Proverbs 6 NIV [on financial responsibility]

Comment by tonytran2015: This part of Proverbs 6 should be taught in every school as part of economics and financial literacy.

https://biblehub.com/niv/proverbs/6.htm

Proverbs 6

New International Version

Warnings Against Folly [on financial responsibility]

1My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,

2you have been trapped by what you said,
ensnared by the words of your mouth.

3So do this, my son, to free yourself,
since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go—to the point of exhaustion—
and give your neighbor no rest!

4Allow no sleep to your eyes,
no slumber to your eyelids.

5Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

6Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!

7It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,

8yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

9How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?

10A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—

11and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.

12A troublemaker and a villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,

13who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,

14who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.

15Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

16There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:

17haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

In simpler terms

26 Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else.

27 If you can’t pay it, even your bed will be snatched from under you.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nlt/proverbs/passage/?q=proverbs+22:26-27

The following advice is from Australian Government:

If you guarantee a loan for a family member or friend, you’re known as
the guarantor. You are responsible for paying back the entire loan if
the borrower can’t.

Actually it can be worse than that. The lender can even start recovering money from the guarantor without going for the money of the borrower.

So keep this in your head and never become a guarantor. You get absolutely nothing but may lose everything. Do NOT promise if you have no ability to give.

References.

[1]. https://financialrights.org.au/factsheets/going-guarantor-factsheet/

[2]. https://lawhandbook.sa.gov.au/ch10s05s03.php

[3]. http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/AltLawJl/2002/25.html

[4]. https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/when-families-and-money-don-t-mix

War refugees, chain migration and the importation of cruel foreign customs.

War refugees, chain migration and the importation of cruel foreign customs

by tonytran2015.

1. The transplantation of war refugees.

This upsetting story started with the transplantation of a war refugee from Colombo to Australia. The chain of events began with the issue of some humanitarian visas in 1984.

Nations have to offer help and protection to war refugees. But going far beyond that with unchecked immigration and allowing new arrivals to remain un-integrated in the host nation after resettlement is threatening even the survival of the host nation. Fortunately, Australia does not adopted the practice of calling every border-crosser a refugee.

2. The acquiescence to importation of foreign customs

The events of this case brought into Australia a foreign custom of arranged marriage. This foreign custom is enhenced with the advantage offered by Australian rules on chain migration.

On paper, the Sri Lankan-born Kannans ­presented a typical
Australian immigrant story. Kumuthini came to Australia on a
humanitarian visa in 1984 at age 17 after her parents fled the civil war
in Sri Lanka. She finished high school in Melbourne and completed an
occupational health and safety degree before agreeing to an arranged
marriage with Kandasamy, an IT worker from Sri Lanka. She sponsored him
to come to ­Australia on a skilled migrant visa and they were married in
1994 before having three children, who have each been diagnosed with
­varying degrees of autism.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/eight-years-a-slave-melbourne-couples-shocking-secret/news-story/33d060b74f0368cc1b56560f4a99ddd4

This is confirmed from Court document

117 The civil war in Sri Lanka resulted in you and your family being forced from your home to live in a refugee camp in Colombo for a period of months. You were subjected to an unsettling and frightening time. You later came to Australia with your family on a humanitarian visa in 1984, when you were 17 years old. … you completed one year of applied science at the Caulfield Institute of Technology. This was followed by six years studying a part-time degree in occupational health and safety at Victoria University.
118 … By this stage, you were married and accompanied your husband to Canberra, where you worked for the Department of Immigration for six months, … You disliked living in Canberra and felt
miserable.
119 You lived in Canberra with your husband for 18 months before returning to Melbourne. You returned to work with City West Water, then engaged in charity work until commencing a family in 2000. In 2002, you started full-time work in customer service at an ANZ Bank call centre. This employment concluded in 2016 when details of this court case were published in the media. Your subsequent attempts at employment were not successful due to adverse media publicity. As such, you have been unemployed since late 2017 and have been living at home.
120 You report having a good relationship with your husband and describe him as a quiet man who gets frustrated easily. There has never been abuse or violence in your relationship. You describe yourself as doing, saying and organising everything for the family.

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA
AT MELBOURNE
CRIMINAL DIVISION

S CR 2018 0063

THE COMMONWEALTH DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS Crown
v

KUMUTHINI KANNAN Accused

3. The imported foreign customs are more than just arranged marriage.

In this case the concern is that “domestic helpers” from other cultures may be a varied form of slavery. Some community of immigrants may not integrate well into the main national culture and retain a close knit of “diverse culture” enamored by the over-promotion of “multiculturalism”.

