America’s New Mandarins

America’s New Mandarins, by Megan McArdle in 2013.

The Chinese imperial bureaucracy was immensely powerful. Entrance was theoretically open to anyone, from any walk of society—as long as they could pass a very tough examination. The number of passes was tightly restricted to keep the bureaucracy at optimal size.

Passing the tests and becoming a “scholar official” was a ticket to a very good, very secure life. And there is something to like about a system like this … especially if you happen to be good at exams. Of course, once you gave the imperial bureaucracy a lot of power, and made entrance into said bureaucracy conditional on passing a tough exam, what you have is … a country run by people who think that being good at exams is the most important thing on earth. Sound familiar?

The people who pass these sorts of admissions tests are very clever. But they’re also, as time goes on, increasingly narrow. The way to pass a series of highly competitive exams is to focus every fiber of your being on learning what the authorities want, and giving it to them. To the extent that the “Tiger Mom” phenomenon is actually real, it’s arguably the cultural legacy of the Mandarin system.

That system produced many benefits, but some of those benefits were also costs. A single elite taking a single exam means a single way of thinking:

The examination system also served to maintain cultural unity and consensus on basic values. The uniformity of the content of the examinations meant that the local elite and ambitious would-be elite all across China were being indoctrinated with the same values.

All elites are good at rationalizing their eliteness, whether it’s meritocracy or “the divine right of kings.” The problem is the mandarin elite has some good arguments. They really are very bright and hardworking. It’s just that they’re also prone to be conformist, risk averse, obedient, and good at echoing the opinions of authority, because that is what this sort of examination system selects for.

The big problem with exam-based meritocracy:

The even greater danger is that they become more and more removed from the people they are supposed to serve.  …

But many of the mandarins have never worked for a business at all, except for a think tank, the government, a media organization, or a school — places that more or less deliberately shield their content producers from the money side of things. …

The current political wars are a culture war not between social liberals and social conservatives, but between the values of the mandarin system and the values of those who compete in the very different culture of ordinary businesses–ones outside glamour industries like tech or design.

The opinion makers in society are increasingly narrow and clueless:

The road to a job as a public intellectual now increasingly runs through a few elite schools, often followed by a series of very-low-paid internships that have to be subsidized by well-heeled parents, or at least a free bedroom in a major city. The fact that I have a somewhat meandering work and school history, and didn’t become a journalist until I was 30, gives me some insight (she said, modestly) that is hard to get if you’re on a laser-focused track that shoots you out of third grade and straight toward a career where you write and think for a living.

Almost none of the kids I meet in Washington these days even had boring menial high-school jobs working in a drugstore or waiting tables; they were doing “enriching” internships or academic programs. And thus the separation of the mandarin class grows ever more complete.

I’m hinting at the final problem, which is that this ostensibly meritocratic system increasingly selects from those with enough wealth and connections to first, understand the system, and second, prepare the right credentials to enter it—as I believe it also did in Imperial China.

Born to rule, the new aristocracy:

And like all elites, they believe that they not only rule because they can, but because they should. Even many quite left-wing folks do not fundamentally question the idea that the world should be run by highly verbal people who test well and turn their work in on time. They may think that machine operators should have more power and money in the workplace, and salesmen and accountants should have less. But if they think there’s anything wrong with the balance of power in the system we all live under, it is that clever mandarins do not have enough power to bend that system to their will. For the good of everyone else, of course. Not that they spend much time with everyone else, but they have excellent imaginations.

Let the deplorables eat cake.

The Real Division in American Life Isn’t About Trump

The Real Division in American Life Isn’t About Trump, by The American Interest.

The basic division in American politics today is not over the merits of President Trump. Many of those who voted for him believed that he lacked the moral grounding and gravitas that great Presidents must ultimately draw on. The division is between those who think that, before Trump, things were going just fine and the American elite was doing an excellent job and those who blame the rise of Trump on the failures and blindness of the so-called “meritocratic elite” who, they would argue, have been running the country into the ground.

In foreign policy, the United States has had two failed presidencies in a row. Our grand strategy of domesticating China into the world order by offering it an unprecedented opportunity to grow rich through low-wage manufacturing exports has hurt American workers without democratizing or reconciling China. Presidents Bush and Obama thought that the democratization of the Middle East would and could solve the terrorism problem—and so did their degreed and esteemed advisers and the commentariat.

Domestically, our leadership elite has watched passively as infrastructure decays, state and local pension systems accumulate unsustainable debt loads, the national debt inexorably climbs, and the social capital of the nation erodes.

There was no sign from the Clinton campaign that anybody understood that the nation’s path was unsustainable. The Clinton campaign was about “more of the same.”

If They Take Milo Down, You’re Next

If They Take Milo Down, You’re Next, by Sarah Hoyt.

The charges against Milo are contrived from a) video editing and b) rumor and innuendo and c) pretending no one ever used the word “boy” to mean man, thereby meaning playboy is for 10 year olds and “playing with the big boys” means middle schoolers.

IF the attack on Milo were about, say how outrageous he got before the election (he’s been walking it back since.  I suspect he gets a little battle mad as I tend to.) I’d shrug and say “whatever”.

However this is a contrived and false attack and one that apparently came from the right but is teaching the left the way to take every one of us down. You might not like Milo or his lifestyle, but you should not under any circumstances, applaud this means of taking him down. And if you do, I hope you experience likewise and get to experience what you like so much. There is a good chance you will. They’ve tasted blood with Milo. We’re next. …

He might have used infelicitous terms, but not all that infelicitous.  He might have got caught in explaining too far …  but he’s always been a bit more intellectual than the rest of the right and VERY intellectual for a shock-Jockey.  But that is it.

Yes, he used “boys” when he meant men.  So do you, every fricking day.  No?  Then what’s with Playboy, “one of the boys”, “playing with the big boys.”  Unless you mean kids under the age of 12, you too used boys to mean men.

Second he talked about relationships between younger men and older men as nurturing, comfortable.  Yeah, and?  He also said that he thinks the age of consent is about where it should be.  And for the US he is right.

Today anyone can be smeared. Just take things out of context, and do a bit of editing.

BUT an unholy alliance of left and right edited a video of him talking and did away with his book deal and removed him from Breitbart.

And idiotic socons are piling on, telling us that “Milo doesn’t belong on the right” and that his (rather effective, frankly) talks about his private life are “disgusting.”

Maybe they are, but if you’re going to kick out everyone who isn’t middle class US, blond, Southern Baptist, you’re never again going to hold power in this country.  Which is exactly what the left wants, and what you’re preparing.

Because NONE of you are clean.  It is possible to demonize all of us, with ridiculous things NO ONE should believe.  I’m sure somewhere or other (often) I made a joke about “Mediterraenan people uber alas” usually when people accuse me of being racist or white supremacist.  It wouldn’t take much to plaster those everywhere and have some idiots say I don’t belong on the right, either.  The fact that I’ve been accused of being a White Supremacist is proof to you that the left SMEARS.  It’s what they do.

For years, in publishing and in the arts, if you weren’t a hundred percent behind them, the whisper campaign started: “She’s white supremacist.” “She’s racist.” “She’s a homophobe.” (Yes, I have been accused of that.  By the left AND the right.)

And if the right buys into this, denounces and piles on, it just gives power to the left.  Do you see them distancing themselves from irresponsible, economically corrupt Hillary? No.  But you self-righteous little goody two shoes can’t wait to distance yourselves from Milo.

Take-away message:

Milo is taking fire, because he can communicate with college students; because he’s getting a following; because his VERY EXISTENCE denies the stereotype that the right is racist/sexist/homophobic. The left HAS to destroy Milo.

And if you cooperate in his destruction, you are next.

You can tell them “you took that out of context, and you should be ashamed of yourself for rushing to judgement.” …

Or you can let Milo be taken down and cower in the dark, waiting for the knock on your door.  It WILL come.

President Trump Has Been Far Too Nice To The Mainstream Media

President Trump Has Been Far Too Nice To The Mainstream Media, by Kurt Schlicter

The wonderful thing about Trump – and the thing that sets the Fredocons and wusspublicans fussing – is that he gives exactly zero damns about the media’s inflated and ridiculous self-image. He doesn’t pay lip service to their lie that they are anything but what Instapundit calls “Democratic Party operatives with bylines.” Trump called them the “the enemy of the American People,” to which normals responded with “Yeah, sounds about right.” …

Only a fevered hive mind, poisoned by unearned self-regard and a delusional sense of its own moral superiority, could seriously equate a politician pointing out the obvious fact that today’s reporters are mostly lying, incompetent jerks with Hitlerian press censorship. Tell you what – I’ll believe you when the National Guard shows up to shut down CNN by padlocking the makeup room. …

The huge story about Flynn that the media does not want to mention:

Here’s the real story – the intelligence community under the Obama administration was obviously eavesdropping on Trump’s campaign in violation of practically every law ever written. Whether it was direct tapping of phones and emails, or illegally accessing the communications swooped up by the NSA in its nets, it’s clear that Obama’s people were spying on Obama’s political opponents.

