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4 July 2012 Thought for the Week:

“Our enemy is now primarily, even if directed by Wall Street, within our gates, and it is clear for everyone to see that he is determined to raise prices --- he calls it “controlled inflation” so as to tax you without calling it taxation, and to tax you by taxation, as well. The object of this is to transfer increasing buying power from the silly sheep he is shearing, to the inner clique which is playing world politics. The situation calls for immediate and venomous action. We want falling prices, compensation to producers and shareholders, and the rapid reduction in early abolition of taxation and interference with property and initiative…”

“There is no surer indication of misdirection in the affairs of any country than a continuous rise in the cost of living which, it should be borne in mind, includes the involuntary losses of the individual in taxes, rates, and extortions, as well as his direct expenditure. The idea that high taxes prevents inflation is ignorance or worse.” (pp.96, 104)

- - “The Development of World Dominion” by Clifford H. Douglas, 1969 Aus. edition

“The modern State is a completely immoral organisation. Its taxation differs in no fundamental quality from that levied by a highwayman of the middle ages, and the fact that a small portion of the taxes which are extracted is used for the alleviation of the more pressing necessities of the poor, bears much the same relation to the question as the liberality, to his followers, of a mountain bandit. If civilisation is not to disappear altogether, there will within a comparatively short period of time arise a situation in which bankers as at present understood will be replaced. It seems important to recognise that when this time does arise it will be just as easy to inaugurate a financial system which will meet all the necessities of a modern civilisation, as to introduce piecemeal reforms..."

"Although it seems difficult to obtain general understanding of it, fundamentally a financial system is a matter of pure arithmetic, and the results which will be obtained depend entirely upon the arithmetical factors which are employed and only to a very temporary extent on the particular brand of black magic which is superimposed.
Whatever may be the case in other matters, compromise in arithmetic seems singularly out of place, and it is much better that the present defective system should be allowed to discredit its upholders, and so render genuine reconstruction possible, than that an alternative, of which the effects are not sufficiently beneficial as to place it at once in an impregnable position, should be substituted for it." (pp. 119/121)

- - “Monopoly of Credit” by Clifford H. Douglas, 
1931.


JULIA IN DEEPER S**T THAN CRAIG from Larry Pickering's Facebook:

The following item first appeared on Larry Pickering’s Facebook, The ALoR sought and was granted permission to reprint it in On Target. Following Mr. Pickering’s first posting, others have taken up the matter including Andrew Bolt, The Financial Review and former attorney-general and Labor politician Robert McClelland.

Larry Pickering writes: “Thomson is involved in rorting $500,000 from the HSU (Health Services Union). Gillard is involved in rorting $1 million from the AWU (Australian Workers’ Union). To date, no attempt has been made by either union to recover one cent. As a backbencher, Thomson had no clout with media. As Prime Minister, Gillard used her clout to kill the story... and this is how she did it:

Bruce Wilson was an AWU heavy and Gillard’s boyfriend at the time. He had been threatening developers in a thinly disguised, mob-style protection racket: Industrial peace for payment... up to $50,000 at a time. The payments went straight to accounts Gillard had arranged while she was still working for the Left wing law firm, Slater & Gordon. Gillard was into the scam up to her elbows and, as she was screwing Wilson at the time, pillow talk wasn’t confined to her other sexual exploits including married father, and current, Trade Minister Craig Emerson and now Gold Coast spiv Tim Mathieson who departed the Coast leaving multiple unpaid debts.

Her part in the scam was rewarded with $50,000 of renovations to her house and a $25,000 account at a top fashion house (although one could be forgiven for thinking she never used it.) The story broke and Gillard went into frenzied damage control. When the dust settled, Gillard was still PM but ground-breaking journalists were sacked, News Ltd CEO, John Hartigan, resigned. Both Fairfax and News Ltd immediately spiked the story and pulled broadcasts, Andrew Bolt threatened to resign, Laurie Oakes was told, “Don’t even think about it!” Blogs disappeared in a cloud of dust. Radio jocks were instructed to drop it.

