Monthly Archives: November 2016

Michael Oren seems to urge boycott of French products, drawing ambassador’s ire

“France is labeling Israeli products from Judea, Samaria, and the Golan. Israelis should think twice before buying French products”

Iran to Send Delegation to Castro Funeral; Palestinian Leaders Laud Cuban Revolutionary’s Fight Against ‘Imperialism, Zionism, Racism, Capitalism’

Iran announced over the weekend that it would be sending a delegation to the funeral of Cuban revolutionary leader and former President Fidel Castro

Miles McInnes: “Leave Castro and Trudeau alone!”

Fidel Castro’s Horrific Record on Gay Rights

In the eyes of Castro and his revolutionary comrade Che Guevara – who frequently referred to gay men as maricones, “faggots” – homosexuality was inherently counterrevolutionary, a bourgeois decadence.

Anti-Israel Activists: Israel Should Have Planted More Arson-Resistant Trees

“Israel’s use of “forest planting” of ill-suitied tree species to conquer Palestinian land is root cause of the fires”

Elephants

“There is mystery behind that masked gray visage, an ancient life force, delicate and mighty, awesome and enchanted, commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks, great fires, and the sea.”

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Stanford study: America’s Students Are Morons Who Can’t Distinguish Real News From ‘Fake News’

To be fair, it’s not just students and not just America:

Shockingly large numbers of America’s middle school, high school and even college students are stunningly unable to process the media information that sloshes over them on a daily basis, according to a study released this week by Stanford University’s History Education Group.

The Stanford researchers behind the study evaluated 7,804 students from a very wide variety of backgrounds in 12 U.S. states. Some students attended hardscrabble city schools in Los Angeles, for example. Others attended schools in middle-class Minnesota suburbs. Some were enrolled at Stanford, an elite university with an acceptance rate under 6 percent.

“When it comes to evaluating information that flows through social media channels,” the researchers behind the study wrote, these kids today are “easily duped.”

Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group

The Washington Post on Thursday night promoted the claims of a new, shadowy organization that smears dozens of U.S. news sites that are critical of U.S. foreign policy as being “routine peddlers of Russian propaganda.” The article by reporter Craig Timberg – headlined “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” – cites a report by a new, anonymous website calling itself “PropOrNot,” which claims that millions of Americans have been deceived this year in a massive Russian “misinformation campaign.”

The group’s list of Russian disinformation outlets includes WikiLeaks and the Drudge Report, as well as Clinton-critical left-wing websites such as Truthout, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig and Naked Capitalism, as well as libertarian venues such as Antiwar.com and the Ron Paul Institute.

This Post report was one of the most widely circulated political news articles on social media over the last 48 hours, with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of U.S. journalists and pundits with large platforms hailing it as an earth-shattering exposé. It was the most-read piece on the entire Post website after it was published on Friday.

Yet the article is rife with obviously reckless and unproven allegations, and fundamentally shaped by shoddy, slothful journalistic tactics. It was not surprising to learn that, as BuzzFeed’s Sheera Frenkel noted, “a lot of reporters passed on this story.” Its huge flaws are self-evident.

#TrudeauEulogies

‘Though not universally liked by his compatriots, Mr. Ceausescu was a leader in urban design and affordable housing’

Fake News: CNN ACCIDENTALLY FALSELY ADMITS It Aired Pornography for 30 Minutes on Thanksgiving

Let that headline sink in for a sec

Fidel Castro Is Dead. This Changes Nothing.

Raúl Castro is in power now. I know this because he is the one ordering the beatings, arbitrary arrests, and torture of Christian women. Castro is the one pocketing 92 percent of the salaries of Cuban workers employed by foreign companies. He has maintained this system and exacerbated its brutality so much that 500 percent more people have risked their lives on the high seas to flee between 2011 and today (Raúl took over in 2008).

The whole thing

The Rockefeller BDS empire, the New Israel Fund, and campus anti-Semitism

The New Israel Fund (NIF) recently received a grant to “research and report on anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses.” On the surface, this appears to be a welcome development—a progressive group being mobilized to confront a major social malady plaguing institutions of higher education.

Beneath the surface of the Sept. 27 grant, however, are vested interests seeking to use this issue to cover up their role in fomenting the atmosphere that is hostile to Jewish students.

Security footage captures arson attempt

Security camera footage from Ariel shows three men who crossed into a thicket where they apparently used a molotov cocktail to try and start a brushfire

French TV Bans Smiling Down Syndrome Kids So as Not to Offend Post-Abortive Women

An award-winning video featuring happy children with Down syndrome has been banned from French TV by France’s Conseil d’État (State Council) because it may offend post-abortive women.

The video in question, “Dear Future Mom,” touchingly featured children with Down syndrome of various ages bonding with their respective parents, educating mothers that such children can live a happy life and that they need not be worried.

Apparently, that message packed a little too much “microaggression” for France’s State Council, which determined the video would “trouble the conscience of women who had made different personal life choices in compliance with the law.”