The transcript excerpts of Flynn’s phone call with the Russian diplomat leaked because it could be played off as targeting the Russian, though this was still an outrageous disclosure of American spying capabilities. What these criminals can’t do is release the communications between Americans that they possess because doing that confirms what we all know – that Obama’s people spied on his political opponents like his IRS persecuted them.

The only question really is what did Obama know, and when did he know it – interestingly, on his way out the door, Obama made it easy to hide the source of the leaks by opening up access to the information across a bunch of agencies. There’s your story, a scandal that makes Watergate seem microscopic, and the mainstream media will not touch it because it would destroy the media’s political allies.

Do We Still Want the West?

Do We Still Want the West? by Brett Stephens.

The West — as a geopolitical bloc, a cultural expression, a moral ideal — is in deep trouble. However weak Russia may be economically, and however cynical its people might be about their regime, Russians continue to drink from a deep well of civilizational self-belief. The same can be said about the Chinese, and perhaps even of the Islamic world too, troubled as it is.

The West? Not so much.

There was a time when the West knew what it was about. It did so because it thought about itself—often in freshman Western Civ classes. It understood that its moral foundations had been laid in Jerusalem; its philosophical ones in Athens; its legal ones in Rome. It treated with reverence concepts of reason and revelation, freedom and responsibility, whose contradictions it learned to harmonize and harness over time. It believed in the excellence of its music and literature, and in the superiority of its political ideals. It was not ashamed of its prosperity. If it was arrogant and sinful, as all civilizations are, it also had a tradition of remorse and doubt to temper its edges and broaden its horizons. It cultivated the virtue of skepticism while avoiding the temptation of cynicism.

And it believed all of this was worth defending — in classrooms and newspapers and statehouses and battlefields.

ISIS suicide bomber paid £1million! British fighter who blew himself up in Mosul was compensated for serving time in Gitmo

ISIS suicide bomber paid £1million! British fighter who blew himself up in Mosul was compensated for serving time in Gitmo. By Alexander Robertson.

A British ISIS suicide bomber has been revealed as a former Guantanamo prisoner who was handed £1million in taxpayers’ money as compensation before fleeing to Syria.

UK national Jamal Udeen al-Harith was photographed moments before blowing himself up in an attack on a military facility near Mosul in Iraq.

Shortly after detonating the explosive-laden car near an army base, ISIS released a statement revealing al-Harith had been fighting for them under the name Abu Zakariya al-Britani.

The Muslim convert — who changed his name from Ronald Fiddler in 1994 — was sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2002 after he was caught by American forces in Afghanistan.

He denied being a terrorist and claimed to have been taken prisoner by the Taliban after visiting the Middle East as part of a ‘religious holiday’.

After intense campaigning by Tony Blair’s government led by then-Home Secretary David Blunkett, the British citizen was freed two years later.

He launched a compensation claim on the grounds British agents knew or were complicit in his mistreatment and was handed £1million to stay silent. …

His journey was revealed following an escape from ISIS-controlled Syria in 2015 by British mother Shukee Begum and her five children.

Miss Begum was married to al-Harith before he left the family home in Birmingham to fight in Syria, and had flown to the war-torn country to try to persuade the fanatic to return to the UK.

Benjamin Netanyahu in Australia: challenge to Hawke, Rudd

Benjamin Netanyahu in Australia: challenge to Hawke, Rudd, by Stephen Fitzpatrick.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has challenged Bob Hawke and Kevin Rudd to define what they mean by Palestinian statehood, saying a “terrorist state” would be the likely outcome unless Israel retained full control of military security in the territories. …

Mr Rudd this morning called for the federal Opposition to make recognition of Palestinian statehood Labor policy, following similar calls from Mr Hawke and other ALP luminaries.

Netanyahu asked:

“A state which calls for Israel’s destruction? A state whose territories will be used for radical Islam? Israel already gave up Gaza to the Palestinian Authority and this became a terrorist state.

Mr Netanyahu said, however, that he sensed a “change” in the region, with many Arab nations now realising they must also face the “malignant forces … radical forces that seek to take all of humanity back to a dark age”.

Marine Le Pen: ‘I won’t wear your headscarf’

Islamic leaders urge Muslims to vote for Greens in West Australian election

Islamic leaders urge Muslims to vote for Greens in West Australian election, by Andrew Burrell.

Islamic leaders in Western Australia have told their followers not to vote for Premier Colin Barnett’s Liberal Party at the looming state election for stoking “the politics of racism” in its preference deal with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

In a highly unusual intervention by religious leaders in an election campaign, seven prominent Perth imams are distributing glossy pamphlets at mosques that recommend a vote for the Greens, a party they say values “cultural diversity, respect and tolerance”. …

“The ideal result for Muslims in this state election is a Labor victory with as many Greens representatives as possible in parliament to counter the presence of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party,” the brochure says.

“Labor has done a preference deal with the Greens which means if you vote Greens then their preference votes will go to Labor.

“The reason why we should put Greens in front of Labor is to keep the Labor Party honest and let them take note that we were aware of Labor’s discussion with One Nation and their flirting with the idea of doing a preference deal with them.”

The intervention is unlikely to damage the Liberal Party at the election because most Muslims tend to vote Labor but it could damage relations between the Islamic leaders and the Barnett government if it is re-elected. …

The [preference] deal is controversial given Senator Hanson’s push to suspend immigration from Muslim-majority countries and to ban the wearing of the burka in public areas in Australia.

Quite sensible of the Imams. It is in the interests of Muslims to vote for the party encouraging welfare and high immigration, and championing Muslims.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Political correctness kickstarted populism in the West

Political correctness kickstarted populism in the West, by Melanie Phillips.

Trevor Phillips… , the former [black] chairman of Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission, has been regularly denouncing some of the shibboleths to which he previously subscribed. … In a documentary on Channel 4, he will blame political correctness for the rise of populism throughout the West.

The reason nobody saw the people’s revolt coming is that political correctness is too easily dismissed. At best it is viewed as a kind of idiocy that takes the avoidance of giving offence to absurd lengths; at worst, as the unpleasantly assertive politics of identity and group rights.

Phillips appears to understand that, far more damagingly, [PC] has corroded the very basis of moral accountability. “It was a clear statement,” he observes, “that some groups can play by their own rules.”

PC implements cultural Marxism:

Those PC rules derive from secular ideologies such as anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, feminism, multiculturalism, moral relativism and environmentalism. All these and more are based on the idea that the white, male-dominated, Judeo-Christian West is the embodiment of oppressive global power — the political source of original sin.

So white Western men or Christians can never be offended or hurt because they are themselves innately offensive and hurtful, while “powerless” women or minorities can only ever be their victims. In other words, such victim groups are given a free pass for their own questionable behaviour.

The reason these secular and utilitarian ideologies are unchallengeable is that, in a pattern going back to the French Revolution, they are held to represent not a point of view but virtue itself. Therefore, anyone who opposes them must be bad. This creates a moral imperative to drive dissenters out of civilised society altogether. For daring to question multiculturalism, Phillips found himself accused of being a fellow-traveller of the far-right British National Party.

Reason has thus been supplanted by a secular inquisition, complete with an index of prohibited ideas. It is in effect a dictatorship of virtue, drawing upon the doctrine first promoted by Jean-Jacques Rousseau of forcing people to be free. …

Hence the domination by mobs of virtue-signalers, ruling by bullying and name-calling. But they are not the majority, or even moral — they are just too unpleasant to argue with. But enough is too much.

The social infrastructure of advancement, rewards and status depends entirely on having politically correct views. If not, social and professional ostracism follows.

People have finally had enough of this institutionalised attack on accountability, natural justice and freedom. …

Now those millions [who disagree with PC] are being vilified in turn as neo-fascist, racist and too stupid even to know what they’ve voted for. Their uprising is being called populism.

I call it a return to decency and reason.

Now Trump.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

‘White People Shouldn’t Breed’ Race-Hate Attacker Who Spat At Baby Avoids Jail Sentence

‘White People Shouldn’t Breed’ Race-Hate Attacker Who Spat At Baby Avoids Jail Sentence, by Donna Edmunds.

A race-hate attacker who spat in a nine-month-old baby’s face and said “white people shouldn’t breed” has avoided jail, despite his attack being totally unprovoked.

Hairdresser Rebecca Telford, 25, was walking her baby, Layla-Jean, in South Shields last January when she was approached by Rezzas Abdulla, 33, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: “He leant into the pushchair and spat into the face of her daughter. As he did so, he shouted or said “white people shouldn’t breed”.”

Telford confronted Abdulla but he simply told her to “shut the fuck up” and walked off, leaving her stunned, the Daily Mail has reported. She tried to take a picture but was too shocked.

Miss Dowling told the court that Abdulla’s spit was “sprayed around” Layla-Jean’s face, and that her mother had to be handed a tissue by a passer-by to wipe it off.

