Saturday, August 27, 2016

VIDEO: The Jakubowski Open Source, sustainable industrial civilization 2.0 dream in 5 minutes

To make big changes to economic systems, we need big dreams.

Here is Marcin, on the global village construction set:



Now, to make dreams come true we have to wake up first and map out a feasible strategic path. Think, an open source industrial civ 2.0 reboot kit on a DVD, that transforms the potential of a small town or an island community. Back that with collaborative research by universities feeding an industrial technology commons. One that people can reboot entrepreneurship as adding value and support. Further back that with a digital library spread out across the Caribbean, just to localise.

Blend in the educational tablet PC revolution:




Think, your textbooks, library, notebook, workbook and a cluster of high tech instruments ranging from a high end scientific calculator to an oscilloscope to a software development environment to mathematical analysis packages to office and multimedia productivity in a tablet affordable for all students.

I bought the RCA Cambio, a Windows 10 machine,  at US$ 119, it is now at US$ 100, a harbinger of things to come. (There is an Android version, the Viking, for US$ 80 or so.)

Then think of baking into education, programming, interfacing and digital productivity for all.

Think, of an alternative education system that runs up all the way to an Associate Degree that is not locked into the manipulations of all sorts of politically correct agendas now targetting our region and which are already warping the legal system, higher education, public policy, health and development:



 Think, of how two 40 ft containers butted together side-to-side on a slabs and rammed earth foundation and transformed with some clever sheet-rock work etc could be made into a multimedia educational centre:



Maybe, it is time for a radical reboot of how we think about development, economics and industry. As well as the education that drives it:



That leads to a macro-economic view of a more stable approach to economic transformation:




  Yes, dreams are hard to put on the ground successfully, but that does not mean they should just be scoffed at and dismissed. END

PS: And if you hear an echo of making us less geostrategically vulnerable in a very dangerous day, yes . . .  that is there, too:



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Matt 24 watch, 295: US Election 2016 -- spin vs reality, the Media-Clinton campaign and our spiritual challenge

According to contrarian views and given current developments, the ongoing US election is not a done deal, Clinton shoo- in, with a bungling incompetent, racist [etc etc] for the Republicans "as usual."

(Why don't we spot obvious stereotyping?)

Of course the "done deal" view is what the mainstream, dominant media houses have been portraying. That is a manifestation of the Media-Democrat campaign strategy since 2008: manipulate the Republican primary process to ease into place a candidate to be savaged in the main election. This worked with McCain and Romney, who were more- or- less "moderates." And when angry Republican voters went for an obviously flawed "outside" candidate this year, the Media-Democrat campaign was happy to oblige while sharpening their knives for the kill in the main campaign. (Cf here for a disturbing example.)

Abedin and Clinton
(Never mind the flaws in their own dominant candidate:
  •  the Clinton Foundation and its obvious influence peddling to the tune of dozens to hundreds of millions,
  •  the thirty-plus year backlog of Clinton scandals (often minimised, dismissed in the teeth of otherwise disconcerting evidence that would have brought down a similarly tainted Republican or church leader, or simply made light of through a biased media), 
  • the Benghazi fiasco and obvious lies told to parents of dead soldiers as well as the general public, 
  • the fostering of an Arab spring that predictably turned Islamist winter, 
  • playing fast and loose with Al Qaeda over Iraq, Libya and Syria leading to emergence of ISIS and failure to nip it in the bud, 
  • her email-security violations which may have already contributed to the hanging of an Iranian scientist, 
  • notice here, the FBI's strange refusal to go ahead on an obviously strong case for willful gross negligence regarding high security documents and procedures reflecting recklessness and placing of political agendas and influence games above duties of care as a Cabinet Officer,
  • evidently habitual lying (which the email issues are bringing out), 
  • the questionable influence of Huma Abedin who is deeply connected to radical Islam (starting with her parents and going on to muslim brotherhood front groups in the USA etc), 
  • persistent and decades deep hints about lesbian involvement that come from too many varied sources to be dismissed out of hand, 
  • questions about her health (especially after a fall and brain blood-clot that contributed to her resignation as Secretary of State), and most of all 
  • her connexions to a party leading a radical morally tainted agenda . . . start with sixty million unborn children slaughtered in the womb and go on to radical homosexualisation and transgenderism etc.)
In short, we are being presented with a sobering lesson on the destructive power of media spin games even as the USA falls under the Isaiah 3 & 5 - Romans 1 judgement of moral collapse and breakdown of leadership:


