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Another Democrat, another Israel bashing - The Washington Post (Jennifer Rubin) -
"Bill Clinton was caught off mike in Iowa this weekend “agreeing that the [Israeli] prime minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] was ‘not the man’ to make peace with Palestinians — a position at odds with his wife’s pro-Israel stance, a new report said Monday. Clinton’s spontaneous comments came during an impromptu conversation with pro-Palestinian activists after he and Hillary spent the day at a political event in Iowa on Sunday.” This is part of a pattern for Bill Clinton – “blaming the Israeli prime minister for the lack of progress toward peace with the Palestinians.” What do we learn from this?" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Once again, Jennifer Rubin leaves herself wide open to being bashed by Washington Post readers -- she must enjoy the punishment, which now has a ritualistic flavor. - Sean McBride
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Warmest August on Record, Global Warming Continues – Greg Laden's Blog -
"According to data just updated by NASA, last August was the warmest August for the entire instrumental data record, which begins in 1881. This has been something of a mixed year but overall warm. Of the 134 years for which there are data, the coolest month this year so far was February, at 17th place, with July also being cool, at 11th place. Keep in mind this is over 134 years. For the months of January through August, there are no one-digit ranks (1 through 8) prior to 1989, inclusively, and you don’t really start getting consistent “top ten” ranks until 1998." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Hahahaha now who has to use obscure blogs ? Global August 2014 Report: - Eric Logan
This story is all over the Internet: [Google News; global warming august 2014] - Sean McBride
I don't care where it's reported. The raw data says it's BS. RSS. - Eric Logan
Just out of curiosity which entry on your search parameter meets your previously stated criteria as reputable science publications. Think Progress ? You should just take Greg's word for it source watcher. LMAO. Greg Laden is a biological anthropologist and science communicator. His research has covered North American prehistoric and historic archaeology and African archaeology and human ecology. He is an OpenSource and OpenAccess advocate. - Eric Logan
This new story (it's less than a few hours old) has been reported so far in Huffington Post, Seattle Weekly, Climate Central, AccuWeather and Think Progress. I took a quick glance at reader comments for informed pushback -- haven't noticed any yet. I am waiting to see how the leading scientific publications cover it over the next few days and weeks. - Sean McBride
Give it a few years till they homogenize historical raw data. ;) - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Haha. Gavin Schmidt has picked up the baton for James Hansen. He took 12 days longer than everyone else and runs counter to the others, but there you have it. GISS - Eric Logan
# Eric Logan quotes on climate science 1. Hahahaha 2. LMAO 3. Haha - Sean McBride
Meanwhile, the latest reporting on this story: - Sean McBride
It's just as funny today as it was yesterday and it's a full 1/2 degree higher than any other data set. your trusted sources method are still conspicuously absent. "This result is apparently at odds with satellite measurements of the global tropospheric temperature calculated by the University of Alabama in Huntsville and by US firm remote Sensing Systems. Both these data sets showed... more... - Eric Logan
The divergence between the data sets is larger than the observed warming during the satellite era "pre pause" in other words the 1979-98 average. Truly laughable. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Enrique está perdido en la niebla. - Sean McBride
Sean, creo que hemos jugado a este juego antes. - Eric Logan
Also Sean it's a moot point because today @climateofgavin just adjusted it down on GISS so that August 2014 is no longer the hottest even according to NASA. Pure comedy. It's .068 today. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
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MIT triumphs in new world university rankings -
MIT triumphs in new world university rankings
"Want bragging rights? Go to MIT. Want a job after you graduate? Go to Oxford or Cambridge.Those are some of the findings of a new ranking of global universities, released Tuesday. Six of the 10 top universities were American, with MIT taking top honors, and the remaining four were British, the QS World University Rankings said. The rankings judge colleges by research, teaching, employability and internationalization." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Lockheed Martin Forms Israel Unit --Executive - WSJ -
Lockheed Martin Forms Israel Unit --Executive - WSJ
"Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT +0.67% , the world's largest defense contractor by sales, has formed a technology-focused Israeli subsidiary as it seeks to win new defense contracts in the country, a company executive said. The Israeli arm of the company, Lockheed Martin Israel Ltd., will focus on cybersecurity, enterprise information technology, data centers, mobile, analytics and cloud, said Haden Land, vice president of research and technology for Lockheed Martin. It will look for partnerships, investments and acquisitions, he said. Mr. Land is in Israel this week for talks with Israeli government officials, and to oversee the local rollout." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The new tech cluster, with its planned military-industrial-academic cooperation, will focus on cyberdefense, encryption and other security-related technologies, a Ministry of Defense official involved in the project said. Several global defense and IT companies that are already active in Israel are vying for contracts to build and supply infrastructure for the new cluster. "We're going... more... - Sean McBride
