How Do You Stop Cows from Farting? How Do you Stop Me From Farting? By Uncle Len, Gone with the Wind

     The unmatched, unimpeached Uncle Len is back, but he never really left, just stopped writing for a while because he lost his favourite pencil. But, now I have found it, let me talk about a subject that I am most qualified to discuss; farting, especially that of the king of farters, cows, the ultimate vegans, too, who are endangering the planet with their grassy gassy emissions, let alone other stuff. I hope that that was coherent. 
  https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2019/10/27/climate-alarmists-propose-feeding-cows-seaweed-reduce-methane-farts/

“Environmentalists intent on finding new ways to reduce so-called greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change have proposed a novel method: feed cows seaweed to diminish methane in flatulence, belches, and manure. Ermias Kebreab, an zoology professor at the University of California–Davis, led a team in producing a bovine meal regimen containing varying levels of Asparagopsis armata, a strain of red seaweed, and fed it to 12 dairy cows over a two-month period. In a mix containing just 1 percent seaweed, the cows’ methane emissions went down by a stunning 60 percent. “In all the years that I’ve worked in this area, I’ve never seen anything that reduced it that much,” Kebreab said.”

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The Famine of Genius By Brian Simpson

     Guess what? Genius creates civilisation, but today geniuses are few and far between, so we are in deep longer-term trouble according to the IQ worshippers such as Lance Welton:
  https://vdare.com/articles/the-genius-famine-the-death-of-religion-will-lead-to-the-death-of-genius-and-the-death-of-civilization

“British code-breaker Alan Turing was the father of computer science. It is difficult to imagine what life would be like in 2017 if Turing hadn’t lived and hadn’t been employed by a university to research. But, as the movie The Imitation Game poignantly showed, Turing had few friends, was chronically shy, lacked social skills and was often shunned by his colleagues. Turing was a genius. But there’d be very few people like him working at universities today. This is a serious problem and, according to a new academic book recently published in the UK, the decline of religion is part of the reason for it. So argue anthropologist Edward Dutton (Oulu University, Finland) and psychiatrist Bruce Charlton (Newcastle University, UK) in their fascinating 2016 tome, The Genius Famine. According to the two British academics, geniuses are a distinct psychological type. They have extremely high intelligence, meaning they excel at quickly solving cognitive problems. This strongly predicts socioeconomic, educational and even social success. But geniuses combine this with relatively low conscientiousness and low empathy. They also tend to be uninterested in worldly things—money, sex, power—focused intensely on the intellectual pursuit of solving whatever seemingly unsolvable problem has come to obsess them. New ideas always break established rules and offend vested interests, but the genius couldn’t care less, claim Dutton and Charlton. This is why it is the genius who is able to make original, fantastic breakthroughs.

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Soros to Rule the World in 2020 By Charles Taylor (Florida)

     George Soros, the globalist who never sleeps, working 24/7, relentless pushing on to victory, in 2020 he believes:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/soros-predicts-globalist-victory-2020

“Progressive billionaire George Soros believes that the global surge in nationalism - from Brexit to Trump - is an aberration, and that globalism will make a resurgence after the 2020 US election. In a recent interview with the New York Times (in which he also endorsed Elizabeth Warren), the 89-year-old investor opined last week in a collection of essays called "In Defense of Open Society" that his brand of globalism - which he defines as an integrated, open society which abides by the law (which is easy to do when allied lawmakers are making them) - is out of favor. Instead, Trump's "America First" approach, debates over Brexit and trade wars have taken precedent. Looking out a window with expansive views of Central Park, Mr. Soros spoke about China, Mr. Trump and who he thinks will face off against the president in next year’s election. Notably, Mr. Soros is convinced that the arc of history may soon turn back his way, that Mr. Trump’s election and Brexit were the nadir of anti-globalism and that a backlash to that nationalism is coming. “Trump is still doing a tremendous amount of damage,” he said, lifting himself up a bit in his desk chair. “I mean, just the last week what he has done in the Middle East has been devastating for America’s influence in the world,” he said, referring to the withdrawal of American troops from Syria. -New York Times

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Being Swedish Means Having a Bomb! By Richard Miller

     Guns may be banned for the ordinary Swedish cuck, but bombs … well in Sweden bombs are everywhere and have become part and parcel of the culture:
  https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/10/bomb-attacks-are-now-a-normal-part-of-swedish-life/