ABC and ‘The Australian’ journalist, Glenn Milne, had spent months carefully documenting Gillard’s devastating involvement. His story had been legalled and it ran in 'The Australian' on Monday, August 1st 2011. It was immediately pulled after one phone call from Gillard. Slavish supporter of Gillard, the ABC, promptly sacked Milne. Gillard continued a barrage of phone calls to the then CEO of News Ltd, John Hartigan and there was a meeting arranged at the offices of News Ltd. What exactly was said at that meeting may never be known but it certainly didn’t resemble what Gillard said it was about.
The Leveson Hacking Inquiry was threatening to engulf Australia’s media and Gillard saw her opportunity. She used Bob Brown as a verbal battering ram to threaten Fairfax and Murdoch with an “inquiry”. Gillard herself publicly entered the fray with her now famous utterance: “There are questions that need to be answered.” That statement was carefully crafted to put the fear of God into the media.

After much questioning she has refused to say what those questions might be. A Leveson-style inquiry here would mutilate the very core of Australia’s media and their executives as it has, and is still doing, in the UK. Fairfax and Murdoch executives, to put it bluntly, were shitting themselves. Their indecent grappling for a piece of an ever-decreasing circulation market-share would have opened an ugly can of worms. A can I will let sit for another time.

So, this squalid deal was done but the sordid tale still bubbles below the surface. It reaches to the very heart of the Labor movement. We are witnessing only the tip of unions’ mob-like protection rackets and their corrupt manipulation of our Parliaments.

This shameful story will eventually be told in full colour. It will be a long and agonising read. But, in the interim, today’s fetid political power holds sway.”

“Gillard Confronted With The Scandal She Almost Buried” writes Andrew Bolt, Blog 22 June 2012 (12:22pm).
“Robert McClelland has lifted the lid on a story that many in the media have been too scared to touch - a scandal involving a then boyfriend of the Prime Minister. The Financial Review reports on a story I broke yesterday:

Dumped attorney-general Robert McClelland says the Labor Party has not gone far enough in cracking down on corruption in the union movement, citing examples going back to the 1990s connected to Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Mr McClelland, a Kevin Rudd supporter who was demoted from cabinet by Ms Gillard late last year, made a thinly veiled reference to a case involving Ms Gillard and her former partner, Bruce Wilson, a former official of the Australian Workers Union.

The former attorney-general spoke in Parliament yesterday (and) called for the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill to be strengthened to increase penalties and give union members the ability to trigger investigations if they suspected corruption. Mr McClelland repeatedly referred to allegations made against Mr Wilson that have been made several times in the Victorian Parliament, most recently in 2001 when he was accused of misappropriating about $500,000 of union funds, including $102,000 spent on a house in Kerr Street, Fitzroy.

The Prime Minister had no comment yesterday and has repeatedly denied allegations she was linked to union corruption. Mr McClelland made pointed references to the Prime Minister’s involvement. “Indeed, I know the Prime Minister is quite familiar with this area of the law, as lawyers in the mid-1990s, [we] were involved in a matter representing opposing clients,”Mr McClelland said in Parliament.
“Indeed, my involvement in that matter has coloured much of my thinking in this area and resulted in me moving amendments on 17 September 2002 to actually strengthen the powers of the Federal Court of Australia”.”  


THE POWER OF ONE – AIDED BY MODERN TECHNOLOGY

A musician named Dave Carroll recently had difficulty with United Airlines (USA). United apparently damaged his treasured Taylor guitar (US$3500) during a flight. Dave spent over 9 months trying to get United Airlines to pay for damages caused by baggage handlers to his custom-made Taylor guitar. During his final exchange with the United Customer Relations Manager, he stated that he was left with no choice other than to create a music video for Youtube exposing their lack of co-operation. The Manager responded: "Good luck with that one, pal."

So he posted a retaliatory video on Youtube. The video has since received over 6 million hits. United Airlines contacted the musician and attempted settlement in exchange for pulling the video. Naturally his response was: "Good luck with that one, pal."

Taylor Guitars sent the musician 2 new custom guitars in appreciation for the product recognition from the video that has led to a sharp increase in orders. Here's the video, and it's just GREAT!


AND NOW TO THE PEOPLES' POWER

Backed by the Adelaide Advertiser, the 490 residents of the Riverland hamlet of Cadell, South Australia, were joined by surrounding growers, emergency services and tourism groups in their battle to save the local river ferry that has operated since 1921.

