Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
WND - Buchanan: Will There Always Be An England? 'Across Europe, the tribalists are rejecting, in a word, diversity'
AFP: Stay or go? Brexit activists battle it out - Wonder how long the pro-EU "bohemian London district" will survive under Islam? --tma
London (AFP) - Politicians and world leaders have dominated the headlines in the campaign for Britain's EU referendum, but a passionate battle for the country's future is also being fought by activists on the streets.
At a stall in the bohemian London district of Fitzrovia last week, Sheila Hawkins tried to persuade workers on their lunchbreak that leaving the bloc in the June 23 vote would be a "disaster".
Standing on a street corner handing out leaflets, the pensioner volunteered with the "Britain Stronger In Europe" campaign to allay her own fears of what would happen in the event of a so-called Brexit. ...
Wa Examiner - Gallup: Just 1% Russians approve of U.S., Obama, far worse than Bush - I've never more admired the good sense of the Russian people. --tma
President Obama's 2008 campaign pledge to improve the image of the United States around the world hasn't worked in Russia where a decade low of just 1 percent approve of American leadership, according to Gallup.
In fact, Gallup said that Russia's view of the U.S. is the lowest in the world and comes at a time when Moscow is flexing its military muscle in hotspots like Syria where Obama is struggling to use force. ...
Sunday, May 29, 2016
NYT: Donald Trump and Bikers Share Affection at Rolling Thunder Rally - “Do we love the bikers? Yes. We love the bikers.”
WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump, the Manhattan real estate mogul who boasts about his wealth, maintains a fleet of aircraft and sells his own brand of neckties, paid respects on Sunday to an incongruous constituency.
“Look at all these bikers,” Mr. Trump, standing before a crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial, said with admiration. “Do we love the bikers? Yes. We love the bikers.”
Mr. Trump was addressing a gathering at the 29th annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle run, a vast event over Memorial Day weekend that is dedicated to accounting for military members taken as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action.
Bikers assembled near the Pentagon before riding en masse into the nation’s capital, with many dressed in leather vests covered in patches, their bikes rumbling throughout the afternoon. ...
AFP: British far-right burn EU flag as referendum looms - All and only White people who want border law are "far-right." --tma
Dover (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Far-right demonstrators burnt the EU flag on Saturday at a rally in Dover, Britain's closest town to continental Europe.
Police officers in high-visibility jackets surrounded the small number of demonstrators as they marched along the seafront of the southeast English port town.
One man held up an England flag with "Refugees NOT welcome" written on it. ...
Yosemite National Park, CA — After 50 years, two more once-prevalent species are now being reintroduced in to their natural habitats within Yosemite Valley.
Joining a flock of Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep, which last March were released in Yosemite National Park, as reported here, are California Red-legged Frogs and Western Pond Turtles. Releases are underway and will continue over the next three years into suitable lake, river and meadow habitats.
The program is part of a multi-agency effort by the National Park Service (NPS), San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, the Yosemite Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife, State Fish & Wildlife, and NatureBridge, which includes a new permanent frog and turtle breeding center at the zoo. Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher calls the undertaking a landmark event as well as a historic opportunity to reestablish species that contribute to a healthy park ecosystem. The decline of both species can be traced to past actions now viewed as mistakes that have since been corrected through environmental restoration, according to park officials. ...
CEC: Elections in Austria: Lessons Learned - Many anti-invasion voters vote against anti-invasion candidates on some other issue - As trump might say, Not good. --tma
The recent elections in Austria are rich in lessons. Of course, we could analyze the results by categories of voters and notice that the workers overwhelmingly supported the FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria), or we could discuss endlessly why the results suddenly changed when the postal ballots were counted, making Hofer lose the lead. However, from a Canadian perspective, it would be pointless. We have no party similar to or vaguely resembling the FPÖ: all of the major Canadian parties, and I mean all of them, support mass immigration and are actually in a ridiculous race to know which party will increase it the most and appeal to ethnic votes.
So what lesson is there for us Canadians? Well, it might be a surprise for many here, but where there are nationalist or populist parties there is always a significant segment of the nationalist movement that will not vote for them because of some elements of the programs or because of a personality clash. In France, it is surprising to see large numbers of nationalists who will not vote for Marine Le Pen because she is a "liberal" opposed to immigration and not a real nationalist. The same is true in Austria with the FPÖ, in Sweden with the Swedish Democrats, and even in the case of Trump notwithstanding the enthusiasm he has generated among alt righters. ...
