Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

concrete versus conventional steel vats or oak barrels

When B.C. vintners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie decided to give friends the scoop about their radical plan to make wine entirely in concrete versus conventional steel vats or oak barrels, they threw a house party featuring the strangest lawn ornament in Vancouver history. The two-ton black egg, with a built-in pedestal base, measured almost three metres high and had to be manoeuvred into place in their backyard with a construction crane.
Built in California by a company called Sonoma Cast, the concrete fermenter was en route to Okanagan Crush Pad, the couple’s winery in Summerland B.C. Its proud owners figured a few local sommeliers and consultants in the big city might get a kick out of its unusual design before it made the four-hour trip eastward. Turns out a few uninvited neighbours became intrigued, too, wandering over to ensure, I suspect, that it wasn’t a UFO or some mammoth bylawcontravening barbecue smoker.
“It looked as though some bizarre garden sculpture or spaceship had been dropped off,” Coletta said. “It created quite a stir.”
Four years later, Coletta and Lornie own six of the 2,000-litre black eggs as well as 11 white Italian– made vessels that measure more than twice the size and look like the Michelin Man had swallowed a giant marshmallow. They’re thrilled with their concrete jungle in the country and with what it’s apparently doing for the texture and flavour of wines produced under their Haywire and Narrative brands. “They have an unbelievable mouth feel, a milky creaminess,” Coletta said. “And the wines are very vibrant.”
Okanagan Crush Pad is not the only winery stepping into concrete, so to speak. The list is long and filled with illustrious names, from Laughing Stock Vineyards in nearby Naramata B.C., to dozens of top California estates, including Staglin, Cliff Lede and Saxum.
Nor is the material new to the wine industry. It has a long history as a fermentation vessel, though mainly as a cheap, rustic option to pricey stainless steel and oak. In the past, much of it had to be lined with epoxy or wax to seal wear-and-tear cracks and facilitate cleaning.
Today, high-end producers are embracing pure, unvarnished concrete for its positive properties, which are said to combine the best attributes of steel and oak with none of the drawbacks. Neutral stainless steel helps lock in fresh fruitiness and preserve acidity but can rob a wine of the depth and satisfyingly round mid-palate that comes with slow, moderate oxygen exposure. Oak lets in a beneficial amount of air but can impart overly toasty, vanilla-like characters that rob distinctiveness.
Though unsettling to ponder when you’re standing in a tall building, concrete is microscopically porous. This permits wine to breathe much the way it does in oak. It’s also totally neutral, though some winemakers insist that it imparts a welcome soup├žon of stony minerality. (The idea of imbuing wine with actual concrete residue in fact insults the good sense of producers like Coletta, who want to make complex yet natural wines free of extraneous oak or other aggressive manipulation.)
The material’s other big bonus is insulation. With walls typically measuring 12 to 15 centimetres in thickness, concrete vessels help moderate temperature spikes that can put yeasts in a foul mood and lead to off flavours.
But where modern concrete vessels are concerned, shape provides the real sex appeal. A major benefit of the new egg-like format, pioneered by French company Nomblot about 15 years ago, is that it generates a convectional swirling action as the wine naturally heats up and produces gases during fermentation. Suspended yeast cells and grape sediments get stirred around with the juice to enrich flavours in a way that traditionally had been accomplished manually – and perhaps less effectively – with plungers and paddles. “One reason I do stirring in barrels or in tank is to flesh out the mid-palate and get that nuttiness,” said Laughing Stock co-owner and winemaker David Enns, who uses four concrete fermenters as an adjunct to his steel tanks and oak barrels. “And the egg does it for me. It’s wonderful.”
Besides eggs, there are a host of shapes designed for a variety of purposes, including pyramids, cones, cylinders, chubby “hippos” and space-efficient cubes. “Space is always a big trick in these wineries,” said Micah Utter, founder and owner of Vino Vessel of Paso Robles, Calif. Utter has sold more than 350 units since 2007, when he branched out from the construction world as a builder of concrete driveways, patios and building foundations.
His bestselling model, a cube measuring roughly two metres on each side, sells for $11,160 (U.S.). At 18 times the capacity of the industry-standard 225-litre French-oak barrel, though, it can seem a bargain given that barrels have a useful lifespan of five to seven years and cost about $1,000. With concrete, “You’re going to get 30-plus years out of it, so it’s very cost-effective,” Utter said.
Coletta agrees. “They’re actually very affordable,” she said. “It’s the shipping that kills you.” Her 6.5-ton tanks from Nico Velo in Italy cost less than 6,000 euros apiece, or about $8,800, while shipping added $5,000 per unit. Coletta quips that she suspects they may have made the ocean crossing aboard a luxury cruise ship.
Technical considerations aside, Coletta ultimately takes a philosophical view about the advantages of concrete, treating her capital investment in giant dinosaur eggs as an incentive to craft wines that speak more authentically of the land from which they’re produced.
“It changes your attitude about making wine,” she said. “I think that the wines we’re making are less commercial and more terroir driven every year. There are 300 wineries in British Columbia. We don’t need another oaky chardonnay

