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The last haka:

Lomu's coffin is carried onto the pitch by 12 pallbearers as former players begin their haka in his honour

The last haka: All Blacks past and present pay fitting tribute to rugby legend Jonah Lomu as thousands join his heartbroken family at stadium service

  • Jonah Lomu passed away unexpectedly at his home in Auckland earlier this month 
  • A service for the public was held at Eden Park in Auckland a fortnight after his death
  • The memorial followed a special ‘family day’ on Saturday. His private funeral will be held on Tuesday
  • The legendary All Blacks winger scored 37 tries in 63 Tests and starred during 1995 and 1999 World Cups
  • Tributes have flooded in from all over the world for rugby’s first global superstar 

It was the most fitting tribute to a rugby giant. In suits, in sports kit and in T-shirts emblazoned with his name, scores of mourners filed on to the pitch to perform a last haka for Jonah Lomu.

The venue, Eden Park, is the home of New Zealand rugby and a stadium where the 6ft 5in All Black had played many times before a crowd awed by his power, speed and sheer stature.

But on Monday there was no match to win. Instead the crowd of 8,000 people gathered solely to honour Lomu, who died unexpectedly at the age of 40 from a cardiac arrest a fortnight ago.

Among them were his wife Nadine, 34, and their children Brayley, six, and Dhyreille, five, who released doves in his memory. The haunting rendition of the haka was performed by former and current All Blacks as a hearse containing Lomu’s body was driven onto the pitch.

Former All Blacks team mate Eric Rushspoke from a stage, recounting tales of an aversion to training and a voracious appetite that brought Lomu into conflict with the strict nutritional edicts of his professional coaches.

‘It was a love-hate relationship. I loved training, he loved the Manukau city food court,’ Rush said, referring to his hometown.

‘You didn’t tell Jonah to do anything, but if you asked him, he’d run through a brick wall for you.’

The service followed a special ‘family day’ which was held in Manukau, New Zealand to celebrate his Tongan heritage on Saturday. A private family funeral will take place on Tuesday.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who was unable to attend the service due to his commitments at the UN summit in Paris, sent a video message honouring the All Blacks great.

‘He meant so much to his family and his community,’ said Key.

‘He wanted to make a real difference to people’s lives and he certainly did that.




The War on Terror is Creating More TerrorIMAGE CREDITS: ISIS VIDEO SCREEN CAPTURE.

They tell us we have to do it in order to fight terrorism, but their policies actually increase terrorism

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A mass brawl involving hundreds of people broke out at a refugee shelter in Berlin on Sunday. Police made a number of arrests after being called in to restore order. The fight came just hours after a scuffle at a separate shelter left several people wounded.

The fight, which broke out at a shelter at the disused Tempelhof airport, erupted while lunch was being served.

“There were apparently many hundreds of people involved,” a police spokesperson told Reuters.

A total of 830 refugees and migrants were present at the facility, and around 20 or 30 people caused the disruption, according to Michael Elias, who is in charge of the shelter.

“It’s the simple fact that there are a lot of young men traveling alone here. We withdrew…because the situation simply exploded. It was a complete blow-out,” Elias said.

An unspecified number of arrests were made after around 100 police officers arrived at the scene to restore order.

It came just hours after a brawl at a separate refugee shelter in the Berlin suburb of Spandau forced 500 residents to flee the building in “fear and panic.”

People smashed windows, threw sofas and emptied fire extinguishers, police told AFP, adding that several residents were wounded in the violence.

Two additional disturbances also broke out at other German shelters on Sunday. Five people were injured in a fight between Syrians in the showers of a residence in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, while a 17-year-old was struck on the head with a belt by another youth at a refugee home in Berlin’s Kreuzberg area.

Germany’s police union previously called for refugees and migrants to be separated by religion and country of origin to minimize the potential for conflict as the country struggles to handle hundreds of thousands of new arrivals.

The scuffles come after the police union and women’s rights groups accused authorities earlier this year of downplaying reports of sexual assault and rape at refugee shelters because they feared a backlash against asylum seekers from German residents. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has called on Germans to avoid blanket suspicion of refugees.

Germany expects to take in one million refugees and migrants this year alone, and is housing asylum seekers in apartments, army barracks, sports halls, and tent cities.



