Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Dead heat on eve of Australian election as final poll points to cliffhanger

Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Dead heat on eve of Australian election as final poll points to cliffhanger, by Mark Kenny.

Fewer than one in five voters think Bill Shorten will win the election, yet around half intend to give his party either their first or second preference, according to the final Fairfax-Ipsos poll on the eve of the election.

The contradiction points to a looming dead heat that has lifted the potential for Saturday’s election to deliver either a shock Labor win, a narrow Coalition victory, or a hung Parliament with no side commanding a majority in the House of Representatives.

A massive 27 per cent of voters remain intent on supporting Greens and other crossbench parties and independents, as support for the major parties threatens to erode further.

Trump pulls into lead in latest Rasmussen poll

Trump pulls into lead in latest Rasmussen poll, by Rasmussen Reports.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 43% of the vote, while Clinton earns 39%. Twelve percent (12%) still like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. …

Last week at this time, it was Clinton 44%, Trump 39%. This is Trump’s highest level of support in Rasmussen Reports’ matchups with Clinton since last October. His support has been hovering around the 40% mark since April, but it remains to be seen whether he’s just having a good week or this actually represents a real move forward among voters.

Boris Johnson announces he will not run for Prime Minister

Boris Johnson announces he will not run for Prime Minister, by Laura Hughes.

Boris Johnson pulls out of Conservative leadership battle. Gove announces he will run for Prime Minister. Theresa May reaches out to eurosceptics as she announces bid. [Johnson] calls for ‘sensible, moderate One Nation Conservative approach,’ says Government must tackle income inequality [and that it is] vital to bring together everyone from Remain and Leave sides.

A handful of Tory MPs reacted with disbelief as news that Mr Johnson would not be seeking the leadership filtered through …

Shame. He was a brilliant and interesting speaker at times, likeable and funny.

And now Mr Gove has destroyed Boris Johnson, writes James Kirkup.

By suggesting ever so politely, that Mr Johnson cannot provide real leadership or build a united team, Mr Gove went for his former ally’s jugular.

The idea that affable Boris is actually divisive, selfish and unreliable is Mr Johnson’s biggest weakness in this contest.

UPDATE: Steven Neil suspects that the real story is Johnson is too right wing for the rotten Tory Party and can now wait for Britain’s Angela Merkel, Theresa May, to lead the party towards collapse. He will then be in a position to pick up the pieces. The bottom line is that UKIP’s work is only just beginning — treason by the elites continues regardless of the referendum result.

The great Conservative renewal is now underway

The great Conservative renewal is now underway, by James Forsyth.

The Tory party is in a deeply emotional state. … Post-referendum, Remain and Leave Tory MPs still meet in separate groups. Some think this indicates that the leadership fight could become the most divisive in recent history. …

In the coming days, Boris will come under pressure to set out his vision for post-Brexit Britain. I understand that he and Michael Gove have three principles. First, they want democratic control over immigration policy — a rejection of the EU principle of free movement of people. Second, they no longer want the UK to be subject to the European Court of Justice. Third, they want access to — but not membership of — the single market. …

Tory pragmatists, including several Remain ministers I’ve spoken to, acknowledge that [Boris Johnson] goes a long way to neutralising Ukip as a threat to the Tories. It would be perilous for them to select someone who had campaigned against Brexit as their leader because Farage and co could claim that referendum voters had been betrayed. They would shout that it was all an establishment stitch-up and that people needed to vote Ukip to make a proper Brexit happen. …

A staple of [Boris’] referendum stump speech was that the ‘EU is a corporate stitch-up’ contributing to the growing pay gap between CEOs and workers. As one of Boris’s closest allies puts it: ‘We need a government that understands this: in the last 15 years if you had capital you made out like a bandit. If you had to rely on your own labour, you didn’t.’ … Another pillar of a Johnson government would be social mobility. …

At the same time, the Labour party is in meltdown: it is almost impossible to see how the dispute between Jeremy Corbyn and the bulk of the parliamentary Labour party can be resolved.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy

The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy. This 1996 book by Thomas Sowell has a stellar reputation across the policy spectrum for its insights into the modern elite and political correctness. A classic. Highly recommended if you want a serious read.

Sowell presents a devastating critique of the mind-set behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years. Sowell sees what has happened during that time not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a tainted vision whose defects have led to crises in education, crime, and family dynamics, and to other social pathologies. In this book, he describes how elites—the anointed—have replaced facts and rational thinking with rhetorical assertions, thereby altering the course of our social policy.

While “the anointed” favor explanations that exempt individuals from personal responsibility and seek painless solutions, those with the “tragic vision” see policies as trade-offs.

Some quotes:

One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.

To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by “society.”

…the very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else?

Among the many other questions raised by the nebulous concept of “greed” is why it is a term applied almost exclusively to those who want to earn more money or to keep what they have already earned—never to those wanting to take other people’s money in taxes or to those wishing to live on the largesse dispensed from such taxation. No amount of taxation is ever described as “greed” on the part of government or the clientele of government.

One of the first things taught in introductory statistics textbooks is that correlation is not causation. It is also one of the first things forgotten.

. . ideology. . . is an instrument of power; a defense mechanism against information; a pretext for eluding moral constraints in doing or approving evil with a clean conscience; and finally, a way of banning the criterion of experience, that is, of completely eliminating or indefinitely postponing the pragmatic criteria of success and failure. —Jean-François Revel

Only in the light of this agenda does it make sense that so-called “sex education” should be advocated to take place throughout the school years—from kindergarten to college—when it could not possibly take that much time to teach basic biological or medical information about sex. What takes that long is a constant indoctrination in new attitudes.

