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Orlando killings, BBC reporting
Date: 17 June 2016 at 3:51:45 PM HKT
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Subject:Orlando killings At about 13:00 yesterday (GMT), on BBC World Service, a presenter had three guests to discuss issues around the Orlando mass murder. They were (something like) Patrick Blackland (sp?), Katie Kam (?) and Christen (?) Taylor.
It seemed clear that the presenter was rather alarmed when Taylor "went off the reservation" as it were, and talked of the Islamic motives for the killings. The other guests stuck more to the implicit line that "anything but Islam" was the cause. "Hate", "homophobia", "guns", "mental illness", "quotidian gun violence", and so on.
Yet the best and most persuasive analysis was Taylor's. It's Islam! (The ideas and ideology)
The BBC should not be concerned to air these views. For a start they're more consonant with the truth. And second you will find much of you…

Pahang Mufti says any who opposes Islam is ‘kafir harbi’ (and should be killed)

This is from the most "moderate" Islamic state that anyone can find, Malaysia.
And what's the message?  Death. Death to non-Muslims.
That's Islamic "moderation".
That's Islamic doctrine.
"... those categorised as "kafir harbi" can be killed for being against the implementation of Islamic principles and going against God."Read the rest.

"In industry learn from Daqing".... For FIONNUALA McHUGH via John Lee

Hi John,
could you pass on the link below and this email to Fionnuala McHugh?
It relates to the SCMP Post Magazine of today, the caption to the picture, bottom right of p.12.
The caption says : "The Chinese characters read 'industrial learning and big celebration'". ("工业学大庆").
Well.... maybe.... if one translates along character by character.
But what the phrase actually says is "in Industry learn from Daqing".
Daqing was (and is) a major oil field up in Heilongjiang, which Mao quoted as an example of the selfless hard work it had taken to develop it.
"Daqing" does indeed mean "big celebration". But to translate it like that would be the equivalent of translating "Beijing" as "Northern capital", instead of, well, "Beijing".
There was, IIRC, one "Wang Tieren", literally "Iron man Wang" (the original Iron man!), who worked at Daqing and was held up as the model sel…

MEMRI: Qatari Prof. Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari Analyzes the Ideological Roots of Terrorism: Something Is Wrong in Our Cultural Order

As Sam Harris says " will this Sheikh be accused of Islamophobia?"
Terrorism is based on religious ideology, not on poverty and oppression.

"UK votes to leave"

Just now. 05:00 GMT
52/48 for Leave/Remain
I have just watched history in the making

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Pound down, U.K. Futures, Nikkei crash...

.... so what? A few hours ago they were up, believing that the Remainers would win. So what do they know?
Answer: nothing. And the markets will rebound.
If the pound sterling does not rebound, that's only a help to uk exporters

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BBC has just called it

Just now!
Leave : 52%
Remain: 48%

History made!

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The pound drops. So what?

Pound sterling is now down to levels "not seen since 1989".
But so what?
That helps British exporters and the workers they employ.
That harms the importers and the Bollinger they quaff.

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What's with Scotland? (Brexit)

Scotland is all for Remain. That's also the position of the government. Which fought Scotland's independence referendum. So I don't quite get that. And no one on BBC has told me why that is.

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Brexit vote

4:00 am in UK.
Leave 9.1 m Remain 8.7 m.
Where Leave win they're doing so by big margins, 10-30%. Where Remain win theyre doing so by smaller margins.
Seems Leave are lower class areas. Remain the elites areas.
Remain was the comfortable option for urban elites, no change no hassle.
The Leavers want less immigration (because it's their wages that are reduced), and want to bring back sovereignty.
In sum:
Economic effects: a wash. 1-2% this way or that, neither here nor there.
Sovereignty: bring it back by leaving.

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Brexit? Bremain?

