Migrants Committing Disproportionately High Crime In Germany While Media And Govt Focus on ‘Far Right’ Thought Crimes

Migrants Committing Disproportionately High Crime In Germany While Media And Govt Focus on ‘Far Right’ Thought Crimes, by Raheem Kassam And Chris Tomlinson.

Foreign nationals …[are]… 11 or 12 per cent of the total population of Germany … Illegal immigrants and asylum seekers account for around 2.5 per cent of Germany’s population…

Amongst total offences, non-Germans accounted for 27.6 percent while illegal immigrants and asylum seekers accounted for 5.7 percent. Of homicides, the figures are 29.3%/8.2%, and of sexual assaults, the figures were 20.5%/4.8%. …

hat-tip Stephen Neil

‘We will multiply our descendants’ Turkey PM says NO Muslim should use birth control

‘We will multiply our descendants’ Turkey PM says NO Muslim should use birth control, by Selina Sykes.

In a stunning speech broadcast live on television, [Trurkish President] Mr Erdogan also said women cannot be treated as equal to men.

The devout Muslim said women should have at least three children.

He said: “We will multiply our descendants. They talk about population planning, birth control. No Muslim family can have such an approach. …

Despite a decline, Turkey’s fertility rate is one of the highest in Europe and the population is just under 80 million.

Muslims openly talk about conquest by the womb, but our PC numbskulls choose not to understand.

Nor are western feminists protesting this outrageous blasphemy — “women cannot be treated as equal to men”. Imagine their outrage if George Bush, Tony Abbott, or Donald Trump had said this.

Demography is destiny, and Turkish citizens are about to be allowed to move anywhere in the EU. It’s all very exciting for the progressives.

See 12 million Turks say they’ll come to the UK once EU deal is signed.

UPDATE: Asylum seekers ‘sexually assaulted 18 women at free concert in Germany’. Like Cologne.

All the complainants claimed they were “surrounded” by their tormentors before being “touched and fondled” improperly at the annual free Schlossgrabenfest music festival over the weekend.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The Political Roots of the Safe Schools Program

The Political Roots of the Safe Schools Program, by Mark Latham.

Having lost the battle for economic and foreign policy in the 1980s, Neo-Marxists embarked on a long march through the institutions of the public sector, especially universities and schools. …

Even though Australian students are falling down the international league tables in maths, science and English, teachers are devoting class-time to the mechanics of breast-binding and penis-tucking. …

Welsh academic Christine Weedon, in her book Feminist Practice and Poststructuralist Theory, is apparently the academic scribbler behind this latest PC nonsense, the intellectual inspiration for the Safe Schools program.

She thinks that from our first moments alive, we are brainwashed into accepting the social order around us.

Governments, schools, churches, the media, popular culture and even fashion trends combine to reinforce the “power relations” and dominance of capitalism.

The things we know from observing nature and studying science are dismissed as “biological determinism”. So too notions of truth, commonsense and life-experience are disparaged as “historical constructs” — delivering “false consciousness” and tricking people into a misunderstanding of their best interests.

So having dismissed science, economics, and the Enlightenment, what does Weedon divine?

Individuals are said to be “sexual beings from birth”, reflected in the “initial bisexuality of the child”. …

“For young girls, the acquisition of femininity involves a recognition that they are already castrated like their mother”, forcing them to submit to patriarchy, or male dominance. No one is immune from the process of false gender identity.

Whew. Just as well Weedon and the neo-Marxists are setting our children straight. Oops, “straight” might not be the correct word.

It’s the new political correctness, comrade:

Education has been relatively free from ideological indoctrination. But this is not the view of the new curriculum designers, with Ollis depicting schools as “in a unique position to educate for social change”.

Weedon also said she wants to engineer an androgynous “ungendered” society through classroom tutoring. The other key Leftist battleground is for the control of language. …

This is why Safe Schools seeks to eradicate the use of terms like “his and her” and “boys and girls”. It believes genderless language will produce a genderless generation of young Australians, self-selecting their sexuality as a fluid identity.

Political correctness is not an accident, a random form of censorship. It’s a carefully targeted campaign designed to outlaw the language of observable facts in the discussion of race, gender and sexuality.

Mark Latham knew Gough Whitlam quite well.

Gough Whitlam must be turning in his grave. The Great Man dedicated his life to the principles of the Age of Enlightenment: that rational, evidence-based argument could create a better and fairer society. Not only is the post-structuralist agenda anti-reason, anti-science and anti-family, it is also anti-education. …

Australia’s political leaders are sleepwalking into an educational disaster.

hat-tip Matthew

The Three-way War Between Modernity, Post-Modernity, and Islam

The Three-way War Between Modernity, Post-Modernity, and Islam, by Charles Hill. We are in a worldwide, three-way, cultural war between:

  • Modernity — The Enlightenment, universal human rights, open trade, open expression, consent of the governed, an international system of states with restraints on the worst horrors of war, a determination that religions should not be inserted into political, military, and diplomatic world affairs, the doctrine of “the equality of states,” etc.
  • Post-modernism/PC — The EU is a new form of trans-national entity that eschews war, abolishes sovereign borders, exalts diplomacy, and supersedes the Westphalian system (the idea that countries do not interfere in each other’s domestic affairs). The EU has a new flag bearing no hint of national identity and a new currency depicting unidentifiable architecture of no discernible origin. It avoids any reference to Europe’s Christian heritage.
  • Islam — A meme designed to conquer the world, from seventh century Arabia. An implacable adversary of modernity and post-modernity. It cannot change, fundamentally, because the Qur’an is the unchallengeable word of God, dictated to Mohammed by the archangel Gabriel and not open to later re-interpretation.

