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*How #SriLanka got ruined*

Lankans voted for #Rajapakshas knowing very well what they did in the past, including corruption, selling out national assets to #China, #dynastic politics and all.

They still voted for them because Rajapakshas promised things they could not refuse.
1. Their #GST, called VAT Tax, on all products was reduced to 8%, thus making everything cheaper in one stroke. (It also killed the govt revenue). People loved things getting cheaper.
2. The minimum #incometax threshold was changed from 5 Lakhs per annum to 30 Lakhs! Very few earned more than 30L!
A very large part of the population became #tax exempt. This was very popular among the salaried class.
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we need to reevaluate political terminology, the current one is inaccurate -- thread //
socialism & fascism are not opposite each other, they are the same extreme of the left wing: National Socialism/ Socialist Nationalism;

current right wing parties are National Socialist;
there is no difference between the system under Putin and the system under Bush/Cheney —
this is not about the type of economy under a political system but rather the degree of social/ national / racial purification of the society within, and the degree of repression;
the current Democratic Party in the US is left-center --
leaning towards the authoritarian, repressive left, often agreeing to absorb socialist ideas (imperialism);

American Liberals are the actual right wing -- offering the most personal freedoms, civil liberties & rights;
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Finally, the #GoldacreReview is published! (During Parliamentary Easter holidays, mid-ping-pong on the #HealthAndCareBill...)

It's 221 pages - each PDF page is a double page spread - so this could be a lo-o-o-ong [Thread].

Here goes...
First point to note, in the Terms of Reference (p5), is that this is about "access to #NHSdata by #researchers, #commissioners, and #innovators" - i.e. #Planning and #CommercialReUse - so it is directly relevant to the operation of millions of people's #NationalDataOptOuts... Terms of reference for the review  1. How do we facilitate a
"185 wide-ranging recommendations for us to explore", says @sajidjavid (p6). Gulp! Time for some coffee...

"systems that ensure #underrepresented groups are well represented" may (partly) refer to this "landmark review", which got off to a slow start:

gov.uk/government/new… The far-reaching independent review into potential ethnic bi
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Have you ever wanted to study the #astronomical knowledges and practices of ancient cultures around the globe? @UniMelb will be offering a brand new course on #Archaeoastronomy during Semester 2, 2022!

Enrolments are open...

handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/phyc2… Image
'PHYC20017: #Archaeoastronomy' will be delivered jointly by the School of #Physics in the Faculty of #Science and the #History & #Philosophy of Science Unit in the Faculty of #Arts.

Enrol now!

handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/phyc2…
#Ancient and #Indigenous cultures of the world developed knowledge systems long ago and constructed #monuments that reflect detailed knowledge of the #Sun, #Moon & #stars. The sky played an important role in ceremony, #political structures, #architecture, and social development. Image
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🆕 ✨According to a new @theLancet study on excess deaths, IHME’s Haley Comfort, Spencer Pease, & Stefanie Watson discuss there were 18 MILLION #ExcessDeaths due to the pandemic in 2020 & 2021. Read their post about the study in @ThinkGlobalHlth
thinkglobalhealth.org/article/covid-…
💡What are #ExcessDeaths? It’s a measure comparing the trends of deaths in previous years vs. deaths during the #COVID19 pandemic. The abnormal spike in deaths during 2020 and 2021 → excess deaths
Deaths ⬆️ than expected: #India, #US, #Russia, #Mexico, #Brazil, #Indonesia, #Pakistan accounted for over half the world’s 18mil excess deaths, partially due to population size
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1/2 Kort draadje.
Inzake de wederzijdse #Schuldvraag rond
de #Militaire #Missie van #Rusland in #Oekraïne,
't #Bewijs van de #Misdaden tegen de #Menselijkheid van 't #Regime in #Kiev, gepleegd tegen
de #Russische en het #Russisch sprekende #Deel
van de #Oekraïense 👇 #Bevolking:
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Last night a #VotingRights bill died in the #Senate as two Democrats sided with Republicans against changing the #FILIBUSTER rules.

So what is a filibuster? Check out our #thread to find out the history of this controversial practice.
You might be thinking of a #filibuster as a sweaty congressman holding the House hostage by talking for hours. That’s not really the case anymore.
Instead it’s more of a silent game of #political #chess.
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#political #poetry

