Monday, June 27, 2016

Stories below the fold

The good news: Fallujah has been liberated:
the bad news:  AlJ blames the gov't for the refugees' problems.

I read AlJ because their African news reporting is good...
True, they are biased (not just pro Arab Islamicist types but it's editorials are full of well known American leftists) but the bad news is that AlJ is considered one of the least biased news sources in the Arab world.

Maybe "why they hate us" is because there is no "Radio Free Caliphate" out there.

yes there is BBC and CNN Arabian services, but given the open anti American bias I see on CNNInt here in the Philippines, I wonder if they are also biased... if they aren't they will be as soon as the Donald takes over.

and yes we have a CNN Philippines, in English, now. I don't usually watch it: too cheerful... (I prefer the earnest eyed reporters on ABS CBN)


Corruption and murder in Mexico? Don't tell the press.

StrategyPage has the latest, but one wonders about the back story on how the "violent" teacher's protest shot so many policemen.


Conspiracy Theory of the day: The convenient death of a corrupt ex-UN official.

One source told me, “During the trial, the prosecutors would have linked Ashe to the Clinton bagman Ng. It would have been very embarrassing. His death was conveniently timed.”

you don't say.

But my favorite quote in the article:

 Ashe’s lawyer Jeremy Schneider told me he is sure Ashe’s death was an accident. “There is not one iota of evidence that it was homicide. This is nothing at all like Vince Foster.” 
Hmm...does Schneider know something we don't know?


rewrite the history books: rice paddies were use in Japan 2500 years ago.

 I read Garrison Keillor is retiring from PBS, but his writer's almanac podcast is still here.


the "SOME PIG!" news story of the day:

MomJones reports a Chinese superbug has spread from pigs to you... via migrating seagulls.

China uses a lot of antibiotics for their farm animals, but MJ blames the US/multinationals for the problem, since they were the ones who started the practice.

The South Pacific: where satellites go to die.

recent catalog of wrecked spacecraft fragments at the cemetery would list some 145 Russian Progress modules, four Japanese HTV cargo ships, five of ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicles, six Russian Salyut space stations and one Russian Mir space station. Expect many more residents to arrive over the next decade as the ISS completes its multi-decade mission.

 via DavidReneke


Manmade pollution is a major problem, but so is "natural" pollution.

From the WHO:

An estimated 200 million people worldwide are exposed to arsenic concentrations in drinking water that exceed the recommended limit of 10 µg/l1 as set out in the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO).2 The majority of this exposed population lives in southern Asian countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal and Viet Nam. In addition, elevated levels of arsenic have been found in several countries in Latin America, such as Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Mexico. Recent estimates suggest that at least 4.5 million people in Latin America are exposed to arsenic levels higher than 50 µg/l – the Bangladeshi threshold.3
a lot of this is from minerals in the ground water, but it is also a side effect of mining.

And one dirty little secret is that brown rice can contain arsenic if it is grown with contaminated water.

Consumer reports on which brown rice is safest.

the good news: Philippine brown rice (such as our family grows and sells) is safe.


erasing history... how many young people know the history of communism? And how many know the story on why it collapsed?


A new film, Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, has just been released. It charts the secret history of the struggle that intensified from the night of that Papal election. It is a story of a Pope, a US President, a British Prime Minster and an assorted bunch of Communist Party bureaucrats and tyrants vying for control of Europe. Whereas this reading of 20th Century European history will come as no surprise to some, to others it will seem an outlandish thesis.

Stalin once quipped: How many (army) divisions does the Pope have?

And here is the answer:

headsup via GetReligionBlog who quips:

Another question: How did John Paul II fail to win the Nobel Peace Prize at some point during that era? Can you think – in this weekend after Brexit – of better symbol of the values of the post-Christian Europe than that strange fact?

the Panama canal 2.0:

wider so larger container ships can go through it. It will help China send stuff via larger ships to the eastern US.

the problem? Many US ports aren't large enough to handle the ships.

a couple days ago, I caught a snippet of Trump complaining about potholes and the deterioration of the US infrastructure.

Well, it's not just potholes on roads: 2015 article has a port official in Charleston warning that  US ports not upgrading to handle modern container shipping.

the article notes that Charleston SC and Savannah are deepening their ports.


And the most important Brexit story of the day:

No, it won't affect Game of Thrones.

backstory: when it started, they got seed money from the EU, but haven't needed it in recent years.

