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Why erasing California’s anti-Semitic, racist history from public display is the wrong move – Cora Granata/LA Times

April 7, 2016 8:33 pm
oh gawd.      

Sic Semper Tyrannis : Russia Prepares for a Big War: The Significance of a Tank Army – Patrick Armstrong/Sic Semper Tyrannis

April 7, 2016 9:45 pm
Did you read the article, Alice sweetie?  The tanks are in place.  This is not about words but men and materiel.   As for "collapsing domestic infrastructure . . . from medicine to transportation to pipelines to bridges to energy distribution," that describes USA to a T.   So does the declining rate of (native) reproduction:  population growth in USA is attributable to immigration and not to the ability or willingness of young, native Americans to form families and have children:  unemployment is too high; college debt makes family formation nearly impossible, and the workaday world is too uncertain and exhausting.

Case for ‘Irrationality’ in Israeli Nuclear Deterrence and Defense Strategy – Louis René Beres/US News

April 1, 2016 3:37 pm
what's the difference between irrationality and psychopathology?

Israel-Arab Debate at AIPAC

March 31, 2016 6:31 pm
But the Holocaust is a religion.  Facts are irrelevant when belief is ingrained.  They need intensive deprogramming, a 12-steo program, etc.
That Jews need "intensive deprogramming" is one issue. A larger issue is this:  if holocaust is a religion, then it is a violation of US Constitution to enforce it/teach it in US taxpayer funded schools, and it is a violation of US Constitution to provide one thin dime to any holocaust museum. I fantasize some days, after a few glasses of wine, that a really bright class of 3rd year law school students bring a case against somebody (they're so bright -- let them figure out whom to sue) and batter down the teaching of holocaust in public schools, as well as the enforcement of a dogmatized holocaust narrative. That ought to start a conversation or two, that could be discussed at the weekly 12-step deprogramming sessions.
March 31, 2016 6:40 pm
I just finished reading Crime and Punishment.  Wow, those characters stay with you.  I am psychologically frozen for the moment. Raskolnikov accepted his guilt, he accepted his shame and his punishment.  He resisted for weeks, months  years but finally, he drilled down to his essential human characteristics and figured out what he had to do to live a good life. He was helped along the way by astute "psychologists" like the Interrogating lawyer, Porfiry and the constant love of the prostitute Sonia, as well as the friendship of Razumihin. The tragedy -- the deep and abiding tragedy -- of the Jewish people is that they have not had such humanistically attuned "psychologists" and friends but rather have blackmailed, bribed, and coerced others to pity them and aid and abet their deviant behavior, rather than to firmly force them to confront their own misdeeds.  Unlike Raskolnikov, Jews have gotten away with murder -- on a mass scale -- for centuries, indeed millennia; getting away with murder has become part of their way of being in the world.  It appears to be a contagious disorder:  the USA is now carrying out the mass murders that are justified in the Jewish psyche.
March 31, 2016 6:47 pm
I can't provide a source -- I read this years ago -- that certain fish in Lake Victoria do battle for the position of leader of the school.  The victor, the fish that becomes the leader, changes color.  Eventually, his (!) leadership position will be successfully challenged and another fish will become the leader.  The vanquished ex-leader will revert to former color and the new leader will take on the color of leadership. The point was that behavior becomes biologically expressed. It's most likely studies have been done about offspring of leader fish vs. offspring of pack fish.
March 30, 2016 7:12 pm
Lord save us from poorly informed bleeding heart activists like the older lady at the end of this video. It's not so much that she's "ill-informed" as it is that she simply has neither fact-checked nor critically analyzed what she thinks is a slam-dunk argument:   "After the holocaust, you know, Jews were of course looking for a place to live." The lady means well, but if she considers carefully the time line, the elementary chronology of WHEN Jews began the deliberate dispossession of Arabs from Palestine -- namely, around 1910, and WHEN Jews began mistreating Palestinians; and if this good lady reviewed some basic history and observed that Jews made the greatest advances toward colonizing Palestine and dispossessing in the period well before Hitler was even politically aware, then she would have to re-align her sense of cause-and-effect on numerous levels. Affirming the notion that, "the holocaust is the reason" is both counter-factual and counter-productive.  It allows Jews to shift moral agency from themselves and their own acts to a Hollywood-created caricature "Germany" or "Hitler" or Nazis.  The lady activist's efforts were rendered counterproductive in that she fed the narrative that the young Jewish girl has likely been propagandized with all her life -- against all facts and evidence -- that "Jews have been persecuted forever and need a land of their own to be safe."  That's pure  zionist propaganda; serious Jewish scholars are embarrassed by that distortion of Jewish history -- scholars such as those who wrote in David Biale's "Cultures of the Jews."   It is as essential to tear down the insulating shield of "the holocaust" in the same way as police remove weapons and even handcuff a person who is being arrested.  The arrested persons must be rendered unable to rely on any other means of defending himself/herself, save for the truth of the situation as witnessed by facts and evidence. Jewish people have got to be stripped of their falsely assumed shield and armor of "perpetual victimhood" and "holocaust," and required to rely solely on the facts and evidence of their own behaviors and acts.  If those acts are innocent, then there should be no problem in proving it.   

