Australian Census: NSW in middle of Islamic faith boom

Australian Census: NSW in middle of Islamic faith boom, by Keely McDonough.

In the early ’90s only 73,417 people in Sydney identified as Islamic — about 2.1 per cent of the city’s population. …

But by 2016 the number of Muslims has rapidly grown to 5.3 per cent of people in greater Sydney, equating to more than 253,000 people in the city.

Across NSW in 2016, 267, 659 residents identified as Muslim — a figure which equates to 3.6 per cent of the population.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Putin claims it is his ‘duty’ to stop gay people getting married so that people have more babies

Putin claims it is his ‘duty’ to stop gay people getting married so that people have more babies. By Kelly McLaughlin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that it is his ‘duty’ to stop gay people from getting married in an attempt to ‘reinforce families’ because same-sex couples ‘will not produce any children’. …

He said: ‘And I can tell you this, that as head of state today, I believe it’s my duty to uphold traditional values and family values. But why? Because same-sex marriages will not produce any children.

‘God has decided, and we have to care about birth rates in our country. We have to reinforce families.’ …

Putin also rallied against same-sex adoption in the interview, saying it’s better for children to grow up in ‘traditional’ households. …

The Russian president also insisted that gay people do not face persecution in the country, saying Russia is ‘rather liberal’. …

Putin defended the country’s controversial law on banning dissemination to minors of ‘propaganda’ legitimizing homosexuality, saying ‘the reasoning behind this law is to provide children with the opportunity to grow up without impacting their consciousness’.

Different values. Russia seems to be fairly immune to PC, and they are certainly far more concerned about demographics than the West.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

India, China: Clean dust, pollution off solar panels every two months, and still lose up to 35% of production?

India, China: Clean dust, pollution off solar panels every two months, and still lose up to 35% of production? By Joanne Nova.

How often do you clean your solar panels? Spare a thought for the poor sods in the Middle East, India and China, where migratory dust coats solar panels and hangs around in the air, blocking incoming sunlight.

Researchers in India who cleaned their panels every few weeks and discovered that they got a 50% jump in efficiency each time. If the cleanings happened every two months, the total losses were 25 to 35 percent.

The article very much blames human pollution for half the capacity loss, but in the detail, the press release admits that 92% of the dust on each panel was natural. Apparently human made particles are smaller and stickier which makes the 8% human-emitted-dust equivalent to the 92% of other dust.

Either way, real pollution and natural dust will slow the clean-green-energy future in India and China until we get auto-cleaning panels or roof slaves. Unfortunately, cleaning panels also risks damaging them, so the price of solar power really needs to include the cost of windscreen-wipers/slaves, electricity losses, damage to panels, and damage to the panel cleaners too.

But solar panels will definitely power all the other parts of the world that are near enough to the equator and not in the path of flying dust, pollution, or under too many clouds, and especially those with electricity demand that peaks at 12 noon daily, which no modern country does.

A PC method of pretending Islamic Jihad is not a danger: Blame Spreading.

A PC method of pretending Islamic Jihad is not a danger: Blame Spreading. By the Barnabas Fund.

One of the disturbing trends in governments’ attempts to respond to jihadi violence has been “blame spreading”. This involves both a refusal to identify jihadi ideology as being a long-standing strand of Islamic interpretation and also a related, deeply misleading attempt to claim that other religions, including Christianity, are as likely to encourage similar violence.

The latest example of this comes from the USA’s new Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly. On 22 June, he told the US Homeland Security Committee, Whether they are church, synagogues or mosques [we need] an open line of communication so they know if they see this [belligerence] happening in the home or they see it happening — that is to say, the move towards radicalism — or they see it happening in the churches or mosques, they know to call someone before that person typically crosses the line”. …

The problem with this type of thinking is not merely that it fails to identify the problem but that, in an effort to avoid the risk of stigmatising one religion, it tars all faiths with the one brush.

This can have devastating consequences for Christians who are victims of jihadi violence and persecution overseas. For example, up until November 2013, the US State department refused to accept that Boko Haram was specifically targeting Christians in northern Nigeria. It claimed that the previous ten years of violence there was due simply to “socio-economic” tensions between Christians and Muslims: that is to say, the impoverished Muslims could not be blamed for the violence, even though Boko Haram was a jihadi organisation which was targeting Christians and churches. In fact, according to the Global Terrorism Index, by 2015 it was claiming more lives than any other terrorist organisation in the world, including Islamic State.

It’s severely ignorant or politically obtuse to pretend churches, synagogues, and mosques are the same.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Why Germany Is Once Again a Threat to the West

Why Germany Is Once Again a Threat to the West, by Hikolaas de Jong.

The popular image both of Angela Merkel and of modern Germany is deeply flawed. Because far from representing a negation — or a misguided attempt at negation — of past German policies and attitudes, the modern German mentality is in many ways a mutation or an update of the same mentality that has guided Germany since the eighteenth century, and especially since the unification of the country in 1870.

