Thursday, August 31, 2017

'Don't say I didn't warn you': White lawmaker tells black attorney she may 'go missing' if Confederate statues are threatened


LaDawn Jones is a black Democrat from Atlanta. For four years, her seatmate in the Georgia House of Representatives was Jason Spencer, a white Republican from the southern tip of the state. They see the world differently and, she concedes, there were many conversations where “we’ve had to walk away from each other because the debate was so intense.”

Those debates didn’t end when Jones left the legislature to resume practicing law last year — they were still frenemies on social media. And this week, the pair got into an online scuffle in which some say Spencer made a violent, racist threat.

It involved two of the most emotionally volatile issues in the American South: Confederate monuments and lynching.

The discussion started when Spencer posted a picture of himself next to a memorial of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Jones, who has advocated for removing Confederate memorials from the state’s most vaunted places, posted a comment warning her former colleague that he should “get it in . . . before it is torn down.”

It soured from there.  (more...)


"Polite society" isn't necessarily polite:


I've seen the mask slip numerous times in "elite" academia and professional settings. An extensive network maintains this eugenic regime. It isn't a "right-wing conspiracy". The dialectic is irrelevant.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Isle of Man – Paedophile Paradise for downloading child abuse pictures

Number of Child Abuse Downloaders in IOM per 100,000 Population

The Isle of Man has the highest proportion per population, in the world, of downloaders of child abuse material from the internet, according to one investigation by Norwegian journalists.

The Norwegian investigation was in fact nearly two years ago and most of this post was written many months ago, but never finished. It is however perhaps even more relevant now when the issue of child sexual abuse on the island, has finally been raised in Tynwald, thanks to Tim Baker MHK.

This information has been public for nearly 2 years now.

The big question is…

Have Police identified the downloaders and taken action? If not why not?

If not, there are potentially 149 paedophile downloaders, downloading child abuse material who have been downloading for possibly more than 2 years uninhibited. Perhaps also they have been abusing children on the island.  (more...)



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Elementary Civics: Exposing The Shadow Government


From the Company of Shadows is a fascinating revelation of the procedures the CIA uses in conducting covert operations, counterintelligence investigations and counter terrorism. This is a detailed expose’ covering multiple facets of CIA intelligence and secrecy.

How did this book make it by the censors?

Kevin Shipp provides a detailed expose’ of the CIA’s use of secrecy and the executive branch’s abuse of the little known State Secrets Privilege.

“From 1953 to the present the federal government, and most notoriously the CIA, has used the assertion of the State Secrets Privilege to block cases of negligence, discrimination, shut down whistleblower claims, prevent other branches of government from conducting investigations…"

Shipp provides a stunning example of the CIA’s concealment of negligence by including excerpts from his book on the subject, blacked out by CIA censors. He spent months going back and forth, line by line, word by word, negotiating with the CIA for the book’s release.

Shipp courageously exposes the current stealth jihad movement operating in the US and lays out the techniques terrorist organizations use to carry out their attacks.

Important Note: Xs and ?s in the text are words blacked out by the CIA.



So, you think your fundraising campaign is going to end [fill in your favorite lobby]? Spend the money on a nice dinner for your family while you still can.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tavistock Institute: Social Engineering the Masses


The Tavistock Institute, in Sussex, England, describes itself as a nonprofit charity that applies social science to contemporary issues and problems. But this book posits that it is the world's center for mass brainwashing and social engineering activities. It grew from a somewhat crude beginning at Wellington House into a sophisticated organization that was to shape the destiny of the entire planet, and in the process, change the paradigm of modern society. In this eye-opening work, both the Tavistock network and the methods of brainwashing and psychological warfare are uncovered. With connections to U.S. research institutes, think tanks, and the drug industry, the Tavistock has a large reach, and Tavistock Institute attempts to show that the conspiracy is real, who is behind it, what its final long term objectives are, and how we the people can stop them.



The West hasn't had an authentic culture for a century. Don't try to save it.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hate Is Hate Is Hate. That's Why We're Stronger Fighting It Together

Demonstrators carry Confederate and Nazi flags during the "Unite the
Right" free speech rally at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va.
on August 12, 2017.
On a hot night in August 1933, a group of thugs raised a swastika banner to taunt Jewish spectators at a baseball game in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood — sparking the famous, hours-long Christie Pits riots.

However appalling, the shameful actions of Nazi sympathizers that night were taken without knowing the full extent of the Third Reich's genocidal agenda. One can only hope that those who waved the swastika at Christie Pits in 1933 hung their heads in disgrace as, in 1945, news emerged from the death camps of Europe.