Harold Macmillan waves to unseen observers as he stands before a jet airliner with future Prime Minister Edward Heath in 1963
Harold Macmillan with Edward Heath (right) in 1963 Photo: PA

Voters in Britain’s referendum need to understand that the European Union was about building a federal superstate from day one

By Prof Alan Sked

As the debate over the forthcoming EU referendum gears up, it would be wise perhaps to remember how Britain was led into membership in the first place. It seems to me that most people have little idea why one of the victors of the Second World War should have become almost desperate to join this “club”. That’s a shame, because answering that question is key to understanding why the EU has gone so wrong.

Most students seem to think that Britain was in dire economic straits, and that the European Economic Community – as it was then called – provided an economic engine which could revitalise our economy. Others seem to believe that after the Second World War Britain needed to recast her geopolitical position away from empire, and towards a more realistic one at the heart of Europe. Neither of these arguments, however, makes any sense at all.

When growth did happen, it did not come from the EU. From Ludwig Erhard’s supply-side reforms in West Germany in 1948 to Thatcher’s privatisation of nationalised industry in the Eighties, European growth came from reforms introduced by individual countries which were were copied elsewhere. EU policy has always been either irrelevant or positively detrimental (as was the case with the euro).

Nor did British growth ever really lag behind Europe’s. Sometimes it surged ahead. In the 1950s Western Europe had a growth rate of 3.5 per cent; in the 1960s, it was 4.5 per cent. But in 1959, when Harold Macmillan took office, the real annual growth rate of British GDP, according to the Office of National Statistics, was almost 6 per cent. It was again almost 6 per cent when de Gaulle vetoed our first application to join the EEC in 1963.

In 1973, when we entered the EEC, our annual national growth rate in real terms was a record 7.4 per cent. The present Chancellor would die for such figures. So the economic basket-case argument doesn’t work.

What about geopolitics? What argument in the cold light of hindsight could have been so compelling as to make us kick our Second-World-War Commonwealth allies in the teeth to join a combination of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany and Italy?

Four of these countries held no international weight whatsoever. Germany was occupied and divided. France, meanwhile, had lost one colonial war in Vietnam and another in Algeria. De Gaulle had come to power to save the country from civil war. Most realists must surely have regarded these states as a bunch of losers. De Gaulle, himself a supreme realist, pointed out that Britain had democratic political institutions, world trade links, cheap food from the Commonwealth, and was a global power. Why would it want to enter the EEC?…




Phillip J. Watt, ContributorWaking Times

Charities have it wrong… this girl has the right plan. 

Every single charity in the world has got it wrong. They’re focusing on the wrong problem and therefore can’t see the right solution. That solution, which is blatantly obvious to anyone who has woken up to the issue, is how they get the money to provide a service for their community.

Currently charities want donations off the people. They want it off those who are more fortunate, as well as those who are not. They’re attempting to fix their particular focus, such as homelessness, family violence, mental illness and poverty in general, without looking at the root problem.

So where should they get their donations/funding? The answer is a public banking system.

If you think we already have a public banking system, think again. In Australia, Europe, UK, US and most of the regions of this planet, the entire central and other banking institutions are owned and run by private corporations, which means private families.

Essentially, the government – who are employed to represent the people – borrow money off these private institutions and pay it back with interest. Now, when you understand that governments have the legal power to create their own money, you understand how insane it is to give away that power to a private monopoly of so-called elite families.

It’s not just insane; it’s bat-shit crazy.

But no one is talking about this except a rare few. That’s because of two very smart strategies employed by this shadow monopoly: the first is that they fund political campaigns (and therefore influence politicians and their policy), and the second is that they control what information is sold on mass to our society (because they own the mainstream media).

That’s how easy is to understand why more people aren’t talking about it.

That’s how easy is to understand why nothing is being done about it.

But if charities are fair dinkum in their pursuit to fix the socioeconomic epidemics that continue to plague our fellow-man, then they’ll form a coalition and bring this issue to light for the collective consciousness of humanity, who will no doubt demand that it be transformed.

People who really understand this want it changed.

People are good at mind and heart, but they’ve been manipulated by the mainstream propaganda narratives.

People deserve a right to know what the problem is, and how to resolve it.

People who do understand it, have an obligation to share it with others.

