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5 December 2014 Thought
for the Week:
"I did try to get an adjournment, to try and obtain funds and find representation, but there are reviews coming up on the legislation, it's of public importance and it has to be resolved one way or the other. "If I have to run with it, then I have to run with it, so I'll have to give it my best shot."
Mr Spencer says support from the Australian Farmer's Fighting Fund has ceased. "When the AFFF said they would fund it, I never considered that they would only support it for a certain period. To cut the funding off, just before we go to trial, makes it very, very hard." In 2010 the High Court, in an unusual move, agreed that the matter should be sent back for a full hearing in the Federal Court. The case centres around the right of the Australian Commonwealth to acquire carbon credits from farm land without compensating the farmers or landholders. Mr Spencer claims that state and federal governments colluded to introduce land clearing legislation to lock up carbon on Australian farms so Australia could meet carbon targets in the Kyoto protocol. Mr Spencer says the Australian government should compensate all Australian farmers for the billions of dollars in lost revenue from the carbon deal and the right to farm. Read full ABC-Rural article here… https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-23/hunger-striker-spencer-granted-court-hearing-date-23-05-14/5836346
THE FUTURE OF ‘WORK’ - AND LEISURE
What if everybody received every month enough money to live by? Will society collapse? Will we all become slackers? Myths and facts about Unconditional Basic Income, with analysis from a real world experiment conducted in India between 2011-2013. Keynote speech by Federico Pistono at the Future of Work Summit, NASA Ames Research Park, California, June 30, 2014. References: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Guy Standing: "Piloting Basic Income in India: A Transformative Policy?" Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZEdMVEnr8Y
Comment by S.H. “This is an extremely interesting video. It shows the basic goodness of the idea and the fact that the overwhelming percentage of individuals would adapt to it positively and constructively. Basic income still needs to awaken to the reality of A + B and how it will still tend to de-stabilize the economy as a whole, despite the goodness of the idea of a universal income, and also that the dividend and discount need to be math based and variable, but they are in my opinion excellent and potentially very good allies of Social Credit.” Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and Be Happy https://www.robotswillstealyourjob.com
HUH? AND YET GOVERNMENTS WANT MORE, MORE ‘JOBS, JOBS, JOBS’?
Japan investing in robotic workforce to regain status as world's top manufacturer
On the outskirts of Tokyo is the factory of the future, Nextage.
Nextage manager Toshifumi Tsuji said productivity had increased five-fold since the factory introduced the robots two years ago. "The companies that want to use these kinds of robots are increasing rapidly, so these humanoid robots will keep evolving, become faster and even more efficient," Mr Tsuji said.
The human workers at Nextage look like the robots' assistants.
Will robots be a hindrance or a help?
Japan wants to increase the use of robots twenty-fold in just five years, with hopes the next industrial revolution - after the internet age - will arrive first in their country. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-23/japan-looks-to-reestablish-robot-manufactring-dominance/5909548
AND SO THE ROBOT NEWS KEEPS POURING IN
(NaturalNews) When I announced yesterday that the release of an important new invention in 2015 would be accompanied by posting downloadable 3D printer files for parts used in the invention, I was surprised to see some of the reader questions. (See that article here.) Many readers were wondering how they were going to print these 3D objects if they don't have a 3D printer. The answer to that question is that 3D printers are on course to become as commonplace as desktop computers today. Nearly every modern household will likely have one within a few years, and the idea of "printing out" small objects that you need around the house or office will become commonplace.
For example, instead of running to the hardware store to buy a wildly overpriced T-connector for a drip irrigation line in your back yard, you'll simply fire up your 3D printer, select the T-connector object from a menu, and click PRINT. A few minutes later -- and for about a nickel's worth of PLA material -- you'll have your part! (You also don't need to drive your 2,000 lb. car to the hardware store just to buy a piece of plastic that weighs a few grams.).
