Billionaire Soros Vows to Spend Additional $138,300 on Anti-Brexit Campaign

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Jewish billionaire George Soros and his Open Society Foundations (OSF) are set to pledge a new donation of 100,000 pounds, or roughly $138,300, to the campaign to stop Brexit, according to media reports.

The latest pledge comes on top of 400,000 pounds that Soros had earlier decided to contribute to Best for Britain campaign, the Telegraph newspaper reported on Sunday.

The spokesperson of UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday, in a comment on Soros’ donation, that London’s position on the withdrawal from the European Union would not change and there would be no second referendum.

The Hungarian-American billionaire Soros said that he was a “proud supporter” of Best for Britain, claiming that Brexit was a “lose-lose proposition” both for Britain and Europe. He also wrote for the Mail that before the referendum Britain had been doing better economically than the rest of Europe.

The United Kingdom is currently in talks with the bloc on the terms of its departure and is set to formally leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.

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Disgraced New Jersey Cop to Spend 10 Years in Prison for Tipping Off Gangs


New Jersey – A former Asbury Park police officer was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in state prison for his role in a criminal organization that prosecutors say terrorized the city.

A jury in September found Keith German, 49, guilty of three counts of official misconduct, including hindering the apprehension of gang members, conspiracy to commit stalking, harassment, computer theft and unlawful access and disclosure.

German, a 16-year veteran of the Asbury Park Police Department, was among dozens arrested in 2014 as part of “Operation Dead End,” a large sweep targeting criminal and gang activity in Asbury Park.

The probe was called Operation Dead End, prosecutors explained, because the criminal activities in question were based out of two dead-end streets in Asbury Park, Dewitt Avenue and a section of Jersey Street in the Washington Village Public Housing Complex.

Of the 53 people arrested, 18 of them were members of the Crips or Bloods street gangs, prosecutors said after the arrests.

Authorities say German, of Tinton Falls, gave one of the gang leaders, James Fair, inside information about whether police officers were watching the organization in return for Fair helping him stalk a woman who didn’t return his affections.

Two weeks into the testimony portion of his trial, German, who had been out on bail, stopped showing up to court. Judge Joseph Oxley, who presided over that trial, issued a warrant for his arrest.

He was arrested June 28 as he was walking to his car at a strip mall outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, authorities said at the time.

German will have to serve the entirety of his 10-year sentence without parole. He also is barred from holding a public position in the state.

“This sentence sends a strong message that there will be zero tolerance for cops who commit crimes,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a statement. “It only takes one bad cop to adversely affect the reputation of so many that do the job with honor and integrity. For these reasons, the public should be reassured that we will continue to prosecute crooked cops to the fullest extent of the law.”

Fair, who went by the name Dough Boy, led an organized group that sold drugs, robbed people of drugs and money, bought guns and tried to kill their rivals all over “greed and control,” Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Joseph Cummings said during his opening remarks.

Haneef Walker, who went by the street name “Nutty,” was described by Cummings as Fair’s go-to guy for robberies, a man who would jump quickly in response to his boss’ requests.

Fair and Walker will be sentenced in the coming days.

Source: http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2017/12/ex-cop_who_tipped_off_gang_members_gets_10_years_b.html

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In 2018 The US Gov’t Will Spend Nearly $2 Billion a Day — Solely on WAR

While the United States Congress has struggled to pass legislation governing taxes and healthcare, it had no problem uniting on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act—a bill that will ensure the U.S. continues to wage wars around the world, and that promises taxpayers will cover its costly expenses.

The price tag on the latest NDAA is a massive $700 billion, which means that for every day in 2018, American taxpayers will spend nearly $2 billion on war.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, claimed that by signing the NDAA into law, Trump signed a bill that will make America safer.” He also noted one important fact—both Democrats and Republicans showed overwhelming support.

This defense bill authorizes money for our troops, for our national defense and homeland security, and to make sure America has the best technology in the world to protect ourselves,” McCarthy said. This bill passed the House 356 to 70, including more than half of the Democratic caucus. It passed the Senate by voice vote—not a single Democrat opposed it.”

Before signing the legislation, Trump referenced an attempted attack in New York City, where a man detonated a crudely-made pipe bomb in a subway station the day before. While the man who made the device was the only one injured, Trump used it as another example of why Americans should funnel billions of tax dollars into “keeping America safe.”

