Monday, January 23, 2017

For a Monday

What a busy week-end it's been!

President Donald Trump (full disclosure: weird to say) has just been trucking it like he wants to be re-elected or something.

In one day alone, Trump has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, reinstated a ban on paying for foreign abortions and placed a hiring freeze on some federal employees.

The only time the last guy hustled is when he wanted to free terrorists and to hit the links.

He is not the only one who has been busy.

At least two hundred and thirty rioters will be charged with felony rioting.

PM Hair-Boy, in the mean time, has been wetting his shorties. He called an emergency meeting for all premiers over the week-end. Not realising that he would have to do some actual work while in office, PM Hair-Boy is faced with the prospect of losing massively to a guy who appears to be taking his job seriously.

And despite our undefended border, Trump is far less concerned with how Canada may react than Trudeau is with how much more trade we do with China than the US. As Trump becomes more protectionist and Trudeau sells our industries to China with next to no benefit to us, this and the carbon taxes, the climbing deficits, the unemployment and the scandals should peter out what remains of Canada by the end of the calendar year.

Chinese state publications are using leftist protests over the weekend to argue that President Donald Trump has a fragile mandate to govern, and that this proves that free societies are weaker ones than communist dictatorships like that of China.

... says the one-party communist country. 

Some Chinese analysts believe that men standing in front of tanks show the fragility of Chinese communism...”


National-security agencies counselled Ottawa against allowing a Chinese firm to take over a Montreal high-tech company, warning it would undermine a technological edge that Western militaries have over China, The Globe and Mail has learned.

“If the technology is transferred, China would be able to domestically-produce advanced-military laser technology to Western standards sooner than would otherwise be the case, which diminishes Canadian and allied military advantages,” said a national-security assessment prepared for cabinet by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in 2015.

The acquisition of ITF Technologies of Montreal by Hong Kong-based O-Net Communications is the focus of a growing controversy after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government reversed a Harper cabinet order that sought to unwind this foreign purchase.

Because China is his favouritest country 4evah!

While some white broads were marching because they didn't get free stuff or something, women around the world who could not march suffered in obscurity. Here are five of them:

Berta Soler

Asia Bibi

Park Yeonmi

Kayla Mueller

Mayar Mohamed Mousa    

When moral absolutes have been done away with, when the self and its desires have been elevated to the ultimate good, when complacency has made one fat, opulent and vulgar and when ego will not permit one moment of self-reflection, one sees tantrums thrown by people who have never not known individual license and freedom from want. Now all they are concerned with is privilege, the desire to get fatter and more stupid in regions that are stable and have plenty. Their egos, already satiated with their sense of self-importance and the fear of emptiness their trite lives have been, cannot acknowledge that they are ever wrong.

Note not the douchebag who hits women but the "women" themselves at the forty-one second mark. They are stepping between Mrs. Reid and then cheering.

Where are their principles, the ones that decry hitting women?

They are non-existent. If hitting a woman furthers their ideology (read: egos), then have it.

By doing so, they delegitimise the shaky values they stand for when surrounded by friends.

You can hear these stories everywhere in Russia.

A wife gets a black eye from her husband, goes to the police, but they refuse to act on it. They say they’re not empowered to open a criminal case against the assailant who can only be prosecuted at the request of the aggrieved party.

She realizes she’d have to bring the lawsuit, collect evidence, produce witnesses and prove her case in court on her own to get the abuser convicted. Already morally destroyed by the beatings, the woman doesn’t have the strength to add this bureaucratic nightmare to the hell she already lives in. She gives up, and beatings continue, becoming her new, everyday reality.

The problem of domestic violence is rampant in Russia. According to the statistics presented last year by the Presidential Human Rights Council, 40 percent of all violent crimes occur in families. The exact number of people suffering beatings from their family members is hard to calculate, because many don’t report it, but the count has reached tens of thousands.

Last summer, activists fighting domestic violence in Russia celebrated a small, unexpected, victory. The country still had a long way to go to have a separate, long anticipated law on tackling the problem.

