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  • Is this Alexander Litvinenko's beyond the grave attack on Putin?

    01/24/2015 7:24:02 PM PST · by No One Special · 12 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 23, 2015 | Lyndsey Telford, Edward Malnick and Claire Newell
    A tape apparently recorded by murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko a year before he was poisoned has revealed he was digging up links between Vladimir Putin and one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. A Telegraph investigation uncovered the audio recording, in which the dissident claims from beyond the grave that Russia’s president had a “good relationship” with Semion Mogilevich - a Ukrainian crime boss who was on the FBI's most wanted list and whom Mr Litvinenko believed was selling weapons to al-Qaeda. The apparent recording of Mr Litvinenko is published for the first time ahead of a public inquiry...
  • About That 20-Week Abortion Bill

    01/22/2015 8:10:11 PM PST · by No One Special · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    A note to House Republicans: Today is the 42nd anniversary of the decision in Roe v. Wade. I never need reminding of which anniversary it is — it ’s always the same as my age. I was one of those who entered the world through a pregnancy of the sort we call “unplanned,” though as a Hayekian type I do not object to being the “result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.” I was born about three months — call it a “trimester” — before Roe. In my case, the result was an adoption. Mine...
  • "The Hot Zone" and the mythos of Ebola

    10/25/2014 7:33:01 AM PDT · by No One Special · 38 replies
    Aetiology ^ | October 21, 2014 | Tara C. Smith
    The Hot Zone was first released in 1994, the year I graduated high school. Like many readers, that book and Laurie Garrett’s The Coming Plague* really sparked my interest in infectious diseases. In some sense, I have those books to thank (or blame?) for my career.But I’m still going to criticize The Hot Zone, because as a mature infectious disease epidemiologist and a science communicator in the midst of the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, The Hot Zone is now one of the banes of my existence. A recent article noted that the book is back on the bestseller list,...
  • The Fight Against Ebola

    10/13/2014 6:19:32 AM PDT · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Youtube | 2014 | Vice News
    Vice News in Liberia gives us an idea of the devastation and problems caused by ebola. The Fight Against Ebola (Part 1-3) 8:42 The Fight Against Ebola (Part 2-3) 12:34 The Fight Against Ebola (Part 3-3) 9:48
  • Through The Looking-Glass

    10/13/2014 6:02:54 AM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    Raconteur Report ^ | October 13, 2014 | Aesop
    "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Queen of Hearts, Through The Looking-Glass 1. Continued air flights and entry of passengers from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia pose no significant risk to the American people. Well, yeah, except for the 50 people in Dallas sweating out isolation and surveillance, and a 20-something nurse infected with Ebola, and another contact she exposed. That we know of. 2. Additional screening measures will be enough to keep infected persons from entering the country. Except for Thomas Duncan, and anyone like him, infected but not yet febrile and...
  • Ebola – as seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old from Sierra Leone

    10/12/2014 12:01:50 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 11, 2014 | Bintu Sannoh
    Ebola is not a pleasing name to me. In fact, I hate even to hear the word – it has destroyed my family and education. Life was hard but OK: I live with my aunt and many family members in a big compound; we have always been poor but there was happiness. But now we are terrified. Too many people, friends and families, have died and are still dying. And the number of orphans increases on a daily basis. When Ebola first arrived in my country, we weren’t too worried. Then came “sensitisation” – all the community groups and NGOs...
  • When Ebola protection fails

    10/04/2014 4:46:06 PM PDT · by No One Special · 24 replies
    Science Mag ^ | October 3, 2014 | Science Mag
    In July, as Ebola was exploding in Liberia, Senga Omeonga worked as a doctor at St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. Among the patients he cared for was the hospital's director, who had diarrhea and was vomiting repeatedly, but tested negative for the Ebola virus. “I was exposed to that patient day by day,” says Omeonga, who originally is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When the director didn't respond to treatment, a second test was done, which came back positive. That was 10 days after his first test. Omeonga wore what he calls “light” personal protective equipment (PPE)...
  • Many Sick in US Ebola Patient's Liberia Hometown

