Monday, November 26, 2018

Facing disaster

"The American ‘melting pot’ can turn into a volatile mixture at the top" (Madsen, who lists many other examples, including the crop of squatters who have settled in the White House to advocate for the Khazar Empire):
"The bitter feud between Melania Trump and Mira Ricardel likely has its roots in their backgrounds in the former Yugoslavia. Ricardel was born Mira P. Radielović, the daughter of Peter Radielovich, a native of Breza, Bosnia-Herzegovina. in the former Yugoslavia. Ricardel speaks fluent Croatian and was a member of the Croatian Catholic Church. Melania Trump was born Melanija Knavs [pronounced Knaus] in Novo Mesto in Slovenia, also in the former Yugoslavia. Villagers in the village of Sevnica, where Ms. Trump was raised, claim she and her Communist Party parents were officially atheists. Ms. Trump later converted to Roman Catholicism. She and her son by Mr. Trump, Barron Trump, speak fluent Slovenian. The Yugoslav Civil War, which began in earnest in 1991, pitted the nation’s ethnic groups against one another. There are ample reasons, political, ethnic, and religious, for bad blood between the Slovenian-born First Lady and a first-generation Croatian-American. The “battle royal” between Ms. Trump and Ricardel is but one example of a constant problem in the United States when individuals with foreign ties bring age-old inter-ethnic and inter-religious squabbles to governance.

Perhaps no one in recent memory brought such a degree of ethnic baggage to her job like Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Albright’s Czech roots and the Yugoslav warrant issued for the arrest of her professor-diplomat father, Joseph Korbel, for the post-World War II theft of art from Prague, brought forth extreme anti-Serbian policies by the woman who would represent the United States at the United Nations and then serve as America’s chief diplomat. Albright’s hatred for Serbia was not much different than Zbigniew Brzezinski’s Polish heritage evoking an almost-pathological hatred of Russia, while he served as Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser.

Albright’s bias against Serbia saw her influence US policy in casting a blind eye toward the terrorism carried out by the Kosovo Liberation Army and its terrorist leader Hashim Thaci. That policy resulted in Washington backing an independent Kosovo, a state beholden to organized criminal syndicates protected by one of the largest US military bases in Europe, Camp Bondsteel."
People in Washington must notice their lights dimming when Sheldon cranks up the engines on his shekel conveyor belt leading into the Oval Office.
  1. "A Big Step for a Greater Israel" (Margolis);
  2. "Israel 'moving rapidly' towards annexation: UN envoy" (if you read what the settlers/squatters do - and see also "Israeli Squatters in West Bank uproot 1,000 Palestinian Olive Trees a Month (800,000 since 1967)" - you'll immediately see that it is truly a miracle of blessed gentile tolerance that there isn't more Jew-hatred in the world);
  3. "After Giving $15 Million To Soros Orgs, USAID Fires Half Of Its West Bank Staff" (Durden).
"Israel admits its submarine sank Lebanese refugee boat during 1982 war".  Another 'accident' - phony Semites playing the 'anti-Semite' card while somehow simultaneously hinting they are victims of 'anti-Semitism;:  "Soros Strikes Back At Facebook; Demands Congressional Oversight".

"“Venezuela is facing disaster”" (Knightly). A long list of the usual suspects.

"How Queer Theory Became University Policy" (Biggs).  Another curious sudden consensus which seems more than a little conspiratorial.

How to start a desired war - blow up a bridge:  "Incident in the Kerch Strait - TTG".

The false-flag gas attack the Russians were warning about appears to have happened, but was bungled (thus it is not on the front page of every western newspaper) - perhaps because the White Helmets aren't around to manage things, living 'peaceably' in Canada!:  "Syria Chlorine Reprise, Act 27" (West).

"Brexit Is the Equivalent of a Major Defeat in War" (Cockburn).  As usual, comments far superior to whatever the article was. Ten years from now Europe will be even more of a mess than it is now, and the Brits will realize how smart they were to get away.

A story appeared that a critic of the Syrian government was assassinated, leading you to believe, in typical 'journalism' fashion, that Assad did it:  tweet (The War Nerd):
"What's up with the Guardian? Fares is killed in Idlib, and the first part of the story is still about his problems with The Regime. Casual readers are invited to miss the key fact—Fares was killed by the jihadi militias we've been coddling all these years"
"More Details Emerge Behind Washington's Decision To Leave INF Treaty" (Akulov).  Another arms race.  Bonus - neither side has any defensive capability against the new weapons!

