DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Why Do BIC Pens Have a Hole in the Lid?

6th February 2016

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The hole is designed to allow the passage of air if someone accidentally swallows it and it blocks their windpipe.

Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

A hundred people every year in the United States reportedly choke to death on these pen lids.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Are Hipsters the New Aristocracy?

6th February 2016

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Hint: Probably not.

Inevitably, also, the politics of Twitter is status-based, with the centre-left and centrists being the cool kids from the school playground, and the various other tribes of Corbynites, Communists, social conservatives, English nationalists, rad feminists, jihadis, counter-jihadis and Alt-Right people being the equivalent of metallers, goths or the angry loners planning a school massacre. Social justice warriors are more like a gang composed of middle-class kids with trouble at home: whatever one privately thinks of them as individuals, there are enough of them to cause problems, and they have a habit of doing so.

You can say that again.

In the absence of more obvious class indicators, political views now project status more than ever before.

The most important thing is to identify with the Crust, and to identify yourself as being Crust-worthy.

The modern contradiction is that political ‘egalitarianism’ is fashionable, and professing to believe in equality is a way of standing out from the crowd, from all those losers with their England flags and their parochial attachments (we’ll see a lot of this attitude during the Brexit referendum). This is at least partly why even the most competitive northern Californian companies love to pay lip service to social justice causes.

Much as animals develop protective coloration that allows them to hide in the underbrush.

It’s a bit of cliché that a lot of hippies turned out to be ruthless, successful businessmen, but it’s based on a fair amount of truth; men who were at the top of the cultural hierarchy in the late 1960s and early 70s tended to also have the same qualities that drove them towards domination in Silicon Valley in the 80s. Equally, the ‘liberation’ of the 1960s freed the new ruling class more than it did any other section of society. It helped reduce a sense of noblesse oblige, and contributed to the idea that by supporting the right cultural causes and having the right politics, they were also a moral elite.

The core of the modern Crust.

Today’s cultural elites are also hugely aided by the egalitarian blank slate theory of human nature, which gives them the false idea that they deserve their high status, when in fact intelligence is just another privilege they inherited from mum and dad.

This is, of course, just reflexive ‘progressive’ base-touching, cemented by the misuse of terms like ‘privilege’. See ‘political views now project status’, above.

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How Saudi Arabia Sending Ground Forces Into Syria Will Have Huge Ramifications on the Civil War

6th February 2016

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While the soldiers are intended to fight Isis, they may find themselves clashing with Iranian ‘volunteers’ and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in what is a highly combustible situation.

Oh, by all means, let us combust.

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As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy

6th February 2016

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A fighter jet took off with a mock version of the nation’s first precision-guided atom bomb. Adapted from an older weapon, it was designed with problems like North Korea in mind: Its computer brain and four maneuverable fins let it zero in on deeply buried targets like testing tunnels and weapon sites. And its yield, the bomb’s explosive force, can be dialed up or down depending on the target, to minimize collateral damage.

As might be expected from the New York Times, the news comes with a healthy dollop of left-wing hand-wringing.

The build-it-smaller approach has set off a philosophical clash among those in Washington who think about the unthinkable.

But critics, including a number of former Obama administration officials, look at the same set of facts and see a very different future. The explosive innards of the revitalized weapons may not be entirely new, they argue, but the smaller yields and better targeting can make the arms more tempting to use — even to use first, rather than in retaliation.

I have no problem with First Use of Nuclear Weapons. Look what it did for Japan, not to mention the U.S.

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The Etiology of the European “Refugee” Crisis

6th February 2016

Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna connects the dots.

