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Monday, January 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Ambitious Plans for Nuclear Energy | Neutron Bytes

Saudi Arabia’s Ambitious Plans for Nuclear Energy | Neutron Bytes: It’s not clear that the plans will work as expected in terms of the announced timeline of completing 16 reactors (17.6 Gwe) by 2032. The cost of the program is close to $90 billion which over a period of more than two decades for a feasible schedule would involve a significant diversion of oil revenue…

2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza – LobeLog

2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza – LobeLog

A Modest Proposal for Striking North Korea

A Modest Proposal for Striking North Korea: The target? The country’s most secure sh*thole.

(15) Change your channel - Mallence Bart Williams TEDtalks Berlin - YouTube

(15) Change your channel - Mallence Bart Williams TEDtalks Berlin - YouTube

Kim Jong-un is Playing with His Prey (Us) – THE WEICHERT REPORT

Kim Jong-un is Playing with His Prey (Us) – THE WEICHERT REPORT

DoE's Compensation Scheme for Coal and Nuclear is Dead. Now What? - The Energy Collective

DoE's Compensation Scheme for Coal and Nuclear is Dead. Now What? - The Energy Collective

Charting Gas and Oil's Future in a Decarbonizing World - The Energy Collective

Charting Gas and Oil's Future in a Decarbonizing World - The Energy Collective

Trump's Coal Revival Nothing More Than Talk According to EIA Data - The Energy Collective

Trump's Coal Revival Nothing More Than Talk According to EIA Data - The Energy Collective

Tulsi Gabbard: Hawaii Alert Underscores Need for Korea Talks | Time

Tulsi Gabbard: Hawaii Alert Underscores Need for Korea Talks | Time: Hawaii Senator Tulsi Gabbard says the false missile alert underscores the urgent need for Donald Trump to negotiate with North Korea

#FusionCollusion – Congress Takes 3-Prong Approach To Surround Corrupt Intelligence and Justice Officials… | The Last Refuge

#FusionCollusion – Congress Takes 3-Prong Approach To Surround Corrupt Intelligence and Justice Officials… | The Last Refuge: There is an interesting dynamic unfolding with White Hats and Black Hats amid the story of how political forces within the DOJ and FBI conspired with Clinton allies in the 2016 presidential election, ie. "The Trump Operation". [Hi Glenn, Jim, Andy] Back-story - There are two central components: ♦First, corruption within the DOJ and FBI…

Understanding FISA-702(16)(17) And How It Was Used in 2016…. | The Last Refuge

Understanding FISA-702(16)(17) And How It Was Used in 2016…. | The Last Refuge: Consider this an addendum "break out" thread, a reference of sorts, to help prepare people for the upcoming week and discussions about FISA-702. We’ll break down the term: “ FISA-702(16)(17) ” into the elements that will help you make sense of this story in the future. FISA – Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act 702 – An…

The Devil is in the Diablo | Power Line

The Devil is in the Diablo | Power Line

Paradise Papers revealed 'commoditisation' of tax avoidance | News | The Guardian

Paradise Papers revealed 'commoditisation' of tax avoidance | News | The Guardian: Tax office says its investigation of the data leak has already identified 731 individuals and 344 corporate entities

A Modest Proposal for Striking North Korea

A Modest Proposal for Striking North Korea: The target? The country’s most secure sh*thole.

Will 2018 see MbS stake a claim to greatness? - Gulf House for Studies and Publishing

Will 2018 see MbS stake a claim to greatness? - Gulf House for Studies and Publishing

How JFK Saved MLK’s Life And So Won The Presidency

Greg Palast | Investigative Reporter: Greg Palast tells of a little told story on how Robert F Kennedy and John F Kennedy saved Martin Luther King Jr's life and won the Presidency.

A woman's choice - sexual favours or lose her home - BBC News

A woman's choice - sexual favours or lose her home - BBC News: Across the US, sexual harassment in the housing industry can drive poor women into homelessness.

The Quran Says Jerusalem Belongs to the Jews

The Quran Says Jerusalem Belongs to the Jews

by Saied Shoaaib  •  January 15, 2018 at 4:30 am
  • Quranic passages clearly illustrate the Jews' imperative to enter the land of Israel.
  • And [mention, O Muhammad], when Moses said to his people, "O my people, remember the favor of Allah [God] upon you when He appointed among you prophets and made you possessors and gave you that which He had not given anyone among the worlds. O my people, enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned to you and do not turn back and [thus] become losers." — Quran, Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:20-21.
  • According to verses in the Quran, God punishes the Jews for their sin of refusing to fight the indigenous people in the land, and God is angry that the Jews refused to convert to Islam. Yet the verses are consistent in their assertion that God gave the Jews the Holy Land.
An aerial view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and much of Jerusalem's Old City. (Image source: Andrew Shiva/Wikipedia)
Following U.S. President Donald Trump's December 6 official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Muslims around the world held angry demonstrations, during which they chanted slogans about Jerusalem "belonging to Muslims." This ought to seem odd to anyone versed in Islamic scripture, since the Quran specifically states that God promised the land of Israel, including Jerusalem, to the Jews.
Although ordinary Muslims who might not actually have read their holy book could be excused for their ignorance about the Jewish roots of and rights to Israel and Jerusalem, the same cannot be said for the leaders of Muslim countries, imams and the heads of illustrious Islamic institutions. Dignitaries and scholars of that caliber should know better. Yet many of them repeat false assertions that contradict the Quran and scholarly interpretations of its verses.

America is spiritually bankrupt. We must fight back together | Cornel West | Opinion | The Guardian

America is spiritually bankrupt. We must fight back together | Cornel West | Opinion | The Guardian: The undeniable collapse of integrity, honesty and decency in our public and private life has fueled racial hatred and contempt

What it was Like Thinking a Ballistic Missile was Speeding Toward Us in Hawaii

What it was Like Thinking a Ballistic Missile was Speeding Toward Us in Hawaii

President Trump’s ‘Friends’ in Saudi Arabia | The American Conservative

President Trump’s ‘Friends’ in Saudi Arabia | The American Conservative

Detroit Auto Show May Be Celebrating an Era About to End - The New York Times

Detroit Auto Show May Be Celebrating an Era About to End - The New York Times: Three years of record sales mask signs that harder times lie ahead: bigger incentives, more fleet purchases and higher used-car values.

Focus on Fracking: one cold snap burns 11.5% of US natural gas supplies; 8 more weeks like that and our gas storage will be totally empty

Focus on Fracking: one cold snap burns 11.5% of US natural gas supplies; 8 more weeks like that and our gas storage will be totally empty

Global Economy to Edge Up to 3.1 percent in 2018 but Future Potential Growth a Concern

Global Economy to Edge Up to 3.1 percent in 2018 but Future Potential Growth a Concern: Global Economy to Edge Up to 3.1 percent in 2018 but Future Potential Growth a Worry

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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Trump is America's Plumber - American Greatness

Trump is America's Plumber - American Greatness

North Korea's ICBMs: How long they'd take to hit US cities and bases - Business Insider

North Korea's ICBMs: How long they'd take to hit US cities and bases - Business Insider: The Russian military has been diversifying its nuclear capabilities for decades.

