The hasbara brigade strikes again! You always hear about Israeli attempts at media manipulation. Everyone knows it’s going on but usually the process happens through cyber insurgents like those involved with Giyus (and its media monitoring software, Megaphone). Now, we know that the Israeli foreign ministry itself is orchestrating propaganda efforts designed to flood news websites with pro-Israel arguments and information.
Amazing. So the horde of Zionists crowding into every crevice of the internet at the moment are not just the usual Z-rabble. They are, essentially, agents of Israel’s Propaganda Ministry.
Head Cases: History’s Clear Answer to the Torture Debate
There has been much throwing about of brains on the subject of “what to do” about the Bush Administration’s unabashed and openly confessed use of “interrogation techniques” that are, without question, classified under U.S. law as torture. There seems to be a ripening consensus among our great and good that nothing at all should be done about this perpetration of a capital crime by the top officials of the government — although one does descry, here and there, a hint that there might be a ritual sacrifice of one or two middling-high figures if the issue gets too hot to brush aside completely. (If I were, say, John Yoo, I’d be looking at sabbaticals in Dubai or Saudi Arabia — or Israel, maybe, where a man of his expertise in the rationalization of war crime could certainly find gainful employment.)
Personally, I’m against capital punishment. I would prefer to see Bush and Cheney sentenced to, say, a life term of emptying bedpans at a hospital — in Sadr City. But in any case, the law of the land says unequivocally that leaders guilty of ordering torture must face the most severe penalties. All of the elite hand-wringing and head-scratching and admonishments for “moving on” are so much sound and fury, signifying nothing but their own moral cowardice — and their true opinion about the “rule of law.”
more -Chris Floyd
It appears that as of late YouTube is rather selective in the videos they target regarding “music rights issues.”
I received this e-mail from YouTube the other day:
more – Matthew Jarvie
“and thereupon the Lord rained down brimstone and fire out of heaven, the Lord’s dwelling place, and overthrew these cities, with all the plain about them, and all those who dwelt there, and all that grew from their soil. And Lot’s wife, because she looked behind her as she went, was turned into a pillar of salt.”
Genesis 19, 23-26
The wrath of God is not only just but also beautiful, and its very beauty reveals and proclaims God’s superior justice. How can one not give in to this extraordinary picture of El Bosco painted by the Israeli aviation? Are not the bodies and homes below demolished precisely because of the beauty of this divine flash, of this dazzling fountain of light? Those who do not die, those who resist, those who curse amongst the ruins, are they not guilty for this reason, demanding with their very survival a new ejaculation of brimstone and fire?
The oldest religious atavisms are supported by the most modern means of destruction. Manipulation and lies apart, we bow fascinated by the Israeli brutality because it is brutal and comes from the sky; we admire their force and not their cause, and it is exactly the indisputable verticality of this force what confers it with a legitimacy unattainable to reason: it is all in one time and cast aesthetic and theological. At one time one could only destroy a city by being God; now the Israelis can do it as well. Only miraculous blessings and deserved punishment fall from heaven. The technological superiority of the Zionists – their superior contempt of human life activates this theological legitimation that their rulers consciously exploit, to the point that it is the biblical technotheology of the air raids, now the only source of legitimacy, what obliges them to repeat the raids on a bigger scale every time. It is so nice, so pleasant, so easy, so fair to reduce a city to rubble and so difficult, so ugly, so morally degrading to try to rationally defend Zionism…
more – Santiago ALBA RICO at Palestine Think Tank
night sky over Gaza City. AP photo / Abdel Kareem Hana
The incursion into Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel. It is not about achieving peace. The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use the lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase of the decades-long campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestinians. The assault on Gaza is about creating squalid, lawless and impoverished ghettos where life for Palestinians will be barely sustainable. It is about building ringed Palestinian enclaves where Israel will always have the ability to shut off movement, food, medicine and goods to perpetuate misery. The Israeli attack on Gaza is about building a hell on earth.
In a speech Mr Olmert gave in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, he recounted how he had “shamed” the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice by forcing her to abstain from the UN Security Council Resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, a resolution that she had helped steer towards a vote.
Mr Olmert made it clear that Israel would find it completely unacceptable for the United States to vote in favour of a resolution that Israel opposed.
“In the night between Thursday and Friday, when the secretary of state wanted to lead the vote on a ceasefire at the Security Council, we did not want her to vote in favour,” Olmert said.
“I said ‘get me President Bush on the phone’. They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn’t care. ‘I need to talk to him now’. He got off the podium and spoke to me.
“I told him the United States could not vote in favour. It cannot vote in favour of such a resolution. He immediately called the secretary of state and told her not to vote in favour,” AFP reported.
By Ewa Jasiewicz, reporting from Beit Hanoun and Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip.
Last night was a quiet one in Jabaliya. ‘Only’ six homes bombed into the
ground, the Market, again, maybe four lightly injured people – shrapnel to
the face injuries – and no martyrs. Beit Hanoun saw a young woman, Nariman
Ahmad Abu Owder, just 17, shot dead as she made tea in her family’s
kitchen. It was 9pm in the Hay Amel area when witnesses reported
‘thousands’ of bullets shot by tanks onto homes in Azrah Street.
