Saturday, April 27, 2024

Can We Be Friends


  Larry Johnson has an updated update on Pepe Escobar's source's report that Israel sent a nuclear-armed F-35 towards Iran to do an EMP attack and take down the Iranian electrical grid on April 19th.   SY OFFERS NEW VERSION OF ISRAEL’S “STRIKE” ON IRAN AND AN UPDATE FROM UKRAINE
  We have a new version of Israel’s attack last Thursday on Iran courtesy of Sy Hersh. I put this in the same category as Pepe’s report — i.e., Sy is reporting accurately what his source or sources are telling him. That does not mean the information reported is correct. According to Sy:

  "The tit-for-tat attacks between Israel and Iran that consumed much of the world’s attention over the past two weeks reached a crescendo on April 13, when an Iranian drone and missile assault on Israel failed after an armada of allied fighter planes—secretly organized by the Pentagon, with the support of Russia—shot down more than three hundred armed Iranian drones and missiles headed for targets in Israel.
  The Middle East and the Western world anxiously waited for the Israeli response. It came a few days later when two Israeli fighter planes, operating outside Iran’s border, fired supersonic missiles at a high-tech Iranian defensive missile site that was protecting Iran’s most important nuclear enrichment site, near Natanz, eighty miles north of Isfahan."

  Looks like Sy and Pepe agree on one point there was at least one Israeli jet that flew through Jordanian airspace and then something happened once the plane (or planes) crossed into Iraq or Syria. Here the accounts diverge. Pepe’s sources claim one Israeli jet, an F-35 was shot down. Sy’s source insists that Israel used two jets that launched an unidentified “supersonic” missile at a site near Natanz.
  Let me give you a couple of more data points. Here is a video from Kanal 13, a TV station in Azerbaijan. Kanal 13 offers a report similar to Sy’s: 
  Let me reiterate that there is some bullshit afoot because the report does not make sense. If Israel used a Rampage missile then the only way Israel could strike a target inside Iran would require that the Israeli plane penetrated deep into Iranian airspace. Why? Because the Rampage only has an operational range of 150 to 250 km. The distance from Isfahan, Iran to Baghdad, Iraq is almost 1000 kilometers. Do the math.
  Next question. Where is the wreckage of the missile? It does not disintegrate. The only other air to ground missile in Israel’s arsenal is the Sky Spear. It was unveiled at the 2023 Paris air show, but there are no details about its operational distance. We have ZERO evidence that Israeli aircraft penetrated Iranian airspace, which means that Israel is now fielding an air to ground missile that has more than a 1000 km range. Not likely.

  Palestinian Rescuers Find Signs of Organ Harvesting in Khan Yunis Mass Graves  [Organ theft as a means of torturing a living person to death?]
Paramedics and rescuers were cited as saying that some bodies had been found with their hands tied and their abdomens cut, raising suspicions of organ theft.

  Evidence of torture at Gaza mass graves
  Civil defense workers have uncovered hundreds of bodies that they say were tortured and murdered by Israeli occupation forces during the regime’s military assaults on hospitals in Gaza, some of which were under siege for weeks.
  Palestinian authorities say the victims, including women, children, patients, and hospital staff, had their hands tied and stripped of their clothes with visible signs of torture.

  Germany urges probe into mass grave reports at Gaza hospitals ["Et tu, Brute?"]
Amnesty International criticizes German government for being silent on Israeli war crimes, says Berlin also contributing to erosion of international order

  IDF Shelling Hammers Rafah As Egypt Sends Top Intel Official To Avert Ground Offensive
  Egypt is attempting a last ditch effort to reach a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel at a moment IDF shelling of Rafah has intensified, in what are seen as 'softening' operations ahead of an imminent ground offensive, despite international calls to cancel the operation.

