Wednesday, June 28, 2017
pitched the feds on a plan for the government to give the industry $350 million in support that would include funding 35 per cent of newsroom costs.This comes a week after a group called “News Media Canada” — basically a legacy news media lobbying group —
Clearly, the failure of Star Touch proves the need for the bailout money, yes?
Actually, no, it proves the exact opposite. Star Touch is exactly why the feds need to leave the news business to its death throes.
Newspapers have been trying this trick for over a decade now, with one god failing after another. Star Touch was based on the app experience sold by La Presse, which has since shut down its print operation and gone digital-only. La Presse has been touting the success of its La Presse Plus app for a few years now, suggesting that they have succeeded where everyone else on earth has failed.
The Star bought the hype, and bought the technology. So props to them for trying, right?
Well, not really. Star Touch was always going to fail, for reasons that were obvious to anyone paying attention...
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
...In May, when a CBC manager was accused of posting an insulting Tweet in regard to cultural appropriation, he was not only attacked on Twitter, but also, days later, in a CBC meeting room. Corporate brass convened not one, but two public shaming sessions where the man was made to sit shame-faced, for several hours, as his colleagues described the psychic pain wrought by his single tweet. (The manager had asked to perform his apologies personally, in private. This request was denied.) The unsettling similarity to a Soviet confession ritual was unmistakable. And this sort of spectacle would have been seen as completely beyond the pale just a few years ago. Thanks to the influence of Twitter, pre-scheduled mobbing sessions have become a normalized part of the human-resources toolkit at our national broadcaster...
Monday, June 26, 2017
|Police keep al Quds Day Islamists and counter-protesters apart|
in front of the US Consulate
It was, again, al Quds Day, the holiday of hatred created by Iran's despotic Ayatollah Khomeini that serves as a call to annihilate Israel's Jewish population and condemn Israel's principal ally, the United States. But this year, because of the convergence of Pride and Ramadan, the Islamist mob was greeted by a huge gay rainbow banner that covered a large section of the consulate's facade. The Iranian regime deplores gays and mercilessly murders them. Acolytes of Iran's mullahs, traditionally led at the Toronto al Quds rally by hatemongers Zafar Bangash, a vicious local Imam, and Ali Mallah, a sleazy activist who is a denizen of Islamist and radical leftist organizations, faithfully support the tyrannical Iranian regime and its genocidal policies. But in Canada and the US, gay people can celebrate their sexuality and live as full equals, and the symbol of that equality, hanging from that edifice of the hated Americans, was a veritable spit-in-the-eye to the Khomeinist rabble.
segregated from the women, who were a mass of flabby blobs wrapped in chadors and hijabs.
Al Quds Day serves as a reminder that Canada needs to do a great deal more to strengthen its immigration policies. Its crowds are a demonstration of Canada's failure to weed out the human garbage who carry banners of Khomeini and Iran's current Supreme Leader, Ali Khameini, indicating their devotion to rulers who ferment a culture where women can be imprisoned and raped for 'improperly' covering themselves in public. The hateful gathering is an insult to tens of thousands of decent Muslims who came to Canada to escape the brutality that the al Quds Day Islamists want to impose worldwide.
Curiously, one of the organizers of Toronto's al Quds Day, according to its facebook page, is a Siraj Ali, who describes himself as an owner of a company called Cycom Canada Corporation, which claims to have IBM as a business partner. If so, it's rather despicable that IBM is in some measure contributing to a rally known for antisemitism and the praise of terrorism.
There were a few dismal hangers-on hoping to capitalize on al Quds Day, and delivered talks at the behest of Iran's proxies there. Among them was a American conspiracy theorist named Kevin Barrettt, a writer for the antisemitic, Holocaust-denying website Veterans Today, whose deranged public statements about conspiracies between "Rothschild Zionists" and Illuminati Freemasons strongly suggest he is seriously mentally ill. Also there to deliver a speech was a pathetic, attention-seeking, far-left radical named Ken Stone, a fool who started out his particular brand of activism by ripping up his degree at a convocation ceremony while shrieking, "Fellow niggers, look what Mister Charlie's done to your minds!" As usual at al Quds Day rallies, in a transparently duplicitous effort to try to portray themselves as not being antisemites, the Khomeinists trotted out a pair of adherents to a weird, inbred fringe Jewish cult called Neutrei Karta. Its members dress as if they still live in 17th Century Eastern European ghettos, and their worldview has progressed as little as their fashion sense. Neutrei Karta despises Israel because of their twisted biblical interpretation decreeing that its existence is prohibited until the arrival of the Messiah. These cult members, who often look like the products of several generations of incest, will ally themselves with virtually any reprobates who share their hostility to the Jewish State.
One positive note to the day was the strong showing of counter-protesters, a diverse coalition led by the Jewish Defense League that also included feminist activists, gay rights activists, Christians, atheists, reformist Muslims, and Hindus. The Israeli and Canadian flags, the jeers, and joyous songs blaring from loudspeakers were a taunting contrast to the dour vitriol of the Islamic hatemongers. The Canadian Jewish Defense League is dishonestly smeared by its opponents as connected to its defunct, discredited American counterpart, where no affiliation between the groups exists. Though sometimes aggressive in defending Jewish safety, the JDL stands in stark contrast to mainstream Jewish organizations who do nothing to counter al Quds Day besides sending ineffective letters of protest to local political leaders, which receive insubstantial responses. While the American JDL is listed as a terror group by the FBI, the Canadian JDL often works with Canadian police and intelligence agencies to provide information on potential terrorists.