    10/03/2014 11:24:31 PM PDT · by No One Special · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 2, 2014 | Krista Larson
    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her illness was related to her being seven months pregnant. When no ambulance came, Duncan, Marthalene Williams' parents and several others lifted her into a taxi, and Duncan rode in the front seat as the cab took Williams to the hospital. She later died. Within weeks, everyone who helped Williams that day was either sick or dead, too — victims of Ebola, the virus that is ravaging Liberia's capital and other parts of West Africa,...
  • ISIS Troops One Mile from Baghdad

    09/30/2014 12:53:00 AM PDT · by No One Special · 26 replies
    Huntington News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Tony Rutherford
    America’s Arabic coalition continues bombing ISIS targets in Syria, but the BBC and Independent both report that ISIS fighters are pushing into Baghdad, the capitol of Iraq. “The Islamic State are now less than 2 km away from entering Baghdad,” a spokesman for the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation told UK’s the Independent , adding that al-Qaeda militants are bolstering their ranks. The spokesman continued, “ They said it could never happen and now it almost has. Obama says he overestimated what the Iraqi Army could do. Well, you only need to be here a very short while to know...
  • Macgregor: Stay out of Mesopotamia & Secure US Borders

    09/24/2014 1:38:07 PM PDT · by No One Special · 12 replies
    Diana West's Website ^ | September 24, 2014 | Diana West
    It's so simple: "We should stay out of the Sunni-Shia regional war developing in Mesopotamia. Both sides are hostile to Christians and Jews. Meanwhile, we should secure the borders, halt all immigration and enforce the law: deport the illegals." These wise words come from an email from Col. Douglas Macgregor (USA ret.), a decorated combat veteran of the first Iraq War and noted military analyst. By this time, a selection of Macgregor's piquant critiques of COIN and the COINdinistas have made their way to this website, beginning in 2010 with the following comment from the famous McChrystal article in The...
  • Ukraine as Strategic Stepping-Stone

    09/22/2014 9:10:44 AM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    JR Nyquist's Website ^ | September 21, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    The Minsk Protocol, which has theoretically brought peace to Ukraine, gives the Russian leaders' time to regroup their clandestine and conventional forces for the sake of a future offensive operation. One observer, writing from Crimea, believes the Russian forces will move against Ukraine when the whether turns cold. At least one Polish journalist believes the Russians will move against Ukraine in a matter of weeks. The predictibly named People's Republic of Lugansk, and the People's Republic of Donetsk, have now been established (by the Minsk agreement) as permenant Russian enclaves inside Ukraine. Will Russia be satisfied with these gains? What...
  • Can the U.S. Army Degrade and Destroy Ebola?

    09/17/2014 2:20:06 PM PDT · by No One Special · 63 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 16, 2014 | Laurie Garrett
    Obama is sending 3,000 troops to West Africa to stop the deadly outbreak. But 250,000 people could already be infected by Christmas. As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa accelerates beyond the capacity to count its toll, an unprecedented escalation in global support is evident, led by U.S. President Barack Obama's call for U.S. military intervention. In what will amount to the largest humanitarian commitment since the American response to the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia, the White House announced late on Sept. 15 that an estimated 3,000 military personnel will deploy to the Ebola-ravaged West African nations,...
  • Septermber 17, News on situation in Ukraine.

