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Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 19:52:34 +0100
Subject: Sweden is the world's 'goodest' country

Sweden is the world's 'goodest' country

Ha!  Maybe quibble over some rankings for UK (i.e. UK's taxes, policing, law-courts, elections and media are deeply corrupt - but the Index doesn't reflect this, maybe they don't know about it?).

Note that UK badly fails the most important test of "goodness" [International peace and security}, coming 64th, below Colombia, Oman, Georgia etc..

Ray D
see the Index here -

Why Sweden is now the world's 'goodest' country
Updated: 02 Jun 2016 15:17 GMT+02:00

Sweden has been ranked as the nation that makes the greatest contribution to humanity as a whole, according to an index that attempts to measure the amount each country gives to the common good.

Sweden is now 'third least corrupt' country on the planet (27 Jan 16) "Sweden must be bored of coming top in every bloody country index but that's the fact of the matter," Good Country Index creator Simon Anholt told The Local.

The newest edition of the index places Sweden top, outranking 162 other countries in a league table based on 35 different indicators from sources including the UN and World Bank.

Anholt, who describes himself as an independent advisor who has worked with the governments of more than 50 countries, says the aim of the ranking is to "find ways of encouraging countries to collaborate and co-operate more, and compete a bit less".

"Sweden is in a bit of an elite when it comes to thinking about the rest of the world," Anholt said in an interview with The Local. "The European model is one that trained countries to be much more outward looking, and Sweden is that more than the others."

The two categories on the index that Sweden performed best in were `Health and Wellbeing' and `Prosperity and Equality', placing first in both. Something Anholt highlighted as remarkable.

"Ranking number one in two categories is pretty amazing. Health and Wellbeing covers things like contributions to resolving pandemics and sending doctors to international health disasters. Prosperity and Equality is mainly about trade: how much beneficial trade Sweden indulges in with other countries, and how easy it makes international transactions."

Topping the table was a significant improvement on the previous edition of the Good Country Index, which judged the Swedes to be the sixth `goodest' nation in the world. An explanation for the shift can be found in the `International Peace and Security' category, where Sweden ranked 52nd in the new, updated index.

"That was the category Sweden placed lowest in, 52nd, and that's mainly because of arms exports which it loses points for," Anholt said. "It came significantly lower the year before though, 111th. The reason for the improvement is because the International Security Assistance Force operations in Afghanistan, which Swedish troops were involved in, ended in 2014."

"Since it's killing fewer people abroad, Sweden is free to be recognized as the goodest," Anholt concluded.

When asked how much opinion or perception may have been involved in the rankings, the man behind the index stressed that they are as objective as possible, and were not designed to produce any particular outcome.

"There's no opinion or perception involved at all. The numbers are all collected by UN agencies and other major international bodies. It's as objective as anything like this can possibly be," he insisted.

"It's as objective as the United Nations could be, which is fairly objective. Most of these countries are UN member states so if they don't like the data they should complain to the UN, not to us."

Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:54:34 +0100< br>Subject: Secret Mysteries Of America's Beginnings Volume 4
Secret Mysteries Of America's Beginnings Volume 4 - The Hidden Faith Of The Founding Fathers

Have seen much of the other `volumes' at various times but this is stronger meat.

Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:17:19 +0100
Subject: The Hellfire Club (re: last post above)

The Hellfire Club re: last post above

With reference to Benjamin Franklin and the Hellfire Club (in England), reported to indulge in "orgies and black masses" etc. - I have more than a few reservations.

For a start all the `reports' are either from ignorant and fearful peasants:
who, only a few centuries before were declaring that visiting dignitaries (from India, Arabia and even China) must be practitioners of `black magic' and so accursed - because those sages could count and calculate using `Arabic numbers' - then unknown to Europe's natives, who only used Roman numerals [Wiki], which, as you can see make it nearly impossible to count at all, never mind calculate;

or from the `establishment' of a corrupt State and Church who were always ready to smear anyone (and put to death those who were less powerful) whose ideas might seem `independent' and so dangerous to that establishment.

[N.b. even in the 1800's writers like Coleridge, Wordsworth and Charles Lamb [`Elia'] et al, had their mail intercepted and read by secret police - so they had to write in flowery classical allusions and often ended with a "God Save the King", though they were anti-royalist and republican.  Lamb's letters in particular are quite interesting reading - you can find them in most second-hand bookshops.]

So I doubt Franklin (or the others) indulged in `black masses' or even `orgies'.

Ray D

PS - about `peasants' reports: after moving back to UK and into the countryside I live quietly enough but will occasionally be visited by attractive and intelligent ladies from exotic places (an Italian-speaking blonde fleeing from Mogadishu, a trio of exuberant young women from the north, a younger Chinese girl from Hong Kong, and an even younger girl from the Outer Antilles) - who are friends from my more recent travels.   However, as you might imagine, some locals gossip about that.    Harmless enough today - but may have been lethal a few centuries ago. - RD

Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:49:28 +0100
Subject: "Man jumped through cofffee shop window fleeing "terrorists"

Man jumped through coffee shop window fleeing "terrorists"

Yup, seems folk think they're threatened by whatever nasty thing they last saw or heard in the news - not matter how unlikely that might be.

Think I've mentioned female colleagues' panicked reaction to the `Dunblane Massacre' [site ref.]

They asked me to man the street desk in the glass fronted office, and to lock the doors, although Scotland was hundreds of miles away and the shooter was already dead - check mail response.

Ray D
PS - maybe we can see how easy it was in ignorant medieval times to arrange panics, scares and pogroms?
A man in Manchester, England was left with a broken arm after jumping through a coffee shop window fleeing what he thought were terrorists, when in fact it was just a group of loud school children.

The man, who hasn't been named, was in a coffee shop in the village of Didsbury on Wednesday when `gunshot like' bangs were heard in the premises.

Thinking the cafe was under siege, one man wasn't taking any chances and proceeded to dive out one of the front windows.

In an attempt to save the day, and regardless of his broken arm suffered in the fall, the man then ran to a nearby bank to call for help.

Although one woman explained to the Manchester Evening News that "it sounded like there was a shooting downstairs," and that she was "expecting people wearing balaclavas and carrying guns to come upstairs," no others followed suit and jumped out the window.

"Other people were running around trying to get out on to the balcony but the door was locked," she told the newspaper. "I think that's why the man went for one of the front windows. When I looked round I could only see his feet hanging from the window."

"Afterwards, one woman said the first thing she thought about was the Paris attacks," she added.

It transpired that the loud noises were actually caused by a group of school children `messing about' by banging trays on the floor.

Greater Manchester Police said they had been called to a `disturbance' at the coffee shop, but no further action was taken.

Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:13:28 +0100
Subject: 'Nones' or atheists now make up nearly half the UK population

"'Nones' or atheists now make up nearly half the UK population"

Ha!  Think I like their comparison of London with Wales - always thought we Welsh are more sensible than confused, fashion-freak Londoners.

`Nones' or atheists now make up nearly half the UK population
By VICKIIE OLIPHANT | PUBLISHED: 10:33, Tue, May 24, 2016 | UPDATED: 11:00, Tue, May 24, 2016

Almost half the population of England and Wales said they had no religion in a 2014 study conducted by St Mary's Catholic University.
Referred to as `nones', the numbers are almost double the figure of 25 per cent recorded in a census just three years earlier.

Those who define themselves as Christian - including Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations - made up 43.8 per cent of the population, lower than the 48.8 per cent of nones.
The study claims both Anglican and Catholic churches are struggling to keep members of their congregation who have been brought up as Christians.

The Church of England says it expects attendance will continue to fall for another 30 years, as attendees age and younger generations turn their back on faith altogether.

In London, the country's most religious area, however, 60 per cent of people confirmed they still consider themselves tied to a specific faith with only 40 per cent registering as none.
But Wales sees the reverse, with 60 per cent saying they have no religion.

The study, entitled Contemporary Catholicism in England and Wales, will be launched at the House of Commons today by author Stephen Bullivant.
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Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 19:44:37 +0100
Subject: Rampage Freak-outs

Rampage Freak-outs (×2)

Yup, during my time in Saudi we would hear repeated cases of Muslim men freaking out and going on the rampage with an axe or machete or similar.  Most often, due to their sexual hangups, they would target women (rarely children) and any passer-by who got in the way.

Those cases weren't reported in newspapers as far as I know.  The details always came to us ex-pats (with access to national comms - civil and military) via `sub-news' channels operated by our colleague expat engineers around the country.
Ray D
Man, 41, admits attempting to murder his partner pregnant with their unborn child after repeatedly stabbing her in the street before he was stopped by hero passers-by
Babur Karamat Raja, 41, stabbed partner while she was 36 weeks along. She suffered wounds to abdomen but had baby girl by caesarian section.
Also pleaded guilty to attempting to destroy a child at Birmingham court. Raja also admitted attacking two passers-by who tried to stop attack
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Man Denies Attempted Murder At Tube Station
Muhaydin Mire denies trying to kill a man in his fifties at a Tube station, in what prosecutors say was as an act of terrorism.
12:58, UK | Tuesday 24 May 2016
A man has admitted trying to stab four people at a Tube station in east London, but has denied trying to murder a man in the same attack. Muhaydin Mire appeared at the Old Bailey in the capital on Tuesday via videolink from prison.
Dressed in a blue jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms, the 30-year-old spoke only to confirm his name and enter his pleas. He denied one count of attempted murder, but admitted four counts of attempted wounding at Leytonstone Tube station on 5 December last year.

Prosecutors have described the attack as an act of terrorism.
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Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 20:51:06 +0100
Subject: The Necronomicon & Government

The Necronomicon & Government

If you've seen his earlier Youtube presentations you'll know Levenda was fairly well placed to be aware of those Bronx fake "churches" and "bishops" (no congregations - just bishops) which were apparently mainly composed of CIA/FBI thugs and murderers (inc. the cross-dressing Head of FBI who was also a "bishop").  Like Levenda said:  `Men in weird hats and dresses'.

However this interview takes the whole thing into a different league altogether - in fact I'm surprised that Levenda feels safe talking about it.

Ray D
BTW - Peter says he is NOT `Simon' but knows who Simon is/was - see
The Necronomicon & Government Occult True Believers with Peter Levenda

Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 00:27:54 +0100
Subject: Teachers put Shanghai ahead in global tests [w/Finland]

Teachers put Shanghai ahead in global tests [w/Finland]
Yup, it all seems to hinge on the quality of teachers, with only 10% of applicants being accepted (Finland) and on-going training mandatory.

And, as the second (Finland) article says:  their superlative education system actually costs LESS than the (failing) western model.
Ray Teachers put Shanghai ahead in global tests
By Sean Coughlan | Global education, editor | 18 May 2016

Pupils in the Chinese city have been ranked in top place in international school tests, and the World Bank, which provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries, has published a report investigating Shanghai's academic success.

It found the standard of teaching was the biggest advantage, including a system of constant teacher training and upgrading of skills.
Teachers in Shanghai, on average, spend only a third of their time teaching - with most of their time being spent on training, preparation and working with mentors.
There are "stringent" requirements to get into teaching, which is seen as a prestigious job, and even though teachers can be dismissed, the study found that, in practice, this was rare.
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--- The incredible reason Finland has the best schools in the world
Riordan Lee | 29 APR 16
Australia's education standards are on the slide, while Finland's are the envy of the world. How do they do it?
A revolutionary approach that does everything differently.

In Finland, students are in day-care until the age of seven - learning through songs, games and conversation, rather than going to school and hitting the books.

When they do get to school, it's a world away from the Australian education model.

School hours are much shorter, homework is kept to a minimum, and students get a 15-minute outdoor free-play break every single hour. Exercise and nature aren't treated as distractions -- they're embraced as a critical tool for learning.

William Doyle wrote: "One evening, I asked my son what he did for gym that day. `They sent us into the woods with a map and compass and we had to find our way out.'"

Exams aren't taken until middle school, and even then, there's a much stronger vocational focus.

In year 10 they learn to service cars, in and year 12 they'll turn their attention to electronics.

One school assignment consisted of making a `fully functioning racing car from a stripped-down old vehicle'.

