General Flynn Seeks Immunity: What Does It Mean?

General Flynn Seeks Immunity: What Does It Mean? by John Hinderaker.

The Democratic Party press is salivating at the Wall St. Journal’s report that General Michael Flynn’s lawyers are in discussions with Congressional committees investigating the criminal leaking of alleged information about Flynn by Obama administration holdovers in the intelligence agencies or the White House. The word is that Flynn has offered to testify in return for immunity. Is this a blockbuster story? Likely not.

This is from a statement issued by Flynn’s lawyers at Covington & Burling, one of Washington’s top firms:

General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit. …

Notwithstanding his life of national service, the media are awash with unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him. He is now the target of unsubstantiated public demands by Members of Congress and other political critics that he be criminally investigated. No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.

Hinderaker again:

I agree with that. If Flynn were paying me for advice, I would tell him to bargain for immunity and then let the Democrats have it with both barrels. Time will tell, but the fact that Flynn wants immunity, in the present crazed environment, tells us nothing about whether he actually has anything to hide.

On Mocking Dying Working Class White People

On Mocking Dying Working Class White People, by Matt Stoller.

I’m just going to cut and paste comments from this story at the Huffington Post on white working class people dying of despair. Keep in mind, the suicide, alcohol, and drug abuse is causing deaths at the level of the AIDS epidemic at its height. This sentiment is common, I just picked comments from one thread on one article.

“Sorry, not sorry. These people are not worthy of any sympathy. They have run around for decades bitching about poor minorities not “working hard enough,” or that their situation is “their own fault.” Well guess what? It’s not so great when it’s you now, is it? Bunch of deplorables, and if they die quicker than the rest of us that just means the country will be better off in the long run.”

“Is it bad news or good news? Middle aged undereducated white Americans are Donald Trump’s base. They brought us this clown and ensuing insanity. It’s bad news they are dying off if you happen to love one of them or are one of them. But, it’s the welcome news of hope that without that demographic dwindling and eventually gone, our chances of another Trump are significantly less. Now that’s good news.”

“maybe they should takt the advice they used to give minorities, take responsibilty and pull up your boot straps,only when it’s your boot straps you find it’s not so easy as a sound byte.”

“Hey as long as those white people keep voting republican they will continue to die off….. How stupid could you be….”

“I for one have little sympathy for these despairing whites. If they can’t compete against people of color when everything has been rigged in their favor, then there’s really no help for them. Trump and his G(r)OPers will do little to elevate their lot. If anything, these poor whites will be hired to dig grave pits and assemble their own coffins.”

“They have every know advantage in America; culturally, environmentally, educationally, etc. There is absolutely no reason that they should be in such despair. They should pull themselves up by their bootstraps.”

“Those numbers ain’t even real. They are made up by the white supremacist power structure to make the over privileged oppressors look like some kind of victim. It’s sick, and disgusting. It’s the same kind of crap they do with crime statistics. They try to make us, POC, the victims of white hate and oppression for centuries. Look like the criminal minded victimizers and the racist white power structure {ie the white population from top to bottom, upper, middle and lower class alike} look like victims.”

Loyalty Oaths Return with Faculty “Diversity Statements”

Loyalty Oaths Return with Faculty “Diversity Statements”, by George Leef.

One of the worst features of America in the 1940s and 50s was the persistent demand for national loyalty oaths. In those days, people were expected to declare their support for the U.S. and if they didn’t, they could be blackballed, expelled, or otherwise punished.

The ideological fervor for conformity abated for decades, but has recently returned on our college campuses in the form of mandatory “diversity statements” by faculty members and especially prospective faculty members. The difference is that instead of having to pledge adherence to America in its battle with communism, the new pledge is adherence to the “diversity” agenda in its battle against a color-blind, merit-driven academia. …

How it’s used to prevent non-leftists gaining entry to academia:

Traditionally, faculty candidates have been evaluated on the basis of four documents: a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, research statement, and teaching statement. Now, a fifth document is being added — a statement in which the individual expresses his or her commitment to “diversity.” That is, how important it is to the individual, how he or she acts to further diversity, and so on.

This is not merely idle curiosity, of course. The diversity statement has a purpose. That purpose, writes the paper’s author, Professor Bruce Gilley of Portland State University, is to weed out non-leftist scholars.

At many universities, he explains, there is an unspoken ideology that “emphasizes group identity, an assumption of group victimization, and a claim for group based entitlements.” On the other hand, “Classical liberal approaches that emphasize the pluralism of a free society, the universalism of human experience, and the importance of equality before the law have been regarded as invalid.

Obama’s bumbling, grasping, leaking aides are responsible for the Russian fiasco

Obama’s bumbling, grasping, leaking aides are responsible for the Russian fiasco, by George Neumayer.

The incompetence of the Obama administration was only exceeded by its arrogance, a toxic mix that led his aides to spy on the Trump campaign, leak to the press about a “multi-agency” investigation into bogus Trump-Russia ties, then whine about the unwelcome exposure Trump (and now Devin Nunes) drew to their antics.

The only known crimes in this unfolding fiasco are the ones they committed, namely, criminal leaks that they fed to reporters desperate to discredit Trump. It is impossible to overstate the audacity of the Obama aides’ partisan squealing in this matter. It is akin to a group of prisoners demanding that the warden be locked up. …

The New York Times placidly reported all of this activity, which makes its fury at Devin Nunes all the more bogus. He simply ratified what it had already reported. How dare he say disapprovingly what we have already said approvingly! That’s all its bleating about him comes down to. …

What has come out of all this snooping? No evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, as even Obama aides James Clapper and Mike Morrell have conceded. But it is yielding plenty of evidence of criminal collusion between the Obama administration and the media.

Only the chattering class would have the Orwellian gall to shift the scandal from the Obama administration investigating a political opponent and inflicting damage on him through criminal leaks to the Republicans’ exposure of that devious gambit.

Powerful men regularly avoid one-on-one meetings with women, to protect their families. Women’s progress suffers..

Powerful men regularly avoid one-on-one meetings with women, to protect their families. Women’s progress suffers. By Olga Khazan.

In 2002, Mike Pence told The Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either. …

The Pences are evangelical Christians, and their faith animates both their policy views and how they express devotion to one another. …

But, especially in boozy, late-working Washington, the eating thing rankled. Sure, during the day, you can grab coffee instead of a sandwich. But no dinner? Doesn’t that cut an entire gender off from a very powerful person at roughly 8 p.m.? To career-obsessed Washingtonians, that’s practically happy hour — which, apparently, is off-limits too.