Russia Has Underwater Nuclear Drones, Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal

Russia Has Underwater Nuclear Drones, Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal: The Russian military has been diversifying its nuclear capabilities for decades.

Russia Has Underwater Nuclear Drones, Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal

Russia Has Underwater Nuclear Drones, Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal: Nazareth: A Condition Of The Heart – A Sermon On John 1:43-51

Nazareth: A Condition Of The Heart – A Sermon On John 1:43-51


Nazareth: A Condition Of The Heart – A Sermon On John 1:43-51


https://interruptingthesilence.com/2018/01/14/nazareth-a-condition-of-the-heart-a-sermon-on-john-143-51/

Berkeley Is Collapsing in on Itself | The American Conservative

Berkeley Is Collapsing in on Itself | The American Conservative

“It All Depends on What Oprah Does”: Why Bernie Sanders Democrats Are Raining on the Oprah Parade | Vanity Fair

“It All Depends on What Oprah Does”: Why Bernie Sanders Democrats Are Raining on the Oprah Parade | Vanity Fair: And why other prospective candidates, who don’t want to peak too early, may want her to linger.

The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers

The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers: How can the rhetoric about Trump from Democratic leaders be reconciled with their actions to protect his unchecked power to spy on Americans?

The Mystery of the Exiled Billionaire Whistle-Blower - The New York Times

The Mystery of the Exiled Billionaire Whistle-Blower - The New York Times: From a penthouse on Central Park, Guo Wengui has exposed a phenomenal web of corruption in China’s ruling elite — if, that is, he’s telling the truth.

Ready or Not for the Next Recession? by Barry Eichengreen - Project Syndicate

Ready or Not for the Next Recession? by Barry Eichengreen - Project Syndicate: Policymakers normally respond to recessions by cutting interest rates, reducing taxes, and boosting transfers to the unemployed and other casualties of the downturn. But, for a combination of economic and political reasons, the US, in particular, is singularly ill-prepared to respond normally.

Careers and Families of High-Skilled Women in the Age of High Inequality | naked capitalism

Careers and Families of High-Skilled Women in the Age of High Inequality | naked capitalism: Who'd have thunk it? Cheap servants mean high income career women have more kids.

J.P. Morgan Health Conference All About The Deals Amid Uncertainty For Millions | naked capitalism

J.P. Morgan Health Conference All About The Deals Amid Uncertainty For Millions | naked capitalism: There’s so much money floating around here this week, you can almost see it wafting through the air.

Barakah will be the first nuclear energy plant in the Arab world, setting new global standards: ENEC CEO | ZAWYA UAE Edition

Barakah will be the first nuclear energy plant in the Arab world, setting new global standards: ENEC CEO | ZAWYA UAE Edition: TOKYO -- Toshiba is working on a way to reduce its tax burden by up to 440 billion yen ($3.96 billion) for the fiscal year through March, something th

Toshiba seeks $4bn in tax relief by selling Westinghouse assets- Nikkei Asian Review

Toshiba seeks $4bn in tax relief by selling Westinghouse assets- Nikkei Asian Review: TOKYO -- Toshiba is working on a way to reduce its tax burden by up to 440 billion yen ($3.96 billion) for the fiscal year through March, something th

The Illusion of Strategy in Afghanistan: No Change in Pakistan’s Malice - The Globalist

The Illusion of Strategy in Afghanistan: No Change in Pakistan’s Malice - The Globalist: Pakistan’s machinations and America’s past delusions pose obstacles to a successful strategic outcome for the war In Afghanistan.

Donald Trump and His Banana Republic - The Globalist

Donald Trump and His Banana Republic - The Globalist: To Trump, the broad masses of the American people are ultimately no better than Mexico’s poor. All he really desires is the approval of the billionaire class.

Germans Tackling Exploding Anti-Semitism?

Germans Tackling Exploding Anti-Semitism?: The teachers always hear from some of the Muslim students that the Jews must have been responsible for the way they were treated in the Holocaust because they had opposed the Nazi regime. The situation demands an immediate review of policies and laws

Turkey, the Arab World Is Just Not That into You


Turkey, the Arab World Is Just Not That into You

by Burak Bekdil  •  January 14, 2018 at 4:30 am
  • Sunni Arabs do not wish to revisit their Ottoman colonial past. Still, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists.
  • A poll by Zogby found that 67% of Egyptians, 65% of Saudis, 59% of UAE citizens, and 70% of Iraqis had an unfavorable opinion of Turkey.
  • For the Sunni Saudis, the Turks were allies only if they could be of use in fighting Shiite Iran or its proxies, such as the Iraqi government or the Syrian regime. Meanwhile, as Turkey, together with Qatar, kept on championing and giving logistical support to Hamas, an Iranian satellite, Saudi Arabia and Egypt distanced themselves from the Palestinian cause and consequently from Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Antalya, Turkey, during a time of better Turkish-Saudi relations, on November 15, 2015. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
He runs around in a fake fire extinguisher's outfit, holding a silly hose in his hands and knocking on neighbors' doors to put out the fire in their homes. "Go away," his neighbors keep telling him. "There is no fire here!" I am the person to put out that fire, he insists, as doors keep shutting on his face. That was more or less how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's neo-Ottoman, pro-ummah (Islamic community), "Big Brother" game has looked in the Middle East.
After years of trial and failure Erdogan does not understand that his services are not wanted in the Muslim neighborhood: The Iranians are too Shiite to trust his Sunni Islamism; the (mostly Sunni) Kurds' decades-long dispute with the Turks is more ethnic than religious; and Sunni Arabs do not wish to revisit their Ottoman colonial past. Still, Erdogan insists.

"Oh You Cross-Worshippers, We'll Kill You All" Muslim Persecution of Christians, August 2017

"Oh You Cross-Worshippers, We'll Kill You All"
Muslim Persecution of Christians, August 2017

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  January 14, 2018 at 5:00 am
  • A popular Arabic-language newspaper attacked Morocco's Christian activists for their faith and ended with the message: the "Koran requires the killing of apostates." — Morocco.
  • Muhammad and the imam tracked down the boy and attacked him again. When a passerby saw the violence and contacted police, "instead of protecting the teenager from his attackers, [police] arrested and booked him into prison on blasphemy charges." Hours later, the imam and "a mob of more than 300 Muslim fundamentalists surrounded the prison, and called for a public lynching of Stephen." — Pakistan.
  • Sweden decided to deport a female Iranian convert to Christianity. When the convert, Aideen Strandsson, pleaded that in Iran she could face the death penalty as an apostate, Swedish officials told her, "it's not our problem if you decided to become a Christian, and it's your problem." Meanwhile, Sweden continues accepting Muslim refugees.
  • In the name of "fighting terrorism," Bangladesh made changes to a law that forced approximately 200 Christian organizations to shut down.
Sweden recently decided to deport Aideen Strandsson, a female Iranian convert to Christianity. When Strandsson pleaded that in Iran she could face the death penalty as an apostate, Swedish officials told her, "it's not our problem if you decided to become a Christian, and it's your problem." (Image source: Facebook/Aideen Strandsson)
A document drafted by members of the global Christian community convening at the 3rd International Christian Forum, held in Moscow, detailed how over the past ten years the Middle East's Christian population has shrunk by 80% and warned that unless current trends are reversed, Christianity "will vanish" from its ancient homelands in a few years' time. Around the year 2000, there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq; today there are only 100,000 -- roughly a 93% percent drop, the document notes. In Syria, the largest cities "have lost almost all of their Christian population."
Other experts offered similarly dismal statistics. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts, had predicted that by 2025, the percentage of Christians in the Middle East — which in 1910 was 13.6% — could go down to around 3%.

