Reader’s Links post, October 2, 2018

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  1. Are We a Nation of Snowflakes?
    What’s at stake for our country in the Kavanaugh confirmation.
    October 2, 2018
    Bruce Thornton

    For ten days now, we have been obsessing over something that may have happened to a psychology professor 36 years ago when she was fifteen. According to Christine Ford, Judge Brett Kavanaugh pushed her into a room, groped her, tried to disrobe her, and put his hand over her mouth. Ford is vague on details like when and where, has named witnesses who contradict her, and lacks any other corroborating evidence. Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor invited to cross-examine Ford and Kavanaugh last week, said she couldn’t have even obtained a search warrant to investigate this charge if it had been made at the time, let alone 36 years later.

    Welcome to the snowflake nation, where unsubstantiated and unprovable charges of an attempted “rape” that allegedly took place years ago are reported with hyperbolic emotional rhetoric seldom seen for actual rape or murder. Given the confirmed, devastating brutal abuse of women taking place every minute across the globe, including in the U.S., this obsession over an unsubstantiated claim just shows how spoiled and entitled many Americans are.

    Of course, the obvious reason for the hysteria on display throughout the confirmation process is amoral politics. The progressive Dems know that their most powerful weapon is a Supreme Court that dismisses the Constitution as an archaic document that must be adapted to the conditions of modernity. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, they will lose that weapon for decades, and their program of creating a technocratic oligarchy that erodes individual and state freedom will be stopped.

  2. Sex Crimes Career Prosecutor Dismisses Ford’s Allegations
    Will the FBI uncover new facts that stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation?
    October 2, 2018
    Joseph Klein
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    As the FBI works to complete its supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh by no later than this Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he is planning to forge ahead with Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination this week. “The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close. Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is out of committee. We’re considering it here on the floor and … we’ll be voting this week,” Senator McConnell said Monday in a Senate floor speech. Meanwhile, Democrats and their allies in the hate-Trump media are complaining that the FBI investigation is too circumscribed and time-limited. They do not want the investigation limited to a week, even though some of them had previously said a week should be sufficient. They also want the judge’s drinking habits in high school and college thoroughly investigated. President Trump made it clear that he had no problem giving the FBI free rein to investigate what it deemed to be appropriate within the parameters set by the Senate, so long as the investigation is wrapped up by Friday. “I think the FBI should do what they have to do to get to the answer,” the president said during a news conference that was intended to focus on trade, particularly the trade deal reached on Sunday between the U.S. and Canada, which will also include Mexico. “I’m guided by the Senate,” President Trump added. “I want to make the Senate happy, because ultimately they’re making the judgment. I’m not making the judgment.”

  3. It’s Google’s World: We Just Live In It
    Trump fights Google for the future.
    October 2, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    Google is throwing itself a hell of a 20th birthday party. And everyone is bringing the gifts.

    While the dot com giant puts up celebratory doodles and shows off its original garage headquarters, Attorney General Sessions had already convened 14 state attorney generals to discuss censorship, privacy issues and antitrust issues involving, among other tech monopolies, the cutesy corporation.

    Few meetings between Sessions and AGs well to the left, like California’s Xavier Becerra, would have gone as well as this, but big tech monopolies were already controversial on the left, now they’re also being unfriended by Republicans. There’s a growing consensus that they’re just too big and powerful.

    Google’s August search market share in America stood at 84%. That means it defines the internet.

    Its secretive algorithms determine what people see when they search. It can unilaterally redefine an issue, such as when it shifted the search results for “Jihad” away from counterterrorist sites to favor Islamist and pro-Islamist media sites. It shapes how political leaders, including President Trump, are seen, and manufactures an ongoing consensus by simply choosing one set of results over another.

    (During the election, its search engine provided more positive results for Democrats than Republicans.)

    And then there are the constant privacy scandals.

  4. La Provincia: Iran Colludes with Polisario to “Destabilize North Africa’ (moroccoworldnews, Oct 2, 2018)

    “The Islamic Republic of Iran is reportedly growing its geostrategic weight in Africa, using Hezbollah to “destabilize North Africa.”

    According to Spanish newspaper La Provincia, Tehran’s geopolitics in recent months suggest a long-term plan to establish a strategic stronghold in North Africa, a region traditionally allied with Washington on security, especially in the fight against terrorism.

    “Iran colluding with Polisario to wreak havoc in North Africa,” the newspaper headlined its report, backing Morocco’s claim that Iran is using its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, to train and equip the Polisario Front, the secessionist militia in Western Sahara…”

  5. Migration ‘Mafias’ Challenge Government with Free Rides to Europe (moroccoworldnews, Oct 2, 2018)

    “The Moroccan government is under pressure to come up with rapid solutions to confront the rising challenges of undocumented migration.

    The dream of reaching their El Dorado leads hundreds of Moroccans, both adults and minors, to northern Morocco and attempts to find a route to Europe.

    Free rides to Europe

    Recently, go-fast boats have concerned the navy and government. The boats offer Moroccans free rides to Europe, causing the government to ask why they are offering free transport.

    Migration networks typically charge irregular migrants fees as high as MAD 5 million or more.

    Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum reported today that the boats are “trafficking mafias” employing a new strategy against Morocco.

    The newspaper also reported the government’s views on why “mafias” have resorted to giving free rides.

    El Khalfi explained that pressure from the success of security measures caused migration networks to give free rides.

    Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said that law enforcement thwarted 2,000 networks and rescued 20,000 migrants from the sea before they reached Europe.

    El Othmani agreed that the strategy comes from security pressure on mafias, who are seeking to “confuse citizens and the homeland.”

    Moroccans should direct anger at migrant networks

    The latest incident hitting the headlines, in which the Royal Moroccan Navy shot at a migrant boat in the Mediterranean and killed a 20-year-old woman, has drawn increased attention to migration in Morocco.

    Some have criticized the government, saying it should never have authorized gunfire against migrants. Others are more concerned about how the government will stop migration networks from trafficking youth.

    El Othmani said on Saturday that citizens should direct their anger towards migration networks and not the government.

    Moroccan human rights activist Bilal Jouhari offered his personal point of view to Morocco World News today on the navy shooting.

    He said, “We should not be negative about the incident.”

    Jouhari added that authorities’ explanations of the navy gunfire should be taken into account. Several officials, including Moroccan Minister of Human Rights Mustapha Ramid, explained that the navy targeted the captain of the boat and not the migrant.

    The government emphasized that the navy shot the boat at night, and they had not seen migrants on board.

    A military source told AFP the migrants were hidden under a tarpaulin.

    Youth take risks for better life

    Jouhari said that it was a “mistake” which caused a crisis, especially in light of other social issues in Morocco.

    Jouhari, who did not speak for his organization, also serves as the communication manager for the Anti-Racist Group for the Defense and Assistance of Foreigners and Immigrants (GADEM).

    Jouhari explained that some media said that resorting to arms is not unprecedented for law enforcement, which fires on boats they suspect of trafficking drugs.

    MWN also asked Jouhari if he believes that Moroccan youth are emigrating to avoid mandatory military service, which was introduced by the government in August but has not yet been passed by Parliament.

    On September 22, El Faro Melilla quoted Minister of Social Welfare Daniel Ventura, who said that some minors came to Melilla expressly to evade military service.

    In Jouhari’s opinion, compulsory military service has nothing to do with immigration and the Spanish official’s comment was just an opinion about the situation in Morocco.

    Instead, Jouhari brought up the lack of job opportunities.

    Jouhari related that Hayat, the 20-year-old woman who died in the navy shooting, was well educated, but she could not find a job. Unemployment caused her to immigrate for better opportunities.

    “She studied law, but she belongs to the middle class, and this is why she could not find a job for herself in her country.”

    He added that youth do not hate their motherland, but they do not find good opportunities for themselves.

    He noted that some young engineers are offered a salary of only MAD 4,000 per month in Morocco, so they prefer to go overseas to find better opportunities.

    “When uneducated youth see that they have no future here, they don’t mind taking the risk of a new adventure looking for a better life.”

    He opined that the lack of entertaining zones, including theaters, sports stadiums, and cultural centers could also cause emigration. Especially since young people have access to the internet, they may be attracted to Europe, deeming the situation there better than in Morocco.

    ‘The people want free irregular migration’

    Throughout the year, Morocco has touted its efforts against undocumented migrants, especially sub-Saharans who cross the land border between Morocco and the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta.

    In recent months, videos went viral on social media featuring hundreds of Moroccan migrants demanding to be allowed to attempt irregular immigration.

    On September 22, a group of Moroccans wishing to emigrate protested, chanting the slogan, “The people want free irregular migration,” while maritime police made a surprise appearance to stop a migrant boat from taking on migrants.

    The death of Hayat on September 24 also sparked criticism and anger among the public.

    In recent months, the government has been pledging measures against undocumented migration. Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said in August that the government aborted 65,000 undocumented migration attempts in 2017.

    El Khalfi also said that Moroccans account for 13 percent of the undocumented migrants who attempted to reach Europe in 2018.”

  6. Man stabs one and threatens shoppers with knife in Gothenburg (thelocal, Oct 2, 2018)

    “A man stabbed one person close to a shopping centre in Gothenburg on Monday evening and threatened several others with a knife.

    “The perpetrator was first involved in some kind of argument with several other people. After he stabbed one person with a knife, he got onto a tram where he acted threateningly and waved the knife around,” police press spokesperson Tommy Nyman told TT.

    The driver of the tram refused to drive any further, and at that point the man got off the tram and went to the Nordstan mall, close to the city’s central station. There, he reportedly chased several customers with the knife, before police arrested him.

    “We don’t know anything about the motive at the moment,” said Nyman. “We are speaking to witnesses and plaintiffs, so those who were chased.”

    Police did not have any information about the condition of the injured person, but several Swedish media reported that the person was seriously hurt.

    “We went to [the crime scene] with police and took one person to the hospital in an ambulance,” said a press spokesperson from emergency services operator SOS Alarm.

    The perpetrator is suspected of attempted murder, threatening a public servant, and several cases of unlawful threats.”

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