Pence is not the only powerful man in Washington who goes to great lengths to avoid the appearance of impropriety with the opposite sex. An anonymous survey of female Capitol Hill staffers conducted by National Journal in 2015 found that “several female aides reported that they have been barred from staffing their male bosses at evening events, driving alone with their congressman or senator, or even sitting down one-on-one in his office for fear that others would get the wrong impression.”

One told the reporter Sarah Mimms that in 12 years working for her previous boss, he “never took a closed door meeting with me. … This made sensitive and strategic discussions extremely difficult.”

Social-science research shows this practice extends beyond politics and into the business world, and it can hold women back from key advancement opportunities. …

Hewlett’s surveys, interviews, and focus groups found that 64 percent of executive men are reluctant to have one-on-one meetings with junior women, and half of junior women avoid those meetings in turn. Perhaps as a result, 31 percent of women in her sample felt senior men weren’t willing to “spend their chips” on younger women in office political battles. What’s more, “30 percent of them noted that the sexual tension intrinsic to any one-on-one relationship with men made male sponsorship too difficult to be productive.”

Comments Glenn Reynolds:

So you drastically expand the definition of “sexual harassment,” and then promote an ethic that says that all accusations must be believed, and then you’re shocked that workplace men don’t want to hang out with women? How stupid are you?

Australian Government and the Internet: Internet speeds slowed after NBN ‘blackmail’

Australian Government and the Internet: Internet speeds slowed after NBN ‘blackmail’, by Anthony Klan.

Consumers are having their internet speeds slashed under the $40 billion-plus National Broadband Network as Telstra and Optus are forced to withdraw their direct services from areas covered by the rollout.

Telstra and Optus operate hybrid fibre coaxial networks which deliver speeds of up to 140 megabits per second, but under Rudd government legislation they must withdraw from offering those services within 18 months of the NBN being made available in an area.

However, in many cases NBN connections are delivering just a fraction of the speeds promised and consumers are being forced from reliable, fast connect­ions on to slower, less stable NBN services.

Nino Iaccarino, of Ferny Grove in Brisbane, had a Telstra HFC 30Mbps plan that consistently deliv­ered the promised speed. “I was on Telstra cable and I never had a problem with my download speeds — it was a solid 30Mbps all the time,” he said yesterday.

However, on switching to the NBN, with the service provided by MyRepublic, paying for a package spruiking download speeds of 100Mbps, his internet speeds have dropped to as low as 1.41Mbps. …

Turning off existing services that are faster than NBN, by law:

Telstra and Optus cannot use the HFC networks directly within 18 months of NBN connect­ions passing through an area. That means customers are forced off their Telstra and Optus HFC networks and required to sign up with the NBN over the same networks.

NBN Co provides the service wholesale, with more than 140 retailer­s selling NBN internet packages to customers. As reported by The Australian this week, congestion issues, exacer­bated by a failure of some retailers to buy adequate band­width from NBN Co, has meant some users getting speeds at a fraction of what they pay for.

A customer paying Telstra for a package spruiking download speeds of 100Mbps has had speeds at peak times of just 0.2Mbps.

Beware the barge of bullies trumpeting diversity

Beware the barge of bullies trumpeting diversity, by Glenn Davies, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney.

There is only one upside from the recent attacks and unprecedented abuse directed at an academic and the directors of Christian organisations: people are beginning to wake up and take notice. They are starting to understand that the campaign for same-sex marriage is not sailing on a raft of rainbows but on a barge of bullies. …

At the beginning, the promise seemed to be innocent enough — change one word in the marriage legislation and there would be equality for all. Now, as people start to digest the magnitude of such a social change and the ramifications that would follow for families and the rest of the community when marriage is cut adrift from the significance of gender distinctiveness (the Safe Schools Coalition program is only one of these side effects), other voices are starting to speak up.

But, just as quickly, they are shut down in the name of diversity. I was one of the Christian leaders who convened a meeting of church leaders in Sydney last year, to be held at the Mercure Hotel. No sooner had we set the venue than staff were subjected to an ugly campaign of harassment and threats.

For the safety of staff and guests, the hotel cancelled the booking. Were we not harangued by political leaders opposed to a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, that such a debate would incite hate speech from those defending the traditional definition of marriage? Yet this has not happened. On the contrary, it is those who have been frustrated by the government’s determination to adhere to its election policy to allow the citizens to have their say who have taken the opportunity to harangue, marginalise and ostracise those who do not support a society where gender is interchangeable.

A case in point:

Catholic Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous was taken to the brink in Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Tribunal for espousing views on marriage that accord with Australian law, let alone being the view of his church, as well as all churches and that which civilisations have held for millennia. The avant-garde opponents of these time-honoured mores had hoped to silence him.

What kind of a society calls someone before a tribunal because they are defending the law of the land? What kind of state legislation allows such a travesty of justice to occur? Has our society been that deprived of common sense and love of freedom that a carefully ­articulated defence of commonwealth legislation can be deemed offensive merely because someone wants the law changed and is offended because their views are at odds with the current law? …

The real phobia of the bullies: they are not all that popular.

The real fear on this issue is not “homophobia”, which has become a slur against those who hold a different view from this regressive minority, but “plebiphobia”, fear of the people: the fear that a popular vote may be lost. …

Just a quick look through the diversity policies of the companies that wrote to the Prime Minister on same-sex marriage recently shows focus on gender, cultural background, disability and sexual orientation. Spot the gap: faith.

UK takes back the right to deport as Britain repeals powers from EU

UK takes back the right to deport as Britain repeals powers from EU, by Gordon Raynor.

Britain has begun to take back control from Brussels as David Davis announced that the first EU law to be scrapped after Brexit will be a charter that helps criminals avoid deportation.

Revealing details of the forthcoming Great Repeal Bill, Mr Davis told MPs that the controversial EU Charter of Fundamental Rights will be dropped on the day Britain leaves Europe.

MPs cheered in the House of Commons as the Brexit Secretary told them Britain would be regaining the sovereignty it last enjoyed in 1972.

He said: “A strong, independent country needs control of its own laws. That process starts now.”

