28 April 2016

Ken Livingstone aka Red Ken - Brown Ken now?

It is nice to know that there are still people in Britain who know how to put that dreck where he belongs. Like the Labour MP John Mann just did in this clip:


No platform policy, equal rights, idiocy and students

Reading the news items about the unending stream of political and other shenanigans by the modern students, one has to pinch oneself every few minutes to make sure one is not dreaming himself into a lala land. That feeling of unreality is, probably, our defense mechanism when coping with stuff like this.

Just to make sure the innocent reader knows what it is about: "no platform policy", as defined by the students means that a person planning to make a speech at a students' gathering will be checked in advance and, in case the person's political and other beliefs clash with what the students' governing body believes in, such person will be not allowed to speak. Welcome to the new era of youngsters' freedom of speech.

And here is a timeless passage from one of the typical representatives of the above mentioned students' governing body.

Richard Brooks, NUS vice president union development, explained the union’s stance, saying: “There are six organisations on the NUS no platform list.

“This is very different to a safe space policy which is based on the idea that every single person has freedom of speech and everyone has equal right to freedom of speech, however some people have more equal rights than others.

“We’re making sure marginalised groups get their views heard.

“Both of those policies are democratically decided. They are not a part of a wider debate around censorship.

“I think everyone has freedom of speech but people’s platforms are different.”
To repeat for those who think they misread it:
...some people have more equal rights than others.
You are making history, Richard. Stalin would have been proud of you and Orwell is vigorously turning in his grave. Smile, ijit!

Richard smiles.

Update: the video recording of that dumbo:

27 April 2016

Grammer, made delightful by (the?) Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

I know, I know. It was done on purpose, to annoy the Grammar Nazis and to attract attention.

Now read this superb opus by one and only.

P.S. And since Nazis were mentioned, here comes a reference:

The 24th edition of Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (2002) says the word Nazi was favored in southern Germany (supposedly from c. 1924) among opponents of National Socialism because the nickname Nazi, Naczi (from the masc. proper name Ignatz, German form of Ignatius) was used colloquially to mean "a foolish person, clumsy or awkward person." Ignatz was a popular name in Catholic Austria, and according to one source in World War I Nazi was a generic name in the German Empire for the soldiers of Austria-Hungary.

Meet Jane

This is Jane.
Jane is a Japanese female of lesbian persuasion.
Jane is proud of who she is.
Jane will punch your face if you doubt her.
You too could be like Jane.
If you want.
Or anybody else, for that matter.
It is your decision.
Be like Jane. Or not, if you wish.

Inspired by this:

26 April 2016

Something about percentage

I am never get too excited when someone tries to prove his/her point by stressing how many other people support it. Too many dumb decisions and upheavals happened in history just because a majority was supportive of a very bad idea or, at least, indifferent to the outcome of one.

So it doesn't impress me much when I read this:

Survey by the Rafi Smith Polling Institute finds only 38% of the public believes Kfir Brigade Sgt. Elor Azaria should stand trial for shooting a neutralized terrorist in Hebron.
I hope that Bibi, who is usually so sensitive to the result of the latest poll(s), will let the justice run its course.

That will be all.

Israel to Europe: can we be of assistance?

Update: the post below was published first here on April 13, 2016. On April 26, ToI published a news item that is very (but very) relevant to the post.

An alleged boycott of Israeli technology may have prevented an airport security deal offered to France after the deadly Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attacks last January, and which could possibly have thwarted the subsequent Islamic State terror attacks in Paris in November and Belgium several months later.

According to an Israeli security source who spoke to Fox News on Monday, an Israeli security company offered terrorist-tracking software to the Directorate-General for Internal Security, France’s main intelligence agency — software that could have helped flag the deadly IS terror cell that perpetrated the attacks in Paris late last year and those in Belgium last month — but was rebuffed allegedly after an official made clear that Israeli technology could not be purchased.
Well, enjoy the rest of the story.

This epic dialog came to my attention from a Russian source. Blame the Russians.

