Saturday, May 31, 2014

Multiple Voting in Australia Triggers Voter Fraud Investigation

By Frances Martel

Multiple voting in Australia has skyrocketed in the last four years, a practice that has significant potential to corrupt the Australian electoral system. Of the thousands of Aussies voting twice in the same elections, many have admitted to doing so "while drunk." According to The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 cases of multiple voting were recorded in 2010. In 2013, 8,000 cases occurred. Voting is compulsory in Australia, and the system is designed so that it is possible for someone to fill out an absentee ballot and also vote in a polling station on Election Day, or visit multiple polling stations and vote more than once. As ABC Australia further explains, "A person may go to a polling place, claim to be another person whom they know is on the roll for that division, have that person’s name marked off the certified list, and cast another vote." Doing so can severely corrupt the accuracy of the electoral system.
The Australian Electoral Commission reached out to those who had voted multiple times, attempting to get an explanation. The commission discovered that "2000 people have admitted to voting multiple times at the 2013 federal election, offering explanations including being drunk, confused or trying out the system." One Australian legislator, liberal Senator Dean Smith, described the situation as "funny but not a laughing matter." The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is set to launch an official investigation, both into those who provided explanations for their actions and those who did not adequately respond to Australian Electoral Commission inquiries.
"Previously when someone gave us one of those reasons, we accepted those and in many cases did not refer those to the AFP," acting Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers explained to ABC Australia. Engaging the police in preventing this type of fraud will likely jolt potential multiple voters into being more careful about how they vote, lest they incur the wrath of law enforcement. This was pivotal to keeping the integrity of the voting system, he stated, because “a voter’s faith in and engagement with the electoral system rests on an assurance that each person in a polling place has the same opportunity, but only the same opportunity, to vote."
The Australian Election Commission has previously used a number of innovative methods, including Facebook, to attract people to sign into government websites and register to vote, avoiding a fine.

Germany Hopes for Iran Deal in Two Months

Germany and the UAE expressed hope Saturday that Iran and the P5+1 world powers will reach a permanent diplomatic resolution to their nuclear dispute in two months' time.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, told a news conference held in Abu Dhabi with his visiting German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, that it was hoped an agreement will be reached within the next two months, to be followed by an interim period of six months to test the credibility of both Tehran and the international community.

Gulf News reported that the German Foreign Minister said that the fact that the talks with Iran had continued over the past months had boosted hopes that a permanent deal, which assures all countries of the region that Iran will not develop nuclear arms, will be reached in due course.

The remarks in Abu Dhabi come ahead of a new round of talks in Vienna on June 16-20, between Iran and the P5+1 powers – Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany. Three days of meetings two weeks ago made no "tangible progress," and a July 20 deadline for a conclusive agreement looms on the horizon.

"Regardless of the general situation which makes cooperation between the US and Russia difficult in some areas at the moment, the negotiations on the Iranian issue have certainly gone further," he said.

"In recent weeks and months they were so encouraging that we maintained a chance of reaching an agreement," Steinmeier added.

"Whether these negotiations can be completed within the agreed time frame cannot be said at the present time," said Steinmeier. "Anyway, there is no sign that anyone wants to go beyond that time frame."

Differences between Iran and the P5+1 reportedly include the scope of Iran's enrichment of uranium, which if further purified could be used to trigger a nuclear explosion, and its unfinished Arak research reactor, whose by-product waste could provide an alternative route to an atomic bomb.

Norwegian Students Fed Anti-Israel Propaganda in Exam

A Norwegian-language test administered to over 40,000 high-school students across Norway, included blatant anti-Israel propaganda. One of the questions presented a photo of a graffiti drawing by a British street artist on Israel's security barrier and an SMS sent by Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from Gaza during the Cast Lead counter-terror offensive in 2009, and asked to analyze the drawing and text.

Gilbert's SMS says: "They bombed the central vegetable market in Gaza city two hours ago. 80 injured, 20 killed. All came here to Shifa. We wade in death, blood and amputees... Many children. Pregnant woman. I have never experienced anything this horrible. Now we hear tanks. Tell it, pass it on, shout it. Anything. DO SOMETHING! DO MORE! We're living in the history books now, all of us!"

The text next to the photo of the graffiti explains: "This graffiti is painted on the wall that the Israeli authorities built in the West Bank. The wall is 8 meters high and surrounds the city of Bethlehem, among other things."

The Israel-based Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism claimed that the exam is biased against Israel. There is no explanation of why Israel felt it necessary to build a wall, it noted, or why it attacked Gaza.

Gilbert was presented as a doctor – but as British columnist Melanie Phillips has noted in the past, he “appears not to be just an ordinary doctor. He is a political activist and member of the Norwegian Maoist ‘Red’ party. Not only is he viscerally hostile to Israel and a long-standing activist in the Palestinian ‘solidarity’ movement, but he even supported the 9/11 attacks.”

In his response to Gilbert's anti-Israel claims, at the time they were originally made, Israeli spokesman Yigal Palmor noted that "Dr. Gilbert is notorious for his radical far left opinions and his systematic demonization of Israel. He has already accused Israel of almost every nightmarish crime in the book only to ignore the refutation of every one of his allegations.

"His stories are worthy of Dante's imagination but have been proved time and again to be far removed from reality. It is a pity that serious members of the medical profession should allow themselves to be dragged into an excessive of mad Mads," said Palmor.

Pro-Israel Christian Swedish group MIFF informed its Facebook followers that the exam contained inaccuracies and encouraged them to submit complaints to the Education Directorate.

Hamas Pays Muslim Rioters $1,150 a Month to Throw Rocks at Jews

By Daniel Greenfield

The interesting thing about getting a look inside a terrorist group is seeing how all the awful things you see on television get reduced to a dollars and cents figure.
Toameh revealed that Hamas works with the Islamic Movement (an Israeli organization that promotes Islam among Israel’s Arab citizens) to keep Jews from entering the Temple Mount compound, by retaining a group of young men to harass and throw stones at Jewish visitors. These men, who ostensibly are studying Islamic theology at the site, are paid a monthly salary of NIS 4,000 to NIS 5000 ($1,150-$1,440) for their activities, the Shin Bet said.
$1,440 isn’t bad for part time work considering that average income for Israeli Arabs is $2,185, though Christian Arabs tend to skew the average higher. And Islamic theology students don’t have a lot of career options.
But throwing rocks at Jews is Islamic theology. It doesn’t get more Islamic than that. If they’re Jewish female visitors, it’s like the Koran in physical form.
That “grass roots” “Palestinian” resistance has always been as fake and astroturfed as a campaign commercial.
The story describes the Islamic Movement a bit simply. It’s actually the Muslim Brotherhood inside 1948 Israel. Or one of two of them.
Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood in 1967 Israel and the news that it’s collaborating with another Muslim Brotherhood front isn’t surprising. The pretense that one Muslim Brotherhood arm is separate from another always falls apart on a close look.
Maybe this will prompt Israel to outlaw the Islamic Movement which is clearly acting as an arm of Hamas in 1948 Israel. There is at least one member of it in the Israeli Knesset which is outrageous because it means you have a Muslim Brotherhood figure in Israel’s parliament at a time when even Egypt is giving them the boot.
Toameh also said that Hamas maintains a secret connection with firebrand cleric Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement’s northern branch. Salah, an Israeli citizen, has been arrested several times for his activities, and was jailed between 2003 and 2005 for providing funding to Hamas.
Again, is this a surprise to anyone. The Islamic Movement is just Hamas by another name. They’re both Brotherhood fronts.
Toameh sits on the main economic council of Hamas, and, according to the Shin Bet, detailed various arrangements the group makes to transfer funds to both its Gaza base and to supporters inside Israel or the West Bank. Several of these involve Islamic charities operating abroad. According to Toameh, it was at his suggestion that Hamas began surreptitiously transferring funds via real estate deals — for example, a Saudi Arabian-backed mosque, built several years ago in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, resulted in some 750,000 riyals (about $200,000) being transferred to Hamas operatives.
Tulkarem is in the West Bank so simply blocking off Gaza doesn’t solve anything. But now that we know this, how much money from Qatar’s Rawabi settlement ended up in Hamas’ hands?

