30 September 2013

Another booming day in the news

The approach to this type of posts is not going to change soon, not that there is any need to, seeing as how nothing changes. So here you go: one news source, one day:

Witness to Pakistan blast: 'Women and children were burning'

At least 40 people were killed and about 100 were wounded after a bomb exploded at a bazaar in Peshawar on Sunday, officials at a Pakistani hospital said.
12 car bombs explode across Baghdad during rush hour; 33 killed
A dozen car bombs exploded across Baghdad during rush hour Monday morning, killing 33 people, police in Baghdad said.
Gunmen open fire on sleeping college students in Nigeria
Under the cover of darkness, gunmen approached a college dormitory in a rural Nigerian town and opened fire on students who were sleeping. At least 40 students died, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

Yes - the guillotines are there! Tomorrow is the day.

This is rather an old post, but since it is going to come true tomorrow, as you should see immediately, a reminder will help you all to prepare. Watch the clip below and then proceed to details. Remember, you have been warned!

The Elders Signals dept. received an important and, frankly, disturbing letter from Pamela Rae Schuffert, a veteran independent journalist, whose desire for Truth and whose diligence have already exposed and (we hope) eliminated several conspiracies targeting the free world in general and American people in particular. Between these conspiracies:

  1. NWO (New World Order)
  2. American Concentration Camps (and influx of foreign troops to enforce NWO)
  3. Underground bases setting up for Martial Law
  4. US Military as Citizen's Worst Enemy
  5. Space Metals in Our Children's Classroom Tables
Pamela's letter is published below in full, and we think it's vitally important for all to know the Truth (as opposite to the truth as disseminated by lying government SOBs). This post, however, is dedicated to clarification of a few crucial points in Pamela's letter. We, the Elders, have always maintained that when a part of the truth becomes known, it is vital to expose the whole truth to avoid FUD - Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, all of which are caused by misunderstanding and partial knowledge. So, we shall start with:

Looming Obama - Netanyahu confrontation? Nah...

Isi Leibler, the optimist, starts this article with:

One might have hoped that Obama’s calamitous mishandling of recent Middle East crises, climaxing with his disastrous response to the Syrian use of chemical weapons, would have taught him a few lessons on regional politics. Regrettably, his address to the United Nations General Assembly last week proved otherwise.
Right. Isi is also right when he says that:
Prime Minister Netanyahu must have been bitterly disappointed. He has bent over backwards in efforts to please Obama. At Obama’s urging he extended a humiliating apology to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan for the killing of the Turkish terrorists seeking to violently breach Israel’s maritime arms blockade against Gaza. Yet, when Erdogan subsequently refused to fulfill his undertakings, Obama failed to even reprimand him.

Netanyahu outraged most Israelis by capitulating to extreme US pressure by releasing Palestinian terrorists, many of whom were mass murderers.

He also encouraged AIPAC to support the President in Congress on the Syrian issue – an act which backfired after Obama equivocated, and then withdrew his request for Congressional support.

Yet Obama disregarded all Netanyahu’s efforts and once again left him in the cold.
Still, there will be no confrontation. And it's impossible to blame Bibi for the lack of thereof, because, as Isi himself correctly notices:
But unlike his political opponents on the right accusing him of cowardice, Netanyahu - as all Israeli leaders since the time of Ben Gurion - realizes that Israel is dependent on a superpower and that today the support of the US both politically and militarily is crucial. Netanyahu also recognizes that for all his failings, Obama with the strong encouragement of Congress continues to provide Israel with the military necessities that no other nation could provide.
And therein lies the rub. So let's bear it with a smile.

Aida Yespica naked uncensored exclusive

will not appear here for now. On the other hand, a lucky shot of a dragonfly is just what you need right now to relax. Click on it and study for at least a minute.

29 September 2013

O.J. Simpson didn't touch your cookies!

And this is final:

Rumors that O.J. Simpson was caught stealing cookies in prison have been greatly exaggerated, Nevada corrections officials said Friday.
So you can forget the story that says:
The football star-turned-felon was reportedly caught stealing more than a dozen oatmeal cookies from the cafeteria in the Nevada prison where he is serving 33 years for armed robbery.

"O.J. just stood there with a goofy grin on his face as the guard kept digging inside his shirt and throwing the cookies on the floor," a source said. "The temptation of the cookies in the prison chow line was too much for him."

Look at this picture. Doesn't a mere thought that this man could have touched a cookie, let alone steal a heap of cookies, make you laugh? Ha ha ha...

28 September 2013

Jewish Answer to Astaire and Rogers

Who would have thunk that Winnie the Pooh can dance? 

How I, an Australian Jewish-atheist, became a German citizen and forgave the Nazis

There is a lot to be said about Antony Lowenstein, the fiery anti-Zionist Australian Jew, now a proud German citizen. A good snapshot is provided in a CiF Watch article here, it shows the sterling qualities of this character in a nutshell. His obsessive hate of Israel drives him to such extremes... But there is enough said, and there is nothing better to put an end to the whole gruesome subject than a short quote from his recent CiF opus How I, an Australian Jewish-atheist, became a German citizen. Because the first sentence says it all:

It was hard to forgive the Nazis.
Have you ever seen somebody (Jewish or not) forgiving the Nazis before this sorry case? There are people who support and justify the Nazis, explain them, slightly criticize them, etc. - a veritable rainbow of opinions and statements. I can understand a Jew that forgives the Germans. But this, to the best of my knowledge, is the first time when somebody actually comes out of the closet (and a mighty peculiar one at that) and declares his forgiveness of the Nazis. Not that the Nazis ever asked anyone for forgiveness. But here you are.