The Kannans were considered respectable members of their Tamil
community and references that said they were committed to social causes and helping others were a “stark contrast” to their crimes, Justice Champion said.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/couple-jailed-for-keeping-woman-as-a-domestic-slave-20210721-p58bl4.html

Actually, the persons keeping a “domestic helper/slave” even have difficulty in realizing by themselves the offence due to their background from another “diverse culture”.

Kandasamy and Kumuthini Kannan were found guilty of using the woman as a slave from 2007 to 2015
The woman endured physical abuse at the hands of her captors, suffering permanent injuries

“Slavery is regarded as a crime against humanity,” he said.

“Your offending occurred in the daily presence and with the obvious knowledge and comprehension of your children…

Justice Champion branded the couple as “almost compulsive liars”.

“The number and brazen quality of the lies has been nothing short of astonishing,” he said.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-21/melbourne-couple-who-kept-slave-sentenced/100310094

No statement of sorry were offered

Justice John Champion told the Supreme Court of Victoria the couple showed “a distinct lack of care”.
“They must have been aware she was probably days away from dying, and it’s never been conveyed that ‘we were sorry’,” he said.
Mr Kannan’s barrister said they were reluctant to apologise because any
expression of regret could be taken as an admission of liability or culpability, which could impact an appeal in the future.

https://www.9news.com.au/national/melbourne-couple-found-guilty-of-keeping-slave-will-soon-learn-their-sentence/3a63ea5b-fa61-483a-be55-e2d9add387e7

And even seriously illegal activities had been made to cover the actions.

… prosecutor Richard Maidment QC told the court a phone in the KK home was tapped by the Australian Federal Police, who captured
conversations the couple had with a man in India.

Mr Maidment presented the jury with transcripts of the conversations, saying it appeared a meeting had been set up between a third party and the alleged victim’s son to encourage him “not to pursue the
allegations”.

Mr Maidment said Mrs KK was captured saying: “We need proof to say they are doing all this to get money”.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-11/mount-waverley-slavery-claims-colourful-defence-lawyers-say/13144550

So much damages have resulted from the over-promotion of “cultural diversity”.

4. Massive immigration threatens to extinguish established national culture.

Beware that besides chain migration, domestic slavery, there are also other foreign customs awaiting discussions. They are:

Female genital mutilation,

Eating dogs, eating cats.

Unfavourable attitude on existing dressing standard of females,

etc….

Once the national culture is gone, national cohesion will disappear. This is the sad consequence of mass immigration.

(Un)necessary evil? Taiwan authorities spark outcry after KILLING 154 rare-breed cats seized from smugglers — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/532841-smuggled-cats-culled-taiwan/

Some 154 rare-breed cats seized from smugglers in Taiwan ended
up culled, prompting massive outrage. The authorities defended the move,
blaming the demise of the cats on criminals and promising to tighten
anti-smuggling laws.
The haul of cats was
seized by Taiwan’s Coast Guard last Thursday during a botched attempt to
get the animals on the island, claimed by China as an integral part of
the country.

The cats were found concealed in hidden compartments
on a fishing boat. Multiple animals were crammed into a single crate,
footage released by Taiwan’s Coast Guard administration shows.

RT

A
total of 62 cages containing 154 animals were found on the boat. The
haul was estimated to have a value of TN$10 million (around US$357,000)
and included such rare and fancy breeds as Ragdoll, British Shorthair,
Persian American Shorthair and Russian Blue cats.

The
bust of the smugglers, however, did no good to the cats that ended up
in the hands of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection
(BAPHIQ). Citing veterinary rules, the BAPHIQ put all the cats down,
saying they might have carried assorted diseases and potentially posed a
danger to local domestic and wild animals.

The decision by the
Taiwanese authorities turned out to be extremely ill-received, prompting
widespread outrage, with the country’s nationals and animal rescue
groups alike blasting the authorities over the euthanasia. Adding insult
to injury, the mass culling of the ill-fated cats occurred on
International Homeless Animals Day.

“Animals are innocent. There are rules about border regulations, but they can actually check whether animals are sick or not,” said a spokesperson for the Taiwan Animal Emergency Rescue NGO. “I
understand the importance of laws and regulations for the domestic
ecology, but… I hope that the law can be amended and treat these lives
in a more humane way.”

