Thursday, April 17, 2014

Anti-Semitic leaflets: Propaganda or real?

In war-time,  every side involved in the conflict, uses propaganda. That's a given. However, it's hard to believe that the anti-Semitic leaflets are issued by the new separatist setup in Donetsk.  They know better than to create further discord in the communities of Donetsk.  
The people responsible for this vile propaganda should be identified and if these leaflets were distributed with the knowledge of even one member from the present "coup" government, it does not bode well for Ukraine's future under the new setup.  Something like this is what we expect from jihadi Muslims, not from Christians.  Shame on those responsible.  

The link below also has a copy of the leaflet.

From ThinkProgress
....A flyer distributed    in the eastern Ukrainian city Donestk is telling the city’s Jewish community that they need to “register” with the separatist government, but the head of the self-appointed new leadership in the region has denied involvement.
In a set of flyers handed out to Jewish Ukrainians leaving synagogue on Monday, members of the community over the age of 16 were allegedly ordered to register at the government’s main building, which is currently being occupied by pro-Russian gunmen and protesters. Additionally, they would be forced to pay a registration fee of $50 and list all pieces of property, including real estate and vehicles. “Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property,” a translation of the flyer reads.

The original report from Novosti Donbassa said that the leaflet was passed out by “three unidentified men wearing balaclavas and carrying the flag of the Russian Federation” with the aim of causing a conflict, then “to blame the attack on separatists.” The flyers were distributed in the name of the “People’s Republic of Donetsk,” the title that the pro-Russian separatists in the region have given themselves. They also bear the signature of Denis Pushilin, who has been referred to in reports from the region as the “people’s governor.”

In an interview with Ukrainian press, Pushilin confirmed that the flyers, marked with the emblem of his organization, were really distributed in Donetsk. But unlike various English translations, in the original interview with Ukrainian media, Pushilin not only rejected the content of the flyers, but also denied that his organization was behind their printing. “Some idiots yesterday were giving out these flyers in targeted areas,” he said, claiming that he had never himself used the “people’s governor” title the flyer bestows on him. Pushilin did not suggest who else may have been handing out the anti-Semetic flyers, but went on to criticize the original site for posting it online.

Regardless of who printed and distributed them, the Jewish community was less than thrilled by the presence of the flyers. “The Jewish-Ukrainian leadership supports Ukraine’s new government, but it’s hard to tell whether the leaflet is valid or simply a provocation,” Alex Tenzer, a Kiev native and one of the directors of the National Association of Immigrants from the Former USSR in Israel, told Israeli news site Ynet when asked about the flyer’s origin. “Anyway, the material is very anti-Semitic and reminds me of the kind of material distributed by the Nazis in WWII.”........

More on the 100+ schoolgirls abducted by the despicable Boko Haram

The news yesterday that almost all the girls were "freed" gave the impression that the Nigerian authorities (well known for their inefficiency) had actually managed to do something useful for once.  Not so.  We can continue to hold the very low opinion that we rightly have, at least those of us who speak our mind,  of most of these African countries rife with inefficient police forces and a military apparatus filled to the brim with corrupt people and politicians equally corrupt ... from the very highest office to the lowest peon.

From BusinessWeek:
....The principal of the Nigerian school  in the northeastern state of Borno where more than 100 girls were abducted said military claims that the majority were free are untrue.

Only 14 out of 129 students gunmen abducted on April 14 have escaped, Asabe Kwambura, the principal of the state-run girls secondary school in Chibok, said by phone today. Yahaya Chibok, the managing director of Borno Urban Development Board, also said by phone that 14 students were free. The military said in a statement yesterday that eight were still missing.
“There is no truth to the announcement of the military of freeing 121 students,” said Kwambura. “It’s only the 14 announced by Governor Kashim Shettima that we have seen,” she said, referring to the Borno state governor. Major-General Chris Olukolade, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry, said by phone today that Kwambura told the military yesterday that only eight students were still missing.
“I feel bad that the military is trying to implicate me,” Kwambura said when asked about the statement the military attributed to her.

