Truly Inspiring – Life After 80

October 31st, 2014 No comments

I’m always amazed when I read stories of people in their 80s who are living life to the full and being productive – no doubt in itself an elixir for a longer life. Have a read of the terrific stories below, as I’m sure you’ll be as inspired as I was.

After 80, Some People Don’t Retire. They Reign

 

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Vladimir Putin Speaks Out

October 28th, 2014 1 comment

One of the things I find most disturbing about our controlled mass media is the way, when important geopolitical issues are being discussed, we are never given a full account of what leaders of other nations are saying – unless it already aligns with official “empire” policy.

Case in point. There is a propaganda war going on right now, a new “cold” war if you will, which is attempting to demonise Vladimir Putin. Much of this centres around what has happened in Ukraine, but it goes a much deeper than that.

Recently President Putin spoke to an international forum – the Valdai International Discussion Group – which you may have seen reported in our media. However, it’s highly unlikely such media would have reported on what he actually said, let alone the full text of his speech.

I’ve just finished reading the full English translation of it, and I must say it’s words you are unlikely to ever hear being uttered by one of our own “dear leaders” – mealy-mouthed, hypocritical lot that they are!

Anyway, I thoroughly recommend reading what Vladimir Putin has to say – about the world order, international relations, and a host of other important issues. It’s a reasonably long read, but I believe it’s well worth it – even if to just put some space between your own mind and the incessant propaganda we are typically subjected to.

The Full English Text of Vladimir’s Speech at the Valdai Meeting

 

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The Real Value And Potential of Bitcoin

October 16th, 2014 1 comment

If you want a short, concise explanation of the true value and potential of Bitcoin and what this new technology represents, then watch this short video.

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Michael Scheuer’s Islamic State Reality Check

October 15th, 2014 1 comment

If you’re concerned about the advance of the Islamic State, then I recommend you watch this video interview with Michael Scheuer, ex CIA  chief for the Bin Laden unit. It certainly provides a reality check and some common sense – a quality sorely lacking in our “dear leaders”.

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Andreas Antonopoulos Before Canadian Senate Committe

October 10th, 2014 No comments

If you’ve ever wanted a thorough explanation of Bitcoin, and the opportunity to hear tough questions answered, then it’s worth watching this video. Andreas Antonopoulos does a brilliant job of articulating what Bitcoin is and answering all the questions thrown at him in an intelligent and clear manner.

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Venture Capitalist Tim Draper Predicts $10K Bitcoin

September 24th, 2014 No comments

Listening to someone with a track record in picking technology “winners” is not a bad strategy for learning something worthwhile. And venture capitalist Tim Draper seems to have an uncanny knack for such – including his prediction that Bitcoin will be worth $10,000 within three years.


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Scotland The Not-So-Brave

September 22nd, 2014 4 comments

I have to admit that I sat glued to my computer screen on the day of the Scottish Independence referendum, fervently hoping that the Scots would grasp a unique opportunity to go it alone.

However, I wasn’t convinced that “yes” could win, especially after the events in the last week of the campaign, where the establishment “powers that be” pulled out all the stops in an attempt to derail the accelerating independence “train”.

The trick that pulled this off was the promise that if Scots voted “No”, then Scotland would be granted additional devolved powers, all wrapped up in a nice-sounding slogan, that the Scots could then have the “best of both worlds” – with more powers, while still remaining in the UK.

And it would appear this was enough to convince around 6% of registered voters who were undecided to tick the “No” box and deny the “Yes” supporters of an historic win. With only 10 points between the “yes” and “no” camps, a 6% gain by “yes” would have been enough to swing the referendum.

While I’m saddened that the Scots didn’t grab this opportunity with both hands – including their hearts and minds – I do indeed understand why “No” won. It’s because fear is a more powerful emotion than hope.

All through the referendum campaign, the “Better Together” campaign was almost entirely negative, using threats of disaster to convince Scots to stay away from independence. These tactics were roundly condemned as being to negative, to the point where the “yes” people were calling the other campaign “Bitter Together”.

All sorts of comments and opinions were aired about how a negative campaign did not inspire like a positive one, and the “No” campaign was castigated for its dour demeanour. But the truth is, they knew what they were doing. They knew that fear rules. They knew that if only they could stoke up enough doubt and fear, then the majority would take fright at the last minute and vote “No”.

The masterstroke, after all this fear and negativity, was to suddenly come up with the “more devolution if you vote no” mantra, with multi-party promises to rush through more “Home Rule” for Scotland, if only people would step away from full independence and stay with the UK and the status quo.

And clearly it worked!

However, no one should be fooled into thinking that the ideal of Scottish independence has gone away. It’s well known that the older voters were more likely to vote “No”. And it’s also well known that young working class voters, especially in Glasgow, voted overwhelmingly for “Yes”.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that demographics alone will change the voting landscape markedly, even within the next five years – especially if those who promised more devolution to Scotland if they voted “No” fail to deliver on their last-minute promises.

 

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The Axis of Evil And Other Nonsense

September 22nd, 2014 No comments

If you look at world events with a sense of foreboding, combined with a feeling of “1984″ Orwellian redux, then you are surely not alone. The fact is, a good case can be made to prove those who rule over us are either incompetent, mad – or worse, plain evil.

Bruce Fein gets to grips with this issue in his article…

The True Axis of Evil

 

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Bitcoin: The Bigger Picture

September 22nd, 2014 No comments

Many people get hung up on what Bitcoin is. Is it money? Is it a currency? Is it an asset? But the thing is, Bitcoin is much more than any one of those, as this interesting TED talk explains…

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The Islamic State And The War on Terror Redux

September 16th, 2014 4 comments

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And if that is true, then it’s clear our political leaders are “insane”.

After 9/11 the USA declared a “war on terror” – something that was a bogus concept right from the start, because you cannot have a war on a “tactic” of war. For that’s what terrorism is, a tactic of war.

But never mind the semantics, our leaders were oblivious to the sheer impossibility of winning such a war – then and now.

So here we are, 13 years later, and the threat of terrorism has grown. It has certainly not been defeated. In fact, one could easily posit that all the “war on terror” has achieved so far is to great more terrorists. Worse still, to create smarter terrorists.

For all the billions of dollars spent on this ridiculous war, there is nothing to show for it, except more terrorism – more effective terrorism

So what is the USA’s response to this latest manifestation – IS, the Islamic State? More of the same of course!

I would suggest that responding to IS’s provocations – as in well-publicised beheadings – by waging war on them, is exactly what they want us to do. They want US and its allies to put “boots on the ground”, and by all accounts they will get it, due to the inevitable “mission creep” that will occur when our leaders realise that simply firing missiles from the sky does not in fact eradicate this terrorist menace.

The trouble is, nothing will be able to eradicate IS. Why? Because it’s an ideology, belief, an idea. You cannot eradicate beliefs and ideas. You can kill people, but the ideas live on. And if the West foolishly wages a full-scale war in the Middle East in an attempt to kill off all IS members, all that will happen is what has happened already – a lot more “pissed off” and radicalised Muslims moving over to the Islamic State’s side.

A much better response would be to do nothing. Pay no attention to the beheadings. Make no attempt to attack them. Instead spend that money on ensuring such terrorism does not arrive on one’s own shores, and put up effective domestic defence.

These beheadings are for one purpose only, to inflame the passions of the West so that we feel compelled to wage war against them – something they seem eager to encourage. So the question we need to ask ourselves is this, “Why does IS provoke us? Why do they want to cause the West to start a war against them?”

I believe the answer is simple, to act as a recruiting tool for more radicalised Muslims. If the West engages in a full-on war against IS, then this can easily be interpreted as a general war against Islam, to which many young men (and women also apparently) will respond in ever-increasing numbers. And the end result of such escalation will not be the “degradation” of IS that Obama is promising, but rather, a multiplication of this hydra-headed beast to the point where the only result will be more terrorism, not less.

 

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