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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/24/16

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Britain’s vote yesterday (6/23) to leave the European Union is the most significant international political development this century, the first good news for lovers of liberty in a very long time.

What was revolted against was the attempt by globalist elites to impose an undemocratic and unworkable political union.  I think the turning point in Brexit’s upset victory were the efforts of EU honchos to force member countries to take in hordes of Muslim “immigrants,” and the rioting in Calais Monday and Tuesday by “immigrants” demanding to go to Britain.

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Democrats gave us a vivid illustration this week why here as well as in Britain, “levels of dissatisfaction with leadership have reached revolutionary levels.”

In support of President Obama’s efforts to conceal from the American people that the killer in the worst mass shooting in American history was a radical Islamist, a registered Democrat and a fan of Hillary Clinton, Democrats conducted a series of stunts to blame the murders on a rifle Omar Mateen didn’t use, Republicans, Christians, and the NRA.

Democrats are fighting for a “bad, stupid bill,” said Gawker.  “The use of error-prone and unfair watch lists is not the way to regulate guns in America,” said the ACLU.

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President Obama got smacked around by the Supreme Court, and by a U.S. District court judge, an Obama appointee.

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The political prosecutions of Baltimore police officers is backfiring on racist demagogue States Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

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Hillary Clinton is more unpopular than ever, but her lead over Donald Trump is growing.

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IDYLLIC ISOLATION

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Kanton1Kanton Atoll, Phoenix Islands, Pacific Ocean.  You don’t get more isolated than this.  The nearest inhabited island is over 1,000 miles away.  The only visitors are via a private yacht about once a year or so or a Kiribati patrol boat bringing supplies once every six months. 

We are the first private plane (our chartered King Air) to land here in years.  30 Kantonese islanders live here.  You can imagine how happy they are to see us.

Neither you nor I could imagine living here.  There is no radio, television, internet or cell phones, and hardly any electricity – a diesel-powered generator is fired up only occasionally.  The only water is rainwater caught in cisterns.  They subsist on fish, crabs, and coconuts, plus rice and other staples the patrol boat brings which has to last for six months or more.

They live in disintegrating ramshackle homes amidst colossal rusting wreckage – for this was once a flourishing airbase built by the US government during WWII and subsequently by Pan American Airways in the 50s.  The base has been abandoned since the 70s, collapsed, rusting and forgotten.

So here we are, in a King Air 200 I managed to charter, all by ourselves with a handful of Kantonese in their utter isolation and what we would consider utter poverty.  You’d think they would be full of anger and resentment for their lives – like so many Inner City Americans who enjoy a prosperity unimaginable to Kantonese – but the opposite is true.

The people here are genuinely and truly happy.  Here’s how and why.  And yes, with photos.

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WHY IS ISLAM VIOLENT?

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MslmScreamIslamic violence is nearly impossible to deny. But why is Islam violent?

The usual answer is to point to Koranic verses calling for the conquest and subjugation of non-Moslems. That certainly covers the theological basis for Islamic violence. But it fails to explain why Moslems continue to practice it. Even against each other. Violence has become the defining form of Islamic exceptionalism.

Islam made the standard tactics of tribal warfare far more effective. Its alliance was harder to fragment and its fighters were not afraid of death. But at the same time Islam remained fundamentally tribal.

It made tribal banditry more effective, but didn’t change the civilization. It codified the tribal suspicion of outsiders and women into a religious doctrine. That still drives Islamic violence against non-Moslems and women today. And yet Islam could have reformed. All it had to do was choose a different civilizational strategy.  Why didn’t it?

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OBAMA JUSTICE, THE KEYSTONE KOPS, AND ORWELLIAN EVIL

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It was the Keystone Kops version of George Orwell’s dystopian novel of a dictatorship in which the past is rewritten to suit the political masters, words are robbed of their meaning.  “War is peace.” “Freedom is slavery.”  “Ignorance is strength.”

The Justice Department released Monday morning (6/20) a partial transcript of Omar Mateen’s 911 call from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.  All references to ISIS and Islam were deleted.

“OM: ‘I pledge of allegiance to [omitted]. ‘I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].’”

This effort to drop the killer’s motive down the Memory Hole was hilarious. It wasn’t hard to figure out what was redacted.  Especially since it had been widely reported that Mateen had described himself as a “soldier of Allah” who declared his allegiance to ISIS.