Holy Father: Church’s Four Verbs for Foreigners – ZENIT – English

Holy Father: Church’s Four Verbs for Foreigners – ZENIT – English

Pope Repeats Call to Welcome Migrants – ZENIT – English

Pope Repeats Call to Welcome Migrants – ZENIT – English

THE LORD IS CALLING. CAN YOU HEAR? - Come Into The Word with Sarah Christmyer | Bible Study | Lectio Divina | Journals | Retreat

THE LORD IS CALLING. CAN YOU HEAR? - Come Into The Word with Sarah Christmyer | Bible Study | Lectio Divina | Journals | Retreat: "Come and see!" The Lord's call to the disciples come to us too. What does it take, to hear and see him? Here's warning and hope from 1 Samuel 3

Congress Addresses Iran and Israel/Palestine – LobeLog

Congress Addresses Iran and Israel/Palestine – LobeLog

Polls about climate change point to a dark truth

Polls about climate change point to a dark truth: Summary: As we approach the 30th anniversary of the climate change campaign in America, let's examine the results -- and see why so much money and effort has been expended for so little result. Let's learn to do better. The 30th anniversary of the climate change campaign On 23 June 1988 Dr. James Hansen of…

Hawaii False Alarm Hints at Thin Line Between Mishap and Nuclear War - The New York Times

Hawaii False Alarm Hints at Thin Line Between Mishap and Nuclear War - The New York Times: Security experts called it a frightening warning of how a technical error could trigger an unintended conflict with North Korea.

The “Shithole Countries”—and the Rest of the World—Respond to President Trump | The New Yorker

The “Shithole Countries”—and the Rest of the World—Respond to President Trump | The New Yorker: Robin Wright on Donald Trump’s racist “shithole countries” comment and the damage it has done to America’s image in Haiti, Africa, and the rest of the world.

Of Crudeness and Truth | City Journal

Of Crudeness and Truth | City Journal

Saturday, January 13, 2018

After drubbing by Dutch press, U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra apologizes for anti-Muslim remark: “I am shocked I said that.” - The Washington Post

After drubbing by Dutch press, U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra apologizes for anti-Muslim remark: “I am shocked I said that.” - The Washington Post: Pete Hoekstra said he was wrong to voice unsupported theories about Muslim “no-go zones” and politicians being “burned” in Europe in the past.

Home | World Inequality Report 2018

Home | World Inequality Report 2018

Chart of the Week #1: Is the Elephant Graph Flattening Out? | Center For Global Development

Chart of the Week #1: Is the Elephant Graph Flattening Out? | Center For Global Development: The World Inequality Report updates and extends the famous elephant curve, showing slower gains for much of the globe, and even more concentration of economic growth in the top 1 percent.

African Ambassadors to Convene in Wake of Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Outburst – Foreign Policy

African Ambassadors to Convene in Wake of Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Outburst – Foreign Policy

Major Blow: Top German Economist Shows 'Energiewende' Can Never Work! | Climate Dispatch

Major Blow: Top German Economist Shows 'Energiewende' Can Never Work! | Climate Dispatch: Germany’s once highly promoted 'Energiewende' (transition to green power) has been given a grade of 'F' by a renowned economics professor.

Statement by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Statement by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal

The Vatican tries to reduce the revived global threat of nuclear war | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The Vatican tries to reduce the revived global threat of nuclear war | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: With the demise of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, many experts felt that the threat of nuclear war had receded. In 1986, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, almost agreed to eliminate their nuclear arsenals altogether. Of course, they didn’t. They did, however, agree to eliminate all intermediate-range missiles under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), and discussed a possible strategic arms agreement.

Trump's draft plan for nuclear weapons is a terrifying document - Business Insider

Trump's draft plan for nuclear weapons is a terrifying document - Business Insider: A document leaked to HuffPost reveals that the Trump administration is pushing for "low-yield" nukes, a move that may spur the proliferation of atomic weapons.

Nuclear war became more likely this week | Robert Andersen and Martin J Sherwin | Opinion | The Guardian

Nuclear war became more likely this week | Robert Andersen and Martin J Sherwin | Opinion | The Guardian: The Trump administration’s nuclear policy review loosens constraints on the use of nuclear weapons. We should all be worried

Justice Department May Have Something Big in the Works: Over 9,000 Sealed Indictments | Jeff Sessions | Marc Ruskin | FBI | The Epoch Times

Justice Department May Have Something Big in the Works: Over 9,000 Sealed Indictments | Jeff Sessions | Marc Ruskin | FBI | The Epoch Times

US Indicts Co-President of Uranium Shipping Company Over Alleged Bribery of Russian Official | DOJ | Jeff Sessions | Uranium One | The Epoch Times

US Indicts Co-President of Uranium Shipping Company Over Alleged Bribery of Russian Official | DOJ | Jeff Sessions | Uranium One | The Epoch Times

Indian Point nuclear plant workers authorize a strike

Indian Point nuclear plant workers authorize a strike: As their contract expires some 300 plus Indian Point nuclear plant workers are poised to strike over wages and their future as the plant eyes closure

Nunes charges 'abuse' of government surveillance by FBI and Justice officials


Nunes charges 'abuse' of government surveillance by FBI and Justice officials


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/12/nunes-charges-abuse-government-surveillance-by-fbi-and-justice-officials.html

The Democrats Have a “Dossier” Problem, and It Will Not Go Away…

The Democrats Have a “Dossier” Problem, and It Will Not Go Away…


https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/01/12/the-democrats-have-a-dossier-problem-and-it-will-not-go-away/

Plutocratic Insurgency Note No. 9: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—Class Warfare ‘Red Line’ Crossed

Plutocratic Insurgency Note No. 9: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—Class Warfare ‘Red Line’ Crossed


http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/plutocratic-insurgency-note-no-9-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act%E2%80%94class-warfare-%E2%80%98red-line%E2%80%99-crossed

The Persecution of Julian Assange

 The Persecution of Julian Assange
http://www.unz.com/proberts/the-persecution-of-julian-assange/

Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related to Foreign Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme | OPA | Department of Justice

Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related to Foreign Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme | OPA | Department of Justice

Why don't more people serve? The US is launching a commission to find out

Why don't more people serve? The US is launching a commission to find out: Eleven commissioners will travel the country in 2018-19 to learn how to increase military and civic service.

Transcript of Donald Trump Interview With The Wall Street Journal - WSJ

Transcript of Donald Trump Interview With The Wall Street Journal - WSJ: President Donald Trump sat down for an interview Thursday with four reporters from The Wall Street Journal. Here is a transcript.