Friday, October 23, 2015

Last call for creator of Strath’s Big Bad John

Last call for creator of Strath’s Big Bad John

ANDREW DUFFY / TIMES COLONIST
OCTOBER 15, 2015 09:13 PM
John Olson behind the bar at Big Bad John's, Victoria's durable watering hole.   Photograph By Submitted
John Olson, the namesake of one of the most notorious bars in B.C., died Tuesday in Nanaimo. He was 85.
In 1962, Olson created Big Bad John’s, a hillbilly hideaway out of what was then the Strathcona Lounge. The province’s first post-prohibition cocktail lounge made a distinctive mark in the city’s hospitality industry, carrying on a tradition from his father.
Born John Newlin Olson in Victoria on May 11, 1930, he attended Central and Oak Bay high schools and then the University of British Columbia before heading to Denver to study hotel management.
John and his brother, Keith, took over operations of the Strathcona Hotel from their father, Barney, who was originally from Wisconsin.
Barney Olson retired to Victoria in 1946 and purchased the Strathcona. He ran it until 1962, when he gave the keys to his sons.
Olson brothers Grant, Craig and Kirk took over the business after the death of their father, Keith, in 1993. John retired in 1994, paving the way for his three nephews to operate the family business.
“He got the passion [for the Strathcona Hotel] again. When he came back to Victoria in 1962, they built Big Bad’s in a matter of a couple days,” said Grant Olson. “He loved to create. He loved to build. And he loved to have fun.”
Big Bad John’s took on a distinctive persona, which continues to this day. In 1962, John started adding farm equipment and ancient gear to the walls and shelves in anticipation of a stream of visitors in the wake of the Seattle World's Fair.
That bar, now 53 years-old, is still famous for the organized chaos within its walls, with peanuts strewn across its small tables, floors and burlap-sack upholstered benches, and a wild collage of IDs, underwear, money and memorials tacked to the walls and table tops.
“I think he expected it might last a season and they would kill it and do something else, but it caught everyone’s attention and it carried on,” said Grant Olson. “Of all the places in Victoria that have morphed and changed, Big Bad’s has essentially stayed the same.”
John Olson went on to design and create nightclubs, discos and roof-top dining before he retired.
He and his brother, Keith, also started the tradition of large events at the hotel.
“One New Year’s Eve, my dad and uncle got a liquor licence for one day, and they did more business in one day than they did in a month of banquets,” recalled Grant Olson, noting that prompted getting a cabaret licence and starting a long line of large-scale concerts at the Strath.
John Olson was a sportsman who excelled at rugby and loved fishing, hunting and horses, which led him to own and run Tally-Ho sightseeing for 11 years.
He is survived by Carmon, his wife of 28 years, her two children and four grandchildren, six children from his first wives, as well as eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of his life at the Strathcona Hotel’s Games Room, 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 24.
- See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/last-call-for-creator-of-strath-s-big-bad-john-1.2087307#sthash.PhC25xiL.dpuf

