Is Obama Nuts?

Or is he just an Islamophile?

This is a new take on our question: Is Obama malevolent or merely stupid? And this guy is channeling me, so I thought I’d share his thoughts:

Why do Muslim extremists continue to behead people with impunity? Why do Palestinians continue to celebrate terrorist acts?

The answer is easier than you think.

They keep doing it because it works. When ISIS executed American aid worker Peter Kassig, President Obama took the occasion to show off his Islamophilia, his reverential respect for Islam.

Asked yesterday why Palestinians continue to engage in murderous acts of terror Prof. Alan Dershowitz explained that their actions have cowed much of the Western world… to the point where more and more Europeans and Americans favor giving Palestinians whatever they want.

When Palestinians attack Israel the American Secretary of State and other Western leaders conspicuously call for Israeli restraint.

When terrorism is rewarded, it is likely to continue.

Now, he is writing from the perspective of a therapist, which tells us all that it isn’t particularly healthy for us to reward genocidal behavior. Here’s more of the article:

Mona Charen has shown that Obama manifested his Islamophilia in his official statement about the recent murder of Peter Kassig.

First, the White House statement:

Today we offer our prayers and condolences to the parents and family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known to us as Peter. We cannot begin to imagine their anguish at this painful time.

Abdul-Rahman was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity. Like Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff before him, his life and deeds stand in stark contrast to everything that ISIL represents. While ISIL revels in the slaughter of innocents, including Muslims, and is bent only on sowing death and destruction, Abdul-Rahman was a humanitarian who worked to save the lives of Syrians injured and dispossessed by the Syrian conflict. While ISIL exploits the tragedy in Syria to advance their own selfish aims, Abdul-Rahman was so moved by the anguish and suffering of Syrian civilians that he traveled to Lebanon to work in a hospital treating refugees. Later, he established an aid group, SERA, to provide assistance to Syrian refugees and displaced persons in Lebanon and Syria. These were the selfless acts of an individual who cared deeply about the plight of the Syrian people.

ISIL’s actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own. Today we grieve together, yet we also recall that the indomitable spirit of goodness and perseverance that burned so brightly in Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and which binds humanity together, ultimately is the light that will prevail over the darkness of ISIL.

What’s wrong with this statement?

A great deal.

First, Charen points out, Peter Kassig converted to Islam when faced with a death threat. He did not voluntarily embrace the Muslim faith. When Obama insists on using Kassig’s Muslim name he is effectively affirming the legitimacy of the conversion.

She explains:

Peter Kassig converted to Islam and took the name Abdul-Rahman, but only in captivity. President Obama’s insistence upon using his Islamic name reflects his continuing belief that by denying Islamic extremism, he can promote peace….

When someone converts at the point of a sword, in hopes of saving his life, is that “adopting the Muslim faith as his own”? Whom is Mr. Obama respecting by using the Islamic name — Kassig, or his executioners?

Note well: Obama’s use of the Islamic name is a gesture of respect for Kassig’s executioners!

Even more appalling is Obama’s insistence that ISIL’s actions represent no faith, and certainly not the Muslim faith.

Who is he trying to fool?

Charen replies:

But Mr. Obama is still at pains to protect the good name of Islam. He condemns the barbarism of the Islamic State and other terrorists, but feels the need to quickly add that their crimes “represent no faith, least of all” Islam.

Throughout the Muslim world, extremism is in full bloom. Only a minority of Sunni extremists travel under the name al-Qaeda. Others are called al-Nusra (Syria) and AQIM (North Africa) and ISIS (Syria and Iraq) and Wahhabi (Saudi Arabia) and Boko Haram (Nigeria) and Abu Sayyaf (Philippines) and Taliban (Afghanistan and Pakistan) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (Pakistan) and al-Fatah (Palestinian territories) and Hamas (Gaza). The Shia extremists include the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hezbollah (Lebanon), and the Madhi Army of Iraq.

