Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Kurds Unwilling to Risk Pro-American Alignment by Michael Rubin

There’s a false narrative out there that Iraqi Shi‘ites are pro-Iranian while Iraqi Kurds are pro-American. The truth for both is actually far more nuanced. Sometimes, it seems, the false narrative is simply the result of who speaks English better and so can interact more easily with American journalists, diplomats, and visiting politicians. English-bias in coverage is well-documented, most brutally from Southeast Asia back in the 1960s and 1970s.
Culturally, Iraqi Kurds—especially in the Sulaymaniyah region—are close to Iran. That doesn’t mean they are anti-Western. Iranian culture is rich. Many Kurds would like to take their place among the peoples of the West, just as many Iranians would, if the West would stop throwing life rafts to Iran’s repressive regime.
That said, Kurds are realists: They see America waffling on major issues relating to global leadership and they are careful not to put all their eggs in one basket. Some see close ties between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey, cemented over oil trading, as a sign that Kurds are pro-Western but the Kurds have quietly and consistently also pursued their trade through Iran, even at the cost of busting sanctions.

Germans see the best of their soul in Weimar. Everyone else, on the other hand... A review of Weimar, by Michael H. Kater. An absorbing history about the corruption of a once great artistic centre.

A romanticised portrait of Goethe by J.H.W. Tischbein

Weimar Michael H. Kater

Thuringia, a region of former East Germany, occupies a special place in the thoughts of Germans, who like to regard it as the origin of all their best virtues. It’s an alluring place, full of wonderfully untouched stretches of densely forested hills; the occasional small historic town seems hardly to have changed for decades, and the tourist can spend a happy week pottering from Schmalkalden to Ilmenau to Eisenach in the illusion that none of those unpleasant realities of the last century ever touched this place. I once asked the guide at the Wartburg, the magnificent medieval and mock-medieval castle on a snowy crop outside Eisenach, what this place meant to modern-day Germans. It was the castle where Luther holed up to translate the Bible, where the first idealistic students swore oaths to create a united Germany, and where Wagner set Tannhäuser. She had no doubt. ‘Tausend Jahre positive Deutsche Geschichte’: 1,000 years of positive German history.
The legal capital of Thuringia is actually Erfurt, an entrancing town of considerable grandeur. But no one can doubt that its spiritual heart — and perhaps of Germany’s idea of itself — is Weimar. Outside Germany, Weimar hardly suggests a town at all. When the Sunday Times once sent A.A.Gill to write about modern-day Germany, he confessed that ‘I had no idea that Weimar was a town. I thought it must be a district or piece of paper, the Weimar Republic and all that.’
For Germans, it is the court town that created Goethe and Schiller under the enlightened sponsorship of a great prince; where Wagner found refuge and understanding, and Liszt transformed himself from a shallow virtuoso into a great musical thinker; where the Bauhaus was made possible; where Cranach, Wieland and Busoni also walked. The association with the republic that was formed in a few months of constitutional assembly after the end of the first world war comes second. Primarily, this is the town that represents the best and noblest in the German spirit.
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Why Did British Police Ignore Pakistani Muslim Gangs Abusing 1,400 Rotherham Children? Political Correctness by Roger Scruton

Rotherham Town Hall. (Wikipedia)
A story of rampant child abuse—ignored and abetted by the police—is emerging out of the British town of Rotherham. Until now, its scale and scope would have been inconceivable in a civilized country.  Its origins, however, lie in something quite ordinary: what one Labour MP called “not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat.”
Imagine the following case. A fourteen-year old girl is taken into care by the social services unit of the town where she lives, because her parents are drug-addicted, and she has been neglected and is not turning up in school. She is one of many, for that is the way in Britain today. And local government entities—Councils—can be ordered by the courts to stand in for parents of neglected children. The Council places the girl in a home, where she is kept with others under supervision from the social services department. The home is regularly visited by young men who try to entice the girls into their cars, so as to give them drugs and alcohol, and then coerce them into sex.
The girl, who is lonely and uncared for, meets a man outside the home, who promises a trip to the cinema and a party with children of her age. She falls into the trap. After she has been raped by a group of five men she is told that, if she says a word to anyone, she will be taken from the home and beaten. When, after the episode is repeated, she threatens to go to the police, she is taken into the countryside, doused in petrol, and told that she is going to be set alight, unless she promises to tell no one of the ordeal.
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Did Anita Sarkeesian Fake Death Threats Against Herself? By runsonmagic


