time for a bit of orthodox marxism

Bad Seed – Wayne Kramer

Cops on Ninth Street’re busting at random
DA on TV says don’t try to understand ’em
Custodial sentencing’s all that they need
Ain’t no big thing, they’re just bad seed
That’s bad seed
I said bad seed
Genetic bad seed
We’re talking ’bout bad seed

Tattooed Neanderthal messing with your daughter
Shoot him down daddy, don’t give him no quarter
Show zero tolerance, just let the bastard bleed
Ain’t no big thing, he’s just bad seed
That’s bad seed
No question bad seed
Mutation bad seed
We’re talking ’bout bad seed

Pleading a misdemeanor, copping to probation
Judicial system crapshoot becomes an education
Tell it to the judge, submit or concede
I don’t think so, they’re just bad seed
That’s bad seed
Generations of bad seed
Celebrations of bad seed
We’re talking ’bout bad seed

All your babies are just dogs with rabies (bad seed)
You can taste ’em, maybe waste ’em (bad seed)
A long line, you can define (bad seed)
Start a war for, body bags for (bad seed)
In the ghetto got (bad seed)
In Chicago got (bad seed)
Philadelphia got (bad seed,
Atlanta Georgia got (bad seed)
Small towns got (bad seed)
Big cities got (bad seed)
Detroit got (bad seed)
New York City got (bad seed)
LA got plenty of (bad seed)

it’s the jews, stupid

The Israeli Lobby dominates Pindosi, British and French foreign affairs
Gilad Atzmon, Dec 2 2016

Q: Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett has said that “the era of the Palestinian state is over.” What’s your take on this?
A: This idea is more than welcome. What we need is one state from the river to the sea and this state will be Palestine. I do not think that we are talking about a political shift but simply facts on the ground.
Q: How do you predict the fate of the two-state solution? How could Trump presidency affect the solution?
A: I do not engage in prophecy. The two-state solution is dead and if I am reading the map correctly, Pindostan is not a key player in the Middle East anymore. Putin took their place and this fact may have a significant positive impact on the future of the conflict.
Q: How do you evaluate Donald Trump’s policies towards Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
A: We are clueless in regard to Trump’s policies. In fact I do not even believe Trump has a Middle East policy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But as I mentioned above, that Pindostan is not a key player in the Middle East. Accordingly, Pindostan’s position is hardly relevant. This may change.
Q: Do you think the international community has failed to defend Palestinians rights against Israeli crimes?
A: Of course! The question is why. The answer has something to do with the total hegemony of the Jewish Lobby in the West. The Israeli Lobby dominates Pindosi, British and French foreign affairs. Even the Palestinian solidarity movement is shy of the topic. Why? Because the Palestinian solidarity movement is also dominated by similar Jewish institutions such as JVP, JFJFP etc. In other words, the voice of the oppressed is shaped by the oppressor and oppressor’s sensitivities.
Q: What role does the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Mahmoud Abbas play in the conflict? Do you see their role as positive?
A: I never take sides on Palestinians or Arab political matters. As far as I understand, Abbas believes that Palestine’s ultimate bomb is the demographic bomb. In other words, for the Palestinians to win, all they have to do is to survive. I guess that this explains a lot.

they’re hot to trot

“tens of thousands of civilians… 100,000… 200,000…”

Syrian army nears Aleppo’s Old City,
Tom Perry, Reuters, Dec 2 2016

BEIRUT – The Syrian army and allied militia advanced towards rebel-held areas of Aleppo’s Old City on Sunday, thrusting deeper into opposition parts of the city in a relentless attack which a military source said would be over in a matter of weeks. A senior rebel official told Reuters rebel groups in Aleppo had told Pindostan they will not leave their besieged, shrinking enclave, responding to Russian call for talks with Washington over their withdrawal. But facing relentless bombardment and ground assaults, the rebels may eventually have no choice but to negotiate a withdrawal from eastern Aleppo, where tens of thousands of civilians are thought to be sheltering. The Western and regional states that have backed the rebellion appear unwilling or unable to do anything to prevent a major defeat for the opposition, whose campaign to regain all Aleppo has been backed by the Russian air force and Iranian-sponsored militias. The army announced new advances, which were confirmed by a rebel official with the Jabha Shamiya group. The advancing forces may soon reach a strategically important eye hospital, the capture of which would threaten further gains near the Old City, the official said, speaking to Reuters from Turkey. Loud explosions were heard coming from eastern Aleppo as night fell, Reuters journalists in the government-held part of the city said. The Jabha Shamiya official said further advances may force a rebel withdrawal to the southwestern corner of their enclave. He said:

