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  • American Betrayal: A Christmas Story

    12/21/2015 9:45:53 PM PST · by No One Special · 16 replies
    Diana West ^ | December 19, 2015 | Diana West
    American Betrayal: A Christmas story? Not really. However, it is the striking case that most of the main action of the book takes place within a span of years notably bookended (see below) by two Christmases: Christmas, 1919, when Lenin ordered the Chekists, his pre-KGB secret police, to shoot anyone failing to show up for work in observance of St. Nicholas' Day, and Christmas 1991, the day the USSR officially dissolved. The book attempts to unmask some mass of the colossal deception and fakery that have taken shape in between those two Christmas seasons as consensus-history, the nearly completely false...
  • What Is a Conservative? What Defines the GOP?

    12/15/2015 12:35:00 PM PST · by No One Special · 29 replies
    Diana West's Website ^ | December 15, 2015 | Diana West
    Alger Hiss (center), Soviet GRU agent, State Department official, and the first General Secretary of the United Nations ---Over on what we think of as the right side of the political spectrum, critiques of Donald Trump often include laments and/or teeth-gnashings over his "splitting the Republican Party," and/or his "not being a conservative."    Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti approaches this same and, to him, alarming territory with an eye on whether Trump's candidacy portends a historic shift in the GOP as we have known it in recent decades.He writes: It's possible we are at the beginning of another political recalibration...
  • Point Deer, Make Horse

    12/07/2015 7:18:20 PM PST · by No One Special · 16 replies
    scifiwright.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | John C. Wright
    [...] How long until the Left wake up? The answer is: NEVER. The Left will never wake up to reality for precisely the reason that Leftism is a mental system of excuses and psychological tricks and traps meant to allow the Leftist to escape from reality. That is what all their rigmarole, jabberwocky, lies and evasions, all their complex obfuscations, and penning endless tomes of endless nonsense from Marx to Keynes to Al Gore, all their riots, marches, protests, sit-ins, think-tanks, media moguls, money laundering, awards shows, convulsions, antics, stunts, clamor, libel, slander, and cacophony is for: Reality avoidance. That...
  • China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replication

    12/02/2015 6:26:05 AM PST · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 1, 2015 | unknown
    Boyalife Group and its partners are building a giant cloning factory in Tianjin, which will aim for an output of one million cloned cows a year by 2020. The Chinese scientist behind the world's biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction. Boyalife Group and its partners are building the giant plant in the northern Chinese port of Tianjin, where it is due to go into production within the next seven months and aims for an output of one million cloned cows a year...
  • Crystal Ball Communism: "Toward Soviet America"

    11/30/2015 1:58:14 PM PST · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Toward Soviet America by William Z. Foster, CPUSA chairman, was first published in 1932. Later, copies of the book would be purged and almost eliminated entirely from American bookstores and libraries in what was presumably the CP response to the latest Moscow line; but surely it was also to try to put this spitting Soviet-American cat back in the bag. Interestingly, the book would be reprinted in 1961 with a foreword and commentary by the chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Rep. Francis E. Walter, who recommended that every American read it as a blueprint of Soviet intentions...
  • No future for Jews in Europe

    11/25/2015 10:36:48 AM PST · by No One Special · 21 replies
    World Jewish Daily ^ | November 25, 2015 | unknown
    The chief rabbi of Belgium had some startling comments for the future of Jews in Europe. Amid a terror crackdown in Brussels, where police arrested at least 16 terrorists, and after an attack in Paris that took the lives of 130 people, Rabbi Avraham Gigi said: "There is a sense of fear in the streets, the Belgians understand that they too are targets of terror. Jews now pray in their homes [as opposed to at synagogues] and some of them are planning on emigrating," Gigi said. "Since Shabbat the city has been paralyzed. The synagogues were closed, something which has...
  • A Catechism of Communism for Catholic High School Students

    11/05/2015 9:00:45 AM PST · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Pamphlet for young Catholics [PDF at Link] ^ | April 1936 | A Passionist Father
    What is Communism? Communism is the name given to an atheistic and revolutionary form of government that the Soviets of Red Russia want to force upon the citizens of every country in the world. The word Communism comes from the Latin word communis which, roughly translated, would mean "in common." The idea being that all the people share, not only in the government, but in the profits of industry and labor. The word Communism, however, as used by the Soviets, has a meaning far different from the original Latin word. There are three main elements in the system advocated by...
  • Trump-Fueled Media Circus Causing an Epic Conservative Crackup

    10/30/2015 9:31:42 PM PDT · by No One Special · 32 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 22, 2015 | John Ziegler
    In this modern-day 24/7 news cycle it is very easy to overreact to events and attribute far too much significance to stories which will seem, in retrospect, like nothing more than random data points. I do not believe that is the case with the sudden withdrawal of Scott Walker from the presidential race. Instead, it is my belief that this event -- and, specifically, why it happened the way that it did -- is a seminal moment in the history of the conservative movement, the media, and even our country. Let me first say that, while Walker was my choice...
  • Herb Meyer on Bill Casey (Reagan's CIA Director)

