Far Side of the DMZ rocket scientists

Malnutrition is not a great help when building a nation of rocket scientists.

The minimum height requirement for the North Korean military has been cut to 145 cm. i.e. Shorter than the average South Korean middle school girl.

Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2012

Posted by Errol, filed under Anti-Americanism, finger chopping wacky, Funny, Science, Technology, War on Terror. Date: April 13, 2012, 9:54 pm | No Comments »

We know that Britain’s “war on terror” is schizophrenic, but the UK laws are also encouraging nuisance lawsuits from Islamic jihadists, bringing them funds and intimidating the native people. This case below is one of the worst I have seen. The article is called “How I nearly lost my business after refusing to hire a Muslim hair stylist who wouldn’t show her hair“.

It seems too lunatic to be true. But here a hair salon boss reveals how she was driven to the brink of ruin – and forced to pay £4,000 for ‘hurt feelings’ – after refusing to hire a Muslim stylist who wouldn’t show her hair at work

For Sarah Desrosiers, meeting Bushra Noah was not a moment in her life that she would describe as especially memorable.

Not only was it brief – lasting little more than ten minutes – but it was rapidly obvious to Sarah that Bushra was not the person for the junior stylist position she was trying to fill at her hairdressing salon.

Sarah’s reasoning? Quite simply that Bushra, a Muslim who wears a headscarf for religions reasons, had made it clear she would not be removing the garment even while at work.

Sarah felt that a job requirement of any hairdresser was that the stylist’s hair would provide clients with a showcase of different looks. Especially one working in a salon such as hers, which specialises in alternative cuts and colours.

Yet the ten minutes during which Sarah’s world collided with Bushra’s has resulted in an extraordinary employment battle, in which she was accused of ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ discrimination.

For a year, Sarah has been facing financial ruin, due to a compensation claim for £34,000 brought by Bushra, 19, who has maintained she is due that figure after being turned down for a job at the Wedge salon in London’s King’s Cross.

In the event, the tribunal ruled this week that while Bushra’s claim of direct discrimination failed, her claim for indirect discrimination had succeeded.

Sarah has therefore been ordered to pay £4,000 compensation by way of ‘injury to feelings’.

Although this is a smaller sum than she’d feared she might have to hand over, Sarah, 32, is still outraged.

‘I am a small business and the bottom line is that this is not a woman who worked for me,’ says Sarah.

‘She is simply someone I met for a job interview, who, for a host of reasons, was not right for the job. I cannot see how she deserves £4,000.

‘As for the notion that I’ve injured her feelings – well, people’s feelings get injured every day. I dread to think the sorts of things that people will try to claim injured feelings for now that this precedent has been set.’

In its ruling, the tribunal said it was ‘satisfied that Bushra was not treated less favourably than Sarah would have treated any woman who, whether Muslim or not, wears a hair covering at all times when at work’.

Accordingly, the claim of direct discrimination failed.

But with regard to the issue of indirect discrimination, they found that Sarah had pursued a ‘legitimate aim – that aim being to promote the image of the business’.

However, the burden of proof was on Sarah to prove that her means of achieving that legitimate aim was proportionate.

She was not able to prove her contention that employing someone with a headscarf would have the negative impact on her business’s stylistic integrity that she feared.

Since the judgment, Bushra, who is of Syrian descent and has worn a headscarf since she was 13, has, so far at least, chosen not to comment.

But, speaking last year, she admitted she had attended 25 interviews for hairdressing jobs without success.

But Sarah, she told the tribunal, had upset her the most.

She said: ‘I felt so down and got so depressed. I thought: “If I am not going to defend myself, who is?” Hairdressing has been what I’ve wanted to do ever since I was at high school.

‘This has ruined my ambitions. Wearing a headscarf is essential to my beliefs.’

Bushra had a job in a salon in London, where her tasks included cutting hair, highlighting, tinting and perming, before she left to get married in Syria in 2006.

But on her return to Britain, she was unable to find work.

She has given up her ambitions to become a hairdresser and is studying travel and tourism at Hammersmith and West London College while working part-time in a shop.

At the tribunal, Bushra was asked if Sarah had made derogatory remarks about her headscarf.

She replied: ‘She did not. She just asked me if I wore it all the time, or whether I’d take it off.’

Although Bushra is believed to have been acting alone, in the past similar cases have been championed by Muslim traditionalist groups.

