Lawmakers give nod to seat increase in minibuses

Lawmakers have given the green light for the number of seats on minibuses to be increased from the current 16 to 19.

The Transport Secretary, Anthony Cheung, described the increase as a “breakthrough”, and said it would boost the overall efficiency of the city’s minibus services.

He added that the government will conduct a review next year to see if there’s a need to further increase their carrying capacity.

Earlier this year major minibus service operators agreed to freeze fares for at least one year if extra seats were added.

Teacher retirement age reform bill passes reading

The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed a second reading of draft legislation proposed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to push back the age at which public-school teachers can begin receiving pensions from 50 to 58.

The DPP caucus had initially proposed a draft seeking to defer the threshold to 60, but on Tuesday announced that it would adopt a motion to set the age at 58 based on an agreement reached with the National Federation of Teachers’ Unions.

Before a vote, DPP Legislator Rosalia Wu (吳思瑤) touted the revised draft as a “middle ground” and moderate.

As the average retirement age of elementary and junior-high school teachers is 53.8, pushing back the threshold by about one year to 55 would be a half-hearted reform, she said.

Public-school teachers hired after Dec. 31, 2010, qualify for retirement when a combination of their age and years of service equals 75. For example, a teacher who began working at 25 could retire after turning 50.

However, if teachers want to convert their pensions into monthly payments — as opposed to a one-time lump sum — they must be at least 60 or have turned 55 after 30 years of work.

Teachers hired before 2011 can have their pensions converted into monthly payments without condition, as long as they have worked for at least 25 years and are at least 50 years old.

The DPP draft seeks to tighten teachers’ retirement rules by raising the combined minimum age and seniority from 75 to 85 over 10 years after the bill’s passage.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus, which proposed setting the age at 55, decried the agreement between the DPP and the federation, which KMT Legislator Yosi Takun (孔文吉) described as “opaque dealmaking.”

“Closed-door negotiations are the most widely criticized component of the legislative process. The DPP caucus should sit down with us and handle the issue according to public opinion,” KMT Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) said.

She criticized the DPP caucus, saying it blatantly dealt with the draft through a negotiation and reached a decision to “perform half a good deed” while causing the education system to suffer.

“The DPP should explain the reasoning behind setting the age at 58, rather than 57 or 55,” Huang said.

KMT Legislator Ko Chih-en (柯志恩) cited a 2013 survey by the federation, in which most people aged 20 or older said that elementary and junior-high school teachers should retire before 55.

Having teachers retire after 55 would be counterproductive, driving up unemployment among certified teachers, as younger teachers would have to wait longer before positions would open at public schools, Ko said.

However, the DPP caucus, which has a legislative majority, pushed the draft through the second reading after a vote, despite the KMT’s strong objections.

KMT lawmakers also panned a DPP proposal to adjust the basis for calculating public-school teachers’ pensions from their salary upon retirement to their average salary over the final 15 years of their careers.

The conditional period is to be extended by one year each year from the second year to the 11th year, ultimately resulting in a 15-year average.

The 15-year period is too long and would put subscribers of the labor insurance system at a disadvantage, Ko said.

The Presidential Office’s Pension Reform Committee drafted a bill seeking to extend the calculation basis for workers’ pensions from the average labor insurance premium — a fixed proportion of their salaries — over the final five years of their careers to a 15-year average in a bid to attain consistency across the pension systems.

Toronto: Muslima who attacked people with golf club says “I meant to harm those people…I only believe in Sharia”

Authorities should consider Rehab Dughmosh’s words very carefully, and study how they coincide with core Islamic beliefs. But they will, of course, not do so.


“‘I meant to harm those people’: Toronto woman who pledged allegiance to ISIS appears in court,” by Catherine McDonald and Adam Miller, Global News, June 26, 2017 (thanks to Graham):

A 32-year-old woman charged with uttering death threats while allegedly armed with a knife at a Toronto store before pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group earlier this month told a courtroom Monday that she would attempt to do it “again and again” if released.

“I meant to harm those people,” Rehab Dughmosh told Justice Kimberley Crosbie through an Arabic interpreter during a court appearance.

“I reject all counsel here. I only believe in Islamic Sharia law. I would like to revoke my Canadian citizenship that I received. I don’t want to have any allegiance to you.”

Toronto police responded to a Canadian Tire store at Scarborough’s Cedarbrae Mall, in the Lawrence Avenue East and Markham Road area, on June 3 at 5:10 p.m.

Police said a woman walked to the paint section of the store with a golf club and began swinging it at employees and a customer while uttering threats.

A source confirmed to Global News the woman was reportedly wearing a niqab and a bandana adorned with what appeared to be a symbol for IS at the time of the alleged incident.

Police said employees and customers managed to subdue the woman and contact police, when she pulled a “large knife” out from under her clothing.

