Sticky: back up and mirror will continue to be the mirror and back up.






The development of human female competition: allies and adversaries

Feminism is based on human female competition


(b) Status

Across cultures, high status in the community increases both women’s and men’s survival and reproductive success, enhancing access to physical resources and valuable allies for themselves and their children [4447]. A high biological market value in a community based on personal (e.g. energy level, attractiveness, height, sociability, toughness and generosity) and familial characteristics (e.g. resources, number of kin, community connections and skills) determine status by allowing an individual to reap benefits from and dispense punishments to other community members [48]. Women typically occupy lower status positions in the community than men however, even in the most egalitarian hunter–gatherer societies [4951]. Forming a pair bond with a higher status mate therefore increases a woman’s status [24], especially if she lacks high-status kin [50]. High status in the community allows a woman to increase her own children’s success by reducing the reproductive potential of lower status women through harassment or harming their children [5254].

Within the female community, status is calculated differently. Generation and age determine status among female kin [32]. By contrast, unrelated women enforce equality [41,55]. Unlike unrelated men, status is not earned through skills and allegiance to a large interconnected group [56,57]. Instead, a woman forms several separate, exclusive, one-on-one friendships within the larger female community [41,58,59]. Female friends prohibit competition by one another and other acquaintances by punishing superiority [58,60], requiring reciprocity [59] and exhibiting a low threshold for dissolving relationships when conflicts arise [6163]. These prohibitions do not apply to relationships with kin, a spouse or affines [59].




5. Conclusion

In summary, from early childhood through old age, human females’ reproductive success depends on provisioning, protecting and nurturing first younger siblings, then their own children and grandchildren. To safeguard their health over a lifetime, girls use competitive strategies that reduce the probability of physical retaliation, including avoiding direct interference with another girl’s goals and disguising their striving for physical resources, alliances and status. When a girl has high market value in the community, she is afforded greater protection and can compete more openly without fear of retaliation. Within the female community, girls reduce competition by demanding equality and punishing those who openly attempt to attain more than others. Social exclusion by several girls of lone female victims provides a safe strategy for increasing physical resources, allies and status opportunities by decreasing the number of competitors.

Girls reach adulthood earlier than boys, frequently marrying and bearing their first child before age 20. Because they will re-marry less often than boys, produce children faster and bear primary responsibility for young children, girls have less opportunity than boys to change the course of their reproductive careers. By late adolescence, a girl’s success in finding a valuable spouse can influence her entire reproductive career. Forming alliances with kin, a few trusted female friends, then a spouse and affines, while reducing the power and number of female competitors, enhance the probability that a woman’s children and grandchildren will prosper.



Malaysia: Publisher on trial for publishing Irshad Manji book that says “God is love,” which is “un-Islamic”

Wait a minute. Isn’t Malaysia supposed to be “moderate”? And isn’t Irshad Manji a leading “moderate” Muslim writer?

Irshad Manji has not been much heard from in recent years, but about ten or twelve years ago she was the Moderate Muslim Du Jour (a position since occupied by luminaries including Zuhdi Jasser and Maajid Nawaz), a hip young spiky-haired smiling lesbian Muslim who opposed the terrorists who hijacked her peaceful religion, showed that Islam wasn’t all bin Laden and Mohamed Atta and the scowling Khomeini, attacked “Islamophobes” like Spencer to prove her Islamic bona fides, and gave the world the message that it was cool to be Muslim, and that Islam properly understood was the coolest thing of all.

And so she wrote a book that has landed its Malaysian publisher in hot water. Why? “Among the content suspected of being dubious is regarding the word ‘Allah’ that the writer claims refers to an Arabic word for God where the writer meant that God is love and liberty to be shared by everyone.”

Allah is a God who is love and liberty to be shared by everyone? Can’t have that! Blasphemy! Jail this man!

Why don’t we see more genuine Islamic reform? This story illustrates one reason why.

“Ezra Zaid’s firm raided over ‘confusing’ book content, Shariah court told,” by Ida Lim, Malay Mail Online, February 22, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

PETALING JAYA, Feb 22 — Selangor religious enforcers had raided Mohd Ezra Mohd Zaid’s publishing company ZI Publications Sdn Bhd for publishing a book with “confusing” content that allegedly went against Islamic teachings, the Shariah court was told today.

