Saturday, January 06, 2018

                                      In Trump We Trust

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Why didn't Grenfel Tower collapse?

  WTC 1 didn't collapse either ~ It was blown to smithereens from the top down


Grenfell Tower fire: Investigators bring in 9/11 experts

BBC  News London

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said the "only comparable advice" 
police could get was from World Trade Center attack investigators
Experts who recovered remains after the 9/11 attack in New York are 
helping police investigators combing through debris from the Grenfell Tower fire.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said 200 officers
would be sifting through 15 tonnes of debris "until Christmas time".
Police also named 68-year-old Marjorie Vital as the latest victim of the west
 London fire to be identified.She lived on the 19th floor with her son Ernie, who
 has not yet been found. Grenfell Tower fire: Who were the victims?

Mr Mackey said the "extraordinary size of crime scene" meant the 
"only comparable advice" that could be found was from investigators 
who worked on the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001.
He added: "Without wanting to be too graphic... the fire in some 
parts of that building [Grenfell] burned at over 1,000 degrees for 
a considerable period of time. "So we are now working through, floor-by-floor,
 and it is literally a case of sifting and working through the debris - sadly, the 
remains - to try and desperately identify parts of people so we can reunite [them
 with their families]."The senior officer said the tower block was "one of the most 
complex recovery operations we've seen".

More on BBC

Monday, June 12, 2017

Israel's War of Attrition in The Middle East


            The following is a repost from Oct. 10, 2015

  GEEZERPOWER: Israel has been using drones for surveilance since 1973


                           By 1969, the Israeli Air Force was using drones to photograph and monitor
                           Egyptian, Syrian, and later, Jordanian troops.

      Israel Military Intelligence: Intelligence During Yom Kippur War (1973)

  Jewish Virtual Library

 by Doron Geller
 The Yom Kippur War of October 1973 was a terrible surprise, which put Israel's security - and even survival - in jeopardy. By the end of the war, Israel had turned the tables and both Cairo and Damascus were under threat. But that did not diminish the sense of shock which shook the nation in the aftermath of the war. How could such a disaster have happened? Israel was supposed to be nearly "invincible", in the minds of many of her military and political leaders. That sense of confidence deflated quickly in the aftermath of the war. Much of the blame fell on the shoulders of the Intelligence community, which was blamed for not accurately assessing clear information that Egypt and Syria planned to go to war on October 6, 1973. Israel's victory in 1967 extended her borders to all of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula. Israel set up electronic eavesdropping and early warning stations in the Jordan Valley along the border with Jordan, on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, looking into Syria, and along the East Bank of the Suez Canal, which enabled Israel to observe Egyptian forces on the other side. By 1969, the Israeli Air Force was using drones to photograph and monitor Egyptian, Syrian, and later, Jordanian troops. By July of 1969, the Israeli Air Force was called on to engage in deep penetration bombing in the Nile Valley inside of Egypt in response to the continuance of Egypt's declared "War of Attrition." more here

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nathan Yahoo, in spite of his posturing, can hardly contain himself over the newly installed cabinet of the Mein Trumpf regime. The  Golan Heights comes to mind...

               From the horses mouth

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 PEOTUS is stacking his cabinet with friends of the Jewish State, but the geopolitical realities of Iran, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and ISIS may complicate his Middle East policy, whatever it turns out to be

 By Lee Smith
December 7, 2016 • 10:00 PM

 Though some Americans may not want to hear it, the election of Donald Trump has changed Israel’s strategic situation dramatically for the better. Prepared to deal with what was presumably a somewhat friendlier version of the Obama administration run by Hillary Clinton, Jerusalem is now looking at what may be the most pro-Israel White House in the history of the bilateral relationship. The Israelis have been relatively quiet about their enthusiasm for the Trump administration—partly because the American public is still so dramatically split on the election, and partly because it was accused of siding with the 2012 Republican nominee for president. But the government of Benjamin Netanyahu had a favorite in the November race—and he won. As far as the Netanyahu government is concerned, it’s impossible to imagine an American White House more attuned to Israel’s concerns than Trump’s. One senior Israeli official likened Trump’s picks to a “dream team” of pro-Israel U.S. policymakers—a uniquely favorable lineup that presents Israel with an opportunity to make strategic gains. Most important to Israel, according to the same official, is Iran. “We haven’t changed our view of the nuclear deal with Iran or Iran’s malevolent role in the region,” the official told me. “But the incoming administration sees both the nuclear deal and the danger posed by Iran very differently than the outgoing administration. They believe that this deal and Iran’s aggression and support for terror is not only bad for Israel and the region. They think it is bad for America.” The first item on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s list when he talks to President-elect Donald Trump will be the strategic threat posed by the Iranian nuclear program and consequently the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which all but guarantees an Iranian breakout within 15 years. “The problem of how to deal with this deal is something I will discuss with President Trump when he takes office,” Netanyahu told a Saban Forum audience in Washington by satellite video this weekend. “Iran has actually become an even more aggressive power.”

