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U.S. and the World - Jewish Groups Pay to Send U.S. Police to Train in Israel - AllGov - News - http://www.allgov.com/news...
U.S. and the World - Jewish Groups Pay to Send U.S. Police to Train in Israel - AllGov - News
"The militarization of American police forces hasn’t been paid for by just the federal government. Pro-Israel groups in the U.S. have also played a role by financing trips for hundreds of law enforcement officers to travel to the Middle East for counterterrorism training, according to Ali Winston, a contributor to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Monies provided by such groups as the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs have made it possible for “at least 300 high-ranking sheriffs and police from agencies large and small – from New York and Maine to Orange County and Oakland, California” to attend privately funded seminars in Israel since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Winston discovered." - Sean McBride
"There, they have learned how Israeli security forces deal with demonstrators and armed threats by terrorists. The seminars include field trips to such sites as military installations, surveillance outposts, and checkpoints at the West Bank and the Israeli-Egyptian border. The training includes spending time observing operations conducted by Israel’s Border Patrol, Defense Forces, national police and intelligence services." - Sean McBride
"U.S. police officials who have undergone such training have come from the Los Angeles and New York police departments, the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Police Department, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police, and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association. The fact that the former chief of Missouri’s St. Louis County Police Department trained in Israel in 2011 recently came to light following the well-armed police response to protestors in St. Louis-based Ferguson." - Sean McBride
"Israeli training of U.S. police has also influenced the type of equipment being used. Security forces from both countries are now using some identical gear, including stun and tear gas grenades manufactured by the same U.S. companies—Combined Systems Inc. and Defense Technology Corp. A long-range “sound rifle” that emits ear-shattering noise to disperse crowds, which was used against 2005 West Bank protestors, was also used in the recent police action against protestors in Ferguson." - Sean McBride
[Google; israel militarization police http://www.google.com/#q=isra...] - Sean McBride
The neocons are working to create a police state in the United States that is entirely under their control and that will be able to crush all political opposition. - Sean McBride
# [Google; israel militarization police *] 1. 9/11 2. adl 3. american jewish committee 4. dhs 5. drones 6. ferguson 7. jews 8. jinsa 9. lapd 10. leep 11. nsa 12. nypd 13. surveillance - Sean McBride
# targets for infiltration and control 1. alternative media 2. Christian evangelicals 3. CIA 4. city governments 5. Democratic Party 6. DHS 7. elite universities 8. FBI 9. feminists 10. gay rights activists 11. high tech industry 12. intelligence community 13. Internet industry 14. libertarians 15. local police departments 16. mainstream media 17. military-industrial complex 18. NSA 19.... more... - Sean McBride
Regarding the objectives described in the above comment: mission accomplished and then some. - Sean McBride
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Carl Bildt: Good question without clear answer: is there any deal with Iran that Israel will not oppose and US Congress will not try to stop? #IISS_GSR https://twitter.com/carlbil...
Israel's grand strategic plan: use American military, financial and political power to crush and dominate all its opponents and competitors in the Middle East, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, etc. Of course this plan depends upon crushing all Americans who have questions about turning the United States into a subservient client state and tool of Israel. - Sean McBride
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Max Blumenthal: Sen @BarbaraBoxer co-sponsors bill enhancing Israel's access to American weapons following the Gaza slaughter: http://www.jta.org/2014... https://twitter.com/MaxBlum...
[Google; israel barbara boxer http://www.google.com/#q=isra...] - Sean McBride
Boxer= Traitor. - American
Add Barbara Boxer to the same group as Pamela Geller, Caroline Glick, Jennifer Rubin, etc. For them it's all about narrow ethnic nationalism and nothing but narrow ethnic nationalism. They are all gradually disengaging from any meaningful connection with the rest of the human race. Most of us are not even ethnic nationalists for our respective ethnic groups -- we have larger concerns. - Sean McBride
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Can artificial intelligence really identify artistic influence? - http://www.apollo-magazine.com/can-art...
Can artificial intelligence really identify artistic influence?
"Influence has long been a key idea in art history – hunting for similarities, sources and affinities between artworks is fundamental to making connections between artists and creating narratives. So should art historians be horrified to hear the news that artificial intelligence can now identify incidents of artistic influence, including one never previously noted?" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The paper ‘Toward Automated Discovery of Artistic Influence’ by four computer scientists at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, reports on algorithms which automate the comparison of images and discovery of influences. The data set contained 1710 high-resolution images of paintings by 66 artists spanning the time period of 1412–1996. As a control it included a ‘ground-truth... more... - Sean McBride
Experts in any field who think that AI won't greatly surpass their abilities simply doesn't get it. There is nothing magical or mysterious about their cognitive processes, and those processes can be understood, replicated and improved on with clever hardware and software. - Sean McBride
With sufficient introspection, experts can bring to full consciousness their cognitive processes and algorithmic rules for analyzing and evaluating situations. "Intuition" is based on sorting out and ranking factors in situations -- consciously, semi-consciously or unconsciously. What is unconscious can be made conscious. - Sean McBride
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# fields of discourse/discourse domains
1. documents 2. words/terms 3. images 4. ontologies 5. concepts 6. entities 7. relations 8. objects 9. properties 10. values 11. categories 12. instances 13. facts 14. assertions 15. vectors 16. situations 17. topic maps 18. trends - Sean McBride
Eventually we are going to get all the discourse domains in the world from all eras properly marked up and richly linked. - Sean McBride
[Wikipedia; Domain of discourse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...] - Sean McBride
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Yale official barred discussion of Israeli settlements and apartheid at monthly meeting - http://mondoweiss.net/2014...
Bruce Shipman, who was forced out of his job as an Episcopal chaplain at Yale for a letter he wrote to the New York Times saying that Gaza was helping to foster anti-Semitism, has responded to the controversy with a clear, strong piece in the Hartford Courant declaring that he will not stop talking about Palestinian apartheid
The clear message that many pro-Israel activists keep sending to the world is that Zionism as an ideology, attitude and culture is intensely hostile to free speech and fundamental modern Western democratic values. They can't handle fair and open debate about their beliefs and policies. They rely heavily on censorship and intimidation to try to muddle through. - Sean McBride
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Why Facebook, Google, and the NSA want computers that learn like humans http://zite.to/1AV638C
Why Facebook, Google, and the NSA want computers that learn like humans http://zite.to/1AV638C
"The dream of a machine that can think and learn like a person has long been the holy grail of computer scientists, sci-fi fans, and futurists alike. Deep learning—algorithms inspired by the human brain and its ability to soak up massive amounts of information and make complex predictions—might be the closest thing yet. Right now, the technology is in its infancy: Much like a baby, the Google Brain taught itself how to recognize cats, but it's got a long way to go before it can figure out that you're sad because your tabby died. But it's just a matter of time. Its potential to revolutionize everything from social networking to surveillance has sent tech companies and defense and intelligence agencies on a deep-learning spending spree." - Sean McBride
"And unlike older data-crunching models, deep learning doesn't slow down as you cram in more info. Just the opposite—it gets even smarter. "Deep learning works better and better as you feed it more data," explains Andrew Ng, who oversaw the cat experiment as the founder of Google's deep-learning team. (Ng has since joined the Chinese tech giant Baidu as the head of its Silicon Valley AI team.)" - Sean McBride
"And so the race to build a better virtual brain is on. Microsoft plans to challenge the Google Brain with its own system called Adam. Wired reported that Apple is applying deep learning to build a "neural-net-boosted Siri." Netflix hopes the technology will improve its movie recommendations. Google, Yahoo, Twitter, and Pinterest have snapped up deep-learning companies; Google has used... more... - Sean McBride
"Last December, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared, bodyguards in tow, at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Lake Tahoe, where insiders discussed how to make computers learn like humans. He has said that his company seeks to "use new approaches in AI to help make sense of all the content that people share." Facebook researchers have used deep learning to identify... more... - Sean McBride
"Yet considering recent news that Facebook secretly studied 700,000 users' emotions by tweaking their feeds or that the National Security Agency harvests 55,000 facial images a day, it's not hard to imagine how these attempts to better "know" you might veer into creepier territory." - Sean McBride
An NSA spokeswoman only says that the agency "has a broad interest in deriving knowledge from data." - Sean McBride
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Friendfeed is often a much more efficient interface than email for conducting private communications between two parties or among three or more parties.