The areas of Old Aleppo will be threatened to a great degree. It is scorched earth.

The UNSC is due to vote on Monday on a draft resolution that would demand an initial seven-day truce in Aleppo, which could then be renewed, but it was unclear if Moscow would block the resolution. Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with Pindostan over a full withdrawal of rebels from Aleppo, but speaking to Reuters from Turkey, senior rebel official Zakaria Malahifji of the Fastaqim group said rebels fighting in Aleppo told Pindo boxtops on Saturday they would not leave the city. Malahifji said:

Our response to the Pindosis was as follows: we cannot leave our city, our homes, to the mercenary militias that the regime has mobilized in Aleppo. They listened to the response and did not comment.

He said the rebel groups had reiterated calls for humanitarian corridors to be opened for the delivery of food and medicine into eastern Aleppo and the evacuation of the wounded. Pindostan has yet to comment on the proposal made by Sergei Lavrov for talks on the withdrawal of all rebel fighters “without exclusion” from Aleppo. The rebels said the Russians had retreated from proposals agreed at talks with rebel groups in Turkey that would have resulted in Jihadis leaving the city, a ceasefire and humanitarian aid deliveries. The Syrian army has vowed to crush the rebels in Aleppo. Referring to the timeframe for taking back the whole city, an SAA source said:

The expectation is weeks. The Syrian Arab Army will continue to implement its missions until the elimination of the terrorists and the recovery of control over all the eastern districts.

The UN estimates that close to 30,000 people have been displaced by the latest fighting, 18,000 of them leaving to government-held areas, a further 8,500 going to the Kurdish-controlled neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud and the rest moving within rebel-held areas. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has said more than 100,000 people may still be in the rebel-held area. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it could be as many as 200,000 people. Food and fuel supplies are critically low in eastern Aleppo, where hospitals have been repeatedly bombed out of operation. The rebels, including foreign-backed groups, say they have been abandoned to their fate in a war against better-armed enemies, and the head of their “Aleppo Army” was seriously wounded on Saturday. The SOHR said the SAA or its allies were attacking in at least eight places. Rami Abd’ul-Rrahman said the pro-government forces were seeking to drive another wedge into the rebel-held sector from Aleppo’s ancient citadel southwards. Residents who fled eastern Aleppo for government-held areas early in the war began returning to the Hanano district recently captured from the rebels to inspect their homes. The government took journalists to the district of north-eastern Aleppo on Sunday, using a road through the city center that was reopened two days ago. A Reuters journalist said buses leaving from western Aleppo were bringing a steady stream of people to inspect homes they had not seen in years. Russian military trucks also delivered aid to the captured eastern districts of eastern Aleppo.

ha ha

as usual with the phony left, the resistance here is pointless and futile

Trump declares support for Dakota Access Pipeline ahead of evacuation order against protesters
Joseph Kishore, WSWS, Dec 3 2016

