synthetic - synthetic WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 The ‘turn’ Trump doesn’t have to win the first debate, he has to win the third debate. He’s a showman with a con...
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"The findings address one of the most troubling questions about Isis recruitment in the United States and Europe: Are disaffected people who understand Sharia more prone to radicalisation? Or are those with little knowledge of Islam more susceptible to the group's radical ideas that promote violence?
The documents suggest the latter. The group preys on this religious ignorance, allowing extremists to impose a brand of Islam constructed to suit its goal of maximum territorial expansion and carnage as soon as recruits come under its sway."
"Though millions of Muslims have been systematically killed, maimed or made homeless by the US/Israel axis, Muslims are relentless depicted as crazed killers or out-of-control rapists. In February, there was a report of 51 Middle Eastern sexual molesters being beaten up in Murmansk, Russia. After checking the Russian press, Jonathan Revusky emailed me, “Think about what was being claimed. 51 refugees getting their asses kicked by… well… presumably at least as many Russians, so 100+ people in a massive brawl, right? This is the claim, and it’s getting echoed in the echo chamber and the local cops, who never heard of any such thing happening, they go to the place, look at the CCTV footage, interview people and AFFIRM/ATTEST/CERTIFY that this shit never happened […] The biggest single take-away from all of this sort of thing is that there is a massive propaganda effort underway to vilify Muslims. There really are these people who are paid, probably six-figure salaries, to just sit around and make up calumnies. […] Not only do these people (we know who they are, the Zio bastards basically) have probably millions of dollars to spread this stuff, but they also have a pretty good understanding of mass psychology, how to propagate myths, like urban legends.”""Iceland's capital bans all Israeli products".
"New FBI-Clinton doc shows that State Dept was tipped off about WikiLeaks publications by "media" and managed to frequently censor stories."
"A stirring endorsement from Ted Cruz".
"Many people I spoke to already repeat, word-perfect, the new post-Brexit-vote mantra: “Only retired old folk and unemployed racists voted for Brexit.” Mrs Clinton provided the name for them: The Deplorables. This American name for perspective Trump voters fits the Brexit voters like a glove. A Deplorable is a person who does not subscribe to the ruling neo-liberal paradigm and its twin sister, identity politics.
Clinton spoke of deplorables at her meeting with the rich perverts of Wall Street, at a hundred thousand dollar a seat. Breaking the banks or providing jobs will not help you, the holy LGBT victims of white male persecution, she said. Sure, but it will help us, the working people. We do not care for unisex lavatories, we do not obsess about female CEOs. We have other worries: how to get a secure job and a decent house and provide for our children. This makes us deplorable in the eyes of rich perverts.".
"Clearly, this is a potentially extremely embarrassing issue for the FBI if a random analyst was able to uncover relevant facts regarding Hillary's email scandal that were seemingly hiding in plain sight while somehow evading the FBI's "thorough" investigation. The only question now is how FBI Director Comey chooses to handle the embarrassment. We see two potential paths, including: 1) pursue Combetta for potentially excluding relevant disclosures during his FBI interview process or 2) bury the story as quickly as possible in an effort to save face.""With Trump Regaining North Carolina Lead, Hillary Unexpectedly Postpones Local Fundraiser "Without Reason"". Now the eyes. And toes. The new term for those who notice the Weekend at Bernie's stunts of the Clintonistas is 'healthers'.
"I'm sure the editor of MoJo somehow accidentally elided the word "ditching" from this sentence. @DrJillStein""UC Berkeley reinstates Palestine course, but tried to change content".
"Could it have been a real targeting error? Yes. People here on SST who have participated in air targeting know how easy it is to make a mistake. But, there are some unusual things about this "error." The SAA has been occupying these positions for six months or so. Presumably US imagery and SIGINT analysts have been looking at them all that time and producing map overlays that show who is where in detail. These documents would be widely available especially to air units and their targeteers. US coalition led air has not struck previously in the Deir al-Zor area. Why now? Were they asked to strike? The US does not talk to the Syrian government. How would they have been asked? Who would have designated the targets? They struck in the presence of SAA troops without any ground liaison? And what of the timing two days before the US-Russian deal was to be expanded into active cooperation?
And then there is the performance of Ambassador Samantha Power at the UN last night and today. Last night she threw a hissy fit for the cameras outside the chamber in which the Security Council was meeting. She seemed outraged to have had her Saturday Night interrupted for something as trivial as the Deir al-Zor attacks. One can envisage her snuggled up with a good book in her apartment in the Waldorf Towers only to be be ripped away for this meeting. And then, today she made a longer statement on Tee Vee in which she first expressed the regret of the US government for the devastation we had wrought, and then set forth her bill of particulars against the Syrian government, a statement so fulsome in its loaded up R2P/Borgist assertions (routine Chemical attacks on THE PEOPLE, etc.) that it is obvious that for her the SAA are as much the enemy as IS. I conclude that she must think that bombing the evil SAA was a good thing. She does not exist in a vacuum. SECDEF Carter is a thoroughgoing Russophobe. General Votel, the US commander in Iraq and eastern Syria has expressed doubt about the wisdom of cooperating with the Russians.