The main battleground is Europe.

If Europe is where the siege is to take place, the drawbridge already is up:

  • Islamism abhors the state; the EU has emasculated it.
  • Islamism recognizes only one border: between itself and regions yet to become Muslim; Europe has opened its borders to the point of abolishing the concept altogether.
  • Islamism regards democracy as un-Islamic because it enacts laws other than Sharia; the EU from its inception has acted assiduously to prevent people from governing themselves democratically.
  • Islamists, like Machiavelli, know that armed prophets are victorious and unarmed prophets are destroyed; the EU has deliberately diminished its capacities to defend itself or to back its diplomacy with strength.
  • And while Islamists declare religion to be the answer the EU has seen religion as the problem. As Pierre Manent has pointed out, had Europeans maintained their identity as sovereign states with a Christian heritage, the assimilation of Muslims could have been possible on the basis of comity whereas now it lacks an answer to “assimilation to what?”

Americans need to understand that the Modern Age with its pluralistic structures, societies, and beliefs is under assault and that the enemies of modernity are … unwilling to accept others on an equal basis.

The postmodern PC crew are so focused on defeating modernity (basically the native western populations) that they are willfully blind to their greater enemy, Islam, and indeed assist it (the enemy of our enemy…).

Islam, of course, has no respect for political correctness and postmodernism, and detests it. However Islam respects modernity, having been dominated and beaten by modernism for hundreds of years. Seeing post-modernism emerge as a real threat to modernism, Islam can hardly believe its luck and has been quick to exploit post-modernism.

Pope Francis might jettison idea of a ‘just war’

Pope Francis might jettison idea of a ‘just war’, by Maria Stephan.

Developed in the fifth century A.D. by St. Augustine, the doctrine of a “just war” empowers rulers to wage war only as a last resort to confront grave wrongs. As Augustine wrote: “Peace should be the object of your desire; war should be waged only as a necessity.”

Later, the Summa Theologica, written by St. Thomas Aquinas in the 1260s and 1270s, clarified that war could only be waged by a properly instituted authority like the state, that it could not occur for purposes of self-gain, and that attaining peace must be its central aim. …

But it seems that Pope Francis – who is by all accounts a progressive thinker, unafraid to challenge old Church doctrines – might welcome a debate over the church’s foundational tenets on war and peace. “Faith and violence are incompatible,” he repeated in a 2013 mass prayer gathering at the Vatican. … In his letter to a recent Rome conference, he exhorted participants to revitalize the tools of “active nonviolence.” It was a call, in other words, to challenge the idea of “just war” and to propose an alternative paradigm.

Robert Spencer scathingly applies realism to dispel the Pope’s PC nonsense:

That would remove one of the West’s key philosophical foundations and leave Catholics no alternative but to surrender to the advancing jihad. But with the monuments of Catholic Europe in ruins and the Church subjugated and enslaved, as the jihadi’s blade slices through his neck, Pope Francis can congratulate himself that he was never, ever “Islamophobic,” and that he and his bishops made sure that those within their purview who spoke honestly about the jihad threat were duly silenced.

The Pope has forgotten, if he ever knew, that (as Winston Churchill put it) “we sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

German Protestant bishop wants Islam classes in all state schools

German Protestant bishop wants Islam classes in all state schools. Reuters reports that “The head of the Protestant Church in Germany has called for Islam to be taught in state schools across the country as a way to make young Muslims impervious to the ‘temptation of fundamentalists.’” Robert Spencer:

He suggests this because he assumes that Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists. In reality, however, if Islam is taught in state schools, Germany will find itself confronted with more jihad, not less. But by the time they figure out why it is happening, it will probably be too late.

Believing politically correct ideas is dangerous because they are founded on falsehoods.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Top Gear relaunch fails to wow critics

Top Gear relaunch fails to wow critics, by

The relaunch of Top Gear, with its all new presenting team, had been eagerly anticipated for months.

With Chris Evans and former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc at the helm, viewers were keen to see how they fared compared to the previous trio of presenters.

And so too were the TV critics. Although none appeared to be overwhelmed by the new show, it did not attract a lot of criticism either.

The Daily Telegraph said that while the new presenters had “sharp things” to say about the vehicles, “the show’s trademark flights of savagely funny sarcasm were as thin on the ground as edible grub in service stations”.

The Sun review was a little more critical, saying: “If you hadn’t seen the old version, BBC2 would have a perfectly serviceable new motoring show on their hands. But we have seen this done before and better.

The reason Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear was so popular has little to do with cars. It was simply that the presenters were politically incorrect, sarcastic, and scrapped with each other in a manly way. You hardly ever see that any more.

The original line up had it all: a non-PC grumpy funny old guy, a nerd, and a young (originally) trendy.

hat-tip Matthew

‘Dilbert’ Creator Scott Adams to Bill Maher: Donald Trump Will Win Election In A Landslide

‘Dilbert’ Creator Scott Adams to Bill Maher: Donald Trump Will Win Election In A Landslide. Bill Maher is openly a PC leftie, but nonetheless this is interesting.

Scott Adams:

I’ve been studying persuasion for decades and when I saw Trump last summer displaying the tools of persuasion I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s not a crazy clown. Everything he’s doing, including his complete ignoring of the facts, is persuasion perfection. I called him to be the landslide winner in the general election last year.

