DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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ISIL Invades Norway

21st June 2015

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Norway, supplied with information on known Islamic terrorists, compared that list with one of the most recent Moslem refugees it had accepted and found at least ten of these asylum seekers had an Islamic terrorist background. Similar discoveries are being made in other countries that accept these refugees via a UN resettlement program. For over a year intelligence agencies have been warning Western governments that ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) and other Islamic terror groups have been sending members along with refugees entering, often illegally, Europe and the West in general. Despite this risk the United States has been the major participant in this resettlement program for Moslem refugees. At the same time the U.S. refuse to accept most Syrian and Iraqi Christian refugees.

One of the primary sources for these ISIL infiltrators is the flood of illegal migrants travelling by boat from Libya to Italy. For ISIL, taking control of this people smuggling was a natural as it brought in cash and so much money was being made (over a thousand dollars per passenger) that there was enough profit for the gangsters (in Libya and Italy and elsewhere) as well as ISIL. The cash (several hundred thousand dollars a day for ISIL) pays smugglers to bring in food and equipment, as well as weapons and explosives that cannot be obtained (stolen or bought) locally. ISIL also finds that it can send ISIL men to Europe in the refugee boats and European counter-terrorism agencies are beginning to detect this. In part because ISIL profits most from the people smuggling the rival Tripoli and Tobruk governments both interfere with the smuggling operations more frequently. This forces some of the smuggler operations to move to ISIL controlled ports. There aren’t too many of those, but enough to keep the smuggling going.

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Anti-Austerity Marchers Told to ‘Go Wave Your Banners While Grown Ups Run the Country’ by Westminster Councillor

20th June 2015

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Too bad he’s a Brit; otherwise we could run him for President.

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Lesvos: Visiting the Tiny Greek Island Receiving Tens of Thousands of Refugees

20th June 2015

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The overcrowded makeshift camp, lacking bathrooms, food and blankets, is not how the refugees imagined Europe. But Greece is struggling to cope with the tide of boats arriving on its islands from neighbouring Turkey. Amid an economic crisis, the country has received more than 55,000 refugees since January, an almost tenfold increase on the 6,500 arrivals in the first five months of last year.

Lesvos, an island just five miles from the Turkish coast, has been bearing the brunt of the influx. More than 20,000 refugees – from Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and elsewhere – have arrived on its shores this year. With the peak season for migration set to begin, the island is already overwhelmed. Some 3,000 refugees are currently on Lesvos, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

The island’s reception camp, close to the capital, Mytilene, has a capacity of 400 but now shelters more than 1,000 refugees waiting for the papers that will allow them to continue on to Athens.

Uh, excuse me? I have a question? Why are these people not being returned to Turkey? Put them in a landing craft, take them to the Turkish shore, encourage them to depart with, oh, say, cattle prods?

I see no indication that these are ethnic Greeks, so what’s the problem?

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Hypothesis

20th June 2015

If we executed everybody who has a tattoo, the world would be much improved thereby.

Discuss.

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National Famine Commemoration Day (Ireland)

20th June 2015

Really?

Jeez, guys, let it go….

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

20th June 2015

Amazingly Automated Sewing and Embroidery Machines.

Quick searing knife toasts bread as you slice it.

Millenium Falcon MultiTool.

Water Bottle Underwear.

Balancing Knife. This is really slick.

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Another Day, Another Terrorist Attack

20th June 2015

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Two young Israeli hikers stopped to help a Palestinian who waved them down. It was a fatal mistake: the Arab opened fire, killing one of the Israeli men and injuring the other.

Hamas, now regarded as a legitimate political organization in many quarters, praised the murder:

“We welcome the unique and heroic operation that took place near Ramallah,” said Hamas spokesman Husam Badran. “We, and with us all our people, view with the utmost respect and appreciation those pure hands who held on to the resistance and turned their fire toward the occupier.”

Flagging down a passing motorist, and then shooting him when he stops to help–how heroic can you get?

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This Probably Explains a Lot

20th June 2015

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Dylann Roof’s father:

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Left Argues for Keeping Fascist Law Because It Saves Money

20th June 2015

Sonic Harm understands the dialectic.

