"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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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Links - 21st May 2019 (2)

Twitter informs critics of radical Islam that they have broken Pakistani laws - "Twitter’s legal team has sent official correspondence to at least two very vocal critics of radical Islam ‘in violation of Pakistani law’. Imam Tawhidi, a progressive Muslim scholar from Australia received an email on 3rd December informing him that a particular tweet of his has broken Pakistani law... Ensaf Haider, a Canadian human rights activist and wife of Raif Badawi, a Saudi writer and dissident who has been imprisoned for his satirical blogs against Saudi regimes, too received similar notice of having violated Pakistani law."

Jerusalem, Israel's Capital: Watch the Masks Fall - "While the mainstream media still shows the oppressor to be Israel and the oppressed to be the Palestinians, Palestinian polls tell a different story:
In a June 2015 poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (based in Beit Sahour, the West Bank), 52% of Palestinians living in Israeli-ruled East Jerusalem said they would prefer to be citizens of Israel with equal rights, compared to just 42% who would choose to be citizens of a Palestinian state...
Only 38% of the Palestinian public polled said West Bankers could criticize the Palestinian Authority (PA) without fear of reprisal; 59% said that people could not freely criticize the PA. Half of the public (50%) viewed the PA as a burden on the Palestinians. 77% perceived the PA as corrupt."

'Upskirt' porn website The Candid Board hit with data leak exposing 180,000 users - ""It's amazing how much personal data people will entrust sites of this nature with," Hunt said. "Members provided accurate email addresses and birthdates which combined with their IP address now very clearly ties them back to a site of very questionable legal status."... Over the past 12 months, there have been a number of high-profile data leaks due to misconfigured databases, often left connected to the web without adequate username and password protection.Last year Mexico, Turkey and the Philippines each suffered massive leaks of citizen voter registration data, while another incident saw the World-Check database, holding over 2.2 million records on individuals with suspected criminal links, leaked online."

On the West Side, the street shows no fear of Chicago police - "two police officers — TAC cops, not rookies — were making a drug arrest shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday.A mob appeared, threatening the officers, surrounding them, threatening to reach for their own weapons to shoot them dead, and the cops let the suspect go.What is learned here? The street is officially no longer afraid of the Chicago police. If the cops had fired their weapons, news media would have been all over them, metaphorically skinning them alive. Politicians would have demanded their heads. Democratic presidential candidates, and the two campaigning for mayor, would have held repeated news conferences... “The criminals are emboldened to challenge the police because the politicians and media will not stand up for the police and are only too happy for any excuse to jump on the police to gain political support... Now there is no fear of going to jail.”

New NUS president has said that she wanted to 'oppress white people' and have an 'Islamic takeover' - "The incoming president of the National Union of Students has said that she wanted to “oppress white people” and have an “Islamic takeover”.Zamzam Ibrahim, 24, from Greater Manchester, also described the Government’s counter-extremism strategy as “disastrous” and “racist”.Using the hastag #IfIWasPresident, she wrote on Twitter in 2012: “I’d oppress white people just to give them a taste of what they put us through!” She signed off the message by writing “LMFAO”, which in urban slang is short for “Laughing My F***ing Arse Off”. Responding to questions online about what book everyone should read, she said: “The Quraan. We would have an Islamic takeover!”In another question about friendship between men and women, she wrote: “I've had this debate with many friends! Maybe in some cases but Islamically it's incorrect for girls to be friends with a guy anyway! So I'm gonna say NO not the kind of friendship they can have with the same gender there is always boundaries.”... Ms Ibrahim will take over running the NUS from Shakira Martin, 28, a self-confessed former drug dealer who did not go to university and once claimed to be more radical than the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn"

