DOWNING STREET AFFAIR: Semantha Cameron & Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British Conservative Party politician, who has served as Mayor of London since 2008. Initially coming to public attention as a journalist, he became editor of The Spectator in 1999, then later served as the Member of Parliament for Henley from the 2001 general election until 2008. Born in New York City, Johnson was educated at the European School of Brussels, Ashdown House School, Eton College, and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Classics. – Wikipedia

Semantha Cameron Semantha Cameron is rumoured to have been unfaithful.

imagesPM David Cameron: What Am I To Do?

Boris Johnson is the man that is rocking the seat of 10 Downing Street &  Westminister. Prime Minister David Cameron was said to be “stunned” by the news, the importance of which he realised “immediately”.

No current cabinet member is believed to be involved, but it is said that the affair could be as publicly shocking as that between John Major and Edwina Currie which was kept secret for almost two decades.

grey01John & Edwina: Quiet Look of Love

Conservative England of today is different from its past. There was also a time when Dorothy Macmillan had an affair that lasted 30 years. Everyone knew but nobody talked.

The prime minister was Harold Macmillan; his wife was Lady Dorothy, rooted by birth in the English aristocracy, and her lover was Bob Boothby, later ennobled by Macmillan as Baron Boothby of Buchan and Rattray Head.The affair ended only with Dorothy’s death in 1966.

In meetings the Prime Minister Cameron and his aides discussed the potential implications of the affair becoming public, and the damage it could do to major political plans, the Mail reported.

Boris Johnson will retire into a blissful “bucolic existence” within five years, as he has no desire to serve another term as Mayor or try to be Prime Minister.

The London Mayor insisted he would no longer be in a powerful role by 2018 after fresh speculation that he “desperately” wants David Cameron’s job.

The basics of the story are this, as the Mail recently reported:

David Cameron has held crisis talks at Downing Street after being told of allegations of a sensational love affair which has potentially significant political implications for him.

The Prime Minister and his aides also discussed the possible fallout should details of the affair become public – and how such disclosure could ‘blow out of the water’ any major political set pieces planned by No 10.

AS REPORTED: two people not married to each other did the bump and grind and no one is allowed to say who they are.

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Beijing, Paris, London & New York

The Cities above are so placed in an alphabetical order

and not by any means on an arguably competitive basis

 

In hindsight, having travelled to Beijing, Paris, London & New York, the four major metropolitan cities in the world, I just can’t begin to take stock as to which city I like best. I guess each one has its own unique attractions to offer and likely too because of differing love & interests, each individual will have have a different opinion.

I asked my wife for her choice of the appealing attractions of each place and she indicated the following:

Beijing

Forbidden City

The magnificent Forbidden City is the largest & the best-preserved imperial palace complex in the world. It has 9,999 rooms during the flourishing period, just one room short of the number that ancient Chinese belief represents ‘Divine Perfection.’ It is surrounded by a moat six metres deep & a ten-feet high wall. For five centuries, this palace functioned as the administrative centre of the country.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is one of the ‘Eight Wonders of the World’ and is enlisted in the World Heritage Directory. This immense wall was built to keep out invaders as well as to retain the inhabitants. It spans five provinces from Shanhaiguan Pass in the east to Jiayuguan Pass in the west, looking like a gigantic dragon across deserts, grasslands and mountains. In the downtown area of Beijing, it is possible to climb Badaling Great Wall.

Tiananmen Square

The solemn and respectful Tiananmen Square is the largest central city square in the world, which serves not only Beijing’s symbol but also the whole of China. This immense courtyard is surrounded by a variety of significant edifices such as the Tiananmen Tower, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, Monument to the People’s Heroes and National Museum of China.

Paris

Paris

Eiffel Tower

Probably the best known landmark in Europe, the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and one of the city’s must-see attractions. You can climb up the stairs or take the elevator after waiting in the (long) queue.

Louvre Museum

One of the not-to-miss sights in Paris is the Louvre Museum, possibly the most famous museum in the world with a fabulous collection. It is housed in the Louvre Palace, once home to France’s Royal Family.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame de Paris is one of the first Gothic Cathedrals ever built.

