Fake Charities Again

My mind’s a blank tonight. And I’m very sleepy. But I mentioned CRUK (pronounced “crook”) in passing last night, so here instead is regular commenter Smokingscot’s interesting recent website posting about CRUK and fake charities. Sample:

CRUK is to charities as Al Qaeda is to religion, an abomination. To give time, money or unwanted goods to Cancer Research UK is no different than supporting any terrorist organisation. They’re intent on the complete destruction of everything they consider haraam and to hell with the economic or social consequences.

And with that, I think I’m going to hit the sack.

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18 Responses to Fake Charities Again

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    A Religious War on Smoking

    Posted on June 17, 2014 by Frank Davis

    A few days back, the prohibition of tobacco and alcohol in Iraq by Muslim extremists raised the question of whether Western antismoking organisations would support such measures.

    H/T Harley, it would seem that at least one Muslim group in Indonesia was getting funding from a Michael Bloomberg-owned organisation in 2010:

    An organization owned by the mayor of New York City has channeled over US$390,000 to Muhammadiyah as part of a global anti-tobacco campaign, but the country’s second largest Islamic organization denied the funding influenced its recent edict banning smoking.

    A. Fattah Wibisono, a deputy secretary at Muhammadiyah’s council tasked with issuing religious edicts, acknowledged that his organization was cooperating with the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a philanthropic organization established in 2006 by Michael R. Bloomberg to fight tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries…

    The Bloomberg Initiative says on its website, http://www.tobaccocontrolgrants.org, its program with Muhammadiyah aims “to mobilize public support towards obtaining religious policy on tobacco control and to support FCTC [Framework Convention on Tobacco Control] accession”.

    Muhammadiyah issued an edict banning its followers from smoking on Wednesday, basing its argument on the Koran, which bans Muslims from taking their own lives. It also urged the government and the House of Representatives to ratify the FCTC.

    Muhammadiyah denied that it received funding to issue the edict. But it would seem that “obtaining religious policy” of this sort was precisely the aim of the Bloomberg Initiative, and it got exactly what it wanted.

    And this shows that antismoking organisations are now prepared to reach beyond governmental public health agencies and attempt to secure religious support in their war on tobacco and smokers.

    It has, in short, become a religious war on smoking.

    Of course, the war on smokers always was a fanatical religious war, masquerading as a public health campaign. Tobacco Control is a religious cult. So it’s really only revealing its true nature by acquiring Islamic allies.

    But it raises the question of whether the Bloomberg Initiative grant is just one of many such grants being made by Western antismoking organisations to other Muslim groups. After all, since Al Qaeda is strongly antismoking, it cannot be beyond the realms of possibility that Al Qaeda has itself been the recipient of similar funding. And since ISIL/ISIS in Iraq is an offshoot of Al Qaeda, they also may be receiving funding from Western antismoking organisations.

    And if Islamic groups are being funded, why not Christian and Buddhist and Hindu ones as well? Has the Bloomberg Initiative approached the Vatican with a view to having smoking added to the list of Seven Deadly Sins?

    And since this is now a religious war on tobacco, might we not begin to ask what the religious affiliations of the Tobacco Controllers might be? Perhaps we will find that many of them are converts to Islam, and maybe even members of Al Qaeda. Maybe someone should ask Deborah Arnott which chapel or mosque or coven she attends.

    • harleyrider1978 says:


      CRUK is to charities as Al Qaeda is to religion, an abomination. To give time, money or unwanted goods to Cancer Research UK is no different than supporting any terrorist organisation.

    • slugbop007 says:

      Well, Bloomberg went to Turkey last year. I’m sure he donated something to their current leader’s antismoking crusade. Don’t forget the tobacco sniffing dogs in the Philippines.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    94,062,000 Americans Not in Workforce, Exceeds 94 Million for 6th Month in a Row – Breitbart

    94,062,000 Americans Not in Workforce, Exceeds 94 Million for 6th Month in a Row

    Lets see that’s about 3/4ths of the work force in America….. In the 1930s we had a 30% plus unemployment rate,yet the government calls this a recovery! Lmao


    • harleyrider1978 says:

      And breitbart still goes with the governments claim of 5% unemployment……….its more like 55% unemployed.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Debt, defaults, and devaluations: why this market crash is like nothing we’ve seen before

        A pernicious cycle of collapsing commodities, corporate defaults, and currency wars loom over the global economy. Can anything stop it from unravelling?


        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Toxic Pool of Bad Loans Threatens World Economy…

          Beneath the surface of the global financial system lurks a multitrillion-dollar problem that could sap the strength of large economies for years to come.

          The problem is the giant, stagnant pool of loans that companies and people around the world are struggling to pay back. Bad debts have been a drag on economic activity ever since the financial crisis of 2008, but in recent months, the threat posed by an overhang of bad loans appears to be rising. China is the biggest source of worry. Some analysts estimate that China’s troubled credit could exceed $5 trillion, a staggering number that is equivalent to half the size of the country’s annual economic output.

          But it’s not just China. Wherever governments and central banks unleashed aggressive stimulus policies in recent years, a toxic debt hangover has followed. In the United States, it took many months for mortgage defaults to fall after the most recent housing bust — and energy companies are struggling to pay off the cheap money that they borrowed to pile into the shale boom.

          In Europe, analysts say bad loans total more than $1 trillion. Many large European banks are still burdened with defaulted loans, complicating policy makers’ efforts to revive the Continent’s economy. Italy, for instance, announced a plan last week to clean out bad loans from its plodding banking industry.

          Elsewhere, bad loans are on the rise at Brazil’s biggest banks, as the country grapples with the effects of an enormous credit binge.

          “If you have a boom and then a bust, you create economic losses,” said Alberto Gallo, head of global macro credit research at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London. “You can hope the losses one day turn into profits, but if they don’t, they are a drag on the economy.”

          Many of these concerns focus on China’s banking industry. In recent years, banks and other financial companies in China issued a tidal wave of new loans and other credit products, many of which will not be paid back in full.

          China’s financial sector will have loans and other financial assets of $30 trillion at the end of this year, up from $9 trillion seven years ago, said Charlene Chu, an analyst in Hong Kong for Autonomous Research.

          “The world has never seen credit growth of this magnitude over a such short time,” she said in an email. “We believe it has directly or indirectly impacted nearly every asset price in the world, which is why the market is so jittery about the idea that credit problems in China could unravel.”

          Headline figures for bad loans in China most likely do not capture the size of the problem, analysts say. In her analysis, Ms. Chu estimates that at the end of 2016, as much as 22 percent of the Chinese financial system’s loans and assets will be “nonperforming,” a banking industry term used to describe when a borrower has fallen behind on payments or is stressed in ways that make full repayment unlikely. In dollar terms, that works out to $6.6 trillion of troubled loans and assets.

          “My sense is that the Chinese policy makers seem like a deer in the headlights,” Mr. Balding said. “They really don’t know what to do.”
          NYTIMES 6TH FEB

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Preliminary U.S. January truck orders down 48 percent: FTR


  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Frank you might need to revive the old coming depression entry you did awhile back………it aint looking good anywhere. The entire Baltic sea trade fleet is at anchor and no orders in site for shipment. Likely as not its why we are seeing TC being defunded left and right by government now.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    European banks near ‘terrifying’ crisis: Raoul Pal

    Stephanie Landsman


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  7. beobrigitte says:

    Just came across this one today:

    Unfortunately the biggest cruk was omitted….

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