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Round-up of February 2017 long-reads worth the effort


David Rose, Daily Mail, Feb04|17   

Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data

You are not going to find many articles from the Daily Fail Mail in this LogoPhere series of good reads because the DM editors and writers are intellectually  incapable of publishing articles that qualify. But now and then the DM drops a surprise like  this exceptional article by David Rose. And it's a hum-dinger of an exposé  judging by all of the flack Rose has taken from the wacko warmer-alarmists crowd.  Besides, in contrast to the typical DM writer, Rose is a highly accomplished and talented investigative reporter who works, or has worked, for Vanity Fair, The Guardian, BBC, and The Observer.  The mystery is why  would he associate with the DM? 

Rose's allegations went off in the climate change community like a cluster bomb. He is reporting about a high-level whistle-blower in the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) -- a guy named John Bates who recently retired after 40 years at NOAA.  At issue is a very politically influential 2015 paper authored by other NOAA scientists, namely one Thomas Karl, who is also retired.  So basically we've got two pissed off NOAA climate scientists going after each other over the question of whether weather Karl and friends cooked their data that were presented in a prestigious paper published just before a high-stakes climate summit in Paris in 2015. Here's the essence of the problem in Rose's words:

The [2015] report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers. . .But the whistleblower, Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data. . . It was never subjected to NOAA’s rigorous internal evaluation process – which Dr Bates devised.

Judith Curry is one of the most neutral and trusted academics in the climate change game, and her blog generates more comments than any other blog on any topic I am aware of, and I visit a lot of blogs. When she reviewed Rose's DM allegations, her post spawned over 800 comments.  If you want to climb into the thorny issues raised by Rose/Bates and the acerbic reactions by the climate alarmists, read Rose's article, then read Curry's analysis, then browse a few hundred of the comments. At that point you will be in a good position to start digesting Alan Longhurst's free online book Doubt and Certainty in Climate Science, which is an excellent discussion of how screwed climate science really is.  And Alan Longhurst knows --  he's been studying the oceans and climate since the early 1950's.

And so, I guess the long-read I'm really plugging here is Longhurst's book. If you forget Rose, and forget Bates, and forget Curry, and read Longhurst, you'll end up with what you need to see how defective the entire climate science field is. 

Alison Weir, If Americans Knew, Feb13|17*   

Trump's "Muslim ban": Israeli stratetgic plans to "remake the Middle East" from 2001 and before targeted the same countries

The month of February 2017 started off with debris still falling from the sky as a result of the political IED that has become known as DTDuck's "Muslim ban Executive Order," which it was not, as I previously pointed out out of a sense of fairness to the President, who is worthy of no fairness. I don't know how she did it but Alison Weir was on this quicker than a fart bubble can break the surface in the tub. She created this amazing full-length, industrial-strength, no nonsense historical background explaining how the ExO just extends the West's decades-long, neocon attack on the Middle East. Nobody on this planet takes on the Government of Yisrael (GoY) like Alison Weir.

As pointed out dozens of times by the pro-DTDuck MSM over the last few weeks, the countries listed in DTDuck's ExO -- Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Yemen -- are the same countries targeted by the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” signed by Obama. But Weir points out a common characteristic that most commentators have ignored: With the exception of Lebanon being swapped for Yemen these Muslim countries were identified in 2007 by 4-star general Wesley Clark as comprising a target list he was shown in 2001 that was compiled by neocons in the Bush II administration. IOW, DTDuck's ExO is merely an extension of the neocon agenda of the Bush administration, a bloody, terroristic agenda that was designed to promote and protect GoY using American assets and lives.

Weir wades us back thorough the whole neocon history -- all the way back to before there was the term "neocon" -- to the 1950's.  And she tags them all: Bush; Cheney; Wolfowitz; Libby; Rumsfield (sic); Kristol; The Project for the New American Century (aka The Foreign Policy Initiative); Perle;  Feith; Abrams; Krauthammer;  Brad Sherman. Toxic Israel-firsters, every one. 

But Weir also notes those who outed the neocons in the lead-up and aftermath of their grand folly, Iraq II. She gives hat-tips to Thomas Friedman, Kathleen Christison (Weir ignores Bill Christison, co-author of the same classic article), Stephen Green.

Weir also lays out documentary evidence backing up her version of this filthy neocon enterprise to destroy the Middle East for the benefit of Jews: “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” (Perle et al., 1996); “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties,” (Yinon, The World Zionist Organization, 1982); Israel’s Sacred Terrorism (Rokach,1980).  These links are invaluable for anyone who seriously wants to understand why and how GoY is slowly but surely committing the US to destroying the Muslim Middle East and, eventually, to attacking Iran. Or, for the short version of the story, you can look at that map below and get a pretty good understanding of what has been going on in Palestine since 1904.