Yes, that’s right – perfect spelling and punctuation. Does that sound like any angry gamer you know? Plus, these tweets fit exactly under the 140 twitter character limit. Whoever made these planned and typed them out ahead of time. While this still could be the work of a very obsessive stalker, it shows that these tweets were not the work of a rage troll or someone spontaneously going off. This person created a new account just for these tweets rather than ranting from a previous account.
If someone was going to create a false attack on themselves, creating a dummy account would be the obvious way to go. Creating a full online persona would take a long time, and if Anita wanted to ride the publicity of the recent Zoe Quinn story in gaming, and synchronize death threat with the release her latest video release, she wouldn’t have time to create fully developed hater.
Anita wants us to believe she just happened to find this account, despite the fact it would be highly unlikely, if not impossible for Anita to have seen these tweets and taken the screencap she took had she not been logged into the account making them only a moment before. The more likely explanation is that Anita made these tweets herself, logged out, and took a screen-cap.
All of the above evidence is based solely on the public information Anita posted. But here at ROK, we have another level of insight – an insight into the psychology of the feminine mind.
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Why Conservatism Inc. Complained When Ann Coulter Called Out Christian Cowards By Alexander Hart

See also Ann Coulter’s reply to her critics Let He Who Is Without Ebola Cast The First Stone
In 1980s film Repo Man, Emilio Estevez’s protagonist Otto Maddoxasks his pot smoking parents for a promised $1,000. His mother replies they can no longer help because, “Your father gave all our extra money to the Reverend’s telethon; we’re sending Bibles to El Salvador.”
Otto asks: “Well what about me?” His father responds: “You’re on the Honor Roll of the Chariots Of Fire. Same as us, Otto. It was a gift. From all of us jointly.”
I thought of this line recently while reading ’s much-denounced column criticizing Ebola infected missionary Kent Brantly for going to the Third World instead of helping and evangelizing fellow Americans. After all, though the Good Book commands , “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel,” it also says, “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”
Prominent conservative Christians responded with the usual vitriolic outrage they use for MargaretSanger or John Tanton—which is mysteriously never deployed against the likes of anti-Christian bigots like gay columnist Dan Savage. The occasionally sensible Jim Treacher called it “absolute horsecrap.” [Ann Coulter is wrong about Kent Brantly, Daily Caller, August 7, 2014] Channeling Rick Perry, the always squishy Rod Dreher wrote that anyone with “a heart, or a soul” would “hate” Coulter’s column. [Ann Coulter, Dr. Kent Brantly, & Telescopic Philanthropy, American Conservative, August 6, 2014]
Most of Coulter’s antagonists focused on the title of the column, which called Brantly an “idiot.” However, it was Steve Berman’s moderate reaction that truly crystalized how Coulter’s critics missed the point. He asked, “How many Americans, in an age of growing hostility to Christians, might see his sacrifice and pick up their own crosses?” [Ann Coulter is great, but I'd rather be like Kent Brantly,RedState, August 7, 2014]
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Rap, Thugs, And Bloodstained Hypocrisy of Hollywood’s Violence Profiteers By Michelle Malkin

Gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg bows his head and flashing a peace sign during a "moment of silence" for Ferguson
Did you miss Tinseltown’s latest political correctness powwow? Preening celebrities showed their solidarity with Ferguson, Mo., at the MTV Video Music Awards show this week. Rapper Common led the convocation, preachifying about the positive impact of hip-hop music on society as a “powerful instrument of social change” and “truth.”
Cameras showed drug-addled gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg bowing his head and flashing a peace sign during a “moment of silence” for Ferguson. MTV President Stephen Friedman aired public service announcements plying social justice messages. “It’s a call to action to our audience that we have to confront our own bias head-on before we can truly create change,” Friedman pontificated.
Spare me the shizzle and hypocri-dizzle.
While these Hollywood do-gooders gnash their Zoom!-brightened teeth over violence in the black community, they turn their Restylane-filled cheeks from the bullet-riddled violence glamorizedby their own industry.
The night before the VMAs, a gunman barged into the 1Oak nightclub in West Hollywood and shot rap mogul Suge Knight six times. He survived.
It wasn’t the first time Knight had been targeted for apparent revenge. And it wasn’t the first time the VMA party scene had been rattled by violent gunfire. In 2005, Knight was shot at a pre-VMA party in Miami hosted by rapper Kanye West.
Knight, founder of the Death Row Records empire and possessor of a mile-long rap sheet, reportedly refuses to cooperate with L.A. police, who are investigating the roles of the infamous Bloods and Crips rival street gangs in the crime. The Bloods-affiliated Knight’s reign of criminal terror has been well documented by law enforcement and rap aficionados. A climax: the still-unsolved shooting deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, which multiple insiders believe the record executive ordered.
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Americans believe the Department of Justice is motivated mostly by politics BY T. BECKET ADAMS

Only nine percent hold a "very favorable" opinion of the Justice Department, while 26 percent hold a "very unfavorable" position, according to a poll. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
A growing number of Americans say they believe the U.S. Department of Justice is motivated primarily by political interests and not by the pursuit of the truth, according to a survey from Rasmussen Reports.
The poll, which was conducted on Aug. 26-27 and contains a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points, found that only 38 percent of U.S. voters hold a favorable opinion of the department headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, while a much larger 53 percent hold an unfavorable opinion.
Further, of these respondents, only nine percent hold a “very favorable” opinion, while 26 percent hold a “very unfavorable” position.
But this is the really unsettling discovery in the survey: “Just 35% think the Justice Department is more concerned with making sure justice is done when it decides to investigate a local crime independent of local police. But 54% think instead that the Justice Department is more concerned with politics when it makes those decisions.”
The report, which polled some 1,000 U.S. adults aged 18 and older, also found that at least 36 percent have faith in local justice officials. The poll also found that 20 percent trust the state level of justice over all, while only 23 percent of U.S. voters put their faith in the federal level of the criminal justice system.
The survey's findings signal an obviously unhealthy and unsettling development.
As I have mentioned before, there's something very dangerous about a nation losing faith in its governing institutions, holding on instead to faith in its military and police forces.
Recall that roughly 35 percent of survey respondents in a Gallup poll dated June 5-8 said that they have “quite a lot” of confidence in the military, while 28 percent said they had “quite a lot” in the police. Meanwhile, Congress' approval rating has hit rock bottom, according to Gallup, while the Supreme Court's approval rating has slipped into the low 30s.
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Respect MP George Galloway hit repeatedly around head by attacker who 'called him Hitler' as firebrand politician posed for pictures on street in Notting Hill

  • Politician was posing for photos with residents in Notting Hill, west London
  • Assailant called him 'Hitler' and shouted comments about the Holocaust
  • He was then assaulted and punched repeatedly in the face  
  • MP was taken to hospital last night but left at 4am with severe bruising 
  • A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspision of actual bodily harm
  • Galloway's spokesman said he has received death threats and hate mail

Outspoken MP George Galloway has left hospital with severe bruising after he was punched repeatedly in the face and called 'Hitler' in a west London street attack, says spokesman.
The Respect MP for Bradford West was posing for pictures in Notting Hill when he was 'leapt on' and assaulted last night by a man yelling comments about the Holocaust.
He has been receiving death threats and hate mail after calling for Bradford to be 'declared an Israel-free zone' three weeks ago, according to his spokesman.

He said: 'George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him and calling him Hitler. 
'It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust.
'He has been receiving a huge amount of death threats and hate mail since saying this.'

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Why Japan's Abe and India's Modi are Asia's new best friends. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Japan Saturday for a five-day state visit focused on trade and defense ties. India and Japan have mutual concerns about China's rise – but China is also both countries' largest trade partner.

