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Now Egypt is sick of Hamas’ tunnels of terror

Israel launched an operation to stop rocket attacks, and to destroy the tunnels that Hamas was building under the border in order to attack Israel.

Now Egypt is moving against Hamas tunnels…and they aren’t anything like Israel.

Critics who think Israel is taking a heavy-handed approach in destroying Hamas terror tunnels should see what Egypt has in mind.

Facing the same type of underground routes out of Gaza that allowed terrorists to mount attacks on Israel, Egypt is considering creating a huge, 1,000-meter buffer zone in the Sinai Peninsula – they have already evicted 10,000 people in the process of clearing the first 500 meters — and digging a deep-water trench that would flood any future efforts to carve subterranean routes for smuggling weapons and terrorists in and out of Gaza. And unlike the fierce resistance and international public relations campaign Hamas mounted against Israel in August, the terrorist group that governs Gaza appears to not be seeking a head-on fight with Cairo.

“I don’t think that Hamas is looking for a confrontation with Egypt,” Zvi Mazel, Israel’s ambassador to Egypt from 1996–2001, told FoxNews.com. “They don’t want to put more oil on the fire. After all, Hamas stems from the Muslim Brotherhood — and the presence of the Brotherhood is nowhere in the fight now — so Hamas doesn’t want to speak too loud.”  Read more »

Closing Muslims schools: closing the stable door after the horse has bolted?

Things are getting serious when schools stop teaching to the curriculum:

Pupils at six Muslim independent schools could be “vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation”, Chief Schools Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned.

In a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, the head of Ofsted said he believed “pupils’ physical and educational welfare is at serious risk”.

Ms Morgan contacted the schools in Tower Hamlets, London, and warned them they would be closed if they failed to draw up action plans to deal with inspectors’ complaints “within weeks”.

All six schools failed their inspections along with the state Sir John Cass Red Coat Church of England School, in Stepney, which The Independent revealed earlier this week would be criticised for failing to safeguard pupils from Islamic extremism.

Sir John Cass has previously been declared “outstanding”. The school and local authority were also told to draw up an action plan and face an inspection visit within six weeks.

Closing schools would be an extreme move.  That’s a lot of pupils that surrounding schools will need to absorb.  So the impending catastrophe must be quite serious.

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Aviation expert wants to know who took flight MH370

How can a plane full of people just disappear?  Do the experts know more than they are telling?

Tim Clark has been a senior manager at the airline Emirates since 1985 and has been instrumental in developing it into one of the world’s largest airlines. Today, the 64-year-old is seen as a knowledgeable expert and critic of the aviation industry. His view of the vanished Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 is a provocative one. The plane that disappeared was a Boeing 777 and Emirates operates 127 such aircraft, more than any other airline in the world.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: It’s now October, seven months after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370, and we still don’t know what happened. What can still be done to gain some degree of clarity?

Clark: MH 370 remains one of the great aviation mysteries. Personally, I have the concern that we will treat it as such and move on. At the most, it might then make an appearance on National Geographic as one of aviation’s great mysteries. We mustn’t allow this to happen. We must know what caused that airplane to disappear.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: And what do you think happened?

Clark: My own view is that probably control was taken of that airplane.

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A besieged people

William Pollack discusses Israel in the wake of the killings by Palestinian terrorists in a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Just days ago, Barack Obama, the Commander in Chief and honorary Islamic Protectorate, stated the savage beheading of yet another American by ISIS, Peter Kassig, was not representative of “any faith, LEAST of all Muslim.” If Muslims are the “least” representatives of worldwide terrorism, whom might we expect to be more prominent, Lutherans?

Days ago and now vanished from the headlines, four Jewish worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue and a security guard were viciously attacked by Palestinian MUSLIM terrorists armed with meat cleavers, axes and guns. President Obama’s all-too-common response was to make a moral equivalence between Israel, a nation of laws, and a band of cold-blooded murderers. The Palestinian Authority’s leadership response was typically indifferent, coughing up a statement of regret that “any” citizens were harmed,  then blaming Israel for everything under the sun.

Reminiscent of the Palestinians celebrating dead Americans following the 9/11 attack on the United States, Palestinians handed out candy in honor of killing men dressed in prayer shawls. This horrific event followed weeks of savage Palestinian attacks on Israelis, including ramming cars into bystanders. One of the numerous casualties was a child.

The United Nations, a wasteful and irrelevant piece of real estate, paused momentarily from their relentless condemnation of everything Israel to offer stoic regret. With the notable exception of the sincere and meaningful comments by Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, worldwide statements of sympathy for the slain innocents were matched by the obligatory nod for more peace talks; as if Israel has a Palestinian peace partner; which they don’t.

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Maybe Roger Sutton could start this here

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Roger Sutton has gotten himself into all sorts of bother over some hugs and jokes.