Kwambura said someone she believed to be from the military called her yesterday asking about the number of girls abducted and those freed. She said she couldn’t say for sure how many were kidnapped but that 14 were free.....

Saudi Arabia's Prince Bandar resigns ... but only after having bloodied his hands with the deaths of 140,000+ dead Syrians

One by one,  the main actors in the manufactured and manipulated civil war in Syria, are trying to distance themselves from the injustice done to that historic country and its people.  I hope Bandar will get his due rewards here on Earth before he can descend to hell to copulate with those mythical 72 virgins.

From VoiceOfAmerica:
...Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has stepped down from his post. His resignation came at "his own request," according to Saudi state media.  The 65 year old prince is being replaced by his deputy, General Youssef al Idrissi.

Bandar had been spearheading Saudi efforts to unseat Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the bitter and bloody Syrian civil war, supporting various Sunni rebel factions.  The Saudi prince had faced criticism for reportedly working with al-Qaida as part of those efforts.

American University of Beirut Professor Hilal Khashan told VOA that supporting al-Qaida is a sore spot in the kingdom, which struggled 10 years to evict the group from its soil.

"There was a prelude to dismissing him a few months ago.  The Saudis announced they would put on trial any Saudi fighting in Syria and Bandar invested in supporting al-Qaida in Syria, he wanted to get rid of the Syrian regime at any cost, even to the point of working with al-Qaida.  So, the moment the Saudis decided to ban Saudis from going to Syria it became clear Bandar's approach to Syria has failed and the Saudis were about to alter their policy on Syria," he said..........

Cross Talk ... April 16

The USA is our friendly neighbor and best partner in the whole wide world. Wrong! Very Wrong!

The Americans hold us back just like they hold back the countries that get too powerful for their own good. I don't believe even for a sec that it's only the American Left that's against the XL pipeline.  The Right is also playing a game with us but the Canadian Cons will never admit it to be so.

From AP via CBC:
....Jimmy Carter urges Keystone XL rejection  
Former president says oil pipeline shouldn't be approved.
For the first time, a former U.S. president has come out against the Keystone XL pipeline.

The ex-president in question is Jimmy Carter.

The 39th president joined a group of Nobel laureates to sign a letter urging the current commander-in-chief to reject the pipeline from Canada.

The letter tells Barack Obama that he stands on the brink of making a choice that will define his legacy on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced — climate change.

“History will reflect on this moment and it will be clear to our children and grandchildren if you made the right choice.... We urge you to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline," the letter reads.

It says his decision will either signal a "dangerous commitment" to the status quo, or "bold leadership" that will inspire millions counting on him to do the right thing for the climate.

Obama has signalled that a decision on the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline is imminent before summer.....

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ukraine ... the murky waters where our Western politicians should never have waded into

No matter how those who instigated Ukraine's overthrow of their government spin it .... it's still a spin and will remain a spin.  
Bottom line: Ukraine is gonna be a career-killer for hundreds of politicians in Canada, USA, UK, Germany and elsewhere.... especially if a civil war erupts over there.

John Ray, Diplomatic Correspondent writing at ITVNews:
Ukraine crisis: It might already be too late to stop the slide into civil war.  
In recent months I've flown into Geneva to watch the world's statesmen grapple with the intractable diplomatic problems of Syria and Iran.
But neither threaten the immediate menace or pose the dangers of Ukraine.

Tomorrow a conference of the key players will commence here. The last best chance for peace. The unpalatable truth is this: It might already be too late to stop the slide into civil war.
Much as the interim government in Ukraine might protest that the rebellion to its east is the work of Moscow's agents, there is clearly a ground swell of pro-Russian opinion there armed and prepared, it would seem, to fight.

Nor can Kiev rely upon the loyalty of its security services there.
Whether or not he plans a Crimea-style land grab is not really the issue. President Vladimir Putin wants to recreate Ukraine as a creature of Russian domination.

He is a leader for whom the break up of the Soviet Union was a historic calamity he intends to put right.......

