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PUP disintegrates but Palmer’s Mission has been Accomplished

On the face of the departure of Senator Glenn Lazarus from the Palmer United Party shows PUP is a failure.

But what if PUP has already achieved its purpose? The departure of Lazarus then signifies that PUP actually achieved all Palmer required of it: the destruction of Campbell Newman’s Queensland LNP government, after only one term.

And in that regard, Palmer United has been a spectacular success. What’s more, it helped repeal the carbon and mining taxes. Palmer couldn’t have hoped for more.

In Indonesia sadism is the new cool

There is a new word for cool in Indonesia: “Sadis”.

This is the final shot from a TV ad for Indomie:

The agro-looking young “Indo” (that is, half-caucasian) dude is playing at DJing – in his mind. But in reality he is actually stirring a pot of noodles. Sad and pathetic.

Sadis (pronounced Suh-deess) could be translated as “wicked”, but in Indonesian it means “sadistic”. As in, I saw an ad for a furniture store offering “sadistic” discounts.

Given the frustrations experienced by the burgeoning generation of young Indonesians it is not surprising that sadism would be the new “cool”:

  • Insane traffic jams in big cities like Jakarta and very little proper public transport.
  • Powerful taboos about sexuality and virginity strengthened by Islamic teachings, clashing with adult content available on the internet and in peer-to-peer communications such as sexting.
  • High inflation which is linked to a credit boom and economic growth pushing infrastructure to its limits.
  • Criminal defamation laws which make it a crime even to complain on Facebook about hospital treatment! A woman spent 3 weeks in custody after being charged with criminal defamation. Her acquittal was overturned and the conviction confirmed by the Supreme Court. Do think maybe Communist China has more freedom of speech than Indonesia?
  • Middle-class young parents forced to live at home with the in-laws.
  • Rampant corruption.
  • Few good-paying jobs and no white-collar unions, leading to a kind of corporate feudalism.
  • Declining oil revenues and therefore declining fuel subsidies. Indonesia has gone from oil exporter to oil importer.
  • Indonesian billionaires and millions of well-off middle-class Indonesians shop in air-conditioned mega-malls like Grand Indonesia. But just outside in the sweltering heat the homeless and underemployed try to sell trinkets and snacks on the street.

It is just extraordinary what the poor of Indonesia put up with. As a foreigner I am surprised how safe it is. That is, until the moment it isn’t safe. It is simply an unsustainable situation.

Earlier this year it seemed like new President Jokowi would be given time to make changes – that he would act as a kind of pressure-valve, and maybe even avert a full-blown revolution.

However his continuing unpopularity indicates deep discontent. His situation is so bad the death penalty is being wheeled out to stir up nationalist sentiment. This is damaging relations with a number of nations, Brazil and Australia in particular. The death penalty is the epitome of sadis.

Now comes a report of riots at Indonesia’s biggest airport. Having traveled to and from this airport, I can tell you the traffic congestion is horrific and these people would have every right to be outraged that having made the journey, they are first fobbed off and then turned away.

So my prediction is Indonesians will, to use their term, run “amok” soon, just like during the financial crisis of the late 1990s.

The deep irony is that Indonesia’s ruling class is very preoccupied by the ethnic diversity of Indonesia and always feels very sensitive about perceived foreign threats to their unity (East Timor, Aceh, West Papua), and so endlessly promotes a sense of nationhood. But the real threat to their dominion is just below them outside their window in the streets of Jakarta.

The fissure threatening Indonesia is economic and the ruling classes are very late to the party in addressing concerns. For example Jokowi as Jakarta’s governor had been developing improved public transport. But progress is glacial and the ruling class has few answers, indeed they like things the way they are. Household help is cheap, goods and services are cheap, and sitting in an air-conditioned car for hours, traffic-jammed on the way to the mall, is fine when you have a mobile phone.

The spectacular malls of Jakarta are potent symbols of the economic divide and sitting ducks for the unrest which will start amongst the students, spread through the young middle class and then erupt from the millions of impoverished residents of Jakarta.

Mysterious bright spots of Ceres

Two mysterious bright pots have been imaged on Ceres by the Dawn spacecraft

http://www.universetoday.com/119159/ceres-bizarre-bright-spot-now-has-a-companion/

Scientists are clueless as to what they are. The image pixels are saturated, meaning they are lit at the maximum brightness the camera can cope with at that exposure and gain.

Presently volcanism is a lead candidate. The other alternative is reflected sunlight. But note how the Sun is illuminating the dwarf planet from the side. What kind of ice reflects light so brilliantly in all directions? Or just happens to reflect the light at the Dawn probe?