And no, I don't watch it. Too depressing...

Hackers Prank the remain petition

I noted earlier that there had been so many signatures on the petition in the UK to "remain" that it must have been multiple posts by people, and maybe an organized attack.

I suspected fraud, but didn't think the BBC etc who were reporting it breathless would fall for a spambot attack.

But they did. LINK

headsup Instapundit.

who also has links to the EU bureaucrats teakettle and banana regulations that really made people annoyed.

Hackers Prank the remain petition

I noted earlier that there had been so many signatures on the petition in the UK to "remain" that it must have been multiple posts by people, and maybe an organized attack.

I suspected fraud, but didn't think the BBC etc who were reporting it breathless would fall for a spambot attack.

But they did. LINK

headsup Instapundit.

who also has links to the EU bureaucrats teakettle and banana regulations that really made people annoyed.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The guys behind the science

The LATimes has a nice article about a person who you probably never heard of, in a job you probably didn't know existed:

A scientific glass blower at CalTech who helps devise flasks etc. so the scientist can do their thing.

“It allows students and Rick to just brainstorm about what's possible,” said Jonas Peters, an inorganic chemist whose lab is filled with Gerhart’s elaborate glass coils, diffusion pumps and vacuum systems“If it doesn't work, you go back, he changes something, you try it again. There’s this iterative process of trying to make an apparatus that works for an experiment in a way that's very custom and very interactive.”

His name is Rick Gerhart, and he helps make glass apparatus for experiments.

more HERE.

Photo credit AP

so why use a glassblower when you can just buy one from a supply store?
  Machines aren't likely to replace glassblowers, given the fragile nature of glass and the precision with which it must be handled. There's also little need for mass production since much of the equipment works with only one experiment, Gerhart said.

Rewrite the script: The times they are a-changing

StrategyPage has an article on the FARC truce in Colombia

Rewrite your screenplay, Hollywood. Colombia is safer and thriving but socialist Venzuela is falling apart.


AP:Vote Leave supporters celebrated their victory at Westminster on Friday

BBC surveys some ordinary voters who supported Brexit. All cite the EU bureaucracy bullies as the reason.

Soros is angry about it.

Mr Soros made huge profits in 1992's "Black Wednesday" by betting against the British pound as it crashed out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. Before Friday's vote he warned of a similar meltdown, predicting a Brexit victory would send the pound down by 15-20%. In the event, sterling fell about 10% to a 31-year low. 
translation: Expect him and his friends to cause a stock market collapse to punish those pesky voters.

And this makes me wonder:

2 million petition to rehold the election.

EPA: Protest at Westminister

ah but the petition was on a government website,,, meaning it could be spammed by special interest groups. Report here notes you only have to give your email and your postal code and say you are a citizen.

What could go wrong?

Heck, even a lowly grandmother like myself has three email accounts (one private, one public, and a google email so I can blog).

Indeed, to get that many signers so quickly suggests a prearranged organization is behind it, similar to the Facebook two minute hate stuff.

but ordinary people don't do such things. We have a life.

and two cartoons show the contrast between how it is viewed by the elites

and by the ordinary blokes:

In our prayers: A tornado and hail storm hit China, injuring many.
And they had major flooding last week.


President Rody isn't even in yet, but it's open season on drug dealers.

No one is crying: These bozos are behind a lot of the street crime.

and they even arrested a rich UK drug dealer (who in the past would have gotten off with a small gift). Ignore the headlines: there is no death penalty in the Philippines...yet.


Dining in the days of government regulations:

Saturday, June 25, 2016

School is starting

The school year has started here, and Ruby with her teacher are in the dining room, so the dogs and I are here in the bedroom so she doesn't get bitten.

The schools here face a challenge: High school will no longer end at 10 years, but now they have added two years to be equal to the US system of K to 12.

The Manila Bulletin notes this is not the first time that teachers faced a challenge: During World War II, many schools were shut down, and then Manila was destroyed in the fighting, with many killed accidentally in the crossfire by shells (and alas many massacred by the departing Japanese in anger and revenge). (Something to remember when you read about "civilian casualties" when Fallujah etc are liberated).

so anyway, how do you reopen schools when many school buildings were destroyed, and many were filled with refugees?