Even by Japan’s standards of hospitality, it is hard to recall a time in recent years when the visit of a foreign leader has been so eagerly awaited.
The blossoming economic and diplomatic ties between Tokyo and New Delhi were evident even before India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, leaves Saturday for his first major diplomatic debut: a five-day state visit to Tokyo that will include talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and an audience with the emperor and empress.
In a tweet posted in Japanese and English, Mr. Modi expressed “excitement” over his meeting with Mr. Abe, adding that he “deeply respects his leadership and enjoys a warm relationship with him.” Abe reciprocated, tweeting that “India has a special place in my heart.”
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The two leaders will need to draw on that personal affinity as Modi arrives in the ancient capital of Kyoto for a visit framed by mutual concern over their unpredictable and increasingly assertive neighbor China. Japan and India face a tricky act balancing their apprehension over China’s vigorous territorial claims with their desires to court its huge markets.

Denny’s Goes Upscale With $300 Champagne Brunch in NYC By Craig Giammona

Denny’s Corp., the restaurant chain known for dishes such as the Grand Slam and Moons Over My Hammy, is opening its first diner in New York City.
The restaurant opens at 5 a.m. today on the ground-floor of a luxury residential building on Nassau Street in lower Manhattan, across from City Hall and just north of Wall Street. The diner will offer a full bar with Prosecco on tap and a $300 brunch for two that includes a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne. The interior will be upmarket as well, with copper-stamped ceilings, wood paneling and leather booths.
Denny’s, which started as a California coffee shop in 1953, has been trying to update its image and is working with franchises across the U.S. to modernize restaurants that, in many cases, are more than two decades old, said Malcolm Knapp, a restaurant-industry consultant in New York.
“It’s a great PR stunt -- you wouldn’t do it almost anywhere else,” Knapp said, when asked about the $300 Grand Cru Slam champagne brunch, which also comes with a high-five from the bartender. “It’s a little bit more of an affluent audience than their regular audience.”
Denny’s generated headlines in 2012 when it opened a restaurant inLas Vegas designed by renowned architect James Wines that also featured a wedding chapel. The Spartanburg, South Carolina-based company is drawing on that playbook with its Manhattan debut, meant to showcase the “modern, hip” Denny’s, particularly to investors and analysts based in New York, Knapp said.
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Objectivism and India

Friday, August 29, 2014

How The Celts Saved Britain - Dark Ages and the Celts


The Zionist whore and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power says Russia lied about their military activity in Ukraine.  Power is married to the Jewish lawyer Cass Sunstein who is well-known for his former association with the Obama regime.
There is really no reason to believe anything Power says about what is happening in Ukraine.  The Obama regime through the Jew Victoria Nuland helped violently overthrow the previously elected Ukraine government to install this Jewish friendly cabal that now runs the country.  To say that they were not honest about what happened would be an understatement.
The violent coup was actually sold as a wonderful democratic achievement by the Jewish run media.  On the other hand, when the people of Crimea and the people of Eastern Ukraine expressed their wishes to separate from Ukraine through a referendum, the Jewish run media claimed these votes were illegitimate for no specific reason.
If the Obama regime was not honest about what happened previously, why would anyone think that they are being honest about what’s happening now?
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Chicago Crime is Dropping as Concealed Carriers Increase by Eric Reed

In a very expected and unsurprising turn of events, Chicago crime is dropping as concealed carry applications in Illinois rises.
Since Illinois became the 50th state to issue concealed carry permits, Chicago robberies leading to arrests is down 20% from last year, burglaries are down 20%, car thefts are down 26%, and in the first quarter of 2014 homicides were at a 56 year low.
When the Chicago Police Department was asked about these numbers, they declined to make any comment. Of course we all know that they’ll say the drop is due to better officer training or improved policing strategies.
Just last month, an 86 year-old Illinois concealed carry permit holder fired his weapon at an armed robber, stopping him dead in his tracks. Police were able to make a successful arrest, and described the 86 year-old man as a model citizen. Police stated he “helped others avoid being victims” at the AT&T store just outside Chicago that the robber targeted.
On a national level, concealed carry permit holders number 11.1 million. That’s a 147% increase from seven years ago. Over that period, violent crime including homicides has dropped 22%.
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Ron Paul: Government Had Foreknowledge of 9/11 Terror Attacks. Paul argues U.S. gov't more destructive than Osama Bin Laden.