Minimum clutter. The ability to browse exchanges over weeks or months on a single page. Swift. Few people seem to have noticed this. - Sean McBride
Better than email. Better than text messaging. - Sean McBride
Why bother encasing each message with a mess of headers? Keep it clean and simple. - Sean McBride
One way to go about this: set up a private group for each person with whom you want to exchange messages. They are easy to bookmark and access -- one URL per person (or group of people). - Sean McBride
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The Salaita case and the Big Money takeover of state universities - LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/busines...
"Responding to an academia-wide furor about the firing of a faculty member over a series of provocative tweets on Israel and Gaza, the University of Illinois board of trustees last week took a vote on the case. They voted 8 to 1 to uphold the firing. This can rightly be seen as a blow to the very concept of academic freedom, but there's another sinister undercurrent to the case: there's evidence that major donors put pressure on the board and the university administration to dump the professor, Steven Salaita. If so, it wouldn't be the first time that financial donors have tried to manipulate university administrations into doing their bidding, but it's certainly one of the most disturbing examples of a bad trend." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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# c; vector type; *
1. control vector 2. family vector 3. financial vector 4. influence vector 5. meme vector 6. ownership vector 7. political vector 8. semantic vector 9. social vector - Sean McBride
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FWIW----Understanding the Egyptian Military
Egyptian army's role expands as it gives land to builders for homes - FT ... www.ft.com › World Financial Times Mar 23, 2014 - The economic role of Egypt's powerful military appeared to be expanding this month with the announcement that the military is donating free http://www.ft.com/cms... - American
The Egyptian army's economic juggernaut - Al Jazeera www.aljazeera.com/indepth http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth... - American
The Military Crowds Out Civilian Business in Egypt ... carnegieendowmen http://carnegieendowment.org/2014... - American
Egypt's army expands economic power - Deutsche Welle www.dw.de/egypts-army-expands-economic.../a-176116... Deutsche Welle May 4, 2014 - Egypt. Egypt's army expands economic power. - American
Egypt's Military: Protecting its Sprawling Economic Empire www.atlanticcouncil.org/.../egyptsource/egypt-s-military-protecting-its-s... Jan 29, 2014 - The military's role in Egypt's civilian economy is managed largely through two main private holding companies. The National Service Products . - American
Egyptian Army Considered Economic Stakes in Coup - Al ... www.al-monitor.com/.../egypt-army-economic-interests-cou... Al‑Monitor Jul 10, 2013 - While the Egyptian army intervened to oust President Mohammed Morsi ... changed the course of the struggle that Egyptians were waging in the streets for ... flaw, revise the army's privileged status and curb its economic role. - American
Why Egypt's Military Cares About Home Appliances : Planet ... www.npr.org/.../why-egypts-military-cares-about-home-appliances NPR Feb 4, 2011 - One reason for the military's peaceful response: the unique role it plays in the Egyptian economy. The military owns "virtually every industry in - American
The Egyptian Military's Huge Historical Role news.nationalgeographic.com/.../130705-eg... National Geographic Society Jul 5, 2013 - The Egyptian military has ousted its second president in three ... Egyptian Republican Guards speak with protesters in Cairo, Egypt. ... As the military's economic tentacles spread throughout society, its civil clout expanded, too - American
[Google; egyptian military http://www.google.com/#q=egyp...] - Sean McBride
[Google; egyptian military neoconservatives http://www.google.com/#q=egyp...] - Sean McBride
[Google; egyptian military israel http://www.google.com/#q=egyp...] - Sean McBride
[Google; egyptian military us aid http://www.google.com/#q=egyp...] - Sean McBride
[Google; egyptian military arab spring http://www.google.com/#q=egyp...] - Sean McBride
[Google; egyptian military corruption http://www.google.com/#q=egyp...] - Sean McBride
Every army in the world has an investment portfolio, including armies of developing countries. Foreign aid to Egypt is mainly aid to the military and not to starving Egyptians - how are you gonna stop that imbalance? And how are you going to stop wily army accountants and investors from opportune capitalism that benefits the army? You honestly think the Arab Egyptians are better off... more... - Taxi
What I suggest is that the army troops be forbidden to be used as private labor for private companies and receive payment for it....that ends up in army general's pockets. Those labor jobs should go to unemployed Egyptians. Also the army should not be allowed to own land and 'give it away to private developers' (which it did) to make a profit on--cause I guarentee you the military heads... more... - American
Good suggestions, American. Implementing them though would be a Promethean feat. Because tribalism, nepotism and cronyism have the middle east in a headlock deadlock. - Taxi
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Wolfram Alpha will answer your important questions on Twitter - http://www.engadget.com/2014...
Wolfram Alpha will answer your important questions on Twitter
"Wouldn't it be great if you could just call up a supercomputer and ask it to do your data-wrangling for you? Actually, scratch that, no-one uses the phone anymore. What'd be really cool is if machines could respond to your queries straight from Twitter. It's a belief that's shared by Wolfram Research, which has just launched the Tweet a Program system to its computational knowledge engine, Wolfram Alpha. In a blog post, founder Stephen Wolfram explains that even complex queries can be executed within the space of 140 characters, including data visualizations. If you fancy giving it a go yourself, you can tweet queries to @wolframtap, but be advised that you'll have to learn the basics of the Wolfram Language Code before it'll give you anything in return." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Alibaba Surges in New York Trading Debut After U.S. IPO - Bloomberg - http://www.bloomberg.com/news...
"Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. surged in its U.S. trading debut, after the company raised a record-breaking $21.8 billion in an initial public offering. The Chinese company’s shares rose 38 percent to $94 apiece as of 11:53 a.m. in New York, after the IPO was priced at $68. The e-commerce company, which started in 1999 with $60,000 cobbled together by founder Jack Ma, is now valued at $231.7 billion. That makes it larger than Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc. combined, and more valuable than all but 9 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Ma, a former English teacher who started the company in his Hangzhou apartment, drew crowds of money managers to meetings held around the world as the company pitched itself to investors this month. Alibaba has profited from China’s burgeoning consumer class by dominating the e-commerce industry in the country of 1.36 billion people." - Sean McBride
Regarding the knowledge- and information-based world we now live in -- and this is happening in China. - Sean McBride
"Ma is now China’s richest man, with an estimated net worth of $21.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He will own about 7.8 percent of the Alibaba after the IPO, company filings indicate." - Sean McBride
A former English teacher who started his company out of his apartment. - Sean McBride
"The share sale is already the largest by any company in the U.S., and could break the global record -- currently held by Agricultural Bank of China Ltd.’s $22 billion IPO in 2010 -- if underwriters issue more shares." - Sean McBride
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Don’t cancel sale of Apaches to Egypt, Israel urges U.S. - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz - http://www.haaretz.com/news...
Don’t cancel sale of Apaches to Egypt, Israel urges U.S. - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz
"Israeli officials have been lobbying Washington hard on behalf of the new Egyptian government, urging resumption of U.S. aid to Cairo." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Don’t stop the supply of 10 advanced Apache combat helicopters to the Egyptian army, Israel is urging Washington and a number of senior congressmen. A high-ranking official in Jerusalem said Israel clarified that supplying the helicopters is crucial to Egypt’s fight Against jihadist organizations in the Sinai, and will improve regional security." - Sean McBride
"However, there is considerable opposition in Congress to renewing military aid to Egypt and supplying the copters. The opponents, a rainbow coalition of Democrats and Republicans, say that to get back the aid, Egypt should be required to hold democratic elections and the army has to transfer the reins to an elected democratic government in an orderly fashion." - Sean McBride
Israel: pro-Egyptian military dictatorship, anti-Egyptian democracy. - Sean McBride
Israel has acquired substantial control of the American, Saudi and Egyptian governments -- quite an amazing feat when you think about it and consider the state of Israel's relations with Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the 1960s and 1970s. - Sean McBride
Didn't Taxi back this regime to the hilt? - Sean McBride
No dear Sean, I didn't "back this regime to the hilt" - I backed the will of the Egyptian majority during their protests. I challenge you to go through my archives and produce a single statement by me that categorically states my support for the "regime". - Taxi
And the irony of ironies is that all you guys supported the Egyptian army's stance against Mubarak, but not its stance against Morsi - even though the army took the exact same stance in both cases ie pro civilian protesters. And please don't tell me it's because Morsi, like your good self, has democracy running through his veins. The Egyptian MB are infamous political assassins and... more... - Taxi
Taxi -- your views on Morsi and Sisi, in your own own words, have been duly noted. The main question in my mind: whatever happened to the Arab Spring? - Sean McBride
You're witnessing the attempted total annihilation of Arab resistance/Arab Spring through the mass murder of Arabs and fragmentation of major Arab states and their armies. I'm sure you already knew the answer to your own question, Sean. - Taxi
To expand the question: why has it been so easy for Israel to fragment, defang and subdue the Arab world? Why has it been outplayed and overpowered? (I have similar questions about American political culture, which has suffered the same fate.) - Sean McBride
If the Israeli government and the Israel lobby have been highly successful in imposing their will on the world, we should try to understand how they have achieved this success. What are the key factors? The methods employed? - Sean McBride
What happened to the Arab Spring you ask? The Saudis ( and some others but mainly Saudis) killed it by backing Gen Sisi in a 2nd (phony) revolution. I said at that time that Sisi would end up as President and he did. The Arab Street wants democracy/representation----but the Arab "Rulers" dont. Neither do the global 'elites'. Dictatorial rulers are easier to make deals with that fleece the populace and keep them powerless and improvised. - American
Which interests control the Egyptian government? What are the specific social graphs? - Sean McBride
''' What are the key factors? The methods employed? - Sean McBride).....You ask this over and over again. Ask how the mafia and organized crime was able to do what it did----> The answer is the same in both cases----intimidation, force, blackmail, bribery, etc.. Its no mystery. - American
American -- your explanation doesn't make sense to me. Many groups are capable of using the methods of organized crime to achieve their objectives. Does the Italian Mafia control the Western world? -- no. Other factors are in play. One must be a realist on these matters -- look at the world with clear eyes. - Sean McBride
The Italian mob didn’t have a vengeful diaspora operating in every sector of the world for hundreds of years and they wish they control the western world. - Chu_
Sean your thinking doesnt make sense to me either---(no insult intended)----but you try to make the Zio Mafia success more complicated and brilliant than it is. Yes a lot of groups, anyone actually, is' capable" of using organized crime methods---BUT THEY CHOOSE NOT TO--- the Zios DO---that is the difference. What is the difference between how Bernie Madoff accumulated money and... more... - American
Sean, I am the ultimate realist....as you should know by now------I dont 'romancize' the Jews or Zionism ( or anything else) I see them and their success tactics for exactly what they are.....take away the Jew and Holocaust cover in their Zio Mafia, Inc......and they would be called the same garden variety crime and thug org as past mafia and fascist organizations. - American
American, would you rather Egypt and it's army turn into another Iraq/Libya/Syria by resisting the petro-zio 'masterplan', cuz that's what was in store for Egypt at the time - or would you rather sisi do a little dance with the saudis to avoid an existential threat? These are the hard-core realities that not only Egypt has been facing, but practically every other Arab regional country is currently facing and struggling with. - Taxi
Sean, it's not just israel that's been dis-empowering the Arab people, it's had much grand help from Arab leaders on the payroll plus the wicked witch of the west. How did it ever get to this, you wonder? Well it's not the first or last time that this will happen to a people - history has numerous examples of this kind of 'people unable to control their own destinies'. And American hit... more... - Taxi
Taxi.....I cant say which I would rather cause neither are good choices. The whole point to the first Egypt- Arab Spring was to improve the lives of Egyptians in general and get rid of the corruption in its government---(that was my impression anyway). Democracy is usually defined as citizens having a voice in their government thru 'voting'. ...and the 'majority vote' wins. Morsi won... more... - American
Most of Arabia's problems come from having been sliced up and re configured into 'countries' by invading 'empires' that knew nothing and didnt care about the religious and sect problems it would create. On top of that every invader has chosen to set up 'rulers' who would cooperate with them. If anyone believes that the West really wants to see democracy in ME countries I have some timeshare in Iraq to sell you. - American
'' Which interests control the Egyptian government? What are the specific social graphs? - Sean McBride"...If you go back and research you will find info on, in particular, 'elites' within and without Egypt (who had financial interest in Egypt) that were afraid that under Morsi they would lose the advantages they had built up thru bribery and influence. You will find also an article on... more... - American