If you’re wondering why repealing ACA costs money, the answer appears to be that while ACA includes what one might think of as ‘Obamacare’ itself – you know, the actual stuff righties complain about – it also includes stuff about Medicare which (as far as I can tell) basically says ‘uh so we’re gonna just basically spend lots less on Medicare in the future? I guess?’. (Plus stupid boutique taxes like the medical-device tax that nobody likes but are presumably just put there to get the budget-scoring over the top.) Whether all these we’re-gonna-spend-less plans will indeed be followed to the letter with no other repercussions or feedback effects, in light of, y’know, political economy and reality, is left as an exercise to the reader. But CBO is required to take these future we’re-gonnas at face value either way, and so they rightly did. (Keep this in mind, by the way, because it’s the reason a raw CBO scoring of something, however good and respectable CBO is thought to be (and it is!), is not a valid part of a cost-benefit analysis of that thing.)

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Company That Got Millions From US Taxpayers Now Profits Chinese Owners

20th June 2015

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The good news is electric car battery maker A123 Systems is finally on track to turn a profit.

The bad news is taxpayers don’t figure to see any of the $133 million the federal government spent and the estimated $141 million in tax credits and subsidies secured from Michigan to help the company take off in 2009, only to see A123 Systems crash, declare bankruptcy in 2012 and then get purchased by a privately held Chinese conglomerate.

“In the case of A123, they created some jobs and a year or two later those jobs were gone, so taxpayers weren’t getting that money back,” said Jarret Skorup, a policy analyst at Michigan’s Mackinac Center, a free-market think tank.

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German Lasers Hit Moving Drone

19th June 2015

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The future is here, it’s just not evenly distribueed.

(Look for an appropriate government program to hit Congress any day now.)

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Iranian Bombs Seized In Bahrain

19th June 2015

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Bahrainian authorities announced earlier this week that they had seized explosives and bomb-making materials that were planned to be used in Bahrain, as well as in neighboring Saudi Arabia. Bahrain’s police chief, Major-General Tariq al-Hasan, accused Iran of being behind the explosives, calling the act “a significant escalation”, and claiming that the explosives bore “clear similarities” to those used by proxy groups of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp. “The professionalism with which these seized materials are assembled and concealed is a clear indication of international support and sponsorship,” Hasan added.

And Obama thinks he can make a deal with these people that they will abide by. Incredible.

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Civil-Rights Groups, Teachers Union Clash Over ‘No Child Left Behind’

19th June 2015

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Civil-rights groups and the country’s largest teachers union are at odds over the role of testing as Congress moves to fix the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind, setting up a battle among Democratic-aligned groups that could make it tough to forge a bill that will garner necessary votes for passage.

In a letter to senators, officials with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and three dozen other organizations said the current Senate bill, the Every Child Achieves Act, doesn’t have sufficient provisions to identify poor schools and hold them accountable when students do not meet performance goals based on test scores. In addition, the civil-rights groups asked for requirements around data-reporting and equal funding for schools.

“The highest priority of civil rights community for improving this law is also the National Education Association’s highest priority to defeat,” said Ms. Haycock.

Leaders of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union, say that the heavy reliance on testing to assess teachers and schools creates a toxic environment for schools. While testing could be one variable in that mix, union leaders maintain that it cannot be the only measure. They advocate instead for a “dashboard” of indicators on student progress.

Since laws can’t magically increase the intelligence and diligence of children, the only sure way to leave no child behind is to make sure no child gets ahead.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

19th June 2015

Boko Haram: Five African states agree to form coalition to battle Islamist group

Syrian civil war: At least 20 Druze killed as al-Nusra fighters open fire on villagers from minority sect

Syrian civil war: Ancient Islamic teachings treasured by rebels fighting Assad – discovered in a bombed-out cafe in the ghost city of Homs

Jihadist attack on Syria’s Druze population could spur Israel to act

Taliban militants kill 20 Afghan police officers in attack, official says

Syrian civil war: Jabhat al-Nusra’s massacre of Druze villagers shows the group is just as nasty as Isis

ISIS fighters plot nuclear war after they obtain radioactive material to build dirty bomb

