How to become a war criminal in the modern world

Learn how and more from this: The sparkling waters of the West Bank.

SodaStream, as you probably know, is a device for making sparkling water at home — no plastic bottles to schlep and then throw away or send for recycling.

Its CEO, Daniel Birnbaum, an Israeli entrepreneur, a visionary who came up with a wild idea: Open a factory on the West Bank and hire Palestinians. Give them “Israeli wages” which are about four times higher than the average in the territories. Provide them and their extended families with medical insurance, a benefit few employers in the West Bank provide.

Also hire Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews and let them all work together, learn about each other, maybe develop mutual respect and even friendships. What an achievement it would be if the experiment succeeded!

And succeed it did. By 2014, with more than 500 workers, SodaStream was among the largest private employers on the West Bank.

Unsurprisingly, champions of the Palestinian cause denounced Mr. Birnbaum as anti-Palestinian. In particular, advocates for BDS (the campaign to de-legitimize and demonize Israel through boycotts, divestments and sanctions) accused him of stealing Palestinian land, profiting from the “occupation” and exploiting Palestinian workers.

“Suddenly,” Mr. Birnbaum recounted to me over dinner in Tel Aviv three years ago, “I’m a walking war criminal!”

And now read it all. It should be filled with lessons about possibilities that are now afoot, but no chance of that in the world as it is.

Australia in the climate change news

This would certainly be a change. This is how our change of government is being seen from the UK.

GWPF Newsletter 30/08/18
Australian Govt Promises To Abandon Green Subsidies & Ignore Climate Targets
Climate Change Action Off The Agenda Under Morrison Government
Australian’s new Energy Minister Angus Taylor has unveiled a new energy policy focused exclusively on reducing electricity prices, in a strong signal the Morrison government will abandon all efforts to lower carbon emissions. The move comes a week after the issue of climate change precipitated the ousting of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.  —The New Daily, 30 August 2018


Renewable energy subsidies and emission-reduction targets will be replaced with a focus on lowering electricity prices under the Morrison government. New Energy Minister Angus Taylor said the federal energy policy has been “a mess” and says the fact prices have soared while blackouts persist means something has “gone terribly wrong”. The Daily Telegraph understands emission-reduction will also play no future role in ­energy policy. —The Daily Telegraph, 30 August 2018

The new Prime Minister — who took a lump of coal into parliament and accused Labor of “coalaphobia” — is under pressure from colleagues to support clean-coal technology. Whether it’s marginal seats in Queensland, western Sydney or Victoria, the message is clear: voters want action on energy prices, not emissions targets. –Geoff Chambers,The Australian, 28 August 2018

A “smooth running machine” with changing parts

A few of PDT’s messages on twitter from today. There are 54 million of us who listen in. We are unlikely to be fooled by the MSM since we hear their version and the President’s. I cannot see how using twitter is “unpresidential”. Otherwise it’s just a piñata where everyone gets to take a swing. Better this way, and more entertaining.

Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner had NOTHING to do with the so called “pushing out” of Don McGahn.The Fake News Media has it, purposely,so wrong! They love to portray chaos in the White House when they know that chaos doesn’t exist-just a “smooth running machine” with changing parts!

I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda. This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction. Enemy of the People!

What’s going on at is happening, to different degrees, at other networks – with being the worst. The good news is that Andy Lack(y) is about to be fired(?) for incompetence, and much worse. When Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia, they were hurt badly!

The devil’s not just in the detail

A very interesting post: Night of the Demon. Here’s the premise:

Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles Robert Barron has a theory.  He suggests that the Church — and perhaps the world at large — is struggling not just against a few disorganized human beings but something more powerful: an evolving, self-programming, viral “demonic element” that is almost impossible to destroy.  When Barron says the devil he means just that:

When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and largely losing my sense of the devil as a real spiritual person. What shook my agnosticism in regard to the evil one was the clerical sex abuse scandal of the nineties and the early aughts. I say this because that awful crisis just seemed too thought-through, too well-coordinated, to be simply the result of chance or wicked human choice.

I’ve always thought that the Zoroastrians were onto something about the physical presence of evil in the world. But the truly difficult part is to know just which side one is on oneself.

I encourage you to read the entire article and then to continue with the comments as well.

Freedom of speech in Airstrip One

There was a time before the first of the socialist states came into existence when there might have been some lame excuse not to know how fanatically repressive such regimes are. There are no excuses today. In such regimes, it is as certain as certain can be that you have no freedoms and they impoverish you as well. Here is a story that remains accessible to anyone interested, but which for all too many, have no interest in learning from the past: Soviet censorship: How did the USSR control the public?

