Monday, August 29, 2016

As It Were....

For today...

Aylan Kurdi's father did not apply for refugee status or for Canadian citizenship. He was living in Turkey when the flimsy boat he commandeered overturned and caused the death of his son.

But his bloated little corpse sure does win elections:

“There seemed to be an appetite for this, not only because of the Conservative government’s lack of response to the Syrian crisis but also other immigration and humanitarian issues. The Conservatives played a different game and they were really focused on wedge politics.

“The Liberals were trying to distinguish themselves as a more humanitarian and inclusive and compassionate brand of government than the Conservatives.”

There is no word on the stranded North Koreans the Tories planned on assisting prior to the election. Trudeau made it very clear that prioritising Yazidis and Iraqi Christians (who still are targeted for death) was "disgusting".

Chinese border guards are authorised to shoot North Korean refugees who escape into Trudeau's favourite country.

Also: if exploiting North Korea and the North Korean were easy, it would have been done by now:

Jim Rogers is nothing if not a contrarian, and one of his boldest moves is trying to bet on North Korea
The famous investor, who cofounded legendary hedge fund Quantum with George Soros, spoke to Real Vision TV and said North Korea is where China was in 1981. 

(Sidebar: Soros? Surprise, surprise, surprise.)

"If we all bought North Korean currency, we'd all be rich someday," Rogers said.

What a greedy b@$#@rd.

I'm pretty sure Trudeau doesn't care about human rights in China:

While stronger relations with China does position Canada to better lobby for improved human rights and adherence to international legal standards, the attitude and continuing unilateral transgression against non-Han Chinese within its own borders — in Tibet, for example — suggests that no real change is planned, or desired.

For many Canadians, the idea of closer trade and political relationships with a communist country that tramples the values Canadians value most is anathema. Let’s hope Justin Trudeau shares and projects those values.

Harper was not only more than willing to trade with China, he was poised to hand over huge stakes of our oil  to it. He had only the good sense not to say that he admired China as Trudeau Senior and Junior did.

Trudeau is more than willing to to carry on Harper's grand tradition of giving the communist Chinese oil it needs to run its staggering army (but not protecting the Canadian Arctic - that's too hard) while gumming up the works at home. It doesn't matter that China's government-controlled but little enjoyed wealth grows while goods and jobs and human rights go down the drain.

This is yet another wasted trip that serves only to pad China's wallet, bleed out jobs and resources and trample the Chinese dissident's face underfoot.

Quebec has benefited greatly from a francophone oligarchy. Like France, it abhors the hijab but won't curb those who wear it from entering Quebec.

Now, I expect a collective sense of guilt for hanging dream-catchers in cars:

A Montreal borough school has infuriated some parents after handing out construction paper headdresses on the first day of classes.

Two teachers at Lajoie elementary school in Outremont were wearing First Nations headdresses and giving paper ones to the children to wear, according to parent Jennifer Dorner.

Dorner posted about the incident on her Facebook page and the post has already been shared hundreds of times.

"In our family, we teach our children about cultural respect, we teach them the importance of honouring Indigenous cultures," Dorner posted. 

"We teach them about privilege and the history of genocide in our country."

(Sidebar: feel that white shame.)

I wonder if Pope Francis is aware of Mark Zuckerberg's walls:

Pope Francis has met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan, at the Vatican.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says one topic of discussion at Monday's meeting was "how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and make a message of hope arrive, especially to those most in need."

I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others,” burped curly-haired mega-zillionaire Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year in an obvious swipe at Donald Trump. You may have heard of Zuckerberg before—he built a wall around his home in Palo Alto, CA and tore down four houses surrounding it. His personal security team protects that home around the clock. About a month after slamming Trump for wanting to build a wall along our southern border, Zuckerberg built another wall around his house in Kauai, reportedly blocking an ocean view for the less wealthy and less famous residents surrounding him.

Poland honours two resistance fighters who fought both the Nazis and the communists:

Seven decades after their deaths, a state burial was held Sunday in Poland for two Second World War heroes who fought the Germans but were later killed by the communists for their pro-independence activity.

The relatives of the 17-year-old Home Army nurse and a 42-year-old ensign attended the religious ceremonies along with President Andrzej Duda and Polish government officials.

The burial with military honours took place in Gdansk, in the north, where the two were captured in 1946, tortured and executed on Aug. 28, 1946. Their bodies were dumped in an unmarked pit at Gdansk military cemetery. Pavement tiles were put on top to conceal the site.

The remains of Danuta Siedzikowna, codename “Inka,” and Feliks Selmanowicz, “Zagonczyk,” were found in 2014. They were identified through DNA tests as part of government efforts to locate and properly honour thousands of Poles who fought for the nation’s independence against the Nazi Germans and then against the communists.


Germany’s second-in-command has only one regret after flipping the bird at a group of neo-Nazis recently.

He wishes he’d shown them both middle fingers, not one.

Another earthquake, this time in Iceland:

Iceland’s Meteorological Office says two earthquakes early Monday rocked the caldera of Katla, one of the country’s largest volcanoes.

Gunnar Gudmundsson, a geophysicist, said authorities are monitoring the situation at the volcano in southern Iceland and described it as “a little bit unusual.” The quakes measured magnitude 4.2 and magnitude 4.5 and were followed by some 20 aftershocks.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Gene Wilder:

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