waste in the first article, an exceptional man. Unlike the nepotistic, term limitless trash politicians in Malaysia asking for 2 lifetimes of 401K for their own funerals . . . Lets hope Hollande does alot of good during his 2 terms in office, including sidelining all those who believe in uncontrolled Capitalism and nepotism so that the next crop of French leaders may eventually be able to set an example to the world.

Deflation results in pay cuts! GDP drops result in pay cuts! Unlike the rest of the idiots, who stupidly raise salaries when GDP rises and inflation occurs, Hollande lowers salaries. Not bad. Another good reform to institute would also be to only issue token checques to politicians worth more than 20 million individually. They must be there for their 2 terms to better the country, amend some bad laws instead of taking salaries that they don’t really need.

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Hardcore punk rockers slashed with hunting knife in dressing room before gig ‘by former band member’ by Leon Watson – PUBLISHED: 10:48 GMT, 7 July 2012 | UPDATED: 14:12 GMT, 7 July 2012

A raging punk rocker stormed into a dressing room and slashed two members of his former band with a hunting knife before a gig, it emerged today.

Tattooed skinhead Harley Flanagan, 42, caused chaos when he knifed the pair – one of whom he also bit – at the Cro-Mags concert in New York.

The band, who have a strong cult following, was about to take the stage at Webster Hall, East Village, around 8.15pm when Flanagan burst in.
Former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan stormed into a dressing room before a gig and slashed two members of his former band in New York

The band’s former bassist, and one of its founders, had forced his way through the venue’s VIP section before unleashing his attack.

Law enforcement sources and witnesses told the New York Post that nearly 30 guests on the balcony were sent into a frenzy.

Security guards then jumped on the Jiu-Jitsu expert, who suffered a broken leg, before police handcuffed him to a chair.

Witness Dave Gustav said: ‘Someone was yelling, “Get his hands, get his hands, he’s got a knife!”‘

Another witness told the Horns Up Rocks website: ‘I talked to him outside minutes before it happened and I knew something was going to go down.
Handcuffed and reportedly suffering from a broken leg, Harley Flanagan is taken out of Webster Hall by an emergency worker

The attack occurred last night at Webster Hall in Manhattan, New York before the band the ‘Cro Mags’ were due to take to the stage

‘He was like a lunatic outside. Next thing I know he’s in the VIP area stabbing people!’

Eyewitness Justin Brannan said: ‘People started booing him and throwing stuff at him. His hands were handcuffed but he still gave everyone the finger.’

Bandmember William Berario, 45, was slashed above the eye and bitten on his cheek, the New York Post reported.

Michael Couls, 33 – the band’s current bassist, who is known in the hardcore world as ‘The Gook’ – was cut on his arm and stomach.
Police are visible outside Webster Hall after Harley Flanagan disrupted a ‘Cro Mags’ gig last night in New York City

Police are visible outside Webster Hall after Harley Flanagan disrupted a ‘Cro Mags’ gig last night in New York City

Both members of Cro-Mags were taken to New York’s Bellevue Hospital with non life-threatening wounds.

Flanagan, from New York, was also taken to the hospital. He was charged with two counts of 2nd degree assault and weapons charges.

The show, which was part of the CBGB Festival and also featured the band Sick of It All, was cancelled

According to the New York Post, Cro-Mags lead singer John Joseph McGowan told the crowd: ‘You can all thank Harley Flanagan for ruining the night for everyone.’
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An organic punk for sure! Not like all those gentrified OBE faux-attitude types who wear 1000s of dollars worth leather jackets or accessories, spend time in (or buying their way into) ballroom awards ceremonies, rolling in millions and such. Real punks are all cuts and bruises and burns, bad hair partial shaves, drugs, tattoos piercings, swearing, being chavs and beer swilling (because wine and anything costing more than a sterling is too toff, moonshine though is quite punk . . . ) louts, driving highly modified wrecks (as in the movie ‘Doomsday’ 2008 Neil Marshall – though the end is quite bad where a Bentley driving military woman takes over the Punks, YEAH RIIIGHT . . . real punks would eat Rhona Mitra for killing Craig Conway and Viper (Lee-Anne Liebenberg), or make Mitra a replacement for the ‘Gimp’ character . . . ) etc..

Punk is a lifestyle not everyone and mostly only the young or the older with a good constitution (and anyone with pain tolerance) can follow. The survivors of their youth punk phase tend to be burnt out vagrants with the lucky ones supported by their music. As for FEMEN or Pussy Riot type punk girls, Pussy Riot is very punk but they are definitely not aiming at the right target. Chaos for chaos sake? Pussy Riot needs to target specifics or will get little support or make little sense. Pure anarchy is pure punk, but at this level, the ‘commonsenseless’ reason and impact are lost on the mainstream. Think abit! And Russia and the Orthodox Church should after a stern conversation live on TV or radio or at Church rather than meaningless and costly jailterm, should let them off – religious people sure are merciless huh? The punishment of jail for civilian actions is excessive, and Putin being the ‘hardman’ Putin is supposed to be, could dismiss any charges in a show of being a ‘bigman’ as well – anto-Putin punks are no threat to Putin. BTW Putin . . . 2 terms only! Love those ‘In Soviet Russia’ captions though . . . Socialism is better than uncontrolled Capitalism.

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Politician Pulls Gun On Man During TV Show – A television debate in Jordan descends into chaos when an angry politician brandishes a firearm at an activist. 2:59pm UK, Saturday 07 July 2012

A Jordanian member of parliament flipped out during a row on TV – and pulled a gun on his debating opponent.

MP Mohammad Shawabka was debating with political activist Mansour Sayf al Din Murad on the private satellite channel Jo Sat, discussing Jordanian politics.

In a video of the incident posted on YouTube, both men accused the other of various crimes.

“You’re a Mossad agent,” said the activist, to which the other replied, “You’re a big crook.”

The MP then stood up and began shouting at the activist. The host, Mohammad Habashneh, who was sitting between them, urged his guests to “calm down”.

Instead, the MP continued shouting at the activist. He then took off his right shoe and threw it, before pulling out a silver pistol from his waistband and pointing it toward the activist.

The opponents then left their seats, confronting one another, while the host tried to calm them down.

The two men continued to struggle as the programme ended and the credits ran.

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This isn’t Pastor Richards from GTA? “Evil doer! DIE DEVIL DIE!!! *boom*” Pastor Richards

“….. there’s blood and pubic hair all over the place!” Maurice Chavez

What did you Jordanian guys do to the Pastor huh? Where IS Barry Stark too? Weekly nude subway days! We still advocate guns for politicians in their own offices!

Flavor Flav : I Will NEVER Stop Blowing Things Up – Early July

Flavor Flav has a dilemma — he loves fireworks, he hates jail, but he REALLY wants to throw another insane 4th of July party next year … despite the warning he got from police.

Flav dodged a bullet earlier this week … when the Las Vegas PD shut down the incredibly awesome, incredibly illegal homemade fireworks display in front of the rapper’s home … and let Flav off with a warning.

Despite the close call, Flav tells TMZ … he vows to throw ANOTHER explosive rager in 2013 … explaining, “There’s a way you do it with respect … If I don’t follow their rules I can go to jail … so I’ll be more careful next year.”

Fun Fact — Flav says he dropped a couple grand on the fireworks display this year … but says it was worth it to see the entire neighborhood come together. In fact, he says everyone pitched in the next day to clean up the mess.

Yeah Boyyyeee!

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Run for candidacy at whatever level needed to remove laws that allow police to put anyone in jail for fireworks (excepting when damage is actually done and the offender does not have the cash to compensate injured or damaged property). Got the money, got the popularity, but don’t know how to exercise citizen rights to get into politics to change policy (remember to leave office after 2 terms F.F., we don’t need Mugabe or Idi Amin in USA . . . set an example to the term limitless dictators in government!)?

7 Articles on Various Subjects : Planetary Colonialism, Seperation Considerations for Sexual-preference and Gender Groups, Case for Socialism, Phenotype Studies : Identifying Unhealthy Relationships at a Glance, Zimmerman Case, Best Practices and Organic Casting considered against Socialism, Hey CNN – the Earth is NOT ‘Full’ – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 9th April 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Billionaires should be allowed to BUY up planets and rip up an out-of-date space treaty, claims expert – by Rob Waugh – PUBLISHED: 16:55 GMT, 5 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:48 GMT, 5 April 2012

Private companies should be able to buy land on The Moon or other planets for tourism, mining or even to sell property, a space policy expert has said.

Rand Simberg said that if governments started to provide property rights then entrepreneurs and billionaires might pile in and invest – and added that the ‘time is ripe’.

He has proposed a law that would circumvent the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which states no individual or government can have sovereignty over any body in space.
Could billionaires buy the moon? An American space expert claims that a loophole might allow investors to buy other planets

Could billionaires buy the moon? An American space expert claims that a loophole might allow investors to buy other planets
Sir Richard Branson next to the spacecraft White Knight Two: Anyone hoping to buy property in space will have to wait until people get there first – and Branson’s space flights have not happened yet

Sir Richard Branson next to the spacecraft White Knight Two: Anyone hoping to make money on property in space will have to wait until people get there first – and Branson’s passenger space flights have not happened yet

But such a move would mark a huge change in how mankind sees space and could open up the galaxy to a debacle akin to the Colonial era ‘Scramble for Africa’.

One government going alone might also incur the wrath of other nations who all remain signed up to the Outer Space Treaty.

Mr Simberg, who is based in the US, says that the law is open to challenge and does not explicitly forbid anybody from owning chunks of planets, so needs clearing up anyway.

Wired.com reported that his plan is called the Space Settlement Prize Act and was unveiled earlier this month at US conservative think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Any new law would have to work around the 1979 Moon Treaty Act which stops any nation from claiming sovereignty over The Moon, though major countries like the US and Russia have not ratified it.

Mr Simberg’s states: ‘The ratification failure of the Moon Treaty means there is no legal prohibition in force against private ownership of land on the Moon, Mars, etc., as long as the ownership is not derived from a claim of national appropriation or sovereignty (which is prohibited by the Outer Space Treaty)’

Another hurdle that would have to be overcome would be how people get to the moon – Richard Bransons’ Virgin Galactic has yet to even make its first commercial flight into orbit, let alone another planet.

But Mr Simberg said: ‘There are people who believe that rocks have rights; I’m not one of them’.

US space law lawyer Michael Listner told Wired.com that ownership of The Moon and other planets was a ‘very touchy issue’.
A sunset seen from the super-Earth planet Gliese 667 Cc. Billions of potentially habitable planets may exist in our galaxy, the Milky Way, according to a new study

Pricey destination? A sunset seen from the super-Earth planet Gliese 667 Cc – one of billions of potentially habitable planets in our Milky Way galaxy, according to scientists

‘To take that stand against the rest of the world, would take a lot of political will and the government would take a hit. It’s sort of a nonstarter,’ he said.

