Illness, Music, Queen of Jerusalem, Love and Romance





If a great and powerful ruler is riding his horse, and he comes upon a woman crossing the road, should he continue riding, or should he stop? If he continues riding, his horse may knock her over. If he stops, he will be acknowledging that she has rights that he is obliged to respect, despite his power.

The answer to this question in European societies is that the powerful ruler should stop. The answer in traditional Muslim societies appears to have been that he should continue riding.

In 1665 the Turkish writer Evliya Celebi, the author of a lengthy travelogue, noted this cultural difference during a visit to Vienna: “In this country I saw an extraordinary spectacle. Whenever the emperor meets a woman in the street, if he is riding, he brings his horse to a standstill and lets her pass.”

Evliya, despite his reputation today as a cultured humanist, found the emperor’s deference to a woman perplexing. He was surprised that the emperor had stopped his horse; he would not have been surprised if the emperor had continued riding, which would have forced the woman to scurry out of his way.

Evliya’s account continues:

If the emperor is on foot and meets a woman, he stands in a posture of politeness. The woman greets the emperor, who then takes his hat off his head to show respect for the woman. After the woman has passed, the emperor continues on his way. It is indeed an extraordinary spectacle. In this country and in general in the land of the unbelievers, women have the main say. They are honored and respected out of love for Mother Mary.

Evliya’s perplexed observations are quoted by the orientalist Bernard Lewis, who comments that he “was expressing a fairly normal Middle-Eastern response to the Austrian emperor’s normal courtesy to a lady, and clearly indicates that he himself would not have believed this improbable story had he not seen it with his own eyes.”



So, we know that music is old, and may have been with us from when humans first evolved. But why did it arise and why has it persisted? There are many possible functions for music. One is dancing. It is unknown if the first dancers created a musical accompaniment, or if music led to people moving rhythmically. Another obvious reason for music is entertainment, which can be personal or communal. Music can also be used for communication, often over large distances, using instruments such as drums or horns. Yet another reason for music is ritual, and virtually every religion uses music.

However, the major reason that music arose and persists may be that it brings people together. “Music leads to bonding, such as bonding between mother and child or bonding between groups,” explains Montagu. “Music keeps workers happy when doing repetitive and otherwise boring work, and helps everyone to move together, increasing the force of their work. Dancing or singing together before a hunt or warfare binds participants into a cohesive group”. He concludes: “It has even been suggested that music, in causing such bonding, created not only the family but society itself, bringing individuals together who might otherwise have led solitary lives.”

So, we know that music is old, and may have been with us from when humans first evolved. But why did it arise and why has it persisted? There are many possible functions for music. One is dancing. It is unknown if the first dancers created a musical accompaniment, or if music led to people moving rhythmically. Another obvious reason for music is entertainment, which can be personal or communal. Music can also be used for communication, often over large distances, using instruments such as drums or horns. Yet another reason for music is ritual, and virtually every religion uses music.

However, the major reason that music arose and persists may be that it brings people together. “Music leads to bonding, such as bonding between mother and child or bonding between groups,” explains Montagu. “Music keeps workers happy when doing repetitive and otherwise boring work, and helps everyone to move together, increasing the force of their work. Dancing or singing together before a hunt or warfare binds participants into a cohesive group”. He concludes: “It has even been suggested that music, in causing such bonding, created not only the family but society itself, bringing individuals together who might otherwise have led solitary lives.”



I am unwell. Hence not in a good mood for creative writing. Or any other kind of writing. So this post may be shorter than usual.

I have consulted a doctor at the surgery in the village, who was polite and helpful.

Now I am lined up to travel to various destinations for various appointments for X-rays, tests, scans, and whatnot, aimed at discovering more information about what is going on inside me.

When that information has been studied, I’ll probably be seeing surgeons who will discuss and advise what may or may not be done. I’m not going to speculate as to the outcomes of these procedures, the position will become clearer in due course.

I am somewhat resentful that my normal routines get disrupted in this way, but that’s how it is with illness and death. I suppose I can look upon these various excursions I am forced to make as being holiday adventures.

