Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/5/2013

Clashes between the Egyptian army and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood continued in Egypt today. A number of people were killed, including at least three supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi, when soldiers opened fire at the mob.

In other news, after weeks on the run, the fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been offered asylum in Venezuela.

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Financial Crisis
» Child Labour Spreads in Crisis-Stricken Greece
» Number of Underemployed, Part-Time Workers Jumps 332k in June
» U.S. Added 195,000 Jobs in June; Unemployment Rate Remains 7.6%
» Are We Really Free When Big Brother is Systematically Turning America Into a Giant Prison?
» Constitutional Rights Abused at 4th of July Checkpoint
» Cops Lockdown Neighborhood After Shots Fired Into Air on July 4th
» Every Picture You Take is Secretly Encoded With Your GPS Location
» Gun-Free Chicago: 5 Shot Dead, 27 Wounded to Start Holiday Weekend
» Hundreds of Animals, Fish and Birds From Florida Natural Lagoon Are Mysteriously Dead
» Info-Graphic: NSA is a Billion Times More Expansive Than the Stasi
» July 4th — A Celebration or a Memorial Service?
» More Americans View Blacks as Racist Than Whites, Hispanics
» Police Commandeer Homes, Get Sued
» Senator Lamar Alexander: Neo-Con Trotskyite, Part 5
» TSA Keeping Secret Watch List
» Unapproved Genetically-Modified Rice Trials in U.S. Have Contaminated the World’s Rice Supply
» Whites, Latinos Hit Population Parity in California
» Why All the Zombie Movies?
» Zimmerman Prosecutor Angela Corey Criminally Indicted by Citizens’ Grand Jury for Allegedly Falsifying Arrest Warrant and Complaint
» Zimmerman, Identity Politics, And Not Turning the Other Cheek
Europe and the EU
» France Has Vast Electronic Spying Network, Paper Says
» Germany: Commercials to be Broadcast Directly Into Consumers’ Heads
» Italian Wine Exports Closing Gap With French Cousins
» Italy: Agriculture Minister Continues Battle Against GMOs
» Police Break Up ‘Caregiver Cartel’ At Italian Hospital
» UK: ‘it Could be Just the Tip of the Iceberg’: Top Prosecutor Hints More Celebrities Could be Quizzed Over Child Abuse
» UK: Is This the Most Pretentious Block of Flats Ever? Mahiki Nightclub Owner Plans Apartment Block for Under-40s Who Will be ‘Hand-Picked’ On a Basis of How Cool They Are
North Africa
» Egyptian Army Shoots Dead at Least Three Supporters of Ousted President Morsi as Hundreds of Islamists March Towards Cairo Barracks Where He is Believed to be Held
» Tunisia: Femen Activist Amina Sboui, In Court With No Veil
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Israel’s Reviled Strategic Wisdom
Middle East
» Senior Saudi Journalist: Unless Saudi Arabia Acts Immediately to Remove Assad From Power, ‘Nightmare’ Of ‘Shi’Ite Crescent’ May Materialize
South Asia
» Indonesia: Islamisation Gets a Boost in Jakarta, As Supreme Court Suspends the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages
» Pakistan: One Person Killed in Islamic Fundamentalist Attack Against a Peshawar Protestant Church
Latin America
» President of Venezuela Offers Asylum to Snowden
» Italy: Two Afghans Held in Migrant Centre Death
» Italy: Letta Orders Probe Into Deporting Kazakh Dissident’s Family
» Malta Threatens to Ward Off Migrants
» Sweden Can Have Our Migrants, Malta Suggests
Culture Wars
» Calif. Lawmakers Pass K-12 Transgender-Rights Bill
» Hate Crime: Gay Activists Brutally Beat Christians in America (Video)
» 900 Million Android Devices Are at Risk From a Bug That Allows Hackers to Hijack Phones and Steal Data
» Abandon the United Nations?

Child Labour Spreads in Crisis-Stricken Greece

At least 100,000 minors working illegally

(ANSAmed) — ATHENS — Since the beginning of the deep economic crisis which hit Greece over three years ago, at least 100,000 minors across the country have ended up taking on under-the-table jobs to help their families pay their bills.

Greek daily Kathimerini underscored that though the figures are not government ones, they are a reliable estimate provided by the Greek ombudsman and groups working for child protection. The figure does not include the child victims of human trafficking or the windshield cleaners working at traffic lights, but only those that belong to vulnerable social classes that have been pushed even more to the fringes by the crisis, such as families in which the parents are jobless, Roma communities and immigrants. The only officially documented figures on child labour in Greece are those released by the Labour Inspectorate, which cite 562 minors working illegally in 2012, while in its report on the active labour force in the last quarter of 2012, Greece’s national statistics institute Elstat estimated that 6,238 children were working in the country. The Public Education Ministry was not able to provide official figures on the number of children who drop out of secondary school, even if the number of young people leaving their studies can provide only a partial idea of how many children are working illegally in Greece. The European statistics institute Eurostat reports that 11.4% of Greece’s student population dropped out of school in 2012, a percentage which translates in about 70,000 children who have left their secondary school studies, raising serious concerns for child protection associations. Moreover, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) reports that in 2009 (a year before the crisis hit), about 139,000 Greeks between the ages of 15 and 24 were neither enrolled in school nor had a an job, which would hint that many of them were working in jobs paid under the table. The ILO reports that the figure rose to 161,900 in 2010, while in 2009 there were 31,400 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 with a job, down to 25,700 the following year.