‘It’s similar to the way properties were pioneered in the Old West. The government opened up land and people went to settle it.’

The debate over ownership of space mirrors that on Earth – Britain recently provoked the ire of Argentina when it emerged that five UK companies are hunting for oil in the waters surrounding The Falkland Islands.

The Arctic is also emerging as a key battleground with Denmark, which owns Greenland, insisting it has the right to explore waters off its shores.

LOONY…..but, Rocks Have Rights! COOL! 😀

– OAP on something!, Ireland, 05/4/2012 19:09
Rating   1

Rubbish-pure, unfilter rubbish. no one is gonig to recognize some claim for a planet, or section of ap lanet filed long before it is pracal to get there. No one is going to accept, for example, my claim to 23% of the moon, filed in some office in Peru when , years later, itell successful miners to get off my space.

– Paul , Lansdale, PA USA, 05/4/2012 19:07
Rating   1

Lawyers are all chancers, one day the public will find out they’ve been dividing and ripping people off all along. You can’t actually own anything, only lay claim to it. I’ve claimed vast areas of the North of England, and the Falkland Islands for myself. My claim is as valid as anybody else’s. The Moon Treaty Act etc, mumbo jumbo it is not even worthy of Star Trek.

– icountlampposts, leeds, 05/4/2012 18:43
Rating   5

No one owns any planet.

– anonymous, UK, 05/4/2012 18:40
Rating   10

YOUR PLANET ?

– Klaatu, The Round Disk, 05/4/2012 18:36
Rating   3

Legal loophole could let billionaires BUY other planets before human settlers arrive (and they could even snap up the Moon) ====================No they can’t, they all belong to me.

– Gideon Webley, Wakefield, 05/4/2012 18:28
Rating   6

If you don’t own it then in my opinion you have no right to sell it.

– Me, UK, 05/4/2012 18:15

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This desire to ‘colonize’ should be on a needs basis. And there is no need for Humanity to leave earth but instead LEARN to stop being wasteful before being given access to any other planets. Also any planet cannot be bought innately, simply because in ‘Spiritual Theory’ the dominant species inhabitants or mircroorganisms of that planet which have not evolved into a dominant species have the true rights to ownership.

Typical ‘colonial’ behaviour again. These ‘billionaires’ are going to piss off some interplanetary species council or something if they don’t stop spouting colonial nonsense. For all we know, humans are already blacklisted for ‘preventing evolution by way of slavery and consumption’ of species considered domesticated as of now. These ‘Red Ocean’ strategy guys should be very careful who they talk to, governments should be very careful who they speak to as well. Perhaps Stephen hawkins knowing that humanity’s behaviour is spiritually ignorant and spiritually barbaric so Stephen feared for humanity though intuitively at most, but not putting into words what I just wrote above.

This means humans need to civilise before being allowed to obtain technology, and this ‘I was here first’ attitude that ignores microscopic life or that makes humans feel entitled to EATING other animals (we have the meat growing technology now, those with funds and access, upgrade or be damned) which effectively prevents the animal from evolving, could very well put humanity on the ‘hit list’ of superior alien civilisations. Who knows the are keeping count of the number of species going extinct and every species that disappears could well be some alien patron’s ant farm equivalent that died and causes withdrawal of support for humanity in that ‘sector’ of space.

This does not apply to just animate species, who knows RADIOACTIVE or CONDUCTIVE MINERALS like Plutonium and Gold have an ‘astral’ or ‘ethereal’ life that is extinguished when dug up, pissing off some alien which has plutonium flesh etc (Ultraman?) . . . Man’s understanding of nuclear physics may be entirely WRONG, man’s understading of physics or even the natrure of materials and life also wrong . . . who knows, some other ALIEN billionaire already owns ALL the planets in the Universe, it’s just that they aren’t there or don’t visit for 1000 year cycles and by Intergalactic law trespassers and SQUATTERS get blown up or imprisoned in some weird space prison where they are subjected to strange probes and experiments as a form of ‘reparation’ or ‘fine’.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraman

Humans only have physical technology, what if Aliens cans stop time? Bend time? Bend reality? What then Mr.Billionaire with no spiritual application of physical laws? If mankind cannot even take care of poverty or be civilised enough to not have wars, what chance has mankind in the Universal scheme of multi-dimensional realities? Try telekinesis FOR REAL and solving poverty issues first. Capitalism is much like the invention of the Wheel. So whats the equivalent of ‘the Engine’ as opposed to the wheel? Utopia. And even then aliens might still consider humanity a mere animal or at best like the ‘technologically advanced but culturally and civilisationally backward’, ‘Klingons’ in Star Trek.

ARTICLE 2

Obama, Romney agree to have women in all-male Masters – Updated: 2012-04-06 11:24 (Agencies)

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama believes women should be allowed to join the all-male Augusta National Golf Club, the White House said on Thursday, adding pressure on the exclusive 80-year-old organization to drop its restrictive policy.

“His personal opinion is that women should be admitted,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, saying he had spoken to Obama about the issue, as the prestigious Masters tournament got under way in Augusta, Georgia.

In a rare moment of agreement with Obama, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, the Democratic president’s likely opponent in the Nov 6 election, said if it were up to him, “of course I’d have women in Augusta.”

The question of whether women should be allowed to become members at the home of the Masters has been around for years. But it took on added significance after Ginni Rometty became chief executive officer of IBM, one the tournament’s longtime sponsors, in January.

The White House weighed in on the issue during an election campaign in which Obama and his fellow Democrats are seeking to exploit a “gender gap” in polls showing the president ahead of Republican presidential contenders with women voters. Obama is hosting a conference on women and the economy on Friday.

Carney was asked whether Obama believed the men’s-only Augusta club should open its ranks to women, especially given Rometty’s position.

“It is obviously up to the club to decide,” Carney said at the daily White House briefing. “He believes Augusta should admit women. You know, we’re kind of long past the time when women should be excluded from anything.”

Club chairman Billy Payne was pressed on the eve of the Masters on whether the club would alter its policy.

And in keeping with the club’s secretive traditions, he refused on Wednesday to provide a clear answer, saying only that membership issues were not for public debate.

Club mum on ladies at Masters – Updated: 2012-04-06 07:52 (China Daily)

The prickly issue of whether women should be allowed to join the exclusive al-male Augusta National Golf Club refuses to go away.

On the eve of the Masters, chairman Billy Payne was again peppered with questions about whether the 80-year-old club would change its restrictive policy.

In keeping with the club’s secretive traditions, he refused to provide a clear answer when asked repeatedly by the media, saying only that membership issues were not for public debate.

“Once again, that deals with a membership issue and I’m not going to answer it,” he told a news conference on Wednesday.

The issue of whether women should be allowed to become members at the home of the Masters has been around for years – most notably a decade ago when Martha Burk led a series of protests – but took on added significance after Ginni Rometty was recently named Chief Executive Officer of IBM.

IBM, the world’s largest technology services company, is a long-standing sponsor of the Masters and its past four CEOs have been granted membership to Augusta National.

The club now faces a dilemma of whether to change its policy to allow Rometty to join or spurn one of its major sponsors, but Payne refused to say whether the issue had even been discussed.

“One, we don’t talk about our private deliberations,” he said. “Number two, we especially don’t talk about it when a named candidate is a part of the question.”

Augusta’s invitation-only membership has been steeped in secrecy since the conservative club opened in 1932. Women are allowed to play the course only if invited by a member but cannot become members themselves.

The club does not reveal its full list of members, believed to be around 300, although it is known that some of the powerful men from industry and finance, including Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, are members.

It was not until 1990 that Augusta National invited its first black member, businessman Ron Townsend, following a row over racial discrimination at the whites-only Shoal Creek club in Alabama that was selected to host the PGA Championship.

IBM played a big part in the change, joining other sponsors in putting pressure on Shoal Creek by pulling its television advertisements.

Like Augusta, the club has kept mum on the subject and not commented on whether Rometty should be invited.

Reuters in Augusta, Georgia

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There should be 10 clubs or club areas (if not time schedules) per club, multiplied by specific faith groups in list 2.

ORGANIC SINGLE GENDER
1) Male Hetero only.
2) Female Hetero only.
3) Male Hetero and Gay only (no Females).
4) Female Hetero and Lesbian only (no Males).

NON-ORGANIC SINGLE GENDER
5) Male Gay only.
6) Female Lesbian only.
7) Mixed Male and Female Hetero and Lesbian or Gay – no inbetweeners.

INTER GENDER ONLY
8) Everything else inbetween ONLY.

MIXED GENDER
9) Mixed Male and Female Hetero only.

MIXED GENDER DIVERSE
10) Everyone and everything else inbetween.

List 2 : (1) Monotheistic Diverse. (2) Poltheistic Diverse. (3) Monotheistic separate. (4) Polythestic seperate. (5) Interfaith Diverse.

Guess which will be the most diversity embracing that can be the only group or club that Obama can endorse or be a member of being the president of ALL citizens in the USA, the answer? : Democratic and diverse type 10-5 which is superior to all.

The single gender Augusta should be kept in place simply to keep tradition in place out of respect to 80 years of tradition. Augusta IS *MALE* and a private company, should have no impositions from the public on PC issues. Maybe to mirror the club, an ‘August’ Club can be invented. Hegelian dialectic! Stop practicing ‘impositions’ and CREATE new spaces rather than invading old ones! (See Santorum? That’s why Santorum type 9-3 fails . . . )?

ARTICLE 3

Obama under fire for ‘socialism’ – Published: 06 April, 2012, 13:40 – Edited: 06 April, 2012, 17:28

One Nation under Socialism (image from http://www.mcnaughtonart.com)

TAGS: Art, USA, Auction

Presidential portraits are usually meant to show leaders in a favorable light. But sometimes, there’s more to them than meets the eye. A painting depicting President Obama holding a burning Constitution is up for grabs for $300,000.

­One Nation under Socialism is the creation of an artist from Utah, Jon McNaughton, who has been quoted as saying “like many Americans, I feel shock at the direction our country is heading in.”

According to McNaughton, the US federal government has been moving towards socialism for over a hundred years. The creator of One Nation under Socialism says however that he would never support “an ideology which will lead to the destruction of America.”

