'We have no experience in stopping a nuclear war.' - Sidney Drell (no replies)        
'..My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The “Titanic Effect” is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'

'The harsh rhetoric on both sides increases the danger of miscalculations and mistakes, as do other factors. Close encounters between the military aircraft of the United States and Russia have become routine, creating the potential for an unintended conflict. Many of the nuclear-weapon systems on both sides are aging and obsolete. The personnel who operate those systems often suffer from poor morale and poor training. None of their senior officers has firsthand experience making decisions during an actual nuclear crisis. And today’s command-and-control systems must contend with threats that barely existed during the Cold War: malware, spyware, worms, bugs, viruses, corrupted firmware, logic bombs, Trojan horses, and all the other modern tools of cyber warfare. The greatest danger is posed not by any technological innovation but by a dilemma that has haunted nuclear strategy since the first detonation of an atomic bomb: How do you prevent a nuclear attack while preserving the ability to launch one?


..the Cuban Missile Crisis, when a series of misperceptions, miscalculations, and command-and-control problems almost started an accidental nuclear war—despite the determination of both John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev to avoid one. In perhaps the most dangerous incident, the captain of a Soviet submarine mistakenly believed that his vessel was under attack by U.S. warships and ordered the firing of a torpedo armed with a nuclear warhead. His order was blocked by a fellow officer. Had the torpedo been fired, the United States would have retaliated with nuclear weapons. At the height of the crisis, while leaving the White House on a beautiful fall evening, McNamara had a strong feeling of dread—and for good reason: “I feared I might never live to see another Saturday night.”


The personnel who command, operate, and maintain the Minuteman III have also become grounds for concern. In 2013, the two-star general in charge of the entire Minuteman force was removed from duty after going on a drunken bender during a visit to Russia, behaving inappropriately with young Russian women, asking repeatedly if he could sing with a Beatles cover band at a Mexican restaurant in Moscow, and insulting his military hosts. The following year, almost a hundred Minuteman launch officers were disciplined for cheating on their proficiency exams. In 2015, three launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, in Montana, were dismissed for using illegal drugs, including ecstasy, cocaine, and amphetamines. That same year, a launch officer at Minot Air Force Base, in North Dakota, was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for heading a violent street gang, distributing drugs, sexually assaulting a girl under the age of sixteen, and using psilocybin, a powerful hallucinogen. As the job title implies, launch officers are entrusted with the keys for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles.


..A recent memoir, “Uncommon Cause,” written by General George Lee Butler, reveals that the Pentagon was not telling the truth. Butler was the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, responsible for all of America’s nuclear weapons, during the Administration of President George H. W. Bush.

According to Butler and Franklin Miller, a former director of strategic-forces policy at the Pentagon, launch-on-warning was an essential part of the Single Integrated Operational Plan (siop), the nation’s nuclear-war plan. Land-based missiles like the Minuteman III were aimed at some of the most important targets in the Soviet Union, including its anti-aircraft sites. If the Minuteman missiles were destroyed before liftoff, the siop would go awry, and American bombers might be shot down before reaching their targets. In order to prevail in a nuclear war, the siop had become dependent on getting Minuteman missiles off the ground immediately. Butler’s immersion in the details of the nuclear command-and-control system left him dismayed. “With the possible exception of the Soviet nuclear war plan, [the siop] was the single most absurd and irresponsible document I had ever reviewed in my life,” Butler concluded. “We escaped the Cold War without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck, and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest proportion.” The siop called for the destruction of twelve thousand targets within the Soviet Union. Moscow would be struck by four hundred nuclear weapons; Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, by about forty.

After the end of the Cold War, a Russian surprise attack became extremely unlikely. Nevertheless, hundreds of Minuteman III missiles remained on alert. The Cold War strategy endured because, in theory, it deterred a Russian attack on the missiles. McNamara called the policy “insane,” arguing that “there’s no military requirement for it.” George W. Bush, while running for President in 2000, criticized launch-on-warning, citing the “unacceptable risks of accidental or unauthorized launch.” Barack Obama, while running for President in 2008, promised to take Minuteman missiles off alert, warning that policies like launch-on-warning “increase the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculation.” Twenty scientists who have won the Nobel Prize, as well as the Union of Concerned Scientists, have expressed strong opposition to retaining a launch-on-warning capability. It has also been opposed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former Senator Sam Nunn. And yet the Minuteman III missiles still sit in their silos today, armed with warheads, ready to go.

William J. Perry, who served as Secretary of Defense during the Clinton Administration, not only opposes keeping Minuteman III missiles on alert but advocates getting rid of them entirely. “These missiles are some of the most dangerous weapons in the world,” Perry wrote in the Times, this September. For many reasons, he thinks the risk of a nuclear catastrophe is greater today than it was during the Cold War. While serving as an Under-Secretary of Defense in 1980, Perry also received a late-night call about an impending Soviet attack, a false alarm that still haunts him. “A catastrophic nuclear war could have started by accident.”

Bruce Blair, a former Minuteman launch officer, heads the anti-nuclear group Global Zero, teaches at Princeton University, and campaigns against a launch-on-warning policy. Blair has described the stresses that the warning of a Russian attack would put on America’s command-and-control system. American early-warning satellites would detect Russian missiles within three minutes of their launch. Officers at norad would confer for an additional three minutes, checking sensors to decide if an attack was actually occurring. The Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack System collects data from at least two independent information sources, relying on different physical principles, such as ground-based radar and satellite-based infrared sensors. If the norad officials thought that the warning was legitimate, the President of the United States would be contacted. He or she would remove the Black Book from a briefcase carried by a military aide. The Black Book describes nuclear retaliatory options, presented in cartoon-like illustrations that can be quickly understood.


Although the Air Force publicly dismissed the threat of a cyberattack on the nuclear command-and-control system, the incident raised alarm within the Pentagon about the system’s vulnerability. A malfunction that occurred by accident might also be caused deliberately. Those concerns were reinforced by a Defense Science Board report in January, 2013. It found that the Pentagon’s computer networks had been “built on inherently insecure architectures that are composed of, and increasingly using, foreign parts.” Red teams employed by the board were able to disrupt Pentagon systems with “relative ease,” using tools available on the Internet. “The complexity of modern software and hardware makes it difficult, if not impossible, to develop components without flaws or to detect malicious insertions,” the report concluded.

In a recent paper for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Andrew Futter, an associate professor at the University of Leicester, suggested that a nuclear command-and-control system might be hacked to gather intelligence about the system, to shut down the system, to spoof it, mislead it, or cause it to take some sort of action—like launching a missile. And, he wrote, there are a variety of ways it might be done.


Strict precautions have been taken to thwart a cyberattack on the U.S. nuclear command-and-control system. Every line of nuclear code has been scrutinized for errors and bugs. The system is “air-gapped,” meaning that its networks are closed: someone can’t just go onto the Internet and tap into a computer at a Minuteman III control center. At least, that’s the theory. Russia, China, and North Korea have sophisticated cyber-warfare programs and techniques. General James Cartwright—the former head of the U.S. Strategic Command who recently pleaded guilty to leaking information about Stuxnet—thinks that it’s reasonable to believe the system has already been penetrated. “You’ve either been hacked, and you’re not admitting it, or you’re being hacked and don’t know it,” Cartwright said last year.

If communications between Minuteman control centers and their missiles are interrupted, the missiles can still be launched by ultra-high-frequency radio signals transmitted by special military aircraft. The ability to launch missiles by radio serves as a backup to the control centers—and also creates an entry point into the network that could be exploited in a cyberattack. The messages sent within the nuclear command-and-control system are highly encrypted. Launch codes are split in two, and no single person is allowed to know both parts. But the complete code is stored in computers—where it could be obtained or corrupted by an insider.

Some of America’s most secret secrets were recently hacked and stolen by a couple of private contractors working inside the N.S.A., Edward Snowden and Harold T. Martin III, both employees of Booz Allen Hamilton. The N.S.A. is responsible for generating and encrypting the nuclear launch codes. And the security of the nuclear command-and-control system is being assured not only by government officials but also by the employees of private firms, including software engineers who work for Boeing, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Lord Des Browne, a former U.K. Minister of Defense, is concerned that even ballistic-missile submarines may be compromised by malware. Browne is now the vice-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit seeking to reduce the danger posed by weapons of mass destruction, where he heads a task force examining the risk of cyberattacks on nuclear command-and-control systems. Browne thinks that the cyber threat is being cavalierly dismissed by many in power. The Royal Navy’s decision to save money by using Windows for Submarines, a version of Windows XP, as the operating system for its ballistic-missile subs seems especially shortsighted. Windows XP was discontinued six years ago, and Microsoft warned that any computer running it after April, 2014, “should not be considered protected as there will be no security updates.” Each of the U.K. subs has eight missiles carrying a total of forty nuclear weapons. “It is shocking to think that my home computer is probably running a newer version of Windows than the U.K.’s military submarines,” Brown said.In 2013, General C. Robert Kehler, the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the risk of cyberattacks on the nuclear command-and-control system. He expressed confidence that the U.S. system was secure. When Senator Bill Nelson asked if somebody could hack into the Russian or Chinese systems and launch a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead, Kehler replied, “Senator, I don’t know . . . I do not know.”

After the debacle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Soviet Union became much more reluctant to provoke a nuclear confrontation with the United States. Its politburo was a committee of conservative old men. Russia’s leadership is quite different today. The current mix of nationalism, xenophobia, and vehement anti-Americanism in Moscow is a far cry from the more staid and secular ideology guiding the Soviet Union in the nineteen-eighties. During the past few years, threats about the use of nuclear weapons have become commonplace in Moscow. Dmitry Kiselyov, a popular newscaster and the Kremlin’s leading propagandist, reminded viewers in 2014 that Russia is “the only country in the world capable of turning the U.S.A. into radioactive dust.” The Kremlin has acknowledged the development of a nuclear torpedo that can travel more than six thousand miles underwater before devastating a coastal city. It has also boasted about a fearsome new missile design. Nicknamed “Satan 2” and deployed with up to sixteen nuclear warheads, the missile will be “capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France,” an official news agency claimed.


Russia’s greatest strategic vulnerability is the lack of a sophisticated and effective early-warning system. The Soviet Union had almost a dozen satellites in orbit that could detect a large-scale American attack. The system began to deteriorate in 1996, when an early-warning satellite had to be retired. Others soon fell out of orbit, and Russia’s last functional early-warning satellite went out of service two years ago. Until a new network of satellites can be placed in orbit, the country must depend on ground-based radar units. Unlike the United States, Russia no longer has two separate means of validating an attack warning. At best, the radar units can spot warheads only minutes before they land. Pavel Podvig, a senior fellow at the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research, believes that Russia does not have a launch-on-warning policy—because its early-warning system is so limited.

For the past nine years, I’ve been immersed in the minutiae of nuclear command and control, trying to understand the actual level of risk. Of all the people whom I’ve met in the nuclear realm, Sidney Drell was one of the most brilliant and impressive. Drell died this week, at the age of ninety. A theoretical physicist with expertise in quantum field theory and quantum chromodynamics, he was for many years the deputy director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator and received the National Medal of Science from Obama, in 2013. Drell was one of the founding members of jason—a group of civilian scientists that advises the government on important technological matters—and for fifty-six years possessed a Q clearance, granting him access to the highest level of classified information. Drell participated in top-secret discussions about nuclear strategy for decades, headed a panel that investigated nuclear-weapon safety for the U.S. Congress in 1990, and worked on technical issues for jason until the end of his life. A few months ago, when I asked for his opinion about launch-on-warning, Drell said, “It’s insane, the worst thing I can think of. You can’t have a worse idea.”

Drell was an undergraduate at Princeton University when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed. Given all the close calls and mistakes in the seventy-one years since then, he considered it a miracle that no other cities have been destroyed by a nuclear weapon—“it is so far beyond my normal optimism.” The prospect of a new cold war—and the return of military strategies that advocate using nuclear weapons on the battlefield—deeply unnerved him. Once the first nuclear weapon detonates, nothing might prevent the conflict from spiralling out of control. “We have no experience in stopping a nuclear war,” he said.


Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin confront a stark choice: begin another nuclear-arms race or reduce the threat of nuclear war. Trump now has a unique opportunity to pursue the latter, despite the bluster and posturing on both sides. His admiration for Putin, regardless of its merits, could provide the basis for meaningful discussions about how to minimize nuclear risks. Last year, General James Mattis, the former Marine chosen by Trump to serve as Secretary of Defense, called for a fundamental reappraisal of American nuclear strategy and questioned the need for land-based missiles. During Senate testimony, Mattis suggested that getting rid of such missiles would “reduce the false-alarm danger.” Contrary to expectations, Republican Presidents have proved much more successful than their Democratic counterparts at nuclear disarmament. President George H. W. Bush cut the size of the American arsenal in half, as did his son, President George W. Bush. And President Ronald Reagan came close to negotiating a treaty with the Soviet Union that would have completely abolished nuclear weapons.

Every technology embodies the values of the age in which it was created. When the atomic bomb was being developed in the mid-nineteen-forties, the destruction of cities and the deliberate targeting of civilians was just another military tactic. It was championed as a means to victory. The Geneva Conventions later classified those practices as war crimes—and yet nuclear weapons have no other real use. They threaten and endanger noncombatants for the sake of deterrence. Conventional weapons can now be employed to destroy every kind of military target, and twenty-first-century warfare puts an emphasis on precision strikes, cyberweapons, and minimizing civilian casualties. As a technology, nuclear weapons have become obsolete. What worries me most isn’t the possibility of a cyberattack, a technical glitch, or a misunderstanding starting a nuclear war sometime next week. My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The “Titanic Effect” is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'

- Eric Schlosser, World War Three, By Mistake, December 23, 2016


The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

          Burn After Reading        

Who’s Who
What’s What

In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors


The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
ISBN: 978-1-365-11196-9

Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].


From the Introduction

One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate – all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agency’s payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.


An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIA’s use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:

“I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—CIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.

"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.”


The 21st century’s CIA’s partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIA’s top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.


As this book went to press, the smart phone game application Pokémon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line game’s avid fan’s was the connection of the game’s developers to the CIA’s venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.


Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.

American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.

American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the institute’s director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.

AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the “first in” at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym “Fletcher M. Knight,” among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a “secret arm” of the CIA, Bechtel’s executives included those who would join President Reagan’s Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.

Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.

Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in King’s Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.

Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.

Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.

DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.

Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran “Wild Bill” Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.

Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIA’s MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.

Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enron’s payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIA’s Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.

Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.

In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.

General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIA’s Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.

Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford University’s Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the “google project.”

Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC “connected” law firm.

Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banister’s own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.

Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIA’s New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIA’s Independence and Brown Foundations.

Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the world’s largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.

Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.

Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Hussein’s missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.

Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowlton’s numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.

Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.

Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.

Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.

Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Kroll’s Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John O’Neill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.

Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.

Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.

Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Black’s Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsanto’s agri-business operations worldwide.

National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloid’s founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIA’s psychological warfare unit and the agency’s Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.

Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweek’s stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.

Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.

Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called “DC Madam.” During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfrey’s request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.

Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazine’s co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.

Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.

Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.

Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that “the Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.”

Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUE’s board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.

Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Harold’s Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIA’s Glomar Explorer project.

Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdings’s intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.

Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his father’s presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.

Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.

The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughes’s Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.

United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIA’s training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.

U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.

Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIA’s coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhut’s outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.

Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.

Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agency’s media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nation’s capital.

W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.

  • News story about Madsen's book via The Justice Integrity Project

  •           An Important Day        

    All of the missile-rattling has led to some significant moves in the "markets" we watch most closely. So, suddenly, today has become an important day. Can these moves extend beyond the levels seen last week or will they fade?

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              North Korea's missile threat to Guam crafted for 'maximum drama,' says former CIA analyst        
    There doesn't appear to be any military mobilization in North Korea, hinting at preparations for war, experts say.
              North Korea isn’t bluffing, the nuclear threat to the US is real        
    Kim Jong-un’s unusual celebrations following a missile test this year herald the nation’s confidence in its ability to threaten US cities, says Jeffrey Lewis
              Nordkorea planerar avfyra missiler mot USA-bas i Guam        
    NORDKOREA Nordkorea har offentliggjort en plan för att avfyra missiler mot ön Guam, ett amerikanskt territorium i Stilla havet, rapporterar AP. Enligt den detaljerade planen ska fyra missiler av typen Hwasong-12 avfyras frÃ¥n Nordkorea, passera över provinserna Shimane, Hiroshima och Kochi i Japan och därefter fortsätta ut över Stilla havet innan de slÃ¥r ned mellan […]
              Hunted and Hunter, Part IX        
    “We’ve been spotted!” Brannigan’s voice said over the comms. The Cutlass turned hard, pressing me against the restraints of my seat. “Call’s gone out, two hours ‘til full militia arrives.” I reached over and started the two hour timer on my mobiGlas. That was our window for getting in and out. “Looks like the decoys did their job, the pilot said. "Only two Gladii and a Cutlass in our way. Light defense, but we’re still in for a ride." One of the mercs pulled himself into the turret chair, hitting the button that raised it up to the controls. “Here we go!” shouted the merc sitting next to me as the ship banked again. Everyone wore almost identical airtight combat suits, but the personalized markings on the side of his helmet told me it was Vin, one of the younger mercs. The turret opened fire above, and staccato reverberations echoed through the hull as the twin guns belched fire. I caught a glimpse out the small porthole of the Banu vessel, trailing behind out of harm's way but still close enough to fire off its large guns. The Cutlass’ shields shimmered as a few rounds impacted, but nothing got through. The turret swiveled around to track one of the passing ships. “Scrapped one Gladius,” the merc manning it shouted with a whoop. “Missiles!” shouted the pilot. “Hold on!” A few dull thuds sounded as flares launched, then the ship spun around with a wrenching twist. I was sure we were about to get torn to pieces by a swarm of hunting missiles any second, and suddenly felt like the ship was a metal coffin. But the seconds passed, the ship completed its maneuver, and no missiles hit. “Evaded,” the pilot said, then accelerated the ship back around into the action. “Enemy Cutlass down.” “Yehaaa!” shouted Vin. Another barrage of bullets slammed the shields, then the shield died, and a trio of small holes suddenly appeared in the hull as rounds punched through the armor. There was a rushing of air that dropped to silence except for the reverberations through the hull. “We’ve been hit,” the pilot said over the comms. A weight slumped against my shoulder, I turned and saw Vin, still strapped into his seat, but with a large hole torn through his combat armor. Blood poured out like a fountain, spreading over the suit and chair and deck. Across from us Ajax pulled himself out of his restraints, despite the silent protests of those around him. He crossed over and knelt beside Vin, pulling bandages from his pack as he did so. But he didn’t apply them, it was already too late. After a silent fury, he clicked his comm on. “Man down.” A moment later the Cutlass banked again, sending Ajax sprawling across the floor. The other mercs grabbed him and kept him from tumbling more. A few seconds later the report came across that the final enemy had been destroyed. But it was a sullen celebration as the ships turned and headed for the planet, the limp body of Vin still slumped in the chair. I glanced at my mobiGlas. 1:57 left. The whole battle had lasted less than three minutes.  The air streamed back into the cabin as the Cutlass descended into the planet's atmosphere. After a few minutes the ship leveled off, wind whipping past the hull breaches. The ship settled down, hovering a short ways above the ground as the rear door lowered. "Everyone, go!" came the command. I unstrapped myself from the chair and hoisted my rifle, then followed the other mercs out of the ship. "We'll get her patched up and ready for pickup," the pilot said as the ramp closed up and the ship rose away. "Good hunting." We were standing in a clearing amongst a sparse, wooded area on a slight rise. Several hundred meters down the slope, partially obscured by the thin trees, sat a small mining town. Dawn was still an hour or so away, and two small moons glistened in the sky. It would have seemed peaceful, but for the gunfire that broke out almost as soon as we started down the slope. Energy bolts zipped through the trees, snapping branches and kicking up dirt. We quickly ducked behind the cover of trees, but the shots were so wild it almost wasn't necessary. "Charlie team on the ground," Ajax said over the comms. "On the ground and under fire. Looks like they've decided to put up a fight." "Understood," Brannigan's voice responded. "Alpha team touching down now, half a click north of the target. Pup, see what you can do about softening them up for us." I peered around the tree trunk at the town through the scope on my Behring CSS, a much lighter gun than the LR-620 and better for mobility. The village looked like a formula built frontier mining town. Squat, rugged buildings not so much built as placed, standard constructions produced in bulk and shipped out from factory worlds to be assembled where needed. The population couldn't have been more than a few hundred. The only unique building was the loading complex on the near side of town, a small pad and storage building topped with an AA turret. Several dozen of the inhabitants were rushing through the streets, armed with shotguns and a few rifles. One of the defenders stood in the shadow of a building, firing a MaxOx at the treeline. At this distance he'd have to get very lucky to hit anything with that. My bullet hit him in the thigh, and he fell. He'd survive, but was out of the fight. "Charlie team, move forward. Pup, stay here and keep us covered." The five mercenaries moved down the slope, keeping in the cover of the trees. I swept over the town with my scope. At first glance each building was the same as the next, but as I searched the outlines for armed defenders I noticed the small decorations and unique bits that made them homes. Their homes. And they were fighting to defend them. Even the coldness of the chems running through me couldn't bring me to shoot them, but I could still keep them from shooting back. Another man appeared around a building and raised a rifle. I shot the dirt in front of him, and he jumped back. A head appeared over another building, but it disappeared again as soon as my shot pinged off the roof beside him. Ajax and his five mercenaries safely reached the edge of the trees. "Charlie in place." "Beta in place," another merc chimed in. "Delta ready," a third said. "Remember," Brannigan said, "keep casualties to a minimum. Take them alive. Now take down that gun." An Ursa rover broke over the ridge to the north of town, turret firing at the buildings. The defenders ran, retreating back towards the center of town. Charlie team moved out of the treeline under cover of the barrage and quickly set up an ARM missile launcher. "Ready to fire," Ajax said a moment later. "Light up the target." I flipped on a laser on the side of my rifle and pointed it at the AA turret. "Target lit." A plume of smoke shot up from the ARM, a missile rising into the air and arcing down to the turret. A shield around the turret flared and died as the missile hit, then the turret itself erupted in flame as a second missile struck. "Target down," Ajax confirmed. "Air's clear." A figure appeared around the side of a building, a rifle pointed at the launcher. He was young, a teenage kid firing wildly. I buried a bullet into the ground at his feet, kicking up dirt around him, but he kept firing. Another shot whizzed by his head, but he didn't care. The other mercs were firing back, he was going to get himself killed. There was nothing else to do. My third bullet ripped through his knee. He fell back and out of sight. "Porter's hit," Ajax said. "It's bad. Moving back to the trees to stabilize him." "Draconis, rain fire on them." Brannigan's voice was cold, anger seething just beneath the surface. The Redeemer rose over the hill, turret lighting up first one house, then the next on the edge of town. It hovered over the town, the small arms fire doing nothing to its shields, firing back with devastating results at any that tried. It was over quickly. Under such a barrage the defenders had no choice but surrender. Smoke rose from the ruined shells of buildings as the townsfolk put down their guns and the mercenaries moved in. 1:26.
              Commander Mode Brings DICE's Biggest Shooter To Tablets        

    You may not need swift first-person shooter skills to excel at Battlefield 4, but only if you have a sharp mind.

    Though it was rumored in April, DICE officially revealed Commander Mode for Battlefield 4 at E3. Beloved by players from Battlefield 2, the strategic leadership role was missing from Battlefield 3. Whether the match is happening on consoles or PCs, the leader's overhead map can be accessed from tablet devices.

    Commander Mode grants one player an overhead view of the battle and access to various support abilities. In the trailer below, Lars Gustavsson, creative director at DICE, describes the three responsibilities a commanding player will have to take on.

    The commander will engage in a data war with the opposing team's leader by calling in UAVs and denying enemy intelligence gathering attempts. To fuel the war machine, commanders can also drop supplies and vehicles directly into a war zone. Lastly, the leader can go on the offensive with missile strikes and other aerial bombardments.

    Though this role is undoubtedly powerful, a good commander can't win a game alone. Gustavsson said the range of abilities available to a leader is directly tied to the team's overall performance.

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              Everything We Know About Battlefield 4 Multiplayer        

    At the EA booth I jumped into a 64-player conquest battle in the Siege at Shanghai map. After playing through a couple rounds and speaking with executive producer Patrick Bach, here is what I learned.

    • The Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions eac h support 64-player maps and run at a solid 60 frames per second. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, however, are still limited to 24-players per match and 30 frames per second. 
    • Squads can now include five soldiers instead of just four.
    • Given the larger squad size, Squad Deathmatch mode now includes more competitors. 
    • Like Battlefield 3, the soldier classes you can play as are assault, engineer, recon, and support. All classes now have more shared weapons so players have more versatility when selecting their loadout.
    • Each class and weapon has a deeper persistance tree than previous Battlefield games.
    • DICE is changing how specializations work. It won't go into the finer details, but the developer is creating a system where you and your squad can bump up your specializations as you play if you are doing well. 
    • Gun and player customization are being broadened. You can now have multiple sights on your weapons and add optical magnifiers on the fly.
    • Vehicle progression is deeper as well. 
    • DICE has two new game modes it plans to reveal in the near future, and it plans to drop a few modes that were featured in Battlefield 3. The confirmed modes thus far are squad deathmatch, conquest, rush, and team deathmatch. 
    • Hardcore mode is returning.
    • The crazy wave technology featured in the E3 single-player demo is also coming to multiplayer. All the wave data is being pushed over the network, which means that every player will have the same sea experience at the same time.
    • Given the increased focus on naval combat, DICE is making sure you aren't a sitting duck if you lose your sea vessel or parachute into a body of water. Soldiers can now swim sprint, use sidearms in the water, hit the crounch button to dive underneath the surface of the water, and even deploy C4 to take out boats.
    • Players can rent their own Battlefield 4 servers on consoles from day one, and DICE plans to give them more server modifiers than were available in Battlefield 4.   
    • DICE knows the destruction in BF3 was disappointing so destructibility is coming back in a major way. Expect to see the microdestruction introduced in the Close Quarters map pack, plus large-scale destruction like the crumbling skyscraper in the E3 demo. 
    • You won't be able to completely flatten urban areas, which is a design choice rather than a technical limitation. 
    • Like Titanfall, DICE is using a proprietary matchmaking service instead of using the Xbox One native service.
    • DICE is also incorporating a skill level system on top of your player rank to help match you with players of a similar ability. You can set your rented server to only accept players of a certain ability.
    • DICE learned its lesson with Battlefield 3, and plans to keep a healthy amount of DICE sponsored servers for people who don't want to deal with the quirky rented servers.
    • Rather than build its own battle recorder, however, DICE plans to use the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 recorders.
    • Battlefield 4 also includes a spectator mode.
    • Given the difficult learning curve for some of the more powerful vehicles like jets and helicopters, DICE is including a practice mode or tutorial system of sorts so you can learn the tricks of the trade without hurting your team in a ranked match.
    • Battlelog is being revamped to be more directly integrated into the game and to give console players the same experience as the PC version. DICE wants the console players to have the ALT-TAB experience just like PC players, so you can check your stats at any time.
    • You can alter your loadout directly from the Battlelog app so it will be ready for you when you jump into a match.

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    Commander Mode

    • You can play as a commmander on consoles, PC, and tablets.
    • Right now commanders are featured in two modes - conquest and rush. DICE also has some new modes that it isn't talk about yet.
    • Commanders gain experience and have a persistant skill tree just like other classes.
    • Unlike Battlefield 2, commanders don't have a physical presence on the battelfield. 
    • The commander roles are not counted against the player count. This means 64 soldiers will be on the battlefield with two commanders overseeing the battle.
    • DICE is aware that given the small number of commanders per server, there could be a supply/demand issue. To address this issue, it has created a gating system that prevents everyone from being allowed to play as commander.
    • If you are having trouble getting a commander role, you can always rent a server yourself and assume the role.
    • Commanders can issue orders to squads and deploy UAVs to spot troops. When the squads follow directives, the commander and soldiers are rewarded with XP. 
    • As they gain XP, commanders can use it to drop in ammo, med packs, and vehicles to their troops.
    • The more flags a team captures in conquest, the more weapons a commander has at his or her disposal. These offensive capabilities include tomahawk missiles and artillery strikes.
    • DICE views the commander mode as a game of chess between the two commanders. They are scored against one another. 
    • You can keep an eye on what the rival commmander is doing and counter their moves. For instance, if they scan an area you can try to jam their signals. If they drop in specific gear you can counter that in different ways. 
    • The commander's eye in the sky view is also used for respawns and spectator mode. It works the same way on all platforms.
    • DICE has rulesets to help populate maps with two commanders, but if one of the two commanders drops out the developer doesn't believe it will be a big issue for the guys on the ground.

    Battlefield 4 is coming to PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 29. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release dates have yet to be announced.

              La Corea del Sud dimostra le sue capacità di attacco preventivo        
    LA Corea del Sud ha diffuso un video relativo alle capacità di attacco di un suo nuovo missile balistico ad alta precisione, simile all’apparenza al vettore ATACMS americano. Il missile colpisce con estrema precisione il bersaglio assegnato (un bunker), penetra la corazzatura ed esplode all’interno dell’obiettivo, distruggendo con la sua onda d’urto l’intera struttura fino […]
              Un vero ICBM per la Corea del Nord        
    La Corea del Nord ha testato, con successo (anche se forse non con pieno successo e vedremo il perché) il suo vero primo missile balistico intercontinentale. Il vettore è stato lanciato da una piccola piattaforma in cemento ed acciaio dove il veicolo di trasporto e lancio (TEL) ha depositato il missile a tre stadi. Riteniamo […]
              Congress presses Obama to sell F-16 jets to Taiwan        
    WASHINGTON — US lawmakers across party lines stepped up pressure Thursday on President Barack Obama to sell F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan, with some accusing the administration of showing deference to China. “With over 1,600 missiles pointed directly across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan needs the me...
              Candide missiles over a Jerry in new “left out shots” video        

    It’s probably safe to say that no one is more casual than Candide Thovex when it comes to social media. He usually writes a maximum of three words to accompany mind-blowing footage; this time, we’re working with “left out shots” to sum up a new video, which kicks off with him absolutely soaring over a […]

    The post Candide missiles over a Jerry in new “left out shots” video appeared first on Freeskier Magazine.

              Cars 3 Craft: Miss Fritter Inspired License Plate Bracelet        

    My boys have grown up loving the Lightning McQueen, and all the Cars characters that create the movies. Mater, Sally, Doc, Luigi, Guido, Miles Axlerod, Professor Z, Finn McMissile, Holly Shiftwell, and so many more! To celebrate the new Cars 3, I created this fun Cars 3 craft – a License Plate Bracelet inspired by […]

    The post Cars 3 Craft: Miss Fritter Inspired License Plate Bracelet appeared first on 30 Minute Crafts.


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              In new threat, Trump demands NKorea 'get their act together'        
    ADDS TRANSLATION OF SIGN - Tens of thousands of North Koreans gather for a rally at Kim Il Sung Square carrying placards and propaganda slogans as a show of support for their rejection of the United Nations' latest round of sanctions on Wednesday Aug. 9, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Propaganda poster at center says,

    North Korea details plan to fire missile salvo toward Guam

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    Para cambiar los movimientos hay que dirigirse al tutor de Pueblo Pardal y llevar Esc. corazón por cada movimiento que se desee elegir. Los códigos funcionan para las versiones en inglés y en español.
    Acid armor
    Aerial ace
    Air cutter
    Arm thrust
    Aurora beam
    Baton pass
    Beat up
    Blast burn
    Blaze kick
    Body slam
    Bone club
    Bone rush
    Brick break
    Bulk up
    Bullet seed
    Calm mind
    Comet punch
    Confuse ray
    Conversion 2
    Cosmic power
    Cotton spore
    Cross chop
    Crush claw
    Defense curl
    Destiny bond
    Dizzy punch
    Doom desire
    Double kick
    Double team
    Dragon claw
    Dragon dance
    Dragon rage
    Dream eater
    Drill peck
    Egg Bomb
    Faint attack
    Fake out
    Fake tears
    False swipe
    Fire blast
    Fire punch
    Fire spin
    Flame wheel
    Focus energy
    Focus punch
    Follow me
    Frenzy plant
    Fury attack
    Fury cutter
    Fury swipes
    Future sight
    Giga drain
    Heal bell
    Heat wave
    Helping hand
    Hi jump kick
    Hidden power
    Horn attack
    Horn drill
    Hydro cannon
    Hydro pump
    Hyper beam
    Hyper fang
    Hyper voice
    Ice ball
    Ice beam
    Ice punch
    Icicle spear
    Icy wind
    Iron defense
    Iron tail
    Jump kick
    Karate chop
    Knock off
    Leaf blade
    Leech life
    Leech seed
    Light screen
    Lovely kiss
    Low kick
    Luster purge
    Mach punch
    Magic coat
    Magical leaf
    Mean look
    Mega drain
    Mega kick
    Mega punch
    Metal claw
    Metal sound
    Meteor mash
    Milk drink
    Mind reader
    Mirror coat
    Mirror move
    Mist ball
    Morning sun
    Mud shot
    Mud sport
    Muddy water
    Nature power
    Needle arm
    Night shade
    Odor sleuth
    Pain split
    Pay day
    Perish song
    Petal dance
    Pin missile
    Poison fang
    Poison gas
    Poison sting
    Poison tail
    Powder snow
    Psych up
    Psycho boost
    Quick attack
    Rain dance
    Rapid spin
    Razor leaf
    Razor wind
    Rock blast
    Rock slide
    Rock smash
    Rock throw
    Rock tomb
    Role play
    Rolling kick
    Sacred fire
    Sand tomb
    Scary face
    Secret power
    Seismic toss
    Shadow ball
    Shadow punch
    Sheer cold
    Shock wave
    Signal beam
    Silver wind
    Skill swap
    Skull bash
    Sky attack
    Sky uppercut
    Slack off
    Sleep powder
    Sleep talk
    Sludge bomb
    Spider web
    Spike cannon
    Spit up
    Steel wing
    String shot
    Stun spore
    Sunny day
    Super fang
    Sweet kiss
    Sweet scent
    Swords dance
    Tail glow
    Tail whip
    Take down
    Teeter dance
    Thunder wave
    Tri attack
    Triple kick
    Vine whip
    Vital throw
    Volt tackle
    Water gun
    Water pulse
    Water sport
    Water spout
    Weather ball
    Wing attack
    Zap cannon
    El código elegido incorporará el objeto en el primer lugar de la lista de la sección objetos de la mochila. Los sharks funcionan para las versiones en inglés y en español.
    Acro bike
    Aguav berry
    Amulet coin
    Apicot berry
    Aspear berry
    Basement key
    Bead mail
    Belue berry
    Berry juice
    Big mushroom
    Big pearl
    Black belt
    Black flute
    Bluck berry
    Blue flute
    Blue orb
    Blue scarf
    Blue shard
    Burn heal
    Cheri berry
    Chesto berry
    Choice band
    Claw fossil
    Cleanse tag
    Coin case
    Contest pass
    Cornn berry
    Devon goods
    Devon scope
    Dire hit
    Dive ball
    Dragon fang
    Dragon scale
    Dream mail
    Durin berry
    Energy powder
    Energy root
    Enigma berry
    Eon ticket
    Escape rope
    Exp. share
    Fab mail
    Figy berry
    Fire stone
    Fluffy tail
    Focus band
    Fresh water
    Full heal
    Full restore
    Ganlon berry
    Glitter mail
    Good rod
    Great ball
    Green scarf
    Green shard
    Grepa berry
    Guard spec.
    Harbor mail
    Hard stone
    Heal powder
    Heart scale
    HM01 Cut
    HM02 Fly
    HM03 Surf
    HM04 Strength
    HM05 Flash
    HM06 Rock smash
    HM07 Waterfall
    HM08 Dive
    Hondew berry
    HP up
    Hyper potion
    Iapapa berry
    Ice heal
    Kelpsy berry
    King's rock
    Lansat berry
    Lava cookie
    Lax incense
    Leaf stone
    Lepa berry
    Liechi berry
    Light ball
    Lucky egg
    Lucky punch
    Lum berry
    Luxury ball
    Mach bike
    Macho brace
    Mago berry
    Magost berry
    Master ball
    Max elixir
    Max ether
    Max potion
    Max repel
    Max revive
    Mech mail
    Mental herb
    Metal coat
    Metal powder
    Miracle seed
    Moomoo milk
    Moon stone
    Mystic water
    Nanab berry
    Nest ball
    Net ball
    Nomel berry
    Old rod
    Oran berry
    Orange mail
    Pamtre berry
    Parlyz heal
    Pecha berry
    Persim berry
    Petaya berry
    Pinap berry
    Pink scarf
    Poison barb
    Poké ball
    Poké doll
    PokéBlock case
    Pomeg berry
    PP max
    PP up
    Premier ball
    Qualot berry
    Quick claw
    Rabuta berry
    Rare candy
    Rawst berry
    Razz berry
    Red flute
    Red orb
    Red scarf
    Red shard
    Repeat ball
    Retro mail
    Revival herb
    Rm. 1 key
    Rm. 2 key
    Rm. 4 key
    Rm. 6 key
    Root fossil
    S.S. ticket
    Sacred ash
    Safari ball
    Salac berry
    Scope lens
    Sea incense
    Shadow mail
    Sharp beak
    Shell bell
    Shoal salt
    Shoal shell
    Silk scarf
    Sitrus berry
    Smoke ball
    Soda pop
    Soft sand
    Soot sack
    Soothe bell
    Soul dew
    Spell tag
    Spelon berry
    Star piece
    Starf berry
    Storage key
    Sun stone
    Super potion
    Super repel
    Super rod
    Thick club
    Timer ball
    TM01 Focus punch
    TM02 Dragon claw
    TM03 Water pulse
    TM04 Calm mind
    TM05 Roar
    TM06 Toxic
    TM07 Hail
    TM08 Bulk up
    TM09 Bullet seed
    TM10 Hidden power
    TM11 Sunny day
    TM12 Taunt
    TM13 Ice beam
    TM14 Blizzard
    TM15 Hyper beam
    TM16 Light screen
    TM17 Protect
    TM18 Rain dance
    TM19 Giga drain
    TM20 Safeguard
    TM21 Frustration
    TM22 Solar beam
    TM23 Iron tail
    TM24 Thunderbolt
    TM25 Thunder
    TM26 Earthquake
    TM27 Return
    TM28 Dig
    TM29 Psychic
    TM30 Shadow ball
    TM31 Brick break
    TM32 Double team
    TM33 Reflect
    TM34 Shock wave
    TM35 Flamethrower
    TM36 Sludge bomb
    TM37 Sandstorm
    TM38 Fire blast
    TM39 Rock tomb
    TM40 Aerial ace
    TM41 Torment
    TM42 Facade
    TM43 Secret power
    TM44 Rest
    TM45 Attract
    TM46 Thief
    TM47 Steel wing
    TM48 Skill swap
    TM49 Snatch
    TM50 Overheat
    Tomato berry
    Tropical mail
    Ultra ball
    Wailmer pail
    Water stone
    Watmel berry
    Wave mail
    Wepear berry
    White flute
    White herb
    Wiki berry
    Wood mail
    X accuracy
    X attack
    X defend
    X special
    X speed
    Yellow flute
    Yellow scarf
    Yellow shard

    el codigo del pokemon es siempre arriba del nombre del pokemon
              Spoilertastic Criticisms of Metroid: Other M        
    Metroid: Other M was a good game, not by metroid standards at all (i think metroid prime is the best game of all time though, so its tough to live up to it) but the action parts and bosses were usually top-notch (the controls were ugly, but they worked since they built the game around them). This post isn't about what I liked about the game, it's just a general criticism of a lot of decisions they made gameplay-wise. I'm not gonna cover the stuff everybody says, just the things I noticed that didn't seem to get much mention in other criticisms of the game. Spoilers do follow, so be warned.

    Team Ninja's "explanation" for why you can't use your powerups is shoddy at best. Some sort of explanation like, "super missiles could damage the hull of the ship" or "wave beam might have unforseen consequences in a contained environment, so we won't let you use them unless you absolutely need to for success" could have gone a long way. Not, "Oh you can't use your varia suit right now, even though you're burning to death". You know, give some context as to WHY adam makes these decisions for samus. After all, there's a strong theme that samus trusts adam since he makes good decisions (and it's his only role in the game really, as commander), so explain then, why it's a good decision to not allow use of grapple beam. In most cases, this doesn't effect gameplay all that much (replace "plot event" with "collect item") but it definitely defeats the impact of collecting a powerup.

    For example, when you get the grapple beam. Anthony is in trouble and you need the grapple beam to get to him. Adam won't give it to you until you lock on to the grapple target. But, hey, why the FUCK would I look at the grapple target if I don't have the grapple beam? I lost about 5 times there before going, maybe I can just use the grapple beam out of desperation.

    Then, adam goes missing, and samus is like "fuck that I'm using space jump" ("any objections adam?" = best line in game), then adam dies, and samus is like "well I guess I can use my powerups now, but I'm gonna wait till I need to" and over the course of like 10 minutes you get all your powerups. The last hour of the game you get so many powerups in a row it's just like..... come on man, make me work for them a little bit. It also doesn't tell you you can use power bombs when you get sucked into the last boss's stomach, I actually tried using a power bomb and it places a regular bomb so I figured I don't have them yet. As it turns out, I didn't charge for long enough (some feedback would have been nice for that). So I had to use an item I didn't know I had for the final boss. The one spot it doesn't give you a tutorial for how to use an item.

    Also, team ninja was too lazy to make a new model of samus for the different suits, so they just put glow around her when the "feature" is active. WTF? That is just laziness.

    The game feels unfinished. Only 3 sectors? Fusion, the game it borrows from, had 6, and they were interconnected. The sectors feel small for how few they are. I was really looking forward to sector 0, then adam is like "No i have to blow it up, sorry". This SHOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF THE GAME. Adam's "heroic sacrifice" doesn't seem that heroic when you don't know the dangers of the place he blew up. Also, they blow up the entire ship at the end, so really, what was the point? Adam doesn't seem to make very smart decisions, which is funny since his JOB is to make decisions. Also the end had rapid-fire powerup getting. I really think they originally intended to have sector 0 in the game, and more of the other 3 sectors, but time restrictions had them finish early. So they cut sector 0, and give you all your powerups at like the same time, and don't even bother modeling the gravity suit or the varia suit.

    The Nightmare boss fight was totally awesome though, the fusion version was my favorite boss fight ever in the entire series (cause of its backstory and the melty creepy face). I was like, gravity suit here I come. Then you don't get it right then. And you get it a while later. The awesome part of metroid is how, when you beat boss that does gravity like that, your reward is the gravity suit. You know what's coming since each boss relates to the powerup it grants as a reward. Not in this game, the bosses are just there. No "Cool I get a powerup after this boss". Just, "oh hey another boss".

    My end percentage was 34%, but since missiles are absolutely pointless, I really felt no desire to go back and search for the rest of the powerups.

    Also, they never explain "The Deleter" (samus's nicknames for things really suck). He comes in as a plot device, then they ignore him completely in the end.
              The Fog Fall        
    The Fog Fall is a psychological thriller set in an alternatehistory around the Cuban Missile Crisis Descend into your basement bomb shelter after a mysterious nighttime fog to see what has changedand what hasnt
              CORÉE DU NORD: Le dictateur nord-coréen Kim Jong-un a encore procédé à un nouveau tir de missile balistique.        
              What Is Behind The War Of Words Between Donald Trump And Kim Jong Un        
    North Korea has accelerated the timeline for its missile development with two ICBM tests in July.

              The Beckoning of Nuclear War        
    SUBHEAD: A glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to our "national security" managers.

    By John Pilger on 4 August 2017 for JohnPilger.com -

    [IB Publisher's note: As much as Trump may not wish a nuclear exchange with Russia, he seems quite amenable to turning North Korea into an ashtray. World War III may begin in  Guam and relay to Hawaii on its way  to the US mainland. Here in Hawaii it may mean Duck and Cover!]

    Image above: Detail of original paperback cover of Nevil Shute's 1957 novel "On the Beach". From (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/267542034087528868).

    In Nevil Shute's book "On the Beach" the US submarine captain says;
    "We've all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you're never ready, because you don't know when it's coming. Well, now we do know and there's nothing to be done about it."
    He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest.

    The war was over in a month. The United States, Russia and China were the protagonists. It is not clear if it was started by accident or mistake. There was no victor. The northern hemisphere is contaminated and lifeless now.

    A curtain of radioactivity is moving south towards Australia and New Zealand, southern Africa and South America. By September, the last cities, towns and villages will succumb. As in the north, most buildings will remain untouched, some illuminated by the last flickers of electric light.
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper

    These two lines from T.S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men appear at the beginning of Nevil Shute's novel On the Beach, which left me close to tears. The endorsements on the cover said the same.