What comes next, after forgiveness, Tone? I shudder to think about all the venues opened now...

Attached: a snapshot of the article - to be believed later, when the moron suddenly realizes...

Interestingly, Lowenstein (or was it a Guardian editor?) chosen a picture of bombed-out Dresden to grace his opus (and stress the element of forgiveness, I wonder?).

You can take a car to the runway, but you can't make it fly

Even Apple, having your best interests in mind, can't help more in such an endeavor.

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27 September 2013

We could blind Israel in an instant, says a failed ophthalmologist

Otherwise all is quiet. Temperature at the moment 28, which is very moderate for these parts, sunny, a bit of north wind. Chance of rain - 0%.

No apologies for Canada’s UN policy

This is another hard hit from Terry Glavin (FB and blog) that is a must read. It is preceded by a following foreword on FB:

Well, wait just a second. The annual gathering of the UN General Assembly in New York is a yearly convention of the world’s most notorious mass murderers, rapists, torturers and war criminals, and we’re supposed to be upset that Canada is not especially popular with these monsters? Have we not contributed sufficient subsidies and institutional support services to that bloated fraternity of sadists and cannibals that is otherwise called the United Nations General Assembly? Oh, please, just fuck off.
Amen to that.

Count your virgins... er... blessings

yourself. Unless, of course, you want to get assistance from Mick Hartley, which assistance, you may be assured, you will need.

26 September 2013

Christiane Amanpour and Hassan Rouhani: almost there, only to get a slap on the face

It is an open secret that Ms Amanpour was very excited about the election of Hassan Rouhani to the post of the new puppet of Ayatollahs. It is also not an especially contained secret that Ms Amanpour doesn't like us (Israelis) very much.

The recent visit of Hassan Rouhani allowed Ms Amanpour's hopes about the new progressive "leader" of the theocracy to soar. Really high, and in her interview with the guest you can see her smile being so sweet, her breath quicken and her pulse going up where the eagles... well, you got the drift by now. The headline Why Rouhani may be different conveys part of that excitement only too well. And all the ingredients of that excitement (including the word "excitement" itself) appear in this article, no denying it.

To prove that her exhilaration about her heart's new champion is built on a firm base, Ms Amanpour has decided to apply to him the ultimate litmus test: the Holocaust exam*. And here is what Hassan Rouhani has to say on the subject, according to CNN:

I've said before that I am not a historian and then when it comes to speaking of the dimensions of the Holocaust, it is the historians that should reflected on it. But in general I can tell you that any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis created towards the Jews is reprehensible and condemnable.

Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews, we condemn. The taking of human life is contemptible. It makes no difference whether that life is Jewish life, Christian or Muslim. For us it is the same.

The taking of human life is something our religion rejects but this does not mean that on the other hand, you can say Nazis committed crimes against a group now therefore they must usurp the land of another group and occupy it. This, too, is an act that should be condemned. There should be an even-handed discussion.
If you discard that interesting quip about not being an historian and the general reference to the role of historians, Christiane Amanpour must have been ecstatic toward the end of the translation.

And then the Iranians came and spoiled that lovefest. FARS news agency didn't wait a day before coming out with a smashing: Exclusive: CNN Fabricates Iranian President's Remarks about Holocaust **. Oh boy, oh boy...
The CNN aired its interview with Rouhani on Tuesday but the news channel added to or changed parts of his remarks when Christiane Amanpour asked him about the Holocaust.
You can read the rest, but here are the most offensive, in the eyes of FARS, bits of the CNN's version:
  • The mention of the word "Holocaust" in the first sentence of the above quote.
  • The sentence "Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews, we condemn."
How do you like them chickens now? And the manner of the offense, as it is perceived by FARS, is also telling: the alterations in the Rouhani's interview, allegedly perpetrated by CNN, "totally change what His Excellency President Rouhani has said". Make what you will of this...

And then, as if it was not enough insult for Ms Amanpour and her budding hopes, Mr Rouhani does some rabble-rousing at UN, misses (on purpose) the opportunity for a handshake with the POTUS and shoots down the attempts to meet, so desired by the said POTUS in his drive to "engage" once more with Iran.

Thus, until the famous Farsi expert Juan Cole gets involved and translates both Farsi and English texts again to achieve a single, harmonious version that will inspire a new wave of romantic feelings, the current bout of love experienced so briefly by our Christiane, should be considered null and void.

Nothing to see here, move along, ladies and gentlemen.

Update: As for the part of Ms Amanpour in the translation debacle, see this:
Head of FARS's political desk testified in favor of Amanpour's Farsi. He said she speaks Farsi and "she knows the language better than me."

Via Norm.

(*) Who asked her to do it, on whose behalf and why was it done at all, may remain a mystery forever.
(**) This and the CNN text are copied and kept down there for posterity.

