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  • wigwam commented on the diary post Two Interviews with Max Blumenthal from Yafa-Tel Aviv and Ramallah by EdwardTeller.

    2014-08-17 22:25:58View | Delete

    IMHO, on this topic, Fox is no worse than the NYT.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Two Interviews with Max Blumenthal from Yafa-Tel Aviv and Ramallah by EdwardTeller.

    2014-08-17 22:24:37View | Delete

    Hi ET. Thanks. Outstanding stuff! I’ve shared it a lot.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: There’s A New Sound

    2014-08-16 00:20:14View | Delete

    I posted that because Suzanne used to work in Fontana, and everyone from this area was stunned by that rating.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: There’s A New Sound

    2014-08-15 23:49:49View | Delete

    Hi Suzanne,

    I thought you might get a kick out of this from Forbes’ list of top 20 coolest places in the U.S.:
    1) Washington D.C.
    2) Seattle
    3) Austin
    4) Houston
    5) San Francisco
    6) San Diego
    7) Denver
    8) Riverside (Don’t anybody dare ask “Riverside Where?”) This explicitly includes San Berdoo and Ontario, which presumably includes Fontana and Rialto and the rest of the “Inland Empire”
    9) Boston
    10) Dallas
    11) New York City (Duh!)
    12) Oakland (Duh!)
    13) Maimi
    14) Sacramento
    15) San Antonio
    16) San Jose
    16) Los Angeles
    18) Raleigh
    19) Bathesda
    20) Santa Ana, CA (Disneyland)

    So, here are the categories on which they judged:

    * Arts & Culture Index:

    * Recreation Index:

    * Diversity Index:

    * Local Eats:

    * Population age 20-34:

    * 2010 – 2013 Net Migration:

    Stunning!

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Ferguson Police Turn Town Into War Zone

    2014-08-14 07:58:09View | Delete

    It was laughingly called “No Such Agency” in the 70s, by my friends who worked there.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Ferguson Police Turn Town Into War Zone

    2014-08-14 07:46:36View | Delete

    We’re all Palestinians now.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Ferguson Police Turn Town Into War Zone

    2014-08-14 07:42:24View | Delete

    FWIW: As I commented earlier at the RoundUp, I’m reading Bamford’s article on Snowden at Wired and ran across this:

    Among the discoveries that most shocked him [Snowden] was learning that the agency was regularly passing raw private communications—content as well as metadata—to Israeli intelligence. Usually information like this would be “minimized,” a process where names and personally identifiable data are removed. But in this case, the NSA did virtually nothing to protect even the communications of people in the US. [...] “I think that’s amazing,” Snowden says. “It’s one of the biggest abuses we’ve seen.” (The operation was reported last year by The Guardian, which cited the Snowden documents as its source.)

    So, now AIPAC can know who is criticizing Israel and how to smear them.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Ferguson Police Turn Town Into War Zone

    2014-08-14 07:24:18View | Delete

    Per Veterans Today:

    During the Bush administration, Israeli-American dual citizen and Director of Homeland Security Chertoff mandated that American police forces be trained by Israeli groups in crowd control, counter-terrorism and intelligence gathering.

    Since that time, shootings of unarmed civilians has gone up 500%, attacks on legal political protests by police have become a scandal and huge stockpiles of ammunition and military heavy weaponry have been distributed to law enforcement groups in every region of America, both local and federally controlled.

    [...]

    It’s the Israelification of America.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post The Roundup for August 13th, 2014

    2014-08-14 07:08:15View | Delete

    OT: I’m reading Bamford’s article on Snowden at Wired and ran across this:

    Among the discoveries that most shocked him [Snowden] was learning that the agency was regularly passing raw private communications—content as well as metadata—to Israeli intelligence. Usually information like this would be “minimized,” a process where names and personally identifiable data are removed. But in this case, the NSA did virtually nothing to protect even the communications of people in the US. [...] “I think that’s amazing,” Snowden says. “It’s one of the biggest abuses we’ve seen.” (The operation was reported last year by The Guardian, which cited the Snowden documents as its source.)

    So, now AIPAC can know who is criticizing Israel and how to smear them.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Over Half the Country is Voting Wrong

    2014-08-12 14:00:45View | Delete

    Per this Politico article, Dems are running as GOP this year:

    It’s one thing for Democrats running in red parts of the country to sound like Republicans on the campaign trail. It’s another when Democrats running in purple or even blue territory try to do so.

