Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Post



 Wrapping up this pleasant Sunday....


 But... but... I thought electoral reform was in the hands of people who know better:



Heads up, average (or otherwise) Canadian voter: Have you spent your summer stubbornly tuning out earnest entreaties from your local MP and/or other aggressively civic-minded democratic do-gooders to spend an evening poking through the innards of the federal electoral system in search of a fairer, more representative alternative?

More specifically, have you been holding out for the opportunity to share your views on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge to scrap First Past The Post the old-fashioned way: by marking an X in the appropriate box on a ballot?

If so, you can take tentative comfort in the fact that, with very few exceptions, virtually every expert witness to testify before the House committee charged with studying the issue seems to agree — albeit reluctantly, in some cases, and only when pressed, with dramatically varying degrees of enthusiasm — that any attempt to change the vote-counting formula without widespread public support would be spectacularly ill-advised and politically risky, although almost certainly not actively unconstitutional.


I doubt that this will stop the Liberals from trying to pull a fast one on the voter.
 




Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne warns that scrapping the controversial sex education curriculum she co-developed with a convicted child pornographer and for which she attacked people who objected to it is a bad idea:

In a letter distributed earlier week, with days to go before a byelection in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River, Brown wrote that "a PC government would scrap the controversial changes to sex-ed introduced by Premier [Kathleen] Wynne and develop a new curriculum after thoughtful and full consultation with parents."

Speaking to CBC News from the riding Saturday, Wynne says scrapping the curriculum, which was updated last year, "would put kids at risk."

Ahem

In August 2012, Mr. Levin initiated a chat with J.B. asking her about the ages of her children. She replied that she had 2 daughters aged 8 and 14. He then engaged in sexualized conversation about the girls, urging the mother to engage in sexual touching. In the same discussion, he claimed that he sexually abused his own daughters and other children when they were as young as 12 years old and encouraged J.B. to do the same. (Here the Crown noted that there was no additional evidence that Mr. Levin sexually abused his daughters or other children.)

Who put kids at risk again, Kathleen?




PM Trulander wants to reset relations with China.


Meanwhile:

According to multiple sources in China close to North Korean affairs, Chinese public announcements on "enhanced border security measures" are ubiquitous in border regions, promising up to 1,000 RMB for those who report illegal border crossings, residence, and employment of North Koreans. Those who personally capture and hand over North Koreans to the Chinese authorities stand to receive 2,000 RMB for their efforts. 

They have also outlined stronger punishments for local residents who enter verbal agreements with North Koreans to help them cross the river or smuggle goods, threatening fines of up to 3,000 RMB for transgressors. Moreover, Chinese border guards have been ordered to shoot North Korean defectors caught illegally entering the country if they resist arrest.

The measures have far-reaching implications. Chinese residents in the border region increasingly shy away from not only helping defectors but also engaging in illegal trade with the North. “Some people are even reporting on others if they know them to be involved in these forbidden activities,” an additional source in North Hamgyong Province.
 
Trudeau's favourite country is killing North Korean refugees.
 
 
 
Amid the Great Disturbance In The Force that is the North Korean diplomatic corps this week, let’s not forget the 12 brave young North Korean women who defied a dictator, risked their lives — and, it must be said, the safety of their families — and made a break for freedom.  
 
Yonhap reports that the women have now left the care of the National Intelligence Service and “resettled” in undisclosed locations throughout South Korea.  



A child is taken off of life support at the hospital where he was being treated:

On Thursday afternoon, 2-year-old Israel Stinson was removed from a breathing ventilator at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles after a judge upheld the hospital's decision to remove life support, according to the Los Angeles Times. Now, the toddler's parents, Jonee Fonseca and Nathaniel Stinson, are left "devastated," as expressed by Alexandra Snyder, an attorney with the Life Legal Defense Foundation, a pro-life group representing Israel's family pro bono. 

For all the talk of individual rights, this all boils down to killing off patients. That's why I refuse to listen to hard case rhetoric or impassioned libertarian blather. No one really means it.