Construction started in 1163 and lasted for almost two decades. From the lookout at the north tower you have a great view over the city.

London

Big Ben

The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster, known as the Big Ben, is one of London’s most famous landmarks. At the time the tower was built in 1858 its clock was the largest in the world.

Tower Bridge

London’s Tower Bridge is one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Despite being disliked by many when it was built in 1894 the bridge soon became one of the London’s most famous landmarks.

Piccadilly Square

Piccadilly Circus is a busy square in the heart of London. It is famous for the fountain that was installed here at the end of the 19th century and for the neon advertising that turned the square into a miniature version of Times Square or Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

New York

Empire State Building

Tired of staring up at New York City skyscrapers? Check out the view of New York City from atop the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building is a classic New York City attraction, and offers visitors wonderful views of New York City and the surrounding area.

Statue of Liberty   The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States in honor of the friendship established during the French Revolution. The Statue of Liberty has become an American symbol of freedom and welcome to the immigrants who come to the USA looking for a better life. While the interior of the Statue of Liberty is closed for improvements, you can still visit Liberty Island and nearby Ellis Island.

Grand Central Terminal   Renovations since its opening in 1913 have turned Grand Central into more than just a hub for transportation — there are shops, dining and more available to visitors. Grand Central is both an essential transit hub and a beautiful example of Beaux-Arts architecture.

A Car That’s A Street-Legal Airplane – “Roadable Aircraft”

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VIDEO: Car of the future?

It’s a bird

It’s a plane

No, it’s flying car plane!

And it’s a street-legal plane!! 

According to News.com.au, drivers hoping to slip the surly – and traffic congested – have moved a step closer to realising their dream, as a US firm said it had successfully tested a street-legal plane.

Massachusetts-based firm Terrafugia said their production prototype “Transition” car-plane had completed an eight-minute test flight, clearing the way for it to hit the market within a year.

“With this flight, the team demonstrated an ability to accomplish what had been called an impossible dream,” said founder Carl Dietrich.

The two-seater craft, which has the rounded features of a Fiat 500 and collapsible wings, is on presale for US$279,000 ($A267,869) and some 100 vehicles have already been ordered.

 Flying car to debut at New York auto show

Terrafugia’s prototype of its Transition flying car leaves a garage in Massachusetts. The street-legal airplane carried out a successful first flight in March. Image courtesy of Terrafugia

 US company Terrafugia has variously labeled its Transition model as a “roadable aircraft” and a “street-legal airplane”, perhaps in a quest to avoid the inherent fantastical connotations of “flying car.” Particularly when they are trying to make customers shell out $279,000 for each one. With its foldable wings, it can fit snugly in any road lane, and if given enough space for take-off it can fly two passengers at a cruising speed of 170 km/h, RT wrote. (Source: AP)

The New York International Auto Show will be kicking off tomorrow in the Big Apple. And the much talked-about flying car, the Transition, pioneered by US company Terrafugia, will be making a guest appearance at the show, alongside a vast slew of other vehicle innovations.

We’ve been hearing a lot about flying cars this week. For a start, Dutch company PAL-V announced on Monday that its two-seat hybrid car and gyroplane, the PAL-V One, had been on a maiden flight. 

The three-wheeled half-plane half-car apparently has a patented ’tilting system’ so people will be able to drive the vehicle to their nearest airfield in the future and take to the skies. The company said the car/craft would have a flight-certified aircraft engine that runs on gas and would be able to reach speeds of 180km/h on both land and when flying. PAL-V is now on the lookout for investors to take the concept vehicle to the commercial arena.

PAL-V One two-seat hybrid car and gyroplane takes off. Image courtesy of Pal-v.com



Then we heard about Terrafugia, a company based in Woburn, Massachusetts, in the US that has been working away on another flying car prototype called the Transition. Pilots and engineers from MIT founded Terrafugia. The company said a prototype of the street-legal airplane had carried out a successful first flight at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York on 23 March.


