Canadian doctor pockets $9,000 to remove breasts from 14-year-old girls who believe they’re ‘boys’

Canadian doctor pockets $9,000 to remove breasts from 14-year-old girls who believe they’re ‘boys’, by James Risdon.

A plastic surgeon in Toronto who calls himself a “leader in the LGBT community” has admitted to performing double mastectomies on girls as young as fourteen who believe themselves to be ‘boys.’

Dr. Marc DuPéré will perform the procedure, despite the vast majority of children with gender identity confusion eventually reverting to their natal sex, as long as the teen girl is “firm about the decision to transition,” he wrote in a now deleted post on his website. …

His Visage Clinic in Toronto offers these “top surgeries” for about $9,000 and he recalls removing the breasts of two 14-year-old girls in the last five years. He also admits he’s done a few more of these surgeries on girls 15 and 16-years-old. …

There’s also evidence many children simply grow out of their feelings that they are the other gender. Western Sydney University professor of pediatrics John Whitehall has reportedly said that up to 90 per cent of transgender children simply change their minds by puberty. …

A female-to-male transgendered person who later decides to start living as a woman again might also face more difficulty in finding an understanding partner as she could not hide the old scars.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The more extreme the left’s screeches, the greater the populist surge

The more extreme the left’s screeches, the greater the populist surge, by Rod Liddle.

The latest exciting news is that it may very soon be possible for surgeons to perform uterine transplants, so endowing a man who has ‘transitioned’ into being a strange approximation of a woman with the ability to gestate a child. And to give birth, after a fashion. The benighted child would need to be hacked out of the man’s midriff, because there’s not enough room down there for a child to come out naturally (yes, because he’s a man).

Sweden — the world leader in uterine transplants — is anxious to reclaim the title of the world’s most batshit crazy nation, which the Canadians and that simpering idiot Justin Trudeau currently have in their grasp. The uterus stuff will undoubtedly help. So, too, the fact that in some places, such as Gothenburg, transgendered women (i.e. men) are now allowed in women-only bathhouses and saunas — a policy that is comically at odds with the authorities’ desire to accede to the right of Muslim women to bathe without men being nearby.

This confluence of epic delusion plus politically correct doublethink would certainly convince me to give Sweden the coveted batshit award. I found out about the uterus business, incidentally, not because I tapped ‘uterus’ into Google in the hope of looking at one or two for a few minutes, by way of a weird sort of perversion, but because I tapped in ‘Swedish elections’ and this stuff came up at the same time.

It’s all good news as far as I am concerned. Few commentators will make a direct link between Swedish sawbones stapling uteruses into deeply troubled young men and the possible outcome of the Swedish general election in September, but I see one very clearly. Soaring in the polls are the Sweden Democrats, on a platform of no more immigration, opposition to the wilder demands of the LGBTQI lobby, and support for the church, state and traditional nuclear family. …

Good. The more we hear about uterine transplants, and swimming baths closed off so that Somalian women can splash about while dressed as Darth Vader, the more the stock of the Sweden Democrats will rise. …

In general the rule is this: the more vacuously liberal the ruling elite, the bigger the surge for the populists, or for populist legislation. The latest two countries in Europe to ban the burka? Denmark and the Netherlands.

hat-tip Nick

Silicon Valley Is Killing Free Speech. Only One Man Can Save Us Now…

Silicon Valley Is Killing Free Speech. Only One Man Can Save Us Now…, by James Delingpole.

Everyone on the right knows [that free speech is under threat] because they have all experienced at first hand what it’s like to live in a culture where you cannot speak your mind without being punished for it.

Sometimes – speaking up for Brexit or Donald Trump at a London dinner party, say – it merely leads to social ostracism; or losing friends who probably never deserved to have you as a friend anyway.

Too often, though, the consequences are far more serious than that: loss of work; denial of promotion; the destruction of your business or your income stream; a full scale social media bullying campaign orchestrated by the SJW hate mob followed by the curtailment of your career; police investigation; even arrest and imprisonment.

If you agree with the PC fantasies, you have total freedom — nay, encouragement  — to speak. Otherwise, you are silenced by any means possible short of physical violence (or sometimes more, e.g. Tommy Robinson). The left behave like a subtle form of Islam.

To appreciate how bad the problem is, follow [Ezra] Levant’s suggested thought-experiment.

“Imagine if you were having a conversation on your cellphone and you got a memo from your cellphone company saying: ‘We heard you talking about certain things on the phone and we didn’t like that. So if you don’t stop having those conversations we’re going to cancel your cellphone contract.”

As Levant says, you’d be outraged. You’d say: “You’re just a phone. Just a platform. I can say whatever the hell I want.”

Except with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Amazon and the rest it is clearly the case that you cannot say whatever you like. …

The difference between Jeff Bezos and JD Rockefeller is that whereas Rockefeller just controlled oil, Bezos and his ilk control “ideas, information, perception of the world.”

As Levant says:

“He can make you vanish in a moment. He’s got a half billion contract with the CIA. The new monopoly – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Amazon are far more powerful politically and ideologically than John Rockefeller ever was.”

It gets worse. Whatever threat these organizations pose to individual freedoms, the way they work in cahoots with governments is more dangerous still. Levant:

“Governments say: ‘Ah. I could censor my enemies but that’s subject to debate and scrutiny and hearings and challenges and constitutional matters and transparency. But, what if I have a private tete-a-tete with the head of Facebook I say: ‘You shut down this Alternative für Deutschland, you gotta shut down this Marine le Pen for me, we can’t have another Brexit, another Trump. Can you, my Democrat friends in San Francisco the most left-wing city in America, can you put your finger on the scale just a little bit? Because if I – Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau, Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel – do that, there’ll be squawking, there’ll be law suits. But if I just whisper in your ear that we’ll go easy on your tax avoidance and we won’t hold you culpable for hate speech, you’ll shut down Tommy Robinson…” It gets worse. Whatever threat these organizations pose to individual freedoms, the way they work in cahoots with governments is more dangerous still.” …

If free speech goes, Western Civilization dies with it. Trump gets that, I think.

In climate change my wife and I have been systematically shut up and demonized for over a decade.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific, Charles

Diversity worship only divides us further

Diversity worship only divides us further, by Janet Albrechtsen.

“BBC CHIEF STUNNED BY SECRET SEX SURVEY.” The headline blaring from Britain’s Mail on Sunday one balmy morning in London a few weeks ago was irresistible. And the news report didn’t disappoint. “Can someone have a guess at how many people we’ve got who have disclosed they are transgender at the BBC? Ten? Anyone else? Twenty?” asked the BBC’s director of diversity at a social policy forum last month.

“I’ll put you out of your misery. We’ve got 417 people within the BBC who have said they are transgender, almost 2 per cent of the ­organisation.” …

Oh very trendy.

Extrapolating from the diversity director’s comment that “what gets measured gets done”, the next advertisement for a BBC job will logically need to seek a candidate with the following qualifications: must be able to write, have proven reporting skills, work effectively in a small team and be a lesbian. And how do they check the veracity of a candidate meeting that last stipulation? If only this were a facetious ­scenario. …

In their lust for power, the postmodern graduates are reversing the Enlightenment:

When anchored to group identities, this new diversity project becomes the antithesis of the liberal model that emerged from the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment. The timeless ideal that all individuals are revered as equal regardless of colour, creed and gender is being turned on its head. …

The more we label and encourage people to join smaller identity groups defined by being transgender or black lesbian or Muslim gay, the “other” — the outsiders — grow larger in number. There are more people outside the group to be suspicious of, to fear and even loathe. …

Tribalism for everyone but white cis-gender straight Christian men:

People gathering in groups, associating with tribes, preferring their own kind, is as old as the history of mankind. As English philosopher Roger Scruton said as he watched the 1968 Paris protests — when middle-class students turned out to protest without really knowing what they supported — craving membership is “a deep adaptation of the species”.

Whereas people in previous centuries joined or were born into religious communities, in the modern secular West the search for meaning is leading people to seek out different group identities. It raises the real threat of a new and different form of sectarianism as politics and policies … encourage people to be defined by smaller and smaller group identities, fracturing along sex, sexual identity, race, colour, creed or other such traits.

The dilemma for whites: demand identity and in-group preferences like everyone else, or demand there be no group identities or in-group preferences for anyone???

Revering diversity encourages an ugly backlash, too, attracting opportunist grandstanders such as Canadian woman Lauren Southern, who arrived in Australia wearing a T-shirt that read “IT’S OK TO BE WHITE”.

Just for the picture:

It’s not smart to answer toxic identity politics with tit-for-tat toxicity, where people treat their pale skin as a badge of honour. Southern’s white identity politics marks a low point of the new sectarianism. We are regressing further and further from the liberal project that treats all ­humans as equal regardless skin colour.

I’d prefer no group identities for anyone, but that’s not how the situation is developing. Good one lefties, we have no choice. If someone punches you, you’re in a fight whether you like it or not.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Donald Trump, in breaking with the establishment, is more like US Presidents of Old

Donald Trump, in breaking with the establishment, is more like US Presidents of Old, by Grace Buchholz.

While it would be easy to call Trump’s alignment unprecedented, America’s founding fathers themselves sometimes sounded “chaotically neutral”. George Washington and John Adams famously warned against long-term entanglements; Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory to give the pioneers economic mobility; and James Monroe was so obsessed with preserving American sovereignty that he promulgated a doctrine that was basically a restraining order against Europe (albeit expressed in more diplomatic terms).

The USA was founded on revolution, breaking away from the control of the British establishment.

hat-tip Matthew

The Hollowing-Out of the California Dream

The Hollowing-Out of the California Dream, by Joel Kotkin.

Progressives praise California as the harbinger of the political future, the home of a new, enlightened, multicultural America. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill has identified California Senator Kamala Harris as the party leader on issues of immigration and race. Harris wants a moratorium on construction of new immigration-detention facilities in favor of the old “catch and release” policy for illegal aliens, and has urged a shutdown of the government rather than compromise on mass amnesty.

Its political leaders and a credulous national media present California as the “woke” state, creating an economically just, post-racial reality.

Kamala Harris, Democrat leader on race and immigration

Yet in terms of opportunity, California is evolving into something more like apartheid South Africa or the pre-civil rights South. California simply does not measure up in delivering educational attainment, income growth, homeownership, and social mobility for traditionally disadvantaged minorities

White flight:

All this bodes ill for a state already three-fifths non-white and trending further in that direction in the years ahead. In the past decade, the state has added 1.8 million Latinos, who will account by 2060 for almost half the state’s population. The black population has plateaued, while the number of white Californians is down some 700,000 over the past decade.

The future of the USA:

California, suggests gubernatorial candidate and environmental activist Michael Shellenberger, is not “the most progressive state” but “the most racist” one. Chapman University reports that 28 percent of California’s blacks are impoverished, compared with 22 percent nationally. Fully one-third of California Latinos — now the state’s largest ethnic group — live in poverty, compared with 21 percent outside the state. …

Relatively few blacks or Latinos participate at the upper reaches of the tech economy — and a recent study suggests that their percentages in that sector are declining — and generally lack the family resources to compete in the real estate market. Instead, many are stuck with rents they can’t afford.

Even as incomes soared in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco after 2010, wages for African-Americans and Latinos in the Bay Area declined. The shift of employment from industrial to software industries, as well as the extraordinary presence — as much as 40 percent — of noncitizens in the tech industry, has meant fewer opportunities for assemblers and other blue-collar workers. Many nonwhite Americans labor in the service sector as security guards or janitors, making about $25,000 annually, working for contractors who offer no job security and only limited benefits. In high-priced Silicon Valley, these are essentially poverty wages. Some workers live in their cars, converted garages, or even on the streets, largely ignored by California’s famously enlightened oligarchs. …

California’s white homeownership rate remains above 62 percent, but just 42 percent of all Latino households, and only 33 percent of all black households, own their own homes. In contrast, African-Americans do far better, in terms of income and homeownership, in places like Dallas-Fort Worth or greater Houston than in socially enlightened locales such as Los Angeles or San Francisco. Houston and Dallas boast black homeownership rates of 40 to 50 percent; in deep blue but much costlier Los Angeles and New York, the rate is about 10 percentage points lower. …

The performance of schools in heavily minority, working-class areas is scandalously poor. The state’s powerful teachers’ union and the Democratic legislature have added $31.2 billion since 2013 in new school funding, but California’s poor students ranked 49th on National Assessment of Education Progress tests. In Silicon Valley, half of local public school students, and barely one in five blacks or Latinos, are proficient in basic math. …

High-poverty schools are so poorly run that disruptions from students and administrative interruptions, according to a UCLA study, account for 30 minutes a day of class time. Teachers in these schools often promote “progressive values,” spending much of their time, according to one writer, “discussing community problems and societal inequities.” Other priorities include transgender and other gender-related education, from which parents, in some school districts, cannot opt out. …

The latest BEA numbers suggest that California — which created barely 800 jobs last month — is now experiencing far lower income growth than the national average, and scarcely half that of Texas, Colorado, Michigan, Arizona, Missouri, or Florida. Out-migration of skilled and younger workers, reacting to long commutes and high prices, seems to be accelerating, both in Southern California and the Bay Area.

Will lefty “progress” render all of the USA like California? If so, look forward to a wave of US immigrants heading to Australia.

Trump triumphant: ‘We’re going to go a lot higher’ than 4.1% GDP growth

Trump triumphant: ‘We’re going to go a lot higher’ than 4.1% GDP growth, by Tucker Higgins.

President Donald Trump pitched his economic record to voters Friday, boasting that strong numbers released earlier in the morning were “sustainable” and blasting Democrats for wanting to “raise everybody’s taxes.”

“We’re going to go a lot higher,” Trump said, referring to the report that showed a 4.1 percent rise in gross domestic product during the second quarter. It was the highest quarterly jump in nearly four years.

During a speech on the White House South Lawn, he predicted that the country was on track for its highest annual growth rate in over 13 years.

“As the trade deals come in one by one, we’re going to go a lot higher than these numbers, and these are great numbers,” he said.

The president also championed the GOP tax overhaul passed late last year, saying that “as a result, more than 6 million Americans are enjoying new bonuses, better jobs, and far better paychecks.” The president said that Democrats’ efforts to turn back the tax cuts would be a “disaster for our economy.” …

He called the numbers “very, very sustainable” and predicted that the U.S. would “do extraordinarily well” in its third-quarter GDP report.

The president acknowledged the peril if the economy does not match his rosy outlook. “I won’t go too strong” in my projections, “because then if it’s not quite as good, you won’t let me forget it,” the president said.

Experts rubbished Trump for saying months ago that over 3 percent was possible. Now they say it won’t last. They will be right one day.

Is Anti-White Racism the New Anti-Semitism?

Is Anti-White Racism the New Anti-Semitism? By Marcus Cato.

The basic ideas used to demonize Jews for centuries are now being wielded by cultural Marxists to do the same thing to white people in three ways: historical tropes, selective economic statistics, and sociological exaggerations.

Can you be held responsible for what your ancestors did?

Hatred of Jews has a long history, but the grievance against Jews was based on a commonly held history of victimization by later generations of Gentile Christians. To begin with, Jews were held collectively responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the martyrdom of early Christian saints. What made this, like almost every other historical grievance, especially pernicious is that unborn Jews were also made responsible for these events. … This was a charge passed down from generation to generation for which no forgiveness could be attained. To be a Jew was, in short, to be guilty of murdering God Himself.

Similarly, modern leftist thought renders white people guilty of two unforgivable crimes: the enslavement and transport of Africans to the Western Hemisphere and the conquest of the Americas and the displacement of the indigenous people who came before. President Obama may have unwittingly stated this when he said in 2015, “what is also true is that the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives – you know, that casts a long shadow. And that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on.” Of course, what’s in your DNA cannot be expunged. It gets passed on like a disease. …

Just for the record, whites are uniquely in all of history the civilization that abolished slavery — not just in their own civilization, but worldwide. It might also be worth mentioning that according to the Bible it was part of God’s plan for Jesus that he die on the cross for us, which kind of makes the various players in his death less reprehensible.

The history of distorted Jewish wealth and influence is almost as old as the deicide charge. Using cherry-picked data to accuse Jews of unjustly controlling the wealth of various nations or even the world was a tool used long before the Nazis rose to power. …

Today, hardly a day goes by without some tirade about the racialized distribution of income and wealth in the United States., such as this one from the New York Times.  The chief targets are whites.  It is taken as a matter of course that these gaps are caused by white racism and exist because of the ill gotten wealth that the ancestors of white people stole from black slaves or conquered red bodies. The Washington Post trumpets that “White Families Have Nearly Ten Times The Net Wealth of Black Families“; the Guardian tells us that “The Median Wealth of Black Americans ‘Will Fall to Zero by 2053.”  These claims are always couched so as to lay the majority of blame on white people and “white institutions.”  The implication being that only the income and wealth of white people can “fix” these problems by being expropriated and redistributed, like in one absurd article about a “White Equality Tax” to pay for the historical sins of slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, etc.

And strike three is in-group preferences, which apparently are just fine for other groups but not Jews and now whites more generally:

Jews were accused of being disposed to privileging their own over non-Jews. This sociological lie says that Jews simply cannot help but be parasitic. … [Henry] Ford asserted that the New York Stock Exchange was run by Jews, as if Jews were consciously or even biologically disposed to pushing out non-Jewish stockbrokers. Similar arguments were raised by anti-Semites like Kevin MacDonald as regards the medical profession, law, and other trades.

The same arguments are leveled against whites today by people masquerading as academics.  Take the apoplectic hysteria over the term gentrification.  This is really a leftist dog whistle implying that gentrifiers — usually white — are parasites, and their victims are usually people of color.  From the UMKC editorial “What Appropriation and Gentrification Have In Common: “A parasitic relationship, gentrification utilizes tactics like rent-hiking to drive out original tenants[.] … [V]ictims of gentrification are often black and Hispanic.  Cultural appropriation, black face and gentrification all benefit and profit from exploitation and pain of historically oppressed people.”  Another article describes current musical trends as being of white parasitism and black victimhood.

The left is spreading the anti-white racism:

These concepts are commonly taught to K-12 students, who start learning about racialized wealth gaps as early as second grade and are made to watch videos depicting all social problems as being the result of historical sins. At university level, these concepts take a more elaborate turn as college students imbibe lessons on gentrification and cultural appropriation while learning of an all-encompassing boogeyman called “whiteness,” in “Whiteness Studies” courses. What good can come of these intellectual pursuits but demonization? …

As Andrew Sullivan notes, the most terrifying possibility is that these rhetorical devices will be used against American Jews as the “apex” of the white hierarchy: “once you posit secret forces defined by race, and link these forces to human beings of that race, you are at risk of mimicking the very structure of anti-Semitic thought. …

Perhaps these phenomena explain why, if you listen to almost any liberal on social media or mainstream media these days, the word “white” is, for them, a pejorative slur. It is a word they almost exclusively use to describe something they find abhorrent, distasteful, and negative. To the modern leftist, the word “white” is what the word “Jew” was to my elementary-school classmates [who who were shocked to learn that the word “Jew” was more than just a slur].

So we are all Jews now? Good one lefties.

US Democrats Flirting with Socialism

US Democrats Flirting with Socialism, by John Hinderaker.

How out of the mainstream are the Democrats, really? Pretty far out. Back to Rasmussen, on what voters think about socialism:

51% of Democrats have a favorable impression of socialism, with 13% who share a Very Favorable one.

So it’s no accident that Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren are the Democrats du jour. Still, Democrats betray an odd ambivalence toward the economic system that most of them yearn for: …

Republicans (41%) are much more enthusiastic than Democrats (19%) and voters not affiliated with either major political party (25%) about Democrats coming out nationally as a socialist party.

So a great many Democrats want socialism but prefer not to admit it. That confirms what we conservatives have suspected for a long time.

Still, one wonders: how can any sentient being favor an ideology that turns a prosperous country into Cuba, Albania, the U.S.S.R., North Korea or Venezuela? The only explanation is invincible ignorance. Rasmussen sheds light on the nature of that ignorance:

Democrats are less likely to know what socialism is compared to other voters but have a much more favorable opinion of it.

Rasmussen applied a simple criterion for socialism:

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Democrats…incorrectly believe the individual has more power than the government in a socialist system, a view held by just 12% of Republicans and seventeen percent (17%) of unaffiliated voters. Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans correctly say the government has more power in a socialist system, and 54% of Democrats and 67% of unaffiliateds agree.

New York Times Targets Trump Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh’s Wife

New York Times Targets Trump Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh’s Wife, by John Hinderaker.

I wouldn’t have thought my opinion of the New York Times could get any lower, but it just did. NTK Network reports that the Times, as well as the Associated Press, has requested emails sent or received by Ashley Kavanaugh in her capacity as town manager of Chevy Chase, Maryland:

The New York Times and Associated Press both filed requests under the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) seeking e-mails that Ashley Kavanaugh, the wife of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, sent as town manager of The Village of Chevy Chase …

The two news organizations took different approaches to obtain the e-mails. According to the documents, the AP made a sweeping request for “all emails sent or received” by Ashley Kavanaugh’s Village of Chevy Chase email address.

By contrast, The New York Times is currently requesting that The Village of Chevy Chase Section 5 hand over “any emails to or from Ms. Kavanaugh that contain any of the keywords or terms listed below.” …

The Times’s request obviously tracks left-wing concerns and talking points, e.g. regarding the dreaded Federalist Society and Leonard Leo. Not to mention guns, gays and abortion.

They won’t find anything, of course. But this is what I want to know: When Stephen Breyer, Ruth Ginsburg, Sonia Sotamayor and Elena Kagan were appointed to the Court, did the Times, or the Associated Press, try to investigate documents sent or received by their family members?

Outrageous. Obviously all rules and decency are being thrown away. Presumably this trend will sweep the Western world, as the globalist left feels morally entitled to do anything in its quest for power. “The ends justifies the means” is back, last seen in the 1930s.

Europe belongs to us… everyone else on this planet is allowed to be proud of their identity

Europe belongs to us… everyone else on this planet is allowed to be proud of their identity. By Anne Marie Waters.

Well said.

Maxine Waters is becoming less keen on the idea of mobs publicly confronting political opponents

Maxine Waters is becoming less keen on the idea of mobs publicly confronting political opponents, by Becket Adams.

The congresswoman who called for resistance activists to harass and confront members of the Trump administration is none-too-thrilled to find herself on the receiving end of targeted protests.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., warned supporters this week to stay away from her district office in Los Angeles, explaining that she had received word that the Oath Keepers, a 35,000-member national organization made up of former military and law enforcement officers, is planning demonstrations against her. …

It’s worth pointing out here that the Oath Keepers call specifically for a “protest outside Maxine Waters’ District Office in Los Angeles,” which is her place of work, and a hell of a lot less dangerous than what the congresswoman called for earlier this year.

“[I]f you see anybody from [the Trump] cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore anywhere,” she told supporters at a rally. …

Maxine changes her tune:

“As I have stated many times, peaceful protest and civil dissent is the foundation of our democracy. All groups and individuals have the right to assemble and express their opposition to public officials and public policies – regardless of whether or not it is a group that shares our values,” Waters said.

Glenn Reynolds:

There’s an old joke about a boy who complains to his mother that his little sister keeps pulling his hair.

“Oh,” responds the mother, “she doesn’t know that it hurts.”

A few minutes later, the mother hears the girl scream and runs into the other room. “She knows now,” the boy explains.

‘Waleed Aly is a piece of work … his hypocrisy knows no bounds’

‘Waleed Aly is a piece of work … his hypocrisy knows no bounds’, by Jason Gagliardi.

The Mocker suggested Melbourne was destined to become a quintessence of dust if Daniel Andrews didn’t get serious about African-Australian crime gangs.

He quoted inner-city Richmond sophisticate Aly: “I live in Melbourne and the only place I’ve heard concerns about Sudanese gangs is on talkback radio.”

And ‘comedian’ Catherine Deveny: “I live in Melbourne. We have no problems with African gangs. You know what we have a problem with? White c**ts.”

Mark’s meditation on the hypocrisy of Aly and the not-so-merry swipes of Windsor earns him comment of the week:

“Waleed Aly is some piece of work. If any of his guests dared to generalise about a life situation of other people from a position of protected privilege he would tear shreds off them. The overt, blatant and quite frankly disingenuous smug hypocrisy of this man knows no bounds. I don’t think, however he has lost any credibility on this subject unless of course credibility measures can go below zero. …

Peter proclaimed: “Waleed Aly and Catherine Deveny. There’s a pair who really know what the working people outside of the chic inner city bubble are experiencing.”