`Schoolkids are encouraged to do be silly, have fun and laugh - the sayings that guide their philosophy include: "Let children be children", and "The work of a child is to play".

For the Finns, education is done purely to foster learning, not for passing standardised tests (they only do one in their lifetime).

The other big difference is the rigorous entry requirements for teachers.
Only 10 per cent of applicants are accepted, and it's not just the most academically gifted - there's a two-phase process, designed to get the most diverse, sociable and genuinely keen people to teach.

Their degrees are also six years long, consisting of a teaching component and a research-based degree.

What's more, the system works!
The difference between the best and worst results is also the smallest in the world, meaning no child's getting left behind.

All of this, and Finland still spends 25 per cent less per student than Australia.

Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 09:30:18 +0100
Subject: `The way work works has changed' - Winter is coming

`The way work works has changed'.  Winter is coming
Yup, these two, one podcast + one article, forecast the somewhat harsher future.

And I'll bet the PTB will implement that future the worst way possible - first cutting and outsourcing (to robots + A.I.s) and only then realising / backtracking and re-instating vital `human decision making', which can't be successfully automated.

That's what the PTB has always done before:  slash+burn motivated by greed, then cover-ups and too-late repairs.
Ray D
Speaking in Tech:  Tech layoffs in San Francisco - will cuts go `global'?
Podcast:  `The way work works has changed'. Winter is coming
If you self-identified as a "systems administrator", "storage administrator", "IT practitioner" or other term that realistically boils down to "minion who does things related to technology", you're done for.  If reading the previous sentence caused you to become angered and prepared to argue, instead of curious as to why I might say that, you're super-double-extra doomed with a side of "cheque please".

The problem with self-identification as a minion-class button-pusher lies in the scope of awareness and the breadth of apathy. Put simply: as a category, IT is huge, and growing at a ferocious clip. Button-pushers - even specialist button-pushers - are cheap and plentiful.

Any minion can be trained to rigidly adhere to whitepapers and say "no" to every request that comes their way. People who implement technologies are a commodity. What's rare - and what's actually worth paying a living wage for - are people who solve problems.

In business title terms, I am talking here about the difference between an administrator and an architect. The administrator will eventually be replaced by mediocre software. The architect is the individual who understands not only how technology works, but why. They design solutions by considering factors and elements outside the scope of the implementation of the technology.
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Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 11:17:29 +0100
Subject: Italy set to double child benefit to combat low birth rate

Italy set to double child benefit

Ha!  Despite the ongoing `migrants panic',  this news item (re Italy but actually applying to EU, UK, USA),  and the Wiki ref. below it, shows why gov'ts of Europe and USA secretly want _more_ migrants.
Italy set to double child benefit to combat low birth rate
"Italy has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe.
According to data collected by the World Bank, its 2014 birth rate was just 8 per 1,000 people, compared with 12 for the UK and 13 for the US.
Italian women give birth to 1.39 children on average, compared with an EU average of 1.58."
Sub-replacement fertility is a total fertility rate (TFR) that (if sustained) leads to each new generation being less populous than the older, previous one in a given area.  In developed countries sub-replacement fertility is any rate below approximately 2.1 children born per woman, but the threshold can be as high as 3.4 in some developing countries because of higher mortality rates.[1]  Taken globally, the total fertility rate at replacement was 2.33 children per woman in 2003.[1]  This can be "translated" as 2 children per woman to replace the parents, plus a "third of a child" to make up for the higher probability of boys being born and early mortality prior to the end of their fertile life.[2]
As of 2010, about 48% (3.3 billion people) of the world population lives in nations with sub-replacement fertility.... This includes most nations of Europe, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Russia, Iran, Tunisia, China, the United States and many others.

Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 07:05:45 +0100
Subject: Power-perv Priests (and others)

Power-perv Priests (and others)

Last night heard a report, from a dignified, well spoken elderly Jewish lady (81 yrs old?) on BBC Radio4, saying how, on an El Al flight, she was ordered to move to another seat because a Jewish priest refused to have a woman sitting near him.

Yes, that's moderately disgusting, but it should ring alarm bells for the authorities.  When a priest (or Pope or politico/police-chief etc) gets to such a state of self-delusion, it is often a sign that there's a long line of abuse victims along his back-trail, especially if he's had contact with children or vulnerable folk.

So the authorities (with help from El Al) have a duty to check the background of that particular power-pervert.

Ray D

BTW - in the interests of politico/religious balance, there is a miscreant hiding in the Vatican whose background also needs checking - suspect there are many victims still being hidden +/or continuing to be suppressed.  Maybe check for USA latest. - RD

Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 08:23:09 +0100
Subject: Gay cake case: `judgement was wrong'

Gay cake case: `judgement was wrong'

Seems the N.I. Attorney General's been reading our earlier conclusion where we agreed that:
"The Xtian bakery can't refuse to bake and sell a cake to a gay (couple?), but that Xtian bakery has every right to refuse to `say' something they don't believe in.  That "pro-gay" wording demanded would offend against the Xtian bakery's right to free speech.  Case closed!

So the bakery should sell them a plain cake and they can decorate it anyway they wish - as is _their_ right to free speech."
  (archived at answers039.html#gayk)
Ray D
[ "Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?" - Count Axel Oxenstierna ]
'Gay cake' case: Northern Ireland Attorney General says judgement against Ashers was wrong
10 May 2016

Northern Ireland's Attorney General, John Larkin, has told the Court of Appeal that the judgement in the case against a Christian-run bakery that refused to make a cake bearing a slogan supporting gay marriage was wrong.

Last year, Ashers Baking Company was found to have discriminated against a customer who placed the order in 2014.  It is trying to overturn the ruling.  The appeal was scheduled for earlier this year, but was halted after an intervention from Mr Larkin.

Mr Larkin was granted permission to take part in the case after senior judges decided Larkin had raised an arguable case that sexual orientation laws in Northern Ireland directly discriminate against those who hold religious beliefs or political opinions.

On Tuesday, Mr Larkin gave legal submissions.  He told the court that "this case is about expression".

Mr Larkin said if it was the case where the customer Gareth Lee has "been refused some of Ashers excellent chocolate eclairs because he was gay or perceived to be gay then I would be standing on the other side of court".  "But it's not about that, it's about expression and whether it's lawful under Northern Ireland constitutional law for Ashers to be forced ... to articulate or express or say a political message which is at variance with their political views and in particular their religious views," he added.  He added that Mr Lee's sexual orientation is of "supreme irrelevance" to Ashers.

The McArthur family, the owners of the Belfast shop, has said their case has implications for freedom of expression across the UK.
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Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 18:34:39 +0100
Subject: UK unis' reputation `diminishing' - Asian institutions gather pace

UK unis' reputation `diminishing' - Asian institutions gather pace

Yup, this is getting to be a long-running theme, here's just a couple of earlier references to `ascendancies' : metamail94.html#aliens in 2011, and answers035.html#iron-islam in 2015
QUOTE - " makes me think China is maybe heading for several hundred years of ruling the world."
Ray D
UK universities' world reputation `diminishing' as Asian institutions gather pace, say rankings
Prestigious Oxbridge universities slip down, as rankings' editor says balance of power in higher education is 'slowly shifting from the West to the East'

The UK's reputation on the world stage for having some of the best universities is "diminishing" as Asian institutions gather pace, claims a new set of rankings.

According to Times Higher Education's (THE) World Reputation Rankings, the UK has just ten universities in the complete 100 - down two on last year - while institutions from across Asia have managed to take up 18 places - an increase of ten on 2015.

Editor of the rankings, Phil Baty, acknowledged how the UK "has lost ground," even though the country is still the second most-represented nation in the list of the most reputable universities, behind the US which dominates with 43 out of 100.

Highlighting how seven of the UK's ten institutions are ranked in lower positions on last year, Mr Baty said: "Even the country's most prestigious institutions have slipped, with the universities of Cambridge and Oxford each dropping two places to fourth and fifth place respectively.

"The rise of Asia has become something of a cliché in recent times, but our evidence - from six massive global surveys over six years, including the views of more than 80,000 scholars - proves the balance of power in higher education and research is slowly shifting from the West to the East."
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Date:Wed, 4 May 2016 01:50:55 +0100
Subject: Italian court rules food theft 'not a crime' if hungry

Italian court rules food theft 'not a crime' if hungry

About time some realism penetrated `law + justice'.  Last time was maybe when juries forced pervy English judges to stop hanging starving children for `stealing' a piece of bread!
Detail at genes5.html#fox.
Ray D
3 May 2016 | From the section Europe
Italian court rules food theft 'not a crime' if hungry

The court found that the homeless man was acting "in a state of need" so his actions could not be considered offences
Stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime, Italy's highest court of appeal has ruled.

Judges overturned a theft conviction against Roman Ostriakov after he stole cheese and sausages worth €4.07 (£3; $4.50) from a supermarket.
Mr Ostriakov, a homeless man of Ukrainian background, had taken the food "in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment", the court of cassation decided.
Therefore it was not a crime, it said.
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Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 01:35:52 +0100
Subject: Chinese police to patrol in Italy in pioneering experiment

Chinese police to patrol in Italy in pioneering experiment

Interesting heh Choong?  Can't help thinking there's slightly more behind it than the reason given though.
PS- maybe recall our thoughts on China's future?
Chinese police to patrol in Italy in pioneering experiment
3 May 2016

Chinese Police officers, seated at a news conference alongside Italian police and journalists, at the Italian Interior Ministry headquarters in Rome, 2 May 2016Image copyrightAP Image caption
Before their arrival, the officers received training from Italian officials in Beijing
Four Chinese police officers will patrol alongside Italian police in Rome and Milan, as a two-week experiment.
The officers, who speak Italian, are being sent in a bid to make Chinese tourists feel safe during the peak tourism period, said Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.
"If the experiment is successful, we will expand it to other cities in Italy," he said.
Around three million Chinese tourists visit Italy annually.
Mr Alfano said that Italian officers would also soon be heading to Beijing and Shanghai to patrol alongside Chinese officers.

Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 14:09:08 +0100
Subject: Racism (and fashion)

Racism (and fashion)

Seems that various political interests have raised a furore over `racism' - mainly in UK but apparently ranging wider as I read the news today.

It's all guff - and I speak as one who thought, fashionably, that I was `non-racist' - a favourite stance among many Western folk these days.

But lately I've been reviewing my own experiences and have realized something entirely different.

[BTW - experiences which had earlier convinced me I was `non-racist' are at world1.html and links]

As you might see, the fact that I'd lived among non-Europeans for much of working life, and that majority of girlfriends have been non-European (Chinese, Malay, Thai, Afro-American, Caribbean, African), and that I'd had good male friends in all those countries, had made me think I was totally unbiased.

However, now have recalled the down-to-earth chat among those friends (and the pillow-talk of girlfriends), which had a common theme - the whole world is `racist', although in some groups it's more overt than others.

That is a matter of simple physical awareness, coupled with innate social awareness.  These actions are `unconscious' and beyond our control - so `racism' is a fact of life which cannot be denied or disowned by even the most sanctimonious do-gooder.

Although what you actually do about your own `racism' is a matter for your own conscience, as circumstances allow.

Ray D

Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 20:38:45 +0100
Subject: "Iran leader hails record vote for women"

" Iran leader hails record vote for women"

One of the few sensible decisions taken in UK's parliamentary history was to ban clerics standing for election to Parliament - because they could control the minds of the gullible and superstitious who listened to their sermons.

Ray D
Iran leader hails record vote for women
3 hours ago | From the section Europe
The president of Iran has congratulated voters on electing a record number of women to parliament since before the 1979 Islamic revolution.
It was President Hassan Rouhani's first reaction to the results of Friday's run-off election, in which moderates and reformists won a working majority.
The 17 women elected make up 6% of the new cohort of 290 MPs.
Only 16 cleric MPs have been voted in, meaning the new parliament will include more women than religious leaders.
(more at page ...)

Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:55:31 +0100
Subject: FWD Warming? - Yup "Snow? In April?"
Snow? In April?
A selection of your pictures following the unexpected arrival of snow in spring
5 hours ago
From the section Cylchgrawn

Full article Snow? In April?

Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:54:42 +0100
Subject: 'Jewish' religious teacher turns out to be Catholic cook, flees Polish town

Are we getting to be almost blasé about all kinds of religious wackiness?

Rabbi ruse: `Jewish' religious teacher turns out to be Catholic cook, flees Polish town
Published time: 22 Apr, 2016 12:29

A man who for years served as a community rabbi in the Polish town of Poznan has disappeared amid a shocking discovery that, far from having a holy background, he is in fact a Catholic cook.

Jacoob Ben Nistell, aka "Yaakav", admitted that he isn't a rabbi a fortnight ago. But now events have taken a new turn: he has deleted his Facebook page and disappeared from Poznan.

"I know him, but that's no Nistell, [it's] Jacek Niszczota. He's from Ciechanow," an anonymous caller told the local broadcaster, putting a stop to the long-standing deception.

Polish journalist Krzysztof Kazmierczak investigated the `rabbi', and reported that Nistell is indeed Jacek Niszczota, a Catholic from Ciechanow, a town in north-central Poland, where he worked as a cook. The man himself used to say he was from Haifa.

The `rabbi' had conducted Judaism-related activities for kids and youths in the local community for a few years, and took part in ecumenical prayer services with Polish bishops. He also allegedly carried out interfaith meetings with priests and imams.

Reports add that he worked as a volunteer, and never asked to be paid for his services.

It also turned out that no one had even thought about taking a look at the alleged fake preacher's passport.

"I'm surprised. I never checked his identity document. He said he comes from Haifa, his mother still lives there, and he has an Israeli passport and a son in the army. I believed that he is who he says he is because of how he looked and that he was able to pray in Hebrew and knew Jewish customs," Alicja Kobus, president of Poznan's Jewish community, told Glos Wielkopolski.

Surprisingly enough, some took the events as a sign of growing interest towards Jewish culture.

"Who, 30 years ago in this country, would have pretended to be a rabbi, to say nothing of 70 years ago?" said Michael Schudrich, the chief rabbi in Poland, as quoted by the Times of Israel.

Schudrich added that he had met Niszczota/Nistell a few times, and always found him to be "very sweet and smiley."

Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:00:14 +0100
Subject: Asia's Silk Road Revival Shows the Age of the West Is Coming to an End

"Asia's Silk Road Revival Shows the Age of the West Is Coming to an End"

Yes, have been interested in this general subject for some years;  maybe check westward.html#map, where a map of the Old Silk Road is atop some sci-research articles and quotes, like
1) - The mystery of China's celtic mummies ref-06
"They seem to have been a peaceful folk, as there are few weapons among the Cherchen find and there is little evidence of a caste system"
2) - Mystery of the mummies ref-07
"According to sweeping physical evidence, they were not Chinese.  They were not even Asian.  They were Caucasian."

Ray D
Asia's Silk Road Revival Shows the Age of the West Is Coming to an End
REUTERS | 04/14/2016 10:00 am ET

Peter Frankopan - Historian at Oxford University; Director of the Oxford Center for Byzantine Research

At the start of his final State of the Union address in January this year, President Obama struck a somber note. "We live in a time of extraordinary change," he said, "change that's reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet, our place in the world."

This should not be a cause for alarm, he went on, for "America has been through big changes before - wars and depression, the influx of new immigrants, workers fighting for a fair deal, movements to expand civil rights." Citing the famous words of Abraham Lincoln, who warned that it was dangerous to adhere to the "dogmas of the quiet past," he urged Americans to once again think anew, and act anew - to make "change work for us."

President Obama could equally well have referred to other figures in history who warned of the same perils of failing to adapt in a changing world. "A talent for following the ways of yesterday," declared King Wu-ling of Zhao in northeastern China, in 307 BC, "is not sufficient to improve the world of today."

Leaders in the past have always understood how important it was to keep up with the times.
In Europe in particular, we have learned at horrific cost what persecution because of skin color, religion, race or gender can result in: slavery, exclusion, even genocide. We learned the benefits of democracy not through enlightenment, but rather through aggressive exploitation. Perhaps it is no surprise, therefore, that we are also experiencing something of an existential crisis and concern for the safety of our own assumptions and norms.

train silk road
The first Qingdao-Central Asia freight train, about to leave the station, on July 1, 2015. (Feature China / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

The poisonous battle to secure the presidential nomination in the United States, along with the serious prospect of the dissolution of the European Union later this summer, betray a dismaying fall in self confidence. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was the dream of many to move to Europe or to the United States - the land of the free, the home of the brave - where there were no barriers to advancement, no ceiling to where hard work could lead. That is no longer the case; Mexicans and Muslims find themselves the butt of rhetoric that borders on racial hatred. Fear breeds hatred and hatred brings suffering, to paraphrase a certain character from Star Wars.

Those who study the fall of empires recognize the pattern of introspection and self-satisfaction that creates a world of `us' and `them' in which our way is `superior' to those of other cultures, other peoples and other ways of functioning. Historians tend to be poor forecasters of the future. But looking at the present day through the lens of the recent and not so recent past provides food for thought, if not grounds for pessimism.

Failing to adapt to a changing world, as Presidents Lincoln and Obama noted, has consequences. But we've known that for millennia.
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Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:44:02 +0100
Subject: Justin for World Leader?

Justin for World Leader?

Just read an admiring piece about Trudeau's quick and accurate answer to a sarcastic question - and the thought struck me that maybe most folk in western countries would rather have Justin as their PM / President than any of the present incumbents.  After all he's a normal guy, has worked for a living, and is clearly very bright - all of which is totally unlike most politicians.

PM schools reporter on quantum computing during press conference
Justin Trudeau responds to a flip question from reporter with a good-natured, not-so-flip answer. To read more:

Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 20:25:24 +0100
Subject: Future IQ Loss

Future IQ Loss.

The other day heard an interesting chap (on BBC Radio4) talking about long-term social changes [think he was a US anthropologist / historian], and he made the point that the industrial revolution in Western countries, accompanied by its large-scale movement of folk from the farm to the town and factory, kick-started a lasting rise in IQs.  That is, as he exampled, a person with an average 100 IQ about 200 years ago would only rate 85 IQ today.

That rang a bell - some years ago a Nobel geneticist noted that the greatest _single_ boost of intelligence in Western children was the invention of the bicycle, which, along with the new independence movement among women, allowed young folk to meet others who came from a long way away, especially during cycling holidays.  As he said;  generally speaking the further away your grandparents' (and parents') birthplaces are from each other, the higher the intelligence of the resulting children.

[ It's called `hybrid vigour' when talking of the same phenomenon in plants and animals, and those recentish human IQ increases have been dubbed the `Flynn Effect' - also see the international differences (note that China - with long established `universal' examinations for service anywhere in the Empire, has the highest World IQ).]

However it looks like the general Western IQ is headed downwards in the future.  We are receiving many immigrants from cultures which have _never_ had hybrid vigour, still being limited to their villages for choice of partners and which, due to the subjection of women and `arranged' (forced) marriages (usually within the extended family for religious/economic reasons) have been demolishing their own intelligence levels for centuries.

In fact it seems that even early immigration starting in the fifties and sixties has already begun to slow the western Flynn Effect around 1970 and has brought it to a halt maybe around the year 2000. QUOTE: "A possible contributing factor to the recent decline may be changes in the Danish educational system.  Another may be the rising proportion of immigrants or their immediate descendants in Denmark.  This is supported by data on Danish draftees where first or second generation immigrants with Danish nationality score below average.
In the United Kingdom, a study by Flynn (2009) found that tests carried out in 1980 and again in 2008 show that the IQ score of an average 14-year-old dropped by more than two points over the period.  For the upper half of the results the performance was even worse.  Average IQ scores declined by six points.  However, children aged between five and 10 saw their IQs increase by up to half a point a year over the three decades.  Flynn argues that the abnormal drop in British teenage IQ could be due to youth culture having "stagnated" or even dumbed down.  He also states that the youth culture is more oriented towards computer games than towards reading and holding conversations.  Researcher Richard Gray, commenting on the study, also mentions the computer culture diminishing reading books as well as a tendency towards teaching to the test.

Lynn and Harvey have argued that the causes of the above are difficult to interpret since these countries have had significant recent immigration from countries with lower average national IQs."

If so, we can say goodbye to "western democracy" - tribal, sub-normal mentalities tend to follow tribal rabble-rousers, and, with women silenced, disenfranchised or cowed, are most likely to vote for blood and loot.

Ray D

Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2016 15:31:43 +0100
Subject: Modern men lack Y chromosome genes from Neanderthals

Modern men lack Y chromosome genes from Neanderthals

Simplest reading is that any occasional inter-mating taking place in ancient imes was between human males and Neanderthal females.
Modern men lack Y chromosome genes from Neanderthals
Date: April 7, 2016 | Source: Stanford University Medical Center

The Y chromosome is one of two human sex chromosomes. Unlike the X chromosome, the Y chromosome is passed exclusively from father to son. This is the first study to examine a Neanderthal Y chromosome, Mendez said. Previous studies sequenced DNA from the fossils of Neanderthal women or from mitochondrial DNA, which is passed to children of either sex from their mother.

Other research has shown that the DNA of modern humans is from 2.5 to 4 percent Neanderthal DNA, a legacy of breeding between modern humans and Neanderthals 50,000 years ago. As a result, the team was excited to find that, unlike other kinds of DNA, the Neanderthal Y chromosome DNA was apparently not passed to modern humans during this time.
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Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:56:24 +0100
Subject: Whitewash - "MI5 covered up abuse at Kincora Boys' Home

Whitewash - "MI5 covered up abuse at Kincora Boys' Home

Yup, it's obvious the judges and politicos are still firmly in the pedo-networks' power, otherwise the application would have been granted for the sake of transparency.

As it is, the Northern Ireland part of any investigation will be a whitewash.  As always.
Ray D

There are allegations MI5 covered up abuse at Kincora Boys' Home, that is now closed

Allegations of child sexual abuse at Kincora Boys' Home in Belfast will remain part of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry in Northern Ireland, a judge has ruled.

An application by a Kincora victim for a judicial review was dismissed by the High Court in Belfast as "premature and misconceived".

The challenge was taken by Gary Hoy against Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and the HIA inquiry.

A separate independent review in England and Wales is led by Justice Lowell Goddard.

Mr Hoy's application alleged that members of the Army or security services were complicit in the abuse.

There have previously been allegations that MI5 was involved in covering up abuse at the home that is now closed.

Last year, Home Secretary Theresa May ruled out extending the national inquiry to include Kincora. (more ...)

Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:55:43 +0100
Subject: Re: Murderous perverts

Right Choong, have also held that thought for quite a while now.

While it's foolish to look for exact historical analogies, the radical Islamic situation today maybe mirrors that of ruling Catholics in Spain after the re-conquest / start of the Inquisition.
I.e. led by blind (and ignorant) distrust, hatred and punitive treatment of all `alien' cultures - jewish, islamic and also of gnostic Xtians etc.

From: Choong K*** Y*** Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2016 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: Murderous perverts

Hi Ray, this is also to say that Islam is already 500 years backward and no one can change a culture unless it changed itself said Allah.
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2016 21:20:14 +0100
Subject: Murderous perverts

Murderous perverts

Well, it might seem cynical, to folk who don't know history, but these murderous perverts are only continuing what equally murderous perverts in the West were doing for much of recorded history.  A person speaking rational truths more than a couple of hundred years ago would almost certainly be tortured to death by the State, in any western country.
Ray D
By Ivan Watson, CNN | Updated 1948 GMT (0248 HKT) April 9, 2016

Bangladeshi al Qaeda wing declares war on atheists
Al Qaeda group claims brutal killing of blogger

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan: "The bloggers, they should control their writing"
Al Qaeda's Southeast Asian wing claims responsibility for atheist blogger's murder

Six writers have been murdered in little over a year in the country

One blogger says he does not trust the police, because they've tried to prosecute writers for their content
(CNN)Bangladeshi officials are investigating a claim of responsibility by al Qaeda's wing in South Asia for the machete murder of a secular blogger in Dhaka.

Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 09:04:30 +0100
Subject: Analyst : Saudi royal family teetering on edge of collapse

Analyst : Saudi royal family teetering on edge of collapse

Well, having worked in Arabia am not fond of its power structure, but even so, looking around the region [click on map]
Iran and neighbours
you can see that a collapse of authority in Saudi could pull in unstable panickers + power-grabbers from Libya or Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Syria (so affecting Russia) or all the way thru Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma (and so affecting China).
News ID:138890Publish Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:50:26 GMTService: U.S.

Analyst : Saudi royal family teetering on edge of collapse
The Saudi royal family is `teetering on the edge of collapse,' with the possibility of internal dissent, whether it comes from within the ruling family or the masses living in poverty, according to an American political analyst and activist.

Myles Hoenig made these remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday while commenting on Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's recent statement about Saudi Arabia.
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Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 18:58:49 +0100
Subject: Norway's `clear & clean' tax policy.

Norway's `clear & clean' tax policy

Ha!  This BBC program shows the hypocrisy of English/UK tax-policies.

The first `economist' Adam Smith [Wiki ref], in his book `Wealth of Nations', outlined the most efficient and most economical methods of taxation [full version] and the necessary four `rules'.

There he wrote that `the amount of tax to be paid should be known, to the taxpayer and to every other person'.  And added `where secrecy is allowed there will be corruption'.

Ray D
In Business | Tax transparency - Norway's model
Today 20:30 BBC RADIO 4 - 30 minutes

Jonty Bloom goes to Norway to find out what happens when salaries and tax are made public.

The Panama papers reveal tax evasion is a huge international problem.

But how can governments clean things up? One way might be by opening things up.

In the UK, it is a criminal offence to reveal someone else's tax affairs, but in some countries you can easily discover how much anyone earns and how much they pay in tax, from the prime minister and the richest business leader to the poorest pensioner.

It can have a profound effect on business practice and wider society, as business correspondent Jonty Bloom discovers, travelling to Norway.

Producer: Ruth Alexander

Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 15:41:38 +0100 - Subject: Panama Papers
Panama Papers
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 21:36:10 -0500
Subject: Brink's-Mat Gold

Wow. These money men are like three-card Monte dealers.
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:01:58 +0800
Subject: Re: Brink's-Mat Gold

Indeed Mark, our social media and blogger sphere was hooked on this same thing and ironically seems like the everything is just the tip of the iceberg that although to the Malaysian public our main interest is really on Najib and 1MDB but seems that there more in the offering, including Jackie Chan.
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 15:41:38 +0100
Subject: Re: Brink's-Mat Gold

Right, and the statistics were pointing that way decades ago.  The National Tax-spend is way LESS than the average person's tax burden multiplied up for the working population.  I.e. politicos and the rich make a NEGATIVE contribution to gov't tax income.
[That is - they take a rake-off and profit from our taxes].

Check our research - at taxone.html#liar and links

See i/p from Edward Snowden, at
And then maybe sign this petition

Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2016 18:13:49 +0100
Subject: Phone Embarrassment

Phone Embarrassment

Ha!  Can almost feel his (Cruz) embarrassment.  When I worked as a contractor for a _very_ big comms company and was out on location changing over some telephone exchanges from analogue to digital (to the national computer network), met a `special agent technician' who walked into the exchange one morning and connected a number-dialled recording device to a particular distribution box.  A few days later he returned to read off the numbers.  Even later he laughed as he related what had happened.

I.e - a customer, a woman who operated a small business in the country, was complaining that her bills were too high so the `agent' checked outgoing calls for a few days.  On reading the numbers being called he found they were to one or two well known brothels in the nearest big city.  Now he had the job of breaking the news that her husband was making all those calls.
If you don't know what this is. It is a page of Debora Pelfrey's phone records.(The DC Madam). Ted Cruz private numbers are supposedly on it!
So now what Cruz? Who are you going to blame now?

Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 15:20:37 +0100
Subject: Real History vs. False records

Real History vs. False records

Recently browsing, now seeing more references to re-readings of ancient texts which have been ignored by `experts' - because they contradict the accepted chronology of history.

These ignored texts come from Egyptian hieroglyphic scrolls and carvings, from Sanskrit records, from Sumerian / Babylonian tablets and maybe more, and all seem to extend _actual_ history way back beyond the accepted few thousands of years that the so-called `experts' feel comfortable with.

[N.b - throughout recorded history the mainstream `experts' have always sought to limit "time past" to shortest possible periods - only a couple of hundred years ago they were claiming the world (and also Universe) was only about 6,000 years old, as per biblical `begats' lineages.]

If you look around, especially on social media, you should find quite a few of these new re-readings, and many now seem to agree with our long-term research & speculations - about the Sphinx and Pyramids: see sphy.html - or the world-wide pre-Xtian Great Goddess culture: see the-goddess.html - or the peopling of the Americas: see westward.html#west - or the `Lost Cities' of South America: see lost-cities.html - or the non-human characteristics of ancient rulers: see authority.html - and of ET & folk-lore: see green-man-search.html - and maybe more clues collected here on this website, some listed here: see magic4.html.

Have fun, and bear in mind the truth will eventually surface - in time.
Ray D

Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:10:03 +0100
Subject: Inevitability of 0% employment on the event horizon

Inevitability of 0% employment on the event horizon

D'you recall our recent discussions (2 posts - here & here) re automation, zero employment and my conclusion that _all_ countries will have to follow Switz, Canada FInland, NL and others in paying _everybody_ a "national wage", whether they're working or not?

Well, it seems that other folk are coming to same idea.
Ray D

The disruptive influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) was a key topic in the recent 2016 Economic Conference in Davos, Switzerland.

DJ from Level9News breaks down the three major steps in the takeover of AI in daily human tasks. The first wave were the robots which construct cars and the like, or what she calls, "narrow-based AI"; the second wave is upon us now, which is the incorporation of of AI into virtually every facet of our lives, including all aspects of production, distribution, finance, the dissemination of information, our increasing reliance on these technologies, including in the way that we communicate with one another.

This phase is incorporating AI or AGI and ASI (Artificial Superintelligence).

The third and final wave is on the horizon and it will render humans obsolete. It will present in a phase of total ASI; dominance over everything for its own survival and evolution.

It is predicted that within 5 years, 47% of the global workforce will yield to total automation. Within the following 5 to 10 years, we'll be facing a world without work. The fact is common knowledge among the tech giants. They've been "gearing down" for this for a number of years.

With this inevitability of 0% employment on the event horizon, Silicon Valley led a "basic income Create-A-Thon" aka, a government-distributed basic living wage.

Video: (4 mins):
World Without Work
The great decoupling is underway. The exponential advancements being made in technology and its effect on life as we know it was a topic of discussion at the Davos 2016 Economic Conference, not as a hypothetical concept, but as an inevitability.

Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:18:40 +0100
Subject: 1st time ever: UN head to be selected after open debates

1st time ever: UN head to be selected after open debates

That statement means:  `Up to now UN ruler-selection has [probably] been opaque and biased.'
Ray D
1st time ever: UN head to be selected after open debates
Published time: 31 Mar, 2016 10:14

Candidates for the UN Secretary General's office will for the first time have to present their agendas at a series of open and informal debates later this year. The move is designed to make the selection process more transparent and unbiased.
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Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:37:02 +0100
Subject: Global Warming Guru Blames`Deniers' For Legal Troubles

Ha!  Although I didn't know this [pervy] character shared a Nobel prize with Al Gore for their "global warming" scam.
Ray D
Guest Post March 29, 2016 Science & Skepticism - by Chris White

Global Warming Guru Blames `Deniers' For Legal Troubles

Noted climate change guru Rajendra Pachauri is blaming man-made global warming skeptics for his legal troubles after looking at a possible prison sentence and a long fall from grace.

The former head of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Pachauri announced in February 2015 he was resigning from his position at the UN after two women accused him of sexual harassment. His decision was prompted by a 33-page complaint by an unnamed woman alleging that Pachauri engaged in `unwanted physical advances' through email, text messages, and other electronic messaging tools, The Times of India reported in 2015.

The sordid messages include poems and sweet nothings delivered via text and email to the accuser, a former colleague of Pachauri's .
He has kept his mouth shut so far about the incidents up until now. In a slew of emails to the Observer, Pachauri blamed much of the fallout from the texts and emails on what he calls a witch hunt by global warming so-called deniers, skeptics and critics. He claims he is the victim of entrapment by his enemies.
The allegations against the winner of the 2007 Nobel peace prize (which he shared with former Vice President Al Gore) has caved in his career as a leader in the climate science field and brought a wake of destruction in its path for all groups associated with Pachauri.

The Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI), a climate change research engine formerly run by Pachauri, for instance, will close down in June following the University's decision to cut its funding.

While the official reason for YCEI's decision is a lack of funding, other energy insiders believe the decision was made in part as a result of the group's former director's legal troubles.

"Yale's decision to close its doors on its climate institute has to be in part related to Pachauri. His behavior has cast a long shadow on the organizations that he has been affiliated with," Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot, an online outlet reporting on climate issues, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a March 2 interview.

Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:40:36 +0100
Subject: Existential Threats

Existential Threats

You might've recently read of folk like Hawking & Musk talking about the "existential threat" of ETs.   Well, they _do_ have a point:

#1 - some folk think that a far-advanced race or species, armed with magic technology, would treat us humans as badly or worse than we humans treat our own dumb animals;

#2 - others fear that we humans face a collapse of morale / confidence when meeting superior minds and science;

#3 - political rulers fear that they would lose the power of keeping the masses in ignorance and under control;

#4 - religious leaders fear they would lose all power over their followers, and believers fear they would lose their `faith';
[ BTW, religious leaders and believers are further conflicted by the fact that it is `heretical' to even think about this problem which distresses them - as was / is thinking about the `omphalos heresy'; see ]

You can see that #1 & #2 are true fears of `existential threats', while #3 & #4 are only fears of loss of political or religious power (which, if strong enough will qualify as psychosis).

Ray D

Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 08:21:36 -0000
Subject: Time to replace sci-elites

Time to replace sci-elite?

On getting back to this country found time for some reading, including books by Buckle and Velikovsky.  Buckle was a pioneer analyser of causes of physical and social `evolution' around the world, while Velikovsky was an equally pioneering investigator of the true chronology of Earth events, including planetary effects, some cataclysmic.

Interestingly, although they were separated by a century or so, they both got attacked and reviled by so-called `experts' of academia.  Why?  Because their work, in separate fields, found extensive evidence contradicting the safe assumptions of text books of those times.  Experts hate being proved wrong!

Spurred on by that sort of thinking, began re-reading and re-analysing `real' history - both social and scientific, which brought surprises and fresh conclusions.  A basic and general conclusion can be drawn in both social and science fields:  that ruling elites always take over any system giving power, and they then turn to monopoly and suppression of knowledge in attempts to retain their monopolies.

However history tells the truth - the elite inevitably degrades to incompetence (due to privilege) and then to mental decay (due to inbreeding) then to extinction (due to perversion and general un-marriageability).

Accepting all that, even so was a bit shocked to see that it applies today in the `hard' sciences - especially in physics, which we now see as the basis of the workings of the universe.

Despite all the science hype that we continually read and hear, a leading theoretical physicist, Lee Smolin, was recently forced to admit there has been no real progress in physics since the '70s.  Smolin's quote is here.

Maybe it's time us `laymen' questioned and / or replaced some elites - social _and_ scientific.

Ray D

Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:39:19 -0000
Subject: "New York millionaires call for higher taxes

Heck, these New York millionaires are presently paying only 8.82 percent (local) tax!  You can check UK's tax rates for ordinary folk (at taxone.html#app1 and links).  They work out at about 44 percent taken directly from the worker's wage packet!

