Mostly, being an INFP, the thing that rings my chimes is discrimination against low income earners. There are too many examples of how the rich make the rules that govern us all. They increasingly make it obvious that democracy is just a cover for the time old tradition of treating us as little more than dumb sheep.
Fiascos and coverups are always the rule of the day in Australian Politics. With some special concessions for 'sick old pals' who have been proven to break the laws of the country. Politics and the promotion of disinformation is a dirty business. In Australia, I see no real difference in the direction of travel that the two major political parties participate towards.
I seem to Blog a lot about the unfairness of city legislated laws on rural people. I have to wonder when will our political leaders give more than just lip service to the need for amendments to many of the city legislated laws?
Mystery plaque behind 'Youngster' sculpture highlights plight of refugee children
Every day, tens of thousands of commuters walk past the diminutive figure in a hoodie on the corner of George and Barrack streets in the CBD. Most would probably give the bronze sculpture barely a second thought. But one person at least has thought about it very deeply. In fact, deeply enough to have a professional-looking plaque installed on the wall behind, casting the work in a wholly different light.
“Lest we forget them,” begins the text. “Children seeking asylum in Australia are kept in detention as part of a government policy which inflicts harm on refugees fleeing violence and persecution,” it continues. “Their suffering is our shame. Here at this site we remember them and together call out for change.”
Pictures of the mysterious plaque, which appeared a few weeks ago, have since been doing the rounds on social media.
Artist Caroline Rothwell, who created the work entitled Youngster, has yet to see the unauthorised addition but has declared herself “delighted”. “I feel quite honoured that whoever has put it there has chosen to interact with it in that way,” she said.
“I agree with the sentiment. Also part of my idea with the work is that these little hooded figures we generally see as a threatening form are actually vulnerable.
“I think it’s great that an artwork can be used in the conversation in that way. I don’t feel that it is appropriated, I feel that it is extending the conversation.
“When the art is out in the public space, you always hope it will take on a life of its own.”
Youngster, which has a “partner” figure of a handstanding child a few metres away, was installed in 2012 as part of the City of Sydney’s Art and About festival.
Outspoken Liberal senator Cory Bernardi is prepared to spearhead the “no” campaign against recognising indigenous Australians in the constitution, arguing the proposal is racially divisive and “doomed to fail”.
As indigenous leaders meet with Attorney-General George Brandis in Broome this week, Senator Bernardi this morning lashed out at proposals to recognise the First Australians in the nation’s foundation document.
“Let me tell you that anything that seeks to divide our country by race, and every proposal that I’ve heard of seeks to do exactly that, I think is doomed to fail,” the deeply conservative South Australian told ABC Radio.
“Within the Coalition … virtually no one is talking about this. Like most of Australia, this is a fifth-order issue at best.
“In order for a ‘no’ campaign to be funded there needs to be a ‘no’ vote in the parliament. I think that is inevitable, if only to give the Australian people an informed choice.”
Asked if he would be prepared to lead the ‘no’ campaign, Senator Bernardi said: “I’m always prepared to do what I think is in the best interests of Australia.”
NSW Liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos rejected Senator Bernardi’s view, saying the referendum was “about bringing Australians together”.
“This has to be a very positive moment for Australia. It has to be the moment where we draw a line under the last couple of hundred years and appropriately recognise the contribution that indigenous Australians have made to this country,” Senator Sinodinos said.
“They were the first here 40,000 years ago, they made the important contribution to us understanding this country and when you go overseas one of the things that makes Australia unique is the centrality of our Aboriginal culture.”
Senator Bernardi was Tony Abbott’s parliamentary secretary until 2012, when he was sacked over “ill-disciplined” remarks suggesting recognising same-sex marriages could lead to polygamy and bestiality.
He is the author of several books on conservative politics and is sympathetic to Britain’s right-wing UK Independence Party and Dutch nationalist politician Geert Wilders.
Last week Senator Bernardi won government and crossbench support for an inquiry into Halal certification schemes.
The wall in Cory Bernardi’s Canberra office is adorned with mementos of some of his political paragons: framed portraits of Margaret Thatcher, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a young Queen Elizabeth; a letter from Robert Menzies, penned to an admirer in 1966; John and Janette Howard beaming from an old Christmas card.