From Reuters:
...Separatists flew the Russian flag  on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.

Six armored personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to waves and shouts of "Russia! Russia!". It was not immediately clear whether they had been captured by rebels or handed over to them by Ukrainian deserters.

Another 15 armored troop carriers full of paratroops were surrounded and halted by a pro-Russian crowd at a town near an airbase. They were allowed to retreat only after the soldiers handed the firing pins from their rifles to a rebel commander.....

Sweden gone to the dogs

By the end of this year, the idiots in Sweden plan to sew shut the mouths of internet users criticizing them the lawmakers, or immigrants or the LGBT community. 

Andreas Norlén, the MP who has put forth this motion and it has already been voted on and moved further ... looks the picture of one very crazed lunatic psychopath who should be put in a strait jacket and shoved away in a padded cell. No wonder he's come up with this hare-brained nonsense and if this is made into law we will know that there's a disgraceful cartel in charge of Sweden which goes in the guise of a government of the people.  I wonder how they will handle thought criminals who are  not Swedish citizens.  Will the silly Swedes now vote for getting extradition treaties with the rest of the 196 countries of the world ... oh... wait a minute I forgot ....  what one EU country does is regarded to be what every other EU country is supposed to accept, so any  EU citizen caught criticizing an immigrant or LGBT person of Sweden is gonna be hauled kicking and screaming to face the nutty judges in Swedish courts... but they might need those extradition treaties for the rest of the world.

Our mad, mad, mad, mad, mad world.  If it's not the Muslims and the LGBT nuts, it's the white-chocolate coated Swedes.

From EuropeanDaily:
.... Sweden: New law to make    it easier to prosecute those who insult immigrants, politicians.

After Christmas, it will be possible for prosecutors to take criminal action against  Swedes who criticize immigrants or people in authority online after a Constitutional Committee’s report on the matter has been voted in parliament, seen in a letter from the Parliamentary Offices .

Member of Parliament Andrew Norlén (M), member of the Constitutional Committee, has been pushing the issue and he says it will rapidly become a deterrent.

I do not think it takes very many prosecutions before a signal is transmitted in the community that the internet is not a lawless country – the sheriff is back in town, said Andreas Norlén, during an unchallenged debate the issue in parliament.
With the change in the law no longer will “slanderous” comments be made without  prosecution which is expected to lead to more charges of libel and slander brought.........

From TopConservativeNews:
....Sweden makes it illegal to criticize immigrants on the internet. 
While Swedish society is dominated by the far-left, they are is strong evidence that opposition is ready to explode. Some of the biggest websites in Sweden are far-right websites.

The Swedish Constitutional Committee in Parliament changed the rules under which someone can be prosecuted for libel. Now a person can be arrested and charged with criminal libel for talking about the negative effects of third world immigration.
Criminal libel is a serious crime in Scandinavia and people are prosecuted often. Virtually no one is ever prosecuted for this in the USA, so America’s don’t understand what it is. (Criminal libel in Sweden was an important part of the plot to the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.).......

The writing's on the wall ....Assad is winning and Jordan's trying to make amends to Syria ...

a bit too late, IMO.

Will the Assad government forgive Jordan for letting jihadis make use of its border with Syria to gain ingress and create havoc in Syria?  I doubt it.  Too much has happened and too many of Syria's neighbours have acted most foolishly on the orders of the Master Manipulator,Saudi Arabia.  Too many innocent Syrians have died.  Too many of those grieving for the dead know what  the neighbouring countries did to intensify their grief, their homelessness, their suffering, their way of life. The animosity and grievances against those neighbours will continue with feverish escalation for generations to come.... and rightly so.

Suleiman Al Khalidi writing at Reuters:
....Jordanian warplanes destroy vehicles trying to cross from Syria: spokesman.
Jordanian warplanes hit and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, underlining Amman's concern about incursions from areas controlled by Syrian rebels.

