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weareone
Obama: Netanyahu is a “Liar” and a “Coward”--http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013...
This article was written in 2013 but could have been written today. "Rarely, if ever, has any American President openly shown such contempt for the leader of another nation. Even the leaders of wartime enemy nations get more respect." - weareone
"What makes this situation even more astonishing is that since the murder of John F. Kennedy, Israel has had a death grip on the American presidency:" - weareone
"•- Lyndon Johnson, in league with Israel, called off JFK’s covert war on Ben Gurion’s nuclear program, allowed Israel to steal American nuclear material, and conspired with Israel to launch the 1967 war and murder American servicemen on the USS Liberty.... •- Robert Kennedy’s virtually guaranteed election to the presidency was forestalled by an assassination plot. The mind-controlled... more... - weareone
"•- President Carter was ejected from office after one term by the Israeli-dominated media together with the “October surprise” plotters in the Bush crime family. Carter’s offense: Pushing the Israelis to give back the land they stole in their 1967 war of aggression. •- President Reagan was held in check by the Israelis, who had plenty of material to blackmail him and Vice President... more... - weareone
"Will the President who finally gives Israel the thumbs-down sign be none other than Barack Obama? Probably not. Zionist power is still too great. But one thing is certain: Given half a chance, Obama will give the “thumbs down” sign to the coward and liar Benjamin Netanyahu." - weareone
Two years later, I'm not sure that I agree that "Zionist power is still too great." It appears to be eroding quickly. - weareone
I wish Veterans Today would be more careful about separating well-documented historical facts from conspiracy speculations. Conspiracy speculations are worth pursuing and investigating in depth, to see where they go, but should never be mistaken as proven statements of truth about the world until they are in fact proven. - Sean McBride
Let's imagine a worst-case scenario in which all these speculations above are true: would it be possible for Israel to accomplish these amazing feats of political manipulation without substantial cooperation from powerful non-Jewish players in the American power structure, military-industrial complex and national security community? I honestly don't see how. Why would the CIA, NSA, DIA, FBI, etc. stand back and let any foreign government get away with such criminal and sinister activities? - Sean McBride
you assume the CIA wasn't created by their puppets. - pepsi
In answer to your question Sean-- no, I don't think it would be possible without substantial cooperation. "Why would the CIA, NSA, DIA, FBI, etc. stand back and let any foreign government get away with such criminal and sinister activities?" You might ask the same question of US elected officials or the US media. - weareone
weareone -- one must conclude, then, that what is going on here is quite complicated and requires in-depth unpacking with regard to interests and motives. - Sean McBride
Sean, I agree, but if democracy is to exist, it's incumbent upon every informed citizen to do their own research in search of the truth. If we wait for governments to admit their crimes against their citizens, that's unlikely to occur. It 's rare for someone who has access to facts that expose government criminality, like Edward Snowden, to expose the truth. It's really each individual's responsibility, imo. - weareone
Of course -- individuals should be investigating the operations of their government and holding it accountable. But they need to rely on solid facts and rational arguments when making assertions about the world -- if they want to be taken seriously, that is. - Sean McBride
For instance, I vaguely recall that Kevin Barrett claimed that Mossad was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing. I didn't see any solid evidence to support that assertion -- and I looked carefully. When I see analysts making two or more questionable claims like this, I tend to stop paying attention to them. They give the impression that they are bending (or inventing) "facts" to fit their theories and speculations. - Sean McBride
Real conspiracies are bad enough without fantasizing about unreal conspiracies. Shaky conspiracy speculations and theories undermine serious political research. - Sean McBride
Conspiracy theory is a much misused label, often used to discourage deeper inquiry and to limit the discussion. Others have made similar speculations. I think it's important, in a democracy, for everyone to be able to share their perspective. Who determines credibility? - weareone
If you don't feel comfortable with this topic, I'll remove the post, but I don't agree that it shouldn't be discussed. - weareone
I think it must be discussed. - weareone
Conspiracy theories are based on speculations and vague associative thinking, not on logically connected and locked-down facts. Intel agencies are masters of flooding the world with false conspiracy theories as a tool to muddy the waters and confuse the public about real conspiracies. That is why one must be careful not to be taken in by skillfully crafted disinformation dishonestly packaged as truth-seeking -- it is a conjuror's trick. - Sean McBride
No, by all means leave it up -- the subject is worth debating. - Sean McBride