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hundreds Of Apps Banned From App Store

Hundreds Of Apps Banned From App Store For Accessing Users’ Personal

Information

Hundreds of iOS applications have been pulled out of the App Store, following a report from analytics service SourceDNA, which uncovered a group of applications that were extracting users’ personally identifiable information, including their email associated with their Apple ID, device and peripheral serial numbers, and a list of apps installed on their phone. The applications in question had been using an SDK from a Chinese advertising company called Youmi which was accessing this information by way of private APIs, the report found.
Nearly all of the developers were located in China so, for now, this appears to be an isolated incident. However, the larger concern here has to do with how long this activity had been taking place – and what that means in terms of Apple’s App Store review process, given that it hadn’t caught this suspect activity until being alerted to it by a third-party.
According to SourceDNA, Youmi had apparently been experimenting with what sort of information it could pull from users’ devices for some time. Nearly two years ago, for example, the firm began obfuscating a call to get the frontmost (currently running) app’s name – seemingly a small test of what it could sneak into the App Store. And when it realized that it was able to get this through Apple’s App Review process, it then began to use the same obfuscation technique to request other data, including the advertising ID.
The ad ID can be accessed for tracking ad clicks, but given that Youmi was surreptitiously collecting it, the firm may have been using it for other purposes, the report speculates.
In addition, SourceDNA noted that while Apple had been locking down private APIs in order to prevent apps from reading the platform serial number in iOS 8, Youmi worked around this by enumerating peripheral devices, like the battery system. It would then send those serial numbers as the hardware identifier.
SourceDNA, which helps app developers improve their code and address security flaws, says it found what Youmi was up to when it was updating its Searchlight product to check for use of private APIs – something that should get developers’ apps banned from the App Store. Surprisingly, it actually found quite a few apps that had gotten through.
In total, SourceDNA came across 256 apps with an estimated total of 1 million downloads that had been using a version of the Youmi SDK that was violating user privacy. However, the company adds it’s possible that the developers themselves didn’t realize what the SDK was doing, as the user data is uploaded to Youmi’s server.
 
What’s more concerning here is the implication of SourceDNA’s findings. The obfuscation method is fairly simple, the company says, and the apps have been using it for a long period of time. In fact, SourceDNA’s founder Nate Lawson tells us this has been going on for around one and half years.
“We’re concerned other published apps may be using different but related approaches to hide their malicious behavior,” a SourceDNA blog post states. “We’re continuing to add new features to our engine to discover anomalous behavior in app code and find out if this is the case.”
SourceDNA submitted their report to Apple, and Apple replied by offering the company a statement (see below) indicating the apps in question had been banned. Apple says it’s now working with developers who were using Youmi’s SDK to get their apps updated to be in compliance with Apple’s guidelines so they can return to the App Store.
Apple’s statement, is as follows:
“We’ve identified a group of apps that are using a third-party advertising SDK, developed by Youmi, a mobile advertising provider, that uses private APIs to gather private information, such as user email addresses and device identifiers, and route data to its company server. This is a violation of our security and privacy guidelines. The apps using Youmi’s SDK have been removed from the App Store and any new apps submitted to the App Store using this SDK will be rejected. We are working closely with developers to help them get updated versions of their apps that are safe for customers and in compliance with our guidelines back in the App Store quickly.”