Watching results flow in on BBC. Very exciting with the lead flowing back and forth.
Conspicuous that London and Scotland strongly Bremain and the rest of the country strongly Brexit.
Currently 6.4 m Leave and 6.1 m Remain

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Out – and into the world: why The Spectator is for Leave

Shilly shally, willy wally, I finally opt for Out. Not because of the article below, though it does sum up the Leave argument admirably.
But because I see that it sums up to two things: one the economic argument; two the sovereignty argument.
On the economic argument: all the predictions I've seen give in/out pretty much a wash. 1/2% this way or that. That's neither here nor there.
Sovereignty: this is much clearer. For sure sovereignty is regained by Leave.
And as for the immigration issue, that's all wrapped into the sovereignty one. Control back to the uk. So that's the balance.
Today's the referendum.
Here's the Speccie giving vent:

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The Obama Doctrine: What the President Actually Thinks About Radical Islam - The Atlantic

Son and I, discussing Obama's reluctance to use the words "Islamic radicals" and the like, concluded that he was neither quite the fool nor the knave, but a queer combination of the two. That is, he knows about Islam and Islamism, but thinks it all too hard to face off.
That seems pretty much to be the gist of this insight into Obama's thinking by Daniel Greenfeld of The Atlantic.
Mind you, I don't recall Obama's 2009 Cairo speech to the Muslim world having quite the call for action to would-be Muslim reformers that Obama now says it was.
Must go back to that speech and check.
What I do recall of it was that it seemed to disproportionately blame the west for difficulties in west-Islam relations; and that it named a a number of alleged Islamic scientific inventions (eg the compass) that were nothing of the sort. Such factual errors gave me pause for the rest of the speech.…

Orlando killings

At about 13:00 yesterday (GMT), on BBC World Service, a presenter had three guests to discuss issues around the Orlando mass murder. They were (something like) Patrick Blackland (sp?), Katie Kam (?) and Christen (?) Taylor.
It seemed clear that the presenter was rather alarmed when Taylor "went off the reservation" as it were, and talked of the Islamic motives for the killings. The other guests stuck more to the implicit line that "anything but Islam" was the cause. "Hate", "homophobia", "guns", "mental illness", "quotidian gun violence", and so on.
Yet the best and most persuasive analysis was Taylor's. It's Islam! (The ideas and ideology)
The BBC should not be concerned to air these views. For a start they're more consonant with the truth. And second you will find much of your audience will be relieved to hear some plain truth being spoken on the issue. So too will your moderate Muslim audience, give…

"Killers' need for fear and control". NYT, June 17

Shame on you all, editors and writers alike, for wriggling desperately to find any motive, any at all, to avoid the clearest and most obvious one: Islamic doctrine put to deadly effect.
Islam normalizes killing of gays in doctrine and practice. Mateen was pledged to this ideology. Who are we, or Taub, or anyone at the NYT, to ignore his repeatedly stated inspiration?
Read Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali's articles in recent days. Rather more insightful than Amanda Taub's tendentious nonsense.
Peter Forsythe
Hong Kong

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Admit It: These Terrorists Are Muslims - The Daily Beast

A companion piece to Ayaan's article in the last post, this by still-Muslim (but only just!), the equally wonderful and brave Maajid Nawaz. In the Daily Beast.
We reckon he's not a Muslim any more but says he is so that his words carry more weight. Ex Muslims can be more easily dismissed by Muslims resistant to change. For that we commend him, for it is brave to be a reforming Muslim. Still, Maajid certainly cops the ire of many Muslims both mainstream and Islamist: he's been called an "Uncle Tom" and a "native informer" for his efforts.
He takes it all equably retaining his humour and eloquence.
We're lucky to have him and the world would be better with many more like him.