Why does Obama feel compelled to protect the good name of Islam? Surely, that good name and the reputation of people who profess the Muslim faith has been sullied by the actions of multiple Islamist terrorist groups.

If Muslims want to restore their good name they will need to destroy the terrorists in their midst.

Obama’s servile profession of respect for Islam denies reality and tells the terrorists that their actions have not compromised the reputation of Islam. Their actions seem to have terrorized him to the point where he can only show respect for the terrorists’ faith.

Islamophilia is the other face of Islamophobia… the latter meaning, fear of Islam.

Charen is right to say that Obama is in denial. She might have added that the Islamic State will continue to do what it does because its actions have caused world leaders to show greater and great respect for the religion it represents.

It isn’t just that ISIS and Palestinian terrorists have barely paid a price for the horrors they have unleashed on the world. They have been rewarded for it.

And he’s exactly right. In the language of psychology, if you want more of something, reward it. In the language of economics, if you want more of something, incentivize it. Two words with approximately the same meaning – a reward happens after the behavior and an incentive precedes it, but the goal is the same. And why? Because there is a strong correlation between those statements and reality. It is a useful concept in bringing up kids, running a classroom, or a grocery store or a nation of over three hundred million. If you want more of something, reward it.

The West has been rewarding terrorism for decades. And, predictably, we are getting more and more terrorism.

– Aggie

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My Kübler-Ross Journey

Better known as the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. I have pretty much lived off anger and depression when it came to Obama. Denial never entered into it: I knew who and what he was, having known (and even been) people like him all my life. I have opposed what he represents for more than 13 years now. Hence the anger.

Bargaining? How do you bargain with someone whose attitude is “I won”? Someone who pretended to listen, but who excluded from legislation and the function of government all suggestions not his own? I didn’t want to stay angry (fertile as anger can be), but bargaining was as ephemeral as the evidence of global warming that so motivates Obama to…now, BTL, there’s that anger again. Don’t backslide.

So, I leapfrogged the pointlessness of bargaining to land in what was left to me: depression. I don’t like to admit it—depression is defeat, surrender—but it’s a logical extension of anger. In fact, psychology teaches that depression is anger turned inward. Whether it is or it isn’t, anger and depression are closely related. One can wash back and forth between them, as I did, and still do. But to paraphrase Dean Wormer in Animal House, depressed and angry is no way to go through life.

Acceptance, though? How do I accept anathema? If depression is surrender, what is acceptance but betrayal?

I suggest a different word and a different approach: acknowledgement. In the Kübler-Ross model, acceptance is the final step in dealing with something beyond our control, such as grief or loss. Disagreement with a president—even one as imperial and lawless as Obama, I say without anger or depression—is not that, however much it may feel like it some days. For us, the sun will still rise tomorrow. Accept that one day it will rise on a post-Obama world. Accept the country that foolishly elected him is still wise enough to reject his more dangerous ideas, that its people will see how they were played like a Stradivarius by a man who knew how they were tuned.

Aggie and I are ex-liberals, refugees from failed orthodoxies that either no longer spoke to us, or were blatantly insulting to our beliefs. We were literally immune to Obama’s sickening nonsense of hope’n’change. We knew that “if we were the ones we’ve been waiting for”, it was past time to leave. Many of you were also inoculated against his message, so beguiling to some, so vapid to us.

I write this today, because I’ve had a few bitter days since Obama’s invalid, illegal order to forgive and forget the criminal actions of millions of illegal aliens. I was crafting a post in my mind on the topic of disgust. But not disgust with Obama, or not just. My disgust was instead directed toward those who voted for him—and even then, not liberals (or not just). I get how he sounds to them. But how many Republicans or conservatives do we know who voted for him, perhaps twice, in spite of their better judgement?

Even in my superimposed state of Zen, I can feel the bile rising within at the thought of those people who were so willingly conned. The art of the con, remember, is in making the mark do what he thinks he wants, not what he thinks you want. Obama made these people feel good about voting for someone who so betrayed their belief in this country and the role of government. They wouldn’t have voted for the Reverends Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, but they eagerly voted for someone who for decades embraced the theology of a pastor who made those two sound like Jerry Falwell. Obama made no secret of who he was—how could he? It was in the public record, not least in his Bill Ayers-authored biography, Made Up Dreams From His Father and Composite Girlfriend.