  1. The sudden increase began at about the same time as the first terror attack by the Islamic State on Turkish soil. Turkish Kurds were the target of the bomb, but still the attack took place on Turkish territory. That could not be allowed to continue.
  2. Erdogan had a choice: he could attempt to fight back against the Islamic State, or he could devise a way to divert them into leaving Turkey alone. The former would have been fraught with difficulty — he would have had to take the battle across the border into Syria, which would have aroused both the Russians and the Americans, although for different reasons (the Assad regime is a Russian client, and is currently under Russian military protection, while ISIS and its protean allies are at least in part a US creation, and are considered CIA assets against Assad, Iran, and the Russians).
  3. Under a tacit agreement with the EU, Erdogan’s police and coast guard had been stopping the people-smugglers’ boats from crossing the Aegean from Anatolia to the Greek islands. This is actually a shorter and safer journey than the one from Libya to Lampedusa, but only a trickle had been coming into Europe that way before last summer. All that changed during July and August, when the bulk of the flow shifted to the Aegean route. This could only have happened if Turkey deliberately stopped interdicting the boats.
  4. Up until then the Islamic State had served the interests of the Erdogan regime. It is Turkish state policy to bring down the Assad government, and ISIS is working to achieve that goal. Turkey had been supplying the Islamic State with weapons and materiel, or at least turning a blind eye to such traffic and taking a cut of the profit. Erdogan’s family and cronies were also making big money from the sale of ISIS’ oil on the black market.
  5. By opening the floodgates and emptying the refugee camps, Erdogan allowed an unknown but significant number of ISIS mujahideen to decamp and take up residence in Europe. It wasn’t enough to keep Turkey entirely free of Islamic State terrorism, but it may well have reduced the number of incidents. And it forced the EU to share Turkey’s ISIS problem.
  6. The “refugee crisis” of 2015 was not a change of process, but only an increase in magnitude of an existing process. The “refugees” had been flowing into Europe steadily for many years, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands annually. But the summer of 2015 saw an increase in the rate of flow by at least an order of magnitude.
  7. Before last summer, the rate of migrant flow was modest enough so that the vast majority of ordinary Europeans didn’t notice it and/or weren’t concerned with it. All that changed in August and September, especially when the craze for Dead Baby Porn hit the media in early September. Sudden public awareness turned the issue into a “crisis”.
  8. The transnational globalists are encouraging and bankrolling the migration process, including the Aegean route. Someone is helping poor, indigent “Syrian” “refugees” find enough cash to pay the people smugglers so that they can cross to Greece. Someone is paying for the ferries to the mainland, the buses and rail journeys, the food, clothing, bedding, and other necessary supplies required to get those migrants all the way to Munich and Berlin from Lesbos and Kos. And someone is giving them €500 notes for spending money to be used when they arrive in the Promised Land. National governments provide some of the assistance, but a large chunk comes from New World Order NGOs, including but not limited to George Soros’ many sock puppets. There isn’t even any serious attempt to hide this fact; you can find multiple reports about various aspects of it in the MSM. Maybe not on the front page of the NYT, but it’s there — progressives love to brag about this sort of thing where other progressives can read it.
  9. When the full scope of the increased flow became evident, Chancellor Merkel faced a hard choice. It would have been relatively easy for the EU to reduce the flow to a trickle — simply order the international naval task force already in the Med to stop the boats from proceeding and force them back to the Anatolian coast. However, to do so would have been a reversal of official policy, namely that every single poor unfortunate refugee be rescued and allowed to land in Europe, where he can then apply for asylum. The alternative policy would have inevitably involved more migrant deaths — some of those boats would sink — and Merkel would have had that much more Dead Baby Porn to contend with in the media, plus growing political opposition from the leftish side of the coalition that keeps her in power (and some from the rightish side — Dead Baby Porn induces the abandonment of reason and the embrace of sentimentality even among putative conservatives). So the chancellor chose what seemed the least damaging option: “Come on in, boys! There’s plenty of room for you here in Germany!” This decision looks like it may cause her political demise, but in all likelihood, so would the alternative.
  10. The result of all this is that a far higher proportion of the European population is aware of what is being done to them, and who is responsible. This may cause various governments to fall, and enhance the chances that “right-wing extremist” parties will increase their share of the vote and even form governments west of the Elbe. If those parties are successfully suppressed by the European establishment, then the real extremists are waiting in the wings, would-be fascists and neo-Nazis of various types who, unlike Tommy Robinson, Geert Wilders, and Tatjana Festerling, do not shrink from violence, but rather embrace it. Civil unrest, with open street warfare between the nationalist-fascists and the antifas, would then become a distinct possibility.

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The Collapse of Oil IS the Economic Boom

6th February 2016

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Applied to commodities, while essential to economic progress they’re nowhere close to first order goods in economic importance. Oil is a crucial high order input, but per Brookes again “it was the internal combustion engine that gave oil its present value, and not the other way around.” The world would be awful without oil, but it’s first order products like automobiles and planes that gave oil value in the first place.

This is of course why it’s not important that rich countries (think Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, etc.) be resource abundant. Figure commodities are easily importable at the market price, and as plentiful oil exports from economically backward countries like Venezuela, Iran and Equatorial Guinea constantly reveal, commodities in a normal world free of currency distortions would largely be exported by less developed countries to developed ones full of entrepreneurs creating the first order advances that give the prosaic (commodities) life.

Cheap resource inputs mean cheaper resulting products, and that benefits everybody. As the perennial fights over protective tariffs demonstrate, it is very easy to identify those who are harmed by low prices, while those who benefit are more obscure; that’s why lobbyists get rich and politicians convert stupid policies into law.

The beauty of cheap oil is that it will make it more likely that U.S. economic actors import it, and at the same time more and more U.S. investment will migrate toward the Mengerian first order goods that give oil and all manner of other commodities life. Back to Brookes, this is once again what he meant by an economy of the mind. Predicting a broad economic boom amid a “commodity recession” in 1981, Brookes was arguing that falling commodity prices would be brilliant for a country like the U.S. populated by the greatest minds on earth in need of cheap inputs to drive true innovation. From a consumption standpoint, it will surge thanks to cheap oil simply because our production will surge as fewer Americans extract already plentiful oil, and more focus on creating the first order goods that render oil marketable to begin with.

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Thought for the Day

6th February 2016

Income Gap

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Thailand: Gangsters Who Do a Little Islamic Terrorism on the Side

6th February 2016

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The military continues to be vague about exactly when they will once more allow elections and the return of democracy. Best estimate now is late 2017, maybe. There is growing foreign pressure from neighbors (except China) and the West. Worse since September 2015 the pro-democracy populists (the “red shirts”) have largely ceased demonstrations. The populists did so to demonstrate that there was no “violent opposition” to justify continued military rule. The red shirts are waiting for the military government to allow elections which is what Thai military governments all eventually do. The May 2014 coup came after months of political protests in the capital and those tensions remain but the army is definitely in control. Despite that the economy is not doing as well as people expect and the military government is blamed. In the past this sort of thing played a large role in persuading the generals to allow elections again and that seems to be happening again.