The resentment arises because I much prefer to be here than anywhere else. I am psychically hypersensitive. It’s traumatic, being in strange rooms with strange people, even when they are very kind and friendly. I have to put on invisible armour, and I find travelling in cars with all the scenery flashing past is very stressful. I can do these things, of course. Earlier in my life, they were normal everyday experience. But I have travelled far into deep solitude and I like my eremite routines.

It’s not like I’m having my plans and ambitions messed up, because I do not have any plans or ambitions.

White storks nuzzling noses
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Bryansky Les Zapovednik

Well, I did buy this sound equipment recently, so I do have that as a sort of plan. I have tried out about half of the functions so far, just seeing ‘Aha, if I do this then that happens’, but then I get to cursing because it’s all so effing complicated and will take me months to get some mastery over it.

But, really, my plan was merely to be able to produce interesting noises and then to record them. Which is hardly a plan at all, in any strategic sense, of navigating toward some target.

Which is partly why that article above, about music, caught my eye and got placed at the head. Also, the one about how women should be treated by men.

As I see it, music has numerous roles or functions in our cultures and soceities. It can be used at funerals, weddings, for courtship, for comfort and solace, in preparation for battle, to make people feel soporific in elevators, as therapy, many many different applications and circumstances.

I’ve played guitar since youth, and tried other instruments from time to time, and my motivation has changed. Guitar is the most popular instrument on the planet, by a very long way, these days. In earlier times, it was a very gentle romantic thing, like the lute, but it has evolved and with electrification, it can also be almost a weapon, like an instrument of the gods which can call up thunder.

As I understand it, from reading scholarly books, a thousand years and more ago, in this Western culture, romantic love and courtship were scarcely known. Men raped women when they found the opportunity. Marriages were arranged between male heads of families, to build alliances hold onto property and further whatever ambitions they may have had.

But then, at the time of the Crusades, the Norman and Frankish knights, with their armour, horses and soldiers, went off to free Jerusalem and fight the Musselmen.

And there, in the Levant region, they set up minor kingdoms with massive castles, and over several centuries of occupation, interspersed with constant military triumphs and defeats, they got to mingle with the cultures and ways of the local inhabitants.

If you want to read about it, it’s fascinating. Particularly Queen Melisand, who was an Armenian princess. But that’s a digression. The part that is relevant, is that the high soceity of that region at that time was in many respects a lot more advanced, gracious, and sophisticated than the elite aristocracy of Europe. The traditions of ancient Greece, ancient Persia, and more, going back for millennia, were represented. It was one end of the Silk Road along which ideas had been flowing all the way from the Far East, North and South Asia.,_Queen_of_Jerusalem


I gather that one of the ideas that the Crusaders encountered was that music could be used to court and seduce ladies. That is, there was a more subtle and elegant approach to win a fair woman’s heart, toward marriage and union of the sexes, than crude brute force.

This discovery then travelled westward with returning Crusaders, and became the Troubadour tradition which flourished under the rule of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and eventually filtered throughout most of Europe. And that, so it is said, is how Europeans came to understand romance and love as the basis of marriage and procreation. If you really dig, it seems to me, that the actual origin is Armenia.



Although, probably, the Armenians got the idea from some earlier source back in the mists of time. Perhaps from birds ? Many bird species have elaborate courtship rituals, like this Shama bird, reminds me of Hendrix with his Strat 🙂

She’s obviously transfixed, enchanted, by his splendid serenades.



Anyway, back to my personal motivation for making music, which is very self-centred. Better, completely self-centred.

I’m not interested in providing entertainment, nor creating beautiful tunes, or showing off how clever and talented I am, or making a name by coming up with novelty. Nothing like that. I’m chasing something, something rather elusive and very difficult to describe and define.

People are different, perhaps it’s quite different for others, but there are certain rather rare example of people’s playing which induces a feeling in me. Some kind of trancey feeling. I don’t know how it works, technically. Perhaps some sound waves or rhythms have an effect upon brain wave frequencies or something.

So my quest, in so far as I understand it, is to try and play stuff that invokes that feeling within me. It’s kind of related to this interesting discussion (posted on twitter recently by Ian Welsh). To me, they make it all rather complicated, because it’s almost impossible to explain, although it’s a good effort. I think it can be summed up as ‘Consciousness fully conscious of consciousness’, so you have a sort of feedback loop.