Sulastri Ishak, who worked as a Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) officer from 2009 to late 2012, said she had received in May 2012 a book censorship report from an Islamic Development Department Malaysia (Jakim) officer who commented on the book’s background and its “confusing” content.

“The report is related to the content of the book written by Irshad Manji that has elements contrary to Islamic faith and laws,” she told the Shariah court here, having also described the book as having dubious elements.

Sulastri, who was then assistant director of the implementation and policy unit in Jais’ research and development division, said she had then lodged a complaint with the Jais enforcement division after reading the censorship report and determining ZI Publications to be the publisher.

When asked by Selangor Sharie prosecutor Sofian Ahmad if she had referred to any other materials before making the complaint, Sulastri replied: “I did not base it on anything, I just read from the book censorship report….

Ezra is facing a charge under Section 16(1)(a) of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Selangor) Enactment 1995 as the director and main shareholder of ZI Publications for allegedly publishing a book written by Irshad Manji and titled Allah, Kebebasan dan Cinta with contents purportedly contrary to Islamic law in terms of faith.

The offence which Ezra is charged with is punishable by a maximum RM3,000 fine or two-year jail or both.

Sulastri said she was an observer in Jais’ May 29, 2012 raid of ZI Publications and seizure of 180 copies of the book, where she testified to have read a copy of the book’s content that was “suspected of being dubious”.

“Among the content suspected of being dubious is regarding the word ‘Allah’ that the writer claims refers to an Arabic word for God where the writer meant that God is love and liberty to be shared by everyone,” she said, adding that the book’s contents matched the Jakim report….

Malaysia: Publisher on trial for publishing Irshad Manji book that says “God is love,” which is “un-Islamic”

Planned Parenthood Exposed Botching Another Abortion, Rushes Woman to Hospital

An ambulance was called to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Tempe, Arizona, on the morning of February 1, 2018, to transport a woman who was suffering a medical emergency.

Pro-life activist Jim Fitzsimmons, who is the 40 Days for Life Campaign Director in Tempe, Arizona, told Operation Rescue that the recording of this incident, which was done from the property next door, prompted Planned Parenthood to call the police.

The New Tempe Regional Health Center Planned Parenthood abortion facility uses a vocal group of “escorts” who have been known to disrupt pro-life activities, including the recording of incidents involving medical emergencies.

Ambulance & paramedics at the Tempe Planned Parenthood on February 1, 2018 from Jimon Vimeo,

While the condition of the woman remains unknown, video taken at the scene shows her awake with her legs bent on the flat gurney. She appeared to be in some discomfort. An IV bag could be seen near her side.

“The fact that America continues to fund Planned Parenthood with our Federal tax dollars is appalling, given the number of women injured and innocent babies killed by them,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Today everyone is concerned about gun violence against children, but Planned Parenthood slaughters more babies in one day than all the school shootings combined. If we truly want to keep women and children safe, Planned Parenthood abortion facilities should be immediately defunded and closed.”

Google reviews for the Tempe Planned Parenthood reveal a callous treatment of women, who have given it only 2.7 stars out of a possible 5. Complaints focused on rudeness of the staff toward the patients.

“Let me just say the female doctor here is very rude will [sic] never go back,” stated one reviewer who gave the Planned Parenthood one star.

Three female abortionists who have been known to work at this facility include Belinda K. BeckLaura Dalton, and Maria Platia.

“Planned Parenthood acts like they care more about women than anyone, but the women who actually have gone there say the truth is something far different. Planned Parenthood will apparently do or say anything to lure in pregnant women so they can be exploited for profit,” said Newman.


This is the 68th medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue at an abortion facility since January 2017. It represents the seventh known incident so far in 2018.

Of those 68 medical emergencies over the past 13 months, 38 of them involved Planned Parenthood facilities.

Young Woman Says Her Immigration Lawyers Pressured Her to Get an Abortion

An illegal immigrant held under federal protection has indicated that lawyers representing her have pressured her to abort the child she is carrying.

The illegal immigrant charged that her guardians and legal attorneys, Rochelle Garza and Myles Garza, gave her documents Feb. 6 with information about seeking an abortion, according to recently court papers. The unnamed illegal minor, who is under the protection of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, did not want an abortion.