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The German Establishment Shuts Down Anti-Immigration Protests — By Socialists

6th February 2016

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The “refugee” situation in Germany has become so dire that even the rank-and-file of the Socialist Party felt compelled to take to the streets to protest current migration policy. So that made political leaders sit up and take notice, right?

Wrong!

The word went out through the party hierarchy ordering the cessation of such demonstrations. Local activists, being good little socialist apparatchiks, dutifully complied and retired from the streets.

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All The Terrible Things Hillary Clinton Has Done — In One Big List

6th February 2016

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We keep track so that you don’t have to.

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Iowa Democratic Party Altered Precinct’s Caucus Results During Chaotic Night

6th February 2016

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Ah, yes, Democrats, the party of machine politics and election fraud.

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USEFUL STUFF SATUDAY

6th February 2016

Vital Sign Tracker.

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More Corsican Resistance Against Islam, This Time With Heavy Weapons

5th February 2016

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Back in December we posted about a series of “Islamophobic” incidents in the Corsican town of Ajaccio. After firemen were attacked by culture-enrichers in a no-go neighborhood, local residents took to the streets, entered the Muslim quarter, and proceeded to vandalize an illegal mosque. There were additional angry demonstrations later….

According to the following report from a lefty French TV network, the anti-Islamic action has ratcheted up a notch, with an attack on a halal business by unknown gunmen using “heavy weapons”.

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People Have A ‘Fundamental Right’ To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

5th February 2016

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution.

“In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment — the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home,” Chief Judge William Traxler wrote in the divided ruling.

Provisions that outlaw these firearms, Traxler wrote, “substantially burden this fundamental right.”

Of course, ‘assault weapon’ is just a scare-word invented by gun-grabbers because it sounds scary and ‘assault rifle’ has a technical meaning that they can’t wiggle around.

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Wentworth Woodhouse Sold to Conservation Group for £7m

5th February 2016

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The Grade-1 listed Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, has been sold to the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust. The sale of the mansion and 82-acre estate was funded by grants, pledges and donations, including £3.5m from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The trust said the house would remain open to the public and has announced plans for a 15-year repair project.

The model for ‘Pemberley’ in Pride and Prejudice, it was the seat of the Marquesses of Rotherham and their heirs the Earls Fitzwilliam.

It is also believed to be the largest private house in the UK, with 250,000 sq ft (23,000 sq m) of floor space.

The 300-room house was put up for sale in May following the death of owner Clifford Newbold.

The major problem is that it sits on top of the Wentworth coal seams, and was subject to some rather explicit class warfare on the part of a Labour government.

In April 1946, on the orders of Manny Shinwell (the then Labour Party’s Minister of Fuel and Power) a “column of lorries and heavy plant machinery” arrived at Wentworth. The objective was the mining of a large part of the estate close to the house for coal. This was an area where the prolific Barnsley seam was within 100 feet (30 m) of the surface and the area between the house and the Rockingham Mausoleum became the largest open cast mining site in Britain at that time: 132,000 tons of coal were removed solely from the gardens. Ostensibly the coal was desperately needed in Britain’s austere post-war economy to fuel the railways, but the decision has been, and is, widely seen as useful cover for an act of class-war spite against the coal-owning aristocracy. A survey by Sheffield University, commissioned by Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, the 8th Earl, found the quality of the coal as “very poor stuff” and “not worth the getting”; this contrasted to Shinwell’s assertion that it was “exceptionally good-quality.”

Shinwell, intent on the destruction of the Fitzwilliams and “the privileged rich”, decreed that the mining would continue to the back door of Wentworth, the family’s East Front. What followed saw the mining of 99 acres (400,000 m2) of lawns and woods, the renowned formal gardens and the show-piece pink shale driveway (a by-product of the family’s collieries). Ancient trees were uprooted and the debris of earth and rubble was piled 50 ft (15 m) high in front of the family’s living quarters.

The opencast mining moved into the fields to the west of the house and continued into the early 1950s. The mined areas took many years to return to a natural state; much of the woodland and the formal gardens were not replaced. The current owners of the property allege that mining operations near the house caused substantial structural damage to the building due to subsidence, and lodged a claim in 2012 of £100 million for remedial works against the Coal Authority.

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Don’t Use BMI as Reliable Measure of Health, Warns UCLA Study

5th February 2016

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Body mass index (BMI) is not a reliable measure of health, according to a study which claims 47.4 per cent of Americans considered to be overweight are actually “perfectly healthy”.

For years BMI has been considered a direct indicator of a person’s health, even used by life insurance companies to determine eligibility, but new research suggests this is misleading.

A team of psychologists analysed the link between BMI and a number of other health markers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

They found that nearly half of the 24.4 million Americans considered to be “obese” are, in fact, healthy, as are the 19.8 million deemed “overweight”.

Hah!

