Saturday, 24 June 2017

Google Search Is Doing Irreparable Harm To Muslims
"His goal is to flood the search results with accurate information on Islam."What a great idea! We used to believe, with Milton, "Let Truth and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?" Now we seem to favour a Gresham's law of facts, and doubt that truth and real news can force out lies and fake news. Still, it is worth a try. More power to Mr Suleiman and people like him!

“It’s a fundamental problem with how search works.”
Beirich hits the nail on the head: if you have a search engine, this kind of thing will happen unless the content is heavily censored. The question is: who do you trust as censor?''

T r u m p ’ s L i e s
we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.
"He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant."
Of course he is, that is what real estate agents and con men do.
                      The difference is in intent: Real estate people want to make you happy and make a profit.
                                                                Con men want to make a profit and not get caught.
Neither seem appropriate for a POTUS

She reminds me of Donald Trump: 
Truth is for other people and no one need die without their death being used to score political points.

Friday, 23 June 2017

 You couldn’t make this stuff up.
     Speaking at a rally in Iowa, our President proposed a “new immigration laws which say those seeking entry to our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years.”
    The Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 says immigrants entering the United States are ineligible for federal welfare funds for five years after arriving in the United States.  It has been the law for 20 years, Mr President, please try to keep up.

Hate Crimes Soar In Manchester Following Attack At Ariana Grande Concert
The hate crime at the Manchester arena killed 22 and injured many more. 
How many have been killed or injured in these other hate crimes in the month since?

'Close al-Jazeera': Saudi Arabia issues Qatar with 13 demands to end blockade
Not surprising.  The main goal is to take control of Qatr and its society: there is no room for dissent.

Assessing the Impact of the Senate GOP Health Bill
Our President promised TrumpCare would give us1) better healthcare, 2) for everybody, 3) at a lower cost.
The current House and Senate bills provide
   1) no better healthcare (and worse care for many)
   2) that excludes millions of Americans
   3) at a higher cost (unless you are wealthy, in which case it is lower.)

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

GOP’s Karen Handel Beats Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia
Race was most expensive in history for a House seat
$30 million to secure a job that pays $174K a year.
You KNOW they are going to want that money back from somewhere.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Workplace gender quotas weed out incompetent men
That means, if applied to teaching, nursing and cashiers, these policies will weed out incompetent women?

UK Caves In On First Day Of Brexit Talks
I do love unbiased reporting: Not "starts negotiations", but "caves in."
Once again, Huffpo caves in to its desire to present politicians and civil servants as weak, incompetent and wrong.

Of course it must be a "cover up" if media do not report incidents as I want them reported. 
Especially if they do not change their coverage to my world view within one hour of the incident.
    Whether Anglophobia or Islamophobia, we are tired of murderous thugs using religion as their excuse. These so-called terrorists, whether Christian or Muslim, are all mohareb: enemies of Allah and of God

Saturday, 17 June 2017

How to Measure Diversity
The problem comes when one sells diversity as a goal, as opposed to unity as a goal. 
 If we all all Americans together, regardless of ethnic origin, then we find it easier to have more tolerance for people wanting different things. 
 If we are hyphenated Americans, then the fact that we may want different things can cause conflict.
         To wit. The list in this articles was completely racist. America is NOT, as stated in the article, 62% white, 17% Hispanic , 13% African, 6% Asian and 1% Native.
         Instead, it is 45% white, 17% Germanic-America, 17% Hispanic-American, 13% African-American, 6% Asian-American and 1% Native-American.
         Anyone who says Germanic Americans are just whites is a vicious racist.

NBC’s Connecticut TV Station Won’t Air Megyn Kelly’s Interview With Alex Jones
Because NO ONE should be allowed to know what dangerously right-wing extremists think.
We should be surprised when we meet their views in public, so they have a better chance to defeat us.