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Islam’s Jihad Against Homosexuals - WSJ

The wonderful Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the Wall Street Journal. Now an apostate (and under armed guard in the US for her apostasy) she was brought up a Muslim in Ethiopia, subjected to FGM, married off to an elderly uncle at age 12, before she fled to Holland and left Islam, the Religion of Peace.  In her article: Almost all Muslim majority countries criminalize homosexuality and in 12 of those the penalty is death. Many examples of senior Muslim authorities railing against gays and confirming the penalty of death. Example: the odious Al Qaradawi.  Despite this, for some idiot commenters it's as if they didn't even read the article before regurgitating the usual apologia for Islam.  Ayana's last para: /Snip Following the horrific attack in Orlando, people as usual have been rushing to judgment. President Obama blames lax gun laws. Donald Trump blames immigration. Neither is right. There has been comparable carnage in countries with strict gun laws. The perpetrator in this case was bor…

Quilliam Foundation: You can believe homosexulity is not a sin and be Muslim

From "Fasdunkle", commenter on Harry's Place, the link below, in which the Islamist outfit 5Pillars criticises Maajid Nawaz's Quilliam Foundation for suggesting that Muslims can be Muslims and also tolerant of gays.
5Pillars claim that Quilliam is funded by "Islamophobes". Which leads Fasdunkle to observe wryly that he can now go with a new definition of Islamophobic: "an irrational fear that Islam is not completely shitty".
The 5Pillars article highlights the uphill struggle reforming Muslims have. Recalling that Quilliam founder and head, Maajid Nawaz, is an ex radical Islamist, now committed to bringing Islam into the 19th century (or even the 17th or 18th, given that's it's currently trying its best to remain in the 7th). The 21st century can come later.
Nawaz is a very knowledgeable and eloquent spokesman for a kinder gentler Islam. And he gets this sort of 5Pillars shit hurled at him for his efforts. And called an "Uncle To…

What's in a name: Islam, Islamist, Jihadist...

In the wake of the Orlando shootings, a war of words.  The right criticise Obama for not saying it's "radical islamic terrorism".  Obama and the left answer that it doesn't matter what it's called, it makes no difference to the war.
This morning, Obama was arrogantly contemptuous of those calling for him to "name it what it is". His line is that it gives legitimises ISIL (as he's wont to call what most others call ISIS).  It gives them what they want: to represent Islam, whereas they "don't represent Islam", he says, "they have perverted Islam". Two points here: First, whether or not Obama uses the words "radical Islamic/Islamist" terrorism, most of the rest of the world does.  So if indeed ISIS are looking for some sort of affirmation (a doubtful likelihood, in my view), they've got it from planty of others, including from many political leaders. Second, in what way does ISIS "not represent" Islam, o…

Mass Shooting in Florida: Anti-Gay Violence Rooted in Muslim Law | National Review

Orlando madness.
The madness of the shooter, sure.
And the madness of the reaction.
Media are still "waiting to learn the motivation of the shooter", when he's already made it quite clear: he rang 911 to tell them that what at he was going to do was inspired by ISIS.
The madness of LGBTI groups singing against Ilsamophobia and saying it was just a "hate crime".
Well sure hate of gays is one of those "necessary but not sufficient" factors. There are plenty who hate gays but don't kill them. For that you need the ideology of Islam. Which encourages and enables the killing of homosexuals. They do that in Iran -- hanging them from cranes. They machete them to death in Bangladesh. They behead them in Saudi Arabia. ISIS toss them from roofs.
The madness of CAIR in saying that we must fight homophobia AND Islamophobia. As if killing gays is the equivalent to the odd case of people saying nasty things to Muslims.
Enough of the madness of willful …

Orlando shootings: typical Muslim response

Just watching BBC's coverage of the latest Muslim shooting outrage: the killing of 50 at a gay club in Orlando.
The BBC reporter on the spot speaks to camera about the response of some Muslims. They are concerned about rising "Islamophobia" and now want to "change perceptions" of we infidels, to show that Islam is actually a "religion of peace" and that the shootings have "nothing to do with Islam". So that's the first reaction of Muslims. Not to express sadness at the shootings, sympathy for survivors or empathy for families and friends. Or even to call to their coreligionists to cease this random slaughter, let alone, heaven help us, to call for reform of the nastier aspects of Islam that encourage mass murder. No, none of this.  The reaction instead is "how does it affect me", how does this affect brand Islam?  How do I get the infidel to believe that it really, really is a "religion of peace".
Yet the…