A key current event is the FBI's disclosure of fifteen thousand additional work related emails not surrendered to them:
Remember this?
"I provided all of my emails that could possibly be work related." -Hillary Clinton, March 10, 2016 . . . . 
We already know Clinton's claims about turning over all work related emails to the State Department are false and now, we're learning the FBI found an additional 15,000 work related emails on Clinton's private server that she failed to turn over to the State Department upon departure in 2013 . . . 
This is revealing, especially when we put it in parallel with the disclosure that Ms Abedin, who is:
Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide, and the woman who might be the future White House chief of staff to the first female US president, for a decade edited a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11 . . .
Spell that, agent-of-influence

This reflects the radical Left/ Progressive/ Cultural Marxist de facto alliance with Islam-ISM against Western civilisation and its Judaeo-Christian heritage. This is a key contributor to the current global geostrategic picture:



Multiply this by the associated revelation that the lawyers who sorted through the emails submitted by Clinton to the FBI did not have proper security clearance (which involves serious background checks and vetting):
In July FBI director James Comey confirmed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stored and transmitted top secret, classified information on multiple private email servers. Last year during a press conference at the UN about her email server, Clinton said her attorneys went through all of her emails to separate work related information from her personal business. The problem? Clinton's attorneys don't have the security clearances required to handle the type of highly sensitive, classified information found on the former Secretary's server. 

"They did not," Comey said during Congressional testimony in July when asked whether Clinton's attorneys had the proper clearance to sift through classified information found on the server. "There’s a great deal of concern about an uncleared person, not subject to the requirements we talked about in the read-in documents, potentially having access."

Now, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz is asking Comey to look into why unauthorized attorneys were combing through and separating Clinton's emails without proper security clearance. 

"Just as classified information may not be provided to anyone without an appropriate clearance, classified information must also not be stored on a computer system that is not authorized to store it.  The transfer of classified information from a computer system authorized to store it to one that is not is called spillage," a letter sent to Comey late Monday states. 

Clinton attorneys were not only handling classified information, they were doing so on unauthorized computer systems as well . . . 
This pattern lends force to a contrarian view by Wayne Allyn Root:


Hillary's Done... And She Knows It

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Posted: Aug 20, 2016 12:01 AM
. . . .According to liberals…and Donald's critics…and the GOP establishment…and Ted Cruz’s “NeverTrump” crowd…and the mainstream media... Trump is ignorant...disorganized...offensive...his views are barbaric and simplistic . . . . 
It’s all gone bad for Donald Trump, hasn’t it? It can’t get any worse for a presidential candidate. Talk about your peaks and valleys…Trump is deep in the heart of the valley.

But here’s the thing…


After all of THAT...after Hillary and the media and liberals…and the GOP establishment threw everything they had at Donald…

He is tied with Hillary (within statistical margin of error) in every major credible national poll out in the past few days. Pick your poll: Zogby, Rasmussen, LA Times/USC, Bloomberg, they all say he’s down 1 or 2 points with likely voters- which is tied. In the latest LA times/USC poll he’s down less than one point.

And we all know 5% to 10% of voters won't admit they support Trump. Why would they after the three weeks of disaster I just described?

So that means he's actually AHEAD by 3 to 5 points . . . . 

If Hillary isn't ahead by 15 to 20 points right now...at this absolute low point of Trump's campaign...the deep, deep valley…Hillary is the one in deep trouble. 

Her peak is actually the valley. Her fans and the mainstream media just don't understand that yet. This is the high water mark of her campaign. It will never get better than this. And she's tied, hanging on by her fingernails . . . . 

Even worse...