Trump Announces Rollback of Obama’s Cuba Policy
Typical Trump, this is all cosmetic.    
Long before the relaxation, Americans could visit Cuba without any hassle about groups or cultural motives: one simply said one was a journalist and flew there.  The fact that your journalism credentials were the 4 people who followed you blog were irrelevant.  That will continue unchanged under Trumps new Exec order.  
    The only major change is that the Cuban military will now need a 3rd-party (paper) intermediary, so that business with them can continue as usual.

This Muslim Convert Is Changing The Conversation About Women In Islam
"For as long as she can remember, Bellaoui has never quite fit in."
That is one of the reason she dresses as she does: she is saying: "I am not of you. I am different and it is important to me that you know that I am different and not of your society."
If it were not Islam, it would be something else.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Fire Lays Bare The ‘Tale Of Two Kensingtons’ - A Borough Of Extreme Rich And Poor
What IS the point of this article?      
The whole purpose of a modern metropolis is that people of various income levels, ethnicities and educations SHOULD live near each other.  Would Huffpo prefer that the poor only live near the poor and the well-off only live near the affluent?
     Or is the point that the rich should not be allowed to live anywhere at all? 
     That their wealth should be confiscated and redistributed until we all are equally poor?
PS: A home that sells for 250k does not sound like poor to me, but perhaps I measure by different standards, as in: if you get more than $2 a day you are among the wealthiest 50% of the world.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Theresa May Promises 'Proper Investigation' After Tower Blaze

Just like the 5 "Proper Invesitgations" after the last 5 Tower Block fires?
Will they do just as much good?
Grenfell Tower Fire Lays Bare The ‘Tale Of Two Kensingtons’
Gosh, you mean none of the folks who live in public housing are affluent? 
Whodda thunk it?
Corbyn Calls For ‘Luxury’ Properties To Be Taken Over To House ex-Grenfell Residents
Good idea! How many will be moving in with you, Jeremy? 
Or is it only someone else's house that you want to be generous with.
    Neither Labour nor Tories did anything about this problem despite being warned about it many times, so you are right about jail time, for both Labour and Tory councillors. Sadly, I'll believe that when I see it.

Germany, Austria Chide U.S. Senate’s Russia Sanctions Bill
You forget, Europe: It's America First. All you other losers last.
This is good for us and bad for you? Tough!
We want to Make America Grate Again and we don't give a toss about what happens to you.

Trump Signs Order Seeking to Expand Apprenticeship Programs
Great idea!  Let's get businesses, who benefit the most, to pay for it.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Grenfell Tower Death Toll Is At Least Six But Expected To Rise
Some from the contractor and the KCTMO may go to jail but I'll bet no RBK&C councillors do.Not unexpected to see Jeremy Corbyn try to turn this tragedy into a political issue

OPINION: Don't repeat the mistakes of Clinton and 1998 with Trump
Okay, Penn has a bizarre view of Comey’s power to shoo people out of the oval office, but that’s not really the issue. The issue is that Trump/Russia is a waste of time and a vote loser.
     Sadly, the Democrats do not learn from history. They are likely to continue to focus on these things, which the average Joe and Jane don’t give a stuff about, to the exclusion of things they DO care about: jobs, healthcare, inequality.
     Meanwhile, Trump must be loving it – it distracts from the deals he is doing to enrich himself on the back of the US presidency.

Has the president created lots of jobs?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the four months before President Trump’s election, the U.S. economy added about 840,000 jobs. In the four months since his inauguration, it’s added about 600,000.

Theresa May Is Ruthlessly Trolled By Jeremy Corbyn As Parliament Returns
She may have been "ruthlessly trolled" but there is no evidence in this article.that she was. 
The headline seems merely an attempt to be devisive, with very little substance behind it.
Part of Huffpo's normal campaign to make the world seem a little worse than it is.

Monday, 12 June 2017

You’re Hired: Trump Plans to Build U.S. Workforce With Apprenticeships
What a great idea! Let's get business, who benefit most, to fund most of it.

Court in Pakistan sentences man to death for ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post
What a wonderful country:
You do not agree with me? You must die.
Will civilization ever come to Pakistan?
Why did we really get this shock general election result? Answer: it’s complicated
This was the quintessential Brexit election: everyone lost.
The reason for failure is very simple: they called an election.