Former Rep. Ron Paul said he believes the U.S. government had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has kept this information hidden in a classified section of the 9/11 Commission report.
Paul, who made the comments during a radio interview last Friday, also argued that the crimes of Osama bin Laden were “minor” compared to the harm the U.S. government has caused since the 2001 attacks.
“I believe that if we ever get the full truth [about 9/11], we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least close to it,” said Paul, during the interview with Money and Markets host Charles Goyette. “You already mentioned that [the U.S. government] had been warned that something was going to happen.”
However, Paul said he doubted that Bush administration officials personally helped plot the attacks.
“Does that prove the fact that our president and others actually sat down and laid the plans and did this? I don’t think it does,” he said.
Paul also said the U.S. government has been more destructive than 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
“Our own government did more harm to the liberties of the American people than bin Laden did,” said Paul. “[Bin Laden] was a monster himself, but that was minor compared to the damage done financially, the people that have died. And here we are, 24 years, and we’re still fighting a war in the pretense that had something to do with 9/11.”
The former congressman took issue with the term “9/11 truther,” arguing that it carried a negative connotation.
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Review: Whit Stillman's TV Show 'The Cosmopolitans' Is A Welcome Drink

At the premiere of "Jennifer's Body"...
The reason to watch Whit Stillman’s new TV series “The Cosmopolitans” is not the clever dialogue or the tuneful score. And it’s not the show’s playfulness or its abundant charm.
The writer-director’s four earlier movies, so beloved by cinephiles, offered those.
What’s distinctive and especially appealing about the pilot episode of his prospective (less than) half hour TV show is its escapism. Set in present-day Paris among a group of chic American ex-pats looking for love, it offers sophisticated people a fun get-away. Through it, we enter a world of Gallic glamour.
Available for streaming starting today on Amazon, it’s something which fans of Stillman’s earlier films will love and those unfamiliar with his prior movies but fond of wit and romance will find equally enchanting.
As in his earlier films like “Metropolitan” and “The Last Days of Disco,” the writing is not only sharp but quotable. Thus, an ingenue (Carrie MacLemore), who has just met a well-known but older fashion writer (Chloe Sevigny), comments off-handedly to her friends that “you always assume that journalists would be ugly – because of the anger – but she’s attractive.”
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Stuart Schneiderman: Redefining Marriage

From the dawn of human history people have married. Until very recently, they have always married members of the opposite sex.

In truth, the issue of same-sex marriage has never arisen. It’s not that the wish has been repressed. It’s that no one ever thought of it.

If many people now believe that it is perfectly natural and normal for gays to marry, how come no one ever thought of it before. Isn’t there something slightly suspicious about that?

Throughout human history gays have often been subjected to vicious persecution. The situation has been better in some places at some times; worse in other places at other times.

Contemporary thinking has it that gay relationships were reviled because they were not called marriages. Many people believe correctly that we should put an end to such persecution. That same-sex marriage will do it remains to be seen.

Moreover, marriage has always been a universal institution. If you are married here you are considered to be married everywhere you go. Everyone everywhere recognizes you as married. You do not cease to be recognized as married when you cross a border. 

The same does not apply to same-sex marriage. Most of the world does not recognize the validity of such unions. The notion that the rest of the world will eventually come around to the enlightened American opinion on the matter seems a bit like wishful thinking.

(It seems roughly equivalent to having a proper name. No matter where you go your name stays the same. It does not even get translated into different languages. One might ask what would happen to your sense of your identity if your name changed in different parts of the world.)

Institutions that are universally recognized are very likely based in something that belongs to nature. They are not merely cultural excrescences, to be changed at will.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Jewish Ethnic Networking by Edmund Connelly

