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|May-21-16|| ||Boomie: ->
Here's a link to the Frontline web site featuring the recent ISIS program: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/
I don't pay much attention to TV news. But the PBS programs seem to be the best of the lot. At least they try to do real journalism.
A search of "ISIS" on the Frontline site (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/?...) produces an astonishing 40,000 hits in Frontline pages. They have been all over that story.
Searching "Iraq invasion" (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/?... invasion) produced another bushel of hits.
|May-29-16|| ||visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark> Do you have access to facebook?|
|May-29-16|| ||twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>|
Only that which is universally accessible. But I don't have an account nor have I ever logged in.
btw, sorry about the delay in my critique. A lot of our time is taken up with house hunting in the Canberra market, which is difficult at the moment but something which has become urgent for us.
|May-29-16|| ||twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>|
No we want to move from renting to buying. Rents will be going up sharply soon.
|May-30-16|| ||visayanbraindoctor: Ah OK. I was thinking of something more disastrous. In one of the typhoons here, a doctor's house got destroyed and his mother swept into the sea; body never found.|
|May-30-16|| ||twinlark: omg, I'd forgotten how dangerous life can be in your part of the world, and in so many ways.|
Housing affordability is such that in Australia, 95% of all homes loans are now taken out by investors, both domestic and foreign.
The average owner-occupier loan, traditionally young couples, that used to be 100% of the market has almost disappeared as houses become increasing priced out of reach of the average punter.
Mainly due to houses becoming tax vehicles and investments instead of simply family homes, wildly inflating the house price.
Indigenous people here would be entitled to have an ironic belly laugh over the matter if they were so inclined, except that the whole economic mess cascades onto them disproportionately, as always, with continuous overt and economic dispossession of their lands and means occurring to meet the shortfalls created by economic greed.
|May-30-16|| ||visayanbraindoctor: <The average owner-occupier loan, traditionally young couples, that used to be 100% of the market has almost disappeared as houses become increasing priced out of reach of the average punter.>|
You mean the middle class is finding it harder to afford buying houses?
<sorry about the delay in my critique.>
Here's food for thought.
During the pre WW2 era, I have heard that there was practically no effective middle class in my country. You either owned land (mostly Spanish descendants) or a middleman businessman (mostly Chinese descendants) or were landless, legacy from the Spanish era. The advent of overseas workers was one of the causes for the rise of a middle class.
Much of my income in the second poorest region of my country derives from patients with overseas worker relatives who send them money from abroad. (Nurses, seamen, domestic helpers, construction workers, GROs or mail to order brides and girlfriends that have hooked a generous foreigner.)
If you ask people why they are so impoverished, they will answer it's because of the corruption of some government officials. No one even thinks of the huge amounts of money that the Capitol rakes in very year.
This is what I am referring to in Chapter 20. The Radio of the sci fi novel I wrote. <The Capitol rakes in 25 billion pesos each year from taxes coming in from the North and South Eastern Islands Provinces.>
That's just an estimate for taxes annually taken in by the Center from the island I live in. It does not count what it takes from other regions. It does not include the capital flight engineered by Capitol Based Corporations as they transfer profits from periphery to the Center. (90% of National Corporations have their HQ based in the Center, even if they gain their profits from the peripheries.) How the heck will a peripheral area progress economically if plunder in such a massive scale occurs <each year>?
No one thinks it's plunder of course, although the original Spanish conquistadores saw it as simple tribute. Nowadays it's called legal taxation and legitimate national corporation business. Why accept such an obvious economic shackle since the 16th century?
The psychological answer is in the same chapter.
<The brainwashing is based on the ‘We Are One Nation’ idea, and so never mind if Tunga City sucks in all the resources of the provinces; after all it is the Capitol of our One Nation.>
You'll see little bits of these juicy morsels on internal colonialism all over the story. I've written them down encrypted in the story line so that they don't look obvious. Otherwise the majority of my countrymen, conditioned into unthinking nationalism since birth by schools and the mass media, will brand me as a traitor. (",)
For more obvious literature written in essay form, you could take a look at the FB page I mentioned, and the links from it. I've begun to post on some of them. You'll be able to easily discern if I am the poster by the writing style.
|May-31-16|| ||twinlark: Thanks for the FB reference.|
|Jun-01-16|| ||visayanbraindoctor: <twinark> I've read it. Pretty personal. I hope you get your house 'fixed'.|
|Jun-01-16|| ||twinlark: As someone once said, the future ain't what it used to be.|
|Jun-01-16|| ||visayanbraindoctor: I was thinking, why not let your children read the sci fi novel I wrote? Annie says it resembles a 'young adult' novel.|
The themes in it are definitely not 'young adult' but superficially I agree it can pass off as one. Comments from your children might be helpful in improving it.
|Jun-01-16|| ||twinlark: I'll do that.|
|Jun-19-16|| ||perfidious: From elsewhere, a time ago:
<twinlark: The entire rationale for the invasion of Iraq was based on nothing but lies, and (PM) Blair had to have known that. Hopefully the movement to have him and others of his ilk like Australia's John Howard tried for war crimes comes to fruition. I''ll be popping a bottle of champers for when either of these appears in the dock at The Hague.>
Include Dubya and I am with you all the way, but am most emphatically not holding my breath awaiting that moment--I would sooner bet on the next Powerball here in USA coming good for any poster on CG.
|Jun-19-16|| ||perfidious: <twinlark: No we want to move from renting to buying. Rents will be going up sharply soon.>|
Best of luck, friend--I managed to beat the clock on buying Over Here last year, just before certain federal regulations were due to tighten the screws.