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind,” Orwell said.

That the real reason for the redactions was to deceive Americans about the killer’s motive is made clear by the strenuous efforts of the president and his minions to blame the massacre on Christians, Republicans, the NRA -- everyone but radical Islamists.

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THE MODI REVOLUTION STALLS IN INDIA

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India’s bid to become the ‘economic super-tiger’ of Asia is in serious doubt after an assault on the independence of the central bank and failure to deliver on promised reforms.

The country has been the darling of the emerging market universe since the Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi swept into power in May 2014 promising a blitz of Thatcherite reform and a bonfire of the diktats, but key changes have been blocked in the legislature. The government has turned increasingly populist.

Matters have come to a head with the de facto ouster of Raghuram Rajan, the superstar governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), rebuked for keeping monetary policy too tight. It is part of a pattern of attacks on central banks by politicians across the world, and the latest sign that the glory days of the monetary overlords are waning.

“This is ‘Rexit' – India’s equivalent of ‘Brexit.  It looks very bad for India and will not go down well in financial markets. He was defeated by the crony capitalists up against him,” says Lord Desai from the London School of Economics.

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THE RIGHT TO BE WRONG IS CRITICAL FOR FREEDOM

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freeyourmindMost people who have reached a certain age have changed their minds about something or someone that they firmly believed in the past. Many of the real conflicts in society, including hate-driven mass shootings, result from people who fail to acknowledge, even to themselves, that they could be wrong.

Yet today, we see some subset of Moslems who think they can take action against the rest because they are unable to acknowledge that they could be wrong in their beliefs.

We see the effort of many in colleges to shut down the free speech of those they disagree with. We see the effort of some to shut down media whose messages they reject.

We see those for whom global warming has become a religion rather than a science. They speak with great certainty about things they cannot possibly know, because of the immense number of variables, or in the words of F.A. Hayek, they suffer a fatal conceit (as did the early Bolsheviks).

All of this comes from a failure to admit, “I may be wrong,” and without such understanding, a civil society cannot exist.

We see those for whom global warming has become a religion rather than a science. They speak with great certainty about things they cannot possibly know, because of the immense number of variables, or in the words of F.A. Hayek, they suffer a fatal conceit (as did the early Bolsheviks).

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HALF-FULL REPORT 06/17/16

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As we argue over whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would be a worse successor, we got a vivid reminder yesterday (6/16) that the worst president America has ever had is in the White House now.

Yesterday his CIA Director issued a chilling rebuttal to President Obama’s claim ISIS is on the run. ISIS is more “formidable” than ever, is planning more Paris, Orlando-style attacks, John Brennan told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Yet those in government who are responsible for our safety are unable, or unwilling, to protect us from Islamist terror.

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Britons will vote next Thursday (6/23) on a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union.  Current polls show Brexit (a conflation of the words “Britain” and “exit”) with a slight lead.  This is remarkable, because virtually every major British politician opposes Brexit.

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If Brexit wins, the EU may be doomed, because other countries – chiefly Sweden, Norway, Denmark and France – are likely to follow.

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The Taliban controls more of Afghanistan now than at any time since it was toppled from power in 2001, said our new commander there.

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Donald “Trump is building up hostility, shedding prospective supporters, and alienating – or worse, frightening – entire voter groups at a stunning rate, wrote GOP strategist Ed Rogers in the Washington Post Tuesday.

Trump is on track to get a smaller percentage of the popular vote than Goldwater in 1964, McGovern in 1972.

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LOST IN FUN

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Funafuti, Tuvalu.  Welcome to FUN. 

TuvaluAs you most likely know, airports around the world have a three-letter code in capital letters.  Los Angeles for example is LAX, while Istanbul is IST.  This place has the best airport code on earth:  FUN.  I’m lost in it again.

You first learned about Tuvalu (too-vah-loo) back in October 2013: Serendipity in the South Pacific, which I hope you can take the time to read again. 

You learned how Tuvaluans persevered over incredible British vindictiveness, while maintaining a wonderful cheerfulness, rather than succumbing to anger and bitterness.  

They still have that positive attitude, they haven’t succumbed, and they are still getting screwed.  Here’s the situation – and the lesson for Americans.

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