"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Monday, April 08, 2019

Links - 8th April 2019

Instagram deletes gay Muslim comic strip after Indonesia outrage - "Instagram on Wednesday (Feb 13) shut down an account that published comic strips about the struggles of a gay Muslim in Indonesia after it sparked a backlash in the world's biggest Islamic nation.The move comes after Indonesia's communications ministry sent a letter to the social media giant warning that the "pornographic" content violated an electronic information law... In October, an Indonesian man was arrested for running a Facebook page that catered to the gay community.Also last year, Google pulled Blued, one of the world's largest gay dating apps, from the Indonesian version of its online store in response to government demands."
Since Indonesia is a model of moderate Islam...

As injuries hit record high, 80% of those hurt by deer in Nara Park are non-Japanese - "The number of people injured by wild deer at Nara Park, a major tourist attraction in the city of Nara, has hit a record high of 200 in the current fiscal year, with non-Japanese, many of them tourists, accounting for some 80 percent of those wounded... The more than 1,000 deer that roam the park are designated as national treasures, and visitors can feed them with special crackers. Many of the injuries are believed to have occurred when tourists tried to take photos of themselves feeding the animals, often while teasing them — such as by holding the crackers out of reach"

German kindergarten for Muslim children is ordered to close over 'links to extremist ideology' - "The Al-Nur kindergarten in Mainz, western Germany, will have to shut its doors by March 31 after losing its licence to operate"

Is meat sexy? Meat preference as a function of the sexual motivation system - "When their sexual motivation system is activated, men behave in ways that would increase their desirability as a mating partner to women. For example, they take greater risks and become more altruistic. We examine the possibility that men’s sexual motivation, when elicited, can influence their preference for meat because meat signals status to others, including women—and signalling status is one way to help men achieve their mating goals. We find support for this hypothesis in three studies involving consumption (Study 1) and preference (Studies 2 and 3) for meat. Men’s desire for status mediates their liking for meat. In contrast, when their sexual motivation system is activated, women like meat less, possibly since they pursue other strategies such as beauty and health to make themselves desirable to men. Thus, we suggest that evolutionary processes shape food preferences."

Nine-month-old boy charged with attempted murder in Pakistan granted bail by judge - "A nine-month-old boy charged with planning a murder, threatening police and interfering with state affairs in Pakistan has been granted bail after appearing in court this week.Toddler Muhammad Mosa Khan was booked in February along with 30 other people, including a number of members of his family, after stones were allegedly thrown at police and energy officials during raids on homes in Lahore. Residents had been accused of not paying for electricity... What followed were farcical scenes in which the toddler was fingerprinted and made to sit on his grandfather’s lap in court, drinking his bottle... The age of criminal responsibility in Pakistan is supposed to be 12-years-old"

Terry Crews Forced to Apologize for Espousing the Importance of Kids Having a Father Figure in Their Lives - "Actor Terry Crews found himself in trouble with Twitter users again after he tweeted about the importance of children having men and women in their lives raising them. The star of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was thrust into the discussion after initially tweeting about former President Barack Obama’s message to Black boys... “how the F— did terry crews went from speaking up about feminism and gender roles and male sexual assault to saying that kids raised w/o a dad grow up to be ‘severely malnourished’???? what kinda demon possessed him, how can he not realise how toxic this mindset is??”"
When you ride the SJW tiger...

Colorado high school student wearing Nazi uniform beaten by black classmate - "The footage shows the black student walking towards the white student before apparently hitting him in the face and sending him tumbling to the ground. Then, a few seconds later, the white student is shown throwing a landscaping rock at the black student but missing... both students were arrested and charged with crimes. The black student was charged with assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct. The white student was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal attempt assault. He was not charged with a hate crime.The school said the white student did not sport any Nazi paraphernalia on his military green jacket. However, students said he was known for wearing Nazi regalia with that green jacket. The student’s Instagram account also features multiple photos of him wearing Nazi garb."
Mischievous headline
Self-defence is a crime?

‘White guilt is failing black kids’ - "It is increasingly difficult to have free and frank conversations on these issues. Last weekend, Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle was branded a ‘national disgrace’ after he suggested that absent fathers were to blame for rising knife crime... The key problem is that instead of addressing the ills of the education system, which is letting kids down, we shout at Oxbridge. But what can Oxbridge do? They cannot and should not lower their standards... The powers-that-be look at statistics and jump to conclusions. When there are more black boys in detention at a school, it is interpreted as a sign of racism. But maybe those boys deserved that detention? And if they don’t have any discipline they could spin out of control, they could fail their GCSEs and then they’re not going to be contenders for Oxbridge. All these things are connected... The people pushing the racism discourse don’t mean any harm, but they don’t realise how harmful it is for black kids to be constantly told ‘the world is racist, you’re never going to get ahead’. It gives children an excuse. One of the big things we pride ourselves on at Michaela is there are no excuses. We won’t let any children go around saying, ‘I’m a black boy from an estate with a single mum so I couldn’t possibly achieve’. The schools that have got all these children into Oxbridge show that if you look that nonsense in the eye, and insist that children can achieve when they are put in the right environment, then the sky is the limit... One reason kids join gangs is that they want to belong, they want to feel part of a family. This is where the question of absent fathers is relevant. But there are more levels of family you can find in society... But inner-city kids are denied access to all of these levels of family: their fathers aren’t there, the school is in chaos, their community is in chaos. And when it comes to their country, many people tell them their country is hostile to them or that they’re not really British, but they are as British as any white child... Nobody’s allowed to talk about knife crime. When Rod Liddle says what he says, you can disagree with him – I disagree, I think there are a whole host of factors at play. But I know that he and I could have a conversation about it and it would be interesting. However, there are a whole load of people who just want to shut these conversations down. It means that we never get to talk about the issues. And then who suffers in the end? The young black men killing each other. This is my world. I see it first hand. And I know I’ve had thousands of conversations over my career with these kids. And what’s really sad is most people commenting on this issue have no clue – they lead middle-class lives and are very detached.For me, the best thing that we can do for all of our inner-city kids, whether black or white, is get them off social media. It exacerbates all their problems."

