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  • The Spirit of '68 Lives On: Zionism as racism, and the network of lies
    • For those who naively believe that justice is the goal of our legal system, it must come as quite a shock to discover that the Grand Inquisitor is a Jewish Zionist. How did this "downtrodden" people, after 2000 years of alleged hate and anti-Semitism, suddenly become so rich and powerful? It must be a miracle since no other explanation fits with Zionist myth-history. The reality is that the legal system is a means of social control which responds to power. And you can tell who has power by observing who is kicking ass and taking names. Justice? Good luck with that.

  • Israelis need Massachusetts a lot more than Massachusetts needs Israel
    • "Israel advocates base their argument on a highly dubious report – “The Massachusetts-Israel Economic Impact Study” — commissioned and paid for by Israeli and pro-Israel organizations."

      This is what money power can do. Hire an army of "experts" to concoct a bogus reality to justify an elite desired outcome. Fortunately, Jeff Klein was there to introduce an element of reality to the discussion. But how often can we hope for even one person to stand against an army of biased "experts?" And the legislators themselves are probably looking for a reason to give their significant campaign contributors what they want.

  • National movement to silence BDS disguises itself in MA legislature as 'No Hate in Bay State' act
    • JD65- "My reading of this excerpt from the bill means that it will not apply to BDS...."

      How then to explain all of the Zionist support? I suspect that this new law has some new language which a sharp army of Zionist lawyers can twist to mean what they want it to mean. Otherwise, why bother?

  • Schumer and Macron equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism so as to target BDS
    • "When everyone else was allowed to farm and Jews could not; when anyone else could live in Moscow and Jews could not; when others could become academics or tradesmen and Jews could not."

      All of these assertions are false. The first is particularly egregious insofar as Jews during the period of Classical Judaism had a deep disdain for agriculture and the peasants who tilled the soil.

      "Everywhere, classical Judaism developed hatred and contempt for agriculture as an occupation and for peasants as a class, even more than for other Gentiles...." (p53, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years," Israel Shahak)

  • Bill making it a federal crime to support BDS sends shockwaves through progressive community
    • JON S- "In my view the Jew is not hated for what he DOES but for what he IS."

      Could you be more specific about what exactly a Jew IS? What is the common thread between an Orthodox Jew, a Reform Jew and a secular Jew which results in this claimed hatred? And how to account for this (dare I say it?) IRRATIONAL hatred? An anti-Semitic Gentile gene, perhaps?

    • ECHINOCOCCUS- " guys just can’t help getting sucked in."

      Facts are facts. It is hardly getting "sucked in" to comment on an important issue, even if off topic. And not everything a Zionist says is wrong. My desire to broaden David Gerald Fincham's perspective has merit in its own right. Furthermore, I am not exactly a fan of agri-business and their business model, nor the pursuit of genetic tinkering mislabeled as genetic engineering, a label which implies too much precision to a process which can have extremely serious unforeseen consequences.

    • DAVID GERALD FINCHAM- "Can you please explain how Monsanto causes so much death, suffering and destruction?"

      Monsanto is involved with GMO seeds, including cotton seeds containing terminator genes, and has had a huge negative impact on farming in India where farmer suicides are rampant. I quote and link Vandana Shiva:

      "Through patents on seed, Monsanto has become the “Life Lord” of our planet, collecting rents for life’s renewal from farmers, the original breeders.

      Patents on seed are illegitimate because putting a toxic gene into a plant cell is not “creating” or “inventing” a plant. These are seeds of deception — the deception that Monsanto is the creator of seeds and life; the deception that while Monsanto sues farmers and traps them in debt, it pretends to be working for farmers’ welfare, and the deception that GMOs feed the world. GMOs are failing to control pests and weeds, and have instead led to the emergence of superpests and superweeds.

      The entry of Monsanto in the Indian seed sector was made possible with a 1988 Seed Policy imposed by the World Bank, requiring the Government of India to deregulate the seed sector. Five things changed with Monsanto’s entry: First, Indian companies were locked into joint-ventures and licensing arrangements, and concentration over the seed sector increased. Second, seed which had been the farmers’ common resource became the “intellectual property” of Monsanto, for which it started collecting royalties, thus raising the costs of seed. Third, open pollinated cotton seeds were displaced by hybrids, including GMO hybrids. A renewable resource became a non-renewable, patented commodity. Fourth, cotton which had earlier been grown as a mixture with food crops now had to be grown as a monoculture, with higher vulnerability to pests, disease, drought and crop failure. Fifth, Monsanto started to subvert India’s regulatory processes and, in fact, started to use public resources to push its non-renewable hybrids and GMOs through so-called public-private partnerships (PPP)." (Vandana Shiva)