UK Police SOUGHT OUT ‘Islamophobia’ Reports to Claim Rise After Westminster Attack

UK Police SOUGHT OUT ‘Islamophobia’ Reports to Claim Rise After Westminster Attack, by Jack Montgomery.

The “slight uplift” in Islamophobia following the Westminster terror attack may be attributable to the authorities actively encouraging Muslims to come forward with allegations following so-called “trigger events”.

Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Craig Mackey said there was a “slight uplift” in so-called “Islamophobic incidents” following the attack, although he confessed the increase was “small, and far smaller than we have seen in previous events”. …

The statement also revealed the sheer scale of the Met’s efforts to boost hate crime recordings – in line with official government policy – with some 900 specialists now … dedicated to investigating all hate crime. …

  • Wednesday (day of incident): 2 Islamophobic incidents
  • Thursday: 10 Islamophobic incidents
  • Friday: 11 Islamophobic incidents
  • Saturday: 5 Islamophobic incidents
  • Sunday: 8 Islamophobic incidents
  • Monday: 3 Islamophobic incidents

[The] incident log does not describe actual recorded crimes, but only hate crime allegations. These are recorded as “incidents” regardless of whether or not the reports can be substantiated. …

Breitbart London asked New Scotland Yard if any of the incidents they logged following the Westminster attack actually resulted in charges, but they declined to say without a formal Freedom of Information request – which authorities do not have to respond to for twenty days. …

In June 2016, Essex police force Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason admitted that some of the “hate crimes” reported following the Brexit vote included “members of the public complaining about Nigel Farage, or whatever … [But] if the person feels it’s a hate crime it will get recorded as a hate crime”.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australian MP Wants to Make It Illegal to Cause Religious Offence to Muslims

Australian MP Wants to Make It Illegal to Cause Religious Offence to Muslims, by Kieran Corcoran.

An Australian MP has called for tougher speech laws so that it is illegal to offend Muslims because of their religion.

Anne Aly, Australia’s first female Muslim MP, said that race discrimination laws should be expanded to cover insults based on religion as well.

Anne Aly, now 50, is a federal Labor MP from WA. Born in Egypt, she came to Australia when 2 years old. Aly graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, with a minor in Acting. In 2008 at 41 she earned a PhD at Edith Cowan University in Perth, with a thesis entitled “Audience Responses to the Media Discourse on Terrorism: The Fear of Terrorism”. In 2015 she became a Professor at Edith Cowan.

[In the debate over 18C] Aly proposes doing the opposite – keeping the lower standard for the law, and adding “religion” to the current list of “race, colour or national or ethnic origin”.

Speaking to The Australian, she said: “I find it a little bit strange that someone can call you a ‘dirty Arab’ and that be covered under the bill, but if they called you a dirty Muslim you’re not covered.”

Comments Robert Spencer:

Anne Aly has for years been an Islamic supremacist foe of free discourse. In August 2014 I wrote here about her false claims that Islam doesn’t sanction beheading and grants equality of rights to women. Instead of responding on substance, which I understand that she could not really do since I had produced numerous Qur’an verses that rather directly showed her to be lying. So instead she claimed that she had received “hate mail” from Jihad Watch readers; six months later that claim had morphed into death threats. Predictably, that became the story, as dubious as her claims were, not her deceptions.

Now, if she gets her way in Australia, she could just have me arrested — not for the alleged hate mail or death threats, but for my initial post exposing her deceptions. This proposed law clearly would establish Muslims as a protected class, beyond all criticism, which would have the effect of allowing the jihad to advance unimpeded and unopposed.

Labor Party website on Anne Aly, the Member for Cowan. Here is their web page text in its entirety. Check out the spin, especially what gets omitted:

Before becoming the Member for Cowan, Dr Anne Aly was a Professor at Edith Cowan University.

Anne is an internationally renowned expert in counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation. Anne is committed to working with all levels of government to make our families and communities safe.

Anne was the only Australian to be invited to President Obama’s White House conference on violent extremism in 2015. She has worked with the United Nations on developing programs and policies on national security and counter-terrorism.

Anne moved to Australia when she was two years old. Her mum was a nurse and her dad an engineer, but they both worked in factories in Australia.

Anne was a single working mother of two young boys. She knows we all want our schools and hospitals to be the best in the world. Anne believes every child should be given the same chance to succeed as any other child in Australia and every person deserves access to quality healthcare.

Anne worked for years on the minimum wage to send her two boys to school and put food on the table. She knows how important secure, well-paying jobs are. That’s why Anne supports Labor’s plan for jobs in WA, protecting penalty rates and fibre-to-the-premise NBN to foster innovation.

Anne has a diverse background that spans education and training, public policy and community work.

Anne is the Founding Chair of a youth oriented not for profit organisation that harnesses youth entrepreneurship and innovation to address global issues at the local level. Anne has seen first hand how Mr Turnbull and the Liberals’ cuts have hurt our health and education system. She knows Western Australia needs Labor’s plan to create and keep jobs in WA.

hat-tip Stephen Neil, Scott of the Pacific

UN Human Rights Chief: ‘Legal Obligation to Stop Hate Speech’

UN Human Rights Chief: ‘Legal Obligation to Stop Hate Speech’, by Robert Spencer.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein [of Jordan] declared last week [in Geneva] that the nations of the world “have a legal obligation to stop hate speech and hate crimes.” This comes just as Muslim countries are planning to demand that the UN explore “legal options” to stamp out “blasphemy” on social media.

Criticism of Islam will not be permitted.

Al Hussein lamented: “[A]cross the world, the politics of division and the rhetoric of intolerance are targeting racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities, and migrants and refugees.” …

Al Hussein insisted that criminalizing “hate speech” was not an assault on the freedom of speech: “It is not an attack on free speech or the silencing of controversial ideas or criticism, but a recognition that the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities.”

His denial is hollow. What he is describing is precisely an attack on free speech and the silencing of controversial ideas or criticism. Al Hussein is likely well aware of that fact.

The jihad against the free speech has come to town.

This has been a years-long chess game: first came the charge — ridiculous on its face but relentlessly and indefatigably repeated — that to speak honestly about how jihad terrorists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and make recruits among peaceful Muslims constituted “hate.”

