Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fireworks - wife on fire - 'journalism'

I'm warning you, this is a pretty good posting!

"Jack Ruby told FBI informant to "watch the fireworks" day JFK died: Documents".

Wow!, Weiss, who would know as it was his beat as a working journalist at the time, is a Vince Foster 'truther':  "The Clinton scandals entailed violent threats against people who knew about his sex life".

"The Danger of Knowing You’re on the ‘Right Side of History’" (Sullivan).

"Roundup: No maple death squads":
"A story that caught my eye yesterday was on the topic of foreign fighters who may return now that ISIS/Daesh has fallen. More particularly was the notion that the US, UK and France have all made it policy to try and target and kill their own home-grown fighters rather than risk them returning to their own countries."
"US "apologizes" to the victims of future chemical attacks in Syria".  "Fake diplomacy"!

"Top Israeli official admits that boycotting just the settlements is meaningless" (Ofir).  The ridiculousness of lite Zionism's emasculated BDS, as described in Mondoweiss, no less!

"Inside The Secret Facebook Group Of Quebec's Far-Right "Wolf Pack"":
". . . a bunch of disgruntled fiftysomethings trudging into a church basement to kvetch about Muslims for a few hours.  . . .   One woman told her boyfriend how she recently saw a Muslim family on the streets of Montreal. She was scared, and not only for herself. What if the husband sets his wife on fire?"
'Journalists' assist in the group's recruitment and supposed political power by vastly overstating its support.  Now, who would benefit from such a thing?

"Israel’s Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike" {Porter).  Note how they take issues they want addressed, and craft the lie to provide the political support, in this case a two-sided lie to cover North Korea (and here we are today) and Syria (and here we are today).  See also: WMD, yellowcake, 'Atta' at the Iraqi embassy in Prague (oddly reminiscent of 'Oswald' in Mexico City - Schrödinger's Oswald, both in Mexico City and not in Mexico City, and if you look in the box Jack Ruby kills you!), alleged chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, the supposed bin Laden-Iranian alliance in the CIA's document dump ('Long War', indeed!) etc., etc., etc.. Then they have the audacity to propose that something they want - in this case, no possible negotiation with North Korea - is impossible because of their previous, detected, trickery!:  "How We All Learned to Accept Bush’s Lies About Libya" (Davis).  The egregiousness of the lying, and the fact we keep falling for the same thing, pronounce ourselves 'woke', and then fall for it again, is something to think about.

"Revelations of a High-Profile Qatari Official Reveal a Wider anti-Syria Conspiracy" (Orlov):
"A few days ago, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar Hamad Bin Jassim in an interview with the BBC announced that his country had been providing all sorts of assistance to the armed opposition groups in Syria through Turkey for years. At the same time, Doha wasn’t alone to show its supports to anti-Assad forces, as it was joined by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE and Turkey itself. All this began back in 2007 after Israel suffered a humiliating defeat in South Lebanon, while being unable to overcome Hezbollah’s resistance in 2006. According to the former Qatari Prime Minister, Qatar was in charge of the so-called “Syrian Dossier” on behalf of the US and Saudi Arabia, adding that he had access to both American and Saudi paperwork on the staging of a so-called “Syrian civil war.”

Hamad Bin Jassim announced that weapons and equipment was distributed to all sorts of opposition groups via Turkey. This operations were a common routine of American, Turkish and Saudi military personnel in this country. At the same time, the Incirlik Air Force base would host a joint operational headquarters, where intelligence officers from the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Morocco, Jordan, Israel, France and Great Britain would coordinate the course of proxy operations in Syria. Washington has gone as far as to dispatch 6 special reconnaissance satellites for those officers to observe the entire territory of Syria 24 hours a day non-stop. This operational command center was in charge of military operations in the north of Syria. As for the operations in southern parts Syria, to coordinate those Washington created a similar command center at the King Hussein Air Base in Jordan , where officers from Jordan, Israel, the United States, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar would join their efforts in a bid to outsmart Syria’s government.

The former Prime Minister of Qatar announced that a total of 137 billion dollars was wasted on the attempts to topple Assad’s government since the beginning of the war, while some of these funds were stolen by various field commanders that became millionaires overnight. In addition, considerable resources were wasted on the attempts to bribe Syria’s military brass, in attempt to persuade them in betraying their country or desert their positions. On average, a Syrian officer would receive from 15 to 30 thousand dollars for betraying his country.