“The law stipulates that only advertising messages or ‘messages of general interest’ be shown during commercial breaks” they said in a statement on its website. “The Council determined that this film does not constitute a ‘message of general interest'” and will likely “disturb women who have had recourse to a medical termination of pregnancy and thus is inappropriate for airing during commercial breaks.”

Pali tries to stab troops in Jerusalem, is shot dead

From October 2015 to October 2016, 36 Israelis, two Americans and an Eritrean national were killed in stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks.

Al-Qaeda linked Palestinian militant group ‘claims responsibility’ for devastating Haifa blaze

Ma’sadat al-Mujahideen, a Palestinian Salafist group, has claimed to be behind several previous blazes in Israel, including the Mount Carmel forest fire that killed more than 40 people near Haifa in 2010.

Sitting for O Canada

From Tarek Fatah:

“A Muslim delegation to a Canadian school board in the City Mississauga this week refused to stand up for the Canadian National Anthem, “O Canada.”

They then accused the school board of disrespect and guess what, Islamophobia! Shameless SOBs.

Watch and weep. These are the guys PM Justin Trudeau wants all of Canada to brown nose.”

 

Meanwhile, in the socialist paradise of Venezuela

Hungry Venezuelans Flee in Boats to Escape Economic Collapse

Trudeau attended cash-for-access fundraiser with Chinese billionaires

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the top draw at a $1,500 Liberal Party cash-for-access fundraiser at the mansion of a wealthy Chinese-Canadian business executive in May. One of the guests at the event was a well-heeled donor who was seeking Ottawa’s final approval to begin operating a new bank aimed at Canada’s Chinese community.

The Globe and Mail has learned that wealthy Chinese businessman Zhang Bin who, with a partner, donated $1-million to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the University of Montreal Faculty of Law weeks after the fundraiser, also attended the event. Mr. Zhang is a political adviser to the Chinese government in Beijing and a senior apparatchik in the network of Chinese state promotional activities around the world.

Pure Evil

Horror

Uh oh, Trump possibly a Joo

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Pasty PuffHo

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Libya: Pet Monkey pulls scarf off a Schoolgirl, 16 people killed in retaliation

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Lebanon begins building ‘security wall’ around Palestinian refugee camp

Authorities in Lebanon commenced this week construction works on an isolation wall to surround the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp following “security concerns”.

Turkey About To Clear Men Of Statutory Rape If They Marry Victim

“If a 50- or 60-year-old is told to marry an 11-year-old girl after raping her, and then marries her years later, she will suffer the consequences,” said Omer Suha Aldan, an MP for the main opposition party CHP, according to The Telegraph. “If you give him a pass by marriage, the young girl will live in prison her whole life.”

The Witness Project: The story of Anastasia Lin

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The Forced Conversion of Christians in Gaza

Palestinian Muslim leaders say that such Christians convert of their own free will and without pressure; however, these same Muslim leaders refuse to let their Christian families meet with or even learn the whereabouts of these recent converts, so they can confirm if their conversions were committed freely or under duress.

ISIS plot to attack Israel national football team foiled in Kosovo

Simultaneous attacks by ISIS have been foiled — including one targeting the Israeli national soccer team, police in Kosovo said.

According to a statement issued Thursday, 18 people were arrested in Kosovo and six more across both Albania and Macedonia. Police said explosive devices, weapons, electronic equipment and a drone were recovered.

The suspects, who were planning “synchronized terror attacks,” were rounded up over the past 10 days in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, police said in a statement Wednesday.

‘It’s the Jews’ found painted on walls of Etobicoke elementary school

The phrase ‘it’s the jews’ was painted at least three times in the David Hornell school yard on Tuesday morning

Love it: Bob Dylan to skip Nobel Prize ceremony in Sweden

The org that saw fit to give a peace prize to Yasser Arafat can suck it

Developer behind ‘Muslim housing project’ in Montreal says anyone with shared values welcome

…non-Muslims would be welcome to move into his project of prefabricated homes, but they would have to share the values of their Muslim neighbours.

“You don’t drive drunk on the street. If you want to drink alcohol, you drink it in your house,” he said. Women could choose whether to wear the headscarf but they could not walk around in a halter-top and shorts.

“There must be some modesty in the way you dress. We don’t want women living there going half-naked down the streets. We don’t like that,” he said. “If they want to do that, let them go and live in downtown Montreal.”

Anti-Israel Marchers Join Trump Protests in New York City; Call for ‘Intifada Revolution’

Anti-Israel activists are seeking to co-opt the left-wing protests that have erupted across the US following Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in last Tuesday’s presidential election to further their cause

Microsoft, Tata set up group to invest in Israeli IoT

Corporate giants Microsoft Ventures, a unit of China’s HNA, India’s Tata, GE Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures will join forces with Tel Aviv University and Israel’s Pitango Venture Capital to set up a new $20 million fund to invest in Israeli startups that are developing Internet of Things (IOT) technologies, the university said.