Is this part of the Obama Jobs Creation plan? Serious though, does this benefit the US, or those at the top of the Lockheed Martin corporation? - Chu_
# sort Americans by earnings from * 1. arms sales to Mideast nations 2. Mideast political conflicts 3. Mideast wars 4. the Afghanistan War 5. the Iraq War - Sean McBride
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Stephen King has named his most hated expressions. What are yours? | Books | -
Stephen King has named his most hated expressions. What are yours? | Books |
1. at the end of the day 2. at this point in time 3. IMHO 4. LOL 5. many believe 6. some people say 7. that's so cool 8. YOLO - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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http://Schema.Org: The Fire’s Been Lit via @Prismatic
"In a sample of over 12 billion web pages, 21 percent, or 2.5 billion pages, use it to mark up HTML pages, to the tune of more than 15 billion entities and more than 65 billion triples. In that same sample, this works out to six entities and 26 facts per page with" - Sean McBride
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Comcast Threatens To Cut Off Tor Users - Business Insider -
Comcast Threatens To Cut Off Tor Users - Business Insider
"Multiple users of anonymous web browser Tor have reported that Comcast has threatened to cut off their internet service unless they stop using the legal software. According to a report on Deepdotweb, Comcast customer representatives have branded Tor "illegal" and told customers that using it is against the company's policies." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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FBI Whistleblower: Pentagon, CIA, NATO And MI6 Were Masterminds Behind 9/11 -
FBI Whistleblower: Pentagon, CIA, NATO And MI6 Were Masterminds Behind 9/11
See the comments on this article here: - Sean McBride
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Cooperation key to cyber-security, says ex-NSA head | The Times of Israel -
Cooperation key to cyber-security, says ex-NSA head | The Times of Israel
"Joint projects with business, academia, and government — like the CyberSpark Industry Initiative — are ‘badly needed’" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Survival of society as we know it in the battle against cyber-criminals and terrorists requires cooperation involving industry academia and investors. That stern warning comes from no less a figure than former NSA Director Gen. (ret.) Keith Alexander — and Israelis are working on that." - Sean McBride
"It’s to that end that international security company EMC, BGN Technologies (the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), and venture capital investment firm Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) announced Sunday the creation of the CyberSpark Industry Initiative, a non-profit organization that will engage in the international promotion of the cyber center, which is based at the Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) Beersheba." - Sean McBride
Protocols of the Elders strikes again. - American
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Islamic State: ‘US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis’
"The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has been aided by the continuing failure of the US Government to investigate the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks and its support of jihadi movements such as al-Qaeda in the years since, says former Senator Bob Graham, the co-chairman of the official inquiry into 9/11." - Sean McBride
"Senator Graham, who chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that successive administrations in Washington had turned a blind eye to Saudi support for Sunni extremists. He added: “I believe that the failure to shine a full light on Saudi actions and particularly its involvement in 9/11 has contributed to the Saudi ability to continue to engage in actions that are damaging to the US – and in particular their support for Isis.”" - Sean McBride
"The Saudi role in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 has long been public knowledge since 15 out of 19 of the hijackers were Saudis, and the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, was a member of the Saudi ruling elite. The 9/11 inquiry found that, for financing, al-Qaeda relied on a core group of private donors and charities in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf." - Sean McBride
"Despite the Saudi connections of the 9/11 conspirators, Saudi Arabia and its citizens were treated with extraordinary leniency in the wake of the attacks. Some 144 individuals, mostly from the Saudi aristocracy, were permitted to fly back to Saudi Arabia within days of the attacks without being questioned by the FBI. The influential Saudi ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan was... more... - Sean McBride
"Asked why the US government has been so eager since 2001 to cover up for the Saudis, Senator Graham says that one explanation is the long-term US strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia, going back to the Second World War. There is also the close personal relationship between the Bush family and the Kingdom. But what he finds more difficult to explain is why the “policy of covering up... more... - Sean McBride
I am not sure what Graham's motives are in this----he has always been a big Israel promoter and defender. And we can be sure there are some redacted parts covering the Israelis who were shadowing the hijackers. So? What is he up to with spreading around the info that Saudi involvement was covered up? I trust my congressman, Jones, is in this to get at the 'whole truth' but I am not so sure about Graham. If they ever release the 28 redacted pages they will likely still have some redacted parts in them. - American
Graham's motives don't matter -- any pressure to shake up the 9/11 official narrative opens up opportunities for a full-press reinvestigation. - Sean McBride
How would FriendFeed be different if it was designed and built today?
