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SBS Polish - SBS po polsku
The Poland-Belarus border - an iron curtain dividing East and West. - Granica polsko-białoruska - żelazną kurtyną między Wschodem i Zachodem

SBS Polish - SBS po polsku

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 10:48


On one side of the border are thousands of would be migrants and refugees, hoping to make it to Western Europe, on the other 15,000 Polish troops guarding the gateway. - Z powietrza strefę patrolują helikoptery, na ziemi starcia, słychać odgłos kamieni rzucanych w ogrodzenie z drutu kolczastego, które oddziela Białoruś od Polski. Po jednej stronie granicy - tysiące migrantów, po drugiej 15 000 polskich żołnierzy strzeże Polskiej granicy.

PRI's The World
Germany grapples with vaccine hesitancy

PRI's The World

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 47:48


Germany has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe. The country is now edging closer to mandatory vaccines for the coronavirus with lawmakers set to vote on the issue before the end of the year. And, five years ago, Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace agreement. Since then, deforestation has been on the rise as cattle ranchers, loggers, miners, subsistence farmers and criminal groups move into areas formerly controlled by them. Plus, at midnight, Barbados removed Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state and installed Governor General Sandra Mason as its first president. We hear from Barbados's poet laureate Esther Phillips about the Caribbean nation's efforts to grapple with its brutal colonial past. Every day, the reporters and producers at The World are hard at work providing you with relevant, fact-based and human-centered news from across the globe. From the initial pitch, to the chase, to interviews, to writing, to production, to broadcast, every story from The World requires careful input and touches from many different members of our nonprofit newsroom. The story you just read is available to read for free because thousands of listeners and readers like you generously support our nonprofit newsroom. Become one of 515 donors to make your gift of $130, or pledge $11 monthly before Nov. 30, and you'll help us unlock a matching gift of $67,000. We need your help now more than ever — give today!

The Thomistic Institute
Christ and the Sharing of Divine Communion in Cyril of Alexandria | Prof. Donald Fairbairn

The Thomistic Institute

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 40:45


Happy Thanksgiving from the Thomistic Institute! This talk was given at Hillsdale College on October 16, 2021 as part of the Thomistic Institute conference "Christ the Savior: Perspectives from the Early Church Fathers." For information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org. About the speaker: Donald Fairbairn is the Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His research interests focus on the relation between the doctrines of the Trinity, Christ, salvation and Christian life in the early church, especially in the 4th through 6th centuries. His responsibilities include further developing the Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity at the Charlotte campus, which explores the historical foundations of the Christian faith. After graduating from seminary in 1989, Dr. Fairbairn ministered in Soviet Georgia for a year and then taught theology, New Testament and apologetics at Donetsk Christian University in Ukraine from 1992-96. He also served as Assistant Academic Dean there. Since that time, he has continued to teach in Eastern and Western Europe through many short-term trips. Three of his English books have been published in Russian and two in Romanian. He has also written two books published only in Russian. After finishing his Ph.D. in 1999, Dr. Fairbairn taught church history, Greek, Latin and historical theology at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC. He also served as Associate Dean of Theology and directed the Th.M. program there before coming to Gordon-Conwell in 2010. Dr. Fairbairn and his wife Jennifer have two children, Trey (born in 2001) and Ella (born in 2003). His hobbies include golf, gardening, and playing with his dog.

The Gary Null Show
The Gary Null Show - 11.24.21

The Gary Null Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 57:01


Popular antioxidant linked to pain relief University of Naples (Italy), November 22, 2021 People with pain of unknown causes who took alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) experienced less pain than a placebo group, a double-blind study in  Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy revealed.1 This most recent trial enrolled 210 nondiabetic men and women with mild or moderate joint pain, neuropathic pain or muscle pain of unknown cause. Participants received 800 mg or 400 mg ALA per day or a daily placebo.  The results? People who received ALA had a significant improvement in their pain after two months of intake, while the placebo group didn't report a difference. ALA was similarly effective for all sources of pain considered. It was also shown to be safe and well-tolerated. (NEXT) Mental Qigong can be just as rewarding as its physical cousin In recent decades modern scientific techniques have fully documented the health benefits of the ancient meditation technique of Qigong. One example of physical Qigong is the technique Wu Qin Xi (five animals play), in which participants sequentially move through poses that represent the form of different animals, holding each pose for several minutes. During each phase individuals seek to regulate their breathing and still their minds. Although this is a challenging endeavor the benefits are significant. Effective Qigong practice can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, decrease blood pressure and increase feelings of relaxation and attention. This raises the question: do the effects of these two types of Qigong manifest themselves the same in the brain, or differently? This is what the University of Mainz, wanted to find out.  (NEXT) Study links stress to Crohn's disease flare-ups McMaster University (Ontario), November 20, 2021 A possible link between psychological stress and Crohn's disease flare-ups has been identified by a McMaster University-led study. Researchers using mouse models found that stress hormones suppressed the innate immune system that normally protects the gut from invasive Enterobacteriaceae, a group of bacteria including E. coli which has been linked to Crohn's disease. (NEXT) Meta-analysis finds benefits for dietary supplements among breast cancer patients Hallym University (South Korea), November 19 2021 A meta-analysis published in Cancers found associations between improved breast cancer prognosis and the intake of multivitamins and other nutrients. The meta-analysis included 63 studies that evaluated the association between dietary factors and breast cancer recurrence, breast cancer mortality and/or mortality from any cause during the studies' follow- up periods among a total of 120,167 breast cancer patients.  (NEXT) Physical activity may improve Alzheimer's disease outcomes by lowering brain inflammation University of California at San Francisco, November 22, 2021 No one will disagree that an active lifestyle is good for you, but it remains unclear how physical activity improves brain health, particularly in Alzheimer's disease. The benefits may come about through decreased immune cell activation, according to new research published in JNeurosci. (NEXT) Aspirin is linked with increased risk of heart failure University of Freiburg (Germany), November 23, 2021 Aspirin use is associated with a 26% raised risk of heart failure in people with at least one predisposing factor for the condition. That's the finding of a study published today in a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). This is the first study to report that among individuals with at least one risk factor for heart failure, those taking aspirin were more likely to subsequently develop the condition than those not using the medication. (OTHER NEWS NEXT) Plant-derived antiviral drug is effective in blocking highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, say scientists University of Nottingham, November 22, 2021 A plant-based antiviral treatment for Covid-19, recently discovered by scientists at the University of Nottingham, has been found to be just as effective at treating all variants of the virus SARS-CoV-2, even the highly infectious Delta variant. The study showed that a novel natural antiviral drug called thapsigargin (TG), recently discovered by the same group of scientists to block other viruses, including the original SARS-CoV-2, was just as effective at treating all of the newer SARS-CoV-2 variants, including the Delta variant. In their previous studies* the team showed that the plant-derived antiviral, at small doses, triggers a highly effective broad-spectrum host-centred antiviral innate immune response against three major types of human respiratory viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. “Together, these results point to the antiviral potential of TG as a post-exposure prophylactic and an active therapeutic agent.” (NEXT) In Memory of JFK: The First U.S. President to be Declared a Terrorist and Threat to National Security (entire article is here) By Cynthia Chung, The Saker Blog, November 22, 2021 In April 1954, Kennedy stood up on the Senate floor to challenge the Eisenhower Administration's support for the doomed French imperial war in Vietnam, foreseeing that this would not be a short-lived war.[1] In July 1957, Kennedy once more took a strong stand against French colonialism, this time France's bloody war against Algeria's independence movement, which again found the Eisenhower Administration on the wrong side of history. Rising on the Senate floor, two days before America's own Independence Day, Kennedy declared: “The most powerful single force in the world today is neither communism nor capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile – it is man's eternal desire to be free and independent. The great enemy of that tremendous force of freedom is called, for want of a more precise term, imperialism – and today that means Soviet imperialism and, whether we like it or not, and though they are not to be equated, Western imperialism. Thus, the single most important test of American foreign policy today is how we meet the challenge of imperialism, what we do to further man's desire to be free. On this test more than any other, this nation shall be critically judged by the uncommitted millions in Asia and Africa, and anxiously watched by the still hopeful lovers of freedom behind the Iron Curtain. If we fail to meet the challenge of either Soviet or Western imperialism, then no amount of foreign aid, no aggrandizement of armaments, no new pacts or doctrines or high-level conferences can prevent further setbacks to our course and to our security.”[2] In September 1960, the annual United Nations General Assembly was held in New York. Fidel Castro and a fifty-member delegation were among the attendees and had made a splash in the headlines when he decided to stay at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem after the midtown Shelburne Hotel demanded a $20,000 security deposit. He made an even bigger splash in the headlines when he made a speech at this hotel, discussing the issue of equality in the United States while in Harlem, one of the poorest boroughs in the country. Kennedy would visit this very same hotel a short while later, and also made a speech: “Behind the fact of Castro coming to this hotel, [and] Khrushchev…there is another great traveler in the world, and that is the travel of a world revolution, a world in turmoil…We should be glad [that Castro and Khrushchev] came to the United States. We should not fear the twentieth century, for the worldwide revolution which we see all around us is part of the original American Revolution.”[3] What did Kennedy mean by this? The American Revolution was fought for freedom, freedom from the rule of monarchy and imperialism in favour of national sovereignty. What Kennedy was stating, was that this was the very oppression that the rest of the world wished to shake the yoke off, and that the United States had an opportunity to be a leader in the cause for the independence of all nations. On June 30th, 1960, marking the independence of the Republic of Congo from the colonial rule of Belgium, Patrice Lumumba, the first Congolese Prime Minister gave a speech that has become famous for its outspoken criticism of colonialism. Lumumba spoke of his people's struggle against “the humiliating bondage that was forced upon us… [years that were] filled with tears, fire and blood,” and concluded vowing “We shall show the world what the black man can do when working in liberty, and we shall make the Congo the pride of Africa.” Shortly after, Lumumba also made clear, “We want no part of the Cold War… We want Africa to remain African with a policy of neutralism.”[4] As a result, Lumumba was labeled a communist for his refusal to be a Cold War satellite for the western sphere. Rather, Lumumba was part of the Pan-African movement that was led by Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah(who later Kennedy would also work with), which sought national sovereignty and an end to colonialism in Africa. Lumumba “would remain a grave danger,” Dulles said at an NSC meeting on September 21, 1960, “as long as he was not yet disposed of.”[5] Three days later, Dulles made it clear that he wanted Lumumba permanently removed, cabling the CIA's Leopoldville station, “We wish give [sic] every possible support in eliminating Lumumba from any possibility resuming governmental position.”[6] Lumumba was assassinated on Jan. 17th, 1961, just three days before Kennedy's inauguration, during the fog of the transition period between presidents, when the CIA is most free to tie its loose ends, confident that they will not be reprimanded by a new administration that wants to avoid scandal on its first days in office. Kennedy, who clearly meant to put a stop to the Murder Inc. that Dulles had created and was running, would declare to the world in his inaugural address on Jan. 20th, 1961, “The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” La Resistance Along with inheriting the responsibility of the welfare of the country and its people, Kennedy was to also inherit a secret war with communist Cuba run by the CIA. The Bay of Pigs set-up would occur three months later. Prouty compares the Bay of Pigs incident to that of the Crusade for Peace; the Bay of Pigs being orchestrated by the CIA, and the Crusade for Peace sabotaged by the CIA, in both cases to ruin the U.S. president's (Eisenhower and Kennedy) ability to form a peaceful dialogue with Khrushchev and decrease Cold War tensions. Both presidents' took onus for the events respectively, despite the responsibility resting with the CIA. However, Eisenhower and Kennedy understood, if they did not take onus, it would be a public declaration that they did not have any control over their government agencies and military. Further, the Bay of Pigs operation was in fact meant to fail. It was meant to stir up a public outcry for a direct military invasion of Cuba. On public record is a meeting (or more aptly described as an intervention) with CIA Deputy Director for Plans Richard Bissell, Joint Chiefs Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer, and Navy Chief Admiral Burke basically trying to strong-arm President Kennedy into approving a direct military attack on Cuba. Admiral Burke had already taken the liberty of positioning two battalions of Marines on Navy destroyers off the coast of Cuba “anticipating that U.S. forces might be ordered into Cuba to salvage a botched invasion.”[7] (This incident is what inspired the Frankenheimer movie “Seven Days in May.”) Kennedy stood his ground. “They were sure I'd give in to them,” Kennedy later told Special Assistant to the President Dave Powers. “They couldn't believe that a new president like me wouldn't panic and try to save his own face. Well they had me figured all wrong.”[8] Incredibly, not only did the young president stand his ground against the Washington war hawks just three months into his presidential term, but he also launched the Cuba Study Group which found the CIA to be responsible for the fiasco, leading to the humiliating forced resignation of Allen Dulles, Richard Bissell and Charles Cabell. (For more on this refer to my report.) Unfortunately, it would not be that easy to dethrone Dulles, who continued to act as head of the CIA, and key members of the intelligence community such as Helms and Angleton regularly bypassed McCone (the new CIA Director) and briefed Dulles directly.[9] But Kennedy was also serious about seeing it through all the way, and vowed to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.” * * * There is another rather significant incident that had occurred just days after the Bay of Pigs, and which has largely been overshadowed by the Cuban fiasco in the United States. From April 21-26th, 1961, the Algiers putsch or Generals' putsch, was a failed coup d'état intended to force President de Gaulle (1959-1969) not to abandon the colonial French Algeria. The organisers of the putsch were opposed to the secret negotiations that French Prime Minister Michel Debré had started with the anti-colonial National Liberation Front (FLN). On January 26th, 1961, just three months before the attempted coup d'état, Dulles sent a report to Kennedy on the French situation that seemed to be hinting that de Gaulle would no longer be around, “A pre-revolutionary atmosphere reigns in France… The Army and the Air Force are staunchly opposed to de Gaulle…At least 80 percent of the officers are violently against him. They haven't forgotten that in 1958, he had given his word of honor that he would never abandon Algeria. He is now reneging on his promise, and they hate him for that. de Gaulle surely won't last if he tries to let go of Algeria. Everything will probably be over for him by the end of the year—he will be either deposed or assassinated.”[10] The attempted coup was led by Maurice Challe, whom de Gaulle had reason to conclude was working with the support of U.S. intelligence, and Élysée officials began spreading this word to the press, which reported the CIA as a “reactionary state-within-a-state” that operated outside of Kennedy's control.[11] Shortly before Challe's resignation from the French military, he had served as NATO commander in chief and had developed close relations with a number of high-ranking U.S. officers stationed in the military alliance's Fontainebleau headquarters.[12] In August 1962 the OAS (Secret Army Organization) made an assassination attempt against de Gaulle, believing he had betrayed France by giving up Algeria to Algerian nationalists. This would be the most notorious assassination attempt on de Gaulle (who would remarkably survive over thirty assassination attempts while President of France) when a dozen OAS snipers opened fire on the president's car, which managed to escape the ambush despite all four tires being shot out. After the failed coup d'état, de Gaulle launched a purge of his security forces and ousted General Paul Grossin, the chief of SDECE (the French secret service). Grossin was closely aligned with the CIA, and had told Frank Wisner over lunch that the return of de Gaulle to power was equivalent to the Communists taking over in Paris.[13] In 1967, after a five-year enquête by the French Intelligence Bureau, it released its findings concerning the 1962 assassination attempt on de Gaulle. The report found that the 1962 assassination plot could be traced back to the NATO Brussels headquarters, and the remnants of the old Nazi intelligence apparatus. The report also found that Permindex had transferred $200,000 into an OAS bank account to finance the project. As a result of the de Gaulle exposé, Permindex was forced to shut down its public operations in Western Europe and relocated its headquarters from Bern, Switzerland to Johannesburg, South Africa, it also had/has a base in Montreal, Canada where its founder Maj. Gen. Louis M. Bloomfield (former OSS) proudly had his name amongst its board members until the damning de Gaulle report. The relevance of this to Kennedy will be discussed shortly. As a result of the SDECE's ongoing investigation, de Gaulle made a vehement denunciation of the Anglo-American violation of the Atlantic Charter, followed by France's withdrawal from the NATO military command in 1966. France would not return to NATO until April 2009 at the Strasbourg-Kehl Summit. In addition to all of this, on Jan. 14th, 1963, de Gaulle declared at a press conference that he had vetoed British entry into the Common Market. This would be the first move towards France and West Germany's formation of the European Monetary System, which excluded Great Britain, likely due to its imperialist tendencies and its infamous sin City of London. Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson telegrammed West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer directly, appealing to him to try to persuade de Gaulle to back track on the veto, stating “if anyone can affect Gen. de Gaulle's decision, you are surely that person.” Little did Acheson know that Adenauer was just days away from signing the Franco-German Treaty of Jan 22nd, 1963 (also known as the ÉlyséeTreaty), which had enormous implications. Franco-German relations, which had long been dominated by centuries of rivalry, had now agreed that their fates were aligned. (This close relationship was continued to a climactic point in the late 1970s, with the formation of the European Monetary System, and France and West Germany's willingness in 1977 to work with OPEC countries trading oil for nuclear technology, which was sabotaged by the U.S.-Britain alliance. The Élysée Treaty was a clear denunciation of the Anglo-American forceful overseeing that had overtaken Western Europe since the end of WWII. On June 28th, 1961, Kennedy wrote NSAM #55. This document changed the responsibility of defense during the Cold War from the CIA to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and would have (if seen through) drastically changed the course of the war in Vietnam. It would also have effectively removed the CIA from Cold War military operations and limited the CIA to its sole lawful responsibility, the collecting and coordination of intelligence. By Oct 11th, 1963, NSAM #263, closely overseen by Kennedy[14], was released and outlined a policy decision “to withdraw 1,000 military personnel [from Vietnam] by the end of 1963” and further stated that “It should be possible to withdraw the bulk of U.S. personnel by 1965.” The Armed Forces newspaper Stars and Stripes had the headline U.S. TROOPS SEEN OUT OF VIET BY '65. It would be the final nail in the coffin. Treason in America “Treason doth never prosper; what is the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” – Sir John Harrington By Germany supporting de Gaulle's exposure of the international assassination ring, his adamant opposition to western imperialism and the role of NATO, and with a young Kennedy building his own resistance against the imperialist war of Vietnam, it was clear that the power elite were in big trouble. On November 22nd, 1963 President Kennedy was brutally murdered in the streets of Dallas, Texas in broad daylight. With the assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem, likely ordained by the CIA, on Nov. 2nd, 1963 and Kennedy just a few weeks later, de facto President Johnson signed NSAM #273 on Nov. 26th, 1963 to begin the reversal of Kennedy's policy under #263. And on March 17th, 1964, Johnson signed NSAM #288 that marked the full escalation of the Vietnam War and involved 2,709,918 Americans directly serving in Vietnam, with 9,087,000 serving with the U.S. Armed Forces during this period. The Vietnam War would continue for another 12 years after Kennedy's death, lasting a total of 20 years for Americans, and 30 years if you count American covert action in Vietnam. Two days before Kennedy's assassination, a hate-Kennedy handbill was circulated in Dallas accusing the president of treasonous activities including being a communist sympathizer. On November 29th, 1963 the Warren Commission was set up to investigate the murder of President Kennedy. The old Congressman Hale Boggs of Louisiana was a member of that Warren Commission. Boggs became increasingly disturbed by the lack of transparency and rigour exhibited by the Commission and became convinced that many of the documents used to incriminate Oswald were in fact forgeries. In 1965 Rep. Boggs told New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison that Oswald could not have been the one who killed Kennedy.[15] It was Boggs who encouraged Garrison to begin the only law enforcement prosecution of the President's murder to this day. Nixon was inaugurated as President of the United States on Jan 20th, 1969. Hale Boggs soon after called on Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell to have the courage to fire J. Edgar Hoover.[16] It wasn't long thereafter that the private airplane carrying Hale Boggs disappeared without a trace. Jim Garrison was the District Attorney of New Orleans from 1962 to 1973 and was the only one to bring forth a trial concerning the assassination of President Kennedy. In Jim Garrison's book “On the Trail of the Assassins”, J. Edgar Hoover comes up several times impeding or shutting down investigations into JFK's murder, in particular concerning the evidence collected by the Dallas Police Department, such as the nitrate test Oswald was given and which exonerated him, proving that he never shot a rifle the day of Nov 22nd, 1963. However, for reasons only known to the government and its investigators this fact was kept secret for 10 months.[17]It was finally revealed in the Warren Commission report, which inexplicably didn't change their opinion that Oswald had shot Kennedy. Another particularly damning incident was concerning the Zapruder film that was in the possession of the FBI and which they had sent a “copy” to the Warren Commission for their investigation. This film was one of the leading pieces of evidence used to support the “magic bullet theory” and showcase the direction of the headshot coming from behind, thus verifying that Oswald's location was adequate for such a shot. During Garrison's trial on the Kennedy assassination (1967-1969) he subpoenaed the Zapruder film that for some peculiar reason had been locked up in some vault owned by Life magazine (the reader should note that Henry Luce the owner of Life magazine was in a very close relationship with the CIA). This was the first time in more than five years that the Zapruder film was made public. It turns out the FBI's copy that was sent to the Warren Commission had two critical frames reversed to create a false impression that the rifle shot was from behind. When Garrison got a hold of the original film it was discovered that the head shot had actually come from the front. In fact, what the whole film showed was that the President had been shot from multiple angles meaning there was more than one gunman. When the FBI was questioned about how these two critical frames could have been reversed, they answered self-satisfactorily that it must have been a technical glitch… There is also the matter of the original autopsy papers being destroyed by the chief autopsy physician, James Humes, to which he even testified to during the Warren Commission, apparently nobody bothered to ask why… This would explain why the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), reported in a July 1998 staff report their concern for the number of shortcomings in the original autopsy, that “One of the many tragedies of the assassination of President Kennedy has been the incompleteness of the autopsy record and the suspicion caused by the shroud of secrecy that has surrounded the records that do exist.” [emphasis added] The staff report for the Assassinations Records Review Board contended that brain photographs in the Kennedy records are not of Kennedy's brain and show much less damage than Kennedy sustained. There is a lot of spurious effort to try to ridicule anyone who challenges the Warren Commission's official report as nothing but fringe conspiracy theory. And that we should not find it highly suspect that Allen Dulles, of all people, was a member and pretty much leader of said commission. The reader should keep in mind that much of this frothing opposition stems from the very agency that perpetrated crime after crime on the American people, as well as abroad. When has the CIA ever admitted guilt, unless caught red-handed? Even after the Church committee hearings, when the CIA was found guilty of planning out foreign assassinations, they claimed that they had failed in every single plot or that someone had beaten them to the punch, including in the case of Lumumba. The American people need to realise that the CIA is not a respectable agency; we are not dealing with honorable men. It is a rogue force that believes that the ends justify the means, that they are the hands of the king so to speak, above government and above law. Those at the top such as Allen Dulles were just as adamant as Churchill about protecting the interests of the power elite, or as Churchill termed it, the “High Cabal.” Interestingly, on Dec. 22nd, 1963, just one month after Kennedy's assassination, Harry Truman published a scathing critique of the CIA in The Washington Post, even going so far as to state “There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position [as a] free and open society, and I feel that we need to correct it.”[18] The timing of such a scathing quote cannot be stressed enough. Dulles, of course, told the public not to be distressed, that Truman was just in entering his twilight years. In addition, Jim Garrison, New Orleans District Attorney at the time, who was charging Clay Shaw as a member of the conspiracy to kill Kennedy, besides uncovering his ties to David Ferrie who was found dead in his apartment days before he was scheduled to testify, also made a case that the New Orleans International Trade Mart (to which Clay Shaw was director), the U.S. subsidiary of Permindex, was linked to Kennedy's murder. Col. Clay Shaw was an OSS officer during WWII, which provides a direct link to his knowing Allen Dulles. Garrison did a remarkable job with the odds he was up against, and for the number of witnesses that turned up dead before the trial… This Permindex link would not look so damning if we did not have the French intelligence SDECE report, but we do. And recall, in that report Permindex was caught transferring $200,000 directly to the bankroll of the OAS which attempted the 1962 assassination on de Gaulle. Thus, Permindex's implication in an international assassination ring is not up for debate. In addition, the CIA was found heavily involved in these assassination attempts against de Gaulle, thus we should not simply dismiss the possibility that Permindex was indeed a CIA front for an international hit crew. In fact, among the strange and murderous characters who converged on Dallas in Nov. 1963 was a notorious French OAS commando named Jean Souetre, who was connected to the plots against President de Gaulle. Souetre was arrested in Dallas after the Kennedy assassination and expelled to Mexico, not even kept for questioning.[19] What Does the Future Hold? After returning from Kennedy's Nov. 24th funeral in Washington, de Gaulle and his information minister Alain Peyrefitte had a candid discussion that was recorded in Peyrefitte's memoire “C'était de Gaulle,” the great General was quoted saying: “What happened to Kennedy is what nearly happened to me… His story is the same as mine. … It looks like a cowboy story, but it's only an OAS [Secret Army Organization] story. The security forces were in cahoots with the extremists. …Security forces are all the same when they do this kind of dirty work. As soon as they succeed in wiping out the false assassin, they declare the justice system no longer need be concerned, that no further public action was needed now that the guilty perpetrator was dead. Better to assassinate an innocent man than to let a civil war break out. Better an injustice than disorder. America is in danger of upheavals. But you'll see. All of them together will observe the law of silence. They will close ranks. They'll do everything to stifle any scandal. They will throw Noah's cloak over these shameful deeds. In order to not lose face in front of the whole world. In order to not risk unleashing riots in the United States. In order to preserve the union and to avoid a new civil war. In order to not ask themselves questions. They don't want to know. They don't want to find out. They won't allow themselves to find out.” The American people would do well to remember that it was first John F. Kennedy, acting as the President to the United States, who was to be declared a terrorist and threat to his country's national security. Thus is it not natural that those who continue to defend the legacy of Kennedy should be regarded today as threat, not truly to the nation's security, but a threat to the very same grouping responsible for Kennedy's death and whom today have now declared open war on the American people. This will be the greatest test the American people have ever been confronted with, and it will only be through an understanding of how the country came to where it is today that there can be sufficient clarity as to what the solutions are, which are not to be found in another civil war. To not fall for the trapping of further chaos and division, the American people will only be able to rise above this if they choose to ask those questions, if they choose to want to know, to want to find out the truth of things they dared not look at in the past for fear of what it would reveal. “Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to public opinion. This is the weak point of our defenses, and the part to which the enemies of the system will direct all their attacks. Opinion can be so perverted as to cause the false to seem true; the enemy, a friend, and the friend, an enemy; the best interests of the nation to appear insignificant, and the trifles of moment; in a word, the right the wrong, the wrong the right. In a country where opinion has sway, to seize upon it, is to seize upon power. As it is a rule of humanity that the upright and well-intentioned are comparatively passive, while the designing, dishonest, and selfish are the most untiring in their efforts, the danger of public opinion's getting a false direction is four-fold, since few men think for themselves.” -James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851( We must dare to be among the few who think for ourselves. (NEXT) VAERS Data Reveals 50 X More Ectopic Pregnancies Following COVID Shots than Following ALL Vaccines for Past 30 Year Health Impact News, November 22, 2021 While the latest data dump into the government's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) showed 2,620 fetal deaths, which are more fetal deaths than are reported following ALL vaccines for the past 30 years in VAERS, one “symptom” that is tracked in VAERS that it did not account for is an ectopic pregnancy which also results in a fetal death. Ectopic pregnancy, also called extrauterine pregnancy, is when a fertilized egg grows outside a woman's uterus, somewhere else in their belly. It can cause life-threatening bleeding and needs medical care right away. I performed a search in VAERS for ectopic pregnancies following COVID-19 shots for the past 11 months, and there have been 52 cases where a woman received a COVID-19 shot and then was found to have an ectopic pregnancy. Next, I performed the exact same search but excluded COVID-19 “vaccines” and it returned a result of 30 cases where a woman received an FDA-approved vaccine and then reported an ectopic pregnancy following ALL vaccines for the past 30+ years, which is about 1 per year. That means that following COVID-19 injections into child-bearing women for the past 11 months has seen a 50 X increase in ectopic pregnancies compared to child-bearing women receiving vaccines for the past 30+ years. (NEXT) Massive study reveals editorial bias and nepotism in biomedical journals University of Rennes, November 23, 2021 Scientific journals are expected to consider research manuscripts dispassionately and without favor. But a study published in the journal PLOS Biology reveals that a subset of journals may be exercising considerable bias and favoritism. To identify journals that are suspected of favoritism, the authors explored nearly 5 million articles published between 2015 and 2019 in a sample of 5,468 of biomedical journals indexed in the National Library of Medicine. Their results reveal that in most journals, publications are distributed across a large number of authors, as one might hope. However, the authors identify a subset of biomedical journals where a few authors, often members of that journal's editorial board, were responsible for a disproportionate number of publications. In addition, the articles authored by these “hyper-prolific” individuals were more likely to be accepted for publication within 3 weeks of their submission, suggesting favoritism in journals' editorial procedures. Why would this matter? Such “nepotistic journals,” suspected of biased editorial decision-making, could be deployed to game productivity-based metrics, which could have a serious knock-on effect on decisions about promotion, tenure and research funding. (NEXT) Hurricanes expected to linger over Northeast cities, causing greater damage More storms like Hurricane Sandy could be in the East Coast's future, potentially costing billions of dollars in damage and economic losses. Rowan University, November 22, 2021 By the late 21st century, northeastern U.S. cities will see worsening hurricane outcomes, with storms arriving more quickly but slowing down once they've made landfall. As storms linger longer over the East Coast, they will cause greater damage along the heavily populated corridor, according to a new study. The new study analyzed more than 35,000 computer-simulated storms. To assess likely storm outcomes in the future The researchers found that future East Coast hurricanes will likely cause greater damage than storms of the past. The research predicted that a greater number of future hurricanes will form near the East Coast, and those storms will reach the Northeast corridor more quickly. The simulated storms slow to a crawl as they approach the East Coast, allowing them to produce more wind, rain, floods, and related damage in the Northeast region. The longest-lived tropical storms are predicted to be twice as long as storms today.

