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Comment by the Collector In Chief

ENDNOTE: Innovation in addressing at refugee settlements in Uganda


How what3words is being used to address refugee settlements in Uganda

  • The Rhino Refugee Camp in Arua, Uganda is embracing new technology to make life easier for the people who live there. 3 word addresses provide every home, church, medical centre and mosque with a simple and accurate way for people to describe its location and find it easily.


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The concept of using tech advances and innovation to give people fast access to reliable modern systems is known as technology leapfrogging. It is increasingly seen as one of the most effective ways of driving positive progress in developing countries.

Sebit Martin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the CDC commented, ‘In the most remote refugee camps, a person has little to say about a location, which at the same time is often confusing and changeable. Not to mention how frustrating it is for ambulance drivers to try and locate emergency cases in a fragile situation of health and often situations where the very lives of persons of concern are at stake. So we are delighted to partner with what3words to solve these and many other problems concerning addressing in the refugee camps in Arua District.’

‘Finally, we also desire to give refugees the dignity they deserve by improving their living conditions and make 3 word addresses not only an easy way of talking about locations but a better language of hope in the refugee camp.’

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I had heard that Ford Motor Company was including it in their new vehicles in 2019.

It would seem that this could be useful for everyone when the technology supporting it is deployed. Street addresses are not always “good enough”.  Try being a first aid squad looking to help someone off the beaten track or even on some streets and roads where addresses are not obvious.  When I was living in Virginia, New Hampshire, and even the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee “addresses” were not obvious because folks don’t display them.  

From “launch, imposed, rabble”. 


Try it and then have it in your “toolkit” should you need it.

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ENDNOTE: Things we need to separate from the State


Stossel: Enough Crony Capitalism!
Published on Apr 9, 2019
Established businesses, like Facebook, use government to limit competition.

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Kiss the “ring” of politicians and bureaucrats.

“Crony Capitalism comes from the government regulating businesses.”

Another thing to add to my list of “Things we need to separate from the State”.

“Business”, “Education”, “Agriculture”, “Medicine”, “Pharma”, “Charity”, etc. etc. etc.


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ENDNOTE: Ever heard of the Chamberlain-Kahn_Act?


Posted on April 3, 2019 by keywestlou

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I write about The American Plan.

Sounds wholesome. Was not.

The Plan had its beginnings in 1918. It’s purpose the mass imprisonment of women believed to be sexually immoral. The program initially one of federal encouragement. Encouragement to state and local governments to legislate and make arrests based on the Plan.

A long time program. From 1918 into the 1970’s. Still exists in some states, though not enforced. Doubt anyone knows it is on the books.

The initial concern was the military. Too many soldiers were getting STI’s. Sexually transmitted infections. More today. Few back then. However the few a real problem. Infections rampant.

The two biggies were syphilis and gonorrhea.

The Plan resulted in the detainment of over 100,000 women over the years. In every state, in most big and small cities.

A follow the money situation. The federal government paid local governments a stipend for every conviction obtained. States and local governments went gung ho over the years in making arrests. Most had “moral squads.” Their sole purpose to apprehend prostitutes.

The Plan resulted in a mass deprivation of civil liberties. The founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, Roger Baldwin, did not oppose the Plan. In fact, he sent a memorandum to ACLU local offices to cooperate in its enforcement.

Once arrested, the ladies were subjected to mandatory STI testing, highly questionable medical treatment, forced labor, and forcible sterilization.

The American Plan is forgotten. Probably because it was not enforced federally. Ergo, no data repository.

In addition to the ACLU’s founder Roger Baldwin, other prominent figures supported the Plan. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. one of the biggest. Prominent physicians and anti-vice crusaders. The likes of William F. Stone, Richard M. Olin, and Thomas Parran.

Syphilis and gonorrhea had been a sexual fear for centuries The two became rampant in the early 20th century. The underlying currents of Victorian morals, pseudoscience, racism, and misogyny created the motivation to confront the problem. And confront it the Plan did.

Statutes were broadly worded. Permission to detain suspects on the flimsiest of pretexts. Women were arrested for wearing provocative clothing, walking down a street alone, dining alone, looking like a prostitute, changing jobs, and for no reason at all.