To own in this state and particularly this county is costly, but not so much as is renting: in this city, rents have risen 88 per cent since 2008. The new police chief was recently interviewed and noted that his younger officers can often not even afford to rent or buy in Burlington. At retirement or possibly before, I may leave again for cheaper climes.
As to <visayan>'s remarks regardong his novel, there is an ongoing mania in this state to tax, tax, then do it some more--their latest hobby horse is a tax on drinks containing sugar, though this is hardly original--Bloomberg of New Yawk made a splash with that manoeuvre a time ago.
|Jun-22-16|| ||twinlark: <perfidious>
<their latest hobby horse is a tax on drinks containing sugar>
The Greens here are suggesting this during the current election campaign to help deal with obesity, the savings going toward promoting healthy diets and habits.
|Jun-22-16|| ||perfidious: <twinlark....Indigenous people here would be entitled to have an ironic belly laugh over the matter if they were so inclined, except that the whole economic mess cascades onto them disproportionately, as always, with continuous overt and economic dispossession of their lands and means occurring to meet the shortfalls created by economic greed.>|
Plus ca change....
A friend moved to Las Vegas four years ago and had no trouble finding homes to buy in that severely depressed market which was only then beginning to recover from what had gone several years before; trouble was, he and his partner would make an offer and get the rug swept out from under them by companies which would counter by sweetening the deal with something extra, typically $25-40,000 more.
Can be tough to fight when the big money moves in on you.
|Jul-04-16|| ||perfidious: From <Karpova>'s forum (regrettably closed):|
<twinlark....I'll reiterate what my wife has told me on occasion, namely that you can learn from your enemies because they have no hesitation in pinpointing your weaknesses where your friends might hold back out of politeness.>
My compliments to your wife on an astute observation.
|Jul-21-16|| ||visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark>
Any opinion on what's happening in Turkey?
|Jul-23-16|| ||heuristic: <what's happening in Turkey?>
thanks to you two, I've paid more attention to this area!|
here's something that can now be regarded as prescient:
|Jul-24-16|| ||visayanbraindoctor: <heuristic> That was very interesting. Thanks.|
I don't exactly know the circumstances surrounding the coup of course. However, it's now apparent that Erdogan is using it to do a massive purge of Turkish society.
|Jul-26-16|| ||twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>|
Sorry about being away. We've found a place and are in the long and involved process of finalising the sale and moving out.
|Jul-26-16|| ||twinlark: <perfidious> Ta.|
|Jul-26-16|| ||twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor
Any opinion on what's happening in Turkey?>
It's hard to make sense of it in detail. Depending on who you listen to the coup was instigated by NATO sympathisers or by the US or by Russia or by Erdogan playing a false flag.
I think the thing to see is how this plays out. From the geostrategic point of view, Erdogan seems to have tried a rapprochement with Russia, while castigating the US.
The signals from Erdogan have been the apology made by to Russia over the downing of the fighter, the offer of compensation to the family of the fighter pilot who died, the possible go ahead of the Turkish Stream, talking of normalising relations with Syria and Assad, and direct talks between Putin and Erdogan in the next few days.
The signals to the US have been stridently demanding the extradition of Gulen, cutting power to Incirlik, and generally being hostile to the West, which has given him cause to be so in light of ignoring his vehement opposition to US support for the Kurds.
All this suggests Erdogan has made a shift toward the Silk Road. I don't think he will pull out of NATO, as that would be personally too risky especially at this point when the military has been so severely weakened by the purges. Weakening the military probably also means that the Turkish adventure into Syria is probably over for the moment as he focuses on the volatile domestic situation.
The purges might be to strengthen his power, but at least one commentator has suggested that it's a sign of pure panic, purging entire stratums of Turkish society. I found it fascinating that the people who came out in the cities to save his regime were the urbanites who have suffered severely under his heavy handedness.
Ultimately, I think we have to wait and see how this whole thing unfolds. One thing is reasonably certain and that is that it is a Big Deal on the geostrategic front.
|Jul-27-16|| ||twinlark: <heuristic>
They weren't the only ones. Attached is a link to a blogger that is saying "I told you so", from numerous previous articles and opinions: https://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogs...
|Jul-27-16|| ||twinlark: "In Turkey, the coup plotters did not wait for a contentious election or a wave of popular discontent. Perhaps more patient and strategic organizers would have fared better." - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...|
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