Bernardi has certainly wasted no time in the five years since he was elected a senator for South Australia. He’s played a key role in killing off the former Rudd government’s emissions trading scheme, toppling Malcolm Turnbull as Liberal leader and replacing him with Tony Abbott. He’s “carved a niche as one of Australia’s leading conservative voices”, according to his website. He’s riled Greens, gays, feminists, Muslims and small ‘l’ liberals with his campaigns against action on climate change, gay equality and the burqa.
“Cory is deluded,” says a Liberal Party colleague. “He is one of the least effective or important members of the parliamentary team. Cory is a person without any intellect, without any base, and he should really never have risen above the position of branch president. His right-wing macho-man act is just his way of looking as though he stands for something.”
Bernardi shrugs off the criticism. Beneath his Ken-doll good looks, smooth manner and radio announcer’s baritone lies a political hide as tough as any in Canberra. “I have a number of strong beliefs that I believe reflect the concerns, the hopes and I think the aspirations of mainstream Australia,” he says.
Bernardi owes his ascendancy in the Liberal Party to a powerful mentor, the right-wing faction leader and long-time South Australian senator, Nick Minchin, who was struck by the younger man’s physical stature (he’s 195 centimetres tall), sporting achievements and political potential. “He is confident without being overbearing, intelligent and committed, with a well-thought-through philosophy on life and a strong sense of direction,” says Minchin.
Thanks to Minchin’s backing, Bernardi became the Liberal Party’s youngest ever South Australian state president in 1998, and the youngest federal vice-president in 2005. The moderates in the branch were never impressed. One recalls: “There was nothing memorable about his term. Even his own supporters got sick of waiting for him to do something effective.” Bernardi rejects this, saying he boosted the branch’s membership by 40% and its bank balance by half a million dollars during his term.
Minchin’s support also got Bernardi onto the senate ticket and into parliament in 2006. In his maiden speech he extolled the importance of a strong economy, small business, the defence industry and entrepreneurship, and derided the “new culture of rights” in Australia. He thanked his mother for staying at home to raise him, hailed “the sanctity of human life” and marriage as “a sacred bond between a man and a woman”, and pledged: “I shall be guided by my conscience, my family, my country and my God.”
Sinead, with whom he has two sons, aged ten and 12, says they have the perfect marriage because they’re “both in love with the same man”. “Cory obviously has this huge belief in himself … If you didn’t love a guy who was so in love with himself you’d have a lot of trouble living with Cory. Life – I don’t think he’d mind me saying this – it’s all about Cory. I am all about Cory, and he is all about Cory, so it makes it easy.”
I asked Bernardi what he loves. He replied: “Family. And my wife says myself, but you know [that’s] a bit unkind.”
Bernardi’s singular achievement is having helped destroy the Rudd government’s emissions trading scheme in 2009 and, with it, Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership. His opposition to the ETS, and later the carbon tax, was first inspired by veteran climate sceptic, University of Adelaide’s Ian Plimer. It was girded by a 2009 visit to the United States where he sought advice on strategy from America’s foremost climate-change deniers; among them Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner who, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “routinely ignores and denies even the most robust, vetted scientific findings”, and Senator James Inhofe, a beneficiary of generous energy industry funding, who has described global warming as “the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state”.
Inspired by the tactics of the Tea Party, Bernardi established the Conservative Leadership Foundation in 2009, which in turn set up the Conservative Action Network (CANdo) that Bernardi likens to “a Facebook for conservatives”. CANdo rallied dozens of like-minded groups and thousands of individuals to join an orchestrated ‘grassroots’ campaign – also known as ‘astro-turfing’ – against the ETS. Their efforts persuaded Liberal MPs to revolt against Turnbull, killing the ETS and propelling Abbott into leadership.
Some of his moderate colleagues are caustic about Bernardi’s role in undermining Turnbull and others on the small ‘l’ side. One colleague calls him “disloyal and treacherous”, while another says he spends more time attacking those in his own party than the others. Some colleagues privately blame him for circulating a “shit sheet” before the 2007 election implying that an unnamed Coalition minister was gay. Bernardi categorically denies he had anything to do with it, adding he’s a “convenient scapegoat for those on the Left”. He has maintained a poisonous feud with fellow South Australian Christopher Pyne, who signed him up to their local branch in the 1980s before they acrimoniously fell out.
