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  1. Online oblivescence...
  2. Occidental obeliscolychny...
  3. Overly opulent...
  4. Oncoming oneirodynia osmesis...
  5. Outstanding oration III...
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Online oblivescence...


A changing landscape, increased 'link rot' (digital decay, careful: article is titled Error 404): "The internet is stitched together by an incalculable number of hyperlinks, but much like cells in an organism, the sources and destinations have a finite lifespan. Essentially, links can and do die." (Nick Routley on Visual Capitalist; John Bowers, Harvard LIL)

"The Million Dollar Homepage lives on as a perfect record of that wacky time in internet history – or so it seems. However, the reality is that many of the hyperlinks on the canvas are now redirects that send incoming users to other sites, while over 20% of them are simply dead."

This is more worrying than you may think, e.g. 49% of the hyperlinks in US Supreme Court decisions are now broken [Yale study, pdf], or - worse still - many of the links in blog-posts from the 12 year Owsblog archive are now unreachable too :-(
    

Occidental obeliscolychny...


Out of Africa towards the occidental obeliscolychny, the western beacon. The beacon of hope, the beacon of benefits. Europe is suffering a MASSIVE influx from Africa, they are being trafficked illegally across the Mediterranean Sea by misinformed and misguided NGOs and charities.

There has always been economic migrations but this recent influx of illegals has been going on for YEARS; more recently has accelerated vastly. In Spain in 2005 an amnesty was given to illegal immigrants giving them a chance to apply for residency, which of course gave them access to the whole EU. A natural consequence of this was more illegal immigration, exactly what the Spanish were told at the time both by their opposition and others! And so it was, in 2007 Spain was demanding much higher contributions from the EU frontier control budget for its southern border. Jump to 2015: "The multinational, multicultural and multi-religious exodus is managed and exploited by militias, criminal gangs and corrupt officials in a chain that stretches from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe." and Europol. Or 2016: "The recent findings – which are the first from new efforts in Italy to monitor migration flows through North Africa – provide strong evidence of predatory behaviour by smugglers and traffickers and the kinds of enabling environments within which trafficking and associated forms of exploitation and abuse thrive." And GEFIRA, "Caught in the act: NGOs deal in migrant smuggling"..." The NGOs are known, the boats are known.

The evidence is endless and complete; the EU has been complicit and is only now realising what it has unleashed. The ludicrous allowing of millions of "refugees" from Syria etc has spread to a major mafia led taxi service (literally) to benefit-giving Europe.

On top of this we are constantly told to have fewer babies because it harms the environment whilst at the same time we are told that immigration is vital as we are not having babies. Does. Not. Compute. Anyway, very few people realise just how FUCKING HUGE Africa is. They come and will come in droves for the free houses, the streets paved with gold, the land of milk and honey; they may not even have to work for it as the welfare benefits are so generous: see map and list HERE.  
    

Overly opulent...


Interesting info graphic from Jeff Desjardins over at the Money Project: The Richest People in Human History (Part 1) [Link]. Obviously visit the site and zoom the image to get all the detail. I'll look forward to subsequent parts.

Obviously (as the write-up states) this is very difficult to get equivalence with more modern or present times and depends who you ask and what conversions etc are used but it does throw up some good bits: right place, right time backing the winner was Alan Rufus who William I made the 1st Lord of Richmond - a large chunk of northern England who - by "1086 he had become one of the richest and most powerful men of England" [Wiki]; or Solomon's wealth measured in trillions. And who had heard of Jakob Fugger, the Rockefeller of the 15th & 16th centuries; the "most influential businessman of all time"?
    

Oncoming oneirodynia osmesis...


"An extra 68,000 teachers from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds need to be recruited to reflect England's school population, figures show. Just 13% of state-funded schools' teachers are currently from a BME background..." the BBC tells us. Now you may think 13% sounds about right, you may recall the consensus/ONS [Link] saying that England & Wales ethnicity has fallen to 86% (it was 94%+ in 1991) ...sooo, 14% non white pretty much equates to the numbers within the teacher ranks: 13%. However, the BBC goes on to say (finishing the sentence) "...compared to 27% of pupils." Let that sink in, that last bit: 27% of pupils in England's state school population are from black or minority ethic backgrounds. 27%! WTF? Of course that is the average; looking at the image you'll see it can reach 90% in some areas.
    

Outstanding oration III...


Sorry to be a bit behind the curve but I have been (and will be some more next week) in rural Central and South America. The Donald in outstanding form. The hour came years ago; has - at long last - the man cometh?  President Trump's "remarks" to the People of Poland last week, full text HERE; video HERE.
"This continent no longer confronts the specter of communism. But today we’re in the West, and we have to say there are dire threats to our security and to our way of life. You see what’s happening out there. They are threats. We will confront them. We will win. But they are threats."..."We are confronted by another oppressive ideology - one that seeks to export terrorism and extremism all around the globe. America and Europe have suffered one terror attack after another. We’re going to get it to stop."...
..."Finally, on both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger -- one firmly within our control. This danger is invisible to some but familiar to the Poles: the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people. The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies."
..."What we have, what we inherited from our -- and you know this better than anybody, and you see it today with this incredible group of people -- what we've inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before. And if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again. So we cannot fail." 
..."Our citizens did not win freedom together, did not survive horrors together, did not face down evil together, only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values. We did not and we will not. We will never back down."
These are just snippets.
    

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