These figures, alongside the ones provided by the Ombudsman, educators and child protection associations, would suggest that there may be as many as 100,000 children working in Greek today, often part-time, badly paid and without any insurance. “An estimated 70% of young people drop out of school to work. It is no exaggeration to say that between 70,000 and 100,000 minors are currently working in Greece,” said Ilias Lyberis, director of UNICEF Hellas.(ANSAmed). “I believe that the poverty affecting a growing number of families — with serious consequences for children — often pushes them to seek part-time or occasional employment, often under poor conditions, in order to contribute to their families’ income,” said Giorgos Moschos, deputy ombudsman in charged of child rights.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Number of Underemployed, Part-Time Workers Jumps 332k in June

The number of Americans employed part time for economic reasons (involuntary part-time workers) increased by 322,000 to 8.2 million from May to June, the Labor Department reported on Friday.

“These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job,” said the news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As the Obama administration prepares to roll out the Democrats’ health-insurance-for-all plan in 2014, many businesses have warned that they will keep their payrolls below 50 full-time workers to avoid penalties imposed by the law.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

U.S. Added 195,000 Jobs in June; Unemployment Rate Remains 7.6%

The economy added 195,000 jobs in June, the Labor Department reported Friday morning, slightly more than analysts had been expecting and suggesting steady growth.

Wall Street has been feverishly awaiting the June employment report. Not only does it provide another indicator of overall economic strength, it also affects the timing of the Federal Reserve’s decision to start tapering a major part of its stimulus efforts.

A strong report increases the likelihood the central bank will start pulling back on its bond purchases as early as September, a prospect that has made some investors more cautious in recent weeks. On the other hand, signs of weakness in the labor market would likely prolong the Fed’s program of purchasing $85 billion in bonds per month.

Along with job creation, the Fed is closely watching unemployment levels. The unemployment rate, which is based on a separate survey from the one that tracks jobs, remained at 7.6 percent, unchanged from May.

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Are We Really Free When Big Brother is Systematically Turning America Into a Giant Prison?

Every year on July 4th we celebrate our “independence”, but is America really free? How could we possibly be free when “Big Brother” is constantly intruding in our lives in hundreds of different ways? And I am not just talking about NSA snooping. Sadly, the truth is that the United States is beginning to fully embrace a “police state” culture. We have learned that the government monitors and keeps a record of all of our cell phone calls, emails, Internet searches, credit card transactions, and every piece of mail that we send. But most Americans don’t seem to care. We are “encouraged” to report the “suspicious activity” of our neighbors to the authorities, we are told that having security thugs touch the private areas of our women and children at our airports is necessary “for our security”, and 80,000 SWAT team raids are conducted each year in the United States. But the American people don’t seem to care. America was once a great country, but now it is being turned into a giant prison, and only a small minority of the citizens are raising their voices in objection.

When I was a child, I was taught that totalitarian societies such as North Korea, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were the bad guys.

So why in the world would we want to become more like them?

Do we actually believe that these ridiculous security measures are keeping us safer?

At this point, we have already given up so much privacy that we barely have any left.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Constitutional Rights Abused at 4th of July Checkpoint

Tennessee State Trooper AJ Ross orders me to pull over and get out of my car, bullies me around, gets the drug sniffing K-9, lies about me having “Illegal Drugs” in the car, searches without consent, and tells me that it is ok to take away my freedom.

All while not being detained. All this harassment because my window was not lowered enough to his preference. I broke no laws whatsoever. All of this on a day that we are supposed to be celebrating freedom and liberty. This checkpoint was in Murfreesboro, TN.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Cops Lockdown Neighborhood After Shots Fired Into Air on July 4th

Police in Las Vegas, Nevada, sent in a SWAT team and locked down an entire neighborhood in response to somebody firing shots into the air, a common occurrence during July 4th celebrations.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told a local news station it “believes the gun is in a home in the area or a vehicle and they obtained a search warrant from the District Attorney to put the neighborhood on lockdown while they look for the gun.”

After taking a number of people into custody, a SWAT team was sent in to “clear” the area. The police told residents to evacuate, but none elected to do so.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Every Picture You Take is Secretly Encoded With Your GPS Location

(NaturalNews) If there is one thing you need to remember at all times in the Electronic Age, it is that privacy no longer exists. Every electronic device, every electronic communication, every electronic anything betrays your sense of privacy in every imaginable way, and that is also true of a seemingly innocuous item — the photo.

If taken with a smartphone — as many photos these days certainly are — then the government, as well as ordinary folk (including those who mean you harm) can use metadata embedded in that photo you just tweeted or posted on Facebook to find out your exact coordinates. That includes where you live, if that’s where you sent or posted the photo from, according to a new investigative report by McClatchy Newspapers:

The GPS location information embedded in a digital photo is an example of so-called metadata, a once-obscure technical term that’s become one of Washington’s hottest new buzzwords.

The word first sprang from the lips of pundits and politicians earlier this month, after reports disclosed that the government has been secretly accessing the telephone metadata of Verizon customers, as well as online videos, emails, photos and other data collected by nine Internet companies…

“Metadata is information about what communications you send and receive, who you talk to, where you are when you talk to them, the lengths of your conversations, what kind of device you were using and potentially other information, like the subject line of your emails,” Peter Eckersley, the director of technology projects at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties group, told the newspaper group.

He went onto say that powerful computer algorithms are capable of analyzing metadata to profile individuals and learn their patterns.

“Metadata is the perfect place to start if you want to troll through millions of people’s communications to find patterns and to single out smaller groups for closer scrutiny,” he told the newspaper group. “It will tell you which groups of people go to political meetings together, which groups of people go to church together, which groups of people go to nightclubs together or sleep with each other.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Gun-Free Chicago: 5 Shot Dead, 27 Wounded to Start Holiday Weekend

The Chicago Sun Times reports a typical start to a weekend in Chicago, where guns are banned unless you are a Chicago Alderman named Mell. So far the banging weekend has produced at least five shot dead, with 27 wounded.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Hundreds of Animals, Fish and Birds From Florida Natural Lagoon Are Mysteriously Dead

More events of mass wild-life species deaths are occurring exponentially, usually without explanation. Often the immediate problem is recognized, but what caused the problem remains unknown.

