|'We have no experience in stopping a nuclear war.' - Sidney Drell (no replies)|| '..My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The âTitanic Effectâ is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'|
'The harsh rhetoric on both sides increases the danger of miscalculations and mistakes, as do other factors. Close encounters between the military aircraft of the United States and Russia have become routine, creating the potential for an unintended conflict. Many of the nuclear-weapon systems on both sides are aging and obsolete. The personnel who operate those systems often suffer from poor morale and poor training. None of their senior officers has firsthand experience making decisions during an actual nuclear crisis. And todayâs command-and-control systems must contend with threats that barely existed during the Cold War: malware, spyware, worms, bugs, viruses, corrupted firmware, logic bombs, Trojan horses, and all the other modern tools of cyber warfare. The greatest danger is posed not by any technological innovation but by a dilemma that has haunted nuclear strategy since the first detonation of an atomic bomb: How do you prevent a nuclear attack while preserving the ability to launch one?
|Burn After Reading|
In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors
The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
By WAYNE MADSEN
Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].
From the Introduction
One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate â all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agencyâs payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.
An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIAâs use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:
âI think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence AgencyâCIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.
"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.â
The 21st centuryâs CIAâs partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIAâs top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.
As this book went to press, the smart phone game application PokÃ©mon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line gameâs avid fanâs was the connection of the gameâs developers to the CIAâs venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.
Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazonâs CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.
American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.
American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the instituteâs director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.
AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the âfirst inâ at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.
Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym âFletcher M. Knight,â among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a âsecret armâ of the CIA, Bechtelâs executives included those who would join President Reaganâs Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.
Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.
Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in Kingâs Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.
Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.
Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.
DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.
Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran âWild Billâ Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.
Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIAâs MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.
Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enronâs payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIAâs Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.
Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.
In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.
General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIAâs Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.
Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford Universityâs Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the âgoogle project.â
Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC âconnectedâ law firm.
Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banisterâs own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.
Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIAâs New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIAâs Independence and Brown Foundations.
Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the worldâs largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.
Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.
Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Husseinâs missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.
Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowltonâs numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.
Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.
Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.
Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.
Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Krollâs Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John OâNeill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.
Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.
Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.
Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Blackâs Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsantoâs agri-business operations worldwide.
National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloidâs founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIAâs psychological warfare unit and the agencyâs Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.
Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweekâs stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.
Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.
Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called âDC Madam.â During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfreyâs request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.
Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazineâs co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.
Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.
Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.
Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that âthe Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.â
Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUEâs board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.
Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Haroldâs Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIAâs Glomar Explorer project.
Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdingsâs intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.
Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his fatherâs presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.
Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.
The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughesâs Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.
United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIAâs training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.
U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.
Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIAâs coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhutâs outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.
Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.
Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agencyâs media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nationâs capital.
W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.
|An Important Day|
All of the missile-rattling has led to some significant moves in the "markets" we watch most closely. So, suddenly, today has become an important day. Can these moves extend beyond the levels seen last week or will they fade?
|North Korea's missile threat to Guam crafted for 'maximum drama,' says former CIA analyst||There doesn't appear to be any military mobilization in North Korea, hinting at preparations for war, experts say.|
|North Korea isnât bluffing, the nuclear threat to the US is real||Kim Jong-unâs unusual celebrations following a missile test this year herald the nationâs confidence in its ability to threaten US cities, says Jeffrey Lewis|
|Nordkorea planerar avfyra missiler mot USA-bas i Guam||NORDKOREA Nordkorea har offentliggjort en plan fÃ¶r att avfyra missiler mot Ã¶n Guam, ett amerikanskt territorium i Stilla havet, rapporterar AP. Enligt den detaljerade planen ska fyra missiler av typen Hwasong-12 avfyras frÃ¥n Nordkorea, passera Ã¶ver provinserna Shimane, Hiroshima och Kochi i Japan och dÃ¤refter fortsÃ¤tta ut Ã¶ver Stilla havet innan de slÃ¥r ned mellan […]|
|Hunted and Hunter, Part IX|| âWeâve been spotted!â Branniganâs voice said over the comms. The Cutlass turned hard, pressing me against the restraints of my seat.
âCallâs gone out, two hours âtil full militia arrives.â I reached over and started the two hour timer on my mobiGlas. That was our window for getting in and out.
âLooks like the decoys did their job, the pilot said. "Only two Gladii and a Cutlass in our way. Light defense, but weâre still in for a ride." One of the mercs pulled himself into the turret chair, hitting the button that raised it up to the controls.
âHere we go!â shouted the merc sitting next to me as the ship banked again. Everyone wore almost identical airtight combat suits, but the personalized markings on the side of his helmet told me it was Vin, one of the younger mercs. The turret opened fire above, and staccato reverberations echoed through the hull as the twin guns belched fire. I caught a glimpse out the small porthole of the Banu vessel, trailing behind out of harm's way but still close enough to fire off its large guns. The Cutlassâ shields shimmered as a few rounds impacted, but nothing got through.
The turret swiveled around to track one of the passing ships. âScrapped one Gladius,â the merc manning it shouted with a whoop.
âMissiles!â shouted the pilot. âHold on!â
A few dull thuds sounded as flares launched, then the ship spun around with a wrenching twist. I was sure we were about to get torn to pieces by a swarm of hunting missiles any second, and suddenly felt like the ship was a metal coffin. But the seconds passed, the ship completed its maneuver, and no missiles hit.
âEvaded,â the pilot said, then accelerated the ship back around into the action. âEnemy Cutlass down.â
âYehaaa!â shouted Vin. Another barrage of bullets slammed the shields, then the shield died, and a trio of small holes suddenly appeared in the hull as rounds punched through the armor. There was a rushing of air that dropped to silence except for the reverberations through the hull.
âWeâve been hit,â the pilot said over the comms. A weight slumped against my shoulder, I turned and saw Vin, still strapped into his seat, but with a large hole torn through his combat armor. Blood poured out like a fountain, spreading over the suit and chair and deck. Across from us Ajax pulled himself out of his restraints, despite the silent protests of those around him. He crossed over and knelt beside Vin, pulling bandages from his pack as he did so. But he didnât apply them, it was already too late.
After a silent fury, he clicked his comm on. âMan down.â
A moment later the Cutlass banked again, sending Ajax sprawling across the floor. The other mercs grabbed him and kept him from tumbling more. A few seconds later the report came across that the final enemy had been destroyed. But it was a sullen celebration as the ships turned and headed for the planet, the limp body of Vin still slumped in the chair. I glanced at my mobiGlas. 1:57 left. The whole battle had lasted less than three minutes.Â
The air streamed back into the cabin as the Cutlass descended into the planet's atmosphere. After a few minutes the ship leveled off, wind whipping past the hull breaches. The ship settled down, hovering a short ways above the ground as the rear door lowered.
"Everyone, go!" came the command. I unstrapped myself from the chair and hoisted my rifle, then followed the other mercs out of the ship.
"We'll get her patched up and ready for pickup," the pilot said as the ramp closed up and the ship rose away. "Good hunting."
We were standing in a clearing amongst a sparse, wooded area on a slight rise. Several hundred meters down the slope, partially obscured by the thin trees, sat a small mining town. Dawn was still an hour or so away, and two small moons glistened in the sky. It would have seemed peaceful, but for the gunfire that broke out almost as soon as we started down the slope.
Energy bolts zipped through the trees, snapping branches and kicking up dirt. We quickly ducked behind the cover of trees, but the shots were so wild it almost wasn't necessary.
"Charlie team on the ground," Ajax said over the comms. "On the ground and under fire. Looks like they've decided to put up a fight."
"Understood," Brannigan's voice responded. "Alpha team touching down now, half a click north of the target. Pup, see what you can do about softening them up for us."
I peered around the tree trunk at the town through the scope on my Behring CSS, a much lighter gun than the LR-620 and better for mobility. The village looked like a formula built frontier mining town. Squat, rugged buildings not so much built as placed, standard constructions produced in bulk and shipped out from factory worlds to be assembled where needed. The population couldn't have been more than a few hundred. The only unique building was the loading complex on the near side of town, a small pad and storage building topped with an AA turret.
Several dozen of the inhabitants were rushing through the streets, armed with shotguns and a few rifles. One of the defenders stood in the shadow of a building, firing a MaxOx at the treeline. At this distance he'd have to get very lucky to hit anything with that. My bullet hit him in the thigh, and he fell. He'd survive, but was out of the fight.
"Charlie team, move forward. Pup, stay here and keep us covered." The five mercenaries moved down the slope, keeping in the cover of the trees. I swept over the town with my scope. At first glance each building was the same as the next, but as I searched the outlines for armed defenders I noticed the small decorations and unique bits that made them homes. Their homes. And they were fighting to defend them.
Even the coldness of the chems running through me couldn't bring me to shoot them, but I could still keep them from shooting back. Another man appeared around a building and raised a rifle. I shot the dirt in front of him, and he jumped back. A head appeared over another building, but it disappeared again as soon as my shot pinged off the roof beside him.
Ajax and his five mercenaries safely reached the edge of the trees. "Charlie in place."
"Beta in place," another merc chimed in.
"Delta ready," a third said.
"Remember," Brannigan said, "keep casualties to a minimum. Take them alive. Now take down that gun."
An Ursa rover broke over the ridge to the north of town, turret firing at the buildings. The defenders ran, retreating back towards the center of town. Charlie team moved out of the treeline under cover of the barrage and quickly set up an ARM missile launcher.
"Ready to fire," Ajax said a moment later. "Light up the target."
I flipped on a laser on the side of my rifle and pointed it at the AA turret. "Target lit."
A plume of smoke shot up from the ARM, a missile rising into the air and arcing down to the turret. A shield around the turret flared and died as the missile hit, then the turret itself erupted in flame as a second missile struck.
"Target down," Ajax confirmed. "Air's clear."
A figure appeared around the side of a building, a rifle pointed at the launcher. He was young, a teenage kid firing wildly. I buried a bullet into the ground at his feet, kicking up dirt around him, but he kept firing. Another shot whizzed by his head, but he didn't care. The other mercs were firing back, he was going to get himself killed. There was nothing else to do. My third bullet ripped through his knee. He fell back and out of sight.
"Porter's hit," Ajax said. "It's bad. Moving back to the trees to stabilize him."
"Draconis, rain fire on them." Brannigan's voice was cold, anger seething just beneath the surface. The Redeemer rose over the hill, turret lighting up first one house, then the next on the edge of town. It hovered over the town, the small arms fire doing nothing to its shields, firing back with devastating results at any that tried.
It was over quickly. Under such a barrage the defenders had no choice but surrender. Smoke rose from the ruined shells of buildings as the townsfolk put down their guns and the mercenaries moved in. 1:26. |
|Commander Mode Brings DICE's Biggest Shooter To Tablets|
You may not need swift first-person shooter skills to excel at Battlefield 4, but only if you have a sharp mind.
Though it was rumored in April, DICE officially revealed Commander Mode for Battlefield 4 at E3. Beloved by players from Battlefield 2, the strategic leadership role was missing from Battlefield 3. Whether the match is happening on consoles or PCs, the leader's overhead map can be accessed from tablet devices.
Commander Mode grants one player an overhead view of the battle and access to various support abilities. In the trailer below, Lars Gustavsson, creative director at DICE, describes the three responsibilities a commanding player will have to take on.
The commander will engage in a data war with the opposing team's leader by calling in UAVs and denying enemy intelligence gathering attempts. To fuel the war machine, commanders can also drop supplies and vehicles directly into a war zone. Lastly, the leader can go on the offensive with missile strikes and other aerial bombardments.
Though this role is undoubtedly powerful, a good commander can't win a game alone. Gustavsson said the range of abilities available to a leader is directly tied to the team's overall performance.
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|Everything We Know About Battlefield 4 Multiplayer|
At the EA booth I jumped into a 64-player conquest battle in the Siege at Shanghai map. After playing through a couple rounds and speaking with executive producer Patrick Bach, here is what I learned.
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Battlefield 4 is coming to PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 29. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release dates have yet to be announced.
|La Corea del Sud dimostra le sue capacitÃ di attacco preventivo||LA Corea del Sud ha diffuso un video relativo alle capacitÃ di attacco di un suo nuovo missile balistico ad alta precisione, simile all’apparenza al vettore ATACMS americano. Il missile colpisce con estrema precisione il bersaglio assegnato (un bunker), penetra la corazzatura ed esplode all’interno dell’obiettivo, distruggendo con la sua onda d’urto l’intera struttura fino […]|
|Un vero ICBM per la Corea del Nord||La Corea del Nord ha testato, con successo (anche se forse non con pieno successo e vedremo il perchÃ©) il suo vero primo missile balistico intercontinentale. Il vettore Ã¨ stato lanciato da una piccola piattaforma in cemento ed acciaio dove il veicolo di trasporto e lancio (TEL) ha depositato il missile a tre stadi. Riteniamo […]|
|Congress presses Obama to sell F-16 jets to Taiwan||WASHINGTON â US lawmakers across party lines stepped up pressure Thursday on President Barack Obama to sell F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan, with some accusing the administration of showing deference to China. “With over 1,600 missiles pointed directly across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan needs the me...|
|Candide missiles over a Jerry in new âleft out shotsâ video|
It’s probably safe to say that no one is more casual than Candide Thovex when it comes to social media. He usually writes a maximum of three words to accompany mind-blowing footage; this time, we’re working with “left out shots” to sum up a new video, which kicks off with him absolutely soaring over a […]
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|Cars 3 Craft: Miss Fritter Inspired License Plate Bracelet|
My boys have grown up loving the Lightning McQueen, and all the Cars characters that create the movies. Mater, Sally, Doc, Luigi, Guido, Miles Axlerod, Professor Z, Finn McMissile, Holly Shiftwell, and so many more! To celebrate the new Cars 3, I created this fun Cars 3 craft – a License Plate Bracelet inspired by […]
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|In new threat, Trump demands NKorea 'get their act together'|
North Korea details plan to fire missile salvo toward Guam
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Hi jump kick
El cÃ³digo elegido incorporarÃ¡ el objeto en el primer lugar de la lista de la secciÃ³n objetos de la mochila. Los sharks funcionan para las versiones en inglÃ©s y en espaÃ±ol.
HM06 Rock smash
Rm. 1 key
Rm. 2 key
Rm. 4 key
Rm. 6 key
TM01 Focus punch
TM02 Dragon claw
TM03 Water pulse
TM04 Calm mind
TM08 Bulk up
TM09 Bullet seed
TM10 Hidden power
TM11 Sunny day
TM13 Ice beam
TM15 Hyper beam
TM16 Light screen
TM18 Rain dance
TM19 Giga drain
TM22 Solar beam
TM23 Iron tail
TM30 Shadow ball
TM31 Brick break
TM32 Double team
TM34 Shock wave
TM36 Sludge bomb
TM38 Fire blast
TM39 Rock tomb
TM40 Aerial ace
TM43 Secret power
TM47 Steel wing
TM48 Skill swap
el codigo del pokemon es siempre arriba del nombre del pokemon
|Spoilertastic Criticisms of Metroid: Other M||Metroid: Other M was a good game, not by metroid standards at all (i think metroid prime is the best game of all time though, so its tough to live up to it) but the action parts and bosses were usually top-notch (the controls were ugly, but they worked since they built the game around them). This post isn't about what I liked about the game, it's just a general criticism of a lot of decisions they made gameplay-wise. I'm not gonna cover the stuff everybody says, just the things I noticed that didn't seem to get much mention in other criticisms of the game. Spoilers do follow, so be warned.|
Team Ninja's "explanation" for why you can't use your powerups is shoddy at best. Some sort of explanation like, "super missiles could damage the hull of the ship" or "wave beam might have unforseen consequences in a contained environment, so we won't let you use them unless you absolutely need to for success" could have gone a long way. Not, "Oh you can't use your varia suit right now, even though you're burning to death". You know, give some context as to WHY adam makes these decisions for samus. After all, there's a strong theme that samus trusts adam since he makes good decisions (and it's his only role in the game really, as commander), so explain then, why it's a good decision to not allow use of grapple beam. In most cases, this doesn't effect gameplay all that much (replace "plot event" with "collect item") but it definitely defeats the impact of collecting a powerup.
For example, when you get the grapple beam. Anthony is in trouble and you need the grapple beam to get to him. Adam won't give it to you until you lock on to the grapple target. But, hey, why the FUCK would I look at the grapple target if I don't have the grapple beam? I lost about 5 times there before going, maybe I can just use the grapple beam out of desperation.
Then, adam goes missing, and samus is like "fuck that I'm using space jump" ("any objections adam?" = best line in game), then adam dies, and samus is like "well I guess I can use my powerups now, but I'm gonna wait till I need to" and over the course of like 10 minutes you get all your powerups. The last hour of the game you get so many powerups in a row it's just like..... come on man, make me work for them a little bit. It also doesn't tell you you can use power bombs when you get sucked into the last boss's stomach, I actually tried using a power bomb and it places a regular bomb so I figured I don't have them yet. As it turns out, I didn't charge for long enough (some feedback would have been nice for that). So I had to use an item I didn't know I had for the final boss. The one spot it doesn't give you a tutorial for how to use an item.
Also, team ninja was too lazy to make a new model of samus for the different suits, so they just put glow around her when the "feature" is active. WTF? That is just laziness.
The game feels unfinished. Only 3 sectors? Fusion, the game it borrows from, had 6, and they were interconnected. The sectors feel small for how few they are. I was really looking forward to sector 0, then adam is like "No i have to blow it up, sorry". This SHOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF THE GAME. Adam's "heroic sacrifice" doesn't seem that heroic when you don't know the dangers of the place he blew up. Also, they blow up the entire ship at the end, so really, what was the point? Adam doesn't seem to make very smart decisions, which is funny since his JOB is to make decisions. Also the end had rapid-fire powerup getting. I really think they originally intended to have sector 0 in the game, and more of the other 3 sectors, but time restrictions had them finish early. So they cut sector 0, and give you all your powerups at like the same time, and don't even bother modeling the gravity suit or the varia suit.
The Nightmare boss fight was totally awesome though, the fusion version was my favorite boss fight ever in the entire series (cause of its backstory and the melty creepy face). I was like, gravity suit here I come. Then you don't get it right then. And you get it a while later. The awesome part of metroid is how, when you beat boss that does gravity like that, your reward is the gravity suit. You know what's coming since each boss relates to the powerup it grants as a reward. Not in this game, the bosses are just there. No "Cool I get a powerup after this boss". Just, "oh hey another boss".
My end percentage was 34%, but since missiles are absolutely pointless, I really felt no desire to go back and search for the rest of the powerups.
Also, they never explain "The Deleter" (samus's nicknames for things really suck). He comes in as a plot device, then they ignore him completely in the end.
|The Fog Fall||The Fog Fall is a psychological thriller set in an alternatehistory around the Cuban Missile Crisis Descend into your basement bomb shelter after a mysterious nighttime fog to see what has changedand what hasnt|
|CORÃE DU NORD: Le dictateur nord-corÃ©en Kim Jong-un a encore procÃ©dÃ© Ã un nouveau tir de missile balistique.||none|
|What Is Behind The War Of Words Between Donald Trump And Kim Jong Un||North Korea has accelerated the timeline for its missile development with two ICBM tests in July.|
|The Beckoning of Nuclear War|
SUBHEAD: A glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to our "national security" managers.
By John Pilger on 4 August 2017 for JohnPilger.com -
[IB Publisher's note: As much as Trump may not wish a nuclear exchange with Russia, he seems quite amenable to turning North Korea into an ashtray. World War III may begin in Guam and relay to Hawaii on its way to the US mainland. Here in Hawaii it may mean Duck and Cover!]
Image above: Detail of original paperback cover of Nevil Shute's 1957 novel "On the Beach". From (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/267542034087528868).
In Nevil Shute's book "On the Beach" the US submarine captain says;
"We've all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you're never ready, because you don't know when it's coming. Well, now we do know and there's nothing to be done about it."
He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest.
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper
These two lines from T.S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men appear at the beginning of Nevil Shute's novel On the Beach, which left me close to tears. The endorsements on the cover said the same.
Published in 1957 at the height of the Cold War when too many writers were silent or cowed, it is a masterpiece. At first the language suggests a genteel relic; yet nothing I have read on nuclear war is as unyielding in its warning. No book is more urgent.
Some readers will remember the black and white Hollywood film starring Gregory Peck as the US Navy commander who takes his submarine to Australia to await the silent, formless spectre descending on the last of the living world.
I read On the Beach for the first time the other day, finishing it as the US Congress passed a law to wage economic war on Russia, the world's second most lethal nuclear power. There was no justification for this insane vote, except the promise of plunder.
The "sanctions" are aimed at Europe, too, mainly Germany, which depends on Russian natural gas and on European companies that do legitimate business with Russia. In what passed for debate on Capitol Hill, the more garrulous senators left no doubt that the embargo was designed to force Europe to import expensive American gas.
Their main aim seems to be war - real war. No provocation as extreme can suggest anything else. They seem to crave it, even though Americans have little idea what war is. The Civil War of 1861-5 was the last on their mainland. War is what the United States does to others.
The only nation to have used nuclear weapons against human beings, they have since destroyed scores of governments, many of them democracies, and laid to waste whole societies - the million deaths in Iraq were a fraction of the carnage in Indo-China, which President Reagan called "a noble cause" and President Obama revised as the tragedy of an "exceptional people"He was not referring to the Vietnamese.
Filming last year at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, I overheard a National Parks Service guide lecturing a school party of young teenagers. "Listen up," he said. "We lost 58,000 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died defending your freedom."
At a stroke, the truth was inverted. No freedom was defended. Freedom was destroyed. A peasant country was invaded and millions of its people were killed, maimed, dispossessed, poisoned; 60,000 of the invaders took their own lives. Listen up, indeed.
A lobotomy is performed on each generation. Facts are removed. History is excised and replaced by what Time magazine calls "an eternal present".
Harold Pinter described this as "manipulation of power worldwide, while masquerading as a force for universal good, a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis [which meant] that it never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest."
Those who call themselves liberals or tendentiously "the left" are eager participants in this manipulation, and its brainwashing, which today revert to one name: Trump.
Trump is mad, a fascist, a dupe of Russia. He is also a gift for "liberal brains pickled in the formaldehyde of identity politics", wrote Luciana Bohne memorably. The obsession with Trump the man - not Trump as a symptom and caricature of an enduring system - beckons great danger for all of us.
While they pursue their fossilised anti-Russia agendas, narcissistic media such as the Washington Post, the BBC and the Guardian suppress the essence of the most important political story of our time as they warmonger on a scale I cannot remember in my lifetime.
On 3 August, in contrast to the acreage the Guardian has given to drivel that the Russians conspired with Trump (reminiscent of the far-right smearing of John Kennedy as a "Soviet agent"), the paper buried, on page 16, news that the President of the United States was forced to sign a Congressional bill declaring economic war on Russia. Unlike every other Trump signing, this was conducted in virtual secrecy and attached with a caveat from Trump himself that it was "clearly unconstitutional".
A coup against the man in the White House is under way. This is not because he is an odious human being, but because he has consistently made clear he does not want war with Russia.
This glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to the "national security" managers who guard a system based on war, surveillance, armaments, threats and extreme capitalism. Martin Luther King called them "the greatest purveyors of violence in the world today".
They have encircled Russia and China with missiles and a nuclear arsenal. They have used neo-Nazis to instal an unstable, aggressive regime on Russia's "borderland" - the way through which Hitler invaded, causing the deaths of 27 million people. Their goal is to dismember the modern Russian Federation.
In response, "partnership" is a word used incessantly by Vladimir Putin - anything, it seems, that might halt an evangelical drive to war in the United States. Incredulity in Russia may have now turned to fear and perhaps a certain resolution. The Russians almost certainly have war-gamed nuclear counter strikes. Air-raid drills are not uncommon. Their history tells them to get ready.
The threat is simultaneous. Russia is first, China is next. The US has just completed a huge military exercise with Australia known as Talisman Sabre. They rehearsed a blockade of the Malacca Straits and the South China Sea, through which pass China's economic lifelines.
The admiral commanding the US Pacific fleet said that, "if required", he would nuke China. That he would say such a thing publicly in the current perfidious atmosphere begins to make fact of Nevil Shute's fiction.
None of this is considered news. No connection is made as the bloodfest of Passchendaele a century ago is remembered. Honest reporting is no longer welcome in much of the media. Windbags, known as pundits, dominate: editors are infotainment or party line managers. Where there was once sub-editing, there is the liberation of axe-grinding clichÃ©s. Those journalists who do not comply are defenestrated.
The urgency has plenty of precedents. In my film, The Coming War on China, John Bordne, a member of a US Air Force missile combat crew based in Okinawa, Japan, describes how in 1962 - during the Cuban missile crisis - he and his colleagues were "told to launch all the missiles" from their silos.
Nuclear armed, the missiles were aimed at both China and Russia. A junior officer questioned this, and the order was eventually rescinded - but only after they were issued with service revolvers and ordered to shoot at others in a missile crew if they did not "stand down".
At the height of the Cold War, the anti-communist hysteria in the United States was such that US officials who were on official business in China were accused of treason and sacked. In 1957 - the year Shute wrote On the Beach - no official in the State Department could speak the language of the world's most populous nation. Mandarin speakers were purged under strictures now echoed in the Congressional bill that has just passed, aimed at Russia.
The bill was bipartisan. There is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. The terms "left" and "right" are meaningless. Most of America's modern wars were started not by conservatives, but by liberal Democrats.
When Obama left office, he presided over a record seven wars, including America's longest war and an unprecedented campaign of extrajudicial killings - murder - by drones.
In his last year, according to a Council on Foreign Relations study, Obama, the "reluctant liberal warrior", dropped 26,171 bombs - three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Having pledged to help "rid the world" of nuclear weapons, the Nobel Peace Laureate built more nuclear warheads than any president since the Cold War.
Trump is a wimp by comparison. It was Obama - with his secretary of state Hillary Clinton at his side - who destroyed Libya as a modern state and launched the human stampede to Europe. At home, immigration groups knew him as the "deporter-in-chief".
One of Obama's last acts as president was to sign a bill that handed a record $618billion to the Pentagon, reflecting the soaring ascendancy of fascist militarism in the governance of the United States. Trump has endorsed this.
Buried in the detail was the establishment of a "Center for Information Analysis and Response". This is a ministry of truth. It is tasked with providing an "official narrative of facts" that will prepare us for the real possibility of nuclear war - if we allow it.
Video above: "On the Beach" the complete 1959 movie from Nevil Shute's novel. From (https://youtu.be/Ue8hC5qqMt4).
|Standing Rock lawsuit update|
SUBHEAD: Army Corps of Engineers sent back to analyze the environmental justice of the Dakota Access pipeline.
By Yessenia Funes on 3 August 2017 for Yes Magazine -
Image above: More than 380 tribes around the world came forward to stand with the water protectors. Photo by Vlad Tchompalov.From original article.
On July 27, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers for authorizing the construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline. Just over a year later, the project has been completed and carries crude oil from North Dakotaâs Bakken oil fields to an export terminal in Illinois. The case is still pending, and continues to be the tribeâs last hope to protect its water and land.
The lawsuit alleged that authorization of the pipeline violated the Clean Water Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to adequately conduct an efficient environmental assessment and skipping an environmental impact statement (EIS) altogether.
âIf history is to repeat itself, it doesnât look good for us,â says Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II. âBut that doesnât mean we donât have hope.â
The lawsuit has now been joined by the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Yankton and Oglala Sioux tribes, but at its heart, the case remains the same since its initial filing, said lead attorney Jan Hasselman, who represents the Standing Rock Sioux on behalf of nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice.
Heâs been arguing that the $3.8 billion energy project ignores treaty rights and needs further environmental review. The goal is that U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg will rule in favor of an EIS and pause pipeline operations indefinitely, and, ultimately, stop them completely.
In December, pipeline opponents almost secured the EIS under former President Barack Obama when the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would prepare the statement and not permit the pipeline to cross beneath the Lake Oahe crossing on the Missouri River, an area of cultural, religious, and spiritual significance to the tribe.
It was a near victory. With the EIS secured, the court shelved the lawsuit, but there was more bubbling beneath the surface. Dakota Access launched a counter lawsuit once the Obama administration requested the EIS, and Donald Trumpâs presidential inauguration loomed on the horizon. The lawyers, the tribe, and even the court knew the situation could change drastically.
âThe court was pretty explicit that this could be undone,â Hasselman said. And it was.
Trump rescinded the EIS and issued the final easement across Lake Oahe in February. Immediately, the attorneys amended their initial complaint to include the final easement. Things moved along quickly from there, Hasselman explained. For the first time, the tribe had something concrete to contest, not something they were asking the courts to prevent.
âWe were finally able to put those environmental review issues and treaty issues up front and center,â Hasselman said. Until then, the case was essentially in âpause mode.â
Then in June, Judge Boasberg found that the Corps had not sufficiently considered the pipelineâs environmental effects or environmental justice impacts when issuing its permit, and remanded the case back to the EIS process to reconsider its analysis. This is the first time Earthjustice is aware of such an environmental justice ruling.
Boasbergâs recent decision offers DAPLâs opponents hope, but a favorable outcome is anything but assured. A pipeline has never before been stopped with a lawsuit, Hasselman said. âThe legal and regulatory infrastructure is badly broken.
You just donât have the big overarching federal permits for a crude oil pipeline that you have in a lot of other contexts.â Unlike natural gas pipelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulates a pipelineâs terms and conditions of transport, but not its actual construction and operation.
Earthjustice didnât take up the case because it believed the court held the answer but, rather, because it recognized the political power such a case could build. To that end, it has surpassed expectations.
âWhat I had in mind was substantially more modest than what happened,â Hasselman said. He had hoped that 50 people would show up to court and theyâd end up on the evening news. He wasnât expecting the iconic fight for indigenous sovereignty that Standing Rock has become.
The Dakota Access pipeline is now a matter of global interest. More than 380 tribes around the worldâfrom New Zealandâs MÄori to the Ecuadorian Amazonâs Kichwaâcame forward to stand with the water protectors. âThatâs a very significant time in history: when the tribes come together collectively and unite and say, Enough is enough,â Archambault said.
The tribeâs effort became a movement with the support of spirit and prayer camps outside the reservationâincluding the Sacred Stone and Oceti Sakowin campsâand a 1,500-mile run to Washington, D.C., in which about 30 Native American youth delivered a petition with more than 140,000 signatures to the Army Corps headquarters demanding it halt the pipelineâs construction.
Although this attention hasnât influenced the lawsuit, Hasselman said, it legitimized the movement. Once the world set its eyes on Standing Rock, it could no longer ignore that the historic violent treatment of indigenous people isnât a thing of the pastâit continues today.
Now? Hasselman thinks they have a shot. âWe have an uphill struggle in persuading the court to shut down the pipeline while the remand process is underway, and we have an uphill struggle persuading the Army Corps to do a legitimate and appropriate analysis on remand, but weâre all working 24/7 to make that happen,â he said.
Judge Boasberg is set to decide in September whether to pause pipeline operations while the Corps continues its review, and court proceedings are ongoing as both parties make their arguments. Until then, the tribe will see its challengers in court.
Ea O Ka Aina: DAPL battle not over 6/15/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Defense contractors fought NoDAPL 5/27/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Tribes divest DAPL Bankers 2/13/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Veterans defending NoDAPL 2/11/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Army Corps okays DAPL Easement 2/8/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Trump orders go on DAPL EIS 2/3/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Water Protectors pipeline resistance 2/1/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Force a full EIS on DAPL 1/27/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Missile launcher at Standing Rock 1/19/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Lockdown at Trans-Pecos Pipeline 1/10/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Rock has changed us 12/9/16
Ea O Ka Aina: As Standing Rock celebrates... 12/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Army Corps denies easement 12/4/16
Ea O Ka Aina: My Whole Heart is With You 12/2/16
Ea O Ka Aina: The Loving Containment of Courage 12/1/16
Ea O Ka Aina: The Beginning is Near 12/1/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Feds to shutdown NoDAPL Camp 11/25/16
Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL people are going to die 11/23/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Hundreds of vets to join NoDAPL 11/22/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Obama must support Standing Rock 11/21/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Trump's pro oil stance vs NoDaPL 11/15/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Kauai NoDAPL Demonstration 11/12/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Obama to Betray Standing Rock 11/12/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Trump impact on Standing Rock 11/12/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Ann Wright on Standing Rock 11/8/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Turning Point at Standing Rock 11/6/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Jackson Browne vs DAPL owner 11/5/16
Democracy Now: Boycott of DAPL Owner's Music Festival
Ea O Ka Aina: World responds to NoDAPL protests 11/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL victory that was missed 11/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: DAPL hid discovery of Sioux artifacts 11/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Dakota Access Pipeline will leak 11/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Route of the Dakota Access Pipeline 11/4/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Sanders calls for stopping DAPL 11/4/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Obama hints at DAPL rerouting 11/3/16
Ea O Ka Aina: New military attack on NODAPL 11/3/16
Ea O Ka Aina: How to Support NoDAPL 11/3/16
Unicorn Riot: Tweets from NoDAPL 11/2/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Rock & the Ballot Box 10/31/16
Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL reclaim new frontline 10/24/16
Ea O Ka Aina: How far will North Dakota go? 10/23/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Amy Goodman "riot" charge dropped 10/17/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Amy Goodwin to face "Riot Charge" 10/16/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Shutdown of all tar sand pipelines 10/11/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Why Standing Rock is test for Oabama 10/8/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Why we are Singing for Water 10/8/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Labor's Dakota Access Pipeline Crisis 10/3/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Firm for Standing Rock 10/3/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Contact bankers behind DAPL 9/29/16
Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL demo at Enbridge Inc 9/29/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Militarized Police raid NoDAPL 9/28/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Stop funding of Dakota Access Pipeline 9/27/16
Ea O Ka Aina: UN experts to US, "Stop DAPL Now!" 9/27/16
Ea O Ka Aina: No DAPL solidarity grows 9/21/16
Ea O Ka Aina: This is how we should be living 9/16/16
Ea O Ka Aina: 'Natural Capital' replacing 'Nature' 9/14/16
Ea O Ka Aina: The Big Difference at Standing Rock 9/13/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Jill Stein joins Standing Rock Sioux 9/10/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Pipeline temporarily halted 9/6/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Native Americans attacked with dogs 9/5/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Mni Wiconi! Water is Life! 9/3/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Sioux can stop the Pipeline 8/28/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Officials cut water to Sioux 8/23/16
|South Korea's stubborn peace effort|
SUBHEAD: Peace movement refusing to give up is taking the long view of its campaign.
By Jon Letman on 4 August 2017 for Truth Out -
Image above: Jeong Young-hee is a Korean tangerine farmer in Gangjeong village on Jeju island. Like many residents, she strongly opposes the newly built South Korean naval base just two miles from her farm. Photo by Jon Letman. From original article.
In August, 1945, as Japan smoldered in the ruins of war, the question of what would become of the Korean peninsula after 35 years of Japanese occupation and a Soviet army advancing southward spurred the hasty selection of an artificial division along the 38th parallel drawn by two American officials as a border between US and Soviet "zones of occupation."
That line, never intended to be permanent, hardened like stubborn mud before the newly liberated Korea ever had the chance to form an independent, unified and democratic nation. Today 38Â°N still marks a potentially catastrophic flashpoint between North and South Korea.
The DMZ -- demilitarized zone -- despite its name, is one of the most militarized places on the planet. This hyper-militarization, in fact, extends south across the peninsula and today, 64 years after an armistice halted (but never formally ended) the Korean war, South Korea remains peppered with scores of US military installations -- at least 80 by the Pentagon's own count.
US bases, and the 28,500 US troops and joint military exercises they support, are not only opposed by North Korea; many South Koreans see them as a problematic construct that perpetuates the likelihood of war.