    09/16/2014 9:28:01 PM PDT · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Elena Filatova's Website ^ | September 17, 2014 | Elena Filatova
    So, what is real situation in Ukraine? On the paper (officially) there is cease-fire, but if you look at the map you'll see they make idiots of all people who believe them. If it is truce I wonder what war will be like? Putin waiting for winter and already keep cutting gas to EU. With cold gas flow to Ukraine will stop. There is few things one need to know about energy balance in Ukraine. Around 70% of all energy in Ukraine produced from coal, natural gas and oil. Now see, almost all coal mines located in war zone, so...
  • Even Jacksonians Pick Their Battles

    09/15/2014 8:49:43 AM PDT · by No One Special · 16 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | September 15, 2014 | The Professor
    I am, if you haven’t noticed, an instinctual Jacksonian (in the sense of Walter Russell Mead’s quadripartite characterization of American foreign policy types). My first reaction is to hit hard at those who confront the US or threaten American interests. ISIS is therefore a natural candidate for a good drubbing. But more sober reflection (figuratively and literally!) leads me to conclude that a full-blooded response to ISIS is unwise, especially in Syria. For many reasons, the commitment that would be required to fully extirpate the organization is not worth the cost, and it’s better not to fight at all than...
  • You Say You Want a Revolution? We’d all love to see the plan.

    09/13/2014 4:35:28 PM PDT · by No One Special · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Septmber 10, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party paid National Review a visit last week, and two things stood out: First, he is an extraordinarily charming man, almost suspiciously so; second, he is a man of the Right who is manifestly more excited by the prospect of beating Conservatives than by anything else he spoke about. In this, he reminded me of any number of conservative figures here in the United States. I do not follow U.K. politics especially closely, and Mr. Farage may in fact be absolutely correct that there is not a dime’s worth of difference between Labor and...
  • 9/11 the 13th: When Will Uncle Sam Pursue American, Not Islamic Interests?

    09/12/2014 12:34:05 PM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    Diana West Website ^ | September 11, 2014 | Diana West
    It’s 9/11 the 13th, and these United States have never been closer to losing the last vestiges of their foundational identity. Long ago, our first president, George Washington, prophetically warned against “attachments and entanglements in foreign affairs.” In the last century, such sentiments, tragically (as I increasingly believe), fell into disrepute. In our time, Washington’s 21st-century successors, George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama, have no such compunction. On the contrary, their response to the Islamic assault of 9/11 and the aftermath of continuing jihad have been to link the fortunes of this great nation with those of warring tribes...
  • The Euros Get Tough on Google, But Run and Hide From Gazprom

    09/10/2014 12:11:12 PM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | September 9, 2014 | The Professor
    The European Commission’s competition commissioner has scuppered a proposed settlement with Google. The Commission has already taken many pounds of flesh from Microsoft and Intel over the past year, so now it is looking to add some Google cuts to the meat locker. What about the EU’s case against Gazprom, you ask? I’m not a big Google or Microsoft fan, but the accusations leveled against them (and Intel) are highly speculative. Gazprom’s exercise of market power, and its protection of that market power, is almost textbook. The egregious price discrimination, and its use of contractual terms (no re-sale) to support...
  • Igor Might Cash In, But Only Because the Future Is Bleak

    09/10/2014 11:57:32 AM PDT · by No One Special
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | September 9, 2014 | The Professor
    It looks like Igor may get his money: Allocation of over $40 billion from Russia’s National Welfare Foundation for Rosneft oil giant could be reasonable, as the investment will be repaid, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview to the Vedomosti newspaper, released Monday. “This number only seems so impressive, but this is not [supposed to be repaid] within a year,” Medvedev said, answering a reporter’s question on whether Rosneft’s request for $40 billion is feasible. “The company needs to keep up production, since Rosneft is a major contributor to the budget. In this regard, we have to...
  • Opening Moscow's Bag of Political and Strategic Tricks

    09/10/2014 2:44:36 AM PDT · by No One Special
    jrnyquist.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    Political correctness was invented by Marxists to destroy Western society from inside…. And in Russia, there is no political correctness at all! The reason is that Marxists do not need to undermine the Russian society from the inside, because it is already Marxist. – Konstantin Preobrazhensky, “How the West Was Fooled by Vladimir Putin” In order to understand what is happening in Ukraine it's useful to consider Moscow's bag of political and strategic tricks. It is our failure to understand these tricks that causes us to misread Russian moves and intentions. As an aside, we might ask if our current...
  • Obama The Chess Playing Pigeon Struts Around the Board & Claims Victory Over Putin

