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    Daily Digest 5/3 – The Cost Of Australia’s Offshore Detention Centers, Inside Detroit’s Deadly Gang Wars

    by DailyDigest

    Thursday, May 3, 2018, 2:14 PM


The human cost of Australia’s offshore detention centres, where freedom does not equal opportunity (blackeagle)

The Iranian-born Kurd wades ashore, glances around furtively, then jogs ahead, his phone in his hand. Intrusion on military prop­erty is a crime, but defying authority has frequently proven essen­tial to Boochani’s survival. In Iran, he was persecuted for his journalism. In Indonesia, he was jailed for lacking documents. Australia denied his asylum claim and shipped him – and more than 1,000 other refugees – off to PNG, there to be forgotten. Instead, he broadcasts their stories worldwide, and helps inter­national journalists to do the same, forcing the outside world to recognise their existence.

America is obsessed with the virtue of work. What about the virtue of rest? (blackeagle)

Many victories of the labor movement were premised on the precise notion that the majority of one’s life shouldn’t be made up of work: It was the socialist Robert Owen who championed the eight-hour workday, coining the slogan “Eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest.” For Owen, it was important not only that workers had time to sleep after a hard day’s labor, but also that they had time to pursue their own interests — to enjoy leisure activities, cultivate their own projects, spend time with their families and so forth. After all, a life with nothing but work and sleep is akin to slavery, and not particularly dignified.

Turning on Russia. Is the U.S. Losing its Status as a Global Hegemonic Power? (Jerry C.)

Alongside a handful of Harvard economists led by Jonathan Hay, Larry Summers, Andrei Shleifer, and Jeffry Sachs, in the “Harvard Project,” plus Anatoly Chubais, the chief Russian economic adviser, Fischer helped throw 100 million Russians into poverty overnight – privatizing, or as some would say piratizing – the Russian economy. Yet, Americans never got the real story because a slanted anti-Russia narrative covered the true nature of the robbery from beginning to end.

The unexpected beauty of China’s bicycle graveyards – in pictures (Douglas L.)

For the past 18 months many cities in China have been flooded by millions of dockless share bikes. Those that block pavements or apartment entrances have been removed by authorities to vast storage areas. Viewed from afar they create compelling and mysterious patterns – but also represent waste on an enormous scale.

The Red Zone: Inside Detroit’s deadly gang wars (blackeagle)

Five defendants in the Seven Mile Bloods case face possible death sentences under federal law, even though Michigan has abolished the death penalty. The five face possible death sentences because prosecutors say they were involved in homicides and violence as part of an organized criminal enterprise that operated a pain-pill pipeline between Detroit and Charleston, West Virginia, the epicenter of the nation’s opioid crisis.

Bronze Age Redux: On Debt, Clean Slates and What the Ancients Have to Teach U (Jerry C.)

I talked to Michael about his forthcoming book Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Forfeiture and Redemption that comes with an astounding re-reading of the Bible and the true meaning of the life and persecution of Jesus. Based on scholarly breakthroughs in decoding ancient languages, it places a debt cancellation message inherited from Babylonian times at the center of Mosaic law and the Jewish Bible. And when it comes to Jesus, his message is revealed to be a social justice message. Through the lens of this reinterpretation, Jesus was actually an activist advocating for debt cancellation. He died not for the sins of the people but for their debts.

Data firm at center of Facebook privacy scandal will close (TS)

Facebook said it will keep looking into data misuse by Cambridge Analytica even though the firm is closing down. And Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy, a digital advocacy group in Washington, said criticisms of Facebook’s privacy practices won’t go away just because Cambridge Analytica has.

North Korea developments mean it’s time to think about the upside risks of the Trump presidency (tmn)

But as tensions in the Korean peninsula have ratcheted down over the last few months, I have spent less time worrying about the left tail. I’ve even allowed myself a little hope that we’ll get a right-tail outcome that has eluded presidents for decades: peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

Saudi Arabia Needs $88 Oil (Michael S.)

