Category Archives: Our Betters…

Behold Our Betters

To be a normal American is to constantly be scolded, to be lectured, to be treated as a morally bankrupt simpleton in need of the guidance and direction provided by an urban elite ruling class notable for its empty academic credentials, its track record of incompetence, and its idolization of people who erotically abuse the foliage.

If we are to have betters, is it so wrong for us to demand that they actually be better? Superiors should be distinguished by their superiority – if you presume to take charge shouldn’t you demonstrate tactical, technical, and moral mastery? So what has our ruling class mastered lately? What is the skill set that sets the smart set apart?

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Little Girl’s Lemonade Stand Shut Down

From the same country that refuses to let parents seek help for their ill child:

A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined for selling lemonade.

Andre Spicer said his 5-year-old daughter was left in tears after local council officers fined her 150 pounds ($195) for selling lemonade without a license near their home in London.

The girl was selling home-made lemonade to fans attending the Lovebox dance festival when she was fined.

The four officers approached the girl and began speaking in technical legal terms, telling her that her lemonade stand infringed on local business rights.

Halfway through the interaction with the officers, Spicer said his daughter burst into tears and said “I’ve done a bad thing, daddy. I’ve done something wrong.”

“I think initially she was a bit shocked and sad,” Spicer said. “And then I suggested we try it again with a permit. And she said: ‘Oh, it’s a bit scary.'”

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Rex Murphy: “One man and his staircase is a threat no city bureaucrat could abide”

Mayor John Tory gave voice to their common dread. In words that should have their own statue: “We just can’t have people decide to go out to Home Depot and build a staircase in a park because that’s what they would like to have.”

Of course they can’t. Letting citizens do useful and obvious things in their own neighbourhoods, at extreme savings because that’s what they would like to do … what a horror. Why, that reeks of initiative, neighbourhood pride, resourcefulness, enterprise, community spirit, and trimming the city’s public works budget!

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Facebook Restores Catholic Pages After Blocking Them

The social media giant Facebook has restored the more than two dozen conservative Catholic pages it had mysteriously blocked on Tuesday, blaming the incident on “a spam detection mechanism on the platform.”

Observers are still skeptical, since Facebook seemed to target only conservative Catholic pages with a significant following, whereas a glitch in the system would have randomly blocked sites regardless of their orientation. The blocked Catholic pages generally had between hundreds of thousands and up to 6 million followers, according to Catholic News Agency (CNA).

One of the blocked pages called “Fr. Rocky” belonged to a U.S. Catholic priest Fr. Francis J. Hoffman, executive director of Relevant Radio, whose page had 3.5 million likes. Another site, “Catholic and Proud,” had 6 million followers and was similarly blocked.

Some of the page administrators of the blocked Catholic sites speculated that perhaps they were being censored, since Facebook has been accused in the past of censoring “conservative” news and websites, an allegation that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied.

One page owner, Kenneth Alimba of Nigeria, said he believes he was targeted specifically because it was a Catholic page. “They’ve fought and continue to fight anything Catholic and conservative,” he said.

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Ottawa to Prepare for Canada’s 150th Anniversary

The mayor of Ottawa has already set himself up for failure:

Canada’s capital will do everything it can to prevent an attack when it hosts the country’s 150th birthday next month but no amount of preparation can guarantee 100 per cent safety, Ottawa’s mayor says.

“When you see a tragedy that took place in London and on London Bridge and in Manchester, you think could that happen here and sadly, the answer is yes,” Mayor Jim Watson said Sunday, the day after the latest attack in Britain, on London Bridge, that left seven dead and scores injured.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a Canadian was one of those killed. Family members identified her as Christine Archibald, originally from British Columbia.

With Ottawa preparing to host one of the largest Canada Day celebrations, Watson said there will be an extra security measures and a noticeable police presence on July 1, but that’s no guarantee.

“There’s no 100 per cent solution to terrorism.” Watson said after taking part in a tree-planting ceremony at his city hall.

“It’s always a wake-up call for us in roles of leadership that we have to vigilant in the world we live in. A simple knife and a motor vehicle can be the new weapon of choice for a terrorist or for someone who wants to cause harm to people in a community.”

Watson described the extra precautions Ottawa took for its most recent outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations in response to December’s truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market. A truck driven by a man who claimed affiliation with the Islamic State group rammed the market killing 12 people and leaving dozens dead.

Ottawa placed front-end loaders and dump trucks at key cross streets to protect a long human chain of hundreds of school children carrying torches to mark the start of 2017 and the Canada 150 festivities, said Watson.

He said trucks were specifically brought in to ensure those children “were not going to be harmed or run over.”

Watson said similar precautions will be taken for the upcoming Canada Day celebration, which usually sees hundreds of thousands filling Ottawa’s streets each July 1, but will likely be larger this year.

No need to ask why any of this is even necessary in the first place.

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2016: a war of words against the people

The anti-populist rhetoric of the elite is now off the scale.

