Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Post

Lots to talk about.

Israeli terror victims can now sue the Bank of China:

A New York Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of a group of Israeli terror victims in a lawsuit against the Bank of China on Friday, allowing the case to move forward. The 84 plaintiffs allege that the Bank of China provided wire transfers to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in 2006 and 2007 that helped the groups launch terrorist bombings and rocket attacks against Israelis....

Despite warnings from the counterterrorism division of the Israeli Prime Minister's Office in April 2005 that the money was being used to finance terror attacks, the Bank of China continued to send wire transfers to the two terrorist groups.

The Bank of China fought to have the case dismissed, according to Darshan-Leitner. The bank argued that the case should be tried in China, which does not consider Hamas to be a terrorist group.

Friday's ruling overturned a district court ruling in the bank's favor. "The Bank of China will now have to provide us with details of all bank transactions, basically everything that went through the accounts," Darshan-Leitner said.

Why are we trading with these people? I can't wait until North Koreans can sue China.

Somewhat related: Canada to boycott North Korea over disarmament conference:

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is set to announce Monday that Canada is boycotting the United Nations Conference on Disarmament over North Korea’s involvement, a senior government source told Postmedia News.

So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador, was last week named chair of the Geneva-based group dedicated to promoting global nuclear disarmament.

“North Korea is simply not a credible chair of this UN body as its leaders are working in the exact opposite direction,” the source told Postmedia News on Sunday evening.

“Our government feels this undermines not only the Conference on Disarmament, but the UN itself. And Canada will not be party to that . . . Our government received a strong mandate to advance Canada’s values — freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law — on the world stage.”

During North Korea’s term as chair, Canada will not “engage” in the conference, the source said Baird will announce Monday.

Baird's move is a bold one, especially considering that Canada has been far removed from action in the Korean Peninsula for nearly sixty years. His move not only involves Canada, albeit, in a fairly peripheral way, thereby giving it a greater role on the international stage, but also points a finger at North Korea's behavior when others have been reluctant to do so. However, North Korea may simply shrug off this move or threaten Canada in brazen yet groundless way. Baird does not point out the most obvious thing, that being that the UN needs to go. North Korea is kept afloat because the UN exists (RE: China sitting on the security council, failure to stop North Korea's nuclearisation plans, next to no movement on human rights in North Korea). The game is already fixed. John Baird should know to when to walk away.

It's as though the US kept a seat warm for us:

Defence Minister Peter MacKay says Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kuwait to establish a logistics hub there for Canadian troops involved in a training mission in Afghanistan.

The agreement, signed by Major-Gen. Mark McQuillan during a Monday visit to the Persian Gulf state, comes after Canadian military personnel were evicted last fall from Camp Mirage, a base in the United Arab Emirates, as a result of a dispute between the two countries over commercial airline landing rights.

“These strategic hubs are an effective way to respond to international crises, to sustained deployments such as Afghanistan and to also deepen and further ties in an important region,” MacKay said in an telephone interview from Kuwait.

Described more as a “logistical area” than a single base, the hub will allow Canadian troops to move personnel and equipment in and out of Kuwait in support of the training mission in and around the Afghan capital, Kabul, until 2014, when the mission is slated to end.

Canadian troops will largely use existing Kuwaiti military infrastructure and will be able to count on Kuwaiti allies for logistical support.

I'm a little concerned about the last bit.

Of course religion and misogyny belong in a public school. As long they don't mention Christmas. This particular accommodation reveals a kind of moral and physical cowardice one has come to expect of a society smitten with its liberalism. Later on down the road, these very "heroes" of accommodation should learn to deal with other facets of this particular culture and wonder if it was all worth it.

Somewhat related: a judge dismisses a lawsuit to prevent the building of "an Islamic centre" near Ground Zero:

A judge has tossed out a lawsuit by a former New York City firefighter trying to stop the building of an Islamic community centre near the World Trade Center.

The New York Times reports that State Supreme Court Justice Paul G. Feinman ruled Friday that Timothy Brown has no special legal standing to bring the suit.

Brown filed the suit after the Landmarks Preservation Commission denied landmark status to the building that would be torn down to make way for the centre. A former Burlington Coat Factory store, it was damaged in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Critics have assailed the project as an insult to victims.

