Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Playboy in Winter

HUGH HEFNER CALLS OFF WEDDING TO 25-YEAR-OLD PLAYMATE!...screamed the headlines 2 months ago. Hefner at 85 and his bride-to-be, Crystal Harris (see photo) were due to tie the knot in front of 300 guests at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. It would have been is third marriage. "The wedding is off...Crystal has had a change of heart," he wrote on Twitter.

Sex forges unlikely alliances and good ole Hugh, who has been the world's most prominent personification of the unchained heterosexual male libido since his 1953 launch of Playboy magazine, forges unlikelier alliances than most. For more than half a century, Hefner has succeeded in uniting social conservatives of the political right and feminists of the left in opposition to his vision of sexual liberation as empowering women to throw off their domestic chains....and their clothes.

Even his admirers, of which I admit I am one (after meeting him at the New York Playboy Club in 1962), find something undignified in his refusal to throw in the bunny-emblazoned towel and behave age-appropriately. "Old Mr. Sticky Fingers" was how one British journalist described Hefner at the June re-opening of the London Playboy Club.

At 85, Hefner doesn't picture himself as in retirement, but still considers himself both playboy and player. London marked the second club opening in the revived chain after Las Vegas; others are planned in Cancun, Macau and Miami. With NBC's forthcoming drama series The Playboy Club, set in the 1960's, coming to a TV station near you, it's likely to sprinkle a handful of cool on the invigorated brand. For a better insight into the man, I recommend seeing the DVD Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel by Oscar-winning filmmaker Brigitte Berman that was released last year and makes bold claims for its subject's legacy as a civil libertarian and philanthropist.

So why the pity and scorn directed at this amiable senior in his dressing gown? He thinks it's because he's refusing to submit to cultural expectations of the old. "To begin with, I fought racism, then sexism. Now I'm fighting ageism," says Hefner. "One defines oneself in one's own terms. If you let society and your peers define who you are, you're the less for it." He critcizes the women's movement for failing to participate in "the sexual revolution that Playboy played such a part in. The notion that it should turn on itself and attack women who celebrated their sexuality is very puritan, very repressive and very counter-revolutionary." He's unable or unwilling to accept that Playboy, far from enabling the female of the species to explore her own sexuality, skillfully co-opted her into male fantasies.

The Way I See It....Hefner's views on sexual politics, though long held, can hardly be described as old-fashioned. In this postfeminist era, feminists must struggle to convince the world that their arguments are still relevant; Hefner, by contrast, sits firmly in the cultural mainstream. And no matter how often he finds himself in the stocks of public opinion, he'll keep on playing the playboy until he can play no more. I wonder at his ability to retain an appetite for a mind-numbingly narrow range of sybaritic pleasures over so many years. However, a few weeks ago he announced he will not be the marrying-kind anymore and enjoy the bachelor life. His never ending source of female pulchritude should help him forget Crystal fairly soon.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Getting Knackered on Necker Island !

When Sir Richard Branson needs to chill out from his collection of companies that are as diverse as air travel, fitness, financial services, publishing, mobiles, media and music, he retreats to his private island in the warm Caribbean Sea. Necker Island is located in the British Virgin (coincidentally) Islands just north of Virgin Gorda. The island was named after the 17th Century Dutch commander, Johannes de Neckere. It was never inhabited in its long history, according to archaeologists.

In 1978, Sir Richard, then 24 years old and on the way up with his Virgin Record Stores, discovered and put a lowball bid of 200,000 pounds for the 3 million pound island. He was promptly told where to go by the owner, Lord Cobham. A while later, the good Lord, in need of short-term cash eventually settled for 180,000 pounds! However, there was a catch. The Government, seeing a new tourist opportunity, declared that new owner had to develop a resort within five years or the island would revert to the state.