  The vast amount of rubble including unexploded ordnance left by Israel’s devastating war on the Gaza Strip could take about 14 years to remove, a United Nations official said today... Pehr Lodhammar, senior officer at the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), told a briefing in Geneva that the war had left an estimated 37 million tonnes of debris in the widely urbanised, densely populated territory.
  He said that although it was impossible to determine the exact number of unexploded ordnance found in Gaza, it was projected that it could take 14 years under certain conditions to clear debris, including rubble from destroyed buildings.

  USS Dwight D Eisenhower leaves Red Sea after failing to stop Yemenis (Out of munitions to shoot down cheap drones and bomb children, so soon?)  
The USS Dwight D Eisenhower makes it into the Mediterranean Sea as the United States seeks to bolster its close ally, the Israeli occupation, as it commits genocide in Gaza.

  Ambassador Craig Murray, Worse Than You Can Imagine
  Joe Biden as Vice President defended Israel staunchly then.  It is essential to understand that Genocide Joe has always been Genocide Joe.
  Joe Biden took the lead in defending the raid to the U.S. public. In an interview with PBS, he described the raid as “legitimate” and argued that the flotilla organizers could have disembarked elsewhere before transferring the aid to Gaza. “So what’s the big deal here? What’s the big deal of insisting it go straight to Gaza?” Biden asked about the humanitarian mission. “Well, it’s legitimate for Israel to say, ‘I don’t know what’s on that ship. These guys are dropping eight — 3,000 rockets on my people.’”
  Biden is not being outplayed by Netanyahu. He is actively abetting Netanyahu and shares with him the objective of full Israeli occupation of Gaza after the Palestinian people are killed or expelled into Sinai. He also shares with Netanyahu the aim of a wider regional conflict in which the US and Gulf states ally with Israel against Iran, Syria, Yemen and Hezbollah. This is their joint vision of the Middle East – Greater Israel, and US hegemony operating through the Sunni monarchies.
  If you believe all the spin from the White House about Biden trying to restrain Netanyahu, I suggest you look instead at the White House and State Department spokesmen refusing to accept any single instance of Israel atrocity and deferring to Israel on every single crime.

  Biden refuses to sanction Israeli units behind 'gross' war crimesThe crimes committed by these units include torture, rape, and executions
  The government of US President Joe Biden has decided against imposing sanctions on Israeli army units responsible for human rights violations against Palestinians, despite initial plans to do so.
  ABC News reported on 26 April that a government assessment determined that three battalions in the Israeli army committed “gross human rights violations” against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank “but will remain eligible for US military aid regardless because of steps Israel says it’s taking to address the problem.”
  The assessment, which has not been made public, was outlined in a letter written by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to House Speaker Mike Johnson, which the news network obtained.
  The rights violations committed by Israeli forces “will not delay the delivery of any US assistance and Israel will be able to receive the full amount appropriated by Congress.” Billions in US aid to Israel was approved by Biden just two days ago after passing in the Senate on Tuesday.
  The violations in question were committed prior to 7 October and took place in the occupied West Bank. They include the execution of Palestinians by Israeli border police, as well as torture and rape during interrogation.

Caitlin Johnstone,  Biden Wanted To Sanction An Israeli Battalion But He Didn’t Because Israel Said No

  US State Department Arabic spokesperson resigns over Gaza policy 
Hala Rharrit is the third State Department official to step down over Washington's support for Israel's war

  ADL Urged Congress to Pass FISA Law Spying on Americans to 'Protect Israel'
  The Anti-Defamation League and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations wrote a letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries earlier this month urging them to pass the controversial FISA law to spy on Americans to "protect Israel."
  The FISA bill was described as "the biggest expansion of domestic surveillance since the Patriot Act" and included language to which could compel "an enormous range" of businesses to start acting as NSA spies.
  Americans rose up and flooded Congress with calls to demand the bill be stopped or amended but it sailed through the House and Senate with zero changes.