Update 2: Here is an agitated response from Ms Amanpour:

Who should I believe more in this case? All things considered, it will be FARS News, sorry to say. More here.

Update 3: Iran Mulling Legal Action against CNN
After CNN falsified the Iranian president's statements about the Holocaust in an interview aired on Tuesday, now senior Tehran officials are mulling strict legal action against the American news network. While the Iranian president did not recognize the Holocaust, the CNN aired a translation which contained several words and sentences which were not uttered by the Iranian President.
Senior MP Deplores CNN’s Distortion of Rouhani’s Remarks as “Zionist Move”
“This media outlet (CNN) that claims to be fair in dissemination of information and news, when it commits such a treacherous act in the field of media and attributes certain statements to the Iranian president who has never mentioned them, this means the attempt by the CNN has been a Zionist-oriented move,” Rapporteur of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told FNA on Saturday.
Yeah, Christiane... and here is a question for you and your bosses to answer:

Is Misleading the Public A Duty of CNN?

And the answer to that one is... ???


CNN version of the Rouhani's response (click to enlarge):

Fars rebuttal (same advice):

Simon Jenkins: the deep, incisive and penetrating idiocy of the week

Believe it or not:

The modern urban obsession with celebrity buildings and high-profile events offers too many publicity-rich targets. A World Trade Centre, a Mumbai hotel, a Boston marathon, a Nairobi shopping mall are all enticing to extremists. Defending them is near impossible. Better at least not to create them. A shopping mall not only wipes out shopping streets, it makes a perfect terrorist fortress, near impossible to assault.
What? You didn't expect me to comment on it, did you?

Rule 5 and the end of the world

Follow the directions in the caption below.

If the time defined as "long enough" was more than 45 seconds in your case, don't submit your candidacy as a possible savior of the world. Godzilla seems to have an upper hand so far...

25 September 2013

Are you at home, Mr. Waters?

In the Pink Floyd song “Comfortably Numb,” Waters sings a refrain that might be asked of him today:
“Hello, is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me, is there anyone at home?”
Indeed, but read the whole article.

How is this Sukkot holiday different from the others?

Amid all the other news, it's been a bit undereported that Israel was faced with two terrorist attacks at the hands of the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians. And they cost the lives of two IDF soldiers.
Read the post Israel And The Palestinians: How To Send A Message by Joshuapundit.

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24 September 2013

John McCain vs Vladimir Putin: an abject failure of good intentions

Senator McCain - a good man all around - had only the best intentions in mind, when answering the famous and quite unique Putin's article in NYT. The insufferable self-satisfaction of a (de facto) winner of the political battle over the Syria's artificial issue of chemical weapons has gotten up many noses. The hypocrisy of that text should be studied in schools, universities and diplomatic training courses all over the world as a classic example of (almost) Machiavellian artistry and astuteness.

The sad fact is that many well-meaning people accepted the article as a gospel, using it as an additional tool in whatever anti-war ventures they planned. And the reason is fairly simple: no matter who exactly wrote and/or put the final touches on the article (and there are different versions of its provenance), he/she/they was a pro. While the article could be fisked, as this example by Max Fisher proves, a naive and sentimental reader swallows the whole poisonous pill easily. The article is a great example of smooth triumphing over truth.

And the cavalry, in the form of John McCain, came to the rescue, with the response (that was supposed to be in kind) appearing in the Russian Pravda (English version for convenience of this post). Placing myself in the (tentative) position of a Russian reader, I have greedily read it... with a growing sense of amazement and a total lack of understanding of  its purpose. Then I read it again. What can I say: there are worse political articles around, but not many. There are more pitiful texts on the Internet, but probably not that many written (or signed, whatever) by a VIP of McCain's caliber.

Now, I stressed that, in order to read the unfortunate opus, I have tried to put myself in a position of a Russian reader. This paid off. If I were reading it as an average Westerner, with middling to zero knowledge of goings-on in Russia, I might have been easier to persuade. As far as an average Russian reader is concerned, though - I doubt that such reader will need more than half of that piece, before a total and unconditioned rejection of the whole. So poorly researched is the article's factual base, so many glaring bloopers are jumping out at the reader, that any possibility of looking at the forest behind the trees becomes nil. Let's start with details:

A Russian citizen could not publish a testament like the one I just offered.
Untrue. While Kremlin is doing its considerable best to stifle the opposition, it doesn't really apply too much pressure to media that doesn't endanger its rule directly. There are quite a few media outfits that do publish much more serious (and, needless to say, much better written) criticism of Putin and his cohorts.
They [the Russian authorities] throw the members of a punk rock band in jail for the crime of being provocative and vulgar and for having the audacity to protest President Putin's rule.
Nope. The punk rock band (Pussy Riot) wasn't anti-Putin. They were provocative and vulgar indeed and pissed off the Russian Orthodox church, but that was all. Then comes an unfortunate paragraph about Sergei Magnitsky (misspelled as Magnistky):
He exposed one of the largest state thefts of private assets in Russian history.
Possibly (allowing a very lenient interpretation) the spirit of the sentence was in the right direction, but as for factual side: untrue. The famous Magnitsky Bill, which Senator Mccain probably voted for (not really bothering to read, I bet) tells the truth: Sergei Magnitsky exposed a monumental tax fraud by Russian tax officials and police. It may sound like nitpicking to a Western mind, but not to a Russian reader...

