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Can the EU be Fixed? Will Brexit lead to a new English-speaking Union?(1) Can the EU be Fixed?(2) Brexit: implications for Australia and New Zealand(3) Brexit: Securing a New English-speaking Union? By F. William Engdahl(4) Eurosceptics - Soft & Hard, Left & Right(5) Cloner for Windows Backups(6) Leunig anti-Vaxx cartoons; Mummy was busy on Instagram(1) Can the EU be Fixed?by Peter Myers, October 24, 2019Voters in EU countries are increasingly supporting anti-EU parties, yet the elites running the EU have made no effort to conciliate them by make the EU more democratic, less globalist, and less hostile to traditional social values.In principle, EU integration is a good idea; that's why the process got this far. But rather than being a bottom-up process driven by "the people", it has been a top-down process driven by a tiny group of Internationalists.At present, the European Council runs the EU. This is like an Upper House. It appoints the Executive (Commissioners), the head of the Central Bank, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Lower House, ie Parliament, cannot initiate legislation, and merely has a ratifying role.This is not Dictatorship, not Democracy. After the recent elections, the new EU Commissioner was selected by the European Council.It's as if the EU has been set up as a Regional Government functioning as part of a World Government.This is the agenda of H. G. Wells.That's why the people feel that it's not "theirs".Can it be re-designed in a bottom-up way, by the people?Measures which might save the EU include- direct election of the President- direct election of any Upper House (which the European Council is now)- directly elected Parliament/Congress to be able to initiate legislation- abandonment of "treaties" which constrain Parliament; Parliament to be in charge, instead- a Central Bank publicly owned, controlled by Parliament and serving the public good, not serving the Finance sector, directly funding projects as needed without debt- abandonment of open border immigration. Asylum-seekers picked up on ships would be unloaded at the port they left from- abandonment of open-door Trade policies; scrutiny of lobbyists as foreign agents- abandonment of Neocon foreign policy, reconciliation with Russia- abrogation of tax-free status of Foundations engaged in political activism, lobbying, regime-changeThese are MY thoughts; I hope that readers, especially those living in Europe, will contribute THEIRS.We also need to discuss how the EURO and the ECB could be changed.(2) Brexit: implications for Australia and New Zealandby Peter Myers, October 24, 2019The exit of Britain from the EU could lead to the re-formation of an English-speaking Commonwealth.Britain's entry into the EEC and then the EU severed the tie with Commonwealth countries. Australia and New Zealand were forced to find new partners, mainly in Asia. They are increasingly defined as 'Asian' countries - for example, the Wall St Journal classifies us that way.Mass immigration has transformed our demographics. Feminism has reduced the white birth-rate; and when baby-boomers die off, the demographic change will be much more striking.These changes had their good side, and many of the migrants are people of good character, but the question in many minds is "what are the limits?"They are concerned that mass migration from China and India could overwhelm our culture.The Brexit vote and the election of Trump have resonated with Australians who seek to strengthen Tradition and restrain the Culture War.In recent weeks it has occurred to me that Britain and other English-speaking countries might draw together into a bloc, as they used to be. The Uhnited States and Canada would be part of it.Today I found that F. William Engdahl wrote on that theme in 2017 (item 3).But I don't agree with Engdahl's quote from H. G. wells, "The British Empire had to be the precursor of a world-state or nothing".Wells was a Communist who cloaked his true agenda; but today's Globalisation, with its Green Left values, fits it well.Wells was an outsider from the Rhodes group. He was pushing for World Government, but  that would have been a limitation on their power. The Rhodes group were for an English-speaking block that was sufficiently powerful to be unconquerable.The Rhodes group relied on Jewish financiers for their funding. Today, about 25% of CFR members are Jewish, and many have been pushing Neocon policies which entangle it in Mideast wars but weaken the USA, as Trump says.Today, the English-speaking economies have been ruined by Globalisation. It has hollowed them out, just as mass immigration has changed their demographics.The Jewish faction in the Rhodes group has changed its politics. The structure has remained the same, but the values have been reversed. The racism of the past has given way to its opposite today.Life many other former writers for Executive Intelligence Review, Engdahl omits to mention any Jewish factor. Yet both George Soros and the Rothschild-owned Economist came out powerfully against Brexit and Trump.Webster Tarpley, another former EIR writer, omits Mossad from any discussion of 911.I do not wish to be overly critical of Engdahl. His work is valuable, and he is not the only writer who skirts the Jewish issue. It is fatal for many; only outsiders talk about it. But I mention it as a corrective.Engdahl says that the banks of the City of London have been pushing for Brexit. That is contrary to my impression. My reading is that the City has been overwhelmingly pro-Remain. I hope that Engdahl will provide evidence.Engdahl also says that the British Monarchy is pro-Brexit. I have not seen any sign, one way or the other. But I note that the Queen had to give up Land Rovers (the traditional kind) because they no longer comply wtrh EU law. I hope that Engdahl will supply some evidence in this matter too.