    09/06/2014 1:19:43 PM PDT · by No One Special · 17 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | September 5, 2014 | The Professor
    Obama’s cultists often compare him to a chess master, playing the long game. There is another chess metaphor that is far more apt, however. Specifically, there is a story that has gained wide currency in which Vladimir Putin compares Obama to a chess playing pigeon. Putin supposedly said: ”Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, s**** on the board and then struts around like it won the game.” This story is almost certainly false. The chess playing pigeon meme dates to far before Obama’s time. But there is no person...
  • Congratulations, Mr. Putin

    09/03/2014 1:09:53 PM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    Dying Russia ^ | September 3, 2014 | larussophobe
    For the second time, we find ourselves with nothing more to say regarding Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Back in October 2011, we shut down activity on La Russophobe after Vladimir Putin announced he would return to power for a third term as president and the world simply acquiesced, clearly indicating it had no intention of listening to our warnings. Now, as Vladimir Putin has successfully rolled tanks into Ukraine and again faces no significant opposition from the outside world, it is again clear that Putin has won. Our warnings have fallen on deaf ears once again and there is nothing we...
  • History Repeating Itself in Europe

    08/31/2014 11:54:35 AM PDT · by No One Special · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    Watching history repeat itself in Europe is truly unsettling. Just as occurred not once but twice with Germany, Europe is now allowing Russia to go wilding across the continent scant years after having done the same with the USSR. Will these people ever learn? Within the past few days, two events neatly capture the bloodthirsty Russian bear in action. First, Europe found Russia repeatedly violating the airspace of Finland – not just flying attack aircraft near the border, as Russia has repeatedly done, for example, with Norway, but actually crossing it in a naked act of intimidation and war. Then,...
  • War in Europe

    08/30/2014 9:30:24 AM PDT · by No One Special · 40 replies
    Slate ^ | August 29, 2014 | Anne Applebaum
    Putin has invaded Ukraine. Is it hysterical to prepare for total war with Russia? Or is it naive not to? WARSAW, Poland—Over and over again—throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels—I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next....
  • Heckuva JV There, Barry: The Consequences of an Alfred E. Neuman Foreign Policy

    08/19/2014 10:17:33 PM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | August 19, 2014 | The Professor
    Back in January, on a TV interview, naturally, Obama denigrated ISIS as the junior varsity. Even after ISIS ran amok in Iraq and Syria in June, the administration (or I should say Obama, because we know from many sources that he often completely disregards the recommendations of the Pentagon, intelligence community, and State Department) decided to abjure from taking action against the terrorist group, apparently out of pique at Maliki and the dysfunctions of the Iraqi government. That’ll learn ‘em, Barry apparently believed. So here we are. ISIS has secured a foothold over an area the size of Jordan. What’s...
  • Why Germany Won’t Get Real with Russia

    08/19/2014 9:42:12 PM PDT · by No One Special · 15 replies
    New Eastern Europe ^ | August 19, 2014 | Dustin Dehez
    When the parliamentary elections last year ushered in a new government in Germany, there was a collective sigh of relief. Guido Westerwelle, foreign minister for four years, had never mastered his office and always seemed to lack the sort of gravitas that the office demands. In came Frank-Walter Steinmeier; Westerwelle’s predecessor would also be his successor. With his calm demeanour, Steinmeier was considered by many to be the ideal top diplomat. Less than a year into his term, however, the disillusion is palpable, even among some of his sympathisers. Germany’s role in the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia is...
  • Power in the Kremlin Comes With a Price