Quelle surprise:

Look closer, especially at the photo taken before the police show up.

One shows the woman seemingly sleeping, alone, lying directly on the sand.

She has no book, no sun cream, no beach bag. Her clothes are not suited to swimming.

Another shows her sitting quietly, looking around, as if waiting for the police to come. Hoping for the police to come?

As one French Muslim journalist, Ahmed Meguini, tweeted under the picture: “It’s 35C! Off to the beach for a nap in the sun in my ski outfit, like, totally normally.”

The pictures — sold worldwide by an agency — are not credited. They are, however, professionally shot.

The photographer was there long before the incident.

Banning the burqa - the sign of creeping Sharia - is picking one's battles, I suppose, but the French should move on to banning terrorism.




Putin's Western supporters often overlook things like this:

A well-known Russian journalist and critic of President Vladimir Putin has been found dead in his Kiev apartment with a gunshot wound to the head.

The body of Alexander Shchetinin, founder the Novy Region (New Region) press agency, was found at his flat after friends tried to visit him on his birthday.

A police spokesperson said Kiev forces were alerted of Ms Schetinin’s death at around midnight on Saturday. He is believed to have died a few hours earlier, between 8 and 9.30pm.

Officials have speculated that his death was caused by suicide, after a gun was found near his body along with spent cartridges, and the door to his apartment was said to be locked.

His opponents always seem to magically die somehow.




And now, he is such a brave and very little trooper:

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(Kamsahamnida to all)


Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Post




The last time Canada was a remotely workable country with a sane leader was October 19, 2015.

Now, the man who steered Canada through economic depression but would sell our oil to China is leaving politics for good:

Harper, 57, announced his resignation Friday as MP for Calgary Heritage, officially ending a political career that spanned more than two decades, including nearly 10 years as prime minster and almost 18 years in the House of Commons.

His dad never gave him the prime minister's office.


Also:

Curiously, we have no pictures of deputy ministers ordering their third bottle of Ch. Mouton-Rothschild, or sampling the caviar before heading off to the next seminar on how climate change will affect the world’s hungry. But I suppose that’s not the message the Liberals wanted to send. Indeed, all this was done in the service of the Trudeauean mantra that “Canada is back” (where Canada had been has, curiously, never been disclosed). And, of course, if Canada was back, McKenna, and her selfie-obsessed prime minister had to be sure the world knew it. Hence her decision to hire a photographer for the express purpose of recording the virtuous at prayer and to ensure that all the world could see that this government is committed to saving the planet.



Just as PM Trulander promised - Ottawa ran a near-billion dollar deficit:

The federal government ran a $995-million deficit over the first quarter of the fiscal year, an outcome Ottawa says is roughly in line with projections in the March budget.

The nearly $1-billion deficit over the first three months of the fiscal year that began April 1 stands in contrast to a $5-billion surplus over the same three-month period the previous year.

Finance Canada’s monthly Fiscal Monitor, released Friday, stated that Ottawa ran a $1.1-billion deficit in June of 2016. The federal government ran a $1.1-billion surplus in June of 2015.

This is debt. Trudeau promised debt. His voters gladly voted for debt.

I wish that they could own it all.




Peace-keeping is the reason why nearly a million Rwandans are dead:

The Liberal government has edged Canada closer to a return to peacekeeping, but stopped short of what might be the most important — and toughest — question: Where?

Four federal cabinet ministers used an air force base in Quebec as a backdrop Friday to announce that Canada will allot up to 600 troops for United Nations peacekeeping operations. They also revealed plans to spend $450 million over the next three years on peace and stability projects.

Speaking to reporters a few hours later in nearby Saguenay, Que., where his caucus held a two-day retreat in advance of the fall parliamentary session, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted the announcement as a sign of Canada's re-engagement with the UN.

"The commitment we made today," he said, "is us demonstrating to the world that we're very much interested and supportive of the work that the United Nations does to stabilize, to create security, to create opportunity in difficult places right around the world."