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Every ‘I should have killed you when I had the chance’ Uttered in Movies

5th February 2016

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Jukka-Pekka Bohm’s supercut doesn’t just collate ‘I should have killed you when I had the chance’s, but also the numerous ‘You should have killed me when you had the chance’s and ‘You should have killed him when you had the chance’s.

And, of course, watch the video.

Annoyingly however, the creator didn’t list which films the clips were from.

“You should’ve named all the movies in the description box, when you had the chance,” one commenter wrote.

Ah, well.

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Banned U.S. ‘Therapists’ Welcomed to Israel to Convert Gay Men Into Heterosexuals

5th February 2016

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Therapists linked to a leading American Jewish group that tries to convert gays into heterosexuals say they have found a haven for their work in Israel, after it was forced to close in the US.

Israel’s health ministry advises against so-called “gay conversion” or “reparative” therapy, calling it scientifically dubious and potentially dangerous, but no law limits it. An organisation called Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (Jonah) was shut in December for violating New Jersey consumer fraud laws by claiming therapy could “heal” homosexuality. But gays in Israel who contacted Jonah say they were referred to some of the 20 to 30 licenced psychologists and social workers, and 50 non-licensed therapists, who practice some form of conversion therapy in Israel.

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President Obama Wants to Fund Trains and Self-Driving Cars With a New Oil Tax

5th February 2016

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Much like the Mafia, the government is always on the lookout for new ways to steal money.

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

5th February 2016

Paris attacks: Woman who tipped off police and prevented second wave of atrocities says she feels ‘abandoned’ by authorities

The End of the Multiculturalist Consensus in Europe

Tens of Thousands Flee Syria’s Aleppo as Government Forces Intensify Attack

Woman claims Paris attacks mastermind came into Europe with dozens of ISIS militants

Putin ignores Kerry plea, instead deploys Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle

Madrid Barajas airport bomb threat: Passengers on jet to Saudi Arabia evacuated

‘Saudi Arabian women banned from Starbucks after collapse of gender segregation wall’

Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen Jalal Baleedi ‘killed in drone strike’

Dutch Intelligence Report Exposes Horrors of Daily Life Under ISIS

Muslim Women Protest Obama’s Baltimore Mosque Visit

Hezbollah in business with Colombian drug cartels, DEA says

Militant group Al Shabaab leading suspect in Somalia plane blast: U.S. government sources

Kansas Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Bomb Army Post

Wasil Ahmad: Taliban assassinate Afghanistan’s 10-year-old hero of Uruzgan siege

Hamas ‘tank’ dismissed as harmless ‘parade float’ after wheels seen under structure driven through Gaza City

UK: Muslims who saved Jews from Holocaust commemorated in I Am Your Protector campaign

Three Palestinians shot dead after shooting and stabbing attack on Israeli policewomen at Jerusalem Damascus Gate

US airstrikes destroy ISIS’ ‘Voice of the Caliphate’ radio station in Afghanistan

Worldwide drug trafficking ring ‘links Hezbollah to Latin American cartels’

Refugee crisis: Two babies among nine refugees drowned after boat capsizes trying to reach Greek islands. Yet another tear-jerker in the Drive-By Media campaign to Let Them All In.

Karlstad blast: ‘Powerful explosion’ reported at secondary school in Sweden. Must be some angry white guy.

Yemen: Women giving birth in caves as civilians hide from Saudi air strikes

Syria peace talks hit trouble after Damascus blast kills 60

At least 65 people killed in attack in Nigeria’s Maiduguri

Boko Haram exposes Nigerian president’s empty promises to defeat Islamist terror group

Egypt arrests cartoonist for illegally running a webpage, publishing ‘offensive’ drawings

Isis ‘forced us to pray – then raped us’: Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad describes life as a sex slave in northern Iraq

Soldiers of Odin: The far-right groups in Finland ‘protecting women’ from asylum seekers. This is what happens when the government won’t do its primary job.

ISIS claims bombings that kill dozens, as Kerry pushes ‘peaceful’ Syria

From the school gates to armed groups, this is how Syrian children are turned into the next generation of Isis fighters

Tareena Shakil: British woman who took toddler to Syria sentenced to six years in jail for joining Isis

Kabul bombing: 10 people killed and 20 others wounded in a suicide attack on Afghanistan’s capital

At least 86 killed in Boko Haram attack, including children burned alive

Carter ‘very, very angry’ at Iranian video of US sailors. Not that he did anything about it.

Iran’s supreme leader awards medals to troops who ‘captured’ U.S. sailors

Isis in Iraq: The only way to ensure Islamists are beaten in Iraq is to defeat them in Syria first, say Kurds

Boko Haram burn children to death in attack on village in north-eastern Nigeria

Damascus bombing: 30 people killed by suicide bombers near Syria’s holiest Shia shrine

Isis releases new execution video as it warns of Doomsday attacks on UK

Nine Americans amongst 33 people detained on terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia

Syrian opposition vows to skip Geneva peace talks unless demands are met

Australian Teen Arrested For Terror Plot Involving A Bomb In A Kangaroo Pouch

Alleged ISIL hacker faces US terror charges for doxing soldiers

Syria crisis: Besieged civilians in Daraya feel forgotten by talks in Geneva as barrel bombs rain down

Young Somali activist sentenced to death for being a lesbian

Syrian civil war: Could Turkey be gambling on an invasion?

