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Arabia
A Saudi "moderate" sheikh tearfully calls to execute "apostate" Tweeter
Posted by: tipper || 02/19/2012 01:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top||

#1  God bless America!

F the barbarians!
Posted by: Fat Bob Unotch3711 || 02/19/2012 2:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Years ago, some hacker type suggested what was called an "assassination pool".

When such a pool is created, it appears as a website on some server in a third world country, and appears to be a benign and ordinary text page. Word about it and where funds are to be sent is spread only by word of mouth, never electronically.

The anonymous "host" puts up a text page listing the name of potential assassination targets and a number representing a dollar amount. That is all. Anonymous individuals electronically send $500 (or more) bets along with a date/time when they think the assassination will happen. In exchange they get a code number.

If they just want to contribute to the pool for a particular victim, they set the date/time within a few days, forfeiting their bet to drive the amount up. Then, a real assassin sends in a date/time, unknown to anyone but the host, and if the target dies closest to that, then the assassin gets the pooled funds.

Thus one or many individuals can anonymously create, with an anonymous assassin, a contract to kill a target, with a known amount of money.

Importantly, while the *assumption* was that this would be directed at political leaders, nothing prevents *excluding* political leaders, and going after known terrorists and terrorist backers.

This changes the entire character of the pool, from assassination, per se, to a "private bounty", to take out such people, who often governments refuse to either pursue or eliminate.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/19/2012 10:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Anonymoose cool - sort of like how the ref's influence point spread.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/19/2012 11:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Google this guy he is no moderate!
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 02/19/2012 12:33 Comments || Top||


Economy
Poverty Causes 90% of Homelessness
By Jan Lightfoot Lane
Mod note: We don't know who this individual is, but whomever she is, she did bother to write something original and post it at Rantburg.com

Despite the fact that lack of funds is mingled with every other social cause of Homelesness and Hunger, poverty is not counted as a reason for homeless. Poverty equals terror against many.

A battered woman who has no income of her own, and leaves her abuser, is homeless due to lack of funds. A drunk, who drinks to escape pain, or that the drink demands yet another, can scrape together $10 for a pint, but not $1,400 for a rent, is in poverty. Or an underpaid worker who can not pay the rent and utilities both in one month has the qiremire of human lack as a constant scary companion. Social workers surveys do not count poverty as a cause of homelessness. I Count Poverty as a cause of losing owns home.

Seek Kindness, and kind people, as a Tool to Ends Poverty

A small Maine non-profit seems to think their members has the solution to ending poverty. It really not new --just untried. When Christ was asked how much do we give to the poor, he replied, "The Full Need". That is the challenge our society must do. It must "Give the Full Need" to 8 out of 10 workers paid under the liveable wage. And keep prices where they are.

The trick is informing the public about what must be done. Those at Hospitality House Know the means to accomplish such is to run ads in all media for about 6 months. A full page ad in top magazines can go for $100,000. And we would require 40 magazines X 6months. TV announcement goes for 1,000 a commercial. Twice a day for the same 6 months at 5 outlet would barely be enough. Bill boards in states allowing such is another form. That is around $200,000 X 100 posts in the capital cities, and money cities.

Help us in your own way to explain the real causes of poverty. Until society knows the extent of 280 million Americans out of 308 million are unable to pay the simply cost of living. They will think the broken system is working and allow the suffering of 4 in 5 workers.

If you make 1.4 times your monthly rent each week, you are out of poverty with a full, or a real liveable wage. 280 million American do not make this amount.

It little matters if you are an abused person, a drunk, the disabled, a welfare family, or what label you wear, if you make less than the need, you are in poverty. And such should be counted, in order to start to fix the quagmire trap.