Abdulla, who has two previous race-hate convictions for attacks on white women, was later tracked down through CCTV. …

Following the attack Abdulla was treated for a psychiatric condition in hospital, later receiving ongoing treatment after being released. Consequently, he was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment for the attack, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation and mental health treatment requirements.

And the obvious:

Speaking after the court case, Ms Telford said: “I am not racist at all but I honestly think if it was the other way round and I had been abusive towards him, then I would have been treated differently.

The left’s coalition-of-the-fringes strategy, and Islam, are bringing out the worst in some people. They are giving society the message that it is fair game to pick on white people. So any bully, pyscho, or nut knows what to do, and that they will be treated lightly.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Marine Le Pen Pledges to Abolish Same-Sex Marriage

Marine Le Pen Pledges to Abolish Same-Sex Marriage, by Chris Tomlinson.

As part of her 144 pledges to the French people, anti-mass migration Front National presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has said she will abandon gay marriages in favour of civil partnerships. …

Le Pen has experienced a surge in support from the gay community in recent months. Experts say that the previous taboo of supporting the Front National among members of the gay community is slowly disappearing.

The Billionaire-Owned, Corporate Media is as Worthless as Ever

The Billionaire-Owned, Corporate Media is as Worthless as Ever, by Michael Krieger.

I think the U.S. citizenry is being afflicted by a sort of mass insanity at the moment. There are no good outcomes if this continues. … We must persevere and not be manipulated into the obvious and nefarious divide and conquer tactics being aggressively unleashed across the societal spectrum. If we lose our grounding and our fortitude, who will be left to speak for those of us who simply don’t fit into any of the currently ascendant political ideologies?

Rather than focus its journalistic energy on chronicling the economic insecurity plaguing so many of our fellow Americans, the billionaire-owned corporate media appears entirely obsessed with chattering endlessly about Russia conspiracy theories and domestic coup plots. …

The oligarch-owned mainstream media insists upon a narrative that Trump the individual is at the root of our problems, as opposed to an entrenched executive branch with excessive power. This is because the mainstream media isn’t actually concerned about our cancerous, systemic metastasizing statism, it merely doesn’t want Trump in charge of it. I, on the other hand, want to dismantle that unconstitutional state entirely and transfer power to the American people where it belongs — self-government. Does anyone actually think for a second the media would be this adversarial if Hillary won?

You can be a staunch defender of the free press and the 1st Amendment, and at the same time point out that the billionaire-owned media has failed us. This is my position, and Trump’s election hasn’t changed that. The handful of corporations and billionaires who control the mainstream press do not = “the press.” They (and the deep state) are currently trying to convince the public that they’re the only ones standing between you and fascism. This is complete stupidity, and if we fall for it, we will get what we deserve.

Political Consensus Is Splintering into Class Wars

Political Consensus Is Splintering into Class Wars, by Charles Hugh Smith.

In years past, we spoke of class war between the haves and the have-nots. It’s no longer that simple. Now the traditional political consensus is splintering into multiple class wars between overlapping camps of the protected and the unprotected, those who’ve been promised entitlements and privileges that are no longer affordable and those expected to pay more taxes. …

There follows an insightful summary of class warfare and Marxist thought, which some readers might want to follow up. But of more interest:

Fast-forward to today, and an unexpected series of class wars are emerging as this longstanding social contract frays: social mobility has declined, fostering a divide between the traditional working class (also known as the lower-middle class) which finds itself increasingly exposed to the corrosive winds of globalization and neoliberal policies, and the upper-middle class of highly educated professionals and technocrats who have benefited from these policies, securing protected employment in higher education, government and Corporate America.

Commentator Peggy Noonan’s influential essay described America’s nascent class war as pitting the protected class—those with secure pay and benefits —against the unprotected class of those with insecure employment and benefits.

In other words, the divisive economic issue is not simply the quantity of each class’s income and wealth, but the quality of their respective economic security.

For example, if an unprotected household earns $80,000 in wages and $30,000 in benefits in a good year of full employment in benefits-rich jobs, and $30,000 in wages and no benefits in the following not-so-good year of zero-benefits part-time work, their average total earnings are $70,000 per year — a very respectable middle class income.

But compare the difficulties posed by losing healthcare benefits and getting by on a $50,000 decline in wages vs the secure $70,000 earned year-after-year-after-year by a protected household.

Consider the anxieties burdening the insecure household of two workers who cannot count on having benefits and full-time employment, who see their savings or retirement accounts built up in good years drained in bad years. Houses bought in good years are forced into foreclosure in bad years.

Class warfare has gone cultural as well as economic:

The Mobile Cosmopolitans who secure protected positions have little exposure to the challenges of the unprotected, whom they typically interact with only as an employer giving instructions to maids, nannies, dog-walkers, waiters, etc. …

The upper-middle “progressive” class has the sort of social/financial mobility and security — both higher quantities of income and wealth and higher qualities of security — that are out of reach of most of the country’s much larger number of unprotected households.

All the advantages that accrue to the upper-middle class — social mobility, access to higher education minus the crushing burdens of student loan debt, family and social connections that lead to lucrative careers, parents who can afford to give their offspring cars and down payments for homes — are accretive: each reinforces the others.

President Trump’s new ambassador at the United Nations: Haley’s Comet

President Trump’s new ambassador at the United Nations: Haley’s Comet, from the New York Sun’s editorial.

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The ambassador had just come from the regular monthly Security Council on Middle East issues. She said it was her first such meeting, and “it was a bit strange.” The Security Council, she said, is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But the meeting, she said, was not about Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets in Lebanon, it was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists, it was not how we defeat ISIS, it was not how we hold Beshar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of thousands of civilians.

“No,” she said, “instead the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated month after month for decades. I am here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore to the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I am here to emphasize that the United States is determined to stand up to the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias.”

Firebrand conservative columnist Milo Yiannopolous quits Breitbart after he was accused of defending pedophilia – but storms: ‘This is a politically-motivated witch-hunt.’

Firebrand conservative columnist Milo Yiannopolous quits Breitbart after he was accused of defending pedophilia – but storms: ‘This is a politically-motivated witch-hunt.’ By Louise Boyle.

Milo Yiannopoulos said Tuesday that political adversaries and mainstream media had sparked a ‘witch hunt’ against him following the emergence of a video in which he appeared to support pedophilia – but said that despite losing his job and a book deal, he would not be silenced.

He used a press conference in New York to fight back after videos were published in which he spoke about ‘inter-generational relationships’ and was revealed to have said: ‘The whole consent thing is not as black and white as people try and paint it.’

The storm cost him first a $250,000 book deal, then a prestigious conservative speaking engagement and finally his job as technology editor of conservative website Breitbart, from which he resigned shortly before the press conference.

‘It was a politically motivated witch-hunt and they waited until the most damaging moment,’ he said. …

Full text.

‘I do not support child abuse,’ he said. ‘It’s a disgusting crime of which I am a victim.’

He addressed abuse victims directly to tell them ‘it’s not the worst thing that’s ever going to happen to you’ before adding that ‘going bankrupt is worse’.

He went on to rail against the media and the Left, claiming that the video of his comments had been deceptively edited.

‘They have reported things about me which they know aren’t true and f*** you for that,’ he said to the assembled press.

He said that he had exposed three pedophiles in his journalistic career, adding ‘three more than most of my critics’. …

Yiannopoulos said Breitbart had stood by him and that he had decided to step down to allow them continue with their work, adding that he would now be focused on ‘education and entertainment’.

‘I don’t think this has done any harm for my profile,’ he said – announcing that he would be setting up his own website, and returning to speaking at campuses and commercial speaking events very soon. …

Yiannopoulos said he ‘would never stop making jokes about taboo subjects’ and said that in any gay club or drag bar there was ‘joke after joke after joke about clerical sexual abuse’.

He complained that he was not afforded the same freedom to make those kind of jokes and blamed the media for ‘selectively defining me as a political figure in some circumstances and a comedian in others. And also, of course, because I’m conservative.’

And he said he believed that Simon & Schuster’s decision to jettison his book, Dangerous, would make them ‘popular at New York cocktail parties’ but said other publishers had expressed interest and that he believed it would still be bought by his millions of followers.

Interesting money quote from Milo:

This is a cynical media witchhunt from people who do not care about children. They care about destroying me and my career and by extension my allies. They know that although I made some outrageous statements, I’ve never actually done anything wrong. They held this story back. They held the footage back. The footage has been out there in the wild for over a year. Because they don’t care about victims, they don’t care about children. They only care about bringing me down. They will fail.

The Right Throws Milo to the Wolves: Why the Left dominates the national culture. By David Horowitz.

The hateful Left whose most effective weapon is character assassination has created a gotcha culture for conservatives, and conservatives can be counted on to fold every time.

Barney Frank had a prostitution ring operating out of his house and masturbated into the president’s locker in the Capitol gym. But that didn’t prevent him from architecting the incredibly destructive Dodd-Frank bill and the subprime mortgage crisis because Democrats never broke ranks and protected him.