“I want to address the terrorist attack that took place yesterday in New York City,” Trump said, claiming that “there have now been two terrorist attacks in New York City in recent weeks carried out by foreign nationals, here on green cards.”

Trump also specifically thanked Sen. John McCain for his contributions to the bill. The Republican from Arizona has been in office for 30 years, and has a reputation as a staunch supporter of war.

“Brand-new, beautiful equipment is on its way—the best you’ve ever had by far. We make the best in the world, and you’re going to have it,” Trump bragged in true Trump-fashion. He then concluded by saying, “I won’t be showing all of this to everybody, believe it or not. That’s a lot of pages. That is a lot of pages.”

The 2018 NDAA approves $634 billion for the Pentagon. This was done despite the fact that a recent report on the budgets of the Department of Defense and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, found that between the two departments, they have lost over $21 trillion in the last 17 years—enough money to pay back the U.S. National Debt.

Nearly $66 billion will be allocated for the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, which ensures that the U.S. will continue to fuel proxy wars in foreign nations such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

In addition to $705 million for missile defense programs the U.S. is developing with Israel, the legislation includes more than $12 billion for the Missile Defense Agency. Trump mentioned U.S. missile defense capabilities in his statement, claiming the massive budget will help the U.S. continue our campaign to create maximum pressure on the vile dictatorship in North Korea.” 

While advocates for the $700-billion NDAA claim that it will help to keep Americans safe, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul has noted that the more time the U.S. spends overthrowing governments and creating proxy wars in foreign countries, the more it should be worried about “blowback” from its reckless foreign poly.

“If we think that we can do what we want around the world and not incite hatred, then we have a problem,” Paul said. They don’t come here to attack us because we’re rich and we’re free. They come and they attack us because we’re over there. I mean, what would we think if we were—if other foreign countries were doing that to us?

It should be noted that even when U.S. defense spending was under $600 billion in 2014, it was still more than the amount spent by the next seven countries—China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom, India and Germany—combined.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/in-2018-the-us-govt-will-spend-nearly-2-billion-a-day-on-war/

Canada to spend $145 Million to compensate public servants who were victims of past LGBTQ discrimination

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The federal government will spend $145-million to compensate thousands of people who were purged from the public service because they were gay or lesbian, the largest financial commitment by any national government for past wrongs committed against sexual minorities.

The level of compensation for individuals will be determined by an adjudicator based on the degree of harm they suffered, The Globe and Mail has learned. The funds will also be dedicated to creating a memorial in Ottawa for victims of past LGBTQ discrimination and there will be money for education and memorialization projects across Canada.

Following a series of stories in The Globe and Mail detailing unjust convictions of homosexuals in the past, and unjust dismissals of homosexual members of the military and public service, the Liberal government committed to offering an apology for those injustices, and pardons for those convicted of crimes that are no longer crimes.

Justin Trudeau says he is apologizing for past discrimination against sexual minorities as a way to prevent such discrimination in the future.

“Apologies for things past are important to make sure that we actually understand and know and share and don’t repeat those mistakes,” the Prime Minister said during a question-and-answer session at a conference on social policy in Toronto on Monday.

Although great progress has been made in advancing the rights of LGBTQ Canadians, “there is still so much discrimination that recognizing it will make a big difference,” he added, “and it will also help a whole bunch of people who hopefully wouldn’t have to go through in their future careers the kind of discrimination that happened in the past decades.”


Comment: Except the kind of ‘advancement’ the government is implementing in other related areas is actually quite fascist: Compelled speech comes to Canada: Citizens using the ‘wrong’ gender pronoun could be accused of hate crimes

Mr. Trudeau’s apology will target people who were harassed and dismissed during a purge of homosexuals from the federal public service, the Canadian Forces, the RCMP and the intelligence services over four decades ending in the 1990s.

About 3,000 people may be eligible to make a claim. Many others have died. The redress is the product of an agreement-in-principle reached last week in a class-action lawsuit between victims of the purge and the federal government.

The government will also pardon and expunge the records of those who were convicted under unjust laws that criminalized homosexuality.

In that issue, there are several answered questions about how far the federal government is prepared to go.

The Globe told the story of Everett Klippert, who was labelled a dangerous sexual offender – in effect a life sentence – in 1967 because he repeatedly had sex with other men.


