Friday, March 27, 2015

RAGHEADS AND MEATHEADS



We call on the international community to maintain pressure on the disgusting Saudi authorities, who alone have the power to overturn the inhumane sentence passed on Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. Badawi could easily be flogged again, while his wife has reported that he is to be retried by Saudi Arabia’s supreme court.

A retrial could be positive or disastrous for Badawi, who was sentenced last November to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, triggering protests throughout the world. The retrial could result in his sentence being reduced, but it could also result in a death sentence on a charge of apostasy.

Reporter Ohne Grenzen also requested the support of Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, before an official visit to Riyadh where he met with King Slaman. Speaking ahead of the meeting, Gabriel said the severity of the sentence was unfathomable for the German government and was straining bilateral ties.

Saudi Arabia is a vast criminal enterprise masquerading as a state. Saudi Arabia remains one of the top five executioners in the world. The death penalty is still applied to a wide range of non-lethal crimes such as adultery, armed robbery, apostasy, drug smuggling, kidnapping, rape, witchcraft, and sorcery. Since 2009, appeals by the growing human rights movement in the country have been met with harsh measures such as arbitrary arrests, detention without charge or trial, unfair trials, and travel bans.

Saudi Arabia plays a double game, as many Saudi princes finance ISIS!

The Arab Spring will eventually come to Saudi Arabia.  Despite generally good relations, Occident remains concerned about human rights conditions in Saudi Arabia and global terrorism of the Royal House of Saudi Arabia. Principal human rights issues include abuse of prisoners and incommunicado detention; prohibitions or severe restrictions on freedom of speech, press, peaceful assembly and association, and religion; denial of the right of citizens to change their government; systematic discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities; and suppression of workers' rights.

Saudi Arabia is a disgusting terrorist country that financed the 9/11 attack.  As has been documented repeatedly, Saudi Arabia is the major financial source of suicide bombers, religious incitements, extremist schools, and terrorist mosques throughout the world.  Petrodollars finance many terrorist groups, such as Hamas, ISIS, Mujahedin Khalq, al-Qaeda, and Fatah al-Islam.  

Zacarias Moussaoui, an Al-Qaeda member, has revealed a strong connection between the terrorist group and the Saudi Royal family. More notably, at Saudi princes and terrorists discussed a plan to shoot Air Force One out of the sky! The meeting took place at the kingdom’s embassy in Washington.

This and other meetings involved some of Saudi Arabia’s top princes and billionaires, including King Salman of Saudi Arabia. From 1998 to 1999, Moussaoui was tasked by the Afghan terrorist branch with creating a digital database of Al-Qaeda donors, including Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former chief of Saudi intelligence, as well as others, mostly billionaire businessmen and leading clerics.

“Sheikh Osama wanted to keep a record” of the money flow, Moussaoui’s testimony says, adding that he acted as courier for Bin Laden himself. Moussaoui also revealed Saudi plans to down the president’s Air Force One airplane with a Stinger missile! This was discussed with the Islamic Affairs Department of the Saudi embassy.

Ties between top Saudi businessmen, the political elite, and Al-Qaeda are nothing new. They have been substantiated by evidence in the past. Bin Laden himself was the son of a Saudi construction magnate, and the money trail existed before the 2001 attacks.

The world at large continues to blast Saudi Arabia and its international partners for the atrocious human rights situation that still persists there. As the Saudi ruling family's ally and protector, the U.S. government and other institutions cannot be silent while Saudi institutions continue to promote its deadly ideology, Wahhabism. As the protector of the Royal House of Saudi Arabia, Uncle Sam has a responsibility to make it clear to the Saudis that religious incitements are not only a threat to Occidental democratic institutions, but also to the international community as well.

UK's biggest arms dealer, BAE Systems, regularly bribes Saudi princes with many billion euros. The bribes are made with the full knowledge of the British Ministry of Defense. The bribes have been discovered many times by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), but the SFO is stopped by the attorney general of UK, under pressure from the Royal House of Saudi Arabia.

When “Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed — and How to Stop It” was published in New York, Rachel Ehrenfeld never imagined that attempts to silence her book would emanate from London’s High Court. The book contained information from numerous reliable open sources on reputed funders of terrorism. Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz, the former owner of the biggest bank in the Middle East, the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, claimed Ehrenfeld’s book damaged his reputation. That claim was accepted by a judge of the High Court, David Eady.

Saudis consider London the Mecca of libel tourism.  Saudi princes forced Cambridge University Press to pull back “Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World” by Millard Burr and Robert Collins. There is now considerable and worrying evidence that most Saudi charities support Islamist terrorist groups and Islamic conflicts across the world.

Because of it centrality to Islam and large repository of petroleum, Saudi Arabia plays major religious and economic roles worldwide. This makes the vast Saudi Kingdom and its stability of major concern to the international community, especially the United States, Saudi Arabia’s close ally. Is Saudi Arabia immune to the unprecedented Arab uprising? No one is ruling it out, but many feel turmoil could be averted if the Saudi ruling dynasty listens to and meets the rightful demands of its people, especially its restless youth. The U.S. and other Western democracies can help bring about a peaceful democratic transition in Saudi Arabia, a close economic ally of the West and a dominant player in the Arabian Peninsula.