The woman was restrained and police said the knife was “pried out of her hand” with the help of another store employee. The employee sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene….

“First of all I’m not guilty. But if you release me, I’m going to commit this type of action again and again because I’m pledging allegiance to [IS leader] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” she said, adding she refuses to adhere to Canadian law.

“In my perspective, I’m not guilty. In your perspective, I might be guilty.”…

“I would like to be guilty right now,” she said. “When Canadian-American coalition countries attack [IS] and we defend ourselves, that’s not considered an attack, that’s considered a defence.”…

“I renounce Canadian law. I renounce any man-made law. I only believe in any law made by Allah,” she told the court Monday.

“I would like the word of Allah to be the supreme word. And I will go on and I will keep on fighting. And I will fight anyone who will fight against Islamic beliefs.”

Opposition demands defense minister quit over SDF remark in stumping

Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party demanded Wednesday that Defense Minister Tomomi Inada resign over a remark it says amounts to making political use of the Self-Defense Forces to attract support for a candidate in the upcoming Tokyo metropolitan assembly election.

“Her comment, which conflicts with the SDF law, was out of line and she should resign immediately,” Democratic Party leader Renho told reporters in Tokyo. “Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bears responsibility for having appointed her.”

Inada had asked voters to back a candidate of her Liberal Democratic Party in a stump speech on Tuesday, saying the request came from “the Defense Ministry, the SDF, the defense minister and the LDP.” Hours later, she told reporters she will “withdraw” the comment because it could be “misunderstood.”

The minister has said she does not intend to resign over the remark.

Under the law governing the country’s defense apparatus, the SDF is meant to remain politically neutral and its personnel are restricted in their ability to engage in political activities.

The LDP is hoping to remain the largest party in the metropolitan assembly when Tokyo voters go to the polls this Sunday, but faces an uphill battle against a new party formed by popular Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike. The ruling party is also under fire over recent favoritism allegations against Abe in connection with a university project involving a close friend.

Koike told reporters Tuesday the minister’s remark was “inconceivable,” adding Inada should not have been confused about the SDF’s position.

Abe has cautioned Inada over the remark but asked her to stay on, the government’s top spokesman said Wednesday.

“The prime minister gave her the same instruction that I did…(We) want her to fulfill her responsibility to explain herself as a minister, and continue to perform her role,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

Suga insisted Inada’s conduct will have no impact on the Tokyo assembly election or on the timing of Abe’s next Cabinet reshuffle. The prime minister is thought to be considering a change in the Cabinet lineup at some point later this year.

Renho, meanwhile, said Inada has no choice but to step down on her own or be sacked by Abe.

The Democratic Party and three smaller opposition parties are expected to agree later Wednesday to make a joint call for Inada’s resignation.

But a senior government official told reporters on Wednesday there is no need for Inada to quit, because she “took back her remark and apologized. That’s the end of it.”

A fellow Cabinet minister denied Inada needs to resign, but said she “should have noticed and corrected her comment immediately afterward.” Suga said he instructed her to swiftly retract the remark when she reported the matter to him over the phone Tuesday night.

A former defense minister slammed Inada as “not understanding the basics.”

“It’s a taboo among taboos to involve the SDF in elections or politics,” the former minister said.

A source close to the prime minister’s office, meanwhile, suggested that Inada is not likely to be swapped out prior to an envisioned Cabinet overhaul.

Abe made Inada defense minister in a reshuffle in August last year.

She is set to take part in ministerial security talks in Washington next month with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.


‘Have you killed any men today… if not, why not?’ Feminist author Clementine Ford’s sick note to a fan inside a copy of her latest book


  • Clementine Ford wrote a note to a fan asking if she had ‘killed any men today’?
  • The feminist penned the message inside a copy of her new book Fight Like a Girl
  • Ms Ford has regularly been the target of graphic abuse and trolling from men
  • The mum-of-one announced on Monday that she would be writing another novel
  • Petition calling publishers not to run her ‘man hating’ book has 300 signatures

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Philippines: Islamic State forces women to become sex slaves and orders hostages to convert to Islam

The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

And as for the forced conversions, the  Qur’an says that “there is no compulsion in religion,” (2:256), but what constitutes “compulsion” is in the eye of the beholder. The institutionalized subjugation of the dhimma, with its regular humiliation and harassment, from which one can be freed for the simple price of converting to Islam, is not considered compulsion. Remember Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig, the journalists who were kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam — even though their conversions were obviously coerced, their captors made them say that they were converting freely, and the captors probably believed that themselves. After all, the journos could have chosen to be killed instead.


“ISIS forces women trapped in over-run Philippines city to become sex slaves and orders hostages to convert to Islam as it uses Christian human shields to fend off Duterte’s troops,” by Rory Tingle, Mailonline, June 27, 2017:

ISIS fighters in the Philippines are forcing women to become sex slaves and hiding behind 100 Christian human shields as the vicious battle to retake a city held by the militants enters its second month.