Milo is indisputably the most effective conservative on campus battling the anti-American identity-obsessed, racist Left. He is a victim of sexual abuse himself, which entails confusion on these issues. That conservatives would abandon him – throw him to the wolves – tells you everything you need to know why the Left dominates the national culture and thus the political culture which is downstream.

That’s how the media and the left work nowadays. Flynn last week, Milo this week, whose next?

hat-tip Stephen Neil, Scott of the Pacific

The End Of Identity Politics

The End Of Identity Politics, by Victor Davis Hanson.

Class is finally reemerging as a better barometer of privilege than is race—a point that Republican populists are starting to hammer home. The children of Barack Obama, for example, have far more privilege than do the sons of Appalachian coal miners—and many Asian groups already exceed American per capita income averages. When activist Michael Eric Dyson calls for blanket reparations for slavery, his argument does not resonate with an unemployed working-class youth from Kentucky, who was born more than 30 years after the emergence of affirmative action—and enjoys a fraction of Dyson’s own income, net worth, and cultural opportunities.

Finally, ideology is eroding the diversity industry. Conservative minorities and women are not considered genuine voices of the Other, given their incorrect politics. For all its emphasis on appearance, diversity is really an intolerant ideological movement that subordinates race and gender to progressive politics. It is not biology that gives authenticity to feminism, but leftwing assertions; African-American conservatives are often derided as inauthentic, not because of purported mixed racial pedigrees, but due to their unorthodox beliefs.

The 2016 election marked an earthquake in the diversity industry. It is increasingly difficult to judge who we are merely by our appearances, which means that identity politics may lose its influence. These fissures probably explain some of the ferocity of the protests we’ve seen in recent weeks. A dying lobby is fighting to hold on to its power.

IMF report shows old-time fiscal religion is needed to counter the new mediocre

IMF report shows old-time fiscal religion is needed to counter the new mediocre, by Sinclair Davidson.

Right now politicians tax as much as they think they can get away with, spend as much as they can, and borrow to make up the difference.

Many Australians subscribe to what the 1986 economics laureate James Buchanan described as being “the old-time fiscal religion”. The notion that budgets are balanced, that government spending is frugal, and debt used sparingly and responsibly. Instead we have “the new mediocre”. …

Politicians – and many bureaucrats too – have absolutely no skin in the game. Their salaries and pensions are not dependent on economic growth or paying customers, but rather on the ability to tax and borrow. Putting the budget onto automatic pilot with a debt and deficit trajectory and then borrowing to pay their own salaries is symptomatic of the new mediocre.

The Dire Cost of Europe’s Multiculturalism: Sacrificing a continent on the altar of utopian ideals

The Dire Cost of Europe’s Multiculturalism: Sacrificing a continent on the altar of utopian ideals, by Joseph Puder.

The extent to which the multiculturalist European Union (EU) elites will go to suppress free speech in the interest of promoting non-European immigration is astonishing and alarming.  It means that Middle Eastern Arabs and South Asian Muslims are immune from prosecution and deportations, despite committing rapes on native European children and adult women.  When a sane voice is raised, as in the case of Netherlands Geert Wilders, it is penalized. …

The net impact of recent “speech” laws enacted by European governments has been magnified by private censorship on anti-immigrants speech. … In September, 2012, French actress and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot was fined several times for comments she made about how Muslims are undermining French culture.  In Britain, a 15-year old girl was arrested for “burning a Koran at school and posting footage on Facebook.” …

[Sweden in 2014 introduced a] measure was designed to make it easier to prosecute those who offend immigrants, immigration policies, LGBT people and politicians online. …

Only in Sweden does the government take out loans to make welfare payments to migrant Muslim gang-rapists. While the government and its compliant leftist press blew out of proportion an attack on migrants, it had been silent on the rapes by mainly Arab and African Muslim migrants on Swedish women. …

Europe’s EU bureaucrats are moreover suppressing free speech in the interest of promoting disastrous immigration policies.  Europe has traded Christianity and pride in its civilizational accomplishment for the falsehood and insanity of multiculturalism.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

BeeGate: How Green Campaigners Subverted Science

BeeGate: How Green Campaigners Subverted Science, by David Zaruk.

Almost ten years ago, when there were indications of stresses on honeybee populations (known as colony collapse disorder …), different activists were jockeying for the right to claim this crisis for their campaigns.

Climate activists wanted to show bees were suffering because of warmer weather; biodiversity campaigners saw land-use issues as the source for the crisis; anti-GMO stalwarts wanted us to know there was something unknown in the pollen; anti-EMF  fear-mongers wanted to highlight the confusion bees suffered due to our love of mobile technology.

Nobody mentioned the main causes (cold winters and Varroa mite) … seriously, who would donate to that??? …

Watching this crisis unfold, the Risk-Monger saw an enormous amount of unethical, unscientific and unacceptable behaviour from the save-the-bees groups.

This is the story of BeeGate — how activist scientists and seasoned campaigners used Age of Stupid tactics to trick policymakers, seduce the media and terrify the public — litigious liars and lamentable fear-mongers have caused incomprehensible damage to the public trust in dialogue, science and policy. Winning might be everything to these activists, but destroying food security and trust in policy and science hardly merits such hypocrisy!

Why Libertarians Should Oppose the Universal Basic Income

Why Libertarians Should Oppose the Universal Basic Income, by Bryan Caplan.

Libertarians have a standard set of fundamental criticisms of the welfare state.

1. Forced charity is unjust.  Individuals have a moral right to decide if and when they want to help others.

2. Forced charity is unnecessary.  In a free market, voluntary donations are enough to provide for the truly poor.

3. Forced charity gives recipients bad incentives. If the government takes care of you, you’re less likely to take care of yourself by work and saving.

4. The cost of forced charity is high and growing rapidly, leading to a future of exhorbitant taxes or financial crisis. …

When you’re considering moderate reforms, the right question to ask isn’t: “Is it ideal?” but “Is it better than the status quo?”

My claim: the Universal Basic Income is indeed worse than the status quo.  In fact, all the fundamental criticisms of the welfare state apply with even greater force. …

A politically acceptable UBI would be insanely expensive.  Libertarian economist and UBI advocate Ed Dolan has a detailed, fiscally viable plan to provide a UBI of $4452 per person per year.  But every non-libertarian I’ve queried thinks it should be at least $10,000 per person per year.  Even with a one-third flat tax, that implies that a family of four would have to make $120,000 a year before it paid $1 of taxes.  This is pie in the sky.

I am happy if people want to pay me a basic income, but I don’t want to have to work harder to support able-bodied people who could work but choose not to. Welfare should be limited to people in need who can’t help themselves.

hat-tip Matthew

NSA pick McMaster told the National Defense University that “the Islamic State is not Islamic”

NSA pick McMaster told the National Defense University that “the Islamic State is not Islamic”, by Robert Spencer.

President Trump has confirmed that retired Lt. General H.R. McMaster is his new choice to be his National Security Adviser. …

In his address [for the President’s Lecture Series at National Defense University in Washington in August 2014], McMaster said flatly: “The Islamic State is not Islamic.”

Now, this was during the Obama regime, when that was the official policy of the U.S. government, but President Trump has repeatedly criticized his predecessor (and his 2016 election opponent) for not being willing to call the problem of jihad terror by its right name. Since he has become President, he has repeatedly reiterated his determination to eradicate “radical Islamic terrorism.”

If McMaster genuinely holds the view that the Islamic State is not Islamic, then he is a disastrous pick as National Security Adviser, and will continue the willful ignorance of the Obama administration, hamstringing efforts to understand, and counter effectively, the motives and goals of the enemy.

If McMaster was stating his conviction and not just the party line, this would represent a victory for the compromised Republican establishment that is trying to neutralize Trump and keep the swamp from being drained. Say it ain’t so, General McMaster.

Two people who served in the Army with him giving him outstandingly good reviews here.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The Stop Trump protests are the ultimate virtue signal

The Stop Trump protests are the ultimate virtue signal, by Brendan O’Neill.

This afternoon, across Britain, the most pro-establishment demo of modern times will take place. Sure, the Stop Trump protesters gathering outside Parliament and elsewhere will look and sound rad. They’ll chant and rage and blow whistles and hold up placards with Trump done up like a tangerine Hitler. But don’t be fooled. These people are the militant wing of the old establishment. They’re radicals for the old status quo, pining for the pre-Brexit, pre-Trump era when their kind ruled and ordinary people knew their place. …

A whole new era of protest is being born: one in which marchers demand greater power, not for themselves, but for a decaying bureaucratic elite that is looking on with horror at what democracy has spawned. This is no people’s movement. It’s the opposite, in fact. It’s an expression of metropolitan fury with the dumb political choices made by the people, cheered on by a sad, ousted establishment.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The Latest Trend — Girls Acting Like Boys

The Latest Trend — Girls Acting Like Boys, by Sian Griffiths.