There were about seven hundred. The great Throne Room was crammed with fairies, of all ages and of all degrees of beauty and ugliness — good fairies and bad fairies, flower fairies and moon fairies, fairies like spiders and fairies like butterflies — and as the Queen opened the door and began to say how sorry she was to have kept them waiting, they all cried, with one voice: “Why didn’t you ask me to your christening party?”

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363 Responses to Illness, Music, Queen of Jerusalem, Love and Romance

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    The exact date of the psalter, and for whom it was made, is unknown, although it is obviously made for a noble woman of the kingdom, based on the use of Byzantine styles (considered to be “aristocratic” by the crusaders), the depictions of kings, and the use of feminine word endings in the Latin prayers. Through circumstantial evidence Melisende can probably be identified as the recipient. The English influence in the calendar and elsewhere likely comes from Fulk, whose Angevin relatives ruled England at the time. It is also notable that aside from the capture of Jerusalem, the only crusader-specific dates in the calendar are the deaths of Melisende’s parents. The mixture of Catholic and Orthodox elements in the psalter may reflect Melisende’s mixed upbringing (Baldwin was Catholic and Morphia was an Armenian of the Greek Orthodox faith).

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    Antifa attacks right-winger at London protests – Arrested.

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    The Mafia underboss did have a reputation for socializing with New York’s elite, he was often spotted in the company of celebrities like boxing champ Jake LaMotta and Frank Sinatra.

    Despite his refusal to cooperate, Franzese was paroled after serving 35 years. He was subsequently arrested six times for parole violations, largely the result of his continued affiliation with organized crime figures.

    In addition to his prolific criminal career, Franzese gained notoriety for his adherence to the now discarded Italian code of silence, known as of Omerta.

    “I think it’s amazing that he stood up,” Bernard Welsh, a former FBI agent who arrested Franzese several times on parole violations, told Newsday. “He never gave anybody up.”

    Former FBI agent Robert Lewicki, who persuaded Sonny’s son John Jr. Franzese to wear a wire against the mob in 2005, also expressed a certain level of grudging respect for Franzese’s adherence to the Mafia’s code of silence.

    “He’s one of a kind,” Robert Lewicki, a retired FBI agent told Newsday. “There’s never been a guy like Sonny. There will never be another guy like Sonny, the last of a dying breed.”

    Lewicki also pointed out that ironically the longtime gangster may have ended up in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

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    [–] quaid44 0 points (+0|-0) 11 minutes ago

    I have never seen the msm get so riled up about conspiracy theory like pg. Their constant attempts at besmirching it only makes me believe it more.


    Why doesn’t this ‘journalist’ quote the example of ‘the Russians rigged the election’ as his example of Fake News, coming from ‘trusted’ sources, like Washington Post, New York Times and CNN ?

    And the BBC’s famous ‘We know he’s got Weapons of Mass Destruction’ bullshit, along with the massive cover up of paedophiles, like Savile, Leon Brittan, and Edward Heath ?

    Why isn’t he digging into Seth Rich’s murder, like a proper journalist should, rather than taking a swipe at Donald Trump ?

    It’s very clear where he is coming from, from this paragraph that he wrote. He’s neither honest nor objective and impartial. He makes his living by providing crap for the crappy MSM.

    It is difficult to assess the scale of Ukraine’s neo-partisan movement. For a start, it is too new; it really began only after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March when the fear of invasion emerged for the first time. Then there is the more general problem of the availability of information in Ukraine—rumor and hearsay now dominate here. The central government is barely able to preserve what remains of its sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression and central authority is limited.

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    In spite of three attacks in three months, Britain does not seem to be choosing the path of vigilance and determination. June is not even over but the media barely talk about terrorism any more.

    Then, in the early hours of June 19, a man who acted alone drove a van into a crowd of Muslims leaving Finsbury Park Mosque in London: the main “threat” to the British right now was soon presented in several newspapers as “Islamophobia”.