Cameron can't stop Merkel's opponents joining Tory group in European Parliament

By M.E. Synon

David Cameron’s Conservatives have been so weakened by their losses in the European Parliament that Tory MEPs may now be forced to sit in a political group with some of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s German opponents – leaving Cameron embarrassed after assuring Merkel that his party would not sit with the Alternative for Germany (AfD), the new anti-euro party which its opposed to Merkel’s eurozone policies. The embarrassment is likely to be intense. Cameron needs Merkel’s help not only to stop the eurofanatic Jean Claude Juncker from becoming the next president of the European Commission, he also needs her support if he is to have any hope of taking back powers for Britain from Brussels before the 2017 referendum.
Now, after saying publically that his Conservative MEPs would not sit with Merkel’s opponents in the AfD, he finds he may be powerless to stop the German party joining the Tory’s own European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group at the parliament.
Cameron’s Conservatives took such a hit in the elections, down from 25 to 19 seats, that they cannot dominate the new formation of the ECR, and the decision to admit new parties is made by majority vote. The British Conservative MEPs have no majority in the group and have no veto.
Certainly the ECR is carrying on with negotiations to admit the AfD. According to EU Observer: "The anti-federalists [the ECR] are eyeing above all the German anti-euro AfD party, a newcomer party.”
Jan Zahradil, a Czech member of the ECR bureau who is one of the group’s negotiators with possible partners, “is tasked specifically with negotiations with the AfD,” according to the report. “He went to Brussels earlier this week for a talk with the Germans and said he wants them on board.”
Zaharadil was quoted: “They have indisputable credit and are very knowledgeable. It would boost the group’s know-how and ranking, too, when it comes to the financials and the euro.”
Yet according to the Brussels blog of the Financial Times, “Is it really smart to ally with to up-start opponents to Europe’s most influential and powerful leader? Merkel struggled to forgive Cameron’s for leaving the EPP [her own centre-right group in the parliament]. She will be furious, say German officials, if the ECR take in the AfD as a member and give it credibility. AfD would bring seven seats but might waste a tonne of political capital with Berlin.”
But in the end there may be nothing Cameron can do about it.

Successful Protest: "Fireside Chat" with Iranian Ambassador and German Members of Parliament cancelled

Dear supporters of STOP THE BOMB,

After our protest against the invitation of the Iranian ambassador by members of the German parliament with an invitation, that contained the names of party whip Volker Kauder (CDU) and secretary of labor Andrea Nahles, a party spokesperson of the CDU/CSU called STOP THE BOMB yesterday and declared that the invitation for the "fireside chat" was planned without the knowledge of Volker Kauder. The spokesperson stressed that Kauder would not participate in the event. Other members of parliament dissociated themselves from the invitation, too.

Finally, the "fireside chat" with the Iranian Ambassador and German Members of Parliament has been cancelled. Thanks to all who supported our protests!

You can find a report about the cancellation in the German tabloid BILD and on Focus (sorry, in German only).

After the cancellation of the Iran Business Forum this is again a big success in a short time.

Many thanks to all of those, who supported our protests with emails, letters and via facebook.

Kind regards,


Voters To Stick With UKIP At General Election: Poll

Nearly nine in 10 of the over four million Britons who backed the anti-EU UKIP party in this month's European elections will vote for them again in national polls next year, potentially costing Prime Minister David Cameron vital votes, according to a survey on Saturday. 
If that were to happen, it would break the previous trend of support for UKIP in EU ballots disappearing at parliamentary elections.
UKIP, which calls for Britain to leave the European Union, won 4.3 million votes and topped the vote last week, scoring a 27.5 percent share, ahead of the main opposition Labour Party and ruling Conservatives.
Read more here.

Italy Meets EU Standards with a Drugs and Prostitution GDP

By Daniel Greenfield

Just when you thought that Italy’s crazy government couldn’t get any more insane, it hit on a gimmick for improving the international perception of its economy. Just include the black market in its GDP. Never mind that the black market isn’t taxable, difficult to estimate and not exactly a good thing.
Italy is changing how it calculates its gross domestic product, a measurement of the overall economy, to include black market activity — everything from prostitution to illegal drug sales to smuggling and arms trafficking. Economists predict illegal sales will add 1.3 percentage points to GDP this year.
Hey, it’s one way to boost growth.
By including the black market, for which there are no concrete ways to measure and accurately determine value, the Italian government will be able to manipulate its GDP numbers in a way that’s bound to open it to criticism and agitate its Northern neighbors. Simultaneously, investors will learn to dismiss, or at least, discount, Italy’s statistics, since they won’t be regarded as “real.”
So Italy is creating a fake GDP based on imaginary numbers linked to organized crime. And this will not convince any investors of anything (except maybe in Russia, which is already buying into Italy).
A larger overall economy will enable Italy to lower its debt-to-GDP ratio, which is an essential part of meeting the EU’s financial standards. EU countries are not supposed to let their yearly bills reach more than 3% of the overall economy (or their debt exceed 60% of GDP.) If they do, they’re hit with hefty fines.
The other benefit of lowering the debt-to-GDP ratio, is that Italy should theoretically be able to borrow more money.
No, no and no.
Is Germany going to look at Italy’s new drugs and prostitution numbers and sign off on them? Is the City? I don’t think so.
This is a pointless gimmick that makes Italy look worse than before by an utterly insane government that could be replaced by zoo animals on cocaine with no one being the wiser.
While Italy’s move may be considered unorthodox, even shady, it’s not illegal. The EU seems to encourage the creative accounting; To give countries such as Italy a lifeline, new EU rules require member states to include the value of all income-producing activity in GDP calculations — and illegal activity is often income-producing. Italy is the first and only country to take advantage. Others, such as Spain (for which 20% of the overall economy is believed to be black market), and Greece, may soon follow.
You can see why the EU is on its last legs. It’s a giant fraud machine.
Last month, Nigeria declared itself the biggest economy on the continent of Africa by recalculating GDP. Ghana added 60% to its economy in 2010 by establishing new GDP accounting rules. Even the U.S. managed to tack on an additional $504 billion to our economy last year by giving credit to Hollywood and creative industries.
Meet the new world economy. It’s as fake as a three-dollar bill.