Terrorists from the Maute group seized Marawi City five weeks ago and have taken hostages who they are forcing to convert to Islam and carry wounded fighters.

Most of Marawi’s 200,000 citizens have fled since the attack on May 23, and those left behind have been subjected to horrific abuse, according to escapees.

‘They are being forced to be sex slaves, forced to destroy the dignity of these women,’ said army spokesman Jo-Ar Herrera.

‘This is what is happening inside, this is very evident..these are evil personalities.’

Hostages include leading churchman Father Teresito Soganub.

Abdullah Maute, one of two brothers who formed the group, said on Sunday he would free Soganub in return for his parents, who are being held by police.

But this request was refused by Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, with his spokesman saying any bargaining with terrorists was against government policy.

Heavy clashes broke out today as strongman leader Duterte ordered intense bombing raids by planes on the shrinking rebel zone.

The authorities believe Soganub and more than 100 other Christians are being held by the Islamic State-affiliated insurgents as human shields….

fake pro black, white looking, Chyna Fox who dates and lusts after white men: “”If You Can Lay Down With A White Woman I don’t Trust You”


truth from the commenters


This is ANOTHER fake pro black bitch. Goes by Chyna Fox, she has dated and slept with many white men and got caught lusting after white guys on facebook like ALL “pro black” women she is just using it as a hustle after white men reject her.

What about that black WWE woman that bashed black men. Why black women are not going off on her about her comments. Let me guess it’s ok for black women to do it and date white people only. Talking about double standards here. Her ass need to go on the push away from the table diet and hop her hippo butt on a treadmill

But the irony of ALL of this is that she dates outside of her own race.

It’s okay for a black woman to date a white man–and they will celebrate and throw all types of ticker-tape parades (and you will find that most black men don’t care who a black woman chooses to date)…

…but as soon as a black man gets a non-black woman, then they want to get upset as well as say stuff like “we didn’t want them anyway”.




Who is Writing Romance Books about Black Woman loving Racist White Men?

answer  black women

White Racist Falls for Black Woman BWWM

An emerging romance novel trope has white racist heroes falling for African-American heroines. Let’s collect them all here!
go over to goodreads and amazon to see the books
a book about Black Slave Owners and their white lovers who are slave masters
more interracial romance of black women with white men
over 8000 results find the ones where black women marry racist white men

Ip Kin-yuen hails financial aid plan for students


Education sector legislator Ip Kin-yuen said on Monday that that he supports a plan by the incoming Chief Executive to support students from self-financing tertiary education.

He said this will ease the financial burden of the students and would be supported by their families.

The CE-elect, Carrie Lam, as a part of her election platform has promised to provide an extra HK$5 billion for schools. Lam said that she would increase the recurrent education expenditure when she takes charge.

Ip welcomed this initiative, saying the funding can fulfill the needs of teachers and students.


He said that the education sector has been discussing various measures with Lam over the past few months.

BREAKING: Damning Podesta PizzaGate Evidence Unsealed


Published on Jun 26, 2017

The House intelligence committee this week plans to interview John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman whose hacked email account became central to Russian meddling in the US election last year. But will they question him about the murder of Seth Rich? Will they ask him about he and his brother Tony’s possible involvement in a child sex trafficking ring? Will they ask him about their possible connection to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann? Will they ask him about the disturbing audio of someone who sounds like John Podesta abusing a child? David Zublick unseals the horrible truth in this special report!

Islam critic “Wild Bill” detained, arrested in Canada for “smuggling hate speech” on his iPad

A story is unfolding in Canada about a critic of Islam, “Wild Bill,” Bill Finlay, who was scheduled to speak at a rally in Calgary over the weekend about the impact of Sharia law on women and children, and also about the freedom of speech. He was detained for hours, arrested, and had his iPad confiscated and sent to Ottawa for a “forensic investigation”; he was warned that he could be slapped with a “tariff” of an unknown sum for “smuggling” his own words into Canada. Wild Bill was subsequently blocked from entering into Canada. If events actually unfolded as he explains in his personal, recorded testimony below, then this is a horrifying and highly alarming story that bears enormous implications for free speech and free society in Canada.


KMT disruption on pension bills likely

Pension reform proposals are in the final stage of legislative review, but the process is expected to be lengthy if the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) stalls proceedings with lengthy speeches as the legislature’s extraordinary session continues this week.

A cross-caucus understanding has been reached that KMT lawmakers would be given full opportunity to put forward their opinions during reviews, KMT caucus convener Sufin Siluko (廖國棟) said on Saturday.