    08/19/2014 9:32:09 PM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | August 14, 2014 | Andrei Malgin
    The Russian media recently celebrated, rather modestly, an anniversary of great significance in the history of this country. Fifteen years ago, on Aug. 9, 1999, former President Boris Yeltsin made the decision to name Vladimir Putin as his successor. Putin, at the time chief of the Federal Security Service, was appointed acting head of the Russian government and then simply prime minister several weeks later. Meanwhile, Yeltsin completely stepped into the background, handing over the reins of government to Putin. Aug. 9 is therefore a very important date because it marks the day the KGB came to power in Russia....
  • New Solar Power Plants are Incinerating Birds

    08/18/2014 8:30:30 AM PDT · by No One Special · 62 replies
    weather.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Eric Zerkel
    Thousands of birds are flying into a new solar "mega-trap" in the middle of California's Mojave Desert, killing the avian lot at a rate of up to one bird every two minutes, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The state-of-the-art Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), which opened in February, is the world's largest solar plant to utilize "power towers," skyscraping structures that receive beams of focused solar rays to generate electricity. At Ivanpah, the sun's ray's are redirected from a sea of more than 300,000 mirrors on the desert surface below to hit water filled boilers...
  • Bacall, Truman and a Piano

    08/13/2014 2:48:39 AM PDT · by No One Special · 23 replies
    August 13, 2014 | Me
  • Yazidi Refugee Made Mountain Goat Suckle her Two-Month-Old Baby to Survive

    08/13/2014 2:30:43 AM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    ibtimes.co.uk ^ | August 13, 2014 | Tabatha Kinder
    A Yazidi refugee, trapped in the mountains near the Iraqi city of Sinjar, has told a Channel 4 reporter that she got a mountain goat to suckle her two-month-old baby to ensure her newborn's survival when her own breast milk ran out. The unnamed woman was trapped by militants on the mountain in northern Iraq with tens of thousands other Yazidi refugees for as long as ten days. Channel 4 foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Rugman, speaking from the city of Dahuk last night, said: "I met a woman who had just come into Iraq from Syria, and she was caring...
  • The Number of Refugees in Kurdistan Exceeds Two Million

    08/13/2014 1:59:52 AM PDT · by No One Special · 10 replies
    BasNews, Erbil, Kurdistan ^ | August 12, 2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    The head of the Human Rights Committee in the Kurdistan Parliament has warned the international community that the number of refugees in the Kurdistan Region has passed two million. He urged the international community to provide help to those refugees otherwise a humanitarian crisis may not be avoided. “The number of refugees in the Kurdistan Region exceeded two million and the Kurdistan Region needs the help of the international community or refugees might face a humanitarian disaster,” stated the head of the Human Rights Committee in the Kurdistan Parliament Soran Omar on his Facebook account. “There are 1,200,000 Arab refugees...
  • A sanctuary for Iraqi Yazidis – and a plea for Obama's intervention

    08/12/2014 11:14:27 AM PDT · by No One Special · 31 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | August 12, 2014 | Dominique Soguel
    The way Baba Sheikh sees it, there are only two options left to save Iraqi’s persecuted Yazidi minority from certain death at the hands of the self-declared Islamic State: Either evacuate Iraq en masse or have international peacekeepers carve out protected territory. “The important thing is that our people are saved,” says Baba Sheikh, the spiritual leader of the Yazidi ethno-religious minority, whose desperate plight helped galvanized the Obama administration into action last week. US air strikes, and Kurdish peshmerga forces, have partially broken a siege on Mount Sinjar, where tens of thousands of Yazidis had fled. The United Nations'...
  • Russia Prepares for War

    08/11/2014 2:27:29 PM PDT · by No One Special · 15 replies
    J.R. Nyquist's Website ^ | August 11, 2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    By J.R. Nyquist  “We have to strike Poland and the Baltic States, where there are NATO rockets and aircraft. Since we cannot allow one plane to take off and strike Russia – we will have to strike first – half an hour before takeoff. And to be sure, we will be carpet bombing.  America is not a threat, but the small midget states of Europe will cease to exist. They will be wiped out. Then NATO will have to beg us for negotiations. Otherwise we will give them again a May ’45.”                           – Vladimir Zhirinovsky, August 2014 (Television interview, 8.08.2014.)“In...
  • The real meaning of the Obama-mocking display at the US Embassy in Moscow.

