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Daily Dish for Friday, Aug31.2012

Bloged in America, Media Fails, Potpourri by Gutter Grunt Friday August 31, 2012 at about 12:09 am

Petri dish art by Klari Reis

1.  Hit job on Eastwood written by HuffPo nincompoop

I have been pulling some long hours analyzing satellite images for a full length article on the latest attempt of neo-con David Albright to gin up an attack against Iran, and I had promised myself to put the Daily Dish on ice until I finished that project.  But after reading Luke Johnson’s HuffPo article about Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech and then watching the speech via CSPAN, I couldn’t resist.

I don’t know who’s speech Johnson was watching while the rest of the world was watching Eastwood, but I do know this, he wasn’t watching Eastwood and his hit-piece on Eastwood was written by a brain-ded moron.  I’m no Republican, and most of what I’ve seen from the RNC convention is disgusting.  Most disgusting of all is the racial homogeneity.  I have never seen so many white people packed into one place in my life, not even in Hobart, Tasmania which is the whitest place on earth.  Christie’s speech was so foul, after watching 10 minutes of it online I’m still picking dried vomit off my keyboard.  While I’m not a big Eastwood fan, I do appreciate his objectivity and his refusal to get in behind any party — the precise independent quality that Johnson smacked him for.  America is being torn apart by the partisan attitudes of Johnson and his madam Arianna Huffington, who demand that everyone be a red or blue.  Johnson cannot stomach the thought that there may be free-thinkers in this society.  IMO anyone who votes a straight Republican or Democratic ticket because they’re Republican or Democrat is a part of what is destroying the country: imbecilic, non-thinking, ovine, partisanship.

But to get back to Johnson’s attack on Eastwood, Johnson, apparently, can only tolerate those sing-songy, fixed cadence, political speeches written by professional speech writers who are so far out of touch with America that they ought to just move out of the country and leave us alone.  These people write speeches to the click, click, click of a swinging metronome.  They are annoying and disgusting — and I’m talking Republicans and Democrats.  Eastwood’s speech was such a relief — conversational, funny, and fun to listen to.  Reagan also knew how to deliver a speech in a conversational tone that was a delight to listen to regardless of whether or not you agreed with what he was saying.  It’s an art.  It’s called “acting.” And that perfectly characterizes Eastwood’s performance.  A wonderful, cerebral, funny, chat about how he sees it. He made my day.

Please note the blue tie and no obsequious faux-patriotic lapel pin.  Good man.


2.  US says “Screw you, Israel.  You’re on your own.”

Diplomatic-speak is a language unto itself. When the US Joint Chiefs of Staff tell the world that he will not be “complicit” in an Israeli attack on Iran, you can pretty much interpret it as: “We will not cover your back, Israel, if you preemptively attack Iran.”  Last week Obama laid down a red-line to Syria regarding the use of chemical weapons.  Yesterday General Martin Dempsey appears to have laid down the red line with respect to Israel attacking Iran.

There has been a lot of speculation that Israel would attack just prior to the US elections as a way of putting pressure on Obama to come to the party.  Dempsey is obviously trying to avoid that Hobson’s choice.  It’s also pretty well agreed that Israel will have to fly on a dark night, and there are only two new moons between now and the election.  With Dempsey’s public statements, it looks like Obama is trying to make it clear that he will not be sucked into an Israeli-initiated war.  But if Iran retaliated in a big way, as they have promised to do, if Russia came to Iran’s defense, as it has promised to do, and if Hezbollah joined in, as it has promised to do, Obama would have no choice, which would mean the sacrifice of thousands more American lives lost in defense of Israel and its apartheid idea of democracy.

The Daily Dish for Monday, Aug27.2012

Bloged in Middle East, Israelis, America, Potpourri, Iranians, Israeli Firsters by Gutter Grunt Monday August 27, 2012 at about 3:07 pm

Petri dish art by Klari Reis [The best part of the day is seeing which Reis piece will be featured here.  See her site. She has 365 of these things!]

1.  Do not cry.  Do not grab your wallet.  Do not write your neocon Congressman. These Syrian children are not necessarily dead.

The world gasps at yet another massacre from Syria, this one purported to be committed by Syrian forces, leaving hundreds dead, including women and children.  And, of course, this sort of thing is just what the neocons want the world to see in order to justify attacking Syria and securing it for Israel.  And of course, this sort of thing is just what the Syrian rebels also want the world to see, hoping the outrage will get them some air support.

But look at the gruesome pics run by the Daily Mail again. Every one of them could have been staged for all you or I know.  I mean this photo of the kids was almost certainly staged.  I say that b/c in my experience with transporting bodies to morgues, they rarely retain the red cheeks of the living.  That my cheeks should be so rosy . . . and I’m white.  Even their lips have good color.  My best guess is that this is a staged photo and these kids got up and ran back to play in the park when it was over.  When there are reasonable grounds for concluding that one of the gruesome photos is faked, there are, by necessary extension, reasonable grounds for concluding all of the gruesome photos are faked.


2.  No offense intended, but there are really stupid Jews in this world, too

Normally we think of Jews as a demographic as having more brains than the average Homo sap, and there are plenty of good reasons for thinking that.  But then again, ya’ gotta’ realize every demographic has its bell-shaped curve, meaning every demographic has its morons.  The frightening thing is that an awful lot of the stupidest Jews are running and supporting Israel.

No evidence of this assertion could be more convincing than the total screw-up the world knows as “Bibi.”  When Bibi Netanyahu got wind that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was planning to attend the summit of Non-Aligned Members in Terhan this week, Bibi, arrogant right down to the bone, got on the phone to Ban to demand that Ban cancel his trip.  But, as reported today by Harretz blogger Barak Ravid, when Ban declined to bow to Bibi’s demands, Bibi went both ballistic and public.  Bibi immediately put out a long press release describing his version of the private phone conversation and criticizing Ban for attending a meeting of an organization that comprises more than 1/3 of all the members of the UN.  Bibi, and uber-Israel firsters like Uncle Abe Foxman, The World Jewish Congress, and the American Jewish Committee then tried to gang up on Ban and set off an avalanche of angry Emails.

Didn’t work.  They just pissed Ban off.  He’ll be arriving in Tehran on Wednesday, as I reported last Friday.

The scary part of this story is the abject stupidity of Bibi in trying to pull this stunt.  This dolt controls hundreds of nuclear warheads.  He is, presumably, making decisions about whether to preemptively strike Iran.  Most of Congress have their heads so far up his ass he thinks of them as his week-old underwear.  Obama follows him like a poodle.  And so Bibi’s idea of diplomacy is to attack the head of the UN by using the MSM and social media b/c the head of the UN declined to follow Bibi’s orders?  Scary.