However, KMT lawmakers have often made bogus or irrelevant comments during review proceedings, DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said, adding that he would negotiate with KMT lawmakers to preempt lengthy and unnecessary speeches since the remaining clauses to be reviewed are mostly over technical issues that are not seen as controversial.

The draft act on civil servant pensions has 92 clauses, while a bill on public-school teacher retirement benefits has 96, and another on political appointees has 37.

However, the legislature on Thursday and Friday last week only managed to review 43 clauses of the civil servant pension bill.

The passage of all the remaining provisions would not be completed without a full week of lengthy reviewing if the KMT insists on initiating clause-by-clause debates.

Under the terms of the bills, the pension system for teachers would be identical to that of civil servants except for a difference in the stipulated retirement age.

In 2010, during former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) tenure, a draft act was submitted to amend the Statute Governing the Retirement of School Faculty and Staff (學校教職員退休條例) and raise the retirement eligibility from the “75 system” — which allows teachers to retire when their age plus years of service equal 75 — to an “85 system.”

However, it did not pass and the 75 system is still in effect.

The average retirement age of public-school teachers is 53.67, lower than the 55.89 for civil servants and 61.1 for private-sector workers.

According to the bill — formulated following the recommendations of the Presidential Office’s pension reform committee, the 75 system would be gradually changed to the 85 system by 2027, with an annual increment of one year in retirement eligibility to extend the retirement age of public-school teachers to 60.

For university professors, the retirement age would be extended to 65 by 2033.

The KMT caucus has proposed keeping the retirement age of elementary-school teachers at 55.

However, since 2011, the average age of teachers beginning service is 29, and their retirement age would be about 60 after working for 30 years, Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) said.

Another point of contention is the “retirement reward” of minister-level officials, as political appointees assuming office prior to 2003 and having served for more than two years can combine their years of service in government with their years as civil servants to qualify for a monthly pension, but for officials assuming office after 2003, only a lump-sum payment is given.

The maximum basic pay of a civil servant is NT$53,075 per month, while the basic pay of ministers is NT$95,250 per month.

However, ministers who held office prior to 2003 can receive a pension based on the basic pay of ministers even though they worked as lower-level civil servants for the majority of their careers, DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said, criticizing the system as unfair.

Hypocrisy: Maajid Nawaz suing SPLC for naming him “anti-Muslim extremist”


Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz is right to sue to Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), America’s leading hate group, for defamation. However, he is not opening up his suit to all those similarly defamed by the SPLC, because as he has made clear in the past, he thinks some of the people listed do deserve to be on it; in his view they’re racist, bigoted Islamophobes, you see, while he is a legitimate critic of Islam.

Nawaz has never bothered to explain why his criticism of Islam and jihad is good and right, while mine is racist and bigoted, but it appears clear that the answer lies more in the realm of politics than religion. Nawaz supports Muslim Brotherhood-linked Congressman Keith Ellison and other hard Leftists; he opposes Trump and all other politicians who actually propose to do something effective about the jihad threat that he acknowledges. Apparently, if you’re not on the Left but recognize the problems involved with jihad and Sharia, Nawaz thinks you’re a racist, bigoted Islamophobe, while if you’re a Leftist who see those problems, you’re a sober and careful critic of Islam.

Besides this nonsense, Nawaz is also a towering hypocrite. He is suing the SPLC for defamation? Great idea. Julia Ebner of Nawaz’s Quilliam Foundation smeared Pamela Geller and me as “alt-right leaders” — Leftist dog-whistle for racist and anti-Semitic. Nawaz, Ebner, and everyone else at Quilliam ignored my repeated requests for a retraction.

So Nawaz is angry about the SPLC’s defamation while his organization knowingly and unapologetically engages in a very similar kind of defamation itself. He is suing SPLC? Great. If I had the time and resources to devote to this, I would sue Maajid Nawaz, in exactly the same way.


“Maajid Nawaz: I’m Suing the SPLC for Defamation for Putting Me on Anti-Muslim Extremist List,” by Ian Hanchett, Breitbart, June 23, 2017:

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” author, columnist, and former Islamic extremist Maajid Nawaz announced a defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Lawsuit Center for listing him as an anti-Muslim extremist.

Nawaz said he is “sick to death” of “well-meaning white men” liberals “who decide that I am saying the — what they don’t agree with, don’t allow for me to say about my own community, my own religious heritage. And as a result, listed me as an anti-Muslim extremist. So, I’m going to take them to court for defamation.”

Host Bill Maher told Nawaz he’d like to be part of the crowdfund of Nawaz’s lawsuit.

Nawaz added, “I’ve memorized half of the Koran. I’m a Muslim. I’m born and raised Muslim to a Muslim. I’ve learned classical Arabic and spent time in prison as a political prisoner for what I then thought was my religion. I’ve changed my views as to the interpretation of my religion, and along come these people…and decide that I don’t have the right to speak about my own heritage and critique it from within.”…