31 January 2015

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants to be like the British Queen

Well, no one can say it's illegal or something. But - if I may - there is no need to go to the expense of £384 million palaces or other extraordinary measures like that. It's enough to start with these:

Here. And:

Here. And:

Here. And then something basic like:

Here. Of course, being of male persuasion, I can't advise on colors that will match the mustache and the nose, but I am sure that professional consulting could be obtained. And look at the prices, they are eminently reasonable. I freely confess to be completely lost where the hats are concerned, and I know that the monarch in question frequently uses them, but this too could be settled by an expert, I bet.

Then a bit of hormonal therapy and related arrangement, and voila! Queen of Turkey...

The Council Has Spoken!


The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week's Watcher's Council match up.

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive! " - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion

Peace is purchased from strength. It's not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats. - Benyamin Netanyahu

"Obama's got something against Israel." - Broadcaster Rush Limbaugh, 2009

""Ahmadinijad was stupid enough to be a wolf in wolf's clothing, to expose his teeth and nails and alert the west. I can be a wolf in sheep's clothing. I have all the diplomatic and rhetoric skills to do so." - Hasan Rouhani - President of Iran

"Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are." - President Barack Obama


This week's winning essay,Joshuapundit's Obama, Netanyahu And Congress: The Real Inside Story Raises Further Questions is my analysis of the real story behind the ginned up controversy of Israeli PM Netanyahu accepting an invitation from congress to address a joint on Iran's illicit nuclear weapons program...and what ultimate questions it raises. Here's a slice:

President Obama's latest escapade involving Israel says a great deal about his deep animus towards Israel. And it raises an important question.

Our story starts with Speaker of the House John Boehner inviting Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on Iran and on Islamist terrorism in March.

Boehner's rationale for this was a widely popular bi-partisan bill up in congress calling for large scale sanctions on Iran if the Obama administration is unable to craft a deal limiting Iran's nuclear weapons capacity. President Obama, who watered down the previous sanctions and unilaterally dispensed with them said bluntly that he'd veto any legislation regarding Iran, and made a special point of mentioning this in his State of the Union address.

President Obama's logic is that he and Secretary Kerry just need a little more time....in spite of three missed deadlines for a deal that have seen Iran's nuclear stockpile actually grow.

There’s really zero transparency about what’s actually going on. IAEA inspectors have not been allowed inside major Iranian bases like Fardo, and among many things, Secretary John Kerry was apparently 'misinformed' when he claimed over a year ago that he had an agreement with the Islamic Republic that to cease operations at their heavy water reactor at Arak, a facility with no peaceful applications designed to produce weapons-grade plutonium. The IAEA hasn't been allowed to inspect Arak either. Nor has it been shut down, as Kerry originally told us. Meanwhile, the Iranian Majlis is on the verge of passing legislation mandating that Iran increase its nuclear enrichment.

Small wonder Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), a co-sponsor of the senate version of the bill called what President Barack Hussein Obama had to say about Iran as 'talking points straight from Tehran.'

Even the Washington Post awarded the president “Three Pinocchios” out of a possible four for his dishonest and delusional remarks on Iran during his speech.

So it's quite natural that Speaker Boehner would want the Prime Minister of Israel, who's been outspoken on Iran's nuclear threat to address congress to increase consensus on a bill that would almost certainly have to override a presidential veto. And Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu, whose country gets threatened with annihilation by Iran every other week was happy to accept.

That's when the White House literally went berserk.


The president claimed that congress had disrespected him by not clearing Netanyahu's visit with the White House, although in fact congress has the legal right to invite anyone it wants to to address a joint session.

But the president's special wrath was directed at Benyamin Netanyahu,and that was no accident, as we'll see. The president announced that he would not meet with or otherwise acknowledge Netanyahu's presence during his visit. And unnamed White House officials were quoted in the press as saying that Netanyahu had 'forgotten that Obama's going to be president for another year and a half', and that Netanyahu was 'spitting in our faces' by daring to come to America without an official presidential invitation. There were dark statements about how there would 'be a price to pay.'

The president tried to justify this by saying that the invitation by congress was a breach of protocol, and against U.S. policy to meet with a head of state this close to a national election.

He lied about that too.

For instance, a couple of months before the British general election, President Obama invited British PM David Cameron to the White House in a high profile visit that was essentially an endorsement. And just a couple of weeks ago, only four months before what's shaping up as the tightest UK election in years, the president, who is more popular in the UK than he is here did the same thing,having a meeting with Cameron, a lavish photo-op and calling him 'a great friend' and one of his "closet and most trusted partners in the world."


There have been other occasions. Remember the president's love affair with former Islamist Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi in the run up to the Egyptian elections?

The president also had the White House release a leak alleging that Israeli Mossad Head Tamir Pardo had personally warned US senators against further Iran sanctions.

At that point, I got fairly concerned, because to my knowledge no one in Israel's security apparatus has ever said anything like that..if anything the reverse, that increased sanctions had the best chance to bring Iran to the table for real concessions. For the head of Mossad to say this would amount to him creating his own private foreign policy.

I can tell you now without any doubt whatsoever that this was a complete fabrication by the White House, and I heard it directly from several people who definitely ought to know.

Moreover, the Mossad released a public statement on the matter. And it was not exactly diplomatic in tone.

A senior Israeli official delivered an uncommonly harsh attack on US President Barack Obama's administration Thursday evening, following the American report that alleged that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo had warned US senators against further Iran sanctions, in contradiction of Israel's official stance.

"The fraudulent claims against the Mossad Head were raised by the Americans yesterday, despite a message that had been transmitted to them on Tuesday by Intelligence Minister [Yuval] Steintz,” the senior Israeli source told Channel 2 news.

He added that Israel had gone over the minutes of the meeting between Pardo and the delegation of senators, and that Pardo had not said what was attributed to him.

"Leaking the Mossad Head's statements, even if they had not been falsified, is a serious breach of all the rules,” the senior source added. “Friends do not behave like this. Information from a secret meeting must not leak out.” [...]