Afghanistan ’11, game with US and Taliban forces, removed from App Store - "This isn’t the first time that Apple has elected to remove historical wargames from its storefront. In 2015, the company chose to suspend the sale of Civil War games featuring the battle flag of the Confederate States of America. Titles such as Ultimate General: Gettysburg were eventually reinstated. It’s also unclear why Apple elected to single out a game featuring U.S. forces and the Taliban. Other historical wargames featuring real-life combatants that are still on the App Store include:
Twilight Struggle, which depicts U.S. and communist forces during the Cold War
Battle of the Bulge, which portrays Allied and Axis forces during World War II
Carrier Battles 4: Guadalcanal, which tells the story of Allied action against Imperial Japan
Panzer Corps, a WWII title also published by Slitherine
1812: The Invasion of Canada, which notably features historical units derived from Native American and First Nations populations
Modern Campaigns — Fulda Gap ’85, which focuses on a what-if scenario featuring NATO and Warsaw Pact forces
Sid Meier’s Civilization 6, which allows you to play as dozens of historical world leaders"

✠ Grass Tastes Good ✠ on Twitter - "I’ve been becoming more and more prone to believing “conspiracy” theories because almost (if not) all of the sketchy stuff that Christians and right-wingers say are going on with the left/liberals/atheists usually turn out to be true.
"They're turning animals gay" "Mercury Poisoning Makes Birds Act Homosexual"
"PP sells aborted baby parts on the black market" "Baby Parts Business Partners Admit Guilt in $7.8 Million Settlement"
"Homosexuals are affiliated with secret pedophile rings" "Model gay adoptive 'fathers' sexually abused 6-year-old for years: offered him to pedophile ring"
“The LGBT community is using cultural normalization of degeneracy to groom young children” "WATCH: Drag queen admits he's 'grooming' children at story hour events"

WATCH: Drag queen admits he’s ‘grooming’ children at story hour events - "“I am here to tell you: All that time I said I wasn't indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie,” wrote Canadian gay activist Sason Bear Bergman, a woman who identifies as a transgender man, in a March 2015 piece titled “I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I'm Not a Bit Sorry).” Bergman holds nothing back, stating she wants to make children “like us”... U.S. gay activist Daniel Villarreal penned a column for Queerty.com stating that the time had come for the homosexual lobby to admit to “indoctrinating” schoolchildren to accept homosexuality... Homosexual activist Michael Swift wrote in 1987 in the Gay Community News that school children would become explicit targets for homosexual indoctrination. “We shall seduce them in your schools…They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us,” he wrote at the time"

A new theory for why Americans can’t get a raise. - "Workers’ pay may be lagging because the U.S. is suffering from a shortage of employers... hiring is concentrated among a relatively small number of businesses, which may have given managers the ability to keep wages lower than if there were more companies vying for talent... If the U.S. really does have the sort of widespread monopsony problem this paper documents, it would be one more important point on the constellation of reasons workers have fallen so far behind this century. It would also change the way we need to think about certain public policy issues.Take the minimum wage. The classic argument against increasing the pay floor is that it will kill jobs by making hiring more costly than it’s worth. But in a monopsony-afflicted world where companies can artificially depress wages, a higher minimum shouldn’t hurt employment, because it will just force employers to pay workers more in line with the value they produce."

Stereotype Accuracy: A Displeasing Truth - "the ability to stereotype is often essential for efficient decision-making, which facilitates survival. As Yale psychologist Paul Bloom has noted, “you don’t ask a toddler for directions, you don’t ask a very old person to help you move a sofa, and that’s because you stereotype.”... People who say that grapes are sweet don’t mean to say that all grapes everywhere are always sweet, and they may not know the whole range of grape flavor distribution. Yet in real-world terms, the statement is more accurate and useful than it is inaccurate and useless. In other words, the stereotype is true, even if it is neither the whole truth nor nothing but."
On the straw stereotype

Corruption has become part of Malay culture, says Dr Mahathir - "Dr Mahathir said when a community accepts corruption as a normal act that is openly practiced, there is no more feeling of wrongdoing in both the briber and receiver.He said in the "cash is king" mentality, corruption has become a value in life and culture, especially amongst the Malays."Conflict with the law, and even sinning in terms of religion, is not taken into account.""The priority is getting something to fulfill their greed""