For the ‘saving’ of just $400,000 a year, the SA Labor government was ready to sacrifice the well-being and security of the people in the region. It was insisted to the government the closure would “ put lives at risk by increasing response times for emergency services, would have a huge economic impact on businesses and growers in the area, and most importantly, would kill the town by isolating it from the rest of the Riverland”.

When one takes into account the sheer waste of taxpayers’ monies by modern governments, $400,000 seems such a pittance. “Premier Jay Weatherill has announced the Government would reverse its decision to scrap the ferry because the move went against a promise of proper consultation”.
But, those words have an ominous ring about them. Is Weatherill implying that at some later stage ‘after proper consultation’ the people may yet lose their ferry? The people of the Riverland district need to keep on the alert. Read further…


AN IMPOSSIBILITY: PAYING BACK NATIONS’ DEBTS

by Henry Reynell, NZ
All money every dollar that is circulating in society, is a borrowed dollar from the commercial banking system. Bankers create all of society’s money as debt – there is no other money in existence. It is absolutely illogical and completely unrealistic for economists, university lecturers, politicians, and senior highly positioned bankers to tell society that it must, or even can, pay back its debts. It must be an absolute impossibility, because of the very simple fact that all money is debt. If we could imagine all of our commercial bank loans to be repaid, there would be no money in society and the economy, as we function today, would collapse. What a sobering fact to think about. Why do economists and highly positioned bankers carefully nurse the secret? It is our job and responsibility to blow their secret sky high.

Listen to Jeremy Lee on The New World Order and Global Debt: /
And/ Or download an address ‘Mending a Mortgaged World’ to the Inverell Forum in 2009 here…

Video on Youtube: Nigel Farage: The Euro Titanic Has Now Hit The Iceberg’:
European Central Bank Greece Italy National Debt. UKIP's Nigel Farage appears to have reached the limit of his frustration with his 'peers' in the European Parliament after the Spanish bailout. Rajoy's proclamation that this bailout shows what a success the euro-zone has been, sends Farage ‘over the edge’ as he sees the Spaniard as just about the most incompetent leader in the whole of Europe (up there with favourites like Van Rompuy and Barroso).

The erudite Englishman notes that by any objective criteria "The Euro Has Failed" expanding on the insane farce of Italy funding Spain's banking bailout at a loss - borrowing at 6% to fund a loan at 3%! "This 'genius' deal makes things worse not better" as it merely drives other nations towards needing bailouts themselves and while his socialist colleagues in the room are mumbling and checking their blackberries, he reminds them that Spanish national debt will surge and that 100 billion does not solve the problem, and that if Greece leaves, ‘the ECB is failed, is gone’, and to rectify this there will be a cash call from the very same PIIS (Ex-G) that are tumbling towards the abyss. Blood pressure rises as he shouts "you couldn't make this up" finishing with ‘the Euro Titanic has now hit the Iceberg and sadly there simply aren't enough lifeboats’.  


AMONG US DWELL THE PEOPLE SMUGGLERS

by James Reed
There has been much media excitement about the so-called revelation or discovery that “people smugglers” have fraudulently obtained refugee status and have set up businesses in the comfort of Australia, the nation of soft touches and suckers. There are concerns that “Australia’s border security checks are in chaos.” And, shock, horror, “the federal government has been aware of the practice for a long time.” Of course it has, that is “Their” plan.

Governments are administrators for the global financial elite who have given the order that Anglo Australia shall cease to exist, and allowing border security to disintegrate is just one small instrument of racial death in their armoury. It is not the most important one because ‘legal’


EU SHOULD ‘UNDERMINE NATIONAL HOMOGENEITY’ SAYS UN CHIEF

Brian Wheeler, political reporter, BBC News. 21 June 2012:
“EU should 'undermine national homogeneity' says UN migration chief”. The EU should "do its best to undermine" the "homogeneity" of its member states, the UN's special representative for migration has said. Peter Sutherland told peers the future prosperity of many EU states depended on them becoming multicultural. He also suggested the UK government's immigration policy had no basis in international law.

He was being quizzed by the Lords EU home affairs sub-committee which is investigating global migration. Mr Sutherland, who is non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International and a former chairman of oil giant BP, heads the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which brings together representatives of 160 nations to share policy ideas. He told the House of Lords committee migration was a "crucial dynamic for economic growth" in some EU nations "however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens of those states".