3.  Israel enters the world of MAD
Louis Rene Beres and John T. Chain are a team.  The former is Princeton political scientist who writes extensively on nuclear war issues; the later is an ex-US Air Force General who as Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Air Command was an integral part of the US “nuclear button.”  In Jun.2011 they teamed up to write a Jewish blog article in which they conclude that it’s time for Israel to give up on its threats to bomb Iran and get its defenses and deterrence in order.  Mutually Assured Destruction is the path of the future.  Even if Iran does acquire a nuke, they reason, that is not the end of the world and it is not the end of Israel.  The page has been turned and the new page is about nuclear deterrence.  Paraphrasing Woody Allen’s famous quip, Israel is at the point where in one direction lies a nuclear-armed Iran and a never-ending policy of MAD, and in the other direction lies the opprobrium and isolation by the civilized world for sucker punching Iran, a certain retaliatory attack by Iran, the loss of many Israeli lives, and no guarantees of success.  As noted above, a lot of us are less than confident that Israel’s leaders, having gotten the country in this predicament, have the brains to choose the best alternative.

Today, Beres and Chain have published in the Israeli press what is essentially the very same article they published in Jun.2011.  Again, they are telling Israel that it is too late to be bombing Iran, the “window” is closed.  Now is the time for deterrence-talk, aka MAD.  But there is one striking piece of advice in today’s article that is not found in the Jun.2011 article: they tell Israel that it is time to stop jerking the world around with the policy of “nuclear ambiguity.” Everyone in the world with a working Internet connection knows that Israel is armed to the teeth with nuclear warheads.  It is absolutely pathological for them to continue their “Who, me??” charade.  According to Beres/Chain, deterrence works best if you flash your nukes at the enemy and you tell the enemy which cities are going to be vaporized if a retaliatory attack is ever launched. Along with this new advice Beres/Chain are still pushing their main point: the new status quo is here; learn to live with it.

These guys are not drum-thumpers.  They seem, on the face of it, quite pragmatic.  But it is quite alarming how twisted and incomplete their advice is given their stature and knowledge.  For instance, they appear in some respects to be just another couple of talking heads drunk on Zionism.  There is not a hint of political objectivity in what they say; just the old canards about innocent Israel and insane Iran.  They keep referring to Iran as crazy or on the verge of becoming crazy if there is a regime change, while Israel comes across as the steadfast anchor of rationality in the insane seas of the Middle East.  They apparently do not appreciate the fact that if the Middle East is insane, it is because, and only because, of Israel.  The Middle East was civilized before Israel began destroying Palestine.  Jews and Arabs in Palestine got along fine before the Cossack Jews and Eastern European Jews arrived, which, I believe, is the basis for Helen Thomas’ advice for them to go back from wherever they came from.  It is not Iran that is insane, it is Israel.

Beres/Chain also conveniently ignore the historical point that Iran has not attacked another country in 500 years, while Israel in its 60 years has a deplorable record of unprovoked attacks on other countries and people on a regular basis, including the US.  They refer to Israel’s threats of an unprovoked attack on Iran as “anticipatory self-defense,” which they conclude would be legal, although now too late.  They don’t cite any international law for their legal conclusions.  Under their thinking Pearl Harbor was “anticipatory self-defense,” too, but they don’t say that.

Beres/Chain seem to be working from the alarming assumption that Iran already has nukes, which they claim Iran has produced “illegally,” given that Iran is a member of the NPT.  I don’t know where they get this idea that Iran has nukes.  They cite no evidence.  The assertion is dangerous and it is contrary to everything the US government has publicly said about Iran not currently having nukes and not currently producing them.  So I don’t know where Beres/Chain are coming from here, but they have repeated this assertion more than once.  Of course, like all good Zionists, having accused Iran of illegally acquiring nukes, they ignore the painfully obvious fact that Israel developed its own nukes under a cloak of deception and lies and has never taken the civilized step of signing the NPT.  IOW, they ignore the indisputable fact that it is Israel, not Iran, that is the nuclear rogue state.   And so it goes . . .

But what to me is most amazing about their articles is the way Beres/Chain completely fail to factor the US into the deterrence equation.  Iran knows, and Iran has said it knows, that an attack on Israel would be suicide b/c of the retaliation that would come, not from Israel, but from the US.  By insisting that Israel must have a fail-safe retaliatory option, and thus implying that Israel is on its own, seems rather bizarre coming from a former head of SAC.  Israel’s primary retaliatory option is Obama’s promise — and the promise of every other US president since Truman — to retaliate against any country that would dare nuke Israel.  One would think that a former SAC commander would be privy to that arrangement.

The other obvious and very relevant fact Beres/Chain completely ignore is the frightening geographical disadvantage Israel has.  Israel is 265 miles stem to stern and 70 miles across.  It is only about 8000 sq. miles, mostly flat.  About like a postage stamp in size and elevation.  But as a nuclear target, Israel sticks out like a two-day-old zit on Miley Cyrus’ nose.  Surrounded on three sides by countries it has repeatedly attacked, and pressed up against water on the fourth, Israel is geographically isolated, militarily disadvantaged, and constantly exposed to reprisals for its decades of belligerence.  No place in Israel, including Tel Aviv, is out of reach of any missile that has a range of more than 50 miles.   Israel cannot possibly hide its 400 nukes; it would be like trying to hide billiard balls on a billiards table.  It can’t hide its population, either.  It is building bomb shelters and more bomb shelters,  but the country is too small to hide a population of 8 million.  With just 8000 sq. miles, you can run but you cannot hide.  In a nuclear exchange with anybody, Israel is burnt toast.

I think it is good that Beres/Chain are softening the world to accept a nuclear armed Iran regardless of whether Iran is nuclear armed or ever will be.  I think they are right to conclude that Israel must be prepared to maximize its nuclear deterrence position.  But Beres/Chain miss the most important part of this new world order.  Israel will no longer have the carte blanche freedom to bully its neighbors and attack them at will, or to continue its genocide of the Palestinians, or to bluster its way around the Middle East under threat of nuking its enemies, the way Golda Meir threatened to nuke Cairo in 1973.  Most people believe that the US is the only country every to use its nukes.  That is not true.  One doesn’t have to explode a nuke to use it.  If Iran becomes a nuclear power, the nuclear hegemony game is up for Israel.  That is not a bad thing for the rest of the world.