Not one of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists gathered at Charlottesville can make the same claim to ignorance. The several hundred chanting "Jews will not replace us" in the obscene torch-lit parade at the University of Virginia — without masks and in full view of the media — have openly embraced an ideology they know calls for the murder of Jews. Among the millions who have since viewed this disturbing rally online are countless Jews, many whose parents and grandparents bear the emotional scars and numbered tattoos that testify to the dangers of Nazism.

In Jewish tradition, there is a concept of "descent for the sake of ascent." There are times in our lives — and in the life of a society — marked by painful challenge. But such moments of descent can awaken within us the courage and determination we need to rise again and overcome barriers.  (more...)


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So the Archdiocese of Toronto has signed a declaration of solidaity against hate. Can it acknowledge and disentangle itself from Toronto's Nazi ratline, and cleanse itself from the dirty money that flowed from it? Effective action against hate will have to address the corruption at its heart.

Acknowledging that Canada’s hate groups exist

A police line holds back white supremacist during a white power rally in
downtown Calgary in 2011
Violence from the far right has generally received less media coverage than jihadist attacks, but things unfolded differently after the white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12. With President Trump’s statement that there was blame “on many sides” and white supremacist websites celebrating Trump’s unwillingness to condemn the radical right, there was wall-to-wall coverage for the rest of the week on American news networks. It was refreshing to see the issue of right-wing extremism, brewing quietly for decades, given the public attention it deserves.

In Canada, the ripple effects of the Charlottesville violence centred most immediately on far-right media personalities. Rebel Media’s Faith Goldy, for example, travelled to Charlottesville to report on the “Unite the Right” rally and ended up inadvertently capturing one of the clearest videos of the deadly car attack that killed a counterprotester. Goldy then made a guest appearance on the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer podcast, where she argued that counterprotesters were much less peaceful than the media had reported. After the podcast was published, Rebel Media head Ezra Levant said he felt that he had no choice but to fire her.

In the coming days, Goldy addressed her critics, arguing that she was not a white supremacist but that she believed the rally had “grounds upon which to engage in conversation” with the alt-right. The “promotion of identity politics combined with the decline in the white supermajority has led to a new movement,” she argued. “I’m not endorsing it, but only pointing out the fact that it exists.”

So what does this “new” movement look like in Canada? Our research estimates there are more than 100 organized groups espousing beliefs ranging from anti-immigrant sentiments to Zionist Occupational Government conspiracy theories.  (more...)


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It's one thing to reign in the mindless street-yobs. It's quite another to confront the criminal global fascist cartel system behind them.




Friday, August 25, 2017

Neo-Nazis, white supremacists rise in the age of Trump

Kaniz Fatima said she felt a responsibility to talk against racism and Islamophobia.
As video of a Manitoba man berating a Calgary woman with racist and hateful language while she and her family visited Manitoba earlier this summer continues to garner national attention, a Toronto-based author who has spent more than 30 years following the far-right in Canada says the incident reflects a trend he's seen growing across North America since the U.S. election.

Warren Kinsella, who has written several books on Canada's alt-right, says U.S. President Donald Trump's election last November has emboldened neo-Nazis and white supremacists on both sides of the border, and has led to a rise in the sort of incident caught on tape in Manitoba last month.

Kaniz Fatima and her family travelled to Manitoba in early July and were driving about 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg when they got lost and stopped in a parking lot near Seven Sisters Dam to ask a stranger for directions.

In an exchange that was caught on video, the man she approached, who described himself as a "Nazi," told Fatima to take her "head towel off" because it "supports Muslims" and told her to "go back to your country."

Fatima posted a video of the encounter on social media this week.

Kinsella spoke about the issue with CBC host Marcy Markusa on Information Radio on Friday.  (more...)



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Is Trump emboldening right-wing extremism in Canada?

Right-wing demonstrators, member of La Meute, march on Aug. 20 in Quebec City.
The events in Charlottesville, Va. sent shockwaves of horror across the United States and the world.

It seems neo-Nazi ideas are held by great numbers of people — including the president of the United States himself.

But white-nationalist rallies are hardly unique to the United States — several groups here in Canada have planned their own rallies in major cities including Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. In Québec City, La Meute held a rally on Aug. 20 that was met with counterprotests by various anti-fascist and anti-racism groups.

What’s more, two Québec men also attended the white supremacist rally in Virginia in which a woman was killed.

A recent study on right-wing extremism in Canada has shown that there are about 100 active groups operating across the country, and that between 1985 and 2014, right-wing extremism was responsible for more than 120 violent incidents. Despite all of this activity, that’s nonetheless a small fraction compared to the 917 hate groups currently operating in the U.S. according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.  (more...)


