MY TEN YEAR OLD SON WANTS ANSWERS ABOUT FERGUSON - My son wants me to reassure him, and tell him that of course Darren Wilson will go to jail. At 10 years old, he can feel deep in his bones how wrong it was...
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"Wonder if Michelle Obama would hold up a sign reading
#BlackLivesMatter as she did with #BringBackOurGirls"
"The immediate question is whether Obama will be able to stomach a stronger personality in the secretary of defense job–someone like Bob Gates or Leon Panetta. If so, Michele Flournoy or Ash Carter, both of whom served at the Pentagon earlier in the Obama administration, could fill the job description. But if Obama were truly intent on a radical break with some of his failed policies he would opt for a true outsider like Joe Lieberman . . . "and:
"Regardless of who fills the job at the Pentagon–or for that matter at State–the reality remains that in this administration all critical decisions are made in the White House by the president with a handful of loyalists who have little independent standing, knowledge, or credibility in national-security affairs. This has been a problem ever since the raid to kill Osama bin Laden, the point at which Obama stopped listening to independent advice and started acting on his own ideological worldview predicated on downsizing the American armed forces and retreating from the world.
If this were a parliamentary system, Obama would long ago have lost a vote of “no confidence” and been forced to step down. But because it’s a presidential system he will remain in power two more years. The firing of Hagel will be a positive step forward only if it signals a complete rethink of the president’s foreign policy a la Carter’s conversion to become a born-again hawk after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian hostage crisis.
The test of that will be to see how Obama deals with Iran now that nuclear talks have reached an impasse after a year. Will Obama allow the mullahs to drag out negotiations indefinitely while continuing to enjoy sanctions relief? Or will he clamp down with extra-tough sanctions and implement a plan to roll back Iran’s power grab in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen? My bet is that not much has changed in the president’s thinking beyond his desire to see a new, more credible face at the Pentagon, but I’m happy to be proved wrong."
"In 2012, as the Obama administration was deciding on a new Pentagon chief, rightwing groups attempted to promote a Flournoy candidacy. The rightwing Times of Israel reported in December 2012 that talk of Flournoy's nomination had been "welcomed by conservative and pro-Israel groups," in part because of Flournoy's familiarity with Israeli security issues like the Iron Dome missile shield, regional arms sales, "and the importance of Israel's military edge over its neighbors."
Numerous neoconservative actors also promoted Flournoy's candidacy because of their opposition to leading nominee—and Obama's eventual choice for the position—Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator known for his bipartisanship as well as his criticism of one-sided U.S. support for Israel.
In December 2012, the New Republic reported that, "Flournoy—the Pentagon's former undersecretary of defense for policy, and the head of Obama's transition team for the Department of Defense—has become the name that conservatives have floated as an alternative to Obama's rumored pick to replace Leon Panetta: Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, whom Republicans have never forgiven for his role as one of the Iraq war's greatest critics and his occasional endorsements of Democrats. Flournoy's apparent supporters now include the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol (who essentially argued that she wouldn't be as objectionable as Hagel), former George W. Bush administration Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and [Mitt Romney] foreign policy adviser Dan Senor.""
"Since Israeli governments proved time and again that “facts on the ground” are very hard to change, and given the distinct possibility that the shifting balance of world-power will dramatically fortify Israel as an irreplaceable ally for the west, the successful enactment of apartheid will postpone indefinitely the creation of a Palestinian state and shift the site of conflict and oppression from the occupied territories to the very core of Israeli society."Note that Nuland's War For The Jews in Ukraine is supposed to bring about the New Cold War, allowing Israel to go back to its status of the 80's, when it supposedly served as an anti-Soviet bulwark for the Americans. World Jewry created Islamophobia and the Global War On Terror to replace the loss of the Cold War, but people are finally tiring of all the hate and expense of the GWOT, and World Jewry has decided to recreate the Cold War to continue its parasitic relationship with the Americans. Nuland is working from the long-term plan of World Jewry.
