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Stephen is an artist whose work spans antler carvings and much more. Examples of antler carvings by Stephen:   Stephen will carve per request and make deals (e.g.: accept moose antlers as part of price for carvings). Price for a … Continue reading

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Taxing Meat

Taxing meat — No price too high to save the planet?

Meat Tax: Influential Report Calls For Meat To Be Taxed Like Cigarettes

by Oliver Lane, Breitbart, 24 Nov 2015

An influential think-tank with close ties to government has co-authored a report advocating so called meat tax as a means to lower meat consumption worldwide.

Tackling climate change and improving public health can be achieved by forcing consumers to eat less meat in their diets, and it is up to government to force that change, finds a new report. Co-authored by the University of Glasgow and Chatham House, one of the world’s most influential think-tanks, the paper claims “our appetite for meat is a major driver of climate change”…. Full article

There are issues with the idea of forcing everyone to become vegetarian.

  1. There is more than enough proof that eating a meatless diet can cause serious health issues.
  2. A tax on meat is punishment for the poor. It condemns them to an intensification of their miserable existence.
  3. There is no valid justification for taxing meat, other than the insatiable greed of governments to tax the energy we use, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.

The idea that the taxing of meat is necessary because doing so will curb climate change is propaganda and not supported by valid scientific evidence, but have a look at what Chatham House put into their report: Changing Climate, Changing Diets: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption

That our “appetite for meat is a major driver of climate change” is an unsubstantiated, propagandist assertion.

It is not necessarily true that public “awareness of the link between diet and climate is very low.” There has been more than enough propaganda to make the public aware of that claim. The public took note of the assertion, assessed it, found it wanting, and gave it no more concern than it deserves. Poll after poll finds that concern for causes of climate change ranks at the vary bottom of the list of concerns.

The recommendations offered in the report are nothing more than a blue print for how to brainwash the public into accepting being taxed to death.

Who asked Chatham House to produce the report, and how much do the taxpayers have to shell out for it?

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Read and comprehend — chapter and verse

Islam, the “religion of peace,” chapter and verse

The links in the following are to the Quranic Arabic Corpus, an annotated linguistic resource for the Holy Quran.

  • Quran 2:191 “Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them.”
  • Quran 2:193 “Fight the unbelievers until all of them have been converted to Islam.”
  • Quran 2:216 “You must fight for Allah, even if you don’t like doing so.”
  • Quran 3:169 “Those who were slain fighting for Allah will live forever and are looked after.”
  • Quran 3:28 “Muslims must not take the unbelievers as friends.”
  • Quran 3:85 “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.”
  • Quran 4:95 “Those who don’t fight and sit at home [except for the disabled] are outranked by those who fight for Allah.”
  • Quran 4:101 “Its is no sin to shorten your prayers in foreign countries, for the unbelievers are most certainly forever your enemies.”
  • Quran 5:33 “Maim and crucify the unbelievers if they criticize Islam.”
  • Quran 5:51 “Do not take Jews and Christians as friends or allies.”
  • Quran 8:12 “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Quran.”
  • Quran 8:60 “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the unbelievers.”
  • Quran 8:65 “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them.”
  • Quran 9:5 “When the opportunity arises kill the pagans wherever you catch them.”
  • Quran 9:29 “Fight the unbelievers until they pay tribute or have been humbled.”
  • Quran 9:30 “The Jews say, “Ezra is the son of Allah “; and the Christians say, “The Messiah is the son of Allah.” They are deluded; destroy them.”
  • Quran 9:123 “Make war on the unbelievers living in your neighbourhood.  Allah will be with you for it.”
  • Quran 22:19 “The unbelievers will be punished with garments of fire, and  boiling water shall be poured upon their heads.”
  • Quran 47:4 “Do not hanker for peace with the unbelievers; behead them and ransom the rest until the holy war against the unbelievers is over.”
  • Quran 98:6 “Unbelievers and polytheist will fry in Hell.  They are the worst of creatures.”

