Electric Cars: Still Unpopular With Buyers and Unprofitable for Sellers

Electric Cars: Still Unpopular With Buyers and Unprofitable for Sellers, by Charley Grant.

The car of the future will be electric, connected and, eventually, self-driving. But where does that leave the car industry of the future? …

A new generation of long-range, affordably priced electric cars is about to hit the market, showing that auto makers can produce alternatives to gasoline-powered vehicles. What auto makers haven’t shown is that they can actually sell these vehicles and earn real profits. …

Despite the wave of new models, there are good reasons to believe the transition will be long and painful for the auto industry.

For one thing, manufacturers of electric cars must be able to make money. Tesla, which sells only electric vehicles, has posted a net loss of $550 million so far this year. The bigger problem is that, Tesla-lovers notwithstanding, few people want to buy electric cars. Instead, low gas prices have seduced them into buying pickups and sport-utility vehicles, which makes the auto industry very happy.

Electric cars are terrific apart from the batteries. Which makes them too expensive with too short-range.

UK: Raped by Muslim taxi driver for 13 YEARS and had her 4 babies SOLD- brave victim speaks out

UK: Raped by Muslim taxi driver for 13 YEARS and had her 4 babies SOLD- brave victim speaks out, by Zoe Efstathiou.

The woman, who goes by the name ‘Anna Ruston’, claims she was kidnapped after her parents and grandmother died.

She says she was taken in by a taxi driver she calls ‘Malik’, who recognised she was vulnerable and didn’t have a support network who would question her whereabouts.

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Describing her ordeal in newly released misery memoir Secret Slave, Ms Ruston insists she initially enjoyed Malik’s attention and was grateful to have been welcomed into his home, where she would be treated to chapatis and milky tea.

But then one day, Malik called her a “white slut” before raping her and locking her in a room where she was reportedly forced to go to the toilet in a can.

She was then raped every night for the next 13 years, according to her book reported by the Mirror. …

She claims she was overjoyed the first time she got pregnant, because: “When you feel a baby move in your stomach with you, you are not alone.” She said Malik stopped beating her when she was pregnant but took her baby away the moment it was born. Anna fears Malik then “sold them.”

The deadly combination of political correctness and Islam:

In chilling echoes of the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal, Anna claims authorities failed to target Malik because they were afraid of being seen as prejudiced.

She said: “Malik dressed me in his culture’s clothes, dyed my hair black, made me wear a scarf and keep my head down. When he spoke for me they thought it was a cultural thing. And I think people are scared to be accused of ­discrimination.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Security chiefs discussed Berlin killer SEVEN times before deadly attack

Security chiefs discussed Berlin killer SEVEN times before deadly attack, by Allan Hall.

BERLIN Christmas market killer Anis Amri was discussed a total of seven times among security chiefs at high level briefings before he carried out his yuletide massacre, it emerged today.

In the end they decided he did not present a clear and present danger, according to reports by Germany’s Süddeutsche newspaper and two broadcasters.

How dopey. The Germans ain’t what they used to be.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

“Norwegian Islam”? A smooth-talking stealth jihadist continues his rise to the top of the Norwegian cultural establishment

“Norwegian Islam”? A smooth-talking stealth jihadist continues his rise to the top of the Norwegian cultural establishment. By Bruce Bawer.

Who is Mohammed Usman Rana? He’s a 31-year-old Norwegian doctor and newspaper columnist who … said that he personally opposed executing gays, but refused to criticize countries that punish homosexuality with death. Pressed further on the issue by his opponents, Rana pulled a slick switcheroo, charging that it was not he but they who were displaying intolerance. How dare they sit in judgment of Islamic law? …

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This year saw another milestone for Rana: his first book. It was published by one of Norway’s oldest and most distinguished houses …

What is Rana’s book about? Entitled Norwegian Islam: How to Love Norway and the Koran at the Same Time, it aims to substantiate a demonstrably absurd proposition: namely, that there’s no conflict whatsoever between being a devout traditional Muslim and a responsible, patriotic citizen of Norway or any other Western democracy….

Rana’s way of resolving the tension between Islamic and democratic values is to insist, quite simply, that the latter make room for the former: to do otherwise would be “not only unrealistic, but also deeply illiberal and unreasonable.” It’s the same argument he used years ago at that student debate: not to tolerate Islam’s extreme illiberality would be illiberal.

