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