Renan Revisited > Theodore Dalrymple. On moderate Muslims and the likelihood of Islamic reformation

The ever insightful Dalrymple.  /Snip .... The moderates [Muslims] want, in effect, to reduce Islam to a private confession whose ethical standards are more or less those of, say, a fairly liberal Canadian. In other words, they want to preserve Islam in the modern world by liberalising it and making it compatible with Twenty-First century values. From my personal standpoint, this is laudable and even brave in the circumstances; but there is one enormous flaw in the whole scheme. If the ethics of Islam become those of any reasonably decent person in a liberal democracy, what need of Islam at all? It will become merely a collection of rituals whose irrationality and therefore needlessness will soon become clear under the withering fire of rationalist criticism. Its holy book will be shown to be a literary artefact, a compilation, like any other such book (and by no means the best of the genre, either). Soon nothing of Islam will remain. In this sense, the extremists seem to me to have th…

Mass sexual assault reported at Germany music festival | Europe | News | The Independent

It was in the bloggosphere that I first read news about the most recent "mass sexual assault" by Muslim migrants in Germany. As is the case with most issues Islamic, the first one reads about them is on the blogs.  Then I searched Mr Google and found one reference in mainstream media, in The Independent of the U.K.  But nothing on BBC, CNN, CNBC, The Times, Guardian, Telegraph, The New York Times or our own South China Morning Post. Not even on Fox or in the Wall Street Journal. Not a skerrick.
In short, the news was virtually non existent in the MSM.
I wonder why.
After all, you'd think a "mass sexual assault" in the heart of Europe would be newsworthy. Can't think that it used to happen at all in the past, let alone twice in a year -- recalling that ONE THOUSAND women were sexually assaulted in Cologne over New Year's Eve. Again by Muslim asylum seekers.…

Muhammad Ali, China, Europe and the hypocrisy of the Left

The late great(est) Muhammad Ali coined some wonderfully quotable quotes. One of my favourites above. One I didn't quite like, about Vietnam I wrote about the other day.
Our local paper, the South China Morning Postquoted Ali about China:
"Now that you [China] are open to the world, never lose your culture, because others will try to give you their culture. It will be a great fight." ---- Muhammad Ali writing in the China Youth News, during his first visit to China 1979. (I was in Beijing at the time) A fine sentiment. Right?  Well, that's why the Post quoted it.
But it got me thinking about Europe. Let's say someone today said the equivalent, in response to the flood of immigrants, Europe is facing.  "Europe must never lose its culture because others will try to give you their culture...."
Those "others" will immediately be understood to refer to migrants, most of them Muslim.  So the statement would lead to charges of racism, islamophobia, …

Islam is Europe’s ‘new fascism,’ and other things European politicians say about Muslims

This is another case of what I'm noting more and more: that is, an apologist article about Islam in the ATL (above the line) article, which is then excoriated in the BTL comments.
This in the left-of-centre Washington Post. The ATL invites us to conclude that all the European politicians are Islamophobic bigots. But the commenters will have none of it. They know that what these politicians are saying is the spot-on truth.
We see that same trend even in the deliciously trendy-left The Guardian.  And that's even more amazing.
That's one, at least, consoling trend. That more and more people are coming to the common-sense conclusion, that Islam is not a "Religion of Peace", that it's inimical to democracy and enlightenment values.