Trump Administration to Call for Curbs on Consumer-Finance Regulator
Caveat Emptor.
If you get fleeced, it is your own look out
Don't whine: this is what you voted for

Donald Trump Visit To UK Has Been Put ‘On Hold’
Yellow bellyWhat a wonderful country: 
You do not agree with me?  You must die.
Will civilization ever come to Pakistan?

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The Right Way to Protect Free Speech on Campus
"...a primary obligation to foster open and civil discourse."
       The difficulty arises when modern America believes that people who disagree with them do not deserve civil discourse. It is the Talibanization of our culture: some opinions (especially those that disagree with mine) may not be heard, and it is acceptable to attack those who hold them, whether verbally or physically.
      What we saw at Middlebury, and at many other campi, is lynch-mob thinking, pure and simple.

DUP Protest: Pro-Corbyn CYoung Voters Take Aim At The ‘Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay’ Party
DUP’s Record On Abortion, Creationism And LGBT Rights
Well horrors. The Tories have done a deal with a party that we don't agree with.
What did you THINK was going to happen, snowflake?
Or do you just want to ensure that the UK is ungovernable.
As one headline had it: "Theresa May's plan B rocked..."
Is that like "London is reeling?"
The protests seem to be saying:
"We lost a free and fair election, but you should do as we say anyway."
How very American.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Just another example of big government in Washington interfering in our daily lives. 
This time as part of the war on women.

Lawmakers scramble to privatize air traffic control system, raise debt ceiling
Letting congress decide on traffic control and the US debt is a big mistake
As Thomas Sowell said: "It is hard to imagine a more stupid or dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of those who pay no price for being wrong."

Her general election disaster is down to holding it at all.
Full stop.

‘Great British Bake Off’ Star  Brands Jamie Oliver A ‘Pr*ck’ In Attack On the Non-Political 
Awwww. Poor baby. Did someone disagree with her? 
Was there someone who didn't do things the way she wanted them to? 
Well if that doesn't justifiy a temper tantrum, I don't know what does.
Why can't people just do what little entitlement girls tell them?

Florida lawmakers cut deals on Okachobee dike repairs
"Scott said President Donald Trump had assured him the federal government would pay the state back for the improvements."
Careful Scotty, The teflon Don has often said he will contribute to a charity, then reneged. I'd get it in writing, if I were you.

Trump administration ends detention alternatetive for asylum-seekers
So the family case management costs about 11% as much as detention? 
And intensive intensive supervision costs about 5% as much? 
Why do we use detention at all, then?
Is it just that $319 a day makes some people a whole lot of money?

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Disenfranchised Reveal How It Feels To Be Denied The Vote
       Why are people so prejudiced against 13- and 14-year-olds. All this whining about 15 & 16 without a single thought for the disenfranchised 13s and 14s.         I do, however, feel sorry for citizens of other countries who are not allowed to vote in UK elections: I think citizens of any country that give British subjects a vote in their national elections should be allowed to vote here. 
       Finally I am particularly upset about the homeless who contribute so much to our society being shut out just because they have no address, not to mention convicted criminals, such as rapists, murderers, paedophiles, tax cheats and the like, who have and address, but still can't vote.

How The ‘Discriminatory’ Impact Of Social Care Affects One Woman And Her Father
Most people DO want to be looked after, and it is not only here in the UK that they want someone else to pay for it.

Community leaders from where two of the London Bridge terrorists lived have spoken their anger that authorities failed to warn them Authorities are upset that Community Leaders did not warn them about the three perpetrators of the London Bridge / Borough Market hate-crimes.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

London Mayor Khan suggests calling off Trump state visit to Britain
Not a bad idea! Trump likes to kick people when they have just been hurt....and all just to aggrandize himself.    With friends like he, Britain needs no enemies.

Kezia Dugdale: Nicola Sturgeon Is Lying 
Of course she is lying - I saw her lips move.
PS: I love Huffpo's smug and self-congratulatory sub-heading "Well, that escalated quickly."