'More open': An ageing or declining native population in countries like Germany or southern EU states was the "key argument and, I hesitate to the use word because people have attacked it, for the development of multicultural states", he added. "It's impossible to consider that the degree of homogeneity which is implied by the other argument can survive because states have to become more open states, in terms of the people who inhabit them. Just as the United Kingdom has demonstrated."

The UN special representative on migration was also quizzed about what the EU should do about evidence from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that employment rates among migrants were higher in the US and Australia than EU countries. He told the committee: "The United States, or Australia and New Zealand, are migrant societies and therefore they accommodate more readily those from other backgrounds than we do ourselves, who still nurse a sense of our homogeneity and difference from others. "And that's precisely what the European Union, in my view, should be doing its best to undermine."

Mr Sutherland recently argued, in a lecture to the London School of Economics, of which he is chairman, that there was a "shift from states selecting migrants to migrants selecting states" and the EU's ability to compete at a "global level" was at risk.

'No justification': In evidence to the Lords committee, he urged EU member states to work together more closely on migration policy and advocated a global approach to the issue - criticising the UK government's attempt to cut net migration from its current level to "tens of thousands" a year through visa restrictions. British higher education chiefs want non-EU overseas students to be exempted from migration statistics and say visa restrictions brought in to help the government meet its target will damage Britain's economic competitiveness. But immigration minister Damian Green has said exempting foreign students would amount to "fiddling" the figures and the current method of counting was approved by the UN.

Committee chairman Lord Hannay, a crossbench peer and a former British ambassador to the UN, said Mr Green's claim of UN backing for including students in migration figures "frankly doesn't hold water - this is not a piece of international law".
Mr Sutherland, a former Attorney General of Ireland, agreed, saying: "Absolutely not. It provides absolutely no justification at all for the position they are talking about."

'UK support': He said the policy risked Britain's traditional status as "tolerant, open society" and would be "massively damaging" to its higher education sector both financially and intellectually. "It's very important that we should not send a signal from this country, either to potential students of the highest quality, or to academic staff, that this is in some way an unsympathetic environment in which to seek visas or whatever other permissions are required... and I would be fearful that that could be a signal."

Mr Sutherland, who has attended meetings of The Bilderberg Group, a top level international networking organisation often criticised for its alleged secrecy, called on EU states to stop targeting "highly skilled" migrants, arguing that "at the most basic level individuals should have a freedom of choice" about whether to come and study or work in another country.

Mr Sutherland also briefed the peers on plans for the Global Migration and Development Forum's next annual conference in Mauritius in November, adding: "The UK has been very constructively engaged in this whole process from the beginning and very supportive of me personally."
Asked afterwards how much the UK had contributed to the forum's running costs in the six years it had been in existence, he said it was a relatively small sum in the region of "tens of thousands".  


THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF DOUBLESPEAK

Viv Forbes of www.carbon-sense.com writes:
Carbon Price Taxes the Truth
. Calling it "A Price on Carbon" is two more lies.

Firstly, a tax is a compulsory levy on production, consumption, income or expenditure. A price is the amount voluntarily offered, paid or received for real goods or services. Therefore the "Price on Carbon" is a tax.
Secondly, carbon is a solid element rarely found isolated in nature. Diamonds and graphite are examples. Carbon is usually combined with other elements forming coal, oil, gas, plants, animals and all foods they eat. Any form of carbon when burnt or digested produces a colourless harmless natural gaseous plant food called carbon dioxide. This gas is what they will tax.

Therefore what is being imposed on Australia is not a "price on carbon", it is a "tax on carbon dioxide". Both deceptions are deliberate. What is the Commissioner for Deceptive Advertising doing? The Coalition would save billions more if it dared to be truly sceptical of the great global warming scare:

The opposition has unveiled plans to scrap at least five major climate change agencies and dozens of programs as part of its removal of the carbon tax if Tony Abbott wins the next election. Coalition climate action spokesman Greg Hunt labelled Labor’s climate change package, which begins from July 1, a “spaghetti soup”, and produced a map showing 11 departments overseeing at least 36 programs. “Many of them are simply about buying off groups that may be disaffected,” he said. “Or paying off favoured friends.”