Dispatch from the Front

Christmas is coming,
but I see no geese getting fat
and no stockings hung by the chimney,
with or without care.
The Spirit of Goodwill
does not traverse the land.
Instead the Spectre of Poverty
walks abroad, gaunt and grey;
eyesockets blind, ears deaf
to the cries of the needy.
It is a cold hard season:
carolsingers frozen in the snow,
leaving only the howling of the wind
serenading those in need of comfort.
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#political #poetry

christmas play

when the puppet show was over
there was a general stampede
toward the swinging exit doors
though angels were singing
and the halls were decked with holly
there was no christian charity
in that theater full of the damned
when the maddened mass
of bodies realized the doors
no longer swung but were instead
padlocked leaving them burning
like those triangle shirtwaist girls left
blackened bald and broken
in a world not far from this one

and blood flowed hot and bright
the theater critics
most of whom were innocent of all
but showing up to rate the show
for a penny a word
became
unlike those sealed doors
unhinged
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This report explores the impact that #security #thinktanks such as the Henry Jackson Society (#HJS) are having on British #democracy and societal cohesion
It highlights links between such groups & the British & international #FarRight which combine with patterns of divisive
far Right which combine with patterns of divisive and agenda-
driven reports based in impoverished methodologies to #shape UK #policy & #political #discourse for the worse.
Such groups have caused concern amongst numerous equalities, community, & faith groups &
& are cited as enabling & encouraging Islamophobia & racism, facilitating far
Right mobilisation, & pushing successive UK governments towards policy positions that damage societal cohesion.
This report brings together open-source articles, reports, & public instances of events
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1/NEW: @adivp333, @ChFlachsland, @ProfKHarrison, @hochstet, M Lockwood, R MacNeil, @mmildenberger, @MatPaterson, Fei Teng, @emilyjtyler & I propose a systematic framework for the study of #climate institutions in @ScienceMagazine (free access link below) science.org/doi/10.1126/sc…
2/4 #netzero pledges, #decarbonisation targets made at #COP26 will remain aspirational without #climate institutions to coordinate action and ambition, build consensus and develop strategies. Get access link at cprindia.org/articles/natio…
3/4 Countries do not have a free hand in designing #climate institutions but are instead deeply dependent on the national #political context.
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(Thread) - New Report: we are proud to present ‘A Compass towards 2030’, which tracks progress towards a #resilient and #regenerative well-being #economy. Access it here: zoe-institut.de/en/publication… #COP26 #ClimateCrisis (1/9)
We start from the observation, that the #EU is confronted with a proliferation of dashboards. They provide neither a narrative that is compelling, visually attractive and easy to understand nor a #political summary to monitor developments towards #BeyondGDP (2/9)
We take inspiration from #DoughnutEconomics to close this gap. The Doughnut shows overshoots of planetary boundaries (outer ring) & shortfalls on #social foundations (inner ring). Challenge of the century is to get into green ring: a #safe & just space for #humanity & #EU (3/9)
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The political momentum for reforming the #EU 🇪🇺 #fiscal framework is larger than ever. We are excited to share our freshly published feasibility & impact analysis of the reform proposals with you: zoe-institut.de/en/publication… (1/15)➡️ Image
Recovering from the #pandemic and simultaneously achieving #environmental, #social and #economic goals requires large amounts of public funding and therefore ample #fiscal flexibility for #EU member states. (2/15)
And with all eyes on #COP26 this week, and the discussion about the scale and pace of investment for #ClimateAction high on the agenda, the discussion about how to create the fiscal flexibility for investments such as these has never been more timely (3/15)
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I'm sort of tired of the claims of '#Political #Tribalism'.

This is just another from of '#BothSiderisms' where the idea is to conflate the parties as to being equally bad.
The political Left is a loosely aligned group who have varying ideas about how to best serve constituents. They obviously don't vote in lockstep, and the media's constant coverage of 'Democrats in Disarray' gives Truth to this. There is no strict party orthodoxy.
On the other hand, you have the political right in America. The #GOP.

There _is_ a requirement to strictly follow every mandate of the party. The party hands out talking points weekly and all members are expected to parrot them.
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A thread on imagining impacts of the #Metaverse on “my” world. How will the job of a #geopolitics analyst be different? How will this new platform change international relations in general and the #Gulf in particular? Feel free to add your take, it’s simply thinking out loud.
1/
First, meetings & events. #Zoom events are here to stay, alongside in-person ones. But a digital event on #Metaverse could be so much better and closer to a real-life experience, enhanced by instant access to resources 2/
Then, outputs. Will it make sense to write papers when you can produce an interactive output combining texts, recordings, images/videos in the form of a meta-research on #geopolitics on #Metaverse? 3/
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#political #poetry
ellipse

ya know
it's all ok until it isn't

you bob along
a rubber duck
in the bathtub of the world
waiting for something you can't control

a captive in the ignorance
of silence
waiting for that happy ending
to begin
you don't hear the waves
slapping the rocks
you don't even know the rocks
are there

the tide carries you
and you just breathe
in and out
waiting

until you forget what it is
you’re waiting for
and closing your eyes
surrender to the homelessness
of what you think
is the open sea

but is only
the polluted porcelainbound pond
of rich men’s dreams

© 2018 RC deWinter
Published in Drawn to the Light, Issue 2, February 2021 Image
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1. Is financial market pricing in some heightened Taiwan Strait war risk this week? Yes, a little. No perfect measure. With China on holiday last wk, can attribute some pop of 5-yr CDS price as caused by heighted attention, which happens around Oct with back to back national days
2. To put in context, China 5 Yr CDS value is 48.87, reveals a 0.81% implied probability of default, on a 40% recovery rate supposed. US 5 Yr CDS is 17.4, reveals a 0.29% implied probability of default. Recent increase in US mostly by the debt ceiling fight. #MintTheCoin hahaha
3. @PredictIt betting market doesn't have a Taiwan specific market, but has 3 China related contracts. Betting on who would be confirmed for next US Ambassador to China, and Pres. Xi's chance of staying as party General Secretary for next 10 years.
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The findings show an absence of a systematic and coordinated plot to take over these schools and an absence of any concerted and deliberate plot to promote radicalisation and violent extremism of Muslim children in these schools or elsewhere

