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Off Island Perspective – February & March 2019

US Printing Better Homes

With the advent of 3D printing, getting a house built quickly and on the cheap is increasingly possible. ICON, a 3D printer manufacturer, built a 350-square-foot home in 48 hours at a cost of $10,000 with a printer running at only quarter speed. Once the printer is fully functional an 800-square-foot home could be built for less than $4,000. While housing for the poor has always been an economic and social challenge, the new technology offers an alternative to the high maintenance wood frame home with plastic siding and an asphalt shingle roof that has dominated the US homebuilding industry since the 1940s.

France’s Gilets Jaunes

The “yellow vests” have caused more disturbances in Paris than any protests since the 1848 revolution. The movement was sparked by a 33 US cent carbon fuel tax added onto $6 per gallon diesel price that was alleged to finance France’s fight against climate change. The French, financially desperate, inundated by migrants, and chilled by an extra cold winter, had had enough. The protesters demolished the majority of country’s 3,200 speed cameras and asked the population to withdraw as much money as possible from banks. The “Rodney King” type of police brutality against the French protesters went largely unreported by the European controlled media.

Sudan On The Way Down

General Wesley Clark announced that he was told by a Pentagon insider in October 2001 that “we [US government] are going to take out seven countries in five years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran.” While it’s taken over 17 years and the order has been shuffled around a bit, Sudan has finally gotten its turn. In December 2018 protests against risingbread prices turned into demands for the ouster of Sudan’s dictator Omar al-Bashir who has held power for 30years.Forty people have been killed. Sudan ceded its southern territory, containing rich oil fields, to an independent South Sudan in 2011 leaving the country with limited resources. After Sudan, just Lebanon and Iran remain on the list.

Britain’s Almost Exit

It took Czechoslovakia six months to dissolve in 1992. Yet curiously it is taking Britain, an independent country with its own currency, three years to leave the European Union. On June 23rd, 2016 a referendum about Brexit, the term coined to describe Britain’s Exit from the European Union, passed with 51.9% of votes for withdrawal. While Norway, Switzerland and Iceland are doing just fine without the European Union, many agents of influence raise panic that life on the isles will come to a standstill. The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019.

Belgium’s Deadly Trend

2,309 people were euthanized in Belgiumin 2017.Since the legalization of euthanasia in 2002, the practice is trending upward at a rate of 14% per year, now surpassing the number of deaths in car accidents. Euthanasia by injection with life-ending barbiturates is not limited to cancer suffering adults and the very old. Handicapped children aged nine with a braintumor, aged 11 with cystic fibrosis and aged 17with muscular dystrophy were recently euthanatized. The children asked to be put to death in writing, and a child psychologist conducted psychological evaluations. The mercy killings took place with parental consent. In Belgium sometime organs are harvested after euthanasia leaving yet more room for abuse. A member of the Federal Commission for Euthanasia Control and Evaluation resigned after being accused of euthanizing a patient suffering from dementia. While it appears that native Belgians are finding it increasingly deadly to live in Belgium, immigrants continue to flock to the country and now represent 25% of the population.

India’s No Tourist Island

American missionary John Allen Chau, 26,was killed visiting North Sentinel Island, one of the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. Local fishermen took Chau to the island and reported seeing him being shot by arrows and buried on the beach. The 50 to 400 Sentinelese that inhabit the island have a reputation for being unwelcoming to visitors. In 1867, a merchant passenger ship wrecked on the island reef and 106 passengers spent days fending off attacks from the Sentinelese. Other vessels have since gotten in trouble on the reefand, while their crews have typically been evacuated, the Sentinelese have been known to scavenge the wrecks for iron and supplies.

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