A Jordanian security source said the targets appeared to have been Syrian rebels with machine guns mounted on civilian vehicles who were seeking refugee from fighting with government forces in southern Syria, but refused to elaborate.
The Syrian state news agency SANA said no Syrian vehicles were involved in the incident. "What was targeted by the Jordanian air force does not belong to the Syrian army," a military source was quoted by SANA as saying.

"There was an attempt to infiltrate across the border from Syria by a number of vehicles," said Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani, also a cabinet minister.
A Jordanian army statement said the incident took place at around 10:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. ET) when several camouflaged vehicles attempted to traverse rugged frontier terrain and disregarded warnings not to proceed.....

More Ukrainian military units defecting ?

This could be propaganda... so take it with a large pinch of salt.
If true then it goes to prove that the possibility of a civil war is becoming more than a possibility and the reason is none other than because of the coup.  Why couldn't the Western powers wait for an election? Wasn't there talk about Canada, the USA and others sending an UN-approved troop of  monitors to oversee the voting process to prevent the corrupt govt. from committing fraud?  If only they had the patience to wait for the election day!

From RT:
....Anti-govt protesters seize Ukrainian APCs, army units 'switch sides'
Kiev’s military faced off with protesters in east Ukraine on Wednesday to sort out their differences…and found none. Soldiers appeared reluctant to go into battle against anti-government activists.

When Ukrainian Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) entered downtown Kramatorsk as part of Kiev’s military operation against anti-government protesters in the east of the country, they were stopped in their tracks, surrounded by crowds of local residents. 
One YouTube video of what happened next shows a woman coming to a soldier with the reproach: “You are the army, you must protect the people.” 

“We are not going to shoot, we weren’t even going to,” is the soldier’s reply. 

Similar conversations could be heard at each of several APCs which entered the city, with locals promising to defend their neighbors, in case the soldiers start a military operation.

Military vehicles parked in downtown Kramatorsk have turned into hotspots for political discussion, with people beside the vehicles trying to get their views through to people on top of the tanks.

Another video features the Kramatorsk crowds loudly chanting “Army with the people” and applauding the soldiers as they were leaving their APCs. 

“Guys, we are with you! You are great!” women are heard yelling to the vacating soldiers...........

The Somalian hell

It's easy to tell that there is deep coordination between Somalia's Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab and their hordes of  sympathizers within the Somalian govt and the Somalian military.  How?  Because, otherwise the killer would have never known when the victims were arriving  and at which airport and why they should be killed.  Only the people within the govt. with access to such info would be able to pass that info to the Al Shabab field guys.

This is another reason why the West should not interfere in countries whose population is majority Muslim or corrupt to the core. Let them kill one another off.  If the secularists (presuming there are any) are determined enough to improve their lot, they will learn to fight for it or die trying.

From BBC:
....The UN has identified two of its workers killed in Somalia on Monday as UK citizen Simon Davis and French citizen Clement Gorrissen.

Mr Davis, 57, and his colleague Mr Gorrissen, 28, were shot after getting off a plane at Galkayo airport.

The attacker was dressed in a police uniform, an airport official said.

A UN official called the men "two of the finest examples of the many dedicated colleagues we are fortunate enough to have".
Mr Davis was a specialist in investigating money laundering who had a "long and distinguished career" with the Metropolitan Police, the UN said.
He joined the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2012.

Mr Gorrissen first worked for UNODC in 2010 and was involved in operations in the Horn of Africa.
John Sadage, director of UNODC's Division of Treaty Affairs, called the pair "irreplaceable" and said they were experts in a complex field.........

The fruits of the Canadian Immigration Policy that has imported tens of thousands of Muslims to live with infidels they dream of cutting to pieces

I am betting that the jihadi making the threats to Canada and Canadians is a Canadian.

The ruling Conservative govt. of the last almost 8 years has been importing Muslims like it's worried they are an endangered species of the human race and they have to be collected here in Canada before any harm comes to them from their nasty "dictators" in their "home" country.  Before the Conservatives came to power, the Liberal govt did the exact same thing and as a result we the infidels have to suffer for the mistakes of the bastards we have voted to high office.