It is a sad comment on Canadian political realities that neither Toronto Mayor John Tory, nor Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne publicly condemned the al Quds Day rally. It's not as if either of them don't support Toronto's Jewish community or Israel; both Wynne and Tory are ardent Israel-supporters. But the fear of offending Islamic fanatics overpowered their willingness to do the right thing. And unfortunately, as people all over the world have learned the hard way, vicious Islamic fanatics will not just go away if you ignore them.
Independent journalist Greg Renouf was assaulted by Islamist al Quds Day thugs and their communist allies:
Nutcase Kevin Barrett shares his conspiracy theories with al Quds Day admirers :
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Conrad Black: Palestinian terror and Israel boycotts aren't a form of 'dissent.' They're just evil and stupid
...The terrorists and Jew-hating leaders of the ostensible Palestinians are incongruously dusted off as dissenters in the same pristine virtuosity as the enemies of thalidomide and ecological pollution and unjust conviction of the innocent and hair-trigger war-making. It is a set-up; the narrative has built up a solid bank of appreciation of the positive role of those who dissent by nature (apart from the light-hearted apologia for the Occupy Wall Street foolishness). But suddenly the tenor and tempo change, and the horribly complicated problem of Jews and Arabs in Israel is rendered as apartheid, oppression, and the whitewashing of Palestinian terrorism and of their claim to a right to swamp the Jews demographically and reduce them, once again, to a minority, sure to be oppressed yet again, and this time in the country the world gave them as a Jewish homeland. It need hardly be emphasized that it is a complicated issue. The British sold the same real estate to both sides in 1917; the United Nations made Israel a Jewish state, and the Israelis have successfully defended and expanded it after Arab-initiated wars in 1948, 1967 and 1973.
The answer is not to give knee-jerk adherence to a campaign of boycott and disinvestment against Israel in favour of an Arab population that will not leave because it is better treated and more prosperous than in Arab countries, and that shelters suicide bombers, knife-assailants of the innocent, and other terrorists. The Palestinians could have their state next week if they acknowledged Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state...
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Asra Nomani testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and this happened...
...what happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives when it comes to confronting the brutal reality of Islamist extremism and what it means for women in many Muslim communities here at home and around the world. When it comes to the pay gap, abortion access and workplace discrimination, progressives have much to say. But we’re still waiting for a march against honor killings, child marriages, polygamy, sex slavery or female genital mutilation.
Sitting before the senators that day were two women of color: Ayaan is from Somalia; Asra is from India. Both of us were born into deeply conservative Muslim families. Ayaan is a survivor of female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Asra defied Shariah by having a baby while unmarried. And we have both been threatened with death by jihadists for things we have said and done. Ayaan cannot appear in public without armed guards.
In other words, when we speak about Islamist oppression, we bring personal experience to the table in addition to our scholarly expertise. Yet the feminist mantra so popular when it comes to victims of sexual assault — believe women first — isn’t extended to us. Neither is the notion that the personal is political. Our political conclusions are dismissed as personal; our personal experiences dismissed as political.
That’s because in the rubric of identity politics, our status as women of color is canceled out by our ideas, which are labeled “conservative” — as if opposition to violent jihad, sex slavery, genital mutilation or child marriage were a matter of left or right. This not only silences us, it also puts beyond the pale of liberalism a basic concern for human rights and the individual rights of women abused in the name of Islam.
There is a real discomfort among progressives on the left with calling out Islamic extremism. Partly they fear offending members of a “minority” religion and being labeled racist, bigoted or Islamophobic. There is also the idea, which has tremendous strength on the left, that non-Western women don’t need “saving” — and that the suggestion that they do is patronizing at best. After all, the thinking goes, if women in America still earn less than men for equivalent work, who are we to criticize other cultures?
This is extreme moral relativism disguised as cultural sensitivity...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
On a hospital bed at the Ziv Medical Center, high in the Upper Galilee Mountains, a Syrian rebel who goes by the name Ramadan was still wincing in pain from a bullet that had torn through his right shoulder only 10 days before. But he said there was something important he wanted to tell me. The gruff-voiced, barrel-chested fighter sat up on his hospital bed and began.
“All the world is killing us, all the world,” he said. “All my life I was told Israel is my enemy. I grew up like that, to believe that Israel is the devil. But all the world is against us, and only Israel is our friend. The world is killing us. Israel is saving us.”
How it came to pass that Ramadan ended up in an Israeli hospital in a picturesque mountaintop city said to have been founded by Shem, the son of Noah, is straightforward enough, even with some of the details necessarily left out—Ramadan’s real name, for instance, and the name of his home village, where his worried wife and two sons were waiting for him to come home.