For one, it wouldn't support iGoogle. - Cristo
Flatter design? - Jennifer Dittrich
It would probably be run over SSL. - Cristo
Jennifer, FriendFeed is already pretty flat, isn't it? - Cristo
Interesting question. From my perspective, it is still more advanced than Twitter, Facebook and Google+ regarding user interface and features. - Sean McBride
It is, but you do see a lot of rounded corners, etc., and some shading. I'm guessing you'd see something a bit more boxy. - Jennifer Dittrich
Maybe, but it's still possible the designer would have taste. ;) - Cristo
Very true. I'd expect it to be less vertical - or at the least, use width a bit more broadly. - Jennifer Dittrich
Every third post in your feed would be an advertisement. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
It would be possible to like individual comments. - Joe
There would be ads on the side advertising whatever stuff was mentioned by people on that page. Apple Watch, coors, food, etc. - Joe
Joe, it would be challenging to allow liking of comments and have it not be busy looking. I do wish they would add the advertising feature though. I feel disconnected from Madison Avenue when I'm on FriendFeed. - Cristo
It'll have a screensaver :P - imabonehead from Android
It would be mobile first. - Louis Gray
I question the mobile first mantra. Mobile is usually a much more constrained experience. Without a website it's hard to know what your mobile app should focus on. - Cristo
Photos would be much larger. - Louis Gray
Meh. I don't have an issue with photo size. - Cristo
I actually know the answers. I'm just not telling. ;) - Cristo
In other words, it would be more like Facebook? - Joe
Why would it be like Facebook? Would you design a new web app that behaved like Facebook? - Cristo
Heck, no. - Jennifer Dittrich
Maybe you would be forced to read comments. :) - Cristo
Maybe you would be forced to delete comments. :) - Louis Gray
It would only have you, instead of Scoble, Arrington, and MG Siegler. - Cristo
Would be nice. But then, that wouldn't be too different than now. - Louis Gray
True. ;) - Cristo
It would support clustering by topic, would make it much easier to engage non-FriendFeed users in FF content, Q&A like Quora and group conversation and task management like Asana. - Kevin Fox from iPhone
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Obama to attend fundraiser hosted by connected Israeli advocate - Baltimore Sun -
"President Barack Obama, who is attempting to help Democrats maintain their grip on the Senate, will attend a fundraiser Friday at the home of a wealthy Baltimore hedge fund manager who has become one of the nation's foremost advocates for Israel. Howard E. Friedman, a former president of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and a leading patron of Jewish political causes, will host Obama for a dinner that will cost guests up to $32,400 — the maximum an individual may give to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the calendar year." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Friedman, a founding partner of a hedge fund investment firm in New York, has been a prolific political donor, giving nearly $100,000 since 2009 in direct contributions usually — but not always — to Democrats. The 48-year-old lives in Cheswolde with his wife, Karen, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge. "He knows everybody," said Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. "The Jewish... more... - Sean McBride
"Friedman declined a request to be interviewed. An assistant said he has a "long-standing policy" of not speaking to reporters. None of the groups he has led, including AIPAC, would discuss his contributions to the community or his influence on U.S. policy on Israel. Marc B. Terrill, the president of The Associated, responded with a one-sentence statement in which he described Friedman as a "passionate leader who cares deeply about the greater good."" - Sean McBride
The three key themes in this article: Israel, money and secrecy. - Sean McBride
Traitor. - American
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Meet the 25 Billionaires Who Control Everything -
Meet the 25 Billionaires Who Control Everything
"The Brookings Institution just released a list of the 25 US billionaires with the most political power" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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U.S. Billionaires Political Power Index | Brookings Institution -
U.S. Billionaires Political Power Index | Brookings Institution
"Darrell West's U.S. Billionaires Political Power Index is a ranking of the top U.S. billionaires in terms of overall political power. There are a number of existing rankings that rate the net worth of billionaires, but no one has assessed their overall political influence." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"In his forthcoming Brookings Institution Press book, Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust, Darrell West examines the political use of great wealth, including campaign expenditures, activism through nonprofit organizations and foundations, holding public office, media ownership, policy thought leadership, and behind the scenes influence." - Sean McBride
1. Charles & David Koch 2. Michael Bloomberg 3. Tom Steyer 4. Sheldon Adelson 5. George Soros 6. Rupert Murdoch 7. Bill and Melinda Gates 8. John and Laura Arnold 9. Penny Pritzker 10. Warren Buffett 11. Peter Thiel 12. Mark Zuckerberg 13. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos 14. Pierre and Pamela Omidyar 15. Paul Singer 16. Peter G. Peterson 17. Marc Andreessen 18. Donald Trump 19. Alice Walton - Sean McBride
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Of all forms of politics, ethnic nationalist politics is the most primitive and divisive.