Then came the likewise specious charge that “hate speech” was not “free speech,” and was capable of being identified by neutral, impartial observers, and that it did not deserve the protection that various governments gave to the freedom of speech. …

We have free speech precisely to stop political bullies like Islam and PC:

Freedom of speech protections were first instituted in order to ensure that speech that was hated by the party in power could still be aired. The freedom of speech is our fundamental bulwark against tyranny, and prevents tyrants from declaring opposition to their will to be “hate speech” and thereby outlawing it. …

The PC crowd, whose campaign of bullying western populations into submitting to them is faltering, are only too happy to go along and institute curbs on speech.

These clampdowns are a manifestation of those elites’ growing anxiety in the face of the populist movement that caught them unaware in the UK with Brexit and in the U.S. with Trump, and that threatens to overturn their hegemony in Europe in the near future.

They’re doing everything they can to make sure that as few people as possible wake up to how they’ve destroyed Europe with their disastrous Muslim migrant policies, and now threaten to destroy North America as well.

The force of events will soon render their censorship useless, for all anyone will have to do in order to see the catastrophe they’ve created will be to look out a window.

The canaries are dead and the dogs are barking, but our elites insist that no one be allowed to talk about it.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Signs That America Has Become A Politically-Correct Madhouse

Signs That America Has Become A Politically-Correct Madhouse, by Michael Snyder.

We are rapidly getting to the point where political correctness is in danger of becoming our national religion.  Of course most people would not even call it a “religion”, but for most Americans this unwritten set of rules shapes everything that they think, do and say.

Many had been hoping that the spell of political correctness would be broken by the election of Donald Trump, but that obviously has not happened.  The forces of political correctness still have a stranglehold on our education system, on all forms of entertainment, on our legal system, and on most of the politicians in both political parties. …

If you do or say the wrong thing at the wrong time, you could lose your friends, you could lose your job, and you could potentially even lose your reputation. … There have been numerous people over the past year that have been publicly crucified in the court of public opinion for doing or saying something that was not politically-correct.

And with each passing day, the forces of political correctness take a little bit more ground. …

Some recent advances in PC:

According to Time Magazine, a book entitled “Santa’s Husband” will be released on October 10th by a major U.S. publisher that depicts Santa as “a gay man in an interracial relationship”. …

According to Michael Moore, historians will mark “March 28, 2017, as the day the extinction of human life on earth began” because Donald Trump has rolled back Obama’s climate change regulations. …

An elementary school in California has banned the game of “tag” because it is too dangerous. …

At one high school in Iowa, students were recently denounced as “racists” for dressing up in red, white and blue for a basketball game. …

In North Carolina, … the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System used the “gender unicorn” to teach students — as young as first grade — all about sexual orientation and gender identity. This cute, little, fury animal was used to promote the idea that sexual orientation asks the question, “Who do you go to bed with?” while gender identity asks the question, “Who do you go to bed as?” And these can be fluid, of course. Kids can change whenever and however they want. …

Bathroom scales have been taken out of the gym at one college campus for a very strange reason: “Administrators at Carleton University have removed the bathroom scales from the campus gym, claiming that ‘being fixated on weight’ does not ‘have any positive affect [sic] on your health.’” …

Opposing PC can seem like a lonely task at times:

In this type of environment, people like me are becoming dinosaurs.  …

Ultimately, political correctness is a tool that progressives use to silence the opposition. They want to make it a crime to think or say anything that they might find offensive, and to a substantial degree it is working.

Our founders intended for us to permanently have a right to free speech, but now we have moved into a time when saying the wrong thing can get you brutally persecuted.

EU could BREAK UP the US: Juncker in jaw-dropping threat to Trump over support for Brexit

EU could BREAK UP the US: Juncker in jaw-dropping threat to Trump over support for Brexit, by Nick Gutteridge. The formal British letter this week asking to leave the EU might have been too much for one eurocrat:

EUROPEAN Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon issued a jaw-dropping threat to the United States, saying he could campaign to break up the country in revenge for Donald Trump’s supportive comments about Brexit.

In an extraordinary speech the EU Commission president said he would push for Ohio and Texas to split from the rest of America if the Republican president does not change his tune and become more supportive of the EU. …

The EU Commission boss did not hold back in his disdain for the White House chief’s eurosceptic views.

He said: “Brexit isn’t the end. A lot of people would like it that way, even people on another continent where the newly elected US President was happy that the Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same.

“If he goes on like that I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas in the US.”

Mr Juncker’s comments did not appear to be made in jest and were delivered in a serious tone, although one journalist did report some “chuckles” in the audience and hinted the EU boss may have been joking. The remarks came in the middle of an angry speech in which the top eurocrat railed widely against critics of the EU Commission. …

Speaking before him, EU Council president Donald Tusk was less reserved in his remarks about the UK vote as he tore into the populist politics which led to Brexit.  …

He also accused populist politicians, such as the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders and France’s Marine Le Pen, of promoting “organised hatred” with their views on immigration.

The elites are losing it. Perhaps they cannot stand the loss of their exalted positions and authority. Out with the old.

But some are quite sane. Guess who got the applause. In with the new.

However his conservative colleague Antonio Tajani, the EU Parliament president, received a rapturous ovation as he launched an impassioned defence of Europe’s “Christian values”.

In a series of thinly veiled comments about immigration, a major political issue in his homeland and Malta, the Italian official said Europe should do more to defend its historic identity.

He said: “We shouldn’t be ashamed of saying we’re Christian. We’re Christian, it is our history. If we leave our identity we will have in Europe all identities but not European identities. For this we need to strengthen our identity. It is impossible to win without identity, without our values. Of course we are different, many languages, many ideas, but we are united on the values and this is the most important content.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

First Trailer for Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’

No, Al Gore’s movies are just about a theory based on a modelling error. Book soon.

Al Gore – Global Warming Is Real Because…Production Values, by James Delingpole.

Unlike its creaky predecessor – basically an extended powerpoint lecture featuring crap animations of drowning polar bears and a fat, sweating, failed presidential candidate in a suit clambering up onto a hydraulic elevator to make some tendentious, whiney point about a graph – this sequel uses shock, awe and spectacular footage to bludgeon its audience into submission.

A maelstrom of brown, boiling floodwaters, calving glaciers, burning mountainsides and lashing tornadoes, Gore’s production team have pulled out the stops to create a propaganda movie so lavishly convincing it makes Triumph Of The Will look like Snakes On A Plane. …

There is, for example, absolutely no evidence that man-made carbon dioxide has produced an increase in extreme weather events. In fact tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, bitter winters and extreme precipitation have all either remained much the same or reduced since “global warming” began.