That should explain what is happening, but if you think that you need more evidence, look here for more references: “Fitna the movie”   From that source, a few more citations:

  • Quran 4:56 “We will burn unbelievers and give them new skins every time their skins are consumed by the fire, time and again, as often as their skins are consumed by the fire.”
  • Quran 4:89 “Do not take friends from amongst the unbelievers, but, if they turn their backs, slay them wherever you find them.”
  • Quran 8:39 “Fight the unbelievers until all have been converted to Islam.”

Jihad, to fight for Allah, is obligatory for Muslims.

Jihad

Jihad, the struggle in the way of Allah, has several aspects: struggle with oneself to live in the way of Allah; struggle to enlighten others as to the nature of Islam and the desirability of conversion; and armed struggle against the enemies of Islam.

The first two interpretations govern the conduct of jihad for the vast majority of Muslims, but for the jihadi, armed struggle is the “forgotten obligation” of Islam and should predominate.
There are two kinds of armed struggle, or holy war, in Islam. Offensive jihad is war against infidels beyond the realm of Islam. Indeed, that part of the world is called the “abode of war” (dar al-Harb). This form of jihad is a collective obligation of the Islamic community and must be declared by an appropriate authority, e.g., a caliph.   Not everyone is expected to participate in such a jihad.

Defensive jihad is waged when Muslim territory is attacked or occupied, or when Islam itself is threatened. This form of jihad is an individual duty, and it is incumbent on everyone to combat such enemies or occupiers. As spelled out in Chapter Five,  jihadis insist that Islam and Muslims are under attack everywhere—hence the argument that waging jihad is every Muslim’s personal obligation.

For those who cannot fight, there is financial jihad (boycotts); “jihad of the tongue” (propaganda); and even political jihad (engaging in elections), although the latter is highly controversial in violent jihadi circles.

Source: IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Voices of Jihad, Compilation and Commentary
    By David Aaron
    Published 2008 by the RAND Corporation
    http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2008/RAND_MG602.pdf
    p. 81

You may also wish to look up what the section on Jihad in the book reports on the Islamic stance on the subjects Terrorism (p. 86) and Martyrdom (p. 87)

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Eating fat reduces risk of obesity

At wattsupwiththat.com, a  discussion thread on the realities of droughts, flooding, corruption, mismanaging the economy, catastrophic anthropogenic global warming, and politics contains a comment that is quite astounding for anyone who is concerned about the need to eat a fat-free diet:

Jimbo : “Below is why scepticism is good. Consensus is meaningless. I think CAGW has gone through the following process but the failure of the IPCC projections is being denied.

Annals of Internal Medicine – 18 March, 2014
Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury et al
Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids With Coronary Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Conclusion: Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.

Primary Funding Source: British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council, Cambridge National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre, and Gates Cambridge.
http://tinyurl.com/q3hqfvc
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Wall Street Journal – 2 May, 2014
The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease
Are butter, cheese and steak really bad for you? The dubious science behind the anti-fat crusade
“Saturated fat does not cause heart disease”—or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. How could this be? The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that the saturated fats in butter, cheese and red meat should be avoided because they clog our arteries……..

Our distrust of saturated fat can be traced back to the 1950s, to a man named Ancel Benjamin Keys, a scientist at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Keys was formidably persuasive and, through sheer force of will, rose to the top of the nutrition world—even gracing the cover of Time magazine—for relentlessly championing the idea that saturated fats raise cholesterol and, as a result, cause heart attacks.

This idea fell on receptive ears because, at the time, Americans faced a fast-growing epidemic. Heart disease, a rarity only three decades earlier, had quickly become the nation’s No. 1 killer. Even President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a heart attack in 1955. Researchers were desperate for answers……

Critics have pointed out that Dr. Keys violated several basic scientific norms in his study…..
http://tinyurl.com/m8sczes
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BBC – 14 October 2014
Should people be eating more fat?
…..Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard, amongst others, examined the links between eating saturated fat and heart disease. Despite looking at the results of nearly 80 studies involving more than a half million people they were unable to find convincing evidence that eating saturated fats leads to greater risk of heart disease.