Of all forms of politics, ethnic nationalist politics is the grungiest. - Sean McBride
How do you convince ethnic outsiders to make sacrifices for you at the expense of their own interests -- claim that God in on the side of your ethnic group and will punish them if they don't? Browbeat them? Threaten them? - Sean McBride
Say that they are allied against a common religious enemy. - WJones
Build up on your preference to live in Tel Aviv over any Arab country - ie. emphasize the battle of "civilization"(Apple, IT Tech, etc.) against primitiveness (Malta and other Arab countries) - WJones
Certainly Israel has been aggressive and clever in promoting those propaganda themes, with that particular spin. - Sean McBride
Ethnic identity politics is too often racist. - American
Most ethnic nationalist movements define and energize themselves through conflict with other ethnic and cultural groups. - Sean McBride
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Egyptian Daily: U.S. Planning 9/11-Style Attack Using ISIS In Early 2015 – Like It Did Using Al-Qaeda In 2001 (MemriTV)
"In advance of the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, on September 7, 2014, Al-Wafd, the online newspaper of the Egyptian secular political party by the same name, published a series of articles on the attacks, by different writers. Some of the articles stated that Western security apparatuses, mainly the CIA and the Israeli Mossad, were responsible for the attacks.[1] One of these articles, which is the topic of this report, stated that the U.S. had carried out the 9/11 attacks using Al-Qaeda, and that it is now planning an attack on a similar scale using the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In the article, the author, Zainab Al-Qurashi, assesses that this attack will come in early 2015, possibly just prior to the president's State of the Union Address, and that it will include a biological or chemical attack on New York's subway system as well as a rocket attack on the White House – both of which will be blamed on ISIS." - Sean McBride
"The article claims that this upcoming attack is the reason why Western media are grossly inflating ISIS's importance and working to establish the global perception that the organization could constitute a major threat to the U.S." - Sean McBride
"The article goes on to claim that the new 9/11-style attack will allow the U.S. administration to divert attention from its problems at home – including the country's economic crisis and the increasing criticism of President Obama – and that the attack will also serve as a pretext for mounting new assaults against the Middle East in the guise of an international alliance against ISIS.... more... - Sean McBride
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Who’s Paying the Pro-War Pundits? | The Nation -
Who’s Paying the Pro-War Pundits? | The Nation
"If you read enough news and watch enough cable television about the threat of the Islamic State, the radical Sunni Muslim militia group better known simply as ISIS, you will inevitably encounter a parade of retired generals demanding an increased US military presence in the region. They will say that our government should deploy, as retired General Anthony Zinni demanded, up to 10,000 American boots on the ground to battle ISIS. Or as in retired General Jack Keane’s case, they will make more vague demands, such as for “offensive” air strikes and the deployment of more military advisers to the region." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"But what you won’t learn from media coverage of ISIS is that many of these former Pentagon officials have skin in the game as paid directors and advisers to some of the largest military contractors in the world. Ramping up America’s military presence in Iraq and directly entering the war in Syria, along with greater military spending more broadly, is a debatable solution to a complex... more... - Sean McBride
Marking up some of this data {o; *object; *property; *value}: - Sean McBride
o; Jack Keane; affiliation; Academi - Sean McBride
o; Jack Keane; affiliation; Blackwater - Sean McBride
o; Jack Keane; affiliation; Fox News - Sean McBride
o; Jack Keane; affiliation; General Dynamics - Sean McBride
o; Jack Keane; affiliation; GSI LLC - Sean McBride
o; Jack Keane; affiliation; ISW (Institute for the Study of War) - Sean McBride
o; Jack Keane; affiliation; SCP Partners - Sean McBride
o; Jack Keane; affiliation; XVionics - Sean McBride
o; Academi; former name; Blackwater - Sean McBride
o; ISW (Institute for the Study of War); affiliate; Jack Keane - Sean McBride
o; ISW (Institute for the Study of War); affiliate; Liz Cheney - Sean McBride
o; ISW (Institute for the Study of War); affiliate; William Kristol - Sean McBride
o; ISW (Institute for the Study of War); category; neoconservative organization - Sean McBride
o; ISW; acronym for; Institute for the Study of War - Sean McBride
{o; *object; *property; *value/*object; *property=*value}: - Sean McBride
o; military-industrial complex; organization; ISW (Institute for the Study of War); affiliate=Jack Keane - Sean McBride
o; military-industrial complex; organization; ISW (Institute for the Study of War); affiliate=Liz Cheney - Sean McBride
o; military-industrial complex; organization; ISW (Institute for the Study of War); affiliate=William Kristol - Sean McBride
o; Jack Keane; William Kristol shared category; ISW (Institute for the Study of War) affiliate - Sean McBride
o; Jack Keane; Liz Cheney shared category; ISW (Institute for the Study of War) affiliate - Sean McBride
alternative notation: - Sean McBride
/o Jack Keane /p Liz Cheney shared category /v ISW (Institute for the Study of War affiliate - Sean McBride
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Palantir raises $50 million in new funding - #GoogleAlerts
Palantir raises $50 million in new funding - #GoogleAlerts
They predicted that. - Todd Hoff
"Secretive big data company has raised over $700 million." - Sean McBride
1. o; Palantir Technologies; cofounder; Peter Thiel 2. o; Palantir Technologies; investor; Founders Fund - Sean McBride