“I am a fighter for the Free Syrian Army. I was in a battle to protect my village from soldiers of Bashar Assad. They were attacking us,” Ramadan said. In the fighting, he was hit by a round fired from an MG3 machine gun. It tore open his upper arm and shredded his shoulder. The FSA unit won the battle. “My village is still free,” Ramadan said. But he’d been severely wounded. He could have bled to death.
“One of my team had a friend from a village near the Israeli border, so they took me there right away. They put me on a donkey. The donkey carried me up to the Israeli border. And then the Israeli soldiers brought me here.”
What is not so straightforward is how it came to pass that more than 3,000 Syrians have been taken in by Israeli hospitals over the past four years...
As Canadian Ambassador to the United States and later as Secretary of State for External Affairs, Lester Pearson played an integral role in the founding and early development of the United Nations. Pearson, who would go on to become Canada's Prime Minister from 1963 to 1968, is credited with establishing the UN's peacekeeping force, commencing with the Suez Crisis of 1956. For that role, Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957.
Consequentially, Canada's emotional, philosophical, and political investment in the prestige of the United Nations has become a virtual article of faith. Since the late 1950's, Canadian schoolchildren essentially have been conditioned to believe that the United Nations has moral authority and practical value beyond question.
However, like many religious beliefs, the United Nations' value does not stand up particularly well to reasoned scrutiny. Last Friday, at Idea City, the annual conference conducted in Toronto by Canadian media innovator and impresario Moses Znaimer, an organized exercise in heresy occurred in which the corruption, ineffectiveness, hypocrisy, and destructiveness of the current UN was laid bare.
An Idea City panel, which included University of Toronto's distinguished Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Aurel Braun, National Post columnist and University of Ottawa guest professor John Robson, and Geoffrey Clarfield, an anthropologist and author who has done consulting work with UN agencies, spent close to an hour dissecting and exposing the rot at the core of today's United Nations.
Professor Braun provided historical perspective that struck to the heart of the UN's central incompetency by delineating it as fraudulent in its core purpose for existence; to provide international security and deter unlawful aggression.
The United Nations, Braun noted, was as abject a failure as the League of Nations, whose paralysis allowed Mussolini to invade Abyssinia and thus lay the groundwork for Hitler to build the forces he used for his Blitzkrieg against Europe. Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister whose "peace in our time" capitulation to Hitler made World War 2 inevitable, was also the principal apologist for the League of Nation's uselessness. He proposed that though the League had failed it its main purpose, perhaps by doing other good deeds through its agencies, it could eventually regain moral and actual authority.
The opposite has happened and the parallels between the League and the UN are stark. The UN had failed to prevent the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Sudan, Its many security failings, including the inability to prevent Russia's illegal takeover of the Crimea or China's conquest of Tibet, are too numerous to list here, whereas the UN's successes are too few and minor to bother noting.
In the case of the UN, the supposed good works of its peripheral agencies are in fact corrupt enterprises that undermine any moral authority the organization may claim. The UN is for the most part a dictators' club whose member governments lack the validity of being democratically chosen representatives of their people. It is those undemocratic values and institutions that the UN frequently fosters, and in so doing, according to Braun, make it irredeemable.
Panelist John Robson described the abysmal UN Human Rights Council, which is comprised of some of the worst human rights abusers on the planet, such as Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Venezuela. Its obsession with vilifying Israel, which has a vastly better human rights record than the UN nations which condemn it, has led to an absurd situation where Israel has more motions against it in the UNHRC than all the other countries of the world combined. Seeking justice at the UN is a futile exercise since its International Court of Justice is so hopelessly politicized that it is a court of injustice.
Geoffrey Clarfield described the corruption, waste, antisemitism, and ineptitude of a variety of UN agencies scattered across the world, like the WHO, the World Bank, and the Jew-hating UNESCO, which has tried to disclaim a connection between Israel and Jews. The UN had put billions into Saddam Hussein's bank account with its crooked oil-for-food program and the panelists didn't even get around to mentioning the rapes committed by forces under the UN banner or the cholera epidemic it introduced into Haiti that killed over 7000 people.
It was, for most, an enlightening session which shattered the blind, ignorant faith in the UN's immaculateness that Canadians have thrust upon them.
I had a personal interest in the panel in that it was I who first proposed the idea to Idea City and Znaimer, in that it was meant to be part of an ongoing discussion towards establishing alternatives to the UN which would be made up only of countries which are genuine democracies.
But there is a long way to go before something like that is achieved or even to convince Canadians to look at the facts about the United Nations. In the area outside the hall where the panel was delivered, I later ran into an acquaintance; a nice person who is a very successful marketing executive with one of Canada's best known companies. I asked him what he thought of the panel and he said he couldn't stand to listen "to that right-wing, fascist crap."
