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The UN’s “Never Again” Moment

The Jew-hating genocidal jackals of Hamass have finally incurred the wrath of their benefactors, UNRWA:

The United Nations’ Gaza envoy has expressed his “outrage” at an incident in which Palestinian protesters attempted to storm UN headquarters in Gaza, accusing Hamas of turning a blind eye.

“During a pre-announced demonstration, of which Hamas was well aware, a number of protestors climbed the perimeter wall and entered the compound causing damage to United Nations premises and property,” Robert Serry said in a statement quoted by the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency.

Expressing his “deep concern” over Hamas authorities’ inaction, Serry issued a rare scathing criticism of the Islamist terrorist group which runs Gaza.

Did you get that? “Deep concern”? That’s worse than the “mild distress” they expressed over the shelling of an Israeli kindergarten or their resigned shrug after the most recent bus stabbing. But he was just getting started:

“Pending a full transfer of security responsibilities to the legitimate Palestinian Authority, we continue to hold Hamas fully responsible for the security and safety of all United Nations personnel and operations in Gaza.”

It does seem ungrateful for Hamass to bite the hand that feeds, clothes, and shelters—and stores their missiles for—them. We’ve covered this story for a couple of days now, but it’s like Vitamin C or french fries: we have our daily requirements.

“$5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo (aid) conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable. It is unclear why this funding has not been forthcoming,” the agency said in a statement.

Earlier this month Hamas threatened the international community, demanding that it pay to rebuild Hamas’s stronghold of Gaza, or else face the region “becoming” a hotbed for extremism and terrorism.

Blah-blah-blah. Hey Hamass, why don’t you tunnel your way into UNRWA HQ and just take stuff? You might be able to get something for a fax machine on eBay.

Until tomorrow’s chapter…

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Laws of Physics

Newton’s Second: The acceleration of an object as produced by a net force is directly proportional to the magnitude of the net force, in the same direction as the net force, and inversely proportional to the mass of the object.

Boyle’s: At constant temperature for a fixed mass, the absolute pressure and the volume of a gas are inversely proportional.

Ampère’s/Maxwell’s: Maxwell’s addition states that magnetic fields can be generated in two ways: by electrical current (this was the original “Ampère’s law”) and by changing electric fields (this was “Maxwell’s addition”).

Gaza’s:

Hundreds of protesters on Wednesday tried to storm the Gaza headquarters of the United Nations, an AFP correspondent said, after the UN announced it lacked funds to rebuild the enclave from the damage caused by Hamas’s most recent terror war against Israel.

Around 200 people demonstrated outside the building in Gaza City of UNRWA, burning tires and throwing rocks, while shouting “we are still homeless!”

As the riot continued to turn violent, some tried to storm the building before police of the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza, broke up the demonstration.

The incident came a day after UNRWA announced it can not afford to repair tens of thousands of homes damaged during the July-August war between Israel and Hamas because donors have failed to pay.

Hamass staged the demonstration so that Hamass could break up the demonstration. Street theater.

There are besieged and oppressed people in the world, but Gazans are not among them. The victims of Boko Haram, Ebola patients, Tibetans, even commuters on the Southeastern Expressway in a light drizzle are more deserving of your sympathy than one single Arab occupier of southwestern Israel.

The reconstruction has barely begun, not only because world nations have not delivered, but also because construction materials allowed in by Israel have been used by Hamas to rebuild terror tunnels into Israel meant to attack civilians, leading Israel to limit the transfers.

Earlier this month Hamas threatened the world, demanding that it pay to rebuild Hamas’s stronghold of Gaza, or else face the region “becoming” a hotbed for extremism and terrorism.

“Becoming”?! Since when has that human fly trap not been a hotbed for extremism and terrorism? Strawberries, tomatoes, and Qassam missiles—that’s all it’s good for.

Home is where the heart is, the saying goes. If you are “homeless”, you are homeless in every meaning.

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Grim Milestone Watch

Where are the protests? Why isn’t The Lancet publishing wildly-inflated figures? A more cynical person might suspect the Left of partisan hypocrisy.

Violence in Iraq killed at least 12,282 civilians last year, the deadliest since the sectarian strife of 2007, United Nations officials said.

“Yet again, the Iraqi ordinary citizen continues to suffer from violence and terrorism…. This is a very sad state of affairs,” Nickolay Mladenov, head of the U.N. political mission in Iraq, said in a statement.

Officials cautioned that “the figures reported have to be considered as the absolute minimum.” The U.N. said violence injured 23,126 Iraqi civilians in 2014.

In 2013, the U.N. reported 7,818 Iraqi civilians killed.

I guess dead civilians count only in Republican administrations.

It’s not that I think cynicism is a healthy state of mind. I don’t see another choice. Not without mind-altering drugs.