Essentially he’s basically bringing a flamethrower to a stick fight. There’s nobody using the same tools that he’s using. So his complete ignoring of facts are actually part of the persuasion because he doesn’t give you targets. He doesn’t give you details of his policies, usually. So he’s reducing the number of targets while making you feel good and focusing on the things he wants. So it’s not about facts, it’s about focus and attention.

SHOWDOWN: EU Vows To Use New Powers To Block All Elected ‘Far Right’ Populists From Power

SHOWDOWN: EU Vows To Use New Powers To Block All Elected ‘Far Right’ Populists From Power, by Liam Deacon.

The President of the unelected executive arm of the European Union (EU) has vowed to block all right wing populists from power across the continent, shortly after acquiring the power to exert “far-reaching sanctions” on elected governments.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, promised to exclude Norbert Hofer, the leader of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ), from all EU decision-making if elected ahead of yesterday’s presidential vote.

Hofer was narrowly beaten. How many Austrians voted against him because he and thus Austria would have been excluded from these decisions? This is clearly meddling in the internal affairs of a country.

The [European] Commission can now trigger a “rule of law mechanism” (Article 7 TEU) against nations it perceives as deviating from “the common constitutional traditions of all Member States.” Ultimately, “far-reaching sanctions” can be exerted, and a country can be stripped of all voting rights in the EU and have funding blocked.

PC is becoming ever stronger, more brazen, and more extreme. Throughout the western world. Increasingly, the politics of different Western nations are interacting— witness all the meddling of one country’s leaders in the domestic politics of other nations, such as Obama weighing in on Brexit, or this arrogant declaration by the EU that it will ignore democratically elected European governments if they aren’t socially and ideologically like them.

The US election is essentially about political correctness. Trump’s main policy is to oppose political correctness, while Clinton is the corrupt queen of PC. The establishment in nearly every western country has been almost entirely captured by the PC, so the battle of PC vs. non-PC looks like establishment versus outsiders.

The Australian election is so boring because both main contenders are PC — there is nothing much at stake, no prospect of real change.

As we detail here on the Wentworth Report, PC policies are causing immense harm to the native populations of the West, particularly on immigration, Islam, sex, marriage, families, banking, debt and the concentration of wealth, and global warming. The West will be weakened fundamentally and permanently if these PC policies are allowed to continue for a few more years. The need to kick out the politically correct from power has became urgent if we are to preserve the features of our societies that made the so successful.

A lot of trends are coming to a head simultaneously — immigration and Islam are real threats now, the world’s debt load is going to break from stagnation into either depression or significant inflation, and global cooling is about to give the lie to the power grab via climate. The next decade will be interesting.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

New Survey: Majority of Britons Do Not Think Islam is Compatible with British Values

New Survey: Majority of Britons Do Not Think Islam is Compatible with British Values, by StreetInsider. The study (of 2,012 British adults online in April, weighted to be representative of all British adults) carried out on behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK, released yesterday, finds:

  • 56% agree that Islam is incompatible with British values
  • 72% think that most people in the UK have a negative view of Islam
  • 33% agree that Islam promotes acts of violence in the UK
  • 55% say that they get most of their knowledge about Islam from the media
  • 43% agree that Islam is a negative force in the UK,  40% disagree.
  • Older Britons were more likely to see Islam as being a negative force, while younger people had a more positive view.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Eton chief attacks plan to make jobseekers reveal private schooling

Eton chief attacks plan to make jobseekers reveal private schooling, by the BBC. The UK Government is drawing up proposals to allow companies and recruiters to check the “socio-economic background” of those applying for jobs, starting with Civil Service jobs.

The plan to ask job applicants if they went to private school is part of the PM’s push to improve “life chances”.

The provost of David Cameron’s old school, Eton College, has attacked his proposals to ask job candidates if their parents paid for their education:

“Fundamentally, I think it quite wrong to punish children for decisions taken by their parents, and to run the risk of choosing crucial public service jobs not on the basis of merit but of social engineering. The ablest candidates come from all possible backgrounds.”

Drip, drip, drip. The West is tearing itself apart with left-wing political correctness. Anything and everything is being used as a tool for social engineering.

Instead of letting society take its own course, these left-wing politically-correct people are conducting what amounts to a huge revolution. They are attempting to completely overturn the traditions of Western society in a power grab for themselves.

History has shown over and over that no one has a monopoly on wisdom, and that planned economics and societies with authoritarian rule have always fared poorly compared to countries with liberty and allowing people as much latitude as possible compatible with a common good.

Britain could be forced to take half a million refugees who acquire EU citizenship

Britain could be forced to take half a million refugees who acquire EU citizenship, by Alix Culbertson.

Between 240,000 and 480,000 of the refugees who have already arrived in the EU, together with the dependants who will join them, could move to the UK once they acquire EU citizenship having landed on European shores over the past few years. …

[E]ach person granted asylum is likely to be followed by between four and eight family members. …

The English language, existing migrant communities and a reputation for tolerance and fairness are particular draws. …

Leave campaigner, Iain Duncan Smith MP, points out that immigration is an economic issue as well as a demographic issue:

“Immigration is an economic issue because it has had a big impact on people’s wages – forcing them down, even as the cost of living has risen. It has also had a dramatic impact on people’s ability to afford their own homes, and their ability to access good public services. To coin a phrase “immigration is the economy, stupid’.