Comment: Except from the article: “He was also no saint. He hooked up with teenagers, both when he was a teenager himself and when he was older.”

At the time of publication, in February, 2016, Mr. Trudeau committed to a posthumous pardon for Mr. Klippert, whose case led to homosexual acts being decriminalized in 1969.

The government also committed to considering a pardon for all men convicted of committing same-sex acts when such acts were illegal.

That commitment launched a process that expanded to Tuesday’s comprehensive apology. But although the government has committed to pardons and to expunging the records of those convicted, the scope of the commitment is unknown.

Will only those convicted of buggery or gross indecency prior to 1969 have their records expunged? Or will it include people convicted of gross indecency – homosexual acts beyond that of two adult men in a private place – before that law was repealed in 1985?

Will convictions be expunged from the public record en masse, or will people need to apply individually?

And will “found-ins” and “keepers-of” – people who were visiting or working in bath houses in the days when police raided those establishments – also be pardoned and have their records expunged? We can expect answers to these questions when the legislation is introduced on Tuesday.

A final question concerns the release of documents. Ottawa has refused to release files surrounding the purge, including such things as memoranda laying out the intent and scope of the policy and the files of individual cases. Much will have been lost during routine shredding of government documents, but much may remain.

The question is whether the government is open to disclosing everything of value left to disclose, while also protecting the privacy of those who were investigated.

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Americans Now Spend More on Taxes Than Food and Clothing—Combined

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A troubling new report released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Americans spent more on taxes last year than they did on food and clothing—combined. As the report shows, this problem shows no signs of slowing as the average American’s rate of taxation is increasing at a staggering rate.

As CNS News reports, in 2016, according to BLS, “consumer units” (which include families, financially independent individuals, and people living in a single household who share expenses) spent more on average on federal, state and local taxes ($10,489) than they did on food ($7,203) and clothing ($1,803) combined ($9,006).

Instead of realizing they are taxing Americans, quite literally out of their clothes, the state has been increasing the rate every year.

The average tax bill for American “consumer units” increased from $7,423 in 2013 to $10,489 in 2016, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That is an increase of 41.13 percent—in only three years.

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According to CNS:

The survey publishes the itemized expenditures of what it refers to as “consumer units,” which include “all members of a particular household who are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or other legal arrangements,” or “a person living alone or sharing a household with others or living as a roomer in a private home or lodging house or in a permanent living quarters in a hotel or motel, but who is financially independent,” or “two or more persons living together who use their income to make joint expenditure decisions.” The BLS said that a consumer unit generally refers to a family.

Below is the data from the BLS report, notice the increase over the last 3 years.

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In the land of the free, if you wish to remain relatively free, you must give the state a percentage of your income. If you do not give the state this income, they will continue to escalate pressure and eventually move to force. You will be subject to kidnapping, caging, or worse. This legalized extortion is sold to the American public as taxation.

Taxes, we are told, allow the government the ability to provide services for the citizens. Roads, schools, parks, etc., we are told, would not exist without all Americans being forced to hand over a portion of their wages they earn through their labor.

If you complain about taxation, the average American will answer back with the programmed response, somewhere along the lines of, “if you don’t like it, you can move to Somalia.” Sadly, however, this response does nothing to address the ever-increasing burden placed on the American people through taxation.

Most defenders of the state assume that government services provided through taxation help the poor too. And, sometimes, some poor people do benefit financially from government programs. But there’s a hidden cost: taxation and mandatory programs (Social Security, for instance) that hurt the needy by restricting their choices. Government taxes away income that low-income households could invest in improving their lives. At the same time, state-sponsored benefits create incentives that keep the poor trapped in poverty.

This never ending cycle of taxation and earning is compounded every year as rates increase and, as seen above, the government’s own data shows this.

While it is easy to sit back and thank the almighty state for roads and schools—which are in horrible condition—many Americans are entirely unaware of where most of their tax dollars actually end up.

For example, as of last year, in Afghanistan only, the number of failed projects, meaning only the ones that were unsuccessful, cost taxpayers over 100 billion. To put this number in perspective, the entire amount of money the United States allocates to spend on rebuilding America’s crumbling highways every year is less than half of that.

But what about education. Compared to what America spends on maintaining the hundreds of military bases throughout the world, dropping bombs in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, etc., education spending is a drop in the bucket.

