Friday, December 13, 2019

Indonesian Rock Art Dated To 44,000 Years Old

Sulawesi cave painting could be humanity’s oldest story    
By Ewen Callaway
12/11/2019

A cave-wall depiction of a pig and buffalo hunt is the world’s oldest recorded story, claim archaeologists who discovered the work on the Indonesian island Sulawesi. The scientists say the scene is more than 44,000 years old.

The 4.5-metre-long panel features reddish-brown forms that seem to depict human-like figures hunting local animal species. 

Previously, rock art found in European sites dated to around 14,000 to 21,000 years old were considered to be the world’s oldest clearly narrative artworks. The scientists working on the latest find say that the Indonesian art pre-dates these.


“I’ve never seen anything like this before. I mean, we’ve seen hundreds of rock art sites in this region, but we’ve never seen anything like a hunting scene,” says Adam Brumm, an archaeologist at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, whose team describes the finding in Nature on 11 December1.

Other researchers say the discovery is important because the animal paintings are also the oldest figurative artworks — those that clearly depict objects or figures in the natural world — on record. But some aren’t yet convinced by the claim the panel represents a single ‘scene’, or story. They suggest it might be a series of images painted over the course of perhaps thousands of years. “Whether it’s a scene is questionable,” says Paul Pettitt, an archaeologist and rock-art specialist at Durham University, UK.


Ancient Art

“They’ve invented everything,” Pablo Picasso is reported to have said after visiting the famed Lascaux Cave, in France’s Dordogne Valley. The site, discovered in 1940, includes hundreds of animal figures painted around 17,000 years ago. An image from the cave, and others from the same period, are widely considered to be the earliest known narrative artworks. In the decades since, archaeologists have discovered even older rock art, dating to around 30,000 to 40,000 years ago, including depictions of animals and stylized symbols, in European caves such as Chauvet in France and El Castillo in Spain.

Many researchers assumed that rock art found later in Africa, Australia and Asia was younger than these European works; such artworks are notoriously difficult to date because they can be made with raw materials, such as charcoal, that can be much older than the paintings themselves. But scientists including Brumm jolted the archaeological world when they reported, in 2014and 2018, that caves in Sulawesi2 and Borneo3 held artworks, including animal paintings, that were older than 40,000 years — of similar age to and perhaps older than those created during the European Ice Age.


Brumm was sitting at his desk in Australia in December 2017, when an Indonesian colleague texted blurry pictures of the hunting scene, from a cave in southern Sulawesi called Leang Bulu’Sipong 4. “These images appeared on my iPhone. I think I said the characteristic Australian four-letter word out very loud,” says Brumm. A team member named Hamrullah, who is a Sulawesi-based archaeologist and caver, had found the paintings after shimmying up a fig tree to reach a narrow passage at the roof of another cave.

The panel seems to depict wild pigs found on Sulawesi and a species of small-bodied buffalo, called an anoa. These appear alongside smaller figures that look human but also have animal traits such as tails and snouts. In one section, an anoa is flanked by several figures holding spears and possibly ropes.


The depiction of these animal–human figures, known in mythology as therianthropes, suggests that early humans in Sulawesi had the ability to conceive of things that do not exist in the natural world, say the researchers. “We don’t know what it means, but it seems to be about hunting and it seems to maybe have mythological or supernatural connotations,” says Brumm.

To determine the age of the hunting scene, researchers led by archaeologist Maxime Aubert, at Griffith, analysed calcite ‘popcorn’ that had built up on the painting. Radioactive uranium in the mineral slowly decays into thorium. So by measuring the relative levels of different isotopes of these elements, the researchers were able to determine that calcite atop one pig began forming at least 43,900 years ago, and deposits on two anoa are older than 40,900 years.


The dating gives scientists clues about the origins of figurative art. “It has always been assumed that the tradition of figurative painting arose in Europe,” says Alistair Pike, an archaeological scientist at the University of Southampton, UK. “This shows the tradition does not have its origins in Europe.” 

Aubert thinks the animals and the therianthropes were painted at the same time. They are of similar colour and weathered in the same way, he notes, and all the other cave art from the region is from the same time period.

If the entire painting is more than 44,000 years old, it could mean that early humans have arrived in southeast Asia with the capacity for symbolic representation and storytelling.

