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Haaretz joins Rush Limbaugh and company in trying to link Max Blumenthal to KC shooter suspect -
Before journalist and author Max Blumenthal turned his eye towards Israel/Palestine, he was a dogged investigator of the seedy world of neo-Nazism and white supremacism in the U.S. But now, liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz has joined right-leaning Israel advocates in trying to turn the tables on him by linking the journalist to Frazier Glenn Miller, the suspect in Sunday's deadly shooting at two Jewish centers in Kansas City.
I am posting on this controversy on Mondoweiss. - Sean McBride
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Alterman says BDS is helping Netanyahu -
Eric Alterman outshines the New York Times laying the blame for the failure of peace talks at Netanyahu's door. Then he lashes out at BDS, saying it's helped the occupation. A bizarre and absurd claim.
Is there any information on the Solution that the Israeli right has for Palestinians? In surveys they don't want Palestinians to have a state, but nor do they want Palestinians to outvote them in a democratic society. Do they have an answer to the "demographic problem" that they expressed openly? - WJones
It's clear that their plans for Palestinians living within Greater Israel are covert and secretive -- not to be discussed openly. One possibility is that they are planning to expel them under the cover of a generalized world war between "the West" and Islam which they have been working so hard to instigate for decades. - Sean McBride
What do you mean? Where do you see anything leaking this plan out? If they are just 25% it shouldnt be a major problem. Herzl envisioned some Arabs in the Jewish State. - WJones
Herzl wasn't a Likud Zionist or a religious Zionist. It's easy to read the thinking and intentions of messianic Greater Israelists between the lines -- particularly when they discuss the demographic threat to the Jewishness of Israel. - Sean McBride
WJones: try Googling various combinations of the following terms: 1. Arabs 2. demographics 3. deportations 4. ethnic cleansing 5. Eretz Israel 6. expulsions 7. Greater Israel 8. Israel 9. Jews 10. Palestinians 11. transfer 12. Zionism - Sean McBride
"We shall have to spirit the penniless population across the border … while denying it any employment in our country.” — Theodore Herzl - WJones
Exactly -- even Herzl, who was a relatively moderate Zionist, was harboring these thoughts. - Sean McBride
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The very definition of a goyishe kop: an antisemite who attacks the Jews by shooting two Methodists and a Roman Catholic.
A moron supreme, as well as a moral monster. - Sean McBride
Frazier Glenn Miller/Cross would feel right at home on Goose for the Gander. - Sean McBride
"American" went out of his way to speak out against Frazier's crime on Mondoweiss. - WJones
The main problem I have is with some peoples' discussions is their talking in generalizations. Is it fair, Sean, to say that "the Americans" fought in Vietnam, or "the Germans" invaded Russia in 1941? How about "the Greeks" fought "the Persians"? The Bible does this, but I find generalizations uncomfortable. - WJones
I haven't been able to turn up any statements by Miller/Cross that haven't been made many times in Good for the Goose, and with the same level of obsession and rage. My bet is that Miller's posts would have been welcome in GG until he murdered three Christians in his harebrained and bungled efforts to inflict a blow on "the Jews." - Sean McBride
What do you think about my question about making generalizations? I intend it also to be a separate question, because it comes up. - WJones
I have alot of skepticism about what went down with Mr. Miller, as he was an ex-con who turned state's evidence against other racists. There are allegations and oddities that you can find on the web like there are with other controversial incidents. - WJones
I am allergic to generalizations and avoid making them myself. I'm into nuance and fine discriminations that reflect the complexity of the real world. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride -- please note: ChasMark has unsubscribed from your FF. - ChasMark
So the number of my subscribers has shrunk from 1,078 to 1,077. Oh dear. - Sean McBride
It would be enlightening for GG members like pepsi and Just the Facts Please to specify which anti-Jewish statements Frazier Glenn Miller made before the murders that they condemn. Miller gave signs that he was going to go postal in advance of the shootings. I can think of others who exhibit the same symptoms. - Sean McBride
sean, pretend you have a bit of character and rise above the cheap shots. Work on a list or something less embarrassing to yourself. You know none of us support the shootings. There are smarter ways to draw attention to yourself. Try to think of some. - pepsi
We are not talking about the shootings -- we are talking about the hate-filled beliefs and attitudes that motivated the shootings -- and the fanaticism with which those ideas were embraced and expressed. - Sean McBride
"So the number of my subscribers has shrunk from 1,078 to 1,077. Oh dear. - Sean McBride" "Mondoweiss on Friendfeed 360 subscribers" " Sean McBride - Politics 157 subscribers" [15 Apr 14] " Beware of the world's true truth-seekers.... - Sean McBride" - ChasMark
sean, tell us again about the universalist strains of jewish ideology. I want to observe your religious behavior. Tell me about the magical, mystical strains of Jews, where they dwelled, how many were there, and what did they ever do that was not in their perceived self-interest. Danaa told you a year ago there was no such thing, but you cling to it religiously and trot it out all the time, here and at the mondo operation. Do it again, tell us about the strains, i want to watch you strain to do so. - pepsi
I am also happy to report that I can still find useful engagement on Mondoweiss when I choose to post there. Some the current MW comments and conversations are quite interesting. - Sean McBride
sean, tell us again about the universalist strains of jewish ideology. I want to observe your religious behavior. Tell me about the magical, mystical strains of Jews, where they dwelled, how many were there, and what did they ever do that was not in their perceived self-interest. Danaa told you a year ago there was no such thing, but you cling to it religiously and trot it out all the time, here and at the mondo operation. Do it again, tell us about the strains, i want to watch you strain to do so. - pepsi
pepsi -- do you have any idea how incoherent most of your comments are (like this last one)? You provide no basis for a rational and informed conversation -- you are just venting your rage at "the Jews" -- in the same style as Frazier Glenn Miller. - Sean McBride
