Monday, March 27, 2017

For A Monday

Before I begin, a merci to all y'all who have visited.

Much obliged.

And now, the news...




The US and Britain are among the nations who have skipped nuclear weapon ban talks:

The United States, Britain and France are among almost 40 countries that will not join talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty starting at the United Nations on Monday, said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Haley told reporters the countries skipping the negotiations are instead committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which entered into force in 1970 and is aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.

"There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons. But we have to be realistic. Is there anyone that believes that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?" Haley told reporters. 


Indeed. Why go through the virtue-signalling pretense when North Korea would have no compunction launching a third nuclear payload on Japan?




Putin is far more dangerous to his own people than any American election.

Case in point:


Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was handed a 15-day jail sentence on Monday for his part in a big anti-government protest in Moscow which buoyed the liberal opposition's morale a year before a presidential election.

Sunday's protest and others like it across Russia were estimated to be the largest since 2012 and foreshadow a presidential election which Vladimir Putin is expected to contest.

Opinion polls suggest Navalny, who hopes to run against Putin, has little chance of unseating the Russian leader, who enjoys high ratings. But Navalny and his supporters hope to channel public discontent over corruption to get more support.

Navalny, who will appeal the court's verdict, was found guilty of disobeying a police officer at Sunday's Moscow protest and sentenced to 15 days in jail. He was also fined for organizing the protest, which the authorities said was illegal.

Navalny told reporters in the Moscow courtroom that he and his allies would not give up.

"You can’t detain tens of thousands of people," he said. "Yesterday we saw the authorities can only go so far."



(Sidebar: but they've been doing it since tsarist times, so...)




Israel is on high alert after the death of an Islamist leader:



Hamas closed its only civilian border crossing with Israel on Sunday, and Israeli troops were on high alert as tensions between the two enemies continued to rise, two days after a senior Hamas operative was mysteriously shot dead at point-blank range in the parking garage of his home.

Hamas has accused Israel of being behind the killing of Mazen Fuqaha, 38, a senior commander in the militant Islamist movement’s military wing. He spent nine years in an Israeli jail for his part in planning numerous suicide bombings that killed multiple Israeli civilians during the second Intifada in the early 2000s.





One hires a hacker for this sort of thing:



Security services must be allowed to crack into encrypted messaging services or terrorists will enjoy a digital “place to hide,” Britain’s top security official said Sunday, re-igniting a fiery debate over privacy on the Internet.

Amber Rudd, the U.K.’s home secretary, made the comments after police discovered that London’s Westminster attacker had sent a text via WhatsApp just before his rampage.

Rudd said investigators have been unable to access the message sent on the hugely popular service. 

WhatsApp is equipped with end-to-end encryption, meaning the company – now owned by Facebook – has no way to intercept its users’ communications, even if police present them with a warrant.








After having been caught funnelling money to Hamas, IRFAN hopes to be removed from a list of terrorist entities:

A Muslim relief group allegedly linked to Hamas has launched a legal challenge in Federal Court in an attempt to be taken off the Canadian government’s list of “terrorist entities.”

The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy Canada has asked to be removed from the terrorist list and also wants the entire listing process struck down as unconstitutional.

This is the second time the Mississauga, Ont.-based group has gone to court in the hope of being de-listed. It last tried in 2014 but the case was discontinued the following year.

Fifty-three factions — including al-Qaida, ISIL and Hezbollah — are currently on Canada’s list of designated terrorist groups, which effectively makes them illegal organizations.

IRFAN-Canada’s troubles with the government began in 2011 when its charity status was revoked after federal auditors concluded it was an “integral part” of the Hamas fundraising network.

Investigators had also found videos at the group’s office that “demonize Israel, characterize the Arab-Israeli conflict as a religious war, appeal for all Arab and Muslim nations to join in the struggle against Israel and glorify martyrdom,” the Canada Revenue Agency wrote.

In 2012, Justin Trudeau, then a candidate for the Liberal leadership, was criticized for speaking at a Toronto Islamic conference sponsored by the group. Two years later IRFAN-Canada was added to the federal list of terror groups.


Also:

Imams in Canadian mosques have been inciting the killing of "infidels", primarily Jews, for years. This agitation appears to have had no visible impact on Canadian parliamentarians, evidently too busy with petitions and motions banning alleged "Islamophobia".

In 2009, for example, Toronto-area imam Said Rageah, at the Abu Huraira Centre, called on Allah to "destroy" the enemies of Islam from within and "damn" the "infidel" Jews and Christians.

"Allah protect us from the fitna [sedition, affliction] of these people; Allah protect us from the evil agenda of these people; Allah destroy them from within themselves, and do not allow them to raise their heads" prayed the imam.

In 2012, Sheikh Abdulqani Mursal, imam at Masjid Al Hikma mosque in Toronto, explained that Jews are destined to be killed by the Muslims. Citing text from a hadith, he said:
"You will fight against the Jews and you will kill them... Muslims [will] kill them until the Jews [will] hide themselves... and a stone or a tree [will] say: Muslim... there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him...."
In 2014, imam Sayed AlGhitawi, at Al Andalous Islamic Center in Montreal, prayed for success in jihad and the total destruction of the Jews:
"O Allah, give victory to our brothers who engage in jihad... destroy the accursed Jews... make their children orphans and their women widows... kill them one by one... do not leave any of them [alive]".
During the Muslim holiday of Ramadan in 2016, Imam Ayman Elkasrawy, of the Masjid Toronto mosque, said the following:
"...O Allah! Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them... Give us victory over the disbelieving people... Give victory to Islam... humiliate the ...polytheists... Destroy anyone who displaced the sons of the Muslims...Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them... Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!"
Another imam in Toronto, Shaykh Abdool Hamid, recited similar prayers on at least eight occasions in 2015 and 2016.