Despite frequent media coverage of North Korea's highly choreographed military parades, increasing missile launches, and Kim Jong-un's threats to turn Seoul into a "sea of fire," far less attention is paid to South Korea's tireless, well-organized peace movement opposed to militarism on both sides of the DMZ.
South Korean civil groups and NGOs like People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions are skilled at forming coalitions with peace activists and religious groups opposed to a military buildup, which they see as increasing tensions with the North and militarization across Northeast Asia.
Your Old Farm Is Our New Base
Image above: Candle light protests have been held outside the Seongju County office nightly since the deployment of the THAAD antimissile defense system was announced in July 2016. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
With the bulk of US bases concentrated in and around Seoul and within range of North Korean artillery, the US is in the middle of a major realignment of its forces as it consolidates bases, moving tens of thousands of troops, their families and civilian contractors to US Army Garrison Humphreys in the city of Pyeongtaek, 40 miles south of Seoul.
In 2002, when the US announced its plan to triple Humphreys in size, Pyeongtaek residents living around the base organized fierce protests that raged for five years.
Thousands of police were deployed, citizens were arrested and villages were demolished. In the end, however, the base's walls were pushed outward, and Camp Humphreys grew from just over 1,000 acres to more than 3,400 acres, making it the US's largest overseas military base in the world.
Now in the final years of construction, US Army Garrison Humphreys is equipped to serve as the new headquarters for the Eighth US Army and US Forces Korea command center.
Image above: A representative of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions holds an anti-THAAD banner at a demonstration in Soseong-ri, Seongju County, South Korea. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
The Humphreys expansion is slated for completion by 2020 and will eventually be home to up to 46,000 military and civilian personnel living and working behind razor wire-topped walls and gates.
The $10.7 billion expansion, the US's largest-ever peacetime military construction project, is being paid for overwhelmingly (around 90 percent) by the South Korean government. In 2016, Gen. Vincent Brooks (now head of US Forces Korea) publicly stated that it's cheaper to station US troops in South Korea than in the United States.
The Humphreys expansion does have supporters in the community, and many businesses have come to depend on the US military's presence.
Pyeongtaek's city government, unable to refuse the influx of thousands of US forces, has done its best to promote Humphreys' expansion as an opportunity to court non-military business and infrastructure investment and push for internationalization through increased cultural exchanges with military personnel and their families.
Still, many residents view the base as an unwelcome intrusion on Korean sovereignty and a source of crime, pollution and noise from military aircraft like F-16s, A-10 Thunderbolts, Chinook and Apache helicopters.
Image above: Demonstrators march toward the former golf course in Seongju County where the controversial THAAD antimissile defense system is being deployed by the US. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
Since 2002, Kang Song-won of the Pyeongtaek Peace Center has been working closely with residents from communities affected by Humphreys, particularly those who were forcibly relocated from the villages of Daechu-ri and Dodu-ri. Kang works with volunteers to monitor military incidents and accidents around the base.
Beyond the noise and inherent danger, he told Truthout the most harmful impact of Humphreys' expansion has been the deep divisions sown in the community between base supporters and opponents.
Giving up, however, is not an option. "Even though we lost the fight against the US military, I think it is still necessary to keep fighting ... against the problems of the US military base," Kang said.
Island of Peace, Tides of War
Image above: US Army Garrison Humphreys is a helicopter base in what will soon be the the United States' largest overseas military base. Just beyond the fence are small farming villages. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
An hour's flight south of Seoul is sub-tropical Jeju island. Home to nine UNESCO Global Geoparks and a World Heritage site, the volcanic island is renowned for its natural beauty and biodiversity both on land and sea. Jeju has also been heavily developed for tourism. On the south coast, in Gangjeong village, is the site of a new Korean naval base.
Muddying its primary purpose, the base is sometimes called the Jeju Multipurpose Port Complex and is touted as having a (future) dual civilian-military function, but for now it's strictly a Korean naval base and headquarters for the South Korean Navy's Mobile Task Force Flotilla-7, which includes Aegis warfare destroyers, KDX III helicopter destroyers and a submarine force command.
Like the expansion of Camp Humphreys, the 2007 announcement of the Jeju naval base sparked widespread outcry from residents opposed to the militarization of what was dubbed "Island of Peace" in recognition of Jeju's horrific April 3 massacre (1947-54).
In that massacre, as many as 30,000 island residents were killed by Korean forces over a seven-year period beginning in 1947 during the US military administration that occupied the southern part of the Korean peninsula immediately after the August 1945 defeat of Japan.
As in Pyeongtaek, Jeju base protesters clashed with the police for years. Base opponents, including the former mayor, were arrested and heavily fined but in the end, the base was built.
Image above: Many of the residents protesting against the deployment of the THAAD antimissile defense system are elderly farmers who don't want their remote mountain village to be militarized. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
Tangerine farmers Jeong Young-hee and her husband Kang Sung-won have been growing Jeju's famous citrus varieties for 30 years in greenhouses less than two miles from the base. Young-hee and Sung-won are concerned about the environmental impact of the base, especially the effects on the sea -- including soft corals, sea urchins, abalone and other marine life -- and the destruction of what was a sacred lava rock coastal field called Gureombi.
Construction on the base is not yet complete. Young-hee and Sung-won worry that as it grows, if a future exclusion zone (a zone that would restrict new construction) is declared, it would surround their farm, almost certainly driving down land values.
Peeling one of her sweet hallabong oranges, Young-hee explains how the base has caused a rift between friends and family members. The base has also divided many citrus farmers and Jeju's famous Haenyeo free divers. "Our relationship was destroyed," says Young-hee, who joined her male counterparts in shaving her head as a gesture of protest against the base.
Image above: Retired Catholic priest Father Mun Jeong-hyeon holds a daily mass along along a roadside site that doubles as a protest against the Jeju naval base in Gangjeong village, Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
In the early days of the struggle, when base opponents pointed fingers at the US accusing it of pressuring South Korea (also known as the Republic of Korea), South Korean officials denied that the base would permanently host US warships.
This year, in March and June, US warships made their first visits to the Jeju base with short, inconspicuous port calls similar to what was recommended in a 2013 US Army War College strategy research project. Last January, US Pacific Command's Adm. Harry Harris suggested the possibility of deploying the US's newest, most lethal stealth destroyer, the USS Zumwalt to Jeju waters.
The Jeju navy base became operational in February 2016. Resistance continues daily, with activists gathering each morning in front of the entry gate to perform one hundred bows as a nonviolent, meditative protest.
Nearby, in a roadside tent chapel, retired Catholic priest Father Mun Jeong-hyeon leads a daily mass, before joining protesters who gather with flags and banners playing raucous music outside the base.
The mood of the protesters is defiant and the message is serious: they want a shift away from militarization of the Korean peninsula and northeast Asia.
This week (July 30-August 5), for the eighth year since 2008, apeace march is underway, in which activists are walking from the Jeju naval base around the island to raise awareness of the continuing struggle and to call for peace.
In Defense of Who?
Image above: Guards look out from behind a razor wire fence surrounded the new South Korean naval base on Jeju island, South Korea. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
South Korea's latest struggle against militarization began in July 2016 in rural, traditionally conservative Seongju County 135 miles south of Seoul.
Residents of Seongju and neighboring Gimcheon were caught off guard when the central government, under deposed President Park Geun-hye, offered Seongju to the US as a location for the US antimissile defense Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
For more than a year since that announcement, daily protests have been taking place in Seongju and elsewhere around the country. In June, an anti-THAAD protest of several thousand people briefly and peacefully surrounded the US embassy in Seoul.
THAAD manufacturer Lockheed Martin says the system is intended to defend "US troops, allied forces, population centers and critical infrastructure against short and medium range ballistic missiles."
Seongju residents and Koreans across the country, however, recite a litany of reasons they are opposed to THAAD, from environmental and health concerns to the lack of a democratic process to ever-increasing deployment of foreign weapons, as well as economic repercussions and tension with its neighbors China and Russia.
Image above: Korean Army personnel stand guard at the Demilitarized Zone/Joint Security Area outside the Military Armistice Commission buildings along the tense border. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
Two weeks before South Korea's snap election on May 9 this year, the US, citing North Korean threats, hurriedly began the deployment of THAAD in what had been a golf course outside a small village called Soseong-ri.
When South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in learned that his own Ministry of Defense had failed to notify him of the presence of an additional four THAAD launchers, Moon called for a temporary suspension of THAAD to conduct an environmental assessment.
That suspension, however, is being reevaluated now as South Korea considers deploying additional launchers in response to a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test last week.
Like other aspects of the military alliance between the US and South Korea, THAAD is supported by some South Koreans and reviled by others. And like the communities in Gangjeong village on Jeju and Pyeongtaek near Seoul, the people of Seongju and Gimcheon are divided.
Speaking at a candlelight vigil outside the Seongju County government office on May 30, three local women were eager to share their thoughts with Americans.
On this 310th day of consecutive protests, the women told Truthout they wanted their lives back the way they were before THAAD.
They said their community was being torn apart -- even relations between parents and children were being strained by strong disagreements over THAAD.
Some of their neighbors have given up opposition to THAAD, either accepting it as unavoidable or simply focusing on other matters.
These women, however, refuse to give up and say they feel a responsibility to attend nightly demonstrations against THAAD. They also admit feeling a growing resentment toward what they see as an unequal alliance.
"We are starting to have anti-American sentiments even though we don't hate Americans," a woman who identified herself as Mrs. Kim said.
"To be honest, I want the US military to go home," said a second woman, who also goes by the name Mrs. Kim, adding the English phrase, "Yankee, go home."
The Truth Is Very Powerful
Image above: Demonstrators perform 100 bows for peace six days a week as a protest against the South Korean Jeju naval base in Gangjeong village, Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
Even as new bases are built, old bases expanded and more weapons imported, what fuels South Korean peace movements in the face of overwhelming power?
In Seoul, Jungmin Choi who works with Durebang (My Sister's Place), an NGO that provides counseling to foreign women working in bars and clubs near US bases, says those women are living witnesses to the impact of military bases.
Choi calls the impacts of the bases "indescribably huge" and both tangible and intangible, but insists, "we believe this fight cannot be defeated â¦ we will fight in a creative way with a long-term view."
On the other side of the country, Jeju base opponent Choi Sung-hee says that even though the Jeju base is operational and US warships have started visiting, the protests must continue.
Not only does the military know it is being watched, but protests build solidarity with other anti-base movements across South Korea and internationally, in places like Okinawa, Guam, the Philippines and Hawaii, particularly among women.
Image above: A protester is blocked by a security guard as he sits in silent protest outside the entry to the South Korean naval base on Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
"That's the role of people ... we should constantly demand: we do not need arms, we do not need THAAD, we do not need more military bases," Choi says. "If the people's movement is strong, I think it can also influence the decisions of the South Korean president."
Nearby, in the St. Francis Peace Center, Father Mun carves messages of peace into wooden boards after each morning's protest. Nearly 80 years old, Father Mun has been a peace activist for decades in Pyeongtaek, on Jeju and elsewhere acting, in his words, as "a witness for truth."
When asked why he continues to resist in the face of overwhelming power, Father Mun declared, "The truth cannot be thrown away. The truth will stand up some day. The truth is very powerful. So, I believe the truth is going to win all enemies."
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|10 Questions on the Conflict in Syria||A potential military strike by Western powers on Syria now appears to be a fait accompli and is being touted as long overdue. Given the spiralling humanitarian disaster that has overtaken the country during the last two years of conflict, continued inaction appears to be an untenable reality. The death toll is now well over 100,000 (although the proportion of civilians to combatants is unclear). There are 2 million refugees, half of whom are children, and over 4 million more internally displaced persons (IDPs), amounting to a quarter of the country's overall population. Yet, it was the apparent chemical weapons attack in the suburbs around Damascus known as Ghouta last week that has served as the impetus for international military intervention into the conflict. Amidst the rhetoric and war rehearsals, clarity on what is really happening seems to be cast aside in the media, in favor of faux-spontaneous leaks, retired generals, and trumpeters of past wars. Here are ten questions to try to set the record straight.|
1. Were chemical weapons used in Syria?
When the initial attack unfolded last Wednesday, August 21 in the suburbs in Damascus known as Ghouta (near the town/suburb of Jobar), news quickly spread to local, regional and international media. Claims were made of hundreds of deaths, with some activists claiming the death toll was 1,300. Moreover, the Government of Syria immediately denied responsibility and has continued to do so. However, the attack did unfold amidst a series of army strikes on Jobar, which is a rebel-held area, and has been for quite some time. The Government conversely claimed to find chemical weapons supplies in tunnels in the same area, and it is alleged that some Hezbollah fighters were also exposed to chemical toxins.
A week on, it appears incontrovertible that chemical weapons were used, not just from YouTube videos but also from visits by independent journalists, and of course by a report by MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res that has documented at least 355 deaths from local hospitals. It is likely that the chemical agent used was a neurotoxin or nerve gas, most likely sarin gas. What is still not clear, is how they were delivered (i.e. in what form and carried on what type of weapon) and from where.
It should also be kept in mind that this was not the first attack that has been alleged. There have been numerous claims by rebels, and counter-claims by the government on the use of chemical weapons in the conflict. Here's a map of those events. In fact, this is precisely why the team of UN inspectors had arrived in the country, the day before this latest incident (and massacre) took place. In fact, what is interesting is that their investigation of other sites has now been put on the back-burner due to the latest developments.
2. Do we know who actually used the chemical weapons?
The United States, United Kingdom, and France have all stated they are certain that the Government of Syria has undertaken the attack last week. On the U.S. side, at the forefront of the rhetoric has been Vice President Biden - who has said there is 'no doubt' - and Secretary of State John Kerry, who made an evocative plea for action several days ago. Of course, the next speech is the most important, and it would be one made by President Barack Obama. In light of this certainty, it would be difficult to question the attribution of blame. A leak from the US government also claims to have intercepted a murky call between commanders in the Syrian army that supposedly is evidence of culpability on the Syrian side.
There is tremendous reason to doubt U.S. claims. Firstly, it should not be forgotten that then Secretary of State Colin Powell presented ironclad evidence to the United Nations Security Council of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) that Saddam Hussein possessed, a finding that was later proven to be utterly false, but which was the basis of a war that continues until today. Secondly, the U.S. claimed that there was incontrovertible proof that the Government of Syria was responsible for earlier chemical attacks this year, but that finding has been contested, and some experts apportioned blame to the rebels fighting the government. And finally, in this case, no evidence has been presented, as of yet to make such a determination, at least not conclusively.
Does that mean the Assad and his regime are not responsible? No. It is very likely given the ongoing military operations in the same area that the Syrian government launched such an attack. Yet, more evidence needs to be presented to make a definitive conclusion. The other scenarios that could be possible are:
- Extremists groups like Jubhat al-Nusra, who have previously seized advanced weaponry and possibly chemical weapons from Syrian army bases and positions, were attempting to use them on Syrian soldiers (or conversely to cast blame on the Syrian army);
- The Government of Syria inadvertently hit a stockpile of sarin gas releasing the toxins (although unclear if this would lead to the effects that we've seen); or
- Rogue elements within the chain of command used chemical weapons intentionally or inadvertently.
Russia, Iran and China have of course cast doubt on western claims but that is to be expected.
3. What would be the basis or justification for US intervention?
The U.S. intervention would likely be on the basis of Obama's previously stated red line on Syria, which would be the mass use/movement of chemical weapons. It is not in fact about humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect framework, developed in the 1990s to prevent genocide and mass civilian deaths. If it was, then the humanitarian case for intervention has been present for some time, and other massacres by the Syrian regime, such as in Houla in 2012, would have provided sufficient pretext. Obviously, the U.S. and other Western powers, and regional countries, have their own interests at play that are much more geopolitical in nature, but the justification or casus belli being offered is around the issue of chemical weapons, and chemical weapons alone.
4. Will anybody else be involved in the military strikes besides the US and will this affect whether they are 'legal'?
Given Russian and Chinese opposition, and a likely veto of any resolution by the United Nations Security Council supporting such a military strike on Syria - especially in light of the intervention in Libya, which Russia regretted supporting - a 'coalition of the willing' will need to be developed. This coalition would be broader than the Iraq War in 2003, and would be similar to the coalition carrying out the strikes against Serb positions vis-a-vis Kosovo in 1999. While the U.S., U.K. and France will likely lead an effort, Turkey would also be critical as a staging ground (as it borders Syria from the North), and thus there will be an attempt to launch such an attack under the auspices of NATO. Despite its reluctance, Jordan, given its reliance on the U.S. and Saudi Arabia politically and economically, will have no choice but to support . The two other neighbours of Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are squarely against any military strike. And of course, the other neighbor - Israel - would sit this one out but would provide intelligence to the U.S. and other parties on Syrian positions, given that it has already undertaken a number of air strikes on Syria in the past two years.
Further afield, it is likely the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) will support military intervention, with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates possibly sending fighter jets to participate in a strike to give it regional cover and credibility. Finally, while many groups within the Arab and Muslim world, and the 'left' of the West, will oppose military intervention, many others will support it, because of the spiralling humanitarian situation in Syria.
Technically speaking if the military intervention is not sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council, and there is no imminent threat that the U.S. and other parties can point to towards its own territory or its assets, it would be illegal under international law. However, that has not stopped NATO or other countries (i.e. Russia in Georgia) form undertaking military action in the past. And before the Iraq War, some scholars claimed that while such an attack would be illegal it would be legitimate, and demonstrated retroactively to be legal. Given the state of world affairs, 'legality' is likely not a determining factor for a strike on Syria.
5. Are we seeing a repeat of Iraq in 2003?
No. The situation today with Syria is different than it was in 2003 in Iraq, for many reasons, despite some passing similarities. In Iraq, the U.S. claimed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction while in Syria, we already know Bashar al-Assad possesses chemical weapons, and the question is whether he used them (small aside, it was released this week that thirty years ago, the U.S. obstructed a UN investigation when it knew Saddam Hussein had used chemical weapons). In Iraq, the U.S. alleged that Saddam Hussein had links with Al Qaeda (and related groups), while in Syria, Bashar al Assad is widely acknowledged to be fighting Al Qaeda (and related groups) in addition to the 'Free Syrian Army' (and in addition to crushing peaceful demonstrators). In Iraq, there was no active state of conflict that was leading to a spiralling humanitarian catastrophe (and the potential use of WMDs), while in Syria there is not just a violent conflict, but also WMDs have been used by somebody (even if the culprit is not yet clear).
What should be noted, however, is that both Iraq in 2003 and Syria in 2013, are in complex environments, and any removal of government or sustained military intervention would have dramatic unforeseen consequences. It seems like the media debate in the U.S. is also similarly anaemic (but slightly better) this time around.
6. What is the real motivation for the United States and other powers?
As with all things in this world when it comes to international relations, the primary interest is not humanitarian but geopolitical. This is not absolute, however, and it could be argued that Turkey has been insisting on humanitarian intervention from an early stage. However, the regimes (not peoples) in the Gulf, most notably Saudi Arabia, are exclusively concerned with dislodging Syria from the Iranian orbit, and severing connections between Syria and Hezbollah. Humanitarian concerns are a by-product. And for the United States, something similar is at play. As noted above, if this was about humanitarian concerns, action would have been taken long before 100,000 deaths had occurred.
For the U.S. it has been looking for regime change in Syria for a while. However, these strikes if they occur, will be about sending a message and asserting America's position in the Middle East, given the red line that Obama drew. Ultimately, it may tip the scales in the rebels favour or improve the U.S.'s negotiating position vis-a-vis Iran. The chemical weapons attack in a morbid way, opened a door of opportunity for Western powers (with GCC support) to do something limited without a full-scale intervention.
7. Will military intervention solve the Syrian conflict?
No. Military intervention no matter how small or how big will not solve the Syrian conflict. In fact, it could very much exacerbate the situation on the ground even further (if that can be imagined). What is being reported currently is that the U.S. and allies will undertake a series of 'surgical strikes', a euphemism for a large-scale assault on key military and strategic installations, such as army positions, air bases, radar installations, communications infrastructure, supply routes, and, where appropriate, power stations (among other targets). More than anything this will be intended to send a message to the regime and weaken its capabilities. Yet, it would not be a fatal blow. And it would not necessarily tip the scales in favor of the rebels. It may in fact mobilize certain parties to support the regime, if there are civilian casualties from the intervention.
The solution to the Syrian situation has to be political, if it is going to lead to stability or peace. Yet, if the military intervention escalated and led to the removal of the Syrian regime, that would still not be the end of the conflict. After the Soviets were booted out of Afghanistan, the country devolved into a civil war for five years until the rise of the Taliban in 1996. Somalia has only recently stabilised (somewhat), more than 20 years after the assassination of its leader, President Siad Barre. And neighboring Lebanon, took 15 years of conflict (1975-1990) to reach an end, which was brought about by ironically Syrian military intervention (which committed its own crimes), that produced a - audible gasp - political settlement.
8. What could potentially go wrong?
Everything. The potential for disaster following military intervention in any country is great (see Black Hawk Down, Iraq, Afghanistan and the list goes on). Yet, in Syria it could be apocalyptic. Here is a list of what that could entail:
- Chemical weapons are used by Syria against its neighbors such as Jordan and Turkey, or U.S. military positions in those countries;
- U.S. planes/helicopters are shot down leading to an escalation of U.S. involvement requiring boots on the ground;
- Syria sends a volley of missiles into Tel Aviv and other places in Israel, leading to a regional war;
- Proxy forces of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, launch a sustained campaign against Israel/U.S. interests, including attacks embassies within Lebanon/Palestine/Israel but also in other countries, in the short and medium-term;
- Al Qaeda forces in the region, while opposing the Assad regime, oppose U.S. intervention especially if there are masses of civilian casualties, and use it as a pretext for attacks in places such as Yemen;
- Russia objects to the U.S. strike, and mobilizes warships to the Mediterranean, leading to a standoff with Europe and the U.S.;
- Negotiations with Iran, still in embryonic stages are suspended irrevocably;
- Six party talks with North Korea are suspended by Russia, China, and North Korea irrevocably;
- The Syrian regime goes all out in its conflict and begins to bomb with even more abandon civilian areas controlled by rebels, leading to thousands of casualties, and counter-massacres by enraged rebel fighters;
- The Syrian regime is removed by force from power by the intervention, leading to a power vacuum sinking the country further into civil war for over a decade of even more violent strife and a possible Al Qaeda style government;
- Tensions rise in the Middle East, especially in places of sectarian division (i.e. Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia, and Iraq) leading to civil strife and attacks on governments, and counter-attacks on populations; and
- World War 3.
9. What could potentially go right?
It may seem that what is written above is slightly alarmist and that's true. Many things can go wrong (most of which, to be honest, are hard to predict as they will be unforeseen consequences or as Donald Rumsfeld, ironically calls them, unknown unknowns). However, the U.S.-led strikes could be quite effective. Firstly, if they are limited in scope, they can be completed in one day, reducing the risk for a military entanglement and civilian casualties. Secondly, if they are from the air, there is limited risk for casualties on the side of the intervening forces. Thirdly, an attack that is forceful and hits Syrian military positions, will send a message to Assad that there is a limit to what he can do, which thus far has not been the case, and may entice him to reach a political settlement. Fourthly, it is unlikely that the Syrian regime would retaliate, for a short strike on positions, against Israel, knowing that they cannot afford to fight a war on so many fronts (and thus far they have yet to retaliate to any Israel air strike). Finally, the systematic destruction of Assad's air capabilities could be instrumental in limiting civilian casualties by the regime in the future.
All of this is one possibility of what could occur.
10. Let's cut to the chase - should I support or not support military intervention?
There is no clearcut answer. Ultimately, military intervention should not be supported as a solution to the Syrian conflict. It is not, and whether we like it or not, a political solution/settlement is the only way the current situation moves towards peace and stability. The U.S. is negotiating with the Taliban. The Vietnamese negotiated with the U.S. The Lebanese negotiated with each other. The Dayton Accords to end the Bosnian War were signed with Slobodan Milosevic. It may not be easy, it may be unlikely, and it will not work perfectly, but political discussions involving all parties is the only way to find a real solution.
That being said, if a case is made with overwhelming evidence by independent parties (not U.S. conjecture) that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime, then military intervention on a limited scale, and for a period of 1-2 days only, should be undertaken, ideally with UN support - and if not with broad support of half of the members, i.e. 90, of the UN General Assembly to demonstrate legitimacy - against military targets only, which will both send a message about the use of these weapons and damage the capabilities of Assad.
What is clear is that whatever happens, there are no clear answers with regards to the conflict in Syria.
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|Book Review - The Cobra||After a long hiatus I took another book of my favorite author - Frederick Forsyth. I guess this will be the last time that I indulge into Forsyth's books. His style has become predictable and I am starting to confuse some of his novels. I feel that it is time to venture into others' books. But now, back to the novel at hand.|
The Cobra starts with the usual "world at risk" kind of problem. The unusual part of it is that unlike the usual espionage novels, the threat is not from bombs, nuclear weapons or missiles. The threat that is handled in The Cobra is Cocaine. That way, this novel has a different premise. Liked it.
The middle portion of the book is where I felt a lot of DÃ©jÃ vu. Many pieces of information repeated like the explanation of a small amount of Pure converting many tons of Cocaine, like the pressure of failed smuggling on the dealers, and the like. One part of the sequence that I liked is the reintroduction of a character from Avenger.
The end of the novel has a great twist to the tale. After my displeasure with most of his recent books' endings, this was a welcome relief. The ending reminded me of that of The Devilâs Alternativeâs . I felt the minor intellectual warmth that made me like this author more than most. But then, this is too low a dose to intoxicate me further. It is ironic that I am going to end my addiction to the author based on his novel about psychoactive drug!
A quick list of the books that I have read, to create a bit of nostalgia:
The Devil's alternative
The Kill List
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|Trump threatens 'fire and fury' against North Korea||US President Donald Trump said North Korea "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it threatened the United States again.
Earlier Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any US military action.
Washington has warned it is ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea's weapons ballistic missile and nuclear programs but has said it prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions.
The consequences of a US strike would potentially be catastrophic for South Koreans, Japanese and US military personnel within range of North Korean retaliatory strikes.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," Trump told reporters at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Earlier on Tuesday, Japan's Defence Ministry said "It is conceivable that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturisation of nuclear weapons and has acquired nuclear warheads."
The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday over its continued missile tests that could slash the reclusive country's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.
North Korea said the sanctions infringed its sovereignty and it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any U.S. military action.
North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored international calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes.
North Korea says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defence against perceived US hostility. It has long accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.|
|Nitze to fore: Round 2|
ARMS control ace Paul H. Nitze has stepped forward from the crowd of American negotiators heading to Geneva for the Jan. 7 talks between Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.
Mr. Nitze is regarded as the ablest man in the field today. His guidance would have been crucial anyway. But President Reagan's appointing him to the prominent role of Shultz adviser does at least three things. It sends another signal that the United States is serious about resuming talks, which are stalled on three fronts - mid-range missiles in Europe, long-range strategic missiles, and space weapons and defense systems. It helps resolve the question of leadership within the US delegation, which will itself be a composite of disputants from the administration's own internal arms control debate. And it prepares the way for someone to head the potential ''umbrella talks'' Mr. Shultz favors.
It was Mr. Nitze in 1982 who, during a walk in the woods near Geneva with his Soviet counterpart, worked out a compromise proposal for the medium missiles in Europe, calling for a limit of 75 missiles for each side - a proposal later disowned by their superiors. Some analysts think the walk-in-the-woods proposal could be part of an arms control solution.
Here is some of the thinking of Mr. Nitze on living with the Soviets, in the new issue of Foreign Affairs:
''Much of our experience in negotiating with the Soviet Union has been on arms control. Arms control is not an end in itself, but a means. The object of arms control negotiations is to support foreign policy and security policy by negotiating agreements that will contribute to reducing the risk of war, primarily the risk of nuclear war. Many other purposes are discussed in the immense literature that now threatens to engulf the subject of arms control and make it incomprehensible. These other purposes - stopping the arms race, saving money, increasing stability, assuring predictability, providing the foundation for a better East-West relationship - may well be desirable, but they are desirable only if they contribute to the more important goal of reducing the risk of war and strengthening the prospects of peace.
''I am convinced that much of the difficulty that the United States has found in getting along with the Soviet Union stems from the contrasting meaning and connotations of the word 'peace.' It means one thing in the West: internally, a state of domestic order, and externally, equilibrium and an absence of war. The Russian word for peace - mir - means something quite different, however, particularly as used by the Soviets since the October Revolution. . . . The Soviet concept of 'peace' (or mir) has come to mean a continuing struggle, rather than a state of equilibrium. . . . Mir takes as a given that there is a natural and irreconcilable conflict of interest between the socialist and non-socialist worlds. In the long run, international equilibrium cannot be guaranteed in a world of competing social systems.''
In a ''live and let live'' superpower world - the Western mode - arms control could reduce the risk of war. Getting the Soviets to move toward the Western concept of peace, restraining their efforts to encourage anarchism and anti-Americanism, could help both sides. A builddown of the Soviet missile force poised toward the West, for example, would be possible.
Meanwhile, Nitze argues, the United States and the West must build a consensus for a dual policy - on guard against Soviet revolutionary totalitarianism, yet welcoming any Soviet interest in policies for reciprocal action.
It is for this balanced view that Mr. Nitze's prominence on the American team should inspire confidence.
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|Moscow says new US national security strategy is anti-Russian|
Moscow: Russia`s federal Security Council on Wednesday criticised as "anti-Russian" the new US national security strategy, which lists Moscow`s aggression in its neighbouring Ukraine among most pressing threats.
The Security Council also repeated an assertion Washington might try to engineer political change in Russia using the same tactics of mass protest the Kremlin says it applied to topple a pro-Russian president in Kiev last year.
President Barack Obama released Washington`s updated national security strategy on Feb.6, renewing his commitment to work to isolate Russia over its support for separatist rebels fighting Kiev troops in east Ukraine.
The Russian council said the update, unlike the previous 2010 version, "has an openly anti-Russian line and creates a negative image of our country." It said the implementation of the new US strategy would pose a threat to Russia.
"In the long-term, the United States along with its allies will continue to push for political and economic isolation of Russia," it said.
Ties between Moscow and Washington are at their lowest since the Cold War over the conflict in Ukraine, where the West accuses Russia of driving a separatist rebellion to destabilise the former Soviet republic and boost its influence there.
Moscow has sided with the rebels but denies direct military involvement despite mounting evidence on the ground.Â
Moscow says its aim is to protect the Russian-speaking eastern regions of Ukraine from nationalists who took over in Kiev after the former president and Kremlin ally, Viktor Yanukovich, was ousted in street protests in February, 2014.
Moscow accuses the United States of masterminding what it calls a coup in Kiev, on the lines of other uprisings in ex-Soviet states dubbed "colour revolutions".
"There is high probability of applying in regard to Russia the improved technology of `colour revolutions` that will be used ever more widely to remove political authorities disliked by the United States."Â
The Russian foreign ministry criticised Western nuclear arms policy.
Moscow said at the weekend Danish warships would become targets for its nuclear weapons should the country join a NATO missile defence it argues could undermine its nuclear capabilities.
"In our view, the United States and other NATO members should have long abandoned the pernicious one-sided steps in the missile defence field. They wouldn`t have to worry about the consequences then," the Russian ministry said in a statement.
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|DARPA planning to implement laser weapons to jets|
DARPA is planning on implementing laser weapons that are liquid cooled on jets. These highly precise weapons called High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) could be the future of air supremacy, targeted strikes, and defense against missiles and rockets.
|North Korea Details Plan To Fire Ballistic Missiles Near Guam||North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.|
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|Talisman Sabre: Australian and US army exercise wraps up in Brisbane||Three weeks after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, and with the United States reportedly expecting another launch soon, there is little doubt Exercise Talisman Sabre served as much more than training drills between allies.|
|The China-US Maritime âSpyingâ Debate|
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BY MARK J. VALENCIA
The China-US Maritime âSpyingâ Debate
Aug. 04, 2017 | |
The Australian Department of Defence confirmed that last week a Chinese Dongdiao-class Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGI) vessel monitored the US-Australia Talisman Sabre joint military exercises from within Australiaâs 200 nm Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This âfirst-everâ Chinese incursion of its type in Australiaâs EEZ has sparked both alarm and an international debate. Many say China is hypocritical because it is undertaking intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions in other countriesâ 200 nm EEZs while opposing those of the US in its own EEZ. But there are significant differences in scale, technological capability, methods, and objectives between what China and the US are doing.
Chinaâs first âpublicâ attempt at maritime spying in the US EEZ was when an uninvited Peopleâs Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) AGI vessel operated in Hawaiiâs EEZ to observe RIMPAC 2014, a multinational naval exercise. Also in 2014, a Chinese AGI vessel was observed off Guam during a US military exercise. According to then-Commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Samuel Locklear: âThe good news about this is that itâs a recognition, I think, or an acceptance by the Chinese of what weâve been saying to them for some time, [which] is that military operations and survey operations in another countryâs EEZs, where you have nationalâyour own national security interest, are within international law and are acceptable.â But such simplistic comparisons are deceptive and potentially dangerous. They can lead to the false hope that China will eventually âsee the lightâ and quietly assent to activities it considers threatening because âit is undertaking similar activities.â
But the scale is very different. Ironically, the âdifferent scaleâ argument was first used against China by China critics to demonize its occupations and âmilitarizationâ of features in the South China Sea. Although these critics grudgingly acknowledged that China was not doing anything other claimants had not done, nevertheless Chinaâs behavior was singled out as unacceptable because of the much greater scale and âaggressivenessâ of its activities.
It seems that the tables are now turned. Although the critics argue that China is doing âthe same thingâ as the US, the scale of US ISR missions against China is probably an order of magnitude greater than that of China against the US. For example, as of 2017, PLAN had only three AGI vessels. Of course, China also has ISR planes, drones, and satellites but their number and capabilities pale in comparison to those of US assets.
Indeed, the US has a huge array of ISR planes, surface vessels, submarines, and drones â many of which, like the subhunter Impeccable, have specialized functions. The US has by far the worldâs largest and most capable force of signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft. Moreover, most of the US Navyâs top-of-the-line combatants like the Ticonderoga-class cruisers and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers as well as its submarines are equipped to carry out SIGINT missions. Further, no other country matches the USâ number and array of robotic aircraft and seacraft (drones), particularly in terms of their range and advanced weapons and sensors, coupled with the necessary satellite and telecommunications support systems. US satellite IRS capacity greatly exceeds that of China. In terms of deployment, the US flies hundreds of manned ISR missions every year along Chinaâs coast. There have been no public reports of similar Chinese aerial ISR missions off the US mainland coast.
Technological capabilities, techniques and objectives are other major differences. Yes, China does insert ISR platforms into other countriesâ EEZs â like that of Japan. But it is likely that Chinese technological capabilities and activities in terms of intrusive methods used and information obtained are so substantially inferior to and different from those of the US as to be in a separate, much lower category, e.g., passive listening versus active probing or electronic interference with, and even manipulation of, communications.
But this is unconfirmed because the US is not being âtransparentâ when it comes to ISR capabilities. Again ironically, Locklear said of Chinaâs military modernization: âWhat we should be concerned about though is what we perceive as a lack of transparency on their part in why they are building the type of systems they are building. Quite frankly, it makes their neighbours nervous and it gives us some cause for concern here at PACOM about the type of military they are building and the type of equipment they are buying.â
A confidential US Navy-National Security Agency (NSA) report revealed by Edward Snowden shows that Chinaâs concerns regarding Americaâs ISR missions off its coasts are justified.
But in the case of ISR, it is the extent of capabilities that is not publicly known. To convince sceptics that there is anything near parity between Chinese and US ISR capabilities, those making the âChina does the same thingâ argument â especially those in the US Navy, need to reveal exactly what it is that the US is doing in Chinaâs near seas so that all can evaluate it for themselves. Otherwise their arguments will fall on deaf ears, and independent and neutral analysts can only speculate based on what little is known.