    • FOLKS- For those interested, I have linked to an interview on this odious bill and to a copy of the ACLU letter opposing this legislation. From the interview and letter it would appear that the Bill itself is stealthily written. Nowhere does it specifically discuss legality and penalties. Instead, it refers to already existing legislation which it expands to achieve its desired outcome somewhat surreptitiously. That is, these legislators may not fully appreciate the ramifications of what they are supporting, a rather common occurrence I might add.

      Link to interview on anti-boycott bill-
      Link to ACLU letter opposing anti-Boycott bill-

    • DABAKER- "You should have taken a different tack. Your going to be dismissed outright as a toxic Zionist conspiracy spouting anti Jew."

      Well, you would say that wouldn't you? I am touched by your concern for the effectiveness of my communication. I will give it all the consideration it is worth.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Keith- You and I both know that only love resides deep in your heart...."

      Funny, I seem to recall you congratulating Hophmi for calling me a Jew-hating anti-Semite.

      YONAH FREDMAN- "... your reference to Jewish Zionist power might give her the wrong impression, that you are a hate nut."

      No, it is you calling me a "hate nut," albeit in a disingenuous manner. Who the hell do you think you are kidding anyway?

    • PHIL- "The bill is such a crude example of overreach by the Israel lobby that it is sure to backfire on its supporters as Greenwald and Grim’s report ricochets around the Democratic Party:"

      I am not holding my breath. But thanks for this very important article and links. This is something which practically begs for folks to take action, hence, I sent the following email to my Senator Maria Cantwell:

      "It is difficult for me to put into words how upset I am with your co-sponsorship of S. 720 "Israel Anti-Boycott Act." This odious piece of legislation is a concrete example of Jewish-Zionist power to influence the US government to act contrary to the well-being of the American people. A power which dwarfs Russia's negligible influence. What other country receives such privileged treatment? It isn't bad enough that Israel, a rich country, continues to receive billions of dollars in aid? Now they want the US government to pass a special law to criminalize an American's right to boycott when it involves this one special country? We all know that Israel receives special treatment in large measure because of the Israel Lobby and money power, but how much is enough? Has the power of the Lobby become so great that they can now rewrite the US constitution? I certainly hope that you re-evaluate your co-sponsorship of this authoritarian bill and remove your name as a co-sponsor."

  • 'Irreplaceable bedrock' of U.S. backing for Israel is threatened by -- intermarriage
    • PHIL- "Author Charles Freilich, a former Israeli deputy national security adviser.../... now a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center."

      The significant presence and influence of Jewish Zionists within the global intelligentsia is more significant than Jewish "intermarriage." Additionally, Jewish billionaires appear to be overwhelming supportive of Israel. Can you name even one anti-Zionist Jewish billionaire? The global political economy is money driven. What the 99% want, even the Jewish 99%, counts for little. Pinning your hopes on "intermarriage" is wishful thinking. Incidentally, I put intermarriage in quotes because most non-religious Gentiles don't think of marriage to a secular Jew as intermarriage. Two atheists, what's the problem? Also, Jewish fat-cats support Israel and Zionism because kinship has benefits.

  • 'You are thieves of history!' Hotovely tells Palestinians, waving books at them
    • JONATHAN OFIR- "Is Al-Khalil in Palestine? Yes, says most of the world community. Is it then a Palestinian city? Yes. That’s not really complicated."

      No, it is not complicated. Either Uri Avnery is correct that UNESCO has listed the Cave of Machpelah (Al-Ibrahimi mosque (Tomb of Patriarchs)?) as a World Heritage Site located in Palestine or you and Netanyahu are correct that "UNESCO has declared that the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron is a Palestinian heritage site." (per Uri Avnery). Which is it? What is the difference? Did you read the Avnery article I linked? It is the difference between location and ownership. Netanyahu is misrepresenting the listing as a theft of Jewish patrimony for emotional appeal. You too? Why the umbrage? Why so defensive? I find your focusing on al-Khalil to be a tad disingenuous. I encourage all to read my link to Uri Avnery to see his point concerning the consequences of this misrepresentation of the UNESCO World Heritage designation.