Muslim wife was HACKED to death for refusing to ‘meekly submit’ to her husband

“Islamophobia” Rising Among Czechs and Slovaks

Syrian refugees trapped at border as Turkish soldiers turn them away and Isis militants watch

Burma’s ‘great terror’ moves a step closer as Taliban urges Rohingya to ‘take up the sword’

Extremists tweet home address of US liberties campaigner Pamela Geller

West Yorkshire teenager who left UK to join ISIS in Iraq is ‘Britain’s youngest suicide bomber’

British al-Shabaab jihadist Thomas Evans ‘killed in battle’ in Kenya. Love the hipster beard.

Kenyan police ignored al-Shabaab killing spree for 12 hours, say investigators

Mokhtar Belmokhtar: Al-Qaeda-linked militant leader ‘killed in US air strike in Libya’

Syrians defy Isis to cross border into Turkey

Tourists on coach in Calais capture migrants breaking into lorry on its way to Dover

Harrowing images show desperate Syrian refugees break through fence to Turkish territories to escape ISIS

Kurds Advance Against ISIS in Northern Syria

Saudi Arabia carries out 100th execution this year and is on course to set beheadings record

ISIS routed by Kurdish fighters in Syrian border town

Family of British teen fears he carried out suicide bombing for ISIS in Iraq

Man allegedly helped plan Texas cartoon contest shooting, wanted to attack Super Bowl

Kurdish Victory Worrying Ankara, Syrian Rebels

NY Times Tries to Help Islam’s ‘Image’ Problem

Would-Be Islamic State Terrorist Charged in New York

Yemen car bombs: Isis claims responsibility

Pakistan ‘quickly’ hangs seven more prisoners before Ramadan begins in the country tomorrow

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Obama’s Howler

19th June 2015

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Paul and John have already commented on the egregious distortions and falsehoods of Obama’s highly ideological comments on the heinous shootings in South Carolina. To gild the point a bit further about how “This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Wayne Laugesen of the Colorado Spring Gazette tallies the numbers for us:

Behring Anders Breivik killed 75, 2011, Norway
Mohammed Merah killed 7, 2012, France
Genildo Ferreira de França killed 14, 1997, Brazil
Michael Robert Ryan killed 16, 1987, UK
Eric Borel killed 15, 1995, France
Friedrich Leibacher killed 14, 2001,Switzerland
Christian Dornier killed 14, 1989, France
Ljubiša Bogdanovi? killed 13, 2013, Serbia
Derrick Bird killed 12, 2010, UK
Robert Steinhäuser killed 16, 2002, Germany
Tim Kretschmer killled 15, 2009, Germany
Wellington Menezes de Oliveira killed 12, 2011, Brazil
Bai Ningyang killed 12, 2006, China
Juhani Matti Saari killed 10, 2008, Finland
Huanming Wu killed 9, 2010, China
Ahmed Ibragimov killed 41, 1999, Russia
Ami Popper killed 7, 1990, Israel
Antoní Blažka killed 6, 2013, Czech Republic

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The Mystery of the 25-Year-Old Australian Cat Which [sic] Turned Up in Northern Ireland

18th June 2015

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The ginger cat was picked up by Cat Protection helpers in County Armagh last week. When animal welfare officers took him to the vet for a health check, it was discovered that he had been micro-chipped in Australia.

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Hungary Proposes 110-Mile Long Barrier Along Entire Serbian Border to Keep Migrants Out

18th June 2015

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Peter Szijjarto, the Hungarian foreign minister, claimed the 13ft tall fence would not contravene international law and was necessary to “defend” his country.

“The Hungarian government is committed to defending Hungary and defending the Hungarian people from the immigration pressure,” he said on Wednesday.

These aren’t Serbs or other Europeans; they’re Iraqis, Somalians, Turks, Syrians, and such like.

The Western Balkan route is used by migrants moving out of countries in the region and refugees coming from further afield who entered the EU from Turkey via Bulgaria or Greece.

The Serbian government had already asked for help stopping people arriving over its southern borders.

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The Tests

18th June 2015

Freeberg nails it yet again.

Very first test I apply to any presidential candidate is they have to be FOR something.

