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March 10, 2019

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-13

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama:

Electricity is again available in Caracas. Some parts of the country are still off the grid. Marco Rubio got egg on his face.


The New York Times walks back a false propaganda claim it made against Venezuela: Footage Contradicts U.S. Claim That Maduro Burned Aid Convoy.  Unmentioned in the Times piece is that this was already know and reported on February 24. The NYT may believe that this very late confession makes its other propaganda claims more believable. It doesn't.

Gideon Levy in Haaretz: Keep It Up, Ilhan Omar

Other stuff:

Peter Obone debunks a book written to smear Jeremy Corbyn as anti-semite: Jeremy Corbyn and the truth about Tom Bower's book. See also Medialens: The Fake News Nazi - Corbyn, Williamson And The Anti-Semitism Scandal


Craig Murray: Pure: Ten Points I Just Can’t Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative. Kit Klarenberg looks at the connection between the shady Integrity Initiative and the Skripal affair. Was II involved in initiating the incident? Integrity Initiative: The Sinister Chain of Events Leading Up to Salisbury.


Anyone remember Mullah Omar, the deceased leader of the Taliban? The U.S. military and intelligence services claimed over and over again that he was hiding in Pakistan. Bette Dam finds (pdf) that he wasn't:

After 2001, Mullah Omar never stepped foot in Pakistan, instead opting to hide in his native land—and for eight years, lived just a few miles from a major U.S. Forward Operating Base that housed thousands of soldiers.

In late 2001, after the U.S. invasion, Mullah Omar resigned as leader of the Taliban and the movement officially surrendered to Hamid Karzai who promised them reconciliation. The U.S. did not like that and launched a vengeful campaign against all former Taliban member. Eighteen years later the U.S. is suing for peace.

Mullah Omar lived quietly, meditated and studied religious text. Allah remarked on his death:

On April 23, 2013, Mullah Omar passed away. That day, Jabbar Omari told me, the hot, dry lands of southern Afghanistan experienced something he’d never seen before: a hail storm. I assumed it was hagiographic bluster, but later I found a U.S. army publication referring to that day: “More than 80 Task Force Falcon helicopters were damaged when a sudden unprecedented hailstorm hit Kandahar Airfield April 23, where nearly half of the brigade’s helicopters were parked.”


Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on March 10, 2019 at 11:52 AM | Permalink

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@Hausmeister #64
Unless you're asserting that the Moon's gravity causes cancer, your comment is utterly pointless.
More importantly, if you actually look at the total power exerted by the Moon on earth:
gravitic acceleration=1.625 m/s2
energy = 1/2*m*v-squared = 7.88 x 10exp24 joules
1 joule per second = 1 watt, so the power rating of the Moon's gravity = 7.88 x 10exp24 watts.
Making a very broad assumption that this energy is only distributed over the surface area of the earth, which=5.1x10exp8 km-squared=5.1x10exp14 m-squared, it means the Moon's gravity exerts a power of 15.4 billion watts per square meter, or approximately 400 billion times more energy than a cell tower broadcasts.
Indeed, ignorance is a fascinating thing...

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 14, 2019 10:25:39 AM | 101

@Pft #69
The problem with studies is that they rarely, if ever, actually list the actual risk.
Note that modern science is so obscure that there is enormous room for error and interpretation.
The study you mention doesn't actually contain any data but does refer to other studies. If you look at the other studies, you'll note that there is never any mention of absolute numbers: i.e. cell phones will cause cancer in X% more of the population than "normal".
What they say is cell phones *increase* cancer risk by Y%. What is the actual risk of cancer overall?
Note also that "incidence rate" is not calculated as you think. It is #cases/population multiplied by 100,000. Or in other words, a 1 incidence rate means actually 1000 cases in 100,000 people.
Actual cancer rate in the United States in 2018 was 1.7M out of a population of 326 million people = 0.5% overall. However... it is heavily skewed towards older people. If you're curious to see the distribution, you can see some data at:
The short summary is that the 0.5% occurrence = 521 incidence rate but that 92.5% of all the cancers in the UK data occur in people over the age of 50 with peak cancer incident rates occurring in the 80s.
Note we've only had cell phones for 20-ish years.
The single largest factor for cancer is age - the advent of cell phone data has not changed this noticeably in overall numbers.
Sure, there are studies using small numbers of people that announce a 50% increase in cancer rates - but the problem is that the actual occurrences are so low that the variability due to randomness is really high because most heavy cell phone users are people in the 20 to 40 range where 3.74% of all cancers occur (equals 0.000195 occurrences per 100 people or 0.195% rate and 19.5 incidence rate).
More importantly, if the study includes only 1000 or 10,000 people, a single occurrence above "average" will skew the results significantly because of the very low occurrence rate - and the non-sensational studies don't get published or publicized.
So yet again: if there is an effect, the absolute effect has to be significant and there has to be a demonstrable means.
Evidence, not panic-mongering or ignorance.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 14, 2019 10:49:53 AM | 102

