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NSW Gov: Mandatory customer check in for NSW venues

NSW Gov: Mandatory customer check in for NSW venues
11 November 2020 --
Recording customer information digitally will become mandatory for many NSW venues and businesses from Monday 23 November 2020.
The mandatory digital check in registrations will help keep NSW communities COVID Safe.
Under the new rules, any businesses who do not record contact details of customers via QR codes or other electronic forms will face strict penalties.
The new rules will apply to:
  • amusement centres
  • aquariums
  • business premises that are used for auction houses, other than clearing houses
  • business premises that are used for nail salons, beauty salons, hairdressing salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours
  • crematoria
  • drive-in cinemas
  • entertainment facilities
  • hospitality venues, including casinos, food and drink premises, micro-breweries, small distilleries, pubs, small bars and registered clubs
  • function centres
  • funeral homes
  • information and education facilities (other than libraries)
  • party buses
  • properties operated by the National Trust or the Historic Houses Trust
  • public swimming pools
  • recreation facilities (indoor)
  • recreation facilities (major)
  • sex on premises venues
  • sex services premises
  • strip clubs
  • vessels used for hosting functions or for commercial tours
  • zoological parks and reptile parks.
The new rules will also apply to events, including:
  • corporate events
  • funerals and memorial services and gathering after funerals and memorial services
  • wedding services and gatherings after wedding services.
For customers entering venues without a mobile phone, venues are asked to record their details and time of entry on another device.
Venues must manually collect contact details in instances where electronic forms can not be accessed, including during internet outages.
Collecting customer information via QR codes is fast, accurate and secure. NSW businesses are urged to use the free QR code and the COVID Safe Check In via the Service NSW app.
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OSM feature list - python script + API(WIP)

A day or two ago, I posted here if I can get a list of all types of classification of key, value is OSM. I was referred to : https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Map_Features. Which was helpful because it was legit and contained all the information I needed. But as it is way too big. It was hard for me handle. So I wrote a python script and made it easy. Source code is available under MIT license in GitHub : https://github.com/maifeeulasad/OSM-feature-extract-python. Anyone fell free to contribute and find out issues in the project.
Thanks everyone, specially to u/pietervdvn and u/maxerickson.

Here is the result, the latest version of the result can be found in readme in GitHub. I will be trying to host these data as much as possible. Anyone interested can contact with me.
For API call this : API features
{ "fire_object:type": [], "sorting_name": [], "highway": [ "motorway", "trunk", "primary", "secondary", "tertiary", "unclassified", "residential", "motorway_link", "trunk_link", "primary_link", "secondary_link", "tertiary_link", "living_street", "service", "pedestrian", "track", "bus_guideway", "escape", "raceway", "road", "footway", "bridleway", "steps", "corridor", "path", "cycleway", "proposed", "construction", "bus_stop", "crossing", "elevator", "emergency_access_point", "give_way", "milestone", "mini_roundabout", "motorway_junction", "passing_place", "platform", "rest_area", "speed_camera", "street_lamp", "services", "stop", "traffic_mirror", "traffic_signals", "trailhead", "turning_circle", "turning_loop", "toll_gantry", "User Defined" ], "non_existent_levels": [], "wood": [], "junction": [ "roundabout" ], "building": [ "apartments", "bungalow", "cabin", "detached", "dormitory", "farm", "ger", "hotel", "house", "houseboat", "residential", "semidetached_house", "static_caravan", "terrace", "commercial", "industrial", "kiosk", "office", "retail", "supermarket", "warehouse", "cathedral", "chapel", "church", "mosque", "religious", "shrine", "synagogue", "temple", "bakehouse", "civic", "fire_station", "government", "hospital", "kindergarten", "public", "school", "toilets", "train_station", "transportation", "university", "barn", "conservatory", "cowshed", "farm_auxiliary", "greenhouse", "stable", "sty", "grandstand", "pavilion", "riding_hall", "sports_hall", "stadium", "hangar", "hut", "shed", "carport", "garage", "garages", "parking", "digester", "service", "transformer_tower", "water_tower", "bunker", "bridge", "construction", "roof", "ruins", "tree_house", "user defined " ], "service": [ "alley", "crossover", "siding", "spur", "yard" ], "est_width": [], "toll": [], "addr:place": [], "area": [], "cutting": [ "yes" ], "bicycle_road": [], "motorcycle": [], "wheelchair": [], "reg_name": [], "sac_scale": [], "opening_hours": [], "psv": [], "ele": [], "goods": [], "shop": [ "alcohol", "bakery", "beverages", "brewing_supplies", "butcher", "cheese", "chocolate", "coffee", "confectionery", "convenience", "deli", "dairy", "farm", "frozen_food", "greengrocer", "health_food", "ice_cream", "organic", "pasta", "pastry", "seafood", "spices", "tea", "wine", "water", "department_store", "general", "kiosk", "mall", "supermarket", "wholesale", "baby_goods", "bag", "boutique", "clothes", "fabric", "fashion", "fashion_accessories", "jewelry", "leather", "sewing", "shoes", "tailor", "watches", "wool", "charity", "second_hand", "variety_store", "beauty", "chemist", "cosmetics", "erotic", "hairdresser", "hairdresser_supply", "hearing_aids", "herbalist", "massage", "medical_supply", "nutrition_supplements", "optician", "perfumery", "tattoo", "agrarian", "appliance", "bathroom_furnishing", "doityourself", "electrical", "energy", "fireplace", "florist", "garden_centre", "garden_furniture", "gas", "glaziery", "hardware", "houseware", "locksmith", "paint", "security", "trade", "windows", "antiques", "bed", "candles", "carpet", "curtain", "doors", "flooring", "furniture", "household_linen", "interior_decoration", "kitchen", "lighting", "tiles", "window_blind", "computer", "robot", "electronics", "hifi", "mobile_phone", "radiotechnics", "vacuum_cleaner", "atv", "bicycle", "boat", "car", "car_repair", "car_parts", "caravan", "fuel", "fishing", "free_flying", "golf", "hunting", "jetski", "military_surplus", "motorcycle", "outdoor", "scuba_diving", "ski", "snowmobile", "sports", "swimming_pool", "trailer", "tyres", "art", "collector", "craft", "frame", "games", "model", "music", "musical_instrument", "photo", "camera", "trophy", "video", "video_games", "anime", "books", "gift", "lottery", "newsagent", "stationery", "ticket", "bookmaker", "cannabis", "copyshop", "dry_cleaning", "e-cigarette", "funeral_directors", "laundry", "money_lender", "party", "pawnbroker", "pet", "pet_grooming", "pest_control", "pyrotechnics", "religion", "storage_rental", "tobacco", "toys", "travel_agency", "vacant", "weapons", "outpost", "user defined" ], "official_name": [], "traffic_sign": [], "tactile_paving": [], "forestry": [], "maxwidth": [ "Width" ], "surface": [], "amenity": [ "bar", "bbq", "biergarten", "cafe", "drinking_water", "fast_food", "food_court", "ice_cream", "pub", "restaurant", "college", "driving_school", "kindergarten", "language_school", "library", "toy_library", "music_school", "school", "university", "bicycle_parking", "bicycle_repair_station", "bicycle_rental", "boat_rental", "boat_sharing", "bus_station", "car_rental", "car_sharing", "car_wash", "vehicle_inspection", "charging_station", "ferry_terminal", "fuel", "grit_bin", "motorcycle_parking", "parking", "parking_entrance", "parking_space", "taxi", "atm", "bank", "bureau_de_change", "baby_hatch", "clinic", "dentist", "doctors", "hospital", "nursing_home", "pharmacy", "social_facility", "veterinary", "arts_centre", "brothel", "casino", "cinema", "community_centre", "fountain", "gambling", "nightclub", "planetarium", "public_bookcase", "social_centre", "stripclub", "studio", "swingerclub", "theatre", "animal_boarding", "animal_shelter", "baking_oven", "bench", "childcare", "clock", "conference_centre", "courthouse", "crematorium", "dive_centre", "embassy", "fire_station", "firepit", "give_box", "grave_yard", "gym", "hunting_stand", "internet_cafe", "kitchen", "kneipp_water_cure", "marketplace", "monastery", "photo_booth", "place_of_worship", "police", "post_box", "post_depot", "post_office", "prison", "public_bath", "public_building", "ranger_station", "recycling", "refugee_site", "sanitary_dump_station", "sauna", "shelter", "shower", "telephone", "toilets", "townhall", "vending_machine", "waste_basket", "waste_disposal", "waste_transfer_station", "watering_place", "water_point", "user defined" ], "name:left": [], "disused": [], "toilets:wheelchair": [], "mtb:scale:uphill": [], "leaf_type": [], "maxspeed": [ "Speed" ], "ice_road": [], "building:max_level": [], "location": [], "fire_rank": [], "nudism": [], "public_transport": [ "stop_position", "platform", "station" ], "drive_through": [], "loc_name": [], "roadtrain": [], "railway:track_ref": [], "mtb:description": [], "motor_vehicle": [], "addr:street": [], "short_name": [], "produce": [], "overtaking": [], "bdouble": [], "oneway": [], "passing_places": [], "name": [], "parking:lane": [], "motorcar": [], "cycleway": [ "lane", "opposite", "opposite_lane", "track", "opposite_track", "share_busway", "opposite_share_busway", "shared_lane" ], "admin_level": [], "maxlength": [ "Length" ], "turn": [], "tracks": [], "incline": [], "width": [], "hgv": [], "moped": [], "name:": [], "hazmat": [], "mofa": [], "int_name": [], "addr:interpolation": [], "atv": [], "boundary": [ "aboriginal_lands", "administrative", "maritime", "marker", "national_park", "political", "postal_code", "protected_area", "user defined" ], "addr:hamlet": [], "mtb:scale": [], "inscription": [], 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"ski", "subway", "train", "tracks", "tram", "trolleybus", "" ], "crossing:island": [], "landuse": [ "commercial", "construction", "industrial", "residential", "retail", "allotments", "farmland", "farmyard", "forest", "meadow", "orchard", "vineyard", "basin", "brownfield", "cemetery", "conservation", "depot", "garages", "grass", "greenfield", "greenhouse_horticulture", "landfill", "military", "", "plant_nursery", "port", "quarry", "railway", "recreation_ground", "religious", "reservoir", "salt_pond", "village_green", "user defined", "railway" ], "tunnel": [ "yes" ], "addr:housenumber": [], "mountain_pass": [], "maxaxleload": [ "Weight" ], "charge": [], "abutters": [], "tracktype": [], "start_date": [], "narrow": [], "lanes": [], "ford": [], "tidal": [], "smoothness": [], "driving_side": [], "building:fireproof": [], "addr:state": [], "usage": [], "winter_road": [], "boat": [], "addr:subdistrict": [], "access": [ "designated" ], "drive_in": [], "addr:suburb": [], "bicycle": [], "entrance": [], "internet_access": [], "sidewalk": [], "addr:housename": [], "motorboat": [], "mtb:scale:imba": [], "motorroad": [], "addr:province": [], "noexit": [], "horse": [], "4wd_only": [], "vehicle": [], "addr:district": [], "lhv": [], "building:flats": [], "inline_skates": [], "busway": [ "lane" ], "maxheight": [ "Height" ], "end_date": [], "service_times": [], "leaf_cycle": [], "addr:inclusion": [], "electrified": [], "minspeed": [ "Speed" ], "addr:country": [], "traffic_calming": [], "alt_name": [], "soft_storey": [], "border_type": [], "embankment": [], "trail_visibility": [], "addr:conscriptionnumber": [], "fire_operator": [], "height": [], "lit": [], "covered": [], "addr:flats": [], "operator": [] } 
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2004 Forbes Magazine Article