In fact, when they looked at blood results, they found that higher levels of some saturated fats, in particular a type of saturated fat you get in milk and dairy products called margaric acid, were associated with a lower risk of heart disease……

A recent study, this time published in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, “High dairy fat intake related to less central obesity“, certainly questioned the link.

In this study, researchers followed 1,589 Swedish men for 12 years. They found that those following a low-fat diet (no butter, low-fat milk and no cream) were more likely to develop fat around the gut (central obesity) than those eating butter, high-fat milk and whipping cream.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29616418

Jimbo : Consensus can have dire consequences such as wasting your time and laying off butter production workers.

10 February 2015
“The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/10/feds-poised-to-withdraw-longstanding-warnings-about-dietary-cholesterol/

10 February 2015
Butter ISN’T bad for you after all: Major study says 80s advice on dairy fats was flawed
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2946617/Butter-ISN-T-bad-Major-study-says-80s-advice-dairy-fats-flawed.html

There you have it.

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Dean Stokes — Bruderheim Hotel, Friday Nite, July 24. — Be there!

Dean_Stokes_BRHM_Hotel 2015-07-24

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Announcement of the abdication of the Kaiser

Kaiser_abdicates (translation into English)

Link to original German text of the announcement of the abdication of the Kaiser.

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Charity Bike Run

Lend your support by attending or participating.

Charity_Bike_Run_2015-07-26See also deanstokesband.com

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Does your house need to have its roof replaced?

100_3819_e1If you live in Lamont County, or close to it, and you need your roof fixed, consider Best West Roofing (@ bestwestroofing.com ). I spoke to Dean Stokes about having our roof done, on Friday, June 12th. He and his crew showed up the following Monday. They were done with replacing the shingles on our roof a day later, in the afternoon.

Everything was cleaned up, and not a trace of them having done any work was left, other than our roof having new shingles.

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What happened to our appreciation of beauty?

Everyone on Facebook, other social media or in the slightest touched by what is being presented in the media must be aware of it. Society is on a downward slide with respect to many things:

  • From peace into war;
  • From the constant search for knowledge to the dumbing-down of society;
  • From the raising of consciousness and awareness to numbing them with drugs;
  • From honing and uplifting the senses to assaulting them;
  • From enjoying human life and what it has to offer to the drive to vilify it as a curse and even to eradicate it on a massive, industrial scale;
  • From beauty and harmony to ugliness and discord – in music, visual arts, performing arts, poetry, fashion, architecture, and so on;
  • From the love of humans to being obsessed with animals;
  • From the appreciation of the beauty of the human body to destroying it through body modifications; ….

The list is virtually endless and limited only by the imagination. It is as if a dark force is at work in the world, trying to obliterate – and succeeding to eradicate – much or even everything the Renaissance brought, to bring an end not only to the human spirit but to human evolution and even to humanity itself.

Some may not wish to agree with that assessment, but can anyone who disagrees explain, for instance, why musical pieces such as the one linked to here, Albinoni: Adagio in G minor, are not at the top of the pop charts?

Some others present evidence that, they feel, proves that the promotion of ugliness, chaos, blood, gore and death is deliberate. Looking, for instance, at what is being presented on television these days, it is difficult to disagree with them. It is hardly possible that the descent into primitivity in television is coming about by accident. Consider:

The people of North America and Western Europe now accept a level of ugliness in their daily lives which is almost without precedent in the history of Western civilization. Most of us have become so inured, that the death of millions from starvation and disease draws from us no more than a sigh, or a murmur of protest. Our own city streets, home to legions of the homeless, are ruled by Dope, Inc., the largest industry in the world, and on those streets Americans now murder each other at a rate not seen since the Dark Ages.