Yet noticeably absent was any indication of which countries or UN missions the government is considering for Canada. Trudeau said the government will discuss this with the UN and other nations.

(Sidebar: might I suggest Sudan?)




Sleazebags murder nuns who served a poor community:

The two nuns who were killed in Mississippi were by all accounts some of the most friendly, helpful people in town, cooking and caring for anyone in their poor community — making the slayings all the more puzzling.

Their car was found abandoned a mile away from their home, and there were signs of a break-in, but police haven't released any leads or suspects in the investigation.

The women, both 68 and nurse practitioners, were found dead Thursday morning when they didn't report to work at the nearby clinic where they provided flu shots, insulin and other medical care for children and adults who couldn't afford it.

They were identified as Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill.


#NunsLivesMatter


Also:

She became the face of Italy's earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive.

In an interview Thursday at the mother house of her religious order, the 35-year-old nun recounted how she thought she would die when her convent walls collapsed. She texted her friends asking that they pray for her soul, only to be rescued by a man she has called her "angel."

Now safe, Lleshi says she wants nothing more than to go to next week's Rome canonization of Mother Teresa, the ethnic Albanian nun "who gave hope to those who didn't have any."

(Sidebar: I'm sure Blessed Mother Teresa pulled some heavenly strings for her.)

Sister Mariana, from Albania, checks her mobile phone as she lies near a victim laid on a ladder following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP): Sister Mariana, from Albania, checks her mobile phone as she lies near a victim laid on a ladder following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)


Also in good news in Italy:

It took 17 hours and several firefighters to rescue her, but 10-year-old Giulia was pulled from the rubble alive today after an earthquake struck central Italy Wednesday. 

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A dog is rescued - literally.



The death toll in Italy has risen to two hundred and eighty-one.




Way to defend your values, France:

France's top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention to its fraught relationship with Muslims.

Women have had acid thrown at them because their "diverse and rich communities" didn't like how they dressed:

It is a question all Iranians are asking: who is stalking the streets of Isfahan, throwing acid into women's faces?

The attacks - there have been at least four in the busy city in central Iran in recent weeks - appear aimed at terrorizing women who dare to test the boundaries of the Islamic dress code.

When everyone is quite done kow-towing to the perennial enraged victims and lone wolves, perhaps it might give a thought to the mind-numbing situation in which post-modern French society now finds itself. France, like rest of Western civilisation, has abandoned all reason and decorum ages ago and then supports misogynistic body coverings because a vocal group of whiners and cultural jihadists moo the loudest.




Trayvon Martin's fake dad is as racially inclusive as David Duke is:

Obama could have acted more directly while in office to help blacks, West added, citing persistently high childhood poverty among African-Americans. “The (economic) recovery has not filtered over into black and working poor communities,” he said.

Cornel West points out what Trump did a while ago and excoriated for it.

But, you know, hope and change and all that.




And now, an Australian mailman writes a dog a letter just because the two get along so famously:

An Australian mailman and an adorable golden retriever named Pippa are showing the world mail carriers and dogs can be friends, after all. The Huffington Post reports that mailman Martin Studer has made a point of befriending all of the dogs along his route, but has struck up a particularly close friendship with Pippa over a common interest: mail.

Pippa, according to Studer, enjoys picking up the mail for her owners each morning—and Studer looks forward to handing it over to her. Studer averted a crisis one recent morning when, finding Pippa’s owners hadn’t received any mail, he decided to write Pippa a letter himself.



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mid-Week Post

Just in time for the middle of the week...



An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale has killed at least one hundred and fifty-nine people in Italy:

At least 159 people have been killed and dozens more are missing after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy, reducing ancient towns to rubble.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the epicentre was northeast of Rome, near Norcia in Umbria, while the US Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.2.

"It was so strong. It seemed the bed was walking across the room by itself with us on it," said Lina Mercantini, of Cesalli, Umbria.

