Happening in Belgium

If this was an attempt at a terrorist attack, it doesn’t sound like it went very well for the terrorist, fortunately.

ABC News:

A train station in Brussels, Belgium, was evacuated today after an explosion, a senior Belgian law enforcement official told ABC News. Police said the situation is “under control.”

One suspect has been shot by the military after the explosion at Brussels Central Station, the official said.

Several Belgian officials told ABC News that the suspect was wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt, but authorities have yet to confirm whether it was real.

There are no reports of fatalities at this point, a senior Belgian law enforcement official said.

Eyewitness Arash Aazami told ABC News he heard two explosions and gunfire. He was sheltering inside a restaurant as he told ABC News there was a heavy presence of military, ambulances and police.

Resort Town Built by Third Reich Redeveloped and Reopened

A Third Reich-era resort town built on the Baltic Sea is now open to the public after years of renovations.

CNBC:

More than 75 years after Adolph Hitler’s commissioned a dream tourist destination nestled near the Baltic Sea, the Nazi-era resort has been redeveloped for the general public.

Prora, which is located on the north eastern German Baltic coast on Rüegen Island, was originally commissioned by Hitler as a massive, 4.5 kilometers long beach holiday resort complex for German workers, under a program called “Strength through Joy.”

The original plans called for a festival hall and rooms located in eight, 450 meter-long blocks to accommodate 20,000 guests, with each room facing the sea. However, construction halted in 1939, and during World War II the complex housed Soviet soldiers. Decades later, the German government, which assumed administration after 1989, sold the five existing blocks to private investors.

Fast forward to 2017, and Prora is now a massive real estate development. While some parts are still in ruins, others have been rehabilitated to include a hotel, holiday apartments, a museum and a youth hostel.

“Strength Through Joy” was the world’s largest tourist program in the 1930s but fell by the wayside due to the Second World War. The massive project had a pragmatic goal in spurring the German economy and an ideological goal in fostering the Volksgemeinschaft, the National Socialist ideal of bringing Germans of all classes together into a single national (and thus racial) purpose.

Go here to check out Prora. Plenty of pictures!

Is WWIII Drawing Nigh?

Syria is back in the news. The US shot down a Syrian government jet over the weekend, claiming that it was dropping bombs near Kurdish-led forces fighting ISIS.

That has provoked an angry reaction from Damascus and Moscow. They claim the jet was actively engaged in a bombing campaign against ISIS fighters. The Syrian government called the U.S.’ attack a “cynical violation of Syria’s sovereignty” and an “actual military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic.” Russia suspended a communication line with the U.S. and has vowed to treat all US-coalition aircraft as targets (which, I should point out, is not necessarily synonymous with vowing to shoot them down).

Forget my Saturday post about a Sino-American war. A war against the Russo-Syro-Iranian alliance seems even closer. I was worried about one after Trump’s airstrike back in early April, though the conflict thankfully didn’t escalate. Now with the U.S. shooting down a Syrian jet and Iran ramping up its involvement in the area, tensions are rising once again.

Both sides accuse the other side of hampering their efforts against ISIS. Who’s really telling the truth? It’s hard to say. All I know is that misunderstanding and poor judgment is a recipe for conflict. And given the remarkable complexity that is the Syrian Civil War, is it even possible to avoid misunderstanding?

Men Banned from Sitting Comfortably on Madrid Public Transportation

Seriously.

The Telegraph:

Madrid has moved to ban ‘manspreading’ on its public transport system after feminists convinced the city’s left-wing council that men invading the space of others with their splayed legs was a problem that needed to be tackled.

I refuse to non-ironically use the word “manspreading.” It’s a classic example of 21st century SJW lingo, much like “gender fluid,” “pansexual,” “triggered,” “microaggression,” and “safe space.”

Madrid’s EMT transport corporation has unveiled a new set of stickers to be placed on all city buses including one of a male figure with his knees spread wide apart, accompanied by the slogan “Respect others’ space”.

This is not about space issues. Most men don’t take up an unreasonable amount of space when spreading their legs. It’s another effort to control men, as Dr. Helen Smith pointed out.

The change comes about after a group called Mujeres en Lucha (Women at War) launched a social network campaign against ‘manspreading’ and presented a petition signed by 10,000 people to Madrid city hall.

“It’s a question of culture. We women have always been told to occupy the least amount of space possible, and men haven’t,” said a leader of the anti-manspreading campaign, Alejandra de la Fuente.

I don’t remember ever being “told” to occupy the most amount of space possible. Men just do it. Likewise I doubt that women were ever “told” to occupy the least amount of space possible. They just do it.

But some men took to social networks to denounce what they feel is sexist persecution of the male gender.

“The MAN part of the word is out of order. I have seen women with handbags on other seats, lying back and spreading their legs like men…” Jesús Herraiz from Madrid said on Twitter.

True that.

“We believe that putting a name to and making visible these kinds of daily sexist behaviour that go unnoticed is the way ahead to become more aware, seeing what we used not to see and leaving inequality and machismo behind,” said Clara Serra of Podemos in presenting the motion.

Confirms that this is not about space issues. Liberal crusaders like Clara Serra know it’s a way to repress the “machismo”—i.e., masculinity— of men in the name of “equality.” They’re openly admitting as such.

For the record, most men don’t spread their legs in order to “exude masculinity” or “show women he’s the alpha in the room.” We do it because sitting with our legs close together is uncomfortable for our “boys,” if you know what I mean.

SJWs will seize any opportunity they can to stamp out what they think stands in the way of “progress” and “equality.” Even petty stuff like this.

Tories Screw Up Bigly

So the UK held an election yesterday.

If you felt you were caught off guard, there’s a reason why. Theresa May decided to call for an election a whole three years early because she ostensibly felt so confident in the Conservatives’ poll ratings.

Well this risk turned out disastrously for her and her party. The Tories lost 12 seats, which isn’t that large of a number on its own, but it was enough to cost them the majority government.

New York Times:

Despite the loss of at least 12 seats for the Conservatives, Mrs. May will try to form a working majority with the Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats on Thursday. With 318 Conservative seats plus the D.U.P. seats, Mrs. May would have 328 votes — just above the 326 needed for a majority. Mrs. May confirmed her plan to form a minority government after a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

The D.U.P., a historically Protestant party that seeks to maintain Northern Ireland’s place in the United Kingdom, has close ties with the Conservatives, and it supported Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Boris Johnson, a Tory himself, refuses to stand behind May. Ouch. He’s supposedly going to become the Tories’ new leader, which may explain why he won’t back her.

Labour candidate Jeremy Corbyn has called on May to resign, and so have many MPs. A conservative think tank in the UK has also exhorted the Tories to reconsider the direction and goals of their party.

May seems committed to not resigning, though we’ll see if that lasts as the pressure mounts.

Trump vs. Khan Again

After Trump criticized Sadiq Khan for his “no reason to be alarmed” statement, Khan is now calling on the British government to disinvite him, the President of the United States, from his upcoming state visit.

The Guardian:

Appearing on Channel 4 News on Monday evening, Khan said Trump was wrong about “many things” and that his state visit should not go ahead.

“I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,” he said.

“When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”

The tables have turned: Instead of Trump trying to “ban Muslims,” a Muslim is trying to “ban Trump.” You can’t script this stuff.