Betsy DeVos: It Is Not The Education Department’s Job To Protect LGBTQ Students
True. It is the job of each school and of the parents of all non-LBGTQRF kids.

Twitter Drags CNN Host Who Implied Indian-American Spelling Bee Champ Uses Sanskrit
Okay, the host was probably ignorant for not knowing what sanskrit is; but how is it even remotely "racist," to suggest that she might be used to a ceremonial language connected to her heritage. Does that mean it would be racist if she was of Catholic extraction he said "Latin"?
Seems to me that the racists are those "emphasizing how saying an American girl of color is “used to” a foreign language was an ignorant move." They think it ignorant to suggest that "an American girl of color" might know the sacred language of her roots?

Sunday, 4 June 2017

General Elections Show British Politicians In The Worst Possible Light
Which is absolute gravy for Huffpo, who never misses a chance to Show British Politicians In The Worst Possible Light!

Trump Believes Climate Change Is Real, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Says
Of course he does. His application for a permit to build retaining walls at his Irish golf course cited climate change and its consequences as the reason he needed it.
Some problems with May's four solutions:
All the research shows that longer sentences will have zero effect. None.
Ending religious and single-gender schools - a good start to "ending segregated communities"
Cracking down on extremism is a good idea - how will you do this without censorship? 
Promoting "British Values" is a good idea - which values will you promote?

I’m glad a gay man of colour will be Irish prime minister, even if I abhor his politics
Frankly, I do not care who he likes to have sex with nor the color his skin - I'd prefer to judge him on what he does.  
Yes, I realize that my thinking is soooo 20th century.  I should be more concerned about which minority groups he comes from than whether he does anything at all.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Jeremy Corbyn Wants To Wipe Student Debt... But He’s Not Sure How To Pay For It
With other people's money as usual.
Plus, in the unlikely event he gets elected, he will simply renege on the pledges he's made.

Jeremy Corbyn And Theresa May Described By Voters In One Word
I would use "useless" for both.      "Liar" would work too.

Mears Construction Firm Sparks Health And Safety Row By Banning Beards
If they have a beard for religious reasons, do they sign a waiver holding the employer harmless? 
If so, why can''t any other employee sign a similar waiver? 
If not, who pays for the extra liability?

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Manchester victim's brother: stop using incident to claim there is 'immigration problem'
Agreed! This is not an immigration issue, it is a hate-crime, pure and simple.

EU helping force refugees back to 'hell on Earth'  to stop boat crossings from Libya, 
What? How dare the EU try to save these people's lives? 
Shouldn't they be allowed to drown at sea if they want to?
Refugees International (RI) apparently thinks that migrants who can get to just one ocean away from their desired homeland should be transported to wherever they want to go, no questions asked.

Deere to Buy Wirtgen, German Road Construction Equipment Maker, for $4.89 Billion
That's one way to avoid the border adjustment tax - and without creating a single American job.

The billionaire warns of its dire effects in his company's application to build a sea wall.

That’s as many in four months as Obama granted in his entire eight years.
So much for "draining the swamp," it instead he's topping it up.

While You Obsessed Over Trump’s Scandals, He’s Fundamentally Changed The Country
1) pursuing lengthier prison sentences for drug offenders, despite bi-partisan consensus that this simply does not work and, in fact, is counter-productive
2) leaving the Paris climate deal, despite claiming global warming and its consequences as the reason he wants a permit to build retaining walls around his Irish golf course
3) over-ruling states rights on auto-IRAs, so it is harder for workers to set up retirement accounts 
4) delaying the implementation of workplace safety rules
5) repealing a regulation protecting workers from wage theft  
6) giving coal companies permission to dump debris into local streams
7) canceling requirements to report methane emissions
8) making it harder for citizens to obtain information their tax dollars have paid for
9) wanting to dismantle net neutrality, to allow cable and telecom industry special interests to control internet content and traffic
      All of these changes make America worse for everyone except a few big-business interests.

One good thing he has done is to continue Obama's policy of deporting more illegal aliens than his predecessor did.

I am hard pressed to find another Trump action that is positive for America.
     Anyone else have some?