American -- the fair Jewish analog for Bill Gates at Microsoft would be Larry Ellison at Oracle or Sergey Brin and Larry Page at Google. - Sean McBride
Jewish power is largely grounded in achievement and success at elite universities and in banking, business, economics, film, law, literature, media, medicine, journalism, science, technology, venture capital, etc. Knowledge is power. The higher your level of literacy, the greater your ability to create and define the cultural and social narratives which control political agendas. - Sean McBride
The pathway to power for any group in American society: acquire as many advanced degrees at elite universities as possible. Intellectual capital is the foundation of financial and political capital. - Sean McBride
# a few key factors driving group success in American society 1. education 2. entrepreneurialism 3. risk-taking 4. savings 5. social networking 6. strategic planning - Sean McBride
Sean if you start this jewish superiority crap again I am going to throw up on your feed. I dont know where you get this Jewish intelligence worship from but its a total myth. You have some kind of obsession with elite education. The fact that the Jewish mouthpieces we see and hear are so stupid, even with elite degrees, that they insult those even with a average 100 IQ should have disabused you of this delusion long ago. - American
Sean, I'm not knowledgeable about Egyptian politics, but I agree with American and Taxi re: how power is generally achieved and held, not just by Jews, but throughout history-it hasn't been through knowledge. Some of the most powerful may be "well-educated" but also ignorant and capable of great brutality. There are many educated brutes and thugs in the world, as I'm sure you've noticed. - weareone
Getting back to Egypt, here is where Taxi and I disagree on the Egyptian Military being the 'ultimate protector and champion ' of the Egyptian people. My view is that if the people ever challenged the Military's economic control and interest in Egypt that the Military would turn on the people. "If' democracy ever came to Egypt the military would lose its 'ownership' of a large part of... more... - American
weareone -- over the last century, the world has increasingly moved towards a knowledge-based economy. Those parties who were quickest to realize this fact of life are now holding most of the cards in global power politics. Simply analyze trends on the Fortune 500 list in recent decades to understand this. Knowledge is power. - Sean McBride
You can trace the military ownership and control of commerical sectosr in Egypt all the way back to 1952 if you to search that far. One of the complaints of the average Egytian has always been that the military throws civilans out of job chances. For example the military often "functions" as transport for private businesses and is paid by business---in this the military sends soldiers... more... - American
American -- alumni of elite universities dominate all the most influential institutions in contempoary American and European society -- this is a fact of life which you can easily verify for yourself by data mining the biographies of the leaders of those institutions. This is the way the world works and there is no way around it. - Sean McBride
Sean, I would ask, are those "holding the cards in global power politics" contributing to peace or chaos and war? Technology is not the problem, of course. It is how it's used by humans. How evolved are we in our thinking? And this is totally unrelated to the type of information that you seem to value. I've noticed, if I may generalize for a moment, that cultures who seem most capable... more... - weareone
So what Sean?.....both my brothers are Harvard MBAs, half a dozen of my cousins are Yale Law graduates-----so I guess you are saying they could 'dominate' American institutions -"if they chose to". I hate to break it to you but elite degrees are a dime a dozen these days. They are equivalent to hanging a sign on your business door saying you're a member of the Better Business Bureau --... more... - American
American -- you are missing my point. Groups acquire leverage over the system by coordinating and networking all their assets -- including graduates of elite universities who have achieved power in influential institutions (government agencies, corporations, foundations, policy centers, etc.) The more assets at your disposal, the more leverage you will acquire. Some groups play the game with more skill and energy than others. - Sean McBride
weareone -- I am not claiming that successful groups are more moral or ethical than less successful groups. I am just trying to establish a realistic basis for understanding why some groups are more influential than others in controlling political, economic and cultural systems. How is the game being played in the real world? You can't affect the game if you don't understand the rules. - Sean McBride
# some of the institutions we are talking about 1. American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2. Aspen Institute 3. Bilderberg Group 4. Chatham House 5. Council on Foreign Relations 6. DARPA 7. Defense Science Board 8. elite universities 9. EU 10. Federal Reserve 11. Forbes billionaires 12. Fortune 500 13. Hollywood 14. IMF 15. Internet industry 16. mainstream media 17. military-industrial... more... - Sean McBride
Your premise seems to be based on accepting "the rules", the current paradigm, but those who make and benefit from the rules are corrupt (as reflected in the institutions that you named ). We've discussed here various signs that this paradigm shift is occurring-re: I/P, labor ,Ukraine/ Russia, BRICS etc. So, imo, accepting or "playing their game" makes us complicit in their crimes. Energy should be invested in creating new, inclusive, universalist models. - weareone
American, it's historic fact not opinion when I say that the Egyptian Military is the 'ultimate protector and champion ' of the Egyptian people - that's how Egyptians regard their military. You object to this because I bring this fact to the table? A fact that must be considered when analyzing the Egyptian struggle to achieve democracy. And you seem to think of Morsi as some kind of... more... - Taxi
weareone -- I didn't say we should accept the rules -- merely to understand the rules of the game as it is being played now in a realistic, fact-based way. Any efforts to develop a new social paradigm will have to operate effectively within that environment. But I will say this: all current trends indicate that groups with the greatest command and mastery of knowledge-based technologies... more... - Sean McBride
Taxi -- to what degree are neoconservatives in the American government controlling the Egyptian military through US aid to Egypt and crafting Egyptian foreign and domestic policies? One might almost be able to argue that the Sisi regime is a neocon op. - Sean McBride
Sean, it would not be a different paradigm if it operated "within" the same environment. - weareone
When I say "operate within" I mean that one has to begin effecting change in constructing a new paradigm from within that environment. That's your starting point. (Sorry -- unclear writing there.) - Sean McBride
Another attempt at that sentence: Any efforts to develop a new social paradigm will have to begin by deconstructing that environment and constructing a new social and economic order -- and against enormous resistance from powerful entrenched interests. - Sean McBride
I agree. Sean, the old corrupt game is over, played out- all of the institutions that you mentioned. It's taking it's last agonal breaths-it has long been brain dead- and who knows how long it will be artificially kept alive in a vegetative state, but that doesn't prevent us from moving in a different direction. - weareone
Taxi, ....no I dont object to your bringing that fact---but I think its 'idealized' from the Egyptian past, not from today.'s reality. But the only way to know which one of us is right would be for the Egyptians to challenge the Military's economic ownership in Egypt and see what the military leadership does then.. - American
Sean,if you remember correctly, Egyptians fell out with usa over usa's support of Morsi - recall how john mccaine and llindsay graham were literally booed and booted out of Egypt when they visited during the morsi crisis in their attempt to impose 'neoconism' control on Egyptians. It took Saudi Arabia to help mend the fences between Egypt and usa only recently. Currently, Egypt has one... more... - Taxi
American, you'll forgive me for saying this but I actually think it's you who's being idealistic with a dash of unrealistic here and I think Egyptians actually are 'living' in their reality so they would indeed recognize it for what it is better than you and I ever could - you and I do not dictate what 'reality' Egyptians should live in. But do tell me what would benefit the Egyptians... more... - Taxi