Labour Has Left the NHS in Ruins, Only UKIP can restore Newark's A&E

By Jon Stanley

As a doctor who has worked in the NHS for nine years, the sight of Ed Miliband in Newark Hospital telling everyone that Labour would deliver for the NHS was a sight too sore. Labour was a disaster for the NHS in Nottinghamshire yet there was no walk of shame from the Labour leader, more a conceited swagger and an assertion that the NHS is the left's territory and will stay that way.
We have heard for weeks that UKIP will privatise the health service (not true), charge NHS patients GP fees (a LibDem policy) and fees to stay overnight in hospital (actually a Labour policy). Labour’s obsession with PFI and booking instant-wins on the back of ever higher debt spending was part of the macho casino culture we all saw under its administration. 
It left Sherwood Forest Foundation Trust with a £320m hospital in Mansfield (actually a £66m hospital with a 400 percent cost overrun but that doesn’t sound quite as sexy) that will take a total of 40 years to pay back £950m at credit card rates of interest. Add to this a £1.2billion service contract, and under Labour, patients in Newark end up paying £2 billion for a £66m hospital. That's what the record investment was all about: record debt on record waste.
While the Tories wring hands and Labour waves fists over a less than one percent pay rise for nurses, neither rush to tell the voting public these juicy service contracts are RPI linked. In other words, while NHS workers’ pay is eroded by inflation, these corporate deals are inflation proofed for decades.
Sherwood Forest Foundation Trust was one of the 13 most dangerous in the country under Labour. In these 13 trusts alone there were 14,000 excess deaths over five years, almost half the population of Newark. While NHS managers buried whistleblowers, Labour and its dysfunctional regulators buried bad news while the public buried their relatives.  
Andy Burnham, the former Secretary of State for Health slated the A&E at Newark for closure, and the Tories were happy enough to waive this closure through.
While bureaucrats in Brussels are chauffeured around, patients in Newark are taken by the local bus company to A&Es many miles away. Since the A&E closure, deaths in Newark have soared yet ambulances are driving to Grantham and back for patients having heart attacks and pneumonia. When people in Newark wonder why eight minute emergency response times aren’t being met, it maybe, just maybe due to the fact the ambulances are facing an 80-minute round trip to the next county.
Labour's toxic contempt of good financial planning and patient care has left Newark’s NHS crippled by debt, while Tory re-organisations and cuts to frontline staff mean only UKIP can hope to restore Newark’s A&E and deliver the healthcare the town deserves by cutting waste, clamping down on health tourism and putting patients before targets.

California Taxpayer Money Hijacked for Faculty Terrorist Meetings?

By Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Blog entry of SFSU prof. describing Middle East visit made by SFSU faculty to meet with Palestinian Arab terrorists.

Blog entry of SFSU prof. describing Middle East visit made by SFSU faculty to meet with Palestinian Arab terrorists.
Photo Credit: Tequila Sovereign Blog

Once again painstaking work done by supporters of Israel reveal that public universities are paying to support, encourage and promote terrorists by faculty or students of American universities. This time what it means is that American taxpayers are paying for radical professors to travel to the Middle East in order to show solidarity with and support people who promote the murder of Americans and Israelis.

The scam this time went like this: a professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi submitted a series of documents for SFSU administrators to sign so that she could get funding to attend an academic conference in Lebanon, to “conduct research,” and to meet with “potential collaborators towards [establishing a] memorandum of understanding with San Francisco State University” in Jordan and the West Bank.

After her trip and the funding was approved, Abdulhadi sent a memo stating that “her name was dropped from the academic conference.”

But Abdulhadi went on the pre-approved and publicly funded trip anyway, with the $7000 she was given by SFSU for her “academic” trip.

And then, not only did Abdulhadi not obtain academic enrichment from attendance at an academic conference, she instead used the money to meet with and show solidarity with various known terrorists in order to support those terrorists by establishing “working relationships” with Palestinian Arab activists “engaged in BDS and other efforts against the occupation.” This astounding information was not obtained through clandestine espionage. Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and her colleagues at the AMCHA Initiative, along with several other pro-Israel groups, simply read public documentation of  the funding provided to those who went on the trip with Abdulhadi. Those faculty members proudly bragged on public websites about their activities in furthering the delegitimization of Israel – paid for with taxpayer money. The fact that the trip was paid and signed for by SFSU officials was easily revealed through a California Public Information Act Request.

For example, in an event on March 6, 2014 that was advertised on the SFSU Ethnic Studies website, Prof. Abdulhadi and two other members of the “Academic and Labor Delegation to Palestine 2014″ — SFSU Ethnic Studies Professor Joanne Barker and Abdulhadi’s husband Jaime Veve — discussed their trip to “the West Bank and the 1948 areas of Palestine [sic, i.e. Israel].”

In her presentation at the March 6 event, Abdulhadi called the trip to Jordan, the West Bank, and Israel, which she had led, a “political solidarity tour,” and she went on to say: “This was not ‘solidarity light,’ this was not ‘pre-Solidarity 101′.”

Prof. Barker, in her blog documenting the trip, corroborated Abdulhadi’s statement, writing that the delegation “established working relationships and furthered their solidarities with Palestinian scholars, artists, and activists engaged in BDS and other efforts against the occupation.”  The event announcement also confirmed that the purpose of Abdulhadi’s University-funded trip was not to engage in University-related business but rather to pursue her own personal political goals: to promote “resolute actions in support of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.”

Why Abdulhadi was not required to provide documentation that the funds disbursed by the university – public funds consisting of taxpayer money – were used in accordance with the funding request is unknown. Or if, perhaps, there was documentation after the trip that was provided by Abdulhadi to SFSU, and if it did not accurately reflect the manner in which the money was used, Abdulhadi must reimburse the community funds.

For example, did the documentation reveal that the SFSU employees met with people who are known terrorists, including ones who are members of organizations on the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations?

Prof. Barker’s public blog reveals that the SFSU delegation met first in Jordan with Leila Khaled, a convicted hijacker member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization responsible for scores of terrorist attacks and the deaths of more than 20 U.S. citizens.

The SFSU delegation also met with Shaikh Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, who was convicted of funding Hamas, for his participation in terrorist activities against Israel, and for calling for a third Palestinian Arab uprising (intifada) against Israel.

The stalwart organizations who did the due diligence work one would have expected SFSU or the California Regents should have engaged in are, in alphabetical order: the AMCHA INITIATIVE, the Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel, Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Simon Wiesenthal Center Campus Outreach, StandWithUs, and the Zionist Organization of America.