    Yet that’s what’s happening in race after race this season.

    Faced with a treacherous political environment, many Democrats are trotting out campaign ads that call for balanced budgets, tax cuts and other more traditionally GOP positions. Some of them are running in congressional districts that just two years ago broke sharply for President Barack Obama.

    The Republican-flavored ads provide an early glimpse of how Democrats will wage their 2014 campaign. Democrats, hampered by Obama’s rising unpopularity and the tendency for conservatives to turn out at higher levels than liberals in midterm years, face the reality that swing congressional districts favorable to them in 2012 will be far less so in 2014.

    Whether the Democrats running in those districts can survive what party strategists acknowledge is a deteriorating national political environment will largely hinge on how well they can appeal to more conservative voters.

    [...]

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: I’ve Got A Little Secret

    2014-08-11 23:15:50View | Delete

    A friend just now forwarded me this tweet from M.J. Rosenberg:

    @MJayRosenberg: All the people who defend Israel’s slaughter in Gaza can teach us so much about how the Holocaust was allowed to happen.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Israeli Genocide and its Willing Accomplices by GREYDOG.

    2014-08-11 21:44:35View | Delete

    “Israel’s new lawyer: Hillary Clinton” (Peter Beinart, Haaretz):

    Who’s the Israeli government’s best spokesperson? Ron Dermer? Michael Oren? Bibi himself? Nope. It’s Hillary Clinton. In her interview on Sunday with Jeffrey Goldberg , Clinton offered the most articulate, sophisticated, passionate defense of Netanyahu’s conduct I’ve heard from a government official on either side of the Atlantic. Unfortunately, important [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Israeli Genocide and its Willing Accomplices by GREYDOG.

    2014-08-11 21:30:13View | Delete

    Per this site , Gaza is the sixth most densely populated place on Earth after Macau, Monaco, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Gibraltar. For perspective:

    * Gaza Strip: 9,713 people per square mile * Israel: 809 people per square mile * United States: 84 people per square mile

    Killing civilians in Gaza is like shooting fish in a [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Nixon’s Treason Now Acknowledged by David Swanson.

    2014-08-09 19:56:47View | Delete

    Wow! Thanks.

  • … send the Palestinians to concentration camps on the Sinai border until Israel can find countries willing to accept them.

    Concentration camps are an extreme form of apartheid, which is a “crime against humanity.”

    Forced deportations are also a “crime against humanity.”

    Per the Wikipedia:

    In 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in The Hague (Netherlands) and the Rome Statute provides for the ICC to have jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The definition of what is a “crime against humanity” for ICC proceedings has significantly broadened from its original legal definition or that used by the UN,[22] and Article 7 of the treaty stated that:

    For the purpose of this Statute, “crime against humanity” means any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:[23]

    (a) Murder;
    (b) Extermination;
    (c) Enslavement;
    (d) Deportation or forcible transfer of population;
    (e) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;
    (f) Torture;
    (g) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;
    (h) Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court;
    (i) Enforced disappearance of persons;
    (j) The crime of apartheid;
    (k) Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health;

    Israel is calling for demilitarization of Gaza, but given that Israel is doing the vast majority of the killing, they should also be demilitarized. And, given that the U.S. is the main source of Israeli arms, we should immediately stop supplying them.

  • Also the Jewish conquests of the old testament, which show that the current Israeli/Palestine conflict is the second time that Jews have tried to steal this land.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Freedom, Money & Control by joe shikspack.

    2014-07-21 08:01:33View | Delete

    Those sanctions may have been the reason that there were no WMD in Iraq in 2003.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Can Someone Get a Note to Elon Musk? by MikeBohrer.

    2014-07-21 07:58:59View | Delete

    IMHO the Model S is one of the most beautiful passenger cars on the market. Other than the price, I find almost nothing to dislike about it. And, it appears that the Model C will remove some of that objection.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post No Purpose Other Than to Humiliate and Degrade by Isaiah 88.

    2014-07-21 07:48:54View | Delete

    I’m sure that the arrows that Apaches shot at the wagon trains were scary too. But, at least now, nobody in their right mind argues that they justified genocide against the American Indians.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post No Purpose Other Than to Humiliate and Degrade by Isaiah 88.

    2014-07-20 12:58:55View | Delete

    Do you consider Hamas and Israel to be moral peers? Why / why not?

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