“Good Genes,” Proud Boys and White Supremacy: An International Law Perspective


The goal is to dominate the street.” – US President Donald J. Trump, June 1, 2020

There are disturbing connections. Before openly embracing the “Proud Boys” during his first debate with Democrat opponent Joe Biden, Donald J. Trump praised the value of “good genes” in Minnesota. Though such a seemingly “positive” evocation might not normally be taken as anti-democratic or authoritarian, the particular “ambiance” created by this US president has displayed disturbing resonance with Third Reich eugenics. More precisely, from the particular standpoint of international law, any such murderous echoes of pseudo-science – a resonance linked here inextricably to white supremacy – must be associated with certain Nuremberg-category crimes.

It is a worrisome association; even portentous.

In formal jurisprudence, of course, proper adversarial postures are always more-or-less welcome. Still, ascertaining truth is always the ultimate legal objective. Truth, furthermore, is exculpatory. Accordingly, many identifiable elements of Donald Trump’s conspicuously defiling policies, both domestic and foreign, could have been taken from the playbook of Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.

For Americans suitably concerned with upholding the vital legal foundations of this Trump-imperiled US republic, this extraction is starkly injurious. It hardly represents a commendable or even tolerable provenance. Presently, the most evidently harmful Trump lies concern COVID-19 and this President’s consistently corrosive manipulations of applicable fact. Another pertinent example of Goebbels-style falsification has been Donald Trump’s unhidden affections for murderous dictators all over the world, most obviously Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

To the extent that these affections have had tangible policy correlates, they have also represented violations of both national and international law. By going to almost any imaginable lengths to hold Putin harmless for multiple international crimes, including Russia’s illegal hacking interventions against the United States, this American President has committed multiple and mutually-reinforcing derelictions.

Plausibly, this negligence can’t end well.

The legal problems have important doctrinal causes. From the start, the Trump presidency has waged a constant, relentless, and incoherent war against intellect. “Intellect rots the mind,” said Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda. “I love the poorly educated,” echoed then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016. There is little palpable difference between these demeaning observations. The underlying sentiments are roughly identical and equally damaging.

Always, origins can be relevant. According to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, shrieking at a 1934 Nuremberg Hitler rally: “Whoever can dominate the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship run state has its roots in the street.” Much later, but in much the same “philosophical” spirit, Donald Trump bragged to Americans: “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump. I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough – until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very very bad.”

By their persistent magnifications of gibberish, the Trump rallies explain a great deal about the present-day United States. It matters little that their rhythmically obedient chants are uniformly meaningless. All that really matters here is that various complicated issues of law, economics, and national security can be rendered less intimidating. For “Das Volk,” this means they can be reduced to a more easily managed series of demeaning clichés and empty witticisms. At Trump rallies, the frequent calls to “Lock Her Up” (or “Lock Him Up”) are ipso facto rejections of any legitimate due processes of law.

Always, at any deliriously chanting Trump rally, the key to this rancorous American leader’s “success” lies in his carefully crafted simplifications. None of this chanting is mere happenstance. Rather, absolutely every imbecilic presidential observation has been more-or-less meticulously choreographed. Each Trump one-liner must pass prior muster of approval by an aide who likely reads and understands even less than the President himself.

What about Trump’s security promises offered to assorted allied nations? Most recently, in specific regard to Israel, Trump expressed a boorish pride in offering the Jewish State safety from two states that had never been any cause for alarm. To clarify, it was as if Americans were being asked to celebrate Ronald Reagan’s October 1983 Grenada invasion by allowing that since this intervention, the United States has never been attacked by Grenada.

Credo quia absurdum. “I believe because it is absurd.”

These are not encouraging times for celebrations of Law or Reason in America. Surrounded by like-minded followers who have forfeited the last obligations of independent thought, and who consistently draw audible comfort from Trump’s visceral howls of nationalistic predation (“America First” represents a clear adaptation of “Deutschland uber alles“), each rally attendee feels able to abandon any still latent sense of personal legal responsibility.

Amid Der Fuhrer’s steadily escalating shrieks of execration, directed against myriad supposed “enemies,” most notably the “fake news,” the “elite” universities, the “leftist mobs,” the “Democrat anarchists” and the desperate refugees from “shithole countries,” this president would never trouble himself with tangible science or history. Why should he? These disciplines, after all, remain subject to intelligent verifications.