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Break It Down Show
DW Wilber – Under Cover for the CIA

Break It Down Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 62:36


DW Wilber – Under Cover for the CIA - Del W. Wilber brings over thirty years of experience in Security and Counterterrorism as a former Intelligence Officer serving with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense in Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East, and in law enforcement. His expertise took him to Iraq from 2004-2007 where he served as an advisor for counterterrorism and counter-IED operations to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Multi-National Corps – Iraq. Get DW's Book In the Shadow of the Swords: The Baghdad Police Academy Get more on Del on his website: Del is fortunate enough to have a character after him, as he tells us on BIDS, reflects on his experience while in active duty (they might have been in the same room with our Pedro) the situation with COVID and the danger of biological weapons.Joining us to co-host is an actor and ex Army Ranger Tim Abell. Please support the Break It Down Show by doing a monthly subscription to the show  All of the money you invest goes directly to supporting the show!   For the  of this episode head to    Haiku He's ex CIA Joining us breaking it down Game recognize game   ​Similar episodes: Xander Bullock  John Green  Pete A Turner  Join us in supporting Save the Brave as we battle PTSD.  Executive Producer/Host: Pete A Turner  Producer: Damjan Gjorgjiev  Writer: Dragan Petrovski  The Break It Down Show is your favorite best, new podcast, featuring 5 episodes a week with great interviews highlighting world-class guests from a wide array of shows.

Welsh History Podcast
Episode 156 Lady Margaret, Exile, and Death

Welsh History Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 24:14


The kingdom is at peace but the Tudors continue to be a focus for the powers in Western Europe. You can support the podcast at patreon.com/WelshHistory Get some Welsh History Podcast Merch at teepublic.com/stores/welsh-history-podcast Music: Celtic Impulse - Celtic by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100297Artist: http://incompetech.com

