Santa, Satan, Stefan Molyneux, Miscellaneous New Year Musings





On the Origins of the Alphabet by Brian R. Pellar San Diego, California

Twenty-two foundation letters: He placed them in a circle…. He directed them with the twelve constellations. — Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Creation)


On the Origins of the Alphabet: New Evidence by Brian R. Pellar Boston, Massachusetts

I immediately showed my discovery to my father (who had a great interest in both fonts and astronomy), and I distinctly remember his being pleasantly surprised by what I had found and then saying, “That’s great, now solve the rest.” And so I did, with the fruits of that labor seen in my “On the Origins of the Alphabet”


There has been much speculation as to the date at which the first constellations were created. It is generally assumed that the constellations adopted by Western civilization were first created and recorded by ancient Mesopotamian observers , with some aspects possibly being derived from Egyptian sources


The Foundation of Myth: A Unified Theory of the Link Between Seasonal/Celestial Cycles, the Precession, Theology, and the Alphabet/Zodiac

Part II by Brian R. Pellar

From its possible rudiments in the upper Paleolithic caves of France, to its roots in Neolithic Catalhoyuk, to its complex later stages in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Rome — here is Part Two of this great story.  


The Broad Shoulders of Giants

The title of the book is an ode to the great body of work compiled by alternative Egyptologist John Anthony West. West’s book, The Serpent in the Sky, is also in many ways a continuation of the highly under-valued yet significant research of French Egyptologist R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, who discovered the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, to be a life-sized walkthrough of the biomechanics of the human anatomy. The monumental structure that is the Temple of Karnak was subsequently and aptly dubbed by de Lubicz, The Temple in Man.ii The Spirit in the Sky draws on the insight of de Lubicz and West, by seeking to unite outer space with inner space, science with religion, and more importantly, humankind.


Since the writing of this article, two pronouncements from within the academic realm that are relevant to what is written by the author here have been made. First, the official death of ‘Clovis First’ and the ascent of the maritime ‘Kelp Highway’ model for the peopling of the Americas marks mainstream recognition of the maritime capabilities of Palaeolithic peoples. Second, the replacement of the single ‘Out of Africa’ model of human evolution with the multiple migratory model has shifted the scope of academic enquiry into human origins from Africa to Australasia and Southeast Asia. Mainstream academia now officially recognises hominin migrations as complex webs of interbreeding and genetic introgression, with the initial migration of humans occurring—if Out of Africaapproximately 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. These findings are highly significant to our understanding of human origins, and augment the mapping of history with lore in this article in ways on which the reader is invited to ‘comment’ below.

A Door to the Past

Nuances arising out of contemporary research of the human genome begin to sound esoteric. Archives of ancient DNA teased out of fossils have revealed unknown subpopulations or “ghost tribes” of ancient human groups, species long vanished from the face of the Earth but who continue to unfold in us, their modern human descendants.[1] The discovery of substantial remnants of Denisovan DNA within Melanesian, indigenous Australian peoples, in addition to a more elusive dash detected within Native American populations, has contributed new initiatives to the sat nav of genetic migration and to a possible cultural memory following those same trails.[2]

Located in the winding river Anui Valley of the Altai range of Siberia, the Denisova Cave and its larger archaeological park borders a disputed territory between the highland steppe of Soloneshensky district and the more mountainous Altai Krai to the southeast. Set within this timeless land of waterfalls, bosky hills, grottos and mineshafts, Denisova Cave has yielded a treasury of stunning palaeoanthropological finds, in addition to a new species of human set to cause a scientific tsunami.

Known to indigenous peoples as Bear’s Rock (Ayu-Tash) after a shaman whose spirit animal was a particularly wrathful bear, Denisova Cave was renamed after an 18thcentury Christian mystic called Dionisiy/Denis, who took refuge there. Over the course of 2008–2016, an ornamental crystal bracelet, a marble ring, and a bone sewing needle radiocarbondated to 40,000 to 50,000 years old, were found in the cave.[3] The bracelet is set to be re-dated to a stupendous 60-70,000 years before present, which for finely crafted human jewellery (rather than weapons and tools) outreaches times deemed catalysts in the emergence of the modern mind by decamillennia.[4] Small hinges open big doors. In 2008, a fragment of a finger-bone of a juvenile female who lived approximately 41,000 years ago was excavated there.[5] The DNA extracted from this fossil belonged to an unknown human species, dubbed “X-woman”.

