Elton John’s health is deteriorating. Here’s one big reason we should care

Elton John’s health is deteriorating. Here’s one big reason we should care, by Doug Mainwaring.

Elton John reportedly spent ten days in a hospital following a couple days in intensive care battling a serious, potentially life-threatening infection. … This is only the most recent in a series of illnesses which have caused the performer to cancel gigs around the world.

In 2013, after emergency surgery for appendicitis, the now 70-year-old John told the Daily Telegraph, “This is a wake-up call. I’m 66 not 36 anymore . . . I want to spend more time with my children.”

Huh? What children? Hasn’t he been gay forever?

Modern medical technology and the normalization of third party reproduction have enabled gay men and anyone else who cares to—no matter what their age—to become biological parents.  At the same time, despite ongoing medical advances, keeping older men alive while their bodies are deteriorating is still, to put it crudely, a bit of a crap shoot. …

Sir Elton John was 63 years old when his first child was born through surrogacy and 65 at the birth of his second. His partner, David Furnish, was 48 and 50. …

The engineering of children through gamete purchase and surrogacy — womb rental — currently falls under no such restrictions. It is a booming industry with lots of money to be made, akin to the wild, wild west or the California gold rush. …

Society’s recent quick evolution on matters relating to marriage and children is reflected in the evolution of Sir Elton John’s own thought, as his views on both gay marriage and gay parenting have changed substantially over the last decade.

In 2008, he said that civil partnerships — not marriages — were more appropriate for gays. And as recently as 2012, John said, “It’s going to be heartbreaking for [our child] to grow up and realise he hasn’t got a mummy.”

Third party reproduction is a boon for infertile parents, but not so much for children brought into the world in that manner.  Greater government scrutiny and regulation is needed in order to bring it into line with current adoption regulations.

For wealthy white gay males such as John and Furnish, there are no rules, only endless opportunities to acquire children.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australian ABC does terrorism report on “fixated persons” who are “mentally ill” without once mentioning “Islam”

Australian ABC does terrorism report on “fixated persons” who are “mentally ill” without once mentioning “Islam”, by Andrew Bolt.

The ABC revels in a new euphemism for Islam. It’s “fixated”.  This and the “radical ideology” euphemism allow it to file a long report on a new terrorism unit without once mentioning “Islam” in a negative way.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The People’s Climate March – AKA Watermelons’ War on Capitalism

The People’s Climate March – AKA Watermelons’ War on Capitalism, by James Delingpole.

Across the US, the usual suspects are taking to the streets to march in protest of the thing today they are pretending is called “climate change” – but which, if they were honest, they would call by his proper name: President Donald J. Trump.

Make no mistake, these marches today are no more about global warming than last weekend’s were about defending science. They’re just an anti-Trump protest by the same people who in January this year were marching around dressed as vaginas, and who in Berkeley the last few weekends have been beating people up wearing facemasks.

It’s no coincidence that many of the organizations on the People’s Climate March steering committee are in receipt of millions from Democrat donor, arch-globalist, and Agent of Evil George Soros. “Mr. Soros, who heads the Open Society Foundations, contributed over $36 million between 2000 and 2014 to 18 of the 55 organizations on the march’s steering committee, according to an analysis released Friday by the conservative Media Research Center. Six of the groups received during that time more than $1 million each: the Center for Community Change, the NAACP, the Natural Resources Defense Council, People’s Action, Public Citizen and the Union of Concerned Scientists.”

Even if you didn’t know this, the clues are in the signs…

Yes. Administration Change. That will totally stop non-existent global warming from happening.

See also: Tooth Fairy; Santa Claus; yes, of course, I’ll still love you in the morning…

One of the reporters was walking with one of the marchers and asked what this was all about. The answer, “Climate Justice.”  That is a dead give-away they were talking to a Marxist. Anytime “justice” is used in such a way it tells you what they really are: watermelons — green on the outside but red on the inside.

Lots more photos here.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific, Charles

Mexico’s Government Warns U.S.A. to Not Build Border Walls

Mexico’s Government Warns U.S.A. to Not Build Border Walls, by Bob Price.

