Monday, January 23, 2017

For a Monday


 
What a busy week-end it's been!



President Donald Trump (full disclosure: weird to say) has just been trucking it like he wants to be re-elected or something.

In one day alone, Trump has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, reinstated a ban on paying for foreign abortions and placed a hiring freeze on some federal employees.

The only time the last guy hustled is when he wanted to free terrorists and to hit the links.


He is not the only one who has been busy.

At least two hundred and thirty rioters will be charged with felony rioting.


PM Hair-Boy, in the mean time, has been wetting his shorties. He called an emergency meeting for all premiers over the week-end. Not realising that he would have to do some actual work while in office, PM Hair-Boy is faced with the prospect of losing massively to a guy who appears to be taking his job seriously.

And despite our undefended border, Trump is far less concerned with how Canada may react than Trudeau is with how much more trade we do with China than the US. As Trump becomes more protectionist and Trudeau sells our industries to China with next to no benefit to us, this and the carbon taxes, the climbing deficits, the unemployment and the scandals should peter out what remains of Canada by the end of the calendar year.





Chinese state publications are using leftist protests over the weekend to argue that President Donald Trump has a fragile mandate to govern, and that this proves that free societies are weaker ones than communist dictatorships like that of China.


... says the one-party communist country. 

Some Chinese analysts believe that men standing in front of tanks show the fragility of Chinese communism...”






And:


National-security agencies counselled Ottawa against allowing a Chinese firm to take over a Montreal high-tech company, warning it would undermine a technological edge that Western militaries have over China, The Globe and Mail has learned.

“If the technology is transferred, China would be able to domestically-produce advanced-military laser technology to Western standards sooner than would otherwise be the case, which diminishes Canadian and allied military advantages,” said a national-security assessment prepared for cabinet by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in 2015.


The acquisition of ITF Technologies of Montreal by Hong Kong-based O-Net Communications is the focus of a growing controversy after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government reversed a Harper cabinet order that sought to unwind this foreign purchase.

Because China is his favouritest country 4evah!






While some white broads were marching because they didn't get free stuff or something, women around the world who could not march suffered in obscurity. Here are five of them:

Berta Soler

Asia Bibi

Park Yeonmi

Kayla Mueller

Mayar Mohamed Mousa    

When moral absolutes have been done away with, when the self and its desires have been elevated to the ultimate good, when complacency has made one fat, opulent and vulgar and when ego will not permit one moment of self-reflection, one sees tantrums thrown by people who have never not known individual license and freedom from want. Now all they are concerned with is privilege, the desire to get fatter and more stupid in regions that are stable and have plenty. Their egos, already satiated with their sense of self-importance and the fear of emptiness their trite lives have been, cannot acknowledge that they are ever wrong.





Note not the douchebag who hits women but the "women" themselves at the forty-one second mark. They are stepping between Mrs. Reid and then cheering.

Where are their principles, the ones that decry hitting women?

They are non-existent. If hitting a woman furthers their ideology (read: egos), then have it.

By doing so, they delegitimise the shaky values they stand for when surrounded by friends.





You can hear these stories everywhere in Russia.


A wife gets a black eye from her husband, goes to the police, but they refuse to act on it. They say they’re not empowered to open a criminal case against the assailant who can only be prosecuted at the request of the aggrieved party.


She realizes she’d have to bring the lawsuit, collect evidence, produce witnesses and prove her case in court on her own to get the abuser convicted. Already morally destroyed by the beatings, the woman doesn’t have the strength to add this bureaucratic nightmare to the hell she already lives in. She gives up, and beatings continue, becoming her new, everyday reality.


The problem of domestic violence is rampant in Russia. According to the statistics presented last year by the Presidential Human Rights Council, 40 percent of all violent crimes occur in families. The exact number of people suffering beatings from their family members is hard to calculate, because many don’t report it, but the count has reached tens of thousands.


Last summer, activists fighting domestic violence in Russia celebrated a small, unexpected, victory. The country still had a long way to go to have a separate, long anticipated law on tackling the problem.

Yet for the first time in a long while, simple battery toward “close family” that doesn’t result in bodily harm was elevated to the level of a criminal offense, punishable by two years in prison.


Their joy didn’t last long, however. Seven months later, Russia’s parliament has moved to revise this legislation and downgrade to a misdemeanor, moving the fight against domestic violence back to square one — or making the situation even worse than it was before.

I suspect that there will be no marches in Washington.  






Ontario’s Liberal premier has written an open letter to newly announced candidate for Conservative leadership Kevin O’Leary criticizing his proposed policies and comments he made about Ontario’s auto sector.

Kathleen Wynne wrote that she thinks O’Leary believes the government’s role should be to serve “society’s most well-off,” based on policies he’s outlined thus far.

O’Leary announced that he’s running for Conservative leadership last week.

I cannot wait for this patronising b!#ch to be ejected permanently from public office.






The clash, which is now before the courts, was the latest example of a trend that has seen Quebec municipalities use zoning restrictions to thwart the efforts of minority religious communities — primarily Muslims — to establish places of worship. But a court victory this month by another Islamic centre in Montreal contains a warning to municipalities that the tactic can infringe on religious freedoms.