    08/11/2014 6:23:27 AM PDT · by No One Special · 27 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | August 8, 2014 | Oleg Atbashian
    Both the Washington Post and Huffington Post have recently condemned the anti-Obama street art display near the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, which taunted Barack Obama on his birthday with racist references. Interestingly enough, the same media organs, notorious for their unwavering support of this president, had neglected to cover a series of recent better-executed and more tasteful anti-Obama displays by American street artists in Augusta, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley. Granted, the American anti-Obama artists didn't give the media an opportunity to cry "racism." Is that why the U.S.-based artists weren't deemed worthy of a story? In defense...
  • The Obama Fram Oil Filter Foreign Policy: We’re Paying Later, and a Lot More

    08/10/2014 7:23:34 PM PDT · by No One Special · 14 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | August 10, 2014 | The Professor
    Confronted by a looming humanitarian catastrophe at Mt. Sinjar, Obama finally ordered airstrikes against ISIS/ISIL, and also mounted a campaign to provide desperately needed supplies to the Yazidis who fled to the mountain before the ISIS onslaught. This initial set of strikes seems to have a very limited objective: they can best be described as a limited tank plinking campaign intended to halt the ISIS attack on the Kurds around Erbil. The US is using F/A-18s from the George Bush (CVN77), deployed in ones-eys and twos-eys to take out an artillery piece here, and a vehicle there. It will give...
  • August 6, News on situation in Ukraine

    08/09/2014 8:32:11 PM PDT · by No One Special · 9 replies
    Elena Filatova's Website ^ | August 6, 2014 | Elena Filatova
    By now Ukrainian army liberated 3/4 of territory occupied by rebels early this year. No one has doubt that separatists will lose. They themselves fight against hope. Some rebels fight because they paid, large category fight because they are stupid or have nothing else to do or watch Russian TV. Whatever reason they fight for they know they have no chance to win.., they know it is as certain as a new day comes after long night. As soon as new city is liberated locals welcome Ukrainian army and first thing they crush Lenin monuments. When I was watching...
  • Content vs. Process [re controversy surrounding Diana West's book, "American Betrayal"]

    08/08/2014 10:36:59 PM PDT · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | August 6, 2014 | Baron Bodissey
    Most of the discussion of the controversy over Diana West’s book American Betrayal centers around content rather than process.That is, people discussing the extreme reactions against her work — whether they agree with her or her critics — revisit the historical events themselves, and the inferences that may be drawn from them. Was Normandy really a better option for the Second Front than the Balkans or Italy? Could Britain and the United States have acted differently so that the Soviets would not have been able to overrun Central Europe? Was Eisenhower an inept commander? How many actual agents did Stalin...
  • Children Are Reportedly Being Systematically Beheaded By ISIS In Iraq

    08/08/2014 4:22:54 AM PDT · by No One Special · 35 replies
    opposingviews.com ^ | August 07, 2014 | Paul Brown
    Islamic extremist group ISIS is continuing its systematic genocide of Christians, Kurds and non-Sunni Muslims in Iraq. Just this week, the group allegedly beheaded a group of Christian children and put their heads on stakes for display in a community park. In an interview with CNN, Mark Arabo, a Chaldean-American with intimate knowledge of the situation, stated, "There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park," he reported. "More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung."...
  • The Great Patriotic Diet