The Garzas have represented other illegal immigrant minors seeking abortions.

The young woman’s handwritten note indicated she didn’t want an abortion and wished to be represented by a different set of attorneys, Fox News reported.

“At this time I have changed my decision to have an abortion,” the young woman said in the statement, according to the court filing.

“The people I saw yesterday were lawyers that made me sign, I … do not need their help because I do not want to have an abortion,” she wrote.

The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear the complaint in a closed-door conference Friday.

The woman’s statement follows the Justice Department’s complaint to the Supreme Court in November, alleging that the department had been “misled” by the Garzas. The Justice Department charged that the two lawyers had deceived government attorneys by scheduling an abortion at night, only hours before the high court was set to review the case.

The young woman’s statement also comes after the Department of Health and Human Services released another minor illegal immigrant, identified by the pseudonym “Jane Moe,” so that she could have an abortion in January.

The department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement sought to prevent Moe from obtaining an abortion, but the American Civil Liberties Union stepped in, asking the District of Columbia’s U.S. District Court to grant a temporary restraining order so that she could abort her child, according to The Hill.

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Moe’s release followed an ongoing battle concerning two illegal immigrants, aged 17 and 19, who asked the federal government to let them have abortions, The Hill reported in December. ACLU lawyers represented the two teens—Jane Roe and Jane Poe, who were 10 weeks and 22 weeks pregnant, respectively—in court.

President Donald Trump’s administration appealed a decision by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan to issue a temporary restraining order against federal officials. The Trump administration tried to prevent the two illegal immigrants from having abortions, but was unsuccessful.

Chutkan also ruled in late October that pregnant illegal immigrant “Jane Doe”—who was in custody in Texas— could get an abortion, Politico reported. The girl, 17, crossed the border illegally and was roughly 15 weeks pregnant when she had her abortion Oct. 25.

Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology?



Exceedingly rich, white men (and women) who invest in biomedical companies are funding myriad transgender organizations whose agenda will make them gobs of money.

As an environmental activist who was deplatformed from a speaking venue by transactivists, in 2013 I developed curiosity about the power of this group to force this development. A year later, when Time magazine announced a transgender tipping point on its cover, I had already begun to examine the money behind the transgender project.

I have watched as all-women’s safe spaces, universities, and sports opened their doors to any man who chose to identify as a woman. Whereas men who identify as transwomen are at the forefront of this project, women who identify as transmen seem silent and invisible. I was astonished that such a huge cultural change as the opening of sex-protected spaces was happening at such a meteoric pace and without consideration for women and girls’ safety, deliberation, or public debate.

Concurrent with these rapid changes, I witnessed an overhaul in the English language with new pronouns and a near-tyrannical assault on those who did not use them. Laws mandating new speech were passed. Laws overriding biological sex with the amorphous concept of gender identity are being instituted now. People who speak openly about these changes can find themselves, their families, and their livelihoods threatened.

These elements, along with media saturation of the issue, had me wondering: Is this really a civil rights issue for a tiny part of the population with body dysphoria, or is there a bigger agenda with moneyed interests that we are not seeing? This article can only begin to graze the surface of this question, but considering transgenderism has basically exploded in the middle of capitalism, which is notorious for subsuming social justice movements, there is value in beginning this examination.

Who Is Funding the Transgender Movement?

I found exceedingly rich, white men with enormous cultural influence are funding the transgender lobby and various transgender organizations. These include but are not limited to Jennifer Pritzker (a male who identifies as transgender); George SorosMartine Rothblatt (a male who identifies as transgender and transhumanist); Tim Gill(a gay man); Drummond PikeWarren and Peter Buffett; Jon Stryker (a gay man); Mark Bonham (a gay man); and Ric Weiland (a deceased gay man whose philanthropy is still LGBT-oriented). Most of these billionaires fund the transgender lobby and organizations through their own organizations, including corporations.

Separating transgender issues from LGBT infrastructure is not an easy task. All the wealthiest donors have been funding LGB institutions before they became LGBT-oriented, and only in some instances are monies earmarked specifically for transgender issues. Some of these billionaires fund the LGBT through their myriad companies, multiplying their contributions many times over in ways that are also difficult to track.