Without controlled borders, you don’t have a country.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Sorry, but so-called “racist” jokes are funny

Sorry, but so-called “racist” jokes are funny, by Ariane Sherine.

There is a massive stench of hypocrisy in public life. We do and say things in private that we would castigate others for doing in public, possibly the best example of this being jokes about race. Nearly all of us will have told a so-called racist joke in private that we ‘wouldn’t get away with’ posting on social media. I’m not talking about Bernard Manning-type bigotry, but everyday one-liners like ‘Why are Asian people so rubbish at football? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop.’

I’m an Asian person and this is not remotely offensive. On the contrary, it celebrates our entrepreneurial spirit, while accurately acknowledging our lack of prowess in soccer (cricket being another matter entirely). However, the well-meaning liberal brigade will slap a white person down for telling it at a dinner party with a disapproving ‘that’s a bit racist!’

Not making people other than white males the butt of jokes is racist — only white males are strong enough and able enough to be the butt of a joke?

Outraged lefties would argue that jokes about race are the gateway drug to worse bigotry. Not only is this untrue, it’s also counterproductive.

By treating black and Asian people with kid gloves and lobbying on our behalf for innocuous jokes to be outlawed, they are making us special cases and differentiating us from the rest of society. Comedy is a great leveller, and no section of the population should be immune from wit and humour, however marginalised a minority they may be.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Knife Terrorism by the Palestinians

Knife Terrorism by the Palestinians, by Strategy Page.

In the West Bank and Israel the Fatah sponsored “knife terrorism” campaign continues to fade.

In eight months the knife terrorism left 28 Israelis (plus four foreigners) and 203 Palestinians dead. While Palestinians have lost enthusiasm for making attacks, opinion surveys in the West Bank and Gaza still show a lot of support for the attacks, especially among the young (15-29) people who most often participate. Yet attacks have sharply declined (by over 80 percent) since the first ones last October.

The Palestinian leaders hoped that, at the very least, the knife terrorism would do some damage to the Israeli economy. That did not work as the current unemployment rate in Israel is 4.9 percent, which is the lowest it’s been since the 1980s.

Lovely neighbors. Which side do you suppose political correctness is on?

ISIS fighters seem to be trying to sell sex slaves online

ISIS fighters seem to be trying to sell sex slaves online, by Joby Warwick at the Washington Post.

The woman is young, perhaps 18, with olive skin and dark bangs that droop onto her face. In the Facebook photo, she attempts to smile but doesn’t look at her photographer.

The caption mentions a single biographical fact: She is for sale.

“To all the bros thinking about buying a slave, this one is $8,000,” begins the May 20 Facebook posting, which was attributed to an Islamic State fighter who calls himself Abu Assad Almani.

Cue outaged feminists … crickets.

Social-media sites used by ­Islamic State fighters in recent months have included numerous accounts of the buying and selling of sex slaves, as well the promulgation of formal rules for dealing with them. The guidelines cover such topics as whether it’s possible to have sex with prepubescent prisoners — yes, the Islamic State’s legal experts say — and how severely a slave can be beaten.

But until the May 20 incident, there were no known instances of Islamic State fighters posting photographs of female captives being offered for sale. The photos of the two unidentified women appeared only briefly before being deleted by Facebook …

As Robert Spencer makes clear here, sexual slavery is an intrinsic part of Islam.

The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. … The savage exploitation of girls and young women is, unfortunately, a cross-cultural phenomenon, but only in Islamic law does it carry divine sanction.

The Qur’an is the unchallengeable word of God, dictated to Mohammed by the archangel Gabriel and not open to later re-interpretation.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

‘Too sick to work migrant’ now wants to bring 12 MORE children and 2 more wives to Europe

‘Too sick to work migrant’ now wants to bring 12 more children and 2 more wives to Europe, by Lizzie Stromme.

[A unemployed 47 year old] Syrian migrant who arrived in Europe with his wife and eight children has now been given approval to bring over 12 more kids and another two wives. …

Al Hasan told local media: “I don’t only have psychological problems, but also physical [problems]. I have a pain in my back and legs.” The migrant also said the pain was so overwhelming that he could not learn Danish yet. …

The approval will see the Danish taxpayer fork out 214,128 Danish Kroners (£21,883) in child support for the family each year.

What’s in it for Denmark? On the plus side:

  • Some Danish political correctness types get to briefly feel good about their generosity.
  • New voters for the leftist party promising more welfare (ok, this is only a positive if you happen to agree with that policy orientation)

That’s probably about it. The negative side includes some longer lasting items:

  • Danish taxpayers will have to forgo considerable material benefits for themselves, because the state takes their money and spends it on the migrants. Their schools, hospitals, etc will have less resources for native Danes.
  • These 23 Syrians don’t appear to have any special abilities, or at least none are noted in the article. Drawn from a less civilized culture (largely mired in the seventh century by its religion) and from a less intelligent population than Denmark’s (check out the average IQs), they are unlike to improve Denmark’s lot. Given the history of the population from which they are drawn, it is highly unlikely they or their descendants will prove to be nearly as hardworking and productive as the local Danes, and indeed will probably not contribute significantly to the welfare of retired Danes. A source of new workers to keep the Danish welfare state functioning smoothly for generations they are almost certainly not.
  • The 23 Syrians are members of a fast-breeding population with a political belief structure that dedicates them to treating non-group members poorly — indeed, their belief structure permits and encourages lying to, raping, and killing the local Danes. Hardly the best guests. Now while these 23 individuals might not be like that, without further information the chances are that they lean in this direction.
  • These immigrants and their descendants, if typical Muslim immigration in Europe is any guide, will not integrate well into Danish society, will not be gainfully employed as much as one might hope, will breed fast and suck up welfare, will intimidate the locals and worse, will increasingly form ghettos and threaten violence if they do not get their own way, and they will not go away. If left long enough, they will eventually outnumber and takeover the rest of Danish society, and force their seventh century ways on all Danes.