Tell me which government agency you feel is not capable of criminal activity. - weareone
All governments and government agencies are corruptible -- that's the historical track record in all times and places. Power tends to corrupt. - Sean McBride
For instance, Watergate and Iran-Contra were real conspiracies, not conspiracy theories -- investigators nailed down their facts and charges right and proper. - Sean McBride
But, before the crimes were solved there were many speculations ---"conspiracy theories" by your definition, which were discussed. For example in the case of Watergate, the Washington Post ran many articles, which you may consider speculation, in search of truth before the crime was solved. Was the Warren Commission report the definitive answer to the Kennedy assassination? - weareone
Yes -- all investigations begin with speculations -- speculations provide leads to explore. But don't mix up speculations with facts -- keep them carefully segregated until you know what is really what. When the facts come together to powerfully support your speculation, it is no longer a speculation or theory -- it is well-established truth. - Sean McBride
The Washington Post uncovered Watergate by pursuing one solid fact after another -- until all the facts came together and revealed the truth. - Sean McBride
This all comes down to truth standards -- the higher your truth standards, the better. It requires a great deal of patience and skepticism to maintain high truth standards. - Sean McBride
The facts, in the Watergate case were not even considered unassailable by the reporters and editors at the time that they went to press, if I recall, because they could never be 100% certain of the reliability of their sources. My point is that discussion of these topics should not be tabled until certain "truth standards" are met. Discussion may be helpful in exposing the truth. I've got to run now, but if you'd like, we can continue the discussion another time. - weareone
'' weareone -- one must conclude, then, that what is going on here is quite complicated and requires in-depth unpacking with regard to interests and motives. - Sean McBride)...Whats complicated about it? - American
American, I believe that exposing the truth will be difficult, which is what I assumed Sean meant by "requires in-depth unpacking," but perhaps I misinterpreted his comment. - weareone
weareone -- you got what I meant. Quite a few special interests are tangled up in these activities in complex ways in ever-shifting alliances of convenience -- it's difficult to sort out. And of course these special interests are adept at blocking inquiries into what they are up to. But it's doable with the right analytic tools. - Sean McBride
An example of how one begins to sort out these matters: - Sean McBride
# o; CFR (Council on Foreign Relations); d2015; member+*; * 1. billionaire 2. Christian 3. Jew 4. Mormon 5. Muslim 6. Protestant 7. Roman Catholic // You need to be able to fill in the blanks and graph the data. - Sean McBride
I think American may be saying that the ideas presented in the article aren't complicated. - weareone
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The Mystery of the Netanyahu Disaster, and a Possible Explanation - The Atlantic (James Fallows) - http://www.theatlantic.com/interna...
The Mystery of the Netanyahu Disaster, and a Possible Explanation - The Atlantic (James Fallows)
Paul Pillar: "The prime objective that Netanyahu is pursuing, and that is quite consistent with his lobbying and other behavior, is not the prevention of an Iranian nuclear weapon but instead the prevention of any agreement with Iran. It is not the specific terms of an agreement that are most important to him, but instead whether there is to be any agreement at all. Netanyahu's defense minister recently made the nature of the objective explicit when he denounced in advance “every deal” that could be made between the West and Tehran. As accompaniments to an absence of any agreements between the West and Iran, the Israeli government's objective includes permanent pariah status for Iran and in particular an absence of any business being done, on any subject, between Washington and Tehran." - Sean McBride
George Friedman: "This is the heart of Israel's problem. ... Israel does not want to be considered by the United States as one power among many. It is focused on the issue of a nuclear Iran, but it knows that there is no certainty that Iran's nuclear facilities can be destroyed or that sanctions will cause the Iranians to abandon the nuclear program. What Israel fears is an entente between the United States and Iran and a system of relations in which U.S. support will not be automatic." - Sean McBride
"" George Friedman: "This is the heart of Israel's problem. ... Israel does not want to be considered by the United States as one power among many.').....EXACTLY. This is what W&M explained in 'The Israel Lobby' book. Israel must try to keep itself as the ONLY ally of the US in the ME. ---and all other countries as enemies of the US and of Israel---got to keep the 'partnership' claim. W&M also went into a lot of history of Isr sabatoging US attempts at normal relations with other ME countries also - American
Hit the nail on the head, for sure. - Sean McBride
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Netanyahu spoke truth. Few heard. - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz (Ari Shavit) - http://www.haaretz.com/opinion...