In 2016, it became clear just how debased the language of public life has become. This year, language was rarely used to communicate ideas or mount a serious argument. Rather, in the run-up to the EU referendum in Britain, both sides used vacuous hyperbole that they didn’t really take seriously. And in the American presidential debates, politics became a pantomime, with both of the main protagonists making little effort to rise above the levels of insults and invective.

h/t Marvin

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Trump Election Boosts European Populists

It is the seventh day after Donald Trump’s triumph, an election upset that set off a political earthquake around the world, and time for a visit with those far away from Washington who think like him. Members of France’s Front National (FN) are meeting at the five-star Hotel Napoléon in Paris, not far from the Champs-Élysées.

The topics of discussion this evening include disadvantaged youth in the outer districts of the capital, known as the banlieues, and radical Islamists who are recruiting new members there. The mood is explosive in the banlieues, warns the speaker, a resolute blonde woman, who goes on to say it is a ticking time bomb that could go off at any moment. “I am the only one who can defuse this bomb,” she adds

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Poll Suggests That Canadians Do Not Link Syrian Migrant to Terrorism

Now is the time that we dissect the propaganda.

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People who backed a plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in a matter of months largely expected no increased risk of terrorism as a result, newly released federal polling information reveals.

About 44 per cent of those surveyed in November were in support of the plan. And of them, about 60 per cent thought there would be no change to the terrorism threat facing Canada in the next six months.

However, 35 per cent of respondents didn’t support the plan were concerned, and 55 per cent of them told pollsters they thought the threat of terrorism in Canada would increase in the next six months.

Also:

One expert says that tacking on three explicit terrorism questions to a survey about immigration puts the government in a position of suggesting a link between the two issues.

But Jack Jedwab says the poll results show that Canadians themselves don’t make the link, which stands in contrast with populations in many other parts of the world.

People who were in favour of the plan either did not make any link or did not want to.

 

What previous polls suggest:

More than 70 per cent of Canadians don’t support the federal government taking in more than 25,000 Syrian refugees, according to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute. Two in five respondents think Canada should stop taking in Syrian refugees immediately.

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The Ipsos poll, conducted exclusively for Global News, found that 60 per cent of Canadians disagree with Justin Trudeau’s election promise to relocate 25,000 people displaced largely due to the conflict in Syria.

Opposition is highest in Alberta with 70 per cent and lowest in Ontario with 56 per cent.

The major concern among those who oppose the Liberal’s refugee plan is security and the fear that appropriate security checks will be limited in order to hit Trudeau’s timeline.

 

The headlining poll, therefore, does not suggest that Canadians do not believe a link exists between Syrian migrants and terrorism, only those who support the government’s plan. Other polls suggest that terrorism was a concern given the short amount of time that the Syrians were brought in.

Oh, popular press! The things you say!

 

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Panama Papers source breaks silence over ‘scale of injustices’

The whistleblower behind the Panama Papers broke their silence on Friday to explain in detail how the injustices of offshore tax havens drove them to the biggest data leak in history.

The source, whose identity and gender remain a secret, denied being a spy.

“For the record, I do not work for any government or intelligence agency, directly or as a contractor, and I never have. My viewpoint is entirely my own.”

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Secret TTIP Docs Leaked: ‘Corporations At The Heart Of EU-US Policy Making’

Two hundred and forty eight pages of the controversial Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Deal (TTIP) have been sensationally leaked by the environmentalist group Greenpeace. The news marks the first point in which left and right wing activists have come together over TTIP, the European Union, and anti-corporatism.

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Panama Papers: The Real Scandal Is What’s Legal

In the past few days, hundreds (if not thousands) of media reports have linked the Panamanian wealth management firm Mossack Fonseca to a series of financial crimes. The massive “Panama Papers” leak documents the firm’s involvement in facilitating activities that may constitute fraud, money laundering, and theft, including by officials at the highest levels of governments worldwide. But the real scandal is that most of what Mossack Fonseca and the rest of the wealth-management industry do is perfectly legal.

 

Very Much Related… Will the Guardian now investigate its own tax arrangements?

Oh! Oh! “Somalia has slightly higher standards than Wyoming and Nevada.”

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Panama Papers: Customers include suspected financiers of terrorism and gunrunners

For years, the records show, Mossack Fonseca has earned money creating shell companies that have been used by, amongst other clients, suspected financiers of terrorists and war criminals in the Middle East; drug kings and queens from Mexico, Guatemala and Eastern Europe; nuclear weapons proliferators in Iran and North Korea, and arms dealers in southern Africa.

More… Quebec lawyer features as major tax haven facilitator in Panama Papers leak

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11 million leaked documents reveal how TWELVE world leaders and all the usual suspects hide their millions in tax havens

The biggest leak of financial data in history has revealed how 12 current or former world leaders, a host of celebrities and the global rich are using offshore tax havens to hide their wealth.

The so-called Panama Papers, part of a leak of 11million files, implicate those in Russian president Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, along with families and associates of Egypt’s former president

Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi and Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad.

Lord Ashcroft, Baroness Pamela Sharples and former Tory MP Michael Mates are among the British politicians named in the data release.

Documents were leaked from one of the world’s most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, and show how the company has allegedly helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax.

German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung obtained the files and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists but the identity of the source who leaked them and how it was done is unknown.

More at the Guardian….Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin

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