EU Times: Islam should be taught in all German schools Says Lutheran Bavarian Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm - Huge Islam education bureaucracy--what could go wrong? [sarc] --tma
Islam must be taught in all German schools to help “immunize” pupils from radical leanings, Bavarian bishop of the Lutheran Church argues, calling on Muslim organizations to take responsibility for religious education.
Introduction of “extensive Islam classes” in all German schools would best safeguard young Muslims from “fundamentalists’ temptation” towards them, Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany (EFD), Bavarian Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm said, Heilbronne Stimme newspaper reported on Friday.
Muslim schoolchildren must also have an opportunity to critically familiarize themselves with their religious traditions, the bishop believes.
“In the meantime, they can learn something new about Islam – and this is to be based on the Basic Law [the German Constitution],” he added.
Either the government or the religious communities should have a lead role in introducing Islam as a school subject, Bedford-Strohm said. “I wish that Muslims in Germany could have clear communication with the state.
Then Islamic organizations may also take responsibility for the religious education in schools, like the Christian churches do.”
Public universities should establish Islamic theology faculties as well, the Bavarian bishop went on: “The Islamic tradition would therefore be approached critically based on scientific criteria.
“Tolerance, religious freedoms and freedom of consciousness must apply to all confessions. These rules could best be implemented when you have religion as part of public education.”
The bishop’s proposal adds to a heated debate on the role of Islam in German society, as the country struggles to find the right balance between multiculturalism and national identity. According to the latest statistical estimates, the number of Muslims is growing rapidly in Germany and beyond, with this process being fuelled by the ongoing refugee influx.
According to 2015 figures by Pew Research Center, the Muslim population has been growing throughout Europe, from four percent in 1990 to six percent in 2010. This trend is expected to continue through 2030, when Muslims are projected to make up eight percent of Europe’s population. ...
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Race & Gender PC - All-encompassing in today's novels & films - Examples: 'Final Victim, 1996, Stephen J. Cannell; 'The Martian,' 2015
Like clockwork, it starts on page 37, "How about Malavida Chacone?" Chacone is one of the top two or so computer hacker geniuses in the nation who might help them crack their case.
He is Hispanic. [check]
He is so "handsome," he is "beautiful." [check]
I have no desire to see minorities and women written about in a bad light, but these things are so predictable, you can almost guess the first page they will appear.
In the crime 'thriller' I read before this one, the detective's best friend in college had been a handsome brilliant star athlete and college quarterback, who was all around simply spectacular, and--can you guess?--gay! [check]
Our Open-Borders Overlords keep trying to teach us not to hate, when that is really not our problem. Our problem is being discriminated against by being falsely portrayed as haters. In novels and in films of course they usually make an exception by not including this fatal flaw in the the usually White [Who else buys this stuff?] protagonist and his or her love interest--but not for us, we hateful knuckle-headed readers and viewers they are so nobly trying to uplift.
Update pp. 164-165:
More on Chacone:
"He looked almost god-like, his square jaw jutting, his glossy black hair and penetrating eyes flashing in the sunlight. ... He smiled at her ... the smile was dazzling and lit his handsome features."
Of course nothing wrong with this in itself. It is the suffocating, if comical, predictability. The Racial-Gender PC Gods and the ever present Tolerance Police absolutely demand this, especially if a novel has any hopes of making it in Hollywood.
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What to say? Except see the movie.
But can't resist a few words. With all these Hollywood brilliant Blacks along with the taboo on the drastic average IQ differences of different populations, no wonder so many minorities think their limited group accomplishments in the real world are the result of a giant conspiracy of 'White Privilege.'
Female commander. [check] Although if they could have brought in a female Muslim refugee commander wearing a burqa, they would have.
Most notable crew astronaut after Damon, Hispanic. [check]
Favorite touch: The Black genius kid who saves the day, towards the end of his presentation to NASA-JPL, using the White junior JPL administrator's forehead to click off his ballpoint pen. Although the administrator was a woman, must have gotten clicked for her 'White Privilege.'
Could go on forever, but how about the last scene, showing the astronaut training class, with one astronaut cadet sitting in the audience, very dark and seemingly brooding under his dark baseball cap, as if he had just been recruited for another Mars mission, merrily plucked straight out of the latest Black Lives Matter riot.
As a final aside, is it my imagination, or are the younger Hollywood leading men becoming rather colorless compared to earlier ones? Matt Damon did a fine job, but if you imagine Willis or Ford in that role, instead of being pleasantly interesting, the character would have been riveting. The same wisecracks, instead of being amusing, would have had a delightful winning sparkle. Maybe Damon is supposed to be the 'strong silent type,' but so was Eastwood, whose performances were always riveting.