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Old Shell Game: Single Payer Health Care off the table

This is a repost  from  September 29, 2009. If  there was anything left on the table, most of it was consumed by the Corporate Medical Insurance Complex...G%

Hmm, so we are supposed to believe that the controversy is about whether we have a public option or not, while the majority of us still want single pay health care, including many doctors and health care workers. The corporate government has decided that we should settle for busine$$ as usual, and in e$$ence will be happy, even with the public option. This is a rigged game folks and we need to call bullsh*te
Public plan debate could pit Democrat vs. Democrat


WASHINGTON — Democrats sought to give government the right to sell insurance in competition with private industry Tuesday as the Senate Finance Committee opened a second week of debate over massive health care legislation.

"We need this option because the insurance companies have failed to meet their obligation" to the public, said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., accusing firms of putting profits over their customers.

He said that without his proposal, consumers would face substantial premium increases once health care legislation takes effect.

Republicans countered that private companies would eventually be forced out of business, and argued that millions would be forced to get their insurance from the government.

"Washington is not the answer," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Rockfeller's proposal, and a second one drafted by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., faced uncertain prospects as the committee debated legislation that generally fell along lines outlined by President Barack Obama.

While Democrats hold a majority on the committee, the legislation advanced by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., omitted the so-called public option. Moderate Democrats on and off the committee oppose it, and Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, the Republican seen as most likely to support the bill, has also spoken against it.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Humanitarian and Medical Crisis in Syria

                                                     Aleppo Old City * panoramic view * November 19. 2011


                           Coverage of Syrian War Crimes

 Ten Times Worse Than Hell: A Syrian Doctor on the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Aleppo Democracy Now! Published on Aug 17, 2016

Democracy Now! 

Published on Aug 17, 2016
 In the latest escalation of the war in Syria, Russia has begun launching airstrikes from an Iranian air base. The New York Times reports this marks the first time since World War II that a foreign military has operated from a base on Iranian soil. The move comes as fighting has intensified around Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Earlier this month, rebels fighting the Syrian government began a new offensive to break an ongoing government-backed siege of the city. The rebels have been led in part by an offshoot of the Nusra Front, which up until last month had been aligned with al-Qaeda. The International Committee of the Red Cross has described the fight for Aleppo as "beyond doubt one of the most devastating urban conflicts in modern times." The United Nations is warning of a dire humanitarian crisis as millions are left without water or electricity. For more on the humanitarian and medical crisis in Syria, we speak with Dr. Zaher Sahloul, founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria and senior adviser and former president of the Syrian American Medical Society. He has visited Aleppo five times since the war began.

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I have much respect for Democracy Now, but I have a feeling that Dr. Zaher Saloul ls a tool for the New World Order. Being the chairman for American Relief Coalition for Syria  and bringing up the old barrel bomb story about chemical weapons being used by Assad on his own people is well worn and almost irrelevant when considering the horrible fates of the people who are blown up daily by exotic weapons. The real story, at the moment, is all about oil, and the Neoconservative agenda to control the Middle East. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

These are strange times folks. We have a Secretary of Defense that doesn't understand what a uniform is. Ashe Carter seems to think that we should have a different kind of military that he calls "The Force of the Future'. A military that resembles the IDF, which involves every citizen in Israel. It calls for the involvement of every family member in the defense of our country, which goes far beyond anything, like the WAC. that we experienced in WW2. Rosie the Riveter seems to be a relic of the past, as well as the alpha male who has traditionally defended home and country. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ As part of the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Che Guevara, the National Security Archive's Cuba Documentation Project is posting a selection of key CIA, State Department, and Pentagon documentation relating to Guevara and his death. This electronic documents book is compiled from declassified records obtained by the National Security Archive, and by authors of two new books on Guevara: Jorge Castañeda's Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara (Knopf), and Henry Butterfield Ryan's The Fall of Che Guevara (Oxford University Press). The selected documents, presented in order of the events they depict, provide only a partial picture of U.S. intelligence and military assessments, reports and extensive operations to track and "destroy" Che Guevara's guerrillas in Bolivia; thousands of CIA and military records on Guevara remain classified. But they do offer significant and valuable information on the high-level U.S. interest in tracking his revolutionary activities, and U.S. and Bolivian actions leading up to his death.