American, just so I'm clear where you stand: do you believe that citizens have the right to oust their democratically elected leader before serving his full term if the leader is tanking the economy and changing the constitution to seal the longevity of his grip on power? - Taxi
Taxi....I agree the Egyptians can do whatever they want...if they are happy with a Sisi thats their business. But I was talking about the reality of the 'political structure" . They first overthrew Mubarak because of their poor living standards and general corruption. If Sis breaks the typical mold and shares the wealth with ordinary Egyptians then good. I followed as I always do---The... more... - American
Taxi, I think if a president's actions are egregious enough he should be removed. But we've had many president that have tanked our economy and some like Bush that have lied us into war and killed hundreds of thousands....I think they should be impeached and I think if your government is proved to be' throughly corrupted' it should be brought down and replaced. From what I knew I didnt... more... - American
Let me tell you, American, that I can't even fucking stand to look at sisi's face. I really am not a fan - and for what it's worth, I was rooting for independent candidate Subhi Saleh and I was not impressed in the slightest that the election process was not, shall we say, 'kosher'. http://www.hrw.org/news... Sisi's a total fucking... more... - Taxi
Taxi, I think yours is the only attitude anyone can have about Egypt. What I hate is the fact they launched a good revolution for the right reasons the first time and then Morsi, or no Morsi, Saudi and others started interferring and provoking and setting up failures. Does the Saud throne really want Egypt to be successful and independent?...I have my doubts....I think they and the... more... - American
It was a giant and ongoing conspiracy against the Arabs of North Africa and the Levant, American. I wanna talk more about the disappointments - I think there is value in this cuz the Arab Spring has been one heck of an emotional ride for a lot of us. No, Egypt was not just a headline, it was an earthquake.... but, but... am really sleepy now cuz it's almost midnight here lol! I'll write something soon on the "disappoinment' of it all. Looking forward :-) - Taxi
I also wanna talk about who benefits from the failure of the Arab Spring and why. Laterz! - Taxi
<<do you believe that citizens have the right to oust their democratically elected leader before serving his full term if the leader is tanking the economy and changing the constitution to seal the longevity of his grip on power?>> I prefer the democratic process to resolve problems, unless it's an extreme case like Joseph Stalin. - WJones
Louis Gray
Five years later, I still point people to the FriendFeed changelog as an example of best practices for transparency. http://changelog.friendfeed.com/
"Description: too tired to finish this right now" lol - Brent Schaus
^ Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"steampunk tweaks from kevin" - Steve C Team Marina
"Because I have to stop working now, computer is going away :(" - L'Andre
That is strangely fascinating - Laura Norvig from iPhone
At first I was all "Ooh, I haven't looked at this for years." But then I was all "Since August of 2009, in fact." - Slippy
That changelog is a beautiful thing. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
NY Review of Books: US policy on Israel-Palestine: preach about the dangers of continuing impasse, thwart actions needed to end it http://j.mp/1wt3FWb https://twitter.com/nybooks...
Tony Karon: . @NathanThrall sets out why US diplomacy has become part of the problem in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict http://www.nybooks.com/article...#fb https://twitter.com/TonyKar... - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
The top 50 science stars of Twitter | Science/AAAS | News - http://news.sciencemag.org/scienti...
The top 50 science stars of Twitter | Science/AAAS | News
"Genomicist Neil Hall sparked an online tempest this summer by proposing a “Kardashian Index,” or K-index—a comparison of a scientist’s number of Twitter followers with their citations. Scientists with a high score on the index, named after the reality TV star Kim Kardashian, one of the most popular celebrities on the social media platform, should “get off Twitter” and write more papers, suggested Hall, who works at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Unscientific! - Arizona girl 9
Unscientific but interesting, and not without useful social and cultural insights. - Sean McBride
Chu_
"Since the heyday of Sir Ian Gilmour though, the Atlanticist and Zionist grip on our politics has intensified. It has been claimed that 80 percent of Conservative MPs, including most Cabinet members are members of Conservative Friends of Israel." - Chu_
"An insidious New McCarthyism has emerged in Britain, designed to stamp out dissent in a country which once prided itself and with some justification for its respect for free speech. These neocon and faux-left Zionist New McCarthyites have set themselves up as ‘censors’ to determine what can and can’t be said by politicians and media commentators. " - Chu_
total silence for 6 days about this case: https://www.google.com/search... - Chu_
I have been tracking this story on Twitter and Google News -- there has been a total blackout on new information about Neil Masterson -- why? There is still confusion about whether Masterson is Jewish or Roman Catholic. The American mainstream media barely reported the story at all, from the outset. And the really big story here is that many pro-Israel activists on the Internet, in many... more... - Sean McBride
How to track this story by most recent articles: [Google News: Neil Masterson: by most recent https://www.google.com/search...] - Sean McBride
And: [Twitter search: Neil Masterson: real-time https://twitter.com/search...] - Sean McBride
The Israel lobby would like to bury this story completely -- it is highly damaging to its cause. - Sean McBride
Neil Masterson has admitted beating controversial MP George Galloway, but denied the attack on the RESPECT MP for Bradford West was religiously aggravated. The 39 year old, also admitted assaulting another man, Mostafa Maroof. http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/breakin... - Chu_
The mainstream media clearly want to bury this story and to discourage any discussion of Neil Masterson's background. - Sean McBride
Masterson will stand trial on November 10th. - “He said he carried out the attack because he felt the victim was an enemy of Judaism,” prosecutor Tom Gill said at a September 1 hearing, but the article says that [he] 'denied it was a religiously aggravated assault and so will face trial' http://www.timesofisrael.com/man-adm... (which one is it?) - Chu_
He beat another guy the same day [Mostafa Maroof]. 'Masterson, who used to work for the Department of Work and Pensions and as a manager at the BBC, and is now a full time carer for a friend, admitted assaulting Mr Galloway on August 29 by beating him.' http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news... - Chu_
The big story here: the hundreds of pro-Israel activists who have supported Neil Masterson's violent physical assault on George Galloway in thousands of Internet posts. - Sean McBride
I recently read an Israel article, and the writer of the article 'felt an initial sense of joy' hearing Galloway was beaten. Seems that tribal loyalty certainly runs thick. And also, that 10k legal pot for Masterson they were aiming for is only at 6k for Masterson. Imagine if some thug beat up a politician in the US and there was a international fund to support his legal costs? very warped. - Chu_
Chu, I saw an inteview with George Galloway on Al-Mayadeen TV about a week after the attack and Galloway himself couldn't get into giving details about his attacker: citing legal censorship imposed on the incident till trial begins. And yes it is despicable how silent his fellow politicians have been on the attack. I am positively disgusted by UK politics anyway but this is just... more... - Taxi
I didn't realize British political class were as feeble as the US reps when it comes to anything about Israel. Man, no wonder Britian lost their empire. This Masterson guy will probably come off as a total nutjob in the Nov 10 trial, but the media will bury it best they can. The politicians didn't say anything. Dangerous game they're playing. http://stopwar.org.uk/news... - Chu_
Truman's Diary----> "The Jews, I find, are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as D[isplaced] P[ersons] as long as the Jews get special treatment. Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog.'' Its not anti semitic if its true. And its certainly true of the Zionist leadership that many Jews follow. - American
Sean McBride
MJ (Mike) Rosenberg: AIPAC Set To Block Boycott Movement With Legislation: Next Goal To Repeal US Constitution http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegr... … via @rosiegray @buzzfeed https://twitter.com/MJayRos...
