White supremacist ID’d as gunman in deadly shootings at Jewish centers

k.c.-shooting-e1397430314176Fox News (April 14) — The man who allegedly killed three people when he opened fire outside a Jewish community center and nearby retirement community in a Kansas City suburb Sunday is reportedly a 73-year-old Missouri man with a history of racist and anti-Semitic activity, and authorities are investigating the shootings as a hate crime.

A Johnson County (Kan.) jail official told the Associated Press that authorities had identified the suspect in the shooting in Overland Park as Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller.

The Kansas City Star reported that Miller was booked into the Johnson County jail on suspicion of premeditated first-degree murder Sunday evening, but had not been formally charged. Authorities say they expect to have more information available on possible charges Tuesday. The paper reported that public records showed that Cross is a resident of Aurora, Mo., a small town southwest of Springfield.

A dispatcher with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department told the Star Sunday that local authorities were working with Johnson County authorities and the FBI. A woman who answered the phone at a number listed for Frazier Glenn Miller told the paper she did not know where he was and then started to cry.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported on its website that it spoke to Miller’s wife, Marge, by phone Sunday and she said police told her that her husband had been arrested in Sunday’s attacks.

According to the law center, Miller has been involved in the white supremacist movement for most of his life. He founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and was its “grand dragon” in the 1980s before the center sued him for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and using intimidation tactics against blacks. He later founded another white supremacist group, the White Patriot Party.

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Media: Hillary Shoe-Thrower ‘Frightening’; Bush Shoe-Thrower A ‘Folk Hero’

NewsBusters (April 11) — On Friday, all three network morning shows fretted over a woman throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speaking event in Las Vegas. NBC Today co-host Tamron Hall was particularly melodramatic:“I mean, but how scary is that?…Had it hit her, that would have been awful. It would have been awful.” Weatherman Al Roker added: “Jeez, that’s frightening.” Hall declared: “It’s hard for me to watch, actually.” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

The shoe was on the other foot in 2008, when an Iraqi journalist threw two shoes at then-President George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference. At that time, ABC and CBS referred to the shoe-thrower as a “celebrity” and “folk hero” who “thrilled the Arab world.” In 2009, then-MSNBC host David Shuster actually cheered the release of the footwear assailant from prison. Tamron Hall happened to be on the show at the time and observed that people would have been “more outraged” if someone threw a shoe at President Obama.

By contrast, on Friday’s ABC Good Morning America, White House correspondent Jon Karl reported: “Hillary Clinton took that with good humor. But it was a scary moment.” Co-host George Stephanopoulos remarked: “Yeah, Hillary Clinton, quick with the quip. But that was a scary moment there for a second.”

On CBS This Morning, co-host Charlie Rose observed that Clinton “handled that quite well” before noting that the thrower was “facing federal charges.” Fellow co-host Norah O’Donnell gushed: “You know, it was amazing to see how calm she [Hillary Clinton] was….she didn’t really react much at all and had a great retort, you know?” Rose agreed: “It was amazing.” O’Donnell concluded: “Incredible, indeed.”

In 2008, concerns over Bush’s safety were less important to the networks, who seized on that shoe-throwing incident as a gaffe that showed his unpopularity.

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Senators: Iran-Russia Trade Deal Opens Floodgates for Nuke Materials, Weapons

Experts, lawmakers warn $20B trade deal violates nuke deal.

Russian S-300 air defense missile system / AP

Russian S-300 air defense missile system / AP

Washington Free Beacon (April 8) — Iran and Russia’s recently announced $20 billion oil-for-goods trade deal has sparked concerns that Moscow is seeking to open up a direct line into Tehran for the import of sanctioned nuclear equipment and military hardware, shipments that would flatly violate the terms of the recently inked interim nuclear deal.

Tehran and Moscow are in the last stages of finalizing the trade deal, which would provide Russia with half-a-million barrels of Iranian oil a day. The deal would boost Iranian exports by as much as 50 percent a day, according to experts.

The trade deal could open the floodgates between the two nations and has sparked concerns that the trade pact will open a “channel for the transfer of sanctioned nuclear equipment or military hardware to Iran, not to mention other illicit financial transactions,” according to Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

The trade deal also led Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) to demand that the White House immediately reinstate harsh sanctions on Iran if it goes through with the deal and violates the interim agreement, which provided Iran with more than $7 billion in sanctions relief.