    • JONATHAN OFIR- "Her fulmination was set against the backdrop of the recent UNESCO resolution that lists Al-Khalil (Hebron) and the Al-Ibrahimi mosque (Tomb of Patriarchs) as Palestinian world heritage sites...."

      No it didn't. According to Uri Avnery, it designated these as World Heritage Sites located in Palestine.

      "If I had stopped to think for a moment, I would have realized that the whole thing was nonsense. UNESCO does not assign places to nations. World Heritage sites are – well – the heritage of the entire world. As a detail, these declarations mention in which country each World Heritage site is located.

      The holy church in Nazareth is located in Israel, but it does not “belong” to Israel. The graves of holy Jewish rabbis in Russia or Egypt do not belong to Israel. UNESCO did not say that the Machpelah-al-Haram al-Ibrahim site belongs to the Palestinians. It said that it is located in Palestine.

      Why Palestine? Because, according to international law, the town of Hebron is part of Palestine, which was recognized by the UN as a state under occupation. Under Israeli law, too, Hebron is not a part of Israel proper but under military occupation." (Uri Avnery)

  • Israeli paper investigates 50-year-ago attack on 'USS Liberty,' while US papers leave it in the letters column
    • MOOSER- "I’m still worried about “communications from Israel’s headquarters to field officers ordering them to execute 7000+ Egyptian prisoners”, too."

      7000 appears to be a significant exaggeration of a true event. Israel has a history of executing prisoners. The actual number of prisoners executed at El Arish in 1967 appears to be about 1000, including Egyptian pilots to ensure the complete destruction of the Egyptian Air Force. A quote and a link to CounterPunch:

      "There’s another factor. The Liberty was positioned just off the coast from the town of El Arish. In fact, Ennes and others had used town’s mosque tower to fix the location of the ship along the otherwise featureless desert shoreline. The IDF had seized El Arish and had used the airport there as a prisoner of war camp. On the very day the Liberty was attacked, the IDF was in the process of executing as many as 1,000 Palestinian and Egyptian POWs, a war crime that they surely wanted to conceal from prying eyes. According to Gabriel Bron, now an Israeli reporter, who witnessed part of the massacre as a soldier: “The Egyptian prisoners of war were ordered to dig pits and then army police shot them to death.” (Jeffrey St. Clair)

      But you are absolutely correct about the debunking. If you can't hide the facts, bury them under a mountain of BS so they are tainted. And, as much as I love the internet, it has a dark side involving the spreading of BS at near the speed of light. And psychologically people react differently when they are linked in a virtual community such that a form of mob psychology can take root and folks get caught up in a frenzy. And the folks with deep pockets can buy themselves a lot of provocateurs.

    • FOLKS- I have just read the entire comments section on this thread and am SHOCKED at the number of comments saying that LBJ conspired with Israel to sink the Liberty as a pretext to nuke Egypt. The intent of all of this is to taint by association all of those who rightly believe that the Liberty was intentionally attacked by Israel in the full knowledge that it was an American electronic surveillance ship. There was a conspiracy to cover-up the attack, but a conspiracy to cause the attack? Get serious. And the folks who push this absurd scenario are no friends of the Liberty or of accountability. The "nuke Egypt" scenario is absurd on so many levels that it is beyond an insult to the intelligence.

    • TRG-42- "The purpose of the sinking of USS Liberty was to obtain a legitimate reason for US to attack Egypt, which was assigned the role of having been the one who assaulted Liberty."

      It would help if you at least tried to appear sane. Since Egypt's air force was already destroyed and Israel was the only combatant capable of attacking the Liberty, all of which was monitored by Russia, et al, who would be fooled? And why would the US want to go to war with Egypt when Israel was doing Uncle Sam's warmongering for us?

    • EMET- "If you were ever interested in how the hate of Jews can continue to fuel the hater, this is the story."

      If you are ever interested how Zionists can attempt to cover-up the obvious truth by charging anti-Semitism, Emet's comment should clear up all doubts. Some quotes from CounterPunch.

      "A little after seven in the morning on June 8, Ennes entered the bridge of the Liberty to take the morning watch. Ennes was told that an hour earlier a “flying boxcar” (later identified as a twin-engine Nord 2501 Noratlas) had flown over the ship at a low level.

      Ennes says he noticed that the ship’s American flag had become stained with soot and ordered a new flag run up the mast. The morning was clear and calm, with a light breeze.

