Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Post

Lots going on ...



I'm sure Aung San Suu Kyi will get right on that:

Aung San Suu Kyi must publicly condemn the atrocities being committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, or else her rhetoric and global reputation as a champion of human rights will mean nothing, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"It is with profound surprise, disappointment and dismay that your fellow Canadians have witnessed your continuing silence in the face of the brutal oppression of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim people," Trudeau wrote Monday in a letter to Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar.

The powerful military in Myanmar is accused of burning down the homes of Rohingya Muslims, forcing more than 400,000 members of the persecuted minority to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, according to the latest UN figures.

Suu Kyi, an honorary Canadian citizen and a long-celebrated Nobel Peace Prize winner, has come in for withering international criticism for failing to stop — or even speak out against — the violence.

(Sidebar: yes, about that ...)


I'm sure no one will be more stunned than he that no one cares what he thinks.


Also:

Bangladeshi authorities are taking steps to restrict the movement of Muslim Rohingya refugees living in crowded border camps after fleeing violence in Myanmar, whose military chief maintains that the chaos was the work of extremists seeking a stronghold in the country.

Bangladesh has been overwhelmed with more than 400,000 Rohingya who fled their homes in the last three weeks amid a crisis the U.N. describes as ethnic cleansing. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who lambasted Myanmar for "atrocities" during a visit to border camps last week, left Dhaka to address the annual U.N. gathering in New York.

Refugee camps were already beyond capacity and new arrivals were staying in schools or huddling in makeshift settlements with no toilets along roadsides and in open fields. On Sunday, police were checking vehicles to prevent Rohingya from spreading to nearby towns in an attempt to control the situation.



Perhaps a more practical solution would be to make sure that students have all of their meals provided at home instead of using resources from others:

The city's health board is poised to add 300 private schools — including pricey institutions like Upper Canada College and Branksome Hall — to the list of schools eligible for a program that provides free breakfasts to underprivileged students.

If the kids aren't getting a good breakfast (and why aren't they?), chances are that they are not getting lunch or supper, either.


Related - soon, no parent will be able to feed his or her child because of the tax hikes well-compensated Big Labour supports:

A coalition composed mainly of labour groups has come out in support of the Liberals’ proposed changes for how private corporations are taxed, giving some solace to a government that has been besieged with criticism over the plan.

The newly-launched Canadian Coalition for Tax Fairness issued a statement on Monday saying the current tax rules “exacerbate inequality (and) undermine the integrity of our tax system.”

(Sidebar: "newly launched", you say.)



I'm sure this will be pushed through without any scrutiny, as well:

The Liberal government is heading into the second half of its mandate with a number of big legislative priorities they are eager to move through Parliament.

And they are ready to curtail debate if they think the opposition parties are dragging their feet — especially since the will of the increasingly independent Senate is becoming harder to predict.

"We know that there's going to be vigorous debate and there is going to be partisanship and politics on many ideas," said Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "It's how our system works, but at the same time I don't think it's necessary for every single issue to be framed around partisanship."

This spring, the Liberal government backed down on part of its plan to alter the ins and outs of parliamentary procedure, abandoning some of the more controversial reforms that the Conservatives and New Democrats had been battling for weeks.

Still, House leader Bardish Chagger warned at the time this would come with a cost, telling her political rivals that since they could not agree on other ways to speed things along, the Liberals would be ready to impose time allocation — a heavy-handed tactic that limits debate.

This is the most transparent dictatorship government in the country's history.




The Liberals removed the ability of aboriginal people to hold their chiefs accountable:

The Caldwell First Nation, where a forensic audit uncovered gross financial irregularities around a 2016 powwow, allegedly has been dubiously run for years.

“I am not even remotely shocked about the results of the audit,” says one member of the small Leamington, Ont.-based First Nation. “I think if members knew what went on … they would be sick to their stomachs for weeks.”



In other news ...



The new normal in Europe:

British police arrested a second man over the bombing of a London commuter train on Friday that injured 30 people and the security services lowered the threat level for an attack from its highest setting.  

**

Four American college students were attacked with acid Sunday at a train station in France, but French authorities so far do not think extremist views motivated the 41-year-old woman who was arrested as the alleged assailant, the local prosecutor's office and the students' school said.