Ellen Griffin, the Associate Vice President of SFSU for University Communications issued a terse statement to reporters.  SFSU apparently employs an expansive interpretation academic freedom may which may well include the right of faculty members to meet with genocidal terrorists and to do so even when funding for those meetings comes from taxpayers.

Universities respect and encourage academic freedom and do not censor their scholars or condone censorship by others. Faculty can and do communicate with others relevant to their research, communicating by various methods that can involve travel. Any allegations that a member of the University community misused state funds will be investigated.

One would be forgiven for expecting a university which already kicked to the curb a student for repeatedly making threats against supporters of the Jewish State, and for using dangerous weapons to make more credible his threats, would be a bit cautious about issues relating to terrorism. One might be even entitled to expect that when the academic freedom concerns a faculty member who worked closely with that former threatening student, encouraging him in his fascination and reverence for terrorists, the university would be even more circumspect. But apparently one would be wrong if the university under discussion were San Francisco State University.

Germany calls in Turkish envoy over PM's remarks

Germany expressed its "dismay" to the Turkish ambassador in Berlin this week over disparaging remarks Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made about a German opposition leader, a diplomatic source has said.Amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Berlin, Erdogan complained to deputies from his AKP party on Tuesday that a leader of the German Greens party of Turkish origin, Cem Ozdemir, had said "very ugly things" about him. Erdogan called Ozdemir a "so-called Turk" and indicated he was no longer welcome in Turkey after critical comments he made about a rally the premier held in the western German city of Cologne last week, according to a transcript. "Particularly due to your origins, you have no right to talk this way about the prime minister of a country you belong to," Erdogan said, referring to Ozdemir. Ozdemir had warned Erdogan ahead of the event in Cologne that he should not bring internal disputes to Germany, in a reference to bloody strife in Turkey. Erdogan and his Islamic-rooted AKP have polarised Turks at home and abroad over what critics call his authoritarian style, a crackdown on civil liberties and corruption scandals under his rule. The source said Turkey's envoy, Huseyin Avni Karslioglu, had been "invited" to the foreign ministry late Wednesday "to express our dismay about comments by the Turkish government". "This type of public criticism of an important German politician, who has always worked in the interest of good relations between Germany and Turkey -- also in the run-up to Prime Minister Erdogan's visit -- is unhelpful for the German-Turkish relationship," the source said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stopped short of saying Karslioglu had been "summoned" to see the ministry's political director, Hans-Dieter Lucas, which would be a more serious measure in the language of diplomacy. Erdogan roused cheering supporters with the May 24 speech in what was widely seen as a campaign rally in Germany, which has the world's biggest Turkish expatriate community. He is expected to run for Turkey's presidency in August, and Germany has a Turkish community of three million, half of them eligible voters.

British Housewife Faces 20 Years in Iranian Jail for Criticising Supreme Leader

By Nick Hallett

A British woman is facing up to 20 years in an Iranian prison after criticising the country’s former supreme leader in a Facebook post. Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, who is originally from Stockport, Greater Manchester, was visiting friends in the country when she posted comments on Facebook that authorities deemed to be critical to the regime, according to the Daily Mail. She was arrested in Shiraz for making comments about former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini.
Ms Nobakht holds dual British and Iranian citizenship and has been living in Britain for the past six years.
Upon her arrest, she was accused of putting Iran’s security at risk and gathering crowds.
Ms Nobakht’s husband was not informed of her arrest and had to travel to Iran to search hospitals, mortuaries and police stations for his missing wife.
A source close to the family told the Times: ''She had flew into Shiraz airport to visit a friend when she was arrested. They took her passport and her computer and she was taken to Evin prison where she has been ever since. She told them she was a student but they didn’t believe her.
"When her husband went to the airport to meet her and she didn’t arrive he called friends and family in Iran but nobody knew where she was. He decided to go to Iran to search for her and it took two months.
"He visited mortuaries and hospitals and police stations and eventually he was told she was in prison for not being respectful of Iran. He was allowed to visit her for 10 minutes and has not seen her since. They can speak on the phone but are not able to say much."

Sharp Rise in Illegal Immigration to Europe

By Nick Hallett

The number of illegal immigrants crossing into Europe has risen sharply in the first four months of this year, meaning that this year's figures could overtake those of the 2011 Arab Spring. EU border agency Frontex said that 42,000 illegal immigrants reached Europe between January and April this year, the Telegraph reports. This marks a four-fold increase on the same period last year.
Italian authorities have also confirmed that a further 14,000 illegal immigrants arrived on the country’s territory in May, bringing their total so far this year to 55,000.
Ewa Moncure, a Frontex spokeswoman, said: "By the end of April the number of illegal border crossings was close to 42,000, including 25,500 through Italy.
"The Italians gave a new figure a couple of days ago of over 39,000 so far this year, so the overall total will have grown significantly.
"If we look at the number of migrants who have arrived in Italy last year compared with the number who have arrived in the first five months of this year, the total has already been exceeded. It was 40,000 or so for the whole of 2013 and it seems like we have nearly reached that point by the end of May."
In addition, the traditional peak season for illegal immigration, summer, has not yet begun.
"There have historically been more arrivals in the summer because of the weather and particularly because the sea is less treacherous for boat crossings from Africa," Miss Moncure added.
Frontex also reported an increase in immigrants using rubber boats, either to cross the Atlantic to the Canary Islands, or to cross the Mediterranean. Their report said: “Compared to fishing boats, rubber boats put migrants’ lives at even greater risk, but offer the cheaper sailing option.”
These figures come after Libyan interior minister Salah Mazek threatened to help illegal migrants reach Europe unless the EU agreed to give aid to his nation.

