Friday, May 22, 2015

Dave McGowan- Say a little prayer...

From the day I began this blog Dave McGowan (uberfave)  has been a constant in the sidebar of the blog. He became known to me via his appearances on Meria- the mouth that roars
I can't say with any certainty how many years ago I first heard him talking up his  writings?
It likely had to be around the time he published his first book -Derailing Democracy  So that was  at least 13 years ago???
I own and have read all of his books.  Yes, there are more books then the more recently published "Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon" A book, I actually have two copies of. One purchased from Dave with a very lovely autograph. And the other copy bought to read and lend. The other books are  Understanding the F-word and of course Programmed to Kill- and the already mentioned Derailing Democracy. Dave is no 'Johnny come lately' to  what I characterize as the questioning authority and everything else scene.
Hell, yours truly is even responsible for the 'send in the clowns' title of the regular show that Meria and Dave did every month! It described the tomfoolery (playful or silly behaviour) of the two hosts, but especially of Dave, while delivering some of the most difficult or challenging information. Like a spoon full of sugar...

Sigh.. I don't know how to say this, but, I'm going to just get it out there. Dave McGowan is facing the toughest life challenge imaginable. I'm going to quote from his last facebook posting:
So I guess I’ll just cut right to the chase and say that the prognosis is not good. I’ve been in the oncology ward of Glendale Adventist Hospital for several days now subjecting myself to various tests (X-Rays, a C-T Scan, an MRI, blood panels, a bone scan, and a biopsy). And the news has gotten progressively worse. As it stands now, I have small-cell cancer aggressively attacking my lungs, liver and bones, and the doctors fear it could soon invade my brain. The survival rate for this form of lung cancer is very low and beating the odds is a daunting challenge. I’m a fighter by nature, but this is going to require a hell of a fight. On the plus side, the staff here has been wonderfully supportive and they have done everything possible to keep me comfortable and to take the edge off the intense pain. Start my first round of chemotherapy this morning, which hopefully will go well.
I don't have 'facebook' so can't comment there- I, like Dave, detest that giant information sucking, manipulating, anti-social, anti human space.
Therefore what I have to say about this sad new is going to be right here:

I'm dam sorry to read this news Dave.. Truly.  Your FB mesage is pure Dave- the fighter in you is apparent in the words. My husband and I send nothing but the best thoughts imaginable to you and your family at this very difficult time.

If anyone wants to comment here, please do, well wishes would be appreciated.
Thanks!

"ISIS of Saudi Arabia" claims responsibility for suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia

Yup, that's an alleged new group of ISIS affiliates if your keeping track.
Here is the latest: CBC
A group purporting to be a newly-established Saudi affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group says it is behind Friday's attack on Shia worshippers in the kingdom.

In a statement distributed on ISIS-linked Twitter feeds, a group purporting to be the ISIS branch in Saudi Arabia issued the claim. It could not be independently confirmed if the new group has operational links to ISIS
The group's statement carried a logo in Arabic referring to itself as the "Najd Province" — a reference to the historic region that is home to the capital Riyadh and the ruling Al Saud family, as well as the ultraconservative Wahhabi branch of Islam.

NYT's
A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people Friday in a blast inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the 7th century birth of a revered figure, residents and officials said.
Loyalists of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack — the second against Shiites in the kingdom in six months. In November, the extremist Islamic State group was accused of being behind the shooting and killing of eight worshippers in the eastern Saudi Arabian village of al-Ahsa.
Despite a string of IS-related attacks over the past several months that have also targeted police, Friday's suicide bombing appears to be the deadliest in the country in nearly a decade.
 Some ultraconservative Sunnis in Saudi Arabia, known as Wahhabis, have used Friday sermons to rally support for the war and simultaneously criticize Shiites and their practice of praying at the tombs of religious figures, which they view as akin to polytheism.
That is such a familiar occurrence. Exactly as it was done in Syria. Who would think?

The country's top cleric, Grand Mufti Abdel-Aziz al-Sheikh, told Saudi state television that the attack in Qatif aims at "driving a wedge among the sons of the nation" and described it as "a crime, shame and great sin." The country's top council of clerics issued a statement blaming the attack on "terrorist criminals with foreign agendas."
Reuters is reporting 21 deaths at the mosque
More than 150 people were praying when the huge explosion ripped through the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, witnesses said.