Testing was required to establish syphilis or gonorrhea. Generally at some point such testing occurred. If negative, the ladies were free to leave. Some women initially protested the testing. They were threatened with Scarlet Letter shaming. Red lettered signs placed on their homes.

Testing results not always correct. Many false positives.

The Plan’s goal was to get loose women off the streets. Most of he women arrested were working class or African-Americans.

There was no penicillin. Penicillin became available in the 1940’s. Prior to that time, the ladies were treated with mercury or arsenic.

So many ladies were arrested in certain communities that detention hospitals had to be established.

Prominent persons supporting the Plan also included New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. He made special speeches lauding the Plan. California Governor Earl Warren personally spearheaded enforcement in his State. Warren later became Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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WOW, I’d never heard of this outrage.

This should be better known history.  Like the Tuskegee Experiment, the Japanese Internment, … …

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Public health plan aimed to combat venereal diseases, implemented in the US by the 1918 Chamberlain-Kahn Act.

Thanks to Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) for educating me.

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ENDNOTE: You Should Own Gold — a reminder from Venezuela


You Should Own Gold
Posted on March 28, 2019 by Gary Christenson
Guest Post from David Smith, Money Metals Exchange

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Maybe you have some gold (and silver) but not enough. Maybe you haven’t added to your stash for quite awhile, and you kinda’ forgot why you bought it in the first place.

Or perhaps you don’t own any precious metals at all!

If one of these circumstances fits you, then it’s time to refresh your memory on the multiple reasons why you should own gold, assess your risk profile and unique financial circumstances… then act!

The oft-stated Gresham’s Law tells us that when a government dictates the exchange rate between different types of money, the “good,” or undervalued method of exchange gets chased out by the “bad,” or overvalued version.

Thus the “bad” money stays in circulation and, as debasement (inflation) picks up, is quickly spent.

Unbeknownst to most – for now – U.S. inflation (greatly understated by “official” statistics) is increasing across the board. It doesn’t need to hit double digits in order to move the dial on gold and silver prices. Invariably, the “smart money” sniffs out the potential well beforehand – which is what it’s been doing for the last 9 months!

The “good” money in the U.S. is in reference to gold after FDR’s infamous 1933 edict banning circulation… and later, the removal of silver from our coinage starting in 1965.

Today, a pre-1965 quarter at $16/ounce silver is worth about $2.75. Why would anyone exchange it for an 8% copper/92% nickel slug? As for a gold coin, don’t even bother doing the math!

In Venezuela, according to the IMF, inflation will rocket along this year at 10 million percent! How long do you think the ironically-named Bolivar Fuerte (“strong bolivar”) stays in someone’s pocket, bank account, backpack… or large cardboard box?

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Now anyone, who knows me, knows I’m a Crazy Old “Gold Bug”.

In my working life, I’ve met optimists and pessimists.  I learned from both.  From the optimists, never gamble what you can afford to lose.  From the pessimists, if you always expect the worst, every surprise will be a pleasant one.  (Like Murphy’s Law, I’ve egotistically named it “Reinke’s Rule of Negative Thinking”.  Maybe someday, I too will be famous or infamous.)

If you follow what pretends to be economic thinking these days on the both the Left and the Right, there’s something called “Modern Monetary Theory”.  Distilled to a nugget, it’s basically that the Gooferment can’t print as much “money” as it needs until it sees price inflation.  That’s it.  Stripped of all the mumbo jumbo and fancy pontificating.  The dollar “floats” untied to anything.  That’s the legacy of FDR and Nixon.

So sad.  Thankfully, I don’t think I’ll be around to see the crash, but this is one UGLY chicken coming home to roost.

For the skeptical, here’s a more mainstream confirmation of the sad prediction:

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ENDNOTE: Migrant Violence Illustrates A Need For A Reality Check


Austrian Monks give Up Feeding Poor After Homeless Migrant Violence
21 Mar 2019

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Austrian Franciscan monks in Salzburg will cease feeding the poor after a number of violent incidents from foreign migrants.

The food service for the poor ended officially following an incident on Sunday in which four Romanian migrant beggars started fighting with each other in front of the Franciscan church, with monk Father Oliver also being physically attacked, as well, Kronen Zeitungreports.

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These are not “migrants” or “refugees”, who deserve our help.

These ARE free-loading street thugs who are a public nuisance.