Both lawmakers and experts have expressed frustration that the Obama administration has stood on the sidelines as Iran exploits the interim deal for billions and continues an intense economic and military buildup that includes the testing of advanced ballistic missiles.

Iran has been exporting well above 1 million barrels of oil per day for the past five months despite repeated White House assurances that this would not take place under the interim deal.

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Muslim Brotherhood gave $25 million to al-Qaeda for support in Egypt, says former jihad leader

Nabil-NaimJihadWatch (April 11) — Yesterday on Haya TV, Nabil Na‘im, a former leader of Egypt’s Islamic Jihad and close confidante of current al-Qaeda leader, Ayman Zawahiri—who also helped found Egypt’s Islamic Jihad—asserted that, during the reign of former president Muhammad Morsi, Zawahiri was given $25 million from Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shatter to organize, fund, and assemble the jihadi groups “in order to support the Brotherhood.”  (For more on the Muslim Brotherhood/Al-Qaeda relationship, click here).

It should be noted that al-Shatter, though not a member of Morsi’s government—only a leader of the Brotherhood—was, after being imprisoned after the revolution, asked for personally by John McCain during his visit to Egypt some months back, when he pushed for Brotherhood reinstatement.  Also, U.S. ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson was reportedly seen visiting Shatter often.

Earlier, Na‘im, the former Jihad leader had said that attempts by the U.S. to “reconcile” Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood was “nothing but a conspiracy by the American administration,” and that the Brotherhood, when in power, had betrayed Egyptian sovereignty, adding that ousted president Morsi granted Egyptian citizenship to more than 60,000 Palestinians, many of whom were in the ranks of the jihad.

Israel Palestinian Conflict: The Truth About the West Bank

Excellent and historically accurate video by Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon who explains the historical facts relating to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. The video explains where the terms “West Bank”, “occupied territories” and “67 Borders” originated and how they are incorrectly used and applied.

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Europe’s Unaccountable Palestinian Aid

The government in the West Bank is the only body receiving EU funds regardless of its human-rights record or economic performance.

The Wall Street Journal (April 9) — At a time of austerity and belt-tightening, the European Union remains the biggest donor to Third World countries. EU assistance to the developing world serves European values and objectives—but only if EU institutions abide by the highest standards of accountability in managing European taxpayers’ money. As a recent report by the European Court of Auditors found, that hasn’t always been the case with respect to EU aid to the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.

Since the 1994 Oslo Agreement, which created the Palestinian Authority, the EU has offered generous financial assistance to Ramallah to help advance a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis. The EU is today the largest donor to the Palestinian Authority, which relies mainly on foreign donations. But European lawmakers have a duty to ensure that EU funds aren’t diverted from the noble purpose for which they’re intended.

In its report, issued in December, the European Court of Auditors revealed major dysfunctions in the management of EU financial support to the Palestinian Authority, and called for a serious overhaul of the funding mechanism.

Among other things, the court criticized the absence of any conditions for EU aid to the Palestinian Authority, an approach that reduces the potential leverage of the EU to push for more reforms from the Palestinian Authority. This is a surprising exception to the EU’s famous “more-for-more” principle, according to which the EU offers stronger partnership and more incentives to countries that make more progress toward democratic reforms. This principle applies to every other recipient of EU aid in the world. In other words, the Palestinian Authority is the only body that receives EU funds regardless of its human-rights record or economic performance.

The court also revealed that, since 2007, “a considerable number” of Palestinian Authority civil servants in Gaza have received their salaries partly funded through EU aid—even though they “were not going to work due to the political situation in Gaza.” How exactly does this contribute to peace-building? And how can the EU preserve its credibility back home when it pays salaries to people who don’t work, while millions of European citizens are unemployed?

The court also found that the EU paid insufficient attention to the fungibility of the funds it provided to the Palestinian Authority. There is reason to believe that EU financial assistance has allowed the Palestinian Authority to use its own general budget to support terrorist or criminal activities.