References:

1. Aubert, M. et al. Nature http://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1806-y (2019).

2. Aubert, M. et al. Nature 514, 223–227 (2014).

3. Aubert, M. et al. Nature 564, 254–257 (2018).



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Friday, October 04, 2019

"Disqus Underground" - A Bogus Commentary Site To Avoid

"Disqus Underground" appears to be a Soros funded psyop designed to undermine the credibility of independent media and legitimate commentary, luring in unsuspecting conservative readers by invitation and then ambushing them with a battalion of paid liberal trolls  

THE 5TH ESTATE
By Robert S. Finnegan
02/22/2018

The ongoing war now taking place online between the MSM and the truth is escalating exponentially with a proliferation of fake "commentary" websites emerging under the auspices of and in collusion with the so-called "Deep State" and their CNN/MSM propagandists to undermine and discredit Independent Media and commentary that is in opposition to their agenda.


Pure propaganda, sedition, globalist dogma
"Disqus Underground" is one of these disinformation and propaganda mills that now seek to undermine legitimate public discourse and replace the truth with pure scripted fiction and liberal spew masquerading as "news." This is but one of a myriad fake news propaganda outlets operating in America today, designed to confuse, discredit and demean conservatives and critically thinking individuals across the political spectrum that reject the insidious lies and fake news sites like "Disqus Underground" spew on a daily basis


Deploying an army of mindless millennial zombies as "moderators" they consistently and thoroughly delete any commentary in opposition or running counter to their liberal, globalist agenda, taunting and insulting commenters they have targeted as threats, after sending them invitations to participate and post their own reports and commentary.

Following their personalised invitations to unwitting contributors and commenters the "Disqus Underground" so-called "moderators" then alert a regiment of trolls already on standby to mass and ambush the victim, unleashing the most vile insults - which the "moderator" allows while subsequently deleting the victim's responses across the board.




Advertising and promoting themselves as a site that "strives to be as fair and unbiased as is possible," here is a recent sampling of "Disqus Underground" fair and unbiased" content:

We Need to Throw Out the Second Amendment;

Disney Inadvertently Exposes Trump's Tax Cut for the Scam It's Been from the Start;

The Right Wing Has Falsely Accused Activists of Being 'Paid Protesters' for 50 Years;

5 Places Hypocritical Republicans Ban Guns for Their Own Personal Safety;

Donald Trump is our first porno president.

Readers would be hard-pressed to imagine how these headlines would somehow represent "fair and unbiased" reporting as advertised. 

Consequently, The 5th Estate decided to explore the site and it's operators motives first-hand by posting a report originally published at Zero Hedge, a well-established independent conservative website geared to financial reporting. Below is the result:

CNN Fake News Digs Through Russian Trash:



While the majority of our comments were deleted even while meeting their "guidelines" readers may easily discern exactly what is happening. In addition, the "moderators" were observed deleting partial content of comments adverse to their party line and even in some instances fabricating and inserting copy into reader's comments.

Whichever way readers wish to parse this blatant misuse of editorial power for the sake of furthering a transparent agenda, The 5th Estate recommends that "Disqus Underground" be avoided like the plague for the globalist, Deep State, Soros supported frauds, hacks and propagandists they have been exposed to be.


Robert S. Finnegan is a retired investigative journalist/editor and USMC NCO residing permanently in Jakarta Indonesia. He may be reached at rsfinnegan@gmail.com.

Friday, August 02, 2019

BREAKING: MAGNITUDE 7.4 EARTHQUAKE OFF BANTEN INDONESIA

Tsunami warning has been issued

THE 5TH ESTATE
By Robert S. Finnegan
08/02/2019 - 1937Z

JAKARTA -

An earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude 7.4 has struck 151 kilometres off Banten Indonesia. 

Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) initially pegged the quake at magnitude 7.4 and a depth of 10km, warning it could spark a three-metre tsunami.

Tall buildings swayed in a slow-motion roll lasting approximately 2 minutes as far away as Kadoya and Tangerang.


Residents in Jakarta fled their homes as buildings in the megacity swayed back and forth and shopping malls emptied.

"I ran all the way down the stairs from the 7th floor to the outside, I was very scared and I am still trembling," said Septy who works in the downtown financial district of Jakarta.

No reports of damage or casualties yet.




