The former Qatari official would announce that the ex-Prime Minister of Syria Riyad Farid Hijab was persuaded in fleeing Syria by his cousin, who had been a Jordanian resided for a long while. For this betrayal, Riyadh would pay him a handsome sum of 50 million dollars. In addition, the former commander of the Republican Guard Manaf Tlass would trade his home state for a chance to seek support of the UAR due to his sister’s successful attempts to persuade him into leaving. The sister, Madihi Tlass enjoyed French citizenship ever since she became the widow of the Syrian-Saudi businessman Akram Aja. This fact allowed French intelligence services to approach her to carry out the above mentioned operation.

According to Hamad Bin Jassim, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri played a major role in fomenting the Syrian conflict with an extensive support of a number of pro-Saudi Lebanese officials. In addition, the former Qatari Prime Minister mentioned the role that Iraqi Kurds played in the formenting of the so-called Syrian “civil war”, especially Massoud Barzani. At the conclusion of the interview, he announced that his government played a big role in the destruction of Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen, while acting on Washington’s behalf."
It is funny how much work and money is put into 'spontaneous' political uprisings. "War Crimes as Policy" (Taliano).

Speaking of Hariri, who is getting some of his own medicine:  "Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany over Gabriel comments" and "Hariri sought asylum in Jordan, according to the Times" (Angry Arab) and "Hariri in Paris" (Angry Arab) and "Hariri arrives in Paris".  Hariri is 'free' to go to Paris as Salman is holding two of his children hostage.

"Saudi Arabia’s Incompetence Would Be Comical If It Weren’t Killing So Many People" (Hussain).  "Did Bill Gates actually thank the Saudi regime for its philanthropic work in Yemen?" (Angry Arab).  "Saudi Propaganda and the Starvation of Yemen" (Larison).

Rent-an-army:  "How deep ties with Pakistan’s military helped Saudi purge".  Complex politics here, as Pakistan really needs Iran in dealing with India, and seems to have tragically bet on the wrong horse.  "India's New Afghan Trade Route Via Iran, Bypasses Pakistan".  "At the heart of the Pakistan-Iran-India tango lies Chabahar".

This story, from the World's Worst Newspaper, is laugh-out-loud hilarious:  "Russian fake-news campaign against Canadian troops in Latvia includes propaganda about litter, luxury apartments".  "Russell Williams (criminal)".

"Ukrainian 'journalist' detained in Belarus is indeed an Intelligence officer".

"10 Trump Administration Atrocities Going Under-Reported Amid Russia Hysteria" (Johnstone).  And you know who you can thank for it:  "The Clintons held the Democratic Party hostage for 2 decades — and the sudden revisionism is inconveniently late".

Trump's sons remind me of Hank and Dean, with the orange one as 'Rusty'.  "Trump puts elephant trophies decision on hold following criticism".

"FBI Informant Has Video Of Russian Agents With Briefcases Of Bribe Money In Clinton-Uranium Scandal". "The Democrats Used to Love Russian Oligarchs" (Ford).

Putin-Trump Derangement Syndrome still presents exactly like Alzheimers, turning an Assange joke into a blackmailing threat to take down the entire American intelligence apparatus!:  "The Implicit Threat in Julian Assange’s Ambassador Tweet" (emptywheel).

"The Rule of Power Over the Rule of Law" (Nader).  Almost all of the worst stuff consists of unpunished criminal acts.

How much would it cost if you were a Silicon Valley executive with a sexual harassment PR problem and you wanted to hire somebody to buy favorable media coverage!:  "Bezos, the WAPO, Edelman and Staying Out of Policy Matters" (Butler).  See also:  "Guardian, NYT Paint Power-Grabbing Saudi Dictator as Roguish, Visionary ‘Reformer’" (Johnson).

Our future:  "The colour-coded Israeli ID system for Palestinians".

"Is Satire "Fakenews"? - How Fact-Checkers Peddle Snake-Oil" (Moon).  Is PolitiFact that comically incompetent, or are they actually attempting to deceive?

"The Story of a Scammer on Facebook Who Conned Me (and Many Others)".  I love these stories for the fine techniques of grifting, in this case playing on a vagueness in addresses recognized by USPS tracking, so you can 'prove' delivery to PayPal by sending an empty box to a nearby business (who will throw away the evidence).

"The TED talks empire has been grappling with sexual harassment, interviews and internal emails show".  The pony-tailed 'experts' are grappling, but not actually doing very much.

There is a lot wrong with this but the Saudi connection to Mandalay Bay (and the alleged role of Paddock in smuggling weapons to the Philippines, which of course has a Saudi-sponsored Muslim terrorism problem), together with the very convenient incompetence of the police in coming up with any kind of plausible motive, is worth pondering:  "Was Las Vegas a COUP Assassination Attempt Cover UP Gone Wrong?".
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