The fact that these stars are known as the Seven Sisters by natives of Siberia, North America and Australia cannot be considered an extraordinary coincidence. This exact designation, for example, is not consistent with the cultures of other times and places who personified this star group in very different ways. The gendering and numbering of the star cluster as seven women by these disparate peoples can be explained by there being a system of astronomical knowledge existent before the peopling of Australia and America. This correlation was noted by the Russian palaeohistorian Boris A. Frolov decades before the Denisovans were coined and discovered, and before the evidence that revises the peopling of these continents was published:

…mention of the American Indians’ observations of the Pleiades, which they called the Seven Sisters, involves an interesting question, for exactly the same name was traditionally used for the Pleiades by the aborigines of both Australia and Siberia, and a similar image of the Pleiades is found in the mythology of ancient Greece. While it seems quite impossible to see in this fact a mere coincidence, there is room for only one supposition: observation of the Pleiades and their denotation by the image of seven sisters pre-dated the populating of America and Australia. In other words, these observations and ideas must have been formed and transmitted by nonliterate Paleolithic hunters.[16]

Frolov’s proposal—that these stars were interpreted as seven sisters by the aborigines of diverse regions, implying that this identity pre-existed the peopling of North America and Australia—was not challenged by the scientific community. This is surprising, given that when Frolov articulated his observation over thirty-five years ago, the notion of a shared description of a star cluster—one that had originated with Palaeolithic inhabitants of Siberia before its dispersal across distanced lands—would have been rejected. The dominant conception of that time held that hunter-gatherers before 10,000 years ago were a brutish, “primitive” lot outcast from influencing the rise of civilisation. The only astronomical inclination that model would have allowed would have been a wild howling at the moon. Though such views are incompatible with the picture painted by new findings today, they linger in cultural lags of knowledge idols and institutionalised dogma for quite some time.

The most popular image of the Pleiades, scientifically designated M45, is of the seven daughters of Atlas being pursued across the heavens by the galactic hunter Orion. Importantly, however, and as previously mentioned, not all peoples of diverse times and places identified this cluster as seven sisters, or as women at all. The Pleiades has otherwise been conceptualised as a sieve/net (Baltic); a spider web (Anishinaabe); jewels/camels (Arabia); a marketplace (Aztec); snakes/bovines (ancient Egypt); a granary (Peru); and a rattlesnake tail (Maya), and more. Since the Seven Sisters’ identification as seven women is very gender and number specific, Frolov’s anomaly is noteworthy—and in light of the genetic trails of Denisovan migration, even more so.

Reconstructing an “original” Siberian tale of the Seven Sisters is fraught with difficulty for obvious reasons, given the enormous 65,000-year window of millennia, and the episodic movement of people across the Eurasian Steppe over this period. Notably, however, the Pleiades is depicted differently in Western Siberian areas, but remains identified as seven sisters in the Amur River area east of Lake Baikal,[17] and more significantly, by the Palaeo-Asiatic people who inhabit the extreme northeast of the Arctic Ocean’s Bering region, the former gateway to North America. Here, Orion has been a humpbacked hunter since his jealous wife (the Leo constellation) struck him for paying attention to the Pleiades women.[18] Though the specific, domestic violence detail of this Arctic version meets no known parallel in North America or Australia, it identifies Orion as a hunter and the Pleiades as women. This, along with other ethnographic examples, situates the Pleiades in a former Palaeolithic space narrative of a Cosmic Hunt in which Venus, Orion and Ursa Major feature pivotally as co–star groups,[19] fragments of which continue to play out in Siberia, North America and Australia today.



Berger had long tried blogging to popularise science, and teamed up with John Hawkes to build up a following. Earlier, Australopithicus (Southern Ape Man) Sediba was on the cover of Science three times, and the lay public took an interest.

Then Berger hit the paleo jackpot at Rising Star cave system near Greensleeves. The cave had been known to the local club for 50 years, but had not attracted hominid fossil specialists. Here are many fossil skeletons, often complete, not just teeth and fragments as before.

For the first time, the number of fossil skeletons outnumbered the scientists studying them. There used to be a 1% chance of finding something, like the tooth that Berger found in the West Rand Cradle two weeks after arriving in South Africa 26 years ago. The second tooth he had called “scientific gold that I could build a career on”. But finds and funding dried up. Berger doggedly mapped his finds by GPS and against Google Earth. He discovered that the early data were wrong, and the new data led him to fossil caves.

