Category Archives: Bad Ideas

The Poisoned Gift: Wu Weishan’s Statue of Marx in Trier

May 5: the unveiling of a Chinese statue in the birthplace of Karl Marx on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Standing amidst the bustle of Trier’s central Hauptmarkt, one soon senses the immense weight of history that exerts itself upon the environs. To the north squats the forbidding Porta Nigra, with its roughly hammer-hewn ironstone, while to the south looms the Aula Palatina, a gargantuan late-antique basilica “which probably never had the least beauty,” as the 19thcentury visitor George Waring, Jr. rightly put it. Towering even higher to the east is the Cathedral of Trier, a marvel from without and within, given its variegated facade, its store of prized relics, which include the skull of Saint Helena and the Seamless Robe of Jesus, and the incomparable stucco-work that graces the west-end choir. The Judenpforte that leads into the Judengasse is likewise visible from the Hauptmarkt, a haunting reminder of a community that weathered massacres in 1096 and 1348, expulsions in 1351 and 1418, riots in 1675, the Pogromnacht of November 9, 1938, and the subsequent Shoah. But it is possible that none of these venerable structures have cast so long a shadow as that of the delicate three-story Baroque townhouse located at Brückenstraße 10 (formerly Brückengasse 664), just a five-minute walk away down the Fleischstraße, where on the fifth of May, 1818 a son was born to Herr Heinrich and Frau Henrietta Marx, and was given the name of Karl.


Flat Earthers unite in UK’s first convention to discuss science, proof, and… Pac Man?

Even though the Ancient Greeks first argued more than 2,000 years ago that the planet was round, a whole convention of flat earthers have come together in the UK discuss their debunked theory that Earth is not a globe, but flat.

Over the weekend more than 200 globe-deniers attended Britain’s first ever Flat Earth Convention in Birmingham. Imagine that – hundreds of conspiracy theorists, some of whom think Australia doesn’t really exist, descending on a three star hotel in the Midlands.

Among the flat earthers were a string of IT consultants, environmentalists, and even an NHS manager and a special needs educational worker.


Did they call the cops?

Hamilton anarchist space, The Tower, has been vandalized

The city’s local anarchist social centre, The Tower, has been vandalized.

The damage comes days after a masked mob that dubbed itself “The Ungovernables” caused $100,000 in damage during a vandalism spree on Locke Street.

You’re anarchists why even have a “space”?

h/t CV


Mutiny at the National Trust: Dozens of volunteers quit or refuse to work after being told to wear Buggery endorsement badges

National Trust buggery badge

Volunteers last night accused the National Trust of trampling on their rights by making them wear gay pride badges.

Dozens of unpaid guides have quit or refused to work following the diktat to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

At least 75 volunteers at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk are said to be in revolt over the order, which requires them either to wear the rainbow ID badges or be relegated to backroom jobs.

Update: National Trust backs down on Buggery Endorsement Badges

h/t TB


Alberta’s PCs and Wild Rose Party Merge

O Dio …

Sources have told The Canadian Press that Alberta’s two conservative parties have struck a tentative deal to merge.

The two party leaders — Brian Jean of the Wildrose and Jason Kenney of the Progressive Conservatives — are expected to speak to the deal at a news conference later today.

Any deal would still have to be approved by a majority of members in both parties.

The Wildrose has previously said it will need 75 per cent or more of its members to OK the deal while the Progressive Conservatives say they will require a simple majority of 50 per cent plus one.

A group of representatives from both parties has been meeting for the last two months to hammer out a deal.


Merkel Stands With Paris While Doubling-Down on The EXACT Thing That Allowed This Islamic Atrocity To Happen



Chancellor Angela Merkel put up a spirited defense of her leadership Friday, vowing to “fight” for “my vision” of how to deal with the migrant crisis that has stretched Germany’s resources and damaged her standing.

Infighting in Merkel’s ruling coalition and a unilateral decision by her interior minister on asylum policy have raised questions about the chancellor’s leadership, although coalition sources have dismissed speculation of a “putsch” against her.

A poll for television station ZDF on Friday showed that a narrow majority of Germans think Merkel is doing a poor job of handling the crisis.