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Prolife for me, but not for thee?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Superior Court judge strikes down mandatory minimum sentence for sexually exploiting a child


A Superior Court judge struck down the mandatory minimum sentence — one year in prison — for sexually exploiting a child as unconstitutional.

Justice Faye McWatt ruled that the mandatory minimum amounts to cruel and unusual punishment during a recent sentencing hearing for Jordan Cristoferi-Paolucci, who was convicted of sexual exploitation and making and possessing child pornography last March.

But the judge said the former basketball coach and law school graduate could still face a one-year prison term for his crime when his sentencing hearing resumes on Sept. 11.

“It cannot be said that a one-year sentence ... would constitute a grossly disproportionate sentence (in this case),” said McWatt.

Court heard Cristoferi-Paolucci, 27, had underage males expose themselves, take videos of their genitals and send them to him in 2012 and 2013.  (more...)
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Another taboo tumbles.

After Charlottesville, Canada's spy agency expresses 'concern' about far-right

March for Strife?
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is expressing concerns about far-right extremism in the wake of a racially motivated protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that turned deadly.

A spokeswoman for the Canadian spy agency made the comments in response to questions from National Observer about reports that some Canadians participated in the Charlottesville protests, alongside neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacist extremists.

A 32-year old woman, Heather Heyer, was killed in Charlottesville after a car drove into a group of anti-racists. A 20-year-old man from Ohio who is believed to have Nazi sympathies, James Alex Fields Jr., has been charged with second degree murder in connection Heyer's death.

CSIS declined to respond to a question about whether it was tracking the travels of far-right extremists. It also declined to comment directly about the Charlottesville protests. But the federal agency confirmed that it was in touch with its Canadian and international partners regarding far-right extremists.

“Any group or individual who sees violence as a legitimate form of political expression, including those who support right-wing extremism, is of concern to us,” said Tahera Mufti, the CSIS spokeswoman.  (more...)


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A Mosque in Munich

Gerhard von Mende
Authored by Wall Street Journal reporter Ian Johnson, A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West is essential for understanding the political and historical background of contemporary Islamism, its Nazi and fascist roots, in particular. Titled after, and drawn from, this important new book, this program details the operations of Gerhard von Mende, a Baltic German who presided over the use of Soviet Muslims as operatives for the Third Reich’s Ostministerium. ...

Building on an activity base begun well before the Second World War, von Mende utilized members of the Prometheus network on behalf of the Third Reich and, later, for the Federal Republic of Germany.

Assiduously recruited by U.S. intelligence, von Mende refused work for the Americans (who coveted his Soviet emigre networks, the Muslims in particular.) Instead, von Mende recapitulated his Third Reich networks for the Federal Republic of Germany, mobilizing them under the stewardship of Nazi war criminal Theodor Oberlander. Oberlander was forced to resign his position as a West German cabinet minister when his wartime record came to light. Oberlander’s position had put him in charge of the vertriebene groups, expellees Germans under the political of postwar SS networks.

Many of von Mende’s former Ostministerium employees did make the jump to U.S. intelligence, working under the auspices of Amcomlib.  (more...)



The big picture:


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Canadians, of all political stripes, are not any less racist than their American neighbours

Remember the Blue Book?
Pop quiz time.
  1. At an election rally, Ku Klux Klan member J.F. Bryant is joined onstage by a confident young lawyer, who rails against those who speak other languages. Who was the young lawyer?
  2. A politician travels abroad to meet a murderous, anti-Semitic fascist boss. The politician rhapsodizes about the fascist leader, calling him “eminently wise,” a “mystic,” and “deliverer of his people from tyranny.” Who were they?
  3. A leading, prominent member of the clergy – one called “the spiritual father of a modern nation,” who was subsequently beloved by politicians of all stripes – writes that Jews are “traitors in our midst,” that his people are the true “chosen,” and that blacks, indigenous people and other minorities are “inferior elements” and “cancerous growths.” Who was the clergyman? Who were his powerful admirers?
  4. A writer of many acclaimed books gives a sold-out speech at the most exclusive hotel in the land. Security at his event is provided by neo-Nazi skinheads. And he tells his audience, which includes local school trustees, that he is a “hardcore disbeliever” in the gas chambers at Auschwitz that killed 1.1 million Jews, Roma, Poles, dissidents and gays. Who was the writer? Where did he give his speech?  (more...)