Israel: Belgium, Europe, we are sorry to hear about your troubles, please accept our condolences. What do you plan to do now?
Europe: Most probably, we'll decide to strengthen our boycott on the merchandise produced by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Israel: We understand. Do you require assistance? Surveillance systems? Face recognition software? Geolocation? Search algorithms? We have all of it.
Europe: Yes, the face recognition software, it is exactly what we need, thanks!
Israel: Glad to be of help... although there might be a slight problem. The company what developed this software is located in Jerusalem, and, according to the official maps by UN, two booths of their men's restroom are in East Jerusalem. But it's not a big deal, is it? Might save some of your people...
Europe: Hmm... OK, we'll recognize the faces by ourselves somehow. How about some fresh carrots, carrots are good for your eyes and memory? Could you ship, say, 20 tonnes?
Israel: Sure. Only, while the carrot is grown in a kibbutz, it is packed in an industrial zone in Samaria...
Europe: All right, we'll manage without the carrots. How about the geolocation gizmo?
Israel: It was tested on Golan Heights.
Europe: The digital surveillance system?
Israel: The same...
Europe: The airport security installation?
Israel: The CEO's house is beyond the Green Line.
Europe: The non-conventional explosives detector?
Israel: The chief engineer's brother's spouse comes from Jordan Valley.
Europe: Then maybe the software support system for our security services?
Israel: We have a lot of it, every schoolchild will write one for you, but the problem is that all these school kids are usually taken for a visit to the old city of Jerusalem.
Europe: Maybe some exchange of experience in your dealing with terrorism?
Israel: Sure, but all of it is gained in our years of fight against Palestinian terror...
Europe: But you must have something normal, something legal that doesn't fall under our sanctions. Which sanctions are meant to defend human rights and to stop the occupation. Something that might help us to defeat the terror?
Israel: Yes, there is that flower shop in Tel Aviv, right near the beach. They produce artificial flowers too, so you can have a wreath there, to place on the scene of terror.
Europe: Fine, let's have it!
Israel: If you buy 20 wreaths, a discount of 15% applies.
Europe: OK, we'll need them.

25 April 2016

Lisa Goldman: stifled in NYT

The rather sad story of Lisa Goldman, the story about transformation of a pro-Israeli pupa with good reporter instincts into a full-fledged anti-Zionist butterfly, is of no special interest to me anymore. That the process included a thorough clean-up of her pre-transformation writings, like her On the Face blog, is rather telling, but alas...

What drew my attention to that name was a NYT sponsored discussion on the eternal dilemma:

Is Anti-Zionism Anti-Semitism?

Lisa Goldman has chosen to answer the debate question by avoiding it, penning a strange piece titled:

Anti-Zionists Thrive in Israel, Why Not in the U.S.?

Logic not being Lisa's strong point, instead of answering the question* asked, she plunged into a list of thriving Israeli anti-Zionists, a list of mostly despised people and political growths that include Dov Khenin, Hadash party, Matzpen and even, believe it or not, the Black Panthers (Israeli version of inverse racism model).

All this nonsense wouldn't have lead me to the keyboard, although there was a sentence that almost made me throw up in my mouth:
When Jews conflate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, they are stifling legitimate political expression.
First of all, the question asked wasn't about "criticism of Israel" but about anti-Zionism, which is again a crude attempt of avoidance. Then, notice the phenomenal "When Jews conflate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism" - so what happens if non-Jews say the same - does it make them Jewish or what? And now, of course, the main barf-inducing point, that of "stifling legitimate political expression". Usually raised by all anti-Zionists from the very same platforms they claim to be barred from... Isn't that game becoming too stupid to continue?

Three glaring fallacies in one short statement... oy vey...

But... but even this wouldn't have forced me to pen this post, if I hadn't indulged in a few minutes of idle surfing. During which I have encountered this extraordinary statement:

I have listened to the interview in question. While I can't say that I respect Yair Lapid the politician or that his idea of separating from Palestinians is doable at the moment, I couldn't find the reason for the eruption of bile displayed above. Especially not for that "final solution" quip. Sorry, but on the other hand I am not an accomplished anti-Zionist.

What confused me even more was the subject used for that comparison, namely David Duke. Usually in the heat of political argument people use Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot in a pinch. But David Duke? Hmm... strange that. So, in an attempt to find out what does Lisa Naomi Goldman think about David Duke, I have surfed a bit more. Just a bit, but what a result! Two articles by Lisa Goldman linked from the said David Duke's site. I do not provide direct links to such Internet entities**, so look it up for yourself:



Mighty confusing, ain't it?

So there.

(*) Which question, if you ask me, is answered pretty exhaustively by my betters, for instance in the article Yes, Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism and many similar ones.

(**)To make sure that the linked articles don't suddenly disappear, as texts around our heroine tend to, I have uploaded below the relevant screen shots. The articles themselves appear very far from the David Duke's site masthead, but you can check the background, it is the same. Click on "Read more..." to see the images.

24 April 2016

As long as I waste oxygen...


23 April 2016

Donald Trump to reshape image? Here is a proposal.

Disclaimer: the following material should be perused having in mind that the author is totally uninvolved and, moreover, uninterested in the ongoing travesty election campaign.

I couldn't however, remain totally indifferent to that headline:

Donald Trump to Reshape Image, New Campaign Chief Tells G.O.P.

So here is a glimmer of an idea that could change history, if followed up.

The current image:

The new version:

It's simply magical what a light application of cosmetics and stuff could do to an image, ain't it?

So there, Mr Manafort, and good luck!

Alex Jones knows who offed Prince! And more...