As dawn broke, emergency services and residents were scrambling to rescue people trapped under the ruins of razed old buildings, digging with shovels, bulldozers and even their bare hands to reach survivors.

Dazed and frightened families - some in tears - could be seen huddling in the streets, wrapped in blankets.

Voices could be heard from under the rubble.

Rescuers pulled an eight-year-old girl alive from the earthquake rubble on Wednesday evening.
Several people were reportedly killed in Pescara del Tronto, in the Marche region, to the east of the quake epicentre.

Seventy-five-year-old Rocco Girardi was brought out alive from the carnage in Arquata del Tronto.
Aleandro Petrucci, the village's mayor, said Pescara was one of "two or three hamlets that have just completely disintegrated".

A family of four, including two children, were confirmed dead in the commune of Accumoli.
"Now that daylight has come, we see that the situation is even more dreadful than we feared," said its mayor, Stefano Petrucci.

Sergio Perozzi, mayor of Amatrice, a picturesque town in northern Lazio turned to ruins by the quake, said buildings had collapsed and lights had gone out.

"The town isn't here anymore," he said. "There are voices under the rubble, we have to save the people there."


An earthquake has also struck central Burma:

The quake struck 25km (15.5 miles) west of Chauk, at a depth of 84km, the US Geological Survey said.

Tremors were felt as far away as Thailand, Bangladesh and India, sending fearful residents into the streets.

At least 66 stupas in Bagan have been damaged, a spokesman from the department of archaeology told the BBC.

A 22-year-old man was killed in the town of Pakokku due to a building collapse.



Visit the Fur. You know you want to.




Walk the walk, Duterte:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to "separate" from the UN after it criticised his war on drugs as a crime under international law.

Mr Duterte said he might ask China and African nations to form another body. He also accused the UN of failing on terrorism, hunger and ending conflicts.

Oh, that's smart and by smart, I mean Duterte must be mad:

"About a third of the heroin produced in Afghanistan is transported to Europe via the Balkan route, while a quarter is trafficked north to Central Asia and the Russian Federation along the northern route," the UNODC says. "Afghan heroin is also increasingly meeting a rapidly growing share of Asian demand. Approximately 15-20 metric tons are estimated to be trafficked to China, while a further 35 metric tons are trafficked to other South and Southeast Asian countries."

One recent development has seen more Afghan heroin — an estimated 35 metric tons per year — shipped across the Indian Ocean to parts of East and Southern Africa. The UNODC said it's also becoming more common for heroin smugglers to use their networks to smuggle hashish, methamphetamine, and other illicit goods.



Entitled to his entitlements:

The flight manifest for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Christmas vacation to the Caribbean, released to the Conservatives through an access to information request, was redacted to leave off the names of family members and a nanny who travelled on the government-owned Challenger jet.

But... but... transparency!




One of these things is not like the other:


As a parent, I am MORTIFIED that my daughter was subjected to such appalling messaging at the hands of those entrusted to care for her,” Catherine Manning, a parent of a Kambrya College student, wrote in a Facebook post. “They feel judged and victimized by school staff, like all eyes are on them, and they don’t feel comfortable around their male peers. They feel their school has sexualized and demonized them, and compounded the problem by sending a strong message that it is them, the girls, who are responsible for the boys’ behavior, and that the boys are the victims here.”

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The hashtag started trending after photographs emerged on 23 August showing French policemen armed with batons and pepper spray confronting a veiled middle-aged woman on the beach in Nice and ordering her to strip off as part of a controversial ban on the burkini. In another, the police seem to watch as she removes a blue long-sleeved tunic and one of the policemen appears to take notes or give out an on-the-spot fine.

The images caused an uproar in the country, with commentators from all religious backgrounds denouncing the police action as a "violation of human rights".

One article recounts the outrage of helicopter parents at a school's audacity to tell its female students not to hike up the skirts to their bums and not send out racy pictures of themselves to boys in their class. The other is about the manufactured victimisation of attention-getting bathers in a country where running down people on public holidays is fast becoming the norm.