The Mexican foreign secretary called the plan to build walls along the border a “hostile” and “deeply unfriendly” act, and an “aggravating action”. He warned that Mexico intends to conduct a fierce legal battle to stop any border walls that violate the rights of Mexicans.

Huh? What, the right to walk into the USA when ever they feel like it? The right to live and work in the USA? Collect welfare, use the hospitals, etc etc?

The Global Effort to Flatter Ivanka

The Global Effort to Flatter Ivanka, by Amy Davidson.

The international project of flattering Ivanka Trump — which some of the world’s most notable women, from Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, to Queen Máxima, of the Netherlands, engaged in at a panel discussion during the W20 conference, in Berlin, this week — does not always run smoothly.

There was, first, the achingly obvious oddity of deciding that Trump, whose experience on the public stage largely consists of marketing her clothing and jewelry lines, and her efforts to get her father, Donald Trump, elected, was qualified to sit between Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, and Chrystia Freeland, the Foreign Minister of Canada. That was quickly followed by the dispiriting thought that Trump might actually have as much power over people’s lives as the other women, through the influence that she supposedly wields over her father.  …

When asked, more specifically, how she advised him, she said, “It’s been an ongoing discussion I’ve had with my father most of my adult life, and we’re very aligned in many, many areas. And that’s why he’s encouraged me to fully lean into this opportunity and come into the White House and be by his side.” The implication was that nepotism was one of her father’s virtues, and proof of his good character. …

Foreign countries and companies might appreciate the idea that they can more easily handle Donald Trump if they lavish his daughter with attention; this is a common enough practice when dealing with authoritarian governments. But it should at least cause a little unease here at home. And one saw, again, in Berlin how the perceived need to pander to Ivanka Trump can distort almost any conversation. …

Comments Paul Mirengoff:

The strategy is far shrewder than the approach of American leftists. They seek to demonize Ms. Trump and make her life miserable — whether it’s a loser shouting at her on an airplane (as she sits with her young children) or jerks trying to injure her business.

100 Days in and the Reichstag Hasn’t Burned Yet

100 Days in and the Reichstag Hasn’t Burned Yet, by Walter Russell Mead.

With President Trump’s 100 day mark approaching, those prophesying apocalyptic doom under have not come out looking so good.

There have been no mass arrests of peaceful protestors. Federal judges rule against presidential orders, the President sputters in indignation—and the rulings stand. Putin hasn’t been offered the code to the nuclear football. Late night comics excoriate the president and the Gestapo doesn’t knock at their door. The grifters and mountebanks who hopped on the campaign wagon back when nobody in the establishment was willing to help the Trump operation are either learning to play in the big leagues or being edged toward the exits. The stock market is strong; the economy hasn’t tanked. An avalanche of leaks hasn’t exposed the collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign that so many people were sure was going to lead to impeachment.

In other words, life in our constitutional republic is still rolling on much as usual — or at least, closer to usual than any of the hyperventilators predicted. Congress and the courts are functioning as they did before; the powers of the President are still limited by the rule of law. …

But the Trump-Hitler folks made buffoons of themselves with paranoid fantasies and steamy, overheated scenarios of impending doom. Some will be big enough to admit their mistake, look hard at what they got wrong and why, and emerge as smarter and more creditworthy participants in the national conversation. Others, many others, will try to act as if nothing has happened, and will wonder why nobody listens the next time they cry “Wolf.”

Senior Australian Liberal speaks out against Turnbull: ‘This is a government which hates their own constituents’

Senior Australian Liberal speaks out against Turnbull: ‘This is a government which hates their own constituents, by John Stapleton.

“The Turnbull government is at war with the people. This is a government which hates their own constituents. The Liberal Party has lost touch with what it stands for and will be decimated unless it changes tack. Across the next electoral cycle the Liberals will lose power federally and in every state with the exception, perhaps, of Tasmania.”

