Thursday, 15 February 2018

Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act? | The Spectator

Another view, counter to the one I recently posted. This is by far the consensus on the issue. Namely: big problems for Sweden, the self styled "humanitarian superpower".

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Opinion | Do Israeli Students Need to Visit Auschwitz? - The New York Times

"Israel is not a compensation for Auschwitz."  
One of the interesting points made in this article by Shmuel Rosner in today's New York Times
Do you agree with his main point: Jewish visits to Auschwitz should end?

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Friday, 2 February 2018

World Hijab Day is an insult to Muslim women

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Saudi Ex-Muslim woman speaks up, <br><br>&quot;<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldHijabDay</a> is a disgrace. It is an insult!&quot; <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Ex-Muslim TV 📺 (@XMuslimTV) <a href="">February 2, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

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Monday, 29 January 2018

Last Night in Malmö - Areo

I've written a few times about Sweden and the problems it's having with its Muslim immigrants.
Here is an interesting first-hand eye witness account with what seems to me a balanced view of daily life in Malmo, where the problems are said to be most acute.

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Bill Gates and Steven Pinker Discuss Enlightenment Now

I read Stephen Pinker's "Better Angels of Our Nature" some years ago. I think I bought it because Bill Gates had said it was his favourite book of all time.
I can't count the number of times I've quoted it to counter assertions that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. (Not that it's always had an effect, mind, as people hold to beliefs for emotional, not always rational or fact based reasons).
Pinker even has a YouTube on progressives denying progress. (And it's always progressives, especially of the regressive Left, who hew to such views.).
Here's Bill Gates' new favourite book: Stephen Pinkers follow up, "Enlightenment Now".

[Thanks to Jerry Coyn. ]

Muslims the biggest victims | The Age, Letters. 29 January 2018

Muslims the biggest victims 

The horrific terror attack in Kabul has killed over 95 innocent civilians and injured hundreds more. This attack again demonstrates that Muslims are in fact the biggest victims of terrorism. It is only when attacks such as these get as much media coverage as those in the West, that the public will begin to realise that these extremists are the enemies of humanity at large. 

Khizar Rana, Walkerville, SA

A weekly occurrence 

 As an Ahmadi Muslim, I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Kabul in recent weeks and my prayers are with the families of the victims. Most people don't realise that most victims of terrorism are Muslims themselves. The number of attacks that happen in Western countries during a year occurs every week in Muslim countries. Two attacks in two weeks in Kabul have seen hundreds massacred but I don't expect Islamophobes to highlight the religious affinity of victims because then they can't blame Islam if such an atrocity occurs in a Western country.

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Friday, 26 January 2018

Why I burned my 'Proof of Aboriginality' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Link to Kerryn Pholi's fascinating article below. 
Kerryn also has interesting views on today's Australia Day, aka "invasion day" ~ the British  "invasion" was a loss for aboriginal men; but not so much for aboriginal women who were given opportunities, with settlers, to get away from a patriarchal and violent (to women) male aboriginal culture. They were liberated, she says. 
She's of aboriginal descent herself. But not a "victim". Rather she thanks her ancestral grand/mothers for running away from their stone age males. 
Interesting woman, and worth reading her other articles via Google News. 

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“Some inequality needed” | The Age


Your readers, and indeed leader writers, seem uniformly to believe: income inequality, bad; income equality, good. Allow me to dissent. China of the 1970s cured me of this absolutist view. When I first went to live there (1975), it was a very equal economy. From top leaders to factory workers, all earned pretty much the same – about $50 per month. This gave it a low (that is, "good") Gini index of 0.24.

Since then, China has opened up its economy and boomed. According to the World Bank, more than 500million people were lifted out of extreme poverty as its poverty rate fell from 88per cent in 1981 to 6.5per cent in 2012. But as this happened, inequality increased to give China a higher (that is, a "bad") Gini index of 0.46.