Stephen Greenblatt is one example among many Jews who are important representatives of the universalist and secular humanist strain in Jewish culture. You should try reading his biography of Shakespeare (Will in the World) and The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. Fine work. [Wikipedia; Stephen Greenblatt] - Sean McBride
Are you saying that what makes Greenblatt's work "fine" is that he is ethno-racially Jewish? - ChasMark
No -- I am saying that Jewish culture has produced many minds of his high quality. - Sean McBride
sean, if you had real morals you would give a shit how people treat others. It's all a statistical soulless spreadsheet. How many awards, what SAT scores, how many mentions in the news. When rare tribes of goyim exhibit the same traits as Weiss family values, you call it what it is. - pepsi
The last 14 comments are probably needless. Looks like I just added one more. :/ - WJones
What is it about Stephen Greenblatt's work on Shakespeare that indicates he is "universalist & secular humanistic," and that those qualities, to the extent they are qualities, are specifically influenced by Jewishness? Most authors attempt to gain credibility for their work by stating the academic areas they have mastered, the mentors they have learned from, the institutions that have inspired/supported/nurtured them. Is Dante's work extraordinary because he was Roman Catholic? - ChasMark
Sean, I think the big problem is when people generalize about a religious or ethnic community. The tough thing unfortunately is when in some areas some community will have a near total opinion on something. Let's say 95% of Americans support their involvement in WWII. Would it be fair to say that "the Americans" fought WWII? If not, would that statement be seen as stereotyping... more... - WJones
WJones -- I strongly oppose generalizing about or stereotyping ethnic or religious communities -- I take people one by one as they come along. One can make judgments or come to conclusions about ideologies or belief systems and their followers, however -- that is a different matter. - Sean McBride
Greenblatt doesn't make an issue of his Jewishness -- many Jews don't -- and many of them are thought leaders in universalist domains. That is my only point. - Sean McBride
there's zero jewish debate about ww2, 9/11, and historical responsibility for any of their 100+ expulsions by the goyim tribe. - pepsi
I don't think so many of their expulsions were their fault. Shahak pointed out that Rome would let a Jewish ghetto exist, but no other religion could have a ghetto in Rome. That tells me that when expulsions occurred, it might not have been mainly because of bad things Jews did, but because the expellers themselves were intolerant- regardless of whatever the Jewish community did. That is, tolerance of Jews may have been an exception to a general rule of intolerance toward all religious minorities. - WJones
The part of the discussion with GFTG that I find tough is because they sometimes talks in generalities, like "the Jews did X". Now this can be a challenge, because a very high number of Jews may do X, but still I don't like generalizing about people like you do not, Sean. - WJones
Add onto that this is a sensitive topic, even one that may be "monitored" and there are reasons why someone may want to avoid getting into those kinds of conversations. - WJones
I don't co-sign what Frazier Glenn Cross did/is accused of doing. - JustTheFactsPlease
ooooh, plain vanilla Americans may not talk about a disproportion of Jewish influence in US politics, finance, Hollywood & media because it is "sensitive." By all means, let us limit our discourse to football scores and leave the "intelligent" "universalist" discourse to Jews. They are so much better at it. Not in general, mind you, but in a carefully nuanced, true truth-telling kind of... more... - ChasMark
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The//Intercept: Passover Greetings from the Editor (John Cook)
"I will try to make myself available today in the comments on this post to answer questions about what we are doing and what we intend to do. I’ll be here until 3 p.m. EDT, when I’m off to seder. Chag sameach." - Sean McBride
Something is definitely feeling peculiar and off about this venture. What have become of Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill? - Sean McBride
Read the comments - fascinating. - Sean McBride
John Cook's Passover reference may have been ironic: - Sean McBride
I think John Cook is probably an Enlightenment dude. I am willing to give Intercept more time to get its act together. - Sean McBride
I keep commenting about the mysterious "disappearance" of Jeremy Scahill - who wrote so much before sinking into a publication black hole, just as soon as he joined this venture. - Danaa
The saying "if it looks too good to be true..." appears more relevant by the day. - Danaa
the way the venture collected some of the most independent - and productive - journalists and bloggers around, only to become a moribound sink of information is truly puzzling. How long does it take to start publishing something anyways? The Intercept is up and about, but has anyone seen anything significant or earth shaking on it lately? and Glenn Greenwald returns to the US to accept a prize and all is quiet on the western front. Way too quiet, one would think. - Danaa
That piece about Omidyar being one side of the funding of USAID in Ukraine, Soros being another (among more "liberal" interventionist fundies) really rankled. Indeed, Greenwald's silence on what's going on in the Ukraine - and the almost complete, wall-to-wall media anti-Russia propagandizing speaks quite loudly. - Danaa
Given the number of highly significant - and disturbing - events to have happened in the months since the First Look venture was announced, something that seemed strangely not-covered by serious bloggers like Scahill, taibbi, jay Rosen, Froomkin and Greenwald, can one be blamed for wondering whether the entire venture was a concerted "Op" to effectively "remove" some of the more influencial voices out in the alternative media? - Danaa
Suggested starter list for significant events since Greenwald was "absorbed" into "First" Look: 1. Ukraine Coup 2. Media attack on Sochi Olympics 3. Collapse of kerry's I/P talk 4. Sy Hersh's definitive unraveling of the Syria CW attack as false flag 5. venezuela "riots" 6. Disappearance of MH370 - Danaa
Danaa -- if First Look Media turns out to be a nefarious op, don't you think that Greenwald, Scahill, Taibbi and all those stubborn and independent minds will divulge all the gory details down the line? Unless they are quietly incarcerated at Guantanamo. - Sean McBride