Flashback:  Sy Hersh’s Limited Hangout: Framing Saudi Arabia for Destruction/Destabilization

An interesting hour of conversation from Jay Dyer and company
   


 This is the half audio interview with Mark Hackard & Daniel Spaulding of Soul of the East.
 Mark and Daniel joined me for a 2 hour discussion of their recent articles and translations of Soviet history, secret operations, black markets, fronts and shells, blackmail and intrigue and Middle Eastern trickery combined with American foreign policy ventures. Topics covered include The Cambridge Five and Philby, Golitsin and defections, ISIS, media manipulation, the history of Islamic sects, and much more.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cold Weather is Much Deadlier Then Extreme Heat

One would never know that from all the AGW hype and computer models that simply haven't panned out- This information was come by the hard way- Real world data was gathered over a period of time. Considering how dam cold the past few years have been in most of the North American continent alongside many other areas of the globe this seems a timely article

Digression begins: It’s late May here and guess what? Other then a few warm days in a row, our temperatures have been mostly below normal for this time of year.  To date we’ve planted our cool weather plants, but, nothing that requires warmer temps. That would be tomatoes, peppers & eggplants. Worst of all the furnace has been on, intermittently and this Friday coming is going to be quite cold for this time of year.

*Ottawa area: Birds still delayed by cooler than normal weather
* Natural Gas Futures gain..."The weather may be cooler than normal in most of the lower 48 states through May 24, according to Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland"

 Digression over, let’s get back to deadly Cold Weather:


Heat waves get more attention, but cold weather claims more lives, according to a new study analyzing deaths in 13 countries
I simply can’t imagine why ‘heat’ gets more attention then cold? Really, I can’t ;)

“After examining more than 74 million deaths that occurred in 13 countries from 1985 to 2012, researchers calculated that 7.3% of them could be attributed to cold weather and 0.4% to hot weather.”

The researchers collected daily data on weather conditions, air pollution and deaths from 384 cities around the world. For each city, they calculated the temperature at which deaths were least likely to occur. All other days were compared to days with this “optimum” temperature.

In all countries, the optimum temperature was close to the upper end of all temperatures recorded there. In the United States, for instance, 84% of days were colder than the optimum temperature and 16% were warmer. At one end of the spectrum, 93% of days in Sweden were below the optimum temperature and 7% were above it. At the other end, Brazil had 60% of days below and 40% of days above its optimum temperature.

The 2.5% of days that were the very coldest in each location were considered extremely cold, and the 2.5% of days that were hottest were examples of extreme heat.

With the bulk of the days in all areas being below the ideal temperature, days rated cold but not extremely cold were blamed for the most deaths — 6.7% during the study period
From earlier today:

Kosher Seal of Approval for PM Stephen Harper?

Kosher Seal of Approval for PM Stephen Harper?

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper returns today to Quebec, a province where his party hopes to make major gains in this fall's election.
And he's being honoured by a community which holds considerable sway over whether those gains will include a seat in Montreal.
The riding of Mount Royal is up for grabs this fall with Liberal MP Irwin Cotler stepping down.
About 30 per cent of the riding identified as Jewish in the last census — making the electoral district one of only a handful in the country where that community can swing an election if it votes en masse.
The Liberals have held the seat since 1940, but Montreal's influential Jewish Community Council appears set to give its stamp of approval to Harper.
The council is a religious organization, primarily concerned with certifying whether products are kosher and on Thursday's evening it will give the prime minister its King David Award.
"The King David Award is presented to an individual who is a light unto the world," reads a description of the honour on the event's Facebook page. "One whose courage, strength, intelligence and faithfulness are examples and inspirations for us all.
Should have read blight. A blight unto the world
"This year’s honouree has gone over and above the call of duty in every one of those attributes."
Suuure. If we're talkin' blight then yes Stephen Harper has gone over and above the call of duty
Harper's vocal support for Israel has drawn consistent praise from many segments of the Jewish community, who traditionally voted for the Liberals.

Identity politics in action- Too bad for ordinary run of the mill Canadians. 
See:Gilad Atzmon: From A to Zion and the despicable Identity Politics

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gilad Atzmon: From A to Zion and the despicable Identity Politics

With thanks to Henrik @ Red Ice Radio!!