Bernie Sanders passes the test, Hillary doesn’t, Carly Fiorina does, Jeb Bush doesn’t, Ted Cruz does, Lindsey Graham doesn’t, Sarah Palin would if she was running, Ben Carson probably not, Chris Christie definitely not.

This is just the very first test. It’s asking so little. A candidate’s long-held personal-pet-peeve, would suffice.

It is positively shocking that half the candidates, on both sides, flunk. They’re just outspoken and so wonderful, with name recognition, and it’s their turn! But, they don’t stand for anything.

We just don’t need it.

YES!

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Eye of Soros Turns Toward Nice White Lady Schoolteachers

18th June 2015

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In recent years, the Eye of Soros has been bored with racial disparities in public school teacher hiring, but that grace period may be coming to an end.

The general pattern relating to disparate impact enforcement is that our society can’t afford to impose this logic on all parts of society at once. For example, back five or six years ago when liberals were all worked up over not enough black firemen, I frequently pointed out that Silicon Valley seemed to be immune to denunciations for discrimination. Eventually, that changed and right now the SJWs aren’t interested in fire departments and are obsessed with Silicon Valley. But ten years from now the SJWs might be all worked up over, say, Hollywood film crews and sullenly aware that you can’t just hire a bunch of Michael Browns to write code.

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Teen Shot to Death After Tracking Down His Stolen Smartphone

18th June 2015

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Be careful what you wish for.

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Beyond the Beheadings: ISIS Creating Culture Of Fear Inside Their ‘Caliphate’

18th June 2015

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The “caliphate,” declared a year ago, demands obedience. Untold numbers have been killed because they were deemed dangerous to ISIS, or insufficiently pious; 5-8 million endure a regime that has swiftly turned their world upside down, extending its control into every corner of life to enforce its own radical interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah.

The Islamic State is a place where men douse themselves with cologne to hide the odor of forbidden cigarettes; where taxi drivers or motorists usually play the ISIS radio station, since music can get a driver 10 lashes; where women must be entirely covered, in black, and in flat-soled shoes; where shops must close during Muslim prayers, and everyone found outdoors must attend.

 There is no safe way out. People vanish — their disappearance sometimes explained by an uninformative death certificate, or worse, a video of their beheading.

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Souhaur Al-Abbassi Arrested: Man Suspected of Masterminding Deadly 1982 Attack on Jewish Restaurant in Paris Is Detained in Jordan

17th June 2015

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The suspected mastermind behind the murders of six people in a restaurant in Paris’ Jewish quarter more than 30 years ago has been arrested in Jordan, French officials have revealed.

Paris prosecutors alleged that Souhaur Al-Abbassi, also known as Amjad Atta, was the “supervisor” of the horrific attack on Chez Jo Goldenberg in the Marais district of the French capital in August 1982.

Between three and six people threw grenades and fired machine guns into the restaurant, which had about 50 customers inside. As they escaped, the gunmen also shot at passersby. Six people, including two Americans, were killed and 22 were injured.

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Now You Can 3D-Print Objects Made of Wood Fibers

17th June 2015

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This could be huge.

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Behold: The ‘Simple’ Rules for Fighting Federal Asset Forfeiture

17th June 2015

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It ain’t pretty.

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‘Black’ Rights Activist Says There’s ‘NO PROOF’ White Couple Are Her Real Parents

17th June 2015

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She said: “I haven’t had a DNA test. There’s been no biological proof that Larry and Ruthanne are my biological parents.”

Describing herself as “transracial” she added: “I definitely am not white. Nothing about being white describes who I am. I’m more black than I am white.”

 

Denial is not just a river in Egypt any more….

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Democrats Now the Party of Plutocracy

17th June 2015

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And, really, have been for some time. It’s just now becoming too obvious to fake.

There’s more than a bit of cognitive dissonance in the merger of Democrats with plutocracy – rule by the wealthy. After all, the party’s brand is supposed to be “party of the people.” For Democrats, the allure of corporate cash – in campaign contributions and, later on, in of corporate patronage – may be overwhelming, but it does pose a threat to the party’s positioning.