The panelists all criticized the UN for its acquiescence to authoritarianism and for not promoting democratic values, which would make what they said the precise opposite of "fascist crap." I doubt very much my acquaintance would have been able to explain what fascism is if he were asked. I disagreed, but didn't challenge him. After all, it's not his fault he was raised in a national cult of uncritical UN worship. But perhaps, with more discussions like that which occurred at this year's Idea City, enough fissures in the UN's facade will allow Canadians to see the truth about the organization in which they have placed such blind, unwarranted faith.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Meet the new ‘human rights’ — where you are forced by law to use ‘reasonable’ pronouns like ‘ze’ and ‘zer’
When University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson posted his now notorious YouTube video spelling out his refusal to use non-gendered pronouns, activists expressed their outrage. Non-gendered people have the right to be accommodated and respected, the protests went, and Peterson must use language consistent with those rights. These objections illustrate what few activists or politicians will openly acknowledge: “Human rights” are now a zero-sum game. Giving rights to some means taking them from others.
On Thursday, the Senate passed Bill C-16, the Liberal government’s legislation that adds “gender identity or expression” to grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act. Bill C-16 was in part the motivation for Peterson’s video. The act applies to federal subjects (including airports, banks, the military and federally regulated industries), while equivalent provincial codes apply to remaining areas of personal and commercial activities (including most workplaces, schools, universities, hospitals and so on). Most provinces recently added the same or similar terms to their discrimination provisions.
Few Canadians realize how seriously these statutes infringe upon freedom of speech. The Ontario Human Rights Commission has stated, in the context of equivalent provisions in the Ontario Human Rights Code, that “refusing to refer to a trans person by their chosen name and a personal pronoun that matches their gender identity … will likely be discrimination when it takes place in a social area covered by the Code, including employment, housing and services like education.”
In other words, failure to use a person’s pronoun of choice — “ze,” “zir,” “they” or any one of a multitude of other potential non-words — will land you in hot water with the commission. That, in turn, can lead to orders for correction, apology, Soviet-like “re-education,” fines and, in cases of continued non-compliance, incarceration for contempt of court. This peril is exactly what Peterson warned of in his video, for which he was mocked for scaremongering...
Friday, June 16, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
...As comic-book fans remember, Diana Prince married Steve Trevor back in the ’70s, and then he went into politics and spent decades banging every other woman in sight. Eventually he went all the way to the White House, where he carried on an affair with intern Etta Candy (“Blue Dress, Red Rage,” Wonder Woman #347). Diana stayed with Steve the whole time, strictly for political reasons. She even helped him malign the many, many women he left in his wake. Then she tried to ride Steve’s coattails and run for president herself, but she failed twice because she was a bad person and an even worse candidate. The only reason she could give voters to elect her was that she’d be the first POTUS with a vagina, and it just wasn’t enough. She was just that personally repellent.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
...Pride Toronto has worked hard to create safe spaces for gay LGBTQ people of colour. For instance, for the last near-20 years, Pride has hosted "Blockorama" during the weekend of the parade — an area specifically for black artists, musicians, writers, singers, dancers and regular folk to celebrate black and African cultures. By contrast, there has never been an official program for LGBTQ people during the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, formerly (and colloquially) known as "Caribana."
Indeed, I can honestly say I feel uncomfortable at Caribana due to black homophobia, which Black Lives Matter casually ignores. I am constantly looking over my shoulder in fear of being attacked, simply because I am a gay man. In recent years, I have stayed away entirely. Yet there is virtually no dialogue about anti-LGBTQ prejudice within the black community.
Black Lives Matter could use their political and social power to actually raise awareness about this issue, but it is apparently easier for them to target the white gay community than it is to tackle black homophobia. And Pride Toronto yields to their requests, as if the black community is a monolithic entity represented by a single group...
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Adam West was in on the joke, but he played Batman as if he didn’t know there was a joke. That was West’s genius.
West, who died Friday at 88 in Los Angeles after a struggle with leukemia, was initially frustrated by the way that his most famous role defined him; but in the end he embraced it. Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington—the sort of comic-bookish town name that showed up on suitcase stickers in Looney Tunes shorts—he built his resume in Eisenhower-era genre shows, including Perry Mason, The Outer Limits, Sugarfoot, Lawman and The Rifleman. He finally got his big break at 37 when ABC turned DC Comics’ defining superhero comic into a knowingly kitschy series.
Created by William Dozier and developed by Lorenzo Semple, Jr., the show made West and his costars, including the once and future Robin, Burt Ward, into international celebrities. Batman sent up comic book traditions via pun-saturated dialogue, primary colored costumes, outrageous tools and machines, hammy bad guys, and colorful fight captions (“Biff!” “Zlonk!” “Kpow!”) that exploded across the screen, accompanied by atonal horn blasts that suggested the noise Duke Ellington’s brass section might make if the ceiling collapsed on it...
To everyone’s surprise (including ABC’s), the series became a hit. Its audience included comic book loving adults and children, urban aesthetes, and counterculture-minded teens and twentysomethings. The latter would normally have sneered at anything appearing on a medium that Newton Minow once dubbed “the vast wasteland.” They made an exception for Batman, because the series seemed to gently mock the same conventions that powered everything else on TV, as well as the self-image of a nation that hyped a black hats-vs.-white hats view of morality after living in a grey zone for two centuries.
Friday, June 9, 2017
The woman accused of leaking classified information once wrote she wanted "to burn the White House Down...find somewhere in Kurdistan to live," prompting prosecutors on Thursday to argue she would flee the country if she was released on bond.