He was sacked from the front bench by Malcolm Turnbull in 2009, after writing on his blog that the “wannabe” MP who had recruited him had told him during a golf game that he only ran as a Liberal because he lived in a Liberal seat. Bernardi refused Turnbull’s demand that he apologise to Pyne, and remains unrepentant today. “Why would I apologise for [writing] something that is true?” Turnbull had previously rebuked Bernardi for speaking against the Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws–Superannuation) Act 2008, which had bipartisan support. Bernardi opined in the senate that the bill would throw open the doors of “the marriage club” to people “whose relationships are uncharacteristic of the most basic elements of a marital union”.
While he seems to be sincere in his convictions, the foundations of Bernardi’s ‘philosophy’ appear shallow. He claims to be widely read but admits his favourite fare is airport novels, especially the late Dick Francis’ formulaic thrillers. His recommended reading list includes a book called Confrontational Politics by a retired US senator, HL Richardson, published by the Gun Owners Foundation. The author’s credo is “pro-life, pro-gun, pro-God” and he was once voted ‘Chauvinist of the Year’ by the National Organization for Women. His book is a crude polemic that rails against homosexuals, tree-huggers, humanists, pagans and abortionists, whom he likens to Hitler. It calls evolution a “scientific justification” for rejecting God, and argues for “the necessity to limit the power of man and government” as the Holy Bible should be the basis for human law (a proposition starkly similar to that advanced by the Islamists Bernardi condemns). Bernardi liked the book so much he bought 100 copies to hand out.
Many of his ideas are borrowed from others. He embraced the nickname ‘Ju-liar’ for Julia Gillard, coined by his friend Alan Jones, with whom he served on the board of the Australian Sports Commission. The slogan on his website, ‘common sense lives here’, mimics that of another of his icons, US talk-show host Phil Valentine, who wrote The Conservative’s Handbook and uses the catchphrase: ‘It’s just common sense’. Bernardi’s assertion that Islam is a “totalitarian, political and religious ideology” echoes the phraseology of right-wing anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders, whom Bernardi met and invited to Australia, earning another rebuke from the Liberal leadership.
A frequent commentator on the ‘dangers’ of Islam, Bernardi has the Koran on his iPad but acknowledges he hasn’t read it, except for the passages he quotes to advance his arguments. He doesn’t know the ‘five pillars’, or basic tenets, of the Islamic faith. He claims his warnings about Islam are based on the “unique perspective” he gained while travelling in Europe where, he says, Muslim migration has led to “almost unprecedented levels of social unrest”.
“I keep saying this is not about Muslim people,” Bernardi insists. “A lot of Muslims eat pork, there’s a lot of Muslims who don’t pray five times a day or go to mosque, there’s a lot of Muslims who decide to drink alcohol. There’s a lot of Muslims who are terrific people, that are fantastic, like people of any faith.” In other words: Muslims are fine, as long as they don’t practise their beliefs.
“He wants to be some sort of conservative warrior but he’s not up to it intellectually,” says a Liberal associate. “In reality he’s like the kid in the playground who pulls his pants down so everyone will look at him, but he has no idea how he’s embarrassing himself in the process. He’s basically kryptonite for any serious person in the party because he’s a complete embarrassment.”
For a man who espouses “compassion, acceptance and personal integrity”, to quote his website, there’s also a pitiless quality to Bernardi. He calls asylum-seekers “welfare squatters” and condemned the government for flying survivors of the Christmas Island refugee boat disaster to Sydney to attend their loved ones’ funerals.
“There’s plenty of Australians who miss out on going to funerals too because they can’t afford it,” he says, unmoved by the fact that the mourners included young children who had lost both parents. “It’s tragic,” he adds, stone-faced. The same steely tone is employed when he talks about the elder brother he hasn’t spoken to for a decade, although they see each other at the park when their sons play sport together. He won’t say why they fell out. When I ask if it saddens him, he replies: “You’re gonna say I’m cruel and heartless but no, it doesn’t … It’s just one of those things. I’m estranged from my brother. Big deal.”