So what Gore is doing here, in other words, is misleading his audience with weather horror porn of extreme events which have nothing at all to do with climate change. …

In it for the money? Climate change has made Gore a wealthy man, from under $2m net worth in 2000 after his failed Presidential bid, to over $1b at one point.

As for the prominently featured wind turbines and solar arrays – these are a blatant attempt to push the expensive, environmentally damaging, inefficient renewables to which green shysters like Gore are ideologically committed but which will make no difference to climate change. Their sole purpose is to enrich, at taxpayers’ expense, a few of the rent-seekers, troughers, crony-capitalists and other charlatans who are leeching off the back of this disgusting $1.5 trillion per annum scam.

Follow the money: this is the real reason Gore has made this movie. And it’s the reason there has been such squealing objection to President Trump’s (actually quite disappointingly modest) attempts to take on the Climate Industrial Complex.

SA Premier turned down a $30m coal deal that could have saved a billion dollars

SA Premier turned down a $30m coal deal that could have saved a billion dollars, by Joanne Nova.

The SA blackout cost around half a billion, and building a new gas plant (with a $170b in green bribes) adds another half.

It’s now emerged that Alinta offered Jay Weatherill a deal to keep Port August Power running which he turned down. If he had paid just $30m to keep the Northern coal fired station in business, there might have been no statewide blackout, and no need for regular load shedding. Wholesale electricity contracts in SA have risen from 8c per KWhr to 14c since mid last year. …

Having knocked back such a sensible offer, the SA government did what any self-serving government would, and kept the offer hidden, even after FOI requests. Weatherill cited a confidentiality clause. Nonetheless, the Libs have the whole document, and now so does everyone else.

Presumably Weatherill could not bring himself to “subsidize” coal power — how the Greens would have howled. But how screwed up is the free market when the cheapest form of electricity needs subsidies to compete with other subsidies offered one of the most expensive competitors. All Weatherill would have been doing is giving back some of what Big-Government had taken. Alinta closed the cheapest power source in SA because it was forecast to lose as much as $10m a year by 2020.

Weatherill made a billion dollar mistake presumably to stop people like [Greens Senator] Sarah Hanson Young calling him names. How much more will the people of SA have to pay for Weatherills ideological zealotry?

A Test For King Abdullah:Time to extradite a remorseless killer of American citizens

A Test For King Abdullah:Time to extradite a remorseless killer of American citizens, by Caroline Glick.

Ahlam Tamimi is a mass murdering monster. And today she is living the good life, as a “journalist,” inciting jihad in Jordan under the protection of the King Abdullah.

On August 9, 2001, in the service of Hamas, Tamimi led a suicide bomber to the Sbarro Pizzeria in central Jerusalem. It was summer vacation. The streets were filled with children and parents. …

Tamimi had scouted out the location of the bombing ahead of time. She chose Sbarro because it was a popular destination for families with young kids.

Tamimi brought the bomber to the restaurant. His bomb, hidden in a guitar case, weighed 5-10 kilos. It was surrounded by nails to puncture the flesh and internal organs of the victims, maximizing their pain and bodily damage.

Fifteen people, including seven young children and a pregnant woman were killed in the blast. Another 130 were wounded. …

Tamimi was sentenced to 16 consecutive life sentences and 15 more years in prison for her crime.

She was released in 2011 as part of the ransom deal Hamas coerced the government to accept to secure the freedom of IDF Sgt. Gilad Schalit. Schalit had been held hostage and incommunicado by Hamas in Gaza since he was abducted from Israel in 2006.

Tamimi, like the other thousand terrorists she was freed with, was not pardoned. Israel’s release was a conditional commutation. The terrorists were freed on condition that they did not engage in either terrorism or incitement of terrorism subsequent to their release. …

Immediately upon her release, Tamimi began violating the terms of her commutation by inciting terrorism.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Islam, not Christianity, now saturates Europe’s landscape and imagination

Islam, not Christianity, now saturates Europe’s landscape and imagination, by Giulio Meotti.

According to US President Trump’s strategic advisor Steve Bannon, the “Judeo-Christian West is collapsing, it is imploding. And it’s imploding on our watch. And the blowback of that is going to be tremendous”.

The impotence and the fragility of our civilization is haunting many Europeans as well.

Europe, according to the historian David Engels will face the fate of the ancient Roman Republic: a civil war. Everywhere, Europeans see signs of fracture. Jihadists seem to be leading an assault against freedom and against secular democracies. Fears occupy the collective imagination of Europeans. …

In echoes of the capture of the great Christian civilization of Byzantium in Constantinople, Sunni Islam’s most prominent preacher, Yusuf al Qaradawi, declared that the day will come when Rome will be Islamized. …

Hundreds of Muslims engage in a mass prayer service next to the Coliseum in Rome, on October 21, 2016. (Image source: Ruptly video screenshot)

Arnold Toynbee, in the last century, was adamant: “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder”.

“The contemporary historian of ancient Greece and ancient Rome saw their civilisations begin their decline and fall, both the Greeks and the Romans attributed it to falling birth rates because nobody wanted the responsibilities of bringing up children,” said Britain’s former chief rabbi, Lord Sacks. …

France saw 34,000 fewer babies born last year than in 2014, a new report just found. The number of French women having children has reached its lowest level in 40 years. … Additionally, if it were not for Muslim women, France would have an even lower birth rate …

Meanwhile, Europe’s leaders are almost all childless. In Germany, Angela Merkel has no children, as British prime minister Theresa May and one of France’s leading presidential candidates, Emmanuel Macron. As Europe’s leaders have no children and no reason to worry about the future (everything ends with them), they are now opening Europe’s borders to keep the continent in a demographic equilibrium. “I believe Europeans should understand that we need migration for our economies and for our welfare systems, with the current demographic trend we have to be sustainable”, said Federica Mogherini, the European Union representative for foreign affairs.

hat-tip byrmol

Brexit is happening – so let’s all cheer up about it

Brexit is happening – so let’s all cheer up about it, by Daniel Hannan.