Rana actually pointed to the tolerance of Amish communities in the U.S. as an example for Europe to follow in its treatment of Muslims, dancing around the minor detail that the Amish don’t live on welfare, don’t beat up Jews and gays, don’t commit honor killings or gang rapes, and don’t drive trucks into crowds of non-Amish men, women, and children. Ness, reviewing Norwegian Islam in Finansavisen, called it “the year’s funniest book” — the humor, of course, being entirely unintentional.

If it can happen in Norway, it can happen anywhere in the West. In 2013 Muslims made up 2.4% of the Norwegian population (Australia 2.2%, US 1%).

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Woman beheaded in Afghanistan for shopping ‘without husband’

Woman beheaded in Afghanistan for shopping ‘without husband’, by RT.

A 30-year-old woman has been beheaded in a remote Afghan village for visiting a local market alone, without her husband, local media report citing officials. The people behind the beheading may have links to the Taliban. …

No one has been arrested in relation to the incident so far.

Seventh-century Arab culture strikes again.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

China connects east & west with longest bullet train line

China connects east & west with longest bullet train line, by RT.

One of the world’s longest high-speed railways has started operating in China, linking the country’s prosperous eastern coast to the less-developed southwest …

The 2,264-kilometer Shanghai-Kunming rail line … cuts the travel time from Shanghai to the capital of Southwest China’s Yunnan province Kunming from 34 to 11 hours. …

The trains can travel at speeds up to 330 kilometers per hour.

In 2012, China started operating another high-speed link, the 2,298-km Beijing-Guangzhou line which stretches north to south. …

Beijing is also actively developing its own high-speed train technology. In the summer it set a new speed record with a train reaching 840 km per hour on a test run. …

China is also developing a new generation of trains capable of reaching speeds of 400 kilometers per hour for Russia’s Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway. Beijing plans to provide a $6 billion loan for the route which in future may become a part of a $100 billion high-speed railway connecting the two countries.

Copy that, Mr Trump. Make American trains great again!

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Senior Boko Haram militants are now ‘providing specific instructions’ to younger boys for raping women and girls at gunpoint

Senior Boko Haram militants are now ‘providing specific instructions’ to younger boys for raping women and girls at gunpoint, by Philip Obaji.

[15 year old] Ahmed told me he was kidnapped along with two of his neighbors from their compound, and taken to the militants stronghold in Sambisa where he was forced to become a soldier. After just two months training with the jihadists, his recruiters brought him on the mission to Gwoza.

Well before they set off for the attack, Ahmed’s superiors told the fighters to capture as many women and children as they could, and that they would be allowed to “have fun” when they returned to their base.

“At first I didn’t understand what they meant by ‘you are going to have fun’ and nobody thought to explain,” said Ahmed. “Days before we left for Gwoza, they began to show us what they wanted us to do.”

For the next two days, the young boys, most of whom were about Ahmed’s age, watched as their commanders raped women and young girls abducted in earlier raids. The lesson for the boys was clear: They were learning to subdue a struggling victim during sexual assault.

“The girls will scream and cry for help, but [the militants] didn’t care,” Ahmed said. “Sometimes they’ll be slapped and threatened with guns if they didn’t cooperate.”

Notice  the complete silence among the PC crowd in the West. No outrage from the feminists. How does this affect their access to good jobs for upper-middle class women in the West? None of the rapists were called Trump.

At least two girls who escaped from a Boko Haram camp told me they had been raped by “little boys” on separate occasions just before they made their way out of captivity.

One of them said the militant who raped her was so little she could “push him away” from her “very easily.”

“He looked like a 13-year-old having sex for the first time,” said 16-year-old Rukiyat, who was abducted by the militants in Bama and taken to the jihadists stronghold in the Sambissa forest. “The only reason he succeeded was because he had a gun.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Obama Admin Rushes To Resettle Refugees During Last Days In Office: 290 per day, overwhelmingly Muslim

Obama Admin Rushes To Resettle Refugees During Last Days In Office: 290 per day, overwhelmingly Muslim. By Alex Pfeiffer.

From … Oct. 1 2016 through Dec. 27, a total of 25,671 refugees have been resettled in the United States — little over 290 refugees per day. During that same time period in 2015, 13,791 refugees were resettled, almost 157 per day.