Syria talks: Anti-Assad opposition makes demands on prisoners and bombing but Kurds go home

Refugee crisis: Toddlers and children wash up dead on Turkish beaches after at least 39 drown in latest boat disaster

Far-right protesters and anti-fascists clash at violent Dover demonstrations

Madaya: Another 16 people ‘starve to death’ in besieged Syrian town

Isis Yazidi sex slaves subjected to traumatic ‘virginity tests’ after escaping. I’m guessing they all failed.

EU officials find that most of the ‘refugees’ are not refugees. What a mess. My, what a surprise….

Russian plane crash: Egyptian airline mechanic allegedly detained in connection with Sinai attack

Tareena Shakil guilty: Woman who took toddler son to Syria to join Isis convicted

Nigeria suicide bombings: 18 confirmed dead after attacks by men ‘dressed as women and with explosives disguised as babies’

Hand grenade thrown at refugee shelter in Germany in latest attack on asylum seekers in wake of Cologne assaults

Isis supporters who handed out Islamist propaganda in London outside Oxford Street Topshop jailed

Saudi Arabia mosque suicide bombing: At least two dead and seven hurt after Shia Muslims attacked

Afghanistan ‘terror museum’ a macabre reminder of the carnage Taliban car bombs have wrought

Saudi Arabia: Evidence of attacks on Yemen civilians may have been fabricated by rebels, says UK minister. Oh, ya think?

Refugee jokes banned at Austrian carnivals as organisers work to involve asylum seekers in celebrations

IDF Preparing for Arrival of ISIS on Syrian Border

Muslims Disproportionately Found Among Dangerous Prisoners in UK

Airplane mechanic reportedly suspected of planting bomb that brought down Russian plane

Blonde Danish girl who stabbed her mother to death after being radicalised by watching ISIS execution videos online is jailed for nine years

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The Groping Jihad in Hamburg: School Under Police Protection

5th February 2016

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More and more reports are appearing in the German media about the sexual harassment of young women by culture-enrichers, especially the recently arrived “refugees”. One of the latest is from the Wilhelmsburg district of Hamburg.

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The Bridge Jihad in Denmark

5th February 2016

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For years Danish motorists have faced impending danger whenever they approached one of those highway ‘groutings’ — narrow bridges leading local traffic over major routes. Especially around culturally enriched neighbourhoods.

The wise driver will slow down and carefully observe whether there are any Muslims on the bridge before passing under. Otherwise, the chances are that he or she will be pelted with various objects such as pellets, rocks, bottles and whatnot. So far no lethal damage has been done, mostly due to the fact that modern cars are constructed to be somewhat Islamophobic — such as with unbreakable windscreens and safety belts.

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Minimum Wages Surged In 6 Cities Last Year; Then This Happened

5th February 2016

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Hint: When you raise the price of something, people buy less of it.

Hiring at restaurants, hotels and other leisure and hospitality sector venues slowed markedly last year in metro areas that saw big minimum-wage hikes, new Labor Department data show.

Wherever cities implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more last year, the latest data through December show that job creation downshifted to the slowest pace in at least five years.

Liberals fighting for a dramatic increase in the minimum wage have insisted that there would be a negligible impact on job creation. Though the data are preliminary and overly broad, Washington D.C., Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago seem to be finding out that the reality isn’t so benign.

Demonstrating once again that the ‘reality-based community’ isn’t.

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Trump, Sanders, and the Precariat

4th February 2016

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Recent polls suggest that almost 60% of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, “don’t identify with what America has become.” According to Cliff Young and Chris Jackson, these “nativist” Americans are older, whiter, and less educated than the rest of the population – more working-class, in other words. For some middle-class professionals, this “nativism,” exemplified in support for Donald Trump’s racial comments, simply reinforces the assumption that the white working class is inherently racist and foolish. They conveniently ignore the way racism is resurfacing among the middle class as they, too, feel resentment over their economic displacement. As Barbara Ehrenreich warns, “Whole professions have fallen on hard times, from college teaching to journalism and the law. One of the worst mistakes this relative elite could make is to try to pump up its own pride by hating on those — of any color or ethnicity — who are falling even faster.”

The focus on racism and xenophobia ignores an essential reality: precarity is bringing working-class and middle-class voters together politically. As Guy Standing has argued, the emerging precariat is a political class in the making. We see this in the “Fight for $15.” The struggle to increase the minimum wage seeks economic improvement for both the non-college and college educated.

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Saudi Arabia ‘Ready to Send Ground Troops’ to Fight Isis in Syria If US-Led Coalition Agrees

4th February 2016

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Works for me.

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Brown Staff Attends Social Justice and Diversity Retreat

4th February 2016

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Seemingly because contemporary American universities don’t already do enoughabout so-called social justice and diversity, Brown University’s Office of Campus Life and Student Services held a day-long “professional development” on the topics, and attendance topped 150 participants.

Called the “Social Justice Retreat: An Engaging and Open Space for Discussing Power, Privilege and Oppression,” both the morning and afternoon workshops during the January 19 affair “were packed with staff members,” according to Associate Dean Mary Grace Almandrez.