    08/07/2014 8:55:38 PM PDT · by No One Special · 9 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | August 7, 2014 | The Professor
    In retaliation for US and EU sanctions, Russia is banning the importation of large categories of food products from each: food imports from the US are pretty much banned altogether. These sanctions are aimed at an industry that is politically powerful far beyond its numbers. Chicken farmers in the US will squawk at the loss of about 1 percent of their revenues, and European dairy producers will bellow in anger. But the economic impact on the affected countries will be trivial. The US exports about $300 million in chicken to Russia (down substantially from a few years ago), which is...
  • Barton J. Bernstein: American conservatives are the forgotten critics of the atomic bombing of Japan

    08/06/2014 2:28:23 AM PDT · by No One Special · 56 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Agust 2, 2014 | Barton J. Bernstein
    "The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul," he wrote. "The only difference between this and the use of gas (which President Franklin D. Roosevelt had barred as a first-use weapon in World War II) is the fear of retaliation." Those harsh words, written three days after the Hiroshima bombing in August, 1945, were not by a man of the American left, but rather by a very prominent conservative -- former President Herbert Hoover, a foe of the New Deal and Fair Deal. In 1959, Medford Evans, a conservative writing in...
  • Getting the Message, Edward?

    08/04/2014 2:15:06 AM PDT · by No One Special · 3 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | August 2, 2014 | The Professor
    Putin is effing with Edward Snowden. Snowden’s one year of asylum ended on July 31, and he applied in mid-July for another year. As yet, he has heard nothing, except that he will be permitted to stay while his fate is decided. Putin is most likely sending Snowden a message. What is the message? That he is in Russia at Putin’s whim and sufferance. That he had better do as he is told, and not get any ideas. That he is owned. Note that the Russians doubtlessly are deeply suspicious of Snowden, and likely despise him. To give an idea...
  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/04/2014 12:10:17 AM PDT · by No One Special · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 4, 2014 | Herbert E. Meyer
    Especially when dealing with Russians, subtlety gets you nowhere; you must tell them, bluntly, what you want to happen.... [...] Last month’s shoot down of Malaysia Air Flight 17 over Ukraine has made clear to just about everyone ... what should have been obvious a long time ago: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a serious threat to world peace. [...] If there is any lesson to be learned from studying European history ... it’s that thugs like Putin don’t stop because they’ve been punished or because they see the error of their ways. Thugs have a high tolerance for pain,...
  • Ebola question {vanity}

    07/31/2014 11:19:44 PM PDT · by No One Special · 134 replies
    August 1, 2014 | Me
    There's about a 21 day period between contracting ebola and the appearance of symptoms. Can the disease be passed to another before the symptoms appear?
  • How Ebola could head out of Africa

    07/31/2014 10:47:35 PM PDT · by No One Special · 24 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | Derek Gatherer
    It is 6am on a warm West African morning. Two men, Ahmed and Milton, are up early, getting ready for long journeys. Apart from that, they have little in common. Ahmed is a high-ranking official in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Guinea. He is a successful doctor, drives a Mercedes and lives in an exclusive air-conditioned apartment block in the Kaloum district of Guinea's capital, Conakry. Milton has no steady job, no car and shares a crowded corrugated iron shed in East 3, the poorest part of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. Ahmed is travelling today on important...
  • Is Angela Really Frau Ribbentrop? I Doubt It, But We Spy Just to Make Sure

    07/30/2014 7:52:57 PM PDT · by No One Special · 18 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | July 30, 2014 | The Professor
    This story from the Independent has gone viral, and for understandable reasons: it claims that Germany and Russia are negotiating a scurrilous deal behind Ukraine’s back. More controversially, if Ms Merkel’s deal were to be acceptable to the Russians, the international community would need to recognise Crimea’s independence and its annexation by Russia, a move that some members of the United Nations might find difficult to stomach. Sources close to the secret negotiations claim that the first part of the stabilisation plan requires Russia to withdraw its financial and military support for the various pro-separatist groups operating in eastern Ukraine....
  • Deciding Not to Decide on Providing Intel to Ukraine: The Negation of Presidential Leadership