A 94-Million-Year-Old Warning About the Ocean’s Future - The Atlantic

A 94-Million-Year-Old Warning About the Ocean’s Future - The Atlantic: The ocean is suffocating—but not for the first time.

Trump’s Demand to Rewrite Iran Deal Tests a Weakened Diplomatic Corps - The New York Times

Trump’s Demand to Rewrite Iran Deal Tests a Weakened Diplomatic Corps - The New York Times: FERC’s Rejection Of DOE’s Pro-Coal And Nuclear Proposal Shows Evidence Can Still Trump Politics

FERC’s Rejection Of DOE’s Pro-Coal And Nuclear Proposal Shows Evidence Can Still Trump Politics


FERC’s Rejection Of DOE’s Pro-Coal And Nuclear Proposal Shows Evidence Can Still Trump Politics


https://breakingenergy.com/2018/01/12/fercs-rejection-of-does-pro-coal-and-nuclear-proposal-shows-evidence-can-still-trump-politics/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy+Newsletters+Master+List&utm_campaign=6513789504-MAILCHIMP_BD_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_88392479a3-6513789504-411632309

Why do we let immigrants from ‘holes’ into our country? Because of people like this. - The Washington Post

Why do we let immigrants from ‘holes’ into our country? Because of people like this. - The Washington Post: People like Ngozi and Nicky Anosike renew our energy and values.

There’s Work Aplenty in the Trades, but Stigma Abounds

There’s Work Aplenty in the Trades, but Stigma Abounds

Exclusive: Here Is A Draft Of Trump’s Nuclear Review. He Wants A Lot More Nukes. | HuffPost

Exclusive: Here Is A Draft Of Trump’s Nuclear Review. He Wants A Lot More Nukes. | HuffPost: As their contract expires some 300 plus Indian Point nuclear plant workers are poised to strike over wages and their future as the plant eyes closure

Friday, January 12, 2018

Indian Point nuclear plant workers authorize a strike

Indian Point nuclear plant workers authorize a strike: As their contract expires some 300 plus Indian Point nuclear plant workers are poised to strike over wages and their future as the plant eyes closure

What did the men with Donald Trump do when he spoke of ‘shithole countries’? - The Washington Post

What did the men with Donald Trump do when he spoke of ‘shithole countries’? - The Washington Post: Is America able to pass the “dinner table” test anymore?

» The Peter Hoekstra Fall Out Continues, Long-Form Interview With a Dutch Outlet Coming Soon Diplopundit

» The Peter Hoekstra Fall Out Continues, Long-Form Interview With a Dutch Outlet Coming Soon Diplopundit: Posted: 2:47 am ET Follow @Diplopundithttps://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js   The last year, we've seen the State Department officially distanced itself from public comments made by its official representative in Israel.  On September 11, 2017, the State Department had to distance itself from a comment made by its top representative in Israel (see @StateDept: Ambassador Friedman’s comment “does not…

US ambassador to Panama says he cannot serve Trump - BBC News

US ambassador to Panama says he cannot serve Trump - BBC News: John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps pilot, said he was "honour-bound" to quit.

Don't Diagnose President Trump – Respond to Him

Don't Diagnose President Trump – Respond to Him: The 1964 presidential election was the second in which I voted. Lyndon Johnson who had succeeded John Kennedy, was running against Barry Goldwater. I didn't like either candidate: Johnson's personal characteristics were obnoxious, though he had achieved

Trump, the Deplorables, and the Aforementioned "Sh-thole"

Trump, the Deplorables, and the Aforementioned "Sh-thole"


https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/trump-the-deplorables-and-the-aforementioned-sh-thole/

Trump Accuses FBI Agent of ‘Treason’ - WSJ

Trump Accuses FBI Agent of ‘Treason’ - WSJ: I Started the Media Men List

My name is Moira Donegan.

I Started the Media Men List My name is Moira Donegan.

I Started the Media Men List

My name is Moira Donegan.

https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/moira-donegan-i-started-the-media-men-list.html?utm_source=Weekly+Longreads+Email&utm_campaign=eadb43ec8c-Longreads_Top_5_January_12_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd2ad42066-eadb43ec8c-239031537&mc_cid=eadb43ec8c&mc_eid=9528811089

The Encyclopedia of the Missing

The Encyclopedia of the Missing: She keeps watch over one of the largest databases of missing persons in the country. For Meaghan Good, the disappeared are still out here, you just have to know where to look.

The Encyclopedia of the Missing

The Encyclopedia of the Missing: She keeps watch over one of the largest databases of missing persons in the country. For Meaghan Good, the disappeared are still out here, you just have to know where to look.

Trump Says Might Reconsider US Return to Paris Climate Deal | Asharq AL-awsat

Trump Says Might Reconsider US Return to Paris Climate Deal | Asharq AL-awsat: Middle-East Arab News and Opinion - Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities

2017 Was a Year of Record-Breaking Climate Events | Inter Press Service

2017 Was a Year of Record-Breaking Climate Events | Inter Press Service

The Reality of North Korea as a Nuclear Power | Inter Press Service

The Reality of North Korea as a Nuclear Power | Inter Press Service

These are the House members who voted to extend NSA spying and reject privacy reforms | ZDNet

These are the House members who voted to extend NSA spying and reject privacy reforms | ZDNet: And nearly all of them are up for re-election later this year.

Little Rocket Man Wins the Round | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Little Rocket Man Wins the Round | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Sorting Out U.S. And European Differences Over Iran


Sorting Out U.S. And European Differences Over Iran

By By Jay Solomon,   /  January 11, 2018 10:00 AM

Their wildly divergent responses to Iran’s protests may be the first salvos in an imminent standoff over the future of the nuclear agreement and international sanctions. If the international response thus far is any indicator, Iran’s protests risk driving a wedge between the United States and Europe, potentially imperiling the West’s ability to forge a
Keep reading →https://breakingenergy.com/2018/01/11/sorting-out-u-s-and-european-differences-over-iran/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy+Newsletters+Master+List&utm_campaign=e3f19ef898-MAILCHIMP_BD_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_88392479a3-e3f19ef898-411632309

On Oprah 2020, Prominent Neoconservative Continues to Live in Political Fantasyland - David Keene

On Oprah 2020, Prominent Neoconservative Continues to Live in Political Fantasyland - David Keene: Hollywood is atwitter at the very thought that Oprah Winfrey might be willing to carry the progressive banner into the 2020 presidential race..01/12/2018 12:27:19PM EST.

London embassy: Trump cancels London trip, blames Obama administration incorrectly - CBS News

London embassy: Trump cancels London trip, blames Obama administration incorrectly - CBS News: Tweets he thinks U.S. made bad deal when it decided to move embassy to new building, but decision came under George W. Bush

America’s Retreat: Russian and Chinese Leadership in the Middle East (Part I) | MIR

America’s Retreat: Russian and Chinese Leadership in the Middle East (Part I) | MIR

Yes, North Korea could drive a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea - The Washington Post

Yes, North Korea could drive a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea - The Washington Post: The military alliance is strong. The political alliance is a different story.