"The Head of Mossad did not say that he opposes additional sanctions on Iran,” said the spy agency Thursday.

"Mossad Head Tamir Pardo met on January 19, 2015, with a delegation of US senators,” Mossad said in a statement. “The meeting was held at the request of the senators and with the prime minister's approval. At the meeting, the Head of Mossad stressed the extraordinary effectiveness of the sanctions that have been placed on Iran for several years in bringing Iran to the negotiating table.”

"The Head of Mossad noted that in negotiating with Iran, a policy of 'carrots and sticks' must be adopted, and there are not enough 'sticks' nowadays,” it added.

Furthermore, said the agency, he “said specifically that the agreement that is being formed with Iran is bad and could lead to a regional arms race.”

Both the Mossad and the Israeli government are livid over this, and that can't help but affect the relationship with the U.S. This indeed is hardly the way an ally acts.

Of course, the real reason for all this goes well beyond the president's ego. It’s very much about the Israeli elections.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal with an interesting piece, How to Lose, and Win, Graciously submitted by The Watcher.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

30 January 2015

שלושה חברים וסרט

הכותרת לקוחה מכתבה ב- YNET המתארת 3 חברים שיצרו סרט פשוט נפלא.
"את לי לילה".
הסרט מתאר שתי אחיות הגרות בשכונה קשת יום בחיפה. האחת מאותגרת שכלית ומוטורית והשנייה מטפלת בה במסירות כמעט על אנושית (אכן "על" ב-ע' כי היא כמעט מלאך).
במהלך הצפייה בסרט הרגשתי באופן בסיסי ביותר את הקשר העמוק בין היוצרים של הסרט: בין הבמאי לשתי השחקניות ובין שחקנית אחת לרעותה.
ברור לגמרי הקשר המיוחד בין שלושת היוצרים שאיפשר להם להגיע לרמות של רגש שדי נדיר לראות בקולנוע.
הסיפור די פשוט בעצם, אבל קשת הרגשות שהוא מעורר בך, הצופה, היא מאד מאד רחבה.
החל בפליאה על המסירות של האחות המטפלת, דרך רחמים משולבים באהדה לאחות המטופלת, ועבור לכעס על הרשויות אשר מאלצות אחות אחת לוותר לגמרי על חייה כדי לטפל באחות שניה, ואמפטיה עצומה לבחור שנכנס לחייהן.
בקיצור - סרט מאד מומלץ.
אני לא היחידה שחושבת כך....
ביקורת אחת
ביקורת שנייה
ביקורות גולשים

A new keyboard for Palestinian supporters

Courtesy of my FB friends.

Click on the picture to embiggen.

די! נמאס! צריך להחליף!

פוסט קצר, רק שני קישורים, למה צריך להוריד את המלך ביבי ועוד יותר את המלכה שרה מכס השלטון.
בן כספית מתאר את קשר השתיקה סביב בני הזוג והתנהגותם החזירית, האופורטוניסטית והמנצלת, וב- YNET מסופר על תקציב האלכוהול בבית ראש הממשלה.
ועוד לא דיברנו על מדיניות חוץ ופנים וביטחון ועוני וחינוך ובריאות.

29 January 2015

The IDF gender-related conundrum

Richard Millett, a man who goes where not many normal people dare, visited the joint Palestine Society and Feminist Society event held at the London School of Economics, one of the most prestigious universities on this planet. Accidentally, the event was held on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Here is what he witnessed:

Zena Agha portrayed Israelis as rapists of Palestinian women (see footage below). She said that “in Israel the view of Palestinian women is very derogatory and that rape had become a very prevalent idea. Rape for Israelis was almost a weapon of war against Palestinian women.”
So IDF is using rape as a prevalent idea (not sure what exactly this means, but one can guess).

This is another case where Palestinian supporters have mastered what some people of learning will probably call dichotomy. To give you a typical example: many of these supporters will deny that the Holocaust happened, only to regret on another occasion that Hitler didn't finish the job.

This is what happened to the issue of rape as well. First an elegant scientific construct is created, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that IDF soldiers don't rape Palestinian women. Because, you see, the Jooish view of Palestinian women is very derogatory. The theory spreads, its proponents get their doctoral degrees, publicity etc.

Then the opposite part of the dichotomy is embraced, and now IDF soldiers happily rape Palestinian women. Why? Oh, just because the Jooish view of Palestinian women is very derogatory.

Now you figure out a way for the Jooz the IDF to get out of this noose.

Thanks to Richard Millett, follows a recording of the new wave of Israeli atrocities described and decried.

OneVoice, V15 and other animals

Of course seeing an article like this in Haaretz is startling.

With the help of American money and a former campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, V15 is trying to replace Israel’s government. The money and organization comes from V15’s partnership with OneVoice.
I have only two remarks:
  1. Doesn't OneVoice and whoever stands behind it understand that the only result of this rude and crude intervention will be the opposite of what they desire?
  2. The fact that Haaretz published this could be explained only by one plausible reason: Haaretz competes with V15 for the funding from OneVoice. Or am I too cynical?
  3. Wouldn't... oops, two remarks limit. 

Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Fanfare, everyone!It’s time to present this week's statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week's nominees were all slime-worthy,but in the end the winner by a nose was....the envelope please...

Legend In His Own Mind And Rotund Radical Rabble Rouser Michael Moore!!

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Snowed In Edition

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

28 January 2015

Putin Repeats Stalin's Lie At the Jewish Museum

Today at the Holocaust ceremony in Russia, Putin decided to promote the old Stalinist lie: 

Of course, the main burden of the fight with Nazism was carried by the Russian people, 70% of all fighters of the Red army, officers - they were Russian people.  And the main sacrifices to the altar of Victory came from the Russian people.
This statement almost word for word repeats what Stalin's propagandist Shcherbakov said in January 1942: "The Russian people-the first among equals in the USSR's family of peoples - are bearing the main burden of the struggle with the German occupiers".