Robert Spencer comments:

Yes, they are overwhelmingly Muslim, so we can be sure that many will bring with them a model of society and governance that they are convinced is superior to the one they will encounter here. And many will be determined to replace the one with the other. Obama is sowing the seeds of civil strife for decades to come.

Is it Time to Burn Universities to the Ground?

Is it Time to Burn Universities to the Ground? by Al Fin.

Universities have spent the past 55 years purging moderates, rightists, and libertarians from faculty and staff. The end result is a university system that cheats students of the opportunity to learn to consider a variety of well-considered points of view. Instead of teaching students to think for themselves, modern universities are indoctrinating students into “what to think” and how to think exclusively in politically correct terms. This approach has crippled the minds of generations while putting many students in lifetime debt — and will continue down this ruinous path unless something drastic is done to reverse course.

What should be done to these monotonic mind-cripplers of entire generations of youth, who infest universities, government bureaucracies, foundations dealing with educational issues, and the media apparatus that provides a constant flow of propaganda in support of the politically correct catastrophe?

My impression is that the university system is more corrupt and universities more expensive in the US than Australia, but it’s only a matter of degree (cough) and time.

In the longer term, the Internet might change everything. Most courses can be substantially done online, so why not do them with the world’s best rather than the local university?

Trump to do 7 fewer inaugural balls than Obama, shorter parade, so he can get right to work

Trump to do 7 fewer inaugural balls than Obama, shorter parade, so he can get right to work, by Matthew Boyle.

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration will have less official celebration throughout the day and evening so he can focus on getting right to work on behalf of the American people, officials involved in the planning process tell Breitbart News.

The inauguration itself will be less focused on the donor class and ritzy Washington insiders as in years past and more focused on the regular working class people across the country for whom Trump has become the champion. …

Trump will only have three official inaugural balls as compared with 10 separate balls for Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. … President Bush in 2001 and 2005 I believe had nine balls each in addition to the unofficial balls that took place. …

Another change from previous inaugurations … is that the parade from the Capitol to the White House on Inauguration Day is expected to be shortened to just an hour or so. … Eisenhower’s parade was something like six hours long. You’ve had previous parades that are three or four hours long.

Also Trump is expanding the Commander-in-Chief ball to include military families, wounded warriors, veterans, and first responders for the first time, instead of just the usual active military members only. Alex Stroman, the deputy director of communications:

I think you’ve seen that [Trump’s respect for the military, police, veterans and first responders] throughout the president-elect’s campaign. Some of my favorite photos are when you see every time he made a stop at his airplane, he’d stop and take photos with the police who were protecting him. This is a president, he’s vowed to be a law and order president. He respects our police, he respects our military, he respects those who put their lives on the line whether it’s firemen or EMTs or police every day. He made that a point throughout his campaign to honor these folks, veterans, military, et cetera, who put their lives on the line for our country. It’s a way to, in one of his first acts as president, to thank those who do that.

The optics have less of an elitist, let-them-eat-cake feel. Good.

UPDATE: Trump Should Have a Celebrity-Free Inauguration, by Christian Toto.

By inviting talented unknowns to perform instead, the president-elect would send a powerful message.

Donald Trump is having a hard time lining up stars to perform at his inauguration. Is anyone shocked? Hollywood threw all its support to then-Senator Barack Obama eight years ago. This time around, it supported Hillary. It became commonplace to hear celebrities name-drop Hitler when referring to the president-elect.

TheWrap.com recently suggested Team Trump is bribing celebrities to perform during the inauguration festivities. True? Possibly. If so, it’s a big mistake.

Trump would do better to simply flip the script on celebrity cameos at presidential inaugurations. How? Don’t ask any stars to perform for him. Not one. No Beyoncé, Adele, or Cher. No progressive poets reciting celebratory verses or musicians offering paeans to power.

The message Trump would send is simple yet true: He doesn’t need Hollywood flattery. …

When he twisted Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan, “I’m with Her,” to “I’m with You,” crowds roared. It was a political masterstroke.