Those are not the words of the opposition, but of one of the Liberal Party’s leading strategists of the past 20 years. Geoffrey Greene has worked as Liberal Party state director in both South Australia and Queensland and was one of the architects behind John Howard’s successful election campaigns between 1996 and 2007.

The Turnbull government has attacked every core constituency, small business, superannuants, pensioners, families with children, all because they have a budget that is out of control. … They have not done anything about their own backyard. Public servants still fly at the front of the plane.”

He warns that the crashing political fortunes of his party is being accompanied by administrative collapse at federal, state and branch levels, with membership and donations in freefall.

“This is a government which only listens to big business,” Mr Greene said. “Small business has been annihilated.”

The stupidity of the modern political class is engulfing them all:

“Generally speaking, the whole malaise of this government is due to inept advice, ministerial and organisational,” he said. “The Liberal Party once possessed a professional caste of political operatives and campaign staff who helped politicians nuance their messages and understand the voters.

How ironic that it is Pauline Hanson who is reaping the benefit:

“The rise of Pauline Hanson is a reflection that the Liberal Party has walked away from their values. It permeates the brand across the country. It is offensive.”

The bureaucracy rules because politicians have little idea:

Mr Greene said the party’s drift from its base was compounded by the lack of professional political operatives now working in parliamentary offices.

“I have never seen a set of government ministers more captured by their departments,” he said. “Managers sourced from the department are loyal to their departments, professional advisers are loyal to their parties, and to those who voted for them.

How capitalism is setting washerwomen free

How capitalism is setting washerwomen free, by Chelsea Follett.

Has anything changed the world more than the internet? South Korean economist Ha-Joon Chang thinks so. He would argue that one invention — an engine of liberation — has had a far more powerful effect on daily lives. He means the washing machine, of course, which the late Hans Rosling called the greatest invention of the industrial revolution. It freed women from the chore of laundry — or at least from spending one full day a week every week doing it.

As a result, Americans now lose less than two hours a week to the task, and today a greater proportion of poor US households own washing machines than average American households did back in the 1970s. While washing machines are far from being the only reason that women’s options have multiplied in the West, they have certainly helped. “Without the washing machine,” claims Chang, “the scale of change in the role of women in society and in family dynamics would not have been nearly as dramatic.” …

Water storage basins with built in washboards that are commonly used for washing both clothing and dishes in Honduras.

One 2013 study estimated that, in 2010, 46.9 per cent of households worldwide owned one. That means the market for washing machines has significant room to grow – and that there is a vast amount of latent human potential still out there, yet to be unleashed. …

In 1981, less than 10 per cent of urban Chinese households had a washing machine … but by 2011, 97.05 per cent did. …

It’s a slightly different story in India, where liberalising economic reforms didn’t begin until 1992, rather later than in China. From 1992 to 2016, India’s economy grew four-fold. Only 11 per cent of Indian households owned a washing machine in 2016. …

Not only has competition and the profit motive incentivised the washing machine’s invention, it is the capitalist drive that is ensuring ongoing marketing to new customers in developing countries. Innovation stagnates under socialist systems, but capitalism has created more life-transforming innovations than any other economic system and sown the greatest rise in living standards in history.

hat-tip Matthew

The Rise of the Generals

The Rise of the Generals, by Patrick Buchanan.

Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals?

So it would seem. Candidate Trump held out his hand to Vladimir Putin. He rejected further U.S. intervention in Syria other than to smash ISIS. He spoke of getting out and staying out of the misbegotten Middle East wars into which Presidents Bush II and Obama had plunged the country.

President Trump’s seeming renunciation of an anti-interventionist foreign policy is the great surprise of the first 100 days, and the most ominous. For any new war could vitiate the Trump mandate and consume his presidency.

Trump no longer calls NATO “obsolete,” but moves U.S. troops toward Russia in the Baltic and eastern Balkans. Rex Tillerson, holder of Russia’s Order of Friendship, now warns that the U.S. will not lift sanctions on Russia until she gets out of Ukraine. If Tillerson is not bluffing, that would rule out any rapprochement in the Trump presidency. For neither Putin, nor any successor, could surrender Crimea and survive.