Reality Winner appeared before a judge in Augusta, Ga., on Thursday who ordered her to remain jailed until her trial. Prosecutors argued that the 25-year-old might try to flee the U.S. if she was released on bond. They added that Winner wrote in her notebook alleged plans to set the White House on fire, travel to Afghanistan and pledge her allegiance to the Taliban, WSB-TV reported.
Winner also called her mother while in jail and coached her on what tell the media, urging her to say that her daughter was "scared."
"Mom, those documents. I screwed up," Winner also reportedly confessed to her mom in the recorded jailhouse phone call.
Winner also allegedly told her sister she was "pretty, white and cute" and that Winner believed her bond hearing would play out in her favor, according to the news station...
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is poisoning its students with radical Marxist indoctrination, and is then, in turn, sending those students out as teachers to poison the minds of public school students from the elementary level up. Their idolization of mass-murderers like Che Guevera and Mao Tze-Tung is as evil as if they were extolling the virtues of Hitler.
This is what OISE describes as "Social Justice." Mao called it the Cultural Revolution.
Monday, June 5, 2017
I've been writing about the neo-Marxist cesspool, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, for quite some time.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Bret Weinstein is a biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., who supported Bernie Sanders, admiringly retweets Glenn Greenwald and was an outspoken supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
You could be forgiven for thinking that Mr. Weinstein, who identifies himself as “deeply progressive,” is just the kind of teacher that students at one of the most left-wing colleges in the country would admire. Instead, he has become a victim of an increasingly widespread campaign by leftist students against anyone who dares challenge ideological orthodoxy on campus.
This professor’s crime? He had the gall to challenge a day of racial segregation.
A bit of background: The “Day of Absence” is an Evergreen tradition that stretches back to the 1970s. As Mr. Weinstein explained on Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal, “in previous years students and faculty of color organized a day on which they met off campus — a symbolic act based on the Douglas Turner Ward play in which all the black residents of a Southern town fail to show up one morning.” This year, the script was flipped: “White students, staff and faculty will be invited to leave campus for the day’s activities,” reported the student newspaper on the change. The decision was made after students of color “voiced concern over feeling as if they are unwelcome on campus, following the 2016 election.”
Mr. Weinstein thought this was wrong. The biology professor said as much in a letter to Rashida Love, the school’s Director of First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services. “There is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and under-appreciated roles,” he wrote, “and a group or coalition encouraging another group to go away.”...
Friday, June 2, 2017
...Among the many difficulties in penning a memoir is picking a title, which Hillary says she still needs to do ahead of publication (which is expected to be in September). Luckily for her, when USA Today reported as much, the American public had a few ideas…
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Whether you like it or not, Trump actually has a strategy for dealing with Islamic terrorism and Obama didn't.
...Unlike his predecessor, Trump is not afraid to call this problem by its real name. Departing from his script, he called for “honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds.” Tut-tut, grumbled The New York Times, he wasn’t supposed to say “Islamic” but “Islamist.” Oh yes he was.
“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists,” Trump told his audience of leaders from Muslim-majority countries. “Drive. Them. Out.” For all his flaws, he has this right. For decades, Saudi Arabia has been the principal source of funding for the export of Sunni fundamentalism. Leaning on the Saudis is therefore an essential first step. Obviously, there has to be some quid pro quo if the House of Saud really is going to turn off the cash. But that, as Trump’s speech made clear, is going to be US-led action to check Iran’s regional and nuclear ambitions. For hostility to Iran is the one thing that unites the Sunni states represented in Riyadh with Trump’s Jewish hosts in Jerusalem.
This strategy will not be easy to execute. It will not bring back the 22 people Salman Abedi killed last Monday. But at least it is a strategy. And the fact that the president of the United States no longer spouts politically correct newspeak about “countering violent extremism” gives me a glimmer of hope...
...City sculptor Alex Gardega — seething over the “Fearless Girl” statue being placed across from Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” — has decided to retaliate with a work of his own.
Gardega created a statue of a small dog, titled “Pissing Pug,” and his sloppily crafted pooch takes direct aim at “Fearless Girl” — or, at least, at her left leg.
“This is corporate nonsense,” Gardega told The Post of “Fearless Girl,” saying it was put opposite artist Arturo Di Modica’s famed bull as a publicity stunt by a Boston-based financial firm.
“It has nothing to do with feminism, and it is disrespect to the artist that made the bull,” he said. “That bull had integrity.”
The Upper West Side artist sniffed that he even made his dog particularly poorly just to stick it to “Fearless Girl” even more.
“I decided to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull,” said Gardega...
With any luck, this'll just keep getting more absurd, ending like this...
Monday, May 29, 2017
Programs in Ontario universities, outside of those withing the pure sciences, have become immersed in a depraved, neo-Marxist ideology that is infused with overt antisemitism. Social Work, which is supposed to be a field that supports people in need is one of the worst examples.
At The University of Toronto, a professor named Rupaleem Bhuyan, who espoused antisemitism and facilitated a reprehensible "Jew count" in her class, was rewarded with career advancement while her critics were driven out of the Social Work Department.