And they voted for him. They are the ones who made him president. Not David Axelrod, not liberal Democrats, certainly not Obama himself. Obama was the most radical candidate to run for president not named Gus Hall, yet he won thanks to the votes of the useful idiots of the Republican Party. (I guess I’m not totally over the anger yet.)

Judging by his latest poll numbers, Obama has lost that lovin’ feeling among all but the most parched of Kool-Aid drinkers. His actions now are those of a petulant loser, cheered on by a dwindling mob, barely tolerated by the once-adoring masses. These fiats carry the authority of the office (ebbing every day), but not the force of law. Indeed, they are literally against the law. As commenter David D. noted the other day, they are more inactions than actions. He will carry on not deporting the people he has been not deporting all along. Nothing has changed. To his addled supporters, this is what was meant by “going big”.

But it was barely two weeks earlier that the Obama administration had received its death blow in the midterm elections. The public had already rejected him. Call the amnesty “Obama’s Revenge”—just as painful and unpleasant as Montezuma’s, and not much longer lasting. Both shall pass.

I suppose I owe my greatest debt of gratitude for my new insight to Obama himself. As he demonstrates every Saturday (or the occasional Sunday, depending on the weather), it’s all good:

President Obama has traded GOP rancor and late-fall temperatures in Washington for a golf outing with Derek Jeter at the nicest golf resort in Las Vegas.

Obama, the retired New York Yankees shortstop and two Las Vegas businessmen were playing golf at Shadow Creek, which describes itself as a “masterpiece” course “sculpted from the Nevada desert by renowned architect Tom Fazio.”

“Once the domain of only a privileged few, the natural splendor of this monument to the imagination and classic golf course design stands today ready to be shared,” the website says.

Shared by business moguls, Yankee multi-millionaire playboys, and populist posers, they mean.

Obama is spending the weekend near Las Vegas after delivering a speech at a school here on Friday. He returned to Del Sol High School, where in 2013 he called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

The speech was Obama’s only public event scheduled for his weekend in the Nevada desert; but the mid-60s forecast and the area’s preponderance of golf resorts left little question what the president would occupy himself with over the two days.

If he doesn’t take this sh*t seriously, why should we?

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Shameless

Scoot down, would ya Jay Carney? Make room, David Axelrod. Chris Matthews, Laurence O’Donnell, where are your manners?

C’mon Stephanopoulos, give the lady a seat!

MSNBC announced Friday morning that it hired the White House’s associate communications director to head up the network’s press shop.

Starting December 8, Rachel Racusen will be the cable news outlet’s vice president of communications. “I’m thrilled to add Rachel to our senior team. She has great experience, she’s creative, strategic and passionate about our brand,” said network chief Phil Griffin. “She’ll be a tremendous asset to the network.”

Who are we kidding? She already was.

As an associate communications director at the White House, Racusen works long days and nights promoting the White House’s messaging. On a typical day, Racusen arrives at the office around 7 a.m. for a flurry of meetings, prep sessions and events related to amplifying presidential initiatives.

On any given day, Racusen may help staff an interview for senior presidential advisers or oversee the press coverage of a policy rollout event. After 12- or 13-hour clock-ins at the office, she’ll return home only to log online and continue answering emails into the night.

She’s perfect for the “brand”! Thanks at least for not insulting us by calling it a “news” organization.

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One Person’s Massacre is Another Person’s Muslimity

In absence of honesty from our elected leaders, we must turn to others (Caroline Glick) to learn the truth:

The horrible truth is that all of the anti-Jewish slaughters perpetrated by our Arab neighbors have been motivated to greater or lesser degrees by Islamic Jew-hatred. The only difference between the past hundred years and now is that today our appeasement-oriented elite is finding it harder to pretend away the obvious fact that we cannot placate our enemies.