She knows any day between now and November 8th...Julian Assange and Wikileaks will drop a bombshell that will destroy her presidential run, political career and legacy all in one. She knows what’s coming, because she knows what’s in those emails. If Wikileaks has what Hillary thinks they have, her future involves the “Big House," not the White House.
If this contrarian view is anywhere close to correct, the upcoming election may well be a wild ride, with the credibility of political polling, the media and the establishment in the stakes. And even if Mrs Clinton makes it through, her train of scandals, issues and concerns will follow her into the White House.

But perhaps the most sobering point is in the last bullet above.

The American Black community habitually votes Democrat 90 - 95%, in a context where that party for a generation has been deeply associated with an accelerating dechristianisation agenda, with the worst single point being the advancement of the single worst holocaust in global history under false colour of "reproductive rights," "choice" and twisted law. Abortion.

In the USA, some 60 millions since 1973 when the Supreme Court handed down the notorious Roe v. Wade decision. At the rate of about one 9-11 per day, about 3,000. Yes, the same numbers as marked a national tragedy.

Globally, we have to estimate.

BBC news recently indicated global abortions are 52 millions per year, down from 56 recently. This reflects figures Planned Parenthood's Allen Guttmacher Institute has issued. So, multiply 50 millions per year by 40 years then by 1/2 for growth. Shave off a fifth, and you have 800 millions. 

American Blacks are one of the most churched sectors of the US, and pastoral leaders have a duty of prophetic counsel.

The manifest failure here speaks, decisively and not to the credit of such pastoral leaders.

In the face of manifestly the worst holocaust of the innocents in history.

Worse than slavery.

Worse than racism. 

(Indeed, disproportionately many of the aborted in the USA are . . . black. Globally, all too many abortions, especially in Asia, are of unborn girls, leading to tellingly skewed population sex ratio statistics.)

And here in the Caribbean, we have blindly followed the lead of the US Blacks, the Democratic Party and the mass media.

Our pastoral leaders and educated Christians in general have duties of prophetic counsel too.

And now, our failures are coming home to roost as the dechristianising and Islamist agendas hit our region with repeated hammer-blows, like tidal waves:



Whichever way the US presidential election comes out, the dynamics of Isaiah 3 & 5 and Romans 1 will continue to be in play. The USA and the wider West are hollowed out at the core, having turned to apostate leadership in the church, the university, the media and the state alike. 

They are now an increasing source of moral and spiritual contagion that threatens our region. 

Even, as the global geostrategic situation spins utterly out of control, largely unheeded.

Hardly anyone seems to care or wants to put in the effort to truly understand.

The question is, what will we do, given this counsel of scripture:



Where also, the Apostle Paul provides an example:


So, will we here in the Caribbean rise to the challenge we face?

And, will we, onward, rise up to our potential as the third tidal wave?



The choice to be a new David generation is in our hands. 

So, it is back to the Mordecai challenge: why not now, why not here, why not us? END

Thursday, August 04, 2016

"Warzone London" -- a contrast between police on the ground and the tone of BBC news reports

This morning, BBC is reporting on a Somali man who used a knife to stab one woman to death and injured five others, suggesting that he is mentally ill and distancing him from Islamist terrorism. There is an advisory not to be overly concerned about armed police on the streets.

However, the Drudge headline and picture tell a different story:


A check shows what CTSFO on those shields means:
Scotland Yard has created an SAS-style unit of armed officers to counter the threat of a terrorist gun attack in Britain.

The 130 counter-terrorism specialist firearms officers (CTSFOs) who make up the elite unit have been equipped with new weapons and retrained in new tactics, such as fast-roping from helicopters and storming burning buildings to rescue hostages.
The unit has trained alongside the army’s special forces to respond to assaults such as the 2008 attacks in Mumbai and the 2013 Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, which developed into a siege.
Sun has a report.

Their bullet-point summary:

What we know so far about the Russell Square stabbings:

  • A 19-year-old man attacked six people with a knife in central London's Russell Square at around 10.30pm last night
  • A woman in her 60s was killed and another five injured. Two remain in hospital.
  • The attacker has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held at a South London police station.
  • Police confirmed they were not ruling out the incident being terror-related and said they believed mental health was a key factor.
  • Witnesses described the man as having dark skin and appearing to be of African descent.