IMO it is an open question as to whether these air strikes on the SAA were accidental."
"Re: Obama Sold Off Public Offices to Donors
A lot of folks got a bee in their bonnet when Obama nominated Noah Mamet (bundled $3 million for the Big O in 2012) to be US Ambassador to Argentina, but they clearly overlooked two advantages that show why Mamet was uniquely qualified for the job and thus there was no corruption. First of all, Mamet had the advantage of never having been to Argentina or South America, so he was starting with a blank slate, unlike other candidates who came with pre-conceptions and an over-understanding of regional history. Secondly, since he didn’t speak any Spanish when he got here, he has not been as easily distracted by the locals (who let’s face it, can really blab your ear off). He can thus better focus on his job.
I’m sure those other donors on the list are just as uniquely qualified. Sounds legit.".
"Synagogue stabbing: In Jewish-only WB settlement, 1 Jew stabbed another Jew because “he believed he was a Christian”".
"The deal also includes an Israeli pledge to stop lobbying Congress for supplemental missile defense funding, which in recent years has accounted for as much as an additional $600 million for Israel in discretionary US funding each year.
But there are loopholes.
The pledge is “expected to be made in a side letter or annex to the agreement” and the “wording is likely to be flexible enough to allow exceptions in case of a war or other major crisis,” according to Reuters."
"The resulting loss of healthy brain tissue adversely affects concentration and decision making and leads to problems with planning and organizing.""Leaked Emails Show Colin Powell Was Worried About Hillary's Health Over A Year Ago" "You can’t make this stuff up: Hillary Clinton was poisoned by Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, says the Washington Post".
"Correct the Record came up with the idea after the Huffington Post reported that someone was shopping around a video of Trump attacking singer Barry Manilow, which the news organization refused to pay for."
"#Dodgydave quits politics".
"Jeanne Hamel has been a member of the United Church since its formation in Toronto, 91 years ago.
Today, as a longtime member of the West Hill United Church congregation in Scarborough, Hamel, 96, knows where her loyalties lie.
Hamel is sticking with Gretta Vosper, the United Church minister who was told by church leaders that she is “not suitable” because she calls herself an atheist and preaches about love without referring to Jesus Christ."
"If Hillary has pneumonia, and passed out at an event, - why was she taken to her daughter's apartment and not a hospital? After all, she was as of today aware of her Friday diagnosis."This 'Weekend at Bernie's' nonsense is becoming e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y entertaining.
"Senior CIA officials had assured the Senate that the personnel performing the interrogations were vetted rigorously. Former director Michael Hayden told the committee in 2007 that “all of those involved in the questioning of detainees are carefully chosen and screened for demonstrated professional judgment and maturity.”
It was not always true. The committee had learned that some CIA interrogators had records of violent acts in their personal lives – to include domestic abuse and even sexual assault. Even without listing names or pseudonyms, Langley refused to let that fact become public, no matter how tenuously connected to US national security it was."I believe the traditional gift for the fifteenth anniversary is thermite.
"Makers of Fentanyl, deadly opioid 50x stronger than heroin, gives $500k to campaign to keep marijuana illegal in AZ"."Univision Caves To Legal Pressure, Decides To Remove Old Gawker Posts". Haim Saban, the one-issue guy, now controls all the Gawker material.
"They got access to Giuliano's details, in particular, simply by calling an FBI help desk and asking the the person on the phone to reset his password.""Obama-Duterte Blow Up: What the Corporate Media Doesn’t Get" (Madsen). Barry's got color revolution DNA.
"The official cautioned that the intelligence community is not saying it has “definitive proof” of such tampering, or any Russian plans to do so. “But even the hint of something impacting the security of our election system would be of significant concern,” the official said. “It’s the key to our democracy, that people have confidence in the election system.”"In other words it is a legitimacy issue, legitimacy undermined by lying newspaper articles just like this one.
"The thing is, the Pentagon has been at this dodgy game for decades. In 1996, Congress passed a law requiring all federal agencies to comply with federal accounting standards, to produce budgets that are auditable and to submit an audit each year. At this point, two decades later, the Pentagon has yet to comply with that law, and therefore cannot be audited.I continue to be amazed by the irrationality of human behavior: "Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun". Since there is nothing that can be done, we'll just hold our noses and hope for the best.
It is the only federal agency that is not complying or, the IG’s report suggests, even trying to comply.
One would think that would be newsworthy, but apparently for the major newsrooms of the US, not so much."
"Clinton also told the FBI that she was not informed about any instruction or direction about the preservation of records from the department during her transition out of office in early 2013. But the report noted that Clinton’s concussion in December 2012 and subsequent blood clot led to limited work at State for only a few hours a day and also that she "could not recall every briefing she received.”""Hillary Clinton and the big (neoliberal) lie".
"Of course, the victims of HRC's foreign policy (which the emails shed light on) have been overwhelmingly non-white".