This article is still available online at this point:
Sensei's World
Benjamin Fulford, David Whelan, 09.06.04
Soka Gakkai, a strikingly wealthy Japanese sect, tries again for U.S. glory with a splendid new campus. Daisaku Ikeda's unaccountable empire can thank lax treatment of the nonprofit world.
Walk the hilly campus of Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, Calif. and you enter the fabulous world of the international nonprofit. The three-year-old school has so far put about $300 million into its 103 suburban Orange County acres, and this is still a work in progress. As of this fall, only 400 students will meander among the rich, Romanesque architecture.
The primary benefactor of Soka U is a controversial offshoot of Japanese Buddhism called Soka Gakkai, headed for 44 years by the sometimes messianic and persistently self-aggrandizing Daisaku Ikeda. But significant secondary support comes from favorable tax treatment in Japan, the U.S. and around the globe, just as enjoyed by other philanthropies big and small. In the U.S. the nonprofit sector is spending $875 billion a year and employs 9% of the work force yet has precious little accountability, other than the public financial statements required of most charities. Religious entities don't even have that degree of accountability. They enjoy all the benefits of tax exemption without any requirement that they say what they are up to.
Soka Gakkai is a shadowy case in point. Ikeda, now 76 and president of Soka Gakkai International, the sect's global umbrella, claims 12 million followers and has amassed an empire that was put at $100 billion by a Japanese parliamentarian a decade ago. (The sect says that's wrong but otherwise won't comment on its finances.) A nasty split from Nichiren Buddhists set off a cycle of alleged violence, blackmail and intimidation. Soka Gakkai members in Japan have been charged with illegal wiretapping and breaking into private databases. The sect says it has nothing to do with those activities, noting that its ranks include nearly 10% of all Japanese. But yet-darker allegations have been made (see box, p. 130).
Soka Gakkai (literally, "value-creating society") brings in, conservatively, $1.5 billion a year to the top line, according to our best estimates of its membership, its tithing demands and its commercial activities. Most of that revenue is collected in Japan, where the sect sells its flock funeral plots, assorted religious paraphernalia and a newspaper (5.5 million subscribers). The group's far-flung international assets include estates in France and the U.K. In gilded Santa Monica, Calif. a Soka-owned office high- rise and auditorium sit across Wilshire Boulevard from each other, near the town's beach. In the nearby hills a Soka affiliate holds the King Gillette Ranch-- which was used for footage of "Tara" in the film Gone with the Wind. A thousand spiritual centers worldwide include a site worth $6 million near New York City's Union Square.
In wealth and claimed following, Soka Gakkai exceeds more familiar sects such as Hare Krishna, the church of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon and today's hippest (Madonna, etc.) group, members of the Kabbalah Centre. In the U.S. a church can lose its federal tax exemption for getting into politics. Soka managed to get around a similar restriction in Japan, where Ikeda has built up a political party, New Komeito, that helps the long-governing Liberal Democrats hold power.
Soka University of Japan opened in 1971. Soka University of America, first established in 1987 on what is now a graduate campus in Calabasas, Calif., near Malibu, recently obtained preaccreditation for its undergraduate program from an outfit certified by the U.S. Education Department. A parallel process that will cover graduate students also is moving forward.
The preaccreditation means that for the past year American undergrads at Soka U--which reported to the IRS that its assets exceed $740 million--have been eligible to obtain up to $23,000 in federal Stafford loans over the course of their education. Needy recipients can get up to an additional $4,000 a year in Pell Grants.
What are Ikeda's aims? Five years after gaining command of Soka Gakkai, he told a Japanese writer: "I am the king of Japan; I am its president; I am the master of its spiritual life; I am the supreme power who entirely directs its intellectual culture." In the years since, "world peace" has been the sect's mantra. New Komeito promotes pacifism in Japan. Representatives of the sect have worked the UN and other official venues touting international harmony and goodwill--and usually Ikeda. Followers mount a traveling show equating him with Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.
In the sect's 1,000 meeting halls Soka members exercise the "life-enhancing" power of chanting. Believers are encouraged to be "many in body, one in mind." This means "You have to make sensei's [teacher's] heart your own. You have to fulfill [Ikeda's] dreams instead of your own," maintains Lisa Jones, a former aide and follower who ghostwrote an Ikeda book and now maintains a Soka-doubter Web site. "His dream is kosen-rufu, or what Soka members call ‘world peace,' which will be achieved when one third of the world chants, one third merely celebrates Ikeda, and the other third doesn't care," she says.
A Soka bid for favor in the U.S. a generation ago, drawing on the era's culture clash and some affiliated celebrities, attracted unwelcome press, and the sect receded a bit. But it has never given up efforts to establish legitimacy and further Ikeda's vision. He founded the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century in a 13,000-square-foot Georgian building next to Harvard University. Ikeda has enticed Mikhail Gorbachev and Henry Kissinger into numerous discussions. He also met with historian Arnold Toynbee, double Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling and civil rights figure Rosa Parks (Soka's U.S. arm boasts a sizable black membership). Some of the conversations with luminaries have been published and sold.
More idealistic or benign than sinister and manipulative? The veil that surrounds the nonprofit world, especially religions, ensures that only the outlines are visible. Soka University files an IRS form; the organization behind it doesn't.
Congress is training its sights anew on nonprofits. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, held hearings in June on tax-exempt abuses. "Far too many charities have broken the understood covenant between the taxpayers and nonprofits," he said. He was angered by local news reports about the looting of family foundations. On Aug. 10 the Internal Revenue Service promised to increase from 230 to 300 the agents it assigns to nonprofit entities. This tiny crew is supposed to take on 1.6 million tax-exempt organizations and an estimated 400,000 additional religious groups that do not have to submit annual tax forms to the IRS. Investigations are typically initiated only in response to complaints. Exceptions to this passive role include the IRS' decades-long losing war with the Church of Scientology.
In the post-Sept. 11 era some Muslim groups have come under scrutiny for ties to terrorism. The Department of Justice recently prosecuted the former head of the American Muslim Council and indicted seven leaders of the Dallas-based Holy Land Foundation. But unless you're tied into terror, you can shout from the rooftops and no one is likely to come looking at your books. "Every revenue agent you assign to a corporate tax return will generate millions of dollars. Every [revenue agent] you assign to a tax-exempt one may not pay his own salary," says Marcus Owens, who headed the IRS' Exempt Organizations division from 1990 to 2000 and is now a private Washington attorney.
So the Ikeda-related wealth here is virtually untouchable. In Japan, Soka has not only its 8,000-student university but also its enhanced political power. At least 20% of the Liberal Democrat deputies could have lost without the support of Soka followers last October, enough to give the opposition Democratic Party a plurality in the Diet. "It's like becoming addicted to amphetamines," says Katsuei Hirasawa, an LDP member of parliament, of his party's link with Komeito.
In a July op-ed in the Asahi newspaper, Koji Ishimura, a professor of tax law at Hakuho University, argued that Soka's political activities were an abuse of its status as a religion. "The influence of a ruling party that relies on a specific religion's organization to form its power base is growing stronger," wrote Ishimura, who called for Soka's donations to be taxed.
Ikeda established his fundraising prowess early on. According to University of North Carolina professor James White, who wrote a book about Soka, Ikeda threw a scare into the Japanese insurance industry in the 1960s in a crash four-day drive for a key temple at Mount Fuji. Record sums were raised, with some members cashing in life policies to help.
Soka's initial U.S. academic beachhead in rustic Calabasas met with bustle-wary neighbors. After an extended development fight, the 660 acres today may be home to only half a dozen linguistics students destined for jobs as language instructors for Japanese Soka emissaries.
The action shifted to Aliso Viejo in 2001, with promises of a nonsectarian institution with a first-rate library and renowned secular faculty. The new master-planned community was accommodating. Campus athletic and arts attractions, as well as the library, were open to the public. Popular U.S. author Joe McGinniss was a notable instructor hire.
But reality began to kick in when McGinniss and others complained of interference from on high. Several staff have left--McGinniss' contract wasn't renewed--and one sued. Another filed for arbitration and lost.
Earnest university officials are at pains to showcase an arts-and-letters idyll devoted to the betterment of mankind. Soka U insists it is an independent, nonsectarian school not even as religiously influenced as, say, Brigham Young or Notre Dame universities. But at least a majority of Soka U's trustees have direct Soka Gakkai connections. Today 70% of matriculants are Soka Gakkai members.
Some secular faculty felt squeezed. The university was sued in 2002 by Linda Southwell, a fired fine arts professor. Her complaint disputed a "commitment to rigorous academic endeavor, free and open dialogue, and an appreciation for human diversity" when "in reality the curriculum is intended to reflect cult beliefs and perspectives" and speech and association are limited. She also claimed Soka members were favored faculty.
Soka University settled the discrimination and wrongful termination in a "satisfactory" manner that included a confidentiality clause, Southwell's lawyer Brian Glicker says. Another professor, who quit her "frightening" job, begs off discussing the specifics of her beef.
Glicker maintains he's heard from several other non-Soka Gakkai International staff members. "Many or most non-SGI staff or faculty are at least considering leaving," says one disaffected professor. "The university was only able to hire 7 or 8 of the 21 faculty it tried to hire." University officials say they'd not heard this and attribute departures to the growing pains of a new school. They claim an 81% retention rate.
An initial goal of 1,200 students remains a ways off. Has the academic friction been a roadblock? The university says more hiring and building await full accreditation, which it expects soon. On campus, the image is of serenity and strength. The buildings use the same stone featured in the Colosseum in Rome. Ikeda insisted on using it because he intends his university to last 2,000 years, a Soka U spokesman explains. The campus also sports a security camera network rivaling that of any casino.
The university includes a sizable "guest house" and a larger "athenaeum" overlooking a regional park. The sumptuous residence is set aside for VIPs, such as, in the words of one university official, "the president of Venezuela or Daisaku Ikeda." It has ornate furniture, a portrait of Ikeda and many artworks, all covered in white cloth until the VIPs show.
The undergraduate catalog says that "as leaders and decision makers," Soka's graduates "will be guided by the ideal of a contributive life, a humanistic approach drawn from Buddhist thought." But Soka Gakkai newspapers and other publications, filling a prominent shelf in the Soka University library--named for Ikeda--all feature Ikeda's interpretations of Buddhism: To wit, achieve world peace and democracy by becoming one in Soka and chanting. The university notes it also has other Buddhist texts.
Like other students approached at Aliso Viejo, Fabiana Sanchez, 21, a senior and a Soka Gakkai member, says she wants to do something for society or peace. She plans to return to her native Venezuela upon graduation and get involved in some sort of work "linking education and politics."
Soka U denies a rumor that the aging sensei plans a visit soon to his American academic citadel. Succession at the sect's helm is uncertain: Two sons are vice presidents in Soka but the sect denies a hereditary rule. Meanwhile the tax-favored billions continue to roll in, almost entirely outside the purview of authorities anywhere.
Chant of the Faithful
Prominent believers in Soka Gakkai include Mariane Pearl, the widow of murdered journalists Daniel Pearl, jazz musician Herbie Hancock and Patrick Duffy of Dallas Tv show fame. Singer Tina Turner was identified with Soka Gakkai in years past, but her spokesman would not confirm an association.
As of this fall, only 400 students will meander among the rich, Romanesque architecture.
They're still only having around that many students, and here we are, over 15 years after that article was written. Part of it is that Soka U rejects a large number of applicants because doing so creates a metric that is used to indicate "exclusivity" by ranking agencies. Will Soka U ever reach its goal of a 1,200-strong student body? My sources say No.
The sect says that's wrong but otherwise won't comment on its finances.
That's exactly the kind of criticism we get here from the SGI crusaders who pop in - they'll say "That's wrong" but never provide any documentation or even explanation as to why. We're expected to change everything on the basis of their "That's wrong". That's more of that "entitlement mentality" we were recently talking about.
the Ikeda-related wealth here is virtually untouchable
There is no financial transparency, no independent audits, no oversight by any outside agency. Remember that any time any SGI promoter talks about having reviewed their financials - never gonna happen.
efforts to establish legitimacy and further Ikeda's vision. He founded the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century
That building has since been renamed "The IKEDA Center for something, something, and something else". Who here is surprised?
In the U.S. a church can lose its federal tax exemption for getting into politics.
This is why Ikeda forbade the overseas organizations from forming their own "Komeito" political parties back in the 1970s. That ban remains in place.
Ikeda insisted on using it because he intends his university to last 2,000 years, a Soka U spokesman explains.
Oh more of this grandiose blather. Ikeda just loves talking in multiple thousands of years. The Sho-Hondo was supposed to last 10,000 years, if anyone remembers. Where's your Sho-Hondo now, Scamsei?? Ikeda apparently thinks talking in large terms will make him larger than life.
The sumptuous residence is set aside for VIPs, such as, in the words of one university official, "the president of Venezuela or Daisaku Ikeda."
It's just another "Ikeda House" (so of course it's "sumptuous", since it's for Scamsei) but they have to make it sound like it's more than just a private residence for Ikeda, because that will get them in trouble with nonprofit laws in this country. I'm betting NO ONE has ever stayed in it, since that was after Ikeda stopped traveling.
Singer Tina Turner was identified with Soka Gakkai in years past, but her spokesman would not confirm an association.
Ms. Turner isn't about to alienate any category of potential fans.
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Who’s thirsty, can I interest you in some coffee?

