Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Post

...  atque escas habeamus mentionem .....


A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists.

Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night's attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at the scene just 5 kilometres (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in Nigeria's northeast.

The shooting, burning and explosions from three suicide bombers continued for nearly four hours in the unprotected area, survivor Alamin Bakura said, weeping on a telephone call to The Associated Press. He said several of his family members were killed or wounded.

The violence continued as three female suicide bombers blew up among people who managed to flee to neighbouring Gamori village, killing many people, according to a soldier at the scene who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.

(Sidebar: um, was that hashtag for nothing?)

Thirty-one years ago, in revenge for the Indian government's storming the Golden Temple, Sikh extremists planted a bomb on Air India flight 182, killing three hundred and twenty-nine people.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was given a ceremonial robe of honour during her visit to the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar Sunday, amid controversy in the Indian press that suggested she would be denied the honour because of her views on same-sex marriage.

The only person convicted in the 1985 Air India bombings has been granted statutory release from prison to a halfway house.

Inderjit Singh Reyat was charged with perjury in 2006 for repeatedly lying during his testimony at the trial into the bombing deaths of 331 people, mostly Canadians.

Reyat was found guilty in 2010 and sentenced to a record nine years in prison, or seven years and seven months after accounting for time served.

Under the law, offenders must be granted statutory release after they have served two-thirds of their sentence.

If true, this guy has only days to live:

An EgyptAir mechanic whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria is suspected of planting a bomb on a Russian passenger plane that was blown out of Egypt's skies in late October, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Speaking of airplanes and terrorism, Canadian companies can now exploit labourers in a mad theocratic state:

Iran is the second-largest economy in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region after Saudi Arabia, according to the World Bank.

As western nations imposed sanctions, Iran turned to China and India for many goods including gold, wheat, aluminum and steel.

However, Canada has lagged in joining other countries that have already lifted sanctions — including Britain and other European nations.

In fact, Italy’s Saipem, an oil-engineering firm, already has tens of billions in Iranian contracts.

Certain Canadian industries could still benefit from this. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has pinpointed some sectors that have good possibilities of doing work in Iran...

When Iran tightens its grip on the region, can Bombardier pat itself on the back for making that happen? 

I wonder when Kim Jong-Un will finally lay waste to Japan:

Speculation mounted Friday that North Korea is preparing a rocket or long-range missile launch to follow its recent nuclear test, with Japan reportedly ordering its military to shoot down any projectile that threatened its territory.

The three-ring circus of disgraced CBC "celebrity" Jian Ghomeshi begins:

Ghomeshi — the former host of CBC radio's popular culture show "Q" — has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

The judge-alone trial, which is expected to last several weeks, involves three complainants and will be closely watched by many across the country.

And what a merry party it will be if he is acquitted. 

Also: of course Trudeau won't stop funding the CBC. It helped get him elected:

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.

We are being watched:

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service repeatedly obtained taxpayer information from the Canada Revenue Agency without presenting a court-approved warrant for the data.
The government has eyes on you...

Estate of Lucy Maude Montgomery, just sue these wastrels:

P.E.I.'s most celebrated red-head has been dragged into an ongoing dispute over access to abortion in the small province.

Abortion rights activists have enlisted Anne of Green Gables — the freckle-faced fictional character known for her bright red braids — in their campaign to pressure the provincial government to allow abortions to be performed on the Island.

And now, realistic-looking LEGO bites. Enjoy.


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