Since Sir Richard purchased Necker Island, there has been a gradual and ongoing programme of improvements to the island's facilities totaling more than US $20 million. Unfortunately not to the overall delight from the Virgin Islands government. They took exception to his gross occupation of the island with huts and buildings. Their idea for a resort was for a nice discrete layout of buildings along the best beach on the island while leaving the greater part of the island in its natural (primeval) state.

He developed several residences in addition to the "Great House", an airy Balinese Villa, smaller one-bedroom Balinese houses, more intimate Bali Cottages and two tennis courts, a heliport and two pools with paths crisscrossing the island to connect everything. To sooth the government's ire he used the last five years spending millions more to ensure Necker Island is as "green"as it possibly can be. He ended up being back in favour. According to some reports, the island is currently valued at around US$106 million!

Necker Island has a young, trendy staff of approximately 60 people. Seven thousand people stay every year. Famous guests have included Princess Diana, Janet Jackson, Harrison Ford, Mariah Carey, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey and Larry Page, Google's billionaire co-founder even married on the island. Guests travel from the nearest islands by high-speed boat; Virgin Gorda (15 minutes) or Beef Island (30 minutes). If guests prefer, they can travel by helicopter directly to the island.

Branson's island can accommodate 28 people at US $54, 500 per night with a MINIMUM stay of 5 nights! The cost for individuals and couples is $2000 per person per night with a 2.5% service charge and an added surcharge for stays over Christmas, New Year and Easter. It is the all-inclusive private island resort with endless choices in the range of water sports available. You name it.....and it is there for you to try. And as a special surprise you might find Sir Richard or a family member joining you.

Necker Island is Richard Branson's home and he tries to spend as much time on the island as he can with his family. However, he visits the island more times during the year than his family can. So, as a typical male that is king of his domain, he likes to party and push the envelop in various sports to let off to say. (see photo) Can you blame him?

The Way I See It....Sir Richard Branson's empire and indeed his life might seem beyond comprehension for us mere mortals but his engaging personality allows us to admire him for his accomplishments and not envy him. Richard Branson created the world famous and trusted brand name Virgin, which now encompasses approximately 200 branded companies. He has developed a reputation for value, quality, innovation, fun and a sense of competitive challenge. Branson has no limitations with Virgin.

Those of us admirers who live in Australia, particularly in Queensland, can enjoy a taste of Necker Island by visiting his Australian holiday home--a heart-shaped island in the middle of the Noosa River. It's called Makepeace Island and is in a similar Balinese-style sprawling across nearly 9 hectares. He bought it for nearly $3 million in 2002 after spotting the site on a weekend trip up the Noosa River. As luck would have was up for sale. Makepeace Island is fully serviced by boat and the stay-over price tag matches its exclusivity, with the daily rate ranging from AU $7900 for up to eight guests in the low season and up to AU$16,900 for a maximum 22 guests in the high season.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Creating One Underclass & Importing Another

In April, 1968, Enoch Powell, a well-respected English Conservative Party MP made a controversial speech that was visionary at the time, in which he warned his audience of what he believed would be the consequences of continued unchecked immigration from the Commonwealth to Britain. At that time there was over a million black Caribbeans and Africans inundating English suburbs and towns every year. This now famous and prophetic "Rivers of Blood" speech was only reiterating the voices of trepidation from his many constituents. Of course he was branded a racist by the socialist establishment and was forced to retire and totally ignored.

Mr Powell died in 1998, living long enough to see the deterioration of English society by two perverse socialist policies; multiculturalism and a rampant welfare system. Britain's riots show what happens when we underestimate the underclass. Or when when we even more stupidly import one. Days of arson, looting and violence starting, not surprisingly, in Tottenham, coyly described as "very diverse". That means it has a large population of people Enoch warned about; those of African and Caribbean descent who are poor, crime-ridden and sullen.

The flashpoint was the shooting by police of Mark Duggan, which led family and friends to protest his "execution" outside the police station. There they were joined by yobs summoned by SMS & Twitter, the technology of the mob. Duggan actually best symbolised fault lines which have yawed open in Britain. He was Black, had three spawn with his girlfriend and another with someone else. This underclass ape had adopted the culture that makes a rabble puffed with pride. He was a crook with a gun, a nightclubber on welfare and gave the finger to his country. He was trash.....blinged as success.