America’s Retreat: Russian and Chinese Leadership in the Middle East (Part II)


America’s Retreat: Russian and Chinese Leadership in the Middle East (Part II) 

Editor’s Note: This article is the second of a two-part series on the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) shifting power dynamics. In Part I, Chanko explores the reasons behind the United States’ waning influence in the region.

https://www.mironline.ca/americas-retreat-russian-chinese-leadership-middle-east-part-ii/

US caught in crossfire amid flaring Jordan-Saudi tensions

US caught in crossfire amid flaring Jordan-Saudi tensions: US Vice President Mike Pence will face flaring tensions between Saudi Arabia and Jordan over Amman’s alleged ouster of royals close to Riyadh during his upcoming trip to the region.

Flash - Palestinians to meet to discuss Trump Jerusalem response - France 24

Flash - Palestinians to meet to discuss Trump Jerusalem response - France 24

U.S. Counterterrorism Forces Are Active in Many More Places Than You Know | The Report: Opinion | US News

U.S. Counterterrorism Forces Are Active in Many More Places Than You Know | The Report: Opinion | US News: American counterterrorism forces are active in 40 percent of the world's countries – and their presence comes with striking repercussions.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

America’s Connection with Zionism – Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

America’s Connection with Zionism – Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

California’s last nuclear plant to close after unanimous vote by regulators - San Francisco Chronicle

California’s last nuclear plant to close after unanimous vote by regulators - San Francisco Chronicle

Walking Back War in Korea – LobeLog

Walking Back War in Korea – LobeLog

Ceding Diplomatic Leadership to Russia

 

Ceding Diplomatic Leadership to Russia


http://lobelog.com/ceding-diplomatic-leadership-to-russia/#more-42785

‘White-Informed Civility’ Is the Latest Target in the Campus Wars


‘White-Informed Civility’ Is the Latest Target in the Campus Wars

The rules of collegiate debate are also coming under attack as racist and patriarchal.


https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-informed-civility-is-the-latest-target-in-the-campus-wars-1514938758

Flashing red metrics give the US Federal Reserve a reason to act

Flashing red metrics give the US Federal Reserve a reason to act: The right question is whether new risks to financial stability have arisen

The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortiumnews

The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortiumnews

U.S. to Double Down on Afghanistan With Drones, Troops - WSJ

U.S. to Double Down on Afghanistan With Drones, Troops - WSJ: The Pentagon is planning to intensify the Trump administration’s new approach in Afghanistan by reallocating drones and other hardware while sending in approximately 1,000 new combat advisers.

Islam Will Be the Second-Biggest U.S. Religion by 2040

Islam Will Be the Second-Biggest U.S. Religion by 2040: The continued growth is being fueled by high fertility rates and immigration, according to Pew.

New York City is divesting from fossil fuel companies - Business Insider

New York City is divesting from fossil fuel companies - Business Insider: The city alleges the fossil fuel industry was aware for decades that burning fuel was impacting climate change.

Oprah’s long history with junk science - Vox

Oprah’s long history with junk science - Vox: She may be the most powerful crank enabler on the planet.

What the Salvadorans Being Kicked Out by Trump Face Back Home | The New Yorker

What the Salvadorans Being Kicked Out by Trump Face Back Home | The New Yorker: A platform for future eVTOL aircraft

Boeing built a giant drone that can carry 500 pounds of cargo - The Verge

Boeing built a giant drone that can carry 500 pounds of cargo - The Verge: A platform for future eVTOL aircraft

Venture Capital Funding Trends Report 2017

Venture Capital Funding Trends Report 2017: PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights' 2017 VC report highlights the latest trends in venture capital funding globally.

Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley for Riches Back Home - Bloomberg

Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley for Riches Back Home - Bloomberg: An exodus triggered by abundant capital, growing innovation and flourishing career opportunities

New York City Is Building for a Future of Flooding - MIT Technology Review

New York City Is Building for a Future of Flooding - MIT Technology Review: Coastal areas of the northeastern U.S. could experience huge increases in sea level by 2100, and its largest city is already preparing.

The Latest: Oil companies dispute climate lawsuit claims

The Latest: Oil companies dispute climate lawsuit claims: NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York City's actions on oil investments, and lawsuit against oil companies over climate change (all times local):
2:30 p.m.

A New Industrial Hack Highlights the Cyber Holes in Our Infrastructure - MIT Technology Review

A New Industrial Hack Highlights the Cyber Holes in Our Infrastructure - MIT Technology Review:   Freshly discovered malware called Triton can compromise safety systems that control many kinds of industrial processes. For years, security experts have been warning that hackers can disable systems that control critical infrastructure we all rely on, such as dams and power plants. Now researchers at Mandiant, which is part of the security firm FireEye, have revealed that a new form of malware, dubbed Triton, closed down the operations of a business in the Middle East belonging to Schneider Electric, a French company. The researchers say that they haven’t attributed the hack to a particular attacker, but they do say it bore hallmarks of threats from a nation-state. Triton appears to have targeted a so-called safety instrumented system, or SIS, which monitors the operation of a physical process using sensors and acoustics. By taking control of it, hackers can destroy or damage the process the SIS is monitoring by tricking it into thinking everything’s normal, when in fact the process is operating at unsafe levels. In Schneider Electric’s case, hackers were able to compromise an SIS workstation. Mandiant’s investigators think they intended to use the breach to cause damage to the p

Hackers Could Blow Up Factories Using Smartphone Apps - MIT Technology Review

Hackers Could Blow Up Factories Using Smartphone Apps - MIT Technology Review: Researchers have found worrying security holes in apps companies use to control industrial processes.

The Islamization of Germany in 2017: Part I

The Islamization of Germany in 2017: Part I

by Soeren Kern  •  January 11, 2018 at 5:00 am
  • "As a refugee, it is difficult to find a girlfriend." — Asif M., a 26-year-old asylum seeker from Pakistan, responding to charges that he had raped one woman and attempted to rape five others in Berlin.
  • Sudanese migrants, many of whom were allowed to enter Germany without having their fingerprints taken, have "created a business model" out of social security fraud. — Police in Lower Saxony.
  • Only 6,500 refugees of the more than one million who have been allowed into Germany during the past two years are enrolled in work training programs. — Federal Employment Agency.
  • The German Parliament approved a controversial law to fine social media networks up to €50 million euros ($57 million) if they fail to remove so-called hate speech. Critics said the purpose of the law is to silence criticism of the government's open-door migration policy.
Seyran Ates, a women's rights activist who has been hailed by some as the "champion of modern Islam," recently opened Germany's first "liberal mosque" in Berlin, and serves as its imam. Due to the outrage this caused in the Muslim world, Ates is now under 24-hour police protection. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
The Muslim population of Germany surpassed six million in 2017 to become approximately 7.2% of the overall population of 83 million, according to calculations by the Gatestone Institute.
A recent Pew Research Center study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe estimated that Germany's Muslim population had reached five million by the middle of 2016, but that number is short by at least a million.
Pew, for instance, "decided not to count" the more than one million Muslim asylum seekers who arrived in the country in 2015-2017 because "they are not expected to receive refugee status." European Union human rights laws, however, prohibit Germany from deporting many, if not most, of the refugees and asylum seekers back to conflict areas. As a result, most migrants who arrived in the country will almost certainly remain there over the long term.