Let us begin with the more obvious parallel: German support for further European integration. Despite all the German talk about subordinating narrow national interests to the European project, careful observers must have noticed the coincidence that the Germans always see themselves as the leaders of this disinterested project, and that the measures deemed to be necessary for further European cooperation always seem to be German-made.

Are the Germans really such idealistic supporters of the European project? It is more probable that in reality they see the European Union as an ideal instrument to control the rest of Europe. Indeed, in 1997 the British author John Laughland wrote a book about this subject, The Tainted Source: the Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea, which is still worth reading for anyone who wants understand what kind of organization the EU actually is. According to Laughland, the Germans are such big supporters of the European ideal because they know that all important decisions in a confederation of states can ultimately only be taken by or with the approval of the most important state — in this case, Germany.

Thus, on closer scrutiny, there is a strong continuity between the foreign policy of Wilhelm II, Hitler, and Merkel. And this continuity can easily be explained by looking at Germany’s position within Europe. On the one hand, Germany is the strongest and largest country in Europe, but on the other hand it is not strong or large enough to dominate the rest of Europe automatically. In consequence, ever since German unification in 1870, the country has been presented with the choice either to subordinate its wishes to those of the rest of Europe — which has always appeared rather humiliating — or to attempt the conquest of Europe, in order to ensure that Germany’s wishes would always prevail. …

[A] parallel with the old German ideology is the collectivist strain in Merkel’s multicultural project. The German government seems to assume that the rights of German citizens must always be subordinated to those of Third World immigrants, which ultimately simply means that individual rights are subordinated to whatever the state wants. Besides emotionalism, collectivism has also been a prominent characteristic of the German ideology since the eighteenth century, once again in opposition to the “atomic” individualism of classical liberalism that prevailed in the United States, England, and France.

When Germans talked about freedom, they did not mean individual freedom in the conventional sense, but rather the good fortune of citizens to live in a country that is efficiently governed by an all-powerful state. This is also what Merkel, and presumably her American and European supporters, mean when they are talking about freedom.

That would explain a lot about the character of the EU.

New Christopher Nolan WWII Movie ‘Dunkirk’ Portrays White People as White, Runs Afoul of Diversity Police

New Christopher Nolan WWII Movie ‘Dunkirk’ Portrays White People as White, Runs Afoul of Diversity Police, by Tim Teodorczuk.

Christopher Nolan’s new movie “Dunkirk” … recreates the defense and evacuation of British and Allied forces from Northern France in May-June 1940 during the early stages of the World War II. …

Plenty of people have taken to social media to express why they won’t be seeing it, and it’s all to do with the movie being “too white.” (Not sure if they’re aware, but the vast majority of British and Allied forces were white.)

The PC crew have a real problem with reality.

No mates rates for the left in footy

No mates rates for the left in footy, by Andrew Bolt.

The AFL Tribunal has made a bad mistake by letting Malcolm Turnbull and Waleed Aly help a footballer mate escape full punishment.

Doesn’t it realise Australians are sick of the cultural elite looking after its own? Playing identity politics?

It seems not, because the tribunal on Tuesday banned Richmond’s Bachar Houli for only two weeks for knocking out Carlton’s Jed Lamb, after taking into account comments about him from Prime Minister Turnbull and a reference from Aly, the Gold Logie winner.

That is bizarre. Does this mean any footballer who doesn’t know Turnbull would have got the standard four-week ban instead?

Does that mean a player Aly didn’t like as much as he likes Houli, a fellow Muslim and star of Aly’s Tigers, would have been rubbed out for longer?

Again, the left is undermining the notion of one law for all. Even in football, it’s your identity group and who you know, not the merits of the case, that matter.

Huge growth in Australian aborigines. Is it fashionable to identify?

Huge growth in Australian aborigines. Is it fashionable to identify? By Andrew Bolt.

I was sued by activists insisting no one could choose their “race”. Yet the latest Census suggests 40,000 just did. There are now 649,171 Aborigines counted, compared to 548,368 just five years earlier. …

I must assume it’s fashionable to identify as Aboriginal among people who have a choice. Or there are more financial benefits in doing so. …

Interestingly, the biggest growth is in Victoria – 25.8 per cent. That’s presumably where intermarriage rates are higher. It’s also our most Left-wing state.

That suggests a real public policy issue. With such huge growth in people identifying as Aboriginal – and in richer states – the demographic profile is being changed.

When we now measure progress in education, for instance, we must be careful to adjust for the fact that there are now many more children being included who would have not been included before. They are more likely to have fewer Aboriginal ancestors and to come from more mainstream families in urban areas.

That means the statistics may exaggerate progress for Aborigines in more traditionally Aboriginal areas.