By the way, you are breaking out your thoughts and paragraphs into nice bite-size comment chunks, where they are easily digested. :) This interface is manageable, I think. - Sean McBride
Oh, I think they may well all peeter (sp?) out in time, if our smidgen of suspicion turns out to be correct. I did not for a second imagine the goal was to shut them up forever - but just for a time. A very critical time in the larger corporatocracy's game book. Obviously, I can't know for sure, but can't get over this noisy little bird trying to whisper something in my ear. - Danaa
Why the suspicion? simple (at least for my part): I've been trying to imagine what the PTB might try to assert some control over alternative media. Obviously, scare tactics don't work on everyone, especially for some who feel they have nothing to lose (cf. their chances at a regular MSM perch are all but gone) and don't have enough of a greedy bone. That leaves "co-opting" as a tactic.... more... - Danaa
Last longer comment was for you Sean, to prove that you cannot co-opt me into the friendFeed Borg. That's what you get for compliments! - Danaa
No wonder my very own quite commendable parents kind of gave up on me when I was, like 6 yrs old. They - along with everyone else - just assumed that "bundle of joy" was a gift left behind by the werewolves or something. The only thing that changed over the [many] years since is that I've learnt to disguise the moon-wailing (but, last night was just too tempting - blood moon and all... more... - Danaa
That is a perfectly plausible scenario -- First Look Media could be a gimmick for coopting the most influential voices on the Internet and bringing them under control. We'll see how this plays out in the coming weeks and months. Shutting up those personalities for more than a few months strikes me as not a viable project -- talk about a scheme born to backfire (if that is what it has been). - Sean McBride
I imagine you have been quite a handful since day one. :) I share some of those traits myself. :) Beware of the world's true truth-seekers.... - Sean McBride
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"Rand Paul will face massive opposition from the establishment, pro-military complex wing of the Republican Party in his presumed bid for the White House. People with big check books are ready to fund Paul’s opposition. The neocons don’t think Paul is “strong enough” on Israel. They want to make sure the $3 billion currently flowing to the country from US taxpayers keeps flowing. Much of the political class in Tel Aviv counts on this infusion in one way or another. Anyone (Paul possibly) who would even consider reducing the annual gift is considered an existential threat." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"What’s particularly interesting to me is how concerned many of the neocons are with the junior Senator from Kentucky. I think they sense that he is a new kind of candidate who will appeal to coalitions and voters who are not traditionally aligned with the GOP. In other words – that he could win. If Paul were to win the nomination and the presidency this screws up the playbooks big time... more... - Sean McBride
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Brain Computer Interfacing Introduction | Artificial intelligence and natural language processing | Cambridge University Press -
Brain Computer Interfacing Introduction | Artificial intelligence and natural language processing | Cambridge University Press
"The idea of interfacing minds with machines has long captured the human imagination. Recent advances in neuroscience and engineering are making this a reality, opening the door to restoring and potentially augmenting human physical and mental capabilities. Medical applications such as cochlear implants for the deaf and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease are becoming increasingly commonplace. Brain- computer interfaces (BCIs) (also known as brain- machine interfaces or BMIs) are now being explored in applications as diverse as security, lie detection, alertness monitoring, telepresence, gaming, education, art, and human augmentation. This introduction to the field is designed as a textbook for upper- level undergraduate and first year graduate courses in neural engineering or brain- computer interfacing for students from a wide range of disciplines. It can also be used for self- study and as a reference by neuroscientists, computer scientists, engineers, and medical... more... - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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IPCC report: How to fight global warming while saving money - -
"While containing global warming will require substantial investment in cleaner sources of energy, much can be accomplished through energy efficiency, a new United Nations report says. More efficient cars, buildings, and appliances will play a crucial role in curbing the effects of global warming, the report found." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Semantic Technologies for Historical Research: A Survey | -
"During the nineties of the last century, historians and computer scientists created together a research agenda around the life cycle of historical information. It comprised the tasks of creation, design, enrichment, editing, retrieval, analysis and presentation of historical information with help of information technology. They also identified a number of problems and challenges in this field, some of them closely related to semantics and meaning. In this survey paper we revisit the joint work of historians and computer scientists in the use of Semantic Web methods and technologies in historical research. We analyse to what extent newly emerging web technologies help in solving open problems on the agenda of historians, and we describe open challenges and possible lines of research pushing further a still young, but promising, historical Semantic Web." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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On Eve of Pope's visit to Israel, Radical Israeli Settlers attack Christian Village | Informed Comment -
"Just weeks before Pope Francis’ first official visit to the Holy Land, a number of Christian holy sites in Israel and Palestine have been targeted in ‘price tag’ attacks by the radical Israeli settler movement. These attacks have been increasing since 2008." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Just weeks before Pope Francis’ first official visit to the Holy Land – the first Papal visit in 50 years – a number of Christian holy sites in Israel and Palestine have been targeted in ‘price tag’ attacks by the radical Israeli settler movement. The most recent attack occurred at the Our Lady at Deir Rafat Monastery located on the site of the depopulated former Arab village of the... more... - Sean McBride