Pres-elect Trump expressed his support for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) ahead of an evacuation order, due to go into effect on Monday, against thousands of people protesting the oil pipeline project. Trump’s transition team released a statement reaffirming his support for the $3.8b project and claiming that this position is not related to his personal investment of $500k in Texas-based Energy Partners, the company that is leading the project. In his speech in Cincinnati on Tuesday, Trump pledged to “eliminate every single wasteful regulation” and remove all “restrictions on the production of shale energy, oil, natural gas and clean coal.” The Dakota Access Pipeline would connect the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to southern Illinois, passing through the states of South Dakota and Iowa. It would also pass through North American tribal lands, including the Standing Rock Indian Reservation of Sioux tribes that includes parts of North and South Dakota. The pipeline has been financed by a consortium of 17 banks, including Citibank, Wells Fargo, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas and Société Générale. Additional capital is due to be raised from the partial sale of Energy Partners to a joint venture of Marathon Petroleum and Enbridge. The latter company was responsible for an 800,000-gallon oil spill in Michigan in 2010. Protests initiated by the Sioux tribes in April have attracted thousands of supporters who have gathered at camp sites near a portion of the pipeline. They have expressed opposition to the pipeline’s construction out of fear that leaks will contaminate the reservation’s only water supply, Lake Oahe, formed by a dam on the Missouri River, and destroy cultural sites.

This weekend, hundreds of military veterans are planning to join the protests, organized by the Veterans for Standing Rock. Members of the organization have already begun constructing more permanent buildings to house the protesters. They have also said they plan on staging a demonstration Monday and will be forming a wall to block police from attacking protesters. Under the watchful eye of the Obama administration, protesters have been subjected to brutal violence from local police and the National Guard, including the use of water cannons in freezing weather, tear gas, rubber bullets and concussion grenades. Many protesters have been seriously injured in clashes with police, who have arrested at least 525 people since August. Police have deployed armored vehicles and the Federal Aviation Administration has declared the area a no-fly zone, banning the use of drones to photograph the campsite and document the police response. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and the Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency under the control of the DoD and therefore the Obama administration, have set a Dec 5 deadline for the end of protests and the evacuation of those attempting to block the pipeline’s construction. While officials issued the evacuation order on the grounds that it is necessary to protect “public safety,” and the Army Corps of Engineers has denied plans to seek the “forcible removal” of the camps, they want to force out protesters and create conditions for the arrest or violent dispersal of anyone who remains. The governor cynically justified the evacuation order by claiming that the camps do not possess “proper permanent sanitation infrastructure,” but the state is simultaneously moving to prevent the transport of supplies to the protesters.

The state has said that beginning Monday it will inform those traveling to the site that they could face fines of up to $1,000. A North Dakota sheriff has said that the Dec 5 deadline is intended mainly to reduce the federal government’s legal liability for the protesters, should they suffer injury or death as the cold Dakota winter sets in. The state has also stopped snowplows from clearing about a mile of highway leading up to the camps, absurdly claiming that workers do not feel safe approaching the area. The implementation of the evacuation orders follows a decision earlier this week by District Court Judge Daniel Hovland to reject a temporary restraining order that would prevent police from using impact munitions including rubber bullets, water cannon and concussion grenades. The judge rejected the suit, filed by the National Lawyers Guild, on technical grounds. While an incoming Trump administration will no doubt move aggressively to ensure construction of the pipeline, the Obama administration has been fully complicit in the police assault on the protesters. In early November, Obama said that his administration would “let it play out for several more weeks” before deciding on whether to issue an easement to move forward with construction under Lake Oahe. Native American tribes in Pindostan suffer from deplorable social conditions that are the legacy of Pindo capitalism’s blood-soaked rise as a continental power. They have some of the highest rates of poverty, unemployment and other indices of social distress. More than 40% of the population in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has an income below the official federal poverty rate, while one report estimated that the real unemployment rate was as high as 86%.

another loose cannon with NATO facilities

Turkey prosecutor calls to drop Gaza flotilla case against Israelis
Times of Israel, Dec 2 2016