The United States has a vital interest in ensuring that no hostile power exercises hegemony over the Middle East, which is not only a key region for energy production, global trade, and investment, but also a potential source of transnational terrorism and nuclear proliferation. The U.S. will likely need to selectively use force to ensure the continued flow of oil from the region, as it did in Operation Desert Storm. Securing the oil fields and supporting allies, especially GCC members and pro-American elements in Saudi Arabia, may be imperative.

Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, daughter of King Saud, points out Saudis lack and urgently need fundamental civil laws with which to govern their society. Princess Basma would like to see a proper constitution that treats all men and women on an equal footing before the law but that also serves as a guide to Saudi civil laws and political culture.

Princess Basma notes today in Saudi courts, all decisions are made according to the individual judge's biased interpretation of Koran. This is entirely dependent on his personal beliefs and upbringing rather than universally agreed principles or a written constitution as a guide.

In the crisis scenario, the economic crisis further undermines the EU political coherence. EU reaction is muted and fragmented because the many competing national interests prevent formulation of a coherent and truly effective response. Despite the EU’s efforts in recent years, the liberalization of its energy market is proceeding slowly and would likely stop completely during a massive Saudi oil-supply disruption as each member state tries to cut the best possible deal with other suppliers in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Russia. However, the EU is well positioned institutionally to oversee the member states while they implement oil-saving measures and share crude oil and refined products among themselves.

Princess Basma is not calling for an Occidental system but an adaptation of that system to suit Saudi needs and culture. In particular, the constitution should protect every citizen's basic human rights regardless of their sex, status or sect. Everyone should be equal before the law.

Current misogynist divorce laws are abusive. Today in Saudi Arabia, a woman can ask for a divorce only if she files for Khali and Dhali. This means either she pays a big sum of money or she has to get someone to witness the reason why she is filing for a divorce - an impossible condition to fulfill given that such reasons usually are the kind that remain within the four walls of a marriage.  Another way to keep a woman in the marital home against her will is the automatic granting of custody of any children over the age of six to the father in any divorce settlements.

Saudi misogyny is a direct result of the education Saudi children, boys and girls, receive at school. The content of the syllabus is extremely dangerous. For one, Saudi young are taught that a woman's position in society is inferior. Her role is strictly limited to serving her family and raising children. They are actually taught that if a woman has to worship anyone other than God it should be her husband, that the angels will curse her if she is not submissive to her husband's needs. Girls are also strictly forbidden from taking part in any physical education.

The focus in most of the misogynist Saudi educational system is on religious subjects such as hadith (sayings attributed to the prophet), Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), tafssir (interpretation of the Koran) and of course the Koran. The attitude is that learning itself, anything other than religion won't get you into heaven so don't waste your time. Princess Basma would like to see religious teaching limited to the Koran and the Sunna (the way the prophet lived), where the true ethics of Islam lie. The rest is blind rote learning of the most dangerous kind. It has left Saudi youth vulnerable to fundamentalist ideologies that have led to terrorism and abuse of women.

Princess Basma asserts that instead of wasting Saudi youths' intellect on memorizing quotations whose origins is uncertain (such as those found in hadith, Fiqh and tafssir) Saudis need to encourage them to think freely, innovate and use their initiative for the betterment of their society. Early Islam was a time of great creativity. Scholars excelled in sciences and literature. Islam should not be a shield behind which Saudis hide from the world but a driving force that inspires them to innovate and contribute to their surroundings. Princess Basma declares this is the true spirit of Islam.

The misogynist Saudi ministry of social affairs is tolerating cruelty towards women rather than protecting them. The only refuge homes that abused women can turn to are state ones. In these, women are continuously told that by seeking refuge they have brought shame on their families.

If they come from powerful families then they will be sent straight back to their homes in fear of the wrath of a powerful patriarch. As a result we have seen many cases of suicide by educated women, doctors and scientists who were sent back to their abusers. Princess Basma asserts Saudis need independent women's refuges where the rights of women are upheld and backed up by powerful laws that can override family traditions and protect women.

The misogynist ministry of social affairs not only abuses women's rights but is also one of the reasons poverty is rife in the kingdom. A corrupt system that lacks transparency has meant that more than 50% of Saudi population is poor and needy even though Saudi Arabia is one of the wealthiest countries on Earth.

Women in misogynist Saudi Arabia cannot get around or travel without a mahram (a kind of chaperone - usually a male relative).  At the time of the prophet, women used to have a man to accompany them but in those days Arabia was a desert literally full of pirates. Today the only purpose of such a law is to curtail women's freedom of movement. This not only infantilizes women but turns them unnecessarily into a burden on their men and on society.

While some degree of diplomatic engagement between U.S. allies and U.S. adversaries is inevitable during a crisis, the United States should make every effort to prevent a total disruption of its alliance relationships, including in the Gulf. The United States cannot secure its interests or fulfill its energy goals without its allies’ cooperation. A sound strategy lies in anticipating, planning, and preparing for possible scenarios such as this, rather than making up policies ad hoc as events unfold.

