Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Park Bench Café #9 - Penalty Box Edition

Vancouver Canucks
Daniel Sedin in Penalty Box

Ed(itor), my blogging partner on this feature called Park Bench Café, has subtitled this episode "Penalty Box Edition".  As you read through the various submissions, you will see the appropriateness of this subtitle.  I have selected a photo of one of our Vancouver Canucks, Daniel Sedin, sitting in a real hockey penalty box.  I don't know of any other sport that has an actual penalty box.  Sedin certainly deserves to be portrayed, as the Canucks have a dismal record so far this year and might even be sitting at the bottom of the NHL.

So, our park bench today is a penalty box.  It's tight in here...surrounded by plexiglass and roaring hockey fans.  A towel and a water bottle have been supplied to us sweaty and thirsty participants in this geopolitical penalty box.  Additionally, a newspaper has been placed, neatly folded to one side of the bench.  Geopolitical penalty minutes are gauged in decades, not minutes...so there's plenty of time to read the following newz headlines:

First, a complilation from Ed(itor), formerly blogmaster of Occurrences, The Sullen Bell and Boy Down the Lane:







I did not know that nuclear war was a disease

CDC schedules briefing on nuclear war preparation | 06 Jan 2018 | The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is holding a Jan. 16 briefing to explain how the public can prepare for nuclear war. "While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps," a notice on the CDC's website states. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people don't realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding." The session will include information on what public health programs are doing at the federal, state, and local level to prepare for a nuclear detonation, according to the announcement.



Iran’s prosecutor general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, alleged Thursday that an American CIA official was the "main designer" of the demonstrations. And Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo - whose country isn’t a Security Council member but was invited to participate Friday - said the protests had gotten "direct encouragement by foreign forces including by the president of the United States.”


The London-based Arabic daily newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports this morning that former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested by security forces for allegedly inciting unrest against the government, according to "reliable sources in Tehran.”


Now US scientists are developing a similar Artificial Intelligence system which may accompany all soldiers on the battlefield within just 10 years. Like the fictional JARVIS - which stands for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System” - the technology will allow soldiers to converse with their omniscient companion to interpret threats in the field and analyse data with lightning speed. At the heart of the project is the need to offer troops a simple-to-use sidekick, to whom they can ask open-ended questions and receive considered answers quickly.



Gordon Ramsay's Top 5 fish recipes (22 mins.)


Greencrow adds a column by a New York geopolitical analyst commenting on the recent interview of RT's Margarita Simonyan on CBS.  I received the following in a recent e-mail from Michael Averko:
Re: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rt-editor-in-chief-on-election-meddling-russian-propaganda-label/

When cutting away from Margarita Simonyan, this CBS 60 Minutes segment had some mis-informative moments. Specifically -

No mention of the Michael O' Hanlons, Kenneth Roths, Dick Pounds and Richard McLarens, who've had much greater time on RT, when compared to pro-Russian perspectives on the leading US TV news networks - CBS included.

When quoting the French president's claim of Russian meddling, no mention was made of the counter claim made by French intel. Likewise, CBS didn't go into conclusive proof concerning the claim of Russian meddling in Britain.

Lesley Stahl's flippant remark about Crimea didn't take into consideration the situations in Kosovo and northern Cyprus. Similarly, Stahl's view that the 1999 Clinton admin led NATO bombing against Yugoslavia sought to prevent ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, didn't address the biased support given to one side (the KLA), which was very culpable in igniting tensions. Putting Yugoslavia and Russia aside, there've been numerous examples of non-US military involvement when a given nation killed many civilians.

BTW, the virtually bloodless reunification of Crimea can be considered a humanitarian intervention. Had it not occurred in the manner that it did, a toxic blend of Crimean Tatar activist Mustafa Dzhemilev (who is quoted by RFElRL for advocating the ethnic cleansing of the Russian majority from Crimea) and Ukrainian nationalists with an anti-Russian bent might've led to considerable violence in Crimea. Related:



Simonyan specified the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia as a defining moment when many Russians began to second guess Western (especially US) intentions. This recently released article makes reference to Yugoslavia relative to a current conflict:


RT has paid tens of thousands paid to Michael Flynn, Sarah Firth and Liz Wahl - the latter two were to later dis RT.