Manila Bulletin story here from the memoirs of Juan C Laya

On Feb. 20, with cannon still firing, the Secretary of Instruction and Information handed R40 to the 33-year-old Laya and ordered him to open a high school.
“My school was to be set up on nothing—no school building, no desks, no teachers, no books, no janitors, no money, nothing at all. There was only myself, as acting principal preferred over more experienced men because I had not collaborated with the Japs.”
North Manila’s three high schools—Arellano, Mapa, and Torres—were filled with refugees and, after three days of searching, Laya succeeded in getting one semester’s use of nine classrooms at Bonifacio Elementary School on Tayuman Street. In three weeks’ time, Manila High School was born with 25 teachers and 832 students.

Give a little whistle

What is causing that whistle/hum (in A flat) in the Caribbean? has a discussion and embedded video that won't post.

here is another video that discusses the phenomenum:

Gizmodo has more in less scientific language.

When those waves strike the western boundary of the basin, they die out and reappear at the eastern edge.
This phenomenon, flashily named the “Rossy wormhole,” was first described several years back. Scientists now know that waves of certain shapes and sizes will resonate when they hit that western wall, just as certain frequencies resonate when you blow into a whistle. In both cases, the resonant frequency produces a sound.
 But because the basin of the Caribbean Sea is so vast compared with an actual whistle, the resonant frequency is extremely low. It takes 120 days for waves to propagate east to west in the basin, yielding an A-flat tone that’s roughly 30 octaves below the bottom of a piano. A pitched-up version of that excessively eerie sound can be heard in the clip above.
 Dubbed the “Rossby Whistle” in a paper accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, the phenomenon can be detected from space owing to fluctuations in Earth’s gravity field as pressure changes propagate across the entire basin. 

hmm...maybe someone is trying to tell us something:

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit? Oy veh...

I don't know much about Brexit except that the EU was planning to ban tea kettles and had regulations on the proper curve in bananas.

Somewhere awhile back, I read a warning that the "tribes" would revolt, i.e. that the local ethnic groups would want to separate from empires, in the same way that the Ukraine et al left Russia and Yugoslavia went kaput.

But with an outsider, Duterte, winning in the Philippines, and now the rural and working folks in the UK are giving a strawberry cheer against the EU, I wonder if the Trump will be the next big thing.

Don't ask me: I only get US news from the MSM and the blogosphere and it's hard to figure out the grass roots opinion from 8000 miles away.

as for Immigrants: I think maybe the problem is not immigrants per se as that the elite want to use "multiculturalism" to destroy the self reliant and independent culture of the US or UK, where folks dare to think they should have a say in what laws are passed. And to destroy Christianity, of course.

Assimilation is the answer.

I suspect my relatives in the UK are more pro British than many elites who love to run the place, but alas, the brexit types do include some who object to foreigners...

Dangerous weapon of the week

headsup DaveBarry

Jesus and his wife: They seek novelty not reality

For later reading: A long article at the Atlantic about the Jesus wife kerfuffle.

Turns out it was a fake. Duh.

well, a lot of experts figured that out within a few days. And isn't it strange that the seller found a feminist theologian who would see this as confirming her ideas?

rule one: If something seems too good to be true, it probably isn't.

But now the Atlantic article traces the "origin" and seller of the tiny fragment...and guess what?

a murky tale of lies and fraud...and a guy who knew a lot about Egyptology but who peddled his own wife as a porn star.

read the whole thing.

Corruption and the environment

MomJones has an article about the killing of environmental activists.

part of it is about the killings in the Philippines, especially in the south.

 In the Mindanao region of the Philippines, a largely indigenous region flush with coal, nickel, and gold, 25 activists were murdered in 2015. The violence carries global implications—according to the IBON Foundation, foreign industries control 97 percent of all mineral production in the Philippines.

they use the "evil corporationgs vs poor people" meme, but it's actually corruption that allows this.

Corruption at the level of corporations that put profit over the environment, and the willingness of local officials to take bribes to look the other way when this is done. Then the officials use their private armies to kill those standing in the way of their corruption.

In this article, it is the local activists, but in our nephew's killing 8 years ago, it was the mayor who wanted to keep his pockets filled and paid to off his opponent (and our nephew was killed as a bystander).

Duterete plans to include left wing activists in some of his government.

one hopes he can do this without making the Philippines revert to a nice natural environment where poverty is shrugged off as eco friendly lifestyle.