The Gary Null Show
The Gary Null Show - 11.19.21

The Gary Null Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 56:12


Study: Sustainable eating is cheaper and healthier Oxford University, November 11, 2021 Oxford University research has today revealed that, in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia and across Western Europe, adopting a vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian diet could slash your food bill by up to one-third. The study, which compared the cost of seven sustainable diets to the current typical diet in 150 countries, using food prices from the World Bank's International Comparison Program, was published in The Lancet Planetary Health. (next) Meta-analysis concludes resveratrol beneficially modulates glycemic control in diabetics Zagazig University and Suez Canal University (Egypt), October 29 2021.  Findings from a meta-analysis of clinical trials published in Medicina Clinica (Barcelona) revealed an association between supplementing with resveratrol and improvements in glycemic control. “This systematic review and meta-analysis is the first to consider resveratrol's efficacy on glycemic and cardiometabolic parameters in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).” (next) Exercise linked to better mental health Kaiser Permanente Research, November 11, 2021 Kaiser Permanente research published in Preventive Medicine showed people who exercised more during the initial lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced less anxiety and depression than those who didn't exercise. It also showed that people who spent more time outdoors typically experienced lower levels of anxiety and depression than those who stayed inside. (next) Bedtime linked with heart health University of Exeter (UK), November 9, 2021 Going to sleep between 10:00 and 11:00 pm is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease compared to earlier or later bedtimes, according to a study published today in European Heart Journal—Digital Health, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). "While we cannot conclude causation from our study, the results suggest that early or late bedtimes may be more likely to disrupt the body clock, with adverse consequences for cardiovascular health." (NEXT) Garlic compounds may boost cardio health indirectly via gut microbiota National Taiwan University, November 6 2021 Allicin from garlic may prevent the metabolism of unabsorbed L-carnitine or choline into TMAO, a compound linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, says a new study. TMAO – or trimethylamine N-oxide – has been known to be generated from dietary carnitine through metabolism of gut microbiota, and was recently reported to be an “important gut microbiota-dependent metabolite to cause cardiovascular diseases.”  New data indicated that carnitine-fed lab mice showed a “remarkable increase in plasma TMAO levels”, compared with lab mice fed a control (no carnitine). However, when allicin supplements were provided with the carnitine diet, TMAO levels were significantly reduced.   (NEXT) Drug used to prevent miscarriage increases risk of cancer in offspring University of Texas Health Science Center, November 9, 2021 Exposure in utero to a drug used to prevent miscarriage can lead to an increased risk of developing cancer, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston  The drug, 17α-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17-OHPC), is a synthetic progestogen that was frequently used by women in the 1950s and 1960s, and is still prescribed to women today to help prevent preterm birth.  (OTHER NEWS NEXT) 2,433 Dead Babies in VAERS as Another Study Shows mRNA Shots Not Safe for Pregnant Women by Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News, November 7, 2021 There have now been 2,433 fetal deaths recorded in VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) from pregnant women who have been injected with one of the COVID-19 shots. The vast majority of these have been from the Pfizer shot (1,862 deaths) and the Moderna shot (656 deaths.) There have been more fetal deaths in the past 11 months following COVID-19 shots than there have been for the past 30+ years following ALL vaccines (2,198 – Source.) Last month (October, 2021) the New England Journal of Medicine admitted that the original study used to justify the CDC and the FDA in recommending the shots to pregnant women was flawed. (Source.) Since then, researchers in New Zealand have conducted a new study on the original data, and concluded: A re-analysis of these figures indicates a cumulative incidence of spontaneous abortion ranging from 82% (104/127) to 91% (104/114), 7–8 times higher than the original authors' results. (Source.) And yet, the CDC and FDA still continue to recommend the shots for pregnant women, even though a correct analysis on the original data shows that 82% to 91% of pregnant women will suffer miscarriages if their unborn child is less than 20 weeks old. (Source.) VAERS is a passive system that is severely under reported. The CDC and FDA have never conducted a study to determine what this under-reported factor is, but independent scientists have, and we have previously published the analysis conducted by Dr. Jessica Rose, who has determined that a conservative under-reported factor would be X41. See: STUDY: Government's Own Data Reveals that at Least 150,000 Probably DEAD in U.S. Following COVID-19 Vaccines This means that there have probably been at least 99,753 fetal deaths following COVID-19 injections so far. Here is a video report we made on this last month with some very unfortunate gruesome examples of what these shots are doing to unborn babies. 1,969 Fetal Deaths Recorded Following COVID-19 Shots but Criminal CDC Recommends Pregnant Women Get the Shot UPDATE – November 7, 2021 PM A couple of hours after publishing this article, a video that has been circulating on the Internet of an interview with a Funeral Director in the UK became known to me. He has been in practice for over 3 years and is identified as “Wesley,” and was interviewed by a group called “Resistance GB.” He claims that last fall was one the slowest periods of seeing deaths for all funeral directors, but when the COVID-19 shots were introduced, deaths started dramatically increasing. It started with the elderly, but then by April they were seeing large numbers of people in their 30s and 40s. Many of them were dying of myocarditis. Now, they are seeing unprecedented numbers of newborn babies, and they are piling up in hospital refrigerators. Some are full term, some are pre-term, he claims. The UK originally recommended that pregnant women and nursing mothers should NOT get the experimental COVID shots, but like the CDC in the U.S., they eventually changed their recommendation to encourage pregnant women to get the shots. (NEXT) An ethical analysis of vaccinating children against COVID-19: benefits, risks, and issues of global health equity Johns Hopkins University, Oxford-Johns Hopkins Global Infectious Disease Ethics Collaborative, Wageningen University - The Netherlands, University of Oxford, Abstract We argue that it is currently unclear whether routine COVID-19 vaccination of healthy children is ethically justified in most contexts, given the minimal direct benefit that COVID-19 vaccination provides to children, the potential for rare risks to outweigh these benefits and undermine vaccine confidence, and substantial evidence that COVID-19 vaccination confers adequate protection to risk groups, such as older adults, without the need to vaccinate children. We conclude that child COVID-19 vaccination in wealthy communities before adults in poor communities worldwide is ethically unacceptable and consider how policy deliberations might evolve in light of future developments. (NEXT) What's Driving Global Deforestation? Organized Crime, Beef, Soy, Palm Oil and Wood Products Jennifer Devine,  Counterpunch, November 17, 2021 Every year the world loses an estimated 25 million acres (10 million hectares) of forest, an area larger than the state of Indiana. Nearly all of it is in the tropics. From my research on social and environmental issues in Latin America, I know that four consumer goods are responsible for the majority of global deforestation: beef, soy, palm oil, and wood pulp and paper products. Together these commodities are responsible for the loss of nearly 12 million acres (5 million hectares) annually. There's also a fifth, less publicized key driver: organized crime, including illegal drug trafficking. The dominant role of beef Among major products that promote deforestation, beef is in a class by itself. Beef production is now estimated to be the biggest driver of deforestation worldwide, accounting for 41% of global forest losses. In the Amazon alone, cattle ranching accounts for 80% of deforestation. From 2000 to 2011, beef production emitted nearly 200 times more greenhouse gases than soy, and 60 times more than oil palm in tropical countries with high deforestation rates. Soy and palm oil: Ubiquitous ingredients Together, soy and palm oil drive nearly 10% of deforestation annually – almost 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares). Clearing land for palm oil plantations fuels large-scale rainforest destruction in Indonesia and Malaysia, where most of the world's palm oil is produced. Palm oil is the most commonly produced, consumed and traded vegetable oil. Some 60% of the 66 million tons produced globally every year is used to produce energy in the form of biofuel, power and heat. About 40% is used for food, animal feed and chemical products. Palm oil is an ingredient in half of all products found at the supermarket, including margarine, shampoos, frozen pizza and detergents. Soy production has doubled globally in the past 20 years. Nearly 80% of global soy is fed to cows, chickens, pigs and farmed fish. This demand reflects the tripling of global meat production over the past 50 years. Wood products Wood products are responsible for about 5% of annual global deforestation, or about 1.2 million acres (500,000 hectares) yearly. Wood is widely used for home construction and furniture, and also as a pulp source for paper and fabric. And in low-income nations and rural areas, it's an important fuel source for heating and cooking. The three largest paper-producing countries are the U.S., Canada and China. Illegal deforestation and organized crime Another industry plays an important role, especially in tropical forests: organized crime. Large, lucrative industries offer opportunities to move and launder money; as a result, in many parts of the world, deforestation is driven by the drug trade. In South America and Central America, drug trafficking organizations are the vanguard of deforestation. Drug traffickers are illegally logging forests in the Amazon and hiding cocaine in timber shipments to Europe. In my research, I have analyzed how traffickers illegally log and raise cattle in protected areas in Central America to launder money and claim drug smuggling territory. Other scholars estimate that 30% to 60% of deforestation in the region is “narco-deforestation.” Forest Trends analysis, exports tied to illegal deforestation are worth US$61 billion annually and are responsible for 25% of total global tropical deforestation. (NEXT) ‘This Must Not Happen': If Unhalted, Permian Basin Fracking Will Unleash 40 Billion Tons of CO2 by 2050 As activists at the COP26 summit continue to denounce the “massive” gap between wealthy governments' lofty rhetoric and their woefully inadequate plans for addressing the climate emergency, a new analysis of projected extraction in the Permian Basin in the U.S. Southwest exposes the extent to which oil and gas executives' refusal to keep fossil fuels in the ground puts humanity's future in jeopardy. “While climate science tells us that we must consume 40% less oil in 2030, Permian producers plan to grow production more than 50%.” Released Tuesday by Oil Change International, Earthworks, and the Center for International Environmental Law, the second chapter of The Permian Basin Climate Bomb warns that if the drilling and fracking boom that has turned the Permian Basin into “the world's single most prolific oil and gas field” over the past decade is allowed to persist unabated for the next three decades, it will generate nearly 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide by mid-century. “With global markets flush with Permian oil and gas, it can only be harder to steer the world's economy toward clean energy.” “While climate science tells us that we must consume 40% less oil in 2030, Permian producers plan to grow production more than 50%” from 2021 to 2030, said Stockman. “This must not happen.” “If left unchecked,” the report notes, “the Permian could continue to produce huge amounts of oil, gas, and gas liquids for decades to come. With global markets flush with Permian oil and gas, it can only be harder to steer the world's economy toward clean energy.” (NEXT) Wall Street's Takeover of Nature Advances with Launch of New Asset Class By Whitney Webb A project of the multilateral development banking system, the Rockefeller Foundation and the New York Stock Exchange recently created a new asset class that will put, not just the natural world, but the processes underpinning all life, up for sale under the guise of promoting “sustainability.” Last month, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced it had developed a new asset class and accompanying listing vehicle meant “to preserve and restore the natural assets that ultimately underpin the ability for there to be life on Earth.” Called a natural asset company, or NAC, the vehicle will allow for the formation of specialized corporations “that hold the rights to the ecosystem services produced on a given chunk of land, services like carbon sequestration or clean water.” These NACs will then maintain, manage and grow the natural assets they commodify, with the end of goal of maximizing the aspects of that natural asset that are deemed by the company to be profitable. Though described as acting like “any other entity” on the NYSE, it is alleged that NACs “will use the funds to help preserve a rain forest or undertake other conservation efforts, like changing a farm's conventional agricultural production practices.” Yet, as explained towards the end of this article, even the creators of NACs admit that the ultimate goal is to extract near-infinite profits from the natural processes they seek to quantify and then monetize. NYSE COO Michael Blaugrund alluded to this when he said the following regarding the launch of NACs: “Our hope is that owning a natural asset company is going to be a way that an increasingly broad range of investors have the ability to invest in something that's intrinsically valuable, but, up to this point, was really excluded from the financial markets.” Framed with the lofty talk of “sustainability” and “conservation”, media reports on the move in outlets like Fortune couldn't avoid noting that NACs open the doors to “a new form of sustainable investment” which “has enthralled the likes of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink over the past several years even though there remain big, unanswered questions about it.” Fink, one of the world's most powerful financial oligarchs, is and has long been a corporate raider, not an environmentalist, and his excitement about NACs should give even its most enthusiastic proponents pause if this endeavor was really about advancing conservation, as is being claimed. How to Create a NAC The creation and launch of NACs has been two years in the making and saw the NYSE team up with the Intrinsic Exchange Group (IEG), in which the NYSE itself holds a minority stake. IEG's three investors are the Inter-American Development Bank, the Latin America-focused branch of the multilateral development banking system that imposes neoliberal and neo-colonalist agendas through debt entrapment; the Rockefeller Foundation, the foundation of the American oligarch dynasty whose activities have long been tightly enmeshed with Wall Street; and Aberdare Ventures, a venture capital firm chiefly focused on the digital healthcare space. Notably, the IADB and the Rockefeller Foundation are closely tied to the related pushes for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and biometric Digital IDs. The IEG's mission focuses on “pioneering a new asset class based on natural assets and the mechanism to convert them to financial capital.” “These assets,” IEG states, make “life on Earth possible and enjoyable…They include biological systems that provide clean air, water, foods, medicines, a stable climate, human health and societal potential.” Put differently, NACs will not only allow ecosystems to become financial assets, but the rights to “ecosystem services”, or the benefits people receive from nature as well. These include food production, tourism, clean water, biodiversity, pollination, carbon sequestration and much more. IEG is currently partnering with Costa Rica's government to pilot its NAC efforts within that country. Costa Rica's Minister of Environment and Energy, Andrea Meza Murillo, has claimed that the pilot project with IEG “will deepen the economic analysis of giving nature its economic value, as well as to continue mobilizing financial flows to conservation.” With NACs, the NYSE and IEG are now putting the totality of nature up for sale. While they assert that doing so will “transform our economy to one that is more equitable, resilient and sustainable”, it's clear that the coming “owners” of nature and natural processes will be the only real beneficiaries. Per the IEG, NACs first begin with the identification of a natural asset, such as a forest or lake, which is then quantified using specific protocols. Such protocols have already been developed by related groups like the Capitals Coalition, which is partnered with several of IEG's partners as well as the World Economic Forum and various coalitions of multinational corporations. Then, a NAC is created and the structure of the company decides who has the rights to that natural asset's productivity as well as the rights to decide how that natural asset is managed and governed. Lastly, a NAC is “converted” into financial capital by launching an initial public offering on a stock exchange, like the NYSE. This last stage “generates capital to manage the natural asset” and the fluctuation of its price on the stock exchange “signals the value of its natural capital.” However, the NAC and its employees, directors and owners are not necessarily the owners of the natural asset itself following this final step. Instead, as IEG notes, the NAC is merely the issuer while the potential buyers of the natural asset the NAC represents can include: institutional investors, private investors, individuals and institutions, corporations, sovereign wealth funds and multilateral development banks. Thus, asset management firms that essentially already own much of the world, like Blackrock, could thus become owners of soon-to-be monetized natural processes, natural resources and the very foundations of natural life itself. Both the NYSE and IEG have marketed this new investment vehicle as being aimed at generating funds that will go back to conservation or sustainability efforts. However, on the IEG's website, it notes that the goal is really endless profit from natural processes and ecosystems that were previously deemed to be part of “the commons”, i.e. the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. Per the IEG, “as the natural asset prospers, providing a steady or increasing flow of ecosystem services, the company's equity should appreciate accordingly providing investment returns. Shareholders and investors in the company through secondary offers, can take profit by selling shares. These sales can be gauged to reflect the increase in capital value of the stock, roughly in-line with its profitability, creating cashflow based on the health of the company and its assets.” Researcher and journalist Cory Morningstar has strongly disagreed with the approach being taken by NYSE/IEG and views NACs as a system that will only exacerbate the corporate predation of nature, despite claims to the contrary. Morningstar has described NACs as “Rockefeller et al. letting the markets dictate what in nature has value – and what does not. Yet, it's not for capitalist institutions and global finance to decide what life has value. Ecosystems are not ‘assets.' Biological communities exist for their own purposes, not ours.” A New Way to Loot The ultimate goal of NACs is not sustainability or conservation – it is the financialization of nature, i.e. turning nature into a commodity that can be used to keep the current, corrupt Wall Street economy booming under the guise of protecting the environment and preventing its further degradation. Indeed, IEG makes this clear when they note that “the opportunity” of NACs lies not in their potential to improve environmental well-being or sustainability, but in the size of this new asset class, which they term “Nature's Economy.” Indeed, while the asset classes of the current economy are value at approximately $512 trillion, the asset classes unlocked by NACs are significantly larger at $4,000 trillion (i.e. $4 quadrillion). Thus, NACs open up a new feeding ground for predatory Wall Street banks and financial institutions that will allow them to not just dominate the human economy, but the entire natural world. In the world currently being constructed by these and related entities, where even freedom is being re-framed not as a right but “a service,” the natural processes on which life depends are similarly being re-framed as assets, which will have owners. Those “owners” will ultimately have the right, in this system, to dictate who gets access to clean water, to clean air, to nature itself and at what cost. According to Cory Morningstar, one of the other aims of creating “Nature's Economy” and neatly packaging it for Wall Street via NACs is to drastically advance massive land grab efforts made by Wall Street and the oligarch class in recent years. This includes the recent land grabs made by Wall Street firms as well as billionaire “philanthropists” like Bill Gates during the COVID crisis. However, the land grabs facilitated through the development of NACs will largely target indigenous communities in the developing world. As Morningstar notes: “The public launch of NACs strategically preceded the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the biggest biodiversity conference in a decade. Under the pretext of turning 30% of the globe into “protected areas”, the largest global land grab in history is underway. Built on a foundation of white supremacy, this proposal will displace hundreds of millions, furthering the ongoing genocide of Indigenous peoples. The tragic irony is this: while Indigenous peoples represent less than 5% of the global population, they support approximately 80% of all biodiversity.“ IEG, in discussing NACs, tellingly notes that proceeds from a NAC's IPO can be used for the acquisition of more land by its controlling entities or used to boost the budgets or funds of those who receive the capital from the IPO. This is a far cry from the NYSE/IEG sales pitch that NACs are “different” because their IPOs will be used to “preserve and protect” natural areas. The climate change panic that is now rising to the take the place of COVID-19 panic will surely be used to savvily market NACs and similar tactics as necessary to save the planet, but – rest assured – NACs are not a move to save the planet, but a move to enable the same interests responsible for the current environmental crises to usher in a new era where their predatory exploitation reaches new heights that were previously unimaginable.

The Gary Null Show
The Gary Null Show - 11.18.21

The Gary Null Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 59:15


Videos for Today: 1. DR Peter C. Gøtzsche Comments – 3 mins   2. PARENTS IN NY TAKE TO THE STREETS TO WARN IGNORANT PARENTS INJECTING THEIR CHILDREN WITH PFIZER SHOT   3, DANIEL NAGASE – EFFECTS OF CV VX ON THE IMMUNE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN   4.The Great Narrative: A call to action speaker Freeke Heijman (start 3 min mark)    5. COMMERCIAL PILOT CODY FLINT: “I DON'T KNOW IF I WILL EVER BE ABLE TO FLY A PLANE AGAIN.”   6. Study, Experts: Vaccinated Are Spreading COVID-19 start 23 seconds in    7. RFK CLIP Start 50 seconds in    Everyone missed this one… vaccinated people are up to 9X more likely to be hospitalized than unvaccinated people Australian War Propaganda Keeps Getting Crazier Are we seeing some new form of Covid-19 Vaccine induced Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome? – Official Government data suggests the Fully Vaccinated are on the precipice of disaster as their Immune Systems are being decimated $285 Billion Tax Cut for the Rich Is Now 2nd Most Expensive Piece of Build Back Better Wall Street's Takeover of Nature Advances with Launch of New Asset Class  Court Deals New Blow to ‘Fatally Flawed' Biden Vaccine Mandates, But What Does That Mean?     Study: Sustainable eating is cheaper and healthier Oxford University, November 11, 2021 Oxford University research has today revealed that, in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia and across Western Europe, adopting a vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian diet could slash your food bill by up to one-third. The study, which compared the cost of seven sustainable diets to the current typical diet in 150 countries, using food prices from the World Bank's International Comparison Program, was published in The Lancet Planetary Health. It found that in high-income countries: Vegan diets were the most affordable and reduced food costs by up to one third. Vegetarian diets were a close second. Flexitarian diets with low amounts of meat and dairy reduced costs by 14%. By contrast, pescatarian diets increased costs by up to 2%. “We think the fact that vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets can save you a lot of money is going to surprise people,” says Dr. Marco Springmann, researcher on the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food. “When scientists like me advocate for healthy and environmentally-friendly eating, it's often said we're sitting in our ivory towers promoting something financially out of reach for most people. This study shows it's quite the opposite. These diets could be better for your bank balance as well as for your health and…the planet.” Miguel Barclay, author of the bestselling “One Pound Meals” series of cookbooks, says, “I definitely agree that cutting down your meat, or cutting it out completely, will save you money. I've written seven budget cookbooks and have costed up hundreds of recipes, and without doubt vegan and vegetarian meals consistently come in at a much lower price than recipes with meat.” The study focused on whole foods and did not include highly-processed meat replacements or eating at restaurants or takeaways. The study also found that in lower income countries, such as on the Indian subcontinent and in sub-Saharan Africa, eating a healthy and sustainable diet would be up to a quarter cheaper than a typical Western diet, but at least a third more expensive than current diets. To analyze what options could improve affordability and reduce diet costs, the study looked at several policy options. It found that making healthy and sustainable diets affordable everywhere is possible within the next 10 years when economic development, especially in lower income countries, is paired with reductions in food waste and a climate and health-friendly pricing of foods. “Affording to eat a healthy and sustainable diet is possible everywhere, but requires political will,” according to Dr. Springmann. “Current low-income diets tend to contain large amounts of starchy foods and not enough of the foods we know are healthy. And the western-style diets, often seen as aspirational, are not only unhealthy, but also vastly unsustainable and unaffordable in low-income countries. Any of the healthy and sustainable dietary patterns we looked at are a better option for health, the environment, and financially, but development support and progressive food policies are needed to make them both affordable and desirable everywhere.” The study, “The global and regional costs of healthy and sustainable dietary patterns: a modeling study,” is published in The Lancet Planetary Health on 10 November 2021. Country-level results are available here. Green One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay is published on 30 December. It features planet-friendly recipes and includes tips and ideas for shopping smart and avoiding food waste. Meta-analysis concludes resveratrol beneficially modulates glycemic control in diabetics Zagazig University and Suez Canal University (Egypt), October 29 2021.  Findings from a meta-analysis of clinical trials published on October 16, 2021 in Medicina Clinica (Barcelona) revealed an association between supplementing with resveratrol and improvements in glycemic control. “Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a progressive meta-inflammatory disorder, which induces micro and macrovascular complications,” Ibrahim A. Abdelhaleem and colleagues wrote. “Resveratrol is a nutraceutical known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.” “This systematic review and meta-analysis is the first to consider resveratrol's efficacy on glycemic and cardiometabolic parameters in patients with T2DM.” Sixteen randomized trials that included a total of 871 diabetic men and women were selected for the meta-analysis. The trials compared resveratrol to a placebo with or without concurrent antidiabetic medications or other drug treatment. Resveratrol doses of 500 milligrams or more were associated with lower fasting blood glucose, fasting serum insulin, insulin resistance, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and diastolic blood pressure in comparison with a placebo. Resveratrol was associated with a greater reduction in hemoglobin A1c (a marker of long-term glucose control) compared to a placebo in trials of three months duration. When HDL cholesterol levels were analyzed, resveratrol was superior to a placebo in trials of less than two months duration. Resveratrol was also associated with a reduction in systolic blood pressure compared to measurements obtained in the placebo group. Furthermore, triglycerides were lower in association with resveratrol in trials that lasted six to twelve months. “We concluded that resveratrol appropriately improved insulin sensitivity by decreasing insulin resistance, fasting blood glucose, fasting serum insulin, and hemoglobin A1c,” the authors concluded. “In addition, it improved other cardiometabolic parameters, including triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The most appropriate glycemic control effect was fulfilled when consumed for at least one month with doses of 500 mg or more.” Exercise linked to better mental health Kaiser Permanente Research, November 11, 2021 Kaiser Permanente research published on November 11 in Preventive Medicine showed people who exercised more during the initial lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced less anxiety and depression than those who didn't exercise. It also showed that people who spent more time outdoors typically experienced lower levels of anxiety and depression than those who stayed inside. More than 20,000 people participated in the survey-based study from 6 regions served by Kaiser Permanente across the United States, which included Hawaii, Colorado, Georgia, and the mid-Atlantic states, as well as Southern and Northern California. “What these study findings tell us is that even during an active pandemic or other public health crisis, people should be encouraged to be physically active to help maintain their physical and mental health,” said the study's lead author Deborah Rohm Young, PhD, the director of the Division of Behavioral Research for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation. “Parks and other nature areas should remain open during public health emergencies to encourage outdoor physical activity.” In March 2020, COVID-19 developed into a worldwide pandemic. With no known treatment, public health officials attempted to reduce its spread by limiting human interactions through stay-at-home policies. Businesses temporarily closed or changed their practices to prevent the spread of the virus, affecting the economy and many people's jobs. These stressful factors, along with fewer opportunities to socialize with friends and family, increased symptoms of depression and anxiety for many people. Since it is known that physical activity and time spent in nature are associated with improved mental health, researchers at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California sought to determine how exercise and time outdoors was associated with people's mental health during the height of the pandemic. In April 2020, researchers sent a series of COVID-19 surveys to more than 250,000 participants in the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank — a collection of lifestyle surveys, electronic health record data, and biospecimens, which Kaiser Permanente members volunteered. People who reported COVID-19 symptoms were not included in this analysis, resulting in 20,012 respondents. They each completed at least 4 surveys between April and July 2020. White women older than 50 accounted for a high proportion of the respondents. Most respondents said they were retired and generally adhered to the “safer-at-home” orders during the period of the survey. The study found that: Reports of anxiety and depression decreased over time Anxiety and depression scores were higher for females and younger people, and lower for Asian and Black people compared with white respondents Participants who reported no physical activity reported the highest depression and anxiety compared to people who had exercised Spending less time outdoors was associated with higher depression and anxiety scores People who had increased their time outdoors the most reported the highest anxiety scores, but the research could not explain the finding “What we learned from these findings is that during future emergencies it will be important to carefully weigh the decisions to close parks and outdoor areas against the negative impact those closures may have on people's mental health,” said Dr. Young. Bedtime linked with heart health University of Exeter (UK), November 9, 2021 Going to sleep between 10:00 and 11:00 pm is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease compared to earlier or later bedtimes, according to a study published today in European Heart Journal—Digital Health, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “The body has a 24-hour internal clock, called circadian rhythm, that helps regulate physical and mental functioning,” said study author Dr. David Plans of the University of Exeter, UK. “While we cannot conclude causation from our study, the results suggest that early or late bedtimes may be more likely to disrupt the body clock, with adverse consequences for cardiovascular health.” While numerous analyses have investigated the link between sleep duration and cardiovascular disease, the relationship between sleep timing and heart disease is underexplored. This study examined the association between objectively measured, rather than self-reported, sleep onset in a large sample of adults. The study included 88,026 individuals in the UK Biobank recruited between 2006 and 2010. The average age was 61 years (range 43 to 79 years) and 58% were women. Data on sleep onset and waking up time were collected over seven days using a wrist-worn accelerometer. Participants completed demographic, lifestyle, health and physical assessments and questionnaires. They were then followed up for a new diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, which was defined as a heart attack, heart failure, chronic ischaemic heart disease, stroke, and transient ischaemic attack. During an average follow-up of 5.7 years, 3,172 participants (3.6%) developed cardiovascular disease. Incidence was highest in those with sleep times at midnight or later and lowest in those with sleep onset from 10:00 to 10:59 pm. The researchers analyzed the association between sleep onset and cardiovascular events after adjusting for age, sex, sleep duration, sleep irregularity (defined as varied times of going to sleep and waking up), self-reported chronotype (early bird or night owl), smoking status, body mass index, diabetes, blood pressure, blood cholesterol and socioeconomic status. Compared to sleep onset from 10:00 to 10:59 pm, there was a 25% higher risk of cardiovascular disease with a sleep onset at midnight or later, a 12% greater risk for 11:00 to 11:59 pm, and a 24% raised risk for falling asleep before 10:00 pm. In a further analysis by sex, the association with increased cardiovascular risk was stronger in women, with only sleep onset before 10:00 pm remaining significant for men. Dr. Plans said: “Our study indicates that the optimum time to go to sleep is at a specific point in the body's 24-hour cycle and deviations may be detrimental to health. The riskiest time was after midnight, potentially because it may reduce the likelihood of seeing morning light, which resets the body clock.” Dr. Plans noted that the reasons for the observed stronger association between sleep onset and cardiovascular disease in women is unclear. He said: “It may be that there is a sex difference in how the endocrine system responds to a disruption in circadian rhythm. Alternatively, the older age of study participants could be a confounding factor since women's cardiovascular risk increases post-menopause—meaning there may be no difference in the strength of the association between women and men.” He concluded: “While the findings do not show causality, sleep timing has emerged as a potential cardiac risk factor—independent of other risk factors and sleep characteristics. If our findings are confirmed in other studies, sleep timing and basic sleep hygiene could be a low-cost public health target for lowering risk of heart disease.” Garlic compounds may boost cardio health indirectly via gut microbiota National Taiwan University, November 6 2021 Allicin from garlic may prevent the metabolism of unabsorbed L-carnitine or choline into TMAO, a compound linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, says a new study from the National Taiwan University. TMAO – or trimethylamine N-oxide – has been known to be generated from dietary carnitine through metabolism of gut microbiota, and was recently reported to be an “important gut microbiota-dependent metabolite to cause cardiovascular diseases,” explained Taiwanese researchers in the Journal of Functional Foods . While antibiotics have been found to inhibit TMAO production, concerns over side effects and resistance have limited their use. This has led researchers to examine the potential of natural alternatives. New data indicated that carnitine-fed lab mice showed a “remarkable increase in plasma TMAO levels”, compared with lab mice fed a control (no carnitine). However, when allicin supplements were provided with the carnitine diet, TMAO levels were significantly reduced. “Surprisingly, the plasma TMAO levels in the mice of ‘carnitine diet + allicin' treatment group were as low as that of chow diet [control] group,” wrote the researchers. “This result indicated that the metabolic capacity of mice gut microbiota to produce TMAO was completely inhibited by allicin supplement even though provided with carnitine-rich environment in the gut. “It means the functional alteration of gut microbiota induced by carnitine diet can be prevented by addition of another substance with antimicrobial potential derived from food, such as allicin.” Garlic and heart health The study adds to the body of scientific literature supporting the potential heart health benefits of garlic and the compounds it contains. Consumer awareness of the health benefits of garlic, mostly in terms of cardiovascular and immune system health, has benefited the supplements industry, particularly since consumers seek the benefits of garlic without the odors that accompany the fresh bulb. The benefits have been linked to the compound allicin, which is not found in fresh garlic: It is only formed when garlic is crushed, which breaks down a compound called diallyl sulphide. Study details “This may offer an opportunity to take advantage of plants' delicately designed defense system against microorganisms, to protect ourselves by modulating gut microbiota to a healthier status,” wrote the researchers The Taiwanese researchers divided male C57BL/6(B6) mice into four groups: One group received only the control chow diet; the second group received the carnitine diet (carnitine added to drinking water at a level of 0.02%); the third group received the carnitine diet with supplemental allicin; and the final group received the control diet plus the allicin supplement for six weeks. Results showed that the second group (carnitine diet) had TMAO levels 4–22 times greater than those observed in the control group. However, these increases were attenuated in the carnitine + allicin group, said the researchers. “Our study suggests that antimicrobial phytochemicals such as allicin effectively neutralize the metabolic ability of TMAO production of gut microbiota induced by daily intake of L-carnitine,” wrote the researchers. “It may offer an opportunity for us to take advantage of plants' delicately designed defense system against microorganisms, to protect ourselves by modulating gut microbiota to a healthier status. “Our research also suggested that allicin and dietary fresh garlic containing allicin might be used as functional foods for the prevention of atherosclerosis,” they concluded. Drug used to prevent miscarriage increases risk of cancer in offspring University of Texas Health Science Center, November 9, 2021 Exposure in utero to a drug used to prevent miscarriage can lead to an increased risk of developing cancer, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston). The study was published today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The drug, 17α-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17-OHPC), is a synthetic progestogen that was frequently used by women in the 1950s and 1960s, and is still prescribed to women today to help prevent preterm birth. Progesterone helps the womb grow during pregnancy and prevents a woman from having early contractions that may lead to miscarriage. “Children who were born to women who received the drug during pregnancy have double the rate of cancer across their lifetime compared to children born to women who did not take this drug,” said Caitlin C. Murphy, PhD, MPH, lead author on the study and associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston. “We have seen cancers like colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and many others increasing in people born in and after the 1960s, and no one really knows why.” Researchers reviewed data from the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan on women who received prenatal care between June 1959 and June 1967, and the California Cancer Registry, which traced cancer in offspring through 2019. Out of more than 18,751 live births, researchers discovered 1,008 cancer diagnoses were made in offspring ages 0 to 58 years. Additionally, a total of 234 offspring were exposed to 17-OHPC during pregnancy. Offspring exposed in the womb had cancer detected in adulthood more than twice as often as offspring not exposed to the drug – 65% of cancers occurred in adults younger than 50. “Our findings suggest taking this drug during pregnancy can disrupt early development, which may increase risk of cancer decades later,” Murphy said “With this drug, we are seeing the effects of a synthetic hormone. Things that happened to us in the womb, or exposures in utero, are important risk factors for developing cancer many decades after we're born.” A new randomized trial shows there is no benefit of taking 17-OHPC, and that it does not reduce the risk of preterm birth, according to Murphy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed in October 2020 that this particular drug be withdrawn from the market.