Continue reading here … https://www.naturalnews.com/047773_3D_printing_grassroots_technology_democracy.html
WHERE IS THE WEALTH TO COME FROM?
From a Social Credit discussion: Having read On Target (Vol.50 No.46, 2014) which Wallace was kind enough to forward to me, if anything you fellows are persistent old-time Social Creditors! (Should be Crediters. Creditors are the ones issuing (credit) debt!…ed) By golly, quoting from Douglas and others in the 1930s must give you some relief in believing that what they wrote could be implemented today, in a world society that is plagued with so much corruption (all in the name of the father, son and holy ghost, buddha or allah) and becoming more violent each day. Work transformed into leisure paid time will not occur in my lifetime and, I daresay, yours. There is a sign over Dachau prison which translated means WORK OVER ALL or WORK ABOVE ALL! The work ethic is alive and well throughout our planet and is not likely to be abolished in favour of paid leisure time, although a lot of people would like to see that happen. Whether it is by Guaranteed Income or National Dividend no one has been able to answer the question:
Where is the Wealth Going to Come From to Pay Us These Benefits?
Wallace Klinck responded: Confusing the Symbol with the Real
If you would stop for a moment and think you would realize that it has already come and exists in the form of unsold inventory—goods which consumers cannot access without increasingly mortgaging their future through ephemeral purchasing-power created by bank credit issued as debt and constituting a mortgage on future income. The real wealth is already there, with potential for much more because of technological productivity, but inaccessible with earned incomes which are inadequate to meet prices. We can distribute it as at present by means of new "money” created as debts owing to the banks (against things which they did not produce) or by new “money” or purchasing-power created ourselves without corresponding debt claims against the future. I leave it to any sane person to discern which is the most intelligent and moral procedure.
You are not thinking in terms of reality but confusing the symbol with the real—you are confusing an abstraction with reality and failing to recognize that the abstract symbol does not properly reflect reality. Unfortunately, we genuflect before the abstraction and follow its imperious dictates to our increasing disadvantage. You are quite right in perceiving that if you do not have the “money” to purchase real wealth you will perish—not from a shortage of available real wealth but because of a symbolic prohibition against you from accessing it except under conditions of bondage and duress—even though the survival of the producer also depends upon your buying his wares.
Your list of the sources of “corruption” reveals at least one glaring and critical omission. The “work ethic” of the communist and national socialist regimes was the primary driving force behind them—as it is in Finance Capitalism, and derives essentially from the same oppressive source.
On Nov 21, 2014, Al wrote:
But let's talk about "work" in its broadest sense. I go for coffee to the Second Cup on Gateway boulevard about 3 times a week. I see thousands of vehicles traversing our roads, some filled with products. The truck drivers "work". Indeed, almost everyone works except those who sponge off society. I don't think people of any intelligence will stop working. After all it is the only way they can earn money; not a National Dividend but good old green backs? The banks thrive on it. The rich and powerful gloat in it. Our politicians and executive directors of our government departments hide themselves in it. Most people who work, EARN their pay but a lot who don't work and bark out orders do not earn what they are supposed to work for. But they accumulate "wealth": in the form of savings, their autos, their homes, their arts, their lake cottages, etc. Expliques s'il vous plait! Signed: Al
Wallace’s response: The true cost of production is consumption.
We are double-charged for the cost of real capital (tools, plant, etc.), first when the money to create it floods the economy to create inflation and later when allocated charges are added as a component of retail prices in respect of capital recovery.
I would not pay any attention to TV programs depicting the churning out of paper bills. Business today is primarily and overwhelmingly conducted by electronic transfer of book figures. It is just accountancy. And for practical purposes it is necessary to recognize that this form of money originates with banks who create it as a debt owing to themselves. Paper money is just a convenience for minor transactions and is simply exchanged for credit and used as a credit or debit to accounts. It is relatively insignificant relative to credit.