There is more. Today, Donald Trump doesn’t even commit himself to a peaceful transition of presidential power, an absolutely minimal legal expectation. Incomprehensible in any democracy, this refusal is even a less-democratic posture than the one adopted by Vladimir Putin in Russia. Among other things, it is distressingly close to what was heard after 1933 from the “original” Fuhrer.

Casually, continuously, in muttered and muddled increments, Trump now concocts his own “science” concerning the coronavirus pandemic. In so doing, he has implicitly rehabilitated a long-discredited Nazi embrace of eugenics. Is this anything that Americans could possibly choose to commend or applaud? Applied to human beings, Trump’s witting linkage to eugenics and white supremacy threatens well-established peremptory norms of law. The pertinent risks include warterrorism, and genocide.

Karl Jaspers, the 20th-century Existentialist philosopher who rigorously examined questions of German guilt after World War II, also studied the deeper and more generic issues involved. In his modern classic Reason and Anti-Reason in our Time (1952), Jaspers explained inter alia that authoritarian leadership must always depend upon a docile citizenry that seeks the simplest possible answers, that reassuringly blames one or several “others” (scapegoats) for selected current problems. In such defiling circumstances, the government objective must be to organize the faithful, stifle the opposition and preserve “law and order.” As for any antecedent considerations of “justice,” these are hardly worth prominent mention. If US President Donald Trump would ever actually read something, he would find himself kin with Thrasymachus in Book 1 of Plato’s The Republic. “Justice,” says the Sophist speaker responding to Socrates, “is nothing else than the interest of the stronger.”

The only foreseeable end of this continuously law-violating Trump delirium is to prevent Americans from substituting any still-genuine thought for unhesitating loyalty. For this President, there can never be any defensible reason to doubt that “Intellect rots the mind.” It is a degrading position that this President has held close to his heart. The legal ramifications, national and international, are not inconsequential.

All things are interconnected. The whole world is a system. “The existence of system in the world is at once obvious to every observer of nature,” says Jesuit philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in The Phenomenon of Man (1955), “no matter whom….Each element of the Cosmos is positively woven from all the others….”

Soon, US President Donald J. Trump must finally understand that the state of America’s national union can never be any better than the state of the much wider world. This key truth now obtains not “only” in traditional reference to the enduring issues of war, peace and human rights, but also to certain urgently critical matters of disease avoidance. We are all creatures of biology.

Everything is interconnected.

For the starkly imperiled United States, the overarching presidential objective remains to protect the dignity and law-based rights of every individual human being. It is this high-minded and ancient goal that should now give policy direction to a bewildered and bewildering American President. Such indisputably good counsel could represent a law-based corrective to Trump’s continuously misleading and defiling endorsements of “America First.”

For many, it will be easy to dismiss such seemingly lofty recommendations for human dignity and legal obligation as silly, ethereal or “academic.” In reality, however, there could never be any greater American presidential naiveté than to champion the patently false extremities of “everyone for himself.” Donald J. Trump still does not understand.

Details matter. Among Trump’s many egregious misunderstandings and falsifications, “America First” represents a sorely blemished presidential mantra. Devoid of empathy, intellect and absolutely all principal obligations of human legal cooperation, it can lead only toward distressingly new heights of strife, disharmony and collective despair. Left intact and unrevised, “America First” would point us all directly toward a potentially irreversible vita minima; that is, toward badly corrupted personal lives emptied of themselves – meaningless, shattered, rancorous, unfeeling and now also radically unstable.

Here, located among so many other corollary melodramas and misfortunes, we would find it impossible to battle not just the usual state and sub-state adversaries involving violence, but also our increasingly fearful biological/pathogen-centered enemies.

There is more. Without suitable expansions of empathy, Americans will remain at the mercy not just of other predatory human beings, but also of certain exceedingly virulent pathogens. Progressively, the harmful synergies created by such dangerous combinations could sometime simply become too much to bear.

At least one cumulative lesson should already be clear. We are all part of the very same planetary whole. Only by placing “Humanity First” can an American president make “America First.” The latter placement, which must now include the capacity to combat disease pandemics as well as war, terrorism and eugenics-directed genocide, is not possible without the former. Moreover, the “cosmopolitan” reasons behind this conclusion remain entirely valid and largely unchanged.