West Haven I-95 billboard on USS Liberty is anti-Israel, critics charge – James Walker/New Haven Register

March 30, 2016 3:43 pm
$3,323,500 + $3,566,457 + $6 million = about $65 million in 2016 dollars, or a little over 2% of the amount US taxpayers have been handing over to Israel ANNUALLY since at least 1990.   According to an article in Haaretz in 2014 (paywall), 
According to a recent Congress report, Israel is the country that has received more cumulative American aid than any other country since the end of World War II. Since it began in 1962, American military aid to Israel has amounted to nearly $100 billion. For the past decades the United States has been regularly transferring aid of about $3 billion annually.
In his comments at a recent conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on the influence of Israel on US foreign policy, Lawrence Wilkerson, former aide to Colin Powell, said:
When my old mentor and boss, Colin Powell, and I used to talk about the issues here, we rarely if ever, complimented Israel on its additions to U.S. security posture in the region, quite the opposite as a matter of fact.  . . . But there’s more, there’s concrete evidence of Israel detracting from U.S. security and is being a strategic liability rather than an asset.  Where is after all, U.S. hard power in Southwest Asia, in Africa, and the Persian Gulf today?  First, it isn’t in Israel nor could it be unless the world was at war and all bets were off.  I’ll come to that scenario in a minute. Under any other conceivable scenario, the U.S. will never land meaningful military forces on the unsinkable Middle East aircraft carrier of Israel. . . . Every instance of the use of force by the U.S. in the region to date has proven that reality beyond a shadow of a doubt.  So where exactly is the hard power?  It’s in Qatar, it’s Bahrain, it’s in Saudi Arabia, it’s in Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Djibouti and a host of other lesser places.  The largest U.S. Air Force complex on earth for example by some measures is in Qatar.  The most powerful fleet headquarters in the U.S. arsenal, The Fifth, is in Bahrain.  The land-based aircraft carrier, if there is one, is Kuwait, not Israel, as both Gulf Wars have proven.  . . . In fact in all my years in the military and beyond, I’ve never heard a serious suggestion of using Israel to help defend U.S. interest in the region.  Instead, what I have heard many times is advice and decision-making to stay totally away from such use.
So precisely why do US taxpayers give Israel $3 billion (soon to be upward of $4.3 billion) each year?  To defend themselves against rock-throwing Palestinian teen-agers?

Making America Great, and Saving Israel in the Process – Paul R. Pillar/The National Interest Blog

March 28, 2016 1:08 am
On Sat Mar 20 Protesters assembled in front of the White House then marched to the site of the AIPAC Conference.  Protesters were mostly Pro-Palestinian activists carrying bold yellow signs calling for Right of Return for Palestinians, and an end to the brutal Israeli occupation.  ANSWER coalition organized groups from several parts of the country -- Pittsburgh, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia -- to march in the DC protest.  A neocon press outlet said the crowd numbered 200-400, but there were a lot more than that -- my guess = at least a thousand.  It was not terrifically well organized but neither were the marchers disorderly.  There was very heavy police presence, particularly around the AIPAC conference entrances. Code Pink refused to participate in the Saturday pro-Palestinian protest, tho two Code PInkers did their darndest to try to get arrested.  I don't think they were successful. Among others, Phil Giraldi of CNI, Alison Weir of If Americans Knew, and Miko Peled, along with a contingent from Naturei Karta marched with the pro-Palestinians on Saturday.   Code Pink ran its own show at the AIPAC site on Sunday.   Conclusion:  Yes, Code Pink is controlled opposition.  

Is the ISIS Behind the Brussels Attacks? Who is Behind the ISIS? – Prof Michel Chossudovsky/Global Research

March 28, 2016 1:20 am
Jonathan Revusky is a guest author at He observed recently that false flag attacks follow a (rather boring) pattern; Brussels looks a lot like the Boston bombings. And -- brothers were involved in both Boston and Brussels. --- I've never researched Kabbalism/Jewish mysticism.  Other groups have similar numerology-based superstitions, correct?  