Systemic processes tend to reward people for making decisions that turn out to be right—creating great resentment among the anointed, who feel themselves entitled to rewards for being articulate, politically active, and morally fervent.

There cannot be a law-abiding society if no one knows in advance what law they are to abide by, but must wait for judges to create ex post facto legal rulings based on “evolving standards” rather than known rules.

The staunchest conservatives advocate a range of changes which differ in specifics, rather than in number or magnitude, from the changes advocated by those considered liberal…change, as such, is simply not a controversial issue. Yet a common practice among the anointed is to declare themselves emphatically, piously, and defiantly in favor of ‘change.’ Thus those who oppose their particular changes are depicted as being against change in general. It is as if opponents of the equation 2+2=7 were depicted as being against mathematics. Such a tactic might, however, be more politically effective than trying to defend the equation on its own merits.

hat-tip Chris

Spoiled College Grad Demands New Dress Code at Job, Gets the Boot

Spoiled College Grad Demands New Dress Code at Job, Gets the Boot, by Tom Knighton.

Junior was at his internship, and he wanted the company to have a more lax dress code. Plus, they noticed one of the regular staff wearing shoes that weren’t in line with the standard dress code, and that just wasn’t right. So, this individual got together with his fellow interns and wrote up a proposal for an alternate dress code (hmm … ) accompanied with a petition (whoops!) and sent it on.

Hilarity ensued: “The next day, all of us who signed the petition were called into a meeting where we thought our proposal would be discussed. Instead, we were informed that due to our “unprofessional” behavior, we were being let go from our internships. We were told to hand in our ID badges and to gather our things and leave the property ASAP.

We were shocked. The proposal was written professionally like examples I have learned about in school, and our arguments were thought out and well-reasoned. We weren’t even given a chance to discuss it. The worst part is that just before the meeting ended, one of the managers told us that the worker who was allowed to disobey the dress code was a former soldier who lost her leg and was therefore given permission to wear whatever kind of shoes she could walk in. You can’t even tell, and if we had known about this we would have factored it into our argument.”

The reality is that colleges — the educational institutions that are theoretically supposed to prepare these kids for the real world — did these students a disservice by treating every petition or pet cause as valid, allowing the inmates to run the asylum. When the students hit the real world, WHAM!

I was fired from my internship for writing a proposal for a more flexible dress code, by Alison Green.

Firing the whole group of you was a pretty extreme reaction, but I can understand why they were highly annoyed.

Y’all were pretty out of line. You were interns there — basically guests for the summer. Their rules are their rules. This is like being a houseguest and presenting your host with a signed petition (!) to change their rules about cleaning up after yourself. You just don’t have the standing to do that.

The bullying tactics worked so well at university — why not in the corporate world? PC meets reality.

“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive”: Reflections of an English Brexpat

“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive”: Reflections of an English Brexpat, by Carl Trueman.

Europe has been the central question of English politics for most of my nearly five decades of life. Throughout that time, it has consistently cut across conventional Left-Right lines, as it did in the vote last week. From our earliest involvement in Europe, figures such as Enoch Powell and then Roger Scruton made arguments against the E.U. based on notions of national sovereignty, history, and culture. On the Left, those like the late Tony Benn, doyen of unreconstructed socialists, pointed continually to the lack of democratic accountability of E.U. institutions. Both Left and Right Eurosceptics also raised repeated questions about administrative waste and corruption.

And behind it all was the obvious fact that the British had never voted for the Europe we now have. We had voted for little more than a free-trade zone. What we have is a legislative and administrative behemoth that aspires to be a transnational state. This Europe has never had a popular mandate—a point that has reinforced feelings of resentment and impotence as it has advanced across people’s lives like some giant, bureaucratic glacier.

The political part of the EU is illegitimate. The governed never consented. As for impregnating the EU lands with Muslims … that’s rape, isn’t it?

The demographics of the English part of the referendum were predictable. Those who have done well out of Europe—mainly the London metro-elite—tended to vote Remain. …such people benefit from globalization: For example, it gives them access to cheap and readily available foreign labor, to fancy designer goods, and to the professional freedom that comes from open markets and open borders.

Those who find the effects of globalization intimidating, who feel that their jobs and wages are threatened by free movement of labor and capital, and whose local ways of life are eroded by mass immigration, tended to vote Leave.

That makes sense. People usually vote their economic self interest.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Top 14 Countries Whose Women Have The Largest Natural Breasts In The World

Top 14 Countries Whose Women Have The Largest Natural Breasts In The World, by Rebecca Martinson.

Almost 400,000 women from around the globe were measured for the study, with Caucasian Americans coming in with the highest breast volume measuring in at larger than a D-cup. Even non-Caucasian Americans still beat out most other countries, ranking in at third place with around a C-cup….

Breast sizes (volumes) by country

[R]esearchers found that obesity did not play a large part in the relative size of breasts, with the average breast volume “found to be large regardless of body weight, with even athletic and slim women being large-breasted.”

From the The Journal of Female Health Sciences:

It has been shown that young women who come to the United States as exchange students have a very high incidence of  mental problems related to their body image and self-esteem. In-depth interviews of the affected exchange students have revealed that one of the key reasons for the problems is that they feel anxiety, when they realize that their breasts are so substantially smaller in size than the breasts of U.S females.

What Brexit market disaster?

What Brexit market disaster? by Joanne Nova.

For five days headlines have told us the markets are being “Pounded”, with “Turmoil”, like a “Wild Ride” with “bloodletting“. I thought I’d graph the horror of the last week on the FTSE100, DAX, the CAC40 and the Euronext.  Naturally big-government fans in the media have no interest in overselling the disaster that is Brexit.

last five years of FTSE 100 including Brexit

See the link for more graphs. Last night the UK’s FTSE 100 surged 3.6% to close higher than it was just prior to the referendum.