These funders often go through anonymous funding organizations such as Tides Foundation, founded and operated by Pike. Large corporations, philanthropists, and organizations can send enormous sums of money to the Tides Foundation, specify the direction the funds are to go, and have the funds get to their destination anonymously. Tides Foundation creates a legal firewall and tax shelter for foundations and funds political campaigns, often using legally dubious tactics.

These men and others, including pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government, are sending millions of dollars to LGBT causes. Overall reported global spending on LGBT is now estimated at $424 million. From 2003-2013, reported funding for transgender issues increased more than eightfold, growing at threefold the increase of LGBTQ funding overall, which quadrupled from 2003 to 2012. This huge spike in funding happened at the same time transgenderism began gaining traction in American culture.

$424 million is a lot of money. Is it enough to change laws, uproot language and force new speech on the public, to censor, to create an atmosphere of threat for those who do not comply with gender identity ideology?

Transgenderism: A New Medical and Lifestyle Market

It seems obvious now to look at the money behind transgenderism. Many new markets have opened because of it. The first gender clinic for children opened in Boston in 2007. In the past ten years, more than 30 clinics for children with purported gender dysphoria have arisen in the United States alone, the largest serving 725 patients.

Over the past decade, there has been an explosion in transgender medical infrastructure across the United States and world to “treat” transgender people. In addition to gender clinics proliferating across the United States, hospital wings are being built for specialized surgeries, and many medical institutions are clamoring to get on board with the new developments.

Doctors are being trained in cadaver symposiums across the world in all manner of surgeries related to transgender individuals, including phalloplastyvaginoplastyfacial feminization surgeryurethral procedures, and more. More and more American corporations are covering transgender surgeries, drugs, and other expenses. Endocrinologists seeking the fountain of youth in hormones for more than a generation, and the subsequent earnings for marketing those hormones, are still on a quest for gold.

Puberty blockers are another growing market. The plastic surgery arm of medicine is staged for an infusion of cash as well as organ transplants, especially womb transplants for men identifying as women who may want future pregnancies. These surgeries are already being practiced on animals and the first successful womb implant from a deceased female donor to another female has already been a success. Biogenetics is poised to be the investment of the future, says Rothblatt, who has headed a massive pharmaceutical corporation and is now heavily invested in biogenetics and transplants.

Transgenderism has certainly made its way into the American marketplace, so it seems important to consider the implications of this as we pass laws regarding transgender individuals’ and our civil liberties. Transgenderism sits square in the middle of the medical industrial complex, which is by some estimates even bigger than the military industrial complex.

With the medical infrastructure being built, doctors being trained for various surgeries, clinics opening at warp speed, and the media celebrating it, transgenderism is poised for growth. The LGB, a once-tiny group of people trying to love those of the same sex openly and be treated equally within society, has likely already been subsumed by capitalism and is now infiltrated by the medical industrial complex via transgenderism.

Who Works to Institutionalize Transgender Ideology?

Much more important than funds going directly to the LGBT lobby and organizations, only a fraction of which trickles down to assist people who identify as transgender, is the money invested by the men mentioned above, governments, and technology and pharmaceutical corporations to institutionalize and normalize transgenderism as a lifestyle choice. They are shaping the narrative about transgenderism and normalizing it within the culture using their funding methods.

This article will use the Pritzker family as a case study, both to reduce length and because they are emblematic of how this works. Those funding trans organizations and normalizing transgenderism are channeling funds in the same ways and invested in the same medical infrastructure. This can hardly be a coincidence when the very thing absolutely essential to those transitioning are pharmaceuticals and technology. It is also important to note that though the trans lobby has sewn itself to the LGB umbrella, LGB people as such are not lifelong medical patients.

The Pritzkers are an American family of philanthropic billionaires worth approximately $29 billion, whose fortune was gestated by Hyatt Hotels and nursing homes. They now have massive investments in the medical industrial complex.

Examining just a few of the Pritzkers in this article will give you some indication of their reach and influence as a family, especially as regards the transgender project and their relationship to the medical industrial complex. As you read, remember, transitioning individuals are medical patients for life and the Pritzker family are not an anomaly in their funding trajectory or investments in the medical-industrial complex.

