Reader’s Links for August 19, 2021

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

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  1. CBC – Elections Canada lays out plans for voting during pandemic

    Elections Canada laid out how it plans to make the federal election safe during the COVID-19 pandemic including precautions at polling stations and how to access mail-in ballots.

    • CBC – Elections Canada expects millions of mail-in ballots for federal election

      Elections Canada spokesperson Natasha Gauthier speaks to Power and Politics about next month’s federal election and what Canadians can expect to be different as the pandemic continues.

      + comments on the YT page

    • ctv news – Here’s how the election process will be changed by COVID-19

      Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault discusses key changes made to ensure public safety amid COVID-19, how results will be counted.

      • People will remember

        Omar Khadr’s 10 million payday,

        Justine’s visit to Aga Khan’s Island – the first PM to break Federal ethics law,

        Joshua Boyle,

        23 million dollars given to Muslim groups in Canada to fight “Islamophobia” — even though Canadians did elect 10 Muslim MPs,

        MR. Dressup goes to India,

        Elbow gate, when Justine elbowed a fellow member of the legislature while having a tantrum,

        When questioned by sn indigenous women at a Libtard fundraiser, Justine said “Thank you for your donation”.

        We Charity

        Gun Buy back

        M-103

        Censorship bills

        Jody Wilson-Raybould

        SNL Lavalin Independent Ethics Commissioner ruled Justine and team breached rules. Justine took full responsibility but would not apologize because “ he tried to save jobs”.

        Hey, HO HO, Baby we got your number.

  2. A S H U R A – 2021

    Pakistan: Thousands of Muslim mourners attend Muharram procession

    Thousands of Shia Muslims attended a procession marking the ninth of Muharram in Karachi on Wednesday.

    Many processions are traditionally held during the month of Muharram, marking the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, Hazrat Imam Hussain, in 680 AD. Muharram is also the first month of the Islamic calendar.

    “We Shias are peaceful and good citizens; this is our message for all to participate in these processions for Imam Hussain because Imam Hussain was not only a leader for Shias but for all Muslims,” commented Shahzawar Hussain, a mourner attending the procession.

    Authorities have declared the ninth and tenth of Muharram (August 18 and 19) public holidays.

    Israeli and US flags were set on fire by protesters attending the procession acting out of spite.

    Heavy police presence was visible throughout the route of the procession to ensure the safety of mourners.

      • Afghanistan: Crowds of Muslims celebrate Ashura at historic shrine

        Large numbers of Afghan Muslims celebrated Ashura at the Shrine of Hazrat Ali in Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday.

        Worshipers marched in large processions and also practised the traditional custom of self-flagellation.

        SOUNDBITES:

        SOT, Abdul Qadir, member of Taliban superordinate (Dari): “I am a soldier of the Islamic Emirate, and a representative of the Islamic Emirate as I am here at a big rally of the Afghan Shi’ite Muslims because you are the national members of the Islamic Emirate, you are the observance of the Islamic Emirate, the Islamic Emirate is the home, your nation, so you must be assured, the propaganda that the enemy of Islam and their slaves who made plots against us, everything is lie, all these things are absurd”

        SOT, Isaq, Afghan Shi’ite Muslim (Dari): “As we seen the activity of the Islamic Emirate all are agree from them, we were afraid every year to held Ashura and had a lot of concerns of suicide attacks in the past years, and comparing to this year there was nothing happened, the Islamic Emirate secured our ceremony, we are happy from them.”

      • Iran: Worshipers take to streets and burn ceremonial tent for Ashura

        Shia worshippers took to the streets of Tehran on Thursday to take part in the annual Ashura commemoration rituals.

        People gathered in a square to erect and burn down a symbolic tent.

        This year people have been allowed to participate in the ceremonies with an obligation to observe social distancing amid COVID-19 restrictions.

        Every year with the advent of Muharram, Shi’a around the world hold mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein, which usually continue to the 11th or 12th of Muharram and, in some regions, to the end of the month of Safar (the following month).