  'For Your Own Safety': USC Cancels Commencement To Avoid Pro-Palestinian Protesters
  Citing safety concerns amid nationwide campus protests against Israel's conduct of the war in Gaza, the University of Southern California on Thursday announced that its 2024 graduating class will not have the traditional main commencement ceremony that brings all graduates together:..
..This news comes on the heels of the university's controversial declaration that it wouldn't allow its Muslim valedictorian to deliver a speech to her classmates -- a decision that inflamed tensions and prompted an outcry against what was seen by many as an act of censorship and excessive deference to pro-Israel groups.

  We need an exodus from ZionismNaomi Klein
This Passover, we don’t need or want the false idol of Zionism. We want freedom from the project that commits genocide in our name.

  Bipartisan bill would create "antisemitism monitors" at colleges
  A pro-Israel House Democrat and Republican plan to introduce legislation creating federally sanctioned "antisemitism monitors" for select college campuses.
Why it matters: It's the first bill introduced in Congress as a direct response to the pro-Palestinian protests that have rocked Columbia University and other colleges in recent days.
  Driving the news: Reps. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) and Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.) are introducing the College Oversight and Legal Updates Mandating Bias Investigations and Accountability Act – or COLUMBIA Act.
  The bill would allow the Department of Education to send a "third-party antisemitism monitor" to any college that receives federal funding — and to revoke that funding for colleges that don't comply.

  From Columbia University: Our Columbia 
   In her April 22 email, University President Minouche Shafik presents Columbia as a collective committed to fostering “a caring, mature, thoughtful and engaged community.” Amid the ongoing encampment and outrage over last week’s arrests, this statement, like President Shafik’s others, rings hollow. From the language of her email, it’s clear that our President sees student protesters, especially students protesting for Columbia’s divestment from Israel, as outsiders seeking to disrupt and threaten our community. While the future of “our community” is uncertain, right now, one thing is clear: “Our community” is not defined by our administration. The administration is not Columbia. We are.....Shafik is right to acknowledge and condemn incidents of antisemitism on and around campus. However, when she only acknowledges hatred on one side, she paints a dubious portrait of pro-Palestinian protesters as unequivocally bigoted and hateful...
..Student representatives from the Columbia College Student Council, University Senate, and Barnard Student Government Association have issued statements denouncing the arrest of more than 100 student protesters last Thursday. Similarly, many faculty members, regardless of their support for either Israel or Palestine, have spoken against University policy, especially the University’s restrictions on free speech, suspension of Columbia’s chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, and authorization of the NYPD to “remove” its own students from the lawn...
..Of the 40.26 percent of Columbia College students who voted in the year’s referendum, 76.55 percent voted in favor of divestment, 68.36 percent voted for the cancellation of the Tel Aviv Global Center, and 65.62 percent voted for ending the dual degree program with Tel Aviv University, the Columbia Elections Board announced Monday afternoon...
..The issue here is not that the conversation is many-sided, the issue is that the administration’s characterization of the conversation seems to misrepresent the voting majority—both in attitude and behavior, as well as in numbers. The administration refuses to admit the full extent of its opposition to the student body. Until it does, we can’t have a productive conversation...
..President Shafik, your students want to build trust and heal as much as you do, but the burden is on you to begin the process. On April 22, you promised to continue discussions with student protesters. On April 23, you issued an ultimatum to clear the South Lawn, citing “alternative options” that invited speculation about a potential deployment of the National Guard. This isn’t the kind of discourse that builds trust. End arrests. Forgive suspensions. Visit the encampment and listen to your students. Until then, there’s no way to have the productive dialogues both students and the administration so desire. 

  It is worth watching this CNN video from the moment Emory Econ Professor @CarolineFohlin came across the violent arrest of a protester on campus and asked the police, with shock, "What are you doing?" That's all that prompted an officer to hurl her to the ground and handcuff her.