    10/24/2015 3:46:04 PM PDT · by No One Special · 9 replies
    Youtube Video ^ | 2013 | Herb Meyer
    Fascinating. A spook talks about a spook, Reagan and winning the cold war. You might come away from this feeling more optimistic about where we are right now. I know I did. The occasion is the 100th anniversary of Casey's birth. Mr. Meyer is an excellent speaker and story teller. Youtube video. Duration: 57:56
  • The Angelas Against the West

    10/23/2015 12:23:38 PM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    DianaWest.net ^ | October 22, 2015 | Diana West
    Young Communist Angela Merkel---Robert Strauss sent in the AFP story headlined, "Merkel says migrant influx a fallout from globalisation," adding: "If Mark can sound like Walter, Angela can sound like Angela."He's right. That is, just as Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota, and Walter Luebcke, a German regional council president, speak as if from the same talking points when lecturing their constituents (if you don't like the massive waves of Third World immmigration waving over your state/region, leave), there are echoes to be heard in what longtime Communist revolutionary Angela Davis and long ago Communist nomenklatura member Angela Merkel are saying about...
  • You May Not Be Interested In a Clash of Civilizations, But A Clash of Civilizations Is Interested

    09/18/2015 8:33:16 AM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    Streetwise Professor ^ | September 14, 2015 | The Professor
    Cast your eyes around the world, and they are likely to land on a scene of conflict and chaos. In the Middle East, obviously, from pillar (Libya) to post (the Persian Gulf). In the center of Eurasia (Ukraine). In the South China Sea and the DMZ. The world situation has not been this fraught since the 1930s. If you are like me, you crave an explanation. You could do far worse than start with Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations. Huntington’s article and subsequent book of the same title unleashed a storm of furious criticism when it came out in 1993....
  • Question: What is "PC"?

    08/30/2015 7:30:06 PM PDT · by No One Special · 87 replies
    Diana West Website ^ | August 29, 2015 | Diana West
    Answer: The Marxist mechanism that disconnects facts from conclusions to make war on our minds.Much of the Trump Effect today is due to Donald Trump's rejection of what we all know and instantly recognize as "PC." But what is political correctness? Where does it come from? The origins and seeding of "PC" into American culture are topics of much scrutiny in American Betrayal. Here is one excerpt that I just read for the upcoming audiobook.Under discussion is the process by which what was at one time common knowledge, or a fact-based conclusion  -- for example, that the Communist Party USA...
  • Trump: Giving Voice to the American "Subconscious"

    08/18/2015 3:20:54 PM PDT · by No One Special · 32 replies
    Diana West website ^ | August 18, 2015 | Diana West
    To say the Media-Political Complex has really lost its cool over Donald Trump, also every marble, is barest understatement. From lib's lib Chuck Todd, gasping for oxygen here, to Fox princess & former "W" spokesgal Dana Perino, exasperation disarranging her 'do here, their frustration and even apoplexy are perfect foils to Trump's calm (yes, calm). The Huffington Post has responded oh-so-rationally by relegating coverage of Trump's presidential campaign to its entertainment pages. Can you spell d-e-n-i-a-l? In fact, Huffpo Comix is hoping to ridicule Trump away. Others have more draconian ideas. Con's con George Will (whose wife works for Scott...
  • The Courage Of Kissinger’s Contradictions

    07/11/2015 2:58:25 AM PDT · by No One Special · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 10, 2015 | Angelo Codevilla
    'World Order' reflects badly on Henry Kissinger and on the establishment that celebrates him. Review of "World Order," by Henry Kissinger. Penguin Press, 420 pages, $36. Establishment voices joined together in acclamation. In the Boston Globe, Nicholas Burns (Condoleezza Rice's right-hand man at the State Department, now at Harvard's Kennedy School) praised Henry Kissinger's new tome for its "words of wisdom" about "the international order he rightly believes is a necessary precondition for global stability, prosperity, and peace." In the New Criterion, Conrad Black called it "a brilliantly conceived and executed book even by Henry Kissinger's very high standards." Michiko...
  • The Donald's Scarlet X

    07/06/2015 10:26:37 AM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    The Donald's Scarlet X ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jack Cashill
    In her HBO documentary Fall to Grace, Alexandra Pelosi – yes, Nancy’s daughter – revealed, without intending, how the shifting progressive creed had become conflated with “sin.” The documentary tracks the career of former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey, the self-dubbed “gay-American” disgraced in a sex and security scandal. In one passing scene, McGreevey enters an Episcopal Church ostensibly more welcoming than the hidebound Catholic Church of his childhood. The message board on the church front reads, “Jesus liberates us from our sin of sexism, homophobia, racism and classism.” Had the message board been bigger, the good pastor might have...
  • How Did We Go From "Independence" to "Interdependence"?

    07/05/2015 9:30:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Diana West's Website ^ | July 4, 2015 | Diana West
    If July 4, 1776, is our Independence Day, March 11, 1941, is our Interdependence Day. A revolutionary thing happened on the way to World War II. It was called "Lend Lease." This was the legislation, approved on March 11, 1941, by which the neutral USA began to supply aid to countries at war with Hitler. It was spun by President Roosevelt and Democrats in Congress as a means of keeping America out of World War II, although it was recognized by many Republicans at the time as a war bill. But that's not all. Lend Lease granted extraordinary powers to...
  • Rudyard Kipling and "The Gods of the Copybook Headings"

    07/01/2015 11:10:54 PM PDT · by No One Special · 31 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 · 13 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 Naïfs' 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...