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The near $600 billion dollar bill Americans are hit with every year to keep the empire great is only the publicly admitted amount. As TFTP has reported in the past, the Pentagon often “loses” trillions of dollars in war spending.

It is also estimated that America has spent over $1 trillion in tax dollars kidnapping, caging, and killing people for possessing arbitrary substances deemed illegal by the state. Through the war on drugs, the government has squandered a trillion dollars of your tax dollars and the only thing we have to show for it is an opioid epidemic and the world’s largest prison population.

As Americans continue to be raked across the coals to fund the empire and the police state, it is also important to note that the tax rate increases every year because these tax addicts are spending way more money than they can possibly steal from the citizens.

In fact, a massive chunk of your tax dollars (hundreds of billions of dollars) goes to paying interest on the exponentially increasing national debt held by the Federal Reserve.

Once we take all these factors into consideration, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that total government bankruptcy is a mathematical certainty—even if they took 100% of what you make.

As the years go by, the tax rate continues its upward trend, and America begins paying more in taxes than they make, remember that only a portion of this money goes to actual things that benefit you directly. In fact, as stated above, in the land of the free, your tax dollars are used more to decrease your freedom than anything else. 

The greatest threat facing America today
is the disastrous fiscal policies of our own government,
marked by shameless deficit spending and
Federal Reserve currency devaluation.
It is this one-two punch –
Congress spending more than it can tax or borrow,
and the Fed printing money to make up the difference –
that threatens to impoverish us by further
destroying the value of our dollars.

-Ron Paul

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/american-taxes-greater-food-clothing/

Nets Spend 77 Percent of Evening News on Wild Trump Presser

In a jaw-dropping spectacle in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday, the President went off on the media while ranting about his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Trump stepped in it when he appeared to defend the alt-right and doubled down on his original comments from Saturday. The presentation was originally supposed to be the unveiling of an infrastructure proposal that would overhaul the system.

The Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) could not get enough of Trump’s fiery and furious tirade as he went to battle with the press. And their evening news broadcasts later that day were commanded by the coverage of Trump. Minus their commercials and teasers, the total air time the networks set aside for all their news coverage combined was 58 minutes and 38 seconds. Of that total time, they spent 45 minutes and 31 seconds on Trump’s wild press conference (77.6 percent).

The coverage was absolutely pervasive on CBS Evening News, where they dedicated all 21 minutes and 13 seconds of total news time to the Trump show. That’s right. They used 100 percent of their air time to talk about what Trump said or tie racism back to him in someway. Nothing else was talked about from the whole wide world of news.

On NBC Nightly News, their total news time was 18 minutes and 49 seconds. They came in second with their total Trump press conference coverage accumulating for 13 minutes and 18 seconds (70 percent). That meant they only gave five minutes and 31 seconds to all the other possible stories to cover.

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ABC’s World News Tonight had roughly 18 minutes and 36 seconds of total news time and 59 percent of it was talking about Trump’s display (11 minutes). This left only seven minutes and 36 seconds for other news stories.

The overwhelming amount of coverage the Big Three Networks afforded to Trump’s spectacle completely drowned out other major news stories of the day.

For instance, CBS and NBC completely omitted how, over night, the murderous North Korean regime blinked and backed down in their game of chicken with the United States. They noted it during their Tuesday morning broadcasts but left only ABC to cover it by evening. One would think the possible aversion of a nuclear attack would be major news.

They also ignored the radical leaders of Iran threatening to pull out of the nuclear agreement. According to the Fox News Channel’s Rich Edson on Special Report: “Iran’s President threatens its restored nuclear program would be more dangerous than the one suspended two years ago.” He also noted how their parliament chanted “death to America” as they voted on increasing funds for military programs.

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And it had been a day since Politico published a damaging story about how the “Obama team was warned in 2014 about Russian interference,” and did little to stop it. “There was no explicit warning of a threat to U.S. elections,” they wrote. “But the official said some diplomats and national security officials in Moscow felt the administration was too quick to dismiss the possibility that the Kremlin incursions could reach the United States.” There was no mention of this story on Monday or Tuesday.

And for all of their coverage of the Trump’s press conference, the Big Three Networks didn’t discuss the President’s infrastructure proposal in any detail. NBC was the lone network to mention it, but it was only to describe why the conference was called at all.