Robert S. Finnegan is a retired investigative journalist residing permanently in Indonesia. He may be reached at rsfinnegan@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

"Court Banned Me From Teaching Son Basic Rules For Boys" – Father Of 7 Year Old Slated For Transition

The personification of evil

RT
07/10/2019
Jeff Younger, who is locked in a court battle with his ex-wife over whether their son should undergo transition to a girl, says a court order bans him from discussing things like religion or the need to be respectful to girls.


National Pornographic now promoting pedophilia
and Satanism
Jeff and his former spouse Anne Georgulas are trying to resolve a parental dispute over their son, James. Anne insists that James identifies as a girl, calls him Luna, and envisions hormone therapy and eventually sex-change surgery in the future. 

Jeff rejects the idea and says his son is perfectly comfortable being a boy in his presence. The pair are fighting a legal battle, with a court temporarily ordering Jeff not to impose a male identity on the child.

The order forbids Jeff from calling his son James in front of anyone who knows him as a girl, and this significantly limits what they can do together, he told RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze.


“Basically I can’t go to a school. I keep him away from any friends he might have at school that know him as a girl, and at my home he’s known as James and I use male pronouns. What I’m prohibited from doing right now is trying to convince him that he’s actually a boy,” he said.

The court’s ruling means that Jeff, who is a religious Orthodox Christian, has to be careful when discussing his faith with his son, he said. He is also cautious about teaching James how to behave decently, so that his words cannot be interpreted as imposing a male gender identity.


CNN, BBC, MSM are stacked with LGBT pedophiles and homosexuals pushing their agenda 

“I’m even a little trepidatious about reading the Book of Genesis as we go through our Bible readings after Pascha,” he said. “So, I’ve had a lot of trouble communicating with him on religious issues and on basic things that you’d have to teach boys, issues around self-control: how they should deal with women, older women, being respectful to females of their peer group.”

Jeff said James was misdiagnosed with gender dysphoria and simply wants the approval of both his parents.


This evil must be met head-on by moral, decent societies and eradicated utilising whatever means are necessary 

“The court asked us to take them to social services and let the boys express their preferences,” Jeff said. “And what James said was: he wants to be a girl at his mom’s home and a boy at his dad’s home. He basically wants both his parents to love him.”

Watch the entire interview to learn more about what may become a landmark case in the debate on child gender affirmation in the US.



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Thursday, May 09, 2019

Island Gun Laws: The History Of Gun Control And Crime In Australia, New Zealand, UK

Globalist lab rats for total gun control - the U.S. is NEXT

AMMO.COM
05/07/2019
“We know that other countries in response to one mass shooting have managed to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours, Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.” Obama, Oct. 1, 2015

Politics nowadays are dominated by what gets attention, because what gets attention spreads the fastest and furthest. This is the dark side of social media and 24/7 news, and one event in particular in the firearms world is ground zero for this phenomenon – mass shootings.


In the wake of a mass shooting, politicians who already dislike law-abiding Americans owning guns use the tragedy to push for additional gun laws, irrespective of the existing laws already broken. This is done when emotions are at their highest (and thus rational thinking at its lowest), usually under the auspices of enacting gun laws like those in the U.K. and Australia. President Obama's former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said it best:


"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

Careful analysis of these countries’ gun control experiments actually depicts a more nuanced picture of gun policy and crime. In fact, there is reason to believe that gun control may have actually not had much of an impact on crime in either country – but this sort of critical thinking takes concerted effort, and who has time for such things when politics today are less about sound, long-term policy and more about sensationalizing another's tragedy to advance your agenda?

Below is a guide to help American gun rights activists understand the history of gun registration and gun control efforts in the U.K. and Australia, the two countries which anti-gun politicians often cite as muses for their proposed laws.

Events That Led to Gun Laws in Australia

On April 28, 1996, Australia experienced a national tragedy. 

A deranged murderer, Martin Bryant, went on a rampage and killed 35 people in cold blood. In response to this atrocity, known as the Port Arthur massacre, the Australian government undertook a heavy-handed gun control campaign. This included a mandatory buyback program where Australian citizens had to turn over 650,000 “assault weapons” to the government. This program was followed up by a subsequent buyback program in 2003. 




At the center of Australia’s gun control policy following the Port Arthur massacre was the National Firearms Agreement of 1996. Although international media outlets portray the 1996 NFA as a ban, it was actually a draconian form of gun control that still allowed for gun ownership, albeit to a very limited degree. The only real bans that took place were ones targeting so-called “assault weapons” – long-guns such as rifles and shotguns. Handguns were still accessible to the public, but were subject to stiff restrictions.