      At 9 am, Ennes spotted another reconnaissance plane, which circled the Liberty. An hour later two Israeli fighter jets buzzed the ship. Over the next four hours, Israeli planes flew over the Liberty five more times.
      Ennes notes that even testimony by the Liberty’s communications officers about the jamming of the ship’s radios was classified as “Top Secret.” The reason? It proved that Israel knew it was attacking an American ship. “Here was strong evidence that the attack was planned in advance and that our ship’s identity was known to the attackers (for it its practically impossible to jam the radio of a stranger), but this information was hushed up and no conclusions were drawn from it,” Ennes writes.

      Similarly, the Court of Inquiry deep-sixed testimony and affidavits regarding the flag-Ennes had ordered a crisp new one deployed early on the morning of the attack. The investigators buried intercepts of conversations between IDF pilots identifying the ship as flying an American flag.

      It also refused to accept evidence about the IDF’s use of napalm during the attacks and choose not to hear testimony regarding the duration of the attacks and the fact that the US Navy failed to send planes to defend the ship.
      As the attacks were going on, conversations between Israeli pilots were overheard by US Air Force officers in an EC121 surveillance plane overhead. The spy plane was spotted by Israeli jets, which were given orders to shoot it down. The American plane narrowly avoided the IDF missiles.
      More proof has recently come to light from the Israeli side. A few years after Attack on the Liberty was originally published, Ennes got a call from Evan Toni, an Israeli pilot. Toni told Ennes that he had just read his book and wanted to tell him his story. Toni said that he was the pilot in the first Israeli Mirage fighter to reach the Liberty. He immediately recognized the ship to be a US Navy vessel. He radioed Israeli air command with this information and asked for instructions. Toni said he was ordered to “attack.” He refused and flew back to the air base at Ashdod. When he arrived he was summarily arrested for disobeying orders."
      (Jeffrey St. Clair)

      The prolonged nature of this vicious attack, the jamming of the communications, the use of napalm and the machine-gunning of the life rafts, all indicate that Israel intended to sink the Liberty and kill all of those on board.

    • YONAH FREMAN- "Lbj issued a command to move the ship...."

      The Joint Chiefs issued the order to move the ship, a significant departure from plans. The order went to Admiral McCain. The order was not forwarded to the Liberty. The after the fact excuse was equipment failure, an implausible scenario. I strongly suspect that Dayan made a threat to sink the ship if not moved. The Joint Chiefs decided to back down. McCain decided to call Dayan's bluff, I assume with LBJ's approval. Dayan wasn't bluffing. When Dayan later threatened to shoot down US reconnaissance planes the flights were halted. They now knew he meant it. The attack was vicious. Radio communications were jammed, life rafts destroyed. Dayan/Israel was trying to sink the ship and kill everyone on board. His philosophy was “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” The first Israeli pilot ordered to attack the Liberty was Evan Toni. Since the ship was OBVIOUSLY an American electronic surveillance ship, he refused and returned to base. He was arrested for insubordination. You are having difficulty seeing the obvious because you don't want to acknowledge the obvious. I have gone over this several times in clear fashion. As far as my conjecture regarding Dayan's threat, etc., the plain fact is that Israel intentionally attacked an obviously American ship in an extraordinarily vicious and prolonged fashion, including strafing the life rafts, a war crime. Stop pretending befuddlement.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "4. why was the liberty ordered to leave the vicinity and why had it defied its orders? is there some connection between the israeli attack and the liberty’s defiance of its orders?"

      The Liberty didn't "defy" the orders, Admiral McCain didn't forward the orders, probably with LBJ's knowledge and approval. Later, during the cover-up, they claimed equipment failure. Since the Liberty was initially denied an armed escort, then ordered away, it suggests something changed. I suspect that Dayan sent a back channel communication telling the US to move the Liberty or he would sink it, just like he later told the US that he would shoot down US reconnaissance planes and the flights were halted. During the attack on the Liberty, there was a US reconnaissance plane which was fired upon, but missed. Another "mistake" during the "fog of war"? Get serious. Dayan ordered the attack, probably to assert Israel's independence from US control. Your apologetics for Dayan's/Israel's behavior indicates your strong bias, nothing else.

    • PHIL/JAMES- "We could accept the view, which the Haaretz article endorses, that the attack was a mistake or “screw-up” in the fog of war."

      Seriously? The notion that it was a mistake is ludicrous, and this statement reflects poorly on your intellectual and journalistic integrity. If coming to the obvious conclusion presented political difficulties for Mondoweiss, surely you could have finessed your telling better without your preposterous conclusion. I think it somewhat obvious that the evidence you cite doesn't support your conclusion.