And check this out:
For his beliefs and his courage, he was held in Butyrka prison without trial, where he was beaten, became ill and died.
Nope. Butyrka prison does exists and is a famous and beloved locale for writers dubbing in Russia-themed thrillers, but Sergei Magnitsky was held in an isolation facility known under the name of the street where it is located: Matrosskaya Tishina. Not very important, true, and the English Wiki version is wrong on that too, but doesn't Senator McCain have a staff to do some basic research?  The above mentioned Magnitsky Bill has the name of the prison right, by the way...

Well, that is enough for details - but keep in mind that this will be sufficient to make a Russian reader stop reading the article, which still tried to pass a message to its reader. So let's go to the message. If you remember, the Putin's article was about the ill-devised intention of Obama's administration to "punish" the Syrian ruler for his use of chemical weapons. I wouldn't go into the rights or wrongs of that plan, enough words were written about it. But, besides being insufferably smug and hypocritical, Putin's article in no way attacks the POTUS personally, just the opposite:
My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this.
So what Senator McCain does? The thrust of his piece is attacking Putin, while the reason for the article's appearance (Syria) is mentioned only once, in a weak and hardly persuasive (to a Russian reader, to remind you) manner. And take that:
He [Putin] is not enhancing Russia's global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world.
Oh well, that after seeing what Obama has done to US reputation, credibility and standing during the Syrian fiasco (which is not over yet, to remind you). No, Senator McCain, sir, you have totally failed to get even close to a Russian reader in that piece, sorry to say. And you need a much better research team to do the preparation (and, probably, more) for your articles. That one was a sad flop.

Find the Mossad agent in the picture

(Hint: check out the most suntanned one. You don't get such suntan in the North, you know it...)

22 September 2013

Hard panspermism and other small misdemeanors

That term, I mean "hard panspermism" doesn't roll easily off one's tongue*, I know, but then you should blame Francis for coining (or, at least, using) it in this post. To quote the linked:

Panspermia is the hypothesis that life exists throughout the cosmos, and is distributed by meteoroids, comets and interplanetary dust. As hypotheses go on the origin of life, panspermia is a perfectly reasonable one, and over the years it has received backing from a number of respected scientists.
Anyhow, if I were forced to choose between Panspermia and, say, intelligent design, I wouldn't hesitate for any appreciable time. Still, as Francis correctly states, science doesn't operate the way some more spiritual hobbies do. Read it all, please.

And, on the general subject of Panspermia, here comes an excerpt from Stanisaw Lem's The Star Diaries, specifically the 8th voyage of Ijon Tichy.
And now - a few last questions to the Honourable delegation from Rhohchia. Is it not true that at one time a ship carrying your flag landed on then dead planet Earth, with part of its perishable food supplies spoiled due to a refrigeration problem? Is it not true that on this ship there were two spacehands, afterwards stricken from all space registers for unconscionable double dealing with duckweed liverworts, and that this pair of arrant knaves, these Milky Way ne'er-do-wells, were named Gorrd and Lod? Is it not true that Gorrd and Lod decided, in their drunkenness, not to content themselves with the usual pollution of a defenseless uninhabited planet, that their notion was to set off, in a manner vicious and vile, a biological evolution the likes of which the world has never seen before? Is it not true that both these Rhohches, with malice aforethought, malice of the greatest volume and intensity, devised a way to make of Earth - on a truly Galactic scale - a breeding ground for freaks, a cosmic side show, a panopticum, an exhibit of grisly prodigies and curios, a display whose living specimen would one day become the butt of jokes told even in the outermost Nebulae? Is it not true that, bereft of all sense of decency and ethical restraints, both these miscreants then emptied on the rocks of lifeless Earth six barrels of gelatinous glue, rancid, plus two cans of albuminous paste, spoiled, and that to this ooze they added some curdled ribose, pentose and levulose, and - as though that filth were not enough - they poured upon it three large jugs of a mildewed solution of amino acids, then stirred the seething swill with a coal shovel twisted to the left, and also used a poker, likewise bent in the same direction, as a consequence of which the proteins of all the future organisms on Earth were left-handed?! And, finally, is it not true that Lod, suffering at the time from a runny nose and - moreover - egged on by Gorrd, who was reeling from excessive intake of intoxicants, did willfully and knowingly sneeze into that protoplasmal matter, and, having infected it thereby  with most virulent viruses, guffawed that he has thus breathed 'the fucking breath of life' into those miserable evolutionary beginnings? And, is it not true that this leftwardness and this virulence were thereafter transmitted and handed down from organism to organism, and now afflict with their continuing presence the innocent representatives of the race Artefactum Abhorrens, who gave themselves the name "Homo Sapiens" purely out of single-minded ignorance?
So no wonder then...

(*) Causing some unprintable results on the way down, I have to notice.

President Inspector Barack Clouseau Gadget Obama

The comic side of the same story. A bit difficult to see it, but here you are...

21 September 2013

Why does he love the holiday of Sukkot indeed?

