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  • Rudyard Kipling and "The Gods of the Copybook Headings"

    07/01/2015 11:10:54 PM PDT · by No One Special · 30 replies
    doctorspiller.com ^ | circa 2000 | Martin S. Spiller
    Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, and also for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India.  He wrote classic poems and stories which include (among many others) "The Jungle book", a children's book of short stories which contains the famous story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the poems "Gunga Din" and "Mandalay". He also wrote the novels "The Man Who Would Be King" and "Captains Courageous", as well as his two most famous poems, "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" and "IF__".  He was born in India, and...
  • Business and professions will suffer if same-sex marriage arrives

    06/28/2015 2:26:44 AM PDT · by No One Special · 34 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | June 24, 2015 | J. Mark Brewer
    I was a law student when I first learned of the consequences of not being politically correct concerning homosexuality. A former Miss America’s contract as the citrus growers’ brand-ambassador was allowed to lapse because she had successfully campaigned for the repeal of a pro-homosexual ordinance in Miami-Dade County. She was quoted as saying, “What these people really want, hidden behind obscure legal phrases, is the legal right to propose to our children that theirs is an acceptable, alternate way of life.” She was publicly humiliated -- "pied" on national television -- and her name -- Anita Bryant -- became synonymous...
  • Through Orwell's Eyes

    06/23/2015 2:54:46 PM PDT · by No One Special · 12 replies
    Diana West's Website ^ | June 22, 2015 | Diana West
    It is not too many centurions, particularly 100-year-old-plus writers, whose vision of the world is as relevant today as it was when first shared with the public over half a century ago. It is this vision of Orwell, the X-ray view through the cant, platitudes and lies to that ugliest of human drives, the lust for powers absolute, that still distinguishes the British writer, born 112 years ago this week on June 25, 1903. He was only 46 when he died on January 21, 1950. It is his frightening acuity that keeps him not only in the pantheon but even...
  • The Agency

    06/07/2015 3:07:19 PM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 2, 2015 | Adrian Chen
    Around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 last year, Duval Arthur, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, got a call from a resident who had just received a disturbing text message. “Toxic fume hazard warning in this area until 1:30 PM,” the message read. “Take Shelter. Check Local Media and columbiachemical.com.” St. Mary Parish is home to many processing plants for chemicals and natural gas, and keeping track of dangerous accidents at those plants is Arthur’s job. But he hadn’t heard of any chemical release that morning. In fact, he hadn’t even...
  • Of Trolls and Truth [Re Diana West and her book, American Betrayal]

    06/07/2015 2:51:38 PM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    Diana West's Website ^ | June 7, 2015 | Diana West
    The New York Times Magazine has published an in-depth report by Adrian Chen on Russian disinformatzyia in the Internet Age. The piece opens a window on the extremely dark and widespread use of well-paid Internet "trolls" who use social media and online outlets (and even non-virtual art exhibits) to wreak havoc not only on public opinion, but on reality itself, both inside and outside Russia, very much including here in the USA. One troll-goal in Russia, according to a Russian anti-corruption activist, is to drive bona fide political debate away from "trolled" Internet forums. “The point is to spoil [the...
  • West: National Review Must Retract 'FDR, Truman, and Ike: Not Communists, Just Naďfs' by Ron Capshaw

    06/06/2015 3:39:08 AM PDT · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 5, 2015 | Diana West
    Last month, Diana West submitted an article to National Review, after it published an attack on her book, American Betrayal. The magazine refused to run her response to the piece, which is reprinted below:Dear National Review Editors,The submission below is self-explanatory; however, I wish to make a request for publication.I appreciate the space you have given me in the past to respond to NRO's many attacks on my book.My first response, however, was posted at The Corner blog so it disappeared from sight quickly. My second response was posted as "Letter to the Editor," and thus had little chance of drawing readers...
  • May 2015 is the 70th Anniversary of ... Operation Keelhaul

    05/05/2015 11:05:24 PM PDT · by No One Special · 29 replies
    Diana West's website ^ | May 5, 2015 | Diana West
    For 70 years now, anniversaries of the end of the Second World War in Europe -- the "Good War" -- have neglected to reckon with another milestone: the approximate anniversary of Operation Keelhaul, the Allied operation that forcibly repatriated literally millions of people, Soviet-claimed anti-Communists in the Western war zones at war's end, to Stalin's Gulag or the firing squad. You've never heard of such a thing? You are not alone. From American Betrayal, pp. 232-236: ********** In contemporary terms, “repatriation” was a policy of reverse “ethnic cleansing” that scrubbed Western Europe of displaced or captured Russians and other nationals...
  • Circling the Drain in Baltimore