16th December 2019
Good Morning fellow autist, GL today.


Boeing Company (BA) is reportedly considering reducing production or halting production of its 737 MAX over continued uncertainty regarding its return to service, according to people familiar with the matter.
Coca-Cola Company (KO) announced its Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer, Francisco Crespo, will retire in 2020 after 30 years with the company.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has its Erleada for treatment of patients with metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer approved by Health Canada after a priority review.
Pfizer Inc. (PFE) increased its quarterly dividend to USD 0.38/share from USD 0.36/share, a 6% increase.
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) streaming product, Disney+, will launch on Vivendi’s (VIV FP) Pay-TV business Canal+ by the end of March.
United Health Group Inc. (UNH) has been upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman Sachs, where analyst Stephen Tanal highlighted its attractive commercial business, which holds top market share position in Medicare Advantage, and a top three position in Medicaid. The analyst states > USD 19bln in operating cashflow next year will “handily cover” its USD 2.3bln worth of capital expenditures, which puts the company in a good position to deploy capital against earnings growth vie tuck-in acquisitions and share repurchase programmes. Stephen Tanal increased the PT to USD 330 from USD 300.
Walmart (WMT) and Flipkart are to invest in a Bangalore based fresh produce supply chain start up named Ninjacart, the financial terms were not disclosed, however Economic Times citing people familiar with the matter, state WMT could invest up to USD 50mln.