#TrojanHorse

tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.108…
language used to talk about the issues of “radicalisation” & “extremism” is itself the subject of considerable debate (Kundnani 2012; Lynch 2013). There is also a difficulty in understanding fully these issues cos there is a lack of an objective or universally accepted definition
As soon as the media took hold of the allegations, there was huge publicity about the promotion of extremism, radicalisation & terrorism.
At the time, the press also expressed many irrational anxieties about these Muslim majority schools (Arthur 2015). Even though, from the
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#WhoisZainab
Part 1: "The Political Aspect of Mourning"

Lady #Zainab (a.s) was the first to mourn Imam #Hussien (a.s). It is important to highlight the political role of mourning, and that mourning ceremonies can play the role of a religious and worldly conference. Image
This #political nature was proportional to the circumstances and their fluctuations according to the first stage, and given the nature of that foundational stage.
The invitation of Lady Zainab (a.s) followed by that of Imams (a.s) to mourning ceremonies can be considered as a political stance. It stands against the attempts to suppress the #Shiites and to marginalize the role of the followers of Ahl al-Bayt (a.s).
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#pandemic / #political #poetry

retrodegradation

we were dreaming of sugarplums and other impossibles
when the wind picked up everything worth taking
and blew it all to hell and gone
left to weather without refreshment
the foundation’s varnish cracked
exposing rotted wood
martyrs
none of them carpenters
stepped forward to repair it

accompanied by the bloodless analysis
of parrots regurgitating acceptable shibboleths
they were cut down in the streets
in the dust of devastation our eyes splintered
unable to focus we feel our way through lawn and marble
wailing and conjecture
propaganda and piles of devalued coinage
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Reflections on last night: #eng #racism

We did an incredible job getting to the final, scenes not seen for a generation. A diverse team championing what England aspires to be, a progressive collective moving toward a shared goal. Each earning more than their keep.
I applaud each of them, but special mention must go to @BukayoSaka87 , @MarcusRashford, and @Sanchooo10 who have not only represented a community of people under duress from common people and elites alike, but shown that ascendence to greatness is individual.
Reading the words of @GarethSouthgate from earlier this year, it is clear that the @England team is very much forward-thinking in tackling #racism and he, himself, a great and empathetic leader, is forthright in tackling, against potential anger, this great cause.
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What is #political #correctness?
Strap in...
Political correctness... To shut down discussion and dissent, and to stifle debate, without having to actually discuss the points made, or the merits thereof.
To attempt to point out the odious nature of political correctness is to restate the crucial importance of plain speaking, freedom of choice and freedom of speech: These are the community's safeguards against the imposition of tyranny. Indeed, their absence is tyranny.
The declared rationale of this tyranny is to prevent people being offended, by compelling everyone to avoid using words or behavior that may upset: Homosexuals, women, non-whites, the crippled, the stupid, the fat or the ugly - by way of a few examples.
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#BobMarley
How long shall they kill our #Prophets while we stand aside and look?
#BobMarley was #murdered by the CIA w/ #inducedcancer b/c of his #political activity, exposing the #Cabal and starting a #revolution

See the documentary: #WhoKilledBobMarley?
Ex-CIA agent #BillOxley used faked press credentials to gain access to #BobMarley at his #BlueMountain retreat
“I gave him a pair of Converse All Stars size 10
When he tried on the right shoe, he screamed out ‘OUUUCH’
The nail in the shoe was tainted w/ cancer viruses & bacteria”
#BobMarley’s son #Ziggy claims it’s plausible his father was murdered b/c of his political activity

“I was 12 years old when my daddy passed away
People say it was cancer
Somebody stepped on his toe and that caused an injury, then he dies of cancer? In my mind it doesn’t add up”
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Jean-Luc #Brunel - Transporting young girls (12 years) to #Epstein
Shaun Attwood & Frederic Ponton discussing the subject on human trafficking
(Note: in fact 🕎-pimps using kids to blackmail politicians 😉)

(video 17-2-2021)
Reportedly, Jeffrey #Epstein was assisted by a top modeling agent and scout, Jean Luc Brunel, who has links to #Israel. #Brunel, Sex-Trafficking Model Scout, is the boss of the #MC2 modeling agency. #Political #Blackmail

aanirfan.blogspot.com/2015/12/madame…
According to Michael Gross' 1995 book Model:
"Jean-Luc Brunel is considered a danger," says Jérôme Bonnouvrier. "Jean-Luc likes drugs and silent rape. It excites him." "I really despise Jean-Luc," says John Casablancas. "They would invite girls and put drugs in their drinks."
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