"Although the majority of these attacks have occurred in the West Bank, Christians in Jerusalem and throughout Israeli have also come under attack. As a series of 2012 Haaretz articles pointed out, Christian clergy who dress in ‘priestly garb’ are frequently spat on as they walk through Jerusalem’s Old City; as one priest commented ‘it’s almost impossible to pass through Jaffa Gate... more... - Sean McBride
"However, the Deir Rafat attack also highlights the contempt that the settler movement and radical right hold for the peace process. Other areas of the Monastery at Deir Rafat were tagged with the slogans, ‘America is Nazi Germany’ and ‘the price to pay for the peace agreement’, which suggests that the settler movement in some way associates attacks on Christian sites with revenge... more... - Sean McBride
# quotes 1. Jesus is an ape. 2. Mary is a cow. 3. America is Nazi Germany. - Sean McBride
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Rand Paul On Edward Snowden: 'We Can't Have An Intelligence Community That Can Do Whatever The Hell They Want' | Business Insider -
Rand Paul On Edward Snowden: 'We Can't Have An Intelligence Community That Can Do Whatever The Hell They Want' | Business Insider
"Paul’s libertarian views and his stance as a prominent critic of the NSA have put him at odds with many Republican Party leaders, who consider Snowden a “traitor.” Paul was careful to say that not every government contractor should be free to disclose what he sees fit. But he was sympathetic to Snowden’s intentions, noting he was doubtful any of the information would have come to light without Snowden’s disclosures. “We can’t have a government that has no oversight. We can’t have an intelligence community that can do whatever the hell they want,” Paul told reporters Saturday at the Freedom Summit, a gathering of grassroots conservatives hosted by the groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"One of Paul’s favourite crowd-pleasing lines over the past two days in New Hampshire has been positing that if anyone in the crowd has a cell phone, it is likely they would be under surveillance. That line is followed the proclamation that it’s none of the federal government’s “damn business” what you do on your cell phone. Paul said Friday he thinks this issue will be a problem for... more... - Sean McBride
I guess Paul has latched on to this NSA thing hoping that it gets him name recognition. He hasn't convinced me that he's thoughtful, that he's given matters a lot of thought. I don't know what to make of the NSA issue given that they weren't following up on the Tsarnaevs and they've allowed all those Somalis into the country. Probably still taking in more despite what happened in that... more... - Berthe
I think Rand Paul, like many other Americans, takes civil liberties and privacy rights with great seriousness -- they are the bedrock of all our freedoms. - Sean McBride
Paul has positioned himself as an establishment outsider, renegade, speaker of truth to power, etc. -- just as Barack Obama did in 2008. He may be able to cut through Hillary Clinton like a knife through warm butter -- she is a tired, old, stale establishment politico through and through. No spark whatever. - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
One recent study (Nature 496, 347-350) estimates that transpiration (water vapour derived from plants) produces 80–90% of the atmospheric moisture derived from continents. This figure substantially surpasses previous estimates (20–65%). If the share of atmospheric moisture derived from vegetation is so much larger than previously recognised, then changes in vegetation may also have greater impacts. Until the processes underlying vegetation control of the water cycle are resolved, the potential impact of land-cover change on the regional and global temperature regimes cannot be estimated with confidence. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Fiddling while Rome burns. Woolgathering. - Sean McBride
Rome, Ga and here we have freeze warnings tonight on April 15th I realize that's weather not climate, but it is quite contrary to prior published alarmists prognostications. You still have a major problem with the models, plants, forests other land use changes and natural variability might deserve further study. - Eric Logan
I pay little attention to local weather variations -- just the key indicators regarding long-term global climate. - Sean McBride
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One can use Twitter search to identify which parties have been using the Kansas City shootings to attack Max Blumenthal:
[Twitter; Blumenthal ] - Sean McBride
1. Alana Goodman 2. Buber Zionist 3. Daniel Greenfield 4. Eli Lake 5. Frontpage Magazine 6. Gateway Pundit 7. Josh Block 8. M.J. Rosenberg 9. Pamela Geller 10. Robert Stacy McCain - Sean McBride
See a pattern? - Sean McBride
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Why Israel Is Calling the Operation in Gaza ‘Pillar of Defense’ – Tablet Magazine [FLASHBACK] -
Why Israel Is Calling the Operation in Gaza ‘Pillar of Defense’ – Tablet Magazine [FLASHBACK]
Hold it -- perhaps John Cook, formerly at Gawker and now at Intercept, really is an independent thinker and not a bad guy. He stirred up the anger of Tablet Magazine by daring to write: - Sean McBride
"So that’s what a Pillar of Cloud is: A worldly instantiation of an all-powerful, vengeful God seeking to demonstrate the primacy of his chosen people, to guide them in their affairs, and to confound their enemies. And that’s what the people who conceived and executed this wave of strikes against Hamas officials and Gazan civilians chose to call them. If anyone was worried about the... more... - Sean McBride
OF COURSE much of contemporary Israeli and Zionist behavior is being driven by "ancient mysticism" and biblical themes and archetypes. But even Mondoweiss has difficulty addressing this issue forthrightly. John Cook may be an even more independent and aggressive thinker on this topic than the Mondoweiss crew -- we shall see. - Sean McBride
Tablet Magazine is an intensely Jewish nationalist publication -- prickly and paranoid -- really not much more "progressive" than Commentary. - Sean McBride
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Is Handel’s ‘Messiah’ an Anti-Semitic Screed? – -
Is Handel’s ‘Messiah’ an Anti-Semitic Screed? –
