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Review: Islands (Bush Theatre)

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Jan 222015

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Olivier Award-nominated Caroline Horton’s new play about tax havens has opened at the west London venue

Within two years, says Oxfam, the richest 1% will own the same as the rest of us: that is, half the world’s wealth. That wealth should, we’re told, trickle down. The tide should rise and, as the rich get richer, so too should the poor. Sadly, that’s not how it works. As the rich get richer, the accountants get creative. Offshore accounts, doomed films and other tax avoidance schemes mean the poor get next to nothing.

We should be getting angry. Instead, we get Caroline Horton’s Islands: a mealy-mouthed bouffon show so tedious and unintelligible that it slowly saps whatever indignation you had on arrival. It takes close to two hours to tell us that tax avoidance is rather repulsive. Islands means well, but it doesn’t mean much more than that.

Horton casts the super-rich as gods, holed up on their haven, at a safe distance from the rest of us in the so-called Shitworld. She plays Mary, a mangled, Caliban-esque deity, with saggy tits and disco ball testicles, who spent her teenage years locked in her bedroom, masturbating and making up her own rules. On an island, there really is no such thing as society and if there is, it’s small enough to be bent to your advantage.

With her two androgynous assistants, Agent and Swill (John Biddle and Seriol Davies), Mary enlists two ordinary humans, Adam and Eve, to do her cherry-picking and stave off the shit. Now and then, the blind-eyed taxman, Paul, plays hardball on the phone, and the determined voices of Cameron, Osborne and Co. echo out of sewers and toilets, threatening crackdowns.

Nothing of note really happens: Eve defects, Adam demeans himself by dragging up as Austerity Measures and those threatened crackdowns never come. Instead, there’s a piecemeal, patchwork quality, like sketches strung together, almost entirely without humour or dramatic tension. Almost everything onstage Horton’s florid language, Oliver Townsend’s attractive, cacophonous design, Biddle and Davies’ twee, twinkling songs and the soup of literary allusions seems determined to obfuscate. Islands is basically one massive mixed metaphor.

What’s missing, above all else, is an argument let alone, any critical thinking. Islands never charges us with complicity or selfishness on a smaller scale, nor does it leave room to consider the consequences of a clampdown on the corporations keeping society afloat. There’s no recognition, either, that Britain is seen as a tax haven itself; a new Switzerland, a safety deposit box nation. In fact, Islands is less a play, than a placard. Best avoided.

Islands runs at the Bush Theatre until 21st February. Click here for more information and to book tickets.

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Diving the Poor Knights Islands – 29 December 2014 – Video

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Jan 112015

Diving the Poor Knights Islands – 29 December 2014
Our first of two dives on 29 December 2014. We went out with Dive! Tutukaka to the Poor Knights Islands about 22km off shore for what turned out to be an epic dive trip. This first dive of…

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RotMG – Goes way too deep, ends up getting murdered by illuminati (MLG) – Video

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Dec 142014

RotMG – Goes way too deep, ends up getting murdered by illuminati (MLG)
Greetings earthlings, today my brave friend Llogtepop goes so deep in god lands we could see Adele rolling. He went so deep, illuminati had no choice other than slaying this poor fellow. Ripples…

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Why Marketing? for SEO Professionals – Video

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Nov 302014

Why Marketing? for SEO Professionals
Many of the Digital Media Marketers do not go through a specific Marketing Course. This course aims to explain the basics of Marketing. Sorry for the poor graphics, but I promise the course…

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Marshall J. Brown, reporter and Second Amendment advocate

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Nov 282014

Feb. 28, 1936 Oct. 10, 2014

Marshall J. Brown, a former Buffalo Courier-Express reporter and advocate of the right to bear arms, died Friday at his 63-acre gentlemans farm in Colden after an extended battle with multiple system atrophy, a neurological disease. He was 78.

The native of the Bronx came from a newspaper family, with his father, Max, and two uncles, all editors at United Press International.

Marsh was a feisty, hard-nosed old-time newsman, like one of the characters youd see in an old movie like The Front Page, said Buffalo News reporter Dan Herbeck, who worked with Mr. Brown at Buffalo Police Headquarters in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He carried a gun when he was on the job, sometimes beat the police to crime scenes. On more than one occasion, he conducted his own investigations and helped the police solve crimes.