No “provocation” by Jews drove two Jerusalem Arabs to pick up meat cleavers and a rifle and slaughter rabbis in worship like sheep and then mutilate their bodies.

No “frustration” with a “lack of progress” in the “peace process,” can motivate people to run over Jewish babies or attempt to assassinate a Jewish civil rights activist.

The reason that these terrorists have decided to kill Jews is that they take offense at the fact that in Israel, Jews are free. They take offense because all their lives they have been taught that Jews should live at their mercy, or die by their sword.

Again, what Obama et al insist on calling Not-Islam is Islamic to the core:

Our neighbors are taught that Muhammad, the founder of Islam, signed the treaty of Hudaybiyah in 628 as a ploy to buy time during which he would change the balance of power between his army and the Jews of Kuraish. And 10 years later, once his army gained the upper hand, he annihilated the Jews.

Today’s hudna—hence our occasional post title Boyz ‘n’ the Hudna.

Haj Amin el-Husseini’s first act as the founder of the Palestinian Arab identity was to translate The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and serialize them in the local press.

During the Arab jihad of 1936-1939, Husseini’s gangs of murderers killed more Arabs than the British did. He targeted those who sought peaceful coexistence with the Jews.

His successor Yasser Arafat followed his example.

During the 1988-1991 Palestinian uprising, the PLO killed more Palestinians than the IDF did. Like Husseini, Arafat targeted Palestinians who worked with Israel.

You cannot solicit murder among those who haven’t been taught that committing murder is an act of heroism.

Let me clear away the brush of double-negatives: murder is easy, even inevitable, among those taught that murder is heroic, an act of faith.

And not just among the terrorists themselves:

On Tuesday, Israel’s social media outlets were filled with angry rebukes of Western media outlets from CNN to MSNBC to CBS, to the BBC. All these networks, and many others, did everything in their power to explain away the synagogue slaughter as just another instance of a cycle of violence. That is, they all sought to frame the discussion in a way that would lead their viewers to the conclusion that the slaughter of praying rabbis was justified.

While appalling, the coverage was not the least surprising. The Western elite media’s devotion to their false narrative of Israeli culpability for all the problems in the region is absolute. Networks would rather wreck their professional reputations than tell the truth.

Together with the EU, the American policy elite and the Obama administration, the media place Israel’s leaders in a bind. Every step they take to defend the country and protect the rights of Jews meets with automatic and libelous condemnation.

Glick is full of actions Israel can take—and must take—to safeguard its future, and I don’t dispute any of them. But we must first learn the lesson of who commits such acts of depravity, and why. And that takes listening more deeply than our articulate president has yet articulated.

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Boarish Behavior

It makes sense: an invented people (the, ahem, “Palestinians”) invent crimes against them:

Several Palestinian media outlets on Saturday quoted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as accusing Israel of using wild boars against Palestinians in the West Bank.

Abbas’s allegation was made during a speech he delivered at a pro-Palestinian conference in Ramallah on Friday night.

The charge about the wild boars did not appear in reports published in the official PA media.

This was not the first time that the PA accused Israel of releasing wild boars to destroy agricultural fields in the West Bank. In the past, the PA claimed that the IDF and settlers were bringing wild boars to Palestinian-owned lands in order to cause damage to their produces and intimidate farmers.

“Every night, they (Israelis) release wild boars against us,” Abbas was quoted as saying in his speech. “Why are they doing this to us?”

Well, if they were doing it to you, would there be any doubt as to why?

Besides, they’re cute!

When life gives you wild boars, Arabs, make Wild Boar Carnitas Tacos with Jicama-Mango Salsa. Mmm.

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Voluminous Bituminous

Al Gore and the Global Warm-mongers said if we kept on burning coal many would die—and they were right!

A coal mine shaft collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, an official said Saturday, highlighting the persistence of safety problems in the industry despite a leveling off of demand.

