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Argie Judge finds a hurricane to piss into

An Argie judge has found a hurricane to piss into as he orders the seizure of assets of oil drilling companies operating in the Falklands.

An Argentine judge ordered the seizure of assets of oil drilling companies operating in the disputed Falklands Islands on Saturday, as rhetoric heats up before October elections.

Lilian Herraez, a federal judge in Tierra del Fuego, ordered the seizure of $156 million, boats and other property, according to Argentina’s state news agency Telam.

The companies named in the demand were Premier Oil, Falkland Oil and Gas, Rockhopper Exploration, Noble Energy and Edison International Spa.

It was not clear what Argentina would do to enforce the ruling and, as companies generally avoid Argentine territory, it is likely to prove largely symbolic.

They will do precisely nothing, because they can’t. The best they ever managed to do against the Poms was run Top Gear out of the country.   Read more »

Face of the day

Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, on June 28, 2015.

Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, on June 28, 2015.

Todays’s face of the day is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He wrote the below letter to the Maori TV journalists activists (and others) aboard the so-called Freedom Flotilla after they were deterred from seeking to circumvent international law. I love how he manages to have a sense of humour while simultaneously making some very serious points.

Welcome to Israel!

It seems you got lost. Perhaps you meant to sail to a place not far from here – Syria. There the Assad regime slaughters his people every day with the support of the murderous Iranian regime.

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Andrew Bolt on the lies about Islam

Andrew Bolt has an opinion column in the Courier Mail about the lies about Islam, and how it is time the lies were ended.

THE Prime Minister is wrong. I’m sure Tony Abbott knows it, too, but does not dare publicly tell the truth about Islamic terrorism.

Abbott insists Islam had nothing to do with last week’s shooting of tourists in Tunisia, bombing of Shia worshippers in Kuwait and beheading of a man in France.

“What’s being done by Daish (the Islamic State) has nothing to do with God, it has nothing to do with religion,” he claimed on Saturday.

Is he kidding us?

Yes he is.

The Islamic State, which claims credit for the two worst attacks and is linked to the beheading, has nothing to do with Islam?

For heaven’s sake, we can all read. “Islam” is in the very title of this terrorist outfit.

And if religion had nothing to do with the attacks, why has Tunisia’s president just ordered 80 of the country’s mosques to be closed in response?

Let’s end this polite lie, which blinds us to the steps we must take to defend ourselves.

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Maori TV journalists detained by IDF as they take control of ships

The Maori TV journalists who were aboard the “Marianne av Göteborg” have been detained after the ships were intercepted by Israeli Navy Commandos.

The Times of Israel reports:

Israeli Navy commandos boarded a ship that was headed for the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday-Monday and took control of the vessel.

The interception occurred without incident and there were no injuries, the IDF said.

The Swedish-registered Marianne of Gothenburg will now be taken to Ashdod port, after which the activists on board will likely be deported, as Israeli officials have warned.

“In accordance with international law, the Israeli Navy advised the vessel several times to change course,” the IDF said in a statement.

“Following their refusal, forces visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent the intended breach of the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. The forces have reported that use of force was unnecessary, and that the process was uneventful. The vessel is currently being escorted to Ashdod Port and is expected to arrive within 12-24 hours,” it went on.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the commandos on “their determined and efficient action in detaining the passengers on the ship that tried to reach the Gaza coast in contravention of the law.”

“This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region. Preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General,” Netanyahu said in a statement released to the press.

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It will never happen in our country

It is easy to watch terrorism from afar. We see so many gruesome images online from ISIS, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, Haqqani Network, Kataib Hezbollah and many, many more. One of the more obscene images that sticks in my mind, but has lost its power for many (because similar images are so common), is the one of a man facing the camera with a number of men’s heads stuck on fence spikes behind him. There is no humanity in that photo. All I see is the face of a fanatic. His eyes are dead because he treats human beings as if they are nothing. He has no respect for them even in death.

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These kind of images and you-tube videos, which are so vile that I will never watch them least I end up with nightmares, are all over the internet. People watch them feeling safe that it is ‘over there’ and will never happen here.

In France this week a Muslim driver beheaded his boss, stuck his head on a fence and then tried to blow up the factory where he was employed.

“The attack was of a terrorist nature since a body was discovered, decapitated and with inscriptions.”

– French President Francois Holland

 

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UN report on Gaza is flawed and dangerous

Richard Kemp, a retired British Army colonel and the former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, writes in the New York Times about how deeply flawed and dangerous the UN report on Gaza is.

AS a British officer who had more than his share of fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans, it pains me greatly to see words and actions from the United Nations that can only provoke further violence and loss of life. The United Nations Human Rights Council report on last summer’s conflict in Gaza, prepared by Judge Mary McGowan Davis, and published on Monday, will do just that.