"Marissen is a Swarthmore College professor, and the use of the word “tainted” in the title suggests a muckraking exposé of the kind that gleefully tells shoppers their microwavable tacos contain horsemeat. Marissen’s message is nearly as visceral and alarmist: “Messiah” is an anti-Jewish work, and its famed “Hallelujah” chorus represents triumphal gloating over the Roman destruction of Jerusalem’s Second Temple in 70 C.E. In the aria “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron,” the “them” to be broken are Jews." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"In a 2007 New York Times essay accompanying a scholarly article, Marissen asserted that “Messiah” was “designed to teach contempt for Jews and Judaism… [It] is not a matter of so-called racial anti-Semitism but rather of exulting over misfortunes of the religion of Judaism and of its practitioners.” Marissen even claimed that some musical figures are “meant to throw a sharp light on the loathsome characteristics ascribed in the [New Testament] to the Jews.”" - Sean McBride
The Tanakh said that the first temple was destroyed because the community was not doing what it should have been. The rabbis often taught a similar thing about the second temple's destruction. - WJones
Too often anti-semitism is used as a general term of scorn like "anti-American" or "anti-social". The author admits that she is not talking about racism, but about religious polemics. So unfortunately the anti-semitism label becomes a label much like calling someone "anti-American" because of people's politics and religious differences. - WJones
It's like if someone said that America should not have helped the Taliban in the 1980's and look what happened with fighting Afghanistan now. Then another person replies that this is "anti-American contempt" because they made a political criticism of a government or society that is not racist or stereotyping. - WJones
Interesting: so Handel's name can be added to the following list: - Sean McBride
# list; major world cultural figures who have been accused of antisemitism 1. Adams 2. Amis 3. Arendt 4. Burke 5. Campbell 6. Capote 7. Celine 8. Chanel 9. Chesterton 10. Chomsky 11. Churchill 12. Cicero 13. Dahl 14. de Man 15. Dickens 16. Disney 17. Dostoevsky 18. Dreiser 19. Dulles 20. Edison 21. Einstein 22. Eliot 23. Fassbinder 24. Fleming 25. Ford 26. Frost 27. Fulbright 28. Gandhi... more... - Sean McBride
In answer to your question (apparently since deleted), I typed this list on the fly, off the top of my head, from memory -- it took just a few minutes. What strikes one is how many prominent figures in Western civilization and culture have been described as antisemites. This Forward story on Handel reminded me of that fact of life. - Sean McBride
# the same list of famous "antisemites" with first names included 1. Henry Adams 2. Martin Amis 3. Hannah Arendt 4. Edmund Burke 5. Joseph Campbell 6. Truman Capote 7. Celine 8. Coco Chanel 9. G.K. Chesterton 10. Noam Chomsky 11. Winston Churchill 12. Cicero 13. Roald Dahl 14. Paul de Man 15. Charles Dickens 16. Walt Disney 17. Fyodor Dostoyevsky 18. Theodore Dreiser 19. Allen Dulles... more... - Sean McBride
The political error and risks in using the charge of antisemitism too easily, too lavishly, should be obvious. - Sean McBride
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The Burgeoning Israel-Russia Alliance « The Dish (Andrew Sullivan) -
The Burgeoning Israel-Russia Alliance « The Dish (Andrew Sullivan)
"The White House is disappointed, but it surely cannot be surprised. Israel has treated the US with contempt since Obama came to office, humiliating the president whenever it could, sabotaging any conceivable progress toward a two-state solution, while pocketing all the aid it can and trying to stymie Washington’s key diplomatic initiative in the Middle East. I cannot think of an alliance quite this perverse: the US gives Israel vital protection at the UN, vast amounts of intelligence and military assistance, $3 billion a year in aid and in return is opposed in most of its foreign policy initiatives, and its officials routinely slimed and attacked by members of the Israeli government. Name any other “ally” that behaves this way." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"A much more plausible alliance for Israel in the future is surely with Putin’s Russia. Russia could enable Israel’s annexation of its neighbors at the UN, since it is bent on exactly the same strategy of territorial expansion, based on ancient land claims and the ethnic composition of its borderlands." - Sean McBride
"Russia, like Israel, has no real commitment to diplomacy unless it can act as a cover for military expansionism or as a delaying tactic while it entrenches its grip on the West Bank and makes it permanent. Large swathes of the Israeli corporate and political establishment have extremely close ties to Russia, in the wake of the post-Soviet influx, and the Russian immigrants are among... more... - Sean McBride
"So the Israelis, as is their right of course, are treating Russia and the US as equal forces in their foreign policy, pivoting between one and the other in order to maximize their national interests in attacking Iran and preventing a Palestinian state. The question is not why Israel would act this way, but why the US cannot get as good and as cheap a relationship with Israel as Moscow has. Why do the Israelis regard Moscow with fear and Washington with contempt?" - Sean McBride
i doubt putin has chemistry with Netanyahu. Netanyahu is a PEP turned possible Neocon. He went to school in the US and liked JFK but was hardcore on IP even then. he gets along better with Americans. He is like McCain. - WJones
Israel's chemistry and bonding with Russia extend well beyond a single (albeit important) individual -- Netanyahu. Many important, powerful and wealthy Israelis are from Russia. - Sean McBride
Israel is sending a clear signal that it doesn't care that much about its American (or European) alliance, which is fine -- many Americans and Europeans wouldn't object to letting Israel go its own way -- while being relieved of any more obligation to support it financially, politically or militarily. Let Israel do whatever it likes. - Sean McBride
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ReVerb - Open Information Extraction Software -
"ReVerb is a program that automatically identifies and extracts binary relationships from English sentences. ReVerb is designed for Web-scale information extraction, where the target relations cannot be specified in advance and speed is important." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Alleged K.C. killer: ‘If Jews can have a state of their own, why can’t we have a White Christian state?’ -
The suspected killer of three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish Community Centers is Frazier Glenn Miller, a convicted criminal, white nationalist and Holocaust denier with longstanding links to violent right-wing extremist groups. One aspect of his thinking that will doubtlessly be passed over in most media accounts: He advocated the formation of an ethnically exclusive white state in the Deep South and presented the modern state of Israel as his model.
"Our Race is barely 8% of the world’s population, and even that figure is dropping fast. And we produce only about two percent of the infants. We buy twice as many caskets as cradles. Great future, huh? But, on the other hand, look at Israel, where four and a half million Jews are surrounded by a billion Muslims. Armed to the teeth with one of the largest (if not the largest) nuclear... more... - Sean McBride
So the killer was inspired by Israel and Zionism -- the cognitive dissonance here is going to make some heads explode -- especially among liberal Zionists. - Sean McBride
Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, was also inspired by Zionism: 'On the day of the attacks, Breivik electronically distributed a compendium of texts entitled 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, describing his far-right militant ideology. In them, he lays out a worldview encompassing Islamophobia, support for "far-right Zionism".... [Wikipedia; Anders Behring Breivik... more... - Sean McBride
Federal Informant shoots 2 Methodists and a Catholic: - WJones
"Holocaust denier", gotta throw that in there, the narrative would be incomplete without it - JustTheFactsPlease
Take the optimistic perspective, JTFP: Galileo was punished for being a "Terracentric Denier," but in the end, he was right, and forevermore, everyone knows it. - ChasMark
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Anti-Semitic violence: We were warned about this - -
Anti-Semitic violence: We were warned about this -
"Last week, the Anti-Defamation League issued a warning: The Passover holiday was coming up Monday. So was Adolf Hitler's birthday next Sunday -- two events that could coincide with the increased possibility of violent attacks against Jewish community centers. On Sunday, that dire prediction came true." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Police say Frazier Glenn Miller killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, and an unidentified woman in the parking lot of the nearby Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood." - Sean McBride
There is only one legitimate response to events of this type: loathing and disgust, and an outpouring of sympathy for the family members and friends of the victims. - Sean McBride
"A Green Beret who served 20 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam, Miller's racist views were shaped early in life, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (the SPLC), which monitors hate groups. His father gave him a copy of a newspaper published by the National States' Rights Party -- and, within two minutes, he said he knew he'd found a home in the movement." - Sean McBride
"A kill list? In 1986, a Marine admitted selling the group anti-tank rockets, mines and explosives, according to the SPLC. Because he founded another paramilitary group when a court forbade him to do so, Miller was found in criminal contempt and sentenced to six months in prison. He appealed, and then bolted. While underground, he sent supporters a kill list, to which he had assigned a... more... - Sean McBride
"The SPLC calls Miller "a raging anti-Semite," who has posted more than 12,000 times on the Vanguard News Network (VNN), an anti-Semitic, white supremacist website. Their slogan: "No Jews. Just Right." He has called Jews "swarthy, hairy, bow-legged, beady-eyed, parasitic midgets." He ran for office multiple times, including a run for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate seats. His 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate was "It's the Jews, Stupid." According to the SPLC, he received seven votes." - Sean McBride
"As the gunman sat in the back of a patrol car after his arrest, he shouted, "Heil Hitler."" - Sean McBride
"Miller appeared to have been writing on the VNN forum yesterday before his arrest, giving fellow racists an update on Craig Cobb, an anti-Semite from Maryville, Missouri, who was arrested last year in North Dakota for terrorizing residents there. Miller's writings at the VNN site were foul and gruesome and include frequent calls for action against Jews, including one just a week ago.... more... - Sean McBride
"During the interview, Miller was unabashed about his anti-Semitic positions. When asked whether he thought the United States would be better off if Hitler had succeeded, Miller responded, "Absolutely, the whole world would... Hitler would have created a paradise on Earth, particularly for white people. But he would have been fair to other people as well." He added, "Germans are blamed... more... - Sean McBride
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'Everybody Loved Him': Tributes to Youngest Shooting Victim - NBC -
"The youngest of three victims in Sunday's deadly shooting at a Jewish community center in Kansas was a soon-to-be Eagle Scout who shared a love of the outdoors and University of Oklahoma sports with his slain grandfather. Reat Underwood, 14, a freshman at Blue Valley High School, was gunned down Sunday along with his grandfather, William Corporon, in an attack that is being investigated as a hate crime." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Reat, who spent long hours hunting and camping with Corporon, a retired doctor, was also active in debate and theater. The grandson and grandfather were at the Jewish center Sunday for Reat to attend an audition for a regional singing competition. "Everybody loved him," says Jane Thompson, a friend of the Underwood family and Reat's scout leader when he was younger. "He was an absolute... more... - Sean McBride
"Reat maintained an active online presence, tweeting about Oklahoma sport teams, life in high school, his girlfriend and more. His Twitter bio had the simple statement to "Live life to the fullest and never give up!"" - Sean McBride
Not fact-checked yet, but interesting: William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson Reat Griffin Underwood were Methodists. Theresa “Terri” Rose Hastings Lamano was Catholic. - Sean McBride
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Being in Egypt: When Jews Were a Demographic Time Bomb | Corey Robin -
"Where a generation ago the Palestinians were construed as wicked primarily in terms of the terrorism they were supposed to threaten Israel with, nowadays the threat is understood to be almost entirely demographic. Even if every Palestinian were to lay down his or her arms, their mere existence as a people within the borders of Israel is understood to be a malignant growth within the nation. Actually, according to Wikipedia, that understanding of the demographic threat has always been there; it just has become more prominent in recent years, perhaps because of the cessation of most forms of violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"This understanding of the demographic time bomb—itself a revealing phrase—is something that unites Zionists of all stripes. A few years ago, writing in Commentary, Michael Oren identified “the Arab demographic threat” as one of “seven existential threats” facing Israel." - Sean McBride