Following her presentation of the general neocon unfolding histoy, Weir walks us through each country on the DTDuck/neocon Muslim hit-list and explains briefly how each country has been targeted by the US, thus causing over a million deaths, the displacement of tens of  millions, and so much human suffering it couldn't possibly be quantitated, all on the US taxpayers' dime and on their collective conscience.  

 In her penultimate section Weir does us the greatest service of all. It is the first time I have seen a cogent, rational argument connecting the origin of ISIS, or Daesh, to the Bush II era GoY/neocon agenda in general and Iraq War II specifically.  Maybe this section hit me right between the eyes because I was re-reading Seymour Hersh's 2004 book, Chain of Command, which explains why and the extent to which the GoY/neocon's Iraq War II was a complete, unmitigated cluster-fuck -- from the American point of view.  Weir picks up the thread 14 years downstream and from the Syrian point of view.  Of course in 2004 Hersh did not have an inkling of the coming Salafist/Wahhabi repercussions the neocon cluster-fuck he described would spawn. 

Weir's article expands Hersh's insights by explaining  how Iraq War II was responsible for Daesh.  She provides excerpts from a 2015 article by Lydia Wilson, What I Discovered From Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters. Wilson writes about an interview she had in Kirkuk, Iraq with a 26-year old condemned Daesh car-bomb builder shortly before he was executed by the Iraqis. His age is relevant: he was 13 when the Americans invaded Iraq, killed his family, destroyed his adolescence and his way of life. After interviewing many of these prisoners before they were executed, Wilson and her colleagues from Artis Int'l. had a pretty good feel for the rank and file of Daesh. These guys are not religious radical fanatics -- most of them can't read, know little about Islam or the Koran and nothing about the so-called Caliphate. What they are radical about is hating America.  And let me tell you this: If a bunch of Americans had attacked my country, and imprisoned, tortured, and brutalized my son, or brother, or father for a decade without charges, I would hate America, too, and I would be singing Daesh's song.  Here's the way Wilson put it:

These boys came of age under the disastrous American occupation after 2003, in the chaotic and violent Arab part of Iraq, ruled by the viciously sectarian Shia government of Nouri al-Maliki. Growing up Sunni Arab was no fun. A later interviewee described his life growing up under American occupation: He couldn’t go out, he didn’t have a life, and he specifically mentioned that he didn’t have girlfriends. An Islamic State fighter’s biggest resentment was the lack of an adolescence. Another of the interviewees was displaced at the critical age of 13, when his family fled to Kirkuk from Diyala province at the height of Iraq’s sectarian civil war. They are children of the occupation, many with missing fathers at crucial periods (through jail, death from execution, or fighting in the insurgency), filled with rage against America and their own government. They are not fueled by the idea of an Islamic caliphate without borders; rather, ISIS is the first group since the crushed Al Qaeda to offer these humiliated and enraged young men a way to defend their dignity, family, and tribe. This is not radicalization to the ISIS way of life, but the promise of a way out of their insecure and undignified lives; the promise of living in pride as Iraqi Sunni Arabs, which is not just a religious identity but cultural, tribal, and land-based, too.

In summary, nobody explains the history behind the Middle East mess like Alison Weir.  She knows that the history behind current events is just as much about who is responsible as it is about what happened, and she names names.  She gets it. My only problem is that although her article is about DTDuck's immigration ExO, she declines to name names of the new breed of  zionist/neocon Jews embedded within the current administration who will play the bloody zionist roles that Feith, Perle, and Wolfowitz played in previous administrations. I am thinking, for instance, 31-yo old Stephen Miller, who authored the immigration ExO with no legal training and no experience whatsoever in foreign affairs or immigration policy. And I'm thinking  Jared Kushner and David Friedman.  None of these Jews who will direct and determine the future of America in the Middle East have a nanosecond's worth of experience in foreign affairs, much less diplomacy. They are amateurs, for better or worse. Scary. 

*Weir's article was originally published under the title “Essential Context for Trump’s Refugee Ban” and dated Feb04|2017.  

Philip Ewing, NPR, Feb27|17   

Reality Check: Trump Proposal Doesn't Cover Major Military Expansion

The next four years will be a constant blathering of what DTDuck promised on the campaign trail and what he hasn't, can't, or won't produce. Philip Ewing is getting on board early and deconstructing DTDuck's promises to make America's military great again. 

Ewing's article caught my eye because I have a young friend who was until very recently an officer aboard the US submarine Boise. He is now serving out the remainder of his enlistment on land in Naples, Italy while the Boise waits for repairs required so that it can be certified seaworthy again -- not great again, just seaworthy.  Little wonder admirals are bitching because the US can no longer keep up with -- and keep tabs on -- Russia's submarine fleet, which is another way of admirals saying: "If you're assigned to a US aircraft carrier, you're bacon is cooked." And the Navy's planes aren't any better than their subs: two-thirds of their strike fighters are not safe to fly. Horrible.