JewishVoiceForPeace: AIPAC hopes to outlaw Israel boycotts with new U.S. legislation http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegr...#BDS pic.twitter.com/yevsKrL3vf https://twitter.com/jvplive... - Sean McBride
What does this mean? "MJ (Mike) Rosenberg @MJayRosenberg · 4h Okay. Mondoweiss, Blumenthal, Ali Abunimah, JVP all oppose continued existence of State of Israel. That is a fact. I'm 4 pre-'67 Israel." - Chu_
Isn't Mike drawing a distinction between Zionists and anti-Zionists? Zionists support the continuing existence of Israel; anti-Zionists don't. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Text mining the novel - Quill and Quire - http://www.quillandquire.com/book-cu...
Text mining the novel - Quill and Quire
"A group of researchers from 21 academic and non-academic institutes, led by Andrew Piper, associate professor and William Dawson Scholar of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University, is undertaking the “first large-scale quantitative history of the novel” using a decidedly modern method: text mining." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
The Future Of Liberal Zionism | On Point with Tom Ashbrook - http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014...
The Future Of Liberal Zionism | On Point with Tom Ashbrook
"After a summer of deadly clashes between Gaza and Israel, we talk to Jews on the left and right about the future of liberal Zionism. Some say it’s over." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Anthony Lerman, Peter Beinart and Caroline Glick. - Sean McBride
Top comment 1: "It's hard to take anything Caroline Glick says seriously when she viciously throws around insults at other panel members and callers." - Sean McBride
Top comment 2: "Absolutely stunned by Carolina Glick's inability to converse respectfully. One feels the seething hatred underneath her rhetoric towards both the Palestinian people and their cause. Her's is the voice of the iron fist that just crushed Gaza and feels righteous in having done so. That was the ugliest thing I've ever heard on On Point." - Sean McBride
Top comment 3: "Caroline Glick can't possibly be a serious journalist. She sounds like she's insane." - Sean McBride
Top comment 4: "Is Caroline crazy???" - Sean McBride
Caroline Glick's fanbase matches that of Jennifer Rubin. - Sean McBride
# Caroline Glick's cohorts 1. Andrea Levin 2. Andrea Peyser 3. Anne Bayefsky 4. Danielle Pletka 5. Debbie Schlussel 6. Jennifer Rubin 7. Joyce Chernick 8. Melanie Phillips 9. Mona Charen 10. Orly Taitz 11. Pamela Geller 12. Rita Katz 13. Tamar Yonah - Sean McBride
Impressions: 1. Anthony Lerman: a clear, reality-based thinker. 2. Peter Beinart: well-intentioned but intellectually confused. 3. Caroline Glick: deranged and dangerous. - Sean McBride
Tom Ashbrook handled this subject much more effectively than Christopher Lydon. - Sean McBride
can't they toss in a goy for some 'balance'? - Chu_
Tom Ashbrook was controlling the conversation. - Sean McBride
From a propaganda standpoint, one couldn't ask for a better asset than Caroline Glick. - Sean McBride
Beinart compares the contrast between liberalism and nationalism and that between national security and free speech, and concludes that two opposing forces can exist together. OK, smart guy, what about liberalism and fascism, or free speech and fascism? - WJones
At 13:56, the Kaddish sounds like a Ukrainian women's folksong. For real. - WJones
Sean McBride
AYLIEN Announces Intelligent Text Analysis Google Sheets Add-on - Semanticweb.com - http://semanticweb.com/aylien-...
"AYLIEN, Inc., a Dublin-based firm backed by SOS Ventures, has announced the availability of a Google Sheets add-on which extracts meaningful data from documents." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Like the original Text Analysis API, the Google Sheets add-on can perform sentiment analysis, extract mentions of entities and concepts, summarize lengthy texts, detect language, create hashtags for optimum sharability, classify documents into categories, and extract full text and embedded media. It’s the first such tool available for Google’s web-based productivity suite." - Sean McBride
American
The ISIS Videos ----http://thehill.com/policy... (hummm?. something a little too Hollywood about these videos to me)
' The clip, obtained by The New York Times and NBC News, also includes images of the “Mission Accomplished” banner that flanked President George W. Bush during a speech he gave on an aircraft carrier shortly after the U.S. invaded Iraq, as well as images of President Obama and the White House at night. - American
'' Audio of Obama declaring that American combat troops would not return to Iraq is dubbed over part of the clip, followed by an image of ISIS militants preparing to kill kneeling hostages. The terror group has previously released videos depicting the brutal decapitation of two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker. The video concludes as the words “Flames of War” flash on the screen, followed by “Fighting has just begun” and “Coming Soon.” - American
Only things I can think about these videos. They are being manufactured by the usual suspects (and given to the NYT and media) to propagandize us into more ME war. Or 'if' they are made by ISIS their purpose is to attract fanatical fighters to their cause. The only other possible motive for ISIS in these videos is like OBL's plan to egg the US into the ME,' draw us in and drown us' in a war of attrition. But I find them very suspicious. - American
The whole ISIS thing is suspicious--they are Sunni supremest and Islam fanatics (or so we have been told)----who came as least partly out of the Syrian rebels Saudi organized and financed. But ISIS was obviously 'organized' before they broke out of the Syria rebels and went on their own warpath----so Saudi, Israel and other ME rulers intel sources were bound to have known ISIS was... more... - American
The vibes on ISIS are all wrong. YANO -- Yet Another Neocon Op? - Sean McBride
Some interesting Google searches on the subject: # [Google; isis *] 1. abu bakr al baghdadi 2. al qaeda 3. attack america 4. benghazi 5. cia 6. fake 7. false flag 8. fidel castro 9. hoax 10. hollywood 11. israel 12. john mccain 13. mossad 14. neoconservatives 15. nick berg 16. rita katz 17. simon elliot 18. site intelligence 19. takfiri 20. white house - Sean McBride
Something no one is talking about, as in NONE. For nearly two years the suicide attacks in the heart of Iraq have been increasing. 100 on almost any day. The majority directed against Shite citizen gathering places and sometimes government installations or symbols. Somebody was financing these destructive attacks. Somebody was organizing them. There clearly was a plan behind the scenes... more... - Danaa
Danaa, Saudi Arabia is the one hating on Iraq and Syria: for their friendship with Iran. It's the house of saud and it's inbred cousins scattered around the petro gulf (excluding the sultanate of oman), that are paying cash wages for Da'sh hate and murder rampages - money coming in from Turkey too - arms supplied by uk, usa, israel and france (paid for with petro dollars) - trained and... more... - Taxi
I agree with you taxi, about the funding sources and the not-so-secret "trainers". Also about the direction - all pointing towards Iran. Though, as we now know, there were also those who use Da'sh as proxy to run interference against Russia. I am sure that the behind=the-scenes, with Turkey, the CIA and Mossad playing back-up roles for Saudi Arabia things must have been - and are -... more... - Danaa
Someone described Turkey's mideast policy as akin to milking the cow then kicking the pail - and it just keeps kicking and kicking it hoping the milk will get back into the pail all nice and white again. - Taxi
Sean McBride
MJayRosenberg: "The new Mondoweiss is so stale. Does home page ever change?" https://twitter.com/MJayRos...