Events That Led to Gun Laws in Great Britain

Britain’s first gun control package passed in the modern era was the Firearms Act of 1920. Fearing a growing wave of unrest in the aftermath of World War I, British politicians passed this gun control law despite scant evidence showing that crime was on the rise during that time period.

The Firearms Act of 1920 was only the beginning – as the 20th century was a time of progressive government growth in all facets of life, and the U.K. was no exception. After the enactment of the Firearms Act of 1920, the British government passed gradually stricter laws in 1937, 1968, and 1988. Despite having comprehensive gun control at the national level, the homicide rate in Great Britain slowly grew from the 1950s into early 2005.


One result of UK gun control: foreign "immigrant" rapes and crime have skyrocketed

When it came to mass shootings, British gun control efforts proved futile. Shooting rampages in Hungerford, England and Dunblane, Scotland received international attention, which put the island nation at a major public policy crossroads. Like its Australian counterpart, the United Kingdom opted for stiffer gun control.

After the Hungerford massacre, the government responded with the passage of the Firearms Act of 1988, a new gun control measure that placed draconian restrictions on rifles and shotguns. The Dunblane massacre prompted the British government to ban the possession of handguns by passing the Firearms Act of 1997

Falling Crime Rates in the Western World

Arguably the most popular example of foreign gun control, advocates of tougher gun laws routinely cite Australia and its 1996 NFA law as an example of gun control causing crime to fall. Although Australia is a nation characterized by a low degree of crime, there’s more to Australia’s low crime rates than gun control.

Homicide rates have been declining across Western Europe, Canada, and the U.S. since the 1990s. Australia was not exempt from this trend, and in fact, Australia’s falling crime was essentially the norm for industrialized countries in the West. Homicides were already a rare occurrence before the passage of the 1996 NFA. In sum, we can barely learn anything meaningful from slight changes in Australian homicide rates around this time.




In Why Crime Rates Are Falling Throughout the Western World, Michael Tonry argues the following:

“There is now general agreement, at least for developed English-speaking countries and western Europe, that homicide patterns have moved in parallel since the 1950s. The precise timing of the declines has varied, but the common pattern is apparent. Homicide rates increased substantially from various dates in the 1960s, peaked in the early 1990s or slightly later, and have since fallen substantially.”

This same trend of declining violence was on display in the United States. American homicide rates reached a 51-year low in 2014.During this time period, there wasn’t a gun control measure as comprehensive as Australia’s NFA in America that we can point to in explaining this decline. In fact, American gun ownership per capita increased by 56 percent from 1993 to 2013. This was accompanied by a gun violence decrease of 49 percent. Correlation is not causation, but this goes to show the explanations behind crime rates are complex and are not necessarily about passing a so-called gun control “fix.”

The Effects of Gun Control in Australia

According to gun researcher John Lott, homicide rates in Australia have been on a downtrend since 1969. During this timeframe, the only time homicide rates increased was from 1998 to 1999, not long after the NFA was passed. However, Ryan McMaken argues that Australian crime data is very spotty. He contends that the data is not very reliable because crime was such a non-issue that the government did not prioritize recording it. McMaken provides further context:

“Australia is a small country, with only a few more million people than Florida, spread out over an entire continent. In the relatively high homicide days of the early 1990s, Australia's homicides totaled around 300. This means in a bad crime year, in which homicides increase by only 20 or 30 victims, it could swing overall rates noticeably.”

All in all, what we can gather is that Australia had low crime rates well before the passage of the 1996 NFA. However, this is one part of the story.




Australia’s gun buyback program from 1996 to 1997 was able to reduce the supply of firearms from 3.2 million 2.2 million, but the declines in homicide or suicide rates were not as high as many gun control advocates expected.

Interestingly enough, Australia’s gun buyback did not even stifle civilian gun ownership. In 2010, private gun ownership was back to 1996 levels. Plus, data from 1997 to the present day show that gun ownership in Australia has actually grown three times faster than the population. The total number of firearms in circulation went from 2.5 million to 5.8 million.

