Facebook: Agent of the Left By Charles Taylor (Florida)

     So, Zucky plucky will not be publishing the US election results, on the night out of fear of civil unrest. What? Did it occur to him that this act alone may fuel civil unrest, as Trump voters will rightly see the election as being stolen? Could it be that this is all part of the conspiracy to steal the election from Trump post-election night? Sure, it is, in my opinion.
  https://nypost.com/2020/09/04/mark-zuckerberg-fears-civil-unrest-after-2020-election/

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rang election alarm bells on Friday by saying the social media platform is bracing for “civil unrest” following the 2020 presidential election. The tech titan said Facebook is trying to clamp down on misinformation ahead of the November vote because of the risk of an uproar in the days or weeks it will take to count all the ballots. “There is, unfortunately, I think, a heightened risk of civil unrest in the period between voting and a result being called or after that, and I just think that we need to be doing everything that we can to reduce the chances of violence or civil unrest in the wake of this election,” Zuckerberg told Axios in an interview released Thursday. Zuckerberg suggested that there’s a risk of violence breaking out after Election Day and that Facebook will try to stop violent events from being organized on its platforms, which include the eponymous social network as well as Instagram and WhatsApp. “The country is very charged right now, so I think regardless of what we do there’s some chance that this happens across the country,” he said. “I just want to make sure that we do our part to not contribute to it.” Facebook announced several policies Thursday aimed at protecting the integrity of the race between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden in light of the fact that many people will vote by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic. They include efforts to label posts from candidates claiming victory before all the votes are counted and a ban on new political advertisements in the week before the election. The billionaire tycoon also said Facebook and other media outlets should inform voters that “there’s nothing illegitimate about this election taking additional days or even weeks to make sure that all of the votes are counted.” Facebook shares fell 1.6 percent to $286.39 in early trading Friday after dropping 3.7 percent Thursday.”

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The Age of Disorder By James Reed

     There is plenty of material out there, indicating that we are falling into an age of disorder. Looked at from a wider philosophical perspective, we can see this all as part of the inevitable rise and fall of civilisations, for, after all, civilisations do rise and fall, and all have, as much as this might be an inconvenient truth to those with comfortable lives and living in materialist and consumer bliss, those who are far away from how the majority of the human race lives now, and did in the past. The assumption has been that technology and human ingenuity will always save us just in the nick of time. But, why should that be? Where in the Bible is that written, that economics, science and materialism will save us?
  https://www.theorganicprepper.com/system-crumbling/

“It’s indisputable that our system is now failing in numerous ways. Some of these things directly relate to the virus and the subsequent lockdown, while others are tied to the nonstop riots that have been going on in some areas for more than 100 days. The riots began after the death of George Floyd when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck until he suffocated. From the economy to the justice system to the infrastructure, our system is grinding to a halt in a variety of manners that stand to completely change the American way of life. Let’s take a look.

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Sweden: Gang Violence and Immigration By Richard Miller

     Sweden got one thing right: the Covid-19 response, the opposite end to Melbourne. But it still has an immigration problem which will sink it, if it hasn’t already.
  https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/09/09/swedish-pm-refuses-link-gang-violence-migration-police-chief-comments/

“Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has denied a link between migration and gang activity, after deputy national police chief Mats Löfving claimed gangs move to Sweden just to engage in crime. Over the weekend, Deputy Police Chief Löfving identified at least 40 criminal clan gangs across Sweden, which he said mostly operate in so-called “vulnerable” areas, often referred to as no-go zones. “These clans come to Sweden solely with the purpose of organising and systematising crime. They work to create power, they have a great capacity for violence, and they want to make money. And they do that with drugs, violent crimes, and extortion,” Löfving said, according to Nyheter Idag.”