The only thing the Muslims know how to do best is to bite and chew on the hand that feeds them and gives them the kind of freedom they had never ever seen in their own countries from which they escaped to Canada .... only to hate Canada for her generosity.

Why will our idiots in high office never learn?  Muslims will not assimilate with us because they consider us unclean and themselves as far superior to us infidels.  

Stewart Bell writing at NationalPost:
....Syrian extremists threaten to ‘destroy’ Canada in online video. 
The most extreme armed faction in Syria has threatened to “destroy” Canada, as Western governments are struggling to deal with radicalized citizens infatuated with Al-Qaeda ideology.

Speaking in flawless English, a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant said in an online video that after fighting in the Middle East, the group would turn on North America.

“This is a message to Canada and all the American tyrants: We are coming and we will destroy you, with permission from Allah the almighty,” the unidentified foreign fighter said.

While he did not divulge his nationality, he said he was an “emigrant” to Syria and his accent sounded North American. It is rare for jihadists to mention Canada in their propaganda unless they are Canadians.

Despite the threat, the young extremist did not himself seem to have the intention of travelling to Canada to conduct attacks: he followed up his brief speech by tossing his passport into a fire.

According to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, about 30 Canadians have joined Syrian extremist factions like ISIL, which is trying to impose its militant version of Islamic law in the region......

Update on the South Korean ferry disaster

Almost 300 people listed as missing.

From XinhuanetChina:
.....A passenger ship with 459 people aboard, mostly high school students, sank in waters off South Korea's southwest coast Wednesday morning, leaving at least three people dead and 292 others missing, a senior government official said.

Kang Byung-kyu, minister of security and public administration, told reporters that one more was confirmed dead, sending the total death toll as of 6 p.m. local time to three, including a 22-year- old female crew member and two male high school students.

A total of 164 people have been confirmed rescued and among them, 78 were high school students. More than 50 people were transferred to nearby hospitals, but most of them had minor injuries, according to Kang.

According to the ministry, 292 people were still missing, but the figure may increase to 295 as the Coast Guard said people on board the vessel was 462, instead of 459 confirmed by the ministry.
Figures by the ministry showed the ferry carried 30 crew members and 429 passengers, including 325 high school students and 15 teachers who had been on the way for a school journey.

The 6,825-ton passenger ship "SEWOL" was capsized and sank down into waters off the Jindo Island, just off the southwest corner of the Korean Peninsula, at around 11:30 a.m. local time Wednesday.....

Putin given a breather while NY Times goes after Medvedev

I love the extreme propaganda being churned out from Russia, from the USA, from the EU and also from Canada and Australia on the Ukrainian fiasco. Everything is so entertaining and to decipher and interpret what these guys want to relay to each other via the public conduit of the Press and Internet is like trying to solve cryptic crosswords ... my favorite pastime. 

David M Herszenhorn at NYTimes:
.....The Facebook post on Tuesday morning by Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia was bleak and full of dread.

“Blood has been spilled in Ukraine again,” wrote Mr. Medvedev, once favored in the West for playing good cop to the hard-boiled president, Vladimir V. Putin. “The threat of civil war looms.”

He pleaded with Ukrainians to decide their own future “without usurpers, nationalists and bandits, without tanks or armored vehicles — and without secret visits by the C.I.A. director.”

And so began another day of bluster and hyperbole, of the misinformation, exaggerations, conspiracy theories, overheated rhetoric and, occasionally, outright lies about the political crisis in Ukraine that have emanated from the highest echelons of the Kremlin and reverberated on state-controlled Russian television, hour after hour, day after day, week after week.

It is an extraordinary propaganda campaign that political analysts say reflects a new brazenness on the part of Russian officials. And in recent days, it has largely succeeded — at least for Russia’s domestic audience — in painting a picture of chaos and danger in eastern Ukraine, although it was pro-Russian forces themselves who created it by seizing public buildings and setting up roadblocks....

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crazy! On anniversary of the Titanic sinking, report of a South Korean passenger ship in trouble

I believe today is the 102nd anniversary of the sinking.  The South Korean passenger ship, according to some reports, have more than 400 people on board.