Yet it’s not as if they are not learning from history. They are. What they learn is that even the shallowest losers in a free society can get to the top and have untold wealth and power if they can fool just enough of the population for just long enough to get their hands on the levers of state. Meanwhile, there are fools aplenty willing to give them the power to set up their tyrannical regimes, from which there is no force within the regime that can bring deliverance.

The power of ignorance

Stunning! Senior Facebook Engineer Admits “We Tear Down Posters Welcoming Trump Supporters”

World Net Daily reported on a similar study that found that despite the tech giant’s claim to be “a fair and balanced arbiter of facts,” a significant percentage of searches produce material that leans politically either to the “left” or the “far left.”

And then there’s this: YOUTUBE BURIES ANN COULTER VIDEO TO PREVENT USERS FROM FINDING IT. They did a small test on whether something could be found on Youtube by typing in its name.

This is a perfect example of how big tech firms like Facebook, Google, and Youtube fashion their code to prevent conservatives from being found in search results and how viewers are given all liberal sources instead.

The folks at Information Liberation did a search for an Ann Coulter video entitled “How Trump Should Deal With Cohen & Manafort – Ann Coulter.” This video featured the best selling author’s appearance on C-Span last week where she slammed Big Tech for its bias against conservatives.

You’ll never guess what happened. And this is Ann Coulter. They are not only devious, but are rightly afraid that if the truth managed to leak out, the left would be finished beyond redemption. They do not seek truth but power. Keeping their minions as ignorant as possible is part of the way it is done.

Chattel in a chain of imposed and remotely determined obligations

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Branch – Academic Staff

National Councillor (Academic Staff)
Candidates First Preference Votes

NORMA Caroline   205      76.8%
KATES Steven         62       23.2%

I ran for the RMIT academic staff representative on the NTEU National Council and ended up with a quarter of the vote. So in this small way I have shown that the tertiary system is not yet totally beyond redemption. This was my campaign platform.

The heart and soul of a university are its academics.

Universities are now large, bureaucratic organisations who in many ways think of themselves as a business while still retaining the sentiments of our ancient academic traditions. My aim in joining the Council will be to act as a perpetual reminder to the university on why universities exist and the crucial role that the academics in our tertiary institutions play.

The top-down structure that now affects what we do and how we do it is taking much of the vitality out of our universities and is shaping our roles to suit the purposes of an efficient, profit-maximising organisation. There is, of course, nothing wrong with a university in trying to remain solvent. Paying its bills is what it must do.

But paying its bills is not what a university is for. A university is to carry the values of our common humanity forward by building on the hard-won knowledge of the past while contributing what we can ourselves in our hope to shape the future.

My own specialty area is in the History of Economic Thought, a very unfashionable part of the academic world. Yet it is in the overlap between history and economics that the ancient meets the modern, and indeed reaches out into the future.

Although my early career was as an academic, I have only been a senior academic for the past thirteen years, having spent most of my career in the private sector, and interestingly working in industrial relations. I know the IR system well and understand its crucial importance in maintaining the dignity of work in the face of employers who often do not.

Since returning to the academic world, I have published ten books, including a children’s book, Economics for Infants, and many papers.

With me elected to the Council as your academic representative, you will have someone in place who truly cares about your place in the scheme of things, and will not allow our position as mere chattel in a chain of imposed and remotely determined obligations to continue.

If it’s not illegal to say it then it should be illegal to prevent it from being said


Trying to find a positive story about PDT that is a week old on Google is often impossible. Sometime Duck Duck Go will allow me to access what I know is there, but sometime not. Google is virtually a certainty to be a dry well. Saying things on Facebook and Twitter that offend the left can get you shut down. From the above story, taken from Drudge:

Trump: Facebook, Twitter, Google are ‘treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful’

  • Trump said in a tweet that Google’s search engine had “rigged” news story search results to show mostly “bad” stories about him and other conservatives. He later criticized Facebook and Twitter.
  • He says Google is prioritizing left-leaning outlets and warns that the situation “will be addressed.”
  • The president’s comments come a week before Google, Facebook and Twitter testify before Congress.
  • Larry Kudlow, Trump’s economic advisor, says the White House is “looking into” whether Google suppresses positive articles about the president.

News stories about Australia are usually findable since Google probably doesn’t care what we read. But they do care about what Americans read and prevent what they can from showing up in those narrow corridors inhabited by the wilfully ignorant. Try this story: China reportedly hacked Hillary Clinton’s home server and read all her emails, FBI agent Peter Strzok yawned. It begins:

This is from the Daily Caller because the mainstream media won’t pick up on it until they can figure out a way to say that China only did this at the behest of Russia and Trump.

Now simply routine for stories not to appear in the mainstream media and to disappear from various search engines in no time flat.

What to do is a hard issue since it is clear that an unbiased media would wipe the left out. The truth may set you free, but where will you find it if bias, distortion and fake news are your bread and butter?