Monday, February 5, 2024

Complicit Or Revolting


  Caitlin Johnstone asserts: "However Bad You Think Israel Is, It's Worse"
The IDF has been running a Telegram channel featuring homemade snuff films in which Gazans are brutally murdered by Israeli forces, captioned with celebrations of the gore and pain therein like​  “Burning their mother… You won’t believe the video we got! You can hear their bones crunch.” ​ The IDF had previously denied any association with the channel, but Haaretz now reports that it was directly run by an IDF psychological warfare unit.

  ​Professor Anthony Hall explores this question. The fox is due to report back about the chicken house in a month. Who might be "We"?
Are We Turning the the Corner Away from Genocide and the Criminality Inherent in the Rules-Based International Order?
Why Did the ICJ Put the Netanyahu Government in Charge of Preventing and Punishing the Gaza Genocide?

​  I’m old enough to remember hearing and seeing frequent references to something called “the rule of law.” Then in the post-9/11 era this vital phrase seemed to go the way of our dwindling freedoms, civil liberties and the tattered remnants of our democratic institutions. In the process of aborting the promise of decent human futures for most of the world’s people, the word, “law,” was pushed to the sidelines.

​  Strikes Against Anti-ISIS Militias in Syria and Iraq Prove US War on Terror is a Sham
​  Local media estimated that at least 23 people were killed in Syria and 16 in Iraq in Saturday’s attacks, with Damascus and Baghdad blasting Washington for its flagrant violation of the two countries’ sovereignty. Syria’s Foreign Ministry said it was “not surprised” to see American forces attack targets in the country’s east, “where our forces are fighting against the remnants of the ISIS terrorist organization, while the United States is working to revive ISIS terrorist activity.”

​  Is Bobby Jr. inching closer to condemning Israeli genocide? When would he be able to "go there"?  RFK Jr slams American attacks on Syria and Iraq
The US presidential candidate urged Washington to get “unwelcome” troops out of the Middle East

​Celia Faber,  Gaza In Pictures: How Can Anybody In Their Right Mind Support This?  "This Is A War Against Children"

To End 'Nightmare' in Gaza, Sanders Moves to Block Funding for Israeli Weapons​  [Bernie Sanders is still the "lesser evil". I would have voted for him as such in 2016.]
"Twenty-seven thousand dead—two-thirds of them women and children," said the senator. "This is unacceptable."

​  U.S. admits it hasn’t verified Israel’s UNRWA claims, media ignores it
Secretary Blinken admits that the U.S. has been unable to investigate the “evidence” presented by Israel claiming 13 of UNRWA’s 13,000 Gaza employees participated in October 7. 
Biden took Israel’s word for it anyway.

​  ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 122: Endless killings and despair in Gaza
Biden urges Congress to "swiftly pass" a $118bn bipartisan deal that includes $14.1bn in military aid to Israel after the ICJ ordered Israel to halt its ongoing attacks on civilians in Gaza.
​  27,365+ killed* and at least 66,630 wounded in the Gaza Strip.
380+ Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem

  Chris Hedges, Our leading humanitarian and civic institutions, including major medical institutions, refuse to denounce Israel’s genocide in Gaza. This exposes their hypocrisy and complicity.   [Don't forget to get your boosters!]
​  The deans of U.S. medical schools and leading medical organizations, especially the American Medical Association (AMA) have joined the ranks of universities, law schools, churches and the media to turn their backs on the Palestinians. The AMA shut down a debate on a ceasefire resolution among its members and has called for “medical neutrality,” although it abandoned “medical neutrality” to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
​  There is a cost to denouncing this genocide, a cost they do not intend to pay. They fear being attacked. They fear destroying their careers. They fear losing funding. They fear a loss of status. They fear persecution. They fear social isolation. This fear makes them complicit.
​  And what of those who do speak out? They are branded as antisemites and supporters of terrorism.