The Daily Dish Weekend Edition for Aug25-26.2012

Bloged in Middle East, Israelis, Palestinians, America, Potpourri by Gutter Grunt Sunday August 26, 2012 at about 12:21 pm

Petri dish art by Klari Reis [Pot or not?  Maybe, but beautiful either way.  See her site.]

1.  Doing the mea culpa mambo — 30 Israeli soldiers who finally get it.

OK, here it is. Breaking the Silence

If you really need to be convinced that what Israel is doing to the Palestinians is immoral, illegal, and tantamount to apartheid, here are ex- Israeli soldiers putting it right in your face.  Here are the testimonies that tell it as it is, all nicely classified under numerous headings: Abuse, Bribery, Humiliation, House incursions . . . If this website doesn’t make you hate the Zionists, then you must be one.  Many of these are beautifully written.  An example:

They come every day at four in the morning or five o’clock, and go back at seven in the evening, exhausted. You see a guy exhausted from having worked hard all day, physically, and they receive 50 shekels a day. Great, I mean for date picking that’s what they get. That’s what the workers get. Now, I see this. Not only do they get 50 shekels for a day’s work, but on top of that I stand on them, they have to wait at my checkpoint and undergo that humiliating procedure of inspection. I mean, this whole checkpoint is in fact an economic checkpoint. You feel you’re on checkpoint duty not for the sake of Israeli security but for Israel’s bank account.

Here is the Guardian’s take  with a video of one soldier, Tomer Rot, who seems to understand that the IDF people are doing more damage to themselves and their own souls than to the Palestinians.  It takes guts to go on camera and flip-off the beast, but he clearly gets it.  Hopefully, others will get it, too.

The hard part is getting Americans to get it b/c it’s their tax money that is supporting and promoting Israeli apartheid.  Maybe once they stop being sucked in by the likes of Christine Amanpour and the Jewish MSM in America they will have a chance.  See this video by Anthony Lawson  on CNN’s lies.


2.  The Bickers/Berry Model . . . not so fast, dudes.

How to generate a lot of international MSM attention by correctly “predicting” the outcome of American presidential election 8 times in a row: Step 1: develop a computer model that no one can really understand.  Step 2: in August announce that the model predicts that candidate “A” will win.  Step 3: in September announce the model now predicts that candidate “B” will win.  And there you have it — a model with 100% accuracy.

In the pre-release hype generated by U of Colo, Boulder, a couple of academics, Michael Berry and Kenneth Bickers, claim to have a computer model that has correctly picked the presidential winner for the last 8 elections.  The results of the model are based on June data and will soon be published in PS: Political Science & Politics.  No one has seen the results b/c they haven’t been published yet, but never mind that, the international MSM from HuffPo to Israel National News to UK Daily Mail have been using the pre-publication press release to predict the demise of Obama.

Of course, as Jeanne Dixon found out, in hyping any prediction, past success is always a big plus and the widely reported fact that the B/B Model correctly picked the last 8 outcomes is powerful, and so that assertion should be looked at very carefully.  But the MSM writers — idiots all — have not asked the relevant question: In correctly picking the last 8 outcomes did the B/B Model consistently use data collected in June, as this prediction does?  As the CU press release states, the model will be up-dated in September based on later data.  What we need to know, but don’t know, is how the previous 8 B/B predictions changed from June to September and whether the “successful” predictions were all from June, or all from September, or from a combination.  I mean if every year the model “predicted” one candidate from June data and then the other candidate from September data, then, of course, the success rate is going to be 100%.


3.  Adelson’s rag either can’t or won’t name mysterious “international diplomats” who are its sources.

How stupid can Sheldon Adelson’s Israeli rag, Israel National News, get.  It runs an article claiming Iran has “accelerated its activities at the Fordo underground nuclear facility.”  Where does it get this alarming information?  From “international diplomats.”  What diplomats?  From where?  And is there such a thing a diplomat that is not international?  INN answers none of these secrets.  But in asserting that Iran was cleaning up its Parchin site, INN got a little more specific about it’s “international diplomats.”  That diplomat was not just “international,” he/she was also “senior.”  You can bet your last shekel that he/she is also Israeli and trying to convince the world it is time to bomb Iran.  But the refusal to actually identify any of these “diplomats” makes this vomit-article just another tap on the Israeli war drum.  The second tap came the next day when INN had the chutzpah to repeat this garbage.


4.  Light ‘em up: redux

You will, I hope, recall the “Light ‘em up” video that started the Bradley Manning and Julian Assange persecutions.  That was the one where a couple of sick American Apache helicopter pilots massacred innocent civilians in Baghdad on Jul12.2007.   Five years later Shuchen Tan of Al Jazeera has produced a haunting video,  Permission to Engage, in which interviews of two ex-American soldiers who saved two children from a van that the Apache blew to smithereens are juxtaposed with interviews of the two saved children and other Iraqis who lost loved ones in the attack .

At 41:21 when the brother of one of the innocent Iraqi victims says “If I ever see an American, I will kill him and drink his blood.”   This is 2012, the Americans have “freed” the Iraqis from Saddam and have given them “democracy.”  Bush’s mission is finally “accomplished.”  And this is the result?  Iraqis who want to kill Americans and drink their blood?

Stupid Americans will likely be shocked at such an ungrateful attitude.  Americans have such a hard time understanding why the world doesn’t see them as the heroes they think they are.  They look down into the footprints of the WTC towers and say, “But we are such good people, why would anyone want to attack us??”   While I certainly don’t agree with the bereaved Iraqi that all Americans are culpable to the level of being mass murders, all Americans are culpable to some degree.  And, having watched the Wikileaks vid many times, I would tend to agree that if the pricks in that Apache helicopter were strung up from an Iraqi bridge like the Blackwater mercenaries were in 2004, it would strike one as justice being done. The vid, by falling into the hands of Manning, is the one time those prick-pilots got caught-out, but you damn well know this was a routine day for them.  You can hear in their radio transmissions how much fun they were having.  They are well paid officers, doing what they trained so hard to do, and having a great deployment.  They know there will be medals, and promotions, and they will be called “heroes” when they get home.  But when they die, their deployment may not go so well.

Speaking of murders dying . . . Americans scratch their heads and go “tsk tsk” at the high suicide rate of Iraq vets, which now comes close to overtaking the rate of KIA.  What is going on?  They made it home intact; they should be glad and grateful and live out their lives happily ever after.   As a combat vet with a Purple Heart and more than enough trigger-time in tight places, I’d like to venture a guess.  My guess is that if you got down to it, most combat vets who blow their brains out do so not b/c of the horrible things the enemy did to them.  They do so out of unending remorse for all the horrible, unjustifiable things they did to the enemy and to the innocents.  For any person with a conscience will eventually become the pitiful casualty of his own atrocities.  And that is a spiritual law that should be taught in boot camp and should never be toyed with.  It’s the bastards that commit war crimes, maybe the Apache pilots in the Wikileaks vid, who have no remorse and no conscience that the world has to worry about, for they live to perpetuate themselves and their atrocities.  They are the ghouls walking freely amongst us, able to actually justify to themselves the things they did and teach the next generation to do the same.  But even they must know their day is coming sooner or later.

