Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Iraq, North Korea failures shadow nuclear talks with Iran

...Iran and the major powers missed Tuesday's deadline for a final deal and have given themselves until July 7 to reach one.

Some of the toughest issues that remain are the pace of sanctions relief and the monitoring and verification steps that major powers want to ensure Iran does not cheat on any accord.

In a sign of verification's importance, the International Atomic Energy Agency U.N. nuclear watchdog said its head, Yukiya Amano, was going to Tehran to discuss the issue, as well as the past potential military dimensions (PMD) of Iran's program.

U.S. officials say they want to remedy a key weakness in the international nonproliferation regime that allows a country to drag out negotiations with the IAEA indefinitely for access to suspect sites.

Without timely access, including, if necessary to military sites - which Iran's supreme leader said is a red line that he will not cross - finding out if a state is hiding a nuclear program becomes a markedly harder challenge.

"I fail to see how any agreement can pass muster ... that doesn’t have snap inspections (at all sites)," former U.S. deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage told Reuters. "I don’t see how you can have a verifiable regime without having snap inspections - whenever, wherever."...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

'Fifty Shades of Grey' author E.L. James holds catastrophic Twitter Q&A

E.L. James, author of the Fifty Shades of Grey books, has some very passionate fans. But there are plenty of equally passionate people who do not like her books very much.
So when the author hosted a Twitter Q&A on Wednesday, there were quite a few questions that probably weren't what she was expecting...

United Nations "Human Rights" Council declares self-defense for Jews illegal

The United Nations Human Rights Council is a joke, comprised of the most vile human rights violators on the planet.

Israel is the one country in the world denied the right of self-defense by the totalitarians and moral pygmies that comprise the UN's so-called Human Rights Council.

Monday, June 29, 2015

CBC emails reveal new attempt to protect Trudeau from Tory attack ads

Pope Francis and Naomi Klein Both Hate Free Markets, Technological Progress, and Economic Growth

Last week, Pope Francis issued his new encyclical Laudato Si' (Praise be to you, my Lord) in which he addresses the problem of man-made climate change. Unfortunately, the encyclical makes it clear that the Pope completely fails to understand how the spread free markets yielded the technological and economic progress that has lifted billions out of humanity's natural state of abject poverty. Global life expectancy has more than doubled over the past century; the amount of food per capita has never been higher; literacy has never been more widespread; and the level of violence never lower. Nearly all of these improving trends can be traced to the spread of sweet commerce.

In Laudato Si' the Pope strongly urges that markets and technology be reined in. Instead of creating more wealth, the Pope would prefer to redistribute it. Now, in a not-so-strange-bedfellow alliance, Pope Francis has invited prominent hater of free markets Naomi Klein to advise him and the Vatican on economic and climate policy. In her 2014 screed, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Klein asserted that climate science has given progressives "the most powerful argument against unfettered capitalism" ever. She added that progressive values and policies are "currently being vindicated, rather than refuted, by the laws of nature."...

How a Bail Bondsman Became the Soup Nazi

In 1995, an unknown actor stole the show from the most popular characters on TV.

When Seinfeld's "The Soup Nazi" episode aired, the militant chef played by Larry Thomas was an instant sensation. "No soup for you" became one of the show's most famous lines, and Thomas would go on to earn an Emmy nomination after paying for the $100 application fee himself.

Before landing the role, Thomas was working as a bail bondsman in Los Angeles, struggling to get an acting career going.

"The only people who had seen my work were the four people who had sat in the audience of the plays I was doing," Thomas tells The Hollywood Reporter...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Robert Fulford: What’s Israel supposed to do when attacked? Ask the UN for help?

Hamas, the gang that controls the Gaza Strip and hopes to destroy Israel, makes war in its own peculiar way.

It conducts a terror campaign by randomly sending unguided missiles across the border, traumatizing the civilian population. Rather than using its payments from Iran to feed its own people, it spends a fortune digging tunnels under the border to Israel, infiltrating the country from beneath the ground. It places artillery on top of apartment buildings and beside schools, so that Israel’s attempts to destroy the artillery will kill as many Palestinians as possible. Hamas built a military command centre underneath Shifa hospital, which Israel built for the Gaza population.

If someone attempts to arrange a cease-fire between the combatants, Hamas at first refuses to co-operate, then finally signs on and accepts praise for its peace policy. Eventually, it breaks the cease-fire. Between wars Israel maintains a permanent one-sided cease-fire, having no reason to attack Gaza; in 2005 it closed its Gaza settlements and removed its military forces from the Strip. Hamas can always re-start the war, arousing the ire of their soldiers by complaining about Israel’s enforcement of Gaza’s borders. The borders are shut to keep Hamas from importing arms but Hamas depicts it as hard-hearted retaliation.

On Monday a UN committee passed judgement on last summer’s 50-day Hamas-Israel war with a document The New York Times described in a headline: “UN Report on Gaza Finds Evidence of War Crimes by Israel and by Palestinian Militants.”...

More at National Post 

Kathleen Wynne has already steered Ontario's economy into the iceberg - now sit back and watch it sink

In the 2002-03 fiscal year, Ontario posted a budget surplus of $117 million – its fourth consecutive surplus. But in 2015-16, the province will be posting its eighth consecutive deficit. This is despite the fact that government revenues will be 16.6% of GDP in 2015-16, compared to 15.3% in 2002-03. 

Ontario’s net debt, which was at $133 billion in 2002-03, is projected to hit $320 billion by 2017-18. The debt-to-GDP ratio will have increased from 27.1% in 2002-03 to almost 40% in the next fiscal year. 

One of the primary reasons is the uncontrolled expansion of the public sector. A new Fraser Institute report published yesterday showed that employment in the public sector grew in Ontario by 27.6% from 2003 to 2013. That's 5 percentage points higher than the national average, and second only to Alberta's 31.9%. The difference is that Alberta has the private sector rate growth to match it: a 29.3% increase in private sector employment in Alberta, compared to an increase of only 5.6% in Ontario.

The result is that employment growth in the public sector, relative to the private sector, is ridiculously higher in Ontario than in any other province...

Friday, June 26, 2015

How insane are Iran's leaders? This insane...

These are the deranged, apocalyptic maniacs with whom Obama thinks he can negotiate a nuclear deal:

For some time now, Iran's former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been back on the country's political scene -- no longer hidden from view, as it were. And so, the world once more has had to hear his strange, inflammatory statements.
According to a report by Radio Liberty, the outspoken ex-president directed his ire once more at the United States this past weekend.
During a speech to a group of clerics, Ahmadinejad accused Washington of seeking the arrest of the Hidden Imam, a messianic figure in Shiite theology who, according to tradition, went into "occultation" -- or hiding -- in the 10th century.