ISTANBUL — A Turkish prosecutor called Friday for charges related to a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship to be dropped following diplomatic reconciliation between Turkey and Israel. Nine Turkish activists were killed by Israeli commandos who were attacked when they boarded the Mavi Marmara as it tried to breach the maritime blockade on the Gaza Strip in May 2010, and a tenth died in hospital in 2014. The raid exacerbated an already frosty relationship, with both countries withdrawing their respective ambassadors though diplomatic relations were never fully severed. The bitter rift came to an end in June this year after they held long-running secret talks in third countries with Israel offering an apology over the raid and $20m in compensation. Israel also agreed to allow Turkish aid to reach Gaza as part of the agreement. Under the terms of the deal, both sides also agreed individual Israeli citizens or those acting on behalf of the Israeli government would not be held liable either criminally or financially for the raid. On Friday, the prosecutor told an Istanbul court that the case against the Israeli individuals should be dropped because of the agreement. Prosecutors had been seeking life sentences for former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, former navy chief Eliezer Marom, former military intelligence head Amos Yadlin and former Air Force intelligence chief Avishai Levy, who went on trial in absentia in 2012. The demand is likely to anger families and lawyers, who told AFP in October they had no intention of dropping the lawsuits despite the deal. One of the final key elements of returning to normal relations is the exchange of ambassadors, which will formally take place this month. Israel’s envoy Eitan Na’eh arrived in Ankara on Thursday, and he is due to meet Erdogan within days. Turkish PM Yildirim’s policy advisor Kemal Okem will start work as Turkey’s ambassador to Israel on Dec 12.

a bit of a retrospective on how from now on, the mofos will be serving up wall-to-wall, flat-out lies

The Orwellian War on Skepticism
Robert Parry, Consortium News, Dec 1 2016

Under the cover of battling “fake news,” the mainstream news media and officialdom are taking aim at journalistic skepticism when it is directed at the pronouncements of the government and its allies. One might have hoped that the alarm about “fake news” would remind major news outlets such as the WaPo and the NYT about the value of journalistic skepticism. However, instead, it seems to have done the opposite. The idea of questioning the claims by the West’s officialdom now brings calumny down upon the heads of those who dare do it. “Truth” is being redefined as whatever the government, NATO and other Western interests say is true. Disagreement with the West’s “group thinks,” no matter how fact-based the dissent is, becomes “fake news.” So we have the case of WaPo’s David Ignatius having a starry-eyed interview with Richard Stengel, the State Department’s UnderSec for ‘Public Diplomacy.’ Entitled “The truth is losing,” the column laments that the official narratives as deigned by the State Dept and the WaPo are losing traction with Americans and the world’s public. Stengel, a former managing editor at Time magazine, seems to take aim at Russia Today’s slogan “question more” as some sinister message seeking to inject cynicism toward the West’s official narratives, saying:

They’re not trying to say that their version of events is the true one, they’re saying that everybody’s lying, nobody’s telling you the truth. They don’t have a candidate per se, but they want to undermine faith in democracy, faith in the West.

Typical of these recent mainstream tirades about this vague Russian menace, Ignatius’s column doesn’t provide any specifics regarding how RT and other Russian media outlets are carrying out this assault on the purity of Western information. It’s enough to just toss around pejorative phrases supporting an Orwellian solution, which is to stamp out or marginalize alternative and independent journalism, not just Russian. Ignatius writes:

Stengel poses an urgent question for journalists, technologists and more broadly, everyone living in free societies or aspiring to do so. How do we protect the essential resource of democracy, the truth, from the toxin of lies that surrounds it? It’s like a virus or food poisoning. It needs to be controlled. But how? Stengel argues that the government should sometimes protect citizens by exposing ‘weaponized information, false information’ that is polluting the ecosystem, but ultimately the defense of truth must be independent of a government that many people mistrust. There are inherent dangers in having the government be the verifier of last resort.

Stengel is not the fount of truth-telling, as he and Ignatius like to pretend. Early in the Ukraine crisis, Stengel delivered a rant against RT that was full of inaccuracies or what you might call “fake news,” yet what Stengel and various mainstream media outlets appear to be arguing for is the creation of a Ministry of Truth managed by mainstream media outlets and enforced by Google, Facebook and other technology platforms. In other words, once these supposedly responsible outlets decide what the “truth” is, then questioning that narrative will earn you “virtual” expulsion from the marketplace of ideas, possibly eliminated via algorithms of major search engines or marked with a special app to warn readers not to believe what you say, a sort of yellow Star of David for the Internet age. And then there’s the possibility of more direct and old-fashioned government enforcement by launching FBI investigations into media outlets that won’t toe the official line. All of these “solutions” have been advocated in recent weeks. On the other hand, if you do toe the official line that comes from Stengel’s public diplomacy shop, you stand to get rewarded with government financial support. Stengel disclosed in his interview with Ignatius that his office funds “investigative” journalism projects. Ignatius asks:

How should citizens who want a fact-based world combat this assault on truth? Stengel has approved State Dept programs that teach investigative reporting and empower truth-tellers.

After reading Ignatius’s column on Wednesday, I submitted a question to the State Dept asking for details on this “journalism” and “truth-telling” funding that is coming from the government’s top propaganda shop. I have not received an answer. but we do know that the government has been investing tens of millions of dollars in various media programs to undergird its desired narratives. For instance in May 2015 USAID issued a fact sheet summarizing its work financing friendly journalists around the world, including “journalism education, media business development, capacity building for supportive institutions, and strengthening legal-regulatory environments for free media.” USAID estimated its budget for “media strengthening programs in over 30 countries” at $40m/yr, including aiding “independent media organizations and bloggers in over a dozen countries.” In Ukraine before the 2014 coup, USAID offered training in “mobile phone and website security,” skills that would have been quite helpful to the coup plotters.

USAID, working with George Soros’s Open Society, also has funded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, which engages in “investigative journalism” that usually goes after governments that have fallen into disfavor with Pindostan and then are singled out for accusations of corruption. The USAID-funded OCCRP collaborates with Bellingcat, an online investigative website founded by blogger Eliot Higgins. who has spread mis- disinformation on the Internet, including discredited claims implicating the Syrian government in the sarin attack in 2013, and directing an Australian TV news crew to what appeared to be the wrong location for a video of a Buk anti-aircraft battery as it supposedly made its getaway to Russia after the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014. Despite his dubious record, Higgins has gained mainstream acclaim, in part because his “findings” always match up with the propaganda theme that the government and its allies are peddling. Higgins is now associated with the Atlantic Council, a pro-NATO think tank partially funded by the State Dept. Beyond funding from the State Dept and USAID, tens of millions of dollars more are flowing through the government-funded National Endowment for Democracy, which was started in 1983 under the guiding hand of DCI William Casey and became a slush fund to help finance what became known inside the Reagan administration as “perception management,”. Last year, as the New Cold War heated up, NATO created the Strategic Communications Command in Latvia to further wage information warfare against Russia and individuals who were contesting the West’s narratives. As veteran war correspondent Don North reported in 2015:

The government has come to view the control and manipulation of information as a ‘soft power’ weapon, merging psychological operations, propaganda and public affairs under the catch-phrase ‘strategic communications.’ This attitude has led to treating psyops, manipulative techniques for influencing a target population’s state of mind and surreptitiously shaping people’s perceptions, as just a normal part of NATO’s information policy.

Now, the EU Parliament and the Pindosi Congress are moving to up the ante, passing new legislation to escalate “information warfare.” On Wednesday, Congressional negotiators approved $160m to combat what they deem foreign propaganda and the alleged Russian campaign to spread “fake news.” The measure is part of the National Defense Authorization Act and gives the State Dept the power to identify “propaganda” and counter it. This bipartisan stampede into an Orwellian future for the Pindo creeple and the world’s population follows a shoddily-sourced WaPo article that relied on a new anonymous group that identified some 200 Internet sites, including some of the most prominent independent sources of news, as part of a Russian propaganda network. Typical of this new McCarthyism, the report lacked evidence that any such network actually exists, but instead targeted cases where ournalists expressed skepticism about claims from Western boxtops. Consortium News was included on the list, apparently because we have critically analyzed some of the claims and allegations regarding the crises in Syria and Ukraine, rather than simply accept the dominant Western “group thinks.” Also on the “blacklist” were such quality journalism sites as Counterpunch, Truth-out, Truthdig, Naked Capitalism and ZeroHedge, along with many political sites ranging across the ideological spectrum.