The Forgotten Man (image from mcnaughtonart.com)

­“Socialism uses the illusion of offering fairness and justice for everyone by redistributing the wealth of the nation; picking and choosing winners and losers. This administration has taken over our health system, giving bailouts to the automotive industry, banking industry and energy industry. They support the Occupy Wall Street movement of increased taxing of the rich to pay for the welfare of the ‘less rich’. The Constitution never guaranteed equal things – only equal rights and justice. In America we should be free to succeed and free to fail,” the artist wrote on his website.

It’s not the first time President Obama has featured in a painting by McNaughton. In The Forgotten Man Obama was depicted standing on the Constitution, a scene McNaughton described as “the vanishing of the American dream.”

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Socialism uses the illusion of offering fairness and justice for everyone by redistributing the wealth of the nation; picking and choosing winners and losers. This administration has taken over our health system, giving bailouts to the automotive industry, banking industry and energy industry. They support the Occupy Wall Street movement of increased taxing of the rich to pay for the welfare of the ‘less rich’. The Constitution never guaranteed equal things – only equal rights and justice. In America we should be free to succeed and free to fail,” the artist wrote on his website.”

Not so. Socialism just ensures that there will be no EXTREME winners and no EXTREME losers. Society can do without both homeless and jobless citizens or multi-millionaires worth more than a few million, much less billionaires. The disparities inspire anger at the inequality, much like apartheid constitutions of semi-failed states posing as modern First World countries, and from what we hear, even the USA has problems in ensuring equality, though this is structural for USA rather than ideological. The US Constitution if applied properly without fail, should make USA a role model.

The Constitution never guaranteed equal things – only equal rights and justice.

TRUE, but given the extreme disparities of wealth distribution and political power distribution DUE TO lack of wealth distribution, the Constitution needs to be amended to limit sequestration of wealth which leads to sequestration of wealth bought power, even as wealth bought power must also be addressed by changes to Constitution.

ARTICLE 4

California Student in Relationship With Teacher Moves Out After Sexual Assault Arrest – by ALYSSA NEWCOMB | Good Morning America – 6 hours ago

A California student who left school, her family and her friends to live with her teacher boyfriend has ended the relationship after the teacher was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting another girl 14 years ago.

“He called me from jail and yes, I told him that we’re done,” Jordan Powers, 18, told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “I lost everything for this guy. I lost my senior year. I gave up all my friends at high school because they didn’t agree with me.”

James Hooker, 41, was arrested in Modesto, Calif., on Friday after police discovered he had an an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student in 1998.

Hooker has been under investigation for his involvement with Powers, his former business class student, with whom he appeared on national TV programs earlier this year to profess his love.

Hooker was charged with one count of oral copulation with a minor and is in jail, according to a statement from Modesto police.

“He told me that he met her online and he hung out with her just as friends and then he went to her house and she came out of the bathroom naked and he only touched her boobs and her legs,” Powers said. “He was freaked out so he left and went home. He said nothing else happened, but all of that was a lie.”

Despite the charges, Powers said nothing happened romantically between her and Hooker prior to her 18th birthday.

The teen said she believed the woman came forward now to help her see the truth about Hooker and rescue her from the relationship.

“My heart dropped. I felt betrayed. I just have a gut feeling there are other girls,” Jordan Powers said.

Her mother, Tammie Powers, has publicly tried to end the romance from the beginning and expressed relief at Hooker’s arrest.

“It’s my contention all along that he used authority and that he’s a predator,” she said.

But a reconciliation between mother and daughter isn’t happening just yet.

Jordan Powers said she is staying with a family friend in another state while she recovers from her heartbreak.

“How could he lie to me for all these months and look me in the eye and tell me he loves me?” she said. “I don’t know how someone could have such a cold heart.”

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Phenotype predator? Or inter-phenotypically predator-victim relationship (i.e. certain relationships could end in failure because of the energy ‘enmity’ natural in ALL similar phenotypes)? Could some FBI types put together profiles of “compatible-long lasting-stable” and “end-in-divorce-murder” matches THEN distribute as a form of educational booklet? This will help naturally incompatible phenotypes from marrying or identify host-parasite relationships. Also certain types do better in certain industries etc.. this could help students decide which field they can best excel in rather than being influenced by friends or family, surroundings etc.. A injunction or approach prohibition order or at worst require that the wealthier party leave for a another neighbourhood WITH HELP from the state (to find a job etc.. also for easier monitoring) – should be enough though in this case, jail is expensive and unnecessary.

ARTICLE 5

Zimmerman lawyer: Client convicted by media – April 6, 2012 8:31 AM

(CBS News) Lawyers for George Zimmerman said their client has been convicted by the media for the shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, and that no crime was committed under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute because the neighborhood watch volunteer acted out of fear for his life.

Appearing on “CBS This Morning,” attorney Hal Uhrig said that the fatal shooting of Martin on February 26 has been presented by the media as a “rush to judgment story – I guess that started with Johnnie Cochran and the O.J. Simpson case. It’s certainly an example here. This case had momentum created by a lot of misinformation.”

Uhrig pointed, as an example, to a picture of Martin that shows him apparently as a “12-year-old boy instead of a 6’3″ [17]-year-old varsity football player who got into a confrontation with somebody six inches shorter than him.”

Complete Coverage: The Trayvon Martin Shooting

When asked by Charlie Rose what Zimmerman would like to tell the public about the events of that night, Uhrig replied, “The short version of that is that he didn’t commit any crime. He was where he was allowed to be, not committing a crime, confronted by someone else who started the violent confrontation physically. He was attacked, broke his nose, hit his head into the ground and he defended himself. That’s not against the law.”

Uhrig said the Florida “Stand Your Ground” statute applied because Zimmerman feared for his life: “One of the points people have said, the force [used against Martin] was too much, even if he broke his nose and slammed his head into the ground. Many people remember the case of Liam Neeson’s wife – fell on a little ski slope, hit her head one time on the ground, and died. We’re familiar with the shaken baby syndrome: You shake a baby the brain shakes around inside the skull, you can die.

“When someone is pounding your head on the ground, and you’ve already had your nose broken, you could be in reasonable fear for great bodily harm – which is what the Florida statute calls for – and if you think you’re about to lose your life or be seriously injured like that, you’re absolutely entitled to take the necessary action to stop it.”

“Are you saying that’s what Mr. Zimmerman said – he thought he was in fear of losing his life and so he shot Trayvon Martin?” asked Rose.

“I can confirm that without telling you any specific words, that’s exactly what he thought,” Urhig replied.

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Craig Sonner, another Zimmerman attorney, said law enforcement agrees with Zimmerman’s decision to stay in hiding, citing threats against his client. In fact, both lawyers confirmed that they have not met with Zimmerman face-to-face, only speaking by phone, though Uhrig said an in-person meeting would happen “fairly soon.”

Uhrig explained that procedurally the State Attorney of Duvall County Angela Corey, who was assigned by Florida’s governor to the case, will take her time in her investigation and then decide whether or not to take it to a grand jury.

“If she takes it to a grand jury, then at least 12 members of the grand jury would have to vote for either an indictment or what’s called a ‘no true’ bill, which is to say, ‘Wow if you look at all the evidence now instead of just listening to the loudest voice in the crowd, it really was not a crime,'” Uhrig said.

To watch the complete interview with Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, click on the video player above

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Actually if a stranger even throws a first punch (the prelude to random killings for fun scenario – at night and in the middle of nowhere) danger of being killed if not flashing in anyone’s mind, would be ridiculous. Someone hits you in the middle of nowhere, you’d think they want to kill you for fun. Of course if you had a gun you’d shoot because if you didn’t you’d die anyway. After the initial punch also, a person being hit might not be thinking clearly anymore, more so if being bashed into the sidewalk. Clarity of thought would not even be the issue, much less racism, this was mere survival instinct.

ARTICLE 6

That’s why they call her JWoww! Jennifer Farley steals the show in a spray-on silver dress at Three Stooges premiere – by Iona Kirby – PUBLISHED: 05:29 GMT, 8 April 2012 | UPDATED: 18:10 GMT, 8 April 2012

The Three Stooges actors made for a delightful trio as they hammed it up for the crowd and cameras at the premiere of their new movie.

However they were overshadowed by Jennifer ‘JWoww’ Farley who stole the show from the film’s stars by turning up in a dazzling silver dress.

The frock clung to her every curve and left little to the imagination as the Jersey Shore star walked the red carpet.

Showing off her every curve: JWoww wore a skin-tight silver dress to the premiere of The Three Stooges in Los Angeles

JWoww, 26, completed her barely there outfit with studded sandals, hoop earrings and an elegant updo for her brunette tresses.

She was joined by her boyfriend Roger Matthews at the Los Angeles event but also took the time to cuddle up to Sean Hayes of Will and Grace fame, who plays one of the Three Stooges.

JWoww was the only member of the Jersey Shore gang to show up at the premiere despite each of them having a cameo role in the film, in which they play themselves.

Arm candy: JWoww posed up with boyfriend Roger Matthews at the bash tonight

Cuddling up: JWoww struck a pose alongside Sean Hayes who plays one of the Stooges

Quite a contrast: Meanwhile Jane Lynch, who plays a nun in the movie, covered up in a blouse and wide-leg trousers

Glee star Jane Lynch was also on hand but went for an entirely different look in a patterned blue blouse and wide-leg black trousers.

The movie sees the 51-year-old in a very different role to her Glee alias Sue Sylvester as she plays Mother Superior, a nun.

Sean Hayes who plays Larry, Chris Diamantopoulos who plays Moe, and Will Sasso who plays Curly, arrived at the event in casual attire.

Slapstick: Actors Chris Diamontopoulos, top, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso, bottom, hammed it up for the cameras

Spot the difference: The trio arrived in casual attire before sneaking off and getting into character

Larking around: The three put on quite the show for the cameras and the crowd as they promoted their upcoming movie

Silly: The gang left and then returned in full costume eating chinese food while in a carriage

They then threw a spanner in the works for the crowd as they snuck off and then returned in full costume, pulling up at the bash in a carriage while eating chinese food.

The trio larked around in matching tuxedos, posing in a series of ridiculous poses much to the delight of the premiere’s attendees.

The slapstick comedy, directed and produced by the Farrelly brothers, is due for release on April 13.

Belly laughs: Sean Hayes plays Larry, Chris Diamantopoulos plays Moe, and Will Sasso plays Curly in the slapstick comedy

Blondes have more fun: Becki Newton (L) and Stefanie Scott chose colourful summery outfits for the sunny evening event

Girl power: (L-R) Nicky Whelan, Brenda Song, and Christine Woods all threw their arms around each other as they smiled on the red carpet

The story sees the three men stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show after trying to save their childhood orphanage.

The movie boasts a star-studded cast which includes Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Larry David and Kate Upton.