“Explosions have become so normalised in Sweden that SVT, Sweden’s equivalent of the BBC, did not even mention the three explosions in the country’s capital on its national news programme that evening. Instead, the main domestic story was the purported censorship of ‘big female bodies’ on Instagram. Apparently, we mustn’t be referred to as ‘women’ any more, but ‘female bodies’, lest anyone’s gender be assumed. The explosions were left to the local news. To understand how Sweden arrived at this degree of normalisation, consider the statistics: between January and June this year, more than 100 explosions were reported in the country, up from about 70 in the same period last year. A total of more than 160 suspected attacks with explosives were reported last year. There are no comparable figures available for earlier years because it’s such a recent phenomenon. Until recently no one would have thought of adding a column on bombings to the national Swedish crime statistics. Wilhelm Agrell, professor of intelligence analysis at Lund University, has warned that the situation has become so dire that the integrity of the Swedish state is in jeopardy. ‘The state’s monopoly on violence, the actual token of a sovereign government, has been hollowed out bit by bit and no longer exists,’ he wrote a few weeks ago. ‘The armed criminal violence is having effects that are increasingly similar to those of terrorism.’

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The Horrors of Technology By Brian Simpson

     Shucks, I thought that I had anticipated most of the horrors that the high-tech world is bringing to us, along with some crumbs of amusement to keep the masses from thinking too deeply, but here is more, a kind of mail-order apocalypse:
  https://www.technocracy.news/omniviolence-is-coming-and-the-world-isnt-ready/

“Technology is, in other words, enabling criminals to target anyone anywhere and, due to democratization, increasingly at scale. Emerging bio-, nano-, and cyber-technologies are becoming more and more accessible. The political scientist Daniel Deudney has a word for what can result: “omniviolence.” The ratio of killers to killed, or “K/K ratio,” is falling. For example, computer scientist Stuart Russell has vividly described how a small group of malicious agents might engage in omniviolence: “A very, very small quadcopter, one inch in diameter can carry a one-or two-gram shaped charge,” he says. “You can order them from a drone manufacturer in China. You can program the code to say: ‘Here are thousands of photographs of the kinds of things I want to target.’ A one-gram shaped charge can punch a hole in nine millimeters of steel, so presumably you can also punch a hole in someone’s head. You can fit about three million of those in a semi-tractor-trailer. You can drive up I-95 with three trucks and have 10 million weapons attacking New York City. They don’t have to be very effective, only 5 or 10% of them have to find the target.” Manufacturers will be producing millions of these drones, available for purchase just as with guns now, Russell points out, “except millions of guns don’t matter unless you have a million soldiers. You need only three guys to write the program and launch.” In this scenario, the K/K ratio could be perhaps 3/1,000,000, assuming a 10-percent accuracy and only a single one-gram shaped charge per drone. That’s completely—and horrifyingly—unprecedented. The terrorist or psychopath of the future, however, will have not just the Internet or drones—called “slaughterbots” in this video from the Future of Life Institute—but also synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and advanced AI systems at their disposal. These tools make wreaking havoc across international borders trivial, which raises the question: Will emerging technologies make the state system obsolete?

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The Pope’s Slide into Paganism By Peter West

     I have been reporting on the Pope’s multicultural defection from mainstream Christianity for some time. Here is the latest news on this front:
  https://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2019/10/25/pope-francis-apologises-that-amazon-synod-Pachamama-was-thrown-into-tiber-river/

“After controversial statues were thrown into Rome’s Tiber River, Pope Francis has issued an apology during Friday’s afternoon session of the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. “As bishop of this diocese,” Pope Francis, who is Bishop of Rome, said, “I ask forgiveness from those who have been offended by this gesture.” Pope Francis also reported that the statues had been recovered from the river, are not damaged, and are being kept in the offices of the head of Italy’s national police. The statues, which were identical carved images of a naked pregnant Amazonian woman, had been displayed in the Carmelite church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, close to the Vatican, and used in several events, rituals, and expression of spirituality taking place during the October 6-27 Amazonian synod. The pope said they had been displayed in the church “without idolatrous intentions,” according to a transcript provided by the Vatican press office. The statues were thrown into the river on October 21; a video released on YouTube showed two men entering the Church, leaving with the statues, and then throwing them off a nearby bridge. The figures have become symbols of controversy during the synod of bishops, which is a meeting held to discuss the Church’s life and pastoral ministry in the Amazonian region of South America. They first appeared at an October 4 tree-planting ceremony in the Vatican gardens, attended by Pope Francis, at which they were in the center of a collection of figurines around which attendees processed.