Bernardi was rewarded for his role in elevating Abbott to the leadership with a promotion to the position of shadow parliamentary secretary assisting the Opposition leader. Asked why he got the post, he replies: “I guess he [Abbott] thinks I’m someone who can help him get to where he wants to go.” What role Bernardi would play in an Abbott-led government is an open question. Minchin says Bernardi “has a very substantial support base”. Another senior Liberal believes Abbott and Bernardi are “very close”. An alternative view from within the party is that Abbott and his office think Bernardi is “a total liability” and “even the conservative wing finds him to be a complete screwball”. Abbott was not available to comment.
“If you look at some of the great people of history, they all had trenchant critics,” says Bernardi, citing his hero, Ronald Reagan, whose speeches he listens to on his iPhone for inspiration during his evening walks. “You can’t go through life being loved by everybody, that’s a recipe for nothingness.”
Sally Neighbour is a multiple award-winning journalist and author, best known for her work as a reporter with Four Corners, recognised by three Walkley Awards. She is the author of The Mother of Mohammed and In the Shadow of Swords.
Nauru's ban on Facebook angers opposition and refugee advocates
The Nauru government banned Facebook since 30 April 2015 as part of its crackdown on internet pornography. (Loic Venance: AFP)
Nauru's opposition and refugee advocates have slammed a government ban on Facebook, calling the move an act of "dictatorship".
The comments came after the government directed Digicel, the nation's internet service provider, "to start blocking applicable websites", which the opposition said includes the social networking site.
In a statement, the government cited moral and religious grounds for the ban, as part of a broader crackdown on “internet sites that show pornography, particularly those featuring children”.
But opposition MP Matthew Batsiua told Pacific Beat he considers the move a way to stop Nauruans from using Facebook to criticise the government.
“The real agenda here is curbing the rights of people to access social media,” he said.
He said people in Nauru usually use Facebook to express dissent and keep in touch with family overseas.
Mr Batsiua dismissed the government’s suggestion that the ban was implemented on moral grounds.
“The first reason they gave [for the closure] was due to a technical problem. Now it’s all about porn,” he said.
“This is all about [justice minister] Adeang and his cronies being worried about the ever increasing number of people who have taken to social media to criticise his dictatorial style, which even the president is either unwilling – or too scared – to rein in.”
Radio Australia has attempted to contact the Nauru government for comment, but they have not responded.
Claims of a dictatorship
“There has been a growing concern … on Facebook about criticism against this government for a lack of scrutiny,” Mr Batsiua said, a trend which has concerned the government.
“A lot of people on Facebook are calling our government a dictatorship.
“I mean the behaviour that we have seen in shutting out members of the opposition, having an ineffective parliament where basically there’s no scrutiny or debate on policies and activities, now curbing social media … I’m just spelling out what it is.”
Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition agreed, saying the government is “not far short of being a dictatorship”.
We’re more likely to see increasing dissent inside Nauru partly as a result of the way in which the collaboration with the Australian Government has enriched quite a few people on Nauru but it certainly hasn’t enriched the general community. Ian Rintoul, Refugee Action Coaltion He dismissed claims by the government that they are simply trying to crack down on internet pornography.
Shutting down Facebook will severely impact refugees in the detention centre who use the social media network to communicate with the outside world, Mr Rintoul said.
“We’ve seen even in the treatment of refugees … the total power rests with commissioner and there’s no obvious way of appealing against the commissioner’s decisions about whether protests are allowed or disallowed,” he said.
Mr Rintoul said the government has been issuing decrees on where people can protest and “the ability to arrest … assemblies three or greater now extends to public areas and that effectively means inside the refugee compounds itself”.
Locals versus refugees
Mr Rintoul said there is a growing disquiet among people in Nauru as they feel they are “treated the same way as refugees”.
“So rather than unity … we’re more likely to see increasing dissent inside Nauru partly as a result of the way in which the collaboration with the Australian Government has enriched quite a few people on Nauru but it certainly hasn’t enriched the general community,” he said.
The opposition said Mr Adeang had revoked the visa of Digicel’s Nauru manager Lorna Roge while she was off the island on business.
“She joins the growing list of expat personnel who have been shunted off Nauru for no given reason other than Adeang doesn’t like them,” Mr Batsiua said.
“It’s a disgrace and the sooner this government calls an election so we can return Nauru to democracy, the better.