Someone has noted that inequality in an economy is much like water for plants. Water is needed, but too much and the plant drowns. And so for our economy. Unless we want the stultification of communism, some inequality is needed. Just not too much. Therein is the rub. But what seems certain is that it is not an absolute all or nothing.

Peter Forsythe, (former general manager for Austrade East Asia), Hong Kong

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Inequality, like water for a plant


Your readers - and indeed your leader writers - seem uniformly to believe income inequality, bad; income equality, good. 
Allow me to dissent. 
China of the seventies cured me of this absolutist view. 
When I first went to live there (1975) it was a very equal economy. From top leaders to factory workers all earned pretty much the same - about $50 per month. This gave it a low (ie "good") Gini index 0.24. 
Since then it has opened up its economy and boomed. 
According to the World Bank, more than 500 million people were lifted out of extreme poverty as China's poverty rate fell from 88 percent in 1981 to 6.5 percent in 2012. 
But as this happened inequality increased to give China a higher (ie "bad") Gini index of 0.46. 
Someone has noted that inequality in an economy is much like water for plants. Water is needed, but too much and the plant drowns. 
And so for our economy. Unless we want the stultification of communism, some inequality is needed. Just not too much. Therein is the rub. But what seems certain is that it's not an absolute all or nothing. 


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Climate sensitivity study suggests narrower range of potential outcomes | Science | The Guardian

Interesting article all the more so because in The Guardian...

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“Joining China’s New Silk Road Will Help Fast Track Australia” |Stephen Loosley, The Australian

[NOTE to Letters editor: this is not a letter to the editor so much as a comment to pass on to Mr Loosley, if you would. But by all means publish it if you wish]:
Mr Loosley, I found your article today well argued and persuasive. A good summary of how Australia ought to play its multilateral ties to best advantage in this increasingly complex world. 
The figures on Chinese vs US economy projections can't be correct.
For the Chinese economy to be worth $42 Trillion by 2030 it would need to grow at 8% pa*. That used to be the case but is no longer.  Growing at the more likely 6% pa would give it a nominal GDP of about $30 T by then. (And even that may be a stretch)..
The US economy is worth today some $24 T. So for it to be the same in 2030 means zero growth, again unlikely.
If the US grows instead about 2% pa, its economy would be some $ 35 T, still larger than China's, not 43% smaller as implied by the Treasury figures quoted. 
This doesn't invalidate the point you make about the importance of our relationship with China and of its with the US. But still, lies, damned lies... and all that. Best to get the figures as correct as possible in these days of "fake news", what?


* Figures I use are from the World Bank. 

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Of Leftism and Racism. (And shitholes and hypocrisy).

Those of the US left argue that the Salvadorans on temporary protected status visas should not be sent home because El Salvador is still a corrupt, dangerous country, ripe with crime and under the control of criminal gangs; riven by unspeakable violence and endemic poverty.
Yet when Donald Trump argues that countries like El Salvador, Haiti and other similarly lawless countries are shitholes for the very same reasons put forward by the Left, he is described at racist.
He might use colourful language, he might even be racist, but it cannot be because he agrees with the Left about El Salvador and the like. He is described as racist because that is the extent of the left's arguments.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Spells Out The Threat Of Radical Islam | Yeshiva World News

Speaking truth to NATO. And a lot of common sense that we must heed. The potential, forthcoming, Sunni-Shi'a battle over the Middle East with severe and bad impacts in Europe.
Netanyahu be de man...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

