Wednesday, January 31, 2018

17th Birthday of Palestinian Activist is being spent in Israeli cell

Today, January 31, 2018, is Ahed Tamimi's 17th Birthday.
She's spending it in an Israeli Jail.

Pro-Palestinian activists at this blogsite: have started an online petition to "Free Ahed".  So far, the petition has garnered more than 1,500,000 signatures.  If you go to the petition web page you'll see that Ahed has supporters from ALL over the world.  This is truly one of those very rare occasions were humanity is virtually unanimously outraged at the inhumane treatment that this child and her family have endured all their lives.  I encourage readers to consider signing the petition.

You can also send a personal message of support to Ahed at this e-mail address:


The State of the Uniom Address----or, to paraphrase Putin...the "Dog Barked But the Caravan Moves On"

US President Donald Trump

Thanks to Ed(itor) [formerly blogmaster of "Occurrences", "Boy Down the Lane" and "The Sullen Bell"] we have a synopsis of US President Donald Trump's first "State of the Union Address" which he delivered last night to a mixed say the least.

Ironically, just yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin put out the best quote of the day when he dismissed the most recent US sanctions leveled on the entire Russian government administration (with the strange exception of Putin himself) and some Russian businessmen with the old Turkish saying:

"Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Moves On"

In that quote...delivered in his inimitable dry fashion...Putin contextualized all the flailing about that the US "Deep State" has been going through in the past several years. Any old Hollywood star knows that the worst fate that can befall a celebrity...worse even than a sexual scandal... is to become "irrelevant". But that is what has happened to the United States. And Putin using a quote sourced from his new best ally, Turkey, sums it all up indeed.

So, without further ado, here is Ed(itor)'s analysis of the SOTU.


The State of the Uniom

How can the “universally-despised” but duly-elected POTUS succeed when he follows an hour of the best of the old Super Bowl commercials, a perfect example of the weaponization of the female hormone oxytocin, complete with cute puppies and lovable horses?

Apparently he did not succeed in setting any agenda, at least according to a crude survey of the morning news shows, since those shows covered the British royal family (youth division), the demise of video stores, role models of powerful women for pre-teens, the history of the slave ship Clotilda, a story by Ellen on the inauguration moment Tiffany gift given by Melania to the Obamas, ads for news apps for smart phones (no propaganda there!) and, de rigeur, stories about Bronk’s freedom from the concussion protocol and the state of Brady’s throwing hand.

The pre-speech spin by the CBS commentariat (you can gauge for yourself the Naked Civilization commentariat here: ) suggested the topics of infrastructure, a theme of a New American moment, and openly asked whether Trump would “go off-script” (a nervous psychological tic about the NWO media that the FISA memo would be mentioned, discussed or — pray tell— even read).

In the end, he didn’t.

He opened with something that surely resonated in my mind, given my nearly- life-long dedication to the development of civilian rapid-response paramedic systems, still not wholly realized in its potential); he recognized a number of people who’d saved, rescued or helped the victims of sudden (or perhaps pre-planned) disaster.

He said that the strength of the nation stemmed from the strengths and commitments of its people. He rattled off controversial data strings about unemployment, the stock market, and tax reform; find your own spinmeisters, fact-checkers or favorite rebuttalists.[People do vote their pocket book.]

He saluted the flag, the anthem and veterans (something this anti-war pacifist thinks is long overdue) (i do not support war, but if we are going to ask people to go in harm’s way in the realm of disabling events, vaccinations, and combat, we are morally required to provide accountable and top-flight health care, retirement, rehabilitation, etc.). He spoke of accountability and respect.

He noted themes about the FDA (bringing to mind the fast-tracking of the drug thalidomide), the high cost of pharmaceuticals) without mentioning the recent murder of two pharmaceutical oligarchs), and spoke of the nation’s lost wealth (without noting how much of that wealth had been pumped out to Israel). 

He addressed immigration by noting the ravages of the evil MS-13 gang.

He noted a push back toward clean coal (having spent 14 months in West Virginia, I appreciate the employment issues, and note that coal is in no way “clean”).

Trade, infrastructure, foreign policy. military funding (without any mention of the need for rooting out incompetence, reforming procurement programs, or insisting on accountability), and the idea that a nation built by hard workers could achieve anything were the touchstones of the rest of the speech, capped off by a stupendous moment of psychological warfare when he introduced the defector from North Korea who’d walked out on crutches.

The thundering applause sat in juxtaposition to the evening’s parade of glum-faced inert Democrats making snide asides to their colleagues.

The speech had something for everyone.



A congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis has discovered out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers over a decade to two pharmacies in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people.

Between 2006 and 2016, two drug wholesalers shipped 10.2 million hydrocodone pills and 10.6 million oxycodone pills to Tug Valley Pharmacy and Hurley Drug in the town of Williamson, in Mingo County, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

“These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of how this destruction was able to be unleashed across West Virginia,” the House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore. and ranking member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J. said in a joint statement.

The panel investigating the opioid epidemic in the U.S. sent out letters to drug wholesalers Miami-Luken and H.D. Smith, questioning why the companies did not see the increased shipments as suspicious all while the deaths from overdose skyrocketed in West Virginia. The letters also asked why the companies complied with the requests for more prescription painkillers.

[Ed,: Readers are invited to do their own research into the history of Tug Valley, the interference within it by outside interests that are inimical to its citizens and their well-being, the use of force (including military air power), the role of armed privatized police forces, and the pervasive presence of poisonous substances to land, air and people by entities with heavy political connection.]



Yesterday, the California Senate passed a bill that would ban federal immigration officers from schools and state buildings unless they have a warrant. But questions remain on how the state could enforce it should it become law.


Mexico Police Find Enough Fentanyl To Kill Millions En Route To US Border

“In total, 620 packages and containers were inside the vehicle, with 532 of crystal, 43 of fentanyl, 73 of cocaine and 8 of heroin, which yielded an approximate weight of 508.4 kilograms…"

[Ed.: The sale of fentanyl and/or its mixing with other heavy drugs must become a capital offense punishable by life in prison without parole or death where it is permitted by law.]

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tonight's State of the Union Discussion Thread

Flag of Connecticut

My blogging colleague, Ed(itor) has notified me that President Donald Trump's United States State of the Union Address will take place this evening.  Should anyone wish to follow this event, the first link has been provided by Ed(itor).  Ed(itor) has also provided some updating links on the FISA memo issue...another newz item I've not been following...due to nothing ever resulting from this ongoing series of newz bubblez.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Join Lambert and the NC Commentariat for a SOTU Live Blog/Open Thread Tomorrow Starting @ 8:45 PM

If you feel compelled to watch the SOTU, keep your sanity and partake of some lively commentary by visiting our live blog tomorrow night!






Note that Andrew McCabe at the FBI has been forced out and replaced by an ex-sniper & SWAT team member….

I think you are three hours later than me or this time frame (East Coast) so as long as it’s up before 5 PM your time, it’d still be in time.

If otyu are not aware, you should be, of the following:





If the CIA, NSA, and FBI cannot prevent Russia from interfering in our internal affairs, then why do we have them? And where was Obama when all this was going on?

Tweeted by Alice Marshall


Andrew McCabe “outed” as Assoc. Director of FBI and replaced by a SWAT team member and sniper out of San Diego….

The memo has been released… Who has it and when it will be made public is not at this time clear to me.

I will not be watching the speech because, as I've informed readers on several occasions, I have been unable to watch Trump speak live ever since he bombed Syria as part of  his "after dinner entertainment" for the visiting Chinese president last year.   After that disgusting episode...I completely wrote the man off.  The alternative to him being even worse....all I can say is thank Gawd for the sanity of Russia and Chinese leadership.

So hopefully, Ed(itor) will provide us with updates and assessments and I will post them here as they arrive.  Thanks, Ed.

Monday, January 29, 2018

CawRANT Events #60

CawRANT Events #60

Good Morning Everybody! It's a very wet day in the Pacific North West.  A heavy rain storm has been pounding metro Vancouver for about three days now.  Raining so hard I can't take my dogs for a walk....we'd all be soaked, even with a big umbrella. So it's a good morning to stay inside and blog.  I have a lot of items on my RANT list so better get started.

First, to Canadian newz.  There's no public Canadian I love to hate more than the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada's own pro-Nazi Russia hater, Chrystia Freeland.  Well, frankly, she's an embarrassment, and you really wonder what she's getting up to behind the scenes when her public statements are so antithetical to how Canadians really feel.  Freeland hosted an international meeting on North Korea here in Vancouver recently...which was made deliciously irrelevant....

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, leaders of North and South Korea,
are talking, and Trump and the US are not amused
as reported in South Korea Slips Off the US Leash the simultaneous sudden joining of North and South Korea in plans to participate as one nation at the upcoming Olympics.  As a side show at the Vancouver meeting, a panel discussion was held with panelists specifically chosen to "soften up the public" to an expanding role for Canada in the military "interdiction" of ships travelling to North Korea.  Ahhhh...."The best laid plans of mice (Freeland) and men gang aft aglee" as Robbie Burns said.  Please read Cameron Pike's report in Aletho News about how the "pre-conference" panel went...when someone from the audience (I think it was Pike himself) asked an unscripted question:

"Chrystia Freeland is more dangerous than Tony Blair"

reads the latest headline from Aletho News.

by Cameron Pike
Cameron Pike studied Communications and Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg, and has worked in a variety of corporate fields in management before becoming Director at the Society for the New Humanist Paradigm, a Not-For-Profit, in Vancouver, Canada.
"....A Director for the Society for the New Humanist Paradigm (SNHP), which represents the New Paradigm in Canada, asked the fourth question.

In that question, the Moon-Putin plan was described for the audience. This plan is the exact opposite of what the panel discussion described was being planned for the next days’ talks at the Foreign Minister’s meeting.  The Moon-Putin plan was announced last September at the Vladivostok Eastern Economic Forum.  This is a plan agreed to by Russia and South Korea.  It is a plan to bring South and North Korea together through physical infrastructure and trade mechanisms, involving the neighbouring countries of Russia and China.

Bridges of cooperation linking South Korea to Russia via North Korea: gas, railroads, ports, electricity, a northern sea route, shipbuilding, jobs, agriculture, and fisheries. Siberian oil and gas pipelines would be extended to Korea, both North and South, as well as to Japan. Both Koreas would be linked up with the vast rail networks of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, including high-speed rail, and the Eurasian Economic Union, which includes the Trans-Siberian Railway. According to Gavan McCormack, “North Korea would accept the security guarantee of the five (Japan included), refrain from any further nuclear or missile testing, shelve (‘freeze’) its existing programs and gain its longed for ‘normalization’ in the form of incorporation in regional groupings, the lifting of sanctions and normalized relations with its neighbour states, without surrender.”

The panel of speakers were also reminded that North Korea has been sanctioned since 1948 and has been suffering ever since at the behest of an illegal UN resolution, 195, and that the Belt and Road and the Moon-Putin plan were for building up their physical economy. As the SNHP director pointed out, in this context, sanctions were the exact opposite. He also pointed out that the January 16 meeting in Vancouver, along with Canada’s new Hard Power Foreign Policy initiatives (announced last year with record military spending for Canada) under Chrystia Freeland, was unprecedented in the history of Canada’s traditional peacekeeping role, and there is no confidence that Canada will play a positive role in this situation, or that Canada is a neutral Middle Power any longer given this shift.

Further, that Canadians deserve to have a national dialogue considering the consequences of such actions. He then went on to address Brian Gold directly, stating that Russia and China, considering the positive resolutions (Sunshine Policy, Olympics, etc.) made with South and North Korea over the last few weeks, were relevant and their absence from these meetings is a mistake. Finally, the SNHP representative asked, “When will Canada wake up to the fact that Freeland is a neo-con war-mongerer?” and “… if the Moon-Putin plan has already been discussed and such positive results are on the horizon, why the Foreign Ministers meeting in Vancouver was taking place at all?”

While the audience clapped, the panel was stunned...."
 Ahhhh...those dangerous, unscripted questions.  Thankfully the controlled main$tream media can quickly bury the outburst of truthiness and reality under the mountains of propaganda, disinformation and outright lies that they print 24/7.

Still, in Canadian news, last Friday there was an update on the still unsolved murders of billionaire Canadian drug company CEO, Barry Sherman and his wife Honey.  The Toronto police are saying that the deaths were targeted murders.
Barry and Honey Sherman were murdered, police say
Personally, I don't think we'll ever find out who murdered the couple.  When the family got involved with their own competing investigation, autopsy...leaking information to the press...etc., etc., then that destroyed the integrity of the investigation.  Whether that was deliberate or not, we'll also never know. The CBC had a report on a minor lawsuit that Barry Sherman had filed against a known fraudster for $150,000....pennies for these guys.  I cite that CBC report as an example of how the investigation will be so muddied that we'll never know the truth.  One more interesting clue about what may have actually went down was the connection between the Israeli owned pharmaceutical company called Teva Pharmaceuticals and an upcoming lawsuit involving the Apotex CEO, Jeremy Desai--who resigned the very day of the recent police announcement. This lawsuit involves stolen secrets and billions of dollars...far more logical as a motivation for a very brutal, professional, Mossad-style murder.

Still on Canadian headlines...I smelled another Canadian rat the other day in the following CBC headine:


Could the Patrick Brown debacle birth another Canadian political dynasty?

PC instinct to draft Caroline Mulroney follows a tradition of choosing famous names

You see folks?  This is another reason why I don't like the current epidemic of running men (and very few women) out of their jobs based on allegations of sexual harassment.  I wrote about it in my previous post called "Dorks and Duds".  In that post I said I didn't approve of the newest form of "Justice by way of Social Media" because it undermined the "Rule of Law" as has been built up over the course of centuries...the question naturally follows...who benefits from the undermining of the rule of law?  Well, it didn't take too long to find out in the case under discussion...the forced resignation of Patrick Brown, the leader of the Ontario Provincial Progressive Conservative Party.

Patrick's tears of shame and regret had barely dried on his cheeks when low and behold, the daughter of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian "On The Take" Mulroney was touted as Brown's replacement.  Read the article linked above and consider whether the two young ladies who "Outed" Patrick Brown re historic acts of "dorkishness" towards them....may have been put up to the task as a result of an insidious "backroom boyz" strategy.

You see, folks, there's a reason for heeding the principles supporting the "Rule of Law"...this social media vendetta circus that's going on makes getting rid of an inconvenient political opponent a piece of cake. 

Leaving Canada and Going over the pond to the UK find another example of the decline of Western Democratic politics...we read a report that shows how far down the West has dropped in terms of ordinary common sense.  The Brits have formed a new Ministry to tackle "Loneliness" and will appoint a Minister to report to the Parliament on this scourge.  Not housing or homelessness....both of which are also epidemic throughout the West....not rampant destruction of British culture through loosy, goosy immigration policies...loneliness.  Well I have another about a combined ministry... as shown in the video below:

Can the Ministry for Loneliness be supported by the "Ministry for Silly Walks?"

Monty Python and the Ministry for Silly Walks

And speaking of misuse of taxpayer's is another report about how much the RCMP/CSIS travesty of justice...the Nuttall Korody manufacturing terror through the mentoring of vulnerable ex addicts cost the taxpayers.  We're still waiting with baited breath to find out the result of the Federal Government's appeal of the decision...should be released any time now.  And then the Federal Government can appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada...more millions down the drain and continued harassment of the poor couple.  But, hey, destroying centuries of legal principles doesn't happen overnight!

Putin speaks about the
Destruction of America

Moving on to Russian news...I will start by re-linking [above] the excellent video of a 2016 speech given by Vladimir Putin.  This speech is a must watch and listen by everyone who wants to know what lies behind the systematic destruction of western law, politics, culture, and society.  This is a long term agenda and it also shows why the West has targeted Russia and Putin...Amongst his many other acts of charity towards the planet....Putin has outted their evil goals for humanity.

Putin recently visited his Brother's Grave
in St. Petersburg

Few of todays so-called "leaders" really know the horrors of war.  Putin is one exception.  His older brother was only two years old when he starved to death in the WWII Siege of Leningrad (as St. Petersburg was then called).  This was one of the longest and most bitter sieges in military history and the mass grave where Putin's brother is buried is the largest mass grave in history.

Russians (and awake people throughout the world) are very grateful that Putin's parents survived the war and went on to produce one of the greatest peacemakers and leaders the world has ever known.  As I have said before on this blog...I expect to be remembered, if I am remembered at all, as one who lived "in the time of Putin". 

That is why news that Putin's enemies are constantly seeking to assassinate him is so disturbing...the world clings to peace by the fingers of one man.  Here is one of the plots to kill Putin...there was a story recently about the possibility of a "Nano weapon" being considered to poison Putin during one of the interminable and highly dangerous meetings he is always holding with his "partners" as he insists on calling his enemies.  Why, just today, he's meeting that slime bucket, Israeli President Netanyahu.  This man is one of the most dangerous entities on the planet. Wasn't there a recent report on the Internet that Israel is responsible for over 2700 international assassinations during its 70 years of existance?

When they're not planning assassinations, sanctions and 24/7 anti-Russian "foaming at the mouth" propaganda...the evil perps are plotting against the Russian Athletes.  I remember back when there was a big scandal surrounding doping by the German athletes.  There was a lot more evidence produced back then...but still Germany was not punished and humiliated the way Russia is being.  Please read the following reports and I will continue comments thereafter:

"....Russia’s neutral athletes will wear uniforms without any national insignia while fans will not be able to wave Russian flags...."

Russian paralympians robbed of identity and national pride

January 28 , 2017 - Fort Russ News -

Russian Paralympians
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has allowed disabled athletes from Russia to participate in the Winter Paralympic Games. At the same time, officials of the Ministry of Sport and the Paralympic Committee of Russia will not be allowed to attend.

A reminder that at the Paralympic Winter Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, the Russian paralympians did not participate at all because of the sanctions from the IPC.

In South Korea, Russian paralympians will be able to compete under the IPC flag, if they win a medal - the official IPC anthem will be played. They are forbidden from sporting a Russian uniform and there will be no indication that they represent Russia. Russian flags and national symbols will be banned in the immediate vicinity of the Paralympic Games.

It's so obvious!  The perps are terrified of the growing soft power of Russia due to its popular leader and policies.  Rather than match the positive initiatives, peacemaking, economic and otherwise, that Putin and Russia are making all over the world...the puerile perps attempt to silence, isolate and ignore...all strategies of bullies, cowards and losers.

I, for one, will NOT be watching the South Korean Olympics...other than to see North and South Korea in their events as a unified nation.  If I can't listen to the glorious Russian Federation National Anthem...then I won't watch any of it!

Russian National Anthem

But, I will end this CawRANT event on a positive note.  This positive development was provided recently by that diamond in a mountain of manure...Jewish dissident and activist, Norman Finkelstein.  One of my greatest heroes, Finkelstein has published a meticulously researched report on Israel's criminal acts in Gaza.  This is particularly well timed in view of the recent incarceration of the 17 year old Palestinian child, Ahed Tamimi.  There is nothing so devastating to the Ziofascists than a Finkelstein report on their murderous and/or larcenous activities.  In spite of constant persecution and harassment of the university professor...they have never proved a single statement of his to be in error.

I will be following the news about Ahed Tamimi in the coming weeks and months.  As I've said in a previous post...I do think the Palestinians have finally found themselves their very own Nelson Mandela.

Well, time to get out in the monsoon rains that I can hear beating torrentially on my roof...Until my next CawRANT...Bye for now!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Park Bench Café #12 - TW3 Edition

The Park Bench Café #12
TW3 Edition

I must confess that I had to ask Ed(itor) what "TW3" meant.  Felt foolish when he advised it was the name of a popular TV news show on the BBC back in the day.  As so often happens, there was also an American version of the TV show. Then I remembered that there was also a Canadian version of the show on the CBC...but it was called "This Hour Has Seven Days". Here's a recording of the theme to TW3.

"That Was the Week That Was" Theme

Don't know why, but thinking about "TW3" and "This Hour Has Seven Days" took me back, in my mind's a simpler time in life....walking home from high school down the main street of my home town....Sudbury, Ontario.  The main street was called Elgin Street...or was it called Durham Street?  I can't remember now.  Both streets are named after illustrious former Governors General...the Queen's representative in Canada.  Funny, all my life, the British Monarch has been "The Queen"...but that's another tangent.  Back to walking home from high school in Sudbury, Ontario.  We didn't have back packs back in those days.  We had to carry a heavy armload of homework books in our arms, clasped to our chest.  It was tiring.  All the more justification to break the journey up for a rest at the local Chinese Restaurant.  This diner might even still be there.  It was called "The Radio Lunch"...and it had real juke boxes at each table, where you could put in a dime, and a rock and roll song would play.

There were certain booths more popular than others...due to proximity to the survey the scene both inside and outside, to see who was there and who was on their way.  The popular booths had a drawback...the seats in them were well worn and caved in.  The most popular booth in the restaurant had a seat where the sitter was sitting about 6 inches lower down than their companions.  We always ordered the same thing...a coke and French fries with gravy.  Now, French Fries with gravy is called "poutine" and includes cheese curds.  The Radio Lunch was the centre of our teenaged social life...because this is where the sexes met.  You see, I attended an all girl's school and my teen aged male counterparts attended an all male high school.  

Today, I arrive early and get a good seat...but not too good where it's all caved in.  I put my favourite hits on the juke box...Johnny Rivers, Simon and Garfunckle, Brenda Lee, Skeeter Davis, Roy Orbison,The Everly Brothers, The Rightous Brothers.  Waiting for my friends to arrive...I notice something unusual on the table...a neatly folded newspaper.

The first story on today's Park Bench Café is about a real hellhole...Gaza.  Sometimes, although not often, even I think that all the so-called "anti-Semitic" fervor in the alternative media has gone over the top.  Surely the Israelis would not be as bad as the Palestinians say they are.  But then I read something like the report copied in its entirety below, by CJ Werleman in Aletho News ....and it seems like the Palestinians are understating, if possible, the horrific conditions they've been oppressed and subjected to into in their own ancestral homeland. The relentless insidiousness of their treatment by the occupying Ziofascist Israelis is beyond comprehension.  This report also brings to mind the young female Palestinian Resistor Ahed Timimi, who is currently being held in an Israeli cell for the crime of resisting the occupation.  I plan to follow her situation closely in the coming weeks and months.

"Some describe Gaza as either the world’s largest “concentration camp” or “open air prison”, while others liken it to the modern-day equivalent of the Warsaw ghetto.
Whatever appropriate analogy you apply to the enclave, that traps two million Palestinians on a slender piece of coastal land along the Egyptian-Israeli border, it’s impossible to overstate the level of human misery and suffering that is taking place there today.
A catastrophic situation
When I spoke with Dr Basem Naim, the former Palestinian minister for health and resident of Gaza, I referred him to a UN report that forewarned that Israel’s medieval-like blockade promises to make the territory “uninhabitable” by 2020.
“What do they [UN] mean? It’s uninhabitable here now,” Naim told me. “The situation today is catastrophic.”
Dr Naim explained how Israel’s intentional cutting of Gaza’s power supply, meant to exert pressure on Hamas but, instead, punishing ordinary Palestinians, is having dire affects on the health sector in Gaza.
“The typical Palestinian gets only three to five hours of electricity each day,” he said. “You can’t pump water to apartments that are above ground level. You can’t pump sewage, which is why more than 95 percent of Gaza’s drinking water is undrinkable.”
He explained that hospitals, which depend on 24-hour electricity, are unable to perform life-saving surgeries, and that some, including Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, have ceased doing operations altogether.
This is happening while newborn babies and the elderly freeze to death in the winter, and die from heat exhaustion in the summer. This is happening because Israel is allowing only 120 watts of power to be provided to Gaza, knowing that 400 watts are needed to meet the basic minimum survival needs of two million Palestinian people.
“The scarcity of energy and the severe shortage of fuel in Gaza have damaged all aspects of life in the Strip,” said the International Committee of the Red Cross in a statement issued last year.
Closed borders
But the biggest problem facing the imprisoned citizens of Gaza is the “closed borders”, according to Dr Naim. He explained:
“For example, the last time Rafah border crossing was opened, which was one week ago, came after more than 100 days of closure, and out of the 35,000 people waiting to leave Gaza through Rafah, only 2,000 were able to leave, and the others must wait again for another 100 days. When I talk about 35,000 people, I’m talking about urgent humanitarian cases; patients, and people who need to meet their families for urgent situations. It’s nearly impossible for Palestinians in Gaza to get urgent medical care in Israel, Egypt, or Jordan.
“If a Palestinian wants to leave Gaza for urgent medical care or treatment, he or she must wait 70 days to get [an] Israeli reply saying he or she is allowed or not. And after 70 days, and even if the request is approved, he or she must come to Erez crossing for an interrogation, and he or she might be arrested. I know many cases where the families of patients were blackmailed by Israeli security forces, like Shin Bet, under these very circumstances.”
It’s worth noting that it’s not only from Gaza that Palestinians are denied freedom of movement. Earlier this month, Omar Barghouti, who lives in Israel and is one of the founders of the boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli occupation, was denied the right to visit his cancer-stricken mother in Jordan.
Israel’s refusal to allow a prominent Palestinian figure, who has a demonstrable lifetime track record of non-violent activism, undercuts Israeli claims that travel bans have little to do with security and everything to do with meting out collective and inhumane punishment to the Palestinian people, writ large.
A new report published by the human rights group Gisha – Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement shows that 2017 was the worst year for the movement of Palestinians in and out of Gaza since Israel’s attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014, reducing the number of exit permits by 51 percent from 2016 to 2017.
The report shows that Israel allowed fewer than 6,000 monthly exits in 2017 compared with the more than 14,000 allowed the previous year.
The authors of the report also identified a list of policies that were carried out by Israeli authorities to prevent or restrict freedom of Palestinian movement through the Erez crossing.
These new restrictive measures were “introduced with little or no justification provided as to their purpose and, it appears, no consideration of the impact they would have on the lives of Gaza’s residents”.
Targeting the health sector
These measures include “significant extension of the processing times of permit applications, leaving thousands of permit applications pending with no response; a new directive prohibiting Palestinians from exiting Gaza with electronic devices, toiletries and food; freezing travel to the American Consulate; mandatory shuttle services to Allenby Bridge Crossing; “security blocks” blocking travel for medical patients, traders, and humanitarian workers; increase in the frequency and severity of “security interviews” at Erez; trader permits cancelled as new approvals declined; travel for Friday prayers in Jerusalem remaining blocked, and; recipients of permits for travel abroad increasingly made to sign a commitment not to return for a year.”
It’s not only inexcusable for Israel to impose any kind of restriction of movement, but to deliberately target Gaza’s health sector by cutting power to the Strip, and then to deny those in need of humanitarian care from obtaining it – constitutes a crime against humanity by any definition.
“The magnitude, the deliberateness, the violations of international humanitarian law, the impact on the health, lives, and survival, and the overall conditions warrant the characterisation of a crime against humanity,” says Richard Falk, a former UN special rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“This is an increasingly precarious condition. A recent study reports that 46 percent of all Palestinian children in Gaza suffer from acute anaemia. There are reports that the sonic booms associated with Israeli overflights have caused widespread deafness, especially among children. Children need thousands of hearing aids.
“Malnutrition is extremely high in a number of different dimensions and affects 75 percent of Palestinians in Gaza. There are widespread mental disorders, especially among young people … Over 50 percent of Palestinian children in Gaza under the age of 12 have been found to have no will to live,” wrote Falk in 2008.
When I referred to Falk’s findings from a decade ago, Dr Naim said things have become “much worse”, pointing to the fact that much of Gaza’s critical infrastructure was destroyed during Israel’s 2014 assault, noting that 20,000 tons of explosive ordinance was dropped on the Strip by Israeli jets and artillery, and that unemployment and poverty have skyrocketed since.
Breaking the Palestinians’ will
Israel’s restriction on Palestinian movement is also preventing Gaza from building a functioning civil society as human rights workers, social workers, health workers, educators, engineers, etc are denied opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills in other countries.
It also runs afoul of Israel’s “obligations to respect the human rights of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, including their right to freedom of movement, which includes, with some limitations, a right to enter and leave one’s country and to choose one’s place of residence within it,” according to Human Rights Watch.
In fact, Palestinians in Gaza may visit their families in the occupied West Bank only if he or she can prove their relative is “dead, dying, or getting married“, which constitutes another violation of not only international law but also the Oslo Accords that stipulate the Palestinian territories – East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank – constitute one unified territorial entity. Israel has made movement between the territories all but impossible for Palestinians.
Given that nearly a third of Palestinians in Gaza have relatives in either the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, or Israel, one can see how needlessly cruel Israel’s brutal policies of occupation truly are.
Of course, Israel tries to justify its near total freeze of Palestinian movement in and out of Gaza with concerns for its security, but this has always been a rhetorical fig leaf for Israel’s sustained effort to break the will of the Palestinian people.
Israel’s intent has always been to strangle Palestinian political, social, and civil life in the hope that those it occupies will come to the realisation that resistance is futile.
– CJ Werleman is the author of Crucifying America (2013), Koran Curious (2011), and he is the host of Foreign Object. Follow him on twitter: @cjwerleman 

Greencrow comments:  Why is humanity allowing Israel to treat the Palestinians worse than dogs are treated in North America?  What evil thrall is humanity under...that we don't rise up and institute a world wide boycott of Israel... that would make the boycott of apartheid South Africa pale by comparison?  The "West" is too busy imposing warrantless sanctions on care about the Palestinians...which all leads to this week's

newz stories submitted by Ed(itor), formerly the blogmaster of "Occurrences", "Boy Down the Lane and "The Sullen Bell"....enjoy

Park Bench TW3 edition

"There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy. Up until recently it has been habitual to refer to such activity as the Deep State, which is perhaps equivalent to the Establishment in that it includes financial services, the media, major foundations and constituencies, as well as lobbying groups, but we are now witnessing an evolutionary process in which the national security regime is exercising power independently.

It would be nice to see some push-back, but tragically mistaken post-9/11 increases to the power of the IC mean that everybody is too terrified of the power they wield, putting them beyond any possible Constitutional control, meaning that the United States is literally beyond hope. A dying dictatorship ruled by psychopaths, fortunately, for the rest of the world, incompetent psychopaths

via Xymphora’s Blogspot

Recently my grandson reported his recent educational adventure — he’s a first grader in Brookline, MA where the principal just came out as a trans-gender — that MLK Jr. was killed by a white man.

Marcia Ann Bosley, the former head housekeeper at the Governor’s Mansion in Arkansas when the ex-POTUS and his wife where in residence there, has been found… in a shallow grave.

“… [W]e regard it as the single best video [8 minutes] on why Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin (and Xi Jinping) must come together to deal with the moral subversion of the Satanic cabal seeking to destroy the USA, the Constitution, Christianity, and family values.

Putin's 2016 Speech
The Plot to Destroy America

Hawaii Gov. David Ige slow to correct false missile alert because he couldn't log onto Twitter

“… This week, Republicans were newly infuriated by the revelation that the FBI “failed to preserve” texts between Strzok and Page that were sent between December Dec. 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017 — the day Mueller was tapped to lead the special counsel investigation into Russia's election meddling.

The FBI insists that there was nothing nefarious about the lost messages — that the data was not retained because of “misconfiguration issues” related to software upgrades on the bureau’s phone devices. Reports emerged Wednesday that a large number of FBI employees lost messages around the same time due to a glitch…..”

When Rosemary Woods configured things at the White House

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Wednesday that the classified report compiled by the House Intelligence Committee, which reportedly details abuses by federal law enforcement and surveillance agencies, is “sloppy” and “baseless.” He also has not read the memo.

“I have not seen the memo,” Warner said, according to CNN. “But I think it is sloppy, careless, and again, I think has no grounding in fact.”

The senior senator form Virginia did not explain how he could know intricate details about a document he has not even read.

“… If Clinton had been charged, Obama’s culpable involvement would have been patent. In any prosecution of Clinton, the Clinton–Obama emails would have been in the spotlight. For the prosecution, they would be more proof of willful (or, if you prefer, grossly negligent) mishandling of intelligence. More significantly, for Clinton’s defense, they would show that Obama was complicit in Clinton’s conduct yet faced no criminal charges. That is why such an indictment of Hillary Clinton was never going to happen. The latest jaw-dropping disclosures of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, illustrate this point.

… All cleaned up: no indictment, meaning no prosecution, meaning no disclosure of Clinton–Obama emails. It all worked like a charm . . . except the part where Mrs. Clinton wins the presidency and the problem is never spoken of again.”

The sad truth of the FBI scandal: Both political parties are to blame | TheHill: Real authority now rests with the leaders of a largely unaccountable national security bureaucracy.

Posted by Michele Kearney at 2:49 PM

“… The nation’s political class has allowed James Madison’s institutions to wither, and real authority now rests with the leaders of a largely unaccountable national security bureaucracy….”

It’s been suggested that Donald Trump read the FISA memo during the State of the Union speech; Jimmy Kimmel will interview the porn actress….


In PESHAWAR, Pakistan a missile from a suspected U.S. drone killed an Afghan militant commander as he was taking a shower early Wednesday, according to Pakistani police and Taliban sources.

Biggest Washington DC Lobbyist Is Now Google

January 25th, 2018

Via: Register:

For the first time, an internet company has become the largest lobbyist in Washington DC.

With the release of fourth quarter lobbying figures – a legal requirement – it has been revealed that Google (well, Alphabet) spent no less than $18m in 2017 to lobby lawmakers in the US capital: a 17 per cent increase on the previous year.

Although a number of industry associations – such as the US Chamber of Commerce – spent more, Google is the largest corporate entity on the list, reflecting both its enormous influence, it’s bottomless pockets, and the tech industry’s efforts to push back on a growing consensus that the internet is in need of greater regulation.

It’s not just Google either: Amazon splurged $12.8m – a 17 per cent year-on-year increase; Facebook blew $11.5m – a 32 per cent increase; and Apple spent $7.1m – a 51 per cent increase on the previous year.

This huge lobbying spend does not represent the full picture when it comes to influencing Washington DC, either.

The lobbying releases only cover the costs of a company’s own employees: they don’t include the money that all these companies spent on third-party lobbying groups, who typically boast former high-level government officials and promise access and persuasion for very large sums. Nor does it cover donations made to campaign committees.

Posted in Dictatorship, Economy, Elite, Outsourced, Perception Management, Technology

“… let’s stop all this nonsense about Jewish control over the media and praise those individual Jews who, by dint of hard work and talent, have earned their place, as individuals, in so many areas of American life. I always thought that was the American dream.”

“… Consider Israel, a nation which until recently had few natural resources or inherent wealth. Yet it has risen to the top of the high-tech world through its inventions and innovations. No country in history has contributed more to the world in proportion to its population and its time as a nation than the State of the Jewish People. Should Jews be blamed for Israel’s success?….”

Poisoned toothpaste that takes a month to end its target’s life. Armed drones. Exploding cell phones. Spare tires with remote-control bombs. Assassinating enemy scientists and discovering the secret lovers of Islamic holy men. A new book chronicles these techniques and asserts that Israel has carried out at least 2,700 assassination operations in its 70 years of existence. While many failed, they add up to far more than any other Western country, the book says.

Ronen Bergman, the intelligence correspondent for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, persuaded many agents of Mossad, Shin Bet and the military to tell their stories, some using their real names. The result is the first comprehensive look at Israel’s use of state-sponsored killings.

Read more:

Kissinger warns senators of 'systemic failure of world order' - News - Stripes: Three former high-ranking State Department officials warned a Senate panel on Thursday that the United States is facing potential, catastrophic confrontations as global order erodes.

Posted by Michele Kearney at 2:47 PM

“… Kissinger, 94, [the Buddhist/Freemason] who testified alongside former Secretary of State George Shultz, 97, and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, 72, [the Pi(o)us Catholic known as Tran Phu who outed Valerie Plane] all warned the United States is already behind in developing future weapons, such as artificial intelligence, among other concerns….”

Marx holocaust

Monkeys Cloned in World First

January 25th, 2018

Via: Independent:

Two monkeys are the first ever primates to be cloned using the technique that created Dolly the sheep.

The technique brings the prospect of cloned human beings even more closer. But scientists caution that there may be no good reason to create such clones, and that ethical and legal questions need to be answered about such research.

More immediately, the technique will allow researchers to create whole labs full of genetically identical monkeys. That could prove tremendously useful in scientific and medical research – allowing doctors to watch how specific treatments affect the genetic makeup of animals that are otherwise exactly the same, for instance.
Posted in Genetic Engineering, Health