In 2006, the Law Lords overturned a court ruling that teenager Shabina Begum’s human rights were violated when she was banned from wearing full Islamic dress at school.

The extremist Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir later admitted that it had ‘advised her’.

Meanwhile, Sarah Desrosiers is wondering how to raise the £4,000 she has been ordered to pay Bushra. She has spent her savings on her legal battle and simply has no money left.

‘I am a one-woman band, and am already in debt due to the set-up costs of opening my own salon,’ says Sarah. ‘I dread to think how many haircuts I’m going to have to do to earn the £4,000 I have to pay Bushra. This has, without doubt, been the worst year of my life.’

Pictures of the two women –

Sarah Bushra

Australia has similar discrimination laws to the UK, although as far as I know it is not this bad yet. As a person that has been in a position to employ others at various times, I have had to be very careful. Unfortunately cases like this just mean that people will avoid giving interviews to Muslims or other people that might sue them. The net effect of this will be increased discrimination, although I do not think this case is one of discrimination, unless we are talking about the authorities discriminating against that business owner.

Britain and Australia both need to rethink multi-cultural policies that seek to adjust the attitudes of the local people to match that of recent immigrants, who often come from far outside the mainstream, and who can never realistically be reconciled to properly integrating with the rest of society.

The situation described in that article seems like a ludicrous and oppressive burden on the native British people, who never asked for this kind of thing to happen.

Go and read the rest of the article for yourself.

Posted by Matt, filed under War on Terror. Date: June 18, 2008, 11:33 pm | 1 Comment »

Major Roberts\
Killed by the Taliban – Prince William’s commanding officer

Prince Williams commanding officer at Sandhurst Academy has been killed by Taliban forces flush with weapons paid for with South Korean cash, in what the Telegraph describes as a “blitz”.

Millions of dollars handed over to secure the release of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan have been used to buy weapons deployed against British and American forces in the country, the Taliban claims.

Major Alexis Roberts, 32, Prince William’s former platoon commander at Sandhurst, was one of the victims of the Taliban offensive funded by the hostage money.

According to Taliban fighters interviewed by The Sunday Telegraph, the money has also been used to train recruits to carry out terrorist attacks in Britain and America.

South Korea has repeatedly denied claims by Afghan officials that it paid cash to secure the release in August of 21 Christian volunteers who were held for nearly six weeks. But in a recent meeting, three Taliban fighters involved in the conflict with the British in Helmand province said that $10 million cash handed over in two instalments had been used to boost operations in Afghanistan and abroad.

“It was a God-sent opportunity,” said Mullah Hezbollah, 30. “It has helped us to multiply our stockpile of weapons and explosives to wage battle for at least a year or so.”

Major Alexis Roberts, 32, Prince William’s former platoon commander at Sandhurst, was one of the victims of the Taliban offensive funded by the hostage money.

According to Taliban fighters interviewed by The Sunday Telegraph, the money has also been used to train recruits to carry out terrorist attacks in Britain and America.

South Korea has repeatedly denied claims by Afghan officials that it paid cash to secure the release in August of 21 Christian volunteers who were held for nearly six weeks. But in a recent meeting, three Taliban fighters involved in the conflict with the British in Helmand province said that $10 million cash handed over in two instalments had been used to boost operations in Afghanistan and abroad.

“It was a God-sent opportunity,” said Mullah Hezbollah, 30. “It has helped us to multiply our stockpile of weapons and explosives to wage battle for at least a year or so.”

The South Korean embassy in London characterized the Taliban claims of a payment as “lies”.

Asked to comment on the Taliban claims, the South Korean embassy in London described them as “lies” put out by the movement’s propaganda wing.

I have to wonder. If it was not money, then what did the South Koreans give the Taliban? Someone is lying, and I suspect it is not the Taliban.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, War on Terror. Date: October 15, 2007, 4:50 am | 11 Comments »

A great interview. Ron Paul is a politician that is owned by no special interests. Are there any other politicians out there like that? Watch it because it is very entertaining.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, War on Terror. Date: June 4, 2007, 9:37 pm | 5 Comments »

A Patriot missile being fired
A Patriot missile being fired

The patriot missile was quite effective in shooting down Iraqi scud missiles, so this advanced version of the patriot missile deployed by Japan should have a good chance of shooting down North Korean nuclear tipped missiles.