Sofia was not on hand at the event tonight as she is currently in New York to host Saturday Night Live.

Party people: (L-R) Vanessa Angel, Carley Craig and Perrey Reeves all showed their support for the star-studded film

Happy days: Carrie Fisher (L) and Erin Allin O’Reilly looked excited to see the film ahead of its April 13 release

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Who ARE all these people? Talk about D List!

– LuLu, NoVa, USA, 08/4/2012 13:10
Rating   145

OMG, Who would want to see this film.

– paul, How to upset DM readers who think everything is real, 08/4/2012 12:39
Rating   93

J-Wo, woob, woob, woob, woob – she is hot!!

– Frank, Detroit – Michigan – USA, 08/4/2012 12:37
Rating   26

This movie looks like such a horrendous stinker, they’ll probably have to hand out clothespins with the tickets.

– Yoda, in a galaxy far, far away, 08/4/2012 12:27
Rating   75

Oh wow I haven’t seen Brenda Song in a while. Glad to see she’s healthy and happy.

– Amelie, New York City, 08/4/2012 12:24
Rating   41

Probably the worst film after ‘springbreakers’

– Naya, London, 08/4/2012 09:44
Rating   37

Ste looks amazing Nice to see her face had calmed down. She looked a bit cat like last time I saw her

– RB 007, Liverpool. UK, 08/4/2012 09:18

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This lot are so privileged and have played so many characters (making them indirectly uncommitted to their roles) that there is no point watching them act. Also there is nothing real about being on permanent holiday or clubbing every night yet having no discernible source of income or actually working. This is not acting, this is ‘being themselves’ having fun while society crumbles around them.

Could the casting directors or producers stop using relatives and friends and actually hold REAL auditions so that someone off the street, hungry, and freshly learning to display freshly learnt acting skills or an organic sense of self (especially not worth millions so the general 99% audience can REALLY relate to them) and ready to throw themselves into the role would be better – there is a nominally insincere incongruity, residual mockery and complaisance about the plutocrat no matter what role – even if poor or so sick or so ill or disabled – or no matter how young that has the final effect of taking away from the viewer rather than adding on to them – soul theft  . . . ). Also consistency and as few crossovers as possible would be good. Lookalikes are also bad in many ways. The last thing the 99% need is 1%rers playing 99%ters (much like ‘blackface’ actors playing Africans or African Americans.). For example J-Lo’s Jenny from the Block series of songs was an indicator she had hit that plutocrat level, and was trying to qualify her ‘poor’ roots, compensating for ‘toffness’. That can’t be done for real. Unless a habit of giving away enough to remain ‘from the block’.

Well the day anyone reaches 401K in personal asset, much less 4.01M, is the day that the organic feel disappears and they should retire. Any film or art connoiseur would concur. The best acting disappears with security that wealth brings. Players of 99% people must be by 99% people, much like 1% people should play 1%people (or boxers should play boxers – the Rocky the Boxer series would have been tremendously better played by an ACTUAL boxer though the script was quite organic . . . the later backgrounds in the later films were especially bad, gilded gold and plush curtains, ‘rat pack’ style suits, champagne and roses in 5 star restaurants etc..), IF either group does not worry they will make a mockery of their own group in the process (which needs a sincere love of where they were from AND still in . . . ).

More artificiality that who knows has led to the immense poverty and extreme wealth sequestration plaguing the world today. The sense of proportion is afflicted by ‘psyche/psychic mismatch’ of the actors and their roles or depicted persons and groups, the deeper implications and effects on society are unconscionable and doubtless harmful.

ARTICLE 7

The Earth is full By Paul Gilding, Special to CNN – April 8, 2012 — Updated 1339 GMT (2139 HKT) Paul Gilding: World crisis is coming

Paul Gilding: The demands we place on the environment far exceed its capacity
He says we are heading for a day when economic growth will reach its limit on Earth
It makes sense to start planning for changes needed to adapt to the coming crisis, he says
Gilding: Allies’ response in World War II showed our capability to change quickly and survive

Editor’s note: Paul Gilding, author of “The Great Disruption,” is an advocate and adviser to nongovernmental organizations and businesses and the former chief executive of Greenpeace. He spoke at the TED2012 conference in February. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading” which it makes available through talks posted on its website.

(CNN) — For 50 years the environmental movement has unsuccessfully argued that we should save the planet for moral reasons, that there were more important things than money. Ironically, it now seems it will be money — through the economic impact of climate change and resource constraint — that will motivate the sweeping changes necessary to avert catastrophe.

The reason is we have now reached a moment where four words — the earth is full — will define our times. This is not a philosophical statement; this is just science based in physics, chemistry and biology. There are many science-based analyses of this, but they all draw the same conclusion — that we’re living beyond our means.

The eminent scientists of the Global Footprint Network, for example, calculate that we need about 1.5 Earths to sustain this economy. In other words, to keep operating at our current level, we need 50% more Earth than we’ve got.

Watch Paul Gilding’s TED Talk

In financial terms, this would be like always spending 50% more than you earn, going further into debt every year. But of course, you can’t borrow natural resources, so we’re burning through our capital, or stealing from the future.

While they use different words, leaders and experts around the world are acknowledging this. Chinese Environment Minister Zhou Shengxian said last year, “The depletion, deterioration and exhaustion of resources and the worsening ecological environment have become bottlenecks and grave impediments to (our) economic and social development.” If I had said that in the ’90s, when I was the global head of Greenpeace, it would have been dismissed as doom-and-gloom extremism!
Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

TED.com: How we wrecked the ocean

Even the previous heresy, that economic growth has limits, is on the table. Belief in infinite growth on a finite planet was always irrational, but it is the nature of denial to ignore hard evidence. Now denial is evaporating, even in the financial markets. As influential fund manager Jeremy Grantham of GMO says: “The fact is that no compound growth is sustainable. If we maintain our desperate focus on growth, we will run out of everything and crash.” Or as peak oil expert Richard Heinberg argues, we are moving beyond peak oil and into “peak everything.”

Despite this emerging understanding, the growth concept is so deeply ingrained in our thinking that we will keep pushing economic growth as hard as we can, at whatever cost is required.

As a result, the crisis will be big, it will be soon, and it will be economic, not environmental. The fact is the planet will take further bludgeoning, further depleting its capital, but the economy cannot — so we’ll respond not because the environment is under great threat, but because the science and economics shows that something far more important to us is jeopardized — economic growth.

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A good indicator is that, despite the recession of the past few years, oil and food prices are approaching record highs again, driven by underlying, long-term trends that even a recession can’t slow down. Grantham calls this “the most important economic event since the Industrial Revolution.”

If serious growth returns, the resulting resource price spikes, particularly oil and food, will soon kill it again. As a result, what we are facing is not a few bad years of slow growth like this past recession, but a fundamental shift — the end of cheap resources and an environment in a state of collapse.

Even normally cautious bodies like the International Energy Agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development are sounding the alarm, with the latter recently releasing a comprehensive report forecasting a world in 2050 that will be defined by resource constraint and its economic impacts. They even dare to ask: “Will the growth process undermine itself?”

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So when this crisis hits, will we respond or will we simply slide into collapse? Crisis elicits a powerful human response, whether it be personal health, natural disaster, corporate crisis or national threat. Previously immovable barriers to change quickly disappear.

In this case, the crisis will be global and will manifest as the end of economic growth, thereby striking at the very heart of our model of human progress. While that will make the task of ending denial harder, it also means what’s at risk is, quite simply, everything we hold to be important. The last time this happened was World War II, and our response to that is illustrative of both the denial and delay process and the likely form our response to this crisis will take.

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When we look at history we tend to see the progress of events as inevitable, but it was rarely so at the time. Indeed, the UK’s powerful response to Hitler and the United States’ equally extraordinary mobilization after Pearl Harbor both followed long years of denial and debate.

Many argued that the threat wasn’t that great, the response would be too expensive to afford, the public wouldn’t support it. Sound familiar? But when the response came, when the scale of the threat was finally accepted, our response was breathtaking. As Churchill told his country: “It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”

With denial gone, governments knew what was “necessary.” They directed industry to support the war — banning civilian auto production just four days after Pearl Harbor. They raised massive amounts of money to fund investment and technology research at an extraordinary scale — indeed, U.S. spending on the war rose from 1.6% of GDP in 1940 to 37% just five years later. To achieve this, they curtailed personal consumption and drove remarkable behavior change to free up financial and other resources for the war effort.

Do you find this hard to imagine today? Then try to imagine the alternative — that in a collapsing global economy and society we will stand by and simply watch the slide. There is no precedent in modern history on which to base that conclusion and plenty of evidence for the alternative. Humanity may be slow, but we are not stupid. Get ready for the great disruption.

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CNN is becoming a disinfo media agent writing disinfo via increasingly inaccurate propaganda. Also see the ‘Agrarian-Subsistence Skyscraper’ below.

There are 148,940,000 km² = 57,491,000 square miles of land (29.2 % of total surface) AND  36,794,240,000 acres (36+ billion acres)

So considering that . . . food production now takes up 40 percent of the Earth’s land surface . . . (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/12/1209_051209_crops_map.html)

Land IF distributed at 1 acre per family or 4 unrelated individuals, for a very good diet and much living space and no longer encroaching on natural habitats of wild-life (this could be 3 acres but we have to consider that within certain  areas environments are too harsh and only the wealthy will be able to cultivate such areas – suggest that the wealthiest rehabilitate unliveable areas, their sequestration of wealth is quite useless . . . ) , we’d still be able to retain ALL existing urban areas.

. . . go hi-rise with the agriculture areas, and problem is instantly solved. See below diagram :

If humanity cannot make the most of this planet, humanity does not deserve to leave this planet. If humanity cannot share wealth and resources or innovate, humanity does not deserve to leave this planet. If humanity cannot even get their media portals to tell the truth, allow apartheid or bad laws to persist, cannot even apply the Human Rights Charter, allow signatories to be breakers of UN laws to sit in the Human Rights Council, humanity's 'leaders' are as of now FAIILURES and LIARS. The medieval era is still here, CNN type media is very inaccurate in this article at least !

Humanity only needs WEALTH DISTRIBUTION and LAND DISTRIBUTION.

Shame on you CNN! Bad reporting with skewed agendas that will harm planet Earth’s inhabitants.

There is NO WORLD (population) CRISIS, the EARTH IS NOT FULL. Withdraw your false flaggers CNN ! “The Great Disruption” is propaganda. There is though a pollution crisis. Greenpeace cannot be serious about associating with such lies. The UN cannot be associating with Greenpeace as well. If CNN is honest at all.