In the aftermath of the vote, many of my Remainer friends were genuinely worried about an abrupt economic shock. In a lot of cases, indeed, this was their chief reason for having voted to stay in. …

In the event, all these organisations have since been scrabbling to revise their predictions upwards, and you can see why. Britain grew more strongly in the six months after the vote than in the six months before it, and ended 2016 as the world’s most successful major economy. Employment, investment, share prices, retail activity, manufacturing output and exports are all rising. ….

In the real world, most of the 48 per cent have breathed a sigh of relief and, if opinion polls are to be believed, there would be a slightly larger Leave vote today.

But the remains of Remain, the irreconcilable Europeans, are behaving like doomsday cultists, constantly deferring the date of the coming apocalypse. Being cultists, they can’t quite hide the fact that they relish the prospect of obliteration — however unappealing that attitude is to everyone else.

hat-tip Matthew

Obama Inc. Cleaning Clinton Loyalists Out of the DNC

Obama Inc. Cleaning Clinton Loyalists Out of the DNC, by Daniel Greenfield.

The glorious purge begins. They thought they had a front row seat for the new boss. Instead they’re finding themselves under the bus.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has launched a major overhaul of the party’s organization, which has been stung by recent crises — and the DNC has requested resignation letters from all current staffers.

Party staff routinely see major turnover with a new boss and they had been alerted to expect such a move. However, the mass resignation letters will give Perez a chance to completely remake the DNC’s headquarters from scratch. Staffing had already reached unusual lows following a round of post-election layoffs in December.

Forget the spin.

The Clintons layered the DNC and a whole lot of organizations with their people. Now Obama has taken over the DNC. And Clintonites are being handed a mass purge. One mob is out. The new mob is in. …

The DNC isn’t being cleaned up. Instead we will likely find that it will be even more closely integrated with Obama’s OFA and that it will financially benefit Obama Inc. the way that the DNC benefited Hillary Inc. And all this will further clear the Clintons out of politics.

Going, going, ….


Why I’m falling in love with Sean Spicer

Why I’m falling in love with Sean Spicer, by Matthew Walther.

Under Trump, the White House press briefing has changed out of all recognition — at last.

I hate to admit it, but I think I’m falling in love with Sean Spicer. No doubt Donald Trump’s stocky, gum-chewing, sartorially challenged press secretary will strike many readers as an unlikely object of passion. But it’s hard not to get red-hot for a man capable of inspiring so much outrage among the most boring, self-important people in America. …

During Obama’s time in office, the briefing always reminded me of that old cartoon where the wolf and the sheepdog enjoy a quiet lunch together — people who go to the same parties and pretend to cry at one another’s funerals asking niggling questions and feigning outrage over non-controversies. …

What was once a boring tickle-fest for white liberals is now a kind of orgy of pouting and breathless self-aggrandisement. For the mainstream press, Spicer’s first offence was to install screens allowing him to take questions from reporters across the country: an agreeably egalitarian sop to the hard-working journos of places such as Fall River, Massachusetts. Even worse has been his lack of deference to national newspapers and cable TV channels in favour of Breitbart, LifeSiteNews and other dubious right-wing outlets. …

If the press briefing is a circus, the honorary ringmaster is Glenn Thrush of the New York Times, who has built his reputation on in-depth interviews with Hillary Clinton, eliciting such gems as, ‘Well, but fly on an airplane, the whole thing makes no sense to me. Does it make sense to you?’ Thrush’s trademark is his fedora, which he probably thinks makes him look like one of those haggard old newspapermen from the days when reporters were more or less perpetually sozzled. He must be one of the only people in America who can pace around holding his phone sideways saying, ‘Hey, can I kiss your ass for like two minutes?’ with a straight face.

Islamic Projection: Why Muslims Hate Infidels

Islamic Projection: Why Muslims Hate Infidels, by Raymond Ibrahim.

  • Muslims regularly abduct, abuse, brainwash, and compel Christian girls to convert—and now Christians are accused of doing the exact same thing;
  • Muslims regularly smuggle and stockpile weapons, including in their mosques—and now Christians are accused of doing the exact same thing;
  • Muslims are constantly either trying to break away or conquer infidel nations—and now Egypt’s Christiana are accused of doing the exact same thing;
  • Muslims seek to eliminate or subjugate the infidel according to the doctrine of jihad and dhimmitude—and now Christians are portrayed as seeking the exact same thing;
  • Islamic violence regularly pops up on Fridays, and now Christians (or merely Westerners) are accused of targeting Islam on Sundays.
  • Islamic martyrdom means killing others and oneself while waging jihad to empower Islam (see Koran 9:111)—and now Christian martyrdom, which has always meant accepting death rather than the renunciation of faith,  is defined as the exact same thing. …

If civilizational projection so pervades the Muslim world, despite reality, could that also be why the people of the West — most of whom either profess Christianity or are at least influenced by its ethics and mores — cannot accept the realities of Islam: because they too project the ideals of their religious heritage — one that preaches love and tolerance for enemies — onto Muslims and Islam?

hat-tip Damon, Stephen Neil, Scott of the Pacific

Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method

Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method, by J Scott Armstrong.

Wharton School professor and forecasting expert J. Scott Armstrong…, who co-founded the peer-reviewed Journal of Forecasting in 1982 and the International Journal of Forecasting in 1985, made the claim in a presentation about what he considers to be “alarmism” from forecasters over man-made climate change.

“We also go through journals and rate how well they conform to the scientific method. I used to think that maybe 10 percent of papers in my field … were maybe useful. Now it looks like maybe, one tenth of one percent follow the scientific method” said Armstrong in his presentation, which can be watched in full below. “People just don’t do it.”

Armstrong defined eight criteria for compliance with the scientific method, including full disclosure of methods, data, and other reliable information, conclusions that are consistent with the evidence, valid and simple methods, and valid and reliable data. …

According to Armstrong, very little of the forecasting in climate change debate adheres to these criteria. “For example, for disclosure, we were working on polar bear [population] forecasts, and we were asked to review the government’s polar bear forecast. We asked, ‘could you send us the data’ and they said ‘No’… So we had to do it without knowing what the data were.” …

Why do they do it?

Digging deeper into their motivations, Armstrong pointed to the wealth of incentives for publishing papers with politically convenient rather than scientific conclusions.

“They’re rewarded for doing non-scientific research. … They cheat. If you don’t get statistically significant results, then you throw out variables, add variables, [and] eventually you get what you want.”