Muslim Council and Electoral Corruption in the UK

By Paul Austin Murphy

It's quite hilarious really: a Guardian (Britain's leading “progressive” newspaper) article about election fraud throughout the UK lists all the places in which such fraud has been a serious problem. All those places have large Muslim populations. The problem is that the Guardian, of course, never once mentions that fact. After all, facts and realities are secondary (or even dangerous) to International Socialists (or “progressives”). Obscure theories and righteous causes, on the other hand, are primary. And if facts get in the way – then such people simply reject them because the (self) righteous cause (underwritten by ideology) demands that they should do so.
Or, as Michele Foucault once put it: “[The Left is] obliged to stand behind… facts that are totally beyond credibility.”
So what, exactly, did the Guardian say? The following:
“Officers in Manchester, Bradford, London and Birmingham have begun inquiries after receiving complaints about 'ghost' voters, false statements by candidates and multiple attempts to vote by a single person.
“As well as Birmingham and Bradford, they include Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley Calderdale, Coventry, Derby, Hyndburn, Kirklees, Oldham, Pendle, Peterborough, Slough, Tower Hamlets, Walsall and Woking.
“West Yorkshire police, whose officers serve Bradford where former councillors have been imprisoned for electoral fraud, said they had received 21 allegations of electoral irregularities.
“Police across the UK have been asked to investigate more than 50 allegations of electoral fraud related to Thursday's elections in areas previously identified as vulnerable to vote-rigging, new figures show.”
More broadly, the Electoral Commission has identified 16 “high risk” areas across the country: areas where there is a high-risk of electoral malpractice. Now take in the cities and towns cited by the Electoral Commission: e.g., Blackburn, Bradford, Oldham, Burnley, etc. (All cities and towns in the UK with large Muslim populations.)
The very mention of Bradford, for example, should give the game away. But, if anything, some of those other towns and boroughs cited have a higher proportion of (mainly Pakistani and Bangladeshi) Muslims than Bradford (e.g., Oldham, Tower Hamlets, etc.).
However, the usual suspect, Tower Hamlets, really clinches the deal here. It seems that this London fiefdom cannot keep itself out of trouble. It comes with the Muslim territory.
In this most recent example of Bangladeshi -- or Muslim -- politics in Tower Hamlets, the Council has been accused of breaking its election pledge to stop "enthusiastic campaigners" from standing outside polling stations. That is, the Council has continued its undemocratic, if not criminal, activities. More to the point, John Williams, the Returning Officer in the area, said what the Muslims of Tower Hamlets are doing is "intimidating for people".
So rather make the obvious point that this is largely a Muslim problem (as with sexual grooming-gangs, female genital mutilation, “honour killings”, domestic terrorism, etc.), the Guardian chooses to have a go at the UK Independence Party (UKIP) instead. It says that
“Ukip have sought to exploit electoral fraud allegations in Oldham... by lampooning postal vote fraud in an election leaflet”. Yes, it seems that the very act of acknowledging the truth is also to “exploit” the truth. Well, at least in this instance the Guardian can't exploit the truth because it is ignoring it in this case (as it often does when it comes to matters both Muslim and Islamic). And since when has any political group or party not “exploited” political issues? The Guardian itself exploits issues and events every single day it publishes. That's politics, mate.

Much of the political and electoral fraud and corruption above is standard practice in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Thus Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims are importing political corruption -- alongside sharia, FGM, honour killings, terrorism, etc. -- into the UK.
In other words, the most corrupt councils in the UK are the ones with the most Pakistani and/or Bangladeshi Muslims.
Basically, because there's nothing about council corruption and electoral fraud in the Koran, and certainly nothing about corrupting kuffar councils, then many Muslims don't think that what they're doing is wrong.
Let me explain.
There's not really any such thing as a Muslim literalist because Islam itself is -- or it must be -- literalist. Part of that literalism is Islam's rule-fixation. And what follows from that is: if it's not in the Koran or hadith, then a Muslim doesn't really know what to do (from a moral or political perspective). And that may sometimes mean that he will do exactly what he wants to do (i.e., as long as it doesn't contravene Islamic teachings).
And because Islam is so rule-fixated, there's no such thing as moral or religious reasoning. All we have is following rules.
There's a big problem (from a non-Muslim perspective) with this rule-fixation in Islam. For example, Abdul Wahid Hamid says that the
“basic principles in Islam is that every act or transaction is allowed unless it is prohibited”.
This means that if necrophilia, drug-pushing, pedophilia, etc. is not explicitly “prohibited” in the Koran, the sunnah and the hadith, then it's “allowed”.
That's primarily why so many Muslims are criminals. There's a massively disproportionate number of Muslims in our prisons. And they're not there because they're “poorer” or more “oppressed” than any other section of UK society. In the corrupt Muslim councils cases, none of the criminals are either poor or oppressed.
This is not a problem for Christianity and Judaism because there have been traditions within these religions which have elaborated and extended their doctrines and rules. Muslims, on the other hand, explicitly state that this is not the case with Islam. Muslims say that “it’s all there in the Qur’an”: the “unalterable and complete word of Allah”. And even though there's also the sunnah and hadith, Muslims still claim that it’s still all there in the Koran.
This is the source of the primary Muslim/Islamic criticism of Christianity, Judaism, etc: such religions have various “deviant traditions and theologies”; not a “single source of truth” (as is the case with Islam). Or, as Abdul Hamid Hamid puts it:
“The Qur’an has been preserved just as it was revealed. It will continue to be the human being’s only source of authentic guidance to truth and his abiding link with Reality.”
To continue on the theme of Islam's fixation with rules:
Take the example of Salafists, and many other Muslims, who sleep on their left sides simply because Muhammad slept on his left side.
Why are Muslims scared of dogs? (Actually, not really scared -- more dismissive.) Because Muhammad didn't like dogs. (Although Muslims cite contradictory stories about Muhammad’s attitude to dogs.) Why do Muslims wear Arabic clothes in modern-day Birmingham or Bradford? Because that’s what Muhammad wore. What about beards? Ditto.
There's also a recommendation (for Muslim males) to part one's hair from left to right, rather than vice versa. Actually, that’s a joke recommendation! But I hope you've got the message by now.
In other words, the Koran doesn't really give Muslims a moral system beyond that which was relevant and appropriate in 7th-century Arabia. That means that many Muslims are either in the dark in modern Western society or they feel that they can effectively do what they want; just as long as it doesn't contravene Islamic teachings or the Koran.
Finally, if you want the truth (or even just genuine debate) on the subject of Muslim electoral fraud or Muslim council corruption (or anything to do with Islam or Muslims), then don't read a “progressive” newspaper like the Guardian. On the other hand, if you want ideological purity, self-righteousness, and Leftist indoctrination, then the Guardian’s your rag.
You see all it takes to place yourself on an intellectual, moral and political pedestal (above the plebs beneath) is simply to become a progressive/Leftist. No independence of mind is really required: just the very act of becoming or being a progressive. And this process is, in fact, very much like that of embracing a superior religion.
The Muslim Demographics of the Cities/Towns Mentioned in the Reports:
Blackburn: 11.45% Pakistani (2001)
Burnley: 6.6% Muslim (2001)
Calderdale: 6.8% Pakistani (2011)
Derby: 5.9% Pakistani (2011)
Hyndburn: 7% Pakistani (2011)
Kirklees: 10.1% Muslim (2001)
Oldham: 25% Muslim (2001)
Pendle: 13.1% Pakistani (2001)
Peterborough: 9.4% Muslim (2011)
Slough: 17.7% Pakistani (2011)
Tower Hamlets: 32% Bangladeshi, 34% Muslim (2011)
Walsall: 25% Muslim (2001)
Woking: 6.7% Muslim (2004)
(Some surveys only supply ethnic, not religious, demographics: hence the fluctuation between “Pakistani” and “Muslim”.)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Extra police patrols over ‘Islamic area’ anti-dog signs in Tower Hamlets

'Muslim' anti-dogs sign in Bartlett Park

A sign posted in Bartlett Park warning dog-walkers to stay out of “Islamic areas” is being investigated by the police after calls from a local MP. Jim Fitzpatrick alerted Tower Hamlets police to the sign after it was discovered by a resident on Wednesday. A picture of the sign reads: “Do not walk your dog here! Muslims do not like dogs. This is an Islamic area now.” In his letter, the MP for Poplar and Limehouse said: “I have no idea whether this was posted by the EDL, Islamists or another organisation. Regardless, this is a highly divisive sign. “I am writing to request an investigation. I would also like to know what the council is currently doing to prevent signs like this from appearing.” Tower Hamlets police responded on Twitter, saying: “Thank you for making us aware. The material has been taken down and a crime report completed for further investigation.” Borough Commander Dave Stringer said: “Bartlett Park does not have any history of community tension. However, we are investigating the posting of these signs and conducting additional patrols to ensure that community reassurance and confidence are maintained in the area. “At this time we retain an open mind concerning the motive behind the putting up of these signs. He added: “We will continue to work with our borough partners to ensure that Tower Hamlets remains a safe and secure place to live work and raise families.”