    Decolonization added the idea that the Europeans had oppressed other peoples and were guilty of crimes they now had to redeem. There was no mention of how, throughout history, recruits to Islam had colonized the great Christian Byzantine Empire, Greece, Sicily, Corsica, North Africa and the Middle East, most of the Balkans and eastern Europe, Hungary, northern Cyprus and Spain.

    While most jihadist movements were banned by the British government, more discreet organizations have emerged and demurely sent the same message. The Islamic Forum for Europe, for example, depicts itself as “peaceful”, but many of those it invites to speak are anything but that. The Islamic Human Rights Commission uses the language of defending human rights to disseminate violent statements against the Jews and the West.

    They are aware that an apparently unstoppable replacement of population is underway in Europe and that there will be more attacks. They speak as if to limit the damage, not prevent it.

    European populations also see what is happening. They watch as entire areas of European cities become foreign zones on European soil; they view the attacks, the wounded, the corpses. It seems as if they have simply lost the will to fight. They seem to have chosen preemptive surrender.

    British political commentator Douglas Murray writes in his important new book, The Strange Death of Europe: “Europe is committing suicide. Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide”. He then wonders if the Europeans will agree to go along with what is happening. For the moment, it seems, the answer is yes.

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    An article from 2013….do we still see articles like this anymore? Or are the numbers so great that this is just part of “The New Normal”?

    A young girl has been smuggled out of Africa and sold for organ harvesting, authorities have revealed. It is the first case of a child being trafficked into Britain for the express intention of providing organs for people desperate for a transplant, reports the Telegraph.

    The girl, whose identity has been protected, was taken from Somalia and smuggled into the UK so that her organs could be removed and sold.
    A British government report revealed human trafficking has reached record levels, rising by 50 per cent in the last year. Of the 371 children exploited, most of them were used as slaves or were sexually abused.

    They included 95 children from Vietnam, 67 from Nigeria and 25 from China, with other victims coming from Romania and Bangladesh. The report also said 20 British girls had been victims of human trafficking, in cases where they were raped and exploited by gangs of Asian men.

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    I’m posting this out of some frustration. What started as a discussion about banking, and how poor people are disadvantaged, in banking and generally, getting fees every time they turn around etc. the topic of the rich preying on the poor came out of that, and I started telling my friend about elements of what we know has and is happening in the world of globalism. I brought up the aspect of organ harvesting, telling about the people who sell their own kidney to pay of micro loans from the global NGOs that wanted to “help” the poor. I mentioned that the black market organ harvesting was a problem, as is the massive market to sell baby parts/stem cells, mentioning that Planned Parenthood International operates in 170 countries, and that it’s highly likely that the black market operates in some of those countries. I had recently read this:

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    Politics in Britain inverts the Israeli rule: it doesn’t discriminate in favour of the majority, but against it. Any hint that a party seeks what’s best for the White majority will elicit loud accusations of racism, xenophobia and fascism. That’s what happened to UKIP and that’s why UKIP were delighted that their candidate in the mayoral election in Manchester was an Orthodox Jew called Shneur Odze. Alas, Mr Odze has let the party down. The Jewish Chronicle, which doesn’t like UKIP or Orthodox Judaism, was happy to report the following:

    A strictly Orthodox man standing as Ukip’s candidate in the Manchester mayoral election has been accused of conducting an affair with a woman he met on a bondage sex website.

    Shneur Odze, who had declined to shake hands with a female political opponent on “religious grounds” earlier in the election campaign, allegedly posed as a Catholic priest on the site, which is described as a social network for the “fetish and kinky community”.

    According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Odze described himself on his profile as having been into bondage and sadomasochism “for a number of years” during which he said he had “tried a great deal and enjoyed even more”. The Mail reported that Mr Odze had met the woman for sex. She discovered his real identity when she put his mobile number into Google and found his Ukip Facebook page.