    Published in 1957 at the height of the Cold War when too many writers were silent or cowed, it is a masterpiece. At first the language suggests a genteel relic; yet nothing I have read on nuclear war is as unyielding in its warning. No book is more urgent.

    Some readers will remember the black and white Hollywood film starring Gregory Peck as the US Navy commander who takes his submarine to Australia to await the silent, formless spectre descending on the last of the living world.

    I read On the Beach for the first time the other day, finishing it as the US Congress passed a law to wage economic war on Russia, the world's second most lethal nuclear power.  There was no justification for this insane vote, except the promise of plunder.

    The "sanctions" are aimed at Europe, too, mainly Germany, which depends on Russian natural gas and on European companies that do legitimate business with Russia. In what passed for debate on Capitol Hill, the more garrulous senators left no doubt that the embargo was designed to force Europe to import expensive American gas.

    Their main aim seems to be war - real war. No provocation as extreme can suggest anything else. They seem to crave it, even though Americans have little idea what war is. The Civil War of 1861-5 was the last on their mainland. War is what the United States does to others.

    The only nation to have used nuclear weapons against human beings, they have since destroyed scores of governments, many of them democracies, and laid to waste whole societies - the million deaths in Iraq were a fraction of the carnage in Indo-China, which President Reagan called "a noble cause" and President Obama revised as the tragedy of an "exceptional people"He was not referring to the Vietnamese.

    Filming last year at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, I overheard a National Parks Service guide lecturing a school party of young teenagers. "Listen up," he said. "We lost 58,000 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died defending your freedom."

    At a stroke, the truth was inverted. No freedom was defended. Freedom was destroyed. A peasant country was invaded and millions of its people were killed, maimed, dispossessed, poisoned; 60,000 of the invaders took their own lives. Listen up, indeed.

    A lobotomy is performed on each generation. Facts are removed. History is excised and replaced by what Time magazine calls "an eternal present".

    Harold Pinter described this as "manipulation of power worldwide, while masquerading as a force for universal good, a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis [which meant] that it never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest."

    Those who call themselves liberals or tendentiously "the left" are eager participants in this manipulation, and its brainwashing, which today revert to one name: Trump.

    Trump is mad, a fascist, a dupe of Russia. He is also a gift for "liberal brains pickled in the formaldehyde of identity politics", wrote Luciana Bohne memorably. The obsession with Trump the man - not Trump as a symptom and caricature of an enduring system - beckons great danger for all of us.

    While they pursue their fossilised anti-Russia agendas, narcissistic media such as the Washington Post, the BBC and the Guardian suppress the essence of the most important political story of our time as they warmonger on a scale I cannot remember in my lifetime.

    On 3 August, in contrast to the acreage the Guardian has given to drivel that the Russians conspired with Trump (reminiscent of the far-right smearing of John Kennedy as a "Soviet agent"), the paper buried, on page 16, news that the President of the United States was forced to sign a Congressional bill declaring economic war on Russia. Unlike every other Trump signing, this was conducted in virtual secrecy and attached with a caveat from Trump himself that it was "clearly unconstitutional".

    A coup against the man in the White House is under way. This is not because he is an odious human being, but because he has consistently made clear he does not want war with Russia.

    This glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to the "national security" managers who guard a system based on war, surveillance, armaments, threats and extreme capitalism. Martin Luther King called them "the greatest purveyors of violence in the world today".

    They have encircled Russia and China with missiles and a nuclear arsenal. They have used neo-Nazis to instal an unstable, aggressive regime on Russia's "borderland" - the way through which Hitler invaded, causing the deaths of 27 million people.  Their goal is to dismember the modern Russian Federation.

    In response, "partnership" is a word used incessantly by Vladimir Putin - anything, it seems, that might halt an evangelical drive to war in the United States. Incredulity in Russia may have now turned to fear and perhaps a certain resolution. The Russians almost certainly have war-gamed nuclear counter strikes. Air-raid drills are not uncommon. Their history tells them to get ready.

    The threat is simultaneous. Russia is first, China is next. The US has just completed a huge military exercise with Australia known as Talisman Sabre. They rehearsed a blockade of the Malacca Straits and the South China Sea, through which pass China's economic lifelines.

    The admiral commanding the US Pacific fleet said that, "if required", he would nuke China. That he would say such a thing publicly in the current perfidious atmosphere begins to make fact of Nevil Shute's fiction.

    None of this is considered news. No connection is made as the bloodfest of Passchendaele a century ago is remembered. Honest reporting is no longer welcome in much of the media. Windbags, known as pundits, dominate: editors are infotainment or party line managers. Where there was once sub-editing, there is the liberation of axe-grinding clichés. Those journalists who do not comply are defenestrated.

    The urgency has plenty of precedents. In my film, The Coming War on China, John Bordne, a member of a US Air Force missile combat crew based in Okinawa, Japan, describes how in 1962 - during the Cuban missile crisis - he and his colleagues were "told to launch all the missiles" from their silos.

    Nuclear armed, the missiles were aimed at both China and Russia. A junior officer questioned this, and the order was eventually rescinded - but only after they were issued with service revolvers and ordered to shoot at others in a missile crew if they did not "stand down".

    At the height of the Cold War, the anti-communist hysteria in the United States was such that US officials who were on official business in China were accused of treason and sacked. In 1957 - the year Shute wrote On the Beach - no official in the State Department could speak the language of the world's most populous nation. Mandarin speakers were purged under strictures now echoed in the Congressional bill that has just passed, aimed at Russia.

    The bill was bipartisan. There is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. The terms "left" and "right" are meaningless. Most of America's modern wars were started not by conservatives, but by liberal Democrats.

    When Obama left office, he presided over a record seven wars, including America's longest war and an unprecedented campaign of extrajudicial killings - murder - by drones.

    In his last year, according to a Council on Foreign Relations study, Obama, the "reluctant liberal warrior", dropped 26,171 bombs - three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day.  Having pledged to help "rid the world" of nuclear weapons, the Nobel Peace Laureate built more nuclear warheads than any president since the Cold War.

    Trump is a wimp by comparison. It was Obama - with his secretary of state Hillary Clinton at his side - who destroyed Libya as a modern state and launched the human stampede to Europe. At home, immigration groups knew him as the "deporter-in-chief".

    One of Obama's last acts as president was to sign a bill that handed a record $618billion to the Pentagon, reflecting the soaring ascendancy of fascist militarism in the governance of the United States. Trump has endorsed this.

    Buried in the detail was the establishment of a "Center for Information Analysis and Response". This is a ministry of truth. It is tasked with providing an "official narrative of facts" that will prepare us for the real possibility of nuclear war - if we allow it.

    Video above: "On the Beach" the complete 1959 movie from Nevil Shute's  novel. From (https://youtu.be/Ue8hC5qqMt4).


              Standing Rock lawsuit update        
    SUBHEAD: Army Corps of Engineers sent back to analyze the environmental justice of the Dakota Access pipeline.

    By Yessenia Funes on 3 August 2017 for Yes Magazine -

    Image above: More than 380 tribes around the world came forward to stand with the water protectors. Photo by Vlad Tchompalov.From original article.

    On July 27, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers for authorizing the construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline. Just over a year later, the project has been completed and carries crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to an export terminal in Illinois. The case is still pending, and continues to be the tribe’s last hope to protect its water and land.

    The lawsuit alleged that authorization of the pipeline violated the Clean Water Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to adequately conduct an efficient environmental assessment and skipping an environmental impact statement (EIS) altogether.

    “If history is to repeat itself, it doesn’t look good for us,” says Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t have hope.”

    The lawsuit has now been joined by the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Yankton and Oglala Sioux tribes, but at its heart, the case remains the same since its initial filing, said lead attorney Jan Hasselman, who represents the Standing Rock Sioux on behalf of nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice.

    He’s been arguing that the $3.8 billion energy project ignores treaty rights and needs further environmental review. The goal is that U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg will rule in favor of an EIS and pause pipeline operations indefinitely, and, ultimately, stop them completely.

    In December, pipeline opponents almost secured the EIS under former President Barack Obama when the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would prepare the statement and not permit the pipeline to cross beneath the Lake Oahe crossing on the Missouri River, an area of cultural, religious, and spiritual significance to the tribe.

    It was a near victory. With the EIS secured, the court shelved the lawsuit, but there was more bubbling beneath the surface. Dakota Access launched a counter lawsuit once the Obama administration requested the EIS, and Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration loomed on the horizon. The lawyers, the tribe, and even the court knew the situation could change drastically.

    “The court was pretty explicit that this could be undone,” Hasselman said. And it was.

    Trump rescinded the EIS and issued the final easement across Lake Oahe in February. Immediately, the attorneys amended their initial complaint to include the final easement. Things moved along quickly from there, Hasselman explained. For the first time, the tribe had something concrete to contest, not something they were asking the courts to prevent.

    “We were finally able to put those environmental review issues and treaty issues up front and center,” Hasselman said. Until then, the case was essentially in “pause mode.”

    Then in June, Judge Boasberg found that the Corps had not sufficiently considered the pipeline’s environmental effects or environmental justice impacts when issuing its permit, and remanded the case back to the EIS process to reconsider its analysis. This is the first time Earthjustice is aware of such an environmental justice ruling.

    Boasberg’s recent decision offers DAPL’s opponents hope, but a favorable outcome is anything but assured. A pipeline has never before been stopped with a lawsuit, Hasselman said. “The legal and regulatory infrastructure is badly broken.

    You just don’t have the big overarching federal permits for a crude oil pipeline that you have in a lot of other contexts.” Unlike natural gas pipelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulates a pipeline’s terms and conditions of transport, but not its actual construction and operation.

    Earthjustice didn’t take up the case because it believed the court held the answer but, rather, because it recognized the political power such a case could build. To that end, it has surpassed expectations.

    “What I had in mind was substantially more modest than what happened,” Hasselman said. He had hoped that 50 people would show up to court and they’d end up on the evening news. He wasn’t expecting the iconic fight for indigenous sovereignty that Standing Rock has become.

    The Dakota Access pipeline is now a matter of global interest. More than 380 tribes around the world—from New Zealand’s Māori to the Ecuadorian Amazon’s Kichwa—came forward to stand with the water protectors. “That’s a very significant time in history: when the tribes come together collectively and unite and say, Enough is enough,” Archambault said.

    The tribe’s effort became a movement with the support of spirit and prayer camps outside the reservation—including the Sacred Stone and Oceti Sakowin camps—and a 1,500-mile run to Washington, D.C., in which about 30 Native American youth delivered a petition with more than 140,000 signatures to the Army Corps headquarters demanding it halt the pipeline’s construction.

    Although this attention hasn’t influenced the lawsuit, Hasselman said, it legitimized the movement. Once the world set its eyes on Standing Rock, it could no longer ignore that the historic violent treatment of indigenous people isn’t a thing of the past—it continues today.

    Now? Hasselman thinks they have a shot. “We have an uphill struggle in persuading the court to shut down the pipeline while the remand process is underway, and we have an uphill struggle persuading the Army Corps to do a legitimate and appropriate analysis on remand, but we’re all working 24/7 to make that happen,” he said.

    Judge Boasberg is set to decide in September whether to pause pipeline operations while the Corps continues its review, and court proceedings are ongoing as both parties make their arguments. Until then, the tribe will see its challengers in court.

    See also:
    Ea O Ka Aina: DAPL battle not over 6/15/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Defense contractors fought NoDAPL 5/27/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Tribes divest DAPL Bankers 2/13/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Veterans defending NoDAPL 2/11/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Army Corps okays DAPL Easement  2/8/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Trump orders go on DAPL EIS 2/3/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Water Protectors pipeline resistance 2/1/17 
    Ea O Ka Aina: Force a full EIS on DAPL 1/27/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Missile launcher at Standing Rock 1/19/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Lockdown at Trans-Pecos Pipeline 1/10/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Rock has changed us 12/9/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: As Standing Rock celebrates... 12/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Army Corps denies easement 12/4/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: My Whole Heart is With You 12/2/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: The Loving Containment of Courage 12/1/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: The Beginning is Near 12/1/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Feds to shutdown NoDAPL Camp 11/25/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL people are going to die 11/23/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Hundreds of vets to join NoDAPL 11/22/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Obama must support Standing Rock 11/21/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Trump's pro oil stance vs NoDaPL 11/15/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Kauai NoDAPL Demonstration 11/12/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Obama to Betray Standing Rock 11/12/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Trump impact on Standing Rock 11/12/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Ann Wright on Standing Rock 11/8/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Turning Point at Standing Rock 11/6/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Jackson Browne vs DAPL owner 11/5/16
    Democracy Now: Boycott of DAPL Owner's Music Festival
    Ea O Ka Aina: World responds to NoDAPL protests 11/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL victory that was missed 11/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: DAPL hid discovery of Sioux artifacts 11/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Dakota Access Pipeline will leak 11/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Route of the Dakota Access Pipeline 11/4/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Sanders calls for stopping DAPL 11/4/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Obama hints at DAPL rerouting 11/3/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: New military attack on NODAPL 11/3/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: How to Support NoDAPL 11/3/16
    Unicorn Riot: Tweets from NoDAPL 11/2/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Rock & the Ballot Box 10/31/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL reclaim new frontline 10/24/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: How far will North Dakota go? 10/23/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Amy Goodman "riot" charge dropped 10/17/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Amy Goodwin to face "Riot Charge" 10/16/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Shutdown of all tar sand pipelines 10/11/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Why Standing Rock is test for Oabama 10/8/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Why we are Singing for Water 10/8/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Labor's Dakota Access Pipeline Crisis 10/3/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Firm for Standing Rock 10/3/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Contact bankers behind DAPL 9/29/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL demo at Enbridge Inc 9/29/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Militarized Police raid NoDAPL 9/28/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Stop funding of Dakota Access Pipeline 9/27/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: UN experts to US, "Stop DAPL Now!" 9/27/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: No DAPL solidarity grows 9/21/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: This is how we should be living 9/16/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: 'Natural Capital' replacing 'Nature' 9/14/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: The Big Difference at Standing Rock 9/13/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Jill Stein joins Standing Rock Sioux 9/10/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Pipeline temporarily halted 9/6/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Native Americans attacked with dogs 9/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Mni Wiconi! Water is Life! 9/3/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Sioux can stop the Pipeline 8/28/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Officials cut water to Sioux 8/23/16


              South Korea's stubborn peace effort        
    SUBHEAD: Peace movement refusing to give up is taking the long view of its campaign. 

    By Jon Letman on 4 August 2017 for Truth Out -

    Image above: Jeong Young-hee is a Korean tangerine farmer in Gangjeong village on Jeju island. Like many residents, she strongly opposes the newly built South Korean naval base just two miles from her farm. Photo by Jon Letman. From original article.

    In August, 1945, as Japan smoldered in the ruins of war, the question of what would become of the Korean peninsula after 35 years of Japanese occupation and a Soviet army advancing southward spurred the hasty selection of an artificial division along the 38th parallel drawn by two American officials as a border between US and Soviet "zones of occupation."

    That line, never intended to be permanent, hardened like stubborn mud before the newly liberated Korea ever had the chance to form an independent, unified and democratic nation. Today 38°N still marks a potentially catastrophic flashpoint between North and South Korea.

    The DMZ -- demilitarized zone -- despite its name, is one of the most militarized places on the planet. This hyper-militarization, in fact, extends south across the peninsula and today, 64 years after an armistice halted (but never formally ended) the Korean war, South Korea remains peppered with scores of US military installations -- at least 80 by the Pentagon's own count.

    US bases, and the 28,500 US troops and joint military exercises they support, are not only opposed by North Korea; many South Koreans see them as a problematic construct that perpetuates the likelihood of war.

    Despite frequent media coverage of North Korea's highly choreographed military parades, increasing missile launches, and Kim Jong-un's threats to turn Seoul into a "sea of fire," far less attention is paid to South Korea's tireless, well-organized peace movement opposed to militarism on both sides of the DMZ.

    South Korean civil groups and NGOs like People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions are skilled at forming coalitions with peace activists and religious groups opposed to a military buildup, which they see as increasing tensions with the North and militarization across Northeast Asia.

    Your Old Farm Is Our New Base

    Image above: Candle light protests have been held outside the Seongju County office nightly since the deployment of the THAAD antimissile defense system was announced in July 2016. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

    With the bulk of US bases concentrated in and around Seoul and within range of North Korean artillery, the US is in the middle of a major realignment of its forces as it consolidates bases, moving tens of thousands of troops, their families and civilian contractors to US Army Garrison Humphreys in the city of Pyeongtaek, 40 miles south of Seoul.

    In 2002, when the US announced its plan to triple Humphreys in size, Pyeongtaek residents living around the base organized fierce protests that raged for five years.

    Thousands of police were deployed, citizens were arrested and villages were demolished. In the end, however, the base's walls were pushed outward, and Camp Humphreys grew from just over 1,000 acres to more than 3,400 acres, making it the US's largest overseas military base in the world.

    Now in the final years of construction, US Army Garrison Humphreys is equipped to serve as the new headquarters for the Eighth US Army and US Forces Korea command center.

    Image above: A representative of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions holds an anti-THAAD banner at a demonstration in Soseong-ri, Seongju County, South Korea. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

    The Humphreys expansion is slated for completion by 2020 and will eventually be home to up to 46,000 military and civilian personnel living and working behind razor wire-topped walls and gates.

    The $10.7 billion expansion, the US's largest-ever peacetime military construction project, is being paid for overwhelmingly (around 90 percent) by the South Korean government. In 2016, Gen. Vincent Brooks (now head of US Forces Korea) publicly stated that it's cheaper to station US troops in South Korea than in the United States.

    The Humphreys expansion does have supporters in the community, and many businesses have come to depend on the US military's presence.

    Pyeongtaek's city government, unable to refuse the influx of thousands of US forces, has done its best to promote Humphreys' expansion as an opportunity to court non-military business and infrastructure investment and push for internationalization through increased cultural exchanges with military personnel and their families.

    Still, many residents view the base as an unwelcome intrusion on Korean sovereignty and a source of crime, pollution and noise from military aircraft like F-16s, A-10 Thunderbolts, Chinook and Apache helicopters.

    Image above: Demonstrators march toward the former golf course in Seongju County where the controversial THAAD antimissile defense system is being deployed by the US. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

    Since 2002, Kang Song-won of the Pyeongtaek Peace Center has been working closely with residents from communities affected by Humphreys, particularly those who were forcibly relocated from the villages of Daechu-ri and Dodu-ri. Kang works with volunteers to monitor military incidents and accidents around the base.

    Beyond the noise and inherent danger, he told Truthout the most harmful impact of Humphreys' expansion has been the deep divisions sown in the community between base supporters and opponents.

    Giving up, however, is not an option. "Even though we lost the fight against the US military, I think it is still necessary to keep fighting ... against the problems of the US military base," Kang said.

    Island of Peace, Tides of War

    Image above: US Army Garrison Humphreys is a helicopter base in what will soon be the the United States' largest overseas military base. Just beyond the fence are small farming villages. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

    An hour's flight south of Seoul is sub-tropical Jeju island. Home to nine UNESCO Global Geoparks and a World Heritage site, the volcanic island is renowned for its natural beauty and biodiversity both on land and sea. Jeju has also been heavily developed for tourism. On the south coast, in Gangjeong village, is the site of a new Korean naval base.

    Muddying its primary purpose, the base is sometimes called the Jeju Multipurpose Port Complex and is touted as having a (future) dual civilian-military function, but for now it's strictly a Korean naval base and headquarters for the South Korean Navy's Mobile Task Force Flotilla-7, which includes Aegis warfare destroyers, KDX III helicopter destroyers and a submarine force command.

    Like the expansion of Camp Humphreys, the 2007 announcement of the Jeju naval base sparked widespread outcry from residents opposed to the militarization of what was dubbed "Island of Peace" in recognition of Jeju's horrific April 3 massacre (1947-54).

    In that massacre, as many as 30,000 island residents were killed by Korean forces over a seven-year period beginning in 1947 during the US military administration that occupied the southern part of the Korean peninsula immediately after the August 1945 defeat of Japan.

    As in Pyeongtaek, Jeju base protesters clashed with the police for years. Base opponents, including the former mayor, were arrested and heavily fined but in the end, the base was built.

    Image above: Many of the residents protesting against the deployment of the THAAD antimissile defense system are elderly farmers who don't want their remote mountain village to be militarized. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

    Tangerine farmers Jeong Young-hee and her husband Kang Sung-won have been growing Jeju's famous citrus varieties for 30 years in greenhouses less than two miles from the base. Young-hee and Sung-won are concerned about the environmental impact of the base, especially the effects on the sea -- including soft corals, sea urchins, abalone and other marine life -- and the destruction of what was a sacred lava rock coastal field called Gureombi.

    Construction on the base is not yet complete. Young-hee and Sung-won worry that as it grows, if a future exclusion zone (a zone that would restrict new construction) is declared, it would surround their farm, almost certainly driving down land values.

    Peeling one of her sweet hallabong oranges, Young-hee explains how the base has caused a rift between friends and family members. The base has also divided many citrus farmers and Jeju's famous Haenyeo free divers. "Our relationship was destroyed," says Young-hee, who joined her male counterparts in shaving her head as a gesture of protest against the base.

    Image above: Retired Catholic priest Father Mun Jeong-hyeon holds a daily mass along along a roadside site that doubles as a protest against the Jeju naval base in Gangjeong village, Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

    In the early days of the struggle, when base opponents pointed fingers at the US accusing it of pressuring South Korea (also known as the Republic of Korea), South Korean officials denied that the base would permanently host US warships.

    This year, in March and June, US warships made their first visits to the Jeju base with short, inconspicuous port calls similar to what was recommended in a 2013 US Army War College strategy research project. Last January, US Pacific Command's Adm. Harry Harris suggested the possibility of deploying the US's newest, most lethal stealth destroyer, the USS Zumwalt to Jeju waters.

    The Jeju navy base became operational in February 2016. Resistance continues daily, with activists gathering each morning in front of the entry gate to perform one hundred bows as a nonviolent, meditative protest.

    Nearby, in a roadside tent chapel, retired Catholic priest Father Mun Jeong-hyeon leads a daily mass, before joining protesters who gather with flags and banners playing raucous music outside the base.

    The mood of the protesters is defiant and the message is serious: they want a shift away from militarization of the Korean peninsula and northeast Asia.

    This week (July 30-August 5), for the eighth year since 2008, apeace march is underway, in which activists are walking from the Jeju naval base around the island to raise awareness of the continuing struggle and to call for peace.

    In Defense of Who?

    Image above: Guards look out from behind a razor wire fence surrounded the new South Korean naval base on Jeju island, South Korea. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

    South Korea's latest struggle against militarization began in July 2016 in rural, traditionally conservative Seongju County 135 miles south of Seoul.

    Residents of Seongju and neighboring Gimcheon were caught off guard when the central government, under deposed President Park Geun-hye, offered Seongju to the US as a location for the US antimissile defense Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

    For more than a year since that announcement, daily protests have been taking place in Seongju and elsewhere around the country. In June, an anti-THAAD protest of several thousand people briefly and peacefully surrounded the US embassy in Seoul.

    THAAD manufacturer Lockheed Martin says the system is intended to defend "US troops, allied forces, population centers and critical infrastructure against short and medium range ballistic missiles."

    Seongju residents and Koreans across the country, however, recite a litany of reasons they are opposed to THAAD, from environmental and health concerns to the lack of a democratic process to ever-increasing deployment of foreign weapons, as well as economic repercussions and tension with its neighbors China and Russia.

    Image above: Korean Army personnel stand guard at the Demilitarized Zone/Joint Security Area outside the Military Armistice Commission buildings along the tense border. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

    Two weeks before South Korea's snap election on May 9 this year, the US, citing North Korean threats, hurriedly began the deployment of THAAD in what had been a golf course outside a small village called Soseong-ri.

    When South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in learned that his own Ministry of Defense had failed to notify him of the presence of an additional four THAAD launchers, Moon called for a temporary suspension of THAAD to conduct an environmental assessment.

    That suspension, however, is being reevaluated now as South Korea considers deploying additional launchers in response to a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test last week.

    Like other aspects of the military alliance between the US and South Korea, THAAD is supported by some South Koreans and reviled by others. And like the communities in Gangjeong village on Jeju and Pyeongtaek near Seoul, the people of Seongju and Gimcheon are divided.

    Speaking at a candlelight vigil outside the Seongju County government office on May 30, three local women were eager to share their thoughts with Americans.

    On this 310th day of consecutive protests, the women told Truthout they wanted their lives back the way they were before THAAD.

    They said their community was being torn apart -- even relations between parents and children were being strained by strong disagreements over THAAD.

    Some of their neighbors have given up opposition to THAAD, either accepting it as unavoidable or simply focusing on other matters.

    These women, however, refuse to give up and say they feel a responsibility to attend nightly demonstrations against THAAD. They also admit feeling a growing resentment toward what they see as an unequal alliance.

    "We are starting to have anti-American sentiments even though we don't hate Americans," a woman who identified herself as Mrs. Kim said.

    "To be honest, I want the US military to go home," said a second woman, who also goes by the name Mrs. Kim, adding the English phrase, "Yankee, go home."

    The Truth Is Very Powerful

    Image above: Demonstrators perform 100 bows for peace six days a week as a protest against the South Korean Jeju naval base in Gangjeong village, Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

    Even as new bases are built, old bases expanded and more weapons imported, what fuels South Korean peace movements in the face of overwhelming power?

    In Seoul, Jungmin Choi who works with Durebang (My Sister's Place), an NGO that provides counseling to foreign women working in bars and clubs near US bases, says those women are living witnesses to the impact of military bases.

    Choi calls the impacts of the bases "indescribably huge" and both tangible and intangible, but insists, "we believe this fight cannot be defeated … we will fight in a creative way with a long-term view."

    On the other side of the country, Jeju base opponent Choi Sung-hee says that even though the Jeju base is operational and US warships have started visiting, the protests must continue.

    Not only does the military know it is being watched, but protests build solidarity with other anti-base movements across South Korea and internationally, in places like Okinawa, Guam, the Philippines and Hawaii, particularly among women.

    Image above: A protester is blocked by a security guard as he sits in silent protest outside the entry to the South Korean naval base on Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

    "That's the role of people ... we should constantly demand: we do not need arms, we do not need THAAD, we do not need more military bases," Choi says. "If the people's movement is strong, I think it can also influence the decisions of the South Korean president."

    Nearby, in the St. Francis Peace Center, Father Mun carves messages of peace into wooden boards after each morning's protest. Nearly 80 years old, Father Mun has been a peace activist for decades in Pyeongtaek, on Jeju and elsewhere acting, in his words, as "a witness for truth."

    When asked why he continues to resist in the face of overwhelming power, Father Mun declared, "The truth cannot be thrown away. The truth will stand up some day. The truth is very powerful. So, I believe the truth is going to win all enemies."


              Orbital ATK to Help MDA Sustain Trident, Orion Rocket Motors        
    Orbital ATK has secured a five-year, $48 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to help sustain Trident I and Orion rocket motors the agency intends to use in target and interceptor vehicles. The company said Wednesday it will provide engineering, test and analysis, motor logistics storage and disposal static test, and flight test motor preparation support under the […]
              Orbital ATK Demos Air-Launched Ballistic Missile Target As Part of MDA’s THAAD Flight Test Program        
    Orbital ATK has demonstrated its air-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile target in support of the test flight program for the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system. The Orbital ATK-built IRBM target simulated a ballistic missile threat after being launched from a C-17 aircraft and transported by parachutes prior to ignition, the company said Tuesday. […]
              North Korea: Final Plan By Mid-August For Firing Missiles Near Guam        
    North Korea said it would finalize plans for missile launches near Guam by the middle of this month and then wait for a green light from leader Kim Jong Un before carrying them out. The statement, disseminated by state-run news agency KCNA, comes amid an increasingly tense tit-for-tat between Pyongyang and Washington, as well as reports that U.S. intelligence has determined that North Korea can now fix nuclear warheads onto its ballistic missiles, including an ICBM thought capable of reaching the United States. On Tuesday, President Trump promised "fire and fury like the world has never seen" against North Korea if it didn't stand down from its threats against the United States. That prompted North Korea to announce that it was considering plans to fire four intermediate-range missiles into an area about 18-25 miles from the U.S. territory of Guam. On Wednesday, Pyongyang's military said Trump "let out a load of nonsense about 'fire and fury,'" adding that "sound dialogue is not
              North Korea Reportedly Capable Of Making Nuclear-Tipped Missiles        
    U.S. intelligence analysts say North Korea has developed a warhead that fits on its ballistic missiles, including an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching U.S. territory, according to The Washington Post. The Post writes : "The new analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country's atomic arsenal. The U.S. calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts believe the number of bombs is much smaller." While the latest report assumes significance in the current climate of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, it represents only more certainty over previous assessments. Four years ago, for example, the DIA said it believed with "moderate confidence" that North Korea had mastered nuclear warhead technology. Since
              10 Questions on the Conflict in Syria        
    A potential military strike by Western powers on Syria now appears to be a fait accompli and is being touted as long overdue. Given the spiralling humanitarian disaster that has overtaken the country during the last two years of conflict, continued inaction appears to be an untenable reality. The death toll is now well over 100,000 (although the proportion of civilians to combatants is unclear). There are 2 million refugees, half of whom are children, and over 4 million more internally displaced persons (IDPs), amounting to a quarter of the country's overall population. Yet, it was the apparent chemical weapons attack in the suburbs around Damascus known as Ghouta last week that has served as the impetus for international military intervention into the conflict. Amidst the rhetoric and war rehearsals, clarity on what is really happening seems to be cast aside in the media, in favor of faux-spontaneous leaks, retired generals, and trumpeters of past wars. Here are ten questions to try to set the record straight.

    1. Were chemical weapons used in Syria?

    When the initial attack unfolded last Wednesday, August 21 in the suburbs in Damascus known as Ghouta (near the town/suburb of Jobar), news quickly spread to local, regional and international media. Claims were made of hundreds of deaths, with some activists claiming the death toll was 1,300. Moreover, the Government of Syria immediately denied responsibility and has continued to do so. However, the attack did unfold amidst a series of army strikes on Jobar, which is a rebel-held area, and has been for quite some time. The Government conversely claimed to find chemical weapons supplies in tunnels in the same area, and it is alleged that some Hezbollah fighters were also exposed to chemical toxins.

    A week on, it appears incontrovertible that chemical weapons were used, not just from YouTube videos but also from visits by independent journalists, and of course by a report by Médecins Sans Frontières that has documented at least 355 deaths from local hospitals. It is likely that the chemical agent used was a neurotoxin or nerve gas, most likely sarin gas. What is still not clear, is how they were delivered (i.e. in what form and carried on what type of weapon) and from where.

    It should also be kept in mind that this was not the first attack that has been alleged. There have been numerous claims by rebels, and counter-claims by the government on the use of chemical weapons in the conflict. Here's a map of those events. In fact, this is precisely why the team of UN inspectors had arrived in the country, the day before this latest incident (and massacre) took place. In fact, what is interesting is that their investigation of other sites has now been put on the back-burner due to the latest developments.

    2. Do we know who actually used the chemical weapons? 

    The United States, United Kingdom, and France have all stated they are certain that the Government of Syria has undertaken the attack last week. On the U.S. side, at the forefront of the rhetoric has been Vice President Biden - who has said there is 'no doubt' - and Secretary of State John Kerry, who made an evocative plea for action several days ago. Of course, the next speech is the most important, and it would be one made by President Barack Obama. In light of this certainty, it would be difficult to question the attribution of blame. A leak from the US government also claims to have intercepted a murky call between commanders in the Syrian army that supposedly is evidence of culpability on the Syrian side.

    There is tremendous reason to doubt U.S. claims. Firstly, it should not be forgotten that then Secretary of State Colin Powell presented ironclad evidence to the United Nations Security Council of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) that Saddam Hussein possessed, a finding that was later proven to be utterly false, but which was the basis of a war that continues until today. Secondly, the U.S. claimed that there was incontrovertible proof that the Government of Syria was responsible for earlier chemical attacks this year, but that finding has been contested, and some experts apportioned blame to the rebels fighting the government. And finally, in this case, no evidence has been presented, as of yet to make such a determination, at least not conclusively.

    Does that mean the Assad and his regime are not responsible? No. It is very likely given the ongoing military operations in the same area that the Syrian government launched such an attack. Yet, more evidence needs to be presented to make a definitive conclusion. The other scenarios that could be possible are:

    - Extremists groups like Jubhat al-Nusra, who have previously seized advanced weaponry and possibly chemical weapons from Syrian army bases and positions, were attempting to use them on Syrian soldiers (or conversely to cast blame on the Syrian army);

    - The Government of Syria inadvertently hit a stockpile of sarin gas releasing the toxins (although unclear if this would lead to the effects that we've seen); or

    - Rogue elements within the chain of command used chemical weapons intentionally or inadvertently.

    Russia, Iran and China have of course cast doubt on western claims but that is to be expected.

    3. What would be the basis or justification for US intervention?

    The U.S. intervention would likely be on the basis of Obama's previously stated red line on Syria, which would be the mass use/movement of chemical weapons. It is not in fact about humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect framework, developed in the 1990s to prevent genocide and mass civilian deaths. If it was, then the humanitarian case for intervention has been present for some time, and other massacres by the Syrian regime, such as in Houla in 2012, would have provided sufficient pretext. Obviously, the U.S. and other Western powers, and regional countries, have their own interests at play that are much more geopolitical in nature, but the justification or casus belli being offered is around the issue of chemical weapons, and chemical weapons alone.

    4. Will anybody else be involved in the military strikes besides the US and will this affect whether they are 'legal'?

    Given Russian and Chinese opposition, and a likely veto of any resolution by the United Nations Security Council supporting such a military strike on Syria - especially in light of the intervention in Libya, which Russia regretted supporting - a 'coalition of the willing' will need to be developed. This coalition would be broader than the Iraq War in 2003, and would be similar to the coalition carrying out the strikes against Serb positions vis-a-vis Kosovo in 1999. While the U.S., U.K. and France will likely lead an effort, Turkey would also be critical as a staging ground (as it borders Syria from the North), and thus there will be an attempt to launch such an attack under the auspices of NATO. Despite its reluctance, Jordan, given its reliance on the U.S. and Saudi Arabia politically and economically, will have no choice but to support . The two other neighbours of Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are squarely against any military strike. And of course, the other neighbor - Israel - would sit this one out but would provide intelligence to the U.S. and other parties on Syrian positions, given that it has already undertaken a number of air strikes on Syria in the past two years.

    Further afield, it is likely the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) will support military intervention, with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates possibly sending fighter jets to participate in a strike to give it regional cover and credibility. Finally, while many groups within the Arab and Muslim world, and the 'left' of the West, will oppose military intervention, many others will support it, because of the spiralling humanitarian situation in Syria.

    Technically speaking if the military intervention is not sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council, and there is no imminent threat that the U.S. and other parties can point to towards its own territory or its assets, it would be illegal under international law. However, that has not stopped NATO or other countries (i.e. Russia in Georgia) form undertaking military action in the past. And before the Iraq War, some scholars claimed that while such an attack would be illegal it would be legitimate, and demonstrated retroactively to be legal. Given the state of world affairs, 'legality' is likely not a determining factor for a strike on Syria.

    5. Are we seeing a repeat of Iraq in 2003? 

    No. The situation today with Syria is different than it was in 2003 in Iraq, for many reasons, despite some passing similarities. In Iraq, the U.S. claimed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction while in Syria, we already know Bashar al-Assad possesses chemical weapons, and the question is whether he used them (small aside, it was released this week that thirty years ago, the U.S. obstructed a UN investigation when it knew Saddam Hussein had used chemical weapons). In Iraq, the U.S. alleged that Saddam Hussein had links with Al Qaeda (and related groups), while in Syria, Bashar al Assad is widely acknowledged to be fighting Al Qaeda (and related groups) in addition to the 'Free Syrian Army' (and in addition to crushing peaceful demonstrators). In Iraq, there was no active state of conflict that was leading to a spiralling humanitarian catastrophe (and the potential use of WMDs), while in Syria there is not just a violent conflict, but also WMDs have been used by somebody (even if the culprit is not yet clear).

    What should be noted, however, is that both Iraq in 2003 and Syria in 2013, are in complex environments, and any removal of government or sustained military intervention would have dramatic unforeseen consequences. It seems like the media debate in the U.S. is also similarly anaemic (but slightly better) this time around.

    6. What is the real motivation for the United States and other powers?

    As with all things in this world when it comes to international relations, the primary interest is not humanitarian but geopolitical. This is not absolute, however, and it could be argued that Turkey has been insisting on humanitarian intervention from an early stage. However, the regimes (not peoples) in the Gulf, most notably Saudi Arabia, are exclusively concerned with dislodging Syria from the Iranian orbit, and severing connections between Syria and Hezbollah. Humanitarian concerns are a by-product. And for the United States, something similar is at play. As noted above, if this was about humanitarian concerns, action would have been taken long before 100,000 deaths had occurred.

    For the U.S. it has been looking for regime change in Syria for a while. However, these strikes if they occur, will be about sending a message and asserting America's position in the Middle East, given the red line that Obama drew. Ultimately, it may tip the scales in the rebels favour or improve the U.S.'s negotiating position vis-a-vis Iran. The chemical weapons attack in a morbid way, opened a door of opportunity for Western powers (with GCC support) to do something limited without a full-scale intervention.

    7. Will military intervention solve the Syrian conflict?

    No. Military intervention no matter how small or how big will not solve the Syrian conflict. In fact, it could very much exacerbate the situation on the ground even further (if that can be imagined). What is being reported currently is that the U.S. and allies will undertake a series of 'surgical strikes', a euphemism for a large-scale assault on key military and strategic installations, such as army positions, air bases, radar installations, communications infrastructure, supply routes, and, where appropriate, power stations (among other targets). More than anything this will be intended to send a message to the regime and weaken its capabilities. Yet, it would not be a fatal blow. And it would not necessarily tip the scales in favor of the rebels. It may in fact mobilize certain parties to support the regime, if there are civilian casualties from the intervention.

    The solution to the Syrian situation has to be political, if it is going to lead to stability or peace. Yet, if the military intervention escalated and led to the removal of the Syrian regime, that would still not be the end of the conflict. After the Soviets were booted out of Afghanistan, the country devolved into a civil war for five years until the rise of the Taliban in 1996. Somalia has only recently stabilised (somewhat), more than 20 years after the assassination of its leader, President Siad Barre. And neighboring Lebanon, took 15 years of conflict (1975-1990) to reach an end, which was brought about by ironically Syrian military intervention (which committed its own crimes), that produced a - audible gasp - political settlement.

    8. What could potentially go wrong?

    Everything. The potential for disaster following military intervention in any country is great (see Black Hawk Down, Iraq, Afghanistan and the list goes on). Yet, in Syria it could be apocalyptic. Here is a list of what that could entail:

    - Chemical weapons are used by Syria against its neighbors such as Jordan and Turkey, or U.S. military positions in those countries;
    - U.S. planes/helicopters are shot down leading to an escalation of U.S. involvement requiring boots on the ground;
    - Syria sends a volley of missiles into Tel Aviv and other places in Israel, leading to a regional war;
    - Proxy forces of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, launch a sustained campaign against Israel/U.S. interests, including attacks embassies within Lebanon/Palestine/Israel but also in other countries, in the short and medium-term;
    - Al Qaeda forces in the region, while opposing the Assad regime, oppose U.S. intervention especially if there are masses of civilian casualties, and use it as a pretext for attacks in places such as Yemen;
    - Russia objects to the U.S. strike, and mobilizes warships to the Mediterranean, leading to a standoff with Europe and the U.S.;
    - Negotiations with Iran, still in embryonic stages are suspended irrevocably;
    - Six party talks with North Korea are suspended by Russia, China, and North Korea irrevocably;
    - The Syrian regime goes all out in its conflict and begins to bomb with even more abandon civilian areas controlled by rebels, leading to thousands of casualties, and counter-massacres by enraged rebel fighters;
    - The Syrian regime is removed by force from power by the intervention, leading to a power vacuum sinking the country further into civil war for over a decade of even more violent strife and a possible Al Qaeda style government;
    - Tensions rise in the Middle East, especially in places of sectarian division (i.e. Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia, and Iraq) leading to civil strife and attacks on governments, and counter-attacks on populations; and
    - World War 3.

    9. What could potentially go right?

    It may seem that what is written above is slightly alarmist and that's true. Many things can go wrong (most of which, to be honest, are hard to predict as they will be unforeseen consequences or as Donald Rumsfeld, ironically calls them, unknown unknowns). However, the U.S.-led strikes could be quite effective. Firstly, if they are limited in scope, they can be completed in one day, reducing the risk for a military entanglement and civilian casualties. Secondly, if they are from the air, there is limited risk for casualties on the side of the intervening forces. Thirdly, an attack that is forceful and hits Syrian military positions, will send a message to Assad that there is a limit to what he can do, which thus far has not been the case, and may entice him to reach a political settlement. Fourthly, it is unlikely that the Syrian regime would retaliate, for a short strike on positions, against Israel, knowing that they cannot afford to fight a war on so many fronts (and thus far they have yet to retaliate to any Israel air strike). Finally, the systematic destruction of Assad's air capabilities could be instrumental in limiting civilian casualties by the regime in the future.

    All of this is one possibility of what could occur.

    10. Let's cut to the chase - should I support or not support military intervention?

    There is no clearcut answer. Ultimately, military intervention should not be supported as a solution to the Syrian conflict. It is not, and whether we like it or not, a political solution/settlement is the only way the current situation moves towards peace and stability. The U.S. is negotiating with the Taliban. The Vietnamese negotiated with the U.S. The Lebanese negotiated with each other. The Dayton Accords to end the Bosnian War were signed with Slobodan Milosevic. It may not be easy, it may be unlikely, and it will not work perfectly, but political discussions involving all parties is the only way to find a real solution.

    That being said, if a case is made with overwhelming evidence by independent parties (not U.S. conjecture) that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime, then military intervention on a limited scale, and for a period of 1-2 days only, should be undertaken, ideally with UN support - and if not with broad support of half of the members, i.e. 90, of the UN General Assembly to demonstrate legitimacy - against military targets only, which will both send a message about the use of these weapons and damage the capabilities of Assad.

    What is clear is that whatever happens, there are no clear answers with regards to the conflict in Syria.

              MOD to Upgrade Air-to-Air Missile        
    The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £300m contract to sustain a key air-to-air missile used by RAF Typhoon jets, supporting over 400 jobs across the UK. MBDA (UK) Ltd will design and build the new variant of their Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) missile, incorporating updated sub-systems into the current ASRAAM design. This will make it possible to upgrade the weapon system as necessary. The eight-year contract will directly sustain around 200 highly skilled t...
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              Book Review - The Cobra        
    After a long hiatus I took another book of my favorite author - Frederick Forsyth. I guess this will be the last time that I indulge into Forsyth's books. His style has become predictable and I am starting to confuse some of his novels. I feel that it is time to venture into others' books. But now, back to the novel at hand.
    The Cobra starts with the usual "world at risk" kind of problem. The unusual part of it is that unlike the usual espionage novels, the threat is not from bombs, nuclear weapons or missiles. The threat that is handled in The Cobra is Cocaine. That way, this novel has a different premise. Liked it.
    The middle portion of the book is where I felt a lot of Déjà vu. Many pieces of information repeated like the explanation of a small amount of Pure converting many tons of Cocaine, like the pressure of failed smuggling on the dealers, and the like. One part of the sequence that I liked is the reintroduction of a character from Avenger.
    The end of the novel has a great twist to the tale. After my displeasure with most of his recent books' endings, this was a welcome relief. The ending reminded me of that of The Devil’s Alternative’s . I felt the minor intellectual warmth that made me like this author more than most. But then, this is too low a dose to intoxicate me further. It is ironic that I am going to end my addiction to the author based on his novel about psychoactive drug!

    A quick list of the books that I have read, to create a bit of nostalgia:
    The Devil's alternative
    The Negotiator
    The Afghan
    The Kill List
    The Cobra

              North Korea Crosses Red Line, Can Fit Miniaturized Nuke in Missile Warhead        
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              Trump threatens 'fire and fury' against North Korea        
    US President Donald Trump said North Korea "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it threatened the United States again. Earlier Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any US military action. Washington has warned it is ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea's weapons ballistic missile and nuclear programs but has said it prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions. The consequences of a US strike would potentially be catastrophic for South Koreans, Japanese and US military personnel within range of North Korean retaliatory strikes. "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," Trump told reporters at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Earlier on Tuesday, Japan's Defence Ministry said "It is conceivable that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturisation of nuclear weapons and has acquired nuclear warheads." The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday over its continued missile tests that could slash the reclusive country's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third. North Korea said the sanctions infringed its sovereignty and it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any U.S. military action. North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored international calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes. North Korea says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defence against perceived US hostility. It has long accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.
              Nitze to fore: Round 2         

    ARMS control ace Paul H. Nitze has stepped forward from the crowd of American negotiators heading to Geneva for the Jan. 7 talks between Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.

