Reader’s links for June 16, 2018

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  1. Police are investigating after a take-away driver was caught on CCTV ripping down a cross as he delivered a curry to a churchgoer’s home.

    Georgia Savva, 48, noticed the Palm Sunday cross, which had been by her front door for almost a decade, torn into pieces and scattered on the doormat when she left for work the next day.

    She asked her two children to check the family’s security cameras and was stunned to discover a driver for Romna Gate Tandoori had snatched it down the previous evening.

    Moments later in the video, he is seen smiling at her teenage son, handing over the curry and collecting a generous tip.

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/driver-delivering-curry-rips-cross-from-wall-at-home-of-christian-mother-a3863871.html

  2. Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 in terror attacks in Europe since 2014
    32 Islamist plots have involved those who had sought sanctuary – or 16 per cent
    Analysis found 44 refugees had carried out atrocities or had been thwarted
    Three of the potential UK atrocities included tube bomber Ahmed Hassan.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5849611/Radicalised-asylum-seekers-murdered-injured-1-000-terror-attacks-2014.html

      • This Japanese review of Space Elevator technology is well worth watching. They expertly note how a “dumbbell” configuration (i.e., doubled length to create overall longitudinal counterbalancing), will be required.

        As I mentioned in my other lengthy posts about this topic, the early designs for a “loop” structure are both too weighty and far more difficult to implement.

        Particularly gratifying was this program’s mention of a “Mars Gate” (beyond the geosynchronous node). Inter-planetary exploration within our own solar system is a crucial part of developing the next generation skill set needed for trans-stellar, exoplanetary expeditions.

        What continues to amaze me is that everybody seems happy to discuss the well-known shortcomings of carbon nanotubes (in terms of dimensional length). At the same time, no one is mentioning monomolecular wire.

        This is something that A.C. Clarke posited in his own 1979 paean to Space Elevators, “The Fountains of Paradise”. In it, he describes supposed 1-D carbon monofilment (i.e., “diamond wire”). As in: Imagine a hawser with the diameter of a toothpick, reliably towing a fully-loaded Panamax supertanker. Think of an utterly invisible strand of this diamond wire stretched to maximum tension in front of you—just casually passing your hand or arm through its position would instantly amputate your appendage.

        Properly braided, this diamond wire could take almost everything that nature and saboteurs had to throw at it. It would be perfectly suited for the “tapered” belt configuration mentioned in other clips, or the specific “consecutive cladding” build-up method suggested in this one.

        As always, Richard, I sincerely appreciate your diligent tracking of these various perspectives about space elevator R&D. Please rest assured that snippets of this information will find their way into my University, College, and High School Lectures.

        Yer pal,

        NorseRadish

        • The only problem is that they are getting ready to build these things when I am too old to get to play with them.

          Ain’t it a pisser? (See following video clips)

            • Here is an insanely precise comparison of “Zero Hour” with “Airplane!” This will some of the most amusing rubbish you’ve seen in years:

              • “This will BE some of the most amusing rubbish you’ve seen in years.” (i.e., well worth watching, especially as I view, “Airplane!”, as America’s finest film comedy since the Marx Brothers or Three Stooges).

                As a confirmed conspiracy skeptic, the difficulty I’ve had just posting these few innocuous video clips is tripping off waaay too many alarm bells.

                The first, “What A Pisser”, clip originally posted as some sort of [email protected] political snippet.

                Getting the others properly posted required an order-of-magnitude more labor than I’m accustomed to.

                Meh!

    • It’s _Syrian_ territory he’s conquering – i.e. Putin’s boy is being ripped off.
      Uncle Vlad will even the score – in his own way, in his own time.

        • Revenge is a dish best served cold.

          This also is a supposedly longstanding French aphorism. All the same, cold haggis? Gotta hurl, be right back… [gurgling and flushing sounds in background, then an uncomfortable pause]. Well, all-righty, then!

          At day’s end, with the frogs, it’s always, always, always about the food, eh? Strictly from memory:

          “Man does not live by bread alone … yet, look at those who get by on crust.”