The term “non-point pollution” pops up, indicating that the source of the problem comes from more than one polluter.

Although several usual suspects are named and gathered in the media, they are merely loosely discussed, but not seriously investigated by journalists, government agencies, or legal authorities.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Info-Graphic: NSA is a Billion Times More Expansive Than the Stasi

US agency would need a facility the size of Europe to store physical copies of information it will hold

A stunning info-graphic put together by a German data company reveals just how expansive the NSA’s data retention program has become.

In the wake of the Snowden revelations, eyes have been trained on the NSA and its almost completed new facility in the Utah desert.

the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program has grown in gargantuan proportions and now intercepts 1.7 billion US electronic communications every single day. Those communications will soon all be funneled through the top secret $2 billion spy center, which the NSA has refused to provide Congress with details of.

Comparing the NSA to the East German Stasi, experts at Open Data City in Berlin, decided to visualize the scope of both spy agencies, to make a point of how much further advanced the NSA is.

The shaded area on the left shows how much physical space the Stasi encompassed in Berlin, then compares the space the NSA would need if it had physical copies of all the information it is capable of storing.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

July 4th — A Celebration or a Memorial Service?

Amid all the barbecues and fireworks today in the Land of the Free, it may be worth a short pause to remember the words of Thomas Jefferson some 237-years ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Powerful stuff.

In one of the most eloquent treatises in history, Jefferson lays out that human beings are born free. And that we create governments in order to stay free.

Further, whenever governments become destructive to this effort, human beings have a right to dissolve the government and create a new one.

Jefferson then lays out an entire laundry list of grievances against the British King that have compelled the colonists to throw off the chains of tyranny and form a new government. This “long train of abuses” includes:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

More Americans View Blacks as Racist Than Whites, Hispanics

Americans consider blacks more likely to be racist than whites and Hispanics in this country.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

There is a huge ideological difference on this topic. Among conservative Americans, 49% consider most blacks racist, and only 12% see most whites that way. Among liberal voters, 27% see most white Americans as racist, and 21% say the same about black Americans.

From a partisan perspective, 49% of Republicans see most black Americans as racist, along with 36% of unaffiliated adults and 29% of Democrats.

Among black Americans, 31% think most blacks are racist, while 24% consider most whites racist and 15% view most Hispanics that way.

Among white adults, 10% think most white Americans are racist; 38% believe most blacks are racist, and 17% say most Hispanics are racist.

Overall, just 30% of all Americans now rate race relations in the United States as good or excellent. Fourteen percent (14%) describe them as poor. Twenty-nine percent (29%) think race relations are getting better, while 32% believe they are getting worse. Thirty-five percent (35%) feel they are staying about the same.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Police Commandeer Homes, Get Sued

[WARNING: ** Disturbing content **]

LAS VEGAS (CN) — Henderson police arrested a family for refusing to let officers use their homes as lookouts for a domestic violence investigation of their neighbors, the family claims in court.

Anthony Mitchell and his parents Michael and Linda Mitchell sued the City of Henderson, its Police Chief Jutta Chambers, Officers Garret Poiner, Ronald Feola, Ramona Walls, Angela Walker, and Christopher Worley, and City of North Las Vegas and its Police Chief Joseph Chronister, in Federal Court.

Henderson, pop. 257,000, is a suburb of Las Vegas.

The Mitchell family’s claim includes Third Amendment violations, a rare claim in the United States. The Third Amendment prohibits quartering soldiers in citizens’ homes in times of peace without the consent of the owner.

“On the morning of July 10th, 2011, officers from the Henderson Police Department responded to a domestic violence call at a neighbor’s residence,” the Mitchells say in the complaint.

It continues: “At 10:45 a.m. defendant Officer Christopher Worley (HPD) contacted plaintiff Anthony Mitchell via his telephone. Worley told plaintiff that police needed to occupy his home in order to gain a ‘tactical advantage’ against the occupant of the neighboring house. Anthony Mitchell told the officer that he did not want to become involved and that he did not want police to enter his residence. Although Worley continued to insist that plaintiff should leave his residence, plaintiff clearly explained that he did not intend to leave his home or to allow police to occupy his home. Worley then ended the phone call.

Mitchell claims that defendant officers, including Cawthorn and Worley and Sgt. Michael Waller then “conspired among themselves to force Anthony Mitchell out of his residence and to occupy his home for their own use.” (Waller is identified as a defendant in the body of the complaint, but not in the heading of it.)

The complaint continues: “Defendant Officer David Cawthorn outlined the defendants’ plan in his official report: ‘It was determined to move to 367 Evening Side and attempt to contact Mitchell. If Mitchell answered the door he would be asked to leave. If he refused to leave he would be arrested for Obstructing a Police Officer. If Mitchell refused to answer the door, force entry would be made and Mitchell would be arrested.’“…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Senator Lamar Alexander: Neo-Con Trotskyite, Part 5

Forty or fifty years ago or more, those who have become leaders in today’s Republican party drifted away from Trotskyism and began to identify themselves as democratic socialists. Still later, under the guise of neo-cons Irving Kristol and William F. Buckley, who emasculated true old right conservatism, slithered into the Republican party as “moderates.” They stole the name of “conservative” and seized intellectual control of the true conservatives, as well as the entire Republican party.

Leon Trotsky must not be ignored. Trotsky, unlike Stalin and Lenin, favored the slow and patient imposition of Marxist socialism without murders and gulags. Trotsky wished for the people to “choose” Marxism, rather than having it forced upon them. Irving Kristol, father of Bill Kristol, stated, “I regard myself as lucky to have been a young Trotskyite and I have not a single bitter memory.”

The current followers of Trotskyite socialism and internationalism are the neo-conservatives. Most have no objection to steering America away from personal freedom and national independence and literally undermining and eroding the people’s freedom. There are several books which expose the reality of the Republican neo-con Trotskyites. Undeniably the best, is John McManus’s brilliant book, “William F. Buckley, Pied Piper for the Establishment.” This book is so well documented, you will want to keep it in your library for reference.