Left unchallenged in his narrowly partisan strategies of loathing and eugenics (i.e. rank-ordered ethnicities), Donald J. Trump could sometime bring the United States to interminably expanding hatreds and irremediable civil unrest. Prima facie, this should never be the preferred direction of any civilized and law-based nation.

Unassailably, embracing an intellectually muddled theory of eugenics represents a path not to any recognizable national or international progress, but rather to endless and grievous human misfortune.

Now, the United States would be served by a president expressly reaffirming this nation’s core commitment to the international law of human rights, a law that takes parts of its original inspiration from America’s own Natural Law and Natural Rights philosophies. Never to be forgotten, also, is that this enduring “Law of Nations” remains part of the law of the United States, even during this anti-historical and anti-intellectual “Trump Era.” Apropos of this authoritative intersection of legal norms, willful presidential indifference to this nation’s most peremptory law-based expectations should never be overlooked or condoned. When it concerns aptly discredited theories of eugenics and white supremacy, such indifference can quickly reach a jurisprudential “tipping point.”

Let’s not go there.

Let’s not wittingly allow a US president to go over the legal edge.

Louis René Beres was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), and is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Purdue. His twelfth book, Surviving Amid Chaos: Israel’s Nuclear Strategy, was published in 2016. His other writings have been published in Harvard National Security Journal; Yale Global Online; World Politics (Princeton); Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; Israel Defense; Parameters: Journal of the US Army War College; Special Warfare; Oxford University Press; The Jerusalem Post; Infinity Journal; BESA Perspectives; US News & World Report; The Hill; and The Atlantic.

His Terrorism and Global Security: The Nuclear Threat (Westview, first edition, 1979) was one of the first scholarly books to deal specifically with nuclear

This article was first published in Jurist 





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Good Weekend Superquiz and Target Time, Saturday, October 24


TARGET TIME

Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included and each letter may be used only once. There is at least one nine-letter word. No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in ‘s’.

Reference source: Macquarie Dictionary.

Today’s Target: 25 words, average; 35 words, good; 45+ words, excellent. Solution on Monday.​

Yesterday’s solution: ache, achoo, cache, cachet, catch, cate, celt, chalet, chat, cheat, chela, CHOCOLATE, cleat, cloche, clot, cloth, clothe, coach, coal, coat, coca, cochlea, coco, cocoa, cola, cole, colt, cool, coot, cote, each, echo, eclat, etch, lace, latch, leach, loach, locate, loco, ocelot, octal, taco, talc, teach, theca.



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Bill Gates Says Unhappy Customers Are Good for Your Business. Here’s Why.


Learning why your customers become unhappy teaches how you can improve the customer experience and build loyalty.


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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.


“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” —

A while back, I was using software that drove me crazy. I was so happy to stop being a customer that I secretly did a little dance in my head. I had become their customer just a mere three weeks earlier. When I purchased this software, I was excited because it was going to help me to prospect for more clients.

What I didn’t realize was that it would take me nearly 10 days to get my account set up to the point where the advanced features I needed were working properly. As one day grew into the next, I was becoming more and more unhappy with this software.

My unhappiness was rooted in this: I had bought the mid-tier plan and the emails I sent to support were only being answered every 24-48 hours. If I wanted faster support, I would have to pay more than double what I was paying now because only the highest tier plan had same-day support. But I didn’t need the features available on the highest tier. Those features were so advanced that it would be like buying a rocket to get to work. The features in the highest tier plan were way beyond the capabilities I needed.

I quickly started to dislike and then hate this software. In a short two-week period, I went from excitement to dislike to full-out contempt. By the end of my 30-day payment period, I was more than happy to ask them to delete my account. I couldn’t wait to become an ex-customer.

Unhappy customers cost you money

Unhappy customers cost you a lot of money. Ask any consultant or coach who takes on a bad client how draining it can be. They demand more of you. They are hard to work with. They take more time and effort to please. They are emotionally draining.

Businesses also experience heavy costs from unhappy customers. Just like with consultants and coaches, unhappy customers demand more. They contact customer support more frequently. They aren’t satisfied with the solutions you offer them. They escalate issues.