PS: Nothing demonstrates this more clearly than the state of affairs in Darfur.

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DENIED

Don’t take it too hard, Arab squatters on Jewish land. I think the Audubon Society is looking for members. Or public broadcasting—those guys will take anyone!

Senior members of the Palestinian leadership were set to convene Wednesday evening in Ramallah to discuss applying for membership in international organizations after a resolution on Palestinian statehood failed to pass a UN Security Council vote the night before.

A senior Palestinian source confirmed to The Times of Israel that Fatah’s Central Committee and the Executive Committee of the PLO will decide whether to sign the Rome Statute, among other international bodies, in their ongoing bid to become full members in International Criminal Court.

The ratification of the Rome Statute — the treaty established by the ICC — would make the Palestinian Authority eligible to present cases of alleged war crimes against Israel in international courts.

Then what’s to decide? Why wouldn’t they have joined years ago? If they had a case to make, why didn’t they barge through the doors and demand justice?

Or were they afraid of getting turned down? Again.

Technically, this item should be filed under Apartheid State Update, but while we’re enjoying the “daily humiliation of the ‘Palestinian’ people”, let’s feast on it here:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday evening thanked African leaders for helping to thwart the Palestinian statehood resolution at the UN Security Council.

Netanyahu called the leaders of Rwanda and Nigeria, two countries that abstained during the vote after Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry convinced them to instruct their UN envoys not to support the Palestinian draft resolution.

Netanyahu maintains warm ties with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. At the beginning of December, Netanyahu sent Jonathan a personal letter expressing his “heartfelt condolences” over a terror attack at a mosque in the city of Kano in which at least 120 people were killed. Jonathan made a high-profile visit to Israel in late October, coming with an entourage of 20 Nigerian political and religious leaders. He was in Israel on a private Christian pilgrimage.

I have no faith—zero, zilch, nada—in so-called international agencies and fora (least of all the UN) to adjudicate wisely or fairly. If I want something from government, I start with town hall. I do not do to such godforsaken settlements as Brussels or The Hague (or any other hague). But then, their legitimacy is on par with the so-called Palestinians’. Let an invented people seek ephemeral justice from a powerless court. Is Judge Wapner still around?

And if the ICC tells you to take a hike, Arab squatters, there’s always Triple-A. At least they will be there for you.

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Palestinian State Failed In UN

Australia and US vote against

I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. Never been.

A pleasant surprise – the US had some decent things to say:

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said no other country in the world has invested more than the United States in pursuing peace between Israel and Palestine, but said the resolution “would undermine efforts to get back to an atmosphere that makes it possible to achieve two states for two people.”
Power said that the current resolution was “deeply unbalanced” and instead of giving a voice to both sides, only considered the concerns of one.
“Today’s vote should not be interpreted as a victory for an unsustainable status quo, instead it should serve as a wake-up call to catalyze all interested parties to take constructive, responsible steps to achieve a two-state solution,” Power said.

The only period in modern history when Jews couldn’t pray at the Kotel is the 19 years when Jordan had control. Israel would be flat-out nuts to allow the Palestinians or anyone else to gain control of Jerusalem.

– Aggie

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Other UN Initiatives You May Have Missed

While those who haven’t fallen asleep are hailing the UN’s climate deal (show of hands…anyone…?), here’s one that slipped through the cracks:

The president of Sudan has claimed victory over the International Criminal Court after it ended its probe into allegations of war crimes in Darfur.

The ICC charged Omar al-Bashir in 2009 for crimes in the region dating back to 2003, but he refused to recognise the authority of the court in The Hague.

He said the court had failed in its attempts to “humiliate” Sudan.

Announcing the suspension on Friday, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda blamed it on lack of action by the UN.

She called for a “dramatic shift” in the UN Security Council’s approach, saying inaction was emboldening the perpetrators of war crimes in Darfur to continue their brutality, particularly against women and girls.

Turn that frown upside-down, Fatou. The woman and girls may still be “brutalized”, but “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow”.

What’s that? Darfur is landlocked? They couldn’t care less about the oceans? Awfully selfish of them. No wonder the UN turned its back.

Human Rights Watch said that Mr Bashir had got the wrong message from the decision to suspend the case.

“Rather than the prosecutor (Fatou Bensouda) holding up her hands in defeat, I think she threw the challenge down to the Security Council itself, that they, the Council, need to step up to the plate and assist her in the arrest and surrender of Omar al-Bashir and other accused, for fair trial at the ICC,” Human Rights Watch spokesman Richard Dicker told the BBC.

Sudan says it has carried out its own investigation and has found no proof that anyone was raped.

Given our own news on the subject lately, we Americans can relate.

A little about the climate deal (very little):

United Nations members have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change.

Environmental groups have criticised the deal as a weak and ineffectual compromise, saying it weakens international climate rules.