Another 11 miners were injured in the disaster, which struck just before midnight Friday in Tiechanggou township outside the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi.

China’s mines are among the most dangerous in the world, although improved safety measures have vastly lowered the number of fatalities in mine accidents in recent years.

The government’s China National Coal Administration reported 1,067 deaths in 604 coal mining accidents in 2013, down 23 percent from the year before. That’s down from more than 6,000 a decade ago, largely due to increased inspections and the closure of small and unregulated mines.

Long-time readers will remember those heady days when we covered these collapses, explosions, floodings, asphyxiations regularly. In fact, this morning has a throw-back feel to it: Obama’s corruption, anti-semitism, China’s indifference to human life and the environment.

“Boy, the way Glen Miller played,
Songs that made the Hit Parade…
Those were the days!”

While China still produces and consumes almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined, the amount it burned in the first three quarters of 2014 was off by about 2 percent from the same period last year, according to Greenpeace energy analysts in China.

Don’t worry. What China cuts, India more than makes up for:

Decades of strip mining have left this town in the heart of India’s coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents.

But rather than reclaim these hills or rethink their exploitation, the government is digging deeper in a coal rush that could push the world into irreversible climate change and make India’s cities, already among the world’s most polluted, even more unlivable, scientists say.

“If India goes deeper and deeper into coal, we’re all doomed,” said Veerabhadran Ramanathan, director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and one of the world’s top climate scientists.

But what about all the mercury-laced CFL lightbulbs I put in? Surely, that’ll make a difference.

Just because we’re all doomed doesn’t mean we have to frown all day.

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“War” “Crimes”

Slaughter, riot, mayhem, hate—Human Rights Watch reacts:

Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian terrorists’ homes constitutes a war crime and must be halted immediately, rights group Human Rights Watch said Saturday.

In a statement released on its website, HRW said the practice “deliberately and unlawfully punishes people not accused of any wrongdoing.” Such collective punishment in occupied territory such as the West Bank and East Jerusalem was considered a war crime, the group stressed.

“It is a basic principle of law that one person should not be punished for another’s crime,” the group’s deputy Middle East and North Africa director Joe Stork said. “Punitive home demolitions are blatantly unlawful. Israel should prosecute, convict, and punish criminals, not carry out vengeful destruction that harms entire families.”

HRW also noted that the policy, which Israel had previously applied frequently between during the years of the Second Intifada, was halted in 2005 after a study by an Israeli military committee concluded that — contrary to the justification commonly given by Israeli leaders — it was ineffective in deterring attacks, and only increased hostility towards Israel.

Yeah, but it feels good, HRW! That’s gotta count for something.

Look, if we stipulate that punishing the family for the crimes of the son might be misplaced justice, and that such punishment might not be a deterrent, will you concede that in these incubators of terror said families raise proudly the monsters who murder innocent people for the “crime” of being Jewish? Your contention is debatable; ours is inarguable. Seen thusly, demolishing a hovel is hardly worthy of comment.

On the other hand, the incessant incitement to violence in the Arab media might be worthy of mention, yet you seem mute on the subject. Go figure.

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Lost and Found

Lost: One Republic, 238 yrs old, fixer-upper; red, white, and blue; friendly, but do not abuse; answers to “America”.

Found: 30,000 emails (see above):

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.

“They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.

Just “weeks” and “effort”, huh? That’s all it took to recover the irrecoverable? On a Friday, the Friday before Thanksgiving week, no less? And they accuse us of cynicism!

The missing emails extend from 2009 to 2011, a period when Lerner headed the IRS’s exempt-organizations division. The emails were lost when Lerner’s computer crashed, IRS officials said earlier this year.

In June Koskinen told Congress the emails were probably lost for good because the disaster recovery tape holds onto the data for only six months. He said even if the IRS had sought the emails within the six-month period, it would have been a complicated and difficult process to produce them from the tapes.

The IRS also lost the emails of several other employees who worked under Lerner during that period.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee he chairs will be one of the committees that will examine the emails.