Monday, October 19, 2015

Oak Bay Beach Hotel sale could spark bidding war

Oak Bay Beach Hotel sale could spark bidding war in healthy sector

CARLA WILSON / TIMES COLONIST
OCTOBER 16, 2015 06:00 AM
 bidding war is likely when the Oak Bay Beach Hotel goes on the market next week, says a tourism industry consultant.
“I think there will be a lineup [of buyers],” said Frank Bourree of Chemistry Consulting.
Bison Properties, the company owning the hotel which was developed by local resident Kevin Walker, has been in receivership since last December. Its debt total $140.8 million.
Receiver Ernst and Young is going to B.C. Supreme Court today to ask for permission to put the luxury property on Oak Bay’s Beach Drive up for sale, with the hopes of confirming a purchase agreement in March. The receiver is proposing to run the sale process.
Bourree said it is a good time to take the Oak Bay Beach Hotel to market. The property has 100 hotel units and 20 condo units.
The value of most Canadian hotels is climbing and the industry is “having a record year,” Bourree said. The hotel’s desirable features include the quality of construction, waterfront location, strong management and marketing initiatives, he said.
Chinese buyers, who have been active in the B.C. hotel market in recent years, and North American investors will probably vie for the property, Bourree said. He figures it will sell for close to $71.6 million, the value of the construction loan owed to a five-member syndicate. The property’s most recent assessed value is $66 million.
Receiver Mike Bell said in a report this week that for the construction lenders to get full recovery on their money, proceeds (net of transaction costs and fees) of $75 million are needed. Even if the construction loan is paid off, that would leave the rest of the creditors — including 49 bondholders who invested in hotel suites and condominiums — out of luck, not to mention several trades and other creditors.
Colliers International’s 2015 Canadian Hotel Investment Report paints a picture of a robust hotel market.
The total value of hotel sales in Canada is projected to reach between $1.25 billion and $1.5 billion this year, the report said.
National hotel values rose by six per cent last year and are forecast to increase by 6.8 per cent this year, the report said.
The lodging industry is an “attractive proposition for a wide range of buyer groups,” it said.
Sales of full-service hotels are expected to continue growing, according to Colliers. Hotels in this category represented 52 per cent of the total volume of sales last year. The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a full-service hotel in that it offers a wide range of amenities, such as restaurants, a pub, spa and theatre.
Factors favouring the hotel sector include competitive debt financing available to a variety of lenders as funds are “expected to remain cheap and plentiful through the medium-term,” the report said. “Strong resources of equity capital are available with a variety of investors eager to pursue opportunities both large and small across Canada.”
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s revenues moved up by more than $1 million in the first eight months of this year, compared to those months last year, Bell said.
Between December 2014 and September this year, the hotel brought in about $13.6 million, Bell said. Of that, $10.6 million was from hotel operations. Revenues were generated from room revenue at $4.9 million, the Snug Pub at $1.8 million, the Boathouse Spa at $993,563, the David Foster Theatre at $578,566, Kate’s Cafe at $430,626, and collection of government sales taxes of $1.1 million. As well, one of the construction lenders loaned $3 million to the receiver.
Disbursements within that period came to about $11.6 million. These included $8.9 million in operating costs, hotel management fees, appraisal costs and professional fees of $1.2 million. There were also pre-receivership liabilities of $272,000, with $235,000 of that going to pay staff wages and expense claims. Another $338,000 went to restocking and one-time costs, and $869,000 on outstanding property taxes for 2013 and 2014.
The hotel had $1.4 million cash on hand as of Sept. 20, the report said.
- See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/oak-bay-beach-hotel-sale-could-spark-bidding-war-in-healthy-sector-1.2087306#sthash.YzpnM1Sw.dpuf

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Facebook Inc (FB.O) wants its users to shop for clothes and other products

Facebook Inc (FB.O) wants its users to shop for clothes and other products from their mobile phones without ever leaving its app.
In an effort to move further into e-commerce and compete with Amazon Inc’s (AMZN.O) retail offerings, Facebook announced Monday it is testing several ad features that allow users to shop directly through its app.
Few users make purchases on mobile phones because it is slow and cumbersome, but Facebook hopes to win over more ad dollars by smoothing the process. Mobile purchases make up less than 2 percent of all retail sales, according to research firm eMarketer.
“We’re looking to give people an easier way to find products that will be interesting to them on mobile, make shopping easier and help businesses drive sales,” said Emma Rodgers, Facebook’s head of product marketing for commerce.
Among the new features are ads that take a user through a specific brand’s products without redirecting them to another site. For example, a user who clicks on an ad from a boutique could see an expanded page that displays numerous clothing items.
Businesses on Facebook will also be able to display products for purchase directly on their own pages. And users will be able to purchase products directly on Facebook through a “buy now” button that will be more widely available.
The 1.5-billion-member social network has also added a new section on its app that takes users directly to a shopping page where they can browse among numerous brands from a select group of small businesses that will gradually expand.
“From Facebook’s perspective, they’re addressing a pain point for retailers,” said Catherine Boyle, an analyst at eMarketer. “They will attract serious ad dollars with this offering.”

