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Some perspective and context on “shit hole countries” — What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right — American Thinker
Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town. Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health. That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, “a fecalized environment. In plain English: s— is everywhere. People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water. He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water. Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country. Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.read more
If there is a single problem with our lives today, it is the breathtaking shallowness of modern life. We seem infatuated with grade-school gossip and a breathless yearning for “stuff,” as if the latest gadgetry or a fatter bank account could make anything real in our lives better. We seem to believe in nothing but this gossip and these gadgets. This infantile fixation stretches across political party and ideology.read more
People will be doing serious jail time — The Obama Administrations ‘Brazen Plot to Exonerate Hillary Clinton’ starting to seep out
For political junkies this wont be anything new except that it pulls all the threads together into a rich tapestry of corruption. There’s no doubt that there’s been a major crime committed in the US, not by Trump, and that there has been major collusion, again not by Trump, but by the Clintons, the DNC and the FBI. It was never supposed to come out because it would all fade away and die when the Trump campaign foundered and Clinton won. But that’s not what happened of course which left the major players scrambling to cover up. Too late!!!read more
And the left’s head just keeps on exploding — “…Donald Trump is a master of controlling the conversation. Every time people think of Elizabeth Warren now, they will think of her lying to get a job, (pretending to be of American Indian heritage) and every time someone mentions Wolff’s book, people are now going to associate Donald Trump with “very stable genius…”read more
Once in opposition, it is not clear if the Liberal Party would continue to exist. The fracture lines, as yet largely untested by rival factions, could well see a full-blown splintering, with those of deeply held conservative principles, those committed to small government, decamping to Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives or new parties of their own devising.read more
Sometime back the estimable James Delingpole of The Spectator and Breitbart News lamented that while the various forces of the Left fully comprehended they are fighting a war, the various forces on the right do not. Never were truer words spoken. What, then, are these wars? There are many, many battles and many fronts, but few theatres. By my reckoning there are six key wars, all of which must be identified, understood and, most of all, fought.read more
To The Greens it’s all about image, about striking a pose and strutting their conceit and smug, moral narcissism in an endeavour to seek relevance with their base. There is not one aboriginal person alive today that has been dispossessed of anything. Not a single one. In fact they have been the beneficiaries of taxpayer largesse to the extent of the Closing the Gap budget of $33.4 billion a year. There is still a long way to go but the generosity and intent is the exact opposite of the image that Di Natalie is trying to convey.read more
Random Note — A mean, nasty, authoritarian and bullying streak. The thread between climate change and sexual abuse
It seems to me that there is a common, mean, nasty, authoritarian and bullying streak running between climate change and the underlying message of the #metoo campaignstasread more
Around 60% of the global population – 4.5 billion people – have either no toilet at home or one that doesn’t safely manage excreta.
-862 million people worldwide still practice open defecation.
– 1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination from faeces.
– Globally, 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.