The new interface has radically degraded the energy level of Mondoweiss. They should revert to the old interface and demand a refund. - Sean McBride
can you search for peoples comments any longer? Mondoweiss has past its peak and is heading to the dustbin. It was a good run though.. - Chu_
Wow, We all agree. It's not for the dustbin though nearly yet. - WJones
The designers are either careless, incompetent, or intentional. - WJones
Don't forget that you can use Google to search Mondoweiss, for instance: [Google; site:mondoweiss.net+schama http://www.google.com/#q=site...] - Sean McBride
My impression is that the new design was deliberately intended to devalue comments as much as possible -- and it has succeeded. - Sean McBride
Adam said they were working on the fixes for last 100 comments. But no updates and it' been more than a month. Are they behind in paying the Crowd Favorite? - Chu_
Sean would have done a better job - even if he doesn't know how to design websites. LOL - WJones
At the start of any website upgrade you meet with the developer and state what do you want to improve. They have went the other route, 'all hat and no cattle'. - Chu_
Whatever adam and phil intentions re the 'upgrade'. the site is a lot less than it was----not good at all. ..the old was much better. This is laid out all wrong, very clumsy. - American
graph number of Mondoweiss comments per month for the past five years - Sean McBride
This upgrade was a downgrade. - Sean McBride
Must unfortunately agree with you all. The new site has a discouraging feel to it.It's not just the comments but also the layout. No one comes to MW for photos and special effects. Those are mostly stock photos anyways. People come to MW for content and that content is now obscured in the interest of the infamous "clean" layout, and HuffPo style screaming graphics. . - Danaa
That before I even get to content. I also suspect a key part of the reason for the redesign was to "hide" or "obscure" the comments AND the archives, without actually eliminating them. Can't think of any other reason for the new design, since there seems to be no advantage. It did occur to me that this new style may be cheaper too. - Danaa
I suspect that a quick survey of all who read MW - comment or not - would show that hands down most dislike the new format. AS I said, it's hard finding a single reason why it's better than the old design, unless, as I suggested, it's a lot cheaper. - Danaa
Cheapness doesn't count because it's a "sunk cost" - IE there is no reason in terms of cost to pay money to design a website when the money was already paid years ago for a different design. - WJones
Huffpo has a good look to it - WJones
They now have longer deadlines for comments. My guess is that they weren't trying to kill the site, and that it was the designer - Crowd Favorite. - WJones
I agree w Danaa. They don't want to kill the site but cripple the comments section and become more of a huff post - Chu_ from Android
HuffPo does a great job of "hiding" the comments. they are there, heavily moderated, but the layout is such as to detract attention from them. Some people still comment on HuffPo but most would never bother. What on earth for if hardly anyone reads the comments or willing to go through hoops to add their voice? I actually hate their layout and rarely if ever consult HuffPo unless... more... - Danaa
I fear that Phil has been listening to the wrong people when it comes to the comments section. My rule of thumb would be to sample only protestants when it comes to comments and general interactive type forums, or really, any social setting. That's because I find protestant derived indivduals both more tolerant in debating styles and with greater tendency to see the bright side in... more... - Danaa
Huff post, to me, looks like a good news site in its appearance. But I agree that they downplay comments. - WJones
I agree with Danaa, the protestant or gentile style of communication doesnt mesh with the Jewish style. We are a lot more direct and to the point and I dont mean in a rude way---just to the point. We tend to bottom line things.and be more straight forward.. Commenting on MW is not good for my writing habits---I have to contort all around to 'soften up' my comments when there is nothing... more... - American
Killed by design. - Taxi
Wow, another MWer showed up. - WJones
So, what brings you here, Taxi? - WJones
It looks like a lot of people are saying this. it's probably the consensus by now. - WJones
The 'design' brings me here, Jonezy. - Taxi
Taxi! I know that name... - Chu_
Oooh it's been a while that I've seen that word " quorum". Quorum: "the minimum number of members of an assembly or society that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid" - MacBook Pro Dictionary. Hey thanks Chu and WJones for the faraway wave - waving back at yaz! BTW I wrote a friend about all the points that I think are wrong with the new... more... - Taxi
Taxi -- you should post your critique of the new Mondoweiss design here -- I would love to peruse your points. - Sean McBride
I might just do that, Sean - oblige you even though you bum me out when you think me a sassy Sisi sycophant. - Taxi
"sassy Sisi sycophant" -- how can one not appreciate someone who can craft a phrase like that? :) My mind is certainly open to better understanding your views on Egyptian politics. - Sean McBride
Taxi - gradual recession of free speech last 2 years is a nice way of putting it. I looked back to see when this all started, I thought it was Donald, but the new edict on oct 24, 2010 was written by Phil and Adam which basically say no more free dialogue. http://mondoweiss.net/2012... "But we’re going to sharply circumscribe commenters’ freedom... more... - Chu_
Taxi, your tongue is a sharp as ever - this is a glum little group here sometimes. Come glam us up.... - Danaa
Also, Taxi,we could use another voice in Sean's and my interminabble sqabble over the virtues and demerits of Twitter. He loves it, as in every one of its 100 permitted characters. And me, well, wordy as my word ever was, it just won't do. In the meantime, I win, because he brings useful twits here, so I have even less reason to scour the universe of idle verbiage and surly hashtags. - Danaa
Sean, just think where we might be right now if Morsi, who supported the cannibal terrorists occupying chunks of Syria, had stayed in power and his 'special' armed wing of the moslem brotherhood in the Sinai had taken full hold of the terrain there and infiltrated and flooded arms and monthly wages and their ideology into a desperate Gaza: redefining the Palestinian struggle in terms of... more... - Taxi
Hey Danaa - I'm not a member of twitter but every couple of days or so I click on this (bookmarked) twitter link for a laugh: https://twitter.com/TheTwee... - Taxi
Taxi, did you believe the results of the Al Sisi election? 96.1% sounds a bit unnatural. Seem's very possible he could morph into another dictator like Mubarak. - Chu_
Taxi -- you may be right about Morsi -- I will readily admit that I don't know as much about Egyptian politics as you do. I will pay attention to whatever you post on that subject. In our last exchanges on this topic I was mainly reacting in a visceral way to the [Wikipedia; August 2013 Rabaa Massacre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...]. That was a bit too rich for my blood. - Sean McBride
Taxi, On Morsi. OK, you could be right. In the flip side, predictions are tough to make. If Morsi was in power still, maybe the Israelis might have not bombed Gaza because Gaza would be supported by Egypt. And maybe the crazy ISIS guys would not have been so powerful and extreme because Morsi could effectively support more moderate elements in the FSA. On the other hand, yes, maybe... more... - WJones
Chu, Of course it's not like 96% of Egyptians want Al Sisi (or for that matter Morsi). Ice cream would probably get 60-90% of votes in a popularity contest. Let me put it this way: Al Sisi and Morsi are not more popular than ice cream. - WJones
ha ha Jones. My point is 96% is only seen on the congressional floor. - when AIPAC cracks the whip for a vote. - Chu_
Israel has some popularity among everyday Americans, but it's not 96%, better than ice cream, populatiy - WJones