    05/04/2015 8:04:01 PM PDT · by No One Special · 16 replies
    JR Nyquist's website ^ | May 3, 2015 | JR Nyquist
    Circling the Drain in Baltimore Commentary for 3 May 2015 The NSA has made a coloring book for kids. Why not? Our intelligence community has been catering to adult children for the last fifty years. Political correctness at the NSA, as with the CIA, long ago reached a level incompatible with national security. The NSA even has an Earth Day mascot/cartoon character. As a provocation, political correctness is a scheme for neutralizing and discrediting America’s most important institutions. Long ago James Burnham explained that latter-day liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide. And who, in the end, will fight for...
  • "What a horrible mother:" How a call from a "good samaritan" derailed these mothers’ lives

    04/20/2015 9:14:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 104 replies
    Salon ^ | April 19, 2015 | Kim Brooks
    In the moments before the police and county prosecutors and child protective services took over her life, Monique was thinking about dinner. Specifically, she wanted a baked chicken. She had just left a birthday party and was driving home with her two daughters. By the time she pulled into the parking lot of a grocery store near their house, her younger daughter, then 4 years old, was taking a much needed nap. Monique hesitated. She didn’t want to wake her daughter to bring her into the store, where she was liable to be as cranky and difficult as anyone else...
  • Supreme Court Weighs Bizarre Private Property Seizure

    04/20/2015 8:22:33 AM PDT · by No One Special · 13 replies
    newsmax ^ | April 19, 2015 | George Will
    In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the government's reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horne's raisins. New Dealers had bushels of theories, including this: In a depression, prices fall, so a recovery will occur when government compels prices to stabilize above where a free market would put them. So FDR's "brains trust" produced "price stabilization"...
  • The Statue of Lars Vilks

    04/12/2015 6:25:31 PM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    DianaWest .net ^ | April 10, 2015 | Diana West
    I titled this post "The Statue of Lars Vilks" although no such statue exists -- not in Lars Vilks' native Sweden or anywhere else. I wanted to see what the words looked like; if, in black and white, they provide the formula for a society conceived in liberty and dedicated to preserving it. Such a society might well commission a statue to honor this "mild-mannered, friendly and polite professor of art history," as Fjordman describes the 68-year-old cartoonist who so believes in freedom of speech that he never stops exercising it -- no matter how many threats, assaults, and attacks...
  • "Censure," "Decency," "McCarthyism" -- and Truth

    04/06/2015 12:03:16 PM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    DianaWest.net ^ | April 4, 2015 | Diana West
    Toward the end of Blacklisted by History, the late M. Stanton Evans' magnus opus on the "blacklisting by history" of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, Evans takes pains to convey the "scalding invective," "the sharp exchanges with other members of the Senate" that "McCarthy's "endless verbal battles" entailed. He writes: To gauge the ferocity of debate, we need only note that there were occasions on which members of the Senate were accused, in effect, of being agents of the Kremlin. Nor was it necessarily conceded that, in serving the nefarious ends of Moscow, the lawmaker thus assailed was mistakenly acting out of...
  • Crises and "Root Crises"

    03/20/2015 12:05:03 AM PDT · by No One Special
    DianaWest.net ^ | March 19, 2015 | Diana West
    There are crises, and there are what I am going to call "root crises." Crises are what we read about in the headlines: Obama's latest post-Constitutional/dictatorial act; the most recent episode in population replacement; the next terrifying Supreme Court decision; the predictable disaster of Iranian nuclear negotiations, or continued American military presence in Afghanistan; the looming threat of the United Nations empowered by an "internationalist" US president. "Root crises," however, don't make headlines, are never addressed, and are rarely articulated, especially by elected officials and others with lawful authority or even media platforms. For this reason, the crises that grow...
  • Remembering Stan 3: The Anti-McCarthy Tripwire

    03/08/2015 8:45:19 PM PDT · by No One Special · 34 replies
    DianaWest.net ^ | March 6, 2015 | Diana West
    Before I explain what it was like to become friends with the pre-eminent McCarthy scholar of our time, M. Stanton Evans, I'd like to point out some of the pitfalls of the territory, starting with the anti-McCarthy tripwire.This relic of the Cold War, circa 1950s, is used to bring down anyone even thinking about stepping out of line to reconsider the place of Sen. McCarthy in our nation's history (hell). The anti-McCarthy tripwire is the first trigger. Tripped once, maybe twice, it activates the anti-McCarthy force field, which I will get to below."You know that you are going to be...
  • Netanyahu might consider a few style points from Douglas MacArthur