#Kidtech
Victor Saeijs on how The LEGO Group built and sustained an iconic toy brand

#Kidtech

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 32:33


SuperAwesome CEO, Dylan Collins, sits down with Victor Saeijs, The LEGO Group Regional President of Western Europe, to discuss how the brand keeps today's young audiences excited about LEGO products in an increasingly digital world

Late Night Live - Separate stories podcast
Behind the Belarus-Poland border crisis

Late Night Live - Separate stories podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 16:08


Thousands of migrants have flocked to Belarus' border with Poland, hoping to get to Western Europe, and many of them are now stranded at the frontier. According to the EU, Belarussian dictator Alexander Lukashenko is deliberately weaponizing this refugee population to force Europe to drop sanctions imposed against his regime.

The Burn Bag Podcast
Winning the Ideological War: Farah Pandith, Former Special Rep. to Muslim Communities, on Countering Violent Extremism

The Burn Bag Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 76:18


This week, A'ndre and Ryan speak with Farah Pandith, the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the State Department, on countering violent extremism. Farah, who has served under three U.S. Presidents, discusses her engagement with Muslim communities around the world during her time at both the National Security Council and the State Department. She emphasizes the importance of soft power in thwarting the incubation of ideological extremism and terrorism, and identifies her approach with Muslim communities in Western Europe during the early-to-mid 2000s in the aftermath of the Danish Cartoon Scandal. Farah outlines why questions around "identity" were so important in understanding how Muslims were perceiving themselves in their countries, and is candid about how she saw and currently sees the U.S. Government's outreach to the global Muslim community since 9/11. Lastly, Farah offers her honest thoughts on how she sees diversity in U.S. national security circles, reflecting on issues she faced throughout her career, and stating that the U.S. has a long way to go.Farah is the author of How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat.

RTÉ - Morning Ireland
Netherlands may go back into lockdown amid Covid surge

RTÉ - Morning Ireland

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 4:36


Stephanie van den Berg, Reuters Correspondent in the Netherlands, discusses the possibility of the Dutch government imposing Western Europe's first partial lockdown since the summer.

The Running for Real Podcast
Fernanda Maciel: Climate Change and Our Sports - R4R 274

The Running for Real Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 55:08


Fernanda Maciel uses ultrarunning to draw attention to environmental and social issues around the world. She's completed the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) nine times, earning a spot on the podium four times and winning once; is an Ultra-Trail World Tour champion; and among other feats, holds the World Female Record for running up and down Mount Kilimanjaro. “In Brazil, I was always running on the trail. So my love for the waterfalls and the rivers and for the nature there was giant, so that was part of myself.” Fernanda studied law at university because it was her dream to become an environmental lawyer and protect nature in her home state in Brazil.  She practiced law for a time, but was dismayed by the role that politics play in determining environmental policy. “Maybe I can do something for the environment, but being outside, being outdoors… just inspire people to be a little bit more aware about what's going on.” She decided that she could make a greater impact by committing herself to ultrarunning full time and bringing attention to environmental and social issues in the places where she runs. The White Flow project was born, and began with her becoming the first woman to run the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (860km in ten days), which she did to raise funds for children with cancer in Spain and Brazil.   “I did this project in Aconcagua, running up and down the highest mountain in America, and then part of the project was also about the environment and how they recycle their rubbish in the park.” Fernanda had dreamed of running up and down Aconcagua, in Argentina, and in 2016 became the first woman to do so.  She used the feat to learn about and share how a huge national park can manage the garbage left by visitors.  “I think more than the win, is for me just to finish. You suffer, you learn so much, you know, when you suffer, and during this race, you learn a lot.”  Fernanda has taken on a new challenge every year, but there's one that she's done multiple times  - the UTMB.  It starts and finishes in Chamonix, in the French Alps, and covers around 170 kilometers (106 miles), circumnavigating Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe.  Although she lives in Chamonix now,  the cold conditions are still a challenge for her; as she says, “I think because I'm from Brazil, I need to train three times more than European people.”  Although she's been victorious there, there have also been times when she hasn't finished, but she doesn't regret them. “The victory is cool,” she says, “but I think I learned so much when I couldn't finish.”  This year Fernanda has had to forgo races and record-setting after suffering a brain injury in February, while belaying her boyfriend rock climbing.  She's on her way to a full recovery, and says that as a result of the accident, “I'm really connected right now much more to the universe than I was before.” “Just be grateful for where you are right now.  I think the simple life is the most beautiful one and I wish the best for everybody. And yeah, just enjoy the mountains and the trails because this is a beautiful gift that you have.” Resources: Fernanda's website Fernanda's Facebook Fernanda's Instagram Fernanda's Twitter Running Realized: Running and Climate Change with the UN Humanitarian Office Running Realized: The Sustainable Road Race Fernanda's video for the UN's World Humanitarian Day Thank you to Athletic Greens, goodr, and Insidetracker for sponsoring this episode. AG1 is a simple and easy way to get 75 vitamins, minerals, and whole food source ingredients to help strengthen your immune system. It's simple to make and it tastes good! Go here to get a FREE year's supply of Vitamin D and five FREE travel packs with your subscription. I have been a fan of goodr for YEARS and I literally have their sunglasses all over my house. I recently had an episode with co-founder Stephen Lease where he talks about the true and real story behind his company and I appreciate him being honest with me about it. The design behind these sunglasses really takes into consideration look and comfort. They are 100% carbon neutral and a part of 1% for the Planet. Go here and use the code TINA for 15% off your order. Have you not been feeling yourself lately? Gone down a lot of avenues but haven't really found clear solutions? That is where InsideTracker can come in for you.  I have trusted this company for years to show me where I may be lacking and if I need a few tweaks here and there. I count on InsideTracker to help me decipher the science behind it all. Go here to get 25% off as a special for Running for Real listeners on their ENTIRE store. Thanks for listening! We know there are so many podcasts you could listen to, and we are honored you have chosen Running For Real.  If you appreciate the work that we do, here are a few things you can do to support us: Take a screenshot of the episode, and share it with your friends, family, and community on social media, especially if you feel that the topic will resonate with them.  Be sure to tag us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram If you are struggling through something a guest mentions, chances are others are too, and you will help them feel less alone.  Leave an honest review on iTunes or your favorite podcast player. Your ratings and reviews will really help us grow and reach new people. Not sure how to leave a review or subscribe?  You can find out here. "Thank you" to Fernanda.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.

Daily Kos Radio - Kagro in the Morning
Kagro in the Morning - November 11, 2021

Daily Kos Radio - Kagro in the Morning

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 116:28


Listen to our archived episodes: RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube Support the show: Patreon|PayPal: 1x or monthly|Square Cash * The ol' Twitter inbox was stuffed to overflowing this Veterans Day. But it was politics and pandemic, as usual, for Greg Dworkin. Looks like the pandemic situation in FÜBAR (Fahrvergnügen Beyond All Recognition) in Germany (and maybe more of Western Europe, again). Fingers crossed for those COVID antiviral pills, because the horse paste isn't working, and now they have to admit it. Although FOX viewers probably just won't. It's finally time for The Former Guy to appeal the decision in his “executive privilege” case. White people! Amirite? Well, maybe, maybe not. But the important thing is not to admit it's possible to be wrong. The BFD bills are popular. But now that the BIF is done, Joe Manchin wants you to worry that the BBB is inflationary. But “even the liberal” Larry Summers says it's not. As you know, it really burns me up when people don't know their procedure. Especially when it's Members and Congressional reporters. But just because they won't lose their committee seats doesn't mean Republicans who voted for the infrastructure bill won't be stabbed in the back front. But speaking of being burned up, Republicans are in serious danger of overheating in the wake of Virginia's elections. More on the smarmy Coalition Provisional Authority sequel that was Johnny McEntee's (Gesta)PPO operation.

World on Drugs with Steve Furey
PT.2 The Zuman Clan: Serbias Most Lethal and Violent Mafia & How They Killed Their Prime Minister

World on Drugs with Steve Furey

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 65:41


*ep starts at 18 mins The Serbian mafia has its origins in the arrival of increasing numbers of Yugoslavian immigrants to Western Europe in the 1970's and 1980s. Operating in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and France, groups of Serbian expatriates engaged in a pattern of robberies and thefts. Much of this was supported by the communist Yugoslavian intelligence service, who employed gangsters overseas as informants and assassins, and in exchange provided them with firearms and legal protection. The combination of Yugoslavian government support and the money earned from brazen heists, made Yugoslavian criminals some of the most powerful in Western Europe in the 1980s. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern and Southern Europe, many Serbian criminals overseas returned to Yugoslavia, taking advantage of the chaos to embark on new criminal careers. Many served in paramilitary and militia organisations created ostensibly to protect ethnic Serbs and government property, but quickly they became known for criminal activity and their role in the ethnic cleansing of Bosnians, Croats and Slovenes from Serb territories. With the end of the Yugoslav wars, these militias became entwined with the criminal “clans” of Serbia, with both enjoying the support of the former communist intelligence and security forces. With the overthrow of Slobodon Milosovic, a period of reform was ushered in. In response, the most violent and powerful Serbian crime group - the Zemun Clan - partnered with Serbian special forces to assassinate the Prime Minister, in order to protect the status and privilege that they are garnered during the bloodshed of the 1990s Guest is Dave Williamson @davewcomedy Spaic, Igor. The Long Trial of the Balkan Cocaine King. Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. 9 February 2016. https://www.occrp.org/en/blog/4910-the-long-trial-of-the-balkan-cocaine-king Anastajevic, Dejan. “Ljubisa Buha Cumet: Great Paving.” VREME. 25 June 2009. https://www.vreme.com/cms/view.php?id=872105 Partos, Gabriel. “Marathon Djindic Trial.” BBC News. 23 May 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6683133.stm Ciric, Milos. “The Third Bullet and the Political Background of the Assassination of Zoran Dindic.” ANTIDOT: Independent Media and Campus Network. 11 March 2017. https://www.anti.media/en/istrazivanja/files/treci-metak-i-politicka-pozadina-atentata-na-zorana-indic a/ Stonajovic, Dusan. “Group Named in Plot on Serbia Chief.” Global Policy Forum. Associated Press. 9 April 2003. https://archive.globalpolicy.org/intljustice/tribunals/yugo/2003/0409plot.htm

The Symbolic World
194 - Richard Rohlin - Secular Superheroes before Cancel Culture

The Symbolic World

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 74:34


In this episode of the Universal History series, Richard Rohlin and I discuss the tradition of the Nine Worthies. We've been talking a lot about sacred history and how these religious patterns manifested themselves in how people understood their own identities. But now we move to a more secular Western Europe, where even here there was still a desire people had to connect their own society, through memory and celebration, to different characters in the past. The Nine Worthies personify the ideals of chivalry, as established in the Middle Ages. Richard Rohlin's work: -Amon Sûl podcast, co-hosted by Richard Rohlin: https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/amonsul -Finding the Golden Key book project for listeners to submit abstracts: https://findingthegoldenkey.com Original video: https://youtu.be/_5Yi95ok0Xo Support this podcast: Webside: https://thesymbolicworld.com/support/ Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/pageauvideos Subscribestar: https://www.subscribestar.com/jonathan-pageau Paypal: http://www.paypal.me/JonathanPageau Join the conversation: Unofficial Facebook discussion group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1989208418065298/ The Symbolic World Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/TheSymbolicWorld/ Social media links: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheSymbolicWorld Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pageaujonathan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonathan.pageau

Shaping Opinion
Encore: George Marshall Reshaped the World After WWII

Shaping Opinion

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 62:14


Author and historian Rachel Yarnell Thompson joins Tim to talk about the man with a plan, George Marshall, whose “Marshall Plan” reshaped Europe and the world after World War Two. After playing important military roles in winning both World War One and World War Two, he was tapped for what would become his most well-recognized legacy, the rebuilding of the free world. Rachel is the author of: Marshall—A Statesman Shaped in the Crucible of War. This Encore Episode was first released on November 11, 2019. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/shapingopinion/Encore_-_George_Marshall.mp3 George C. Marshall was named the Army chief of staff in Washington on the day that Nazi tanks rolled through Poland on their way to near complete domination of Eastern and Western Europe. He was the first five-star general in American history. From that day forward, he transformed the American military into a level of power never before seen. He oversaw the country's and the allies' military strategy that led to unconditional victories in Europe and in the Pacific. In addition to Europe and the Pacific, he oversaw military operations in China and the Mediterranean. He had the respect of world leaders that included President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, and of course throughout all of the armed forces. He was credited with finding the generals who would win the war, including generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George Patton. He was one of the architects of the D-Day invasion and was set to command the invasion of Normandy, when FDR decided to keep General Marshall in Washington. FDR said to his general, “I didn't feel that I could sleep at ease if you were out of Washington.” George Marshall's accomplishments are many. Once the war ended, he retired from the military, and in one day was called upon by President Harry Truman to address China's civil war as the president's special envoy. President Truman tapped Marshall to serve as his Secretary of State, dealing with the Berlin Blockade, and then to develop and implement the European Recovery Program, better known as the Marshall Plan. Along the way, George Marshall would become president of the American Red Cross, and President Truman's Secretary of Defense during the Korean War. He earned the Nobel Peace Prize. George Marshall was a study in contrasts. He was the commander of the most powerful military the world, yet he was seen as a man of quiet, even humble confidence in his own ideas. He operated in a highly political environment with the world's leading politicians, yet he refused to become political. Often, when he was asked of his own party affiliation, he said he was an Episcopalian. In the process, he won the respect, admiration and the trust of both Democrat and Republican leaders. Our Gratitude Our thanks to Rachel Yarnell Thompson and the George C. Marshall International Center for providing their time and resources in support of production of this episode, including photo depictions. Links The George C. Marshall International Center The George C. Marshall Foundation George C. Marshall's Nobel Prize Biography, The Nobel Prize Committee George C. Marshall, History.com The Marshall Plan, Secretary of State Office of the Historian The Marshall Plan, National Archives About this Episode's Guest Rachel Yarnell Thompson Rachel Yarnell Thompson is The George C. Marshall International Center's Special Projects Director. The Center is located near the Marshall House, known locally as Dodona Manor, the general's former residence in Leesburg, Virginia. She is also the author of the book, Marshall—A Statesman Shaped in the Crucible of War.

