Understanding Muslim Obsession With Israel

If you have ever wondered why the Arab world is obsessed with destroying Israel, even at the expense of its own people, this article by Melanie Phillips will turn on the lights for you. It is all driven by honour and shame, and in particular the role the Jews had in being suitable victims of shame to enhance the honour of Arabs. She quotes at length an article by Professor Richard Landes. A long article but worth reading.

Fatah, headed by Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas, has called for a “day of rage” tomorrow.

This is ostensibly to protest against the metal detectors which the Israeli government has installed at Temple Mount in Jerusalem. That was in response to last Sunday’s attack there by two Israeli Arabs. Already armed, they burst from the compound and murdered two Israeli Druze police officers, leaving a third officer injured.

Dozens have already been hurt overnight in violent demonstrations against the police in both the Temple Mount area and in east Jerusalem, with Arab youths throwing stones at officers and setting dumpsters on fire. According to Jerusalem’s police commissioner Yoram Halevi, many of those who took part in the rioting were encouraged to do so by the provocative statements being made by the Palestinian leadership.

You don’t say.

It’s the usual story. Arabs are incited to attack Jews by mendacious claims (made by Abbas, amongst others) that the Jews are attacking Muslim holy site; Arabs launch murderous attack on Israelis from said Muslim holy site; Israelis take security measures around said Muslim holy site to defend against further such attacks; Arabs claim these defensive security measure are further attack on Muslim holy site; Arabs incite further attacks on Israelis in protest at presumed attack on holy site; and on and on.

The Israelis’ real crime, in the Arabs’ eyes, is to assert control of any kind on Temple Mount. The Arabs have threatened to unleash world war if Jews were ever to have free access to it or in any way alter the status quo. That status quo means Jews have their access to Temple Mount heavily restricted and are not even allowed to pray on it.

This despite the fact that, as the site of the original Jewish Temple, it is the holiest place of all for religious Jews. The Arab and Muslim belligerency over Temple Mount is not just an attack on Israel but on Judaism itself.

Read the full article here

The Slippery Slope of Doctor Who

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They’ve been hinting it for 6 months, and last night the BBC announced that the next actor to play Doctor Who will be a woman, Jodie Whittaker.

And once again the show slides down the ramp of political commentary until enough viewers stop watching it and it gets canned.

We are already going there with Season 10 with the explicitly lesbian companion Bill Potts and anti-capitalist episodes such as “Oxygen”. When any TV show stops telling stories and turns into some sort of leftist political soap opera it becomes boring and people turn off.

You only have to go back to the reasons why the original Doctor Who creaked to a halt. It was the same political bent that killed it in the 1980’s.  Then it was the  anti-capitalist, anti-Thatcher propaganda that produced boring story lines.

I am sure that Jodie Whittaker is a great actress. She might even turn into a great Doctor Who. If casting a female Doctor Who is about seeing how far they can stretch the character, that’s great. But if the producers  are following an “agenda” instead of making great drama the end is near.

Educating Drivers About Safely Passing Cyclists

That’s how you teach motorists how to share the roads with others:

Police crack down on cyclist road safety with operation ‘close pass’

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Anyone refusing road side education will receive a fixed penalty notice of £100 and three points on their licence for the offence of ‘driving a vehicle without reasonable consideration of others’.

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Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Alliance have carried out an operation to improve the safety of cyclists on the road by education drivers on how to overtake them safely. During the two hour operation six drivers were stopped and all accepted safety advice from the police officers.

On Tuesday, July 11, the Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Alliance roads policing teams simultaneously launched Operation Close Pass.

Close Pass is an initiative intended to improve the safety of cyclists on the road by educating drivers on how to overtake them safely. It aims to raise awareness amongst motorists and cyclists alike on how to behave courteously to each other on the regions roads.

Head of roads policing for the Alliance, Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, said: “Rolling out Close Pass across in Devon and Cornwall is in direct response to feedback we have received from cycling groups and individual cyclists about the danger and discourtesy they face on a daily basis on the regions’ roads.

“Our figures indicate approximately 400 or so collisions involving cyclists every year, 200 to 300 of which result in slight injury, 50 to 80 in serious injury. There were 4 cyclist fatalities in each of the years from 2012 to 2016.

“This initiative is very important in the safeguarding and education of our community of road users.”

Close Pass works by volunteer police officers in cycling clothes, effectively ‘undercover’, taking to the road on bicycles fitted with cameras which record the behaviour of drivers who overtake them.

If offences are found to have taken place, the officer radios colleagues further down the road to direct the offending vehicle into a checkpoint where the driver will be offered roadside education using a specially designed mat which illustrates the safe passing distance.

 

 

Anyone refusing road side education will receive a fixed penalty notice of £100 and three points on their licence for the offence of ‘driving a vehicle without reasonable consideration of others’.