​  The Gulf Arab Dilemma: Countering Geostrategic Encirclement. Geographic Pivots of Global Trade​  (​Isolated and colonized by the Sea-Powers, to this day.)
Despite reaping trillions in oil and gas revenue over the decades, Gulf Arabs nations have failed to construct infrastructural lifelines in any direction

​  Houthis Vow 'Escalation' Despite US Strikes, Could Sabotage Western Internet Cables In Red Sea
​  Despite more weekend rounds of US heavy strikes on Houthi positions in Yemen, the militant group aligned with Iran is vowing more attacks on vessels in the Red Sea...
..A Houthi spokesman, Yahya Saree, responded soon after on Sunday, saying "These attacks will not deter us from our moral, religious and humanitarian stance" in support of Palestinians in Gaza. He vowed that it won't pass "without response and punishment."​ ...
​.."Telecom firms linked to the UN-recognized Yemen government have said they fear Houthi rebels are planning to sabotage a network of submarine cables in the Red Sea critical to the functioning of the western internet and the transmission of financial data," The Guardian reports.
According to the specific Houthi threat:
​  The warning came after a Houthi-linked Telegram channel published a map of the cables running along the bed of the Red Sea. The image was accompanied by a message: “There are maps of international cables connecting all regions of the world through the sea. It seems that Yemen is in a strategic location, as internet lines that connect entire continents – not only countries – pass near it.”

​  Could the Houthis sabotage international internet cables in the Red Sea?
Yemeni telecoms companies have warned that the Houthis are planning to target the Red Sea’s internet cables.
​  “While the Houthis have access to advanced drones and missiles, they likely do not have the technological capabilities to reach cables that are hundreds, if not thousands, of meters underwater,” Pinto tells Army Technology. “They could maybe target one or two of the shallowest cables.”
​  The Red Sea has an average depth of 490m, with some cables lying at just 100m.
​  “The Houthis certainly don’t have submarines,” Jones acknowledges. “But they could use some kind of depth charge, explosive or remote-controlled underwater mine, or send someone in scuba gear with wire cutters.”

​  The Honest Sorcerer,   We Are Not Mining with Renewable Energy…and when we do, shit is going to get real
  So, what sort of technology will be available in the late 21st century? Following the logic of energy and resource cannibalism it is not terribly hard to see where things are headed. It increasingly looks like to me that we are hurtling towards a steadfast deindustrialization of the entire world economy, and a radical re-localization of the production of essentials. Even though we still might have abundant iron or aluminum (bauxite) reserves, we are already in the process of running out of affordable energy to process them. Iron ore represented 93.4% of all metals mined in 2021, and all of it was delivered and smelted using fossil fuels — mostly coal. Without enough diesel fuel though, the remaining vast iron and coal reserves will remain under ground, as there will be no way to haul away the miles of rock covering them. Sorry, but no diesel, no coal. And no coal, means no steel. And with a drastically diminished steel production, it would be even harder to build more mines, railroads, processing plants, wind turbines, you name it. No steel, no manufacturing, no construction, no complex society.

  ​Newt Gingrich (ack) describes the class which manages for the elites, here.  The Elite 1 Percent Behind the Cultural Civil War
​  While doing their two weekly national surveys, Rasmussen and his team noticed an anomaly. Out of every 1,000 or so respondents, there would always be three or four who were far more radical than everyone else. After several months of finding these unusual responses, Rasmussen realized they all shared three characteristics.
​  The radical responses came from people who had graduate degrees (not just graduate studies), family incomes above $150,000 a year, and lived in large cities (more than 10,000 people per zip code).
​  When Rasmussen aggregated the responses from more than 20 surveys, he realized these people made up a unique elite 1 percent.
​  He then did a national survey of only people with these characteristics – and found some astonishing results. He briefed me and our team on the findings – and joined me on Newt’s World to talk about it further.
​  When all other voters gave President Joe Biden a 41 percent job approval, the elite 1 percent rated him at 82 percent approval.
​  The elite 1 percent are surprisingly young. Sixty-seven percent are between 35 and 54 years old. They are 86 percent white. Almost half of them (47 percent) favor “Sanders-like policies.” They are overwhelmingly Democrats (73 percent).
​  The gap between the elite 1 percent and the rest of America is startling. While 57 percent of all voters say there is not enough individual freedom in America, 47 percent of the elite 1 percent say there is too much freedom.​ 77 percent of the elite 1 percent would like to impose strict restrictions and rationing on the private use of gas, meat, and electricity.
72 percent of the elite 1 percent favor banning gas powered vehicles.
69 percent of the elite 1 percent favor banning gas stoves.
58 percent of the elite 1 percent favor of banning sport utility vehicles.
55 percent of the elite 1 percent favor banning non-essential air travel.
53 percent of the elite 1 percent favor banning private air conditioning.