This cannot be misunderstood. This cannot be debated, overlooked or forgotten. This is our opportunity to fix it right now.

To reiterate, money is created out of nothing by private institutions. The people, i.e., governments, have the power to do this themselves for the benefit of their communities. All those insane profits made by the banking and finance sectors can be recycled back into local, state and national economies so that the people come first, not profits.

Imagine what we could achieve with:

  • More inclusive, supportive and participatory communities;
  • More local food creation and distribution;
  • More funding for essential services, such as those which overcome mental illness, addiction, poverty and homelessness;
  • More infrastructure for social mobility, businesses and convenience;
  • More employment opportunities;
  • More educational pathways at a less expense;
  • More economic freedom from taxes;
  • More investment in local, sustainable and eco-friendly businesses;
  • More creative and innovative funding; and
  • More power for the people to create the actual future they want for their children.

This is not rocket science. This is not all too hard. This is a simple strategy to fix the system so that we all benefit. It doesn’t matter if you’re a CEO, unemployed or everything in between; this concerns all of us so make that very clear in your mind as you read this.

Therefore, it is now official; charities have been called out to get their shit together and sort this issue out. The strategy is simple: they need to come together as a collective and educate everyone in their networks that the system is broken and that they know how to fix it.

Otherwise, they’re not doing their job to truly create a fair, prosperous and healthy future for humanity.

To personally contribute, sign this petition on For further information, watch this video in which a 12-year-old girl explains in very simple terms what the problem is, as well as the solution to it.

12 Year Old Girl Solves the Banking Crisis and the Money Problem



by IWB

When you have a billion people willing to work instead of expecting free “stuff”, anything’s possible… Earlier this year, a Chinese construction company had erected a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days. This time the Chinese have built an overpass in mere 43 hours!




Mrs Merkel who was 17-year-old Angela Kasner when the picture was taken in 1972, is shown in fatigues marching with a group of friends and an East German officer.




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Switzerland is seeing a worrying increase in the number of sex attacks carried out against animals and in particular horses. Figures showed cases of animal abuse rose to 1,709 in 2014, an increase of 1,542 from the previous 12 months.

The findings are worrying animal rights groups as it is a problem that seems to be getting worse. The foundation, known as Tier im Recht (Animals in Law), said the amount of abuse cases reported was triple compared to a decade ago. 

However, it seems as though horses are coming under particular threat, with almost 10 percent of cases maltreatment of the animals involving bestiality.

“This rate is relatively elevated compared with other types of animals,”Andreas Ruttimann, a legal expert with Tier im Recht, told the Local.

“A total of 105 cases of animal cruelty to horses were registered last year, up considerably from previous years but probably below the actual number of incidents,” he added.

Worryingly, the group believes the actually figure could be much higher, given that around 150,000 people in Switzerland take part in equestrian activities. It also adds that there are more than 110,000 horses at 18,000 farms in the country.

The 20 Minuten newspaper reported that experts believe that as many as 10,000 people living in Switzerland are suspected of practicing zoophilia (sex with animals). Tier im Recht says the higher prosecution rates are down to tougher animal protection laws being introduced by the government, to protect their welfare.

Switzerland has a population of just over 8 million, meaning 0.125 percent of the population have a penchant for zoophilia.



By Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge

Over the course of the last four or so weeks, the media has paid quite a bit of attention to Islamic State’s lucrative trade in “stolen” crude.

On November 16, in a highly publicized effort, US warplanes destroyed 116 ISIS oil trucks in Syria. 45 minutes prior, leaflets were dropped advising drivers (who Washington is absolutely sure are not ISIS members themselves) to “get out of [their] trucks and run away.”

The peculiar thing about the US strikes is that it took The Pentagon nearly 14 months to figure out that the most effective way to cripple Islamic State’s oil trade is to bomb… the oil.

Prior to November, the US “strategy” revolved around bombing the group’s oil infrastructure. As it turns out, that strategy was minimally effective at best and it’s not entirely clear that an effort was made to inform The White House, Congress, and/or the public about just how little damage the airstrikes were actually inflicting. There are two possible explanations as to why Centcom may have sought to make it sound as though the campaign was going better than it actually was, i) national intelligence director James Clapper pulled a Dick Cheney and pressured Maj. Gen. Steven Grove into delivering upbeat assessments, or ii) The Pentagon and the CIA were content with ineffectual bombing runs because intelligence officials were keen on keeping Islamic State’s oil revenue flowing so the group could continue to operate as a major destabilizing element vis-a-vis the Assad regime.