The Palestinian Authority, for example, allocates a significant portion of its budget to paying salaries to Palestinian prisoners convicted of terrorism offenses. These salaries are up to five times higher than the average salary in the West Bank. Prisoners also receive large grants from the Palestinian Authority. According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2012 the Palestinian Authority’s payments to convicted terrorists in Israeli prisons and to the families of deceased terrorists (including suicide bombers) together accounted for more than 16% of the annual foreign donations and grants to the budget of the Palestinian Authority. In February this year the Palestinian minister for prisoners’ affairs announced that €30 million will be allocated to current or former prisoners in 2014.

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Islamic Cleric Warns Offering Girls Physical Education Classes Could Lead to ‘Prostitution’

Saudi-Girl-ShutterstockThe Blaze (April 10) — As a policy advisory council debates whether to allow physical education classes for girls in Saudi public schools, some hardline Islamic clerics are warning against the reform, with one saying sports instruction could lead to “infidelity and prostitution.”

“If we keep silent about the step of adding PE classes to girls’ schools then we are giving the Shoura Council a green light to continue the steps of Westernization and these steps will end in infidelity and prostitution,” Abdullah Al Dawood tweeted according to the Wall Street Journal.

Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council, which advises the government on policy, voted 92-18 on Tuesday to instruct the Education Ministry to study the possibility of starting to offer girls gym classes in state-run schools, the Wall Street Journal reported. This as long as the classes conform to Sharia rules of modest dress and gender segregation. There is currently a ban on sports instruction for public school girls, Reuters reported.

The Shoura Council last year permitted female students at private schools to participate in physical education lessons, as long as they wear “decent clothing” and are taught by female instructors, the Independent reported.

The kingdom for the first time included women on its Olympic team two years ago.

The conservative Islamic country bans women from driving and requires women to have a male guardian for various activities including traveling or opening a bank account.

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Pat Condell: A cure for Islamophobia

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Published on Apr 9, 2014

The lie of the century.

Who is to blame for “Islamophobia” in the UK?

The truth about the “wave of attacks on Muslims” after Woolwich murder

“Tell Mama” exaggerated anti-Muslim attacks

Fewer anti-Muslim hate crimes after Woolwich murder than feared

Muslim hate monitor to lose backing

The real agenda behind the push for “Islamophobia”

Pew Forum survey: “The world’s Muslims: Religion, politics and society”

Fall in “Islamophobic” crime, while MCB spins the opposite

Hate crime stats deflate “Islamophobia” myth

The invention of Islamophobia

The Islamisation of Britain in 2013

Islamisation: The cultural suicide of the West

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 8th Apr 2014

Highlights from verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com‘s weekly newsletter:

The year in 2 minutes.  A new Israeli Government video heralds its achievements since coming to power.


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Go tell the world. Moslem physician, author and women’s rights activist Dr. Qanta Ahmed visited the Technion and praised Israel’s academic freedom, plus its freedoms of expression and religion as unique in the Middle East.  And the way to silence the BDS movement is to publicize Israel’s success.

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Israeli system saves Chileans from tsunami.  No Chileans died in the tsunami caused by the recent 8.2-level earthquake, thanks to the automatic alerts sent by the geo-targeted notification system developed by Israel’s eVigilo. The system was installed after 400 Chileans died in an earthquake and tsunami in 2010.



Surviving heart failure.  Cardiologist Prof. Ilan Goldenberg from Israel’s Sheba Medical Center led an international study into cardiac insufficiency – also known as heart failure.  It reported that an automatic cardiac pacemaker/defibrillator implanted at an early stage of common heart failure could extend life significantly.



Career skills for Ethiopian-Israelis. Hundreds of Ethiopians study at Jerusalem College of Technology’s “Education for Ethiopians” program. Similar numbers attend the Ethiopian-Israeli program at Ono Academic College. There are also special tracks at Kibbutzim College and Yezreel Valley College.



IDF treats 20 Palestinian Arabs after bus crash.  Israel Defense Force medics treated 20 Palestinian Arabs wounded when their mini-bus crashed into a car.  Captain Karin Yamin said, “… saving lives is a priority. Whether the patients are Israeli, Palestinian, Christian or Druze, we take care of them all in the same way.”