In short, regardless of calm- the- public announcements, there is significant concern about a heightened risk of terrorist attacks in London. END

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Scots may be disinclined to walk away from the UK -- for now

A current Daily Mail article suggests the Scots may be currently disinclined to leave the UK:


This result helps reduce uncertainty about the future, so it is good financially and economically. More important, it reduces the possibility of a geostrategic collapse of Britain into a rump state. (Where the UK continues to be a stabilising force in the world.)

More details:
The poll found that more Scots (46 per cent) would prefer to remain part of the UK outside the European Union than be in an independent Scotland that stayed in the EU (37%).

When stripped of don't knows the numbers translate to 55 per cent versus 45 per cent in favour of Scotland remaining in a UK that is not in the European Union.

Scots were also asked for their view about access to the single market.
A total of 40 per cent would rather Scotland remained in a United Kingdom that lost access to the single market.
This compared to 34 per cent who would prefer to leave the UK and retain access to the single market.

However, recent elections have made it clear that Scotland is sharply distinct from the rest of the UK, and in fact has a separate sense of national identity.

It remains to be seen if a gradual shift to a federation by devolution will be enough to hold off the Scottish inclination to walk away from the UK. END

Friday, July 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic Party Nomination, July 28, 2016

Video:



Transcript: here.

Again, I post these for reference because of the importance of the US Presidency. I point to the Acts 27 challenge to democratic government, here. END

Friday, July 22, 2016

Donald J Trump accepts the Republican Party Nomination for President of the USA:

Video:



Transcript.

I think we should all pause to ponder our current geostrategic challenges:


 Likewise, we may ponder the seven mountains issues:


As well as this info graphic on the challenge of change in light of warning-signs and the need for critical mass:



. . . backed up by a warning on how the "window" of what is acceptable can be moved --



And, last but not least, I strongly suggest that we read this earlier KF blog post on the Acts 27 challenge to democratic government. END

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The UK Pound bounces back over the US$ 1.30 threshold on announcement of PM Theresa May

It seems that he mere announcement of a new Prime Minister of the UK on Wednesday next, has given the Pound a shot in the arm:



In short, we can here see the impact of uncertainty and the further impact of restored confidence; even, in a small measure.

Food for thought. END

Monday, July 11, 2016

Police Chief Brown of Dallas speaks

Video:



Sobering, sound and refuses to be drawn into agendas. Note discussion here. Food for thought. END

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Dallas, TX Police massacre

It seems unusually difficult to get a factual summary of developing incidents these days, so let us start with Wikipedia's summary -- sketchy though that is:
A Black Lives Matter protest[6][7][8][9] was organized in Dallas by the Next Generation Action Network in response to the killings of two men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively, days before.[10] The Dallas protest was one of several held across the United States on the night of July 7.[11] Around 800 protesters were involved, and around 100 police officers were assigned to protect the event and the surrounding area.[12] Before the shooting occurred, no other incidents were reported, and the event was peaceful.[13]

The gunfire began in downtown Dallas at 8:58 p.m.[14] A bystander reported hearing 50 to 75 shots.[13] Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said that some of the officers were shot in the back, and that the shooter had some knowledge of the protest route.[14][15] Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that the shooter fired from different floors of a nearby building.[16] At least twelve officers fired back.[17]

Another bystander, who recorded cell phone video of the event from his hotel balcony, reported observing the shooter, clad in tactical clothing and armed with a rifle, at street level. The bystander stated that the shooter loaded his rifle and began firing indiscriminately to draw officers near his position. When one officer approached a corner, the shooter engaged him in a gunfight, forcing the officer to take cover behind a concrete pillar. The shooter fired at one side of the pillar, then ran over to the other side, ambushed the officer, and shot him multiple times from behind at point-blank range, killing him. After firing additional gunshots into the officer's body, the gunman fled upon being shot at by additional officers.[18][19]

Following the shooting, the gunman engaged officers in a standoff at a nearby parking garage, firing intermittently at them. One officer was injured in the shootout. A suspicious package was discovered near the garage and was secured by a bomb squad.[12][20][21] Chief Brown later stated that the gunman had declared that the end was near, his intentions were to kill more law enforcement personnel, and that he had placed explosives all over the garage and downtown Dallas.[14][22]

During negotiations, Johnson said that he acted alone and was not part of any group. The standoff ended at about 2:30 a.m. the next day,[23] after the shooter was killed by a C-4 bomb deployed and set off by a robot.[24][25][26][27] A sweep of downtown Dallas found no presence of explosives.[10]
I frankly suspect that there may well have been more than one shooter, as earlier reports indicate. And yes, this uncomfortably echoes a certain School Book Depository incident in Dallas in November 1963.