World on Drugs with Steve Furey
The Zuman Clan: Serbias Most Lethal and Violent Mafia & How They Killed Their Prime Minister

World on Drugs with Steve Furey

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 84:57


*ep starts at 26:30 The Serbian mafia has its origins in the arrival of increasing numbers of Yugoslavian immigrants to Western Europe in the 1970's and 1980s. Operating in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and France, groups of Serbian expatriates engaged in a pattern of robberies and thefts. Much of this was supported by the communist Yugoslavian intelligence service, who employed gangsters overseas as informants and assassins, and in exchange provided them with firearms and legal protection. The combination of Yugoslavian government support and the money earned from brazen heists, made Yugoslavian criminals some of the most powerful in Western Europe in the 1980s. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern and Southern Europe, many Serbian criminals overseas returned to Yugoslavia, taking advantage of the chaos to embark on new criminal careers. Many served in paramilitary and militia organisations created ostensibly to protect ethnic Serbs and government property, but quickly they became known for criminal activity and their role in the ethnic cleansing of Bosnians, Croats and Slovenes from Serb territories. With the end of the Yugoslav wars, these militias became entwined with the criminal “clans” of Serbia, with both enjoying the support of the former communist intelligence and security forces. With the overthrow of Slobodon Milosovic, a period of reform was ushered in. In response, the most violent and powerful Serbian crime group - the Zemun Clan - partnered with Serbian special forces to assassinate the Prime Minister, in order to protect the status and privilege that they are garnered during the bloodshed of the 1990s Guest is Dave Williamson @davewcomedy Spaic, Igor. The Long Trial of the Balkan Cocaine King. Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. 9 February 2016. https://www.occrp.org/en/blog/4910-the-long-trial-of-the-balkan-cocaine-king Anastajevic, Dejan. “Ljubisa Buha Cumet: Great Paving.” VREME. 25 June 2009. https://www.vreme.com/cms/view.php?id=872105 Partos, Gabriel. “Marathon Djindic Trial.” BBC News. 23 May 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6683133.stm Ciric, Milos. “The Third Bullet and the Political Background of the Assassination of Zoran Dindic.” ANTIDOT: Independent Media and Campus Network. 11 March 2017. https://www.anti.media/en/istrazivanja/files/treci-metak-i-politicka-pozadina-atentata-na-zorana-indic a/ Stonajovic, Dusan. “Group Named in Plot on Serbia Chief.” Global Policy Forum. Associated Press. 9 April 2003. https://archive.globalpolicy.org/intljustice/tribunals/yugo/2003/0409plot.htm

BGP Radio
October Madness: The Doctor is In

BGP Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 16:16


Treating the plague became a medical specialty during the first outbreak of the disease in the 14th century. The Black Plague made a comeback from time to time and, during its second major assault on Western Europe, plague doctors adopted the famous robe, mask, and hat-combo that one associate with the plague. In this penultimate episode, we're going to take a look at the notorious plague doctor.ARE. YOU. READY?

Beauty Unlocked the podcast
October Madness: The Doctor is In

Beauty Unlocked the podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 16:16


Treating the plague became a medical specialty during the first outbreak of the disease in the 14th century. The Black Plague made a comeback from time to time, and, during its second major assault on Western Europe, plague doctors adopted the famous robe, mask, and hat-combo that one associate with the plague.   In this penultimate episode, we're going to take a look at the notorious plague doctor. ARE. YOU. READY? Article: https://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-medieval-plague-doctors/melissa-sartore?ref=collections_btm&l=2710915&collectionId=2162 https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1537/boccaccio-on-the-black-death-text--commentary/ If you enjoy Beauty Unlocked, then check out our Patreon page and consider becoming a Patron. You'll have access to all sorts of goodies: https://www.patreon.com/beautyunlocked (https://www.patreon.com/beautyunlocked) You can contact me: beautyunlockedpodcast@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZlw_nOXunLZmUX7-DWbEJg (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZlw_nOXunLZmUX7-DWbEJg) Follow us throughout social media:  https://linktr.ee/beautyunlockedpodcast (https://linktr.ee/beautyunlockedpodcast) Music & Sound Effects: EpidemicSound.com Tracks: "Basement Nightmares" Trailer Worx "End Station" Bonn Fields "Peculiar Clown" Jon Bjork Special Effects: "Evil Clown Laugh 2" SFX Producer This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy Support this podcast

SGP Radio Her
October Madness: The Doctor is In

SGP Radio Her

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 16:16


Treating the plague became a medical specialty during the first outbreak of the disease in the 14th century. The Black Plague made a comeback from time to time and, during its second major assault on Western Europe, plague doctors adopted the famous robe, mask, and hat-combo that one associate with the plague. In this penultimate episode, we're going to take a look at the notorious plague doctor.ARE. YOU. READY?

The Remote Real Estate Investor
Leveraging the power of the All-In-One loan with CMG Financial

The Remote Real Estate Investor

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 28:28


The all-in-one loan is a unique product with some very interesting benefits that provide a higher level of efficiency for the homeowner/borrower in paying off their loans.  Justin Macagba and Dave Herbst of CMG Financial join us today to explain how it works, what its benefits are, and who it is a good fit for.  Visit CMG here: https://www.cmgfi.com  Contact Justin here: JMACAGBA@cmgfi.com  --- Transcript   Before we jump into the episode, here's a quick disclaimer about our content. The Remote Real Estate Investor podcast is for informational purposes only, and is not intended as investment advice. The views, opinions and strategies of both the hosts and the guests are their own and should not be considered as guidance from Roofstock. Make sure to always run your own numbers, make your own independent decisions and seek investment advice from licensed professionals.   Michael: Hey, everyone, welcome to another episode of The Remote Real Estate Investor. I'm Michael Albaum and today I'm joined by Dave and Justin with CMG Financial, and they're going to be talking to us about a really unique loan product that I had never heard of, but in very intrigued by called the all in one loan, so let's get into it.   All right, Dave, and Justin with CMG financial, thank you so much for taking the time to hang out with me today. I really appreciate it.   Dave: Thanks for having me.   Justin: No problem. Thank you.   Dave: Yeah. Thank you. Appreciate it.     Michael: My pleasure. And so you both are here to talk to us today about something called the all in one mortgage. Is that right?   Dave: Yeah, it's officially trademarked name is called the all-in-one loan. It's a unique mortgage product that we offer nationwide.   Michael: Is this a new product hasn't been around for a while?   Dave: Great question. No, it's not not a new product at all. We we launched this to the market in June of 2005. So over 16 years old now. It is however, sort of a newer concept to you know, most Americans. So it's still you know, day to day kind of feels new, as we talk about it, but it's certainly not a new product for us. And it's often.   Michael: Okay. And so that's twice you've mentioned that it's been launched in the US, was this product modeled after a product in a different country?   Dave: Yeah, absolutely. This type of financing in the way it's engineered, is very similar to mortgage products that are mainstream in other countries, other parts of the world. You know, throughout Western Europe, the UK, specifically, these types of mortgages are called offset loans or offset mortgages. They're also a version of this is also available in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India, you know, most of the world's largest banks offer some version of this product, but we've been so you know, kind of slow to adopt or embrace innovation in the mortgage industry.   If you think about it, you know, the standard mortgage, 30 year fixed mortgage, or 15 year fixed mortgage, these are products that were developed during the Great Depression era. And they're still the gold standard today. You know, despite all the change and innovation and all the changes in needs, for the for the average American household, we have yet to really kind of push forth innovation in the mortgage industry. This represents certainly, you know, positive change directionally.   Michael: Interesting. And so I had never heard of this product at all until Justin and I were chatting about it in the Roofstock Academy. So Dave, we would love if you could share with everybody, what is it and kind of how does it work? What are the mechanics of it?   Dave: Sure, yeah. Well, the all in one loan, you know, given its brand name, it's a it's two things that are bundled together to two accounts, two financial instruments that are combined together to provide a higher level of efficiency for the homeowner for the borrower. And I mean, that they are able to save money save time, and their money goes further for them.   So let me explain how it's engineered. The mortgage part one of the all in one is the mortgage side and mortgage is powered by a 30 year draw. So first lien position, 30 year draw, home equity line of credit, it's the only one in America that I'm still aware of, there is no other HELOC or mortgage product like it, this allows homeowners to actually finance the purchase of real estate or maybe refinance out of their current mortgage. And it can be used for primary residence second home or investment property, but it also provides them access to their home equity dollars for 30 years without ever having to refinance once in place. But that's not where it stops.   The the other part of the all in one loan is that it comes with a linked checking account that's uniquely engineered, the checking account that's linked with the line of credit is also known as a zero balance or sweep checking account. What that means is anytime you make a deposit, your money automatically sweeps to the mortgage to the line of credit, and it pays down your principal balance that day. So in other words, can you imagine combining your borrowing and your banking needs all in one place, so that your regular everyday cash flow, your money, your idle cash, is always going to pay down your principal balance and that that's a benefit because interest costs are based on your principal balance.   So if you can use the money you have in your possession, right, this moment that you haven't spent yet today, right? Think about your income checks over time, you don't spend all your money all at once. So as your money kind of sits idle, waiting to be spent on groceries tomorrow, maybe a car payment in two weeks. Your Cash is constantly always leveraged against your principal balance which helps you avoid mortgage interest cost over time.   Michael: Interesting. So, so let me just make sure I understand. So if I had an extra I went, I go to the 711 and I find a $20 bill sitting on the ground I can put that into this sweep checking account, and then actually pay down the balance of my mortgage.   Dave: Yeah, I mean, there's a couple things that we know about about average Americans, especially those that are in the market to buy or already own a home. Number one, you need financing. Most Americans need to borrow money in order to actually own real estate. Right. So number two, is that most of us utilize a checking account to manage our income our resources with right pay our bills from the problem with the traditional way we've been doing things forever is that our cash or idle money, the $20, you pick up and find on the street or the $20 You earned from your employer, that that tends to sit around in your checking account securely available for you, but it's not earning you anything, it's not earning you any measurable amount of interest. It's just sitting there waiting money spent on things that you need in the future.   On the on the other side of that coin, you have a mortgage and your mortgage, statistically, is your biggest expense in life costing you high amounts of interest, despite the low interest rate mortgages come with today. Right? So the interest rates with mortgages isn't the problem. The problem is how your money is applied to the mortgage itself, the principal balance. So by combining the two together the checking account and the mortgage together, your cash that $20 you just picked up and found outside 711 will pay down your balance today, just by way of making a deposit into the checking account, your principal balance in your mortgage drops by $20. It'll do that if you deposit a dime, it'll depart it'll do that if you deposit $10,000, your balance drops the day you make that deposit, it re computes interest automatically on that lower balance. All the meanwhile your cash is kept liquid for you to spend the very next day or the next moment.   Michael: So then if I needed that $20 back, because I changed my mind the next day. And actually I want a $20 thing. I can take it out of my mortgage or the line of credit, and then use it and spend a spendable cash.   Dave: Yeah, that's exactly right. So the checking account is fully transactional, full feature. So it comes with ATM debit Visa cards, online banking, on bill payment, mobile banking and bill pay, you could take a picture of a personal check with the with the app, the mobile app, and that gets deposited into the checking account automatically transfers to the HELOC paying down your balance that day. So it's full feature you can check right from it, Link external accounts to it transfer money back and forth from other accounts. When I say it's fully transactional, I mean that the way you're engaging your money is unchanged, you're still using a checking account. This one's just uniquely designed to make your money go further while you're not using it.   Michael: Holy crap. This is awesome. I've got a HELOC on a on a property. It's my primary residence. It's got a 10 year draw period. But one of the ways this is different is out at the beginning you said a 30 year draw period. So that's one distinction to draw from an ordinary HELOC versus this product by product on my primary residence is 30 year fixed. And I know you said this is a 30 year draw. So is this product have a fixed interest rate as well? Or does it is it variable like a traditional HELOC?   Dave: It's a variable rate. And we do offer an interim fixed term option we have a three year fixed and a five year fixed and then it goes fully adjustable meaning a monthly adjustable, so the interest rate is tied to the one year CMT, which stands for constant maturity Treasury rate, aka the one year Treasury rate. So that's the baseline or the index that we use in the interest rate structure. On top of that, the customer chooses a margin and that gets locked in it remains unchanged. But if the index moves which it can on a monthly basis, the rate the interest rate that the borrower pays it's being calculated on your daily balance can can adjust only once a month on the first we updated on the first now the index that we use is near 0%. It aligns with our federal funds rate which is targeted at zero to 25 basis points and it's currently at about eight basis points.   And so when the Fed says that they are going to you know maintain a pattern of low interest rates and not necessarily push short term rates up that's an indication that our the interest rate and our loan will not change either will remain very low. Historically speaking the index has been about 2.2% historically looking back 25 years so very low index to use for a an adjustable rate mortgage and that's why we chose it the index isn't really selected for HELOCs you know HELOCs are generally prime based. And the problem with your 30 year fixed mortgage isn't the interest rate again, it's it's the way that your money is being applied to the to the balance as you know most of your payment for the first half of the term doesn't go towards paying down your principal primarily most of that is going towards interest.   In fact, on a 30 year loan you pay 50% of the total interest that's already predetermined in the first 10 years alone so it's not a it's not a high yield for efficiency of your money. You've worked hard for your money. Why can't all your money as you pay down debt, why can't it go towards principal entirely and then the lender read Cast the interest that you that you're going to owe them. That's this loan. It's the only loan in America that pays principal first for the entire term of the loan. So also the only loan in America, like you said, that gives you access to your equity money and the cash that you put into it for 30 years, without having to refinance. It's also the only loan in America that re computes interest, nightly. Based on your new balance, however, you want to control it over the whole entire 30 year term. So a lot of only statements there, man, but we're pretty proud of it.   Michael: That's awesome. That's awesome. So is there a minimum? I know, you said that that's the one year Treasury is kind of the benchmark and then the lender or the borrower rather picks a margin. So is there a floor and a ceiling to where the variability or where the interest rate could go?   Dave: There is? Yeah, great question. Yeah, the floor rate is generally set at 3.75% for primary residences, and second homes, investment properties is slightly higher than that. And then the ceiling is set at 6% over the initial rate. So on a primary residence or second home, that'd be 9.75%. Roughly, today, for a line of credit that's exceptionally low, as you guys know, write lines of credit typically have ceilings that are up in the high teens, if not low, 20% or 20%. range. So very low.   Now, if for that, for the rate to reach that ceiling level, you know, the Fed would have to increase rates by roughly 600 basis points, right? Not likely that 6%, not likely. And so that ceilings low enough to where protects the customer, it's high enough to where it doesn't really cause concern, during any kind of rising rate environment to to us or to our bank partners to support the loan, there's kind of a sweet spot that you want to achieve with with applying a ceiling, a lifetime cap, you don't want it too high, you don't want it too low. And we know that we found that sweet spot with this loan.   Michael: That's awesome. And so from a qualification perspective, for borrowers and for the property itself, are you looking at the same type of stuff that a traditional or maybe not just about a 30 year fixed product, but go on, you're getting an appraisal, you're looking at borrower financials and all that sort of thing?   Dave: Yeah, yeah, exactly right. It we follow Fannie Mae, it's, you know, obviously, it's a proprietary loan that we pioneered, and it's a privately secured mortgage products, we don't sell it off to Fannie, Freddie, you know, any other loan aggregator, you know, or Wall Street, we, you know, it's secured on the balance sheet with our bank partners that support it, and, but the qualifying for it, and the process follows, you know, agency standards and industry standards and industry norms, of course. So the process is very similar to refinancing or, you know, purchasing a property using a 30 year fix, you'll get an appraisal, full title policy is included, you know, is involved, and, you know, all the all the standard, you know, third party closing costs, you know, are involved the same as if you were to get any other standard mortgage.   Michael: Okay, and who is a good candidate for this product? And who may be? Is it a good fit for this type of product?   Dave: Sure. Well, that's a great question. So this is a, this is a loan product, that that the benefits are driven by your ability to not spend more than you make. I mean, frankly, you couldn't get very far in life, if that's how you live permanently, right? I know that there's kind of peaks and valleys in our spending behavior. You know, holidays are more expensive than than maybe non holiday months, right? Or summertime could be more expensive. I mean, I know that there's an ebb and flow to expenditures and things like that for the average US household.   But overall, really on an annualized basis, if you live within your means you tend to be cashflow positive, you're not spending more than you make routinely, you already make a great candidate for this product. So are you You don't have to be you have to be a really great saver to to benefit you just have to have some residual cash leftover at the end of the each month right and so that begins to build and compound your savings. And that that's an advantage because it's condensing the amount of time you're in debt which is save you 10s of 1000s dollars in mortgage interest along the way while you remain liquid.   So there's that that type of household that's cashflow positive, they can be fairly disciplined they're not suddenly because they've got this heaping line of credit available. They're not going to go out and and change their their budget or behavior, per se, but the people that are thoughtful right and established with their finances make great candidates for the for the product. Also those people with some established established equity in their property.   Our minimum downpayment for purchase is 10% when we're supplying this for primary residents 20% for a second home 25% equity or downpayment is required for an investment property. So you know, this isn't the zero down payment loan right this is 100% loan to value financing loan This is the generally the 80% loan to value alone is most common. Our average loan to value is 75%. Our average credit score ranges around 770 Our minimum is only 700. So you know you need that high of a credit score to to qualify but our average range is close to 800 or so. average debt to income ratio is under 30%. And, you know, so this, this tends to really attract those people with, you know, established credit established financial behavior.   Michael: Yeah, that makes total sense. That makes total sense. And so, Justin, I want to bring you in for a minute, because I know that you are a member of the rootstock Academy, and you actually have one of these products on your primary. Is that right?   Justin: That is correct. Yep.   Michael: So I mean, you're really drinking the Kool Aid. I love it.   Justin: Oh, it's, it's, it's a game changing mortgage. You know, a lot of times when I try to explain what the loan is and how it works, you know, it's, it's met with a lot of more questions than pushback. And you know, I do find a lot of people asking a ton of questions pertaining to the program, but particularly those that are investors, you know, obviously the big appeal for this particular program is the access to the equity as you and I both know, anytime that we want to get access to that equity, we have to do a cash out refinance on the primary I have access to that equity whenever I need it.   So like I said, I'm a I learned a lot from the Roofstock Academy quite frankly, it gave me that additional confidence to start investing out of state so I have properties in the Birmingham Alabama area. Anytime I want to access that equity, I fill out a form sign it scan it into into the bank and I get a wire confirmation afterwards that the funds have been sent to the title company that's handling the closing it's awesome. It's it's really seamless, it's a really seamless program a lot of people are are hesitant about it, but I you know, knowing that there are other parts of the world that have really adopted this particular program, it's a fantastic program.   Michael: And so you're using the equity in your primary via the this all in one loan product to take cash out to then purchase as your down payment are you purchasing all cash?   Justin: So I'm using I'm still leveraging them into a 30 year fixed rate mortgage so I'm just taking the down payment. And then so I have it's actually a really seamless process I've got set up because what I did is so I take the 20% Plus closing costs and prepaids and I've used that for the down payment on I just closed out one last week down in the Grayson Valley area and closed, everything's all set. So what I actually do now is David mentioned by you have this checking account this offset account so all my mortgage payments come off of my line but all of my rent deposits get deposited onto my line. So it's it's just it takes the bookkeeping piece out of it the second Tuesday of every month is my property management issues the issues rent checks that's my favorite time of month because I just wake up and my lines automatically pay down but as far as like having to cut checks and in cut it you know sending payments in or whatnot it all flows seamlessly it's it's really nice   Michael: That's incredible so you really have a a one track funnel for your property your rental property Alabama actually paying down your primary residence mortgage right   Justin: It's pretty great Yeah, that's exactly what's happening.   Dave: You know, you think about it this way you're as Justin said his his mortgages on his rental properties aren't that are conventional mortgages aren't do aren't technically due until the 15th right before you're deemed a late payment or not a late payment but a maybe a late late penalty you know so you have you have this float you know for you know up to up to 15 days 14-15 days every single month to leverage the inbound money that you receive off your rental property into back into your all in one loan line of credit which serves to pay down your principal balance your daily principle in which interest is being computed on so by me by way of making a deposit think of this as like a checking account that's earning you in the form of savings right earning you the yield on it is equal to the interest rate of the loan. So it's like a high powered checking account that's yielding you back 3.75% on your deposits, right and that comes in the form of avoiding interest cost and that accelerates your pay down.   And so Justin's able to recycle that right he's he's able to farm savings just by using it and then take those savings right that build really rapidly and go buy another investment property so just it's just like this you know flexible credit facility that's available to you for a variety of different reasons pay down is one of them it's the byproduct of applying money to principle first and saving money on interest however you're liquid so you can constantly kind of read you know farm those savings and go leverage again and build your your real estate portfolio and in for your wealth opportunities.   Michael: This is amazing. This is a really really cool unique product that just I know we had chatted about it a while ago and it's still taking me time to wrap my head around it.   Justin: It takes a little bit to it because it's just different right we're constantly I mean he turned on the news and you hear about rates every I feel like mortgage rates at one point and turned into like water cooler talk right? Well, what's your rate? It's all about trying to get the lowest rate possible. You've really got to just take the concept of a mortgage and just drop it on the floor and let it shatter, to really understand that, you know, it's not so much the rate, it's the mechanics of the loan, I, you know, I'm a commissioned only sales rep, I do mortgages for a living. So you know, some months are great, some months are not so great, what a great month, I could take all of that money and apply it towards my principal balance and have the peace of mind of knowing that I have the ability to go in and tap into that equity whenever I need it.   It really, it's, it's, it's comforting, where others may be like, no, no, no, it's comforting to me to know that that that equity is available to me whether it's with a check, we have an all in one credit card. Yeah, you you have availability to whenever you need it.   Michael: That's so cool. So how does change in value work for the property both on the upside, and if the market takes a bit of a dive on the downside?   Dave: Nothing stopping a customer, there's no automatic modification of the credit limit. And that's it's probably a good good opportunity for me to kind of to address how the line of credit is structured, it's very unique as well, the credit limit that we established and underwriting remains unchanged for the first 10 years at that initial amount. After the after the 10th year, the credit line limit reduces slowly each month over 20 years till it reaches zero.   So this is how we keep people liquid over 30 years for use of the line of credit, we don't force a balloon payment. We never restructure how you pay for the loan into an amortized payment like with a traditional HELOC. That does that after 10 years. So it's it's a, it's engineered very uniquely, to be able to keep people liquid. But there's no automatic modification in case your property value goes up, you'd have to refinance into a higher into a higher line of credit, which is no problem.   There's no prepayment penalty on this, nothing stopping you or prohibiting you from doing that. There's no amortization schedule that starts over again, right, you just continue on with your principal balance where you left off, you just get a higher line of credit. But you have to go through the process, the refi process, on the flip side of property values come down, there's no there's no triggers an automatic trigger that reduces your line of credit either. What we're concerned with would be fraudulent activity, mismanagement, financial distress, where you really, you know, a risk of default, where where we might address things and look at the line of credit and available, you know, access to money. If in case property values come down, and there's financial distress, a combination of things might lead us to that point, we've never frozen a single line of credit, especially due to property value, we only had two forbearances last year on the product as a result of COVID. Only 2, now consider that we're talking 10s of 1000s of borrowers. And you know, consider what a 30 year fix people people tend to look at a regular 30 year fixed mortgages, low risk.   And to Justin's point, we're kind of programmed to just think that way, you know, nobody really kind of talks about the elephant in the room. You know, delinquency rate ratings, and historically for a standard mortgage are not low, they're actually relatively high, somewhere between about four to 10%. And, you know, if that if you lose your job, or you you're in financial distress, you have income reduction, maybe as a result of COVID, that payment is still do, you still have a payment to make. And if you don't make that you're 90 days away from from potentially defaulting, or even foreclosing on your home.   On this, it's a line of credit. The interest that that calculates daily is totaled up after the month is ended, and then drafted from the line of credit automatically on the 21st of each new month for you. So it's really, really hard to go late on our product. That's why we have no delinquencies and no lates No, no defaults since inception, which is just extraordinary.   Michael: Wow. That's incredible.   Justin: You know, I had a customer of mine, who we had closed on his line prior to COVID. And him and his wife had owned a fitness gym. Well, COVID came around, everything shut down. So there goes as income. Not only that, but he was also diagnosed with cancer. So there's just all this whirlwind of information, a whirlwind of just bad happening to this particular customer. However, no one was knocking on his door three months after, you know, the inability to generate that income because to Dave's point, the balance just increases. There's no There's no delinquencies, there's no late payments, it increases his mortgage balance, but he gets to stay in the home that he's living in. So there you mean you talk about security, that's, that's ultimate to me.   Dave: And that's because they've been approved for the line of credit limit, right. It's not like the old neg ATM, you know, mortgages where you're not even paying the monthly interest that's new, it's just being tacked on to the balance ongoingly kind of almost, you know, people really became too comfortable with that type of product. This isn't that you've established a line of credit based on your qualifying aspects and going through the transaction. So if you need to fall back on your available equity money that's available made available through the line of credit, it's there for you job loss. That's okay. You know, you've got a while till to get back on your feet without having to risk your home.   Michael: This is so cool, guys, this is so cool. Where can people find out more about the product? Where can people reach out to you both directly?   Dave: One of the best resources out there is the product website that's just publicly available. And it's all in one loan. com it's a great place to go to and learn more about it. And then of course, Justin, if you want to provide your information, I think that's the most direct way to learn from one of our experts.   Justin: Yeah, absolutely. I'd be happy to answer any questions. You know, like I said, this combination of the Roofstock Academy and being able to leverage the equity as, as often as I'm able to to be able to build out my real estate portfolio has really been a game changer. For me, I don't think it's something I would have even considered Had this not been the setup that I'm currently in. So first and foremost, Michael, I want to thank you and the guys over at Roofstock for providing me with that confidence. But…   Michael: My pleasure,   Justin: if anyone wants to reach out to me to learn more about the about the program and some of the benefits, I'm happy to answer any questions out, I'm sure we can get my information out there somehow.   Michael: Perfect. You can if you want, you can share it right here. And then we can put a link to it in the show notes as well.   Justin: Sure. So I can reach out to me at my office number, that number is 603-323-0755. And then my email address, oh, it's JMACAGBA, JMACAGBA@cmgfi.com. I need to spell out the last name because it's very, very unique as you can imagine.   Dave: Yeah, you said that a few times on Justin?   Justin: Yeah.   Michael: For anybody in the academy, you can I'm sure find Justin in the Slack channels as well and reach out to him. Well, guys, thank you again, so much for taking time any final thoughts or things that folks should be aware of or know, as they're learning more about the all in one loan,   Dave: I would just compel people to you know, consider why this makes such practical sense. Checking account space, zero interest, but they see the most money you'll ever flow or have in your possession any one time over over your entire adult life, right your working life, a high volume of money that passes through a checking account, your mortgage ends up mortgages end up being your constantly sick expense over time as well. linked together now we're talking about something unique and special that really works in your favor, as opposed to working exclusively in the favor of the banks. So this is not to demonize the banking industry. We all rely on them. But you know, it's I think it's refreshing to talk about a product that's really driven and it's it's, it's really puts the consumer before the before the institution itself.   Michael: Right. Great. Dave, Justin, thank you both. Again, really a pleasure to have you on and I'm sure we'll be chatting soon. Yeah,   Dave: Thank you Michael. Appreciate it.   Justin: Thank you.   Michael: Okay, that was our episode a big big big thank you to Justin and Dave for coming on. That was a lot of fun. If you're watching this on video, you probably saw my wheels start turning as we were talking about this loan product really a unique thing. And so if you're interested definitely recommend reaching out to those guys at their website or directly to one of them. As always, if you liked the episode, feel free to leave us a rating or review wherever it is listen to your podcasts. We look forward to seeing the next one and as always, Happy investing