Russian Embassy in UK responds to sanctions by mocking Obama in a tweet

Russian Embassy in UK responds to sanctions by mocking Obama in a tweet, by Andrew Buncombe. Internet manners and tweeting to become the new norm in international diplomacy? The White House sanctioned Russia over election hacking, giving 35 diplomats 72 hours to the leave the US with their families over its alleged hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s computers to influence this year’s presidential election.

The Russian response … was fast, and in some cases, rather amusing.

As officials in Moscow said that US diplomats would be ordered to leave in a tit-for-tat response, the Russian Embassy used Twitter to make its point with little panache:

An interesting comment by vikings4123:

Obama is little more than a momma’s boy, pissant, neighborhood-protected child with a shield, based on pigmentation, that nobody chose to challenge. He can now squawk all he wants.  History and the world know the truth.  He was a self-serving impostor.

I wonder how much of Obama’s popularity is due to his color, and that nobody wants to appear “racist” for attacking him so nobody choose to attack him hard for his entire eight years. Or maybe not. A debatable point. The media of course made it very clear early on that any criticism of Obama was “racist” in their eyes. Also, Obama’s delivery of prepared lines to a camera is very good.

Trump responds to sanctions against Russia, says it’s time to ‘move on’.

Miranda Devine: Pauline Hanson + Cory Bernardi = Perfect Storm …

Miranda Devine: Pauline Hanson + Cory Bernardi = Perfect Storm …, by Miranda Devine.

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Popular One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson says she would be willing to join forces with maverick Liberal Cory Bernardi if he goes through with a suspected plan to quit in the new year and start his own conservative party.

In a stunning proposal that would send shockwaves through the Coalition, Hanson told me on 2GB radio on Monday that she would even consider ceding control of her party to Bernardi in order to lock in conservative voters disillusioned with the Coalition. …

Many of One Nation’s policies, especially its opposition to Islamic extremism, accord with views expressed by Bernardi, who was sacked from the Coalition front bench by Tony Abbott for making politically incorrect comments about same sex marriage and has remained in exile under Malcolm Turnbull.

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Bernardi has hinted at forming a breakaway party named the Australian Majority, possibly as soon as February. …

She says she had hoped that Clive Palmer or Bob Katter might have been able to galvanise conservative voters unhappy with the Liberal Party’s move to the left, but both had fallen short. …

A combined Hanson-Bernardi movement would be the perfect storm for the Coalition, giving disaffected conservatives a home away from home.

When Did Feminism Become So Anti-Motherhood?

When Did Feminism Become So Anti-Motherhood? by Joanna Hyatt.

Key architects of the movement like Gloria Steinam equated marriage to prostitution and Helen Gurley Brown, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, wrote in her book Sex and the Single Girl, “Hard work and sex will set you free (as long as you don’t have children).”

If you did happen to have or even want children, she had this nugget of advice, “Never waste time feeling guilt, never agonize too much, and have a lot of paid help at home, and never, ever, let them interfere with the long climb to the top.” …

When sex is stripped of its intimacy, or its possibility for future life, and becomes about what a person can get rather than give, it is no longer empowering or powerful. It has simply been reduced to another way of feeding our selfishness. Ironically, numerous studies cite that married, rather than single women, report having the best and most frequent sex. …

What started as a good — pushing for women to define themselves as women, and not merely by their relationships — has swung to the opposite extreme. Anything or anyone that makes demands on our time, our energy and our independence becomes a burden and a drain, rather than an opportunity.

As a result, today we have a brand of feminism that is only inclusive so far as you’re willing to sacrifice your children on the altar of individualism and professionalism.

Feminism was always predominately about good jobs for upper-middle class women.

Climateers Can’t Handle the Truth

Climateers Can’t Handle the Truth, by Holman Jenkins.

Donald Trump, our new president-elect, has been tagged for indiscriminately referring to climate change as a hoax.

Here’s what he actually said at a campaign rally in South Carolina one year ago about climate advocacy: “It’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.

This statement, with its clearly framed qualifications, is true and accurate in every detail. It’s a statement of basic truth that can be embraced, and increasingly should be, by exactly those people most concerned about man-made climate change.

Yet it won’t be, for reasons demonstrated by the New York Times’ adoption of the term climate denialist, whose deliberately non-discriminating function we now take care to state precisely: It enables a kind of journalism that is unable — incapacitates itself — to stumble on truths that would be inconvenient to climate religion.