Thursday, October 15, 2015

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Strategy of the Emigration out of the Mid-East

The Strategy of the Emigration out of the Mid-East

This has been around several times, however worth another look! 
This is a Facebook post written by a gentleman named Marty Skinner who is an historian who offers an accurate assessment of the root of the problem the world faces today and likely well into the future. (It would be great to see this on the editorial page of the Toronto Globe and Mail and every other newspaper in Canada and worldwide in every major newspaper.) 

Syria has had a civil war for almost 5 YEARS. Why all the ‘refugees’ NOW, and why so all of a SUDDEN and why in such VAST NUMBERS?

With an Honours degree in History and a lifelong student of the subject, I smell a rat.

This is a highly organized, well oiled, mobilized invasion of Muslims and Jihadists into the Western World. It's been in their plan for a long time. Momar Gadhafi predicted, and explicitly stated, that Muslim domination of Europe would happen without a conventional war – and he said it 30 years ago.

95% of the so-called refugees are ‘economic refugees’. They are men between the fighting ages of 20 and 40. Very few are women and children, from everything I've seen.

It’s so odd that the 5 wealthiest Arab States, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, are taking NO refugees, and feel quite self-righteous about it. No guilt what so ever? They even seem to be laughing at us.

Ask yourself: Why would Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Sweden and others want to destroy their own cultures from within? It doesn't make any sense!

If this keeps up, Europe will be burning within a very short few years, if not months. There will be civil war in the streets between civilizations, Muslims vs Kefirs – that is to say, everyone who is not a Muslim.

Unfortunately, the reality is that Muslims are just not like any other immigrants. They don’t want to assimilate; they want to set up separate enclaves and implement Sharia Law.

Another problem is that while the civilized West rightly abhors violence, conversely Muslims daily display their love of violence. They live it and embrace it. In many Muslim countries there are public be-headings and stoning to death for adultery, for example. It’s a part of their culture, precisely because Islam is – dare I say it – a death cult.

Islam is a supremacist, totalitarian, bigoted, fascist political ideology masquerading as a religion. It literally means ‘submission’. The Quran MANDATES death for blasphemy, for adultery, for apostasy, for family honour, for being gay, Jewish or a Kefir, as well as ten other ‘crimes’ many of which are not even considered to be so in the West, i.e. death for drinking alcohol or taking illegal drugs.

Why let in vast numbers of these brainwashed people, especially men of that age, when past experience has already demonstrated the tragedy, not to mention the financial, social, and political costs of rampant multiculturalism in Europe. Ordinary citizens are against this immigration but strangely, their governments are not!

Someone or some organization pulling some strings here is what I see. Is this invasion part of the ‘New World Order’ plan to depopulate the planet? Maybe there’s not even any such an organization, but it’s all over U-tube and other social media.

The major media are implicit in selling gullible citizens of the West the righteousness of the ‘refugees’ cause and are openly siding against Western culture. One drowned child’s picture in the right places sparks outrage and sympathy worldwide for the movement and resettlement of vast numbers of Muslims.

However, the implementation of Sharia Law, the ‘No Go Zone’ ghettos in most countries in Europe, and Muslim rape gangs go unreported.

In radical Islamist countries, honour killing, be-heading, stoning, cutting off limbs, whipping and torture, paedophilia, child bride marriage, rape and misogyny go unreported DAILY and are dismissed as culturally ingrained.

Where is the indignity and the outrage over people doing this every day to their own populations?

Yet a staged picture a drowned baby on a beach sparks a world outcry because his father placed him in a dangerous situation. Instead, should not the father be tried for the crime committed?