Horses out of barns and so forth. 






The National Academies report also listed the significant harms of marijuana, including:

• “substantial evidence” that smoking pot causes “worse respiratory symptoms and more frequent bronchitis episodes”;
• increased risk of motor vehicle crashes;
• moderate evidence of increased risk of overdose injuries, including respiratory distress among children;
• substantial evidence that pot use by pregnant women results in newborns with lower birth weights;
• moderate evidence it causes impairment of “the cognitive domains of learning, memory and attention” with acute use;
• substantial evidence linking cannabis use with the “development of schizophrenia or other psychoses”; and
• substantial evidence linking increases in cannabis use frequency with “progression to problem cannabis use”.

With all that, how can any responsible public official rush into loosening controls on marijuana without thoroughly considering the negative impacts on people and society, especially when the loudest chorus for the policy change is coming from the mostly illegal marijuana industry that stands to massively profit? Why is anyone listening to them and their claims?

The new study, for example, found “limited evidence” that cannabis is effective at treating weight loss in HIV/AIDS patients, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia, glaucoma, depression, cancer, anorexia, irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy … and on an on.







Russian energy giant Gazprom now owns more than a third of the European gas market, the company's CEO claimed on Friday.


Gazprom chief Alexey Miller announced that the company now holds a 34 percent share in the European market, up from 31 percent in 2015.
 

What can it own with a new Syrian pipeline? 







According SANA, the militants destroyed the facade of the amphitheater and part of the tetrapylon, which is a building with four entrances.



The reports were confirmed by the General Director of Syria's Department of Antiquities and Museums, Maamun Abdulkarim, who provided satellite photos of the site. Of the tetrapylon's original 16 columns, only four remain standing.


According to Abdulkarim, the destruction of the monuments took place over the period of Dec. 26, 2016 to Jan. 10, 2017.


The amphitheater was the venue of a concert by the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater and a performance by Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin after Russian-backed government forces retook the ancient city from ISIS in March 2016.


ISIS militants originally captured Palmyra on May 21 2015, after which they began destroying numerous ancient monuments in the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.





Terrified that someone may prefer food over starvation, North Korean media blot out South Korean skyscrapers:


North Korean media blurred or pixelated images of major landmarks or tall buildings in Seoul in reports on recent candlelight protests here.

The aim seems to be to make the city look less impressive but still milk political instability here to maximum effect.





 


The basic design produces 12 slices. To start, the server slices the pie end-to-end along a curving path. They do this three times to create six, claw-shaped slices, then they cut each slice in half at an angle to make the full 12. Instead of floppy, skinny slivers, diners have their pick of funky-shaped pieces from any part of the pizza. In their study, researchers demonstrate how this concept can be taken even further. As long as the shapes have an odd number of sides, the monohedral disc tiling method can theoretically go on forever (though the authors specify that nine-sided slices are where things start to get impractical. You may want to spring for a second pie at that point).





(Merci beaucoup to all)


Saturday, January 21, 2017

And More

There often is...



And this is why you've been screwed:

Joseph Angelini, 33, served two tours in Afghanistan and was injured in a roadside bomb attack.
Last Friday at a town hall in London, Ont. he asked the prime minister why it had taken him months to get a pension cheque. 

He also raised concerns about waiting to hear if he'd get benefits for his parents who retired to care for him — both physically and financially. 

Angelini got an answer earlier this week and said he hasn't been able to sleep since.

In a phone call, his case manager told him his application for a family caregiver allowance had been denied.

"I don't understand," he said. "It was devastating."

Veterans Affairs tells CBC News they cannot comment on specific cases, but to qualify for the Family Caregiver Relief Benefit, an applicant's need for care must be connected to their disability and expected to last at least 12 months or more.

Angelini said he doesn't fault Trudeau —the prime minister promised to look into his pension file and Angelini said his file was expedited after the town hall — instead, his frustration is with Veterans Affairs.

Thank you for your service.

Get used to being ignored.




I have a better idea: why don't you stop telling kids that they are victims and that they should leave northern ghettos for towns and cities where the educational and professional opportunities are plenty and that parents should start taking a vested interest in their children's well-being instead of expecting everyone else to do their work for them:


Day's comments came as Wapekeka First Nation revealed this week that it had asked for help to prevent a suicide pact in the remote community, months before two girls, both 12, died by suicide in January.



Today in "we could have had an adult lead this country" news:

Former prime minister Stephen Harper says he is taking a "glass half full" approach to the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the White House, while acknowledging the U.S. election is to blame for a great deal of uncertainty. ...

"Trump is going to reverse the cornerstone of American foreign policy," Harper said. "He is going to reject and reverse the idea that the U.S. has an overreaching responsibility for global affairs. The U.S. will cease to view the rise of China as essentially benign."

Harper said Trump is simply reflecting the mood of his voters by taking a stronger stance against China, with which the U.S. has run major trade imbalances.

The former prime minister also said he thinks large, multilateral trade deals are "dead."

He said Trump's position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership makes it a "certainty" that the 12 country trade pact — which his government negotiated — will not see the light of day.