Read more at http://www.devonlive.com/police-crack-down-on-cyclist-road-safety-with-operation-close-pass/story-30434919-detail/story.html#8faUDHG8LaUJBVkV.99

Matt Walsh: Courts in Europe have sentenced a baby to death.

Killing babies- this is where you end up when you let Governments determine your rights and when euthanasia (“Dying with dignity”, assisted suicide”, choose your euphemism) is a right. This is what Pope John Paul warned us about when he talked about the culture of death. This is real, and could come to Australia in the next decade.

From Matt Walsh:

Matt Walsh: Courts in Europe have sentenced a baby to death. This is socialized medicine.

Matt Walsh: Courts in Europe have sentenced a baby to death. This is socialized medicine.
There’s a horrific case over in the U.K. that hasn’t gotten a ton of attention here, but it should. If we look closely, we may see our future — and our present.

Charlie Gard is a 10-month-old baby who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. It’s a horrendous condition that leads to organ malfunction, brain damage, and other symptoms. The hospital that had been treating the boy, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, made the determination that nothing more can be done for him and he must be taken off of life support. He should “die with dignity,” they said. The parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, disagreed.

This is the very crucial thing to understand: they are not insisting that GOSH be forced to keep Charlie on life support. Rather, they want to take him out of the hospital and to America to undergo a form of experimental therapy that a doctor here had already agreed to administer. Chris and Connie raised over $1.6 million to fund this last ditch effort to save their child’s life. All they needed the British hospital to do was release their child into their care, which doesn’t seem like a terribly burdensome request. They would then leave the country and try their luck with treatment here. However slim the chance of success may have been, it was better than just sitting by and watching their baby die.

Here’s where things get truly insane and barbaric. The hospital refused to give Charlie back to his parents. The matter ended up in the courts, and, finally, in the last several hours, the European Court of “Human Rights” ruled that the parents should be barred from taking their son to the United States for treatment. According to the “human rights” court, it is Charlie’s human right that he expire in his hospital bed in London. The parents are not allowed to try and save his life. It is “in his best interest” to simply die, they ruled.

Read the full article here

Uber board member resigns after sexist remark

He could have timed this a bit better:

From theweek.co.uk

Uber board member resigns after sexist remark

 

A member of the board of ride-sharing app Uber has resigned after making a sexist remark during a staff meeting to discuss problems with sexism at the company. Venture capitalist David Bonderman interrupted fellow board member Ariana Huffington to say that more women on company boards would mean “more talking” was likely.

200 Years of Cycling

Two Hundred years ago, a German nutcase invented the first bicycle and transformed the world.

 

From the ABC:

 

Cyclists celebrate ‘nutcase’ inventor as bike turns 200 years old

 

Cyclists across the country have celebrated the 200th anniversary of the world’s first bicycle ride.

Monday marks 200 years since inventor Karl Drais rode a bicycle for the first time, in the German city of Mannheim.

“Everything we have today … came from this machine. It’s as simple as that,” said vintage cycling enthusiast Stewart Clissold at a celebration in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

“Karl von Drais saw a lovely young girl ice skating, and he saw how fluently she moved across the ice. And his idea was, if he was to put wheels under himself, he could move as gracefully as her.”

Other celebrations have been held in Sydney, Darwin, Bendigo and Geelong.

“It started a total revolution,” Charlie Farren of the Vintage Cycle Club said.

“We’ve got to thank this nutcase inventor.”

Bicycle’s creation linked to Indonesian volcano

The bicycle was invented as Europe suffered in the aftermath of an Indonesian volcanic eruption that caused chaos across the world.

“Back in the early 1800s, there was this phenomenal eruption, clouds of smoke and dust permeated everywhere [in Europe],” Ms Farren said.

“It’s said that the crops failed, the horses starved.

“This invention of Baron von Drais became a hit overnight because it wasn’t a horse, it didn’t need feeding. All it needed was you, your legs, a bit of energy, and you were away.”

The invention quickly became popular, mainly with affluent young men.

However, poor road quality meant they would often ride on the footpaths, which led to the machine being banned soon after it was created.

‘You just glide along’: riding a replica

Vintage cycling club members were proudly showing replicas to keen onlookers today, and explaining the machine had its limitations.

“I think not only was it the first carriage that went underneath a human, it was also the first natural contraceptive,” Mr Clissold said.

“I can assure you, after riding one a short period of time on rather rough cobblestone roads, you were not going home for anything other than a hot bath.”

However, Ms Farren said the replica was a delight to ride on flat surfaces, likening it to ice-skating.

“It’s a little bit like roller-blading,” she said.

“You get a beautiful stride going, and you glide along.”