Here is why this is a lie:
  1. In terms of contribution to the victory, Putin's claim altogether ignored the role of the allies. Because the Red Army took horrible losses in the theatres of fighting, its ranks were filled by local Belorussian and Ukrainian conscripts both in the beginning and at the end of war. The deported people of Caucasus and Crimea had seen a higher percentage die in the Red Army than had the Russians. Jewish soldiers had been more likely to be decorated for valor than Russian soldiers.
  2. In terms of "burden" and "victims" even if we take only Soviet Union, more Jewish civilians were murdered by the Germans than Russian civilians, even though Jews represented only 2% of the population. For that matter, Poles, Ukrainians and Belorussians suffered more than Russians.

27 January 2015

On the murder of Alberto Nisman: no shame at all, Dr Margalit?

I assume that by now all readers of this blog know the tragic story of Alberto Nisman, the Argentinian prosecutor that did his best to unravel the web of lies and corruption behind the bombing of Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and the coverup of Iranian involvement by the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. If you need a refresher, here is a timeline of the events.

I don't think that by now anyone still doubts that Alberto Nisman was murdered, only a day - nay, even less than a day - before presenting his findings about Kirchner's involvement to the Argentine congress. It is quite difficult to see how anyone -  aside of people close to Ms Kirchner and/or Iranian intelligence services - was involved in the murder. Of course, the reality sometimes is stranger than anything a thriller writer could concoct, and nothing is impossible. However, one Dr. Meir Margalit*, with helpful assistance of Haaretz, succeeded to boldly step... nah, boldly jump into a cesspool of a conspiracy theory to beat any existing one so far. Happily spreading the contents of the cesspool over anyone not careful enough to keep his/her distance. Here it comes, the headline of his piece:

Argentina’s Jews are serving the far right’s silent revolution

I shall try to condense the revolting article to a few bullet points for your convenience (but by all means, read it all if your stomach could bear):
  1. Dark forces from the past are returning, keen to reap vengeance on the Kirchner family.
  2. The murder of Alberto Nisman is a well-timed right-wing conspiracy, in cahoots with former police and army officials, to overthrow the government.
  3. True, the affair revolves around the 1994 terror attack on the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires — and the 85 victims who were buried underneath. BUT:
  4. In the 1970s, the number of Jews murdered by the junta by Israeli-made arms was several times greater than the number of Jews later murdered by Tehran’s minions in Buenos Aires.
  5. The Jewish community doesn’t notice that the far right is latching onto the legitimate protest and building the revolution's foundations based on its criticism.
  6. Nisman was infected by the obsession with Iran that infected the entire community.
  7. Nisman was nourished by materials that Israel gave him [here the Zionists surfaced eventually!], and was used by the right wing.
  8. Israel probably isn’t directly involved in the affair, but is an extremely(sic!) powerful player making things complicated for two major reasons: first, because this is a chance to strike at Iran; second, because Israel has a score to settle with Latin America’s “left-wing” governments that embrace the Palestinians and vote against Israel at the United Nations.
In short: forget Nisman's murder, forget Kirchner's corruption (in cahoots with Iran), forget even the 85 victims (Argentine junta killed more people, after all). Essentially: forget the truth and mind the right wing cum Zionist conspiracy to depose the progressive regime in the free and democratic Argentine!

Mind-boggling, isn't it? And I can make the above even shorter:

Dr Margalit: you are a scumbag of the first order, and I am ashamed of the fact that your feet tread the same ground I do.

(*) Dr. Meir Margalit - a freaking beacon of progressiveness.

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!!


It's time once again for the Watcher's Council's 'Weasel Of The Week' nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of  the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure  who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Forum: Will You Watch The Super Bowl? Why Or Why Not?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question:Will You Watch The Super Bowl? Why Or Why Not?

26 January 2015

Islamic State group nearly out of Kobani

Good news for a change.

Back under the stone you crawled out from under, vermin.
And I hope you will be found even there and squashed.

כשהיא אומרת "לא", היא מתכוונת ל"לא!!!!"

אתמול התפרסמה עוד ידיעה על קצין בכיר במשטרה שנחשד בהטרדה מינית.
היום כבר מפרסמים פרטים נוספים  המעידים על התנהגות נפשעת ממש.
לפני 15 שנה היה זה הקצין המהולל איציק מרדכי שהורשע בעבירות חמורות של הטרדה מינית.
החוק למניעת הטרדה מינית יצא ב-1998. אפשר להבין ששנתיים לא הספיקו לאיציק מרדכי להפנים את מהות החוק, מה גם שחלק מהעבירות בוצעו כשעוד לא היה חוק נגד הטרדה מינית, כשהנורמה היתה שלקצין בכיר יש זכויות יתר, גם על גופן של החיילות הכפופות לו.
אבל קצין משטרה בכיר בימינו? כשבכל מקום עבודה תלוי במקום בולט מסמך המגדיר את מה אסור ומה מותר ביחסי מנהל - כפיפים ומה מותר ומה אסור ביחסי עמיתים?
אחרי שאפילו הנשיא קצב נדון למאסר בגין הטרדה מינית?
מה חושב לו גבר מבוגר, שמטריד בנות שיכולות להיות בגיל של ילדיו?
מאיפה הוא לוקח את החוצפה ועזות המצח הזו?
הלוואי וידונו אותו למאסר מקסימלי שמותר על פי החוק!

Safety notice on cell phones

Because of some news:

Israeli intelligence was reportedly able to track down the location of Iranian General Mohammed Ali Allah Dadi, who was killed in a strike attributed to Israel last week in Syria, via his cellphone, Lebanon's The Daily Star quoted Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria as saying on Sunday.
Now, you may laugh at me, but I'm real sensitive to the problem of safety where all these new-fangled electronic gizmos are concerned.

I have perused the FDA site re this issue. While there is a mention of possible damage: "Two areas of the body, the eyes and the testes, are particularly vulnerable...", somehow it didn't match the picture of catastrophic failure of all the organs in the body. Like it happened to the general in question and his entourage.

