Thursday, May 08, 2014

For A Thursday

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Twenty-three thousand people attended the March for Life in Ottawa.

Quite the number in Alberta. More info to come.

Stick it, Trudeau.

As of this writing, the Liberal Party mouth-piece, CBC, has some blather about two unimportant chicks, not the monumental number of people witnessing for life. I won't link to it.  This is why the CBC should be de-funded now. A better network actually covered the March for Life in more detail. When you have thousands of people converge on the nation's capital, one would think a news agency would cover it, not focus on twits who couldn't flash their way out of a paper bag.


Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne hopes that pitting herself against PM Stephen Harper will make people magically forget her lies and incompetence:

And Wynne made the link to the provincial Conservatives clear.

“How can Ontarians trust Tim Hudak to confront Stephen Harper when he shares so many of his values, ideals and policies?” she asked.

Did either Hudak or Harper lie to Ontarians about cancelled and costly gas plants, Miss Wynne?

Moving on...

Even the Chinese are thinking ahead:

Contingency planners from China's People's Liberation Army have formulated a set of emergency measures to cope with the ramifications of a collapse of North Korea's regime for the border area, including a possible massive influx of refugees, according to internal PLA documents.

The documents -- which Chinese military sources say were compiled in the summer of last year, or several months after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test -- call for boosting China's monitoring capacity along the two countries' 1,416-kilometer-long border.

They also call for setting up camps on the Chinese side of the border to handle any influx of North Korean refugees.

The crisis management plans do not mention North Korea by name but refer to it otherwise, such as "our country's northeastern neighbor."

Among the scenarios deemed possible is an attack on North Korea by foreign forces leading to the collapse of political control and triggering a massive outflow of refugees and military personnel across the border into China.

In such an event, the plans call for special groups be sent to border areas to ascertain the situation, investigate new arrivals, block entry to any deemed dangerous or undesirable, and counter oppositional forces.

To cope with an influx of refugees, camps with a capacity of 1,500 people each should be set up in counties along the border, the documents say.

According to the documents, any important North Korean political or military figures who could be targeted for assassination should be given protection. But at the same time, they should be placed in special camps where their activities could be monitored to prevent them from directing military operations or engaging in other activities that could be detrimental to China's interests.

If accurate, this wouldn't surprise me. China is desperate to contain North Korea. It must know that a crisis, either humanitarian or military, is imminent.

A "tactical error" is moving your car into the express lane that just experienced a greater and slower influx of badly-driven cars. Boko Haram's kidnapping of girls and murder of boys were monstrous acts the world just didn't care about until now:

Boko Haram, the militant group that denounces Western education and wishes to establish an independent Islamist state in northern Nigeria, has been waging violent attacks in the country for the last five years.

But some analysts believe the group's recent kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls — coupled with a pledge that they would be sold into slavery — was not only outrageous but a tactical error that has been denounced even by prominent Sunni Muslim authorities.


Islam institutionalized slavery.  Muhammad began to take slaves after he moved to Medina, and had power.  Slaves were usually taken in raids on nearby Arab tribes, or war, either through offensive or defensive actions.  Islam allows the taking of slaves as "booty", or reward for fighting.  This has led to numerous "jihads" by Muslim states and tribes to attack other non-Muslim groups and obtain slaves. 

And now, some news on a rare shark:

The Japan Daily Press reported Thursday that scientists performed an autopsy on the 1,500-pound female shark in front of onlookers at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City. The shark was reportedly caught from a depth of about 2,600 feet. It's unclear precisely when it was nabbed, according to the report.

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