Cool Technion technology.  Two student projects from the Control Robotics and Machine Learning Lab at Israel Technion’s faculty of Electrical Engineering. First, a tiny drone follows someone by tracking his face. Secondly, a Kinect device for the blind, that directs a blind person by telling him or her where to walk.


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Israeli mom invents the Upsee.  Israeli mother Debby Elnatan’s son, Rotem, has cerebral palsy. She would not accept that Rotem would never walk, so she invented the Firefly Upsee. The harness places the child on top of the shoes of an adult who wears specially designed sandals. The child “walks” as the grown-up moves.
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Another A+ from S&P.  Standards & Poors has given Israel yet another top rating.  S&P expected average per capita income to grow to almost $42,000 by 2017, up from $28,000 in 2009.  Meanwhile, confidence in Israel’s stock market has resulted in the largest increase in investment into Israeli mutual funds since 2002.





3,800-year-old fortress excavated.  Israeli archeologists have finished uncovering a massive Canaanite fortress dating back to the time of Kings David and Solomon.  The 3,800-year-old “Spring Citadel” was excavated in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem.



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Charity game between FDNY, NYPD leads to all-out brawl

CBS Sports (April 7) — Every year the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York get together for a little charity hockey game. The two sides meet and while it’s all in the name of charity, there’s certainly some rivalry aspect to it as well, a little city-wide bragging rights among the city’s finest. Apparently that rivalry has some bad blood as the game — it bears repeating, the charity game — broke out into a full-on brawl at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday. Just about everybody was fighting but the goalies, who watched the action together from center ice. In the end it was the NYPD getting the win in the game, 8-5. FDNY now holds a record of 23-16-2 vs. the NYPD but this one is probably going to be remembered for a bit more than the final score.

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Study: China World’s most powerful nation

moon_china_AFPBreitbart (April 7) — A new study on the economic power of the world’s nations has named China as the “most powerful nation” on its “world market power” index.

The report was issued by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) as part of its Emerging and Growth-Leading Economies (EAGLEs) research project tracking the world’s leading nations.

BBVA feels that China has the most influence on the world’s economies.

“China shows the highest value not only among emerging economies but also when considering all the sample, inverting with the US the rank order given by the exports’ share in nominal terms,” the report reads.

In fact, BBVA ranks China quite a bit higher on its world market power index than any other nation, including the USA.

“China holds the largest share among emerging markets in the sample for 9 out of 18 industries, including all manufacturing groups except food (surpassed by Brazil). The largest industry share corresponds to textiles and leather (above 30%).”

The report also notes that Saudi Arabia and Russia rank high due to their exports of energy. This might cause one to hope that the US might rise in the near future with its growing natural gas and oil booms.

The report does not take into account the possible instability that China may face in the near future both economically and politically, not to mention a certain lack of trust in China’s regulatory milieu held by companies outside its borders.

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Russian minister’s advice to US on Crimea: Watch sitcoms and do yoga instead

2013-09-23T130156Z_1_CBRE98M107E00_RTROPTP_4_USA-e1380913675119Daily Caller (April 4) — Current relations between Russia and the U.S. have recently been tense over the crisis in Ukraine, but one intrepid Russian minister has offered some advice for how America can accept his country’s takeover of Crimea.

“They should get more fresh air, do yoga, eat healthily, maybe watch some sitcoms on television,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with Interfax Thursday.

In Ryabkov’s opinion, America’s actions resemble “childish tantrums” and the country as a whole needs to just chill out and accept that Crimea is now no longer apart of Ukraine. He sees that the alternative of sitcom watching is better than voicing opposition to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

“This would be better than winding oneself up and winding up others, knowing that the ship has already sailed … Tantrums, weeping and hysteria won’t help,” Ryabkov said, according to a Reuters report.

But the diplomat was pessimistic that the U.S. would take his advice and would continue to condemn Crimea’s referendum to unify with Russia.

“One can see that the U.S. leadership is ‘fixated’, and they fail to accept the situation which has been shaped largely by the line (pursued) by the United States and their European allies to bring anti-Russian forces into power in Ukraine,” Ryabkov stated.

He also criticized NASA’s decision to cut off ties with Russian space agencies and saw it as another move that only furthered the divide between the two powers.