And although often the NPA etc. are, like the Mafia in the US, defend the little folks from the powerful, they also, like the Mafia, are also corrupt... and collect taxes on businesses.

The NPA can raise large amounts from the Compostela Valley because of its relationship with small-scale miners. These men resist government efforts to establish larger mines, instead turning to the NPA, which approves the opening of small-scale operations. NPA regulars may even be mining themselves. The CPP, while officially opposing destruction of the environment, considers such limited extraction acceptable as it is not used for export. The NPA targets small businesses as well. The owner of a fleet of trucks transporting gravel and sand from a quarry in the Davao area pays P5,000 ($115) per year for each truck. The NPA also levied a tax of four pesos (ten cents) per kilogram on banana vendors in New Bataan in the Compostela Valley, until the military increased its presence. Other businesses may be taxed a percentage of their total profits.
“In December 2010, seven large mining companies in Caraga threatened to pull out of the region over NPA ‘taxes’, underscoring how control over resources is at stake in the conflict. According to the 4th infantry division, the NPA has increased tax levied on mining companies from P15 million ($340,000) to P20 million ($450,000) a month. The group has also demanded the firms supply computers, radios and guns...
alas, small mines are often not eco friendly, and are dangerous since there are no regulations.

Of course, although larger corporations might be regulated to prevent accidents and pollution, the dirty little secret is that regulations can be overlooked if you give a small gift.


we live in a rice growing area, so I don't know about mining in the Philippines, but a similar problem can be found in logging etc.

Calling Dr Who

headsup DavidReneke

Family news

Brownout yesterday...they are placing higher poles for the electric lines.

There is so much traffic now that they made main street one way, meaning the trucks now detour around our street to get through town. (In the past, they only did this when the road was being fixed etc).

The electric wires frequently get snagged by the rice trucks. Indeed, I shudder when I see these trucks with the staff sitting on top of the rice bags, and worry that one might stand up and get killed. So far that hasn't happened, but last year a half dozen men were killed nearby when one rice truck got in an accident and they were thrown off it into the street.

Here, no one uses safety helmets. Of course, the tricycles and motorcycles don't go very fast, but I shudder when I see a 2 year old in front of his father on a motorcycle. 

One good thing is that the local drainage ditch is now covered. The bad news is that some of the neighbors no longer have their septic tank drainage attached to the new ditch.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Zika in NYC

A long CDC report here.

there are imported cases, but now they will monitor for locally acquired cases.

locally acquired cases mean that the local mosquitoes are spreading the virus (a major problem that will require vector control e.g. spraying pesticides, destroying areas of stagnant water, and protecting people from mosquitoes e.g. insect repellents, screens, clothing that covers you up)

Certain clinics are chosen to report on such things (I worked in clinics where this was done for flu). Expect false positives because this is done empirically (based on symptoms and where you traveled etc) unless the lab work confirms, because the lab takes forever.

I'll give an example: the high RMSF reports in Oklahoma was probably because the IHS rural clinics diagnosed all patients with fevers and with a history of tick bits were treated with antibiotics before the lab came back. A large number of reported cases was from one of the designated reporting clinics, who reported all suspicious cases as RockyMountain Spotted Fever, even though several other viruses (e.g. influenza, Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, Erlicheosis, and more recently, West Nile Virus) had similar symptoms...but you simply didn't wait for the rash to treat (by the time you got the rash, which appears after a few days, often you were quite ill) and the lab took two weeks to confirm you had a case...

Many locals had high RMSF titers from previous, usually untreated, mild infections. So the only way to confirm a case was to do a second test in two weeks and see if the antibody count went up.

Indeed, few patients come back for the "two week later" test that will actually confirm you had it.

Since Zika is a new virus, and they now have more sensitive tests to diagnose it, the accuracy of monitoring the infection will be a lot easier.

The CDC also will be checking for the mosquito Aedes now (up to now, they mainly checked for a different mosquito that carried West Nile Virus).

 Despite the absence of local mosquito-borne transmission or Zika virus–infected mosquitoes currently, expanded source control and applied larvicides and adulticides for Aedes mosquitoes might reduce the likelihood for local transmission. Similar approaches could be considered in other jurisdictions that are likely to have large numbers of imported human cases of Zika virus disease and potential Zika vectors.
The CDC also is planning to screen blood donations in affected areas. LINK

Zika is actually a mild disease: but like Rubella, it affects the unborn babies in pregnant women...but unlike Rubella, which mainly caused problems in early pregnancy, this virus affects babies later in pregnancy.


and no, I don't have expertise in Zika: We didn't have it in our area of Africa.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nice stories

GetReligion blog links to a NYTimes story about the marriage of two theology students, one of whom is a Trapp family great grandchild...
The story is about their marriage in Stowe Vermont, complete with music.

more HERE.