Kinsella's dog in this fight:

The American bar against which Canadians are being measured:


Altogether, let's sing:


Kinsella's still Catholic. Coren isn't. And, prolifers are furiously updating their speakers lists:

Monday, August 21, 2017

'The tip of a rising iceberg': Lawyer predicts more Alberta sex abuse victims will pursue civil lawsuits

Lawyer Robert Talach
Alberta victims of sexual violence will have greater legal recourse thanks to the province's decision to drop the two-year limit on lawsuits involving sexual assault, says a lawyer who represents those victimized by clergy.

Lawyer Robert Talach says Alberta could see more lawsuits in the future similar to one recently brought against a Catholic religious order over historic allegations of sexual abuse by a Calgary priest and high school teacher.

"I think this is the tip of a rising iceberg in the sense that the way the law was previously in Alberta made it difficult," Talach told Postmedia.

"I think you'll start to see the shroud slip off all these historical claims that weren't able to proceed and it's really going to make a difference."

Prior to the change last May, Alberta required victims to sue for damages within two years of the sexual assault, sexual misconduct or domestic abuse. Victims could extend that to an ultimate limit of 10 years if they could demonstrate there was a significant impediment to proceeding sooner.

Talach's practice is one of the few in the country primarily dedicated to sexual abuse. The Ontario-based lawyer says his firm tries between 85 and 100 cases a year from across Canada, many involving educational institutions, youth organizations or clergy.  (more...)


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

International Fascista: Brasil’s US-Funded “Libertarians” & the Far-Right


On August 18, Vice Brasil journalist and occasional Brasil Wire contributor Marie Declerq, broke the news that the Instituto Mises Brasil think tank, which receives funding from US libertarians, has published articles by Christopher Cantwell, the American Nazi who helped organize the Charlottesville Virginia protests. Cantwell made the news recently when he was filmed in a Vice documentary threatening to kill Jews and blacks, and later appeared in a YouTube video sobbing in fear of being arrested.

News that Mises Institute, founded in 2007 and part of the Libertarian Atlas Network, has published material by Augusto Pinochet fanboy Cantwell shouldn’t actually be that surprising. Atlas, which has been built over decades to distort Latin American politics, is funded by the Koch Brothers (a family with their own distinguished Nazi history).

Following Charlottesville, Cantwell sparked outrage among South Americans by appearing in his own T-Shirt design depicting the murder of leftists in helicopter “death flights” – a common practice in Chile, Argentina and elsewhere during Operation Condor in the 1970s – a US supported cross-border campaign which assassinated thousands of labor union members, opposition activists and intellectuals.  (more...)


Background:

Zooming in on that alt-right humour

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Rebel Media’s Ezra Levant Received Foreign Funding from ‘Anti-Muslim’ Think Tank

That includes the pro-life-ist lobby
Rebel Media owner Ezra Levant has received an undisclosed amount of funding from an American think tank that promotes far-right, anti-Muslim views.

Levant's alt-right website continued spiraling out of control Thursday, following the departures of Rebel Media's Gavin McInnes and Rebel Media director Hamish Marshall, who recently served as Conservative leader Andrew Scheer's campaign manager.

Scheer said Thursday he will not do interviews on Rebel Media until its "editorial direction" has improved.

Rebel Media UK correspondent Caolan Robertson also quit in dramatic fashion, leaking audio of a private meeting where he alleges Levant offered him $20,000 in "hush money" to buy his silence on Rebel Media's finances.

Instead, the former Rebel published a YouTube video describing Rebel Media's internal office politics, Levant's temper tantrums and raised questions about what Rebel Media does with money received through donations: "Where does your money go? Here's the thing: no one really knows."
"The Rebel is about nothing more than making money. The Rebel makes enough from its shows to cover its costs and apparently it even makes more from backers on top of that. So what on earth does it need with your money?"  (more...)


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

'I know how powerful hate is' — A one-time Canadian neo-Nazi speaks out on Charlottesville


It has been 10 years since Elizabeth Moore has spoken publicly about her years as the pretty, public face of Canada’s neo-Nazi Heritage Front.

Then came Charlottesville.

“I know what these people are feeling. I know how powerful hate is,” Moore says from her Toronto home. Now “older than 40”, married to a Jewish lawyer and mother of a young daughter, Moore said she was terrified watching the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., where tiki-torch-bearing white nationalists marched and chanted Nazi-era slogans.

“This was my life back in the ’90s, and with all that’s going on it seems everything old is new again,” she said. “Of course, in the ’90s we didn’t have a president of the United States who seemed sympathetic.”

Moore was a student in a racially diverse high school in Scarborough, Ont., in the early 1990s when she fell under the spell of the Heritage Front. The group was founded in 1989 by a group of Nazi-sympathizers who espoused racist, white supremacist views.  (more...)



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Exchanging one ideology for another does not gain you freedom. Coping is not thriving. Close but no cigar.