To put it bluntly, the riots in London and elsewhere were a backhanded tribute to the long-term intellectual torpor, moral cowardice, incompetence and blind faith by the political and intellectual class in an unchecked welfare system. They have somehow managed not to notice what has long been apparent to anyone walking down any frequented British street: that a considerable proportion of the country's young males and females are ugly, aggressive, vicious, badly educated, uncouth and so immersed in the "gangsta-rap" culture making them criminally inclined.

Unfortunately, while they are totally lacking in self-respect, they are full of self-esteem: that is to say, they believe themselves entitled to a high standard of living and other things, without any effort on its own part. Over the following days, the riots spread over London, and on to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. And they spread to "tribes" of every colour, as ferals celebrated the freedom to dominate and to steal. All this was done under the watch of useless police, whose culture of impotence fearing the racist label for more than a decade has just emboldened the mob more.

The Way I See It....the welfare state creates a society of lazy beasts. Meanwhile, nonjudgmental elites don't dare condemn the animals their programs have created. Prime Minister David Cameron, going against political correctness and the threat of being called a racist, said only a few months ago that, "Multiculturalism is dead in England, our immigrants are not and have not, been assimilating and enjoying our British cultural benefits." Give Enoch Powell a belated cheer!

A few well-placed rifle rounds, and rioting would end in an instant. A more sustained attack on the rampaging mob might save England from itself, finally removing shaved-headed, drunken, lazy, envious, self-absorbed parasites from the benefits rolls that Britain can't find the will to abolish on leftist or moral grounds. We can be sure there's no danger of killing off the next Winston Churchill, Edmund Burke or Andrew Lloyd Webber in these crowds.

British authorities are paralyzed by their indifference to their own civilization. Over 60 years of berating themselves for the crime of having a British Empire and foolishly giving passports to their newly independent subjects has left them morally defenseless. After giving Mr Powell the personae non gratae treatment they saw nothing about England worth saving, certainly not worth fighting for---which is fortunate since most of their cops don't carry guns. If Britain of 1939 were composed of the current British population, the entirety of Europe would today be doing the "Heil Hitler" salute and wearing Lederhosen.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What is a Billion ?

The United States Congress has just got a ceiling put on Obama's debt at 14 Trillion dollars so that the government can continue to pay it's commitments. You can thank the Republicans in forcing President Obama to cut back on his profligate spending but he has already accomplished his "mission" to cripple the U.S. economically and it's credit standing but more so in the world's standing. His intent to reduce his country to second rate status by destroying its credibility as a force to be respected was foretold in the book I already told you to read, "The Roots of Obama's Rage" by Dinesh D'Souza.

However, we have a similar socialist bitch and her labor cronies leading Australia and just as with the deadshit Democrats of America, they have and unbelievable urge to piss-money-up-against-the-wall so to speak. At least here DownUnder the government only talks in billions, for now. They are throwing billions all over the place to further their Marxist/socialist wish list. So next time you hear a politician in any country use the word "billion" in a casual manner think about whether you want the politicians spending your tax money and what it means.

So what is a BILLION? Let me put it in perspective for you:

* A billion seconds ago it was 1959 !

* A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive !

* A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age !

* A billion days ago no-one walked on the Earth on two feet !

For so many politicians the words millions so easily nowadays turn into billions and it rolls of the tip of their tongue a bit too easily. But for every dollar that is borrowed, that in time has to be repaid, by you, by me and by the rest of the country. So Australia's Government debt of around $200 billion is not really a "Temporary Deficit" they want us to believe.