    03/02/2015 5:02:41 PM PST · by No One Special · 3 replies
    March 2, 2015 | me
    Love to see Netanyahu somehow reprise the drama in the first few minutes of MacArthur's Farewell speech after having been fired by Truman. Listen (mp3 at link) to the first few minutes of a great speech by a man who knew how to give them.
  • Rereading American Betrayal: How FDR's Soviet Recognition Changed the USA Beyond Recognition

    02/27/2015 11:10:40 AM PST · by No One Special · 45 replies
    dianawest.net ^ | February 26, 2015 | Diana West
    FDR's decision to "normalize" diplomatic relations with Stalin's dictatorship of blood on November 16, 1933 is the seminal event in modern American history, I argue in American Betrayal -- one reason I was very happy to participate in the 80th commemoration of the event presented by CSP, hosted by Frank Gaffney, and also featuring M. Stanton Evans, Chris Farrell, and Stephen Coughlin. The moral, intellectual and strategic repercussions plague us to this minute. From American Betrayal, starting p. 193: When Franklin Roosevelt finally extended “normal diplomatic relations” in exchange for a page of Soviet concessions signed by Foreign Minister Maxim...
  • On War Preparations and Secret Structures

    02/23/2015 3:23:20 PM PST · by No One Special · 16 replies
    JRNyquist.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | JR Nyquist
    “As shown by the preceding chapters on the nature and methods of waging modern war, victory in modern war is quite unthinkable without thorough and timely preparation of the country and the armed forces.” - V.D. Sokolovskii, Soviet Military Strategy, p. 281 A recent piece in The European depicts the EU sanctions against Russia as fundamentally misconceived. “The sanction policy is in no way, shape or form working,” says the article. The sanctions have failed because Putin “controls the perceptions” of the Russian population. Meanwhile, anti-war sentiment is gaining ground in Germany and all over Europe. Russian propaganda is gradually...
  • Anecdotes in New Reagan Book Showcase His Unique Character

    02/23/2015 11:51:16 AM PST · by No One Special · 4 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | February 21, 2015 | Lee Edwards
    Lee Edwards is the distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation's B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. A leading historian of American conservatism, Edwards is the author or editor of 20 books, including biographies of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and Edwin Meese III as well as histories of The Heritage Foundation and the movement as a whole. As someone who has studied and written about Ronald Reagan for more than four decades, I thought I knew the 40th president pretty well. But a new book, “Reagan Remembered”, edited by former Amb. Gilbert A. Robinson, offers the...
  • Contextless in Obama’s America

    02/22/2015 9:58:06 AM PST · by No One Special · 1 replies
    DianaWest.net ^ | February 21, 2015 | Diana West
    From the New York Daily "News": Trying to explain his controversial comments that President Obama doesn't love America, Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he believes the President has been influenced by communism and socialism."Look, this man was brought up basically in a white family, so whatever he learned or didn't learn, I attribute this more to the influence of communism and socialism" than to his race, Giuliani told the Daily News."I don't (see) this President as being particularly a product of African-American society or something like that. He isn't," the former mayor added. "Logically, think about his background... The ideas...
  • The Dark Side of the Moon

    02/09/2015 10:21:11 AM PST · by No One Special · 46 replies
    JRNyquist.com ^ | February 9, 2015 | JR Nyquist
    Bluff 1. To engage in a false display of confidence or aggression in order to deceive or intimidate someone. 2. To make a display of aggression, as by charging or baring the teeth, as means of intimidating another animal.                                 - The Free DictionaryNuclear Blackmail is a form of nuclear strategy in which an aggressor uses the threat of use of nuclear weapons to force an adversary to perform some action or make some concessions. It is a type of extortion.                                - Wikipedia During the Munich Security Conference on Friday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told Reuters of a three-fold concern....
  • American Betrayal: A Postmodern (Premodern) Guide to Shutting Down Speech and Truth

    01/29/2015 12:07:54 PM PST · by No One Special · 9 replies
    dianawest.net ^ | January 29, 2015 | Diana West
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)The following excerpt from American Betrayal appears today in slightly edited form at Breitbart News:In his contribution to the famous 1949 collection of essays by ex-Communists titled The God That Failed, Arthur Koestler carefully illustrates how set language binds thought to ideology at the expense of evidence. Koestler, author of the unparalleled novel of Stalin's show trials, Darkness at Noon, describes a conversation he had early in his Communist career with "Edgar," his Party contact, in which they discuss the front page of a Communist newspaper."But every word on the front page is contradicted by the facts," I...
  • 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
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  • 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...