Monday 16th of December 2019

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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-12-10 14:38

A few short years ago, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi was an international human rights icon.

During her last trip to Western Europe, she was revered for her peaceful fight for democracy against Myanmar's military. 

This week, she returns to Europe to defend her country against accusations of genocide.

She will face the International Court of Justice (ICJ) alongside the army she spent much of her life fighting against.

It is the latest move by the former global peace leader to catch the international community by surprise. 

She is accused of turning a blind eye to violent atrocities committed against Myanmar's minority Rohingya population.

Last year, Amnesty International was one of seven high-profile organisations to strip her of honours, awards and titles over the Rohingya crisis. 

She has been criticised by the United Nations and by US Vice-President Mike Pence.

Canada has withdrawn its honorary citizenship and Malaysia's Prime Minister has described her as a "changed person" who has lost his support.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-10/aung-san-suu-kyi-defends-myanmar-against-genocide-charges/11775626

 

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-12-10 14:32

On 28 November 2019, the European Parliament adopted a resolution titled "Cuba, the case of José Daniel Ferrer" (P9_TA-PROV (2019) 0073), condemning the Cuban "regime" for its violations of human rights in general and, in particular, for his treatment of the opposition leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU).

José Daniel Ferrer is a well-known dissident backed by the United States. He has already been arrested and sentenced on several occasions on charges of spying for being in the pay of the US government. He was arrested again in October 2019 for public disorder and physical violence against other citizens. He sent a letter to the US claiming to have been tortured in prison.

On the eve of the European Parliament’s vote, a Cuban television news broadcast accused international media of conducting a slander campaign against the government. In turn, the US and Spanish media snapped back accusing Cuba of propaganda.

However, MEPs should have been more skeptical about José Daniel Ferrer’s torture allegations and the credibility of his statements: at 7mn42s of the video footage showing his interrogation, he can be seen deliberately injuring himself. Ferrer repeatedly slams his head hard on a table; the prison guard withdraws from the camera’s field of vision; Ferrer then blames the guard for just having hit him.

 

 

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https://www.voltairenet.org/article208466.html

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-12-10 13:39

pulpitPM...

 

Yes it is!... Not even Turdy Abbott would have dared!... Now I'm the one who's going to spew...


by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-12-10 12:16

Thank you Rod...


Everybody’s talking about the FBI report today, but as far as I’m concerned, this long piece in the Washington Post is the real news. Here’s how it begins:

 

The documents include transcripts of interviews with soldiers, diplomats, and others with direct experience in the war effort. Excerpts:

“We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing,” Douglas Lute, a three-star Army general who served as the White House’s Afghan war czar during the Bush and Obama administrations, told government interviewers in 2015. He added: “What are we trying to do here? We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking.”

“If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction . . . 2,400 lives lost,” Lute added, blaming the deaths of U.S. military personnel on bureaucratic breakdowns among Congress, the Pentagon and the State Department. “Who will say this was in vain?”

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“What did we get for this $1 trillion effort? Was it worth $1 trillion?” Jeffrey Eggers, a retired Navy SEAL and White House staffer for Bush and Obama, told government interviewers. He added, “After the killing of Osama bin Laden, I said that Osama was probably laughing in his watery grave considering how much we have spent on Afghanistan.”

The documents also contradict a long chorus of public statements from U.S. presidents, military commanders and diplomats who assured Americans year after year that they were making progress in Afghanistan and the war was worth fighting.

Look at this:

Several of those interviewed described explicit and sustained efforts by the U.S. government to deliberately mislead the public. They said it was common at military headquarters in Kabul — and at the White House — to distort statistics to make it appear the United States was winning the war when that was not the case.

“Every data point was altered to present the best picture possible,” Bob Crowley, an Army colonel who served as a senior counterinsurgency adviser to U.S. military commanders in 2013 and 2014, told government interviewers. “Surveys, for instance, were totally unreliable but reinforced that everything we were doing was right and we became a self-licking ice cream cone.”

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As commanders in chief, Bush, Obama and Trump all promised the public the same thing. They would avoid falling into the trap of “nation-building” in Afghanistan.