Now at Ryerson University, a Social Work Placement Coordinator has determined that denying the Jewish people a right to national self-determination is one of the "values" of Social Work. Ryerson has decided that denying rights to Jews that they would accord to people of other religions is the new "Social Justice."
The vacuous depravity of Social Sciences in Ontario's schools needs to come to an end now.
All Ryerson social work grad Rebecca Katzman wanted was to do her third-year placement at one of two respected Toronto Jewish organizations with a track record of addressing social justice issues.
The 22-year-old, who will graduate with her Bachelor of Social Work degree on June 8, said her desire to be placed at either the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre (JCC) or the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) was “sparked” by a combination of actions at Ryerson — among them the anti-Semitism she experienced on campus.
However, she wasn’t prepared in the slightest for what happened with her third-year placement coordinator in the faculty of social work, Heather Bain.
After making it clear to Bain about her preferred placement, Katzman said the field coordinator advised her in an e-mail in late August of 2015 she did not follow up with the JCC or UJA because their values appeared to be “in opposition” to the values of the School of Social Work.
Bain listed those values as the advancement of anti-oppression; anti-racism; anti-colonialism and decolonization; feminism; anti-capitalism; Queer and trans liberation struggles; issues in disability and madness (cct); among others (many of which are not listed on the school’s own website.)
“My understanding is both agencies have a strong anti-Palestinian lean,” Bain continued, suggesting that if Katzman agreed to bring a “critical awareness” (of Palestinian solidarity movements) to either agency she might reconsider.
While the two agencies where Katzman wanted to be placed are known to be pro-Israel, she said their websites do not indicate any anti-Palestinian policies in the slightest.
Katzman, who waited until she was ready to graduate to tell her story for fear of retaliation from the faculty, said she was devastated by Bain’s e-mail.
“I felt targeted as a Jewish student,” she said, noting she’s coming forward because she wants the university to investigate as well as a public apology.
When she challenged Bain about her contentions, the field placement officer responded on Aug. 25, 2015 that she consulted with Jewish colleagues who are part of “Jews Against Israeli Apartheid movements” before making her decision not to pursue those placements...
Sunday, May 28, 2017
The following is the abstract of an academic paper by Professor Charlotta Stern of Stockholm University in which she identifies Gender Studies as a system which is oblivious to facts and instead relies on its own religious-like "Sacred Beliefs" which have no basis in science or reality:
In my experience as a sociologist, I see many ways in which gender sociology tends to insulate itself from challenges to its own sacred beliefs and sacred causes. The sacred beliefs are to the effect that the biological differences between the sexes are minor and that the cultural differences between the genders have little basis in biological differences. The scholarly findings that challenge the sacred beliefs come from anthropology, developmental psychology, evolutionary psychology, the neurosciences, genetics, biology, and many other fields. For many decades now researchers have amassed findings of differences in competitiveness, aggression, sexual interest, risk behavior, and many other traits, and differences in brain physiology and neuroimaging, by many different methods and approaches. I investigated a sample of top cited gender sociology papers to test my impression, and indeed the findings illustrate extreme insularity. It saddens me to see students and scholars fall into insular communities of highly dubious sacred beliefs and causes. I propose that gender sociologists strive to undo insularity.You can read the whole paper HERE
Saturday, May 27, 2017
...Since its inception, the UN Human Rights Council has adopted 135 country-specific resolutions. Of those, 68 condemn Israel. The following is a list of some of the enlightened democracies that are current or past members of the UN Human Rights Commission: Sudan, Congo, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China, Russia. It is with these champions of human rights that today’s left aligns itself: authoritarian regimes, which persecute the LGBTQ community, are intolerant of women’s rights, of freedom of the press and of freedom of expression.
The so-called progressives who denounce Israel are unfazed by the jailing of dissenters in Iran, oblivious to the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia, blind to the incarceration and torture of gay men in Qatar, accepting of widespread female genital mutilation and unperturbed by the persecution of Christians in several Islamic countries. Their single fixation is on the Jewish state, a country whose laws treat all citizens equally, regardless of gender or religion and guarantee them education, healthcare and civil liberties. A country where freedom of expression is sacred.
It is time to stop kidding ourselves and to call all those with such selective social conscience the anti-Semites we all know they are. Hitler and the Nazis were vanquished but Jew hatred was not. It has found renewed vigour in an unholy partnership between the jihadists and the proverbial useful idiots, who hide under the progressive mantle...
Friday, May 26, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Beau Brummell: This Charming Man
Starring James Purefoy
Starring James Purefoy
Salman Abedi was a British Libyan. So am I. His parents were given refuge in the UK, and so were mine. His grandparents and great grandparents were saved from German and Italian fascists by the sacrifice of British soldiers, as were mine. Details are now emerging that suggest Abedi fought in the Libyan revolution alongside his father. If true, then he will have depended for his life upon the actions of British, French and American airforces.
Abedi was not disenfranchised. He was not rejected by British society. He was taught to reject and hate it, despite everything it gave him and his family. His older sister has reportedly said that Abedi was looking for ‘revenge’ for the ‘ill-treatment’ of Muslims in the UK and Syria. This is the circular logic of the Islamist victimhood narrative that almost every Muslim growing up in the UK will have been exposed to at one time or another. Western governments, and therefore Western societies, are to blame for all instances of intervention in Muslim majority countries, and are equally culpable should they fail to intervene.