    Mr Odze is married with four children. He has not responded to requests for comment. His local Ukip branch chairman resigned after the allegations were made, saying he could not support Mr Odze’s actions. A Ukip spokesman said: “This is a personal matter for Mr Odze. He has broken no law.” (Sex claims against Ukip candidate, The Jewish Chronicle, 5th May 2017 / 9th Iyar 5777)

    Shneur Odze, fake Catholic was struck by the allegation that Shneur Odze “posed as a Catholic priest.” If true, it’s both funny and revealing. Odze was posing as a Catholic rather in the way that Daniel Finkelstein is posing as a conservative. He was both having his own cake and poisoning someone else’s — that is, helping to bring the Catholic church into disrepute. A devout Catholic exposed for posing as a rabbi on an S&M website would surely be denounced for anti-Semitism. Has the devout Jew Odze, posing as a Catholic priest, been denounced for Christophobia or goyophobia? No, not at all. Those concepts don’t exist in the mainstream, even though the phenomena are widespread among British Jews:

    Jewish hostility to Christians: the prejudice no one ever writes about

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    (The Wall Street Journal)- Israel has been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces.

    The Israeli army is in regular communication with rebel groups and its assistance includes undisclosed payments to commanders that help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons, according to interviews with about half a dozen Syrian fighters. Israel has established a military unit that oversees the support in Syria—a country that it has been in a state of war with for decades—and set aside a specific budget for the aid, said one person familiar with the Israeli operation.

    Israel has in the past acknowledged treating some 3,000 wounded Syrians, many of them fighters, in its hospitals since 2013 as well as providing humanitarian aid such as food and clothing to civilians near the border during winter. But interviews with half a dozen rebels and three people familiar with Israel’s thinking reveal that the country’s involvement is much deeper and more coordinated than previously known and entails direct funding of opposition fighters near its border for years.

    “Israel stood by our side in a heroic way,” said Moatasem al-Golani, spokesman for the rebel group Fursan al-Joulan, or Knights of the Golan. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance.”

    Israel’s aim is to keep Iran-backed fighters allied to the Syrian regime, such as the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, away from the 45-mile stretch of border on the divided Golan Heights, the three people said.

    But its support for rebels risks heightening tension with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, which has long accused Israel of helping rebel groups. Mr. Assad has said Israel supports rebel groups and launches airstrikes in Syrian territory to undermine his hold on power. Israel has said it doesn’t favor any one outcome in the civil war.

    Israel captured part of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 war and later annexed it—a move the international community doesn’t recognize.

    The threat of a permanent presence of Iranian and Hezbollah forces on the Syrian side of the strategic plateau could drag Israel’s military further into a conflict that it has watched warily but mostly stayed out of since it began in 2011. Israeli officials haven’t ruled out such an escalation at a time when they are cultivating other alliances with Arab states against their common enemy—Iran.

    Fursan al-Joulan’s commander, who goes by the nickname Abu Suhayb, says his group gets roughly $5,000 a month from Israel. It isn’t linked to the Western-backed Free Syrian Army and doesn’t receive Western funding or arms.

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    WaPo has a 8,300 word weekend opus on how Obama failed to react to CIA director Brennan’s claims that Putin himself ordered to hack the U.S. election.


    Reading that piece it becomes clear (but is never said) that the sole source for that August 2016 Brennan claim of “Russian hacking” is the absurd Steele dossier some ex-MI6 dude created for too much money as opposition research against Trump. The only other “evidence” for “Russian hacking” is the Crowdstrike report on the DNC “hack”. Crowdstrike has a Ukrainian nationalist agenda, was hired by the DNC, had to retract other “Russian hacking” claims and no one else was allowed to take a look at the DNC servers. Said differently: The whole “Russian hacking” claims are solely based on “evidence” of two fake reports.

    Democrats tell party leaders: Stop talking about Russia. No one is interested in that bullshit. Get back to basic issues.

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    James Comey is a poisonous snake of the highest order… a deep-water Swamp Denizen who has been highly paid to deliberately provide cover for high-level corruption by the Clintons and Obama. He is has been central to trying to destroy the Trump campaign and then the Trump administration from the start. He is as dirty as they come in DC. He had highest-level cover (the FBI no less) and was deep into an effort to eliminate Trump. Trump had to move hard, fast, and at exactly the right time to cut the head off the snake without getting bitten by the snake or being finished by the other swamp denizens.

    Begin by noticing how the President fired Comey when Comey was 3,000 miles away from his office, that Comey had no inkling he was being cut, that all his files, computers, and everything in his office were seized by his boss Sessions and the justice department. This was not a violation of protocol, it was tactical. Notice how Prez Trump compartmentalized the strike and did not inform any of his White House “staff” to prevent leaks.