Oh, really?




Trump should simply withdraw from the UN:

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the United Nations for bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement on his first visit on Monday to U.N. headquarters, calling for “truly bold reforms” so it could be a greater force for world peace. 

Ahead of his maiden speech to the annual U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump hosted a short event to boost support for changes to the United Nations. 

“In recent years the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement, while the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 percent and its staff has more than doubled since 2000,” Trump said. 

“The United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistleblowers and focus on results rather than on process,” Trump said. 

“I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just and greater force for peace and harmony in the world,” Trump said in his first remarks at the U.N. in New York since his inauguration as president in January.

Oh, rubbish.


This is the same UN that lets Chinese-backed North Korea get away with belligerence and posturing:

North Korea is seeking military “equilibrium” with the United States as a way to stop American leaders from talking about military options for dealing with Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un said after supervising the launch of another missile over Japan.

And North Korea would continue to run “full speed and straight” toward achieving this goal, Kim told his top missile unit, according to the latest statement from his state news agency.

There is a reason why Korean companies (those amoral avaricious parties) are leaving China and it's not for the tax breaks.


The UN would certainly shudder if it knew a major donor was leaving.




And now, a monument that beardy-weirdy left would certainly desecrate:

While Civil War memorials may not be the most popular things lately, the world’s newest monument to the American Civil War has just opened in Canada.

The granite obelisk is Canada’s only monument to the 1860s conflict, and honours more than 40,000 Civil War soldiers who hailed from what would become modern-day Canada.



Friday, September 15, 2017

For a Friday

Lots to talk about ...




London mayor Sadiq Khan once issued the extraordinary statement that terrorism was part-and-parcel of life in a major metropolis:

Sadiq Khan has said he believes the threat of terror attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city” and encouraged Londoners to be vigilant to combat dangers.


Yes, about that:

A home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 29 people on Friday, but apparently failed to fully explode, in Britain’s fifth major terrorism incident this year.

Yes, Londoners - get used to this.




North Korea fires a missile over Japan, the one that has gone the furthest to date:

North Korea fired another missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Friday morning, just a day after Pyongyang said that Japan “should be sunken into the sea” with a nuclear bomb and that the United States should be “beaten to death” with a stick “fit for a rabid dog.”

This was the second time in less than three weeks that North Korea sent a ballistic missile over Japan, and the launch came less than two weeks after North Korea exploded what is widely believed to be a hydrogen bomb.

Japan should seriously consider nuclearising.



Vaguely related:

Current U.S. policy directs the American military not to defend Canada if it is targeted in a ballistic missile attack, says the top Canadian officer at the North American Aerospace Defence Command.

"We're being told in Colorado Springs that the extant U.S. policy is not to defend Canada," said Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand, deputy commander of Colorado-based Norad.
 
What part of Canada is Trudeau willing to live without?



Some North Koreans appear to be indifferent to a conflict in which they may lose or win. They simply want their agony to end:



“An increasing number of residents are pointing out that, for them [the North Korean people], provoking the US is a losing battle. We are the ones who suffer from the regime’s belligerent behavior with no consideration for reconciliation and cooperation,” he added.

Some residents are said to be welcoming the regime’s propaganda that a war is imminent, a source in North Hamgyong Province said. We want the suffering to finally end even if it means losing a war,” he said.

“Kim Jong Un is using the same old strategy of his grandfather (Kim Il Sung) and father (Kim Jong Il) to consolidate the population with threats of war, but it is not really effective anymore.”
 
So why shouldn't Asian countries other than China nuclearise? Why shouldn't there be a regime change in North Korea that doesn't involve or please the dictators in Beijing?



Also:



Give Trump credit where it’s due. His policy instincts about Moon and the South Korean left hew closer to reality than those of the last several American presidents. A good president doesn’t always need a mastery of fine detail; he simply needs to have good enough policy instincts to select advisors who do (and then, stay off Twitter and let them do their jobs).

