Ferry reroute call to help dolphins

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=4&art_id=159039&sid=44829802&con_type=1&d_str=20150714&fc=2

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Transfer ferries should be rerouted and ferry speed increased to protect Chinese white dolphins during construction of the airport’s third runway, the Advisory Council on the Environment urged yesterday.

The council endorsed the environmental impact assessment report for the third runway last September but the endorsement came with 20 special conditions attached, said council chairman Paul Lam Kwan-sing.

The council held a meeting with the Airport Authority yesterday to discuss the marine travel routes and management plan for high-speed ferries of SkyPier, a ferry transfer service provided by the airport.

Passengers can take ferries to Shenzhen, Macau or Guangzhou.

About 60 percent of the ferries will navigate north and will avoid waters where white dolphins are frequently seen.

However, 40 percent will go west and some of them will pass through those waters, which might affect the white dolphins.

Airport Authority general manager Peter Lee Chung-tang said the authority has found international specialists to assess the risk and they suggested the ferries take routes to the north of Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau, which can minimize the impact on dolphins.

However, some council members said the white dolphins still frequently appear in the waters at the north of Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau, and suggested measures to further reduce the risk of the ferries hitting the dolphins.

Council member Hung Wing-tat said: “Dolphins have good hearing. Could we install some ultrasonic equipment to warn them while ferries are navigating?”

Lam suggested some of the routes toward Western be moved to the waters between the new marine park and the third runway.

He also suggested that the speed controls should be raised to 10 knots an hour, while the authority suggested 15 knots.

The current limit is 30-40 knots. STAFF REPORTER

Abe defends national security bills

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/japan.html

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has defended the government-proposed national security bills that are currently under deliberation in the Diet.

Abe spoke in a webcast by his Liberal Democratic Party on Monday. The proposed legislation would allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense.

He said the legislation is not for going to war, but for protecting the people’s lives if a foreign country attacks Japan.

Abe said preparation would prevent war just as locking a door keeps a thief from breaking into a house.

Opposition parties have expressed concern that the legislation would lead to conscription.

The prime minister said Japan’s constitution bans involuntary servitude in Article 18. He said conscription is obviously unconstitutional as it obliges people to undergo military service against their will.

Abe said he has no intention to change the government’s interpretation of the Constitution in this regard.

Son of Boston Police captain charged in connection with Islamic State jihad terrorism plot

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/07/son-of-boston-police-captain-charged-in-connection-with-islamic-state-jihad-terrorism-plot

Alexander Ciccolo is apparently yet another convert to Islam who got the idea that it was his religious responsibility to murder Infidels. Yet there is absolutely no program in any mosque to teach converts why they should reject this supposedly twisted version of Islam, and absolutely no curiosity among law enforcement or government officials about why so many converts to Islam keep misunderstanding the Religion of Peace — all in exactly the same way.

“Son of Boston Police capt. charged in connection with ISIS terrorism plot,” WHDH, July 13, 2015:

BOSTON (WHDH) – A man from Adams has been arrested and charged in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of ISIS.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. The criminal complaint was unsealed on Monday.

Ciccolo is the son of Boston Police Captain Robert Ciccolo, who was one of the first responders to the Boston Marathon bombing. Capt. Ciccolo is in charge of the Boston Police Department’s 911 call center. He has served with the department for more than 25 years.

According to the complaint affidavit, Alexander Ciccolo took delivery of four firearms on July 4, 2015, which he had ordered from a person who was cooperating with members of the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force. Ciccolo was arrested immediately after taking delivery of the firearms, which included a Glock 17-9mm pistol and a Glock 20-10 mm pistol.

Ciccolo had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than a year in jail and was prohibited from possessing firearms.

It is alleged that Ciccolo is a supporter of the Islamic State group. According to an affidavit, Ciccolo spoke with a cooperating witness in recorded conversations about his plans to commit acts of terrorism inspired by ISIS — including setting off improvised explosive devices such as pressure cookers filled with black powder, nails, ball bearings and glass — in places where large numbers of people were gather, such as college cafeterias.

The FBI arranged for the cooperating witness to meet Ciccolo, who told the witness he had a plan to engage in domestic terrorism operations. The witness agreed to participate with Ciccolo.

On June 24, 2015, Ciccolo met with the cooperating witness in person in Pittsfield. The meeting was audio recorded. During the meeting, Ciccolo spoke about his plans to travel to another state to conduct terrorist attacks on civilians, members of the US military and law enforcement personnel.

Ciccolo told the cooperating witness he would attack two different bars and a police station. He also stated he planned to use improvide explosive devices during the attack to include pressure cooker bombs and/or portable microwave bombs.