The lot of the non-politically correct Danish who work hard and pay taxes particularly sucks: they work to support lazy parasitic neighbors who are culturally hostile and who compete with them for societal resources, who may threaten them in the short term, and who may force their descendants to submit to their seventh century beliefs.

We all know this; it’s all pretty obvious, but simply unsaid by a politically correct media and by a population cowering under the threat of being called names by the politically correct.

Who can the Danes vote for to stop this madness? Is there any Danish leader with enough cultural confidence to fix these problems?

Robert Spencer notes:

Then there is the tacit acceptance of polygamy. What possible benefit does all this bring to Danish society? That politicians get to congratulate themselves on their humanitarianism? And when the bombs start exploding and the Sharia demands get more aggressive, will that be enough?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Donald Trump: Illegals treated better than US veterans

Donald Trump: Illegals treated better than US veterans, by the BBC. Most of the article is spent attacking Trump, but in spite of that some information emerges:

Illegal immigrants in the US often get better care than the nation’s military veterans, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said.

“We’re not going to allow that to happen any longer,” he told a bikers’ rally in Washington DC. … many in the crowd cheered Mr Trump.

Migrants are treated better because the PC lefties are in desperate competition with one another, falling over themselves to give everything away to the newcomers in order to signal their own virtue. They do so with taxes levied upon people who had to work for what they are giving to the migrants for free.

This, of course, is quite immoral behavior by the politically correct. We would have far more respect for the PC crew if they used their own resources to signal their virtue and accommodate their mascots, instead of commandeering other’s resources by threat of state-sanctioned force (i.e. taxes).

That many of the migrants belong to a political movement dedicated to taking over the world and ending our way of life just adds a certain frisson in the political loins of the politically correct.

It’s worth pointing out again:

The huge increases in migrants over the last decade were partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and “rub the Right’s nose in diversity”, according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Do we really have to cater for 58 different genders?

Do we really have to cater for 58 different genders? by Karalee Katsambanis.

New York City now officially recognizes 31 genders. Facebook has gone even better and upped the ante on New York by managing to recognize 58 genders.

NYC’s Commission on Human Rights has released a list of different genders that businesses must accommodate or risk a six-figure fine. Using the wrong pronoun when referring to someone who may get offended by what someone else has said, could also result in a fine.

How is freedom of speech even vaguely compatible with being fined by the state for using the wrong pronoun?

[P]eople really are beginning to tune out with the level of political correctness currently being rammed down our throats by a small minority intent on redefining well-known and understood societal norms.

Number 1 on the New York list is bi-gendered … ‘Woman’ and ‘Man’ come in at number 16 and 17 on the list and if most people are not a little surprised at that, then they are not being honest.

It defies logic that anyone outside a small, ideologically-driven cabal would even know all 31 supposed genders.

So the US is embroiled in its culture war. What about Australia?

At the moment, Australia is not in the same social experimental grip of political correctness as the USA, where these issues cause angst and division on a daily basis. …

In 2016, Australia is a tolerant society. If someone who is transitioning gender (such as a man becoming a woman) uses the female bathroom, other patrons wouldn’t bat an eyelid. But we are opening a Pandora’s box if we go the way of America and allow anyone to use the same bathroom.

We do not want sexual predators in female bathrooms, or even anti-gay or anti-transgender predators who may do harm. We also do not want some smart-alec 18-year-old schoolboy to be invading the bathrooms of 13-year-old school girls.

Political correctness is not about furthering the interests of the mascots, but the power of the politically correct — as revealed by the glaring inconsistencies:

It does seem rather incongruous that some want us to allow men to use the female bathroom at the same time as we are finally shining a spotlight on domestic violence against women.

While one set of bureaucrats is organising women-only taxis and women-only parking bays, is it really “progress” to get rid of the well-accepted separate male and female toilets?

The politically correct are running rampant over the majority, bossing us around:

This whole issue defies logic and reality because nobody seems to be allowed to have a discussion or debate on the topic. The silent majority is instead ridiculed by “progressives” for bringing attention to the idiocy of it all.

hat-tip Matthew

‘The French Have Been Silent For Too Long’: Identitarians March Through Paris

‘The French Have Been Silent For Too Long’: Identitarians March Through Paris, by Liam Deacon.

Hundreds of people from the Génération Identitaire movement have marched in Paris, protesting against Islamisation, mass migration, and Islamist terror.

“No to islamisation”, “the French are angry” and “Here is our home!” the 500 hundred strong crowd chanted as the processed through the streets of the French capital.

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The “hipster right” Génération Identitaire group are a notably youthful movement of anti-mass migration activists who engage in direct action. …

In a statement on their website released ahead of yesterday’s event, the group said: “Between Islamist attacks and migrant invasion, the year 2015 has marked a turning point in the contemporary history of our country.

“The French have been silent for too long… It is time to show our determination to continue to live on our land, under our laws, our values and with respect to our identity.