To many who don't really dig the picture.

For info on Sukkot go there.

Hat tip: M.G.

P.S. The text on the picture = the header of this post.

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20 September 2013

Xi Jinping, Putin, Bush outed as Grand Lodge Freemasons

I don't know who exactly started this meme on Facebook:

While completely true, the information contained in the caption is only a tip of the ice... anyway, it serves only to mislead the masses, unaware of the following:
  • The so called "Great Masonic Lodge" is only one of the first stages of the long and exhaustive training and selection process, at the end of which only a selected few will become Junior Assistants to an Elders' Private First Class.
  • To mention other stages in the process, like (but not limited to): Illuminati, Templars, Dracons, Reptilians, etc...
  • The Masonic candidates don't serve any deity, being sworn to serve the Illuminati, who, in turn, are sworn in loyalty to the Templars, who...
  • Elders are sworn to be loyal to Elders.
Oh, and by the way, the three Masonic hopefuls in this picture didn't make the cut eventually. While they are alive, the reasons for their failures (each and his own reasons) are withheld.

So there.

A reading mistake that could kill

Oh boy... I almost dropped dead of shock.

But after the second glance I realized that out planet has 1.75 billion years more, and not 1.75 million years as I misread first.

I'm much better now, thanks for asking.

19 September 2013

The law can have teeth - sometimes

A US Federal Judge has ordered a part-Iranian-owned office block on 5th Avenue (Manhattan) to be seized for forfeiture, The Algemeiner reports here. The major reason is because "revenue from it was secretly funneled to a state-owned Iranian bank, in violation of a U.S. trade embargo."

It appears that "The U.S. government, on behalf of the Asset Forfeiture Unit and Terrorism and National Security Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office, argued that the official owner, the Alavi Foundation, was partnered with a shell company controlled by Bank Melli, the state-owned bank of Iran. Because the Iranian government has been designated by the U.S. as a sponsor of international terrorism, its assets in the U.S. can be seized by the government to fund restitution to terror victims.

Judge Forrest agreed that monetary transfers by the shell company, Assa Co., to Bank Melli violated money laundering statutes."

It actually gets better: "Commercial real estate appraiser Dan Fasulo said the office tower could fetch up to $2,000 a foot, as much as the nearby General Motors Building, and could reach a total sale value of $700 million." And the point is that the sums realised will be paid out to the families of victims of 9/11 and the raid on a US army base in Beirut where 243 US troops died. That's making a peace dividend from terror, I guess, if one can live with the irony.

The building is located at 5th and 52nd Street (know the location well - it's not far from MOMA, at West53rd) and leases retail space to Juicy Couture and Godiva. Fortunately for my personal peace of mind, while I'm a chocoholic, I don't buy Godiva chocolates.

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18 September 2013

Happy Sukkot - Hag Sukkot Sameach!

And if you want to learn more about this holiday, you can do much worse than going here.

And now you can click on this Sukkot infographic:


9 Times Putin Pwned Obama

Good stuff, that.

Offending people?

Is very easy, apparently. Even a simple photograph, which is no more than a faithful recording of a fact, could offend. In this case a picture called "New Mexico," which shows a mesa with portable toilets in front of it, appears to be offensive to some.

I can't see what's so offensive in this picture for the life of me. As a tourist with some accumulated mileage, I have been in much more offensive situations, not the least of which was a mesa without a chemical (or any other) toilet.

So, I think, some people should just relax.

17 September 2013

Moran Samuel, or how to turn an embarrassing moment into another victory

Guns and politics

That piece of infographic is fabulous, even if it is a fake (no opinion on that from me):

(But don't forget to click on the image to read the fine print, it's vital).

Lifted from Theo Spark.

Library policemen/women have guns. I knew it all the time!

What was a rumor, hitherto only whispered about in dark corners, is now common knowledge.

Though most Americans know agents within the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Prisons carry guns, agencies such as the Library of Congress and Federal Reserve Board employing armed officers might come as a surprise.
The truth will out, ladies and gentlemen. The truth will out...

16 September 2013

Nina Davuluri is leaving you, you ingrates!

Really, people, how could you! The lady got her title fair and square, and you heap insults at her like... like... I don't have words to describe your lowly attempts to dirtmouth this radiant beauty:

So, after a short study of your unpardonable behavior and a longer study of Ms Davuluri, I've decided that you don't deserve to share a continent with her. Thus I am coming and taking her home. I have to beef up on some finer points of Sanskrit anyway.

And don't beg me, don't crawl on your knees and don't debase yourself further. It's over.

Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard gunman, busted in 2010 for firearm-related offense?

Here it is. And here is a snapshot of the page (click to enlarge):

The age and the location match the shooter's description here and in other sources.

Amnon Lord: Obama as a grand failure - or missing the great red herring.

An Israeli veteran journalist, Amnon Lord, published an article in the Hebrew edition of Maariv, titled American pundits: Obama as a grand failure. As a critical article on the behavior of the current US administration, the piece is scorching - and still it proves that Putin's maneuver succeeded beyond expectations to create and to put on our collective table a huge red herring that effectively sidetracked everyone.

Follows its translation (Google with my assistance) and a few remarks after that.