Muslim birthrates are circa 8 children per family, while Europeans average 1.4.

When these current millions bring in their multiple wives, children and extended families (85% of whom live on state benefits – England’s experience), you can multiply their number by at least 10 times, maybe 20 times, or even more.

By 2050, Europe will be Muslim dominated just by demographics alone.

When their numbers are sufficient, they will legally vote in their own kind and then Sharia Law.

Then Europe as we know it will be lost forever. Two thousand years of civilization will be destroyed by the same fanatical bearded, bigoted, brutal, belligerent persons, who are now slaughtering their own kind and blowing up ancient and irreplaceable world heritage buildings, monuments, books, manuscripts and other historically significant art treasures in Iraq, Syria and other conquered territories.

No ‘western’ country should get sucked into this quagmire of political correctness just to show how polite, civilized, politically correct they are.




Sunday, October 11, 2015

Mosques Were Just Places of Worship?

So You Thought Mosques Were Just Places of Worship
Harry Richardson
Harry Richardson is a long-time student of Islam and author of best seller ‘The Story of Mohammed - Islam Unveiled’ http://www.amazon.com/The-Story-Mohammed-Islam-Unveiled/dp/1496019334 ]

Mon 5 Oct 2015 11:38:35 am/1 COMMENTS
In local councils across Australia, and indeed most of the Western World, applications are pending for the building of new Mosques. Until recently, these applications would have been approved with little more than a rubber stamp and a few suggestions as to local planning.
Today, however, things have changed. Mosque applications have become rallying points for community anger and hostility. Demonstrations and campaigns are becoming commonplace.
There appears, in each of these disputes, a three way split with the bewildered councillors stuck squarely in the middle.
On the ‘yes’ side, we naturally have the Muslims who have purchased the land and want to build the mosque. On the ‘no’ side is a group of strident residents and activists who are implacably opposed to it.
Then, also on the ‘yes’ side are those who sympathise with the Muslims who, as they see it, simply want to build a place of worship and should have the right to do so in a free society. For convenience, I will refer to this group as the allies.
In the main, the allies seem to view the protesters as uncultured rabble, motivated by racism and hatred of anything alien to their own small minded world. They consider them to be uneducated and acting from ignorance. They reason that if these protesters understood more of the ways of other cultures they would discover them harmless. They believe these protesters might then discover aspects of this culture (such as tolerance, for instance) from which they could in fact learn.
On the surface, this would seem a very reasonable stance for the allies to take but, as we start to dig a little deeper, we find that things are not quite what they seem. For a start, we soon find that the allies themselves have no knowledge of Islam whatsoever. What they do know has been successfully sold to them by Islamic spokespersons.
They do not take the time or make the effort to search beyond the Islamic line.
Ironically, many of the protesters have actually taken the time to educate themselves about Islam from the authentic Islamic sources and contemporary teachings.
Here are some of the reasons why we find many of these teachings to be deeply troubling.
What is a mosque?
It is vitally important to understand what a mosque represents in Islam. A mosque is not like a church or a temple, it is much more than a place for Muslims to simply worship their God (Allah).
Mosques are modelled on the first mosque established by Mohammed in Medina which was a seat of government, a command centre, a court, a military training centre and an arms depot.
Mosque leaders today raise religious decrees, enforce Islamic doctrine, monitor conduct, punish transgressors and command actions including requirements to conduct Jihad.
A mosque is much more than a church. In light of this, we need to answer these two simple questions:
1.      Why are so many mosques being built?
2.      Why do mosques have capacities much greater than the local Muslim communities could fill?
In Turkey, the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, understood the military nature of a mosque when he stated:
“A mosque is our barracks, the domes our helmets, minarets our bayonets and the faithful are our soldiers."
Islam’s founder, the Prophet Mohammed, was not just a religious leader but a political and military one too. He raised armies and fought and killed people until he was the King of the whole of Arabia.
The religion of Islam is entirely based on the example and teachings of Mohammed. Unlike any other major religion therefore, Islam is also a political and military force.
The Influence of the House of Saud
Mohammed was the guardian of Islam in the seventh century. Today that responsibility rests with the Saudi Royal Family or the House of Saud. The two holiest Islamic sites in Mecca and Medina are under its control.
