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Submitted by Mohammed Waza Khiddif id'Ullah (Australia), Apr 29, 2016 at 03:32

Yes, "Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate", as Qur'an calls him repeatedly, is the perfect Big Brother -- but he doesn't have a state in which to exercise his "compassion & mercy" other than Da'esh; "

It seems he does - in the minds of his most committed devotees.

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"I don't see it as a 'Beast'. It is the best of many possible alternatives such as N Korea, Zimbabwe,
The dark side of my country, and of yours, is that people are looking to them as gods, the ones who can solve their problems.

Again, I don't think people look to the State as some sort of panacea for all their problems. Here at least free health care, effective police force, transparent government, social security and secular legal system would be seen as necessities required in order to allow people to develop and maintain a healthy society.
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"....Being "the Beast" has nothing to do with "injustice", or how groovy a place might be. The Devil is the one who gives power to the Beast; and he also can appear delicious and groovy to people; but in the end, he wants feast on their undead souls in hell. .."

Sure there is no perfect system but I can't see any devil involved in developing and maintaining civil society. Non-corporal entities that might somehow feed off psychic energy are a whole other thing.

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"......I like the Union Jack."

When I was younger and stupider in a different way than I am now - I used to back the republican movement here too. Perhaps something to do with the Irish heritage. But then I began to look at the pros and cons - one of the cons was the type of people pushing the republican agenda. Basically socialist ratbags and non-European migrants. How would we benefit , really? Besides taking QE2 off the backs of our currency and the front of an occasional postage stamp. Would anyone, especially the backers, be any more free? What yoke are we suffering under? How are we oppressed by the Brit at all? The UK monarchy has zero influence in any of our political or judicial systems. The highest court of the land is the Australian High Court. The UK has no authority here in any way whatever. So, to spite these bastards, I vote keep the flag.
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" The latest from New Zealand, in an "Empire" perspective, is that Chile, NZ, Brunei and Singapore form the core of the proposed TPP -- and the TPP, in turn, probably will not disappear from the news any time soon. "

You forgot Australia - we're in it big time.

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"New Zealand! When was the last time you heard of anything happening there in the press?"

Ah, "The Last Enemy" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0966151/

Don't quite get it. Benedict Cumberbatch? I guess that name helped him in the long run. If he was Greg Smith - maybe he'd not be so famous.
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"....Perhaps some part of your brain doesn't think "The Empire" is that benevolent after all!"
It can seem ruthless if you're on the wrong side of things - or if your opponent has a better lawyer.
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"...The solution to Western disunity will be more and more subservience to the "US", which is to say, in reality, to the phenominally rich oligarchs like Bill Gates, etc. who run the US and the rest of the world."

It's not direct subservience though, is it? It's not like Bill Gates gets to say '..Michael S. - I command you to bow down, kiss my ass and go wax and polish my Rolls Royce'.

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"Islamist threat is more sinister. Their goal is eventual world domination."
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"... The Islamists, however, are very, very, very, very unable to do so; but the multinationals can rule the world and do rule the world...................."
But the islamists, being into an altogether different level of fanaticism - despite their relative logistic and military impotence will keep on trying . And if they look like failing are quite prepared to take everyone else down in a screaming heap with them. Allah is the greatest trickster - and they have licence to do whatever tricks the voices tell them to do. And they get more cunning and devious as each plot is uncovered by security forces. They learn what not to do to avoid detection. So as I mentioned, I think we can expect devastating yet relatively inexpensive and easily executed acts of mass destruction.

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" so whichever creature wins the title of Chief Beast, you and I will be affected by much the same sinister policies."
To some vague degree, yes. But he/she has no say on what time I get out of bed in the mornings, what I read, what I watch, what I think. Basically, they only have power over you if you think they do.

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