          “People who brag about their ancestors are like potatoes … the best part is underground.”

          SIDEBAR: Charles de Gaulle was being grilled by a claque of international journalists about why it was taking him so long to restore order in post-WWII France. He instantly quipped:

          How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?

          “A meal without wine is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.”

          Give me another hour or two and I might happily unearth (without any online search) another handful of such insanely witty food-related maxims. The, “two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese”, snark is especially meaningful to me after having being sent on business to Lyon, France (the deservedly food-crazy nation’s capital of cuisine).

          There, I shopped at a store (just barely twice or thrice the size of an American 7-11) which, nonetheless, furnished hundreds of different cheeses (click to see insane image) for ready consumption.

          [/rant]

          Carry on…

            • licorice

              It is immediately apparent, arising from a woman of your erudition, yucki, that such a reference can only intend and mean, “black” licorice … as if there was any other.

              In Copenhagen, there are “Lakrids Boutiques” (Liquorice Boutiques) that present customers with some 200 different forms of true licorice, including the most eye-watering salmiak (ammonium chloride) “salted” varieties.

              I have to stop typing now or I’ll drown in my own saliva.

  3. Moroccan Man Stabbed to Death in Fight between Migrants in Bosnia (aawsat, Jun 16, 2018)
    https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1302601/moroccan-man-stabbed-death-fight-between-migrants-bosnia

    “A 24-year-old Moroccan man was stabbed to death in a fight between migrants in a town in northwestern Bosnia, police said Saturday.

    The violence broke out in a street in Velika Kladusa late Friday when one man attacked another with a knife, police spokeswoman Snezana Galic said, quoted by N1 television.

    She said the victim, who died from a stab wound, was a 24-year-old Moroccan national, but did not give details on the perpetrator.

    Velika Kladusa currently hosts some 350 migrants, according to official figures.

    For the past few months, Bosnia has faced an influx of migrants passing through on their way towards Western Europe.

    More than 5,500 illegal migrants have entered the country since the start of the year. They are predominantly young men, but lately also families with children…”

  4. Germany’s reporting on asylum-seekers exposes ‘latent racism’ (DW, Jun 16, 2018)
    http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-reporting-on-asylum-seekers-exposes-latent-racism/a-44243411

    “Germany’s mainstream media are facing mounting criticism over the coverage of crime stories involving refugee and migrant suspects. Media analyst Kai Hafez told DW that the coverage reveals Germany’s unexamined biases.

    Recent cases in Wiesbaden, Kandel and Freiburg where young girls and women were murdered sparked outrage in Germany and were widely covered by the media. The nationality of the suspects became a central aspect of many of the reports, although German press code advises journalists only to mention ethnicity sparingly, if at all, in crime stories. DW spoke with media analyst and communications researcher Kai Hafez about the criticism of German mainstream media and where there’s room for improvement.

    DW: Between the height of asylum-seeker arrivals in September 2015 and now, what — if anything — has changed in the way German media reports on migrants and refugees?

    Kai Hafez: Obviously there was a tremendous change in the quantity and quality of the coverage about refugees in Germany. If you look back to April or May of 2015, we had a tremendous shift toward positive coverage, to more sensitive coverage — with newspapers like the Süddeutsche Zeitung and magazines like Der Spiegel actually promoting and advocating a more humanitarian approach in German society.

    After a while though, over the course of the fall of 2015, the tide turned, so to say. I think the climax of this negative shift in the perception of refugees was New Year’s Eve in Cologne, in 2016. From that point on we’ve had this constant, negative framing of the refugee crisis in a lot of the big media in Germany.

    We’ve had around 100 talk shows about refugees and almost none about the automobile pollution crisis. There’s a huge imbalance in the coverage. In my personal opinion, this change in the mainstream media is actually very much connected to the general push to the right in German politics. Rather than following the right-wing trend, they’re actually creating it to a certain degree.

    In the German press code, it states that the nationality or religious background of suspects in a crime shouldn’t be mentioned in a report, unless there is “a founded public interest.” Do you think that these guidelines are being adhered to?

