"Hun Sen's election strategy is clear: bulldoze what's left of Cambodia's democratic institutions by using laws like this one, while simultaneously intimidating civil society into silence with arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders and threats to de-register troublesome NGOs," the group's Asia director, Phil Robertson, said.And Macedonia, strongly and specifically:
Shortly after the elections, on 20th December the Public Revenue Office sent financial inspectors to the Open Society Foundation (OSF), an organisation run by American-Hungarian billionaire George Soros, and 20 civil society organisations who receive funds from the philanthropic organisation. The formal investigation comes as a result of anti-civil society rhetoric from VMRO-DPMNE politicians, who claim that foreign funded CSOs are attempting to destabilise the country.And Israel, at least partly:
Israel will stop issuing work visas to Human Rights Watch staff, the NGO said Friday, with the Jewish state accusing the group of being "fundamentally biased" against it. The New York-based watchdog, which has written critical reports about the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, applied months ago for a visa for its Israel and Palestine director, American citizen Omar Shakir. On February 20, Israeli authorities informed it the request had been rejected because HRW is "not a real human rights group", the group said in a statement.No new movements TOWARD Soros today. As far as I can determine only Gambia and the Baltics and South Sudan are adding more evil. = = = = = Sidenote on constants and variables: Note the tone of those three paragraphs written by various Sorosian media. In each case the Sorosian organization is treated as default and perfect and heavenly, while all opposition to Soros is evil. (Rhetoric, claimed, scare quotes.) Even Israel is treated as evil in this context, which violates the normal journalistic rule placing Israel at the head of all goodness and angelism. Must have been serious cognitive dissonance for the writer, but the correct hierarchy prevailed. Soros is EVEN MORE ANGELIC than Israel to a journalist.
Eating loads of fruit and vegetables - 10 portions a day - may give us longer lives, say researchers. The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year.Calculated? 7.8 million? Why not get more precise? 7,843,671.49 premature deaths sounds more scientific. But did they actually calculate? Later paragraph:
The researchers do not know if eating even more fruit and veg would have even greater health benefits as there is little evidence out there to review.Got it. Little evidence, therefore we MUST do it. Admittedly the article has one marginally good point. Unlike most nutrition crap, it specifies the meaning of "portion"......
A portion counts as 80g (3oz) of fruit or veg - the equivalent of a small banana, a pear or three heaped tablespoons of spinach or peas.This only makes the nonsense more obvious. If you eat ten bananas or ten pears or 30 tablespoons of peas, you're going to get sick. = = = = = Graphic serendipity sidenote: I meant to show Happystar eating a huge pile of peas. The result looks more like Happystar is puking the peas.... which fits the sentence above.
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The heavy rains we are experiencing this winter (January/February 2016) have caused numerous mudslides in our area, and flooding near students' homes. The students had the chance to watch the effects of a mudslide here on our own school campus that sent muddy sand and silt in a dramatic swirl around the storm drain near our classroom. Needless to say they are pumped up to learn more about how erosion works. We will use the tubs ordered, fortified with plywood underneath, tilted up on two by four boards. The tubs will be filled part way with sand, gravel and silt. We will fill plastic cups with water and try out different sized holes in the cups drizzling water down onto the sand in the stream tables as the first phase of our study. Students will measure, observe and identify variables they want to pursue for further study in small groups. Student skills of observation, and critical thinking will be enhanced through this project.Starting with real-life personal experience, learning through hands-on teamwork with sand and water. No theory, just muscle memory. Exactly right. BEAUTIFUL. = = = = = Then I noticed from other parts of the description that the students are probably illegal migrants. (Not explicit but clear enough.) ALSO BEAUTIFUL. As I said in previous item, the school doesn't deserve Federal funding because it's helping to violate Federal law... but a great teacher with kids who are there through no fault of their own deserves NON-FEDERAL funding. I'm glad to help.
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“I respectfully urge you to prioritize campaign finance reform to remedy the significant problems identified during the last election cycle,” Ravel wrote, noting Trump’s own criticism of the campaign finance system during his race for president. “Disclosure laws need to be strengthened; the mistaken jurisprudence of Citizens United reexamined; public financing of candidates ought to be expanded to reduce reliance on the wealthy; and commissioners who will carry out the mandates of the law should be appointed to the expired terms at the FEC.”Trump's election ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED all of those goals, with NO HELP from the idiotic useless FEC. He canceled out the role of money. Fact 1: Money is crucial when candidates and parties are identically toxic. The only way to get voters to swallow Cyanide Brand A instead of Cyanide Brand B is by spending billions of dollars advertising Cyanide Brand A. Fact 2: Every new rule and regulation on campaigns makes things worse, because all the rules and regulations are INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED to make life harder for independent candidates. FEC is a perfect fraud. Trump broke the whole paradigm by offering SOMETHING DIFFERENT, which sounded less toxic than the universal poison of all other politicians. When you offer a real change, you don't need a lot of money. And when you don't absorb a lot of money, voters recognize that you're not owned by the corporations and banks who were placing all their bets on other candidates. Admittedly Trump's name recognition came from decades of previous publicity that was unavailable to an ordinary citizen, but none of the publicity had been in the political realm and very little was paid advertising. I don't recall ever hearing or seeing ads for Trump brands on radio or TV.