In February 2017, after being exposed as an extremist by CIJ News, imam Ayman Elkasrawy apologized for his words, which, despite being posted on YouTube, were apparently not meant to reach non-Arabic speaking Canadians:
"Neither I, Masjid Toronto or the congregation harbour any form of hate towards Jews. And so I wish to apologize unreservedly for misspeaking during prayer last Ramadan... "
The head of the mosque, Dr. El-Tantawy Attia, assured the Toronto Sun that his mosque was not a radical mosque:
"It was a mistake. It was not authorized. It should not have happened and we have apologized and I have personally reached out to my Jewish friends... I was so upset. I was surprised. In 45 years here, I had never heard anything like that."
He also assured the Toronto Sun that he and the mosque would "get to the bottom of this through their own investigation". He also said that, pending the probe, the imam had been "suspended". The head of the mosque, however, then said that he doubts if Ayman Elkasrawy "really meant it". "We are about peace", he added.


(Sidebar: this was super-Islamophobic. One should never question the obvious Jew-hatred that goes on unchecked in Canadian mosques. Instead, one should pretend that such things don't exist ... or else.)




But ... but ... the Narrative!

Fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months despite mounting concerns that Donald Trump's immigration policies are making it much harder to cross, The Canadian Press has learned.

Refusals of Canadians at American land crossings dropped 8.5 per cent between October and the end of February compared with the same five-month period a year earlier, according to U.S. government statistics.

The total number of Canadian travellers denied entry also dropped: 6,875 out of 12,991,027 were refused entry, a refusal rate of 0.05 per cent.

Between October 2015 and February 2016, 7,619 out of 13,173,100 Canadian travellers were denied entry to the U.S., a refusal rate of 0.06 per cent.

The figures, confirmed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, contrast with recent anecdotal reports of Canadians denied entry into the U.S., with many placing the blame on the policies of the Trump administration, including its controversial attempts to ban arrivals from several predominantly Muslim countries.


The same government that promised to help families with small children has thrown them the smallest bone it can, just enough to get re-elected:

The federal government just allotted $7 billion over 10 years for “child care.” Who will benefit? The vast majority of families will benefit little if at all.

Daycare advocates have ensured that policies contain discriminatory definitions that explicitly exclude parental child care and preferentially fund institutional group care spaces. This is despite the fact that institutional group care is the most costly, least preferred and the most problematic for children’s mental and physical health.

The billions will flow in two ways: system subsidies like capital costs, operating grants, bureaucracy and advocacy, and fee subsidies to reduce parents’ expenses, typically paid on behalf of moderate or lower income families. Tax deductions will be available for up to about $7,000 in fees per child, $4,000 until age 15. (You read that right: daycare deductions for 15-year-olds.)

For a family with two parents in the top tax bracket with two young children in a daycare centre, the tax subsidy alone is worth over $6,500 per year. Add to that the value of the system subsidies at a super-subsidized daycare and clearly some families will be receiving public child care funding worth many tens of thousands of dollars every year while other families receive none at all.

Currently only about 15 per cent of Canadian children 0-5 are in daycare centres. Statistics Canada reports that higher-income families are more likely to use this arrangement.Taxpayers are funding higher-income families with huge subsidies for institutional child care at the expense of lower income families — including single parents — who prioritize parental child care.

One could make it so that people can look after their kids at home but that would just be nutty.




Who killed Otzi?

“The aim of the offender was to kill him, and he decides to take a long-distance shot — could be a learning effect from what happened one or two days before,” Horn said. “Which is pretty much what you see all the time nowadays. Most homicides are personal, and follow violence and an escalation of violence. I want to follow him, find him and kill him. All the emotions we have in homicide, these things have not died out in all these years.”

Robbery can certainly be ruled out, he said. Otzi had a copper ax, a valuable artifact only rarely seen in burials of the period. His clothing and kit were a match for the harsh alpine climate, and probably valuable, made from the leather and fur of at least 10 animals of six species.

“This was not a robbery gone bad or something,” Horn said; clearly, the killer was trying to cover up his act. “You go back to your village with this unusual ax, it would be pretty obvious what had happened.”



And now, even though his owner is dead, a dog walks the same route he and his owner had always walked:

When his owner Claudio Cantarelli died in 2015, Thor was so heartbroken that he stopped eating and would lie in the courtyard without moving for days. But, thanks to a loving neighbor who took him in, Thor is now doing better and has started walking the same route again.

"He [Claudio] walked every day and had his lunch. He was an artist and was everyone's friend - and now, Thor makes the same walk. I notice that the dog always stops at the same places. It's impressive," hairdresser Airton Oliveira said to RBS TV [in Portuguese].

Thor even made the same stop at the lottery office, where Claudio went almost every day. There, he waited for a while as if hoping for his owner to come out from the establishment to continue on their journey together.


Friday, March 24, 2017

This Post Is Islamophobic

So drenched with whatever Islamophobia is supposed to mean that I must warn everyone who reads it.


Yesterday, two hundred and one MPs voted for a motion that considers opposition to Islamism "racist" (even though Islam is not a race) and will monitor and collate any possible criticism of Islamism above all other creeds:

... collect data to contextualize hate crime reports ...
Meaning that even long ago-written and vague criticism could be sought, collected and later subject to action.

This motion was authored by MP Iqra Khalid:

... Irqa Khalid was President of the Muslim Student Association when she was a student at York University (early 2000s).  The Muslim Student Association was founded by adherents of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1963.  The Muslim Student Association has a series of alumni who have become suicide bombers, ISIS fighters and ISIS propagandists.
 
The Muslim Student Association at York University handed out a book at Islam Awareness Week with the title “Women in Islam & Refutation of some Common Misconceptions.”  The chapter on WIFE DISCIPLINING (page 99 of the online version) makes the following observation:  Submissive or subdued women. These women may even enjoy being beaten at times as a sign of love and concern.