"You may be surprised to know I'm not entirely unsympathetic to Mr. Trump's view on this. I'm not entirely sure where he's going, but … what I share in common with Mr. Trump is I've actually negotiated deals."

Trump, in opposing TPP, is simply reflecting the anxiety of the U.S. voters who were not adequately "brought along," Harper said, unlike Canadians who were broadly supportive of his government's push to pen more free trade deals because there was a widely held belief they stood to gain from such policy moves.

He said, in that vein, there is always a danger of leaders falling out of touch with their supporters, and that good governance has to be paired with a knack for sales.

"We always have to remember [as world leaders] we are accountable to ordinary people and to explaining to them how — what we are doing — is impacting and improving their lives and if we fail to do that, we run into problems."

My God, it was like he was making sense. 



Remember when Stephen Harper was mocked all over the media for saying The Liberals would introduce a Netflix tax?

... Liberals are pushing for the HST, the sales tax to be applied to Netflix and other foreign streaming services, like Google Play or Apple.


Yep.



Far fewer people attended President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday than his predecessor's swearing-in eight years ago.


Yes, about that:

Protesters disrupted President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, smashing storefronts, burning vehicles, blocking security checkpoints and leaving a trail of damage as supporters celebrated the new president.

When you're quite done carrying water for an unemployed Jew-hater, popular press, perhaps you could return to your day-job.

Whatever that is.


Also:

Watching Canadian elected officials swoon over a foreign leader was disrespectful of the place in which they stood.

Obama has that effect on people.

But he was no friend to Canada.

His North American legacy is most notably defined by his indecision and ultimate failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

This one decision set our economy back billions of dollars and denied employment to many Canadians, because Obama put his anti-development ideology ahead of smart policy and economic growth.

But Obama’s mistakes vis-à-vis Canada were a drop in the bucket compared to his foreign policy blunders and the disastrous international impact of his presidency.

The world is less stable, more chaotic, and less free than it was eight years ago.

The Obama doctrine of “leading from behind” has left power vacuums across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, which have been happily filled by nefarious, rogue regimes including Iran, Russia and China.
Obama ignored mass protests in Iran in 2009 over a fraudulent election, and passed up on an historic opportunity to encourage peaceful regime change.

Instead, Obama engaged with the wicked regime in Iran and, pretending it had taken a moderate turn, struck a convoluted deal to lift sanctions, remove long-term barriers to Iran’s nuclear program and provocatively undercut America’s long-time ally, Israel.

When it came to the civil war in Syria, Obama had an opportunity to stop dictator Bashar al-Assad before he ramped up his deadly rampage responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of Syrians.
Obama drew a “red line” on Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

Assad crossed it, using chemical weapons to murder civilians, and Obama did nothing.

He was called on his bluff, and exposed as an isolationist — a president more comfortable using drones to drop bombs from afar than dealing with the threat of a regional mad man backed by Iran and Russia.

Obama also led the charge of appeasement towards Islamists, refusing to name the enemy or identify the religious motives of terrorism.

Obama - the now has-been - embodied the arrogance, mental dissonance and undeserved sense of entitlement that Canadian L (l) iberals carry around with them like a stench. Liberals/liberals live such insular lives that they have no idea (or want to have an idea) of what their actions mean to others.

It must be earth-shattering to learn that people's patience for that sort of thing runs out.




Will Trump put North Korea back on the terrorism sponsorship list?



1. North Korea sponsors terrorism.

Three years ago, I decided I’d had my fill of “experts” writing that North Korea doesn’t sponsor terrorism without having made any apparent inquiry into the evidence or the law, so I sacrificed my Christmas leave to write a hundred-page, peer-reviewed report laying that evidence out, analyzing the legal standards for listing a government as a state sponsor of terrorism, and applying North Korea’s recent conduct to that standard. I’m not going to repeat that entire report here, but I should probably at least give you a taste of it: in the last ten years alone, North Korea has armed terrorists, sent hit teams to murder defectors and dissidents, held the kidnapped citizens of other countries as prisoners, harbored hijackers, launched cyber attacks against newspapers and nuclear power plants, and threatened movie theaters across the United States with terrorist attacks if they showed a film parodying Kim Jong-un. For which, Barack Obama did approximately nothing. …

6. It’s easy.

There’s no act of Congress required for this. All the Secretary of State would have to do is sign a one-page letter invoking section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act. If a pissed-off POTUS is looking for something nasty to do to Kim Jong-un the same day he has the red mist, this is the easiest thing to pull off the shelf.



(Kamsahamnida)



 
And now, Japan wants Christian sites and remote islands as UNESCO natural and cultural World Heritage sites:

The government said Thursday it will submit a proposal to add a number of islands and several places linked to the history of Japan’s persecuted Christians to UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural World Heritage sites.

The natural sites are Kagoshima Prefecture’s Amami-Oshima Island and Tokunoshima Islands, the northern part of Okinawa Prefecture’s main island and Iriomote Island, also in Okinawa.

For the cultural sites, places in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures associated with the history of Japan’s persecuted Christians will be recommended.


(Sidebar: I don't know why Japan would need this sort of validation but whatever...)