In Saudi Arabia, blasphemy against the Wahabi interpretation of Sunni Islam is punishable by death, but the more common penalty is a long prison sentence.  Mansor Almaribe, an Australian Shia, was arrested and convicted of blasphemy and for insulting the companions of the Prophet. He was sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in prison.


Saudi Arabia does not recognize freedom of religion and prohibits the public practice of any religion other than Islam. The government subjects Muslims who did not adhere to the government’s interpretation of Islam to political, economic, legal, social, and religious discrimination. Some non-Muslims face harassment, detention, and death.  Textbooks contain overtly intolerant statements against Jews, Shia and Sufi Muslims, and other religious groups.

Your government is your #1 enemy.  Brutal police and kangaroo courts are tools to enslave you to your government.  But badges and benches do not grant extra rights. It’s your duty as a citizen to become a popopaparazzo, recording misconduct of police, prosecutors, and politicians. Use your smartphone to unmask cops and kleptocrats. 

The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example is my persecution by the government of Greece, which grossly violates my civil rights.

Martin Niemöller said:  First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist.  Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist.  Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me!

EU practices double standards on civil rights.  It’s freakish for EU to interfere in the civil rights of foreigners, but condone the abuse of my civil rights, a citizen of EU!  EU should get its own house in order before lecturing others. EU should rein in barbaric Greece, the most corrupt country of Europe with prisoners of conscience, testilying police, malevolent prosecutors, perjurers, and stupidest jurists.   Basil Venitis, venitis@gmail.com, http://venitism.blogspot.com

Greece is an uncivil nation with kangaroo justice, overcriminalization, brutal police, huge political corruption, persecution of dissident bloggers, huge bureaucracy, huge taxation, and 23% VAT.  Freakish Graecokleptocrats use the kangaroo justice as a political tool to gag political opponents. 

Every year, Graecokleptocrats receive myriad bribes and kickbacks. Many trains bought from Germany do not fit the rails, but they were bought just to generate bribes!   In 2009, investigators of the Munich Prosecution Department uncovered a corruption affair, in which MAN has given huge bribes to Greek politicians to get large orders for overpriced trolleys.  A streetcar named desire!  These trolleys with huge markups are named bribes!  But Greek prosecutors have started investigating this scandal just in September of 2012!   One of those investigated is Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, the minister who destroyed my life.  Xenogiannakopoulou also served as general secretary of Pasok, the most corrupt political party on Earth!

I accuse the government of Greece for:

·        Persecuting me for more than four years

·        Stealing my life

·        Stealing my computer and files

·        Spreading lies about me on all Greek media

·        Using the kangaroo justice as a political tool

·        Postponing my trial nine times

·        Locking me in jail without toilet and pillow for a night

·        Taking away my hypertension pills

·        Making me urinate in a bottle

·        Humiliating me with handcuffs, fingerprints, and mug shots


On October 18, 2010, a gang of six brutal cops of the violent Greek Cyber-Crime Unit (CCU), a real godzilla, supervised by a dishonest prosecutor, a pathologic liar, a disgusting rat, raided my home in Athens and stole my computer, software, files, documents, and personal data. The brutal policemen locked me in jail for a night, they humiliated me with handcuffs, fingerprints, mug shots, and lies, leaked false information to the media parrots, and the corrupt Greek government initiated sham court proceedings for a stack of freakish trumped-up defamation charges! There was neither pillow nor toilet facility in my jail cell. I had to urinate in a bottle!  I, a seventy-years-old man with high blood pressure, was not allowed to keep my hypertension pills with me. There was neither toilet paper nor soap in the whole CCU jail.

It’s been more than four years since the government of Greece stole my life, my computer, and my files.  I have done absolutely nothing, and I am being persecuted by the Greek government without any real reason.  My ordeal is against all rules of civil society and treaties that Greece has signed.  Greece, a corrupt country without a functioning justice system, has gone bananas.  Graecokleptocrats use the kangaroo justice as a political tool to gag political opponents.   Graecokleptocrats think the laws exist to give them whatever they want!   This is psoriasis of democracy, pure and simple.

Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, sued me, and she wouldn’t show up in court!  As a result, my trial has been postponed nine times so far.  Xenogiannakopoulou, marilxen@otenet.gr or marilxen@gmail.com, continues to destroy my life without reason whatsoever.  I could understand her vengeance, if I did something wrong.  But I did absolutely nothing, and vindictive Xenogiannakopoulou barks at the wrong tree. If this is not kangaroo justice, what is it?  Has a harmglad sadist minister the right to destroy an innocent citizen in cold blood?  For God’s sake what kind of harmjoy is this tragedy anyhow?  Basil Venitis, venitis@gmail.com, http://venitism.blogspot.com


Please email appeals to

gensecretary@justice.gov.gr, grammateia@justice.gov.gr, primeminister@primeminister.gr, ypourgos@justice.gov.gr, allusers@justice.gov.gr, a.tsipras@parliament.gr, at@syn.gr, ydragasakis@parliament.gr


·        Calling for the immediate stop of the persecution of Basil Venitis.