[ 20% PAYE plus 12% N.I. plus another hidden 12% N.I. (called `employers' contribution', but it's taken from the employee's wage) = 44% ]

Check N.Y millionaires' (local) tax rates at rich-ny-tax.txt - quoted below)
Ray D

RT.Com | Published time: 21 Mar, 2016 17:44
We can afford to pay even more': New York millionaires call for higher taxes
The 1 percent tax plan, created in conjunction with the Fiscal Policy Institute, would create higher tax rates for New Yorkers making $665,000 or more. New York's current tax rate for those making $1,062,000 is 8.82 percent. The proposed plan would keep the rate for those making $1 million to $2 million, while progressively raising the rate for millionaires in higher brackets.
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Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:24:58 -0000
Subject: Criminal "Lord" George Carey (ex-bishop) belongs in jail

Ha!  The legal position is clear, from recent prosecutions (and convictions and prison sentences) for "not reporting" various types of criminal offence - like planning to go to Syria, for "terror" linked activity.

That means the archbishop is a criminal accomplice [to pedophile offences] and should be in jail.

P.S. here's full news article - just in case it gets `lost' - RD
The Guardian | Rajeev Syal and Harriet Sherwood | Wednesday 16 March 2016 14.09 GMT

Archbishop did not pass abuse claims to police, Goddard inquiry told
Alleged victim of bishop Peter Ball wrote to George Carey in 1992 outlining claims of sexual abuse, victims' lawyer says

The former archbishop of Canterbury George Carey failed to pass on a specific allegation of sexual abuse to the police, which allowed a bishop to continue committing offences for another 20 years, a public inquiry has heard.
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Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 03:14:22 -0000
Subject: Dame Joan Bakewell apologised for blaming eating disorder on narcissism

Nope, she was right about `narcissism', just didn't define it right.  The `narcissism' is social (western society is `narcissistic') - i.e. it's not a personal thing.  Starving peoples don't suffer from `anorexia'.

Can recall meeting my first anorexia case - visiting an Army pal at a London hospital (he was a paratrooper and a drinking partner in the Sgts Mess back at the Kent regiment where I was a regular `guest' - when in UK).

He'd been acting as PTI (physical training instructor) for quite a while and unfortunately lost his temper with a terminally stupid young officer and bopped him on the nose (or chin).  On my return from somewhere (maybe overseas) found he'd just been sent to the psycho ward (i.e. an officer can't be at fault therefore the soldier must be crazy), so went to visit him.

I already knew the Army hospital from an earlier knee operation (see cool-facade.html#euro-slave and links), so went directly to the psycho ward where I was asked to wait in the sitting room.  Shortly a pretty young girl, about 17 or 18, came up to me and asked if I liked the ornaments and toys scattered around, particularly one she'd made herself (think it was a teddy-bear or ragdoll).

It turned out she was a general's daughter who was officially `anorexic' (although she was only slightly slimmer than most).  Actually she was a sweet-natured girl and I think she was simply being bullied at home by an overbearing father and chose `anorexia' as an escape.

[BTW - when my pal eventually appeared he was cheerfully unrepentant, expecting to be back on duty in a day or so - after the shrinks had conconcted some story to allow that.]

Ray D
Joan Bakewell wins backing of former anorexia sufferers and doctors who say her comments about the condition were right
Dame Joan Bakewell apologised for blaming eating disorder on narcissism
The Labour peer, 82, said they didn't exist in 'places with not enough food'
But doctors and sufferers have come out in support of her comments
Others on social media have hit out at the Dame branding her 'ignorant'
PUBLISHED: 01:53, 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 02:14, 15 March 2016
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Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:52:22 -0000
Subject: Brainwash Culture

Interesting stuff - some coming right up to date. Ray
Brainwash Culture
Professor Daniel Pick explores the enduring cultural obsession with brainwashing.
Broadcast - Today, 18:45 RADIO 3 - Available now, 45 minutes

The word 'brainwashing' emerged during the Korean War. It was used to explain how American prisoners of war had ended up confessing to crimes they couldn't have committed.

Daniel talks to two men with direct experience of this. Robert Jay Lifton's work on 'thought reform' remains influential after sixty years, and was based in part on his interviews with just-released POWs as they sailed home to America from Korea in 1953. And David Hawkins is one of the handful of US POWs who, controversially, chose to stay in China - at least for several years.

But as Daniel explores, 'brainwashing' quickly shifted from a word describing a special form of torture, endured in distant camps and cells, to a way to worry about life in modern America. Advertising, television, huge corporations, a certain soft social conformity, the fear of communism - anxieties about all of these found a use for the new buzzword.

All this was attractive ground for film-makers. Long before The Manchurian Candidate, Hollywood was struggling to tell stories about brainwashing.

Films like The Ipcress File suggested brainwashing was a high-tech form of magic. Or was it just an unusually complicated form of brutality?

Ever since, from Men in Black to the Bourne movies via Homeland, brainwashing has played on our minds through our culture.

But as Daniel discovers, its roots go back well before its supposed birth in Korea - to the birth of mass democracy, and its signature artform, the movies.

With: Susan Carruthers, Ian Christie, David Hawkins, Marcia Holmes, Robert Jay Lifton, Timothy Melley.

Producer: Phil Tinline.

Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:54:59 -0000
Subject: "Now Canada is trying a basic income, Britain can ignore it no longer

Like said in that `Robot Future' post ( 14 Feb. archived here), Switzerland is thinking seriously of a `National Wage' for all citizens, and now we see that Canada is doing the same - which one could expect to widen people's horizons and hugely encourage volunteering for all sorts of things.  Roll on.

Ray D
UPDATE - 15 Mar. 2016 New Zealand, Finland, Netherlands are on similar courses - latest report
Now Canada is trying a basic income, Britain can ignore it no longer
Hard to believe and yet true, it's a hell of a lot lighter on the public purse than a means test

If he lives up to his promises - and the early signs are good - Justin Trudeau is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious liberal premierships in modern history. He has welcomed refugees into Canada while EU nations have begun a backlash against them, stood up to Putin over land grabs in the North Pole and, in a show of respect across the ideological divide, has confirmed he will work with Donald Trump should the situation become necessary. He's even been photographed with two Canadian baby panda bears this week. Little practical impact there, but sterling PR work; he knows how to polish a reputation, the perfect veil under which to smuggle policies so radical that they had previously been cast adrift.

The province of Ontario, we learn this week, is set to become the first region of the country to test a `basic income', a social support system that does away with means-tested welfare and replaces it with a single, universal payment that every citizen is entitled to. It is the ultimate leveller - and, as such, is the latest fad in leftish circles. And, apparently, Trudeau and his party are interested in extending this idea further.

First suggested by such figures as the philosopher Bertrand Russell in the inter-war years, the idea of a universal basic income - a monthly income, just enough to cover essential bills, paid as a benefit of citizenship, and which prevents anyone resident in a wealthy economy falling needlessly into poverty - has gained popularity in recent years, since the welfare systems of developed nations have begun to crack under pressure, leading to calls from the right to dismantle them altogether.

The idea is exciting for three reasons. First, it creates a system of social support that removes the stigma created by means-tested welfare. Those who are out of work because they are disabled, studying, between jobs or caring for a child or relative are all treated in the same way as those who are, in fact, working. Second, with a basic income to rely on, work always pays, encouraging enterprise and creativity. Tax takes rise as personal allowances are axed, while earned income is taxed at a higher level.

And third, perhaps hardest to believe and yet undoubtedly true, it's a hell of a lot lighter on the public purse than a means test. If you remove a bureaucracy, you remove cost.

Detractors are easy to find. Critics warn that giving away `free money' will lead a laziness pandemic, a general outbreak of fecklessness that will steadily destroy any economy. Not everyone can follow their passions at work, they retort; if our citizens don't need to work to pay their bills, how will we find anyone to clean the toilets?

The only way to find out if it works is to try it and see what happens. So far, trials of such schemes have been relatively small, taking place in individual Indian villages and in some parts of South America - all successful, but there's only a little we can learn there that's transferable to large national economy. Utrecht in the Netherlands is attempting something similar city-level, but as a stepping stone is planning to offer the payment to those already on benefit; at this stage, that's not universal. Finland is set to launch a basic income later this year, but its wealth as a small nation is contingent on a high-tech economy and a small population, making it less useful as an exemplar to other western countries.

So all eyes are now trained on Ontario, and Trudeau's Canada, for what happens here could place us at the cusp of the biggest overhaul of the welfare state in a century. Few formal details about the policy have emerged to date, but Premier Kathleen Wynne said her local government would `test a growing view at home and abroad that a basic income could build on the success of minimum-wage policies and increases in child benefits by providing more consistent and predictable support in the context of today's dynamic labour market'.

At home, the Conservative government has little interest in the idea, although the case for a basic income from the right has been made on the grounds that it reduces state involvement and interference in private lives.

However, one of its long standing advocates on the left, John McDonnell, has gone from being an anonymous backbencher to shadow chancellor in a matter of months. Meanwhile, in Britain the welfare system has become unaffordable, creaking under the weight of housing benefit paid to even the moderately paid to cope with the costs imposed by a broken housing market. The appetite for a huge shift of perspective is growing.

In June, Switzerland will be the first country to vote on the introduction of a national basic income. If the people vote yes, a monthly stipend of anything up to £1,700 could be paid to every single resident. If Canada, Switzerland, Finland and the Netherlands are taking the basic income seriously, then Britain cannot keep dismissing it without its own test of the evidence.

Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2016 17:33:07 -0000
Subject: As seen on FB

Thanks Mark - coincidentally that same William Hague (who your photo said `shut down a pedophile enquiry') also shut down a murky murder enquiry.

A young guy was almost certainly murdered by MI5/6, probably because he'd found some of their connections with UK's elite pedo-networks and maybe also the earlier assassination of Jill Dando - killed for same reason.

Gov't Minister William Hague declared that evidence was an "official secret" - see Jill Dando report.

More recently - 13 Nov. 2013 - the Metropolitan Police and MI-6 have together contrived a case claiming that the young mathematician Gareth Williams had `committed accidental suicide while playing a solo sex-related game'.

This despite a coroners inquest verdict that Williams' death was "unnatural and likely to have been criminally mediated". The coroner was "satisfied that on the balance of probabilities that Gareth was killed unlawfully".
[Wiki quotes]

We note the similarities with earlier deaths arranged to look like weird-sex games and the fact that it happened after Williams, an employee of GCHQ, became involved with MI-6, and that a UK politico - Foreign Secretary, William Hague - ordered the withholding of facts from investigators, courts and media.  Those facts are still `secret'.

You can see it's getting to be ridiculously blatant - but still unreported by MSM.

Ray D

Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2016 20:25:12 -0600
Subject: Re: Re: Google extends `right to be forgotten' policy to all EU searches

Just saw these on Facebook
Hague & Savile
Eletioneering Savile
? and thought you would appreciate them, Ray, if "appreciate" is the right word.

Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2016 18:57:22 -0000
Subject: Re: Google extends `right to be forgotten' policy to all EU searches

Right Mark - I'm not into `witch-hunting' but detest the thought of wiping information [info which may be vital, en masse, as data] from our available `memory'.

From reading of ancient and modern history, secrecy always and only serves to promote corruption.

Ray D

Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2016 10:33:51 -0600
Subject: Re: Google extends `right to be forgotten' policy to all EU searches

I agree with you there, Ray.  I read recently about some Japanese perv, iirc, winning the right to be forgotten.?  Before the nets it was difficult to access this info and now that it's easy they want to make it disappear.

Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2016 11:47:01 -0000
Subject: Google extends `right to be forgotten' policy to all EU searches

Who else thinks this is dangerous political correctness?

It ultimately serves the interests of corrupt politicos and all those who want to wipe / control our collective memory.

Ray D
Google extends `right to be forgotten' policy to all EU searches
Published time: 5 Mar, 2016 08:35

Google has announced it will use geolocation to make its `right to be forgotten' policy in EU work, not only on its European subdomains but on its general domain as well.

While responding to European requests for certain search results removal in accordance with the `right to be forgotten' law, Google would previously delist the entries in question only from its sub-domains within the EU, such as or The delisted entries could still be found on But now that loophole is closing.

"Starting next week, in addition to our existing practice, we will also use geolocation signals (IP addresses etc) to restrict access to the delisted URL on all Google Search domains, including, when accessed from the country of the person requesting the removal," the company said in a blog.

The tech giant says the decision to enact change to search results comes after `specific discussions' with EU data protection regulators that have been ongoing in recent months.