The late king, Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, understood this when he wrote ‘The efforts of the servant of the two Holy Places support the Muslim Minorities’.
The Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA) is the vehicle which the late king created to establish the Islamic World Caliphate. It is Saudi Foreign Policy and Jurisprudence from the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs.
In the words of King Fahd, mosques, educational centres and Islamic bodies like the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Muslim Students Association (MSA) are all geared towards hindering Muslim assimilation into non-Muslim nations so they can act as a fifth column to bring victory to Islam.
In 1965 during the pilgrimage or Hajj, the World Association of Muslim Youth (WAMY) was created to work toward this end and for the non-Muslim world; the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA) was born.
WAMY and IMMA were a collaboration of the Wahhabist and Muslim Brotherhood led by:
1.      Said Ramadan, the son-in-law of the Muslim Brotherhood founder and,
2.      Abdullah Omar Naseef, a wealthy, suspected Al-Qaeda financier.
The House of Saud and the funding of terrorism:
In May 2008, Robert Spencer’s website ‘Jihad Watch’ reported that the Saudis had spent over $US100 billion on this project over the three previous decades. These funds were used to build mosques, to fund the payroll of Imams and to build Islamic schools.
They were also apparently intended to corrupt the education system through the funding of universities and the rewriting of school text books to favour Islam while denigrating Christianity and Western achievements.
According to this article, the late King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz and his family had personally donated hundreds of millions of dollars to groups like Hamas and Al-Qaeda.
Prince Salman, a full brother of King Fahd controlled the International Islamic Relief Organization or IIMO and directly donated to Hamas.
Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz was a defendant in the September 11 trials and admitted to donating $US4 million to terrorist organisations like IIMO and WAMY.
Mosque building in Australia – now we can answer our questions:
1.      Question: Why are so many mosques being built?
Answer:   Muslims currently have over 370 mosques in Australia which, per capita, is more than six times the number of Buddhist and Hindu temples. This could well be because the mosque is intended as a beachhead for Islam, a place to plan Jihad and to implement Sharia law.
2.      Question: Why do mosques have capacities that cater for far greater numbers than those in local Muslim communities?
Answer:   The mosque is deliberately built to dominate the neighbourhood to show the supremacy of Islam over Christianity and all other faiths.
Mosque teachings in Australia:
What is taught in the mosque comes directly from the Qur’an, the Hadith and Sira, and the ‘Reliance of the Traveller’, which is the Manual of Islamic Law.
The Manual of Islamic Law teaches in Law O9.0 that it is a communal obligation for Muslims to wage Jihad to establish Islam as the religion and the law.
In the Hadith of Muslim, book 41 No. 6985, Muslims are told to slaughter the Jews.
There are several examples of these teachings being delivered in mosques which give cause for alarm.
1.      On April 27, in the Preston mosque in Melbourne, an audio tape exists of brother Baha delivering a speech calling on Muslims to engage in Jihad against Australians (in line with Islamic Law O9.0)
2.      Sheik Feiz Mohammed who teaches at a mosque in Auburn, Western Sydney, is on video calling for the mass slaughter of all Jews, while making pig noises. (This is perhaps inspired by? the Hadith of Muslim book 41 No. 6985)
3.      Sheik Hilaly of the Lakemba mosque, a former Grand Mufti of Australia, defended the rape of women who were not covered in acceptable Islamic dress. There is now evidence of a rape epidemic in Europe by Muslims because Islamic Sharia law does not penalise a Muslim for raping a non-Muslim woman.
What must be done?
The conundrum for Law-makers in the West is that a mosque operates under the protection of religious freedom.
This is unacceptable because a mosque is not just a religion, but also political centre and a place where legal rulings are made. Some of these rulings breach Australian law and ironically also call for the restriction of religious freedoms for all non-Muslims.
Our politicians, law-makers, law enforcement officers and security agencies need to acquaint themselves with the teachings within mosques which, after all, are preaching their prophet’s Sharia law which is largely incompatible with Australian law.
Law-makers and law-enforcers must now turn their minds toward recognising Islam as a political entity and remove the current protections Islam receives as a religion.
Failure to do this is likely to end in serious political and societal consequences in the future.