When you have a lot of unhappy customers demanding limited time and limited resources, the financial cost can be big—from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The faster you can reduce the number of unhappy customers you have, the better it is for your . (Keep reading to learn how to do this.)

Related: 5 Strategies to Keep Your Customers Long-Term in 2020

Unhappy customers lose you money

Have you ever read a bad review for a product or service you’re considering buying that was so persuasive that you decided not to buy? I’ve done it. These reviews are from unhappy customers who are more than happy to share with the world about their crappy experience. One negative review can dissuade a prospective customer from buying by as much as 22%. If prospective customers find three negative reviews, the potential for lost business increases to 59.2%.

Related: 7 Amazing Ways to Build Long-Term Relationships With Your Customers

Unhappy customers show you opportunities

Unhappy customers give you one thing that happy customers don’t–an opportunity to see where there are issues in your business. Happy customers don’t share what they’re unhappy with. But unhappy customers will tell you exactly why they’re unhappy.

Customer is one of the biggest areas where happy customers quickly become unhappy. Too often, companies skip critical steps in the onboarding of a new customer. Or the onboarding process is so complex and difficult that customers abandon the process. Either way, customers become frustrated and unhappy.

3 ways to stop happy customers from becoming unhappy ones

  1. Better onboarding
    Create a more helpful onboarding process. Let customers know what they can expect during the onboarding process including any bumps they may experience during their onboarding. In your communications with new customers, include links to videos and articles from your knowledge base that they can easily access when they hit those bumps. This saves your customers time from searching for answers themselves. It also reduces the likelihood they’ll contact customer support to help them solve the issue.
     
  2. Better alignment
    Interview and newly onboarded customers to find out what they found easy or hard about the onboarding process. Ask questions around their expectations and their actual experience. Was the onboarding process what they expected? What did they find the most difficult? What would they change? What was missing that would have made their experience better? What did they find confusing? Compile and analyze your customers’ answers. Then look at your onboarding process to make changes based on what you find.

    Related: 3 Strategies to Improve Your Customer Service Experience
     

  3. Better customer support
    Interview and survey customers reaching out to customer support for the first time. Ask them about their first-ever experience with customer support. What did they like? What didn’t they like? What do they like about how other companies offer customer support? Compile and analyze your customers’ answers. Make changes to your customer support processes based on what your customers shared about their customer support experiences.

Dealing with unhappy customers can be hard, especially when your business is small. But you can learn so much about why your customers become unhappy and what you can do to improve the so that more of your customers want to stay.

The key is to speak with your customers at critical points in their customer journey when they’re most likely to become unhappy – during onboarding and in customer support interactions. Surveys and direct interviews will yield you valuable information that shows you the specific areas where you can improve the customer experience and reduce the risk your customers will become unhappy.

By focusing on improving critical parts of the customer journey where customers are most likely to become unhappy and making changes based on what your customers tell you, you’ll quickly see the impact with increased revenues, increased loyalty, increased positive word of mouth mentions in social media and increased referrals.  

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Daniel Andrews says one new case is ‘good number’ as testing ramped up in northern suburbs


Department of Health and Human Services commander of testing and community engagement Jeroen Weimar said there were 19,428 tests carried out on Thursday.

He said there were 6500 tests undertaken in Melbourne’s northern suburbs on Thursday including 86 in a Broadmeadows public housing block which had not returned any positive results.

“I would urge all residents not only of the housing block in Broadmeadows but generally across northern Melbourne especially please monitor yourself very closely for symptoms. Please, if you have any concerns at all, come forward to get tested,” he said.

Mr Weimar said the government was working closely with the East Preston Islamic College community.

“I would urge any family who has a child at East Preston Islamic College to please come forward for testing today,” he said.

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“Regardless of whether you have symptoms or not we are keep to ensure that we really run this to ground as quickly as possible and the fact we now have two positive cases in the broader school community and although they are not linked at this point, we are keen to ensure there are no other traces anywhere else in that wider community.”

Police monitor protest

Police will monitor a protest against Melbourne’s ongoing coronavirus restrictions planned for 2pm on the AFL grand final public holiday.

Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius, who at the height of Victoria’s second coronavirus wave described conspiracy theorists and anti-lockdown protesters as “batshit crazy” and “utterly selfish”, said demonstrators would be fined if they were more than 25 kilometres from their homes, or if they gathered in groups of more than 10 people drawn from more than two households.