But never fear there are actually people out there who want to paid for such attention.

This is a sitter for Sutton as a start up opportunity in New Zealand.

A new shop in the United States is doing a roaring trade – offering cuddles for US$1 (NZ$1.27) a minute.

Samantha Hess, 30, opened Cuddle Up To Me in Portland, Oregon last weekend after working as a professional cuddler since June 2013.

“I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of sessions [in my career],” she told ABC News.

“My clientele varies greatly. I have clients who are obese, who have [neurological disorder] ALS, or missing limbs. Some people just got out of relationships or are divorced. It’s sort of anybody and everybody.”

Hess cuddles with clients in one of four themed rooms. Typical sessions last an hour but appointments can be as short as 15 minutes. Read more »

The rise and rise of the anti-immigration right

The Conservatives and NZ First might survive the next few terms if the overseas trend makes its way here.  In the UK, the Uk Independence Party is going from strength to strength, no matter how many lefties call them racists.

Tory defector Mark Reckless today became Ukip’s second elected MP in a devastating blow to the Conservatives, declaring his new party will ‘give you back your country’.

He won the Rochester and Strood by-election by 2,920 votes, erasing the Tory majority of almost 10,000 that he secured in 2010.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Reckless said: ‘If we can win here, we can win across the country. If you vote Ukip, you get Ukip.’

Jubilant Nigel Farage punched the air and declared that the ‘massive, massive’ win in what he called a ‘David v Goliath battle’ meant ‘all bets are off’ for the general election in 2015.

The result is embarrassing for David Cameron who just six weeks ago tore into Mr Reckless and vowed to kick his ‘fat a***’ out of the Commons.

The Brits are sick to the back teeth about having their country overrun with EU immigrants.   Their problems are  much more advanced than hours, but immigration issues are becoming political drivers all over the world.   Read more »

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Another weed study with surprising results

As cannabis gains traction with legalisation across the world more and more studies are able to be done that were previously forbidden.

Some are producing surprising results.

Time reports:

Want fewer “Dude, where’s my car?” moments but not ready to give up the weed? A new studypublished in the British Journal of Psychiatrysuggests that variations in the chemical makeup of different strains of marijuana are associated with different levels of cognitive impairment while high.

Tetrahydocannabinol (THC) is commonly recognized as the ingredient in marijuana that causes a “high” in users, but researchers have long known that pot contains other active substances as well. While THC can cause hallucinations and paranoia, another chemical found in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), is believed to be responsible for the calmer, sedating part of the experience. The two chemicals have opposing effects on one of the brain receptors affected by cannabis, the CB1 receptor.

To determine the effect of different levels of CBD, researchers studied 134 cannabis-using volunteers while they smoked their own stash of marijuana, at home. They gave them various cognitive tests, either while wasted or abstinent. Then, they took samples of the pot back to the lab for testing.   Read more »

Slavery in New Zealand, yes really.

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New Zealand has a low level of modern slavery but people are still being exploited and changes need to be made, a global survey has found.

“Modern slavery for us is any situation where one person deliberately takes away another person’s liberty for some sort of profit or gain,” Walk Free Foundation global research executive director Fiona David says.

Modern slavery traps 35.8million people

This includes human trafficking, forced labour, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children.

New Zealand is estimated to have 600 people in modern slavery, the fourth lowest prevalence of 167 countries in the Global Slavery Index.

The known cases involved workers in modern slavery with the most widely documented being on fishing charter vessels in New Zealand waters, Ms David told NZ Newswire.

Their situations have included being subjected to violence, sexual abuse, being fed stale bread and fish bait, working 30-hour shifts and even being paid 35 cents an hour.”

New laws clamping down on fishing boat conditions come into force in 2016, which was “really positive”, she said.

-NZ Newswire

 

So who in New Zealand are responsible for modern slavery? I did a bit of digging and came up with this…

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Is Russell Brand getting advice from Wrongly Wrongson?

The most wrong political commentator in New Zealand is Wrongly Wrongson, the blogger formerly known as Martyn Martin Bradbury.

Perhaps the most wrong political commentator in the world is Russell Brand. He rates himself, but ‘e’s not a clever as he finks ‘e is.

Right now he is pushing a barrow of stupid uphill in try to defend ISIS.

Steven Crowder takes him apart.

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Face of the day

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A younger looking face looking back at you in the mirror has some appeal I must admit. What about a face that that is completely unrecognisable? What is is like for the families and partners of today’s face of the day, the plastic surgery altered face? We often discuss the pros and cons of getting ‘ work done’ but we rarely consider the effects of a new face on those who love us. Isn’t our face a huge part of our identity? Is this one of the risks of plastic surgery that no one considers or talks about?

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