The Daily Dish for Friday, Aug24.2012

Bloged in Middle East, Israelis, America, Potpourri, Iranians, Israeli Firsters, Technology by Gutter Grunt Friday August 24, 2012 at about 5:12 pm

Petri dish art by Klari Reis

1.  More evidence that your doctor is a lot dumber and/or a lot more dishonest than you thought

Don’t look now, but the medical profession is killing a lot of people, and I am not talking (just) about the 99,000 people who die every year from nosocomial, or hospital acquired, infections.  I am talking about the way the AMA members have been raking in millions by hawking statins for 10 years.  Read this interview with Barbara Roberts, a research-trained M.D. who is blowing the whistle on the statin industry, which includes idiot statin prescribing doctors.

These drugs are not “silver bullets” designed to attack a very specific biological target.  They inhibit very, very, very basic biological processes that take place in all parts and in all cells of the body.  It is a priori insanity to think that such an agent would not be toxic.  However, as the ladies in Arsenic and Old Lace well knew, slowly advancing, debilitating toxicity is rarely recognized as such.  Just as disturbing in the Roberts interview is her discussion of how Big Pharma runs the show, determines the treatment guidelines, and buys off the medical profession, who are the real winners here.

2.  Breivik not insane in Norway, but Norway itself is

Insane Norway is partly responsible for the gruesome efficacy of the killing rampage of Anders Behring Breivik b/c of its pitifully botched response while the killings were going on.  Now Norway, even more clearly demonstrating where the insanity lies, has found the loser Breivik to be sane, has sentenced him to just 10 to 21 years The time will be spent in one of those soft Norway prisons, with spacious cells, a computer, newspapers, and his own exercise room.  The number 21 years is probably about right, but there should be 77 separate 21-year sentences — one for each of the dead, and those sentences should be served consecutively.  As it is, if this clown pulls the maximum 21 years, he will serve about 3 months for each of those people he destroyed, most of them young people with a lot of life ahead of them.

Some have argued that the sentence is longer that it appears b/c Norway can continue to hold this hideous ghoul even after he serves his sentence.  According to this theory no one will be willing to sign his release and he’ll be locked up the rest of his life.  OK, so if you’re gonna’ sentence him to life, sentence him to life.  What sort of deterrence to Breivik wanna’-be’s is a sentence of 3 months per victim, even with a hypothetical extension?  Sounds more like an invitation to the next racist Norwegian moron with a cache of weapons.

3.  Now the mal-semites are attacking UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

They are going after him for his plans to attend a meeting in Tehran of the world’s largest political coalition: the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement.  The name means non-aligned with the American/Israeli hegemony, which is accurately referred to by Iran as the “world’s arrogant powers.”  But then, when is power not arrogant?

Bibi Netanyhu has been going through the roof at the thought of Ban attending the Tehran summit and refusing to kow-tow to Israel’s demands that he not attend.  Ban has also resisted pressure from Obama.   It seems that every Israeli-firster or Israeli-firster group in America is screaming about Ban going to Terhan to attend the NAM summit. Zero-between-the-ears Breitbart calls Ban’s decision “unconscionable” and a reason to dump the UN.  American Jewish Committee head David Harris is “stunned.”  Uncle Abe Foxman at the Anti-defamation League, taking orders from his Israeli masters, jumps in, too.  The New York Times, also taking orders from Israel has jumped in, and so has the Washington Post, and for the same reason — they are both Israel firster rags pretending to be American newspapers.  The WaPo editorial linked to is particularly virulent and filled with repeated un-supported allegations against Iran.

All of these attacks on Ban start off the same way:  Because the UN has passed resolutions against Iran, Ban should never set foot in Iran.  That sort logic evenly applied would mean that the UN would never again set foot in Israel, which has had countless UN resolutions passed against it. But, of course, we don’t mention that inconvenient fact.  Bibi has played the anti-semetism card in this fight, of course, by conflating Iran’s hatred of Israel with anti-semitism.  What Israeli Jew these days does not play the anti-semitism card in any fight?  The irony is that greatest single cause of anti-semitic rhetoric is the Jews’ never-ending attempts, particularly Abe Foxman’s, repeated making charges of “anti-semite” against anyone and every one with a different opinion.  Under that definition, count me in as an anti-semite.

In spite of all of this pressure, Ban will be in Iran Aug 29-31, and that tells you something about Ban Ki-moon.  Something very good.

The Daily Dish for Wednesday, Aug22.2012

Bloged in Israelis, America, Good cop/Bad cop, Wing-Nuts (Left), Media Fails, Potpourri, Iranians, Nuclear threats, Government screw-ups by Gutter Grunt Thursday August 23, 2012 at about 12:28 am

Petri dish art by Klari Reis [Please have a look at her site. She has 365 of these things!]

1.  Israel and the IAEA Iran inspectors  

In this corner we have Israel who has been threatening Iran for about 5 years now and appears to be chomping at the bit to slug it out.  And in this corner we have Iran, who has been thumbing its nose at the Israeli threats and beefing up its missile systems and responding with very vague threats about the disaster that will result if it is attacked.  We’ve heard that line before.  Think Saddam.  Think Gadaffi.  But sooner or later the bell’s gonna’ ring and the Israel-Iran fight will be all on.  I mean, Israel is too far into this threats thing to simply say, “OK, never mind.”  And no matter what concessions Iran makes about granting access to Prachin they won’t be enough to appease Obama b/c what the west really wants is a reason to attack Iran.  So the first blow is coming sooner or later.  When and by whom are anybody’s guess.  According to the MSM idiot know-nothings it’s gonna’ be Israel throwing the first blow, and soon.   Link

But not so fast.  There have been two very interesting views expressed at the Arms Control Wonk recently.  Here is a link to Dr. Jeffrey Lewis’ post Ayatolloah’s Pregnant Pause , which links to Lewis’ Foreign Policy article of the same name. Both pieces are worthwhile, but particularly the FP piece.  Lewis tries to separate hype from fact with respect to the US’s intelligence on Iran, particularly the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which has become something of a legend in and of itself.  Lewis seems to conclude that the recent Israeli hype that the US has new evidence of an Iranian nuke is probably bs, and that the conclusions of the 2007 NIE that Iran does not have the capability to build or deploy a nuke probably still hold up.