    Mr. Nitze is regarded as the ablest man in the field today. His guidance would have been crucial anyway. But President Reagan's appointing him to the prominent role of Shultz adviser does at least three things. It sends another signal that the United States is serious about resuming talks, which are stalled on three fronts - mid-range missiles in Europe, long-range strategic missiles, and space weapons and defense systems. It helps resolve the question of leadership within the US delegation, which will itself be a composite of disputants from the administration's own internal arms control debate. And it prepares the way for someone to head the potential ''umbrella talks'' Mr. Shultz favors.

    It was Mr. Nitze in 1982 who, during a walk in the woods near Geneva with his Soviet counterpart, worked out a compromise proposal for the medium missiles in Europe, calling for a limit of 75 missiles for each side - a proposal later disowned by their superiors. Some analysts think the walk-in-the-woods proposal could be part of an arms control solution.

    Here is some of the thinking of Mr. Nitze on living with the Soviets, in the new issue of Foreign Affairs:

    ''Much of our experience in negotiating with the Soviet Union has been on arms control. Arms control is not an end in itself, but a means. The object of arms control negotiations is to support foreign policy and security policy by negotiating agreements that will contribute to reducing the risk of war, primarily the risk of nuclear war. Many other purposes are discussed in the immense literature that now threatens to engulf the subject of arms control and make it incomprehensible. These other purposes - stopping the arms race, saving money, increasing stability, assuring predictability, providing the foundation for a better East-West relationship - may well be desirable, but they are desirable only if they contribute to the more important goal of reducing the risk of war and strengthening the prospects of peace.

    ''I am convinced that much of the difficulty that the United States has found in getting along with the Soviet Union stems from the contrasting meaning and connotations of the word 'peace.' It means one thing in the West: internally, a state of domestic order, and externally, equilibrium and an absence of war. The Russian word for peace - mir - means something quite different, however, particularly as used by the Soviets since the October Revolution. . . . The Soviet concept of 'peace' (or mir) has come to mean a continuing struggle, rather than a state of equilibrium. . . . Mir takes as a given that there is a natural and irreconcilable conflict of interest between the socialist and non-socialist worlds. In the long run, international equilibrium cannot be guaranteed in a world of competing social systems.''

    In a ''live and let live'' superpower world - the Western mode - arms control could reduce the risk of war. Getting the Soviets to move toward the Western concept of peace, restraining their efforts to encourage anarchism and anti-Americanism, could help both sides. A builddown of the Soviet missile force poised toward the West, for example, would be possible.

    Meanwhile, Nitze argues, the United States and the West must build a consensus for a dual policy - on guard against Soviet revolutionary totalitarianism, yet welcoming any Soviet interest in policies for reciprocal action.

    It is for this balanced view that Mr. Nitze's prominence on the American team should inspire confidence.

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              Moscow says new US national security strategy is anti-Russian         

    Moscow: Russia`s federal Security Council on Wednesday criticised as "anti-Russian" the new US national security strategy, which lists Moscow`s aggression in its neighbouring Ukraine among most pressing threats.

    The Security Council also repeated an assertion Washington might try to engineer political change in Russia using the same tactics of mass protest the Kremlin says it applied to topple a pro-Russian president in Kiev last year.

    President Barack Obama released Washington`s updated national security strategy on Feb.6, renewing his commitment to work to isolate Russia over its support for separatist rebels fighting Kiev troops in east Ukraine.

    The Russian council said the update, unlike the previous 2010 version, "has an openly anti-Russian line and creates a negative image of our country." It said the implementation of the new US strategy would pose a threat to Russia.

    "In the long-term, the United States along with its allies will continue to push for political and economic isolation of Russia," it said.

    Ties between Moscow and Washington are at their lowest since the Cold War over the conflict in Ukraine, where the West accuses Russia of driving a separatist rebellion to destabilise the former Soviet republic and boost its influence there.

    Moscow has sided with the rebels but denies direct military involvement despite mounting evidence on the ground. 

    Moscow says its aim is to protect the Russian-speaking eastern regions of Ukraine from nationalists who took over in Kiev after the former president and Kremlin ally, Viktor Yanukovich, was ousted in street protests in February, 2014.

    Moscow accuses the United States of masterminding what it calls a coup in Kiev, on the lines of other uprisings in ex-Soviet states dubbed "colour revolutions".

    "There is high probability of applying in regard to Russia the improved technology of `colour revolutions` that will be used ever more widely to remove political authorities disliked by the United States." 

    The Russian foreign ministry criticised Western nuclear arms policy.

    Moscow said at the weekend Danish warships would become targets for its nuclear weapons should the country join a NATO missile defence it argues could undermine its nuclear capabilities.

    "In our view, the United States and other NATO members should have long abandoned the pernicious one-sided steps in the missile defence field. They wouldn`t have to worry about the consequences then," the Russian ministry said in a statement.

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    6. Three-Wheeler Waltz (Tricycle) | 03:24
    7. Sea-Spray (Speed Boats) | 02:43
    8. Super Chief (Diesel Train) | 02:47
    9. Sub-Manhattan Blues (Subway) | 03:47
    10. Midnight Sailing (Ocean Liner) | 03:55
    11. Star Fire (Jet Plane) | 02:37
    12. Count Down (Missile) | 02:57

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    The Australian Department of Defence confirmed that last week a Chinese Dongdiao-class Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGI) vessel monitored the US-Australia Talisman Sabre joint military exercises from within Australia’s 200 nm Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This “first-ever” Chinese incursion of its type in Australia’s EEZ has sparked both alarm and an international debate. Many say China is hypocritical because it is undertaking intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions in other countries’ 200 nm EEZs while opposing those of the US in its own EEZ. But there are significant differences in scale, technological capability, methods, and objectives between what China and the US are doing.

    China’s first “public” attempt at maritime spying in the US EEZ was when an uninvited People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) AGI vessel operated in Hawaii’s EEZ to observe RIMPAC 2014, a multinational naval exercise. Also in 2014, a Chinese AGI vessel was observed off Guam during a US military exercise. According to then-Commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Samuel Locklear: “The good news about this is that it’s a recognition, I think, or an acceptance by the Chinese of what we’ve been saying to them for some time, [which] is that military operations and survey operations in another country’s EEZs, where you have national—your own national security interest, are within international law and are acceptable.” But such simplistic comparisons are deceptive and potentially dangerous. They can lead to the false hope that China will eventually “see the light” and quietly assent to activities it considers threatening because “it is undertaking similar activities.”

    But the scale is very different. Ironically, the “different scale” argument was first used against China by China critics to demonize its occupations and “militarization” of features in the South China Sea. Although these critics grudgingly acknowledged that China was not doing anything other claimants had not done, nevertheless China’s behavior was singled out as unacceptable because of the much greater scale and “aggressiveness” of its activities.

    It seems that the tables are now turned. Although the critics argue that China is doing “the same thing” as the US, the scale of US ISR missions against China is probably an order of magnitude greater than that of China against the US. For example, as of 2017, PLAN had only three AGI vessels. Of course, China also has ISR planes, drones, and satellites but their number and capabilities pale in comparison to those of US assets.

    Indeed, the US has a huge array of ISR planes, surface vessels, submarines, and drones — many of which, like the subhunter Impeccable, have specialized functions. The US has by far the world’s largest and most capable force of signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft. Moreover, most of the US Navy’s top-of-the-line combatants like the Ticonderoga-class cruisers and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers as well as its submarines are equipped to carry out SIGINT missions. Further, no other country matches the US’ number and array of robotic aircraft and seacraft (drones), particularly in terms of their range and advanced weapons and sensors, coupled with the necessary satellite and telecommunications support systems. US satellite IRS capacity greatly exceeds that of China. In terms of deployment, the US flies hundreds of manned ISR missions every year along China’s coast. There have been no public reports of similar Chinese aerial ISR missions off the US mainland coast.

    Technological capabilities, techniques and objectives are other major differences. Yes, China does insert ISR platforms into other countries’ EEZs — like that of Japan. But it is likely that Chinese technological capabilities and activities in terms of intrusive methods used and information obtained are so substantially inferior to and different from those of the US as to be in a separate, much lower category, e.g., passive listening versus active probing or electronic interference with, and even manipulation of, communications.

    But this is unconfirmed because the US is not being “transparent” when it comes to ISR capabilities. Again ironically, Locklear said of China’s military modernization: “What we should be concerned about though is what we perceive as a lack of transparency on their part in why they are building the type of systems they are building. Quite frankly, it makes their neighbours nervous and it gives us some cause for concern here at PACOM about the type of military they are building and the type of equipment they are buying.”

    A confidential US Navy-National Security Agency (NSA) report revealed by Edward Snowden shows that China’s concerns regarding America’s ISR missions off its coasts are justified.

    But in the case of ISR, it is the extent of capabilities that is not publicly known. To convince sceptics that there is anything near parity between Chinese and US ISR capabilities, those making the “China does the same thing” argument — especially those in the US Navy, need to reveal exactly what it is that the US is doing in China’s near seas so that all can evaluate it for themselves. Otherwise their arguments will fall on deaf ears, and independent and neutral analysts can only speculate based on what little is known.

    In general, it is known that US ISR assets collect communications between the target country’s command-and-control centres and radar and weapons systems, including surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, and fighter aircraft. Other US ISR probes collect “actionable” intelligence for expeditionary and irregular warfare.

    Incidents involving ISR aircraft like the EP-3 and the Poseidon 8A, as well as the US Navy ships Bowditch, Impeccable, and Cowpens, may have collectively included active “tickling” of China’s coastal defences to provoke and observe responses, interference with shore-to-ship and submarine communications, violation or abuse of the consent regime for marine scientific research, damage to the environment, and tracking China’s new nuclear submarines for potential targeting.

    If so, these are not passive intelligence collection activities commonly undertaken and usually tolerated by many states, including China. Rather they are intrusive, provocative, and controversial practices that may be considered a threat to use force or violations of both China’s marine scientific consent and its environmental protection regimes. This could occur when and if the Poseiden 8 drops sonobuoys (which are part of its repertoire) or the Impeccable and Bowditch deploy “scientific instruments” in China’s EEZ. Indeed, China’s EEZ environment may be degraded if US sonar systems or live fire exercises adversely affect fish and mammals like whales and dolphins.

    But much of this is unconfirmed. What do we — the public — know?

    A confidential US Navy-National Security Agency (NSA) report revealed by Edward Snowden shows that China’s concerns regarding America’s ISR missions off its coasts are justified. The 2001 report reveals that in the EP-3 incident, the crew was unable to destroy all the secret data and systems on board, and details the scope of secrets exposed to China.

    The exposed information contained the fact that the US has “the ability to locate and collect transmissions to or from Chinese submarines and to correlate them to specific vessels.” The plane also carried data that clarified “how much the US knew about China’s submarine-launched ballistic missiles program.” Also, according to the report, as speculated, the missions spur targeted militaries to react, thus creating communications that can be intercepted.

    So, it does appear that the US has a huge advantage over China when it comes to ISR. But unlike Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, China does not oppose all foreign military activities in its EEZ without its permission. Nevertheless, China certainly does object by word and deed to what it perceives as US abuse of the right of freedom of navigation and a threat to use force.

    In sum, China apparently believes that these activities violate the peaceful purpose and uses provisions of UNCLOS, as well as its UNCLOS EEZ resource rights and environmental obligations. China also thinks that the US is “preparing the battle field” and that this constitutes a violation of the UN Charter as well as UNCLOS. In particular, China alleges that the US is not abiding by its obligation to pay “due regard” to its rights and duties as a coastal state. Such due regard in the EEZ is required by UNCLOS for both the coastal state and the user state, but is undefined.

    Whether these concerns are valid or not, China is probably not violating these UNCLOS provisions with its AGI vessel activities and the US may well be doing so — on a grand scale. The US may want to reconsider and modify its superficial and misleading argument that both are doing the same thing

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              The King and I: Elvis and the Post-Mortem or A Discontinuous Narrative in Several Media (On the Way to Hypertext)        
    Niall Lucy

    (For David McComb)

    The other day I picked up the phone and a voice said hello is that Pete and I said no you’ve got the wrong number and the voice said how do you know I’ve got the wrong number and I thought, wow … a media theorist!

    Music: The Black-Eyed Susans, ‘Viva Las Vegas’ (Song Sample available here)

    I can’t sleep nights for feeling paranoid. I used to think it was just the sideburns, but now I’m not so sure. Not after putting it to the test.

    I tried to leave nothing to chance, even deciding to order macchiatos instead of my usual long blacks. To disguise myself I went barefoot in a pair of loose-fitting Yakka trousers (green) and sloppy T-shirt (black), and bought a packet of Drum. I took with me a Kathy Acker novel and a notepad, for my own writing, and sat around at Gino’s waiting to see whether it would happen again.Gino’s Café in Fremantle, Western Australia - favored haunt of the local hippies and the alternative set.

    It did.

    I hadn’t finished my second mac when someone, a stranger like all the rest, walked over to my table and asked for a light. I nodded at the Zippo in front of me. Suddenly I was angry with myself for not having bought a Bic, but I couldn’t imagine a cigarette lighter as the object of my undoing. It had to be something more essentially connected to who I am … something about me that no disguise, however careful, could conceal.

    Then it happened.

    The stranger lit his cigarette, a Winfield, handed back my Zippo and said: ‘Great lighter, Elvis. Thanks.’

    Elvis? I couldn’t have looked more Fremantle, I thought, but there must have been something about me that was saying “Las Vegas.” To the stranger, at any rate, who was dressed indistinguishably from me. Even when I looked like a writer, somehow I still looked like the King.

    I can’t sleep nights for feeling paranoid.

    For some time now I’ve been the subject of Elvis sightings, in and around Fremantle. Either I don’t know who I am any more, or the people who think I’m Elvis don’t know who Elvis is. Or I’m imagining that I’m the subject of Elvis sightings - in which case I might be in need of an analyst. Or there’s a conspiracy, among (some) people in Fremantle, to make me imagine I’m the subject of Elvis sightings. Or I’m imagining there’s a conspiracy among some people in Fremantle to make me imagine I’m the subject of Elvis sightings. Those are my choices, tormentingly like the ones put to Oedipa Maas in The Crying of Lot 49.

    Oedipa calls them ‘those symmetrical four. She didn’t like any of them, but hoped she was mentally ill; that that’s all it was.’ (Pynchon, 1979) Of course that’s what she hoped it was, a psychological disorder. Far better the Oedipus than the Oedipa complex, after all. Better that your mind be bent by patriarchy, or some other disturbing force, than to discover the patriarchal as a discourse with no outside. If all plots are boys’ games, and plots are everywhere, how could they be unravelled? Indeed, how could they even be recognised as boys’ games in the first place? How to get outside the patriarchial, if patriarchy is the source and means of your oppression, in order to be critical of what’s determined the range and facility, and set the agenda, of your thinking - if you’ve been taught to think yourself (always unknowingly) only as the oppressed?

    How, in other words, to think otherwise?

    Which isn’t quite Oedipa’s dilemma, of course. But close. Her problem is that she can’t decide whether an occult postal system called the Trystero, whose operations may have determined the course of Western history, is real or not. If it’s real, then our history isn’t - for what we think of as historical reality would need to be rewritten in the light of Oedipa’s “discovery.” If, on the other hand, the Trystero isn’t real, then Oedipa must have imagined it into some kind of determinate existence, at least inside her head. Either it’s outside her head and real, then, or not and therefore a fantasy. On the other hand, again, it might be outside her head, but as someone’s idea of a practical joke. After all, it’s in her role as the executrix of her ex-lover Pierce Inverarity’s estate that Oedipa first comes across the Trystero as plot. So if the plot’s a practical joke it must be of Pierce’s doing, requiring the collusion of his friends and lawyers to make it work. A conspiracy, then, to get Oedipa to believe the Trystero is real. On the other hand, yet again, she could be imagining such a conspiracy. Hence ‘those symmetrical four’.

    By the same token there would be nothing to stop this sequence (‘there is a plot … there is a plot that there is a plot’ … and so on) from repeating and multiplying itself, although Oedipa’s made to feel paranoid enough without having to put that to the test (Thwaites, 2000: 269). She finds just four alternatives quite sufficient to be unable to decide.

    Me, too, for that matter. You try getting to sleep at night not knowing whether you’ve been mistaken for Elvis, or whether there’s a plot, or you’ve imagined there’s a plot, to make you imagine you’ve been mistaken for Elvis. Seems simple enough: the Elvis sightings are real, or there’s a plot. It’s happening, or I’m crazy. Cross-paired (real/imagined; Elvis sightings/plot), these four terms constitute a closed system, a choice between opposites: either the real or the imagined; either the sightings or the plot. But what if the sightings themselves are part of a plot, even if they’re ‘real’ (however hopelessly inadequate that term has become in the present context)? Surely if I am being mistaken for a dead man, what else can I be but the subject of a grave plot? A case of the postmodern as the post-mortem, perhaps.

    Music: Elvis, Edge of Reality

    Chances are that those in Fremantle who keep on mistaking me for the King never met Elvis personally. Nor could it be very likely that many people in Fremantle ever saw Elvis in concert. Whatever stands in for a knowledge of Elvis by such people couldn’t have derived from outside representations - let’s call them media representations - in the form of records, movies, posters, calendars, greeting cards, interviews, TV shows, concert footage and the like.

    That’s how most of us “know” any pop star, of course. But we’d hardly call Elvis Presley just another pop star, if only because the fluidity (or perhaps the vectrality) through which his name circulates across divisions of class, gender, age, ethnicity (there’s a Chinese and a Hindi Elvis impersonator doing very nicely in London at the moment, apparently), education, taste and so on puts him (or should that be “it”?), like “William Shakespeare,” in a category apart from his peers.See Wark, McKenzie. Virtual Geographies: Living With Global Media Events (Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1994) - and everything since. (On which score I’m reminded of a “test” once performed in an undergraduate lecture I attended in a course on Jacobean drama. The test was designed to ‘prove’ that Shakespeare is the greatest dramatist of all time. It went like this: ask a Russian to name the world’s two best playwrights and he’ll tell you Chekov and Shakespeare. A Frenchman will say Moliére and Shakespeare. A German, Göethe and Shakespeare. Someone from Scandinavia will say Ibsen and Shakespeare … and so on. Ergo, Shakespeare is the greatest dramatist of all time. End of lecture.)

    The conflation of the best known with the best is a commonplace of cultural criticism. Let’s face it, 50 million Elvis fans can’t be wrong, and all those high-school courses everywhere devoted to an appreciation of the Bard just go to show the timeless quality of his plays and the essential genius of the man himself. So the argument runs. Paradoxically, however, it can also be made to run the other way - against an artist or an object considered to be too popular to be of genuine aesthetic worth. Those 50 million Elvis fans, for instance, precisely because they do transgress so many demographics, serve to demonstrate the ephemerality of Elvis’s appeal, based as it must be on an all too common aesthetic denominator to warrant serious intellectual and moral attention - except by way of disapprobation. Which has nothing to do with Elvis, either. Before Elvis, straight society was freaking out at Frank Sinatra - just as, before Sinatra, it had got hysterical about jazz. Nowadays the fear and loathing brigade is made to feel righteous by hip hop and heavy metal bands - not by Elvis, who really hasn’t scared anyone (except during the hour-long broadcast of his 1968 NBC-TV special, often called his ‘comeback’ special) since he came out of the army in 1960. By that decade’s end, his audience lost to Dylan, the Mersey beat, and the psychedelic sounds of San Francisco, EP was well and truly out of touch with the Woodstock generation. He’d become too rich to be radical, too much of a public figure to be hip. Worst sign of all, perhaps: everyone knew the name of Elvis’s manager, Col. Tom Parker.

    Dream sequence…

    I’m alone inside Gino’s at night. Only it isn’t Gino’s: it’s what Gino’s would look like if Salvador Dali had been hired to do the decor. Everything’s liquid and warped. Suddenly, a man wearing a gold lamé suit walks in and sits at my table. I start feeling paranoid. I can sense that he wants me to look into his eyes, but I look down at my hands instead. Then he starts to sing. He’s got a powerful voice but I have to strain to hear the words. ‘I must have been mad’, he’s singing like he means it. ‘I didn’t know what I had/Until I threw it all away.’ I recognise the song from Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, but the voice is pure Elvis. I stop feeling paranoid. My body shivers in pain and delight. The voice has me enraptured. My God, I’m listening to the greatest Elvis impersonator on earth! I look up to see his face, and find myself staring into the vacuum of a woman’s eyes.

    I wake all nervous and exhausted in a pool of sweaty fluids.

    There’s a great story about Col. Tom, surrounding one of the most bizarre moments in American politics of 1970: Elvis being made an honorary Federal narcotics agent by Richard Nixon in the Oval Room of the White House. That part’s true. The story’s told by rock critic Stu Werbin, but I know it only from a footnote in the ‘Presliad’ chapter of Greil Marcus’s Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music - still one of the best things ever to be written on Elvis:

    It seems that the good German who arranges the White House concerts for the President and his guests managed to travel the many channels that lead only in rare instances to Col. Tom Parker’s phone line. Once connected, he delivered what he considered the most privileged invitation: The President requests Mr. Presley to perform. The Colonel did a little quick figuring and then told the man that Elvis would consider it an honor. For the President, Elvis’s fee, beyond traveling expenses and accommodation for his back-up group, would be $25,000. The good German gasped.

    ‘Col. Parker, nobody gets paid for playing for the President!’

    ‘Well, I don’t know about that, son,’ the Colonel responded abruptly, ‘but there’s one thing I do know. Nobody asks Elvis Presley to play for nothing.’ (Marcus, 1976: 137-8)

    Apocryphal or not, such stories had a very real effect on what Elvis had come to mean by the mid-1960s. They served to reproduce for his “life” what the hip public had come to understand of his work: that it was emotionally crass and driven by a lust for power and money. Listen to this description of Graceland, for example, as sent to me by my friend Rob Snarski, from the Black Eyed Susans, on a postcard of Elvis’s grave:

    Dear Niall,

    Well I’ve seen it. The King’s final resting place and his home of twenty odd years. In fact Jason, Mark & I spent a good 6 hours at Graceland & the various museums and giftshops. The “jungle room” filled with Hawaiian furnishings which the big E chose and purchased in 30 minutes and the very same room he recorded ‘Moody Blue’ was particularly tasteful. The T.V. room with 3 wall-mounted television sets, so as ‘Tiger’ (as his closest friends called him) could watch three football games simultaneously had a rather striking color combination of yellow and blue and a delightful mirrored ceiling. And who could forget the gorgeous white ceramic monkey on the coffee table?! The music room, the pool room, his living room, The Lisa Marie (the very same plane he took some buddies to Denver in to eat peanut butter sandwiches) and his automobile collection … yep we saw it all. Then the following day we visited Sun studios and drove to Tupelo to see E.P.s birthplace. O.K. I think Graceland is a zoo but Sun was really enjoyable, especially hearing snippets of conversation between the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ [that’s Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and (although there’s some debate about it) Johnny Cash]! Then to hear The King imitate a black man he heard singing ‘Don’t be cruel’…

    And so it goes. The one called Mark, Rob’s brother, also sent me a postcard from Graceland - a picture of Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding costumes displayed museum-style: sans heads and bodies. Ghostly simulacra of the real. I think even my friends are trying to tell me something.

    To return though to the postcard of the grave. What exactly does Elvis’s grave plot commemorate? Why must visiting it take the form of a pilgrimage? Why is a man whose corpse is said to have contained 14 known drugs, who so clearly seems not to have treated his body like a temple, buried in sacred ground? (Think about that: you start losing count after awhile. I mean, how many dangerous substances are there? Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, uppers, downers, dope: that’s only six. At Elvis’s post-mortem, they found another eight.)

    Easy. Because the fucking hippies killed him. Elvis died, not for being a poet but for not being a poet. He died because he could sing.

    Video: Elvis, If I Could Dream

    Never mind that what we’ve just seen and heard isn’t rock and roll in any pure stylistic sense, that it’s more indebted to black gospel than white hillbilly: its mass entertainment status is enough to condemn it, in certain quarters, for being trivial and sentimental instead of exuding a richness of feeling, complexity of thought and performance, and a serious moral tone. Nor is this account of rock as trivial and trivializing alone in its articulation of a lost origin, its nostalgia for the real, for a lost organic community based on authentic and authenticating experience arising from a stable moral order. Old style lefties, too, condemn rock as ‘false’ culture.

    So much, in other words, for Elvis’s utopian dream of ‘a better world’ in the clip from his NBC TV special. Proof positive of the falsity of his politics, performance and art, indeed, came with the single release of ‘If I Could Dream’ in late 1968 which sold enough copies for Elvis to reach number twelve on the US charts, his highest position in years and a sure sign that he was back in commercial action. His very purpose in recording the song, and the TV special it closed, was therefore to boost an ailing career, a career made to suffer from a serious lack of recognition-effect between performer and audience as a result of all those lousy movies Elvis had been churning out for nearly a decade with all those would-be starlet bimbos whose names no one could remember and whose cleavages all looked the same. How could the expression of that dream, to refacilitate the profit-turning wheels of his selling power, to make money at the cost of consumer exploitation, not to mention at the cost of labour - how could that dream be democratic, utopian, shared?

    Here, if it were needed, is the proof that it could not:

    In this photograph of Elvis looking a lot like Count Dracula on cheap speed and Nixon, as always, looking shifty, is commemorated one of the most bizarre events surrounding American politics prior to Watergate. On 21 December 1970 Elvis was shown into the Oval Room at the White House, bearing gifts for the President of a Colt .45 handgun and a supply of silver bullets. In return, Nixon gave the King a pair of White House cufflinks. Elvis, who is reputed to have been drugged to the eyeballs at the time, totally off his face on some chemical cocktail of otherwise lethal proportion to commoners, then entered into conversation with Nixon on the dangers to American youth of drugs, communism … and The Beatles; and finally revealed the purpose of his visit. He had recently got himself appointed as an honorary agent of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and what he wanted from the President - all he wanted - was a Bureau badge. So Nixon gave him one. Their meeting lasted only half-an-hour, enough time for 28 photographs to be taken of one of the most surreal moments in American history. Adding to the surrealism of that event , or perpetuating it, is the fact that copies of those photographs are now the most requested, by tourists and visitors to Capitol Hill, of the ten million pictures in the US National Archives.

    Dream sequence….

    I’m standing outside the Fremantle Markets, my attention caught between two buskers. Only it isn’t me. I’ve got a Scouse accent and the twisted brain of McKenzie Wark, but thankfully it’s my own hair. One of the buskers is singing Elvis songs, the other is reading Derrida out loud. They’re both women. ‘Genres are not to be mixed’, the Derrida busker reads. ‘I repeat: genres are not to be mixed.’ A small crowd is gathered in front of the Elvis singer, thrusting copies of Catharine Lumby’s Bad Girls at her and screaming: ‘Traitor! Traitor! Woman hater!’ But she just keeps right on singing. Her voice is filled with love and passion, although it has no strictly musical qualities to recommend it - and she’s one hell of a lousy guitar player. Meanwhile, the woman reading Derrida has gone on to ‘Of an Apocalyptic Tone Recently Adopted in Philosophy’. ‘Kant speaks of modernity’, she reads, ‘and of the mystagogues of his time, but you will have quickly perceived in passing, without my even having to designate explicitly, name, or pull out all the threads, how many transpositions we could surrender to on the side of our so-called modernity. Not that today anybody can be recognized on this or that side, purely and simply, but I am sure it could be shown that today every slightly organized discourse is found or claims to be found on both sides, alternately or simultaneously, even if this emplacement exhausts nothing, does not go round the turn or the contour of the place and the sustained discourse. And this inadequation, always limited itself, no doubt indicates the thickest of difficulties.’ Jacques Derrida, ‘Of an Apocalyptic Tone Recently Adopted in Philosophy’, Semeia, Vol. 23, 1982, p. 78. She, too, has attracted a grim crowd of protesters, equally determined to shout her down. Still she reads on, against her would-be interlocutors, dispatching her apocalyptic words in a tone of voice that’s pathological. But the crowd noise prevents me from receiving the full text of her delivery, and what I hear is filled with gaps: ‘… as soon as we no longer know … who speaks … the structure of every scene of writing … of all experience itself … it is first the revelation of the apocalypse … of the divisible dispatch for which there is no … assured destination….’ Straining to hear, even so I feel I’m on the brink of an epiphany, of some great revelation scene about to be; at last, the coming of the end, the moment of demystification. Beyond philosophy, outside writing, past play: Truth laid bare! But not yet. The Elvis singer, who’s been marked by her absence for awhile, suddenly starts into a new song. Just as suddenly, the crowd goes quiet. ‘If you don’t believe I’m leaving’, the Elvis singer sings, ‘You can count the days I’m gone’ - and disappears in a mushroom cloud of smoke. Suddenly, at last … the end approaches. The very end. Not a moment of epiphany after all, but of eschatology. I wake up feeling paranoid and, cursing my luck in a voice that isn’t mine, fall out of bed.

    Fall out. The aftermath of that event (that plot?) that will send us all to our graves. The post-mortem, perfectly. The final end awaited as if it were the realest real. The realist real? A fiction, then; as morphological as any myth? For nuclear war, as Derrida remarks, ‘has not taken place: one can only talk and write about it […] some might call it a fable, then, a pure invention: in the sense in which it is said that a myth, an image, a fiction, a utopia, a rhetorical figure, a fantasy, a phantasm, are inventions’ (Derrida, 1984: 23). But, at the same time, very serious shit. After all, no one’s going to want to push too hard for a strict equivalence between nuclear war and narrative fiction. (Between missiles and missives, there’s just gotta be a gap.) A choice, then, as it were, between deterring and deferring. Deténte versus denouément. But not quite, or not quite yet. Up against the limits of reason, caught in a moment of perpetual paralysis engendered by the nuclear threat (the end of the Cold War notwithstanding), the logic of nuclear deterrence is unthinkable within a system given to producing sense through context. Simply (monstrously), the fiction stakes increase each time that one side or the other invents a new weapon, some new (however trifling) device, that continues to defer the end from happening but also brings it endlessly closer. Deterrence and deferral at the same time. According to this game, what’s real is what is most fantastic: a game played out between storytellers, storytellings. It’s not a question of scientific know-how, military might, political clout, or diplomatic bargaining but (and this is the gravest plot, the most heavily weighted) of all of these competencies at once, and more. And so Derrida writes:

    The dividing line between doxa and episteme [between opinion and knowledge, that is to say] starts to blur as soon as there is no longer any such thing as an absolutely legitimizable competence for a phenomenon which is no longer strictly techno-scientific but techno-militaro-politico-diplomatic through and through, and which brings into play the doxa or incompetence even in its calculations. (Derrida, 1984: 24)

    The final end is thus the ultimate simulation, the perfect media event … the absolute referent of everything that is, suspended before our eyes in writing, through texts. This, though, as Derrida writes, is the condition of all writing:

    as soon as we no longer know very well who speaks or who writes [he writes], the text becomes apocalyptic. And if the dispatches always refer to other dispatches without decidable destination, the destination remaining to come, then isn’t this […] the structure of every scene of writing in general […]: wouldn’t the apocalyptic be a transcendental condition of all discourse, of all experience itself, of every mark or every trace? And the genre of writings called ‘apocalyptic’ in the strict sense, then, would be only an example, an exemplary revelation of this transcendental structure. In that case, if the apocalyptic reveals, it is first the revelation of the apocalypse, the self-presentation of the apocalyptic structure of language, of writing, of the experience of presence, either of the text or of the mark in general: that is, of the divisible dispatch for which there is no self-presentation nor assured destination. (Derrida, 1982: 87)

    Writing is always threatening to arrive at an end; it is always, in this sense, apocalyptic. It is always in the act of answering the nuclear question. What counts in the weighing up of what kinds of writing matter, then, is not so much the putative differences within writing itself (it can’t be that) but who does the counting. Tough shit, in other words, if you happen to write like a postpolitical white boy - if what you write is up itself rather than outside itself.

    Me? I’m a greenie, I’m a feminist, I’m a woman, and I’m black. Christ, I’m a fucking goddamn germ liberationist! All God’s creatures should be free. I’m also a nigger-baiting, bible-thumping, mother-fucking bastard. That’s just the kinda guy I am. I wear secondhand clothes and drink VB, like the rest of the hip crowd, and listen to a lot of Elvis records: sure signs that I’m a style Nazi, not an activist. You guessed it: I’m a Niallist. On the brink of the apocalypse, I preach the fetishization of a self-made king.

    Inside narrative

    I remember when I lived in the inner-Sydney suburb of Newtown in the late 1980s there was some graffiti that always caught my eye as I walked along the top of Erskineville Road to King Street and the shops, which I did virtually every day. It was just three words, but as much a part of Newtown for me as the cafés, the weirdness and the train station. The words were do not frolic, painted in black foot-high letters, all in lower case, on the back wall of a women’s clothing store, I think. But just that: do not frolic. I used to take friends there to show them the words, or tell them to go there themselves. And in all this time it’s never occurred to me to wonder about who wrote them or what they mean. Because what they mean is not only what they are, but where they are, and where I was then. As for who put them there, I can well imagine what they were wearing at the time and what they’d been doing: op shop clothes from King Street, drinking. That’s what everybody wore in Newtown and we all did a lot of the other. But apart from this very general description, which is more or less a pure fiction, I know nothing about their author or what he or she might have meant by the words. That’s probably why I’ve always like them, and also because I like the sound of the word ‘frolic’. In run-down come-alive Newtown, ‘frolic’ was a word that seemed bizarrely out of place and old-fashioned, a sardonic reminder that the grand old buildings of King Street stood now in decaying honour to a lively past, when whole families came to Newtown at weekends to visit the cineramas and amusement parlors and the vast indoor aquarium (you can still see the original façade of moulded fish and seashells above a secondhand furniture store, at the Chippendale end of King Street), and men came every day and at all hours of the night to visit the brothels. There used to be quite a lot of frolicking in Newtown back then, and so I always thought the admonition not to frolic, if that’s what it was, was wistfully ironic. And I always loved the fact that it appeared to have no context, even while it was steeped in a context of the everyday and the not so very long ago.

    I’ve heard a rumour that David Malouf, who spends half his year writing in an out of the way village in Florence, Italy, returns to Newtown for the final draft which he finishes (according to the rumor) in a renovated four-storey mansion that used to belong to an ex-officer of the Parramatta Regiment, granted, as was then the custom, for a pittance on retirement from the military.

    There is no “pure” Elvis. It’s just a myth to suppose that Elvis sold out to Colonel Tom and Hollywood, leaving his roots behind. What’s so bad about Hollywood, anyway? Why is what Elvis recorded for Sun more “authentic” than his recordings for RCA, or his movie soundtracks? Blame it on the hippies. As Greil Marcus writes: ‘At RCA, where the commercial horizons were much broader than they were down at Sun, Elvis worked with far more “artistic freedom” than he ever did with Sam Phillips.’ (Marcus, Tell it to the 1960s, because that’s when selling records became a dirty business. Everyone got so goddamn serious in the 60s (and the 90s were just the 60s upside down, if you lived in Fremantle), that commercial success came to represent creative loss of control. There were exceptions, of course, or blatant contradictions: like, it was OK for Dylan to go to number one with Like a Rolling Stone and still be hip, but all those dates that Elvis was playing in Vegas, man - that was very uncool. Of course, Dylan wrote Like a Rolling Stone from the heart and for himself; whereas Elvis was performing for the masses. Besides, the money Dylan made didn’t show: he still dressed like he didn’t care - in faded jeans and worn-out boots, his hair done up like a fright wig. Elvis, on the other hand, was going camp, thus committing the most unpardonable of 60s’ sins: he didn’t look like his audience any more. He wore stage clothes, not street clothes; and all those fake jewels and sequins could mean only one thing: he was faking his emotions, too. Like, all you had to do was listen:

    Music: Elvis, An American Trilogy

    This morning, while I was still writing this, I had a crisis in the shower. Just as I was about to step out, I couldn’t decide whether I’d remembered to wash my feet or not. Right away, I got paranoid. Should I postpone returning to the computer in order to make sure my feet are clean, thus running the risk of not finishing my paper in time for this volume’s deadline; or do I step out of the shower now and risk overpowering all I encounter with foot odor later on? In the end I decided to stay under the shower and wash myself all over again, being especially careful to wash my feet. That way only my prose would stink. Afterwards, my body purified, I went next door to my neighbor’s house to borrow a couple of Bob Marley records and purify my mind. But then I remembered that Bob Marley belonged to a religion (of sorts) that believes that menstruating women are unclean. So much for tribal purity. I told my neighbor that if he ever played a Bob Marley record again, I’d set fire to his wife’s hair with my Zippo and burn something blasphemous in the bellies of his children. Then I went home and played Elvis records for an hour, feeling really good about myself, and wrote a postcard to Rob:

    Dear Rob,

    Tell Mark he’s a bastard. What do you mean, ‘Graceland is a zoo’? You were expecting an opulent palace after the fashion of Versailles, perhaps? When was the last time you took a visit to the Western Suburbs? Maybe they don’t have mirrored ceilings, but they’ve got mirrors in more rooms than just the bathroom and more TVs in the house than you or me. Graceland city, mate. Poor white trash made good. Earth rapists. Environmental vandals, all. Elvis is their god - they just don’t know it. Why wouldn’t he be? The hippies killed him, which is what they want to do to them….

    The rest is personal.

    No, not the end. Not quite, not yet. There must be something more I can say about a man who’s sold more records than anyone else, made 33 Hollywood films, and during his lifetime was the highest paid performer in the history of Las Vegas. Everyone knows that the songs Elvis cut for Sam Phillips at Sun studios in 1954, with Scotty Moore playing guitar and Bill Black on upright bass, are rock’s most precious artifacts: because they’re its origin. The real thing, an absolute beginning. All you have to do is see Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train to find this out. But you might remember an early scene from that film, set inside Memphis Central station, where an old black man holding a cigar comes over to the Japanese couple who’ve just got off the train and asks for a light. The boy, pure rockabilly stylist, obliges with a flick of his Zippo. He and his girlfriend have come to Memphis on a pilgrimage, to visit the sacred sites of rock’s origin - especially Sun studios (or the Memphis Recording Service as it was known before 1952) where Elvis and Carl Perkins first sang in front of a microphone. It isn’t until the credits roll (or perhaps until long after), however, that we find out the old negro in the train station was Rufus Thomas, who’d been cutting discs with Sam Phillips at the Memphis Recording Service, and later at Sun studios, for quite awhile before Elvis or Carl Perkins showed up. Should we ask, then: how can rock have a beginning if that “beginning” isn’t over yet? For there to be a rockabilly “revival,” for instance, doesn’t rockabilly first of all have to have passed away?

    So … no beginning: no post-mortem. No after words. I mean it. If you want to ask questions, you’re welcome to call me at home.

    Just ask for Pete.

    1968 revisited

    Those of you who’ve seen Steve Martin’s Roxanne might recall a great scene at the beginning of the film in which Darryl Hannah, who’s completely naked at the time, locks herself out of her house one night. Briefly: Steve Martin, the local fire chief, agrees to break into her home and asks if meanwhile she could use a towel. Looking utterly surprised, Darryl Hannah says no. A few minutes later she asks him: where’s the towel? ‘You told me you didn’t want a towel,’ Steve Martin says. ‘I was being ironic,’ Darryl Hannah replies. ‘Oh … irony,’ Steve Martin says. ‘Oh yeah. We don’t do that anymore. There hasn’t been any irony around here since 1968.’


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    —. ‘Of an Apocalyptic Tone Recently Adopted in Philosophy’, Semeia, Vol. 23, (1982).

    —. ‘No Apocalypse, Not Now: Full Speed Ahead, Seven Missiles, Seven Missives’, Diacritics, Vol. 14, No. 2, (1984).

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    Wark, McKenzie. Virtual Geographies: Living With Global Media Events (Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1994).