Alphabet Inc Class A (GOOGL) self-driving business, Waymo, acquired Latent Logic, a spinout company from Oxford University which specialises in imitation learning, helping machines learn from human actions. The financial terms were not disclosed, although it gives Waymo its first presence in the UK. (The Guardian)
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) Ring is to introduce new security features after hackers broke into a child’s bedroom and had the ability to watch and talk to the child. (Business Insider)
Facebook, Inc. (FB) had tens of thousands of its employees personal banking information compromised after a thief stole several corporate hard drives from an employee’s car.
Micron Technology (MU) had its PT raised at USD 56 from USD 48 from Morgan Stanley ahead of its earnings on Wednesday, where analyst Joseph Moore noted the recent memory chip strength is surprising and should bring short-term momentum back into the name.

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Dollar General (DG) & Dollar Tree (DLTR) is being asked by local governments across the country to provide fresh food amid a lack of grocery stores. (WSJ)
DuPont de Nemours Inc (DD) is to merge its Nutrition & Biosciences business with International Flavours (IFF) where DD shareholders will own 55.4% of the combined company, and DD will receive a onetime USD 7.3bln special cash payment in closing of the IFF deal. Following the deal DD sees 2019 operating EBITDA at the low end of its guidance range. Executive Chairman Ed Breen says they have some interesting bolt on opportunities they like in the company and don’t plan to sit on cash, may do bolt-on M&A.
Humana Inc. (HUM) is to acquire Enclara Healthcare, although financial terms were not disclosed.
Lilly (Eli) & Co. (LLY) announced a global commercialisation agreement to join DexCom (DXCM) products into LLY’s diabetes management system, adding it is currently in development to advance the treatment of diabetes.


Amarin Pharmaceuticals (AMRN) received FDA approval for its Vascepa, to reduce cardiovascular risk. Following the approval, it increased its FY19 revenue forecasts to (USD) 410-425mln (exp. 410.25mln, prev. 380-420mln. Updates FY20 revenue guidance to 650-700mln (exp. 654.55mln)
BeiGene (BGNE) announced its Phase 3 ASPEN trial did not meet its primary endpoint as it did not achieve statistical significance when comparing BTK inhibitor BRUKINSA to ibrutinib for the treatment of Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia.
Chesapeake (CHK) received a notice from NYSE regarding its noncompliance with a rule which requires listed companies maintain an average closing price of above USD 1.00/shr over a 30-day average. CHK acknowledged the notice, adding they intend to regain compliance by pursuing measures in the best interests of the companies.
Live Nation (LYV) and Zebra Technology (ZBRA) and Steris (STE) (will move to the S&P500, replacing Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) , Trip Advisor (TRIP) and Macerich (MAC), respectively, on 23/12/19.
Owens Corning (OC) executive chairman sold 30,000 common shares for USD 65.646/share.
Pacific Gas and Electric (PCG) had its plan to exit bankruptcy and to pay the victims of the North Carolina wildfire rejected as the proposal falls “woefully short”.
Spark Therapeutics (ONCE) takeover by Roche (ROGN SW) has received clearance from UK regulators, although the two are still awaiting US approval.
Uber (UBER) is reportedly in advanced talks to sell its UberEats India business to a local rival, Zomato, according to people familiar with the matter.
WPX Energy (WPX) is reportedly in discussion to purchase Felix Energy assets for approximately USD 2.5bln, according to people familiar with the matter.
Of note for US Casino Names (MGM, WYNN, PENN, LVS, BYD), Barclays is bullish on the sector heading into 2020 where analyst Felicia Hendrix believes it could be poised for further growth next year.
Of note for Semiconductors (SOX), JPMorgan forecast further upside in 2020 as industry growth rates inflect positively and drive a positive earnings revision cycle. Analyst Harlan Sur notes the top pick in the space is Broadcom (AVGO), citing its underappreciated diversification and strong FCF and dividend growth. The analyst also highlights Nvidia (NVDA), Intel (INTC), Micron (MU) on strong data centre exposure, Qorvo (QRVO), Marvell (MRVL) as key 5G plays and Texas Instruments (TXN) and Microchip (MCHP) on improving industrial/cyclical trends. Also of note, RBC highlight unconfirmed reports that Samsung (SSNLF) will invest roughly USD 8bln in its second semiconductor plant in Xian, China, citing Business Korea. RBC also highlight unconfirmed reports that Intel’s (INTC) is expecting to reach 1.4nm designs by 2029, with 7nm in 2021, 5nm by 2023, 3nm by 2025, 2nm by 2027. The desk notes that if this leaked information is correct, it implies a two-year node reduction cycle.
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[META] The Portugal of 1980 (LORE)


This post essentially builds off TheIpleJonesion’s fantastic lore, explaining the situation which Portugal and her former territories find themselves in during the early 1980s. It is broken down along geographic lines.

The Metropolitan (Continental Portugal and the Outer Island Provinces of the Azores, Madeira, Cabo Verde and São Tomé & Príncipe):

With the removal of the Salazar regime in 1954, Portugal transitioned into a military-dominated presidential republic. Liberal market reforms made by the democratically-elected Fraternity Party saw an end to state interventionism in the Portuguese economy and a move away from corporatist macroeconomic organisation towards capitalistic free-market economics. This transformed the predominately-agricultural Portuguese economy into an industrial powerhouse, as factories popped up across the continental provinces in what is now jokingly referred to as the ‘Portuguese Industrial Revolution’. As Portugal modernised its economy, it attained a developmental trajectory similar to that of the Asian Tigers IOTL. This was only helped by the extremely cheap importation of primary resources from Portugal’s former colonies in Africa, and the discount export markets which the escudo africano monetary area had established in these nations. Portugal’s economic ascension was accompanied by huge progress in the fields of education and infrastructure, as bridges and roads were constructed and continental illiteracy abolished.
Owing to its pro-business sympathies and dubious ties to the economic elite, the Fraternity Party ensured that no anti-trust measures were implemented as part of its economic reform strategy, allowing the influential ‘40 Families’ of Portugal’s south to expand their dominion over those sectors of the Portuguese economy that were privatised during the post-Salazar liberalisation. The result was an economic model that verged on plutocracy, as the anti-communist military conspired with powerful businessmen and corrupt Fraternity Party politicians to maintain the upper class’ hold on power. This alliance of convenience continued up until the late seventies when a cadre of disillusioned, left-leaning junior military officers led a mass of young conscripts to seize power in the infamous 1976 Carnation Revolution. The Revolution, which in many ways resembled the anti-Salazar coup 22 years prior, saw the passage of new anti-trust and anti-corruption laws after the democratically-socialist Movement for Democratic Unity’s (MDU) victory in the junta-supervised elections of 1977. Though the Revolution would establish a fairer two-party democratic system in which the Conservative Party (the successor to the Fraternity Party) would compete with the MDU in free elections, it also confirmed for a second time the military’s position as a powerful force in Portuguese politics. As such, despite the removal of plutocracy and the reinstatement of fair elections, the Portugal of the 1980s remains a “flawed democracy” according to most outside observer assessments.
Though this chaos certainly had a negative impact on Portuguese standards of living, the nation remains a dynamic economic force in Europe and an over-achiever when it comes to developmental outcomes. As the 1980s continue on, Portugal is beginning its transition away from heavy industry towards a stronger services sector while it signs special trade agreements with its partners in the European Common Market and continues to pursue close economic ties with its former colonies of Guinea and Angola. From the sparkling beaches of São Tomé & Príncipe to the luscious fields of northern Portugal and the windswept hills of the Azores, there is no doubt that the Republic has become quite the enterprising nation.

The Outer Metropolitan (Portuguese India, Macau and Timor-Leste):