In general, it is known that US ISR assets collect communications between the target countryâs command-and-control centres and radar and weapons systems, including surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, and fighter aircraft. Other US ISR probes collect âactionableâ intelligence for expeditionary and irregular warfare.
Incidents involving ISR aircraft like the EP-3 and the Poseidon 8A, as well as the US Navy ships Bowditch, Impeccable, and Cowpens, may have collectively included active âticklingâ of Chinaâs coastal defences to provoke and observe responses, interference with shore-to-ship and submarine communications, violation or abuse of the consent regime for marine scientific research, damage to the environment, and tracking Chinaâs new nuclear submarines for potential targeting.
If so, these are not passive intelligence collection activities commonly undertaken and usually tolerated by many states, including China. Rather they are intrusive, provocative, and controversial practices that may be considered a threat to use force or violations of both Chinaâs marine scientific consent and its environmental protection regimes. This could occur when and if the Poseiden 8 drops sonobuoys (which are part of its repertoire) or the Impeccable and Bowditch deploy âscientific instrumentsâ in Chinaâs EEZ. Indeed, Chinaâs EEZ environment may be degraded if US sonar systems or live fire exercises adversely affect fish and mammals like whales and dolphins.
But much of this is unconfirmed. What do we â the public â know?
A confidential US Navy-National Security Agency (NSA) report revealed by Edward Snowden shows that Chinaâs concerns regarding Americaâs ISR missions off its coasts are justified. The 2001 report reveals that in the EP-3 incident, the crew was unable to destroy all the secret data and systems on board, and details the scope of secrets exposed to China.
The exposed information contained the fact that the US has âthe ability to locate and collect transmissions to or from Chinese submarines and to correlate them to specific vessels.â The plane also carried data that clarified âhow much the US knew about Chinaâs submarine-launched ballistic missiles program.â Also, according to the report, as speculated, the missions spur targeted militaries to react, thus creating communications that can be intercepted.
So, it does appear that the US has a huge advantage over China when it comes to ISR. But unlike Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, China does not oppose all foreign military activities in its EEZ without its permission. Nevertheless, China certainly does object by word and deed to what it perceives as US abuse of the right of freedom of navigation and a threat to use force.
In sum, China apparently believes that these activities violate the peaceful purpose and uses provisions of UNCLOS, as well as its UNCLOS EEZ resource rights and environmental obligations. China also thinks that the US is âpreparing the battle fieldâ and that this constitutes a violation of the UN Charter as well as UNCLOS. In particular, China alleges that the US is not abiding by its obligation to pay âdue regardâ to its rights and duties as a coastal state. Such due regard in the EEZ is required by UNCLOS for both the coastal state and the user state, but is undefined.
Whether these concerns are valid or not, China is probably not violating these UNCLOS provisions with its AGI vessel activities and the US may well be doing so â on a grand scale. The US may want to reconsider and modify its superficial and misleading argument that both are doing the same thing
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Trump vows to answer North Korea's nuclear threats with 'fire and fury
Donald Trump has vowed to respond to North Korea with âfire and furyâ if it makes any more threats to attack the United States.
Trumpâs comments came after Pyongyang threatened âphysicalâ retaliation for new United Nations sanctions â and on a day when fresh evidence emerged that the North Koreans have overcome one of the last major technical obstacles to being able to hit the US or western Europe with nuclear-armed missiles
|The King and I: Elvis and the Post-Mortem or A Discontinuous Narrative in Several Media (On the Way to Hypertext)||
(For David McComb)
The other day I picked up the phone and a voice said hello is that Pete and I said no youâve got the wrong number and the voice said how do you know Iâve got the wrong number and I thought, wow â¦ a media theorist!
Music: The Black-Eyed Susans, âViva Las Vegasâ (Song Sample available here)
I canât sleep nights for feeling paranoid. I used to think it was just the sideburns, but now Iâm not so sure. Not after putting it to the test.
I tried to leave nothing to chance, even deciding to order macchiatos instead of my usual long blacks. To disguise myself I went barefoot in a pair of loose-fitting Yakka trousers (green) and sloppy T-shirt (black), and bought a packet of Drum. I took with me a Kathy Acker novel and a notepad, for my own writing, and sat around at Ginoâs waiting to see whether it would happen again.Ginoâs CafÃ© in Fremantle, Western Australia - favored haunt of the local hippies and the alternative set.
I hadnât finished my second mac when someone, a stranger like all the rest, walked over to my table and asked for a light. I nodded at the Zippo in front of me. Suddenly I was angry with myself for not having bought a Bic, but I couldnât imagine a cigarette lighter as the object of my undoing. It had to be something more essentially connected to who I am â¦ something about me that no disguise, however careful, could conceal.
Then it happened.
The stranger lit his cigarette, a Winfield, handed back my Zippo and said: âGreat lighter, Elvis. Thanks.â
Elvis? I couldnât have looked more Fremantle, I thought, but there must have been something about me that was saying âLas Vegas.â To the stranger, at any rate, who was dressed indistinguishably from me. Even when I looked like a writer, somehow I still looked like the King.
I canât sleep nights for feeling paranoid.
For some time now Iâve been the subject of Elvis sightings, in and around Fremantle. Either I donât know who I am any more, or the people who think Iâm Elvis donât know who Elvis is. Or Iâm imagining that Iâm the subject of Elvis sightings - in which case I might be in need of an analyst. Or thereâs a conspiracy, among (some) people in Fremantle, to make me imagine Iâm the subject of Elvis sightings. Or Iâm imagining thereâs a conspiracy among some people in Fremantle to make me imagine Iâm the subject of Elvis sightings. Those are my choices, tormentingly like the ones put to Oedipa Maas in The Crying of Lot 49.
Oedipa calls them âthose symmetrical four. She didnât like any of them, but hoped she was mentally ill; that thatâs all it was.â (Pynchon, 1979) Of course thatâs what she hoped it was, a psychological disorder. Far better the Oedipus than the Oedipa complex, after all. Better that your mind be bent by patriarchy, or some other disturbing force, than to discover the patriarchal as a discourse with no outside. If all plots are boysâ games, and plots are everywhere, how could they be unravelled? Indeed, how could they even be recognised as boysâ games in the first place? How to get outside the patriarchial, if patriarchy is the source and means of your oppression, in order to be critical of whatâs determined the range and facility, and set the agenda, of your thinking - if youâve been taught to think yourself (always unknowingly) only as the oppressed?
How, in other words, to think otherwise?
Which isnât quite Oedipaâs dilemma, of course. But close. Her problem is that she canât decide whether an occult postal system called the Trystero, whose operations may have determined the course of Western history, is real or not. If itâs real, then our history isnât - for what we think of as historical reality would need to be rewritten in the light of Oedipaâs âdiscovery.â If, on the other hand, the Trystero isnât real, then Oedipa must have imagined it into some kind of determinate existence, at least inside her head. Either itâs outside her head and real, then, or not and therefore a fantasy. On the other hand, again, it might be outside her head, but as someoneâs idea of a practical joke. After all, itâs in her role as the executrix of her ex-lover Pierce Inverarityâs estate that Oedipa first comes across the Trystero as plot. So if the plotâs a practical joke it must be of Pierceâs doing, requiring the collusion of his friends and lawyers to make it work. A conspiracy, then, to get Oedipa to believe the Trystero is real. On the other hand, yet again, she could be imagining such a conspiracy. Hence âthose symmetrical fourâ.
By the same token there would be nothing to stop this sequence (âthere is a plot â¦ there is a plot that there is a plotâ â¦ and so on) from repeating and multiplying itself, although Oedipaâs made to feel paranoid enough without having to put that to the test (Thwaites, 2000: 269). She finds just four alternatives quite sufficient to be unable to decide.
Me, too, for that matter. You try getting to sleep at night not knowing whether youâve been mistaken for Elvis, or whether thereâs a plot, or youâve imagined thereâs a plot, to make you imagine youâve been mistaken for Elvis. Seems simple enough: the Elvis sightings are real, or thereâs a plot. Itâs happening, or Iâm crazy. Cross-paired (real/imagined; Elvis sightings/plot), these four terms constitute a closed system, a choice between opposites: either the real or the imagined; either the sightings or the plot. But what if the sightings themselves are part of a plot, even if theyâre ârealâ (however hopelessly inadequate that term has become in the present context)? Surely if I am being mistaken for a dead man, what else can I be but the subject of a grave plot? A case of the postmodern as the post-mortem, perhaps.
Chances are that those in Fremantle who keep on mistaking me for the King never met Elvis personally. Nor could it be very likely that many people in Fremantle ever saw Elvis in concert. Whatever stands in for a knowledge of Elvis by such people couldnât have derived from outside representations - letâs call them media representations - in the form of records, movies, posters, calendars, greeting cards, interviews, TV shows, concert footage and the like.
Thatâs how most of us âknowâ any pop star, of course. But weâd hardly call Elvis Presley just another pop star, if only because the fluidity (or perhaps the vectrality) through which his name circulates across divisions of class, gender, age, ethnicity (thereâs a Chinese and a Hindi Elvis impersonator doing very nicely in London at the moment, apparently), education, taste and so on puts him (or should that be âitâ?), like âWilliam Shakespeare,â in a category apart from his peers.See Wark, McKenzie. Virtual Geographies: Living With Global Media Events (Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1994) - and everything since. (On which score Iâm reminded of a âtestâ once performed in an undergraduate lecture I attended in a course on Jacobean drama. The test was designed to âproveâ that Shakespeare is the greatest dramatist of all time. It went like this: ask a Russian to name the worldâs two best playwrights and heâll tell you Chekov and Shakespeare. A Frenchman will say MoliÃ©re and Shakespeare. A German, GÃ¶ethe and Shakespeare. Someone from Scandinavia will say Ibsen and Shakespeare â¦ and so on. Ergo, Shakespeare is the greatest dramatist of all time. End of lecture.)
The conflation of the best known with the best is a commonplace of cultural criticism. Letâs face it, 50 million Elvis fans canât be wrong, and all those high-school courses everywhere devoted to an appreciation of the Bard just go to show the timeless quality of his plays and the essential genius of the man himself. So the argument runs. Paradoxically, however, it can also be made to run the other way - against an artist or an object considered to be too popular to be of genuine aesthetic worth. Those 50 million Elvis fans, for instance, precisely because they do transgress so many demographics, serve to demonstrate the ephemerality of Elvisâs appeal, based as it must be on an all too common aesthetic denominator to warrant serious intellectual and moral attention - except by way of disapprobation. Which has nothing to do with Elvis, either. Before Elvis, straight society was freaking out at Frank Sinatra - just as, before Sinatra, it had got hysterical about jazz. Nowadays the fear and loathing brigade is made to feel righteous by hip hop and heavy metal bands - not by Elvis, who really hasnât scared anyone (except during the hour-long broadcast of his 1968 NBC-TV special, often called his âcomebackâ special) since he came out of the army in 1960. By that decadeâs end, his audience lost to Dylan, the Mersey beat, and the psychedelic sounds of San Francisco, EP was well and truly out of touch with the Woodstock generation. Heâd become too rich to be radical, too much of a public figure to be hip. Worst sign of all, perhaps: everyone knew the name of Elvisâs manager, Col. Tom Parker.
Iâm alone inside Ginoâs at night. Only it isnât Ginoâs: itâs what Ginoâs would look like if Salvador Dali had been hired to do the decor. Everythingâs liquid and warped. Suddenly, a man wearing a gold lamÃ© suit walks in and sits at my table. I start feeling paranoid. I can sense that he wants me to look into his eyes, but I look down at my hands instead. Then he starts to sing. Heâs got a powerful voice but I have to strain to hear the words. âI must have been madâ, heâs singing like he means it. âI didnât know what I had/Until I threw it all away.â I recognise the song from Dylanâs Nashville Skyline, but the voice is pure Elvis. I stop feeling paranoid. My body shivers in pain and delight. The voice has me enraptured. My God, Iâm listening to the greatest Elvis impersonator on earth! I look up to see his face, and find myself staring into the vacuum of a womanâs eyes.
I wake all nervous and exhausted in a pool of sweaty fluids.
Thereâs a great story about Col. Tom, surrounding one of the most bizarre moments in American politics of 1970: Elvis being made an honorary Federal narcotics agent by Richard Nixon in the Oval Room of the White House. That partâs true. The storyâs told by rock critic Stu Werbin, but I know it only from a footnote in the âPresliadâ chapter of Greil Marcusâs Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ânâ Roll Music - still one of the best things ever to be written on Elvis:
It seems that the good German who arranges the White House concerts for the President and his guests managed to travel the many channels that lead only in rare instances to Col. Tom Parkerâs phone line. Once connected, he delivered what he considered the most privileged invitation: The President requests Mr. Presley to perform. The Colonel did a little quick figuring and then told the man that Elvis would consider it an honor. For the President, Elvisâs fee, beyond traveling expenses and accommodation for his back-up group, would be $25,000. The good German gasped.
âCol. Parker, nobody gets paid for playing for the President!â
âWell, I donât know about that, son,â the Colonel responded abruptly, âbut thereâs one thing I do know. Nobody asks Elvis Presley to play for nothing.â (Marcus, 1976: 137-8)
Apocryphal or not, such stories had a very real effect on what Elvis had come to mean by the mid-1960s. They served to reproduce for his âlifeâ what the hip public had come to understand of his work: that it was emotionally crass and driven by a lust for power and money. Listen to this description of Graceland, for example, as sent to me by my friend Rob Snarski, from the Black Eyed Susans, on a postcard of Elvisâs grave:
Well Iâve seen it. The Kingâs final resting place and his home of twenty odd years. In fact Jason, Mark & I spent a good 6 hours at Graceland & the various museums and giftshops. The âjungle roomâ filled with Hawaiian furnishings which the big E chose and purchased in 30 minutes and the very same room he recorded âMoody Blueâ was particularly tasteful. The T.V. room with 3 wall-mounted television sets, so as âTigerâ (as his closest friends called him) could watch three football games simultaneously had a rather striking color combination of yellow and blue and a delightful mirrored ceiling. And who could forget the gorgeous white ceramic monkey on the coffee table?! The music room, the pool room, his living room, The Lisa Marie (the very same plane he took some buddies to Denver in to eat peanut butter sandwiches) and his automobile collection â¦ yep we saw it all. Then the following day we visited Sun studios and drove to Tupelo to see E.P.s birthplace. O.K. I think Graceland is a zoo but Sun was really enjoyable, especially hearing snippets of conversation between the âMillion Dollar Quartetâ [thatâs Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and (although thereâs some debate about it) Johnny Cash]! Then to hear The King imitate a black man he heard singing âDonât be cruelââ¦
And so it goes. The one called Mark, Robâs brother, also sent me a postcard from Graceland - a picture of Elvis and Priscillaâs wedding costumes displayed museum-style: sans heads and bodies. Ghostly simulacra of the real. I think even my friends are trying to tell me something.
To return though to the postcard of the grave. What exactly does Elvisâs grave plot commemorate? Why must visiting it take the form of a pilgrimage? Why is a man whose corpse is said to have contained 14 known drugs, who so clearly seems not to have treated his body like a temple, buried in sacred ground? (Think about that: you start losing count after awhile. I mean, how many dangerous substances are there? Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, uppers, downers, dope: thatâs only six. At Elvisâs post-mortem, they found another eight.)
Easy. Because the fucking hippies killed him. Elvis died, not for being a poet but for not being a poet. He died because he could sing.
Never mind that what weâve just seen and heard isnât rock and roll in any pure stylistic sense, that itâs more indebted to black gospel than white hillbilly: its mass entertainment status is enough to condemn it, in certain quarters, for being trivial and sentimental instead of exuding a richness of feeling, complexity of thought and performance, and a serious moral tone. Nor is this account of rock as trivial and trivializing alone in its articulation of a lost origin, its nostalgia for the real, for a lost organic community based on authentic and authenticating experience arising from a stable moral order. Old style lefties, too, condemn rock as âfalseâ culture.
So much, in other words, for Elvisâs utopian dream of âa better worldâ in the clip from his NBC TV special. Proof positive of the falsity of his politics, performance and art, indeed, came with the single release of âIf I Could Dreamâ in late 1968 which sold enough copies for Elvis to reach number twelve on the US charts, his highest position in years and a sure sign that he was back in commercial action. His very purpose in recording the song, and the TV special it closed, was therefore to boost an ailing career, a career made to suffer from a serious lack of recognition-effect between performer and audience as a result of all those lousy movies Elvis had been churning out for nearly a decade with all those would-be starlet bimbos whose names no one could remember and whose cleavages all looked the same. How could the expression of that dream, to refacilitate the profit-turning wheels of his selling power, to make money at the cost of consumer exploitation, not to mention at the cost of labour - how could that dream be democratic, utopian, shared?
Here, if it were needed, is the proof that it could not:
In this photograph of Elvis looking a lot like Count Dracula on cheap speed and Nixon, as always, looking shifty, is commemorated one of the most bizarre events surrounding American politics prior to Watergate. On 21 December 1970 Elvis was shown into the Oval Room at the White House, bearing gifts for the President of a Colt .45 handgun and a supply of silver bullets. In return, Nixon gave the King a pair of White House cufflinks. Elvis, who is reputed to have been drugged to the eyeballs at the time, totally off his face on some chemical cocktail of otherwise lethal proportion to commoners, then entered into conversation with Nixon on the dangers to American youth of drugs, communism â¦ and The Beatles; and finally revealed the purpose of his visit. He had recently got himself appointed as an honorary agent of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and what he wanted from the President - all he wanted - was a Bureau badge. So Nixon gave him one. Their meeting lasted only half-an-hour, enough time for 28 photographs to be taken of one of the most surreal moments in American history. Adding to the surrealism of that event , or perpetuating it, is the fact that copies of those photographs are now the most requested, by tourists and visitors to Capitol Hill, of the ten million pictures in the US National Archives.
Iâm standing outside the Fremantle Markets, my attention caught between two buskers. Only it isnât me. Iâve got a Scouse accent and the twisted brain of McKenzie Wark, but thankfully itâs my own hair. One of the buskers is singing Elvis songs, the other is reading Derrida out loud. Theyâre both women. âGenres are not to be mixedâ, the Derrida busker reads. âI repeat: genres are not to be mixed.â A small crowd is gathered in front of the Elvis singer, thrusting copies of Catharine Lumbyâs Bad Girls at her and screaming: âTraitor! Traitor! Woman hater!â But she just keeps right on singing. Her voice is filled with love and passion, although it has no strictly musical qualities to recommend it - and sheâs one hell of a lousy guitar player. Meanwhile, the woman reading Derrida has gone on to âOf an Apocalyptic Tone Recently Adopted in Philosophyâ. âKant speaks of modernityâ, she reads, âand of the mystagogues of his time, but you will have quickly perceived in passing, without my even having to designate explicitly, name, or pull out all the threads, how many transpositions we could surrender to on the side of our so-called modernity. Not that today anybody can be recognized on this or that side, purely and simply, but I am sure it could be shown that today every slightly organized discourse is found or claims to be found on both sides, alternately or simultaneously, even if this emplacement exhausts nothing, does not go round the turn or the contour of the place and the sustained discourse. And this inadequation, always limited itself, no doubt indicates the thickest of difficulties.â Jacques Derrida, âOf an Apocalyptic Tone Recently Adopted in Philosophyâ, Semeia, Vol. 23, 1982, p. 78. She, too, has attracted a grim crowd of protesters, equally determined to shout her down. Still she reads on, against her would-be interlocutors, dispatching her apocalyptic words in a tone of voice thatâs pathological. But the crowd noise prevents me from receiving the full text of her delivery, and what I hear is filled with gaps: ââ¦ as soon as we no longer know â¦ who speaks â¦ the structure of every scene of writing â¦ of all experience itself â¦ it is first the revelation of the apocalypse â¦ of the divisible dispatch for which there is no â¦ assured destinationâ¦.â Straining to hear, even so I feel Iâm on the brink of an epiphany, of some great revelation scene about to be; at last, the coming of the end, the moment of demystification. Beyond philosophy, outside writing, past play: Truth laid bare! But not yet. The Elvis singer, whoâs been marked by her absence for awhile, suddenly starts into a new song. Just as suddenly, the crowd goes quiet. âIf you donât believe Iâm leavingâ, the Elvis singer sings, âYou can count the days Iâm goneâ - and disappears in a mushroom cloud of smoke. Suddenly, at last â¦ the end approaches. The very end. Not a moment of epiphany after all, but of eschatology. I wake up feeling paranoid and, cursing my luck in a voice that isnât mine, fall out of bed.
Fall out. The aftermath of that event (that plot?) that will send us all to our graves. The post-mortem, perfectly. The final end awaited as if it were the realest real. The realist real? A fiction, then; as morphological as any myth? For nuclear war, as Derrida remarks, âhas not taken place: one can only talk and write about it [â¦] some might call it a fable, then, a pure invention: in the sense in which it is said that a myth, an image, a fiction, a utopia, a rhetorical figure, a fantasy, a phantasm, are inventionsâ (Derrida, 1984: 23). But, at the same time, very serious shit. After all, no oneâs going to want to push too hard for a strict equivalence between nuclear war and narrative fiction. (Between missiles and missives, thereâs just gotta be a gap.) A choice, then, as it were, between deterring and deferring. DetÃ©nte versus denouÃ©ment. But not quite, or not quite yet. Up against the limits of reason, caught in a moment of perpetual paralysis engendered by the nuclear threat (the end of the Cold War notwithstanding), the logic of nuclear deterrence is unthinkable within a system given to producing sense through context. Simply (monstrously), the fiction stakes increase each time that one side or the other invents a new weapon, some new (however trifling) device, that continues to defer the end from happening but also brings it endlessly closer. Deterrence and deferral at the same time. According to this game, whatâs real is what is most fantastic: a game played out between storytellers, storytellings. Itâs not a question of scientific know-how, military might, political clout, or diplomatic bargaining but (and this is the gravest plot, the most heavily weighted) of all of these competencies at once, and more. And so Derrida writes:
The dividing line between doxa and episteme [between opinion and knowledge, that is to say] starts to blur as soon as there is no longer any such thing as an absolutely legitimizable competence for a phenomenon which is no longer strictly techno-scientific but techno-militaro-politico-diplomatic through and through, and which brings into play the doxa or incompetence even in its calculations. (Derrida, 1984: 24)
The final end is thus the ultimate simulation, the perfect media event â¦ the absolute referent of everything that is, suspended before our eyes in writing, through texts. This, though, as Derrida writes, is the condition of all writing:
as soon as we no longer know very well who speaks or who writes [he writes], the text becomes apocalyptic. And if the dispatches always refer to other dispatches without decidable destination, the destination remaining to come, then isnât this [â¦] the structure of every scene of writing in general [â¦]: wouldnât the apocalyptic be a transcendental condition of all discourse, of all experience itself, of every mark or every trace? And the genre of writings called âapocalypticâ in the strict sense, then, would be only an example, an exemplary revelation of this transcendental structure. In that case, if the apocalyptic reveals, it is first the revelation of the apocalypse, the self-presentation of the apocalyptic structure of language, of writing, of the experience of presence, either of the text or of the mark in general: that is, of the divisible dispatch for which there is no self-presentation nor assured destination. (Derrida, 1982: 87)
Writing is always threatening to arrive at an end; it is always, in this sense, apocalyptic. It is always in the act of answering the nuclear question. What counts in the weighing up of what kinds of writing matter, then, is not so much the putative differences within writing itself (it canât be that) but who does the counting. Tough shit, in other words, if you happen to write like a postpolitical white boy - if what you write is up itself rather than outside itself.
Me? Iâm a greenie, Iâm a feminist, Iâm a woman, and Iâm black. Christ, Iâm a fucking goddamn germ liberationist! All Godâs creatures should be free. Iâm also a nigger-baiting, bible-thumping, mother-fucking bastard. Thatâs just the kinda guy I am. I wear secondhand clothes and drink VB, like the rest of the hip crowd, and listen to a lot of Elvis records: sure signs that Iâm a style Nazi, not an activist. You guessed it: Iâm a Niallist. On the brink of the apocalypse, I preach the fetishization of a self-made king.
I remember when I lived in the inner-Sydney suburb of Newtown in the late 1980s there was some graffiti that always caught my eye as I walked along the top of Erskineville Road to King Street and the shops, which I did virtually every day. It was just three words, but as much a part of Newtown for me as the cafÃ©s, the weirdness and the train station. The words were do not frolic, painted in black foot-high letters, all in lower case, on the back wall of a womenâs clothing store, I think. But just that: do not frolic. I used to take friends there to show them the words, or tell them to go there themselves. And in all this time itâs never occurred to me to wonder about who wrote them or what they mean. Because what they mean is not only what they are, but where they are, and where I was then. As for who put them there, I can well imagine what they were wearing at the time and what theyâd been doing: op shop clothes from King Street, drinking. Thatâs what everybody wore in Newtown and we all did a lot of the other. But apart from this very general description, which is more or less a pure fiction, I know nothing about their author or what he or she might have meant by the words. Thatâs probably why Iâve always like them, and also because I like the sound of the word âfrolicâ. In run-down come-alive Newtown, âfrolicâ was a word that seemed bizarrely out of place and old-fashioned, a sardonic reminder that the grand old buildings of King Street stood now in decaying honour to a lively past, when whole families came to Newtown at weekends to visit the cineramas and amusement parlors and the vast indoor aquarium (you can still see the original faÃ§ade of moulded fish and seashells above a secondhand furniture store, at the Chippendale end of King Street), and men came every day and at all hours of the night to visit the brothels. There used to be quite a lot of frolicking in Newtown back then, and so I always thought the admonition not to frolic, if thatâs what it was, was wistfully ironic. And I always loved the fact that it appeared to have no context, even while it was steeped in a context of the everyday and the not so very long ago.
Iâve heard a rumour that David Malouf, who spends half his year writing in an out of the way village in Florence, Italy, returns to Newtown for the final draft which he finishes (according to the rumor) in a renovated four-storey mansion that used to belong to an ex-officer of the Parramatta Regiment, granted, as was then the custom, for a pittance on retirement from the military.
There is no âpureâ Elvis. Itâs just a myth to suppose that Elvis sold out to Colonel Tom and Hollywood, leaving his roots behind. Whatâs so bad about Hollywood, anyway? Why is what Elvis recorded for Sun more âauthenticâ than his recordings for RCA, or his movie soundtracks? Blame it on the hippies. As Greil Marcus writes: âAt RCA, where the commercial horizons were much broader than they were down at Sun, Elvis worked with far more âartistic freedomâ than he ever did with Sam Phillips.â (Marcus, Tell it to the 1960s, because thatâs when selling records became a dirty business. Everyone got so goddamn serious in the 60s (and the 90s were just the 60s upside down, if you lived in Fremantle), that commercial success came to represent creative loss of control. There were exceptions, of course, or blatant contradictions: like, it was OK for Dylan to go to number one with Like a Rolling Stone and still be hip, but all those dates that Elvis was playing in Vegas, man - that was very uncool. Of course, Dylan wrote Like a Rolling Stone from the heart and for himself; whereas Elvis was performing for the masses. Besides, the money Dylan made didnât show: he still dressed like he didnât care - in faded jeans and worn-out boots, his hair done up like a fright wig. Elvis, on the other hand, was going camp, thus committing the most unpardonable of 60sâ sins: he didnât look like his audience any more. He wore stage clothes, not street clothes; and all those fake jewels and sequins could mean only one thing: he was faking his emotions, too. Like, all you had to do was listen:
This morning, while I was still writing this, I had a crisis in the shower. Just as I was about to step out, I couldnât decide whether Iâd remembered to wash my feet or not. Right away, I got paranoid. Should I postpone returning to the computer in order to make sure my feet are clean, thus running the risk of not finishing my paper in time for this volumeâs deadline; or do I step out of the shower now and risk overpowering all I encounter with foot odor later on? In the end I decided to stay under the shower and wash myself all over again, being especially careful to wash my feet. That way only my prose would stink. Afterwards, my body purified, I went next door to my neighborâs house to borrow a couple of Bob Marley records and purify my mind. But then I remembered that Bob Marley belonged to a religion (of sorts) that believes that menstruating women are unclean. So much for tribal purity. I told my neighbor that if he ever played a Bob Marley record again, Iâd set fire to his wifeâs hair with my Zippo and burn something blasphemous in the bellies of his children. Then I went home and played Elvis records for an hour, feeling really good about myself, and wrote a postcard to Rob:
Tell Mark heâs a bastard. What do you mean, âGraceland is a zooâ? You were expecting an opulent palace after the fashion of Versailles, perhaps? When was the last time you took a visit to the Western Suburbs? Maybe they donât have mirrored ceilings, but theyâve got mirrors in more rooms than just the bathroom and more TVs in the house than you or me. Graceland city, mate. Poor white trash made good. Earth rapists. Environmental vandals, all. Elvis is their god - they just donât know it. Why wouldnât he be? The hippies killed him, which is what they want to do to themâ¦.
The rest is personal.
No, not the end. Not quite, not yet. There must be something more I can say about a man whoâs sold more records than anyone else, made 33 Hollywood films, and during his lifetime was the highest paid performer in the history of Las Vegas. Everyone knows that the songs Elvis cut for Sam Phillips at Sun studios in 1954, with Scotty Moore playing guitar and Bill Black on upright bass, are rockâs most precious artifacts: because theyâre its origin. The real thing, an absolute beginning. All you have to do is see Jim Jarmuschâs Mystery Train to find this out. But you might remember an early scene from that film, set inside Memphis Central station, where an old black man holding a cigar comes over to the Japanese couple whoâve just got off the train and asks for a light. The boy, pure rockabilly stylist, obliges with a flick of his Zippo. He and his girlfriend have come to Memphis on a pilgrimage, to visit the sacred sites of rockâs origin - especially Sun studios (or the Memphis Recording Service as it was known before 1952) where Elvis and Carl Perkins first sang in front of a microphone. It isnât until the credits roll (or perhaps until long after), however, that we find out the old negro in the train station was Rufus Thomas, whoâd been cutting discs with Sam Phillips at the Memphis Recording Service, and later at Sun studios, for quite awhile before Elvis or Carl Perkins showed up. Should we ask, then: how can rock have a beginning if that âbeginningâ isnât over yet? For there to be a rockabilly ârevival,â for instance, doesnât rockabilly first of all have to have passed away?
So â¦ no beginning: no post-mortem. No after words. I mean it. If you want to ask questions, youâre welcome to call me at home.
Just ask for Pete.
Those of you whoâve seen Steve Martinâs Roxanne might recall a great scene at the beginning of the film in which Darryl Hannah, whoâs completely naked at the time, locks herself out of her house one night. Briefly: Steve Martin, the local fire chief, agrees to break into her home and asks if meanwhile she could use a towel. Looking utterly surprised, Darryl Hannah says no. A few minutes later she asks him: whereâs the towel? âYou told me you didnât want a towel,â Steve Martin says. âI was being ironic,â Darryl Hannah replies. âOh â¦ irony,â Steve Martin says. âOh yeah. We donât do that anymore. There hasnât been any irony around here since 1968.â
Derrida, Jacques. âThe Law of Genreâ, trans. Avital Ronell, Critical Inquiry, vol. 7, (Autumn, 1980).
â. âOf an Apocalyptic Tone Recently Adopted in Philosophyâ, Semeia, Vol. 23, (1982).
â. âNo Apocalypse, Not Now: Full Speed Ahead, Seven Missiles, Seven Missivesâ, Diacritics, Vol. 14, No. 2, (1984).
Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49 (Picador: London, 1979).
Thwaites, Tony. âMiracles: Hot Air and Histories of the Improbableâ in Niall Lucy (ed) Postmodern Literary Theory: An Anthology (Blackwell: Oxford, 2000).
Marcus, Greil. Mystery Train: Images of America in RockânâRoll Music (E. P. Dutton: New York, 1976).
Wark, McKenzie. Virtual Geographies: Living With Global Media Events (Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1994).