Senator Lamar Alexander, along with the vast majority of Republicans, both those in Congress, the White House, and the governor’s mansions, are neo-con Trotskyites. This is why they have no chutzpah, no backbone, no stalwart stand for Constitutional rights. They are holding the door open for the far left’s agenda. They are the false friends, and they are more dangerous than an open enemy.

So, let’s take a look at what other leftist agenda items Senator Lamar Alexander has promoted over the years…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

TSA Keeping Secret Watch List

It’s being described as an enhancement to security, but what it amounts to is just another way the federal government is becoming more invasive and less tolerant of your privacy.

The Transportation Security Administration has announced recently (and very quietly) that it is expanding a so-called watch list of individuals who are supposedly in violation of the intrusive agency’s security rules.

The announcement came in the form of an entry in the Federal Register in late 2012:

As part of the effort to identify individuals that are low risk, TSA also is creating and maintaining a watch list of individuals who are disqualified from eligibility from TSA Pre[check]TM, for some period of time or permanently, because they have been involved in violations of security regulations of sufficient severity or frequency.

[Comment: Secret Watch Dissident List.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Unapproved Genetically-Modified Rice Trials in U.S. Have Contaminated the World’s Rice Supply

(NaturalNews) New evidence has emerged suggesting that the entire global supply of rice may have already been contaminated by unapproved, genetically-modified (GM) rice varieties manufactured by the American multinational corporation Bayer CropScience. A recent entry in the GM Contamination Register explains that between the years of 2006 and 2007, three different varieties of illegal GM rice, none of which have ever been approved for cultivation or consumption anywhere in the world, were identified in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Once again, field trials conducted by Bayer back in the mid-1990s appear to have been the cause of this widespread and irreversible genetic pollution. Though all official field trials of “Frankenrice” supposedly ended in 2002, the three GM rice varieties detected somehow made their way into the general rice supply, which has had a major negative impact on U.S. rice exports. Similar contamination involving both GM wheat and GM flax was also recently discovered in the food supply, and both a result of biotechnology company field trials.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Whites, Latinos Hit Population Parity in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State demographers estimate that whites and Latinos are now an equal share of California’s population, with Latinos poised to become a plurality by early next year.

Latino leaders planned a modest rally Monday at the state Capitol to mark the milestone, which researchers at the state Department of Finance had previously projected would be achieved mid-year.

“At this point, the numbers are very, very close,” said Bill Schooling, head of the demographic research unit of the State Department of Finance. He said officials do not plan to estimate the exact date when Latinos begin overtaking whites, but they are expected to become the state’s largest ethnicity in early 2014.

Whites and Latinos each comprise about 39 percent of California’s population after a long-running demographic shift that already has altered state politics, the economy and culture.

Monday’s rally was intended to mark the occasion and remind state lawmakers of Latinos’ increasing clout, said Orlando Fuentas, president of the Latino Democratic Club of Sacramento.

“We want to recognize this momentous change by acknowledging the responsibilities that lay ahead for our community at large as well as our state,” Fuentas said in a statement.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Why All the Zombie Movies?

I went to see World War Z. It was a carbon copy of the Will Smith zombie movie I am Legend. And since I am well aware of predictive programming, I beg to question WHY. I would also like to question WHY have there been so many zombie movies lately, similar or not?

In both World War Z and I am Legend, the zombies are created by a virus. Minor tweaks in plot have world war z with the zombies active during the day time as well as night time, and the disease spreading by bite and becoming fully active in 12 seconds. But let’s look at the similarities here — Both have their roots in a virus.

Both have society going down to isolated pockets. Both fully justify killing of the zombies, who are actually just people with a disease. Both have full societal lock down as the solution to the problem. And both have no cures for the zombies. In fact, other zombie movies, according to my Mexican friends have the same basic theme, and this last one, World War Z was the tipping point which caused the question, WHAT DO THE ELITE HAVE PLANNED FOR US, WHY ALL THESE VIRUS BASED ZOMBIE MOVIES?

And I would also like to ask, WHY has our military trained for a “zombie apocalypse”? Very creepy stuff.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Zimmerman Prosecutor Angela Corey Criminally Indicted by Citizens’ Grand Jury for Allegedly Falsifying Arrest Warrant and Complaint

Florida State’s Attorney Angela Corey has been indicted by a citizens’ grand jury, convening in Ocala, Florida, over the alleged falsification of the arrest warrant and complaint that lead to George Zimmerman being charged with the second degree murder of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

The indictment of Corey, which was handed down last week (see, charges Corey with intentionally withholding photographic evidence of the injuries to George Zimmerman’s head in the warrant she allegedly rushed to issue under oath, in an effort to boost her reelection prospects. At the outset of this case, black activists such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who whipped up wrath against Zimmerman, demanded that he be charged with murder, after local police had thus far declined to arrest him pending investigation.

Following Corey’s criminal complaint charging Zimmerman, legal experts such as Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz condemned her for falsely signing an arrest affidavit under oath, which intentionally omitted exculpatory evidence consisting of the photographs showing the injuries Zimmerman sustained, and rushing to charge him with second degree murder under political pressure. Dershowitz called her actions unethical and themselves crimes.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Zimmerman, Identity Politics, And Not Turning the Other Cheek

Black identity politics has zero interest in “content of character.” It is all about black racism.

I knew that the trial of George Zimmerman was going to be a circus as soon as the media started to label him a “white Hispanic.” Pardon me; I thought to myself, did they just say that Zimmerman is a white Hispanic? Indeed they did — they had to slip a honky into the mix somehow.

George’s father is Caucasian, you see (his mother is an Afro-Peruvian Hispanic). If we follow this line of reasoning, then seeing as how Obama’s mother was Caucasian, then technically he is our first white black President, (not to be confused with Bubba Clinton’s rep as our first black white President).