But the IMF paid extra attention to the debt levels of some oil producers. “The tightening of global financial conditions, if interest rates will continue to go up and liquidity will be less available, this will affect countries with a high level of debt — mainly oil importing countries where the average debt exceeds 80 percent (of gross domestic product),” Jihad Azour, director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund, told CNBC on Monday.

How salad became a major source of food poisoning in the US (blackeagle)

Some 48 million people (one in six Americans) get sick from the food every year. Of those, about 128,000 wind up in hospitals and 3,000 die. And the foods most frequently implicated here are probably not what you think.

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  • Thu, May 03, 2018 - 6:51am



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    $88.00 oil? Thanks, Ford motors.

    It appears that Mr. Hackett is in sync with an expanding economy. Coupled with shrinking resources, $88 oil is just around the corner. Bitcoins may come in “handier” than we would have supposed!

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    St. Louis credit rating again downgraded in 'wake-up call' from

    Brazil Avoids Default Risk by Approving Venezuela Loan Pay-Out

    Bloomberg-2 hours ago
    Brazil avoided a possible default as Congress approved funds for the payment of a loan guarantee made to Venezuela and Mozambique. In a 216-to-41 vote, a joint session … Brazilian taxpayers are on the hook because Caracas looks set to miss a May 8 deadline for a $275 million debt installment. Non-payment by Brazil …

    St. Louis credit rating again downgraded in ‘wake-up call’ from Moody’s minutes ago
    Other factors Moody’s considered include a reliance on “economically sensitive revenue streams,” elevated debt and mounting pension costs. Moody’s did revise the city’s financial outlook to “stable,” citing a recent vote by top city officials to dedicate 1.5 percent of annual payroll expenditures to bolstering the city’s savings.


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    Australia's offshore detention

    As a citizen of Oz, I am deeply ashamed of how our country is treating people — refugees — who do not arrive here in the officially approved manner, i.e. by air with adequate paperwork.
    Our government’s policy, impelled by huge insecurity on the part of many, many people, amounts to one of the slow murder of refugees who arrive by boat. Too few people in politics or the media give a damn.
    The proud boast is that the government’s policies have “stopped the boats” (big political slogan, big vote winner). But I heard or read recently from a non-MSM journalist that the boats haven’t stopped coming at all. According to testimony from naval personnel, our navy simply pushes them back out to sea to let the passengers fend for themselves as best they can, and everyone keeps quiet about it.
    Then I read about the huge turmoil in Europe caused by wave upon wave of refugees, the deteriorating social situation, the clash of wildly different ways of life, and reflect that if Oz weren’t an island this would be happening here too. Australia is, or was, a blessed land with an enviable but unsustainable way of life. To share in it half the world would move here in a trice if only it could.
    I have no brilliant solutions. I grieve for the whole situation. It’s out of control. We’re in a huge predicament. May God save us all, and NOT, please not, reward us according to our works.

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    Neocon and anti-Russia uncovered - very insightful

    In Daily Digest 5/3 – the article entitled “Turning on Russia” is very insightful, also the website “” where it was posted (along with Part 2 of the article). Helps uncover how deep-rooted neocon really is and where it all started. Also the origins of anti-Russia… Heavy.

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  • Sat, May 05, 2018 - 1:04am

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    Boat people to Australia

    Every country should have the right to determine who can immigrate. Many if not the majority of ‘boat-people’ trying to enter Australia illegally were economic, not political or religous refugees (Iranians have been some of the most brazen).
    I am very glad that the Australian government stopped the boats and had the courage to do what Europe in general has not – set its own destiny in relation to new-comers.

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    I disagree, Tony. Categorically!