        The day of Ashura is the climax of the mourning and is an official holiday in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

        SOUNDBITES:

        SOT, Ali Asghar Bahrami, Attendee (Farsi): “This ceremony and the tent that is set up on this day makes all the mourners gather here, together, to show Husseini’s passion and understanding as well as unity and empathy to everyone, and to show that love for Imam Hussein causes everyone to gather here for Imam Hussein, in any form and appearance and any religion, and to mourn for Imam Hussein and his faithful companions.”

        SOT, Saleh Golshan, one of the organizers of the Ashura ceremony (Farsi): “This burning of the tent is a ritual that has existed for hundreds of years, since after the year 61 AH, generation after generation, and it has been seen that all the mourners of Imam Hussein, with their bare feet, beating their heads and chests and chanting ‘Ya Hussein’, revive this ceremony. They come close to the tent and burn the tents in memory of the fire at Imam Hussein’s tents. This burning of the tent is reminiscent of the noon of Ashura in the year 61 AH.”

        SOT, Fatemeh Gholizadeh, Attendee (Farsi): “In my opinion, this goes back to the beliefs of the people themselves. If our main goal and sincere intention of our heart is to believe in Imam Hussein and to believe in God, we will come [attend the ceremonies] despite the coronavirus. God willing, Imam Hussein will bless our fate and the fate of these processions, and I do not think that the Iranian people will be endangered.”

        SOT, Saeed Ebadi, Attendee (Farsi): “We must learn a lesson from this day and be able to emulate the lesson that Imam Hussein taught everyone about freedom and liberty.”

  3. How Canadian depositors’ savings is affected in the event of commercial bank declaration of insolvency, according to the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corp:

    https://www.cdic.ca/what-happens-in-a-failure/resolution-of-large-banks/resolution-tools-for-d-sibs/bail-in/bail-in-backgrounder/how-bail-in-works/

    It is not crystal clear, in my mind, if a depositor’s full cash savings is protected. I am looking at Credit Unions which may be outside this insolvency mechanism.

  4. RT- Drinks are on who? | Germany criticized for evacuating beer and wine before people

    As evacuations from Afghanistan continue, some countries are more concerned with the return of their own citizens before taking refugees in.

    Germany for instance even reportedly evacuated 65.000 cans of beer and 340 bottles of wine before people.

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    Planes, guns, night-vision goggles: The Taliban’s new U.S.-made war chest

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About a month ago, Afghanistan’s ministry of defense posted on social media photographs of seven brand new helicopters arriving in Kabul delivered by the United States.

    “They’ll continue to see a steady drumbeat of that kind of support, going forward,” U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters a few days later at the Pentagon.

    In a matter of weeks, however, the Taliban had seized most of the country, as well as any weapons and equipment left behind by fleeing Afghan forces.

    Video showed the advancing insurgents inspecting long lines of vehicles and opening crates of new firearms, communications gear and even military drones.

    “Everything that hasn’t been destroyed is the Taliban’s now,” one U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

    Current and former U.S. officials say there is concern those weapons could be used to kill civilians, be seized by other militant groups such as Islamic State to attack U.S.-interests in the region, or even potentially be handed over to adversaries including China and Russia.

    President Joe Biden’s administration is so concerned about the weapons that it is considering a number of options to pursue.

    The officials said launching airstrikes against the larger equipment, such as helicopters, has not been ruled out, but there is concern that would antagonize the Taliban at a time the United States’ main goal is evacuating people

    Another official said that while there are no definitive numbers yet, the current intelligence assessment was that the Taliban are believed to control more than 2,000 armored vehicles, including U.S. Humvees, and up to 40 aircraft potentially including UH-60 Black Hawks, scout attack helicopters, and ScanEagle military drones.

    “We have already seen Taliban fighters armed with U.S.-made weapons they seized from the Afghan forces. This poses a significant threat to the United States and our allies,” Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, told Reuters in an email.

    ‘MORE LIKE TROPHIES’

    The speed with which the Taliban swept across Afghanistan is reminiscent of Islamic State militants taking weapons from U.S.-supplied Iraqi forces who offered little resistance in 2014.

    Between 2002 and 2017, the United States gave the Afghan military an estimated $28 billion in weaponry, including guns, rockets, night-vision goggles and even small drones for intelligence gathering.