​  Polish Farmers Plan General Strike, Blockade Of Ukraine Border
​  The presiding officers of the farmers’ trade union “Solidarity” unanimously adopted a resolution on Wednesday announcing a general strike of farmers throughout the country, according to a union’s statement.
​  The strike will begin on February 9 with a blockade of all border crossings between Poland and Ukraine, along with blockades of roads and highways across the country between Feb. 9 and March 10, the trade union said in the statement on Thursday.​  “Our patience has run out. Brussels’ position on the last day of January 2024 is unacceptable for our entire agricultural community,” the trade union said in the statement.​  “Additionally, the passivity of the Polish authorities... regarding the import of agricultural produce and food products from Ukraine leave us with no other choice but to declare a general strike.”

EU citizens’ taxes going to terrorists – Moscow​ , Maria Zakharova reacted to the Ukrainian shelling of a bakery in Donbass that allegedly involved Western weapons

Former CIA Coder Sentenced To 40 Years For "Vault 7" WikiLeaks Breach, Child Porn Charges​ [The kiddie-porn charges make him a target in prison, I hear.]

​  Kyle Young, who lives in a stretch of rural Arizona border, which is run by Mexican Drug Cartels, has very useful insights (and videos), which I have not seen elsewhere.
​What we are not being told about the border situation
​  As long time readers know, I’ve lived near the Mexican border most of my life. For nearly forty years I’ve witnessed first hand the ebb and flow of migrants moving across my farm in groups of two to thirty+ at a time. I’ve had to fix my fences numerous times, turn off the water at my well because they didn’t, and pick up their garbage. Much of the latter was supplied by humanit​arian aid groups.
​  The new wall has changed much of that. We’ll get to that shortly.

  ​You can't import food security. Feeding Africa: Sanctions make it worse, imports don’t help, what’s the solution? Food security is key to the continent’s self-reliance

​  The Ethical Skeptic looks intently at "Intent".  The Problem Of Intent
​  Intent exists. We cannot define the boundary of the domain of intent, save by means of metaphysical speculation. Therefore, all theist versus atheist debates regarding gods, designs, purpose, creations and/or the lacks thereof are but mere religious diversions from this core reality.
​  I have good news for those wearied by the red herring debates of atheists and theists alike. Rest assured, the arguments entailed by both camps neither involve mutual exclusion nor bifurcation, nor do they present a false dilemma. Such deliberations firmly reside within the realm of irrelevance, exemplifying a fallacy known as ignoratio elenchi, which essentially entails ‘answering the wrong question’.
​  Don’t get me wrong: both theists and atheists are free to lead lives enriched by the meaning they derive from their respective metaphysical choices. I appreciate sincere arguments from both sides of the debate and see each camp’s pursuit of truth as valid and significant. I can comfortably mingle at gatherings hosted by both theists and atheists, fully recognizing the relative strengths of each group’s arguments. This is the ethical privilege of ignosticism​ 
["God" cannot be "defined"], distinct from agnosticism.​ ​ 
​  After all, it has never been about God, gods, creation, intelligent design, naturalism, or purpose to begin with. All such teleological deliberations are ignoratio elenchi and constitute mere metaphysical selection. No one ‘represents science’ inside such debates.

​  Meryl Nass MD on WHO International Health Regulation amendment manipulations,  When they wrote the IHR amendments, crossing out human rights was no mistake. 'Cause they did it twice. The second time human rights were only to be ignored when NECESSARY.

  Meryl Nass MD on universal-protections for peaceful-democide. 
  The "NO LIABILITY" aspect of the unlicensed, novel vaccine developed in 100 days is in-your-face in the WHO's proposed treaty
The globalist lawyers who drafted the pandemic treaty definitely anticipated injuries from the 100 day vaccines. So what did they do? They made sure that all the nations signing up to the Treaty “shall shall shall” i.e., MUST give the WHO, its lawyers, the nations, the manufacturers, the doctors and anyone else involved a bullet-proof liability shield.

​Best Intentions (pictured collecting windblown trash)

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