Oh, I don’t know — Democrites have never had a problem saying on thing and being another.

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The Flight From White

17th June 2015

Steve Sailer jumps on the bandwagon.

As you may have noticed, the more denunciations we hear of Cisgender Straight White Male Privilege, the more the evidence mounts that, all else being equal, the rewards in 2015 tend to lie on the other side.

If you want to know which side is more powerful at present, just observe who is wielding the rhetorical whip hand. It’s human nature to fear, respect, and even admire those with the power to harm you. Hence, it’s popular to side with the strong to denounce the weak.

A common contributor to examples of transracialism is coming from a foreign culture with different racial standards. For example, one of my son’s college roommates remarked that in America everybody calls him black, while back home in Jamaica everybody calls him white.

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Ford Foundation Tackles Inequality

17th June 2015

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“Ford Shifts Grant Making To Focus Entirely on Inequality” is the headline on the Chronicle of Philanthropy news article about the Ford Foundation, which has more than $12 billion in assets.

The Ford Foundation’s most recent tax return reports that Mr. Walker’s predecessor, Luis Ubinas, was paid $1,891,441 in compensation and $109,294 in benefits for his final year, a sum that “INCLUDES SALARY OF $898,571 FOR THE PERIOD FROM 01/01/13 TO 09/05/13, POST-EMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION OF $954,622 PAID IN 2013 AND PREVIOUSLY UNTAXED DEFFERED COMPENSATION OF $38,248 PAID IN 2013. EXCLUDES $249,045 OF PREVIOUSLY TAXED DEFFERED COMPENSATION THAT WAS REPORTED ON A PRIOR YEAR(S) 990-PF AND PAID IN 2013.”

The foundation’s staff also included a $1.3 million a year director of investment administration, a $927,148 a year director of private equity, an $889,992 a year director of asset allocation, and a $723,728 a year director of hedge funds, according to the tax return.

Maybe if the Ford Foundation is so concerned about inequality, they might think about giving away the $12 billion — not just the income it generates, but the principal — to everyone equally, and shut down themselves, their highly paid staff and their fancy New York headquarters.

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Face Reality: Many Muslims Support ISIS

17th June 2015

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In the last week of May, the Qatar-based Arabic news network Al-Jazeera polled its Arabic-language audience on the question: “Do you support the victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in your region?”

The results were shocking. Of the 56,881 Arabic-speaking respondents, a whopping 81% voted yes. The results of this online survey may not be scientific. But they do provide anecdotal evidence of what many see as a rise in the support of Islamism in the Arab Middle East, among Muslims in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, and in the diaspora in Britain and France.

On Monday, a 17-year-old Briton became that country’s youngest suicide bomber after he blew up a brand new SUV packed with explosives in the northern Iraqi town of Baiji. Talha Asmal had Arabized his name to Abu Yusuf al-Britani and is the latest young person used by jihadi Islamists as cannon fodder in their quest to establish an Islamic caliphate. This is laid out in sharia law, as a precursor to the Islamic Armageddon enshrined in Hadith literature, based on Prophet Mohammed’s prophesy.

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Scientists Make Friction Disappear By Coating Diamonds With Graphene

16th June 2015

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Cartoonist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Mocking Birth Control Bill

16th June 2015

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Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani, who was charged with “insulting members of parliament through paintings” for a caricature she drew lampooning debate on a bill that would outlaw some forms of contraception, has reportedly been sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison.

Details out of Iran are still sketchy and few international media outlets have picked up the sentencing story as of this writing, but the Washington Post’s Michael Cavna discussed the case with representatives from Cartoonists Rights Network International, including board member and Iranian cartoonist in exile Nikahang Kowsar, who has first-hand experience with what Farghadani is going through now. Kowsar was imprisoned in 2000 for drawing a crocodile with a name similar to a powerful Ayatollah’s.

Just a reminder — if one is needed — that Freedom of Speech is NOT a Muslim value.

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The Postcolonial Rot Spreads Beyond Middle East Studies

16th June 2015

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In theory, Middle East studies programs are a good idea. One of the biggest impediments to countering modern jihadism has been the lack of historical knowledge about the region and Islam. But even the attention and urgency that followed the terrorist attacks on 9/11 have not led to such knowledge. The result has been policies pursued both by Republicans and Democrats that are doomed to fail, as the current chaos in the region attests.

