Sarkozy’s Place in Sun – #1, Not Libya?

Thanks to France for pitching in to help save Libyan’s effort to found a new government. Did France’s President suddenly discover how wonderful was the cause of Libyan freedom after his deporting Roma and disrespecting Muslims and immigrants in general did not raise his standings in polls?

Don’t know – what do you think? I am still wondering why the slaughter of women in Ivory Coast does not cause a Security Council meeting and why on Darfur continued killings and politically motivated rapes in Congo – we hear……..?

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Libya crisis may save Nicolas Sarkozy from electoral humiliation

The French president certainly needs something to prevent him coming third in next year’s election

Nicolas Sarkozy

It would surely be poor taste to accuse Nicolas Sarkozy of leading France into combat for purely selfish political reasons – but that won’t stop some in the president’s inner circle wondering if Operation Odyssey Dawn might just save the skin of a man who, a matter of days ago, seemed destined for electoral humiliation. Ever so discreetly, they will be hoping Libya can do for Sarkozy what the Falklands did for Margaret Thatcher – anoint a successful war leader deserving of re-election.



Afghan Follies Redux – Trust Us

Vietnam. Cambodia, Afghanistan, SWAT, ????, Iraq: trust us, we will help you if you come in to be reconciled, to give up fighting us. Those saying it always mean it at first. If the government is not real and just the machine set up by the occupier, it is a promise almost always swallowed up by corruption fed by the occupier’s agenda changing.

Why don’t we learn, why do we believe this kind of “war” can be clean and good, why do we repeat past mistakes?

How does Captain Cat continue to do good work, in the face of such dispiriting truth? I wish her well. You should read what she has to say and think about it – then take action.

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Despatch from the moon

Aerial view of Khost
Last month I flew to Khost for a week, where the day after I arrived a young man blew himself up along with thirteen other people whilst he was waiting for the provincial governor to drive by.  I climbed up onto a roof and watched people fleeing the scene – faceless figures draped in blue shuffled hurriedly along a path through dun fields of sleeping maize, boys on bicycles, a man on a motorbike, patu flapping wildly behind him in dust kicked up by his wheels.
Almost two years ago to the day, I met a Maulawi and reconciled Talib, cousin of Southeastern insurgent commander Jalaluddin Haqqani (see interview here). I want to see him again, to ask how things have been going.
“We need 30-35 reconciled commanders,” they told me; I said it takes time to talk to people, to convince them. “So bring us shopkeepers with beards” was their response.
“I regret joining this process; all of my brothers regret it as well. We have received no assistance from the government, nothing that they promised. We gave up everything in Miram Shah and now we have nothing. Our six families share a single room.



Hats off to Fukushima Fifty – Heroes!

Courage of the highest order!

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Heroes of Fukushima – 50 workers remain at Daiichi

But around 50 employees – dubbed the Fukushima 50 – have remained at the site working tirelessly around the clock to avoid possible meltdowns at three reactors at the quake-hit nuclear power plant.

They are attempting to cool down fuel rods at three reactors by injecting seawater into them.

Despite wearing protective clothing, experts say there will be negative effects to their health as a result of the radiation levels.



Fox News Hoaxes Fox Viewers

How good are fact checkers at Fox News? Not so good – can’t tell Pakistani humor from real news. Does Fox News care if they run false news? When they get caught but otherwise – not so much?

Silly Fox. Trix are for Kids.

Yesterday, Fox News proved yet again that it’s a credible (*cough*) news source by publishing a story they thought was real news. The article ran on the Fox Nation website with this title, “Pakistan: Islamic Clerics Protest Women Wearing Padded Bras as ‘Devil’s Cushions,’” noting (via Salon),

But how hard is it to fact-check or even just click through a source’s website?

The stories published in Roznama Jawani might only be applicable and true in another universe. That universe might be parallel to this universe. Might even be serial. Who knows?! Maybe some one does.



Palestinian/Israeli One Voice Works!

In the midst of all the reported violence of the extremes on both sides and taking more Palestinian land, there are still Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace.

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OneVoice Palestine activists attending West Bank unity rallies

EzzeldinMasri@PalestinianDemoRamallahOneVoice Palestine’s Ezzeldin Masri addresses demonstrators at al-Manara Square in Ramallah.

Abdullah Hamarshe@PalestinianDemoRamallahOVP’s Abdullah Hamarshe joins demonstrators in Ramallah’s al-Manara Square.



McCarthy-wannabe-Peter King fact? Oops!

I recall watching (I was a little kid) Senator Joe McCarthy shouting that he had a list of thousands of Reds Commies not Boston or Cincinnati) working for the US State Department – and waved sheets of paper that turned out to be blank and no list ever showed up. If King wanted to do anything other than scapegoat Muslims to get votes and campaign donations, he would investigate the growth of hate groups in the US of all different strips in an effort to figure out if there is anything the Congress could do anything different to better protect the country.

Fact checking is something everyone needs to do these days since so many have figured no one is doing that and lying to push their ideology or finances.

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Mark Potok

Yesterday, in the opening statement of his hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) claimed that his political dog-and-pony show was not Islamophobic because “not one terror-related case in the last two years involved neo-Nazis” or other domestic groups.

precisely one day before King made his eyebrow-raising claim, law enforcement officials arrested a long-time neo-Nazi in what is undeniably a “terror-related case” — the attempted mass murder of up to 1,500 Martin Luther King Jr. Day marchers in Spokane, Wash.
on the very day that
you were opening your
on Muslims
tate and federal law enforcement authorities arrested five people in the area around Fairbanks, Ala., and charged them in connection with a plot to kidnap or kill a local judge and state troopers.



Shoot Polar Bears for Trophies? For Real

This idiot wants to make it legal for his friends and him to go to Canada and shoot unarmed Polar Bears and then import them to US to stick on the wall, in their bathroom or what ever. Really a crime against nature. Tell him where to stick his proposal.

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To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow the importation of polar bear trophies taken in sport hunts in Canada.



Sgt. York, Secret Afghan Cyber Warrior?

$200 million of your tax dollars are being spent to try and influence the Afghanistan conflict by a few contractors pretending to be dozens of different Taliban, Taliban sympathizers, and other Afghans who oppose efforts of Afghan government and NATO.

What if everyone in a 100 person chat room or network is actually two guys – one a NATO contractor and the other a Taliban contractor and living in the same hotel in a rich Kabul suburb? And they figure this out but continue the game because the money is pretty good.

Grin. And people want to cut money from NPR? Ha, ha, ha – as the two contractors nod to each other on the way to the bank.

US Army’s top secret psyops initiative aimed at the manipulation of social media through the use of fake online personas. This $200 million CENTCOM programme was first developed for use in Iraq and is now said to be targeted at countering Taliban propaganda in Afghanistan.
One can imagine how easy it would be to influence events via Twitter, for example, where people tend to follow particular hashtags. Astute tweeting on a popular hashtag by a lot of personas acting in unison could easily be used to divert people away from what was really happening.



Humans Killing Bees? Seems Likely

Many flowering plants that bees depend upon being wiped out due to human induced climate change – check.

Pesticides – check.

Genetically Modified plants – check.

This will end up killing? Planet? Could be.

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Bees Under Bombardment

• Increasing use of chemicals in agriculture, including ‘systemic insecticides’ and those used to coat seeds, is being found to be damaging or toxic to bees. Some can, in combination, be even more potent to pollinators, a phenomenon known as the ‘cocktail effect’



Over drugged poultry may kill us

New study coming out will show again that factory farming and overuse of drug on poultry is producing bacteria that can kill us because they are resistant to medicines used to fight bacteria harmful to humans. I don’t know if buying local will help. Not eating poultry products sold on mass market might help and just not eating poultry and eggs can certainly help protect you and the planet. Industrial poultry farming is unhealthy for everyone: poultry, people and the planet. It is producing superbugs and avian influenza and perhaps the next mass killing pandemic.

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Drug-resistant bacteria: To humans from farms via food

Show us the science that use of antibiotics in animal production is causing this antibiotic resistance,” Dave Warner of the National Pork Council
Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Chickens, chicken meat and humans in the Netherlands are carrying identical, highly drug-resistant E. coli — resistance that is apparently moving from poultry raised with antibiotics, to humans, via food.
The case has been proven on the population level: populations of chickens, collections of chicken meat, populations of humans. If you look at the 30 years of research on this question, it’s been proven time and time again.



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