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At Last: Hate Crimes Against Whites, Well, at Least Conservatives By Charles Taylor

     Well, blow me over; could it be that White lives do matter a tiny bit?
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/09/women-accused-of-stealing-maga-hat-from-7-year-old-charged-with-hate-crime/

“Two Delaware women accused of stealing a seven-year old’s “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat outside the Democratic National Convention have been charged Tuesday with second-degree robbery and felony hate crimes. Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy, each 21 years old, were indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on felony robbery charges, hate crime and conspiracy charges, and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, the New York Post reported. Delaware Online reported that three of the charges are felonies, and if convicted, the women could spend up to 15 years behind bars. Amy and Winslow are out on bail, according to a spokesperson for Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings. “[H]arming another person – let alone a child – because of the expression of their views betrays the principles on which our country was founded,” Jennings said in a statement to Delaware Online. Both women were arrested in connection with a viral video that allegedly showed the two women ripping up pro-Trump signs and stealing a MAGA hat from a seven-year-old in front of his mother. “That’s somebody else’s hat,” the seven-year-old boy could be heard saying after the women shred several pro-Trump signs in the parking lot of the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, where parts of the Democratic National Convention were held. One of the suspects grabbed a MAGA hat that was lying on the ground. “Get your hat back, baby,” the mother is heard telling the boy as they follow the suspects, demanding the return of the hat. A man who also tried to get the hat back with the boy and the mother allegedly got punched in the face by one of the suspects.”

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Going After Charles Darwin Now; Now Real Survival of the Fittest By Brian Simpson

     I was reading an article in The History Teacher, by Christopher Versen, “What’s Wrong with a Little social Darwinism (In Our Historiography),” which puts social Darwinism, the idea that evolutionary forces directly apply to human societies, in a more plausible historical light. Even so, in my opinion the ideas of Darwin and Spencer are much more reasonable than Marxism and all the Leftist bs that now fills the universities, such a critical race theory and postmodernist frog droppings. But, there will not be a fair debate about Darwin, and social Darwinism, since the present woke politically correct establishment is moving to eliminate his thought from the modern hellholes called universities.
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-09-08-blm-goes-after-charles-darwin-evolution-racist.html

“If you believe in the Theory of Evolution as put forth by the late Charles Darwin, then you are a “racist” who needs to be “decolonized.” This is the position of Great Britain’s Natural History Museum, which recently launched a review aiming to stamp out “offensive” and “problematic” collections specifically associated with Darwin and his evolutionary endeavors and expeditions. Audit rooms, statues and items such as exotic birds will all be pored over to identify any potential elements of racism that warrant their immediate removal from the facility. And this is all being done to show how “science, racism, and colonial power were inherently intertwined,” according to the museum’s curators. According to a document about the review, the Natural History Museum decided to take on this investigation “in light of Black Lives Matter and the recent anti-racist demonstrations around the world.” To please the BLM mob, in other words, the Natural History Museum of the United Kingdom is planning to go over each and every piece in its facility to see “whether any statues (or collections) could potentially cause offense. This will include taking a closer look at Darwin’s specimen collections gathered from the Galapagos Island, which the museum says represent just one of many British “colonialist scientific expeditions.” The word “colonial,” as used by the museum, may as well equate to racism, because that is what is meant every time it is used. And because the entire basis of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution was built upon colonialist endeavors, his entire life is an embodiment of racism. “The Black Lives Matter movement has demonstrated that we need to do more and act faster, so as a first step we have commenced an institution-wide review on naming and recognition,” says Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum.

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The Mind of Leftoid Professors By Chris Knight

     Conservatives and traditionalist need to fully understand the mind of the Left, just how nasty it is. Here is a standard mindset:
  https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=15640

“University of Rhode Island Professor Erik Loomis appeared to defend the murder of Aaron "Jay" Danielson, the member of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, during recent social unrest in Portland, Oregon. In 2012, Loomis came under scrutiny after he called for NRA executive Wayne LaPierre's "head on a stick" following the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Just weeks later, in January 2013, Loomis said, “I know the central mission of the Republican Party is to have a membership made up entirely of old rural white people." "He killed a fascist. I see nothing wrong with it" Now, Loomis is once again under fire after publishing a blog post titled "Why was Michael Reinoehl killed?" Reinoehl is the man suspected of fatally shooting Danielson. Reinoehl was killed as federal authorities tried to arrest him. “Michael Reinoehl is the guy who killed the fascist in Portland last week. He admitted it and said he was scared the cops would kill him. Well, now the cops have killed him," Loomis wrote in the September 4 blog post. “I am extremely anti-conspiracy theory. But it’s not a conspiracy theory at this point in time to wonder if the cops simply murdered him. The police is [sic] shot through with fascists from stem to stern. They were openly working with the fascists in Portland, as they were in Kenosha which led to dead protestors," Loomis continued. In the comment section of the blog post, one reader challenged Loomis by writing, "Erik, he shot and killed a guy," referring to Reinoehl. Loomis responded by saying, “He killed a fascist. I see nothing wrong with it, at least from a moral perspective.” He further added that “tactically, that’s a different story. But you could say the same thing about John Brown.”