Didn’t hear about this from the ABC or the mainstream media. Is this relevant? Are they lying by omission?

Don’t be a sucker for socialism

Don’t be a sucker for socialism, by Glenn Reynolds.

It is a common misconception that socialism is about helping poor people. Actually, what socialism does is create poor people, and keep them poor. And that’s not by accident.

Here’s a wonderful line, pithy and true:

Under capitalism, rich people become powerful. But under socialism, powerful people become rich.

When you look at a socialist country like Venezuela, you find that the rulers are fabulously wealthy even as the ordinary citizenry deals with empty supermarket shelves and electricity rationing. The daughter of Venezuela’s socialist ruler, Hugo Chavez, is the richest individual in Venezuela, worth billions of dollars, according to the Miami-based Diario Las América. In Cuba, Fidel Castro reportedly has lived — pretty much literally — like a king, even as his subjects dwelt in poverty. In the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, as Hedrick Smith reported in his The Russians, the Communist Party big shots had lavish country houses and apartments in town stocked with hand-polished fresh fruit, even as the common people stood in line for hours at state-run stores in the hopes of getting staples.

People keep falling for socialism just like people keep falling for “something for nothing” and “get rich quick”.

Well, this is old news: George Orwell explained the phenomenon in his Animal Farm many decades ago. But people keep falling for it: Like Ponzi schemes, socialism is an evergreen form of fraud, egged on by suckers eager to believe the lies hucksters tell them.

Kristof’s ‘Confession of Liberal Intolerance’

Kristof’s ‘Confession of Liberal Intolerance’, by Jonathan H. Adler. Starts with an admission of the obvious:

New York Times columnist Nichols Kristof:

“We progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t conservatives”

“Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us. . . .”

If politically correct university culture hates us so much, why should we fund universities?

The university’s ideological tilt, combined with its intolerance, cannot but place higher education in an even more precarious place. After all, how long will taxpayers in red states be willing to subsidize universities that appear to be their ideological enemies?

In a politically polarized nation, why subsidize the other side?

Men should ‘lightly beat’ their wives if they refuse sex, according to Islamic council leader

Men should ‘lightly beat’ their wives if they refuse sex, according to Islamic council leader, by Fionn Hargreaves.

“A husband should be allowed to lightly beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take bath after intercourse or menstrual periods,” [says] the draft bill [of the powerful Council of Islamic Ideology based in Pakistan].

In the proposal, the council advises men to beat their wives if they refuse to dress as he wishes her to, talk to strangers or speak loudly. Wives may also be reprimanded if they give anyone money without the husband giving her permission first.

Oh oh, feminists, SJWs and the left are going to be all over this one!

Seriously, the outrage from feminists is entirely missing because our feminists are allied with the Muslims against us. This is an appalling hypocrisy, and reveals that our feminists were not fighting for women’s rights as they claimed, merely for their own rights. They were misleading us. Whenever feminists complain, their inconsistency and self-serving nature needs to be pointed out and explanations demanded.

hat-tip Matthew

The device that eavesdrops on the voices in your head: Mind-reaching machine could soon turn your secret thoughts into speech

The device that eavesdrops on the voices in your head: Mind-reaching machine could soon turn your secret thoughts into speech, by Ellie Zolfagharifard.

A mind-reaching machine that can translate thoughts into speech is coming closer to reality.

The research has been ongoing for several years, and recently, scientists successfully managed to playback a word that someone is thinking by monitoring their brain activity.

While there remains a long way to go, they say this could help victims of stroke and others with speech paralysis to communicate with their loved ones. …

Using electrodes placed on the surface of the language areas of the brain of awake patients, they monitored the pattern of electrical responses of brain cells during perceived speech. The scientists then created a computer model that could match spoken sounds to these signals. ‘We recorded electrical signals directly from the human language areas when a person heard words,’ Knight explained. ‘We then decoded these electrical signals and were able to turn them into sound files that reflected what the person heard, with remarkable accuracy.’

The state could use this to further erode privacy and eradicate thought-crime (aka political incorrectness). It might replace torture with a tricky game of twenty questions.

Federal election 2016: ALP’s fairness means socialist ideology

Federal election 2016: ALP’s fairness means socialist ideology, by Jennifer Oriel.

Labor has gained poll popularity by mastering the art of framing.

No concept has been subjected to more radical reframing during the election campaign than fairness. By modern Left reckoning, indebting citizens to expand state power constitutes fairness. The ideals of fairness and equality have been retrofitted to serve the New Left’s voracious statism …

“Fairness” favors the less fortunate but also parasites.

Fairness is not an economic plan. It is a political ideal that typically comes at a high cost with no guaranteed return on investment. Fairness has to be funded. That funding often comes from sources the Left despises: the entrepreneurial class, the private sector and mined natural resources.

The Left’s fairness agenda depends on the redistribution of revenue from wealth creators to state dependants including politicians and bureaucrats.

But advocating “equality of outcomes” is the hallmark of the parasite:

But the Left is reshaping the fairness agenda in the image of more typically socialist ideology. It agitates for substantive equality where fairness is equated with equality of outcomes. Substantive equality requires the neo-Marxist strategy of levelling enabled by “positive discrimination” in affirmative action laws.

[Equality of outcomes] is promoted by the Labor Left, the Greens, publicly funded institutions including the Australian Human Rights Commission and many supranational organisations.

By contrast, the Right supports formal equality defined as the equal opportunity to achieve and the equal treatment of individual citizens under the law.

