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December 20, 2012

Solstice Time

While I will be traveling and visiting family over the next days, posting at MoA will likely be light.

May all of you have a good winter solstice time.

Posted by b on December 20, 2012 at 06:21 PM | Permalink

Comments

Happy Holidays, b, and thank you so very much for all you do at this site to inform and help us analyze what's really going on. Thanks also to so many good commenters who add to the value of this site.

Moon of Alabama, one of the most trusted names in blogging.

Posted by: jawbone | Dec 21, 2012 7:15:29 AM | 1

merry winter solstice ^^
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faGEKXgZOEk

Posted by: rototo | Dec 21, 2012 7:30:49 AM | 2

Happy the renewal of the sun and the victory of light over darkness (Solstice).

http://www.iranreview.org/content/Documents/Celebrating_Yalda_2.htm

Posted by: Rd. | Dec 21, 2012 10:31:56 AM | 3

#1:)yep!

Couldn't say it better myself, so I'll plagiarize jawbone.

"Happy Holidays, b, and thank you so very much for all you do at this site to inform and help us analyze what's really going on. Thanks also to so many good commenters who add to the value of this site."

"Moon of Alabama, one of the most trusted names in blogging."

Posted by: ben | Dec 21, 2012 10:52:40 AM | 4

It's a new Solstice: Christopher Largent - The Paradigm Conspiracy


Sound track: Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T) - Live In Burghausen 2004

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Dec 21, 2012 11:43:58 AM | 5

Happy Holidays everybody.

Posted by: вот так | Dec 21, 2012 12:59:36 PM | 6

Thanks b, and to everyone else, fighting the good fight, here and across the web. May the virus that this site cultures spread throughout the web next year!

Posted by: scottindallas | Dec 21, 2012 1:09:08 PM | 7

Happy Holidays to everybody, and a special thanks to b.

Posted by: claudio | Dec 21, 2012 1:18:18 PM | 8

Have a splendid time all. Enjoy. Thx as ever to b.

Posted by: Noirette | Dec 21, 2012 2:22:03 PM | 9

Holiday cheer to b and so many great commentators who make Moon of Alabama the great place it is.

Posted by: Copeland | Dec 21, 2012 2:43:55 PM | 10

Time to wake up, if you ask me... The coming drone attack on America

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Dec 21, 2012 5:13:32 PM | 11

Summer solstice for many of us :)

Posted by: DM | Dec 22, 2012 7:01:48 AM | 12

Thank for all your great info MoA..a real ray of light !
I might say that for many of your readers here in Australia it's the summer solstice..the Christmas/New Year holidays take place hot dry summers....
at the peak of summer...most of southern Oz has a mediterranean climate with .......hot dry summers...Northern Oz has a tropical moonsoon and much rain and humidity like the Caribean or the US deep south

39 deg tomnorrow in Melbourne..that very hot indeed

Posted by: Brian Mac | Dec 22, 2012 10:39:14 AM | 13

Good Chompsky piece:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BK0XIm0DXE

Posted by: ben | Dec 22, 2012 11:07:41 AM | 14

Happy holidays to all at MoA, and thank you for bringing truth to the American people and the world. God Bless You!

Posted by: Charles | Dec 22, 2012 1:01:38 PM | 15

Happy Holidays to all - and don't let poets lie to you!

Posted by: somebody | Dec 22, 2012 3:03:19 PM | 16

And a Merry Christmas to all with the best wishes for a peaceful New Year....

Posted by: georgeg | Dec 22, 2012 6:25:27 PM | 17

Merry Christmas to all, thanks for your insights.

Posted by: Allan | Dec 23, 2012 8:28:19 AM | 18

be safe, barflies. it's been great seeing some familiar names pop back up.

and thank you b for all you do. from my own blogging efforts, I know it can be a thankless investment of time and energy, but your perspective is incredibly important. your analysis and the subsequent discussion is always illuminating.

Posted by: lizard | Dec 23, 2012 10:33:54 AM | 19

Holiday wishes to all, and thanks to b for all that he does.

Posted by: crone | Dec 23, 2012 12:10:47 PM | 21

happy holidays everyone. i'm late to the party!

thanks for everything b.

Posted by: annie | Dec 23, 2012 12:12:10 PM | 22

Stay safe, warm, fed and healthy everyone. Thanks to B and the wonderful community here. This place, that there are more places like this, that there are these small lighthouses of clarity, sanity and compassion... well, they're small victories in a mad world. Again, thank you all.