“At Malapa, it took my young son only 90 seconds to find the first piece of fossil.” The odds improved. Then they hit the fossil ‘lottery’ in Rising Star caves.

Did Homo Naledi meet early modern humans, of whom known records start about BC 100 000, at Klasies River, Border Cave, and elsewhere in Africa? Some critics think people ate ape and monkey brains, and threw the bones down erosion traps, from where a flood or two washed the light bones down, over a gravel trap, to the deepest part of a cave where no large animals ever went (see critic’s warnings against popular evolutionary assumptions below).


Thanks to Ghostwheel for stimulating comment in previous essay.

Let’s see if my battered being can produce something that resembles a coherent, even vaguely relevant, line of thinking. 🙂

It’s a struggle, I admit, but this is what I do, so I’ll press on as best I can, fwiw.

My suspicion is that Stefan Molyneux is exhausted after his massive Christmas parade of interviews, most of which I have not watched. More generally, I do not agree with his emphasis on reason and logic, what he calls the art of the argument.

Not to say that I am AGAINST reason and logic, but that life, the world, the universe, is extremely weird and complex, and I’m far more amenable toward Jordan Peterson’s position, which is imo coherent and logical, but which also takes into account (mostly via Freud/Jung) that much of human behaviour is driven by unconscious forces which we barely comprehend at all.

If it where possible to predict any given person’s behaviour and reactions toward any given situation, then economics would be an exact and precise science. But humans are weird. They do all kinds of crazy things for all kinds of crazy reasons that make no logical sense. Much less like the mechanics of billiard balls, much more like herding cats.

On the whole, human beings do NOT think and behave rationally and logically. We are animals, of a peculiar and special kind, and motivated by a huge range of impulses and inhibitions, and even the wisest and most learned scarcely have a clue as to what really drives them at deeper levels.

Which is good, at least in some ways, because otherwise we’d be no different to motor cars. Merely machines. Sadly, many humans lack or lose that special quality, which might be called a soul or spark of divinity, and are then little different to automata.

You know, every day I’m zooming in here, focussing on the gossip and twittering of the millions of humans, it’s a constant firehose of reactions and commentary, as in ancient Greece, the concerns of the masses in the marketplace. One day the major topic might be the price and scarcity of eggs and the weather, the next day it’s about a sex scandal or whether to go to war with a neighbouring tribe. It never stops.

I’m old and ill and much closer to the end of my life than to the beginning. I’m mostly just observing. I don’t have hopes that anything much can be changed for the better. I think that if you zoom out and get a broader perspective, an historical overview, looks to me that humans are much like the social insects. Ants, bees, termites, etc.

Partly why I like Jordan Peterson. He noted that we share some neurological circuitry and neurochemistry with lobsters, dating back 600 million years or something like that.

Of course, there are zillions of humans who have never understood or even heard of biological evolution, and some educated ones who don’t accept it (Jay Dyer ?) but imho it’s the best explanation for the evidence that we observe, although of course, not complete, and much remains to be understood and clarified.

Which is why I like Jordan Peterson so much, because he has explained how supposedly ‘non scientific’ material, like myths, and religious beliefs and experiences, can be understood through a psycho-analytic lens and thus hooked up to our biological heritage. Thus the gap between art, myths, religion, politics and physics, chemistry, biology, can be bridged.

There are honey bees that live in the roof of this house. Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for them, there’s no way for me to get at their honey without doing a lot of demolition, which would then have to be repaired.

They are mostly no problem to me, so it’s ‘live and let live’, but once or twice every year they get into a frenzy and for a few hours the air all around the house is full of them, making a strikingly loud noise.

This is what’s called swarming, when a new queen decides to leave the hive to seek a fresh site for a colony somewhere.

Amongst the almost countless species of insects there are many variations on this theme. The zoologist E.O. Wilson has studied the social insects and written some good books. Pretty much every kind of behaviour that can be observed in humans, can also be seen in the social insects. They have stratified soceities with division of labour, they grow crops, they have soldiers and guards, they go to war and take slaves, and so on.

So, one way, although obviously not the only way, to understand our human behaviour, is to zoom out and take a sort of God’s Eye perspective, and then we see that many, many human soceities go through some kind of revolutionary spasm, where dissatisfaction with the status quo overwhelms restraints.