    But aircraft like the Blackhawk helicopters have been the most visible sign of U.S. military assistance, and were supposed to be the Afghan military’ biggest advantage over the Taliban.

    Between 2003 and 2016 the United States provided Afghan forces with 208 aircraft, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

    In the last week, many of those aircraft were most useful for Afghan pilots to escape the Taliban.

    One of the U.S. officials said that between 40 and 50 aircraft had been flown to Uzbekistan by Afghan pilots seeking refuge. Even before taking power in Kabul over the weekend, the Taliban had started a campaign of assassinating pilots

    Some planes were in the United States for maintenance and will stay. Those en route to Afghan forces will instead be used by the U.S. military to help in the evacuation from Kabul.

    Current and former officials say that while they are concerned about the Taliban having access to the helicopters, the aircraft require frequent maintenance and many are complicated to fly without extensive training.

    “Ironically, the fact that our equipment breaks down so often is a life-saver here,” a third official said.

    Retired U.S. Army General Joseph Votel, who oversaw U.S. military operations in Afghanistan as head of U.S. Central Command from 2016 to 2019, said most of the high-end hardware captured by the Taliban, including the aircraft, was not equipped with sensitive U.S. technology.

    “In some cases, some of these will be more like trophies,” Votel said.

    FIGHTING AT NIGHT

    There is a more immediate concern about some of the easier- to-use weapons and equipment, such as night-vision goggles.

    Since 2003 the United States has provided Afghan forces with at least 600,000 infantry weapons including M16 assault rifles, 162,000 pieces of communication equipment, and 16,000 night-vision goggle devices.

    “The ability to operate at night is a real game-changer,” one congressional aide told Reuters.

    Votel and others said smalls arms seized by the insurgents such as machine guns, mortars, as well as artillery pieces including howitzers, could give the Taliban an advantage against any resistance that could surface in historic anti-Taliban strongholds such as the Panjshir Valley northeast of Kabul.

    U.S. officials said the expectation was that most of the weapons would be used by the Taliban themselves, but it was far too early to tell what they planned to do – including possibly sharing the equipment with rival states such as China.

    Andrew Small, a Chinese foreign policy expert at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, said the Taliban was likely to grant Beijing access to any U.S. weapons they may now have control over.

    One of the U.S. officials said it was not likely China would gain much, because Beijing likely already has access to the weapons and equipment.

    The situation, experts say, shows the United States needs a better way to monitor equipment it gives to allies. It could have done much more to ensure those supplies to Afghan forces were closely monitored and inventoried, said Justine Fleischner of UK-based Conflict Armament Research.

    “But the time has passed for these efforts to have any impact in Afghanistan,” Fleischner said.

    https://ph.news.yahoo.com/planes-guns-night-vision-goggles-144217196.html

  6. “Irish community in mourning as tributes paid to talented young sportsman after ‘untimely’ death”
    by Marita Moloney – August 18, 2021

    Excerpt:

    The talented sportsman, who died after a short illness on Tuesday, enjoyed huge success as a football player with Villa FC and Waterford United.
    https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/irish-community-mourning-tributes-paid-24786114

    “The people of Waterford Ireland are devastated to learn that a local hero
    @WaterfordFCie captain Roy Butler died on Monday of a massive brain bleed 3 days after getting the @JanssenUS J&J vax. He was a player, coach, mentor, beloved by friends and family. Media silent re vax. RIP”
    Eileen Iorio – August 18, 2021 – Twitter
    https://twitter.com/eileeniorio/status/1428127406590730240

  7. “Whistleblower Provides Photos of Horror at PETA HQ — Dead Dogs in Trash Cans Fill Donor-Funded Walk-In Freezer”
    by Cassandra Fairbanks – August 19, 2021
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/08/whistleblower-provides-photos-horror-peta-hq-dead-dogs-trash-cans-fill-donor-funded-walk-freezer/

    “Tucker Carlson Hosts Ghoulish Animal Killing PETA to Discuss Fauci Animal Tests — Instead of Org Who Actually Exposed it”
    by Cassandra Fairbanks – August 13, 2021
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/08/tucker-carlson-hosts-ghoulish-animal-killing-peta-discuss-fauci-animal-tests-instead-org-actually-exposed/

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