From Reuters:
....South Korea passenger ship with 350 on board sends distress signal.  
South Korea's coast guard has received a distress signal from a passenger ship with about 350 people on board off the southwest coast, an official said on Wednesday, with Korean media reporting the vessel was sinking.
Korean television news reports also said many of the passengers on board were students on the way to Jeju island on school trips. Those reports could not be confirmed immediately by the coast guard.

Psychopaths in Boston

One year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and this is what some sicko(s) are up to:

From CBSLocal:
....Boylston Street Evacuated   After 2 Backpacks Left Near Boston Marathon Finish Line.
 The area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon was evacuated Tuesday night after two unattended backpacks were left at the finish line.
One of the bags is near the photo bridge on Boylston Street. The street was shut down between Fairfield and Dartmouth streets.
WBZ-TV photographers on scene say they saw a person with the backpack screaming “Boston Strong” before police cleared everyone from the area.....

The many sides of the election circus in India

Bloomberg has an interesting account of it below.  Don't try to make sense of what's going on in India or how Indians do their reasoning during their four seasons.  It's all fuzzy knowledge which they somehow manage to build into computer programs that seem to work.
The outcome of the election is going to be very worrisome for the Indian Muslims as the hardliner Hindu no-nonsense Narendra Modi's party is projected to win more seats than expected.

....As you’ve probably heard,    ....As you’ve probably heard, there are some 815 million eligible voters in India’s national elections, which are under way and will stretch until May 121. The polling process is awesome in its complexity, and the campaigns have given rise to robust debate about the nation’s future among the competing parties. But here’s something else not to miss: It’s all pretty damn colorful.

A sampling:
1. Upstart politician Arvind Kejriwal keeps getting slapped on the campaign trail. And when we say slapped, in some instances it’s looked to be a knock-the-taste-out-of-your-mouth-with-a-palm-upside-your-head-in-broad-daylight slap. The headlines from the campaign trail have been along the lines of, “Kejriwal slapped again, second attack in last four days.” A video of the March 28 incident and the ensuing melee is here. To see an April 8 incident, click here.......

The toothless UN Security Council issues yet another of those useless press releases

The UN and their laughable communiques ... someone please spare us from these nitwits.

....Secutiyy Council Press Statement on Libya  

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President U. Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against the Jordanian diplomatic convoy in Tripoli, Libya, on 15 April, which resulted in the abduction of the Jordanian ambassador and injuries to his driver.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at this attack and called for the immediate release of the Jordanian ambassador.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.  They underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice......

When Western-backed Ukraine's coup govt. kills its own people, its all fine and hunky-dory, when Assad goes after terrorists who are mostly not even Syrian citizens, he is a murderer

The double standards are showing ...  but do they bring even an iota of shame to the shameless?  Of course not!

Michelle Kosinski writing at CNN:
U.S. supports Ukraine's military moves for now, urges caution.
For weeks, the White House has on an almost daily basis applauded the Ukrainian government’s restraint in dealing with what many see as an attempted Russian takeover of more than just Crimea, repeatedly stating there should not be a military solution.

The Obama administration reiterated that sentiment on Tuesday, while also supporting Ukraine's movement of troops toward the worst trouble zones in the eastern part of the country.
Russia has created a situation that is "untenable" and "the Ukrainian government has to respond to assert a return to order and protect its citizens," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Carney agreed the United States sees the moves as appropriate and even necessary within Ukraine, adding more than once that U.S. officials "urge the Ukrainian government to move forward gradually, cautiously."....

Ron Paul on Bundy issue: " ...the enemy is really the bad ideas and bad politics that need to be changed."

Paul Joseph Watson writing at InfoWars:
....Ron Paul Warns Feds Could Launch Waco-Style Assault Against Bundy....