"Brilliant letter 2 Save The Children by Nicolas J Davies re child killer Tony Bliar"Feeling safer?" Also, of course: "Head of United States Naval Intelligence Is Not Currently Allowed to See Classified Material"
@georgegalloway @SavetheChildren "
"Someone should trick DeBlasio. Tell him a Palestinian mob lynched an Israeli bus driver, get reax, then tell him actually opposite happened."
"Since its occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem following the 1967 war, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has destroyed more than 18,000 Palestinian homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)."
Note the blatant racism in the demolition of the homes of the families of Palestinian 'terrorists'; that kind of punishment is never applied if an exactly identical crime, not to mention a much, much, much more common crime, is committed by a Jew against Palestinians.
"A few hours after the attack in Jerusalem, journalist Emily Amrousi said at a conference in Eilat that the life of a single Jewish child was more important to her than the lives of thousands of Palestinian children. The audience’s response was clearly favorable; I think there was even some applause."
"Noting that the attack site is located in what used to be Deir Yassin — a Palestinian village destroyed in 1948 after Zionist militias deliberately executed more than one hundred of its inhabitants, including children — the Post rendered the massacre an unproven accusation against Israel.The Onion: "5 Million Illegal Immigrants To Realize Dreams Of Having Deportation Deferred"
Following an uproar on social media, the Post quietly removed the reference to Deir Yassin from the piece without issuing an explanation or correction."
"It will be one of the consummate ironies of history if the ADL and Simon Wiesenthal Centre - representatives of an ethnic group excoriated as untermenschen in Mein Kampf and slated for extermination - are complicit in the decimation, if not the outright annihilation, of Der Führer's *other* racial enemies, the 'subhuman Slavs.'"
"Lee Harvey Kassig (post-mortem legend building). 'Journalist' and 'aid worker' are (or were - how stupid do they think ISIL is? do they care how much they endanger real journalists and aid workers?) excellent covers for espionage/special ops.
#palestine John Kerry did not condemn the 51 days of terror on Gaza, he did not condemn the shooting of a child... http://fb.me/6U85PlTeC "
"Yeghayahu Leibowitz wrote this in 1968. Interesting how his predictions turned out to be accurate."Pussy Riot: ‘When friendly people like us become enemies of the state, it is very strange" Timely propaganda.
"Here's The Intercept's new National Security Editor fear-mongering on Iran's nuclear program for the New York Post. http://nypost.com/2009/09/27/my-fission-trip-inside-iran/ …"
"Central to the PP’s message is the idea that the country’s ‘cultural elite’ is stabbing Norway in the back, colluding with what its leader Siv Jensen – Norway’s finance minister – describes as ‘Islamisation by stealth’. Because liberals are ‘failing liberals’, only an aggressive party like the PP can defend Norway’s traditions of social liberalism. Under Jensen, the patriarchal, nostalgic party of Norwegian shopkeepers has rebranded itself as a feminist party, although its feminism mostly amounts to what Bangstad (following Gayatri Spivak) calls ‘saving brown women from brown men’. The ‘polarisation entrepreneurs’ of the PP have a growing audience, and their arguments an increasing cohesion and sophistication, thanks to journalists and bloggers like Fjordman and Walid al-Kubaisi, an exiled Iraqi writer and filmmaker who has played the role of ‘native informant’ much as Ayaan Hirsi Ali did in Holland. Their rhetoric is more extreme than the PP’s, but the overlap is too pronounced to be a coincidence, and some have advised the party. They form part of a much broader network, an anti-Islam international that extends from Scandinavia to the United States and includes such figures as Lars Hedegaard, a prominent right-wing Danish intellectual; the Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci; the American neoconservatives Daniel Pipes, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer; and – the maître à penser of the ‘Eurabia genre’ – Gisèle Littman, a British woman of Egyptian-Jewish origin who lives in Switzerland and publishes under the pseudonym Bat Ye’or. (It’s striking how many Eurabia theorists write under pseudonyms when you consider their attacks on Muslim dissimulation.)
