Friday, November 08, 2013

Friday Post

Quickly now...

Like pere, like fils:

"Which nation, besides Canada, which nation's administration do you most admire, and why?"
It took Trudeau a minute to consider the question.

The marketing of this event had become controversial because it suggested these ladies might want to ask what was in the e-vite like "What's your favourite virtue?" or "Who are your real-life heroes?" Maybe Trudeau was expecting one of those. ...

But the question at hand, sir, which country's government does the Liberal Party's candidate for prime minister in 2015 most admire?

Trudeau's answer: "You know, there's a level of of admiration I actually have for China ..."  ...

"You know, there's a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say 'we need to go green fastest . . . we need to start investing in solar.' I mean there is a flexibility that I know Stephen Harper must dream about of having a dictatorship that he can do everything he wanted that I find quite interesting."

Oh, how droll!

Does the Shiny Pony admire the one-state dictatorship that mowed down students during the Tienanmen Square demonstrations?

This extraordinary document provides the detailed account of a sourcewho witnessed firsthand the violence at Tiananmen Square on the night ofJune 3-4. The source indicated that the students had believed that the soldiers would be firing rubber bullets and that "he had a sickening feeling when he noticed the bullets striking sparks off the pavement near his feet." His and other eyewitness descriptions represent an effort by diplomatic reporters to gather evidence about the crackdown and get the story straight. Most impressive in the account is the source’s graphic description of a PLA tank crushing 11 students under its wheels on the morning of June 4. Comments at the end of the document indicate that the source’s version dovetails with the comments of other sources, concluding that, "We find his account of that episode credible. His accounts of other incidents are worth recording as other evidence becomes available." 

Does he marvel at China's "green" policies?

The overall air quality index had improved to a measure of 397, or "severely polluted". Earlier on Tuesday, the figure exceeded 500, the highest level on the Chinese scale

Residents of the far northeastern city described a smog that began choking people as much as a week ago but worsened considerably on Sunday night. 


The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.

Hidden out of sight behind smoke-shrouded factory complexes in the city of Baotou, and patrolled by platoons of security guards, lies a five-mile wide ‘tailing’ lake. It has killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China’s key waterways in jeopardy.

Or maybe the ladies' man likes how they treat their women?

It is true, nonetheless, that such tragedies — an inadequate word — usually occur among the poor. A girl, rural people believe, will not be able to burn incense for the ancestors, who will starve without it, her family will not be accorded the little morsel of extra land which is the right of a boy, and if she is lucky enough to marry, she will ‘disappear’ into her husband’s family. The mother’s neighbours will pity her. Better to kill the useless creature.

Hence this deadly statistic, not mentioned by Xinran: while the natural male-female gender ratio should be 103 or 104 males for every 100 females, in China, depending on the region, this varies from 110 to at least 130 males for every 100 females. One catastrophic result is a shortage of wives and the kidnapping of girls to be sold as wives in other parts of China. Chinese women also have the highest suicide rate in the world.

According to the Chinese news service Global Times, the woman in the photos is 23-year-old Feng Jianmei from the province of Ankang, who was “forced to the hospital and given an injection to kill her unborn baby on June 2 after her family failed to pay a 40,000-yuan ($6,320) fine, according to her family.”

Young North Korean women who manage to slip into neighbouring China, are sometimes sold into marriage by human trafficers posing as brokers. Some of them are raped and beaten by their new Chinese husbands and if they complain, face being sent back to North Korea where they might be thrown in prison. Those who managed to escape to South Korea have shocked many with their harrowing stories.

Yes, the women who attended this event sure know how to pick their leaders.

Omar Khadr, who admitted he killed Americans, wants his convictions overturned:

As Omar Khadr prepares to challenge his war crimes convictions in the United States, Canada's public safety minister is unmoved.

Steven Blaney says he's just glad Khadr, 27, is behind bars at the maximum-security Edmonton Institution serving out his eight-year sentence.

"We live in a society of law," Blaney said Friday. "For our part, we feel that those who commit and plead guilty to heinous crimes should be in a facility that reflects the nature of their crime."

Khadr's American lawyer, Sam Morison, says his client will appeal five war crimes convictions in the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review in Washington, D.C.

No, he's not sorry at all:

On Thursday, President Barack Obama apologized for lying to the American people about whether they could keep their insurance plans under Obamacare. Millions of Americans have received cancellation letters from their insurance companies after the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges went into effect in October. 

He lied and given Iran what it wants:

Well, that price has now, eight months later, been revealed, and it has two components. If I might paraphrase the U.S. position as presented to Israel: “First, sit by quietly as we reach an accord with Tehran that freezes but does not dismantle its nuclear buildup. Second, stop the illegitimate residential construction on the West Bank or the Palestinian Authority will, with American acquiescence, start a third intifada.” 

He's now the global problem we all face.

And now, something about sharks:

A team of scientists working along the coastal waterways of South Carolina have made an amazing discovery — a previously unidentified species of hammerhead shark that was essentially 'hiding' in plain sight.

It's understandable that this new species, now called the Carolina hammerhead or Sphyrna gilberti, went unnoticed until now. They're what's known as a 'cryptic species', since they're virtually indistinguishable from the more common scalloped hammerhead shark. You can't tell them apart from each other just by sight alone.

If you wanted to get close enough (scalloped hammerheads have attacked people in the past), you could count the number of vertebrae they have their spine, and you'll find that the Carolina hammerhead has 10 fewer than the scalloped hammerhead. However, ichthyologist Joe Quattro and his team only found out about the differences in vertebrae after the fact. The first indications of a new species they found was after collecting DNA samples from various hammerheads that were raising pups along the South Carolina coastline. According to the UofSC news release, some of the samples showed a different 'genetic signature' from the others, revealing that they were looking at two different species, even though they physically looked alike.

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