Posted by: Pyrrho | Dec 23, 2012 2:12:51 PM | 23

Have a good one b n same to alla the other barflies lurkin about this old rock.
Current subject under the debsisdead microscope is an old regular - the amerikan supreme court n the culture which supports & enables this travesty.
For me one of the headbangingly/facepalmingly annoying thing about that organisation is that I/me/ the consciousness composing this missive who lives at the other end of the earth from amerika and who has no interest in interacting with mainstream organised amerikan institutions on any level has to stay across everything SuCUS gets up to because whenever the rapist or any of his 'co-conspirators' farts we cop the stink.

Yeah yeah we've heard it all before, I know; but after far too much time spent examining the rotten core of the amerikan empire I've concluded that it is SuCUS where a well placed lever is most likely to move the corrupt colossus away from the center of power.

Apologies fer bein too serious on the holiday thread, but if a few consider that maybe one will formulate the lever or fulcrum.

Now that would be the holiday gift everyone could enjoy.

Have lotsa fun & stay safe fellow humans

Posted by: Debs is dead | Dec 23, 2012 6:21:49 PM | 24

Wishing all of you the best of holiday seasons.

Posted by: Monolycus | Dec 23, 2012 10:01:47 PM | 26

Happy Winter Solstice to you, b, and thanks for your blog and the things you regularly tease out of the quagmire known as the MSM.

And Happy Holidays (and Corporate Christian Shopping Festival) to all!

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 24, 2012 1:29:29 AM | 27

Merry Christmas, all -

Sad news, though:

http://blogs.aljazeera.com/topic/syria/poisonous-gas-sprayed-homs-leaves-seven-people-dead-and-scores-affected-activists-say

Posted by: Taiwan-hand | Dec 24, 2012 6:10:28 AM | 28

It's not all bad news.
The National Rifle Association aka the Pro-gun Lobby has, at last, decided to shoot itself in the foot (not an easy thing to do when your foot is in your mouth) - by insisting that the answer to more school massacres by armed psychos is more Guns & more Goons.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 24, 2012 7:24:11 AM | 29

Merry Christmas everyone!

@ 28, I have read it as well on: http://www.businessinsider.com/assad-reportedly-using-chemical-weapons-homs-syria-rebels-2012-12

As was expected, NATO mercenaries started using chemical weapons against Syrians and blaming it on the army.

What will happen next - US with its alies will cry crocodile tears how BAD Assad is, and claim he "crossed the red line". I doubt they'll attack Syria right away, probably will bring this in UNSC, and will say "this is the final warning, next time we will have no choice, but will be forced to intervene." Soon after, terrorists will commit bigger chemical attack, pin it on army, and NATO "humanitarian intervention" will start.

That said, I still doubt NATO have what it takes to attack Syria now, they'll suffer too many losses, therefore they'll try bleeding Syria further. Why escalate chemical red-flag at the moment, after they said its a "red line" they wont allow to cross, not clear at this moment. Either its terrorists initiative to pull NATO in, or US wants an extra pressure on Syria before supposed negotiations early next year.

Posted by: Harry | Dec 24, 2012 9:31:19 AM | 30

@ 30.
Don't hold your breath waiting for Uncle Sam's NATO fig leaf to R2P Syria. Syria will have to be as defenseless as Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003, or Gaza prior to Cast Lead, before Pussies R Us will risk massacring Syrians to "save" them.
Try not to forget that Russia and China are ready to give Wussmussen & Friends some painful lessons in fast-track sobriety.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 24, 2012 11:48:43 AM | 31

Ten things to know about Syria, in my view.

1. The fifty-year Alawite regime denied dignity and freedom and it will come to an end somehow as Syria geographically divides into sectarian factions.
2. The militarization of what began as (largely Sunni) protests has been Syria’s worst affliction.
3. The US, along with its NATO (especially Turkey) and dictatorial Gulf allies, have illegally militarized the conflict to seek violent regime change rather than promoting morally, legally, diplomatically urgent negotiations between the rebels and the government.
4. The West is driven by a desire to destroy an ally of Iran and Hezbollah, also an Israeli objective, while the Gulf States want to convert Syria from minority Shia to majority Sunni control, which also could hurt Iran.
5. The Salafists/Jihadists, allied with or part of al-Qaeda, which are currently on the front lines are doing the majority of the fighting, destruction and suicide bombing.
6. The new National Coalition, formed by the West and Gulf, has some political recognition but it is doubtful that the Coalition can control the armed factions, which have a large foreign component.
7. While Russia, Iran and the Arab League have promoted a political settlement, with multiple external players violently pursuing their own agendas supporting multiple factions with their own visions the chance of Syrians reaching a negotiated political solution is virtually nil.
8. The 2012 governmental reforms in Syria, which included a new constitution approved by 90 percent of eligible voters in the country, and included modification of Baath Party rule and presidential term limits, were dismissed by the anti-Syria factions as a "farce."
9. NATO and its autocratic Middle Eastern allies are destroying one ruling group in exchange for another dominated by Brotherhood Islamists, with the presence of the Salafists/Jihadists promising enduring violence.
10. Probably the worst is yet to come.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 24, 2012 12:02:22 PM | 32