What happened to the Trump of 2016? …

To get Xi Jinping to help with our Pyongyang problem, Trump has dropped all talk of befriending Taiwan, backed off Tillerson’s warning to Beijing to vacate its fortified reefs in the South China Sea, and held out promises of major concessions to Beijing in future trade deals. “I like [Xi Jinping] and I believe he likes me a lot,” Trump said this week.

One recalls FDR admonishing Churchill, “I think I can personally handle Stalin better than … your Foreign Office … Stalin hates the guts of all your people. He thinks he likes me better.” FDR did not live to see what a fool Stalin had made of him. …

Monday, the USS Mahan fired a flare to warn off an Iranian patrol boat, 1,000 meters away. Supposedly, this was a provocation. But Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif had a point when he tweeted: “Breaking: Our Navy operates in—yes, correct—the Persian Gulf, not the Gulf of Mexico. Question is what US Navy doing 7,500 miles from home.” …

But before President Trump proceeds along the path laid out for him by his generals, brave and patriotic men that they are, he should discover if any of them opposed any of the idiotic wars of the last 15 years, beginning with that greatest of strategic blunders — George Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australia’s green tape’s 80-fold explosion, costing $176bn a year ($7k per person per year)

Australia’s green tape’s 80-fold explosion, costing $176bn a year ($7k per person per year), by Dennis Shanahan.

The number of pages of commonwealth environmental laws has ballooned more than 80-fold since they began in 1971 and are costing the nation $176 billion a year in lost economic opportunity.

$176 billion a year is $7,000 per person per yer — or $35,000 per year for a family of five. Sounds a little large, but there is probably something substantial there.

In 1971, when the McMahon Liberal government introduced the first commonwealth ­environment laws under the new Department of Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, they ­covered just 57 pages of legislation and regulation.

Last year, federal environmental laws stretched to 4669 pages of rules and regulations after peaking at 5004 pages in 2014 just after the Coalition ousted the Rudd-Gillard Labor government. …

The [Institute of Public Affairs] has calculated that red tape, not just so-called green lawfare that activists employ to delay and frustrate large developments, is costing the economy $176bn a year in foregone output.

The study highlighted the plight of the Adani Carmichael mine project in central Queensland, which has been targeted by activists trying to stop the Galilee basin opening to coal mining.

The Adani central mining project application has been running for seven years and faced more than 10 court challenges. It includes a 22,000-page environmental impact statement.

hat-tip Joanne

We’re all victims of the great green swindle: A generation who thought they were doing the right thing by buying diesel and clean energy have been taken for a ride.

We’re all victims of the great green swindle: A generation who thought they were doing the right thing by buying diesel and clean energy have been taken for a ride. By Alice Thomson.

Now my family is as green and healthy as possible. We recycle our apple cores, the children play sport every day under the Westway flyover, we bought a second-hand diesel car and then a hybrid and take the train to Devon for holidays.

But the children are probably less healthy than I was 40 years ago. When the youngest started to wheeze I took him to the doctor who said he had doubled the number of inhalers he hands out in the past three years, so many children are becoming asthmatic.

It’s the diesel, all that nitrogen dioxide and those toxic pollutants,” he explained. “He’ll inhale the particles in the car even with the windows shut, when he’s playing football by a busy road and even from the trains at the station.”

Our obsession with cutting carbon emissions has had terrible consequences. Air pollution contributes to an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year in Britain, mainly among the young, the frail and the elderly, according to the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health. It can also hinder brain development, raise the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cancer, and contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s. …

European governments subsidized diesel cars to slightly reduce carbon emissions, but car companies cheated and their diesel cars are pumping out carcinogens in cities while not reducing carbon emissions:

Our attempts to be altruistic have harmed rather than helped the most vulnerable. Almost as bad, those 11 million people who now own a diesel car are about to be penalised for following government advice a decade ago that the vehicles would help the country cut CO2 emissions. …

Gordon Brown’s budget of 1998 may have said in the small print that the government “recognises the adverse effect that the use of diesel has on local air quality” but first as chancellor and then as prime minister he shifted incentives towards diesel, until more than 35 per cent of cars were running on it, while manufacturers fiddled their engine management systems to cheat the testers.