Echoing Charlottesville – Ottawa’s own neo-Nazi riot


It was a cool evening in Ottawa on May 29. The weather, however did nothing to cool the fury of a white supremacist hate rock concert held that evening in the downtown area.

RAHOWA, or “Racial Holy War” banged out a set of racist, anti-semitic hard rock sounds that whipped the crowd of a couple hundred, mostly young skinheads and Nazi wannabees, into a frenzy.

They heard racist lyrics like: “These boots are made for stompin; and that’s just what they’ll do; and one of these days these boots are going to stomp all over Jews.” They sang using the “N” word: ” N—r, N—r, N—r, OUT OUT OUT.” The young thugs were primed for action.

Following the concert, lead singer George Burdi, the youth leader of the white supremacists, and its adult mentor, longtime neo-Nazi Wolfgang Droege, led their followers out on to the Ottawa streets, towards Parliament Hill. It was no surprise that many counter demonstrators, mostly young people from Anti-Racist Action (ARA) and “Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice (SHARP)” confronted them.

The white supremacists chanted “Sieg Heil” and gave Nazi salutes. This was the tinder needed: It turned into a full-fledged riot in the shadow of the Peace Tower. Burdi and Droege charged at the counter demonstrators. People were injured. Burdi was convicted of assault causing bodily harm. It was the largest most violent neo-Nazi riot in modern Canadian history.

This sounds very reminiscent of a similar riot last weekend in Charlottesville Va, where a couple hundred white supremacists confronted counter demonstrators. Here, too, there was violence. Sadly one young woman, Heather Heyer, there to express her opposition to the Nazis, was killed when a car slammed into the anti-Nazi marchers.

The difference is that the Ottawa riot occurred on May 29, 1993.  (more...)


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My professional career took me to Ottawa for over a decade spanning this period. On multiple occasions, I had to step in for co-workers who were targeted by company thugs... at a cost to my own job security. This is not just a blue-collar phenomenon. So-called "educated" people do more damage, empowered by their credentials and upscale veneer.

Fugitive's trail exposes Red Bull co-owners' offshore deals

The (mostly) silent partner
The Bangkok billionaire family that co-founded Red Bull, the world’s leading energy drink, uses offshore companies to cloak purchases of jets and luxury properties, including the posh London home where the clan’s fugitive son was last seen.

The Yoovidhya family’s efforts to hide assets show how easily major global financial players can routinely — and, usually, legally — move billions of dollars with little or no oversight.

The family’s confidential deals were inadvertently exposed by the jet-setting son Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, who has attracted cries of impunity in Thailand after repeatedly failing to show up in court for allegedly racing away in his Ferrari after a deadly accident with a motorcycle cop almost five years ago. More than 120 Instagram and Facebook postings by friends and family led The Associated Press earlier this year to the Yoovidhyas’ London vacation home, where Vorayuth refused to comment.

Thai authorities revoked his passport and issued an arrest warrant, but say they don’t know where he is.

Now the investigation into Vorayuth’s whereabouts has led to the Panama Papers, a collection of 11 million secret financial documents that illustrate how the world’s wealthiest families hide their money, including some of the Yoovidhya family’s financial arrangements.

The Panama Papers leak first was obtained by the German newspaper Sudeutsche Zeitung and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which began publishing collaborative reports with news organizations in 2016, putting wealthy and powerful people in more than 70 countries under scrutiny.

Since then, political leaders have been ousted, an estimated $135 billion was wiped off the value of nearly 400 companies, and governments are cracking down on offshore tax havens. Founders of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which owned the leaked documents, were charged earlier this year with money-laundering.

The Yoovidhya family’s network of offshore companies — set up by Mossack Fonseca — was so complex that, until now, the family name and Red Bull brand had not been exposed. But the Panama Papers shared with the AP show the family has used at least a half-dozen anonymous companies in tax havens for more than two decades.

The Yoovidhyas, who share ownership of Red Bull with Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz, did not respond to requests for comment. Red Bull said in a statement that Vorayuth’s legal situation “is not a matter for Red Bull” and that the company’s financial matters are private.

Vorayuth was last seen in public in April, outside his family’s London home.  (more...)


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The (mostly) silent partner:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Does Canada take the threat of far-right extremism seriously?


Despite the recent racist violence in the U.S., and an increase in right-wing extremist activity here in Canada, experts disagree about whether Ottawa should make such groups a national security priority.

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, Canada's intelligence community has devoted much of its attention to preventing Islamist terrorism.

While right-wing extremism, including the activities of neo-Nazi and other racist groups, is monitored by CSIS and the RCMP, it doesn't receive the same amount of resources as threats from ISIS or al-Qaeda.