did you see that bogus plan about Egypt wants to put Gaza in the Sinai? Al Sisi or any Egyptian wouldn't propose such a plan. Sounds like Israeli misinformation being spread. Jonathan Tobin [Commentary Magazine] jumped on this pronto and described it as a “healthy sign.” - Chu_
Probably you are right. - WJones
'Sisi, an ex-military man who drums the patriotic chord daily, will definitely not ignore the thousands of Egyptian soldiers who lost their lives in the 1973 war, or the daring quest for peace that followed and the tricky negotiations, including an international tribunal for the disputed area of Taba, just to regain the last inch of Sinai. Anwar Sadat lost his life for Sinai, and Sisi... more... - Chu_
Midnight here - nighty night all ye old codgers! Seeyaz all in the marrows of tomorrow. - Taxi
You just said it's midnight. What time zone is that? Jerusalem, Cairo, or Athens? - WJones
TAXI: Subscribe me. - WJones
I'm in south Lebanon - 90 miles away from Jerusalem. - Taxi
Whatcha doin there? (In general) - WJones
When I see your name, I have an urge to tell you: "Get a taxi!" - WJones
I guess that's better than telling me to 'Get a Room!' - Taxi
I came for a bit of socio-political tourism, visiting this country and that in the middle east, then I eventually visited a friend's village here in the south of Lebanon and decided to extend my visit and rented a small farmhouse on the edge of northernmost point of the Galilee. The old part of the village here looks like old Jerusalem - very unspoiled and some natives still live on... more... - Taxi
S. Lebanon....say what up to the Hez for me...I was saying to Danaa last week how I heard that Izzy is getting an itchy trigger finger with the Hez. They're of course worried about them stockpiling all these new weapons. But Danaa seems to believe that they require another enemy at the gates which is fundamental to their cult behavior & unity. Plus, I don't think they have the gall to... more... - Chu_
Chu, the izzies dare not risk the hizb's promise of 90.000 rockets on tel aviv "and beyond" if they fuck with Lebanon again. No the israelis won't do that, but they are certainly cultivating Al Nusra in the Golan (73 miles from where I am) in the hope that eventually Al Nusra would have a military engagement with the hizb and weaken them, or at least tie up the hands of special hizb... more... - Taxi
Col Lang agrees and I think he has a good background for assessing it....>" Israel was lucky that Hizbullah did not throw all that stuff at them during the Gaza unpleasantness. Very lucky. This colonel is right. Iron Dome would fail against the fire that Hisbullah can bring down on them and it would have failed even more catastrophically against an HB/Hamas combined effort.... more... - American
MW--->""But we’re going to sharply circumscribe commenters’ freedom to address these issues as a special or unique Jewish problem, or to post arguments that any form of collective Jewish community-building is negative." IMO this is -The Jewish Fatal Flaw. While they eternally critique and often tear to shreds every non Jewish culture they are mentally incapable of grasping the necessity... more... - American
Sean should read up on how it's American policy to help maintain isarel's military superiority over all Arab countries - how it's the norm for the usa to use threat and coercion to stop other countries from selling sophisticated weaponry especially to the Levant Arabs. Sean should read the laughable list of weapons America gives to Lebanon, for instance. Hey, if Lebanon was allowed the... more... - Taxi
Sean McBride
Israeli institutions do not seem to be represented on this list. - Sean McBride
There are numerous problems with this list, but many of the names on the list deserve to be there. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Groups working to stop US funding of campus anti-Israel activity | The Times of Israel - http://www.timesofisrael.com/groups-...
Groups working to stop US funding of campus anti-Israel activity | The Times of Israel
"Ten organizations have announced a coordinated effort to convince Congress to reform the Higher Education Act to prevent federal funding of anti-American and anti-Israel activity. Most of the ten organizations working on the reform effort are Jewish." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
# the 10 organizations in question: 1. Accuracy in Academia 2. AMCHA Initiative 3. American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists 4. Endowment for Middle East Truth 5. Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law 6. Middle East Forum 7. Scholars for Peace in the Middle East 8. Simon Wiesenthal Center 9. Union of Orthodox Congregrations 10. Zionist Organization of America - Sean McBride
There is no such thing as the Israel lobby and it is not engaged in any activities. - Sean McBride
Mondoweiss on Friendfeed
Senator Warren’s progressive supporters demand accountability for her rightwing pro-Israel positioning - http://mondoweiss.net/2014...
When Senator Elizabeth Warren began spouting Likud talking points-- that Hamas welcomed civilian deaths and the US should not sanction Israeli settlement construction -- her progressive base was shocked. That's why they confronted her at a talk at Tufts earlier this week.
She's a I-W****. Dump her. - American
Warren is proving she has no chops when it comes to foreign policy. Hillary will dissect her in the debates - She'll become Hillary's (aka the Harpy) new foil. - Chu_
Barack Obama gained altitude and soared in 2008 by challenging the political establishment on foreign policy. Elizabeth Warren will crash and burn in 2014 by spouting neoconservative and neoliberal foreign policy platitudes. It took Warren less than a week to trash her progressive credentials -- largely thanks to pressure from the Israel lobby within the Democratic Party. She is weak and compliant -- not a principled rebel. - Sean McBride
The lobby probably gave her that script to fail. They're behind campaign Billary - as they are better con-artist-duo than Warren. Maybe Bill can be her veep... is that legal? - Chu_
Rand Paul stands a better chance of being the next Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential contest than Elizabeth Warren. Hillary Clinton has already set herself up to be the next tired John McCain in that battle. - Sean McBride
McCain and Hillary - the Beltway Cronies. ~should be a song, too bad every band out there is bubble gum and hipsters. - Chu_
John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren -- there are all now linked together in the public mind as pro-Israel hawks and tools of the Israeli government and the Israel lobby. Warren could have positioned herself outside of this circle and challenged it (as Obama did in 2008), but she has chosen not to. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Record sea ice around Antarctica due to global warming - environment - 17 September 2014 - New Scientist - http://www.newscientist.com/article...
Record sea ice around Antarctica due to global warming - environment - 17 September 2014 - New Scientist
"It just gets bigger. The extent of the sea ice around Antarctica has hit a record high – for the third year running. Counter-intuitively, global warming is responsible." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
From online dating to driverless cars, machine learning is everywhere | Science | The Observer - http://www.theguardian.com/science...
From online dating to driverless cars, machine learning is everywhere | Science | The Observer
"Dr Michael Osborne from the University of Oxford answers our Q&A about the mysteries of a component of artificial intelligence" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
August 2014 Was Earth's Hottest August On Record; Long-Term Trend Points To Global Warming - http://www.ibtimes.com/august-...
August 2014 Was Earth's Hottest August On Record; Long-Term Trend Points To Global Warming
"Three of the last eight months this year were the hottest on record, according to the latest federal climate data, which found that last month was the warmest August worldwide. Average temperatures in May and June were similarly record-breaking, and this July was the fourth-hottest since scientists began keeping track 130 years ago." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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