 

The Transition is a two-seat personal aircraft that, if produced, will apparently be capable of driving on roads and motorways. Plus you’ll be able to park it in a car garage. It will fly using unleaded automotive fuel, the company said.



So, if you’re lucky enough to be in and around New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center over the next week or so, you’ll be able to check out the Transition for yourself.


 

A Prized Photo Worth $4.3m?

By P Chong                                                                                       16 November 2011

When I first saw the painting of Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum in Parisin 1959, it didn’t strike or fascinate me nor any of my friends. Yet this is undoubtedly one of the most famous paintings of Leonardo de Vinci. What then priced thevalue of art? Is it because of the known artist?

Beauty I guess is in the eyes of the beholder. 

Now, it’s reported in The West Australian AP on November 13, 2011

a prized photograph auctioned off for $4.3m. Have a look & see

if this photo is really worth that much?

Photo by Andreas Gursky

This is what was reported by The West Australian:

A 1999 photograph of the Rhine River by German artist Andreas Gursky has sold for $4.3 million in New York City, setting a record for any photograph sold at auction.

Titled “Rhein II”, the chromogenic colour print, which is face-mounted to acrylic glass, had a pre-sale estimate of between $2.5 million and $3.5 million.

It sold on Tuesday at Christie’s, but the buyer was not disclosed.

The previous record for any photograph sold at auction was Cindy Sherman‘s “Untitled”, which fetched $3.8 million at Christie’s in May.

Gursky’s panoramic image of the Rhine is one of an edition of six photographs.

Four are in major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London.”

Who Really Own the Federal Reserve?

By P Chong                                                                          Mon. 4 October 2010

On the surface, this would seem such a rather silly, stupid and pointless question. Why, the average person would say that the American people own it. Or to be more technical, the American Government, which being a Republic, owned by the people, would be the owner.

You would expect a country as great & powerful as the US to be its own master. But far from that expectation, its financial system is wrapped in an intrigue web of the Federal Reserve System that would leave you spellbound. The President appears to be no more a political puppet on a string.

As strange as it may seem, neither the people of US or the Government of US own the Federal Reserve or the American Dollar. The truth of the answer is most critical of the nation & to hundreds of millions or billions of people globally.

The actual US dollar has not existed since 1913, where it was effectively killed. What is now called the US dollar is actually a Federal Reserve Note, says it right at the top of each bill. Why does that matter?

First of all, a US dollar, as something before 1913, was an instrument of wealth. That piece of paper, or just as common a gold or silver coin, had actual worth, anywhere in the world. It was worth its weight in gold, be it actual gold or paper. A Reserve Note, on the other hand, is a debt instrument, which not only is not wealth but is the opposite of wealth. Its very existence is a sucking sound on wealth, wealth being transferred, in this case not to the poor masses (as defined by defunct and unworking Marxism) but to the top 1% (equally defunct and unworking, but its only now starting to go that way).

The Federal Reserve, unbeknownst to many outside the US and almost everyone in the US, is NOT a Federal, that is, government entity. It is about as governmental as Federal Express. In truth, it is a wholly private, untraded, and thus unsupervised, banking corporation, with a secret cabal of owners. One can assess some of those probable owners by those corporations/banks who were bailed out, while others were allowed to die.

Effectively, this private banking concern, the only one of its kind in the world, has the exclusive right to make the US dollar, or rather the Federal Reserve Notes (debt) called the US dollar, the one and only legal tender of America. Now, when the US government wants or needs money, it can not simply “have” money. Put aside the notions about not starting the printing presses and so on, the simple fact is, not only can the US government NOT coin currency, it can not just have it either. Remember, these are Reserve (debt) Notes.

So, when the US government wants money, the Treasury Department prints bonds (promissory notes aka debt obligations) and “sells” these to the Federal Reserve (private banking concern), which than “gives” the US government Federal Reserve Notes (tender). Thus the money the US government and thus in turn, the US people and all peoples and nations in the world who hold dollars (and why do you think they push these on the world so much?) are debt instruments owed to the Federal Reserve, by the holders. Thus, sooner or later you must return them, plus a percentage. Of course, to the Federal Reserve, the percentage is better.