“My big thing is advocacy. People are asked to come up with certain answers, and in our whole field that’s been a general movement ever since I’ve been here, and it just gets worse every year. And the reason is funded research.

hat-tip Charles, Scott of the Pacific

The Right to Offend…and be Offended

The Right to Offend…and be Offended, by Michael Galak.

[There ] was a law in the pre-war USSR that punished anti-Semitic insults and actions with an utmost severity. Harsh and unforgiving, like most Soviet laws, it saw many hapless drunks packed off to the gulag for saying offensive and insulting things about Jews. Some survived, some did not.

Russian Jews were horrified by the severity of this unwanted “protection”, but were powerless to do anything about it. Not only did it produce legions of collateral victims – the wives, children and elderly parents left destitute and impoverished by the arrests of their fathers, husbands, sons and brothers — it also brought a terrible backlash. In many instances, the relatives of those prisoners seized the opportunity to avenge their pain and loss on the heads of innocent Jews during the Nazi occupation.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Former Obama official admits: We spied on Trump

Former Obama official admits: We spied on Trump, by Garth Kant.

A former Obama official appears to have inadvertently confirmed the former president’s administration spied on then President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team for political purposes.

Speaking on MSNBC Tuesday, Evelyn Farkas, deputy assistant secretary of defense under Obama, confirmed that not only was the previous administration collecting intelligence on the Trump team, it was attempting to share it as far and wide as possible.

Farkas said the reason for that was, “We have very good intelligence on Russia,” and she “very worried because not enough was coming out into the open.”

However, intelligence chiefs who have seen the classified information in question, including Obama’s own former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper as well as former acting CIA Director Michael Morell, have said they have seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump team and the Russian government.

That would appear to indicate the real reason the Obama administration was feverishly collecting and sharing the classified information was not for national security purposes, but for political reasons.

What is going on?

Here’s how talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh described the significance of the CIRCA story on his show Wednesday:

“What this story is about is how Obama changed the rules on incidental wiretapping. In other words, if NSA, CIA are targeting foreign actors, and that surveillance picks up Americans, such as (former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael) Mike Flynn, Obama changed the rules to share the transcripts of that intel with his political people.”

This is an enormous slip up by the theoretically non-existent “deep state.” This woman just admitted to a felony by the Obama administration, on international television. Recall that President Nixon had to resign for less (though he was Republican). What will be the outcome? Likely nothing. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the MSM to mention it.

hat-tip Stephen Neil, Scott of the Pacific

China’s Secret Plan to Crush the U.S. Space Program

China’s Secret Plan to Crush the U.S. Space Program, by Breitbart Tech.

“China’s breakneck economic expansion may be flagging, but the country’s ambitions in space show no signs of slowing down,” wrote CNBC. “Alongside ongoing efforts to rival NASA by placing robotic landers, and eventually astronauts, on the moon and Mars, China’s government is increasingly looking to its burgeoning space sector to rival U.S. companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which is targeting March 30 for the latest launch of its Falcon 9 rocket.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

California School Faces Budget Cuts Because It Has Too Many White Students

California School Faces Budget Cuts Because It Has Too Many White Students, by Andrew Kluga.

Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood is one of the schools expected to face budget cuts because the percentage of non-white students has fallen below 70 percent, the Los Angeles Daily News reported Monday. The cuts in funding could result in five teachers and one counselor being let go from the school, as well as the average class size increasing from 35 to 39 students.

The funding guideline comes from a 1978 Los Angeles Superior Court-ordered integration program, under which schools with a large minority student population receive additional funds. The funding model requires a school’s white-student population to be below 30 percent in order to receive the increase in funds.

For the past two years, the percentage of minority students at Walter Reed Middle School has fallen below 70 percent, according to a letter sent out to parents on March 22. The district has continued to give the school the additional funds, but in the coming school year, that will no longer be the case. The district will not categorize the school as being a predominantly minority one in the fall.

Government discriminating against the white folks again– lefties deny it is “racism.” Do they even have a term for their prejudice? “Social justice” maybe?

Whites over 30% is considered “bad” — is this the future of the US?

Theresa May signs Article 50 letter to trigger Brexit

Theresa May signs Article 50 letter to trigger Brexit, by Faisal Islam.

The Prime Minister will formally launch the process for the UK to leave the European Union in a letter that will be hand delivered to European Council President Donald Tusk at around 12.30pm. …

She will not comply with the wishes of her Brexiteer backbenchers who wanted to name the Article 50 date as a cut off for newly-arrived EU citizens to gain rights such as permanent residence. Some Conservative MPs are concerned about a surge in the number of EU migrants. However, on Tuesday the European Commission, Council and Parliament signalled that “EU law must apply until Brexit day” in two years’ time.

Brendan O’Neill comments:

What’s amazing is the patience and dignity of Brexit voters.

For nine months the political elite raged against them, ridiculed them, demonised them; branded them racist, destructive, “low information”; dragged their democratic choice to the courts in the hope that some clever judge would declare it illegitimate; took to the streets to call them idiots and buffoons and unwitting slaves of demagoguery; held them responsible for economic downturn and a return of fascism; declared them unfit for serious public life, which is apparently best left to experts.

And yet Brexit voters didn’t go mad or riot or crumble. They stuck to their principles (an amazing 96% say they’d vote for Brexit again) and patiently waited for their political choice to be acted upon. They kept their faith in democracy.

They behaved liked the free-willed, autonomous adults that democracy needs in order to work and thrive.

World Oil Production

World Oil Production, by David Archibald.

Most oil producing countries are in well-established long term decline or plateau at best. …

Saudi Arabia used to be the world’s swing producer. That role has been taken by the shale drillers of the United States.

Russian production has held up well and, combined with fields in development, it is assumed that Russian production remains in plateau. …

Iranian production peaked in 1974 at 6.1 million barrels per day as the Shah tried to overtake Saudi production. It is assumed that Iranian production is geologically limited. Iraqi production continues rising despite the civil war in that country. Currently at over 4.0 million barrels per day, Iraq’s geological endowment should see production continuing to rise towards 9.0 million barrels per day. …

Asia Pacific production projection — Australia at the bottom

Adding all those production profiles results in production in 2022 that is five million barrels per day lower than world production, per BP’s statistics, in 2015.  That could be offset by a faster rise in Iraqi production combined with increased shale oil production.

From all of the above comes an unoriginal conclusion: US shale oil is likely to buffer the oil price for at least the next five years.