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast
1257: Trillion Dollar Tesla Strikes Hertz Deal | 26 Oct 2021

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 22:32


Show #1257 If you get any value from this podcast please consider supporting my work on Patreon. Plus all Patreon supporters get their own unique ad-free podcast feed. Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 26th October. It's Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to. Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they've built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It's a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too. TESLA'S $1 TRILLION VALUE A DOUBLE BONANZA FOR MUSK - The surge in Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) stock market value beyond $1 trillion on Monday is a double bonanza for Chief Executive Elon Musk, the electric car maker's largest shareholder. The stock rallied 12.7% on news that Tesla landed its biggest-ever order from rental car company Hertz. - With Tesla's stock at a record high close of $1,024.86, Musk's 23% stake in the newly minted trillion-dollar company is now worth about $230 billion - Musk receives no salary at Tesla: his pay package provides 12 options tranches that vest when Tesla's market capitalization and financial growth hit a series of rising milestones. The options let Musk buy Tesla shares at $70 each, a discount of more than 90% from their current price. Original Source : https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/teslas-1-trillion-value-double-bonanza-musk-2021-10-25/ TESLA-HERTZ BLOCKBUSTER DEAL PAVES WAY TO TAKE EVS MAINSTREAM - Hertz Global Holdings Inc.'s $4.2 billion deal with Tesla Inc. is about more than just an order for 100,000 cars. It's about vaulting electric vehicles into the mainstream. - Not only does Tesla get a huge order at a premium price, it gets a way for the electric-curious masses to test-drive its Model 3. Hertz, meanwhile, gets to tap into the growing interest in EVs while aligning itself with the industry's leader and sexiest brand. Tesla also will benefit from exposure in a splashy Hertz ad campaign starring seven-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady. - “This is an opportunity not only to fix the business, but also to employ a strategy that allows us to play a central role in development of the modern mobility industry,” Mark Fields, Hertz's new interim chief executive officer and a former CEO of Ford Motor Co., said in an interview. “One of our objectives is to lead in the adoption of electric vehicles.” - Elon Musk said in Twitter post that he was a bit surprised by the “strange” jump in value, considering that his automaker's already selling as many cars as it can make as it speeds up production. - Until now, Tesla has relied on word-of-mouth and eschewed traditional advertising entirely. But a side benefit of this deal is the Hertz ad campaign where Model 3 rentals will be the focus of Brady's message. Two TV spots debuting today -- entitled “Plugged In” and “Speed” -- show the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback renting, recharging and driving a Tesla from an airport. The tag-line for the commercials is Brady's signature exhortation, “Let's Go!” - Tesla also benefits simply from the size of the order, which is about $4.2 billion, according to people familiar with the terms of the deal. That value suggests Hertz is paying close to full price, breaking with a long-time tradition of automakers selling their wares to rental companies at a deep discount. - Hertz also said it's installing “thousands” of charging stations that will augment Tesla's supercharging ports in the U.S. and Europe. - For more context. that's more than the 93,000 that Tesla registered across Western Europe in 2020. Original Source : https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/2021/10/25/tesla-hertz-blockbuster-deal-paves-way-take-evs-mainstream/8545653002/ TESLA DOESN'T WANT ANYONE TO SEE ITS RESPONSE TO THE AUTOPILOT INVESTIGATION - If Tesla's request is granted, it would effectively bar the public from seeing the company's response to a host of information that NHTSA has requested regarding its probe into Autopilot and possible defects. - Tesla wants to keep secret its response to the federal investigation into its Autopilot driver assist system. In a memo submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week, regulators noted that Tesla has requested “confidential business information (CBI) treatment for the entirety of the information request submission.” Original Source : https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/25/22744629/tesla-autopilot-secret-response-nhtsa-investigation PANASONIC UNVEILS PROTOTYPE BATTERY TO HELP TESLA LOWER PRODUCTION COSTS - Panasonic on Monday unveiled a new large prototype battery designed to help Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Inc lower electric vehicle (EV) production costs, in a move the Japanese company's battery chief said would deepen business ties with its key U.S. customer. - as the sole manufacturer of the 4680 format (46 millimetres wide and 80 millimetres tall) battery, Panasonic should remain a critical link in the EV maker's supply chain, at least for its pricier models. Original Source : https://www.investing.com/news/stock-market-news/panasonic-unveils-prototype-battery-for-tesla-2653594 TESLA BUILDS DATA CENTER, R&D FACILITY IN CHINA - Tesla said on Monday that it has built a research facility and a data center in Shanghai, both of which will be put into use soon, as the United States electric carmaker ramps up its localization strategy in the country. - The R&D facility, Tesla's first outside the US, employs engineers for software, electronics, materials and charging, it said in a statement. Tesla said the facility will develop over time similar in size to the one in the United States. - The newly built data center in Shanghai will store Tesla's operation data locally. At an industry forum in September, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said data security will become even more important when vehicles are becoming smart and autonomous. - China issued trial guidelines on automobile data protection in August in a move to protect drivers' privacy and safeguard national security as vehicles are becoming increasingly digitalized in the world's largest auto market. - Tesla said data about its vehicles sold in China as well as their local production, sales, after-service and charging information will be stored locally in the country. Original Source : https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202110/26/WS6177953ba310cdd39bc71591.html TESLA MODEL 3 LEADS EV REVOLUTION ACROSS EU IN SEPTEMBER - Tesla topped the European new car sales charts in September, taking a 2.6% market share, according to the latest figures from JATO Dynamics. This is both the first time an EV has led the EU market and the first time that a vehicle manufactured outside of Europe has occupied the top spot. - Since its' entry to the European market, the Model Y has also performed well, securing second position in the BEV ranking. Due to the success of these two models, Tesla leads the BEV market with a share of 24%, ahead of the Volkswagen Group with 22%, Stellantis with 13%, and Hyundai-Kia with almost 11%. Original Source : https://www.am-online.com/news/car-manufacturer-news/2021/10/25/tesla-model-3-leads-ev-revolution-across-eu-in-september MERCEDES EQB ENTERS SERIAL PRODUCTION - Series production of the all-electric Mercedes EQB has started at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét, Hungary. The EQB, which was presented in April, is manufactured there for the world markets – only the China-specific version is built by the joint venture BBAC in Beijing. - the angular EQB is only eight centimetres shorter than the EQC, but a full 22 centimetres longer than the EQA. Technically, however, the EQB is more closely related to the EQA; both are based on Mercedes' compact car platform, - Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó was also present at the event to mark the start of series production. He indicated that the Hungarian state had provided 15 billion forints (about 42 million euros) in support of the 50 billion forint (equivalent to about 136 million euros) investment in the plant. Original Source : https://www.electrive.com/2021/10/25/mercedes-eqb-enters-serial-production/ XPENG MOTORS TO LAUNCH 480 KW FAST CHARGING TECHNOLOGY Original Source : https://pushevs.com/2021/10/25/xpeng-motors-to-launch-480-kw-fast-charging-technology SAUDI ARABIA TO START ELECTRIC-VEHICLE PUSH IN CAPITAL RIYADH Original Source : https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-23/saudi-arabia-to-start-electric-vehicle-push-in-capital-riyadh UK BATTERY ‘GIGAFACTORY' PLANS HUGE EXPANSION Original Source : https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/25/uk-battery-gigafactory-electric-car-sunderland-envision-nissan UK TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MAKES EV RECOMMENDATIONS Original Source : https://fleetworld.co.uk/national-grid-blackouts-from-ev-charging-government-responds/ BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM WITH 50MW CAPACITY GOES LIVE Original Source : https://www.energylivenews.com/2021/10/26/battery-energy-storage-system-with-50mw-capacity-goes-live/ NEW QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM How many of the podcast listeners have changed their electricity tariff after buying an electric vehicle? And how many of your regularly change electricity to get the best deal, if that's possible where you live? How much interest do you take in your electricity supply? Email me your thoughts and I'll read them out on Sunday – hello@evnewsdaily.com It would mean a lot if you could take 2mins to leave a quick review on whichever platform you download the podcast. And  if you have an Amazon Echo, download our Alexa Skill, search for EV News Daily and add it as a flash briefing. Come and say hi on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter just search EV News Daily, have a wonderful day, I'll catch you tomorrow and remember…there's no such thing as a self-charging hybrid. PREMIUM PARTNERS PHIL ROBERTS / ELECTRIC FUTURE BRAD CROSBY PORSCHE OF THE VILLAGE CINCINNATI AUDI CINCINNATI EAST VOLVO CARS CINCINNATI EAST NATIONAL CAR CHARGING ON THE US MAINLAND AND ALOHA CHARGE IN HAWAII DEREK REILLY FROM THE EV REVIEW IRELAND YOUTUBE CHANNEL RICHARD AT RSEV.CO.UK – FOR BUYING AND SELLING EVS IN THE UK EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM/

American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)
Episode 583: Neal Stephenson: Bonanza/The Junto (4)

American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 37:25


In part four of my review of Neal Stephenson's THE CONFUSION, we see the high point of Eliza's character, as she uses the Nine Years War to destroy an alchemist banker (sort of) villain. It all comes down to the emergence of new banking systems in Western Europe.

According2Sam Podcast
According2Sam #99

According2Sam Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 117:31


After the death of Mohammad in 632 the armies of Islam spilled out of the Arabian Desert and quickly began conquering everything in their path. They first encountered the mighty Romans to their west, and the ferocious Persians to their east, both of these great empires had been in existence for centuries beyond this new religion that was barely as old as a single lifetime. The Muslims took them both on at once, and defeated them both. They seized Byzantine land pushing the Romans back into Anatolia. They conquered all of Persia, expanding the young caliphate to India in the east. They then moved into North Africa taking Islam all the way to the Atlantic Ocean in the west. They even crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Europe, and conquered the Visigoths and nearly all of Iberia. The Muslims seemed invincible at this point, but after crossing the Pyrenees into France they were defeated by the Franks and chased back into Spain. How did this defeat of the Muslims in France potentially save Western Europe, and how would have a Muslim victory in France potentially changed the world as we know it today? Join the conversation and get answers to these questions and more on According2Sam episode #99.