Herbeck said he will never forget the time he and Mr. Brown in 1982 both police reporters for Buffalos two competing newspapers decided to go out and have lunch together. They were walking toward a small diner when a waitress came running outside, spattered with blood and screaming, Help, he killed Ellie!

Marsh grabbed his gun out of the holster and we went running inside. This poor waitress was on the floor, bleeding to death, Herbeck recalled. A mental patient who had recently been released from a psychiatric center had jumped over the counter, grabbed a knife and began stabbing this poor woman. Then he ran out of the place. Marsh and I ran outside, looking for the guy, but he was long gone. The police came and we told them what happened.

Mr. Browns first newspaper job was at age 17 as a copyboy at the New York Herald Tribune. After earning a journalism degree at New York University, he joined the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal where he worked as a reporter, photographer and darkroom technician.

An avid outdoorsman, he also wrote a column called Bait n Bullets in Lockport.

In 1961 he joined the staff of the Courier-Express and covered a number of sensational cases, including the .22 caliber killer case and many organized crime murders. Mr. Brown won a number of awards from the Associated Press, but was most proud of his James Madison Award from the Second Amendment Foundation.

When the Courier folded in 1982, he went to South Africa for a month where he hunted big game. He also hunted in Mexico, Greece, Denmark and Canada. He held an Open Water Scuba Diver rating and dove in the Caribbean and the Red Sea. He was an ardent sailor and fisherman.,

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Marysville Pilchuck Killer Jaylen Fryberg Undetectable illuminati Mind Control Programmed HS Slave – Video

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Oct 262014

Marysville Pilchuck Killer Jaylen Fryberg Undetectable illuminati Mind Control Programmed HS Slave
The unpopular truth about mind control salves like this poor lost soul Jaylen Fryberg has to be said. The illuminati undetectable mind control “educated” slave “professors” in society will…

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Papantonio: The Payday Loan Racketeering Scam – Video

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Oct 092014

Papantonio: The Payday Loan Racketeering Scam
This segment originally aired on the September 28th, 2014 episode of Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. The payday loan industry has come under fire in recent months for preying on the poor in…

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Incredible Diving Poor Knights Islands New Zealand GoPro – Video

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May 062014

Incredible Diving Poor Knights Islands New Zealand GoPro
Awesome diving at the Poor Knights Islands in New Zealand with Ocean Blue, April 2014 diving at Northern Arch, Tye-Die Arch, Blue Mau Mau.

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Remember Karpal by standing up for JUSTICE, INTEGRITY & FREEDOM – Guan Eng

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Apr 202014

Remember Karpal by standing up for JUSTICE, INTEGRITY & FREEDOM – Guan Eng

We mourn the untimely and unexpected passing of DAP National Chairman and Member of Parliament for Bukit Gelugor, Sdr Karpal Singh. Sdr Karpal is a 8-term Member of Parliament of Bukit Gelugor and Jelutong, as well as a 3 term state assemblyman in Penang, first elected in 1978.

For 40-years, Sdr Karpal dedicated his life to the legal profession, fighting for justice, upholding our constitutional rights of freedom and human rights. His landmark cases are textbook references for lawyers.

A devoted father and husband to his wife Gurmit, both of them brought up 5 children who are all successful practicing lawyers except for the youngest who is an accountant. The eldest Jagdeep is presently a Penang State EXCO member whilst the second eldest Gobind is a Member of Parliament for Puchong.

With his life suddenly cut short at 74 years following a tragic accident on 17 April 2014, Penang has lost an upstanding and outstanding leader and lawyer. The rakyat lost a fearless “tiger” with an indomitable spirit who stood up for the poor, weak, defenceless and dispossesed.

But it his fighting spirit that stands out. You can detain Karpal physically but you can never detain his spirit. I saw this myself whilst we were both detained without trial under the now repealed Internal Security Act (ISA) in 1988 in Kamunting Detention Camp. He suffered from severe spinal back pains but refused to yield.

This refusal to yield was evident after Karpal suffered an unfortunate accident in 2005 which paralysed him waist-down. Not only did he overcome this paralysis but he continued his brilliant legal and political career. Sdr Karpal became the first disabled person in Malaysia to be elected twice to Parliament, both times with huge majorities.