Now the question that confronts Washington is how to mitigate the damage that Moon is willing to do to core U.S. national security interests. Moon knows the weakness of his position — his people like him personally, and wanted a change after ten years of conservative rule, but are deeply uneasy with his North Korea policies. No doubt, the signs of decoupling of the U.S.-South Korea alliance are cause for celebration in Pyongyang and Beijing. But if Moon means to finlandize South Korea and undermine sanctions yet again, why should Washington let him do so on his own terms? A strong demonstration that this will cause a breach in the alliance will undermine Moon’s political support, and may discourage him from undermining sanctions that Seoul’s representatives have supported at the U.N.
 
(Kamsahamnida)




Further evidence that since the bombing of Air India 182, the Canadian government exhibits not only an unwillingness to combat terrorism and punish terrorists but will actively reward them:

Omar Khadr’s visits with his controversial sister will remain restricted, but he has been granted more freedom to use the internet.

Because it's not like he can't contact like-minded people online.


Also:

Two Islamic preachers accused of giving anti-Semitic sermons in 2014 won't face charges, a spokesman for Quebec's Crown prosecutor's office said Thursday.

(Sidebar: but people will be investigated for "climate change denial".)




Today in "governmental corruption and incompetence" news:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brushed off questions from reporters in St. John’s, Nfld. Wednesday after reports emerged the RCMP footed a bigger-than-anticipated security bill for his trip to the Aga Khan’s private island.

“The RCMP provides a protective service for the prime minister and my family and does an excellent job of that,” he said. “It has been the case for all prime ministers in the past and certainly into the future. … I’m not going to question the job or the choices that the RCMP makes.”

The CBC reported Wednesday the trip cost Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other government departments more than $215,000. Original figures contained in an initial response to parliament in March were lower — just over $127,000 — but the RCMP noted at the time that some expenses wouldn’t show up in that amount because they were still being processed.

**

There are growing signs that Canada won’t meet the criteria for attending a November peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, even though it is the host country.

The price of admission is clear in leaked UN documents obtained by The Canadian Press: Defence ministers attending must be ready to pledge specific forces to the UN, if they haven’t already done so.

Canada has yet to make any definite pledge, despite being the host of this year’s summit, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t commit Wednesday to a decision before mid-November.

The uncertainty over Canada’s plans before the meeting has prompted renewed frustration and disappointment from the UN and various allies, some of whom are losing faith in the Liberal government’s promise to support peacekeeping.

(Sidebar: even he must realise that no one, even the UN, takes him seriously.)


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A devastating forensic audit of a small southern Ontario First Nation has revealed that a celebratory powwow last year ballooned to cost $546,117, more than twice the original estimate.

The audit by the London, Ont., firm of Matson Driscoll & Damico Ltd. also shows there were virtually no financial controls for the Caldwell First Nation powwow, and suggests that some funds may have been stolen and that Chief Louise Hillier was in conflict of interest when her son’s company won an untendered $190,000 contract to video the proceedings.

(Importantly, the Aug. 28 audit — and the temporary suspension of chief and the entire council — was the result of a motion from Councillor Jim Peters at a June 3 meeting.)

The powwow, which featured unusually big cash prizes in singing, dancing and drumming contests — an astonishing total of $280,000, most “unsupported,” as the auditors put it, by documents such as receipts — was meant as a celebration of the 2010 settlement of the band’s specific land claim.

**
About 6,000 asylum seekers illegally crossed the Canada-U.S. border into Quebec in August, more than double July’s total, taking the province’s tally so far this year to over 12,000, government data showed. 

The surge has prompted a backlash from opposition politicians and anti-migrant groups in the primarily French-speaking province. 

As of this week almost 1,300 asylum seekers were in temporary housing in and around Montreal, the province’s largest city, according to the Quebec government. 

That has put Canada on track to get more refugee claims this year than any since 2001. The surge is straining a system already grappling with the worst delays in years. 



No, she shouldn't apologise, resign or make any move that can be construed as conciliatory because it's high-time people stopped living in an apartheid state:

The mayor of Winnipeg is calling for the resignation of a senator who wants Indigenous people to give up their status cards in exchange for Canadian citizenship.

Brian Bowman said the comments by Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak are damaging to the country's reconciliation. If she won't quit, he said, she should be better educated and understand that Indigenous people are indeed Canadians.