# sort links between Palantir Technologies and * by importance 1. *city 2. *nation 3. *organization 4. *topic 5. CIA 6. DARPA 7. Facebook 8. Google 9. Harvard 10. IARPA 11. MIT 12. NSA 13. Stanford - Sean McBride
[obligatory] Now watch out for a stratup planning to produce incredibly powerful smart fingerwear. - 9000
Like smart rings? - Sean McBride
^ Hush, hush, Melkor Industries is still in stealthy stage. - 9000
^ as a less magical parallel, see 'bystry' in - 9000
Fascinating concept, dreamed up by one of my favorite science fiction authors -- Stanislaw Lem. - Sean McBride
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Veterans of Elite Israeli Unit Refuse Reserve Duty, Citing Treatment of Palestinians - -
"Denouncing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians under occupation, a group of veterans from an elite, secretive military intelligence unit have declared they will no longer “take part in the state’s actions against Palestinians” in required reserve duty because of what they called “our moral duty to act.”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"In a letter sent Thursday night to their commanders as well as Israel’s prime minister and army chief, 43 veterans of the clandestine Unit 8200 complained that Israel made “no distinction between Palestinians who are and are not involved in violence” and that information collected “harms innocent people.” Intelligence “is used for political persecution,” they wrote, which “does not allow for people to lead normal lives, and fuels more violence, further distancing us from the end of the conflict.”" - Sean McBride
"The letter, revealed Friday in Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper as well as The Guardian in Britain, echoes similar periodic protests by reservists over the years, including a group of 27 pilots who refused to participate in what Israel calls targeted assassinations, and 13 members of the vaunted commando unit known as Sayeret Matkal, both in 2003. But it is the first public... more... - Sean McBride
"In the testimony and in interviews, though, the Unit 8200 veterans described exploitative activities focused on innocents whom Israel hoped to enlist as collaborators. They said information about medical conditions and sexual orientation were among the tidbits collected. They said that Palestinians lacked legal protections from harassment, extortion and injury. “Palestinians’ sex talks... more... - Sean McBride
No comments permitted. - Sean McBride
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9/11 Firefighter Blows WTC 7 Cover-Up Wide Open
Rudy Dent: highly credible. Sober and knowledgeable. - Sean McBride
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That Christopher Lydon show on liberal Zionism with Peter Beinart, Philip Weiss, Bernard Avishai and Jane Eisner
I finally got around to listening to it. A few observations: - Sean McBride
Smartest person in the discussion: Lydon. Then Phil, then Beinart, then Avishai, then Eisner. - Sean McBride
Bernard Avishai and Jane Eisner are out to lunch, woolgathering, expressing classical liberal Zionist platitudes without any sense of the absurdity of their oxymoronic beliefs. They are sentimental, emotional, confused, in denial on the current state of Israeli politics. - Sean McBride
Woolgathering: indulgence in aimless thought or dreamy imagining; absentmindedness. - Sean McBride
Phil Weiss tried to cut through their empty obfuscation with a sense of urgency and emergency, but Avishai blew him off with a vague attitude of intellectual superiority (quite delusional on his part). - Sean McBride
Peter Beinart made an effort to draw distinctions between Americanism (modern Western democratic values, universalism, civic nationalism) and Zionism (ethnic and religious nationalism), but the conversation on that core topic went nowhere. - Sean McBride
There are surprisingly few comments on Lydon's website -- which underlines the point that Mondoweiss has been amazingly effective in inspiring intense and high-quality engagement with and among its readers. It would be a mistake for Mondoweiss to abandon (or even sabotage) that asset. - Sean McBride
I expected this show to deconstruct the term "liberal Zionism," but Avishai and Eisner successfully derailed that effort -- which is the typical pattern of behavior of liberal Zionists. The usual strategy: yes, we know that Israeli politics is on a bad track, but we *hope* that matters will improve in the future. But they never offer any realistic proposals for effecting that change. They are running interference for Likud Zionism and Greater Israelism. - Sean McBride
I have basically lost interest in even following the Jewish inter-fight on Israel because I dont think it will go anywhere important or change anything on Israel or US-Isr. Its become just useless noise. Phil wont get anywhere with this because he will not attack Jews or Zionist where they live..i.e... in their delusions of most important innocent victims in the universe and... more... - American
Notice that none of the participants are actually israelis (well, Bernard kind of is but a very very removed kind of Israeli - looking at everything from within his tiny leftist fortress). Moti peled could have single-handedly blown the two lib-zios away as if they were feathers. He knows the reality and can speak to it. Avishai can only speak to a wanna-be "reality" one that he thinks... more... - Danaa
Avishai gets away with his lib-zio shtick only as long as there are no real israelis around to disabuse him of his Alice in Wonderland scenarios. It's not to us that he lies. It's to himself. The magnes Zionist is, BTW, so much better (am using him for comparison because he, like Avishai, is a half-time israel academic, half-time American). - Danaa
One more thought - that Anglo-zionist concept off The saker - it just occurred to me that Avishai is a perfect example of the contamination of Anglo 1% style neoliberalism when grafted with Kudsu ivy of the Zio genome. - Danaa
Avishai and Eisner: self-hypnotized, self-deceived, fiddling while Rome burns, heads buried in the sand, etc. Liberal Zionist true believers. - Sean McBride
