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Family that refused to pay tax because it was 'against God's will' ordered to pay $2.3m

A Christian family that refuses to pay rates and taxes because it is “against God’s will” has been ordered to pay $2.3m by the Tasmanian supreme court.

Fanny Alida Beerepoot and Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot, who previous owned the Melita honey farm in northern Tasmania, have refused to pay income tax since 2011.

The pair, who represented themselves, told the court they didn’t need to pay a $930,000 bill because everything they owned belonged to God, and Australian tax law fell under the jurisdiction of the Bible, the ABC reported.

“We don’t own anything because we are his [God’s]”, Fanny Beerepoot told the court. Rembertus Beerepoot said “the law of the almighty God” was “the supreme law of this land”.

On Wednesday, associate justice Stephen Holt disagreed.

He told the pair that there was no passage in the Bible that said “thou shalt not pay tax”.

link
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/18/family-that-refused-to-pay-tax-because-it-was-against-gods-will-ordered-to-pay-23m

Kyoto Animation studio fire: 12 dead after arson attack in Japan

An arson attack on an anime studio in Japan has left at least 12 people dead and dozens injured.

The perpetrator, who was also injured and has been taken into police custody, walked into the 1st Studio building of Kyoto Animation in Uji, Kyoto prefecture at about 10.30am. He poured what is suspected to be petrol in multiple areas of the building before igniting it.

There were more than 70 people were in the building, which is Kyoto Animation’s main studio, and 12 people died, according to the police.

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The suspect, identified only as a 41-year-old male, was reportedly taken to hospital before being arrested by police, who said he had admitted starting the fire. No motive for the arson attack has been reported, but Japan’s public broadcaster said he had shouted “drop dead” as he set the fires.

link
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/18/dead-suspected-arson-attack-kyoto-animation-japan

According to Limbaugh Deficits don't matter

From his show
"Nobody is a fiscal conservative anymore. All this talk about concern for the deficit and the budget has been bogus for as long as it’s been around."

Mysterious Artificial Islands in Scotland Are Thousands of Years Older Than We Thought

In the distant past of the northern British Isles, ancient humans didn't always dwell on dry land. Across Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, the foundations of thousands of mysterious artificial islands survive to this day: called crannogs, these strange structures were built long ago by prehistoric hands, in the chilly waters of rivers, lakes, and sea inlets.

Exactly how long ago these things were shaped is something that's never been fully understood. Traditionally, archaeologists estimated Scottish crannogs emerged no earlier than the Iron Age, being first constructed around 800 BCE.

But in more recent years, evidence has come to light that these engineered structures could be much more ancient, and a new study confirms the formations are actually thousands of years older than we realised.

Using radiocarbon dating of four sites located in the Outer Hebrides (the Western Isles of Scotland), researchers have discovered ancient crannogs dating back to 3640–3360 BCE, meaning early humans were building these giant artificial islands roughly 5,500 years ago, pre-dating even the construction of Stonehenge.

link
https://www.sciencealert.com/mysterious-artificial-islands-in-scotland-are-thousands-of-years-older-than-we-knew

Justin Amash quits the G.O.P. Good for him

Today, I will only say nice things and think nice things about him
And then go back to thinking and saying what I think about his time in congress

Why So Dour Flower?

Last weekend President Trump jetted off to the DMZ to meet with PDRK Chairman Kim Jong-un and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in. This picture was the front page in almost every newspaper in South Korea, from the far right Chosun Ilbo (which this pic is taken from) to the liberal dailies like the Hankyoreh.
One would think that maybe, Kim Jong-un likes South Korean President Moon Jae-in much better than either of them like Donald Trump. But to be fair, both men speak Korean and trump is barely literate in English


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I do love this picture

NJ EMT Accused Of Manufacturing Arsenal Of Assault Rifles, Handguns

FRANKLIN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey emergency medical technician is under arrest, accused of stockpiling assault rifles, handguns and semi-automatic weapons inside his home.

Zaresmki faces more than 35 charges after police seized an arsenal of weapons from his home on Old Pond Lane.

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Youst says he never saw any sign that Zaremski, who worked as an EMT with Hackettstown EMS, was manufacturing weapons.

Det. Nevin Mattessich says the investigation started after a complaint of domestic violence from someone outside the family.

link
https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/06/25/new-jersey-emt-manufacturing-assault-rifles/

Jerry Falwell Jr seizes the torch of assholishness and goes full sprint into the lead

Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention-
The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this.

Jerry Falwell Jr-
Who are you @drmoore ? Have you ever made a payroll? Have you ever built an organization of any type from scratch? What gives you authority to speak on any issue? I’m being serious. You’re nothing but an employee- a bureaucrat.

Built an organization from scratch? I am unaware of anything Falwell JR has built from scratch.
I am aware that he inherited
a university and ministry from his late father Jerry Falwell Sr

As to authority on any issue, I am curious what scriptures Falwell Jr has been reading in his support for these abominations

Strong Candidate for the Worst Person in the World

Woman 'poses as dead cyclist's aunt' to oppose new London bike lane

A woman posed as the aunt of a cyclist who was killed in London in order to oppose plans for a new segregated bike lane, according to the victim’s mother.

Eilidh Cairns, a television producer from Alnwick in Northumberland, died aged 30 in 2009 after being hit by a tipper truck while riding in Notting Hill in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Her family was contacted by several people who attended a council meeting held this month to discuss a proposed cycle scheme in Kensington, saying a woman who spoke there claimed to be Cairns’s aunt and said: “Had Eilidh been alive today, she would not have supported the scheme.”

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/24/woman-poses-dead-cyclist-eilidh-cairns-aunt-oppose-london-bike-lane

The Republican Robin Hood

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