.....During his appearance on Fox News, Paul made the wider point that the Bundy dispute would not have escalated if the issue of land ownership was made clearer, noting that in Texas for example there is no “public ownership,” whereas in states like Nevada “everybody owns it yet nobody owns it.”
“They had virtual ownership of that land because they had been using it….but it’s not clean enough, I think land should be in the states and I think the states should sell it to the people, it’s worked out quite well in big states,” said Paul, adding that publicly owned land only causes problems and wrangling between government, environmentalists, energy companies and ranchers.
“You need the government out of it and I think that’s the important point, if you don’t look at that you can expect more of these problems, especially when our economy gets into more trouble,” said Paul, adding that violence could be directed towards the feds when in reality the real problem is bad ideas and bad politics that need to be changed.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fukushima blunders continue

And, you thought the Japanese were efficient, right?

From Asia&JapanWatch:
....Radioactive water floods Fukushima plant basements after wrong pumps switched on.
Tons of highly radioactive water have flooded basements at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after pumps that should not have been in use were mistakenly turned on.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced April 14 that 200 tons of contaminated water have flooded the basements of buildings on the plant site.

Although TEPCO officials said there were no channels for the contaminated water to leak out of the flooded basements, the Nuclear Regulation Authority ordered the utility to continue to monitor the situation and collect the leakage as soon as possible.

TEPCO officials said the water was highly contaminated because it was used to cool reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 plant. The water contains several tens of millions of becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium because it has yet to be purified using a system that removes radioactive materials.

The contaminated water has been collected beneath a group of buildings that house the central waste processing facilities.

Workers noticed something amiss on April 10, as the water levels in buildings that should have been pumping out water were found to be rising.

Workers discovered April 12 that four pumps that should not have been used were in operation. Those pumps are normally used to reverse the flow of water or to send the water to other destinations when problems arise in pumping the water to the original destination.......

Maaloula captured, Maaloula freed, Maaloula captured again, Maaloula freed again, Maaloula retaken again, Maaloula freed again .......

I have given up counting the number of times we have been told about Maaloula's capture by terrorists and Maaloula's retaking by Assad's army.  This is getting to be like that story about the "The Boy who cried wolf"

Anyway, the link below is of a site that has been mainly accurate on most issues, so I will take their word for it ... once again.

From OrontesJimdo:
Maaloula is Freed Again  .... Syrian forces retook the ancient Christian hamlet of Maaloula in Damascus province on Monday, four months after mainly Islamist rebels overran it, a security official told AFP.

"The army has taken full control of Maaloula and restored security and stability. Terrorism has been defeated in Qalamoun," the official said, referring to the region in which Maaloula is located.
The recapture comes after a string of successes in the strategic Qalamoun region, including the seizure of the former rebel bastion of Yabrud last month.

The main highway linking the capital Damascus to the city of Homs runs though Qalamoun, which lies along the border with Lebanon.

Maaloula fell to rebel forces last December, as the government focused its attention on capturing towns along the Damascus-Homs highway.

When the town was taken by rebels, 13 nuns were forced from its convent and held by al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters until a prisoner swap with the regime in March..........

The plague of Saudi Arabia's wahhabism spreading worldwide ....

with help from its allies.

Jacob Zenn writing at ModernTokyo:
.....From Syria to Sulawesi: Could Mujahideen Indonesia Timor become an ISIS Ally?   

A schism emerged among Syrian jihadist groups after al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri announced on February 3 that al-Qaeda has “no connection” to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) (Daily Times [Lahore], February 13). The message, which was circulated on jihadi websites, has forced Syrian jihadist groups to side with ISIS or al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra (, January 13). The announcement is also affecting jihadist groups outside of Syria such as those in Indonesia.

Jihadists from Indonesia have used the Syrian Civil War as an opportunity to rebuild their international jihadist connections, with Indonesians joining al-Nusra, ISIS and humanitarian organizations in Syria that are connected to terrorist groups. The announced split has faced Indonesian jihadists with the decision to support al-Zawahiri or ISIS. On the battlefields in Syria, most Indonesian aid workers and fighters supported al-Nusra at the start of the Syrian Civil War, but the main domestic Indonesian jihadist group on the island of Sulawesi as well as most Indonesian-language jihadist websites now appear to be more aligned with ISIS. If Indonesian jihadists align with ISIS over al-Qaeda, this could accelerate the globalization of the split in the al-Qaeda movement, with more international affiliates siding with ISIS and therefore weakening al-Zawahiri.