·        Stating that you believe these trumped-up defamation charges to be politically motivated and intended to prevent him exercising his right to freedom of expression against political corruption.

·        Seeking assurances that the civil rights of Basil Venitis will always be respected.

COLLEGES ARE FRAUDS






Bologna Follow-up Group gathered in Riga this week and discussed admission of new member states to the Bologna Process, as well as agreed on agenda of the next Ministerial Conference. 86 participants from 42 countries participated in the meeting organised under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.


The main tasks on agenda of the meeting in Riga were preparation for the Ministerial Conference to be held on 14-15 May in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, and approval of the Ministerial Communiqué, which would define tasks for the member countries for the next period until 2018 when the next Ministerial Conference will be held.

Protracted economic and social crisis in Europe, high unemployment rates, marginalization of youth, demographic decline, increased immigration, inter-regional conflicts and political extremism are negations that the higher education can tackle by giving new knowledge and enhancing new social achievements. Increasing mobility of students and lecturers facilitate mutual understanding and overall level of knowledge. Technological development plays an increasingly prominent role in higher education.

In years to come, tasks of the Bologna Process member states will be to enhance the quality and relevance of learning and teaching, to connect learning achievements with employment opportunities and to implement necessary structural reforms.

The Meeting participants also suggested considering during the Ministerial Conference admission of Belarus to the Bologna Process under condition that Belarus implements concrete reforms of the higher education within three-year period.

The Bologna Declaration signed 15 years ago briefly outlined the progress of 29 countries towards a single European educational area — a region within the intellectual baggage of its inhabitants is entitled to travel and the higher education obtained in one country is understood and recognised elsewhere. The number of member states since 1999 has been constantly rising currently reaching 47.

To assess the results of the previous stage, as well as to approve work programme for the next period, the ministers of countries involved in the Bologna Process meet every three years. Between the Ministerial Conferences developments in the Bologna Process are monitored by the Bologna Follow-up Group.

Whenever the European Commission (EC) does something very stupid, it calls it smart.  Smart has become a European euphemism for very stupid!  EC declares the Youth Guarantee is smart.  This means Youth Guarantee is very stupid!  It just creates gulags for neets, those not in employment, education, or training. 

Since there are no jobs, Youth Guarantee means most youth will be concentrated to college campuses.  Transforming colleges to concentration camps of morons, EU gulags, is a very stupid idea!  EU can take its gulags and shove them.

Erasmus, EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students, is the most disgusting program to brainwash students with EU propaganda. Each year, a quarter of a million college students study abroad thanks to the Erasmus program, squandering billions of taxpayers’ hard-earned euros. There are no qualification requirements, and many bad students participate for free dolce vita abroad. This is money gone with the wind.  This is not free education, but a free dolce vita to buy votes in future referendums for more integration of EU. 


COLLEGES EXPLOIT STUDENTS AND ADJUNCT PROFESSORS TO SERVE A FEW TENURED PROFESSORS

Colleges charge too much and provide too little quality education.  They exploit students and adjunct professors to serve a few tenured professors.  Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw said: He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

I regret squandering the most beautiful twenty-two years of my life, from primary school to graduate school, to get a PhD!  PhD now is just a toilet paper!  Employers consider attitude more important than aptitude, and they do not care about college degrees.  Basil Venitis, venitis@gmail.com, http://venitism.blogspot.com

Nowadays, lazy children go to colleges. Smart children join the real world, getting all information they need from the internet and their employers.   All big employers have in-house training programs.  The very smart children start their own business as soon as they get some experience. 

Free MOOCs (massive open online courses) are replacing colleges. Students now take the MOOCs of Harvard and Stanford, the two best universities on Earth, without paying a single dollar!   

Colleges have a huge negative impact on economy, because they destroy the most productive years of youth, trapping students in concentration camps, denying students experience in the real world, commoditizing their minds, and spreading the cancer of socialism.  Colleges also siphon eggheads away from industry, transforming them to lazy vegetables.  Donation to colleges is subsidy of your destruction!

Many colleges spread the cancer of socialism. Nevertheless, it is the businessmen’s money that supports colleges in the form of voluntary private contributions, donations, endowments, and scholarships.  Many billions of euros are donated to colleges by businessmen every year, and the donors have no idea of what their money is being spent on or whom it is supporting. Some of the worst socialist propaganda has been financed by businessmen in such projects.

Studentship and professorship have become sinecures!  Scholarships and fellowships are offered to students in order to fill classes, get donations and government money, keep eggheads employed, and lower official unemployment rates.  Colleges have become concentration centers for losers and the drones of society, those weak at heart who do not dare to compete in the real world, finding comfortable shelter in ivory towers.

The naked truth about colleges is that a college degree is not worth the price of the sheepskin on which it’s printed!  College education is waste of time and money. The college bubble will burst soon, tearing down all ivory towers.  

MBA frameworks are a bunch of academic mumbo-jumbo with no real applicability.

The college degree payback is very long, an expensive education is not a guarantee to higher real wages, and it is not worth going to debt to finance it. A widespread public skepticism is fueled by poor job prospects. Real wages, that is, what you earned after you subtracted inflation and taxes, entered a freefall in the past two decades. Rather than be out of work, most citizens quietly settled for lower real wages.