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Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.mp3
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Bryan Adams - Every think I do, I do it for you.mp3
Bryan Adams - Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman.mp3
Bryan Adams - Heaven.mp3
Bryan Adams - I'm Ready.mp3
Bryan Adams - Please Forgive Me.mp3
Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69.mp3
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Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music - More Than This.mp3
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Camouflage - The Great Commandment.mp3
Camouflage - Thief.mp3
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Candle Box - Far behind.mp3
Captain & Tennille - Do that to me one more time.mp3
Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together.mp3
Carlos Santana - Oye Coma Va.mp3
Carly Simon - Coming Around Again.mp3
Carole King - It's Too Late.mp3
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Carpenters - Close To You.mp3
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Cdb - Let's Groove.mp3
Celine Dion & R. Kelly - I'm Your Angel.mp3
Celine Dion - Falling Into You.mp3
Celine Dion - Immortality.mp3
Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On.mp3
Cheap Trick - Ghost Town.mp3
Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me.mp3
Cheap Trick - The Flame.mp3
Cher - Believe.mp3
Cher - Dov'e L'Amore.mp3
Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time.mp3
Cher - Love And Understanding.mp3
Chic - Le Freak.mp3
Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4.mp3
Chicago - All Roads Lead To You.mp3
Chicago - Hard Habit To Break.mp3
Chicago - Hard to say i'm sorry.mp3
Chicago - If You Leave Me Now.mp3
Chicago - Stay The Night.mp3
Chicago - You're The Inspiration.mp3
Chris de Burgh - Carry me (like a fire in your heart).mp3
Chris De Burgh - High On Emotion.mp3
Chris DeBurgh - Lady In Red.mp3
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game.mp3
Chris Montez - Let's Dance.mp3
Chris Rea - Josephine.mp3
Chris Rea - On The Beach.mp3
Chris Rea - Road To Hell.mp3
Chris Rea - Soft Top, Hard Shoulder.mp3
Chris Rea - Sweet Summer Day.mp3
Chris Rea - The Blue Cafe.mp3
Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme Best That You Can Do.mp3
Christopher Cross - Best That You Can Do.mp3
Christopher Cross - Never Be The Same.mp3
Christopher Cross - Sailing.mp3
Claudi Philips - Quel souci la boetie.mp3
Cliff Richard - Devil Woman.mp3
Cliff Richard - Some people.mp3
Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Any More.mp3
Club Nouveau - Lean On Me.mp3
Coalplay - Yellow.mp3
Cock Robin - Just Around the Corner.mp3
Cock Robin - When Your Heart Is Weak.mp3
Company B - Fascinated.mp3
Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise.mp3
Corey Hart - Never Surrender.lite.mp3
Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night.mp3
Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.mp3
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over.mp3
Culture Club - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.mp3
Culture Club - karma camaleon.mp3
Culture Club - The War Song.mp3
Cut 'n' Move - Give It Up.mp3
Cutting Crew - I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight.mp3
Cutting Crew - I've Been In Love Before.mp3
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.mp3
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time.mp3
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors.mp3
Dan Fogelberg - Longer.mp3
Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That.mp3
Dave Stewart - Heart Of Stone.mp3
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes.mp3
David Bowie - China Girl.mp3
David Bowie - Fame.mp3
David Bowie - Space Oddity.mp3
David Bowie - Suffragette City.mp3
David Bowie - This Is Not America.mp3
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust.mp3
David Lee Roth - I Ain't Got Nobody.mp3
Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid.mp3
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round.mp3
DeBarge - Rhythm Of The Night.mp3
Debbie Gibson - Electric Youth.mp3
Debbie Gibson - Foolish Beat.mp3
Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes.mp3
Debbie Gibson - Only In My Dreams (1987).mp3
Debbie Gibson - Shake Your Love.mp3
Debbie Gibson - Staying Together.mp3
Deep Purple - Child In Time.mp3
Def Leppard - Action.mp3
Def Leppard - Animal.mp3
Def Leppard - Hysteria.mp3
Def Leppard - Lets Get Rocked.mp3
Def Leppard - Love Bites.mp3
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me.mp3
Depeche Mode - Behind The Wheel.mp3
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence.mp3
Depeche Mode - I See You.mp3
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough.mp3
Depeche Mode - Little 15.mp3
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus.mp3
Depeche Mode - Policy Of Truth.mp3
Depeche Mode - World In My Eyes.mp3
Desireless - Voyage Voyage.mp3
Devo - Whip It [November 1980].mp3
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen.mp3
Diana King - Shy Guy.mp3
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Baby Love.mp3
Diana Ross - Not Over You Yet.mp3
Diana Ross - One Shining Moment.mp3
Diana Ross - Upside Down.mp3
Dido - Here With Me.mp3
Dido - Thank You.mp3
Dina Carroll - Don't Be A Stranger.mp3
Dionne Warwick & Friends - That's What Friends Are For [January 1986].mp3
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing.mp3
Dire Straits - Private Investigations.mp3
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing.mp3
Dire Straits - Ticket To Heaven.mp3
Dire Straits - Walk Of Life.mp3
Dolby's Cube - Howard The Duck Theme.mp3
Dominoe - Here I Am.mp3
Don Henley - Boys Of Summer.mp3
Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever.mp3
Doobie Brothers - Long Train Runnin.mp3
Double - The Captain of Her Heart.mp3
Dr.Hook - Sexy Eyes.mp3
Duran Duran - Come Undone.mp3
Duran Duran - Girls On Film.mp3
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf [March 1983].mp3
Duran Duran - Notorious.mp3
Duran Duran - Ordinary World.mp3
Duran Duran - Perfect Day.mp3
Duran Duran - Rio.mp3
Duran Duran - Save A Prayer.mp3
Eagles - Hotel California.mp3
Eddie Money - Baby Hold On.mp3
Edie Brickell & Barry White - Good Times.mp3
Edie Brickell - What I Am.mp3
Electric Light Orchestra - Confusion.mp3
Electric Light Orchestra - Don't Bring Me Down.mp3
Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman.mp3
Electric Light Orchestra - Last Train To London.mp3
Electric Light Orchestra - Livin' Thing.mp3
Electric Light Orchestra - Rock And Roll Is King.mp3
Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages.mp3
Electric Light Orchestra - Shine a Little Love.mp3
Electric Light Orchestra - Sweet Talkin' Woman.mp3
Electric Light Orchestra - Telephone Line.mp3
Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart.mp3
Elton John - Believe.mp3
Elton John - Bennie And The Jets.mp3
Elton John - Blue Eyes.mp3
Elton John - Crocodile Rock.mp3
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.mp3
Elton John - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues.mp3
Elton John - I'm Still Standing.mp3
Elton John - Nikita.mp3
Elton John - Rocket Man.mp3
Elton John - Sacrifice.mp3
Elton John - Sad Songs.mp3
Emma Shapplin - Spente Le Stelle.mp3
Enigma - Return To Innocence.mp3
Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos.mp3
Enrique Iglesias - Rhythm Divine.mp3
Enrique Iglesias - Solo En Ti.mp3
Enya - Orinoco Flow.mp3
Erasure - A Little Respect.mp3
Erasure - Always.mp3
Erasure - Blue Savannah.mp3
Erasure - Chains Of Love.mp3
Erasure - Love To Hate You.mp3
Erasure - Oh L'amour.mp3
Eric Carmen - All By Myself.mp3
Eric Carmen - Hungry Eyes.mp3
Eric Clapton - Change The World.mp3
Eric Clapton - Get Lost.mp3
Eric Clapton - I Shot The Sheriff.mp3
Eric Clapton - Layla.mp3
Eric Clapton - My Father's Eyes.mp3
Eric Clapton - Pretending.mp3
Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven.mp3
Eros Ramazzotti - Cose Della Vita.mp3
Eros Ramazzotti - Piu Bella Cosa.mp3
Eros Ramazzotti - Un'Altra Te.mp3
Erotic Exotic - I can give you what you need.mp3
Eruption - One Way Ticket.mp3
Europe - Carrie.mp3
Europe - Cherokee.mp3
Europe - Open Your Heart.mp3
Europe - Supersticious.mp3
Europe - The Final Countdown.mp3
Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again.mp3
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams [August 1983].mp3
Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes.mp3
Evelyn Thomas - High Energy.mp3
Everything But The Girl - I Don't Want To Talk About It.mp3
Everything But The Girl - Missing.mp3
Expose - Point of no return.mp3
Extreme - More Than Words.mp3
F. R. David - Words.mp3
Faith No More - Easy.mp3
Faith No More - Epic.mp3
Falco - Jeanny.mp3
Falco - Out Of The Dark.mp3
Falco - Rock Me Amadeus [April 1986].mp3
Falco - Vienna Calling.mp3
Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing.mp3
Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy.mp3
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way.mp3
Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies.mp3
Fool's Garden - Lemon Tree.mp3
Foreigner - Double Vision.mp3
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is.mp3
Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You.mp3
France Gall - Ella Elle l'a.mp3
Frank Duval - Touch My Soul.mp3
Frank Sinatra & Bono - I've Got You Under My Skin.mp3
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax.mp3
Freddie Mercury - Living On My Own.mp3
Free - All Right Now.mp3
Fun Fun - Color my love.mp3
Fun Fun - Happy Station.mp3
Garbage - Milk.mp3
Gary Moore - Story Of The Blues.mp3
Gary Numan - Cars [June 1980].mp3
Gazebo - I Like Chopin.mp3
General Public - I'll Take You There.mp3
Genesis - Hold On My Heart.mp3
Genesis - I Can't Dance.mp3
Genesis - Invisible Touch.mp3
Genesis - Mama.mp3
Genesis - No Son Of Mine.mp3
George Harrison - Cockamamie Business.mp3
George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You.mp3
George McCrae - Rock Your Baby.mp3
George Michael & Queen - Somebody To Love.mp3
George Michael - Careless Whisper.mp3
George Michael - Faith [December 1987].mp3
George Michael - Fastlove.mp3
George Michael - Father Figure.mp3
George Michael - Fredoom.mp3
George Michael - Jesus To A Child.mp3
George Michael - Kissing A Fool.mp3
George Michael - One more try.mp3
George Michael - Outside.mp3
George Michael - Roxanne.mp3
George Michael - Too funky.mp3
Gilbert O'sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally).mp3
Gino Vannelli - Black Cars.mp3
Gino Vannelli - Hurts To Be In Love.mp3
Gipsy Kings - Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu).mp3
Glass Tiger - Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone).mp3
Glenn Frey - The Heat Is On.mp3
Glenn Medeiros - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You.mp3
Gloria Estefan - Anything For You.mp3
Gloria Estefan - Don't Wanna Lose You.mp3
Gloria Estefan - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.mp3
Gloria Estefan - I See Your Smile.mp3
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive.mp3
Gloria Gaynor - Reach Out I'll Be There.mp3
gnarls barkley - crazy.mp3
GNR - 14 Years.mp3
GNR - Civil War.mp3
GNR - Don't Cry [Original Version].mp3
GNR - Double Talkin' Jive.mp3
GNR - Estranged.mp3
GNR - It's So Easy.mp3
GNR - Knockin' on Heaven's Door.mp3
GNR - Live And Let Die.mp3
GNR - November Rain.mp3
GNR - One In A Million.mp3
GNR - Paradise City.mp3
GNR - Patience.mp3
GNR - Sweet Child O' Mine.mp3
GNR - Used to Love Her.mp3
GNR - Welcome To The Jungle.mp3
GNR - Yesterdays.mp3
GNR - You're Crazy.mp3
Go West - We Close Our Eyes.mp3
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris.mp3
Gorillaz - 19-2000.mp3
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood.mp3
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.mp3
Greg Kihn Band - Jeopardy (1983).mp3
Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down.mp3
GTR - When The Heart Rules The Mind.mp3
Hall & Oates - Baby Come Back.mp3
Hall & Oates - Can't go for That.mp3
Hall & Oates - Kiss On My List.mp3
Hall & Oates - Maneater [December 1982].mp3
Hall & Oates - Private Eyes.mp3
Hall & Oates - Say It Isn't So.mp3
Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F.mp3
Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You.mp3
Heart - Alone.mp3
Heart - Barracuda.mp3
Heart - Never.mp3
Heart - These Dreams.mp3
Herbie Hancock - Rockit.mp3
Honeydrippers - Sea of love.mp3
Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing.mp3
Howard Jones - Things Can Only Bet Better.mp3
Huey Lewis & The News - Hip To Be Square.mp3
Huey Lewis & The News - I Need A New Drug.mp3
Huey Lewis & The News - She's Heart n Soul.mp3
Huey Lewis & The News - Stuck With You.mp3
Huey Lewis & The News - The Power of Love [August 1985].mp3
Iggy Pop - Candy.mp3
Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La Long).mp3
INXS - Beautiful Girl.mp3
INXS - By My Side.mp3
INXS - Devil Inside.mp3
INXS - Elegantly Wasted.mp3
INXS - I Need You Tonight.mp3
INXS - Never Tear Us Apart.mp3
INXS - New Sensation - EMG - www.elitemusic.org.mp3
INXS - Suicide Blonde.mp3
Irene Cara - What A Feeling [June 1983].mp3
Iron Maiden - Wasting Love.mp3
Jambalaya - Carpenters.mp3
James Brown - Living In America.mp3
Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy.mp3
Jan Werner - Find Your Way.mp3
Janet Jackson - Every Time.mp3
Janet Jackson - Nasty Boys.mp3
Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes.mp3
Janis Joplin - Summertime.mp3
Janis Joplin - Take another Little Piece of my heart.mp3
Jellybean - Jingo.mp3
Jellybean - The Mexican (1984).mp3
Jennifer Lopez - Play.mp3
Jennifer Rush - I Come Undone.mp3
Jennifer Rush - The Power Of Love.mp3
Jermaine Jackson - Dynamite.mp3
Jim Croce - Time in a bottle.mp3
Jim Diamond - I Should Have Known Better.mp3
Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe.mp3
Jimmy Ray - Are You Jimmy Ray.mp3
Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers - That's What I Like.mp3
Joan Jett - I Love Rock 'N Roll [April 1982].mp3
Joan Osborne - One Of Us.mp3
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong.mp3
Joe Cocker - Summer In The City.mp3
Joe Cocker - You Can Leave Your Hat On.mp3
Joe Dassin - A Toi.mp3
Joe Dassin - Et Si Tu N'existais Pas.mp3
Joe Dassin - Salut.mp3
Joe Esposito - Lady,Lady,Lady (1983).mp3
Joey Scarbury - Beleive It Or Not.mp3
John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack & Diane [October 1982].mp3
John Farnham - You're The Voice.mp3
John Parr - St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion).mp3
John Paul Young - Love Is In The Air (1978).mp3
John Rocca - I want it to be real.mp3
John Waite - Missing You.mp3
Johnny Hates Jazz - I Don't Want To Be A Hero.mp3
Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams.mp3
Johnny Hates Jazz - Turn Back The Clock.mp3
Johnny Logan - Hold Me Now.mp3
Jon Anderson - Hold on to Love.mp3
Jon Secada - If You Go.mp3
Journey - Don't stop believing.mp3
Journey - Wheel In The Sky.mp3
Journey - When You Love A Woman.mp3
Juice Newton - Queen of Hearts.mp3
Julee Cruise - Falling.mp3
Julian Lennon - Too Late For Goodbyes.mp3
Julian Lennon - Valotte.mp3
K.D. Lang - Constant Craving.mp3
Kajagoogoo - Too Shy.mp3
Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son.mp3
Kansas - Dust In The Wind.mp3
Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine [June 1985].mp3
Ken Laszlo - Everybody Is Dancing.mp3
Kenny G - Don't Make Me Wait For Love.mp3
Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone.mp3
Kenny Loggins - Footloose [April 1984].mp3
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes [June 1981].mp3
Kim Wilde - Cambodia.mp3
Kim Wilde - Hey Mr.Heartache.mp3
Kim Wilde - Kids In America.mp3
Kim Wilde - Love Blonde.mp3
Kim Wilde - You Came.mp3
Kind Of Blue - Bitter Blue.mp3
King - Love and Pride.mp3
Kinks - All Day And All Of The Night.mp3
Kiss - I Was Made For Loving You.mp3
Kool & The Gang - Cherish.mp3
Kraftwerk - The Model.mp3
Kris Kross - Jump.mp3
Kula Shaker _ Hush.mp3
KWS - Please Don't Go.mp3
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head.mp3
Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me.mp3
Kylie Minogue - I Should Be So Lucky.mp3
Kylie Minogue - Locomotion.mp3
Laid Back - Sunshine Reggae.mp3
Laura Branigan - Gloria.mp3
Laura Branigan - Power of Love.mp3
Laura Branigan - Self Control.mp3
Lenny Kravits - Again.mp3
Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way.mp3
Lenny Kravitz - I Belong To You.mp3
Lenny Kravitz - Stand By My Woman.mp3
Leo Sayer - When I Need You.mp3
Leo Sayer - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.mp3
Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man.mp3
Leonard Cohen - Take This Waltz.mp3
Leopold Nord Et Vous - C'est L'amour.mp3
Level 42 - Lessons In Love.mp3
Level 42 - Running In The Family.mp3
Lighthouse Family - High.mp3
Limahl - Neverending Story.mp3
Lime - Babe We're Gonna Love Tonight.mp3
Lime - Unexpected Lovers.mp3
Lionel Richie - All Night Long.mp3
Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling.mp3
Lionel Richie - Easy Like Sunday Morning.mp3
Lionel Richie - Hello.mp3
Lionel Richie - Penny Lover.mp3
Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me.mp3
Lipps Inc. - Funky Town [May 1980].mp3
Lisa Loeb & nine stories - Stay.mp3
Lisa Stansfield - All Around The World.mp3
Lisa Stansfield - Change.mp3
Lisa Stansfield - This Is The Right Time.mp3
Lita Ford (feat. Ozzy Osbourne) - Close My Eyes Forever.mp3
Lita Ford - Kiss Me Deadly.mp3
Lita Ford - Lisa.mp3
Lobo - I'd Love You To Want Me.mp3
Londonbeat - I've Been Thinking About You.mp3
Lou Reed - Perfect Day.mp3
Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side.mp3
Loverboy - Working For The Weekend.mp3
M - Pop Muzik 1979.mp3
M People - Moving On Up.mp3
Madness - Our House [July 1983].mp3
Madonna - Crazy For You.mp3
Madonna - Don't Cry For Me Argentina.mp3
Madonna - Forbidden Love.mp3
Madonna - Gambler.mp3
Madonna - I'll Remember.mp3
Madonna - La Isla Bonita.mp3
Madonna - Like A Virgin [January 1985].mp3
Madonna - Live To Tell.mp3
Madonna - Material Girl.mp3
Madonna - Music.mp3
Madonna - One More Chance.mp3
Madonna - Rain.mp3
Madonna - Take A Bow.mp3
Madonna - This Used To Be My Playground.mp3
Madonna - Time Stood Still.mp3
Madonna - Veras.mp3
Madonna - YouÃ¯ll See.mp3
Maggie Reilly - Every Single Heartbeat.mp3
Mainhorse - More tea vicar.mp3
Mamas & The Papas - California Dreamin'.mp3
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - For You.mp3
Marc Anthony - When I Dream At Night.mp3
Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven.mp3
Mariah Carey - Dreamlover.mp3
Mariah Carey - Hero.mp3
Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time.mp3
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together.mp3
Mariah Carey - Without You.mp3
Marillion - Kayleigh.mp3
Marillion - Lavender.mp3
Marmalade - Reflections Of My Life.mp3
Martika - Love Thy Will Be Done.mp3
Martika - Toy Soldiers.mp3
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine.mp3
Marvin Gaye - Mercy Mercy Me.mp3
Matia Bazar - Solo Tu.mp3
Matia Bazar - Tu Semplicita.mp3
Matt Bianco - Don't Blame It On That Girl.mp3
Matt Bianco - Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed.mp3
Maxi Priest - Wild World.mp3
MC Miker G & DJ Sven - Holiday Rap.mp3
Meat Loaf - I Would Do Anything For Love.mp3
Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That.mp3
Meja - All About The Money.mp3
Men At Work - Down Under.mp3
Men At Work - Overkill.mp3
Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now.mp3
Men Without Hats - POP GOES THE WORLD.mp3
Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance [September 1983].mp3
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters.mp3
Metallica - The Unforgiven.mp3
Miami Sound Machine - Conga.mp3
Michael Bolton & Celine Dion - The Dock Of The Bay.mp3
Michael Bolton - De Esto Se Trata El Amor-.mp3
Michael Bolton - How I supposed to live without you.mp3
Michael Bolton - Said I Loved You But I Lied.mp3
Michael Bow - Love & Devotion.mp3
Michael Jackson - I Just Can it Stop Loving you.mp3
Michael Learns To Rock - Someday.mp3
Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom.mp3
Michael Sembello - she is a maniac.mp3
Mick Jagger - Sweet Thing.mp3
Midge Ure - Breathe.mp3
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning.mp3
Mike & The Mechanics - Over My Shoulder.mp3
Mike & The Mechanics - Silent Running.mp3
Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow.mp3
Mike Oldfield - To France.mp3
mike olfield - family man.mp3
Mike olfield - to france.mp3
Mike Reno & Ann Wilson - Almost Paradise.mp3
Modern English - I Melt With You.mp3
Modern Talking - Brother Louie.mp3
Modern Talking - Cheri, Cheri Lady.mp3
Modern Talking - You Can Win It If You Want.mp3
Modern Talking - You're My Heart, You're My Soul.mp3
Modjo - Lady (Hear Me Tonight).mp3
Mondo Rock - Primitive Love Rites.mp3
Morrissey - Every Day Is Like Sunday.mp3
Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood.mp3
Mr. Big - To Be With You.mp3
Mr. Mister - Broken Wings [December 1985].mp3
Mr. Mister - Kyrie.mp3
Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime.mp3
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok.mp3
Mâtley CrÂe - Home Sweet Home.mp3
Mâtley CrÂe - Without You.mp3
Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang.mp3
Nazareth - Love Hurts.mp3
Nazareth - Victoria.mp3
Nelson - (Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection.mp3
Nena - 99 Luftballoons [March 1984].mp3
New Edition - Candy Girl.mp3
New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff).mp3
New Orden - blue monday.mp3
new radicals - you get what you give.mp3
Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow.mp3
Nick Kamen - Each Time You Break My Heart.mp3
Nick Kamen - I Promised Myself.mp3
Night Ranger - Sister Christian.mp3
Nik Kershaw - The Riddle.mp3
Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't It Be Good.mp3
Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin'.mp3
No Doubt - Don't Speak.mp3
Oasis - Stop Crying Your Heart Out.mp3
Oasis - Wonderwall.mp3
Oingo Boingo - Weird Science.mp3
Olivia Newton John - Physical [December 1981].mp3
Olivia Newton-John - Hopelessly Devoted To You.mp3
Ollie And Jerry - Breakin' There's No Stopping Us.mp3
OMD - Call My Name.mp3
OMD - Dream Of Me.mp3
OMD - Enola Gay.mp3
OMD - If You Leave.mp3
OMD - Sailing On The Seven Seas.mp3
OMD - Secret.mp3
OMD - Then You Turn Away.mp3
Opus - Live Is Life.mp3
Ozzy Osbourne - So Tired.mp3
Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield.mp3
Pat Benatar - We Belong.mp3
Patrick Swayze - She's Like The Wind.mp3
Paul Hardcastle - 19.mp3
Paul Mc Cartney - No more lonely nights.mp3
Paul McCartney (feat. Stevie Wonder) - Ebony And Ivory.mp3
Paul McCartney - My Brave Face.mp3
Paul McCartney - Say Say Say.mp3
Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al.mp3
Paul Young - Don't Dream It's Over.mp3
Paul Young - Everytime You Go Away.mp3
Paul Young - Senza Una Donna(Without A Woman).mp3
Paula Abdul - Rush, Rush.mp3
Paula Abdul - Straight Up.mp3
Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman.mp3
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind.mp3
Pet Shop Boys - Go west.mp3
Pet Shop Boys - Its A Sin.mp3
Pet Shop Boys - New York City Boy.mp3
Pet Shop Boys - Rent.mp3
Pet Shop Boys - So Hard.mp3
Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia.mp3
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls.mp3
Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done to Deserve This.mp3
Peter Cetera - Glory Of Love.mp3
Peter Cetera - Restless Heart.mp3
Peter Gabriel - Big Time.mp3
Peter Gabriel - Digging In The Dirt.mp3
Peter Gabriel - Red Rain.mp3
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer.mp3
Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill.mp3
Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up.mp3
Peter Schilling - Major Tom.mp3
Ph D - I Won't Let You Down.mp3
Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise.mp3
Phil Collins - Don't Lose My Number.lite.mp3
Phil Collins - Groovy kind of love.mp3
Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight.mp3
Phil Collins - Sussudio.mp3
Philip Bailey, Phil Collins - Easy Lover.mp3
Phyllis Nelson - I Like You ( short version ).mp3
Phyllis Nelson - I Like You (1985).mp3
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall.mp3
Pink Floyd - High Hopes.mp3
Pink Floyd - Learning To Fly.mp3
Pink Floyd - Money.mp3
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man.mp3
Player - Baby Come Back.mp3
Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited.mp3
Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn.mp3
Police - Spirits In The Material World.mp3
Pretenders - Brass in Pocket.mp3
Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong.mp3
Pretenders - I'll Stand By You.mp3
Prince - Kiss.mp3
Prince - Little Red Corvette.mp3
Prince - Money Don't Matter 2 Night.mp3
Prince - Purple Rain.mp3
Prince - The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.mp3
Prince - When Doves Cry [July 1984].mp3
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale.mp3
Public Enemy - Fight The Power.mp3
Pupo - Su Dinoi.mp3
Queen & David Bowie - Under Presure.mp3
Queen - A King Of Magic.mp3
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now.mp3
Queen - Innuendo.mp3
Queen - Killer Queen.mp3
Queen - Man On The Prowl.mp3
Queen - Radio Ga Ga.mp3
Queen - The Show Must Go On.mp3
Queen - Under Pressure.mp3
Queen - You Don't Fool Me.mp3
R.E.M. - Bang And Blame.mp3
R.E.M. - Everybody hurts.mp3
R.E.M. - imitation of life.mp3
R.E.M. - It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).mp3
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion.mp3
R.E.M. - Radiosong.mp3
R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People.mp3
R.Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly.mp3
Radiohead - Creep.mp3
Radioheads - High and Dry.mp3
Radioheads - The Bends.mp3
Rainbow - Catch The Rainbow.mp3
Rainbow - I Surrender.mp3
Ratt - Round And Round.mp3
Ray Charles - Hit the road, jack.mp3
Ray Charles - Unchain My Heart.mp3
Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters [August 1984].mp3
Real Life - Send Me An Angel.mp3
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge.mp3
Regina - Baby Love.mp3
Rembrandts - Just The Way It Is, Baby.mp3
REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling [March 1985].mp3
REO Speedwagon - I cant fight this feeling anymore.mp3
REO Speedwagon - I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight.mp3
REO Speedwagon - In my dreams.mp3
REO Speedwagon - Keep on Loving You.mp3
REO Speedwagon - One Lonely Night.mp3
REO Speedwagon - Take On Run.mp3
Ricchi & Poveri - Canzone d'amore.mp3
Ricchi & Poveri - Mamma Maria.mp3
Ricchi & Poveri - Sara Perche Ti Amo.mp3
Ricchi & Poveri - Voulez Vous Danser.mp3
Richard Marx - Angelia.mp3
Richard Marx - Children of the night.mp3
Richard Marx - Hazard.mp3
Richard Marx - Hungry Eyes.mp3
Richard Marx - Now And Forever.mp3
Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting.mp3
Rick Ashley -Together Forever.mp3
Rick Astley - Hold Me In Your Arms.mp3
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up.mp3
Rick Springfield - Celebrate Youth.mp3
Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl.mp3
Rick Springfield - Love Somebody.mp3
Rick Springfield - State Of The Heart.mp3
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody.mp3
Rihanna - Hate That I Love You.mp3
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock - It Takes Two.mp3
Robbie Nevil - C'est La Vie.mp3
Robbie Williams - Angels.mp3
Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love.mp3
Robert Palmer - Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor).mp3
Robert Palmer - Johnny and Mary .mp3
Robert Palmer - Know By Now.mp3
Robert Palmer - Some Guys Have All The Luck.mp3
Roberta Flack - Kiling Me Softly With This Song.mp3
Robin Beck - The first time.mp3
Robin Gibb - Boys do fall in love.mp3
Robin Gibb - Like A Fool.mp3
Rod Stewart - Baby Jane.mp3
Rod Stewart - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy.mp3
Rod Stewart - Downtown Train.mp3
Rod Stewart - Forever Young.mp3
Rod Stewart - I Don't Want To Talk About It.mp3
Rod Stewart - Maggie May.mp3
Rod Stewart - My Heart Can't Tell You No.mp3
Rod Stewart - Rhythm Of My Heart.mp3
Rod Stewart - Sailing.mp3
Rod Stewart - Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me).mp3
Rod Stewart - Young Turks.mp3
Roxette - Anyone.mp3
Roxette - Crash! Boom! Bang!.mp3
Roxette - Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave).mp3
Roxette - How Do You Do!.mp3
Roxette - It Must Have Been Love.mp3
Roxette - Listen To Your Heart.mp3
Roxette - Queen Of Rain.mp3
Roxette - Spending My Time.mp3
Roxette - The Look.mp3
Roxxette - Joyride.mp3
Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug.mp3
Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman.mp3
Roy Orbison - You Got It.mp3
Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody.mp3
Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita.mp3
Sabrina - Boys Boys Boys.mp3
Sade - Cherish The Day.mp3
Sade - Hang On To Your Love.mp3
Sade - Is It A Crime.mp3
Sade - Kiss Of Life.mp3
Sade - Never As Good As The First Time.mp3
Sade - No Ordinary Love.mp3
Sade - Nothing Can Come Between Us.mp3
Sade - Paradise.mp3
Sade - Please Send Me Someone To Love.mp3
Sade - Smooth Operator.mp3
Sade - The Sweetest Taboo.mp3
Sade - Your Love Is King.mp3
Saigon Kick - Love Is On The Way.mp3
Salt-N-Pepa - Push It.mp3
Sam Brown - Stop!.mp3
Samantha Fox - Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now.mp3
Samantha Fox - Touch Me.mp3
Samantha Sang - Emotion.mp3
Sandau Ballet - Through the barricades.mp3
Sandra - Everlasting Love.mp3
Sandra - Heaven Can Wait.mp3
Sandra - Maria Magdalena.mp3
Sandra - Stop For A Minute.mp3
Santa Esmeralda - You Are My Everything.mp3
Santana - Samba Pa' Ti.mp3
Scorpions - Big City Nights.mp3
Scorpions - Moment Of Glory.mp3
Scorpions - No One Like You.mp3
Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane.mp3
Scorpions - Still Loving You.mp3
Scorpions - Wind Of Change.mp3
Scorpions - You And I.mp3
Scott Mckenzie - San Francisco.mp3
Seal - Crazy.mp3
Seal - Kiss From A Rose.mp3
Seals & Crofts - Summer Breeze.mp3
Secret Ties - One Night.mp3
Shakin' Stevens - Lipstick, Powder And Paint.mp3
Shakin' Stevens - Shirley.mp3
Shania Twain - From This Moment On.mp3
Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like A Woman.mp3
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much.mp3
Shania Twain - You're Still the One.mp3
Sheena Easton - Almost Over You.mp3
Sheena Easton - We've Got Tonight.mp3
Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do.mp3
Sheryl Crow - Run Baby Run.mp3
Shocking Blue - Venus.mp3
Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11.mp3
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water.mp3
Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson.mp3
Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound Of Silence.mp3
Simple Minds - Alive And Kicking.mp3
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me).mp3
Simply Red - A New Flame.mp3
Simply Red - Fairground.mp3
Simply Red - For Your Babies.mp3
Simply Red - Holding Back The Years.mp3
Simply Red - If you don't know me by now.mp3
Simply Red - It's Only Love.mp3
Simply Red - Money's Too Tight To Mention.mp3
Simply Red - Something Got Me Started.mp3
Simply Red - Stars.mp3
Simply Red - The Right Thing.mp3
Simply Red - Thrill Me.mp3
Simply Red - Your Mirror.mp3
Sinead O'Connor - Thank You For Hearing Me.mp3
Sinita - Feel like the first time.mp3
Sinâad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U.mp3
Siouxsie & The Banshees - The Passenger.mp3
Sister Sledge - We are family.mp3
Six Was Nine - Surprise, Surprise.mp3
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me.lite.mp3
Slade - My Oh My.mp3
Slade - Run Runaway.mp3
Slow - Classic.mp3
Smash Mouth - All Star.mp3
Smokie - Living Next Door To Alice.mp3
Smokie - Wrong Reason.mp3
Snap! - Rhythm Is A Dancer.mp3
Soft Cell - Tainted Love [July 1982].mp3
Soul Asylum - Runaway Train.mp3
SoulSister - The Way To Your Heart.mp3
Spagna - Call Me.mp3
Spagna - Easy Lady.mp3
Spandau Ballet - Gold.mp3
Spandau Ballet - Througth the barricades.mp3
Spandau Ballet - True.mp3
Squeeze - Tempted by the fruit of another.mp3
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.mp3
Starship - Sara.mp3
Starship - We Built This City [November 1985].mp3
Status Quo - In The Army Now.mp3
Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The World.mp3
Status Quo - What You're Proposing.mp3
Status Quo - Whatever You Want.mp3
Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra.mp3
Steve Perry - You Better Wait.lite.mp3
Steve Winwood - Higher Love.mp3
Steve Winwood - Valerie.mp3
Stevie B - Because I Love You.mp3
Sting - A Brand New Day.mp3
Sting - All This Time.mp3
Sting - Desert Rose.mp3
Sting - Englishman In New York.mp3
Sting - Fields Of Gold.mp3
Sting - Fill Her Up.mp3
Sting - History Will Teach Us.mp3
Sting - If I Ever Lose My Faith In You.mp3
Sting - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.mp3
Sting - King Of Pain.mp3
Sting - Lithium Sunset.mp3
Sting - Love Is The Seventh Wave.mp3
Sting - Mad About You.mp3
Sting - Moon Over Bourbon Street.mp3
Sting - One World (Not Three) - Love Is 7th Wave.mp3
Sting - Prologue (If I Ever Lose My).mp3
Sting - Russians.mp3
Sting - Shape Of My Heart.mp3
Sting - She's Too Good For Me.mp3
Sting - Why Should I Cry For You.mp3
Styx - Babe.mp3
Styx - Mr. Roboto [April 1983].mp3
Supertramp - Breakfast In America.mp3
Supertramp - Goodbye Stranger.mp3
Supertramp - It's Raining Again.mp3
Supertramp - The Logical Song.mp3
Survivor - Burning heart.mp3
Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger [August 1982].mp3
Survivor - The search is over.mp3
Survivor- The Moment of Truth.mp3
Suzanne Vega - In Liverpool.mp3
Suzanne Vega - Luka.mp3
Suzi Quatro - Can The Can.mp3
Suzi Quatro - Rock Hard.mp3
Swing Out Sister - Breakout.mp3
Synch - Where are you now.mp3
T Rex - Get It On.mp3
Taco - Puttin' On The Ritz.mp3
Take That - Back For Good.mp3
Talk Talk - Its My Life.mp3
Talking Heads - And She Was.mp3
Talking Heads - Burning Down The House.mp3
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer.mp3
Talking Heads - Wild Wild Life.mp3
Tamara and the Seen - Everybody Dance.mp3
Tanita Tikaram - Stop Listening.mp3
Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite.mp3
Tavares - Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel.mp3
Tavares - More Than A Woman.mp3
Tears for fears - Advice For The Young At Heart.mp3
Tears For Fears - Break It Down Again.mp3
Tears for fears - Change.mp3
Tears for fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World.mp3
Tears for fears - Head Over Heels.mp3
Tears for fears - I Believe.mp3
Tears for fears - Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down).mp3
Tears for fears - Mad World.mp3
Tears for fears - Mothers Talk.mp3
Tears for fears - Pale Shelter.mp3
Tears for fears - Shout.mp3
Tears for fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love.mp3
Tears for fears - Woman In Chains.mp3
Teena Marie - Lovergirl.mp3
Ten Sharp - You.mp3
The Alan Parsons Project - Don't Answer Me.mp3
The Art Company - Susanna.mp3
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star.mp3
The Cardigans _ Love Fool.mp3
The Carpenters - Superstar.mp3
The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More.mp3
The Cars - Drive.mp3
The Cars - Hello Again.lite.mp3
The Cars - Tonight She Comes.mp3
The Clash - London Calling.mp3
The Clash - Rock The Casbah.lite.mp3
The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go.mp3
The Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way.mp3
The Cover Girl's - Show Me.mp3
The Cranberries - Dreams.mp3
The Cranberries - Linger.mp3
The Cranberries - Ode To My Family.mp3
The Cure - Close To Me.mp3
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love.mp3
The Cure - Just Like Heaven.mp3
The Cure - Lovesong.mp3
The Cure - Lullaby.mp3
The Doobie Brothers - Long train runnin.mp3
The Eagles - Hotel California.mp3
The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another.mp3
The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup.lite.mp3
The Four Seasons - Sherry.lite.mp3
The Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There.mp3
The Go-Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed.mp3
The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe.mp3
The Human League - Don't You Want Me.mp3
The Human League - Together In Electric Dreams.mp3
The J. Geils Band - Centerfold [February 1982].mp3
The Jets - Cross My Broken Heart.mp3
The Kingsmen - Louie Louie.lite.mp3
The Kinks - You Really Got Me.mp3
The Mamas & The Papas - California Dreaming.mp3
The nack - My Sharona.mp3
The Outfield - all the love in the world.mp3
The Outfield - I Don't Want To Lose Your Love.mp3
The Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited.mp3
The Police - De Do Do Do De Da Da Da.mp3
The Police - Every Breath You Take [July 1983].mp3
The Police - Message In A Bottle.mp3
The Police - Roxanne.mp3
The Police - Spirits In The Material World.mp3
The Police - Walking On The Moon.mp3
The Police - Wrapped Around Your Finger.mp3
The Power Station - Communication.mp3
The Pretenders - Back On the Chain Gang.lite.mp3
The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket.mp3
The Pretenders - I'll stant by you.mp3
The Quick - Bed of Nails.mp3
The Rolling Stones - Angie (Acoustic, Live).mp3
The Rolling Stones - Angie.mp3
The Rolling Stones - Miss You.mp3
The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black.mp3
The Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday.mp3
The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction.mp3
The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up.mp3
The Romantics - What I Like About You.mp3
The Sweet - Ballroom Blitz.mp3
The Sweet - Fox On The Run.mp3
The Turtles - Happy Together.mp3
The Twins - Face To Face - Heart To Heart.mp3
The Who - You Better, You Bet.mp3
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak.mp3
Thin Lizzy - Parisienne Walkways (feat. Gary Moore).mp3
Thomas Dolby- She Blinded Me With Science.mp3
Thompson Twins - Doctor! Doctor!.mp3
Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now.mp3
Tiffany - Could've beeny.mp3
Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now.mp3
Tiffany - Radio Romance.mp3
Tina Turner & Barry White - In Your Wildest Dreams.mp3
Tina Turner - Private Dancer.mp3
Tina Turner - The Best.mp3
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero.mp3
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It [September 1984].mp3
Tina Turner - When The Heartache Is Over.mp3
Tom Jones & Mousse T - Sexbomb.mp3
Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual.mp3
Tom Jones - She's A Lady.mp3
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Learning To Fly.mp3
Tommy Tutone - Jenny [May 1982].mp3
Tone-Loc - Wild Thing.mp3
Toni Basil - Hey Mickey.mp3
Toni Braxton - Un Break My Heart.mp3
Tori Amos - Past The Mission.mp3
Toto - Africa.mp3
Toto - Hold The Line.mp3
Tracy Chapman - Baby Can I Hold You.mp3
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car.mp3
Tracy Chapman - For My Lover.mp3
Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason.mp3
Trans-X - Living On Video.mp3
Twenty 4 Seven - Slave To The Music.mp3
Twisted Sister - The Price.mp3
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|Rex Tillerson Says Americans Shouldn't Worry About North Korea's Threats|
WASHINGTON — He promised unpredictability and he's delivering. On an issue with the highest stakes imaginable, the life-and-death matter of a nuclear showdown, Donald Trump's team delivered mixed messages Wednesday, with some seeking to de-escalate the boss's language.
Team Trump danced around questions such as: Was Trump serious when he vowed to unleash fire, fury, and power with unprecedented force in world history, as retaliation for North Korean threats? Was this a firm red line? Was this statement prepared in advance?
A spokeswoman for his State Department even scolded reporters who pressed for more clarity: "I know you all want to obsess over statements and all of that and try to want to make a lot of noise," Heather Nauert said.
Some reports said Trump's words were improvised and surprised his own aides. The New York Times and CNN said the sheet of paper Trump was glancing at while uttering his threat was not a statement on North Korea — but a fact sheet on the opioid crisis.
A spokeswoman for Trump had a more nuanced explanation.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the message had been co-ordinated — to a certain extent. She said the president's chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly and the National Security Council, were aware of the tone he would take but: ''The words were his own.''
The headline-grabbing statement caused some people, not just the news media, to snap to attention. It also prompted a spike in Google searches within the United States for, "How to survive a nuclear attack," which increased 100-fold from a day earlier.
The words were his own.Sarah Huckabee Sanders
What the president specifically threatened was retaliation in the event of "any more threats to the United States" — a stakes-escalating gambit, given that the trash-talking, nuke-chasing, Hermit Kingdom crosses this threshold on a near-daily basis.
In fact, North Korea did it again immediately.
Canadian delegation in North Korea
North Korea quickly put the president's words to a test by threatening to attack the U.S. base on the island of Guam. A Canadian delegation happened to be at the epicentre of the drama Wednesday, securing the release of a pastor who had been jailed for more than two years in North Korea.
Trump's secretary of state was on Guam during a refuelling layover and he delivered a soothing message to anyone back home alarmed by the sudden escalation in rhetoric.
"I think Americans should sleep well at night," said Rex Tillerson, who spent an hour on the phone with the president after his attention-grabbing threat.
''Have no concerns about this particular rhetoric over the last few days. ... I think what the president was just reaffirming is the United States has the capability to fully defend itself from any attack and defend our allies and we will do so. So the American people should sleep well tonight."
The secretary of defence also dialed down the warning level slightly.
While he used stern language and his remarks were reported as threatening by U.S. media, the specific wording employed by Defence Secretary James Mattis was more circumscribed.
While Trump spoke about retaliating against, "threats," Mattis hewed to the stricter term, "actions.'' Twice in a statement, he warned the North Koreans to avoid, ''actions,'' that would provoke a catastrophic response: ''(It) would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.''
But not everyone downplayed the threat.
One White House staffer, security aide Sebastian Gorka, compared the standoff to the Cuban Missile Crisis — that tense two-week period in 1962 when global superpowers reached the brink of mutual, mushroom-cloud annihilation.
"During the Cuban missile crisis, we stood behind JFK,'' Gorka told Fox News.
''This is analogous to the Cuban missile crisis. We need to come together."
Trump, meanwhile, had a more low-key day Wednesday.
The president retweeted a story and video of himself delivering the threat; he tweeted a boast that he had modernized the U.S. nuclear arsenal, a years-long project that predated his presidency; and he took a shot against the top Senate Republican, amid an esalating feud within his party.
For a president who would declare, during his campaign, that, ''We have to be unpredictable,'' on military matters, it was mission accomplished. But a staffer from the previous administrations was incredulous.
Barack Obama aide Ben Rhodes said the North Korean regime will not be talked out of abandoning its nuclear program — which it views as a bargaining chip to ensure its survival.
But with the help of international allies, and diplomacy, he said the U.S. could use current sanctions as leverage, offering some relief in exchange for controls on the nuclear program — as occurred in the controversial Iran deal.
He said rash talk made it harder to build a diplomatic alliance. He also said this should be a wakeup call for Americans, who have yet to witness the Trump administration confront a real crisis.
"We're talking about nuclear war," Rhodes told a podcast, Pod Save The World.
"Is this really the informed judgment of his entire national-security team? Or is this something he just decided to pop off and say? ... We have to hope there is a more sober group of people in the Trump administration."
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|Ta Escalation Balancing||Suggestions:
Core Vindicator (for its buildtime) should have like 30% more armor. It takes like 7 to kill a krogoth due to the missiles.
Thank you for the upped krogoth buildtime!
I think behemoths/centurions should have like 10% more armor and be like 78193 for buildtime.
Also, like someone else said in a TAU thread, (http://www.tauniverse.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=144), behemoth/centurion are OMGSUPERGOLIATH. and not unique like the other units.
Add like at least 6 more super units? The mod kinda gets boring with the same units lol.
Even with the upgrades, its one new thing and gets worn out fast. :|
What about an experimental ship? :0
Immolator is fucking tough! (Is it meant to survive a nuke?) :P|
|North Korea's Guam Missiles Threat||North Korea says it will complete a plan to land missiles near Guam by mid-August then wait for approval from leader Kim Jong-un.
Also on the programme: Kenyans are waiting to find out the official result of their general election; and could vitamins reduce the number of miscarriages and prevent birth defects?
(Picture: US service personnel based on Guam. Credit: AFP)|
|US Sends "Strong Message" to North Korea||The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Trump's comments that North Korean threats would be met with "fire and fury" are a "strong message" to Pyongyang - which says it is considering a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.
Also in the programme: Kenya's presidential challenger Raila Odinga has rejected as fake election results that hand victory to the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, and the contamination scandal that has led to millions of eggs being recalled from supermarkets in Europe.
Photo: A US bomber takes off from the Andersen Air Base on Guam. Credit: Getty Images.|
|North Korea Condemns Latest Sanctions||Chinese and North Korean foreign ministers meet at an Asia-Pacific summit in Manila, where the US Secretary of State is seeking support for greater isolation of North Korea.
Also in the programme: government troops in South Sudan take control of rebel HQ, and the Russian athletes competing as "authorised neutrals" at the World Championships in London.
Photo: North Korea launches an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile in August 2017; Credit: KCNA via AFP|
|North Korea: China Urges Neighbour to Stop Missile Tests||The Chinese foreign minister asks North Korea to make a smart decision and halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, after the UN voted in a new round of sanctions.
The head of international athletics has expressed disappointment, after the former drug cheat Justin Gatlin became world hundred metres champion. And we take a look at daily life in Venezuela.
(Photo: China Foreign Minister Wang Yi greets North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, during a bilateral meeting in Manila. Credit: Reuters)|
|UN Security Council Unanimously Votes To Impose Sanctions On North Korea||The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, following the regime's recent missile tests. Why did both Russia and China vote alongside the rest of the security council? We speak to the current British ambassador to the UN.
Also on the programme in Venezuela, the first act of the newly elected constituent assembly is to fire the country's attorney general. And Usain Bolt's final solo race.
(Picture: UN Security Council Credit: EPA)|
|North Korea Conducts New Missile Test||Military sources in the US and South Korea say another Intercontinental Ballistic Missile has been fired in the direction of Japan, landing in the sea. This comes less than a month since the last North Korean missile launch.
Also in the programme: Walter Shaub tells us why he resigned as head of the US independent Office of Government Ethics, and Europe's top court has ordered Poland to stop logging in an ancient forest.
Picture: a man looks at images showing missile launches and military exercises. Credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images.|
|France's President Macron Inaugurated||Speaking at the Elysee Palace, France's new President, Emmanuel Macron, said his country had to find answers to the great crises of the time, including migration, terrorism, the excesses of capitalism and climate change. Also in the programme: North Korean missile test, and Bob Marley's Exodus at 40.
(Photo: President Macron waves as he parades in a car after his formal inauguration ceremony. Credit: AFP/Etienne Laurent)|
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|Remembering When Dissent Was Patriotic....||...instead of racist.|
And if that meant fantasizing about murdering the president, well...that was patriotic, too.
It's April, 2003. Madonna releases "American Life". And then shoots a video...
Two music videos were shot for the song, both directed by Swedish director Jonas Ã kerlund. The first one featured Madonna at a military-themed fashion show, cavorting with a brigade of female soldiers and in the end, she throws a hand grenade at George W. Bush. Prior its release, it caused controversy regarding its political, racial, violence and religious views, leading Madonna to release a statement explaining its concept.
After the invasion of Iraq started, Madonna cancelled the release of the original music video, because of the political climate of the country at the time...
Maybe. Or maybe Madonna cared more about money than any actual political message she was delivering. After all, having just witnessed the demise of the Dixie Chicks....
The video is here. Around 4:20, Madonna appears to throw the grenade at Bush, who proceeds to catch it in midair, smirk (of course), and light a cigar - all while seemingly impervious to, and pleased by, the carnage unfolding all around him.
Try doing that today. Imagine Obama taking a hit from a Hellfire missile delivered straight from a Predator drone, only to have it turn into a a brand-new Titleist 5-iron. Watch him swing and smile, as innocents die abroad and Americans starve at home!
Do it, and find yourself in jail faster than you can say "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula". Assuming the media doesn't lynch you, Zimmerman-style, first.
A lot has changed in ten years, I'd reckon...
|JFK: What Could Have Been|
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the most infamous crime of the 20th century.
The murder of President Kennedy continues to fascinate and disturb people around the globe. The killing has been investigated and analyzed; reviewed and written about; video-taped and dramatized; unequivocally the most talked about criminal event in the last 100 years.
Although Kennedyâs death is seared into the American psyche, there is so much more to the man than his demise. The image of Jaqueline Kennedy crawling across the trunk of the presidential limousine as a secret service agent jumped on board remains as vivid today as it was 50 years ago.
Yet Kennedyâs manner, his swagger his confidence in himself and his country should not be forgotten, it should be celebrated and revered.
Kennedyâs murder remains unsolved. The Warren Commission concluded a lone assassin was responsible, the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassination concluded it was âprobablyâ a conspiracy.
All we know for sure about November 22, 1963 is that JFK was fatally wounded while sitting in an open car traveling slowly on through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. John Connelly, the governor of Texas was wounded as well.Â Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested that day and charged with Kennedyâs murder and the murder of a Dallas Police Officer.
Today is the somber anniversary of JFKâs deathâbut it can be more, a celebration of an extraordinary life.
For Americans, and admirers around the world, JFK is forever young and vibrant. His charisma was second only to his intellect.Â He was a leader who inspired a generation and continues to inspire today.
His heroism in war; his audacity to challenge Americans to do for their country; his tenacity to stand up to the Sovietâs during the successful resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis; and his vision to launch us on a successful race to the moonâare all testaments to his leadership.
Today, and the days leading up to today have been filled with theories of conspiracy and treachery. The news has been filled with stories of investigations gone awry and a government too inept to solve the murder of its very leader.
Today is also about what could have been. Had Kennedy survived the remainder of his term and maybe won a second term what would America be like today?
We can only imagine an America in the 1960âs without Vietnam. Where would we be today if a young and vibrant president could have fully embraced the civil rights movement? How about a visionary peace movement in place of raucous anti-war protests? What if Watergate was just the name of another Washington, DC office building?
Kennedy modeled a pragmatic approach to problem solving instead of partisan back-biting that weâve come to know as leadership. JFK once said, âA nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.â
Today, our nation can reveal a lot about itself. If, instead of wallowing in the unresolved murder of a president, it celebrated a life well lived and country that glowed in the light of that well lived life.
(Matthew T. Mangino is of counsel with Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly & George P.C. He is the former district attorney for Lawrence County and former member of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. You can reach him at www.mattmangino.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewTMangino).
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|Interview of Frederick E. Crory by Brian Shoemaker||Interview of Frederick E. Crory by Brian Shoemaker
Crory, Frederick E.
Mr. Crory (Fred) grew up as a Massachusetts farm boy. At age 15 he joined the Massachusetts National Guard and at age 17 joined the Marines â serving in Guam and Japan. He also served during the Korean War. Upon discharge he used the G.I. Bill and attended the University of Massachusetts graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. During his senior year one of his professors, Karl Hendrickson, introduced him to soil mechanics in the Polar Regions. This led to a job at the Army Corps of Engineers at their Arctic Construction and Frost Effects Laboratory (ACFEL).
Fred describes his experiences in doing basic research for construction projects in the Arctic. Early on he began to work on developing adequate piling supports for the Distant Early Warning System (DEW) Line bases. Later it was on towers that oscillated due to the wind and affected their foundations. He explains frost heaving in airfields constructed on permafrost. This work took him to Fairbanks for a two-year (1956-59) assignment where he traveled the entire north Alaskan Coast conducting Arctic construction studies. Back in Massachusetts he took over the pile-testing program at ACFEL. He explains the merger of ACFEL and the Snow, Ice, Permafrost Research Experiment (SIPRE) to the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in 1961 and the move to Hanover.
Fred took over the Foundations Group of CRREL in the early 1960âs. With the development of the oil industry on the North Slope of Alaska, Fred became involved with development of foundations for oil-rigs, roads, airstrips, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and etc. He explains his work studying how to protect the tundra and permafrost at test sites at Inagok, Tunaluk and Lisburne. He visited the USSR three time s to learn from their methods. He also traveled to Thule in Greenland to develop ârefrigerated foundationsâ for the radars, the Ballistic Missile Warning System in Clear, Alaska and DEW line stations across the north slope of Canada and the United States when they were upgraded to automated sites of the North Warning System. Along the way he picked up a Master of Science degree from the College of Applied Sciences of the University of New Hampshire.
Fred retired in 1990 and conducted Arctic consulting work until 1995. He is fully retired today and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire.
|Interview of James A. Van Allen by Brian Shoemaker||Interview of James A. Van Allen by Brian Shoemaker
Van Allen, James A. (James Alfred), 1914-2006
Dr. Van Allen is a distinguished physicist and a leading researcher on interplanetary satellites. He is known for helping to organize the International Geophysical Year in 1957-58.
As a young student at Iowa Wesleyan University in 1931, Van Allen developed a strong interest in physics under the guidance of Thomas Poulter. Poulter was the chief scientist and second in command for the Second Byrd Expedition to Antarctica in 1933. As an undergraduate, Van Allen learned to make observations of the magnetic field of the Earth using a magnetometer, and was introduced to the science of geophysics, his lifelong passion. He also did original scientific work on the Perseid meteor shower of August 1932.
After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1939 with a Ph.D. in nuclear physics, he joined the Carnegie Institution as a Research Fellow, where he helped develop a radio proximity fuse for use in naval long-range anti-aircraft guns. He developed one of the basic features of the vacuum tube that was the heart of the fuse. In November 1942, he and two co-workers were commissioned as naval officers to go out to the fleet and accompany an initial shipment of these proximity fused projectiles. His personal responsibility was for the destroyers. Van Allen discovered that the success rate of the fuses was compromised by the early deterioration of the batteries, and was responsible for setting up re-battery depots on a wide scale in the Pacific. His navy career ended in May 1946.
Van Allen returned to the Applied Physics Lab as a civilian, and did considerable research on high altitude rockets, including captured German V-2 rockets. He oversaw development of the Aerobee, a high-altitude Navy rocket. This rocket has no active guidance system, and Van Allen and his team successfully made adjustments to insure that it would not deviate from its approved range at the White Sands Proving Ground. He also continued research on cosmic rays, atmospheric ozone, and high altitude photography.
On April 5, 1950, Van Allen invited several friends, all distinguished scientists, to his home for a dinner party at Silver Spring, Maryland. The group included Sydney Chapman, a British geophysicist, Lloyd Berkner, and Wallace Joyce. It was here that the very first plans were laid for what became the International Geophysical Year (IGY). The men agreed that the general assessment of geophysics was moving along so rapidly that it would be desirable to plan the IGY for 1957-58, on the 25th anniversary of the first Polar Year. As it happened, this was also a year of expected maximum solar activity.
The IGY was a non-governmental enterprise made up of independent scientific organizations. In the United States, the National Academy of Sciences was the principal society, and the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Navy provided the principal governmental support. Van Allen belonged to several committees of the IGY, and chaired the Working Group on Internal Instrumentation. He was responsible for soliciting and selecting the experiments which were to be conducted on the satellite itself. Polar exploration in both the Arctic and the Antarctic received an enormous stimulus from the IGY. Operation Deep Freeze, which established the Antarctic continent as a major area of scientific exploration, was a major consequence of the IGY. The Antarctic Treaty was another direct outcome of the IGY.
Van Allen made three polar expeditions for scientific purposes. In 1952, with the support of the Office of Naval Research he devised and successfully developed techniques for launching a rocket from a balloon at some 50,000 to 60,000 feet of altitude. The device, called a rockoon, which was launched in 1953 from the Coast Guard cutter Eastwind, reached altitudes of 250,000 feet. It made valuable discoveries in the Arctic region, including cosmic ray measurements, and the discovery of the auroral soft radiation zone. Similar experiments were later conducted along the equator and in Antarctica.
At the University of Iowa, Van Allen, working with colleagues and in close touch with his friend Wernher van Braun, of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency in Huntsville, Alabama, developed the scientific payload for Explorer I, the first successful American satellite. The flight was a great success, and resulted in the discovery of the radiation belts of the Earth, later named the Van Allen belt. He was the co-discoverer of the radiation belts of the planets Jupiter and Saturn.
Van Allen commented as to how much his research field has changed over the years. For example, he and others worked for years in the early 1950âs using balloon launched rockets (rockoons) to complete a very good latitude survey in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Today, using polar satellites, the same mapping can be done in 45 minutes. He never personally returned to the Polar regions.
Since 1958 Van Allenâs entire career has been in satellite and spacecraft observations. He had instruments aboard Mariner II to Venus in 1962, Mariner IV to Mars in 1964, Mariner V to Venus in 1965, and the first missions to Jupiter and Saturn on Pioneer 10 and 11. He has also kept very busy with research, and continues to train graduate students. As recognition of his long, productive career, Van Allen has been awarded the Nansen Medal for his contributions to Arctic geophysics, radiation belt physics, and the exploration of the aurora by rockets and satellites.
Van Allenâs long career in polar and inter-planetary astro-physics
International Geophysical Year (IGY)
Development of balloon launched rockets (rockoons)
Research on radiation belt physics and exploration of the aurora
Contributions of satellites in global and interplanetary research
The Van Allen radiation belts
Aerobee, Navy rocket used in high altitude research, p. 15
Berkner, Lloyd, pp. 17-25
Byrd, Admiral Richard, pp. 6-7, 45-46
Chapman, Sydney, 17-23
Gore, Albert, Vice President, p. 27
Joyce, Wallace, p. 17
Kaplan, Joseph, 24-25
Kent, Bob, Army Ordinance Department, pp. 15-16
Lee, Willis A., Admiral, pp. 11-13
Liddell, Urner, pp. 35-36
Ludwig, George, p. 32
Parsons, W. S. (Deke), Rear Admiral, p. 11
Pickering, Bill, p. 24
Pomerantz, Martin, pp. 36-38
Porter, Richard, p. 24
Poulter, Thomas C., Prof. of Physics, pp. 2-7, 25
Singer, Fred, pp. 18
Turner, Harold A., Colonel, pp. 15-16
Vestive, E. H. âHarryâ, pp. 18
Von Braun, Wernher, p .32
|Interview of Alan F. Neidle by Brian Shoemaker||Interview of Alan F. Neidle by Brian Shoemaker
Neidle, Alan F.
Alan Neidle is best remembered as a principal negotiator of the Antarctic Treaty. Soon after graduating from Yale in 1950, he served three years in the Army during the Korean War. This enhanced his interest in international questions, and as a law student at the University of Michigan he focused on international law. In January 1957, he was hired by the State Department, and developed an interest in negotiation. By age 29 he had already negotiated on two treaties, including extradition treaties with Brazil and Sweden. Although still very junior in rank, he was given the Antarctic assignment by Marjorie Whiteman, his boss, a distinguished international lawyer.
Ambassador Paul Daniels, with years of experience in Latin America, was named by John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State, to join a team of Antarctic negotiators. Neidle was chosen to be the legal representative. These were the years of the Cold War, and there was rising concern about the role of the Russians in Antarctica.
The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., a non-political venue, was the site of some 60 meetings that were held over the next nine months. For some months the Russians were uncooperative, but the other participants developed a whole catalog of new ideas and refinements. Some voices in the State Department called for abandoning the project on grounds the Russians would never cooperate. Some feared that they might launch missiles from Antarctica, or use it as a submarine base. Daniels persisted, and in time the Russians reversed course, and chose to cooperate. Work on the Antarctic Treaty then proceeded fairly quickly.
Daniels asked Neidle to draft a full text of the proposed treaty. In the end this would prove to be the most important, multi-lateral treaty with the Russians since World War II. Neidleâs initial sentence, the first that he wrote, âAntarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only,â made it to the final, signed draft. Soon after the Outer Space Treaty was adopted, and Neidleâs sentence was again the lead sentence, âOuter space shall be used for peaceful purposes only.â Article One stated that âresearch shall continue as before,â a tacit acknowledgement that the multi-national scientific cooperation during the International Geophysical Year (IGY), 1957-58, had been successful.
The claims issue, however, was more contentious, especially for the South Americans. The British, New Zealanders, Australians, and French were more open to internationalizing Antarctica, but both the Brazilians and Chileans asserted specific territorial claims. It was agreed that no new post-treaty territorial claims would be recognized. The United States, which had invested more effort in Antarctic research than any other nation, asserted no territorial claims and never recognized those of other nations. For the United States, free access to the entire continent was essential.
The Treaty banned nuclear testing and nuclear storage of radioactive waste in Antarctica. The Treaty does not impose any quotas or restrictions on nuclear inspections. Several other articles of the Treaty were mostly administrative and not controversial, including a provision that it must be written in Russian, Spanish, and French, as well as English. It was agreed in an important provision that after 30 years the Treaty must be reviewed, and might even be terminated. In the meantime, any nation withdrawing from the Treaty must give one-year notice. By and large the Treaty has been well received.
Herman Flager was the chief negotiator, and signed the treaty for the United States. Neidle was his legal assistant, and worked closely with him at all stages. Without the effective guidance of Flager, a close personal friend of John Foster Dulles, the Treaty might never have happened. Neidle also spoke highly of the essential work of Ambassador Paul Daniels. Various nuclear inspections ensued as a result of the Treaty, including visits to Russian territory as well as Antarctica. Neidle takes pride in his own participation in Treaty preparations, and looking back, said he personally would have done nothing differently.
Negotiations leading to adoption of the Antarctic Treaty
Neidleâs role in legal advising and in negotiations on the Treaty
Roles of Herman Flager and Paul Daniels
Impact over time of the Antarctic Treaty
Negotiations with the Russians over the Treaty
Acheson, Dean, Secretary of State, p. 2
Daniels, Paul, pp. 4-7, 9-11, 25-26, 28, 31, 38-39
Dulles, John Foster, pp. 3-5, 26, 33
Eisenhower, Dwight, pp. 19, 27, 32-33
Flager, Herman, pp. 2-3, 8, 25-26
Kennedy, John, p. 31
Khrushchev, Nikita, pp. 11-12, 27
Powers, Gary, p. 20
Reagan, Ronald, p. 37
Ruina, Jack, pp. 29-30
Whiteman, Marjorie, p. 3
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|The Meteorite Shower over Lebanon â a Russian Missile Launch?||New information is surfacing regarding yesterday’s meteor shower over Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Israel/Palestine and Armenia. It seems as if the whole thing was not mother nature’s doing. Instead, it was mother Russia flexing its military muscles. This video shot in Syria shows the “meteorite” as following a spiral trajectory, which is not possible for a […]|
|North Korea mocks Trump, hones Guam strike plans|
Nuclear-armed North Korea mocked President Donald Trump as “bereft of reason” Thursday, raising the stakes in their stand-off with an unusually detailed plan to send a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam. The scheme to target the island, a key US military stronghold, was intended to “signal a crucial warning” as “only [...]
|N. Korea mulls firing of 4 missiles to fly over Japan to around Guam||North Korea is considering a plan to simultaneously fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles to areas around Guam through the sky above western Japan, state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday, quoting a senior military commander. (Jiji)|
|Japan on alert after report of N Korea's nuclear-tipped missile threat||The Japanese government was on high alert on Wednesday after an overnight news report that North Korea can now arm its missiles with miniaturized nuclear warheads. (Japan Today)|
|Did General McMaster Pass his own Test?|
When General H.R. McMaster replaced General Ray Flynn as National Security Adviser just a few weeks into the Trump Administration, commentators made much of the book he had written as a doctoral candidate 20 years ago, Dereliction of Duty, and what it boded for his tenure. Published in 1998, that book argued that the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the mid-1960s had failed to give Lyndon Johnson their honest opinion of what was needed to win the Vietnam War, and that that had led to catastrophe. As it happens, I was finishing my own book on the origins of the Vietnam War, American Tragedy, at that very moment, and I did not see what McMaster had in the same sources. The problem, I thought, was not that the Generals didnât tell President Johnson what they thought, it was that neither the military nor the civilians had a realistic idea of how to win the war. No one, however, could argue with the principle that he was advocating: that it was essential for military leaders to give their civilian superiors honest and sound military advice.
Unfortunately, it is not clear that General McMaster, Secretary of Defense (and retired general) James Mattis, and Joint Chiefsâ Chairman General Joseph Dunfordâby law the Presidentâs principal military adviserâmanaged to pass that test during the crisis over chemical weapons in Syria. Ironically, their retaliatory strike and the ways in which they have defended it are extremely reminiscent of one of the most unfortunate episodes of the Vietnam era, the first major air strike on North Vietnam in the wake of the Tonkin Gulf incident in early August 1964.
On August 2, 1964, American destroyers in the Tonkin Gulf were attacked by North Vietnamese p. t. boats, who it turned out were acting without authorization from higher authority. Officially the destroyers were making a routine patrol; in actual fact they were coordinating with a South Vietnamese paramilitary strike against the North, partly to test North Vietnamese radar. Such attacks had been taking place since early that year, and the Joint Chiefs had anticipated that they might lead to North Vietnamese retaliation and full-scale American involvement in the Vietnam War. Johnson was now preparing for his re-election campaign against hawkish Barry Goldwater, who had already been nominated, and his National Security team had already been waiting for some time for a pretext to introduce a Congressional resolution authorizing the use of military force in Southeast Asia. In the days after the attack Johnson authorized another South Vietnamese operation against the North and another patrol for August 4, and on the morning of that day, he discussed possible retaliation against the North with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.
The patrol on the evening of August 4, it was later established, did not encounter any North Vietnamese opposition, but at least one destroyer initially reported sonar contacts suggesting that it had. McNamara and Johnson swung into action without waiting to make sure what had happened, sending an air strike against the base from which the August 2 PT boats had come. Johnson asked for his resolution authorizing war, and received nearly unanimous support from the House and Senate. The US took a giant step towards the war that Johnson and McNamara had already anticipated after the election. In the first week of March 1965 it began in earnest.
We must now face the possibility that the Syrian crisis, like the Tonkin Gulf strike, is based upon misinformation. Professor Ted Postol of MIT, a hard boiled skeptic for whom I have great respect, has gone on record that the photographic evidence we have does not support the idea that the gas was dropped from a plane. It does not seem at this point at least that the Administrationâs leaders see the strike as a step towards a larger war. But what is most striking is the very similar way that the two strikes have been justified: as âsignalsâ designed to intimidate and deter the enemy from undertaking further hostile acts.
The idea of using military force to signal oneâs intentions, and thereby to affect the behavior of adversaries without resorting to full-scale war, was elaborated by an economist, Thomas Schelling, in his book Arms and Influence, which appeared less than two years after the Tonkin Gulf incidents. This was the era of the Cold War, when American strategists were searching for alternative strategies to an all-out nuclear exchange, and Schelling claimed to have found one. Both the Cuban missile crisis and that retaliatory attack after the Tonkin Gulf incidents, he argued, were âsignalsâ that had persuaded, and might persuade, adversaries not to challenge American power. He praised the quarantine of Cuba in 1962 and the 1964 bombing as âproportionalâ moves that would allow an adversary to rethink his strategy without risking all-out war. That was music to the ears of American policymakersâbut unfortunately, we now know, it did not reflect the facts of those cases.
The reason that Nikita Khrushchev decided to remove his missiles from Cuba, we now know, was that he could not stop the American invasion of Cuba that would have begun within just a few days if he did notânor could he risk nuclear war against an overwhelmingly superior United States. We have also learned that the effect of the Tonkin Gulf strike on the North Vietnamese was disastrous. Until it occurred, Ho Chi Minhâthe most diplomatic of all the Communist leaders of the twentieth centuryâhad hoped to work out a deal with Washington that would have avoided war. But Ho and his government knew what the American people did notâthat the second attack for which we had retaliated had not taken placeâand he decided, correctly, that the Americans were determined upon war, and that he would therefore give it to him. The strike did not in the least deter Ho: it encouraged him. With the help of Chinese and Russian allies, he eventually prevailed.
It now turns out that the Trump Administrationâs decision to warn the Russian government about our impending strike turned it into a completely symbolic act. The Russians in turn warned the Syrians, who evacuated the airfield, from which they have now resumed conventional attacks. The Russians have also reaffirmed their solidarity with the Assad regime and stopped the exchange of information with the US government about military moves. Although Assad may avoid further chemical attacks, the incident will do nothing to change the basic course of the conflict in Syria. It will only put more pressure on the Administration to take further action as Assad continues to consolidate his power against the rebels. And indeed, high officials are already talking as if Assad must be removed--something they lack the means to make happen.
In 2017 as in 1964, the foreign policy establishment has applauded the Administrationâs use of force to show American resolve. This in my opinion is the kind of illusory gain that military leaders should warn civilians against. President Obama refused to take similar action against Syria because he did not believe American military power could affect the situation for the better. With Russia firmly behind Syria, that situation remains unchanged. Symbolic attacks only foster the illusion of American powerâthe illusion that led us to the greatest foreign policy tragedy of the twentieth century in Vietnam.
|No, North Korea has Not Threatened Seattle With Nukes||
by Sydney Brownstone
This morning I was assigned a piece looking at what would happen if North Korea launched a nuclear warhead at Seattle, why Seattle is a target for such a thing, how much warning we would get and where we might want to evacuate, and whether we would all be dead anyway. But after reaching out to city and state government, as well as international relations think tanks, it doesn't look like there's much evidence at all for Seattle being on North Korea's nuclear shit list.
"No, we're not a target," a spokesperson from the state's Military Department told me on the phone this afternoon. "The media has done a good job speculating why, but nobody has ever said we are being looked at by the dictator in North Korea."
According to Scott Snyder, the Council on Foreign Relations' director of the US-Korea policy program, Seattle gets mentioned in popular discussions speculating about North Korea's nuclear capabilities because it's the closest major metropolitan area to North Korea in the continental US. But that kind of speculation tends to come from outsiders rather than the people tasked with analyzing North Korea's movements.
While North Korea hasn't threatened Seattle, it has made overtures at both Guam and Austin, Texas. Guam makes sense to some degreeâit's the place where the US can launch nuclear-capable flights over North Korea to send a message about our resolve, Snyder saysâbut Austin is a puzzler. In 2013, North Korean state media released photos of Kim Jong Un in his war room with a "U.S. mainland strike plan" featuring Austin, Texas. The Washington Post characterized the photos as "domestic propaganda" and "almost surely a bluff." Texans simply mocked the North Korean dictator.
But that's not to say that Seattle doesn't have contingency plans in the event of a nuclear strike. Scott Thomsen, a spokesperson from Seattle City Light, walked me through what the aftermath of a nuclear strike might look like from a utilities perspective. Nuclear war, he said, would be classified as a terrorism and civil disobedience event, and City Light would follow its specialized disaster recovery plans accordingly.
Of course, Thomsen said, "The assumption here is that there is anyone left standing after the attack that you're describing."
Thomsen continued: "Given the nature of the attack that you're describing, you know, if this is Hiroshima where there's nothing left, there's nothing left and there's no one here to respond either."
A nuclear strike would differ from a disaster like an earthquake in several respects, Thomsen said. If there is anyone left standing, the Port of Seattle might become an important strategic location for the military.
Then: "In a typical event you're dealing with emergency services, hospitals, police stations, fire stations as your first set of priorities before you get down to restoration of services for businesses and residential customers," Thomsen added. But some areas might not be safe for humans to enter, given the level of radiation on the ground. City Light has protocols for mutual aid, but those might be different if aid would have to be delivered to a radioactive hot zone.
It's also likely that Seattle would get some warning for a nuclear strike if one were ever to happen. There's no magic red phone, the Washington Military Department's Karina Shagren told me, but the state is in constant communication with the Department of Defense.
Snyder, of the Council on Foreign Relations, explained that a nuclear warhead launched from North Korea would likely take 30 to 45 minutes to cross the ocean and make landfall. But US intelligence would also probably see the missile being set up on the North Korean side, which would give us additional warning time. "Previously we had weeks to watch them fuel their stationary rockets at fixed launchpads, and now we have hours because they have mobile launchers," Snyder said.
Still, US intelligence would probably have a good idea of where those mobile launchers are. And, if North Korea was going to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, the US would have the opportunity to test out its missile defense system based in Alaska. Just last month, the US Missile Defense Agency released video of the Alaska-based missile interception system blowing a fake missile shot to smithereens.
That said, "I just don't have any evidence from the North Korean side that I could point to that Seattle is any more likely a target than any other North American city," Snyder said.
|New START and "understandings"||I attended an interesting discussion today at the Nixon Center on whether the "reset" in U.S.-Russia relations is real or a "Potemkin village". It featured commentary from David Kramer, Andranik Migranyan, Dov Zakheim and Dimitri Simes, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internatioanl Security Sandy Vershbow was also presented and offered his thoughts.|
The part of the discussion I found very interesting was on the question of whether the New START treaty makes a binding linkage between arms control and missile defense. The Russian side, of course, has put forward a unilateral declaration which takes language that appears in the preamble and tries to make that a binding commitment--which could make ratification of the Treaty in the Senate problematic.
The question is whether the U.S. has signaled that any further pursuit of missile defense on the American side will not be directed at eroding the Russian strategic deterrent--and whether any commitments have been made on this point--and how they might be defined. Is any U.S. deployment of a system (or even research) ipso facto an erosion of Russia's strategic capabilities? Missile defense as an issue in the START treaty may not have been completely solved.