“The situation is turning into a joke when, for example, meetings between meteorologists are cancelled,” Ryabkov said, according to The Guardian.

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Afghan elections: What is at stake in 5 April vote

BBC News (April 4) — Afghans go to the polls on 5 April to elect a president to succeed Hamid Karzai, who has governed Afghanistan since the 2001 fall of the Taliban but is constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term.

This should be the first time power in Afghanistan has been democratically transferred. But pitfalls lie ahead.

Nato combat troops are scheduled to withdraw later this year. The new president is likely to have to cope with more insurgent attacks and the possibility that the Taliban would seek to regain power.

Who are the main contenders?

The main contenders among the eight candidates are former foreign ministers Abdullah Abdullah and Zalmai Rassoul, and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

Dr Abdullah, seen here praying at an election rally, appeals to both Tajik and Pashtun voters, the two main ethnic groups

Dr Abdullah, seen here praying at an election rally, appeals to both Tajik and Pashtun voters, the two main ethnic groups

Abdullah Abdullah was Hamid Karzai’s main challenger in 2009. Foreign minister in 2001-2006 and de facto opposition leader since 2009, he is of mixed Tajik and Pashtun heritage (the two main ethnic groups).

However, he is widely seen as a Tajik, owing to his past role in the Tajik-dominated Northern Alliance as well as his ties to its former leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, assassinated in 2001.

Ashraf Ghani will have to broaden his support base if he is to do well in the first round

Ashraf Ghani will have to broaden his support base if he is to do well in the first round

Ex-academic Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was finance minister in Hamid Karzai’s government from 2004 to 2006.

He appeals to urban Pashtuns and technocrats, but would need the backing of Pashtuns in the south-west to do well in the first round. He has no Tajiks on his ticket and may struggle to get Tajik votes.

Zalmai Rassoul, a 70-year-old diplomat of royal lineage, served as foreign minister in 2010-2013. He is not seen as a polarising figure and has performed well in televised debates.

There are also five other candidates in the running, but none of them is expected to take a significant share of the vote.

Zalmai Rassoul is thought to be President Karzai's preferred candidate

Zalmai Rassoul is thought to be President Karzai’s preferred candidate

All the candidates in the race

Is security the main logistical problem?

Yes. The Taliban vowed to disrupt the vote and there were a string of attacks leading up to it. They also pose a longer-term challenge to the entire system of government.

The US and Afghan governments reached a deal to allow thousands of US soldiers to remain after Nato withdraws combat troops at the end of 2014 in order to train Afghan security forces, but Mr Karzai has refused to sign it and has demanded that the Americans meet certain conditions. All the main candidates back the agreement.

What are the main issues?

A final security agreement with the USA is the most pressing issue. The winning candidate will make this his priority. All other issues, from trying to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to fighting corruption and the drugs trade, depend on this.

What future does security pact give Afghanistan?

Q&A: Foreign forces in Afghanistan

Is the election expected to be free and fair?

The previous presidential election in 2009 was marred by allegations of massive ballot-stuffing and intimidation. Dr Abdullah withdrew from the run-off in protest, allowing Mr Karzai to win by default.

Donor countries have made it clear that continuing aid depends on fair elections.

Karl Inderfurth of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) had expressed “guarded optimism” that the election will be better run than 2009, although there is no guarantee of full transparency.

However, the NDI and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, two of the main election monitoring bodies, have pulled their staff out of Afghanistan following an attack on one of Kabul’s biggest hotels in March.

Opposition campaigners and the media remain concerned, despite assurances from President Karzai that his officials will not interfere in the vote.

They also allege that masses of extra voting cards are already in circulation.

What happens if no one wins in April?

If no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, the two top contenders will go to a run-off on 28 May.

As there is no clear front-runner, in contrast to 2009, a run-off is likely.

Final results for the first round are not expected until mid-May, so a similar timetable for a run-off could delay Afghanistan’s transfer of power until July.

This will prolong the uncertainty as the deadline for Nato withdrawal approaches.

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IPCC cries wolf on global warming, again

7924b97aa46141518a7dc8cba612d66d-e1396554322311Daily Caller (April 3) — The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released the summary of its fifth report. Unsurprisingly, it still blames humans as the main driver of global warming — or, climate changeclimate disruptionextreme weather; whichever term you prefer. It’s unsurprising that the IPCC, an organization founded to find a way to limit human influence on climate, would sound such an alarm. After all, if it was discovered that nature is the main driver of the changes in climate, the IPCC would be out of a job.