Read it all for the details and more glorious graphs.

Scotty, Say It Isn’t So

Scotty, Say It Isn’t So, by David Archibald.

Despite being based in London, James Delingpole seems to be well informed on what is happening at the highest ranks of the EPA. Right now he is saying that Scott Pruitt is backpedaling on the Endangerment Finding with the reason being that Scott Pruitt wants to increase his chances of being elected as a senator for Oklahoma rather than undertake one of President Trump’s main campaign promises. Few people write better than James Delingpole so his article does not need restating here.

But he ends with these words, “If Scott Pruitt is not up to that task, then maybe it’s about time he did the decent thing and handed over the reins to someone who is.”

Myron Ebell

Now who might that be? My pick is Myron Ebell who headed up Trump’s transition team for the EPA and who, at one stage, looked like he would be the one appointed to run it. He is now back at his role as Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

In Delingpole’s words, Mr Ebell is “cultured, fearsomely intelligent” with “erudition, sweet politeness, and crushing one liners”.

With Help from France’s Elite, Le Pen Tries to Steer Far-Right Party Into Mainstream

With Help from France’s Elite, Le Pen Tries to Steer Far-Right Party Into Mainstream, by Stacy Meichtry.

For more than a year, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, representing the once-ostracized National Front, met with influential bankers, corporate executives and government officials to get advice on the radical changes vowed by her campaign. Now the group is helping plan what she hopes will be her first 100 days in office. …

Under Ms. Le Pen, National Front’s goal is to move from a xenophobic protest movement founded by her father into a mainstream party espousing economic nationalism. That effort centers on tapping a long-submerged vein of Gaullist traditionalism, which regards the European Union and euro as infringements on French national sovereignty. …

Ms. Le Pen, 48 years old, has called the euro a “knife in the ribs” of France that allows the EU to inflict “its views, its inept directives and its millions of migrants.” She wants higher taxes on foreign workers and a lower retirement age. Ms. Le Pen blames the common currency for France’s chronically high unemployment and has said she would bring back the franc if elected. …

Winning the second-round runoff in May looks harder because supporters of candidates knocked out in the first round are likely to coalesce against her. … Even if she loses, though, the growth of Ms. Le Pen’s ardent following means she is likely to help keep shaping French and European politics. …

Some National Front loyalists thought the party was straying too far from the beliefs of its base. In 2013, Ms. Le Pen refused to attend a march against the legalization of gay marriage. Her absence was seen by party hard-liners as an act of deference to Mr. Philippot [her right-hand man for party strategy], who is openly gay. Instead, they rallied behind her niece, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, who marched at the protest.

Trump signs order undoing Obama climate change policies

Trump signs order undoing Obama climate change policies, by the BBC.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change.

The president said this would put an end to the “war on coal” and “job-killing regulations”.

The Energy Independence Executive Order suspends more than half a dozen measures enacted by his predecessor, and boosts fossil fuels.

Business groups have praised the Trump administration’s move but environmental campaigners have condemned it.

Outside the White House, a few hundred protesters gathered to vent their displeasure at the executive order.

Inside, the president was flanked by coal miners as he signed the order, saying: “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal.

This order signed by President Trump is both a practical and a philosophical attempt to change the US narrative on climate change.

His supporters say it will create thousands of jobs in the liberated oil and gas industries. His opponents agree the new order will be a job creator – but they’ll be jobs for lawyers, not in the coal fields.

Front and centre is practical action on the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama project to cut fossil fuels from energy production. Although it has long been tied up in the courts, the new administration will leave it to fester there while they come up with a much weaker replacement.

There will also be new, less restrictive rules on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and more freedom to sell coal leases from federal lands.

President Trump is signalling a significant change in the widely held philosophy that CO2 is the enemy, the main driver of climate change.

US environmentalists are aghast but also enraged. They will be queuing up to go to court. But in many ways that’s playing into the hands of President Trump and the fossil fuel lobby. “Delay is what they want,” one green source told me, “delay is winning.”

All that fuss and angst over a bad assumption in a 1950s era climate model, which led to the carbon dioxide theory of global warming. Book coming soon.

North Carolina School District Fights to Keep Pro-Transgender Message in First-Grade Curriculum

North Carolina School District Fights to Keep Pro-Transgender Message in First-Grade Curriculum, by Dr Susan Berry.

A teacher raised concerns about the transgender-validating book, Jacob’s New Dress, at a school board meeting. The book celebrates a young boy who wears dresses to school, and it stigmatizes boys who urge their peers to wear boys’ clothes.

After lawmakers in Raleigh heard the concerns, the book was removed from the “anti-bullying” curriculum — but it was replaced with Red: A Crayon’s Story, which focuses on a red crayon that believes itself to be blue.

Reality is whatever the PC elite say it is?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

High Court challenge risk for flawed 18C

High Court challenge risk for flawed 18C, by Chris Merritt.

Legal academics have warned that section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is unconstitutional and needs to be repealed and replaced.

Academics Lorraine Finlay and Augusto Zimmermann ­believe the flaws in section 18C are so extensive the changes proposed by the government would merely reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of a High Court challenge. …

Dr Zimmermann said the ­implied freedom meant issues about race that were of a political nature should still be expressed, regardless of whether they are controversial. If 18C remained unchanged, he said it would indicate federal politicians did not understand the requirements of the Constitution. “No constitutional protection can be afforded to this legislation. There are no grounds on which this law can be constitutionally valid,” he said. …

At the moment, 18C makes it unlawful to do anything that leads to people feeling offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated because of their race, colour or national or ethnic background. …

They believe 18C should be replaced with a criminal law that targets the intent to incite racial hatred or contempt that creates an imminent danger of physical harm to people or property.


The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model

The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model, by Christopher Paul.

Since its 2008 incursion into Georgia (if not before), there has been a remarkable evolution in Russia’s approach to propaganda. The country has effectively employed new dissemination channels and messages in support of its 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula, its ongoing involvement in the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and its antagonism of NATO allies.

The Russian propaganda model is high-volume and multichannel, and it disseminates messages without regard for the truth. It is also rapid, continuous, and repetitive, and it lacks commitment to consistency.

Although these techniques would seem to run counter to the received wisdom for successful information campaigns, research in psychology supports many of the most successful aspects of the model.

Interesting article on how propaganda works in today’s media environment.