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I’ve subscribed to the email list of Avaaz since 2011 because I have been interested in what they are doing.

So I made this video to point some things out that I found out about how the directors of this non-profit make, well, profit.

I’d be interested in hearing your views on this, just back it up with empirical evidence.

I’m including this screen shot as it will give you an idea of how your access to information can be controlled even from behind a fire wall.

It’s only fair to start by saying sorry for the lack of posts recently.

Second an explanation. 

My health has taken a very bad turn for the worst & whilst now I’m on the mend I’m not fully up to the work that goes into a blog post here on Alan’s Antics.  If it was just a case of simply sitting down & record a reading of an article, there’s research, fact checking, recording, editing, producing art for each post, filing & promoting the post & the blog. All of which I have to do by myself & the mind and body are not up to the task right now.  Hopefully I will be able to get back on the horse and get posting as soon as I can. 

Until then please take care all & see you soon. 

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron attempted to have the editor of a national newspaper that strongly supported Brexit sacked during last year’s European Union referendum campaign, the BBC has reported.

Source: Cameron tried to have paper editor sacked over EU stance – BBC

Britain could be handed an accelerated path to re-join the European Union if it decides to reapply for membership after it has left the bloc, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator has claimed.

Source: Britain could have ‘fast track back to EU’ after Brexit, says European Parliament chief negotiator

Lisbon Treaty
Article 50
1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.

2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.

3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.

4. For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.

A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

5. If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.

And not forgetting of course, Section 2 – Provisions on the common security and defence policy Article 42.  By going through BREXIT we escape the military industrial complex that has been built by the EU.

Source: Article 50


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a course next semester called “The Problem of Whiteness,” and it’s not sitting well with a Republican legislator.

Source: University stands by ‘Problem of Whiteness’ course –

The incoming chairman of the BBC said not enough viewers trust the media giant as he promised to ensure its coverage is impartial.


Source: BBC Impartiality to Be Monitored ‘Scientifically’, Says Chairman

MEPs have voted to propose granting legal status to robots, categorising them as “electronic persons” and warning that new legislation is needed to focus on how the machines can be held responsible for their “acts or omissions”. The draft report, tabled by Mady Delvaux-Stehres, a socialist MEP from Luxembourg, states current rules are “insufficient” for what it calls the “technological revolution”, and suggests the EU should establish “basic ethical principles to avoid potential pitfalls”.

Source: EU to vote on declaring robots to be ‘electronic persons‘

Britons are taking advantage of laws in Portugal and Spain granting citizenship to the descendants of Jews expelled centuries ago.

Source: British Jews seek second passport after Brexit vote

              Acting on the Brexit vote without consulting Parliament is not legitimate as only 37 per cent of the population voted to leave the EU – and the Government is “enacting a kind of coup” by trying to do so, {Brainless} A C Grayling has argued. In an exclusive interview with The Independent, the philosopher dubbed the ‘brains of remain’ said a general strike should be called if the Government attempted to trigger Article 50 without a parliamentary vote or a second referendum.

Source: A C Grayling calls for general strike against Brexit and says bypassing Parliament vote is a ‘kind of coup’

The British government expects to lose its legal battle to start the Brexit process without going through parliament, and has drafted versions of a bill to put to lawmakers after the ruling, the Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Source: UK government expects to lose Brexit trigger case, making contingency plans – report