Imo, one of the great triumphs of democracy, following ancient Greek ideas, was to develop social systems which could continually adjust, so that the pressure for explosive revolution was constantly dissipated.


I consider that was good, because, generally, revolutionary upheavals are ghastly. The streets fill with bloody corpses and many innocent people suffer terribly. It appears that it is much easier to open the gates of Chaos, of Hell, than it is to build a Heaven upon Earth, so to speak.

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311 Responses to Santa, Satan, Stefan Molyneux, Miscellaneous New Year Musings

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    The Met Office has announced severe weather warnings for gale winds for much of the country from Tuesday
    Forecasters are refusing to rule out the possibility of announcing the arrival of both Storms Eleanor and Fionn
    Tomorrow’s stormy conditions will herald start of wet and wild week, with first snow of the year also expected
    Outlook for week is bleak for almost all Britons, with rain and wind expected in nearly every corner of the UK

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    (“Psychosurgery” means any procedure that, by direct or indirect access to the brain, removes, destroys or interrupts the continuity of histologically normal brain tissue, or which inserts indwelling electrodes for pulsed electrical stimulation for the purpose of altering behaviour or treating psychiatric illness, but does not include neurological procedures used to diagnose or treat organic brain conditions or to diagnose or treat intractable physical pain or epilepsy where these conditions are clearly demonstrable……Mental Health Act, Ontario Mental Health Statutes)

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    This situation in the streets looks to me to be a bigger revolt than that 0f 2009.
    The key question in this uprising is the extent to which the IRGC and the police remain loyal to the Supreme Guide and willing to suppress the masses by all means necessary.
    As has been said a lot now the US should be careful not to make empty implied promises of support to the resistors as we did in Hungary in 1956 and in Iraq in 1991. Approving messaging in the media is one thing but any fanciful ideas that involve supply of weaponry or organizer/advisers should not be given a moments thought
    This is an Iranian moment, a moment in which the Iranian people and their sons in the military and police should show what they are made of. pl

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    Over 1,000 pieces of artefacts including the remains of 250 people have been discovered at a pre-Islamic mass burial site in the Musandam governorate of Oman.

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    Maen Llia Standing Stone is an elegant and imposing standing stone which is impressively situated in a remote position at the top of the Llia valley, along which it points directly north to south.

    It is a massive slab of a stone 3.8 metres in height, 2.8 metres across but only 0.9 metres thick and dominates the scenery in the austere moorland of Fforest Fawr.

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    THOUSANDS of years ago it would have stood proud on the horizon, a striking monument which could be seen for miles. The circular monument lay hidden for centuries under farmland, its existence only hinted at in crop marks, spotted in aerial surveys.

    Read more at:

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    Understanding the native myths of Britain


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    Storm Eleanor is set to hit parts of the UK with gale force gusts of up to 80mph during a spell of wild, wet and windy weather.

    The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the whole of Wales as the fifth named storm of the season is ready to sweep in from the Atlantic.

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    Jordan Peterson offers some thoughts on psychedelics in the questions at the end.

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    But the cold snap that ushered in the new year has only worsened, with temperatures dropping 15 to 25 degrees below average in vast areas of the US, breaking century-old records. The cold front has sent temperatures below freezing in more than 92% of the Continental US, according to RT.

    Because of this, citizens and authorities are taking unusual measures to stay warm and to keep facilities running.

    For example, the water tower in an Evansdale suburb in Iowa froze when temperatures fell to minus 20 degrees. Mayor Doug Faas is considering sending in thermal suited divers to help break up the ice. The tower stores water for the town’s needs. Faas told the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier that an ice cap which has formed inside the tower is making it impossible for the water to circulate in or out, and the city is exploring all options to find a solution.

    Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued wind chill advisories and freeze warnings as temperatures plunged to a record low of 15 to 25 degrees for a vast area from South Texas to Canada, and from Montana through New England because of a high cold pressure front.

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    Altogether only a few thousand people, overwhelmingly male youth, seem to be involved. Thousands protest in Israel each week against the corruption of Prime Minister Netanyahoo. On New-Years-Eve more than 1,000 cars in France were set alight by arsonists. None of this is front page news but a few dozen riots in Iran get elevated to a “revolution”.