Eurabia writers believe the West has been weakened by a politically correct cult of victimhood, yet their own writing (like Breivik’s) appears to be driven by a personal sense of injury at the hands of Muslims, reinterpreted, and thereby globalised, through the prism of Samuel Huntington’s ‘clash of civilisations’. Fjordman, an Arabist from a left-wing family, was in Cairo on 9/11 when he saw a group of Egyptians celebrating the attacks. Al-Kubaisi fled from Iraq to avoid serving in the Iran-Iraq war and received asylum – and a state scholarship guaranteeing him an income for the rest of his life – in Norway. Bruce Bawer, an American gay literary critic who moved to Norway in 1999 to be with his Norwegian partner, came to see Muslim immigrants as an irredeemably illiberal fifth column. He denounced Breivik as a ‘murderous madman’ but – in his 2012 book The New Quislings: How the International Left Used the Oslo Massacre to Silence Debate about Islam – lifted two fake assertions directly from 2083: that the Labour Party had employed anarchist militants as storm troops, and that ‘innumerable Norwegians have been killed by Muslims.’
Eurabia ideologues have been given a platform by liberal intellectuals and the Norwegian press. Hysterical polemics about Islam and Muslim immigration are easy to come by in liberal papers like Klassekampen. So are articles that confirm the hysteria, such as a recent interview with a Norwegian admirer of Isis, which appeared in a liberal newspaper without any editorial note questioning his claim to be speaking for all Muslims. Liberal tolerance for anti-Muslim hate speech, Bangstad argues, goes back to the Rushdie affair, when Norway became the first country to publish The Satanic Verses in translation. Four days after Khomeini issued the fatwa, a group of Muslim leaders established the Islamic Defence Council, calling for the novel to be banned and invoking a blasphemy law that had long since fallen into disuse. In 1993, Rushdie’s Norwegian publisher, William Nygaard, was shot three times outside his home in Oslo (he survived); the assailant was never found. The government responded by forming a series of commissions that called for expanding the protection of free speech. It was an admirably full-throated defence of Rushdie’s right to publish, but, as Bangstad suggests, since then a kind of ‘free speech absolutism’ has steadily chipped away at any concern for minority protections against racist and discriminatory speech, which are guaranteed by Norwegian law. A popular narrative had emerged that Muslims were uncomfortable with free speech, and that there was an irreconcilable conflict between Norwegian ‘values’ and Muslim ‘culture’. The press became ‘an arena for confrontation rather than dialogue’ – a forum for inflammatory views about Islam. Tolerance for ‘free speech’ has been widely construed as a loyalty test. ‘The right to offend bishops and imams is absolutely central to our way of life,’ Per Edgar Kokkvold, the secretary-general of the Norwegian Press Association, has explained. ‘If they happen to dislike it, they must leave.’"
"The judge who spearheaded the Quebec probe into systemic wrongdoing in the province’s construction industry urged all citizens on Friday to do their part to fight corruption and collusion."#BBCTrending: Syrian 'hero boy' video faked by Norwegian director" This kind of anti-Assad propaganda - I'd like to know who funds the Shaam News Network - just encourages the conspiracy theories of World Jewry, who are obsessed with the idea that the evidence of all the monstrous atrocities committed daily by the Jews are faked Palestinian movie productions: "‘Pallywood’: A particularly ugly ethnic slur" "Day of catastrophe for ‘Pallywood’ conspiracy theorists" "‘Pallywood’ Killing Was Exactly What It Looked Like"
“Whistle-blowing must no longer be viewed as an act of betrayal but needs to be strongly encouraged as a gesture of great loyalty to companies, the civil service and society as a whole,” France Charbonneau said in her closing statement.“Laws and regulations are not enough to overcome collusion and corruption, so that’s why we must all do our bit. We must seize the opportunity to change things for the benefit of everyone.”"