Let's calculate this out. $200 billion is $200,000 million. The current 10 year Government Bond Rate is 4.67% (as of July, 2011). Over a 20 year period the repayments come to more than one and a quarter billion dollars every month for those 20 years!! This really is scary! It works out that we, as taxpayers will be repaying $15.4 billion in interest and principle every year.... that's $733 for very man, woman and child...every year. The total interest bill over those 20 years is $108 billion! Remember, before the people who had shit-for-brains and voted these Labor scum in power, this country had NO DEBT. NO DEBT!

The Way I See It....our present predicament is so obvious when you realise that the six leading members of the government have a collective work experience of 181 years, but only 13 of those years in the private sector. If you take out those 13 years the number that were spent as trade union lawyers, that total of 11 of the 181 years, only TWO years were spent in the private sector.

So out of those 181 years...there were:

No Years spent running their own business

No years spent starting up their own business

No years spent as a director of a private or public company

No years even in a senior position in a public company

No years working in corporate finance

No years working in or with a bank

No years of experience in capital markets

No years in a stock-broking firm

No years ever negotiating debt facilities with banks

No years in a Treasury or Finance Ministry

No years at the World Bank , IMF or OECD

But these low-life, ignorant socialist ideologues have plunged Australia into unprecedented debt and with their Green sanctioned Mining and Carbon Tax threaten to torpedo Australia's economy and its citizen's freedom and lifestyle which they plainly don't understand. Now who will admit they actually voted for these scumbags?? God help us!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Blood & Gore is Coming Your Way !

We all know how the mainstream (more like LAMEstream) media loves to portray Al Gore the visionary "eco-prophet" who shared the undeserved 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his climate advocacy. But is Al Gore truly such a selfless do-gooder? What does it say about the motives of an environmental crusader when that person stands poised to rake in billions (yes, billions) of dollars from the very carbon credit trading scheme that he is tirelessly advocating?

That is exactly the position that Al Gore finds himself in. The leading advocate of the"theory of man-made global warming" is also one of the people who would likely benefit the most financially from the implementation of a "Cap & Trade" carbon credit trading scheme. You see, Al Gore is chairman of Generation Investment Management. David Blood, the former chief executive of the ratbag Goldman Sachs Asset Management, is the CEO.

Thus the apropos nickname - BLOOD and GORE - Wikipedia describes this Blood & Gore alliance this way: Generation Investment Management LLP (GIM) is a London-based investment management firm with an investment style that blends traditional equity research with a focus on sustainabilty factors, including social and environmental resposibilty and corprate governance.

It all sounds very noble, doesn't it? But the bottom line is that GIM is about making money...and lots of it. GIM owns a 10% stakes in the Chicago Climate Exchange which was started by Big Al and Maurice Strong as a "privately-owned" company in which the corrupt Chicage political machine (including Obama) invested. Obama was never the character he created for himself in the fairy-tale version in "Dreams of my Father". He's really the agent of Change and Hope for cohorts making money on the Global Warming fraud. Also to keep it in the "family", the Chicago Exchange owns half the European Climate Exchange.

Thus, when Europe adopted a cap & trade carbon credit scheme....Al Gore started earning millions. Gore insists that he is completely committed to solving the problems caused by "climate change" and that he is not ashamed of being ready to make tons of money off of those solutions. "I believe that the transition to a green economy is good for the world's economies and good for all of us and I have invested in it". Sure Al, we know your government subsidised Geothermal, Solar, Wind and Wave farms are great for your hip pocket alright.

The Way I See It....Al Gore isn't ready to back real environmental solutions which would not make him money. Just consider the following passage from a Newsweek article last year. "If we feed the biology and manage the grasslands appropriately, we could sequester as much carbon as we emit," says Timothy LaSalle, CEO of the Rodale Institute, who presented at two climate summits. The political clash is this: if you tell people soils can be managed to suck up lots of our carbon emissions, it sounds like a get-out-of-jail-free card and could decrease what little enthusiasm there is for the warmists hysteria to reduce emissions.