Rarely has so brilliant and patient a Ponzi scheme been dreamed up than this.

And by exporting it overseas, they are sucking in the rest of the world’s finance, into their ever greedy, chubby and purely evil little hands. In the end within a short span of time, the Federal Reserve gets to own everything!

So, leaders of the world, why the bloody Hell, are you giving away the future of your peoples and nations to this tiny group of American parasites, who have already bleed the US dead dry, where the top 1% holds over 60% of that nation’s raw wealth?

You would expect that something like the Federal Reserve, which we’ve all been taught to believe is a government agency of some kind. You’d think that it would have been created in Washington, D.C. in some kind of a committee room. But no, it was on Jekyll Island back in 1910. Furthermore, I discovered that the island in those days was privately owned by a small group of billionaires from New York City. People like J. P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, and their business associates. It was a private social club called The Jekyll Island Club. This is where the families of these very wealthy people J. P. Morgan dynasty, the Rockefeller dynasty, Kuhn Loeb & Company of New York, the Rothschilds from Europe, and the Warburgs from Germany and the Netherlands met and represented at that meeting & where they went to spend the cold winter months. They got out of New York and went to Jekyll Island. They had some beautiful cottages there and they’re all there today, by the way – if anybody wants to go look at them. They’ve been preserved. Isn’t it strange that the Federal Reserve was created at a meeting on Jekyll Island and that the meeting was conducted under conditions of extreme secrecy. Very few wars of history were plotted under greater conditions of secrecy than this meeting.You know, when something’s done in secret, there’s usually something to hide.

All of the important things that we need to know about the Federal Reserve System could be traced to that meeting on Jekyll Island – and in terms of the things that they were trying to hide from public view. Now, what were those things? It’s hard to summarise this. First of all, we have to realise that the Federal Reserve was offered to the voters back in 1913 when it was actually passed into law. It was offered to the voters as a solution to a problem. The American people were deeply concerned in those days about the concentration of financial power into the hands of a small group of powerful banking and investment firms on Wall Street. In those days, they used to call that conglomeration the “money trust“. That was what you’d find when you dug into the newspapers of the period and looked in the editorial section.

You’d find a lot of editorials condemning the “money trust“. People knew that there was too much power in the hands of a few people, so there was a clamour for legislation which was supposed to break the grip of the money trust. And the Federal Reserve Act was offered as the solution to that problem. So, we start off with the assumption that the Federal Reserve Act was to put control of the monetary system and the banking system back into the hands of the people and to break the grip of the money trust. All right, the first thing they were trying to hide at that meeting was the fact that the Federal Reserve System was written BY the money trust. The people who attended that meeting were the epitome of the money trust. These were literally the wealthiest men in the world. When you added up the wealth which was controlled by the seven men who went to that meeting, in accordance with the estimates of the writers at that time they estimated that these people either controlled directly or indirectly through the banking firms that they represented, approximately one-fourth of the wealth of the entire world.

The Federal Reserve — the quasi-autonomous body that controls the US’s money supply — is one great “Ponzi Scheme” that created “bubble after bubble” in the US economy.

“It’s Not Illegal When the President Does It.” – Richard M. Nixon.

But “legality” is, after all, just a question of laws, as interpreted primarily by government lawyers. If the folks perpetrating the scheme have successfully penetrated the highest levels of government, than who’s to say what is illegal and what is merely “economics”?

 

I suppose in the end, it all comes down to physics. In physics, we can state categorically that there is no such thing as perpetual motion. Every self-contained system is confronted by little robberies of energy that will eventually cause it to grind to a halt.

 

Charles Ponzi mistakenly receives credit for inventing pyramid schemes of this nature. Back in 1920, he was ostensibly engaged in international reply coupon arbitrage. But with so many players interested in funding his gaming of the postal system, Ponzi soon abandoned any actual attempts to “invest” the incoming money in speculations of any type. Rather he simply began to pay off early participants with the cash he took from latecomers.

 

How can such a Ponzi Scheme still be in operation?

It beats me to the bone!

Amschel Mayer Rothschild 1773-1855, who in 1838 said: “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.”