Yet the outburst of deadly racist violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend is not without parallels in Canada. Recent estimates suggest there are dozens of active white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups across the country.

They advocate everything from biological racism to anti-Semitism to radical libertarianism. Members of groups such as the Heritage Front, Freemen of the Land and Blood and Honour have been charged with dozens of crimes, including murder, attempted murder and assault.

Roughly 30 homicides in Canada since 1980 have been linked to individuals espousing some form of extreme right-wing ideology.

But the pattern of right-wing extremist violence in Canada is too inconsistent to merit being prioritized over the threat posed by Islamic extremists, according to two former members of the security establishment.

"I do think right-wing extremism is a national security problem, but we're not devoting the resources to it because we don't need to," said Phil Gurski, a former CSIS analyst who now runs a security consulting business.

"I have seen nothing to suggest that they pose an equally dangerous threat as that posed by Islamist extremism, which in and of itself is still a fairly minor threat in Canada."  (more...)


That can be a real head-scratcher:

She wouldn't hurt a fly

IBM's dark, secret link to Nazis


TODAY, IBM (International Business Machines) is a massive New York based multinational technology corporation with operations around the world.

It has annual revenue of $US81 billion and 380,000 employees. Finance magazines Barron's and Fortune dub IBM the world's most respected and admired company.

However, the huge corporation has a dark, secret past it doesn't tell you about in its glossy brochures listing Nobel prize winners and technological breakthroughs.

What they don't tell you is that in the 1930s IBM was instrumental in providing groundbreaking technology that assisted the Nazi regime in identifying and tracking down Jews for its methodical program of genocide.

One of the machines is displayed in a place of prominence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. The IBM badge can be clearly seen.

It was a technical marvel of its time, the forerunner of today's computers.

The complex-looking machine was a punch card and card-sorting system initially built to assist the collation of vast amounts of information gathered in a census.

In the 1930s, IBM was one of the largest firms in the world, a true multinational conglomerate, with its headquarters in New York.

Oddly, IBM has Germanic origins. Herman Hollerith was the son of German immigrants. Working in the US Census Bureau, he was still in his twenties when he devised a machine using punch cards to tabulate the 1890 census.  (more...)



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This account touches me in numerous ways. IBM was a principal benefactor of the university faculties that I studied at; much of the computing equipment that I used was manufactured by IBM. IBM was my first employer post-university. Interestingly, my college don was a graduate of Columbia University, where IBM founder Thomas Watson was a board member. Finally, the terminus of the mergers and acquisitions that swallowed up my most recent employers was IBM. They sow, and then they reap.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ex-teacher guilty of voyeurism, child porn hears from victims


A former special education teacher sat inside a courtroom listening to women describe the depression they experienced after he secretly recorded them while they changed in a London elementary school.

Jamie Gardiner, 39, pleaded guilty in May to 16 counts of voyeurism for taping co-workers undressing in the school's changeroom.

In June, he was found guilty on two counts of child pornography, charges that were laid in connection with one victim, a 16-year-old co-op student.

Monday, the women Gardiner recorded had their day in court ahead of his sentencing to describe the impact his actions had on their lives.

"I feel completely sexually violated," said one woman, who described having to change careers after the videos surfaced.  (more...)


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Montreal police search for potential victims of teacher charged with luring children


Montreal police are searching for potential victims of Francis Faille, a teacher who was charged with luring and providing sexually explicit material to children.

Faille taught geography at École Édouard-Montpetit during the last academic year. He was arrested on Wednesday and was released Friday on the condition that he does not access the Internet or be in the presence of anyone under 16 years old.

Police say Faille would contact his former students on Facebook using the account francis.faille.94. During their online conversation, Faille would offer to have sex with the students and send nude photos and videos of himself.  (more...)



Meet the ex-GOP insider who created white nationalist Richard Spencer


Long before Donald Trump’s election ushered in an era of resurgent white nationalism, a disaffected Republican named William H. Regnery II was brooding about the demographic plight of white people and plotting their rescue.

Like Trump more than 20 years later, Regnery, the wealthy scion of a famous GOP family, had an increasingly dark view of a changing America: As he wrote, the U.S. had become a crime-ridden society with bad schools, high taxes, an intrusive government and a penchant for political correctness that was “morphing into an intellectual tyranny.”

Worse, “a flood of immigrants were changing the look of America from a palette of prime colors to a third-world monochrome,” he wrote in a rant that would be at home on the bookshelf of Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon. “Instead of a lingua franca, the country clanged with many foreign tongues.”

By 1999, he had come to believe that the only future for white people in North America was a reconfigured continent with a white-only homeland carved out of the former United States.

