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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 · 10 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>
  • The KAL Moment of the New Cold War

    07/18/2014 1:30:32 AM PDT · by No One Special · 13 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | July 17, 2014 | The Professor
    I had been planning to write on the latest round of sanctions, but of course that story has been overtaken by an utterly horrific event: the shooting down, by a surface-to-air missile, of a Malaysian Air 777 flying over Donetsk. This is an unspeakable crime. Unspeakable. I can state with near metaphysical certainty that this was the work of Russian-supported and inspired rebels from the Donetsk People’s Republic, or perhaps even the Russian military itself. The jet was downed in the same area where two Ukrainian military planes were destroyed by SAM fire in the last couple of days. The...
  • Putin Crushes Internet Expression

    07/08/2014 8:30:04 AM PDT · by No One Special · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 8, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    <p>Back in the days when Vladimir Putin was first launching his crackdown on Russian mainstream media, killing and arresting reporters and publishers and seizing or shutting down publications, the Russia apologists rationalized his actions by claiming that the Russian Internet was free and always would be, and would counter any state propaganda.  It’s now clear that these statements were made simply ruse to induce the defenders of free speech to drop their guard and allow Putin to take over mainstream media unchallenged. It worked like a charm. And now we can clearly see how utterly false these statements were as Putin systematically exterminates the Runet.</p>
  • June 30, News on situation in Ukraine

    07/02/2014 7:14:09 AM PDT · by No One Special · 3 replies
    Elena Filatova ^ | June 30, 2014 | Elena Filatova
    Media report that protesters gathered in Kiev on Sunday to voice their anger at President Poroshenko's truce with rebels. Around 8.000 people came to Maydan central square. From myself I shall add that it was not just protesters, there were many self-defence units and commanders of battalions who warned president openly that he going to repeat fate of former president Yanukovich if he won't do what he promised and also they warned that action on Maydan on Sunday was last peaceful gathering. Today so called truce coming to an end and gas addicted eurocrats must come up with the sanctions...
  • June 28, News on situation in Ukraine

    07/02/2014 7:14:03 AM PDT · by No One Special
    Elena Filatova ^ | June 28, 2014 | Elena Filatova
    If election were today one month after they went on May 25 then our new president would receive no votes at all. Today's headlines President Poroshenko extends truce for east... What they call truce turned out to be killing of Ukrainian soldiers. All country was waiting for action, tens thousand of refugees living in fields and parks wait for army to restore order and our president decide to extend truce. Meanwhile Russians dig in and bringing more tanks and heavy artillery from Russia while Ukraine wait for what western masters will tell them to do. With other words our new...
  • Obama Wants to Reverse Bush’s Iraq Mistake In the Worst Way, and Has Succeeded

    06/16/2014 5:55:45 AM PDT · by No One Special · 27 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | June 15, 2014 | The Professor
    Jeez, I take off a few days for a conference in Amsterdam, a quick trip to Bern to discuss commodity trading firms with the Swiss government, and some R&R, and the world careens to hell in a rocket propelled hand basket. During this brief hiatus, Russian tanks and Grad rocket launchers conducted a probe into Ukraine, and a transport plane carrying Ukrainian paratroopers was shot down, killing all aboard. What’s more, the world’s most vicious, brutal, and crazed jihadist group, ISIL (aka ISIS) captured Iraq’s second largest city (Mosul), where it immediately instituted a reign of terror. Not content with...
  • The Fight for Ukraine: Last Days of the Revolution [YouTube video]

    05/23/2014 10:20:52 PM PDT · by No One Special · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 23, 2014 | Vice News
    Youtube video - 26 mins. and 12 secs. February 2014, Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution against the government of Viktor Yanukovych had reached another stalemate after the violence in late January. But on the 18th, massive and fatal clashes broke out between police and protesters outside the Ukrainian parliament building, the Rada. After hours of fierce fighting, the protesters were pushed back onto their last lines of defense in Independence square and just about forced the police back after an attempt to clear the square. Once the dust had settled almost 30 police and protesters had been killed, on a day where...
  • The Empire of Lies, Part I

    05/19/2014 10:49:48 AM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    JR Nyquist Website ^ | May 19, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    I conducted three interviews in recent days about the struggle for freedom in Ukraine, Venezuela and Romania. From writer and political analyst Sammy Eppel, I learned how the Communists are coping with powerful opposition forces in Venezuela. I also spoke, once again, with Ukrainian activist Boris Chykulay who updated me on events in Ukraine and offered his analysis; and I interviewed Anca-Marie Cernea, who was kind enough to explain the Ukraine crisis as seen from Romania – a country which struggles, even now, to break its old Communist shackles. But first, before offering choice bits from these interviews, I would...
  • 'Soviet Times': the Real Russian Catastrophe