In 2011, the Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham posted the first online “martyrdom” notice of an Indonesian militant, Reza Fardi (a.k.a. Abu Muhammad), who died fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces near Aleppo. Since then, Indonesian intelligence officials estimate that 50 Indonesians have joined the rebels in Syria (Jakarta Post, January 8). Dozens of Indonesians in the Hilal al-Ahmar Society in Indonesia (HASI), considered the humanitarian wing of Indonesian terrorst group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), are also providing aid to the rebels, with some of them likely switching uniforms from relief worker to rebel (Jakarta Globe, January 30).

Jakarta is concerned that Indonesians in Syria may acquire the bomb-making skills and experience needed to replicate the wave of attacks that JI carried out in Indonesia between 1999-2002. During those three years, JI bombed Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, attempted to assassinate the Philippine ambassador in Jakarta and carried out church bombings in Jakarta, Sumatra (Indonesia’s largest island), Java (the most populated island), the island of Lombok (east of Bali) and the island of Batam (a shipping hub on the Singapore Strait). The year 2002 concluded with JI’s bombing attack at Kuta Beach in Bali, which killed nearly 200 people......

Bomb blast in Abuja bus terminal kills 71 and injures many more rush-hour commuters

Right now, according to reports, 71 confirmed dead.  We know from past experiences that, that figure will jump to many more. 

Nigeria's economy  has overtaken the economies of all other countries in Africa, but the government is either inefficient, very corrupt or don't have the balls to take on Boko Haram. Disgusting!

What is the government afraid of? Why can't it go after the Muslim terrorists?  Are they scared the country might erupt into a civil war and America and her allies will use that to invade and rob them of their oil and other resources?  Yes .... there's that possibility too when there's a horde of ever-ready and always starving vultures waiting, waiting, waiting.

From CBCNews:
....Nigeria bomb blast deaths jump to 71 
No immediate claim for rush-hour blast, though Boko Haram network has threatened attack.
An explosion that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital Abuja has killed at least 71 people and wounded 124.

Police spokesman Frank Mba says Monday's blast destroyed 16 luxury coaches and 24 minibuses.

There was only believed to be one blast with secondary explosions as vehicle fuel tanks ignited and burned.
Reporters saw rescue workers and police gathering body parts as ambulances rushed the wounded to the hospitals.
There was no immediate claim for the rush-hour blast, though the Boko Haram terrorist network has been threatening to attack the capital.

The Islamic extremists, based in northeast Nigeria, carried out a 2011 suicide car bombing at the United Nations office building in Abuja that killed at least 21 people and wounded 60.....

Americans would rather have Arabs come in and steal their resources, become their landlords, control their airwaves, rape their children ....

but they don't want  a Canadian pipeline in their land.  We go to wars for them but do they care about being neighbourly towards us?  Never!

From YahooFinance:
.... Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the U.S. Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path.
The 32-hectare artwork, which was done last week and reads "Heartland#NoKXL," is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Critics of the pipeline want President Barack Obama to reject the project because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.
TransCanada (TSX:TRP.TO - News) has said the pipeline will have upgraded safety measures, including remote control shut-off valves and frequent inspections. It has already built the southern leg of the pipeline between Oklahoma and Texas.
The section of the project that still needs approval would cross Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.
More than five years have passed since TransCanada first proposed the project to complement its existing Keystone pipeline.
Last week, 11 Senate Democrats urged Obama to approve the project by the end of May, so that another construction season won't be lost..........

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jews clash with police in Jerusalem

How can a govt. force its citizens into compulsory military service if they don't want to join the military because their strict Orthodox beliefs go against the killing of other human beings? 

From EuroNews:
....Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews   clashed with police on Thursday in Jerusalem during a protest against military conscription.