    No, not at all. This type of coverage follows the tradition of a very a negative selective coverage of asylum-seekers and refugees in Germany and most of the European countries.

    We are only interested in refugees and migrants when it comes to big problems like terrorism and crime. There are exceptions to the rule, but a large part of it is negative. And the problem from an ethical point of view is that the ethnicity or the religious background of a person usually is not connected to the crime. Statistically, migrants in Germany are not more criminal than the rest of the population — so why identify a person in terms of ethnic background?

    So no, in many cases [the German press code regulation] is not adhered to and we see a constant violation of such norms and media ethics in our daily reporting. We have a loss of professional control, we have a loss of professional values — for many reasons. Journalists’ training backgrounds differ too much sometimes, we have a commercialization that is fueling fast-handed analysis and there is sometimes sloppy journalism. For example, many of the incidents that were assumed to have taken place during the 2015/16 Cologne New Year’s Eve never happened.

    It seems to be OK nowadays to ethnicize events rather than to reflect whether this is fair. It’s actually a specific form of racism — latent racism.

    How does reporting on the nationalities of migrants who are suspected of committing crimes affect or impact German audiences?

    As an empiricist, I say we need more concrete studies proving that it has a negative effect on audiences. The ones we have show a steady increase in anti-foreign violence after big media events. If people are constantly bombarded with messages of crimes committed by asylum-seekers and migrants, there’s a high probability that they will tend to think that migrants are more criminal than the rest of society, which is not the case.

    According to the theories of agenda-setting and framing, we certainly have agenda-setting effects, saying that media usually tend to make people think of asylum-seekers in negative thematic contexts or in contexts that are connected to negative issues, like violence.

    I think the current mainstream coverage of refugees and migrants has a very devastating effect. The coverage of what happened in Cologne and other places on New Year’s Eve 2015/16 was one of the worst media events ever.

    Even liberal-leaning newspapers in the days afterward reflected about so-called “evil intentions” of Arabic men. One of the headlines read: “Who is the Arabic man?” It’s implying that Arabic men are more likely to be rapists, of which there’s no proof at all.

    I think the message our media are sending is that there is a rapist type of ethnicity out there on the streets, which is really devastating for the image of migrants. The #MeToo debate has hopefully made clear that Western societies are as sexist as the rest of the world. But we often don’t seem to understand such analogies. We do not really compare, but resort to cultural stereotypes.

    Does Germany’s mainstream media have a neutrality problem?

    When it comes to migration, negative issues are more often covered than positive issues. If everything is OK, then migrants are not covered. If something is wrong, they’re covered. This comes from long-term observations; we have lots of empirical data suggesting this was always the case.

    We have a problem not so much with the general neutrality, but with societal biases that have not been reflected upon. If you look at public opinion polls, you see that German society is split into two parts. One is supportive and liberal and the other is negative. The media tends to be on the negative side because they love negative sensationalism more than anything else. But we have to reflect on the context. Wherever a humanitarian situation is being considered, I think sensationalism has to stop….”

  5. BREITBART – Vatican to Host Conference on ‘Migration, Xenophobia, and Politically Motivated Populism’

    The World Council of Churches (WCC) has announced a joint venture with the Vatican to co-host a meeting next September on “migration, xenophobia, and politically motivated populism.”

    The WCC said it is partnering with the Vatican department for Promoting Integral Human Development in preparing the conference to be held September 17-20 as part of ongoing work toward “peace-building and migration.”

    The General of the WCC, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, said the meeting would be a “very useful and significant workshop to dig a bit deeper” into the problems of xenophobia as an expression of populism, as well as its links to racism, conflict, and violence in countries around the world.

    Last September, the Vatican launched a two-year campaign to change people’s minds about migrants and to encourage a more welcoming attitude toward them worldwide.

    “Brothers, we mustn’t be afraid to share the journey! We mustn’t be afraid to share the hope!” Francis said in his weekly General Audience on September 27, in which he inaugurated the new project, titled “Share the Journey.”

    The global Catholic charities network Caritas Internationalis spearheaded the campaign in its aim to promote awareness and action on behalf of migrants and refugees, assisting them in building connections with local communities.