    05/15/2014 11:01:31 AM PDT · by No One Special · 55 replies
    The Americn Thinker ^ | May 15, 2014 | Ross C. Reeves
    <p>Vladimir Putin has described the collapse of the Soviet Union as the greatest catastrophe of the 20th Century. Western leaders have been quick to brand this as old-fashioned thinking.</p> <p>Their condescension sounds eerily like Neville Chamberlain’s remark that Hitler “missed the bus” in the Czech crisis.</p>
  • Putin and the Dogs of War

    05/13/2014 9:23:43 AM PDT · by No One Special · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 13, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    The dogs of war were howling at the moon in Vladimir Putin’s Russia last week. You could hear them all the way in California. And they sounded for all the world just like nuclear bombers. General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle broke the news: “They've come with their long-range aviation off the coast of California, they circumnavigated Guam,” he said, showing a picture of a U.S. F-15 fighter “intercepting” a Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bomber off the Pacific island. The United States does not buzz Russian shores with nuclear bombers, forcing Russian fighters to scramble to ward them off, at any time and...
  • Published on WND 07/09/2001: Defending America

    05/12/2014 11:21:24 PM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | July 09, 2001 | J.R. Nyquist
    I sometimes feel foolish writing to defend this country. Why do I even bother? Last Thursday I quoted George Washington's Farewell Address, in which he asked his countrymen to indignantly frown "upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts." One would think I had quoted the devil, given the negative mail I received in response. Only one correspondent appeared to agree. The rest were of the opinion that quoting Washington was a "bogus" thing to do. After all,...
  • The Battle in Ukraine Means Everything

    05/12/2014 4:24:01 PM PDT · by No One Special · 9 replies
    The New Republic ^ | May 11, 2014 | Timothy Snyder
    Fascism returns to the continent it once destroyedWe easily forget how fascism works: as a bright and shining alternative to the mundane duties of everyday life, as a celebration of the obviously and totally irrational against good sense and experience. Fascism features armed forces that do not look like armed forces, indifference to the laws of war in theirapplication to people deemed inferior, the celebration of “empire” after counterproductive land grabs. Fascism means the celebration of the nude male form, the obsession with homosexuality, simultaneously criminalized and imitated. Fascism rejects liberalism and democracy as sham forms of individualism, insists on...
  • Ideology vs. Truth

    05/12/2014 4:09:18 PM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    JR Nyquist Website ^ | May 12, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    There is a tendency, especially today, to reduce all political analysis to an ideological formula, and to judge everything according to this formula. Such a reduction is usually erroneous, even dangerous, when applied to a complicated world. It is, of course, easier to simplify everything in order to make it more comprehensible. But the world does not become simpler when we ideologically simplify. We become simpler – to the point of stupidity. Most people ideologically simplify because they are distracted and have no time for political studies, or historical studies, so they adopt an ideological template. This allows them to...
  • Edward Snowden: Russian Agent, Chinese Agent, or Russo-Sino Agent?

    05/10/2014 8:23:46 PM PDT · by No One Special · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal via The Streetwise Professor ^ | May 10, 2014 | Wall Street Journal via The Professor
    <p>I will take credit for being one of the first to point out the fact that Snowden’s whistleblower narrative was a total crock because after the initial flurry his leaks had little to do with NSA surveillance of individuals, but instead revealed information that was highly damaging to US national security and foreign policy. The only question in my mind was when he was when he became a Russian asset. I still don’t know, but as I also pointed out a while ago, the fact that collected disproportionately such national security-related information made it very plausible that he was tasked to collect this information, and given the identity of the ultimate beneficiary-Russia-it was also plausible that he was Russia’s witting or unwitting tool from the get go.</p>
  • Meaningless Sanctions, Protecting Putin’s Billions, and Sechin’s Ape Drape

    04/29/2014 7:13:18 AM PDT · by No One Special · 1 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | April 28, 2014 | The Professor
    Traveling and family obligations, so limited time to comment on events. But an opportunity (sitting at the gate in Greenville) to take a few quick hits. The US announced some additional sanctions today. To indicate how lame these sanctions are, the Russian market (MICEX) was up 2.35 percent when the names on the list (or more accurately, the names that weren’t on the list) were announced. One notable name: Sechin. Roseneft was down 1.7 percent, and BP, tied to the hip with Rosneft, was down about two percent. Other than that. Zip. In an inversion of the usual expression, this...
  • Punch Line to the Geneva Joke

    04/29/2014 7:10:10 AM PDT · by No One Special · 3 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | April 28, 2014 | The Professor
    The day that Geneva was announced, I ridiculed the idea that the OSCE would be able to enforce any deal to withdraw anti-Kiev forces from government buildings, check points, etc. The seizure of an OSCE delegation in Slavyansk by the Russians/Russian tools, and the subsequent public display of the European members of this team, proves that ridicule was more than justified. It is the punchline to the joke that is Geneva. Despite the seizure and humiliation of a group of European military personnel carrying diplomatic passports, the Euros are still shrinking from doing anything that might risk offending Vlad. Because...
  • Prosecutor General: Yanukovych took $32 billion to Russia, financing separatism in Ukraine

    04/29/2014 6:35:44 AM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 29, 2014 | Ivan Verstyuk
    Acting Prosecutor General Oleg Makhnitsky said that ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and his inner circle took $32 billion in cash with them to Russia, some of which is being used finance a pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. Disgraced former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage, whose criminal regime was toppled on Feb. 22 after the three-month EuroMaidan revolution, took $32 billion in cash to Russia, said Ukraine’s Acting Prosecutor General Oleg Makhnitsky in an interview with the Financial Times on April 28. He believes Yanukovych is using this money to finance the pro-Russian separatist movement in the eastern regions...
  • Simon Ostrovsky Describes His Kidnapping: Russian Roulette In Ukraine (Dispatch Thirty One) [Video]

    04/28/2014 3:31:33 PM PDT · by No One Special · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | April 28, 2014 | Simon Ostrovsky
    Simon Ostrovsky Describes His Kidnapping by Russian seperatists Youtube video 22mins 44secs
  • Victim of bloody violence in Crimea: Was 16 year old Mark murdered because he only spoke Ukrainian?

    04/27/2014 4:48:48 PM PDT · by No One Special · 3 replies
    Mail Online ^ | April 25, 2014 | Will Stewart
    A grieving mother has claimed that her 16 year old student son was beaten and killed by Russian policemen in Crimea - because he spoke Ukrainian. Russian police have so far declined to comment on the case in which student Mark Ivanyuk died of head injuries after he was approached by officers following an Easter disco. Mother Tatyana Ivanyuk, 34, said she is deeply disturbed by an alleged fight with police that occurred when her son and a friend called Kolya were returning home late at night. 'Kolya told me they were calm though a bit drunk. It was foggy...
  • April 27, Crimea today.

    04/27/2014 10:16:55 AM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Elena Filatova Website ^ | April 27, 2014 | Elena Filatova
    April 27, Crimea today. Crimea is part of Ukraine since 1954. Decision to give Crimea to Ukraine was not determined by fact that Nikita Krushev was Ukrainian. It was necessity, totally economic decision and by the way in return Russia gained large territories of East Ukraine where millions ethnic Ukrainians living today. It was deal and not a gift. This is how North Crimean channel look this days. This channel used to deliever 85% of water Crimea consume. Length of channel is few hundred kms, water delievered from Dniepre river in Ukraine. This was channel before. Water flow is...
  • April 30th, The Lost Holiday

    04/27/2014 8:17:33 AM PDT · by No One Special · 33 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2014 | Craig Seibert
    A little-remembered anniversary occurs this April 30 -- the 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution being put into operation. Many might remember that April 30, 1789 was the day that George Washington took the oath of office and gave his inaugural address. But lest we forget, this very act also marked the launching of the American Constitutional System. Those living at the time knew what a landmark day it was and the details surrounding the events of the day show this depth of understanding. Through the process of time, neglect and the active rewriting of American history, these details have...
  • Russia's Achilles Heels (Plural)

    04/27/2014 8:02:15 AM PDT · by No One Special · 28 replies
    The Americn Thinker ^ | April 27, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    Whenever the horrifyingly precarious fundamentals of the Russian economy are pointed out to its apologists, the response is always the same. “Russia has low debt and high reserves, so it can weather any storm,” they chant, and the melody of the anthem of the USSR can be heard in the background. This is the opposite of the truth. Far from being a strength, debt and reserves are Russia’s main Achilles heels. In Ukraine, they may prove Russia’s undoing. Russia came under withering economic fire last week as it geared up for a broader war of aggression in Ukraine. Its stock...
  • Jodi Arias vs. Kermit Gosnell: You’ve Probably Heard of One, Why Not the Other?

    04/27/2014 7:41:04 AM PDT · by No One Special · 3 replies ^ | April 25, 2014 | Havilah Steinman
    Jodi Arias became a household name during her trial for the murder of boyfriend Travis Alexander. His death and her conviction turned into a media circus, even prompting a daily show on HLN. Filmmaker Phelim McAleer took note of the media coverage and interviewed people on the streets of Hollywood to find out just how much they knew about Arias. In the subsequent video McAleer released, participants were shown a photo of Arias, and then a photo of another convicted murderer. Everyone recognized Arias. One of the participants said, “It felt like you didn’t really have to deliberately look her...
  • The disappearance of America’s will

    04/26/2014 8:00:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...