Month: March 2017

phi in the sky: march 20, on air now

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Featuring:

“the week that was”: news the mainstream neglects

as well as:
– zen master: alan watts
– it’s getting silly: snordster
– trump – the trap is set: stormcloudsgathering
– the myth of objective journalism : james corbett, the corbetreport.com

and as always; some loungin’ thinkin’ music

energy and thoughts from the volcano…max ashley

 

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phi in the sky: march 13, on air t-minus 15mins

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Featuring:

“the week that was”: news the mainstream neglects

as well as:
– zen master: alan watts
– using 100% of the brain: dr. bruce lipton
– admiralty law vs civil law: easydollars
– Bohemian Grove : james corbett, the corbetreport.com

and as always; some loungin’ thinkin’ music

energy and thoughts from the volcano…max ashley

 

Australia joined 2003 Iraq War solely to boost ties with Bush – army think-tank

Australia joined 2003 Iraq War solely to boost ties with Bush – army think-tankThe Australian government joined the widely unpopular Iraq War in 2003 – deploying troops, warships, and combat aircraft – solely to boost its relationship with George W. Bush’s White House, a declassified Australian army paper has revealed.

A report, written by Dr. Albert Palazzo of the Australian Army’s Directorate of Army Research and Analysis (DARA) between 2008 and 2011, was accessed by Fairfax Media and cited by the Sydney Morning Herald. DARA is a branch of the Australian Army Headquarters and serves as the Army’s think tank

The 572-page declassified document provides enough evidence to prove that then Prime Minister John Howard joined former US President George W. Bush in invading Iraq only to strengthen Canberra’s ties with Washington.

It also gives insight into how the political decision to enter the unpopular war was made – Howard’s statements about enforcing UN resolutions, combatting global terrorism, and contributing to the post-war reconstruction of Iraq were dismissed in Palazzo’s report as “mandatory rhetoric.”

Eventually, Prime Minister Howard and the then Chief of the Australian Defense Force (ADF) General Peter Cosgrove were unwilling to accept the prospect of high casualties among the soldiers deployed to Iraq.

“The government was uncomfortable with the prospect of losses due to the possible negative effect on the domestic political environment,” the report said.

Australia, nonetheless, deployed a very limited number of troops and assets, which were often incapable of carrying out any noteworthy combat action. However, sending a sustainable and combat-capable contingent was “secondary to the vital requirement of it just being there.” Ultimately, such policy made some US military officers ridicule the Australian commitment, calling it “a series of headquarters.”

The US wanted the Australians to provide a reconnaissance battle group consisting of light armored vehicles. Lieutenant-General Peter Leahy, who was then chief of Australian army, actually pushed for them to be sent to action at the time, but “Cosgrove pushed back,” finding the “manpower requirement too large.” Consequently, the only significant Australian force on the ground in Iraq was the SASR, Australia’s equivalent of the famous British Special Air Service, because the Army was not prepared to fight against “even a mildly competent opponent,” Palazzo wrote.

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IICSA child sex abuse inquiry public hearings under way

A former child migrant has called for an inquiry to “name the villains” responsible for the sexual abuse of British children sent overseas.

Thousands of children were relocated to Australia and parts of the British Empire up to 1974.

Many experienced “unacceptable depravity”, the first hearing in the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales has heard.

One migrant, David Hill, called for perpetrators to be “named and shamed”.

Meanwhile the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has apologised and referred itself to the information commissioner after mistakenly sending out confidential information relating to abuse victims.

‘Beyond the law’

Mr Hill was 12 when he was sent with his two brothers to the Fairbridge Farm School in Western Australia.

He told the hearing: “We’ll never be able to undo the great wrong that was done to these children.

“But what is important to the survivors of sexual abuse is where this inquiry is satisfied with the evidence – name the villains.

“Many of them are beyond the grave and therefore beyond the law.

“But it would bring a great deal of the comfort to the people who as children were victims of these people if they were named and shamed.”

Inquiry counsel Henrietta Hill QC said claims of “systematic sexual abuse” in institutions and work environments would be heard throughout the inquiry.

The children, she said, were sent without consent of parents, wrongly told they were orphans, and denied basic details about their family backgrounds during their future lives.

For the government, Samantha Leek QC said: “Child migration is wrong. It should not have been sanctioned or facilitated…

“The lifelong consequences for those involved are a matter of deep and sincere regret.”

In 2009, the Australian government apologised for the cruelty shown to the child migrants.

Britain also made an apology in 2010. The apology contained no specific mention of sexual abuse.

Half-empty deportation flight to Afghanistan highlights ongoing issues for Germany

Half-empty deportation flight to Afghanistan highlights ongoing issues for GermanyIn what has become a regular occurrence in recent months, a deportation flight bound for Kabul, Afghanistan, took off from Germany with less than half of the expected passengers on board.

While 50 people were scheduled to be repatriated, “in fact, only 18 got on the flight,” Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate was quoted as saying by The Local.

“There are always a few who don’t turn up because of different reasons – health reasons, successful applications for urgent rights protection of which there are three cases here… Others go into hiding or seek asylum in churches,” he added.

“That’s why the government has initiated several measures, including for example no longer announcing such flights in advance,” Plate confirmed.

This is the third wave of deportations since December as part of an ongoing, Europe-wide effort to alleviate the refugee crisis. A flight from Germany to Afghanistan in December 2016, when the current phase of the repatriation initiative began, had 16 of 50 passengers disappear.