Equality of opportunity is fair. But equality of outcome is unfair because it ignores merit, hard work, deservedness, and ability — parasites love it, because they can share equally in the spoils while making little or no contribution.

The legacy of left-wing government is neither equality nor fairness. It is debt. …

The modern Left sacrifices the principle of fairness and the practice of equal opportunity to service the statist ambitions of its political elite. None are more disappointed than those of us who once believed Labor’s pledge to fairness meant putting the people before the party.

What It’s Like to Live in a City Without Uber

What It’s Like to Live in a City Without Uber, by Neal Pollock. A month ago Austin, Texas, rejected a proposal by Uber and Lyft to self-regulate their drivers and instead mandated stricter rules on the companies, including fingerprint background checks and emblems on cars. A disaster of price gouging, traffic and bad taxis has followed.

Overnight, a city of two million people, a major international tech business hub and the Capital of Texas, has become virtually impossible to navigate without a privately owned car. If you’re from out of town, you’re in trouble. …

Getting to and from the airport was fine, Duncan says. He used the airport-transit app Wingz, which was on time, clean, and reasonably priced. The rest of the weekend, he says, “truly sucked.” He tried a cab-hailing app called Z Trip, which replied to his request two hours after he made it. “We walked for miles on Saturday night,” he says. “It took us forever to get back home. On Sunday night, it took us an hour to get out of a Mexican restaurant that was trying to shut down.” …

Berezin had a pre-scheduled business trip to Austin the week that Uber and Lyft left town. He had to hail a taxi instead. “The cab was super loud, the structure had worn out a long time ago,” he said. “I couldn’t even hear myself when I was on the phone.” He had to travel from the airport to suburban Round Rock. The driver didn’t know the destination, so he had Berezin enter the destination on an old Blackberry. Including tip, the ride cost 97 dollars. Three months earlier, the exact same trip had cost Berezin $50 with Uber.

“When I went to pay there wasn’t a standard swipe, “Berezin said. “I handed him a card, he put it through a Square on his personal phone. And then I got a receipt not from Yellow Cab, but from this guy. There were no protections. I don’t want to hand my card to just anyone.”

Who knew that transport had primarily become a communications problem, rather than an automobile problem? The internet and apps solved that problem, with Uber and others adding the communications solution to the existing automobiles. Going back to the old pre-information monopolies really sucked.

Austin has gone back in time 20 years, to an era where the taxi monopoly and the Hertz cartel had a total chokehold on visitors. One of Berezin’s colleagues had a scheduled car rental. The company told him they were sold out, not likely on an average Tuesday. But, they said, they had a few cars in reserve in case of emergency, priced at $100 a day. “These weren’t Escalades,” Berezin says. “They were old Nissan Sentras.” The price-gouge is on. …

Meanwhile, ten thousand drivers are out of a job—or at least a second job. The city’s huge phalanx of former ride-sharing drivers finds itself scrambling for work. The city responded by setting up a useless hotline and a “job fair” that consisted of little more than telling people how to apply for expensive chauffeur’s licenses and cab medallions.

Other than the occasional savvy low-scale entrepreneur and sharky car-rental and cab companies, no one appears to be benefitting from this insane transit apocalypse. Though the city frightened voters with terrifying depictions of a plague of Uber-rape, it’s now come out that people with sexual assault convictions, and even drunk-driving arrests, are actually allowed to drive cabs in Austin, few questions asked.

hat-tip Matthew

‘The Great White Hope’

‘The Great White Hope’, by Pat Buchanan. White death rates in the US are rising, not falling like in every other racial and ethnic group:

The big new killers of middle-aged white folks? Alcoholic liver disease, overdoses of heroin and opioids, and suicides.

[Study author] Deaton could cite but one parallel to this social disaster: “Only H.I.V./AIDS in contemporary times has done anything like this.”

Middle-aged whites are four times as likely as middle-aged blacks to kill themselves. Their fitness levels are falling as they suffer rising levels of physical pain, emotional stress and mental depression, which helps explain the alcohol and drug addiction.

Why? Though the US is near full employment, many whites have dropped out of the workforce. Real wages of working Americans have been nearly stagnant for decades. Marriage rates are plunging:

Where a wife and children give meaning to a man’s life, and to his labors, single white men are not only being left behind by the new economy, they are becoming alienated from society.

Culture is upstream of these reasons, however. A lost generation of whites have been hypocritically discriminated against by our politically correct culture — while everyone else gets affirmative action, and ability is downplayed:

In the popular culture of the ’40s and ’50s, white men were role models. They were the detectives and cops who ran down gangsters and the heroes who won World War II on the battlefields of Europe and in the islands of the Pacific. They were doctors, journalists, lawyers, architects and clergy. White males were our skilled workers and craftsmen — carpenters, painters, plumbers, bricklayers, machinists, mechanics.

They were the Founding Fathers … Lincoln and every president had been a white male … the great inventors … They were the great capitalists … All the great captains of America’s wars were white males.

But look how everything is different now, starting with the pack of politically correct lies that passes for “history” in modern culture:

The world has been turned upside-down for white children. In our schools the history books have been rewritten and old heroes blotted out, as their statues are taken down and their flags are put away.

Children are being taught that America was “discovered” by genocidal white racists, who murdered the native peoples of color, enslaved Africans to do the labor they refused to do, then went out and brutalized and colonized indigenous peoples all over the world.