The second helpful article at Arms Control Wonk is Mark Hibbs’  Aug20 piece.  Although Hibbs’ bio is not provided on the website, he obviously has experience with the IAEA inspection procedures and protocols, and he raises a very interesting point: The IAEA has inspectors in Iran 24/7/365.  If Israel lets fly with a preemptive attack, as they have been warning they will do soon, what moral or legal obligations do they have to give the IAEA enough of a warning so that it can get its people out of harm’s way?  Even if those inspectors are not hit by Israel’s attack, they would be very unlikely to ever get out of the country while the ensuing war was on and would likely end up hostages, if not worse.

But does Israel care?  Those IAEA inspectors are not Israelis.  Israel is not part of the NPT and is not a member of IAEA.  And once 50 IAEA inspectors suddenly pack up and leave, Ahmadinejad is going to know the attack is on.  Is Israel going to alert the Iranians that the jets are on the way in order to save a few UN people?

If history is any judge, the IAEA people are likely toast.  Most of the people who participate on the Arms Control Wonk site are high-powered and very knowledgeable.  One of the commentors,  Robert Kelley, was an IAEA inspector in Iraq in 1993 when Clinton threw a cruise missile at Baghdad.  No warning was provided to IAEA.  Kelley woke up to the sound of the cruise missiles blowing up near by.  At least he woke up; many civilians who were killed never did.

I keep wondering why Iran stays in the NPT and why it doesn’t just bail out and tell the IAEA to go to hell.  Maybe Hibbs has the answer.  Maybe Iran is counting on the IAEA workers to be the canary in the mine.

2.  Feds stockpiling hollow-points

If you need another reason to lay awake at night, here it is.  On Aug15 Paul Joseph Watson alerted us to a very scary fact: the Social Security System is stockpiling deadly ammo.  So is National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  In March Homeland Security bought 450 million rounds.  These are not target bullets.  These are hollow point rounds that are meant for one thing and one thing only: to kill humans.  The Geneva Convention does not even allow hollow point rounds to be used in combat. This is quite alarming if the story is true.  Well, the feds have pretty well admitted it.

On Aug21 Anthony Martin  observed that the fed’s reason for buying all this ammo is a lot more disturbing than it is reassuring.  The feds say all these agencies are getting hundreds of millions of hollow point bullets “to train security agents.” What bullshit.  First of all, one doesn’t train with hollow point rounds.  That is just insanity.  There is no point in using a round that costs 10x what the normal target round costs and that can blow a brick to smithereens just to hit a paper target.

Second is the sheer volume of rounds.  In all, since March this year more than 1.5 billion rounds have been ordered for these domestic agencies.  That is “billion” as in 1000 times a million.  That’s 20x more rounds than the entire US military used per year during the height of the Iraq War.  With that number of “training rounds” you can shoot 171,000 rounds per hour every hour of every day for a year, not counting time for changing the clips or cooling the barrels.  That’s almost 3000 rounds per minute.  By comparison an M16 will fire at a sustained rate of 15 rounds per minute.  So the US has bought enough deadly hollow point ammo for almost 200 Social Security security guards to fire at paper targets constantly for a solid year — day and night, non-stop, no lunch breaks, no dinner breaks, no time off to watch the Super Bowl.

But the more chilling comparison is provided by Maj Gen Jerry Curry who was interviewed by Martin.  Curry says the US agencies have ordered enough deadly hollow point rounds to put 5 of them into every man, woman, and child in the country.

Does this have anything to do with the way Texas nothing-between-the-ears judge Tom Head is advocating for civil war if Obama is re-elected?  Or, perhaps it’s a run up to the global Armageddon that a lot of people think is just around the corner, particularly if Israel ignites a nuclear war. Also of note, and perhaps relevant, is the fact that Israel is building bomb shelters like there is no tomorrow.  So maybe the world really is just finally coming unhinged . . . Mayans or whatever.

3.  More HuffPo sexism

Let me end on a lighter note.  I hate to keep ragging on HuffPo, but they leave me little alternative.  It’s a moral duty of LogoPhere to call out this stuff in the blogosphere.  If you watch closely enough you can see what a pack of sexist, pedophile, loose sex-mongers they are over at HuffPo.  OK, OK, they’re left wing-nuts so you expect a lot of immorality, but you also expect a proper amount of political correctness, too.  Nope, that’s just for the other guy.  Here is an example.  Note that it’s the “anchorMAN” and the “weatherGIRL.”  Wonder what the girl thinks about that insult. . .

The Daily Dish Weekend Edition for Aug18-19.2012

Bloged in Middle East, Israelis, Palestinians, America, Media Fails, Potpourri, Israeli Firsters, Technology, Courts, Government screw-ups by Gutter Grunt Sunday August 19, 2012 at about 5:48 pm

Petri dish art by Klari Reis

1.  Move over, Josef Mengele.  Make room for John C. Cutler & Thomas Parran, Jr. — two more evil doctors burning in hell

The stories about US medical crimes during and after WWII keep coming and keep getting worse.  For years we have known how the US Public Health Service run by Thomas Parran Jr., buddy of FDR and Truman, carried out experiments that have become known as the “Tuskegee Study,” where treatment was withheld from hundreds and hundreds of poor blacks in Alabama with syphilis just to watch how the disease progresses. [1993 Nova video]  As Parran himself said, they were not given treatment b/c that would have ruined the study.  A few years ago Tuskegee Study historian Susan Reverby expanded the breadth of this horror when she discovered a cache of documents in a warehouse in Philadelphia, now in the National Archives.  The documents were the first evidence that Parran and another PHS ghoul, John C. Cutler, who was also a part of the Tuskegee crime, took the syphilis study to Guatemala where thousands of prisoners, mentally ill patients, orphans, and other helpless people were actually infected with syphilis and gonorrhea.  Finding the documents that exposed the Guatemalan horror crimes was lucky, but unsettling.  Nobody knows how many documents have been destroyed indicating other poor countries and poor people were involved in the US human medical experiments. In spite of an apology from Obama to Guatemala last year, Representatives for the Guatemalan victims sued the US in US court, but last June the court ruled that you can’t sue the US government for injuries incurred on foreign soil — how convenient for the US.  Al-Jazeera reports the surviving Guatemalan victims are appealing. Here’s a Journeyman.tv video.  At about 16:26 you can see a letter Cutler sent to still another of these criminals: John F. Mahoney, who was Cutler’s boss.  I don’t know why no one is talking about him.  This NYT article admits Cutler sent his Guatemalan reports to only one supervisor, but NYT declines to name the supervisor.  Obviously, it was Mahoney.  Below is a paragraph from the Natl Archives collection implicating Parran and Cutler in criminal activity.  It is taken from a letter of Feb17.1947 to Cutler in Guatemala from US PHS correspondent G. Robert Coatney following Coatney’s visit to Cutler:

I saw Dr. Parran on Friday and he wanted to know if I had a chance to visit your project.  Since the answer was yes, he asked me to tell him about it and I did so to the best of my ability.  He was familiar with all of the arrangements and wanted to be brought up to date on what progress had been made.  As you well know, he is very much interested in the project and a merry twinkle came into his eye when he said, “You know, we couldn’t do such an experiment in this country.”