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The Magic of Curses By Harry Collins

     As someone with not a racist bone in my body, well, not many, I respect the curse that an Aboriginal leader has said will befall upon people climbing what was once via racism called Ayer’s Rock, but is now called … I can’t remember the name … getting senile …
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7612047/A-curse-fall-Hundreds-expected-climb-Uluru-final-hours-ban.html?ico=pushly-notifcation-small

“People who have climbed Uluru since a ban was announced will be cursed, according to an Indigenous activist. Marcia Langton, the chair of Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne, re-tweeted a video of people queuing to climb the historic landmark on Thursday, a day before the practice was banned. The 67-year-old wrote: 'A curse will fall on all of them. They will remember how they defiled this sacred place until they die & history will record their contempt for Aboriginal culture.' On Friday hundreds of climbers were forced to wait for hours for strong winds to die down so they could scale the rock for the last time. Hundreds started lining up from 4am to climb the 348-metre high landmark in Alice Springs. But at 7am, when the rock climb usually opens, rangers put up a sign declaring it was closed.”

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The Minister for Wasting Water, DAVID LITTLEPROUD, must resign By Ron Pike

     The Saltbush Club today called for the immediate resignation of Mr. David Littleproud from his position as Minister for Water on the grounds of incompetence in his management of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. The call was made by Mr Ron Pike, the Saltbush Club Water Adviser with a lifetime of experience and information on Murray Darling Basin water supply, storage and use. “Under Mr. Littleproud’s stewardship this Authority has grown to be a law unto itself and is repeatedly lying to both the people and the Government. As an example; ‘we had to drain Menindee Lakes, or the water would have been lost to evaporation.’ “We now have the wicked and unjust situation where this out of control Authority is denying available water to desperate end users by claiming that they are compelled by law to release this fresh water to the sea, while farmers and Municipalities are left without water.

     “In a worsening drought no one in their right mind would condone wasting fresh water to the sea, while denying the people the water they desperately need. But Mr. Littleproud is. “This is not only unjust it is a crime against the people perpetrated by a Federal Minister. “Given that Mr. Littleproud has several advisors, he should have been aware that the MDBA were fabricating stories, just as they now are about releases from Wyangala Dam. “Not only are the actions of the MDBA leaving the Government with little credibility they are exposing the Government to billions of dollars in compensation for lost businesses, especially the death of permanent plantings; something that has never happened since we built the dams on our western rivers. “David Littleproud is responsible for a Government Authority that is denying the people their most basic of rights; that is access to water.  Mr. Littleproud has broken his oath of office “To well and truly serve the people of Australia.” “David Littleproud you have broken that vow and the people no longer trust you. You must resign now”.

Racist Polar Bear Seeks Forgiveness By James Reed

     It is true, but it has been denied for a long time, that the white polar bears that are the victims of climate change, are in fact, white racists, with white polar bear privilege:
  https://babylonbee.com/news/woke-polar-bear-apologizes-for-being-white?fbclid=IwAR0iODYoqY81R6F-izkbLYjZKBntRPteoNs-JVSCpPGF_fXtz3XyfOTEm9A

“A polar bear at the San Diego Zoo has apologized to black bears, brown bears, and all other mammals of color for his "problematic whiteness." The bear "got woke" after a leftist protesting the zoo for keeping animals in captivity bravely leaped into the bear's exhibit. After eating the protester, the polar bear picked up the book on critical race theory the woman had in her pocket and devoured it, first figuratively, then literally. "Wow," he said. "I never realized how problematic my existence was before. I really need to think about this." Shortly after reading the book, the polar bear, whose name is Chad, held a press conference in which he apologized for his many years of not being "woke" to the struggle of non-white animals. "I am so sorry for everyone I've hurt," he said. "I am hereby canceling myself. Please listen to black and brown bear voices." He also announced that he was donating his remaining walruses to minority bears in need. "The overwhelming whiteness of the polar bear community should give us all paws." The bear escaped the zoo, devoured several people, and cast himself into exile on an ice floe for his crimes.”