    07/28/2014 2:04:11 PM PDT · by No One Special · 12 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | July 28, 2014 | The Professor
    The NYT ran a long article yesterday describing the administration’s Hamlet-like agonizing over whether to provide Ukraine with real time intelligence useful for targeting rebel forces. (For the record, I called for this in the immediate aftermath of the flight of Yanukovych. It should be an easy decision.) One part jumped out at me: “We’ve been cautious to date about things that could directly hit Russia — principally its territory,” but also its equipment, the official said. A proposal to give the Ukrainians real-time information “hasn’t gotten to the president yet,” the official said, in part because the White House...
  • 'I am Ukrainian' video star appears at Pol-Uki Festival

    07/27/2014 7:00:02 PM PDT · by No One Special · 2 replies
    The New Britain Herald ^ | July 26, 2014 | Brian Johnson
    NEW BRITAIN — More than 20 people showed up Saturday as Maidan United, a nonprofit solidarity organization between Polish and Ukrainian friends, held a fundraiser in Falcon Field Saturday to benefit victims of violence in Ukraine. The event, which featured an appearance by Yulia Marushevska, a young Ukrainian woman who created the viral YouTube video “I am a Ukrainian” in which she spoke her support of the protestors in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. There was also Polish and Ukrainian beer and food, cotton candy, face painting, a bouncy house, and a dunk tank with one of the group’s members wearing...
  • Russia Is Pregnant with Ukraine

    07/27/2014 1:39:48 PM PDT · by No One Special · 12 replies
    The New York Review of Books ^ | July 24, 2014 | Vladimir Sorokin
    The Ukrainian revolution that took place on Kiev’s Independence Square in February unleashed a chain of irreversible events for Ukraine, and in some mystical fashion also facilitated an irreversible event of even greater scale for its neighbor: Russia became pregnant with Ukraine. The yellow-and-blue sperm of Independence Square did its manly job under the colorful fireworks of grenades, the flares of Molotov cocktails, and the whistle of snipers’ bullets. During that hot month, sitting in front of an overheated television set, Russia conceived. A new life stirred in her enormous womb: Free Ukraine. The authorities were horrified, the liberals were...
  • July 25, News on situation in Ukraine

    07/25/2014 7:46:34 AM PDT · by No One Special · 59 replies
    Elena Filatova ^ | July 25, 2014 | Elena Filatova
    Here is recent map, sorry I didn't find one in English. In yellow and blue is Ukrainian territory, Russia is brown and separatists controlled territory is in between. There is two or three pockets where Ukrainian army having hard time, it is near Russian border. They are between separatists and Russians who fire from Russian territory. Pentagon admitted today that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites. They doing it for second week. To understand what future may hold for us let me remind how it went with Osetia in 2008....
  • Dispatches: Mass Grave Found in Eastern Ukraine

    07/24/2014 3:47:37 PM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Human Rights Watch ^ | July 24, 2014 | Yulia Gorbunova
    Today, Ukrainian authorities exhumed a mass grave in Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine. By the time I left the site, they had discovered eight decomposed bodies and they were still searching for more. From April until July 2, the city, now back under Ukrainian government control, had been under the control of anti-government insurgents. Two neighbors who usually walk their dogs on the lawn next to the burial site told me that on the morning of June 11 an excavator arrived and dug a hole. Later, they said, they saw two men in camouflage drive a truck to the newly dug...
  • July 23, News on situation in Ukraine

    07/24/2014 12:14:57 PM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    Elena Filatova's Website ^ | July 23, 2014 | Elena Filatova
    <p>This photo was taken in Luhansk, which this days is quite usual sight. If 8 month ago someone would say that here in Ukraine we'll have dead civilians laying around on the streets no one would believe. This is how fast war enter you life. It is really difficult to find out whose fire has killed civilians. People trying to stay away from separatists because those are moving targets for Ukrainian army. Also often people getting killed when some armed men shooting civilians to make picture for Russian TV. When Russian TV leave then civilians can be at ease, no more killings for the day Russian TV left, they say.</p>