No, these are electric discharges. If UV or x-ray data were available the high-energy nature of these spots would be apparent.

The universe is electric, but mainstreams scientists haven’t a clue. More at http://thunderbolts.info

Apple could blow up the gold market

Could this be the very definition of irony: Apple reportedly plans to make millions of gold watches and sell them for $10,000 each. Apple has hundreds of billions of dollars in cash. There are hundreds of tonnes of gold sitting around in bank vaults just waiting for a buyer. So, no problem, right?

BIG problem! Gold stockpiles are a mirage of paper claims and derivatives. The gold isn’t there. Central banks go to extraordinary lengths behind the scenes to maintain the facade of an orderly gold market.

So Apple is about to stroll into the gold market, with billions of cash, and expect to actually get the gold they need at current prices. Ain’t gonna happen. It would be hilarious if Apple accidently blows up the gold market, and with it, the world financial system.

Don’t be surprised if the CIA/ESF is hatching a plot to disrupt the Apple Watch right now, either in terms of popularity, or its manufacturing process.

On the other hand, Apple’s gold buying frenzy may suffice as a half-plausible explanation for why the gold price goes to US$5000 in a matter of weeks. Oh no, nothing to do with a currency war or unsustainable money-printing.

http://tidbits.com/article/15443

Former Kremlin advisor: America needs a big war because it faces default in 2 years

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has put to air the unspeakable opposing worldview from a former advisor to the Kremlin:

Now, if you look at the G7 countries, they are all insolvent. They are all bankrupt. Their total debt is about $30 trillion and growing. And of course we understand that when countries are in a desperate economic situation and they don’t really know what to do with it, they try to stage all sorts of spectacular foreign policy stunts, which we are witnessing now.

Now America is facing default in two years time, and America is very aggressive across the world and in Europe as well. Now, the cynics in Russia are saying that America needs a big war. I think that the best possible way to solve this situation is for everyone to take a step back, because all this rhetoric does not help, all this aggressive rhetoric does not help anyone.

Rat lines of Tobruk: CIA used “Australian entities” to smuggle arms from Libya to Syria

TheWorldAsItTrulyIs.com BREAKING NEWS: Seymour Hersch has revealed “Australian entities” were used as cover in the CIA’s dirty war on Syria:

A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdoğan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities.

Crisis brewing for Malaysian establishment

This MH370 incident has exposed a number of glaring problems with Malaysian authorities in a public and undeniable manner:

  • The national carrier doesn’t check for stolen passports and the country is a hub for illegal migration.
  • The air safety regulations aren’t enforced such that pilots flagrantly smoke and entertain passengers in the cockpit.
  • The Malaysian air force sheepishly admits that an aircraft flew back across their airspace in radio silence and no-one even noticed until days later.
  • Air crash investigators go public with half-baked information and blatantly doctored evidence. Observe how the printed out images held up at the Malaysian investigators’ press conference clearly share the same legs! The left image uses the legs of the right image. Image downloaded from Daily Mail
    The photoshopped photos could be something of a cultural misunderstanding, in that a photo-fit is not meant to be photo-realistic, but the impression is they take the media and public for idiots in this very serious matter.

If the defamation laws are anything like Indonesia and Singapore, Malaysians are criminally liable if they draw attention to any of this.

In one of those amazing coincidences, the establishment’s Western-oriented nemesis Anwar Ibrahim was re-incarcerated for sodomy only hours before this aircraft went missing.

All this adds up to a regime overdue for some colour revolution-style “reformasi”.

Smoking co-pilot caused MH370 disaster?

In a dramatic turn of events, it has emerged that the co-pilot of flight MH370 smoked in the cockpit. He also routinely entertained passengers there. This casts a whole new light on the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777.

http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8812646/woman-raises-questions-about-cockpit-behaviour

A fire in the cockpit could explain the mysterious radio silence from the plane, shortly after it commenced a u-turn without notifying air traffic control. It may even explain the loss of automatic transponder transmissions identifying the aircraft callsign and its present whereabouts.

A possible scenario emerges: a fire started in the cockpit, destroying the plane’s most critical avionics. The plane then flew under limited control for at least an hour, but without fully functioning instruments the pilots could not prevent it falling into the sea on the Western side of the Malay peninsula.

Fire has brought down passenger planes before. Only one passenger survived Varig Flight 820 after a cigarette ignited the contents of a waste bin. Swiss Air flight 111 crashed due to an uncontrollable blaze caused by overheating electronics. Air Canada Flight 797 managed to land but only after a fire “burned through crucial electrical cables that knocked out most of the instrumentation in the cockpit”.

At the very least a co-pilot who routinely lets passengers into the cockpit ought to be a prime focus of the investigation.