Police Probe London Sign Saying 'Muslims Don't Like Dogs'

Police in London are investigating a sign telling pet owners to stay out of an east London park because "Muslims do not like dogs," the London Evening Standard reports.
The warning, in Bartlett Park, Poplar, said, "Do not walk your dog here! Muslims do not like dogs. This is an Islamic area now."
The sign was branded "unacceptable" and "provocative" by Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick who called in police after being alerted to the sign by a concerned dog walker.
"The question is whether it was put up to be provocative or by religious zealots to be racist," the Poplar and Limehouse MP told the Standard.
"It's another facet of intolerance, or, because there's no guarantee it was done by Islamists, it could be those in society who are trying to polarize and divide us," added Fitzpatrick.
"Whichever side it was ought not to be able to get away with it and whoever's responsible ought to pack it in," he told the Standard.
Police have removed the signs and stepped up the presence of officers in the area after being alerted to them by Fitzpatrick, the newspaper reported.
Tower Hamlets Borough Commander Dave Stringer said, "Bartlett Park does not have any history of community tension; however we are investigating the posting of these signs and conducting additional patrols to ensure that community reassurance and confidence are maintained in the area. At this time we retain an open mind concerning the motive behind the putting up of these signs."
He added, "We will continue to work with our borough partners to ensure that Tower Hamlets remains a safe and secure place to live work and raise families."
A Tower Hamlets council spokesman said the poster was "alarming and divisive".
“We have been alerted to a fly-poster stuck on a sign post near Bartlett Park, E14. We have removed it and are liaising with the police to investigate this alarming  and divisive poster.”
In recent years, Muslims have become dominant in several neighborhoods in London, to the chagrin of the native locals, and there have been reports that fundamentalists have been trying to enforce Sharia law in the neighborhoods.
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary is reportedly behind the “Sharia neighborhoods”, and has said he plans to flood specific Muslim and non-Muslim communities around the UK and “put the seeds down for an Islamic Emirate in the long term.”
Choudary is the founder of two Muslim groups in Britain that were banned by the British government after being declared terrorist organizations. He has threatened British Jews who support Israel, stating that it is an “Islamic obligation upon Muslims everywhere to support the Jihad against those who fight Muslims anywhere in the world or who occupy Muslim land.”
Muslim antagonism towards dogs is well-known. In 2012, police in Toronto, Canada, arrested a Jew after he shoved back a Muslim who had punched him for not moving his “unclean” dog further away from Muslim women during an anti-Israel rally.
Several months ago, a blind man in Saskatoon, Canada, reported that Muslim taxi drivers were refusing to give rides to blind people with seeing-eye dogs.
The drivers have been citing religious grounds, saying dogs are considered "unclean" animals in Islam.

‘We are Not Afraid’ Says Mother of Jewish Brothers Brutally Beaten Outside Paris Synagogue

By Shiryn Ghermezian

The mother of two Jewish brothers who are recovering after being severely beaten on Saturday night outside of a Paris synagogue told The Algemeiner on Thursday that her family is not afraid.
“We are not afraid, we are not scared and we’re gonna get back on our feet and stay strong,” the mother, who requested to remain anonymous, said. “We don’t want to give the feeling to the people that we feel weak or anything. However, we are worried [and] we are concerned about what’s going on. The fact is that the climate is very bad, very scary, and that there is an increase of small or verbal attacks currently and recently.”
“Although it’s very sad that we had to go through this and experience this, we know that G0d is protecting us and watching over us and we need to focus on how to progress, and how to move forward and continue to do what we have to do,” she added.
Her sons, aged 18 and 21, were heading to Chaare Tsion Synaogue in Créteil when they were beaten with brass knuckles by two attackers who later fled by foot and bicycle, respectively. The brothers suffered multiple contusions and were hospitalized in serious, but not life-threatening, condition.
The youngest testified anonymously on BFM TV, saying, “We were trying to walk down the street with our kippot [skullcaps]. Two Maghreb [men] came and beat us. They started by my brother with brass knuckles, scarred him all over the face and beat me.”
Their mother said she was “very troubled [and] very much overwhelmed” when she first heard about the brutal assault her sons faced in Créteil, home to one of the biggest Jewish communities in Paris. She is now hoping to find a positive aspect to their painful experience that may benefit the rest of the Jewish community. “I’m trying to strengthen myself by saying there must be something good that will come out of this for the Jewish people,”she explained.
The brothers’ lawyer, Maitre Severine Benayoun, told The Algemeiner that the attack left them “very badly harmed, physically, [and also] they are psychologically and emotionally very, very shaken and disturbed.”
“They are a very good Jewish family,” she added. “They are very shocked to go through what they are going through now. Emotionally, it has very much shaken them.”
The eldest brother was recently released from the hospital after suffering a fracture near his eye, though no surgery was needed, Benayoun told The Algemeiner. He will visit an eye doctor in the coming days, his mother said.
“He’s going to try to see again because he couldn’t see anything before because the fracture was so big. It’s still very painful [and] it’s still very hard for him when he eats,” she added. “He’s still in shock. He doesn’t talk a lot.”
The younger brother has already returned to school, his mother said.
When asked if she thinks the assault was anti-Semitic, Benayoun said, “totally, it’s obvious.”
“There is an interview of the younger brother and he disclosed what happened: they came, they did not say anything, they tapped him on the shoulder, and punched him on the face right away and they started fighting. There was nothing happening beforehand between all of them,” Benayoun explained.
“It’s not like they [tried to] steal something from them. Steal their cell phone or their wallet or something,” she added. “They were walking, somebody came to them, attacked them and left.”
An investigation into the incident and the hunt for the perpetrators is still ongoing. Benayoun said the local authorities’ concern was heightened as the attack happened almost simultaneously to the fatal shooting at the Jewish Museum of Belgium were four died, including two Israelis. The boys’ mother commended officials for their work and said authorities are doing their job objectively.
While the French government recognized Saturday’s assault as anti-Semitic, Benayoun believes stronger legislative measures should be taken to fight such attacks.
“This kind of anti-Semitic attacks or infractions should be more strictly sanctioned and punished,” she said. “This is what can stop them for continuing what they’re doing.”