"When Little Dubya Bush came to power in early 2001, the neo-cons were faced with a stark fact: it was just a matter of time before the US would irreversibly lose its global geopolitical and economic hegemony. So there were only two choices; either manage the decline, or bet the whole farm to consolidate global hegemony using - what else - war.
We all know about the wishful thinking enveloping the "low-cost" war on Iraq - from Paul Wolfowitz's "We are the new OPEC" to the fantasy of Washington being able to decisively intimidate all potential challengers, the EU, Russia and China.
And we all know how it went spectacularly wrong. Even as that trillionaire adventure, as Minqi Li analyzed in The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economy, "has squandered US imperialism's remaining space for strategic maneuver", the humanitarian imperialists of the Obama administration still have not given up, refusing to admit the US has lost any ability to provide any meaningful solution to the current, as Immanuel Wallerstein would define it, world-system."
"Tweet (Thomas Drake):
@Thomas_Drake1:Let’s see: @mtaibbi,& now Editor in Chief of @the_intercept have freed themselves from Omidyar. @ggreenwald keeps explaining."
@joanneleon Omidyar controls. Telling key hires leaving protection of money & power & crossing back over moat. Who's next? @nathanLfuller"
"Is Greenwald causing The Intercept turnovers, invoking Snowden-pact privilege via Pierre mad men? Will Snowden, Poitras, Scahill break bad?""Et tu Poitras?"
"Abu Bakr Baghdadi Announces He Is Leaving ISIS to Become the New Editor-in-Chief of The Intercept: https://ia601509.us.archive.org/6/items/kalimah_201411/english.pdf …"
"One senior foreign policy hand at a D.C.-based organization called Truman’s email “reckless.”"Assange and the European Arrest Warrant" The weird hatred of The Guardian for Assange comes in part from his publicly embarrassing 'journalists' from The Guardian for incompetently releasing the password for the 'Cablegate' archive, thus forcing WikiLeaks to release the entire archive.
“It’s reckless but not surprising,” said the source, who would only discuss the email on background. “The Truman Institute long ago stopped being a real policy shop and instead became a PR machine for the Obama administration’s foreign policy. The White House will take a deal no matter what, so the Truman Institute is pushing a deal no matter what.”"
"Both incredibly influential, both completely fucking insane, although Adelson makes Saban look like Gandhi.""Thoughts – A Reasonable Articulable Suspicion Regarding Conspiracy Theories and Government Surveillance of a U.S. Citizen" Paranoia?
"Prediction: Israelis will set up Facebook pages in support of the gunman accused of slaughtering two Palestinian children in cold blood.""The "Flexible" US President"
"Look on the bright side: any terrible thing Sheldon Adelson is doing at any given time is distracting him from doing other terrible things."
"Not cool ofThe Atlantic apologized and claim it is a 'mistake'. Ha ha ha! The new photo looks photoshopped.