    According to Caritas, the project was launched as a response to Pope Francis’s frequent summons for a “culture of encounter.”

    Our world “faces not a migration crisis, but a crisis of global solidarity,” Caritas said on its website. “Be part of a worldwide campaign to reach out to migrants, change perceptions, open hearts and minds, and strengthen the bonds that unite us all.”

    The stated goal of the project is to shed light on both the challenges and effects of migration at every stage of the journey to provoke a “shift in thinking” on the issue.

    Part of this shift in thinking involves dispelling common “myths about migration,” the organization declared, before laying out “some common myths around migration and the facts behind the myths.”

    Caritas said these myths include the idea that there are more migrants than ever before, that migrants live off welfare benefits and steal jobs from citizens, that closing borders will stem migrant flows, and that “people from poor countries migrate to rich ones.”

    The pope himself has lent his moral weight🙂 🙂 🙂 to the pro-immigration crusade, often speaking about the positive side to migration.

    Last Thursday, Francis called for a “change in mindset” regarding immigration, insisting in a message that migrants are not a threat to society but, rather, a source of enrichment.

    In his message to the second Holy See-Mexico Conference on International Migration in the Vatican, Francis praised the work of the “International Community” aimed at the adoption of two global compacts, one on refugees and the other on “safe, orderly and regular migration.”

    The pontiff also sought to counter a negative narrative on mass migration, calling for a shift in priorities and mentality.

    “This demands a change in mindset,” he said. “We must move from considering others as threats to our comfort to valuing them as persons whose life experience and values can contribute greatly to the enrichment of our society.”

    “For this to happen, our basic approach must be to encounter the other, to welcome, to know and to acknowledge him or her,” he said.

    http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/06/16/vatican-host-conference-migration-xenophobia-politically-motivated-populism/

      • The Manchurian Pope

        I just can’t wait for that scene involving the, “New Jersey ladies’ horticultural society meeting on the history and cultivation of hydrangeas”.

        Seeing Pope Francis lurking there in his icing-decorated skirts and knowing that his brains were about to be sucked out of his eggshell skull with a soda straw, would do a lot to compensate for his total betrayal of Catholicism and Western Civilization i general.

        PS: The “Horticultural Society Meeting” segment was originally intended as a mere, first-pass, director’s submission to the producers. It was furnished without any expectations of being edited into the final footage.

        Instead, the production oversight team went nutso over this celluloid storyboard and the original fast-take was taken in its roughshod state and (thankfully) wedged into the original reels. Halle-fecking-lujah!

  6. Former Obama admin official linked to anti-Trump dossier to testify before Congress

    Former State Department official Victoria Nuland, who reportedly connected FBI officials to the former British spy who wrote the infamous anti-Trump dossier, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week.

    Ms. Nuland, a longtime State Department official who served in the George W. Bush administration as the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, served during the Obama administration as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.

    In that capacity, according to the book “Russian Roulette,” she played an instrumental role in the evolution of Christopher Steele’s negative campaign research on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 by giving permission for an FBI agent in London to meet with the former U.K. intelligence officer.

    “Russian Roulette” was published earlier this year and written by veteran Washington media figures, Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff and Mother Jones magazine’s David Corn.

    Mr. Steele’s 35-page dossier — an unverified collection of raw opposition research created to destroy Mr. Trump’s candidacy and paid for by Democrats — kicked off unprecedented speculation and investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, which Mr. Steele alleged.

    Republicans have roundly criticized the FBI for relying on the material to partially justify approving surveillance in 2016 and 2017 on Trump campaign associates.

    Multiple congressional committees have investigated how Obama officials promoted Mr. Steele’s work.

    On Wednesday, committee members will have their turn discussing the subject with Ms. Nuland, panel chairman Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, and Democratic colleague Mark Warner of Virginia announced late Friday.

    The public hearing will be the committee’s first examining “the policy response to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.”