FAKE HATE: Jewish Students Painted Swastika and “Trump” on Campus Church

Geniuses

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Two-thirds of the world’s internet users live under government censorship: report

Two-thirds of the world’s internet users live under regimes of government censorship, according to a report released today. The report from Freedom House, a pro-democracy think tank, finds that internet freedom across the globe declined for a sixth consecutive year in 2016, as governments cracked down on social media services and messaging apps.

The findings are based on an analysis of web freedom in 65 countries, covering 88 percent of the world’s online population. Freedom House ranked China as the worst abuser of internet freedom for the second consecutive year, followed by Syria and Iran. (The report does not include North Korea.)

Canada to lift visa requirement for Mexico as of December 2016

The previous Conservative government imposed visas in 2009 to stop thousands of asylum claims being made by ineligible Mexican citizens – a controversial move that has stood as the major irritant between the two countries ever since.

Why Historians Must Use Wikileaks To Write The History Of The 2016 Election

Serious historical analysis of the Wikileaks material should yield a Holy Grail of understanding of U.S. electoral politics: How campaigns are organized and financed, the role of dirty tricks and how they are organized, the deals that are struck, the relationship of the media to the campaign, the internal dynamics of campaign teams, and so on. Note that Wikileaks is a one-shot opportunity. No future presidential campaign will operate on the assumption that its antics will remain secret. They’ll be much more careful. Perhaps Wikileaks will have the perverse effect of “cleaning up” presidential campaigns for fear that “dirty tricks” will be disclosed.

Good historians work slowly and carefully. Readers who really want to understand “the unsavory sausage-making” of US electoral politics must exercise patience.

Newsweek recalls 125,000 copies of its souvenir Madam President issue

Everyone from pollsters to pundits got the result of the US presidential election wrong.

But few can have made it in such an expensive manner.

Today in idiot feminazis

Politicians in Stockholm said the policy of “gender-equal” snow removal has failed after the weather brought Sweden’s capital to a standstill last week, with hospitals reporting a fourfold increase in broken bones.

The city switched to a “feminist” system of clearing snow last winter but last week’s burst of snow, which threw the city into chaos, has cast doubt on its effectiveness.

Hundreds of thousands of people were affected, with the majority of bus routes put out of service and commuters having to wait in queues for several hours.

Previously, fresh snowfalls were cleared first from main roads and by areas like construction sites before being removed from pavements and cycle lanes. As men are more likely to drive and women more likely to travel on foot, more women slipped on the ice which led to complaints that the system was sexist.

Vice-mayor of Stockholm, the Green Party’s Daniel Helldén, admitted that “equality snow removal” had failed the city, and apologised to residents who had injured themselves as a result.

Taking aim at the establishment: Why some of Europe’s top leaders are walking dead

If you were surprised by the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, you might want to brace yourself for the cartwheels of change about to roll across Europe.

SHOCK – Iran Breaches Nuclear Deal – Again

One of the terms of the JCPOA accord, which never had any legal legitimacy and which Iran never signed, is that Iran should restrict the amount of specific nuclear materials it possesses during the nuclear deal. According to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), however, Iran has violated the deal by holding more heavy water, used to produce nuclear weapons, than it is supposed to have.

This is not the first time Iran has violated the terms of the flimsy nuclear agreement with no consequences.

New York Times publisher vows to ‘rededicate’ paper to reporting honestly

Good idea

Trump is on you, libs

Perusing the media over the last few days — CNN, CBC, MSNBC, PuffHo, etc. — not an iota of self-awareness.

 

Israel’s Frenemies Sharpen Their Knives In Final Effort To Undermine The Jewish State

The French, with tacit U.S. backing, have once again decided to insert their brand of mischief into the Arab-Israeli dispute. In a final drive to internationalize the conflict, the French are working to undercut Israel by convening an international conference to set broad parameters for a future agreement and extract yet more land concessions from Israel. To cement this nefarious scheme, the formulated plan hatched in Paris would be forwarded to the United Nations Security Council where failed states like Egypt and Venezuela will have their say on the fate of Israel’s future.

In an effort to gain traction for convening an international conference, the French – who are deeply mired with their own domestic problems – have been engaged in a flurry in shuttle diplomacy. France’s Middle East envoy, Pierre Vimont, visited Israel this week and met with two advisers to Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem in an attempt to secure Israeli approval for the French initiative. He was politely but firmly rebuffed.

B.O.: Too Early To Tell What Message Voters Were Sending

Obama has no idea what could have motivated voters to reject him and his policies.

Israel, Jewish Groups Fear an Obama ‘December Surprise’ at the UN

 Major Jewish organizations are united in their opposition to what is rumored to be President Barack Obama’s “December surprise” to undercut Israel and bolster the campaign for a Palestinian state.

The unbearable smugness of the press

The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so.

The biggest stain on Barack Obama’s political legacy may turn out to be the decimation of the Democratic Party on his watch

The 2016 election has brought a moment of reckoning