“We sent home 80,000 last year whose asylum applications were rejected – that’s a record… And the number will rise again further,” Peter Altmaier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff told Bild in an interview.

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Militant group beheads German in Philippines

German nationals Jurgen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz pictured in Berbera, Somalia, on May 5, 2009. (Photo by AFP)The Philippines-based ultra-violent Abu Sayyaf Takfiri terrorist group has decapitated a German hostage after a deadline for a ransom expired, drawing strong condemnation from Manila for the “barbaric beheading.”

A short video posted online on Monday by the Takfiri group and circulated by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors terrorist groups, showed German national Jurgen Gustav Kantner kneeling on a grassy clearing and saying “Now he kills me,” a few moments before a masked machete-wielding terrorist decapitated the elderly man.

The Abu Sayyaf terrorists assaulted Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz when they were sailing on a 53-footer yacht near Sabah, in eastern Malaysia. They shot dead Merz as she resisted the abduction but kidnapped Kantner and took him to Jolo, a volcanic island in southwestern Philippines, which also serves as the stronghold of the Takfiri group.

Since then the German had appeared in two videos, appealing for help, saying he would be killed if the set ransom – 30 million pesos ($600,000) – was not paid. The militants had previously announced that they would spare 70-year-old Kantner if they were paid the money on Sunday.

The ill-fated couple had previously been abducted and held hostage by a militant group for over 50 days in Somalia in 2008 and were freed only after a huge ransom was paid.

Meanwhile, Jesus Dureza, the presidential adviser on the Philippine peace process, confirmed the death in a statement, saying officials had invested all efforts to save the German but to no avail.

“We grieve as we strongly condemn the barbaric beheading of yet another kidnap victim,” he said, adding, “Terrorism has no place in a country like ours and we as a people must confront violent extremism every time it rears its ugly head. There must be a stop to this killing of the innocent and the helpless.” (more…)

Germany moves closer to password-free WiFi for all

The German government is taking steps to encourage Germans to share their WiFi connections, so that the country can finally catch up to rivals in the race towards universal digitalization.

The Economy Ministry has created a draft law which would exempt WiFi providers from liability if someone uses their internet connection to illegally download material, according to a report published in Spiegel on Monday.

Under current the law, anyone who offers free, unprotected WiFi is liable to prosecution if someone uses it to commit a crime, even if the provider has no idea that the crime is taking place.

That means that if a person brings their laptop to a cafe and downloads a Hollywood movie, the cafe owner can been sued by the studio for copyright infringement.

This scenario has put many small businesses – such as cafes and hotels, as well as private individuals – off providing free WiFi. Government research shows that 59 percent of Germans do not offer a hotspot to internet users due to fear of being held liable for other people’s actions.

The result is that Germany lags way behind other developed countries when it comes to public internet access. There are 1.87 WiFi hotspots in the Bundesrepublik per 10,000 residents, compared to 37.35 per 10,000 in South Korea and 28.67 per 10,000 in the UK.

At the same time, Germans own on average three electronic devices which use WiFi, well above the global average of 1.2 devices per person.

Germany To Censor Press, Social Media and Internet Ahead of Elections

By Graham Vanbergen – It must be obvious to anyone watching political events across the Western world that the media is in big trouble. The availability of multimedia news platforms has accelerated a decline in the 21st century of traditional newspapers and even television news, a fact that is not new. The emergence of full blown state censorship in a modern democracy because of the change in news delivery is.

The demise of the mainstream media has of course been exacerbated by a lack of public trust in journalism and news outlets with only about one third of the public trusting it in America. With 18-49 years olds trust falling even further with barely a quarter accepting mainstream media as a source of reliable information, the story is pretty much the same in Britain and Europe more widely.

In America, Clinton’s loss at the ballot box ended with the establishment finger firmly pointed to Russia that somehow it put its “finger on the scale” to help Trump become triumphant. This has ended with public trust falling even further as the cold-war bogeyman is not new either.

However, what we are now witnessing is the very same strategy in Germany by Chancellor Merkel, who, fighting for her rapidly declining popularity is already adopting the Obama strategy by blaming Putin and Russian agents for what will be inevitable losses at the upcoming election in September 2017. Merkel suffered a sobering defeat in regional elections in her constituency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) coming third behind the Social Democrats (SPD) and the rightwing populists Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) a few months back.

The consequence is that Merkel wants full censorship of not just the press but bloggers as well. In addition, Merkel’s government is now quite clearly taking absolute control of the public narrative. Journalists are told what to write, newspapers told what to print.

Political scientists and German journalist Udo Ulfkotte admitted that he repeatedly had to cooperate with the CIA and German intelligence agencies and was forced to put his name under biased publications under the threat of being fired. In several media interviews, Ulfkotte revealed how German journalists and politicians are recruited as CIA assets to write stories that were aimed at serving the geopolitical interests of Washington, and not the interests of the German people. It all sounds like some sort of excitable fictional novel. (more…)

phi in the sky: march 6, on air t-minus 5mins

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Phi In The Sky: following the curve of the question

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Today on Phi In The Sky

Featuring:

“the week that was”: news the mainstream neglects

as well as:
– zen master, alan watts
– space weather update, solar wind impact: suspicious0bservers
– the psilocybin & philosophy miester: terence mckenna
– James Corbert of the thecorbetreport.com
: Obama: what was

and as always; some loungin’ thinkin’ music

energy and thoughts from the volcano…max ashley