It matters little if you are caught but two feet, as in limited lack. or you are sunk up to your neck as in extreme poverty. You are still unable to pay your rent and the other basic. You should be counted as being poor the USA poverty level only counts, Extreme lack. The failed standard fails, to count if you are one pay check away from being homeless.
Posted by: Thrunter Omeaque4857 || 02/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top||


Europe
A "Crystal Ball View Of Europe In 2022"
Zero Hedge has presented the work of Bulgarian modern artist Yanko Tsvetkov previously, both in 2010 and 2011. We are happy to see that his work which is meta irony on the weakest link of European culture: centuries worth of stereotype formation and development, has finally made its way into the mainstream media with the Guardian's "Stereotype maps: Is that what they think of us?" We are even happier to see that Tsvetkov has released a new one: a Crystal Ball view of Europe in 2022 which is his cartographic exercise in forecasting the political layout of Europe. While it is mostly an exercise in irony, we have to admit that the probability of him being spot on is high to quite high. We would however point out that by 2022 the "Europe Union" will be a satellite region of Russia, or as it will be better known then, Gazpromia.
Posted by: tipper || 02/19/2012 05:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1022 views] Top||

#1  You can just post the picture here.

Posted by: gromky || 02/19/2012 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  ...missing their Hong Kong style enclaves on the East Coast of North America?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/19/2012 9:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Hmm... So where is New Babylon? We know that it resides in this region, so why is it not shown as such? Where is it?
Posted by: Elmising Poodle6592 || 02/19/2012 22:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Meanwhile, circa the Year 2048 ...

* RENSE > DEPLETING THE SEAS OF FISH, widin our Lifetime as per Marine Biologist Boris Worn, among other Artic Perts, as due to GWCC, Overfishing, + OverPollution, etc + our OWG-NWO's inability to control or regulate same.

The World's Oceans = Fish Specias/Biomass are akin to a "WATERY DESERT" STEADILY INCREASINGLY "EVAPORATING" + LIKELY TO CRASH WIDIN A FEW YEARS.

HMMMM, HMMMMM, does help to explain some weird feelings or instincts I had as per old Dreams/Visions, WHERE I "OBSERVE" PEOPLE ON THE OCEAN/SEAS DOING PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES BUT YET I ALSO SENSE AT THE SAME TIME THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG OR NOT QUITE RIGHT WID THE WATER.

Little to no Fishies = no Seaweed, Plankton, Corals, etc. either.

Peak Oil + Peak Water + Peak Food [land] + Peak Trees/Wood + Peak Fish + ........???

D *** NG IT, JUST ANOTHER OWG-NWO GOVTS, PERTS CONSENSUS THAT THERE IS NO CONSENSUS, ERGO THE WORLD IS SAFE.

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FYI TOPIX/WORLD NEWS > NEW SCIENTIST: OCEAN CURRENT SLOWDOWN MAKES EARTH SPIN FASTER.

* SAME > "ISLANDS-ON-LAND" COULD MAKES TOWNS TSUNAMI-PROOF. Whole "Archipelagos" may equate to Cities.

Wid [post]GPS + Green, Space Techs.

D *** NG IT, HOW CAN CARABAOS CONTACT THE MOON COLONY WIDOUT THEIR HEADSET LASER ANTENNAS!

OTOH, SE ASIAN + LOWER AMERICAS' OFFSHORE OR RIVERINE VILLAGES-ON-STILTS MAY WANNA SEE, HIRE COPYRIGHT ATTORNEYS.

Iff my Dreams/Visions of the future hold true, GUAM may see this on its shores one day.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/19/2012 22:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Hi Joe, You've outdone yourself here tonight, my Brother.
I've always loved the zany wackiness of many of your comments. They can be so cryptic and obscure at times, but always affirm our mutual commitment to preserving the USA as we knew it prior to Pharaoh 3 years ago.
Posted by: Elmising Poodle6592 || 02/19/2012 23:50 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
Islamophobia as an offensive weapon
  By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM

It has been left to others, most notably Woolsey and Ridge, to make the substantive case for the NYPD's anti-terrorist policies. In an op-ed in The New York Daily News (and rejected by the Times), the two argue that the NYPD's undercover terror prevention program, including intelligence-gathering within the Mohammedan community, has been one of the prime tools allowing the NYPD to foil several credible threats that have arisen from within the community. And given that even one successful terror attack in New York City could claims tens of thousands of lives, the NYPD cannot afford to decrease its intelligence-gathering activities.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations
... the Moslem Brüderbund's American arm ...
is calling for the dismissal of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and the appointment of an outside inspector-general to run the police force. CAIR and other so-called "mainstream" Mohammedan groups have a long-standing grievance with Kelly and the NYPD arising from a 2007 NYPD Intelligence Report entitled "Radicalization in the West: the Homegrown Threat" and the NYPD's ongoing surveillance of radical Islamic organizations, including mosques.