The reactions are priceless.

Which smacks more of hypocrisy: the snowflakes or the "diverse and rich communities"?




The prime minister of Japan is an awfully good sport:

The Rio Olympics has been pretty spectacular, and Sunday’s closing ceremony was no exception. But despite the amazing 3-hour Macarena-themed farewell, it wasn’t Brazil that stole the show. It was Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe emerging from a warp pipe dressed as Super Mario (obviously) that really got everybody talking.
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And now, how the Korean alphabet came to be:

“What do you know of language and linguistics?” the bold scholar asked of several high-ranking officials who objected to his idea. “This project is for the people, and if I don’t do it, who will?” The scholar was none other than Sejong, the king of Korea, who had held the throne since 1418. His profoundly democratic conviction that literacy ought to be accessible to everyone was revolutionary in every sense. When King Sejong unveiled Hangul—his new alphabet for the Korean language—it was met with vehement opposition from Sejong’s advisors, from the literary elite, and from subsequent monarchs. For these objectors, Hangul was barbaric, it was primitive, it was unnecessary, it was an insult, and it needed to be eliminated. 

Civil servants are the reason why we can't have nice things.

King Sejong: king, scholar, master bowler.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Now Look Here

 


Canadian customs agents warn incoming Americans about bringing guns into the country:

The CBSA says most firearms seized at land border crossings are from U.S. travellers seeking entry to Canada.

As such, the CBSA suggests Americans check the laws before arriving at a Canadian port of entry.
"It is strongly recommended that you not carry your firearm when travelling to Canada and/or transiting through Canada to reach another U.S. destination," the news release reads. "However, should you choose to travel with your firearms, you must declare all firearms in your possession at the first Canadian designated port of entry.

"You must also have all the necessary permits and have your firearm appropriately stored."

Failure to declare any firearm may lead to the seizure of the weapon, a penalty or prosecution in a court of law and may make the person inadmissible to Canada.

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A jury has convicted Quebec's 2012 election-night shooter of second-degree murder in the death of a lighting technician and found him guilty of three counts of attempted murder.

Tuesday's verdict at the trial of Richard Henry Bain came on the 11th day of jury deliberations.

Bain, 65, was facing a charge of first-degree murder in Denis Blanchette's death outside a nightclub as then-Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois was inside celebrating her party's election win on Sept. 4, 2012.

Instead, the jurors found him guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder as they rejected the defence's argument he be found not criminally responsible.

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Homicide investigators say they believe that a man who was gunned down in a King West parking garage in the middle of the day Sunday was targeted.

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Gerald Stanley, the 54-year-old man charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 9 shooting of 22-year-old Colten Boushie on a rural property near Biggar, Sask. has been released from custody.


Carry on.




Canadians pay more taxes than they do for living essentials:

The Fraser Institute calculates that the average Canadian family paid $34,154 in taxes of all sort last year, including “hidden” business taxes that are passed along in the price of goods and services purchased.

The study’s authors conclude that visible and hidden taxes would have been equal to 42.4 per cent of the cash income for an average Canadian family in 2015, estimated at $80,593.

By comparison, the study estimates the average Canadian family spent $30,293 on housing, food and clothing last year — about 37.6 per cent of the family’s total cash income.

Where do our taxes go?


Some of them go here:

The federal environment department paid a French photojournalist $6,662 to take pictures of its minister, Catherine McKenna, and her staff during the COP21 conference on climate change in Paris last year.

Liberals are entitled to their entitlements.

I would have little problem with this if I knew that the pasty-white gated-community Liberals voters and their "quaint" voters blocks paid for the lot.