“Protest is not unlawful, it’s a human right, and we’re now operating in a context where the Chief Health Officer’s directions do allow people to leave home for recreation and for socialising,” he said.

“Whether you’re protesting down at your local park, whether you’re protesting at the Shrine, you must comply with the CHO directions about public gatherings.

“Anyone that turns up to the Shrine … can expect to find police asking them, ‘Who are you? Where are you from and where do you live?'”

Victoria Police will be out in large numbers “setting the tone” in Richmond and Geelong over the grand final weekend and have reminded fans not to get “caught up in the moment” and break coronavirus restrictions.

“The grand final is being played in the middle of a pandemic and it’s critical in our own last quarter before moving towards opening up again as the second wave eases, we do everything we can to maintain that momentum,” Mr Cornelius said.

Victoria recorded five new cases on Thursday, all linked to the northern suburbs outbreak which has 16 active cases across six households. More than 500 people, including 120 people in a Broadmeadows social housing block, are self-isolating as a result of the cluster.

Health alerts have been issued for five suburbs in Melbourne’s north – Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg – after a misunderstanding led to an infectious year 5 student going to school.

Authorities expect additional cases will be detected across 10 testing sites in the hotspot suburbs.

Testing has been ramped up in Melbourne’s northern suburbs as a result of a cluster with 16 active cases. Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

Meanwhile, the town of Little River was reunited at midnight under COVID-19 restrictions, with a reclassification meaning it is no longer split in half by the metropolitan-regional border in Victoria.

The state government announced on Thursday night that the town with a population of just 1300, 30 kilometres north-east of Geelong, would be reclassified as regional Victoria with the boundary to be adjusted to go around the community instead of through it.

Previously, residents from the Wyndham side of the river faced a $4957 fine for travelling to their local supermarket in Lara.

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Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags Might Be Too Good To Be True


Scooping up poop might be one of the worst parts of walking the dog. The only thing slightly more annoying? Using a brand-new plastic bag — one that you know will linger in landfills for centuries — just to hold poop.

Maybe this frustration has piqued your interest in “compostable” or “biodegradable” dog waste bags. But odds are, whatever you think will happen with eco-friendly poop bags isn’t panning out. “Biodegradability is the most used and abused term,” says Ramani Narayan, a chemical engineer at Michigan State University. The word carries little regulatory oversight, and when slapped on products, it can leave customers thinking their purchase — whether it be plastic cups, forks or dog poop bags — leaves a smaller impact on the environment than it does. 

Deceptive Marketing

When people envision a biodegradable bag, Narayan asks, what do they picture? Generally, consumers want a product that melts away into the environment as if it was never there. In a way, that’s what scientists want, too. A biodegradable product is something that microbes take apart and turn entirely into fuel, with no bits and pieces, molecules or potential contaminants left behind. 

When researchers engineer a biodegradable product — like a to-go container or a plastic-like film — they generally design the material to break down in a specific environment, such as saltwater or soil. If the product isn’t immersed in the right surroundings, the degradation doesn’t happen as it should. 

If a company — say, a dog poop bag manufacturer — is serious about their product biodegrading, it will put disposal instructions on the package to make sure the product reaches the correct final destination. If a product only says “biodegradable” with no disposal protocol and no timeline saying when the product will break down by, “it is not good marketing and it’s misleading,” says Debra Darby, the manager of organics and sustainable solutions at Tetra Tech, an engineering and environmental consulting firm.

The word is misused often enough that California banned the sale of any product labeled “biodegradable” without providing disposal guidelines and a timeframe on how long the item takes to break down. And the Federal Trade Commission has gone after companies in the past for deceptive marketing around biodegradability claims.

If you’re reading your “biodegradable” dog poop package more thoroughly, you might see the label states that the bags supposedly meet ASTM standards, or metrics put out by an international organization that help measure biodegradability. Bags boasting these claims sometimes only partially align with those guidelines, Narayan says.

“That standard is a test method for how to measure biodegradability, but it doesn’t tell you what a pass or fail is.” For example, microbes might consume 10 percent of a bag or container the way the ASTM standards dictate. But manufacturers might still claim their product “meets” those rules, without disclosing that 90 percent of their product lingers too long or is never consumed by microorganisms. 