"To have a member of the Canadian Senate be so incredibly ignorant about who Canadian citizens are is deeply offensive," Bowman said Thursday.

"At a minimum, she should be apologizing to Canadians — all Canadians."

A letter signed by Beyak, and posted on her website Sept. 1, says: "None of us are leaving, so let's stop the guilt and blame and find a way to live together.

"Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman and child in Canada, to settle all the outstanding land claims and treaties, and move forward together just like the leaders already do in Ottawa," Beyak wrote.

"All Canadians are then free to preserve their cultures in their own communities, on their own time, with their own dime."
 
Perhaps "enlightened" politicians can stop treating people as the "noble savage" (so they can be exploited for their votes) but as citizens who should be more than able to assume roles of responsibility and live in dignity.



That's a shame:

Groups of fleeing Rohingya Muslims watched from inside Bangladesh on Friday as another of the homes in their abandoned village across the border in Myanmar went up in flames.

The villagers said they’d escaped days ago, crossing into Bangladesh at the border point of Tumbru and joining thousands of other ethnic Rohingya huddling in the open in the district of Bandarban to escape recent violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Flames could be seen only about 500 metres from the border fence.

“You see this fire today, that is my village,” said Farid Alam, one of the Rohingya.

About that:

In the last month, the world media reports, 250,000 Rohingya have now fled the latest cycle of violence, that began with Rohingya attacks on the military in mid-August, for Bangladesh. In fact, Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken out, but not in the way that many expected. They wanted her to categorically denounce the Burmese military and to depict the Rohingya as entirely innocent victims of Buddhist attacks; this she has refused to do. She believes the story of the Rohingyas in Myanmar is more complicated than the outside world believes. She has noted that “fake news” about atrocities in Myanmar have been relied on by much of the world’s media. More than a few of the stories about the Rohingya have indeed been accompanied by photos purportedly showing the violence against them, but which, in fact, have turned out to be photos of other atrocities experienced by other peoples, having nothing to do with Myanmar. Even the BBC’s south-east Asia correspondent, Jonathan Head, concedes that “much of it [the photos, and the coverage]  is wrong.” A closer look reveals that many of the pictures supposedly from Myanmar have come from other crises around the world, with one of those tweeted by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek even dating back to the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

Jonathan Head discusses at the BBC website four of the most widely-circulated photographs, ostensibly showing Rohingya victims of current Buddhist violence, that are examples of “fake news.” The first photograph, showing a number of bloated corpses, “does appear on several websites dated last year. This suggests the image is not from the recent violence in Rakhine state.’’



Another day in Pakistan:

A boy, 17, and a girl, 16, were neighbours in a suburb of Karachi. The girl ran away from home. The boy reportedly waited for her. After they were tracked down, they were accused of plotting to elope. Ultimately, by order of the council of elders in their community and for the honour of that community, members of their own families executed them by electrocution.



And now, where is the body of Sir John Franklin? An historian thinks he knows:

“I believe that Franklin is in a vault on King William Island,” says Louie Kamookak, an Inuit historian who has spent 30 years correlating stories collected from elders with European logbooks and journals.

The mystery that surrounds the Franklin Expedition is one of the great legends of Arctic exploration. The ships Erebus and Terror set out from England in 1845 with 129 men to search for the Northwest Passage, but they never returned. ...

Kamookak relates two stories passed down through generations that may offer tantalizing clues.
“One group of Inuit said they saw a burial of a great chief under the ground, under stone.”

This was remarkable for the hunters, as Inuit traditionally buried their dead on the surface, wrapped in caribou skins and under a cairn. They investigated the site, expecting to find something similar. All they found was a flat stone.

“They said he was a great shaman who turned to stone,” says Kamookak.

In another account, a group of travelling Inuit came across a large wooden structure.

“They managed to get a cross piece they took for a sled. The man who was telling the story said there was a flat stone and he could tell the stone was hollow.”

Given that other expedition graves have been found on land, Kamookak believes Franklin’s is there too.

“I don’t think they would have an ocean burial for him.”