One year ago, a white racist shot and killed people in a black Baptist church...

But the aftermath was a story of love and forgiveness and prayer and solidarity by Christians of all races, which did not fit the narrative.

GetReligion links to the local newspaper's 5 part series about the aftermath since that atrocity, on how the church tries to balance being a church of worship under the glare of publicity

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Comedian who is upsetting Italy

I was vaguely aware that Rome elected a beauty from a minority party as mayor.

David Warren comments brought to my attention it might be more than a local quirk to vote for the prettiest candidate:

the country’s Five Star Party, founded by the comedian Beppe Grillo a few years ago, has won 19 of the 20 cities in which its candidate stood for mayor. Starting with Virginia Raggi in Rome, many of these mayors-elect could pass for fashion models. She, for instance, will try to improve upon a record that has “Left” the city indebted to more than twice its annual revenues, and its officials enthralled to organized gangsters.

the "puppet master" in this case is Beppe Grillo, a comedian who has essentially been banned from TV because his humor is not PC, so he now blogs.

Wikipedia entry here.

As Grillo became more and more involved in Italian politics, the use of his blog to convey a political message was accompanied by a strong emphasis on the role of the Web as the harbinger of new possibilities for direct democracy and for a fairer society, making Grillo one of the leading populariser of digital utopianism in Italy.[13]

wikipedia on the FiveStarMovement. 

UKGuardian's take on the election: it's the corruption, stupid.

no, I don't know anything about this, but it shows the anti Establishment populism is not limited to the Brexit types, the Duterte supporters, or the Trumpettes...

Dengue and Zika and: Oh Crap Yellow fever

I often point out that the hysteria about Zika, which causes some infants to be born microcephalic, does not have as high a mortality as does Dengue, which is epidemic here in SEAsia. But both are carried by the same mosquito.


The yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) is a mosquito that canspread dengue feverchikungunya,Zika fever and yellow fever viruses, and other diseases.

and I also pointed out in an earlier blogpost that there is an epidemic of yellow fever in Angola, and that several cases had been accidentally exported to China when their workers returned from that country.

Well, be afraid, be very afraid:

UKTelegraph: Yellow fever epidemic hits the Congo.

more at Science Daily from May warned:

Evidence is mounting that the current outbreak of yellow fever is becoming the latest global health emergency, say two Georgetown University professors who call on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee under the International Health Regulations.
In addition, with frequent emerging epidemics, they call for the creation of a "standing emergency committee" to be prepared for future health emergencies.
 In their JAMA Viewpoint published online May 9, Daniel Lucey, MD, MPH, and Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown, explain that the ongoing spread, and potential future spread, of yellow fever coupled with a limited vaccine supply should compel the WHO to "urgently convene an emergency committee to mobilize funds, coordinate an international response, and spearhead a surge in vaccine production."

and the WHO is on it: Their 19 May 2016 report says they plan to work on vector control, surveillence, and making sure that travelers get their shots.

But as of May they didn't think it was a big deal:

Based on these views and the currently available information, the Director-General accepted the Committee’s assessment that the current yellow fever situation is serious and of great concern and requires intensified control measures, but does not constitute a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern) at this time...
and when it hits, you will hear about Global warming as the cause (just ignore those stories of the 1793 Yellow fever epidemic in Philadelpia)

The Filipina who won a Silver Star

From the Inquirer: Corporal Magdalena Leones has died.
Photo courtesy of PVAO.