Also: teachers' unions in Ontario sway elections in the Liberals' favour. That's why the Liberals can give the teachers what they want and screw over doctors:

Ontario’s government can play tough against doctors simply because class warfare works, and though many people like their physicians, few would howl if they saw their doctors take a pay cut — which happened back in January 2015, and then again in October. If the same were to be thrust upon Ontario’s teachers, not only would there be literal marches in the streets (has the United Nations ruled on whether eliminating banked sick days is an act of war?), but the optics would be crippling: here you’d have a government claiming to stand up for average families, but at the same time clawing back the pay of the most average of workers. The teachers would never forgive the Liberals, the debate club would be shut down forever and the rest of Ontario would look warily upon any future government promise to look out for the “little guy.”

(Sidebar: class warfare? No. See above.)

Liberal voters want this.


And this, as well:

The federal treasury is doling out $1.49 billion worth of transit funding among cities in Ontario for track upgrades, new buses and improvements and accessibility upgrades to stations, the prime minister announced Tuesday.

Birds of a feather and so forth.





Alberta is in a really big hole:

After all, if Alberta is purportedly over-dependent on oil, and the government expects producers to get more money for that oil, why would companies pay less in taxes? And while the NDP raised the corporate tax rate from 10 to 12 per cent last summer, revenues are now projected to be roughly half-a-billion dollars lower than they were last year.




Oh, dear:

Emails released on Monday show that Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aide, Huma Abedin, left classified government information that needed to be burned in the front seat of her vehicle.

She also worked for a radical Muslim journal.

But I'm sure all of this is a coincidence.




Oh, heavens to Betsy! There goes the Narrative:

Scholars at Johns Hopkins University released a new report on Monday which argues that there is not sufficient evidence to suggest that lesbian, gay, or transgender people are born with this sexual orientation or gender identity.

Couple that with a judge's barring Obama's controversial bathroom legislation and this calls for cold, wet blankets because a whole bunch of people just got burned.




I keep saying this and it looks like the idea has caught on:

CNN’s Sally Kohn is being trolled in epic fashion over a Tweet she sent out trying to criticize Donald Trump’s position on Shariah law not being compatible with the US constitution ...

A sensitive and compassionate person named Jon Lo decided to hold Ms. Kohn up to her own rhetoric. He began a Change.org petition suggesting that Kohn be an example to the hate-mongers on the right. The petition says CNN should send Kohn to a Sharia law based country without any bodyguards so she can be living proof of what beautiful and tolerant societies they are...

This is exactly what leftists should do: see how the other half of the world really lives, not theorise about over vegetarian pho. Actually interacting with people they suppose about in lengthy made-up words may reduce the logical disconnect they have.

That's a big maybe.




I'm sure it's a lone wolf with mental issues:

Roanoke County Police say they contacted FBI investigators immediately after a knife attack outside an apartment complex over the weekend. 

The suspect in the attack is identified as Wasil Farooqui, 20, of Roanoke County.

The stabbing happened Saturday night at The Pines Apartments where witnesses told police the attacker was yelling "Allah Akbar" during the assault.




Yes, Europe will have to live with terrorism because it's not like anyone is going to do anything solid about it:

Westerners better wise up: in the field of behavioral psychology, “systematic desensitization” is a well-known and effective form of graduated exposure therapy used “to help effectively overcome phobias and other anxiety disorders.” Consider the following succinct definition with my examples in brackets:

Systematic desensitization is when the client [the West] is exposed to the anxiety-producing stimulus [Islamic violence] at a low level [reports and images of Islamic violence “over there” in the Mideast], and once no anxiety is present a stronger version of the anxiety-producing stimulus is given [reports of violence closer to home, in the West]. This continues until the individual client [the West] no longer feels any anxiety towards the stimulus [Islamic violence].

Is this the plan?




North Korea launches yet another ballistic missile:

North Korea on Wednesday fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast into the sea, the South Korean military said, at a time of heightened tensions between the two Koreas.

North Korea launched the missile from a submarine off the eastern coastal town of Sinpo on Wednesday morning, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The launch comes just two days after the U.S. and South Korea began their annual joint military exercises that the North considers a rehearsal for an invasion.

South Korean defence officials said it wasn’t immediately known whether the launch was successful or not.