A college education has a value relative to future earnings, vocational success, and its ability to lift you above the economic burdens of underemployment and stagnant earnings. Right now, that equation just doesn't measure up. The reward to risk ratio of college education is the lowest of all possible investments.

A 1-standard-deviation increase in university teachers’ effectiveness in boosting student performance reduces the students’ evaluations of their professors’ teaching quality by about half of a standard deviation, on average — enough to significantly reduce the teachers’ percentile ranking at the university, says a team led by Michela Braga of Bocconi University in Italy. Students, especially the least able, appear to respond negatively in their evaluations to the extra effort that good teachers require of them, a finding that casts doubt on universities’ reliance on student evaluations to inform faculty-promotion decisions. The researchers also found that student evaluations improve when there is fog and as the weather gets warmer, and they deteriorate on rainy days.

Peter Thiel, the superstar Silicon Valley investor has famously dismissed college as a waste of time and money, and even offered students cash to drop out. Thiel has argued that the brightest young minds should strike out on their own and start companies rather than take on crushing debt to pursue a college degree.


COLLEGES ARE FRAUDS

Colleges are frauds. Administrators rob the funds, professors trade grades for bribes and sex, and students dumb down!  Anyone who wants to learn anything can do it much better on the Internet, without retreating to fraudulent concentration camps, called campuses. Allons enfants de la Patrie!

As the importance of faculty research and publication increases, the value of teaching tends to decrease. At research universities, prestige is often measured by how little you teach! This creates an incentive for faculty members to design courses that are closely related to their research. Many courses are based on what the professor wants to teach rather than what the student needs to learn.


Colleges have little value, and their graduates cannot find jobs. They are an embarrassment to education. Sending a child to a university is irresponsible. Total college education, direct and indirect, including bygone salaries, costs around 200,000 euros. That money would bring higher reward-to-risk ratio in any other investment. College years are lost years.


The main effect of government student aid programs is not to transfer wealth from taxpayers to students, but from taxpayers to academic institutions. That's because the rise in student subsidies over the decades appears to have fueled inflation in education costs. Tuition and other college costs have soared as subsidies have risen.


It is matter of supply and demand. More and more citizens have sought a college education, which has pushed prices higher. Ordinarily, such upward pressure would be restrained by consumers' willingness and ability to pay, but as government subsidies have helped absorb tuition increases, the public's budget constraint has been lifted. Federal subsidies are seen by colleges as money that is there for the taking. Tuition is set high enough to capture those funds and whatever else can be extracted from parents.


Over the past few decades, a vicious cycle has been perpetuated by college policy. Governments increase subsidies for colleges, inflating students' purchasing power, in turn allowing universities to raise tuition, which ultimately increases the demand for more government subsidies. Not only would an increase in grant funding not break this vicious cycle, but it would also fail to place pressure on colleges to use resources more efficiently. The dysfunctional college market is an arms race where vast resources are targeted toward non-academic purposes such as athletics, building renovations, and administrative overhead costs in order to compete for students.


Most troublesome of all, continuing to increase subsidies for college raises questions of equity. Increasing government subsidies for colleges, whether in the form of grants or student loans, shifts the responsibility of paying for college from the student, who directly benefits from college, to the taxpayer. Transferring the burden of student loan financing from university graduates to the three-quarters of taxpayers who did not attend college is unjust. Kleptocrats should restructure the grant program so that funding goes directly to students, not to universities, and should limit access to grants after four years of undergraduate work.

Dropping out is a smart strategy of cutting losses short!  Most top presidents and self-made billionaires dropped out of high school or college! The list includes Bill Gates(Microsoft), Larry Page(Google), Michael Dell(Dell), David Geffen(Geffen Records), Steve Jobs(Apple), Richard Branson(Virgin), Ralph Lauren(Ralph Lauren), Jerry Yang(Yahoo) and Zuckerberg(Facebook). Zuckerberg and Gates went to Harvard.


Page and Yang both attended Stanford. Jobs only completed one semester at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Dell left the University of Texas at 19. Geffen dropped out of three universities before launching his record label. Lauren went to Baruch College in New York City, but left after two years. Branson, a mild dyslexic, never made it out of high school. Han Han, the world's most popular blogger, dropped out of high school in China. Ford Motors founder, Henry Ford, never had any formal education, outside his training as a machinist. Most famous politicians, such as UK Premier Major and EP President Schultz, never went to college.

Greece has the worst public higher education system in Fourth Reich (EU).  The Greek Ministry of Education, George Orwell's Ministry of Truth or Minitrue in Newspeak, harasses all private colleges and their professors. Professors of private colleges are required to submit myriad papers certified by lawyers and pay heavy fees. Visiting Minitrue is a very humiliating experience as the building is open for the public only from 12 to 1:30pm, with infinite queues and wild goose chase from room to room. After a professor submits an application to Minitrue, he might have to wait up to fifty days for an answer!