He began consorting with Ku Klux Klan apologists, Holocaust deniers, eugenics boosters and immigration foes. He set up two white nationalist nonprofits and steered money into them. He published fringe-right journals and books.  (more...)


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Charlottesville Nazi rally exposes danger of dog-whistle politics


It’s a long way from Virginia to Alberta. But the shock waves from the neo-Nazi rallies that overwhelmed Charlottesville this weekend echo here. It was telling how quickly the leadership candidates for the United Conservative Party responded to the murder and mayhem by the American “alt-right” hate-mongers.

Doug Schweitzer, the Calgary lawyer who’s trying to position himself as the moderate candidate in the leadership fight, was first to take to Twitter to denounce the Charlottesville riot — and to call out Rebel Media for its initial fawning coverage of the white supremacist marchers.

“Charlottesville is a reminder of the need to fight extremism and alt-right politics,” Schweitzer stated. “We can’t let this come to Alberta and Canada.”

The Rebel TV is defending Nazis,” Schweitzer continued. “This is just wrong … Enough is enough. We have to be better than this in Canada. Stand up to them for a change. We all need to lead by example.”

He was followed a few minutes later by fellow UCP leadership candidate and former Wildrose leader Brian Jean, who offered a one-tweet statement.

“White supremacists have no place in our society. I echo my colleague Doug Schweitzer in condemning what is happening in Charlottesville.”

It took a good three hours longer for Jason Kenney to post his own fiery statement.

“So sad to see vile, racist spectacle in Virginia,” Kenney stated. “Hatred has now turned to violence. Those responsible attack all that is best about America.”  (more...)


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Monday, August 14, 2017

U.S. soft on inappropriate sexual student/teacher relationships


Think you know what a sexual predator looks like? You might want to think again. With alarming frequency, the new face of predation is the person standing at the front of your child’s classroom.

Hard numbers are not easy to come by but there seems to be a troubling trend. The Center for Sex Offender Management is a project operated by the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2014 (the latest year for which data is available) there were nearly 800 prosecutions initiated nationwide for school employees engaging in sexual activity with students. One can safely assume a comparable, proportional number applies in Canada.

According to the same source, females are the perpetrators in 30 per cent of all cases. There exists some controversy over whether male or female teachers are treated differently by the justice system and if a double-standard is in play.

We shouldn’t allow that debate to obscure the fact that inappropriate sexual relationships between a student and a teacher – whatever their gender – demands a co-ordinated and systemic response, involving not only the criminal justice system but also school boards and teacher’s unions.

Certainly, it’s time school boards were held more accountable.  (more...)


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Duh: Sexual images land professionals in trouble


Maybe there should be a warning posted on cellphones, computers and electronic devices: “Transmitting or showing sexual images can cost you your livelihood or your liberty.”

Three professionals have recently learned this lesson the hard way.

French teacher Jaclyn McLaren graduated from being Facebook friends and exchanging naked breast photos with her underage students to becoming intimate with them and other minors she met on Tinder. She is now in prison, her teaching career likely finished.

The Belleville teacher, 36, was sentenced in May to two years in prison after pleading guilty to seven sex crimes. She was banned from attending or volunteering in any public place frequented by children under 16 for 10 years.

In 2013, a few of McLaren’s Grade 8 students borrowed her cellphone and discovered photos of her bare breasts. Despite warnings from her superiors to cut off Internet communications with her underage students, she persisted.

The incident led to McLaren sending explicit photos on Snapchat and sexting her students. In the fall of 2014, she started having sex with her former students — then in Grade 9.

“It’s a virtual certainty that she’ll lose her teaching licence based on these convictions,” said Sam Goldstein, veteran criminal defence lawyer and former Crown who has represented several professionals at regulatory hearings.

“She can re-apply in the future, but it will be an uphill battle to regain her licence,” said Goldstein.  (more...)


Famous -- in the wrong way.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Basilians and Columbus Boys’ Camp: Former student alleges repeated abuse by Calgary priest, high school teacher


When Brian was a teenager, he attended the funeral of a man he says sexually abused him for months.

He sat in St. Mary’s Cathedral in January of 1983, for the special funeral mass presided over by the bishop: a solemn occasion befitting the untimely death of a much-loved priest.

“It was huge. Everyone in full regalia, and I was just one little person in this whole church,” recalls Brian.

“They saw him as a saint.”

On Wednesday, a lawsuit was filed in Calgary court against a religious order of the Catholic church, alleging decades-old sexual abuse at the hands of a Calgary priest and teacher at Bishop Grandin High School that left a former Calgary resident permanently scarred.