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Macho Cooking for Real Men By John Steele

     Here are two good videos by YouTuber Donnie be All Day, a pro-Trump patriot, and returned soldier who served in Afghanistan. He generally does the best YouTube review of knives, something which I am sure most of us here are interested in, being sharp, red-blood folks. But in these videos, he strays a bit and expresses his love for Australia, having fought alongside Aussies. And, he is pretty sympathetic to the plight of men today, and having some experience in cooking comes up with some simple, yet fantastic meals that men can make, you know, the divorced set, to nourish their bodies, and keep their spirits up in these tough times.  A good chicken fried steak will go down well in the trenches. I might cook one up tonight on the camp fire, out here in the wilderness, with just my Cold Steel  1917 Frontier Bowie  knife for companionship, and meat-cutting prowess.   
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkVL4RGnqFk&t=305s 
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65DWrCkBg3k 

Old Bob Gets Rough By Chris Knight

     In general, we do not like Leftist icon Bob Dylan/Zimmerman here. That is not to say that there is nothing of value for conservatives in his oeuvre, nice French word, that.
  https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/09/bob-dylan-and-the-rough-men?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the_2020_09_09_jihad_watch_daily_digest&utm_term=2020-09-09 
  https://pjmedia.com/culture/robert-spencer/2020/09/06/bob-dylan-and-the-rough-men-n897201

““People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” The statement has been attributed most frequently to Winston Churchill, who may never actually have said it; but in these days of calls to “Defund the Police” and antifa thugs running wild in cities where there are no rough men, it is more important that it is true than it is who said it. Recently, an affirmation of the wisdom of this saying came from what many might consider an unlikely corner: Bob Dylan. Dylan, 79, is the hero of the Sixties counterculture, which makes him revered among today’s mainstream Left. Obama gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and not too long after that he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, for which he never would have been considered at all if he weren’t an idol of Leftists worldwide. But on his new album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, Dylan sings a curious stanza that should have his Leftist followers, if they’re listening to the words, wondering if the grand old man is losing his grip. Conservatives, by contrast, should be cheering. The lines come in a song entitled Mother of Muses, which begins by sending out a series of pleas to the spirits of inspiration. The speaker calls on the “mother of muses” to “sing of the mountains and the deep dark sea,” and to “sing of the lakes and the nymphs in the forest,” that sort of thing. So far, that’s fairly conventional: the man wants to write a song, and he needs some help to do it. Poets going back to Homer and before that have asked the muses to visit them with something worthwhile to say, or sing, or write. But then Dylan shifts the tone slightly, asking this “mother of muses” to “sing of the Heroes who stood alone / Whose names are engraved on tablets of stone / Who struggled with pain so the world could go free.”

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If Trump Can Get Re-elected He Deserves a Whole Crate of Nobel Peace Prizes By Chris Knight

     President Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, the same award that was given to Obama merely because he was Black, or at least, a multiracial. But Trump has done well in Middle East peace, and given that these awards are handed out to a multitude of losers, most of the time, it is about time that someone worthwhile gets one.
  https://www.theblaze.com/news/president-trump-nobel-peace-prize?utm_source=theblaze-dailyPM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__PM%202020-09-09&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Daily%20PM%20-%20last%20270%20days

“President Donald Trump has officially been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of Norway's Parliament, said Trump is deserving of the esteemed award because of his efforts to broker peaceful relationships between countries, specifically citing the historic peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. What did Tybring-Gjedde say? In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Tybring-Gjedde said the Nobel Prize Committee should examine Trump's record, for they will find that it is much more impressive than former President Barack Obama's. Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. "For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees," Tybring-Gjedde said. "I'm not a big Trump supporter. The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts — not on the way he behaves sometimes," the Norwegian lawmaker continued. "The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump. For example, Barack Obama did nothing."