Read link below. https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/3966/ (Article 3) for more on how even a few thousand people can survive on 1 acre . . .

5 Articles on the West : Starbucks Disenfranches, Taking Advantage of F&B Industry Media-hunger and how have the same effect as the ‘Masterchef’ show on the cheap, Innocuous Crypto-Racism?, Plutocrat Actor Capers, Nerd and kid minded Priorities when Orwellian Hell Looms – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 22nd March 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Opening of Starbucks’ first juice bar a sign of what’s to come

Starbucks’ launched their first premium juice bar store in the US this week called Evolution Fresh. — AFP Businesswire
WASHINGTON, March 22—  A newly opened juice bar by coffee giant Starbucks in Washington provides a first glimpse into what’s poised to become a major trend, akin to the ubiquitous green and white logo around the world.

After acquiring California-based juice company Evolution Fresh four months ago, the company has wasted no time in setting up their first outlet which opened in Bellevue, Washington this week and will serve freshly-pressed premium juices in addition to healthy snacks and food options.

The experience begins with an interactive wall display featuring digital illustrations of juices and smoothies being made.

Juices are made without the need for heat treatment due to a technology called High Pressure Processing, which Evolution Fresh says retains more of the flavours, vitamins and nutrients of raw fruits and vegetables.

While the premium juices will be available as ready-to-drink bottled beverages, customers will be able to personalise their food orders like wrap sandwiches, salads, soups as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

The Washington store was designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification with locally-sourced, reused and recycled components.

The ready-to-drink bottles will also line grocery store shelves in the US.

The latest venture into premium juice comes following vocal warnings by Starbucks’ sustainability chief who has been sounding the alarm on dwindling coffee supplies due to climate change.

The move is also seen as a big step in the company’s overall strategy to enter the health and wellness sector.

Over time, the company says it plans to expand Evolution Fresh into additional channels.

News that Starbucks will be entering the premium juice market has existing retailers on high alert. US-based Jamba Juice, which sells smoothies and freshly squeezed juices and anti-oxidant ‘shots’, has embarked on an ambitious global expansion that includes locations in Toronto, Canada, South Korea and the Philippines which just opened this month.

Canadian-owned Booster Juice also sells nutrient-packed juices, smoothies and energising fruit shots, and has locations in India, Mexico, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia. — AFP-Relaxnews

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Barring quality comparisons, a company that has no focus should not be considered a specialist anymore. Other coffee ONLY CAFE companies will take over where Starbucks has left.

General Categories (not complete) are :

Tea
Coffee
Deserts (milkshakes, candies etc.)
Cakes
Ice Cream
Yoghurt
Fruit
Beer
Non-beer Alcohol

;for food

Pizza
Burger
Chicken/Barbeque and Grill/Seafood (single cooking style or even food animal i.e. Kentucky)
Pasta
Mexican
Sushi

Indian Cuisine, Curries etc.
Chinese Cuisine, Dimsum etc.
etc..

All in one restaurants in general could well be less elitist being more inclusive rather than exclusive in specifics only restaurants, though F&B specialising in extreme low prices to control entire markets are also a second type of specialist – they specialise in bringing cheap to the masses banking on large numbers of 99% ters rather than small num,bers of 1% types as in above specialists attempt to do. Both arevalid and each has their own demographic.

;with each additional food type ‘thrown in’ lowering the ‘competitor ethics’ / ‘focus product’ value of the franchise. The best and most focused, largest product chain offered at best prices by any will likely win. The ‘encroach’ and ‘despecialise’ factor will doubtless dampen enthusiasm for Starbucks, and as the franchise grows to include any and everything, the brand will fade into anonymity among a sea of already All-in-1 type franchises which we already know as ‘Mom-n-Pop’ stores that double as cafe/newspaper-magazine stands serving pork, mac-and-cheese (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyF8__fR8PQ) or whatever in dirty ash trays or the toxic yet unbiquituous styrofoam cups foil packages. Say good bye to the franchises unable to respect the unwritten specialist franchise code. Major fail packaged as a major in. Much like when Arnold Schwarzeneggar stopped being the ‘Terminator’ (1984 James Cameron) and became pregnant in ‘Twins’ (Ivan Reitman 1988) or when Noriyuki Morita (d.2005) from The Karate Kid (1984 John G. Avildsen) became a gay waiter in Spy Hard (1996 Rick Friedberg). Not just advertising and media dominance is needed, the REAL stuff 0 consistency and specialisation are needed to stand out!

ARTICLE 2

The Masterchef effect: Chefs see bookings for their restaurants soar up to 400 per cent after guest roles on show – by Liz Thomas – PUBLISHED: 00:04 GMT, 23 March 2012 | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 23 March 2012

There may be only one champion on Masterchef but it seems even a guest appearance on the BBC1 prime time show can make you a winner.

Guest chefs, who feature on the show for little more than ten minutes, are seeing bookings for their restaurants soar by as much as 400 per cent.

Branding experts said a cameo appearance on such a prestigious programme is “priceless” advertising.

Winning formula: Chefs who have appeared on BBC1’s hit TV show Masterchef have seen bookings soar by up to 400 per cent

Despite the difficult economic climate it seems a brief cameo is enough to boost business for the chefs that appear.

David Thomson, who is head chef at London’s exclusive Nahm restaurant, saw bookings rise at the venue by 400 per cent in the week he appeared on the show.

He advised contestants on how to cook street food on location in Chang Mai, Thailand.

Benjamin Tish, executive chef at the Salt Yard Group which owns three venues in London, said his restaurants had seen a 100 per cent jump.

Star chef: Australian Michelin starred restaurant owner David Thompson cameoed on the show, featuring his London restaurant Nahm

He appeared on the show in an early task to show contestants how to prepare dishes from his restaurants.

Mr Tish added: ‘The spike [in bookings] was amazing we had literally 500 bookings over about 36 hours, which is absolutely incredible. We are always busy so it means that people are booking further ahead.’

A spokesman for Gordon Ramsay at the Royal Hospital Road said it was fully booked and operating a waiting list of up to three months.

…And in the week he appeared he saw bookings at the venue rise by an astounding 400 per cent

Head chef Clare Smyth, who has three Michelin stars, helped the finalists prepare a three course meal for seven of the world’s best chefs.

Leading brand consultant Paul Hitchens said the power of Masterchef was “priceless” and could have a long term positive effect.

He said: ‘To be endorsed by a BBC family entertainment show which has been running since 1994 is priceless.
Feeling the effect: Clare Smyth, head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in London’s Royal Hospital Road, helped the finalists in one episode of the culinary show

Feeling the effect: Clare Smyth, head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in London’s Royal Hospital Road, helped the finalists in one episode of the culinary show

‘It is the best kind of publicity as the chef is introduced as an expert in their field and by association endorsed by the BBC.

‘The chef can then use this publicity to promote their restaurant, books and products with the endorsement ‘as seen on TV’.’

Marketing expert Allyson Stewart-Allen added: ‘The general rule-of-thumb is that PR is worth three times paid-for media.’
…The restaurant has since become fully booked and is operating a waiting list of up to three months

Masterchef broadcasts on BBC1 in peak prime time to around 5 million viewers.

To buy a 30 second advert at a similar time on ITV ranges between £59,549 and £ 43,243.

So a ten minute appearance is worth between £865,000 and £1.2 million worth of advertising.

This cameo could then lead to further TV projects, endorsements, and build the chef’s reputation longer term.

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The response-postulation may be wrong, but this response is to warn-prevent kickback/bribery abuse by media monopoly that this sort of article could give to Masterchef and the subsequent culture of bribery that occurs backstage. No hard feelings ‘Masterchef’! Any F&B does not need a Masterchef programme. They only need live cams at all times at all angles monitoring the kitchens counters and staff attitudes. It’s not the reality programmes that are valuable, the transparency and accountability (which cams also can provide) is what the consumers want. So put those inhouse and live stream cams up in your F&B, and the effect will be the same as a ‘Masterchef’ appearance. Also helps if the local government thinks highly of the establishment and features local officials at the places of work. Meanwhile the endorsements and adverts’ income could directly be earned by the F&B instead of going through ‘Masterchef’ and creating a monopoly effect which this article could well be written and paid for the purposes for – mercenary journalism is not unknown dear readers.

ARTICLE 3

Obama disowns De Niro white First Lady joke (AFP) – 21st March 2012

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign distanced itself Tuesday from a joke by Hollywood veteran Robert de Niro about the prospect of a white First Lady returning to the White House.

The reaction came after Republican candidate Newt Gingrich slammed the jest, — made by Democrat-supporting actor De Niro at a fundraising event with Michelle Obama — as “unacceptable.”

“We believe the joke was inappropriate,” said the first lady’s campaign press secretary Olivia Alair after Gingrich’s comments triggered a tide of online argument about the joke.

“Raging Bull” star De Niro made the contested remark as he introduced Michelle Obama at a fundraising event on Monday in New York’s trendy Greenwich Village district.

“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?” the actor said, referring to the wives of Republican candidates Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.

“No” yelled one person as the crowd roared, while De Niro added: “Too soon, right?”

The joke played on the ubiquitous discussion four years ago about whether America was ready for its first black president, ahead of Obama’s November 2008 election victory.

But Gingrich — struggling in his campaign to win the Republican nomination to take on Obama in November — took issue at a campaign stop on Tuesday, demanding an apology from the president.

“I do want to say one thing on behalf of both my wife, and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney, and that is I think Robert De Niro is wrong,” the former House Speaker said on the campaign trail in Louisiana.

“I think the country is ready for a new first lady, and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms.” He added: “I call on the president to apologize for him.”

De Niro insisted the comments were a joke.

“My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone — especially the First Lady,” he said in a comment forwarded by his publicist.

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“My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone — especially the First Lady,” Look up ‘nepotism’ De Niro, this is also kinda racist. This is not a club or casual setting where satire is normal, the WH and ‘official opinion’ factor counts, if people go around Obama or any officials spouting semi racist, unethical nepotism b.s., USA will lose credibility because a whole lot of angry people in the world are still fuming at USA Mr 185 Million Plutocrat.

Money makes you tough? Well not to the psychos ready to blow themselves and everyone else up. USA is in deep sh1t, technically collapsed from default, too many wars and a bunch of plutocrats sequestering much needed wealth while the country falls apart. Instead of making worthless remarks, how about supporting 300+ 401Ks for veterans who are protecting Hollywood’s candy a$$? Acting and film is NOT real life, and any slips Obama makes here could cost USA far much more than 300+ veterans to support. Nice to be ‘Hollywood Insular’ isn’t it? One wonders how USA even manages to function at all, well actually USA is crumbling from that fatcat 1% (that means you de Niro!) holding all the wealth (especially the liquid asset, not so much the first properties which are overvalued and needed for living in anyway – most housebuyers got cheated, condo dwellers totally conned . . . ) to no good purpose . . .