Be that as it may…I have been reading articles for some time now warning that race riots will erupt if a “not guilty” verdict is handed down at the conclusion of the ongoing trial of George Zimmerman. We know that racial divisiveness and turmoil are the last things that Barack “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon” Obama and the radical left wish for, so we will all keep our fingers crossed that no rioting occurs…

The Democrats were unabashedly anti-black until the early 1960s, when the Democratic Party switched horses in mid-stream and stashed their KKK caps and became “best buds” with the blacks. The Democrats proceeded to construct an “Entitlement Plantation” — complete with black overseers (usually a reverend of some sort) and “attack dogs” to track down and bring back any blacks attempting to escape.

Within the plantation, blacks are not educated so much as indoctrinated — indoctrinated with the sour, angry, bitter lessons of entitlement and victimhood. They have been indoctrinated to the point where they love their victimhood.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

France Has Vast Electronic Spying Network, Paper Says

France’s leading newspaper “Le Monde” says French intelligence operates a vast network of electronic surveillance, including gathering data on emails, SMS texts, telephone calls, and even Facebook and Twitter posts.

A leading French newspaper says France’s intelligence services have put in place a giant electronic surveillance gathering network.

Citing no sources, the Le Monde daily says France’s Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure, the country’s foreign intelligence agency, systematically collects information about all electronic data sent by computers and telephones in France, as well as communications between France and abroad.

According to Le Monde, data on “all emails, SMSs, telephone calls, Facebook and Twitter posts” are collected and stored in a massive three-floor underground bunker at the DGSE’s headquarters in Paris. The paper specified that it is the communications’ metadata — such as when was call was made and where an author was when she sent an email — that is being archived, not their content.

Officials at the DGSE did not answer phone calls or emails seeking comment Thursday.

The vast archive, which Le Monde says amounts to tens of millions of gigabytes, is accessible to France’s other spy agencies, including military intelligence, domestic intelligence, Paris police and a special financial crimes task force.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Germany: Commercials to be Broadcast Directly Into Consumers’ Heads

“Suddenly a voice inside their head is talking to them”

A company in Germany has developed technology that will allow commercials and other announcements to be broadcast directly into train passengers’ heads when they lean against the window.

“Tired commuters often rest their heads against windows. Suddenly a voice inside their head is talking to them. No one else can hear this message,” states the video for the campaign launched by Sky Deutschland in association with ad agency BBDO Germany.

“The proposal involves using bone conduction technology, which is used in hearing aids, headphones and Google’s Glass headset, to pass sound to the inner ear via vibrations through the skull,” reports the Telegraph…

Neither company addressed the possibility that tired commuters who rest their head against the window may want to sleep and not be bombarded with annoying commercials.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Italian Wine Exports Closing Gap With French Cousins

First quarter 2013, export value up 10%

(ANSA) — Turin, July 4 — The value of Italian wine exports increased by 10% in the first quarter of 2013, for a total of 1.1 billion euros, narrowing the gap with market champions France, winemakers’ association Assoenologi said on Thursday. France’s export value for 2012 was 7.8 billion euros compared with 4.7 billion euros in Italy, Assoenologi Director Giuseppe Martelli said. Over four years the value of Italian wine exported increased 25%, from 1.75 euros to 2.20 euros per bottle. “Italian wine has all the potential and what it takes to overcome their French cousins,” Martelli said.

Despite the economic crisis gripping the country, there was a 6.5% increase in export value and 8.8% in volume in 2012, the association said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Agriculture Minister Continues Battle Against GMOs

De Girolamo says Italy should focus on ‘uniqueness’ of produce

(ANSA) — Rome, July 4 — The Italian agriculture minister said on Thursday that she will continue the “battle against genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) being used in the country and continue to push for their cultivation to be banned.

Speaking at a meeting of the agricultural organization Coldiretti, Nunzia De Girolamo said that her approach to GMOs was “ethical”.

“I am looking at the market. Italy is known for quality, authenticity and biodiversity. Our excellence is recognized for that very reason,” De Girolamo said.

“If we use GMOs for cultivation, what difference would there be between a Chinese and Italian tomato?,” the minister said.

The GMO issue is particularly explosive in Italy.

As the second-largest producer of organic crops in Europe and the fourth largest in the world, there is widespread fear of the potential damage resulting from accidental GMO contamination.

Coldiretti said in June that nearly eight out of 10, or 76%, of Italians were against GMOs — 14% more compared to a survey from last year.

“Agricultural entrepreneurs say no and surveys show opposition (to GMOs). If we start growing homogenous produce we lose what makes us characteristic and will this greatly damage our agricultural sector,” De Girolamo said.

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Police Break Up ‘Caregiver Cartel’ At Italian Hospital

Pesaro group also suspected of huge tax fraud

(ANSA) — Pesaro, July 4 — Police in a central Italian city on the Adriatic coast have broken up what they describe as a ‘cartel’ of hospital caregivers. According to the charges, the group of eight suspects at Pesaro’s San Salvatore hospital organized a scheme for intercepting every request for private care, bypassing the supervisory system, and leaving only temporary jobs behind for other caregivers to pick up. The group is also suspected of tax fraud of up to hundreds of thousands of euros.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

UK: ‘it Could be Just the Tip of the Iceberg’: Top Prosecutor Hints More Celebrities Could be Quizzed Over Child Abuse

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More celebrities could be arrested and charged with historic sex abuse offences, one of Britain’s top prosecutors has hinted.

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, supervised the case against former It’s A Knockout presenter Stuart Hall, 83.

He has also recently approved the the charging of Coronation Street stars Bill Roache and Michael Le Vell, who both facing upcoming trials over alleged child abuse.

Le Vell, 48, denies 19 sex offences with a child while Roache, 81, denies child sex charges relating to five alleged victims in the 1960s.