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              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-30-2014 with 99 & Barry        

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Stevenson - Sunny.mp3 B52's - Love Shack.mp3 B52's - Private Idaho.mp3 Baccara - Yes, Sir, I Can Boogie.mp3 Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Hey You.mp3 Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me.mp3 Baltimora - Tarzan Boy.mp3 Bananarama - Cruel Summer.mp3 Bananarama - Love In The First Degree.mp3 Bananarama - Venus.mp3 Bang Tango - Someone Like You.mp3 Bangles - Eternal Flame.mp3 Bangles - Manic Monday.mp3 Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian [December 1986].mp3 Barbra Streisand - Woman In Love.mp3 Barry Manilow - Mandy.mp3 Barry White - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love.mp3 Barry White - Never, Never Gonna Give You Up.mp3 Barry White - You Are The First The Last My Everything.mp3 Beach Boys - California Dreamin'.mp3 Beach Boys - Fun, Fun, Fun.mp3 Beach Boys - Good Vibrations.mp3 Beach Boys - Kokomo2.mp3 beach boys - Surfing USA.mp3 Beastie Boys - Fight for Your Right to Party.mp3 Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love.mp3 Bee Gees - Massachusetts.mp3 Bee Gees - Paying The Price Of Love.mp3 Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive.mp3 Bee Gees - Tragedy.mp3 Belinda Carlisle - All God's Children.mp3 Belinda Carlisle - Big Scary Animal.mp3 Belinda Carlisle - Circle In The Sand.mp3 Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth.mp3 Belinda Carlisle - I Get Weak.mp3 Belinda Carlisle - La Luna.mp3 Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On.mp3 Ben E. King - Stand By Me.mp3 Benny Mardones - Into The Night.mp3 Berlin - NO MORE WORD.mp3 Berlin - Take My Breath Away.mp3 Beverley Craven - Promise Me.mp3 Big - Wild World.mp3 Big Mountain - Baby I Love Your Way.mp3 Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) The Time of My Life.mp3 Bill Medley - He Ain't Heavy.mp3 Bill Withers - Lovely Day.mp3 Billie Myers - Kiss The Rain.mp3 Billy Idol - Cradle Of Love.mp3 billy idol - dancin with myself.mp3 Billy Idol - Eyes Without A Face.mp3 Billy Idol - Flesh For Fantasy.mp3 Billy Idol - Hot In The City.mp3 Billy Idol - Speed.mp3 Billy Idol - Sweet Sixteen.mp3 Billy Idol - White Wedding.mp3 Billy Joel - A Matter Of Trust.mp3 Billy Joel - Honesty.mp3 Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are.mp3 Billy Joel - Piano Man.mp3 Billy Joel - The River Of Dreams.mp3 Billy Joel - Uptown Girl.mp3 Billy Joel - You May Be Right.mp3 Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen.mp3 Billy Ocean - European Queen.mp3 Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams.mp3 Billy Ocean - Loverboy.mp3 Billy Ocean - Suddenly.mp3 Billy Ocean - When The Going Gets Tough.mp3 Billy Paul - Me And Mrs. Jones.mp3 Billy Paul - War Of The Gods (LP) 1973 - Vinyl.mp3 Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet.mp3 Black - Wonderful Life.mp3 Blondie - Atomic.mp3 Blondie - Call me.mp3 Blondie - Heart Of Glass.mp3 Blondie - Maria.mp3 Blondie - The Tide Is High.mp3 Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper.mp3 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Could You Be Loved.mp3 Bob Seger - Shakedown.mp3 Bobby Brown - My Prerogative.mp3 Bon Jovi - Always.mp3 Bon jovi - Bad medicine.mp3 Bon Jovi - Bed Of Roses.mp3 Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory.mp3 Bon Jovi - Born to be my baby.mp3 Bon Jovi - Como Yo Nadie Te Ha Amado.mp3 Bon Jovi - Crazy.mp3 Bon Jovi - I'll Be There For You.mp3 Bon Jovi - It's My Life.mp3 Bon Jovi - Lecho de rosas.mp3 Bon Jovi - Lie To Me.mp3 bon jovi - livin on a prayer acustico.mp3 Bon jovi - Livin on a prayer.mp3 Bon Jovi - Livin' on a prayer.mp3 bon jovi - Miracle.mp3 Bon Jovi - Never Say Good Bye.mp3 Bon Jovi - This Ain't A Love Song.mp3 Bon Jovi - Wanted dead or alive.mp3 Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name.mp3 Bonnie Bianco & Pierre Cosso - Stay.mp3 Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero.mp3 Bonnie Tyler - If You Were A Woman.mp3 Bonnie Tyler - It's A Heartache.mp3 Bonnie Tyler - Lost in France.mp3 Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart.mp3 Booker T. & The MGs - Green Onions.mp3 Boston - Amanda.mp3 Boston - More Than A Feeling.mp3 Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy.mp3 Boy George - Karma Camaleon.mp3 Boz Scaggs - We're All Alone.mp3 Britney Spears - Baby One More Time.mp3 Britney Spears - Now That I Found You.mp3 Bronski Beat - Tell Me why.mp3 Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.mp3 Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run.mp3 Bruce Springsteen - Cover Me.mp3 Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark.mp3 Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days.mp3 Bruce Springsteen - Hungry Heart.mp3 Bruce Springsteen - I'm Goin' Down.mp3 Bruce Springsteen - Secret Garden.mp3 Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia.mp3 Bryan Adams & Paco De Lucia - Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman.mp3 Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.mp3 Bryan Adams - 18 Til I Die.mp3 Bryan Adams - Do I Have To Say The Words.mp3 Bryan Adams - Every think I do, I do it for you.mp3 Bryan Adams - Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman.mp3 Bryan Adams - Heaven.mp3 Bryan Adams - I'm Ready.mp3 Bryan Adams - Please Forgive Me.mp3 Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69.mp3 Bryan Adams - Thought I'd Died And Gone To Heaven.mp3 Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting - All For Love.mp3 Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music - More Than This.mp3 BRYAN FERRY - LIMBO.mp3 Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love.mp3 Cameo - Word Up.mp3 Camouflage - The Great Commandment.mp3 Camouflage - Thief.mp3 camuflage - the great commander.mp3 Candle Box - Far behind.mp3 Captain & Tennille - Do that to me one more time.mp3 Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together.mp3 Carlos Santana - Oye Coma Va.mp3 Carly Simon - Coming Around Again.mp3 Carole King - It's Too Late.mp3 Carole King - You've Got A Friend.mp3 Carpenters - Close To You.mp3 Carpenters - Superstar.mp3 Cdb - Let's Groove.mp3 Celine Dion & R. Kelly - I'm Your Angel.mp3 Celine Dion - Falling Into You.mp3 Celine Dion - Immortality.mp3 Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On.mp3 Cheap Trick - Ghost Town.mp3 Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me.mp3 Cheap Trick - The Flame.mp3 Cher - Believe.mp3 Cher - Dov'e L'Amore.mp3 Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time.mp3 Cher - Love And Understanding.mp3 Chic - Le Freak.mp3 Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4.mp3 Chicago - All Roads Lead To You.mp3 Chicago - Hard Habit To Break.mp3 Chicago - Hard to say i'm sorry.mp3 Chicago - If You Leave Me Now.mp3 Chicago - Stay The Night.mp3 Chicago - You're The Inspiration.mp3 Chris de Burgh - Carry me (like a fire in your heart).mp3 Chris De Burgh - High On Emotion.mp3 Chris DeBurgh - Lady In Red.mp3 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game.mp3 Chris Montez - Let's Dance.mp3 Chris Rea - Josephine.mp3 Chris Rea - On The Beach.mp3 Chris Rea - Road To Hell.mp3 Chris Rea - Soft Top, Hard Shoulder.mp3 Chris Rea - Sweet Summer Day.mp3 Chris Rea - The Blue Cafe.mp3 Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme Best That You Can Do.mp3 Christopher Cross - Best That You Can Do.mp3 Christopher Cross - Never Be The Same.mp3 Christopher Cross - Sailing.mp3 Claudi Philips - Quel souci la boetie.mp3 Cliff Richard - Devil Woman.mp3 Cliff Richard - Some people.mp3 Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Any More.mp3 Club Nouveau - Lean On Me.mp3 Coalplay - Yellow.mp3 Cock Robin - Just Around the Corner.mp3 Cock Robin - When Your Heart Is Weak.mp3 Company B - Fascinated.mp3 Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise.mp3 Corey Hart - Never Surrender.lite.mp3 Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night.mp3 Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.mp3 Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over.mp3 Culture Club - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.mp3 Culture Club - karma camaleon.mp3 Culture Club - The War Song.mp3 Cut 'n' Move - Give It Up.mp3 Cutting Crew - I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight.mp3 Cutting Crew - I've Been In Love Before.mp3 Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.mp3 Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time.mp3 Cyndi Lauper - True Colors.mp3 Dan Fogelberg - Longer.mp3 Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That.mp3 Dave Stewart - Heart Of Stone.mp3 David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes.mp3 David Bowie - China Girl.mp3 David Bowie - Fame.mp3 David Bowie - Space Oddity.mp3 David Bowie - Suffragette City.mp3 David Bowie - This Is Not America.mp3 David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust.mp3 David Lee Roth - I Ain't Got Nobody.mp3 Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid.mp3 Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round.mp3 DeBarge - Rhythm Of The Night.mp3 Debbie Gibson - Electric Youth.mp3 Debbie Gibson - Foolish Beat.mp3 Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes.mp3 Debbie Gibson - Only In My Dreams (1987).mp3 Debbie Gibson - Shake Your Love.mp3 Debbie Gibson - Staying Together.mp3 Deep Purple - Child In Time.mp3 Def Leppard - Action.mp3 Def Leppard - Animal.mp3 Def Leppard - Hysteria.mp3 Def Leppard - Lets Get Rocked.mp3 Def Leppard - Love Bites.mp3 Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me.mp3 Depeche Mode - Behind The Wheel.mp3 Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence.mp3 Depeche Mode - I See You.mp3 Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough.mp3 Depeche Mode - Little 15.mp3 Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus.mp3 Depeche Mode - Policy Of Truth.mp3 Depeche Mode - World In My Eyes.mp3 Desireless - Voyage Voyage.mp3 Devo - Whip It [November 1980].mp3 Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen.mp3 Diana King - Shy Guy.mp3 Diana Ross & The Supremes - Baby Love.mp3 Diana Ross - Not Over You Yet.mp3 Diana Ross - One Shining Moment.mp3 Diana Ross - Upside Down.mp3 Dido - Here With Me.mp3 Dido - Thank You.mp3 Dina Carroll - Don't Be A Stranger.mp3 Dionne Warwick & Friends - That's What Friends Are For [January 1986].mp3 Dire Straits - Money For Nothing.mp3 Dire Straits - Private Investigations.mp3 Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing.mp3 Dire Straits - Ticket To Heaven.mp3 Dire Straits - Walk Of Life.mp3 Dolby's Cube - Howard The Duck Theme.mp3 Dominoe - Here I Am.mp3 Don Henley - Boys Of Summer.mp3 Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever.mp3 Doobie Brothers - Long Train Runnin.mp3 Double - The Captain of Her Heart.mp3 Dr.Hook - Sexy Eyes.mp3 Duran Duran - Come Undone.mp3 Duran Duran - Girls On Film.mp3 Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf [March 1983].mp3 Duran Duran - Notorious.mp3 Duran Duran - Ordinary World.mp3 Duran Duran - Perfect Day.mp3 Duran Duran - Rio.mp3 Duran Duran - Save A Prayer.mp3 Eagles - Hotel California.mp3 Eddie Money - Baby Hold On.mp3 Edie Brickell & Barry White - Good Times.mp3 Edie Brickell - What I Am.mp3 Electric Light Orchestra - Confusion.mp3 Electric Light Orchestra - Don't Bring Me Down.mp3 Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman.mp3 Electric Light Orchestra - Last Train To London.mp3 Electric Light Orchestra - Livin' Thing.mp3 Electric Light Orchestra - Rock And Roll Is King.mp3 Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages.mp3 Electric Light Orchestra - Shine a Little Love.mp3 Electric Light Orchestra - Sweet Talkin' Woman.mp3 Electric Light Orchestra - Telephone Line.mp3 Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart.mp3 Elton John - Believe.mp3 Elton John - Bennie And The Jets.mp3 Elton John - Blue Eyes.mp3 Elton John - Crocodile Rock.mp3 Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.mp3 Elton John - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues.mp3 Elton John - I'm Still Standing.mp3 Elton John - Nikita.mp3 Elton John - Rocket Man.mp3 Elton John - Sacrifice.mp3 Elton John - Sad Songs.mp3 Emma Shapplin - Spente Le Stelle.mp3 Enigma - Return To Innocence.mp3 Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos.mp3 Enrique Iglesias - Rhythm Divine.mp3 Enrique Iglesias - Solo En Ti.mp3 Enya - Orinoco Flow.mp3 Erasure - A Little Respect.mp3 Erasure - Always.mp3 Erasure - Blue Savannah.mp3 Erasure - Chains Of Love.mp3 Erasure - Love To Hate You.mp3 Erasure - Oh L'amour.mp3 Eric Carmen - All By Myself.mp3 Eric Carmen - Hungry Eyes.mp3 Eric Clapton - Change The World.mp3 Eric Clapton - Get Lost.mp3 Eric Clapton - I Shot The Sheriff.mp3 Eric Clapton - Layla.mp3 Eric Clapton - My Father's Eyes.mp3 Eric Clapton - Pretending.mp3 Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven.mp3 Eros Ramazzotti - Cose Della Vita.mp3 Eros Ramazzotti - Piu Bella Cosa.mp3 Eros Ramazzotti - Un'Altra Te.mp3 Erotic Exotic - I can give you what you need.mp3 Eruption - One Way Ticket.mp3 Europe - Carrie.mp3 Europe - Cherokee.mp3 Europe - Open Your Heart.mp3 Europe - Supersticious.mp3 Europe - The Final Countdown.mp3 Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again.mp3 Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams [August 1983].mp3 Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes.mp3 Evelyn Thomas - High Energy.mp3 Everything But The Girl - I Don't Want To Talk About It.mp3 Everything But The Girl - Missing.mp3 Expose - Point of no return.mp3 Extreme - More Than Words.mp3 F. R. David - Words.mp3 Faith No More - Easy.mp3 Faith No More - Epic.mp3 Falco - Jeanny.mp3 Falco - Out Of The Dark.mp3 Falco - Rock Me Amadeus [April 1986].mp3 Falco - Vienna Calling.mp3 faltan.txt Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing.mp3 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy.mp3 Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way.mp3 Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies.mp3 Fool's Garden - Lemon Tree.mp3 Foreigner - Double Vision.mp3 Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is.mp3 Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You.mp3 France Gall - Ella Elle l'a.mp3 Frank Duval - Touch My Soul.mp3 Frank Sinatra & Bono - I've Got You Under My Skin.mp3 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax.mp3 Freddie Mercury - Living On My Own.mp3 Free - All Right Now.mp3 Fun Fun - Color my love.mp3 Fun Fun - Happy Station.mp3 Garbage - Milk.mp3 Gary Moore - Story Of The Blues.mp3 Gary Numan - Cars [June 1980].mp3 Gazebo - I Like Chopin.mp3 General Public - I'll Take You There.mp3 Genesis - Hold On My Heart.mp3 Genesis - I Can't Dance.mp3 Genesis - Invisible Touch.mp3 Genesis - Mama.mp3 Genesis - No Son Of Mine.mp3 George Harrison - Cockamamie Business.mp3 George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You.mp3 George McCrae - Rock Your Baby.mp3 George Michael & Queen - Somebody To Love.mp3 George Michael - Careless Whisper.mp3 George Michael - Faith [December 1987].mp3 George Michael - Fastlove.mp3 George Michael - Father Figure.mp3 George Michael - Fredoom.mp3 George Michael - Jesus To A Child.mp3 George Michael - Kissing A Fool.mp3 George Michael - One more try.mp3 George Michael - Outside.mp3 George Michael - Roxanne.mp3 George Michael - Too funky.mp3 Gilbert O'sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally).mp3 Gino Vannelli - Black Cars.mp3 Gino Vannelli - Hurts To Be In Love.mp3 Gipsy Kings - Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu).mp3 Glass Tiger - Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone).mp3 Glenn Frey - The Heat Is On.mp3 Glenn Medeiros - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You.mp3 Gloria Estefan - Anything For You.mp3 Gloria Estefan - Don't Wanna Lose You.mp3 Gloria Estefan - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.mp3 Gloria Estefan - I See Your Smile.mp3 Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive.mp3 Gloria Gaynor - Reach Out I'll Be There.mp3 gnarls barkley - crazy.mp3 GNR - 14 Years.mp3 GNR - Civil War.mp3 GNR - Don't Cry [Original Version].mp3 GNR - Double Talkin' Jive.mp3 GNR - Estranged.mp3 GNR - It's So Easy.mp3 GNR - Knockin' on Heaven's Door.mp3 GNR - Live And Let Die.mp3 GNR - November Rain.mp3 GNR - One In A Million.mp3 GNR - Paradise City.mp3 GNR - Patience.mp3 GNR - Sweet Child O' Mine.mp3 GNR - Used to Love Her.mp3 GNR - Welcome To The Jungle.mp3 GNR - Yesterdays.mp3 GNR - You're Crazy.mp3 Go West - We Close Our Eyes.mp3 Goo Goo Dolls - Iris.mp3 Gorillaz - 19-2000.mp3 Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood.mp3 Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.mp3 Greg Kihn Band - Jeopardy (1983).mp3 Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down.mp3 GTR - When The Heart Rules The Mind.mp3 Hall & Oates - Baby Come Back.mp3 Hall & Oates - Can't go for That.mp3 Hall & Oates - Kiss On My List.mp3 Hall & Oates - Maneater [December 1982].mp3 Hall & Oates - Private Eyes.mp3 Hall & Oates - Say It Isn't So.mp3 Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F.mp3 Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You.mp3 Heart - Alone.mp3 Heart - Barracuda.mp3 Heart - Never.mp3 Heart - These Dreams.mp3 Herbie Hancock - Rockit.mp3 Honeydrippers - Sea of love.mp3 Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing.mp3 Howard Jones - Things Can Only Bet Better.mp3 Huey Lewis & The News - Hip To Be Square.mp3 Huey Lewis & The News - I Need A New Drug.mp3 Huey Lewis & The News - She's Heart n Soul.mp3 Huey Lewis & The News - Stuck With You.mp3 Huey Lewis & The News - The Power of Love [August 1985].mp3 Iggy Pop - Candy.mp3 Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La Long).mp3 INXS - Beautiful Girl.mp3 INXS - By My Side.mp3 INXS - Devil Inside.mp3 INXS - Elegantly Wasted.mp3 INXS - I Need You Tonight.mp3 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart.mp3 INXS - New Sensation - EMG - www.elitemusic.org.mp3 INXS - Suicide Blonde.mp3 Irene Cara - What A Feeling [June 1983].mp3 Iron Maiden - Wasting Love.mp3 Jambalaya - Carpenters.mp3 James Brown - Living In America.mp3 Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy.mp3 Jan Werner - Find Your Way.mp3 Janet Jackson - Every Time.mp3 Janet Jackson - Nasty Boys.mp3 Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes.mp3 Janis Joplin - Summertime.mp3 Janis Joplin - Take another Little Piece of my heart.mp3 Jellybean - Jingo.mp3 Jellybean - The Mexican (1984).mp3 Jennifer Lopez - Play.mp3 Jennifer Rush - I Come Undone.mp3 Jennifer Rush - The Power Of Love.mp3 Jermaine Jackson - Dynamite.mp3 Jim Croce - Time in a bottle.mp3 Jim Diamond - I Should Have Known Better.mp3 Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe.mp3 Jimmy Ray - Are You Jimmy Ray.mp3 Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers - That's What I Like.mp3 Joan Jett - I Love Rock 'N Roll [April 1982].mp3 Joan Osborne - One Of Us.mp3 Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong.mp3 Joe Cocker - Summer In The City.mp3 Joe Cocker - You Can Leave Your Hat On.mp3 Joe Dassin - A Toi.mp3 Joe Dassin - Et Si Tu N'existais Pas.mp3 Joe Dassin - Salut.mp3 Joe Esposito - Lady,Lady,Lady (1983).mp3 Joey Scarbury - Beleive It Or Not.mp3 John Cougar Mellencamp - 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              Rex Tillerson Says Americans Shouldn't Worry About North Korea's Threats        
    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok during a one-day visit to Thailand on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON — He promised unpredictability and he's delivering. On an issue with the highest stakes imaginable, the life-and-death matter of a nuclear showdown, Donald Trump's team delivered mixed messages Wednesday, with some seeking to de-escalate the boss's language.

    Team Trump danced around questions such as: Was Trump serious when he vowed to unleash fire, fury, and power with unprecedented force in world history, as retaliation for North Korean threats? Was this a firm red line? Was this statement prepared in advance?

    A spokeswoman for his State Department even scolded reporters who pressed for more clarity: "I know you all want to obsess over statements and all of that and try to want to make a lot of noise," Heather Nauert said.

    Some reports said Trump's words were improvised and surprised his own aides. The New York Times and CNN said the sheet of paper Trump was glancing at while uttering his threat was not a statement on North Korea — but a fact sheet on the opioid crisis.


    A spokeswoman for Trump had a more nuanced explanation.

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the message had been co-ordinated — to a certain extent. She said the president's chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly and the National Security Council, were aware of the tone he would take but: ''The words were his own.''

    The headline-grabbing statement caused some people, not just the news media, to snap to attention. It also prompted a spike in Google searches within the United States for, "How to survive a nuclear attack," which increased 100-fold from a day earlier.

    The words were his own.Sarah Huckabee Sanders

    What the president specifically threatened was retaliation in the event of "any more threats to the United States" — a stakes-escalating gambit, given that the trash-talking, nuke-chasing, Hermit Kingdom crosses this threshold on a near-daily basis.

    In fact, North Korea did it again immediately.

    Canadian delegation in North Korea

    North Korea quickly put the president's words to a test by threatening to attack the U.S. base on the island of Guam. A Canadian delegation happened to be at the epicentre of the drama Wednesday, securing the release of a pastor who had been jailed for more than two years in North Korea.

    Trump's secretary of state was on Guam during a refuelling layover and he delivered a soothing message to anyone back home alarmed by the sudden escalation in rhetoric.

    "I think Americans should sleep well at night," said Rex Tillerson, who spent an hour on the phone with the president after his attention-grabbing threat.

    ''Have no concerns about this particular rhetoric over the last few days. ... I think what the president was just reaffirming is the United States has the capability to fully defend itself from any attack and defend our allies and we will do so. So the American people should sleep well tonight."

    The secretary of defence also dialed down the warning level slightly.

    While he used stern language and his remarks were reported as threatening by U.S. media, the specific wording employed by Defence Secretary James Mattis was more circumscribed.

    While Trump spoke about retaliating against, "threats," Mattis hewed to the stricter term, "actions.'' Twice in a statement, he warned the North Koreans to avoid, ''actions,'' that would provoke a catastrophic response: ''(It) would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.''

    But not everyone downplayed the threat.


    One White House staffer, security aide Sebastian Gorka, compared the standoff to the Cuban Missile Crisis — that tense two-week period in 1962 when global superpowers reached the brink of mutual, mushroom-cloud annihilation.

    "During the Cuban missile crisis, we stood behind JFK,'' Gorka told Fox News.

    ''This is analogous to the Cuban missile crisis. We need to come together."

    Trump, meanwhile, had a more low-key day Wednesday.

    The president retweeted a story and video of himself delivering the threat; he tweeted a boast that he had modernized the U.S. nuclear arsenal, a years-long project that predated his presidency; and he took a shot against the top Senate Republican, amid an esalating feud within his party.

    For a president who would declare, during his campaign, that, ''We have to be unpredictable,'' on military matters, it was mission accomplished. But a staffer from the previous administrations was incredulous.

    Barack Obama aide Ben Rhodes said the North Korean regime will not be talked out of abandoning its nuclear program — which it views as a bargaining chip to ensure its survival.

    But with the help of international allies, and diplomacy, he said the U.S. could use current sanctions as leverage, offering some relief in exchange for controls on the nuclear program — as occurred in the controversial Iran deal.

    He said rash talk made it harder to build a diplomatic alliance. He also said this should be a wakeup call for Americans, who have yet to witness the Trump administration confront a real crisis.

    "We're talking about nuclear war," Rhodes told a podcast, Pod Save The World.

    "Is this really the informed judgment of his entire national-security team? Or is this something he just decided to pop off and say? ... We have to hope there is a more sober group of people in the Trump administration."

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              Ta Escalation Balancing        
    Suggestions: Core Vindicator (for its buildtime) should have like 30% more armor. It takes like 7 to kill a krogoth due to the missiles. Thank you for the upped krogoth buildtime! I think behemoths/centurions should have like 10% more armor and be like 78193 for buildtime. Also, like someone else said in a TAU thread, (http://www.tauniverse.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=144), behemoth/centurion are OMGSUPERGOLIATH. and not unique like the other units. Add like at least 6 more super units? The mod kinda gets boring with the same units lol. Even with the upgrades, its one new thing and gets worn out fast. :| What about an experimental ship? :0 Immolator is fucking tough! (Is it meant to survive a nuke?) :P
              North Korea's Guam Missiles Threat        
    North Korea says it will complete a plan to land missiles near Guam by mid-August then wait for approval from leader Kim Jong-un. Also on the programme: Kenyans are waiting to find out the official result of their general election; and could vitamins reduce the number of miscarriages and prevent birth defects? (Picture: US service personnel based on Guam. Credit: AFP)
              US Sends "Strong Message" to North Korea        
    The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Trump's comments that North Korean threats would be met with "fire and fury" are a "strong message" to Pyongyang - which says it is considering a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam. Also in the programme: Kenya's presidential challenger Raila Odinga has rejected as fake election results that hand victory to the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, and the contamination scandal that has led to millions of eggs being recalled from supermarkets in Europe. Photo: A US bomber takes off from the Andersen Air Base on Guam. Credit: Getty Images.
              North Korea Condemns Latest Sanctions        
    Chinese and North Korean foreign ministers meet at an Asia-Pacific summit in Manila, where the US Secretary of State is seeking support for greater isolation of North Korea. Also in the programme: government troops in South Sudan take control of rebel HQ, and the Russian athletes competing as "authorised neutrals" at the World Championships in London. Photo: North Korea launches an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile in August 2017; Credit: KCNA via AFP
              North Korea: China Urges Neighbour to Stop Missile Tests        
    The Chinese foreign minister asks North Korea to make a smart decision and halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, after the UN voted in a new round of sanctions. The head of international athletics has expressed disappointment, after the former drug cheat Justin Gatlin became world hundred metres champion. And we take a look at daily life in Venezuela. (Photo: China Foreign Minister Wang Yi greets North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, during a bilateral meeting in Manila. Credit: Reuters)
              UN Security Council Unanimously Votes To Impose Sanctions On North Korea        
    The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, following the regime's recent missile tests. Why did both Russia and China vote alongside the rest of the security council? We speak to the current British ambassador to the UN. Also on the programme in Venezuela, the first act of the newly elected constituent assembly is to fire the country's attorney general. And Usain Bolt's final solo race. (Picture: UN Security Council Credit: EPA)
              North Korea Conducts New Missile Test        
    Military sources in the US and South Korea say another Intercontinental Ballistic Missile has been fired in the direction of Japan, landing in the sea. This comes less than a month since the last North Korean missile launch. Also in the programme: Walter Shaub tells us why he resigned as head of the US independent Office of Government Ethics, and Europe's top court has ordered Poland to stop logging in an ancient forest. Picture: a man looks at images showing missile launches and military exercises. Credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images.
              France's President Macron Inaugurated        
    Speaking at the Elysee Palace, France's new President, Emmanuel Macron, said his country had to find answers to the great crises of the time, including migration, terrorism, the excesses of capitalism and climate change. Also in the programme: North Korean missile test, and Bob Marley's Exodus at 40. (Photo: President Macron waves as he parades in a car after his formal inauguration ceremony. Credit: AFP/Etienne Laurent)
    Squadd.io is a MMO io game where you will fight against users all around the world. The main goal is kill all your enemies, the more you kill the better. For that you can use different weapons like the classical machine gun, powerful bazookas, homecoming missiles and also massive destruction weapons like nukes. Squadd.io also has good and colorful 3D graphics, nice sounds effects and super funny Rambo like characters. Choose your best weapon and get ready to destroy all yours opponents in this free online game powered by Spritted.com. In order to control your character use ASDWS keys and point and shoot with the mouse.
              Remembering When Dissent Was Patriotic....         
    ...instead of racist.

    And if that meant fantasizing about murdering the president, well...that was patriotic, too.

    It's April, 2003.  Madonna releases "American Life".  And then shoots a video...

    Two music videos were shot for the song, both directed by Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund. The first one featured Madonna at a military-themed fashion show, cavorting with a brigade of female soldiers and in the end, she throws a hand grenade at George W. Bush. Prior its release, it caused controversy regarding its political, racial, violence and religious views, leading Madonna to release a statement explaining its concept.

    After the invasion of Iraq started, Madonna cancelled the release of the original music video, because of the political climate of the country at the time...

    Maybe.  Or maybe Madonna cared more about money than any actual political message she was delivering.  After all, having just witnessed the demise of the Dixie Chicks....

    The video is here.  Around 4:20, Madonna appears to throw the grenade at Bush, who proceeds to catch it in  midair, smirk (of course), and light a cigar - all while seemingly impervious to, and pleased by, the carnage unfolding all around him.

    Try doing that today.  Imagine Obama taking a hit from a Hellfire missile delivered straight from a Predator drone, only to have it turn into a a brand-new Titleist  5-iron. Watch him swing and smile, as innocents die abroad and Americans starve at home!

    Do it, and find yourself in jail faster than you can say "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula".  Assuming the media doesn't lynch you, Zimmerman-style, first.

    A lot has changed in ten years, I'd reckon...

              JFK: What Could Have Been        

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the most infamous crime of the 20th century.

    The murder of President Kennedy continues to fascinate and disturb people around the globe. The killing has been investigated and analyzed; reviewed and written about; video-taped and dramatized; unequivocally the most talked about criminal event in the last 100 years.

    Although Kennedy’s death is seared into the American psyche, there is so much more to the man than his demise. The image of Jaqueline Kennedy crawling across the trunk of the presidential limousine as a secret service agent jumped on board remains as vivid today as it was 50 years ago.

    Yet Kennedy’s manner, his swagger his confidence in himself and his country should not be forgotten, it should be celebrated and revered.

    Kennedy’s murder remains unsolved. The Warren Commission concluded a lone assassin was responsible, the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassination concluded it was “probably” a conspiracy.

    All we know for sure about November 22, 1963 is that JFK was fatally wounded while sitting in an open car traveling slowly on through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. John Connelly, the governor of Texas was wounded as well.  Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested that day and charged with Kennedy’s murder and the murder of a Dallas Police Officer.

    Today is the somber anniversary of JFK’s death—but it can be more, a celebration of an extraordinary life.

    For Americans, and admirers around the world, JFK is forever young and vibrant. His charisma was second only to his intellect.  He was a leader who inspired a generation and continues to inspire today.

    His heroism in war; his audacity to challenge Americans to do for their country; his tenacity to stand up to the Soviet’s during the successful resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis; and his vision to launch us on a successful race to the moon—are all testaments to his leadership.

    Today, and the days leading up to today have been filled with theories of conspiracy and treachery. The news has been filled with stories of investigations gone awry and a government too inept to solve the murder of its very leader.

    Today is also about what could have been. Had Kennedy survived the remainder of his term and maybe won a second term what would America be like today?

    We can only imagine an America in the 1960’s without Vietnam. Where would we be today if a young and vibrant president could have fully embraced the civil rights movement? How about a visionary peace movement in place of raucous anti-war protests? What if Watergate was just the name of another Washington, DC office building?

    Kennedy modeled a pragmatic approach to problem solving instead of partisan back-biting that we’ve come to know as leadership. JFK once said, “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”

    Today, our nation can reveal a lot about itself. If, instead of wallowing in the unresolved murder of a president, it celebrated a life well lived and country that glowed in the light of that well lived life.

    (Matthew T. Mangino is of counsel with Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly & George P.C. He is the former district attorney for Lawrence County and former member of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. You can reach him at www.mattmangino.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewTMangino).

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              Interview of Frederick E. Crory by Brian Shoemaker        
    Interview of Frederick E. Crory by Brian Shoemaker Crory, Frederick E. Mr. Crory (Fred) grew up as a Massachusetts farm boy. At age 15 he joined the Massachusetts National Guard and at age 17 joined the Marines – serving in Guam and Japan. He also served during the Korean War. Upon discharge he used the G.I. Bill and attended the University of Massachusetts graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. During his senior year one of his professors, Karl Hendrickson, introduced him to soil mechanics in the Polar Regions. This led to a job at the Army Corps of Engineers at their Arctic Construction and Frost Effects Laboratory (ACFEL). Fred describes his experiences in doing basic research for construction projects in the Arctic. Early on he began to work on developing adequate piling supports for the Distant Early Warning System (DEW) Line bases. Later it was on towers that oscillated due to the wind and affected their foundations. He explains frost heaving in airfields constructed on permafrost. This work took him to Fairbanks for a two-year (1956-59) assignment where he traveled the entire north Alaskan Coast conducting Arctic construction studies. Back in Massachusetts he took over the pile-testing program at ACFEL. He explains the merger of ACFEL and the Snow, Ice, Permafrost Research Experiment (SIPRE) to the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in 1961 and the move to Hanover. Fred took over the Foundations Group of CRREL in the early 1960’s. With the development of the oil industry on the North Slope of Alaska, Fred became involved with development of foundations for oil-rigs, roads, airstrips, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and etc. He explains his work studying how to protect the tundra and permafrost at test sites at Inagok, Tunaluk and Lisburne. He visited the USSR three time s to learn from their methods. He also traveled to Thule in Greenland to develop “refrigerated foundations” for the radars, the Ballistic Missile Warning System in Clear, Alaska and DEW line stations across the north slope of Canada and the United States when they were upgraded to automated sites of the North Warning System. Along the way he picked up a Master of Science degree from the College of Applied Sciences of the University of New Hampshire. Fred retired in 1990 and conducted Arctic consulting work until 1995. He is fully retired today and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire.
              Interview of James A. Van Allen by Brian Shoemaker        
    Interview of James A. Van Allen by Brian Shoemaker Van Allen, James A. (James Alfred), 1914-2006 Dr. Van Allen is a distinguished physicist and a leading researcher on interplanetary satellites. He is known for helping to organize the International Geophysical Year in 1957-58. As a young student at Iowa Wesleyan University in 1931, Van Allen developed a strong interest in physics under the guidance of Thomas Poulter. Poulter was the chief scientist and second in command for the Second Byrd Expedition to Antarctica in 1933. As an undergraduate, Van Allen learned to make observations of the magnetic field of the Earth using a magnetometer, and was introduced to the science of geophysics, his lifelong passion. He also did original scientific work on the Perseid meteor shower of August 1932. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1939 with a Ph.D. in nuclear physics, he joined the Carnegie Institution as a Research Fellow, where he helped develop a radio proximity fuse for use in naval long-range anti-aircraft guns. He developed one of the basic features of the vacuum tube that was the heart of the fuse. In November 1942, he and two co-workers were commissioned as naval officers to go out to the fleet and accompany an initial shipment of these proximity fused projectiles. His personal responsibility was for the destroyers. Van Allen discovered that the success rate of the fuses was compromised by the early deterioration of the batteries, and was responsible for setting up re-battery depots on a wide scale in the Pacific. His navy career ended in May 1946. Van Allen returned to the Applied Physics Lab as a civilian, and did considerable research on high altitude rockets, including captured German V-2 rockets. He oversaw development of the Aerobee, a high-altitude Navy rocket. This rocket has no active guidance system, and Van Allen and his team successfully made adjustments to insure that it would not deviate from its approved range at the White Sands Proving Ground. He also continued research on cosmic rays, atmospheric ozone, and high altitude photography. On April 5, 1950, Van Allen invited several friends, all distinguished scientists, to his home for a dinner party at Silver Spring, Maryland. The group included Sydney Chapman, a British geophysicist, Lloyd Berkner, and Wallace Joyce. It was here that the very first plans were laid for what became the International Geophysical Year (IGY). The men agreed that the general assessment of geophysics was moving along so rapidly that it would be desirable to plan the IGY for 1957-58, on the 25th anniversary of the first Polar Year. As it happened, this was also a year of expected maximum solar activity. The IGY was a non-governmental enterprise made up of independent scientific organizations. In the United States, the National Academy of Sciences was the principal society, and the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Navy provided the principal governmental support. Van Allen belonged to several committees of the IGY, and chaired the Working Group on Internal Instrumentation. He was responsible for soliciting and selecting the experiments which were to be conducted on the satellite itself. Polar exploration in both the Arctic and the Antarctic received an enormous stimulus from the IGY. Operation Deep Freeze, which established the Antarctic continent as a major area of scientific exploration, was a major consequence of the IGY. The Antarctic Treaty was another direct outcome of the IGY. Van Allen made three polar expeditions for scientific purposes. In 1952, with the support of the Office of Naval Research he devised and successfully developed techniques for launching a rocket from a balloon at some 50,000 to 60,000 feet of altitude. The device, called a rockoon, which was launched in 1953 from the Coast Guard cutter Eastwind, reached altitudes of 250,000 feet. It made valuable discoveries in the Arctic region, including cosmic ray measurements, and the discovery of the auroral soft radiation zone. Similar experiments were later conducted along the equator and in Antarctica. At the University of Iowa, Van Allen, working with colleagues and in close touch with his friend Wernher van Braun, of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency in Huntsville, Alabama, developed the scientific payload for Explorer I, the first successful American satellite. The flight was a great success, and resulted in the discovery of the radiation belts of the Earth, later named the Van Allen belt. He was the co-discoverer of the radiation belts of the planets Jupiter and Saturn. Van Allen commented as to how much his research field has changed over the years. For example, he and others worked for years in the early 1950’s using balloon launched rockets (rockoons) to complete a very good latitude survey in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Today, using polar satellites, the same mapping can be done in 45 minutes. He never personally returned to the Polar regions. Since 1958 Van Allen’s entire career has been in satellite and spacecraft observations. He had instruments aboard Mariner II to Venus in 1962, Mariner IV to Mars in 1964, Mariner V to Venus in 1965, and the first missions to Jupiter and Saturn on Pioneer 10 and 11. He has also kept very busy with research, and continues to train graduate students. As recognition of his long, productive career, Van Allen has been awarded the Nansen Medal for his contributions to Arctic geophysics, radiation belt physics, and the exploration of the aurora by rockets and satellites. Major Topics Van Allen’s long career in polar and inter-planetary astro-physics International Geophysical Year (IGY) Development of balloon launched rockets (rockoons) Research on radiation belt physics and exploration of the aurora Contributions of satellites in global and interplanetary research The Van Allen radiation belts Aerobee, Navy rocket used in high altitude research, p. 15 Berkner, Lloyd, pp. 17-25 Byrd, Admiral Richard, pp. 6-7, 45-46 Chapman, Sydney, 17-23 Gore, Albert, Vice President, p. 27 Joyce, Wallace, p. 17 Kaplan, Joseph, 24-25 Kent, Bob, Army Ordinance Department, pp. 15-16 Lee, Willis A., Admiral, pp. 11-13 Liddell, Urner, pp. 35-36 Ludwig, George, p. 32 Parsons, W. S. (Deke), Rear Admiral, p. 11 Pickering, Bill, p. 24 Pomerantz, Martin, pp. 36-38 Porter, Richard, p. 24 Poulter, Thomas C., Prof. of Physics, pp. 2-7, 25 Singer, Fred, pp. 18 Turner, Harold A., Colonel, pp. 15-16 Vestive, E. H. “Harry”, pp. 18 Von Braun, Wernher, p .32
              Interview of Alan F. Neidle by Brian Shoemaker        
    Interview of Alan F. Neidle by Brian Shoemaker Neidle, Alan F. Alan Neidle is best remembered as a principal negotiator of the Antarctic Treaty. Soon after graduating from Yale in 1950, he served three years in the Army during the Korean War. This enhanced his interest in international questions, and as a law student at the University of Michigan he focused on international law. In January 1957, he was hired by the State Department, and developed an interest in negotiation. By age 29 he had already negotiated on two treaties, including extradition treaties with Brazil and Sweden. Although still very junior in rank, he was given the Antarctic assignment by Marjorie Whiteman, his boss, a distinguished international lawyer. Ambassador Paul Daniels, with years of experience in Latin America, was named by John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State, to join a team of Antarctic negotiators. Neidle was chosen to be the legal representative. These were the years of the Cold War, and there was rising concern about the role of the Russians in Antarctica. The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., a non-political venue, was the site of some 60 meetings that were held over the next nine months. For some months the Russians were uncooperative, but the other participants developed a whole catalog of new ideas and refinements. Some voices in the State Department called for abandoning the project on grounds the Russians would never cooperate. Some feared that they might launch missiles from Antarctica, or use it as a submarine base. Daniels persisted, and in time the Russians reversed course, and chose to cooperate. Work on the Antarctic Treaty then proceeded fairly quickly. Daniels asked Neidle to draft a full text of the proposed treaty. In the end this would prove to be the most important, multi-lateral treaty with the Russians since World War II. Neidle’s initial sentence, the first that he wrote, “Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only,” made it to the final, signed draft. Soon after the Outer Space Treaty was adopted, and Neidle’s sentence was again the lead sentence, “Outer space shall be used for peaceful purposes only.” Article One stated that “research shall continue as before,” a tacit acknowledgement that the multi-national scientific cooperation during the International Geophysical Year (IGY), 1957-58, had been successful. The claims issue, however, was more contentious, especially for the South Americans. The British, New Zealanders, Australians, and French were more open to internationalizing Antarctica, but both the Brazilians and Chileans asserted specific territorial claims. It was agreed that no new post-treaty territorial claims would be recognized. The United States, which had invested more effort in Antarctic research than any other nation, asserted no territorial claims and never recognized those of other nations. For the United States, free access to the entire continent was essential. The Treaty banned nuclear testing and nuclear storage of radioactive waste in Antarctica. The Treaty does not impose any quotas or restrictions on nuclear inspections. Several other articles of the Treaty were mostly administrative and not controversial, including a provision that it must be written in Russian, Spanish, and French, as well as English. It was agreed in an important provision that after 30 years the Treaty must be reviewed, and might even be terminated. In the meantime, any nation withdrawing from the Treaty must give one-year notice. By and large the Treaty has been well received. Herman Flager was the chief negotiator, and signed the treaty for the United States. Neidle was his legal assistant, and worked closely with him at all stages. Without the effective guidance of Flager, a close personal friend of John Foster Dulles, the Treaty might never have happened. Neidle also spoke highly of the essential work of Ambassador Paul Daniels. Various nuclear inspections ensued as a result of the Treaty, including visits to Russian territory as well as Antarctica. Neidle takes pride in his own participation in Treaty preparations, and looking back, said he personally would have done nothing differently. Major Themes Negotiations leading to adoption of the Antarctic Treaty Neidle’s role in legal advising and in negotiations on the Treaty Roles of Herman Flager and Paul Daniels Impact over time of the Antarctic Treaty Negotiations with the Russians over the Treaty Key Names Acheson, Dean, Secretary of State, p. 2 Daniels, Paul, pp. 4-7, 9-11, 25-26, 28, 31, 38-39 Dulles, John Foster, pp. 3-5, 26, 33 Eisenhower, Dwight, pp. 19, 27, 32-33 Flager, Herman, pp. 2-3, 8, 25-26 Kennedy, John, p. 31 Khrushchev, Nikita, pp. 11-12, 27 Powers, Gary, p. 20 Reagan, Ronald, p. 37 Ruina, Jack, pp. 29-30 Whiteman, Marjorie, p. 3
              038: Read the Manual        
    Photoshopping missiles, 50 megapixels and another Nikon?
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              Where is Guam and why is North Korea threatening it with missiles?        
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              China urges North Korea to end missile tests as US praises fresh economic sanctions        
              Trump ratchets up rhetoric toward North Korea        
    BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric toward North Korea on Thursday, saying it should be "very, very nervous" if it even thinks about attacking the United States or its allies, after Pyongyang said it was making plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

              The Meteorite Shower over Lebanon – a Russian Missile Launch?        
    New information is surfacing regarding yesterday’s meteor shower over Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Israel/Palestine and Armenia. It seems as if the whole thing was not mother nature’s doing. Instead, it was mother Russia flexing its military muscles. This video shot in Syria shows the “meteorite” as following a spiral trajectory, which is not possible for a […]
              North Korea mocks Trump, hones Guam strike plans        

    Nuclear-armed North Korea mocked President Donald Trump as “bereft of reason” Thursday, raising the stakes in their stand-off with an unusually detailed plan to send a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam. The scheme to target the island, a key US military stronghold, was intended to “signal a crucial warning” as “only [...]

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              N. Korea mulls firing of 4 missiles to fly over Japan to around Guam        
    North Korea is considering a plan to simultaneously fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles to areas around Guam through the sky above western Japan, state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday, quoting a senior military commander. (Jiji)
              Japan on alert after report of N Korea's nuclear-tipped missile threat        
    The Japanese government was on high alert on Wednesday after an overnight news report that North Korea can now arm its missiles with miniaturized nuclear warheads. (Japan Today)
              Did General McMaster Pass his own Test?        

    When General  H.R. McMaster replaced General Ray Flynn as National Security Adviser just a few weeks into the Trump Administration, commentators made much of the book he had written as a doctoral candidate 20 years ago, Dereliction of Duty, and what it boded for his tenure.  Published in 1998, that book argued that the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the mid-1960s had failed to give Lyndon Johnson their honest opinion of what was needed to win the Vietnam War, and that that had led to catastrophe.  As it happens, I was finishing my own book on the origins of the Vietnam War, American Tragedy, at that very moment, and I did not see what McMaster had in the same sources.  The problem, I thought, was not that the Generals didn’t tell President Johnson what they thought, it was that neither the military nor the civilians had a realistic idea of how to win the war.  No one, however, could argue with the principle that he was advocating: that it was essential for military leaders to give their civilian superiors honest and sound military advice.

    Unfortunately, it is not clear that General McMaster, Secretary of Defense (and retired general) James Mattis, and Joint Chiefs’ Chairman General Joseph Dunford—by law the President’s principal military adviser—managed to pass that test during the crisis over chemical weapons in Syria.  Ironically, their retaliatory strike and the ways in which they have defended it are extremely reminiscent of one of the most unfortunate episodes of the Vietnam era, the first major air strike on North Vietnam in the wake of the Tonkin Gulf incident in early August 1964.

    On August 2, 1964, American destroyers in the Tonkin Gulf were attacked by North Vietnamese p. t. boats, who it turned out were acting without authorization from higher authority.  Officially the destroyers were making a routine patrol; in actual fact they were coordinating with a South Vietnamese paramilitary strike against the North, partly to test North Vietnamese radar.  Such attacks had been taking place since early that year, and the Joint Chiefs had anticipated that they might lead to North Vietnamese retaliation and full-scale American involvement in the Vietnam War. Johnson was now preparing for his re-election campaign against hawkish Barry Goldwater, who had already been nominated, and his National Security team had already been waiting for some time for a pretext to introduce a Congressional resolution authorizing the use of military force in Southeast Asia.  In the days after the attack Johnson authorized another South Vietnamese operation against the North and another patrol for August 4, and on the morning of that day, he discussed possible retaliation against the North with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.

    The patrol on the evening of August 4, it was later established, did not encounter any North Vietnamese opposition, but at least one destroyer initially reported sonar contacts suggesting that it had.  McNamara and Johnson swung into action without waiting to make sure what had happened, sending an air strike against the base from which the August 2 PT boats had come.  Johnson asked for his resolution authorizing war, and received nearly unanimous support from the House and Senate.  The US took a giant step towards the war that Johnson and McNamara had already anticipated after the election.  In the first week of March 1965 it began in earnest.

    We must now face the possibility that the Syrian crisis, like the Tonkin Gulf strike, is based upon misinformation.  Professor Ted Postol of MIT, a hard boiled skeptic for whom I have great respect, has gone on record that the photographic evidence we have does not support the idea that the gas was dropped from a plane. It does not seem at this point at least that the Administration’s leaders see the strike as a step towards a larger war.  But what is most striking is the very similar way that the two strikes have been justified: as “signals” designed to intimidate and deter the enemy from undertaking further hostile acts.  

    The idea of using military force to signal one’s intentions, and thereby to affect the behavior of adversaries without resorting to full-scale war, was elaborated by an economist, Thomas Schelling, in his book Arms and Influence, which appeared less than two years after the Tonkin Gulf incidents.  This was the era of the Cold War, when American strategists were searching for alternative strategies to an all-out nuclear exchange, and Schelling claimed to have found one. Both the Cuban missile crisis and that retaliatory attack after the Tonkin Gulf incidents, he argued, were “signals” that had persuaded, and might persuade, adversaries not to challenge American power.  He praised the quarantine of Cuba in 1962 and the 1964 bombing as “proportional” moves that would allow an adversary to rethink his strategy without risking all-out war.  That was music to the ears of American policymakers—but unfortunately, we now know, it did not reflect the facts of those cases.