Jennifer Pritzker

Once a family man and a decorated member of the armed forces, Jennifer Pritzker now identifies as transgender. He has made transgenderism a high note in philanthropic funding through his Tawani Foundation. He is one of the largest contributors to transgender causes and, with his family, an enormous influence in the rapid institutionalization of transgenderism.

Some of the organizations Jennifer owns and funds are especially noteworthy to examining the rapid induction of transgender ideology into medical, legal and educational institutions. Pritzker owns Squadron Capital, an acquisitions corporation, with a focus on medical technology, medical devices, and orthopedic implants, and the Tawani Foundationa philanthropic organization with a grants focus on Gender & Human Sexuality.

Pritzker sits on the leadership council of the Program of Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota, to which he also committed $6.5 million over the past decade. Among many other organizations and institutions Pritzker funds are Lurie Children’s Hospital, a medical center for gender non-conforming children, serving 400 children in Chicago; the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicagoa chair of transgender studies at the University of Victoria (the first of its kind); and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. He also funds the American Civil Liberties Union and his family funds Planned Parenthood, two significant organizations for institutionalizing female-erasing language and support for transgender causes. Planned Parenthood also recently decided to get into the transgender medical market.

Jennifer Pritzker funds strategically, as does his family, by giving to universities that become beholden to his ideology, whose students go on to spread gender ideology by writing pro-trans articles in medical journals and elsewhere. Jennifer’s uncle and aunt, John and Lisa Pritzker, gave $25 million to the University of California at San Franciscofor a center of children’s psychiatry. Jennifer likewise funds hospitals and medical schools where the alumni go on to create transgender specialties and LGBT medical centers, even though lesbians, gays, and bisexuals don’t need specialized medical services.

Here are just several current activities of Pritzker-funded medical school alumni and recipients of Pritzker money.

Jennifer Pritzker has also helped normalize transgender individuals in the military with a $1.35 million grant to the Palm Center, a University of California, Santa Barbara-based LGBT think tank, to create research validating military transgenderism. He has also donated $25 million to Norwich University in Vermont, a military academy and the first school to launch a Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

Pritzker’s funding is not confined to the United States, but reaches other countries via WPATH, in conferences for physicians studying transgender surgery and funding of international universities.

Penny Pritzker

Cousin to Jennifer Pritzker, Penny Pritzker served on President Obama’s Council for Jobs and Competitiveness and Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She was national co-chair of Obama for America 2012 and national finance chair of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. To say she was influential in getting president Obama electedwould be an understatement.

As Obama’s secretary of commerce, Penny Pritzker helped create the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), by facilitating an award of $70 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the first funding of its kind. Obama made transgenderism a pet issue of his administration, holding a meeting at the White House (the first ever) for transgenderism.

The administration quietly applied the power of the executive branch to make it easier for transgender people to alter their passports, get cross-sex treatment at Veteran’s Administration facilities, and access public school restrooms and sports programsbased on gender identity. These are just a few of the transgender-specific policy shifts of Obama’s presidency.

Soros and Gill are two other major transgender movement funders who generated millions of dollars to get Obama elected, and Stryker was one of the top fivecontributors to Obama’s campaign. Under Obama and President George W. Bush, the federal government also funded the Tides Foundation $82.7 million, which in turn donated $47.2 million to LGBTQ issues over the last two decades.

Penny has funded the Harvard School of Public Health and, with her husband through their mutual foundation, The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, are funding early childhood initiatives as well as providing scholarships to Harvard University medical students. The Boston Children’s Hospital Gender Management Services wing physicians are all affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Penny Pritzker also sat on the board at Harvard, where student life offices teach students, many of whom go on to lead U.S. institutions, that “there are more than two sexes.”

J.B. Pritzker

Penny Pritzker’s brother, J.B. Pritzker, is an American venture capitalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and business owner. He is co-founder of the Pritzker Group, a private investment firm that invests in digital technology and medical companies, including Clinical Innovations, which has a global presence. Clinical Innovations is one of the largest medical device companies and in 2017 acquired Brenner Medical, another significant medical group offering innovative products in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology.

J.B. provided seed funding for Matter, a startup incubator for medical technology based in Chicago. He also sits on the board of directors at his alma mater, Duke University, where they are making advances in cryopreserving women’s ovaries.