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Uncle Joe Biden and His Furry Friends By Chris Knight

     “Meet Joe Biden’s Supporters,” is a devastating new campaign ad for Trump which slams the Democrats connections, indeed, worship, of BLM and antifa. We see Biden doing their bidding, and kneeling before absolutely frightening characters, who threaten continued violence unless old Joe is elected. The last scene has one thug make such a threat, as Biden knees before them, like a piece of white prison bait, and the gang stands threatening.   If Trump does not win, it will be frightening times. In fact, democracy is already over, and I can see a clear argument for people not accepting any fraudulent election result, not that I am advocating revolution or anything the Left might be, because conservatives are conservative, until the bitter end.
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmXj613HPN8 

     Things have become so corrupt now, that that hit piece published saying that anonymous sources said that Trump made derogatory remarks about soldiers, is admitted as perhaps being wrong, but, well, it is about Trump, so what?
  https://gellerreport.com/2020/09/atlantic-editor-concedes-central-claim-of-trump-hit-piece-could-be-wrong.html/

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What Do We Know About Industrial Manslaughter Law in Victoria? By Ian Wilson LL. B

     The Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and other Matters) Act 2019 (no. 50 of 2019) has come into effect, with some startling consequences, some would say, political intrigue. To get this right, let us set out the facts as stated by the leading article on this topic, by journalist Robert Gottliebsen, who has been covering things like this for over 50 years. He deserves a medal or three:
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/economics/victorian-cabinet-manslaughter-charges-three-steps-closer/news-story/36cd8c24762f3df6ed4eb223607744ff
“..., last week the state of Victoria took three significant and deliberate steps towards the prosecution of members of its cabinet for industrial manslaughter – a crime that carries a maximum penalty of $16.5m and/or 25 years in jail.  The industrial manslaughter Victorian legislation was designed by Premier Daniel Andrews and the current government with the aim of jailing and heavily fining the chairman, chief executive, chief financial officer and directors of any large corporation where there was a death on or associated with their workplace. It was vicious legislation casting a wide net but it did not pass the parliament until late November (2019-ed). Seven weeks later COVID-19 hit Victoria,
Not in their wildest dreams did the Victorian cabinet ever consider that their personal freedoms and finances might be the first to be put on the line as the new and powerful legislation was tested...

...Last week’s first step in moving towards industrial manslaughter charges was the dramatic announcement by the new WorkSafe chief executive Colin Radford that WorkSafe would be investigating the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions for possible breaches of workplace safety...
...Secondly while Radford and WorkSafe investigates, the public investigation is showing Victorians just how crazy the administration of the quarantine became. There is no suggestion that WorkSafe will be nobbled by the government in its investigations. But theoretically, if it were, then the public would be in a unique position to realise what had happened. The position of Radford and his board would be untenable....
Finally, Attorney-General Jill Hennessy confirmed that the ministers of the Crown are subject to penalties for breaches of workplace safety including charges of industrial manslaughter. Similar assurances were made in the parliament when the bill was being debated".

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Opinion Piece: Not So Green By Viv Forbes


Solar energy is very dilute, so solar collectors usually cover huge areas of flat arable land, stealing farmland, starving wild herbs and grasses of sunlight and creating “Solar Deserts”.

A Solar Desert expanding at Gannawarra in Victoria, Australia
Not so Green
Picture Credit ARENA

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Ensauvagement By Richard Miller

     The French term “ensauvagement,” has been used by the Dissent Right to describe the new savagery that has characterised modern Western society in the West. The New York Times has the following article not behind a paywall, so they must want ordinary deplorables to read it.
  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/world/europe/france-ensauvagement-far-right-racism.html

“The word “ensauvagement” has been a favorite dog whistle of France’s far right in recent years, used to suggest that the nation is turning savage. With its colonial and racist overtones, it has been wielded in discussion of immigration and crime to sound alarms that France is being transformed into a dangerous, uncivilized place, stripped of its traditional values. “Behind it, there is an underlying imaginary world, with savages on one side and civilized humanity on the other,” said Cécile Alduy, a French expert on the political use of language who teaches at Stanford University. So it did not go unnoticed this week when sitting ministers of President Emmanuel Macron’s government started throwing around the word themselves, arguing forcefully that talk of France’s “ensauvagement” was legitimate. “Personally, I use the word ensauvagement and I repeat it,” said Gérald Darmanin, the powerful interior minister and head of the national police.”