So everybody who can, still keeps going. Israeli war planes keep targeting
civilians. The evidence piling up points to a deliberate campaign and
policy of targeting civilians. And the bombs keep falling, thudding all
around all of us, everywhere we go, everywhere we sleep, everywhere we
walk, drive, sit and pray. Everyone is exhausted and just wants these
attacks to end and for a real ceasefire to materialise.
more – wtcdemolition
Since the dawn of civilization, humans have negotiated their time and labor with other humans who posses capital and/or currency. At first glance, one would think that man is a rational economic animal; humans interact daily in exchange of goods and labor with money acting as a conduit. They navigate overstocked supermarket aisles and congested superstore parking lots in order to meet their sustenance and acquire other items that, though not necessary for their existence, make their lives “easier” and/or “happier” (what George Carlin would refer to as Stuff). Based on these basic observations, one might conclude that humans are both a rational and economic species.
So what are our “best and brightest” minds doing to right our current floundering economic ship?
Secretary of the Treasury and mastermind of TARP (I think it stands for Totally Asinine and Retarded Policy) is now insisting that Congress make available the remaining $350 billion (of an original $700 billion) for all the bankers and auto manufacturers that ran their businesses into the ground. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists that some of those TARP funds must be diverted to homeowners who for the most part paid too much for their homes or did not budget properly. So let’s get this straight: both the Treasury Secretary and the Speaker of the House want to take the money from folks that are making their payments on time and living within their means and use it to pay corporations who have overpaid their workers and lavishly compensated their executives while turning out a substandard product and also pay for the mortgages of folks who bought homes without seriously taking their finances into consideration. Brilliant!
more – Emiliano Antunez at Strike the Root
Rothschilds and the Holy Grail
September 11 offered the opportunity to finally embark upon the ultimate plan devised by Albert Pike, and articulated more recently by Samuel Huntington as a Clash of Civilization, a global war against Islam. As William Engdahl pointed out, “if the Bush administration had been unprepared for the shock of September 11, 2001, they certainly wasted no time in preparing their response, the war on terror. Terror was to replace communism as the new global image of “the enemy”.
In his book, Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli’s Iron Rules Are as Timely and Important Today as Five Centuries Ago, Michael Ledeen proclaimed, “Change – above all violent change – is the essence of human history.” Ultimately, Ledeen believes that violence in the service of the spread of “freedom” around the world is merely a continuation of America’s revolutionary struggle. “Total war” says Ledeen, “not only destroys the enemy’s military forces, but also brings the enemy society to an extremely personal point of decision, so that they are willing to accept a reversal of the cultural trends. The sparing of civilian lives cannot be the total war’s first priority… The purpose of total war is to permanently force your will onto another people.”
more – David Livingstone at Facts Not Fairies
Tyrannical FTC Threatens Christian Church with Imprisonment for Selling Dietary Supplements
The FTC has unleashed a new assault against both dietary supplements and religious freedoms by targeting a Christian church for termination. Through exclusive interviews and conversations with health freedom attorney Jim Turner (http://www.naturalnews.com/Index-Podcas…), NaturalNews has learned that the church Daniel Chapter One (www.DanielChapterOne.com) has been targeted by the FTC for destruction.
Throughout 2008, the FTC has been on a free speech rampage, sending threatening demands to 130 companies selling dietary supplements. It has specifically targeted organizations selling anti-cancer dietary supplements. The typical FTC legal assault involves the sending of a threatening letter to the company or church being targeted, where FTC demands to:
• Confiscate customer records.
• Confiscate all banking and financial records.
• Drag the church or business into court for refusing to comply.
Organizations that refuse to meet the FTC’s demands are threatened with the following:
• Arrest and imprisonment.
• Complete confiscation of their inventory.
• Being charged with crimes by the FTC. Such crimes are heard in the FTC’s own kangaroo court, which is subject to no law.
more – Mike Adams at Natural News
Regulators around the world said Monsanto’s GE corn was as safe as non-GE strains.
It has been approved in many countries and regions including the US, the EU, Argentina, Japan, Philippines and South Africa.
The New York Times and the Gaza crisis: Israeli war propaganda in the guise of news
The New York Times is the leading media organ of US liberalism and is closely aligned to the Democratic Party. In recent days it has planted a series of propaganda pieces disguised as news articles, which aim to justify Israel’s war crimes in Gaza.
What cynicism! The article feigns sympathy for the Palestinian victims of Israeli mass murder in order to suggest that any resistance to the perpetrators is illegitimate.
The population of Gaza is not being “squeezed” between Israel and those who are fighting its onslaught. As more and more evidence makes clear, the Palestinians are the target—not the “collateral damage”—of a campaign of bloodletting and collective punishment designed to terrorize the population.