The techniques used by these criminals for infecting human beings with syphilis are spelled out in detail in a Apr11.1947 letter from Senior Surgeon R.C. Arnold to Cutler.  This letter would be enough to put these people in prison if they weren’t all dead or somehow protected by immunity.  I have not completed my review of Cutler’s correspondence as my stomach will not take it.  More later.  Here’s the man:

The face of evil: un-indicted criminal John C. Cutler, M.D.


2.  Israel as a cancer — Exhibit “A”

Once again Ahmadinejad has referred to Israel as a “cancer” or “cancerous tumor,” and, of course, once again Israel has screwed up into the ceiling.  The UN, which has done absolutely nothing to help the situation in Israel or Syria, took their normal holier-than-thou attitude, and criticized the analogy.  But nobody seems to be asking the most relevant question of all: Is the analogy accurate?  As Exhibit “A” I offer a poster that has raised a lot of ire from the Jews in NYC.  It is a pictorial representation of how Israel — by means of American military hardware and support — has spread throughout Palestine since the Jews started stealing the Palestinians’ land and butchering the Palestinian people and British soldiers in 1948.  The white part is the spreading of Israel, taking over the body of Palestine.  If this is not a picture of spreading cancer, there is no picture of spreading cancer.


3.  HuffPo’s Alana Horowitz butchers report on the Julian Assange speech.

How hard can it be to get just the basic facts right?  Not facts that require effort and checking sources.  Just the basic background facts that everybody in the universe already knows, including the AP who’s script one is re-writing under one’s own name? Here is Alana Horowitz’s butcher-job of the Julian Assange speech.  First of all, Assange is not “currently facing extradition to Sweden over sexual assault charges.”  That’s the whole freakin’ point: THERE ARE NO CHARGES.  Assange is facing extradition b/c a Swedish ultra-fem, man-hating government attorney, Marianne Ny, wants to “question him” and yet she refuses to agree not to cuff him and send him to the US.  This is pretty basic stuff, Alana.  If you’re gay and a man-hater, too, like a lot of HuffPo writers seem to be, it’s understandable why you would want to blur this facts.  Also, Bradley Manning is not, was not, and will never be a Marine, as reported by Alana.  He’s Army, as has been reported millions of times in the last 2 years.  Instead of giving us a video of Assange’s speech, or the text, what HuffPo provides is bone-headed error-riddled account, by some one who appears not even to have been in the same country or continent as Assange when he spoke.  Horowitz’s report told us absolutely nothing about the crowds there, their reactions, or any problems with the cops.    Here is Anthony Bond’s credible and helpful report from the Daily Mail.  Here is the YT of Assange’s complete speech.

Why Richard Silverstein is as foolish as he is foul-mouthed. 

Bloged in Israelis, Iranians by Gutter Grunt Friday August 17, 2012 at about 7:39 pm

You don’t wander around long in the anti-Zionism blosphere without running into Richard Silverstein.  I am not going to link to his site b/c to do so would only demean this site and dignify his.  He is a foul-mouthed kitsch-monger known for blistering ad hominem attacks against anyone who would disagree with him.  Silverstein’s modus operandi is to quote some shadowy source deep within the Israel government or IDF who tell him about all of the horrible things Israel has in store for Iran and the world as a whole.  Of course, such unsourced bs is just that, unsourced bs, but gullible people eat it up and that’s how con-men make a living.  The quote below is a cut and copy from Silverstein’s site.  He claims it is a document he received from someone deep inside the Israel government.  As you can see, it is a description of what an attack by Israel on Iran would look like, and it ain’t pretty.  But it has caused a light to come on in my own head.

For more than a year I have been trying to figure WTF Israel is doing with the constant thumping of the war drums. No other story has ever been kept so much on the front page for so long in one guise or another — and not just in the online looneyverse like Silverstein’s site, but in the most standard of the MSM.  The current pretext for the front pages is a faux-controversy between Peres and Netanyahu over whether Israel should attack Iran. The story keeps repeating itself in one form or another.  The constant droning about windows closing and an attack being imminent.  The endless IDF war exercises and repeated “leaked” announcements of Israeli submarines passing into the Arabian Sea.  Public squabbles between Israeli officials, or between Israel and Obama.  This crap has gone on and on, and virtually all of it has been repeated with amplification by Silverstein.  And now this frightening, detailed battle plan published by him.  Why?  Israel doesn’t normally work like this.  Normally, it just flies over to whatever country it perceives is a threat and bombs it.  Israel is, after all, a rouge state and a law unto itself.  So why for these last 5 years has it been telegraphing its intentions to bomb Iran, thereby motivating Iran to dig deeper into the mountain and work more feverishly toward acquiring defensive or deterrent nuclear capabilities.  Why?.

Upon reading Sivlerstein’s “leaked” scenario the answer hit me between the eyes like a kosher pork chop.  Israel is trying to scare Iran into making a defensive preemptive attack.  The Israelis think the Iranians think like Israelis.  If any country ever threatened to bomb Israel, Israel would have F-16’s in the air in a heart beat making a preemptive attack.  Israel thinks by making these sorts of threats they can sucker the Persians into making a preemptive attack.  Israel’s problem is that it knows it can’t bring down Iran without the help of the US.  And they are pretty sure that Obama and the US people will not buy into yet another Middle East war where American lives are shed for Israel.  Americans are getting tired of seeing sons and daughters killed and disabled for Israel.  If Israel is to get the US to come to the party, Iran will have to initiate the war.  Then it will be all on.  But unless that happens, Israel is on its own.

And so you have the likes of Silverstein and the rest of the MSM and Internet looneyverse playing into this Israeli game.  Maybe Silverstein is getting paid by Israel to help pound these war drums, who knows.  Or maybe he honestly thinks he’s helping to avoid a war when, in fact, by he’s helping Israel scare Iran into doing something precipitous.