Japan began deploying its first advanced Patriot missile defense system yesterday near Tokyo, part of an effort to accelerate missile defense capabilities following North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests last year.

The installment comes about a year earlier than originally planned.

Two PAC-3 launchers, brought in on about 10 military trucks, arrived at the Iruma Self-Defense Force base in Saitama, just north of Tokyo, before dawn. Japan plans to deploy about 30 mobile PAC-3 launchers at 10 military bases across the nation through 2010.

The Patriots would be used as a last resort if interceptors fired from US or Japanese ships fail to knock out incoming missiles. Japan will begin introducing Standard Missile-3 interceptors on its destroyers over the next few years as part of that effort.

Japanese Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma welcomed yesterday’s deployment.

“We will continue to improve our preparedness by steadily achieving deployment plans that are coming up,” he said.

The Patriot surface-to-air missiles offer protection for a relatively limited area — about a 100km radius. They work on a hit-to-kill basis as the target missile is making its descent toward its target, rather than intercepting the target at a higher altitude earlier in its flight.

Japan stepped up its missile defenses after North Korea shot a ballistic missile over its main island in 1998. Tokyo decided to further accelerate the building of its missile shield following Pyongyang’s test of long-range ballistic missiles in July and its nuclear test in October.

Last month, the US military deployed a newly operational detachment of Patriot missiles at a base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, where most of the roughly 50,000 US troops in the country are based.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, War on Terror. Date: March 30, 2007, 9:28 pm | 3 Comments »

A friend of mine became a Gravure idol. I was pretty surprised by it. Here are some videos.

This last one is a Korean lesson. She is Japanese, but can speak Korean fluently.

Check out her blog!

Posted by Matt, filed under Friends, War on Terror. Date: March 20, 2007, 5:48 pm | 26 Comments »

9/11
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self declared mastermind of 9/11

A prisoner in Guantanamo Bay has claimed that he was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of 9/11, confessed to those attacks and others during a military hearing, according to a transcript released Wednesday by the Pentagon.

“I was responsible for the 9/11 operation from A to Z,” Mr. Mohammed said in a statement read during the session, held Saturday at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

In the rambling statement, Mr. Mohammed said his actions were part of a military campaign. “I’m not happy that 3,000 been killed in America,” he said. “I feel sorry, even. I don’t like to kill children and the kids.”

Though U.S. officials had linked Mr. Mohammed to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and to several others, his confession was the first time he spelled out in his own words a panoply of global terrorism activities. Those range from plans to bomb landmarks in New York City and London to would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid’s attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight to assassination attempts against former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and Pope John Paul II.

Some of the plots Mr. Mohammed claimed to plan, including the attempt on Mr. Carter, had not previously been publicly disclosed.

Parts of Mr. Mohammed’s transcript were redacted by the military, and there were suggestions in it that he was mistreated while in the custody of the CIA after his arrest in 2003. He was transferred to military custody at Guantánamo Bay last year.

The hearing was conducted by a combatant status review tribunal. In answer to a question from the tribunal’s president, a Navy captain whose name was not released, Mr. Mohammed suggested that he had made false statements in the past under duress. But he agreed that he was not “under any pressure or duress” at the hearing.

His actions, he said, were like those of other revolutionaries. Had the British arrested George Washington during the Revolutionary War, Mr. Mohammed said, “for sure they would consider him enemy combatant.”

The Mail and Guardian has a list of things he has confessed to –

What Mohammed told the tribunal:
# I was member of al-Qaida council
# I was director for planning and execution of 9/11, fr om A to Z
# I was commander for foreign ops
# I was directly in charge … of cell for biological weapons, and follow-up on dirty bomb ops on American soil
# I was responsible for shoe bomber operation to down two US planes
# I was responsible for Bali bombing
# I was responsible for second wave attacks after 9/11: California; Chicago; Washington; Empire State, NY
# I was responsible for operations to destroy American vessels in the Hormuz, Gibraltar, and Singapore
# I was responsible for planning operation to destroy Panama canal
# I was responsible for planning assassination of ex-US presidents, including Carter and Clinton
# I was responsible for planning operation to destroy Heathrow, Canary Wharf and Big Ben
# I shared responsibility for assassination attempt on John Paul II in Philippines
# I was responsible for operation to assassinate President Musharraf

I wonder if he is really the mastermind.