UPDATE: Over at the Cable, Josh Rogin reports the official reaction: "Clinton: Reports of limits on U.S. missile defense deployments 'Dead Wrong'."
|Brand New Characters from This Yearâs Hottest Holiday game â Skylanders!|
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Refactoring of shopping code is now to the point where Austin Design Team is now plugging items back into the shops, this include first pass at getting kiosks up/running for commodity tradingFocused on getting shops related to PU/landing zones functional first and will be making a pass of Area 18 shops as wellArmour can now be bought piece by pieceRemaining ships have been implemented into the price fixer toolsThis tool is also used as a way to gauge whether or not the ships theyâre building are over/underpowered for their intended purposeProgress has been made on getting Miles Eckhart ready to go, lot of work on the feather blending system and got him working with a small subset of his animationsReceived additional code support to allow reputation to dictate his conversation paths with the playerNow have the ability to assign specific missions with mission brief tagsJosh Coons finished images/videos of the Cutlass Black and moved onto create base material and whitebox meshes for Cutlass variantsHe will complete the first pass on exterior looks for the variants before moving on to the Constellation Phoenix to allow Design to flesh out some key gameplay system for CutlassesChris Smith working on bugs for Hornet/Constellation Andromeda and will move on the promo video for Constellation Aquila nextBackend Services Team preparing for deployment of diffusion, game servers now have full access to diffusion API and theyâll start using it with the shopping service in 3.0Started converting the persistence cache and general instance manager into smaller stateless, full diffusionized servicesPU Animation Team started research/development for how to implement their wild line(dialogue spoken by an NPC) systemFeather blending allows them to blend performance capture of the wild lines with a large number of useable animationsGoing through existing animations and filling in gaps missing from original performance capture with new transition animationsAustin Ship Animation Team continue to refine the cockpit/turret experienceR&D phase of implementing button presses using Item 2.0 System. This helped finalise dashboard/cockpit metrics across different ships that use same cockpit typeUK Engineers refactored some backend systems allowing to fully implement blending of base G-force pose blend spacesDevOps Team working on increasing capacity of build/deployment pipelines in preparation for 3.0Making additional change/bug fixes to support new delta patcherIT department upgraded Austin networkAudio team member Jason Cobb continued work on derelict crash site sound design for different moon environments/performed a variety of particle audio implementation experiments for revamped ship debris noises/playtested and mixed refinements for ship emergency state audio and captured sound effects for various props and materialsAustin QA has been testing new Cutlass BlackNew missions/wrecks/NPCs in StantonShip testing continued as more ships converted to Item 2.0 systemLarge scale playtests of Arena Commander, Star Marine and Stanton ongoing weeklyTesting more mobiGlas applications like Starmap, the personal manager, mission manager and mission boardTesting character gravity/free fall as well as cargo mechanicsEngine/editor testers are testing new tech like capsule based actor entity, entity component update scheduler and director/actor animation and controlNew stamina/oxygen breathing system are getting some balance changesFour new people joining the Player Relations TeamTurbulent
Updating ship specifications in the databaseGround vehicles can now be added to the ship matrix as well as anything that comes upNew sizing scheme for shipsRevamped ship detail pageReworked ship matrix database to make it easier to updateSpectrum v0.3.6 with EvocatiNew features include new text editorNew tools like hyperlinks, hyperlink formatting, preview posts and draftsMini profile which include post count and karmaNew jump to track replyWorking on refreshing some UI elementsEngineering Team working on getting most of the digital distribution channels ready for the delta patching system.Ship Shape: Tumbril Cyclone
CIG's entry into land vehicles with a new manufacturer has lore that's been around awhile associated with rugged military vehiclesThe Cyclone is a fun fast four-wheeled and steered land vehicle partial to jumping off ramps with marketing design aesthetics, though clearly from a military originIf the Ursa Rover is the tortoise and the Cyclone is the hare, then the Nox is, as with Goldilocks, just right and in the middleBesides being fast and super rugged, it's built with modularity similar to the real worldThe variants include one for cargo, infantry support, recon and exploration as well as racing and even an anti-air versionThe recon version can not only map terrain, but drop beaconsThe racing version basically has nitrous and will be similar to a Baja racerThe anti-air model will have two size two missile racks with a countermeasure package that includes not only chaff and flares, but smokescreens and a size one EMPIt's always a struggle to balance function with design with the feedback within the pipelineThe first one of any type of entity or asset is always the hardest due to the unknown, but the most challenging tends to be making the deadlines . . . but they always doBehind the Scenes: Ship in ship Persistence
Gameplay Programmer Chad McKinney talks about how the technology involved with persistence will change in the upcoming 3.0 update.Persistence as it is now is a simple system that tracks player accounts, specifically loadouts and ships with their loadouts. While this works for the gameplay in 2.6, it limits the player to what they can do. They can't pick up items and store them on their ship, trade, etc because the server doesn't track those things.With 3.0 players will be able to start making changes to the world around them in subtle ways such as picking up cargo from an outpost they found or parking a Dragonfly in their Cutlass and having it remain there regardless of whether they log out or not.While it seems like a simple thing, it's actually fairly complicated and required a rework of the way persistence is handled in many backend systems.They've revamped the system to track legal ownership of entities and physical ownership. The difference between the two is physical ownership is having the item in front of you and in your hands or on your ship and in your possession at that moment, with legal ownership being your entitlement to a given entity like a ship for instance.Players can legally own a ship, an item, etc, but another player can physically take it and claim it as their own and it'll remain in that other players possession until someone else takes it from that player too. However it isn't without consequence, players can become wanted if they steal other players ships, cargo, items and will be marked to the authorities as a criminal.This goes deeper as the gameplay for pirates can become very rewarding, but at a high cost. Players can steal cargo for instance and roll the dice by not including the cargo on their manifest when they come across authorities, or get creative by using secret compartments to store the cargo, or take the safest route to avoid authorities entirely.The technology doesn't stop there, with diffusion, a service that allows for a new way of interacting with all the backend services at the same time will allow for more things in the world to become persistent. With 3.0 the amount of things that will persist in the world will still be fairly limited, but in the future it'll expand from affecting a small area in the world to having the entire world be affected by a variety of player actions from supply and demand, to wars, to NPC activity and so much more. A player will be able to take something from a planet and another player won't ever see what was taken, on the flipside a player can leave something and another player will find it.With 3.0 player health, stamina, ship health and ammunition will become persistent so no longer will players be able to fire all their ammunition with no penalty, also if you fly your ship and a wing gets blown off, the next time you login it will be still missing until you go and get it repaired or make an insurance claim.Production Schedule Update:
Evocati window now opens August 3rd. Â PTU window opens August 18th. Â Live window opens September 4th.
Delamar and Levski were completed this week along with UI for the Cargo Manifest App. |
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|'Fire and fury' not to be taken seriously, say aides: Trump was just in 'a bellicose mood'|
Good news, everybody: We're now in the stage of our latest international crisis where the president of the United States' top subordinates are reassuring everyone that they shouldn't take the sitting president's statements seriously. No, that didn't used to be a "stage" of international crisis, butÂ it is now.
No worries, then:Â Trump's vow that North Korea would see "fire and fury like the world has never seen" was, according to aides, merely an unsupervised utterance of the presidential word-hole.
Among those taken by surprise, they said, was John F. Kelly, the retired four-star Marine general who has just taken over as White House chief of staff and has been with the president at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., for his working vacation.
That's a good word. "Bellicose." He had been reading the papersâwell, he had been talking to someone else who had read the papersâand was feeling "bellicose,"Â so that's how we ended up with a statement that looks to the whole world like a nuclear-tipped threat.
So now we've got Trump's own staff once again reassuring the public that Donald Trump did not really mean what he said during his latest appearance, brushing off his pronouncements as merely him feeling "bellicose" that day. What will the next walk-backs be?
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|UK General Election: A choice between uninspiring statism and barely concealed evil|
There is nothing to inspire me to vote Conservative in the UK General Election. Theresa May is an unreconstructed statist big-government conservative. She is instinctively authoritarian. She advocated for the security and police wet-dream on surveillance as Home Secretary, so that UK ISPs and telcos now keep a record of every single website visited in the UK over the past 12 months - because somehow what you read should be able to be accessed by the state when it sees fit. She is pushing further, driven by concern over terrorism, but wanting to sanitise the internet to make it "safe" - the state working with parents, parenting us all.
Yet, it was all known that she takes a "trust me with your private information" approach to surveillance, rather than focus on the real issue, which is Islamism. She explicitly says that we should remember "the good that government can do" and then outlines plenty of areas the government intervenes extensively in, such as energy, but instead of blaming virtue signalling policies like the Climate Change Act (which has seen the UK Government guaranteeing to a French led consortium that it will ensure it gets paid a price for electricity generated at its forthcoming nuclear power plant double what is the current market price for electricity). She thinks libertarians are atomistic and people who seek to take advantage of others and thinks she is as distant from that as she is from Jeremy Corbyn.
That may well be true. She said this:
We do not believe in untrammelled free markets. We reject the cult of selfish individualism. We abhor social division, injustice, unfairness and inequality. We believe not just in society but in the good that government can do. Paying your fair share of tax is the price of living in a civilised society.
Tom Harris in the Daily Mail said she was a real socialist offering left wing policies.
I couldn't vote for her if she was my Conservative candidate, like I couldn't vote for Amber Rudd (who thinks a solution to terrorism is to "make" WhatsApp end encryption, yet stands on a platform with a known Islamist because the UK Government is too ignorant to call them out. Fortunately I have a tolerable choice and it is a safe Conservative seat. The Conservatives have pledged not to increase VAT, unlike the previous election when there was a pledge to not increase income tax and National Insurance (another form of income tax), because the Chancellor of the Exchequer wants "more freedom" but pledges the Conservatives are still the "low tax party".
It's nonsense. The Conservative manifesto could almost be one from any of the Labour leaders since 1997, except the current one. It's a cynical move to move to the centre-left to try to hoover up votes from the middle and to destroy the Labour Party, but there is one problem. It has backfired due to ineptness, a lack of enthusiasm from the rank and file of many Conservatives and the simple fact that May does not ooze authenticity. That doesn't mean Labour will win, thankfully, because it isn't just led by an inept naive idiot, but a nasty hater of capitalism, individual freedom and even Western liberal democracy.
I disagree with most of what the Labour Party advocates, and accept that it holds a fundamentally different view as to the role of the state from me, but Jeremy Corbyn and his closes allies are not like that. Jeremy Corbyn has never, repeat never held any office of significance in Parliament under any Labour Government. He was never an under-secretary, nor Chair of a select committee, although he has been on select committees. He was never trusted with power by his colleagues, he was no Michael Foot
Corbyn invited senior members of the IRA to Parliament three weeks after the Grand Hotel bombing in Brighton which targeted the Conservative Party conference, both killing and maiming people. His history in supporting the IRA and campaigning for those who had killed for the IRA, is brushed aside as saying he wanted to talk to "all sides", but no one can recall him ever meeting Unionists. Corbyn opposed the Anglo-Irish Agreement (which set out between the UK and Ireland how devolved government would work in Northern Ireland) and his right hand man John McDonnell opposed the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 (which ended the terror campaigns from both sides).
Corbyn opposed the UK ejecting the fascist military dictatorship of Argentina from its invasion of the Falkland Islands. He has called Hamas and Hezbollah "his friends" (although has apologised for his use of words), but spoke on a platform with Islamists who were calling for war with Israel.
His Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell called Lenin and Trotsky his greatest influences and stands on a platform alongside Stalinists. Indeed Andrew Murray, a Stalinist open supporter of north Korea (which he calls "People's Korea"), is now helping Corbyn with his campaign. The same man who after the Paris terrorist attacks said:
âThe barbarism we condemn in Paris is minute compared to the barbarism wrought by imperialism across the planet in the last 13 years and we must condemn thatâ¦ It is a sad lesson we have to re-learn from the attacks in Paris, it needs bringing home again and again.â
Of course Corbyn blames the US for "escalating tensions" with north Korea, not the totalitarian police state that has developed nuclear weapons and keeps testing missiles whilst uttering bombastic rhetoric about attacking the United States. You see Corbyn was Chair of the ironically named Stop the War Coalition. An organisation that has never once campaigned for any anti-Western regimes or militant groups to stop waging war. It never took on Russia, Hamas, the Assad regime, Al Qaeda, ISIS, north Korea et al. Stop the War is only too much in favour of war, as long as it is waged against any Western liberal democracy including Israel.
Corbyn claimed that 9/11 was "manipulated" into blaming Al Qaeda. He has been paid by Iran's international propaganda TV channel, Press TV, to appear, but not, of course, to criticise human rights in Iran, but to criticise the West.
Corbyn has admitted that he would never use nuclear weapons, effectively making the UK's nuclear deterrent worthless. He has long campaigned for unilateral Western nuclear disarmament, including during the Cold War. Was he a pacifist who just believed the USSR would follow, or was he not too fussed if the Red Army had rolled its way across Europe to "liberate" it from capitalism and "US imperialism"? In any case the British Communist Party wont be fielding candidates in this election, but is uncharacteristically supporting Labour.
Corbyn is a strong supporter of the Chavez/Maduro authoritarian socialist disaster in Venezuela, but you can't be surprised at that. After all, he says Castro was a champion of social justice, what with all those opponents he got murdered. Corbyn also seems to attract anti-semites, not just Ken Livingstone's obsession that the Nazis were in cahoots with Zionists and Jews, but supporters.
These people appear again and again. However he does join in on Quds Day rallies organised by the Islamic Republic of Iran (yes that bastion of peace, diversity and human rights) to criticise Israel and call for it to be pushed into the sea.
Corbyn is a sympathiser of Russia's position on Ukraine and Georgia, presumably because it is the opposite of the US and European position. He blamed the Russian insurgency in Ukraine on "NATO belligerence". After all, how dare Ukraine dump mother Russia led by such a nice liberal democratic regime to embrace the evil West right?
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said on balance Chairman Mao did more good than harm, which will be news to the tens of millions murdered or starved by his policies, with the bizarre justification is that he left China on the verge of a great economic boom (even though China's economic success has been because the Chinese Communist Party abandoned socialist economics).
So as awful as Theresa May is, and corporatist and centre-left as they may be, it is not a party led by IRA sympathisers, appeasers of Islamism and sympathisers of Stalin.
The moral turpitude of these entities is utterly beyond contempt. Corbyn refused to condemn the killing of Osama Bin Laden (much better to put him on trial, give him the benefit of the doubt), he has linked terrorism to British foreign policy (but doesn't explain, of course, why neutral Sweden and non-interventionist France get attacked).
He and his ilk have spent decades on the backbenches campaigning for "understanding" for just about every group that sought to wage war with the UK, whether the IRA, fascist Argentina or Islamists. He has campaigned for the UK to be disarmed, to withdraw from NATO and to distance itself from the US. He allies himself with political leaders that torture and murder people, and who use violence.
Of course many Labour MPs know and hope he loses, just that they don't lose their seats. It is because of them that Labour remains committed to NATO and the nuclear deterrent, both positions Corbyn opposes.
He isn't a nice guy, despite his softly spoken manner.
He is an advocate of political violence who has appeased and turned a blind eye to brutal murderers, because he shares their political ambitions. He supported the IRA because he believed in a united Ireland by all means necessary, and to hell with the opinions and concerns of Unionists (whose views he never courted and sought, presumably for a Marxist they were the hated bourgeoisie). He supported the Galtieri military dictatorship, the same one that imprisoned and tortured socialists in Argentina, because it dared take on the bigger evil - Thatcher's government (hence why he didn't care less than the IRA tried to murder her and did kill several Conservatives) over the Falklands. He is warm towards Hamas and Iran because he supports the Palestinians and supports just about any regime that dares take on the hated United States and its ally Israel. I understand concern for the plight of the Palestinians (although keeping Hamas in power is shooting yourself in the foot), but to treat Iran as a partner is morally bankrupt.
He is without doubt the worst candidate for Prime Minister put up by any major UK political party in modern times. Those who stand with him should be ashamed of him, and the ONLY reason to vote Conservative is to send the strong message that Corbyn and his group of violence touters have no place in government.
|Abandoning foreign policy now means Pax Rus - is it what you wanted?|
Whether it be left-wing activists of the so-called "peace" movement or libertarians who think that foreign policy should mean immediate withdrawal from the world, the recent events in Syria have demonstrated that when the USA, and with it the Western world, decides to withdraw from being involved in other countries, that others will fill the vacuum.
So it is that President Obama, who ridiculed Mick Romney's claim that Russia was a rising threat, has left the opponents of the Marxist/militarist hereditary dictatorship of Bashar Assad wide open to being attacked, by the air, by Vladimir Putin's unashamedly expansionist military.
Had Obama been true to the neutrality that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee had presumably rewarded him for "ex.ante", he would have said that there is no Western interest in what happens to Syria. For indeed, his pitiful actions (a few airstrikes against Islamic State) have demonstrated not much above it. In fact, I would have respected, if disagreed, with a position that replicates that of the nihilist libertarian isolationists who want the USA to withdraw from the world, and let Islamism grow, tyrants take over its friends and do nothing, until the first missile, bomber or terrorist controlled airliner strikes US soil (actually scrub that, for when the latter happens, even they think the response is NOT to attack those who harboured them).
If the so-called "land of the free" wants to withdraw from the world, then those of us who bear the consequences of that withdrawal better be prepared for the cost of this, but let's not pretend that the USA gives a damn about other peoples wanting to be lands of the free or escape tyranny. That's their battle, and if others want to join in their oppression, don't pretend that it matters.
So to Syria.
Syria has been run by a brutal authoritarian dictatorship under the Ba'ath Party, under the Assad family since 1970. It holds Soviet style "elections". All press and media are firmly under the grip of the Party (or monitored by it for compliance), and any dissent is punished with imprisonment, and sometimes torture or summary execution. The four secret police units have untrammelled authority to enter any property and detain anyone indefinitely, and use torture as necessary to frighten those said to be opponents or extract information from them.
The best that can be said is that Saddam Hussein was more brutal and erratic, but Bashar Assad and his psychopathic father Hafez, have run Syria under their jackboot for 45 years (although it is cold comfort that Bashar's elder brother, Basil, died in an accident before his father died. Basil was as notorious as Uday Hussein). The best that can be said is that, yes it is nominally secular, as religious minorities face no more oppression than anyone else, partly because the Assads are of the Alawite sect. Alawites have done very well from the Assad dictatorship, other Syrians do well according to who they know and how well the pander to the regime. By the way, the Assads were firm allies of the USSR in the Cold War, and so it continues under Russia. Indeed, Syria is the only country outside Russia (notwithstanding the annexation of Crimea) to still have a Russian naval base.
So Putin has decided to defend his friend. His first victory was getting the US to accept Russian monitoring of Assad's dismantling of his chemical weapons arsenal, which is very much a farce. Assad has been undertaking crude chemical attacks on rebel areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army and other non-Islamic State insurgents (some of which are Islamist, some who are not). Assad has killed tens of thousands of civilians in rebel held areas by air attacks, including chemical attacks. This has helped Islamic State recruit fighters, as young men whose families are killed by the Assad regime are easily seduced by the most well armed and funded opponents of the regime.
Remember Obama's red line? That it was "unacceptable" for anyone to use chemical weapons to attack civilians? Well it didn't exist. The dated chemical weapons were withdrawn, but by no means have the stocks been destroyed. Dictatorships have a funny way of not caring about rules set by someone else that are backed up by no force at all.
Meanwhile, the US (and the UK and others) have provided low level logistical and material support (if not military) to non-Islamist opponents to the Assad regime. It is those opponents to Assad that Vladimir Putin is now directing over 95% of his airstrikes.
Putin asserts his airstrikes are "legal" because they are authorised by the Assad regime, which strictly speaking in UN terms, is the "legitimate recognised government" of Syria. This is correct in the same way that Kim Jong Un leads the "legitimate recognised government" of the DPRK, Idi Amin did the same for Uganda and Pol Pot for Cambodia. It is the formal legitimacy asserted by tyrants.
Assad wants to put himself in the position of being the only opponent to Islamic State, so has Putin's help in wiping out the moderate opposition. The allies of the West, and perhaps only hope of moving Syria to the sort of pluralism that is nascent in Lebanon, are now being systematically wiped out by Russia - and all the US does is express regrets and concern. What surprise is there if opponents of Assad in Syria think that the only way is Islamic State? For all of the talk about rights and freedom the truth is that the Obama Administration will do absolutely f-all to protect those that might offer a way with much less tyranny, let alone have a foreign policy with objectives.
So it is Pax Rus.
Assuming Obama continues along this line, Syria will become a binary game. The chemical weapon using tyrant Assad, and the stoneage expansionist eliminationists of Islamic State. The US may think it doesn't pay any real price for letting Syria burn, but Europe is paying a price, as Syrians flee and as it is on the doorstep for Islamists willing to take on the West.
Putin wants to be taken seriously internationally, and once the non-IS opposition is effectively wiped out, he can turn on Islamic State and be a hero. Russia wont think twice about civilian casualties, it wont face domestic protests on any great scale against war, and of course the far-left "peace" movement in the West wont bat an eyelid, as it almost never protests military action by any regime other than a Western one, including Israel.
What could be different?
Well the US and its allies could start by accepting the invitation of the Iraqi government to use all means necessary to wipe out Islamic State from Iraq itself, to protect the Kurds, to help ensure Sunni Iraqis are protected and discouraged from joining Islamic State. At the very least, the West owes Iraq protection from invasion.
However, for Syria it needs to have some clear objectives. It could have imposed a No-Fly Zone over Syria to stop the Assad regime from using chemical weapons and dropping barrel bombs, but that is impossible now. What it should do is arm and protect the non-Islamist opposition and provide it with air support and make it clear to Russia that it is with it, in attacking Islamic State, but will not tolerate air strikes on areas governed by the Kurds or the Free Syrian Army. It should take all steps necessary to wipe out Islamic State, which has eliminationist objectives towards the West, and following that establish a peace process to transition Syria away from rule by the Assad regime.
The problem is that this requires taking on Russia. Obama (and Bush before him) refused to defend Georgia from Russian occupation, nor Ukraine, even when Russian backed rebels shot down a civilian airliner (but that was Malaysian, which was unimportant to the US). Putin is currently facing tough economic times, which he is evading by spending literally US$1billion of reserves every month, to prop up pensions, the military and uneconomic industries. He can afford to do this for perhaps two-three more years without having to implement serious levels of austerity. However, if the price of oil remains below US$60 over that time, it will prove tougher. Putin's actions smell of a leader seeking a distraction, in the hope of buying time until oil prices recover at a level appropriate for his kleptocracy.
The odds that the US will take on Russia in Syria are small, because Obama has demonstrated no interest, at all, in taking any lead or keeping to his word with allies. It is a policy of cynical withdrawal from the world. A withdrawal that is dangerous to some of the US's allies, but also one that is fundamentally dishonest.
The choice is simple. Either the US embraces the doctrine of Ron Paul, and openly decides that it is no longer interested in being a superpower or standing by previous commitments to allies, or it stands by its allies and has a positive, pro-active foreign policy based on its interests and those of its (true) allies.
While we all wait, enjoy "Pax" Rus, after all you're comfortably far away from the consequences of it all, aren't you?
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|Where does romantic love come from?|
If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.
-- Lynda Barry
So you are in love.
Romantic love is all about shadows. Shadows of two people talk to each other in their own way. What you cannot face, what you cannot cope you put it in your shadow. The good thing is they donât stay there long, and romantic love is a great way of facing yourself. Real love transforms you and your partner into something new and stronger.
What makes love?
Three things. Intimacy, passion, commitment.
Intimacy is sharing. Showing oneself your true self with all the good things and the bad things. Showing your true face, the one you cannot look alone. You have to share. You cannot hide. If you hide, if you are afraid, you wont have intimacy.
Commitment is saying this is the person I am with. After the commitment, once two people know they will be there for each other no matter what happens, it creates a strong bond. Without commitment the couple cannot feel the trust and intimacy gets wounded.
Passion is the hardest part of the triangle. It is between two bodies, it is between souls. It is a gift. It is a miracle. I donât know how to achieve it, however I know when two people really connect in a deep level and do not fear their shadows, it can happen.
|China envÃa misiles nucleares a la frontera con Rusia en clara amenaza a EEUU|
Sistemas de misiles intercontinentales del EjÃ©rcito chino tipo DF-41 en un desfile militar.
China ha desplegado una poderosa brigada de misiles balÃsticos capaces de portar ojivas nucleares en la frontera con Rusia, afirman este martes medios locales.
De acuerdo con el diario oficial chino Global Times, las unidades en cuestiÃ³n se tratan de misiles DF-41, considerados uno de los sistemas mÃ¡s avanzados de misiles del que dispone PekÃn y que ahora estÃ¡n instalados en la provincia de Heilongjiang, limÃtrofe con Rusia.
Ãste misil de largo alcance es capaz de transportar entre 6 y 10 ojivas nucleares a una distancia de mÃ¡s de 10.000 kilÃ³metros, informa el portal Free Beacon, que cita una fuente del PentÃ¡gono.
SegÃºn seÃ±ala el portal, el nuevo misil chino representa una amenaza estratÃ©gica importante para EEUU, ya que tiene un alcance mayor que otros misiles balÃsticos intercontinentales, ademÃ¡s de poseer contra medidas electrÃ³nicas para evitar las defensas anti-misiles enemigas, asÃ como la capacidad de maniobra individual para cada ojiva . No en vano, el misil podrÃa alcanzar cualquier punto de Estados Unidos en 30 minutos, indica el medio.
Expertos militares citados por el rotativo chino alegan que es la segunda brigada equipada con los referidos misiles del EjÃ©rcito chino que se encuentra en servicio y que han sido desplegados en el noreste del gigante asiÃ¡tico.
El potencial nuclear chino deberÃa ser tan fuerte que ningÃºn paÃs se atreviera a pensar en un enfrentamiento militar bajo ninguna circunstancia y que otorgara a China la capacidad de responder a cualquier provocaciÃ³nâ, advierte el diario chino Global Times.
Global Times achaca la medida militar china a la reciÃ©n investidura del nuevo presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, y la califican como una respuesta a las âprovocadoras declaraciones de Trump respecto a Chinaâ.
SegÃºn indica la publicaciÃ³n, âEE.UU. no ha mostrado el suficiente respeto por el EjÃ©rcito de Chinaâ y que algunos altos mandos militares norteamericanos buscaron âcon arroganciaâ una y otra vez âmostrar su intenciÃ³n de medir fuerzasâ.
La relaciÃ³n entre Trump y PekÃn comenzÃ³ con mal pie debido a una conversaciÃ³n telefÃ³nica que el magnate neoyorquino sostuvo con la presidenta de TaiwÃ¡n, Tsai Ing-wen (el primer contacto a ese nivel desde 1979), amÃ©n de la polÃtica econÃ³mica defendida por el prÃ³ximo jefe de la Casa Blanca respecto al gigante asiÃ¡tico.
Por otro lado, el candidato de Trump para la Diplomacia estadounidense, Rex Tillerson afirmÃ³ que EE.UU. debe bloquear el acceso de China a las islas artificiales en el mar de China Meridional y dijo que la Ãºnica vÃa para alcanzar este objetivo serÃa imponer un bloqueo naval, lo que significa un acto de guerra.
Hay que aclarar que esta medida china no estÃ¡ en ningÃºn caso dirigida contra Rusia, como mÃ¡s de uno podrÃa pensar; si fueron enviados a la frontera con Rusia es por la simple razÃ³n de que de Ã©sa manera los misiles estarÃ¡n mas cerca del territorio estadounidense y, por lo tanto, podrÃ¡n llegar mas rÃ¡pido hasta su objetivo, quedando todo el territorio norteamericano dentro de su alcance.
|Les nouvelles menaces de la CorÃ©e du Nord contre les Etats-Unis et leur Ã®le de Guam||En rÃ©ponse Ã la rhÃ©torique de Trump, Pyongyang a dÃ©voilÃ© un plan militaire trÃ¨s prÃ©cis pour tirer quatre missiles sur cette Ã®le du Pacifique dÃ¨s cet Ã©tÃ©.|
|Escalade de menaces entre Donald Trump et la CorÃ©e du Nord||Pyongyang a menacÃ© de tirer des missiles prÃ¨s de lâÃ®le de Guam, tandis que le prÃ©sident amÃ©ricain a promis au rÃ©gime nord-corÃ©en le Â«Â feu et la fureurÂ Â».|
|Putin's Offer Ignored: US to Keep Europe as Site for Missile Defense||The move comes despite an unexpected proposal by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to use a radar base in Azerbaijan instead.|
|Russian Help for US Missile Defense?: Putin's Radar Gambit||Russian President Vladimir Putin has put Bush on the back foot over the US's planned European missile defense system with his offer of a radar station in Azerbaijan. But experts say the proposal is technically unfeasible.|
|Surprise Offer in Missile Row: Putin Proposes Joint Radar Station in Azerbaijan||President Vladimir Putin has proposed that Russia and the US jointly use an existing radar station in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan as a way to resolve their dispute over the planned US missile shield in Eastern Europe. George W. Bush called it an "interesting proposal." Is the ice breaking?|
|U.S., Israeli firms boost joint production of anti-missile systems||
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Companies in Israel and the United States have ramped up production of the projectiles that are at the center of Israelâs multi-layered anti-missile defense systems, Defense News reported Tuesday.
Israelâs missile defense systemsâincluding the Arrow-3, Davidâs Sling, and Iron Domeâare all heavily funded by the U.S. In exchange, U.S. companies get a share of the work in developing the systems.
|Per i nostri TG, 1000 razzi non valgono un solo "Kamikaze"||Ci risiamo...|
Dopo settimane di silenzio assoluto sullo stato del mai sopito conflitto palestinese/Israeliano, all'improvviso... LA NOTIZIA
SÃ¬, sÃ¬... L-A_N-O-T-I-Z-I-A, lo riscrivo, in stampatello maiuscolo e ben scandito perchÃ¨ questo Ã¨ la radice del problema che segna in modo profondo e pericoloso (per la formazione della "pubblica opinione"), il sistema informativo (o meglio, in questo contesto , dis-informativo ), giornalistico, pubblico e privato.
Oggi, per esempio, dopo settimane di silenzio, improvvisamente, tutti i telegiornali di Stato hanno inserito nella scaletta delle notizie del giorno un servizio sull'intervento militare Israeliano nella cosidetta striscia di Gaza, che ha comportato la morte di circa trenta palestinesi tra cui "miliziani" (altri li definirebbero "terroristi"), e "civili"; tra questi, come accade quasi puntualmente, tre bambini.
Questa, veramente in sintesi, LA NOTIZIA.
Ovviamente su questa "notizia", come su tutte quelle che riguardano il conflitto palestinese/Israeliano, il conteggio dei morti, feriti, danni, e la qualificazione di questi, cioÃ¨ la distinzione in terroristi, "miliziani", "civili", "bambini", Ã¨ lasciato a "fonti" che, molto comprensibilmente, NON VENGONO VERIFICATE prima di pubblicare o trasmettere dai telegiornali le "notizie" (a dispetto di quella che dovrebbe essere una delle principali norme deontologiche del giornalismo professionale).
Dico "molto comprensibilmente" perchÃ¨ Ã¨ noto che ormai, oggi, il giornalismo si fÃ soprattutto per telefono, per motivi "prestazionali" in primis (che si basa su quella competizione che vede un giornale/giornalista piÃ¹ "bravo" di un'altro se riesce a dare la notizia per primo); ma per quanto riguarda le notizie dal medio oriente si aggiungono altre complicazioni: una oggettiva difficoltÃ ambientale che rende difficile la raccolta diretta di informazioni da entrambi le parti in conflitto; e poi, soprattutto, la barriera culturale/linguistica.
Gli inviati Italiani non sono in grado di comprendere le comunicazioni e le "informazioni" che vengono trasmesse in arabo dai media locali, (anche quando a parlare sono gli stessi leader palestinesi) e si devono pertanto affidare alle "versioni in Inglese" opportunamente predisposte dai leader e "giornalisti" locali ad uso e consumo dei "colleghi" occidentali, tra cui, ovviamente, anche quelli Italiani.
Non starÃ² qui a discutere sul tema della qualitÃ del giornalismo Italiano in generale, mi basterÃ riportare due link trovati velocemente con Google inserendo le parole "deontologia giornalistica verifica delle fonti" nel campo di ricerca: http://www.bolognadue.it/angelorizzi/tecap12.htm, http://attivissimo.blogspot.com/2008/02/hostess-spogliarellista-video-autentico.html.
Il primo riporta un'estesa analisi dei tipici problemi legati al rapporto tra la "realtÃ " e la "rappresentazione" giornalistica; il secondo, un recente, divertente, e drammaticamente esemplificativo caso di mancanza di verifica sulle fonti.
Mi preme invece osservare come questa situazione deficitaria del giornalismo in generale, sia particolarmente devastante quando a venire trattate e trasmesse sono le "notizie" che riguardano la situazione in Israele e nei "territori Palestinesi".
L'effetto Ã¨ "devastante" perchÃ¨ produce costantemente una rappresentazione altamente distorta della "realtÃ " che indubbiamente influenza in modo determinante e fortemente emotiva "l'opinione pubblica" in merito al conflitto ed in particolare, condiziona il giudizio di merito sull'operato delle autoritÃ Israeliane, su Israele nel suo insieme, e, in ultima analisi, sugli Israeliani in quanto ebrei.
Non c'Ã¨ bisogno di sforzarsi molto per trovare anche nelle cronache piÃ¹ recenti, la registrazione in Italia di atti di ostilitÃ , di censura, se non di manifesta violenza, da parte di gruppi organizzati (soprattutto legati ideologicamente con ambienti della sinistra) contro docenti, scrittori, personale diplomatico, luoghi e persone appartenenti alle comunitÃ ebraiche Italiane, che, di volta in volta, venivano identificati come rappresentanti di Israele e della sua societÃ .
Questi episodi si fondano e prendono spunto, putroppo, anche da quella costante deformazione dell'informazione operata (consapevolmente o meno) dai media Italiani e che riconduce la rappresentazione di Israele a quella di "Stato oppressore" e infanticida.
Nella nostra societÃ , cosÃ¬ fragile, ansiosa, aggrappata tenacemente all'idea cattolico-comunista della solidarietÃ , dell'uguaglianza, del diritto al diritto, dello Stato "garante della pace e della serenitÃ ", la figura dello "Stato oppressore e infanticida" desta ovviamente sentimenti fortemente ostili; paradossalmente piÃ¹ ostili di quelli che suscitano gli attentati terroristici in genere (in quanto i terroristi vengono considerati, piÃ¹ o meno, alla stregua di "dementi", di "incapaci di intendere e volere", pertanto i loro crimini vengono giudicati con quella tipica clemenza a cui la nostra stessa giustizia penale ci ha da lungo abituato; una specie di "attenuante" che non si puÃ² certo riconoscere alle azioni compiute da un Stato).
Il giornalismo pubblico, di Stato, in quanto pagato con i soldi di quasi tutti gli Italiani, dovrebbe essere garanzia di equilibrio e professionalitÃ , e proprio per questo ha piÃ¹ effetto di altri mezzi di informazione sulla formazione dell'opinione pubblica, proprio perchÃ¨ i suoi utenti "si fidano"; pertanto, laddove l'informazione sia distorta dal giornalismo di stato, maggiore Ã¨ l'effetto disinformativo, e piÃ¹ grave la Colpa.
Purtroppo la distorsione Ã¨ tanto forte quanto difficilmente identificabile dalla maggioranza degli Italiani che, si sa, non dedicano molto tempo alla lettura nÃ¨ all'approfondimento.
Il fatto Ã¨ che la deformazione inizia proprio con "la notizia", o meglio, con LA SCELTA della notizia; e qui, finalmente, mi ricollego all'inizio di questo Post.
Ascoltando attentamente tutto il servizio mandato in onda oggi su tutti i TG nazionali, si capisce chiaramente che dalla striscia di Gaza sono giorni che vengono lanciati decine di "razzi", per non dire "missili", sulle case e sulle teste degli Israeliani, uomini, donne, e bambini inclusi.
Come mai di questo FATTO (di cui certamente i giornalisti inviati e le nostre redazioni erano perfettamente a conoscenza) NON E' STATA DATA NOTIZIA?
Mi ricordo perfettamente che, circa vent'anni fa, per il solo fatto che una paio di esplosioni sono state udite vicino alle coste di Lampedusa, per i giorni a seguire i giornali e telegiornali Italiani hanno riempito pagine e ore di trasmissione per dare e trattare "LA NOTIZIA" riguardo a due presunti missili lanciati, presumibilmente, dalla Libia.