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The Secret Life of Plants By Brian Simpson

     When I was in high school, there was a book The Secret Life of Plants, which was popular. I never read it, but I think it argued that plants are not mere mechanisms, but have a mental life. Well, the author was onto something, although mainstream scientists, dismissed the work as pseudo-science. Well, even so, it was more interesting than the unreplicable bs that they produce, usually for big business’ profits.
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_Life_of_Plants 
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-09-07-plants-higher-level-cognition-scientist.html

“In a major breakthrough, Italian researcher Umberto Castiello from the University of Padua gathered together a selection of studies supporting the idea that plants can sense, feel, think and even communicate among themselves. Castiello said he hopes to fuel a discussion regarding the cognitive abilities of plants, such as those often observed in humans and animals. Discussions on plants as cognitive agents could help lead scientists to the “roots” of cognition, he added. His findings appeared online in the Journal of Comparative Psychology.

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The Racism of Antifa By Chris Knight

     For reference purposes, while antifa claim to be antiracist, when it suits them, they are quite prepared to call a Black woman by the n-word, no concerns. The only consolation is that if she was White, they would probably have killed her, just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  https://www.zerohedge.com/political/watch-black-woman-confronts-antifa-rioters-claiming-they-called-her-racial-slur 
  https://summit.news/2020/09/07/video-black-woman-confronts-antifa-rioters-claiming-they-called-her-racial-slur/

“A video out of Portland shows a black woman involved in a confrontation with Antifa rioters who she accuses of calling her racial slurs as they temporarily block her vehicle. The clip begins with the African-American woman telling the white Antifa rioters to get out of the way as they claim they are engaged in a “non-violent protest.” “You setting fires in the street, no that’s violence,” responds the woman. The rioters position themselves in front of her car as she tells them to go and “tear up” another neighborhood. “Now they see how ignorant this looks, you don’t let someone call me a f**king n**ger bitch, you don’t want no race war out here…f**king ni**er bitch, that’s what you called me,” says the woman. The Antifa rioters deny being responsible for the racist slur before accusing the woman of pushing them with her car. “If I was pushing you with my car, you’d be laying the fuck over,” responds the woman as the confrontation becomes more heated. The rioters are finally forced to let the woman pass. One suspects that if she was white, they would have physically attacked her.”

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It’s All Men’s Fault: UN By Mrs Vera West

     The sinister, nay, demonic, UN is at it again, and in fact never stops, this time saying that all bad things come from men, in their program of re-writing history, just a they re-wrote the science of race in the light of Marxism.
  https://www.zerohedge.com/political/united-nations-complains-about-male-dominated-world-thanks-millennia-patriarchy 
  https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/09/07/everything-bad-in-history-was-mens-fault-claims-the-united-nations/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily&utm_campaign=20200907   

“If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts”, Camille Paglia once famously said. But the United Nations didn’t get the memo:

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What Will They Do if Trump Doesn’t Leave? By Charles Taylor

     The emerging scenario seems to be, as documented by Breitbart, is that the Trumper wins the election visa the Electoral College, but after the election, they use fraudulent voting to steal the election. Evidence of voting fraud has already emerged.
  https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/09/01/bloomberg-funded-group-trump-may-win-election-night-but-joe-biden-will-win-days-later-due-to-mail-in-votes/
  https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/09/election-2020-the-color-revolutions-are-coming-home.html
  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/03/opinion/trump-election-2020.html
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmXj613HPN8

“An analytics firm bankrolled by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is predicting that while President Trump will appear to win on November 3, Democrat Joe Biden will actually win the election days later due to mail-in voting. Josh Mendelsohn, the CEO of Hawkfish — funded by Bloomberg and currently working for various pro-Biden super PACs — told Axios that his firm predicts a “red mirage” where Trump wins on election day but Biden wins the election days later when mail-in votes are counted: The reason we talk about a red mirage is in fact because we believe that on election night, we are going to see Donald Trump in a stronger position than the reality actually is. We are sounding the alarm and saying that this is a very real possibility, that the data is going to show on election night an incredible victory for Donald Trump. That is likely to be what we see. Mendelsohn claims it could take weeks before Trump’s election night victory is chipped away at by mail-in votes that will show Biden as the winner.”

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Against Against Accelerationism By John Steele

     Greg Johnson at Counter-Curents.com, explains the doctrine of accelerationism as follows: “Accelerationism is the idea that the best way to achieve White Nationalist goals is to accelerate the decline of the present system. This will supposedly have two effects. First, acceleration will weaken the system’s ability to maintain power, including to oppress dissenters. Second, acceleration will anger and awaken the white masses, making them more receptive to our message.”
  https://www.counter-currents.com/2020/01/against-accelerationism/

     Once we accept that the system is occupied, not by our kind, that the rulers are unelected Deep Staters and other elites, and that we deplorables are ear-marked for the Great Replacement, the conservativism of the past, and past strategies and tactics, need drastic modification. Accelerationism, or as others have called it, destructionism, looks forward to the collapse of the system as needed for any chance of rebuilding, since reform of what exists now is simply impossible. Look at Trump as the last chance of any sort of mainstream poliytical answer to the problems that confront us.