Michael Averko - https://www.eurasiareview.com/author/michael-averko/

More headlines from Greencrow 

and, finally....."Sorry, Mom I was Wrong About the Holocaust". 
Canadian truth activist, Monika Schaefer goes to Prison in Germany for making a video to her deceased mother.

greencrow comments:  Will this be yet another incident involving a Canadian subjected to mistreatment in a foreign land at the hands of the foreign state (eg., Mahar Arar et al) where "Canada" fails to step in and assist a Canadian citizen?  Monika did not commit her "crime" in Germany.  She spoke in English on the YouTube video made available to all via Google. So the people of Germany are not likely to be "tainted by her personal, honestly held views".   She was not personally promulgating her views in Germany...she was arrested while quietly sitting in a German courtroom supporting a fellow activist.  From my standpoint...I think Monika has pretty good legal grounds to sue the Canadian government for non-support of a citizen caught up in draconian, anti-freedom-of-speech, foreign laws.  At some point in the future will we see le dauphin, a tear trickling down his cheek, apologizing profusely for yet another taxpayer-compensated flub by the Canadian government? BUT....I must be in the penalty box myself, for while attempting to upload the above YouTube video made by Monika directly onto this blog.....my computer crashed twice within minutes of uploading...CSIS?

Speaking of which, a fabulous post was made on the blog The Straight Goods this morning by fellow BC Canuck, Robin Matthews.  Here it is in its entirety:
The Straight Goods

Canada: Craven Colony of the USA

Written by Robin Mathews

Part I................................The Media at Work 

"David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail, printed a column on December 29, 2017 entitled “Your trust is the pulse of our journalism” (A13). Vowing to clean up the Globe’s journalistic act (without ever intending to do so, we may believe), Walmsley put his finger on the real problem – for the Globe. By making the paper an Outer Office of the Imperial Globalization Project (the U.S.A. as master of the world), what is called “social media” has moved in and exposed some of the fraudulence, the time-serving, the failure to deal meaningfully with almost ANY of the real issues of our time in Canada by such as The Globe and Mail….

which is why, doubtless, the one harsh note in David Walmsley’s lullaby to Canadians is his statement that the vacuum (in the work of the G and M) has been filled by the “social media”: “by those who shout the loudest”, Walmsely writes. He makes that irritated statement because as bad as some of us on social media may at times be … he knows we aren’t half as bad as the paid Stephen Harper Permanent Secretariat, called The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper. Remember – despite Harper’s proved attempts to wreck the democratic election process in Canada, and much more – the government of Stephen Harper was backed and campaigned for by The Globe and Mail up to and including the voting day of the last federal election: October 19, 2015.

And now, along with most of Canada’s Mainstream Press and Media, The Globe and Mail has joined the colonial-cover-up of Canada’s cowardice at the United Nations vote on the U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and intending to move the U.S. Embassy to that location. Almost the whole World has said hands off until the matter of Israel and Palestine is settled. The U.S. has wrecked that quasi-status quo.

Canada does what its Imperial Master tells it to do. And so The Globe and Mail and its media clones around the country made a very big thing, saying Canadian government people worked hard for ten days to hammer out a position on the Jerusalem question. (That was the story cooked up with-and-for the press.) There was nothing to hammer out. 128 nations made that clear, openly resisting the violent stupidity of the U.S.A.

There was nothing to hammer out, moreover, because “Canada” always betrays Canadians and buckles to any position the U.S.A. wants Canada to take. Earlier “Canada” voted against UN motions calling upon Israel to end the building of Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. And “Canada” voted against calling upon Israel to respect the special status of Jerusalem…etcetera. How many Canadians know of those cowardly betrayals made by “Canada” in their names?

The Canadian “decision” to abstain in the most recent vote which was 128 to 9 (with 35 abstentions) was “a U.S. job”, we may be sure. If anyone needs proof … here it is. The U.S. decided (idiotically) to throw an “exclusive” reception with Donald Trump (set for January 3) for all the countries that backed its position on Jerusalem. “That must mean”, you say, “for the nine countries who voted with the U.S.A. - against the resolution to condemn the U.S. action about Jerusalem?” No.

Having gotten U.S. permission to wimp out of that vote which was focused on a fundamental humanitarian principle, Canada abstained. Then it was reported that Canada was invited to the “exclusive” reception on January 3 for all those who supported the U.S.A. in the Jerusalem vote! How could that be? Canada’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Marc Andre Blanchard, moreover, was reported as accepting the U.S. invitation “with great pleasure”. The real position of “Canada” [not Canadians] was there for all to see! [That news report seems, somehow, to have been erased from the record … but it was up and readable a few days ago….]

On January 6, 2018 CBC’s The House did its usual ‘consenting adults’ act with the Ambassador, flattering and not challenging him on the sell-out by “Canada” at the United Nations. (The CBC upholds - doggedly, proudly, and stupidly - our craven Colonial Condition.) The Canadian UN failures may explain, too, (in the same rancid air) the wild antics engaged in by the president of the University of Lethbridge, Michael Mahon, to assist ‘friends of Israel’ in their attempt to destroy the career of scholar and writer Anthony Hall for writing or speaking reasonable words Israel wants forbidden all over the world. (While The Globe and Mail looks anywhere, anywhere else!)

I guess if things had gone right, the real ‘Canada abstains’ story at the UN would never have hit the wires. Doubtless, Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail, David Walmsley, will want a lot of answers if the person who told the real story is employed by his newspaper. In his piece on December 29, David Walmsley wrote: “We know we have to do a better job of explaining there are stories that never see the light of day.”

No, no David, you don’t have to explain. Since (many of us believe) you never told the real story of the Mike Duffy entrapment, and never pushed properly for charges against Nigel Wright, and have accepted the HUGE RCMP fraudulent (False Flag) “Islamic” terrorist event in Victoria, B.C., (July 1, 2013) without tirelessly focusing Canadian public attention on the absolute need for a Public Inquiry into the workings of the RCMP ….

And since (many of us believe) you ignore “stories” like the Alberta Courts/Oil Patch/Alberta Energy Regulator corrupt and vile savaging of the internationally praised ‘Anti-Fracking’ worker Jessica Ernst, because … how could you hold your head up among the destroyers of the Canadian environment at warm and friendly lunches …? And for the same reason [Private Corporations rule the world, and should] you do almost nothing solid to expose the truth about B.C.’s scandalously destructive Site C dam decisions ….

… and because you say almost nothing about Canada’s rapacious work in the global mining world and Canada’s slavish support of the U.S. desire to destroy the legitimate Venezuelan government …. Because of all those things (and much, much, much more) you don’t have to explain why there are stories The Globe and Mail makes sure never “see the light of day”. We understand, David. Perfectly.

Some of us believe your main role is to make sure the most important information (what you choose, childishly, to call “stories”) never gets to Canadians, never sees (as you put it) “the light of day”. Isn’t that why you are paid (well) by (what many believe are) supporters of Stephen Harper-style corruption … and why social media workers spend time making claims that the most important work of The Globe and Mail and its fellows in political Yellow Journalism (‘the Mainstream Press and Media’) is to create disinformation – the defacing of fact and the suppression of “stories” that should see the light of day? And (truly?) isn’t the main job of The Globe and Mail and its fellows to do devotedly the work of Craven Colonials in the Craven Colony of the U.S.A. … called Canada? ....."


greencrow says The best part of the above analysis is Matthew's eloquence in differentiating between the "Canada" that the puppet Trudeau heads--that invariably kowtows to USrael--and the real Canada--overwhelmingly populated with unrepresented and therefore voiceless citizens who are diametrically opposed to the policies of the other so-called "Canada".


Now, back to Ed(itor) and his latest headline offerings of this morning:

Police in Cyprus have arrested an Israeli man described as the ringleader of a world-wide organ trafficking network that operated out of the tiny Balkan country of Kosovo several years ago…. http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-mastermind-behind-organ-trafficking-ring-is-arrested-in-cyprus/a-42051747

The psychiatrist who briefed Congress on Trump’s mental state: this is “an emergency” Vox. Lambert here: I’m not a fan of armchair diagnosis, whether for Terry Schiavo, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, and I’m not particularly trusting of the press. And I can’t help wondering how organic this (latest) campaign is. It appears that we’re looking at the Democrat strategy for 2018 and 2020 — a gaslighting strategy — which Trump feeds, no question — that does not require the Democrat Party (especially its consultant and donor classes) to change either personnel or advocate universal concrete material benefits, especially for the working class — and please forgive me if I’m not filled with enthusiasm, or fired with the prospect of success. They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing, as Talleyrand said of the Bourbons.


“… Russia simulated a large-scale military attack against Nato.

“It was not targeted towards the Baltic states only, as it was a theatre-wide series of exercises spanning from high North to the Black Sea.”

He added: “The scale and extent of the entire exercise was far greater than officially stated.”

Instead of being a “purely defensive” exercise, as Russia claimed, Zapad was used to simulate a “full-scale conventional war against Nato in Europe”, the newspaper previously reported, citing two analysts from a western intelligence service…..”


“… According to Foucault, the dynamics of the Panopticon bore an uncanny resemblance to how people self-monitor in society at large. In the presence of ever-watchful witnesses, he said, physical coercion is no longer necessary. People police themselves. They do not know what the observers are registering at any given moment, what they are looking for, exactly, or what the punishments are for disobedience. But the imagination keeps them pliant. In these circumstances, Foucault claimed, the architecture of surveillances become perniciously subtle and seamless, so ‘light’ as to be scarcely noticeable.

Individuals not only accept this form of discipline, but it soon becomes invisible to them, and they willingly perpetuate it. Put people in a situation where they are the agents of their own censorship, and they still fancy themselves to be free and self-determining. Surveillance makes power ‘multiple, automatic, and anonymous’, Foucault writes – less about the top-down threat of violence, and more about ‘a network of relations’ that induces acquiescence. Foucault’s conception of power resembles Sigmund Freud’s description in Civilisation and its Discontents (1930) of the role of the ‘super-ego’ in the human psyche: a restraining, moralising agency installed by civilisation in each individual, ‘like a garrison in a conquered city’…..”


Tweet (Dan Cohen):

"Israeli soldiers killed Ahed's cousin Musab today, shot her cousin Mohammed in the head two weeks ago, killed her cousin Rushdi in 2012 and killed her cousin Mustafa in 2011. But @Newsweek says the Israeli occupation is the victim."

Tweet (Michael Bueckert):

"Israel’s anti-BDS app has a list of “suggested comments” to help you justify the arrest of #AhedTamimi on Facebook, including “age doesn’t matter” and “to hit someone protecting you is disrespectful.”"

"Is slapping a soldier in the face worse than shooting a child in the face?" (Weir). To be fair, we have to look at it from the perspective of a violent racist group supremacist. Only then can we see the deepest possible crime, disrespecting the Übermenschen.


Mind Control Is Here Now. Explained by Ex criminal FBI agent.




Zuckerberg’s Dilemma: When Facebook’s Success Is Bad for Society WSJ. I think the very last thing we want is Zuckerberg “encourag[ing] meaningful social interactions,” because I don’t think we want a squillionaire at the head of ginormous monopoly defining, operationally, what is “meaningful,” “social,” or an “interaction.” And I can’t believe we wouldn’t find Zuckerberg’s methods of “encouragement” anything other than degrading.



The More I Read About Meltdown And Spectre…

January 7th, 2018

The more I wonder: Are these bugs, or features?

Posted in [???], Coincidence?, Covert Operations, Surveillance, Technology




Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement | ZDNet: The company's fifth transparency report reveals more customer data was handed to US law enforcement in the first-half of last year than ever before.

Posted by Michele Kearney at 11:51 AM

State Dept Threatens to Hold Iran Accountable Over Protests

Who will hold the US accountable for 1953? -- RF

From Shahs To The CIA: The History Of Western Intervention In Iran - Part 1

AP Interview: Tillerson eyes fix to keep US in Iran deal

After Treatment Of Domestic Critics, Western Support For Iranian Protestors Rings Hollow

The West has shown its intolerance for free speech and evidence-based criticism in a more general sense for decades. Recently, the European Union remained idle as a member state violently crushed peaceful Catalans in their effort to vote for independence. Individuals including Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Lauri Love, and others who have proven troublesome to establishment interests have faced massive threats to their lives and livelihoods or long prison sentences and documented inhumane treatment.

Outrage in Baltimore after kids huddle in freezing classrooms

This is just the beginning. Bomb cyclones or not, failing grids and fuel shortages will eventually make "coats-and-gloves" classes the norm in winter. This will be aggravated by the sense of entitlement that people have developed. -- RF

Permanent Link posted by Rice Farmer @ 3:58 PM




‘God Help Us if This Gets Out’: The Full Transcript of Yair Netanyahu’s Wild Tel Aviv Night Haaretz. Lambert: “Holy moley.”

How The FBI and DOJ Intelligence Units Were Weaponized Around Congressional Oversight… The Last Refuge. Chuck L:

I’ve never encountered this site before but from this post it does seem a case is building that senior Obama administration people, some of whom are still in office, were illegally driving the use of intelligence community capabilities to spy on the Trump campaign and transition team. It will be interesting to hear what Admiral Rogers has to say under oath after he is safely retired into civilian life.

Amazon makes list of large companies with workers receiving food stamps Columbus Dispatch. Resilc: “Bezos looked great at the Golden Globes.”

Google accused of discriminating against white male conservatives Financial Times. Since when are “conservatives” a legally protected group? However, this case looks to be about damaging Google in discovery rather than winning.


Not exactly breaking news


A highly classified U.S. government satellite appears to have been totally lost after being taken into space by a recent launch from Elon Musk's SpaceX, according to a new report.

Dow Jones reported Monday evening that lawmakers had been briefed about the apparent destruction of the secretive payload — code-named Zuma — citing industry and government officials

The payload was suspected to have burned up in the atmosphere after failing to separate perfectly from the upper part of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the report said.

According to Dow Jones, the absence of official word on the incident means that there could have been another chain of events.

The missing satellite may have been worth billions of dollars, industry officials estimated to the wire service.



Billion-dollar spy satellite 'Zuma' lost in failed SpaceX mission [Boing Boing]



greencrow says:  Thanks for these headlines and links Ed(itor), particularly the last ones--about the latest debacle in the US Space Program.  Just one more glaring indication that the Apollo missions never happened and "man" never went to the moooooooooooon.  Else, why not just replicate those marvelous NASA rockets that lifted the Apollo spacecrafts effortlessly into outer space, into perfect orbits and then "soft landed" and took off from the lunar surface?  Or, did the plans for those rockets also get lost by the Smithsonian...along with all the original film made by the astronauts, the moon rocks...etc., etc., etc. 

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