Portuguese India:
Had the Indian subcontinent not fractured so easily in the late 1950s, it is difficult to see how Portugal would have been able to maintain any sort of presence in the territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar-Haveli. The defeat of Indian forces in the Kashmir Conflict and the successful declaration of Dravidian independence after a bloody insurgency, however, created an opportunity for Portuguese policymakers. Years of economic development across Portuguese India and a deliberate policy of promoting an independent Portuguese-Indian identity strengthened Portugal’s claim to these territories, while deals signed with the US establishing an American naval base at Nova Goa and US protection over Portuguese India provided a strong deterrent. These gains were then solidified by deals with the Dravidian and Indian governments, which saw Portuguese sovereignty confirmed over Goa, Daman and Diu in return for Portugal ceding Dadra, Pani-Cola and Nagar-Haveli back to India, as well as the lending of strong military support to the Dravidians. Though there remains significant agitation across Portuguese India (now referred to as the Goa, Daman & Diu Province), Portuguese sovereignty over these increasingly productive and idyllic territories appears secure for the foreseeable future. What’s more, it is now not uncommon to see ethnic Indians roaming the streets of Continental Portugal as fully-fledged citizens. The long-desired union of Portugal to the Subcontinent finally appears complete.
Macau is seen in the eyes of most as the crown jewel of Portugal’s Asian provinces. She is home to some of the most important banks in Asia and competes with Shanghai for the status of the financial capital of China. Not only that, but Macau competes with Bali, Jeju, Tokyo and Beijing for the most popular tourist destination in the Asian region, already being the destination of choice for the rich and famous, who flock to her many bars, casinos, prestigious restaurants and world-class designer fashion houses. The Macau of the 1980s is covered in stunning skyscrapers and jaw-dropping urban greenery. Indeed, the city boasts a population of nearly a million, with land reclamation projects having allowed for a vast expansion of the province’s urban domain. The city’s population includes tens of thousands of ethnic Portuguese residents, just as hundreds of thousands of ethnic Chiese now live in continental Portugal, being the second-largest ethnic minority community behind African migrants from Guinea, Mozambique and Angola, but ahead of Indian migrants from Goa.
At any rate, just as Macau has in many ways become the financial and touristic centre of Asia, it has also become a centre for intrigue. The unsuccessful Chinese attempt to seize Macau by force in 1969, for example, only saw a further upgrade of the province’s military defences, with the permanent deployment of an extra submarine to Macau Habour alongside thousands of additional troops and another fighter squadron. Meanwhile, the ‘Bloody Game’ that started in the late 1950s between Portuguese and Chinese spies, local casino syndicates, corrupt local politicians and the four main triad groups continues to this day, with the southern portions of Macau city being known for violent crime and a dirty underworld. Indeed, it appears that the province is as vice-ridden as it is glamorous.
A series of bilateral agreements in the 1950s saw Timor-Leste recognised as integral Portuguese territory by the Indonesians, just as the peninsula came under separate US/Australian/SEATO military protection, thus securing Portuguese rule over the territory indefinitely. Despite this, prohibitive travel times and ticket costs kept Timor physically isolated from the rest of the Portuguese Republic until the mid-1960s, when she suddenly gained access to far more state support as the African colonies achieved independence and international travel became easier. The Timor of the 1980s remains a quiet corner of the Portuguese world, although it has grown increasingly successful as a tourist and natural resource hub.

The former African colonies (Guinea, Angola, Cabinda and Mozambique):

Having achieved her independence in 1965, the Guinean Republic maintained a slow but steady trajectory of economic development under close Portuguese supervision. Indeed, the nation remained remarkably stable throughout her first decades of independence, developing a fully-fledged democratic system over time which afforded it one of the highest standards of living among the continent’s independent states. Portugal’s close geographic proximity to Guinea, coupled with its near-identical struggle for democratic governance, has rendered the two nations close allies. Guinea remains the first port of call for Portuguese firms looking to establish a presence in Africa, with the nation functioning as the flagship model for Portuguese-African influence under the Silvestre Doctrine.
Angola (and Cabinda):
Though the Silvestre Doctrine had originally intended for the agricultural Ovimbundu people of Angola’s central plateau to dominate the Federal Angolan Republic post-independence (in a close alliance with the Portuguese), the unexpected strength of the rival Kimbundu people saw the two ethnic groups clash in a violent struggle for political power that lasted between 1964 and 1967. With Portuguese assets sustaining increasing damage during the bloody affair, Lisboa turned to its Kikongo allies in Angola’s north for assistance. United by its staunchly pro-Portuguese and anti-Communist leader from the nearby Ngbandi people of the then Belgian Congo, Mobutu Sese Seko, a powerful Kikongo army marched south and captured Luanda from the leftist Kimbundu militias. This placed Angola under the rule of Portugal’s Kikongo allies, who then turned to the Ovimbundu for additional political support, as well as the ethnic Portuguese and minority tribes of Angola’s south. Seko now rules Angola with an iron fist, using Portugal, the Ovimbundu, Portuguese-Angolans and the minority tribes to maintain power. His ties to Portuguese commercial interests have proven an immense asset for the Portuguese economy, which sees its manufacturing sector and domestic consumption fueled by cheap primary resource imports from Angola.
Using his ethnic ties to the north, Seko became a major player in the war for Congolese independence, leveraging this assistance to become the political kingmaker in the newly-independent Republic of Zaire. This has resulted in Zaire effectively becoming a joint Luso-Angolan puppet state, with its government ministries littered with Portuguese and Angolan advisors, and the nation having joined the escudo africano monetary zone.
Moreover, though it voted for independence in 1960, the Cabindan Republic was quickly subsumed into the Federal Angolan Republic as one of the conditions for an alliance between Seko’s Kikongo faction and the Portuguese. As a result, Luso-Angolan influence now runs from Luanda, past Zaire, into Cabinda and beyond towards the Republic of the Congo, making Angola one of the most powerful forces in the new Africa.
The post-independence climate in the Mozambican Republic of 1965 resembled that of Angola at first. Rival ethnic groups clashed for power as election after election failed to yield clear results and cultural entities with little in common began to embrace armed struggle instead of the ballot. Unlike in Angola, however, Portugal was unable to salvage the situation and was forced to withdraw from the chaotic banana republic. Those ethnic Portuguese who had for centuries called Mozambique home largely fled to southern Angola or accepted government offers for free land in São Tomé & Príncipe, as Tanzanian-Arabian-backed Islamic militias fought for control in the north, and the African nationalist factions from the Shona tribes clashed with the leftist Shangaan in the south. Eventually, the Shona managed to secure national control, establishing a pan-African state under the dictatorial rule of Gondo Matombo. Without the support of sympathetic regimes in Rhodesia, Moscow or Beijing, the Free Nation of Mozambique is an isolated state. It maintains rivalries with Tanzania (as a result of Dodoma’s support for Salafist rebels in the north), North Rhodesia and Nyasaland (after the preceding Shangaan regime seized the Likoma and Chizumulu islands in 1966), South Africa and Rhodesia (for Mozambique’s support of radical pan-African insurgent groups) and Seko’s Angola (which obviously opposes the Matombo regime on ideological grounds). President Matombo’s chaotic economic policies have driven away foreign investors, while Mozambican civilians are organised en masse into autonomous units of the “African People’s Defence Militia” to defend against “Islamic subjugation, Boer segregation, Portuguese neocolonisation and the enslavement of the African people”. Sadly, it seems Mozambique’s violent decline managed only to produce the very worst kind of basket case dictatorship.
A huge thanks to guyfromvault11 for being an amazing teammate, to the mods for a season well-run, and to all the other players for making this such an engaging season. I can’t wait for the next one!
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Red Roof Inn offering free lodging for HCW/ first responders

I thought this information could help those who want to use protective distancing from their loved ones.
stay safe! ❤️
Room in Your Heart: Opening Doors to First Responders
Red Roof®, the leader in upscale economy lodging, is giving back to our country’s first responders—dedicated nurses, doctors, firefighters, police and emergency medical providers—who are fighting tirelessly to combat COVID-19. Many of these essential workers on the frontlines need a place to self-quarantine away from their homes and families to protect their loved ones.
From April 3 – May 31, Red Roof is donating a limited number of available rooms to these brave heroes, giving them a place to sleep and stay in between shifts at participating locations across the country.
Many Red Roof locations are exterior corridor hotels where separate hotel room doors open to the outside of the building instead of an interior hallway. After check-in, guests can drive to their room instead of walking through the building, reducing contact with interior touchpoints. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, a workstation and a communication package that includes free local and long-distance calls as well as free in-room coffee (in most rooms). One well-behaved domestic pet—cat or dog—is always welcome to stay at no charge.
Call a participating hotel directly to book your stay.
*Each guest must provide valid medical, firefighter, or police identification. Offer does not apply to guests staying under a current government contract and all rooms are subject to availability. Pet accommodations policy may vary at some Home Towne Studios by Red Roof locations.
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[the day HK saw its first coronavirus death] 😾Daily Recat😾 – TUESDAY 2/4

[the day HK saw its first coronavirus death] 😾Daily Recat😾 – TUESDAY 2/4
See list of prior RecatsTM here. Please visit the Hong Kong Protest Live Feed for up-to-the-moment news sourced from Hong Kong.
[NEW as of 2/21] Recommended English translation of article entitled, “K Kwong develops 100% locally produced masks with changeable filter as a challenge to N95” (courtesy u/Vectorial1024).
150,000 masks for Wuhan; 0 masks for Hong Kong. (Photo: Razven)

Recommended Viewing

* Razven thread re 9000 HKers queuing for masks, while the HK Commercial & Industry Association donated 150,000 masks to Wuhan via China’s Red Cross.
* Richard Pyne thread re poll results on what HKers want.
* HK Free Press article on how mainland China increased bus services to the port entries that Carrie Lam left open.
* Cezanne video of woman taken by police, kidnap-style.
* Real Time News posts first and second re woman from Wuhan.

New Laws, Legal Challenges, and Elections

* (Arrests and Trials) Part-time mall security guard arrested for “sending false messages with mobile phone” when he texted that some staff had fevers and called in sick (see RTHK article). Tuen Mun locals getting arrested for having gloves, umbrellas, and masks (see Bohemian post, Panda post).
* (IPCC) Lisa Lau Man-man, IPCC member, urges IPCC to release report.