On that score, the presidents failed miserably. The United States has allocated more than $133 billion to build up Afghanistan — more than it spent, adjusted for inflation, to revive the whole of Western Europe with the Marshall Plan after World War II.

The Lessons Learned interviews show the grandiose nation-building project was marred from the start.

Read it all. 

If you can get through it all, good for you. I got so mad that I had to quit reading not long after the paragraph above. We have lost about 2,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, and sustained about 21,000 casualties of war. (Not to mention all the dead innocent Afghan civilians, and the dead and wounded troops of our NATO allies.) We have spent altogether almost $1 trillion on that country. The Afghan officials stole a fortune from us. We never knew what to do there. And every one of our leaders lied about it. Lied! All those brave American soldiers, dead or maimed for life, for a war that our leaders knew that we could not win, but in defense of which they lied.

 

Read more:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/afghanistan-our-lying-military-our-lying-government/

 

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Read also:

http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/8685

http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/35162

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-12-10 11:15

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Sydney air quality is crap... 

 

Sydney's air quality index (AQI) has reached as high as 11 times hazardous levels, due to bushfires on the city's outskirts.

Key points:

  • Dangerous smoke is choking Sydney particularly in Macquarie Park and Parramatta
  • Many believe they have never before experienced such poor air quality in Sydney 
  • The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a southerly change later will help dissipate the smoke

 

This level of air pollution means everyone, regardless of their health, should cut back on outdoor physical activity, NSW Health said.

The worst reading is currently at Macquarie Park in Sydney's north-west, which recorded air quality of 2,214 between 9.00am and 10.00am this morning.

Parramatta North has reached 2,024, with levels continuing to rise.

Any region with an AQI over 200 is considered "hazardous".

The high readings are largely due to poor visibility, although particle levels are also well into hazardous territory in several locations.

 

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-10/sydney-smoke-returns-to-worst-ever-levels/11782892

 

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-12-10 09:51

Jane* was a member of Australia's evangelical Christian community, and throughout her marriage she heard many sermons on honouring a husband's authority.

These sermons focused on a wife submitting to her husband's authority in everything, from finances to where and when she worked. He was to be respected as head of the family, because this was "God's plan".

For three decades, Jane's husband abused her under the guise of this notion of authority. He isolated her, denied her money and the use of a car. He yelled at her, kicked and punched her, told her she was mad and threatened to kill her.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-09/this-is-how-evangelical-churches-can-breed-domestic-violence/11778864

 

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-12-10 08:10
From the American Conservative:


I did read, with no little interest, an op-ed published in The New YorkTimes late last month by Bianca Vivion Brooks called “To Take On the Religious Right, We Need a Religious Left.” Ms. Brooks asks her readers:


What do we relinquish as a society when a cooperative faith dissipates? Beyond spiritual guidance, the church was my earliest exposure to effective social organization, people rallying around collective belief to create lasting material change in the lives of those who needed it most. Collective belief demands social cooperation and interdependence bound to a principled obligation with expectations of self-sacrifice.

 

The flaw in this thinking is obvious right from the title. Progressives will never be able to engineer an effective rival to the Religious Right, if only because spirituality itself can’t be engineered.


https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/pete-buttigieg-and-the-mercenary-religious-left/


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So, what is the religious right? Would Jesus be on the left or the right? Is this a question of forgiveness, sin definition, uptightness — or cash? Have the religious thoughts evolved away from the original teachings of Christ? Why did Noah get pissed after the biblical floods ordeal?


What and how did engineer the religious right? The popes? Luther? Lucifer? The Mormons? Let’s be frank here. The religious right was NOT engineered by Christ. Its "spirituality" was engineered by various invented traditions created to satisfy a hierarchical social system in which kings would rule with the "gift of god"… So what are the major subterranean different tenets (please let’s not mention “spirituality”) of the religious right and the religious left?

The right:

We don’t like gays.

We hate abortion.

We’re in it for the money (traditional hierarchy).


And this is about it. 



The left:

Progressives accept gays as Christians.

They are not sternly opposed to abortion.

Christ leads the way to a social conscience (equality).


