Tuesday, August 25, 2015

For A Tuesday

Always something to talk about...

Former Prime Minister Paul Martin does the counting for Justin Trudeau:

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is pouncing on Tom Mulcair's pledge Tuesday to balance the budget if elected prime minister — by saying the NDP leader is choosing austerity over jobs.

"Why does he want to take billions of dollars out of the economy in a recession, and what public investments will he be cutting to do that?" Trudeau told supporters at an event tonight in Brampton, Ont., alongside former prime minister Paul Martin.

If there is anyone who knows how to handle money, it's one of the very scandal-ridden Liberals who put Stephen Harper into power in the first place.

Is the reason for China's stock market crash to hide its fuzzy figures?

But noted China pundit and author, Gordon Chang, has been expressing stronger skepticism for months. 

Chang was recently in Hong Kong, where he says he spoke with “an individual very close to influential people in Beijing.”

“He told me that they were privately saying that the Chinese economy was growing at a 2.2 percent rate, well below the 7 percent that Beijing has claimed for the first and second quarters,” Chang said.

Chang contends that official economic data does not give a picture of 7 percent growth, pointing to indicators including rail freight (down 10.1 percent in the first two quarters), trade volume (down 6.9 percent), construction starts by area (down 15.8 percent), and electricity (up by just 1.3 percent).

“When you look at this data, it makes it very hard to get to 7 percent,” Chang explains. “Many people say manufacturing is no longer the heart of the Chinese economy, rather services. But even the services sector, according to the Bureau of Statistics grew at 8.4 percent in the first half. I can believe that, but how do you get to 7 percent GDP when your manufacturing sector is basically at zero?”

Speaking of China:

A U.N. panel of experts said that a major Chinese state-owned arms supplier sold more than $20 million of weapons to South Sudan's government last year, several months into the country's deadly internal conflict. ...

The U.N. Security Council is now considering a U.S.-drafted resolution that would impose an arms embargo on South Sudan if its government doesn't sign a peace deal within days.

It's not a win if North Korea's backer still sits on the UN security council.

Withdraw from the UN today.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has decreed that all Russian casualties “in peacetime” be a state secret. In addition to criminal charges arising from divulging state secrets, families risk losing pensions and lump-sum payments if they reveal that their sons were killed in Ukraine. Mothers of soldiers’ associations have been branded “foreign agents” for collecting data on Russian casualties. Dissident Boris Nemtsov was murdered shortly before completing his study of Russian casualties in Ukraine. Russian civil rights organizations, working against the fog of official resistance, could confirm only several hundred battlefield deaths.

Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn) reports on markets, finance, entrepreneurship, finance, and leisure, scarcely an outlet for sensational information. Its innocuously entitled “Increases in Pay for Military in 2015,” however, reveals what appear to be official figures on the number of Russian soldiers killed or made invalids “in eastern Ukraine.” Russian censors quickly removed the offending material but not before it had been webcached by the Ukrainian journal Novy Region (New Region).
“Compensation of military personnel taking part in military actions in Ukraine in 2014-2015.” In addition, the Russian government, in a decision about the monetary compensation of military personnel taking part in military action in eastern Ukraine, approved compensation for families of military personnel who were killed taking part in military action in Ukraine of three million rubles (about $50,000). For those who have become invalids during military action, the compensation is one and a half million rubles (about $25,000). A payment of 1,800 rubles is envisioned for contract “fighters” for every day of their presence in the conflict zone. In all, as of February 1, 2015, monetary compensation had been paid to more than 2,000 families of fallen soldiers and to 3,200 military personnel suffering heavy wounds and recognized as invalids...

If there is anything wrong with baseball great Curt Schilling's tweet, it's the numbers.

In the 1933 election, the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or the National Socialist German Workers' Party) received over forty-three percent of the national vote. Six years later, that governing party plunged the country into a war it could not and did not win.

In 2013, a poll conducted by Pew Research Centre found that large numbers of Muslims favoured making Sharia law the law of the land, the highest percentage being in Iraq at ninety-one percent and the lowest percentage being in Azerbaijan at eight percent

Eighty percent of London Muslims support ISIS.

Twenty-seven percent of British Muslims sympathised with the motives to kill Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and staff.

In 2001, nineteen men killed nearly three thousand people

Last year, one twenty-eight year veteran was run down and killed by one Muslim convert. Another Muslim convert killed a sentry guarding the National War Memorial and then stormed into the House of Commons. He was later taken out by the Sergeant-at-Arms.

In France, one man with a loaded Kalashnikov tried murdering passengers on a train before being stopped by American and European citizens

Well, it looks like all that was wrong was Schilling's math. 

God, these people are just disgusting:

Instead of condemning the documented and illegal harvesting and selling of body parts from babies aborted at Planned Parenthood centers in the U.S., a Canadian-based Planned Parenthood is using the scandal to raise money for its operations.

“Planned Parenthood Ottawa is suffering,” the organization’s president Lauren Dobson-Hughes posted on its Facebook page on the weekend. “You’ve heard of the recent attacks on women’s healthcare in the States, but we’re feeling the impact too.”
 There must be absolutely no switch in their heads that warns them shamelessness will be tolerated by no one. 

As one can see here

It's time to check which country one is in:

While parishioners praying on a public sidewalk in front of St. Patrick’s Basilica during Sunday’s Capital Pride Parade were told to go inside the church to avoid confrontation, St. Joseph’s Catholic parish had a delegation marching in the parade. ...

But their intention to be a public witness was thwarted, according to Pacheco, when St. Patrick’s rector Father Bosco Wong, encouraged by parish council member Sheila Jones, told the group to pray inside the church.

After confirming with Wong that this was a direct order, Pacheco decided obedience trumped all, and asked his people to comply, writing on his blog: “We were there to pray in reparation to Our Lord,” he wrote, “but also for the misguided and hurting souls who were seduced into the lie of the homosexual lifestyle.”

An estimated twenty people chose to remain outside.

But Father Wong told LifeSite News his chief objection was that Pacheco’s group stood with their backs to the Pride participants. “To me personally, that gesture is a weapon to judge and to accuse. ... It invites someone who is in the march who might not be as balanced to do something irrational.”

“I was not opposed to them praying the rosary,” Wong said. He also stated he didn’t know the group was coming, and that he had a responsibility as the rector to protect his church. “I just don’t want to create an incident where the basilica will be violated.”

If you cave in, Father, that won't make them like you and you're certainly not standing against evil.

And now, in this election, there is only one leader one can count on:

He even looks like a leader.    (source)

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