Japan, meanwhile, steered consumers away from polluting diesel, America stuck to petrol and India began switching buses to compressed natural gas (CNG).

Netanyahu’s bold move against Europe

Netanyahu’s bold move against Europe, by Caroline Glick.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu adopted a new strategy for managing Israel’s diplomatic relations with the West. …
If they act in accordance with international diplomatic norms, Israel will respond in a like fashion. If they choose instead to discriminate against Israel and treat it in a manner no other democratic state is treated, Israel will abandon diplomatic convention and treat foreign governments as domestic critics.

On Monday, after his repeated requests for Germany’s visiting Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to cancel his plans to meet with Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem, Netanyahu gave Gabriel an ultimatum. Gabriel could meet with Netanyahu, or he could meet with them. Gabriel refused to cancel his meeting with Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem. So Netanyahu canceled their meeting.

This has been a long time coming:

Today’s Western democracies are in a furor over the notion that foreign governments would dare to interfere in their domestic affairs. The uproar in the US over Russia and in Europe over Turkish efforts to drum up support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan among Turkish nationals in Europe make clear how roundly democracies decry attempts by foreign governments to influence their internal politics.

This then brings us to Israel, and the unique rules that the West applies in its dealing with the Jewish state.

In the final quarter of the 20th century, European and other Western states abandoned their earlier support for Israel. From 1974 on, Europeans could be depended on to either support condemnations of Israel at the UN and other international forums, or to abstain from votes.

Whereas from 1974 to 2000, European hostility was largely limited to the diplomatic arena, beginning in 2000, the Europeans began to expand their anti-Israel policies to the Israeli domestic political sphere.

After the PLO abandoned the peace process with Israel at the July 2000 Camp David summit and initiated its terrorist war against Israel two months later, the Europeans began massively funding radical leftist groups registered as NGOs in Israel. The collapse of the peace process and the initiation of the Palestinian terrorist war all but dried up domestic support for groups like Peace Now, B’Tselem and Rabbis for Human Rights. But with millions of euros in their pockets and the unconditional diplomatic support of Europe, these groups were able to become players in Israel’s domestic politics and cause massive harm to Israel’s international standing. …

Every time Israeli officials and others protested about their unfair treatment of Israel, the Europeans responded that they were simply restating allegations made by Israelis.

The fact that the Israelis they quoted were only able to speak because Europe paid for their microphones was entirely beside the point, as was the fact that those Israelis reflected the views of next to no one in Israel. …

Germany:

As polls taken between 2011 and 2015 showed, between a third and half of Germans view Israel as the moral equivalent of Nazi Germany. The Palestinians, by their telling, are the new Jews.

Likewise, a large majority of Germans is sick of hearing about the Holocaust. And an even larger majority says that Israel is behaving unjustly toward the Palestinians.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

MILO Announces New Media Venture

MILO Announces New Media Venture, by Lucas Nolan.

Former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO has announced the founding of his new $12 million dollar media company, MILO, Inc.

In a Facebook post, MILO outlined his new business plan and the $12 million investment funding that it has received from undisclosed investors. He has reportedly hired a seasoned media executive to lead the new 30-person team that will be based out of Miami, Florida. The new company will manage MILO‘s books, tours, merchandise and radio and TV opportunities.

In a statement, MILO said, “This isn’t some vanity nameplate on a personal blog. This is a fully tooled-up talent factory and management company dedicated to the destruction of political correctness and the progressive left. I will spend every waking moment of the rest of my life making the lives of journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists and other professional victims a living hell. Free speech is back — and it is fabulous.” …

MILO said, “MILO, Inc. will bring laughter and war to every corner of America in dozens of different formats. I will fight harder and look hotter than anyone else on the political right. And I will do more damage to the political left than anyone else in American culture.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil