Muslim terrorism perhaps? Needles found on Canadian beaches and in Australian fruit

Muslim terrorism perhaps? Needles found on Canadian beaches and in Australian fruit. David Archibald investigates.

Has the “Islamic Revolutionary Force” been planting glass and needles on Canada’s beaches? By Robert Spencer, May 2018.

Brad Hammond lives on the waterfront at Kirby’s Beach in Ontario, and he had never seen anything like it: glass shards and sewing needles had been deliberately planted at intervals along the beach, leading to the beach being closed for the first time in his memory. …

Several weeks ago, Toronto-area media outlets received a letter purporting to be from a group called the Islamic Revolutionary Force, vowing to “destroy your beaches from Toronto to North Bay.”

The letter explained: “We do this because you reject Islam and follow the Great Satan. Infidels you allow your women to disgracefully, shamelessly parade around your beaches all but naked!” …

The letter added: “Yes we cannot pull off anything like 9-11. But we can destroy your tourist industry, hurt your people, de-rail your trains, poison your water supply, start devastating forest fires….”

One thing is certain, however: this kind of thing never happened before jihad terror became a commonplace feature of life in the West. The beaches have been strewn with glass either by jihadis or by pranksters who admire the jihadis and want to “strike terror” into people’s hearts (cf. Qur’an 8:60), as jihadis do.

The start of Muslim food terrorism? By Larry Pickering, September 2018.

My pancake strawberries at $2 a punnet were a financial attraction, but now needles have spread to apples and bananas the attraction is waning fast as it becomes clear that this is no longer just a stupid prank. It is a well-organised system intended to destroy an economy.

Naturally the mainstream media will not consider a Muslim connection. It fails to consider anything despicable that might smell of Islam. …

The bastardry is now in all States and that implies an organisation.

It cannot be people working in the growers’ packing sheds or manufacturers’ factories, it would be impossible to hide needle insertions from all employees. And at least one terrorist would be needed in every industry.

No the “best terrorist” system is to conduct this sabotage in the supermarket where the food available can easily be handled without raising attention. Not like in a corner store.

And so far only supermarkets have been targeted.

Needles can easily be inserted through plastic containers or styrofoam without attracting attention as shoppers are commonly seen inspecting the produce.

National security must extend to protecting food and agriculture, by Anthony Bergen, September 2018.

The ongoing reports of strawberry contamination highlight how the safety, security and operation of our food system can be deliber­ately challenged. Nine confirmed cases have been identified, with six brands of strawberries affected. Coles and Aldi have pulled all Queensland-grown strawberries from shelves across Australia. There are fears of copycat behaviour.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. There are other unconfirmed reports of contamination. Across the Tasman one of New Zealand’s two major food distributors is taking the fruit off its shelves as a precaution.

We don’t know the motive for these criminal acts. But given the size and critical role our food systems play, it shows how Australia’s food and agriculture sys­tems could be attractive terrorist targets. Terrorists may target a food product because of the potential impact on the economy, generating fear and undermining trust in the government.

Strawberry growers deep in the red as crisis bites, by Sue Neales, September 2018.

Strawberry growers are dumping thousands of tonnes of fruit, laying off workers and killing crops they cannot sell as the contamination scare widens.

Farmer associations called for calm and “common sense” as sales plummeted and prices hit 50c a punnet.

Food for thought. Let’s see what develops.

Why I Stopped Reading Playboy for the Articles

Why I Stopped Reading Playboy for the Articles, by Ryan Girdusky.

Last week, Playboy announced that it was cutting costs and moving from six issues a year down to just four. The magazine’s decline is partly due to the condition of the publishing industry, as well as the fact that print is no longer the primary medium people use to view pornography.

But there’s another problem at work: Playboy, like most men’s magazines, no longer caters to most men. …

Though it was famous for the pornography, Playboy also offered ideas, interviews, and opinions that were at the very least thought-provoking to a large number of heterosexual men. All of that is gone now.

A perfect example of the new Playboy was its “Freedom Issue,” published right before the 2016 election. The writers featured included TV host Chelsea Handler discussing abortion, Patton Oswalt on “the freedom to make mistakes,” Wiz Khalifa on police brutality and marijuana legalization, and Killer Mike on minority voting. Adding to this lineup of intellectual lightweights was a conservative who wrote about how Republicans should be listening to Paul Ryan, obviously someone who had his finger on the pulse of America.

Every issue has become an opportunity to prove how woke and relevant the magazine is. From having its first transgender playmate to celebrating activist and writer Noor Tagouri (popular for speaking in favor of wearing a hijab) to publishing mind-numbing articles like “5 Punk Rockers Explain Why the Alt-Right’s ‘Punk Rock Movement’ is Garbage,” Playboy has become an endless exercise in the usual boring virtue signaling. …

Lost their marbles:

Sadly, Playboy isn’t the only men’s magazine that’s fallen into this trap.

Esquire, a periodical intended for cosmopolitan men, has become an instruction manual for what social justice warriors believe men should be. The exact moment that Esquire’s editorial team lost their minds was in 2016 when they named Hillary Clinton “the sexiest woman alive.” The following year they bestowed that title on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. …

The triumph of the feminists:

The real loss can be felt in the greater culture, as men are deprived of any mainstream voice that speaks to what they are going through. Instead, Playboy, GQ, and Esquire have gone over to the feminist-approved version of masculinity where men are just progressive women with a different anatomy.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

US Power Struggle: The Late Hit Job on Judge Kavanaugh

US Power Struggle: The Late Hit Job on Judge Kavanaugh, by Pat Buchanan.

Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation, and possibly his career on the nation’s second highest court.

And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and conservative movement could lose their last best hope for recapturing the high court for constitutionalism.

No new nominee could be vetted and approved in six weeks. And the November election could bring in a Democratic Senate, an insuperable obstacle to the elevation of a new strict constructionist like Kavanaugh.

The stakes are thus historic and huge.

And what is Professor Ford’s case against Judge Kavanaugh?

When she was 15 in the summer of ’82, she went to a party with four boys in Montgomery County, Maryland, at a home where the parents were away.

She says she was dragged into a bedroom by Kavanaugh, then a 17-year-old at Georgetown Prep, who jumped her, groped her, tried to tear off her clothes, and cupped her mouth with his hand to stop her screams.

Only when Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, laughing “maniacally,” piled on and they all tumbled off the bed, did she escape and lock herself in a bathroom as the “stumbling drunks” went downstairs. She later fled the house and told no one of the alleged rape attempt.

Not until 30 years later in 2012 did Ford, by then a clinical psychologist in California, relate, during a couples therapy session with her husband, what happened. She says she named Kavanaugh as her assailant, but the therapist notes from the session make no mention of him.

During the assault, says Ford, she was traumatized. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.”

Here the story grows vague. She does not remember who drove her to the party. She does not say how much she drank. She does not remember whose house it was at. She does not recall who, if anyone, drove her home. She does not recall what day it was.

She did not tell her parents, Ford said, as she did not want them to know she had been drinking. She did not tell any friend or family member of this traumatic event that has so adversely affected her life.

Said Kavanaugh in response, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

Mark Judge says it never happened.

Given the seriousness of the charges, Ford must be heard out. But she also needs to be cross-examined and have her story probed as Kavanaugh’s has repeatedly been by FBI investigators.

How could America’s founders ever have imagined that the fate of the US would rely on such a circus? But the left has been using the courts to legislate what it cannot get by the ballot box, so this is the result.

#meToo (aka #lookAtMe) has become an all-purpose tool for the left to get any non-PC male. Just find some committed left woman to make an allegation, and there you are.

During the many probes into Kavanaugh’s background, nothing was unearthed to suggest anything like this was in his character. …

When Ford, a Democrat, sent a letter detailing her accusations against Kavanaugh to her California congresswoman, Anna Eshoo, she insisted that her name not be revealed as the accuser. …

What is being done here stinks. It is a late hit, a kill shot to assassinate a nominee who, before the weekend, was all but certain to be confirmed and whose elevation to the Supreme Court would have been the result of victories in free elections by President Trump and the Republican Party.

Palpable here is the desperation of the left to derail Kavanaugh, lest his elevation to the high court imperil their agenda and the social revolution that the Warren Court and its progeny have been able to impose upon the nation.

If Kavanaugh is elevated, the judicial dictatorship of decades past — going back to the salad days of Earl Warren, William Brennan, Hugo Black, and “Wild Bill” Douglas — will have reached its end. A new era will have begun.

What goes around comes around.

UPDATE: An Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein, from rape victim Patti Smith.

Dr. Ford said she could not recall the specifics of her attack, which should have caused alarm. I am a real victim of sexual abuse, having experienced a gang rape in the summer of 1975. Something that traumatic stays with you for the rest of your life and you remember details.