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The Great Depression 2.0 By James Reed

     For your interest, the IMF chief is worried about a Great Depression 2.0, which I think would be a splendid idea, for what we have now is death by a thousand cuts, and anything accelerating the end of the system, not maintaining present power structures and increasing the oppression of us, but breaking down the alien system, which society has become, must be good. Note, this is all done by the internal contradictions of the system, and not by people striving to change it, because that awakening is not likely to happen any time soon due to the ostrich factor, and we are whistling in the dark if we expect it:
  https://www.amazon.com/Ostrich-Factor-Our-Population-Myopia/dp/0195122747
  https://www.technocracy.news/imf-chief-warns-on-great-depression-ii/
  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jan/17/head-of-imf-says-global-economy-risks-return-of-great-depression

“The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that the global economy risks a return of the Great Depression, driven by inequality and financial sector instability. Speaking at the Peterson Institute of International Economics in Washington, Kristalina Georgieva said new IMF research, which compares the current economy to the “roaring 1920s” that culminated in the great market crash of 1929, revealed that a similar trend was already under way. While the inequality gap between countries had closed in the last two decades, it had increased within countries, she said, singling out the UK for particular criticism. “In the UK, for example, the top 10% now control nearly as much wealth as the bottom 50%. This situation is mirrored across much of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), where income and wealth inequality have reached, or are near, record highs.” She added: “In some ways, this troubling trend is reminiscent of the early part of the 20th century – when the twin forces of technology and integration led to the first gilded age, the roaring 20s, and, ultimately, financial disaster.” She warned that fresh issues such as the climate emergency and increased trade protectionism meant the next 10 years were likely to be characterised by social unrest and financial market volatility. “If I had to identify a theme at the outset of the new decade, it would be increasing uncertainty,” she said. With disputes still raging between the US and Europe, she said “the global trading system is in need of a significant upgrade”. Georgieva said uncertainty affects not only businesses but individuals, especially given the rising inequality within many countries. She said that “excessive inequality hinders growth and ... can fuel populism and political upheaval”. Eric LeCompte, the head of debt charity Jubilee USA, said: “The IMF delivered a stark message about the potential for another massive financial disaster that we last experienced during the Great Depression. “With inequality on the rise and concerns of stability in the markets, we need to take this warning seriously.”

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Doctors Selling Us Out! By Mrs Vera West

     Doctors betraying us? Those warriors of health who once took an oath to put the health and welfare of the patient, first. To do no harm. Sure.

“GPs are being paid to hand over data on their client’s weight and alcohol use and patients are not being asked for their permission. The Federal Government is requiring doctors to hand over patient data to Primary Health Networks on 10 performance measures in return for a $50,000 a year taxpayer-funded practice incentive payment. The data is meant to be de-identified but the Australian General Practice Alliance (AGPA) said “the likelihood that it could be re-identified in the event of a breach is very high.” To qualify for the money GP practices must provide information on their patients’ diabetes status, smoking, weight classification, alcohol use and influenza immunisation status. The government wants to use the information to track the treatment and improve the management of patients with key chronic health conditions. Nine in ten GP practices have already handed over de-identified patient data and earned $20.3 million while 395 practices were granted an exemption over concerns about data security. Under the guidelines for the program GPs are meant to ask their patients for permission to transfer the data but this has not been happening and patients are not being given the chance to opt out. Asked whether patients permission was being sought Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president (RACGP) Dr Harry Nespolon said the short answer was “no”. The collection of the data was covered by legislation that allows doctors to collect quality assurance type data “as long as it’s de-identified you can do it”, he said. The AGPA however says history shows it is very easy to re-identify health data.In 2016 when the Department of Health released 30 years’ worth of Medicare data it took Melbourne University computer experts just three days to decrypt it. And medical appointment booking firm HealthEngine was recently caught passing on users’ personal information to law firms seeking clients for personal injury claims, AGPA Director and former AMA president Dr Mukesh Haikerwal said.

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