Facing Turkey, Europe chooses suicide -Thierry Meyssan/

March 22, 2016 6:04 pm
jeezus christ can't anyone frame an analysis without making comparisons to "Hitler in the 1930s" a comparison all that more maddening in that they are most often based on a History channel - Hollywood propaganda version of "Hitler in the '30s" and not on actual facts.   The past 85 years has been absolutely devoid of historic events and treacheries? Incidentally, zionists have a far longer record of setting in motion destabilizing events than was ever the case in "1930s Germany." Grynszpan's assassination of Ernst vom Rath comes to mind.

Donald Loves Israel: the Aipac Speech – March 21st, 2016

March 22, 2016 4:46 am
Fuck Trump   "While Israel was bombing Gaza, I led the Israel parade in NYC."   fuck Trump Write in Ron Paul

American Fascism

March 21, 2016 10:41 pm
Strenuously disagree with your analysis, Taxi. You fail to take account of Italy's decades-long efforts to unify and organize itself as a prosperous nation for all its people. Your analysis is fundamentally flawed because your starting point is totally off-target; it's apples - to - oranges. My Italian grandparents and mother came to the USA from Italy because American agricultural over-abundance made it impossible for Italians to live off the produce of their land, as they had done before, however meagerly.  My and my siblings' bodies still carry the epigenetic traits associated with famine and/or poor nutrition; one of my sibs died of the genetic effects of famine.  I know only a very little of what my Mother's and grandparents' lives were like in Italy; they loved their homeland but had to leave, including losing their homes and farms, in order to survive. All people do not migrate because they are eager to abandon what had been their home for generations; they leave out of necessity. (This is an important concept to grasp in view of the present goal of US agriculturalists to sell American agricultural commodities to Cuba.  This will only further impoverish the Cuban people, a tragedy in the making.  The economic hit man cometh.) Italian theorists like d’Annunzio (my late uncle was Mario d’Annunzio) may not have conceived a means of unifying and achieving prosperity for the Italian people that was the equal of Madison and Jefferson, but neither did the Italians have the vast lands and resources of the American continent (by the way -- it should be noted that the American Midwestern land on which that surplus grain was grown, that caused the destruction of Italian agriculture, was basically stolen land; ask an Indian).   The Italian social and political heritage was also vastly different from that of US founders.  Over their several-thousand year history the Italian people had been conquered, occupied, exploited and divided by almost every other European and some African and Asian forces.  I don't know about d'Annunzio but Mussolini certainly drew heavily upon Machiavelli, and The Prince counseled that the only way to restore a demoralized state to its essential virtu was by installing a (temporary) dictator who would administer the harsh medicine necessary to cure an ailing polity. Don't mess with Italy. Rather, if you're going to use Italy for an example, get it right, get the context right.   BTW, pretty much the same goes for Germany, even under Hitler and the NSDAP.  Get the context right, and don't fall into the trap of incorporating the propagandized version of Hitler-NSDAP into what is intended for an historically based analysis.  Such an effort is doomed to fail since it starts out on the shifting sands of lies and demonization.   Zionists did not just start the practice of demonizing the enemy du jour with the Palestinians, or Muslims, or terrorists. Zionists are so good at propaganda and enforcing a narrative because they've had a lot of:  Czarist Russia as well as Germany under Bismarck as well as Hitler, of course, all have been the target of the zionist hate propaganda machine.    
March 22, 2016 4:24 pm
Thank you for your generous reply, Taxi. Although my comment was heavily laced with my own, personal narrative, the core of the argument is not personal-- I hope not to criticize you but to criticize the argument. On that level, I suggest that the analogy is not appropriate: fascism is often slung about with little comprehension.  Your argument overcame that defect -- you explained the roots of fascism. But I think what USA is experiencing/headed to does not fit that pattern.  What USA is about is either sui generis (and incorporating elements of Hebrew chosenness and right-to-rule (imperialism), as well as Protestant- Calvinist greed + evangelical missionizing/proselytizing); or more closely related to Bolshevism.   One crucial distinction: Italian fascism was, for the most part, a nationalist movement; it did not have the same expansionist/imperialist goals as did Bolshevik Communism.  USA certainly has ambitions of cultural and economic expansionism and dominance.

After Islamophobia comes the criminalisation of Arabic – Yasir Suleiman/Al Jazeera English

March 21, 2016 10:03 am
Stalin's lecture on Marxism & Linguistics