But the immediate club being used to hammer Kelly is his participation in a documentary entitled The Third Jihad. The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
has devoted numerous news stories and two editorials to The Third Jihad, which is described as "anti-Islam" and "a dark film on US Mohammedans" whose producers seek to advance a pro-Israel agenda.

The Times coverage failed to mention the long roster of authorities interviewed for the film, including the director of the CIA under president Bill Clinton, James Woolsey, the first secretary of Homeland Security, Gov. Tom Ridge, and a host of former US government intelligence officials. The title The Third Jihad was provided by the most eminent living historian of Islam, Professor Bernard Lewis.
Continued on Page 49
This article starring:
American Islamic Forum for Democracy
The Third Jihad
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top||

#1  Link patched here.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/19/2012 10:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Feelings vs Lives
Posted by: Spamble Snomosh8584 || 02/19/2012 15:11 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Who goes Nazi?
Guess it goes to Islamists as well.
Well worth reading again.
Posted by: tipper || 02/19/2012 05:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top||

#1  This was actually "over colorful" in its description of stereotypes, which in retrospect was all too common in the first half of the 20th Century. Especially in such things as eugenics.

"How to tell who will become a criminal/homosexual/defective based on their background", is actually a pretty nasty way of thinking.

Especially since after the war, some of those same people described as "Nazi types", heroically fought against the Nazis, with many dying in the process.

The article was published in August of 1941.

What the author was probably trying to do was not to talk of Nazi stereotypes as much as to criticize the Roosevelt administration's New Deal embrace of "fascist economic models", and "socialist realism".

Again, in retrospect, America had only seen the tip of the Nazi iceberg. No one at that time could have imagined the eventual horrors that were discovered about the Nazis; such horrors that to even suggest a fellow American had such sympathies would be a horrific slander, beyond the pale and universally condemned.

Something the Democrats of today seem to have forgotten.

Were this article written today, it would still not be a good comparison. Perhaps to use the Italian fascist model would be better, because it was both more personality driven and seemingly "softer". (Only due to Italy still being crippled from World War I.)
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/19/2012 9:54 Comments || Top||

#2  The Military Channel has been showing the series "Nazi Collaborators" and I highly recommend it to everyone.

It discusses the war in Europe on a country by country basis. Greece, Finland, Latvia, Belgium, the fucking Grand Mufti, Holland, Norway, etc.

I think it is the best documentary series on the war in years. It covers aspects of the war that rarely get covered by commercial media.
Posted by: Penguin || 02/19/2012 10:10 Comments || Top||

#3  I see prejudice is alive today just as it was 70 years ago. Of course, the Southerner is "The Other" and naturally will join the Nazis given half a chance.
Posted by: gromky || 02/19/2012 10:43 Comments || Top||

#4  This was actually "over colorful" in its description of stereotypes, which in retrospect was all too common in the first half of the 20th Century. Especially in such things as eugenics

I'll grant that point on the article's overall tone, 'Moose. But check out the description of "Mr. L," the powerful labor leader:

L makes speeches about the “third of the nation,” and L has made a darned good thing for himself out of championing the oppressed. He has the best car of anyone in this room; salary means nothing to him because he lives on an expense account...No one has ever asked him what are the creative functions of a highly paid agent, who takes a percentage off the labor of millions of men, and distributes it where and as it may add to his own political power. (Emphasis mine-RbR)


That's no stereotype - it's an excerpt from Andy Stern's resume.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 02/19/2012 14:08 Comments || Top||

#5  "That's no stereotype - it's an excerpt from Andy Stern's resume."