J.B. is running for governor of Illinois in 2018 and put $25 million into an Obama administration public-private initiative totaling $1 billion for early childhood education. J.B. and his wife, M.K. Pritzker, donated $100 million to Northwestern University School of Law, partly for scholarships and partly for the school’s “social justice” and childhood law work.

We have to look at why this is framed as a civil rights issue when the main issues seem to be capital and social engineering. There doesn’t seem to be a sphere of influence that is untouched by Pritzker money, from early childhood education and universities to law, medical institutions, the LGBT lobby and organizations, politics, and the military. If they were the only ones funding the institutionalization of transgender ideology they would still be fantastically influential, but they are joined by other exceedingly wealthy, influential white men, who also have ties to the pharmaceutical and medical industries.

Pharma and Tech Giants All-In for Transgender

Along with support by pharmaceutical giants such as Janssen Therapeutics, the health foundation of a Johnson and Johnson founder, ViivPfizerAbbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, major technology corporations including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, Dell, and IBM are also funding the transgender project. In February 2017, Apple, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Yelp, PayPal, and 53 other mostly tech corporations signed onto an amicus brief pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to prohibit schools from keeping private facilities for students designated according to sex.

As these corporations were pushing for transgender bathrooms, they were fighting President Trump’s travel ban and immigration policies. In reporting the incidents simultaneously, CNN News made the obvious connection between the corporations’ interest in the immigration ban and commerce, quoting a legal brief signed by the companies that said, “It is inflicting significant harm on American business, innovation and growth.” It made no such equivalent connection for the corporations’ interest in transgender rights. The obvious question would be: Why do they care? The obvious answer is: money.


Melding this manufactured medical issue with civil rights frame entails the continuance and growth of the problem. Transgenderism is framed as both a medical problem, for the gender dysphoria of children who need puberty blockers and are being groomed for a lifetime of medicalization, and as a brave and original lifestyle choice for adults. Martine Rothblatt suggests we are all transhuman, that changing our bodies by removing healthy tissue and organs and ingesting cross-sex hormones over the course of a lifetime can be likened to wearing make-up, dying our hair, or getting a tattoo. If we are all transhuman, expressing that could be a never-ending saga of body-related consumerism.

The massive medical and technological infrastructure expansion for a tiny (but growing) fraction of the population with gender dysphoria, along with the money being funneled to this project by those heavily invested in the medical and technology industries, seems to make sense only in the context of expanding markets for changing the human body. Trans activists are already clamoring for a change from “gender dysphoria” to “gender incongruence” in the next revision to the international register of mental diagnosis codes, the ICD-11. The push is on for insurance-paid hormones and surgeries for anyone who believes his or her body is in any way “incongruent” with his or her “gender identity.”

Bodily diversity appears to be the core issue, not gender dysphoria; that and unmooring people from their biology via language distortions, to normalize altering human biology. Institutionalizing transgender ideology does just this. This ideology is being promoted as a civil rights issue by wealthy, white, men with enormous influence who stand to personally benefit from their political activities.

It behooves us all to look at what the real investment is in prioritizing a lifetime of anti-body medical treatments for a miniscule part of the population, building an infrastructure for them, and institutionalizing the way we perceive ourselves as human beings, before being human becomes a quaint concept of the past.

This article has been corrected to note the difference between Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine. The two are no longer connected.

Jennifer Bilek is an artist, environmental activist, writer, and an engaged citizen.



Kelowna city council approves $200 million, 33 story hotel in downtown core

Kelowna city council has given the final development approvals for a high-rise hotel in the heart of downtown.

Westcorp Projects plans to build a 33-story hotel-condo tower with a construction value of about $200 million.

“I think it really will be an iconic landmark building for the downtown, and most importantly, it’ll be a venue that will help to really raise the bar and be an attraction for people from all over the world,” says Westcorp spokesperson Gail Temple.

The development includes 174 hotel rooms, about 45 luxury condominiums, a conference centre, a 17th floor restaurant and six stories of above ground parking.

The council vote was 5-2 in favour of the project with the mayor among the majority.

“I think there’s a number of things to like about this project but for me it really epitomizes the city we’re trying to create which is vibrant, progressive with a world class downtown,” says mayor Colin Basran.

Councillor Ryan Donn voted against the project largely because that was the recommendation of city planners who felt the hotel complex was too massive for its location.