Juncker's chances of resurrection and ascension, Cameron heads to hell

By M.E. Synon

On Tuesday night at a European Council meeting in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was not keen on the idea of Jean-Claude Juncker, former prime minister of Luxembourg and leading eurofanatic, becoming the next president of the European Commission.
This was a relief to David Cameron, since Juncker has made it plain that as commission president he would not negotiate the return of any powers to Britain before Cameron’s promised in/out referendum.
But over this weekend – the Ascension Day holiday in the Continental countries – the Open Europe think tank is wondering if there might be a belated Ascension Day for Juncker.
The Open Europe blog says that since Tuesday,  Merkel “has come under a phenomenal amount of pressure domestically from a wide-ranging coalition spanning senior members of her own party, her coalition partner the SPD [Social Democratic Party], the opposition Green party, Germany's most popular tabloid Bild Zeitung and Jürgen Habermas [a German intellectual].”
While on Tuesday night, Merkel said that when the council discusses who should get the commission job “there will be a fairly broad tableau of names on the table,” earlier this afternoon she said, "I am conducting all the discussions in the spirit that Jean-Claude Juncker should be the President of the European Commission."
This is a swivel so fast that it threatens Merkel with whiplash and Cameron with nausea.
An official at the SPD was quick to respond, trying to make sure Juncker becomes commission president, since he is the leading candidate of the European Parliament:
"It is good that the public pressure on Merkel forced her to correct her stance. Anything else would have been cheating the voters."
But, asks Open Europe, is a deal done? “No,” they say, “a lot can still happen before the next Commission President is announced; despite the lofty talk about 'EU democracy', Juncker's eventual ascension or otherwise will still come down to cynical horse-trading between member states - if there is a wider national advantage (such as securing a key Commission portfolio) to be had by supporting an alternative candidate, some member states may jump at the chance. “
“However, it cannot be denied that Juncker's prospects look healthier than they did this morning, leaving Cameron in a vulnerable position. We do not know exactly how many other member states share his reservations about Juncker but the risk is that some could now peel away, thereby massively reducing the chances of forming a blocking minority.”
Or as Breitbart London reported on Wednesday, it is the Battleship Merkel who will decide on whether Juncker gets the job, not Steamboat Dave, and France, Italy, the Netherlands, the Baltic States and Denmark are likely to follow in her wake.

Swedish police: Muslim terrorists "a huge threat ... we haven't seen anything like this before"

"'We are talking about a couple of hundred people that are supporting or are willing and capable to carry out terrorist attacks in Sweden or planning a terrorist attack in Sweden against targets in neighboring countries or other places in the world,'" Thornberg told Reuters. ... 'It's a huge threat,' Thornberg said. 'We have seen through the years before that a lot of people were traveling to Afghanistan, to Yemen, Somalia, other countries, learning how to do jihad.' 'But it was over a period over 10 years. Now in just two years we have seen more people than totally in the last 10 years,' he added. 'We haven't seen anything like this before.' ... The SAPO chief said 'two or three" plots had been foiled in the past few years.' The SAPO head said about 80 Swedes had traveled from Sweden to Syria to fight in al Qaeda-inspired or linked groups, of which around 20 had been killed. Some Swedes have returned from the Syrian war for treatment for wounds, and even for holidays."

France suffers from terrorism and Eurocrat blames "populism"

By M.E. Synon

France is the terror capital of Europe, suffering 63 of the 152 terrorist attacks in the European Union in 2013. Three people were killed in the attacks and 225 arrests were made for terrorism-related offences. A Europol report published on Thursday said: “A total of 152 terrorist attacks occurred in five EU Member States. The majority took place in France (63), Spain (33) and the UK (35).”
And in a shocking attempt to make political capital out of the terror statistics, Ceclilia Malmstrom, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, tried to link the rise in terrorism in part to the anti-establishment and anti-immigration movement which returned a record number of eurosceptic members to the European Parliament.
She said that “in times when populist movements and xenophobic winds are sweeping across Europe” it is important to keep in mind that “radicalisation leading to violent terrorism is a gradual process and does not happen overnight.”
Seven people in total were killed in terrorist attacks in the EU last year -- three Kurdish women in Paris, a British soldier in London and two members of a far-right extremist group in Athens, according to the Local.
In 2013, 535 individuals were arrested for terrorism-related offences in the EU. Court proceedings for terrorism charges were concluded in relation to 313 individuals.
“After an increase in 2012, the number of terrorist attacks in 2013 fell below the number recorded in 2011,” the report said.
However, Europol warned: “In the wake of the Syrian conflict, the threat to the EU is likely to increase exponentially. European fighters, who travel to conflict zones, are assessed as posing an increased threat to all EU member states on their return.”
“There is no overall official figure available regarding EU citizens travelling to take part in the conflict in Syria, but estimates suggest that, by the end of 2013, they numbered between 1,200 and 2,000. Although depending on the developments in Syria, this number might possibly increase during 2014.”
The largest proportion of terrorist attacks in the EU was related to separatist groups, Europol said. However, most separatist incidents “were small-scale. The majority of EU member states continue to consider religiously inspired terrorism as a major threat, as evidenced by the significant increase in the number of arrests. Two attacks and several disrupted plots in 2013 illustrate this threat.”

Protest against the invitation of the Iranian Ambassador from members of the German Parliament

Dear friends and supporters of the STOP THE BOMB Campaign,

The Christian “Foundation for Basic Values ​​and International Understanding” (Stiftung für Grundwerte und Voelkerverstaendigung) has invited the Iranian Ambassador Alireza Sheikh Attar as a "guest of honor" to a "firesite chat" with many prominent members of the German Parliament.

The invitation contains the names of very prominent members of the German parliament, among them Andrea Nahles, Volker Kauder und many more from all parties: CDU, SPD, Green Party and Left Party. The event will take place with the support of the German Foreign Office; the head of the Middle East department, Markus Potzel, will hold a greeting. (You can find a draft translation of the invitation here)

The campaign STOP THE BOMB has sent an open letter to the inviting MoP's and asked them to cancel the event. Please support our protests and also write to them!

On our webpage you can find the open letter of STOP THE BOMB and our press release.

Here are the contacts of the inviting members of parliament:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Many thanks to all who support our protests!