    Tony Cutler, do you just state categorically that “Every Country Should Have the Right…” as if this is a statement that is universally accepted? Or are you instead say that this is something that *you* would personally fight for?
    This is not something I can agree with. First of all, countries–and corporations — should not and do not have rights. Rights are something that is inherent with self-sentience, and it is arguable whether a country is self-sentient. Certainly the people in a country are self-sentient, but typically a country is not governed by its people.
    So really, your investing “rights” in countries is actually investing “super-rights” to a few select individuals. That usually results in the violation of rights.
    Second, the “right” of border control as practically applied to day involves the loss of many inherent human rights, rights that — when violated by a government, typically result in the destruction of the government, because the government is attempting to do the impossible. Don’t agree? I’ll try to add some specifics, out of the US Bill of Rights, which is neither complete nor completely limited to rights:
    * The right to believe what you believe: There’s no practical way (and I hope there never will be) to control what a person believes. When a government does attempt to control this, it results in neurotic thinking of its people, which comes out in violence, and eventually overthrow of the government.
    * The right of people to peaceably assemble: Humans are social creatures. Removal of this aspect of life is torture, and againresults in neuroses, which then has the same result as above: overthrow. Please note that the border control interferes with this right. Not completely — but a schoolyard bully doesn’t completely torture his victim either. Nonetheless, may school mass shootings have come out of schoolyard bullying. In the same way, our border control methods DO result in an increase in violence, and eventually could result in overthrow.
    * The right to defend yourself to the best of your ability. When the government denies this right, then bad actors who ignore the government thrive, and the government makes itself increasingly irrelevant, because it is the criminal governments (gangs) that rule.
    Consider what happened for ten years in Columbia. Note that part of defending one’s self and one’s family is to leave bad situations. You can’t do that with the world’s current aspect of border control. So we are sitting here, breeding some really bad gangs and armies down in south and central America… and you think it can’t overthrow the US government? It can. There’s an excellent historical precedent that it will.
    * Property rights (including the US 3rd Amendment). Without property rights, all economic functions fail; and the government quickly goes down through the path of Venezeuela. I will note that there are two modes of failure here: too much property rights, and too few. Simply put, if you are going to allow people through a border without property, or property through without people, in either case, you are going to cause economic disruption and failure, and the assets available to a government for maintenance and its own self defence, are going to be throttled. If you want to close a border, close it completely. It won’t stop the traffic… the traffic will go around it. But again, if you need to close it, don’t have trade organization or trade treaty. Don’t have trade at all. Close it. Needless to say, border control as currently done defies property rights.
    * Right to a public trial by a minimally biased jury. This is more about the rights of truth, and the attempt to maintain a handhold on truth. If you don’t do this, you lose hold on reality. Let your government lose hold on reality, and … it’s going down. The jury is how the US currently attempts that. Enough said. I don’t know that current border control passes or fails on this.
    My point here is that you have not made a case yet, that “Countries should have the right to control who can immigrate.” Indeed, you don’t even propose how it can be done without significantly violating other rights. You don’t address why it should be done, and against whom. Maybe to you, it is self-evident that Maori are a threat to New Zealand, and should not be allowed to have any part in the New Zealand government, or that the Anangu and Koori are a clear and present threat to any right-thinking Australian — and should be kept out at all costs. Maybe you *don’t* believe that — but the laws (no, let me not dignify that with the term law. Let me call it what it is, ordinaces) but the ordinances that you intend to enact if at all possible, will in twenty years be used solely against them.
    When a person advocates national rights as opposed to human rights, I start to get VERY nervous. I start to think, “this person has no concept of what a right is, or why rights exist; politically, he’s dangerous; risky; if there was anyone I thought should have no part in the political process, it would be him.” Now mind you, I don’t actually advocate the elimination of your rights — the validity of the system depends on it acknowledging the rights of even the worst of the worst, and depends on the system’s acceptance that it can go down in truth. It’s kind of like the scientific method accepting data that doesn’t match the desired outcome, and even accepting participation by others who the “accepted” scientists think are nuts. Sometimes, like Louis Pasteur, the nuts are right. Sometimes, like creationists, the nuts find valid holes in the accepted theory, and drive the accepted theory towards better more rigorous answers.
    So too, the entire concept of rights cannot depend on what I think of your ideas.
    So… ball’s in your court. Please hit a good one; X’ll hear you out. Make your case. It’s the same claim as one my father would make, and I have tried to honor him; I’ll try to listen to you honorably as well.

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