Friday, October 09, 2015

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

How are mobile payments powering small businesses?

How are mobile payments powering small businesses? (Infographic) » PaymentEye
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Many Small Merchants Not Ready for EMV Migration
Starting Oct. 1, all banks are required to be issuing EMV-compliant cards and retailers must have the technology to accept them. About 70 percent of credit cards will have chips in them, but most of these cards will be chip-and-signature cards, not chip-and-PIN. Some criticize banks' adoption of chip-and-signature because the signatures are useless against fraud, but Visa insists the chip alone helps eliminate the vast majority of fraud and the chip-and-signature system enabled those cards to be deployed as fast as possible. However, only 20 to 30 percent of merchants have purchased and deployed the EMV-capable point-of-sale terminals and software they will need to handle EMV chip cards. "A big portion is because the merchants don't understand the risk associated with this," says 1st Mariner Bank's Wade Barnes. EMV holdouts will be fraud targets, and industry experts fear small merchants who have not adopted EMV and the banks and card providers that have resisted the transition will be among the victims. Barnes says the shift to EMV should result in a gradual reduction in card fraud over the next 12 to 18 months.
From "Countdown to the EMV Deadline: Who's Ready, Who's Not"
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Monday, October 05, 2015

Is bitcoin dying in Australia?

Is bitcoin dying in Australia? » PaymentEye

Is bitcoin dying in Australia?

 
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Banks and businesses in Australia have ruled out any possibility of using bitcoin after 13 of its 17 cryptocurrency exchanges were closed down last month.

Bad news for bitcoin

Bitcoin has been working hard to establish itself as a global mainstream currency for a while. Last month, Bitcoin was seen as a commodity in the United States by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), making it easier to regulate the technology.
Up until recently the cryptocurrency had been making some headway in Australia, with bitcoin debit cards and e-commerce applications being launched across the country. The nation was seen by many as one of bitcoin’s most promising regions, controlling nearly ten per cent of bitcoin’s $3.5bn value.
Australian business owners however have been less than impressed with the potential security risks that are associated with the currency, so aren’t willing to put their reputations on the line.
James Snodgrass, principal of Sydney’s Forsyth Real Estate, attempted to use bitcoin for his company, but was put off by the negative reception he received from customers.
‘‘We’ve got a squeaky clean reputation, and that’s actually worth a lot more to us than dipping into this,’’ said Snodgrass, who parted ways with the cryptocurrency in 2014 after he was investigated by the Federal Tax office, who cleared Snodgrass of any wrongdoing.
With there being no legal implications for those who use bitcoin in Australia, experts are clueless as to why banks and businesses have so abruptly turned their backs on the technology, with the nation’s government encouraging bitcoin use by recommending the removal of sales tax for those who purchase the cryptocurrency.
Tony Pearson, acting chief executive for the Australian Bankers’ Association, wouldn’t give a definitive answer over his nation’s outright rejection of bitcoin, but explained that its ‘‘lack of transparency and regulatory oversight raises a number of risks for users and also poses risks for the payments system, the integrity of the financial system and the erosion of the tax base.’’

What now?

If bitcoin is to have any kind of future in Australia, virtual currency leaders have to go about repairing the currency’s reputation.
13 Australian banks have closed down all of its operations involving bitcoin, with the remaining four having their accounts frozen. This has made a number of merchants question their relationship with the virtual currency.
‘‘If governments begin to aggressively attack the whole idea of cryptocurrencies and give it a bad name, it might have an adverse effect on our brand by accepting it,’’ said David Brim, co-founder of Tomcar Australia, an off-road vehicle distributor, which has sold just one car using bitcoin since November 2014.