"Now here’s the more liberal Peter Beinart speaking recently at Columbia: "You cannot permanently hold people without a passport, without the right to vote for the government that controls their lives, and the right to live under the same legal system as their neighbors who are of a different religion or ethnic group. Israel either solves that problem, by giving Palestinians a state of... more... - Sean McBride
billmon: "This is why liberal Zionists will never, ever give up their lip service to a “two-state solution” — not matter how ridiculous Israeli settlement policies make the very idea. Without it, they (per Beinart above) would have to accept the end of apartheid, and that they will never do." - Sean McBride
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Israel says Kerry remarks on Iran nuclear threshold 'not acceptable' | Reuters -
Israel says Kerry remarks on Iran nuclear threshold 'not acceptable' | Reuters
"Israel described as "unacceptable" on Monday remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The censure of Kerry's remarks follows a cascade of Israeli criticism of the U.S. statesman's mediation of peace talks with the Palestinians, which are now deadlocked." - Sean McBride
The tone of these Israeli remarks is that of a monarch issuing diktats to a subject or underling. - Sean McBride
Some of us express our outrage by impotently tapping on keyboards. Others express outrage by equally impotently killing children. What is the appropriate response? Kerry impresses me as functioning on the "keyboard-tapping-to-really difficult-personal-interaction diplomacy" range of the spectrum; Israel frequently functions in the "killing children" range. - ChasMark
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Sen. Rand Paul Weighs Containment of Iran Nuclear Threat - ABC News -
"Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl he believes “all options should be on the table” to prevent a nuclear Iran, but the U.S. should not immediately accept the idea of war when the threat of a nuclear Iran could be contained as it has been with other nuclear powers." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"“I’ve repeatedly voted for sanctions against Iran. And I think all options should be on the table to prevent them from having nuclear weapons,” Paul said on “This Week” Sunday. But he said those who oppose the idea of containment — or living with an Iran with nuclear weapons — ignore that such an outcome has been necessary in the past." - Sean McBride
"Paul also defended his push to cut U.S. defense spending beyond lower sequester levels. “I believe national defense is the most important thing we do, but it isn’t a blank check,” he said. “Some conservatives think, ‘Oh, give them whatever they want and that everything is for our soldiers’ and they play up this patriotism that, ‘Oh, we don’t have to control defense spending.’” “We can’t be a trillion dollars in the hole every year,” he continued." - Sean McBride
"Earlier this week, another conservative superstar, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, made headlines with his comments on immigration, saying that while illegal immigrants break the law by crossing the border, “it’s not a felony, it’s an act of love.” While Paul didn’t dispute Bush’s comments, he did say he may have framed them differently. “If it were me, what I would have said is, people... more... - Sean McBride
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Israel to U.S.: Opposing Russia would endanger our security - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz -
Israel to U.S.: Opposing Russia would endanger our security - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz
"White House remains incensed over Jerusalem’s breaking of ranks over Ukraine." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The head of security in the Defense Ministry, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, told Army Radio on Sunday morning: Israel looks at the conflict in Ukraine and focuses on our present and our future…the United States is involved as it is involved but we don’t have to define our interest as identical to the interest of another entity, even the United States.” A senior Israeli official said... more... - Sean McBride
LOL. The counterpart sounds like he cares more about getting the Israeli State on board with Crimea than the 40+ year "peace process". - WJones
So Israel is saying that it is more concerned about Russian than American opinion on the Ukrainian issue and must pursue its own interests in direct conflict with the United States. The United States is now perfectly free to express itself in the same way towards Israel with regard to pursuing its own interests wherever they conflict with Israel's -- and with no apologies. - Sean McBride
One wonders if Benjamin Netanyahu will go down in history as the Israeli leader who ruined Israel's relations with the United States and Europe. That is a distinct possibility. - Sean McBride
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'A raging anti-Semite' - Who is Frazier Glenn Cross? | JPost | Israel News -
'A raging anti-Semite' - Who is Frazier Glenn Cross? | JPost | Israel News
"Cross, a former Green Beret, did two tours of duty in Vietnam, served time in prison, and launched unsuccessful bids to win public office." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"In 2010, he told radio host Howard Stern: “That’s a sad commentary for our politicians in Washington. They’re all a bunch of whores for Israel. They’re all corrupted to the core. And they are traitors to America.”" - Sean McBride
What was Stern's response? - ChasMark
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BREAKING: KS Jewish Center Shooter ID’d: “WHITE NATIONALIST LEADER” Fraiser Glenn Cross, Jr. from Aurora, Missouri | The Gateway Pundit -
"Tonight the shooter was identified as Fraizier Glenn Miller, or Glenn Miller. He is the former leader of the defunct North Carolina-based White Patriot Party (formerly known as the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan). Convicted of criminal charges related to weapons and violation of an injunction against paramilitary activity, he is a perennial candidate for public office as both a Democrat and Republican." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"MORE…. Fraizier Glenn Miller presented a seminar on White Nationalism and Jewish Supremacism at Missouri State University in 2012. On January 10th, 2012, longtime White racial activist Frazier Glenn Miller gave a presentation on White nationalism and Jewish supremacism to a religious studies class at Missouri State University in Springfield. Most students were reportedly attentive and respectful, and about half seemed genuinely interested." - Sean McBride