You don’t just remember the names… you remember the place, the circumstances as well as the surroundings. Nothing is fuzzy. Even though I was under the influence of alcohol at the time, I can still see the faces of my attackers, I remember the house, the street it was on, the color of carpet in the house and the feeling of the coldness of the red formica dining room table where I was held down and violated.

The human mind is usually very good at remembering everything associated with danger, so as to help avoid it in future.

More!

hat-tip Stephen Neil

EU encourages migration by offering large social benefits, why would the flow stop? – Putin

EU encourages migration by offering large social benefits, why would the flow stop? – Putin. By RT.

The flow of migrants arriving in European countries is unlikely to stop until the EU itself addresses the issue and reviews its policies, which effectively “encourage” immigration, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

The European Union should address immigration and should not expect the problem to somehow fix itself, Putin said on Tuesday, following talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Moscow.

Duh. The globalist left is into nudge politics on other issues, using incentives to change people’s behavior, such as on smoking. So they are well aware of the power of incentives. Therefore Europe’s policies are perfectly deliberate, and mass migration from the Middle East and Africa must be the desired outcome. All those leftist voters!

Ex-Muslim: Swedes will lose Sweden in 50 years, Muslims are here to take over your country

Ex-Muslim: Swedes will lose Sweden in 50 years, Muslims are here to take over your country, by Ingrid Carlqvist.

Leila Ali Elmi, a 30-year-old Somali woman, took a seat in the Swedish parliament last Sunday without uttering one word in Swedish during her campaign. Why don’t Swedes understand that the Somalis and other Muslims are here to take over your country, says ex-Muslim Mona Walter. …

Mona Walter is a Somali woman who came to Sweden in the 90’s. … After a couple of years she rebelled, left Islam and became an atheist. Eventually she came to believe in Jesus and converted to Christianity.

“For many years I have tried to get the Swedes to understand what the Muslim goal is — to take over your country. The first thing they will do is demand sharia courts, just like in the UK,” Walter says.

But the mainstream media does not want to listen to Mona Walter. They call her controversial and most Swedes turn away from her message, which they perceive as too frightening.

Walter says “Swedes are so convinced that Swedish laws will always apply in their country. But ask any Englishman if he 30 years ago would have believed that Britain would have legal sharia courts in 2018. No one would have thought it possible”.

“If Sweden recognises Sharia courts the Muslims will have new demands, like permission to rule their own enclaves without interference from the Swedish society. The end goal is for Sharia to rule all of Sweden

If there, perchance, are any blond and blue-eyed Swedes left at that point it doesn’t matter – they will all be behind niqabs and burkas by that time,” she adds. …

“What Muslim MPs want is to change the laws so that Muslims in Sweden get permission to live under Sharia law. They want to rule their own areas without having to obey the secular laws of Sweden. That is the long-term goal and Islam has lots of patience. As they say: ‘You have the watches, but we have the time’.”

Before the election on September 9 most journalists were hysterical about the Nazi party Nordic Resistance Movement. They got 2,106 votes, clearly showing that Swedes are not interested in National socialism. But no one seems scared by the fact that we now have approximately one million Muslims in the country …

Sweden fancies itself a “humanitarian superpower” — more like “human super-dupes.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

China swiftly retaliates against Donald Trump’s new tariffs

China swiftly retaliates against Donald Trump’s new tariffs, by Glenda Korporaal.

China will impose tariffs on another $US60 billion worth of imported goods from the US including a 10 per cent tariff on LNG in retaliation for Donald Trump’s latest round of tariffs on $US200bn worth of Chinese goods. …

While the new Chinese tariffs on imports of LNG from the US were lower than the 25 per cent levy suggested a few weeks ago, they could still advantage Australian suppliers such as Woodside. …

Both sides have already imposed tariffs of $US50bn on each other’s goods but this week’s move by President Trump represents a major escalation of the trade war and signals that both sides are in for a long and bitter dispute. …

Mr Trump said if Beijing retal­iated, he would unleash a new tariffs barrage at his trade rival. “If China takes retaliatory action against our farmers or other industries, we will immediately pursue … ­tariffs on approximately $US267bn of additional imports,” the President said.

Tariffs are best likened to going on strike against an employer. Short term pain for everyone, obviously, but sometimes the only way to get a more satisfactory long term outcome. The US has put up with unfair trading arrangements for decades — especially with regard to China, which has behaved abominably with regard to intellectual property.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Unsurprisingly, drug festivals cause drug deaths

Unsurprisingly, drug festivals cause drug deaths, by Tim Blair.