American Whites of European extraction — particularly White males — are being systematically displaced in the very country they built. This surely will not be news to TOO readers. As editor Kevin MacDonald has already pointed out, the appointment of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court is testimony to this trend:
Kagan’s arrival on the Supreme Court is a sort of official coming out party for the new elite. It’s been there for quite some time, but the Kagan nomination is an in-your-face-demonstration of the power of Jewish ethnic networking at the highest levels of government. And the first thing one notices is that the new elite has no compunctions about nominating someone for the Supreme Court even though she has no real qualifications. So much for the principles of merit and inclusion: Inclusion does not apply to WASPs now that they have been deposed. And the principle of merit can now be safely discarded in favor of ethnic networking. As I noted previously,
This is a favorite aspect of contemporary Jewish self-conception — the idea that Jews replaced WASPs because they are smarter and work harder. But this leads to the ultimate irony: Kagan isremarkably unqualified to be a Supreme Court Justice in terms of the usual standards: judicial experience, academic publications, or even courtroom experience. Rather, all the evidence is that Kagan owes her impending confirmation to her Jewish ethnic connections (see also here).
The same goes for Jewish over-representation in elite academic institutions —far higherthan can be explained by higher Jewish IQ. Does anyone seriously think that Jewish domination of Hollywood and so much of the other mainstream media  (see, e.g., Edmund Connelly’s article) is about merit rather than ethnic networking and solidarity?”
In conclusion, MacDonald writes, “Whatever else one can say about the new elite, it certainly does not believe in merit.” Allow me to offer a newer case in point — that of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who grew up in a Jewish family in Miami. Sandberg’s key break was admission to Harvard, despite the fact that her academic background hardly seemed to warrant it. As she admits in her best-selling book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. (New York, Random House, 2013), she was clearly not prepared for the rarified atmosphere of Harvard:
Freshman year of college was a huge shock for me… [M]y professor of political philosophy assigned a five-page paper. I was panicked. Five whole pages! I had only written one paper that length in high school, and it was a year-long project. How could anyone write five pages in just one week? I stayed in every night, plugging away, and based on the time I put in, I should have gotten an A for effort. I got a C. It is virtually impossible to get a C at Harvard if the assignment is turned in. I am not exaggerating — this was the equivalent of a failing grade.”
How unprepared was she? Well, in a class called “The Concept of the Hero in Hellenistic Civilization,” she hadn’t even heard of the two main texts, The Iliadand The Odyssey. Meanwhile, most of her classmates had already read them, and about a third of them had read them in the original Homeric Greek. Yet there sat Miss Sandberg right beside them.
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Rainbow world: the most colourful places on Earth – in pictures. The world is full of landscapes that are so surreal, and so intensely coloured, that it’s hard to believe they really exist. Take a look at some of the strangest, and most vibrant, views in the world, from a pink lake in Senegal to striped rock formations in China.

Blooming tulip fields in the Netherlands.

Lake Retba in Senegal – the pink tint is due to the presence of algae called Dunaliella salina. 

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American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant By Ann Scott Tyson

Nearly 13 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have produced many stories of heroism and selfless service among American troops. There have also been a few stories of stupidity and even criminality. No stranger story has emerged from the past decade, however, than that of Major James K. Gant, an Army Special Forces officer whose exploits in Afghanistan have been compared to those of T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) and Colonel Kurtz, the renegade Special Forces officer played by Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (derived from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness).
Repeatedly decorated for heroism and congratulated by his superiors on his pathbreaking work reaching out to the tribes of eastern Afghanistan, Gant was ultimately stripped of his coveted Special Forces tab and kicked out of the Army at a reduced rank after being found guilty of a bevy of offenses. Those included having his reporter-girlfriend, Ann Scott Tyson, of the Washington Post, living with him and his team in a small Afghan village.
In American Spartan, Tyson, who has since left the Post and married Gant, tries to rehabilitate her husband’s reputation and indict his superiors for “betraying” him (as the subtitle has it). It is a fascinating and improbable story that she has to tell, and it is to her credit that she does not stint on recounting Gant’s many woes and foibles along with his bravery and dedication. If this book were to be made into a movie, Gant should be played by Matthew McConaughey, because he recalls no one as much as “Rust” Cohle, the troubled but brilliant police officer that McConaughey played in HBO’sTrueDetective.
Jim Gant first enlisted in the Army as a private in 1986 and soon became a Green Beret, a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces. He served in the 1991 Gulf War but did not see real combat until the 2003 Iraq War, by which time he had gone to college and become a Special Forces officer. Influenced by Steven Pressfield’s popular novel Gates of Fireabout the Battle of Thermopylae, he had become a devotee of Sparta’s warrior ethos. “It spoke to me like the Bible,” he said of Gates of Fire. As a sign of his newfound enthusiasm, he had the Greek letter lambda, standing for the Spartan homeland of Laconia, tattooed on his left forearm.