The targetting of police has spread across the USA, with several other incidents. 

Underlying, is a wave of hostility, cast in terms of repeated media reports of police targetting blacks and murdering them. This needs to be addressed, first that there is a problem of policing, second that too many of the bloody shirt incidents are not as clearly racist murder of blacks by gangsters in blue as media and street reports too often have made out. And, given that there is a firm belief that blacks are uniquely victimised by US police, it is important to note the following Washington Post tabulation of Police shootings in the USA for 2015 (which, per reports, is not atypical):



The numbers are troubling, but show a very broad societal problem in the USA that will not be simplistically solved. There are problems of policing, of criminality, of societal instability [esp. in cities], of race, of media manipulation, of unscrupulous politicians with agendas, and much more.

I am quite concerned that many here in the Caribbean are being swept up in an atmosphere of polarised hysteria, and that we need to become far more cautious about what we believe, why.

Further to such, the following Tweets are troubling and tellingly revealing, given the importance of peace officers in the community, including the Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean community:




And, if you think I am concerned that hostility to US police can easily transfer to hostility to the police here in the Caribbean, you had better believe that I am

Likewise, I am concerned that ruthless agit prop agitators and strategists may easily manipulate polarised people, groups and movements into fronts for terrorism and chaos, triggering the rise of a police state tyranny to restore "order" and "safety." 

Where, our boys and girls can all too readily be turned into cannon fodder for such vicious agendas. Leaving us to mourn even as liberty burns up in the bonfires set by devilish tactics and behaviour.

I do that, because I saw that happen already in Jamaica in the 1970's and 80's. I saw agitators blurt out the agenda of getting the bloody shirt to stir revolution, on Mona Campus UWI in 1986. I saw the leading campus communist who dragged the student who blurted that out in a meeting, out of the meeting . . . literally, by his ear.

What will we say to those mourning those murdered in the streets by terrorists or rioters or used by ruthless agitators as cannon fodder for their revolution when the police feel forced to resort to deadly force? 

If you want a deeper reference, kindly study the history of post WW I Germany as chaos and street violence opened the way for Hitler.

We need a far more balanced, mature approach. END

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Clinton vs FBI Director Comey re emails

Video:




 (NB:  Trump's statement. BREAKING: Guccifer, Romanian hacker who reportedly broke into the Clinton email server, is said to have been found dead of apparent suicide [cf. Vince Foster etc . . . ] in his gaol cell. The report says, he had been extradited to the USA. [Looks like a prank/ hoax site, sorry.])

Why has Mrs Clinton not been prosecuted for sustained, reckless violations that a responsible person must know exposed not only methods and extent of knowledge but also lives?

Let me cite US Code, 18, Section 793 on responsibility through negligence:
(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense,
(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or
(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

(g) If two or more persons conspire to violate any of the foregoing provisions of this section, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be subject to the punishment provided for the offense which is the object of such conspiracy . . .
 Now, we can note the FBI Director's careful resort to "carelessness" rather than "negligence" in his statements. This already pointed to intent not to act under this code. Meanwhile, others up to Gen Petraeus, have been prosecuted for what seems to be far less extensive violations of duty.

That, we must ponder. END

PS: Drudge's links list:
 FBI DIRECTOR: CLINTON AND AIDES 'EXTREMELY CARELESS'...

CAMPAIGN BULLIED MEDIA WITH LIES...

COMEY TRANSCRIPT...

TRUMP UNLOADS...

PAPER: FIX WAS IN...

Obama DOJ Prosecuted More Gov. Officials For Leaking Classified Info Than Past Admins -- Combined...

2015: Charged Naval Reservist For Mishandling...