Manchester and Birmingham are home to some of the most militant Islamists in the UK. They mingle and operate throughout local Muslim communities with relative impunity, and maintain networks up and down the M1 motorway to London. They also have a significant presence online with which they extend their influence globally. At the level of propaganda, at least, they’re not an underground movement. They are out in the open.
While living safely under Britain’s rule of law, they nonetheless view British society as beneath contempt. They don’t want to be part of it, and they teach people like Salman Abedi that it’s a mortal sin for them to want to be part of it. Anything that happens to a Muslim anywhere in the world, once passed through the Islamist victimhood filter, becomes an anti-Muslim act for which the guilty must be punished. And so it seems that Abedi’s actions were the result of this solipsistic staple of Islamist indoctrination...
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Welcome to the progressive "next frontier of 'liberation'", where the most urgent question in Western democracies is "genderism".
North Carolina was subjected to a year of being boycotted, until it withdrew its transgender bathroom law. Last month, the National Union of Teachers in Great Britain asked the government to teach children as young as two new transgender theories. New York recently presented the first "trans-doll". American universities are wracked with hysteria over the correct use of neutral pronouns. Even National Geographic, instead of writing about lions and elephants, started covering the "Gender Revolution". One of the first announcements of Emmanuel Macron, as the French President-elect, was that he would appoint officials from a "gender equal" list.
What does it mean that this gender mania is permeating every corner of Western societies and culture? According to Camille Paglia, the contrarian feminist, it is a sign of the decline of Western civilization. In her new book, Free Women, Free Men, she writes:"Civilizations have gone through recurrent cycles. Extravaganzas of gender experimentation sometimes precede cultural collapse, as they certainly did in Weimar Germany. Now as then, there are forces aligning outside the borders, scattered fanatical hordes where the cult of heroic masculinity still has tremendous force".She then asks:"How has it happened that so many of today's most daring and radical young people now define themselves by sexual identity alone? There has been a collapse of perspective here that will surely have mixed consequences for our art and culture and that may perhaps undermine the ability of Western societies to understand or react to the vehemently contrary beliefs of others who do not wish us well. Transgender phenomena multiply and spread in 'late' phases of culture, as religious, political, and family traditions weaken and civilizations begin to decline"....
...Douglas Murray's fine book, The Strange Death of Europe, which lays out, unsparingly, the central illusion of the last half-century - that you could demographically transform the composition of hitherto more or less homogeneous nation states on a scale no stable society has ever attempted, and that there would be no consequences except a more vibrant range of local restaurants. Mrs May declared this morning on the steps of Downing Street that she had held a top-level security meeting, or what they call in Britain a "COBRA", which sounds like something scary enough to do battle with SPECTRE; in that sense, it's a very butch acronym for a bit of bureaucratic furniture labeling (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A). But I'll bet the mood around the table was one of fatalism and resignation, outside a few micro-adjustments to the budget of counter-terrorism agencies and the number of CCTV cameras and the amount of security checks at "sensitive" "high-value" targets like department stores, and theatres, and restaurants and football grounds and pubs and chip shops and...
But the arithmetic is not difficult: Poland and Hungary and Slovakia do not have Islamic terrorism because they have very little Islam. France and Germany and Belgium admit more and more Islam, and thus more and more terrorism. Yet the subject of immigration has been all but entirely absent from the current UK election campaign. Thirty years ago, in the interests of stopping IRA terrorism, the British state was not above preventing the internal movement within its borders of unconvicted, uncharged, unarrested Republican sympathizers seeking to take a ferry from Belfast to Liverpool. Today it declares it can do nothing to prevent the movement of large numbers of the Muslim world from thousands of miles away to the heart of the United Kingdom. It's just a fact of life - like being blown up when you go to a pop concert.
All of us have gotten things wrong since 9/11. But few of us have gotten things as disastrously wrong as May and Merkel and Hollande and an entire generation of European political leaders who insist that remorseless incremental Islamization is both unstoppable and manageable. It is neither - and, for the sake of the dead of last night's carnage and for those of the next one, it is necessary to face that honestly. Theresa May's statement in Downing Street is said by my old friends at The Spectator to be "defiant", but what she is defying is not terrorism but reality. So too for all the exhausted accessories of defiance chic: candles, teddy bears, hashtags, the pitiful passive rote gestures that acknowledge atrocity without addressing it - like the Eloi in H G Wells' Time Machine, too evolved to resist the Morlocks...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
If you look at any thread about Trump, Islam or immigration on a Chinese social media platform these days, it’s impossible to avoid encountering the term baizuo (白左), or literally, the ‘white left’. It first emerged about two years ago, and yet has quickly become one of the most popular derogatory descriptions for Chinese netizens to discredit their opponents in online debates.