What About Compost?

Some doggie bags might skip over the word biodegradable and say the product is compostable. If you like the idea of your dog’s poop heading off to a commercial compost facility to get churned into a rich soil additive, check on two crucial pieces of information before buying the product. First, look for a seal from the Biodegradable Products Institute. This third-party organization uses independent labs to determine whether a product might be accepted by commercial composting facilities in the U.S. 

Second, figure out if your local composting company actually accepts the bag — or dog poop, period. Many composting facilities don’t accept dog feces or kitty litter because of concerns about diseases or unwanted bacteria, Darby says. Some avoid all kinds of bags, compostable or not, because of the way the material interacts with their machinery. Other facilities only accept bags made of certified organic materials.

Checking all these boxes might be impossible. If that’s the case, you’ll end up with a solution Darby thinks is most likely. “Primarily, pet waste should be put into the trash,” she says. And in that scenario, the bag material you choose likely doesn’t make much of a difference, as the poop and its bag will slowly degrade and release methane or — depending on where you live — get sent to incinerators.

Even if you can’t find a way to compost your dog poop, know that it’s a good step to be picking it up in the first place, as the pathogens it might carry could linger in the environment otherwise. And please — bring the bag all the way to the trash can and don’t chuck it elsewhere. As Darby points out, “most times when I see them, dog waste bags are hanging from a branch.”



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| Why Male Sexual Health Care Is Good MedicineTalking About Men’s Health™


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Why Male Sexual Health Care Is Good Medicine

It’s not easy to define “good medicine.” When I think of “good medicine,” I think of medical care that isn’t reactive, ponderously slow and inefficient. Good medicine is efficient, impactful, proactive, empowering and curative. Much of medicine treats illness, but good medicine heals it. Much of medicine is based on science but good medicine is based on trustworthy science. Good medicine teaches patients to take better care of themselves, and requires time and effort by providers. It is not easy, but it’s worth every penny invested in it.

Opening Doors

We in medicine have a wonderful opportunity to provide good medicine to young men who are, by any measure, medically underserved. This is so because much of young men’s medicine is sexual health or fertility-related and therefore couched in silence or shame. Although not always life-threatening or painful, these issues matter a lot because they greatly affect quality of life. On a grander scale, they also provide an opportunity for medicine to get its “foot in the door” in caring for men so much earlier in their lives than we currently are.

Filling a Void

Here’s how the care of young men can be very good medicine:

  • We can catch things early. Bad habits (drugs) and risky behaviors (STDs, accidents) kill many a young man. Taking a deep interest in the lives of young men encourages responsibility and better behavior.
  • We can change life trajectories. It’s clear that bad habits when young (food choices) can lead to illness (obesity, diabetes) when older. Encouraging healthy lifestyle choices is key to longevity.
  • We can cure what bothers them. Sexual health issues are quite curable. And many treatments require attention and effort from patients. That is a healthy model for empowering men in the future.
  • We can predict future health. Fertility and erection issues are now known to be “biomarkers” of future health. Thus, there is an incredible opportunity for providers to practice the holy grail of care: preventative medicine!
  • We can get them to trust medicine. Delivering good care to young men leads to trust in the healthcare system later on and to more healthy behaviors.
  • We can imbibe a sense of mortality. Young men are not immortal, but simply more robust than older men. The sooner they realize this, the longer they’ll live.
  • Health is their best investment. Young men need to know that keeping a body healthy takes attention and work, but it’s also a priceless investment in their future.

Author:

Dr. Paul Turek is an internationally known thought leader in men’s reproductive and sexual health care and research. A fellowship trained, board-certified physician by the American Board of Urology (ABU), he has received numerous honors and awards for his work and is an active member in professional associations worldwide. His recent lectures, publications and book titles can be found in his curriculum vitae.





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The Fox & Hounds Country Inn – Good Food Gold Coast


Where can you find the Queen and her corgis, pork pie made by the Queen’s baker and the Tardis, all in the one place?

In the foothills of Mt Tamborine, just a 20-minute drive from the Gold Coast and 45 minutes from Brisbane, lies a piece of Mother England, Australia’s only authentic English pub, the Fox and Hounds Country Inn. It’s a haven of all things British.