“Meanwhile it would be interesting to know how other countries in our region view this latest sorry act of censorship by this Nauru government.”
First thing you need to do is realize that this isn’t a free process. You will need to locate a VPS (Virtual Private Server) reseller and get a VPS from them. Paying them either monthly or yearly for the pleasure. Most will accept paypal.
Prices charged for VPS’s vary wildly. So you need to determine how much your willing to spend to avoid data retention. The good news is that VPS prices have been steadily getting cheaper and cheaper. So there are some good deals out there.
I operate 5 VPS’s scattered around the world. I would recommend picking a VPS reseller who is located in a country that isn’t likely to allow it’s data to be legally collected. Otherwise you may as well forget the concept of avoiding data retention.
I will supply one of my affiliate URL’s HERE. You can choose to go with another VPS supplier if you wish.
I would go for the cheapest option from this supplier. (At time of writing $10 per year) Because a VPN (Virtual Private Networking) equipped VPS really doesn’t need much in the way of resources.
During the signup process you will be asked to supply a domain name. If you do not have a domain name available. Simply enter a single word. This will be the “name” of your VPS. For our purposes a domain name really isn’t required.
You will also be asked (via a drop down box) What operating system you would like to use. There are many different varieties of Linux available. Chose what version you are comfortable with. But for this tutorial I will be using Debian.
Step 2: Check your email for VPS information.
The VPS supplier will send you an email. In the email will be information about how to manage your VPS. You will be given the “root” password. (The user called root is the administrator) You will also be given the IP of the VPS.
Step 3: Download putty.
Putty is a program that allows you to connect to your VPS. Download putty for windows HERE. Once downloaded. You simply insert the IP of your VPS and click OPEN.
The putty terminal window will then open. Putty will connect to your VPS. Note: The first time putty connects to your VPS you will get a warning that the Host Key is not cached. Just click “YES”. Your should only ever see this prompt once. Unless the IP number of your VPS changes. Next you will see a prompt that says “login as:”. Enter root as the login. Use the password supplied to you in the email from your VPS supplier.
You will then see various pieces of information about your VPS displayed. Finally you will be presented with a ’#’ prompt. The VPS is now waiting for your input. This is where you are able to install software and perform various other maintenance on the VPS.
Step 4: Update & Upgrade the VPS.
At the ’#’ prompt enter
Step 5: Check if TUN is enabled.
Use the following one-liner to verify if TUN support is enabled on the Debian system. if using a VPS (Virtual Private Server), some virtualization layers such as vServers and OpenVZ require TUN to be enabled on/from the host machine.
At the ’#’ prompt enter
test ! -c /dev/net/tun && echo openvpn requires tun support
for persistent firewall rules you may want to use the iptables-persistent package or just set-up a simple script in /etc/network/if-pre-up.d/ which will load the rules in /etc/iptables.rules using iptables-restore
!/bin/bash test -e /etc/iptables.rules && iptables-restore -c /etc/iptables.rules
Step 19: Set-up OpenVPN client (on your VPS)
Deploy the generated certificates to the VPN client/device
Install OpenVPN client on the machine/device
Create the following client.conf configuration file
cat > /etc/openvpn/client.conf
tls-auth /home/d/confs/certs/vpn/ta.key 1
CONTROL+Z (when finished)
Congratulations.. Your VPN on your VPS.. is now setup..
Step 20: Troubleshooting.
If you have any errors… like..
us=229735 myvpn4/220.127.116.11:15825 MULTI: bad source address from client [10.10.10.26], packet dropped
add following to server.conf
cat > /etc/openvpn/ccd/nexus4
iroute 10.10.10.0 255.255.255.0
finally restart openvpn with
service openvpn restart
Well that completes the installation and configuration of the server..
Now all you have to do is install and configure the Client on your Windows computer.
Climate Change in Australia shows how Australia’s climate has changed and how it may change in the future.
This website provides information on:
Observed climate change over Australia
Likely causes of climate change
Likely future changes to Australia’s climate
Changes to our climate have the potential to create major impacts on human and natural systems. Further changes to our climate are likely if emissions of greenhouse gases continue to increase.
A range of material is available for download, including a technical report, summaries, brochure and poster. The technical report, developed by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology, presents estimates of projections for climate variables such as temperature, rainfall, evaporation and wind.