It ended in a compromise that some participants believe keeps the world on track to reach a new global treaty by the end of next year.

Good. Everyone flew airplanes into Lima, Peru, spent lots of money and wasted lots of time, agreed to do not much of anything, and then flew home. All to be repeated next year. Most international confabs are wastes of time, money, and energy—few so ironically.

As for the “brutalization” of the women and girls of Darfur, see above comment.

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The End is Nigher

I don’t know about the temperature, but the hypocrisy is sure rising!

Hundreds of United Nations-backed projects to help the world’s poorest countries cope with the most urgent impacts of climate change have not been acted upon, the BBC has learnt.

Many of these were proposed years ago and may have to be abandoned.

Experts and officials from the world’s 48 least developed countries say lack of funding is the main reason.

They warn that a new long-term global climate defence plan may kick these projects further into the long grass.

“Long grass”. That would be from all the rainfall. And we can’t have that.

But help is on the way, paupers, and has been for more than 18 years!

Since October 1996 there has been no global warming at all (Fig. 1). This month’s RSS temperature plot pushes up the period without any global warming from 18 years 1 month to 18 years 2 months (indeed, very nearly 18 years 3 months).

The hiatus period of 18 years 2 months, or 218 months, is the farthest back one can go in the RSS satellite temperature record and still show a sub-zero trend.

No heat? Where’d it go?

New research shows that ocean heat uptake across three oceans is the likely cause of the ‘warming hiatus’ – the current decade-long slowdown in global surface warming.

Using data from a range of state-of-the-art ocean and atmosphere models, the research shows that the increased oceanic heat drawdown in the equatorial Pacific, North Atlantic and Southern Ocean basins has played a significant role in the hiatus.

This is important as current climate models have been unable to simulate the hiatus.

And some of you folks ask us to accept this so-called “settled science”.

There have been droughts and floods (and many other natural disasters) as long as there has been an earth. If you want to pay for flood prevention or water reservoirs, you have my blessing; you don’t need an unproved theory to do so. But if you stopped holding conferences and commissioning reports, you might have enough money to actually accomplish something.

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And the Difference Is…?

Journalist…terrorist… [shrug]:

Abdullah Murtaja, a Palestinian killed in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge on August 25, has been described by the United Nations for the past several months as a civilian “journalist.”

According to reports, Murtaja worked for the Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV satellite channel, and was killed during shelling of the al-Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City.

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in a statement from August:

“I condemn the killing of Abdullah Murtaja. Journalists must be able to carry out their work in safe conditions and their civilian status needs to be respected at all times. Society needs to be kept informed of events, never more so than when living in the shadow of conflict.”

But a video portraying Murtaja “reporting” from Gaza in full jihadist uniform with rifle in hand, had disproved their civilian journalist theory.

“On 14 November, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, issued an update about the statement she issued on 29 August, 2014, regarding Abdullah Murtaja, in the context of UNESCO’s mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom.”

“The original statement issued on 29 August was in line with UNESCO’s policy of condemning all killings of journalists. During this week, information has been brought to the attention of UNESCO that Mr Murtaja was a member of an organized armed group — an active combatant, and, therefore, not a civilian journalist. This has come to light in a video was posted recently on the Internet with Abdullah Murtaja speaking as a member of an organized armed group.”

“UNESCO therefore withdraws the statement of 29 August.”

Whoop-di-frickin’-do. At least the guy admitted his bias. I wish reporters for the New York Times and NPR cut like videos. Same goes for every United Nations agency.

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This is Quick

This is why the UN, the EU, and the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians are…temper, BTL, temper…irksome:

Four days after Palestinian terrorist Ibrahim Al-Akari killed two and injured more than 13 Israelis in Jerusalem, the UN- and EU-funded Al-Quds University honored him by naming a tournament after him.

That’s almost haiku-like in its clarity and brevity. Let me respond in kind.

Go eat [bleep] and die,
Al-Quds University,
And E-U, U-N.

I have the soul of a poet.

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Hey, Bankie Moon!

You got some splainin’ to do.

Still:

Nearly five months after a United Nations agency pledged to investigate rockets found on its premises during this summer’s Gaza war, no such inquiry has taken place.

While other UN institutions have rolled out commissions of inquiry into Operation Protective Edge, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, known as UNRWA, has yet to launch the promised probe to examine the circumstances of three separate instances in which rockets having been placed in schools it operates.

How these weapons got into the schools and what happened to them afterwards remains somewhat unclear. UNRWA says it returned the rockets to “the local authorities,” which Israeli officials charge means they found their way back to Hamas and might have been fired at Israeli civilians.

On Monday, UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon launched an “internal and independent” inquiry into incidents that involved UN premises during Operation Protective Edge, including the shelling by Israeli forces of UNRWA schools and the rockets found there.