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Early Civil War Rumblings By Charles Taylor

     An update from the US trenches:
  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50166557

“The head of Major League Baseball has said the organisation is investigating a tweet from an umpire that threatened civil war if US President Donald Trump was impeached. Rob Drake's now-deleted tweet said he planned to buy an AR-15 rifle. It comes amid an impeachment inquiry in the US House of Representatives. Mr Drake, 50, has not commented and has deactivated his Twitter account. He has been a full-time major-league umpire since 2010. In the tweet, Mr Drake said he planned to buy an assault rifle "because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL (sic) WAR!!! #MAGA2020", according to a copy seen by ESPN. It reportedly followed another tweet that read: "You can't do an impeachment inquiry from the basement of Capital (sic) Hill without even a vote! What is going on in this country?" Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters before a World Series game on Wednesday that the tweet would be looked into. The president of the Major League Baseball Umpires' Association has declined to comment.”

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That’s a Terribly Racist Thing to Notice! By Bruce Bennett

     I did not notice this at all until reading the below article, now I really do notice it, all the time, in fact. Does that make me a racist? Sure, deplorables like me are racist by definition, even 1,000 years after extinction. Where do I get help, Clockwork Orange style for this? Pretty please!
  https://loudwire.com/james-kottak-scorpions-interracial-couples-commercials/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referralk

“Some people truly have no filter on social media. James Kottak of Kingdom Come and formerly of the Scorpions has gone off in a tweet about the amount of interracial couples in commercials, insinuating that it "is not reality." "You know I am sick of every other commercial having interracial couples...this is not reality. It is Hollywood shoving it down our throat. I don’t have one friend or friends who live in this category...just saying," Kottak said in a tweet, followed by a bunch of animal and American flag emojis. The drummer has gone off on several other controversial tangents in the past on Twitter as well, especially regarding climate change — "For those of us who lived through it, we were told an ice age was coming in 1978/79. Who froze? I am all about ‘reduce reuse recycle repurpose’ the rest is political b.s...same now . I recycle every piece of paper, containers, and have done since I was 9 years old...I encourage." Kottak was the drummer for the German group Scorpions from 1996 until he was let go in 2016 due to his reluctance to get sober. Two years prior, he was sentenced to jail in Dubai for drunkenness, derogatory comments toward Islam and public exposure.”

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Food is Racist! By Chris Knight

     It is like the boy who cried wolf, we have heard the term “racist” slung about as a politically correct weapon so much that it has drained of all meaning and impact. How about American, and by implication, Western food being “racist,” a claim coming from an academic, of course? Who else has the ample leisure time?
  https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/10/24/yale-hosts-podcaster-that-argues-american-food-is-racist/
  https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13907

“Yale University hosted Wednesday the host of a podcast, titled, “Racist Sandwich,” which examines food through a social justice lens. The Ivy League school invited Soleil Ho to speak, with the event co-sponsored by Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indegenity, and Transnational Migration, the Timothy Dwight College (a dorm), the Yale Sustainable Food Program, the Asian American Cultural Center, according to a university news release. “...a white supremacist, abelist, hetero-patriarchial, capitalist culture” Ho ties the food industry to gender, race, and class in her podcast and often has guests including Julia Turshen, author of a cookbook called “Feed the Resistance.”  “You include a lot of really obvious tells for your politics and I appreciate that,” Ho tells Turshen in an October 2018 episode, titled, “Sheet Pan Chicken with a side of Social Justice.” “In the Thanksgiving menu, you mention indigenous activists and the reasons why a lot of people might not like Thanksgiving.” “I got to put so much of myself into this book, which includes both my love of cooking at home...but also a lot of social justice messaging,” the author responded. “And I think that cookbooks are a very useful and effective and sort of a powerful tool.” Ho spoke at the 2019 XOXO Festival, an event for independent artists in Portland, Ore. that features artists “who live and work online.” During her speech, she highlighted “more stories by and about people whose food ways and livelihoods have been marginalized and undervalued by a white supremacist, abelist, hetero-patriarchial, capitalist culture.” In August, Ho critiqued Popeyes’ chicken sandwich, calling it "a cheap product where the true cost is carried by marginalized people and animals besides the consumer." Matthew S. Tanico, associate director of Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, told Campus Reform that “This year’s series focuses on indigenous food sovereignty and race.”