PerchÃ¨, allora, mi domando, la gragnola di "missili" che da mesi e mesi, viene lanciata dai palestinesi di Gaza sugli Israeliani, bambini inclusi, producendo, danni, feriti, qualche morto, e molto, molto terrore, non viene considerata dalle redazioni dei telegiornali di Stato, degna di diventare "notizia"?
Non dico un un servizio al giorno, visto che i lanci sono quotidiani, ma almeno uno alla settimana! giusto per mantenere nell'opinione pubblica una certa consapevolezza sul reale stato delle cose e non, piuttosto, indurre gli Italiani a credere che, per il solo fatto che i giornali nostrani non ne parlano, i palestinesi concedano periodi di "tregua" alla popolazione Israeliana (come gli stessi giornalisti spesso si ritrovano a dire).
Insomma, se i palestinesi "bombardano" gli Israeliani, di questo non viene data notizia agli Italiani, ma se Israele reagisce e attacca le postazioni da cui partono i missili palestinesi, il fatto diventa immediatamente degno di occupare un posto nella scaletta dei telegiornali.
E' difficile capire perchÃ¨ il continuo e quotidiano attacco "razzistico/missilistico" dei palestinesi contro uomini, donne e bambini Israeliani (quindi deliberatamente contro "civili") non sia ritenuto degno di essere NOTIZIA, mentre la reazione Israeliana sÃ¬.
Ma Ã¨ facile, invece, capire che questa SELEZIONE delle informazioni, giÃ da sola Ã¨ sufficiente a distorcere la rappresentazione della realtÃ .
L'ascoltatore Ã¨ inevitabilmente indotto a ritenere il lancio dei "razzi" palestinesi SPORADICO e sostanzialmente inoffensivo (il nome stesso "razzo", invece di "missile", aiuta questa percezione); la stessa assenza di "interesse" giornalistico sul fatto sostiene l'idea che gli effetti letali di questi lanci siano trascurabili... sennÃ² i giornali ne parlerebbero... no?
Per cui... se i razzi palestinesi sono, tuttosommato, innocui... come si puÃ² giustificare una cosÃ¬ imponente e violenta azione militare Israeliana, con tanto di morti palestinesi civili e bambini, da diventare immediatamente oggetto di notizia su tutti i giornali di Stato?
IL FATTO Ã¨ che i razzi palestinesi non sono meno letali delle classiche bombe a mano e il loro lancio quotidiano nella misura di centinaia alla settimana (una vera e propria forma di bombardamento), li rende tutt'altro che innocui causando danni e feriti gravi con amputazioni di arti pure tra bambini.
Ma la percezione che gli Italiani ricevono Ã¨ chiaramente tutt'altra.
A contribuire a ridurre la percezione della gravitÃ e degli effetti terroristici dei "bombardamenti" palestinesi, c'Ã¨ pure la scelta delle parole usate dal giornalista per introdurre il servizio.
Su di un TG RAI di oggi, l'azione militare Israeliana Ã¨ stata definita come una risposta al lancio dei razzi palestinesi "sul territorio Israeliano".
E' chiaro che in questo modo si sposta l'attenzione dal fatto principale, (ovvero sull'intento dei palestinesi di colpire, ferire, e possibilmente uccidere, quanti piÃ¹ israeliani possibile bambini compresi) e si rende la comunicazione molto piÃ¹ asettica e meno emotiva; insomma un conto Ã¨ dire che i palestinesi lanciano i razzi contri "il territorio Israeliano", un'altro dire che li lanciano contro "i civili e i bambini Israeliani".
Al TG1 riferiscono che l'attacco Israeliano ha causato la morte di circa trenta palestinesi, soprattutto "miliziani", ma anche una decina di "civili" tra cui sette donne e tre "bambini".
Al TG3, addirittura, il riferimento ai "miliziani" Ã¨ scomparso e la notizia Ã¨ stata data cosÃ¬:
"...sono stati uccisi circa trenta palestinesi tra cui sette donne e tre bambini"(sic!).
Direi che la versione del TG3 Ã¨, come al solito, quella piÃ¹ "deformante".
Detta in questo modo si lascia intendere che l'effetto dell'attacco Israeliano Ã¨ stato quello di "uccidere palestinesi" e, cosa ancora piÃ¹ abberrante, "bambini palestinesi".
GiÃ a questo punto dell'analisi possiamo comprendere che l'opinione indotta dai giornali RAI sull'ascoltatore non puÃ² condurre ad altro che a questa idea: che i palestinesi, sebbene lancino razzi di tanto in tanto, sono innocui, che la reazione di Israele Ã¨ ingiustificata, e, inoltre, Ã¨ spropositata (trenta morti) razzista (diretta contro "i palestinesi") e crudele (contro i bambini).
Potrei anche fermarmi qui, perchÃ¨ giÃ queste osservazioni sono sufficienti a dare un'idea di quali sono i piani su cui si muove la dis-informazione giornalistica pubblica e di quanto facilmente si possa indurre un'idea deformata della realtÃ mediante la semplice "selezione" delle notizie e delle "parole" usate per definire "i fatti";
Un'idea, in questo caso, ingiustamente pregiudizievole delle ragioni, degli intenti, e degli effetti delle azioni del governo Israeliano e del suo esercito; con l'effetto "devastante" di rendere Israele una specie di Stato "Mostro" e attirando su di esso l'ostilitÃ e l'animositÃ dell'opinione pubblica Italiana cosÃ¬ formata.
Ma voglio aggiungere un ulteriore appunto alla questione "qualitativa" piÃ¹ sopra accennata.
Mi riferisco alla distinzione tra "terroristi", "miliziani", "civili", e bambini, che viene sistematicamente fatta durante i servizi dei nostri TG mentre si "contano" gli effetti degli interventi militari Israeliani contro "i palestinesi" o contro "il campo profughi" palestinese (oramai delle vere e proprie localitÃ in "stile" arabo; ma continuare a chiamarle "campi profughi" aiuta a trasmettere l'idea di "luogo della sofferenza") .
Ovviamente la valutazione e la reazione emotiva Ã¨ ben diversa se ad essere "vittima" dell'azione militare Israeliana sono dei "miliziani", piuttosto che dei semplici (ed innocenti) "civili", piuttosto che (ancora piÃ¹ innocenti) "donne", o peggio (super innoccentissimi) "bambini".
Quindi, dire "gli Israeliani hanno ucciso 27 terroristi, tra cui cinque donne, e tre adolescenti" Ã¨ ben diverso che dire "gli Israeliani hanno ucciso 30 palestinesi, tra cui cinque donne e tre bambini".
Nel primo caso si puÃ² immaginare che l'azione militare sia stata, necessaria (perchÃ¨ rivolta contro i "terroristi"), precisa e mirata; che le donne pure partecipano alle attivitÃ belliche palestinesi (come in effetti accade), e le "vere" vittime, pur essendoci, sono relativamente poche.
Nel secondo caso, invece, la cosa assume le forme di una strage; anzi, di una strage di innocenti.
L'attaco risulta essere indiscriminatamente contro "i palestinesi", "i civili" (visto che non si menzionano nÃ¨ miliziani e nÃ¨ tantomeno "terroristi" , e contro gli innocenti (donne e bambini).
Ora... visto che la "qualificazione" e la distinzione tra "miliziani" e "civili" la fanno direttamente le fonti palestinesi ( in particolare i presidi ospedalieri) che, ricordiamolo, NON VENGONO VERIFICATE e, visto e considerato che i "miliziani" palestinesi spesso indossano abiti civili, e che la differenza tra "miliziano" e "terrorista" Ã¨ una questione molto chiara (gli uni "combattono", gli altri colpiscono deliberatamente e vigliaccamente "i civili""nemici") ma difficilmente provabile e documentabile, va da sÃ¨ che le "fonti palestinesi" (ben consapevoli del diverso impatto emotivo sull'opinione pubblica occidentale), tendono a qualificare come vittime "civili" il maggior numero di persone per avvalorale l'idea che l'attacco Israeliano Ã¨ tutt'altro che "mirato".
Lo stesso dicasi per la qualifica di "bambino" a cui noi tendiamo ad associare maggiormente l'idea dell'innocenza e, quindi, della "vera vittima".
Ora Ã¨ ben noto che in palestina l'uso delle armi anche tra giovani e giovanissimi non Ã¨ certo un fenomeno limitato; cosa impedisce alla "fonte informativa" o al "giornalista" di definire "bambino" un palestinese di 11,12 o 13 anni?
Ipotizziamo che tra i "miliziani" palestinesi colpiti dall'esercito Israeliano ci fossero pure due ragazzini di 12 anni tutt'altro che "inconsapevoli"... chi impedirÃ al giornalista di definire anche quei due "ragazzini in armi" dei "bambini (innocentissimi)"?
In fondo non sta scritto da nessuna parte a quale Ã¨tÃ si finisce di essere bambini... basta guardare certi esponenti politici... Craxi, Mastella... nel momento in cui sono stati accusati di fare qualcosa di illecito, la prima cosa che hanno detto Ã¨ stata: "ma lo fanno anche gli altri!"
Stesse parole che userebbe un bambino di 6 anni!
Purtroppo perÃ², in questo caso, il richiamo della figura del "bambino" come vittima ha l'effetto di evocare l'idea della "strage di innocenti"; un'immagine molto forte, molto emotiva e molto "giornalistica" (nel senso che il giornalismo "rampante" Ã¨ sempre alla ricerca affannosa di notizie, e immagini, che suscitino forti emozioni, reazioni); l'uso forzato di questa immagine porta, come dicevo sopra, ad una ulteriore deformazione della realtÃ , in cui a farne le spese Ã¨ costantemente soprattutto il giudizio dell'opinione pubblica sull'operato del governo Israeliano e sulle sue azioni militari; un giudizio inevitabilmente teso alla condanna senza appello.
Il controsenso di oggi Ã¨ questo:
Che le redazioni dei TG nazionali ritengano gli interventi militari Israeliani degni di immediati servizi giornalistici di informazione e denuncia, mentre alle quotidiane gragnuole di granate lanciate dai palestinesi sulle teste degli Israeliani non viene dato nemmeno lo spazio di un trafiletto.
buoni controsensi a tutti.
|Sisa-Sisa Perang Nuklir Mahabaratha (Baratayudha)|
Ratusan panah-panah api (missile) berterbangan dilangit, tak kalahnya panah-panah api berekor panjang (laser) juga terlihat membelah cakrawala, bola-bola api raksasa (nuclear blast) menyilaukan dan membutakan mata, semua itu diakhiri suara menggelegar yang memekakkan telinga, ribuan nyawa manusia dan hewan melayang tak terkira dan menyisakan kehancuran yang dahsyat di berbagai tempat dimuka Bumi tercinta.
Apa mungkin 15.000 tahun SM, ada perang nuklir dan peradaban manusia sudah demikian tinggi? Padahal, teknologi nuklir merupakan teknologi hi-tech yang dikerjakan oleh para ahli fisika.
Kesalahan kecil yang terjadi pada peralatan atau prosesnya dapat menjadi bencana, penebar maut. Seperti kebocoran di reaktor nuklir Chernobyl milik Rusia yang menelan banyak korban jiwa karena radiasi radio aktif.
Ada kabar menarik dari arkeolog India. Ditemukan sejumlah bukti yang menunjukkan di India diduga pernah terjadi 2 perang besar yang menggunakan senjata pemusnah massal.
Penelitian dilakukan oleh oleh Michael Cremo tahun 2003, arkeolog senior dari AS. Selama 8 tahun, penganut agama Hindu ini meneliti narasumber dari kitab suci Weda dan Jain, yang ditulis pendeta Walmiki, ribuan tahun lalu. Cremo tertarik menginvestigasi dan mendalami dua kitab suci tersebut.
Ia menemukan nama-nama yang tertera di kitab tersebut ada di India. Ditemani tim dan rekannya, Dr.Rao C.S, arkeolog terkemuka India, ia meneliti dengan perangkat canggih âpenjejak waktuâ ( thermoluminenscence dating method ) untuk setiap obyek.
Dengan karbon radio isotop, keakuratan umur objek mampu dijejak hingga miliaran tahun ke belakang. Kitab Weda ternyata bisa menjadi nara sumber akurat, mengungkap kisah-kisah sebenarnya beribu tahun lalu. Tak semata kitab suci.
Mereka mencoba mengupas isi kisah Mahabarata, dari awal kejadian hingga perang Bharatayudha, ditandai berakhirnya perjalanan keluarga Bharata. Mereka yang berperang, berasal dari keturunan Pandu dan Destrarata, 2 bersaudara.
Baratayuda, adalah istilah yang dipakai di Indonesia untuk menyebut perang besar di Kurukshetra antara keluarga Pandawa melawan Korawa. Perang ini merupakan klimaks dari kisah Mahabharata, yaitu sebuah wira carita terkenal dari India.
Dr.Rao meneliti bukti-bukti sejarah di lautan, di teluk Gujarat, untuk mengungkap bukti keberadaan Kerajaan Dwaraka. Istana Sri Krisna, otak penggalang strategis dari pihak Pandawa. Konon, kerajaan ini musnah ditelan gelombang laut tahun 1478 SM, setelah perang Bharatayudha tahun 1443 SM.
Michael Cremo mengadakan penelitian di daratan, diantaranya: Indraprasta, Hastinapura, dan padang Khurusethra, bekas perang itu terjadi. Seperti diketahui, Indraprasta merupakan tempat bermukim keluarga Pandawa di awal perjuangan merebut Hastina. Khurusethra adalah bekas pertempuran dahsyat keluarga Bharata.
Para ahli menemukan banyak bukti yang mengejutkan. Tanah tegalan luas itu ternyata tak ditumbuhi tanaman apa pun, karena tercemar radio aktif. Pada puing-puing bangunan atau sisa-sisa tengkorak manusia yang ditemukan di Mohenjo Daro tercemar residu radio aktif yang cukup pekat.
Menurut Dr.Indrajit, ahli termonuklir, hal ini terjadi diduga akibat radiasi ledakan termonuklir skala besar dalam peperangan tersebut. Jelasnya terdapat dalam kalimat Weda yang diterjemahkan bebas seperti ini, âArjuna yang gagah berani, duduk dalam Weimana/ Vimana.
Dalam Ufology, Vimana adalah wahana mirip piring terbang. Bahkan ada teori, bahwa dulunya Vimana adalah istilah untuk kendaraan alien yang berperang dengan manusia Bumi yang pada saat itu juga sudah canggih.
Teori kedua dalam Ufology, bahwa dulunya ada dua ras alien yang memperebutkan Bumi dan menghasilkan radiasi-radiasi yang hingga kini masih dapat dibuktikan.
Oleh kerenanya, manusia mengganggap bahwa para alien tersebut adalah âDewa-dewa dari langitâ yang sangat tangguh dan perkasa, lalu manusia membuat ceritanya dalam kitab-kitab Hindu.
Vimana dapat mendarat di tengah air, lalu mengangkat gendewa dan meluncurkan sebatang anak panah. Semacam senjata mirip rudal/ roket, yang dapat menimbulkan sekaligus melepaskan nyala api yang bersinar terang di atas wilayah musuh.
Curahannya seperti hujan lebat yang deras, mengepung musuh dengan kekuatan dahsyat. Setelah panah itu tiba pada sasarannya, dalam sekejap sebuah bayangan yang tebal dengan cepat terbentuk seperti cendawan raksasa merekah di atas wilayah kurawa.
Angkasa menjadi gelap gulita, semua kompas yang ada dalam kegelapan menjadi tidak berfungsi, kemudian badai angin yang dahsyat mulai bertiup wuuusâ¦ wuuus, disertai debu pasir.
Burung-burung bercicit panik seolah-olah langit runtuh dan bumi gonjang-ganjing. Sementara itu di atas langit, matahari seolah-olah bergoyang, panas membara memancarkan udara mengerikan, membuat bumi berguncang, dan gunung-gunung bergoyang.â
âDi kawasan darat yang luas, binatang-binatang mati terbakar dan berubah bentuk. Air sungai kering kerontang, ikan, udang dan hewan laut lainnya, semuanya mati.â
âSaat panah (apakah roket atau senjata laser?) meledak, suaranya bagaikan halilintar, membuat prajurit musuh berjatuhan bagaikan batang pohon yang terbakar hangus. Akibat yang ditimbulkan oleh senjata Arjuna tersebut, tercipta badai api, diikuti ledakan dahsyat yang memancarkan debu beracun (radio aktif?).â
Menurut kepercayaan populer Kuil Mahabalipuram bukan suatu kuil, tetapi suatu candi yang terakhir dari serangkaian tujuh candi, enam di antaranya telah tenggelam.
Penemuan bangunan utama reruntuhan itu terjadi pada bulan April 2002 di lepas pantai Mahabalipuram di Tamil Nadu, India Selatan, pada kedalaman 5 hingga 7 meter (15-21 kaki) dilakukan oleh tim gabungan dari Dorset Scientific Exploration Society (SES) dan Indiaâs National Institute of Oceanography (NIO).
Penyelidikan di lokasi masing-masing ditemukan batu, sisa-sisa tembok yang tersebar, batu persegi dan blok persegi panjang dan platform besar dengan undak-undakan yang menuju ke sana. Semua ini berbaring di tengah-tengah formasi geologis batuan lokal.
Terdapat 4 sosok singa di empat lokasi, reruntuhan itu disimpulkan menjadi bagian dari kompleks candi.
Dinasti Pallava, yang menguasai wilayah itu selama abad ke-7 Masehi, dikenal memiliki banyak bangunan batu keras seperti struktural candi di Mahabalipuram dan Kanchipuram.
Poet Dwarka (India)
Di antara yang paling menarik dari penemuan-penemuan arkeologi yang dibuat di India dalam beberapa tahun terakhir adalah yang dibuat di lepas pantai dan Bet Dwarka Dwarka di Gujarat.
Penggalian telah berlangsung sejak 1983. Ini adalah dua tempat yang terpisah 30 km satu sama lain. Dwarka berada di pantai laut Arab, dan Bet Dwarka adalah di Teluk Kutch.
Kedua tempat ini dihubungkan dengan legenda tentang Kresna yang baik. Ada banyak candi di sini, terutama yang termasuk ke dalam periode abad pertengahan.
Dinilai sebagai salah satu dari tujuh kota paling tua di negara ini, kota legendaris Dvaraka adalah tempat kediaman Lord Krishna. Hal ini diyakini bahwa akibat kerusakan dan kehancuran oleh laut, Dvaraka telah tenggelam enam kali!
Untuk memperluas dan memperdalam penelitian ini, Unicef dan NASA membantu pemotretan dengan citra lansat satelit. Dari hasil riset dan pemotretan yang difokuskan di hulu sungai Gangga, para arkeolog menemukan banyak sisa puing bangunan yang telah menjadi batu hangus.
Batu besar reruntuhan ini ketika dilekatkan jadi satu, permukaannya menonjol dan cekung tidak merata. Ketika dicoba melebur bebatuan tsb, ternyata dibutuhkan suhu minimal 1.800 derajat celcius! Batu biasa dalam keadaan normal tak mencapai suhu ini.
Kecuali pada benda-benda yang terkena radiasi nuklir, baru bisa mencapai suhu yang demikian tinggi. Di pedalaman hutan primitif India, peneliti juga menemukan lebih banyak reruntuhan batu hangus.
Tembok kota yang runtuh dikristalisasi, licin seperti kaca, lapisan luar perabot rumah tangga yang terbuat dari batu dalam bangunan juga telah di-kaca-lisasi. Para peneliti heran, selain di India, batu radiasi juga ditemukan di bekas Kerajaan Babilonia Kuno, Gurun Sahara dan Gurun Gobi di Mongolia!
Inilah bukti reruntuhan perang nuklir prasejarah, derajat radiasi masih terekam meski kejadiannya ribuan tahun SM ( Sebelum Masehi ). Batu kaca pada reruntuhan tersebut, semuanya sama persis dengan batu kaca pada kawasan percobaan nuklir saat ini.
Diduga kuat perang Bharatayudha adalah perang nuklir yang terjadi antara 30.000 â 15.000 SM. Untuk meneliti lebih jauh penyebaran batu radiasi ini, para ahli nuklir PBB akan mengungkapnya dalam program khusus.
Penelitian yang dilakukan Dr. Rao di bawah lautan didasarkan petunjuk Weda, bahwa Kerajaan Dwaraka ditelan laut beberapa saat setelah Bharatayudha usai. Kerajaan Dwaraka adalah kediaman Sri Krisna, raja yang pegang kendali strategis di perang saudara ini.
Dalam kitab suci Hindu, ia merupakan jelmaan Dewa Wisnu, pemelihara perdamaian. Keberadaan Dwaraka dilakukan selama 8 tahun, dan baru jelas setelah dibantu citra satelit NASA. Dari sana ditemukan jejak kerajaan tersebut di bawah Teluk Gujarat.
Setelah ada petunjuk pasti, akhirnya Dwaraka berhasil ditemukan dalam keadaan hancur digulung gelombang Laut Arab yang cukup dahsyat. Dari hasil investigasi, banyak temuan berharga indikator kehidupan makhluk 15.000 tahun lalu.
Selain tembikar, ada bongkahan batu besar yang diduga benteng dan dinding istana. Batuan dipenuhi ornamen indah, lonceng kuil dari tembaga, jangkar kapal, pot bunga dari keramik, serta uang emas dan tembaga.
Penemuan logam ini memperlihatkan kepada kita, bahwa peradaban 30.000 â 15.000 tahun lalu ternyata sudah tinggi. Tak heran temuan ini mengindikasikan penggunaan senjata pemusnah massal di perang itu.
Bahkan menurut beberapa ahli yang lebih kontroversial malah menyatakan, bahwa pada masa lalu manusia sudah beberapa kali hampir mengalami pemusnahan massal akibat perang nuklir, perang bintang dan perang-perang besar lainnya.
Hingga manusia yang dapat bertahan hidup dan berlindung (survive) hanya tersisa ribuan jiwa saja, lalu mereka kembali ke zaman batu atau âsepertiâ zaman prasejarah.
Kemudian terus berkembang-biak kembali menjadi jutaan dan milyaran. Lalu terjadi lagi perang besar di bumi yang menyebabkan kemusnahan massal manusia, lalu berkembang-biak lagi, begitu seterusnya selama belasan kali.
Namun tak selamanya perang besar terjadi akibat peperangan antara manusia di bumi. Menurut paneliti yang tertarik masalah Ufology, manusia juga pernah melawan makhluk-makhluk luar angkasa atau alien, dan akhirnya juga menyisakan kehancuran dahsyat di Bumi.
Perlawanan ini juga membuktikan bahwa pada masa lalu peradaban manusia di bumi telah canggih, jika tidak canggih maka tak mungkin ras manusia berani melawan. Tapi akibat kekalahan teknologi yang jauh-jauh lebih canggih, ras manusia kalah namun berhasil untuk bertahan hidup dibawah pemukaan bumi.
Setelah beberapa dekade radiasi di permukaan bumi mulai menurun, merekapun mulai berani kembali ke permukaan dan memulai kembali peradaban ras manusia dari awal.
Menurut peneliti Ufology dan peneliti sejarah peradaban dunia yang kontroversial, peristiwa hampir punahnya ras manusia ini tak hanyak terjadi sekali, namun berkali-kali, dan manusia selalu dapat bertahan hidup walau hanya tersisa ribuan saja dan kembali memulai peradaban baru hingga suatu saat kembali maju dan canggih.
Dari penemuan-penemuan itu, Dr. Michael Creko membukukan laporan dalam 3 buku yang dicetak tahun 2006. Beberapa diantaranya:
Forbidden Archaelogis, The Hidden History of Human Race, dan Human Devolution, yang isinya menentang teori Darwin, tentang evolusi manusia.
Dr. Rao dari hasil karyanya memperoleh penghargaan âThe World Ship Trust Awardâ dari PBB atas penemuan siklus kehidupan manusia yang memutus teori Darwin.
Pada awalnya, kisah-kisah inilah yang dibukukan dalam kitab Hindu dan menjadi kisah yang menarik tentang perang besar pada zaman dahulu kala ini (Armageddon).
Bahkan di Indonesia saat agama Hindu masuk ke Nusantara, cerita perang ini telah menjadi budaya Indonesia terutama di Jawa dan Bali.
Budaya ini telah melekat di Indonesia hingga kini, salah satunya melalui tradisi Wayang, baik itu wayang orang atau wayang kulit bahkan wayang golek.
Cerita tentang Baratayudha tersebut tetap mengakar hingga ke generasi muda di Indonesia sebagai generasi penerus kebudayaan tua ini. Karena cara ini adalah salah satu jalan agar kisah heriok ini tetap lestari di kemudian hari.
Cara lainnya untuk melestarikan kisah ini juga dilakukan dengan penulisan buku-buku dari banyak literatur-literatur kuno di zaman Hindu. Bahkan sudah ada beberapa permainan (games) elektronik di komputer tentang kisah peperangan Ramayana dan Baratayudha ini.
Selain itu, masih banyak pula kakek-nenek dan orang tua dari generasi sebelumnya terus menceritakan kembali kisah menarik ini kepada anak dan cucunya, termasuk di dalamnya tentang kisah perang Baratayudha.
Namun banyak pula peneliti dan budayawan yang menyatakan bahwa kisah itu hanya sekedar mitos atau fiksi kuno belaka.
Tapi itu semua dapat dipatahkan dengan penemuan-penemuan arkeologi dan sejarah yang sama-sama bersinergi dan dapat membuktikan fakta-fakta yang ada dan telah terjadi di lapangan.
Karena bisa jadi, itu semua memang bagian dari sejarah yang nyata bagi peradaban ras manusia di muka Bumi untuk selalu bertahan dari kepunahan. âLife will find the wayâ¦â (berbagai sumber)
|What does the Qur'an say about shooting stars? Is there a clash in The Heavens?|
V. Tunniclife was quoted in The Fountain, Jan.-Mar. 1996, No 13, p.36:
Startling discovery of modern biology
All life requires energy, nearly all life on earth looks to the sun as the source. But solar energy is not the only kind of energy available on the earth. Consider the energy that drives the movement and eruption of the planetâs crust. When you look at an active volcano, you are witnessing the escape of heat that has been produced by radioactive decay in the earthâs interior and is finally reaching the surface. Why should there not be biological communities associated with the same nuclear energy that moves continents and makes mountains? And why could not whole communities be fuelled by chemical, rather than, solar energy?. . Most of us associate the escape of heat from the interior of the earth with violent events and unstable physical conditions, with extreme high temperatures and the release of toxic gassesâcircumstances that are hardly conducive to life.
The notion that biological communities might spring up in a geologically active environment seemed fantastic. And until recently, few organisms were known to survive without a direct or indirect way to tap the sunâs energy. But such communities do exist, and they represent one of the most startling discoveries of 20th-century biology. They live in the deep ocean, under conditions that are both severe and variable.
This âstartlingâ discovery of modern biology contains clues to some other realities, which sciences should consider. The Qurâan declares:
Surely, We have adorned the worldâs heaven with lamps, and We have made them missiles for the devils. (al-Mulk, 67.5)
The âstartlingâ discovery of biology suggests that just as the earth does, the heavens should also have inhabitants of their own. Indeed, reality also requires it to be so, for, as Said Nursi writes (The Words 1, Izmir, 1997, pp. 233â42), despite its small size and relative insignificance, the earth being alternately emptied and filled with living and conscious beings suggestsârather, it shows evidentlyâthat the heavens too, which have magnificent constellations and are like decorated palaces, must also be filled with conscious and percipient beings. For the Creator has embellished and ornamented the universe with innumerable decorations, beauties, and inscriptions, and this evidently requires the existence of contemplative and appreciative eyes that will observe and be delighted. Certainly, beauty requires a lover, and food is given to the hungry. Men and jinn are able to perform only a millionth of this boundless duty, this glorious viewing, and this comprehensive worship. This means that countless sorts of angels and spirit beings are necessary to perform these infinite and diverse duties and acts of worship.
The Creator Who continuously creates subtle life and enlightened, percipient beings from dense earth and turbid water, must certainly have created conscious beings from light and even from darkness which are worthier to have a higher life and spirit, and created them in great abundance. In the language of Islam, those inhabitants of various kinds are called angels.
The earth and the heavens are connected to each other like two countries under one government
The earth and the heavens are connected to each other like two countries under one government. There are important relations and transactions between them. Things necessary for the earth like light, heat, blessings, and forms of mercy like rain, come, rather, are being sent, from the sky. Also, as unanimously confirmed by all the heavenly religions, which are founded on Revelation, and as is agreed upon by all the saintly scholars who unveil the secret truths of creation on the basis of what they have witnessed, the angels and spirit beings descend to the earth from the heavens. From this, it may be concluded almost as certainly as if it were directly sensed that for the inhabitants of the earth there is a way to ascend to the heavens.
Indeed, everyone can always travel to the heavens through his mind, vision and imagination. So too, freed from or purified of the gross heaviness of their carnal and material being, the spirits of the Prophets and saints travel there by Godâs leave, and the spirits of the ordinary people do so after their death. Since those who are âlightenedâ and have acquired âsubtletyâ and spiritual refinement travel there, for sure, certain inhabitants of the earth and the air who are clothed in an âidealâ body or energetic envelope or immaterial form, and are light and subtle like spirits, may go to the heavens. Since there is journeying between the earth and the heavens, and important necessities for the earth are sent from the heavens; and since pure spirits travel to the heavens, for sure, imitating the pure spirits, the evil spirits too will attempt to travel to the heavenly abode. For, physically, they are light and subtle. However, they will certainly be repulsed and repelled, for by nature they are evil and unclean. Again, as the silence and tranquility, the order and serene regularity of the heavens, and their vastness and radiance, show, their inhabitants are not like those of the earth; they are all obedient to God and do whatever He commands them. There is nothing to cause quarrels or disputes among them because they are innocent, their realm is vast, their nature is pure, and their stations are fixed. So, when devils or evil spirit beings attempt to ascend the heavens, the pure inhabitants of the heavens are mobilized to repel them from the heavens.
There must be a sign or reflection in the visible, material world of whatever takes place in the kingdom of heavens
Without doubt, there must be a sign or reflection in the visible, material world of this important interaction and contest. For the wisdom of the sovereignty of Divine Lordship requires that the Lord should put a sign, an indication, for conscious beings, particularly for man, whose most important duty is observing, witnessing, supervising, and acting as a herald to, His significant disposals in the realm of the Unseen. This is just as He has made rain a sign for men to explain, in physical terms, His countless miracles in spring, and also made apparent (natural) causes the pointers to the wonders of His art, so that He may call the inhabitants of the visible, material world to witness them, indeed to attract the attentive gaze of all the inhabitants of the vast heavens and the earth to that amazing exhibition. That is, He displays the vast heavens as a castle or city arrayed with towers on which sentries are posted, so that those inhabitants of the heavens and earth may reflect on the majesty of His Lordship.
Since wisdom requires the announcement of this elevated contest, there will surely be a sign for it. However, other than some stars being used as âmissilesâ against the devils, no event among those of the atmosphere and heavens seems to be appropriate to this announcement. For it is evident how suitable for the repulsion of the devils are these stellar events, which resemble missiles and signal rockets fired from the formidable bastions of high castles. Further, unlike other events taking place in the heavens, no other function is known for such stellar events. In addition, this function has been known widely since the time of Adam, and witnessed by those who know the reality of things and events.
Like angels and other creatures, stars also have many different varieties. Some are extremely small, and some are extremely large. Everything that shines in the sky can be called a star. One sort of stars the Majestic Creator, the Gracious Maker, has created as a sort of jewels on the face of the sky or like the shining fruits of a vast tree. He has also made them the places of excursion or mounts or dwelling-places for His angels. He has made one sort of small stars missiles to drive off devils and kill them. Thus, firing these shooting stars to repulse devils may have three meanings:
â¢ It is a sign that the law of contest is in force also in the most vast sphere of existence.
â¢ It indicates that in the heavens there are watchful guards and obedient inhabitants, Divine forces, who do not like the earthly evil-doers to mix with and eavesdrop on them.
â¢ The spying satans, who are the representatives of the foulness and wickedness on the earth, attempt to soil the clean and pure realm of the heavens inhabited by pure beings, and spy on the talk of their inhabitants in the name of evil spirits [unbelieving jinn and their human companions trying to mislead people especially through sorcery, mediumship and soothsaying]. Shooting stars are fired to prevent them and repulse them from the doors of the heavens.
What does the meteor shower signify?
The Perseid meteor shower observed in almost every year suggests that those meteors are shot for certain, important purposes. For they surprise the observers by showing great diversity. The observations made in, for example, 1993, demonstrate the fact that the structure of the shower is yet poorly known.
According to information given by the International Meteor Organization about the events of the 1993 shower (Astronomy, October 1993), the first results posted for the night of 11/12 August came from Japan. Up to 20:30 (all times UT), 11 August, the meteor rates were found to be normal. A zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of 40 meteors per hour (m/h) was tentatively assigned to the shower at this time.
Preliminary data from European observers indicated that the rates had gradually increased to ZHR of order 100 m/h between 20:00, 11 August and 01:00, 12 August. Observers in France reported a noticeable increase in rates after 00:30, 12 August, with the rate being about twice that of ânormalâ. The rates continued to climb between 01:00 and 03:00. A preliminary ZHR of 200-250 was ascribed to this period. The rates appeared to reach a maximum between 03:00 and 03:30. The ZHR at maximum was estimated to be of the order of 500. Observations from the Canary Islands indicated that the rates began to decline after 04:00.
Higher than normal rates were also reported from many observers in the United States and Japan. As commented by Martin Beech in Astronomy, p.11, the results clearly indicated that the shower did not behave as predicted. Speculation about a possible meteor storm proved incorrect. Another unexpected feature in 1993 was the high number of bright fireballs observed. Observers reported something like five times the normal level of Perseid fireballs on the night of 11/12 August. The Perseid shower once again demonstrated how difficult it is to predict meteor shower activity.
A. Cressy Morrison (Man Does Not Stand Alone, New York, 1945, p.100) mentions, as a typical human characteristic, the reluctance to give up fixed ideas, the stubborn resistance to accepting unfamiliar truths. The early Greeks knew the earth was a sphere, but it took two thousand years to convince men that this fact is true. New ideas encounter opposition, ridicule and abuse, but truth survives and is verified. Neither scientific studies nor developments in science can offer any excuse not to accept God. What we observe in nature and what we obtain from it must encourage us to know Him more closely and see the strong bridge between science and religion, the world and the Hereafter, and between the reason and the spirit.
|More than Half of Republicans are Okay with Postponing the 2020 Election||
by Wm.â¢ Steven Humphrey
Yes, Trump's infantile peeing match with North Korea is making me nervous, but not as much as this article from today's Washington Post which serves up some disturbing results from a new poll. According to the story, nearly half of all Republicans are still convinced that Donald Trump won the popular voteâhe didn't, he lost it by 2,864,974 votesâand 68 percent believe that millions of so-called "illegals" voted in the election which caused Trump to lose the popular vote. (Yes, those two figures don't jibe, and their willful ignorance is baffling, but that's the GOP for ya!) But check out what happened next:
The result? 52 percent of Republicans said they would favor postponing the election if Trump were the one proposing it, while 56 percent would support it if both Trump and Congress were behind it.
At this point, no one is proposing anything of the sort, and if the idea was floated to the American public EVERYONE WOULD LOSE THEIR FREAKING COLLECTIVE MINDS. However, as the authors of this poll point out...
And that's what has me more nervous than Trump and Kim Jong-un arguing over who has the biggest missile. Read the entire article here.
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|Order for Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile||
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of the next generation anti-ship missile system. The total order value amounts to SEK3.2 billion and deliveries will take place during the period 2017-2026.