The British Pound is at a historic low (luckily the fall hasn’t quite hit the 2008 level). British exporters must be loving this. …

Shh. Banks are the biggest losers: … “Germany’s Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank are down by between 11.5% and 12% (having recouped around half of their losses at the European opening). In France, Societe Generale is the biggest loser, down 19%, followed by BNP Paribas -16% and Credit Agricole -12.1%. In Italy, seven of the bottom eight losers are banks, down by between 17% and 20.9%. The only thing keeping Lloyds Banking Group off the bottom of the FTSE 100 table is the fact that the U.K. has a lot of listed homebuilders, who have been hit even harder. — Fortune, June 24th

In the Brexit aftermath the Big Banks are getting into trouble. Most mainstream journalists don’t seem to want to highlight the banker-pain.   Maybe it’s not the right message: “Stay IN the EU and Save the Banks”

Federal election 2016: TV ad doctor is political activist

Federal election 2016: TV ad doctor is political activist, by Sharri Markson.

The doctor who fronts the ACTU- funded Medicare television advertisement saying he is not a member of a political party has been a left-wing political activist for 40 years.

Drummoyne Medical Centre’s Robert Marr, who appears in the advertisement claiming there will be healthcare cuts under the Turnbull government, has a long history of political campaigning, including calling for John Howard to be investigated by the International Criminal Court for sending Australian troops to Iraq, lobbying against the Coalition in the 1993 federal election and arguing against private health insurance.

Standards of truth obviously coming second behind the PC crew’s need to fuel the narrative. Deceptive, lawyerly wordsmithing is so typical of them.

Bonfire of the EU laws: From crooked cucumbers to powerful vacuum cleaners, the barmy Brussels regulations we can now get rid of

Bonfire of the EU laws: From crooked cucumbers to powerful vacuum cleaners, the barmy Brussels regulations we can now get rid of, by Amie Gordon.

Despite the fact Britain has voted in favour of leaving the EU, this is still the start of a long process before the country officially untangles from the network of institutions in Brussels.

The barmy regulations include:

1. Ban on curvy bananas and crooked cucumbers. … A 1994 EU regulation specified that bananas must be ‘free from abnormal curvature.’ ... EU rules also governed the shape of many other fruits and vegetables — cucumbers, for example, needed to be almost perfectly straight.

2. Incandescent lightbulbs. … Following the EU’s ban on incandescent light-bulbs, many people were reported to have suffered epileptic fits from the flickering, supposedly eco-friendly fluorescent bulbs.

3. Vacuum cleaners. From September 1, 2014, companies were prohibited from manufacturing or importing any vacuum cleaners above the 1,600-watt limit as part of a drive to reduce domestic electricity use.

4. Drinking water does not prevent dehydration. … EU authorities passed a law which claimed scientists had found no evidence to suggest drinking water stopped dehydration. Manufacturers of bottled water were prohibited from labelling products with claims that would suggest consumption would fight dehydration.

5. ‘Diabetics’ banned from driving. Diabetes UK said that the DVLA did not differentiate between daytime and night-time episodes of hypoglycaemia, meaning that some people with diabetes are losing their driving licence unnecessarily.

6. It is illegal to eat your pet horse.

hat-tip Barry Corke

Andrew Forrest in ‘blood’ gibe at Greens over welfare payments

Andrew Forrest in ‘blood’ gibe at Greens over welfare payments, by Brad Thompson.

Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest has launched a stinging attack on the Greens and others who oppose his radical reforms to welfare payments as the measures show signs of improving lives in remote communities.

Mr Forrest said his critics would be left with blood on their hands if they resisted action to protect vulnerable children.

His outburst came after a heartbreaking meeting with two school-age Aboriginal girls with $200-a-day drug addictions.

Sensible left fighting with the silly left:

Mr Forrest said the Greens, including WA senator Rachel Siewert, refused to consider measures welcomed by those living in vulnerable communities.

Senator Siewert, who clashed with Mr Forrest in Senate committee hearings and has raised doubts about the effectiveness of welfare control measures, declined to comment.

hat-tip Matthew

New directions in PC: LA backs fining companies for asking applicants about past crimes

New directions in PC: LA backs fining companies for asking applicants about past crimes, by Dakota Smith.

Businesses that ask a job applicant about his or her criminal history during the hiring process could be fined and forced to pay the applicant up to $500 under a new law being considered by city leaders. … Employers could also be hit with a $500 fine if they don’t cooperate with city investigators following a complaint.

Criminals and ex-criminals overwhelmingly vote left anyway, so there seems little need to shore up this part of the PC vote. Yet another move by the hi-lo alliance of the PC elite and their voters against the middle class.

Game of States

Game of States, by Steve Sailer.

“Britain today receives more immigrants in a single year than it did in the entire period from 1066 to 1950,” as Benjamin Schwarz recently observed…

Wow. More immigrants now in each year than in nearly 900 years.

What has ruined the E.U. is the ideological momentum of elites. Now that the public has twigged to the fact that globalism is basically a scam to allow those who would do pretty well in life anyway to do even better, the globalists have doubled down on their claims to be justified by their more advanced morality of universalism.

It’s amazing how far the politically correct and elites have gotten by just yelling “racist” at people.

[T]he contemporary globalist ordering of the world (in comparison with the postwar nationalist structure) is very good for the people at the top, and perhaps for those at the bottom (although they are more used as virtue-signaling totems by the ruling class), while it exploits those in the middle. This predation is then rationalized by arguing that the victims, the typical citizens, deserve their fate because they are evil.