Rather than enlightening citizens and policy-makers, Middle Eastern studies programs have darkened our understanding. As Martin Kramer documented in his important 2002 study Ivory Towers on Sand, most programs have become purveyors not of knowledge but of ideology. Under the influence of literary critic Edward Said’s historically challenged book Orientalism––”a work,” historian Robert Irwin has written, “of malignant charlatanry, in which it is hard to distinguish honest mistakes from willful misrepresentations”­­––Middle East studies programs, Kramer writes, “came under a take-no-prisoners assault, which rejected the idea of objective standards, disguised the vice of politicization as the virtue of commitment, and replaced proficiency with ideology.” The ideology, of course, comprised the old Marxist narrative of Western colonial and imperial crimes, a Third Worldism that idealizes the dark-skinned, innocent “other” victimized by Western depredations, and the juvenile romance of revolutionary violence.

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If the Guardian Dislikes Privately Educated Oxbridge Types, Why Does It Hire So Many?

16th June 2015

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The Guardian is the voice of the Old Left in Britain, and is a reliable Voice of the Crust for the Labor wing of the ruling class. Like the New York Times and the Washington Post, it delights in rhetorical class warfare, so it’s a delight to see it called out by an actually independent publication as just another SWPL thumbsucker.

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UK: Double Divorces on the Rise as Ex-Spouses Bring New Claims Against Their Former Partners

15th June 2015

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Double divorces have come to prominence in recent months thanks to the case of millionaire Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, whose wife Kathleen Wyatt has been given permission by the Supreme Court to seek a payout 30 years after they divorced.

Without a financial order severing their respective finances, an ex-spouse can bring a new claim against their former partner, even years after the marriage was dissolved. Many couples fail to obtain a court order to formalise their financial agreement when they divorce, often because they have reached their own informal settlement.

Moral: DO YOUR PAPERWORK.

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Can’t Say That! Janet Napolitano Reportedly Creating Microaggression-Free UC Campus

15th June 2015

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Former U.S. Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano reached peak notoriety in 2009 by insisting that terrorist attacks be referred to as “man-caused disasters.”

Another good reason to avoid California, especially their schools (if we can still call them that).

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California Professors Instructed Not to Say ‘America Is the Land of Opportunity’

15th June 2015

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“America is the land of opportunity,” “There is only one race, the human race” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” are among a long list of alleged microaggressions faculty leaders of the University of California system have been instructed not to say.

Actually, this is perfectly consistent with their ongoing efforts to make sure it is no longer a land of opportunity. They’re just being honest.

These so-called microaggressions – considered examples of subconscious racism – were presented at faculty leader training sessions held throughout the 2014-15 school year at nine of the 10 UC campuses. The sessions, an initiative of UC President Janet Napolitano, aim to teach how to avoid offending students and peers, as well as how to hire a more diverse faculty.

A very good reason to avoid California, especially the schools (if you can still call them that).

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NYC Government Balloons to Record Size Under de Blasio

15th June 2015

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The number of people employed by New York City taxpayers will reach a record high this month — 282,767.

That’s according to the Office of Management and Budget, which estimates that by the end of June, the city will have increased its rolls by 11,000 in just the past year.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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The Essential Hayek

15th June 2015

Get it.

It’s free, so you have no excuse.

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Into the Remainder Bins

15th June 2015

Kathy Shaidle jerks back the curtain.

That Watt-Cloutier was co-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore isn’t something I’d personally brag about, but it gets us to the message of her book, which is basically “global warming is melting stuff up here and wrecking our way of life.” Said way of life in Nunavut amounting to paying ten times the price for groceries flown up from the part of the country where we actually grow and make stuff, then sitting in the dark half the year getting drunk.

Carrie Saxifrage, who wrote the second book in question — The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Adrift — also changed her name in adulthood, but for pretentious, First World white lady reasons:

She and her husband named themselves after a white flower that grows on mountaintops, and, as she recounts, “Our families didn’t know what to make of our earnest explanations of how we were claiming relationship to those pure, high places[.]”