One of Gore's crony assistants actually told LaSalle to "dial down your estimate"! He didn't. From other investigations I think LaSalle's idea could really work. But...since it would not make Blood & Gore any money it is not as good as the cap & trade carbon trading scheme which, I might add, would dramatically raise energy it already has to the poor citizens of the European Union and their economies.

As Blood & Gore starts to rake in billions of dollars world-wide and with Australia set to start such a program of carbon trading perhaps we will finally learn the true meaning of this Al Gore quote.....Reality does have a way of knocking on your door. Don't say I didn't warn you.

A Shocking & Inexcusable Vaccine Revelation !

Last month it was revealed that a former drug company scientist, Helen Taajczak, created a firestorm of debate from all sides of the vaccine-autism issue when she published a comprehensive review of autism research. However, even more impotant, her 79-page review contains one detail that could easily go unnoticed--five words that reveal one of the most shocking secrets Big Pharma has ever kept from us. "......grown in human fetal tissue."

The line reads (page 70): "An additional increased spike in incidence of autism occurred in 1995 when the chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue." Most people are unaware that human cell cultures derived from aborted human fetuses have been used extensively in vaccine production for decades. And vaccine makers are happy that most of the public remained ignorant of this fact, as awareness of it could blow up in their faces.

Setting aside, for the moment, unknown long-term health consequences of DNA contamination and religious beliefs about use of aborted fetal tissue---the ethics of nondisclosure are reprehensible. Drug companies and vaccine policy-makers should not be allowed to decide whether or not to share this information with you. his is information you should have received PRIOR to making a choice about whether or not to vaccinate your child.

Chicken pox vaccine, it's been revealed, is not the only vaccine manufactured in this way. According to the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI) the following vaccines are produced using cells from aborted fetuses and/or contain DNA proteins or related cellular debris! They are: Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Shingles, Hepatitis A and Rabies.

Dr Ratajczak explained that "human cells are preferred because cells derived from animal organs sometimes may carry animal viruses that could harm people." I say it may more difficult, but it IS possible to prepare viral vaccines without the use of human or animal cells, as today's Hep B vaccine proves. The current version used since 1986 uses yeast cells. So why don't manufactures avoid using human cells altogether? I suspect there is little incentive for these people to develop and test new tissue cell methods when they are already profiting from existing ones. Of course, when the truth becomes widely known about how these vaccines are derived, they may begin seeing their profits plunge and be forced to find new methodology. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

A recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has led to a question of whether there is a correlation between the abrupt rise in Autism with the introduction of fetal cells for use in vaccines since 1995. This correlation has prompted researchers to ask the question about how aborted fetal DNA could be causing or contributing to the development of Autism Disorders in children.

The Way I See if you care about what you put into your body, and into your child's body, and your are outraged by this information, you are not alone. How can a person be pro-life and NOT object to the use of these contaminated vaccines? The impact of the finding that many vaccines are derived from aborted fetal cell lines is potentially enormous, given the great number of people who define themselves as Pro Life. For someone who is Pro Life to discover that a vaccine contains DNA from aborted fetuses is like a Muslim finding out that a vaccine is derived from pork!

I would anticipate that many of the people who object to using fetal tissues for scientific research are going to be shocked and outraged when they learn that their children have been secretly injected with vaccines containing DNA, proteins or related debris from cultures produced from aborted human fetuses.

Hello DIDO, Goodbye N.B.N !

A technology guru who has been described as the Thomas Edison of Silicon Valley claims to have developed a new wireless technology that could one day rival the download speeds on the National Broadband Network Australia's committed itself to build for $40 billion dollars over the next 5 years.

The new technology, called DIDO, allows Internet users to access download speeds up to 1000 times faster than possible on conventional wireless networks, without any fall in speed as more users get on to the network. Opposition government Communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull said this wireless breakthrough underlined the importance of being a "technology agnostic" when it came to choosing broadband solutions to meet the nation's needs.