The old Sussex Arms in Tunbridge Wells, which dated from the 18th century, was dismantled, shipped over from England and its interior reconstructed in Wongawallan, opening as the Fox & Hounds in 2007.

The Fox and Hounds is a must for royalty lovers, football fans and Dr Who followers. From the red telephone box and London bus parked outside to an interior filled with an eclectic (and some would say bizarre) mix of antiques and paraphernalia, there’s something to catch the eye at every turn.

Dr Who hasn’t arrived yet, although the Tardis has plonked itself down near the front door. Still, there is plenty of evidence that we’re on a Dr Who set, including an Ood who watches over the bar. ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’

The pub has four themed rooms: British and Irish (with its own resident leprechaun) on either side of the front door, as well as Tudor and Scottish. Three of the rooms have their own bars, making group bookings easy. We are there for lunch, however we note that the pub often hosts special events such as Murder Mystery dinners, dancing, and special British celebrations on other occasions.

We dine in the British room, seated under the watchful eye of Queen Victoria, who gazes imperiously around the room. There is a stuffed stoat on the fireplace mantelpiece, palace guards making sure our behaviour is civil, and football scarves hanging from the ceiling, most of which have been donated to the pub, we are told.

It’s quite an extensive menu of British favourites, including cold standbys such as a Ploughman’s Platter for two, and a Pork Pie served cold with accompaniments of cheese, English mustard, pickled onions, gherkins and piccalilli. The pork pies are the real thing, made by Tony Wensley, former Bakery Manager of one of the oldest and most prestigious bakeries in Melton Mowbray, England, the renowned ‘Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe’, which regularly serves royalty, including the Queen.

Other traditional fare on the menu includes Toad in the Hole, Pig in a Blanket, Bangers and Mash, Lamb’s Fry, weekend roasts and Giant Yorkshire Pudding on Sunday afternoons.

Choosing safe, we order two ‘crowd favourite’ dishes from the menu: Beef and Guinness Pie and Pork Ribs with chips.

The home-cooked food more than meets our expectations. The hugely generous Beef and Guinness Pie is served in a charming ‘Simple Simon’ pie dish, the crestfallen face of the child visible in the crockery dish.

“Oh no, she stole my hat,” you can imagine him saying.

Of course, I did! I whip the pastry off, as crispy as it is, taking only a bite because the pie filling is steaming and scrumptious, made rich by the Guinness, the slow-cooked cubes of beef tender and juicy with a tasty sauce that I mop up with forkfuls of mash.

Likewise, the ribs are smothered in sauce and packed with flavour. They fall off the bone at the touch of the fork. It’s a hearty meal, the rack of ribs accompanied by excellent beer-battered chips and coleslaw.

Any doubt about British food is long gone. This is ‘fine fayre’ indeed!

No room left for the Sticky Date Pudding, though. That will have to wait for a return visit.

With an extensive range of British and Irish beers and ciders available on tap or by the bottle, The Fox and Hounds brings us bucketloads of nostalgia, all only a short drive away from home. Pop in for a Greene King IPA, an Old Speckled Hen or a London Pride at the British bar, a Kilkenny or Guinness from the Irish bar. This cosy pub will soon become your British home away from home.

As the sign on the front door says,

“May your troubles be less, your blessings be more,

and nothing but happiness come through your door.”

It certainly feels this way at the Fox and Hounds.

Fox & Hounds, 7 Elevation Dr, Wongawallan Ph: 07 5665 7582

Kitchen open Mon-Thurs: 11am – 3pm; 5pm – 9pm, Fri-Sun: 11am – 9pm

NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as a guest of Destination Gold Coast.



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Melbourne Cup 2019 weather forecast, Flemington, rain, track rating, soft, good


The latest weather forecast suggests you’ll want to back a horse who can handle soft ground in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

Up to 7mm of rain is forecast to fall at the track on Monday, following on from a wet weekend.

The good news is Tuesday is expected to be dry, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting sunny and cloudy conditions with a top of 18 degrees Celcius.

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Virgil van Dijk injury is not good, says Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool draw with Everton


Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford escaped action over this challenge on Virgil van Dijk during the Merseyside derby

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk’s knee injury is “not good”, says the champions’ manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Netherlands defender, 29, could not continue and will see a specialist on Sunday to discover the extent of the injury.