ABC and NBC also omitted Trump’s strong words condemning the murderer who drove his car into a crowd of counter protesters in an ISIS style attack. “Well, I think the driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, his family, and this country. And that is– you can call it terrorism. You can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want,” he exclaimed to the press. “The driver of the car is a murderer, and what he did was a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing.”

Instead of covering any of those other major stories, ABC chose to report on a lawsuit between jewelry maker Tiffany & Co. and Casco. Meanwhile, NBC hyped the newest popular song on iTunes that literally plays no music.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2017/08/15/nets-spend-77-percent-evening-news-wild-trump-presser

24 Prepping Items I Don’t Spend Money On

[8/15/17]  Prepping is difficult when you have very little extra money, and I’ve been living that reality for a few years. Initially, when hard times hit, we pulled back on prepping and began living off some of our stores. I admit that having a food supply really helped us, but eventually our supplies dwindled and we realized that we had to turn the situation around. We had to start increasing our stores again.

When this realization hit, I nearly panicked. We had used most of our food stores, just trying to survive from paycheck to paycheck and I had no money to replace them. The only way was to stockpile what I could find for free.

The first realization you come to is that prepping is a frugal way of life, or at least it can be. To prep for free, you need to decide that you will never waste what you can save. Sometimes this is difficult, but with an organized plan you can do it.

Food for Survival

Let’s start by discussing your food preps. If you decide to use every bit of food, never wasting any, you will save on your food budget. But most people don’t want to eat the same foods every night until it is gone. My old habit was to eat leftovers until we tired of it, then it eventually got thrown away or fed to the family dog. I realized that my leftovers were free food for my survival stockpile. Here are just a few of the ways I make this work for me:

  1. Dehydrate all leftover rice, pasta, and beans. We rarely eat these leftovers, and they work wonderfully well as dehydrated meals. Dehydrated rice and beansbecome the “instant” version that only need a few minutes in boiling water to become a tasty dish again. Many people make their hiking and camping meals this way. I just apply it to my leftovers. Once they are dehydrated, I use my food saver to vacuum pack them for storage.
  2. Can leftover meats and some meat dishes. Did you have a quart or two of chili leftover from dinner? Put it in canning jars and pressure can it according to proper canning procedures. I usually save a pint or two here or there in my freezer, then when I have a canner load, I do them all at once. Of course, sometimes we pull it out and have it for dinner, too. Additionally, with the leftover fat you can render lard. Here’s how to pressure-can hamburger meat for long term preservation.
  3. Dehydrate leftover bread. In my area, local food pantries give away a lot of bread. I take what I can use, and extras are dehydrated and turned into “Instant Stuffing Mix.” You will find recipes for stuffing mix with a simple Google request. Experiment and find one your family likes. I use my food saver to create single meal stuffing mixes.
  4. I also attended a couponing class to learn the secrets of getting food for free. I became good at it, and am able to score quite a bit of free food. I’ve gotten pancake mix, cornbread mix, muffin mix, lots of free pasta, some frozen foods and lots more. I don’t go overboard, but I can tell you that when you stack coupons, you can get free food. I even scored a bunch of free mixes where I was paid 12 cents each to take them home.
  5. Free fruit from the neighbor’s trees. In our area, many yards have fruit trees. But often, the fruit will just rot on the tree. The family eats what they want, but they don’t bother with the rest. When I see a tree full of ripe fruit, and no-one picking it, I will stop and ask the owner if I can have a few (or buy a few.) Usually, they’ll reply to take as many as I want, as long as I pick them. I can fruit, make jelly, and sometimes dehydrate fruit that I get this way.
  6. Free food samples. Many of the food storage companies are willing to send you free samples to try their products. They are hoping you will try them out and order more. However, you can certainly order the free samples and put them in your 72-hour kit or bug out bag. Then, when you do have money to spend, try them before ordering.
  7. Condiment packs. Do you ever order takeout? If so, stock up on condiment packs to go with your order. I keep a gallon jar of condiment packs that I use in my kits. These don’t keep forever, though. You’ll want to replace them every year, at least.
  8. Yes, strangely enough, I find people giving away food on Craigslist all the time. A few weeks ago, a guy in my area gave away several 100 pound bags of navy beans, pinto beans, and red beans. Often, you’ll find free vegetables when gardens are overflowing. Can them, dehydrate them, or freeze them. Of course, be careful when meeting people you don’t know.
  9. Free formula. I signed up for a coupon list for babies when my grand-kids were born. One day I found free formula samples in my mail box. Those went straight to my prepping supplies. I don’t have any babies here, but someone will be happy to receive them in a time of need. I also get reams of coupons for formula which I pass on to young mothers.
  10. I save my drink bottles, wash them, and refill with water for storage. When we first moved to Florida, I would spend way too much money on gallons of water when a hurricane was nearby. We would keep them through hurricane season, then use them and buy more the next year. I realized I was wasting money on water that I could easily get for free. So, I just started refilling our drink bottles with tap water. We don’t drink much soda, but my husband works outside in the heat, so he drinks a lot electrolyte drinks. These are nice quart bottles for storing water and other supplies. Here are 30 smart ways to reuse things that you usually throw away.