A Wolff at the Door — Mort Report

A Wolff at the Door — Mort Report: SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – This is just my own point of view, but I’m pretty
clear about it after watching reaction to Michael Wolff’s neutron bomb,
Fire and Fury: We Americans, collectively, have gone out of our flipping
minds.

Wolff has spilled enough beans to bury Donald Trump, his clown-car inner
circle and the self-serving legislators who enable him. At least, you would
think.

But a 1980 Newsweek essay by Isaac Asimov is distressingly prescient at a
time when human habitats are simultaneously drying up and flooding while an
egomaniacal fool fingers a button that could blast a hole in our planet.

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has
been,” he wrote. “The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant
thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by
the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as
your knowledge.’”

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War Pay Another Good Year for Weapons Makers Is Guaranteed

War Pay
Another Good Year for Weapons Makers Is Guaranteed
By William D. Hartung
As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in “bigly” in his first year in office. They raked in tens of billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, while posting sharp stock price increases and healthy profits driven by the continuation and expansion of Washington’s post-9/11 wars. But last year’s bonanza is likely to be no more than a down payment on even better days to come for the military-industrial complex.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176372/tomgram%3A_william_d._hartung%2C_2018_looks_like_an_arms_bonanza/#more

How China put German rust-belt city on the map – POLITICO

How China put German rust-belt city on the map – POLITICO: Beijing’s effort to knit Eurasia together with rail links depends on a traditional trading hub.

China to fund base in Afghanistan - The Hindu

China to fund base in Afghanistan - The Hindu: Summary: Future historians might see the revolution in gender roles as the significant event of our time (i.e., "other stuff also happened"). But we make little effort to see how this might play out. Here are some of my guesses, very different from the pretty stories in the news media. Women are delaying marriage to…

A look at America’s future after marriage becomes rare

A look at America’s future after marriage becomes rare: Summary: Future historians might see the revolution in gender roles as the significant event of our time (i.e., "other stuff also happened"). But we make little effort to see how this might play out. Here are some of my guesses, very different from the pretty stories in the news media. Women are delaying marriage to…

The biggest Hillary Clinton scandal no one's talking about

The biggest Hillary Clinton scandal no one's talking about: The Committee to Defend the President has filed an FEC complaint accusing the Democratic establishment of using state chapters to circumvent...

Giving War Too Many Chances – Consortiumnews

Giving War Too Many Chances – Consortiumnews

Dan Simpson: Fire, fury and fumbling | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dan Simpson: Fire, fury and fumbling | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Rosenstein’s non-recusal might call into question elements of the Mueller investigation narrative.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A lone Wolff takes a bite of the US presidency

A lone Wolff takes a bite of the US presidency


https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lone-wolff-takes-bite-us-presidency-leon-hadar/

Rome’s “Empire Without End” and the “Endless” U.S. War on Terror

Rome’s “Empire Without End” and the “Endless” U.S. War on Terror: Three days after 9/11, as the Twin Towers continued to burn, a near-unanimous United States Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The lone dissenter, Representative…

Iran After Protests: Change Does Come – LobeLog

Iran After Protests: Change Does Come – LobeLog

Dancing to Russia’s Tune in Syria – Foreign Policy

Dancing to Russia’s Tune in Syria – Foreign Policy

Yemen Proves US Needs to Get a Handle on War-Making Powers - Antiwar.com Original

Yemen Proves US Needs to Get a Handle on War-Making Powers - Antiwar.com Original: With the Yemen War fast approaching its third anniversary, Afghanistan well into its 17th year, Iraq and Syria seemingly permanent US wars, and escalations - Jason Ditz for Antiwar.com Original

North Korea: Nuclear Missiles Aren’t Aimed at South Korea – News From Antiwar.com

North Korea: Nuclear Missiles Aren’t Aimed at South Korea – News From Antiwar.com

State Dept: Trump to Decide on Iran Nuclear Deal, Sanctions on Friday – News From Antiwar.com

State Dept: Trump to Decide on Iran Nuclear Deal, Sanctions on Friday – News From Antiwar.com

Russia dossier: Trump lawyer sues BuzzFeed for publishing document | US news | The Guardian

Russia dossier: Trump lawyer sues BuzzFeed for publishing document | US news | The Guardian: Lawsuit comes one year after news site published in full unverified claims about Russia collusion by former intelligence officer Christopher Steele

Tax Cuts and Wars Are Not Enough, Mr. President - American Greatness

Tax Cuts and Wars Are Not Enough, Mr. President - American Greatness

A Political Battle Over Dossiers, FISA Warrants and Surveillance, Clouds A Much Bigger Story… | The Last Refuge

A Political Battle Over Dossiers, FISA Warrants and Surveillance, Clouds A Much Bigger Story… | The Last Refuge: There is a lot of news amid national headlines but there is only one story. Unfortunately, that story is a complex multidimensional matrix of politics, law enforcement corruption, the DC swamp, and vested interests attempting to hide and manipulate facts, ie. The Russian Election/Collusion Story. What I am going to introduce today is how the…

Transcript raises questions about FBI's handling of Trump-Russia concerns


Transcript raises questions about FBI's handling of Trump-Russia concerns

Private investigator stopped cooperating with FBI as he suspected it had been compromised, his employer told committee

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/10/transcript-raises-questions-about-fbis-handling-of-trump-russia-concerns

After the tsunami: how tidal energy could help Japan with its nuclear power problem

After the tsunami: how tidal energy could help Japan with its nuclear power problem: Unsurprisingly, the Japanese feel ambivalent about nuclear power, but part of their energy needs could be answered by the country's tidal potential.

Judge prevents Trump from reversing Obama DACA policy

Judge prevents Trump from reversing Obama DACA policy: Another case of the Judiciary wrestling policy making authority away from the Trump Executive Branch

The Coming Year in Special Ops - Antiwar.com Original

The Coming Year in Special Ops - Antiwar.com Original: Originally posted at TomDispatch. If you want to know something about life in America these days, consider how New York Times columnist David Leonhardt beg - Nick Turse for Antiwar.com Original

The Most Important Country the US Military Has Conquered – Antiwar.com Blog

The Most Important Country the US Military Has Conquered – Antiwar.com Blog

Norman Finkelstein on the Many Lies Perpetuated About Gaza

Norman Finkelstein on the Many Lies Perpetuated About Gaza: One park in Mozambique lost 90 percent of its wildlife

When humans kill each other in war, wildlife dies too - The Verge

When humans kill each other in war, wildlife dies too - The Verge: One park in Mozambique lost 90 percent of its wildlife

Disturbing Things You Never Knew About North Korea's Nuclear Weapons | The National Interest Blog

Disturbing Things You Never Knew About North Korea's Nuclear Weapons | The National Interest Blog: Like how many people Kim could kill if he nuked Seoul.