In seeking both rule of law and a better Malaysia, Sdr Karpal practiced what he preached refusing to charge for cases of gross injustices whether the famous VIPs like Parliamentary Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Sdr Lim Kit Siang or the poor Malay, Indian or Chinese.

His departure will leave an immense void not only in his family’s lives, but also in those of all Malaysians whose lives have been inspired by his principled cause.

To Sdr Karpals family, we share your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathies and condolences. Thomas Jefferson said that when the government fears the people, there is liberty; when the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Throughout his life, Karpal showed us how not to fear the government.

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Libertarians become vocal critics of exhortation

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Jan 302014


The most interesting criticisms of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, have come from libertarians who are closest to the economic views the pope denounced.

In this document, Francis did not mince words. He condemned “trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and nave trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.” He warned against laissez-faire adherents who “reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules.” The pope chastised “the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.”

“Speaking for libertarians, my objection to what the pope wrote derives from two things,” the Cato Institute’s Marian Tupy said in an interview with NCR. “First, there is the factual statement. The pope says the world is becoming worse, but that can be measured. In almost 200 pages, he never cites a single study, a single number, to support his claim.” Tupy, who wrote an article encapsulating his objections in The Atlantic, cites a host of statistics to support his claim that “capitalism, compared to other systems, does very well at bringing people out of poverty.”

Tupy’s second objection has to do with the lens through which he and the pope view the prevailing economic situation. “The pope compares the world to a future utopia,” Tupy said. “I look to the past and find data to support my views.” Francis would, no doubt, plead guilty to the charge, but he would be unlikely to use the word “utopia.” In the language of the Catholic church, that future to which Catholics are called is “the kingdom of God.”

“My factual disagreement with the pope has no bearing on my respect for the man nor on my belief that everyone has a moral duty to help the poor,” Tupy said. But, he sticks by his conclusion in his Atlantic article: “Pope Francis has a big heart, but his credibility as a voice of justice and morality would be immeasurably improved if he based his statements on facts.”

A similar critique of Evangelii Gaudium came from the pro-market Acton Institute, which is run by a Catholic priest, Fr. Robert Sirico. In a video discussing Evangelii Gaudium, Sirico posed a series of questions: “Where are these unhampered markets?” he asked. “Where is the market absolutely autonomous?” Sirico seems to be suggesting that the pope was creating straw men and attacking them, and expresses the hope that future exhortations will confront the economic questions Sirico poses.

Francis has not been lacking in defenders. “The Catholic apologists for libertarianism — and, sadly, there are a few who try to do this — always begin with condescension,” said Stephen Schneck, director of The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies. “The pope’s pity for the poor is understandable, they say, but he’s naive about the miracle of the market. Baloney. Not only are such remarks patronizing, they’re proof that the apologists don’t understand the papal teachings. Pope Francis is not telling Christians to stoop to pity the poor. He’s saying private charity, however wonderful and holy it is, can never be enough. He’s saying that the poor also need justice. They need social justice, distributive justice, redistributive justice. He’s saying that private charity by itself can never provide that justice given the moral deficiency of economic and social systems governed only by heartless invisible hands.”

Lew Daly, a fellow at the secular think tank Demos in New York, thinks Francis hit the nail on the head in Evangelii Gaudium. “Pope Francis is not an innovator of church teaching in any way,” Daly told NCR. “The innovation, compared to other voices in the Catholic church, is in his correct and properly urgent analysis of what is wrong in the church’s eyes. Capitalism is not just ‘broken’; it is inherently out of control, in a late phase of development, because a libertarian creed with mistaken precepts about human nature has infected political institutions, economic elites and even the church.”

It is true that while Francis’ speaking and writing style is more accessible than that of his predecessors, the content of what he says exhibits deep continuity with previous doctrinal statements. In 1891, Pope Leo XIII issued the first major papal statement on socioeconomic issues and he warned against the excesses of both capitalism and socialism. In 1931, Pope Pius XI wrote, “Just as the unity of human society cannot be founded on an opposition of classes, so also the right ordering of economic life cannot be left to a free competition of forces. For from this source, as from a poisoned spring, have originated and spread all the errors of individualist economic teaching.” And, just one year ago, in his World Day of Peace message, Pope Benedict XVI stated, “It is alarming to see hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor, by the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism.”