  At least 30 protesters arrested at UT Austin: "These protesters belong in jail," Abbott says
  AUSTIN —  Rising tensions on school campuses across the country over the Israel-Hamas reached university campuses here in Texas.
Hundreds of students at the University of Texas at Austin walked out of class in support of Palestine. Many held up signs calling for a ceasefire or more help for Gaza.
  "Arrests being made right now & will continue until the crowd disperses," Gov. Greg Abbott said via social media. "These protesters belong in jail. Antisemitism will not be tolerated in Texas. Period. Students joining in hate-filled, antisemitic protests at any public college or university in Texas should be expelled."  
  Protesters are demanding the university system divest from companies that manufacture machinery used in war.

  I saw this horrific police-assault on a cameraman from behind yesterday but could not find a form I could send out. Watch. Please. 30 seconds.  
Texas State Troopers violently assault Fox news cameraman as part of effort to suppress student protests, protect Israel’s genocide in Gaza 

  WATCH police fire taser at pro-Palestinian protester at US college 
[3 big cops on one guy in shorts, lying still on the ground, handcuffed behind his back, hold a taser to his bare flesh and repeatedly shock him.] 
Officers used tear gas to disperse activists at Emory University campus amid a nationwide crackdown

  Chris Hedges: Revolt in the UniversitiesUniversity students across the country, facing mass arrests, suspensions, evictions and expulsions are our last, best hope to halt the genocide in Gaza.

  Philip Giraldi,  Students Are Taking the Lead in Denouncing Gaza Atrocities , Israel and its friends malign them as “antisemites”
  And to make it really dangerous for the average American citizens who still believe that it is possible to criticize the behavior of foreign countries, the chant of “antisemitism” has been picked up wholeheartedly by the politicians and it is being turned into laws particularly at state levels to punish people who attempt to criticize Israel. National level politicians in Congress are also submitting draft laws that would apply similar restraints throughout the country so it will inevitably be goodbye to the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech.
  The current unrest of pro-Palestinian “encampments” and “liberated zones” at 33 college campuses in the US protesting against what is clearly a genocide taking place in Gaza by calling for a ceasefire and a halt to institutional investment in Israel as well as a suspension of ties to Israeli government educational bodies. The movement is, as a consequence, being assiduously labeled a manifestation of “antisemitism” by Congress, by Joe Biden in the White House and by nearly all of the mainstream media.
  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responding to the unrest, is saying, inevitably, that “antisemitic mobs have taken over leading universities” similar to Nazi rallies in the 1930s and he called for a major security crackdown on the demonstrators. And it should be observed how the reaction by the universities has been fairly consistent, i.e. to shut down Palestinians groups or speakers on campus while leaving Jewish groups supporting Israel’s actions alone, indicating clearly that this has not been an even-handed response to political unrest.
  The House Speaker Mike Johnson, who has made his pro-Israel sentiments very clear, spoke at Columbia University, where the movement began, on Wednesday and dismissed suggestions that the protests were legally protected free speech.

  Professor Anthony Hall, Netanyahu and Human Sacrifices in Occupied Palestine and America
Human sacrifice is taking many forms.
  Netanyahu stands at the head of a genocidal project that is embraced and advanced by many Jewish Israelis in the Armed Forces, the Knesset, the media, and the population at large. The backing also encompasses the cultish clique of puppet governors made to appear as if they are in charge of what are, in fact, hollowed-out hulks of the former Western Democracies. Some of the human agents of Zionism’s remote-controlled governance include Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Rishi Sunak, Olaf Scholz, Ursula Von Leyen, Justin Trudeau, and Emmanuel Macron.
  There can be no doubt, however, that Benjamin Netanyahu deserves the title Genocider-In-Chief. I can think of no other figure, not even during WWII, who has pushed ahead the many-faceted genocidal elimination of a people so zealously, so publicly, and so self-righteously. In spite of all the demonstrations calling for his resignation, it has become clear that most Jewish Israelis have few qualms about going along with what many people throughout the world see as the Netanyahu government’s obvious violations of the Genocide Convention.

