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Fake News, Flake News And The Rise of The Electronic Town Crier

… And Goodbye To All That

April 9, 2016 5:13 am
Happy for you personally.  Sad to lose your refreshing insights.    Thanks for doing this.  You did it so well.   Larry  

Why Are Oberlin’s Students So Silent About Anti-Semitism? – Emily Shire/The Daily Beast

April 5, 2016 10:42 pm
I agree.   Saying that the CIA and Mossad are running ISIS IS false.   The CIA is running ISIS and Mossad is running Al Qaeda/Nusra.  

Who Occupies Whom in Israel-Palestine? Don’t Ask an American – Eric Schuler/

April 4, 2016 11:07 am
Thanks Taxi.  Calling it OCCUPIED PALESTINE instead of "occupied territories" is a big deal to me for this very reason. It cuts through all the fog about who is occupying who for the noob or the low-info observer.    Thanks so much.  Will link at MW cuz I have yet another sarcasm up about these seemingly knowledgeable pro-Palestinian advocates who can't seem to be bothered to call the occupied land what it us -- Palestine.

The Facade of Israel is Cracking – Robert Fantina/CounterPunch

The Ultimate Trial of Israeli Society – Yoav Litvin/CounterPunch

April 2, 2016 8:57 pm
Annie at MW once pointed out that the legal definition of genocide included words like "in whole or part" and other pre-genocide phrasing precisely because they intended for the definition to serve as a preventative tool as much or more than a prosecution tool. I think we're seeing Israel decidedly operating in pre-genocide/genocidal territory.  The writers of the genocide definition were amazingly prescient in thst respect.  It remains to be seen if they were hopelessly naive at the same time. Also, the "boundaries" the author insightfully describes apply to the global society as well.  What happens with Israel's descent toward genocide and the world's reaction to it expands the envelope for the legal acceptability of genocide everywhere. 
April 2, 2016 8:38 pm
It's fair game to find the relatives of the death threat issuers and lawsuit threateners elsewhere in the world, and make their lives a legal living hell.  Call the cops if their dog poops in the wrong place.  Stuff like that.  Legal, non-violent, and INCESSANT harassment.   It's more than fair, it's warranted and necessary. 

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

April 1, 2016 8:22 pm
Ten seconds.  Maybe less.  
April 1, 2016 8:51 pm
Words fail, but here's a few: ● Anyone that uses von Clausowitz principles in a nuclear age should be locked in a cellar and fed bugs never to be seen again. ●  God, the whole premise of deterrence with nuclear weapons at its root (MAD) is based on a rationality.  If one party goes irrational, feigned or otherwise,  the other party has no option (ie. their only rational option) but to strike first. ●  I hope this lunatic is just some pajama warrior, but somehow I get the sickening feeling that he works for some think tank somewhere with ties to the GoI, and this is a trial balloon.  ●  To echo chasmark, what's the difference between feigned irrationality and actual irrationality to an observer?    Just batshit crazy...with nukes.   

Civil unrest coming to America – Henry S. Dent Jr/Business Insider

March 29, 2016 1:29 pm
Business Insider, eh? Good article. Thanks Taxi.  It's fixin' to break.  I figured it would take longer, but it's probably closer than most of us expect.

Israel’s next steps in the West Bank – Geoffrey Aronson/Al Jazeera English

March 27, 2016 9:34 pm
In order to "end Israel" as currently conceived, Palestinians need only do nothing and a single state it is.  The wave of Jewish colonization will simply wash right over them and transform the legal and protest and equal rights landscape into something explicitly, immediately, and inarguably recognized as Apartheid by all but the most strenuously indifferent. 

Palmyra Citadel Liberted by Syrian Army

March 25, 2016 7:43 pm
Great news.  Also supremely emblematic to a global audience wrt who is actually fighting and winning against ISIS.

WOW: State Dept Rep – Syria’s army should not liberate Palmyra from ISIS?

March 27, 2016 4:52 am
Double Wow. With all the carnage and animalistic slaughter by Daesh, not to mention millions of people fleeing them (v. maybe hundreds fleeing Assad prior to their ascent) and being declared our existential-enemy-du-jour, the US government has trouble approving* of their defeat. It's like they REVEL in the fact that they can pull their little levers and watch the lives millions of human beings be destroyed for no apparent reason -- and they don't want that massive "Masters of the Universe" endorphin high to end. Not only psychopaths, but junkie psychopaths as well. I hope their withdrawal is filled with writhing agony and their families are taken out their Ivy League schools andvforced to help rebuild at least some of the lives mummy and daddy helped to so thoroughly destroy.  ---- *I really struggled with a word for what they had trouble with. One could write books about the pathology of what that spox was struggling (or not struggling) with. I couldn't grasp the reluctance at all, and I'm usually pretty good at seeing the the thought processes and motivations (good, bad, or mixed) as the words are coming out. My conclusion was that there were no thought processes going on that normal (ie. at least marginally moral) people would recognize.  There must be SO many competing yet unreconcilable concepts floating around in the Beltway "doer" mindscape that they've completely cancelled all the others out.  Just scary-blank at this point.  Able/likely to do anything.   Hell of a way to rule a world.  And the MENA suffers indescribably as a result.

From Hillary Clinton’s Email Archive: “New Iran and Syria” – Wikileaks

March 19, 2016 2:23 am
I used to think "psychopaths" might have been too strong a word even though I used it a lot. That was last month. Now I'm pretty sure it doesn't come close to describing these diseased people (who run our government).

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