I just wanted to take a moment to comment that I enjoy moonofalabama.org far more that I ever did the site that got this rolling. I find "b" to be superior in every respect to Bilmon. Even though I am a radical libertarian (market anarchist) I find the commenters here to be superior to most any blog on the net.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Posted by: Mark Stoval | Dec 24, 2012 12:07:55 PM | 33

@30 'Why escalate chemical red-flag at the moment, after they said its a "red line" they wont allow to cross, not clear at this moment.'

The 'red-line' tactic is a way of getting Obama to commit to some kind of ultimatum. Unclear if it has worked yet.

Posted by: dh | Dec 24, 2012 12:38:58 PM | 34

Whilst Julian Borger of the Guardian is firmly embedded in the anti-Assad camp, he lists, chapter & verse, the hardware which has pussified NATO's loud-mouthed sissies. He also (helpfully) points out that it was the "Israeli" (sneak)attack on Syria's 'suspected' nuclear facility which prompted Assad to US-NATO-Israel-proof the skies over Syria.

Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/23/syria-crisis-russian-military-presence

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 24, 2012 1:33:40 PM | 35

The ever-faithful London-based Syria Observatory has come up with a scary new massacre, this one bread-based.

some headlines-
--Syria Airstrike Kills More Than 60 People at Bakery Bombing
--More than 100 Syrians killed in bakery attack
--Syrian Airstrikes Blamed in Bombing of Bread Line
--Syrian bakery bombing: 60 dead, 50 critically wounded
--Assad Murders More Than 300 Syrians in Bakery Bombing
--Dozens killed as Syrians bomb bakery in Hama
--Bakery Bombed In Syria Kills Over 100
--Syria Bombed People Lined Up for Bread

but reading down in the TIME account-

It was unclear from the videos if the building was indeed a bakery. Nearly all the dead and wounded appeared to be men, some wore camouflage, raising the possibility that the jet had targeted a rebel gathering.

For the past week, rebels have been launching attacks in the area, most notably in the nearby village of Morek, where they hope to seize control of the country’s main north-south highway, preventing the regime from getting supplies to its forces further north in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 24, 2012 2:53:26 PM | 36

Picked up this link from angry arab:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/22/richard-engel-s-kidnapping-a-behind-the-scenes-look.html

More evidence that the Engel kidnapping was carried out by FSA forces. Kudos to b and angry arab for perceiving this from the beginning.

Posted by: ToivoS | Dec 24, 2012 3:11:53 PM | 37

Interesting. The excellent (linked in #37) Jamie Dettmer piece on that shyster Ricard Engel included a bit on Pilgrims Group.

U.K.-based Pilgrims Group, the security firm the network contracts to provide protection for war correspondents, also couldn’t raise the security guard with Engel and scrambled an emergency team of half a dozen operatives to Antakya in southern Turkey.

And since, according to al-Nusrah, and I don't doubt it, Blackwater is reportedly in Syria--
Sources inside the Syrian opposition reported that along with Washington’s decision to include the Mujahideen of Jabhat al-Nusrah into a list of so-called “terrorist organizations”, several groups of CIA mercenaries from the infamous infidels’ gang Blackwater (renamed to “Xe” after a series of major revelations) had been sent to Syria.

The Blackwater Company, officially rendering services in security, has already deployed its special forces in northern and eastern Syria, particularly in southern suburbs of Damascus, preparing the murder of the leaders of Jabhat al-Nusrah and those who cooperate with it.


I got to wondering if the two Private Security Contractors (PSC) (= mercs) have any links, or anything in common. Apparently they do -- both have been funded by the IRI (in Iraq) according to David Isenberg. The IRI is the International Republican Institute — a bipartisan, nonprofit organization chaired by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) which gets funds from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), US State Department.
In terms of those other qualified firms Blackwater was not the only PSC used. During FYs 2004-2010, the IRI contracted with six firms to provide security services where IRI programs were conducted throughout Iraq. These were Ardan Energy Services (Ardan); Blackwater; Diligence Middle East, LLC (Diligence); Global Strategies Group (Global); Greystone, Limited (Greystone) [a Blackwater division]; and Pilgrims Group, Limited (Pilgrims).