But Mr Afzal acknowledged these cases could just be the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

He said: ‘I don’t know how big the iceberg is but what I do know is that in the last year I have dealt with more historical abuse cases than I have ever dealt with in my life.

‘I think that is true of us as an organisation nationally.

‘Yes there will be more cases and I have no qualms about it and neither am I ashamed of it.’

Mr Afzal, who also oversaw the landmark prosecution of the Rochdale sex gang, dismissed claims by critics that the pursuit of historic sex abuse cases has become a ‘witch hunt’.

He insisted such vile behaviour cannot simply be judged as being from ‘another time’.

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UK: Is This the Most Pretentious Block of Flats Ever? Mahiki Nightclub Owner Plans Apartment Block for Under-40s Who Will be ‘Hand-Picked’ On a Basis of How Cool They Are

Like the sound of a central London pad with a roof deck for yoga, an in-house deli and use of a subterranean ‘party room’?

Then nightclub owner Nick House’s £10million new West End development could be for you — provided, that is, you are deemed ‘cool’ enough.

The man behind royal favourites Mahiki and Whisky Mist is set to transform an Edwardian building near Covent Garden into apartments exclusively for under-40s — and the first residents will be hand-picked to ensure the development achieves the right blend of ‘dynamic, social and fun’.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Egyptian Army Shoots Dead at Least Three Supporters of Ousted President Morsi as Hundreds of Islamists March Towards Cairo Barracks Where He is Believed to be Held

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Social networking sites and mosques are being used to rally support for the democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi who has been put under house arrest.

At least 10 people have been killed today as tens of thousands of former President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters tried to march towards the military barracks in Cairo where he is being held by the military that overthrew him.

Nighttime clashes raged with stone-throwing, firecrackers and gunfire, and military armored vehicles raced across a Nile River bridge in a counterassault on Morsi’s supporters.

Morsi supporters demonstrated in cities across the country today on what his Muslim Brotherhood called a ‘Friday of rage’ against what they describe as a military coup that toppled Egypt’s first elected leader a year after he took office…

Thousands of Islamists also took to the streets of Alexandria and Assiut to protest against the army’s ouster of Morsi and reject a planned interim government backed by their liberal opponents.

In the Suez city of Ismailia, soldiers fired into the air as Morsi supporters tried to break into the governor’s office. The Islamists retreated and there were no casualties, security sources said.

‘Down, down with military rule!’ they chanted. ‘We call for jihad in the whole country.’


Hosni Mubarak and previous authoritarian regimes banned the group and after his fall, the newly-legalised Brotherhood shot to power in elections, with veteran member Mr Morsi becoming the country’s first freely-elected president.

Now the group is reeling under a huge backlash from a public that says the Brotherhood and its Islamist allies abused their electoral mandate. The military forced Mr Morsi out on Wednesday after millions of Egyptians turned out in four days of protests demanding he be removed.

[Commenters: The people of Egypt have shown very clearly that they do not want a state which is controlled by and for the Moslem Brotherhood. They want freedom of expression and religion and what is wrong with that. — Old Grumpy29 , Sudbury_UK,

To call Morsi democratically elected is irony at it’s best. The muslim brotherhood were illegally financed from abroad and used these funds to buy votes and manipulate the electoral process. The vote last year was very close with approximately 3 -4% difference between candidates with many people only voting for Morsi to prevent his adversary being elected and to in their words “give him a chance” these people have been seriously let down and are now amongst the crowds in Tahrir and elsewhere who called for his removal. Rather than manage the country the MB set about consolidating their power and taking over all state institutions including the police and military. If they had been left in power any longer they would have destroyed the country beyond repair and changed the electoral system in their favour so that they could never be removed by democratic means. — Mike P , London ]

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Tunisia: Femen Activist Amina Sboui, In Court With No Veil

Charged with immoral conduct, hearing postponed to July 11

(ANSAmed) — TUNIS, JULY 5 — FEMEN activist Amina Sboui on Friday opted not to wear a veil to her appeal hearing, instead showing up in the trousers and checked shirt she wore the day she was arrested. The appeals court deferred the hearing to July 11.

Tunisian women inmates traditionally don a pale-colored veil, or sefsari, that covers them from head to foot. Introduced decades ago, when women were almost exclusively tried on charges of immoral conduct.

Sboui asked whether the sefsari is mandatory and was told it is optional, Business News website reported. She was arrested on May 19 in Kairouan for spray-painting the word FEMEN on a cemetery wall and for possession of a tear gas canister. She was fined 300 dinars (almost 150 euros) for those offenses, but has been held since then on additional charges of immoral conduct.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Caroline Glick: Israel’s Reviled Strategic Wisdom

On Wednesday, Egypt had its second revolution in as many years. And there is no telling how many more revolutions it will have in the coming months, or years. This is the case not only in Egypt, but throughout the Islamic world.

The American foreign policy establishment’s rush to romanticize as the Arab Spring the political instability that engulfed the Arab world following the self-immolation of a Tunisian peddler in December 2010 was perhaps the greatest demonstration ever given of the members of that establishment’s utter cluelessness about the nature of Arab politics and society. Their enthusiastic embrace of protesters who have now brought down President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood regime indicates that it takes more than a complete repudiation of their core assumptions to convince them to abandon them.

US reporters and commentators today portray this week’s protests as the restoration of the Egyptian revolution. That revolution, they remain convinced, was poised to replace long-time Egyptian leader and US-ally Hosni Mubarak with a liberal democratic government led by people who used Facebook and Twitter.

Subsequently, we were told, that revolution was hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood. But now that Morsi and his government have been overthrown, the Facebook revolution is back on track.