"We believe that this additional layer of delisting enables us to provide the enhanced protections that European regulators ask us for, while also upholding the rights of people in other countries to access lawfully published information," the company said.

The `right to be forgotten' policy was established in 2014 by the Court of Justice of the European Union to protect the internet freedom of individuals online.

The court judgment ruled that internet search engines are responsible for the `processing that it carries out of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties.'

It gives Europeans the right to ask the search engines to delist links about them that are inaccurate or outdated.

To implement the ruling, an individual must submit the URL they want to delist through Google's webform. If the internet giant deems the request meets the criteria of the European Court, then Google will delist the URL from the search results.

Since May 2014, Google says it has evaluated 1,400,006 URLs, removing slightly over 42 percent of the URLs. Up until now Google has received 397,502 requests from European internet users. The largest number of requests came from France, with over 84,000, followed by Germany with some 68,000, and the UK with close to 49,000 requests.

Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2016 08:36:56 -0000
Subject: "Plans to boost the numbers of people with dementia"?

Ha!  Like many other popular `drives' this one indulges in circular reasoning - i.e. they don't know how folk get dementia or how many cases exist in the population, so they simply assume that dementia is more or less inevitable [clearly untrue], and that there's a large amount of undiagnosed cases [probably untrue].

Mind you, wearing a conspiracy hat, these new mental health checks will be an easy way of silencing investigators - just declare them `demented' (most psychiatrists / psychologists will say anything wanted by Gov't).

A propos (of loss-of-memory etc.), had lunch the other day with a young lady friend (I'm not all that sociable but she drags me out occasionally) and as usual we get fairly deep into social theories - she's a strong NWO spotter - and I noticed, not for the first time, she has same difficulty as most other [young] folk in remembering the categories and instances of argument applied, while I usually have them by heart - lots of practise maybe.

Ray D
Dementia Shake-Up: Health Checks For Over-40s
Plans to boost the numbers of people with dementia getting a diagnosis, raise awareness and encourage more research are announced.
06:28, UK, | Sunday 06 March 2016

There are plans to make the UK the "most dementia-friendly" society in the world by 2020.
The Government has outlined a number of commitments, aimed at raising awareness and improving diagnosis rates, including:
- Introducing an Ofsted-style ratings system for diagnosis and quality of care across the country.
- Carrying out mental health checks with people aged 40 and older, rather than with people over 65 as is currently done.
- Aiming to get 10% of people diagnosed with dementia involved in research.

Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK, resulting in the loss of brain cells.

Paul Seymour was diagnosed at the age of 54 after realising he couldn't remember his granddaughter's name.
Paul Seymour's family says his condition deteriorates each month
He told Sky News: "She ran into my arms shouting: 'Pappi, Pappi' and my mind went blank. I burst into tears. I think everyone had a cry. I said to my wife, Tracey: 'Something's not right and I don't know what it is'."
With a mortgage to pay, Mr Seymour is still working, but his family say his condition deteriorates each month.

There are a number of care homes in the UK that specialise in dementia care.
At Blossom Fields nursing home in Bristol they have a "memory lane", a full-sized model of a 1950s street. There is a post office, a pub and a grocery store. The aim is to encourage residents to reminisce about their past.

The Government has invested many millions of pounds in dementia care and research in recent years. However, some feel more is needed if the latest targets are to be achieved.
Professor Nigel Hooper from Alzheimer's Research UK said: "We welcomed the previous announcements, particularly the announcement of the Dementia Research Institute, but we still have a long way to go.
"We still have a lot of hurdles to tackle. We still need more funding to get us to where we want to be in 2020."

Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016 18:32:21 -0000
Subject: "Two Ohio teens charged for not reporting gun

OK, if these kids can be charged for `not reporting' (like a UK woman was recently found guilty of `not reporting' her husband was going to Syria), then bishops and archbishops (and Popes) can and should be charged as knowing accessories to all those pedophile offences they actively covered-up.

Ray D
World | Fri Mar 4, 2016 12:21pm EST Related: U.S.
Two Ohio teens charged for not reporting gun at school before shooting
Two 14-year-old boys from southwestern Ohio were charged on Friday with a misdemeanor for failing to report that a fellow student had taken to school a gun used in a shooting that wounded four students, the Butler County Sheriff's office said.

James Austin Hancock, also 14, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a number of charges, including two counts of attempted murder stemming from the Monday shooting in the cafeteria at Madison Jr/Sr High School in Middletown, about 38 miles (61 km) north of Cincinnati.

Hancock showed the gun to two boys early in the school day, the sheriff's statement said.

"These boys had knowledge that the suspect ... had the gun at school, and they did not tell anyone," Sheriff Richard Jones said in the statement.

"It is imperative that if there is rumor or first-hand knowledge about any type of weapon or weapons that someone has or is intending to bring to school, it has to be reported to someone," the sheriff said.
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Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2016 16:02:19 -0000
Subject: Welsh Dragons

Welsh Dragons

That `St David's Day' post and an EDU post on FB [see`civilizational-suicide' and my response] today indirectly led me to the subject of Dragons (in the UK).

From reading a lot of `Legends of the Celtic Race' and other old books already knew there were many dragon legends, apparently many in Wales, yet was surprised to find this website, with accompanying videos.

Ray D
Dinosaurs of Britain / Wales: Part 2
Pt.1 Forbidden History: Dinosaurs-and-the-bible
Pt.2 Forbidden History: Dinosaurs-and-the-bible

Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:08:46 -0000
Subject: "Cate Blanchett: 'The internet's a washing machine where fact and opinion spin'

Cate Blanchett: 'The internet's a washing machine where fact and opinion spin'

Ha!  Yet another attempt to demonise the Net, which actually does no more than any other medium - like newsprint / magazines etc - only faster and more easily.

When first starting to use the Net (coupla decades ago) was already familiar with technical documentation so looked for attributions and sources.

Then, after posting articles on sci-themes and getting mails from folk (often students or their profs) asking for sources, it got to be an obsession with me - tracing and publishing primary sources and trying to give at least two linked routes to allow readers to verify for themselves.

So these alarmist folk are really complaining about people's naivety (or stupidity) in being fooled by shoddy or propagandist stuff - which, in much earlier times, they could've gotten from print media or the soap-box orator.

Ray D
"The star of Truth, a biopic about the CBS journalists who questioned George W Bush's military service record and were vilified by right-wing bloggers, talks to Catherine Shoard about the slippery nature of truth on the internet. The film, which also stars Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Robert Redford as veteran news anchor Dan Rather, is in UK cinemas from Friday"

Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 17:21:16 -0000
Subject: "The cult of memory: when history does more harm than good

Article title: "The cult of memory: when history does more harm than good"

A long rambling article by David Rieff apparently arguing, that because a (partial?) knowledge of `histories' of various massacres and injustices serves as justification for further massacres and injustices as vengeance, we should pursue a policy of forgetfulness.

Think he's wrong on two counts:

one - the ignorant and fearful who are the usual recruits for "vengeance" don't know any real history and wouldn't appreciate you telling them any - they only want excuses for violence; [see ]

two - those who do study real history are the least inclined to violence, because they know (or should eventually know if they study enough) that all human groups have been guilty of injustice and massacre - it just depends on the era you study. [see ]

Ray D
The cult of memory: when history does more harm than good
It is a truism that we must remember the past or else be condemned to repeat it. But there are times when some things are best forgotten
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Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2016 15:52:45 -0000
Subject: Upper-class waffle - continues

Ha!  A lot of sanctimonious waffle about schooling (although right enough about the systematic bias against the poor).

In reality our schools and teachers have always been terrified by any talent or artistry among ordinary kids - they don't know what to do with it.

I remember, as a five or six year old in a ordinary school, picking a book to read during "free reading time" and really enjoying the story of how giraffes got their long necks etc. - so when the lady teacher asked me what I'd been reading I eagerly told her.  She reacted strangely and called a male teacher over, who questioned me roughly and said he didn't believe me (which was hurtful for a 5 or 6 year old who didn't know what was wrong).

It turned out the book was an adult's book on evolution which had been placed on the wrong (lower) shelves - where we kids could see it.  But I didn't think it was all that complicated (although it used quite a few words I didn't know).

But that doesn't really explain the two teachers' response of fear and denial when faced with the fact that a kid had read the book and understood it.

Ray D
N.b. - I'd begun school when still four, so was always in a class about one year older than me, which makes a big difference.
"Unfortunately, no. The study revealed that bright children from the working classes were far less likely to do well at school and pass the 11-plus than equally bright middle- and upper-class children. The attrition of smart but poor children became known as the `waste of talent' and the outcry quickly turned the key book of results - The Home and the School - into a must-read educational reference for student teachers. Many remember it still. "It is hard to imagine a rival in fascination and importance," read one review in the Guardian."
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Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 04:53:29 -0000
Subject: Re: "The BBC has 'hung me out to dry': Tony Blackburn

Terry - If you'd like to examine the evidence in chronological order then maybe start in the Victorian age - at: (Jack the Ripper era)
and then (Sinking of the Titanic era)

brought up to date at: (modern BBC era)

posited cause is indicated at:

with more general background at:

Ray D
BTW - Sat. 27th; here's latest outbreak of honesty (from Andy Kershaw)


Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:19:05 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Subject: Re: "The BBC has 'hung me out to dry': Tony Blackburn

Caught only portions of The Savile Report on CNN and BCC, no repeats so far.  It seems the culture of the 60s and 70s excuse is in full swing.  What are the implications of those in power abusing underage children sexually?


Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:21:24 -0000
Subject: "The BBC has 'hung me out to dry': Tony Blackburn

Well, well.  Knowing what I know now, am inclined to believe that `Tony' Hall has his own reasons for trying to divert suspicion (from himself?) by framing-up Tony Blackburn in an underhand way that can't be proven or disproven in court - i.e. by slur.

Maybe ask `Tony' Hall who killed Jill Dando?  See laworjustice.html#distract, or just Google "Jill Dando" for the publicly known background (scroll a bit maybe).

Ray D
The BBC has 'hung me out to dry': Tony Blackburn says he is planning to sue the corporation after they sacked him on the eve of the Savile report
Tony Blackburn, 73, said he has been `axed' by the BBC after 49 years
Blackburn said Director General Tony Hall personally took the decision
By DARREN BOYLE FOR MAILONLINE | PUBLISHED: 23:45, 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:36, 25 February 2016

Veteran DJ Tony Blackburn has said he plans to sue the BBC after accusing the corporation of `hanging him out to dry' by sacking him on the eve of today's long-awaited Savile report.
The Radio 2 star revealed last night that Director General Tony Hall had decided personally to 'terminate' his contract over the contents of a damaging report into how Jimmy Savile was allowed to abuse 72 victims over a period of five decades at the BBC.
Lord Hall confirmed Blackburn had `parted company' with the corporation, adding: `My interpretation is that Tony Blackburn fell short of the standards of evidence that such an inquiry demanded.'
Blackburn, 73, who has accused the corporation of making him a `scapegoat', denied in evidence that he had ever been made aware by the BBC of a complaint against him by a teenager in 1971 even though the corporation told the inquiry he had been.
Dame Janet Smith, in her inquiry report, said she 'preferred' the evidence that Blackburn was in fact interviewed by BBC officials about the complaint despite his denial.
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Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:11:43 -0000
Subject: "Foul-mouthed army instructors told to stop swearing at recruits

Ha!  After first day or two of basic training it was like water off a duck's back - if anything a mild entertainment when the Drill Sergeant was particularly inventive.

Can recall one morning, when I was in the front rank and looking downhill a hundred yards or so at the road running through Camp, and I was being loudly berated by the D.S. (a big chap with a handlebar moustache which could spray you with remnants of his last NAAFI sandwich).  Meanwhile I was watching a pretty woman walking the road about a hundred yards away.  As soon as the D.S. had passed to the second rank and had his back to me I gave her a wave, and she waved back.  After lunch we were paraded again, in the same place, and the D.S. paced slowly along the front rank shouting (very loudly) - "Which one of you f**** b******s waved at my wife this morning!" - and then stopped in front of me.  Won't tell you the rest - but I did pass the course.