Atzmon has written three books, and he returns to speak with us about his new publication, “A to Zion – The Definitive Israeli Lexicon,” a fictitious satire co-authored with cartoonist Enzo Apicella. Gilad gives a synopsis of the book and tells about his impetus for engaging the issues of Jewish ideology in Israel politics using aphorisms and humor.
  Gilad emphasizes the bamboozling effects of identity politics among various discourses, and we relate this cultural tactic to the notion of the oppressed vs. the oppressor as a trick to lead victims into the hands of more oppression
 Identity Politics just more divide and conquer:

- Win by getting one's opponents to fight among themselves.
- A way of keeping yourself in a position of power by making the people under you disagree with each other so that they are unable to join together and remove you from your position
Identity politics is a political style that focuses on the issues relevant to various groups defined by a wide variety of shared characteristics, including, but not limited to, race, social class, religion, sex, gender, ethnicity, ideology, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, culture, currency, shared ...




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Obama OK's Arctic Drilling! Greenpeace can see their coffers grow

Obama OK’s Drilling for Oil in the Arctic-

Big non surprise- Really. This should not be a surprise. All manner of environmental destruction is wrought to benefit the oil/banking cartel. War being a huge destructive force for profit. Those facts are the very reason I have  repeatedly stated- if you believed that the AGW scam was ever going to impede or harm the oil/banking/pharma/chemical/war cartel in any way shape or form, you have been duped.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday gave conditional approval to allow Shell to start drilling for oil off the Alaskan coast this summer, a major victory for the petroleum industry and a devastating blow to environmentalists.

This is not a blow to ‘environmentalists’ like Greenpeace. Though it is appalling to someone like myself and many others who actually care for and tend to this earth. This will be a $$$$ cow for Greenpeace and other coopted ‘Big Green” organizations They can send more emails out, pleading for your hard earned dollars to fight this decision and continue to accomplish absolutely nothing. Same as they have done so far.
Shell has sought for years to drill in the icy waters of the Chukchi Sea. Federal scientists believe the region could hold up to 15 billion barrels of oil.

“We have taken a thoughtful approach to carefully considering potential exploration in the Chukchi Sea,” Abigail Ross Hopper, director of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said in a statement. She said that the administration recognized the need to establish high standards for the protection of the Arctic ecosystem as well as the cultural traditions of Alaska Natives and that the offshore exploration “will continue to be subject to rigorous safety standards.”
The Interior Department’s approval of the drilling was conditional on Shell’s receiving approval of remaining state and federal drilling permits for the project, including permits from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Curtis Smith, a spokesman for Shell, called the approval “an important milestone” for Shell and said it showed the administration’s confidence in Shell’s commitment to safety.
The Obama administration had initially granted Shell a permit to begin offshore Arctic drilling in the summer of 2012.
However, the company’s first forays into exploring the new waters were plagued with numerous safety and operational problems. One of its oil rigs, the Kulluk, ran aground and had to be towed to safety. In 2013, the Interior Department said the company could not resume drilling until all safety issues were addressed.
In a review of the company’s performance in the Arctic, the department concluded that Shell had failed in a wide range of basic operational tasks, like supervision of contractors that performed critical work.
The report was harshly critical of Shell management, which acknowledged that it was unprepared for the problems it encountered operating in the unforgiving Arctic environment.
But the administration said that since then, the Interior Department has significantly strengthened and updated drilling regulations. And outside experts said that while the challenges of Arctic drilling were steep, the new plan surmounted them to some extent by allowing drilling only in the summer months (when there is way less ice, due to the 24/7 sunshine)  and in shallow waters. (Where ice would melt the quickest and return the latest- so much for the Arctic being devoid of ice?)
“It recognizes both the economic and energy potential of the Arctic seas, but also the environmental sensitivity of the area and the challenges of responding to spills and other incidents in such a harsh climate,” said Thomas Lorenzen

Harsh climate!?!? What!?! According to AGW mythology- It's a beach up there.

A Typical email from GreenPeace

Here is a copy of the last email I received from Greenpeace- Cause like I told you all, I used to be a fool for their tripe-
What do you notice about their email?

Dear---------

We may have as little as 68 days before Shell begins to drill for oil in Arctic waters. The consequences of a spill in the Arctic would be devastating.

Help keep the pressure on Shell to halt Arctic drilling. Make a donation today.

Here in Canada, we have big plans to take on Shell all summer. I can’t go into much detail right now, but I promise that these plans are strategic, accessible to people all over Canada and creative!

We may not have Shell’s billions, but we know that there are people across Canada committed to protecting the Arctic. A donation from you can give us the security we need to make these ambitious plans happen.

In the past month, I've witnessed some amazing acts of courage from my colleagues, volunteers and the public.