A leading girls’ school has drawn up a “gender identity protocol” that allows pupils to be called by boys’ names and to wear boys’ clothes if they request it…

There are understood to be up to 10 girls in the sixth form who have gone through a formal process to be known within the school either as boys or as gender-neutral. …

“We are moving to the point where your gender is a choice,” said [headmistress, Clarissa] Farr. “I see this as a social phenomenon, especially in London, which is much talked about among school leaders.” …

Farr said no one had yet come forward to be counselled on whether to embark on medical procedures to change sex. If a pupil had fully transitioned and become legally male they could no longer be a pupil, the protocol states, because St Paul’s is a girls’ school.

David Thompson comments:

Ten, in just one sixth form of maybe 200 students, in a school of 770. …

At risk of sounding heathen and indelicate, and while wishing no ill to people actually alienated from their own physiology, I do wonder to what extent this may be a fashion thing, a way to become interesting.

hat-tip Matthew

Milo Yiannopoulos in Trouble Over Sex Comments, Breitbart might fire him

Milo Yiannopoulos in Trouble Over Sex Comments, Breitbart might fire him. By Brian Schwartz.

Milo Yiannopoulos, the provocative conservative journalist who is often portrayed as a champion of the far right, is facing possible dismissal from his employer, Breitbart News, over comments he once made about underage sex …

In a video interview with the Drunken Peasants Podcast in January, Yiannopoulos said “some of those relationships between younger boys and older men, the sort of coming of age relationships” may be deemed appropriate. He also said the current age of consent for sex, which is 18 in many states, is also appropriate.

But some of his other statements drew criticism. He described, in particular “the relationships in which those older men have helped those young boys to discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love . . . and sort of a rock where they can’t speak to their parents.”

Yiannopoulos also said; “You’re misunderstanding what pedophilia means, pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody who is 13 years old — who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty.”

A blasphemy too far, at least for the conservative scene in the USA.

Milo Yiannopoulos disinvited from CPAC slot amid tape controversy, by Matthew Nussbaum.

Milo Yiannopoulos lost his keynote speaking slot at the Conservative Political Action Conference after tapes surfaced of the right wing provocateur and senior Breitbart editor advocating for sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men.”

“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the group which sponsors CPAC, in a statement Monday afternoon. The group called Yiannopoulos to “further address these disturbing comments,” but defended its original decision to invite him as a nod to “the free speech issue on college campuses.” …

The board only learned about the controversial video when it surfaced over the weekend, the source said, and it considered Yiannopoulos’ apology, posted to Facebook on Sunday night, to be inadequate.

Simon & Schuster Cancels Publication of Milo Yiannopoulos’s Book, by Joe DePaolo.

According to a report by Publishers Weekly, Simon & Schuster is canceling publication of Milo Yiannopoulos‘s book “Dangerous.”

Yiannopoulos received a $250,000 advance for the book, which was to be written for Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

The controversial Breitbart editor expressed surprise that the company went through with the deal in the first place.

“I met with top execs at Simon & Schuster earlier in the year and spent half an hour trying to shock them with lewd jokes and outrageous opinions,” Yiannopoulos told The Hollywood Reporter in December. “I thought they were going to have me escorted from the building — but instead they offered me a wheelbarrow full of money.”

Here are the tapes of what Milo said (via Adam Pribila):

The full interview:

Milo replies to all the above:

I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim.

I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors. I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers. I’ve outed three of them, in fact — three more than most of my critics. And I’ve repeatedly expressed disgust at pedophilia in my feature and opinion writing. My professional record is very clear.

But I do understand that these videos, even though some of them are edited deceptively, paint a different picture.

I’m partly to blame. My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous. But I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, “advocacy.” I deeply regret that. People deal with things from their past in different ways.

As to some of the specific claims being made, sometimes things tumble out of your mouth on these long, late-night live-streams, when everyone is spit-balling, that are incompletely expressed or not what you intended. Nonetheless, I’ve reviewed the tapes that appeared last night in their proper full context and I don’t believe they say what is being reported.

I do not advocate for illegal behavior. I explicitly say on the tapes that I think the current age of consent is “about right.”

I do not believe sex with 13-year-olds is okay. When I mentioned the number 13, I was talking about the age I lost my own virginity.

I shouldn’t have used the word “boy” — which gay men often do to describe young men of consenting age — instead of “young man.” That was an error.

I am certainly guilty of imprecise language, which I regret.

Anyone who suggests I turn a blind eye to illegal activity or to the abuse of minors is unequivocally wrong. I am implacably opposed to the normalization of pedophilia and I will continue to report and speak accordingly.

Petition for J.K. Rowling to take in muslim refugees in her 18 spare bedrooms

Petition for J.K. Rowling to take in muslim refugees in her 18 spare bedrooms, by Marcus Aurelius. [Emphasis added.]

J.K. Rowling has often announced her solidarity with Middle-Eastern refugees on twitter. She is well-known advocate of open borders and often stated, that Europe has the duty to give every single one of these refugees from all over the middle east, rarely warzones, asylum and welfare. Everyone who represented a different opinion was viciously attacked by her, and she is not alone. Many other multi-millionaires and billionaires seem to be fond of virtue-signaling about refugees.

Since she is a sheltered member of the rich elite, who is very much disconnected from the ugly reality of rape, murder and destruction which many of these refugees bring with them, we think that it is time for her to show some true solidarity. J.K. Rowling has 18 spare bedrooms in her mansions in Britain and could easily give 18 refugees a long-time housing, not to mention the space available on her giant property to erect refugee shelters.

The refugee crisis will require 250000 homes to be built every year in her homeland Britain. Helping refugees in Europe will cost 10 times as much as helping them in neighbouring countries would. Donations by the superrich, even in the millions, are a drop in the ocean, as the taxpayer will have to pay billions for the following decades. Elites, that echo the MSM narrative, defending open borders, are hypocrites that will never share the outlook of the working class, which has to encounter refugees every day. So let’s bring one of the loudest virtue-signaling apologists of globalism back to reality and give her some new roommates.

We demand that J.K. Rowling grants no less than 18 refugees shelter in her mansions for at least 8 years. She rejects safe immigration, which is why we also demand, that there will be no additional vetting process for these refugees. Her virtue-signaling stems from ignorance, and the 100% effective cure of it will be this drastic change of perspective. To make this group of refugees representative of the situation Europe, we also demand that the group consists of 14 men and 4 women, since over 75% of the millions of refugees are male.

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Commenter Rich C3:

To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, open borders are great until you run out of other people’s neighborhoods.

Commenter Skeptic:

And remember, any vetting before taking in the first 18 young men to arrive at her home would be clear evidence of bigotry.

Commenter Robbins Mitchell:

Then she could write a new book based on her experiences with them….”Harry Potter & the Not-So-Magic Clitoridectomy”

Commenter Ambrose999:

Harry Potter and the House Full of Dirty Stinking Refugees Who Hate You and Everything You Have Ever Believed In.

Commenter Lamprey Wrangler:

With 18 spare bedrooms, she could give one to a Middle Eastern refugee, and the other 17 could be for the refugee’s sex slaves — is Rowling’s home anywhere near Rotherham?

Commenter TheMighty Quinn:

Like most Lefties, Rowling proves her compassion to the last penny of some else’s dollar.

Commenter John Born:

House elves.

Commenter DoggerelPundit:

Looks as though the Muggles are defying the Ministry of Social and Ethnic Magic.

Which about sums up the no-borders issue and the global elite.

UK: Female headteacher is forced to work from home following death threats from Muslim parents over her ‘offensive clothes’ amid fears there is a ‘Trojan Horse’ plot to ‘Islamicise’ the school

UK: Female headteacher is forced to work from home following death threats from Muslim parents over her ‘offensive clothes’ amid fears there is a ‘Trojan Horse’ plot to ‘Islamicise’ the school, by Charlie Moore.

A primary school headteacher has been forced to work from home by death threats from Muslim parents who hate her western values.

Trish O’Donnell, head of Clarksfield Primary School in Oldham, has endured ‘harassment and intimidation’ in the form of ‘aggressive verbal abuse’ and ‘threats to blow up her car’ from parents pushing conservative Muslim ideals. …

Parents have complained the way she dresses is ‘unsuitable’ and that pictures of her daughters in her office are ‘offensive’.

The school is mostly filled with Pakistani pupils who do not speak English as a first language. …

Since becoming head in 2006, Mrs O’Donnell has taken the school Ofsted rating from needing improvement to good. But now she feels her position is untenable due to the pressure from Muslim parents trying to change the school from within. …

Threats? Us? No, of course not.

The council report says the school’s 2013 parent-governor Nasim Ashraf hosted ‘Islamic teaching sessions’ at the school while his wife, Hafizan Zaman, ‘made remarks to Asian staff members that they should be wearing a veil and covering their heads’.

They took exception to Hindi music being played in class, were angered by sex education and were accused of intimidating staff and undermining the headteacher.

The report said they tried to mobilise parents to ‘secure changes at the school to reflect their interpretation of Islam’ but did not suggest they were involved in the violent threats.

Ashraf’s sister Shasta Khan is serving eight years in jail for plotting to attack Jews in Manchester.