Gun control advocates maintain that the more guns present, the more likely crime rates will skyrocket. Crime rates were already low before gun control came into being and continued to fall even after gun control was implemented. Moreover, Australia still experienced an increase in the amount of guns in the country despite the gun control laws in effect.

Indeed, it’s hard to place what factors exactly contributed to Australia’s decreasing homicide rates. It’s simplistic to believe that gun control is the missing x-factor in lowering crime. Additionally, the Australian experience shows that Australia’s decision to not completely ban gun ownership has given some law-abiding gun owners a little bit of flexibility in acquiring firearms.


The LGBT deviant pedophiles played a major role in promoting gun ban laws in Australia

The Australian gun control case actually looks quite bleak when compared to the U.S.’s higher degree of gun rights over the past few decades. From 1995 to 2006 – a time when firearm ownership was reduced – Australia witnessed a significant increase in rapes and sexual assaults. In 400 Years of Gun Control, author Howard Nemerov specifically pointed to numbers indicating a 21.4 percent increase in rape and sexual assault rates during this period.

On the other hand, America saw increased gun ownership during this time, so it’s no surprise they fared better when it came to sexual assaults, which fell by 16.8 percent. Gun ownership tends to benefit the most vulnerable in society, like women and the elderly, who are often overpowered in violent assaults by criminals who rely on brute strength. With guns entering the equation, the playing field is ultimately leveled.

All in all, gun control down under is not what it seems.

The Effects of Gun Control in the U.K.

Like Australia, low homicide rates have been generally the norm in recent British history. At the beginning of the 20th century, England and Wales were already some of the safest countries in the world based on global and historical standards.

At first glance, the gun control measures appeared to coincide with decreases in Britain’s homicide rates, which started taking place after 2002. However, there is reason to believe that there were other factors contributing to Britain’s falling crime rates during that period. John Lott argues that increased policing in the U.K. is a more plausible explanation for this drop around the early 2000s.




Although Lott recognizes that the police play a crucial role in fighting crime, his research over the years has led him to the conclusion that the police can’t always be at crime scenes to save lives. They usually end up at the crime scene after the fact, thus demonstrating the need for other security options at our disposal. An increased law enforcement presence eventually hits a point of diminishing returns as witnessed in the U.K. during the mid-2000s. Despite a substantial increase in the police force, the murder rate was still above the pre-handgun ban rate.

Gun control advocates remain steadfast in their belief that gun control was solely responsible for the fall in murders after 2002. Even if we concede ground on this point, we also have to ask why gun control was not at fault for the repeated increases in murder rates from the 1960s until the 1990s – a time when homicide gradually increased despite new gun control legislation being passed throughout those decades.

We must also keep in mind that statistical figures in the U.K. should be viewed with a certain degree of skepticism given the differences in the way crimes are accounted for. Starting in 1967, homicide figures in England and Wales exclude cases that don’t result in convictions. Put simply, when no arrest for a homicide is made, which in turn results in no conviction for the murderer, the murder is not accounted for in statistical figures.

The U.S. has a different approach to recording homicide statistics – including cases that did not result in murder convictions. For example, deaths caused by defensive gun use as well as unsolved cases would be classified as homicides in the U.S. 


UK government pedophiles now give free reign and encourage, protect immigrant rapists

This makes crime rate comparisons between countries like the U.S. and the U.K. rather tricky. When adding gun control laws and their effects on crime rates into these comparisons, the picture becomes murkier. Confounding variables abound which can lead to flawed interpretations of these events. Recent data show that the U.K.’s gun control experiments are actually causing more harm than good. Like its Australian counterpart, which also implemented draconian gun control in the 1990s, negative criminal trends have started to surface since new gun control laws were enacted.

Sexual assaults have seen an alarming rise from 1995 to 2006, specifically increasing by 76.5 percent according to Howard Nemerov’s book 400 Years of Gun Control. All the gun control in the world has not been able to save the U.K. from steadily increasing rates of violent crime.

One particular interesting detail about crime under the country’s gun control regime is that criminals have now changed the tools they use to carry out their dirty deeds. Specifically, British criminals are using knives to commit crimes.

The Guardian reported on the recent knife crime wave sweeping across the U.K.:

“Police recorded 39,598 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in the year to December 2017, a 22% increase compared with the previous year (32,468), and the highest number registered since comparable records started in 2010. Gun crime rose to 6,604 offences.”