“It’s a big concern if a development comes without staff support,” says Donn. “So forget about discussing the height, forget about the conference centre. All good discussions but l just wanted to set a precedent to say ‘no’ you need to at least come with staff support for these big ones and then let’s have a public discussion.”

With the approvals now in place, the focus for the developer shifts to pre-selling the residential units at between $1.5 and $10 million each.

“And if that all goes according to plan, and there really aren’t that many residences so it should, we will be in the ground by the end of the year or early 2019,” says Temple.

At 131 metres, the tower would be the Okanagan’s tallest building.

Kelowna city council approves $200 million, 33 story hotel in downtown core

WMAF Violence: Handymen ‘raped young mother and burned her alive before taking a grinning selfie as they drove away from her blazing body’

Two handymen raped a mother and burnt her alive before taking a grinning selfie as they drove away from her blazing body, a court heard.

Stephen Unwin and William McFall sent depraved social media messages to each other in the three weeks before they murdered Vietnamese nail technician Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, 28, after a five-hour ordeal at Unwin’s home, it was alleged.

Jurors were told that on the night of the killing, McFall messaged Unwin asking: ‘Are we raping the ch***?’

The pair are alleged to have held Miss Nguyen – also known by her English name of Anna – at the house, raped her, and then forced her to hand over PIN numbers to her bank cards.

Prosecutor Jamie Hill, QC, told Newcastle Crown Court: ‘The prosecution say that the motive for this killing was a combination of warped sexual fantasy and greed.’

Unwin, 40 and McFall, 51, were caught on CCTV leaving Unwin’s home in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, with what prosecutors say is Miss Nguyen’s body wrapped in a white sheet.

Unwin carried Miss Nguyen, who stood less then 5ft tall, over his shoulder while McFall pulled down the sheet to try to obscure her from security cameras that were attached to the house next door, it is alleged.


They then bundled her into her black Audi A4 and drove her to dirt track where they allegedly doused her and the car in petrol and set it ablaze.

Mr Hill told the court: ‘They took a selfie of themselves in the car. McFall is holding the phone and smiling into the phone as they are driving along.’

Their victim, the court heard, was likely still to have been alive when she was set ablaze on the back seat of her vehicle.

Mr Hill told jurors: ‘It is clear she was unable to help herself by the time she was taken out of Unwin’s house and driven to that lane.

‘It is likely you will hear from a pathologist that the presence of certain gases in her body tend to suggest she was still briefly alive at the point the fire was started.’

The court heard Unwin and McFall worked on properties which Miss Nguyen rented out and that she visited Unwin’s home earlier in the evening of August 15.

However she was unaware that the pair had taken what prosecutors described as a depraved sexual interest in her.

Mr Hill said they had exchanged messages via text and social media about Miss Nguyen.

Unwin also asked McFall on August 9: ‘Do you want a Vietnamese?’

Mr Hill said: ‘This was Unwin suggesting or offering a sexual encounter with a Vietnamese person.’


On the day they raped and killed her, the texts continued.

Miss Nguyen, a mother of two, arrived in the UK from Vietnam in 2010 and moved into a home in Killingworth, North Tyneside.

She lived with her sister and the pair opened a nail bar called Glitter Nails in Birtley, Tyne and Wear.

Mr Hill said she had one of her children with her in the UK while the other was being looked after in Vietnam.

He said: ‘As well as helping run the nail salon Miss Nguyen had a part of her life which was largely kept secret.

‘The police investigation revealed she had been involved in helping to rent flats to people who did not have the necessary immigration documents to live and work in the UK.

‘In addition police enquiries show some of the properties she rented were used for growing cannabis.


‘It is through renting these properties that she came to meet the defendant Unwin in April of last year.’

Unwin told police that he and McFall were employed in repairing properties after the cannabis farms had been harvested.

But the court was told the pair were actually stealing and selling the crops themselves.

Unwin and McFall, who sat at opposite ends of the dock separated by custody officers, blamed each other for the rape and killing of Miss Nguyen.

Unwin’s DNA was found on her body but he claimed they had a consensual sexual relationship and had intercourse some days before her body was found.

Unwin, of Houghton-le-Spring, and McFall, of Blackpool, Lancs, both deny rape and murder and the trial, expected to last four weeks, continues.

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