The outrage was so huge that the issue
was addressed by Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen. The president
herself owns two cats, which frequent her social media feeds.

In a Facebook post, Tsai said she understands the outrage over the culling, stating that many pet owners “share the same feelings” over the affair. At the same time, she blamed smugglers for the demise of the cats, stating it was their greed and treating of “life as an illegal cargo” that had ultimately led to the deaths. The president also called for amendments to existing laws to handle such incidents “with the spirit of humanity” in the future.



Also on rt.com
Citing Covid threat, Australian council SHOT SHELTER DOGS dead instead of allowing volunteers to collect them

The extermination of the cats was also defended as a necessary
evil by the head of the Council of Agriculture (COA), Chen Chi-chung.
The official claimed that even after a quarantine the cats could have
posed danger to the local ecosystem, taking full responsibility for the
ill-received move.

“Even after quarantine, these cats could
still carry… diseases due to the long latency periods of viruses, which
could pose a major threat to pets and farm animals in Taiwan,” Chen told a news conference on Sunday.

The
COA minister also announced proposed changes to the existing laws.
Namely, the COA suggests allowing prison sentences for live animal
smugglers of more than seven years, which is currently the maximum
penalty. Apart from that, the agency seeks to bump up fines for animal
smuggling, which currently range from NT$100,000 to NT$3 million (some
US$3,500 to US$107,000). If the change is adopted, the fines would start
from the NT$3 million mark, according to Chen.

Mark Levin: Afghanistan DISASTER Reveals Biden’s Broken Moral Compass | Truth2Freedom’s Blog

https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/2021/08/22/mark-levin-afghanistan-disaster-reveals-bidens-broken-moral-compass/

Biden’s abysmal, failed withdrawal from Afghanistan has stranded American citizens and our allies alike. After Biden spoke to the nation, MSNBC’s far-left hosts praised him for “owning” the decision. It took one of their own guests to blast Biden for his outright lies.

Source: Mark Levin: Afghanistan DISASTER Reveals Biden’s Broken Moral Compass

‘Independent’ Mexico has every right to send aid to Cuba in defiance of ‘inhumane’ US sanctions, president says — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/530526-mexico-fuel-cuba-us-sanctions-inhumane/

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has scoffed at the notion
that Mexico should honor a US-imposed embargo on Cuba, as his country
sends aid to the island in defiance of Washington’s suffocating economic
restrictions.

Defending his decision to fuel shipments and other humanitarian aid
to Cuba, Obrador said on Tuesday that US sanctions on the socialist
state were “inhumane,” and that “independent” Mexico was well within its rights to defy the unilaterally imposed embargo.

Earlier
this week, a Mexican cargo ship loaded with 100,000 barrels of diesel
fuel set sail for Cuba. The Mexican government said the fuel would be
used to provide power for Cuban hospitals.

Two additional vessels
loaded with medical supplies and food embarked in the following days.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry described the shipments as humanitarian
assistance aimed at helping Cuba overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Washington
has tried to penalize ships that deliver goods to Cuba by preventing
them from docking later at US ports, Obrador noted. The rule is one of
the main ways the US enforces its embargo.

The US government has
ratcheted up sanctions aimed at some Cuban officials accused of human
rights abuses following anti-government protests in the country earlier
this month.

Mexico isn’t the only country that has openly
bypassed Washington’s economic restrictions. On Saturday, Russia sent a
large shipment of food and medical supplies to the island. Cuba’s trade
minister applauded the move, tweeting: “We are not alone.”

Automated Killer Robots | Andelino’s Weblog

https://andelino.wordpress.com/2021/07/05/automated-killer-robots/

And which major power created such fearsome technology? The United States? Russia? China? The culprit was in fact Turkey. The drone in question was a Kargu-2 quadcopter, manufactured by STM. We live in a world where building “automated killer robots” is so easy, you don’t have to be a superpower, or even a First World nation to pull it off. The drone itself is relatively simple. Its main weapon is an explosive charge, which it detonates after launching itself at the victim, in a kamikaze attack.

The attack was detailed in a United Nations Security Council report published on March 8, but it was only just noticed by the media. Turkey supplied the drones to the UN-backed Government of National Accord. They used them to hunt down the forces of Gen. Khalifa Haftar as he retreated from Tripoli...