ARTICLE 4

‘Harry Potter’ actor jailed for joining riots – Associated PressAssociated Press – 21st March 2012

LONDON (AP) — A judge has sent a cast member of the “Harry Potter” films to prison for taking part in rioting that flared across England last summer.

Judge Simon Carr sentenced Jamie Waylett, who played Hogwarts bully Vincent Crabbe in six of the films, to two years in jail.

Prosecutors said Waylett was part of a small gang that took part in the riots in north London on Aug. 8.

A jury at London’s Wood Green Crown Court found Waylett guilty Tuesday of violent disorder, but acquitted him of another charge of intending to destroy or damage property with a fire bomb he was holding.

The 22-year-old had already admitted handling a bottle of stolen Champagne from a supermarket during the riots.

Waylett has a previous conviction for growing marijuana.

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Lets say that the damage caused by the riots could be repaired with a fraction of wealth a single of these ‘actor plutocrats’ have. The riots were caused by unequal wealthdistribution, Waylett was entirely inappropriate in participating – too rich.

ARTICLE 5

Drones to host Pirate Bay servers flying over intl waters – Published: 20 March, 2012, 19:09

Sky Pirates: Torrent site’s drone server solution.

Controversial file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has had more than its share of legal troubles over the past few years – investigations, raids, fines. Now the site has come up with a radical new plan: hosting its servers on unmanned flying drones.

­According to TPB’s most recent blog post, being down-to-earth is just not doing it for them anymore. So they are looking to take advantage of advanced technologies like the super-small Raspberry Pi computer, GPS-controlled drones and far-reaching cheap radio equipment.

The plan is to mount the cheap radio devices and computers on drones (“Low Orbit Server Stations”) and launch them high above neutral territory over the ocean.

“With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war,” the blog says.

For what it is worth, most of the comments on the blog post are very supportive of this outlandish idea. And it certainly would lend support to TPB’s slogan, “the galaxy’s most resilient system”. The question now is: will they actually be able to pull it off?

Commentator Comments :

salparadise March 21, 2012, 01:02
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“With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war,” the blog says.

Up to 50km’s away.
Isn’t International water some 200 miles off the coast (where permitting)?
And even if they could get the range it won’t help anyone who lives inland and it doesn’t matter anyhow because the Americans have declared the entire earth a battlefield and so there isn’t any such thing as “International waters” anymore. They’ll declare PB a “terrorist organisation” and shoot the things down.
A.Smith March 21, 2012, 00:46
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For decades Pirate Radio broadcasters used old shipping freighters or cargo ships as their base of operations in International Waters.

While it is possible for a goose stepping Zionist agency to move a counter jamming vessel near them to effectively shut them down, the cost would be enormous to any nation doing so on a regular basis. Of course US taxpayers have found the evil Zionists are the biggest parasites on planet earth and the backs of the 99% non-Jew American people.

I have zero doubts the gigantic buildup in the Mormon State of Utah on the new NSA base costing US taxpayers enormous domestic funding which would have repaired hundreds of US public schools, bridges, roads, harbours is intended on focusing on the darknet.

The new US Airforce cyberforce base appears entirely designed to wage endless US/Israeli Wars on Internet Users, creating 1000’s of faux military sock puppet social media accounts to spew propaganda and ensnare US citizens into various sting operations.

Soon privacy minded US citizens will follow what the Mexican Drug Cartels setup across Mexico with their own secure encrypted darknet and communications systems entirely independent of Mexican, US and Corporate forces, powers and eavesdropping taps.

Pirate Bay founders and darknet operators should join with independent nations such as Iran, Russia, India and possible North Korea to secure a satellite transponder to anchor some of their darknet traffic. US/Israel of course would try to jam the uplinks but that could be entirely minimised with uplinks in friendly non-western nations.

If slaves realised their tribute to their Caesar was used to buy a bigger whip to be used on their backs, would they stop paying and work to oppose that evil Zionist corrupted regime? Wake-Up Americans, that is precisely what is happening to YOU. Your tax funds are being used by the Zionist corrupted US Gov. to attack YOU, to wage war on YOU, your family and loved ones.

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Hey Technofreak Plutocrat IDIOTS (that means people like the Megaupload types). At very least build something like Death Machine (1994 Stephen Norrington) so that a Columbine could be pulled off in relative safety . . . if not able to break the world or rain hellfire on those destroying god given autonomy of humanity by druggings or non-consensual implantations psychically etc., or to be productive, use that money to lobby for abolition of Eminent Domain Laws and for granting of Allodial titles and protection of 2nd Amendment laws. Then buy as much land as possible and LIVE a REAL life in the real world and have real entertainments. Those drones can be ‘accidentally’ shot down or fried with EMPs/ELF weapons from weapons satellites you fools. This drone b.s. thing is a waste of time and money, mere nerd-bation.

How about developing and mass producing anti-mind control helmets instead? Those servers are useless if all citizens are electronic brain implanted zombies. FUND candidates to run for election in as many contituencies as possible. Lobby for electrosmong white zones and wiifi free zones. Stop running and start fighting politically. BUY the WH, not buy drones and nerd tech. Wheres the IRL Arm of the resistance? Stop hiding in cyberspace, nutjobs with bad priorities. try the below and create ‘flying’ squads able to detect and remove the implants from all illegally implanted citizens and activists as well as would be politicians taergeted for sabotage. These were intended for epilepsy but are being used as tools of control instead. So rich? So tech inclined? Then get those medicos  on your payroll, equip them, and help those abused by the psyche establishment on behalf of big government, fundo religious groups and the Orwellian state.

http://vnsandme.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/vns-and-me/

3 Articles on Hollywood 2 Articles on Nudism in the USA – Phenotype wars, Limelight off the backs of suffering of veterans, Barbie dolls are not toy soldiers – c’mon keep in character (make-up/facepaint not warpaint!) – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 18th March 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, critique, Dead Sea Scrolls, domestic terrorists in the political sphere, Hollywood, Informed Consent, media sabotage, media traps, media tricks, neutral spaces, NLP, political correctness, unprofessional behaviour, USA on March 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

ARTICLE 1

Dating show branded a sham as Take Me Out producers ‘tell girls which partners to pick’ – by Jane Bunce – PUBLISHED: 10:16 GMT, 17 March 2012 | UPDATED: 11:46 GMT, 17 March 2012

Contestants on Take Me Out have reportedly labelled the ITV dating programme a sham amid claims producers are telling them who they are allowed to pick.

Several girls have alleged that producers told them they would be kicked off the programme unless they agreed to show an interest in men who did not attract them.

And male contestants were apparently left humiliated by leaving the show dateless, after women were ordered not to choose them.

No lighty, no likey! Some contestants on the show, hosted by Paddy McGuiness, have alleged that producers try to tell them who to pick

‘The whole thing is totally misleading and leaves a whole lot of people feeling humiliated and exploited afterwards,’ one girl apparently complained.

New Take Me Out scandal as second winner reveals she was a ‘prostitute’ following Aaron’s escort revelations
The Take Me Out sex party: Contestants trashed £4.5m mansion during two-day mass orgy

Programme makers Talkback Thames have denied the claims. The TV show has been dogged by controversies this season, after it emerged a male contestant was an escort, and the girl he picked later revealed she used to work as a prostitute.

On the popular programme, a single man tries to impress 30 single ladies across a series of rounds. Each girl has a light which they switch off if they are not interested. If any girls have their lights on at the end, the men can pick one of them to take on a date.

Each prospective Romeo faces 30 single women and their lights. But now some contestants have alleged they are being told who to pick

One contestant reportedly complained that production staff had ordered the girls to be less picky and keep their lights on for a man who didn’t interest them.

‘The producers pulled some of the girls in and said, ‘If you’re waiting for George Clooney or Brad Pitt, they’re not coming’. They told us to keep our lights on for the next contestant, who was more than 10 years younger than me. I refused and was taken off,’ she told the Daily Mirror.

Girls who had not picked any men after a few weeks may also be cut from the show.

Another girl reported that producers also deliberately dragged out scenes with the ‘more eccentric male contestants’ by ordering girls to leave their lights on even when none of the women were interested.

Producers also apparently ordered them to reject men down even if they liked them, ‘to make better television’, one girl claimed.

‘I really fancied a bloke on my first week on the show, he was just my type, but the producers made it quite clear I wasn’t to pick him and he left without a date.

‘It’s a shame because in the end he went away feeling a fool for going on the show.’

The girl ended up going on a date with another man she wasn’t really interested in, billing it ‘a waste of time’.

But after telling the original beau when filming finished that she had actually been interested, they ended up seeing each other outside the show.

One prospective Romeo apparently took his complaints to the programme-makers, telling them he knew that some girls had wanted to pick him but had been asked to turn him down.

Claims: Producers told some female contestants ‘if you’re waiting for George Clooney or Brad Pitt, they’re not coming’

The makers, Talkback Thames, denied all the claims.

‘We strongly refute any claims that we tell the contestants how to act or how to respond – turning a light on or off is entirely up to individual choice,’ a spokesperson said.

The show has been beset by scandals over recent months.

A male contestant was later revealed to be a £50-an-hour escort – with a criminal conviction for punching a girl in a pub.

And it later emerged that the girl who won a date with him had worked as a prostitute.
Love match: Aaron was seen on Saturday night’s show picking 28-year-old Wen for a date. Seen here with Wen and host Paddy McGuinness

Love match: Aaron picked Wen as his date, but the pair were later revealed to have had a colourful employment history

Wen-Jing Mo won at date with Aaron Withers on the hit ITV show in January and the pair were whisked off to Cyprus in the hope that romance would blossom. But the embarrassed programme had to axe footage of the pair together after their colourful work histories were revealed.

Take Me Out contestants also caused thousands of pounds of damage to a £4.5 million Grade II listed mansion in a two night sex and alcohol party organised by one of the people appearing on the show.

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Why would anyone be surprised by this? Back in the 90s when I was a student I applied to participate in Blind Date as a joke as I was single. A few months later I started dating a guy and coincidentally received a call from the Blind Date team a few weeks after I had met him asking me if I would like to take part in the show. I told them that I was now with someone and they told me that it was not a problem and I could still participate and perhaps I would like to ask him if he would like to participate as well! Needless to say neither of us took them up on their offer!

– Kate, Epsom, 17/3/2012 23:00
Rating   74

All about Paddy!!

– anna, st helens, 17/3/2012 22:48
Rating   59

This show is all about Paddy! The main reason I watch it- hilarious!