Netanyahu spoke truth. Few heard. - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz (Ari Shavit)
"But the main reason that Netanyahu isn’t generating much interest in America is that he insists on talking about the Iranian nuclear threat in Jewish and Israeli terms. America still greatly admires Israel, but no superpower (like the U.S.) is going to change its policy toward a regional power (like Iran) because of its affection for an ally (like Israel). Netanyahu’s remarks about Haman and Jewish history and Israeli pride don’t mean anything to Joe the Plumber in Ohio. And if Joe isn’t shuddering, America won’t budge." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
That was my take on the speech -- it's like it never happened. Of little consequence. I couldn't get worked up about it in an outraged way -- in one ear and out the other. The same canned text we've heard again and again -- the same narrow ethnic chauvinism and xenophobia -- the same crude manipulative tactics. A pushy car salesman selling a lemon. - Sean McBride
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Why Netanyahu is such a polarizing figure for American Jews (COMMENTARY) - The Washington Post (Jeffrey Salkin) - http://www.washingtonpost.com/nationa...
"But Netanyahu pushes American Jewry’s most sensitive historical button. It’s about dual loyalty." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Media are stunned by Congress’s ‘loyalty’ to Netanyahu (but refuse to explain it) - http://mondoweiss.net/2015...
The New York Times reports that Netanyahu’s speech is giving Democrats the "awkward, painful choice between the president of their country and their loyalty to the Jewish state." Huh? Loyalty to Israel? The cat is out of the bag, but the media can't explain it.
Phil Weiss: "But journalists have a bigger job than merely exclaiming. They must explain to readers why this outrage took place. Why did Netanyahu get this platform? The answer is the power of the Israel lobby inside our politics. And while there was some talk about the Christian Zionist component of the lobby compelling Republicans to show up, no one could explain why so many... more... - Sean McBride
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This Isn't The Reaction Netanyahu Hoped For After His Dramatic Speech To Congress | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/world...
This Isn't The Reaction Netanyahu Hoped For After His Dramatic Speech To Congress | ThinkProgress
"Tuesday’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress seemed to have zero impact on the ongoing negotiations surrounding Iran’s nuclear program and may have even undermined the leader’s efforts to scuttle a diplomatic solution to the crisis. On Wednesday, world leaders negotiating with Iran in Montreux, Switzerland hinted that they were closing the gap on a possible deal that would contain Iran’s nuclear capabilities for at least 10 years and prevent it from breaking out of that agreement and obtaining enough fuel for a nuclear weapon for at least one year. The Wall Street Journal reported that “an understanding is emerging” on the break-out issue — a critical stepping stone to any final deal." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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On the Use and Misuse of History: The Netanyahu Case - The Atlantic (James Fallows) - http://www.theatlantic.com/interna...
On the Use and Misuse of History: The Netanyahu Case - The Atlantic (James Fallows)
""I take the Iranian threat seriously. But I suspect hysteria is unhelpful—and if that's true, so is raising the specter of the Holocaust, as Netanyahu does every time he discusses this topic.
" A historian on the current state of debate." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The constant reiteration of this particular event [the Nazi-era Holocaust] achieves little more than dumbing down the discourse: it's the historical equivalent of hollering. To paraphrase Levi-Strauss, the Holocaust is not particularly good to think with. Its extremity serves as a bludgeon. Its use is nearly always intended to cut off debate or critique, to seize the moral high ground, and ideally to incite panic." - Sean McBride
Gary Sick: "All the major countries of the world are co-negotiators with the United States, so a U.S. congressional intervention that killed the deal will not only affect us but all of our major allies. If we stiff them, there is no reason to believe the international sanctions will hold for long. No mention." - Sean McBride
Reader comment: "Why should the nations around Israel permanently accept the nuclear threat of Israel with no option on their side—since there certainly is no nuclear umbrella whatsoever for them, neither by USA, Russia, China, India nor Pakistan?" - Sean McBride
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Bibi Wants War -- Antiwar.com - http://original.antiwar.com/justin...