Bishop Barron: The Call of Samuel

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Basketball helps priests teach New Jersey students about vocations

Basketball helps priests teach New Jersey students about vocations: Six priests played a game of basketball for students at a local Catholic high school — all with the intention to teach about vocations.

The Myth of the Limited Strike on North Korea | Foreign Affairs

The Myth of the Limited Strike on North Korea | Foreign Affairs: A limited strike would risk igniting a full-blown war on the Korean Peninsula.

Oprah Winfrey’s Shameful Comparison of Black Women’s Jim Crow Era Rape to that of Rich White Women…

Oprah Winfrey’s Shameful Comparison of Black Women’s Jim Crow Era Rape to that of Rich White Women…: I have to admit that I purposely ignored the Golden Globes and all of its Hollywood Rich Women’s #MeToo moments. However, I was more than insulted listening online this morning to Oprah compare the…

Report: 60+ Immigrants Killed After Being Deported, Despite Warnings to U.S. Officials - The Daily Beast

Report: 60+ Immigrants Killed After Being Deported, Despite Warnings to U.S. Officials - The Daily Beast: The quality of the opposition is deteriorating.

The Decline of Anti-Trumpism - The New York Times

The Decline of Anti-Trumpism - The New York Times: The quality of the opposition is deteriorating.

Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson's Senate Judiciary Testimony Released : NPR

Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson's Senate Judiciary Testimony Released : NPR: Glenn Simpson testified before the committee in August and recently called for a transcript to be made public. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., posted the material on Tuesday.

Trump’s Policies Offer Plutocracy on Steroids, Not Economic Populism | The Nation

Trump’s Policies Offer Plutocracy on Steroids, Not Economic Populism | The Nation: Democrats must expose the president’s broken promise to working people.

When Intelligence Agencies Make Backroom Deals With the Media, Democracy Loses

When Intelligence Agencies Make Backroom Deals With the Media, Democracy Loses: Longstanding backchannels remain unseen.

Divided, We Stand: Golden Globes Sets the Tone for Faux Feminism in 2018

Divided, We Stand: Golden Globes Sets the Tone for Faux Feminism in 2018: A year ago, Meryl Streep delivered an impassioned political speech at the Golden Globe Awards. Her speech was largely hailed as an act of dissent by the mainstream media and liberal elite. This year, Hollywood A-listers once again graced us with their political engagement by dressing in all black as an act of solidarity with sexual assault victims and to fight gender inequality. Their goal was to continue the conversation that started months ago. Those who joined the crusade included Hollywood’s heavy hitters: Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, among many others.

China: The Aging Dragon | naked capitalism

China: The Aging Dragon | naked capitalism: The weight of the policies from previous decades hangs over China as it attempts to confront an upcoming demographic crisis

Here are the best and worst US cities for tech professionals to live in 2018 - TechRepublic

Here are the best and worst US cities for tech professionals to live in 2018 - TechRepublic: US metro areas were judged based off of metrics like STEM job openings and average wages.

The King File: Sale of Westinghouse, Detective Fiction, Trebek, Etc.

The King File: Sale of Westinghouse, Detective Fiction, Trebek, Etc.

What Kind Of Country Wants Oprah Versus The Donald For President?

What Kind Of Country Wants Oprah Versus The Donald For President?: What kind of country have we become that we like billionaire media stars with no political or government experience running for president? Citizens have responsibilities in the electoral process and we need to quit voting to make statements and start paying attention to policy and governing.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

How Not to Engage With Pakistan - The New York Times

How Not to Engage With Pakistan - The New York Times: Turkey is a NATO member, and its negotiations for the purchase of the Russian system have raised concerns with allies who say the country should invest in technology that is compatible with theirs.

Turkey makes deal to buy Russian-made S-400 air defense system

Turkey makes deal to buy Russian-made S-400 air defense system: Turkey is a NATO member, and its negotiations for the purchase of the Russian system have raised concerns with allies who say the country should invest in technology that is compatible with theirs.

Senate Judiciary Committee Interview with Glenn Simpson

 Senate Judiciary Committee Interview with Glenn Simpson

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4345511-Sen-Judiciary-interview-with-Glenn-Simpson.html

Is Liberal Zionism Dead?


Is Liberal Zionism Dead?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/08/opinion/liberal-zionism-jerusalem.html



Allan Brownfeld has sent the following letter to the editor of the New York Times:

To the editor,
      Congratulations to Michelle Goldberg for her column, "Is liberal Zionism dead?"
      She is surely correct in lamenting that Israel is moving away from a two-state solution and is now considering the annexation of the West Bank.  A "one-state solution" without giving the Palestinians equal rights would indeed create a state similar to apartheid-era South Africa.
      Where Ms. Goldberg may be wrong, however, is in assuming there was ever such a thing as "liberal Zionism."  From the beginning of the Zionist settlement, Zionist  leaders intended to dominate all of Palestine.  In the late 19th century, when Zionism began, Palestine had approximately 340,000 people, only 13,000, or 4% of whom were Jewish.  Even when the state of Israel was established by the U.N. in 1948, Jews constituted a minority of the population.
      In 1937, David Ben-Gurion revealed his strategy:  "After the formation of a large army in the wake of the establishment of the state, we will abolish partition and expand to the whole of Biblical Palestine..We will expel the Arabs and take their places."
      From the beginning, Zionism intended to dominate all of Palestine.  Sadly, in response to the Holocaust, Jews in America,who previously opposed Zionism, acquiesced.  In this sense , the indigenous population of Palestine may be said to be the final innocent victims of the Holocaust.
      Sadly, the moral integrity of Judaism has been challenged by support for such an enterprise.  For too many Jews in recent years, the state of Israel has become a virtual object of worship, a form of idolatry similar to the golden calf in the Bible. The idea of "liberal Zionism" is more a matter of wishful thinking than historical reality.
      Sincerely,
                  Allan C. Brownfeld,
                        Publications Editor, American Council for Judaism

Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” & White House Blunders | National Review

Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” & White House Blunders | National Review: The only point of interest in "Fire and Fury" is how someone like a Wolff in sheep’s clothing ever talked his way into the West Wing ...

Resistance, Nullification, Insurrection, Secession: Economy May Quell Trump Critics | National Review

Resistance, Nullification, Insurrection, Secession: Economy May Quell Trump Critics | National Review: An expanding economy could turn Trump resistance and nullification into a mostly boutique symbolic enterprise ...

Left and Right Agree: Get Tough on China - WSJ

Left and Right Agree: Get Tough on China - WSJ: U.S. foreign policy feels as polarized as ever. But a new consensus is forming.

WOF 109: Fire and Mission | The Word on Fire Show

WOF 109: Fire and Mission | The Word on Fire Show

Why Was Christ Baptized? - The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study

Why Was Christ Baptized? - The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study: The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study, videos, prayers, downloads, articles, poetry, and blog from Jeff Cavins, Mark Hart, Thomas Smith, Edward Sri, Sarah Christmyer, Emily Cavins, and more.