@TheAtlantic to use Reuters pic of Muslim women watching an eclipse and suggesting they're ISIS fan girls"
"More on the German Left refusing to host lunatic anti-Semite, Max Blumenthal http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Berlin-theater-cancels-anti-Israel-event-381265 …"Tweet (Max Blumenthal):
@thenation decided @eric_alterman's promotion of far-rightist painting me as anti-Semite "did not meet...standards""
"What he envisages, a hundred years hence, is a continuous state of 250 million Germans with plenty of “living room” (i.e. stretching to Afghanistan or thereabouts), a horrible brainless empire in which, essentially, nothing ever happens except the training of young men for war and the endless breeding of fresh cannon-fodder. How was it that he was able to put this monstrous decision across?"and:
". . . he has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life. Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all “progressive” thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security and avoidance of pain. In such a view of life there is no room, for instance, for patriotism and the military virtues. The Socialist who finds his children playing with soldiers is usually upset, but he is never able to think of a substitute for the tin soldiers; tin pacifists somehow won’t do. Hitler, because in his own joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flags and loyalty-parades. However they may be as economic theories, Fascism and Nazism are psychologically far sounder than any hedonistic conception of life. The same is probably true of Stalin’s militarized version of Socialism. All three of the great dictators have enhanced their power by imposing intolerable burdens on their peoples. Whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a more grudging way, have said to people “I offer you a good time,” Hitler has said to them “I offer you struggle, danger and death,” and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet. Perhaps later on they will get sick of it and change their minds, as at the end of the last war. After a few years of slaughter and starvation “Greatest happiness of the greatest number” is a good slogan, but at this moment “Better an end with horror than a horror without end” is a winner. Now that we are fighting against the man who coined it, we ought not to underrate its emotional appeal.""The War Nerd: Crunching numbers on Kobane":
"The rules of that war are very different. Imagine you’re a young guy sitting at a café in, say, Tunis."ISIS and the Real Reason Why Young Muslim Men Join the Jihad"
There are no jobs in Tunis. There isn’t much that connects you to anyone, except Islam, which—in theory—unites all Muslims in friendship. It doesn’t work that way in practice, of course, as Muslims from poor countries find when they take jobs in the Gulf—and Lord, do they get mad!–but it’s still the only cheerful idea in your world, as you sit there nursing a coffee all day.
Imagine being that guy, and jihad doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea. You don’t even have to imagine being a Tunisian; I can give you an All-American example from the other side of the fight in Kobane. Jordan Matson, a 28-year old American, joined the YPG after getting out of the US Army and ending up doing night shifts in a meat-packing plant.
I’m not pretending that YPG and IS are morally equal. They’re not. YPG is a secular, gender-neutral local militia defending its home town against fucking monsters, and IS is the monster in question, one of the vilest groups around. But the life-story, the motives, the experiences, of Jordan Matson and the average Tunisian recruit aren’t that different. Jihad, on either side, beats graveyard shift in Wisconsin or unemployment in Tunis.
So if you’re that potential IS recruit in Tunis, you’re watching the news from Kobane, but you’re watching it your way. You don’t worry too much about the atrocity stories coming out about IS. Young men have a great tolerance, let us say, for such things. In fact, many of them have a great deal more than tolerance—something more like enthusiasm, and I speak from my own embarrassing experience of a celibate adolescence.
As for sex slavery, it can look very different, if you’re a celibate young man sitting in a Tunis café with no job, than it looks to a New York Times pundit. As William Butler Yeats said a century ago, noting the, er, unusual eagerness of young Irish Catholic males to get themselves killed fighting better-trained and –armed regulars, celibate young men raised in sex-segregated environments get very excited at the idea of war and martyrdom. My hand is the first to be raised here, my old bald head blushing. I’m not one of those old “bald heads forgetful of their sins” that Yeats described; I remember my sins all too well, even if they were mostly imagined. And the average young man in Tunis or Riyadh has been raised in an atmosphere every bit as devout and celibate as the one which forged the martyrs of Yeats’s Ireland.
If you really want to venture into this territory—and it’s very, very embarrassing territory, believe me—you should read an amazing book called Male Fantasies.
The author is an annoying German academic, and the writing is tedious as Hell, but the idea is amazing: A look at the fantasies about women that motivated the young men who joined the Freikorps, the volunteer military forces of Weimar-era Germany. The book argues, in its slow, earnest German way, that these fantasies are ordinary, but very creepy, male ideas leading direct from dumb-ass dreams about girls, to the fatal decision to march off with the Freikorps. And if you were to look for a 21st version of the Freikorps…Ladies and gents, may I present Islamic State?"
"One wonders how much of the digging on this story Taibbi did with his Intercept hat on, and whether Omidyar killed it there."