In Hollywood films and TV shows, working-class white males are regularly portrayed as what was once disparaged as “white trash.”

Republicans are instructed that demography is destiny, that white America is dying, and that they must court Hispanics, Asians and blacks, or go the way of the Whigs.

Special treatment for everyone else but white males; fairness and merit are largely thrown out the window. Culture encourages  discrimination against white males while simultaneously deploring it for everyone else:

Since affirmative action for black Americans began in the 1960s, it has been broadened to encompass women, Hispanics, Native Americans the handicapped, indeed, almost 70 percent of the nation.

White males, now down to 31 percent of the population, have become the only Americans against whom it is not only permissible, but commendable, to discriminate.

When our cultural and political elites celebrate “diversity” and clamor for more, what are they demanding, if not fewer white males in the work force and in the freshman classes at Annapolis and Harvard?

There is no end in sight. Political correctness has rigged the system permanently against white males — so Trump.

What is the moral argument for an affirmative action that justifies unending race discrimination against a declining white working class, who have become the expendables of our multicultural regime?

“Angry white male” is now an acceptable slur in culture and politics. So it is that people of that derided ethnicity, race, and gender see in Donald Trump someone who unapologetically berates and mocks the elites who have dispossessed them, and who despise them.

A First Look at America’s Supergun

A First Look at America’s Supergun, by .

The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity…

The railgun projectile … gains speed as it travels the length of a 32-foot barrel, exiting the muzzle at 4,500 miles an hour, or more than a mile a second.

“This is going to change the way we fight,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Mat Winter, the head of the Office of Naval Research. The Navy developed the railgun as a potent offensive weapon to blow holes in enemy ships, destroy tanks and level terrorist camps. The weapon system has the attention of top Pentagon officials also interested in its potential to knock enemy missiles out of the sky more inexpensively and in greater numbers than current missile-defense systems — perhaps within a decade. …

Wires splay out the back of the railgun, which requires a power plant that generates 25 megawatts—enough electricity to power 18,750 homes. … The railgun faces many technical barriers before it is battle ready.

The age of the gun faded after World War II, hampered by the limited range and accuracy of gunpowder weapons. Missiles and jet fighters dominated the Cold War years, prompting the Navy to retire its big-gun battleships. The railgun—and its newly developed projectiles—could launch a new generation of the vessels.

“Part of the reason we moved away from big guns is the chemistry and the physics of getting the range,” said Jerry DeMuro, the chief executive of BAE Systems, a railgun developer. “The railgun can create the kind of massive effect you want without chemistry.”

The Navy’s current 6-inch guns have a range of 15 miles. The 16-inch guns of mothballed World War II-era battleships could fire a distance of 24 miles and penetrate 30 feet of concrete. In contrast, the railgun has a range of 125 miles, officials said, and five times the impact.

“Anytime you have a projectile screaming in at extremely high speeds — kilometers per second — the sheer kinetic energy of that projectile is awesome,” Mr. Work said. “There are not a lot of things that can stop it.”

Why I Hate The Media: A Continuing Series

Why I Hate The Media: A Continuing Series, by Ace of Spades.

What drives left-wingers angry is the thought of a well-to-do suburban family. They’ve got some money. They have three cars. They have an intact marriage and children doing well in good schools.

And they’re kinda smug. They pose in a picture and smile in a way that makes leftists angry. They’re not aware of all the suffering beyond the perimeters of their perfect lawns.

Also, they think they have wisdom to share with the world. But, in the words of Barack Obama: You didn’t build that. Even though this family is obviously doing something right, they have nothing to share with the world, because they haven’t struggled. They’re not marginalized.

They have it easy and soft and yet would lecture a poor person about how to become wealthier.

Okay, so that’s the image that makes all left-wingers left-wingers.

Now here’s the thing:

The story then goes on to point out that the (left wing) media personalities in the US are all rather wealthy individuals. Even in Australia, on the government-run ABC, Tony Jones is paid over $350k per year and he hosts private events for several $k per pop on top of that.

So we have these rich smug people, smiling smugly who have the World All Figured Out, ready to drop their Truth Bombs and Life Wisdom on at the slightest non-prompting. …

And what, precisely, gives these people moral authority to lecture the rest of us? Nothing. … So these people with their smug entirely unearned authority, their utter lack of any accomplishment apart from reading from scripts others have written for them and having skin that successfully sticks to pancake make-up, are here to lecture us. … Rich people who think they can and should lecture their inferiors.

It’s like the phenomenon of asking the opinion of actors on topics like global warming. Actors mouth words written by other people, and they fake emotions. Why accept them as authorities on anything beyond acting?

Iraqi migrant who bought a T-shirt saying ‘I’m Muslim, don’t panic’ is hospitalised by three Islamic asylum seekers who thought he was insulting their religion

Iraqi migrant who bought a T-shirt saying ‘I’m Muslim, don’t panic’ is hospitalised by three Islamic asylum seekers who thought he was insulting their religion, by Charlie Moore.

An asylum seeker [in Berlin] who jokingly wore a T-shirt saying ‘I’m Muslim, don’t panic’ was so savagely beaten by his fellow refugees that he had to be rushed to hospital.

The 23-year-old Iraqi had thought that his fellow Islamic asylum seekers would see the funny side, but instead they accused him of offending their religion and decided to teach him a painful lesson.

Ahh, that famous Islamic compassion, moderation, and sense of humor. Guess it got beaten out of the gene pool over the centuries.