Critics say her accommodating message in August that “we can do this” — responding to wrenching scenes of migrants and refugees faced with border closures and popular hostility in trying to enter some European Union states — has spurred these groups to pour into Germany in ever-larger numbers, overwhelming the resources of local authorities.

The 61-year-old chancellor struck a defiant tone when interviewed for a ZDF program headlined “What now Frau Merkel?”

The chancellor said she “has the situation under control. . . . I have my vision, and I will fight for it.” Merkel added that she wanted to address the root causes of the migrants’ flight and to better protect the E.U.’s outer borders.

Chris Selley: A double standard on science, with Kirsty Duncan as ‘Exhibit A’

Read the whole thing:

In Wednesday’s National Post, Tom Blackwell reminded us that Kirsty Duncan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s science minister, until very recently stumped for Paolo Zamboni’s always dubious and now all-but-utterly discredited chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) theory of multiple sclerosis, and the so-called “liberation treatment” for that disease. …

What matters more than Duncan’s opinions was her comportment. In a 2011 op-ed co-authored with then-Liberal health critic Ujjal Dosanjh, she decried a panel of researchers convened by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for not including any “experts” in liberation therapy — the dubious and unproven treatment in question. “Yet researchers, who had vehemently spoken out against the liberation procedure, were included in the group,” she complained. …

…Liberals (even evangelical Christian Liberals) are allowed to hold personal views that Conservatives (especially evangelical Christian Conservatives) aren’t. I don’t recall Goodyear publicly urging the government to investigate whether evolution is a fraud. And at no point in the Conservatives’ purported “war on science” do I recall any minister impugning individual scientists’ credibility quite so enthusiastically as Duncan and Dosanjh did in their op-ed (though I may stand to be corrected on that).



Trudeau Wants To Tax the “Rich” But Can He?

PM Trulander can start with himself:

Experts say the Trudeau government should have little trouble meeting its self-imposed Jan. 1 deadline to rejig tax brackets as a way to ease the load on middle-income earners.

On the campaign trail, the party worked hard to sell the plan to voters by stating the economy would grow if middle-class Canadians had more cash in their pockets.

The change, however, has raised questions whether the tax increase would produce as much additional revenue as the Liberals expect, or if it would address income inequality.

It would also make Canada’s highest income bracket one of the most heavily taxed in the industrialized world.

The Liberal plan calls for a new 33 per cent rate on Canadians who earn more than $200,000 per year. The existing top bracket of 29 per cent would continue to apply to those earning between $138,586 and $200,000, and 26 per cent for those between $89,401 and $138,586.

The party also promises to cut the rate to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent for those with a taxable annual income between $44,700 and $89,401. The maximum annual benefit, it says, would be $670 per person for those with earnings at the top of that middle bracket.

Liberal estimates say the change would lift $3 billion worth of tax burden per year off the backs of middle-income earners. That would be counterbalanced by heaping another $3 billion in taxes on those in the highest income bracket.

Looking at the big picture, the overall economic impact remains less than clear.

Experts say the government would likely rake in less revenue by jacking up taxes on the rich, particularly from financially savvy Canadians whose incomes barely qualify for the top bracket.

Rhys Kesselman of Simon Fraser University said earners near that margin would likely become a little more aggressive on tax planning and with their investment arrangements.

“It is more elastic in both tax planning and tax advising, and legal tax avoidance,” Kesselman said of the highest bracket.

Others believe the Liberal plan would only have a limited effect on the economy.


Barely half a million people earn more than $200,000 or more. Even squeezing senior citizens won’t get the revenue PM Trulander expects.

Canadians have voted to be economically screwed over.


Enabling working class dropouts means no guys one can marry

From commentator Mona Charen,

Why are so many young women (64 percent of moms under the age of 30) having children out of wedlock? Nowhere is the class divide in America as wide as on the matter of marriage. College-educated men and women are sticking with the traditional order of marriage first and children second. Not only that, but they are far less likely to divorce than their parents’ generation was. Those with only some college or less, by contrast, are much less likely to marry before having children, and much more likely to divorce if they do marry.