Colonization, not assimilation.

NBN a dud and Telstra may end up buying it for a song

NBN a dud and Telstra may end up buying it for a song, by Alan Kohler.

It turns out the NBN is a dud and will cost taxpayers a fortune in writedowns if, or rather when, it is sold. According to the NBN corporate plan, which the latest half-yearly result confirmed it was on track to meet, in 2020 revenue will be $5 billion and it will be still be bleeding $2.5bn a year cash.

Total equity from the government will be $29.5bn. Return on equity will never be more than 3 per cent. For a social enterprise funded by cheap sovereign debt that’s not OK, but a private buyer would need three or four times that return, which means the equity has to be brought down to a third of that level at most.

That means the NBN is only worth about $10bn, and at some point in the next few years the commonwealth will have to book a writedown of $20bn. …

And who would be the likely buyer of a national broadband network straight off the showroom floor, low kilometres, for a snip at $10bn? Telstra of course.

That’s because, we learned this week that the government is committed to paying Telstra $1bn a year for 35 years, indexed, in “duct rent”. Cancelling that cash stream could probably represent most, if not all, of the consideration. What’s more, that liability would be a prohibitive barrier to someone else buying the NBN.

We also learned that Telstra is facing a less than fabulous future as just an NBN reseller; how much better to go back to owning the network instead of just reselling it.

Except it’s required by law to be structurally separated, no longer an integrated wholesale/retail operator. That means Telstra would have to buy the NBN and immediately deterge it: shareholders would get back their monopoly, but in two bits.

And life would return to the comfortable certainties of the past: US content cartels distributing their stuff through a local monopoly, and everybody getting rich except us.

The NBN was always a dud. The initial idea of spending $50 billion for fast internet was always stupid. It works out at $5,000 per household. What household would voluntarily pay $5,000 for fast Internet a few years in the future? No one, which is why no one does it out of their own money.

Internet providers gradually provide better service, from the ongoing revenue of $100/month — which is what the NBN costs anyway. Well the future is here and our Internet provider is fast — somewhat over 100 megabits per second, as fast as the NBN, at the same cost, but no $5,000 up front fee. Viola! The $5,000 per household was unnecessary — the market did it anyway, more efficiently. And the NBN is still not available where we live.

Meanwhile wireless is making the NBN obsolete for many, before it is even half rolled out.

So why did Rudd and co. do it? Because they are always trying to find ways to inject government and socialism into the economy, of making government relevant, with big schemes. It excites them. Too bad they are clueless about how the world actually works, and fail to listen to advice — it was pointed out at the time what a waste of time the NBN was. They probably didn’t even understand.

Here’s a clue it was dopey: paying Telstra billions not to compete with it. Good ideas don’t need massive government protection and buying off the competition.

Merkel: Europe Must Take More Migrants, Islam Is Not The Cause Of Terrorism

Merkel: Europe Must Take More Migrants, Islam Is Not The Cause Of Terrorism, by Jack Montgomery.

Angela Merkel claims that the European Union still has a “responsibility” to take in more so-called refugees, and pleaded to Islamic governments to help convince people that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.

Slow learner, eh?

If they are really refugees, why can’t they go to Islamic countries? Saudi Arabia and the gulf states are wealthy, closer, and have taken zero refugees. You’d have to have rocks in your head not to realize something is amiss.

The 62-year-old German chancellor began her speech by acknowledging that “the European Union right now is in a very difficult situation due to the result of the British referendum … which is very regrettable”.

Right, blame it on Brexit and the deplorables.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Sharia, a dark ages death sentence

Sharia, a dark ages death sentence, by Jennifer Oriel.

Australia does not welcome sharia law. It violates the Australian Constitution. It would send Western civilisation back to the Dark Ages. It chains freethinking women to a set of absurd laws ­derived from the misogynistic prophet, Mohammed.

It denies the right to criticise Mohammed’s half-witted notions because freedom of speech is only permitted in ­accordance with ­Islamic law. Islamism is a woman-hating, freedom-negating ideology whose most barbaric prin­ciples are codified in sharia law. …

Mohammed thought women were stupid and worse:

Feminists need Islam like the Enlightenment needs the Dark Ages. Witness Mohammed on women: “I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you.” What evidence did Mohammed provide to support his belief that women are stupid? They might be ungrateful to their husbands or curse at them. Many Koranic verses celebrate hatred of women: “Men have authority over women because God has made one superior to the other … Good women are obedient … as for those from whom you fear disobedience … beat them.” Islamic State celebrates its preferred Koranic ver­ses, including that wellspring of feminism: “Marry … any slave girls you may own.”

Ah, yes, female sexual slavery — just smell the freedom, women. …

The usual talking point by Islamists ignores relevant facts:

Sharia defenders often try to refute plain evidence of Koranic misogyny by referring to poetic surahs or highlighting sexist quotes from the Bible. There is beauty in the Koran and ugliness in the Old Testament.

But the critical point is that Christendom underwent centuries of bloody ­reform that culminated in the ­development of the secular state. The 21st-century West is enlightened and ruled by secular law while Islamic states across the world continue to be governed by sharia law and cultural codes.

So what the heck is our government doing? What future do they envisage for Australians? Or are they just outrageously stupid and willfully ignorant?

Australians are tired of being called racist for defending our most essential values while the government throws public money at an activist media that undermines them. We are forced to pay for the ABC to ridicule patriots, smear conservatives and spin secure border policy as xenophobic.

How much anti-Australian propaganda will we be forced to endure during SBS’s #FU2­Racism programming next week?

Maybe we should hold demonstrations outside ABC and SBS offices, and complain about their “temple of lies.” You know the left would do that to the ABC if positions were reversed.

I suspect none of it will happen. Instead, the Liberals will continue to fund Islamic activism with our money. Labor will join the Greens to fight against better border ­security and immigration vetting. Fifield will stay silent as public broadcasters take apart Australia’s constitutional values on the public purse.

Watch Prime Minister Turnbull at the Ramadan Iftar dinner last year — seated on his left is Islamic Australian mascot Yassmin Abdel-Magied:

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Muslim public schoolboys ‘excused’ from shaking hands with women in Sydney

Muslim public schoolboys ‘excused’ from shaking hands with women in Sydney, by Rebecca Urban.

A public school in Sydney’s west has adopted a policy permitting Muslim male students to decline to shake hands with females, despite­ the practice having been denounced by many senior Islamic figures.

The Hurstville Boys Campus of Georges River College in Sydney recently hosted an awards ­ceremony at which female present­ers, including several accom­plished and respected members of the local community, were told by one of the school’s two principals that some students would not shake their hands because of their Muslim faith.

The instruction is understood to derive from an Islamic hadith — a report describing the words, action­s, or habits of the Islamic prophet Mohammed — stating that “it is better to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle than to touch the hand of a woman who is not permissible to you”.

The NSW Education Department has confirmed the school had an “agreed protocol” regarding handshaking and Muslim ­students.

I suppose pointing out that this is sexist is politically incorrect because Islamophobia? And that the government bureaucracy is ok with this sexism?

Islamic State jihadi says mass rapes of non-Muslim women were “normal”

Islamic State jihadi says mass rapes of non-Muslim women were “normal”, by Robert Spencer. While on the topic of Islam and feminism (skipping the references to the Koran):

In Islamic law, it is normal: the seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. … The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girl … The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition. …

It is also in Islamic law: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.” …

The savage exploitation of girls and young women is, unfortunately, a cross-cultural phenomenon, but only in Islamic law does it carry divine sanction.

Captive Islamic State militant says mass rapes were ‘normal’, by Michael Gregory. The raping:

Islamic State militant Amar Hussein says he reads the Koran all day in his tiny jail cell to become a better person. He also says he raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, and shows few regrets. …

Hussein said his emirs, or local Islamic State commanders, gave him and others a green light to rape as many Yazidi and other women as they wanted.

“Young men need this,” Hussein told Reuters in an interview after a Kurdish counter-terrorism agent removed a black hood from his head. “This is normal.”

Hussein said he moved from house to house in several Iraqi cities raping women from the Yazidi sect and other minorities at a time when Islamic State was grabbing more and more territory from Iraqi security forces. …

The killing:

He recalled how emirs trained him to kill, which was difficult at first when one person was brought for a practice kill. It became easier day by day.

Seven, eight, ten at a time. Thirty or 40 people. We would take them in desert and kill them,” said Hussein, an imposing, well-built figure, who was wearing metal handcuffs.

Eventually, he became highly efficient, never hesitating to kill.

“I would sit them down, put a blindfold on them and fire a bullet into their heads,” he said. “It was normal.” …

Hussein, now 21, began his career as an Islamic militant began when he was just 14, he said.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Opinion: China’s economy is dangerously close to unraveling

Opinion: China’s economy is dangerously close to unraveling, by Ivan Martchev.

