Friday, March 04, 2016

Friday Post

Squirrel-Tired!: Photo by Photographer Kim Slonaker -
Tired Squirrel is just too tired....
And I thought he was going to keep his fool mouth shut:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intends to avoid commenting during his upcoming U.S. trip on the hottest topic in American politics: the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump.

"The prime minister feels very strongly about this — he doesn't get involved in domestic politics," said one Canadian official.

"His visit to another country is not an opportunity to do that."

And yet...

It is a big interview, Justin Trudeau will be featured on CBS this weekend in a 60 Minutes profile. 

What we know so far is that he took the chance to showcase Canada to the Americans and turned it into a chance to insult Americans and one of the possible winners of the American presidential race. While the PM says Americans need to know more about the world, Brian shows that Trudeau know very little of the world himself.

How many Americans are so well-travelled that they know that China is not only a filthy dictatorship, that it also is complicit in the sexual slavery of North Korean women?

How many Americans have seen firsthand what the Taliban, al Qaeda and ISIS have done not only to innocent people but to cultural treasures that pre-date Christ?

(Sidebar: not that tweeting masses care.)

Parkas much, Justin?

PM Trulander is among the sheltered white liberal elite that thinks because it eats a bowl of pho every now and again that it is far more sophisticated than Americans. People like him operate on ignorance and arrogance. It makes him feel full of himself.

But Canadians who have heard this substitute drama teacher's hem and hawing know better. Had he not inherited his dictator-loving father's wealth, he would have starved to death ages ago.

As Maritime wordsmith, Rex Murphy put it, Donald Trump is not "the swamp" but the creature that crawled out of it. The sort of voter who elected Obama (and Trudeau) will now elect Trump. They don't want a statesman; they want a bigmouth.

But at least Donald Trump is a self-made bigmouth.

Is Daddy's Little Hairpiece so enterprising?

God, his handlers must cringe every time he goes off-script.

Also: Trudeau rewards his friends;

The appointment of David MacNaughton, announced on a Saturday in January, was criticized by the Conservatives as “troubling” and a “reward” for his personal and political connections to Trudeau.

But MacNaughton said he received broad support from all points of the political spectrum, including from former Conservative foreign affairs minister, John Baird, who called it a “great appointment.”

“I expected some criticism, but the prime minister felt it was really important to have someone who was not only close to him but who had the business and political background to be effective in Washington. I guess time will tell,” he said in his first interview since presenting his credentials as ambassador to President Barack Obama Wednesday.

MacNaughton was Ontario co-chairman of Trudeau’s election campaign. He also worked in Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government with many senior party members, including the prime minister’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, and principal secretary, Gerald Butts. He was Telford’s former employer at StrategyCorp,, a Toronto-based lobbying firm.

I'm sure this is nothing to worry about:

The Canadian government has nearly completed a gradual sell-off of its gold reserves as its holdings of the precious metal now amount to just a few dozen ounces.

Racism is alright when some people do it:

A historic land claim agreement in principle struck by the Algonquins of Ontario with the federal and provincial governments is being denounced as fraudulent and illegal by chiefs of a number of Iroquois and Algonquin First Nations.

They charge that the vast majority of the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) are not actually Algonquin or even aboriginal.

Indeed, the chiefs say even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could technically qualify as an Algonquin under the loose criteria set to determine eligibility to participate in a ratification vote on the proposed deal.

While non-natives are entitled to vote on and benefit from the deal, the chiefs say other legitimate First Nations, whose traditional territory overlaps with the AOO land claim, have been ignored while their rights were bargained away.

Remember- Ontario Liberals voted for this:

Kathleen Wynne's government is refusing to rule out closing as many as five provincial schools for students who are deaf or have severe learning disabilities.

Is Kim Jong-Un mad enough to use nuclear weapons?

Eight years ago, in 2008, the CIA's top East Asia analyst publicly stated that North Korea had successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads for delivery on its Nodong medium-range missile. This capability indicates that the Nodong is able to strike South Korea and Japan, or, if launched off a freighter, even the United States.

In 2009, European intelligence agencies at NATO headquarters also told the media that North Korea's Nodong missiles were armed with nuclear warheads.

In 2011, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Lt. General Ronald Burgess, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea has weaponized its nuclear devices into warheads for arming ballistic missiles.

And as it turned out, North Korea achieved a long-range missile capability to strike the U.S. at least as early as 2012, according to testimony of administration officials before Congress. North Korea's accomplishment occurred a bare two years outside of the fifteen-year "safe" window promised by the CIA in 1995.

In February and March of 2015, former senior national security officials of the Reagan and Clinton administrations warned that North Korea and Iran should be regarded as capable of delivering by satellite a small nuclear warhead to make an EMP attack against the United States.

Uh, no:

Pope Francis referred to an “Arab invasion” during a speech to a French Christian group this week, adding that Europe has been enhanced by previous influxes of people.

Not these people, Holy Father:

Lacking in money, a would-be refugee offered his wife’s repeated rape as payment for the family’s passage from war-torn Syria to Europe, according to media reports.

This was compounded by the husband, who apparently participated in the daily rape of his wife during their journey to the European mainland.

Subsequently his wife obtained a restraining order against her husband. Now living in Berlin, Germany, the woman fears her husband or another family member could try to kill her because of the 'shame' she brought upon the family.

While this story is seemingly unique in detail it is part of the broader story of the abuse of female refugees from the Middle East in recent months.

“A growing number of women and young girls housed in refugee shelters in Germany are being raped, sexually assaulted and even forced into prostitution by male asylum seekers, according to German social work organizations with first-hand knowledge of the situation.”

Also, these people:

The evidence against a father, mother and son convicted of murdering the couple's three daughters and another woman was so "overwhelming" that it could only have led to guilty verdicts, Crown lawyers argued Friday as they sought to block the trio's attempts at new trials.


The “Achilles’ heel” of cancer has been discovered, raising hopes it could lead to treatments for hopeless cases where disease has spread throughout the body.

Researchers found that all cancer cells carry a “flag”, which can be spotted by the immune system, no matter how much they mutate.

Current treatments are often unsuccessful because cancer evolves rapidly, changing its make-up so it can evade drugs.

But scientists at University College London and Cancer Research UK have found that even when it has mutated cancer still carries signature molecules which never change. Crucially, these molecules are antigens – toxins which can be spotted by the immune system.

Immune cells that battle those antigens already exist, but their numbers are too small to be effective.

However by “fishing out” those immune cells and multiplying them in the lab, it should be possible to wipe out cancer, even when it has spread throughout the body.

(Merci beaucoup)

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