The New York Times’ dishonest and cynical defense of Israel’s slaughter in Gaza is a measure of its own moral and political degeneration and that of US liberalism as a whole. It underscores the complicity of the entire American media, liberal and conservative, in war crimes.
more -Tom Eley at wsws,org
High-Tech Marxism Comes to America
Deep down, most Americans once thought they were immune from blatant propaganda, government-sanctioned media-bias and psychiatric hospitals-cum-prisons — hallmarks of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich and Josef Stalin’s Communism. Such confidence is shifting as folks increasingly fear speaking their mind — on schools campuses, on the job, in houses of worship and public places. Worse, a metastasizing mental health industry has convinced government leaders that “nonprofessionals” — especially parents — are unqualified to make decisions on behalf of children. Average Americans find themselves intimidated by bureaucracies ranging from Child Protective Services to universities to the Environmental Protection Agency. These are just three agencies steeped in a deep-rooted presumption of citizen incompetence — precisely opposite the view of American Founders like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Today’s national leaders, agency heads and mainstream reporters are mostly hostile to American idealism, Christian morality and Western culture, which have taken the hardest hits under the banner of political correctness.
TV sitcoms, women’s magazines, and much of what passes for news daily prove that traditional notions of integrity and decency are in their death throes, while psychology (despite its dismal track record) is promoted as being firmly anchored in “science,” just as it was under Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. The difference today — thanks to exponential advances in computer cross-matching, identification and tracking — is that politically incorrect “troublemakers” can be identified and marginalized before they secure careers involving leadership, status or influence. That, of course, is always the end-game of campaigns in political correctness.
more – Beverly Eakman at News With Views
In fact, they already have….
“Israeli officials told the New York Times that…. as well as occupying Gaza City, Israeli troops would seize a strip of land at least 500 metres wide inside Egypt—an act of war that threatens a wider conflict. Israeli war planes have been intensively bombing the border…. and, in doing so, frequently infringing Egyptian air space. Yesterday, Israeli air strikes near the Rafah border crossing wounded three Egyptian policemen, two seriously, as well as two children.”
Didn’t the U.N. Security Council vote for an IMMEDIATE CEASE FIRE and HALT to the fighting? Israel can just BLOW OFF the U.N. and NO PROBLEM, huh?
more – Rock the Truth
How to Survive and Thrive in the City
No mater how much I bitch and moan, some of you just don’t listen, letting my advice go in one ear out the other. I tell you to get out of the major population areas, but you refuse, thinking you will pack up and head for the hills moments before the first flames light the night and the mushroom cloud hovers overhead.
Even if you are fortunate enough to have a retreat out in the country getting to your safe haven maybe impossible during upheaval. Roads blocked by wrecked and fuelless vehicles will stop most bugouters in their tracks. Maybe you were born lucky and can make it out safely before the balloon bursts, then what?
People in rural areas, will start shooting if threatened by mobs of refugees fleeing the city. Don’t expect to be welcomed with arms outstretched. Most country folks don’t trust outsiders; you will likely be greeted with a load of buckshot and not the cup of fresh coffee and meaningful conversation you had hoped for.
After the cities are in ruins, criminal gangs will start to migrate to the country where they will continue their business of stealing and terrorizing in more fruitful territory. If you can stay hidden and survive the first weeks after a collapse you may at some point have the entire city pretty much to yourself. If you can’t or won’t get out NOW at least start making plans to survive where you are.
more – The Survivalist Blog
Joe the Plumber makes sure Israel shit flows smoothly
Must not be too difficult a job Joe has, after all he’s a plumber and they are used to dealing with shit and making sure it flows smoothly. This batch of shit Joe has been contracted to handle flows from that racist and apartheid Jews only state of Israel into American minds.
All Joe Boy has to do is to read from a teleprompter, filled with the latest BS from the Israeli government on how Israel is the victim.
Yes, it’s ALWAYS about Israel and how they are a nation of peace loving people, always besieged by those mean and nasty Ayyyrabs. That’s why the IDF is forced, forced, I tell you to bomb Gazan schools, health clinics, mosques, water treatment plants, power stations and day care centers.
“Don’t forget your plunger Joe. Some of those king-size turds you’re trying to pump into America might pop back up!”
more – Greg Bacon
There couldn’t have been a clearer contrast between yesterday’s rally for Hamas and today’s event for peace in both Israel and Gaza.
While today was a celebration of 4000 Chosens, yesterday was a march of 100 000 idiotic ordinary humanists.
In place of the racist posters, calibrated to taunt Jews with their mass murder at the hands of that Nazi who was himself a Jew by origin, and was behaving like an Israeli, we had posters calling for Peace for the People of Israel and Gaza, nothwithstanding our ability to kill a hundred Goyzans a day, shoin.
more – Auntie Ziona
more – Desert Peace
The only peace Israel wants is: a “piece” of Jordan; a “piece” of Syria; a “piece” of Lebanon; a “piece” of Egypt; a “piece” of Iraq; a “piece” of Saudi Arabia and whatever “pieces” are left after Israel finishes it’s genocidal extermination of the Palestinians. Greg Bacon