    The total death toll of the “peaceful protests” is now some 21 of which (by my count) at least five were policemen killed in attacks by “protesters” and two unrelated civilians who were run over and killed by rioters driving a stolen firetruck. Six rioters were killed when they tried to attack a police station in the town of Qahderijan. The governor there claimed that the attackers were armed with guns.

    The same faking of pictures of large demonstrations and “evidence” of government brutality that we have seen with regard to the war on Syria is taking place with Iran. Videos of demonstrations from Argentine and Bahrain are used to claim large demonstrations in Iran. A tweet with the Bahrain video by a “journalist” who claimed it was in Iran has received more than 17,000 re-tweets. Videos from Spain or even movie scenes are purported to show police violence in Iran. A video of a man lying on his back and being cared for is once claimed to show that he has been shot by police while at the same time another propagandists claims that the man had a cardiac arrest after police used a taser on him. There are no signs of wounds or other trauma. The dude probably just passed out.

    The terrorist group MEK (NCRI, MKO) “leaked” fake protocols of an alleged government meeting which it claims shows panic over the protests. Allegedly the government fears the leader of the MEK, Marjam Rajavi. The MEK has paid large sums to get support from politicians, including John McCain in Washington and elsewhere. During the Iraq-Iran war it fought against Iran on the side of Iraq. After the U.S. invaded Iraq the MEK was held in special camps under U.S. control. According to a 2012 Seymour Hersh report the U.S. military trained MEK fighters in the U.S. in sabotage and insurgency technics. These people are deeply hated in Iran but feared they are not. Their early engagement in the “protests” via their website and propaganda ops in Iran may point to deeper role in the riots.

    The usual neoconservatives in the U.S. media are arguing for “more help” for the “Iranian people”. The help the want to offer is designed to worsen their economic situation.

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    An 1,800-year-old temple in northern England that is dedicated to the god Mithras was built to align with the rising sun on Dec. 25, a physics professor has found.

    The temple is located beside a Roman fort in Carrawburgh, near Hadrian’s Wall, which served as the most northerly frontier to the Roman Empire, beginning around A.D. 122.

    Some modern-day scholars believe that the Romans celebrated Mithras’ birthday on Dec. 25 — the same day eventually chosen by Christians to celebrate the birth of Christ. (Scholars don’t really think Jesus was born on that day.)

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    In December 1974, CIA Director William Colby fired Angleton after the New York Times revealed the then-unknown counterintelligence chief had overseen a massive program to spy on Americans involved in anti-war and black nationalist movements, a violation of the CIA’s charter. Coming four months after the resignation of Richard Nixon, Angleton’s fall was the denouement of the Watergate scandal, propelling Congress to probe the CIA for the first time. A Senate investigation, headed by Sen. Frank Church, exposed a series of other abuses: assassination conspiracies, unauthorized mail opening, collaboration with human rights abusers, infiltration of news organizations, and the MKULTRA mind-control experiments to develop drugs for use in espionage.

    The exposure of Angleton’s operations set off a political avalanche that engulfed the agency in 1975 and after.

    When Cram took the assignment, he thought his history of the Counterintelligence Staff would take a year to write. It took six. By 1984, Cram had produced 12 legal-sized volumes about Angleton’s reign as a spymaster, each running 300 to 400 pages — a veritable encyclopedia of U.S. counterintelligence that has never before been made public. With professional thoroughness, Cram plumbed the depths of a deep state archive and returned with a story of madness that the CIA prefers to keep hidden, even 40 years later.

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    These fantastical pictographs have long defied easy interpretation, and many archaeologists have resisted speculating about their meaning at all. Some believe the often bizarre images were made by shamans to recreate hallucinogenic visions they experienced while under the influence of stimulants.

    In recent years, Texas State University archaeologist Carolyn Boyd, a former professional artist, has proposed that they represent something much more complex. She has put forth the theory that the pictographs at White Shaman, and perhaps other Pecos River Style paintings, record the beliefs of ancient peoples whose descendants still live in Mexico today. What’s more, Boyd is convinced that by using scientific and ethnographic methods, we can begin to understand these narratives. “These are painted texts,” says Boyd. “I think we can read them, just as the people who created them must have read them.”