McArdle was answering her own question in a sense. She noted that many who have studied the retreat from marriage among the uneducated propose the “working class men are garbage” hypothesis. According to this view, lots of young men are unemployed and playing video games all day. Why would a young woman want to marry such a loser? She’d just be getting another kid.

But as McArdle observes, someone is enabling that behavior on the part of the young man. Someone is providing a roof over his head, putting food in his belly and paying his power bill so that the game console stays on. Is it his parents? Or is it a young woman? If she has a child (possibly his child), she is eligible for a whole panoply of government assistance, including TANF, food stamps, WIC, housing assistance, low income home energy assistance, and much more. Thirty years ago, in “Losing Ground,” Charles Murray wondered whether the welfare state was enabling the sort of behavior that isn’t good for people — such as having children out of wedlock. More.

The main reason the welfare state functions that way is that so many former working class jobs have gone to eastern Asia.

Easing the hardship reduces the likelihood that working class citizens will begin to wonder about the progressive policies that enabled that.

It is a stage on the road to permanent progressive government. When prosperity fails, the more traditional citizens will be blamed. Just watch.


Yes, People Really ARE This F–king Stupid

What’s 150% MORE likely to kill you than sharks?

“Selfies”! Selfies with sharks is likely up there too.

The latest selfie fatality saw a 66-year-old Japanese tourist die after falling down stairs while attempting to take a photo at the Taj Mahal.

Incidents involving the phenomena are now at a toll of twelve this year, overtaking the eight deaths caused by shark attacks in 2015.

Earlier this year the Russian government launched a campaign to make people understand the perils of snapping selfies in dangerous situations.

An illustrated booklet was issued by the advisors, warning its citizens of dangerous scenarios, including snapping a photo while halfway up an electricity pylon, standing in front of an oncoming train, or while in the company of a wild animal [ED – or while participating in any public anti-Putin demonstration].

According to the ministry, Police officers will also hold extensive selfie-safety lessons at schools.

Official Yelena Alekseyeva made a statement when the leaflet was released and said: “Our booklet reminds you of how to take a safe selfie, so it is not the last one you will ever take.”


A White Woman, Pretending to be Black, Tells a Fellow SJW: “White People Cannot Discuss Racism”

Yes, more in the psychodrama that is Rachel Dolezal’s tenure as an assistant professor and as an NAACP chapter president.Rachel Dolezal race fraud


As if the case of Rachel Dolezal couldn’t get any sillier, anti-racism activist Tim Wise says that the “black” former NAACP chapter president once “tried to stop him from speaking” at Eastern Washington University because … white folks can’t speak with any legitimacy to issues of racism.”

This just gets better and better!


UK: Mehdi Hasan suggests sanctions for ‘dishonest, demonising press coverage’ of Muslims

Misrepresentative portrayals of Muslims and other minorities will not stop unless newspapers are threatened with sanctions, Mehdi Hasan said yesterday.

The columnist and political director of the Huffington Post UK said the press has proven “singularly unable or unwilling to change the discourse, the tone or the approach” towards Muslims, immigrants and asylum seekers.

Hasan, who was speaking in a personal capacity at a media industry event hosted by Mindshare UK, said: “We’re not going to get change unless there is some sanction, there is some penalty. This is not just about Muslims; it is about all minorities.”

“Therefore you have to ask questions about: does it need to be externally imposed, either by better regulation or via some form of commercial imperative? Though, that requires a separate campaign to get companies to give a damn about this stuff,” Hasan added.

He suggested advertisers would have boycotted newspapers over the publication of certain headlines about Muslims, had they been about other minorities.

In a session titled “The Muslims are coming!”, Hasan presented to a group of media industry figures a slideshow of British newspaper headlines and front pages, which he said ostracised the Muslim community, presenting Muslims as “the other”. Hasan also highlighted the factual inaccuracy of some of the stories and accused newspapers of peddling misinformation…

Comments. though few, are unfavourable.  The guy is a real piece of work.  This video is recommended: “Mehdi Hasan, senior editor of the New Statesman magazine, attacks non-Muslims and atheists as “kufaar” and says they are like cattle.”

He is no longer at New Statesmen but at Huffington Post UK.