Wuhan Coronavirus (COVID) | Hong Kong

* (Confirmed Cases) 1st death (39yo man who visited Wuhan and had diabetes; death referred to coroner’s court; see Xinqi Su thread). 16th and 17th cases confirmed (no travel, can’t track sources, 64yo female who was sick but kept working at clothing store, 60yo man with breathing difficulty); Director of Communicable Disease Branch of the Centre for Health Protection Dr. Chiang Shuk-kwan says new confirmed cases show there is invisible spread in HK.
* (Healthcare Providers) 7 medical staff at Queen Elizabeth quarantined after treating 68yo woman confirmed case in non-isolation ward.
* (Masks) Carrie Lam restricts coworkers from wearing masks (see Elaine Yu thread; RTHK article). Pro-Beijing DAB party urges Carrie Lam to distribute masks from government warehouses (RTHK article). Self-Help: Indonesia distributes masks to Indonesian helpers in HK. A shop announces 6,000 boxes of masks for sale; queue (see Razven thread with 9000 in queue).
* (Self-Help) Tin Shui Wai Connection (Stand News, Nikki thread). App for virus trail; hygiene workshops.
* (Miscellaneous) Eaton Hotel’s humanitarian mission re international university students from mainland. PolyU suspends in person classes.


* (Border) Still not closed. Open Ports: Mainland increases bus crossings into HK over HK-Macau-ZH bridge that Lam left open. Crowds at Shenzhen Bay to get into HK. See HK Free Press article.
* (Masks) OldeWeaker prisoners are made to “volunteer” to work swing shift to make masks. See Elson Tong post; Aaron Mc Nicholas post. While HK is facing a massive mask shortage, the HK Commercial and Industry Association donates 150,000 masks to Wuhan via China’s Red Cross amid news that the Red Cross has been distributing masks to officials instead of the populace who need the masks.
* (Miscellaneous) Lam urges government workers to not use masks if not necessary (see RTHK article).

Protestors (Anti-ELAB and Coronavirus)

* (Healthcare Workers Strike—Day 1) First day of a full strike. The striking workers personally sign in to log how many have walked out on strike. Thousands attend and queue to hand deliver their letters to the Hospital Authority. Representatives of other unions attend in support. Over 7,000 (almost 10%) Hospital Authority workers participated in the strike. HAEA union leaders bow and apologize to affected patients. HAEA goes to visit Carrie Lam. See Kong Tsung-gan thread; Chris Lau thread; Damon Pang thread; RTHK article; second RTHK article.
* (Lunch With You—Landmark Mall, Central) Crowd gathers in support of the healthcare workers on strike. See Ryan Ho Kilpatrick thread.
* (Tuen Mun Temp Check) See Telegram posts here, here.
* (District Council) Southern District passed measure to create permanent Lennon Wall.
* (Kowloon Bay Health Centre) Locals object to location of a dedicated coronavirus clinic nearby. See Razven thread;
* (General Protests) Protests were held in various locations across the city to protest government’s failure to close the borders and its quarantine decisions: Tin Shui Wai (see Panda thread; Daniel Suen post; “I’m from Wuhan!”, “Ten years ago!”; Cezanne thread); Tseung Kwan O (see Panda thread; Real Time News post); Tai Po (see Real Time News post); Mong Kok (Passion Times posts here, here); Lai Chi Kok (toilet bomb; Xinqi Su post).

International and Mainland Reactions / Adjacent Sectors

* (US) Congress nominates HK pro-Democracy movement for Nobel Peace Prize.
* (Mainland China) Re Wuhan/Hubei: Pop-up hospital begins admitting patients. Red Cross punished. Re information blackout: China-controlled countries react quietly to coronavirus.
* (Macau) All casinos shut down for 2 weeks (see Xinqi Su thread). Will continue to buy masks from other countries (Carrie Lam asking CCP for masks).
* (Taiwan) Health Minister corrects WHO’s reporting of 13 cases; Taiwan has only 10 confirmed cases.
* (International Border Closings) North Korea; Thailand.
* (United Nations) A group hacked the UN website.
* (Australia) Mainland Chinese student lies about being from HK to Australia customs, then brags online. See Daily Mail article.
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[EVENT] Portus Ostium

Macau since 1949:

Since the end of the Chinese Civil War, Macau has grown tremendously in regional significance, shifting from a valuable entrepôt to one of the largest hubs in the Far East. The vast majority of refugees who fled to the territory have been allowed to stay, with 150,000 having already secured territorial residency (the closest thing to citizenship for non-ethnic Portuguese in the overseas territories at present), bringing the total resident population up to 350,000 (the remaining 150,000 have ten-year work permits). Of the 300,000 residents who have arrived since 1939, approximately 100,000 have settled on the Macau Peninsula, 50,000 on Colaone Island, and 150,000 on the previously under-populated Taipa Island (see map as attached). This has left much of the territory covered in slums, although a central government-supported programme to provide interest-free mortgages to refugees and new residents has led to the establishment of medium-quality, high-density housing across much of Taipa Island and the Peninsula. Small scale industry and locally-owned businesses have also taken off across the territory, as migrants attempt to start a new life in the bustling city.
The Macau of 1957, therefore, finds itself with an affluent centre of business on the Peninsula, flanked by emerging neighbourhoods and slums in the south and east, a highly-populated emerging cityscape on Taipa Island, with a central nucleus of emerging neighbourhoods (predominately featuring high-density, apartment-style housing) surrounded on all sides by slums and small scale factories, and a still under-populated Coloane Island, which presently boasts some slums, farms, factories and traditional villages.
The vast majority of small scale industry in Macau consists of textiles manufacturing in factories set up by the migrants. That said, larger-scale industry has also emerged, including a major bicycle factory near the border with China and a rifle manufactory on the southern tip of the Peninsula. This is emblematic of the territory’s economic ascendance, as is the arrival of new waves of ethnic Portuguese, who have brought the European population of the territory up to 13,000 since 1949.

Commercial opportunities:

The signing of the Sino-Portuguese Free Trade Agreement (SPFTA) in 1956 has dramatically improved the economic prospects of Macau. Indeed, the near-complete removal of Chinese import tariffs on Portuguese luxury goods has resulted in the establishment of a number of luxury goods production facilities on the Peninsula, as well as the proliferation of dozens of prestigious vendors in the affluent portions of the isthmus. In addition to the basic textile manufactories set up by the migrants, a number of fashion outlets have also been established for upper-class visitors, and for deliveries to customers in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and Southeast Asia. Jewellers, shoemakers, watchmakers, tailors, cordwainers and bag markers have all set themselves up in the territory, where they create their products, sell them to visitors and also export them abroad. Distilleries have also become popular, with the territory developing a positive reputation for its fine, locally-distilled whiskey, rum, gin and baijiu. An emerging brand of dark rum, known as ”Ventos Orientais”, has grown particularly popular. The rum is recognised for its distinctive flavour, being the only major rum brand to use Timorese sugar. Tobacco companies have also established high-end stores on the Peninsula, where they sell a number of recognisable international cigarette and cigar brands.
Otherwise, with the significant reduction of Chinese tariffs on precision-made products, a number of manufactories have popped up on Coloane Island, producing measuring equipment, precision medical supplies and levelling tools.
The Banco de Macau, meanwhile, has left a permanent mark on the territory by becoming the first enterprise to construct a ‘skyscraper’ (as they’re being called) in Macau, building its new corporate headquarters on the western side of the Peninsula. It has been joined by the Macau-Beijing Investment Bank and the Banco Afro-Eurásia, which have also begun construction on smaller, albeit impressive skyscrapers. Regrettably for the Banco Português do Continente e Ilhas and Montepio Geral Bank, who do not have enough capital for a skyscraper, three-storey office buildings have had to suffice.
In many cases, these banks have been instrumental in financing the recent expansion of the Macanese economy. The Banco de Macau and the Banco Afro-Eurásia, however, have sought to increase their regional presence even further by expanding into Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia. The Banco de Macau, in particular, is expected to make major investments in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia in the coming years.