Agents also allegedly found several partially constructed Molotov cocktails in Ciccolo’s apartment….

The Democrats’ Dilemma, Destroying a Remarkable Black Man

An intriguing scenario came to mind. If Dr. Ben Carson became the GOP presidential nominee, how would the Democrats craft their plan to destroy Dr. Carson, a black man, without being called racist?

Well, first of all, no one in the mainstream media will accuse a Democrat of racism. Democrats got an automatic pass even when they published demeaning racist cartoons of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and called her a “house nigga.”

A Democrat defaced a photo of black Republican Michael Steele painting him in black face. The caption below the shameful photo read, “Simple Sambo wants to move to the big house.”

Democrat Andrew Barovick tweeted that black Republican former candidate Christopher Moss should be the “spokes-model for Cream of Wheat or Uncle Ben’s Rice.”

Homosexual activist George Takei called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “a clown in black-face sitting there on the Supreme Court.” Takei’s comment drew very little, if any, criticism from the mainstream media. Had a Republican made the same comment, it would be promoted as evidence of GOP racism — the lead news story for a week.

During Obama’s campaign and presidency, the Left/Democrats branded all opposition to Obama’s agenda as racism against a black man. So how can the Left/Democrats turn around and launch a shock and awe campaign to destroy Dr. Ben Carson, a black man — portray Dr. Carson as the spawn of Satan in the minds of millions? One thing we do know is Democrats and their Leftist media operatives are shameless. They will not be deterred by their obvious hypocrisy.

As a matter of fact, the fact that Dr. Carson is a black conservative Republican will heighten the Left’s resolve to destroy the stupid Uncle Tom traitor-to-his-race SOB. The Left only likes blacks who further their lie that blacks are victims in eternally racist America. Sadly, a majority of blacks have been brainwashed into believing the lie that Democrats are their saviors, offering government programs, lowered standards and fighting off the majority of Americans who are racist.

Now get this, folks, evidence that the American dream is working for blacks is everywhere. In the humble black Baltimore suburban community where I grew up, kids and grand-kids grew up and replaced the original homes with mansions. And yet, even many of these successful blacks still believe the Democrats’ lie that blacks can’t catch a break in our country.

Self-confident uppity blacks like Dr. Carson who achieve world renown via education, hard work, and morally right choices really p— the Left off.

One Democrat tactic to destroy Dr. Carson will be to sell the notion that he is not authentically black. The Democrats will assign their media buddies to drill Dr. Carson on the last time he visited a KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). “Dr. Carson, name one rap artist you enjoy.” Don’t laugh, folks. This is what the in-bed-with-the-Democrats media did to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, drilling him on what Hispanic foods he likes and his favorite Hispanic musical artists.

I envision a Leftist journalist releasing an explosive hit-piece article exposing the fact that Dr. Carson can’t dance, is void of rhythm. There will be talk of a viral photo of Dr. Carson, caught eating sushi.

“Dr Carson, when is the last time you ate watermelon?” Okay, the Leftist media probably will not go there.

Oh, I almost forgot, one glaring “tell” that Dr. Carson is not authentically black is I am pretty sure he has a photo ID. The Left/Democrats have said acquiring a photo ID is far too challenging for blacks. Therefore, requiring a photo ID to vote is racist and disenfranchises blacks. So, if Dr. Carson has a photo ID, he is obviously nothing more than a white guy in black skin.

Dr. Carson boldly professes his Christianity. The Left/Democrats will exploit Dr. Carson’s faith as another way to demonize him — claiming it automatically makes him a hater of homosexuals.

Rather than convincing voters of the superior merit of their agenda, Democrats usually win elections by convincing voters that Republicans are evil. For the Democrats to win the WH, they must convince millions of voters that retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is evil. That is a huge mountain for the Left/Democrats to climb. For crying out loud, the guy specialized in saving kids’ lives (pediatrics).

In 1987, Dr. Carson became the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head — the Binder twins.

If the Left really gave a rat’s derriere about inspiring urban blacks that are dropping out of school and killing each other in record numbers, the Left/Democrats would celebrate Dr. Carson rather than launch a full court press effort to destroy him. Dr. Carson should be held up high to black youths as a shining example of what can be achieved in America if you do the right thing. Ironically, this is the reason the Left/Democrats feel they must destroy him.

I am not endorsing Dr. Carson for president. In all honesty, Ted Cruz is at the top of my list. However, it is too early to go all-in for a candidate. I just thought it interesting to ponder how the Left-wing (mainstream media) /Democrats would go about destroying this remarkable, good, decent and honorable man who epitomizes all that is great about America.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/the_democrats_dilemma_destroying_a_remarkable_black_man.html#ixzz3foCVRS80
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