I pray that being “high” had something to do with this couple’s rejected-Portlandia-script name-change. The notion of anyone undertaking such an endeavor stone cold sober chills the blood.

The very notion of “climate change memoirs” provides minutes of fun. One eagerly awaits the release of Confessions of a (Locally Sourced, Organic) Opium Eater and Go Ask Alice (About Bee Colony Collapse.)

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Muslim Activist Mocked for Bizarre ‘Zionists Stole My Shoe’ Rant on Social Media

15th June 2015

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Asghar Bukhari, a founder member of Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK, said his shoe was stolen while he slept to make him feel “vulnerable”.

Posting on Facebook, he said that one shoe was left behind “to let me know someone had been there” – but the other is still missing.

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Tourist Terror at Calais: Moment Gang of Migrants Smash Their Way Into Lorry Bound for UK

15th June 2015

Read it. And watch the video.

The dramatic footage was filmed by terrified passengers looking on in horror from a coach waiting behind.

In it a tour guide can be heard trying to reassure the shocked passengers, telling them: “Don’t panic guys, we have locked all of the doors. Try not to panic guys.”

A leading haulage expert who viewed the footage today was in disbelief as he asked: “Where are the authorities?”

What do the French care about parasites wanting to go to Britain? I’m sure they’re helping them every way they can, since they have their own immigrant problems.

British lorry drivers have said they fear for their lives every time they travel through the notorious port, with migrants resorting to increasingly violent tactics in a desperate bid to reach the UK.

The situation is so bad that drivers now refuse to work the Calais route and many freight companies are close to pulling out of the UK market all together.

The town’s mayor has blamed Britain’s generous benefits system for the chaos, with more than 4,000 refugees now living in squalid camps near the port.

Reacting to the footage Don Armour, from the respected Freight Transport Association, said such scenes were a daily peril for lorry drivers using the port.

The footage emerged as a top UN official said that Britain should be forced to take in more migrants.

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How Did the Dallas Gunman Get Hold of an Armoured Van Described as a ‘Zombie Apocalypse Assault Vehicle’?

15th June 2015

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As a barrage of bullets sprayed out of a dark blue van used to stage a brazen assault on Dallas police headquarters early on Saturday morning, even witnesses recognized this was no ordinary form of transportation.

The beast of a van — sold just days ago — eerily lived up to how it was advertised on Facebook, on which it was touted as a “Zombie apocalypse assault vehicle” with “gun ports” capable of “drive-by mow-downs” and full armour and bulletproof windows “just in case someone might try to take this bad boy from you.”

Investigators suspect the van might have belonged to a sheriff’s office in Georgia before it was decommissioned and sold off. It was most recently sold by Jenco Sales out of Georgia. The business owner could not be reached for comment.

Hey, this is America. We can do shit like that.

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Why Hillary Clinton Loves the Ex-Im Bank

15th June 2015

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Hillary attempts to justify her position by claiming the bank is vital for American exports. According to Clinton, Ex-Im is “a tool for us to be competitive in order to support our businesses exporting.” In reality, the bank’s financing goes to major corporations that do not need loans to be competitive. Over three quarters of Ex-Im loans benefit ten well-connected corporations.  Less than one percent of one percent of US small businesses benefit from Ex-Im.

So why does Hillary Clinton support Ex-Im? Well, as the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney points out, a more appropriate name for Ex-Im bank may be the International Bank of Clinton. During a 2012 Ex-Im Conference, Bill Clinton said that “this audience is full of people who once worked for me.”

Most notably, Ex-Im President Fred Hochberg was a Clinton appointee and in 2008 he was a “Hillraiser”, meaning he helped raise six figures for Hillary’s failed Presidential campaign. Hochberg also donated a five figure sum to the Clinton Foundation, the non-profit that has come under scrutiny for – among other things — accepting donations from foreign leaders while Clinton was Secretary of State.