More of that crack Russian diplomacy:  "The Final Push for Idlib Will Come Soon" (Pieraccini) (my emphasis in red, with the idea that Russia providing 'obsolete' equipment may have been part of the trick):
"Russian and Syrian efforts have been moving in two very specific directions over the last few weeks. While Moscow supplies Damascus with new equipment in preparation for the future advance on Idlib, Putin and his entourage continue diplomatic efforts to draw more of Syria’s enemies closer to the Russia-Iran-Syria axis. The meeting that brought about the demilitarized zone included Macron and Merkel, the Europeans having evidently come to terms with the impossibility of overthrowing the legitimate government of Syria. Macron and Merkel were offered a way out of the Syrian conflict, decoupling themselves from the belligerent stance of the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia. The intention is to usher Paris and Berlin towards the same direction Qatar, Turkey and Jordan have been progressively gravitating. Certainly, these are not countries to be considered friends of Damascus. Rather, they are parties with whom a constructive dialogue needs to be entered into in order to advance common diplomatic interests.
Moscow has often found it possible to reach an agreement or start unpublicized negotiations with each of these parties. Erdogan seems to have preferred an agreement with Putin rather than waiting for the liberation of Idlib by the SAA, thus being able to postpone the natural conclusion of the war that will find him sitting at the table defeated. At the same time, Erdogan wants to concentrate on the Kurds in order to secure the border between Syria and Turkey controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and to prevent any partition of Syrian territory that would favor other parties. Jordan has even reopened the border crossings with Syria, appearing to be the first country in opposition to Damascus that is now taking practical steps to mend fences.
The case of the participation of the two European countries at the summit with Erdogan and Putin is more complex. The rift between Washington and the other European capitals is wide and well documented, even more so after the events in Paris commemorating the end of the First World War. Macron and Trump seem to be diverging further in terms of policy and ideology, while Trump and Merkel have always had their differences. Trump's choices in the Middle East, in the wake of the destructive actions of Israel and Saudi Arabia, marked a profound point of difference and mistrust with the European allies. Macron and Merkel have a huge problem dealing with refugees flowing from areas in North Africa and the Middle East destroyed by US-led wars. The prospect of working with Erdogan, and indirectly with Damascus, to bring back hundreds of thousands of refugees currently in France and especially Germany, seems to have been Putin's winning argument during the talks in Istanbul.
This slow diplomatic approach has been accelerated as a result of Israel’s downing of a Russian electronic-surveillance aircraft. The need to avoid a direct conflict between Moscow and Tel Aviv allowed the Russian missile forces to deploy to Syria an advanced model of the S-300 in addition to the existing S-300/400 systems on the ground. The presence of these advanced systems, and Moscow’s threats to use them, together with American concerns over the possibility of an F-35 being shot down by Soviet systems dating from the 1970s, forced the Zionist entity to halt its attacks on Syria."
Surfing with weev (scroll down to the comments; it's going to take me a month for each blog posting!):
"I am careful in how I use the Internet.

I generally do not connect to web sites from my main machine, aside from a few sites I have some special relationship with. I usually fetch web pages from other sites by sending mail to a program (see https://git.savannah.gnu.org/git/womb/hacks.git) that fetches them, much like wget, and then mails them back to me. Then I look at them using a web browser, unless it is easy to see the text in the HTML page directly. I usually try lynx first, then a graphical browser if the page needs it (using konqueror, which won’t fetch from other sites in such a situation).

I do have a disposable machine I use for gaming, but I reimage it regularly, and keep it on a segregated network away from serious business stuff. I also have a separate machine I use for doing stuff like looking up images to put in articles, or finding YouTube embeds. It gets wiped every day.

The web browser I use to access the BBS and other things I login that I have a personal connection with is not present on my actual machine. It is displayed on my desktop via remote X."
and:
"dunno. don’t trust any vpn provider not to fuck you if LEO guns get pointed at them. using a vpn is good, but how you pay for it is important and it can’t be the only layer between you and getting a criminal charge. at minimum you should crack someone else’s wifi as well. i have a directional antenna i take around with me, and get on a cracked AP that is fairly far away."
"Evidence that Putin organized the Paris riots" (The Saker).
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