– anna, st helens, 17/3/2012 22:45
Rating   52

This show is about paddy! Love him!

– anna, st helens, 17/3/2012 22:40
Rating   36

Mind numbing rubbish anyway so who cares? Just take it off and do us all a favour.

– Sdemnips, Birmingham, 17/3/2012 22:01
Rating   48

Its ITV what do you expect , all they know is reality shows , so hopefully if people dont watch ITV will have a reality check HA HA

– kathy, kent, 17/3/2012 21:52
Rating   28

Not really surprised – but Friday and Saturday night tv is appalling. Is this program really what we what our young children watching , as it’s Saturday most of them are allowed to stay up late

– mrsbradfield, west midlands, 17/3/2012 21:37
Rating   52

This programme is COMPLETELY pointless. It’s out of date, and boring. It is VERY POOR television.

– Missnoma, St Helier, 17/3/2012 21:35
Rating   59

Dont know what to make of this article. I watch the show but..these claims? Are they just from bitter people? Not too sure, what if there IS truth to them?

– Anti Illuminati, Everywhere, 17/3/2012 21:27
Rating   22

If these allegations are true..then the show should be axed !!!

– what, yorkshire, 17/3/2012 20:49

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While we all do also know that we don’t just exist on the physical world and mental world, but also many more levels we are not aware of, heres a spiritual theory.  These sorts of programmes are used to ‘attack’ specific phenotypes which are cast or chosen intentionally (despite so called auditions which have been debunked several times over) so that watching audiences will subconsciously ‘brand’ whoever loses as losers (already predetermined by some angry nutcase in a position to decide what we watch, who will doubtless influence MORE nutcases – i.e. a generation of unsuspecting viewers) and thus ‘create’ a underclass of that phenotype. This is eventually intended to benefit the producers or directors or scriptwriters who have either subconscious or conscious issues with that phenotype in general. Most pf these ‘reality programmes are intended to remove competition by creating ‘waves’ of ‘loserness’ in the akhasic, a form of spiritual subjudice if anything before judgment at death.

The programes are also named ‘reality’ so as to further neurolinguistically programme the subconsious of viewers to ‘think reality’ and further pre-decide that these phenotypes are ‘losers’ or ‘winners’ much like a wicked neighbour or relative that makes less than complimentary remarks about some newborns at a naming ceremony, birthday, wedding or whatever. Casual remarks that  are derogatory work in the same way, so the reality programme stretching over many episodes are particularly dangerous . . .

Avoid reality programmes unless you have researched properly the personality of the scriptwriters, producers and directors, the best who would doubtless not attack or take advantage of the viewers (especially afflicting the semi-educated ones who are unaware of the occult significance), but rather ENTERTAIN per se as intended by the technological tools oft abused – HONESTY please, even from a sub-culture backed by so many worldwide – as innocuous and fun intended as Hollywood . . . ).

Little wonder the Sudra-entertainer issue, or the looking down of (or fear also) of entertainers in earlier puritanical times in Western societies. They need to have a good heart first, the TV network vet the programmes first, before being allowed to write scripts or even study at the institution (same with game developers, ah poor Tupou . . . only ‘God’ knows what happened, gotta love those ‘Mucosa’ though – genetic scientists hurry up, lets break the monotony of man, even as the world RELEARNS the purpose of existence and the unhappy interactions with the astral and ethereal thus far . . . ), we all make mistakes, some initiate, others are willing participants, yet others accidental, those who proselytise via VIRALISATION or offering of monetary gain or security are no better than the ‘lowest spiritual denominator’ . . .

ARTICLE 2

George Clooney released after Sudan embassy arrest – 16 March 2012 Last updated at 21:52 GMT

George Clooney: ‘We were all in a cell together. It was nice”

George Clooney has been arrested for civil disobedience during a demonstration outside Sudan’s embassy in Washington DC on Friday.

The actor was taking part in a protest to warn of a humanitarian crisis in the volatile border area between Sudan and South Sudan.

He was detained alongside his father, Nick, but both have now been released after paying bail of $100 (£63).

George Clooney is a keen Sudan activist and has visited the area several times.

South Sudan celebrated its independence from Sudan in 2011, but relations between the two neighbours have worsened since then.

The country is one of the world’s poorest regions and has hardly any roads, railways, schools or clinics as a result of two decades of conflict leading up to independence from Sudan in July 2011.

Bitter disagreements remain over oil resources and borders, with conflict raging in the border region – the focus for Clooney’s concern.
‘We hope it helps’

Speaking to reporters following his release, Clooney said his key concern was the fate of those in the region.

“Best estimate is tens of thousands of people are going to die from starvation… this isn’t a famine, this is a man-made tragedy by the government of Khartoum to get these people to leave.”

“You never know if you are accomplishing anything… We hope it helps,” Clooney said.
George Clooney

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George Clooney gives evidence to US Senate Foreign Relations Committee

The actor said the arrest was his first, but added: “Let’s hope it’s my last.”

The Hollywood star, his father and fellow activists had been led away in handcuffs after reportedly ignoring repeated police warnings to leave the embassy grounds.

He was released three hours later after paying the bail fee.

Secret Service spokesman George Oglivie told the BBC how the arrest unfolded: “George Clooney was arrested for crossing a police line at the Sudan embassy and he’ll be transported to the Metropolitan police department second district.”

Also arrested, said Mr Oglivie, were Martin Luther King III, son of the civil rights leader; Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern; Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran; and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Ben Jealous.

George Clooney’s arrest comes a day after he met President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss the Sudan situation.

Ahead of the rally, he said he thought the president was “very engaged” on the issue of Sudan.

Clooney also called on the Sudanese government to allow humanitarian aid in to the area immediately and to “stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children”.

The actor recently secretly travelled across the border to the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, where his group apparently witnessed a rocket attack. A YouTube video of the visit was uploaded on Thursday.

He told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week that what was happening in the region was “ominously similar” to the violence in Darfur.

The UN estimates that nearly 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million been displaced since the Darfur conflict broke out in 2003.

The northern states are a blanket of desert, broken only by the fertile Nile corridor. South Sudan is covered by green swathes of grassland, swamps and tropical forest.

Sudan’s arid north is mainly home to Arabic-speaking Muslims. But in South Sudan there is no dominant culture. The Dinkas and the Nuers are the largest of more than 200 ethnic groups, each with its own languages and traditional beliefs, alongside Christianity and Islam.

The health inequalities in Sudan are illustrated by infant mortality rates. In South Sudan, one in 10 children die before their first birthday. Whereas in the more developed northern states, such as Gezira and White Nile, half of those children would be expected to survive.
Map showing percentage of households using improved water and sanitation in Sudan, source: Sudan household health survey 2006

The gulf in water resources between north and south is stark. In Khartoum, River Nile, and Gezira states, two-thirds of people have access to piped drinking water and pit latrines. In the south, boreholes and unprotected wells are the main drinking sources. More than 80% of southerners have no toilet facilities whatsoever.

Throughout Sudan, access to primary school education is strongly linked to household earnings. In the poorest parts of the south, less than 1% of children finish primary school. Whereas in the wealthier north, up to 50% of children complete primary level education.

Conflict and poverty are the main causes of food insecurity in Sudan. The residents of war-affected Darfur and South Sudan are still greatly dependent on food aid. Far more than in northern states, which tend to be wealthier, more urbanised and less reliant on agriculture.
Map showing position of oilfileds in Sudan, source: Drilling info international

Sudan exports billions of dollars of oil per year. Southern states produce more than 80% of it, but receive only 50% of the revenue. The pipelines run north but the two sides have still not agreed how to share the oil wealth in the future.

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That $100 fine is laughable. Heck any 99%ter would not be given that ‘privilege’ and limelight for $100. The whole thing was contrived media b.s.! Stars do not best aid their country by leading limelight gaining protests but they CAN do something concrete like what Oprah did (schools in Africa), or open shelters for Veterans. This Sudan protest b.s. is high profile self promoting b.s..

It would be better to open a ‘Recuperation-Retirement Barracks’ (on the cheap somewhere so that more veterans can be housed, for the dignity of the ex-servicemen too injured to serve, than to perhaps let them DIE pf starvation, cold and homeless on the street. George owes the military that much! Made a bundle off the film while the actual soldiers returned home to nothing? Its just a few meals and some cheap structures, Mr 160 million asset Plutocrat Thespian George.

Thats more than 300 401Ks you got there ‘Major Gates’ (fetting Bill??). Support at least 100 veterans or go back to being a pretty boy (or as Hollywood says ‘Golden Boy’ i.e. Apple Polisher? What did the rental of Satellites cost? Not less than 401K . . . !?!). In any case People who defended the country are freezing or dying out there while you make noise about Sudan . . . while USA gets ass kicked by sand n1gg3rs, guess what plutocrats are doing? Profiting off the pain of others who defended them in trite and reality skewed movies . . . maybe the other ‘Pretty Boy’ – Boy George could also support some about 25 veterans too, being worth 4 times less . . . ALSO a plutocrat! And man do the 99% want to hurt those who stand by while the USA of A crumbles in debt and the people protecting USA are neglected when they are injured in the course of protecting these 1%ter’s asses . . .

ARTICLE 3

Pulling no punches! Following her painful split from Russell Brand, Katy Perry goes to war in video for Part Of Me – By Holly Thomas – PUBLISHED: 15:42 GMT, 16 March 2012 | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 16 March 2012

Her divorce from Russell Brand has dominated headlines, and the pairs’ individual reactions to the break-up have been documented at every painful turn.

Following reports surfacing of Russell making a return to his former Lothario ways, Katy appears to have gone into army-mode, and a clip from her forthcoming video for the single Part Of Me shows an unfamiliar side of the star.

Wearing full camouflage and face paint, Katy is seen being pulled to the ground and wrestling in the mud.

It’s war: A clip from Katy Perry’s forthcoming video for her single Part Of Me shows the star in full army-mode

At one point the Teenage Dream singer is seen struggling underwater with a fellow ‘solider’.

Katy is seen sporting tomboyish short dark hair, a departure from her usual colourful locks.

She announced the preview on Twitter, writing:

‘That was THEN & this is NOW: Sneak peek of my NEW VIDEO for #PARTOFME http://vevo.ly/yUcXvb @vevo. IN FULL EFFECT 3.21.12. RT!’

(Hey you know what twitter or html looks like? See below : )

kNN-@FU. 4.7.74.ccb! (Ah not at you Katy especially if undeserving *lol* . . . )

Speculation had surrounded the singer’s new single Part of Me, which she performed at the Grammys and appeared to be about estranged husband Russell Brand.