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Our Frankenstein Bio-Tech World By Brian Simpson

     Mrs Vera West has covered over a number of months the use of aborted foetuses, primarily in the US, as something of a cash crop for the bio-tech industry.
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-10-23-planned-parenthood-admits-guilt-in-illegal-baby-body-parts-trafficking-scheme.html

     But, that is just the tip of a bloody iceberg, as this story shows:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-10-24-human-body-parts-stolen-from-deceased-family-members.html

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Diversity is Not A Strength By Brian Simpson

     Although Jared Taylor needs to upgrade on the paradoxes of the IQ question, and the replication crisis in psychology, this deconstruction of the diversity myth is still good viewing, even for veterans and the world weary:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAnv4dz14Sw

     Watch it before it too disappears down the memory hole.

Grading Plus Grammar Equals White Supremacy By James Reed

     Will academics ever reach peak racism, running out of things to deconstruct with their pathetic little slogans and concepts?
  https://www.zerohedge.com/political/professor-says-grading-good-grammar-are-examples-white-supremacy
  https://www.thecollegefix.com/professor-says-grading-good-grammar-are-examples-of-white-supremacy/

“Ball State University recently hosted a presentation to “engage with the question of how English language practices in college classrooms contribute to white supremacy.” “Freeing Our Minds and Innovating Our Pedagogy from White Language Supremacy” was the title of the 75-minute guest lecture given on October 14 by Asao Inoue, a professor and the associate dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. “We are all implicated in white supremacy,” Inoue said during his presentation, co-hosted by Ball State’s English department, university writing program, and Office of Inclusive Excellence. “This is because white supremacist systems like all systems reproduce themselves as a matter of course,” he said. “This includes reproduction of dominant, white, middle-class, monolingual standards for literacy and communication.” White language supremacy, according to Inoue, is “the condition in classrooms, schools, and society where rewards are given in determined ways to people who can most easily reach them, because those people have more access to the preferred and embodied white language practices, and part of that access is a structural assumption that what is reachable at a given moment for the normative, white, monolingual English user is reachable for all.” “Your school can be racist and produce racist outcomes,” Inoue said. “Even with expressed values and commitments to anti-racism and social justice.” In one of his slides, Inoue states that “grading is a great way to protect the white property of literacy in schools and maintain the white supremacist status quo without ever being white supremacist or mentioning race.”

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Europe’s Most Wanted Woman! By Richard Miller

     Talk about diversity and multicultural excitement! Will the thrills of enrichment ever end? Yes, these titillations and tessellations,  will end when we end:
  https://canoe.com/news/world/crime-hunter-killers-voodoo-sex-traffickers-among-europes-most-wanted-women/wcm/3d129be7-9406-4d51-b638-1cd3df48fc22

“They called her “Mama” and according to cops, she lorded over a sprawling sex trafficking ring that used voodoo to keep her sex slaves terrified. She is Jessica Edosomwan and along with 17 other women, she is one of Europe’s most wanted female criminals. At her peak, the 26-year-old allegedly oversaw a sex ring of more than 60 women who were smuggled into France via Libya from their native Nigeria. “Jessica Edosomwan was the ‘mama’ of this network,” Jacques Croly Labourdette, head of the French National Brigade for Fugitive Research told AFP. “The mama took care of the girls but also had the mission to prospect in Nigeria … to find new recruits.” If the women didn’t have sex with clients, their families were sentenced with reprisals. “They were also subject to a ‘voodoo rite’, the ‘juju’, which was terrible for them, far more than threats,” Labourdette said, adding cops believe she is in Italy or Germany. Now, investigators hope to bring Mama to trial along with 17 other femme Fatales, Europol said, adding “crime has no gender.””