Further note on this show: many of the discussions among Mondoweiss commenters on these issues have been vastly superior in quality and substance to this broadcast. - Sean McBride
Online forums provide much superior tools for developing arguments in detail and with precision than TV and radio discussion formats. Points can be exhaustively pinned down. - Sean McBride
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The Israeli version of Steven Salaita: Occupation University fires Professor for Insufficient Zionism | Informed Comment -
"The university chancellor further declared that non-Zionists are no longer welcome on campus – neither as students nor as faculty and the university president published an official letter announcing that anyone who teaches or studies in Ariel is not allowed to utter non-Zionist statements. I guess that in such circumstances I am indeed no longer welcome. The question is how the academic community and the public at large should deal with Ariel given polices that violate the essence of academia?" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Classified pages of a 9/11 report may implicate key U.S. ally | PBS NewsHour -
"Thirteen years since September 11, 2001, some revelations of a joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks remain classified. But some lawmakers argue the secret pages reveal little about national security and a great deal about Saudi Arabia's role in the attacks. Lawrence Wright, whose article “The Twenty-Eight Pages” appears in The New Yorker, talks to Jeffrey Brown." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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This AI Conversationalist Will Put Siri to Shame | Motherboard -
"With Sofilia, he is building existing natural-language software to convert natural-language text for human-computer conversation. Sofilia would do this by using augmented grammar to convert natural-language text in a two-way path (more on that below) with what's called a “semantic triple” database (“triplestore”), which allows computers to “store, manipulate, and reason with meaning.”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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"Now as we face the 21st century, technology evolves more. A new kind of robot is being studied and researched. This robot is called the quantum robot. The quantum robot is the idea of combining quantum theory with robot technology. In other words, it is a practical use of the combination of quantum computing and robot technology. Quantum computing involves using quantum systems and quantum states to do computations." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Essentially, quantum robots are complex quantum systems.They are mobile systems with on board quantum computers that interact with their environments. Several programs would be involved in the operation of the robot. These programs would be quantum searching algorithms and quantum reinforcement learning algorithms." - Sean McBride
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KDD Retro: Google Knowledge Vault and Topic Modeling — URX Blog -
KDD Retro: Google Knowledge Vault and Topic Modeling — URX Blog
"One of the most exciting talks of the conference was a tutorial run by Evgeniy Gabrilovich (Google) and Antoine Bordes (Facebook) on Constructing and Mining Web-scale Knowledge Graphs [Edit: slides have been removed from KDD page]. The two presenters split the tutorial into two sessions. The first session, run by Evgeniy, provided an overview of Freebase: a publicly available, structured knowledge graph of human information. Evgeniy delved into the uses of and challenges with maintaining such a large, diverse graph of knowledge. The second session, run by Antoine, focused on solutions to a few, important problems faced when growing large knowledge graphs." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Web-based publications without lively and high-quality comment sections are boring as hell.
I agree. The comments section has become integral to the article. Comments sections make it public square - open to criticism or embellishing the article. - Chu_
Many of the most popular blogs attract a cohort of commentators, who agree or disagree with the blog's author, are nonetheless attracted over and over by the lively discussion. - Danaa
So, I agree with both Chu and Sean. lately I have been wondering why some blogs become super-popular while others, often authored by interesting people, languish. I think I am seeing a few rules of thumb emerging as the key to popularity. One is a great comment section with lots of participants. Another rule is the blog author himself/herself. Generally people seem to like something about the blog owner, an aspect highlighted by their willingness to engage with commentators. - Danaa
Example: Moon of Alabama. A very loyal following this blog has gathered. Articles often garner over 100's of comments. Many that are useful with new links and a few that are downright insightful. - Danaa
Of course, with lots of commenters around, a few food fights will always break up, but smart blog owners seem good at defusing those, sometimes by letting them run out of steam, rather than run a few offensive characters out of town. - Danaa
mondoweiss seems to be withering on the vine nowadays. Can you even go back and edit your comments yet, or go to the last 100 comments? It's been a month and they haven't addressed these items. - Chu_
A recent blog I have been consulting for news and opinions about Ukraine is The Vineyard of The Saker. It's quite good, having attracted numerous people who translate articles from Russian and sometimes provide subtitles. Something about The saker makes him a sympatico figure. He writes at length, has analytical skills AND, very importantly, a point of view which he articulately... more... - Danaa
MW's comment section seems to be suffering. Maybe they like it that way. - American