      There is a story here and it revolves around Moshe Dyan and his feeling that " "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." Why was the Liberty ordered to relocate 100 miles away from the combat by the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Why did Admiral McCain not implement their order? (an alleged "SNAFU" in the communications equipment not believable). Subsequently, Dayan threatened to shoot down US reconnaissance planes and the flights were halted. Was the Liberty a result of LBJ/McCain calling Dayan's back channel "bluff" only to discover that he wasn't bluffing? Wouldn't that have gone over big with the public. Time to CYA. Oh, there is a story here alright, but the telling would cause unpredictable consequences. How much classified material has already been destroyed is anybody's guess. But, Israel isn't Russia so what is the problem?

  • Novelist Houellebecq was wrong about rise of Muslim Brotherhood in France
    • PHIL- "Houellebecq was clearly being satirical."

      Perhaps, but his writing (which I didn't read) may be also influenced by his STRONG pro-Israeli/anti-left bias. A quote for you about someone you admire.

      "Israel is more moral than the Palestinians. At first I was neutral, but the Palestinian suicide bombings shocked me. Unlike the Israelis, who strike at pre-marked targets, the Palestinian attacks are blind, and that is much less moral. The end does not justify the means, and that is why the Palestinians have lost legitimacy in my eyes." (Michel Houellebecq)

  • At NY premiere, David Grossman will join Netanyahu minister who boycotts Darwish
    • YONAH FREDMAN- "...I know the incredible abyss created by the Shoah and the need to respond to that abyss. Zionism is one response."

      The "abyss" created by the Shoa in 2017 is, to a significant degree, a Zionist created abyss intended to motivate Jews to support Zionism. That is why, prior to Zionism becoming as powerful as it is today, from 1950 through 1959 there were only 4 American made Holocaust films. From 2000 through 2009 there were 15.

    • YONI FALIC- "When I first started seriously to study Nazi Germany, I read Claudia Koonz’s book entitled The Nazi Conscience."

      From the Google book description: " In fact, the perpetrators of genocide had a powerful sense of right and wrong, based on civic values that exalted the moral righteousness of the ethnic community and denounced outsiders."

  • Join Roger Waters on Facebook Live as he discusses his support for BDS
    • MOOSER- "Gee, and Russia is such a big place, with so many resources. I wonder what happened?"

      Funny you should ask. I once again link to the Abby Martin interview of Mark Ames on the Yeltsin years.

    • KAY24- "As I said the comments will show you exactly who pushes the Russian agenda, and praises the pariah nation, and the corrupting of our our political system, and hacking of American websites."

      So sayeth "tailgunner Kay." Do you have any idea how out of touch with reality you are? Are you aware that the economies of France and California are 50% larger than Russia? Corrupting our political system? Compared to Wall Street, the MIC and AIPAC? You sound like a Democrat fundamentalist. Do you realize that, in comparison, you make some of these Zionists sound rational? A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  • London's Palestine Expo defies smear campaign attracting more than 15,000
    • INBOUND39- "That being the case questions need to be asked as to why Israel gets away with interfering and why Netanyahu is allowed to interfere in Congress."

      Better ask it fast before they pass a law (as in Europe) making it illegal to criticize Israel because doing so is anti-Semitic. You criticize power at your own peril.

  • Israel charges UNESCO with 'Fake history'
  • Israel slams UNESCO World Heritage decision on Hebron as Palestinians celebrate 12-3 vote in favor
    • YONI FALIC- "Once Palestinians are recognized as having a culture and cultural product deeply rooted in Palestine...."

      Which is exactly why those hundreds of Palestinian villages were destroyed and planted over with European Flora, to erase as much Palestinian history as possible.

  • Wonder Woman is a hero only the military-industrial complex could create
    • GOLDMARX- " Proyect is on record as opposing a no-fly-zone."

      Big deal. Does he support regime change or not? Does the US seek regime change or not? But let us let Louis speak for himself:

      “Keith, it really wants me to puke my guts out when I see people making a stink about “violent and imperial regime change in Syria” as Russian jets have bombed every last hospital in East Aleppo to rubble.”

      Really? East Aleppo compares very favorably to what the US did in Mosul. As for "bombed every last hospital in East Aleppo to rubble.", I link to the Saker:

      The bottom line, Goldmarx, is that Louis Proyect supports the imperial agenda of regime change in Syria. Period.