Posted by Matt, filed under War on Terror. Date: March 14, 2007, 11:14 pm | 12 Comments »

Occasional Occidentalism commenter sheik yer mami from the Winds of Jihad blog is being investigated by the Australian Federal Police for what is claimed to be “offensive and racist content” on his blog.

FEDERAL police are investigating an anti-Islamic website that calls on supporters across Australia to oppose a mosque planned for North Cairns.

The “Winds of Jihad” website, created by a Cairns man who calls himself Sheik Yer’Mami, includes instructions to “do whatever it takes to stop them (Muslims) from spreading their tentacles”.

It also urges opponents of a mosque being built at 31 Dunn St, opposite the Pioneer cemetery, to launch a public campaign against the development.

The Far North’s Muslim spiritual leader Imam Abdul Aziz labelled the website as “vulgar”, saying he contacted the Australian Federal Police yesterday to alert them to the website.

He said the AFP was investigating the website because of its offensive and racist content.

“Islam has been in Cairns for more than 100 years and we’ve been practising our faith at this address for six-and-a-half years,” Mr Aziz said.

“We don’t preach hatred or jihad against anybody. We’ve been a part of this community for a long time and all we’re interested in is preaching the word of God.

“I have contacted the federal police to alert them to this website and they told me they’ll look into it.

“We’ll leave this very vulgar website for the authorities to handle.”

An AFP spokeswoman yesterday said she was unable to comment on the matter.

The website urges opponents of the mosque to contact the Cairns City Council to raise concerns about planning issues such as parking, noise and negative impacts on tourism.

But it also warns: “A mosque in the area would, over time, attract many more adherents of the Muhammedan persuasion.

“It is more than likely that the area would gradually turn into a Muhammedan ghetto, a virtual no-go area.

“A ghetto where women are hijabbed or burka-clad and where aggressive, bearded men in Middle Eastern robes drive off other citizens, harass non-muslim citizens from coming through and prevent the police from doing their job.”

The website’s creator yesterday told The Cairns Post he had received more than 100 emails supporting his campaign.

He refused to be identified because he feared for his safety and would not comment further because “everything I have to say is on my website”.

The Winds of Jihab website describes Sheik Yer’Mami as an accomplished musician, songwriter and poet who lives in a tree hut “somewhere in the rainforest”, sometimes on a boat and other times on a crocodile farm in Northern Australia.

Don’t the feds have anything better to do? If the federal police want to look for “offensive and racist” content then they need only to take a look at the Koran to find it. However, I would also oppose that because it is a waste of taxpayers money. Australia needs an American style first amendment. Putting people in jail for expressing their opinions is emulating such paragons of freedom like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, or North Korea. Are these the kinds of places we want to be emulating?

UPDATE: sheik yer mami defends himself from the accusation of vulgarity and racism.

Posted by Matt, filed under finger chopping wacky, War on Terror. Date: March 11, 2007, 6:56 am | 27 Comments »

An Israeli academic warned that Australia would experience serious problems if the Muslim population reached 10%.

LIFE can become untenable when the Muslim population of a non-Muslim country reaches about 10 per cent, as shown by France, a Jewish expert on Islam says.

The Australian Jewish News yesterday quoted Raphael Israeli as saying Australia should cap Muslim immigration or risk being swamped by Indonesians.

Professor Israeli told the Herald that was a misunderstanding. But he said: “When the Muslim population gets to a critical mass you have problems. That is a general rule, so if it applies everywhere it applies in Australia.”

Professor Israeli, an expert on Islamic history from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has been brought to Australia by the Shalom Institute of the University of NSW. The Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council is co-hosting many of his activities.

He said Muslim immigrants had a reputation for manipulating the values of Western countries, taking advantage of their hospitality and tolerance.

“Greeks or Italians or Jews don’t use violence. There is no Italian or Jewish Hilaly [a reference to the controversial cleric Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly of Lakemba mosque]. Why?”

Professor Israeli said that when the Muslim population increased, so did the risk of violence.

“Where there are large Muslim populations who are prepared to use violence you are in trouble. If there is only 1 or 2 per cent they don’t dare to do it – they don’t have the backing of big communities. They know they are drowned in the environment of non-Muslims and are better behaved.”

In Australia, Muslims account for about 1.5 per cent of the population.

Professor Israeli said that in France, which has the highest proportion of Muslims in Europe at about 10 per cent, it was already too late. There were regions even the police were scared to enter, and militant Muslims were changing the country’s political, economic and cultural fabric, and demanding anti-Semitic and anti-Israel policies.