This is like mandating racial sensitivity training for the Obama White House. ‘Coals to Newcastle’ is the applicable cliche.

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More Comedy From The Times

4th February 2016

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As I mentioned the other day, stand-up comedians employ what they call “runners,” which are themes and punch lines they set up for recurrent laughs. Think of Jerry Seinfeld’s “did you ever notice. . .” or “not that there’s anything wrong with that” schtick.

Only days after the New York Times pranked us with their endorsement of John Kasich for the GOP nomination, they have returned with another of their comedy “runners,” in which they offer up “the conservative case” for a liberal idea, as though the Times really thinks we’ll fall for their good wishes for conservatism to prosper. They’ve done this repeatedly with bad ideas for climate change, criminal justice reform, tax increases, etc. The shorter version of all of these articles can be rendered “Why Conservatives Should Change Their Mind and Agree with Us.”

The ultimate in government regulation is empowering the government to regulate the process by which it is constituted by the people. The government is itself today the largest interest group in the nation—a fact that would horrify the founders. Giving the government more power to regulate political speech is to cement in place forever the primacy of the administrative state. Who thinks the government would regulate political speech against its own interest? Show of hands??

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In the Land of the Lawless

4th February 2016

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Until now, the working consensus of the E.U. has been that member states yield part of their sovereignty, pool it in Brussels and through the manifold power of the states, gain back all the more sovereignty. It is now precisely this – committing to delegated power – that appears to the new Polish government to be an infringement of their national pride and Brussels as a world of backrooms in which a few unelected, instead of many elected, make the decisions. So far it has only been angry citizens who have talked like that when they saw themselves being robbed of their self-determination by being forced to adopt energy-saving lamps or through free trade agreements. Now governments are talking that way.

What is right-wing and what is left-wing criticism of the E.U.? Hard to say when ultimately both are concerned about the same thing: raising the will of the people above an international architecture that has become irritating and inconvenient. The hatred of an E.U. cartel that imposes either economic or cultural rules is uniting the nationalists and socialists in Europe, occasionally even allowing them join together, as in Greece, where the left-radical Syriza formed a coalition with the national-chauvinistic ANEL party.

The transnational Crust hits a speedbump.

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New York City Is About to Shell Out $2.5 Billion for Fancy Electric Streetcars

4th February 2016

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The ‘progressive’ campaign to cancel anything after 1900 proceeds at taxpayer expense.

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The Clinton System

4th February 2016

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It’s an axiom of Washington politics in the age of Citizens United and Super PACs that corporations and the very rich can channel almost unlimited amounts of money to candidates for high office to pave the way for later favors. According to the public service website Open Secrets, in the 2016 campaign, as of October, in addition to direct campaign contributions, Jeb Bush had at his disposal $103 million in “outside money”—groups such as PACs and Super PACs and so called “dark money” organizations that work on behalf of a particular candidate. Ted Cruz had $38 million in such funds, Marco Rubio $17 million, and Chris Christie $14 million.

Yet few have been as adept at exploiting this big-money politics as Bill and Hillary Clinton. In the 2016 campaign, as of October, Hillary Clinton had raised $20 million in “outside” money, on top of $77 million in direct campaign contributions—the highest in direct contributions of any candidate at the time. But she and her husband have other links to big donors, and they go back much further than the current election cycle. What stands out about what I will call the Clinton System is the scale and complexity of the connections involved, the length of time they have been in operation, the presence of former president Bill Clinton alongside Hillary as an equal partner in the enterprise, and the sheer magnitude of the funds involved.

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The F-35’s Terrifying Bug List

4th February 2016

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the most expensive military program in the world, is even more broken than previously thought. The jet can’t tell old parts from new ones, randomly prevents user logins into the logistics information system, and trying to eject out of it will likely result in serious neck injury and maybe death. A Pentagon office is warning that the plane is being rushed into service.

In short, it’s a piece of crap, as I have been saying all along.

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UN Peacekeeping Mission for Central African Republic ‘Identifies Seven New Cases of Sexual Abuse by Its Troops’

4th February 2016

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The UN peacekeeping mission for Central African Republic has said it has identified seven new cases of sexual abuse by its troops including women and girls Human Rights Watch (HRW) says were raped or gang raped.

The new cases, which involved at least five children, come on top of more than 20 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers in the country last year.

And how much of that did YOU pay for?

The top 10 providers of assessed contributions to United Nations Peacekeeping operations in 2013-2015 [A/67/224/Add.1] PDF Document are:

United States (28.38%)
Japan (10.83%)
France (7.22%)
Germany (7.14%)
United Kingdom (6.68%)
China (6.64%)
Italy (4.45%)
Russian Federation (3.15%)
Canada (2.98%)
Spain (2.97%)

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Samsung Is Putting Giant Screens on the Back of Big Trucks to Make Passing Safer

4th February 2016

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Driving on a two-lane road behind a tractor trailer can be an exercise in bravery, especially on a twisty road with limited passing opportunities. Can I make it around the truck? Is there someone coming that I can’t see until I’m halfway into the lane? If I try to pass right now will I die?

That’s the problem that Samsung is trying to solve with its Safety Truck, a big rig with four huge, weatherproof TV screens on the back. Those screens are hooked up to a camera installed on the front of the truck, so a car behind the truck can see what’s going on in front of the truck and know when it’s safe to pass.

The truck, which had previously debuted as a concept, will soon enter testing in Argentina. If the test is successful, the technology could be available worldwide later this year.

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UK: Father-of-Three ‘Choked to Death After Eating Whole Cheeseburger’, Inquest Hears

4th February 2016

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A man who tried to eat a cheeseburger in one mouthful choked to death, an inquest has heard.

Darren Bray, a father-of-three from Barry, died from an obstruction of the airways after a ball of food measuring 8cm by 5cm lodged in his throat.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Seven-Month-Old Baby Shot to Death in Gang Violence Becomes Symbol of Mexican Drug War

4th February 2016

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Sure! Open the border! Let ’em all in! What could go wrong?

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Alexander Orekhov Dies After Being Hit in the Neck by Puck Travelling at Over 100mph

4th February 2016

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Alexander Orekhov, one of the most promising ice hockey players in Russia of his age, died in a Novosibirsk hospital on Tuesday, three weeks after being hit by the puck during a match.

Orekhov was competing in a match for Metallurg Novokuznetsk’s junior side in the KHL on Thursday, 14 January when the incident happened. The shot hit Orekhov in the neck, and the impact had enough force that it “damaged the carotid artery and broke several bones” in his neck.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Harvard Professor: Discrimination Not the Cause of ‘Gender Pay Gap’

4th February 2016

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Contrary to what you have been led to believe.

During the last seven years, the Obama presidency has faithfully recognized“Equal Pay Day,” the date on which “we mark how far into the new year women would have to work just to earn the same as men did in the previous year.” According to President Obama, the fact that “women earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by men” is a sign of discrimination against the fairer sex.

But according to Harvard economics professor Claudia Goldin, the president’s logic doesn’t hold up to the evidence. Goldin expounded on her extensive gender wage gap research in a recent Freakonomics podcast, declaring that the difference in earnings between men and women is the result of a difference in priorities rather than blatant sex discrimination. Goldin notes:

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Do Elite Colleges Lead to Higher Salaries? Only for Some Professions

4th February 2016

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What we found startled us. For STEM-related majors, average earnings don’t vary much among the college categories. For example, we find no statistically significant differences in average earnings for science majors between selective schools and either midtier or less-selective schools. Likewise, there’s no significant earnings difference between engineering graduates from selective and less-selective colleges, and only a marginally significant difference between selective and midtier colleges.

What’s going on? For potential employers, the skills students learn in these fields appear to trump prestige—possibly because curriculums are relatively standardized and there’s a commonly accepted body of knowledge students must absorb. So, a student may not need to attend the best possible school to ensure a good salary after graduation. (It’s important to note that we controlled for numerous other factors that might influence postgraduation earnings, such as family income, race/ethnicity, gender, marital status, SAT score, postgraduate degree and age at graduation and more.)

In other words, in fields where questions have right and wrong answers, and can be tested that way, pretty much any college can train you properly, and you can’t bullshit your way to a good grade.

Unstated is the obvious corollary: In fields where ‘right’ is a matter of opinion, it’s important how high the rank is of the Mandarin whose opinion you are successfully parroting.

 

 

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Republicans Vow to Hunt Down Flint Emergency Manager Responsible for ‘Government-Made Catastrophe’

4th February 2016

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At a Congressional hearing on the Flint water crisis, Republican Rep, Jason Chaffetz vowed to “hunt down” emergency manager Darnell Earley and drag him to Washington, D.C. to explain why he did nothing while citizens drank poisoned water for months.

“We’re calling on the U.S. Marshals to hunt him down and give him that subpoena,” said Chaffetz.

Darnell Earley is, as you might suspect, a black Democrat ‘public administrator’.

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The Peace of Submission

4th February 2016

Mark Steyn is brutally blunt.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union funded “peace movements” throughout the west – because for the Soviets “peace” meant “the absence of opposition”.

In our time the new peace movement is Islam. And so we are told today, from the podium of a mosque with “extremist” “links”, that the very word Islam means “peace”. Actually, it means “submission” – ie, the absence of opposition.

The only difference between then and now is that instead of being chanted by scrofulous hippies protesting outside a Nato air base the old line’s being peddled to us by the President of the United States. Odd.

Concise and to the point.

Just to reiterate a point I’ve made before: Two decades ago I met many refugees from Yugoslavia’s descent into civil war – for example, a family from Mostar in Herzegovina. They’d spent months living in the roofless remains of a bombed house eating rats and whatever else they could find. And it showed. They were youngish people but they war-ravaged: sunked-cheeked, slack-skinned, with rotting teeth and clothes that hung off their emaciated bodies. You didn’t need to be told they were refugees from a civil war: They might as well have had a neon sign on their heads. Oh, and they were Muslim, too.

Oddly enough, their co-religionist “refugees” don’t look like that at all. The ones I saw in Denmark and Sweden were well-fed, well-dressed – and fit and muscular, as German women discovered at New Year.