    • GOLDMARX- "Wow, all these attacks on Louis Proyect (sorry for the prior typo) without a single shred of evidence that he is pro-imperialist."

      Okay, HALF an imperialist. He opposes Republican imperialism, but supports Democrat imperialism ("humanitarian" intervention). Shred of evidence? Read his comments on Syria which read like a State Department handout. Syria is an imperial destabilization, period. Only the willfully blind or those seeking a symbiotic relationship with empire (loyal opposition) would argue otherwise.

    • GOLDMARX- "I know Louis Protect...."

      Why am I not surprised? Birds of a feather, eh?

    • STANLEYHELLER- "I’d make these points about Syria."

      All of your points are unsubstantiated propaganda. The history of Western interference in the Middle East, and the neocons plans for Syria and six other countries (per Wesley Clark) are so well known we can only conclude that you are either unbelievably ignorant or flat out lying. Why you and some other professional lefties like Louis Proyect continue to support the imperial agenda in Syria reflects poorly on you and him. Apparently you and he think you have found a niche. But are the rewards that great that you so debase yourself? Syria is a tragedy due to US/NATO/Israeli/Saudi, etc intervention. I leave you with a link for a video of John Pilger.

    • JONATHAN COOK- "My argument is that this much-praised Gal Gadot vehicle–seemingly about a peace-loving superhero, Wonder Woman, from the DC Comics stable–is actually carefully purposed propaganda designed to force-feed aggressive western military intervention, dressed up as humanitarianism, to unsuspecting audiences."

      Since this is the essence of a Mondoweiss comment I made (quoted at the end), I concur completely. Furthermore, as you point out, this Hollywood/Deep State collusion is extensive and pernicious. I personally feel that the entertainment media is the prime transmitter of our social mythology, hence, is more important than the news media insofar as it creates the mythological worldview against which the news is evaluated. And yes, it creates a good guy versus bad guy mentality where violence is normalized and systemic factors ignored. Below is my comment from June 11.

      "Wonder Woman is, perhaps, the ultimate imperial feminist. That is to say, not a feminist at all. Rather, she represents the (dare I say it?) the masculinization of feminism. The feminist as a warrior princess. Wonder Woman fits in well with our hyper militarized warfare state where violence is the primary method of combating "evil." A real feminist would be a staunch opponent of militarism and foreign interventions, would struggle to redirect "defense" spending towards universal health care, child care, eliminating nuclear weapons, dealing with climate change, etc. In other words, transforming society away from war and militarism rather than becoming female warriors. All of these films about comic book super heroes are manifestations of a sick society. And having a Zionist Israeli as the warrior princess adds another layer of manipulation to this toxic mythology."

  • A house cat is smaller than an aircraft carrier, not larger-- in world of 'NYT' correction
    • DONALD JOHNSON- "The energy of ” several” kilograms going at half the speed of light is roughly 16 to 17 megatons if we take several to mean 5."

      Assuming current or projected efficiency in conversion of fuel to velocity, how much energy/fuel would be required to accelerate your 5 kilogram projectile to half the speed of light? I suspect that energy reality is completely overlooked by modern science fiction which fails to deal with the energy reality of space travel. My background doesn't permit me to make the calculations, but apparently yours does. Thanks.

  • Clinton lost because PA, WI, and MI have high casualty rates and saw her as pro-war, study says
    • SIBIRIAK- "Tsar Putin, of course, is right up there in the pantheon of anti-Jewish demons, being the evil offspring his Tsar/Soviet progenitors."

      An extreme example of this insanity appeared in the letters to the editor section of today's (7/12) Seattle Times. Permit me to quote a few choice statements.

      Imagine if, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt said, "Nobody knows for sure whether it was the Japanese. It could have been one of several countries."
      Wittingly or not, President Donald Trump is the agent of the Russian state and Russian President Vladimir Putin. As has been made exceedingly clear after their meeting, Trump has no intention to defend this country, our allies, or the ideals and principles of freedom and democracy that all real Americans hold dear...."
      (Dan Salins)

      This represents orchestrated McCarthyism on steroids. Previously, the Times refused to print my letter to the editor noting that Russian influence in American politics was miniscule compared to Israel's. And to think that is "liberal" Democrats doing this! It is hard to believe, yet very revealing, that this Kafkaesque mangling of reality has actually gotten some traction. Actually, there are critically important lessons for those trying to understand political economy. Yet one more reason to believe that we are doomed.

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