So what does ‘white left’ mean in the Chinese context, and what’s behind the rise of its (negative) popularity? It might not be an easy task to define the term, for as a social media buzzword and very often an instrument for ad hominem attack, it could mean different things for different people. A thread on “why well-educated elites in the west are seen as naïve “white left” in China” on Zhihu, a question-and-answer website said to have a high percentage of active users who are professionals and intellectuals, might serve as a starting point.
The question has received more than 400 answers from Zhihu users, which include some of the most representative perceptions of the 'white left'. Although the emphasis varies, baizuo is used generally to describe those who “only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment” and “have no sense of real problems in the real world”; they are hypocritical humanitarians who advocate for peace and equality only to “satisfy their own feeling of moral superiority”; they are “obsessed with political correctness” to the extent that they “tolerate backwards Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism”; they believe in the welfare state that “benefits only the idle and the free riders”; they are the “ignorant and arrogant westerners” who “pity the rest of the world and think they are saviours”...
Foreign money funnelled through Tides Foundation alleged to have improperly influenced Canada's 2015 election
...The 36-page report entitled: Elections Canada Complaint Regarding Foreign Influence in the 2015 Canadian Election, alleges third parties worked with each other, which may have bypassed election spending limits — all of which appears to be in contravention of the Canada Elections Act.
The Canada Elections Act states that “a third party shall not circumvent, or attempt to circumvent, a limit set out . . . in any manner, including by splitting itself into two or more third parties for the purpose of circumventing the limit or acting in collusion with another third party so that their combined election advertising expenses exceed the limit.”
“Electoral outcomes were influenced,” alleges the report.
The Canada Elections Act also states: “No person who does not reside in Canada shall, during an election period, in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting or vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate” unless the person is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident...
The suave, wry, wonderful Roger Moore has passed away.
He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit, who enjoyed an acting career spanning eight decades. On Tuesday, Roger Moore’s children announced his death at the age of 89 in Switzerland, saying: “he passed away today ... after a short but brave battle with cancer”.
Moore was best known for playing the third incarnation of James Bond as well as his roles in hit shows The Saint and The Persuaders. He also devoted a lot of his time to humanitarian work, becoming a Unicef goodwill ambassador in 1991.
The actor was born in London in 1927 and, after working as a model in the early 50s, he signed a seven-year contract with MGM. His early movies weren’t particularly memorable, from Interrupted Melody to The King’s Thief, and it was a move to the small screen that brought Moore his first taste of success.
“During my early acting years I was told that to succeed you needed personality, talent and luck in equal measure,” Moore said to the Guardian in 2014. “I contest that. For me it’s been 99% luck. It’s no good being talented and not being in the right place at the right time.”...
...Quickly, name one other way you could label/insult the Losers that would be as powerful as the word Loser. You can’t do it with any other name or insult that is also repeatable in polite company.
What kinds of people join the Losers? Mostly young males. And you know what brand young males do not want on them? Right: Losers.
If you call them monsters, they like it. If you call them ISIS or ISIL they put it on a flag and wave it around. If you call them non-Muslim, it just rolls off their backs because they have Korans and stuff. Almost any other “brand” you can imagine is either inert or beneficial to Loser recruitment.
Loser is different. No one joins the Loser movement. Try at home, with your family or friends, to concoct a more effective brand poisoning than Loser. You probably can’t. Remember, your brand has to fit with future confirmation evidence. The Losers on the battlefield will continue to be losing, so the brand is engineered to get stickier over time. Your alternative idea for a brand solution has to have that quality of future confirmation too. Good luck finding a better persuasion brand.
This is not accidental. President Trump does (laugh if you will) have the best words, at least for this sort of thing. He’s proven it over and over. Just ask Jeb, Ted, and HIllary...
Monday, May 22, 2017
New York City's Pride Parade To Welcome Uniformed Toronto Police Banned From Toronto's Disgraceful, Hateful Pride
Toronto police have received an invitation to participate in uniform at New York City’s Pride March amid a controversy over the exclusion of uniformed officers from Toronto’s Pride Parade.
In a letter sent to Toronto police on Friday, the Gay Officers Action League requested permission for uniformed TPS officers to join uniformed members of the NYPD Marching band and color guard in the June 25 Pride March in New York City.
The New York City event is the same day as Toronto’s own Pride Parade.
“If Toronto officers would like to march proudly as open LGBTQ criminal justice professionals in a march and they feel it’s important to identify both as an officer and a member of the community – we welcome them with open arms,” Gay Officers Action League President Det. Brian Downey told CP24 in an interview Monday.
The controversy over police participation in the Pride Parade began at last year’s parade, when Black Lives Matter –Toronto halted the parade and refused to budge until a list of demands was signed – one of them being the exclusion of uniformed officers from the parade...
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Quote: 'I'm gonna didgeridoo you in the ass'
A gay porn studio is being called disrespectful after using a didgeridoo as a dildo in a new scene.
Entitled ‘Didgeridoo Me’ (because of course it is), the Men.com scene sees two roommates with one having recently gotten back from Australia.
While they do not go into detail of the frustrations of getting it through customs, his playing wakes his roommate up.
Frustrated, his roommate decides to take out his frustration by penetrating his roommate with the instrument.
The porn company is now being accused or racism, disrespect to the Australian Aboriginal community, and for being culturally offensive...