Lisa Haven, whose posts I frequently enjoy, brought to my attention the latest and the hottest:
In the video below Alex Jones asks the question did the Chemtrail flu kill music legend, Prince? He further details how a mysterious illness is spreading across the U.S. coinciding with a massive chemtrail spray. Here’s more on this detailed breaking report….
Here comes the Master himself, so take it from the horse's mouth:

"Prince killed by the chemtrails he spoke out against..." so there.

And, in a companion piece to the one above, you can learn more, much more, about the Illuminati and their inhuman plans. Enjoy. Or not, as the case might be.

22 April 2016

!Happy Passover! חג פסח שמח!

21 April 2016

The interesting case of the British soldier that opened fire

There is an expression in Hebrew that could be roughly translated as "To put your head in order". This is exactly what that excellent article by Ben-Dror Yemini might do for you, if you are open to learn something.

This is the story of a soldier who killed in cold blood a terrorist who was lying on the ground wounded and helpless. This did not happen in Israel of 2016, but rather in Afghanistan in 2011, in the notorious Helmand Province. The soldier was Alexander Wayne Blackman, a sergeant in the British Royal Marines.
Yep, read the article, there are hundreds ways to spend your time on much less valuable pursuits. I know.

20 April 2016

Google vs Russian spies?

A Russian branch of the Geektimes site published an interesting article:

Google warned Russian journalist about a hacking attempt by intelligence services

Google has been warning the owners of Gmail mailboxes since 2012 about hacking attempts by secret services.

This specific warning was received by a Russian journalist Roman Shleinov, regional editor of the anti-corruption project Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, writes Meduza.io. The report stated that at least 0,1% Gmail users faced such attacks.

Two weeks ago Roman, a member of the Centre for the study of corruption (OCCRP) and member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) turned to VTB for a comment about the wife of the head of VTB Andrey Kostin. The journalist wanted to know whether she is a beneficiary of an offshore company in the Bahamas, as indicated in the "Panamanian archives."

Google did not say how they detect who employs the hacker who "tries to steal the password." Perhaps it is about formal requests by security services (whether satisfied or not).
The punchline comes now, though:
In January 2016 the presidential advisor on the internet, German Klimenko, complained that Google ignores the Russian special services requests. "As a rule, Google is responding to 32 thousand requests per year from FBI or NSA and one request from our law enforcement agencies. We must honestly admit that they do not respond to our requests, they simply ignore them," - he said. According to him, the Russian "criminals" are increasingly using foreign services, while "Russian IT companies cooperate with the authorities". "It is even to their slight competitive advantage"- he added.
Cooperate, fellows, cooperate. See where you get off.

19 April 2016

When you are Joe Biden...

...and everyone by now is tired of your jokes and jokes about you,

and no one really knows what to do with you, yourself included,

so they send you out to a place of no particular importance, like J Street gathering, to give a speech on... who knows what, and you are desperately trying to say something of even a slightest relevance to the subject matter.

And this is what happens:
US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday acknowledged "overwhelming frustration" with the Israeli government and said the systemic expansion of Jewish settlements was moving Israel toward a dangerous "one-state reality" and in the wrong direction.
Which, with addition of this:
"There is at the moment no political will that I observed among Israelis or Palestinians to move forward with serious negotiations," Biden said, "The trust that is necessary to take risks for peace is fractured on both sides." He said both Palestinians and Israelis needed to tamp down rhetoric that fueled violence and actions that undermined confidence in negotiations.
sounds and looks somewhat inane, especially on a day like this one, but what can one do?

When one is Joe Biden...

17 April 2016

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon or physiognomy debunked once again

Physiognomy (from the Gk. physis meaning "nature" and gnomon meaning "judge" or "interpreter") is the assessment of a person's character or personality from his or her outer appearance, especially the face. The term can also refer to the general appearance of a person, object, or terrain, without reference to its implied characteristics, as in the physiognomy of a plant community.
And why have I recalled this dead pseudo-science? Just because the article on Arutz 7 site* contained a nice picture of the above mentioned minister.

Besides being a nice picture, nothing in it forewarns the reader. No signs of an onset of dementia or any malicious intent or... anyway, a nice man is all one can say looking at this shot. The article, however, tells an amazing story.
When asked how it was possible that the terrorist network which was behind the attacks in Brussels, could hide for a long time in the heart of Brussels, Jambon replied: "Someone who is hiding and receiving support from the population, can remain hidden a long time.”

Jambon, who is a member of the New Flemish Alliance, continued to compare the terrorists to the Jews who hid here during the Nazi occupation: “There are Jewish people who went into hiding for years... and (the Nazi) regime never found them.”
Now go figure it out. A nice looking man, a minister to boot - and such a moron?

Tell me what you want, but for me it is the last straw.

Physiognomy - you are totally out.

So there.

(*) A source that should be usually taken with a grain of salt, frequently overexcited about something or other.