The country’s debt is rising dramatically, while growth in gross domestic product is slowing … An acceleration in borrowing with a slowing economy is the classic definition of a burst credit bubble. …

China has a total debt-to-GDP ratio of close to 400%, if one includes the infamous unregulated shadow banking system that is habitually omitted from official statistics. In 2000, China’s total debt-to-GDP ratio stood near 100%. As Chinese GDP grew from $1.094 trillion at the end of the 20th century to $11.75 trillion at the end of 2016, the country’s total leverage ratio ballooned. China’s economy grew 11-fold, and total credit in the financial system surged by over 40-fold.

As the Chinese economy slows …, the level of borrowing is accelerating.

The Chinese are now imposing capital controls to keep the value of their currency dropping too fast, by stemming the outflow of money desperate to escape China — which is leading to downturns in the property markets in Vancouver and Sydney.

Toronto Mosque: “Slay them one by one and spare not one of them”

Toronto Mosque: “Slay them one by one and spare not one of them”, by Jonathon Halvei.

Masjid Toronto mosque in downtown Toronto …

Dr. Wael Shihab was appointed in April 2014 to a full-time resident Imam of the mosque Masjid Toronto. Shihab has a PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University and he was the head of the Fatwa (Islamic opinion) Unit of IslamOnline.net (English website) and the Shari’ah (Islamic Law) consultant of the Shari’ah department of Onislam.net. …

The following are some of Shihab’s views as presented in articles and Islamic rulings posted on Onislam.net:

  • The solution to the global violence, extremism and oppression is Islam
  • Qaradawi’s book “Jurisprudence of Jihad” should serves as a guidance to Muslims
  • Thieves’ hands should be chopped off no matter their social status
  • Person who underwent gender reassignment surgery should return to his original gender
  • Muslims should avoid gays as homosexuality is evil and succumbing to the temptations of the Satan
  • Wife should not reject her husband’s call for having sex

In 2016, imams (religious leaders who lead the prayers) at the mosque recited supplications to Allah in support of the “mujahideen (those of engage in jihad) everywhere”, the total destruction of the enemies of Islam and the purification of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the “filth of the Jews.”

The following are excerpts from these supplications (originally in Arabic):

O Allah! We ask you… [to give us] victory over the enemies …

O Allah! Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah, O the Lord of the Worlds!

O Allah! Destroy the criminals

O Allah! Destroy anyone who inflicts injustice on your slaves, O the Lord of the Worlds!

O Allah! Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them.

Sounds like he means us. That sermon was delivered on June 15, 2016 and published on YouTube on June 17, 2016:

Meanwhile, the PC feebles who are in charge of Canada are making “Islamophobia” a crime in Canada.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Fake News: Wilders Slams Foreign Criminals, Media Twists Words Into Attack on All Moroccans

Fake News: Wilders Slams Foreign Criminals, Media Twists Words Into Attack on All Moroccans, by Virginia Hale.

Mainstream media outlets in Britain such as the BBC and the Observer have falsely implied that poll-topping, populist firebrand Geert Wilders made an attack on all Moroccan migrants in the Netherlands when he blasted foreign criminals, in headlines on their websites.

There is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe” said Mr Wilders, who leads in the polls ahead of the March 15 parliamentary vote, to kick off his campaign on Saturday.

“And that should change”, the Party for Freedom (PVV) figurehead said, emphasising that “not all are scum” as he attempted to take a stroll through a market.

But despite Wilders making clear his remarks referred only to Moroccans who “make the streets unsafe”, both the headline and first paragraph of the Observer’s report of the exchange make the claim that the would-be Prime Minister called all migrants from the North African country “scum”.

Can’t trust the mainstream media on PC issues, which have gradually expanded to include most things these days. Here is an example in The Australian — headline misleadingly says he “brands Moroccans scum.” And here are some background facts the PC media doesn’t mention:

According to the country’s 2011 census, there were more than 167,000 Moroccan-born people in Holland, a figure that does not take into account second or third-generation Moroccans.

A report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Interior found that most of the Moroccan youth involved in criminal activities were born in Holland.

According to the Gatestone Institute, 65 per cent all Moroccan male youths between the ages of and 12 and 23 have been detained by police at least once, with one third of this group having been detained five or more times.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Lab grown meat prices have dropped 30,000 times in less than four years and are about 3-4 times more expensive than regular ground beef

Lab grown meat prices have dropped 30,000 times in less than four years and are about 3-4 times more expensive than regular ground beef, by NextBigFuture.

Lab-grown meat could be on your plate within the next five years. For the past few years, the barrier to getting test-tube meat into the hands of consumers has been the cost of production. In 2013, it was around $325,000 to make this stuff in a lab, but the process has been refined, and the cost now is just $11.36. … Retail ground beef prices in the USA in November, 2016 were at $3.60/lb,[USD per pound]

There are several startups competing to produce lab grown meat and other stem cell generated animal products.

In theory, the stem cells could provide a lot of meat. Assuming unlimited nutrients and room to grow, a single satellite cell can undergo 75 generations of division during three months. That means one turkey cell could turn into enough muscle to manufacture over 20 trillion turkey nuggets. Surveys suggest about half of vegetarians would eat meat if it came from a lab.

Carolyn Mattick of Arizona State University is considerably more skeptical. Her calculations show that manufacturing chicken tissue with conventional nutrients, like glucose, would use more energy and release more greenhouse gases than farming chickens does. One reason is because ingredients would have to be heated to body temperature.

Getting ingredients to body temperature is easy using ether renewables or waste heat from industrial production. Don’t see that as much of a problem.

Wow. Will conventional meat production become an old-fashioned activity for a boutique market in a decade or two?

hat-tip Matthew

Australia relying on ‘ambitious’ State Govt emissions targets to meet Paris commitments: Expert

Australia relying on ‘ambitious’ State Govt emissions targets to meet Paris commitments: Expert, on the ABC. Listeners to the ABC’s AM program this morning got to hear a few home truths from Danny Price from Frontier Economics, who advised Mr Turnbull on climate change and energy policy in 2009.

SABRA LANE: How reliable is Australia’s national electricity grid. Is it fit for purpose?

DANNY PRICE: Well, parts of it are quite low reliability at the moment, South Australia in particular, because of a very large quantity of renewable generation. It’s quite hard to manage that state. Victoria, following the closure of the Hazelwood power station in March in a few weeks, that will become increasingly unreliable, and that will have implications for the interconnected states of South…of New South…of both South Australia and New South Wales, and it’ll have a knock-on effect right through to Queensland. So, the system is becoming increasingly unreliable.

SABRA LANE: Is it…? Is it fit for a first world country?

DANNY PRICE: No. Look, it’s… At the moment, presently, it is. But we are heading towards a third world power system very rapidly. And it’s very hard to arrest a decline in the quality of our power system. …

SABRA LANE: But stability is an issue, given how rapidly the switch has happened?

DANNY PRICE: Yeah. We currently don’t have the technology in place to manage our power system reliably with very large quantities of renewables. … What we’ve found is that at about 50 per cent, which it is now, the system becomes highly unstable. And so we have to find technological solutions to overcome that. And in the end, we must find technological solutions to overcome these problems, because the commitment that Australia has made is that roughly by about 2050 under the Paris agreement, we have to be, in the electricity sector, net zero emissions.

Ideology, meet reality. Reality, meet our naive and technologically illiterate ruling class. We do have the technology, but it is nuclear. Everything else fails at the moment, as anyone without green blinkers has known for decades.

Reader Chris writes:

How do we get the green blob to confront a proper due diligence process on the science, economics and finance of the theory of man-made global warming? Perhaps it will happen under the cover of resolving our self imposed and pending third world energy supply problem. Investors of all grades are spooked by the sovereign risk and the moral hazards of market-distorting RETS and other emission reduction policies associated with confusing and changing Australian government evidence-free fears of carbon dioxide.

The only impediment to solving Australia’s current need for a low cost reliable energy supply in the short term is to overcome ‘carbon phobia’ and recognize that carbon dioxide emissions are good. The already approved and permitted clean burned coal electricity generating plants are the only shovel-ready answer.

Either that or walking the high moral ground in the dark jobs free future.

hat-tip Chris

Minnesota philosophy professor writes that illegal immigrants have low IQs and refugees are part of “religious-political cult.” Reaction is intense.

Minnesota philosophy professor writes that illegal immigrants have low IQs and refugees are part of “religious-political cult.” Reaction is intense. By Colleen Flaherty. Here is what Dan Demetriou, associate professor of philosophy, recently wrote on Facebook:

Illegal immigrants lower the confidence in the rule of law and add people and workers and students we don’t need. They on average have IQs lower than natives and low skills. They are harmful to an economy about to automate, especially when it is a welfare state. Look up the tragedy of the commons if you don’t understand the dangers of open access to a shared resource.

And refugees are way worse, as most adhere to a religious-political cult with repulsive values at war with the West from its inception. No country who has taken the current crop of refugees has made it work. No school with many refugees or illegals is a good school. None of their neighborhoods are safe. Not everyone has an extra $100k to avoid them.