Labels: Carbon Cult
Dr. Sajid Ravasia, a psychiatrist who works for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, and Dr. Debra Ravasia, a gynecologist, jointly filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in federal court on Jan. 18. They list between $500,000 and $1 million in personal assets to be split among the thousands who may assert a claim for up to $191.2 million.191 MILLION? That's a Federal-scale number. That's the same amount that the idiot dysgovernment of Spokane is spending on malarial flood-generating pits to satisfy the bloodlust of EPA. Apparently the debts are not connected to actual medical practice. The male dothead is a psychiatrist working for a hospital. The female dothead was running some kind of spa and weight loss clinic, which was the source of the problem. How in the hell do you run up 200 million in debt? How did the 8000 creditors ALLOW such an accumulation without suing much earlier? 8000 people is 3% of the population of Spokane. The mean debt to each of them would be about 24k. Wouldn't you NOTICE such a number? Where was the BBB? Where was the accountant? Is this evidence of official Dothead Privilege?
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Turkey sees the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump as being more understanding and sensitive on the issue of extraditing U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.... Yildirim said talks were continuing with U.S. officials on the extradition of Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating an attempted coup in Turkey last July.GET HIM!
In one of the most comprehensive studies on trends in local severe weather patterns to date, an international team of researchers found that the frequency of hail storms, thunderstorms and high wind events has decreased by nearly 50 percent on average throughout China since 1960. "The frequency of thunderstorms and high winds decreased gradually over the time period we studied, but not hail," said Qinghong Zhang. "This is something we don't fully understand at this point but plan to investigate more."To their credit, the Chinese researchers are real scientists, considering a variety of causes. USA "scientists" are blind bigots, locked into worshipping Gaia. (For instance.) Pollution makes sense as the major cause. More particles means more seeding, more steady precipitation AND more even distribution of charge. Less chance to build up heavy clouds and heavy charge differences, thus less severe thunderstorms. More particles also means more even distribution of temperature over both space and time, thus flatter thermal gradients, thus less push and pull for wind. = = = = = Here's a chart of tornados and wind over a similar period in USA, from NOAA. I'd like to find a chart of US particulate pollution from a similar period, focusing on tornado territory. Closest I can find for now is this from AEI. The lower line is national. Pollution has decreased steadily nationwide since 1920. Nationally the EPA didn't change the curve much, which is typical of all Federal "solutions". The purpose of a "solution" is to preserve the problem and increase bureaucratic workforce. Parkinson. However: I know from living in Oklahoma that pollution decreased strongly during the 1970s as EPA shut down most of the refineries. I often drove from I-35 to Enid. In 1970 you could see the Champlin refinery from about 5 miles away. In 1980 you could see it from 20 miles away. (Of course it was no longer a refinery, but at least you could see the structure.) Given that tornados and severe T-storms are Okie specialties, the observation may be relevant.
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Trump had appointed Craig Deare last month to head the National Security Council's Western Hemisphere division. On Friday, Deare was escorted out of the building where he worked. ...Deare's termination was linked to remarks he made Thursday at a private talk at a Washington think tank, where he slammed the Trump administration for its policies on Latin America and its start to relations with Mexico.Excellent. When you're dealing with an unsalvageable Sorosian Deepstate determined to retain and regain power, you have to start hardass and stay hardass. FAST and PUBLIC and HARD. Plenty of public frogmarched firings at the start will intimidate the other bureaucrats for a while. = = = = = Meanwhile, the real Erdogan continues fumigating the Sorosians in Turkey.
Precisely because it is so hard to regulate and prevent the spread of these pseudo-scientific non-treatments, we should be cracking down on one of their lucrative revenue streams by ending the tax-free status of workplace benefits plans that cover them. People should, at the very least, have to pay tax on pseudo-scientific treatments covered by their benefits plans.Basic problem: The usual definition of "pseudoscientific" is totally independent of actual science. It's purely a matter of fashion and status and grants. Electrotherapy (magnetic fields or passing current through the body) was normal and mainstream from 1840 to 1920, then pseudoscientific quackery from 1920 through 1980, now normal and mainstream again. Psychiatry has been totally and definitively disproved from the start, but it continues to be "scientific" because the Tribe owns it. Diet advice switches back and forth at a dizzying pace. A doctor who tells you to avoid fat is "scientific" today, "pseudo" tomorrow, "scientific" the next day. What happens if you tax a bad treatment for a while, then "learn" that the same treatment is now good and necessary? Do you refund the taxes from the bad time? Conversely, do you retroactively tax a treatment that has switched from necessity to quackery?
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This government is the first to scrutinize NGOs, but their scrutiny has not been limited to Accion Ecologica. In 2012, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa boldly declared that NGOs have been entering the country like never before during the previous decade. Many, backed by foreign states and foreign money, are out to destabilize the state, Ecuadorean leaders stated. “Their interest is not the country, impoverished sectors, natural resources or strengthening democracies,” said Paola Pabon, director of the National Ministry of Political Management, which is responsible for tracking NGOs, in an interview with teleSUR last year. “What interests them is having control over governments, having influence over civil society to create elements of destabilization.”Exactly. So Ecuador took positive action, expelling many NGOs. What are the NGOs doing?
USAID sends hundreds of millions to local projects in Ecuador, some less explicitly political, but some indirectly benefiting opposition groups, according to U.S. Ambassador in Ecuador Adam Namm. BBG affiliate, TeleAmazonas, has been accused of fomenting strong opposition rhetoric against Correa. And the NED spends over US$1 million annually on dozens of local programs with broad objectives like “promoting citizen oversight of elected officials,” “monitoring due process and the independence of the judicial system,” "monitoring the use of public resources in government advertising" and "facilitating dialogue and consensus on democracy."In other words, HACKING ELECTIONS. So I'll add Ecuador to my map of countries that are moving away from Soros (green) and toward Soros (violet). Also, browsing a little in the Soros documents, it's blazingly clear that the South Sudan revolution was PURE Soros from start to finish. I was fooled by this one, even after supposedly "learning" that modern revolutions are fake. Shame on me.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.