The London Metropolitan Police reports that teenagers commit 49 percent of knife crime. On top of that, three quarters of stabbings were committed by minorities. Breitbart also gave a lurid depiction of London’s ongoing knife rampage:

“London specifically experienced record high knife crime, increasing by 15 percent to a total of 14,987 blade offences – representing 38 percent of all knife crimes across England and Wales and averaging 41 knife crimes a day.”

With questionable immigration policies that prevent assimilation and an environment that does not protect law-abiding Britons’ right to self defense, the U.K. risks sliding into social chaos.

Sadly, British politicians still believe more government control is the answer to this problem. In the face of this stabbing epidemic, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has advocated for knife control. One Member of Parliament Scott Mann has even floated the idea of embedding GPS trackers on all knives sold in London.

Instead of considering alternatives like tougher policing in crime-ridden neighborhoods or even arming their citizens, elected officials in London have created a de facto surveillance state. A report from WorldAtlas uncovered that London is the most surveilled city in the world with an estimated 51,000 cameras used to snoop on London residents. 

New Zealand: An Addendum

On March 15, 2019, New Zealand faced its own Port Arthur incident. A 28-year-old Australian citizen by the name of Brenton Tarrant opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, leaving 50 people dead. The shocking nature of this massacre had media talking heads around the world on edge for the next week 

In an already polarized environment in western countries, where identity politics have strong pull, politicians were quick to make their pro-gun control stances heard. From Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez to Bernie Sanders, U.S. members of the Democratic Party have made their calls for gun control clear. Universal background checks and so-called “assault weapons” bans are now on the table. 


Psycho face of U.S. gun control crazy: Occasio-Cortez

There is no question this event was a horrific tragedy and the atrocious nature of the incident will forever rock New Zealand’s public conscious. That being said, analyzing this incident and figuring out how to go from there requires level-headed thinking. Much to the dismay of pro-gun advocates who want to see their countries expand gun rights, emotion tends to reign supreme in all public policy discussions. 

As with the Australian and British cases, we find that New Zealand has also witnessed the same declining crime rates trend the rest of the West has experienced in the past few decades. In 2014, New Zealand’s homicide rate stood at 0.9 per 100,000 people. Particularly curious, New Zealand hit a 40-year low in its murder rates in 2017 – with only 35 people being killed in the country. Murders peaked in the 1980s, with 1986 being the year with the highest total of murders, standing at 79. 

It should be noted that New Zealand does feature pretty strict gun control. Gunpolicy.org notes that in New Zealand, “the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law,” which is a stark contrast from the U.S. – which nominally recognizes it as a right. Prospective gun owners in New Zealand must have a license before buying a gun. Then, they must go through a universal background check of sorts that “considers criminal, mental health, medical, addiction and domestic violence records.” 

Following the Mosque shootings, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern immediately called for bans on semi-automatic weapons and “military-style” variants. She got her wish a few days after the shooting, with a new ban on “assault weapons.” Despite the New Zealand government’s push for gun owners to turn in their firearms in the wake of the mass shooting, a paltry number of firearmshave been turned in so far. 


UK, AU, NZ, U.S. feminists, faggots now targeting white men along with guns

Like Australia, we cannot assume with certainty that gun control has been the primary driver of New Zealand’s already low crime rates. The effects of New Zealand’s new gun control laws will be an interesting case study nonetheless. 

But with the American counterexample showing how crime rates can still decrease, even with certain jurisdictions liberalizing gun laws, we must call into question the conventional wisdom that gun control is the alpha and the omega of decreasing crime rates. When push comes to shove, the New Zealand government’s newest gun control package may turn out to be a dud that only satisfied the political class’s “do something.”

Follow the Red, White, and Blue

The British government will eventually have to admit that there’s only so much it can do to fight crime. Instead, the U.K. and Australia, for that matter, should follow in the footsteps of America and expand gun rights. The gun rights victories that have occurred since the 1980s have served America well.

Research from the Pew Center in 2015, showed that the murder rate in America fell by one half – 7 per 100,000 in 1993 to 3.4 per 100,000 in 2014. In the same period, the total number of gun deaths (numbers that include accidental deaths and suicides) dropped by almost one-third, plummeting from 15.2 to 10.6 per 100. Additionally, the number of privately owned guns and people carrying concealed has grown year by year.