North Korea has previously fired several submarine-launched ballistic missiles into the sea, but outside experts said the North has yet to acquire operational submarine-launched missiles capable of striking distant targets like the mainland U.S.




And now, a politician everyone can get behind:

Duke the Great Pyrenees is the only mayor, canine or otherwise, to govern Cormorant and its about 1000 residents. The town held its first election for mayor in 2014, after 140 years without one. A total of 12 votes were cast, and Duke accumulated enough write-ins to claim the title.

Duke! Duke! He's our dog! If he can't do it, no one ... will.


(Merci)


Monday, August 22, 2016

For A Monday



A child suicide bomber killed fifty-four people at a wedding party in Turkey:

Turkey vowed on Monday to "completely cleanse" Islamic State militants from its border region after a suicide bomber suspected of links to the group killed 54 people, including 22 children, at a Kurdish wedding.
Saturday's attack in the southeastern city of Gaziantep is the deadliest in Turkey this year. President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday it was carried out by a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14, adding that initial evidence pointed to Islamic State. 

Using children to kill children.




Elizabeth May, the only Green party member to have a seat in the House of Commons, has decided to stay and revisit that pesky Israel issue:

Elizabeth May will remain Green party leader despite a controversy over the Middle East that divided members and prompted her to consider stepping down.

The party will revisit a convention resolution to support a movement to boycott Israel, along with any other recent policy decisions that lacked genuine consensus, May told a news conference Monday.

Meantime, May will focus on her work as a member of a parliamentary committee studying options for remodelling Canada’s electoral system before the next national ballot in three years.

Yes, focus on getting seats you don't deserve, Elizabeth.



Does one know who else had frequent meetings with China? Pierre Elliot Trudeau:

The Liberal government is moving toward a policy of constant engagement with China, working on a deal guaranteeing annual meetings for Canada’s Prime Minister and Finance Minister with their Chinese counterparts, sources said. ...
Mr. Trudeau will travel with his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and their daughter, Ella-Grace, on the eight-day visit that will aim in part to promote the rights of women and children in China.

Yes, about that:

According to Choi, the child’s parents, escapees from North Korea, had been working with him at his farm. And since they were good workers, Choi suggested that the defector couple could use the land of a farmer in his village who had left for South Korea a few years earlier. This gave the couple an opportunity to make a living. They quickly began building up their new life on their own, and soon their baby arrived. The father often told the village chief proudly about his baby boy, and at last report, the boy would be entering kindergarten soon.

However, three days before his visit to us, on October 1, local policemen came to the village and headed straight for the boy’s house. As soon as Mr. Choi heard about the policemen, he went to the child’s home and begged them to let the defector couple stay in the village. He strongly stated his willingness to pay any penalties for them. The policemen rejected his offer, saying that they had to take the couple to their station for interrogation. Thus, the boy’s parents were taken away, leaving him behind.

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Human rights groups estimate there are tens of thousands of North Koreans secretly residing in China. Women are believed to make up the majority of these escapees because they can be sold into brothels and as wives or concubines to Chinese men. Since they are regarded as "illegal economic migrants" by the Chinese government, they have no legal recourse and remain in the shadows.
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Aid workers estimate that there are about 2,000 "defector orphans" in China, with a possible total of 30,000 North Korean defectors living in hiding, mostly driven over the border to look for food and work.

"Stateless orphans," on the other hand, are born out of relationships between North Korean women and Chinese men, with their mothers subsequently deported to North Korea.

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It took nine years and four separate attempts, but a 35-year-old North Korean woman named Ji Hyunah finally escaped the isolated communist regime of her birth. Now, she has revealed before a United Nations commission the horrors she underwent at the hands of North Korean officials and Chinese slavers during her journey to freedom – including the loss of her father, her sale into sexual slavery, and a forced abortion performed without anesthesia that left her with such severe injuries that a prison guard begged his superiors to grant her release.