Black Lives Matter L.A. Co-Founder Refers to Cops as ‘Slave Catchers' - "Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, said Black Lives Matter activists have a “right to riot” to make powerful people listen to their message and explained why she would not appear on stage for a panel discussion with a police officer... Abdullah argued that riots are a way to make leaders pay attention... “I’m just saying that there’s a lot of white supremacists who don’t identify as white supremacists, but their behavior is absolutely white supremacy, which makes them a white supremacist. So I don’t need them to affirm it for me – I know.”... When asked whether she would appear with members of law enforcement onstage to discuss policing and race issues, Abdullah replied, “I would not.”She said a discussion around “reimagining public safety” should occur without the presence of police."

Black Lives Matter leader charged with battery on a police officer - "Dr. Melina Abdullah — a California State University professor and a Black Lives Matter leader in Los Angeles — faces charges stemming from her anti-police activism... Abdullah shared a Facebook post Saturday, writing, "As folks may know, the Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer, is prosecuting me for protesting police brutality. This is about so much more than me. It's an attempt to criminalize Black protest. We ain't having that!"... After the pre-trial hearing, Abdullah demanded the gathering crowd march to LAPD headquarters to disrupt a police commission meeting."Fill up that room!" Abdullah cried. "Scare the s**t out of them!"Activists obliged, and marched to the headquarters. The commission meeting was ultimately adjourned after one of the demonstrators reportedly threatened physical violence against one of the officers in attendance"
Apparently perpetuating stereotypes is good

Study: Voter ID Laws Don’t Stop People Voting - "Strict voter ID laws do not suppress turnout, a new paper finds, regardless of sex, race, Hispanic identity, or party affiliation... strict ID laws "do not decrease the participation of ethnic minorities relative to whites. The laws' overall effects remain close to zero and non-significant whether the election is a midterm or presidential election, and whether the laws are the more restrictive type that stipulate photo IDs.""

Gender pay gap in modelling industry sees women earn 75% more than men

Majority of paedophiles in UK are of Pakistani origin, says Sajid Javid - "Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today, Javid - who has Pakistani heritage - said that ignoring the ethnicity of abusers gives "oxygen" to extremists... When asked about the decision to strip some offenders with dual citizenship of their British nationality and deport them to Pakistan, Javid said there was a "very high bar" on such decisions, which were usually only taken in cases of terrorism."I'm the British home secretary and my job is to protect the British public, to do what I think is right to protect the British public. That's my number one job," he said."
He was actually asked if it was fair to Pakistan to make them their problem

The case for Russia collusion … against the Democrats - "The evidence shows the Clintons financially benefited from Russia — personally and inside their charity — at the same time they were involved in U.S. government actions that rewarded Moscow and increased U.S. security risks... Congressional investigators have painstakingly pieced together evidence that shows the Clinton research project had extensive contact with Russians.Ohr’s notes show that Steele’s main source of uncorroborated allegations against Trump came from an ex-Russian intelligence officer."

Rachel Bock on Twitter - "When I was a feminist I didn't understand: "feminists destroy the family."
Science progressed. I worked 70+ hr weeks, checking experiments at 3 am, in lab at Christmas....
My friends had children.
Now they have families and I have publications. Don't make my mistake."
According to feminists it's possible to do science without being in the lab

Scott Ullman - "Free-speech advocates take note: The BDS campaign is not about individual people choosing to have no interaction with Israel; it's about preventing anyone else from being able to interact with Israel. Thus, BDS advocates don't just decline to listen to Israeli and pro-Israel viewpoints; they disrupt events to prevent *anyone* from listening. UCLA and UC-Irvine are just two of the many campuses where BDS activists have employed these anti-Semitic Brownshirt tactics, and for BDS to complain that *they* are the ones being "silenced" is the sickest kind of projection and inversion"

Heather E Heying on Twitter - "A non-trivial amount of intersectional rhetoric is actually driven by affluent white men in their 50s (or older) who run legacy media institutions who are crippled by guilt & an insatiable need to curry favour with the (mostly female) millenials who work in their milieu.
I had this suspicion confirmed when I was in NYC recently and spoke to the local journos. They all say the same thing. It's the rich boomers who are terrified of being called racist & sexist that are letting the woke kids destroy institutions from the inside out."
"Also true: a non-trivial amount of intersectional rhetoric is driven by affluent white men in their 50s (or older) who are administrators on college and university campuses, and who are crippled by guilt, fear, a desire to be liked"
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