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Trump was right….literally — American Thinker

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.

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Of Home Truths and Shit Holes — Roger Kimball

But sometimes, outrage is but a patina of indignation whose chief motive is incontinent delight. Which is it for the talking heads at CNN? Are they genuinely morally offended by the president’s comments? Or are they really absolutely delighted by the opportunity he has given them to say “shithole” over and over again while also running endless chyrons reminding viewers that the president referred to (if he did refer to) Haiti, El Salvador, etc., as “shithole countries” from which we should not seek immigrants?

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Trump’s Shit Hole comments, long overdue….But not enough — American Thinker

The list of countries inheriting bountiful resources, both natural, and human capital along with effective governance models is led by Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Frittering it away is a post-colonial art form, actually a pernicious disease infecting most of sub-Sahara Africa and Central and South America. Nations freed from “colonial European white oppression” – despite being given all the tools to develop economic independence; political stability; sustainable resource development; enlightened parliamentary democratic governance; and efficient and useful bureaucracies to perpetuate safe, secure, industrious, self-sufficient lifestyles with access to clean water, hospitals, and education, not to mention a literate and educated electorate – couldn’t find failure fast enough.

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Random Note — Shithole countries

It’s a beautiful thing to watch the feral fulmination of the media over Donald Trump’s comments when he correctly described dysfunctional, corrupt and failed states as “shit hole countries.“

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Random Note — Scare campaigns

If Labor intends to continue with an expanded version of their Mediscare campaign, road tested with robocalls at the last election, into other areas of social policy, perhaps the coalition should commit to and take ownership of a similar scare campaign.

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Random Note — International Carbon Trading

First, create a villain, (co2) and then develop a scheme to commoditise and monetise the villain on the high minded, moral pretext that you are saving the planet. The comparison with the tulip trade is closer to the mark than we may think because the Dutch described tulip contract trading as “windhandel” (literally “wind trade”), because no bulbs actually changed hands and was simply trading in thin air. Sound familiar? It is exactly the same with the carbon trade. Nothing changes hands, it is another smoke and mirrors boondoggle which in this case, literally, trades in thin air or thin co2.

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African youth violence the outcome of failed diversity policies — Jennifer Oriel, The Australian

The seething, dark underbelly of Multiculturalism is being further exposed as just another taxpayer funded politically correct boondoggle. Another exercise in pc virtue signalling.
“..It takes a long time for ideologues to concede error. One would have thought a mob of African males invading a home and punching a woman in the face might make multiculturalists repent. Perhaps a mob of African males attacking teens on the street might stir Melbourne’s green-left to unmitigated sympathy ­— for the victims. Rather than stopping gangs punching women, police and children, PC elites are busy discussing terminology. They’re concerned about the term “gang”. Apparently it’s causing the yoof to invade homes, beat up women and children. We are advised to use the term “networked offending”. The PC elites can’t concede their multicultural program is a failed social experiment because it means defunding a big state industry..”

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The Cancer of Gesture Politics, Chris Kenny— The Weekend Australian

What Kenny points to is the trend by the political class and the Lear Jet elites to virtue signal. That is, being seen to be high minded and doing good deeds when in fact doing little or nothing or even bad and in many instances, creating a problem where none existed or making a bad situation worse. (think energy reliability, availability and affordability) and all at great expense to the taxpayer. Education and addressing aboriginal disadvantage are two more areas of public policy exploited by gestures.
A lot of talk, a lot of gesturing a lot of workshopping and consulting, a lot of expense but no results. The results of their whims and gestures are unimportant. The outcomes simply don’t matter as it is about being seen to gesture and about displaying deference and servility. It is what has come to be known as “gesture politics.” It’s about saying or doing or projecting the image that “I’m a good person” and if you don’t agree you are by definition a bad person.

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