How Catholic Charities is helping the homeless during the 'bomb cyclone'

How Catholic Charities is helping the homeless during the 'bomb cyclone': Catholic Charities in Chicago is working to help save lives during the cold snap, with a transportation outreach program that brings the homeless to safe places in the sub-freezing temperatures.

U.S. bishops call decision to end El Salvador TPS designation 'heartbreaking'

U.S. bishops call decision to end El Salvador TPS designation 'heartbreaking': The U.S. Catholic bishops labeled the decision by the Trump administration to end Temporary Protected Status to El Salvadorans as heartbreaking.

March for Life events planned across the U.S.

March for Life events planned across the U.S.: Forty-five years after the Supreme Court ruling that mandated legal abortion nationwide, hundreds of thousands are expected to attend rallies supporting the dignity of life, from conception to natural death.

Why do Republicans keep defending Donald Trump?

Why do Republicans keep defending Donald Trump?: As the president gets more unhinged, the party rallies to his defense.

What Is America's Mission Now? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

What Is America's Mission Now? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

The top 10 tech skills employers want the most - TechRepublic

The top 10 tech skills employers want the most - TechRepublic: Java grabbed the top spot, with 30% of tech job postings on Indeed requesting the programming language.

CES 2018: Intel announces 'major breakthrough' in quantum computing chip | ZDNet

CES 2018: Intel announces 'major breakthrough' in quantum computing chip | ZDNet: Intel's CES 2018 keynote focused on its 49-qubit quantum computing chip, VR applications for content, its AI self-learning chip, and an autonomous vehicles platform.

Calling Out Europe: Where Is the Diplomacy of Truth?

Calling Out Europe: Where Is the Diplomacy of Truth?
Gatestone's Person of the Week: Fiamma Nirenstein, Counter-Terrorism Expert

by Ruthie Blum  •  January 9, 2018 at 4:00 am
  • The "Lawrence of Arabia" syndrome goes back to Old Europe. It is the snobbery of people who become enamored with exotic cultures. There is a romanticism surrounding the Middle East, associated with magic carpets and Aladdin lamps. But with that romanticism comes fear, as well – fear of... invading Islamists who slit people's throats.
  • This fear has led European states to try and do business with terrorist groups. In the early 1980s, for example, Italian officials forged a secret deal with Palestinian terrorists, which culminated not in cooperation, but in a series of deadly attacks...
  • Too many lies have been the basis of international relations. These include "dialogue" between religions to counter Islamist terrorism; the false notion of the "peaceful aspirations" of the Palestinians; the view that Turkey is a "bridge" to the Muslim world; the ridiculous view of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a "moderate"; the belief in a "united Europe" as the future of the old continent; and faith in the U.N. as a legal arbiter for international affairs. Policies based on these lies are not only fruitless; they are dangerous.
Fiamma Nirenstein. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
As an expert in global terrorism, anti-Semitism, Middle East wars and European policy, Fiamma Nirenstein has been following the popular uprising in Iran with particular interest. Nirenstein – award-winning journalist, best-selling author, former MP of the Italian Parliament and a fellow at the JCPA and says that just as former U.S. President Ronald Reagan's election and foreign policy were instrumental in the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, President Donald Trump is probably responsible for the street demonstrations across Iran that could lead to the downfall of the ayatollah-led Islamic Republic.
Nirenstein says that Europe, which has been silent on the uprisings in Iran, can no more take credit for this welcome turn of events than it could for the defeat of the U.S.S.R. -- or even of Hitler's Third Reich. It is America, she asserts, that has always been at the forefront of the struggle for freedom from the bondage of dictators; it is America that always saves Europe.

Canada: Trudeau's Support for Islamists a Warning to America


Canada: Trudeau's Support for Islamists a Warning to America

by Thomas Quiggin  •  January 9, 2018 at 4:30 am
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has an nine-year long record of supporting the Islamist cause while refusing to engage with reformist Muslims.
  • Perhaps most disturbing were Trudeau's comments to a gathering of Islamist front groups: he told them that he shared their beliefs, their set of values and their shared vision.
  • Canada will not be able to plead ignorance or inability while facing accusations of complicity from any future American terrorist victims.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has an nine-year long record of supporting the Islamist cause while refusing to engage with reformist Muslims. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has an nine-year long record of supporting the Islamist cause while refusing to engage with reformist Muslims. With respect to ISIS fighters returning to Canada, Trudeau has argued that they will be a "powerful voice for deradicalization" and that those who oppose their return are "Islamophobic." Furthermore, the Government of Canada is not adding the names of returning ISIS fighters to the UN committee responsible for the listing of international jihadists.

Special Ops at War From Afghanistan to Somalia, Special Ops Achieves Less with More

Special Ops at War
From Afghanistan to Somalia, Special Ops Achieves L

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176371/tomgram%3A_nick_turse%2C_the_coming_year_in_special_ops/#moreess with More
By Nick Turse
At around 11 o’clock that night, four Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talons, turboprop Special Operations aircraft, were flying through a moonless sky from Pakistani into Afghan airspace. On board were 199 Army Rangers with orders to seize an airstrip. One hundred miles to the northeast, Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters cruised through the darkness toward Kandahar, carrying Army Delta Force operators and yet more Rangers, heading for a second site. It was October 19, 2001. The war in Afghanistan had just begun and U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) were the tip of the American spear.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.

The False Promises of Worker Retraining - The Atlantic

The False Promises of Worker Retraining - The Atlantic: Despite assurances from policymakers that retraining is the key to success, such programs have consistently failed to equip workers with the preparation they need to secure jobs.

How The FBI and DOJ Intelligence Units Were Weaponized Around Congressional Oversight… | The Last Refuge

How The FBI and DOJ Intelligence Units Were Weaponized Around Congressional Oversight… | The Last Refuge: An employer-side payroll tax is a great way for progressive states to fight back.

How Progressive States Could Fight Back Against the Republican Tax Scam

How Progressive States Could Fight Back Against the Republican Tax Scam: An employer-side payroll tax is a great way for progressive states to fight back.

Pakistan's Asymmetrical Response To Trump Is A Clever Way To Flip The Tables On Afghanistan | OrientalReview.org

Pakistan's Asymmetrical Response To Trump Is A Clever Way To Flip The Tables On Afghanistan | OrientalReview.org: What Pakistan has done is throw Trump's tweet right back at him by using it as the internationally plausible pretext for initiating this long-planned move that was originally predicated on solely apolitical security-centric domestic interests.

Pakistan Will Try to Make Trump Pay - The Atlantic

Pakistan Will Try to Make Trump Pay - The Atlantic: According to experts, quantum computers will be able to create breakthroughs in many of the most complicated data processing problems, leading to the..

The quantum computing apocalypse is imminent | TechCrunch

The quantum computing apocalypse is imminent | TechCrunch: According to experts, quantum computers will be able to create breakthroughs in many of the most complicated data processing problems, leading to the..

A Game of Civilization May Help People Understand AI’s Existential Threat - MIT Technology Review

A Game of Civilization May Help People Understand AI’s Existential Threat - MIT Technology Review: Researchers at the University of Cambridge built a game mod for Civilization that allows people to grow—and tame—a human-beating superintelligence.