And again, they are wrong…


           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]

Senior Saudi Journalist: Unless Saudi Arabia Acts Immediately to Remove Assad From Power, ‘Nightmare’ Of ‘Shi’Ite Crescent’ May Materialize

In his June 15 column in the London-based Saudi daily Al-Hayat, Jamal Khashoggi, a senior journalist and former editor of the Saudi daily Al-Watan, painted a frightening picture of what the Middle East might look like if Bashar Al-Assad wins the war in Syria. He wrote that if that happens, the “nightmare” of the Arab Sunnis will materialize, namely the emergence of a “Shi’ite Crescent”: a continuum of Shi’ite-ruled countries stretching from Iran through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon.

This, in turn, will strengthen Iran in the regional and international arena, and cause an outbreak of sectarian tension in Saudi Arabia and the spread of religious extremism, and thus pose a real threat to Saudi Arabia’s national security.

In light of this, Khashoggi stated that Saudi Arabia must prevent an Iranian victory in Syria at all costs. To this end, it must form a coalition of countries under its leadership that will return Syria to the Arab fold. He stressed that Saudi Arabia must do this even if the U.S. does not join this coalition, because its security is at stake.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Indonesia: Islamisation Gets a Boost in Jakarta, As Supreme Court Suspends the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages

The leaders of the Islamic Defender Front has been fighting for a ban on alcohol, especially during Ramadan. With its ruling, the Supreme Court suspends a 1997 presidential decree that authorised the sale of alcohol, stressing that “it is not apt” to maintain order. Fundamentalists are overjoyed. For them, “rapes and adultery are alcohol-related.”

Jakarta (AsiaNews) — Indonesia has taken another step towards Islamisation following a Supreme Court decision to suspend a presidential decree of 1997 authorising the sale of alcoholic beverages in the country. Local authorities can now ban alcoholic beverages like wine and beer as well as soft drinks on their territory. The leaders of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), which has pushed the case, are rejoicing. For them, sexual violence and adultery are due to “alcoholic beverages.”

For years, the FPI has laid down the law in various parts of the archipelago, imposing rules and regulations inspired by sharia, or Islamic law, to govern conduct and impose prohibitions, including on the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

In particular, restrictions on behaviour tend to intensify on the eve of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims. In the past, several members of the group raided and attacked shops, kiosks, and market stalls that sold alcoholic beverages during Ramadan.

Yesterday, the Indonesian Supreme Court suspended Presidential Decree No. 3/1997, which regulates and authorises the sale of alcoholic beverages. Chief Justice Ridwan Mansyur agreed with the FPI’s claim that the decree does not favour upholding “law and order”.

Now, local governments are free to ban the sale of alcohol, something that has already happened in 22 regencies and municipalities, like Depok and Indramayu in West Java.

After years of struggle and legal battles, Islamists enthusiastically welcomed the ruling. “Alcoholic drinks are closely linked to episodes of adultery,” said Habib Muhammad bin Toha Assegaff, FPI chief in Tangerang.

Although Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world, its constitution recognises basic personal liberties, like religious freedom. However, in recent years, the country has become the scene of growing violence and abuse against minorities, including Christians as well as Ahmadi Muslims and other groups.

Islamic law is enforced in only one province, Aceh, but pressures are mounting in many others to do the same.

Already in some places, women are banned from riding motorbikes sideways or wearing jeans or short skirts. In some places, a special morality police has been set up, tasked with finding and punishing violators and enforcing such radical and extreme measures.

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

Pakistan: One Person Killed in Islamic Fundamentalist Attack Against a Peshawar Protestant Church

The victim is a police officer guarding the Assembly of God Church. A recent discriminatory statement by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister sparks outrage among minorities, fuelling tensions. He is a member of the Pakistan Movement for justice, a party that praises equality and respect for all. Catholic priest calls the matter, “Such a shame”.

Islamabad (AsiaNews) — This morning two Islamic fundamentalists attacked a Protestant church, the Assembly of God Church, in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, shooting at a policeman on guard several times. Before they fled the scene, they took the dead officer’s weapon and fired at the church. Two clergymen were inside the building at the time of the incident. Civil society groups and the Catholic Church condemned the action. Meanwhile, police have registered the incident and are in pursuit of the gunmen.

Tensions had been running high in the area after Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Kharrak said that Muslims could not be street cleaners or janitors, who are in short supplies, “only minorities could do those jobs.” Minority groups reacted with outrage calling for his resignation.

Kharrak is a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, Pakistan Movement for justice), led by former cricket star Imran Khan.

Following this statement, the church that was attacked received threats from Islamic extremists and asked for protection from local authorities, who responded by deployed two police officers to guard the church.

This morning two fundamentalists tried to enter the church, which had two clergymen inside. They opened fire when one of police guards on duty tried to intercept them, hitting him in the neck, chest and near the heart. He died immediately.

Contacted by AsiaNews, Fr Joseph Edward, of the diocese of Lahore, condemned the chief minister for his statement.

“His words are a clear sign of discrimination” he said, “something shameful for the PTI, which ran a campaign based on change, peace, justice, equality and respect for everyone, even for religious minorities “.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has long been involved in the fight against terrorism. It has been the scene of hundreds of attacks, which have claimed the lives 22,000 people in the past five years.

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

President of Venezuela Offers Asylum to Snowden

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela said on Friday that he had decided to offer asylum to the former American intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden, who is wanted by the United States on charges of revealing classified government information.

Mr. Snowden’s applications to more than 20 nations have generated a barrage of negative responses. He is believed to be holed up in the transit area of an international airport in Moscow.

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Italy: Two Afghans Held in Migrant Centre Death

Kurd killed by stab wound to the heart

(ANSA) — Bari, July 5 — Italian police on Friday arrested two Afghan asylum seekers in connection with the stabbing death Tuesday of a Kurdish asylum seeker in a migrant detention center in the southern city of Bari. Police said the victim was killed by a single wound to the heart after a fight broke out among detainees.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Letta Orders Probe Into Deporting Kazakh Dissident’s Family

Mukhtar Ablyazov’s wife and six-year-old expelled

(ANSA) — Rome, July 5 — Italian Premier Enrico Letta on Friday ordered an internal inquiry into the deportation of the wife and daughter of prominent Kazakh dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov.