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 24, 2012 3:52:13 PM | 38

This blog, together with nakedcapitalism, is my go to news source of the morning.

Thanks for your fine work b, and have a happy holiday.

Posted by: sleepy | Dec 24, 2012 4:17:55 PM | 39

Rachel Maddow promotes the Richard Engel affair here, complete with map.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 24, 2012 5:48:00 PM | 40

Mele Kalikimaka to b and all the barflies, from a very soggy Hawai'i...! 8-)

Posted by: CTuttle | Dec 24, 2012 6:31:49 PM | 41

Happy Holidays B

Posted by: erik Silwal | Dec 24, 2012 6:32:21 PM | 42

cheers b and all - thanks for keeping this place informative, stimulating & so worth checking in on round the clock across the calendar. peace ya'll...

Posted by: b real | Dec 24, 2012 11:13:14 PM | 43

"Happy Holidays, b, and thank you so very much for all you do at this site to inform and help us analyze what's really going on. Thanks also to so many good commenters who add to the value of this site.

Moon of Alabama, one of the most trusted names in blogging.

Posted by: jawbone | Dec 21, 2012 7:15:29 AM | 1"

See, i can't say it any better either, but definitely agree.
Peace and love and thanks to you all.

Posted by: david | Dec 25, 2012 2:42:17 AM | 44

Wishing all you Moonies a peaceful and wholesome festive season. And thanks B for providing this wonderful place - it is your blog entries and the smart contributions of the visitors the Moon attracts that make this site a lighthouse in our senseless blathering media's dark nights.

Be safe everyone, I'd be lost without yers.

Posted by: Juan Moment | Dec 25, 2012 3:06:53 AM | 45

Merry Christmas everyone, and thanks for everything you've provided us this year.
Peace!

Posted by: DaveS | Dec 25, 2012 8:07:19 AM | 46

Peace.

Posted by: beq | Dec 25, 2012 10:03:30 AM | 47

The coming drone attack on America

Drones on domestic surveillance duties are already deployed by police and corporations. In time, they will likely be weaponised


the gun nuts, can't see that you can't fight drones...

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Dec 25, 2012 1:37:33 PM | 48

Has anyone heard from r'giap? I was thinking about him today; and I hope he's alright. He's been one of this bar's most valued writers in years past. It seems like an incredibly sombre Christmas this year. I'm well into the seasonal wine now. I hope that the dear people who write in these pages will understand how much the solidarity and honesty and brilliance we see in throughout these comments is important, and how it lifts us all up in dark times. My thoughts are with you today.

Posted by: Copeland | Dec 25, 2012 2:04:11 PM | 49

“We got so caught up in the little things of Christmas, like love and family that we almost forgot it's buying things that makes our economy thrive.” - South Park's Ms. Choksondik

Original South Park short from back in 1992:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJbbtEOE4a4

Posted by: Cynthia | Dec 25, 2012 5:38:42 PM | 50

The terror lurking in a Christmas tree

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Dec 25, 2012 6:21:41 PM | 51

Copeland @29: I too have been hoping to see R'Giap appear to cut thru some complexity with a finely honed rant. Mazel Tov to us all.

Posted by: d.l.finn | Dec 25, 2012 6:30:08 PM | 52

Love and family for all of us. Along with the knowledge and tools to resist.

Jake
Tucson

Posted by: Jake | Dec 25, 2012 6:33:49 PM | 53

Merry Christmas, everyone! Hope you are enjoying friends and family during these shortest (and longest) nights.

Be well and thanks for the insights, opinions and occasional joke. Best wishes to you all,

- Jonku

Posted by: jonku | Dec 25, 2012 7:13:49 PM | 54

Merry Christmas and happy new year to B and MoonofAlabama commenters. Thanks for such an excellent blog!

Posted by: Sophia | Dec 25, 2012 8:13:39 PM | 55

In the event of nuclear war, three things will survive with certainty -- cockroaches, banksters and fruit cake. Merry x-mas and peace to all of you here at Bernhard's place.

Posted by: Cynthia | Dec 25, 2012 8:27:03 PM | 56

@56, The banksters will then have to eat the cockroaches and probably (preferably) one another.

Best of times to all.

Posted by: Lysander | Dec 25, 2012 9:39:21 PM | 57

Happy Mithra, to Billmon and fam, wherever he is out there... Miss his voice.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Dec 26, 2012 2:19:13 AM | 58

Russell’s awesome Google search techniques

Daniel Russell stood in front of a crowd of investigative journalists in Boston last week and showed us this picture of a random skyscraper in an unknown city:

Russell posed a riddle:

What’s the phone number of the office where this picture was snapped?