    White Shaman Mural Boyd(Jerod Roberts)Texas State University archaeologist Carolyn Boyd examines details of the painting at White Shaman rock shelter in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. Originally an artist, Boyd was inspired to become an archaeologist by her exposure to the region’s rock art.Boyd first visited White Shaman in 1989. At the time, she was making a living as a muralist, executing large paintings on commission. When she saw the figures there, she felt a shock of recognition. “I instantly knew that it was a mural,” she recalls. Some scholars believe the painting was created over an extended period of time, with multiple people painting unrelated figures. But Boyd felt that couldn’t be right. “I could tell at once that it had been planned and conceived as a single composition,” says Boyd. “And because I was a muralist, I knew the skill it took to produce something like this, and to do it so beautifully. I was awed.”

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    North America is in the grip of a record-setting cold spell that’s set to culminate with the arrival of a “bomb cyclone” along the eastern seaboard late Thursday. The cold front has delivered temperatures that haven’t been seen in decades.

    Already, stories about the epic cold snap have proliferated online. As we pointed out yesterday, a group of good Samaritans helped rescue a dozen elk that had crashed trough a thin patch of river ice and were in danger of freezing to death, or drowning. At the time, temperatures were below freezing across a staggering 92% of the US, with temperatures more than 20 degrees lower than their seasonal averages for this time of year.

    Winter Storm Grayson, a very large and powerful winter storm is threatening the East Coast of the United States with heavy snow, intense winds, and record-setting low temperatures. Winter storm watches and warnings have been issued for many coastal regions in north Florida to Maine from Wednesday into late Thursday.

    This week’s storm may end up being worse than your average nor’easter. That’s because meteorologists say it could produce a “bomb cyclone,” otherwise known as a bombogenesis, a phenomenon that occurs when a system’s central pressure drops steeply – by 24 millibars or more – in 24 hours.

    Crikey ! Not every day that I learn a new word… a BOMBOGENESIS!

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    This French – Iranian phone call must have been awkward and there are different versions.

    On the sixth day of protests that have cost 21 lives, according to official figures, Macron told Rouhani that he was worried about the number of victims and insisted that “fundamental liberties, especially freedom of expression and demonstration, must be respected”.
    He called on Rouhani to exercise “restraint and appeasement”.

    Iranian state television reported that Rouhani called on Macron to take action against the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), an exiled opposition group that is currently based in Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris.

    The Iranian government describes the organisation as a “terrorist group” and it was on the European Union’s terrorist list until 2009.

    Tehran claims that it has stirred up the current demonstrations on the orders of Saudi Arabia and “certain European countries”.

    French companies have increased trade with Iran since the lifting of sanctions over its nuclear programme, although US President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the deal.
    Posted by: somebody | Jan 3, 2018 7:45:02 AM | 90

    As expected this new so called revolution was faded out quick. US, Israel, Saudi and their lackeys Monarchist & MKO …. failed again.
    This was not the first nor the last violent attempt but they will fail every time against IRI.
    Posted by: Loyal | Jan 3, 2018 8:03:52 AM | 91

    Laguerre wrote: “As I understand it Rouhani tried to cut subsidies or convert subsidies to charity for the poor. That would endanger the subsistence of a lot of people and be reason enough to demonstrate. It is also the type of neoliberal remedy investors love.”

    I agree. Most of the commentators here are not giving much weight to economic issues. And, I see no one referring to the leak of the budget by Rouhani, a leak that shows religious institutions getting fat while subsidies are being cut and youth unemployment is above 35%. It’s a certainty that Iran’s external enemies are trying to fan the flames, but the regime has created plenty of embers. Sure, check out the satellite photos of demos, but also take a look at the leaked budget.

    Posted by: dadooronron | Jan 3, 2018 8:22:26 AM | 92

    91 – They are pretty good. German radio at present describes today’s demonstration as “in support of the conservative clerical rule”. Judging from the photos above (88) they did not fall into this trap.

    Posted by: somebody | Jan 3, 2018 8:22:33 AM | 93

    Posted by: dadooronron | Jan 3, 2018 8:22:26 AM | 92

    I think we got the plot of this tragicomedy now.

    1. Rouhani publishes the budget to highlight large unaccounted spending on the religious institutions of his opponents.

    2. His opponents fight back by highlighting the cut of subsidies and handouts making the poor depend on charity.

    3. Iranians get upsite sharing their discontent via Telegram messenger.

    4. Telegram’s Dubai developers hand the data over to a secret service center used for coordinating the enemies of Iran. The latest highly sophisticated software used to evaluate the mood of populations declares the situation to be revolutionary. Population centers where most dissatisfaction is registered are identified. For some reason these centers are in the provinces.