Household Items

  1. Here is another place where couponing really pays off. You can regularly get toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, razors, and other personal care products for free with coupons. And don’t forget to ask the dentist for free samples when you go in for your checkups.

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Free Stuff for the Garden

  1. The most valuable freebies in my garden are the seeds that I get from my heirloom plants. It is easy to save seeds from year to year. I vacuum pack mine and store them in a cool cupboard.

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Gates Foundation to Spend Over $300 Million in Tanzania in 2017

[8/14/17]  Bill Gates has told Reuters his foundation plans to spend more than $300 million in Tanzania this year on public health and poverty reduction programs.

In an interview, the billionaire said aid was now being spent “in a smarter way” in some parts of the world.

“Some countries have made good progress in the reduction of childhood deaths and reduction in poverty, with Tanzania being a good example,” said Gates, during a visit to the east African country.

“I see a chance for the eradication of malaria and HIV/AIDS, but that’s gonna take a lot of science and a lot of investment.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent billions of dollars on aid projects worldwide in recent years, much of it in Africa.

Source Article from http://govtslaves.info/gates-foundation-spend-300-million-tanzania-2017/

Man Goes Ahead With Building $550 Stairs In Local Park Ahead Of City’s Plans To Spend $65,000

By Jess Murray Truth Theory

A man in Toronto has beaten the city’s plans to construct a set of park stairs and built them himself in just a few hours for just a fraction of the price. Reports have stated that the retired mechanic, Adi Astl, did not regret building the stairs for the community park, despite the park firming stating that he should have waited for the city project, which would have cost $65,000, to handle it.

Astl spent a total of just $550 on building his stairs with the help of a homeless man, which the city is now threatening to tear down due to the fact that they were not built to the regulation standards. Reports have said that the stairs were needed due to a number of accidents that occurred on the prior steep slow leading into the community garden in Tom Riley Park, in Etobicoke, Ont, including a member of the garden group who broke her wrist after falling down the slope just last year.

Astl’s neighbours chipped in to cover the $550 building of the eight steps, and after he heard that the city had previously estimated the job to cost between $65,000 and $150,000 he told CTV News Channel, “I thought they were talking about an escalator.”


Astl’s wife, Gail Rutherford, said, “I’ve seen so many people fall over that rocky path that was there to begin with. It’s a huge improvement over what was there.” Astl has since been thanked by members of his gardening group, and stated, “To me, the safety of people is more important than money. So if the city is not willing to do it, I have to do it myself.”

The stairs have since been taped off by city bylaw officers whilst a decision is made about what should be done next. Whilst Mayor John Tory has acknowledged that the city’s estimate sounds “completely out of whack with reality” on Wednesday, he also added that it doesn’t justify allowing private citizens to build public structures themselves whilst bypassing city bylaws.

He stated, “I think everyone will understand that it will be more than $550. We just can’t have people decide to go out to Home Depot and build a staircase in a park because that’s what they would like to have.”

City inspectors have also stated that the stairs are not currently safe due to the railing, together with the incline which is uneven and the fact that there is no foundation. The mayor’s staff will therefore revisit the project and estimate a more realistic cost for building stairs that are safe for use.

Area resident Dana Beamon told CTV Toronto that she’s happy to have the stairs in place, even if they are not they are up to city standards, stating, “We have far too much bureaucracy. We don’t have enough self-initiative in our city, so I’m impressed.”

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