Surah 4:34 in the Koran endorses what was in that chapter:



Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.


Iqra Khalid was in the Canadian delegation that met with Islamist lobbyists before the motion was passed:

On February 8, Liberal MP Iqra Khalid “reconnected” with Islamist lobby NCCM / CAIR-CAN, Montreal-based AMAL-Québec co-president Haroun Bouazzi and Islamic Relief Executive Manager Abdelbasset Benaissa for a discussion about Motion 103. She was accompanied by fellow MPs Salma Zahid and Frank Baylis for the occasion. Motion 103 aims at “develop[ing] a whole-of-government approach” to target so-called Islamophobia.

The gentleman in the middle is Immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen.

Only 14% of polled Canadians supported what is tantamount to a blasphemy and censorship motion (soon to be bill).

And what will this motion accomplish?

There is also concern that the motion will, in some manner, chill valid criticism of Islamist terror, or will not make allowance for legitimate criticism or analysis of Islam. Such criticism would now be forced to wear the degrading mantle of Islamophobia. Given this welter of mixed impressions and varied understandings of the very point of the motion, how effective can it be?

There is the key term itself, Islamophobia. As I have suggested in an earlier piece, this recent coinage, Islamophobia, is itself a contested term. The minister piloting the motion sees Islamophobia as “the irrational hatred of Muslims that leads to discrimination.”

That’s not as clear as at first glance it might seem. If the fear is “irrational,” then the ambition to reduce it by means of a distant parliamentary motion is a curious if not a wild response. Irrational fears are by definition those not subject to reason. We eliminate those only by therapy or medicine. We do not argue them away. Hence, we have never had a motion deploring claustrophobia.

The cruel deeds, by a terrorist, at the British Parliament this week give sombre point to these concerns. Should we not have some moderate response of caution and concern after London? Is that irrational? There is nothing irrational in having a reasoned or limited fear towards a group publicly committed to terrorism, and self-declared perpetrators of it, in the name of Islam. Nor is there bigotry, Islamophobia, in seeing the declared connection with Islam in these kinds of terror acts. If there is an Islamic connection, and it is declared ,even insisted upon, by the actors themselves, it is surely not phobic both to see the connection, and heed the declaration.

Then too, there is the rhetorical or forensic deployment of the term. A person who criticizes Islam, or who reasonably makes a connection between current terrorism and certain groups within Islam will, in some circles, very quickly be labelled Islamophobic.

No one likes to be called a bigot, and thus people — under fear of such a charge, mute their speech, trim their thoughts and withhold honest criticism because of the weight of this word, Islamophobe, being placed on their shoulders. Plainly put, sometimes the charge of Islamophobia is merely a harsh and dishonest way of shutting down an argument, or expelling all discussion. Who argues with bigots?

Yet there is an even wider reason to question the motion’s value.

Time and again it was stressed that it was not a law, not a piece of legislation, but a mere motion. It therefore mandated precisely nothing. It had no penalties for people who choose to ignore it, brought into being no requirements in action. So, it must be presumed, its point was merely to place on parliamentary record the sentiment of the House of Commons on a sensitive manner.

And, to be blunt, what will that likely achieve? Will it perhaps launch one of Parliament’s dubious and protracted studies? Will it change the social or moral landscape of the country in any detectable way? Its proponents make such a case for its innocuousness, such a point of repeating it is not legislation, and how it will not alter existing laws or behaviours. So what will it do? What is it for?

It is for what people correctly fear: that the government will put in place whatever it takes to silence critics and raise above all else a culture that proves time and time again how antithetical it is Western civilisation, even in its decrepit post-modern form. Indeed, had Western civilisation operated at full strength, this would not be entertained. There would be no need as the West has provisions for respect for all citizens and the ability to properly discriminate against things that cause the civilisation harm, namely cultures that openly revile others and get away with it.

Liberal voters, even if they claim to be disgusted by this motion, will continue voting Liberal regardless. The Liberals' antipathy to autistic children and penchant for corruption would have changed their minds before this motion ever came into being had the voters been so easy to ethically sway. When they become irrelevant, new voters blocks of unvetted migrants will take their places and motions like this will be commonplace.



Related - scratch a lazy-@$$ Liberal and one will find a petty, cowardly woman-hater every time:

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of losing "his sh*t" in the House of Commons Wednesday after he was questioned on the government's proposed changes to Parliament's rules.

(Sidebar: Michelle Rempel embarrassed the Liberals into acting for the Yazidis.)

During a particularly raucous question period — and just hours before the government unveiled its second budget — Rempel rose in the House to ask Trudeau about his reaction to an earlier question from fellow Tory MP Candice Bergen.

"This prime minister purports to be a feminist," Rempel said. "Yet when a strong, confident woman dares to question his arrogance and unilaterally changing the fundamentals of Canadian democracy, he tries to stare her down and yell at her."

Justin doesn't do well when challenged:





(Sidebar: the above was Islamophobic. Or something.)


And - Putin also doesn't like being challenged:

In the 1990s, Nemtsov was a political star of post-Soviet Russia’s “young reformers.” He became deputy prime minister and was, for a while, seen as possible presidential material – but it was Putin who succeeded former president Boris Yeltsin in 2000. Nemtsov publicly supported the choice, but he grew increasingly critical as Putin rolled back civil liberties and was eventually pushed to the margins of Russian political life. Nemstov led massive street rallies in protest of the 2011 parliamentary election results and wrote reports on official corruption. He also was arrested several times as the Kremlin cracked down on opposition rallies. In Feb. 2015, just hours after urging the public to join a march against Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine, Nemtsov was shot four times in the back by an unknown assailant within view of the Kremlin. Putin took “personal control” of the investigation into Nemtsov’s murder, but the killer remains at large.




The man who killed four people was under surveillance before the attacks in London:

British born, his birth name was Adrian Elms, dropping it for the Islamic name Khalid Masood when he converted.

Police believe that conversion happened in prison where he spent time for violent offences after his first run in with the law that resulted in a conviction in 1983, and his last conviction believed to have been in 2003.

Masood faced charges and convictions for weapons charges, disturbing the peace, assault and causing grievous bodily harm.

This was a man that was well known to police, and at one point, he was also on the radar of MI5 as a “peripheral” figure in a terrorism investigation.

And he was not monitored any further.

Oops.




Indonesian police use tear gas on thugs who threatened to destroy a Catholic church:

Indonesian police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in a satellite city of the capital, Jakarta.

Several hundred protesters from a group called Forum for Bekasi Muslim Friendship staged a rowdy demonstration in front of the Santa Clara church in Kaliabang, a neighborhood of Bekasi city, after Friday prayers.

Witnesses said police fired tear gas as the protesters tried to force their way into the church, which has been under construction since November. Some also threw rocks and bottles into the site.

Raymundus Sianipar, a Catholic priest, said police asked him to leave the area for safety reasons.

That church is Islamophobic simply by being there.




The struggles of the Chinese faithful:

Freedom House’s investigators have concluded that controls over religion in China have been increasing since 2012, seeping into new areas of daily life and triggering growing resistance from believers. At least 100 million people — nearly one-third of estimated believers in China — belong to four religious groups facing high levels of persecution: Protestant Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, Uighur Muslims and Falun Gong.

China is Trudeau's favourite country.




Thanks to the struggles of previous immigrants, those sneaking in will not feel any crushing defeat:

Despite our treasured national mythos as a promised land of wealth and opportunity, our history is littered with tales of people crying or screaming with anguish after taking their first steps in the True North.



All systems go for the Keystone Pipeline:

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration approved TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, cheering the oil industry and angering environmentalists even as further hurdles for the controversial project loom.

The approval reverses a decision by former President Barack Obama to reject the project, but the company still needs to win financing, acquire local permits, and fend off likely legal challenges for the pipeline to be built.



What that means for Canada:
 

Most of the employee compensation benefits from Keystone XL would be concentrated in Alberta. But other provinces would also see an uptick in activity. A report in July 2012 by the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) found that worker compensation in Ontario—mostly in its manufacturing sector—would rise nearly $10.68 billion between 2011 and 2035 if the project goes ahead.

Kathleen Wynne will find a way to stymy this. Guaranteed.




And now, filthy damn Islamophobic spinach.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

But Wait! There's More!

Often, there is...



As was predicted, MPs voted for the blasphemy motion spearheaded by Islamist-cum-MP and practising Goebbels, Iqra Khalid, who, while attending York University, led the Muslim Students Association that put out a booklet that advocated wife abuse.

(Sidebar: yes, Iqra, you b!#ch, you were caught.)

From now on, every criticism of Islam will be collected and stored in a database somewhere. Canada, the last ummah, has put Islam and censorship above all else.

That sound you hear is Sir John A. Macdonald spinning in his grave.

And Canadians let it happen.




In other news that will soon be pushed through the sieve of censorship (thanks to that b!#ch Iqra Khalid and all those who helped make Canada an ummah), British Prime Minister Theresa May believes that the terrorist who killed four people (before he himself was shot) acted alone but had others arrested anyway:

The Westminster terrorist who brought bloodshed to the heart of London has been named by police as Khalid Masood, a British-born criminal with a string of previous convictions.

After Isil claimed the attacker was a "soldier" of the terror group, Scotland Yard formally identified the 52-year-old - saying he was not the subject of any current investigations and there was "no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack".

But the man who killed four people - including a police officer - in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament had a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences. He had not been convicted of any terrorism offences. 

It comes as police said a fourth innocent victim died on Thursday night. The 75-year-old man has died in hospital.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The man had been receiving medical treatment in hospital following the attack and life support was withdrawn this evening. ...

Scotland Yard has just announced that eight people have now been arrested as part of the investigation into the Westminster terror attack.

Nothing to see here.


Also:

A shotgun and several bladed weapons have been found in the car of a man who tried to drive at high speed through a busy shopping street in Antwerp, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way.



The US Department of State will issue a permit for the Keystone Pipeline on Friday:

The U.S. State Department will approve on Friday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama, according to two government sources familiar with the process.

The move would mark the beginning of process that could be lengthy and complicated by approvals needed by state regulators and legal challenges.



A nurse has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder. Had they been termed as euthanasia, she would be home for the week-end.

Say what?

Sen. Leahy (D., Vt.) recounted his experience prosecuting a Nazi-trained doctor who crossed the Canadian border to perform illegal abortions in Vermont to the Judiciary Committee during the third day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing. Leahy called the incident representative of the "dark days" before the Supreme Court struck down state laws against abortion in the landmark case.

"She was trained to do these abortions working for the SS at Auschwitz so she could abort the women prisoners that they had impregnated so that they could keep on using the women that way before they put them in the gas chambers," Leahy said.

Gee, leftists really do appreciate a good Nazi.




Another bizarre cover-up that needs ignoring fast:

A former Russian lawmaker who fled Moscow for Ukraine and likened life under President Vladimir Putin to Nazi Germany was shot dead in Kiev.

Denis Voronenkov, 45, was killed Thursday at 11:40 a.m. near the Premier Palace hotel in the center of Ukraine’s capital, local police said. 

His bodyguard, who was injured in the shooting, wounded the assailant and both are under guard in the hospital, police said. 

Ukraine blamed the killing on Russia, linking it to testimony by Voronenkov against Viktor Yanukovych, the Kremlin-backed Ukrainian leader who was ousted three years ago in street protests.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mid-Week Post

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Merry Birthday!



Four people are dead and twenty injured in what is now being considered a terrorist attack:

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage at the heart of Britain’s seat of power Wednesday, mowing down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing an armed police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Four people were killed, including the attacker, and about 20 others were injured.

Lawmakers, lords, staff and visitors were locked down as the man was shot by police within the perimeter of Parliament and just metres from entrances to the building itself. He died, as did two pedestrians on the bridge, and the police officer.

A doctor who treated the wounded said some had “catastrophic” injuries.

In the House of Commons, deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle announced that the sitting was being suspended and told lawmakers not to leave.

Police said they were treating the attacks as a terrorist incident and had launched a full counterterrorism investigation. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

“We are satisfied at this stage that it looks like there was only on attacker,” said Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley. “But it would be foolish to be overconfident early on.”

The threat level for international terrorism in the U.K. was already listed at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely.”

Ahem:

“Times have changed and we should learn to live with terrorism..."

Because:

Sadiq Khan has said he believes the threat of terror attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city” and encouraged Londoners to be vigilant to combat dangers.

And:

After that day, it emerged that the attacks were carried out by four guys who were Muslim. That’s what hit me more. Being a Muslim myself, I thought: “Well, why? Why would you do that? What ideology did you possess?” If they’d known their religion, it clearly states that to kill one innocent life is killing all humanity.

Yes, about that:

"I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"
**
"O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight..."


Yep.

Europeans are awfully good at adapting to this sort of thing as it happens SO often these days.




Prior to the October 2015 election, Justin Trudeau promised three periods of debt.

People voted for him anyway.

And now today:

The future is coming at you, fast, and the Liberal government says it knows you're getting anxious — and potentially angry.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered a federal budget Wednesday that aims to get Canadians ready for a changing world and potentially shield the Liberals from the forces that brought U.S. President Donald Trump to power.

"Everyday folks who work hard to provide for their families are worried about the future," Morneau said in his speech to the House of Commons as he tabled the 2017 federal budget, the second since the Liberals formed a majority government in 2015.

"They're worried that rapid technological change, the seemingly never-ending need for new skills and growing demands on our time will mean that their kids won't have the same opportunities that they had. And who can blame them?" Morneau said.

After setting up the doom and the gloom, Morneau spoke of the good news: Canadians have always been able to adapt to changing circumstances.

The budget, which projects a deficit of $28.6 billion this coming fiscal year, including a contingency reserve, is designed to help them get there.

What's $28.6 billion between friends?




Was it something they said?

The row between Seoul and Beijing over the deployment of a U.S. missile-defense system has seen China overtake even former colonizer Japan in the ranking of South Koreans’ least-favored countries, a survey shows.

Or did?

Seoul was blanketed with toxic haze on Tuesday morning, with air pollution at one point reaching the second worst in the world. 

The density of ultrafine or PM2.5 particles reached over 100 ㎍/㎥ per hour in the capital. The air quality in Seoul has hovered between 51 and 100 ㎍/㎥, or even worse for four days. Skies in most parts of Gyeonggi Province were also obscured by toxic haze all morning.

Seoul's air quality index at one point reached 179, the second worst in the world after New Delhi, according to AirVisual, a website that measures and compares pollutant levels in major cities around the world. ...
"It's possible that more fine dust accumulated this year as migratory anticyclones from China have hovered near the Korean Peninsula," said Chang Im-suk at the institute. "Another possible reason is that smog has worsened in China as factories resumed operations in the Beijing area once the annual sessions of the National People's Congress and the Politburo came to a close on March 15."





These things happen. Now let have no more talk about this bizarre cover-up:

A lawyer representing the family of Sergei L. Magnitsky, a Russian auditor and lawyer who died in prison in 2009 after uncovering a $308 million fraud targeting an American-born financier, suffered severe head injuries Tuesday after plunging from his Moscow apartment building.

Russian news organizations said the lawyer, Nikolai Gorokhov, fell while helping movers carry a hot tub up to his fourth floor apartment. They showed photographs of a shattered tub outside the building.

But the financier, William F. Browder, said Gorokhov was to appear in a Moscow court on Wednesday to appeal on behalf of Magnitsky’s mother for an investigation into new evidence relating to the fraud scheme first exposed by Magnitsky.



Oh, this must be embarrassing:

North Carolina may have lost out on the NCAA championships, the NBA All-Star Game and Bruce Springsteen thanks to its hotly contested transgender bathroom law, but the state’s economy didn’t miss a beat.

Economic indicators released for 2016 show that the boycott has failed to derail North Carolina as a regional and national powerhouse, despite the loss of high-profile performances and sporting events in response to House Bill 2, signed March 23 by then-Gov. Pat McCrory.



Once again, dogs prove to be better people than people:

A former shelter dog in Michigan is being credited with saving the life of a 3-year-old girl who was found naked and alone in freezing weather.

The Delta Animal Shelter shared a letter on Facebook from the family of Peanut, an abused dog that arrived at the shelter nearly a year ago. The family writes that Peanut alerted her owner that she wanted to go outside Friday and took him to a field behind the house on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The owner found the little girl, brought her inside and called 911.

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office confirms the story and says the girl is OK.

Authorities say they found the parents nearby in a residence with “unsafe and unsanitary living conditions.”

The girl and another young girl were removed from the home. Prosecutors are reviewing the case.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Lots to talk about....



Don't weigh options. Do it:

President Trump's administration is weighing sanctions against North Korea in an effort to curb Pyongyang's nuclear program, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The report says the sanctions would be aimed at placing diplomatic and economic pressure, specifically focused on Chinese banks conducting business with North Korea.

The latter seems a better approach. China, as North Korea's backer, is an integral part of the problem.




Yes, because if thinking individuals saw what they were up, they would try to stop them:

Opposition parties slammed the Liberal government on Tuesday for trying to “ram through” major changes to how the House of Commons does its business. 

With little notice, the Liberals moved Tuesday to have the Procedure and House Affairs committee study major changes to standing orders put forward by Liberal House leader Bardish Chagger, giving a tight June deadline and offering no indication that they wouldn’t use a majority to impose changes to House rules without opposition consent. 

The long list of items for study includes: halting House sittings on Fridays; only requiring the prime minister to be in question period one day a week; introducing electronic voting and restricting opposition parties’ ability to filibuster bills in committee. 

Liberals are trying to “ram through whatever the f— they want,” Conservative MP Scott Reid said in a rare outburst. He called maneuvers “despicable,” a “tissue of lies,” and a “contemptible abuse of our system,” calling the prime minister an “arrogant, selfish, rude individual” for trying to steamroll all opposition. 

His colleague Blake Richards said the Liberals’ attempt to use the committee to push changes through is “disgusting and pathetic.” 

In an unusual move Tuesday, Liberals repeatedly blocked opposition attempts to delay the motion, including extending the committee meeting — which was otherwise supposed to be hearing from Elections Canada officials, who were dismissed — well beyond its scheduled time. The committee was still sitting by the time question period began Wednesday.





Also:

It’s doubtful that Rand would be all that enthusiastic about Ottawa’s plan to boost middle-class fortunes by showering billions in federal money on thousands of upper-class business and political rent seekers. As a champion of the middle class, maybe Morneau could take up Rand as a policy guide rather than the redistributionists and panderers he now consults.

Because this is the most transparent government in 2017.

Or something:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial family vacation to a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan cost Canadian taxpayers more than $127,000, including thousands of dollars in per diems for government employees who also made the trip.

According to documents tabled in the House of Commons, overtime and shift differentials alone for the RCMP officers who accompanied him cost $18,735. The force paid another $53,253 in travel, accommodation and per diem costs.

Trudeau's flight to the Bahamas aboard a CC-144 Challenger cost the Department of National Defence $32,000, plus another $1,720 for food, beverages and associated fees.

Trudeau has come under fire in the House of Commons for taking the trip over the Christmas holidays and for his office's initial refusal to disclose where he was vacationing. Billionaire Aga Khan is the spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims.

Trudeau was accompanied on the trip by MP Seamus O'Regan and his husband, as well as Liberal Party president Anna Gainey and her husband, Tom Pitfield, a key member of Trudeau's election campaign team.

Trudeau has defended the trip, arguing that the Aga Khan is a longtime family friend. He has reimbursed taxpayers $4,895 for the trip — the cost of commercial plane tickets for him and his family.

Government security rules require that the prime minister not travel on commercial aircraft — even for personal vacations with their families.



For the refreshing honesty of it all, I wish that Chrystia Freeland would just admit that she has no damn idea what she will do about this:

Canada's government, under pressure from domestic steel firms, is expressing concern to U.S. officials about a proposed Buy America policy that could cause heavy Canadian job losses, people familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who wants firms to "Buy American and hire American," pledged in January to require new pipelines to use U.S.-made steel.

Canadian steel firms fear Trump's plan could badly hurt a highly-integrated North American industry, and are pressing Ottawa to take action, the people added.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland raised the issue with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in their first conversation on March 9 and underscored worries about potential job losses, said a source familiar with the matter.

A statement issued after the meeting merely said that Freeland had highlighted "the mutual benefits of the integrated Canada-U.S. steel industry" but made no mention of the conversation about job losses.

In Washington, a Commerce Department official said Freeland had raised the Buy American issue during the call and that Ross noted her concerns. The official did not give further details.

Freeland spokesman Alex Lawrence said the minister would "continue to defend our steel workers" but gave no details.
 


Because it's the CBC:



Harper should have defunded this rubbish network when he had the chance.

 
(Merci)




Oh, this must burn:

More than five years after the trial ended, the lawyer for one of the people convicted in the 2009 killing of four women in Kingston is suing his client’s husband for unpaid legal fees.

On the first day of a civil trial at the Frontenac County Court House, David Crowe, who defended Tooba Mohammad Yahya between mid-2009 and early 2012 on four counts of murder, said he is owed more than $100,000.

In late January 2012, Yahya, her husband, Mohammad Shafia, and their son Hamed were convicted of killing Yahya and Mohammad’s three teenage daughters — Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13 — and Mohammad’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, to preserve their family honour.

In the early hours of June 30, 2009, as the family members were returning from a vacation in Niagara Falls, they stopped at Kingston Mills, where the women were killed, possibly predrowned there, and their bodies put back in the car and dumped into the Rideau Canal near Kingston Mills.

Crowe testified that he was retained to represent Yahya, but from the outset of the case it was made clear to him that Shafia would be paying the defence costs.

Crowe said he initially charged $450 an hour for Yahya’s defence.

In October 2010, Shafia asked for Crowe to lower his fee, and a new rate of $365 was negotiated, Crowe said.

In December 2011, as his fees for services began to outpace the money the family was putting forward and the outstanding amounts started to add up, Crowe said he offered to again lower his rate to $350 if Shafia paid the overdue amounts promptly, he said.

In March 2012, after the trial had wrapped up, Crowe offered to reduce the outstanding amount to just less than $67,000 in an effort to compel Shafia to pay his bill. There was no response to that offer, Crowe said.

Crowe said he discussed his fee with Shafia during meetings in a room in the basement of the Frontenac County Court House. The meetings included all three family members on trial, their attorneys and an interpreter, he said.
While Yahya was present, Crowe said she did not participate in the discussions about Crowe’s fees.

Gee, who would have thought that killing one's family would be so expensive?




Vain people often post questionable photos or videos of their alleged weight loss, stretch marks, or failure of skateboards to clear immovable objects because they want their trite lives brightened by the attention.

How many will understand the gravity of a Saudi couple renouncing their religion?

That is brave.



If a minority cannot respect the rule of law, why should it remain?


Police and security experts say increasing police diversity in communities like the largely Muslim borough of Molenbeek, where a key suspect in the Paris attacks lived and then hid, is crucial for improving intelligence and spotting radicalization. 

While Belgian officials want more tip-offs to prevent the kind of militant attacks that killed 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015 and 32 people in the Brussels metro and airport on March 22, they have struggled to open the police to the country's Muslim minority.

On the eve of the anniversary of the Brussels attacks, Prime Minister Charles Michel told Reuters Belgium was "very determined" to recruit a force that would better mirror the diversity of the population.


Let's see how that works out. If people will not obey the law now, they won't obey it with token Muslims in uniform.
 



And now, South Korean shops in sketch form:

South Korean Store Drawings




Monday, March 20, 2017

On a Monday




Aaaahhh, glorious spring.....



This week in the House of Commons, the Liberals will attempt to push a budget onto a population they it do not understand  and pass a censorship law.

Be aware.



But ... but ... the Narrative!

Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

A significant minority, four out of 10 respondents, said the border crossers could make Canada "less safe," underlining the potential political risk for Trudeau's Liberal government.

If this poll is to be believed, it begs the questions: is the rest of the population hiding under a rock?



But would Kim Jong-Un be so bold if China was no longer in a position to back it?

North Korea said Monday it is not frightened by U.S. threats of possible pre-emptive military action to halt its nuclear and missile buildup.

A spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry slammed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent talk of tougher sanctions, more pressure, and possible military action, and said the North would not be deterred in its nuclear program.

“The nuclear force of (North Korea) is the treasured sword of justice and the most reliable war deterrence to defend the socialist motherland and the life of its people,” the official Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

**

Chang said Tillerson “spoke to the Chinese pretty harshly in private, but in public, though, he adopted China’s formulations of mutual cooperation, win-win this, and also respecting China’s core interests.”

“I think that was a mistake,” he said. “Nonetheless, we will see what the result is because, clearly, the United States and China right now have some irreconcilable interests. The Chinese want to support the North Koreans. They do that because every time the North Koreans do something provocative, we run to China, we ask for their cooperation, they get bargaining chips, and they distract us from things that are important – such as cyberattacks on American companies and the American government, of course; South China Sea; South Korea; you name it.”

The US, like South Korea, have to put an end to this insufferable stalemate and punish China for its support of North Korea, not beg it to turn that Third World dictatorship around.

Would the North Koreans fight to the death for the Kim dynasty, brow-beaten or not?

I'm guessing not. It's brainwashed and starving population would be hard-pressed to fight for the only fat man in the country.



Canada cannot be responsible for the legal systems in other countries but it should be responsible for its own:

Canada could undermine the global justice system by failing to extradite a pair accused of orchestrating the honour killing of a 25-year-old B.C. woman, a government lawyer argued today before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Janet Henchey, a lawyer for the Attorney General of Canada, made the case to extradite two B.C. residents to India to face trial for their role in the murder of Jaswinder (Jassi) Sidhu in 2000.

India has requested the extradition of Malkit Sidhu and Surjit Badesha, the mother and uncle of Jassi. Her body was dumped after her throat was slashed, and her young husband, Sukhwinder (Mithu) Sidhu was badly beaten and left for dead.

The pair has argued they could face neglect or mistreatment in India's prison system, but Henchey argued any potential risks are general in nature, not "personalized" to the pair. Henchey noted that all countries have problems such as overcrowding in prisons, including Canada.

She said the case before the high court has broad implications for Canada's role in administering international justice.

"It undermines the entire concept of extradition and sending people to the country where they have allegedly committed a crime if we refuse to surrender based on imperfections in our treaty partners, even sometimes large imperfections,  without a more specific connection to the person sought's situation," she said.

"If we do that, we fail to recognize the importance of extradition to the international community as a mechanism for avoiding impunity."

 
Hey, does anyone remember when someone was worried that people would be euthanised for their organs and that was dismissed as paranoid nonsense?

Doctors have already harvested organs from dozens of Canadians who underwent medically assisted death, a practice supporters say expands the pool of desperately needed organs, but ethicists worry could make it harder for euthanasia patients to voice a last-minute change of heart.

 
There was nothing good about residential schools, claims shame-ridden Anglican bishop:

In response to Senator Lynn Beyak’s assertion that Canadians ignore the “abundance of good” that happened in residential schools, one of the system’s primary operators issued a statement Monday saying “there was nothing good.”

“There was nothing good about children going missing and no report being filed. There was nothing good about burying children in unmarked graves far from their ancestral homes,” reads a statement co-signed by the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada.
 
Yes, about that:

That phenomenon was on display again this week, following the publication of last Saturday’s story, “4,000 Children died in residential schools; Truth commission.” As that story detailed, “commission officials expect that number to rise as researchers access much more complete files from Library and Archives Canada and elsewhere.”

Letter writers commenting on that story this week complained that the article lacked important historical context.

“Nice work, National Post, as you continue to dump on the charitable work accomplished by generations of selfless missionaries, physicians, nurses and teachers of the Canadian North,” wrote C. Lutz, of Haliburton, Ont. “[This story] heavily spins out a ‘physical and sexual abuse’ [narrative] as if 150,000 Indian and Inuit children had gained nothing good from taxpayer-provided white education. At least some of them learned enough English and French to, fluently, play the system and bite the hand that had fed them.”

“By today’s standards, 4,000 deaths out of a total of 150,000 students is shocking,” wrote Russel Williams of Georgeville, Que. “But given the period covered, 1870 to 1996, it may compare quite favourably with Canada at large, or Canadian aboriginal communities specifically, for the same period. One must bear in mind that much of this period predates immunization for smallpox, whooping cough, and diphtheria. It also predates penicillin for treatment of TB. Given the above, perhaps the statistic is not as alarming as it first might seem.”

“It was undoubtedly a terrible thing to be taken from your family, but in the early days, the reserves were impoverished and 90% of First Nations people were infected with tuberculosis,” added Michelle Stirling. “It is hard to say if the students got tuberculosis at the residential schools. And until the 1950s, tuberculosis was the leading cause of death of all Canadians.

“I am aware that some people will feel that I am defending the known cases of abuse and cruelty — I do not defend these,” Ms. Stirling continued. “My own father was the victim of the same [abuse] at the hands of his own white Anglo-Saxon teachers at his British boarding school. He used to have his left hand beaten black and blue and tied behind his back because he was left-handed.”

We also heard from a non-native who attended the St. Paul’s Indian Residential School in southern Alberta (the Blood/Kainai Reserve) for six years.

“When so many Canadians rely on publications like the National Post to stay informed on important issues, it is disappointing to see an article like that,” wrote Mark DeWolf of Halifax. “How does this figure compare to the number of First Nations children who died outside of the schools? Over 126 years and out of 150,000 students, the figure is perhaps not so surprising, given the deplorable health conditions on some reserves and high rates of communicable illness. More could and should have been done to ensure the health of these students, but let’s have responsible journalism, not emotional pandering to readers.”

“The last of the Truth and Reconciliation Canada (TRC) national events comes up at the end of March in Edmonton, and I hope to be there,” Mr. DeWolf added. “It will be interesting to see if the media just parrot what native leaders, TRC employees and other aboriginal activists repeatedly say, or if the occasion gives rise to some serious discussion of the schools, the harm they did and the more positive aspects as well.”

On Wednesday, we ran a letter that began as follows: “There are many native Canadians who appreciate the benefits of the schools where they received an education that enabled them to cope with life outside the reserves. How about recounting some of their testimonials?”

A few more notes came in after that, each echoing that same point. Here is one example.

“How refreshing to see the letter from Michael Barnes,” wrote Jeannie L’Esperance. “When traveling by plane in the North, I have had people tell me how grateful they were for the training they received in a residential school, which helped them find employment.”


I would never use the g-d- ugly mug of a snowboard instructor to promote Canada when I could easily use its natural beauty to speak for it:

Global Affairs has instructed diplomatic missions in the United States to stop using life-size cardboard cut-outs of the prime minister to promote Canada.

The order follows the revelation last week that prime ministerial replicas turned up at an event last June organized by the Canadian consulate in Atlanta and earlier this month at a Canadian music festival in Austin, Tex.

The Canadian embassy in Washington also rush-ordered a cut-out of its own for use at Canada Day celebrations last year, at a cost of $147.79, including $72.80 for next-day delivery.
Canada: come for the natural beauty. Stay for the pie.



Northern Ireland faces a "green" crisis:

Northern Ireland’s government launched a program in 2012 to promote greater use of renewable sources to generate energy. Arlene Foster, the enterprise minister at the time, introduced the plan, which subsidized the use of alternative fuels by businesses and non-household users. It offered payments for 20 years for the installation of systems using solar energy, heat pumps or biomass boilers burning wood pellets.

When interest suddenly surged in 2015 an inquiry was called, concluding that the government had inadvertently established subsidies were worth more than the cost of the fuel itself; rather than encouraging conservation as intended, the scheme provided an incentive to burn as much fuel as possible. Media reported that a farmer heating an empty shed could make about $2 million over the 20-year period. A Ferrari dealer was criticized for using the subsidy program, which became known as “cash for ash,” to heat his showroom. Since there was no cap on subsidies, the auditor-general reported, “the more heat that is generated, the more is paid.”

Foster is now First Minister and admits the whole scheme was badly botched. “We can all agree … that there were shocking errors and failures in the RHI scheme and a catalogue of mistakes,” she told the Northern Ireland Assembly. Not only did it pay people to waste energy, it was badly policed and poorly enforced, she said. The program has been shut down, at an estimated cost of $1 billion.


Also:

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will never admit it, the 2015 Paris climate treaty Canada signed with great fanfare died last week.

It died because of the release of U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget plan.

While Trump has to get it through the U.S. Congress, which means parts of it are unlikely to survive, his clear intention to gut U.S. climate change policy by dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency spells the death knell for the Paris treaty.

Trump is proposing deeper cuts to the EPA than any other government agency, reducing its $8.2 billion budget by 31%, laying off 19% of its 15,000 staff and cutting 50 programs.

That includes funding for Barack Obama’s signature climate change initiative, his Climate Action Plan, to reduce America’s use of coal-fired electricity.


If one is stupid enough to jump into a crocodile-infested river, one should be left in said river:

An Australian teen who was attacked by a crocodile after jumping into a crocodile-infested river on a dare was recovering from serious wounds to his arm, officials said Monday, as authorities recovered the body of another man who also may have been attacked by a crocodile in nearby waters.

Lee de Paauw, an 18-year-old from Queensland state, was at a hostel in the northern Queensland town of Innisfail around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday when he started bragging that he could swim in the river, a known habitat for aggressive saltwater crocodiles, said Sophie Paterson, a British backpacker who was at the hostel.

She and several others egged him on, though none of them thought he’d actually get in the water, Paterson said.

But get in the water he did. Seconds later, a crocodile latched onto him.


Homework is like any other skill - use it or lose it. If students do not memorise or apply the knowledge acquired at school, it will become useless to them.

That being said, plying on endless hours of pointless busywork is a great way to turn students off from academics altogether. It would be better to give students assignments that have them practise skills in a way that is mnemonic and not onerous.