    The reason that Nikita Khrushchev decided to remove his missiles from Cuba, we now know, was that he could not stop the American invasion of Cuba that would have begun within just a few days if he did not—nor could he risk nuclear war against an overwhelmingly superior United States.  We have also learned that the effect of the Tonkin Gulf strike on the North Vietnamese was disastrous.  Until it occurred, Ho Chi Minh—the most diplomatic of all the Communist leaders of the twentieth century—had hoped to work out a deal with Washington that would have avoided war.  But Ho and his government knew what the American people did not—that the second attack for which we had retaliated had not taken place—and he decided, correctly, that the Americans were determined upon war, and that he would therefore give it to him.  The strike did not in the least deter Ho: it encouraged him.  With the help of Chinese and Russian allies, he eventually prevailed.

    It now turns out that the Trump Administration’s decision to warn the Russian government about our impending strike turned it into a completely symbolic act.  The Russians in turn warned the Syrians, who evacuated the airfield, from which they have now resumed conventional attacks.  The Russians have also reaffirmed their solidarity with the Assad regime and stopped the exchange of information with the US government about military moves.  Although Assad may avoid further chemical attacks, the incident will do nothing to change the basic course of the conflict in Syria.  It will only put more pressure on the Administration to take further action as Assad continues to consolidate his power against the rebels.  And indeed, high officials are already talking as if Assad must be removed--something they lack the means to make happen.

    In 2017 as in 1964, the foreign policy establishment has applauded the Administration’s use of force to show American resolve.  This in my opinion is the kind of illusory gain that military leaders should warn civilians against.  President Obama refused to take similar action against Syria because he did not believe American military power could affect the situation for the better.  With Russia firmly behind Syria, that situation remains unchanged.  Symbolic attacks only foster the illusion of American power—the illusion that led us to the greatest foreign policy tragedy of the twentieth century in Vietnam.

              No, North Korea has Not Threatened Seattle With Nukes        
    by Sydney Brownstone

    There isnt much evidence for the idea that North Korea has set its sights on Seattle.
    There isn't much evidence for the idea that North Korea has set its sights on Seattle. GeorgiosArt/Getty

    This morning I was assigned a piece looking at what would happen if North Korea launched a nuclear warhead at Seattle, why Seattle is a target for such a thing, how much warning we would get and where we might want to evacuate, and whether we would all be dead anyway. But after reaching out to city and state government, as well as international relations think tanks, it doesn't look like there's much evidence at all for Seattle being on North Korea's nuclear shit list.

    "No, we're not a target," a spokesperson from the state's Military Department told me on the phone this afternoon. "The media has done a good job speculating why, but nobody has ever said we are being looked at by the dictator in North Korea."

    According to Scott Snyder, the Council on Foreign Relations' director of the US-Korea policy program, Seattle gets mentioned in popular discussions speculating about North Korea's nuclear capabilities because it's the closest major metropolitan area to North Korea in the continental US. But that kind of speculation tends to come from outsiders rather than the people tasked with analyzing North Korea's movements.

    While North Korea hasn't threatened Seattle, it has made overtures at both Guam and Austin, Texas. Guam makes sense to some degree—it's the place where the US can launch nuclear-capable flights over North Korea to send a message about our resolve, Snyder says—but Austin is a puzzler. In 2013, North Korean state media released photos of Kim Jong Un in his war room with a "U.S. mainland strike plan" featuring Austin, Texas. The Washington Post characterized the photos as "domestic propaganda" and "almost surely a bluff." Texans simply mocked the North Korean dictator.

    But that's not to say that Seattle doesn't have contingency plans in the event of a nuclear strike. Scott Thomsen, a spokesperson from Seattle City Light, walked me through what the aftermath of a nuclear strike might look like from a utilities perspective. Nuclear war, he said, would be classified as a terrorism and civil disobedience event, and City Light would follow its specialized disaster recovery plans accordingly.

    Of course, Thomsen said, "The assumption here is that there is anyone left standing after the attack that you're describing."

    Thomsen continued: "Given the nature of the attack that you're describing, you know, if this is Hiroshima where there's nothing left, there's nothing left and there's no one here to respond either."

    A nuclear strike would differ from a disaster like an earthquake in several respects, Thomsen said. If there is anyone left standing, the Port of Seattle might become an important strategic location for the military.

    Then: "In a typical event you're dealing with emergency services, hospitals, police stations, fire stations as your first set of priorities before you get down to restoration of services for businesses and residential customers," Thomsen added. But some areas might not be safe for humans to enter, given the level of radiation on the ground. City Light has protocols for mutual aid, but those might be different if aid would have to be delivered to a radioactive hot zone.

    It's also likely that Seattle would get some warning for a nuclear strike if one were ever to happen. There's no magic red phone, the Washington Military Department's Karina Shagren told me, but the state is in constant communication with the Department of Defense.

    Snyder, of the Council on Foreign Relations, explained that a nuclear warhead launched from North Korea would likely take 30 to 45 minutes to cross the ocean and make landfall. But US intelligence would also probably see the missile being set up on the North Korean side, which would give us additional warning time. "Previously we had weeks to watch them fuel their stationary rockets at fixed launchpads, and now we have hours because they have mobile launchers," Snyder said.

    Still, US intelligence would probably have a good idea of where those mobile launchers are. And, if North Korea was going to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, the US would have the opportunity to test out its missile defense system based in Alaska. Just last month, the US Missile Defense Agency released video of the Alaska-based missile interception system blowing a fake missile shot to smithereens.

    That said, "I just don't have any evidence from the North Korean side that I could point to that Seattle is any more likely a target than any other North American city," Snyder said.

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              New START and "understandings"        
    I attended an interesting discussion today at the Nixon Center on whether the "reset" in U.S.-Russia relations is real or a "Potemkin village". It featured commentary from David Kramer, Andranik Migranyan, Dov Zakheim and Dimitri Simes, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internatioanl Security Sandy Vershbow was also presented and offered his thoughts.

    The part of the discussion I found very interesting was on the question of whether the New START treaty makes a binding linkage between arms control and missile defense. The Russian side, of course, has put forward a unilateral declaration which takes language that appears in the preamble and tries to make that a binding commitment--which could make ratification of the Treaty in the Senate problematic.

    The question is whether the U.S. has signaled that any further pursuit of missile defense on the American side will not be directed at eroding the Russian strategic deterrent--and whether any commitments have been made on this point--and how they might be defined. Is any U.S. deployment of a system (or even research) ipso facto an erosion of Russia's strategic capabilities? Missile defense as an issue in the START treaty may not have been completely solved.

    UPDATE: Over at the Cable, Josh Rogin reports the official reaction: "Clinton: Reports of limits on U.S. missile defense deployments 'Dead Wrong'."
              Brand New Characters from This Year’s Hottest Holiday game – Skylanders!        

    As every parent knows everywhere, Skylanders is one of the hottest toy/game combos out there this holiday season! And just for Christmas, a brand-new Skylander is making his debut! Missle-Tow Dive Clops is a fantastic new character that just came out this month! Able to slow enemies with his candy-coated missiles, he is sure to [...]

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              Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For July 7th, 2017        

    Hey, it's HighScalability time:



    What's real these days? I was at Lascaux II, an exact replica of Lascaux. I was deeply, deeply moved. Was this an authentic experience? A question we'll ask often in VR I think.

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    • $400k: cost of yearly fake news campaign; $50,000: cost to discredit a journalist; 100 Gbps: SSDP DDoS amplification attack; $5.97BN: wild guess on cost of running Facebook on AWS; 2 billion: Facebook users; 80%: Spotify backend services in production run as containers; $60B: AR market by 2021; 10.4%: AMD market share taken from Intel; 5 days: MIT drone flight time; $1 trillion: Apple iOS revenues; 35%-144%: reduction in image sizes; 10 petabytes: Ancestry.com data stored; 1 trillion: photos taken on iPhone each year; $70B: Apple App Store payout to developers; 355: pages in Internet Trends 2017 report; 14: people needed to make 500,000 tons of steel; 25%: reduced server-rendering time with Node 8; 50-70%: of messages Gmail receives are spam; 8,000: bugs found in pacemaker code; 

    • Quotable Quotes:
      • Vladimir Putin: We must take into account the plans and directions of development of the armed forces of other countries… Our responses must be based on intellectual superiority, they will be asymmetric, and less expensive.
      • @swardley: What most fail to realise is that the Chinese corporate corpus has devoured western business thinking and gone beyond it.
      • @discostu105: I am a 10X developer. Everything I do takes ten times as long as I thought.
      • DINKDINK: You grossly underestimate the hashing capacity of the bitcoin network. The hashing capacity, at time of posting, is approximately 5,000,000,000 Gigahashes/second[1]. Spot measurement of the hashing capacity of an EC2 instance is 0.4 Gigahashes/second[2]. You would need 12 BILLION EC2 instances to 51% attack the bitcoin network.[3] Using EC2 to attack the network is impractical and inefficient.
      • danielsamuels && 19eightyfour~ Machiavelli's Guide to PaaS: Keep your friends close, and your competitors hosted.
      • Paul Buchheit:  I wrote the the first version of Gmail in a day!
      • @herminghaus: If you don’t care about latency, ship a 20ft intermodal container full of 32GB micro-SD cards across the globe. It’s a terabyte per second.
      • @cstross: Okay, so now the Russian defense industry is advertising war-in-a-can (multimodal freight containerized missiles):
      • Dennett~ you don't need comprehension to achieve competence.
      • @michellebrush~ Schema are APIs. @gwenshap #qconnyc
      • Stacy Mitchell: Amazon sells more clothing, electronics, toys, and books than any other company. Last year, Amazon captured nearly $1 of every $2 Americans spent online. As recently as 2015, most people looking to buy something online started at a search engine. Today, a majority go straight to Amazon.
      • Xcelerate: I have noticed that Azure does have a few powerful features that AWS and GCP lack, most notably InfiniBand (fast interconnects), which I have needed on more than one occasion for HPC tasks. In fact, 4x16 core instances on Azure are currently faster at performing molecular dynamics simulations than 1x"64 core" instance on GCP. But the cost is extremely high, and I still haven't found a good cloud platform for short, high intensity HPC tasks.
      • jjeaff: I took about 5 sites from a $50 a month shared cPanel plan that included a few WordPress blogs and some custom sites and put them on a $3 a month scaleway instance and haven't had a bit of trouble.
      • @discordianfish: GCP's Pub/Sub is really priced by GB? And 10GB/free/month? What's the catch?
      • Amazon: This moves beyond the current paradigm of typing search keywords in a box and navigating a website. Instead, discovery should be like talking with a friend who knows you, knows what you like, works with you at every step, and anticipates your needs. This is a vision where intelligence is everywhere. Every interaction should reflect who you are and what you like, and help you find what other people like you have already discovered. 
      • @CloudifySource: Lambda is always 100% busy - @adrianco #awasummit #telaviv #serverless
      • @codinghorror: Funny how Android sites have internalized this "only multi core scores now matter" narrative with 1/2 the CPU speed of iOS hardware
      • @sheeshee: deleted all home directories because no separation of "dev" & "production". almost ran a billion euro site into the ground with a bad loop.
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    • The Not Hotdog app on Silicon Valley may be a bit silly, but the story of how they built the real app is one of the best how-tos on building a machine learning app you'll ever read. How HBO’s Silicon Valley built “Not Hotdog” with mobile TensorFlow, Keras & React Native. The initial app was built in a weekend using Google Cloud Platform’s Vision API, and React Native. The final version took months of refinement. â€ŠGoogle Cloud’s Vision API was dropped because its accuracy in recognizing hotdogs was only so-so; it was slow because of the network hit; it cost too much. They ended up using Keras, a deep learning library that provides nicer, easier-to-use abstractions on top of TensorFlow. They used on SqueezeNet due to its explicit positioning as a solution for embedded deep learning. SqueezeNet used only 1.25 million parameters which made training much faster and reduced resource usage on the device. What would they change? timanglade: Honestly I think the biggest gains would be to go back to a beefier, pre-trained architecture like Inception, and see if I can quantize it to a size that’s manageable, especially if paired with CoreML on device. You’d get the accuracy that comes from big models, but in a package that runs well on mobile. And this is really cool: The last production trick we used was to leverage CodePush and Apple’s relatively permissive terms of service, to live-inject new versions of our neural networks after submission to the app store. 

    • And the winner is: all of us. Serverless Hosting Comparison: Lambda: Unicorn: $20,830.83. Heavy: $120.16. Medium: $4.55. Light: $0.00; Azure Functions: Unicorn: $19,993.60. Heavy: $115.40. Moderate: $3.60. Light: $0.00; Cloud Functions: Unicorn: $23,321.20. Heavy: $138.95. Moderate: $9.76. Light: $0.00; OpenWhisk: Unicorn: $21,243.20. Heavy: $120.70. Medium: $3.83. Light: $0.00; Fission.io: depends on the cost of running your managed Kubernetes cloud. 

    • Minds are algorithms made physical. Seeds May Use Tiny “Brains” to Decide When to Germinate: The seed has two hormones: abscisic acid (ABA), which sends the signal to stay dormant, and gibberellin (GA), which initiates germination. The push and pull between those two hormones helps the seed determine just the right time to start growing...According to Ghose, some 3,000 to 4,000 cells make up the Arabidopsis seeds...It turned out that the hormones clustered in two sections of cells near the tip of the seed—a region the researchers propose make up the “brain.” The two clumps of cells produce the hormones which they send as signals between each other. When ABA, produced by one clump, is the dominate hormone in this decision center, the seed stays dormant. But as GA increases, the “brain” begins telling the seed it’s time to sprout...This splitting of the command center helps the seed make more accurate decisions.

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              Relay Replay: July 24 - 28        
    Studio Update: Austin Refactoring of shopping code is now to the point where Austin Design Team is now plugging items back into the shops, this include first pass at getting kiosks up/running for commodity tradingFocused on getting shops related to PU/landing zones functional first and will be making a pass of Area 18 shops as wellArmour can now be bought piece by pieceRemaining ships have been implemented into the price fixer toolsThis tool is also used as a way to gauge whether or not the ships they’re building are over/underpowered for their intended purposeProgress has been made on getting Miles Eckhart ready to go, lot of work on the feather blending system and got him working with a small subset of his animationsReceived additional code support to allow reputation to dictate his conversation paths with the playerNow have the ability to assign specific missions with mission brief tagsJosh Coons finished images/videos of the Cutlass Black and moved onto create base material and whitebox meshes for Cutlass variantsHe will complete the first pass on exterior looks for the variants before moving on to the Constellation Phoenix to allow Design to flesh out some key gameplay system for CutlassesChris Smith working on bugs for Hornet/Constellation Andromeda and will move on the promo video for Constellation Aquila nextBackend Services Team preparing for deployment of diffusion, game servers now have full access to diffusion API and they’ll start using it with the shopping service in 3.0Started converting the persistence cache and general instance manager into smaller stateless, full diffusionized servicesPU Animation Team started research/development for how to implement their wild line(dialogue spoken by an NPC) systemFeather blending allows them to blend performance capture of the wild lines with a large number of useable animationsGoing through existing animations and filling in gaps missing from original performance capture with new transition animationsAustin Ship Animation Team continue to refine the cockpit/turret experienceR&D phase of implementing button presses using Item 2.0 System. This helped finalise dashboard/cockpit metrics across different ships that use same cockpit typeUK Engineers refactored some backend systems allowing to fully implement blending of base G-force pose blend spacesDevOps Team working on increasing capacity of build/deployment pipelines in preparation for 3.0Making additional change/bug fixes to support new delta patcherIT department upgraded Austin networkAudio team member Jason Cobb continued work on derelict crash site sound design for different moon environments/performed a variety of particle audio implementation experiments for revamped ship debris noises/playtested and mixed refinements for ship emergency state audio and captured sound effects for various props and materialsAustin QA has been testing new Cutlass BlackNew missions/wrecks/NPCs in StantonShip testing continued as more ships converted to Item 2.0 systemLarge scale playtests of Arena Commander, Star Marine and Stanton ongoing weeklyTesting more mobiGlas applications like Starmap, the personal manager, mission manager and mission boardTesting character gravity/free fall as well as cargo mechanicsEngine/editor testers are testing new tech like capsule based actor entity, entity component update scheduler and director/actor animation and controlNew stamina/oxygen breathing system are getting some balance changesFour new people joining the Player Relations TeamTurbulent Updating ship specifications in the databaseGround vehicles can now be added to the ship matrix as well as anything that comes upNew sizing scheme for shipsRevamped ship detail pageReworked ship matrix database to make it easier to updateSpectrum v0.3.6 with EvocatiNew features include new text editorNew tools like hyperlinks, hyperlink formatting, preview posts and draftsMini profile which include post count and karmaNew jump to track replyWorking on refreshing some UI elementsEngineering Team working on getting most of the digital distribution channels ready for the delta patching system.Ship Shape: Tumbril Cyclone CIG's entry into land vehicles with a new manufacturer has lore that's been around awhile associated with rugged military vehiclesThe Cyclone is a fun fast four-wheeled and steered land vehicle partial to jumping off ramps with marketing design aesthetics, though clearly from a military originIf the Ursa Rover is the tortoise and the Cyclone is the hare, then the Nox is, as with Goldilocks, just right and in the middleBesides being fast and super rugged, it's built with modularity similar to the real worldThe variants include one for cargo, infantry support, recon and exploration as well as racing and even an anti-air versionThe recon version can not only map terrain, but drop beaconsThe racing version basically has nitrous and will be similar to a Baja racerThe anti-air model will have two size two missile racks with a countermeasure package that includes not only chaff and flares, but smokescreens and a size one EMPIt's always a struggle to balance function with design with the feedback within the pipelineThe first one of any type of entity or asset is always the hardest due to the unknown, but the most challenging tends to be making the deadlines . . . but they always doBehind the Scenes: Ship in ship Persistence Gameplay Programmer Chad McKinney talks about how the technology involved with persistence will change in the upcoming 3.0 update.Persistence as it is now is a simple system that tracks player accounts, specifically loadouts and ships with their loadouts. While this works for the gameplay in 2.6, it limits the player to what they can do. They can't pick up items and store them on their ship, trade, etc because the server doesn't track those things.With 3.0 players will be able to start making changes to the world around them in subtle ways such as picking up cargo from an outpost they found or parking a Dragonfly in their Cutlass and having it remain there regardless of whether they log out or not.While it seems like a simple thing, it's actually fairly complicated and required a rework of the way persistence is handled in many backend systems.They've revamped the system to track legal ownership of entities and physical ownership. The difference between the two is physical ownership is having the item in front of you and in your hands or on your ship and in your possession at that moment, with legal ownership being your entitlement to a given entity like a ship for instance.Players can legally own a ship, an item, etc, but another player can physically take it and claim it as their own and it'll remain in that other players possession until someone else takes it from that player too. However it isn't without consequence, players can become wanted if they steal other players ships, cargo, items and will be marked to the authorities as a criminal.This goes deeper as the gameplay for pirates can become very rewarding, but at a high cost. Players can steal cargo for instance and roll the dice by not including the cargo on their manifest when they come across authorities, or get creative by using secret compartments to store the cargo, or take the safest route to avoid authorities entirely.The technology doesn't stop there, with diffusion, a service that allows for a new way of interacting with all the backend services at the same time will allow for more things in the world to become persistent. With 3.0 the amount of things that will persist in the world will still be fairly limited, but in the future it'll expand from affecting a small area in the world to having the entire world be affected by a variety of player actions from supply and demand, to wars, to NPC activity and so much more. A player will be able to take something from a planet and another player won't ever see what was taken, on the flipside a player can leave something and another player will find it.With 3.0 player health, stamina, ship health and ammunition will become persistent so no longer will players be able to fire all their ammunition with no penalty, also if you fly your ship and a wing gets blown off, the next time you login it will be still missing until you go and get it repaired or make an insurance claim.Production Schedule Update: Evocati window now opens August 3rd.  PTU window opens August 18th.  Live window opens September 4th. Delamar and Levski were completed this week along with UI for the Cargo Manifest App.
              Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!        

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    Some day premium members might get a chance to hear what David Waldman says during those 10 minutes or so when his computer crashes at the very beginning of a KITM. The rest of us can only guess. Greg Dworkin, with his pals Spinner and Paddlefoot, discuss “cargo cults”. (Honestly, what’s up with that font style?) Cargo cults confused correlation with causation, which is always easy to do. Substance needs to precede results. Now, how to get the folks that just discovered healthcare for all would be great to trust those that knew that all along… Donald’s shaky base gets shakier. There is less real support in those polls Trump followers think are fake—leaving room for more fake support! Trump voters don’t give a damn about others. Some say Donald Trump doesn’t really care about people. Or that he’s “senselessly” cruel. But no, he actually gets off on it. A lot. So, let’s talk about nuclear war. Who lives in Guam, anyway? Enveloping fire and fury that this world has never seen before won’t bring more economic frustration to the rust belt, will it? Bad news like this is why twice a day Donald Trump gets a folder of happy news delivered to him, to confirm his support and power before he “gets in a mood”. Quasi–White House adviser, actual Nazi Sebastian Gorka figures the Minnesota mosque attack was a “false flag” by the left. Meanwhile, the JCC bomb-threat suspect was probably paid to do it, according to the FBI. Speaking of the FBI, they came knocking at Paul Manafort’s door “predawn”, which is never good.

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              'Fire and fury' not to be taken seriously, say aides: Trump was just in 'a bellicose mood'        

    Good news, everybody: We're now in the stage of our latest international crisis where the president of the United States' top subordinates are reassuring everyone that they shouldn't take the sitting president's statements seriously. No, that didn't used to be a "stage" of international crisis, but it is now.


    No worries, then: Trump's vow that North Korea would see "fire and fury like the world has never seen" was, according to aides, merely an unsupervised utterance of the presidential word-hole.

    Among those taken by surprise, they said, was John F. Kelly, the retired four-star Marine general who has just taken over as White House chief of staff and has been with the president at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., for his working vacation.

    The president had been told about a Washington Post story on North Korea’s progress in miniaturizing nuclear warheads so that they could fit on top of a ballistic missile, and was in a bellicose mood, according to a person who spoke with him before he made the statement.

    That's a good word. "Bellicose." He had been reading the papers—well, he had been talking to someone else who had read the papers—and was feeling "bellicose," so that's how we ended up with a statement that looks to the whole world like a nuclear-tipped threat.

    So now we've got Trump's own staff once again reassuring the public that Donald Trump did not really mean what he said during his latest appearance, brushing off his pronouncements as merely him feeling "bellicose" that day. What will the next walk-backs be?

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              UK General Election: A choice between uninspiring statism and barely concealed evil        
    There is nothing to inspire me to vote Conservative in the UK General Election.  Theresa May is an unreconstructed statist big-government conservative.  She is instinctively authoritarian.  She advocated for the security and police wet-dream on surveillance as Home Secretary, so that UK ISPs and telcos now keep a record of every single website visited in the UK over the past 12 months - because somehow what you read should be able to be accessed by the state when it sees fit.  She is pushing further, driven by concern over terrorism, but wanting to sanitise the internet to make it "safe" - the state working with parents, parenting us all.

    Yet, it was all known that she takes a "trust me with your private information" approach to surveillance, rather than focus on the real issue, which is Islamism.  She explicitly says that we should remember "the good that government can do" and then outlines plenty of areas the government intervenes extensively in, such as energy, but instead of blaming virtue signalling policies like the Climate Change Act (which has seen the UK Government guaranteeing to a French led consortium that it will ensure it gets paid a price for electricity generated at its forthcoming nuclear power plant double what is the current market price for electricity).  She thinks libertarians are atomistic and people who seek to take advantage of others and thinks she is as distant from that as she is from Jeremy Corbyn.

    That may well be true.  She said this:

    We do not believe in untrammelled free markets. We reject the cult of selfish individualism. We abhor social division, injustice, unfairness and inequality. We believe not just in society but in the good that government can do. Paying your fair share of tax is the price of living in a civilised society.

    Tom Harris in the Daily Mail said she was a real socialist offering left wing policies.

    I couldn't vote for her if she was my Conservative candidate, like I couldn't vote for Amber Rudd (who thinks a solution to terrorism is to "make" WhatsApp end encryption, yet stands on a platform with a known Islamist because the UK Government is too ignorant to call them out.  Fortunately I have a tolerable choice and it is a safe Conservative seat.  The Conservatives have pledged not to increase VAT, unlike the previous election when there was a pledge to not increase income tax and National Insurance (another form of income tax), because the Chancellor of the Exchequer wants "more freedom" but pledges the Conservatives are still the "low tax party".

    It's nonsense.  The Conservative manifesto could almost be one from any of the Labour leaders since 1997, except the current one.  It's a cynical move to move to the centre-left to try to hoover up votes from the middle and to destroy the Labour Party, but there is one problem.  It has backfired due to ineptness, a lack of enthusiasm from the rank and file of many Conservatives and the simple fact that May does not ooze authenticity.  That doesn't mean Labour will win, thankfully, because it isn't just led by an inept naive idiot, but a nasty hater of capitalism, individual freedom and even Western liberal democracy.

    I disagree with most of what the Labour Party advocates, and accept that it holds a fundamentally different view as to the role of the state from me, but Jeremy Corbyn and his closes allies are not like that.  Jeremy Corbyn has never, repeat never held any office of significance in Parliament under any Labour Government.  He was never an under-secretary, nor Chair of a select committee, although he has been on select committees.  He was never trusted with power by his colleagues, he was no Michael Foot

    Corbyn invited senior members of the IRA to Parliament three weeks after the Grand Hotel bombing in Brighton which targeted the Conservative Party conference, both killing and maiming people.  His history in supporting the IRA and campaigning for those who had killed for the IRA, is brushed aside as saying he wanted to talk to "all sides", but no one can recall him ever meeting Unionists. Corbyn opposed the Anglo-Irish Agreement (which set out between the UK and Ireland how devolved government would work in Northern Ireland) and his right hand man John McDonnell opposed the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 (which ended the terror campaigns from both sides).  

    Corbyn opposed the UK ejecting the fascist military dictatorship of Argentina from its invasion of the Falkland Islands.  He has called Hamas and Hezbollah "his friends" (although has apologised for his use of words), but spoke on a platform with Islamists who were calling for war with Israel.

    His Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell called Lenin and Trotsky his greatest influences and stands on a platform alongside Stalinists.  Indeed Andrew Murray, a Stalinist open supporter of north Korea (which he calls "People's Korea"), is now helping Corbyn with his campaign.  The same man who after the Paris terrorist attacks said:

    “The barbarism we condemn in Paris is minute compared to the barbarism wrought by imperialism across the planet in the last 13 years and we must condemn that… It is a sad lesson we have to re-learn from the attacks in Paris, it needs bringing home again and again.”

    Of course Corbyn blames the US for "escalating tensions" with north Korea, not the totalitarian police state that has developed nuclear weapons and keeps testing missiles whilst uttering bombastic rhetoric about attacking the United States.  You see Corbyn was Chair of the ironically named Stop the War Coalition.  An organisation that has never once campaigned for any anti-Western regimes or militant groups to stop waging war.  It never took on Russia, Hamas, the Assad regime, Al Qaeda, ISIS, north Korea et al.  Stop the War is only too much in favour of war, as long as it is waged against any Western liberal democracy including Israel.

    Corbyn claimed that 9/11 was "manipulated" into blaming Al Qaeda.  He has been paid by Iran's international propaganda TV channel, Press TV, to appear, but not, of course, to criticise human rights in Iran, but to criticise the West.  

    Corbyn has admitted that he would never use nuclear weapons, effectively making the UK's nuclear deterrent worthless.  He has long campaigned for unilateral Western nuclear disarmament, including during the Cold War.  Was he a pacifist who just believed the USSR would follow, or was he not too fussed if the Red Army had rolled its way across Europe to "liberate" it from capitalism and "US imperialism"?  In any case the British Communist Party wont be fielding candidates in this election, but is uncharacteristically supporting Labour.

    Corbyn is a strong supporter of the Chavez/Maduro authoritarian socialist disaster in Venezuela, but you can't be surprised at that.  After all, he says Castro was a champion of social justice, what with all those opponents he got murdered.  Corbyn also seems to attract anti-semites, not just Ken Livingstone's obsession that the Nazis were in cahoots with Zionists and Jews, but supporters.

    These people appear again and again.  However he does join in on Quds Day rallies organised by the Islamic Republic of Iran (yes that bastion of peace, diversity and human rights) to criticise Israel and call for it to be pushed into the sea.

    Corbyn is a sympathiser of Russia's position on Ukraine and Georgia, presumably because it is the opposite of the US and European position.  He blamed the Russian insurgency in Ukraine on "NATO belligerence".  After all, how dare Ukraine dump mother Russia led by such a nice liberal democratic regime to embrace the evil West right?

    Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said on balance Chairman Mao did more good than harm, which will be news to the tens of millions murdered or starved by his policies, with the bizarre justification is that he left China on the verge of a great economic boom (even though China's economic success has been because the Chinese Communist Party abandoned socialist economics).

    So as awful as Theresa May is, and corporatist and centre-left as they may be, it is not a party led by IRA sympathisers, appeasers of Islamism and sympathisers of Stalin. 

    The moral turpitude of these entities is utterly beyond contempt.  Corbyn refused to condemn the killing of Osama Bin Laden (much better to put him on trial, give him the benefit of the doubt), he has linked terrorism to British foreign policy (but doesn't explain, of course, why neutral Sweden and non-interventionist France get attacked).  

    He and his ilk have spent decades on the backbenches campaigning for "understanding" for just about every group that sought to wage war with the UK, whether the IRA, fascist Argentina or Islamists.   He has campaigned for the UK to be disarmed, to withdraw from NATO and to distance itself from the US.  He allies himself with political leaders that torture and murder people, and who use violence.

    Of course many Labour MPs know and hope he loses, just that they don't lose their seats.  It is because of them that Labour remains committed to NATO and the nuclear deterrent, both positions Corbyn opposes.

    He isn't a nice guy, despite his softly spoken manner.  

    He is an advocate of political violence who has appeased and turned a blind eye to brutal murderers, because he shares their political ambitions.  He supported the IRA because he believed in a united Ireland by all means necessary, and to hell with the opinions and concerns of Unionists (whose views he never courted and sought, presumably for a Marxist they were the hated bourgeoisie).  He supported the Galtieri military dictatorship, the same one that imprisoned and tortured socialists in Argentina, because it dared take on the bigger evil - Thatcher's government (hence why he didn't care less than the IRA tried to murder her and did kill several Conservatives) over the Falklands.  He is warm towards Hamas and Iran because he supports the Palestinians and supports just about any regime that dares take on the hated United States and its ally Israel.   I understand concern for the plight of the Palestinians (although keeping Hamas in power is shooting yourself in the foot), but to treat Iran as a partner is morally bankrupt.

    He is without doubt the worst candidate for Prime Minister put up by any major UK political party in modern times.  Those who stand with him should be ashamed of him, and the ONLY reason to vote Conservative is to send the strong message that Corbyn and his group of violence touters have no place in government.


              Abandoning foreign policy now means Pax Rus - is it what you wanted?        
    Whether it be left-wing activists of the so-called "peace" movement or libertarians who think that foreign policy should mean immediate withdrawal from the world, the recent events in Syria have demonstrated that when the USA, and with it the Western world, decides to withdraw from being involved in other countries, that others will fill the vacuum.

    So it is that President Obama, who ridiculed Mick Romney's claim that Russia was a rising threat, has left the opponents of the Marxist/militarist hereditary dictatorship of Bashar Assad wide open to being attacked, by the air, by Vladimir Putin's unashamedly expansionist military.  

    Dad and son, and their personality cult
    Had Obama been true to the neutrality that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee had presumably rewarded him for "ex.ante", he would have said that there is no Western interest in what happens to Syria.  For indeed, his pitiful actions (a few airstrikes against Islamic State) have demonstrated not much above it.  In fact, I would have respected, if disagreed, with a position that replicates that of the nihilist libertarian isolationists who want the USA to withdraw from the world, and let Islamism grow, tyrants take over its friends and do nothing, until the first missile, bomber or terrorist controlled airliner strikes US soil (actually scrub that, for when the latter happens, even they think the response is NOT to attack those who harboured them).

    If the so-called "land of the free" wants to withdraw from the world, then those of us who bear the consequences of that withdrawal better be prepared for the cost of this, but let's not pretend that the USA gives a damn about other peoples wanting to be lands of the free or escape tyranny.  That's their battle, and if others want to join in their oppression, don't pretend that it matters.

    So to Syria.

    Syria has been run by a brutal authoritarian dictatorship under the Ba'ath Party, under the Assad family since 1970.  It holds Soviet style "elections".  All press and media are firmly under the grip of the Party (or monitored by it for compliance), and any dissent is punished with imprisonment, and sometimes torture or summary execution.   The four secret police units have untrammelled authority to enter any property and detain anyone indefinitely, and use torture as necessary to frighten those said to be opponents or extract information from them.

    The best that can be said is that Saddam Hussein was more brutal and erratic, but Bashar Assad and his psychopathic father Hafez, have run Syria under their jackboot for 45 years (although it is cold comfort that Bashar's elder brother, Basil, died in an accident before his father died.  Basil was as notorious as Uday Hussein).  The best that can be said is that, yes it is nominally secular, as religious minorities face no more oppression than anyone else, partly because the Assads are of the Alawite sect.  Alawites have done very well from the Assad dictatorship, other Syrians do well according to who they know and how well the pander to the regime.  By the way, the Assads were firm allies of the USSR in the Cold War, and so it continues under Russia.  Indeed, Syria is the only country outside Russia (notwithstanding the annexation of Crimea) to still have a Russian naval base.  

    So Putin has decided to defend his friend.  His first victory was getting the US to accept Russian monitoring of Assad's dismantling of his chemical weapons arsenal, which is very much a farce.  Assad has been undertaking crude chemical attacks on rebel areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army and other non-Islamic State insurgents (some of which are Islamist, some who are not).  Assad has killed tens of thousands of civilians in rebel held areas by air attacks, including chemical attacks.  This has helped Islamic State recruit fighters, as young men whose families are killed by the Assad regime are easily seduced by the most well armed and funded opponents of the regime.

    Remember Obama's red line?  That it was "unacceptable" for anyone to use chemical weapons to attack civilians?  Well it didn't exist.  The dated chemical weapons were withdrawn, but by no means have the stocks been destroyed.  Dictatorships have a funny way of not caring about rules set by someone else that are backed up by no force at all.

    Meanwhile, the US (and the UK and others) have provided low level logistical and material support (if not military) to non-Islamist opponents to the Assad regime.  It is those opponents to Assad that Vladimir Putin is now directing over 95% of his airstrikes.  

    Putin asserts his airstrikes are "legal" because they are authorised by the Assad regime, which strictly speaking in UN terms, is the "legitimate recognised government" of Syria.   This is correct in the same way that Kim Jong Un leads the "legitimate recognised government" of the DPRK, Idi Amin did the same for Uganda and Pol Pot for Cambodia.  It is the formal legitimacy asserted by tyrants.

    Assad wants to put himself in the position of being the only opponent to Islamic State, so has Putin's help in wiping out the moderate opposition.  The allies of the West, and perhaps only hope of moving Syria to the sort of pluralism that is nascent in Lebanon, are now being systematically wiped out by Russia - and all the US does is express regrets and concern.   What surprise is there if opponents of Assad in Syria think that the only way is Islamic State?   For all of the talk about rights and freedom the truth is that the Obama Administration will do absolutely f-all to protect those that might offer a way with much less tyranny, let alone have a foreign policy with objectives.

    So it is Pax Rus.

    Assuming Obama continues along this line, Syria will become a binary game. The chemical weapon using tyrant Assad, and the stoneage expansionist eliminationists of Islamic State.  The US may think it doesn't pay any real price for letting Syria burn, but Europe is paying a price, as Syrians flee and as it is on the doorstep for Islamists willing to take on the West.  

    Putin wants to be taken seriously internationally, and once the non-IS opposition is effectively wiped out, he can turn on Islamic State and be a hero.  Russia wont think twice about civilian casualties, it wont face domestic protests on any great scale against war, and of course the far-left "peace" movement in the West wont bat an eyelid, as it almost never protests military action by any regime other than a Western one, including Israel.

    What could be different?

    Well the US and its allies could start by accepting the invitation of the Iraqi government to use all means necessary to wipe out Islamic State from Iraq itself, to protect the Kurds, to help ensure Sunni Iraqis are protected and discouraged from joining Islamic State.  At the very least, the West owes Iraq protection from invasion.

    However, for Syria it needs to have some clear objectives.  It could  have imposed a No-Fly Zone over Syria to stop the Assad regime from using chemical weapons and dropping barrel bombs, but that is impossible now.  What it should do is arm and protect the non-Islamist opposition and provide it with air support and make it clear to Russia that it is with it, in attacking Islamic State, but will not tolerate air strikes on areas governed by the Kurds or the Free Syrian Army.  It should take all steps necessary to wipe out Islamic State, which has eliminationist objectives towards the West, and following that establish a peace process to transition Syria away from rule by the Assad regime.

    The problem is that this requires taking on Russia.  Obama (and Bush before him) refused to defend Georgia from Russian occupation, nor Ukraine, even when Russian backed rebels shot down a civilian airliner (but that was Malaysian, which was unimportant to the US).   Putin is currently facing tough economic times, which he is evading by spending literally US$1billion of reserves every month, to prop up pensions, the military and uneconomic industries.  He can afford to do this for perhaps two-three more years without having to implement serious levels of austerity.   However, if the price of oil remains below US$60 over that time, it will prove tougher.  Putin's actions smell of a leader seeking a distraction, in the hope of buying time until oil prices recover at a level appropriate for his kleptocracy. 

    The odds that the US will take on Russia in Syria are small, because Obama has demonstrated no interest, at all, in taking any lead or keeping to his word with allies.  It is a policy of cynical withdrawal from the world.  A withdrawal that is dangerous to some of the US's allies, but also one that is fundamentally dishonest.

    The choice is simple.  Either the US embraces the doctrine of Ron Paul, and openly decides that it is no longer interested in being a superpower or standing by previous commitments to allies, or it stands by its allies and has a positive, pro-active foreign policy based on its interests and those of its (true) allies.

    While we all wait, enjoy "Pax" Rus, after all you're comfortably far away from the consequences of it all, aren't you?


              Ð’ибратор Rocks Off Buddies 10 Missile        
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              Where does romantic love come from?        

    If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.

    -- Lynda Barry

    So you are in love.

    I was madly in love and did not know what to do about it. My life was a mess at the time. I was so unhappy beforehand. After falling in love, I was desperately unhappy and miraculously happy at the same time. Then I knew I had to take action. But I did not know what to do. My life was complicated at that time. I wanted to rationalize what I have been going through.

    During my research I figured, it is really all about your family and your childhood traumas. You are wounded somehow, you want to fix it. Understand it by re-staging the conditions to resolve this time. So you choose people for your wounds. If it is a parent, you choose a partner who you can transform into this parent you have issues with. A little familiarity is enough. In every relationship we are not in our own personalities. We act a differently. Our partner demands it so without noticing.

    Romantic love is all about shadows. Shadows of two people talk to each other in their own way. What you cannot face, what you cannot cope you put it in your shadow. The good thing is they don’t stay there long, and romantic love is a great way of facing yourself. Real love transforms you and your partner into something new and stronger.

    What makes love?

    Three things. Intimacy, passion, commitment.

    Intimacy is sharing. Showing oneself your true self with all the good things and the bad things. Showing your true face, the one you cannot look alone. You have to share. You cannot hide. If you hide, if you are afraid, you wont have intimacy.

    Commitment is saying this is the person I am with. After the commitment, once two people know they will be there for each other no matter what happens, it creates a strong bond. Without commitment the couple cannot feel the trust and intimacy gets wounded.

    Passion is the hardest part of the triangle. It is between two bodies, it is between souls. It is a gift. It is a miracle. I don’t know how to achieve it, however I know when two people really connect in a deep level and do not fear their shadows, it can happen.

              China envía misiles nucleares a la frontera con Rusia en clara amenaza a EEUU        

    Sistemas de misiles intercontinentales del Ejército chino tipo DF-41 en un desfile militar.

    China ha desplegado una poderosa brigada de misiles balísticos capaces de portar ojivas nucleares en la frontera con Rusia, afirman este martes medios locales.

    De acuerdo con el diario oficial chino Global Times, las unidades en cuestión se tratan de misiles DF-41, considerados uno de los sistemas más avanzados de misiles del que dispone Pekín y que ahora están instalados en la provincia de Heilongjiang, limítrofe con Rusia.

    Éste misil de largo alcance es capaz de transportar entre 6 y 10 ojivas nucleares a una distancia de más de 10.000 kilómetros, informa el portal Free Beacon, que cita una fuente del Pentágono.

    Según señala el portal, el nuevo misil chino representa una amenaza estratégica importante para EEUU, ya que tiene un alcance mayor que otros misiles balísticos intercontinentales, además de poseer contra medidas electrónicas para evitar las defensas anti-misiles enemigas, así como la capacidad de maniobra individual para cada ojiva . No en vano, el misil podría alcanzar cualquier punto de Estados Unidos en 30 minutos, indica el medio.

    Expertos militares citados por el rotativo chino alegan que es la segunda brigada equipada con los referidos misiles del Ejército chino que se encuentra en servicio y que han sido desplegados en el noreste del gigante asiático.

    El potencial nuclear chino debería ser tan fuerte que ningún país se atreviera a pensar en un enfrentamiento militar bajo ninguna circunstancia y que otorgara a China la capacidad de responder a cualquier provocación”, advierte el diario chino Global Times.

    Global Times achaca la medida militar china a la recién investidura del nuevo presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, y la califican como una respuesta a las “provocadoras declaraciones de Trump respecto a China”.

    Según indica la publicación, “EE.UU. no ha mostrado el suficiente respeto por el Ejército de China” y que algunos altos mandos militares norteamericanos buscaron “con arrogancia” una y otra vez “mostrar su intención de medir fuerzas”.

    La relación entre Trump y Pekín comenzó con mal pie debido a una conversación telefónica que el magnate neoyorquino sostuvo con la presidenta de Taiwán, Tsai Ing-wen (el primer contacto a ese nivel desde 1979), amén de la política económica defendida por el próximo jefe de la Casa Blanca respecto al gigante asiático.

    Por otro lado, el candidato de Trump para la Diplomacia estadounidense, Rex Tillerson afirmó que EE.UU. debe bloquear el acceso de China a las islas artificiales en el mar de China Meridional y dijo que la única vía para alcanzar este objetivo sería imponer un bloqueo naval, lo que significa un acto de guerra.

    Hay que aclarar que esta medida china no está en ningún caso dirigida contra Rusia, como más de uno podría pensar; si fueron enviados a la frontera con Rusia es por la simple razón de que de ésa manera los misiles estarán mas cerca del territorio estadounidense y, por lo tanto, podrán llegar mas rápido hasta su objetivo, quedando todo el territorio norteamericano dentro de su alcance.

    FUENTE: http://www.hispantv.com/noticias/china/331177/tension-nuclear-pekin-trump-misil-balistico

              Les nouvelles menaces de la Corée du Nord contre les Etats-Unis et leur île de Guam        
    En réponse à la rhétorique de Trump, Pyongyang a dévoilé un plan militaire très précis pour tirer quatre missiles sur cette île du Pacifique dès cet été.
              Escalade de menaces entre Donald Trump et la Corée du Nord        
    Pyongyang a menacé de tirer des missiles près de l’île de Guam, tandis que le président américain a promis au régime nord-coréen le « feu et la fureur ».
              Putin's Offer Ignored: US to Keep Europe as Site for Missile Defense        
    The move comes despite an unexpected proposal by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to use a radar base in Azerbaijan instead.
              Russian Help for US Missile Defense?: Putin's Radar Gambit        
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has put Bush on the back foot over the US's planned European missile defense system with his offer of a radar station in Azerbaijan. But experts say the proposal is technically unfeasible.
              Surprise Offer in Missile Row: Putin Proposes Joint Radar Station in Azerbaijan        
    President Vladimir Putin has proposed that Russia and the US jointly use an existing radar station in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan as a way to resolve their dispute over the planned US missile shield in Eastern Europe. George W. Bush called it an "interesting proposal." Is the ice breaking?
              U.S., Israeli firms boost joint production of anti-missile systems        
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    Companies in Israel and the United States have ramped up production of the projectiles that are at the center of Israel’s multi-layered anti-missile defense systems, Defense News reported Tuesday.

    Israel’s missile defense systems—including the Arrow-3, David’s Sling, and Iron Dome—are all heavily funded by the U.S. In exchange, U.S. companies get a share of the work in developing the systems.