The saker's blog reminds me of Glenn greenwald original Salon perch. Same kind of chaotic and free for all feel to the comments section, similar participation level by the Blog owner, similar cadre of well reasoning vs shrill or knee jerk comentators, that the blog owner nonetheless tolerates (unless they get out of hand, in which case they get suspended for a while). - Danaa
American, I agree about the suffering of the Comments section at MW. I partly expected that to happen as a side effect of the blog's popularity. I wouldn't give up commenting altogether though, even though I rarely engage because of the limited responses. - Danaa
vineyard of the saker (eagle) - so that's like a catbird seat reference. I read it last time, will check it out again. There are so many places to go for data nowadays. It's terrific. - Chu_
"From the Saker himself: "While I do not distrust any specific person amongst you, I am trying to keep my "thin anonymity" up as long as possible. Once my read identity comes up (which I know will happen sooner or later), it will be a major distraction and a pain in the a** for me to deal with. I want to keep focusing on issues and topics, not personalities. If I start accepting money... more... - Chu_
By contrast I bring you Richard Silverstein's blog which has comments but not so many. I won't say more but I do believe that the key to the difference (and I DO like many of Silverstein's article - he carved himself a good niche and is pretty prolific). is the level and tenor of engagement by the blog owner. Richard is quick to identify and shoot down some of the nastier intruders, but he is much more terse or just sparse in engaging with supporters or his view or others who try to enlarge upon it. - Danaa
"Off the top of my head, he lives in Florida, he is of Russian descent but his family were anti-Soviet dissidents who left. At one point he was a military analyst during the Kosovo war, and very pro-war, pro-West until some of his experiences during that war changed him and he left that profession in disgust. He was anti-Soviet but has gradually become pro-Putin. He gets a bit effusive... more... - Chu_
I like Vineyard of the Saker also. Here's another for those who like articles and reporting on a variety of countries..... met the editor, Les Blough, over the Israel issue 12 years ago when he lived in Boston. He moved to Venezuela around 2004 I think it was and has kept his site going there. - American
Thanks Chu for bringing up that aspect. W. Jones - this should interest you: The Saker is passionately attached to his orrthodox Christian faith, especially the more mystical aspects of it. He is a good example of a blogger who is informed through a near-religious ardor, which, again one may or may not connect to, but it provides a great hook for his passion. People out there need to... more... - Danaa
Thanks for the recommendation American. I'll check it out. Am always on the prawl for smart jewels on the nets. For me, BTW< the motivation for reading alternative and deeper takes on given situations, is sometimes just that - I am drawn to sparkle (but hate diamonds so please don't send me any.....I may give to the first homeless person I see. Me love Plastic and shiny glass baubles...) - Danaa
The Saker writes: " I just want to say that this difference between what I was reading in the press and in the UNPROFOR reports ended up making a huge difference in my entire life. Again, NOT A SINGLE ASPECT OF THE OFFICIAL NARRATIVE WAS TRUE, not one. You would get much closer to the truth if you basically did a "negative" of the official narrative.” - WJones
Sounds like the official IP narrative. - WJones
W Jones - sometime when you get a chance tell us what you think of Russian Orthodoxy as a faith. I know next to nothing about it (unsurprisingly). - Danaa
Danaa, Do you think Israel is going to focus on Hezbollah? I cant understand the logic with Israel often. - Chu_
Chu, when it comes to news from the vauned halls of Israel's great strategic thinkers and tinkerers, an ounce of caution beats a pound of gold. israel, as you well know, always needs an enemy to beat up on - or at least the prospect of amilitary action somewhere on the horizon. With the gaza operation wound down, Iran shrill somewhat reduced to a white noise hiss, ISIS being the new... more... - Danaa
I see your point about the enemy on the distant horizon. I read early in the summer that Israel feared Hezbollah's stash of weapons has increased greatly from the Syrian civil war and true to form, Israel was getting the itchy trigger finger about their stockpiles of weaponry. - Chu_
Danaa: Russian, Greek, and Middle Eastern Orthodox Christianity are basically the same thing. The differences are not considered religiously significant. It carries on the religion of the first centuries of mainstream Christianity, like the Greek Church fathers, St. Jerome, Tertullian, etc. It is like Christianity without the additions that Catholicism and Protestantism made to it. It... more... - WJones
Since the time of the Bolshevik revolution, the church in Russia became very weak politically, but it has a very important cultural and spiritual value for Russian people, even though church attendance is probably less frequent than among Americans. - WJones
It has a strong mystical, prayerful side of it like Buddhism does. But it is not Buddhist in its philosophies. It's just that it is more Eastern in its meditation. - WJones
There are major elements of Orthodox worship like menorahs and hakafahs that are direct carry-overs from Orthodox Judaism. - WJones
Thanks for the elucidations, WJones. I wish I had more time to learn something about the different denominations. one thing Ukraine taught us is that the Russian and catholic orthodox versions are quite divergent with the first common in east Ukraine and the second in the western part. It seems that religion became kind of tied up in this conflict, partly perhaps because the Russian... more... - Danaa
OK, here is what happened. Palestine and Ukraine were, since the beginning Orthodox. Their services were much like Orthodox Judaism and have a strong aspect of meditation. In 1100-1400 AD, Poland captured West Ukraine and Palestine and made an arrangement with many of the Christians where they could keep acting like Orthodox in their worship services but they would have to swear... more... - WJones