None of the allegations have been proven in court. Postmedia has agreed not to publish the plaintiff’s full name.

The suit is one of the first of its kind to be filed in Alberta since the province eliminated the two-year time limitation for victims of sexual abuse to sue in civil court, bringing the province in line with most Canadian jurisdictions, including Ontario and B.C.

The 53-year-old plaintiff is a former head altar boy, Catholic youth group member and Bishop Grandin student who alleges he was repeatedly abused by Father Frederick Cahill for several months in 1981.

Cahill was a priest and English teacher at Bishop Grandin from 1969 until his death in 1983. He also directed the Search program for youth in the Calgary diocese and was chaplain to the Columbus Boys’ Camp at Waterton Lakes National Park.  (more...)


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Alabama judge rules teachers can have sex with their students

Alabama schoolteacher Carrie Witt is accused of sleeping with a 17-year-old
and an 18-year-old.
An Alabama judge ruled Friday that a state law banning teachers from having sex with students was unconstitutional, dismissing charges against two school employees accused of doing just that.

Judge Glenn Thompson dismissed charges against 44-year-old former high school teacher Carrie Witt and 27-year-old former aide David Solomon, who worked at different schools. Witt was accused of sleeping with an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old, and Solomon faced charges of having sex with a 17-year-old, according to local news reports.

A teacher having sex with a student is a Class B felony under current state law, carrying a sentence of up to 20 years and fines of up to $30,000.

But Thompson agreed with the pair’s lawyers who argued that the law violated the 14th amendment — which was added after the U.S. civil war to ensure former slaves were treated equally under the law — as it treats educators differently than other citizens, al.com reported. The age of consent in Alabama is 16.  (more...)



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Nazi memorabilia at Pickering flea market concerns Jewish group

A Nazi flag for sale at Pickering Markets
A Pickering flea market vendor is selling memorabilia venerating the murderous Nazi regime.

Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of Canadian Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, said police, the flea market owners and the local mayor’s office have all been contacted about the display, which features Nazi flags, Adolf Hitler stamps and Hitler youth pins.

“We were there observing the reaction of customers, some of whom actually said that Adolf Hitler is a hero and admired by family members — and that was the most disconcerting thing,” Benlolo said Thursday. “It’s unfortunate that there’s a marketplace for people who are still idolizing the Nazis and Adolf Hitler, who committed such atrocities.”

FSWC, which estimates the value of the large collection at $5,000, said the only place for this type of Nazi memorabilia is the field of Holocaust education, and having it sit on a shelf for sale in a Pickering flea market gives it the potential to fuel distortion and revisionism of the Holocaust.  (more...)


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Tortured Minds: Ingrid Rimland, the Mennonites, and the Demon Doctor


Ingrid Rimland was a twelve-year old refugee in the flight of Mennonites out of the Ukraine in World War II. She was on the ship Volendam that carried Mennonites to Paraguay. After a difficult childhood and early adulthood in the Volendam colony of eastern Paraguay, she migrated to North America and became a successful writer. Her first book and best literary effort, The Wanderers (1977), was a three-generation story of Mennonite women caught in the social upheavals of revolution and war. In the 1990s she was converted to the revisionist Holocaust-denial movement and became a significant spokesperson and web site manager for that cause. Her fourth major book, the trilogy Lebensraum (1998), is another Mennonite history saga, permeated with anti-Semitism and romantic German nationalism.

Rimland’s revisionist crusade recently was energized when her second husband, Ernst Zundel, was extradited from Canada to Germany. Zundel, who had been denied citizenship in Canada and the United States, is in prison and awaiting trial for the crime of denying the Holocaust. Bruce Leichty, a Mennonite immigration attorney in Fresno, California, helped in Zundel’s legal defense. Leichty has urged Mennonite publications, so far unsuccessfully, to pay more attention to the Zundel story.

Although Rimland occasionally refers to Mennonites as my people, she was not a baptized member of the church. She has been persistently hostile to Mennonitism and dismissive of religion in general. Yet her creative writing, nearly all of which is semi-autobiographical, is an important window into the experience of some alienated people on the fringes of Mennonite communities.

Demon Doctor is the third and the least well known of Rimland’s four major books. It is the story of Rimland’s quest in the mid-1980s to demonstrate that Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious Nazi Butcher of Auschwitz, had fled to Paraguay, taken on the identity of one Dr. Hans-Joachim Fertsch, and practiced medicine in the Mennonite colony of Volendam.  (more...)


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The market for media that exploit weak minds never seems to fail. A sharp Darwinian can make a killing feeding dreck to the feeble-minded, while clothing it in a mantle of "free speech".