“Virgil played I don’t know how many games in a row, he plays with pain, but he couldn’t play on,” said Klopp.

“That’s not good.”

Liverpool’s claims for a penalty from the incident were turned down as Van Dijk was ruled to be offside before England number one Pickford clattered into him.

“It was a clear penalty I saw and then we saw the flag went up. I thought they would still look at the foul but that didn’t happen,” said Klopp.

“I don’t want to say Jordan Pickford wanted to do it but it is not a challenge a goalie can do in the box.”

New Liverpool signing Thiago, who was starting his first Premier League game, was injured when he was fouled by Richarlison late on, with the Toffees forward sent off as a result.

Klopp added: “When I leave the pitch, Thiago tells me that in the Richarlison red card situation, he thinks he got injured.”

Thiago went for a scan along with Van Dijk and, while the club are hopeful his injury is not serious, they will see how it settles.

Everton’s Brazilian said he had sent a message of apology to the Liverpool midfielder, and insisted the collision was an accident.

“I did not intend to hurt Thiago,” he wrote in a tweet,external-link adding that he lifted his foot out of the way when he realised there was going to be impact.

“I also apologise to my team-mates, my club and my fans for leaving them with one less player at the end of the game. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to change what happened, other than to reflect, work and move on.”





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Is nationalism a force for good or bad?


Nationalism is a relatively young ideology dating from the 18th century. Before its rise states were not defined primarily by nations but by their sovereign rulers following the principles established in the Treaty of Westphalen in 1648. 

States in the Westphalian system were mostly multinational, multiethnic, multilingual and multireligious entities. Nationalities were often divided into subjects of many different rulers, as were Germans and Italians. 

19th century nationalism was inspired by the Liberation struggles of the North American colonies and the French revolution. France was the first country to introduce universal conscription transferring the loyalty of soldiers from their paymasters into the Nation state. 19th century nationalism sought to replace the sovereignty of rulers with popular sovereignty. Thus it eas mostly a liberal, progressive and democratic force, sometimes also a force for social reforms. Its enemies were the Holy Alliance and the reactionary rulers of the era.

Nationalism brought down the Spanish Empire and led to the unification of Germany and Italy. Some multinational Empires survived until the end of WW1, when tens of new independent nations were created. This came about with the guidance of President Wilson’s 14 points and its emphasis on national self-determination, albeit only in Europe and not for the colonized peoples.

WW1 was also the turning point for how nationalism developed. Before the Great War nationalism was mostly a democratic and progressive force and different nationalism could support each other as long as the enemy were the reactionary rulers. After the war nationalism became in many cases aligned with authoritarian and fascist movements turning against the nationalism of others. 

This is obviously a vast simplification. Not all nationalist were progressive democrats before the war, nor did they all become fascists after it. But what it true is, that all fascists revel in nationalist slogans.

The main enemy of nationalism today is no longer other nationalisms, but globalization and what is perceived as the global elite which has benefited from it and left a growing number of marginalized people less well of.

Overall one cannot dispute the huge benefits that globalization has brought in terms of increased wellbeing and wealth. The challenge is that it has distributed this wealth more unequally than before with the super-rich on percent of the population almost everywhere as the main beneficiary. 

Today we are facing the stark situation, that globalization as we know it may be doomed leaving narrowminded nationalism and its xenophobic politic of identity – the trumps, putins, modis, bolsanaros, xis – in charge with potentially disastrous consequences. The only way to save us from this is for the liberal internationalists to come to serious grips with the management of globalization so that its benefits are distributed to all and the unseemly concentration of wealth and power in a few hands is dismantled. 

Nationalism alone will not bring any benefits or sustainable solutions to the challenges we are facing without inter-nationalism, that is the efforts of democratically ruled nation states and the democratically drafted rules they agree on. These, not the interests of market forces and multinational corporations must determine how the world should be governed in a peaceful, fair and equitable manner.

 

Erkki Tuomioja

Long term member of the parliament and the the Social Democratic party, Tuomoja has held several ministerial positions during his career.


 This article was written for MP Talk, a regular column from the Helsinki Times in which Members of Parliament contribute their thoughts and opinions. All opinions voiced are entirely those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of the Helsinki Times. 

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