Normally such an unfounded conspiracy theory would be ignored, but because the WaPo treated the incredible allegations as credible, the smear has taken on a life of its own, reprised by cable networks and republished by major newspapers. But the unpleasant truth is that the mainstream news media is now engaged in its own fake-news campaign about “fake news.” It’s publishing bogus claims invented by a disreputable and secretive outfit that just recently popped up on the Internet. If that isn’t “fake news,” I don’t know what is, yet despite the Post’s clear violations of normal journalistic practices, surely, no one there will pay a price, anymore than there was accountability for the Post reporting as flat fact that Iraq was hiding WMD in 2002-2003. Fred Hiatt, the editorial-page editor most responsible for that catastrophic “group think,” is still in the same job today. Two nights ago, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews featured the spurious WaPo article in a segment like similar rehashes, that didn’t bother to get responses from the journalists being slandered. I found that ironic, since Matthews repeatedly scolds journalists for their failure to look skeptically at government claims about Iraq possessing WMD as justification for the disastrous Iraq War, yet now Matthews joins in smearing journalists who have applied skepticism to Western propaganda claims about Syria and/or Ukraine.

While the Pindo Congress and the EU Parliament begin to take action to shut down or isolate dissident sources of information, all in the name of “democracy,” a potentially greater danger is that mainstream news outlets are already teaming up with technology companies such as Google and Facebook to impose their own determinations about “truth” on the Internet, or as Ignatius puts it in his column reflecting Under-Sec for Public Diplomacy Stengel’s thinking:

The best hope may be the global companies that have created the social-media platforms. They see this information war as an existential threat, says Stengel. … The real challenge for global tech giants is to restore the currency of truth. Perhaps machine learning can identify falsehoods and expose every argument that uses them. Perhaps someday, a human-machine process will create what Stengel describes as a global ombudsman for information.

An organization of some 30 mainstream media companies already exists, including not only the WaPo and the NYT but also the Atlantic Council-connected Bellingcat as the emerging arbiters or ombudsmen for truth, something Orwell described less flatteringly. The NYT has even editorialized in support of Internet censorship, using the hysteria over “fake news” to justify the marginalization or disappearance of dissident news sites. It appears that this MiniTrue will especially target journalistic skepticism when applied to government and mainstream media “group thinks,” yet in my four decades-plus in professional journalism, I always understood that skepticism was a universal journalistic principle, one that should be applied in all cases, whether a Republican or a Democrat is in the White House or whether some foreign leader is popular or demonized. As we have seen in recent years, failure to ask tough questions and to challenge dubious claims from government officials and mainstream media outlets can get lots of people killed, both Pindo soldiers and citizens of countries invaded or destabilized by outsiders. To show skepticism is not the threat to democracy that Stengel and Ignatius appear to think it is. Whether you like or dislike RT’s broadcasts, or more likely have never seen one, a journalist really can’t question its slogan “question more.” Questioning is the essence of journalism and for that matter democracy. In protest of the WaPo’s smearing of independent journalists, RootsAction has undertaken a petition drive which can be found here.

rabid critturs prepare for armageddon

Iran says extension of sanctions violates nuclear deal
Parisa Hafezi, Reuters, Dec 2 2016

ANKARA – Iran threatened on Friday to retaliate against a Pindosi Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act for 10 years, saying it violates last year’s nuclear deal. The ISA was first adopted in 1996. The extension was passed unanimously on Thursday. Pindo boxtops said the ISA’s renewal would not infringe the nuclear agreement. But senior Iranian officials took odds with that view. Iran’s nuclear energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, who played a central role in reaching the nuclear deal, described the extension as a “clear violation” if implemented. State TV quoted Salehi as saying:

We are closely monitoring developments. If they implement the ISA, Iran will take action accordingly.

The diplomatic thaw in swing between Washington and Tehran over the past two years looks in jeopardy. Trump said during his election campaign that he would scrap the nuclear agreement. Khamenei already warned in November that an extension of sanctions would be viewed in Tehran as a violation of the nuclear accord. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said:

Iran has shown its commitment to its international agreements, but we are also prepared for any possible scenario. We are ready to firmly protect the nation’s rights under any circumstances.