Anyway, read it for yourself.  Here’s what Silverstein says he received from his secret source in the Israeli government.  Sounds more like it was written by the Israeli PR people to me.

The Israeli attack will open with a coordinated strike, including an unprecedented cyber-attack which will totally paralyze the Iranian regime and its ability to know what is happening within its borders.  The internet, telephones, radio and television, communications satellites, and fiber optic cables leading to and from critical installations—including underground missile bases at Khorramabad and Isfahan—will be taken out of action.  The electrical grid throughout Iran will be paralyzed and transformer stations will absorb severe damage from carbon fiber munitions which are finer than a human hair, causing electrical short circuits whose repair requires their complete removal.  This would be a Sisyphean task in light of cluster munitions which would be dropped, some time-delayed and some remote-activated through the use of a satellite signal.

A barrage of tens of ballistic missiles would be launched from Israel toward Iran.  300km ballistic missiles would be launched from Israeli submarines in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf.  The missiles would not be armed with unconventional warheads [WMD], but rather with high-explosive ordnance equipped with reinforced tips designed specially to penetrate hardened targets.

The missiles will strike their targets—some exploding above ground like those striking the nuclear reactor at Arak–which is intended to produce plutonium and tritium—and the nearby heavy water production facility; the nuclear fuel production facilities at Isfahan and facilities for enriching uranium-hexaflouride.  Others would explode under-ground, as at the Fordo facility.

A barrage of hundreds of cruise missiles will pound command and control systems, research and development facilities, and the residences of senior personnel in the nuclear and missile development apparatus.  Intelligence gathered over years will be utilized to completely decapitate Iran’s professional and command ranks in these fields.

After the first wave of attacks, which will be timed to the second, the “Blue and White” radar satellite, whose systems enable us to perform an evaluation of the level of damage done to the various targets, will pass over Iran.  Only after rapidly decrypting the satellite’s data, will the information be transferred directly to war planes making their way covertly toward Iran.  These IAF planes will be armed with electronic warfare gear previously unknown to the wider public, not even revealed to our U.S. ally.  This equipment will render Israeli aircraft invisible.  Those Israeli war planes which participate in the attack will damage a short-list of targets which require further assault.

Among the targets approved for attack—Shihab 3 and Sejil ballistic missile silos, storage tanks for chemical components of rocket fuel, industrial facilities for producing missile control systems, centrifuge production plants and more.

The Daily Dish for Wednesday, Aug15.2012

Bloged in Environment -- Humans Screwing Nature, America, World Events, Potpourri, Courts by Gutter Grunt Wednesday August 15, 2012 at about 11:34 pm

Petri dish art by Klari Reis [See her site, The Daily Dish. She has 365 of these things!]

1.  Britain is as brain-ded as Israel

For 5 years Israel has been threatening what is virtually impossible: attacking Iran and not getting beat to a pulp by Hezbollah missiles in return.  Now the UK is taking the same tack hoping to flush Julian Assange out of Ecuador’s embassy — they have threatened to attack the embassy.  That’s right, under international law, Ecuador’s embassy is considered to be Ecuadorian territory in the UK.  What the UK doesn’t realize is that last week Assange put on one of those tight bicycling suits, carbon-fiber reflective sun glasses, pointy helmet and bicycled to Heathrow where he flew out of the country with the Ecuadorian Olympic team, which, BTW, didn’t get a single gold.  Lest we forget, Assange has never been charged with a crime.  All of this is over Swedish fem prosecuting attorney Marianne Ny issuing an arrest warrant based only on her demands that she question Assange in Sweden.  And the UK is making an international poo-poo over this??  The rational mind is boggled.

2. Things are not improving in Bayou Corne

Remember that Louisiana salt cave that is collapsing — things are getting worse.  The size of the hole continues to grow, and now it turns out there are millions of barrels of butane and propane stored in salt caves next to the one collapsing.  As of the moment, there is no plan for dealing with the collapsing cave, and no plan for dealing with the butane and propane.  IOW, these red-necks are screwed.  Please, folks, keep your Bic lighters in your pockets.


3.  Follow-up on the whacko WVa. judge swearing at defendant in court.

As expected, with ethics complaints now flying, he’s moaning.  He’s saying the problem is that he’s over-worked.

Jonesboro cops’ video re-creation of the impossible suicide of Chavis Carter

Bloged in America, Good cop/Bad cop by Gutter Grunt Tuesday August 14, 2012 at about 7:28 pm

If you had a few lingering doubts about how Chavis Carter could have shot himself in the head while in a cop car with his hands cuffed behind his back in Jonesboro, Arkansas, [ story here ] this YT video just released by the Jonesboro cops is supposed to win you over to their story — just in case you happen to end up on the jury that tries Ron Marsh for murder.


Marsh was the cop responsible for this incident, but it looks like it’s the Jonesboro PD that is producing and distributing this vid in order to support Marsh’s version.  If you believe Marsh’s story after seeing this vid, you are as white as the cops in the vid, as racist, and as stupid as they think you are.


According to Marsh’s official report, the gun that killed Carter was a  “small caliber” gun that Marsh found on the floor of the back seat of the cop car.  He removed the gun from the car and put it in the trunk.  So immediately we have the scene being tampered with, by Marsh’s own admission.  But now that the FBI are investigating, we are told that the gun, which was either: a) planted by Marsh, or 2) found by him, was not so small after all — it was a .38 semi-automatic.  I carried a .38 for years.  I know how big they are, and they are not “small caliber.”  Besides, a .38 ACP round is virtually the same diameter as a 9mm police round.  I don’t know the caliber of the Jonesboro cops’ sidearms, but if they are standard 9mm and if a Jonesboro cop wanted to drop a gun in order to cover up a killing by the cop, a .38 would be a pretty good choice.


The Jonesboro video tells us that the gun they used in the vid is the same size as the one found.  At 1:13 you can see how large this handgun is — it is not a derringer, and it could not be easily hidden.  If Carter had the .38 in his pocket or on his person in such a way he could reach it while cuffed, then the gun certainly would have been found by either one of Marsh’s two searches.


But it gets better . . . according to Marsh’s report, Marsh searched Carter twice before putting him in the car.  The search was thorough enough to find a small plastic baggy containing $10 worth of drugs.  No gun was found.  Please take note: guns are a lot easier to find on someone’s person than baggies with drugs.  In order to find the baggy, Marsh would have had to have searched Carter’s pockets by putting his [Marsh’s] hand in each pocket.  How, then, could he have missed a .38 semi-automatic?