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Once in China, they are picked up by traffickers and sold as brides to PRC nationals, often of Korean ethnicity. In other cases, North Korean women and girls are lured out of North Korea to escape poor economic, social, and political conditions by the promise of food, jobs, and freedom, only to be forced into prostitution, marriage, or exploitative labor arrangements once in China. 


In some cases, women and girls may be sold to traffickers by their families or acquaintances. Women sold as brides are sometimes re-abducted by the traffickers or are sold by husbands who no longer want them. In some cases, North Korean women are sold multiple times to different men by the same trafficker.


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The price for a North Korean woman named Kim Eun-sun, her mother, and her sister to escape to China was 2,000 Chinese yuan, slightly more than $300.

Like thousands of North Korean women before them, they crossed the Tumen River into China and met a woman who said she would help them escape – only to discover that they’d been sold to a Chinese farmer who wanted a wife.

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Mei-ming has lain this way for 10 days now: tied up in urine-soaked blankets, scabs of dried mucus growing across her eyes, her face shrinking to a skull, malnutrition slowly shrivelling her two-year old body. The orphanage staff call her room the "dying room", and they have abandoned here for the very same reasons her parents abandoned her shortly after she was born. She is a girl. 

This is Trudeau's favourite country. He said so. His father ignored Mao's tyranny.

After PM Trulander hands off jobs to China, he will be dining with the Chinese Communist Party on a regular basis.




What, exactly, have the Liberals done to combat domestic and international terrorism? Trudeau withdrew from the fight against ISIS as soon as he plastered his office with "My Little Pony" posters. Indeed, before the election, he frequented a mosque with terrorist ties, refused to call honour killings barbaric and pushed parkas as a way of stopping child rape. His own defense minister does not believe that ISIS is in any way a threat to Canada despite the failed bombing of Islamic convert Aaron Driver and a suspicious plane crash that the popular press conveniently forgot. The Liberals haven't even gotten around to ridding Canada of Bill C-51, that "terrible" vestige of the previous Harper government.

As usual, the Liberals are full of crap, just like the hacks who praise them for doing nothing:

“The Liberal government is very politically astute and (saying) ‘Let’s make sure that we consult, let’s make sure that we don’t rush to simply eviscerate C-51’ (because) that would be a national security risk and a significant political risk,” considering domestic terrorism likely isn’t going away soon, says Ray Boisvert, chief executive of I-SEC Integrated Strategies and a senior associate with Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada. He is the former director of counter-terrorism for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).


 Also:

"I don't think police handled it very well at all," he said. "They did absolutely nothing to help me. At no time did they try to warn me. At no time did they try to stop my vehicle from entering the address."

Duffield attempted to return to work, but said he struggled just getting inside another car. He turned the key and started to sweat almost immediately.

"My whole body started to shake like a leaf in the wind," he said. Then he got out of the car and started vomiting.

In a followup interview with police, Duffield asked why they didn't protect him more that morning. He says he wasn't given an explanation.

He said he has retained a lawyer and plans to pursue legal action.
 
No one likes being nearly blown up.




More wasted money:

Thousands of aboriginals who argue the federal government robbed them of their cultural identities finally get their day in court this week but will have to wait months for Canada to make its case in the unprecedented class action Ottawa has fought every step of the way.



The brother of a child whose picture has become the new face of the tragedy of Syria has died:

The older brother of Omran Daqneesh—the 5-year-old Syrian boy who appeared, shocked and bleeding, in a photo that circulated around the world this week—has died from injuries sustained in the airstrike that hit his family’s home in Aleppo on Wednesday.



File this under "A Crying Shame":

A museum in Normandy is closing its doors, and World War II history buffs have a chance to reap the rewards. The Normandy Tank Museum, opened in 2013, will shut down in September due to lack of visitors, and it’s selling off its collection of World War II tanks ...



And now, dogs who just want to be friendly neighbours.


 Robert Frost, there is something there that doesn't love a wall or a fence or a smarty-pants squirrel.