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Segment from Free Speech TV: Pay Day Lenders-A Tax on the Poor – Video

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Jan 262014

Segment from Free Speech TV: Pay Day Lenders-A Tax on the Poor
In this segment on Free Speech TV's “Ring of Fire” program, Howard L. Nations, a nationally renowned trial lawyer, discusses how the payday lending industry …

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Jun 192013

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Freedom Overlooked

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Mar 212013

TGIF: Freedom Overlooked

by Sheldon Richman

The idea of freedom counts for little in public discourse. It may come up now and then, only to be quickly shoved to the rear as something quaintly outmoded if not suggestive of paranoia.

Examples abound, and this week saw its share. The first that comes to mind is New York City Mayor Bloombergs legal setback in his attempt to prohibit restaurants from serving sodas in containers bigger than 16 ounces. A judge struck down the mayors decree as arbitrary and capricious, but much of the discussion on television news programs focused not on freedom but rather on health or pragmatic concerns: Would the ban really help combat obesity? How big a role does soda play in that problem? Would the ban help bring down the cost of medical care?

Anyone who argued that Bloombergs rule is out of bounds because it forbids a certain kind of peaceful exchange between restaurants and patrons, and that government has no moral right to interfere with voluntary exchange, would likely have been dismissed as weirdly out of touch. After all, Bloomberg has addressed the issue of freedom, hasnt he? Hes said repeatedly that his rule would violate no ones freedom because you may have your 16-ounce cup refilled as many times as you wish. All his rule would do is remind us of the health implications of drinking too much soda.

Of course, that is not all his rule would do. It would, in fact, outlaw a certain class of transactions. Its not a reminder; its a prohibition. But if you insisted on this point during the typical media discussion, you probably wouldnt be asked back the next time the issue came up. Yet its a legitimate question: Granting all the good motives in the world, how dare anyone propose that people be forced in this way?

The other example relates to the poor and was prompted by the selection of the pope. In much of the media discussion about the election at the Vatican, pundits equated concern for the poor with an embrace of government programs allegedly aimed at alleviating poverty. If you care about the poor, so goes the argument, you must favor government antipoverty programs. Contrariwise, if you oppose the programs, you are indifferent to poverty and misery.

What is remarkable is that this link is never thought to need justification. Just how does one get from We have a moral obligation to the poor to Government should force people to help the poor? Whatever one thinks of the declared moral obligation, additional argument is required to get from it to an enforceable legal obligation. Lets not forget that if someone refuses to pay taxes and announces that he will help the poor through voluntary activity, he could be imprisoned and even killed, were he to resist the states efforts to seize his money for its charitable works. Why is the freedom to help the poor privately or to abstain from helping at all not recognized as an individual right? Do those who preach the moral obligation to help the poor believe that it is proper to lock people in cages merely for choosing to discharge this obligation in their own way outside of government channels? Does the moral code that implores us to be our brothers keeper not also condemn violence? Is there no connection between compassion for the indigent and abhorrence of brutality?

Why is the neglect and even dismissal of freedom so common? Because freedom, if thought of at all, is regarded as just one of many considerations to be taken into account when judging public policy. Worse, for many people, freedom is easily outweighed by other things, such as health and the needs of others. The refusal to see freedom as just one of many competing values is regarded in many circles as a sign of immaturity or extremism. If you insist that freedom imposes constraints on our actions towards others, and if you extend this principle to government officials, you are apt to be viewed as an oddity. The maxim that each human being is an end in himself or herself, and not merely a means to the ends of others, carries little weight, despite the occasional lip service.

People who worry about obesity are free to contribute to campaigns designed to persuade us to drink less soda. Why do they turn to physical force instead? Similarly, people who want to help the poor are free to contribute their time and money to that cause and to urge others to do so. Why do they call for force? If they say private efforts are insufficient and therefore force is required, I remind them that the end does not justify the means.

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Libertarian Principles — Too Radical? – Video

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Jan 292013

Libertarian Principles — Too Radical?
What is Libertarianism and Liberty? Most people associate it with a total state of anarchy, with people running around and hurting each other. Where the rich get richer and the poor get poor. Where American national security is compromised. But few realize the pure and simple principles behind liberty. Well here's your chance to find out just how radical we are.

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