Crackdown in China: Worse and Worse

Orville Schell is a renowned scholar of China and this is a fascinating article on China's scary security apparatus.
I didn't know about the similarity of current campaigns to those of the Ming dynasty. And here's me, having been in China, on and off, since 1976.  Shame on me....
Worth a careful read, to acquaint oneself with the depredations, the horrors of today's despots. Chief despot: Xi Jinping (pic above, with Wang Qishan, a truly nasty character).
/Snip (from around the middle of the article):
“The CCDI’s anticorruption campaign is chillingly evocative of the draconian repressions launched by the Eastern Depot during the Ming dynasty,” one historically minded corporate consultant told me[Schell]. She was referring to a period in imperial history that represented a high tide of Chinese despotism. As most Chinese know from histories, popular novels, and TV dramas, the Ming dynasty was characterized by factionalism, intrigue, paranoia, intimidation, fratricide, and…

"Kerrey’s Vietnam Dilemma"

Roger Cohen [mis]quotes Muhammad Ali (see above, the proper quote), saying "I ain't got nothing against them Vietcong", in his "Kerrey’s Vietnam Dilemma", in today's International New York Times.
If Ali had said "Vietnamese" instead  of "Vietcong", I'd also have had nothing against them, and no quarrel with Ali's statement.
But the Vietcong were (and are) communist. Vietnam was an ally of the Soviet Union. And Kruschev had recently boasted / threatened that communism would "bury the west". We didn't want that then and we don't want it now. That's why we fought in Vietnam. It was against the "domino theory" of state after state falling to communism, a theory much mocked on the left, but not so silly when facing the might and thrust of the Soviets and their clients.
I've lived in China under communism in the 70s and it cured me of my romance with the far left.
No quarrel with the Vietnames…

What's *right* about China?

Agree with these comments in Quora. We read a lot about what's wrong with China. Less about what's right and impressive.
It's the leaders of China who are shits. The average bloke or Sheila on the street is fine and unopressed. And there's plenty to see in the diversity of a vast country.

Dave Rubin interviews Bill Warner on political Islam

Great stuff! Above is part 1 of 2. Part 2 is here.
Bill Warner knows his stuff and has a fine way with words, putting even issues that are well known into a new perspective.
Example: towards the end, his description of the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims.  We all know that, right?  He says, in the end, for him and other infidels like us, the difference is immaterial. They share the same view of jihad, martyrdom in the service of Islam and the imposition of Sharia law.
He talks in an arresting and worrying way about the spread of Islam: the long game they play.  Pakistan used to be Hindu, Malaysia and Indonesia Buddhist, Turkey Christian, Iran Zoroastrian, and so on.  All are now Islamic countries. And it happened slowly, bit by bit, unnoticed almost.  The fable of the frog in the water comes to mind.
Each video half an hour and well worth the listen.

"Competition red hot for food trucks with 192 bids for licence" June 3

[Letter to South China Morning Post]

Greg So, our Commerce and Economic Development Secretary, recently made a "duty visit" to London, to look at the operations of their food trucks, in preparation for the Hong Kong roll-out.

It would seem he learnt nothing while in there.

London food trucks are already operating very successfully based on clear and simple guidelines. Meantime Hong Kong's nascent scheme is already mired in a bureaucratic bog. ("Competition red hot for food trucks with 192 bids for licence" June 3).

Why are only 16 licenses available? Even as a trial number this is ridiculously too few. One street block in Mongkok could accommodate that many.

Yet these 16 will be spread amongst eight districts. That will make them as rare as hen's teeth, hardly the "good tourism project" that Secretary So claims.

Why the complex selection process? First a committee will shortlist applicants then "10 veteran professionals" will make …

#TryBeatingMeLightly: Wife Beating from Toronto to Pakistan

Ironically, the Islamic law that allows a husband to 'lightly beat' his wife is being 'sold on the streets' of Toronto but protested by women in Pakistan.

Read about this insanity, of western Islamopologists, and he treatment of women in Islam, here.

Straight Talk about Religion: Reza Aslan Peddles False Wares to Influential Dupes | Quillette

Brilliant ....
Reza Aslan really is an odious oleaginous creep.  He's fooled many "intelligent idiots", like most recently Oprah.

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