“French people say they are strangers in their own country. This is a point of no return.

“If you are on a collision course, what can you do? You can’t put them all in prison, and anyway they are not all violent. You can’t send them all back. You are really in trouble. It’s irreversible.”

Professor Israeli said that in Australia a few imams had preached violence. “You should not let fundamentalist imams come here. Screen them 1000 times before they are admitted, and after they are admitted screen what they say in the mosque.”

He said some Muslims wanted to impose sharia (Islamic law) in their adopted countries, and when propaganda did not work they turned to intimidation.

Professor Israeli said his task was to describe, not prescribe. He also said his warning did not include immigrants, including Muslims, who simply wanted to improve their lot. As long as they respected the law and democracy, their numbers — Buddhist, Muslim or Jew — were immaterial. It became material when a group accepted violence.

“The trains in London and Madrid were not blown up by Christians or Buddhists but by Muslims, so it is them we have to beware,” he said.

Australia has been lucky so far. London style bombings have been averted here because the police and intelligence agencies managed to arrest the terrorists before they could execute the plan.

keysar trad
Keysar Trad, founder of the so-called Islamic Friendship Association of Australia

Keysar Trad, of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, said “Not only religious clerics need to be screened before entering Ausralia but also academics … this type of academic does nothing but create hatred, suspicion and division … We should review not only what the man has said but also those who have sponsored him, to see if they endorse those comments.”

Review what he said, and then what? Behead him? Mr Trad needs to understand that it is not racism or religious bigotry that makes people worried about Muslim terrorism, it is Muslim terrorism making people worried about Muslim terrorism. If Mr Trad cares about community relations, then he should consider making an anti-terrorism activist group, and call it “Muslims against terrorism” or something like that. The rest of the community would appreciate it and could come to see ordinary Muslims as allies in this fight. But Mr Trad will not do that, considering he is part of the non-criminal, legal arm of terrorists with the gaol of spreading terrorist ideology.

Wikipedia often has excellent biographical information. Here is Keysar Trad’s entry.

* He once translated some articles for “Nidal ul Islam”, the magazine of an Australian-based group called the ‘Islamic Youth Movement’, of which Bilal Khazal was once a member.[3] The group has since been investigated for alleged terrorism-related offences.
* In 2005 he said, “The criminal dregs of white society colonised this country and…the descendents of these criminal dregs tell us that they are better than us.” [4]
* Despite publically stating that he rejects terrorism, Trad’s refusal to strongly criticise some terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah, has led to allegations that he is not sincere in encouraging Muslims to reject it. In addition, his frequent criticism of Israel has led to many accusations that he is anti-Semitic. Moreover, in August 2006, shortly after a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah was agreed to in order to end conflict, Trad and Hilaly wrote to the Lebanese Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, urging him to reject Australian peacekeepers. [5]
* He offended many moderate Muslims, as well as some Australians of Turkish background, when he alleged “Atatürk was in fact an opponent of the practice of Islam” [6] when responding to Australian Treasurer Peter Costello’s speech [7] suggesting Modern Turkey as a model for Islamic countries.
* Throughout his years as Hilaly’s spokesperson, Trad has been heavily criticised for continually defending Hilaly with his insistence that Hilaly has been taken out of context or misunderstood. For example, following the comments made by Hilaly in October 2006 which implied that if a woman is raped it is usually her own fault, Trad said that Hilaly was talking about adultery, not rape. [1] Sydney Morning Herald Columnist Paul Sheehan accused him of lying. [8]
* In response to comments made by Sheik Hilaly on Egyptian TV, Trad once again suggested he was being quoted out of context.

The mainstream media keeps quoting this guy without any context provided about who he is, and what he believes in. The media should be challenging him about what he is saying, especially when he keeps on accusing others of spreading hate.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, War on Terror. Date: February 16, 2007, 1:04 am | 6 Comments »

I have just heard on South Korean news that the US is tracking a suspcious North Korean cargo ship. There were few other details, but the reporter speculated that this may lead to the first boarding and search of a North Korean ship since the new UN sanctions were adopted. I have not seen any written reports, but the Korean news report said that it was being reported on CBS News in the US.

Posted by Gerry-Bevers, filed under diplomacy, War on Terror. Date: October 19, 2006, 11:51 pm | 16 Comments »

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