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Organic Food, Great; Organic Farming Not So Great (If You Still Believe in the Religion of Climate Change) By James Reed

     Fanatic in residence here to unload on organic farming. Don’t get me wrong, the odd drop of orgasmic, I mean organic, Word stop wrecking my article, food, like wine is good, but let’s consider how we get there:
  https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50129353

“A new study suggests that a switch to 100% organic food production in England and Wales would see an overall increase in greenhouse gas emissions. While going fully organic would produce fewer direct emissions than conventional farming, researchers say it would limit food production. As a result more imports would be needed, resulting in up to five times more land being used overseas. Overall emissions could rise by 21% compared to the conventional approach. Farming is generally estimated to be responsible for around 9% of overall UK greenhouse gas emissions, due to the use of artificial fertilisers, but also through emissions of methane from animals and from changes in soil conditions. This new study aims to assess what the impact would be on greenhouse gases if all food production in England and Wales switched to organic. Such a move, the researchers say would see a drop in emissions of about 20% for crops and around 4% for livestock. However, the study predicts significant drops in food production, by around 40% compared to conventional farming. The scientists involved say that decrease is due to smaller crop yields and the introduction of nitrogen-fixing legumes into crop rotations, reducing the amount of land available for production. So crops like wheat and barley would see significant falls in production. For livestock, the numbers of sheep and beef cattle in the scenario would increase but the volume of meat would go down, due to lower carcase weights and longer finishing times under organic management.”

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What a Generous Lad, Vlad is By James Reed

     Despite however much I praise Vlad the lad Putin, I still have not been elected prime minter, I mean minister of Australia via Russian hacking. What is wrong with these guys? Queen Hillary assured me that the Russians are hacking everything to pieces and that I would be in line for a special toady position, such as Donny Trump allegedly got. All that even after intense study of Robert Sears, Vladimir Putin: Life Coach (2018):
  https://www.bookdepository.com/Vladimir-Putin-Life-Coach-Robert-Sears/9781786894694?redirected=true&selectCurrency=AUD&w=AF45AU968GDJD7A80TRQ&pdg=aud-530325474908:cmp-966708429:adg-48044257813:crv-356196816192:pos-none:dev-c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIj5uZypm05QIVkrGWCh2vFwQHEAEYASACEgL3-vD_BwE

“What can the rise and reign of this century's most feared politician teach us about life, work and love? Rob Sears shows how the machinations that enabled Putin to dominate the Kremlin and undermine the United States of America could also help you take control of your mundane life. How would you like to ruin your enemies by sharing compromising material about that time they didn't wash their hands? Or annex territory by claiming the stationery cupboard at work as your personal empire? Fancy hacking democracy at the parent-teacher association to ensure you're a shoo-in for social secretary? Or serving up a cold dish called revenge in a high street restaurant? Filled with stories from Putin's extraordinary time in power, and ideas and illustrations to help you emulate him on a small scale, Vladimir Putin: Life Coach is the ultimate guide to releasing the pseudo-elected, judo black belt, 5D chess-playing autocrat inside each and every one of us.”

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Letter to The Editor - Why should our taxes fund another unjustly constituted body?

To The Age        Ken Wyatt states that Australians "need to ensure Indigenous voices are heard" ("New design to give voice to unheard Australians", 30/10). Such voices have been being heard for many decades, with huge support from both the media and governments. Policies being espoused by the current federal government amount to an unjustified over-privileging of that small minority of Australians that happen to have some Aboriginal ancestry. The term "Closing the Gap" is misleading. Scientific evidence suggests that that such closure cannot and will not happen; thus the term can be used, politically, as a never-ending cry for more and more wealth and power for some Australians at the expense of the great majority of others. Why should our taxes fund another unjustly constituted body? Why should those calling themselves "indigenous" not set up their own representative bodies at their own expense? That, surely, would be a fairer way to go. Or they could interact with Parliament on the same footing as the rest of us.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave

Letter to The Editor - Persistence in an unjust cause will hinder reconciliation

To The Australian         You are right that Aboriginal constitutional recognition "barely registers with voters" ("A voice to government for all indigenous Australians", 30/10). There is something for you to learn from that. Yes, it is true that The Australian has "consistently supported such recognition", but it has been consistently wrong in doing so. The term "indigenous" and the pseudo-definition of Aboriginality that was brought in by the first Whitlam government both fudge the issue. Most so-called Aboriginals are part-Aboriginals only and it is by no means ethically clear why they should be, two centuries after settlement, especially privileged over other Australians, huge numbers of whom were born here and have no other citizenship. Ken Wyatt says he wants his people "to be heard". As though they aren't being already, and with excessive media and government megaphones provided at no cost to them but plenty to the rest of us. Persistence in an unjust cause will hinder reconciliation or (a better term) mutual understanding, not help it.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic