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This Man Is Trying To Give Away $1 Million To Someone Who Can Change Our Economic Obsession

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Dick Smith is an entrepreneur with a difference. He is trying to give away $1,000,000 but is finding it hard to find a young person under 30 that can help raise awareness around the obsession with endless growth in the use of energy and resources.

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In the 19th Century, empires were built on the labour of slaves, and it was believed economies would collapse if slavery was abolished. But brave people like William Wilberforce fought to end the slave trade –and economies still flourished. We need brave people like Wilberforce today, and I want to encourage a new generation of clear-thinking and inspiring young leaders.

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That’s why Smith established the Wilberforce Award – $1 million to go to a young person under 30 who can show leadership in communicating an alternative to our consumption growth-obsessed economy that needs ever increasing populations to support this model. “I will be looking for candidates whose actions show that they have what it takes to be among the next generation of leaders our incredible planet so badly needs.” So far he has failed to find anyone worthy of the million dollars.

Limits to Growth

Dick knows about the benefits of growth as he founded a chain of retail electronics stores in the late 1960’s of the same name (Dick Smith Electronics) which he sold in the 1980’s because the business was getting too big. He then travelled extensively for a number of years before establishing ‘Australian Geographic Magazine’ which was modelled on National Geographic magazine, which he also later sold. In his own words Dick sums it up, “It has become obvious to me that my generation has over exploited our wonderful world –and it’s younger people who will pay the price. Like many people my age, I’ve benefited from a long period of constant economic and population growth –we are addicted to it. But sooner or later this consumption growth will have an end. We appear to be already bumping against the limits of what our planet can sustain and the evidence is everywhere to see.”  Apart from Dick having a knack for business he is also a passionate environmentalist that understands better than most some of the issues that face humanity.

“Right now I believe we could be sleepwalking to catastrophe because we are failing to both acknowledge that there are limits to growth in a finite world and to prepare for a more sustainable way of organising our economy.” – Dick Smith

The Wilberforce Award

Being an avid adventurer and explorer Dick holds many records for solo balloon flights and around the world adventures in his light aircraft. In his travels he has seen the impact humans have had on the planet and is trying to raise awareness about the West’s fetish with continued expansion and growth of economies and human populations which have led to the devastation of natural ecosystems. Candidates must be able to communicate that we cannot continue to squander the resources that will be needed by future generations, and they must also be able to communicate a plan that offers an alternative to our growth addiction. Like the Nobel Prize, you cannot apply for the Wilberforce Award. Smith follows the global media to see who is the most outstanding individual in not only making a significant contribution to this important issue, but who also becomes famous through his or her contribution to the debate. More information on Wilberforce Award

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Smith Challenges the Murdoch Press

In his efforts to raise awareness about the Wilberforce Award, Smith challenged the Murdoch press by offering an additional $5000 for the coverage of the Wilberforce Award in the Murdoch press. The Murdoch press are absolutely paranoid about anyone mentioning that we can’t have constant growth in the use of material resources and energy.  What is even worse is the way our politicians appear to have been intimidated on this subject. “Many politicians I speak to agree with the simple fact that we can’t always have growth and we need to move to a more stable system. However, a number of them have said to me ‘Dick, what you are saying is absolutely correct, but if I said it I would be crucified by the Murdoch press’.” His food company is marketed as a fight against foreign ownership of Australian food producers. The company sells only foods produced in Australia by Australian-owned companies. All the profits he makes from his current business venture go to charities. Smith recently prepared a magazine called Forbidden Ideas to go as a paid advertising insert in 2.4 million newspapers across Australia. He was outraged when parts of the media rejected the magazine and he called on Australians to tweet Rupert Murdoch stating, “Mr Murdoch – tear down this wall. Reverse the Dick Smith censorship.”

Business Needs to Change its Paradigm

Pressure on big businesses to provide never-ending profit growth is driving our economies towards a big brick wall, he says. “Anyone with any common sense knows that perpetual growth in a finite world is not possible.” At the present time if we don’t have perpetual growth our economies will collapse. And so the situation you’re leading ourselves into is going to be a disaster. “Both economists and cancer cells believe in perpetual growth. And cancer cells quite often kill the host.” “None of this will affect me, I’ve probably got another 20 years in me. I could shut up and say nothing. But I think we should be discussing this.” His firm belief is that we can run economic systems without the need for constant, hard growth. If not, “we’re all doomed.” “You can still have growth in efficiencies and quality of life but just not in using more and more resources.”(1)

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Article by Andrew Martin editor of onenesspublishing  and author of  One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future…

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(1) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10828665

http://dicksmithpopulation.com/wilberforce-award/

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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