Friday, July 29, 2016

July 2016 Bits and Bites

This writer is currently on vacation, however there have been a few stories that have come out lately that our readers may find of interest.

Back when we first wrote about Monika Schaefer, former Green Party federal candidate and current Holocaust denier, we anticipated that the like of Paulie, Arthur Topham, and now nutter Brian Ruhe would play the "persecuted German" angle. We haven't been disappointed:

Topham and Paulie however, not to be outdone by Ms. Schaefer, also continue to poison the well all on their own:

But this isn't the only story regarding Holocaust denial making the news in this country.

On London, Ontario, an Arab-language newspaper has taken a rather novel approach to Holocaust denial in that, in addition to arguing that six million Jews were not systematically murdered by the Nazi, also goes on to suggest that those who WERE murdered brought it on themselves:
Delving into Holocaust-denial from the get-go, the article accuses the Jews of inflating the Holocaust’s death toll from between “100,000 and 600,000 to six million”. 
According to the article, the Nazi regime’s systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews was all propaganda, fabricated by the Jews to smear Adolf Hitler – Goebbels was clearly no match. “This Jewish propaganda succeeded, until it became prevalent throughout the media that six million Jews were victims of Hitler, even though the total number of Jews in Germany was less than a quarter of this figure that they say Hitler burned!” 
Even more vitriolic, the author has the gall to then blame the Jews for the Second World War by holding them responsible for Germany’s economic collapse in the 1920’s. Writing, “The Jews caused most of the economic collapses that occurred in the banks in the period between 1870 and 1920. 
Still playing “let’s blame everything we don’t like on the Jews”, the article goes on to say: “The first theatres of homosexuality appeared in Berlin in the 1920’s, and the first presentations of pornography appeared in 1880 and 1890 by the hands of Jewish authors”. I assume the author isn’t the biggest fan of Mel Brooks’ Springtime for Hitler.

As a result of the blow-back, the publisher of, "Al Saraha" Abdul Hadi Shala issued a sorry-not-sorry response that strikes this writer as a wee bit disingenuous:
“I didn’t mean to reject something that happened historically,” he said. “The Holocaust happened historically. The numbers, however, I don’t know. I don’t endorse other people’s opinions.”

In Lethbridge, Alberta, Anthony Hall, a tenured professor at the University of Lethbridge, has thrown his own hat into the Jewish cabal ring blaming Jews for everything from 9/11 to New Coke:
Since late December, Hall has been a co-host on a weekly YouTube program called “False Flag Weekly News” with fellow conspiracy theorists Kevin Barrett, an Arabist-Islamologist, and James Fetzer, a professor of Philosophy Emeritus. FFWN promotes the idea of a global Zionist conspiracy to create hatred against Muslims by promoting an alternative narrative of Muslim extremism through global “false flag” terror events. These events include just about every large-scale terror attack and mass shooting since the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, which is seen as a sort of “Ground Zero” for this secret war.  
Both Barrett and Fetzer are noted Holocaust deniers, and Hall has questioned established facts which happened during the Second World War. In a prepared statement, Craig Cooper, Dean of Arts and Science, stated the U of L does not dictate research areas to faculty members and supports Hall’s right to “pursue the research topics of his choosing.”  
“The university doesn’t always agree with the opinions expressed by faculty members but recognizes their rights to express them,” the statement read.  
Hall could not be reached for comment, despite multiple attempts by The Herald, but there are more than six months of weekly broadcasts on YouTube where he spoke freely on a number of topics.  
There was a discussion about a Twitter A.I. chatbot named “Tay” developed by Microsoft, which started randomly posting anti-Semitic tweets such as “Hitler was right I hate the Jews” after it was bombarded by internet trolls was supported on FFWN. Hall referenced the book “Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil” by Gerard Menuhin, which claims to show proof the Holocaust is a myth. He stated the book causes a “very dramatic re-looking at what happened in Europe in World War 2.”

We would note that professor Hall is also the fella that sort of foisted this fella onto the scene:

Blakeney, in turn, is a friend and ally of fellow "journalist" Turd Blossom who also promotes Jewish conspiracy theories:

And somewhere down the road, we could connect them, as we can every other human on earth, to Kevin Bacon, though we're guessing that Mr. Bacon is not a virulent antisemitic asshole.

Finally, something interesting out of British Columbia:
KKK flyers distributed in Chilliwack worry residents 
Police confirm dozens of flyers have been delivered in the area
CBC News   Posted: Jul 28, 2016 6:30 PM PT    Last Updated: Jul 28, 2016 10:14 PM PT 
It was early Thursday morning when Chilliwack resident Cameron Kenis noticed something at the end of his driveway.  
"It was this little Ziplock bag with rice in it and then a little note," Kenis said.  
The note was a flyer advertising the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, pontificating "Yes! White lives do matter!" alongside a U.S. phone number and a website.  
"I was kind of shocked that you'd see something in this day and age, in our community, something like that. It was a little bit concerning."  
Kenis walked out to see if any of his neighbours had also received the package. When he saw that his was the only house on his block that had, he worried he'd been targeted because his fiancee is partly of Chinese heritage.  
He posted the flyer on Facebook; friends living nearby commented they had gotten the same package delivered to their homes as well. Some even speculated that there has been a KKK group lying low in Chilliwack for a number of years. 
RCMP investigating  
Police have confirmed that dozens of flyers were distributed in the area.  
"The RCMP take these complaints seriously and the Chilliwack RCMP general investigations section team is in the initial stages of their investigation," said Corp. Mike Rail with the Upper Fraser Valley Regional detachment.  
Kenis said he hopes the flyers are just the work of "one crazy guy." "Because if there was a group, a KKK group in the community, that's more concerning than having one yahoo," he said.  
"It's a really, really good community and we're all really close, but it's concerning when you see something like this happen in your neighbourhood. It sort of makes you question what's going on." 
With files from Rafferty Baker
The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is a relatively new klan faction operating primarily in the American South. While it is possible that the individual(s) who delivered the fliers in Chilliwack were trying to create a rise but had no links to the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, the method of delivery fits the m/o of the hate group in question:
So, something to continue to keep an eye on.

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