I continued to be amazed at how those on the dole seem to have new expensive sneakers, smart phones, jewelry, artistic hair treatments, and flashy expensive nail art.

Sorry, that’s not my vision of a poor person who needs my charity.

I recently gave money to girl who needed glasses; that need was vouched for by a Christian missionary.  Obviously authentic.  The girl and her single Mom were clean and neat but had nothing like the list above.

Effective and efficient charity requires discrimination.  Something the Gooferment isn’t good at.


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ENDNOTE: Lori Loughlin’s daughter in YACS (yet another cheating scandal)


EXCLUSIVE: ‘We have to film it again -with Olivia as the winner.’ Lori Loughlin’s daughter is caught in ANOTHER cheating scandal after claims a TV game show was rigged in her favor and the winning teen stripped of $5K prize

  • Lifestyle vlogger Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, daughter of Lori Loughlin, took on fellow influencer Marissa Rachel and singer Rydel Lynch in a 2016 episode of Tap That Awesome App 
  • Marissa Rachel was declared the winner in front of a live audience
  • But studio execs mysteriously stepped in and ordered producers to re-shoot
  • When the trivia contest resumed Rydel and a ‘visibly upset’ Marissa were allegedly under orders not to buzz in with the correct answers,  
  • Giannulli took home first prize, a $5,000 donation to a charity of her choice
  • When executives re-shot the final questions they asked Rachel to repeat an incorrect answer while cutting out the questions she answered correctly 
  • ‘What happened just didn’t seem right to me,’ Rachel told
  •  The puzzling episode emerged just days after Jade’s parents, Full House star Loughlin and the designer Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of paying $500,000 to get her and her sister Isabella into USC


PUBLISHED: 11:43 EDT, 15 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:13 EDT, 15 March 2019

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[JR: Anyone see a pattern here? “One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole” ― Mahatma Gandhi]

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ENDNOTE: Don’t give your bishop a dime


Don’t give your bishop a dime of charity
By Marc Thiessen March 6, 2019 | 6:52pm | Updated

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On Ash Wednesday, the holy season of Lent began — and so did the annual fundraising drives by many of the nation’s Catholic bishops. Don’t give them a dime.

Last fall, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was supposed to vote on a resolution to create a special commission to investigate bishops who cover up sexual abuse. At the last minute, Pope Francis barred the bishops from holding the vote.

But it isn’t clear the resolution would have passed. The bishops did vote on a nonbinding resolution that would have urged the pope “to release all the documentation that can be released consistent with canon and civil law ­regarding the misconduct of Archbishop [Theodore] McCarrick.” As they debated the wording, the ­National Catholic Register reports, “they could not even agree on the inclusion of the word ‘soon.’ ”

Even the watered-down resolution was rejected 137-83, with three bishops abstaining. Want to know how your bishop voted? You can’t. When I asked the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for the roll call, a spokesman replied, “Sorry, the votes are anonymous, so we don’t know who voted for what.” That’s their idea of transparency.

The situation in Rome is no better. This year, Francis reportedly informed Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley that he would not authorize a full-fledged probe into the McCarrick coverup.

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When your pastor hands you an envelope, hand it back empty — or better yet, send your bishop a letter explaining that he will get no financial support until the conspiracy of silence is ended and corrupt bishops are held accountable.

I offer this advice with a heavy heart, because I am, and will always remain, a faithful Catholic. I will never leave the church for one simple reason: I will not let Judas separate me from Jesus. But let’s be clear: There are Judases in the ranks of today’s successors of the apostles. They covered up or ignored sexual misconduct and moved around predator priests — and continue to do so. They made secret payouts to victims while requiring them to sign confidentiality agreements. They were told about McCarrick’s serial abuses and did nothing — in many cases because McCarrick helped them rise to powerful positions.

The church isn’t a democracy, nor should it be. It exists to spread the views of its founder, not its followers. But that doesn’t mean that the laity must tolerate the bishops who have overlooked, ignored or covered up abuse. We must demand every bishop who did so be held to account and removed from office. Clearly the outcry of the victims is not enough. We have to vote with our pocketbooks.

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Sadly, I have to agree.

The laity mist hold the leadership accountable.

These scandals and the cover ups have cost the organization Church any moral authority.

I doubt it can be saved.

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