“US, tell Trump to grow up or get out”, 9 January

Poor Jenna Price! She "spent months crying" at Hillary's defeat by Trump. But then she has the gall to call Trump childish. ("US, tell Trump to grow up or get out", 9 January). 
In the very next sentence she inoculates herself against the possibility that anything Trump did could change her mind. Not saving the world, not curing cancer. Nothing will budge her from her Trump hate. That Trump is evil, a Nazi, a homophobic, misogynist child. (I think he is none of these, by the way). 
Such hyperventilating hyperbole will do nothing to help win the presidency for the Democrats in 2020. 
Instead of snide sarcasm — which passes for clever humour to the likes of Price — what's needed is an understanding of what made so many vote for Trump. And what made so few vote for Hillary — at least in those heartland states where it mattered not in the liberal states where it didn't. Imagine how bad Hillary had to be to lose to a man now claimed to be senile, mentally unstable and childish!  Democrats must learn from Hillary's defeat not continue obsessively to re-litigate it. 
To be clear I am not and have never been a Trump supporter. But I do know some Trump voters, unlike, I suspect, Ms Price from the dismissive way she speaks about them. They are not all knuckle dragging troglodytes. Indeed those I know in Hong Kong are smart liberal minded folk. 
Come on Ms Price! It's time you did some growing up yourself. Or stop with this repetitive, boring whinging. 
Peter Forsythe
9 Siena One
Discovery Bay 
Hong Kong
+852 93080799
(Currently visiting Canberra)

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Islamist extremism: dance with an enemy we dare not name

Good take on the issue. Here the latest attack, clearly terrorist-based according to the perpetrator hikes, is staunchly blamed on mental issues...
Comments are good too....

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Monday, 25 December 2017

The Corporate Tax-Cut Dividend - WSJ

Merry Christmas to US workers!
I'm agnostic on the tax cuts as I don't enough about them. And the commentary is irredeemably partisan. All good to republicans and all bad to democrats.
But one thing no one seems to have been expecting. That major companies would hand out $US 1,000 cheques for Christmas as a direct result. Or that they would up the minimum wage to $15/ hr, a figure the likes of Bernie Sanders have called for.
But the democrats led by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are incensed anyway.
Says the Journal:
> If Nancy Pelosi ever did anything in her political career that produced this result from corporations, she'd be dancing down the aisles of the House of Representatives in a Santa Claus suit. Instead, the Democrats are dripping bile on the entire bill. "There are only two places where America is popping champagne," said Sen. Schumer, "the White House and the corporate board rooms."

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

What on Earth is Italy doing?

They're now airfreighting in economic migrants direct from Libya. Airfreight because coming by sea was drowning too many.
And they hope that there "will be many more" such airfreights.
I must say my flabber is gasted. Do they have the agreement of the Italian people to do this? They do not. How do we know this? Because of poll after poll that shows upward of three in four Italians do not want an increase in this sort of undocumented immigration.
Empathy and sympathy, yes. But not just for the illegal immigrants. Also for the poor Italian people - and I mean poor in the literal sense - who are most impacted by unskilled immigrants. What about them?
I find it amazing and sad that Italian politicians are complicit in their own suicide.
The alternative would be to set up and support safe spaces in Libya. That's the approach of the UK and strikes me as far more sensible and more humane too. Keep the people near where they would rather be if all were well. And that's in North Africa. Not to bring North Africa to Europe. Why would you want that? Italian virtue-signalling elites apparently.

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Friday, 22 December 2017

Stephen Sackur and so-called “Hard Talk”.

To the BBC:
So now the BBC won't even mention Christmas?  
A "Happy New Year", that's all were wished by Stephen Sackur. Shame. Hardly Hard Talk. 
Remind me: what is this holiday next week? Something starting with "C"...?
Yet you'll happily wish the world a Happy Eid or peaceful Ramadan.
What a mockery of your repeated claims  of fearless truth telling. The "most trusted name in journalism".  Sure. 
The truth of Christmas wiped. 
(I'm atheist, BTW, so I've no Christian skin in this game). 
Shame on you all for that pusillanimous decision. 
"Inclusion". Hah!

Peter Forsythe
Hong Kong 
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Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Conflict over Jerusalem Is ALL Obama's Fault

A powerful piece by. Alan Dershowitz, all the more credible not only because he is professor Emeritus of Law at Harvard, but also because he's a long-term Democrat, supporter of Obama and Hillary.

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