Tourism and entertainment opportunities:

The recent introduction of Western gambling to Macau, along with the Banco de Macau’s heavy investment in new casinos, has led to a proliferation of the gambling industry across the territory. Dozens of small to medium, high-end, Western casinos now dot the Peninsula, while a number of traditional casinos have emerged on Taipa Island. Along with the emergence of a luxury shopping culture, the new casinos have proven extremely popular with affluent visitors from China, Hong Kong, Japan, the West and Southeast Asia. Many new hotels are being founded on the Peninsula to meet this demand, as well as a new, game-changing casino known as Casino Lisboa, which shall open its doors in 1960. Quite expectedly, the proliferation of gambling across the territory has only poured fuel on the metaphorical fire that is the gambling syndicate rivalry. New syndicates are now competing for an increased market share as outside factions interfere with the rivalry (see: the banks and Triads) and older syndicates desperately battle to preserve their local hegemony. Already, this rivalry has been given a morbid monicker, becoming known as the ”Bloody Game (残忍赛)”. This name is quite deserved, given that syndicates of all sizes have gained a reputation for sabotage, death threats, murder and murky alliances with the Triads as their deadly rivalry spirals out of control.
Beyond the casinos, new bars, restaurants and nightclubs have been established across the territory, catering almost exclusively to high-end visitors and the Macanese elite. The combination of modern, dimly-lit bars, domestically-made liquor, prestigious fashion brands, international visitors and high-stakes games of poker have given Macau a distinct flavour, with the city increasingly being known as the ”City of Jazz (爵士城)”. Regular ferry trips between Hong Kong and Macau, coupled with daily/weekly flights to Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Manila, Shanghai and Bangkok are only improving this reputation.

Future infrastructure:

The huge population increase on the Taipa and Coloane islands have put immense strain on the intra-Macau ferry service. Hoping to alleviate this strain, the Macanese territorial government has announced a new project to connect Taipa Island to the Peninsula with a new bridge. Inspired by the Ponte de Liberdade in Lisbon, and designed by the same engineers, the bridge is expected to be completed by 1965 (marked in red on the map). The bridge is to be named in honour of the territory’s outgoing Governor, Joaquim Marques Esparteiro, being called the Ponte da Esparteiro.
Otherwise, recognising the strain which Macau’s rapidly-increasing population has had on the geography of the territory, a major land reclamation project is to be undertaken on both the Peninsula and Taipa Island. Zoning will take place ahead of time for the planned land, allowing preemptive property sales to help fund the project. Dutch engineers will be brought on for the project as a result of their vast land reclamation experience. Additionally, the Portuguese Navy is to assist with the project by providing auxiliary vessels where relevant. The new Peninsula-Taipa bridge will only extend across the stretch of water between the reclaimed land, with the connecting road that passes over the reclaimed land simply being raised several metres above the ground. (Land reclamation areas are marked in blue on the map, along with their planned year of completion).
Finally, in order to prevent a potential bottleneck of manufactured goods produced on Taipa Island from blocking Macau harbour and the Ponte da Esparteiro, a new industrial dock is to be constructed on the island, to be completed by 1964 (marked in orange on the map).

Vice and crime:

As previously noted, the expansion of the gambling industry has also spawned an intense rivalry between the syndicates. Indeed, the increased prevalence of vice across Macau has created an opportunity for the Triads, who already enjoyed a strong Macanese presence before the territory’s expansion, particularly on Taipa Island, the Peninsula casinos and in the slums/emerging neighbourhoods in the north. As the "Four Major Gangs (四大黑幫)” of Shui Fong, Wo Shing Yee, 14K and the Big Circle Gang have grown in importance, they have gained large footholds in the new neighbourhoods, where they run extortion rackets and loan shark operations, targetting small businesses, nightclubs and traditional gambling dens. Human trafficking has also emerged as a dangerous front, as the Triads seek to smuggle in illegal workers and, in the case of the nightclub sector, “waitresses”. Finally, the counterfeiting of patacas (Macau’s currency) has increased prolifically, as the Triads seek to use fake currency to make large bets in the casinos.
Though Indonesia’s provision of detailed intelligence on Triad drug smuggling operations in Macau has resulted in a massive crackdown on that particular area of organised crime activity, the Triads appear to be gaining ground on almost every other front, creating a complex interplay between Macanese businesses, rival gambling syndicates, law enforcement, local politicians and the Four Major Gangs. Hoping to assist the struggling territorial police in eradicating bribery, human trafficking, extortion, loan sharking, murder and counterfeiting, the SIS (basically the Portuguese FBI/secret police) and the Customs and Finance Intelligence Service (CFIS) have created a joint task force known as Operation Varrer Profundo (Deep Sweep). This operation will see the two agencies create large, permanent offices across the territory, cracking down on the Triads and illegal gambling syndicate activity by sending in hundreds of agents. Thus begins what many expect to be a years-long cat and mouse game between Portuguese authorities, the Triads, the gambling syndicates, corrupt politicians and the business sector
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Summary of the 2019 New South Wales State election parties & independents

This is a cross post from a Medium article I wrote about this, I thought it might be interesting as the state election is next week.

The NSW State election is approaching. I decided it was time to find out what each of the parties had to say about their policies. What follows is a brief summary of all the independents and political parties running stand for. I have done by best to provide a good faith reading of these parties and, when relevant, have attempted to clearly notate any editorial comments.

Legislative council parties:

Shooters, Fishers, and Farmers

The Shooters, Fishers, and Farmers are an agrarian, social conservative, and libertarian party whose policy platform is based around ending the government regulation of environmental protections and standards, as well as laws about maintaining native biodiversity which often conflicts with crop plantings. Their main goal is to remove the ability of external forces (governments, courts, or activists) from interfering with the direct commercial goals of land owners as they prize individual property rights which they believe as violated by land reform legislation. Beyond this, they also aim to assist NSW farmers by pushing for drought assistance to combat the current prolonged drought, as well as pushing for further tax cuts aimed at farmers.
Like many other current right-wing groups, they have coalesced behind supporting the end of renewable subsidies and pushing for the building of more coal power stations. Uniquely, they also want to end the interconnection of NSW power to other states in a pseudo-isolationist move. This also means that they oppose many policies about regulating carbon and other pollutants, however as they also support deregulated fishing they are currently signalling their difference from the NSW National Party by wanting to prevent further mass fish deaths in the Murray Darling River.
As part of their right-wing libertarian streak, this consists of ending most government regulation of gun control, whilst also signalling support of ‘tough on crime’ policies and supporting the police and prison guards.

Socialist Alliance

The Socialist Alliance is a traditional socialist political party who are focused providing a more egalitarian society where wealthy individuals and corporations pay aggressively higher taxes to fund re-distributive policies increase the standard of living for lower income peoples. They also want to expand public transport along with taking privatised assets back into public ownership.
They also want to switch to a renewable energy economy and make NSW explicitly anti-racist and a safe haven for refugees. They also believe that our current electoral system is flawed so they wish to introduce a series of electoral reforms to introduce electoral recalls at all levels, and make all levels of government proportional instead of our current mix of representative and proportional government.

Sustainable Australia

Sustainable Australia is focused on what they see as the issue with our current immigration rate. Under their ideological view, having a high immigration is detrimental to Australia as it causes “over-development”, as their website claims, as well as increasing housing costs, and environmental damage. Whilst not explicitly stating it, they appear to be planning on addressing the predicted losses in economic growth from their policies through diversifying the economy. This anti-immigration view covers refugees, as whilst they will allow them to enter the country they believe they should stay around their local region and work be done to improve safety there.
From their policy platform, it appears as if Sustainable Australia wants to limit overseas trade as they have policies on restarting Australian manufacturingjobs, which would assist our economy if we were no longer utilising low cost overseas manufacturing sources. However, they appear to be on-board with the current environmental consensus as they want to transition to a renewable energy economy and want to protect natural lands.


As one of the minor major parties, most of their policy platform should be somewhat known. It is dominated by their positions on the environment where they want to rapidly transition towards an entirely renewable energy sector, as well as more general policies about reversing environmental pollution of air, land, and water-bodies. Broadly, they are the most prominent socially and economically progressive party in NSW at the moment. However, they are anti-genetically modified crops [Ed. note — this is due to a flawed belief that ‘organic’ food is better than modified, which is not supported by any current research consensus.]
Of note is a current “civil war” within the NSW Greens between the two faction which respectively believe that the Greens should be focused entirely on the environment, and the other who believe that they should be a vehicle for broader democratic socialist policies. However, there has yet to be any noticeable policy arguments (publicly at least) around this, so the factional struggle may be personality based.

Animal Justice Party

The animal justice party is a leftist political organisation based strongly around broadening animal rights and protections. The majority of their policies are to do with ending the killing, or harming of animals in any way. Seem to want to end the use of companion animals (pets) in general but are addressing that bit by bit by limiting how you can adopt animals. They also view population growth as bad for animals and the environment and thus believe we should keep growth at replacement rate, which implies limiting immigration. However, limited policy detail on environmental and climate action policies, broadly says we need a carbon tax and to shift to a renewable power economy.


Advance is actually a coalition of the Advance Australia Party and the Motoring Enthusiasts. Their policies goals seem to be addressing housing affordability, increasing Sydney’s desirability as a tourist destination, anti-gambling — specifically Barangaroo, desiring the return of the Sydney Monorail — which appears to be driven by their distaste of the Light Rail, pro-electric cars, and “fixing the roads”. Not sure on their political alignment, appear to be a centrist neoliberal party without a social justice platform or any re-distributive policies.