Note Gus is a fierce atheist and only present the loony views of religious bigotry in all its formats, including Islam. Both right and left Christian views are a restriction on understanding of reality as both lead to delusion and systematic deception in their dependance to deeper organisms such as the "deep state" and “political machineries” that are only there for the psychopathic kill: elect a loony deceptive president.


But you can see that the religious right is worried about Pete, the Christian gay, thus a sinner. Hence the title of this article mentioned at top, by a Catholic, Michael Warren Davis:


Pete Buttigieg And The Mercenary Religious Left.

"If progressives think they can enlist Christianity just to win politically, they’re in for a rude awakening."



In the USA, evangelicalism is a distortion of belief into a narrowing of the social and racial arteries. Evangelicalism has taken many formats, as to whom has the best telephone line to god through the best interpretation of a few lines in the bible, while ignoring reality. And we are also told by Rod Dreher: Black Evangelical: ‘White People, Chill Out’. Letter from a conservative black Christian reader on the rise of a minority within a minority


Yes "we" (religions) are in trouble, when the religious beliefs break up in a multitude of expressions, to be seen a bit like in an elastic museum exhibiting Botticelli to Picasso — plus present personal artistic navel-gazing, as a development of individualism, from the birth of Venus to tattoo parlours. 


And yes we can enjoy our varied stylistic expressions as an extension of our ability to create a new “reality” delusion — as long as our scientific understanding develops and maintains our deeper relationship with the evolution of nature, and its complexity. Sciences are the future.


But fighting between religious right and left? It’s like arguing the spirituality between an apple tart and an apricot tart. They’re still tarts… 

Pete is more like a mixed fruit tart... This worries the appletarters...



Gus Leonisky 

Atheist about spiritual tarts...



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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-12-09 19:49

The head of the left-wing La France Insoumise party has faced trial over clashes with police officers during raids on his home and office last October.

Member of the French parliament and former presidential hopeful Jean-Luc Mélenchon has been sentenced to a suspended three-month term and an 8,000 euro fine by a court for "acts of intimidation towards a magistrate and a depositary of the public authority, rebellion and provocation".

Commenting on the ruling, the politician announced his intention to go to the Criminal Court of Bobigny in order to appeal the verdict.

"I will be condemned for 'rebellion' and 'sedition'. I will be an official rebel. It is no longer a conviction, it is a decoration", he said.

Mélenchon was one of the main contenders in the 2017 presidential elections, securing 19.5 percent in the first round, which put him in fourth place.

 

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201912091077520202-french-politician-melenchon-sentenced-to-3-months-in-prison-for-intimidating-officials---reports/

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-12-09 08:39

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Of course, to turn this ship around would require a pretty dramatic paradigm shift. It would mean parents like Sky’s and Sydney’s not just pushing back against sexualized clothing choices, but reimagining the historical and cultural narratives they impress upon their children. Rather than interpreting our past through the lens of winner-take-all power dynamics, they would have to teach the fundamental objective goods of our nation and its traditions. This would include beliefs about sexuality and its purpose not just for self-empowerment and self-gratification, but for self-gift and the privilege of participating in the creation of new life. Our bodies, like our lives, are intended not first for ourselves as modes of self-expression, but for others, and ultimately, from whence they originate, in God. And those who think modesty an antiquated means of oppressing the female sex might be surprised to learn that the most severe dress code found in the Bible was not imposed not on a woman, but a man, who, for lacking a cloak at a wedding feast (an allegory for heaven), was bound and cast into the outer darkness.

Casey Chalk covers religion and other issues for The American Conservative and is a senior writer for Crisis Magazine. He has degrees in history and teaching from the University of Virginia, and a masters in theology from Christendom College.


Don't read more:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/woke-parenting-eats-its-own/


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Casey Chalk writes soft shit as usual… Quite amusing really. He's still believing that human life is a god’s gift… It’s not. God does not exist. This concept is a "figmentation" of some old crazies' imagination in order to prevent sexual promiscuity and make some cash by keeping you enthralled at the idea of eternal life, while making you traditionally shit in your pants in the fear of sin. 