I am sorry to have to inform you that you genuflect before the fraudulent legerdemain which is banking every day of your life, as do we all in both private and public domains—in paying artificially high prices, in suffering the ravages of deflationary and inflationary swings in the economy, in suffering the economic and social costs of perpetual war with all related consequences. You and we all are compliant and unsuspecting slaves to tyranny.
Human labour – actual ‘work’ done?
Money savings are not wealth but only a potential claim on real wealth, which are goods and services which men and women can use in living their lives. Savings were acquired through production of real wealth but transmute into real wealth only when spent on real things. They dissipate from and are consumed by progressive inflation of financial prices. Hoarding of real wealth is accompanied by wastage, spoilage, obsolescence, depreciation and destruction by war.
The lesson to be learned: Life is meant to be lived—there is no time but the here and now.
There is an old saying, “Mind your own business—it is sadly in need of attention.”
A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE DRAMATIC CHANGES IN THE WORKPLACE…
Please note: This writer does not take into account the robots ‘employed’ by Amazon. Amazon does not pay robots for ‘work’, i.e, human labour. But the costs, the overheads of the manufacturing and upkeep, are calculated in the cost accounting and pricing systems. Yes, under present rules Big Business has it over the little fellows. Look again at Federico Pistono at https://www.robotswillstealyourjob.com/ Looks like books are going to have to join the robotic age and become ‘open source’ to survive.
“Amazon Is Crushing Main Street and Threatening the Vitality of Our Communities”, AlterNet by Jim Hightower November 20, 2014.|
It's that time of year -- Thanksgiving holiday will be here soon, and we'll gorge ourselves on turkey. And then we'll get to celebrate black Friday (the frenzy-filled shopping Friday right after Thanksgiving, which has actually encroached on Thanksgiving in recent years) and cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving when retail marketers encourage us to shop online). And, if we're shopping online, odds are good that we'll shop on Amazon.com. Maybe we should rethink that. Even by the anything-goes ethical code of the corporate jungle, Amazon.com's CEO, Jeff Bezos, is considered a ruthless predator by businesses that deal with him. He has the monopoly power to stalk, weaken and even kill off retail competitors -- from giants as Barnes & Noble and Wal-Mart, to hundreds of small Main Street shops.
If you think "predator" is too harsh a term, consider the metaphor that Bezos chose when explaining how to approach small book publishers to make them cough up ever-deeper discounts: stalk them "the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle."
Amazon's zip-zip, direct-to-customer Internet business structure ripped right through the segmented system of publishers, wholesalers, distributors, bookstores and big-box retailers -- and quickly became a monopolistic powerhouse. Today, this one corporation sells a stunning 40 percent of all new books, up from 12 percent five years ago.
With his market clout, deep-pocket financing and ferocious price-cutting, Bezos has forced hundreds of America's independent bookstores to close, which depletes the economic and cultural vitality of the communities they served. The online carnivore has also devastated the haughty superstore book chains that only a short time ago preyed on the local independents and dominated the market. Borders, the second-largest chain, couldn't keep up with Amazon's pace, succumbing to bankruptcy in 2011. Now, Barnes & Noble, the largest brick-and-mortar bookstore, is stumbling.
But its not just books, for Bezos has laid siege to the market for nearly all consumer products -- and to America's business culture itself, stripping out every value except efficiency and price. From A to Z -- appliances to zucchini -- Amazon really has become the "everything" store. As a result, books now make up a mere 7 percent of Amazon's total business.
Its explosive sales growth in recent years has come from Bezos' realization that his cheetah business model could be applied to any number of product categories being sold in neighbourhood shops and suburban malls. Quietly but quickly, he has been poaching millions of customers from those retailers, captivating them with the same dazzling, deeply discounted prices he used to conquer and remake the book business.