[Lede of the article]When Assad wins immunity, Obama is also expected to give legitimacy to Iran through meetings with Rouhani and through backing Putin's initiative to build another reactor.

Only a few pundits in the American media, who were loyal to President Barack Obama, continue to rationalize his political conduct on Syria last month and claim that it works correctly. His other supporters issue prophecies styled like that of Time magazine's Joe Klein, Obama is currently showing "breathtaking incompetence*". "In the process, he has damaged his presidency and weakened the nation’s standing in the world."

But among opponents of Obama there are those who have already gone far beyond the "unsuited for the job" and other explanations relating to the seriousness of the Obama administration. Norman Podhoretz, 82, who infrequently writes lately, was the first who dared to write what some people feel for a long time : the treatment of Syria is a failure, but this failure is a huge success of Obama's strategy to weaken - Yes, weaken ! - and harm the United States and its foreign policy .

Podhoretz wrote this about a week ago in the Wall Street Journal. He tied the deliberate sabotage, as he claimed, by Obama's of American foreign policy to what the American media was trying to whitewash and to hide for the past five years: his links with the radical anti-American left, his closeness to the preacher Jeremiah Wright, etc.

The treatment by Kerry/Obama pair of the chemical attack in Damascus contains in a nutshell the lack of basic morality that comes from what is considered "progressive", "humanistic" and "peaceful" ideals of global left in the form they get in U.S. In his desire to withdraw America for better world equilibrum and as an expression of moral relativism, Obama became a collaborator with the leaders responsible - each according to his contribution - for crimes against humanity. One is Bashar al-Assad, the second is his sponsor, defender and supporter, Vladimir Putin.

Ultimately, what President Obama is doing is nothing less than legitimizing a mass murderer responsible for gassing nearly 1500 people including hundreds of children. According to what develops in negotiations between John Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov, Assad will get immunity from possible attack on Syria and immunity from the court in The Hague. These gains - that will enable him to continue the slaughter - are achieved through the chemical attack! For this he really has to say "Spasibo" to Putin, as one of Israel's senior publicists has already mentioned.

Intellectuals among those who respond to the diplomatic horror that unveils before our eyes are muttering: this is how the life looks in the post - American period. The world order built after World War II is crumbling. But it is impossible to dismiss Obama's responsibility for the melee that carries off parts of the world in the absence of American leadership. We should expect now that Obama give further sponsorship and legitimacy to the Iranian leadership through direct meetings with the new President Hassan Rouhani.

Doing this, he will give a covert support to Putin's new initiative to build another reactor in Iran and to arm Iran with S-300 missiles. I mentioned last week that Russia preserves its provocation and disinformation instruments sharpened in its extensive toolbox. This past week we have seen a demo [of these tools]: Putin's provocative article in New York Times (and Ha'aretz) , which caused many Americans to want to "throw up" as a senior senator said.

At the same time Snowden, who acts now as an  agent on behalf of the Russians, released information harmful to Israel and intelligence that brews trouble between United States and Brazil. Russia's proxies are very well planted in the Western media. But it is still a "soft" campaign. Whoever keeps Iran under their wing will sooner or later push it to break through the nuclear threshold. Let's not allow the stink of old wars to hide the new wars Russians will try to ignite, using their old techniques . It would be another "successful failure", and expected one at that, by President Obama.

(*) The full text of the sentence is: "It has been one of the more stunning and inexplicable displays of presidential incompetence that I’ve ever witnessed." Yep.

Now that you have read the article, you may (as I did) feel disturbed by some of its statements, disagree with the others - but you will probably agree with me that it's a strong one. Still, I have promised to show you the red herring.

This article, being an aggregate of several other articles that aim searing criticism (and more than that - accusations, if you mind the Podhoretz's piece), proves  beyond any doubt that Putin, with very little assistance from his buddy Baby Assad, succeeded in an endeavor he himself, probably, hardly believed in. Where the whole world was focusing on the relentless campaign of mass murder managed by Assad's regime for more than two years, ending the lives of more than 100,000 of his own people, no one talks about them now - not the Western pundits, at least. The hundred thousand** victims are swept off the table. It is as if they don't count anymore, being completely overshadowed by the Damascus gassing.

Look again at what Amnon Lord says "Ultimately, what President Obama is doing is nothing less than legitimizing a mass murderer responsible for gassing nearly 1500 people including hundreds of children." I don't blame Amnon Lord, he, like all other pundits, is seeing only the red herring created by Vladimir Vladimirovich. Mission accomplished.

Fairly soon we shall see the schedule of chemical weapons' transfer to "international control" published (but not necessarily adhered to), Baby Assad will get his "get out of jail" card, merrily turning back to his murderous daily tasks. Obama gets rescued from the "red line" crisis he created for himself, showing off now as a careful leader who is not prone to impetuous acts that could put Americans in the harm's way.

And finally, Putin will show off his new "peacemaker" crown, having succeeded in a peaceful mission where all others failed. And look hopefully in the general direction of Oslo.

And the mass graves will keep being dug and filled, again and again.

And this is the way this planet keeps revolving...

(**) The number itself is, probably, wrong by now. It is just that the "murder counter" stopped ticking, at least in the mass media, after the Damascus gassing. How many more Syrians died since the gassing? I don't know.