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              Per i nostri TG, 1000 razzi non valgono un solo "Kamikaze"        
    Ci risiamo...
    Dopo settimane di silenzio assoluto sullo stato del mai sopito conflitto palestinese/Israeliano, all'improvviso... LA NOTIZIA
    Sì, sì... L-A_N-O-T-I-Z-I-A, lo riscrivo, in stampatello maiuscolo e ben scandito perchè questo è la radice del problema che segna in modo profondo e pericoloso (per la formazione della "pubblica opinione"), il sistema informativo (o meglio, in questo contesto , dis-informativo ), giornalistico, pubblico e privato.
    Oggi, per esempio, dopo settimane di silenzio, improvvisamente, tutti i telegiornali di Stato hanno inserito nella scaletta delle notizie del giorno un servizio sull'intervento militare Israeliano nella cosidetta striscia di Gaza, che ha comportato la morte di circa trenta palestinesi tra cui "miliziani" (altri li definirebbero "terroristi"), e "civili"; tra questi, come accade quasi puntualmente, tre bambini.
    Questa, veramente in sintesi, LA NOTIZIA.
    Ovviamente su questa "notizia", come su tutte quelle che riguardano il conflitto palestinese/Israeliano, il conteggio dei morti, feriti, danni, e la qualificazione di questi, cioè la distinzione in terroristi, "miliziani", "civili", "bambini", è lasciato a "fonti" che, molto comprensibilmente, NON VENGONO VERIFICATE prima di pubblicare o trasmettere dai telegiornali le "notizie" (a dispetto di quella che dovrebbe essere una delle principali norme deontologiche del giornalismo professionale).
    Dico "molto comprensibilmente" perchè è noto che ormai, oggi, il giornalismo si fà soprattutto per telefono, per motivi "prestazionali" in primis (che si basa su quella competizione che vede un giornale/giornalista più "bravo" di un'altro se riesce a dare la notizia per primo); ma per quanto riguarda le notizie dal medio oriente si aggiungono altre complicazioni: una oggettiva difficoltà ambientale che rende difficile la raccolta diretta di informazioni da entrambi le parti in conflitto; e poi, soprattutto, la barriera culturale/linguistica.
    Gli inviati Italiani non sono in grado di comprendere le comunicazioni e le "informazioni" che vengono trasmesse in arabo dai media locali, (anche quando a parlare sono gli stessi leader palestinesi) e si devono pertanto affidare alle "versioni in Inglese" opportunamente predisposte dai leader e "giornalisti" locali ad uso e consumo dei "colleghi" occidentali, tra cui, ovviamente, anche quelli Italiani.

    Non starò qui a discutere sul tema della qualità del giornalismo Italiano in generale, mi basterà riportare due link trovati velocemente con Google inserendo le parole "deontologia giornalistica verifica delle fonti" nel campo di ricerca: http://www.bolognadue.it/angelorizzi/tecap12.htm, http://attivissimo.blogspot.com/2008/02/hostess-spogliarellista-video-autentico.html.
    Il primo riporta un'estesa analisi dei tipici problemi legati al rapporto tra la "realtà" e la "rappresentazione" giornalistica; il secondo, un recente, divertente, e drammaticamente esemplificativo caso di mancanza di verifica sulle fonti.

    Mi preme invece osservare come questa situazione deficitaria del giornalismo in generale, sia particolarmente devastante quando a venire trattate e trasmesse sono le "notizie" che riguardano la situazione in Israele e nei "territori Palestinesi".
    L'effetto è "devastante" perchè produce costantemente una rappresentazione altamente distorta della "realtà" che indubbiamente influenza in modo determinante e fortemente emotiva "l'opinione pubblica" in merito al conflitto ed in particolare, condiziona il giudizio di merito sull'operato delle autorità Israeliane, su Israele nel suo insieme, e, in ultima analisi, sugli Israeliani in quanto ebrei.
    Non c'è bisogno di sforzarsi molto per trovare anche nelle cronache più recenti, la registrazione in Italia di atti di ostilità, di censura, se non di manifesta violenza, da parte di gruppi organizzati (soprattutto legati ideologicamente con ambienti della sinistra) contro docenti, scrittori, personale diplomatico, luoghi e persone appartenenti alle comunità ebraiche Italiane, che, di volta in volta, venivano identificati come rappresentanti di Israele e della sua società.
    Questi episodi si fondano e prendono spunto, putroppo, anche da quella costante deformazione dell'informazione operata (consapevolmente o meno) dai media Italiani e che riconduce la rappresentazione di Israele a quella di "Stato oppressore" e infanticida.
    Nella nostra società, così fragile, ansiosa, aggrappata tenacemente all'idea cattolico-comunista della solidarietà, dell'uguaglianza, del diritto al diritto, dello Stato "garante della pace e della serenità", la figura dello "Stato oppressore e infanticida" desta ovviamente sentimenti fortemente ostili; paradossalmente più ostili di quelli che suscitano gli attentati terroristici in genere (in quanto i terroristi vengono considerati, più o meno, alla stregua di "dementi", di "incapaci di intendere e volere", pertanto i loro crimini vengono giudicati con quella tipica clemenza a cui la nostra stessa giustizia penale ci ha da lungo abituato; una specie di "attenuante" che non si può certo riconoscere alle azioni compiute da un Stato).

    Il giornalismo pubblico, di Stato, in quanto pagato con i soldi di quasi tutti gli Italiani, dovrebbe essere garanzia di equilibrio e professionalità, e proprio per questo ha più effetto di altri mezzi di informazione sulla formazione dell'opinione pubblica, proprio perchè i suoi utenti "si fidano"; pertanto, laddove l'informazione sia distorta dal giornalismo di stato, maggiore è l'effetto disinformativo, e più grave la Colpa.

    Purtroppo la distorsione è tanto forte quanto difficilmente identificabile dalla maggioranza degli Italiani che, si sa, non dedicano molto tempo alla lettura nè all'approfondimento.
    Il fatto è che la deformazione inizia proprio con "la notizia", o meglio, con LA SCELTA della notizia; e qui, finalmente, mi ricollego all'inizio di questo Post.

    Ascoltando attentamente tutto il servizio mandato in onda oggi su tutti i TG nazionali, si capisce chiaramente che dalla striscia di Gaza sono giorni che vengono lanciati decine di "razzi", per non dire "missili", sulle case e sulle teste degli Israeliani, uomini, donne, e bambini inclusi.
    Come mai di questo FATTO (di cui certamente i giornalisti inviati e le nostre redazioni erano perfettamente a conoscenza) NON E' STATA DATA NOTIZIA?
    Mi ricordo perfettamente che, circa vent'anni fa, per il solo fatto che una paio di esplosioni sono state udite vicino alle coste di Lampedusa, per i giorni a seguire i giornali e telegiornali Italiani hanno riempito pagine e ore di trasmissione per dare e trattare "LA NOTIZIA" riguardo a due presunti missili lanciati, presumibilmente, dalla Libia.
    Perchè, allora, mi domando, la gragnola di "missili" che da mesi e mesi, viene lanciata dai palestinesi di Gaza sugli Israeliani, bambini inclusi, producendo, danni, feriti, qualche morto, e molto, molto terrore, non viene considerata dalle redazioni dei telegiornali di Stato, degna di diventare "notizia"?
    Non dico un un servizio al giorno, visto che i lanci sono quotidiani, ma almeno uno alla settimana! giusto per mantenere nell'opinione pubblica una certa consapevolezza sul reale stato delle cose e non, piuttosto, indurre gli Italiani a credere che, per il solo fatto che i giornali nostrani non ne parlano, i palestinesi concedano periodi di "tregua" alla popolazione Israeliana (come gli stessi giornalisti spesso si ritrovano a dire).

    Insomma, se i palestinesi "bombardano" gli Israeliani, di questo non viene data notizia agli Italiani, ma se Israele reagisce e attacca le postazioni da cui partono i missili palestinesi, il fatto diventa immediatamente degno di occupare un posto nella scaletta dei telegiornali.

    E' difficile capire perchè il continuo e quotidiano attacco "razzistico/missilistico" dei palestinesi contro uomini, donne e bambini Israeliani (quindi deliberatamente contro "civili") non sia ritenuto degno di essere NOTIZIA, mentre la reazione Israeliana sì.

    Ma è facile, invece, capire che questa SELEZIONE delle informazioni, già da sola è sufficiente a distorcere la rappresentazione della realtà.
    L'ascoltatore è inevitabilmente indotto a ritenere il lancio dei "razzi" palestinesi SPORADICO e sostanzialmente inoffensivo (il nome stesso "razzo", invece di "missile", aiuta questa percezione); la stessa assenza di "interesse" giornalistico sul fatto sostiene l'idea che gli effetti letali di questi lanci siano trascurabili... sennò i giornali ne parlerebbero... no?

    Per cui... se i razzi palestinesi sono, tuttosommato, innocui... come si può giustificare una così imponente e violenta azione militare Israeliana, con tanto di morti palestinesi civili e bambini, da diventare immediatamente oggetto di notizia su tutti i giornali di Stato?

    IL FATTO è che i razzi palestinesi non sono meno letali delle classiche bombe a mano e il loro lancio quotidiano nella misura di centinaia alla settimana (una vera e propria forma di bombardamento), li rende tutt'altro che innocui causando danni e feriti gravi con amputazioni di arti pure tra bambini.

    Ma la percezione che gli Italiani ricevono è chiaramente tutt'altra.
    A contribuire a ridurre la percezione della gravità e degli effetti terroristici dei "bombardamenti" palestinesi, c'è pure la scelta delle parole usate dal giornalista per introdurre il servizio.
    Su di un TG RAI di oggi, l'azione militare Israeliana è stata definita come una risposta al lancio dei razzi palestinesi "sul territorio Israeliano".
    E' chiaro che in questo modo si sposta l'attenzione dal fatto principale, (ovvero sull'intento dei palestinesi di colpire, ferire, e possibilmente uccidere, quanti più israeliani possibile bambini compresi) e si rende la comunicazione molto più asettica e meno emotiva; insomma un conto è dire che i palestinesi lanciano i razzi contri "il territorio Israeliano", un'altro dire che li lanciano contro "i civili e i bambini Israeliani".

    Al TG1 riferiscono che l'attacco Israeliano ha causato la morte di circa trenta palestinesi, soprattutto "miliziani", ma anche una decina di "civili" tra cui sette donne e tre "bambini".
    Al TG3, addirittura, il riferimento ai "miliziani" è scomparso e la notizia è stata data così:
    "...sono stati uccisi circa trenta palestinesi tra cui sette donne e tre bambini"(sic!).
    Direi che la versione del TG3 è, come al solito, quella più "deformante".

    Detta in questo modo si lascia intendere che l'effetto dell'attacco Israeliano è stato quello di "uccidere palestinesi" e, cosa ancora più abberrante, "bambini palestinesi".

    Già a questo punto dell'analisi possiamo comprendere che l'opinione indotta dai giornali RAI sull'ascoltatore non può condurre ad altro che a questa idea: che i palestinesi, sebbene lancino razzi di tanto in tanto, sono innocui, che la reazione di Israele è ingiustificata, e, inoltre, è spropositata (trenta morti) razzista (diretta contro "i palestinesi") e crudele (contro i bambini).

    Potrei anche fermarmi qui, perchè già queste osservazioni sono sufficienti a dare un'idea di quali sono i piani su cui si muove la dis-informazione giornalistica pubblica e di quanto facilmente si possa indurre un'idea deformata della realtà mediante la semplice "selezione" delle notizie e delle "parole" usate per definire "i fatti";
    Un'idea, in questo caso, ingiustamente pregiudizievole delle ragioni, degli intenti, e degli effetti delle azioni del governo Israeliano e del suo esercito; con l'effetto "devastante" di rendere Israele una specie di Stato "Mostro" e attirando su di esso l'ostilità e l'animosità dell'opinione pubblica Italiana così formata.

    Ma voglio aggiungere un ulteriore appunto alla questione "qualitativa" più sopra accennata.
    Mi riferisco alla distinzione tra "terroristi", "miliziani", "civili", e bambini, che viene sistematicamente fatta durante i servizi dei nostri TG mentre si "contano" gli effetti degli interventi militari Israeliani contro "i palestinesi" o contro "il campo profughi" palestinese (oramai delle vere e proprie località in "stile" arabo; ma continuare a chiamarle "campi profughi" aiuta a trasmettere l'idea di "luogo della sofferenza") .
    Ovviamente la valutazione e la reazione emotiva è ben diversa se ad essere "vittima" dell'azione militare Israeliana sono dei "miliziani", piuttosto che dei semplici (ed innocenti) "civili", piuttosto che (ancora più innocenti) "donne", o peggio (super innoccentissimi) "bambini".
    Quindi, dire "gli Israeliani hanno ucciso 27 terroristi, tra cui cinque donne, e tre adolescenti" è ben diverso che dire "gli Israeliani hanno ucciso 30 palestinesi, tra cui cinque donne e tre bambini".

    Nel primo caso si può immaginare che l'azione militare sia stata, necessaria (perchè rivolta contro i "terroristi"), precisa e mirata; che le donne pure partecipano alle attività belliche palestinesi (come in effetti accade), e le "vere" vittime, pur essendoci, sono relativamente poche.
    Nel secondo caso, invece, la cosa assume le forme di una strage; anzi, di una strage di innocenti.
    L'attaco risulta essere indiscriminatamente contro "i palestinesi", "i civili" (visto che non si menzionano nè miliziani e nè tantomeno "terroristi" , e contro gli innocenti (donne e bambini).

    Ora... visto che la "qualificazione" e la distinzione tra "miliziani" e "civili" la fanno direttamente le fonti palestinesi ( in particolare i presidi ospedalieri) che, ricordiamolo, NON VENGONO VERIFICATE e, visto e considerato che i "miliziani" palestinesi spesso indossano abiti civili, e che la differenza tra "miliziano" e "terrorista" è una questione molto chiara (gli uni "combattono", gli altri colpiscono deliberatamente e vigliaccamente "i civili""nemici") ma difficilmente provabile e documentabile, va da sè che le "fonti palestinesi" (ben consapevoli del diverso impatto emotivo sull'opinione pubblica occidentale), tendono a qualificare come vittime "civili" il maggior numero di persone per avvalorale l'idea che l'attacco Israeliano è tutt'altro che "mirato".
    Lo stesso dicasi per la qualifica di "bambino" a cui noi tendiamo ad associare maggiormente l'idea dell'innocenza e, quindi, della "vera vittima".
    Ora è ben noto che in palestina l'uso delle armi anche tra giovani e giovanissimi non è certo un fenomeno limitato; cosa impedisce alla "fonte informativa" o al "giornalista" di definire "bambino" un palestinese di 11,12 o 13 anni?
    Ipotizziamo che tra i "miliziani" palestinesi colpiti dall'esercito Israeliano ci fossero pure due ragazzini di 12 anni tutt'altro che "inconsapevoli"... chi impedirà al giornalista di definire anche quei due "ragazzini in armi" dei "bambini (innocentissimi)"?
    In fondo non sta scritto da nessuna parte a quale ètà si finisce di essere bambini... basta guardare certi esponenti politici... Craxi, Mastella... nel momento in cui sono stati accusati di fare qualcosa di illecito, la prima cosa che hanno detto è stata: "ma lo fanno anche gli altri!"
    Stesse parole che userebbe un bambino di 6 anni!

    Purtroppo però, in questo caso, il richiamo della figura del "bambino" come vittima ha l'effetto di evocare l'idea della "strage di innocenti"; un'immagine molto forte, molto emotiva e molto "giornalistica" (nel senso che il giornalismo "rampante" è sempre alla ricerca affannosa di notizie, e immagini, che suscitino forti emozioni, reazioni); l'uso forzato di questa immagine porta, come dicevo sopra, ad una ulteriore deformazione della realtà, in cui a farne le spese è costantemente soprattutto il giudizio dell'opinione pubblica sull'operato del governo Israeliano e sulle sue azioni militari; un giudizio inevitabilmente teso alla condanna senza appello.

    Il controsenso di oggi è questo:
    Che le redazioni dei TG nazionali ritengano gli interventi militari Israeliani degni di immediati servizi giornalistici di informazione e denuncia, mentre alle quotidiane gragnuole di granate lanciate dai palestinesi sulle teste degli Israeliani non viene dato nemmeno lo spazio di un trafiletto.

    Saluti e...
    buoni controsensi a tutti.

              Sisa-Sisa Perang Nuklir Mahabaratha (Baratayudha)        

    Ratusan panah-panah api (missile) berterbangan dilangit, tak kalahnya panah-panah api berekor panjang (laser) juga terlihat membelah cakrawala, bola-bola api raksasa (nuclear blast) menyilaukan dan membutakan mata, semua itu diakhiri suara menggelegar yang memekakkan telinga, ribuan nyawa manusia dan hewan melayang tak terkira dan menyisakan kehancuran yang dahsyat di berbagai tempat dimuka Bumi tercinta.
    Apa mungkin 15.000 tahun SM, ada perang nuklir dan peradaban manusia sudah demikian tinggi? Padahal, teknologi nuklir merupakan teknologi hi-tech yang dikerjakan oleh para ahli fisika.
    Kesalahan kecil yang terjadi pada peralatan atau prosesnya dapat menjadi bencana, penebar maut. Seperti kebocoran di reaktor nuklir Chernobyl milik Rusia yang menelan banyak korban jiwa karena radiasi radio aktif.
    Ada kabar menarik dari arkeolog India. Ditemukan sejumlah bukti yang menunjukkan di India diduga pernah terjadi 2 perang besar yang menggunakan senjata pemusnah massal.
    Penelitian dilakukan oleh oleh Michael Cremo tahun 2003, arkeolog senior dari AS. Selama 8 tahun, penganut agama Hindu ini meneliti narasumber dari kitab suci Weda dan Jain, yang ditulis pendeta Walmiki, ribuan tahun lalu. Cremo tertarik menginvestigasi dan mendalami dua kitab suci tersebut.
    Ia menemukan nama-nama yang tertera di kitab tersebut ada di India. Ditemani tim dan rekannya, Dr.Rao C.S, arkeolog terkemuka India, ia meneliti dengan perangkat canggih “penjejak waktu” ( thermoluminenscence dating method ) untuk setiap obyek.
    Dengan karbon radio isotop, keakuratan umur objek mampu dijejak hingga miliaran tahun ke belakang. Kitab Weda ternyata bisa menjadi nara sumber akurat, mengungkap kisah-kisah sebenarnya beribu tahun lalu. Tak semata kitab suci.
    Mereka mencoba mengupas isi kisah Mahabarata, dari awal kejadian hingga perang Bharatayudha, ditandai berakhirnya perjalanan keluarga Bharata. Mereka yang berperang, berasal dari keturunan Pandu dan Destrarata, 2 bersaudara.
    Baratayuda, adalah istilah yang dipakai di Indonesia untuk menyebut perang besar di Kurukshetra antara keluarga Pandawa melawan Korawa. Perang ini merupakan klimaks dari kisah Mahabharata, yaitu sebuah wira carita terkenal dari India.
    Dr.Rao meneliti bukti-bukti sejarah di lautan, di teluk Gujarat, untuk mengungkap bukti keberadaan Kerajaan Dwaraka. Istana Sri Krisna, otak penggalang strategis dari pihak Pandawa. Konon, kerajaan ini musnah ditelan gelombang laut tahun 1478 SM, setelah perang Bharatayudha tahun 1443 SM.

    Princes of the Indonesian epic, Bharata Yhuda or The Great Battle, are carved in stone in this monument in Freedom Square. Bhatara Kresna and Raden Arjuna Sastra are two handsome princes of the Pandawa Lima lineage, shown here inspecting the war front battle station. with a bow and arrow, riding a chariot of eight galloping horses – a scene supposedly taken from Bharata Yuda War when Arjuna defeated Karna. The monument holds great significance for the locals, with some believing that the very figure opens a door to the spiritual world. (touristspot.ruvenga.com)
    Michael Cremo mengadakan penelitian di daratan, diantaranya: Indraprasta, Hastinapura, dan padang Khurusethra, bekas perang itu terjadi. Seperti diketahui, Indraprasta merupakan tempat bermukim keluarga Pandawa di awal perjuangan merebut Hastina. Khurusethra adalah bekas pertempuran dahsyat keluarga Bharata.
    Para ahli menemukan banyak bukti yang mengejutkan. Tanah tegalan luas itu ternyata tak ditumbuhi tanaman apa pun, karena tercemar radio aktif. Pada puing-puing bangunan atau sisa-sisa tengkorak manusia yang ditemukan di Mohenjo Daro tercemar residu radio aktif yang cukup pekat.
    Menurut Dr.Indrajit, ahli termonuklir, hal ini terjadi diduga akibat radiasi ledakan termonuklir skala besar dalam peperangan tersebut. Jelasnya terdapat dalam kalimat Weda yang diterjemahkan bebas seperti ini, ”Arjuna yang gagah berani, duduk dalam Weimana/ Vimana.

    Terlihat relief Vimana  sedang melayang  di kanan atas
    Dalam Ufology, Vimana adalah wahana mirip piring terbang. Bahkan ada teori, bahwa dulunya Vimana adalah istilah untuk kendaraan alien yang berperang dengan manusia Bumi yang pada saat itu juga sudah canggih.
    Teori kedua dalam Ufology, bahwa dulunya ada dua ras alien yang memperebutkan Bumi dan menghasilkan radiasi-radiasi yang hingga kini masih dapat dibuktikan.
    Oleh kerenanya, manusia mengganggap bahwa para alien tersebut adalah “Dewa-dewa dari langit” yang sangat tangguh dan perkasa, lalu manusia membuat ceritanya dalam kitab-kitab Hindu.
    Vimana dapat mendarat di tengah air, lalu mengangkat gendewa dan meluncurkan sebatang anak panah. Semacam senjata mirip rudal/ roket, yang dapat menimbulkan sekaligus melepaskan nyala api yang bersinar terang di atas wilayah musuh.
    Curahannya seperti hujan lebat yang deras, mengepung musuh dengan kekuatan dahsyat. Setelah panah itu tiba pada sasarannya, dalam sekejap sebuah bayangan yang tebal dengan cepat terbentuk seperti cendawan raksasa merekah di atas wilayah kurawa.
    Angkasa menjadi gelap gulita, semua kompas yang ada dalam kegelapan menjadi tidak berfungsi, kemudian badai angin yang dahsyat mulai bertiup wuuus… wuuus, disertai debu pasir.
    Burung-burung bercicit panik seolah-olah langit runtuh dan bumi gonjang-ganjing. Sementara itu di atas langit, matahari seolah-olah bergoyang, panas membara memancarkan udara mengerikan, membuat bumi berguncang, dan gunung-gunung bergoyang.”
    Kerajaan Dwaraka. Istana Sri Krisna,
    “Di kawasan darat yang luas, binatang-binatang mati terbakar dan berubah bentuk. Air sungai kering kerontang, ikan, udang dan hewan laut lainnya, semuanya mati.”
    “Saat panah (apakah roket atau senjata laser?) meledak, suaranya bagaikan halilintar, membuat prajurit musuh berjatuhan bagaikan batang pohon yang terbakar hangus. Akibat yang ditimbulkan oleh senjata Arjuna tersebut, tercipta badai api, diikuti ledakan dahsyat yang memancarkan debu beracun (radio aktif?).”
    Menurut kepercayaan populer Kuil Mahabalipuram bukan suatu kuil, tetapi suatu candi yang terakhir dari serangkaian tujuh candi, enam di antaranya telah tenggelam.
    Penemuan bangunan utama reruntuhan itu terjadi pada bulan April 2002 di lepas pantai Mahabalipuram di Tamil Nadu, India Selatan, pada kedalaman 5 hingga 7 meter (15-21 kaki) dilakukan oleh tim gabungan dari Dorset Scientific Exploration Society (SES) dan India’s National Institute of Oceanography (NIO).
    Penyelidikan di lokasi masing-masing ditemukan batu, sisa-sisa tembok yang tersebar, batu persegi dan blok persegi panjang dan platform besar dengan undak-undakan yang menuju ke sana. Semua ini berbaring di tengah-tengah formasi geologis batuan lokal.
    Terdapat 4 sosok singa di empat lokasi, reruntuhan itu disimpulkan menjadi bagian dari kompleks candi.
    Dinasti Pallava, yang menguasai wilayah itu selama abad ke-7 Masehi, dikenal memiliki banyak bangunan batu keras seperti struktural candi di Mahabalipuram dan Kanchipuram.
     reruntuhan Kerajaan Dwaraka, istana Prabu Krisna.
    Poet Dwarka (India)
    Di antara yang paling menarik dari penemuan-penemuan arkeologi yang dibuat di India dalam beberapa tahun terakhir adalah yang dibuat di lepas pantai dan Bet Dwarka Dwarka di Gujarat.
    Penggalian telah berlangsung sejak 1983. Ini adalah dua tempat yang terpisah 30 km satu sama lain. Dwarka berada di pantai laut Arab, dan Bet Dwarka adalah di Teluk Kutch.
    Kedua tempat ini dihubungkan dengan legenda tentang Kresna yang baik. Ada banyak candi di sini, terutama yang termasuk ke dalam periode abad pertengahan.
    Dinilai sebagai salah satu dari tujuh kota paling tua di negara ini, kota legendaris Dvaraka adalah tempat kediaman Lord Krishna. Hal ini diyakini bahwa akibat kerusakan dan kehancuran oleh laut, Dvaraka telah tenggelam enam kali!
    Untuk memperluas dan memperdalam penelitian ini, Unicef dan NASA membantu pemotretan dengan citra lansat satelit. Dari hasil riset dan pemotretan yang difokuskan di hulu sungai Gangga, para arkeolog menemukan banyak sisa puing bangunan yang telah menjadi batu hangus.
     Kuil Mahabalipuram
    Batu besar reruntuhan ini ketika dilekatkan jadi satu, permukaannya menonjol dan cekung tidak merata. Ketika dicoba melebur bebatuan tsb, ternyata dibutuhkan suhu minimal 1.800 derajat celcius! Batu biasa dalam keadaan normal tak mencapai suhu ini.
    Kecuali pada benda-benda yang terkena radiasi nuklir, baru bisa mencapai suhu yang demikian tinggi. Di pedalaman hutan primitif India, peneliti juga menemukan lebih banyak reruntuhan batu hangus.
    Tembok kota yang runtuh dikristalisasi, licin seperti kaca, lapisan luar perabot rumah tangga yang terbuat dari batu dalam bangunan juga telah di-kaca-lisasi. Para peneliti heran, selain di India, batu radiasi juga ditemukan di bekas Kerajaan Babilonia Kuno, Gurun Sahara dan Gurun Gobi di Mongolia!
    Inilah bukti reruntuhan perang nuklir prasejarah, derajat radiasi masih terekam meski kejadiannya ribuan tahun SM ( Sebelum Masehi ). Batu kaca pada reruntuhan tersebut, semuanya sama persis dengan batu kaca pada kawasan percobaan nuklir saat ini.
    Diduga kuat perang Bharatayudha adalah perang nuklir yang terjadi antara 30.000 – 15.000 SM. Untuk meneliti lebih jauh penyebaran batu radiasi ini, para ahli nuklir PBB akan mengungkapnya dalam program khusus.
    Kerajaan Dwaraka ditelan laut
    Penelitian yang dilakukan Dr. Rao di bawah lautan didasarkan petunjuk Weda, bahwa Kerajaan Dwaraka ditelan laut beberapa saat setelah Bharatayudha usai. Kerajaan Dwaraka adalah kediaman Sri Krisna, raja yang pegang kendali strategis di perang saudara ini.
    Dalam kitab suci Hindu, ia merupakan jelmaan Dewa Wisnu, pemelihara perdamaian. Keberadaan Dwaraka dilakukan selama 8 tahun, dan baru jelas setelah dibantu citra satelit NASA. Dari sana ditemukan jejak kerajaan tersebut di bawah Teluk Gujarat.
    Setelah ada petunjuk pasti, akhirnya Dwaraka berhasil ditemukan dalam keadaan hancur digulung gelombang Laut Arab yang cukup dahsyat. Dari hasil investigasi, banyak temuan berharga indikator kehidupan makhluk 15.000 tahun lalu.
    Selain tembikar, ada bongkahan batu besar yang diduga benteng dan dinding istana. Batuan dipenuhi ornamen indah, lonceng kuil dari tembaga, jangkar kapal, pot bunga dari keramik, serta uang emas dan tembaga.
    Penemuan logam ini memperlihatkan kepada kita, bahwa peradaban 30.000 – 15.000 tahun lalu ternyata sudah tinggi. Tak heran temuan ini mengindikasikan penggunaan senjata pemusnah massal di perang itu.

    space wars & star wars (ilustrasi)
    Bahkan menurut beberapa ahli yang lebih kontroversial malah menyatakan, bahwa pada masa lalu manusia sudah beberapa kali hampir mengalami pemusnahan massal akibat perang nuklir, perang bintang dan perang-perang besar lainnya.
    Hingga manusia yang dapat bertahan hidup dan berlindung (survive) hanya tersisa ribuan jiwa saja, lalu mereka kembali ke zaman batu atau “seperti” zaman prasejarah.
    Kemudian terus berkembang-biak kembali menjadi jutaan dan milyaran. Lalu terjadi lagi perang besar di bumi yang menyebabkan kemusnahan massal manusia, lalu berkembang-biak lagi, begitu seterusnya selama belasan kali.
    Namun tak selamanya perang besar terjadi akibat peperangan antara manusia di bumi. Menurut paneliti yang tertarik masalah Ufology, manusia juga pernah melawan makhluk-makhluk luar angkasa atau alien, dan akhirnya juga menyisakan kehancuran dahsyat di Bumi.
    Perlawanan ini juga membuktikan bahwa pada masa lalu peradaban manusia di bumi telah canggih, jika tidak canggih maka tak mungkin ras manusia berani  melawan. Tapi akibat kekalahan teknologi yang jauh-jauh lebih canggih, ras manusia kalah namun berhasil untuk bertahan hidup dibawah pemukaan bumi.
    Setelah beberapa dekade radiasi di permukaan bumi mulai menurun, merekapun mulai berani kembali ke permukaan dan memulai kembali peradaban ras manusia dari awal.
    Menurut peneliti Ufology dan peneliti sejarah peradaban dunia yang kontroversial, peristiwa hampir punahnya ras manusia ini tak hanyak terjadi sekali, namun berkali-kali, dan manusia selalu dapat bertahan hidup walau hanya tersisa ribuan saja dan kembali memulai peradaban baru hingga suatu saat kembali maju dan canggih.

    space battle & space wars (ilustrasi)
    Dari penemuan-penemuan itu, Dr. Michael Creko membukukan laporan dalam 3 buku yang dicetak tahun 2006. Beberapa diantaranya:
    Forbidden Archaelogis, The Hidden History of Human Race, dan Human Devolution, yang isinya menentang teori Darwin, tentang evolusi manusia.
    Dr. Rao dari hasil karyanya memperoleh penghargaan “The World Ship Trust Award” dari PBB atas penemuan siklus kehidupan manusia yang memutus teori Darwin.
    Pada awalnya, kisah-kisah inilah yang dibukukan dalam kitab Hindu dan menjadi kisah yang menarik tentang perang besar pada zaman dahulu kala ini (Armageddon).
    Bahkan di Indonesia saat agama Hindu masuk ke Nusantara, cerita perang ini telah menjadi budaya Indonesia terutama di Jawa dan Bali.
    Budaya ini telah melekat di Indonesia hingga kini, salah satunya melalui tradisi Wayang, baik itu wayang orang atau wayang kulit bahkan wayang golek.
    Cerita tentang Baratayudha tersebut tetap mengakar hingga ke generasi muda di Indonesia sebagai generasi penerus kebudayaan tua ini. Karena cara ini adalah salah satu jalan agar kisah heriok ini tetap lestari di kemudian hari.
    Cara lainnya untuk melestarikan kisah ini juga dilakukan dengan penulisan buku-buku dari banyak literatur-literatur kuno di zaman Hindu. Bahkan sudah ada beberapa permainan (games) elektronik di komputer tentang kisah peperangan Ramayana dan Baratayudha ini.

    Di Indonesia, cerita pewayangan seperti perang Bharata Yudha (kisah perang di Mahabharata) masih banyak diceritakan langsung secara turun-temurun oleh para orang tua kepada generasi mudanya.
    Selain itu, masih banyak pula kakek-nenek dan orang tua dari generasi sebelumnya terus menceritakan kembali kisah menarik ini kepada anak dan cucunya, termasuk di dalamnya tentang kisah perang Baratayudha.
    Namun banyak pula peneliti dan budayawan yang menyatakan bahwa kisah itu hanya sekedar mitos atau fiksi kuno belaka.
    Tapi itu semua dapat dipatahkan dengan penemuan-penemuan arkeologi dan sejarah yang sama-sama bersinergi dan dapat membuktikan fakta-fakta yang ada dan telah terjadi di lapangan.
    Karena bisa jadi, itu semua memang bagian dari sejarah yang nyata bagi peradaban ras manusia di muka Bumi untuk selalu bertahan dari kepunahan. “Life will find the way…” (berbagai sumber)

              What does the Qur'an say about shooting stars? Is there a clash in The Heavens?        

    V. Tunniclife was quoted in The Fountain, Jan.-Mar. 1996, No 13, p.36:

    Startling discovery of modern biology

    All life requires energy, nearly all life on earth looks to the sun as the source. But solar energy is not the only kind of energy available on the earth. Consider the energy that drives the movement and eruption of the planet’s crust. When you look at an active volcano, you are witnessing the escape of heat that has been produced by radioactive decay in the earth’s interior and is finally reaching the surface. Why should there not be biological communities associated with the same nuclear energy that moves continents and makes mountains? And why could not whole communities be fuelled by chemical, rather than, solar energy?. . Most of us associate the escape of heat from the interior of the earth with violent events and unstable physical conditions, with extreme high temperatures and the release of toxic gasses—circumstances that are hardly conducive to life.

    The notion that biological communities might spring up in a geologically active environment seemed fantastic. And until recently, few organisms were known to survive without a direct or indirect way to tap the sun’s energy. But such communities do exist, and they represent one of the most startling discoveries of 20th-century biology. They live in the deep ocean, under conditions that are both severe and variable.

    This ‘startling’ discovery of modern biology contains clues to some other realities, which sciences should consider. The Qur’an declares:

    Surely, We have adorned the world’s heaven with lamps, and We have made them missiles for the devils. (al-Mulk, 67.5)

    The ‘startling’ discovery of biology suggests that just as the earth does, the heavens should also have inhabitants of their own. Indeed, reality also requires it to be so, for, as Said Nursi writes (The Words 1, Izmir, 1997, pp. 233–42), despite its small size and relative insignificance, the earth being alternately emptied and filled with living and conscious beings suggests—rather, it shows evidently—that the heavens too, which have magnificent constellations and are like decorated palaces, must also be filled with conscious and percipient beings. For the Creator has embellished and ornamented the universe with innumerable decorations, beauties, and inscriptions, and this evidently requires the existence of contemplative and appreciative eyes that will observe and be delighted. Certainly, beauty requires a lover, and food is given to the hungry. Men and jinn are able to perform only a millionth of this boundless duty, this glorious viewing, and this comprehensive worship. This means that countless sorts of angels and spirit beings are necessary to perform these infinite and diverse duties and acts of worship.

    The Creator Who continuously creates subtle life and enlightened, percipient beings from dense earth and turbid water, must certainly have created conscious beings from light and even from darkness which are worthier to have a higher life and spirit, and created them in great abundance. In the language of Islam, those inhabitants of various kinds are called angels.

    The earth and the heavens are connected to each other like two countries under one government

    The earth and the heavens are connected to each other like two countries under one government. There are important relations and transactions between them. Things necessary for the earth like light, heat, blessings, and forms of mercy like rain, come, rather, are being sent, from the sky. Also, as unanimously confirmed by all the heavenly religions, which are founded on Revelation, and as is agreed upon by all the saintly scholars who unveil the secret truths of creation on the basis of what they have witnessed, the angels and spirit beings descend to the earth from the heavens. From this, it may be concluded almost as certainly as if it were directly sensed that for the inhabitants of the earth there is a way to ascend to the heavens.

    Indeed, everyone can always travel to the heavens through his mind, vision and imagination. So too, freed from or purified of the gross heaviness of their carnal and material being, the spirits of the Prophets and saints travel there by God’s leave, and the spirits of the ordinary people do so after their death. Since those who are ‘lightened’ and have acquired ‘subtlety’ and spiritual refinement travel there, for sure, certain inhabitants of the earth and the air who are clothed in an ‘ideal’ body or energetic envelope or immaterial form, and are light and subtle like spirits, may go to the heavens. Since there is journeying between the earth and the heavens, and important necessities for the earth are sent from the heavens; and since pure spirits travel to the heavens, for sure, imitating the pure spirits, the evil spirits too will attempt to travel to the heavenly abode. For, physically, they are light and subtle. However, they will certainly be repulsed and repelled, for by nature they are evil and unclean. Again, as the silence and tranquility, the order and serene regularity of the heavens, and their vastness and radiance, show, their inhabitants are not like those of the earth; they are all obedient to God and do whatever He commands them. There is nothing to cause quarrels or disputes among them because they are innocent, their realm is vast, their nature is pure, and their stations are fixed. So, when devils or evil spirit beings attempt to ascend the heavens, the pure inhabitants of the heavens are mobilized to repel them from the heavens.

    There must be a sign or reflection in the visible, material world of whatever takes place in the kingdom of heavens

    Without doubt, there must be a sign or reflection in the visible, material world of this important interaction and contest. For the wisdom of the sovereignty of Divine Lordship requires that the Lord should put a sign, an indication, for conscious beings, particularly for man, whose most important duty is observing, witnessing, supervising, and acting as a herald to, His significant disposals in the realm of the Unseen. This is just as He has made rain a sign for men to explain, in physical terms, His countless miracles in spring, and also made apparent (natural) causes the pointers to the wonders of His art, so that He may call the inhabitants of the visible, material world to witness them, indeed to attract the attentive gaze of all the inhabitants of the vast heavens and the earth to that amazing exhibition. That is, He displays the vast heavens as a castle or city arrayed with towers on which sentries are posted, so that those inhabitants of the heavens and earth may reflect on the majesty of His Lordship.

    Since wisdom requires the announcement of this elevated contest, there will surely be a sign for it. However, other than some stars being used as ‘missiles’ against the devils, no event among those of the atmosphere and heavens seems to be appropriate to this announcement. For it is evident how suitable for the repulsion of the devils are these stellar events, which resemble missiles and signal rockets fired from the formidable bastions of high castles. Further, unlike other events taking place in the heavens, no other function is known for such stellar events. In addition, this function has been known widely since the time of Adam, and witnessed by those who know the reality of things and events.

    Like angels and other creatures, stars also have many different varieties. Some are extremely small, and some are extremely large. Everything that shines in the sky can be called a star. One sort of stars the Majestic Creator, the Gracious Maker, has created as a sort of jewels on the face of the sky or like the shining fruits of a vast tree. He has also made them the places of excursion or mounts or dwelling-places for His angels. He has made one sort of small stars missiles to drive off devils and kill them. Thus, firing these shooting stars to repulse devils may have three meanings:

    • It is a sign that the law of contest is in force also in the most vast sphere of existence.

    • It indicates that in the heavens there are watchful guards and obedient inhabitants, Divine forces, who do not like the earthly evil-doers to mix with and eavesdrop on them.

    • The spying satans, who are the representatives of the foulness and wickedness on the earth, attempt to soil the clean and pure realm of the heavens inhabited by pure beings, and spy on the talk of their inhabitants in the name of evil spirits [unbelieving jinn and their human companions trying to mislead people especially through sorcery, mediumship and soothsaying]. Shooting stars are fired to prevent them and repulse them from the doors of the heavens.

    What does the meteor shower signify?

    The Perseid meteor shower observed in almost every year suggests that those meteors are shot for certain, important purposes. For they surprise the observers by showing great diversity. The observations made in, for example, 1993, demonstrate the fact that the structure of the shower is yet poorly known.

    According to information given by the International Meteor Organization about the events of the 1993 shower (Astronomy, October 1993), the first results posted for the night of 11/12 August came from Japan. Up to 20:30 (all times UT), 11 August, the meteor rates were found to be normal. A zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of 40 meteors per hour (m/h) was tentatively assigned to the shower at this time.

    Preliminary data from European observers indicated that the rates had gradually increased to ZHR of order 100 m/h between 20:00, 11 August and 01:00, 12 August. Observers in France reported a noticeable increase in rates after 00:30, 12 August, with the rate being about twice that of ‘normal’. The rates continued to climb between 01:00 and 03:00. A preliminary ZHR of 200-250 was ascribed to this period. The rates appeared to reach a maximum between 03:00 and 03:30. The ZHR at maximum was estimated to be of the order of 500. Observations from the Canary Islands indicated that the rates began to decline after 04:00.

    Higher than normal rates were also reported from many observers in the United States and Japan. As commented by Martin Beech in Astronomy, p.11, the results clearly indicated that the shower did not behave as predicted. Speculation about a possible meteor storm proved incorrect. Another unexpected feature in 1993 was the high number of bright fireballs observed. Observers reported something like five times the normal level of Perseid fireballs on the night of 11/12 August. The Perseid shower once again demonstrated how difficult it is to predict meteor shower activity.

    A. Cressy Morrison (Man Does Not Stand Alone, New York, 1945, p.100) mentions, as a typical human characteristic, the reluctance to give up fixed ideas, the stubborn resistance to accepting unfamiliar truths. The early Greeks knew the earth was a sphere, but it took two thousand years to convince men that this fact is true. New ideas encounter opposition, ridicule and abuse, but truth survives and is verified. Neither scientific studies nor developments in science can offer any excuse not to accept God. What we observe in nature and what we obtain from it must encourage us to know Him more closely and see the strong bridge between science and religion, the world and the Hereafter, and between the reason and the spirit.

              More than Half of Republicans are Okay with Postponing the 2020 Election        
    by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey

    Yeaaah... pretty sure we dont need this part.
    "Yeaaah... pretty sure we don't need this part." qingwa / Getty

    Yes, Trump's infantile peeing match with North Korea is making me nervous, but not as much as this article from today's Washington Post which serves up some disturbing results from a new poll. According to the story, nearly half of all Republicans are still convinced that Donald Trump won the popular vote—he didn't, he lost it by 2,864,974 votes—and 68 percent believe that millions of so-called "illegals" voted in the election which caused Trump to lose the popular vote. (Yes, those two figures don't jibe, and their willful ignorance is baffling, but that's the GOP for ya!) But check out what happened next:

    Then the survey asked two questions about postponing the 2020 election.

    • If Donald Trump were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote, would you support or oppose postponing the election?

    • What if both Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote? Would you support or oppose postponing the election?

    The result? 52 percent of Republicans said they would favor postponing the election if Trump were the one proposing it, while 56 percent would support it if both Trump and Congress were behind it.

    At this point, no one is proposing anything of the sort, and if the idea was floated to the American public EVERYONE WOULD LOSE THEIR FREAKING COLLECTIVE MINDS. However, as the authors of this poll point out...

    Nevertheless, we do not believe that these findings can be dismissed out of hand. At a minimum, they show that a substantial number of Republicans are amenable to violations of democratic norms that are more flagrant than what is typically proposed (or studied). And although the ensuing chaos could turn more Republicans against this kind of proposal, it is also conceivable that a high-stakes and polarized debate would do the exact opposite.

    And that's what has me more nervous than Trump and Kim Jong-un arguing over who has the biggest missile. Read the entire article here.