Over the past three decades, gun laws have witnessed unprecedented levels of relaxation at the state level. From reforms such as licensed concealed carry to permitless Constitutional Carry, law-abiding gun owners in certain states have more firearms freedoms than in previous decades. These numbers at least demonstrate that looser gun laws don’t lead to chaotic episodes of violence. Crime rates don’t suddenly explode when people are allowed to freely own and carry firearms. The warnings of so-called Wild West scenes popping up left and right prove to be unfounded.

The Australian and British cases, on the other hand, show a more mixed picture of countries that were already safe before passing gun control due to political outrage. The effects of these laws are still being discerned, however, it can be argued that they have had little effect on impacting crime. In the British case, law-abiding citizens may want to have expanded gun rights due to the country’s increasingly unstable migrant crisis and the police’s inability to stop crime.

All in all, a truly free society is one that respects an individual’s right to self defense. No matter the intentions, governments have no authority to infringe upon this sacred right.



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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Biden Says Jim Crow Is Back - Is “Creepy Joe” Becoming “Crazy Joe?"

Where have those hands been?  Creepy Uncle Joe and the 2020 petting zoo  

NEW AMERICAN
By R. Cort Kirkwood
05/05/2019

Presidential candidate Joe Biden got the nickname “Creepy Joe” because of his hands-on approach to the opposite sex at fundraisers and other political events.


Christmas with Creepy Uncle Joe can be "challenging"
He’s grabbed, groped, and kissed just about any woman within arm’s length.

Well, if Biden isn’t careful, he’ll get another nickname: “Crazy Joe.”

In January, he said white Americans are racist. Now, he says, President Trump wants to reinstate Jim Crow, the state and local laws that segregated blacks from whites, and that Congress abolished 55 years ago.



Voter ID Means More Jim Crow

The occasion of Biden’s claim was his maiden presidential campaign visit to South Carolina, the Associated Press reported, “where black voters play a key role in the South’s first presidential primary.”

Because Republicans think voters should show identification before casting a ballot, those Republicans secretly pine for the days when blacks drank at separate water foundations and used separate public restrooms.


Pedophile?

Reported AP on Saturday:

In criticizing Republican efforts to adopt more stringent voting rules, including identification requirements and curtailing early voting hours, Biden recalled the racial segregation laws of the past.

“You’ve got Jim Crow sneaking back in,” he said, referring to the era before the civil rights movement. “You know what happens when you have an equal right to vote? They lose.”

Biden “centered much of his trip around the need to restore decency to the White House,” AP reported, something of an irony given that decent men don’t make up lies about their political opponents, like calling them racists who want blacks to sit in the back of the bus.


Uncle Joe getting "familiar" with the daughter of Senator Christopher Coons

Nor do decent candidates accuse fellow citizens of racial animosity, as Biden did in January.

“The bottom line is we have a lot to root out, but most of all the systematic racism that most of us whites don't like to acknowledge even exists,” Biden said. “We don't even consciously acknowledge it. But it’s been built into every aspect of our system.”

“White America has to admit there’s a still a systematic racism,” he continued, because blacks are the victims of “substandard” schools, “undervalued” houses, “car insurance [that] costs more for no apparent reason,” and black poverty that is “still twice that of white Americans.”


Biden gropes the wife of Obama's Secretary of Defense Ash Carter as the blithering idiot carries on, oblivious to Uncle Joe's painfully obvious unwanted touching

Other Indecencies

Decent people don’t lie about their own past. But that’s what Biden is doing.

Biden is helping the radical Left and the sisterhood revise the events of 1991, when Anita Hill leveled a nasty, last-minute attack on Clarence Thomas, then the nominee to replace leftist William Brennan on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Left has charged Biden with not giving Hill a proper hearing for her unproven charge that Thomas sexually harassed her when they worked together at the federal Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.




“I wish I could have done something,” Biden agreed in March, although the claim that the then-Senate Judiciary Committee chairman “silenced” Hill is nonsense, as The New American reported. Biden did plenty to help Hill.

Yet such is Biden’s lust to work in the Oval Office that he’s willing to peddle an outright lie about himself and add another even bigger lie. On The View, Biden said, “I believed her from the beginning.”

No, he didn’t.




The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway dug up the truth in Arlen Specter’s memoir, Passion for Truth: From Finding JFK’s Single Bullet to Questioning Anita Hill to Impeaching Clinton.