With lyrics like, ‘You can keep the diamond ring – it don’t mean nothing anyway,’ many people believed that the song was aimed at the British comedian.

GI Katy: Katy sports tomboyish short dark hair in the tough new video, a departure from her usual colourful locks

Working out some aggression? The video sees Katy wrestling another female soldier in the mud

However, the 27-year-old has insisted that the track was written years before she even married Russell and their on going divorce proceedings have nothing to do with the song, despite their obvious relevance.

Katy said: ‘I wrote Part of Me two years ago and I always knew that Part of Me was a special song.

‘It feels like my life plays out with these songs. I feel like I’m in some kind of weird ‘Truman Show’ where I’m like, ‘Why is this single appropriate now and it wouldn’t have been appropriate then?’ It’s just so crazy.’

Tomboy: Katy is seen sporting short dark hair, a departure from her usual colourful locks

The blue-haired star added: ‘I guess the universe is kind of – we’re kind of like, dancing together in some weird way.

‘Does that make sense or am I being too hippie? I think it’s really important for me to write songs that are still honest and relatable because that’s what everyone else is going through.’

Her new song debuted during her performance at the Grammy Awards last month and it went straight to number one on the Billboard charts.

Mixed message: Katy says that the song was written long before her break-up with Russell, but there’s not denying the pertinence of the lyrics to her current situation

It was produced by Dr. Luke and mosty written by Bonnie McKee whom both were at the helm for her other chart toppers including California Gurls, Teenage Dream, and Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).

The breakup anthem should help the star get over Russell, who is reportedly dating Mexican artist Oriela Medellin Amieiro, and her friends are encouraging her to get back in the saddle.

A source told HollywoodLife.com: ‘Katy has been very upset about the divorce.

Usual look: Katie looked pretty as usual as she performed at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles earlier this week

‘She never expected it to end and now she’s dealing with the aftermath.

‘But her friends are telling her to get back out there and date. They don’t want her to waste time being upset over Russell.’

Meanwhile Katy’s former love has found himself in hot water after being arrested form criminal damage to property.

Unforeseen trauma: Katy never expected to have to deal with divorce

A warrant was out for the actor’s arrest was issued soon after he threw a photographer’s phone through a window.

The 36-year-old comedian turned himself in to police in New Orleans Sheriff’s office today after learning he was wanted by officers.

According to TMZ, Russell was charged on two counts of simple criminal damage to property.
Russell Brand arrested for criminal damage after ‘throwing iPhone through window’

Mugshot: Russell Brand has beena rrested for criminal damage after ‘throwing iPhone through window’

Katy’s video will premiere worldwide during MTV First: Katy Perry on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:23 p.m. ET on MTV.

The star will also chat to MTV’s James Montgomery for 30-minutes about the video, her forthcoming album, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (out March 26), and her forthcoming concert movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me.

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

Damn, if people/journalists want to comment on military matters they should have some knowledge. She’s not dressed as an American soldier, she’s dressed as a United States Marine. The combats she’s wearing are MARPAT not UCP. Duh!

– Tony, Basingstoke, 16/3/2012 19:44
Rating   2

I can definitely relate to the ‘Truman Show’ comment…it’s weird having those out-of-body experiences, and I’m sure being in the spotlight only amplifies it. Kudos to her for still maintaining her creative drive, despite going through a rough emotional patch. Some people handle things like this much worse.

– JT, San Francisco, CA, 16/3/2012 19:42
Rating   2

For a moment, I thought the top picture was Elijah Wood.

– floss, uk, 16/3/2012 19:35
Rating   5

Thought it was Adam Ant in the face paint!

– Caz56, London, England, 16/3/2012 19:25
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Is it me or does she look like Elijah Wood in the first pic?

– unknown, birmingham, 16/3/2012 19:04
Rating   24

I thought this was a photo of Elijah Wood!

– Neil, Maidenhead, UK, 16/3/2012 19:02
Rating   20

I’m sorry, but it’s impossible to take this woman seriously, so why produce a video with a military theme?? She’s all bubblegum.

– JR, San Francisco, CA, 16/3/2012 18:36
Rating   10

Honest to god… When I saw that first picture on the homepage I thought it was Elijah Wood.

– Dee, UK, 16/3/2012 18:33
Rating   6

She looks great, nice song and i’m looking foward to the full video.

– Sarah, UK, 16/3/2012 18:31
Rating   5

Thought it was Elijah Wood in the 1st pic!

– Paul , Essex, England, 16/3/2012 18:28

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Keep in character and donate something to the suffering veterans Ms Cartoon-esque Plutocrat (good take on ‘The Real Pink’ . . . but those lyrics need work . . . )! Thats 100+ 401Ks, how about ‘adopting’ those suffering, freezing and starving veterans and even making them into part of the ‘cool’ scene in a military themed ‘Veterans Club’ (REAL VETERANS!) which also houses them after hours and gives them 3 square meals a day? Also don’t lose character and go to the battlefield and become a ‘celebrity liability’ like Prince William is in the eyes of the Navy (good one Admiral Woodward – http://www.defencemanagement.com/news_story.asp?id=18911).

As for the other issue if not something contrived . . . school (perhaps intentionally) really never taught about this . . .

ARTICLE 4

Filmmaker behind Kony video held for public masturbation – AFPAFP – Sat, Mar 17, 2012

Leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Joseph Kony answers journalists’ questions at Ri-Kwamba, southern Sudan, on November 12, 2006. The co-head of a viral online campaign to hunt down Kony has been hospitalized after being found semi-naked in the street, masturbating, police and his boss said. (AFP Photo/Stuart Price)Enlarge Photo

The co-head of a viral online campaign to hunt down Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony has been hospitalized after being found semi-naked in the street, masturbating, police and his boss said Friday.

The head of Invisible Children, the organizers of the Internet campaign sensation, said Jason Russell was receiving medical care for “exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition.”

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) spokeswoman Andra Brown said officers detained a 33-year-old man Thursday and took him to a medical facility after passers-by reported him in the street in the southern Californian city.

“Officers responded to a radio call to check the welfare of an individual who was said to be running in the street, interfering with traffic, screaming; one person said that he was naked and masturbating,” she told AFP.

“Other people said that he was interfering with traffic, banging on the sidewalk that sort of thing. We have reports of being in various states of undress, and neighbors in the area were concerned about him.”

While declining to identify him by name, she said: “Officers contacted the 33-year-old white male… we detained him and transported to a local medical facility for further evaluation and treatment.”

The head of Invisible Children, Ben Keesey, told the TMZ celebrity website that Russell was “now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better.

“The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday,” he said.

“Jason’s passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue. We will always love and support Jason,” he said, asking for privacy at “this difficult time.”

Some 80 million people have so far watched the 30-minute YouTube video which seeks to focus attention on tracking down Kony, the fugitive head of the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group.

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Isn’t the USA the land of the free? Look here, masturbation is not much different from breastfeeding, except it’s not a baby but a pu55y (hetero) or a$$ (homo) that gets fed . . . so if breastfeeding is acceptable in public, whats so different about masturbation, both being natural functions (well not so much for a$$ feeding but LGBT PC probably demands that right, citing sexual pleasure as a form of nourishment . . . )?

How about setting up ‘Breastfeeding Booth’ style, ‘Masturbation Booths’ or ‘Sex Booths’! If a dog can take a dump in the middle of the sidewalk without issue, so long as the owner does not leave a mess, then Jason should not be punished for QUOTE ‘running down the street naked with green jello on the body reading playboy magazine‘ UNQUOTE – Demolition Man (Marco Brambilla 1993), or masturbating as in Jason’s case . . .’ because USA is a democracy. USA!  USA!

Burkha wearers and nudists should be allowed to pray or go dogging (colloqialism for public sex) or whatever ANYWHERE so long as all participants are consensual, or at very least DESIGNATE ZONES (of reasonably comfortable size) that are not too distant from areas where any and all rarefied sub-groups can express themselves – one does suspect though in Jason’s case, that Jason probably overdosed on meth or something, as holding up traffic in a generally unsuitable or unzoned area at an unsuitable time is not a ‘minding own business move along, kind of activity) . . .

Lets all have a ‘Jack-along Protest’ or ‘Jack Together Protest’ in support of Jason (Jack for Jason) in front of parliament to call off the charges! (Easier said than done, but the porn stars used to the media glare should have no issue . . . ) Decriminalize masturbation in public places (provided they clean up after?)! Well maybe a nude ‘stand in’ and Braveheart style mooning at very least . . . so whos going to organize this? Any nudist association up to the task?

ARTICLE 4.5

Police: Family chanted, disrobed at Pa. school – Associated PressAssociated Press – Fri, Mar 16, 2012

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say four family members were arrested after stripping naked outside a suburban Philadelphia high school and chanting “God is great.”

Upper Darby police say it happened around 1 p.m. Friday in a parking lot outside school.

Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says investigators don’t know why 44-year-old Sarah Butler and three of her children — 23-year-old Joanne Butler, 22-year-old Bessie Butler and a 14-year-old son — decided to disrobe.

He says the mother had gone there around 10 a.m., demanding to see a student. After she was denied admission, Chitwood says the family lay on the ground and began chanting, eventually shedding their clothing.

Chitwood says the adults will be charged with defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and open lewdness. A telephone listing for them could not be found.

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Yeah more nudism! USA! USA! It’s just education, let them and anyone join any class anytime so long there is space (would the pilgrims have turned down the Natives who dropped by uninvited for Turkey in numbers not too great? NEVERdefiant trespass charges overturned . . . )! Finally just think, if the USA had classes in the nude for those inclined, the effect of this strip off protest would be entirely nullified! The lawyer for these people could argue that ‘Being naked itself is not lewd, what actions taken when naked defines lewd, and lewdness is only such when done with intent to offend, so in the course of protest they stripped without intent to be lewd but specifically to protest . . .open lewdness charges overturned . . . what they were doing was good for democracy disorderly conduct charges might stick but if the Judge is ALL-AMERICAN, the democracy issues should be taken into consideration – disorderly conduct charge if retained would be reasonable but would mean the judge is not as ALL-AMERCIAN after all. Red Coat prude or Blue Coat liberal will be the word to describe the judge depending on if the disorderly conduct charge is retained . . . let these public disrobing Godders go in Philadelphia . . . and raspberries to Santorum for being un-American in threatening the porn industry . . . where’s all that pent up energy going to go? More natural disasters? Or the artists’ hands and animators’ minds? For someone who claims to be all ‘goddy’, Santorum sure has a poor grasp of the uses of spiritual links of porn to ground otherwise dangerous energy that ends up fueling paedophilic madness among the priests instead of works of art.