Fourth Reich has penalized Greece many times for harassing its private colleges, but Orwellian Greece continues its stupid behavior, because it's a matter of its damned socialistic principles. Minitrue has created a special abusive office whose only function is to harass private colleges! Even though the Greek private colleges are much better than the public colleges, the Grand Brothel of Kleptocracy on Syntagma Square, passed a law that graduates of public colleges should get higher salaries than the graduates of private colleges!

Greek public colleges are covered with communist graffiti, stray dogs and communists run through buildings, professors pollute minds with socialist propaganda, and students dream of immigrating to Anglosphere. Colleges have been battered by kleptocracy and the cancer of socialism.

Buildings aren't heated, schools nest sinecures, and professors hate teaching and cannot publish. It's hard to be hopeful with youth unemployment surpassing fifty percent, communists seizing buildings, and professors spreading socialist nonsense.

Now some private Greek colleges shift their business model from the centuries-old notion that a professor lectures students, to a more collaborative, interactive model, offering distance learning courses. Instead of being the sage on the stage, professors should be the co-pilot for students as they explore and collaborate online to acquire knowledge.

ABOLISHING CLASSROOMS

Harvard and Stanford are the two best universities on Earth.   Now you can take their courses free of charge through EDX!  This way you could stay home, work, grow professionally, and take online courses from the legendary couple.


Most online students take free college courses from nonprofit organizations, such as EDX and Coursera.  Many smart students drop out of mainstream colleges now, attending online colleges. Without fundamental reform, universities will not be able to compete with cheaper and more effective online education providers. While many young people are still going to university, a growing portion of the best and the brightest students have given up attending classes, because the information is available in a more easily ingested form online.

NO CANDIDATE REPRESENTS A CONVINCING ALTERNATIVE TO THE STATUS QUO







By James C. Wilson

This election cycle’s crop of uninspiring presidential hopefuls, now including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, must be a relief to those favoring mass disillusionment with electoral politics. No candidate, Rand Paul included, represents a convincing alternative to the status quo. Contrast this with the current president, whose appeals to “hope” and “change” convinced many Americans of his sincerity in 2008 – appeals that largely proved to be a rhetorical device.

While Obama did little to end the unpopular Bush era policies that he campaigned against, and actually expanded some, important lessons can still be learned from his successful manipulation of popular frustrations.

Obama ran against an establishment Republican at a time of soaring deficits, prolonged expensive wars, an increasingly intrusive national security state and a recently failed economy. While the US economy may have slowly improved, many of the frustrations that Obama exploited to get elected are still present.

The threat of warfare in the Middle East still looms over the horizon; the security state has been caught spying on innocent civilians; the administration’s drone program is killing large numbers of people, mostly civilians; the militarized police still harass and kill unarmed minorities; an entire generation is burdened with debt; and Americans are still overworked and underpaid. Unsurprisingly, the notion of “business as usual” has taken on an extremely negative connotation for many Americans.

A little change would be nice right now. This is why it is disappointing to see how status quo-oriented and conservative so many libertarians have become. Recently, numerous articles from libertarian outlets have defended existing economic inequality and the current distribution of wealth. Not only does such rhetoric miss the opportunity to point out the numerous ways government intervenes to shift wealth upwards, it is completely tone deaf to those Americans who spent the last several years dealing with job loss, insecurity and runaway debt. That is to say: anyone outside the choir of rich white guys the libertarian mainstream so often preaches to.

This, along with the practice of holding up individuals who’ve made fortunes exploiting the government’s patent system, or shipping infrastructure as products of the “free market,” shows a libertarianism neutered of its radicalism. While such libertarians will happily discuss the evils of the minimum wage or the welfare state, government interventions that benefit the rich and are integral to the status quo get a pass. Suggestions that we should more aggressively oppose eminent domain, or oppose the various liability caps given to big business are completely outside consideration. Apparently, state intervention is fine if helps profits, as long as poor people aren’t given handouts.

I have been explicitly told that much of what I advocate would alienate most libertarians today, and that such high standards of philosophical consistency are counter-productive. The notion that “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice” seems to have been largely thrown out the window. This is the reaction I received after suggesting that David and Charles Koch’s alleged libertarianism ends where their business interests begin. The possibility that the Kochs’ influence has made the libertarian movement more conservative, elitist, status quo friendly and uninspiring, is also beyond consideration.

The potential of free markets for radical change appears to frighten the libertarian mainstream. The notion that firms like Walmart would have to radically change their business models in a free market, or that wealth would be more evenly distributed in a world without government-granted monopolies or barriers to entry, is threatening to those in love with the current distribution of wealth. Apparently, so is the idea that a free market would empower organized labor, or that in a free society we could likely abolish the need to work all together.

While such ideas may alienate the wealthy businessmen who fund think tanks, they have great potential to inspire the overworked, underpaid, job-insecure Americans who thirst for real change. It is hard to see why anyone would be enthused with a political philosophy that promises to make things only slightly better or one that says the status quo is just fine, except for the welfare state. This is not a just a matter of framing. Government-granted monopolies and entry barriers harm millions of people, as does war and imperialism. A world without these things would be so incalculably different from today’s world that opposing them implies radicalism and positive change. Libertarianism taken to its logical conclusion is not a conservative or moderate position. It is not a position that is friendly to elites. Let’s bring a little radicalism back to a philosophy that should be radical by its very nature.


VENITISM

Venitism is a new social paradigm which integrates anarchy and irreligion.

Black Hole: Taxation is armed robbery that feeds the black hole of political corruption; it's the perfect index of corruption and tyranny. Only evil governments tax citizens and companies.

Constitution: The only purpose of a constitution is to protect citizens from government abuse. Reform treaties of a confederation, such as the Lisbon Treaty of EU, not voted by the citizens are null and void.

Corruption: Political corruption is proportional to the square of the size of the government.

Democracy: Every democracy is eventually hijacked by rabblerousers, pullpeddlers, clans of kleptocrats, bumptious bugaboos, busybodies, butterbabies, nabobs of nepotism, cranks of cronyism, pusillanimous pussyfooters, riffraffs of rascals, socialist sophists, and Machiavellian mafiosi. Democracy tends to kleptocracy. Anarchy should replace democracy.

Depression: Only governments can cause economic depressions and funny money. Lower tax rates, a reduction in the burden of government, and elimination of kleptocracy and VAT are the only way to boost growth.

Education: There is no direct relationship between education and schooling. You might be schooled but uneducated, and you might be educated but unschooled. Schools are concentration camps for the drones of society.  Unschooling is much better than schooling. Internet is the best source of knowledge and information, replacing schools, libraries, media, parliaments, and postoffice. 

Environment: The best way to save the environment is vasectomy.  Deadly viruses are Gaia's antibiotics against the cancer of overpopulation.

Equality: Death is the only equalizer. Egalitarianism brings death to society, transforming citizens to zombies.

Evolution: The ultimate phase of human evolution is the complete domination of soul.

God: God is not a person, but the set of all universes.  Faith is retarded thinking that keeps you away from reason. Religion is spiritual slavery. Church is the business of religion.

Government: The only purpose of government is to protect citizens from criminals. Public services, central banks, and fiat money should be abolished.

Heroism: Entrepreneurs, innovators, anarchists, and heretics are the real heroes.

Insurance: Citizens with proper individual retirement accounts and health savings accounts should be allowed to opt out of State Insurance.

Intervention: Any government intervention deteriorates an existing trend. Laissez-faire is the only progressive policy.

Laws:  All laws that citizens are required to know should not exceed 300 pages of type size 12.  When a new law is born, another law must die.

Legislature: Parliaments should be abolished, because they continuously create laws that enslave citizens, constrain economic activity, loot producers, reward drones, and encourage political corruption.

Misery: Throwing money to misery brings more misery.

Money: A deluge of fiat money brings financial plague and haemorrhage of economy. Real money is tied up to precious metals and strategic metals.

Patriotism: Patriotism is addiction to local hysteria.

Privacy:  Nobody, including your government, has the right to break into your home, your land, your accounts, your computer, your files, and your secrets.  You have the natural right to protect your privacy from intruders.  Molon Labe!

Property: Governments should not own or regulate any property, including electromagnetic waves. The first individual who improves or cultivates any unclaimed property is entitled to that property.  Governments cannot own, allocate, regulate, or manipulate frequency fields and media. Eminent domain is null and void.

Selfownership: You own your body and your soul, and nobody should dictate what you take in and what you take out. Speech, education, heresy, habeas corpus, military service, mating, healthcare, food, abortion, cloning, drugs, guns, and euthanasia should be personal choices.

Style: Your soul needs to resonate with mighty words and unique acts that express your style and destiny. Your government cannot dictate your language, your words, and your culture. Resonate now and sing your song!

System: The most efficient political system is anarchy, where everything is private, there are no taxes at all, there is no government, and there is no parliament. Government has deteriorated to a racket that benefits the political elite by taking money from average people.

Taxes: Taxes destroy the economy. Raising tax rates is masochism. Smart stimulus is to cut tax rates. Stupidus stimulus is to increase spending, which stimulates the cancer of statism! 

INTERNATIONAL ATHEIST CONVENTION 2015







Give peace a chance

Secularization and global conflicts

May 22-24, 2015

Comedia Theater 
Cologne
Vondelstraße 4-8



Confirmed speakers:

•Carsten Frerk, author and leader of the "churches as political players" project
•Annie Laurie Gaylor, Founder and Co-President of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF)
•Dan Barker, former evangelical preacher, author and FFRF Co-President
•Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Executive Spokesman of the Giordano Bruno Foundation and IBKA advisory board member
•Arzu Toker, IBKA advisory board member, author and translator
•Michael Nugent, chair of Atheist Ireland
•Morgan Elizabeth Romano, Vice President of the Association of Atheism, Turkey
•Leo Igwe, human rights campaigner
•Claude Singer, Fédération Nationale de la Libre Pensée
•Assunta Tammelleo, secular activist since 1981
•Rolf Bergmeier, historian
•Valentin Abgottspon, teacher and secular activist
•Richard Honess, AAI board member
•Joachim Kahl, philosopher
•PZ Myers, biologist and author of the science blog Pharyngula
•Colin Goldner, Great Ape Project
•Corinna Gekeler, politologist and author