Mr Hunt said many of the programs were contradictory, citing the plans to pay for high-emission brown-coal generators to close while another part of the scheme involves an energy security fund that would pay coal-fired power stations to keep operating.”

Comments on Andrew Bolt’s blog:
1. What a complete joke. Labor brings in a carbon dioxide tax to close our worst “polluters”, and then spends millions to save, er, our worst “polluters” from it: THE Point Henry (Victoria) aluminium smelter has been offered a $42 million lifeline by the Gillard government which, if accepted, would guarantee the future of the Geelong plant for the next two years and save hundreds of manufacturing jobs on the eve of the introduction of the carbon tax. A stupid tax to cripple business now includes handouts to keep the most unionised ones open.

2. Sounds good - but is Tony going to axe his RET program (renewable energy target)? Because this is as bad as the carbon tax. The RET mandates that 20% of power shall be from inefficient “green” sources by 2020. It is the main reason our power bills have been skyrocketing - and will rise even more.
People have had enough of funding the ‘green schemes’ demanded by greenies. With the current worldwide economic nightmare (which we all know will have to get worse, much worse) we need to be doing everything we can to get rid of such programs - which is why the carbon tax is so abhorrent. Gillard has been praised overseas for her carbon tax - but you do not see world leaders committing the same political suicide by introducing it to their countries? But I am sure they will take whatever economic benefit they can from Gillard’s stupidity.
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RETURNING TO ‘HYPE ABOUT METHANE’

by Maurice Lloyd, Victoria:
Your article on June 8th regarding the hype about methane, prompted me to provide some facts. Cattle have for years been blamed for 18% of atmospheric methane. In reality, buffalo, bison, antelope, deer, camels, giraffes and cockroaches produce larger amounts of methane. A midsized whale produces as much as 40 cows. Termites are very large producers, as is the decaying litter on moist forest floors and also peat bogs. The greatest sources of natural methane are wetlands (22%). Would those who claim to save the planet advocate the destruction of the above sources?

Methane, together with nitrous oxide and other gases is less than 20% of the greenhouse effect, and is broken down and dissipated in seven years in the atmosphere resulting in stable levels over at least a ten year period until 2008 when a spike in levels occurred. This was thought to be caused by an underwater volcano in the arctic. It is interesting to note that huge amounts of carbon dioxide and methane are sporadically emitted from rift valley volcanoes and hot springs including notably, Lake Kivu in the east African rift.

A recent University of California study of inputs and footprints related to methane and cattle indicated that possible cessation of cattle farming would necessitate more horticultural production with increased machinery production and use of more fuel, pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers and possibly more water use, land degradation and erosion as well as more carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions. The loss of cattle hides would mean more petroleum based production of various plastic materials.

The university concluded that when facts and inputs are considered, the blame attributed to cattle for causing 18% of greenhouse methane should be reduced to 3%. Another important factor is that well managed carbon sequestering soils are sequesterers rather than emitters of nitrogen, nitrous oxide and methane. However carbon sequestration is another important topic.  


LETTER TO THE PRESS

To the Editor of The Australian 26th June 2012:
Ramesh Thakur's attempt to whitewash the UN ('Presence of U.N. makes exercise of power more effective', 26/6) is unconvincing. The UN presided over the unjust dismemberment of Palestine in 1947-48, leaving the Middle East with horrendous and still unsolved political problems.
It engaged illicitly in the rape of Tshombe-led Katanga and played a major role in substituting the benign rule of Ian Smith in Rhodesia for the appalling tyranny of Mugabe in Zimbabwe. More recently it showed flagrant disregard for intellectual freedom by its hostile motion against Holocaust revisionists.

Thakur does not remind us that the secretary-general of the San Francisco conference in 1945 was Alger Hiss, later found to be a secret communist and perjurer in league with powerful financial groups. Nor does he admit that the alleged 'Western liberal values' of the UN charter have no basis in sacred tradition and are thus merely arbitrary formulations.

The very concept of global governance is flawed, as it could so easily lead to an almost irreversible global tyranny. Australia should work to minimise UN interference with its future, in order to maximise its independence.

- - Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Victoria

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