The creator of the new DIDO technology, Steve Perlman, has built himself a successful reputation in his native United States where he has been credited with developing Apple's popular film-watching software QuickTime, as well as being involved in a number of successful technology start-ups. These include WebTV, one of the first services to link the Internet with televisions, sold to Microsoft in 1997 for $US500 million.

Mr Perlman claims his new wireless technology breaks Shannon's Law, a fundamental theorem of communications that posits all users on a wireless network must share bandwidth. This means that, on conventional wireless networks, download and upload speeds fall as more users are added to the network. But with DIDO that principle is turned on its head.

"We know we can get to 100-fold what is today's cellular systems provide and we are optimistic we can get to 1000-fold," Mr Perlman said in a recent talk at Columbia University, where he first publicly described the DIDO system.

The Way I See It....the potential of DIDO is to have unlimited numbers of simultaneous users, all streaming high-definition video, utilising the same spectrum that a single user would use with conventional wireless technology, with degradation in performance, no dead zones, no interference between users and no reduction in data rate as more users are added.

It looks like Gilliard's haste to please the Greens will see the N.B.N. immediately become a dinosaur and our billions would be down-the-toilet! Another Labor big spend linked with a missed opportunity.

Too Much of the Moussaska Life-Style !

With the world still in a shaky state, between the American economy stressing out and the European Union busily shifting deck chairs around on their floundering ship of debt, people fear there may be another world recession coming. And in hindsight it seems that little country, Greece, was the tip of the iceberg that started it. Just how did the Greeks get into this fantastic mess that now threatens the E.U. with financial disaster and political disintegration? Let me elucidate.

In just the past decade the wage bill of the Greek public sector has doubled, in real terms--and that number doesn't take into account the bribes collected by public officials. The average government job pays almost three times the average private-sector job. The national railroad has annual revenues of 100 million euros against an annual wage bill of 400 million, plus 300 million in other expenses! The average state railroad employee earns 65,000 euros a year. Twenty years ago the Minister of Finance pointed out that it would be cheaper to put Greece's rail passengers into taxicabs: it's still true today!

The Greek public school system is the site of breathtaking inefficiency: one of the lowest-ranked systems in Europe, it nonetheless employs four times as many teachers per pupil as the highest-ranked; Finland.

Get this! The retirement age for Greek jobs classified as "arduous" is as early 55 for men and 50 for women. With a generous pension, more than 600 Greek professions somehow managed to get themselves classified as arduous: hairdressers, radio announcers, waiters, musicians and on and on. The Greek public health-care system spends far more on supplies than the European average. It is not uncommon to see nurses and doctors leaving the job with their arms filled with paper towels, diapers and whatever else they can plunder from supply closets!

In 2001, when Greece entered the European Monetary Union it found that they could now borrow long-terms funds at 5% not the 18% they were used to. To remain in the Euro Zone, they were meant to maintain budget deficits below 3% of G.D.P.. In practice, all they had to do was cook the books to show they were hitting the targets and keep enjoying their Moussaka. When a new, serious, Finance Minister arrived last October, he was greeted with a government estimated budget deficit of 3.7%. Two weeks later he revised that number upward to 12.5% and soon after it actually turned out to be nearly 14%! That's when the Sh*t-Hit-the-Fan!

The Way I See It....even "blind Freddie" couldn't help noticing that the Greek people were living the Moussaka Lifestyle. By that I mean, just as that rich, cheesy Greek national dish is a symbol of their ultimate Comfort Food, the Greeks have been getting away with demands on their government for more creature comforts and handouts over many years. While they were greedily gouging their economy with fat wages, 60% of them were cheating on their tax obligations and even bragging about it.. Even plastic surgeons making millions a year paid no tax at all! Thereby screwing their country both ways...taking and no giving back!

So we see these hypocrites rioting in the streets against a government that gave them their over inflated lifestyle demanding that there should not be any form of austerity measures. Reforming the retirement age limits, go after tax-avoiders and cutting back on over generous wages is just the start Greece needs to get its house in order. The Greeks will have to take their fiscal medicine for some time to come.