Ultimately, Russia cried foul at the perceived ease with which ISIS transported its illegal oil and once it became clear that Moscow was set to hit the group’s oil convoys, the US was left with virtually no choice but to go along for the ride. Washington’s warplanes destroyed another 280 trucks earlier this week. Russia claims to have vaporized more than 1,000 transport vehicles in November.

Of course the most intriguing questions when it comes to Islamic State’s $400 million+ per year oil business, are: where does this oil end up and who is facilitating delivery? In an effort to begin answering those questions we wrote:

Turkey’s role in facilitating the sale of Islamic State oil has been the subject of some debate for quite a while. From “NATO is harbouring the Islamic State: Why France’s brave new war on ISIS is a sick joke, and an insult to the victims of the Paris attacks“, by Nafeez Ahmed:

“Turkey has played a key role in facilitating the life-blood of ISIS’ expansion: black market oil sales. Senior political and intelligence sources in Turkey and Iraq confirm that Turkish authorities have actively facilitated ISIS oil sales through the country. Last summer, Mehmet Ali Ediboglu, an MP from the main opposition, the Republican People’s Party, estimated the quantity of ISIS oil sales in Turkey at about $800 million—that was over a year ago. By now, this implies that Turkey has facilitated over $1 billion worth of black market ISIS oil sales to date.”

Here’s what former CHP lawmaker Ali Ediboglu said last year:

“$800 million worth of oil that ISIS obtained from regions it occupied this year [the Rumeilan oil fields in northern Syria — and most recently Mosul] is being sold in Turkey. They have laid pipes from villages near the Turkish border at Hatay. Similar pipes exist also at [the Turkish border regions of] Kilis, Urfa and Gaziantep. They transfer the oil to Turkey and parlay it into cash. They take the oil from the refineries at zero cost. Using primitive means, they refine the oil in areas close to the Turkish border and then sell it via Turkey. This is worth $800 million.”

Earlier this month, Ediboglu told Russian media that “ISIL holds the key to these deposits and together with a certain group of persons, consisting of those close to Barzani and some Turkish businessmen, they are engaged in selling this oil” (“Barzani” is a reference to Masoud Barzani, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region).

But even as Turkey’s ties to the ISIS oil trade have been hiding in plain sight for the better part of two years, the Western media largely ignores the issue (or at least the scope of it and the possible complicity of the Erdogan government) because after all, Turkey is a NATO member.

Unfortunately for Ankara, Erdogan’s move to shoot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border on Tuesday prompted an angry Vladimir Putin to throw Turkey under the ISIS oil bus for the entire world to see. Here’s what Putin said yesterday after a meeting in Moscow with French President Francois Hollande:

“Vehicles, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon. The views resemble a living oil pipe stretched from ISIS and rebel controlled areas of Syria into Turkey. Day and night they are going to Turkey. Trucks always go there loaded, and back from there – empty. We are talking about a commercial-scale supply of oil from the occupied Syrian territories seized by terrorists. It is from these areas [that oil comes from], and not with any others. And we can see it from the air, where these vehicles are going.”

“We assume that the top political leadership of Turkey might not know anything about this [illegal oil trade although that’s] hard to believe,” Putin continued, adding that “if the top political leadership doesn’t know anything about this, let them find out.”

Obviously, Putin is being sarcastic. He very clearly believes that the Erdogan government is heavily involved in the transport and sale of ISIS crude. In the immediate aftermath of the Su-24 incident, Putin said the following about Ankara:


As part of our continuing effort to track and document the ISIS oil trade, we present the following excerpts from a study by George Kiourktsoglou, Visiting Lecturer, University of Greenwich, London and Dr Alec D Coutroubis, Principal Lecturer, University of Greenwich, London. The paper, entitled “ISIS Gateway To Global Crude Oil Markets,” looks at tanker charter rates from the port of Ceyhan in an effort to determine if Islamic State crude is being shipped from Southeast Turkey…


How Turkey exports ISIS oil to the world: The scientific evidence



Rude Behavior

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff, Waking Times

When you see someone smiling or you hear laughter, you often can’t help but smile or laugh yourself. Now scientists from the University of Florida have shown that the same applies to certain non-aggressive negative behaviors, especially rudeness.