If he’s right, Franklin is probably still lying beneath the tundra on King William Island’s rocky and windswept northeast coast.


Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Stan Rogers.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mid-Week Post




Before I begin, I would like to thank all the beautiful people who visit this blog, even if they were only looking for a gluten-free carrot cake recipe (by the way, here it is).

Thank you.

Kit Harrington loves you.

At least, I think he does.


Anyway ...




It's just money:

Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $215,000 for the prime minister's jaunt to the Bahamas over the Christmas holidays, CBC reports.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family were guests of the Aga Khan on his privately-owned Bell Island and was joined by a number of staff.

While Parliament originally said the trip cost $127,187, according to a document the broadcaster obtained through an access to information request, the total cost was actually $215,398. This includes costs to cover RCMP, defence staff, Global Affairs Canada and Privy's Council staff who accompanied the prime minister on the trip.

Also - it's only pandering:



A year ago, Justin Trudeau was pictured in Hangzhou, China with Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma, waving around a Clearwater lobster that had recently been made available for sale on Ma’s e-commerce site T-Mall.

But politics is a fickle mistress. Promoting a growing Canadian seafood producer in Asia was a top priority when the cameras were rolling in China, but those ties have been severed now that Clearwater is an impediment to a project even closer to the prime minister’s heart: Indigenous reconciliation.

Last Thursday, the Department of Fisheries put out an innocuous-looking press release that said it will use 25 per cent of the existing total allowable catch of Arctic surf clams to issue a new license that will be open to expressions of interest from “Indigenous entities” from the four Atlantic provinces and Quebec.

Fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc said that by “enhancing access” to the surf clam fishery for Indigenous groups, “we are taking a powerful step toward reconciliation.”

But one group’s “enhanced access” is another’s lost business.

Clearwater has, to this point, controlled all the quota available, meaning that its clam business — providing those brilliant red tongues that look so appealing in sushi — is about to shrink by a quarter.


What can one expect from a virtue-signalling douchebag who elbows ladies in the chest?




Oh, this must be embarrassing:

The Liberal government in Quebec is currently working on a bill that bans niqabs from the public service. Jagmeet Singh is 100% against it. However his rivals Niki Ashton and Guy Caron have had more cagey responses. ...

When I first watched the video, I guessed that Singh’s position on the ban was actually what this woman was raving about. And, sure enough, she later posted a video to Facebook confirming this was the case.

This doesn’t make her rude interruption right, and one can certainly take issue with her tone and exaggerated fears.

But it does tell us she had a particular policy dispute with Singh and wasn’t mistakenly launching an anti-Muslim tirade against him as an individual, which bursts a large part of the media narrative.
There’s a bigger question, though: The media act like they’re against any glimmer of intolerance, particularly when it comes to Islam.

So much so that the Conservatives' modest citizenship oath niqab ban was drummed up as a decisive issue in the push to oust them in the last election.

Meanwhile, we’ve got a whole subset of NDP members who support a much broader niqab ban and leadership candidates enabling them. And yet the liberal media have practically left them all alone.

The coverage around this one heckler incident is a media fail - full of misinformation and double standards.

Singh has found a willing partner in deflection in the popular press.




Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was set to lie testify in court:

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne denied in court Wednesday that she promised a New Democrat MP a cabinet position to get him to leave his party and run for the provincial Liberals.

Yes, about that:

Nov. 30: Premier Kathleen Wynne meets with NDP MP Glenn Thibeault, who agrees to run for the provincial Liberals. Wynne has said she decided at that meeting to appoint him.
Dec. 11: Local Liberal and chair of the Sudbury police services board Gerry Lougheed visits Andrew Olivier, the Liberal candidate in the June provincial election who was seeking to run again. Lougheed asks Olivier to consider stepping aside and nominating Thibeault instead. He tells Olivier "in the course of that deliberation" to consider "appointments, jobs, whatever."
Dec. 11: Wynne phones Olivier, who is quadriplegic and says he tapes conversations as his way of taking notes. He said technical difficulties prevent him from recording that exchange.
Dec. 12: Pat Sorbara, Wynne's deputy chief of staff, phones Olivier and says Wynne is "going to have to make a decision around the appointment," later telling him they should chat about what he would be interested in doing, be it "appointments to boards or commissions," a constituency office job or role in the party executive.
Dec. 15: Olivier goes public with claims that Lougheed and Sorbara offered him a job or appointment to step aside; Progressive Conservatives ask Ontario Provincial Police to investigate; New Democrats ask Elections Ontario to investigate.
Also:

The legal team representing Kathleen Wynne is demanding an apology from Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown over an allegedly "defamatory" statement about the premier's participation in the Sudbury byelection scandal trial.