The reality of America and it's military and it's infrastructure and it's health system and it's educational system is that the best Americans can hope for is to be certified seaworthy again. Some day. Maybe. "Great" is an adjective of the past, and, "again" is a pipe dream. Reading between the lines, that's what Ewing is saying with his article.

The deal here is that DTDuck's budget includes a $54Bn increase in military spending, which has pissed off McCain because it's only 3% more than Obama's last budget. And here's were Ewing gets a little squirrley, if not down-right deceptive. He says that if you split the $54Bn evenly between the three branches of the service, they would get just $18Bn.  Ewing is punking us here because the Navy is already getting $165Bn -- what DTDuck is talking about is an increase over that.  The added $18Bn for the Navy would cover the cost of all new Navy ship construction. Ewing, in fact, admits that but in a way that makes it sound like the Navy is taking a huge cut. 

According to Ewing:

White House officials say that Trump would cover the additional Pentagon funding by cutting the nondefense budgets of other Cabinet departments, and would also reduce spending on foreign aid.

Now it really gets interesting, because the largest single recipient of foreign aid is the Government of Yisrael (GoY), which has just been promised 38 whoppin' billion US taxpayer dollars over 10 years. So the way I see it is that if DTDuck cuts back health, education, environmental, and infrastructure expenditures but keeps sending billions of taxpayer dollars to GoY, Americans are justifiably going to start screaming their heads off. But if DTDuck tries to cut aid to GoY, then, if history is any example, the GoYs, iJews, zionists, and Israel-firsters will start screaming their heads off. Please see the previous section on Alison Weir's article.

Either way, there's gonna' be a whole lot'a screamin' goin' on when the 2018 budget proposal comes out.  

Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, Mar01|17   

    Trump’s Use of Navy SEAL’s Wife Highlights All the Key Ingredients of U.S. War Propaganda

Glenn Greenwald knows how to pick his targets, and in this piece he's going big.  I mean when you embed the anti-Vietnam War movie Hearts and Minds right in the middle of your diatribe, you're going big because that classic movie takes on the entire American killing machine.  It is, by the way, a movie everyone should watch once.  Once a year that is. Sort of like The Big Lebowski, but for totally different reasons. 

After barely a month in office it was too early for DTDuck to deliver a State of the Union Address to Congress because he is obviously doesn't yet have a clue what the state of the union is. So they billed his Feb28 speech as merely an address to Congress.  It was a chance for the newly inaugurated president to shake off the mean-spirited competitiveness of the campaign and show the country what a sensitive human he really is, and by evoking the memory of the dead SEAL Ryan Owens over and over and over, DTDuck did just that. I have already weighed in on Owens' mission, which appears to me to have been designed to take out the 8-year old daughter of Aswar al-Awlaqi. If the mission was as successful as DTDuck claims it was, it's because the small girl was eliminated like her 16-year old brother and father before her as part of Obama's program to take out the families of America's enemies.


Greenwald's take was not as harsh as mine. He's got a lot more taste than I do and a professional reputation to protect. But he clearly has a problem with DTDuck's exploitation of Owens and Owens' widow, Carryn, for personal PR purposes. GG said it this way: 

The ritualistic tribute to dead or wounded U.S. soldiers has other purposes as well: it attempts – not using rational formulas but rather emotional impulses – to transfer the nobility of the slain soldier onto the war itself; after all, how unjust could a war be when such brave and admirable American soldiers are fighting in it?

The dead guy, Ryan Owens, was a big, handsome guy and Carryn is gorgeous. Both of them -- what, with being white, young, and beautiful -- provided the perfect PR piece for a president looking to find a way to make nice with a country that mostly despises him.  And it worked. His ratings went up and up with every second that passed while the country clapped and Carryn cried. 

But GG's point is waaaay beyond this one president  and this one dead solider and his crying wife. GG is talking about how all presidents exploit the deaths of the same people they send to die. What a deal: send a bunch of kids to get shot up -- a few dozen in Owens' case, five million in the case of Vietnam -- and when they come back all shot up, milk the occasion for all of the PR  you can. And so it goes, Kurt.

It would be neither fair nor right to fault Owens' widow for letting DTDuck exploit her loss -- GG doesn't do that and neither would I.  But on the other hand, I have to stand with Owens' dad, Bill, who refused to be a part of DTDuck's PR exploitation of the dead SEAL when the body was returned to the US and who is now demanding an investigation of the mission. Like so many special ops missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, this one in Yemen was a cluster-fuck and not worthy of the price that was paid. The only way DTDuck could legitimately claim that it was a success is if the objective was to take out the little girl, Nora.  That Owens and his buddies did very well. Mission accomplished, which is why all the Americans were clapping at DTDuck's speech.  And so it goes.   

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