Let that sink in. He wasn’t asking for a phone number for the skyscraper in the picture, which sounds hard enough. He wanted the phone number of the precise office where the photographer was standing when the picture was taken.

Nothing in that office was even in the photo. Yet in a few minutes, Russell, a research scientist at Google, revealed the answer by paying attention to small details and walking us through a series of smart Google searches.


Posted by: Uncle $cam | Dec 26, 2012 2:59:24 AM | 59

The bakery "massacre" was most likely manufactured to derail peace talk between Assad and Brahimi

Posted by: nikon | Dec 26, 2012 1:19:51 PM | 60

i want to give thanks to b & the commentators who keep this as one of the only sources i look at daily & suggest it to many others

i have been too ill to offer the depth & quality that is required but there is not a moment i would not come here to seek what always ends up as being the final word, ecen when it is month & years ahead of others

to coleman& many others, my deepest respect

Posted by: remembererringgiap | Dec 26, 2012 7:21:38 PM | 61

Another possible way to locate photo sites, like say if you want to determine where the USS Eisenhower is located when a photo of it was taken, and if you have an iPad, is here.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 26, 2012 7:48:14 PM | 62

r'giap @ 61: You're one of the commentators that has kept me here for years, nice to hear from you. All the best to you and yours.

Posted by: ben | Dec 26, 2012 11:31:47 PM | 63

Wow .. We'll the Jewish Lobby certainly has it's big guns out to attack Hagel but will that work?...if Obama shows a bit of true hrit he might stare then down

Posted by: Brian Mac | Dec 26, 2012 11:55:19 PM | 64

Steel, remembererringgiap, glad you are... hope the light is still in your eyes as the darkness remains.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Dec 27, 2012 12:04:03 AM | 65

I just wanted to add my voice to the general cheer of "Season's Greetings" to b and his band of elves. It's great to see that "the regulars" are still active, and perhaps even more so to note that there are some new voices making valuable contributions while keeping the air of civility and openness which has marked this site in its (many, many) best moments.

Posted by: Hannah K. O'Luthon | Dec 27, 2012 5:45:36 AM | 66

r'giap,

ditto ben @ 63. I too keep checking here every day for a glimpse of reality and light so rare in this world of instant communication. I have thought of you often since not seeing your name here for quite a while. Seeing it again brings light for me to this season of darkness. The very best wishes to you in this coming year. Keep staying steel.

And of course warm season’s blessings to all contributors here, both old friends and new-bees. Your oft enlightened discourse on top of b’s great work is a rare gem.

Posted by: juannie | Dec 27, 2012 7:56:39 AM | 67

Love this blog

Posted by: Fernando | Dec 27, 2012 9:59:59 AM | 68

Ironically, this blog has substantially decreased my enjoyment of the Web, having learned so much of what I read/hear there is poison.

Posted by: ruralito | Dec 27, 2012 2:00:12 PM | 69

r'giap,

My thoughts are with you, my friend. It's good to know you are reading with us each day. Your writing , the thoughts expressed so beautifully and with such power, have made a great difference here, over the years.

Posted by: Copeland | Dec 27, 2012 2:01:30 PM | 70

lol, and /see.

Posted by: ruralito | Dec 27, 2012 2:01:35 PM | 71

My Best Wishes to R'giap. Also, lets take a look at how they celebrate Xmass in the wicked land of Mordor, AKA, Iran. Vs how they celebrate it in the Xanadu of tolerance, AKA Saudi Arabia

Hat Tip to Friday Lunch Club for the second link.

Posted by: Lysander | Dec 27, 2012 2:21:58 PM | 72

Interesting how our preoccupation with "human Rights" translates into another round of Russo-phobic slanders in our mass media re: Orphans.......

Posted by: georgeg | Dec 27, 2012 2:27:18 PM | 73

@73 The corruption of the very words we choose to describe our world is the Reptilian Order's worst crime. More terrible than the drones, the gratuitous sanctioning, the willful slaughters. Even the good are worthless if they don't know what they're talking about.

Posted by: ruralito | Dec 27, 2012 5:16:20 PM | 74

Best wishes of the season to all who read and comment here, especially our industrious host. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after truth, justice, and the potentially sentient way, for their quest is its own reward.