    Michael Daniel, former White House cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to President Obama, will also testify.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/15/victoria-nuland-linked-anti-trump-dossier-testify/

  7. Europe: Ramadan Roundup, 2018

    by Soeren Kern
    June 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12519/ramadan-europe

    Muslims across Europe are marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, which in 2018 was observed between May 17 and June 15, in accordance with the Islamic lunar calendar.

    Ramadan, a major topic for public discussion in Europe this year, received considerable media coverage, a reflection of Islam’s rising influence.

    Muslim leaders sought to leverage the media attention to showcase Ramadan — a time when Muslims abstain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset, to commemorate, according to Islamic tradition, the revelation of the Quran to Mohammed — as the peaceful nature of Islam in Europe.

    European multiculturalists, normally strict enforcers of secularism when it comes to Christianity, made great efforts to draw up guidelines, issue instructions and carve out special privileges to ensure that Muslims were not offended by non-Muslims during the festival.

    Breaking with the past, however, a growing number of European politicians publicly spoke out against Ramadan, especially regarding the adverse effects of prolonged fasting on school-aged children. The backlash, evidenced by the emergence of politically incorrect political parties in Europe, appears to reflect a growing wariness of runaway multiculturalism and the steady erosion of Western values.

  8. The Turkish Race

    by Amir Taheri
    June 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12518/turkey-elections-erdogan

    As the Turkish election campaign reaches its final phase, a consensus is emerging that it should be regarded as a referendum on Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the man who has dominated the nation’s politics for almost two decades.

    Erdogan has often boasted that he has never lost an election and, as polls indicate, he is unlikely to lose this time either. Since 2002, he and his AKP (Justice and Development Party) have won five parliamentary elections, three local elections, three referendums and one presidential election.

    But what if the victory he expects next week turns out to be a tactical win and a strategic loss?

    Erdogan won his first victory in a national election at a time that Turkish politics had hit an impasse and needed radical changes of direction and method. Erdogan provided that change and, at least during his first decade as the captain of the Turkish ship of state, succeeded in steadying the wayward vessel and pointing it towards what looked like peace and prosperity.

    Now, however, observers of the Turkish experience are almost unanimous in thinking that not only those promised golden shores may be receding but that Erdogan’s leadership may have led to five new impasses.

    The first impasse is political.

  9. Fmr. Secret Service Bongino: Hillary email had to be white-listed for Obama’s phone. Here’s what it means.

    https://i.rmbl.ws/s8/2/n/m/A/K/nmAKa.caa.1.mp4

    Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino blasted former President Obama for lies about his knowledge of Hillary Cinton’s private email.

    One of the bombshells in the newly released Department of Justice inspector general report revealed that Obama lied in 2015 when he said he didn’t know his secretary of state was illegally using a private email server to conduct government business.

  10. Judge Who Jailed Manafort Also Cleared Hillary Clinton In Benghazi Case

    The judge appointed by Barack Obama who put Paul Manafort in jail this week previously cleared Hillary Clinton of responsibility for the deaths of four American servicemen in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Manafort was put in jail for allegedly engaging in witness tampering, but most people see the jailing as a fraud to divert public attention away from the IG report that slammed James Comey and bolstered President Donald Trump’s arguments against the corrupt Deep State.

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/judge-who-jailed-manafort-also-cleared-hillary-clinton-in-benghazi-case/

    • Judge Who Jailed Manafort Also Cleared Hillary Clinton In Benghazi Case

      No recusal. No conflict of interest there. No siree, Bob. Whose your uncle, eh?

  11. How Peter Strzok Rigged The Weiner Warrant To Protect Hillary

    FBI agent Peter Strzok secretly manipulated the warrant to search Anthony Weiner’s laptop in order to protect Hillary Clinton from prosecution.

    Strzok was the main operative in the Operation Crossfire Hurricane plot to doom President Donald Trump. So of course he was assigned to handle the revelation that Huma Abedin’s husband Anthony Weiner had thousands of classified Hillary Clinton emails on his laptop, which were discovered in the course of an NYPD investigation into his sexual interactions with a minor, for which Weiner is now in prison.

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/how-peter-strzok-rigged-the-weiner-warrant-to-protect-hillary/

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