The report starts by attributing responsibility for the conflict to Israel’s “protracted occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” as well as the blockade of Gaza. Israel withdrew from Gaza 10 years ago. In 2007 it imposed a selective blockade only in response to attacks by Hamas and the import of munitions and military matériel from Iran. The conflict last summer, which began with a dramatic escalation in rocket attacks targeting Israeli civilians, was a continuation of Hamas’s war of aggression.

In an unusual concession, the report suggests that Hamas may have been guilty of war crimes, but it still legitimizes Hamas’s rocket and tunnel attacks and even sympathizes with the geographical challenges in launching rockets at Israeli civilians: “Gaza’s small size and its population density make it particularly difficult for armed groups always to comply” with the requirement not to launch attacks from civilian areas.

There is no such sympathy for Israel. Judge Davis accuses the Israel Defense Forces of “serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.” Yet no evidence is put forward to substantiate these accusations. It is as though the drafters of the report believe that any civilian death in war must be illegal.

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Anyone who wants more than one mother-in-law deserves them

The slippery slope arguments have started in the US, where there are claims that there will be attempts to legalise polygamy because now same-sex marriage is legal, that is the next step.

Welcome to the exciting new world of the slippery slope. With the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling this Friday legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states, social liberalism has achieved one of its central goals. A right seemingly unthinkable two decades ago has now been broadly applied to a whole new class of citizens. Following on the rejection of interracial marriage bans in the 20th Century, the Supreme Court decision clearly shows that marriage should be a broadly applicable right—one that forces the government to recognize, as Friday’s decision said, a private couple’s “love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.”

The question presents itself: Where does the next advance come? The answer is going to make nearly everyone uncomfortable: Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family isn’t driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals? The most natural advance next for marriage lies in legalized polygamy—yet many of the same people who pressed for marriage equality for gay couples oppose it.

This is not an abstract issue. In Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissenting opinion, he remarks, “It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.” As is often the case with critics of polygamy, he neglects to mention why this is a fate to be feared. Polygamy today stands as a taboo just as strong as same-sex marriage was several decades ago—it’s effectively only discussed as outdated jokes about Utah and Mormons, who banned the practice over 120 years ago.

Yet the moral reasoning behind society’s rejection of polygamy remains just as uncomfortable and legally weak as same-sex marriage opposition was until recently.

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Face of the day

French President Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande

Finally it is hitting home to the political leaders in Europe that their countries are under attack. It has been happening for a very long time to Israel but they didn’t care when it happened to Israel.

“It’s difficult for a society to live for years under the threat of attack,” he told French journalists. “The question is not if there will be another attack … but when.”

-theguardian.com

How difficult does he think it has been for the Israeli people? He and so many other misguided ‘intellectuals’ simply did not understand that Islamic terrorism against Israel is not about land but about forming a worldwide Islamic Caliphate and that Israel is just one of the countries on their list. It is Global Jihad and no, it is not because countries have done something to ‘provoke’ the attacks.

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Road maggots targeted, cops save 300 from potential harm in 12 hours

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Some might say it’s about time the police got real and started tearing into the New Zealand cycling criminals like they did in Sydney recently with 300 fined in 12 hours, or were they.

The cops of course weren’t revenue gathering at all,  they were doing the cycling community a huge service in saving some from certain injury or death.

CYCLISTS were caught committing more than 300 offences across Sydney yesterday in a police blitz.

In a 12-hour crackdown, police targeted cyclists running red lights, riding without helmets and riding on footpaths.  Read more »

Must try harder: New Zealand third most skeptical of man-made climate change

Third huh?  I must try harder.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of climate change scepticism in the developed world, a study has revealed. Surprisingly, we have more sceptics per capita than in the US, where large numbers of right-wing media and politicians refuse to accept climate change is man-made.

A new paper from the University of Tasmania, called Scepticism in a changing climate: a cross-national study, found 13 per cent of New Zealanders were climate change sceptics.

It was third only to Norway (15 per cent) and Australia (17 per cent). The United States came in at 12 per cent.

The study, which was published in the journal, Global Environmental Change, was based on surveys taken in each of the 14 countries and was designed to be representative of adults aged over 18.

It found countries with higher levels of CO2 emissions corresponded with nations with higher rates of climate change scepticism.

That makes sense.   After all, if you knew what spews out of a single volcano and compare that to what New Zealand produces, you would realise that putting the recycling out after having replaced light bulbs will make exactly 0.00000000000000000000000000000001% difference.   And I may have forgotten a zero or two.   Read more »