Maps indicating projected changes to climate can be generated for selected regions, years, seasons, emission scenarios and climate variables.
Australian climate change projections are based on international climate change research and build on a large body of work undertaken for the Australian region. The projections have been generated using data from 23 climate models and global warming estimates from the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. The projections will be updated in 2014.
Projections are particularly valuable for general impact and risk assessment studies. Chapter 6 of the Technical Report provides important guidance on using climate projections in impact assessments.
Further information about how to use single model projections for impact assessments is available at OzClim.
The projections were undertaken as part of the Australian Climate Change Science Program, a joint initiative of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO.
With the continued attack on Australia`s way of life, it has become alarmingly apparent, that the Liberals absolutely will not stop or listen to the public, no matter how big the outcry.
The constant attacks on Medicare, job stability,minority groups and the subterfuge surrounding the treasonous TPP agreements, are eroding the pillars of democracy and our fair go ethos.
We have seen nothing but lies and dog whistle politics, both from Federal and State coalition governments. The damage to our society has been tremendous and unprecedented.
A large section of the mainstream media has consistently failed in its duty of objective reporting. Rather, it spews forth lies, opinion pieces and deception. We have cheap hacks such as Andrew Bolt, deliberately whipping up hate in order to divide the community.
Arguably Queensland has the worst conditions of any state in Australia. Their political system has a long and stained history of corruption.
Coupled with this, they do not even have an upper house in Parliament.
The continued attacks on citizens, via the VLAD laws, which can technically punish anyone associated with bikies is a gross attack on individual rights.
The systematic attack on the health system and forcing hard working Doctors to sign punitive contracts is nothing short of disgraceful.
The mass sackings of workers in the public service has also put pressure on many government services.
The cancer of privatization is also ever present with the Newman government. Privatization has proved to be a colossal failure.
Quality of services plunge, prices sky rocket, and the government loses precious revenue, from which to put back into community projects and services. The only winners are the private mates of Newman`s government.
This is highway robbery of state owned, public assets.
We also continue to see attacks and an attempted weakening of the independent judiciary, and the weakening of Queensland`s corruption watchdog.
I urge you to think very carefully about the type of future you want.
Is our legacy going to be a clone of neoliberalist America? A broken health system, massive unemployment and underemployment, poor wages and conditions, and an out of control police force which brutally shuts down peaceful protests?
The choice is yours. Please think very carefully when casting your vote in this election. Your children's futures are at stake. Put the LNP last...that is where the put you.
It scares the hell out of me what the Australian people are now willing to accept, we are over taxed, we pay through the nose for water, while our government give away water and tax breaks to foreign owned corporations, Police services, local councils et al are now corporations, even corporations like Westfield now have the government collect extortion money from us, an unpaid fine that blows of your windshield could end up costing you your license and your car, with the government standing over you to collect for one of their mates.
Elections are now smoke and mirrors with missing ballot papers exceeding winning margins, our Farmers are deliberately being wiped out so foreign governments can buy up our strategic asssets, grow top class product, sent that back to their nations and replace it with dodgy second grade rubbish from theirs. The government do the bidding of the big corporations, because that is who fund them, they rape their own people to do so.
Rights and Liberties abused
Our rights and liberties go missing every month, leaving us living in a nation where having a beer with a mate for their birthday can find you in jail, or you can be arrested for what you are wearing, or who you choose to befriend. Our children are no longer safe in their homes, schools or churches, or from the government.
Draconian Legislation & Declining Health Services
If you do anything wrong the government come down on you making you pay huge money for minor mistakes, if the government stuff up or the Police services stuff up, again you have to pay for their mistakes, in fact any mistake that happens in this once fine nation, is paid for by the people. In the 1970’s we had 14 hospital beds per thousands, now it is below 2, yet Australian donates billions to other nations to fix all the problems I have listed.
Corporations have no "morals"
These very corporations are destroying our land, our waterways, our aquifers and our oceans, they destroy lives and businesses with out fear or favor, and the government will cover up for them every time. We have no Justice, no Democracy and No Liberty, Our freedoms are being undermined, and with that our future, we the people may not be immortal, but when we leave this earth, we will be judged by what we leave behind, and what a bloody mess we are leaving for future generations.