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Totalitarian Dream

In its recent report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) proposed to abolish cash and recommended to adopt measures in order to restrict its use. In an interview with Sputnik Germany, former head of the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) Hans-Olaf Henkel said that this “could lead to terrible consequences.” Henkel believes that one of the main reasons behind this proposal is the desire of financial institutions to force people to keep their money in banks. “The European Central Bank (ECB) does not want that depositors to keep their money under the pillow. If any bank in Europe goes bankrupt, then depositors have a guaranteed right that the state … Continue reading

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History Lesson Awaits Trump

Korea specialist Professor Bruce Cumings notes North Korea became a national security fortress-state as a result of “the holocaust the North experienced during the Korean War”.  After the ‘Communist’ label and racial epithets were applied to dehumanize the populace, the US essentially wiped North Korea off the map, with hundreds of thousands or (more likely) millions of North Koreans killed by US mass-shootings, fly-by bombings, strafings, possible biological warfare, crops being wiped out, and the dumping of hundreds of tons of napalm (a fiery gel that sticks to targets), which drove the country’s peasant population underground. While this is generally … Continue reading

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Hide the Truth

“If there is one operative rule in Washington’s left-right paradigm, it is to shift the focus of any conversation that seems at risk of revealing something approximating truth-…” Kathleen Parker WP 4-4-2017 It’s wordy but close enough…or would have been if she had left it there. Journalistic professionals think their jobs require improvements on the truth. And they believe they can make them down to a man, a woman or a whatever. So she had to spoil it adding: “…a game at which the current administration and its media surrogates happen to excel.” “We all cheat but they’re better at … Continue reading

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The Greatest US Blunder

Despite being a fairly well-read student of US history, I admit that I’ve not been well versed in the complex events and details surrounding World War I. Burt Pines has helped me out, with his excellent book and its compelling and unsettling conclusions. But, first I’ve several comments “in the interest of full disclosure,” as the phrase goes. I know Burt, and he was my boss long ago, in the early 1980s, when I had my first “real” job after completing college and a stint in Korea as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As a policy analyst in the Asia division … Continue reading

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This Vote, She Is Very Serious

I watched the final French presidential debate last Thursday night with fascination and even a measure of admiration.   France has some very intelligent, well-educated politicians. They are fine until they get into office but then must begin pleasing France’s fractious voters. And they must deal with the rising tide of jihadist violence in France, as witnessed by the shooting of police officers on the Champs Elysée on Thursday.  This could help far right candidate Marine Le Pen. One is reminded of Charles De Gaulle who asked how anyone could run a nation that had 246 different varieties of cheese.  France’s … Continue reading

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A Great Comet Struck the Earth In 11,000 BC.

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out wooly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilizations. Experts at the University of Edinburgh analyzed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations. The markings suggest that a swarm of comet fragments hit Earth at the exact same time that a mini-ice age struck, changing the entire course of human history. Scientists have speculated for decades that a comet could be behind the sudden fall in temperature during a … Continue reading

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NY Times: Don’t Read This Book

In its ongoing effort to counter Steve Bannon’s influence in the White House, the New York Times recently ran a piece essentially ridiculing Bannon’s for his admiration of The Fourth Turning (1997) by William Strauss and Neil Howe. As is the Times‘ MO, instead of addressing the substance articulated in The Fourth Turning, it dismisses the authors as ‘amateur historians’ and writes that their thesis is provocative and disputed. Well, yes, The Fourth Turning theory of history is provocative. And it certainly is disputed by those who are presently warmly ensconced in today’s establishment as well as their paid mouthpieces, for reasons that will … Continue reading

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Hate Airline Food?

The worst thing about a long-haul flight is, without a doubt, the food. Forget turbulence, screaming toddlers or unexplained delays, meal times on a plane are almost universally unpleasant — and often stomach-churning — experiences. At best, the food is edible. At worst, it’s a scalding hot plastic tub of gloopy stew, overcooked rice or leathery meat and vegetables that have been boiled beyond all recognition. Chef Gordon Ramsay is certainly no fan. He recently revealed he refuses to eat on planes, bringing his own spread to keep him going. Myths, Misunderstandings and Outright lies about owning Gold. Are you … Continue reading

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Transgenders Will Wreck Women’s Sports

World Net Daily recently published an article[1] titled Female Athletes Crushed By ‘Women Who Were Once Men’.  The article documents a number of instances in which biologically male transgenders  have been allowed to compete in women’s events and, in some cases, have already begun winning.  The two most notable examples are: “Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who was born a man, won the Australian international women’s competition March 19.  Hubbard, 39, lifted 591 pounds, nearly 20 pounds more than the woman who won the silver medal…” “Transgender cyclist Jillian Bearden, a 36-year-old biological male and Colorado Springs native, won the women’s … Continue reading

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