Feminist Comic Calls on Hollywood Women to Finally Rise Up Against ‘Good Men’ - "Hannah Gadsby delivered an impassioned call for moral revolution during what was supposed to be a stand-up comedy routine Wednesday at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment gala.Gadsby, 40, has lately taken the culture world by storm with her ultra-feminist brand of non-comedy, which involves angry testimonial about the harrowing abuse she has faced as a Tasmanian lesbian diagnosed with autism. In recent months, she has notched a Netflix special, a book deal, and a viral appearance at the Emmys, where she “joked” about how much she hates men... Gadsby seemed to be saying, not just women, but every identity group has the ultimate right to adjudge the morality of groups that oppress it, at least when it comes to how those groups treat them. Such ideas are fashionable to throw around, which may help explain Gadsby success.But as a number of leading thinkers ― from Columbia University historian Mark Lilla to Stanford University political scientist Francis Fukuyama ― have recently pointed out, the kind of identity politics that Gadsby advocates cannot serve as the moral or ideological basis of a society.How do you determine which group is the most oppressed by which? Who wins between an African-American man and an immigrant woman? What if the immigrant is Spanish, or Russian, or Chinese? What if a Mexican boy steals a white man’s car? Who is qualified to judge the boy? Does it make a difference if the white man is half American Indian?"
I guess they don't need 'allies' anymore

Lena Dunham admits she lied to discredit actor Aurora Perrineau's rape accusation - "Lena Dunham has admitted she lied about the extent of her knowledge of a rape accusation by actor Aurora Perrineau against Girls writer Murray Miller... "I didn't have the 'insider information' I claimed but rather blind faith in a story that kept slipping and changing and revealed itself to mean nothing at all. I wanted to feel my workplace and my world were safe, untouched by the outside world.""

2019 Edmonton Pride Festival cancelled - Edmonton - "the organizers have concerns they would not be able to host a “safe and enjoyable event” this year... members of Shades of Color, an Edmonton group that advocates for “queer and trans Black folks, Indigenous folks and people of colour,” attended the meeting.“The festival has been provided demands, involving a complete restructuring of our festival and our commitments to sponsors"... The society was presented with a list of seven demands including ending the Pride Parade and providing annual funding for Shades of Color and RaricaNow.“So no floats, no corporate, just community groups and it would be a protest march instead, and then they asked for each group to receive $20,000 a year in funding from us.” The society’s email said the other groups attending were told they could only have four people attend because of limited capacity in the meeting room but the groups told them “it was all of them or no one.”“We had been informed there would be protests,” the email reads. “We believe in the right to protest. When the protesters entered the meeting area, we were fearful for our safety and the safety of others and we moved our meeting to another location... The Pride Society’s decision not to act on a call to ban police and military officers from taking part in the festival boiled over during the Pride Parade last summer.The parade was stalled for about a half-hour when demonstrators blocked the route to demand that police, RCMP and military members be banned from marching in future parades"
Intersectionality does what Christian conservatives cannot! Maybe it's their secret weapon

Caldron Pool on Twitter - "Rugby Australia is set to sack @IzzyFolau for quoting 1 Corinthians 6:9 on his personal Instagram account.
Think about that...
Quoting the Apostle Paul can now cost you your career because Christianity will no longer be tolerated."

Israel Folau starting to regret not keeping his lifestyle and beliefs in the closet - The Stockton Times - "One of Australia’s most talented athletes has had his career terminated after a series of posts made on social media.The comments made by Folau, which are too horrible for us to print here, relate to his decision to come out as religious and have left him completely shunned by all decent society... "I had to be true to myself and stop living a lie. Coming out as religious is one of the most difficult things a young man can do.”“My friends act differently around me and mother’s have stopped letting me babysit their kids for fear I’ll corrupt them with my lifestyle.”“But God will help me through this”"

Teach "Don't Steal", not "Lock your doors" - Posts - "men need to stop shaming women for their sexual activities. aww, you disagree? incel"
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