Million Muslim March or Dick Cheney and them Zionists did it?

Adorable. Superb. Magnificent.

15 September 2013

And then the Jews came and debased it all...

This story, if it weren't a true one, could have served as a basis for a great joke. It started with an article, published by G.G. Kotova on a site dedicated to study of pre-Slavic civilization, having in mind to establish Etruscan - Russian links and common roots.

The article is concerned with translation (or, rather, decryption) of a text on a stone found in the area of city of Pskov. Here is the stone:

The author of the article, Dr.* Kotova, immediately assumed that the text is written in a mix of archaic Russian dialect and ancient Greek (no pun intended). I am skipping the fairly long reasoning behind this assumption, moving to the next stage. But if you know Russian, go ahead and enjoy the fine print. The text on the stone looks like this after being copied on paper:

To transliterate the text into Russian, the following matching table was used:

And here comes the result in Russian letters:







Mind you, the resulting Russian words are declared to be belonging to ancient Russian and most of them pass through additional crunching in the article, so my attempt to translate it into English definitely pales compared with the origin. But I tried, so here:

1. Last year they fought on the property line,
2. Whining last year about the evil-doer -
3. And killed with an axe on the forest edge, woe to me.
4. Sweet toothed, my son loved to kiss and to cuddle.
5. Flow tears, flow.
6. God poured.

Well, that will be it for the story. Aside of them Jews, who came into the picture and spoiled the discovery and the related linguistic analysis. You see, they (the Jews) just had to turn it all upside down. Starting with the stone, which, when turned upside down, looks like this:

And the author of that last article, Igal Zamir from Israel, offered a very simple explanation: this is a gravestone**, inscribed in Hebrew, carrying the following text: "Here rests humble Chaia-... daughter of Yitzchak, year 1920, may her soul be bound in the bundle of life". A standard Hebrew text, roughly etched in a hard granite gravestone, is all.

Mr Zamir was so pissed off by the story that he offered a whole lecture on genealogy of Hebrew alphabet and a politically incorrect conclusion I shall avoid translating here. Needless to say, the Russian Internet carries a lot of comical responses to the Etruscan debacle. But it must be stated that Ms Kotova found it in herself to publish a retraction, even somewhat humorous, of the previous article. Good. ‏‏‏‏

Is there a lesson in this story? Hardly, aside of Etruscan-Russian relationships being still somewhat unclear out there is the fog of history. But one shouldn't lose hope...

(*) Ph.D. in chemistry, as it appears. But specializing in the study of Etruscan language, probably in her spare time.
(**) There is another, very sad story about the destruction of Jewish cemeteries during the WW II, but this is not the place for it.

14 September 2013

The Council Has Spoken!

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

Irina Rodnina Engages in Racist Propaganda

There has always been more than a twinge of racism in the Soviet "anti-Americanism".   Nevertheless, it were the Americans that used to be called "racist" by the Soviet propaganda.

Now that Barak Obama is the President (not exactly my favourite man), this hypocrisy is there for everyone to see.  Irina Rodnina, former figure-skating champion, a member of Duma from the pro-Putin party, head of various Russian government committees and other mafia groups has published a photograph of Obamas with a photoshopped banana.

The photograph has since been deleted from Rodnina's Twitter account.  Nevertheless her defense of the publication is still there.   Apparently that's how Rodnina expresses her freedom of speech.  Which doesn't exist in Russia if she were to try and insult Mr Putin. 

Rodnina has a business in the US - figure skating school, which serves as a source of her income.  Her daughter lives in California.  She works for RT - Russian disgusting propaganda Channel.   According to Rodnina the photo has been sent to her from the US. 

13 September 2013

Yom Kippur war - 40 years

Not by a bravura of military marches and not by tearful funereal keens. This song, written by our late and much beloved Naomi Shemer 40 years ago, during the war, is part of our collective inheritance and is forever associated with that war.

What an expert sez...

After browsing through the CNN article by Matthew Teller* 10 things to know before visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, I have one additional thing to add to the list. This regarding the item 9. When you visit Israel, you're also visiting biblical Palestine: when you dial the next destination on your time machine, don't use the term "biblical Palestine". Time machines are known for their capricious behavior, and you may find yourself invited to a dinosaur family lunch. As a delicacy, of course.

(*) From the linked article:

About the author: Freelancer Matthew Teller writes and broadcasts on the Middle East for media outlets around the world. He's an award-winning travel writer and a long-standing author for the global travel publisher Rough Guides.
Yeah. Beware of guide books, all I can say...

Update: It must be said that the headlines of the articles, like the unfortunate one discussed here, are usually done up by the editors. So it's unfair of me to blame the author for something done by a rather ignorant git in CNN's offices. Apologies where apologies are due.

Sorry, Senator Paul, but you are talking crap

Stumbled on this soundbite* yesterday:

Some argue that American credibility is on the line, that because President Obama drew a red line with chemical weapons, America must act or lose credibility. I would argue that America's credibility does not reside in one man. If our enemies wish to know if America will defend herself, let them look no farther than our response to 9/11. When attacked, we responded with overwhelming force and with the military objective of complete victory over our attackers.
Credibility is not something that a man or a nation could assign to themselves, Senator. Credibility is in the eyes of the beholder, and the beholder is not an American citizen or even the American nation. It is the other people and the other nations who are to judge the credibility, and I cannot say that your current administration has done any good to it, no sir. Credibility of USA is at its lowest point in too many years to count, and it will take many years to restore it. And not only because of this ridiculous red line your president drew so impetuously.