According to a statement from his office, the review is meant to “reveal any possible critical issues” in the handling of Alma Shalabayeva and her six-year-old daughter.

Last month the two were brought to Rome’s Ciampino airport and put on a private jet with Kazakh diplomats — something the Italian premier, the foreign minister and the justice minister have denied knowing about until after the fact. Letta’s move to review the handling of the case came after MP Alessandro Zan from the left-wing opposition SEL party called on the government Friday “to take all measures possible to guarantee the safety of Shalabayeva and her daughter” now in Kazakhstan, which Human Rights Watch has criticised for its “deteriorating” human rights record. According to family and associates in Italy, police raided a home in Rome last month in search of Ablyazov, a banker linked to a multibillion-euro embezzlement case at his BTA Bank. Ablyazov, who has been a fugitive in Kazakhstan since 2009 and in and out of hiding, was not found in the search, but agents apprehended his wife and daughter instead on charges of residing in the country illegally, which their lawyers denied. Ablyazov, an outspoken critic of autocratic Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, helped found the now defunct Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DCK), an opposition political movement that campaigned for breaking up the concentration of power in the executive, an independent judiciary, and a strong legislature. Italy’s SEL party has also demanded explanations from Angelino Alfano, the interior minister and deputy premier who is also the secretary of the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party of three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi. Critics have pointed out that during his stints as premier Berlusconi helped foster lucrative commercial ties between Italy and oil-rich Kazakhstan.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Malta Threatens to Ward Off Migrants

Premier Muscat calls for EU solidarity

(ANSAmed) — LA VALLETTA, JULY 5 — Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Friday threatened to wield his country’s veto powers and begin rejecting migrants unless the EU lends a hand in grappling with the immigration crisis. “Just as Malta contributed with 3% of its GDP to the Greek bailout, so we demand the same solidarity from our European partners”, Muscat told reporters. It is time for Europe to come up with “a real and solid policy to face the Mediterranean emergency”, he added.

The Maltese premier called for aid in a phone call yesterday to Council of Europe President Herman Van Rompuy. Malta has taken in 300 immigrants, of whom nine were taken to hospital in critical condition, and three had been shot.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Sweden Can Have Our Migrants, Malta Suggests

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat this morning insisted that he will “definitely consider” using the veto to push the European Union into helping Malta deal with its irregular migration problem.

Answering questions by journalists during his visit to the MFSA offices, Dr Muscat said that he will use all the possible tools to obtain EU assistance on the matter.

The EU found mechanisms with which to help countries face their financial problems; it could therefore act in the same way to help Malta tackle the immigration problem it is facing.

In reply to remarks made by Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom that the migration numbers Malta is facing are not extraordinary, Dr Muscat said: “If she thinks the figures are not alarming, she can propose the Swedish government to take migrants”.

           — Hat tip: Steen [Return to headlines]

Calif. Lawmakers Pass K-12 Transgender-Rights Bill

SACRAMENTO — Transgender students in public schools can participate in school activities and use school facilities that conform to their gender identity under a bill that passed the Senate Wednesday and now heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill, AB1266 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, had the bare majority, passing 21-9 on a partisan vote with Democrats in support.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Hate Crime: Gay Activists Brutally Beat Christians in America (Video)

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Seattle Pridefest marchers viciously attacked a Christian street preacher, pummeling him in the back of the head and kicking him in the ribs as he knelt in pain on the ground.

WARNING: Strong language and violence in video.

As revealed in the disturbing video, two Christian street preachers stood near a gay pride march, one holding a large sign and the other one clutching a Bible.

The sign did not make any targeted, inflammatory statements against any particular group.

But several of the marchers did not care.

A heavy-set man and a woman broke off from the march to confront the preachers. The preacher in the “Trust Jesus” t-shirt tried to block the initial shoving with a Bible.

Both preachers attempted to retreat from conflict.

A short man knocked down the preacher holding the sign, taking it away from him as the heavy-set man sucker punched the preacher in the head.

The short man showed no mercy as he kicked the now-down preacher in the ribs.

After the brutal assault on both the preachers and free speech, two police officers walked towards the quickly fleeing attackers.

According to Life Site News, the officers did arrest 36-year-old Jason Queree as well as an additional suspect.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

900 Million Android Devices Are at Risk From a Bug That Allows Hackers to Hijack Phones and Steal Data

A ‘master key’ that could give hackers complete access to mobile phones and tablets running Google’s Android software has been revealed.

The bug could allow hackers to hijack phones, allowing them to steal data, listen in to calls or send junk email and text messages.

Researchers say the loophole has been present since 2009, and claim around 900 million devices are at risk.

Jeff Forristal of Bluebox, the firm which uncovered the key, said the implications of the discovery were ‘huge’.

‘It can essentially take over the normal functioning of the phone and control any function thereof,’ he wrote on the firm’s blog.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Abandon the United Nations?

Pull the plug on the United Nations and allow it to die. It has obviously outlived any usefulness

What are we going to do about the United Nations? Exactly what has the U.N. accomplished? I will grant that the U.N. began with the most noble and loftiest of intentions, but does it still embody those intentions?

It’s ineffectual, it’s corrupt, it’s unelected, it’s dominated by scores of tiny countries which have learned that if they claim discrimination or claim that their “human rights” are being denied, they can make the wealthy, successful nations feel enough guilt (thanks to the leftists within those countries who rarely if ever made any contribution to either the wealth or the success) to shovel money at them even as they declare their undying hatred for the countries who are being shaken down…

And we pay an awful lot for their ineffective failures. According to an Office of Management and Budget report to Congress, the United States spent at least $7.7 billion dollars supporting the U.N. in 2010, the latest data available.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/5/2013

  1. Great idea. Let the UN die. It is dominated by the OIC and other islamic nazi groups

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