Just when you thought you'd heard it all, along comes a story that knocks you from your horse.
This week's addition to the "We're not in Kansas anymore" file comes from Hong Kong, where the "Hong Kong Cleanup" initiative has found an innovative way to deal with the problem of litter in one of the most crowded cities on the planet: DNA shaming.
What on earth is DNA shaming, you ask? Simple. First, samples of litter were collected from the streets of Hong Kong, including, as the South China Morning Post helpfully reports, "chewing gum, cigarette butts and a condom." Then, the samples were sent to a laboratory and DNA of the guilty litterbugs were extracted from the items for DNA phenotyping. This process reads the tens of thousands of genetic variants from each sample and compiles an image from the predicted facial structure, eye, hair and skin color, and even the freckling of the individual to whom the DNA belongs. The result? A creepy computer-assembled image of the face of whoever dropped the garbage in the first place.
Now comes the shaming: simply take said image and plaster it on fake "Wanted" posters around Hong Kong, or, more specific...
...the best part of having a family foundation? All your family, friends, associates and contacts get a chance to dip their snoot into the trough of filthy, filthy conflict-of-interest lucre, too!
...even if Google does launch such a system, it is doomed to failure. The internet is one of the last, best bastions of the free market in action that we have in our stultified, regulated, controlled, manipulated economy.
So why is this important? As I've pointed out in these pages before, in recent years we have witnessed the beginnings of a rift in the the US-Saudi relationship.
...modern trade agreements are often less about trade and more about giant multinational corporations finding new ways to rig the economic system to benefit themselves.
So who is going so crazy for this royal baby? Surely no one who is familiar with the real history of the reign of the "Windsors,"... it's easier to understand why every royal event is so celebrated in the media if we first understand a few things about the British royal family and its true place in the world.
...far beyond protecting the drug trade, NATO forces have long been implicated in shipping the drugs out of the country and helping bring them to the world market.
f the allegations contained in the claim are true ... then perhaps Sarao's market spoofing can be blamed for the crash in the same way that a single straw can be blamed for breaking a camel's back.
In that report... SIPRI puts hard numbers to what we already know to be true: that the powers-that-shouldn't-be are still spending unprecedented amounts of money on armaments.
But whether we're talking about law and order or the New World Order... we are ultimately talking about the same thing: an order based on a hierarchical view of society where a few lawgivers regulate, proscribe, manipulate, inhibit and control the actions of the masses.
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