A lawyer for developer Sharif el-Gamal calls the decision "a victory for America."

Oh, I'll bet it is.

It's what's on TV.

You're full of crap and we have the math to prove it:

One million, eh? Really? That’s about one-fifth of the population of the Greater Toronto Area crammed into a 2-km parade route through downtown city streets. The letter writer, Steven Murray of Victoria, BC, whose math is undoubtedly better than mine, points out that this is “physically and mathematically impossible.” “To fit one million people into that space,” he wrote, “would require 25 people for each square metre—4 to 5 times as many as would physically fit.”

The total surface area of all the streets within the Pride festival grounds, which are bordered by Bloor and Gerrard streets, Yonge and Jarvis streets, is approximately 157,100 square metres. Aaron Gradeen, a Master’s engineering student at Ryerson University, quickly ran the numbers for me and concluded that even if people were standing shoulder to shoulder in every side street and alley, it would be highly unlikely. “If you can fit seven people per square metre, it’s possible. That just seems like a tight squeeze.” The parade route itself would be only about 40,000 square metres. Gradeen says that, assuming the parade route was 20 metres in width and two kilometres in length, you could fit roughly 280,000 people at the parade at any one time. That’s if there’s seven people standing in each square metre of that area. As an experiment, I taped off one square metre in the newsroom and asked my fellow Maclean’s staffers to stand inside it. At five people, it got awkward. At six, it was feeling quite intimate. At seven, we were clinging to each other to not fall over the taped lines...

Const. Victor Kwong, media relations officer at the Toronto Police Service, explains that the police don’t give estimates anymore. “We used to do estimates, but we got a lot of complaints. People would say, ‘oh you’re lowballing so that the event gets less press’ or, ‘you’re highballing so the event gets more support.’ So we just stopped giving out estimates a while ago.”

“But Pride doesn’t make up numbers,” says Harker. “The difference between those two numbers is on their website for anyone to see.”

When I asked communications director at Pride Toronto whether that one million figure sounded a bit inflated, he said he didn’t know. “We don’t have any official numbers yet. But that’s what the media outlets are estimating,” he offered. He then referred me to the Enigma report from 2009. Glen Brown, interim executive director of Pride, responded by email: “We usually try to avoid attendance estimates, since we don’t have any reliable methodology. We do know that almost 6,000 people marched in the Parade—a record number. Many other media outlets are estimating the crowd at a million.”

Oh, burn! Somebody get a wet codpiece for the "Pride" thieves because they just got burned by math!

(hat tips)

Why Mark Steyn is The Man:

"Barrister and Solicitor"? Does that come with long trousers? You really need to quit while you're behind. Your original statement on "freedom of expression" at least had the merit of only being two lines of stupid. Your attempt to justify it only makes you look ten times as stupid at five times the length. I don't use that term lightly. I'll charitably assume that you're aware that "enemy nationals" aren't allowed to vote because they're nationals of other countries (a Greek national can't vote in a Canadian election because he's Greek: case closed) and that you're referring instead to the denial of the franchise to those who were His Majesty's subjects but of particular racial origins (Japanese). But that doesn't make the point you're making. And the point you're making is remarkable because it demonstrates a total misunderstanding of the legal tradition to which you, O Barrister and Solicitor, are heir.  

Oh, burn! Somebody get a wet wig for the barrister...

Oh, never mind...

What's a girl so full of herself to do?

Was Watson merely criticizing this guy’s timing and tactics? Was she dissing his game? Or was she saying that men should never make the first move or take the initiative in matters romantic? Because that’s what it comes down to, really. Watson is saying that if she is interested in a guy, she’ll let him know, and that only when she gives the clear green light is a guy even permitted to approach her.

The female exercises unquestionable authority. That’s “equality.”

And it’s rather obvious why atheists aren’t taking over the world, isn’t it? Despite their enthusiasm for Darwin’s theories, they seem to lack the rudimentary animal vigor necessary to the procreative project. The world of atheism is apparently a place where nervous Nice Guys make fumbling advances toward awkward Nerd Girls — and it creeps the girls out, as well it should.

(face palm)

And now, some cuteness.

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