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. | Dec 27, 2012 5:30:10 PM | 75

Please note, Hagel voted for it and was FOR the Iraq War until it went bad, supports the Patriot Act,
has never complained about Obama's drone crimes and is hardly a critic of Zionism of either the Ron Paul or
Dennis Kucinich stripe. Even if Obama stands by him, it's only an increment of improvement.

Posted by: amspirnational | Dec 27, 2012 7:03:28 PM | 76

Greetings and felicitations to b for all of the brilliant, relentless, compelling analysis and commentary on contemporary events and other interesting topics from time to time. Also best wishes to R'Giap - I have been wondering how you are faring. I miss your voice here and wish you well.

And to all other regulars, old and new, active or less so, holiday greetings to you too and good wishes to you for the new year.

I rarely comment but frequently read here and appreciate the views and insights of all.

Posted by: Maxcrat | Dec 27, 2012 8:14:18 PM | 77

english.al-akhbar.com/content/saudi-detains-dozens-plotting-celebrate-christmas

"Saudi religious police stormed a house in the Saudi Arabian province of al-Jouf, detaining more than 41 guests for “plotting to celebrate Christmas,” a statement from the police branch released Wednesday night said."

I believe this special police unit was informally known as the Oliver Cromwell squad ..

Posted by: buncombe | Dec 27, 2012 8:51:04 PM | 78

In my view commentator Don Bacon is very wrong at #32 when he says:

In my view the fifty-year Alawite regime denied dignity and freedom and it will come to an end somehow as Syria geographically divides into sectarian factions.

Wrong because (1) it wasn't and isn't an Alawite regime, (2) it didn't deny dignity or freedom, (3) it will not come to an end somehow, and (4) the country is not going to divide geographically into sectarian factions. It looks to me that Don Bacon gullibly believes the shite that Joshua Landis spouts and that Don Bacon has slim knowledge of his own about the nature of Syrian society and Syrian domestic politics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCb-WDd2yU4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCnOGSEECsU

PS: In the national referendum on Syria's new Constitution on 26 Feb 2012 the turnout rate was 57%. Of those who turned out, 89% voted Yes.

One thing universally agreed, which people have not misinformed Don Bacon about, is that the chance of Syrians reaching a negotiated political solution is virtually nil for the next few years. The failure this past year to suppress the rebellion was unexpected bad news in pro-government quarters, and it makes everybody in pro-government quarters wary about forecasting how well or how poorly the government is going to handle the security crisis during the upcoming year. On 27 Jun 2012 on this board I made eight forecasts for Syria. On reviewing them, I don't have to alter any of them today. Here they are again: http://www.moonofalabama.org/2012/06/open-thread-2012-18.html#c6a00d8341c640e53ef016767e7eae7970b

والله محيي الجيش

Posted by: Parviziyi | Dec 27, 2012 9:24:31 PM | 79

so comforting to hear from everyone. where's b? i miss him. recalling seasons past. here's a little song for everyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGPoNTCBm2Y

Posted by: annie | Dec 27, 2012 11:45:26 PM | 80

ah! for got to embed!! saving all my love for you.

Posted by: annie | Dec 27, 2012 11:46:44 PM | 81

@ Parviziyi [#39],

Q: (6) The government has not been taking the fight to the rebels aggressively enough. For the necessary restoration of elementary law and order, it is and will be necessary for the government to attack the rebels with more firepower. If the government does not do this, the rebellion will keep on growing.

R: Could that be

a: because most of them travel up and down between battlefronts or do some R&R in Turkey

or

b: because they operate mostly from populated areas?

If we keep in mind how we went wacko at Waco, when 70 or 80 Davidians had to die in order to prevent children from being harmed, it looks like the Syrian Army treats their terrorists with 'hello kitty' gloves.

I guess it also depends on how heavy the financial burden will rest on Syrian shoulders or how far the economic circumstances will deteriorate, as the costs are estimated to be around $1 billion p/m.

As per usual, the heaviest price will be paid by the innocent.

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Dec 28, 2012 6:41:47 AM | 82

" how they celebrate Xmass in the wicked land of Mordor, AKA, Iran. Vs how they celebrate it in the Xanadu of tolerance, AKA Saudi Arabia"

Posted by: Lysander

to add, how Erdogan syria policies promoting the salafi terrorist are impacting turkey too.,.,

kill noel baba..