    Notice how he emasculated Comey and the swamp denizens by letting them know in a tweet that the Attorney General got information (surveillance “tapes” from the seizure of Comey’s office) to let Comey and his handlers know that Trump’s DOJ has the goods on them. This was a brilliant, strategic and totally imperative move at exactly the right time against horrible, evil and corrupt powers infesting our government.

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    Archaeologists excavating a site in Harlaa in Eastern Ethiopia have found evidence of a mythical “city of giants” which was a thriving center of commerce between the 10th and 15th centuries. Throughout modern history, residents of nearby areas believed the city might have been built and inhabited by giants due to the impossibly large size of the stone blocks which made up city walls and buildings. Researchers have found evidence that the city had well-established trade with Egypt, India and China, which could rewrite much of what we know of ancient Ethiopian history.

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    Today, ‘bastard’ is used as an insult, or to describe children born to non-marital unions. Being born to unmarried parents is largely free of the kind of stigma and legal incapacities once attached to it in Western cultures, but it still has echoes of shame and sin. The disparagement of children born outside of marriage is often presumed to be a legacy of medieval Christian Europe, with its emphasis on compliance with Catholic marriage law.

    Yet prior to the 13th century, legitimate marriage or its absence was not the key factor in determining quality of birth. Instead, what mattered was the social status of the parents – of the mother as well as of the father. Being born to the right parents, regardless of whether they were married according to the strictures of the church, made a child seem more worthy of inheriting parents’ lands, properties and titles.

    Consider, for example, the case of William the Bastard, more commonly known as William the Conqueror. Born to Robert, Duke of Normandy and Herleva, a woman clearly not his wife, William was nevertheless recognised by his father as his heir. Despite his youth and questionable birth, William managed to conquer and rule first Normandy and then England, and to pass his kingdom and titles on to his children.

    Why then was William called ‘the Bastard’? Writing about William in the 12th century, the chronicler Orderic Vitalis called him ‘nothus’, an Ancient Greek term used to indicate birth to anything other than two Athenian citizens. What might Orderic have meant by this? The only elaboration he offered suggests a concern not with William’s mother’s marital status but rather with his maternal lineage. During William’s siege of Alençon in the 1050s, as Orderic wrote, the people gathered on the battlements taunted William not because his father hadn’t married his mother, but over his mother Herleva’s paternity, as the daughter of either a tanner or an undertaker. In other words, they objected not to his birth out of wedlock, but to his mother’s poor lineage. That sense of what made a birth illegitimate, what made a child a ‘bastard’, matches the definition of nothus often found in early medieval sources. As one late-11th-century chronicler declared, the French called William ‘bastard’ because of his mixed parentage: he bore both noble and ignoble blood, ‘obliquo sanguine’.

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    Sukhoi PAK FA T-50 stealth takeoff airshow 2017

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    A Democratic Party-aligned opposition research firm is stonewalling Congressional investigators who are trying to ascertain exactly who financed the now-debunked “Russia dossier” – remember? The one that claimed germaphobe Trump enjoyed getting urinated on by Russian hookers?

    The New York Post’s Paul Sperry is out with another report about Fusion GPS, a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.” But congressional sources say it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda.”

    Fusion has refused to answer Senate investigators’ questions or provide records of communications that might help the panel identify who financed the error-ridden dossier. Now, because of the firm’s intransigence, it looks like the investigators might soon make good on their threats.

    Could this be the thread that finally unravels the Trump investigation? We think so. Stay tuned for more information once the inevitable subpoena is served…

    ‘BOOM, bitchez !’ This is starting to get good…. 🙂

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    @73 ts, ‘many here probably accept Lenin’s admonition against permitting small businesses from being formed because they may grow into capitalist monopolies’

    as someone pretty ignorant of lenin and lenin’s dictums i imagine he must have had some reasonable ones … he must have done something right? or was he just a thug? just ‘who’ was going to prevent small businesses’ being formed? the dictator of the proletariat, i suppose?

    i think the problem with ‘socialism’ was/is the jacobins who run it.