Assuming Sean McBride hasn't been excommunicated (I am using humor here, guys), he could go take Communion in any of the Eastern Catholic churches in Palestine or Ukraine. In Christianity, Communion reflects the idea that you are in full spiritual unity with other people. - WJones
"In Christianity, Communion reflects the idea that you are in full spiritual unity with other people." -- this is an aspect of Christianity that I find appealing. - Sean McBride
Me too. That's why I wish Catholics had coffee hour like Orthodox do. But then again, Catholic Churches do a good job with their public festivals and block parties. - WJones
why do greek orthodox dress in black robes and wear skullcaps? Is this stemming from Judaic practices? - Chu_
Offhand I don't know of any Greek Orthodox who wear skullcaps. Some of the Egyptian (Coptic) monks wear a head covering that fits tightly around the skull and flows down the back, but they are not in our communion. There are really four or five main branches of mainstream Christianity: Protestants, Catholics, Greek/Russian Orthodox, Coptic/Oriental "Orthodox"(monophysites), and the... more... - WJones
The black dress may come from Judaic practices, but I don't know. Personal modesty and humbleness is important in their thinking, as opposed to being showy. It's a personal ascetic style. - WJones
Greeks wear a "skufia", but it is not the same as a skullcap because it does not lie flat on the skull like a skullcap. I believe that it does come from Jewish practices, but it could be coincidence. Pagan romans wore hats too, for example. - WJones
interesting. I searched and found an 'An Around-the-World History of the Skullcap and its Modern Socio-Political Significance'. 60+pgs - Chu_
Good overview WJones - you should write a new Guide for the Perplexed Neo-Pagans ....the ways in which early Christianity split is quite interesting. I never knew much about that period. In the israeli school system mum's the word, so all I know are tid-bits I picked up along the way.... - Danaa
Islam is an example of splintering of Christianity in my view. Muslims call Jesus the Christ (Masih) and consider Mary to have been a virgin. The fact that they don't consider Him God in my view doesnt mean they arent Christian, because some other Christian sects didn't, early on. - WJones
It's a common, although not the official, view that the differences between Nestorians, Oriental(eg Coptic), and Greek Orthodox Christians are mainly semantic and there are efforts to get the churches to reunite. Personally, I think that in theology they split over a semantic argument, a bit like the debate on Supersessionism is between Christians who arent CZs. - WJones
for Muslims Christ is a prophet. And they always say right after his name - 'peace be upon him'. - Chu_
<<for Muslims Christ is a prophet. And they always say right after his name - 'peace be upon him'. >> Right. But Christ was a prophet too. - WJones
jones, what's sad abou Jesus in the USA sometimes is that many people exploit it. i.e. convicts, crooks, & born-agains use Christ as a get out of jail card. It pollutes the core message and it's exploited by Media. Look at comments online, so many people blame christianity for all, but they miss the core message. I know people first hand who complain about religion, especially Christianity, but don't criticize Judaism for the apartheid state. They are huff post people generally. Surely you've seen it. - Chu_
I can imagine, - WJones
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Obama’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Met with Skepticism -
by Jim Lobe U.S. President Barack Obama’s new strategy to “degrade, and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being met with widespread scepticism among both hawks and doves, as well as regional specialists. While Congress is expected to acquiesce, if not formally authorise, the plans he outlined in his nationally
Adam Schiff: second string neocon? - Chu_
[Wikipedia; Adam Schiff] - Sean McBride
[Adam Schiff on Israel: Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation] - Sean McBride
[Mondoweiss: Adam Schiff is PEP] - Sean McBride
[Dem Rep (Adam Schiff) Calls on Congress to Go Around Obama and Declare War] - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
JewishVoiceForPeace: "When @SenTedCruz insists on conflating Israel and 'the Jews,' it is he who is effectively promoting anti-Semitism"
ADL: We express deep appreciation to @SenTedCruz for his brave and unflinching defense of #Israel and the Jewish people. -- Abraham H. Foxman - Sean McBride
Logical inference: the ADL is promoting antisemitism by praising Ted Cruz's crude conflation of Israel with "the Jews." - Sean McBride
Cruz was booed off stage only weeks after Bernie Sanders was heckled by his base. guess the masses are starting to get it at both ends of the spectrum. - Chu_
Get tested! Are you a PEP? (Progressive Except on Palestine?)
[b]Do you do the following two things?[/b] a. Vote for any left of center party but never, ever for Republicans? b. Support the Israeli government whether Likud or Labor is in power? [b] Are you critical of the actions of the U.S. government but never critical of the actions of the Israeli government?[/b] [b] Do you prefer diplomatic over military solutions to all conflicts except for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?[/b] [b] Do you believe in national liberation for all people except Palestinians?[/b] [b]Before or after you explain your unwavering support for the Israeli government, do you offer the following disclaimers: [/b] a. “I helped register Black people to vote in the South during the 1960s.” b. “I was in Nicaragua supporting the Sandinistas.” [b]18. Do you respond to criticism of Israel by asking critics, ”What about other countries like Syria or North Korea?”[/b] - WJones
Good catch -- published last July -- deserves much more circulation -- hits all the key points and questions. - Sean McBride
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