Can’t ask for more than that. Though…how an investigation can be both “internal and independent” is a little unclear to me.

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Today’s lesson, boys and girls…

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This Intifada Sponsored by…the UN!

And Jimmy Dean’s Pure Pork Sausage!

In a new documentary video entitled UNRWA Goes to War, journalist David Bedein builds a seemingly incontestable case against UNRWA, showing the close symbiotic relations between it and the terror group Hamas.

The video shows that not only did UNRWA schools serve as repositories for rockets in the last Gaza war, and not only were rockets launched from places adjacent to UNRWA institutions – the students at the schools are themselves educated to hate Israel and aspire to destroy it.

Bedein launched a scathing attack on UNRWA in a video he produced and published three years ago, earning a furious rebuttal from the UN group.

“While the UNRWA slogan is ‘Peace Starts Here,’ a more appropriate slogan would be ‘War Starts with UNRWA,’” the film charges. It shows footage of what it says are UNRWA elementary school students participating in military-style displays in plain sight of their teachers, in afterschool activities organized by Hamas.

A world where Israel is the villain and Arab terrorists and Islamofascists are appeased is a very dangerous world. I can’t tell you what will happen next, but I can’t say I’m optimistic. Historians can look back and see where the humanitarian catastrophes of WWs I & II passed from potential to inevitable. Don’t you get the feeling we’re living in those days right now?

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Dry Town

How ironic that Detroit (“straits” in French), located between Lake St, Clair and Lake Erie, is a desert:

Detroit officials are fuming after two visiting United Nations lawyers scolded the city for cutting off water to delinquent customers and described the shut-offs as a “human rights” violation.

The response follows a three-day visit to Detroit — which desperately is trying to bail itself out of bankruptcy — from two representatives with the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“It is contrary to human rights to disconnect water from people who simply do not have the means to pay their bills,” Catarina de Albuquerque, one of the two representatives, said Monday at the conclusion of their visit.

Is that her real name or her porn name?

Anyhow, “Catarina”, we have a quaint custom here in America with which you may not be familiar in whatever third-world sphincter from which you hail. No, not paying our bills—whatever lingering responsibility we felt we had toward national fiscal sanity was declared uncool in the Year Zero of our lord and savior, Barack Obama (mm-mm-mm), 2009.

It’s called clean water. Clean. C-l-e-a-n. As in no bugs, bodies, silt, dirt, e coli, Ebola, etc. I know, wacky, right? So, any resident of Detroit (of those few who are left) is welcome to carry two buckets and a pole down to the Detroit River, fill ‘em up, and haul the riches back to their hovel, free of charge. But if they don’t want to come down with cholera, they pay the price required by the water bureau to guarantee clean water. Unlike the federal government, Detroit can’t just print money.

The policy change shuts off water to businesses and residents who either are 60 days past due or owe more than $150.

Detroit — the country’s largest municipality to file for bankruptcy — reports making 27,000 shut-offs from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30.

Most shut-offs were halted for several weeks this summer to give residents an opportunity to enter a payment plan, but they have resumed with 5,100 shut-offs in September alone.

Detroit officials have defended the decision, arguing that customers collectively owed more than $115 million in delinquent water-and-sewer department payments before the city took action and that their efforts are improving the situation.

Some look at $115 million and see red ink; the UN sees black skin:

“I heard testimonies from poor, African American residents of Detroit who were forced to make impossible choices — to pay the water bill or to pay their rent.”

Touching, I’m sure, but their race is irrelevant. Not only because it’s just plain irrelevant, but because Detroit is over 80% African American (and probably poor in a similar percentage). The odds of a person in this predicament being black are so high as to be conceded as a certainty.

This is what Detroit is doing:

Detroit is helping residents by improving customer service, getting 33,000 people in the payment plans and cutting residential calls for water assistance by more than 50 percent.

What else does the UN suggest?

De Albuquerque and Farha, also known as U.N. special rapporteurs, cited such other problems as the city’s drastic population decline, rising unemployment and the utility passing on higher costs associated with an aging system.

De Albuquerque said she has seen shut-offs in other U.S. cities and developed nations, but nothing like Detroit. “Our conclusion is that you have here in Detroit a man-made perfect storm,” she said. “The scale of the disconnections in the city is unprecedented.”

De Albuquerque and Farha say the mayor’s plan to help delinquent customers fails to help the chronically poor and those who face shut-offs. Farha also said at least some residents said their past-due bills were the result of city billing or accounting errors.

However, they called their conversation with Detroit officials “constructive.” They also said they can’t enforce recommendations but want to help the city and residents resolve the situation.

As usual, the UN has been SO helpful.

Hey, I remember where I saw “Catarina de Albuquerque”! It was either in Star Whores or Driving Into Miss Daisy. I’ll get back to you.

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