While speaking to reporters at Queen's Park on Tuesday, Brown was asked by CBC Toronto's Mike Crawley why he did not specifically ask about the bribery scandal during question period.

"I hope that the premier will give us answers, we're not getting them in the legislature, maybe when she stands trial," Brown responded. 

In a letter addressed to Brown obtained by CBC Toronto, Wynne's lawyer Jack B. Siegel took issue with Brown's use of the phrase "when she stands trial."

"Contrary to your statement, Premier Wynne is not standing trial. Your statement is false and misleading and appears to have been made with the intention to harm the reputation of Ms. Wynne," Siegel wrote, adding that Wynne is not subject to any charges in the trial.

Maybe she should stand trial. 


And:

Don’t expect Premier Kathleen Wynne to change course because of Tuesday’s warning from Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) that her minimum wage hikes will cost 50,000 jobs, hit groups like recent immigrants hardest and are an inefficient way to address poverty.

Because that’s not how a left-wing ideologue like Wynne operates.

Indeed, her government’s typical reaction to critical, non-partisan warnings it gets from independent officers of the legislature — such as the auditor general and the FAO — is to ignore them, or to attack the messenger.

That’s what Wynne’s Liberal government did when auditor general Bonnie Lysyk criticized its public pension plan accounting and “smart meter” program.



Sure, one could withdraw Aung San Suu Kyi's honourary citizenship but one might be overlooking something:

Burma’s worst nightmare came a step closer to reality when a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban’s most hardline faction called on the oppressed Rohingya to “take up the sword and kill in the path of God”.

Just saying.

(Paws up)




Oh, I wouldn't be surprised if it were:

A plan to increase the price to park at street meters and in Green P lots in Toronto is nothing more than a tax grab, Doug Ford says.

Ford, a former city councillor who has announced that he will run against Mayor John Tory in next fall’s municipal elections, said he believes that this is a desperate move by Tory to find revenue anywhere he can.

“He hasn’t been fiscally responsible whatsoever with the taxpayers money and he wants to tax everything from parking to rain coming off your roof.” Ford said Wednesday. “Anything he can get his hands on, he can tax.”

TPA, which now takes in more than $113 million a year, is considering a plan to bump up rates roughly a-buck-an-hour at many street meters; extend the hours when drivers would have to pay for parking on some streets near downtown Toronto; and increase fees at Green P lots, particularly at high-demand locations.

“A comprehensive review of parking rates at all TPA off-street municipal parking facilities is carried out at least annually to ensure the prices in place are addressing demand patterns such that TPA is delivering its core mandate of providing short-stay high, turnover parking,” a municipal parking report says.



South Korea conducts live-fire tests:

South Korea said Wednesday it had conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile that would strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event of crisis.

South Korea’s military said the Taurus missile fired from an F-15 fighter jet travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off the country’s western coast during drills Tuesday.



What is wrong with people?

California prosecutors say a fast-food restaurant cashier gave birth to a baby boy while at work and then tried to kill him by flushing him down a toilet.



And now, a nun with a chainsaw:

A Florida nun is pitching in on the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Irma by taking a chain saw to downed trees while dressed in her full habit.

Miami-Dade police posted video of Sister Margaret Ann at work on social media taken by an off-duty officer who came across her.

Police say the nun was cutting trees to clear the roadways around Archbishop Coleman Carrol High School near Miami. Sister Margaret Ann is the school’s principal, according to its website.

Police say “acts of kindness” like Sister Margaret Ann’s remind residents that they’re all part of the same community. The department added in its post, “Thank you Sister and all of our neighbours that are working together to get through this!”

That, ye heathen, is not a knife!