Specter interviewed Biden for the book in November 1998. “It was clear to me from the way she was answering [Specter’s] questions, she was lying,” Biden told him.

Is Biden Lying?

Is Biden lying? Perhaps. On the other hand, maybe the aging politician doesn’t remember the Thomas hearings, or that the FBI agents who interviewed Hill thought she lied. It was 28 years ago, after all, when Biden wasn’t yet 50.


Uncle Joe puts no limits on his pawing 

Maybe he doesn’t remember that asking voters to provide identification before casting a ballot is unrelated to Jim Crow, or that the 1964 Civil Rights Act ended such statutes just a couple years before Biden began law school.

Biden is 78 years old. If he really thinks Jim Crow is “sneaking back in,” perhaps he should call it quits. If he doesn’t really think so but said it to smear Trump and the GOP, then by his own standard — decency — he is unfit for the presidency.



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Sunday, May 05, 2019

ANDREW KREIG: Critic Of U.S. Venezuelan Policy, News Coverage Speaks In DC At Press Club

Iraq 2.0

JUSTICE INTEGRITY PROJECT
By Andrew Kreig
05/04/2017

Longtime Washington journalist Ken Silverstein delivered during a dinner lecture on March 27 at the National Press Club his hard-hitting critique of mainstream media coverage of the ongoing Venezuelan crisis.


Ken Silverstein
Silverstein, an author and the editor of the WashingtonBabylon.com news site, spoke to the McClendon Group speaker society about Venezuela and the U.S. Media: Pravda Was Better.

Silverstein, right, has traveled to Venezuela three times, in 1993, 2004 and this February. His new article “Caracas Chronicles” on Washington Babylon describes how the media has so routinely misread — or lied — about the political situation in Venezuela.



He is writing an ongoing series about what he assesses as the likelihood that the Trump administration will invade the country. Caracas Chronicles is Part I of the forthcoming series.


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Since then one major flashpoint among commentators has been whether the massive power outages afflicting Venezuela this month are because of covert sabotage by allies of the United States on behalf of legislator Juan Guaido (at left) who has declared himself the rightful president. Guaido thus seeks to replace Nicolás Maduro, shown below, who was elected to another term last year in a disputed election. Critics claim that the electricity blackout was caused by poor policies and performance of the incumbent government.


Silverstein's reporting coincides in general with a March 5 column by the Justice Integrity Project U.S. Mainstream Media Propagandize Venezuelan Rebellion.

"News coverage of current political strife in Venezuela," we wrote, "serves as a fresh reminder that U.S. mainstream newspapers and broadcasters too often deliver remarkably biased 'news' reports on sensitive global topics."


Maduro

We continued:

The corporate media — including the prestigious newspaper outlets like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post — consistently portray leaders of Venezuela, Syria and Russia as bloodthirsty dictators with no semblance of popular appeal. That's despite independent evidence that they have won elections (unlike some tyrants counted as strong U.S. allies) and probably could continue to do so in fair elections, according to independent popularity polls and other evidence.

Appendices to that column and this contain excerpts from a sampling of corporate-controlled and alternative media. Readers can thereby see differences and patterns.


Have Americans already forgotten the ongoing Iraq/Afghan debacles?

Silverstein is the creator of WashingtonBabylon.com, a political, satirical and investigative website. He has previously worked as an AP correspondent from Brazil, at the Washington office of the Los Angeles Times, and as the Washington Editor of Harper's Magazine.

He has been a columnist at the New York Observer and a Contributing Editor at VICE, and has written for scores of other publications, with datelines from dozens of countries. These nations include Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Dubai, Egypt, Venezuela, Colombia and many more. Also, he is the author of several books, most recently The Secret World of Oil, and has two more books in the works. He will sign copies at the event.

The Venezuelan crisis is not only an ordeal for its population but a test for the entire Hemisphere’s democratic institutions, including the media’s performance.

The McClendon News Group is a private speaker society founded in 1946 by the late White House Correspondent Sarah McClendon (1911-2003). The current chairman is her former colleague, John Edward Hurley. The Justice Integrity Project's editor facilitates the logistics as deputy chair.

Editor's note: A preview of the lecture was updated above to reflect that the talk occurred as planned.


Andrew Kreig

Andrew Kreig, Esq.
Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder with over two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC. An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.
  
As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.

Contact the author Andrew Kreig.

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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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