Of course, that won’t happen. After all, the science surrounding global warming is settled and there is a vast consensus. Since we are running out of time, we therefore need to act promptly, right?

Wrong. First of all, science can never be settled for it to be called so. It took 250 years until Einstein found faults in Newton’s theory of gravity. It took more than 150 years to find how humans evolved from apes through a DNA discovery. Even today, scientists can’t decide what caused the Black Death in Europe.

The same goes for the climate hysteria. Scientists can’t decide if it will cause more snow or less snow, record snowfalls or their total absence, if biodiversity will increase or decrease, if there will be fewer tornadoes or more, or even when the world will end if we don’t act.

In addition, human influence on climate is unlikely considering that several peer-reviewed temperature reconstructions from Northern Scandinavia, the Central Mediterranean Sea,  IcelandAntarctica, the Central Eastern AlpsBritish ColumbiaQuebec, and the Southwestern US all confirm the IPCC findings from 1990 that the Medieval Warm Period between 1000 and 1350 AD was much warmer than today. In other words, Michael Mann’s hockey stick, which supposedly shows a dramatic increase in temperatures since the Industrial Revolution, is probably false.

…Polar bears are nowhere near extinction, as assessed by the Nunavut government and Inuit hunters in Northern Canada. Speaking of debunked myths, dozens of papers show that the sun drives climate, not CO2, and that petrochemical influence on climate has been blown out of proportion. Finally, the Arctic, while it may be melting more during summer time, refreezes so quickly that its May 1st extent hasn’t changed much since1979. Also, the Antarctic ice has been expending since that same year.

Despite overwhelming evidence that the science is not settled, climate change fanatics keep hammering about that supposed 97 percent consensus among scientists. In reality, the supposed consensus is likely overblown. It’s either based on 2008 survey of only 79 climatologists or is actually closer to 0.3 percent when one analyzes a sample of scientific papers.

Climate fanatics’ insistence on a consensus to silence debate has some eerie traits of fascism. Indeed, only in fascist societies can authorities make sure dissenters are silenced by whatever way they see fit. And this is exactly what climate fanatics want; they systematically refuse to debate climate sceptics by snobbishly claiming they are not worthy of recognition. People like David Suzuki, Canada’s green pope, call for Inquisition-like censorship of skeptics. Professors like Lawrence Torcello want skeptics jailed for “criminal negligence.” Finally, Al Gore has no problem resorting to ad hominem attacks by calling skeptics “deniers” and by linking them to homophobes, racists, alcoholics, baby-eaters, etc.

Reasonable citizens should not lose any sleep over the IPCC’s latest report or scaremongering from climate fanatics. Their catastrophic predictions are simply a continuation of doomsday predictions Malthus started in the 19th century. And like Malthus, they have been utterly wrong, be it about agriculture, violence or the rising sea level. Climate hysteria is crumbling little by little, and like any fake science, it will collapse sooner or later.

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Bombshell: Book claims Pakistani gov’t harbored terrorists including bin Laden — and the U.S. knew and ignored it

This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. (Photo: AP)

This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan / AP

TheBlaze (March 24) — In a New York Times Magazine article adopted from a soon-to-be-released book “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014,” author Carlotta Gall reveals that the Pakistani government harbored terrorists including explicitly protecting Osama bin Laden, while putting on a facade of cooperation with the U.S. in its counterterrorism operations. When the U.S. government uncovered information about the Pakistanis’ aiding and abetting of terrorists, it failed to address it “for fear of setting off a greater confrontation with a powerful Muslim nation.”

Gall states [emphasis ours]:

“The Pakistani government, under President Pervez Musharraf and his intelligence chief, Lt. Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, was maintaining and protecting the Taliban, both to control the many groups of militants now lodged in the country and to use them as a proxy force to gain leverage over and eventually dominate Afghanistan. The dynamic has played out in ways that can be hard to grasp from the outside, but the strategy that has evolved in Pakistan has been to make a show of cooperation with the American fight against terrorism while covertly abetting and even coordinating Taliban, Kashmiri and foreign Qaeda-linked militantsThe linchpin in this two-pronged and at times apparently oppositional strategy is the ISI. It’s through that agency that Pakistan’s true relationship to militant extremism can be discerned — a fact that the United States was slow to appreciate, and later refused to face directly, for fear of setting off a greater confrontation with a powerful Muslim nation.