"There are two types of speakers: Those who get nervous and those who are liars.” Mark Twain

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Jerry Seinfeld

“The difference between a word and the RIGHT word is like the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”  Mark Twain

"It ain't over till it's over."  Yogi Berra

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."  Nelson Mandela

A dozen percent of employees are engaged (enthusiastic about organizational goals), the remaining 88 percent of employees are either unengaged (sleep-walking) or actively disengaged (busy undermining organizational goals). A company must connect with employees in their language, and help them discover how their actions lead to the fulfilment of a truly meaningful aim. In order to win customers, companies must win the hearts of their employees. If so, the next value creation opportunity may be right inside your company: helping the 87 percent discover enthusiasm, helping them cross over to the other side.  Storytelling helps organizations create value through better people (employees, partners, investors) alignment.


SPEAKING TIPS OF BASIL VENITIS

A keynote speech usually lasts an hour, corresponding to a transcript of fifteen regular type pages. The speaker must have a good hook, walk the talk with a powerful presence, entertain, and reach the audience. He must tell them what he is going to talk about, give an inspirational oration with passion, and summarize. Standing ovation is the goal.  


TRANSFORMATION

The audience wants an experience, a transformation, not just information. The speaker must tune in, establish rapport, connect, have a dynamic theme, tell stories, show humor, create a dialogue with smart questions, use eye contact and gestures, master silence, and conclude with a dynamic urge to action. 


EXTEMPORE SPEECHES

The best speeches are extempore, prepared but delivered without notes.  Impromptu speeches are not prepared.  Use your arms naturally to illustrate what you are saying.  Extend your arm periodically, bridging the gap between you and your audience, to reach out with your hand in handshake position.


KINESTHESIA
Kinesthetic speakers feed an audience’s hunger to experience a presentation on a physical, as well as an intellectual, level. Kinesthetic speakers create powerful nonverbal messages that reinforce their verbal ones. By generating kinesthetic, aural, and visual stimuli, kinesthetic speakers create a rich sensory experience for their audiences.

SILENCE, GOD’S ART
Whenever effective public speakers end a sentence or phrase, they usually pause. This gives listeners time to absorb their words.  When I pause, I use the time to make eye contact with individuals in the audience.  I also use the pause to choose precisely what I will say next, based on how the audience is following my presentation. 

SPEAKER FEES

Many huge speaker fees of politicians are camouflage of bribes!  When a kleptocrat gets a hundred thousand euros to speak, you must be sure this is a bribe, pure and simple.  My fee is just five thousand euros.  All fees are payable one month in advance of the event.

To have Venitis speak at your event, email venitis@gmail.com



BASIL VENITIS WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK AT YOUR EVENT!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Basil Venitis speaks up for liberty and tax revolt at events around the world.  At the podium, Venitis criticizes the dysfunctional kleptocracy that exists in all countries today and highlights the need for anarchy, abolition of taxes, privatization of everything, and unlimited personal liberties.


Venitis captures the attention and hearts of conferees by relating the current issues such as debt, depression, privacy, and freedom to political corruption. His unwavering passion leaves conferees motivated to speak out, revolt, and let kleptocrats know what they want.

Smart words are more effective than smart bombs. For your conference, get a dynamic keynote speaker who can transform your people and your world.  Take advantage of a unique libertarian orator, Basil Venitis.  As many associations, colleges, industry groups, companies, political groups, lobbyists, professional congresses, and speakers bureaus have discovered, speeches by Basil Venitis add immeasurably to the enduring value of a conference. 

Venitis doesn't restate what you can learn from regular sources, but he stretches your imagination to new horizons. Venitis is extensively involved in policy issues and the tax revolt. He is often a part of the process, working to shape and direct critical components of libertarian issues. Venitis is a master of a colorful rhetoric enriched with alliterations, metaphors, heightened imagery, and emotional effect.

Speeches by Venitis enable audiences to truly learn, and provide fascinating, provocative insights and analysis, getting to the heart of the matter. It's no wonder that Venitis is so often called upon to present libertarian ideas and to clarify issues for the public.  Your event deserves seven important comparative advantages, the magnificent seven:

* Value. A single speech of Basil Venitis will be cherished by your conferees forever, guiding them at the crossroads of their lives and your organization, increasing their efficiency, and improving the good will of your organization.

* Access. When scheduling Venitis for your event, you work directly with him to craft a keynote speech that fits your precise needs. Venitis works with organizations to ensure that his speeches provide maximum value, and he shares their dedication to making their event a huge success.

* Insight. Given Venitis's great experience in speaking across the globe, and with his unparalleled knowledge of politics, economics, finance, sciences, philosophy, and spirituality, he can help you determine the keynote for your event.

* Transformation. Your people will be transformed to a new level of knowledge, attitude, and organizational climate.

* Revamp. Your organization will be revamped with new soul, vision, and values.

* Affordability. The cost of having Venitis speak at your conference is 5,000 euros plus travel expenses from Athens. 

* Follow up.  Your executives may consult Venitis any time for any questions they might have.

To have Venitis speak at your event, email venitis@gmail.com