Foul-mouthed army instructors told to stop swearing at recruits
Published time: 24 Feb, 2016 16:02 | David Moir / Reuters

Swearing at recruits is no longer acceptable, army instructors have been told by the Ministry of Defence.
Following a BBC documentary on basic military training, during which recruits were verbally abused by an instructor, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told the broadcaster "it does not condone the use of abusive or insulting language towards recruits."

During the `Civilians to Soldiers' program which was recently aired, one instructor told a recruit who had failed to complete a task: "Seriously, I ask you to do one f***ing thing, it was to do that f***ing list on the board which I had the kindness to write down for you lot."

"Well that didn't work. Right now, you lot have got me f***ing raging! Mr f***ing Nice Guy is not coming back," he added.

The BBC says it has now been informed a meeting will he held to address the issue, but that it is unlikely swearing will be banned throughout the British Army.
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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2016 15:03:39 -0000
Subject: "Turkey blames Syrian Kurds for Ankara blast, they deny responsibility, point to ISIS

At times like this I take a step back and check `cui bono' [ Wiki ref ], or "who profits".

In this case the probability is that the person / agency in most (urgent) need of the Ankara bomb-blast was Turkish president Erdogan and/or the Turkish military elite, to `justify' attacks on the Kurds and to force compliance (rally round the flag) from dissenters in Turkey.

I.e. a typical `false flag' op, like those perpetrated in the West over many decades - see nazi-uk.html#hed

Ray D
Turkey blames Syrian Kurds for Ankara blast, they deny responsibility, point to ISIS
Published time: 18 Feb, 2016 09:07 | Edited time: 18 Feb, 2016 12:28

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused forces linked with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia of the terrorist attack in Ankara on Wednesday. Ankara promised to continue to shell the YPG, with the Syrian Kurds denying all allegations and saying Islamic State is behind the attack.
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Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:44:47 -0000
Subject: Lucid Dreamers Produce The Fastest Brainwave Frequencies

Recall us talking about `falling asleep dreams' and `waking dreams'? [hypnagogic or hypnopompic] and my apparent memory of lucid dreaming? [especially when doing a lot of study of one subject].
Here's some more details:
Lucid Dreamers Produce The Fastest Brainwave Frequencies Ever Recorded
Consciousness Paradigm Shift

Lucid dreaming is one category of dreams that many people experience. It occurs when the individual is dreaming and during that dream the individual is completely aware that they are dreaming. Some people report a low-level lucidity state where one is aware they are dreaming but not able to alter the content of the dream. Other people have experienced high-level lucidity where one is aware they are dreaming but are also able to alter the dream, and have the freedom to do whatever they desire within the dream.

Dreams are a fascinating phenomenon as they provide us with insights into a world full of experiences we cannot perceive or create in a completely conscious state, or can we?

Lucid dreaming is a documented phenomenon; researchers continue to explore it as it shows some very significant brain patterns and biological happenings within the body. A fairly recent example is a study conducted in 2009 at the Neurological Laboratory in Frankfurt.

Research shows how Lucid dreamers produce the fastest brainwave frequencies ever recorded, gamma brainwaves that operate at 40Hz +(1). This suggests that lucid dreamers are more self aware, and are more conscious in this state than compared to a normal state of wakefulness. We don't operate anywhere near that frequency (with regards to brain waves) when in our normal wakeful state, and we operate at even lower frequencies during other sleep states.

Research suggests that the existence of gamma brainwaves indicates a totally conscious experience (4), so the experience of being awake within a dream is a very real phenomenon. This begs the question, which state is actually real?

Could what we perceive as being fully aware and awake be the real dream? Or are these just different aspects of reality that we are jumping to and from? Is our ability to create our own reality easier in a state of lucid dreaming because our brain is functioning at a higher frequency? What would we be capable of if we were able to attain that frequency without lucid dreaming? Would we be able to have instant manifestations like we do in our lucid dreams?

Gamma brainwaves are involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information. Operating from this frequency allows our brain to link and process information from multiple parts of the brain(2). We use more of our brain when we are experiencing lucid dreaming than we do when we are fully awake.

Below is a list of brainwaves and the different frequencies they operate at:
Delta Brainwaves: These are the most pronounced brainwaves in premature babies. They are of a very low frequency and range from 0.5 to 2Hz
Theta Brainwaves: These are at a higher frequency, typically around 4 to 7 Hz. These brainwaves are characterized by light sleep, rapid eye movement sleep (REM), dreams and hallucinations.

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:01:24 -0000
Subject: "The Greatest Story Never Told

Well, well.  A pal from Malaysia just posted me a link to this drama + docu-noted film - "Adolf Hitler The Greatest Story Never Told" and was surprised and impressed.

N.b.  he sent a link to Pt 1, which, being in UK, I found was blocked by a BBC copyright warning, but Part 2 loaded almost immediately - URLs below:

and later found there's an alternative version of Pt 1 and Pts 6-11 available under same title on Youtube.

Wouldn't usually remark on just any drama / documentary, yet this one illustrates what many people are beginning to say these days:  that we're not told the whole truth about anything of importance.  And this documentary covers just about _all_ the things folk think are important.

You be the judge.

Ray D
PS - by coincidence had watched a couple of videos from Jim Marrs and Joseph P Farrell only a few days ago and found striking confirmations in this latest blockbuster.
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:36:50 -0000
Subject: Re: "'Adolf Hitler The Greatest Story Never Told"

Here's update

Hi Cho***,
Re: that documentary we were talking about.  I now realize I had my own suspicions that the Allies rulers' side wasn't entirely angelic and pure.

Years ago, when I was a youngish soldier temporarily in England, I met two attractive upper-class women a few years older than me who seemed to like my company (they both seemed bored by their semi-rural life).  They'd both worked in Whitehall and even in Downing Street (that's the civil service HQ and the Prime Minister's HQ respectively).

Although they were much too young to know of WW II, they did have older colleagues, many retired, who'd told them about it.

It seems that Winston Churchill, a fat ugly old man, demanded that his secretaries - who were mostly very young (teenage) service women plus a few slightly older (twenties) civilian girls - had to attend him in his bathroom and take dictation while he was taking his bath (playing with his toys?).

He claimed that his time was `too valuable to waste' - ignoring the obvious fact that a shower would've saved everybody time.

That told me quite a bit about Churchill, and a much later blog-news post, from a US guy, told me much more.

It's mostly recounted at truechurch.html and the information probably shocked me (as an ignorant Brit) more than it might shock you.

Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:18:16 -000
Subject: Re: Re: "The Greatest Story Never Told

Hi again Cho***,

an ironic inversion here:  just got to the part about Stalin's `brutal' NKVD troops who followed the front line and reputedly executed any who tried to retreat.

Well, funny enuff, my step-father was a fairly brutal old guy who'd been a Red Cap (military policeman) in his time (and, I suspect, a `black and tan' sympathizer, in Northern Ireland).

He told me that routine RedCap procedure in action was to follow immediately behind advancing troops and to shoot (with pistol at close range) any soldier who was retreating or running back.


Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:39:47 -0000
Subject: The real cover-up starts now

Ha!  We see can the tactical retrenchment / camouflaged cover-up starting now.

After a few carefully engineered `scares' and `over-exposures' - most staged by BBC in collusion with the Met. (Scotland Yard - rotten for the last 125 years: see promise.html, answers032.html and answers035.html) - the Met. and BBC and parliamentarians are preparing to suppress all real investigation of elite homo-pedo networks.

Synchronised moves by the Vatican and Parliament also aim to prevent public knowledge of their homo-pedo activities - as we can see by looking at The Independent's front page articles' headlines for this morning:

MPs no longer to be automatically named if they are arrested

Scotland Yard launches review into 'VIP paedophile ring' probe

Bishops do not have to report child abuse, Vatican says


What did you seriously expect?   Maybe check laworjustice.html#distract to see how dangerous research in this area can be - as Jill Dando and others found out.
Ray D

Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:46:57 -0000
Subject: "Jack Straw to be 'denied knighthood and peerage'

Well, well,  so Jeremy Corbyn isn't a fool.  For those who could read the signs, Straw started out corrupt and has consistently acted corruptly throughout his time in the `corridors of power'.

For a quick resume maybe try safety.html and bear in mind that's only a sketch - personally think Straw has been involved in nearly _all_ the deep skullduggery of the last generation, including a long-running plot to get rid of jury trials.

See laworjustice.html#Some for why that's a _very_ bad idea.

Ray D
Jack Straw to be 'denied knighthood and peerage' under Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Last February, Mr Straw was filmed by undercover reporters seemingly agreeing to use his political contacts for financial gain

Jack Straw, one of the longest-serving Cabinet ministers in a Labour government, is to be denied a place in the House of Lords for as long Jeremy Corbyn is Labour leader, according to a senior Labour Party figure.

Mr Straw served in the Cabinet for the entire time Labour was in power from 1997 to 2010. He is despised by some members of the Labour Party for his role as Foreign Secretary in the 2003 Iraq war.

In February last year, Mr Straw was filmed by undercover reporters from Channel 4 and The Daily Telegraph, seemingly agreeing to use his political contacts for financial gain. He revealed during that conversation that he was expecting to go into the Lords when he stepped down from the Commons in May, after 36 years as an MP.

The then-Labour leader Ed Miliband was willing to nominate Mr Straw for a peerage, but had to shelve the idea pending an investigation by Parliament's standards watchdog Kathryn Hudson, who eventually cleared Mr Straw of wrongdoing - although the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, came out strongly in defence of the Channel 4 investigation.

Mr Corbyn's spokesman said the Opposition leader was not thinking of nominating anyone for a peerage or honour - but would not be drawn on whether Mr Straw had any chance of being on any future list.

Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:00:32 -0000
Subject: "Europe is sliding back into the 1930s and we need a new movement

Yup, think Yanis is right - and from the mail I'm getting it seems more and more people agree.  Maybe check answers037.html#yanis (and then scroll up a bit).

Back in the 30's folk were held prisoners by national and language barriers, and media censorship was absolute - so it will be interesting to see if Yanis attracts criticism from our corrupt media and politicos in the age of the Internet.

Personally speaking, he'd get my vote - because I've checked the tax (taxone.html#liar) and debt (answers023.html#dom-gr) situations in UK & Europe and can see he's the only truthful speaker just now.

Ray D
Yanis Varoufakis: Europe is sliding back into the 1930s and we need a new movement
Former Greek finance minister says Europe is disintegrating, run by a cartel and in dire need of reform.

Europe is sliding into "a modern 1930s" and authorities are "making it up as they go along", Yanis Varoufakis has warned as he launches a new movement which he says will `democratise' the continent.

Speaking to The Independent as he outlined his vision of the DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025) project, the self-described `erratic Marxist' says he wants to remove power from an unaccountable, authoritarian elite and distribute it fairly to the continent's citizens.

Seven months after resigning as Greek finance minister, Mr. Varoufakis now thinks "the signs are everywhere" that Europe is echoing history.

"We don't have Nazis doing Kristallnacht in Berlin. [But] We have Nazis in Greece doing something similar in a suburb of Greece, where they are attacking in the middle of the night the shops and houses of migrants."

"There are big differences, but from the perspective of an economist we have terrible similarities."

Along with the rise of far-right parties across Europe, Varoufakis points to the high level of unemployment throughout the eurozone as a significant cause of the tensions that exist.

It is still at crisis levels, and is twice as high as in the US and the UK - who are now reaching what economists consider `full employment'.

"If unemployment was still 10-11 per cent in the UK or the US, the administration would have collapsed," Varoufakis says. "But in Europe we have no democratic process!"

In Varoufakis' mind, Europe is run by an elite that is more unaccountable than ever. The European Parliament is a toothless body, "a parliament in name only, a parliament that cannot legislate. It's the only parliament ever that can't."

Major political decisions, like how to deal with debt or respond to financial crises, have been handed over to the Eurogroup (the 19 finance ministers whose countries use the euro) and the European Central Bank, the supposedly apolitical body that controls interest rates across these countries.

Neither, he says, are properly scrutinised.

After spending five fraught months in negotiations over a new debt deal for Greece, Varoufakis has since become a whistle-blower on how the political process worked in practice.