So my advice to you all: switch off your cellphones when going out. Remember - it is just humans that write the software that guides these damn drones and launch these damn missiles, and you never know. FDA should add this to their site too.

It is your health, after all.

25 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo murders and three paragons of hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions, behaviors, virtues, motivations, or other characteristics that one does not actually hold. It is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another.
One of the side effects of the recent Paris events was showing the gap (or a chasm by now) between the supporters of freedom and what Salman Rushdie perceptively called "But Brigade" in a sharper contrast.
The author said there should be no conditions placed on free speech; anyone who does, he referred to as the “but brigade.” "The minute I hear someone say, 'Yes, I believe in free speech, but...' I stop listening," Rushdie said...
To present some of the “but brigade” mental shenanigans, I have chosen (arbitrarily, I know) three outstanding representatives of the clan.

1. Noam Chomsky, the Mastermind of the (last) Century.

The distinguished professor of linguistics who considers himself to be an expert on life, the universe and everything, is one of the foremost upholders of absolute and untouchable freedom of speech. Including freedom of speech of Holocaust deniers[1], with some of whom he seems to be on the best terms.

Our subject appears to be also a master of "do as I say, not as I do" hypocritical variety. How else would you explain this staunch supporter of freedom of speech brown-nosing the chieftains of Hizballah (in the picture above) - people for whom freedom of speech is as alien a concept as pickled pig's knuckles?

Of course, one could mention[2] that the famous fighter against capitalism, the valiant anarcho-syndicalist is not only a wealthy man but also accepts money from the capitalist institutions he so despises and invests money in corporations he reviles.

So this is the man CNN has chosen to pen an article on the subject of hypocrisy (yeah, no kidding): Paris attacks show hypocrisy of West's outrage. And what is the main thrust of the piece? Not only it is a great representation of the "but brigade" stance, it uses for the "but" part the NATO "missile attack on Serbian state television headquarters" in 1999. Just a reminder: Chomsky, while knowing practically nothing about the case, remains an unrepentant denier of Bosnian Genocide. This is the man that complains about Western hypocrisy.

The principle of using the "but" logic was brilliantly debunked by Howard Jacobson in his article Try ‘and’ instead of ‘but’ and.... I would say that the headline itself conveys very well the Jacobson's main point, but do not deny yourself another example of his prose. Especially since Chomsky is debunked there as well.

2. Norman Finkelstein, "world renowned political science professor"

The "world renowned" part will remain on the conscience of the interviewer and his editor, of course. If the Fink is world renown, it is not exactly because of his prowess in the dense forest of political science. His "fame" is stemming from his preoccupation with the so called "Holocaust industry" - the phenomenon of Jews profiting from Holocaust - that he himself "christened", described and continues to profit from as long as he is able to. If this is not a prime example of hypocrisy, show me a better one.

Not to be outdone by prof Chomsky (his hero), prof Finkelstein has also made the pilgrimage to Lebanon (see the picture above), to prove his loyalty to the values of Mr Nasrallah. But no, he is no hypocrite, of course.

And, returning back to the interview, prof Finkelstein was much cruder than prof Chomsky. He considers the cartoons by Charlie Hebdo to be "political pornography no different than Der Stürmer".
I have no sympathy for [the staff of Charlie Hebdo]. Should they have been killed? Of course not. But of course, Streicher shouldn’t have been hung. I don’t hear that from many people," said Finkelstein.
Smashing, that, but then prof Finkelstein is in a much tougher (financially speaking) situation than prof Chomsky. He has to work for his daily bread and, being found not exactly suitable for a job in US (I wonder why, after all even professors that share his political views haven't lend a hand to their stricken comrade, as the comrade himself testifies), he teaches something in Turkey (Sakarya University, whatever it means). So he must make himself likeable to his hosts, I assume. But no, no hypocrisy in that, not at all...

And of course, he found his "but" point too, not to worry:
The characterization by the French of Muslims as being barbaric is hypocritical considering the killings of thousands of people during France’s colonial occupation of Algeria.
Why didn't he add the burning of Jeanne d'Arc and Napoleonic wars will remain forever unknown, I'm afraid, but this is the nature of Poli Sci professors.

The subject of this post is on the left.

3. Hon. George Galloway, MP: tyrants brown-nosed, straw men slayed.

Being a politician, on top of his other gainful employments, Mr Galloway easily tops the list as far as his range of activities is concerned. Many a tyrant on this planet experienced the restorative effects of our subject's tongue on his posterior. Many a radio/TV transmitter blushed of shame, being forced to transmit the insufferable crapola spewing from this character's mouth.

This time was no exception. The bounder has outdone even the previous subject, prof Finkelstein, in his rabid speech:
George Galloway boldly declared “Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo” during a damning address at a freedom of speech rally in Bradford on Saturday.

The Respect MP told a crowd of protestors gathered outside Bradford City Hall that the French government should be ashamed of themselves for standing by the “racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag” in the wake of the attacks in Paris that killed 17 people last week.

These are not cartoons, these are not depictions of the Prophet, these are pornographic, obscene insults to the Prophet and by extension, 1.7billion human beings on this earth and there are limits.

There are limits. There limits to free speech and free expression especially in France.
As you can see, this time Hon. George Galloway has succeeded to perform an ass-licking maneuver on a whole religion - no mean trick, I have to add. But then, years and years of practice lead to this shameful exhibition.

To conclude: the three protagonists of this post come from different backgrounds. All three are deeply damaged by some irreversible process or event in their lives, but this is a matter for a psychiatrist. It is easy, though, to find common symptoms: each one has visited Lebanon and served in his own lowly way this murderous terrorist outfit; each one is a liar and a hypocrite; all three hate Israel; etc. Given time and opportunity, I guess we'll see the three gracing the fledgling Islamic State capital, explaining to the world how just and awesome it is and how it should be understood in its true glory.

And we should fully expect each one of them explaining to us how hypocritical it is to object.


P.S. For the sake of fairness: Israel has its own set of blasphemy laws, preserving some remnants of a British rule.
In Israel, blasphemy is covered by Articles 170 and 173 of the penal code.[38][39]

Insult to religion

170. If a person destroys, damages or desecrates a place of worship or any object which is held sacred by a group of persons, with the intention of reviling their religion, or in the knowledge that they are liable to deem that act an insult to their religion, then the one is liable to three years imprisonment.

Injury to religious sentiment

173. If a person does any of the following, then the one is liable to one year imprisonment:
(1) One publishes a publication that is liable to crudely offend the religious faith or sentiment of others;
(2) One voices in a public place and in the hearing of another person any word or sound that is liable to crudely offend the religious faith or sentiment of others.
Fortunately, the 173.1 and 173.2 are not enforced too eagerly, if at all. The fact is that the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo could be obtained quite easily and freely here - albeit only as an Internet order.

Still shameful.


24 January 2015

The Council Has Spoken!

Council Winners

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23 January 2015

Down with Sitzpinklers! A man must do what a man must do!

A small but significant victory for true multiculturalism:
A court in Germany has ruled in favour of a man's right to urinate while standing up after his landlord demanded money for damage to the bathroom floor.
Of course, this is only a single battle in the war, judging by this clarifying statement:
But the Duesseldorf judge ruled that the man's method was within cultural norms, saying "urinating standing up is still common practice".
I believe you've noticed that ominous "still" in the quote. No, the war is not won yet.


22 January 2015

Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Once again, It's time to present this week's statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week's nominees were all particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner...the envelope please...


Racialist Grievance Monger, Anti-Semite and Huffington Post Columnist Ferrari Sheppard!!

21 January 2015

Oops, says IDF: we thought he is a colonel...

Mistakes happen. In this case, when you are going for a possum and bag a bear, it is hard to complain, though.

'We did not expect the outcome in terms of the stature of those killed - certainly not the Iranian general,' security source says'.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Mohammed Allahdadi was killed with a Hezbollah commander and the son of the group's late military leader, Imad Moughniyeh, in Sunday's attack on a Hezbollah convoy near the Israeli Golan Heights border.
The part that remained off the record is published now for the first time here:
Our drone has counted the stars on the general's shoulder, and since it appears that the number of the stars is the same as on a colonel's insignia, the computer decided to let the missile go. The camera resolution on that drone was not up to scratch. The sergeant responsible for the lens cleaning lost his weekend leave, which will learn him.

As a result of this regrettable mistake, IDF General Staff has decided to send the Iranian army a free discount coupon that will grant immunity to three Iranian colonels. The coupon is valid until January 2016 (inclusive).

No other discounts apply.

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20 January 2015

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!


It's time once again for the Watcher's Council's 'Weasel Of The Week' nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks' Nominees!

נשים לשלטון!

אמש התבשרנו כי בחמישיה של נבחרי מפלגת מרץ עומדות 3 נשים! ואם נסתכל על השביעייה - אזי נראה 4 נשים!
כל הכבוד למפלגה הקטנטנה הזו שבראשה אשה, שמעמידה בנבחרת החלומות שלה יותר נשים מגברים.
גם מפלגת העבודה הגדילה הפעם את מספר הנשים ברשימתם לכנסת : 3 נשים בחמישייה הפותחת, 4 נשים בעשירייה פותחת, 7 נשים ברשימת העשרים.
איזה עולם נפלא יכול להיות אם מספר הנשים בכנסת יתקרב ל-50%!!!!
מעניין שהפעם מפלגות השמאל מביאות איתן לא רק מחשבה ליברלית בנושאי כלכלה וזכויות אדם, אלא גם מבטאות הלכה למעשה את נושא השיוויון בין המינים.
ומפלגות הימין? ובכן ליברמן גם הוא מציב מספר ראוי של נשים : שתי נשים בחמישייה ו-4 בעשירייה. אבל נראה כי שפוט לא נשארו לו אנשים....
והבית היהודי? אשה אחת בחמישייה, שתיים בעשירייה ו-4 ברשימת העשרים.
והגדיל לעשות הליכוד. לאחר הבלגן שלא נפסק יש אשה אחת (מירי רגב האינטיליגנטית, הרהוטה, הליברלית......) בחמישייה, אשה אחת בעשירייה (אותה מירי רגב כמובן) ו-3 נשים ברשימת העשרים.
מיותר לאמר שבמפלגות החרדיות אין כלל נשים.
אז גבירותי ורבותי!
נא לכלול בשיקולי ההצבעה שלכם גם את נושא הייצוג הנשי!!!!

19 January 2015

Forum: What Is Your Opinion Of the New Proposed Internet Rules President Obama Wants The FCC To Impose?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: What Is Your Opinion Of the New Proposed Internet Rules President Obama Wants The FCC To Impose?

18 January 2015

Apologies to our readers and to John Kerry

I don't really know how to go about it and even how to start this post. You see, apologies is not our shtick. "Fuck it, let's move on" is the usual thing we all say when some bloke gets hurt by that or another post.

But this case is special. What happened was beyond the pale. When this blog misses a clear and obvious point that simply glares in our faces... oh well, it's better to show than to keep carping. Here it comes: in the post about a distinguished CNN anchor (ex-anchor by now) who went into a mental meltdown I've compared him with a certain bird:

While there is some remote resemblance, the real doppelganger of that bird was hiding in plain view, invalidating the above comparison by the mere fact of his existence. So here he is:

That was inexcusable. Only time, sacrifice and patience will help in removing the stain of dishonor from this here blog.


16 January 2015

Jim Clancy out of CNN: homebound or not?

So far the best headline on the subject I've seen was:

‘Wonder if Al-Jazeera is hiring': Jim Clancy out at CNN after nutty anti-Israel tweets

And the best tweet:

Yep, that tinfoil hat need some cleaning and mending, definitely.

Another point is that tomorrow we shall see the usual crowd revving up the engines to start the "Zionists fired poor Jim Clancy" or some such crap.

When the truth is so simple and could be summarized in four words: don't drink and tweet.

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr.: Mr. President, you are a disgrace. Oh, and Mr Stewart: you are a bigger one

I can understand the logic of calling retired military people and politicians by their past titles. I can also see one serious problem with that: what if a person in question was a failure while doing that job that went with the title once? The title is still here, but how many remember the failures?

Especially a failure like this one that keeps coming up in the news with distressing regularity. Since this old dog doesn't learn any new tricks and, besides*, since he is rather a one trick pony than a dog anyway, Mr Carter repeats his complaint about the Zionist entity being at the root of all world problems at any opportunity.

This time the opportunity was courteously provided by Jon Stewart. Here is a recording of the meeting of these two exceptional minds:

(Or go to this link if any problems with the embedded clip. Or via this Youtube version.)
“Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem,” Carter replied. “And this aggravates people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza, what they are doing now — what’s being done to them. So I think that’s part of it.”
Yes, sure: two deranged terrorists kill a bunch of newspaper employees, innocent bystanders and policemen because of imaginary offense, then another terrorist kills four French Jews and all this is because of Zionist injustices in West Bank and Gaza? Of course, this part of the discussion incensed many people, and by rights. Because most people have seen only a short (about 1 minute) part of the conversation, like the one in this article.

But - and there is a big BUT: I can't really blame the old man. He, after all, repeated his mantra automatically upon being triggered. And notice who has done the triggering. Much earlier than the quote above was uttered, Stewart mentioned the Paris bloodbath and started the subject of Obama's non-appearance on the streets of Paris with other world leaders. After eliciting an explanation about the heavy load of work  the POTUS is subjected to, it was Jon Stewart who, quite unsubtly, lead the old man into the subject of Camp David, Oslo and whatnot. Notice his lead starting about 3'10''. 

Crude but effective and in this case unbeatable. From there the bridge to the rant quoted above was already impossible to miss, and of course, Carter didn't miss it. That specific pony knows the trick once it is shown the way to it, no question whatsoever.

And notice that Stewart doesn't have any objections to that "simple and straightforward" explanation of root causes given by Carter, no matter how far from reality or how offensive it is. He is just nodding sagely...

Jamie Weinstein in his The Daily Caller article asks a good question or two:
Carter didn’t explain how solving the Israeli-Palestinian issue would in any way resolve the violent conflicts currently engulfing the Arab world, including the Syrian civil war, the Islamic State’s takeover of part of Iraq and its brutal implementation of Islamic law, and the conflict between the Egyptian government and the Muslim Brotherhood, just to name a few. Nor did he detail how the “Palestinian problem” helps explain why three French Muslims murdered innocent French Jews buying groceries for the coming Sabbath and cartoonists preparing the next issue of their paper.
Good points all. The explanation consists of two points:
  1. Jimmy Carter doesn't have any answers to that, aside of blaming the Z. Entity, of course. He is simply not geared for it.
  2. Jon Stewart wasn't looking for any answers - all he needed was a familiar soundbite. In spite of his assurances to the opposite, he is geared to bash the Zionists.
I wish Jon Stewart could restrict himself to discussion of guinea worm - he is much better at that  than in politics, notwithstanding what he thinks about his political acumen. 

For shame.

(*) To make some people mad by mixing metaphors,

Thanks to Francine Robin for the picture of the protagonist.

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15 January 2015

Deborah Maccoby to Jews of Europe: denounce Israel and live happily thereafter

Deborah Maccoby... yeah, I know, my American friends will question my preoccupation with such minor and generally obscure elements of British society. And I don't think that next picture will change their opinion significantly:

Deborah Maccoby bills herself on some occasions* as "Executive, Jews for Justice for Palestinians". Alternatively she presents herself as "a member of the Executive Committee of Just Peace UK, the Israeli-Palestinian peace group and the UK branch of ICAHD (the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions)". At the same time she is gainfully employed "at the BBC World Service as a Production Assistant and has written book reviews for the Arabic Service". Which is a significant point, showing a person with access to one of the heaviest propaganda juggernauts out there.

So, if after looking at the pictures, you have conjured in your mind an image of one of these slightly demented aunts that are very good in making their own preserves or jams, overcook the roast and are afraid of spiders - perish the thought. Deborah Maccoby is a very strong anti-Zionist presence on many fronts and, as a prominent member of the British "AssaJew" community, has quite a few ideas to offer on many subjects.

One of such subjects is a solution for antisemitism, which Ms Maccoby hinted about as early as 2009. In this letter that starts with predictable "Sir: I am a member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians and have participated in every one of the national demonstrations against Israel’s brutal onslaught against Gaza", she offers the magic recipe in the last sentence:
If Jews really want to reduce anti-Semitism, they should speak out to change Israel’s destructive and self-destructive policies.
Jews, being a stubborn and intractable group of people, did not heed this prophetic warning in sufficient numbers, and the results, if you follow Ms Maccoby's theory, inevitably followed: a Muslim activist Amedi Coulibaly, possibly one of the more outspoken objectors of Zionism, decided to demonstrate his unhappiness with the Zionist atrocities, killing four Jews in a Paris supermarket.

Now, my dear reader, you may be surprised by the logic of this act. After all, you may not see how a Jew, whose main fault is to go shopping in a kosher supermarket, is responsible for some Zionist entity somewhere far away. If, for instance, you are a Christian from, say, Argentine, traveling in Japan and get beaten up in a pub in Osaka, you could hardly expect that other Christians, like ones in Netherlands, for instance, will seek and beat up Japanese folks in their vicinity.

But Deborah Maccoby thinks differently from you and I and, being an uncommonly perceptive thinker, she offered a solution for Jews only. The solution is boldly titled: What Jews can learn from Muslims. To start with, the guilty parties are identified:
But the Israeli government, with its new bill proposing to make Israel the nation-state of all the Jews in the world, and Jewish organisations such as the Board of Deputies, with their claim that the majority of Jews support Israel’s oppressive policies, contribute to the conflation of Jews with Israel and the subsequent rise in antisemitism and attacks on Jews.
Then follows the positive example that further attenuates the guilt of the above evildoers:
...and the swift and powerful condemnation issued by Muslim groups all over the world will help to reduce anti-Muslim feeling and deter young Muslims from joining the jihadis.
Of course, a person of weaker faith in humanity could express some doubts re that "swift and powerful condemnation", after reading, for example, this:
“The Kalashnikovs, the identity cards the [killers] supposedly left behind, it was all staged,” said Boular, as his friends nodded in agreement. “It was a conspiracy designed by the Jews to make Muslims look bad.”
Or this:
French newspapers reported that some students in these neighborhoods—as well as other heavily Muslim areas near cities like Lille—refused to participate in Thursday’s national moment of silence for the victims of the terror attacks. One teacher said up to 80 percent of his students didn’t want to observe the silence, and some said they supported the attackers. “You reap what you sow,” a student who refused the moment of silence told his teacher in reference to the terrorists’ victims, according to Le Figaro.
The (purely hypothetical, of course) person of weak faith may also inquire what the following facts have to do with Zionist atrocities:
The survey found that one in four Britons think Jewish people chase money more than others while one in six claimed that Jews thought they were better than others and had too much power in the media.

One in ten said Jews were not has honest in business and one in five said they questioned their loyalty to Britain due to their connection with Israel. Ten percent of those questioned would not be happy if a relative married a Jew.

In a separate survey carried out by the CAA, more than half of British Jews feared they had no future in the UK and a quarter said they have considered leaving the country in the last two years.
But of course, there is no accounting for people weak on faith, after all the recipe cooked up by Deborah Maccoby is so simple and accessible:
If world Jewish organisations were to learn from their Muslim counterparts and say loud and clear in response to Israeli atrocities “not in my name”, this could help to reduce antisemitism and make the recruitment of young Muslims by jihadis more difficult. Despite Freedland’s claim that Jews have “no control” over Israeli policies, such condemnation could also exert strong pressure on the Israeli government to stop its atrocities and enter into genuine peace negotiations with the Palestinian unity government.
Loud and clear - what could be simpler? Say loudly "not in my name" and you are absolved. And no Freedland could interfere anymore...

However (this Jewish habit of saying "however", what can I do about it?). However, there are a few technical details to be worked out for comprehensive and full implementation of the idea. To start with, when an activist with a Kalashnikov rifle comes to punish to express his protest to the Jews who haven't yet denounced the Zionist misdeeds, how will this activist know which ones should be passed over, being proper "not in my name" Jews? Obviously, the text "not in my name" is not sufficient and impractical. Reading problems, reading comprehension issues, language barrier and whatnot... Of course, a placard like the one carried by Deborah Maccoby in that picture will go a long way to resolve the doubt, but somehow it doesn't seem practical. So, instead of a large and unwieldy placard, the following accessory is offered (in two pieces, to be attached to the front and to the back of one's coat, t-shirt or whatever):

This simple and practical fashion accessory will admirably resolve the issue of protecting the innocent, politically correct Jews of anti-Zionist persuasion. But of course, another question should be resolved as well: how to make sure that our activist doesn't shoot some totally unrelated non-Jews? That's real easy, using the same method of visual aids:
Just make all these no good Zionist supporter Jews wear this one and voila! No ambiguity, no mistakes and, even more important - no waste of ammo.

Now that we have figured it all out, the necessary steps for implementation could be started asap.

Lead by Deborah Maccoby, we shall separate the wheat from the chaff, and no doubt!

(*) On other occasions Ms Maccoby presents her beliefs:
First of all, I wouldn't call myself an anti-Zionist, because I am in favour of a Jewish national presence in the Jewish homeland, though I do think the best way to solve the Israel/Palestinian conflict is for Israel to abandon the outdated ethnic nation-state model and find a new model, such as a binational or federated state. I suppose this would make me a post-Zionist.
These beliefs don't make her a "post-Zionist", of course, just a vapid creature who is ready to sign up for another genocide of her people. Her people, I said? Hm...

Our Weasel Of The Week!!!

Once again, It's time to present this week's statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week's nominees were all despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner...the envelope please...

Progressive Whack Job Sally Kohn!!

14 January 2015

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13 January 2015

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!!


It's time once again for the Watcher's Council's 'Weasel Of The Week' nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of  the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure  who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Colombian Rainbow Boa emerges from a toilet, causes a spelling error to UPI editor

The first sentence of the article spells the reptile's brand correctly:

A full-sized boa constrictor slithered out of a toilet at a public relations firm in Southern California last week, according to a press release from the company.
The headline, however, is a bit off:

Boa constricter emerges from office toilet in San Diego

But it's happened in California, and people are naturally het up about all things happening there.Thus no wonder a typo creeps in.

By the way: is there any connection between boa constrictors and PR? Just asking.

12 January 2015

Jews will suffer greatly at BBC hands

This is just a paraphrase of the sentence uttered by one Tim Wilcox, BBC Newsreader, who told a scared Jewish lady in Paris that "Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands."

The idea, according to which the fate of European Jews is linked to the deeds (or misdeeds) of the Zionist entity, first propagated by that excrescence Seumas Milne, obviously became today a gospel for a part of the British establishment, like in this case.

When the discourse like that becomes as accepted as the discussion of the weather, why should we be surprised when the BBC TV director, one Danny Cohen, who happens to be Jewish, tells people about his fears in such simple terms:

“I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually? Because you feel it. I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before,” he said.
Yes, Mr Cohen, apparently it is time to decide for yourself whether you are a Jew or an Israeli. Because your current compatriots don't seem to care about the difference anymore, if you know what I mean.

The masks are going down...

Update: a good article by Nick Cohen on Wilcox affair, where he says:
More important, Wilcox is not some isolated and aberrant racist; his views are the standard opinions of the European left middle class. I meet them every day in my political neighbourhood.
With a stark finale:
I wonder how many more bombs it will take to blow these people out of their folly. In my bleaker moments, I suspect they will take it to their graves.

Forum: What Should Western Response Be To The Attacks In France, If Any?

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11 January 2015

Christiane Amanpour Calls Charlie Hebdo Terrorists what? 'Activists'?

This fucking civilization is truly coming to a richly deserved end. Watch and cry.

WTF, world?

Russia today or one hundred years of ignorance

The article translated here from Russian (with some assistance from Google) was written by Vladimir Pastukhov, who is currently an independent researcher and a legal adviser in London, a visiting fellow at St Anthony's College, Oxford. His prior career in law included academic work in Moscow and a position of adviser to the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

A few links were added for readers' convenience.


Those who closely follow developments in Russia, can't miss the qualitative changes in the Russian "cultural layer". These changes appear, to start with, in the dominant "cultural type". Although purely "quantitative" changes also matter. Lowering of the 'absolute' cultural level in Russia is a frightening trend that obviously can't be ignored in the future.

It should, however, be qualified that it is not some new trend, but a continued movement along a path defined by the Bolshevik revolution almost a hundred years ago.

Reverse conversion

Matthew Bourne's ballet, based on the novel of the Nobel laureate William Golding's "Lord of the Flies", which was just presented in Canterbury, once again made me think about the state of Russian culture. I can not even imagine that someone could so clearly and vividly simulate the process of reverse evolution of man into an ape, using dance.

It is known that the human genotype differs from ape's genotype in very few insignificant details, but these details are enough to draw an impassable boundary between apes and humans.

Matthew Bourne clearly proved that the same proportion of insignificant details distinguish human society from wild herds, and the reverse conversion of one into the other can occur quite rapidly.

Kremlin policy, formed on the basis of resistance to the West in the struggle for influence in Ukraine, is fraught with serious cultural risks, unlikely to be taken into account by the architects of the new Kremlin policy. The chances are that, unwittingly, the Kremlin might trigger "decivilization" of Russian society, which, if some extraordinary measures are not taken  timely, may be irreversible.

Much of what is happening in Russia today - and what causes indignation of the liberal-minded educated public - is not a direct part of some sinister "Kremlin plan". It happens "automatically", it is a part of a lively "creativity of the masses", which spills out the irritation accumulated for many years.

And this is the most frightening part of the whole.

Where is the "thinking reed*"?

There is leaching of cultural elements from the political layer. This resembles the loss of bone calcium in osteoporosis - in appearance it is the same bone, but it is hollowed out inside.

The places at the top of the political pyramid are increasingly occupied by half-educated provincials. From some unknown political cracks emerge dense, ignorant people who have the vaguest idea of the history and culture of the civilization whose dignity that they have undertaken to protect. Many public statements by government officials of  "the new wave" cause shock not so much by their reactionary contents (which still could be understood), but by their ignorance.

Of course, Konstantin Pobedonostsev, adviser to the Russian Emperor Alexander III (who buried the reformist course of his great father), was no less reactionary than many of the current leaders of the Russian Duma, but, at least, he can not be suspected of a total lack of culture.

Unfortunately, that which is happening in Russia today is not without precedent in the history of world culture. Something similar was anxiously watched by many intellectuals in Russia and in Germany in the 30s of the last century.

Ehrenburg in his memoirs repeatedly addressed the topic of "thinking reed" - a very thin layer of the elite that keeps society from returning to a state of primitive savagery.

Great social psychologist Reich, who had the sad privilege to watch the descent of the Third Reich into the abyss of madness, wrote that it's enough to break a thin dam in man's consciousness that retains repressed instincts and complexes languishing in his subconscious, and he instantly turns into sick and vicious animal.

The "fear of thought" trend

The general lowering of the level of culture, observed today in Russia, fits the trend already demonstrated by the Bolsheviks. Paying tribute to their achievements in promotion of cultural "breadth", we can't be silent about the fact that they struck a fatal blow to the very thin and vulnerable Russian cultural layer.

Part of this layer, however, survived and helped the so called "Soviet intelligentsia" to survive.

However, social orgy of the 90s of the last century, which led to total criminalization and pauperization of the Russian society, put an end to the "Soviet intelligentsia". Its scattered remnants continued (by inertia) to have some limited impact on public life in Russia in the next decade. But it seems that the effect of the inertia is now coming to an end, and to the forefront of Russian culture comes a new, ignorant, hero.

Until now, the demographic crisis was seen as a major strategic threat to the existence of the Russian civilization. But there is another pressing threat - the thinning of the "cultural layer", which is faster than the depopulation - a result of Russian low birth rate and high emigration.

Dystrophy of the culture seems to have become a chronic background for all future Russian crises. In this case, a chronic disease of Russians, the fear of thought - about which so much has been written in Russia at the beginning of the last century, when Bolshevism has outlined the new cultural trend - manifests itself in its full force.

On the tail and the dog

Fear of thought goes hand in hand with social infantilism. Many Russian minds are brilliant. This is proved, among other things, by the results achieved by Russian expat scientists in European and American universities.

But perhaps nowhere but in Russia the high professional ("technical") culture could so grotesquely coexist with social irresponsibility and "humanitarian disability" in one person. Smart and very business-savvy people instantly turn into barbarians, when it comes to resolving social conflicts, whether it is a dispute between neighbors in the apartment house block or a war with Ukraine.

The ignorant and coarse mass of people, which has escaped from the cultural layer, in a state of permanent affectation, threatens to turn into the proverbial tail that wags the dog in Russia.

Kremlin mistakenly believes that it can easily manipulate the mood of people. But this is a one-way street. "The patriotic enthusiasm", initiated by the Kremlin, had a very unpleasant side effect, unleashing dark social instincts - Nikolai Berdyaev figuratively called them "the dark wine of the Russian history."

These passions, freed from the control of reason, can not be curbed "by order", whenever you want. Instinct is not a sparrow, if it flies away there is no catching it.

You can deliberately provoke a tantrum, but but you can't exit the tantrum deliberately. To do this, shock therapy is usually required. For Germans in the last century it took a defeat in a terrible war. Russians were cured by victory, equal in its price to a defeat.

(*) A reference to Pascal.