http://friday-lunch-club.blogspot.de/2012/12/kill-noel-baba.html

Posted by: Rd. | Dec 28, 2012 9:13:55 AM | 83

here is how they celebrate in the "Islamist crazy" Iran

Posted by: hans | Dec 28, 2012 9:43:20 AM | 84

b
u just relax n chew some raw onions
we'd [try to] take up the slack here

*************************
*Cambodian and Laotian desires to distance themselves from the big bully of Asia, the PRC*
www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NL22Ad03.html


u judge a man by how he treats the weak, in this respect, china has a sterling record unmatched by any other country in the world, never mind asia.
in a sane world , the ccp should get a peace prize hands down , but i forget, we'r living in a bizzaro world !! [3]


are we to believe that china, which deferred to all the tiny countries in previous border delimitations [ 2] , now choose to *bully* military heavy weight japan, an amerikan cat paw, er, ally, no less, plus other us sponsored patsies
n wait a min..... it choose to *escalate the disputes* just when the merikans are *pivoting* back to asia in a big way ?

are they smoking some strong stuff in beijing ?
but all indications so far suggest china isnt run by crazies, unlike murika [1]

this *bully* meme actually contradicts ur earlier observation !
*This state affairs was misleadingly if predictably spun in the Western press as "assertive China exacerbates regional
tensions", while a more accurate reading was probably "China's rivals exacerbate regional tensions in order to stoke fears of assertive China."

typical fukus m.o.
provoke an anticipated reaction, demonise the response as *aggression*

*Create the crises and offer the remedy*

works like a charm...since 1898

while china is literally facing an *eight nations alliance invasion* mark II....with half of asia in tow
what'r the anglophone press telling us ?.... *china = 1930's japan* !!!
u just cant make this up !
but then fukus has a lo........ng time to practice on the tool of its *trade*...all 300 yrs of it !!


[ 1]
*it isn’t happening now because the crazies have taken over in Beijing. It’s happening because the decision-makers in Beijing think that the crazies have taken over in Washington, and are trying to draw most of Asia into an anti-Chinese alliance. There is a good deal of evidence to suggest that they are right*
walrusmagazine.com/articles/2005.10-international-affairs-coming-war-with-china/


[ 2]
Afghanistan - 0%
Tajikistan - 4%
Nepal - 6%
Burma - 18%
Kazakhstan - 22%
Mongolia - 29%
Kyrgyzstan - 32%
North Korea - 40%
Laos - 50%
Vietnam - 50%
Russia - 50%
Pakistan - 54%
indiaschinablog.blogspot.sg/2010/03/you-scratch-my-back-but-i-wont-scratch.html

[3] willyloman.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/21603/

p.s.
banned by atimes since 2000

Posted by: denk | Dec 28, 2012 8:08:40 PM | 85

b
just relax , we'd try to take up the slack here
*****************************************************

*Cambodian and Laotian desires to distance themselves from the big bully of Asia, the PRC*
www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NL22Ad03.html


u judge a man by how he treats the weak, in this respect, china has a sterling record unmatched by any other country in the world, never mind asia.
in a sane world , the ccp should get a peace prize hands down , but i forget, we'r living in a bizzaro world !! [3]


are we to believe that china, which deferred to all the tiny countries in previous border delimitations [ 2] , now choose to *bully* military heavy weight japan, an amerikan cat paw, er, ally, no less, plus other us sponsored patsies
n wait a min..... it choose to *escalate the disputes* just when the merikans are *pivoting* back to asia in a big way ?

are they smoking some strong stuff in beijing ?
but all indications so far suggest china isnt run by crazies, unlike murika [1]

this *bully* meme actually contradicts ur earlier observation !
*This state affairs was misleadingly if predictably spun in the Western press as "assertive China exacerbates regional
tensions", while a more accurate reading was probably "China's rivals exacerbate regional tensions in order to stoke fears of assertive China."

typical fukus m.o.
provoke an anticipated reaction, demonise the response as *aggression*

*Create the crises and offer the remedy*
tinyurl.com/dy7p37b

works like a charm...since 1898
http://tinyurl.com/avmqnol

while china is literally facing an *eight nations alliance invasion mark II* ....with half of asia in tow
imagesofwar.tumblr.com/post/26714605544/troops-of-the-eight-nations-alliance-in-1900
what'r the anglophone press telling us ?.... *china = 1930's japan* !!!
u just cant make this up !
but then fukus has a lo........ng time to practice on the tool of its *trade*...all 300 yrs of it
davidswanson.org/node/1436


[ 1]
*it isn’t happening now because the crazies have taken over in Beijing. It’s happening because the decision-makers in Beijing think that the crazies have taken over in Washington, and are trying to draw most of Asia into an anti-Chinese alliance. There is a good deal of evidence to suggest that they are right*
walrusmagazine.com/articles/2005.10-international-affairs-coming-war-with-china/