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              Order for Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile        
    Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of the next generation anti-ship missile system. The total order value amounts to SEK3.2 billion and deliveries will take place during the period 2017-2026. The contract signed is a development programme of an anti-ship missile system in both air-launched and ship-launched configurations. The next generation anti-ship missile system will be integr...
              Order for Maintenance of Polish Navy's RBS15 Mk3 Missiles        
    Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Naval Port Gdynia, Poland, for the maintenance and logistic support of the Polish Navy’s RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface missile system with deliveries taking place 2017-2018. Contracted in 2006, the RBS15 Mk3 is in service on-board the Polish Navy’s Orkan-class fast attack craft. Included in the contract is scheduled maintenance of the missile system and additional ILS in the form of training and additional tool sets...
              Order for Airborne Self-Protection Systems to Equip the German AF        
    Defence and security company Saab has received an order for the electronic warfare self-protection and countermeasures system BOZ-101 EC from the NATO Eurofighter 2000 and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) on behalf of the German Air Force. The BOZ self-protection and countermeasures system has been in use on Tornado for many years. This order is for 29 units of the enhanced version designated BOZ-101 EC. The wing mounted pod consists of a missile approach warning system in the aft section ...
              Order for Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile        
    Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of the next generation anti-ship missile system. The total order value amounts to SEK3.2 billion and deliveries will take place during the period 2017-2026. The contract signed is a development programme of an anti-ship missile system in both air-launched and ship-launched configurations. The next generation anti-ship missile system will be integr...
              Successful Firing of RBS15 by the Croatian Navy        
    Defence and security company Saab announces another successful customer live firing of the RBS15 surface-to-surface missile system. On 19 October the Croatian Navy fired an RBS15 missile from the RTOP-42 Dubrovnik fast attack craft during the military exercise HARPUN 16. The military exercise HARPUN 16 is held in the waters of Dugi Otok and A1/2irje from 16 to 23 October, and is the main training event of the Croatian Navy this year and one of the main activities in the process of implement...
              Latvia Orders RBS 70 Missiles        
    Defence and security company Saab has received an order for RBS 70 missiles from the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia. Deliveries will take place during the period 2016-2017. Latvia has been an RBS 70 customer since 2004, and in 2015 Saab signed a contract with the Latvian Ministry of Defence for deliveries of RBS 70 missiles. This order is a call-up of an option as part of the previously signed contract, which was announced by Saab on 22 October 2015. “We are pleased ...
              â€œFire and fury like the world has never seen”        
    As North Korea successfully develops its intercontinental ballistic missile capability, U.S. intelligence says it may have learned to miniaturize nuclear warheads, meaning they could be put on those missiles. In the meantime, the UN has slapped new sanctions on North Korea, further provoking its crazed communist dictator Kim Jong-un, who has been making lurid threats against the United […]
              #6 Sorry, Can We Have Our Missiles Back?        
    The Russia’s Military surprised a Russian homeowner  by accidentally firing a missile into his house. The missile veered off course during a training exercise. Luckily for the Russian, the missile created only a hole on his roof as the rocket had been programmed at the launch not to explode. The Russian was offered compensation. The Russia’s […]
              MYSTERY ON MONSTER ISLAND / Almena Films, F. Ariza, Fort Films Productions - 1981        
    Here's a weak Jules Verne story all about a young European lad living in San Francisco, he's reluctant to marry his long time girlfriend because he wants to travel around the world first. His wealthy uncle agrees to send him on a global expedition aboard his ship, but, en route he and his travelling companion are shipwrecked on a remote island, populated by countless prehistoric creatures as well as gold-hunting bandits!

    This thing stars Terence (MODESTY BLAISE, SPIRITS OF THE DEAD) Stamp and Peter (THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE SKULL) Cushing with a cast of lesser known actors...

    Peter plays Mr. Kolderup, he buys a tropical island for five million dollars at an auction. Terence Stamp plays his rival, Taskinar, who also wants the island because he knows a treasure of gold is hidden there, but he loses the bid.

    So, Kolderup sends his nephew, Jeff (Ian Sera), to the island on a boat along with his teacher, Professor Artelect (David Hatton), but on the way there, they meet up with this super scary sea monster!.. Check out those highly detailed eyeballs.

    Then, Jeff and the Professor get shipwrecked and end up on Monster Island anyway.

    On the island, Jeff and the Professor come across some natives ready to slit the throat of one of their own! Our guys step in and save the dude and he becomes part of the gang. The thing that bugs me the most about this movie is the freakin' Professor's spastik reaction to absolutely everything that happens. I wanted him to get killed after 10 minutes, but, had to suffer through the whole 100 minute story without satisfaction!! DAMN IT!!!

    Here are some of the monsters on the island, you can see the care taken in their creation!

    Our guys meet a girl wandering around and she invites them to stay at her place. She puts a record on and does the twist with Jeff!!.. Let me out of here!!

    These weirdos are seen wandering through the forest... I wonder what they look like?

    WTF?!!.. You gotta be kidding, jeez!! Hey, costume designer!! YOU'RE FIRED!!!

    It looks bad for the good guys! But, their native buddy, Carefinatu, saves them from whatever the weirdos have in store for them!

    Then, the volcano 'splodes and our gang takes shelter in a cave, followed by the weirdos.

    Finally, Kolderup shows up in his ship to save our guys from the many dangers on the island,

    Well anyway, the weirdos are ready to shoot everyone when they are attacked by some small missiles! The day is saved when Kolderup's cook has Taskinar and his pals surrender to the authorities. Our goofball Professor still has many more embarrassing scenes to overact in before the ending credits roll. Okay, there you go, join us again tomorrow when Eegah!! will have a specialty item to share, later dudeskis!

    Dungeon Bulletin... It's looking like Eegah!! and I should have taken Russian in high school instead of German! Stoopid kidz!!

              Cracking Chronic Fatigue        
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) sufferers describe symptoms of severe exhaustion, weakness, muscle pain and fatigue. But why, and what is science revealing about the underlying causes of the condition? We talk to a researcher who is probing the genetic links to the syndrome, a clinician with evidence that the muscles of patients accumulate acid when they exercise and a pathologist with post-mortem evidence of inflammation in the nervous systems of CFS sufferers. Also, in the news this week, the ants that help a pitcher plant to catch its lunch, the missile-hurling zoo chimp who plans his attacks in advance, and does non-coding DNA hold the key to how chromosomes recognise their opposite number? Plus, the cause of cheesy feet goes under the microscope in our Question of the Week...
              Time running out for arms-control compromise offer?         

    The Western alliance is struggling to get its arms-control act together before a March 28 deadline, when the negotiations in Geneva adjourn. Right now, differences still exist over basic tactics - both in Washington and in Europe. Two NATO meetings in the next few days are likely to prove crucial.

    The European members of NATO are pressing the Reagan administration to soften its current position on intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF). Specifically, they are urging Washington to move away from its hard-line ''zero option'' proposal and come up with a new ''interim'' compromise instead.

    (The zero option calls for removal of all Soviet INF missiles targeted on Europe in exchange for NATO's foregoing its planned deployment of new American missiles. An ''interim'' proposal would accept limited deployment for both sides , pending further attempts to reach zero.)

    The Europeans say that an interim offer must be made before the INF talks adjourn March 28 if such a proposal is to have any possibility of halting, delaying, or curtailing the deployment of the new US missiles in Europe due to start later this year. Time running out for NATO

    The arms talks will resume in June. The Europeans argue that the intervening two months could be used to study such compromise offers.

    But time is running out for NATO to agree on any such proposal. Hence the importance of the alliance's two key nuclear strategy sessions over the next few days in Brussels and in Algarve, Portugal - sandwiched as they are between last week's West German elections and the adjournment of the Geneva talks.

    The Reagan administration is said to be reviewing its position on the nuclear negotiations. While a number of NATO observers here expect Washington eventually to move away from its zero option, few feel it will do so immediately.

    At the same time, even European officials are divided. While their governments press the US to make a prompt interim offer to Moscow, some of these European officials privately advocate making no such change in tactics at this time.

    These officials believe that only if the American negotiators hold firm to the zero-option proposal made by President Reagan in November 1981 will the Soviet Union begin to move seriously toward making additional concessions on reducing its SS-20 missiles aimed against Western Europe. This European division mirrors the split said to exist within policy circles at the US departments of State and Defense. West Germans review their options

    Meanwhile, the West German government of Chancellor Helmut Kohl, according to sources in Bonn, has just reviewed a whole range of options. These options included canceling the 108 US Pershing II missiles (but not the 464 cruise missiles) scheduled for deployment beginning late this year. That nondeployment option reportedly was rejected.

    Despite their March 6 election victory against Socialist and other opponents of the US missiles, Chancellor Kohl and Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher have nevertheless publicly urged President Reagan to show flexibility in the US position. This pressure on Mr. Reagan was backed by the British and Italian governments, other countries where US missiles are to be stationed.

    This West German-led coalition is said by experts to be prepared to continue to press its views on American officials at the NATO meetings. The first meeting , March 18, involves a group of top-echelon officials that will review nuclear issues and the disarmament negotiations. The second, next week, is a semiannual session of the NATO nuclear planning group. US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and most of his NATO ministerial colleagues are scheduled to attend.

    Chancellor Kohl is said to favor pursuing plans for the deployment of the Pershing II missiles in West Germany in order to pressure the Soviet Union, which is seriously concerned about the weapon. But West Europeans nonetheless would still like to see a US-Soviet accord by late this year that would possibly put a reduced ceiling on their respective intermediate-range arsenals. And, despite public demonstrations and agitation for canceling the NATO deployment, many NATO officials would prefer to see some of the American missiles installed to correct what they see as an imbalance in favor of the Soviet Union.

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              Ron Paul: War Drums Are Beating and North Korea Tops the List        
    The UN Security Council resolution putting more sanctions on North Korea over the weekend is fueling the flames of neocon dreams of pre-emptive war. Will they actually be so insane? Bet on it. (RPI) — Last weekend’s UN Security Council Resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea for testing missiles opens the door to a US pre-emptive […]
              These Eternal Epilogues…        

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    Posted by MsBurbSo much is being said right now on this oft discussed topic - online, on TV, in newsprint and in magazines, all the world over - that my meagre addition seems as if adding to the already over-loaded burden. I doubt that unless you live under a rock and inside a cave (you’re welcome to visit me in my cave anytime, turn left at the entrance, you’ll see my rock) you could avoid the re-run onslaught of the slaughter of JFK in this month of November.

    No wonder Caroline has legged it early to Tokyo and if I were in her well-healed shoes, I’d do the same thing, for I can well imagine the phone call cacophony and the photographer pandemonium at her NYC and Martha’s Vineyard residences. Maybe to be half way around the world offers some form of respite but one wonders just how much, for there is no place to hide in the world for anyone close to this historical Ground Zero.

    Whether you were born then or not, if you’re an adult now, there would be no way to live on this planet and not have this event emblazoned on your mind as a lynchpin historical reference point. Parents, then as now - well educated or not, political junkies or despising of politics, well married to any historical event or avoiding all like the plague - would still have told to their children the Sad Story of Camelot, of Jack & Jackie, of her bright pink dress, of his swarthy tan and genuine smile, of the limousine turning Right off Main to Houston, then Left on Elm…and if they neglected their parental duty, TV would surely take up the mantel.

    If the Guinness Book of World Records is keeping track of such things, that motorcade footage must hold the record for the most re-run piece of celluloid in the history of mankind.

    And yet, the idiot in me, every darn time I see it, the urge to yell out,

    “Jack, RUN! Take Jackie’s hand, shove John & Nellie out of the way and get out of that damn car and RUN!”,

    An urge as passionate in me today as it’s ever been.

    There is very little that has not been said on this topic and quite a darn bit that should have NEVER been said but for what it’s worth, here is my take on what I consider Eternal Epilogues to this sad tale, questions born on that awful day that may haunt some of Us, unanswered, forevermore…



    The End Game for John Fitzgerald and for Us All

    There could not be a living soul who has cared about the man or his ideology or his brief time in Office who has not at some point or another asked himself the question: What would have happened if Jack had lived?

    Of course, that eternal question must be qualified.

    • IF he had still been struck with those two bullets but somehow had survived, what had been left of him may have been catastrophic to say the least, and really, who would have ever wanted that for Jack?
    • Even IF Jack had only been hit in the throat, he may have still lost his voice and/or may have had to breathe with the help of a trachea tube.

    To see JFK yet no longer hear his wonderful voice would have been a tragedy in and of itself for I cannot and would not want to separate the man from that readily recognisable Bostonian accent. And to heap on him yet another health issue would have also seemed so cruel and unjust.

    • And worse still, IF by some miracle Jack had survived the head shot then We would have been left with another severely brain-damaged Kennedy sibling, Jack then following in the sorrowful footsteps of his eldest sister, Rosemary, who had been born with rather severe cognitive difficulties and then forever brain-damaged by the frontal lobotomy Joe Kennedy Sr. authorized all those many decades ago.

    Two Kennedy children, alive, but just barely. I truly doubt any of us would have wanted to see the intellectual and innovative Jack reduced to cerebral dust.

    But let’s assume for Hope’s Sake that he escaped those bullets or any grave bodily harm that day in Dallas, what would the future have held for JFK and for Us All?

    Maybe Jack would have never had the votes to pass the Civil Rights Bill (for many agree that LBJ’s ability to get Jack’s Bill passed so swiftly through Congress after the assassination was out of sheer sympathy for the slain President) BUT he may have finally seen the futility of the Vietnam “police action” and pulled out his “advisors” well before thousands of troops ever hit the ground running, fighting an unwinnable war.

    The math, had Jack pulled out of Vietnam: 50,000+ American soldiers saved and millions of Vietnamese saved as well, a country not ravaged by Napalm and Agent Orange. Maybe, unlike his predecessors, Jack would have had the courage to publicly admit the error of his ways to help the French with their own Colony and to call Quit to a bad decision. We darn well know that LBJ, Nixon, Bush Senior & Junior were not born with the “I was wrong and I am sorry” gene…maybe Kennedy was.

    And, of course, like fateful dominoes do, the “Vietnam-No-More” swan-song that was never sung by the 60’s Hippie Generation would have laid way to sing and obsess about something else, the war never becoming their “Cause Celeb”. But what Cause would have taken its place among the Daisy-Chain-Making, Peace & Love, Cumbaya crowd? One wonders if these kids would have ever coalesced as a societal group at all without Vietnam but then again maybe the majority of these spoiled brats would have stopped being militant, started acting mature and began heading back to school, being a far more productive sect of society than they ever were, merely because of that slight shift in Fate. The parents of the Flower-Power Generation would have been freed from a decade’s worth of familial dysfunction and angst, and as their parents, received the respect and gratitude from those kiddies that they most assuredly deserved, being without a doubt the Greatest Generation of our time.

    Oh, the domino affect of Fate can change its trajectory in a heart beat…just like the wobble of two full metal jacket missiles going over 2000 feet per second.

    What most likely can be assured is the End Game of JFK even if Our Destiny will always be in doubt, for even if he had won the ‘64 election and gained a second term as President, Jack had a target on his chest that included severe ailing health and a likely eventual “outing” of his highly risky womanizing. As the mid ‘60s approached, we cannot be sure that the Media would have continued to turn a blind eye and ear to his philandering, especially if any continued Mob association (it has been documented that JFK had a lasting affair with Mafia Leader Sam Giancana’s moll, Judith Campbell) or blackmail attempts (by his former mistresses looking for fame/money) had come further to the foreground . It may have simply boiled down to the fact that the “Story” finally had to became King to reporters, the reputation of the man or skeletons in his closet be damned.

    As for Jack’s health, Time was ebbing away even without Lee Oswald pushing the sand faster through the hour-glass.

    Due to his long suffering stint with Addison’s Disease whereby vertebrae in his back were disintegrating, Jack, during his short stint in the White House, was on a potent line-up of drugs, ones we now know can be very debilitating in and of themselves and very addicting. The line-up given to Jack by “Doctor Feelgood”, aka Dr. Max Jacobson (said to have “treated” various celebs to include Elvis and Marilyn Monroe), has been said by various documentarians to at least include the following;

    • 7 injections in the back per day of Novocaine
    • Codeine, Demerol and Methadone for pain
    • Cortical Steroid for Addison’s Disease
    • Paregoric for bad digestion
    • Nembutal to sleep

    And yet, with all that, Jack still couldn’t tie his own shoes nor raise Caroline or John Jr. in his arms, often needing assistance of some sort to get in and out of chairs or to walk up and down stairs.

    We will never know how such a dangerous cocktail of drugs would have eventually affected his state of mind or his decision-making capabilities, possibly a question we may not want to have answered, given that as President of the U.S. and Leader of the Free World, it was his finger on the Red Button and not Ours. Knowing what we know now, the success of the Cuban Missile Crisis and of Humanity’s continued existence seems all the more a miracle.

    Jack, despite his failings and weaknesses, was a enthusiastic liver of Life and although his End was horrible beyond comprehension, the thought of a lingering and torturous or embarrassing End for that man seems infinitely worse. He had seen his Father linger and wither after his stroke, I sincerely doubt he had ever wanted that for himself. Jack was a fighter and if the fight to live well had truly been taken away by merely living longer, merely existing, the young, swarthy forty-six year old would have probably chosen a bullet.  Sad but True, this is my sober take on the late, great John Fitzgerald.


    The Haunting of Clint Hill

    Of the seven Secret Service Agents in the Follow-Up car in Dallas that day, it was only Clint Hill (whose special duty it was to protect the First Lady) who managed to reach the Presidential limousine at all during those eight seconds of terror in Dealey. Yet, for many years, by his own admission, Clint agonized that he had not done enough to save John Kennedy. All the Agents who were on duty that day were made to testify before the Warren Commission and all did state at one time or another that the team, that day, had failed in executing their one and only duty: to protect Jack from harm.

    Often reason will get drowned out by emotion, the head being silenced by the heart, and in this case and for many years I think that is exactly what happened to Clint Hill. In the subsequent documentary, “The Kennedy Detail”, Clint admits to suffering for many years with depression and having a problem with alcohol and ultimately had to retire after seventeen years with the Secret Service due to neurological problems stemming directly from the trauma he lived through in Dallas that day. Today, I’m sure, Clint would be diagnosed with PTSD but in 1975 understanding of such mental trauma was like walking on the dark side of the moon. The interview he gave with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes following his retirement shows a broken man, mental exhaustion and utter torment plastered on his face, worry and concern for the man staining the face of his wife, Gwen. Ultimately Clint and Gwen become divorced and one wonders if their marriage wasn’t just another casualty from November 22nd.

    Being ultimately promoted to Assistant Director of the Secret Service, Clint, in interviews today, some 38 years after his retirement, looks like a new man. Elderly now he is, of course (aged 82), but with a healthy demeanour, what I would describe as an intact, mature awareness of what was done and what could only have been done on that fateful Friday. You still see the sadness and the regret but now those emotions are kept in check. The drinking and depression are definitely albatrosses of the Past and Clint now talks with pride in a job well done. And let Us not forget that the job Clint did that day and all the days of his tenure was well done. In the many film clips taken of him protecting the Kennedys, the seriousness and passion he held for his work was more than evident, that to take a bullet for Jack or Jackie any day would have been welcomed if it meant “Lancer” & “Lace” could survive and thrive.

    Clint Hill is a hero in my eyes, a combat warrior-of-sorts who faced horror, was slain by it for a time but who ultimately won the emotional war even if the battle was beyond fierce.

    The Public is always focused on the loss on November 22nd, 1963 but we must also remember the gains. Men like Clint Hill were forged that day in Dallas with indestructible mettle and with that rough-gained experience they have gone on to give birth to a new, more knowledgeable generation of Protection Agents. Without men like Clint, Standard Operating Procedures in Protection today would be far less effective. The Secret Service motto, “Worthy of Trust and Confidence” describes Mr. Hill to a T.

    Clint Hill does not know I exist and he may never read this post but I want my words to him to exist in the “Etherspere”…regardless;

    Mr. Hill, you were the one bright shining light of Camelot that day, not Jack as Sir Lancelot, but you. King Arthur could never have held court as long as he did without the loyal devotion and protection of his most formidable knight, Lancelot, and you, my Good Man, were the reason Our White House Camelot lived in vigour as long as it did. You were there, maybe unseen by Us but there nonetheless, in difficult times, yes, but in joyful times too, and Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy knew that all too well. LBJ expressly chose you to cover him when he had an assassination premonition about attending the MLK memorial - you and no one else, Mr. Hill. You were their protector and you were Our protector too that awful day at Dealey, for without your efforts, without any Agent at least trying, We would have given up all hope, Our Trust in Agents like you, Then as Now, lost to the winds.

    Jack, from his celestial sailboat would say that Success is in the Trying, a Life lesson well learned on him. And you, Mr. Hill, exceeded all of Jack’s expectations. You are the living embodiment of Professionalism and Integrity in the Secret Service and if time could be reversed and you were 31 again, there is no doubt in my mind you would still be chosen as the primary Protector of our modern-day Presidents.

    Live well, Mr. Hill, and be so very proud of all your achievements because We certainly are for you. You are the essence of Success in every way and Jack would be the first one to nod and give you that toothy smile of approval…you know that.

    Lone Nut…Naturally…

    Much has been said (too much really unless you like verbal and prosaic refuse) of the Spector of Conspiracy which surrounds this assassination, with reason and logic being assassinated along with Jack that day in Dallas. That to believe the murder was carried out by a Lone Nut as assessed by the Warren Commission is to put oneself on the side of denial, so say the Conspiracy Theorists, verging on insanity, they would jibe, that any reasonable, God-fearing, patriotic American believing Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone is almost tantamount to Treason.

    Oh, and to not go the way of the daft and dense Populous makes you an automatic Outsider.

    God forbid that school yard antics actually pervade mature Society.

    To date, some 62% of Americans when polled (November 2013 Gallup poll) believe that Oswald did not act alone. That is a terrifying percentage, for that forces me to believe that only 38% of Americans are the least bit open to intelligent assessment. But, then again, these numbers probably correlate nicely with the percentage of Americans who think that “Must See TV” is American Idol and People of Note are the Kardashians and Paris Hilton.

    Americans fear most a terrorist attack from abroad when an attack of ignorance invaded and well damaged their Homeland decades ago.

    But then again, in defence of those same Americans, all humans have a need to control their environment and to do so demands a natural balance. And at its core, the Lone Nut doing in the Great Lancer is as unbalanced as you can get. And if you allow yourself to think such imbalances can occur in Life then one must admit that we really have very little control over our own lives, that if great and powerful men can be so easily slain by such lowly creatures with even lowlier weapons, where then can there be hope for any of Us?

    But as so many very astute lawyers have stated, this crime at its core is as simple as they get, that if Oswald had shot at Joe Nobody, the police investigation would have been most likely closed within days, the trial would have been swift and sure and the charge of Guilty would have easily been on offer from the Jury, Oswald ultimately put behind bars and quickly forgotten.

    But the victim wasn’t Joe Nobody, it was John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, a man who had spent his 1000 days in Office expounding on the virtues of Peace, attempting to show that the world is not comprised of Them & Us but of all mankind born with the desire to live in harmony and to seek happiness - virtues not solely the property of Americans. JFK’s views were foreign to Us who had suffered long under the post WWII Cold War but Jack knew geo-political reconciliation had to occur if a third World War, possibly one of apocalyptic form, was to be prevented.

    Yet, historically the Lone Nut Assassin scenario should be well accepted by the American Populous for their political history is rife with examples, some successful, some thankfully not;

    • John Wilkes Booth with Lincoln in 1865
    • Leon Czolgosz with William McKinley in 1901
    • Richard Paul Pavlick with JFK in 1960 (the first attempt at assassination after Kennedy became President-Elect)
    • Sirhan Sirhan with Robert Kennedy (Presidential Candidate) in 1968 and
    • Arthur Bremer with Presidential Candidate George Wallace (although Bremer’s main target had always been President Nixon) in 1972.

    Presidential leaders are never the sole targets of such madmen as any Person of Note will do if it supports their extreme delusions of grandeur and satiates their narcissism, affording them the historical greatness they desire. Most notable is;

    James Earl Ray with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968

    with most recent attacks including;

    • Jared Lee Loughner with U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in 2011
    • James Eagan Holmes with Aurora, Colorado movie theatre goers in 2012 and
    • Adam Lanza with the Sandy Hook Elementary children in 2013.

    Some of these assassination attempts have suffered for a time the inference of Conspiracy but as the years go by or the facts are just too clear and present to refute, that inference soon ebbs away and is replaced with the realization that people of worth can and are gunned down by human waste, a very sad but true fact.

    50 years have gone by now and with the hordes of CTers within those five decades expounding on a plethora of scenarios and supposed involved bad guys, no credible evidence has ever been on offer to suggest anyone other than the lone Oswald or any other faction was responsible for the murder of America’s 35th President. It is now time to face facts and put this case to rest, once and for all.

    In 1964, most Americans when polled believed the findings of the Warren Commission and we need as rational people to get back to that rational percentage, possibly by actually READING COVER TO COVER  the Warren Commission 26 Volumes and not merely Tell-All books. Hey, there’s an idea, Folks!. Thankfully, this year, more 50th anniversary documentaries have been produced to expertly present the evidence of what truly happened in Dealey Plaza that day, well drowning out the usually baseline list of Shock & Awe Conspiracy Tell-All shows that have previously assaulted our senses. One can never completely silence the nut-jobs who will marry themselves to one conspiracy theory or another until the day they die but it is my hope that well-reasoned American citizens rightfully reclaim their history and finally see in the light of day what had always been there to see.

    Lone Nut assassins are real and are a fact of Life - a sad and horrific yet an all too natural occurrence in our Human Experience.

    Rest well, Mr. President and may the rest of Us finally breathe in the clear, crisp air of Truth, however painful it may be.


    These Eternal Epilogues, maybe at least in my mind today, finally written.

    Title Photo: Timer – blocs.mesvilaweb.cat; X –twincities.com; Flame – newsday.com; Funeral Bunting – independence-bunting.com

    50th Anniversary, Clint Hill, Conspiracy, Dallas, Dealey Plaza, JFK, John F Kennedy, Lone Nut, November 22 1963

              To The Edge, And Back, Again?…        

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    Negative two years.


    I was where souls are before they are born. Living souls on this Earth were edging closer to their own demise, 50 years ago today, the worst moments of the Cuban Missile Crisis were well under way, and I’m two years away from any existence at all.

    It’s weird to think of yourself as possibly annihilated by atomic bombs even before you have taken your first breath, but that is where the world was a half century ago, so many of us here, now, were not then, and but for two men who knew when to blink, none of what we call reality now would have ever come to pass.

    I am not wholly on the side of the U.S. on this one, for if you put missiles in Turkey that can hit Moscow in 15 minutes, how is it so far fetched to realize thatAtomicBomb-CubanMissileCrisis-Iran-MutualAssuredDestruction-Russia 2 Russia could do the same in Cuba? And I will never sway from my belief that if the U.S. had more encouraged ties with Castro when he made that New York visit, Khrushchev would have never been a friend to Fidel. The U.S. made an enemy where none needed to be and gave a strategic gem to the U.S.S.R. I will never understand why the States gave up such a close island to the one country they wanted nothing to do with. It was irresponsible. It was ludicrous. And I don’t know who to blame for it more, Eisenhower or Nixon. One wonders if Ike had got his butt off the golf course long enough to talk with Castro himself, instead of allowing Tricky Dick to handle the visit, Ike might have not labelled Fidel a “Communist” like Dick did and we’d all be better off for it. It doesn’t seem quite fair to lay the blame for so much at Nixon’s feet, but jeepers, where ever he showed up, bad crap happened…whatyagonnado?

    I’ve recently listened to unclassified tapes that were made during the Ex-Com meetings in the Whitehouse in those harried 13 days, and I must say, the tension in Kennedy’s voice is palpable. He asks questions of his advisors and they answer in short, facts-only staccato sentences, everyone realizing that all roads, as they first investigated them, were leading down the path to mutual destruction and world end. I gather Special Assistant and Family Friend to the President, Kenny O’Donnell, asked Bobby what plans were being put in place for their families should the Whitehouse Staff be evacuated with the President in a time of attack. Bobby outlined that there would be ID cards issued to the family members and that they would all meet up at a pre-arranged military base, then hesitated, and added (paraphrased), “Well, you know, that’s all just for morale. They [Cuban missiles after being shot] will arrive in Washington DC in just five minutes.”

    I continue to try, yet I cannot fathom, what those men were going through in those 13 days and nights, those protracted and torturous moments and minutes, knowing full well as Defense Secretary, Robert McNamara, said, this sunset might be the last they ever see. One can say that in the hypothetical but does it actually sink in, I wonder? Maybe Kennedy’s and Khrushchev’s men were the only people on the face of the earth who had it sink in, and for that, we are all very lucky.

    One could surely slough off this anniversary, saying, hey, that was forever-ago, it has nothing to do with our 21 century reality now…but one wonders…

    With Iran now as the world’s looming threat and with Putin ever attempting to close the Iron Curtain yet again, could we be facing another 13 days, but this time, because of technology, what was 13 days now shrinks to 13 minutes, and if so, can humans make reasonable decisions and think to “blink” in that small amount of time, so 50 years from now our grandchildren can say our generation made as wise a decision to avoid mutual assured destruction?

    Khrushchev, although a Communist dictator, had the cultural and moral upbringing of Old World Europeans and knew the value of life. Can we say the same for the Muslim extremists of this world, who believe that to fight their “Infidels” and die trying is the highest honour? And do we want such fanatics in possession of the atomic bomb, who think this Life is worth destroying for the next?

    AtomicBomb-CubanMissileCrisis-Iran-MutualAssuredDestruction-Russia 3Obama said in the last debate that the “clock is ticking” for Ahmadinejad and no President accepts Iran obtaining the bomb on his watch. But negotiations with Iran have been ongoing for over a year now, and yes, sanctions have been and are continuing to be severe against Iran, their currency half the value of what it was worth in that time period. But when is enough, enough, and when do Middle Eastern dictators ever listen to anything but brute force? I am not a war monger but I can honestly say that my patience is spent on fanatics like Mahmoud, and if we know the locations of Iran’s centrifuges we should send a strike force to bomb them into oblivion, now, before they even get at all close to creating the ingredients needed for the A-bomb.

    I imagine what’s stalling this action by the U.S. is a global unwillingness to “go there” with Iran just yet, but I don’t think we can assume Middle Eastern Muslim fanatics like Ahmadinejad are as reasonable and as trustworthy as Old World European dictators like Khrushchev.

    Maybe this 50th anniversary of the Missile Crisis is coming at the right time, to remind the leaders of today that the 13 days of Old could well become the 13 minutes of Now, and 50 years in or not, time is always of the essence and Life is always worth preserving and protecting.

    Atomic Bomb, Cuban Missile Crisis, Iran, Mutual Assured Destruction, Russia

              North Korea escalates threat as Tillerson seeks to ease tensions        
    Pyongyang plans firing four missiles towards Guam bases in game of brinkmanship
              â€˜PUTRID, SICK, OFFENSIVE STUFF!’ Limbaugh Slams WaPo Report On North Korea’s Miniaturized Nukes; It’s ‘FAKE NEWS’        
    RUSH: The Washington Post reported that the Defense Intelligence Agency had concluded that North Korea had successfully produced miniaturized nuclear warheads that could fit inside their missiles, about 60 of them — and that report changed everything. That turned North Korea from a bumbling little potbellied fool into, “Whoa, they’ve got warheads now?” Everybody started […]
              North Korea Claimed To Have Launched A Successful Intercontinental Ballistic Missile        

    North Korea is not listening to the US threat or take its sanctions serious after the country launched its new claimed ICBM, and it landed in the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ), a great moment for the nation's leader, who in the past has said the country would soon be able to launch the missile.

    The intercontinental ballistic missile could do a 5,500km while carrying a nuclear weapon.


    According to a South Korean military official who confirmed the news, the missile was fired toward the East Sea from Banghyun area in Northern Pyong An Province at around 9.40am(KST) on Tuesday.

    North Korea claims the missile was a Hwasong-14, which the country described as an "almighty ICBM rocket," launched at the trajectory travelling 930 kilometres and reaching an altitude of 2,082 kilometres, and the launch of the missile was personally monitored by the country's leader, Kim Jong-Un.

    South Korean leader, Moon Jae-in ordered a National Security Council meeting to determine the country's readiness against such further incidents.

    Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said "Our military is maintaining full preparedness against the possibility of North Korea's additional provocation."

    Expressing his concern over twitter is the US president, Donald J. Trump tweeting;



              North Korea Blows Up Its Own Missile Mid-Air After It Mistakenly Pointed To Russia        

    North Korea blew its own missile that is 48 Kilometres away this weekend after it notices that the missile was facing Russia. North Korea abort the missile test as it was heading to  a harbour point or a Russian territory,South Korea economy reports.


    North Korea who in recent times have been in the news for its numerous missile test despite US warning is not backing down, but a missile that gets into Russian territory will complicate an already complicated diplomatic ties between the countries in the region, and increase the tension  between the US, Russia, China, North Korea and South Korea.

    China is also not happy over the recent THAAD missile system that was deployed by the US in South Korea recently.


              Kim Jong-Un Is A Weak Leader, North Korea Elites Say        

    The North Korea elites are not confident in Kim Jong-Un regime any longer, and has labelled the dictator a weak leader. According to a research published on Thursday by Rand Corp. citing senior officials who have defected from North Korea.


    Bruce Bennett, senior defense analyst at research organization Rand said;

    Kim Jong Un appears increasingly to the elites as ineffective and not a particularly good leader, which is likely how he's viewed now. Other than North Korea's weapons and [the] ballistic missiles of this regime, Kim Jong Un doesn't really have a lot to make him feel empowered.

    North Korea's elites have heavily gone into being entrepreneurs, They would look to set up an economy like the Chinese which is what the Chinese have been asking them to do

    The elites have also said that they would not be allowing anybody from the Kim dynasty once Kim dies. A move that will end the dominance of the Kim's since the state was founded more than half a century ago. 


              China Want Military To Be Prepared To Move To North Korea Border        

    China is not happy with North Korea multiple missile test, and the chaos its causing in the Peninsula at the moment. Last Sunday, US President ordered an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula in a show of force as North Korea prepares for its 6th missile test program.


    China has now sent an alert to all its military bases to be ready to move near the North Korea border. The Chinese military in the provinces of Shandong, Zhejiang and Yunnan have all received the mandate.

    According to Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, non-governmental organization in Hong Kong, abou 25,000 Chinese military from the 47th group army of the Ninth Armoured Brigade have been told to be ready to move long distances close to the North Korea border.

    China is known to keep  12 Dongfeng-03 ballistic missiles and 24 Dongfeng-21 "Carrier-killer" missiles at the 51st rocket army station in Shenyang, Liaoning Province.

    China is not happy with North Korea missile threats, and have told the leader, Kim Jong-Un to stop, and even recently stopped the trading of coal, one of the biggest trades between China and North Korea, and also one trade NK depends on for its economy.



              U.S. Navy strike Move In A Show Of Force To Korean Peninsula        

    A U.S official has said that the U.S Navy strike group will be moving to the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula in a show of force, because of recent North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un missiles weapon program.

    The strike group called the  Carl Vinson, will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula. The Carl Vinson includes an aircraft carrier. In a statement by U.S Navy, the Carl Vinson will be heading North, but its destination is yet to be specified, and will operate in the Western Pacific instead of its previously planned port visits to Australia.


    President Donald Trump had recently met with the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, where he asked the Chinese leader to do more to curb the excesses of Kim Jong-Un, and to stop the firing of missiles, which is dangerous to its surround neighbour and allies.

    The National security adviser to Donald Trump had given him different options for North Korea, and this includes military and economic sanctions. Also, the option of pre-emptive strike on North Korea is not off the table.




    — 共同通信公式 (@kyodo_official) 2017年4月29日 - 05:34

    North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2017年4月29日 - 08:26

    桐生祥秀は10秒16で午後の決勝へ「もっとハキハキした走りをしたい」 headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170429-… 風次第かな?

    — けいいち (@outside_k1) 2017年4月29日 - 13:39


    — L (@lef_united) 2017年4月29日 - 14:14

    徳島DF馬渡 ボールボーイ小突き一発退場 headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170429-… これに異議を唱える人がいれば、何がおかしいのか教えてほしい。こんなの、スポーツマンシップの欠片にも当たらない、クズ的な行為じゃないか(--;)

    — けいいち (@outside_k1) 2017年4月29日 - 20:07


    — クマイズミケイ (@akajihsi) 2017年4月29日 - 03:16

    徳島サポーターがボールボーイに水かけ!社長が謝罪 headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170429-… これは何なんだ(-_-#)日章旗を振り回した責任でAFC主催の川崎のホームゲームは無観客試合になる可能性があるようだが、徳島に対しても無観客試合を命じるべき。これは日章旗より酷い。

    — けいいち (@outside_k1) 2017年4月29日 - 20:12


    — forza7yajin30u1 (@toushiyakudou) 2017年4月29日 - 20:08

    @toushiyakudou そして、そのボールボーイに水を浴びせたサポーターはそれ以上に猛省すべきですね(-_-;)

    — けいいち (@outside_k1) 2017年4月29日 - 20:18

    こういうゴールをアルビで見たかったな…。マサルも移籍すればもっと輝くかも、と感じるのは自分だけだろうか…。 twitter.com/klose_1102/sta…

    — けいいち (@outside_k1) 2017年4月29日 - 20:25

    「真田丸」に出演された真田一族と家臣団の皆さんが信州上田に帰ってきましたー!! #上田真田まつり #信州上田 #真田丸 pic.twitter.com/EbmbFmKPDU

    — 上田市 (@cityueda) 2017年4月29日 - 15:35
              Politics - USA        
     Gordon Shumway wrote:
    I'm not even really sure how a case like that could come about. What would someone claim, the law is infringing upon my constitutional right to attempt to pass a law limiting guns? Wouldn't a law limiting guns have to be passed in congress first and then be struck down or upheld by the SC?

    the problem is the second amendment was created so that the government was being created if it ever got too powerful it could be toppled by the people, during the time private citizens if they could afford it could stock any military item available to the military, it sounds good on paper, but did not take into account mans propensity to create even more stronger and more dangerous weapons, now a days we have nukes, missiles with long range and destructive power and so forth, these things were never taken into account when the second amendment was created, but laws have already removed these from the playing field already, what it comes down to is automatic weapons and pistols and such, most laws on these things are only recent (very recent) and I myself believe they do not adhere to what the second amendment meant, don't get me wrong I don't think your average Joe really needs a fully auto rifle and such, but they should be able to get them if they so choose, now california has passed some new laws that make me say WTF ? like you have to jump thru hoops to even get ammunition now (background checks, seriously?), and they claim on a that these laws are to protect citizens and keep weapons out of the hands of Criminals, problem is it is doing the exact opposite, all his is doing is removing weapons from law abiding citizens, this is two fold, the government wants control and by removing weapons from those who would protest government control it allows the government more power.

    this brings why I will vote for Trump, his presidency will be a lame duck presidency with the government actually doing nothing and not taking away more of our rights as they stand on a whole, now states screwing over the people is another matter.
               Japan moves missile defences into central Tokyo         
    A PAC-3 Patriot missile unit has been moved in to a compound at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo, Japan after officials said they could shoot down North Korean rockets if they pass overhead.
              Taliban graffiti in Marjah, Afghanistan by ©2010 Stars and Stripes. May not be used without permission of the newspaper.        
    Taliban graffiti inside an abandoned school in Marjah, Afghanistan shows a stick figure and a missile hitting a NATO helicopter. March 10, 2010. DREW BROWN/STARS AND STRIPES (©2010 Stars and Stripes. May not be used without permission of the newspaper.)
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              Alien Invasion        
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              The 1980s Called. They Want their Video Games Back.        
    I know I haven’t posted in a while and that my last post said something about avoiding silly season, but after I saw today’s news about Russian planes practicing cruise missile attacks on the United States, I remembered Obama’s ignorant and arrogant taunt about the 80s wanting their foreign policy back.  Rather than wondering about [...]
              Iran: 'Thousands of missiles' to rain on Israel        
    Iran is threatening to launch a massive missile strike against Israel if the United States attacks Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people, which could touch off a full-blown war in the region. “The day of reckoning is near,” according to Hossein Shariatmadari, the chief editor of Keyhan newspaper, an outlet controlled by [...]
              DR. STRANGELOVE        
    Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove

    "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!" 

    Going off his nut, General Jack D, Ripper (Sterling Hayden) sends planes bearing megaton bombs into Russia without orders from the President (Peter Sellers). While Ripper's special British assistant, Mandrake (also Sellers), desperately tries to get the code from him that will stop the planes, President Muffley confers in the war room with General Turgidson (George C. Scott), the Russian ambassador Sadesky (Peter Bull), and the ex (?) Nazi scientist Dr. Strangelove (Sellers yet again). Meanwhile Major Kong (Slim Pickens) is determined to deliver his megaton payload come hell or highwater. Then the president learns from his opposite number, the unseen Dimitri, that if a bomb goes off on Russian soil it will automatically unleash a Doomsday weapon that will destroy all life on Earth! Dr. Strangelove has a plot that's strangely similar to Fail-Safe, released the same year, only Strangelove is not played straight but as a very, very dark black comedy (and is better known than the other picture), brutally -- if broadly -- satirizing the arms race, the cold war, and the paranoia and obsession people had at the time over atomic weapons and the possibility of WWIII. The deliberate pace of Strangelove may make the film seem longer than it actually is -- just a bit over 90 minutes -- but it is entertaining, grimly amusing, and very well-acted by all, with Sellers superb in a trio of very different roles. Hayden [Naked Alibi] , Scott, Bull (who can be seen trying hard to keep a straight face during Seller's antics as Dr. Strangelove in one scene), Keenan Wynn [Royal Wedding] as Colonel Guano, Tracy Reed as Turgidson's paramour, and Pickens in his most notable and iconic role are all on the money. Still, as well-made as it is, one can't quite say that this is a picture you will enjoySeven Days in May also came out in 1964 and dealt with the military-industrial complex, but there were no out of control missiles in it.

    Verdict: Not for every taste, but certainly unique. ***.

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              Politics - USA        
     d-usa wrote:
    You can never use facts against anyone who doesn't think Drumpf is racist, it's a lost cause at that point. The less people argue with these kind of folks, the less they will reply, and then I have to read fewer of their posts which means we all win at the end.

    And I thought I wasn't going to win my game of logical fallacies bingo sheet.

    Now all I have to do is wait for tu quorque, slippery slope, black and white, and the burden of proof fallacies. Oh boy can't wait.

    On a more serious note....


    North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has hailed the test flight of a new ballistic missile as a “great event”, and evidence of the country’s “sure capability” of hitting US targets in the Pacific.

    Mr Kim’s boast followed an apparently successful test of the Musudan medium-range missile, after five previous tests in recent months failed.

    The first of two missiles fired on Wednesday also failed, but the second flew around 400km (250 miles), reached an altitude of 1,000km (620 miles) and came down in the Sea of Japan.

    The test launches have triggered serious concerns in the US, Japan and South Korea, as the missile’s potential range of 3,500km (2,180 miles), puts significant areas of Asia and the Pacific, including US military bases in Guam, within firing range.

    “We have the sure capability to attack in an overall and practical way the Americans in the Pacific operation theatre,” North Korea’s official news agency KCNA quoted Mr Kim as saying.

    The United Nations Security Council has condemned the tests after an emergency meeting was held to discuss its response.

    UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, said the missile launch was a “brazen and irresponsible act”.

    Mr Ban’s spokesman, Faran Haq, described the tests as a “deliberate and very grave violation” of security council resolutions banning the country from using ballistic missiles.

    North Korea’s continuing pursuit of these weapons and nuclear weapons “will only undermine its security and fail to improve the lives of its citizens”, he added.

    Tokyo has expressed its concern about the “certain level of capability” North Korea now poses with working ballistic missiles. “The threat to Japan is intensifying,” said defence minister Gen Nakatani.

    “We have to see it as a success,” Lee Choon Geun, an analyst at South Korea's state-funded Science and Technology Policy Institute, told Associated Press. “No other (previous) missiles fired by North Korea have ever flown that high.”

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said: “The impact of these provocations will be to only strengthen the resolve of the international community that has such serious concerns with North Korea’s behaviour.

    “The United States will do what we have done in the past, which is work with the international community, particularly our allies in South Korea and Japan.”

    The successful launch of the Musudan ballistic missile is one of a series of breakthroughs North Korea has claimed in its continuing efforts to create a long-range nuclear weapons arsenal capable of attacking the US mainland.

    From United States Strategic Command Facebook Page in reaction:

    United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected and tracked what we assess were two North Korean missile launches at 10:56 a.m. Hawaii time and 1:03 p.m. Hawaii time, June 21, 2016. The launch of two presumed Musudan intermediate range ballistic missiles occurred at Wonsan.
    The missiles were tracked over the Sea of Japan, where initial indications are that they fell.
    The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.
    We strongly condemn this and other North Korean missile tests in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, which explicitly prohibit North Korea's use of ballistic missile technology.
    We are closely monitoring the situation on the Korean Peninsula in coordination with our regional allies.
    We urge North Korea to refrain from provocative actions that aggravate tensions and instead focus on fulfilling its international obligations and commitments.

    Pretty interesting what this will have in the next 5 years.

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     Spinner wrote:
    Asterios wrote:

    and where is Drumpf Racist?

    Didn't we already talk about this? Something about how he felt about the fact that he had black accountants...I think the relevant quote was 'the only guys I want counting my money are short guys who wear yarmulkes all day.'

    To support here:
    Drumpf is racist....


    In each instance, Drumpf sought to project both strength and a lack of concern for the reaction to his provocative rhetoric, calculating that both would help him rise in the polls during the Republican primary. Indeed, a majority of Republican voters agreed with Drumpf's call to temporarily ban all foreign Muslims from entering the United States.

    Can also watch the video about him saying that too. He is equally racist to Mexicans, Muslims, and basically anyone that isn't white and male.