"Israeli policy in two tweets: https://search.wikileaks.org/?q=%22goldstone+report%22 …
#Israel #Gaza #Palestine #Hamas"
"Protestors in Ougadougou lit the Parliament Building on fire to keep its members from amending Burkina Faso’s Constitution to allow Blaise Campaore to cling to power."
"Imagining with horror "personal brainstorming session" between Pierre Omidyar and Arianna Huffington flying to India http://nym.ag/1tRwYCD ""HERE’S Why Ebola Is No Longer In the News"
"How Obama-linked billionaire bogged down Snowden reporting at the critical moment: http://interc.pt/10ChJT0 See: https://wikileaks.org/WikiLeaks-statement-on-the-mass.html …"
"Israeli kid vs Palestinian kid on Google.Tweet (Gladstone Hotel):
#Halloween pumpkin of them all!"
"According to the sister of the man extrajudicially assassinated today, Muataz Ibrahim Hijazi, Occupation left him bleeding for TWO hours."
"According to witnesses, this is the "weapon" Hijazi had."
"Grieving for Racket today. It was a privilege to work with that team and I'm so sorry it did not work out.""Matt Taibbi Leaves Omidyar’s First Look Media [UPDATED]"
"Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has.""The Unattainable Illusion of Meritocracy" by Yves Smith. We've build a society which worships 'merit', and justifies all its abuses on 'merit', but which is completely and systematically and intentionally incapable of judging merit.
"Canada. You want to prevent things like the Ottawa shooting? Advocate for better drug rehab programs + mental health services."
"Harper set out to make Canada, once loved, one of the hated. To please his Zionist chums he outdid Netanyahu"Tweet (George Galloway):
"condolences to Canada under terrorist attack. Harper deliberately steered the most provocative course recruiting many such terrorist killers""Non-Aligned Media: “Canadian authorities ran war game drills depicting ISIS attack scenarios”"
"In this climate, do not expect our finest hour. Yesterday's events will be used as the springboard to call for greater militarization of the national culture and justification for unending war against ISIL/ISIS or any other convenient enemy-du-jour. This will lead to further increases in war spending, despite the fact that the War Dept. was supposed to come up with $2 billion in cuts. The wars in Ukraine and Iraq -- costs for which are being kept secret, without much protest -- will easily double that. These events will also be used to attack anyone who questions Canada's role in wars past or present.
The events of yesterday will likely also have a congealing impact on Parliamentarians who, understandably, shared a trauma together. Wednesday was supposed to be the Harper government's opportunity to unleash a new round of legislative measures designed to give CSIS and the RCMP even more freedom to trade information with torturers, monitor people overseas, take part in extraordinary rendition programs, and be completely immune from prosecution and oversight by the creation of a special class privilege that would assert the right of CSIS agents and informers not to be questioned about their activities in any court of law, public or secret.
But after yesterday, what opposition leader who wants to appear prime ministerial will feel comfortable saying no to such an agenda? The Conservatives will no doubt frame the issue with the familiar refrain, "you're either with the terrorists or against them."
Perhaps the most immediate impact will be felt in certain communities targeted for racial and religious profiling. While Canadian soldiers have been told to stay indoors and not show themselves in public, individuals of South Asian or Middle Eastern heritage, and certainly anyone who may be a Muslim or perceived as one, may have second thoughts about being out in public. These communities will be the subject of demands from the media and some "community leaders" to "out" radicalized young people, to call in "suspicious" behavior (undefined), and to report their neighbours to CSIS or the Mounties. They will find greater difficulty travelling, and they will learn first-hand about something called the Passenger Protect Program (or no-fly list)."
"Canada shooter's dad was one of Obama's **GOOD** mujahedeen in Libya in 2011! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/attack-on-ottawa-what-we-know-so-far/article21254214/ …"
"Has anyone besides me noticed the similarity of the
@LATimes mobile app logo and the #ISIS flag? Just wondering."