(3) Brexit: Securing a New English-speaking Union? By F. William Engdahl Securing a New English-speaking Union?By F. William Engdahl3 April 2017It’s becoming clear that there is a far more ambitious strategy behind Great Britain’s exit from the European Union, the so-called Brexit. Far from a reluctant government led by Prime Minister Theresa May, forced to listen to the Vox Populi of the majority of voters in 2016 who voted to exit the European Union, signs emerge of a far more devious well-planned strategy at the highest levels of British power, including the House of Windsor and the powers of the formidable City of London financial institutions. Britain is ditching the EU as a failed option, and seems to be intent on building a new English-speaking Union together with the United States and with the nations of the Commonwealth–the former colonies of the British Empire prior to 1914 .The British have a long and varied history, emerging from their surprising defeat of the mighty Spanish Armada in 1588 to go on over the course of three centuries to become the most powerful empire on earth, until a Great Depression of 1873 followed by two devastating world wars in the 20th Century, forced her patriarchs to swallow hard and accept a junior partner role with the 1945 dominant power, the United States.Their decision to join the European Monetary Union in 1992 went against that tradition of staying outside the Continental European fray, a tradition of remaining an Atlantic power, utilizing their Anglo-American "special relationship" that had been built during the war years by Churchill with Roosevelt. When the US circles deliberately destroyed the British possibility to join the emerging Euro through the agency of a "lone assassin" hedge fund operator named George Soros in 1992, it was a clear signal that Wall Street and Washington would not permit the enormous financial power of the City of London, fused with that of Germany, France and the Continental economies, to challenge the hegemony of the US dollar and of Wall Street.Now the Brexit negotiations between the EU Commission and the British government have taken on an air of bitter acrimony from the side of the EU, if not outright sabotage. Not the least because the British precedent is giving others the notion that an exit might be an option. However it seems that Brussels smells a deeper agenda afoot from London, one that could easily spell the end of the misbegotten Euro project and with it, the EU as we know it pre-Brexit.Stock Exchange Merger DeadOn March 29, symbolically the same day that Prime Minister Therese May formally presented her government’s plan for Brexit, the European Commission in Brussels announced that the planned $31 billion merger of Frankfurt’s Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange was dead. There is a huge power struggle here as well. The real issue in the merger was where the ultimate control would lie—London or Frankfurt– of what in trading volumes would become a financial trading goliath of a world dimension. The merger would have created a mega-exchange. The Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI), which is produced twice a year on behalf of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority, currently ranks London as number one, ahead of New York. Frankfurt is the largest EU financial center on the Continent.The proposed merger collapsed in effect when the EU put severe conditions for London in order to allow approval, terms which London refused. The real issue, however, was not that London sell off part of its business in France. It was where the control would reside, and London insisted it be clearly based in London.Whether by coincidence, the same day Brussels vetoed the London-Frankfurt merger, Britain formally presented its Brexit plan. The EU is making it clear they will make it as onerous for Britain as possible. EU officials suggest Britain may be forced to pay as much as 60 billion Euros on leaving the EU and will be forced to continue accepting EU tax, environmental and labor laws if it wants to have an eventual free trade pact with the EU. The combined volume of the other EU economies comprise by far Britain’s largest trade partner, taking 46% of British exports last year.I want to suggest there is a far more threatening geopolitical background to the Brexit that’s not being talked about, and that that’s what is really behind a de facto guerilla war going on between Britain and the remaining EU, a war which could decide the future of the Euro single currency itself in the next several years as well as the shape of our geopolitical world power "balance" to use a favored British expression.English-speaking Union?The German online newspaper, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN), presents an intriguing argument that the Brexit was not only pure democracy at work. Rather, they point out that the most powerful factions within the British establishment were quietly exercising their influence via British media and elsewhere to shape that Brexit vote. They argue, convincingly, that British leading circles had reached a consensus before Brexit to exit the failing EU that was forcing Britain, once the world hegemon, to become an inconsequential player in a drama being shaped in Brussels. Now, argues DWN, Britain will seek to rebuild itself anew as a World Power using its historical British Commonwealth network of nations to be the foundation.It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Britain’s Royal Commonwealth Society is planning to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the multi-nation group as an "associate member." According to a report on February 23 in the conservative British Telegraph newspaper, Michael Lake, Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society said he had written a formal letter last December to then-President-elect Trump, hand-delivered by British Brexit leading voice, Nigel Farage, former leader of the UKIP party. Lake told the Telegraph that opening a branch in the US, "would further Britain’s ties with America, developing new connections between two countries who already share a common language." Lake said that Britain seeks to reinvigorate the British Commonwealth as an alternative to the top-down, supranational EU structure. The aim of the Commonwealth is to promote "mutually advantageous" links with "reliable friends" around the world on everything from business to defense.By leaving the EU, Britain is free to negotiate bilateral free trade agreements with Commonwealth partners such as Australia or the USA free from the constraints of agreements approved by the 28 (then) member states of the EU.With this new freedom of maneuver, British banks will not be bound by the EU bank legislation such as the onerous bank "Bail-in" law passed last year that could require bank depositors and shareholders rather than taxpayers to bear costs of a new (and inevitable) new EU banking crisis. Further, the British Pound, which is a member of the select IMF Five of major reserve currencies along with the US dollar and Euro, Japan Yen and China Renminbi, will be free to join efforts of Washington and Wall Street to attack and ultimately bring down the highly-vulnerable Euro. Britain’s Pound is the third largest global payments currency after the dollar and the Euro. If Britain, free from the restraints can bring down the Euro, the Pound could become a major gainer–currency war with Britain on the side of Washington against the fragile Eurozone with their Italian, Greek, Spanish and other problems.Britain, in collusion with the United States, formally or informal, could well present a formidable challenge to world peace. Britain is a nuclear power with full intelligence-sharing cooperation with Washington, something denied Germany. Britain deploys its military around the world in concert with the USA. Britain is historically the geopolitical opponent, in two world wars, of Germany and of Russia and of China going back to the 1840s Opium Wars.The current machinations of Britain call to mind their project, put forward by one of the more strategic thinkers of the British Empire prior to outbreak of World War II, H.G. Wells. In the late 1930s when the smell of world war was unavoidable, Wells and his friends in the highly influential British Round Table, notably Lord Lothian who went on to become Britain’s Ambassador to Washington, put forward a radical strategy. Wells termed it, an order dominated by a "great English-speaking English-thinking synthesis, leading mankind by sheer force of numbers, wealth, equipment and scope."Agreeing with Cecil Rhodes, the founder of the Round Table’s fraternity, H.G. Wells stressed that the coming world order must be based on cooperation, "between all the western peoples and, more particularly, between all the Nordic peoples," by which he meant Anglo-Saxon and racially kindred peoples. He insisted that "The British Empire had to be the precursor of a world-state or nothing," and that that world state must also be one in which, "Britain must draw the United States into a closer accord," into a new great English-speaking union. Will it work in 2017? Not likely given the hollowed-out state of both the British and US economies, the hollowed-out quality of the respective national politicians. That doesn’t mean the British won’t give it a go. Maybe boosting US designs in Yemen with SAS and other special UK forces as an appetizer, then on to Putin’s Russia and China?F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine "New Eastern Outlook" Euroland on Verge of Disintegration? Is Euroland on Verge of Disintegration? By F. William Engdahl 20 April 2017The decision last year by a majority of British voters to exit the European Union was more than a simple vote of the people. The Brexit campaign was promoted and financed by the most influential banks of the City of London and by the British Royal House. Far from the end of Britain, Brexit is far more likely to be the beginning of the end of the disastrous Euro single currency experiment .Since the global financial crisis of 2008 little significant has been done by Brussels or the governments of the 19 member Eurozone countries to bring the largest banks of the Eurozone into a healthy stability. On the contrary, even venerable mega-banks like Germany’s Deutsche Bank are teetering on the brink.In Italy the world’s oldest bank, Monte Paschi di Siena, is on state life-support. That is but the tip of an iceberg of Italian bank bad debts. Today in total Italy’s banks hold Italy’s banks hold €360 billion of bad loans or 20% of Italy’s GDP, which is double the total five years ago.It gets worse. Italy is the fourth largest economy in the EU. Its economy is in dismal shape so bank bad loans grow. State debt is almost as high as that of Greece, at 135% of GDP. Now, since the 2013 Cyprus bank crisis, the EU has passed a stringent new bank "bail-in" law, largely under German pressure. It stipulates that in event of a new banking crisis, a taxpayer bailout is prohibited until bank bond-holders and, if necessary as in Cyprus, its bank depositors, first "bail-in" or take the loss. In Italy, most holders of bank bonds are ordinary Italian citizens, with some €200 billion worth, who were told bank bonds were a secure investment. No more.German Austerity Medicine Killing PatientA major problem is that the Eurozone economies have been forced to impose the wrong medicine to deal with the 2008 financial and economic crisis. The Eurozone crisis has been wrongly seen as states spending too wildly and labor costs rising too high. So, under again German pressure, the Eurozone countries in crisis such as Greece, have been forced to impose draconian austerity, slash pensions, cut wages. The result has been even worse economic recession and rising unemployment, rising bank bad loans. By 2015 Greece’s GDP had declined by more than 26%, Spain’s GDP by almost 6%, Portugal by 7%, and Italy’s GDP by almost 10% compared with 2008.Austerity is never a solution to a state economic crisis. The example of the German economic crisis that erupted in 1931 in depression, unemployment and a banking crisis as a consequence of the severe austerity policies of Chancellor Heinrich Brüning ought to be clear enough to German authorities whose historical memory seems to have amnesia today.Across the Eurozone more than 19 million workers are jobless. Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain have a total of an unprecedented 11 million unemployed workers. In France and Italy unemployment is over 13% of the labor force. In Spain it is 20%, and in Greece a staggering 25%. This is all the state of economic affairs more than 8 years after the 2008 crisis. In short there has been no economic recovery in Euroland. Since 2009 the European Central Bank (ECB), the bank of the Euro, has made unprecedented moves to try to stabilize the banking crisis. They have only postponed not improved the situation.Today as a result of ECB buying of mortgage bonds, corporate bonds, state bonds, and asset-backed securities, the ECB balance sheet is more than €1.5 trillion. The ECB, whose President is Italian Mario Draghi, has held interest rates in an unprecedented negative interest rates around -0.4% since June, 2014. The ECB has made clear that negative central bank interest rates will remain "for some time." This is leading some to try to convince voters to go to a cashless society as India did last year with catastrophic consequences and as Sweden, not a Euro country, has largely done. If banks begin to charge their customers a fee for using customers’ deposits, an incredible thought for most, people would simply "take the money and run," into gold or other safe assets, or cash.The ECB negative interest rates are a sign of desperation to put it mildly. With interest rates on bonds across the Eurozone so low, many insurance companies are facing severe liquidity problems meeting their future obligations unless Eurozone interest rates return to more normal levels. Yet were the ECB to end its negative interest rate policy and its quantitative easing so-called, the debt crisis of many banks would explode from Greece to Italy to France to even Germany.A Coming Currency War?So, to put it gently, the Eurozone is a ticking debt time bomb ready to blow at the slightest new shock or crisis. We may well see that shock in the next two years, once Britain has completed its exit from the EU. Already the new Administration of Donald Trump in Washington has signaled a potential launch of currency war against the Euro. On January 31, US Trade Czar Peter Navarro accused Germany of using a "grossly undervalued euro to exploit" the US and Germany’s EU partners. Navarro went on to call Germany, the core of the Eurozone economies, a de facto "currency manipulator." Navarro has stated, "While the euro freely floats in international currency markets, this system deflates the German currency from where it would be if the German Deutschmark were still in existence."Britain with the vast financial resources of the City of London, once free from the shackles of the EU membership, could well join with Washington in a full-scale covert currency war to bring down the Euro, something that would have devastating consequences for the Eurozone economies. Britain’s Pound is the third largest global payments currency after the dollar and the Euro. If Britain, free from the restraints of the EU can bring down the Euro, the Pound could become a major gainer–currency war with Britain on the side of Washington against the fragile Eurozone with their Italian, Greek, Spanish and other problems. Already British Prime Minister Theresa May is in discussions with the Trump Administration about forging a bilateral US-UK trade agreement and some in influential UK circles are talking of inviting the USA to become an associate member of the British Commonwealth. For the US dollar and Wall Street banks, wounding the rival to the dollar as central bank reserve currency is a very tempting thought. Now with Britain and the City of London soon to be free of EU restraints, the temptation might become reality.All of this is because of the dysfunctional nature of the entire Eurozone project, a supranational currency with no democratic elected authorities to control abuses. The half-way dissolution of national sovereignty that the Maastricht Treaty introduced with the European Monetary System back in the 1990s, has left the EU with the worst combination in event of future crisis.F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine "New Eastern Outlook"(4) Eurosceptics - Soft & Hard, Left & Right, also known as EU-scepticism,[1][2][3] means criticism of the European Union (EU) and European integration. It ranges from those who oppose some EU institutions and policies and seek reform (soft Euroscepticism), to those who oppose EU membership outright and see the EU as unreformable (hard Euroscepticism or anti-European Unionism/anti-EUism).[4][5][6] The opposite of Euroscepticism is known as pro-Europeanism, or European Unionism. Euroscepticism should not be confused with anti-Europeanism, which is a dislike of European culture and European ethnic groups by non-Europeans.The main sources of Euroscepticism have been beliefs that integration undermines national sovereignty and the nation state,[7][8] that the EU is elitist and lacks democratic legitimacy and transparency,[7][8] that it is too bureaucratic and wasteful,[7][9][10] that it encourages high levels of migration,[7] or perceptions that it is a neoliberal organisation serving the business elite at the expense of the working class,[11] responsible for austerity[7] and driving privatization.[12]Euroscepticism is found in groups across the political spectrum, both left-wing and right-wing and is often found in populist parties.[7] Although they criticise the EU for many of the same reasons, Eurosceptic left-wing populists focus more on economic issues (such as the European debt crisis and TTIP)[13][12][14][15] while Eurosceptic right-wing populists focus more on nationalism and immigration (such as the European migrant crisis).[16] The rise in radical right-wing parties since the 2000s is strongly linked to a rise in Euroscepticism.[17]Eurobarometer surveys of EU citizens show that trust in the EU and its institutions has declined strongly since a peak in 2007.[18] Since then, it has been consistently below 50%.[19] A 2009 survey showed that support for EU membership was lowest in the United Kingdom (UK), Latvia and Hungary.[20] By 2016, the countries viewing the EU most unfavourably were the UK, Greece, France and Spain.[21] A referendum on continued EU membership was held in the UK in 2016 which resulted in a 51.9% vote in favour of leaving the EU. Since 2015, trust in the EU has risen slightly in most EU countries as a result of falling unemployment rates and accelerating economic growth.[22] Post 2019 election survey "Eurobarometer" report showed that 68% citizens support the European Union, the highest level since 1983; at the same time sentiment among Europeans that things are not going in the right direction in both the EU and in their own countries had increased to 50%.[23] ...Hard Euroscepticism ... (also called anti-EU-ism) is "a principled opposition to the EU and European integration [...]Soft Euroscepticism is support for the existence of, and membership of, a form of European Union, but with opposition to specific EU policies [...] The European Conservatives and Reformists group, typified by centre-right parties such as Czech Civic Democratic Party, along with the European United Left–Nordic Green Left which is an alliance of the left-wing parties in the European Parliament, display soft Euroscepticism. ...Some hard Eurosceptics prefer to call themselves "Eurorealists" rather than "sceptics", and regard their position as pragmatic rather than ‘in principle’. Additionally, Tony Benn, a left-wing Labour Party MP who fought against European integration in 1975 by opposing membership of the European Communities in that year's referendum on the issue, emphasised his opposition to xenophobia and his support of democracy, saying: "My view about the European Union has always been not that I am hostile to foreigners, but that I am in favour of democracy [...] I think they're building an empire there, they want us to be a part of their empire and I don't want that."This page was last edited on 13 October 2019, at 13:13 (UTC).(5) Cloner for Windows Backupsby Peter Myers, October 24, 2019Mac users have taken to Carbon Copy Cloner to do their backups.Windows users are stuck in the slow lane; they are not used to the cloning kind of backup. Windows offers a free version, System Image Backup, but the clones it produces are not bootable.Which means that you need to Restore from the clone back to the internal drive.Whereas with a bootable clone, you can boot from it as an external drive; or replace the internal drive with it.Just as Mac users have to pay for Carbon Copy Cloner, Windows users should pay for third-party cloning apps.This site lists the best ones: Windows Alternatives to Carbon Copy ClonerBY ADRIAN TRYUPDATED MAY 15, 2019What Can Disk Cloning Software Do For Me?When you clone a drive, you’re making a backup. Not just a normal backup, but one with some surprising benefits:If your computer or hard drive dies, you can boot from your clone drive and keep working. It’s the fastest way to get back on your feet after a disaster.Cloning software will allow you to replicate your setup on a computer with the same or similar hardware. Schools and other organizations do this a lot.If you purchase a new hard drive for your computer, a clone backup can put you back where you left off quickly and without fuss, without having to reinstall all your apps.It can give your computer a fresh start. Create a clone backup just after you install Windows and your apps, and everything’s running well, and keep it in a safe place. If in the future it breaks or bogs down, restoring it will make it run smoothly again.Carbon Copy Cloner offers Mac users the easiest way to get up and running after a disaster. In the next section, we’ll introduce you to seven good alternatives (plus a spare) for Windows.7 Carbon Copy Cloner Alternatives for Windows Users1. Acronis True ImageAcronis True Image costs $49.99 for a single computer, can back up your PC or Mac, and includes cloning and imaging. It’s an all-around backup app that can handle local backups and cloud backups as well as cloning and was the winner of our Best Backup Software for Windows 10 review. We recommend it.2. Paragon Drive Copy ProfessionalParagon Drive Copy Professional is a specialized tool for creating clone drives and migrating your data. It’s licensed for home use and costs $49.95.3. EaseUS Partition MasterEaseUS Partition Master 13.0 includes cloning of hard drives and partitions. It can also modify partitions with no data loss, and restore lost partitions. A free edition supports drives up to 8TB, and a Pro Edition is available for $39.95.4. MiniTool Drive CopyMiniTool Drive Copy Free is a free and easy-to-use tool that can copy your data from drive to drive or partition to partition.5. Macrium ReflectMacrium Reflect 7 Free Edition is a free backup, disk imaging and cloning solution for commercial and personal use. It includes a task scheduler and can create clones of your drive while Windows is running.6. AOMEI BackupperAOMEI Backupper Standard 4.6.2 is a multi-talented, free tool that will back up, sync, and clone your Windows system, apps, and data. It’s easy to use and suitable for both home and business use. In our review of The Best Backup Software for Windows 10, Thomas found it to be the best free backup system for Windows.7. DriveImage XMLDriveImage XML v2.60 is free for personal use (a commercial version is available for $100). You can copy directly from drive to drive, and backups can be scheduled. Your drive can be cloned while Windows is running, and DriveImage can also be run from a bootable CD.8. ClonezillaHere’s an extra suggestion I’ll give you for free that’s a bit different. It isn’t a Windows app—it runs on Linux—but bear with me here. Clonezilla has a cool name, runs from a bootable CD, can clone your Windows drive, and is absolutely free. It’s not the best option for beginners but works well. I used it successfully some years ago to clone a Windows server that was on its last legs.So What Should I Do?That’s a long (and incomplete) list of Windows cloning programs. Which one is the best choice for you?If you’re looking for full-featured backup software that can also clone drives, I recommend Acronis True Image. It’s a great all-around backup solution that’s worth paying for. Two good free alternatives are AOMEI Backupper Standard 4.6.2 and Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition.But if you’d rather use a specialist app that only does cloning and won’t cost you anything, give MiniTool Drive Copy Free or DriveImage XML v2.60 a try.Finally, if you’ve realized it’s time to have a careful look at your complete PC backup strategy, check out our review of The Best Backup Software for Windows 10. It contains some excellent advice about backing up your PC, as well as recommendations of the top Windows software.(6) Leunig anti-Vaxx cartoons; Mummy was busy on Instagramcartoon: Leunig mass medication.jpeg maternal instincts that contradict what science thinks Leunig mass medication was busy on Instagramcartoon:$zoom_0.462%2C$multiply_1%2C$ratio_1.776846%2C$width_1059%2C$x_0%2C$y_0/t_crop_custom/w_800/q_86%2Cf_auto/bad5452a7a7c3073a76ef8650159fb259d9627f2article: Mummy was busy on Instagram distracted parenting: A modern day hang-upBy Melissa CunninghamOctober 24, 2019 — 5.42pmMost parents have felt the twang of guilt that comes with scrolling a mobile phone in the presence of their children and now there is a term for it - digitally distracted parenting.The perennial conversation about how much screen time is too much shifted sharply this week from teenagers and children to their parents.First, Victorian parents were told to put away their phones when their children were in the water at public pools as part of a campaign to stop drownings. Brunswick Baths put up a sign: ‘Watch Your Child, Not Your Phone’.The reports likely inspired Michael Leunig's cartoon published in The Age on Wednesday that suggested some mothers love their smartphones more than their children and set off a social media storm.The cartoon prompted a quick and fierce backlash with many dubbing it sexist, condescending and judgmental of mothers.