At the same time, a thousand smaller horrors are so commonplace as to go unnoticed. Our children spend as much time sitting in front of television sets as they do in school, watching with glee, scenes of torture and death which might have shocked an audience in the Roman Coliseum. Music is everywhere, almost unavoidable—but it does not uplift, nor even tranquilize—it claws at the ears, sometimes spitting out an obscenity. Our plastic arts are ugly, our architecture is ugly, our clothes are ugly. There have certainly been periods in history where mankind has lived through similar kinds of brutishness, but our time is crucially different. Our post-World War II era is the first in history in which these horrors are completely avoidable. Our time is the first to have the technology and resources to feed, house, educate, and humanely employ every person on earth, no matter what the growth of population. Yet, when shown the ideas and proven technologies that can solve the most horrendous problems, most people retreat into implacable passivity. We have become not only ugly, but impotent….

More: “The Frankfurt School and ‘Political Correctness’ “, by Michael Minnicino

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Pension-pyramid-scams coming home to roost

The head-line of the article linked here asks, “Did feminism cause the Greek debt crisis?”  As with generally all such rhetorical head-lines that end with a question mark, the answer to this one, too, is, “No.”

Did feminism cause the Greek debt crisis?

June 18, 2015 By Janet Bloomfield (aka JudgyBitch)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given Greece (another) iron-clad deadline to meet its debt repayment schedule – Greece must pay up by June 30th. Failure all but guarantees Greece will be booted out of the common European currency and forced to return to drachmas….

More: http://judgybitch.com/2015/06/18/did-feminism-cause-the-greek-debt-crisis/

The commentary by Janet Bloomfield is not bad, but it is somewhat off the mark.  It incorrectly blames feminists alone for the looming economic crisis in Greece.  There is no doubt that Greek feminists are to be blamed for a good portion of that crisis, but they do not deserve to be blamed for all of it.

Janet Bloomfield, for example, does not mention at all Greece’s massive and disproportionately large spending on military hardware bought from other countries.  Greece’s extraordinary spending on military hardware is bad, but it takes the combination of that with another issue, the excessive liability to satisfy the demand for pension incomes, to bring Greece’s economy to the brink of collapse.

Janet Bloomfield does not explain that Greece’s economic policies relating to cash-flows on pensions over time are identical to those in virtually all developed nations (Norway is a notable exception).  Neither does she explain that Greece’s low birth rate (one of the lowest in the world, 213th out of 224 countries) exacerbates the looming financial crisis.

Government-run pension schemes, although their pay-outs were once-upon-a-time to be based on returns from pension contributions, are now virtually without exception massive debt-repayment deferral schemes that transfer liabilities (demands for pension payments) from current and future pensioners to current and future participants in the workforce.  In essence, with governments putting pension contributions of workers into general revenue–from where they are used to pay current government obligations instead of being saved for future income claims by individuals who are working now but wish to retire with some level of comfort in the future–they manage to weasel out of a vitally important responsibility.

Governments who do such a thing are actively engaging in a fraudulent practice for which the directors of insurance companies and trust funds serve prison terms if they were to engage in it.

Certainly, Janet Bloomfield correctly vilifies feminists for wanting to have equality of outcomes when it comes to pension earnings but refusing to accept equal responsibilities when it comes to paying for the privilege to eventually being able to receive the earnings to which they should thereby become entitled.  Nevertheless, that is only a relatively small part of the causes of the Greek government’s inability to meet its financial obligations.

Janet Bloomfield fails to mention at all the far greater problem of the Greek government running a pension fraud that differs from any other pyramid scam only by its slow rate of progression and its far greater magnitude.  Instead of, as in a run-of-the-mill pyramid scam, the final suckers holding the empty bags in very short order (as soon as the market for those to be suckered by a given pyramid scam has been exhausted), the government-run pension-pyramid-scams take generations to run their course, with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren eventually getting stuck with holding the empty bags.

Still, why flog the Greek government for being one of the first to be caught by the consequences of its pension-pyramid-scam?  All of the others will soon be in the same bind and for the same reasons, some sooner than others.
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See also: http://judgybitch.com/about/

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