    5. Popular Iranian messenger channels inform people in the localities identified on simultaneous dates for demonstrations.

    6. MEK and Royalist networks activate their sleeper cells to be there.

    7. Somewhere in Tehran a counterinsurgency center with similar software to the one used in Dubai evaluates what is going on in the notoriously unsafe Telegram messenger. Iranian secret service cannot believe their luck – the enemy does a sting operation for them.

    5. The Iranian Islamic Department for Soft Warfare (IIDSW) begins to plan the look and feel of the final unity demonstrations.

    Posted by: somebody | Jan 3, 2018 10:43:45 AM | 94

    ArioBar(HAM)zan: “yes I do refer to the ” Gorooh Feshars ” and the Mesbah types as Shia ISIS, Not all of the Iranian Regime.’

    Iranian Regime? sounds like US’ UN Nikki Babe’ label for governments she/Israel doesn’t like . don’t you think so? IMO, Ziocan hasbra didn’t get far this time,
    Posted by: kooshy | Jan 3, 2018 10:45:00 AM | 95

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    LeaNder said in reply to blowback…
    Interested in his representation, blowback? It’s from the still ongoing 34. Chaos Communication Congress (34C3).

    Uncovering British spies’ web of sockpuppet social media personas, Mustafa Al-Bassam

    I found his personal background on matters interesting. Snowden apparently helped to understand, and motivated him to take a closer look. Which means the tools have changed. But studied they can be. And they are more and more.

    Strictly sockpuppets/bot, botwebs, social bots are around for much longer by now, they a standard marketing/PR tool. Thus it is no surprise they surfaced in the last US election to the extend of 20% of tweets. Was it? On both sides really. …

    He is a Lauri Love supporter. Obviously. Let’s see how the British High Court, EWHC, will decide.

    Reply 03 January 2018 at 02:29 AM
    Peter AU said…
    Trump admin verbal attacks on Iran, going back to Flynn and further. Domestic unrest in Iran? Seems more foreign backed/initiated (US admin) unrest after internal gripes have been identified.

    Reply 03 January 2018 at 04:18 AM
    kooshy said…
    FYI here is link (in Persian) to what Ayatollah Nuri Hamedani said regarding recent protest as reported on IRNA, it seems to be completely opposite on what you read.

    Reply 03 January 2018 at 06:56 AM
    English Outsider said in reply to b…

    “They vandalize public property and attack police stations and military posts to gain weapons – so far unsuccessful.”

    3rd comment from “Arioch” on the SST link below shows how this developed in the very different context of Syria.

    The border is porous but on the question of external interference Syrian style, if the present Iranian security services are anything like those of the Shah’s time would not such interference be difficult?

    Whatever the position on that it’s a pity Western politicians are welcoming these disturbances. I recollect reading some time ago that a women’s rights activist in Iran found life difficult, not so much because her work was resented in itself, but because everyone was worried in case she was part of an external destabilisation effort. Presumably by now every time there’s a protest in Iran half the country says “Colour revolution”, which must have an inhibiting effect on normal political development. Therefore it would be better if Western politicians did not magnify such fears by open jubilation every time there are signs of trouble.

    Reply 03 January 2018 at 07:41 AM
    Barbara Ann said…
    David P. Goldman has just done an excellent, detailed analysis of the multitude of Iran’s structural problems underlying the recent discontent. He includes:-

    – Failing/mismanaged water resources
    – War costs
    – Bankrupt pension & banking systems, the latter due to bad loans/assets
    – Huge demographic time bomb to go off before mid century
    – Estimate of real youth unemployment at 45%

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    ‘The sheer abundance of these miniature animal fossils means that we have only begun to scratch the surface of this overlooked resource, but it is already clear that this discovery will help to reshape our view of the non-shelly animals that crawled and swam among the early Cambrian seas more than half a billion years ago,’ says Sebastian Willman, researcher at the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University.

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    Late Tuesday, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Shawki Allam declared that digital currencies are “forbidden” by Islam and endorsed a ban on trading in Bitcoin.

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    Following Steve Bannon’s earlier remarks from a forthcoming book about “treasonous” meetings at Trump Tower, President Trump lashed out and denounced his former top strategist, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday, saying that he “lost his mind” after leaving the White House last summer.

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