The US Silver Star medal is the third-highest honor for valor awarded to members of the US Armed Forces. Leones’ Silver Star citation states that she was an intelligence operative in the Philippines who, on Feb. 25 to 26, 1944 “repeatedly risked her life to carry important intelligence data, vital radio parts and medical supplies through heavily garrisoned enemy-held territory.”
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more about her HERE

an excerpt: after learning some Japanese while imprisoned, she used her knowledge to save local civilians:

A few days or weeks after the killing, Magdalena came upon a terrible prospect—Japanese soldiers ready to fire upon a group of returning evacuees. (Inter-town travel was strictly prohibited at the time.)
A lesser person, especially one unschooled in the ways of bloodshed, would have turned a blind eye or would have watched in aghast silence the impending slaughter. But Magdalena was no lesser person.
Acting swiftly and brazenly, she intervened in behalf of her countrymen. One could imagine the maiden shouting in the nick of time, approaching the Japanese commander, her chest pounding as it had never before, both fearful and fearless of a hail of bullets that could come and shred her little body at any moment, or worse, a fate worse than death at the hands of vicious, deprived men.
And that, quite probably, is what Magdalena did. By her own account she explained to the battalion commander that the evacuees were coming from a wedding. The Japanese reluctantly believed her. She sold her story not only through her wits, daring, and seeming honesty but because of her knowledge of Nippongo and English.
The young woman’s earlier incarceration proved to be a blessing in disguise, saving the lives of the evacuees—and her and her country’s freedom, as she was to find out in the months to come.

and that was only the start of her story. Read the whole thing.

Conspiracy theories! Conspiracy theories!

UNITED NATIONS— India’s U.N. ambassador says yoga poses will illuminate the side of the iconic United Nations headquarters building on the eve of International Yoga Day.
Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said that various poses will be projected onto the side wall beginning at 9:00 p.m. EDT Monday night to highlight the role yoga can play in helping the U.N. achieve its sustainable development goals.

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hmmm... So the UN is promoting a Hindu religious discipline?

Place One World Order conspiracy theory here.


lots of stuff out there insisting China will take over the world's economy and replace the dollar with their currency.

Or maybe not:

China's currancy problems. 

BEIJING, China — China is struggling to reconcile its push for economic reforms and a freely traded currency with curbing massive outflows of capital sparked by worries over its slowing economy — and a lack of communication is fueling fear.
The thorny problem represents the so-called “impossible trinity”, as China’s ruling Communist Party seeks to control the exchange rate and monetary policy, while at the same time moving to freer capital flows, analysts said.
Around $1.0 trillion left China last year, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. In December alone capital outflow from the country was nearly $160 billion, it said.

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Uh OH: Soros says they are in trouble.

Yeah being honest and open is a bitch.

related item: Chinese company bilked investors $7.6 billion.

Chinese company steals Apple's designs. and some how it's Apple's fault for not stopping them from stealing it earlier.

and then there is this: ASEAN may replace China as economic hub.

NWO Puppet master Soros?

 according to the UK MAIL. his organizations funded all those Furgueson protests.

Billionaire George Soros spent $33MILLION bankrolling Ferguson demonstrators to create 'echo chamber' and drive national protests
Hedge fund mogul's Open Society Foundations made huge donations
Organizers bussed in from New York and D.C. to take over campaigning
Different cash recipients would repeat each others' messages
Helped to keep events and messages at the top of news agenda
Soros cash, from speculating on markets, is given to many liberal causes

and they also note:

The billionaire's fortune was made from speculating on financial markets, most notably making more than $1billion in the 1990s helping cripple the British financial system by speculation on the pound sterling.
Read more: 

(headsup Instapundit)

And from the UK Guardian: Soros says EU exit risks "Black Friday"

The world’s most famous currency speculator has warned that a vote on Thursday for Britain to leave the EU would trigger a bigger and more damaging fall for sterling than the day he forced Britain out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism almost a quarter of a century ago.
Read the whole sounds like a threat rather than an observation.

I first became of Soros 25 years ago,  when his "open society" funded "end of life" discussions and set up an organizations that included some very suspicious spokespeople.

Supposedly he was worried about people suffering but if you read the Open Society's goals, it openly admitted their goal was to legalize euthanasia. When I pointed this out, the end of life organization denied this pointing out that some of those involved in the group were not pro euthanasia.

Wonder if anyone is following the money here?

A similar push for "medical marijuana" was partly funded by this organization (a few other pro pot millionaires also funded these drives): but if you read the Open Society plans, their goal is the legalization of all drugs.

But only Glen Beck and other nut cases dare point out the puppet master...

In contrast, the left has pushed many articles correctly pointing out how the Koch brother's supported right wing causes.

speaking of MSM bias: Instapundit is full of links about MSM bias.

Forget the Koch brothers: If they want a NWO, maybe they should stop Instapundit, who is merely a law professor from Tennessee, not to mention that reclusive guy posting from his Florida apartment.