The Senate vote was a blow to Pres Rouhani, who engineered the diplomatic opening to the West that led to the nuclear deal. Khamenei and his hardline loyalists have criticized the deal and blamed Rouhani for its failure to deliver swift improvements in living standards since the lifting of international sanctions in January. It was not immediately clear what form any eventual retaliation for the Senate vote might take. Iran’s parliament will convene on Sunday to discuss a bill obliging the government to “immediately halt implementation of the nuclear deal” if Obama approves the ISA. Iran’s parliament plan to discuss a bill that would prevent the government purchasing Pindo products. Such a bill could endanger deals such as Boeing’s tentative accord to sell passenger jets to Iran, upgrading a fleet long deteriorating due to sanctions. The White House had not pushed for an extension of the sanctions act, but had not raised serious objections. Some congressional aides said they expected Obama to sign the extension. The ISA had been due to expire on Dec 31. Lawmakers said the extension would make it easier for sanctions to be reimposed if Iran violated the nuclear settlement. Influential Friday prayer leaders, appointed by Khamenei, strongly denounced the ISA extension and called on the government to take action, according to IRNA. Trump described Iran in campaign speeches as the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism and dismissed the nuclear accord as “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen negotiated.”

Senate Extends Idiotic Iran Sanctions by 99-0 Vote!
Daniel McAdams, AntiWar.com, Dec 1 2016

Forget that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) agreed between Iran and the so-called P5+1 consisting of Pindostan, Russia, China, France, Britain, and the EU has by all accounts been one of the few real foreign policy successes in the eight years of an otherwise war-dominated the Obama Administration. Forget that the promise of normalizing trade relations with Iran would produce untold wealth and jobs for both Pindostan and Iran. Forget that the Europeans are flocking in droves to resume lucrative trade with Iran, despite Trump’s inexplicable Iranophobia. Forget that as the “Germany of the Middle East,” Iran brings to the table “80 million people, an educated workforce, and a proud tradition of manufacturing,” and a potential economic bonanza for its partners. Nope. The Senate is proof that habitually ingesting mainstream media “fake news” is extremely harmful for your mental health. The Iran Sanctions Act, passed in 1996, would have expired at the end of the month without Congressional action. With the success of the Iran nuclear deal, there is no reason at all that it should not have been allowed to do so. But the real isolationists are the interventionists in the government who cannot stand the idea that we can trade and be friendly with countries without endorsing every single thing about their political system. But no. Today the Senate voted unanimously, 99-0, to continue the idiotic, counter-productive, economically-disastrous, anachronistic sanctions regime against an Iranian government that has proven willing to do business with Pindostan. Shame on you, Senators. Every one of you who voted to continue sanction

it could easily be proven that i am a jew myself

This may seem silly but I have considered it very carefully. My mother’s mother, I was always told, was a member of “the minor Viennese aristocracy.” She was a vulgar woman whom I only met two or three times, remarried to a man who worked for British American Tobacco or possibly Carreras, who drove an old Bentley with nice-smelling leather upholstery. The evidence is that she married my mother’s father, a captain in the Royal Artillery, in 1917 in London. She liked to affect a ‘von’, though it isn’t on the marriage certificate. My cousin, Sir Michael the Catholic composer, son of Sir Lennox the Catholic composer, says she was really a peasant girl from the Isle of Wight, and he has what looks like the right birth certificate for her to prove it. But my theory is that some Royal Artillery junior officers in Germany, with a little help from some junior officers of Military Intelligence, concocted a scheme whereby the young officers could marry the Jewish girls to get them out of wartime Vienna, at the urging of their sorrowing parents, and steal some unused British identities for them. It would have been easy for the Military Intelligence officers to come up with suggested British identities of girls who would never claim passports of their own. My cousin would hate to admit there is a Jew in the family. The way to confirm all this is unfortunately only open to govt-to-govt enquiries. The aliya & absorption ministry of Israel should write to the British DoD on my behalf to get my mother’s father’s records, then they should contact the Weisenthalers in Vienna to find out the truth about the girls … RB