Facebook’s $100 billion-plus rout is the biggest loss in stock market history

Facebook’s $100 billion-plus rout is the biggest loss in stock market history, by Fred Imbert.

Facebook on Thursday posted the largest one-day loss in market value by any company in U.S. stock market history after releasing a disastrous quarterly report.

The social media giant’s market capitalization plummeted by $119 billion to $510 billion as its stock price plummeted by 19 percent. At Wednesday’s close, Facebook’s market cap had totaled nearly $630 billion, according to FactSet. …

Facebook’s enormous loss in value came a day after the company reported weaker-than-expected revenue for the second quarter as well as disappointing global daily active users, a key metric for Facebook. The company also said it expects its revenue growth rate to slow in the second half of this year.

Several analysts downgraded Facebook’s stock, including Nomura Instinet’s Mark Kelley. “With stagnating core user growth, we think there is too much near- to mid-term uncertainty to recommend shares at this point,” Kelley, who downgraded the stock to neutral from buy, said in a note.

While some non-PC writers are cock-a-hoop for political reasons that Facebook tumbled, Facebook’s fall is not directly, or maybe not at all, because of its political antics. The stock plunged because of the changed data on Facebook’s growth rate. Instead of rapidly gaining users, it is now stagnant or even declining slightly. Thus, advertising revenue projections change from buoyant to static.

One can argue that the fall in growth rates of users is because of its political bias driving away users. Maybe. But it could also simply be because there are only so many people who are potential customers — a finite market saturates eventually.

The Extinction of Honest Science`

The Extinction of Honest Science, by Tony Thomas.

With no significant warming for 20 years, the climate alarmists need better scares. The temperature rise of about 0.8 degC in more than 100 years is not only non-scary, it’s been immensely beneficial for feeding the globe’s burgeoning population.

Now the “extreme weather” furphy is at work, with any storm or flood attributed by Al Gore and the Climate Council to fossil fuel emissions. There’s the purported “ocean acidification” but I’m yet to see evidence that it has hurt a solitary crab, let alone a species. …

Sagoff demolishes a subsidiary warmist argument: that current extinction rates are 100 to 1000 times (or even 10,000 times) the “normal” rates in the earth’s history. This seems extra scary, as it is intended to be. But a mass extinction would still take 34,000 years at the present rate, assuming no new species evolve. The argument about “1000 times ‘normal’” means that, normally, the same loss would take 34,000,000 years. It’s a  true-life version of this little joke:

An astronomer in a lecture predicts the earth will be swallowed by the sun in 8 billion years. He asks a distressed lady in the audience: “Why are you upset about something 8 billion years away?”

“Eight billion years? Oh, I thought you said 8 MILLION!”

Girl at Swedish school threatened with rape and called slut because she wasn’t dressed like a Muslim

Girl at Swedish school threatened with rape and called slut because she wasn’t dressed like a Muslim, by Voice of Europe.

A girl will receive around 2,000 euros in damages after being exposed to gross harassment by other students at the Johannes school in Malmö, Swedish news outlet Fria Tider reports.

Islam raises its ugly head:

Other incidents included having her trousers pulled down and threatened with rape because she was not “Muslim enough”, the girl’s father said.

One dad spoke of how his daughter was mistreated for years, being called a “slut” and threatened with rape. Boys threatening to rape her and saying their dads are also going to “f*ck” her and call her a slut. Also asking her what her religious affiliation is. …

Political correctness raises its ugly head:

Shockingly, the school did not consider that the girl had been subjected to sexual harassment.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

It’s preposterous to claim that capitalism caused slavery

It’s preposterous to claim that capitalism caused slavery, by Jamie Whyte.

International slavery has been practised all around the world and all through history: ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, pre-colonial Polynesia and parts of Africa to this day, to name but a few examples. Given that people are inclined to enslave others, whether or not they live in a capitalist economy, it is strange to attribute slavery to capitalism.

But the claim is even more far-fetched than that. [Socialist commentator Owen Jones who made the claim in his Guardian column] can hardly have failed to notice that the slave trade was outlawed in the United Kingdom in the 19th century, just when modern capitalism was developing. And it wasn’t a mere coincidence. The individualistic ideas that motivated market liberalism also motivated a repugnance for slavery.

hat-tip Matthew