  Eleni sends this from former Indian diplomat, MK Bhadrakumar ,  US woos estranged NATO ally Turkey  (Obama tried to coup Erdogan in 2016. Putin saved his life.)
  Washington has dusted up its old toolbox to re-engage its cold-war ally Turkey and resuscitate their moribund alliance to serve the US’ geo-strategic interests in the rapidly changing regional environment. This stems out of a realisation that no matter the demonisation of President Recep Erdogan as an outlier, Turkey’s potentials as a “swing state” remains a geopolitical reality...
..Turkey’s importance to US global policies has sharply risen in direct proportion to the US’ confrontation with Russia, which has leaped out of the proxy war in Ukraine which began in 2014 and has turned into the First Circle of American foreign policies and diplomacy currently, when the Sino-Russian has reached the level of a quasi-alliance and the transatlantic alliance system has come under stress.
  Yet, in this paradigm, Russia continues to seek an intrinsic, mutually beneficial partnership with Turkey in a historical context rather than as a fallout of the vicissitudes of the Turkish American relationship. Indeed, such an approach is also prudent because Russia and Turkey had a difficult common history...
..Turkey did not join the US-led coalition confronting the Houthis in the Red Sea. During the past week, it was disclosed that Turkey has applied to participate in the International Lunar Research Station jointly initiated by China and Russia (in preference to NASA’s moon exploration programme known as Artemis.)
  Again, Turkey strongly condemned the Israeli air strike against the Iranian embassy compound in Damascus on April 1, whereas, Ankara’s response to Iran’s airstrike against Israel on April 13 was delayed and was in a subdued tone with the primary concern being the potential spread of Israel’s Gaza conflict throughout the region, followed by the apprehension that international attention may shift from the Gaza tragedy.
  Indeed, Turkey is the only NATO country which refused to support the US-sponsored joint statement on Thursday against Iran over its retaliatory strike against Israel.

  Immunity for Me, But not for Thee ,  Whether Presidential Immunity is a Good Thing or a Bad Thing Shouldn’t Depend Upon Party Affiliation
  To analyze the pros and cons of immunity, however, there is no need to speculate about what some future president might do. We need only look at actual events from our recent history.
Situation #1
  President Obama ordered a drone strike in Yemen to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen and Islamic Imam critical of American foreign policy in the Middle East. Before releasing the drones that killed al-Awlaki and two others, the White House sought and received a Memorandum from the Department of Justice providing legal justification for the attack.
  Several questions come to mind.  Should the memo from DoJ authorizing the killing of an American citizen abroad without judicial due process immunize President Obama for violating the federal criminal statute that imposes criminal penalties for the extra territorial killing of an American citizen?
  Could a subsequent President, a member of the opposing political party, direct a new Attorney General to investigate whether the killing of the U.S. citizen by drone attack in Yemen violated federal criminal law? If an indictment is returned against the now former President for that killing, should President Obama be allowed to claim immunity or be forced to stand trial?

  Utah man who filmed Ashli Babbitt's shooting sentenced over Jan. 6 riot
  A Utah man who claimed he was acting as a citizen journalist when he joined Jan. 6 rioters and filmed scenes inside the U.S. Capitol, including the fatal shooting of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.
  The big picture: John Earle Sullivan, who prosecutors said earned more than $90,000 from selling his video footage of the Capitol breach, was convicted in November of several charges including felony obstruction of an official proceeding and civil disorder.
  The 29-year-old from Salt Lake City was also sentenced to 36 months of supervised release and ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution, according to the Department of Justice.