The sexual game is not to behave like randy walruses on a beach or dogs smelling each other’s bottom in broad daylight. This would look untidy. We are more elegant and have invented romanticism, marriage, love and platonic restraint — though some officials in the bible, such as kings, got beyond lucky (for males) with a plethora of wives and concubines. One needs to be rich and religious like the Saudi royal family to carry on with such polygamic bouquet.


There could be many reasons to abstain from some willy-nilly banging such as catching STDs or “unplanned” pregnancy, being a burden on a single person, rather than being an exciting venture — a new life — which our social constructs have decided to be more the care of a couple under various agreements — now extended to gay people. Evolution has geared us, very quickly, to deal with our impulses, desires and wet dreams. As well, some of us have realised that breeding like rabbits has its problem, including making us poor with too many mouths to feed — and overpopulation on a limited planet… On this subject, we’re approaching a few tipping points with a begging bowl.


Beauty is designed to make us attracted to each others, and one can say with a clear amount of more uncertainty that beauty is fleeting like a rose, and that 95 per cent of us, especially the female sort, need some help with props such as make up, eyeliner, rosy cheeks and short skirts to make us attractive… Broadly speaking  we’re an ugly species on the fly, apart from some celebs in magazine showing the way to become miss Bumbum, after some photo-retouching... 


For blokes — men, who, for lacking a cloak at a wedding feast (an allegory for heaven) — to be bound and cast into the outer darkness, is a bit harsh, stylistically considering that Eve and Adam only had a fig leave and the ubiquitous ivy vine to cover their genitals — and god was a male. Crap galore. We’re evolved monkeys. Get it? And we are still evolving...


So the rebellion of youth, us when we were teenagers, has led to a couple of chicks having “black leggings and a tight, spaghetti-strap crop top” and feeling “powerful.” tonight. Casey thinks that this was started by feeling victimised by traditions… Sure.


So as Casey tells us : 


Complaints about wayward youth are almost as ancient as history itself. Aristotle complained of young people who were “high-minded because they have not yet been humbled by life, nor have they experienced the force of circumstances.” These youth “think they know everything, and are always quite sure about it.”


The same can be said about some old people, us, who are always quite sure about everything — and have experienced the force of circumstances BUT not understood shit about these, say a Mr Chalk, who knows all since he believes the simplistic god’s words, when the reality of evolution is bothersome and far toooooo complex…



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by Gus Leonisky on Mon, 2019-12-09 06:12

The president views British politics almost as an extension of his own, domestic politics. He likewise goes after his “opponents” in Britain just as he does his opponents in the US. For Trump, UK politics is a “family matter.” While this fact may be inconvenient for Johnson in the short term, it could pay crucial, long-term dividends for the future of the US-UK alliance, otherwise known as the special relationship.

It may be true, as David Reynolds recently argued in the Wall Street Journal, that after Brexit, Britain will no longer play the same “transatlantic bridging role” between the US and continental Europe. But it does not follow, as Reynolds implies, that Brexit will “weaken the special relationship.” To the contrary, Trump and Johnson both sense the high potential of a post-Brexit world: a bilateral trade deal between America and Britain could form the cornerstone of an ever-closer alliance, enhancing existing security and military cooperation between the two nations.

 

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https://nypost.com/2019/12/07/a-boris-johnson-election-victory-would-be-a-win-for-us-uk-relations/

 

The Europeans have been naive... Europe has been stalled by the "special" relationship of the UK with the USA. Every effort has been made by the USA to destroy Europe's ability to get ahead, through the UK being in the EU.

Sarkozy might have been a CIA agent also employed to facilitate the sting — like France rejoining NATO and destroying Libya.

It is Gus's unenlightened opinion that Europe will be much better without the UK and that 27 countries should be the maximum for the Union to work. Uncle Rupe wishes a Johnson wins which of course will lead to the dismantling of the "socialist" NHS — a great concept hated by "capitalists", the likes of Trump and Boris — and Uncle Rupe... Pity, the Brit people will endure the crap, but their government has been less than honest with Assange in prison, the Bank of London and other unsavoury fiddles such as spying on European leaders....

The UK should NEVER have been allowed in the EU. Scotland should secede.

 

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selling the farm to big pharma...