“Though it is unclear whether TIGTA has found all of the missing Lois Lerner e-mails, there may be significant information in this discovery,” Issa told the Examiner. “The Oversight Committee will be looking for information about her mindset and who she was communicating with outside the IRS during a critical period of time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups. This discovery also underscores the lack of cooperation Congress has received from the IRS. The agency first failed to disclose the loss to Congress and then tried to declare Lerner’s e-mails gone and lost forever. Once again it appears the IRS hasn’t been straight with Congress and the American people.”

I said the other day that Putin is to Obama as Obama is to Congress. Putin flouts the law, abuses norms, lies, justifies, and laughs in the face of argument or protest. Oh, did I write “Putin”? That’s Obama. Putin doesn’t even bother prevaricating; he just takes. It’s time for Ukraine—and Congress—to fight back. Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

In lieu of good men, we’ll just have to hope for the best from the Republicans—i.e. we’re hosed.

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Sing Along With Liz

What’s the matter, Crockagawea? Didn’t your mammy teach you the words?

Rather, your great-great-great-great grandfather? (Who was white anyway?)

As Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that the Keystone XL pipeline vote had failed to pass, the wailing strains of the Lakota unci maka wiwayang wacipi song floated down from the gallery.

It was Greg Grey Cloud, enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and founder of Wica Agli, a group created to bring back traditional values of masculinity and eradicate violence against women and children.

“Grandfather look at me, I am standing here struggling, I am defending Grandmother Earth and I am chasing peace,” Grey Cloud sang, according to a translation he provided to Lakota Life.

Oh, that explains it. Cherokees hate Sioux music. It’s like east coast and west coast rap. I’m surprised their wasn’t a drive-by bow-and-arrowing.

Who left her in charge of the Senate anyway? How long has she been there, two years? Not even. Pushy broad. Squaw. Whatever.

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Come Out of the Shadows and Get Right With the Law

And pick up a check:

The illegals will get work-permits and Social Security cards, and will be required to pay taxes, according to Cecilia Munoz, the former immigration lobbyist who is now a top Obama aide.

That means they’re part of the tax system, she said, when she was asked if the illegals would get annual payments under the Earned Income Tax Credit program.

“They are subject to our tax law,” she said, carefully.

Carefully, so she didn’t burst into laughter.

[O]nce illegal immigrants are enrolled in the tax system, they’re would be entitled to EITC payments

The payments may be huge, and will rise each year.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, two parents with three or more children would receive up to $6,143 in 2014 if they earn less than $46,997.

A family with two kids, and an income of $20,000, would receive $14,590 in taxpayer funds this year alone.

Parents who earn less than the threshold would get $3,305 if they have one child, and $5,460 if they have two children.

The EITC program is already poorly monitored and may be subject to large amounts of fraud, according to critics.

Another study says that 47 percent of legal and illegal immigrants and their children are classified as living in poverty or in near-poverty…

Not anymore.

You can take the peasants out of Guatemala, but you can’t take the Guatemala out of the peasants. Even in the land of milk and honey, it’s rice and beans.

But that’s all changed. Like most things Obama has done, it’s just another voter registration drive. I was a loyal Democrat voter for 26 years. Where’s mine?

“Get right with the law.” He’s one to talk.

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Enjoy!

– Aggie

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Hand Dryers As Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Hand dryers spread all sorts of bacteria

Modern hand dryers are much worse than paper towels when it comes to spreading germs, according to new University of Leeds research.
Scientists from the University of Leeds have found that high-powered ‘jet-air’ and warm air hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets.
Airborne germ counts were 27 times higher around jet air dryers in comparison with the air around paper towel dispensers.
The study shows that both jet and warm air hand dryers spread bacteria into the air and onto users and those nearby.

Gross, but so what? Well, imagine intentionally putting… oh, I don’t know… ebola or anthrax into a hand dryer, say in a busy restaurant.. no wait! How about an airport? Hmmm. I doubt I’m the only person who ever thought about that.

– Aggie

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