Macroaggressions
#170: The Strategy of Tension

Macroaggressions

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 70:19


In the wake of World War II, Western Europe was in ruins while power vacuums were being filled with rulers loyal to American interests. Operation Gladio was launched to destabilize any regime that might pose a threat to those interests. The “strategy of tension” was a plan to control public opinion through the use of fear, propaganda, agent provocateurs, and terrorism to instill panic into the populace. This tactic did not end in the decades after the war, and it is certainly not limited to only happening in Europe. The 2017 Las Vegas shooting has all the fingerprints of a new Operation Gladio campaign that has been redirected at the American public instead of the Italians, so is the United States being targeted for destabilization now as a way of installing fear into the public much in the way it happened decades earlier? HYPOCRAZY New Book: https://amzn.to/3AFhfg2 Sponsors: Emergency Preparedness Food: www.preparewithmacroaggressions.com Chemical Free Body: https://www.chemicalfreebody.com and use promo code: MACRO Honey Colony: https://www.honeycolony.com and use promo code: MACRO C60 Purple Power: https://c60purplepower.com/ Promo Code: MACRO Wise Wolf Gold & Silver: www.Macroaggressions.gold Coin Bit App: https://coinbitsapp.com/?ref=0SPP0gjuI68PjGU89wUv Macroaggressions Merch Store: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/macroaggressions?ref_id=22530 LinkTree: linktr.ee/macroaggressions Books: Controlled Demolition on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08M21XKJ5 Purchase "The Octopus Of Global Control" Amazon: https://amzn.to/3aEFFcr Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/39vdKeQ Online Connection: Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/Macroaggressions Discord Link:  https://discord.gg/4mGzmcFexg Website: www.theoctopusofglobalcontrol.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/theoctopusofglobalcontrol Twitter: www.twitter.com/macroaggressio3 Twitter Handle: @macroaggressio3 YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCn3GlVLKZtTkhLJkiuG7a-Q Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LjTwu5 Email For Helium Miner: Email: theoctopusofglobalcontrol@protonmail.com

SBS Macedonian - СБС Македонски
As COP-26 summit approaches, European floods show need for action - Cамит COP-26 - европските поплави покажуваат потреба од акција

SBS Macedonian - СБС Македонски

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 5:53


At the end of the month, world leaders will gather in Glasgow for the COP-26 summit, a vital moment in the effort to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees. Scientists say extreme weather events, like July's deadly flooding across Western Europe, are a vivid reminder of why tougher climate action is needed now. - На крајот на месецот, светските лидери ќе се сpетнат во Глазгов на самитот COP-26 - витален момент во напорите да се ограничи порастот на глобалните температури на 1,5 степени.Научниците велат дека екстремните временски настани, како што се јулските смртоносни поплави низ Западна Европа, се вистинско потсетување зошто сега се потребни построги климатски акции.SBS News слушна од оние кои за малку ќе изгубеа сe во катастрофата, за да види дали се согласуваат.

History Is Dank
Pigeon Racing

History Is Dank

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 51:19


Until recently Strider had no idea that a bird widely considered to be a nuisance could be so dank. How? Pigeon racing! The sport gained popularity in Western Europe in the late 1800's, but it has its roots in Ancient Egypt and Rome.  american-giant.com use promo code DANK for 20% off!  Sources: Britannica.com, Nytimes.com ‘The Hallowed History of the Carrier Pigeon' by Marie blume 2004, Rpra.org, Tumleylofts.co.uk, commonsensemedia.org See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Blessed Are the Binary Breakers
The Blending of Pagan & Christian Belief: Black Book's tour of nineteenth-century Russia

Blessed Are the Binary Breakers

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 23:41


The spiritual landscape of nineteenth-century rural Russia blended native traditions and beliefs with Christianity; this is the world in which Black Book, an independent video game produced by Russian studio Morteshka, is set. In this episode, Avery shares some of what Black Book taught them about this syncretism of belief (without spoiling the game, don't worry!). Then, they bring in Leslie Feinberg's 1996 text Transgender Warriors to discuss similar tensions between indigenous and Christian traditions in medieval Western Europe. What happened to other gods and spirits after the rise of Christianity? How did sorcerers like Black Book's young woman protagonist navigate this spiritual blend as they either helped or cursed the peasants who both revered and feared them for their knowledge? What's all this got to do with trans folk? Read along with the episode transcript here. _______ Talking Points: (0:00 - 3:50) Introducing Black Book: playing as Vasilisa, a young sorceress in a world where people believe both in Christian and pagan teachings (3:51 - 10:50) Gods become demons; old rituals take on Christian elements; icons & feast days blend Christian & pagan traditions (10:51 - 13:16) Sorcerers and knowers — both revered and feared; tension between them and Christian priests (13:17 - 21:01) Moving westward and back in time to Feudal Europe: similar tension between Christianity and native religions; transgender expression targeted (21:02 - end) Wrapping up _______ Blessed Are the Binary Breakers is part of the Rock Candy Podcast Network. Find more shows at www.rockcandyrecordings.com. This show's theme song is "Aetherium" by Leah Horn.

New Books in Intellectual History
Terence Renaud, "New Lefts: The Making of a Radical Tradition" (Princeton UP, 2021)

New Books in Intellectual History

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 75:17


In the 1960s, the radical youth of Western Europe's New Left rebelled against the democratic welfare state and their parents' antiquated politics of reform. It was not the first time an upstart leftist movement was built on the ruins of the old. New Lefts: The Making of a Radical Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2021) traces the history of neoleftism from its antifascist roots in the first half of the twentieth century, to its postwar reconstruction in the 1950s, to its explosive reinvention by the 1960s counterculture. Terence Renaud demonstrates why the left in Europe underwent a series of internal revolts against the organizational forms of established parties and unions. He describes how small groups of militant youth such as New Beginning in Germany tried to sustain grassroots movements without reproducing the bureaucratic, hierarchical, and supposedly obsolete structures of Social Democracy and Communism. Neoleftist militants experimented with alternative modes of organization such as councils, assemblies, and action committees. However, Renaud reveals that these same militants, decades later, often came to defend the very institutions they had opposed in their youth. Providing vital historical perspective on the challenges confronting leftists today, this book tells the story of generations of antifascists, left socialists, and anti-authoritarians who tried to build radical democratic alternatives to capitalism and kindle hope in reactionary times. Mathias Fuelling is a doctoral candidate in History at Temple University, working on a political history of Czechoslovakia in the immediate post-WWII years. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bucephalus424 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/intellectual-history

New Books Network
Terence Renaud, "New Lefts: The Making of a Radical Tradition" (Princeton UP, 2021)

New Books Network

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 75:17


In the 1960s, the radical youth of Western Europe's New Left rebelled against the democratic welfare state and their parents' antiquated politics of reform. It was not the first time an upstart leftist movement was built on the ruins of the old. New Lefts: The Making of a Radical Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2021) traces the history of neoleftism from its antifascist roots in the first half of the twentieth century, to its postwar reconstruction in the 1950s, to its explosive reinvention by the 1960s counterculture. Terence Renaud demonstrates why the left in Europe underwent a series of internal revolts against the organizational forms of established parties and unions. He describes how small groups of militant youth such as New Beginning in Germany tried to sustain grassroots movements without reproducing the bureaucratic, hierarchical, and supposedly obsolete structures of Social Democracy and Communism. Neoleftist militants experimented with alternative modes of organization such as councils, assemblies, and action committees. However, Renaud reveals that these same militants, decades later, often came to defend the very institutions they had opposed in their youth. Providing vital historical perspective on the challenges confronting leftists today, this book tells the story of generations of antifascists, left socialists, and anti-authoritarians who tried to build radical democratic alternatives to capitalism and kindle hope in reactionary times. Mathias Fuelling is a doctoral candidate in History at Temple University, working on a political history of Czechoslovakia in the immediate post-WWII years. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bucephalus424 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network

New Books in Political Science
Terence Renaud, "New Lefts: The Making of a Radical Tradition" (Princeton UP, 2021)

New Books in Political Science

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 75:17


In the 1960s, the radical youth of Western Europe's New Left rebelled against the democratic welfare state and their parents' antiquated politics of reform. It was not the first time an upstart leftist movement was built on the ruins of the old. New Lefts: The Making of a Radical Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2021) traces the history of neoleftism from its antifascist roots in the first half of the twentieth century, to its postwar reconstruction in the 1950s, to its explosive reinvention by the 1960s counterculture. Terence Renaud demonstrates why the left in Europe underwent a series of internal revolts against the organizational forms of established parties and unions. He describes how small groups of militant youth such as New Beginning in Germany tried to sustain grassroots movements without reproducing the bureaucratic, hierarchical, and supposedly obsolete structures of Social Democracy and Communism. Neoleftist militants experimented with alternative modes of organization such as councils, assemblies, and action committees. However, Renaud reveals that these same militants, decades later, often came to defend the very institutions they had opposed in their youth. Providing vital historical perspective on the challenges confronting leftists today, this book tells the story of generations of antifascists, left socialists, and anti-authoritarians who tried to build radical democratic alternatives to capitalism and kindle hope in reactionary times. Mathias Fuelling is a doctoral candidate in History at Temple University, working on a political history of Czechoslovakia in the immediate post-WWII years. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bucephalus424 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/political-science

New Books in History
Terence Renaud, "New Lefts: The Making of a Radical Tradition" (Princeton UP, 2021)

New Books in History

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 75:17


In the 1960s, the radical youth of Western Europe's New Left rebelled against the democratic welfare state and their parents' antiquated politics of reform. It was not the first time an upstart leftist movement was built on the ruins of the old. New Lefts: The Making of a Radical Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2021) traces the history of neoleftism from its antifascist roots in the first half of the twentieth century, to its postwar reconstruction in the 1950s, to its explosive reinvention by the 1960s counterculture. Terence Renaud demonstrates why the left in Europe underwent a series of internal revolts against the organizational forms of established parties and unions. He describes how small groups of militant youth such as New Beginning in Germany tried to sustain grassroots movements without reproducing the bureaucratic, hierarchical, and supposedly obsolete structures of Social Democracy and Communism. Neoleftist militants experimented with alternative modes of organization such as councils, assemblies, and action committees. However, Renaud reveals that these same militants, decades later, often came to defend the very institutions they had opposed in their youth. Providing vital historical perspective on the challenges confronting leftists today, this book tells the story of generations of antifascists, left socialists, and anti-authoritarians who tried to build radical democratic alternatives to capitalism and kindle hope in reactionary times. Mathias Fuelling is a doctoral candidate in History at Temple University, working on a political history of Czechoslovakia in the immediate post-WWII years. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bucephalus424 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

The Critical Hour
Putin, Merkel, Macron Talk Normandy Format for Resolution of Issues; Imperialist Return to Africa

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 115:39


Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Iraqi elections. It appears that the influential Shi'ite cleric and nationalist Moqtada al-Sadr's party, Sairoun, is currently performing the best.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net & CounterPunch and the author of "Danger to Society: Against Vaccine Passports," joins us to discuss Julian Assange. Kevin Gosztola argues that the recent information regarding Mike Pompeo's moves to kidnap and assassinate Julian Assange proves that the legal persecution of the publisher is driven by an unethical and illegal thirst for revenge. Also, we discuss the upcoming hearing at the end of October regarding a previous lower court decision. Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the Normandy Four. The leaders of Russia, Germany, and France are discussing the need to coordinate their efforts to deal with a myriad of international security issues in a format known as the "Normandy Four."Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. Dr. Horne analyzes the resurgence of coups and imperialist intervention in Africa. Recent events may show that the US empire and the French imperialists are on the move again in the resource-rich continent.K. J. Noh, peace activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott published a speech that he gave in Taiwan. The speech can be interpreted in several ways, but many see it as a message that the Chinese island should not look to the West for protection if a war starts. International security observers argue that the West is setting Taiwan up for a fall as they push them towards a crushing military defeat. Obi Egbuna, activist, and US Rep for The Zimbabwean Newspapers, joins us to discuss Libya. The US/NATO imperial regime-change operation has led to disastrous conditions in the African nation. Additionally, it has opened the gateway to African migration to Western Europe. Marjorie Cohn, professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, joins us to discuss torture. The Biden administration is moving forward with an absurd argument that their highly publicized torture program is a state secret. This move comes to stop the court from compelling psychologists involved in the torture to testify. Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss EU gas issues and the AUKUS submarine deal. There is talk of fast-tracking the Nord Stream 2 pipeline process as the EU faces a disastrous shortage of fuel.

New Books Network
Ozan Ozavci, "Dangerous Gifts: Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864" (Oxford UP, 2021)

New Books Network

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 61:28


From Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the foreign interventions in the ongoing civil wars in Syria, Yemen, and Libya today, global empires or the so-called Great Powers have long assumed the responsibility to bring security in the Middle East.  The past two centuries have witnessed their numerous military occupations to 'liberate', 'secure' and 'educate' local populations. They staged first 'humanitarian' interventions in history and established hitherto unseen international and local security institutions.  Consulting fresh primary sources collected from some thirty archives in the Middle East, Russia, the United States, and Western Europe, Dangerous Gifts: : Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864 (Oxford University Press, 2021) revisits the late eighteenth and nineteenth century origins of these imperial security practices. It explicates how it all began.  Why did Great Power interventions in the Ottoman Levant tend to result in further turmoil and civil wars? Why has the region been embroiled in a paradox-an ever-increasing demand despite the increasing supply of security-ever since?  It embeds this highly pertinent genealogical history into an innovative and captivating narrative around the Eastern Question, emancipating the latter from the monopoly of Great Power politics, and foregrounding the experience of the Levantine actors.  It explores the gradual yet still forceful opening up of the latter's economies to global free trade, the asymmetrical implementation of international law in their perspective, and the secondary importance attached to their threat perceptions in a world where political and economic decisions were ultimately made through the filter of global imperial interests. Available via Open Access here. Ozan Ozavci is Assistant Professor of Transimperial History at Utrecht University, and associate member at the Centre d'Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques in Paris. Kirk Meighoo is Public Relations Officer for the United National Congress, the Official Opposition in Trinidad and Tobago. His career has spanned media, academia, and politics for three decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network

New Books in History
Ozan Ozavci, "Dangerous Gifts: Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864" (Oxford UP, 2021)

New Books in History

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 61:28


From Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the foreign interventions in the ongoing civil wars in Syria, Yemen, and Libya today, global empires or the so-called Great Powers have long assumed the responsibility to bring security in the Middle East.  The past two centuries have witnessed their numerous military occupations to 'liberate', 'secure' and 'educate' local populations. They staged first 'humanitarian' interventions in history and established hitherto unseen international and local security institutions.  Consulting fresh primary sources collected from some thirty archives in the Middle East, Russia, the United States, and Western Europe, Dangerous Gifts: : Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864 (Oxford University Press, 2021) revisits the late eighteenth and nineteenth century origins of these imperial security practices. It explicates how it all began.  Why did Great Power interventions in the Ottoman Levant tend to result in further turmoil and civil wars? Why has the region been embroiled in a paradox-an ever-increasing demand despite the increasing supply of security-ever since?  It embeds this highly pertinent genealogical history into an innovative and captivating narrative around the Eastern Question, emancipating the latter from the monopoly of Great Power politics, and foregrounding the experience of the Levantine actors.  It explores the gradual yet still forceful opening up of the latter's economies to global free trade, the asymmetrical implementation of international law in their perspective, and the secondary importance attached to their threat perceptions in a world where political and economic decisions were ultimately made through the filter of global imperial interests. Available via Open Access here. Ozan Ozavci is Assistant Professor of Transimperial History at Utrecht University, and associate member at the Centre d'Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques in Paris. Kirk Meighoo is Public Relations Officer for the United National Congress, the Official Opposition in Trinidad and Tobago. His career has spanned media, academia, and politics for three decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

New Books in Middle Eastern Studies
Ozan Ozavci, "Dangerous Gifts: Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864" (Oxford UP, 2021)

New Books in Middle Eastern Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 61:28


From Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the foreign interventions in the ongoing civil wars in Syria, Yemen, and Libya today, global empires or the so-called Great Powers have long assumed the responsibility to bring security in the Middle East.  The past two centuries have witnessed their numerous military occupations to 'liberate', 'secure' and 'educate' local populations. They staged first 'humanitarian' interventions in history and established hitherto unseen international and local security institutions.  Consulting fresh primary sources collected from some thirty archives in the Middle East, Russia, the United States, and Western Europe, Dangerous Gifts: : Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864 (Oxford University Press, 2021) revisits the late eighteenth and nineteenth century origins of these imperial security practices. It explicates how it all began.  Why did Great Power interventions in the Ottoman Levant tend to result in further turmoil and civil wars? Why has the region been embroiled in a paradox-an ever-increasing demand despite the increasing supply of security-ever since?  It embeds this highly pertinent genealogical history into an innovative and captivating narrative around the Eastern Question, emancipating the latter from the monopoly of Great Power politics, and foregrounding the experience of the Levantine actors.  It explores the gradual yet still forceful opening up of the latter's economies to global free trade, the asymmetrical implementation of international law in their perspective, and the secondary importance attached to their threat perceptions in a world where political and economic decisions were ultimately made through the filter of global imperial interests. Available via Open Access here. Ozan Ozavci is Assistant Professor of Transimperial History at Utrecht University, and associate member at the Centre d'Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques in Paris. Kirk Meighoo is Public Relations Officer for the United National Congress, the Official Opposition in Trinidad and Tobago. His career has spanned media, academia, and politics for three decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/middle-eastern-studies

New Books in Military History
Ozan Ozavci, "Dangerous Gifts: Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864" (Oxford UP, 2021)

New Books in Military History

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 61:28


From Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the foreign interventions in the ongoing civil wars in Syria, Yemen, and Libya today, global empires or the so-called Great Powers have long assumed the responsibility to bring security in the Middle East.  The past two centuries have witnessed their numerous military occupations to 'liberate', 'secure' and 'educate' local populations. They staged first 'humanitarian' interventions in history and established hitherto unseen international and local security institutions.  Consulting fresh primary sources collected from some thirty archives in the Middle East, Russia, the United States, and Western Europe, Dangerous Gifts: : Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864 (Oxford University Press, 2021) revisits the late eighteenth and nineteenth century origins of these imperial security practices. It explicates how it all began.  Why did Great Power interventions in the Ottoman Levant tend to result in further turmoil and civil wars? Why has the region been embroiled in a paradox-an ever-increasing demand despite the increasing supply of security-ever since?  It embeds this highly pertinent genealogical history into an innovative and captivating narrative around the Eastern Question, emancipating the latter from the monopoly of Great Power politics, and foregrounding the experience of the Levantine actors.  It explores the gradual yet still forceful opening up of the latter's economies to global free trade, the asymmetrical implementation of international law in their perspective, and the secondary importance attached to their threat perceptions in a world where political and economic decisions were ultimately made through the filter of global imperial interests. Available via Open Access here. Ozan Ozavci is Assistant Professor of Transimperial History at Utrecht University, and associate member at the Centre d'Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques in Paris. Kirk Meighoo is Public Relations Officer for the United National Congress, the Official Opposition in Trinidad and Tobago. His career has spanned media, academia, and politics for three decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/military-history

New Books in World Affairs
Ozan Ozavci, "Dangerous Gifts: Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864" (Oxford UP, 2021)

New Books in World Affairs

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 61:28


From Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the foreign interventions in the ongoing civil wars in Syria, Yemen, and Libya today, global empires or the so-called Great Powers have long assumed the responsibility to bring security in the Middle East.  The past two centuries have witnessed their numerous military occupations to 'liberate', 'secure' and 'educate' local populations. They staged first 'humanitarian' interventions in history and established hitherto unseen international and local security institutions.  Consulting fresh primary sources collected from some thirty archives in the Middle East, Russia, the United States, and Western Europe, Dangerous Gifts: : Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864 (Oxford University Press, 2021) revisits the late eighteenth and nineteenth century origins of these imperial security practices. It explicates how it all began.  Why did Great Power interventions in the Ottoman Levant tend to result in further turmoil and civil wars? Why has the region been embroiled in a paradox-an ever-increasing demand despite the increasing supply of security-ever since?  It embeds this highly pertinent genealogical history into an innovative and captivating narrative around the Eastern Question, emancipating the latter from the monopoly of Great Power politics, and foregrounding the experience of the Levantine actors.  It explores the gradual yet still forceful opening up of the latter's economies to global free trade, the asymmetrical implementation of international law in their perspective, and the secondary importance attached to their threat perceptions in a world where political and economic decisions were ultimately made through the filter of global imperial interests. Available via Open Access here. Ozan Ozavci is Assistant Professor of Transimperial History at Utrecht University, and associate member at the Centre d'Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques in Paris. Kirk Meighoo is Public Relations Officer for the United National Congress, the Official Opposition in Trinidad and Tobago. His career has spanned media, academia, and politics for three decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/world-affairs

Did That Really Happen?
Bright Young Things

Did That Really Happen?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 64:35