The contract signed is a development programme of an anti-ship missile system in both air-launched and ship-launched configurations. The next generation anti-ship missile system will be integr...|
|Order for Maintenance of Polish Navy's RBS15 Mk3 Missiles||
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Naval Port Gdynia, Poland, for the maintenance and logistic support of the Polish Navy’s RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface missile system with deliveries taking place 2017-2018.
Contracted in 2006, the RBS15 Mk3 is in service on-board the Polish Navy’s Orkan-class fast attack craft. Included in the contract is scheduled maintenance of the missile system and additional ILS in the form of training and additional tool sets...|
|Order for Airborne Self-Protection Systems to Equip the German AF||
Defence and security company Saab has received an order for the electronic warfare self-protection and countermeasures system BOZ-101 EC from the NATO Eurofighter 2000 and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) on behalf of the German Air Force.
The BOZ self-protection and countermeasures system has been in use on Tornado for many years. This order is for 29 units of the enhanced version designated BOZ-101 EC. The wing mounted pod consists of a missile approach warning system in the aft section ...|
|Order for Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile||
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of the next generation anti-ship missile system. The total order value amounts to SEK3.2 billion and deliveries will take place during the period 2017-2026.
The contract signed is a development programme of an anti-ship missile system in both air-launched and ship-launched configurations. The next generation anti-ship missile system will be integr...|
|Successful Firing of RBS15 by the Croatian Navy||
Defence and security company Saab announces another successful customer live firing of the RBS15 surface-to-surface missile system. On 19 October the Croatian Navy fired an RBS15 missile from the RTOP-42 Dubrovnik fast attack craft during the military exercise HARPUN 16.
The military exercise HARPUN 16 is held in the waters of Dugi Otok and A1/2irje from 16 to 23 October, and is the main training event of the Croatian Navy this year and one of the main activities in the process of implement...|
|Latvia Orders RBS 70 Missiles||
Defence and security company Saab has received an order for RBS 70 missiles from the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia. Deliveries will take place during the period 2016-2017.
Latvia has been an RBS 70 customer since 2004, and in 2015 Saab signed a contract with the Latvian Ministry of Defence for deliveries of RBS 70 missiles. This order is a call-up of an option as part of the previously signed contract, which was announced by Saab on 22 October 2015.
“We are pleased ...|
|âFire and fury like the world has never seenâ||As North Korea successfully develops its intercontinental ballistic missile capability, U.S. intelligence says it may have learned toÂ miniaturize nuclear warheads, meaning they could be put on those missiles. In the meantime, the UN has slapped new sanctionsÂ on North Korea, further provoking its crazed communist dictator Kim Jong-un, who has been making luridÂ threats against the United […]|
|#6 Sorry, Can We Have Our Missiles Back?||The Russia’s Military surprised a Russian homeownerÂ by accidentally firingÂ a missile into his house. The missile veered off course during a training exercise. Luckily for the Russian, the missile created only a hole on his roof as the rocket had been programmed at the launch not to explode. The Russian was offered compensation. The Russia’s […]|
|MYSTERY ON MONSTER ISLAND / Almena Films, F. Ariza, Fort Films Productions - 1981|
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|Cracking Chronic Fatigue||Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) sufferers describe symptoms of severe exhaustion, weakness, muscle pain and fatigue. But why, and what is science revealing about the underlying causes of the condition? We talk to a researcher who is probing the genetic links to the syndrome, a clinician with evidence that the muscles of patients accumulate acid when they exercise and a pathologist with post-mortem evidence of inflammation in the nervous systems of CFS sufferers. Also, in the news this week, the ants that help a pitcher plant to catch its lunch, the missile-hurling zoo chimp who plans his attacks in advance, and does non-coding DNA hold the key to how chromosomes recognise their opposite number? Plus, the cause of cheesy feet goes under the microscope in our Question of the Week...|
|Time running out for arms-control compromise offer?|
The Western alliance is struggling to get its arms-control act together before a March 28 deadline, when the negotiations in Geneva adjourn. Right now, differences still exist over basic tactics - both in Washington and in Europe. Two NATO meetings in the next few days are likely to prove crucial.
The European members of NATO are pressing the Reagan administration to soften its current position on intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF). Specifically, they are urging Washington to move away from its hard-line ''zero option'' proposal and come up with a new ''interim'' compromise instead.
(The zero option calls for removal of all Soviet INF missiles targeted on Europe in exchange for NATO's foregoing its planned deployment of new American missiles. An ''interim'' proposal would accept limited deployment for both sides , pending further attempts to reach zero.)
The Europeans say that an interim offer must be made before the INF talks adjourn March 28 if such a proposal is to have any possibility of halting, delaying, or curtailing the deployment of the new US missiles in Europe due to start later this year. Time running out for NATO
The arms talks will resume in June. The Europeans argue that the intervening two months could be used to study such compromise offers.
But time is running out for NATO to agree on any such proposal. Hence the importance of the alliance's two key nuclear strategy sessions over the next few days in Brussels and in Algarve, Portugal - sandwiched as they are between last week's West German elections and the adjournment of the Geneva talks.
The Reagan administration is said to be reviewing its position on the nuclear negotiations. While a number of NATO observers here expect Washington eventually to move away from its zero option, few feel it will do so immediately.
At the same time, even European officials are divided. While their governments press the US to make a prompt interim offer to Moscow, some of these European officials privately advocate making no such change in tactics at this time.
These officials believe that only if the American negotiators hold firm to the zero-option proposal made by President Reagan in November 1981 will the Soviet Union begin to move seriously toward making additional concessions on reducing its SS-20 missiles aimed against Western Europe. This European division mirrors the split said to exist within policy circles at the US departments of State and Defense. West Germans review their options
Meanwhile, the West German government of Chancellor Helmut Kohl, according to sources in Bonn, has just reviewed a whole range of options. These options included canceling the 108 US Pershing II missiles (but not the 464 cruise missiles) scheduled for deployment beginning late this year. That nondeployment option reportedly was rejected.
Despite their March 6 election victory against Socialist and other opponents of the US missiles, Chancellor Kohl and Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher have nevertheless publicly urged President Reagan to show flexibility in the US position. This pressure on Mr. Reagan was backed by the British and Italian governments, other countries where US missiles are to be stationed.
This West German-led coalition is said by experts to be prepared to continue to press its views on American officials at the NATO meetings. The first meeting , March 18, involves a group of top-echelon officials that will review nuclear issues and the disarmament negotiations. The second, next week, is a semiannual session of the NATO nuclear planning group. US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and most of his NATO ministerial colleagues are scheduled to attend.
Chancellor Kohl is said to favor pursuing plans for the deployment of the Pershing II missiles in West Germany in order to pressure the Soviet Union, which is seriously concerned about the weapon. But West Europeans nonetheless would still like to see a US-Soviet accord by late this year that would possibly put a reduced ceiling on their respective intermediate-range arsenals. And, despite public demonstrations and agitation for canceling the NATO deployment, many NATO officials would prefer to see some of the American missiles installed to correct what they see as an imbalance in favor of the Soviet Union.
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|Ron Paul: War Drums Are Beating and North Korea Tops the List||The UN Security Council resolution putting more sanctions on North Korea over the weekend is fueling the flames of neocon dreams of pre-emptive war. Will they actually be so insane? Bet on it. (RPI) —Â Last weekendâs UN Security Council Resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea for testing missiles opens the door to a US pre-emptive […]|
|These Eternal Epiloguesâ¦|
So much is being said right now on this oft discussed topic - online, on TV, in newsprint and in magazines, all the world over - that my meagre addition seems as if adding to the already over-loaded burden. I doubt that unless you live under a rock and inside a cave (youâre welcome to visit me in my cave anytime, turn left at the entrance, youâll see my rock) you could avoid the re-run onslaught of the slaughter of JFK in this month of November.
No wonder Caroline has legged it early to Tokyo and if I were in her well-healed shoes, Iâd do the same thing, for I can well imagine the phone call cacophony and the photographer pandemonium at her NYC and Marthaâs Vineyard residences. Maybe to be half way around the world offers some form of respite but one wonders just how much, for there is no place to hide in the world for anyone close to this historical Ground Zero.
Whether you were born then or not, if youâre an adult now, there would be no way to live on this planet and not have this event emblazoned on your mind as a lynchpin historical reference point. Parents, then as now - well educated or not, political junkies or despising of politics, well married to any historical event or avoiding all like the plague - would still have told to their children the Sad Story of Camelot, of Jack & Jackie, of her bright pink dress, of his swarthy tan and genuine smile, of the limousine turning Right off Main to Houston, then Left on Elmâ¦and if they neglected their parental duty, TV would surely take up the mantel.
If the Guinness Book of World Records is keeping track of such things, that motorcade footage must hold the record for the most re-run piece of celluloid in the history of mankind.
And yet, the idiot in me, every darn time I see it, the urge to yell out,
âJack, RUN! Take Jackieâs hand, shove John & Nellie out of the way and get out of that damn car and RUN!â,
An urge as passionate in me today as itâs ever been.
There is very little that has not been said on this topic and quite a darn bit that should have NEVER been said but for what itâs worth, here is my take on what I consider Eternal Epilogues to this sad tale, questions born on that awful day that may haunt some of Us, unanswered, forevermoreâ¦
The End Game for John Fitzgerald and for Us All
There could not be a living soul who has cared about the man or his ideology or his brief time in Office who has not at some point or another asked himself the question: What would have happened if Jack had lived?
Of course, that eternal question must be qualified.
To see JFK yet no longer hear his wonderful voice would have been a tragedy in and of itself for I cannot and would not want to separate the man from that readily recognisable Bostonian accent. And to heap on him yet another health issue would have also seemed so cruel and unjust.
Two Kennedy children, alive, but just barely. I truly doubt any of us would have wanted to see the intellectual and innovative Jack reduced to cerebral dust.
But letâs assume for Hopeâs Sake that he escaped those bullets or any grave bodily harm that day in Dallas, what would the future have held for JFK and for Us All?
Maybe Jack would have never had the votes to pass the Civil Rights Bill (for many agree that LBJâs ability to get Jackâs Bill passed so swiftly through Congress after the assassination was out of sheer sympathy for the slain President) BUT he may have finally seen the futility of the Vietnam âpolice actionâ and pulled out his âadvisorsâ well before thousands of troops ever hit the ground running, fighting an unwinnable war.
The math, had Jack pulled out of Vietnam: 50,000+ American soldiers saved and millions of Vietnamese saved as well, a country not ravaged by Napalm and Agent Orange. Maybe, unlike his predecessors, Jack would have had the courage to publicly admit the error of his ways to help the French with their own Colony and to call Quit to a bad decision. We darn well know that LBJ, Nixon, Bush Senior & Junior were not born with the âI was wrong and I am sorryâ geneâ¦maybe Kennedy was.
And, of course, like fateful dominoes do, the âVietnam-No-Moreâ swan-song that was never sung by the 60âs Hippie Generation would have laid way to sing and obsess about something else, the war never becoming their âCause Celebâ. But what Cause would have taken its place among the Daisy-Chain-Making, Peace & Love, Cumbaya crowd? One wonders if these kids would have ever coalesced as a societal group at all without Vietnam but then again maybe the majority of these spoiled brats would have stopped being militant, started acting mature and began heading back to school, being a far more productive sect of society than they ever were, merely because of that slight shift in Fate. The parents of the Flower-Power Generation would have been freed from a decadeâs worth of familial dysfunction and angst, and as their parents, received the respect and gratitude from those kiddies that they most assuredly deserved, being without a doubt the Greatest Generation of our time.
Oh, the domino affect of Fate can change its trajectory in a heart beatâ¦just like the wobble of two full metal jacket missiles going over 2000 feet per second.
What most likely can be assured is the End Game of JFK even if Our Destiny will always be in doubt, for even if he had won the â64 election and gained a second term as President, Jack had a target on his chest that included severe ailing health and a likely eventual âoutingâ of his highly risky womanizing. As the mid â60s approached, we cannot be sure that the Media would have continued to turn a blind eye and ear to his philandering, especially if any continued Mob association (it has been documented that JFK had a lasting affair with Mafia Leader Sam Giancanaâs moll, Judith Campbell) or blackmail attempts (by his former mistresses looking for fame/money) had come further to the foreground . It may have simply boiled down to the fact that the âStoryâ finally had to became King to reporters, the reputation of the man or skeletons in his closet be damned.
As for Jackâs health, Time was ebbing away even without Lee Oswald pushing the sand faster through the hour-glass.
Due to his long suffering stint with Addisonâs Disease whereby vertebrae in his back were disintegrating, Jack, during his short stint in the White House, was on a potent line-up of drugs, ones we now know can be very debilitating in and of themselves and very addicting. The line-up given to Jack by âDoctor Feelgoodâ, aka Dr. Max Jacobson (said to have âtreatedâ various celebs to include Elvis and Marilyn Monroe), has been said by various documentarians to at least include the following;
And yet, with all that, Jack still couldnât tie his own shoes nor raise Caroline or John Jr. in his arms, often needing assistance of some sort to get in and out of chairs or to walk up and down stairs.
We will never know how such a dangerous cocktail of drugs would have eventually affected his state of mind or his decision-making capabilities, possibly a question we may not want to have answered, given that as President of the U.S. and Leader of the Free World, it was his finger on the Red Button and not Ours. Knowing what we know now, the success of the Cuban Missile Crisis and of Humanityâs continued existence seems all the more a miracle.
Jack, despite his failings and weaknesses, was a enthusiastic liver of Life and although his End was horrible beyond comprehension, the thought of a lingering and torturous or embarrassing End for that man seems infinitely worse. He had seen his Father linger and wither after his stroke, I sincerely doubt he had ever wanted that for himself. Jack was a fighter and if the fight to live well had truly been taken away by merely living longer, merely existing, the young, swarthy forty-six year old would have probably chosen a bullet. Sad but True, this is my sober take on the late, great John Fitzgerald.
The Haunting of Clint Hill
Of the seven Secret Service Agents in the Follow-Up car in Dallas that day, it was only Clint Hill (whose special duty it was to protect the First Lady) who managed to reach the Presidential limousine at all during those eight seconds of terror in Dealey. Yet, for many years, by his own admission, Clint agonized that he had not done enough to save John Kennedy. All the Agents who were on duty that day were made to testify before the Warren Commission and all did state at one time or another that the team, that day, had failed in executing their one and only duty: to protect Jack from harm.
Often reason will get drowned out by emotion, the head being silenced by the heart, and in this case and for many years I think that is exactly what happened to Clint Hill. In the subsequent documentary, âThe Kennedy Detailâ, Clint admits to suffering for many years with depression and having a problem with alcohol and ultimately had to retire after seventeen years with the Secret Service due to neurological problems stemming directly from the trauma he lived through in Dallas that day. Today, Iâm sure, Clint would be diagnosed with PTSD but in 1975 understanding of such mental trauma was like walking on the dark side of the moon. The interview he gave with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes following his retirement shows a broken man, mental exhaustion and utter torment plastered on his face, worry and concern for the man staining the face of his wife, Gwen. Ultimately Clint and Gwen become divorced and one wonders if their marriage wasnât just another casualty from November 22nd.
Being ultimately promoted to Assistant Director of the Secret Service, Clint, in interviews today, some 38 years after his retirement, looks like a new man. Elderly now he is, of course (aged 82), but with a healthy demeanour, what I would describe as an intact, mature awareness of what was done and what could only have been done on that fateful Friday. You still see the sadness and the regret but now those emotions are kept in check. The drinking and depression are definitely albatrosses of the Past and Clint now talks with pride in a job well done. And let Us not forget that the job Clint did that day and all the days of his tenure was well done. In the many film clips taken of him protecting the Kennedys, the seriousness and passion he held for his work was more than evident, that to take a bullet for Jack or Jackie any day would have been welcomed if it meant âLancerâ & âLaceâ could survive and thrive.
Clint Hill is a hero in my eyes, a combat warrior-of-sorts who faced horror, was slain by it for a time but who ultimately won the emotional war even if the battle was beyond fierce.
The Public is always focused on the loss on November 22nd, 1963 but we must also remember the gains. Men like Clint Hill were forged that day in Dallas with indestructible mettle and with that rough-gained experience they have gone on to give birth to a new, more knowledgeable generation of Protection Agents. Without men like Clint, Standard Operating Procedures in Protection today would be far less effective. The Secret Service motto, âWorthy of Trust and Confidenceâ describes Mr. Hill to a T.
Clint Hill does not know I exist and he may never read this post but I want my words to him to exist in the âEtherspereââ¦regardless;
Mr. Hill, you were the one bright shining light of Camelot that day, not Jack as Sir Lancelot, but you. King Arthur could never have held court as long as he did without the loyal devotion and protection of his most formidable knight, Lancelot, and you, my Good Man, were the reason Our White House Camelot lived in vigour as long as it did. You were there, maybe unseen by Us but there nonetheless, in difficult times, yes, but in joyful times too, and Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy knew that all too well. LBJ expressly chose you to cover him when he had an assassination premonition about attending the MLK memorial - you and no one else, Mr. Hill. You were their protector and you were Our protector too that awful day at Dealey, for without your efforts, without any Agent at least trying, We would have given up all hope, Our Trust in Agents like you, Then as Now, lost to the winds.
Jack, from his celestial sailboat would say that Success is in the Trying, a Life lesson well learned on him. And you, Mr. Hill, exceeded all of Jackâs expectations. You are the living embodiment of Professionalism and Integrity in the Secret Service and if time could be reversed and you were 31 again, there is no doubt in my mind you would still be chosen as the primary Protector of our modern-day Presidents.
Live well, Mr. Hill, and be so very proud of all your achievements because We certainly are for you. You are the essence of Success in every way and Jack would be the first one to nod and give you that toothy smile of approvalâ¦you know that.
Much has been said (too much really unless you like verbal and prosaic refuse) of the Spector of Conspiracy which surrounds this assassination, with reason and logic being assassinated along with Jack that day in Dallas. That to believe the murder was carried out by a Lone Nut as assessed by the Warren Commission is to put oneself on the side of denial, so say the Conspiracy Theorists, verging on insanity, they would jibe, that any reasonable, God-fearing, patriotic American believing Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone is almost tantamount to Treason.
Oh, and to not go the way of the daft and dense Populous makes you an automatic Outsider.
God forbid that school yard antics actually pervade mature Society.
To date, some 62% of Americans when polled (November 2013 Gallup poll) believe that Oswald did not act alone. That is a terrifying percentage, for that forces me to believe that only 38% of Americans are the least bit open to intelligent assessment. But, then again, these numbers probably correlate nicely with the percentage of Americans who think that âMust See TVâ is American Idol and People of Note are the Kardashians and Paris Hilton.
Americans fear most a terrorist attack from abroad when an attack of ignorance invaded and well damaged their Homeland decades ago.
But then again, in defence of those same Americans, all humans have a need to control their environment and to do so demands a natural balance. And at its core, the Lone Nut doing in the Great Lancer is as unbalanced as you can get. And if you allow yourself to think such imbalances can occur in Life then one must admit that we really have very little control over our own lives, that if great and powerful men can be so easily slain by such lowly creatures with even lowlier weapons, where then can there be hope for any of Us?
But as so many very astute lawyers have stated, this crime at its core is as simple as they get, that if Oswald had shot at Joe Nobody, the police investigation would have been most likely closed within days, the trial would have been swift and sure and the charge of Guilty would have easily been on offer from the Jury, Oswald ultimately put behind bars and quickly forgotten.
But the victim wasnât Joe Nobody, it was John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, a man who had spent his 1000 days in Office expounding on the virtues of Peace, attempting to show that the world is not comprised of Them & Us but of all mankind born with the desire to live in harmony and to seek happiness - virtues not solely the property of Americans. JFKâs views were foreign to Us who had suffered long under the post WWII Cold War but Jack knew geo-political reconciliation had to occur if a third World War, possibly one of apocalyptic form, was to be prevented.
Yet, historically the Lone Nut Assassin scenario should be well accepted by the American Populous for their political history is rife with examples, some successful, some thankfully not;
Presidential leaders are never the sole targets of such madmen as any Person of Note will do if it supports their extreme delusions of grandeur and satiates their narcissism, affording them the historical greatness they desire. Most notable is;
James Earl Ray with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968
with most recent attacks including;
Some of these assassination attempts have suffered for a time the inference of Conspiracy but as the years go by or the facts are just too clear and present to refute, that inference soon ebbs away and is replaced with the realization that people of worth can and are gunned down by human waste, a very sad but true fact.
50 years have gone by now and with the hordes of CTers within those five decades expounding on a plethora of scenarios and supposed involved bad guys, no credible evidence has ever been on offer to suggest anyone other than the lone Oswald or any other faction was responsible for the murder of Americaâs 35th President. It is now time to face facts and put this case to rest, once and for all.
In 1964, most Americans when polled believed the findings of the Warren Commission and we need as rational people to get back to that rational percentage, possibly by actually READING COVER TO COVER the Warren Commission 26 Volumes and not merely Tell-All books. Hey, thereâs an idea, Folks!. Thankfully, this year, more 50th anniversary documentaries have been produced to expertly present the evidence of what truly happened in Dealey Plaza that day, well drowning out the usually baseline list of Shock & Awe Conspiracy Tell-All shows that have previously assaulted our senses. One can never completely silence the nut-jobs who will marry themselves to one conspiracy theory or another until the day they die but it is my hope that well-reasoned American citizens rightfully reclaim their history and finally see in the light of day what had always been there to see.
Lone Nut assassins are real and are a fact of Life - a sad and horrific yet an all too natural occurrence in our Human Experience.
Rest well, Mr. President and may the rest of Us finally breathe in the clear, crisp air of Truth, however painful it may be.
These Eternal Epilogues, maybe at least in my mind today, finally written.
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|North Korea escalates threat as Tillerson seeks to ease tensions||Pyongyang plans firing four missiles towards Guam bases in game of brinkmanship|
|âPUTRID, SICK, OFFENSIVE STUFF!â Limbaugh Slams WaPo Report On North Koreaâs Miniaturized Nukes; Itâs âFAKE NEWSâ||RUSH: The Washington Post reported that the Defense Intelligence Agency had concluded that North Korea had successfully produced miniaturized nuclear warheads that could fit inside their missiles, about 60 of them â and that report changed everything. That turned North Korea from a bumbling little potbellied fool into, âWhoa, theyâve got warheads now?â Everybody started […]|
|North Korea Claimed To Have Launched A Successful Intercontinental Ballistic Missile|
North Korea is not listening to the US threat or take its sanctions serious after the country launched its new claimed ICBM, and it landed in the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ), a great moment for the nation's leader, who in the past has said the country would soon be able to launch the missile.
TheÂ intercontinental ballistic missile could do a 5,500km while carrying a nuclear weapon.
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According to aÂ South Korean military official who confirmed the news, the missile was fired toward the East Sea from Banghyun area in Northern Pyong An Province at around 9.40am(KST) on Tuesday.
North Korea claims the missile was a Hwasong-14, which the country described asÂ an "almighty ICBM rocket," launched at the trajectory travellingÂ 930Â kilometresÂ and reaching an altitude of 2,082 kilometres, and the launch of the missile was personally monitored by the country's leader, Kim Jong-Un.
South Korean leader, Moon Jae-in ordered a National Security Council meeting to determine the country's readiness against such further incidents.
Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff saidÂ "Our military is maintaining full preparedness against the possibility of North Korea's additional provocation."
Expressing his concern over twitter is the US president, Donald J. Trump tweeting;
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|North Korea Blows Up Its Own Missile Mid-Air After It Mistakenly Pointed To Russia|
North Korea blew its own missile that is 48 Kilometres away this weekend after it notices that the missile was facing Russia. North Korea abort the missile test as it was heading toÂ Â a harbour point or a Russian territory,South Korea economy reports.
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North Korea who in recent times have been in the news for its numerous missile test despite US warning is not backing down, but a missile that gets into Russian territory will complicate an already complicated diplomatic ties between the countries in the region, and increase the tension Â between the US, Russia, China, North Korea and South Korea.
China is also not happy over the recent THAAD missile system that was deployed by the US in South Korea recently.
|Kim Jong-Un Is A Weak Leader, North Korea Elites Say|
The North Korea elites are not confident in Kim Jong-Un regime any longer, and has labelled the dictator a weak leader. According to a research published on Thursday byÂ Rand Corp. citing senior officials who have defected from North Korea.
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Bruce Bennett, senior defense analyst at research organization Rand said;
Kim Jong Un appears increasingly to the elites as ineffective and not a particularly good leader, which is likely how he's viewed now.Â Other than North Korea's weapons and [the] ballistic missiles of this regime, Kim Jong Un doesn't really have a lot to make him feel empowered.
North Korea's elites have heavily gone into being entrepreneurs, They would look to set up an economy like the Chinese which is what the Chinese have been asking them to do
The elites have also said that they would not be allowing anybody from the Kim dynasty once Kim dies. A move that will end the dominance of the Kim's since the state was founded more than half a century ago.Â
|China Want Military To Be Prepared To Move To North Korea Border|
China is not happy with North Korea multiple missile test, and the chaos its causing in the Peninsula at the moment. Last Sunday, US President ordered an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula in a show of force as North Korea prepares for its 6th missile test program.
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China has now sent an alert to all its military bases to be ready to move near the North Korea border. The Chinese military in the provinces of Shandong, Zhejiang and Yunnan have all received the mandate.
According to Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy,Â non-governmental organization in Hong Kong, abou 25,000 Chinese military from theÂ 47th group army of the Ninth Armoured Brigade have been told to be ready to move long distances close to the North Korea border.
China is known to keepÂ Â 12 Dongfeng-03 ballistic missiles and 24 Dongfeng-21 "Carrier-killer" missiles at the 51st rocket army station inÂ Shenyang, Liaoning Province.
China is not happy with North Korea missile threats, and have told the leader, Kim Jong-Un to stop, and even recently stopped the trading of coal, one of the biggest trades between China and North Korea, and also one trade NK depends on for its economy.
|U.S. Navy strike Move In A Show Of Force To Korean Peninsula|
A U.S official has said that the U.S Navy strike group will be moving to the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula in a show of force, because of recent North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un missiles weapon program.
The strike group called theÂ Â Carl Vinson, will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula. The Carl Vinson includes an aircraft carrier. In a statement by U.S Navy, the Carl Vinson will be heading North, but its destination is yet to be specified, and will operate in theÂ Western Pacific instead of its previouslyÂ planned port visits to Australia.
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President Donald Trump had recently met with the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, where he asked the Chinese leader to do more to curb the excesses of Kim Jong-Un, and to stop the firing of missiles, which is dangerous to its surround neighbour and allies.
The National security adviser to Donald Trump had given him different options for North Korea, and this includes military and economic sanctions. Also, the option of pre-emptive strike on North Korea is not off the table.
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the problem is the second amendment was created so that the government was being created if it ever got too powerful it could be toppled by the people, during the time private citizens if they could afford it could stock any military item available to the military, it sounds good on paper, but did not take into account mans propensity to create even more stronger and more dangerous weapons, now a days we have nukes, missiles with long range and destructive power and so forth, these things were never taken into account when the second amendment was created, but laws have already removed these from the playing field already, what it comes down to is automatic weapons and pistols and such, most laws on these things are only recent (very recent) and I myself believe they do not adhere to what the second amendment meant, don't get me wrong I don't think your average Joe really needs a fully auto rifle and such, but they should be able to get them if they so choose, now california has passed some new laws that make me say WTF ? like you have to jump thru hoops to even get ammunition now (background checks, seriously?), and they claim on a that these laws are to protect citizens and keep weapons out of the hands of Criminals, problem is it is doing the exact opposite, all his is doing is removing weapons from law abiding citizens, this is two fold, the government wants control and by removing weapons from those who would protest government control it allows the government more power.
this brings why I will vote for Trump, his presidency will be a lame duck presidency with the government actually doing nothing and not taking away more of our rights as they stand on a whole, now states screwing over the people is another matter.
|Japan moves missile defences into central Tokyo||
A PAC-3 Patriot missile unit has been moved in to a compound at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo, Japan after officials said they could shoot down North Korean rockets if they pass overhead.
|Taliban graffiti in Marjah, Afghanistan by Â©2010 Stars and Stripes. May not be used without permission of the newspaper.||
Taliban graffiti inside an abandoned school in Marjah, Afghanistan shows a stick figure and a missile hitting a NATO helicopter. March 10, 2010. DREW BROWN/STARS AND STRIPES (Â©2010 Stars and Stripes. May not be used without permission of the newspaper.)
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|The 1980s Called. They Want their Video Games Back.||I know I haven’t posted in a while and that my last post said something about avoiding silly season, but after I saw today’s news about Russian planes practicing cruise missile attacks on the United States, I remembered Obama’s ignorant and arrogant taunt about the 80s wanting their foreign policy back.Â Rather than wondering about [...]|
|Iran: 'Thousands of missiles' to rain on Israel||Iran is threatening to launch a massive missile strike against Israel if the United States attacks Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people, which could touch off a full-blown war in the region. “The day of reckoning is near,” according to Hossein Shariatmadari, the chief editor of Keyhan newspaper, an outlet controlled by [...]|
"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!"
Going off his nut, General Jack D, Ripper (Sterling Hayden) sends planes bearing megaton bombs into Russia without orders from the President (Peter Sellers). While Ripper's special British assistant, Mandrake (also Sellers), desperately tries to get the code from him that will stop the planes, President Muffley confers in the war room with General Turgidson (George C. Scott), the Russian ambassador Sadesky (Peter Bull), and the ex (?) Nazi scientist Dr. Strangelove (Sellers yet again). Meanwhile Major Kong (Slim Pickens) is determined to deliver his megaton payload come hell or highwater. Then the president learns from his opposite number, the unseen Dimitri, that if a bomb goes off on Russian soil it will automatically unleash a Doomsday weapon that will destroy all life on Earth! Dr. Strangelove has a plot that's strangely similar to Fail-Safe, released the same year, only Strangelove is not played straight but as a very, very dark black comedy (and is better known than the other picture), brutally -- if broadly -- satirizing the arms race, the cold war, and the paranoia and obsession people had at the time over atomic weapons and the possibility of WWIII. The deliberate pace of Strangelove may make the film seem longer than it actually is -- just a bit over 90 minutes -- but it is entertaining, grimly amusing, and very well-acted by all, with Sellers superb in a trio of very different roles. Hayden [Naked Alibi] , Scott, Bull (who can be seen trying hard to keep a straight face during Seller's antics as Dr. Strangelove in one scene), Keenan Wynn [Royal Wedding] as Colonel Guano, Tracy Reed as Turgidson's paramour, and Pickens in his most notable and iconic role are all on the money. Still, as well-made as it is, one can't quite say that this is a picture you will enjoy. Seven Days in May also came out in 1964 and dealt with the military-industrial complex, but there were no out of control missiles in it.
Verdict: Not for every taste, but certainly unique. ***.
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|Politics - USA|| |
And I thought I wasn't going to win my game of logical fallacies bingo sheet.
Now all I have to do is wait for tu quorque, slippery slope, black and white, and the burden of proof fallacies. Oh boy can't wait.
On a more serious note....
From United States Strategic Command Facebook Page in reaction:
Pretty interesting what this will have in the next 5 years.
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Drumpf is racist....
Can also watch the video about him saying that too. He is equally racist to Mexicans, Muslims, and basically anyone that isn't white and male.
The guy is well known to be racist and sexist. Can't really defend the guy at all.
|North Korea details plan to fire missiles toward Guam||North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.|
|âStrong and Resoluteâ: South Korea, Japan Issue âStern Warningâ to North Korea||South Korea and Japan reaffirmed their support for the US on Thursday following North Koreaâs announcement that they are considering a ballistic missile attack against Andersen Air Force Base on the US island territory of Guam in Micronesia.|
|FACTBOX: Island of Guam With US Base Possible Target of N. Korean Strike||North Korea is reportedly considering a missile strike on the US military base located on the island of Guam.|
|Pentagon Hopes for Diplomatic Solution on N. Korea, But Has Military Options||The US Defense Department is hoping for a diplomatic solution that would halt North Koreaâs quest for a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the United States, but has military solutions ready if ordered to act, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in a press briefing on Thursday.|
|Protesters, Activists Delay South Korean THAAD Environmental Impact Survey||Seoul has announced a delay on an environmental impact test that is part of the rollout of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD missile defense system). The postponement has come as the result of protests by residents where the THAAD platform is to be deployed.|
|Beijing Outraged as US Destroyer Approaches Disputed South China Sea Island||The Chinese Foreign Ministry called on the United States to respect China's sovereignty and security interests after the US guided missile destroyer John S. McCain approached a disputed island in the South China Sea.|
|Unholy Alliance That Never Was: How North Korea and Israel Almost Became Buddies||In an exceptional episode, little-known and never acknowledged in the Western mainstream media, Israel secretly negotiated a billion dollar buy-out of North Korea's missile export program to the Middle East. Negotiations ran between 1992 and 1994, when the US intervened to terminate the deal.|
|N Korea's Likely Response Stops US From Preemptive Strike - Russian Lawmaker||North Korea's possible retaliatory strike is the only thing that deters the United States from carrying out a preemptive strike on Pyongyang's missile sites, First Deputy Chairman of Russia's Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich said on Thursday.|
|Guam Homeland Security Warns N Korea Missiles Would Reach Island in 14 Minutes||If North Korea were to fire missiles at the US Pacific territory of Guam, they would reach the island in 14 minutes, USA Today newspaper reported on Thursday citing Guam Homeland Security.|
|Japan Ready to Intercept Guam-Bound North Korean Missiles||Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday his country could strike down North Korean missiles fired toward the US island of Guam if they passed over the Japanese territory.|
|Guam Governor Says 'No Panic' on US Pacific Island Over North Korea's Threat||The governor of Guam said Wednesday the administration of the US Pacific island was worried but not in panic over North Koreaâs threat of a missile strike.|
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|Defense company Elta North America expands in Maple Lawn, adding 50 new jobs|
ANNAPOLIS, MD â As part of a week-long economic development mission to Israel, Governor Larry Hogan recently met with executives of defense giant ELTA Systems Ltd. and announced that the companyâs U.S. affiliate, ELTA North America, is tripling its footprint in Maryland and adding up to 50 new jobs over the next two to three years. The company, which opened a 7,500-square-foot facility in Howard Countyâs Maple Lawn community in 2012, has signed a new lease for 21,500 square feet in Annapolis Junction and plans to move next month. ELTA North America leverages state-of-the-art technology from ELTA Systems Ltd., the worldâs 4th largest radar company and a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and produces the components for Israelâs famous âIron Domeâ anti-missile system, as well as border surveillance radars for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ELTA North America also is involved in helping warfighters and first responders combat the growing threat of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The company has developed a revolutionary system that detects, identifies, and defeats UAVs using man-portable or fixed-site systems. And, with ELTA Systems as a global leader in cyber security, the company provides cyber solutions through ELTA North America. âWe are proud to headquarter our company in Maryland,â said Eric Womble, CEO and president of ELTA North America. âThe support of the county and state, especially from Governor Hoganâs office, has been outstanding and an important factor in our continued growth and expansion.â âItâs great news that ELTA North America is tripling its space and adding 50 newread more
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|WashPost: NKorea Has Mini Nuke Warheads for ICBMs||United States intelligence officials believe North Korea has mini nuclear warheads that can be delivered via its intercontinental ballistic missiles. The Washington Post reports on the ominous assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency. “The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the...|
|Malabar 2012: India to Exercise with U.S. Navy in Bay of Bengal||Malabar 2012, the bilateral exercise between Indian Navy and United States 7th Fleet is expected to be held off Chennai, Bay of Bengal/west of Nicobar Islands from April 9 -16, 2012. Some interesting features of Malabar 2012 are: U.S. Navy â represented by Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill [...]|
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