    The guy is well known to be racist and sexist. Can't really defend the guy at all.
              North Korea details plan to fire missiles toward Guam        
    North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.
              â€˜Strong and Resolute’: South Korea, Japan Issue ‘Stern Warning’ to North Korea        
    South Korea and Japan reaffirmed their support for the US on Thursday following North Korea’s announcement that they are considering a ballistic missile attack against Andersen Air Force Base on the US island territory of Guam in Micronesia.
              FACTBOX: Island of Guam With US Base Possible Target of N. Korean Strike        
    North Korea is reportedly considering a missile strike on the US military base located on the island of Guam.
              Pentagon Hopes for Diplomatic Solution on N. Korea, But Has Military Options        
    The US Defense Department is hoping for a diplomatic solution that would halt North Korea’s quest for a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the United States, but has military solutions ready if ordered to act, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in a press briefing on Thursday.
              Protesters, Activists Delay South Korean THAAD Environmental Impact Survey        
    Seoul has announced a delay on an environmental impact test that is part of the rollout of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD missile defense system). The postponement has come as the result of protests by residents where the THAAD platform is to be deployed.
              Beijing Outraged as US Destroyer Approaches Disputed South China Sea Island        
    The Chinese Foreign Ministry called on the United States to respect China's sovereignty and security interests after the US guided missile destroyer John S. McCain approached a disputed island in the South China Sea.
              Unholy Alliance That Never Was: How North Korea and Israel Almost Became Buddies        
    In an exceptional episode, little-known and never acknowledged in the Western mainstream media, Israel secretly negotiated a billion dollar buy-out of North Korea's missile export program to the Middle East. Negotiations ran between 1992 and 1994, when the US intervened to terminate the deal.
              N Korea's Likely Response Stops US From Preemptive Strike - Russian Lawmaker        
    North Korea's possible retaliatory strike is the only thing that deters the United States from carrying out a preemptive strike on Pyongyang's missile sites, First Deputy Chairman of Russia's Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich said on Thursday.
              Guam Homeland Security Warns N Korea Missiles Would Reach Island in 14 Minutes        
    If North Korea were to fire missiles at the US Pacific territory of Guam, they would reach the island in 14 minutes, USA Today newspaper reported on Thursday citing Guam Homeland Security.
              Japan Ready to Intercept Guam-Bound North Korean Missiles        
    Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday his country could strike down North Korean missiles fired toward the US island of Guam if they passed over the Japanese territory.
              Guam Governor Says 'No Panic' on US Pacific Island Over North Korea's Threat        
    The governor of Guam said Wednesday the administration of the US Pacific island was worried but not in panic over North Korea’s threat of a missile strike.
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              Defense company Elta North America expands in Maple Lawn, adding 50 new jobs        

    ANNAPOLIS, MD – As part of a week-long economic development mission to Israel, Governor Larry Hogan recently met with executives of defense giant ELTA Systems Ltd. and announced that the company’s U.S. affiliate, ELTA North America, is tripling its footprint in Maryland and adding up to 50 new jobs over the next two to three years. The company, which opened a 7,500-square-foot facility in Howard County’s Maple Lawn community in 2012, has signed a new lease for 21,500 square feet in Annapolis Junction and plans to move next month. ELTA North America leverages state-of-the-art technology from ELTA Systems Ltd., the world’s 4th largest radar company and a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and produces the components for Israel’s famous “Iron Dome” anti-missile system, as well as border surveillance radars for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ELTA North America also is involved in helping warfighters and first responders combat the growing threat of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The company has developed a revolutionary system that detects, identifies, and defeats UAVs using man-portable or fixed-site systems. And, with ELTA Systems as a global leader in cyber security, the company provides cyber solutions through ELTA North America. “We are proud to headquarter our company in Maryland,” said Eric Womble, CEO and president of ELTA North America. “The support of the county and state, especially from Governor Hogan’s office, has been outstanding and an important factor in our continued growth and expansion.” “It’s great news that ELTA North America is tripling its space and adding 50 newread more

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              WashPost: NKorea Has Mini Nuke Warheads for ICBMs        
    United States intelligence officials believe North Korea has mini nuclear warheads that can be delivered via its intercontinental ballistic missiles. The Washington Post reports on the ominous assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency. “The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the...
              Malabar 2012: India to Exercise with U.S. Navy in Bay of Bengal        
    Malabar 2012, the bilateral exercise between Indian Navy and United States 7th Fleet is expected to be held off Chennai, Bay of Bengal/west of Nicobar Islands from April 9 -16, 2012. Some interesting features of Malabar 2012 are: U.S. Navy – represented by Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill [...]

    Big Pop the balloons! Watch out, the game speed increases, so be quick! The game ends when balloons are grounded! Don't worry too much, there are plenty of bombs and missiles that will help you to on your way. Popaloon makes use of the addictive color matching formula used in many popular games. In Popaloon, however, the balloons are being launched from the bottom by a wolf. As soon as the screen is full, game is over.

              LATEST POINTS TO PONDER SUNDAY 3/3        

    Top World News Now                 
    March 3, 2013

    United States
    Obama Pardons 17 Felons, First in His Second Term
    DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones
    'Hundreds of thousands' of documents captured with Osama bin Laden, but only 17 released
    Michigan governor moves to appoint emergency manager in Detroit
    Pentagon Plans to Ask for Base Closures 
    Thousands of Soldiers to Leave Europe
    U.S. lawmakers question military aid to Egypt, citing concerns about Israel
    US factory work is returning, but the industry has changed
    'Anonymous' Hacker Explains Why He Fled The US
    Among Most Polluted in US, NYC Area Awaits Cleanup
    US Budget Cuts Force Yellowstone to Delay Opening
    Obama signs sequester bill
    Obama moves a step closer to approval of Keystone pipeline
    Navy Building a Drone Base in Sunny Malibu

    Ukrainian leader, fresh from EU talks, to meet Putin
    Russian Arms Trade Czar Says "War" Declared on Weapon Supplies to Syria
    Russian demonstrators rally in support of U.S. adoption ban
    Moscow Police to Probe Alleged Rally Payment Scam
    Moscow Mayor says no to more mosques in the city
    Opposition’s ‘Social March’ Fizzles Out in Moscow
    Uzbek National Shot Dead in Moscow
    Putin, Obama stress cooperation, pledge to 'avoid deterioration' in relations
    Russia presses for extradition of fugitive banker
    Ukrainian President: Gas contract with Russia is killing us
    Putin Signals Russia Can Be More Flexible on Syria
    Putin says Russia should listen to French arguments on Syria, over vodka
    Russians commend Putin's performance, believe he can keep election promises

    Islands Dispute: China Warns Japan Ahead Of Legislative Session
    A push for change in China as new leaders take the helm
    China's reform roadmap gets clearer
    China "fully prepared" for currency war
    China divided on TV 'execution parade': judicial resolve or crude voyeurism
    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills 12 in Chinese Coal Mine
    Spill in China Underlines Environmental Concerns
    China's fourth space launch center to be in use in two years
    Xi Jinping taking on corruption in China
    Premier Li Keqiang, as Hu Jintao protege, may be outgunned on policy
    China calls for decreased tension on Korean Peninsula
    5 Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks, arrested for inciting self-immolations
    Darkness at noon as worst dust storm in months mixes with morning smog
    China's First Aircraft Carrier on Way to Permanent Base at Qingdao in North

    United Kingdom‎
    Cameron: UK 'can transform Africa' with G8
    Cameron Vows To Stay The Course
    Cameron buries hatchet with Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell - and offers him £250,000 EU job
    Government fights Europe over air pollution reduction
    EU banker pay cap 'threatens thousands of British jobs'
    Revealed: One in four of UK's top companies pay no tax
    Banker Andrei Borodin granted asylum in Britain after fleeing Russia
    UK Explorer: Green Campaigning Has Failed
    UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together'
    Paedophile ring leader, Colin Peters, linked to Barnes scandal
    Cameron vows to defend UK banks

    European Union
    Hundreds of thousands march against austerity in Portugal
    Italy paralysed as Grillo plots exit route from euro
    Italian newcomer Grillo predicts collapse in six months
    Italy President Napolitano calls for realism after vote
    Greek military prepares for mass repression
    1000s hold anti-austerity demo in Greece
    At least 22 people hurt in Macedonia ethnic protests over new defense minister
    Mass layoffs at Caterpillar in Belgium
    Dark Rumblings Of A Coup D'État In Spain
    Spain Delays Catalunya Banc Auction
    Spain overturns Islamic face veil ban
    Thousands march in Portugal to protest austerity

    Germany Blasted for Role in Europe's Crisis
    German states rail against 'stupid' wealth transfers
    Italian president says Germany must give EU recovery a boost
    Germany Debates Fracking as Energy Costs Rise
    Bitter feud divides family of Germany's reunification leader
    Racism in German military mirrors society
    Germany discovers toxin in animal fodder
    Angela Merkel Wishes Bulgaria's Borissov Quick Recovery
    Merkel cabinet lowers bars to German labor market
    Kerry praises Germany's 'exemplary leadership' in Europe
    Italian president scraps meeting with German opposition leader over "clown" remarks

    Hollande leads tributes to 'a great figure' and resistance fighter
    As France's Mali mission grows, so does terror threat from homegrown militants inside France
    France considers marijuana-based drug
    France will not reach 2015 disabled access target
    Paris seeks alternative to 75% tax
    France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, Tunisia
    Hollande juggles trade, human rights in Moscow
    Hollande to Talk Syria Settlement With Putin
    Kerry holds talks on Mali with French leadership
    War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
    Al-Qaeda leader behind Algeria gas plant hostage massacre killed in Mali
    US Seeks to Confirm Report of Terror Leader's Death
    Syria: Fierce Clashes in Provincial Capital Raqqa
    Assad Forces Take Aleppo Village, Reopening Supply Line
    Syrian President Assad Blasts British Government
    Iran Says Syria’s Assad to Run for 2014 Election
    How Does the U.S. Mark Unidentified Men in Pakistan and Yemen as Drone Targets?
    Syrian Rebels Angry Over US Aid: ‘Only Thing We Want Is Weapons’

    Insight Into Today’s News
    Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
    G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
    Norway Enters The Currency Wars
    The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
    The Last Liberal Branch of Government
    US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
    Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
    US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
    Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
    US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

    Netanyahu secretly visited Jordan to discuss peace with Palestinians
    Netanyahu gets two more weeks to form Israel coalition
    3 Syrian Mortars Land in Southern Golan Heights
    Gaza Border: Senior Officer's Vehicle Hit by Gunshots
    New coalition will have to freeze construction outside settlement blocs
    Tissue tests planned for Israelis in Gaza who want to cross border
    Palestinian PM evacuated from West Bank after Israeli soldiers fire teargas at protesters
    Sequestration: Israel Could ‘Gradually’ Lose $500 Million in US Aid
    Netanyahu blasts Erdogan's 'dark and libelous' criticism of Zionism

    Scud Missile Fired in Syria Lands Near Iraqi Village
    Bombs Kill at Least 22 in Iraqi Capital
    Erdoğan: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism same
    Turkey's Difficult Choice in Palestine, Israel
    Erdogan Calls for More Support for Syrian Opposition
    Kurdish leader 'outlines' Turkey peace plan
    More Military Arrests in Turkey For 'Feb. 28 Process'
    Turkey Provides Schools for Syrian Refugee Children
    Iraq budget stalemate deepens over Kurd oil payments
    Iraq continues to allow Iranian overflights to Syria

    John Kerry visits Egypt as dozens injured in violent protests
    Kerry urges Egypt to take difficult economic steps; opposition figures skip meetings
    Protesters Demand Armed Forces Intervention in Cairo
    Ex-member: Muslim Brotherhood has secret societies in 80 nations, including U.S.
    Bahrain Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja Sentenced to Jail
    176 Protesters Held in Saudi Arabia
    Qatar's Influence in Egypt Runs Deeper Than Its Pockets
    Morsi criticized for reaction to tragedy
    Parties who boycotted Morsi's national dialogue invited to send suggestions
    Opposition refuse to stand in Egypt's parliamentary elections

    Ahmadinejad: National dialogue only way to end Syria crisis
    Ahmadinejad: West's war against Iran media doomed to failure  
    Ahmadinejad to Visit Pakistan This Month to Inaugurate IP Gas Pipeline Construction
    Threatening Iran Won't Help in Nuclear Talks, Envoy Says
    Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
    Head Of Iran's Qods Force Suggests Assad Is Vulnerable
    Sanction-Hit Iran Fears Unrest as New Elections Near
    Khamenei tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition
    Ahmadinejad Aide’s Candidacy a Challenge to Iran’s Theocratic Status Quo
    Ahmadinejad, Zardari Stress Expansion of Iran-Pakistan Ties

    Hugo Chavez undergoing chemotherapy
    VP Maduro: Capriles Seeks Destabilization in Venezuela
    Venezuela decries "absurd" rumors over Chavez death
    Maduro: Chavez ‘battling’ for his life
    Rumours swirl as Chavez stays out of sight
    Former envoy claims Venezuela's Chavez is dead
    Venezuela government denies rumours about Chavez
    Venezuelans hold demo in support of Chavez
    Student demonstration dispersed by authorities in Venezuela
    FARC: Colombia government to blame for coffee strike

    Brazil to get its first nuclear subs
    Rousseff Meets Nigerian Leader for Trade Talks
    Brazil's Unemployment Rises More Than Forecast in January
    Prosecutors investigate spying charges against consortium building dam in Brazil
    Brazil turns to Catholic Church to quash crack epidemic
    Brazil Wind Developers May Be Required to Build New Power Lines
    No one is safe from Argentina's drug war
    Modern Slavery Rears its Ugly Head in Chile
    Chilean Navy Saves 25 Stranded Whales, 20 Die
    Peru says American couple found; family wants 'proof of life'

    Nieto Says Justice Will Be Done in Union Boss’s Case
    Six Bodies Found in Mexico, Including Teenage Boy Earlier Arrested for Murder
    Mexican Daily Hit by Third Attack This Week
    Army Kills 4 Gunmen in Northern Mexico
    Two Police Gunned Down in Guatemala
    Fire hits big Mexico City marketplace
    Pena Nieto enacts major education reform
    Powerful head of Mexico teachers union is arrested
    Mexico to Launch New Police Force Later This Year

    Cuba Dissident’s Daughter Says Dad’s Death Was No Accident
    Cuban Dissidents Hope to Build Mass Organization
    A post-Castro Cuba
    Chavez Congratulates Raul Castro on Re-Election
    Castro Retirement News Prompts Tepid Response In Miami
    Transition now seen as underway in Cuba
    Cooperatives Could Save Cuban Socialism
    South African medical students in Cuba may be deported
    No ease for Cuba from US state sponsor of terrorism list

    United Nations
    U.N. Security Council asks for report on possible Mali peacekeepers
    Ban Tones Down Criticism of Rwanda Over Congo Claims
    UN chief says Iran should gain world confidence over its disputed atomic plan
    Libya to ask U.N. to lift arms embargo
    UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
              POINTS TO PONDER AND TOP NEWS        

    Top World News Now                 
    February 26, 2013

    United States
    Obama To Tell Israelis of Plan for Iran War
    Obama's Paycheck Exempt From 'Sequester'
    White House Sells Meetings with Obama for $500k
    Pentagon to Keep Gen. Allen Probe a Secret
    Kerry: US to Hasten Syria Government Change
    Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start
    Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot
    Why Should Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year?
    Listen up ladies! Next time there's a draft, Uncle Sam might want you too
    Homeland Security Chief Threatens Long TSA Lines From Sequester
    TB outbreak: LAPD urges officers to wear masks
    US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing
    Billions at stake: US and BP clash in court over Gulf oil spill
    Nation of Islam asks for gang protection
    New York City homelessness continues to set new records
    Canadian Asteroid-Hunting Satellite Launched into Space

    Putin's KGB/FSB Converging with New IMF Banking FSB
    Putin signs radical anti-tobacco bill into law
    In Putin's Russia, Shooting the Messenger
    Medvedev: No Grounds for New ‘Cold War’
    Deputy FM Ryabkov: Iran sanctions may be lifted
    Zyuganov reelected Communist chief, vows reset in left-wing politics
    China, Russia ink major energy deal
    Moscow 'regrets' treatment of Russians abroad
    Moscow Welcomes Release of 15 Russian Sailors in Nigeria
    1kg meteorite piece found in Russian Urals, biggest chunk yet discovered
    Moscow Police Seize Large Cache of ‘Black Market’ Weapons
    At Least 17 Amur Tigers Dead in Russia's Far East in 2012
    Protests in Ukraine as EU gives May ultimatum
    Ukraine wields natural gas trump card in Brussels
    As Medvedev is savaged, Putin silent
    State Duma Backs Putin's Foreign Assets Bill

    Xi vows peaceful path on Taiwan
    Xi calls for cross-Strait cooperation in realizing "Chinese dream"
    Xi rewards Chinese missile brigade for launching 100 missiles
    Hu Jintao meets KMT honorary chairman
    State councilor meets South Korea's new president
    South Korea's Park Warns North Against Nuclear Pursuits
    Foreign Ministry: All Japanese activities regarding Diaoyu Islands illegal
    Min of Environmental Protection refuses to release data from soil contamination investigation
    China to halt approvals for small coal mines
    2 Tibetan Monks Self-Immolate as Anti-China Protests Continue
    Tibet's Growing Tragedy: Self-Immolation Protests Reach 105
    5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts Tibet
    BBC World Service Shortwave Radio Blocked in China
    Chinese transport "workhorses" extending military's reach

    United Kingdom‎
    David Cameron: I'll stop migrant benefits
    John Kerry: US Won't Back UK on the Falklands
    Britain's top cardinal resigns over allegations 'he behaved inappropriately with priests'
    Family Targeted in North Belfast Blast Bomb Attack
    Cameron to hold talks with Kerry
    Head of Cameron's local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage
    Clegg denies cover up of associate's misconduct
    Tory threat to rival parties over libel law
    UK Ratings Cut Puts Spotlight on Budget
    Will Litvinenko-MI6 links be revealed?
    UK onshore wind farms to create more carbon dioxide than they save
    Tax Breaks Spur Record UK Offshore Oil & Gas Spend

    European Union
    Berlusconi revives political career in chaotic Italian election
    Italian markets celebrate Berlusconi’s poor performance in election
    Italy's center-left to win lower house, leads in Senate race
    Initial results indicate stalemate in Italian election
    Angry Italians deliver austerity warning
    EU ministers discuss horse meat crisis
    EU holds breath over crucial Italy election
    Topless Femen protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election
    Protest votes add to uncertainty in close Italy election
    Spanish Police Nab 3 Suspected of Spying for Iran
    Spain police arrest 45 in Madrid after protest

    Merkel holds talks with Turkish leaders frustrated by slow-moving EU talks
    Germany presses Turkey for progress in lifting embargo on Cyprus
    German government backs ban on far-right party
    German Intel Paid Neo-Nazi Informer $240,000
    Bare-chested protesters take on Berlin
    Merkel: China, Russia seeing Syrian president's time is up
    Merkel Raises Turks' Hope Of European Union Entry
    Merkel kicks off sensitive visit to Turkey
    Merkel inspects German Patriot missiles in Turkey
    Germany arms the Persian Gulf monarchies
    Germany patient with France on deficit

    Hollande's Sarkozy joke riles French opposition
    Ayrault: Boko Haram Claiming to Hold French Family
    France blasts 'cruelty' as Boko Haram displays kidnapped family
    France to pause austerity, cut spending next year instead: Hollande
    Hollande urges compulsory labeling amid horsemeat scandal
    France's military operation in Mali in 'final phase'
    France warns of kidnappings, attack risk in Benin
    France is euro 'problem child', frets Angela Merkel's party official
    War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
    Syrian Opposition Pledges to Attend Rome Summit
    Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition
    Kerry Vows Not to Leave Syria Rebels 'Dangling in the Wind'
    Car blast rocks central Damascus, casualties reported
    Assad's Army Has Fled Entire Area Bordering Israel
    Syrian Refugees Riot in Jordan Camp; 3 Hurt
    Nearly 100 Rebels Are Reported Killed in Mali Battle
    No sign of peace or reconciliation in Mali
    West African Mali forces to cost €715m

    Insight Into Today’s News
    Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
    G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
    Norway Enters The Currency Wars
    The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
    The Last Liberal Branch of Government
    US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
    Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
    US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
    Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
    US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

    Netanyahu: Arrow will help us on peace, or defense
    Netanyahu urges the PA to calm rioters and stone throwers
    West Bank Streets 'Boiling' as Abbas Accuses Israel of Stoking Unrest
    IDF and Palestinians clash following prisoner's funeral
    West Bank Protests Grow, Fears of New Intifada
    Israel, US successfully test anti-missile system
    Palestinian officials accuse Israel of torturing inmate to death
    Palestinian Detainee’s Death in Israel Sparks Unrest
    Thousands of jailed Palestinians stage 1-day hunger strike

    Erdogan holds joint press conference with Merkel
    Kurdish Peace Process to Start After PKK Leave Turkey
    Erdoğan: Assad a ‘mute devil’ for not defying Israel
    Defense Minister Says 965 Suicides Among Soldiers in 10 Years
    Turkey in Key Stage to Address Kurdish Issue
    Turkey lists requests from Germany's Merkel
    Turkey eyes Karabakh step from Armenia to open ways
    Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession
    Turkey says aid pledges for Syrian refugees 'unfulfilled'
    Iraq shuts down 3 illegal tunnels to Syria

    Bahrain Bans Import of Plastic Guy Fawkes Masks
    ElBaradei Calls for Boycott of 'Sham' Parliamentary Election
    Egyptian Brotherhood Hits Back at Opposition Leader
    Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt
    Bahraini Dies After Being Struck by Tear Gas Canister
    Divided Egypt opposition attacks Morsi on election call
    Morsi calls parliamentary elections in April
    Thousands hold anti-government protests in Egypt
    New death from SARS-like virus in Saudi

    World Powers May Offer Iran Sanctions Relief at Nuclear Talks
    UK claims General Shateri actually died in January bombing of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy
    World Powers Seek Compromise in Iranian Nuclear Talks
    Ahmadinejad Admits to Economic Pain
    Iran tests suicide drones in ongoing military drill
    Iran denies downing foreign drone
    Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise
    Iran announces new uranium deposits discovery
    Iran selects 16 new sites for nuclear plants
    Iran sentences 4 to death in biggest bank fraud case
    Envoy: Iran to continue talks with IAEA on nuclear program

    Chavez warns that Africa and South America Must Unite or face Western Interventions
    Indigenous Venezuelans Hold Ritual for Chavez
    Colombian Rebels Call on Santos to Save Peace Talks
    Villegas: Condition of cancer-stricken Chavez not "favorable"
    Prosecutor Accuses Former Colombian Governor of 2000 Massacre
    Bolivia's Morales says was unable to see Chavez in Venezuela
    Questions about political succession whirl in Venezuela after Chavez comes home
    Poll: Maduro would win vote if Chavez goes
    Chávez's return is obstacle for Venezuela's embattled opposition
    Bolivia's Morales arrives in Venezuela to visit President Chávez

    Falklands dispute: Argentina accuses UK of ‘defiance’ of anti-nuke treaty
    Rousseff says extreme poverty almost eradicated
    PM Medvedev begins visit to Brazil
    Pro-Cuba Protesters Halt Dissident's Brazil Event
    After Being Hounded by Protesters, Cuban Dissident Praises Brazil's Freedom of Expression
    Brazil dockers end China ship protest; port strike threat
    Argentina to renovate railways with Chinese trains in 2014
    Union Leader Protests by Bringing Trucks to Argentine Labor Ministry
    New tobacco law ignites controversy in Chile
    Ex-leaders of German sect in Chile enter prison to begin sentences for sexual abuse of minors

    Official Accuses CIA of 'Managing' Not 'Fighting' the Drug Trade
    Nieto Meets with San Antonio Mayor
    Government Says Over 27,000 People Missing in Mexico
    Mexico Slaughters Nearly 500,000 Birds Infected with Avian Flu
    Guatemala Moves Up Ex-Dictator’s Genocide Trial
    Police Chief in Mexican Border City on Nuevo Laredo Missing
    Suspect in General’s Murder Arrives in Mexico
    Mexican Police Detain 81 Migrants
    Vigilantes reportedly release captives in southern Mexico

    Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager
    Raúl Castro Says His New 5-Year Term as Cuba's President Will Be His Last
    Fidel Castro makes surprise parliament appearance amid leadership speculation
    Cuban parliament gathers, president to be selected
    Esteban Lazo Elected New President of the Cuban Parliament
    Haitians Rage as UN Rejects Payout for Cholera Victims
    Yoani Sanchez May Be Top Dissident in Cuba, but She Agrees US Embargo Must Go
    Medvedev Discusses Meteorite Strike with Fidel Castro
    Raul Castro Mentions Possible Retirement

    United Nations
    UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
    Tunisia Arrests Suspect in Killing That Sparked Unrest
    African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal
    At least 53 killed in rival Arab militia clashes in North Darfur
    Tunisia's New Premier Promises Inclusive Government
    US blocks UN resolution condemning Damascus terror bombings
    Tunisia: Party Names Premier Candidate
    Tunisian PM steps down after crisis prompted by political assassination
    Unesco agrees 5.6 million-euro plan to save Mali's
              NEWS TO PONDER, SHARE AND WONDER        
    Top World News Now                 
    February 21, 2013


     Heads up from AntiMullah. Separate vacations and Obambi brings Reggie Love back with  him. If you do  not know what this is, you need to visit/view AntiMullah.com more often to keep up with latest developments.

    Tone and content reflects information not normally provided by Lame Stream Media's love fest with Obambi. And worldwide events that discredit his claims and motives for anti-American, pro-Moslem Brotherhood policies and actions.
    Read and become knowledgeable and stop believing the incredible lies Obama feeds us at every opportunity. Lies his own Democrats increasingly have a problem swallowing and are intentionally leading our nation into certain fiscal and political destruction.

    United States
    GOP Resists Obama's Push for Tax Rise to Head Off Cuts
    Obama Fleshes Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
    Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage
    White House announces online espionage response policy
    US issues final word on essential benefits under "Obamacare"
    Anonymous thrown into China-US cyberwar scandal
    Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilian workers
    In wake of Benghazi, rapid response Marine unit heading to Europe
    US issues worldwide caution to its citizens of terror threats
    Body found in restaurant rubble after Kansas City explosion
    Why Americans Might Be Better Off If Their Burgers Were Made Of Horsemeat
    Sex-Change Surgery Available Through Many US Colleges
    Majority of US citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported
    Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights

    Putin Invites G20 Leaders to St. Petersburg Summit
    Migrant workers call on Putin for amnesty
    Lavrov: Time to end the war in Syria
    Moscow: N. Korea sanctions can only impact nuclear program
    IMF warns of higher inflation, slower GDP growth in Russia
    Russia's missing billions revealed
    Russia Tries To Remove Images of New Drone From the Internet
    Russian Military to Develop Anti-Meteorite Defenses
    Russia investigates 25 cases of Defense Ministry fraud - Prosecutor General
    MP resigns after bloggers disclose his Florida property
    Russia escalating attacks on free expression a year on from Pussy Riot protest
    ‘Ample Evidence’ Linking Ukraine Ex-President to Journalist Murder
    French Specialists Resume Work at Chernobyl Disaster Site
    Ukraine: Embezzlement At State Orphanages
    Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars

    Xi Jinping's campaign to purge Communist Party 'won't be easy'
    Incumbent cabinet holds final meeting
    China's central banker skips retirement bar to stay on
    Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN
    Attacks originating from US rank 1st among overseas hackings in China
    Photos show new activity at N Korea nuclear site
    Spy agencies scrounge for details on North Korean nuclear test
    North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?
    N Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames
    US Envoy Opposes S Korean Nuclear Armament
    Rise in online fan clubs extolling China's party leaders
    After China's multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink
    Smog in Pearl River Delta 'worse than in Beijing'
    Maoists Block Deal to Break Nepal's Long Political Deadlock

    Cameron to pay respects to victims of Amritsar massacre
    Cameron's India trip hits wobble with concern over helicopter deal
    Sars-like virus death reported in UK
    New coronavirus can infect human lungs as easily as cold virus
    Magdalene laundries: Ireland to apologise to survivors
    Iranian torture guard refused UK citizenship
    Britain expands "bigger than burgers" horsemeat tests
    Regulator warns Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis
    Scotland 'faces EU funding cut'
    Tanker drivers in Scotland vote to strike
    Belfast Orange Order warns members over flag protests
    One in four Africans attacked in Ireland

    Berlusconi accused of trying to buy votes days before election
    After Bulgarian Protests, Prime Minister Resigns
    Greek police fire tear gas on anti-austerity protesters
    Greece welcomes Hollande with ‘news blackout’
    Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution a disaster
    Thieves in Belgium pull off most spectacular and dramatic diamond heist in years
    Iceland considers dropping its currency
    Lawmakers Threaten to Veto Tightened Budget
    EU reinforces sanctions against DPRK
    To Revive Honey Bees, Europe Proposes a Pesticide Ban
    Anti-austerity strike to bring Greece to a standstill
    Italy politicians make final drive for votes before poll

    Berlusconi's possible comeback a nightmare for Angela Merkel
    Merkel's Rainbow Problem: On Gay Rights, Chancellor Still a Conservative
    German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man
    Germany Sends Troops to Mali
    German police raid firms over Ponzi scheme
    Germany: Court Backs Adoption by Same-Sex Couples
    Net activists slam Germany's open data portal
    NSU victims' families want more than sympathy
    Security staff at Hamburg airport to strike Wednesday in pay dispute
    Swiss mayoral candidate 'pro-Hamas, pro-Iran'
    Outgoing chairman of Switzerland's Novartis foregoes $78 million golden parachute deal
    Norway is Afraid of Foreign Spies

    Hollande: French soldier killed in northern Mali
    Hollande confirms seven kidnapped in Cameroon
    Hollande urges investment in Greece, growth in Europe
    Hollande: France will miss 2013 growth target
    French Kidnapped in Cameroon Were Taken Into Nigeria
    France saw 58 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012
    Man arrested for serial attacks on Paris Chinese
    France to unfreeze development aid to Mali
    France Charges 11 In Alleged Kurdish Extortion Ring
    War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
    Syrian rebels threaten Hezbollah with 48-hour deadline
    Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone
    US direct military support to Mali likely to continue after elections
    Mortars Explode Near Assad Palace in Damascus
    Missile kills more than 30 in Syria
    Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria
    Foreign Arms Supplies to Syrian Rebels Expanding
    Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy
    Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria
    Syrian Rebels Threaten to Attack Lebanon Over Border Dispute
    Insight Into Today’s News
    Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
    G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
    Norway Enters The Currency Wars
    The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
    The Last Liberal Branch of Government
    US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
    Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
    US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
    Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
    US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

    Former foreign minister Livni joins Netanyahu coalition
    Prisoner X: Benjamin Netanyahu adds to mystery
    Secretary Kerry to skip Israel in first trip
    Turkey, Israel Cut 1st Defense Deal Since Freezing Ties
    Israel Seeks to Curb Weapons Flow to Gaza
    West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners
    Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike Reaches 211th Day
    Fatah Official Warns of Violence if Prisoners Aren't Freed
    'Iron Dome' may be instrumental in peace process
    Head of Israeli IVF unit arrested in Romania


    Security deteriorating in Egypt due to political instability
    Opposition Sets Conditions For Dialogue With Morsi
    Morsi's advisory team less diverse after months of walkouts
    Morsi Issues Presidential Decree to Appoint New Mufti
    Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day
    Egyptians protest at Libyan border over new visa rules
    Egypt ministry appeals against order to block YouTube
    Egypt files new charges against Mubarak's last premier
    2 Sunni groups halt roles in Bahrain crisis talks
    A Palace Rift in Bahrain Bedevils Key US Navy Base

    Iran to Conduct Military Drills Over 3 Days
    Reformists Meet Khamenei To Improve 'Internal Climate'
    Rivals Forced to Apologize to Supreme Leader
    Ahmadinejad threat to cancel Iranian poll
    Iran Pushes Nuclear-Free Mideast Plans
    Syrian Prime Minister Claims Iran is Now “Occupying” Syria
    MPs say sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands is non-negotiable
    Iran protests Berlin film award for banned Jafar Panahi
    Fatwa Issued Against 3G Internet Operator in Iran
    Iran FM Spurns Western 'Gold Trade' Offer
    Stung by 'Argo,' Iran Backs Conference Denouncing 'Hollywoodism'

    Top World News Now                 
    February 15, 2013

    United States
    Environmentalists Press Obama in Heated Oil Pipeline Debate
    NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union
    Kerry: Moves Against North Korea Would Scare Iran Off Nukes
    Senate Republicans Block Hagel Nomination For Defense Secretary
    Key US general backs keeping Afghan forces at peak strength
    Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons
    Transocean to pay $400 million for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
    High taxes force more Americans to renounce their citizenship
    600 children living in Washington, DC homeless shelter
    Conspiracy Theorists Leap at the Confusing Case of Dorner’s Multiple Wallets
    Body in burned cabin ID'd as Christopher Dorner
    Cruise ship nightmare nearing end for passengers after hellish trip
    CDC Warns of Super-Gonorrhea

    Russia activates ‘Operation Fortress’, 20,000 troops after air defense forces shoot down space object
    Putin orders Russian security on high alert before Olympics
    Putin Warns Foreign NGOs Against 'Meddling' In Russian Affairs
    Putin Orders FSB to Set Up Anti-Hacker Defense
    Putin: Russia will not tolerate foreign pressure
    Foreign Ministry: Russia ‘Ready’ to Consider Further Nuclear Arms Cuts
    Army Chief: Russia may be drawn into resource wars in future
    Russian Army Commissions Bioengineered Liver for $17 Mln
    Russia charges Georgian politician with plotting mass unrest
    Constitutional Court: Authorities must not politically discriminate against protesters
    Six Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan Operation
    Very strong earthquake in a sparsely populated Siberia area
    Thousands of Russian convicts may go untracked if bracelet batteries die

    Xi's Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning
    Xi Jinping Prepares to Deal With New 'Gang of Four'
    Beijing ramps up propaganda war to bolster Diaoyus claim
    China's environment unaffected by DPRK nuclear test so far
    China's Netizens React Colorfully to N. Korean Nuke Test
    Nuke test gives US excuse to boost its military
    S. Korea stages large-scale drills following DPRK nuke test
    South Korea flexes missile power after North test
    The Real Japan-China Conflict
    7 dead, 18 injured in China after man sets off bomb over child custody dispute
    Depressing landmark reached, 100th Tibetan self-immolates
    Tibetans commemorate centennial of 'Tibetan independence'
    Clues to why most survived China's melamine scandal

    Major warns Cameron's EU referendum is a 'gamble'
    EU warns Tories that UK security opt-out 'doesn't make sense'
    UK Military Flies Ghana Troops, Equipment to Mali
    Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe
    British MPs to receive on-the-job mental health aid
    UK Lawmakers Say Credit Schemes Not Working
    Another policeman held in UK graft probe
    New SARS-like virus shows person-to-person transmission
    Deaths, lies and the NHS: Shocking new healthcare scandals emerge in UK
    UK Arrests Men in Horse-Meat Probe
    Horsemeat: Bute Found In Carcasses In UK
    UK soap opera star faces child sex charges

    Europe Rejects Critics of 'Robin Hood' Tax
    Austerity's children becoming Europe's "lost generation"
    Economy in Europe Contracts More Than Expected
    Pope rounds on rival cardinals and their 'sins against unity'
    Man sets himself alight at Rome airport
    Berlusconi defends need for bribery in winning contracts
    Monte Paschi's former finance chief held in Italy
    Italy unemployment crisis reaches alarming rate
    Foreign investors set to sue Spain over energy reform
    King Juan Carlos fights new pressures to abdicate
    Greece: Alexis Tsipras raises the political stakes
    Interior Ministry: Mafia plotting to crash Serbian Air Force One

    Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign
    Germany and Spain Move to Curb Green-Energy Supports
    German airports security staff strike continues Friday
    Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries
    Roma in Germany forced into abject poverty
    Barbarians at the Gate
    Reports Of 'Neo-Nazi' Guards At Amazon Warehouses In Germany Creates Fresh Scandal
    Tempting PhDs lead politicians into plagiarism
    Germany's Great Church Sell-Off
    Swiss push reconciliation plan for Sri Lanka
    Switzerland prepares to sit at G20 head table
    Norway Ready to Use Rate Cuts to Cool Krone

    Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions Under Pressure From EU
    Hollande says France ok with India civil nuclear liability clause
    Hollande in India to sell warplanes, nuclear power, metro construction
    Tunisians denounce France interference
    The European Slump: France Gives Up Lowering Its Budget Deficit
    French Goodyear workers protest against closure of Amiens Nord plant
    France moves step closer to legal euthanasia
    French firm suspected as culprit in spreading horsemeat scandal
    France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII
    War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
    Libya Braces for Unrest on Anniversary of Qaddafi Revolt
    Syrian rebels down 2 government planes
    Syria rebels capture oil field and military base
    Saudis say Syria death toll may be 90000
    As war in Syria continues, refugees in Turkey open a high school
    Armenia tries to help as Christian Armenians flee Syria
    In Mali town, counter-insurgency task ties down French
    French incursion frees few slaves in Mali
    Official Details French Role in Mali
    US Pledges to Help Mali With Long-Term Stability
    Insight Into Today’s News
    US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
    Now We Know: War Is Murder
    It Can't Happen Here?
    The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
    Remember 1994
    Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
    Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
    CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
    Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills

    Netanyahu threatened media over Prisoner X
    'Prisoner X' took part in Mossad operation of killing Hamas operative in Dubai?
    Lawyer: ‘Prisoner X’ negotiated plea bargain before suicide
    Israeli Security Delegation Arrives for Talks in Cairo
    Border area on alert as Israel carries out drills
    Israel shells out almost a fifth of national budget on defense
    Israel falls 20 places in World Press Freedom Index
    Leading Rabbi Says Let Haredim Guard Their Own West Bank Cities
    Israeli Siege Snuffing Out Gaza's Camel Industry


    Morsi's Egypt Poised to Criminalize Protest
    Morsi's graduate son snares plum Egypt job at 66 times lowest salary
    Salafis open fire on Morsi
    Ruling party aims for outright majority in new parliament
    Egypt political forces call for symbolic funeral of slain boy potato seller
    Egypt Military Offers Rare Apology for Child Death
    Teenage protester shot dead amid clashes on Bahrain uprising anniversary
    Saudi Minister Puts Young Royals in Succession Spotlight
    Bahrain condemns Iran's statements

    Ahmadinejad bluffed that Iran is now a 'nuclear state'
    IAEA, Iran Fail to Reach Nuclear Deal
    Kerry urges Iran to make "real offers" in nuclear talks
    Gulf states reject Iranian suggestion that Syria, Bahrain be discussed at nuclear talks
    Iran denies transferring arms to Somali militants
    Iran Using China To Smuggle Nuclear Material? ISIS Report Raises Concerns
    Iran Mourns Senior Commander Killed in Syria
    Iran Begins Its Election-Season Web Crackdown a Few Months Early
    Pak-Iran pipeline deal likely to be inked today

    Venezuelan students protest outside Cuban Embassy as Chavez remains out of sight in Havana
    Venezuela to Limit Medicine Prices After Chavez Devaluation
    Maduro: Chavez Undergoing “Very Complex and Tough” Treatment
    Venezuela's move to devalue is desperate
    Chavez Devaluation Puts Venezuelans to Queue Before Price Raise
    Capriles: Venezuela needs no devaluation, but stop handouts
    US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela's Cavim Arms Company
    Farc rebels kill seven Colombian soldiers in blow to peace process
    Eastern Colombia locked into neo-paramilitary war

    Witnesses of Argentina major train accident fear for their lives
    Woman in Argentina marries twin sister's convicted killer
    Rousseff Stumbles on Energy
    Brazil's Hydroelectric Dam Boom is Bringing Tensions
    Brazil Papal Contender: Place of Birth Irrelevant
    Argentina confirms quizzing of Iran suspects
    Epic Glacier Collapse In Argentina: Ice Bridge Connected To Perito Moreno Thunders Into Lake
    Argentina Continues Its Defiance of Ghana in the Courts
    Chile's Mapuche Indians clash with police in Collipulli

    A glimpse of Nieto's new crime fighting strategy
    Mexico arrests six suspects for rape of
              JAVID JABS        


    The sophisticated underground rocket launcher system in Gaza has been exposed by the terrorist organization in a video it released Saturday.


    In Burma, he called the country by what the generals used to call it, he badly mauled and miss-pronounced the name of leader of their democracy movement. Add to that, he kissed this single woman, which in their culture is an insult.....He gave credit to himself for the democracy movement there (the credit should go to the Bush administration and Laura Bush in particular ) and some are praising him, and fawning over this trip ! Oh , please...


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    Like a Diamond in the Sky
    Image Credit & Copyright: Alex Cherney (Terrastro, TWAN)
    Explanation: A dark Sun hung over Queensland, Australia on Wednesday morning during a much anticipated total solar eclipse. Storm clouds threatened to spoil the view along the northern coast, but minutes before totality the clouds parted. Streaming past the Moon's edge, the last direct rays of sunlight produced a gorgeous diamond ring effect in this scene from Ellis Beach between Cairns and Port Douglas. Winking out in a moment, the diamond didn't last forever though. The area was plunged into darkness for nearly 2 minutes as the Moon's shadow swept off shore toward Australia's Great Barrier Reef and out into the southern Pacific. Ranging from 1/4000 to 1/15 seconds long, five separate exposures were blended in the image to create a presentation similar to the breathtaking visual experience of the eclipse.

    How dumb do they think you are?


    A picture you will never see…

    Found on the IDF Twitter feed, the video below depicts life in southern Israel under fire of the rockets that have rained down from Gaza: “Over the past 12 years, the residents of southern Israel have suffered over 12,000 rockets fired at them from the Gaza Strip. This is what their life has looked like over the years.” I think it’s safe to say you won’t be seeing this brief video compilation on the BCC or CNN either.

    Iran must be President Obama’s immediate priority

    By Henry A. Kissinger, Published: November 16

    Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.
    In the aftermath of an exhausting reelection campaign, the most urgent decision facing the president is how to stop Iran from pursuing a military nuclear program. Presidents of both parties have long declared that “no option is off the table” in securing this goal. In the third presidential debate, the candidates agreed that this was a matter of the American national interest, even as they described the objective alternately as preventing an Iranian “nuclear weapon” or “breakout capacity” (President Obama), or a “nuclear-capable Iran” (Mitt Romney). As Iran continues to elaborate its enrichment capacity and move it underground, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a spring deadline for counteraction. In this fraught environment, what operational meaning should be given to America’s declared objectives?

    The United States and Iran are apparently conducting bilateral negotiations through official or semiofficial emissaries — a departure from the previous procedure of multilateral talks. Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program do not have an encouraging record. For more than a decade, Iran has stalled, first with the “EU-3” (France, Germany and Britain) and then with the “P5+1” (the members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany). It has alternated hints of flexibility with periods of intransigence, all while expanding, concealing and dispersing its nuclear facilities. If no limit is placed on this process, Iran’s tech­no­logical progress will dominate events. But at what stage, and in what manner, should Iran be deprived of a military nuclear capability? This has been the essence of the argument over “red lines.”

    Three stages are involved in the evolution of a military nuclear capability: a delivery system, a capacity to enrich uranium and the production of nuclear warheads. Iran has been augmenting the range and number of its missile systems since at least 2006. Its enrichment capacity — long underreported to the International Atomic Energy Agency — has been expanded to thousands of centrifuges (the instruments that enrich uranium to bomb-grade material). The level exceeds any reasonable definition of peaceful uses authorized by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The inevitable culmination is a nuclear weapon.

    To draw the line at proscribing an Iranian nuclear weapon — as some argue — would prove unmanageable. Once the requisite amount of fissile material has been produced, constructing and equipping a warhead is a relatively short and technologically straightforward process, almost certainly impossible to detect in a timely fashion.

    If so ineffectual a red line were to emerge from a decade of diplomacy by the permanent members of the Security Council, the result would be an essentially uncontrollable military nuclear proliferation throughout a region roiled by revolution and sectarian blood-feuds. Iran would thereby achieve the status of North Korea, with a military nuclear program at the very edge of going operational. Each nation that has a nuclear option would compete to minimize the time to its own full military nuclear capability. 

    Meanwhile, countries within the reach of Iran’s military but lacking a nuclear option would be driven to reorient their political alignment toward Tehran. The reformist tendencies in the Arab Spring — already under severe pressure — would be submerged by this process. The president’s vision of progress toward a global reduction of nuclear weapons would suffer a blow, perhaps a fatal one.
    Some have argued that even in the worst-case scenario, a nuclear Iran could be deterred. Yet this ignores the immensely costly, complex and tension-ridden realities of Cold War-era deterrence, the apocalyptic strain in the Iranian theocracy and the near-certainty that several regional powers will go nuclear if Iran does. Once nuclear balances are forged in conditions where tensions are no longer purely bilateral, as in the Cold War, and in still-developing countries whose technology to prevent accidents is rudimentary, the likelihood of some nuclear exchange will mount dramatically.

    This is why