He claims the role of national governments has become `extremely limited' and anyone that dares to criticise this `sinister process' is quickly smeared.

"As soon as you criticise, you are immediately cast out as anti-European," he argues, while politicians who turned a blind eye towards this process were `mightily rewarded', both with election funds and favourable treatment in the press.

Democracy in Europe
It is these beliefs that have provided the impetus behind his new project, DiEM25.

His belief is that democrats in the 1930s should have tried to create a pan-European movement that crossed country borders and political parties. Given that he sees the seeds of the 1930s in today's Europe, that's what he's going to try and do.

Without changes, Varoufakis believes the eurozone is `doomed'.

"When the European Central Bank, which is based in Frankfurt, is incredibly unpopular in Germany; when Greece is a basket case; when France is finding it impossible to contain its budget while also containing unemployment - this is a European economy that's disintegrating."

He is adamant that DiEM25 must be more than `just a think-tank and an internet community' but he thinks the movement can be largely leaderless.

He'll inevitably be its figurehead, but won't be its chief, and there will be no official `steering committee' or centralised body organising how it works.

So which comes first - a mass of motivated people or the figures that lead them?

"It's true the anti-slavery movement had to have leaders, but at the same time it was founded on the moral indignation of common folks, who created circumstances for leaders to spring up."

It was the same with the civil rights movement, he suggests. Malcolm X and Dr King "came after lots of anonymous people created a movement first."

He hopes the `conversations' that come out of DiEM25, both online and through events like Tuesday's launch in Berlin's Volksbüene Theater, will eventually lead to a `basic consensus' on how to bring more democracy to the way Europe is run. Then they can fight elections.

DiEM25's first steps towards transparency will be to demand that the Eurogroup allows cameras behind its closed doors and keeps minutes of its meetings.

Varoufakis thinks his struggle to strike a new deal for Greece last year would have been far easier if meetings had been filmed.

He relays how the German finance minister, Wolfgang Schauble, knew that the deal being offered to Greece was unpalatable - and admitted to Varoufakis he wouldn't have been able to push such a deal through the Bundestag if they were in each other's shoes.

Varoufakis says Schauble, Germany's finance minister, was more frank behind closed doors
It "would have changed the narrative completely" if that conversation had been on camera, Varoufakis says.

But who has the power to grant these wishes?

"Well, it's an interesting question isn't it? The fact that we don't have that answer is part of the problem!"  Ultimately he thinks these concessions will only come once `there is outrage surging through Europe.'

Frustration, Varoufakis suggests, is coiled up across Europe today.

The 450,000 Greeks who gathered in Syntagma Square before last summer's referendum are ready to rally again, but momentum must be created across Europe before `reigniting that flame'.

To his fiercest critics, Varoufakis is a dissembler who conjures up conversations, played poker with the Greek economy and crippled `trust' among its creditors.

To supporters, the account he offers is not just convincing but an invaluable source on the way power in Europe works in practice. And Varoufakis' entire argument is that the elite running Europe crushes all critics, just as trial lawyers try to discredit witnesses.

The cartel running Europe

He rose to prominence crossing so-called `big finance' and `big industry', the `unholy cartel' he argues is the `main driver of EU policy.'

As we talk, Varoufakis offers another historical analogy. Aside from the 1930s, Europe could be thought of as being in 1981, and its Berlin Wall is going to come down before the end of the decade.

He says the ECB can't keep propping this `cartel' by printing money through quantitative easing, saying: "Draghi is going to hit his limitations very soon. He knows it. He's in a state of acute anxiety."

He believes Italy, whose debt repayments are far more critical to the balance sheets of major European banks than Greece's debts now are, can't sustain itself.

"Renzi knows this, that's why he's kicking and screaming," he says.

"Everything that's been done has been like giving cortisone shots to a cancer patient. You've stabilised the patients, you've improved their vital signs, and they look a bit perkier - but the cancer is eating away."

"The authorities don't know what they're doing. They're making it up as they go along, just like in the 1920s and 1930s. When Hindenburg gave power to Hitler, he thought he could control him. There can't be a containment now either."

For those to whom 25 per cent unemployment in Greece and periodic debt crises are nothing more than the natural vicissitudes of capitalism, Varoufakis' account is yet to be proven.

He says he hopes his fears don't actually come to pass. That's the point of DiEM25, to do nothing less than help change the course of Europe.

But while he confesses DiEM25 is `utopian', he thinks it "a lot more realistic than trying to maintain the system as it is."

Or, he adds, "... trying to leave."

He doubts Britain can escape the clutches of the next Eurozone crisis, or leave in this summer's likely referendum and still have access to the single market.

Whether you're Greek or British, escape is, he says, impossible. Reform across Europe is the only option.

After the crushing of last summer's `Athens Spring', he confesses people in Greece are disheartened.

"Their quasi-depression is leading them to privatise their anxieties and fears and stay at home and watch reality television," he quips.

Yet while the omens may be unfavourable, Varoufakis will try.

Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:34:46 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re: "Europe is sliding back into the 1930s and we need a new movement

Ye Ray,

Absolutely agree.  I think we are being set up for a new world order run by the Antichrist.


Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 19:30:45 -0000
Subject: UK Press: "heightened fears of new global recession

At times like these I often compare the global markets' reactions (either for simple volatility or for signs of guilt in case of political dirty tricks).

You can do it yourself at updates.html - they're those little yellow boxes at top left going from DOW thru to FTSE

As you can see, it seems that Europe is acting more scared than USA, but Russia and the two Asian mkts are close behind
Ray D
The FTSE 100 lost early gains on Tuesday to hit a three-year low in intraday trading.

Shares dropped 1.3 per cent to hit 5,613 points, slumping below the previous three-year low that was set in January when the UK fell into a bear market.
Asian markets sunk on Tuesday after European bank stocks sent investors running to so-called safe haven assets. Japanese stocks dropped 5.4 per cent, the Nikkei's worst one-day drop since June 2013.

Investors choose instead to park their money in gold, which surged to its highest value since June, and other assets that are expected to maintain their value in times of uncertainty.

Japanese government bond yields also slumped, turning negative for the first time, meaning that investors were effectively paying to give money to the UK government.

Ten-year bond prices have climbed since the Bank of Japan's shock decision to adopt negative interest rates on January 29.

Markets in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea were closed for the Chinese New Year holidays, with most returning to business on Wednesday.

... Kaneo Ogino, director at foreign exchange research firm Global-info Co in Tokyo, described it as a `panic situation'.

Falling oil prices, fears over slowing economic growth and uncertainty over the US Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates have weighed on international stock markets since January. Those worries show no signs of abating in February.

"The combination of concerns that the United States could be heading toward a recession and the global stock sell-off is curbing risk appetite and is sending investors to the safe-haven yen," Takuya Takahashi, senior strategist at Daiwa Securities, told Kyodo News.

Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 20:54:00 -0000
Subject: "The country with the world's worst drink problem

Am a bit conflicted here, because I'm a libertarian at heart and don't think it's any business of the State to lecture people on their social behaviour (providing it's not harmful to others).

Having said that, and having worked in many countries around the world, it's noticeable that in different countries folk handle alcohol consumption very differently.

For example, Italy, when I worked there, used wine and maybe a little digestivo (or maybe a sweeter liqueur for women-folk) purely as part of their social partying culture - not over-doing it and apparently not wishing to over-do it.  Further north in Europe things tended to change a bit.

Ray D
The country with the world's worst drink problem
South Korea has more alcoholics than any other country, but it seems unlikely to quit the drink any time soon.

Seoul, South Korea - A young woman is hunched over a toilet bowl in a coffee shop in downtown Seoul, her dishevelled hair masking her face.
A police officer tries to rouse her, but there is no response. "I think she's totally passed out," says Officer Hazel Chang.
Chang and her colleague carry the woman to their car, and take her to the police station where medics examine her and officers phone her parents.
It is just one of many alcohol-fuelled incidents the police see during a typical night on the streets of Seoul, the South Korean capital, where people can be seen staggering about precariously and veering dangerously into traffic.

Here, alcohol is an essential part of daily life for many, with South Koreans drinking more hard liquor than anyone else in the world, according to the research firm Euromonitor.

It is cheap, considered a must if you want to get ahead in business and viewed as a way to relieve stress in a society with some of the world's longest working hours.

But South Korea is also home to more alcoholics than any other country, and alcohol-related social costs amount to more than $20bn a year, Ministry of Health and Welfare estimates show.

Every few days, Suh Seung-Beom, a banker in Seoul, gets business contacts and friends together for drinking sessions.

Like most Koreans, their drink of choice is soju, a spirit made from rice.

On a recent night out, it was not long before Suh and his associates were feeling the effects of the potent liquor.

But he denies that getting drunk is the goal of these marathon drinking sessions. "It's just a means to build bonds in business and with people. At work we can't be so open. But here we can make memories," he tells Al Jazeera.

One of Suh's drinking partners, Brent Lee, who works for the Korea Federation of Banks, does not believe that he and his friends drink too much.

He says drinking alcohol is beneficial to society because it helps people relieve stress. The police officers who patrol Seoul's busiest entertainment district disagree.

'I think drinking is a problem'

Their beat is the busiest in the country, and almost every call they get involves someone who has drunk too much.

Officer Chang, a former schoolteacher, has been shocked by the level of drinking she has encountered since joining the force two months ago.

"I think drinking is a problem - a big problem," she says.

Officer Chang's partner, Choi Kyung-reol, says in recent years there has been an increase in the number of calls police receive involving people who have drunk too much.

"We're especially seeing more women taking to the bottle heavily. It's really heartbreaking," says Officer Choi.

"I don't see us making much difference out here. People are drinking and partying harder. And often in cases when we intervene to help, they get violent."

Public health experts say part of the problem is that there are no laws restricting binge drinking.

On average, South Koreans consume 14 shots of hard liquor a week, while Americans drink about three and Russians about six, according to Euromonitor statistics.

"It leads to all kinds of illnesses including liver disease, yet there are no government guidelines to say how much is too much," says Chun Sung-soo, from the Korea Public Health Association.

Chun says there is a lack of awareness about the health risks of drinking heavily.

After public pressure, South Korea's government is considering banning celebrities under the age of 24 from appearing in liquor ads [Steve Chao/Al Jazeera] He says the government invests only a small fraction of what it makes in taxes from the sale of alcohol in public awareness campaigns.

"For 20 years, we've been proposing policies that can drastically reduce alcohol consumption - like increasing the price, regulating how much is sold, limiting ads - but they never pass in the national assembly," he says.

Chun believes politicians are under pressure from liquor companies not to take action. One man taking on the big liquor firms is Kim Jin.

Kim is the first in Korea to launch a class-action lawsuit against firms using celebrities in advertisements to promote alcohol.

"People obviously look at these advertisements and see celebrities downing liquor. Because they're so famous, naturally this encourages consumers to drink more. It leads to overdrinking and people getting knocked out."

'A culture of drinking to excess'

Kim knows better than most the consequences of drinking too much.

He has been an alcoholic for decades, spent all his earnings on liquor and lost his marriage. "Whenever I started drinking, I wouldn't eat or drink anything else. I'd just keep downing liquor for 40 days straight. I often ended up in hospital and couldn't work. In the end - I lost my wife," he says.

He now suffers from cirrhosis of the liver, a chronic condition caused by overdrinking. But he admits that he is still drinking.

While Kim offers a cautionary tale, Korea's younger generation shows no sign of letting go of the culture of drinking to excess.

Jiyeon Shin, a university student, says she usually goes out drinking five times a week with friends.

She often studies 18 hours a day and says stress is what drives her and her friends to drink.

"I think maybe now I've become a bit of an alcoholic," she says. "It's usually me who initiates the drinking and it often ends up with throwing up and hangovers."

Asked whether she could ever imagine a day when South Koreans drink less, Jiyeon is adamant.

"Absolutely not. Liquor is something that's naturally shared between friends and family. I think Korean drinking culture is very uplifting. So I don't think the day we have less will ever come - nor should it."

From the documentary "South Korea's Hangover." Watch the full film here.


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