  Sasha Latypova has half a minute of the term "Whole Of Government" being used by US Generals. It is not a constitutional term at all; quite the contrary... 
  "Whole of Government", dedicated to fake warriors everywhere... Operation Warp Speed June 2, 2020 press briefing, summarized in 1 min.
  In this episode, General Talley of the DOD and the rest of the fake warriors fighting fake virus for very real mucho dinero continue their valiant, “certainly whole of government effort”. Talley repeats “whole of government” approximately a dozen times during one presser, as he does at every other OWS press conference as well. I asked Katherine Watt to opine on this curious verbal tic, and this is her response:
  It has to do with preemption of state authority and state court jurisdiction.
  The main SCOTUS case I'm aware of is 2005 Grable v. Darue. It uses different language, having to do with federal jurisdictional issues, and the courts' role in determining when an issue implicates "substantial" enough federal matters that state law is superseded.
  HHS secretary Azar started incorporating it into PREP Act declarations from the fourth amended version, signed Dec. 3, 2020, retroactive to Feb. 4, 2020.
Cited again in the Becerra PHE determination May 11 2023.
  Cited also in HHS OGC Advisory Opinion of Jan. 8, 2021, and Texas v. Pfizer Notice of Removal Dec. 28, 2023.
  "Whole of government" phrase itself seems to come from the 2010 National Security Strategy document by Obama, cited in 2012-2016 FDA MCMi Strategic Plan and then a whole bunch of other plans and reports.

  ​In case the WHO and UN global governance plans fall-through:  How the Global Elites Are Pushing Us Into Techno-Totalitarianism
Attorney and technology expert W. Scott McCollough joined “The Defender In-Depth” this week to discuss a new 50-country pandemic preparedness and surveillance partnership announced last week by the White House and other troubling developments for Americans’ privacy and personal autonomy.​

​  Hospital Whistleblower: Doctors Are Euthanizing COVID-Vaccinated Due to ‘HORRIFIC’ Side Effects
The hospital whistleblower, known only as “Zoe,” revealed that doctors have been euthanizing patients due to the severity of the side effects from the injections.​

DEMOCIDE EPIDEMIC: The First Ever Peer-Reviewed Journal Study That Proves Excess Covid-19 Deaths in the United Kingdom Were Due to Midazolam​

Excess Deaths in Japan Hit 115,000 Following Third COVID Shot; New Study Explains Why​

​  CHD Asks Supreme Court to Hear Case Alleging FDA Misused Emergency Power to Authorize COVID Shots for Children
Children’s Health Defense and five parents in January 2022 sued the FDA intending to hold the agency “accountable for its arbitrary and capricious authorization of a harmful drug that has and continues to injure children.”​

​  Children’s Health Is in Sharp Decline. Where’s the Investigation?
Until now the sharp decline in children’s immune systems has not captured the attention of experts and public health authorities. To rescue children’s health, this needs to be viewed as an emergency.​

​  20% Of Retail Milk Samples Positive For Bird Flu: FDA​ ​ [Just get rid of birds and cattle, right? Maybe a nice mRNA vaccine for everybody?]
​  Thirty-three cattle herds across eight states—Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas—have tested positive for avian influenza, commonly known as the bird flu, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Poultry in Minnesota and a person in Texas have also become infected with the same genotype of the H5N1 avian influenza strain found in cattle.
​  Authorities have stressed that positive results from qPCR testing do not mean the pasteurized milk contains intact virus, because the testing can return positive based on fragments of residual virus.
​  “Additional testing is required to determine whether intact pathogen is still present and if it remains infectious, which would help inform a determination of whether there is any risk of illness associated with consuming the product,” the FDA said.
​  Testing includes injecting eggs with samples that tested positive and seeing whether any active virus replicates.​

​  Kill 'em younger, or piss 'em off; what's worse?  Biden Admin Abandons Plan To Ban Menthol Cigarettes To Avoid 'Angering Black Voters'  
The so-called 'party of science' has decided to abandon its plan to save millions of lives (of mostly African American youth) by choosing not to ban Menthol cigarettes after all.​

​The Biotic Pump model: How Can Forests Cool the Planet? They Work As Heat Pumps! Understanding the biophysical mechanism that forests use to cool the Earth

Just Getting Along (with first ripe tomatoes of the year and friendly t-shirt from my brother, Tom)

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