During her investigation on the goings-on in Pakistan, Gall got word that the Pakistani government might have known of Osama bin Laden’s location, information that when brought to U.S. government officials was effectively denied, leaving Gall stonewalled:

“Soon after the Navy SEAL raid on Bin Laden’s house, a Pakistani official told me that the United States had direct evidence that the ISI chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, knew of Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad. The information came from a senior United States official, and I guessed that the Americans had intercepted a phone call of Pasha’s or one about him in the days after the raid. “He knew of Osama’s whereabouts, yes,” the Pakistani official told me…”

After more than two years of investigation, Gall finally found the stunning evidence to buttress her thesis…

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Study: States with higher minimum wages had higher unemployment

This is economics 101, which is why it baffles me every time politicians suggest to raise the minimum wage. Capitalism has raised more people out of poverty than any other system, not increases of government intervention.

minimum-wage-bus-tour1-e1395690126862The Daily Caller (April 1) — A new study by the free-market American Action Forum found that states with minimum wages higher than the federal minimum suffer from higher unemployment.

Researchers looked at labor data from both the nineteen states that as of 2013 had enforced minimum wages above $7.25 per hour and the thirty-one states that had minimum wages equal to $7.25.

Overall, they found that just a $1 increase in the minimum wage was “associated with a 1.48 percentage point increase in the unemployment rate,” and a “0.18 percentage point decrease in the net job growth rate.”

A higher minimum wage thus led to the unemployment of 747,700 workers and a job growth reduction of 83,300 jobs, the study claims.

The study noted that minimum wage hikes especially took a toll on the employment opportunities for young and low-skill workers.

Focusing in on 16-to-19-year-olds, researchers found that the “mean annual average teenage unemployment rate in states with minimum wages above $7.25 per hour in 2013 was 22.5 percent, which was 2.0 percentage points above the 20.5 percent mean annual average unemployment rate in states with minimum wages at $7.25 per hour.”

Furthermore, “In high minimum wage states, the net job growth rate for teenagers was actually negative in 2013, with a mean annual average rate of -0.5 percent.”

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Study shows Palestinian textbooks filled with incitement

Survey finds that 150 new Palestinian Authority textbooks continue to delegitimize and demonize Israel, and call for violent struggle instead of peace • The books claim that the Jews have no rights to Israel, including to Jewish holy sites.

Incitement by the book: A school in the Gaza Strip | AP

Incitement by the book: A school in the Gaza Strip | AP

Israel Hayom (March 31) — A recent study of 150 new Palestinian Authority textbooks used by a U.N. educational body reveal widespread delegitimization of Israel and continued calls to use violence against Jews in Israel.

The survey was conducted by the Near East Policy Research Center and led by Dr. Arnon Gross, a professor in Islamic Study and veteran Arab affairs correspondent for Israel Radio. Gross’ survey translated 150 new Palestinian Authority textbooks. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which runs 250 schools in the Gaza Strip and 100 in Judea and Samaria, claims there is no incitement in the Palestinian Authority textbooks studied in its schools.

In the books, the center found widepsread delegitimization and demonization of Israel, and a call for violent struggle instead of peace. According to the textbooks, the Jews have no rights to Israel, including to Jewish holy sites, and are not considered legitimate residents of the country. The name “Israel” appears less than a handful of times on the maps and is usually replaced with Palestine, and areas inside pre-1967 Israel are described exclusively as Palestinian.

The center sent a letter to UNRWA asking it to correct the deficiencies, including: correcting maps to show current borders and mark the land inside the pre-1967 borders as Israel; showing Jewish cities as well as Palestinian ones in maps; recognizing sites holy to Jews in discussions of holy sites; mentioning in demographic discussions the millions of Jews who live in Israel; removing sections that demonize Israel or Jews, and removing violent struggle as a solution.

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