Yet for the first time in a long while, simple battery toward “close family” that doesn’t result in bodily harm was elevated to the level of a criminal offense, punishable by two years in prison.

Their joy didn’t last long, however. Seven months later, Russia’s parliament has moved to revise this legislation and downgrade to a misdemeanor, moving the fight against domestic violence back to square one — or making the situation even worse than it was before.

I suspect that there will be no marches in Washington.  

Ontario’s Liberal premier has written an open letter to newly announced candidate for Conservative leadership Kevin O’Leary criticizing his proposed policies and comments he made about Ontario’s auto sector.

Kathleen Wynne wrote that she thinks O’Leary believes the government’s role should be to serve “society’s most well-off,” based on policies he’s outlined thus far.

O’Leary announced that he’s running for Conservative leadership last week.

I cannot wait for this patronising b!#ch to be ejected permanently from public office.

The clash, which is now before the courts, was the latest example of a trend that has seen Quebec municipalities use zoning restrictions to thwart the efforts of minority religious communities — primarily Muslims — to establish places of worship. But a court victory this month by another Islamic centre in Montreal contains a warning to municipalities that the tactic can infringe on religious freedoms.

Horses out of barns and so forth. 

The National Academies report also listed the significant harms of marijuana, including:

• “substantial evidence” that smoking pot causes “worse respiratory symptoms and more frequent bronchitis episodes”;
• increased risk of motor vehicle crashes;
• moderate evidence of increased risk of overdose injuries, including respiratory distress among children;
• substantial evidence that pot use by pregnant women results in newborns with lower birth weights;
• moderate evidence it causes impairment of “the cognitive domains of learning, memory and attention” with acute use;
• substantial evidence linking cannabis use with the “development of schizophrenia or other psychoses”; and
• substantial evidence linking increases in cannabis use frequency with “progression to problem cannabis use”.

With all that, how can any responsible public official rush into loosening controls on marijuana without thoroughly considering the negative impacts on people and society, especially when the loudest chorus for the policy change is coming from the mostly illegal marijuana industry that stands to massively profit? Why is anyone listening to them and their claims?

The new study, for example, found “limited evidence” that cannabis is effective at treating weight loss in HIV/AIDS patients, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia, glaucoma, depression, cancer, anorexia, irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy … and on an on.

Russian energy giant Gazprom now owns more than a third of the European gas market, the company's CEO claimed on Friday.

Gazprom chief Alexey Miller announced that the company now holds a 34 percent share in the European market, up from 31 percent in 2015.

What can it own with a new Syrian pipeline? 

According SANA, the militants destroyed the facade of the amphitheater and part of the tetrapylon, which is a building with four entrances.

The reports were confirmed by the General Director of Syria's Department of Antiquities and Museums, Maamun Abdulkarim, who provided satellite photos of the site. Of the tetrapylon's original 16 columns, only four remain standing.

According to Abdulkarim, the destruction of the monuments took place over the period of Dec. 26, 2016 to Jan. 10, 2017.

The amphitheater was the venue of a concert by the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater and a performance by Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin after Russian-backed government forces retook the ancient city from ISIS in March 2016.

ISIS militants originally captured Palmyra on May 21 2015, after which they began destroying numerous ancient monuments in the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Terrified that someone may prefer food over starvation, North Korean media blot out South Korean skyscrapers:

North Korean media blurred or pixelated images of major landmarks or tall buildings in Seoul in reports on recent candlelight protests here.

The aim seems to be to make the city look less impressive but still milk political instability here to maximum effect.


The basic design produces 12 slices. To start, the server slices the pie end-to-end along a curving path. They do this three times to create six, claw-shaped slices, then they cut each slice in half at an angle to make the full 12. Instead of floppy, skinny slivers, diners have their pick of funky-shaped pieces from any part of the pizza. In their study, researchers demonstrate how this concept can be taken even further. As long as the shapes have an odd number of sides, the monohedral disc tiling method can theoretically go on forever (though the authors specify that nine-sided slices are where things start to get impractical. You may want to spring for a second pie at that point).

(Merci beaucoup to all)

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