Ah, FLUX. FLUX is not a political party in the traditional sense as they have no actual policies in of themselves. They’re a single issue party, which wants to more or less end our Representational Democracy model and replace it with an electronic platform which is a mix of Direct, Representational, and Delegate Democracy where you use ‘an app’ to either directly vote, or nominate someone to vote for you on every piece of legislation in parliament. Legislation, which I assume is also crowd sourced?
[Ed. note — INTERESTING. Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow (real person) who has been a candidate for the Science Party (formerly the Future Party, now running as the James Jansson group) for the last couple of elections has moved to FLUX and is the candidate for Willoughby. You may know him as the dude who put the OPAL chip inside his hand.]

LaboCountry Labor

NSW Labor has a typical modern centre-left policy platform. However, of note is their recent moves to ban single use plastic bags, phase out single use plastics, invest ~$140 million into local recycling projects, and of particular note they claim to want to seek a treaty with the NSW indigenous peopleswhich would replicate similar treaties in Canada and New Zealand. This treaty would cover: recognition of historical wrongs, addressing health and education services, and language rights.
This election, NSW Labor is trying to differentiate themselves from the Liberal Party by emphasising their goals to decrease housing and hospital costs, as well as addressing industrial concerns, such as wage theft and underpayment, as well as providing increased services such as more education facilities and free public transport for children. Another policy difference is their goal to divert the currently allocated funds for stadium redevelopments towards other policies such as renewable powered air conditioning for public schools.
They also wish to legislate 10 days paid domestic violence pay, in addition to investing $158 million towards building new domestic violence and sexual assault courts, increased victim compensation, and increased funding to shelters and advocacy groups.

Liberal/The Nationals

The Liberal/National coalition will be running this campaign based on their record over the last eight years which has constituted increased building of private toll motorways as well as the building of more commuter lines, specifically the light rail and North-West Metro. The party however has been dogged by their more draconian policies around nightlife and music policiesin general. This has been paired with their alleged failures on environmental policies based on the recent spate of mass fish deaths in regional NSW resulting from widespread rorting of water resources by the large commercial cotton farms.

Australian Conservatives

The Australian Conservatives are a factional splinter of the Liberal Party of Australia. They were started by Cory Bernardi who left the party because of his views of the “corrosive left” of the Liberal Party. As such, they are an extremely conservative party. Their policy agenda does not meaningfully move away from orthodox right-wing business politics, and government regulation, as they are libertarian on this front. Their main focus is on ‘white resentment’ politics. This is as their most detailed policy statements deal with ending “gender reassignment” and “political indoctrination”. Their main goals is to realign Australian with their conservative views on what it means to be an Australian, that is to be white and hetero-normative [Ed.]. Broadly they are quite similar to the current Republican party in American in terms of their social and economic views. This party is part of the current wave of populist(whilst not actually being populist as their policies will benefit the 1% primarily) “Western Civilisation” politics based around Nationalism and anti-leftism.

Keep Sydney Open

Keep Sydney Open appear to be a civil libertarian party based around getting the government and its regulation out of the music scene and Sydney nightlife. Their main party agenda is the end the Sydney Lockout laws and the current government’s policies around policing music festivals. Have no really stated political goals outside of this niche beyond some language around a stronger ICAC, and introducing 24 hr public transport. Of note, not actually running a candidate in the Seat of Sydney, where the lockout laws apply.

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats are an aggressively libertarian party whose only elected member is David Leyonhjelm. The main thrust of this party is promoting “individual liberty”, which is mostly expressed as reducing the ability of governments to enact regulatory legislation, and letting businesses pay less tax. They see effectively no place for the government beyond Defence, and maintaining property rights.
Editorial: the Liberal Democrats use a very American strategy of campaigning, which is “triggering the left”. They’ve also engaged in sexist and racist behaviours in their effort to gain votes from the same constituency of One Nation, Australian Conservatives, and Men’s Rights Activists.

Voluntary Euthanasia Party

The VEP are a single issue party, and that is enacting legislation for voluntary assisted dying. They appear to be a party dedicated to ensuring quality of life up until death through both allowing death to happen on your own terms, increasing palliative care, and improving access to medical cannabis. Beyond that, they claim to be a moderate progressive party and will vote on a case by case basis for all legislation under that framework.

Christian Democratic Party

Otherwise known as the Fred Nile Christian Democratic party. A Christian religious party aiming to “glorify God in government”. Under that framework, are pro-business. Their main niche is ensuring that NSW remains a tacitly Christian state by legislating SRE classes (they’re the ones who made SRE mandatory and that you have to specifically opt out, whilst also making information about that hard to find). This party is extremely conservative about sexuality and gender identity and believe that there is only two gendersand you should only be heterosexual, and thus want to remove the Safe Schools program.

Small Business Party

Another neoliberal business party whose policy focus is on cutting business taxes and regulation, claiming they’re a drain on the economy. This extends to wanting to reduce housing Stamp duties and power prices. Also are anti-immigration as they claiming current NSW immigration is unsustainable and there is no place for them here. [Ed. note — current immigration rate is reason we’re not in a recession at the moment.]

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

One Nation is the most prevalent of the current Australian mainstream populist (whilst not being popular) ‘white resentment’ political parties. Under the NSW leader Mark Latham — who has a colourful past — the party has taken a specifically Men’s Rights Activist lens as it has explicit platforms on their idea that white men are being repressed in our society.
Outlaw the new Left-wing discrimination against men, boys, Christians and white people, including a ban on discriminatory ‘employment quotas’ and segregationist ‘safe spaces’ — One Nation policy outline
This platform extends towards explicitly racist policies, and removing recognition of transgender people’s rights. These policies manifest themselves through their anti-Islamist rhetoric, claiming that they’ll end “Islamic Radicalisation in schools”, being anti-multiculturalism, and putting forward a policy that only individuals who “pass” a genetic test [Ed. note — which is bullshit] can get Indigenous peoples specific social welfare.
These policies around Indigenous peoples also extend to the Indigenous Land Reform Councils as they claim they’re hoarding billions of dollars which should be taken. Like other prominent white resentment parties, One Nation also supports pro-business reforms such as protectionist policies to maintain monopolies, and cutting their taxes and regulations, as well as being anti-renewable energy and fixated on coal power.

Seniors United Party of Australia (group G)

The Seniors United Party is pushing forward a policy agenda aimed specifically at senior citizens, such as being focused on increased funding and undoing of Liberal/National cuts to superannuation. They also wants oversight and regulation of aged care providers. However, like many other parties running in this election, they are a anti-immigration party and wants to see reduced in overall migration levels.

Monaghan and Monaghan (group H)

This is a husband and wife duo from the northern beaches and the majority of policies appear to be focused on a “not in my backyard (NIMBY)” agenda in regards to the Northern Beaches. However also wants to ban brothels and 24/7 gambling, and very specifically the Woolworths in Mosman.

Jeremy Buckingham Greens splinter group (group L)

Buckingham is a former Greens MLC who left/got kicked out of the party over allegations he committed an act of “sexual violence”* towards a staff member. This was investigated and dropped due to insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegation. Teamed up with Alan Jones to help stop coal seam gas mining
His policies are a little hard to nail down as his content is limited on his website, but based around his previous statements it broadly aligns with the environmental aspects of his former party, the NSW Greens. Of note however, is his desired collaboration with American Tech Baron, Elon Musk, to build a tunnel through the Blue Mountains from Western Sydney to Lithgow.
\allegation was revealed under parliamentary privilege by Newtown MP Jenny Leong. May have been done as part of the current NSW Greens civil war over whether or not they should be a climate action party or a more broadly socialist party.*

James Jansson (group S)

A re-branding of the Science Party as they aren’t registered at State level. Focused on increased transportation, housing density, etc. Seem to be greenish Radical Centrist party with focus on changing regulation and increasing funding without really rocking the boat or doing anything substantial.

Various Independents

Tony Edwards: no clear policy directions stated, with more of a general anti-right perspective.
Ellie Robinson: Anti-corruption platform and wants to address climate change, disability rights, animal justice, indigenous rights.
John Brett: anti-national debt candidate, focus on removing foreign involvement and getting more people back into trade jobs.
Ron Bogan: pro euthanasia, helping out senior citizens, pro-National Energy Guarantee (therefore neoliberal on climate action), focus on the Shire and Western Sydney. Campaign slogan — “put a bogan in parliament”
John Hunter: no information online about him.
Bryn Hutchinson: “progressive independent” — focus on police accountability and a NSW Human Rights Act.
Danny Lim: this is the guy with the billboard hanging around Newtown and the city who’s billboard said “Tony [Abbott] you cvn’t.” From what I can find, running principles of egalitarianism, anti-racism, broadly leftist, pro-renewable energy, investing in public healthcare, removing private healthcare insurance rebate, increasing refugee intake.
Andre Brokman: found his Medium blog — pro-Council amalgamations to increase centralisation and reduce ‘chaos’ in Sydney planning, appears to be a transportation enthusiast. His bio: “Andre Brokman is a full time city planning student and part time uber driver”
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