Grab a martini, because this week we're traveling back to 1930s London with Bright Young Things! Join us to learn more about 30s cocktail culture, the so-called King of Anatolia, interwar newspaper magnates, American evangelists in the UK, Armistice day poppies, and more! Sources: Cocktails: Harry Craddock, Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930 Edition. Full Text Available at https://euvs-vintage-cocktail-books.cld.bz/1930-The-Savoy-Cocktail-Book International Bartenders' Association, Official Website: https://iba-world.com/iba-official-cocktail-list/ Lord Beaverbrook: Laura Beers, "Education or Manipulation?: Labour, Democracy, and the Popular Press in Interwar Britain," Journal of British Studies 48, 1 (2009) Laura Beers, "Punting on the Thames: Electoral Betting in Interwar Britain," Journal of Contemporary History 45, 2 (2010) Alan Travis, Bound and Gagged: A Secret History of Obscenity in Britain (Profile Books, 2000) Gary Love, "The Periodical Press and the Intellectual Culture of Conservatism in Interwar Britain," 57 (4) 2014 JM McEwen, "The Press and the Fall of Asquith," The Historical Journal 21, 4 (1978) The King of Anatolia: Patrick J. Kriger, "Six Reasons Why the Ottoman Empire Fell," History https://www.history.com/news/ottoman-empire-fall "Abdulmejid II" Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdulmejid_II M. Sukru Hanoiglu, A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire (Princeton University Press, 2008), https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt7t314.13 Mona Hassan, Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History (Princeton University Press, 2016), https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1q1xrgm.6 . https://www.firstworldwar.com/bio/mehmedvi.htm Evangelicals in the UK: "History" National Association of Evangelicals https://www.nae.org/about-nae/history/ British Pathe "Kentucky Singers (1930)" YouTube, https://youtu.be/M5lb-4oWc14 Roberta Freund Schwartz, "Preaching the Gospel of the Blues: Blues Evangelists in Britain," Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe ed. Neil A. Wynn (University of Mississippi Press, 2007), https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt2tvbm7.12 Guido Van Rijn, "Lowland Blues: The Reception of African American Blues and Gospel Music in the Netherlands," Cross the Water Blues, https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt2tvbm7.16 Hans Krabbendam, Saving the Overlooked Continent: American Protestant Missions in Western Europe, 1940-1975 (Leuven University Press, 2020), https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv1595mtj.5 Kira Thurman, "Singing the Civilizing Mission in the Land of Bach; Beethoven; and Brahms: The Fisk Jubilee Singers in Nineteenth-Century Germany," Journal of World History 27:3 (September 2016): 443-471. https://www.jstor.org/stable/44631474 Brian Ward, "Music, Musical Theater, and the Imagined South in Interwar Britain," The Journal of Southern History 80:1 (February 2014): 39-72. https://www.jstor.org/stable/23796843 Poppies: James Fox, "Poppy Politics: Remembrance of Things Present," in Cultural Heritage Ethics: Between Theory and Practice ed. Constantine Sandis (Open Book Publishers, 2014), https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1287k16.8 . Jon Dean, "Poppy Fascism," The Good Glow: Charity and the Symbolic Power of Doing Good (Bristol University Press, 2020), https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv123x5b8.11 Sarah Freeland, "The Poppy Lady: Moina Michael started a movement for veterans," UGA Today (5 November 2017). https://news.uga.edu/poppy-lady-moina-michael/ John McCrae, "In Flanders Fields," Poetry Foundation, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47380/in-flanders-fields Film Background: BBC Interview with Stephen Fry: https://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2003/09/30/stephen_fry_bright_young_things_interview.shtml Roger Ebert review of Bright Young Things: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/bright-young-things-2004 Bright Young Things Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bright_Young_Things_(film) https://www.bl.uk/20th-century-literature/articles/the-bright-young-things-behind-the-party-mask  

SBS World News Radio
European floods show need for tough action on climate change

SBS World News Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 3:58


Ahead of COP 26, scientists say extreme weather events, like July's deadly flooding across Western Europe, are a vivid reminder of why tougher climate action is needed now.

Weekly Economics Podcast
The Great Homes Upgrade

Weekly Economics Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 35:14


The UK has the draughtiest and oldest housing in Western Europe. And our gas boilers pump out twice as much carbon dioxide as all of the country's power stations. Do we need to upgrade the UK's homes? Why is our housing powering the climate crisis? And how can we make sure everyone's home is warm, clean and green - whether we rent a flat or own a castle? Ayeisha is joined by Chaitanya Kumar, head of environment and the green transition at NEF, and Martin Heath, director of Basingstoke Energy Services Co-op. - Find out more about the Great Homes Upgrade campaign: https://greathomesupgrade.org/ ----- Music by Candlegravity and Podington Bear, used under Creative Commons licence. Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone. Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF! The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast
1232: Audi: EV Close To Profitability Of Fossil Cars | 08 Oct 2021

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 20:29


Show #1238 If you get any value from this podcast please consider supporting my work on Patreon. Plus all Patreon supporters get their own unique ad-free podcast feed. Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 8th October. It's Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to. Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they've built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It's a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too. REPORT: NIO TO ENTER GERMANY Q4 2022 Matthias Schmidt @auto_schmidt "China's electric car manufacturer, Nio, will enter the German market from Q4 2022, their European spokesperson confirms" AUDI EVS CLOSE TO SAME PROFIT MARGINS AS COMBUSTION "Audi, which accounted for more than a quarter of Volkswagen's first-half operating profit, has embarked on an ambitious shift towards battery-powered vehicles, meaning all new models it will release from 2026 will be fully electric." says Reuters: "Meantime, production of internal combustion engines will be gradually phased out up to 2033. Audi's CFO in August said it would only take 2-3 years before profitability of electric vehicles (EV) would match that of combustion engine cars. [Markus] Duesmann thinks this could happen even more quickly." according to the Audi Chief Executive: "Apart from efforts to challenge Tesla (TSLA.O) and become the biggest seller of EVs, Volkswagen, the world's No.2 carmaker, is also doubling down on efforts to develop software, which CEO Herbert Diess said is the industry's real gamechanger." Duesmann: ""The point where we earn as much money with electric cars as with combustion engine cars is now, or ... next year, 2023. They are very even now, the prices" https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/audi-ceo-sees-chip-shortage-perfect-storm-will-get-through-it-2021-10-04/ 144,000 ID.3 ORDERS RECEIVED – 50 PERCENT FROM NEW VOLKSWAGEN CUSTOMERS Strong performance of the all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 after its first year in the European market.  By the end of September, the car had already been ordered around 144,000 times in Europe – 50 percent of buyers had not driven a Volkswagen before and were new to the brand, found a study commissioned by the company. For comparison: On average, the ratio of new customers for other Volkswagen models is around 36 percent. In the first half of 2021, the strong demand for the ID.3 and other ID. models made Volkswagen the market leader for battery-electric vehicles in Europe within a very short time. In August, the car was the most popular electric car in many markets including Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria and Switzerland. Based on new registrations, the ID.3 also ranked top in Western Europe overall in August. In order to meet the strong demand, some 1,200 of the best-selling electric cars are leaving the production lines in Zwickau and Dresden every day, with Zwickau operating three shifts on both production lines. Moreover, production for the local market has started in Anting in China – the car will be launched on the Chinese market in the fall of this year. Read more: https://www.volkswagen-newsroom.com/en/press-releases/volkswagen-gains-some-70000-new-customers-with-best-selling-id3-in-the-first-year-7536 AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK FACELIFT SPOTTED UNDER LIGHT CAMO "Audi has been selling the E-Tron, its first ground-up electric SUV, since 2018, so it was already in need of a mid lifecycle refresh. Our spies just sent us the first photos of what appears to be the facelifted E-Tron in its coupe-like Sportback version wearing some camouflage that shows us where the manufacturer made changes." says InsideEVs: "Looking through the photos, we notice that the front end of the vehicle is getting a completely revised fascia, along with new headlights, a new bumper and new grille (most of which was hidden but it does look different). Audi also added camouflage that extends back onto the front fenders and side skirts, so we presume there are some changes hiding under there as well. We're expecting to see the updated Audi E-Tron Sportback (as well as the more traditional non-Sportback model) debut sometime next year; in the US they will be sold as 2023 model-year and it looks like the model's popularity has been increasing in the second quarter of 2021." Read more: https://insideevs.com/news/538900/audi-etron-facelift-spy-photos/ VOLTA TRUCKS EXPANDS UK TEAM "The Swedish electric truck start-up Volta Trucks wants to expand its research and development team in the UK to accelerate the development of the Volta Zero. The company is therefore launching a recruitment drive with the aim of employing more than 280 people by the end of 2021." says electrive: "Currently, Volta Trucks says it has over 150 employees, up from a “handful” at the beginning of the year. Volta is currently looking for industrial and commercial experts, but above all for “talented and forward-thinking engineers”. Seventy positions have been advertised." Earlier in September, Volta Trucks had announced that series production of the Zero would start at Steyr Automotive in Austria. The first examples are to be used in pilot fleets in Paris and London." Read more: https://www.electrive.com/2021/10/05/volta-trucks-expands-uk-team/ THE FIRST KIA EV6 ON NORWEGIAN SOIL "Today the first EV6 left in Norway from the vessel "Morning Lily" in the port of Drammen. There are high expectations for the new Kia electric crossover that has finally made its way to Norway. " says Wataha.no: "awaiting the cars. As planned, the first cars will be delivered at the end of October. There are also demonstration cars on board for many dealers. So some customers will be able to book a test drive soon. Later this year, there will be more such vehicles to more dealers." Read more: https://wataha.no/en/2021/10/04/the-first-kia-ev6-on-norwegian-soil/ TESLA HAS RAISED PRICES AGAIN "After a flurry of price increases in the first half of the year, Tesla held vehicle prices in the United States relatively steady throughout the third quarter, only adjusting the base price of the Model S and Model X back in August. Now, days into the fourth quarter, Tesla has continued the earlier trend of price increases on the Model 3 and Model Y." writes The Street.com: "Model 3 Standard Range Plus increased by $2,000 to $41,990. Model 3 Performance increased by $1,000 to $57,990. Model Y Long Range increased by $1,000 to $54,990. Model Y Performance increased by $1,000 to $61,990. Due to Tesla's order backlog, it's likely that Q2 did not reflect the full impact of those price changes. Investors may get an even better understanding when Tesla reports third quarter earnings, expected on Monday, October 25th." We started the year with a SR+ costing $37,990. That's $4000 more, and $5000 more for Model Y Long Range. https://www.thestreet.com/tesla/news/tesla-has-raised-prices-again-here-are-the-changes-tsla MODEL Y MADE IN CHINA GETS 28 MILE RANGE BOOST  " The Model Y made in China for the local market gets a range increase of up to 28 miles while keeping the same purchase price. According to the company's Chinese website, spotted by @ray4tesla/Twitter, the manufacturer has increased the range of Model Y Long Range and Model Y Performance while car prices have remained the same." says Tesmanian: "Model Y for overseas markets is also expected to receive an increase in range. Tesla recently registered several new Model Y variants, including an export version. There is a possibility that this is the variant with the increased range, in accordance with the updates for Model Y in China." But is it more range, or more reported range? Is it a change to the NEDC testing standards? And WLTP/WLTC should start soon in China.  Could it be a change from the 4.6Ah LG Chem 2170 cells to the 5.0Ah LG Chem cells, so the total pack goes from 75->81kWh? https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/tesla-model-y-made-in-china-gets-28-mile-range-increase-while-maintaining-the-same-price TESLA IS BUILDING MODEL Y BODIES WITH SINGLE FRONT AND REAR CASTINGS "In an auto manufacturing first, Tesla has started building Model Y bodies with two giant single casting pieces for the front and back of the electric SUV. Tesla has already been producing the Model Y with a single rear body piece that replaced 70 different parts in the vehicle." says electrek: Earlier this year, a picture of the first single front casting part of the Model Y produced at Gigafactory Texas leaked. Tesla has been wanting to go a step further and joined those two parts with a structural battery pack powered by its new 4680 battery cells unveiled last year. However, the automaker has lately indicated that the integration of the new cells and structural battery pack might not be introduced with the start of Model Y production at the new factories." https://electrek.co/2021/10/05/tesla-building-model-y-bodies-single-front-rear-castings-manufacturing-first FIRST LOOK AT RIVIAN'S “SENTRY MODE” GEAR GUARD FEATURE IN ACTION (VIDEO) "If Tesla owners have Sentry Mode, Rivian owners will have Gear Guard for security. Recently, a Gear Guard buddy was spotted actively working in a seemingly parked Rivian vehicle. " says Teslarati: "A short clip from Twitter user @D_Love revealed Rivian's rather kid-friendly Gear Guard buddy at work while the vehicle's owner is away. The character captured in the short clip was also seen in a Rivian video posted last month. According to Rivian's Director of UX Design Brennan Boblett, owners can activate a suite of security products through Gear Guard.  Gear Guard seems to be an umbrella term for a list of security features. It will most likely use Driver+ hardware installed in all R1 Rivian vehicles, which includes 11 cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, five radars, and a high-precision GPS antenna. Rivian has not fully discussed Gear Guard's suite of security features in detail yet." https://www.teslarati.com/rivian-tesla-sentry-mode-gear-guard-video/ NEW QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM Returned on Sunday 10th October! Email me your thoughts and I'll read them out on Sunday – hello@evnewsdaily.com It would mean a lot if you could take 2mins to leave a quick review on whichever platform you download the podcast. And  if you have an Amazon Echo, download our Alexa Skill, search for EV News Daily and add it as a flash briefing. Come and say hi on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter just search EV News Daily, have a wonderful day, I'll catch you tomorrow and remember…there's no such thing as a self-charging hybrid. PREMIUM PARTNERS PHIL ROBERTS / ELECTRIC FUTURE BRAD CROSBY PORSCHE OF THE VILLAGE CINCINNATI AUDI CINCINNATI EAST VOLVO CARS CINCINNATI EAST NATIONAL CAR CHARGING ON THE US MAINLAND AND ALOHA CHARGE IN HAWAII DEREK REILLY FROM THE EV REVIEW IRELAND YOUTUBE CHANNEL RICHARD AT RSEV.CO.UK – FOR BUYING AND SELLING EVS IN THE UK EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM

Democracy Paradox
Martin Conway Believes "Democracy Owes its Durability Not to its Principles but to its Flexibility." Democracy in Western Europe from 1945 to 1968

Democracy Paradox

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 53:20


Where you and I and, I think, many others start from an assumption that somehow there is a thing called democracy and we sort of know what it is. But the diversity within democracy is far larger than that. You know, there's clear big institutional temperamental differences between visions of representatives ruling, people ruling, and so on. All these sorts of things are different models of democracy and therefore the word democracy in some respects becomes rather meaningless.Martin ConwayA full transcript is available at www.democracyparadox.com or a short review of Western Europe's Democratic Age: 1945—1968  here.Martin Conway is the author of the new book Western Europe's Democratic Age: 1945—1968 and a Professor of Contemporary European History at the University of Oxford.Key Highlights IncludeWhy Democracy Became Part of Western Europe's IdentityHow Democracy was a Process of Continual NegotiationThe Distinct Characteristics of Democracy in Western EuropeAn Account of the Transition from the Fourth to the Fifth Republic in FranceLessons for Democracy Today from Western Europe's PastKey LinksWestern Europe's Democratic Age: 1945-1968  by Martin ConwayLearn more about Martin Conway at Balliol College at the University of OxfordDemocracy and Dictatorship in Europe  by Sheri BermanDemocracy Paradox PodcastKurt Weyland Distinguishes Between Fascism and AuthoritarianismMichael Hughes on the History of Democracy in GermanyMore Episodes from the PodcastMore InformationDemocracy GroupApes of the State created all MusicEmail the show at jkempf@democracyparadox.comFollow on Twitter @DemParadoxFollow on Instagram @democracyparadoxpodcast100 Books on Democracy

RADIKAAL
SES3. Kai Arzheimer on the 2021 German Federal Election

RADIKAAL

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 29:13


This episode is the third installment of the Special Elections Series and will focus on the German federal election of September 26. My guest is Kai Arzheimer, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Mainz in Germany. Kai is one of the foremost scholars of elections and the far right in Europe, and Germany in particular. He also curates the "The Eclectic, Erratic Bibliography on the Extreme Right in Western Europe". Kai is active all over social media, from Twitter to YouTube.

RADIKAAL
47. Airo Hino on Nativism and Populism in Japan

RADIKAAL

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 26:10


My guest is my friend Airo Hino. Airo is a Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University in Japan. His main work in on electoral behavior and party politics in Western Europe, on which he has published many articles and books, includingNew Challenger Parties in Western Europe: A Comparative Analysis, by Routledge in 2012. However, more recently, he has also been working on populism in Japan, which will be topic of our conversation today.

The MUFG Global Markets Podcast
Gas crunch is here and it's not even winter – what comes next? The MUFG Global Markets Podcast

The MUFG Global Markets Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 8:43


Global gas prices have surged driven by a myriad of events that have all added up – LNG supply outages; steep declines in European gas production; below average renewable power output; and lower-than-expected Russian exports to Western Europe. Ehsan Khoman, Head of Emerging Markets Research (EMEA), believes that a severe tightening in global gas supplies presents a unique and acute bullish impulse for oil as a widening deficit depletes inventories and sees markets struggling to find a balance. Whilst he maintains his conviction for a bearish oil price profile along the curve for now (year-end Brent forecast is USD64/b), he acknowledges that the knock-on effects of the global gas crunch may lead to an even tighter physical oil market, with a conceivable transitory price spike north of USD85/b in Q4 2021. Disclaimer: www.mufgresearch.com (PDF)

This Can't Be That Hard
EP 125: High Prices in a Low Priced Market with Elke Van den Ende

This Can't Be That Hard

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 46:33


Do you ever wish you could raise your prices but fear that your local market can't or won't support what you need to charge? If so, this interview with Elke Van den Ende is a must-listen. Elke is a wedding and portrait photographer is based in Western Europe, where most portrait photographers charge just a few hundred pounds for their services. But when Elke ran her numbers and saw that those numbers wouldn't work for her, she decided to go out on a limb and charge more - close to five times more - despite the fact that she was new to business and smack in the midst of Covid. Today, she's sharing how she did that and the (amazing) results she's had.Elke's website: https://www.elkevandenende.comElke's instagram: @elkeVDendeSimple Sales Masterclass: https://www.thiscantbethathard.com/simple 

The John Batchelor Show
1686: 2/2 The Kennan Sweepstakes for a Grand Mission. James Astill @TheEconomist

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 11:10


Photo: NATO's purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.*   Here:  Moldovan stamp in honor of NATO. 2/2  The Kennan Sweepstakes for a Grand Mission. James Astill @TheEconomist American policy. How America wasted its unipolar moment. ..  ..  ..  * George F. Kennan, a career Foreign Service Officer, formulated the policy of “containment,” the basic United States strategy for fighting the cold war (1947–1989) with the Soviet Union.  Kennan's ideas, which became the basis of the Truman administration's foreign policy, first came to public attention in 1947 in the form of an anonymous contribution to the journal Foreign Affairs, the so-called “X-Article.”               To that end, he called for countering “Soviet pressure against the free institutions of the Western world” through the “adroit and vigilant application of counter-force at a series of constantly shifting geographical and political points, corresponding to the shifts and maneuvers of Soviet policy.”             . . . In fact, Kennan advocated defending above all else the world's major centers of industrial power against Soviet expansion: Western Europe, Japan, and the United States. Others criticized Kennan's policy for being too defensive.              Remarkably applical to today.

Masters in Business
Robert Hormats on the Art of Business and Diplomacy (Podcast)

Masters in Business

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 99:12


Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Tiedemann Advisors managing director Robert Hormats, whose decades of experience in international trade and investment have brought him to posts in Western Europe, China, India, Russia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Prior to his work with Tiedemann Advisors, Hormats spent 25 years at Goldman Sachs (International), rising to vice chairman. He has also served five U.S. presidential administrations, most recently as undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment from 2009 through 2013. He has a Ph.D. in international economics from Tufts University. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com