Let’s quickly get one thing straight. The Defqon. 1 outdoor event at which two young people died on the weekend was not a music festival where a few attendees took drugs.

Instead, it was more like a drug festival where music happened to be playing.

The numbers support this view. Two people dead from apparent drug overdoses. Three others in critical condition. More than a dozen requiring hospital treatment.

Some 700 sought medical assistance at the event itself. Nearly 70 people were found in possession of drugs. Ten of those were charged with supplying.

These figures all point to an event where drug-taking was central rather than peripheral behaviour. …

The character of the Greens:

Curiously, a number of the Premier’s critics are usually among the most ban-happy people imaginable.

The Greens, for example, want to ban coal mining, coal-fired power plants, live sheep exports, plastic bags, the internal combustion engine, political donations, greyhound racing, uranium mining, helium balloons and fast-food advertising, among many other processes and products. You name it, the Greens want to ban it.

But show the Greens an event with a proven and tragic track record of death and ruin, and any talk of a ban is suddenly off-limits.

Tony Abbott’s nemesis, Michael Photios, faces his own numbers deficit

Tony Abbott’s nemesis, Michael Photios, faces his own numbers deficit, by Graham Richardson.

The Photios faction sees it as its mission to get the former prime minister to quit politics. …

Abbott has criticised the fact that lobbyists, and Michael Photios in particular, have far too much influence on the NSW branch of his party. …

While running the party and simultaneously running an extraordinarily successful lobbying firm, Photios has become a wealthy man. …

The Photios business model is truly fascinating. He can send in one of his troops to lobby a state minister or a federal minister from NSW and that minister knows that his or her preselection may well rest with that lobbyist’s boss. Just how much that fear would influence a minister we can only speculate, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it may count in the decision-making process.

Those companies that do hire Photios pay big bucks for the access and, they hope, the influence. The NSW government is at war with Acciona, the mob building the disastrous light rail, and which pays Photios to represent it. He has also signed up The Star casino, Transfield, Telstra, Sydney Airport, Suncorp, QIC, Merivale, Xstrata, Glencore and Caltex. You would be entitled to wonder why all these big outfits go to one place.

Abbott leading from the back bench — his “Direct Action” plan to reduce CO2 cheaply (without renewables) is back

Abbott leading from the back bench — his “Direct Action” plan to reduce CO2 cheaply (without renewables) is back, by Joanne Nova.

Scott Morrison wants to meet the Paris agreement and have cheap electricity. The have-cake: throw-cake-in-river option. How to resolve that dilemma (or at least have an answer for his Environment Minister, Melissa Price to give) — repeat the Tony Abbott plan.

“Direct Action” uses an auction system to find the cheapest ways to reduce CO2 — which obviously rules out intermittent renewables because they are wildly expensive. Abbott is painted as a denier, yet his plan was more effective at reducing CO2 than any of the Greens schemes. Naturally this only makes the cult believers hate him more — because he threatens the cash cow for dependent renewables. He exposes how useless wind and solar are and thus, how most greens are hypocritical self-serving political activists who pretend to care for the environment in order to get rich, go on junkets, or pump their ego while they fly to skiing trips in Japan. …

Direct Action reduces CO2 for $13 per ton. Wind Turbines cost seven times as much to reduce CO2. Solar PV is at best $110/ton (EIA), and in a badly managed plan, more like $2,000/ton. At best in Australia the RET (Renewable Energy Target) costs $57 per ton of reduction. We could reduce four times as much CO2 if we blew up the RET plan and used Direct Action. … The Carbon Tax cost $5310 per ton — 300 times more expensive than the Direct Action auction. …

The only problem with Direct Action is that it doesn’t feed the parasites:

The most important outcome is that, unlike a carbon market, there won’t be a new dependent class of companies who have to go to Parliament lobbyist-in-hand to beg or butter up MP’s. With a blanket carbon tax, every industry wants carbon-permits, or free passes, for themselves to keep doing business as usual.

The carbon market of the EU, Rudd, and Gillard fosters these sort of deals and pleas. Big-government could use subsidies to feed industries that will vote and cheer for them (think renewables). They could use the fake free markets to put reins on the real free market. (What would stop them?) The miners, the electricity generators, the manufacturers generate independent wealth and power, and if they choose too, they could run major campaigns against the big-government taxes and imposts. But if they need to ask special favours, they are less likely to rock the boat. A carbon price is just another tool to keep them in line and obedient; it sure isn’t much good at reducing carbon.