Sunday, August 19, 2018

Unraveling the Global Web of Corruption That’s Destroying Democracy

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You probably won’t be surprised to hear we’re living in a time of global income inequality on a scale never before seen in history. Money is concentrated in the hands of an increasingly tiny number of people around the world, and they increasingly have more of it than ever. According to the 2018 World Inequality Report, the richest 0.1% of the global population have increased their combined wealth by as much as the poorest 50% since 1980. The combined net worth of all 2,208 of the world’s known billionaires is twice that of the poorest 2.5 billion people. By 2030, the richest 1% of the global population are projected to hold 64% — a full two-thirds — of the world’s wealth.

It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. When the world’s top economists sat down in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire in 1944 to figure out how to prevent the world economy from ever again becoming as destabilized as it was in the years leading up to World War II, they envisioned a global financial system that would stop countries from manipulating their exchange rates, curtail unrestricted international cash flows, and lock speculative capital behind national borders.

And at first, financial globalization—which formed international institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and tied currencies to the U.S. dollar, which was tied to gold — worked exactly as intended, laying the economic foundation for a period of unprecedented prosperity and stability in the second half of the 20th century.

But this is a very different century — and in the decades since Nixon deflated the dollar’s value in gold in 1971, leading to a return of the old unregulated order and our current floating exchange rates, the Bretton Woods system that was created 70 years ago has fallen apart.  (more...)


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Men in Black: Discussing the Knights of Malta

We sit down with Recluse of the Visup blog to discuss his work on the "Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta". We look into the history and strange connections of the Knights of Malta to Freemasonry, the P2 Lodge, Operation Gladio, and even the "Cornbread Mafia" Dr. Future sits in with us as he has written about and done much research on the Knights as well.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Former high school teacher faces jail sentence

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A former Brantford high school teacher found guilty of sexually assaulting a student was begged Monday by the victim’s father to publicly admit his guilt.

“If there is a shred of decency in you, allow (the victim) closure and further his healing by admitting what you did,” said the teenager’s father in a victim impact statement he read to the court on the first day of a two-day sentencing hearing for Shawn Oakes in the Ontario Court of Justice

Oakes, 38, was found guilty in June of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching after a seven-day, judge-only trial.

Justice Catrina Braid read from a pre-sentence report in which the report’s author said that Oakes was ready to accept responsibilty for his crimes.

“Despite pleading not guilty throughout a trial, the subject stated he committed the offences and was going to make amends, including attending a treatment program. He plans to read a statement at his sentencing hearing,” according to the report.  (more...)


And elsewhere in Ontario:

‘This has not been a good hour for Canada’: John Baird slams Trudeau government on Saudi state TV

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Barrick's ridiculous mouthpiece
As Canada’s relationship with Saudi Arabia remains on the rocks, ex-foreign affairs minister John Baird appeared on Saudi state TV over the weekend to denounce the Trudeau government for its “gratuitous attack” on the Saudi regime.

“For Canada to treat a friend and ally this way has been incredibly unhelpful,” Baird told the English-language arm of Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned equivalent of Al Jazeera.

Baird added that the best way to resolve the crisis would be for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fly to Riyadh to apologize in person to the Saudi royal family.

“I think the Canadian government is only beginning to understand how offensive their conduct has been to the Saudi government,” he said. “This is giving Canada a bad reputation.”  (more...)

Ummm... this hasn't been a great decade, either:

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Who does Johnny share his tent with?
And, what about his buddies in the sandbox:

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This is just sooooooooo rich.

Monday, August 13, 2018

UK: Paedophiles In Parliament

Journalist and Broadcaster Sonia Poulton explores the history of paedophile allegations in British Politics.

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It should be clear that blackmail and the threat of scandal is a ubiquitous mechanism of social control in the upper reaches of the Anglo-American establishment. It should not be surprising that the clergy is riddled with this same cancer. Either the clergy must be cut away from this diseased body, or the whole body must be cleansed of its filth. It should be noted that this depravity is closely coupled to power and control, and not a necessary outgrowth of the human condition. Given a chance, a sane society strives for health,  happiness, and freedom from oppression. Cast into the light, the malign cult of degeneracy can be isolated and destroyed. Let's call it The Inquisition.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Tax-break Ireland is no country for the vulnerable

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THIS week saw public outrage over the treatment of two very vulnerable groups — women with cancer having to fight for justice and humility in the courts, and distressed mortgage holders offloaded to a corporate vulture fund.

Weak and vulnerable women and families are left behind clamouring for help, while ‘Ireland Inc’ and ‘big business’ elsewhere is facilitated, rewarded. Why do we do injustices so well here?

The disturbing case of Ruth Morrissey, emerging from Dublin’s Four Courts in recent days, has again highlighted the sickening dilemma faced by women caught up in the cervical cancer scandal.

Ms Morrissey is suing the HSE and laboratories over alleged misreading of her cervical smear tests.

Harrowing evidence included mention of her daughter’s plea of “Mammy, please don’t die, I love you, don’t leave me”.

Some 17 lawyers were pitted against the Limerick woman. who has been undergoing no hair as a result of chemotherapy. Ruth and husband Paul were reduced to tears in court.

After the cervical cancer controversy erupted in May, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar promised that women would not be put through this pain. The State would settle with them and then pursue labs. This hasn’t happened.  (more...)


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Is Oily Econo-Politics Behind Saudis’ Crude Canadian Diplomacy?

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TORONTO — In a near repeat of Saudi Arabia’s feud with Qatar last year, the diplomatic spat between the Saudis and the Canadian government seems to have spiralled out of control after it began last Friday. Apparently beginning as a result of the Canadian Foreign Ministry’s decision to criticize via Twitter the Saudi government’s arrest of the sister of detained Saudi activist Raif Badawi, the days since have seen the Saudis expel the Canadian ambassador, suspend flights to Canada, recall around 15,000 Saudi students studying abroad, and freeze new trade and investment in Canada, among other measures.

The most disturbing exchange between the two countries took place on Monday when a Saudi state-sponsored Twitter account tweeted a graphic appearing to show an Air Canada airliner heading toward the Toronto skyline in a way similar to the September 11th attacks, in a gesture that seemed to imply that the Saudis would target Canada for its “interference” in the kingdom’s internal affairs.

Then, early Wednesday, Saudi resolve to punish Canada for its criticism of the kingdom’s treatment of domestic dissenters and activists was again made clear after the Saudi central bank and state-managed pension funds ordered their foreign-based asset managers to liquidate their Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings “no matter the cost.” Those funds were estimated by the Financial Times at around $100 billion.

That announcement was then followed by a statement from Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir, who asserted that “What Canada did was unacceptable […] There is no need for mediation, Canada knows what it needs to do, it must change its policies, ways with The Kingdom.” He then ominously warned that the “Saudis are still weighing other measures to take against Canada.”

If Riyadh’s on-going squabble with Qatar is any indication, the Saudis are likely to continue to flexing their political and economic muscle in an effort to push the Canadian government to capitulate, even if it results in the Saudis pushing truly bizarre countermeasures.

Yet, while the Saudis themselves and much of the media coverage have painted the increasingly bizarre stand-off as a result of “human rights” concerns, it is unlikely that Saudi Arabia’s offense at a single tweet from the Canadian Foreign Ministry is to blame for the rapid decay in bilateral relations.

Indeed, some have speculated that the fierce response from the Saudis is intended to serve as a warning to any other government that would seek to criticize Saudi policy, particularly those policies ordered by the kingdom’s “reformer,” Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS). If this is the case, the high price Canada is paying for a single tweet critical of the Saudi government is a clear sign to other nations that the Saudi government will not tolerate dissent in any form, whether from its own people or from other nations.  (more...)