"While Israel doesn’t have the military capacity to take out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, an Israeli attack would inevitably embroil US forces in a military confrontation that would soon escalate throughout the region. In his speech, Netanyahu made a point of thanking the US for all the military support we’ve given them and he has good reason to be grateful: in arming the Israeli Sparta, we’ve handed him the means to blackmail us. This is "blowback" with a vengeance." - Sean McBride
"Israel, which to this day refuses to sign the NPT, has never had its nuclear facilities inspected. Tel Aviv’s arsenal is estimated to contain 100 to 200 nukes." - Sean McBride
"Netanyahu said nothing new in his peroration: it’s essentially the same act he’s been performing for years, a parody of Winston Churchill. The self-dramatizing, the hyperbole, the whining, the thinly-veiled jabs at his American "allies" – we’ve heard it all before. What stands out, however, given the venue, is the threat to "stand alone," i.e. launch a war that would rope us in.... more... - Sean McBride
"The only people in this country who want another war in the Middle East are the fanatic "end times" evangelical Christians and the neocons. Sixty-one percent of the American people support the current negotiations with Iran – and that same number represents the views of Republicans, with 66 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of Independents concurring." - Sean McBride
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Mr. Netanyahu’s Unconvincing Speech to Congress - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
Mr. Netanyahu’s Unconvincing Speech to Congress - NYTimes.com
"Mr. Netanyahu’s speech offered nothing of substance that was new, making it clear that this performance was all about proving his toughness on security issues ahead of the parliamentary election he faces on March 17. He offered no new insight on Iran and no new reasons to reject the agreement being negotiated with Iran by the United States and five other major powers to constrain Iran’s nuclear program." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The response in Congress suggested considerable opposition to a nuclear deal. But a new poll by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation and the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development shows that a clear majority of Americans — including 61 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Democrats — favor an agreement. Congress must not forget that its responsibility... more... - Sean McBride
A typical comment by New York Times readers: "If this doesn't prove to the world that the United States is nothing more than Israel's puppet state I don't know what will. Remember this is the guy who appeared on all the Sunday morning blab fests telling us about Saddam's WMDs prior to our adventure in Iraq.. The paranoia, ignorance, and xenophobia displayed by the republicans can all be traced to their master "President" Bibi. I'm ashamed of my country today because of this disgrace." - Sean McBride
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Netanyahu in 1993: Iran will have bomb by 1999 - Israel News, Ynetnews - http://www.ynetnews.com/article...
"The prime minister has been warning for over 20 years that Tehran is close to achieving its pursuit of nuclear weapons." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Iran Already Has Nuclear Weapons Capability - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Graham Allison) - http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publica...
"The consequences of this failed strategy are two ugly but irreversible facts. First, Iran has advanced to the point that we now have to consider something called “breakout time,” the number of months it would take to produce a bomb’s-worth of enriched uranium. The second, even uglier, truth is that Iran has developed the capability to produce a nuclear weapon, and this capability cannot be erased." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"There is no way to erase from the minds of thousands of Iranian scientists and engineers the knowledge and skills to produce weapons-grade uranium. There is no way to eliminate Iran’s indigenous capacity to mine uranium, manufacture centrifuges, or operate them. Thus, there is no conceivable end to this story in which Iran will not retain the capability to build nuclear weapons." - Sean McBride
"This is a truth that many in Congress simply refuse to accept, since like the prime minister they have repeatedly declared this would never be allowed to happen. Even the most recent iteration of the Kirk-Menendez sanctions legislation asserts that Iran must be “precluded from a nuclear breakout capability.” Wonderful as it would be to return to a past when that could be the case, in... more... - Sean McBride
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Pelosi, Democrats furious over Netanyahu ‘condescension’ - The Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/politic...
Pelosi, Democrats furious over Netanyahu ‘condescension’ - The Washington Post
"But Cohen and 11 other House Democrats later expounded on their multiple frustrations with the speech, including the substance. His statement about Israel standing alone particularly chafed. “I think that’s delusional,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who skipped the speech. “The notion somehow that he thinks that Israel can just bull through this on their own against the world ... Israelis don’t believe that.” “What I heard today felt to me like an effort to stampede the United States into war once again,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., who also skipped the speech. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., said the speech was “straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook — fearmongering at its worst.”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Taxi's feed is now readable here: https://friendfeed.com/taxilad...
# a few valuable tools for amping up anyone's news feed on any topic 1. Google Alerts 2. Google News 3. News360 4. Nuzzel 5. Pocket 6. Prismatic 7. Twitter search 8. Zite - Sean McBride
Nuzzel is crazy good -- its AI algorithm can run circles around the best human editors. - Sean McBride
And now Taxi's account seems to have disappeared again -- what's up? - Sean McBride
Didn't Taxi claim that she had two accounts: Taximondo and Taxilady? Were they two different actual Accounts, or were they two different actual Feeds created by a single user? - Raccko
Could she have made the same mistake as last time and deleted her whole account when she just wanted to delete a feed? - Raccko
That is what I am wondering -- perhaps someone can contact her. This is really strange -- she had her account up and running and in fine shape earlier today. - Sean McBride
Annie blocked my messages to you on MW about FF. - Raccko
TAXI MONDO https://friendfeed.com/taximon... is still up and running - Raccko
On contemporary social media platforms, no one is able to interfere with communications among other parties -- and that is why they are so liberating. - Sean McBride
What the h is with the Taxi feed..... I have gotten 2 different emails to subscribe to her feed---the first was dead as a door nail and 'not found'---the second one went down shortly after I subcribed and commented. ??????????????????? - American
She needs to check in with someone here and explain what happened. It isn't likely that she accidentally deleted her account. Yesterday she was enthusiastic about getting it up and running and seemed to understand how to manage it. - Sean McBride
Think about switching over to a Mondo group on Vkontakt.ru - Raccko
Geez Louise -- what the heck happened? - Sean McBride
(Taxi appeared again for a few moments -- at http://friendfeed.com/taxy1 -- and then disappeared again.) - Sean McBride
Got the taxy1...dont think she is making the same mistakes, not four times. Her location in Lebanon might be the problem. Been reading about net censorship in Lebanon and Isr hacker team that hacks various sites and etc. Might be that someone is taking her down every time she registers and gets going...or someone playing games on FF.Odds are against her accidently deleting herself this many times. - American
The reason I don't think it is too likely that someone at Facebook/FF is behind this -- I have never seen reports of similar previous activity from anyone -- not a single incident. There is a possibility of outside hackers being involved -- but no proof yet. You should create an alternative secure channel to communicate with her about what's going on. - Sean McBride
Too many things dont make sense--for instance taxi said she tried to contact me thru the old American-ME feed I created years ago------>https://friendfeed.com/america... ...but that she couldnt because it was a 'private' feed.---its not private and I just checked it to make sure setting hadnt changed.... its still public and anyone can post there. So if she reappears tell her to go there. - American
You could create a feed for her and then give her adm privilages----that is if she's even able to stay registered to comment on FF at all. - American
I just checked -- that feed you mentioned is in fact public, not private -- I don't understand why Taxi thinks it's private. In fact, I've never been able to get a clear description of what is going on on her end regarding any of these issues -- if I did, I am certain I would be able to sort them out. - Sean McBride
She should set up Facebook and Twitter pages for herself -- both of which provide alternative channels for communication. - Sean McBride
Overall I've noticed that most Mondoweiss commenters have no understanding of how to use social media -- not an inkling. They tend to be passive, not proactive. - Sean McBride
Maybe she kookoo? - Raccko
Maybe playing hide and seek or amusing herself? I don't know -- whenever I try to systematically debug her tech issues the conversation quickly stops. It's impossible to solve tech problems without facts and details. - Sean McBride
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Netanyahu’s war must be stopped now: The real story behind his speech to Congress - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2015...
Netanyahu’s war must be stopped now: The real story behind his speech to Congress - Salon.com
"The real story is far more worrisome. Netanyahu is here to push the U.S. toward another Middle East war in which the U.S. would be the proxy for what Netanyahu (mistakenly) thinks is Israeli interests. And Americans are going to have to stand up and say “NO” both to Netanyahu and to the militarists in both parties who are all too happy to generate another war, this time against Iran. If Netanyahu succeeds, it will be a disaster for all Americans, and an even greater disaster for American Jews." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Warren’s out, as list of skippers surges, and White House offers Selma for Iran - http://mondoweiss.net/2015...
The number of Democrats who will skip the speech doubled in the last few days, to 57, though Robert Menendez says he will walk Benjamin Netanyahu down the aisle
This is an excellent essay by Phil Weiss -- an example of why I keep reading him. - Sean McBride
Phil quotes Richard Cohen: "The fact is that the United States does not need Israel." - Sean McBride
Phil: 'The special relationship between the U.S. and Israel is “in danger” not because of a personality conflict between the leaders but because– surprise– the countries don’t share interests after all.' - Sean McBride
The mistake there is that although Phil will admit that the US and Isr dont share interest----he will Not admit that the presence of Jews in the US and that fact that more of them than not either actively or passively 'support the US supporting Isr. ' is a problem and its not just a 'few rich jews'. Do you see any US politicians pandering to non jewish american citizens on israel... more... - American
57? Looks like we might be hitting under the 90% attendance bar this time. - Raccko
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Social Media Platform "V Kontakte" (In Contact), URL: vk.com
Advantages: Fewer bugs, Less pro-Israeli hacking & oversight, Technical Support - Raccko
Comparison: Includes Group webpages with Discussion groups. - Raccko
Do you have a URL for a current active group on this site? It's Russian? - Sean McBride
So far only people approaching Friendfeed from Mondoweiss have encountered the bugs (?) that have been discussed -- either their tech skills need some upgrading or they are being maliciously hacked. No one else I know of on FF has filed similar reports -- FF is as bug-free a platform as one can find. This situation still needs to be sorted out. - Sean McBride
V Kontakte already includes some discussions about Mondoweiss: http://vk.com/search... Here is the URL for that particular forum user: http://vk.com/anti_israel_news - Raccko
Google translate should work, but let me know if you want translations. - Raccko
VK wants my mobile phone number -- that's a deal breaker -- as is the need for translations to English. - Sean McBride
Who is behind VK? Who owns and controls it? - Sean McBride
My VK page is in English. No need to translate into English. It has a lot of Russian users though. - Raccko
VK is like Yandex and Mail.ru and Livejournal. They are Russian, so my guess is less likely to get controlled and hacked by pro-Israelis than a Google-owned feed with no Tech support that has been hacked multiple times, including by "Pnonymous". - Raccko
FWIW, there is tons more info criticizing the Israeli govt in English than in Russian online. And there are tons more American groups on both sides of the issue than Russian ones. - Raccko
You don't get an FSB vibe from vk.com? The demand for mobile phone numbers to gain access? - Sean McBride
Mobile phones are eminently easy to hack -- soft targets. - Sean McBride
The big name intel agencies already have practically everyone's numbers, addresses, etc. etc., except maybe for people who take special measures to go off the grid. Google and FF are probably connected with multiple pro-Israeli alphabet soup factories. I doubt FSB are as much an issue for MW. - Raccko
Multiple social media and email etc. have already required my cell phone. I think that may include Yahoo, Gmail, Facebook, and others. I don't really like that. - Raccko
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Netanyahu’s speech and the end of the Israel lobby - http://mondoweiss.net/2015...
Netanyahu's speech has exposed the power of the Israel lobby, and it will never be the same. The American establishment is too diverse, and we are all tired of the lobby's 40-year-run in power.
"It is my belief that much of the Jewish establishment’s view of the world is a trauma-induced delusion." This is disingenuous, at best, and once again casts Jews in the role of victim. If Weiss really wanted to tell the truth he would admit that the Jewish establishment and zionism are intricately intertwined and share a world view motivated by a desire for power, money and hegemony... more... - weareone
Totally agree wao. Phil is, as Aztmon has said, a gatekeeper for 'The Jews" if not for Israel. And his trauma 'hasbara' is as transparent as the zionist troll's hasbara. Just as in this latest article Phil will start a 'headline' about the Lobby or etc.---but then he always 'segways' into The Jews, their elitness,their wealth, etc.. He pretends to criticize it but he actually revels in... more... - American
You're absolutely right, American. I should really stop commenting on his articles. He clearly has no interest in exposing the truth on this issue. - weareone from iPhone
I've heard these critiques of Mondoweiss bandied about -- controlled opposition, Mossad flytrap, Mossad honeypot, Mossadweiss, Yet Another Israeli Op, etc. -- but I am not quite willing to go there yet. But peculiar issues and anomalies are becoming increasingly evident. It's obvious that Phil hasn't really sorted out his self-contradictory attractions towards both ethnocentric... more... - Sean McBride
"It's obvious that Phil hasn't really sorted out his self-contradictory attractions towards both ethnocentric tribalism and universalism." Well, in that case, perhaps he should have chosen a different name for his site--mondo-- meaning something striking or remarkable of its kind. He had an opportunity to make it remarkable but imo, he squandered that opportunity by perpetuating the... more... - weareone
I didnt sleep in a Holiday Inn last night but I will play psychologist for Phil just for fun. In his 3 part "Notes on My Racism' and some other post he made on Jews and WASP he once said that when at Harvard he stayed in the Jewish clique where they made fun of the upper crust WASP --but that he envied the WASP group for their 'self assurance' and he 'studied' their mannerisms and how... more... - American