But it gets better . . . where did the gun come from??  In the Jonesboro vid, which is supposed to be recreating how Carter killed himself, if you watch the first example closely, the actor-cop does not have the gun in his pocket; at 0:50 HE PULLS IT FROM THE COP CAR SEAT after he gets in the car.  None of the other examples show where the gun came from, they all just show a white actor or actress cop with his or her hands loosely cuffed and holding the gun to their head.  It also looks like the doors were taken off this cop car so these cops have plenty of room to contort themselves.

Grabbing the gun in the seat


But it gets better . . . according to the video, the Jonesboro cops apparently want us all to believe that the gun was in the car when Carter was put in the car and that Carter found the gun stuck in the seat of the cop car like the actor-cop did.  According to the cops’ story, Carter was suicidal, maybe b/c the cops had just found a baggy with $10 worth of drugs on him.  Being suicidal and all, I guess it was just a “lucky coincidence” that the gun happened to be in the cop car.

But it gets even better — Carter was doubly lucky b/c this particular gun that was stuck in the back seat of the cop car already had a round in the chamber and the safety was off, so all Carter had to do was get the muzzle to his head and pull the trigger.  The alternative story is that Marsh shook the kid down closely enough to find a small baggy with drugs in one pocket but missed the .38 semi-automatic in the other pocket.


But it gets better . . . the vid recreates someone shooting themselves in the right temple, which is where Carter was shot.  To pull this off, as clearly shown in the video, if Carter had been carrying the gun it would had to have been in Carter’s right rear pocket and he would had to have used his right hand to get it and shoot it.  But Carter was left-handed.  But hang on . . . no left-handed person is going to carry a gun on their right side, unless they are using a holster, which would have been very obvious and which has never been alleged.  So the cops are asking us to believe that Carter pulled the gun out of his left pocket with his right hand while handcuffed and then — still using his right hand — shot himself in the right temple, even though he’s left-handed.  If you are stupid enough to believe that, the Jonesboro police department has a position for you.  Please note also, that cops put suspects in the right side of the back seats of cop cars so the perp will not be riding directly behind the cop.  If, hypothetically, a cop were to shoot someone in the head while the person was in the back seat of the cop’s car, the person would be shot in the right side of the head, like Carter was shot.

But it gets even better . . . Marsh reported that he was not able to get the cuffs off of Carter when he found him bleeding in the back of his car b/c Marsh couldn’t get past the body to get to the cuffs.  Presumably, Marsh is saying that Carter’s body was still in a sitting position with his cuffed hands still behind him where Marsh could not get to them.  But had Carter put a .38 bullet in his own head from the right side at that close of range, the torso would have been propelled across the car seat to the left and the cuffs would be easy to get to.  It’s called Newton’s Third Law — for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.


I know you’ve picked up on this already, but I am smelling something really bad here and the video is just making the smell worse.  I think it is very, very likely that FBI ballistics will sort this whole thing out and either clear Marsh or send him to prison.  If Marsh ends up going to prison, those Jonesboro cops in the video should be going with him, IMHO.

The Daily Dish for Tuesday, Aug14.2012

Petri dish art by Klari Reis

1.     City of brotherly love Nutter mayor slapped down by federal court.

When Democratic Philadelphia’s mayor, Michael Nutter, outlawed feeding more than three homeless people at a time, it, understandably, upset a lot of people. Nutter was, after all, treating homeless people like they were bears in Yellowstone, or annoying squirrels or pigeons in the city’s parks. So Nutter and Philadelphia got sued, and no one with a brain will be surprised that the city lost the fight against a preliminary injunction that will allow the poor to be fed until the suit is completed. Anyone with a brain will be surprised, however, to hear that Nutter is appealing the preliminary injunction to the federal circuit court. How many of these people could Philadelphia treat and feed with the money that will be going into the lawyers’ pockets? Thousands.

2.     Israel Supreme Court flips off the Hague Convention and shields kiddie kidnappers.

Israel has ignored many UN resolutions over the last 60 years and has refused to sign the non-proliferation treaty; consequently, Israel is considered by many, including many Americans, to be a rogue state. Now more evidence supporting this view: refusal to abide by the Hague Convention on Child Abduction. This is a treaty, signed by Israel, that requires a state to which a child has been abducted to return the child to its home state.  Most of these cases come up when one parent steals the children and runs off to another country to avoid court orders. The problem is that Israel considers itself to be the “homeland” of all Jews. So, for instance, when a Jewish abducts her child and takes the child to Israel, Israel thumbs its nose at the Child Abduction Treaty and at the US court’s orders. At least that’s what the Israel Supreme Court has done in the Ben-Haim case.  Oshrat Ben-Haim, who abducted her child to Israel, has been indicted in NJ on 2 counts of contempt of court and 6 counts of, essentially, kidnapping and the Israeli court says “screw you, the kid is a Jew.”  The case is important to every Jewish parent in the US b/c if Israel lets parents abduct children to Israel with immunity from prosecution, then every Jew mother and father in the US is a potential victim of having their child stolen by the other parent.

3. Is Fukushima heating up again?

Prior to the 3/11 EQ and tsunami that plastered Japan, the area underwent a period of fairly high-frequency, moderate EQ’s.  In the last few days there has been a double-whammy killer EQ in Iran, and today a huge 7.7 Richter off the coast of Russia, just north of Japan.  According to the very helpful Nicholls Japan EQ map, the frequency of moderate EQ’s around Japan is also picking up.  The problem is that Reactor #4 at Daiichi is not stable; it is listing to one side.  Some experts have predicted that if it goes over the release of radioactivity from the stored fuel rods will threaten the entire human species, and certainly all the human species on the west coast of North America.


4.  Chris Hedges let’s it rip.  Tattoo this article on your forehead.

Writer Chris Hedges is one of the brave plaintiffs suing Obama and Congress for passing a law that can be used to take any American off the sidewalk and put him/her into permanent administrative detention, the same way the Israelis do the Palestinians.  In an article published yesterday he let’s it rip — pretty well saying what needs to be said.  Here is his summary of the presidential election :

They each [Obama and Romney] intend to let Wall Street loot the U.S. Treasury with impunity. Neither will lift a finger to help the long-term unemployed and underemployed, those losing their homes to foreclosures or bank repossessions, those filing for bankruptcy because of medical bills or college students burdened by crippling debt. Listen to the anguished cries of partisans on either side of the election divide and you would think this was a battle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. You would think voting in the rigged political theater of the corporate state actually makes a difference. The charade of junk politics is there not to offer a choice but to divert the crowd while our corporate masters move relentlessly forward, unimpeded by either party, to turn all dissent into a crime.

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