    The term “Jacobin” has ended up by taking on two meanings : there is the literal meaning, characterised historically, of a particular party in the French Revolution, which conceived of the development of French life in a particular way, with a particular programme, on the basis of particular social forces ; and there are also the particular methods of party and government activity which they displayed, characterised by extreme energy, decisiveness and resolution, dependent on a fanatical belief in the virtue of that programme and those methods. In political language the two aspects of Jacobinism were split, and the term “Jacobin” came to be used for a politician who was energetic, resolute and fanatical, because fanatically convinced of the thaumaturgical virtues of his ideas, whatever they might be.
    — antonio gramsci, selections from the prison notebooks, chapter 3, notes on italian history p. 66

    i’m certainly no authority on communist thought, but my conception of jacobins seems shared by gramsci. i know ‘many here’ are of an age … like country joe mcdonald … to ‘remember’ the ‘good ole days’ … but many of us have reflected on them since then, i imagine. no longer are we so convinced of the thaumaturgical virtues of our ideas. these days its the wahabists who are convinced of the thaumaturgical virtues of their ideas. they too have their ‘platform’ to globalize, not wholly different than what uber was working. beware the folks with the ‘platforms’ … fanatically convinced of the thaumaturgical virtues of their ideas … no matter what it is they seem to be selling.

    Posted by: jfl | Jun 26, 2017 10:34:26 PM | 79

    Well, this didn’t take long. A day after the Seymour Hersh article is published in Germany, here we go:

    “”The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children,” Spicer said in the statement. “The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.

    “As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” he continued. “If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

    Posted by: daffyDuct | Jun 26, 2017 10:50:15 PM | 81

    Bezos/CIA/WaPo preparing the ground for yet another false flag….

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    Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative.

    “I mean, it’s mostly bullshit right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”

    He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings:

    “It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss… All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business.”
    According to the CNN Producer, business is booming. “Trump is good for business right now,” he concluded.

    Bonifield further goes on to explain that the instructions come straight from the top, citing the CEO, Jeff Zucker:

    “Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia.”

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    The pushback against Sy Hersh’s latest piece of genuine investigative journalism in which he exposes the lie that the Government of Syria hit Khan Sheikyoun with a sarin gas attack on 4 April 2017 is based on ignorance and misinformation. The leader of this effort is Eliot Higgins, who blogs under the handle, Bellingcat. Who is Eliot Higgins? According to Wikipedia:

    This is all about propaganda and media manipulation. You will spot two individuals dressed up in some form of bizarre MOPP gear (they are fully covered). But that is not the case for everyone else running around, especially the knuckle heads carrying the supposed samples of deadly sarin. A simple surgical mask provides absolutely no protection whatsoever against SARIN. This is absurdity worthy of Monty Python.

    Yet people like Vinay Gupta and George Monbiot fall for it every time and spread it further….

    Stuart philipat Jun 26, 2017 11:41 PM
    and those neocon bastards are at it again tonight, issuing another false flag warning…

  35. ulvfugl says:

    Reminder. Why has nothing yet been done about this in the UK ?

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    Here’s how it works:

    Let’s say a bank takes in $1 billion in deposits.

    Naturally the bank doesn’t just keep $1 billion in cash sitting in its vault. They invest the money. They make loans. They buy assets.

    So the bank’s balance sheet shows $1 billion worth of assets, and $1 billion worth of deposits that they owe to their customers.

    But sometimes banks screw up when they invest their customers’ funds. Loans go bad. Borrowers default.

    For example, if a bank invested $200 million in Greek government bonds, and then the government of Greece defaults, the bank would only have $800 million in assets remaining.

    But they’d still owe their depositors the full $1 billion.

    How can a bank with only $800 million in assets possibly honor the $1 billion worth of deposits they owe to their customers?

    They can’t. And there’s a word for this: insolvency.

    This is the problem with so many banks across Italy (and many other countries around the world). They owe their depositors more than their assets are worth.

    Again, the taxpayers are ultimately on the hook from this weekend’s bailouts, along with some subordinated bondholders who got wiped out.