A series of several studies conducted by researchers Trevor Foulk, Andrew Woolum and Amir Erezhas shown that the exhibition of rude behavior by an individual, activates concepts associated with rudeness in the minds of others. Those being targeted by rude manners and people witnessing such behavior are equally affected. Rudeness is contagious in this manner.

The research showed that once the mind is stimulated with negative concepts, a person is more likely to interpret subsequent actions as rude, even if they are ambiguous or benign, and one is more likely to act with malevolence during interactions with others, thus further infecting them with hostility and negativity.

The scientific study of the transmission of negative behavior is not new. In the 1960’s, the infamous Bobo doll experiment showed that children who observed adults act abusively towards a doll, were themselves abusive to the doll. What was different about this experiment, when compared to these recent studies, was that the behaviors were aggressive, including hitting with a mallet and yelling, and they were acted out by someone the subjects looked up to – an adult. Hence it can be said that children in the study were intentionally mimicking negative behavior because they were copying the adults.

In this case, however, Foulk and his colleagues studied low-intensity negative behaviors, such as rudeness, which are more common in everyday interactions.

First Study – Does Observing Rude Behavior Activate Concepts in the Mind Related to Rudeness

In one of the studies, the participants witnessed an exchange between an actor, who they perceived was a participant arriving late to the experiment. In the control condition, the experiment administrator dismissed the actor offering to reschedule. In the negative condition, the administrator rudely berated the actor. The study participants were then asked to complete a Lexical Decision Task (LDT) in which they decided as quickly as possible if a string of letters formed an actual word, ie. CHIKHEN. Here are the results:

Critically, some of the LDT words were friendly (e.g., helpful), some were aggressive (e.g., savage), and some were rude (e.g., tactless). Response times to the friendly and aggressive items were similar across conditions, but response times to the rude items were significantly faster for participants in the negative condition relative to the control condition.  People who watched a rude interaction had concepts about rudeness active in their mind, and thus were faster to respond to those concepts in the LDT. These findings suggest that exposure to rudeness seems to sensitize us to rude concepts in a way that is not intentional or purposeful, but instead happens automatically.

Second Study – Does Sensitivity to Rudeness Impact Social Behavior?

In another study, the researchers asked participants to play the role of an employee in a bookstore. The subjects watched a video with either a rude or polite interaction among coworkers, and then were asked to answer a customer email. The email was either polite, highly aggressive, or moderately rude. Here is what was discovered:

Notably, the type of video participants observed did not affect their responses to the neutral or aggressive emails; instead, the nature of those emails drove the response.

However, the type of video participants observed early in the study did affect their interpretation of and response to the rude email.  Those who had seen the polite video adopted a benign interpretation of the moderately rude email and delivered a neutral response, while those who had seen the rude video adopted a malevolent interpretation and delivered a hostile response.  Thus, observing rude behaviors, even those committed by coworkers or peers, resulted in greater sensitivity and heightened response to rudeness.

Third Study – Does Watching Rude Behavior Make Us More Obnoxious Towards Others?

This study consisted of a series of negotiation exercises among participants. After an initial negotiation, “the carrier” subject was sent into a new negotiation with a new partner.

As you might guess, participants who negotiated with a rude [initial] partner were in turn perceived as rude in their subsequent interaction with a new partner.  These “carriers” evoked feelings of anger and hostility in their new partners, and even incited vindictive behaviors.

Moreover, these effects of negative contagion were evident in negotiations that took place up to a week after the initial exposure, suggesting a fairly long infectious period for negative behaviors.

We often hear that laughter is infectious, but beware, so is obnoxious behavior. If social behaviors, especially negative ones, are in fact contagios in this way, then does that explain why our society seems to be trending towards greater meanness and callousness? More importantly, can this pattern be broken with awareness and mindfulness?

This article (Rude Behavior Shown to be as Contagious as an Infectious Diseasewas originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alex Pietrowski and It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Rude Behavior Shown to be as Contagious as an Infectious Disease



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