@snake #96
I've already addressed the EU "study" - which isn't study but a study of studies and doesn't actually mention the absolute effect or a mechanism.
The Businesswire article - which BTW isn't either scientific or even principled since it is a "pay to play" outfit:
7 million sounds like a lot, but it is meaningless. How does increasing a voltage effect in a calcium channel equate to cancer? In particular, how does a voltage effect on a calcium channel equate to a DNA change and/or function alteration?
Anyone so worried about voltage changes should go back to nature - give up all electrical appliances and modern machinery. Radio, electrical appliances like refrigerators, lighting, modern car engines, etc all consume enormous amounts of electricity and generate electrical fields as a consequence. These fields are generally far, far stronger than cell phone signals albeit not as much in proximity individually, but very much proximate collectively.
In a previous post, I noted the relative power level of the Moon's gravity on Earth. If power levels are all that matter, there should be a clear correlation between the lunar cycle and cancer rates. I am fairly sure there isn't despite the literal 400 billion times more power involved - and there is very much a gravitic effect on atoms as we can see by the tides around earth's oceans.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 14, 2019 10:59:25 AM | 103

Syria’s White Helmets Court Bernie Sanders And Other New Friends

Last Tuesday, two representatives of the group, officially known as Syria Civil Defense, met with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Through the course of the trip, White Helmets members had their first encounters with Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a progressive favorite, and a raft of other lawmakers who have not previously engaged with them, like moderate GOP Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana.

“As we try to come up with a plan to end the devastating war in Syria, it’s very important to hear from those who are experiencing it firsthand,” Sanders told HuffPost. “The death and destruction taking place in Syria, and the brutality of the Assad regime is almost beyond belief. I was honored to meet with these incredibly brave volunteers, ordinary men and women, who risk their lives to help their fellow citizens.”

... Gabbard’s office confirmed to HuffPost that the congresswoman would be willing to meet with the group, too.

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Consortium News: The White Helmets Controversy

21st Century Wire: White Helmets

MoA archives also contains lots of info about the White Helmets.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 14, 2019 11:03:10 AM | 104

@104 jr.. that is quite pathetic and predictable too... they sure are being rammed down everyone's throats.. it is amazing a group embedded with 'moderate rebels' or friggin' 'headchopping cult freaks' - depending on your viewpoint - get an open court on a regular basis with western politicians.. why is that? i think it is the same reason lobby groups for corporations have the open ear of the politicians.. someone is paying someone to give the white helmets access, like a corporation gets...

Posted by: james | Mar 14, 2019 12:04:07 PM | 105


“As we try to come up with a plan to end the devastating war in Syria, it’s very important to hear from those who are experiencing it firsthand,” Sanders told HuffPost.

That's an American imperialist for you. I'd say "we" have done more than enough. But the typical American, of whatever superficial political identification, will never understand that the best thing America could possibly do, anywhere on earth, is to GET OUT AND STAY OUT.

Posted by: Russ | Mar 14, 2019 12:38:34 PM | 106

Everybody knows 5lies MSM are virulently anti Chinese by nature, yet even BBC, CNN etc have something positive to say about China....once in a blue moon.

There's an army of self styled 'progressives' in alt media tho, who's sinophobia make the likes of BBC looks positively benign.

Exhibit A...
China is just as bad,
NO, China is far worse,
Hell, China is pure evil of our time,
YOu aint seen nuthin yet,
US is only 60% bad, China sucks 100%, without redemption.

I dunno how do these 'progressives' manage to reach such conclusions, but how does it stack up against reality ?

YOu decide.
[Pft N CO need not apply]


Chinese congress session in progress,

Complete the following in the next five year plan,

Eradicate poverty completely.
Reduce air pollution by another 40%,
Plant another 100M trees ,
Intensify investments in green tech,
max crackdown on corruption,...
Achieve moderate prosperity for all.

murkkan CON-gress in action,


Take out Maduro by hook or by crook,
Send more arms to Saudi to fight the Yemenis,
Squeeze the Iranians harder until they cry mama,
Intensity trade war on China,
Step up provocations in SCS, ECS, TW straits,
Tell those pesky Okinawans to go fuck themselves,
Authorise an immediate invasion on Agrabah ! [1]

Tip of an iceberg.

The list is too long but you get the drift.


Enuff said.

Posted by: denk | Mar 14, 2019 2:02:38 PM | 107

More fun facts:
Lung cancer rates in the UK are about 3x higher for smokers than non-smokers. If I assume 3/4 of all lung cancer deaths are due to smoking (certainly too high), this is 35000 "extra" deaths per year due to smoking. However, this translates out to 0.0005 deaths per 100, 0.05% rate, 57 incidence rate (out of 100,000).
To put this in perspective: car accident deaths = 4 incidence rate, suicide is around 15.
In reality, about 20% of British smoke today with 40% or more decades ago - so that actual extra deaths are much more likely 15K/20K.
I also realized the moon gravity example is better served by a direct human comparison. Let's say the example human weighs 50 kg and has a 1.5 meter by 0.5 meter cross section. 1/2 mv2 = 66 joules = 66 watts. Divided into cross section area and normalizing to 1 square meter = 88 watts per square meter, or roughly 2000 times more energy than the cell signal.
Lunar cancer, anyone?

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 14, 2019 2:21:56 PM | 108

You see this napkin? In 24 hours, we could have the signatures of 70 Senators on this napkin.

–Steven Rosen, AIPAC

Questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable.

–Rep. Juan Vargas, D-CA

If this capitol crumbled to the ground, the one thing that would remain would be our commitment to aid — I won’t even call it aid — our cooperation with Israel.

–Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA

AIPAC now seems acutely sensitive to the appearance of dual loyalty. The theme of this year’s AIPAC conference was “Israel, an American Value”.

–Jeffrey Goldberg, The New Yorker

Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 14, 2019 5:16:31 PM | 109

@ Anonymous with the quotes....thanks.

I am going to take the liberty of posting them on the new Open Thread so that they may be viewed more widely.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 14, 2019 7:45:16 PM | 110

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