Sarah Palin Sues New York Times for Defamation

Sarah Palin Sues New York Times for Defamation, by Tony Lee.

On Tuesday evening, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hired Hulk Hogan’s lawyers and sued the New York Times for defamation for falsely accusing her in a June 14 editorial of inciting Jared Lee Loughner to shoot Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ). The Times’ editorial was published on the day that James Hodgkinson shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) while he was practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game with his GOP teammates.

Gifford’s shooter was a leftie, if anything, and Palin’s messaging was standard political fare that used the word “target” like many others, both left and right. Just more fake news. Interesting to see that she’s going to try and sue however.

“Today, Sarah Palin took a stand against The New York Times Company by filing a lawsuit which seeks to hold The Times accountable for stating that Governor Palin is part of a ‘sickeningly familiar pattern’ of politically motivated violence and that she incited the horrific 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords, a tragedy where the gunman seriously wounded numerous people and killed 6, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl,” Palin’s lawyers—Ken Turkel, Shane Vogt, and S. Preston Ricardo—said in a statement.

The complaint, filed in Manhattan federal court in the Southern District of New York, states that “at the time of publication, The Times knew and had published pieces acknowledging that there was no connection between Mrs. Palin and Loughner’s 2011 shooting.”

John Hinderaker:

The Times alleged that Mrs. Palin’s “incitement” of Loughner’s crime was “clear” and “direct.”

This was, of course, a lie. Loughner was crazy, and if anything, he was a leftist. (He listed The Communist Manifesto among his favorite books, and friends described him as a liberal.) There is no evidence that he ever saw the online map with “targeted” Democratic districts that was the supposed incitement.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Paying workers to protest: The controversial trend of social justice benefits

Paying workers to protest: The controversial trend of social justice benefits, by Claudia Cowan.

Since the election, scores of activists have taken to the streets, town halls and rallies to blast President Trump. That’s all with the blessing of their boss thanks to social justice benefits and paid time off work policies that are growing in popularity.

At San Francisco marketing firm Traction, social justice benefits take the form of two so-called “Days of Action” a year.

“They can take part in a protest, they can volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to them,” says CEO Adam Kleinberg. “Civic engagement is a foundation of our democracy, and companies should encourage it.” …

But in the famously left-leaning Bay Area, conservative activists don’t buy it.

It is a risk: Consumers opposed to an official endorsement of protest culture might spend their money elsewhere. …

Most companies give their workers time off to vote, but “this is different – this is going to a new level,” said Scott Dobroski, community expert with employment firm Glassdoor.

A recent Glassdoor survey found more than half of employees believe they should have time off to advocate for social change, regardless of their politics.

“Many employers,” Dobroski said, “are taking note that social change and positive action matters to employees – both in and out of the workplace.”

The new trend in virtue-signalling leftism.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

One Year Ago Loretta Lynch Met Bill Clinton on Plane in Arizona, Today She Faces Criminal Investigation

One Year Ago Loretta Lynch Met Bill Clinton on Plane in Arizona, Today She Faces Criminal Investigation, by Jim Hoft.

Reporter Christopher Sign of ABC 15 in Phoenix, AZ broke the story on the secret meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac in Arizona on June 27, 2016.

Hillary Clinton told “Meet the Press” later that week that the controversial meeting between her husband and Attorney General Loretta Lynch was “purely social.” Hillary insisted they talked about their grandkids and golf during their meeting on the tarmac.

That was a lie.

The NSA now says it will not release details of the meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch due to the “national security” risk.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch faces jail time for obstruction of justice if information showing she furthered DNC interests surface.

Drain the swamp.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Chinese Foreign Minister: ‘Refugees Should Return to Their Homeland’

Chinese Foreign Minister: ‘Refugees Should Return to Their Homeland’.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi declared on Tuesday that “refugees should return to their homeland” and made it clear China does not want any more of them.

“Nations in the Middle East are carrying an immense burden in accepting refugees from Syria and other places,” Wang said, speaking from Beirut. “Refugees are not immigrants and are roaming the world, after losing their homeland. I look forward to the time when all refugees return to their homeland to rebuild their hometowns.” …

“If refugees enter China, the Chinese people will suffer tremendously. Social anxiety will escalate,”

Taking in refugees is hardly in China’s interest, is it? Political correctness is only a western affliction.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Erdogan Seizes 50 Churches and Monasteries, Declares Them Turkish State Property

Erdogan Seizes 50 Churches and Monasteries, Declares Them Turkish State Property. Cultural warfare that the West fails to notice except for a few human rights groups. No protest from submissive western governments.

Meanwhile, look what Ergodan is doing in Washington:

Erdogan seems intent on completing the religious cleansing of Turkey’s historic Christian populations, which began more than a century ago with the Armenian genocide, and later with the genocide and exodus of the Pontic Greek population.

hat-tip Stephen Neil