The EU is now Germany’s:

Progressivism is a facade for rule by the strongest. Nationalism is still the way the world works. What ultimately matters in terms of political power is employing armed men to collect tax revenue. In Europe, the leading state at that is Germany, so Europe today is more or less run by the chancellor of Germany. …

Yet Merkel [by her unilateral admission of huge numbers of migrants] also revealed to the cynical that the E.U. had become to Germany what China and Indonesia were to Imperial Japan: The Greater North Europe Co-Prosperity Sphere. …

According to a E.U. poll, the percentage of E.U. voters citing immigration as one of the top two most pressing issues jumped from 10 percent in 2013 to almost 60 percent in 2015.

Why? Because the European Union proved worse than useless at defending Europe from the hegira of Merkel’s Muslims. The basic question of all politics is: Whose side are you on? In 2015, the European Union gave every indication of not being on the side of Europeans. Is it any surprise that British voters chose to exit in 2016? …

But, to a Brit, what was the point of 1939–1945 if a German chancellor still wound up ruling over Europe?

Trump Holds Big Lead Among White Voters

Trump Holds Big Lead Among White Voters, by John Hinderaker.

[T[he ABC News/Washington Post poll that came out on Sunday … showed Hillary Clinton pulling out to a 12-point lead over Donald Trump among registered voters, and therefore got a lot of play in the press. The poll is an outlier..

The PC media always tries to bluff the audience that their side is well ahead, so their opposition gives up or is demoralized. It usually turns out to be false.

[E]ven in this outlier poll, Trump holds a ten-point lead among white voters, 50%-40% (down from 57%-33% in May!). It is remarkable that even at his low ebb, Trump wins by a near landslide margin among white voters, a majority of the electorate. Not many years ago, that would have assured him of victory.

This explains a lot, especially the high level of racial conflict — which the Democrats need in order to stay electorally competitive.

This is why Democrats are so anxious to “fundamentally transform” the United States through mass immigration from Third World countries. …

This is why the Democrats seek every opportunity to stir up racial conflict. They need to keep minority voters constantly riled up and fearful of a phantom “racism.” The Democrats’ strategy, founded on a cynical exploitation of identity politics, explains the sharp decline in race relations now taking place in the U.S. Racial conflict suits the Democrats. In fact, they need it to have a chance of remaining competitive. This is the sad truth that, more than anything else, has brought our contemporary politics to such a low level.

UPDATE: Quniipiac poll: Democrat Hillary Clinton has 42 percent to Republican Donald Trump’s 40 percent, too close to call.

American voters are deeply divided along gender, racial, age and party lines. Women back Clinton 50 – 33 percent while men back Trump 47 – 34 percent.

White voters back Trump 47 – 34 percent. Black voters back Clinton 91 – 1 percent and Hispanic voters back her 50 – 33 percent. Voters 18 to 34 years old go Democratic 48 – 23 percent, while voters over 65 years old go Republican 51 – 35 percent.

It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses

It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses, by James Traub.

The Brexit has laid bare the political schism of our time. It’s not about the left vs. the right; it’s about the sane vs. the mindlessly angry. …

In the late 1960s, elites were in disarray, as they are now — but back then they were fleeing from kids rebelling against their parents’ world; now the elites are fleeing from the parents.

Extremism has gone mainstream. One of the most brazen features of the Brexit vote was the utter repudiation of the bankers and economists and Western heads of state who warned voters against the dangers of a split with the European Union. British Prime Minister David Cameron thought that voters would defer to the near-universal opinion of experts; that only shows how utterly he misjudged his own people.

The issue, at bottom, is globalization. Brexit, Trump, the National Front, and so on show that political elites have misjudged the depth of the anger at global forces and thus the demand that someone, somehow, restore the status quo ante.

Globalization? Maybe it’s Islam, the fury at our elites for being so stupid as to allow mass Islamic immigration, the elite always taking the Muslims side against us, denying the nature of Islam, and calling us racist. Just a thought.

And globalization means culture as well as economics: Older people whose familiar world is vanishing beneath a welter of foreign tongues and multicultural celebrations are waving their fists at cosmopolitan elites. I was recently in Poland, where a far-right party appealing to nationalism and tradition has gained power despite years of undeniable prosperity under a centrist regime. Supporters use the same words again and again to explain their vote: “values and tradition.” They voted for Polishness against the modernity of Western Europe.

You wish, but you are in denial. Say it: Islam. See the violent history of Islamic conquest. Check out the numbers.

Did I say “ignorant”? Yes, I did. It is necessary to say that people are deluded and that the task of leadership is to un-delude them. Is that “elitist”?

Funny. We find you elites unbearably ignorant and arrogant. Incompetent, corrupt and smug too. It’s all relative I suppose.

Ramadan Bombathon Scorecard – Day 23, 2016

Ramadan Bombathon Scorecard – Day 23, 2016. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Quran was revealed. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. This year it runs from 6 June to 6 July inclusive — still a week to go.

Ramadan bombathon scorecard, day 23

Muslims often insist that other religions are just as violent as theirs and that the bigger problem is “Islamophobia.” We put that narrative to the test each Ramadan with a running count of ALL terror attacks, categorized by motive.

It’s far easier to act as if critics of Islam have a problem with Muslims as people than it is to accept the uncomfortable truth that Islam is different.

UPDATE here.

Abbas aide: ‘Wherever you see an Israeli, slit his throat’

Abbas aide: ‘Wherever you see an Israeli, slit his throat’, by Dov Lieber.

When asked what he thought about normalization with Israel and Palestinian officials taking part in Israeli conferences, Abu al-Einein [an adviser to Abbas on civil society organizations and a Fatah Central Committee member, Abbas is the President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority] said: “If you ask me my blunt position, I would say — every place you find an Israeli, slit his throat. Likewise, I am against talks, negotiations, meetings, and normalization in all its forms with the Israeli occupation.”

Abu al-Einein has been an outspoken critic of Israel, supporting violence and praising terrorism against Israelis. In 2013, five US congressmen wrote to Abbas to ask him to fire Abu al-Einein over his praise of terrorism, but the PA president refused, arguing he was an elected official. Israel has consistently complained that the PA backs terror and incites its citizens to carry out attacks.

You know whose side the PC crew are on. Always the religion of peace.

Nigel Farage has tapped into a volcano of fury over immigration – and it’s not stopped erupting yet

Nigel Farage has tapped into a volcano of fury over immigration – and it’s not stopped erupting yet, by Philip Johnston.

A sizeable proportion of the 17 million who voted Leave did so because they wanted to get back to what they thought we had joined in the first place, a Common Market of free, independent nations, not a fledgling superstate able to interfere in our laws and politics. They want the UK to disengage from the political structures but not the free trade area.

But the victory for Brexit was actually delivered with the votes of those who don’t like immigration. These were Farage’s people. They took Leave over the line. And they did so with the connivance of the official Vote Leave campaign that held its nose and cannot now disavow this truth.

The Brexit referendum is not legally binding and the MPs could ignore it.

But what is constitutionally possible is politically improbable. More likely, because this could secure a majority in Parliament and stop the UK cracking up, is that we leave the political bits of Europe and stay in the single market, perhaps by joining the EEA.

This might entail a deal on immigration, possibly a return to the original Common Market idea of free movement of labour, not of people. But our erstwhile EU partners would need to agree to change the rules; and it will mean seriously disappointing those who voted Leave thinking they would stop immigration outright. They will be angry. And where will they turn? We haven’t heard the last of Nigel Farage.

He’s quite correct that while the issue of independence and democracy was probably decided by the Brexit vote, what to do on immigration has barely begun to be decided.

Boris Johnson only candidate who can ensure Tories will win next General Election, polling suggests

Boris Johnson only candidate who can ensure Tories will win next General Election, polling suggests, by Steven Swinford.

Boris Johnson is the only candidate for the Tory leadership who has enough support from ordinary voters to ensure the Conservatives win the next general election, private polling shows.

Betting has Teresa May (a Remainer) leading at 2.20, Johnson at 2.50, and everyone else at least 9.0. Most of the Tories in Parliament are Remainers.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Woman wins $10,000 judgment against Microsoft for forced Windows 10 upgrade

Woman wins $10,000 judgment against Microsoft for forced Windows 10 upgrade, by Joel Hruska.

The Seattle Times reports that Teri Goldstein, of Sausalito, California, sued Microsoft after a failed Windows 10 upgrade left her system performing poorly, prone to crashing, and reportedly unusable for multiple days. … Goldstein reached out to Microsoft customer service to attempt to resolve her issues, but filed suit against the company once it failed to resolve her problems. Her $10,000 figure reflected estimated lost compensation as well as the cost of a new system.

We Leavers are not racists, bigots, or hooligans – no matter what the bitter broadcasters say

We Leavers are not racists, bigots, or hooligans – no matter what the bitter broadcasters say, by Daniel Hannan.

Since the vote, Remainers have been lashing out like frustrated toddlers. If you voted Leave, you’re a bigot, a hooligan, a thug.

I’m not just talking about social media. I’m talking about much of the broadcasting establishment. Interviewers start from the proposition that Leavers are either racists themselves or cynical manipulators of racism.

For what it’s worth, polls consistently showed that Leave’s top issue, by a long way, was democracy. Immigration was a distant second and, even among those citing immigration, few wanted or expected that there would be zero settlement from Europe. What they wanted – and what we will be in a position to deliver when we leave – was control. Parliament will decide who comes here and on what terms. How much free movement of labour we retain will be up to us.

In the past 24 hours, I have twice had it put to me on air that I am responsible for hate crimes. …

Seriously? Those of us who argued for a global Britain, looking further than one declining trade bloc, are responsible for hatred? I have have spent months campaigning, not only alongside Britons of Commonwealth backgrounds, but alongside many people of Continental origin who have clocked Brussels for the remote oligarchy it is. Are we all racists?

That’s nothing. I’ve been called a racist for opposing the carbon dioxide theory of global warming. Anyone who opposes the PC elite is called “racist.” Get used to it. And feel free to point out to the PC crew that yelling “racist” and “Nazi” is not an argument.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Excerpts from a speech by David Archibald

Excerpts from a speech by David Archibald, campaigning for the Federal seat of Curtin in Western Australia:

Plato said that the penalty that good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. …

Malcolm Turnbull recently invited some Muslims to dine at Kirribilli House and allowed them to bring their own china because they wouldn’t eat of anything that might have touched the lips of ordinary Australians. …

Arab News … carries a photo of [Julie Bishop] handing over a cheque for $1 million to the Islamic Museum of Australia. Like Malcolm Turnbull, she is a quisling – ever eager to sell our country out for a handful of votes. …

One ironic thing about the Lindt Café murders is that the eastern suburbs of Sydney elite, who think that diversity is so wonderful and who do their best to force it on the rest of us, were on the receiving end of some diversity and didn’t live through the experience …

Don’t weep for the people who loathe Australia as it is, and by that I mean people like some of those in the eastern suburbs of Sydney who force haters on the people of western Sydney. They think that importing a culture of haters is fine and dandy. The loathing for Australia by the major parties is bipartisan. …

There is Liberal and Labor support for stuff that is completely repulsive. [Under] the Safe Schools program concocted by Labor but brought in by the Liberals … eleven year olds are told to imagine they are sixteen and in a homosexual relationship. Nothing could be bettered designed to cause human misery, and so it will. …

Take the current crop of seventeen Liberal members of Parliament from Western Australia. Of those seventeen, five are childless female lawyers. Lawyers … are 0.25% of the population and the childless female ones are possibly one tenth of that number… Of the rest of the contingent of seventeen, two are homosexuals and I have seen both of them with young Asian boyfriends, not that there’s anything wrong with that… But that means that a full 40% of the WA Liberal politicians we have sent to Canberra have never changed a nappy, so to speak. … No wonder they have no grip on how the world works, what’s good, what’s bad, or what matters. …

Brexit: dumping Corbyn will not solve Labour’s crisis

Brexit: dumping Corbyn will not solve Labour’s crisis, by Melanie Phillips. The party is utterly out of touch with its core voters, as last week’s Brexit vote plainly showed.

Corbyn is not the fundamental problem. [The soft left] are. …

People care most about national self-government when their interests depend upon how their country is run. Metropolitan liberals, whose life chances and cultural aspirations are global, can afford to be liberal internationalists. They can afford to posture in favour of unlimited immigration, multiculturalism and lifestyle choice while disdaining tradition, patriotism and the nation.

By contrast, working-class communities with fewer global opportunities and limited choices rely heavily upon strong bonds of attachment to their neighbourhood and upon the country that shapes that neighbourhood. …

When communism collapsed, the Left transferred its revolutionary ambitions from economics to culture. The nation, presumed to be inherently exclusive and racist, was trumped by transnational institutions and values such as the EU or human rights law. … Mass immigration, multiculturalism and the “reconstituted” or “blended” family became tenets of progressivism.

Tony Blair cemented this thinking into the Labour Party. By splicing social liberalism with the free market, he could mask the fact that the collapse of socialism had wiped out the Labour Party’s radical raison d’etre. …

The Labour Party, he said, had junked Methodism for Marx and was destroying community and working-class solidarity. He was all too correct. Working-class communities bore the brunt of family disintegration, the collapse of education standards and the impact of mass immigration.

At the very heart of Labour’s greatest electoral triumph, the three-term Blair/Brown administration, lay the shattering of the bond with its core voters.

In three decades of writing about Britain’s culture wars, I watched the forces that were taking aim at traditional values win every single battle. Until last Thursday.

[The people] were voting to take back control of their nation, not just from the EU but also from the Islington dinner-party set.

The Labor Party has failed and must reform, drastically:

The Brexit vote has provoked Labour’s current crisis; but to resolve it requires an honesty and insight that plainly elude a party that still holds its own voters in such contempt. If Labour is to survive it would have to do far more than dump Corbyn. It would have to renounce virtually everything for which it stands. …

[The soft left] were utterly shocked when their core voters in the northern industrial heartlands voted en masse for Brexit. These voters may well now defect en masse to the UK Independence Party.

hat-tip David Archibald

Brexit Signals the End of the Neocon’s “End of History”

Brexit Signals the End of the Neocon’s “End of History”, by Vladimir Golstein.

The world history knows plenty of rulers who wanted to conquer and united the world: Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Rome, Catholic Church, Napoleon, British Empire, World Communism. Yet, their efforts always come to naught. Like a coil of a spring, the conquered rebel and try to re-assert their will, precisely because the conquerors, despite their rhetoric of peace and prosperity imposed their will upon others; their visions of harmony came at the at the price of violence and exploitation.

Empire building is so often illegitimate, because it rides roughshod over the governed populations — who do not consent. The EU was no different in this regard.

It is easy to recognize the attempts to accomplish a similar task in the efforts of the American Empire. “The exceptional nation” and “world-pre-eminent power” has been rather explicit about its desire to end history and impose its enlightened and beneficial rule all over the world. This process began in earnest with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of Cold War. Similar to Marxists, the end of history was announced. The truth, in the form of liberal democracy and laissez faire capitalism was formulated, and the world was made to confirm to that truth. Anyone resisting was bombed, as the examples of Yugoslavia and various Middle Eastern countries revealed.

Well, it is clear, that Francis Fukuyama triumphant pronouncement was a bit premature, to say the least. … The Brexit … announced the renewal of history loud and clear. The message was delivered from within. Not from the backward barbarians trying to resist the enlightened and beneficial rule, but from very heart of the new empire. This time, it is the populace of the empire that have resisted, and decided that the imposition of the will of some faceless bureaucrats in Brussels serving the interests of Washington and its misguided rulers was too getting too heavy and burdensome.

British citizens recognized that, which was long clear to the conquered barbarians. They saw that despite the rhetoric, the empire does not really serve them, that it serves the notorious 1% instead.

There is a dark underside to globalism and our new elite:

This emergence of the global elite spreading its rule from Washington to Brussels is the most significant phenomenon of the recent history. What the common people, that is, the people without any hope of entering the ranks of the elite, found disturbing is in your face merging of the traditional competitors and rivals…. But what nobody really wants to see, is the dreaded merging of all these rivals into one scary elite, united by their greed, by their contempt of common man, and by their calculators that tells them how to maximize the prophet and squeeze the workers, natural, resources, or countries, in the most efficient and ruthless way.

Trump and Clinton: Censoring the Unpalatable

Trump and Clinton: Censoring the Unpalatable. John Pilger (very PC).

A virulent if familiar censorship is about to descend on the US election campaign. As the cartoon brute, Donald Trump, seems almost certain to win the Republican Party’s nomination, Hillary Clinton is being ordained both as the “women’s candidate” and the champion of American liberalism in its heroic struggle with the Evil One.

This is drivel, of course; Hillary Clinton leaves a trail of blood and suffering around the world and a clear record of exploitation and greed in her own country. To say so, however, is becoming intolerable in the land of free speech.

The 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama should have alerted even the most dewy-eyed. Obama based his “hope” campaign almost entirely on the fact of an African-American aspiring to lead the land of slavery. He was also “antiwar”.

Obama was never antiwar. … Even at the end of his blood-spattered presidency, with his signature drones spreading infinitely more terror and death around the world than that ignited by jihadists in Paris and Brussels, Obama is fawned on as “cool” (the Guardian).

Pilger complains that he was censored by Truthout.com, the liberal American website for criticizing Clinton (the irony!).

The “editorial committee” clearly wanted me to water down my argument that Clinton represented a proven extreme danger to the world. …

At the root of this episode is an enduring unsayable. This is the need, the compulsion, of many liberals in the United States to embrace a leader from within a system that is demonstrably imperial and violent. Like Obama’s “hope”, Clinton’s gender is no more than a suitable facade. …

“It’s a nice and convenient myth that liberals are the peacemakers and conservatives the warmongers,” wrote the British historian Hywel Williams in 2001, “but the imperialism of the liberal way may be more dangerous because of its open ended nature – its conviction that it represents a superior form of life [while denying its] self righteous fanaticism.”

Nigel Farage EPIC EU Exit Speech In European Parliament

Nigel Farage EPIC EU Exit Speech In European Parliament

Isn’t it funny? When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me – well, I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you? The reason you’re so upset, you’re so angry, has been perfectly clear, from all the angry exchanges this morning. …

You are in denial… But the biggest problem you’ve got, and the main reason the UK voted the way it did is you have by stealth, by deception, without ever telling the truth to the British or the rest of the peoples of Europe. You have imposed upon them a political union. …

We want or country back. We want our fishing waters back. We want our borders back. We want to be an independent self-governing, normal nation…

I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives, or worked in business, or worked in trade, or indeed ever created a job, but listen… [general outrage, speaker has to calm the MEPs down] to some simple pragmatic economics … that trade is mutually beneficial … if you were to cut off your noses to spite your faces … the consequences would be far worse for you than for us.

Recognize that the UK will be your friend … but allow us to pursue our global ambitions [boos and clapping].

UPDATE: Nigel Farage jeered and booed as he tells MEPs they are ‘in denial’ over Brexit, by Michael Wilkinson.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was jeered by the European Parliament after he told MEPs that they were “in denial” about Brexit and that they had “never had a proper job before”.

His astonishing speech at a special meeting of the European Parliament today ended with boos echoing through the Brussels chamber.

Mr Farage used his speech to declare that Brexit was “a beacon of hope” to other member states but he also infuriated MEPs when he said: “Now, I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or worked in trade or indeed ever created a job. But listen, just listen.”

When MEPs turned their backs to him and Martin Schulz, the president of the parliament, intervened, Mr Farage responded: “You’re quite right, Mr Schulz. Ukip used to protest against the establishment. Now the establishment protests against Ukip. So something has happened here.”

It’s every politician’s dream to make a speech like that! Especially after 17 years.

hat-tip Matthew

After Brexit, Nationalism and Trump Rising

After Brexit, Nationalism and Trump Rising, by Patrick Buchanan.

Ethnonationalism seems everywhere ascendant. Yet, looking back in history, is this not the way the world has been going for some centuries now?

The disintegration of the EU into its component nations would follow, as Vladimir Putin helpfully points out, the dissolution of the USSR into 15 nations, and the breakup of Yugoslavia into seven.

Czechoslovakia lately split in two. The Donbass seeks to secede from Ukraine. Is that so different from Transnistria splitting off from Romania, Abkhazia and South Ossetia seceding from Georgia, and Chechnya seeking separation from Russia?

After World War II came the disintegration of the French and British empires and birth of dozens of new nations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. America returned the Philippine islands to their people.

The previous century saw the collapse of the Spanish Empire and birth of a score of new nations in our own hemisphere.

In Xi Jinping’s China and Putin’s Russia, nationalism is rising, even as China seeks to repress Uighur and Tibetan separatists.

People want to rule themselves, and be themselves, separate from all others. Palestinians want their own nation. Israelis want “a Jewish state.”

On Cyprus, Turks and Greeks seem happier apart.

Kurds are fighting to secede from Turkey and Iraq, and perhaps soon from Syria and Iran. Afghanistan appears to be splintering into regions dominated by Pashtuns, Hazaras, Uzbeks, and Tajiks.

The one-world government, politically correct progressives  would appear to be on the wrong side of history.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Brexit = Death of the Technocrats

Brexit = Death of the Technocrats, by Michael Krieger.

If you want to go around calling yourself an expert and demanding that your views be implemented across a given civilization, you had better do a good job. If you do a poor job, you should be immediately replaced with someone who has a different perspective. After all, there are plenty of experts out there to choose from.

Unfortunately, our societies tend to get stuck with egomaniacal, incompetent, but politically savvy experts who never go away. …

The Brexit vote in itself proves the point. Sure, David Cameron has announced his intention to resign, but where are the the resignations of EU technocrats? If anyone was discredited by this vote it’s the leadership of the EU, but they aren’t going anywhere.

Why? Because they’re experts, and experts stay around forever. Like Larry Summers, bank executives and neocon war mongers, these people never suffer the consequences of their actions and thus remain free to run around endlessly destroying the world from their unassailable perches of power.

Befuddled post-Brexit Whiner

I do hope you all have better luck voting this Saturday than this poor 27 year old man-child who couldn’t manage to fight his way out of his home town to cast his vote, yet still feels the need to complain about the result. I would have thought it was pointed satire except it appeared in the New York Times.

Brexit: what happens next? Another big choice on Europe, with Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage on opposite sides

Brexit: what happens next? Another big choice on Europe, with Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage on opposite sides, by James Kirkup.

The future of British politics is a choice, made either at an early election or, less likely, another referendum, between emulating Norway (which pays to get most of the single market and accepts a liberal immigration regime) or Canada (which has a limited bespoke EU trade deal and its own immigration rules). …

If our options for Brexit boil down to Norway and Canada, I’d take Norway every time: it would make us richer, and might just halt the latest drive for Scottish independence. But it’s not me that has to be persuaded. It’s the rest of the electorate, especially the 17.4 million who voted Leave. The battle to convince Leavers it’s in Britain’s best interests to keep some bankers and some immigrants will divide and define our politics.

Nigel Farage will be against, insisting that nothing less than an end to free movement will do. That could well see Ukip finally make its real electoral breakthrough, winning scores of seats in the Commons. Mr Farage may hope to peel off some Tory Leavers, but Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Dan Hannan and even Nadine Dorries are all signalling that they want Norway, not Canada.

If – and this seems entirely plausible – Ukip does grow into a real national force on an “out means out” ticket, it will be at the expense of Labour in what used to be its northern heartlands. Labour itself would survive only in London and a few university towns, fighting for scraps with the last Lib Dems.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Britain’s exit from European Union flags big changes across the globe

Britain’s exit from European Union flags big changes across the globe, by Rita Panahi.

WATCHING the unhinged and unrestrained hysteria of the Left has been a delightful side benefit of the Brexit poll.

While the conservatives who campaigned for Great Britain to remain in the European Union have largely accepted the result with a measure of grace, elements of the Left have reacted with a level of hyperbole that is remarkable even by their shrill standards.

There are even demands for a new poll from the Brexit losers who seem to think democracy is only a valid exercise if their side wins. But a referendum is not a game of rock, paper, scissors that can be extended to a best of three if you don’t like the result.

The EU referendum showed that voters won’t be swayed by slurs, sneers and scaremongering. The tactic of characterising Leave voters as a pack of unthinking xenophobes backfired spectacularly.

Voters could smell the desperation and dishonesty of the Remainers. Indeed, the result showed that the shameful strategy of vilifying the majority of Brits who voted to leave the irreparably broken EU drove many undecided voters into the Leave camp, which was trailing by 20 points at the start of the campaign. …

“The message was always the same: ‘Little people! We’re terribly important, and we’re ordering you to vote Remain!’ It wasn’t Project Fear so much as Project Sneer.

Australian elitists are subservient and hypocritical:

Locally, the reaction has been just as demented, as members of the media led by overpaid and under-worked ABC troglodytes prophesy global doom and calamity and condemn Brits as ignorant racists.

It’s quite extraordinary that the same people who are desperate for Australia to break away from Britain to become a republic are aghast that Brits want to break away from Belgium and reaffirm their sovereignty. …

The rejection of the condescending ruling class is an international phenomenon, and Australia is not immune. …

Meanwhile we have the astonishing situation of the Regressive Left, both here and overseas, railing against a new enemy: democracy.

Greenspan Warns A Crisis Is Imminent, Urges A Return To The Gold Standard

Greenspan Warns A Crisis Is Imminent, Urges A Return To The Gold Standard, by Tyler Durden. From an interview with Bloomberg, June 27. Alan Greenspan warned that fundamentally it is not so much an issue of immigration, or even economics, but unsustainable welfare spending, or as Greenspan puts it, “entitlements.”

The issue is essentially that entitlements are legal issues. They have nothing to do with economics. You reach a certain age or you are ill or something of that nature and you are entitled to certain expenditures out of the budget without any reference to how it’s going to be funded. Where the productivity levels are now, we are lucky to get something even close to two percent annual growth rate. That annual growth rate of two percent is not adequate to finance the existing needs.

I don’t know how it’s going to resolve, but there’s going to be a crisis.

This is one of the great problems of democracy.  It goes back to the founding fathers.  How do you handle a situation like this?

When asked if “we need an accident of history” to address this, Greenspan replied “Probably. In the United States, social benefits, which is the more generic term, or entitlements, are considered the third rail of American politics. You touch them and you lose. Now, that is a general view. Republicans don’t want to touch it.  Democrats don’t want to touch it. They don’t even want to talk about. This is what the election should be all about in the United States. You will never hear one word from either side. “

See here:

US debt to GDP, with welfare, by David Evans

Greenspan went on to say the economy is stagnant, stuck, unable to return to growth. Then, in not so many words, Greenspan effectively says that hyperinflation is coming:

I know if you look at human history, there are times and times again where we thought that there was no inflation and everything was just going fine. …  It’s not about to emerge quickly, but I would not be surprised to see the next unexpected move to be on the inflation side. You don’t have inflation now.  And you don’t have it until it happens.

The solution?

If we went back on the gold standard and we adhered to the actual structure of the gold standard as it exited prior to 1913, we’d be fine.  Remember that the period 1870 to 1913 was one of the most aggressive periods economically that we’ve had in the United States, and that was a golden period of the gold standard.  I’m known as a gold bug and everyone laughs at me, but why do central banks own gold now?

All the money in the western world (literally) totals about US$ 220 trillion. The value of all the mined gold throughout history, which is nearly all available for sale, is about US$ 7 trillion. If gold is to resume any meaningful role in the money system it has to be worth at least 20% and more like 40% of the total money — so the value of gold would have to rise. Most Australian gold producers are doing well in the last six months (graph courtesy of GoldNerds):

Australian gold stocks price rise last 6 months