    DistortedPictures Jun 27, 2017 2:31 AM

    The above link is courtesy of (((Bloomberg))). Pier Carlo Padoan is a talking turd. This bailout, which he refuses to call it, will cost about €300 per person. The next time an Italian complains about immigrants, they need to look at the real crooks. The real crooks wear suits and ties and smiles.

    Same as in the USA.

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    In June 2014, the Greek Coast Guard uncovered and seized 986 kilograms of heroin stashed in a warehouse in a suburb of Athens, and another 1,133 kilograms in two other locations, claiming that the more than two tons of drugs — valued at $30 million — had been smuggled on a tanker, the “Noor 1,” from the “territorial waters between Oman and Pakistan.”

    As was reported by Gatestone last December, the heroin, which was to be distributed throughout Europe — in addition to 18 tons of oil also smuggled on the Noor 1 — originated in Iran. Two years later, in August 2016, a criminal court in Piraeus sentenced five of the defendants, two Greeks and three foreign nationals, to life imprisonment. Among these was the (now former) owner of the Noor 1, Efthimios (Makis) Yiannousakis.

    The Noor 1 case, and particularly Yiannousakis’s role in it, has hit the headlines again, due to a leaked recording of a telephone conversation he had with Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos. In the conversation, Kammenos allegedly asked Yiannousakis to turn state witness against a certain businessman connected to the heroin smuggling, in exchange for amnesty.

  41. ulvfugl says:

    The White House claim is of course nonsense and not supported by any evidence or logic at all. No one but the White House, not the State Department nor the Defense Department, seems to be informed about this (though that could be a ruse):

    Five US defense officials said they did not know where the potential chemical attack would come from and were unaware the White House was planning a statement.
    The lunatic U.S. ambassador to the UN jumped in to make it clear that it does not matter who commits whatever crime in Syria, Takfiris, the U.S. or Israel, it will be the Syrian, Russian and Iranian governments who will held guilty of it:

    Nikki Haley‏ @nikkihaley – 2:36 AM – 27 Jun 2017
    Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.
    A U.S. bomb attack on an Islamic State used building in Mayadin, Syria, just killed 57 prisoners of the Islamic State. Will Nikki Halley hold the Syrian government responsible for this?

    Take note of Trump’s schedule today:

    Laura Rozen‏ @lrozen 8:56 AM – 27 Jun 2017
    Trump has call with France’s Macron first thing this morning, before intel brief. Then meeting w Nat. Sec. adviser McMaster
    Intense U.S. military reconnaissances takes place along the Syrian coast.

    The UK Defense Minister just announced that his government is “in full agreement” with any U.S. “retaliation” for a chemical attack in Syria.

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis announced that the U.S. will continue to arm its Kurdish proxies in Syria even after ISIS is defeated.

    During the last three days Al-Qaeda attacks on Syrian army position near the Israeli occupied Golan heights were supported by Israeli air attacks.

    This all is clearly a coordinated operation by the “western” supporters of the Takfiris in Syria. Their aim is to prevent the victory of Syria and its allies. The U.S. wants to split up the country.

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    The F-35A Strike Fighter carries no more than four air-to-air missiles in its internal bays. Less if it has to add air-to-ground weapons to that mix.
    While the Lightning II can carry a much more extensive payload — including air-to-air missiles — under its wings, it does so at a significant cost.
    It loses its stealth ability.
    Without that ability to hide in the skies, its relatively poorer manoeuvrability, acceleration and speed puts it at a disadvantage to most modern Russian and Chinese fighter aircraft designs.

    Which is why the F-35’s concept relies upon all air-to-air combat being conducted ‘beyond visual range’, where it is not required to manoeuvre. But long-range missile attacks are generally regarded as having less chance of success than those at close range.
    RELATED: Quantum radar strips F-35 of its stealth
    And the F-35’s less than outstanding manoeuvrability also means it has less ability to ‘dodge’ in the final moments of an attacking missile’s approach.

    A 2008 study by the RAND Corporation showed that, even assuming a 50 per cent offensive missile success rate and a 100 per cent successful defensive missile evasion rate, F-35 Strike Fighters would run out of missiles long before they ran out of targets.
    F-35 proponents argued this warning was not relevant, as missile success rates were close to 100 per cent. Given Sunday’s performance, perhaps they were being optimistic.

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