As a side issue: why is that in that family of inordinate thinkers, with whom I could easily agree on so many matters, every time that one of its members starts talking international politics, I have a feeling that the said member has just left a cave where he was spending the last ten (twenty) years? Beats me.

(*) If you want to watch the clip yourself, be prepared to endure 30 seconds of ads followed by 10 seconds of that speech, which is essentially in the quote above.

12 September 2013

Putin's speech: when a KGB officer predicts the future

Call me paranoid - or any other name for that matter, but when I read this:

"Reports that militants are preparing another attack - this time against Israel - cannot be ignored," he adds.
, I cannot but feel that this is the moment that should cause the relevant ears and eyes to open as widely as possible.

Militants my foot...

Craig Murray: the straightforward logic of anti-Zionist

This is a third post on the subject. The first two lead to a pretty unpleasant conclusion: the man who appeared to be at first simply unfair to Israel is, in fact, brimming over with anti-American and anti-Zionist fervor.

Now, in one of his latest posts, The Troodos Conundrum, he is showing that his antipathy to the Zionists* has already crossed the red line into dimly lit corridors of obsession. Fanatics of a cause usually don't bother with elementary logic, as this post abundantly shows. Let's see the highlights of the article:

  • There is a GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus.
  • "It monitors all radio, satellite and microwave traffic across the Middle East".
  • "Troodos is highly effective – the jewel in the crown of British intelligence. Its capacity and efficiency, as well as its reach, is staggering."
  • Mr Murray has been there in person. "I should state that I have actually been inside all of this facility and been fully briefed on its operations and capabilities, while I was head of the FCO Cyprus Section in the early 1990s. This is fact, not speculation." And, indeed, this is the last fact in that article of any value, if at all.
  • "It is therefore very strange, to say the least, that John Kerry claims to have access to communications intercepts of Syrian military and officials organising chemical weapons attacks, which intercepts were not available to the British Joint Intelligence Committee." Now, does the fact that Mr Craig visited the installation in early 1990 make him privy to the intercepts (or lack of intercepts) by GCHQ in 2013?
  • And then, without further ado: "On one level the explanation is simple. The intercept evidence was provided to the USA by Mossad, according to my own well placed source in the Washington intelligence community." Hm... is Mossad the only intelligence agency other than MI6 that provides US information? And what if it was Mossad indeed, why does it matter? You shall see in a second:
  • "The answer to the Troodos Conundrum is simple. Troodos did not pick up the intercepts because they do not exist. Mossad fabricated them. John Kerry’s “evidence” is the shabbiest of tricks."
Let's try to condense this line of reasoning to a shorter chain. GCHQ are a top dog, if someone else has something GCHQ doesn't then someone else is lying, ergo Mossad has fabricated it, so Kerry was tricked.

Of course, one could ask a few questions like:
  • Is GCHQ really that infallible? Couldn't it happen that some outfit that sits practically on the outskirts of Damascus sees and hears a bit more than the famed GCHQ? Or, at least, something else the wizards of GCHQ might have missed?
  • Who said Kerry is using info provided by Mossad (not the Mossad, actually, but why try to confuse Craig Murray even more...)? Don't CIA, NSA, FBI, 6th Fleet etc have their own extensive listening networks?
  • Why should Mossad push for something the entire population of Israel, its government included, is not sure about, e.g. attack on Syria, that, most probably, will not benefit Israel at all - just the opposite? And fabricate something that so easily could be outed as a fabrication**.
But I am afraid these simple questions will remain unanswered by our hero. It's really a pity that a great progressive thinker like Craig Murray can't follow in the steps of that other famous Brit, one Sherlock Holmes, with his "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth".

But at least one can admire the straightforward way of thinking. If it's not to my liking, it is them Zionists who concocted it, says intrepid Mr Murray. So there.

And I haven't yet addressed the following passage:
Israel has repeatedly been involved in the Syrian civil war, carrying out a number of illegal bombings and missile strikes over many months. This absolutely illegal activity by Israel - which has killed a great many civilians, including children - has brought no condemnation at all from the West.
(Emphasis mine) Now I am ready to address it. Here it comes: Indeed, Mr Murray? / End of addressing.

What can I add to that uninspiring picture of a man obsessed?

(*) For lack of a better term and not knowing the man better than that.
(**) Meanwhile more and more incontrovertible evidence about Syrian army being behind the gassing is piling up. But why care?

Testicle size 'link to father role'

Another one of the (seemingly) obvious research results, with the same corollary: the scientists have to go out more frequently and get some life.

Researchers at Emory University, US, said those with smaller testicles were more likely to be involved with nappy changing, feeding and bath time.
What next? Confirmation that people with small penises are the most aggressive and vile commenters on the Internet?

Oh well, nothing more to see here, move on, ladies and gentlemen.

Hat tip: M.G.