I was thinking of Bambi, Ricky. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 02/19/2012 14:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Andy Stern--Another(and F-uglier)knuckle-dragging, progressive thug prince-ling with an inflated sense of entitlement. Prolly a 3rd-Generation labor-union "motivator" scum-bag.
Posted by: Elmising Poodle6592 || 02/19/2012 23:16 Comments || Top||


A Lesson Plan for the Occupy Wall Street Curriculum
Actually, I have no problem with colleges offering classes on the Occupy movement. What's pissy is how the progressives have championed a violent, hateful movement that so far has had zero political impact, in contrast to the tea party, which clearly had a dramatic impact on the 2010 election and is still significant, despite media claims to the contrary. The push for an Occupy curriculum is just one more depressing example of how badly radicalism has infected higher education.

That said, Glenn Reynolds says go with the flow, at Wall Street Journal, "A Syllabus for the 'Occupy' Movement":
Posted by: tipper || 02/19/2012 03:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top||

#1  I think it would be hilarious if someone created the rumor that OWS was turning into a suicide cult, like "Heaven's Gate" cult, and were planning a "mass event", that would "Show them. It will show them ALL!"

Most of the OWS attendees are spoiled slackers and freeloaders, and the idea that the free food and drink they would get might be poisoned would be a major turn-off.

"Of course it's not poisoned! Have some coffee!"
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/19/2012 10:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Universities support a movement made up former students wanting student debt forgiveness from the feds/taxpayers.

I'm shocked SHOCKED at the naked financial self interest here.
Posted by: Clolump Groting4508 || 02/19/2012 11:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Anonymoose good thought. Flees and lice are a good and current problem in the cities. I remember in emergency waiting room the staff sprayed everything down because a person was loaded with all manor of evil nasty things. Makes you think about public transport or services.
Posted by: Dale || 02/19/2012 12:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Clolump: I disagree. It's in direct conflict with universities' financial self-interest. By the time a student graduates with debt, the university has already been paid. Thus, forgiving government subsidized/guaranteed student loans would seriously threaten that continued stream of boodle. Which happens to be the only reason universities have enough cash to fund such useless garbage to begin with. The administrators are smart enough to know this, but the professors are not.

So I read this as just more of the same old 60's radical perfectability-of-man navel-gazing: "let's make some trouble, bitch and scream about some discomfort - hardly matters anymore - call it a movement, then go back to university to teach everyone about how righteous we were!"
Posted by: RandomJD || 02/19/2012 19:51 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Silicon Wadi in Gaza and the West Bank
The West Bank and Gaza Strip is home to hundreds of tech companies, creating everything from websites to smart phone apps

"In the hip Ramallah coffee shop ZAMN, Yousef Ghandour laments the slow Wi-Fi as he launches the beta version of one of his many start-ups, a social networking site that allows users to travel through time to find connections.

Mr. Ghandour, who never wastes a moment, shares the e-books he is currently reading on his iPhone (among them, "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't"), shows off his blog, and lingers for a moment on his latest vision for a social networking site for Muslims called AnaBasili, or "I'm praying."

"People are really passionate about entrepreneurship and putting Palestine on the map using technology," says Ghandour, a software engineer who is helping to create – and brand – an emerging community of technology entrepreneurs in the Palestinian territories. They call themselves Palestinian geeks, or peeks."

Hip Coffee shops? Entrepreneurs? Palestinians High tech starts ups? But, but, but... What about the open air prison? What about the humanitarian crisis? What about the starving Palestinians?

For some, the commitment to helping the Palestinian people goes beyond the BDS cult, beyond the literal attacks on Israel. For some, helping the Palestinians means building infrastructure and creating jobs, with the goal of building a nation.

"The Sadara Fund, the first venture capital fund focused on the Palestinian territories, launched last year with an initial $28 million to invest in Palestinian start-ups. At the time, Sadara estimated that more than 300 tech companies were operating in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, employing about 3,200 people."
Posted by: tipper || 02/19/2012 03:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [899 views] Top||


Southeast Asia
The great game blasts Bangkok
Posted by: || 02/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top||

#1  Uh, uh - JALAI'???

gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/19/2012 1:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Try Muay-Thai, Joe.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 02/19/2012 18:29 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Unpacking The Announcement of the al-Bara’ ibn Malik Martyrs Brigade
Posted by: tipper || 02/19/2012 16:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top||



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