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Every now and then, we all dream of living a peace and quiet life off the grid. Maybe the thought creeps up on us when work is starting to feel like Groundhog Day, or perhaps it’s just an ongoing internal longing for some real isolation.
On this note, we’ve gathered some of the most secluded homes and structures in the world, all located off the beaten path, among Mother Nature, and deep into the wild.
So take a few minutes and venture away from the cramped crowds and tedious traffic by picturing yourself relocating to these dwellings far, far away from civilisation – even if it’s just through the land of your imagination. – Domain.com.au
USA Today – (2 April 2015) Iran and six world powers reached a historic agreement Thursday on a broad framework for resolving their long-standing dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, which has left the Islamic nation economically isolated.
“Today, we have taken a decisive step. We have reached solutions on key parameters for a comprehensive future nuclear deal,” European Union Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini said in formally announcing the deal in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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The conflagration in the Middle East continues like a musical chair. The chair of destruction moved from Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria and now into Yemen. Located at the heel of the Arabian boot, Yemen commands a strategic chokepoint for access into the Red Sea, thus the Suez Canal. Yemen has a long history of tribal conflicts. Yemen became a republic and President Ali Abdullah Saleh was the first elected President in reunified Yemen in 1999. The country is plagued by corruption, scoring 164 out of 182 countries surveyed in the 2009 international corruption Perception Index by Transparency International. Read the rest of this entry »
Over in the tropical paradise Singapore, news went viral on 18 March 2015 that the founding patriarch, Lee Kuan Yew had died. The news was reported in major newspapers, such as CNN and major Chinese newspapers. Pictures of journalists piling up in front of the Singapore General Hospital started circulating all over the media were further confirmation that Lee had died. Having been warded since 5 February for severe pneumonia, the passing of the 91-year-old Lee was no surprise. But news took a turn. The Prime Minister’s Office denied the stories and posted the official news that Lee was in a critical condition, but he was still alive. The efficient police quickly arrested 16-year-old student suspected of posting the fake news. Read the rest of this entry »
“Help thy homeless and poor neighbour”. That was a fundamental moral code taught in the generation past. Today, moral decay has reached its nadir. No longer is helping the poor and defenceless a worthy cause. It is now a crime. “Jail thy homeless and poor neighbour” is the new way of life. At the other extreme of the human hierarchy of wealth lies the invincibles. The mighty banksters are “too great to be jailed” even when crimes are committed. They are above the law. If there is indeed a bona fide criminal conviction against such people, monetary compensation will do the trick. A few billions here and there grease the political and judicial platforms for anything to skid through the courts of injustice in the form of fines. If the bank’s kitty is empty, a shriek for help will see politicians scampering to cream off public funds for the dying bank. It is for our own good, we were told. For without the banks, the world will freeze to death. Read the rest of this entry »
What is money if there is no certainty that it can be an instrument of holding your hard earned wealth? If a paper currency can simply lose its value overnight with no rhyme or reason, then if cannot fulfill its purpose as a store of wealth. Fiat currency is only a promissory note, with its value primarily based on the “confidence” of the issuer. Beyond that, it is as good as Monopoly money. It cannot be differentiated from what comes out of a copier. Watching money vanish overnight is not a scary tale. The Russian rouble got totally smashed literally overnight. Anyone owning the roubles saw their “wealth” shriveled. Russia is a country that does not have massive national debt. Yet it got clobbered. How about Japan and the USA? The two largest (other than China) first world countries massively in debt? Will the Yen and the greenback come crashing down too? Read the rest of this entry »
While South East Asia battles air pollution caused by forest fires coming from the Sumatra forests, China struggles with her air pollution that blankets all the major cities. For South East Asian countries, the pollution is much beyond their control as it originates from neighbouring sovereign lands. In China, it is the pursuit of industrialisation that propels its rapid growth and concomitant pollution. Down Under in Australia, smoke comes from Canberra by choice. Canberra does not pollute the air, it pollutes the mind. Read the rest of this entry »