Hungary’s PM wants to end “liberal immigration policy” and boost European birth rates by Steve Goode


In Ypres, Belgium, the prime ministers of European Union countries gathered to discuss politics.
Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, said in a meeting that during his time in office “The goal is to cease immigration whatsoever,
I think the current liberal immigration policy, which is considered obvious and morally based, is hypocritical…
He said he wanted to EU leaders to acknowledge that immigration is wrong, and Europe’s aim should be to cease immigration.
There were two types of reactions: some envied me because they mustn’t say things like that although they’d very much like to. The others disagreed because they’ve failed to turn around demographic trends with family politics; have kept social tension at bay by subsidizing the jobless; and aren’t fazed if the ethnic basis of a nation state is broken,
PM Orban said it was extremely important for Hungary to remain European, ethnically and culturally, with Christianity as its cornerstone.
He suggested that instead of financing the current immigration policy, EU countries should use that money to make the immigrants’ home countries better to live, and additionally, to focus on increasing the birth rate in Europe.
The Hungarian government has been increasing the country’s birth rate by offering tax exemption to those who have three kids or more, and also introducing legislation so that mothers can stay home for three years after giving birth.
The Hungarian government also plans to boost birth-rates with a congratulatory card for newly wedded couples.
If your love for one another becomes the source of a new life, that’s the greatest gift to your family. A child is a blessing, and the pledge of survival of the family and our nation.” the congratulatory cards say.
Back in May 2014, PM Orban shed light on to why he is trying to increase the birth-rate of Europeans.
History has proven that civilizations that are not capable of biologically preserving themselves are destined to disappear, Our civilization, Europe is not capable of this today.

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The Israel Lobby Eliminates Another Critic BY PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

The United States, wallowing in arrogance and hubris, pretends to be “the world’s sole superpower,” the “exceptional and indispensable nation” chosen by history to exercise hegemony over the world. In truth, the US is the two-bit punk puppet of the Israel Lobby. If the Zionist government orders Washington to eat dog excrement, Washington eats it.
Not even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Military could get the facts acknowledged that Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, which made casualties of most of the crew, was not a “mistake,” but the intentional act of destruction of a US Navy vessel and its crew.
Not even state universities in the hinterlands of America are independent of the Israel Lobby, which can determine tenure and hiring decisions independently of the decisions of faculty and deans.
Thanks to the cowardice and integrity deficit of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Phyllis Wise, Professor Steven Salaita is the latest victim of the Israel Lobby. Salaita was a tenured professor at Virginia Tech. He resigned his position to accept a job offered to him by the University of Illinois only to find that the chancellor, with no basis whatsoever in law for her decision, told him that she, and she alone, “revoked” his job offer.
Why did Phyllis Wise allow her university to make a job offer to Steven Salatia that caused him to resign his tenured position at a distinguished academic institution where I once taught in order to accept the Illinois offer and then pull the rug out from under Salatia?
One possible explanation is that Phyllis Wise is a totally irresponsible person devoid of all integrity who is too stupid to comprehend the expensive violation of contract lawsuit that Wise has brought to Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How does a person so devoid of humanity, integrity, and common sense get appointed to be chancellor of an academic institution? Yes, I know, we can ask the same question about the president of the US and the chairmen of the “banks too big to fail,” and the CEOs of American companies who offshore and outsource American jobs to the detriment of the US economy.
Another possible explanation is that Wise was paid money by the Israel Lobby.
Another possible explanation is that the Israel Lobby had its Jewish graduates from Illinois at Urbana-Champaign threaten Wise with the loss of donations.
Only investigation can ascertain which of these explanations, or some other, could be the truth. For now all we have is a gratuitous personal attack on Salatia by Wise.
What did Salatia do that caused the Israel Lobby to force Wise to destroy her reputation along with that of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? Salatia criticized, as have I and millions of decent people all over the world who have a moral conscience, the Zionist Israelis for their theft and murder of Palestinians. In fact, Salatia is more restrained in his criticism of the Zionist government than many Israelis themselves and the outstanding Israeli newspaper, Haaratz, the voice of conscience in a land without conscience.
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