European Parliament Adopts Text Proclaiming Abortion a ‘Human Right’ – Nwo Report

https://nworeport.me/2021/06/26/european-parliament-adopts-text-proclaiming-abortion-a-human-right/

Source: Breitbart

ROME, Italy — The European Parliament (EP) voted Thursday in favor of a report describing abortion as “essential healthcare” and a “human right.”

The European Parliament adopted the document on June 24 by a vote of 378 votes in favor, 255 against and 42 abstentions at its plenary session in Brussels, Belgium.

Last week, the European bishops denounced the text, insisting that the “unborn child has a human right to life.”

In a June 17 position paper, the European Bishops’ Commission (COMECE) responded to the resolution from the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, which declared that sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services “are essential healthcare services that should be available to all,” and include “safe and legal abortion care and services.”

The resolution declared that “denial of abortion care is a form of gender-based violence,” while taking special issue with Poland, which has outlawed eugenic abortions targeting babies with disabilities or genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome.

Read more

Derek Chauvin sentenced to decades in prison for murder of George Floyd – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-26/derek-chauvin-sentenced-for-murder-of-george-floyd/100245998

  • Judge Peter Cahill said his sentence was not based on “emotion or sympathy”
  • Prosecutors had asked for 30 years, saying Chauvin’s actions “shocked the nation’s conscience”
  • With good behaviour, Chauvin, 45, could be paroled after serving about 15 years

Autonomous drones may have ‘hunted down’ and attacked troops in Libya without human control – UN report — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/525111-libya-killer-drone-attack/

A UN report found that autonomous drones armed with explosive devices may have “hunted down” fleeing rebel fighters in Libya last year. If true, the report chronicles the world’s first true robot-on-human attack.

According to the report, anti-government Libyan National Army fighters, under military commander Khalifa Haftar, were retreating last March following an unsuccessful attack on Tripoli, when they ran into a swarm of terrifying aerial opponents.

They were “hunted down” by unmanned drones, as well as “lethal autonomous weapons systems,” the latter of which can be programmed by controllers to seek out and attack targets, and carry out these instructions even if communications with the controllers are severed. Also on rt.com French military tests the robotic dog Spot in combat drill, Boston Dynamics tells media it had no idea

Haftar’s fighters “were neither trained nor motivated to defend against the effective use of this new technology and usually retreated in disarray,” the report continues. While in retreat, “they were subject to continual harassment” from the killer robots.

It is unclear whether the drones were in contact with human controllers during these reported attacks, or whether they were directly responsible for any casualties or deaths. Were they operating autonomously, the scenario described in the report would likely mark a horrifying milestone: the first recorded incidence of truly independent robots attacking humans on the battlefield. However, the report does not specify what level of autonomy the robots were functioning under.

The drones, known as “loitering munitions,” are quadcopter-type vehicles outfitted with cameras and carrying small explosive devices. Left in an area to operate, they identify targets and dive from the air, blowing themselves up upon impact. The devices identified in Libya were ‘Kargu-2’ loitering munitions, deployed on the Libyan battlefield by Turkish forces allied with the UN-backed and Tripoli-based Government of National Accord. Also on rt.com Poland to become first EU country to import Turkish drones after agreeing deal with Ankara

Their deployment, the UN report noted, is in violation of a 2011 UN Security Council resolution prohibiting member states from engaging in “the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer” of arms to the country.  

The move to autonomous weapons has been predicted by analysts for years now, and calls have mounted for a ban on such devices. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a coalition of peace activists, scientists, academics and politicians, is lobbying the UN to adopt an international ban. 

“Current machine learning-based systems cannot effectively distinguish a farmer from a soldier,” security analyst Zachary Kallenborn wrote in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists last week. “Farmers might hold a rifle to defend their land, while soldiers might use a rake to knock over a gun turret… various factors may inhibit an accurate decision.”

Slate panics about Roe v. Wade as SCOTUS agrees to hear abortion case

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/05/19/slate-panics-about-roe-v-wade-as-scotus-agrees-to-hear-abortion-case/

Slate is panicking about the state of Roe v. Wade in a recent story. The outlet shows its true colors with loaded language misrepresenting the Supreme Court’s conservative justices. They’re described as an “ultra-conservative five-justice majority.” The article frets about supposedly “draconian abortion bans.” It instills fear in its audience, saying the Supreme Court “appears…