"Some subjects: The holyhoax, black crime, Federal Reserve, WWII, jewish leadership of the bolshevik revolution which the profession knew and admitted, god’s chosen people, white birth rates and the jewish genocide against us, jewish control of government, media, and FR, Henry Ford and his book (incredibly the professor had a copy on hand), books Jewish Supremacism and They Dare to... more... - Sean McBride
"I not only gave out website addresses,,,,, and several other websites, I insisted students write them down, as well as my phone number." - Sean McBride
Sound familiar? - Sean McBride
If legitimate discussion were open then nut cases would remain marginalized. As has been noted re Palestinians, the only time they saw change was when they engaged in acts of violence. I know you don't want to hear this, Sean, but NSDAP acted to quell violence against Jews, not provoke it. Most Jewish outlets assert that "the Nazi government organized violence against Jews from 1933... more... - ChasMark
"Henry Ford and his book (incredibly the professor had a copy on hand)," --- "incredibly" ?? Why "incredibly?" Ford's work was expertly researched. That it is censored by the Jewish community is part of the problem: are only certain parts of the US polity entitled to free speech? If the contents of Henry Ford's book were in error, not true, etc., then make the better argument. - ChasMark
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Evernote CEO: Apps will become obsolete - Fortune Tech -
"Session length shrinks each time we move to a smaller, faster, more convenient computing system. We went from desktop computers to laptops, and then to smartphones and tablets, and now to wearables and connected devices. We use desktop computers, or laptops, for two to three hours, and we use smartphones for two or three minutes at a time, 50 times a day. On computers with long session lengths it makes sense to use powerful software with files and databases. On phones, it makes more sense to use apps for our two-minute interactions." - Sean McBride
"But when we move to wearables, session length will drop from two minutes to two seconds, Libin said. The challenge will be figuring out how to make someone productive for one second at a time, 1,000 times a day. Apps are irrelevant in the world of wearables, because "when any given interaction is a second long, you definitely don't have time to think about apps," Libin said. "It has to be more of a service."" - Sean McBride
I just read something where the average interaction on a phone is 80 seconds. I imagine wearables will be task specific, a combination of context and learning, reactive, so it doesn't mean apps are dead, they will just do what they are good at doing. - Todd Hoff
Perhaps specialized apps will merge seamlessly into AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) distributed throughout every nook and cranny of one's environment (including wearable computers). - Sean McBride
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Ryan Lizza: Crossing Chris Christie : The New Yorker -
Ryan Lizza: Crossing Chris Christie : The New Yorker
"Christie sat on a long dais with five former governors and five local comedians, listening to the guitarist John Pizzarelli sing an ode to the state: “I may leave for a week or two, but I’m always coming back.” Christie was seated next to former Governor Thomas Kean, a longtime supporter, but he did not say hello or shake his hand, and he glared at the comedians as they delivered their lines. “You scare the shit out of me,” Stewie Stone said to Christie during his routine." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Langone, the founder of Home Depot, thinks Christie "connects" with people. He's also the one who recently compared populism to the Nazis so I have to think he's talking about a phony-media-and-image connection to people. They want someone who will do what they want; it has nothing to do with credentials or experience or intelligence. The president is a glorified go-fer to people like Langone. - Berthe
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"A report in the Jewish Chronicle last week stated that a "secret conference" had been held in London whose aim was to combat the "delegitimization of Israel". The three-day event was reportedly held amid heavy security and was attended by representatives of Israel's spy agencies and by Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
""We will draft and lobby for legislation that will withhold government funding from academic institutions that boycott Israel," World Jewish Congress president, and right-wing American billionaire Ronald Lauder reportedly told conference delegates. Also participating in the conference were several British Zionist groups heavily involved in pro-Israel lobbying efforts, including... more... - Sean McBride
"There's also the psychological factor, the intimidating affect that litigation can have, especially for activists with few resources. Dysch report from this supposedly "secret" conference is a clear attempt to intimidate: "We have the resources. We have the intelligence. Most important, we have unbound determination"." - Sean McBride
"Israeli lawfare represents at its heart, a movement that has so thoroughly lost the debate it has to increasingly resort to bullying tactics." - Sean McBride
In my opinion the author is hopelessly naive. An Israeli female lawyer has a legal center devoted to harassing "enemies" of Israel; she sued Jimmy Carter's publisher, creating a chilling effect -- no publisher would risk underwriting another book of his. She sued the government of Iran and, having won a judgment against Iran, who did not appear, moved to seize ancient Iranian artifacts... more... - ChasMark
There is also the veiled threat here that Israel is running black ops against its political opponents. - Sean McBride
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Atheodox Jew: Avadim Hayinu - At first we were slaves... to Judaism -
Atheodox Jew: Avadim Hayinu - At first we were slaves... to Judaism
"Once you really internalize that there's no Overlord scrutinizing our every move, that Torah/Judaism is solely a product of the human mind, that's the ticket to freedom. Because now the whole system turns on its head. No longer are we slaves to Judaism. No, it's Judaism that has to work for us." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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"Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he's not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
I like his thrillers (John Rain series) and his politics. - Sean McBride
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