Without actually "being" anywhere and without hiring any sales clerks, Amazon is now a top seller of such consumer goods as baby products, jewellery, groceries, sports equipment, cosmetics, auto parts, pet supplies, luggage, kitchen gadgets, musical instruments, garden tools, etc.
Central to the business plan that Bezos drew up in 1994 was a loophole he'd found in a Supreme Court ruling just two years earlier: If a retailer has no physical presence in a state, it need not collect sales taxes. So, he has emphatically insisted from the start that Amazon's only facility is its headquarters in Washington State. Up until recently, Amazon was not collecting sales tax in 49 states (21 states have now closed the "Amazon loophole").
To understand that impact of not paying sales taxes, let's look at my home state of Texas, where the sales tax rate is 8.15 percent. By claiming to be exempt, Amazon gets a price subsidy of more than eight cents on every dollar of its sales -- more than the entire profit margin of most independent shops!
Amazon's devious tax ploy has been key to its ability to underprice our hometown retailers, forcing so many of them out of business. But the tax dodge also shortchanges our communities by eliminating billions of dollars in annual tax revenues that cities and states desperately need for schools, infrastructure, parks and other public services.
Amazon's calculated ruthlessness toward employees, suppliers and competitors must be publicly scorned and rejected. This is going to be up to us grassroots folks. We need to let more people know what's going on behind that jazzy website, for Amazon is insidious, far more dangerous and destructive to our culture's essential values of fairness and justice than even Wal-Mart would dream of being. To support the locally owned businesses in your community, visit the American Independent Business Alliance at www.amiba.net.
THE ANTI-CHRIST STRIVES TO KEEP MANKIND IN EVER LARGER MOBS
“The civilisation of Christianity was incompletely embodied in the culture of mediaeval Europe, and is exempliﬁed in Magna Carta. Its essential characteristic is courage, allied to “love,” cf. “Perfect love casteth out fear” (a rather unsatisfactory translation). The knight of chivalry, the militant Christian ideal, watched his armour alone in the chapel through the night, and then went out to do battle alone for love against fear and oppression—a very complete allegory.
The “ mass” is unsaveable, just as a mob is insane (“without health”); the object of Anti-Christ is to keep mankind in ever larger mobs, thus defeating the object of Christ, to permit the emergence of self-governing, self-conscious individuals, exercising free will, and choosing good because it is good…”
ST. GEORGE OR THE DRAGON IS IN FOR A BEATING THIS TIME!
“Let Joy Across the Nation be Unconfined? writes James Delingpole. “It doesn't matter what you think of Mark Reckless. It doesn't even matter what you think of UKIP. Whether you love them or hate them their victory last night in the Rochester and Strood by-election was a victory for (almost) all of us. Let me explain why by way of reference to two characters who embody almost everything wrong with our current political class.
Exhibit A: Emily Thornberry. You wouldn't necessarily guess this from her plummy voice, patrician hauteur, her £3-million-plus residence in London's Islington, the fact that she is married to an Old Radleian barrister earning upwards of £1 million a year and that she educated her children at selective schools. But the now former Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry is in fact one of the Labour party's most senior and heavily promoted Members of Parliament. Yesterday, in the final hours of the Rochester and Strood by-election, Thornberry demonstrated just how far her party has travelled from its roots when she snobbishly tweeted a photograph of a council house, its walls decorated with the Cross of St George, a white van parked outside, with the message: "Image from Rochester."
Why is this incident so significant? Because if it weren't for UKIP's burgeoning success, it would simply never have happened. Cameron's Tories are centrist, Europhile, politically correct. But the march of UKIP has brutally forced them out of their squishy comfort zone and forced them to start thinking like real conservatives again.
This is what's so exciting about the election result. Yes it was a victory for Mark Reckless and UKIP. But it was an even greater victory for the British people generally. For years - certainly since the beginning of the Blair era - they have been treated with contempt by an increasingly remote political class which didn't, for example, give a damn about what they thought about all the mass immigration and diversity being forced on them by government policy. Finally, not before time, they have struck back. Today the remote, complacent, identikit careerists in the Westminster bubble have been given another bloody nose. Let joy across the nation be unconfined!