What an insult to our kids, our educators, to suggest for a moment that a 20 yr old, raised in rubble and taught to hate you, gays, Christians, Jews, women’s rights, and western liberalism would be as good an American as your kid. Truly, let’s save a trillion and scrap the education system if we can’t produce better average children than the average refugee.

Arguably all of that is true, or close to it. It is an obvious reality. Yet PC prevents that truth from being said, because it is not politically correct in the current political climate. So change the political climate, because this truth is not going to change. It is childish of the PC crew to think that this truth is going to change just because you refuse to say it or allow others to say it. To say nothing of free speech and all that.

Predictably, this is what happened:

In what seems like the latest installment of the academe edition of the post-Trump culture wars, students and faculty members at the University of Minnesota at Morris are planning a teach-in Monday, following a professor’s harsh criticism of immigrants and refugees on social media. The professor says he wrote about an issue of concern on a private Facebook page and is being punished for being out of step with the politics of his colleagues. …

The words caused a stir at Morris, with some printing them out and posting them around campus. Chancellor Michelle Behr responded to the controversy earlier this week, , saying in a campuswide email that while “democracy should and does rightfully tolerate expression of differences of opinion, some members of our community have found these communications both personally and professionally distressing.” She “strongly reaffirmed” Morris’s “vision that we celebrate and support the multicultural and international inclusiveness of our community. Differences are our strength, and our community values and respects diversity of all kinds.”

Which is PC for “shut up — I don’t want to be seen infringing on free speech, even though I am.”

Undergraduate Mitchell Hancock, with Students for a Democratic Society, said his group is planning a rally, student-led teach-ins and a panel discussion about community responses to the threat of deportations and registries for immigrants. He supports a recent resolution by the student body that Morris become a sanctuary campus and called Demetriou’s comments “disgusting.”

Playing “devil’s advocate is not only extremely counterproductive to protecting vulnerable communities, but also a huge abuse of privilege,” he said.

More shut-uppery, and a complete disregard for the truth. Notice that the PC crew don’t say it was wrong, only that it shouldn’t be said.

So why not found if it really is true? Administer IQ tests to immigrants, then we’ll all know. The PC crew don’t want people to know, so they would rather tests were never done.

Demetriou told Inside Higher Ed via email that his post was written when the Trump “travel ban was dominating the news and social media,” and, “like many of my academic friends, I ranted.” Unlike most all of them, though, he said, “I ranted to the right as opposed to the left.”

‘I’m here because I want to be among the people’: Trump continues his assault on ‘fake’ news with campaign rally in Florida after First Lady Melania led the crowd in The Lord’s Prayer

‘I’m here because I want to be among the people’: Trump continues his assault on ‘fake’ news with campaign rally in Florida after First Lady Melania led the crowd in The Lord’s Prayer, by Kaileen Gaul.

Donald Trump once again doubled down on the media, telling a cheering crowd in Florida: ‘I want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news.’

The president was introduced on stage in Melbourne by Melania Trump, who led The Lord’s Prayer after she and her husband stepped off Air Force One Saturday afternoon.

The First Lady, after embracing the president, promised to ‘stay true to myself and be truthful to you’ and told the audience, ‘my husband is creating a country of great safety and prosperity’.

The ‘Make America Great Again Rally’ was almost identical in rhetoric to his 2016 campiagn events that focused on bringing back jobs and increasing national security. Unsuprisingly, this rally had a heavier focus on bashing press coverage than before.

Wow. The Lord’s prayer. In today’s PC media world, that is so blasphemous (against the new religion of course, not the old one). That will really blow the media’s minds. Trump is so trolling the media. Hilarious. And with the beautiful model wife, and a thunderous crowd. Take that Washington!

Cultural warfare, and finally we have a champion who is culturally confident when promoting the Western culture of the Enlightenment, rationality, modernism, and Christianity. No apologies, and sticking it to all the right people. He fights!

Chinese capital controls to put damper on Aussie property bubble

Chinese capital controls to put damper on Aussie property bubble, by Who Crashed the Ecconomy?

China’s most recent capital controls, introduced on the 1st of January, are having an immediate effect, with fewer Chinese buyers able to purchase property abroad. From London to Melbourne, Vancouver to Sydney, Chinese citizens are struggling to close property transactions in some of the world’s largest property bubbles.

International experts believe the drop in demand is expected to be worst felt in Australia, the biggest beneficiary of the capital outflow. According to Christopher Todd at consultancy firm Basis Point, Australia approved A$24 billion of real estate investments from China in the financial year ended June 2015, the latest figures available, making Australia by far the largest destination for Chinese buyers.

Commenter Sarah:

  • Canadian bubble has just burst in Vancouver
  • Melbourne is being hit with massive land tax bills Jan 2017.
  • [Australian] govt has no money to bail anyone out.
  • This is not a “real” economy and is unable to create jobs while this bubble continues. I have been looking at Eastern Europe and can see what a “real” economy looks like.
  • Foreign Students were allowed to buy property on a student visa courtesy of the Labor Govt, so only have to get off the plane and sign up for a property. Many high school students have property portfolios.
  • The [Australian] education industry is just a front for migration and property buying. If they can’t buy property the numbers may drop affecting our universities who house and teach 10,000’s of these property buyers.
  • Electricity price hikes [in Victoria] are going to bite mid year as well as land tax. No one will have any cash in Melbourne.

I can see everyone here has been expecting this for a long time but I think so many things are lining up to make it happen this year 2017 … the “ducks are starting to line up”.

Imaginary News

Imaginary News, by Scott Adams.

Fake news is usually intentional, although in some cases it is the result of honest mistakes. But lately we are seeing an entirely new type of untrue news. I call it Imaginary News. Here’s a good example from the Huffington Post.

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I watched President Trump’s press conference with the alleged “meltdown,” and all I saw was Trump talking the way he normally talks. The Huffington Post watched and apparently saw some other set of circumstances. …

When I was younger, I would have automatically assumed that I was right and the Huffington Post was either intentionally lying or deluded. My more mature understanding of the world is that most people are hallucinating most of the time. We live in our own personal movies. This is a perfect example. Millions of Americans looked at the same press conference and half of us came away thinking we saw an entirely different movie than the other half. Many of us saw Trump talking the way he normally does, and saying the things he normally says. Other people saw a raving lunatic, melting down. …

So how can we know who is hallucinating in this case? The best way to tell is by looking for the trigger for cognitive dissonance. In this case, the trigger is clear. Trump’s unexpected win forced the Huffington Post to rewrite their mental movies from one in which they were extra-clever writers to one in which they were the dumbest political observers in the entire solar system. …

When reality violates your ego that rudely, you either have to rewrite the movie in your head to recast yourself as an idiot, or you rewrite the movie to make yourself the hero who could see what others missed. Apparently the Huffington Post chose to rewrite their movie so Trump is a deranged monster, just like they warned us. That’s what they see.

This isn’t an example of so-called “fake” news as we generally understand it. This is literally imaginary news. I believe the Huffington Post’s description of the press conference is literally what they saw. If you gave them lie detector tests, they would swear they saw a meltdown, and the lie detector would say they were telling the truth.

Good point.

Sydney bookseller bans Milo Yiannopoulos

Book by Milo Yiannopoulos will not be published in Australia,by Jason Steger.

A forthcoming memoir by the arch conservative Trump supporter, Milo Yiannopoulos will not be published in Australia.

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The Australian division of Simon & Schuster has announced it will not be stocking or distributing physical copies of Yiannopolouos’s Dangerous, described as “a substantive examination” of the issues surrounding political correctness and free speech. …

Dangerous is due to be published in the United States on June 13. The decision by the local division means books can only be purchased by customers or booksellers via the United States through Amazon or a local supplier. …

Jon Page, owner of Pages & Pages, Mosman, and the online retailer Boomerang Books, became the first Australian bookseller to publicly declare he would not stock or promote the book by Yiannopoulos, a mouthpiece of the hard right and a figure of controversy for his anti-immigration, anti-Islam stand.

“The election and inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States has seen a resurgence of fascism and right wing rhetoric the likes of which I didn’t think we would ever see again,” Page told Fairfax Media on Thursday.

“I do not agree with Milo Yiannopoulos’ far right views and don’t believe there is any benefit in helping share his views in our society.

“While I am a passionate believer in free speech and would never ban a book, views such as Milo Yiannopoulos should not be allowed to take root in our society.

Pathetic: Sydney bookseller bans Milo Yiannopoulos, by Andrew Bolt.

Pathetic because no bookseller should fear free speech, and because Page totally mischaracterises Milo.

If Page actually read or listened to Milo, rather than reflexively ban his new book (Dangerous) even before it’s published, he might learn that Milo is the antithesis of the hard right, to which the militant Islam he opposes actually belongs.

Indeed, as a gay of Jewish background Milo actually fits the stereotype – and too often the reality – of the victim of hard right forces, which alone should alert Page to the truth.

Milo is actually more a libertarian. He fears Islam because of its preaching against gays and Jews, and because of what we see now being done in its name: gays thrown off buildings by Islamists and Jews persecuted. Or is Page indifferent to that?