imo, after 12 years on this issue I dont believe the uber identity jews can be changed or will ever admit to the myths their culture has invented about Jews. I dont even try to point any of this out to them any more, its pointless. Their brains are firewalled against any truth or historical facts or ratiionality on this. I excommunicated myself from MW several weeks ago, the hypocrisy... more... - American
Quite a few progressive anti-Zionists are as ethnocentric as Benjamin Netanyahu or Shmuley Boteach -- it's all about me, me, me and the travails and melodrama of my ethnic collective -- nothing else matters -- other people don't exist. The endless ethnic solipsism can become tiresome. At some point, many of us want to move on. - Sean McBride
And the question that keeps arising: why are some of us much more ethnocentric in our outlook on the world than others? What are the cultural and psychological factors in play? That is not a subject about which most Mondoweiss denizens seem to be curious. In fact, for some them, the topic provokes extreme anxiety and defensiveness. - Sean McBride
"Quite a few progressive anti-Zionists are as ethnocentric as Benjamin Netanyahu or Shmuley Boteach -- it's all about me, me, me and the travails and melodrama of my ethnic collective -- nothing else matters -- other people don't exist." Very true, Sean. The series of articles that American mentioned "Notes on My Racism" are revealing in that regard. These beliefs are ever present in his writing. - weareone from iPhone
'' What are the cultural and psychological factors in play? )......You know where it came from, you have argued it yourself. It started in their religion, the choseniness and then the victimnhood because of being chosen innocents. And then it 'became' their 'culture'. It is still their culture. Always will be. If they cant make it in america after all they have been given and favored by---they cant make it anywhere. - American
American
Yup -- it's public and visible -- why did Taxi think it's private? - Sean McBride
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Benjamin Netanyahu damages Israel-US relations - Opinion - Jerusalem Post - http://www.jpost.com/Opinion...
Benjamin Netanyahu damages Israel-US relations - Opinion - Jerusalem Post
"Netanyahu imagines himself to be a latter-day Winston Churchill, valiantly appearing before Congress on behalf of his country to confront a common enemy. But Churchill never fought the White House from the podium of a joint session of Congress, nor did he turn his country into a political football as a result of his actions." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"You cannot stop the Iranian push for nuclear weapons by torching our strategic alliance with the Americans. The target is Tehran, not Washington. Ironically, Netanyahu has managed to not only not improve our prospects of preventing Iran from going nuclear, he has in fact achieved the exact opposite. He has introduced an undeniable rift between Washington and Jerusalem, and this has only strengthened Tehran’s hand." - Sean McBride
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Ted Cruz Plays to Sheldon Adelson on Israel and Iran http://www.bloomberg.com/politic...
"A day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress the Texas Republican was the only lawmaker to join Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Holocaust survivor, in a Senate hearing room Monday for a panel discussion titled "The Meaning of Never Again: Guarding Against a Nuclear Iran." In the talk, which was moderated by American Orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Cruz's criticism of President Barack Obama was pointed and included a claim that the administration doesn't really want to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons." - Sean McBride
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Bibi boycott grows prior to speech | TheHill - http://thehill.com/homenew...
Bibi boycott grows prior to speech | TheHill
"Almost a quarter of House Democrats will boycott Tuesday’s congressional address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The defections, which point to the increasingly strained relations between the White House and the Israeli government, have injected a partisan edge to the issue of U.S. support for Israel, which has historically been overwhelming from both sides of the aisle. At least 55 Democrats — eight senators and 47 House members — are vowing to skip the speech, in which Netanyahu is expected to deliver a stinging rebuke of President Obama’s Iran strategy even as the administration is attempting to wrap up delicate talks with Iranian leaders over the future of their nuclear program." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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"Microsoft is allegedly interested in buying news reader app Prismatic" http://prsm.tc/mlEgnL
"Microsoft is allegedly interested in buying news reader app Prismatic" http://prsm.tc/mlEgnL
Bingo. - Sean McBride
"According to TechCrunch, citing anonymous sources, Microsoft is reportedly interested in acquiring the social news reader, Prismatic. The Redmond giant is apparently the frontrunner towards purchasing the startup for around $30 million. Other companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Apple are also supposedly interested." - Sean McBride
Love the Android version of Prismatic. - Sean McBride
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Senators Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken to skip Netanyahu's Congress speech - Diplomacy and Defense - Israel News | Haaretz - http://www.haaretz.com/1...
Senators Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken to skip Netanyahu's Congress speech - Diplomacy and Defense - Israel News | Haaretz
"Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken are the latest Congressmen to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Senator Elizabeth Warren and two other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation plan to skip Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Tuesday, saying they are protesting the invitation made by House Speaker John Boehner. Representatives Katherine Clark, a Melrose Democrat, and Jim McGovern, a Democrat of Worcester, also are planning to miss the event."... more... - Sean McBride
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The Case for Toppling Saddam (Benjamin Netanyahu, September 20, 2002) - http://www.jnul.huji.ac.il/ia...
"The longer America waits, the more dangerous he becomes." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Bibi Blows Up the Special Relationship | Foreign Policy (Stephen M. Walt) - http://foreignpolicy.com/2015...
Bibi Blows Up the Special Relationship | Foreign Policy (Stephen M. Walt)
"But in point of fact, AIPAC and other key organizations in the lobby have only themselves to blame. The contretemps taking place now is at least partly the result of the policies they have supported and the tactics they have employed over many years. It’s not the end of U.S. support for Israel, but it may well mark an important and ultimately positive shift in what has become a dysfunctional — even bizarre — relationship." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Radio Host: Congressmen Should Hang 'From A Noose' For Skipping Bibi Speech - http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewir...
Radio Host: Congressmen Should Hang 'From A Noose' For Skipping Bibi Speech
"Conservative radio host Andrea Shea King recently said on her show that congressmen who planned to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's congressional address on Tuesday should "pay with their lives, hanging from a noose in front of the U.S. Capitol," Right Wing Watch reported on Monday." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"She noted that most of the congressmen missing the speech are members of the Congressional Black Caucus. King said that members of Congress, unlike President Obama, will eventually be up for reelection and "could pay with their jobs." However, in audio posted by Right Wing Watch, King said she hoped their punishment would go one step further. "I would like to think that these guys... more... - Sean McBride
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State Dept. warns Israel not to ‘betray’ US - The Times of Israel - http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblo...
State Dept. warns Israel not to ‘betray’ US - The Times of Israel
"State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says leaks on the Iran nuke talks by Israel would “betray” the US’s trust." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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"Either way, all eyes will be on the body movements of the many congressional Democrats who reluctantly agreed to attend the event, such as Rep. Adam Schiff, the most senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. “I plan on attending the speech by Prime Minister Netanyahu, but not without serious reservations,” Schiff said in a statement Monday He added that he doesn’t “believe that the House floor should be used as a platform for a foreign head of state to lobby Congress on a bill opposed by the President.”" - Sean McBride
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Among the Shnooks and Machers at AIPAC - Bloomberg View (Eli Lake) - http://www.bloombergview.com/article...
Among the Shnooks and Machers at AIPAC - Bloomberg View (Eli Lake)
"The experience is much different for the select few who wear the maroon lanyards. They are members of the "Minyan Club." A minyan in Judaism is a 10-man prayer group. At AIPAC, Minyan Club members are people who have given at least $100,000 in the last year. That puts them at the top of AIPAC's macher pyramid." - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
US-Israel intel cooperation on Iran's nuclear program has been stopped, Ch. 10 reports - Israel News - Jerusalem Post - http://www.jpost.com/Israel-...
US-Israel intel cooperation on Iran's nuclear program has been stopped, Ch. 10 reports - Israel News - Jerusalem Post
"The United States and Israel have stopped intelligence cooperation on Iran's nuclear program, Channel 10 reported Monday. The reported halt in intelligence cooperation comes amid tensions in the relationship between Israel and the administration of US President Barack Obama over differences of opinion on an emerging diplomatic deal with Iran and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress in which he is expected to speak out against such a deal on Tuesday." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Despite both Israel and the US publicly trying to downplay their differences, the White House has referred to Netanyahu's visit to Washington as a "circus" that the Obama administration wants nothing to do with, Channel 10 reported. The administration's anger at Netanyahu's visit is so severe, according to the report, that in addition to refusing to meet the Israeli prime minister during his stay in Washington, the US president does not even intend on calling Netanyahu during his visit." - Sean McBride
Israelis will still get info from US on Iran, methinks, even if the US decides to stop sharing. - Raccko
They have heavily infiltrated the US national security community, so no doubt. - Sean McBride
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