This was the so-called Peasants’ Revolt, a misnomer if ever there was one, because the rebels were not simply a Monty-Python-esque mob of agricultural labourers waving pitchforks but included wealthy farmers and burgesses, gentlemen and even former members of parliament. That men of such standing were driven to armed rebellion at all says a great deal about their frustration at the inability to make themselves heard, and their problems understood, by those in authority. For a decade, they had been subjected to heavy annual taxation (including the notorious poll taxes) to pay for military campaigns in France, which achieved nothing. English armies were unable to make any gains on the ground because they were hampered by treacherous allies, inadequate equipment and appallingly high casualty rates – problems that are distressingly familiar to our troops still fighting unpopular foreign wars more than 600 years later. Worse still, they proved incapable of preventing the French from making frequent and often catastrophic attacks on English shipping and coastal towns, burning, plundering and seizing hostages as they did so.
Rising popular anger at the government’s abject and expensive failure to protect its people from foreign attack was fuelled by hatred of the King’s uncle, John of Gaunt. Today’s coalition government claims the imperative to cut public spending and enforces austerity measures that frequently seem only to target ordinary people, and yet seems to find money from the public purse to fund its own grandiose and expensive pet projects, such as HS2, without an electoral mandate to do so. John of Gaunt similarly had no scruples about diverting public money raised for the realm’s defence to fund his own political and military ambitions on the world stage…
Vainglorious Prime Ministers such as Tony Blair and David Cameron appear interested only in posturing on the world stage and, regardless of the cost in lives and to our purses, have committed us to foreign wars we cannot win. Westminster politicians of all parties appear to feel entitled rather than obligated: the party whip prevails over loyalty to the views of constituents and it is only powerful big businesses that seem to have the ear of the Government.”
ABORIGINAL CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION - THE CONSEQUENCES?
by Peter Ewer.
Dr. Tom Sunic in his paper “Modern Education and the Destruction of Culture” The Occidental Observer, 26 October 2014, observes that “the foundation of the modern multicultural, stateless, rootless, and raceless system in the West is the logical outcome of the end of World War II. The system that we live in today is not a chance result of a wicked person or some conspiracy theorist, but a logical and well planned outcome of the belief in ‘progress’ and ‘equality’. The biggest problem in modern multicultural education is that it is conflict prone… There is enough empirical evidence showing that multiracial schools create a fragile and explosive environment in which each ethnic and racial group yearns to be first in the limelight – each nurturing jealously and hatred against the other. Every multicultural society is a deeply inhumane system. In the long run it becomes self-destructive and breaks up in civil war.”
Example: The Stolen Generation
Joe responded to Andrew Bolt’s post and the online comments:
Check out Joe Lane’s website https://www.firstsources.info
AUSTRALIA: RICH IN ‘WEALTH’ – POOR IN ‘MONEY’
Families in outer Melbourne suburbs struggling to pay bills and put food on the table, survey finds By Zoe Daniel. ABC News, Sun 23 Nov 2014
A new household survey by the City of Whittlesea shows increasing pressure on middle-class families in so-called growth corridors, who are struggling to pay utility bills and put food on the table. "A total of 8.9 per cent of respondent households reported that they had run out of food and had not been able to buy more at least once in the last 12 months," the survey said. The City of Whittlesea covers almost 500 square kilometres in Melbourne's north and will see its population grow from 186,000 to 300,000 by 2030. Its issues mirror those in growth areas on city fringes around Australia, where roads, public transport, health and education services are not keeping up with population growth.
The council's Mary Agostino said the survey also showed that about 14 per cent of families in traditionally middle-class areas of the municipality were struggling to afford food. "Policy and governments have not caught up that something's not right there," Ms Agostino said.
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