[ 2]
Afghanistan - 0%
Tajikistan - 4%
Nepal - 6%
Burma - 18%
Kazakhstan - 22%
Mongolia - 29%
Kyrgyzstan - 32%
North Korea - 40%
Laos - 50%
Vietnam - 50%
Russia - 50%
Pakistan - 54%
indiaschinablog.blogspot.sg/2010/03/you-scratch-my-back-but-i-wont-scratch.html

[3] willyloman.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/21603/

p.s.
banned by atimes since 2000

Posted by: denk | Dec 28, 2012 8:18:02 PM | 86

.Thorsten Bredberg
*This article is based on a false premise: "America's "moral charisma" - is back." That's got to be a joke!*

hehehehe
i told the author before ,he ought to put them in quotes
like so *murikan democracy*, else he should spell it correctly, like so, murikan democrazy.


Matthew W. Hall
*standard ccp propaganda*

well kid
atimes is anti chinese, most likely a mi6 op

ccp *propaganda* ?
u aint seen nuthin yet kid
the ccp is rank amateur, if they'r serious, they ought to send their propaganda chief to under study in fukus...now those'r real pros
if cia/mi6 wont take them, they could apply for an internship at any of the anglophone presstitudes outfits, satisfaction gauranteed

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NL22Ad03.html

[banned by atimes]

Posted by: denk | Dec 28, 2012 9:08:43 PM | 87

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/rc20121227a6.html
how many time does challenay wants to spew the same old crap
...more than five decades after the truth was out [1] ?

gregory clark exposed challenay's bs numerous times before [2],
many of which were posted right in the japan times [3],
every time his lies got called out, challenay chose to play deaf,
but he kept coming back with the same bs time n again, posting
to the jap times, wsj, iht, etc etc. later.
the whole anglophone *giant wurlitzer* [4] is at his disposal ,
while my attempts to challenge him were denied , gagged by all
these western icons of *free speech*, which are so vociforous
on censorship in china btw.

it was tough going back then, my posting were sent by snail
mails !
so if i sent my comment to iht for example , i gotta wait for
almost a month to find out that another attempt had bitten the
dust, very frustrating !!

apparently challenay reckon this is the *right climate* to peddle
his bs again, i mean, havent u heard, china is japan circa 1930,a
rising facist empire, out to devour everything in its path?

[1] *india's china war* by neville maxwell

[2] http://www.nytimes.com/1998/06/06/opinion/06iht-edgreg.t.html

[3] banned by jap*all the news without fear or favor*times

[4] http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA%20Hits/Wurlitzer_CIAHits.html


*****************

Posted by: denk | Dec 31, 2012 11:44:16 PM | 88


spengler1
*Time to restore the Republic by pivoting HOME*


frank l. bennett
* What we do is make a crises where there is none.*

http://www.alternet.org/comments/world/how-us-pivot-towards-asia-exacerbating-tensions-china#disqus_thread

Posted by: denk | Jan 1, 2013 11:07:19 AM | 89

This is not the Africa you're looking for

What Susan Rice Has Meant for U.S. Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa Right now, Africa is changing with extraordinary speed and in surprising ways, but American policy there remains stale and stuck in the past: unambitious, underinvested and conceptually outdated.

Where's b real, when you need em?

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jan 2, 2013 5:46:05 AM | 90

on yellow peril
http://notmytribe.com/2013/in-defense-of-china-against-us-imperialism-today-838114.html

Posted by: denk | Jan 6, 2013 11:29:40 PM | 92

Sorry b, there doesn't seem to be a new open thread, thought many would find this interesting..

Romantic Hackers : Keats, Wordsworth and Total Surveillance (30 min).

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jan 8, 2013 12:17:59 PM | 93

In 1791, the political reformer Jeremy Bentham theorized the Panopticon, whose design promised to allow a single Inspector to surveil (exercise “inspective force” over) large numbers of criminals or workers. In recent years, the advent of a suitable technical apparatus – CCTV, ISP taps (network traffic interception), data banks, and so on – has extended the proposed 30m circumference of Bentham’s structure to, and beyond, the physical boundaries of entire countries. While total surveillance is often perceived as a feature of modernity, its conceptual and epistemological framework is rooted in the Romantic period, moreover at a key juncture in the history of ideas concerning individual subjectivity, rights and freedoms. David Barnard-Wills refers to inspective culture as a “nexus of surveillance, identity and language” (2012). In this talk, we examine this nexus in the historical period that first, and so powerfully, imagined the fully surveilled world.

don't know whay this didn't post..

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jan 8, 2013 12:23:14 PM | 94

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