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Initialization Practices Disqualify UN IPCC Global Circulation Models From Use for Most Climate Change Forecast Purposes

4th February 2016

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The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change UN IPCC features and endorses decadal global climate forecasting products. Those in turn feed into numerous downscaled regional climate forecasts. In published representations of forecast skills to date, all within this collective appear to include the poorly disclosed practice of annual boundary condition re-initializations. At one time, such initializations were isolated to obscure attempts to improve forecasts of seasonal climates (lead time 4 months). Now the initializations have become institutionalized, and they direct multi decadal predictions throughout the field of global and regional climate forecasting. The results would be more transparent to peers and the public if the true decadal history matching skills of the models (without initializations) were highlighted.

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Only Known Jaguar in U.S. Filmed in Rare Video

3rd February 2016

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No, not the car.

How long will this video stay up before British Leyland files a DMCA takedown for trademark infringement?

Start your timers….

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Anti-Israel Students Want to Ban Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, a Tool of Their Oppression

3rd February 2016

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Students at Vassar College have struck a critical blow against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian: they signed a resolution calling on the college to divest from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Without a doubt, the hour of Palestinian liberation has finally arrived.

Forward, the Revolution, for all freedom-loving peoples!

The resolution calls on Vassar to disallow students from consuming Ben & Jerry’s during official functions. I scream, you scream, we all scream because it never stops.

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There’s Nothing Quite as Joyful as Adult Office Workers Building a Box Fort

3rd February 2016

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Or as immature, take your pick.

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New Russian Beachhead in Syria

3rd February 2016

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U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching what appears to be a buildup of Russian military forces in northeastern Syria, very close to the Turkish border.

The buildup has been underway for the past several weeks, and defense officials say there are concerns Moscow is creating a new military air base and outpost similar to the current base near Latakia, on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

Defense officials said there are indications the Russians are planning to deploy their most advanced air defense weapons, the S-400, at Qamishli, located very close to the Turkish border. Russian-Turkish relations soured in November after Turkish forces shot down a Russian Su-24 jet that strayed into Turkish airspace.

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Down With Meritocracy

3rd February 2016

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A Voice of the Crust actually comes out and says what they all believe.

Ability of a conventional kind, which used to be distributed between the classes more or less at random, has become much more highly concentrated by the engine of education.

A social revolution has been accomplished by harnessing schools and universities to the task of sieving people according to education’s narrow band of values.

With an amazing battery of certificates and degrees at its disposal, education has put its seal of approval on a minority, and its seal of disapproval on the many who fail to shine from the time they are relegated to the bottom streams at the age of seven or before.

The new class has the means at hand, and largely under its control, by which it reproduces itself.

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San Diego’s Oversupply of Water Reaches a New, Absurd Level

3rd February 2016

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San Diego’s overabundance of water during one of California’s worst droughts has reached a new, absurd level. The San Diego County Water Authority has dumped a half billion gallons of costly drinking water into a lake near Chula Vista.

Now that drinking water has been poured into a lake, the water must be treated a second time before humans can consume it. And here’s another kick in the gut. The drinking water that’s now been dumped into the lake includes desalinated water, some of the most expensive treated water in the world. Water officials will now have to spend even more money to make the once-drinkable desalinated water drinkable once again.

Sounds like a government to me.

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Brown University Renames Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s Day”

3rd February 2016

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Rhode Island’s Brown University has long been recognized as a punchline for virtually any and every joke about political correctness (its reputation as a safety school for the dimmer lights of the Kennedy clan also doesn’t help people take it more seriously).

Brown is the Ivy League college that the Eurotrash prefer because it’s the most in tune with their transnational Crustian Narratives:

The Rhode-Island-based university’s hippie reputation is ironic given the positively regal students who have attended the institution, most notably silver screen-starlet and Hollywood royal Emma Watson, who graduated in May 2014. Members of the royal families of Iran, Austria, Jordan and Greece have all attended Brown, as did Lady Gabriella Windsor of Britain and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark. If American political royalty counts, then it’s also worth mentioning that the son of JFK, John F. Kennedy Jr., also attended the Ivy.

 

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Iraqi Journalist Dispels Myth that ISIS Has No Ties to Islam

3rd February 2016

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Iraqi journalist Fadel Boula challenged the claim that the Islamic State (ISIS) and other jihadi organizations have no relationship to Islam, in an article featured in Iraq’s Al-Akhbar newspaper and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Boula argued that these terrorist organizations follow a radical Salafi ideology and believe their objectives coincide with Allah’s will and the core tenets of Islam.

“Since its inception, this movement of terror has espoused a Salafi ideology that champions religious extremism, and brainwashed people of all ages have rallied around its flag, [people who were] trained to kill themselves and kill others in order to attain martyrdom,” Boula wrote in the November article, “Does Terror Truly Have No Religion?”

Perhaps someone ought to tell Obama.

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Obama Defends the Faith

3rd February 2016

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President Obama seems to believe in nothing more than he does the defense of Islam. He specializes in pronouncements on what is truly Islamic and what is not. Such pronouncements are always intended to preserve the good name of Islam. Al Qaeda, of course, not Islamic. The Islamic State, not Islamic.

San Bernardino murderers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, not Islamic.

Who are you going to believe, Obama or your lyin’ eyes?

Really … if Obama actually were a secret Muslim, what would he be doing differently? I can’t think of anything.

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