Kind regards,


'I Promise From Now on Only to Sleep with Andrea Dworkin Lookalikes' Vows Chastened Footballer Joey Barton

By James Delingpole

A footballer you haven't heard of has been forced to apologise after suggesting on television that some women are more attractive than others and that if four girls were political parties the least ugly one would be UKIP. I'm very grateful to the mainstream media for drawing my attention to the fact that this is a newsworthy story. Otherwise, I'm ashamed to say, I might have overlooked it completely. It's because, unfortunately, I happen to be a throwback to the terrible era when young men would frequently assess women on the basis of their pulchritudinousness and when, amazingly, this was considered quite normal, healthy behaviour. Indeed, we even used to have these things called Beauty Contests in which - I kid you not - young women willingly participated in competitions where they were judged according to their looks, mostly by middle aged males, and didn't die of sexism or misogyny poisoning afterwards.
Nowadays, I am given to understand, sexual mores have changed completely. Today's young men are so fantastically enlightened that, were they to find themselves at a raunchy party with Megan Fox, Pippa Middleton, the Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones and - at the UKIP end of the spectrum - feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez, Stella Creasy MP, posh, public-educated, comedy lefty impersonator "Penny Red" and the winner of the 2014 Andrea Dworkin lookalike contest, they simply would not know which one to pick as a sexual partner.
It's a simple, basic, undeniable fact that men (with only extremely rare exceptions, such as footballer Joey Barton)  just don't care about women's looks any more. Thanks to generations of important books like The Female Eunuch and to articles like the many that Caitlin Moran has written on the subject of "vajazzling", men's brains have now been rewired so that they are completely looks-non-judgemental.
The implications of this development for the human race are huge. Whereas before, better-looking women were more likely to find rich or powerful sexual partners, leading to a Darwinian process in which the sum total of human pulchritudinousness inevitably increased with each generation, we are now entering a new era of sexual and lookist fairness and equality. Probably, as a result of this, the human race will grow significantly uglier. But the great thing is, our brains will all have been so well trained by campaigners like Caroline Criado Perez and Stella Creasy that none of us will even notice.

President Obama, meet Chancellor Bismarck

By Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison

When Sen. Barack Obama went to Berlin in 2008 and proclaimed himself a “citizen of the world,” he was acclaimed by hundreds of thousands of young Germans. They were as excited as many young Americans were by this avatar of Hope and Change.
The candidate chose an odd backdrop for his address, however. Mr. Obama spoke in front of the Berlin Victory Column. It is an impressive monument to be sure, but it commemorates the lightning victory of Prussia in a lightning war against its unoffending little neighbor, Denmark.
This was the first in a series of aggressive wars waged by the man who would unify Germany by liberal application of “blood and iron.” That man -- the true power in the new Germany, was Otto von Bismarck. He openly expressed his contempt for representative government and the processes of constitutional government:  “Not by speeches and votes of the majority, are the great questions of the time decided -- that was the error of 1848 and 1849 -- but by iron and blood.”
Despite this (or perhaps because of it), the Iron Chancellor has long had his admirers in the Academy. British historian A.J.P. Taylor, for example, lauded him in a 1955 biography: “He was too great, too domineering, too skilful, to be controlled by a parliamentary majority.”  (Bismarck: The Man and the Statesman, p. 155) Once he had united Germany, Chancellor Bismarck proceeded against those in the country whom he viewed as enemies of the state (Reichsfeinde). In 1872, this was expressed in his innocently-titled “law on school supervision” (Schulaufsichtsgesetz). This was his modernizing law on school supervision. The Chancellor was quite the education reformer (and he had legions of admirers here in America). Bismarck promised to give Germans a world-class education system. He viewed education as a key to enhancing the power of the nation. He was determined to ram his “reform” through a compliant legislature, the Reichstag.

But Bismarck’s plans ran roughshod over the religious freedom of Catholics and, in time, even conservative Protestants. As Chancellor, he would determine what was taught, who taught it, and to whom it was taught. Berlin would dominate all instruction in the new Germany.
President Obama came to office promising to “fundamentally transform this country.” He is doing it. And Common Core State Standards is one of the key “reforms” required for changing America. Under Common Core, the states will become mere branch offices of the federal education department. Even now, the states are given “incentives” to sign on to Common Core. What is the incentive? They are generously allowed to receive back some of their own money. And this money comes with strings. The States can escape George W. Bush’s onerous No Child Left Behind program only by signing on to Common Core. This is a bit like letting a man escape the torture of the rack by telling him to climb into this nice, comfortable Iron Maiden.
The United States of America achieved great things without a centralized education system directed from Washington, D.C. We won two world wars against a Germany animated by Bismarck’s concept of zentralismus -- centralized control. We made it to the Moon ahead of a centralized Soviet system in which every lesson taken by every student in twelve time zones was determined from Moscow.
What have we achieved since education was effectively centralized in this country?
You might say that we prevailed over the Soviet Union after the Cold War. Yes, but that was due to the inspired leadership of my great chieftain, Ronald Reagan. And Ronald Reagan was the last American president resolutely to oppose centralized education and to publicly call for the disestablishment of the federal education department.
The failures in education can be fairly laid at the doorstep of presidents of both parties. Jimmy Carter created the federal education department as a political payback to the teacher unions for their support against the even more liberal Ted Kennedy.
George H.W. Bush said he wanted to be “the education president.” He summoned the nation’s governors to the first National Education Summit in Charlottesville in October 1989. There, at Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia, he urged the governors to adopt national education goals statement. Nowhere in the Constitution Mr. Bush had just sworn to defend could he find any authority to do such a thing. The statement adopted by 49 of 50 governors had been crafted, mostly, by Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton. In the next election, voters turned out Mr. Bush. If they were going to get Clinton education policies anyway, it made sense to get them from the Clintons.
George W. Bush gave us No Child Left Behind. He took that title from a slogan of the leftwing Marian Wright Edelman and her welfare rights organization. At the bill’s signing, President Bush handed one pen to Sen. Ted Kennedy, a lifelong proponent of centralizing education. Critics puckishly said the only time Ted Kennedy improved public education was when he parents packed him off to private school! The president then handed another signing pen to Congressman George Miller, the very liberal California Democrat who tried clandestinely to outlaw home schooling. Still, President Bush called him “George Grande” (Big George). Miller responded to the president’s friendly embrace by calling his impeachment “justified” (if impractical). President George W. Bush, most regrettably, proved to be a “uniter not a divider” in education: everyone is unhappy with No Child Left Behind.
The response of the grassroots to Common Core is exciting. It is a wonderful example of American democracy at its best. Parents care deeply about their children’s education.
And they also care deeply about their children’s privacy. The well-respected Pioneer Institute has just released another powerful report titled “Cogs in the Machine” that raises justifiable concerns about the erosion of pupil privacy and the collection of student data.
Most of all, we should all care about freedom. Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli saw the inherent flaw in Bismarck’s push to centralize all power -- including power over what was taught and thought in Germany -- in the hands of Berlin functionaries. “Bismarck,” he said, “made Germany great by making the Germans small.” That was Disraeli’s acute assessment of the Iron Chancellor.
President Reagan had a better understanding of freedom. He said the three most important words in our Constitution are “We the People.” And he taught us that we are a people who have a government; our government does not have a people. Reagan recognized that the constitutionally prescribed role for the federal government in education was no role.
When a moderate Republican congressman asked him for an appointment to discuss the future of the federal education department, Reagan penciled in his appointment calendar: “I hope it doesn’t have a future.”
The elimination of federal intrusion and executive usurpation is the single greatest improvement we could see in American education. We need to restore authority for education to parents, locally elected school boards, and state legislators who are closest to the people they represent. That’s where the Constitution places it. After fifty years of federal failure, maybe we should consult the operator’s manual.