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Image with "Donate Now"

You've probably heard about the six volunteers on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza that climbed aboard Shell’s Arctic-bound Polar Pioneer drill rig as both vessels crossed the Pacific Ocean.1 For six days these courageous activists camped out on the rig, bringing international attention to our shared goal: No Arctic drilling!
I am so moved to see that the courage of the six is multiplying, daily. Seattle is the Polar Pioneer’s next stop before heading to the Arctic. Just over a week ago thousands of Seattle residents gathered outside the Port of Seattle to deliver a red kayak full of messages from protesters saying “Shell no to Arctic drilling”.2

In May, when the rig is expected to arrive in Seattle, members of the public are preparing to meet the Polar Pioneer with a wall of people-powered opposition. The movement against Arctic drilling is growing, but only with your help can we keep up the momentum.

Help us keep the pressure on Shell this summer, donate today.
Remember Shell’s last attempt at Arctic drilling? It was a fiasco from start to finish, with crashed oil rigs, damaged equipment, failed safety tests and even criminal convictions for its sub-contractors. Amazingly, Shell is eager to go back again this summer.

Let’s work together this summer. Let's build a movement of opposition to Arctic drilling that's just too big for Shell to ignore. Your donation today will fuel the movement and help preserve the Arctic from reckless oil drilling. Please give today.

Say it with me: “SHELL NO!”

Sarah & the team at Greenpeace Canada


 And in the fine print beneath the letter another mention to donate. In one letter Greenpeace asks for money 6 times. What solution is proposed for dealing with this issue of Arctic drilling? Publicity stunts to draw attention to Greenpeace. What have years of publicity stunts accomplished?
Judging by the Obama administration decision? Nothing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Macedonia and the "Lipstick Protestor" Yawn

Previously we had the 'umbrella' protests.. And other prop/ attention grabbers I've likely forgotten!
I'm bored.Seriously, this nonsense is getting tired. Old. Stale. Yawn.
Something eye catching that spreads like wildfire via anti social media-
I'm not impressed. This is a very typical manipulative psyop.



One thing that is clear the police in Macedonia were less animalistic then in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the G-20

Who can forget Officer Bubbles?
Threatening to arrest the bubble blowing protestor. And yes she was arrested.

 

No social media, twitter twaddle heads thought her arrest was over kill. None spread their NED, Freedom House bought & paid for messages. Nope, just silence. And media demonization in freedom loving Canada.........Running down those protestors!

Apparently Macedonia has more restrained police officers then so called democratic Canada?
Says much about Canada. And the vast majority of Canadians.
But, I've digressed let's get back to the 'lipstick protestor' and her staged photo shoot.
Bolstered by the bought and paid for 'human rights' promoters

Back to Macedonia and the "lipstick protestor"

On that first day of protests, a police cordon was guarding the main government building in downtown Skopje. As hundreds of people poured past, a Reuters photographer stood perched on a step next to the building for a better view of the crowd. Below him, a young woman approached the police cordon, and as the crowd of protesters shouted around her, she reapplied her red lipstick using one of the riot police officer's shields to view her reflection. As the photographer pointed his camera at her and snapped away, she left a bright red kiss print on the officer's shield.

Completely staged photo- The photographer prepositioned and the 'activist' approaches, but not protesting,  applies her lipstick, kissing the officers shield while the already in position photographer from Reuters snaps away...
Her name is Jasmina Golubovska and the image of her reapplying her lipstick in the midst of an anti-government protest has wrapped itself around the globe several times over, getting play on viral websites such as Daily Dot and BuzzFeed as well as major international news outlets. To some she is a “badass”, to others “an icon” of the protests in Macedonia.
But Golubovska was not just a random woman touching up her makeup on the front lines of civic resistance: she is a rights activist and a representative of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Macedonia.
In other words she is a bought and paid for 'activist'- Which is why this shot was set up to be taken the way it was.

I've seen the name Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in 'Wherever a Destabilization is Necessary'  This group comes up time and time again. They seem to be tied into the NATO stay behind organizational structure

Helsinki Committee for Human Rights

Freedom House: Nations in Transit- Macedonia 2014

Unrest in Macedonia Follows ‘Regime Change’ Scenarios Used Worldwide

 "There could hardly be any doubt that current destabilization of Macedonia could happen without the will and even support of the same western factors. Statements from various western capitals, participation of some western ambassadors at the opposition rallies in Skopje, slogans and western propaganda, in general, is more than revealing."

Did Victoria Nuland hand out sandwiches in Macedonia?