“Free speech issues” – May 25th, 2015

May 25th, 2015

U.S: First Amendment under threat – “When the media frames a free speech story as an inquiry into whether something is ‘hate speech,’ it’s asking a question of morals or taste poorly disguised as a question of law.”

Canada: Attack of the ‘bubble children’ – Why censorship is on the rise and free speech is under seige at North American universities

U.S: “They have rendered the defense of our core beliefs publicly unspeakable” – How the left wins the war of ideas

Denmark: Book “The tyranny of silence – how one cartoon ignited a global debate on the future of free speech” ignored as media seemingly self-censors

U.S: Ithaca College’s anonymous on-line “micro-aggressions” reporting system – “statements by a person from a privileged group that belittles or isolates a member of an unprivileged group, as it relates to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and more.”

Military & Intelligence News – May 25th, 2015

May 25th, 2015

Russian provocations…

Finland: Nearly one million military reservists receive letters setting out their roles “in the event of war

U.S: “Nuclear-capable” Russian bombers intrude into Alaska air defence zone

Ukraine: Is Russia preparing for a summer offensive?

NATO: Two-week exercise in the North Sea to improve anti-submarine warfare capabilities

Finland: “Warning” depth charges used to deter submarine intrusion

Canada: Education and the “Confucius Institute” spy agencies

May 24th, 2015

“…there is publicly available information stating clearly that Western counter-intelligence agencies have identified Confucius Institutes as forms of spy agencies used by the [Chinese] government and employed by the [Chinese] government… A common strategy used by the Confucius Institute in many countries over the years was manipulating political views and comments by means of political infiltration.” (*)

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Stephen Harper and Israel – May 24th, 2015

May 24th, 2015

PM receives the King David Award “in honour of his principled support of Israel and Jewish communities worldwide” – see here.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney – “Canada has taken a zero-tolerance approach to anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination including in rhetoric towards Israel, and attempts to delegitimise Israel such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.” – see here.

See my “Stephen Harper – Israel Love-In” category here.

Ontario Federation of Labour under financial administration

May 24th, 2015

“According to an email obtained by the Star, the organization has $1 million in outstanding payments, a budget shortfall of $200,000 for the first six months of this fiscal year, and a $250,000 credit line that’s maxed out most weeks.” (1).

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Gay & LGBT Agenda – May 23rd, 2015

May 23rd, 2015

Seven items in total…

U.S: Parents enraged over planned lessons on “sexual fluidity and spectrum” – the idea that there’s no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls

Canada: Mother claims her five year-old “daughter” is having nightmares and panic attacks “because she identifies as a girl, but the Catholic school board has insisted she use a separate, gender-neutral washroom”

Scotland: Church of Scotland General Assembly votes to allow congregations to appoint gay ministers who are in “civil partnerships

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Obama & America’s Decline – May 23rd, 2015

May 23rd, 2015

Immigration issues…

Federal immigration court back-log now more than 445,000 cases

DHS use of “prosecutorial discretion” in immigration enforcement compromises national security and public safety – see here and here.

Let Syrian “refugees” revitalize Detroit? – The governor’s “Michigan Office for New Americans” wants the refugee ceiling raised by 50,000 specifically for this purpose…

“Nature / Environment / Critters” May 22nd, 2015

May 22nd, 2015

Nine items in total…

U.S: Injured cat becomes “something of a nurse” at the emergency shelter that took him in

Hungary: Almost 1,000 acres of corn grown with illegal-in-Hungary genetically modified seeds have been destroyed

Peru: Police officer and two farmers dead following clashes over open-pit mining project

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Is “embarrassing employer” dismissal a threat to free speech?

May 22nd, 2015

Recently in Toronto a female television reporter confronted two men who ran up to her microphone and yelled the obscenity known as “FHRITP”. One of these men was fired from his job as a result, igniting a firestorm of controversy over his being fired for actions he took on his own time, away from the workplace.  One aspect of this matter which has not been directly addressed, to my knowledge, is the chilling effect on free speech if this precedent should be broadened to include any utterances which could be considered to be “inappropriate” or “politically incorrect”.

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Canada Family Action: Current activities and appeal for funds

May 21st, 2015

Read the Canada Family Action briefing “Did the Federal Government really tell teachers it’s okay to diagnose and treat my child for complex mental health issues?” here.

Read about an upcoming presentation in Alberta by John Carpay, B.A., LL.B.,  President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms here.

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