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How Harry’s Bought a German Razor Factory

15th June 2015

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“I went into the drug store. I’d run out of razor blades and just had a really frustrating purchase experience,” Katz-Mayfield recalls. “They were locked in a case, which I found to be a little bit absurd. I was buying razor blades — not diamond jewelry. And I wound up spending over $20 for four razor blades and some shaving cream, and I didn’t have a good feeling as a consumer. I knew I was getting taken advantage of, and I didn’t really have any choice in the matter.”

Harry’s sells shaving kits, individual razors, and bottles of shaving cream. For $15, you can get a shaving kit complete with a five-blade razor, three replacement blades, and shaving cream. When you consider that just a razor and a couple replacement blades from Gillette will run you anywhere from $10 to $15, Harry’s kits look like a pretty good deal.

I use ’em, and I like ’em.

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George Galloway Launches Mayor of London Campaign With Pledge to Seize Empty Houses

15th June 2015

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Guess he misses the old Soviet Union.

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Never Again? The ISIS Genocide of Yazidis

14th June 2015

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Until the tragedy that came early in August 2014, the people who call themselves the Dâseni were little known to Westerners. These are the Yezidis, who mainly live in Iraq. Reviled as “devil worshippers” for centuries by their Muslim and Christian neighbors, they have endured 72 attempted genocides since 630 CE. After the predations of the “Islamic State” that number has increased to 74.

A Kurdish people in ethnicity, the Yezidis practice a distinctive religion that is neither Christian nor Muslim. Tradition states that it is one of the oldest in the world, and that they have been a presence in Mesopotamia “for more than 6,700 years.” During that long span of time Yezidism has incorporated elements of other faiths: Christian, Jewish, Muslim (Sufism), Zoroastrian, and Mandaean Gnostic. Like Hindus, the Yezidis have a caste system. Their tradition is hereditary and does not allow converts.

Most Muslims do not regard them as “People of the Book” since their traditions are oral, although some Iranians describe them as such based on their link to Zoroastrianism. Their apparent non-scriptural status is changing, however, as their core oral ‘texts’ (hymns or qawls) are written down “effectively transforming Yezidism into a scriptural religion,” according to a Yezidi source.

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New Tech: Government Must Change

14th June 2015

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But it won’t, until people die. Even then, it will fight tooth & nail to stick with the same old way of doing things.

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The Assistant Economy

14th June 2015

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When I was an undergrad at Harvard, the English department produced fancy brochures about the opportunities available to its majors: teacher, editor, Rhodes scholar. Personal assistant was not listed. I hadn’t even heard of such positions until senior year, when older friends, artistically inclined friends, started snagging them. It’s the position I think I’ve heard most about now.

Welcome to the main artery into creative or elite work—highly pressurized, poorly recompensed, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes menial secretarial assistance. From the confluence of two grand movements in American history—the continued flight of women out of the home and into the workplace, and the growing population of arts and politically oriented college graduates struggling to survive in urban epicenters that are increasingly ceded to bankers and consultants—the personal assistant is born.

This is actually a reversion to the medieval practice, where an important man’s ‘secretary’ was a candidate for important positions later on. We are so used to thinking of secretaries as clerical drudges that we forget the roots of the job. You’ll remember the famous scene in A Man For All Seasons where Cardinal Wolsey and Sir Thomas More are speculating on who will wear the Lord Chancellor’s chain after the Cardinal. Wolsey mentions his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, and More doesn’t immediately scoff but rather considers it seriously.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

14th June 2015

Change

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Governor Abbott Signs Legislation To Establish State Bullion Depository

13th June 2015

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Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 483 (Capriglione, R-Southlake; Kolkhorst, R-Brenham) to establish a state gold bullion depository administered by the Office of the Comptroller. The law will repatriate $1 billion of gold bullion from the Federal Reserve in New York to Texas. The bullion depository will serve as the custodian, guardian and administrator of bullion that may be transferred to or otherwise acquired by the State of Texas. Governor Abbott issued the following statement:

“Today I signed HB 483 to provide a secure facility for the State of Texas, state agencies and Texas citizens to store gold bullion and other precious metals. With the passage of this bill, the Texas Bullion Depository will become the first state-level facility of its kind in the nation, increasing the security and stability of our gold reserves and keeping taxpayer funds from leaving Texas to pay for fees to store gold in facilities outside our state.”

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