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Looks like we were mistaken all along. He had WMDs all this time.

No, not Saddam Hussein. Gaddafi.

And by "we" I mean Tony Blair, George W. Bush, and a ton of hand-wringing neocons who were quick to declare Gaddafi "one of us."

Just another example of how Obama's foreign policy isn't keeping us safe. Or something.
maxomai: (President Barack Hussein Obama)
Looks like we were mistaken all along. He had WMDs all this time.

No, not Saddam Hussein. Gaddafi.

And by "we" I mean Tony Blair, George W. Bush, and a ton of hand-wringing neocons who were quick to declare Gaddafi "one of us."

Just another example of how Obama's foreign policy isn't keeping us safe. Or something.
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  • Could the Libya bombing campaign - which, btw, I still support with reservations - be a fraud perpetrated by, of all things, a French neocon? Justin Raimondo makes his case here. If Raimondo is true, this could also help explain recent French intervention in the Ivory Coast.

  • Israel bombed Sudan on Tuesday, no reason given. It might make sense if they were trying to stop the flow of arms to Gaza, but that raises the question of whether it would simply be easier to instead work with Egypt to allow immigration out. It's soft ethnic cleansing, but it beats the current pressure cooker for almost everyone involved.

  • John Boehner proudly claims that there is "no light" between himself and the Tea Party. If this sounds nuts to you, consider that he's doing what Democrats have, by and large, failed to do, by embracing the Republican base.

  • It should not surprise you in the least that Pandora is sending your demographic data to advertisers. There is no such thing as a free lunch. The question is, who else is buying that information, and to what end?

  • Madonna's Kabbalah Centre project turns to Gamaliel. More here.

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  • Could the Libya bombing campaign - which, btw, I still support with reservations - be a fraud perpetrated by, of all things, a French neocon? Justin Raimondo makes his case here. If Raimondo is true, this could also help explain recent French intervention in the Ivory Coast.

  • Israel bombed Sudan on Tuesday, no reason given. It might make sense if they were trying to stop the flow of arms to Gaza, but that raises the question of whether it would simply be easier to instead work with Egypt to allow immigration out. It's soft ethnic cleansing, but it beats the current pressure cooker for almost everyone involved.

  • John Boehner proudly claims that there is "no light" between himself and the Tea Party. If this sounds nuts to you, consider that he's doing what Democrats have, by and large, failed to do, by embracing the Republican base.

  • It should not surprise you in the least that Pandora is sending your demographic data to advertisers. There is no such thing as a free lunch. The question is, who else is buying that information, and to what end?

  • Madonna's Kabbalah Centre project turns to Gamaliel. More here.

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There are reports coming in from Benghazi that Libya has resumed bombing. Al Jazeera is now also reporting that attacks have resumed and that one of the regime's jets was shot down. And via streaming video (http://www.livestream.com/libya17feb - if you're seeing this, go here now) I can hear gun fire very clearly.

The next 48 hours should be, um, interesting.
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There are reports coming in from Benghazi that Libya has resumed bombing. Al Jazeera is now also reporting that attacks have resumed and that one of the regime's jets was shot down. And via streaming video (http://www.livestream.com/libya17feb - if you're seeing this, go here now) I can hear gun fire very clearly.

The next 48 hours should be, um, interesting.
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And unintentional humor ensues.


Christiane Amanpour: Gadhafi Saif is joining me from Tripoli. Can you tell me where you are?

Said Gadhafi: I'm in Tripoli right now.

CA: Are you hiding? Are you worried?

SG: Hiding from whom?


Read the rest here.
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And unintentional humor ensues.


Christiane Amanpour: Gadhafi Saif is joining me from Tripoli. Can you tell me where you are?

Said Gadhafi: I'm in Tripoli right now.

CA: Are you hiding? Are you worried?

SG: Hiding from whom?


Read the rest here.
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  • Anonymous started releasing leaks from Bank of America detailing their schemes for fraudulently foreclosing on home mortgages. More at bankofamericasuck.com/ (currently slashdotted). Of course Slashdot has a discussion.

  • How's the revolution going in Libya? Not well. In fact, despite the claims of the Bengazi leadership and even if the rest of the world gets off their asses and establishes the no-fly zone they've been debating for almost three weeks now, it's looking almost certain than Bengazi will get crushed. And in Bahrain the Emir has asked Saudi Arabia to step in. Looks like the Arab Spring could be coming to a quick, bloody end soon, with only Egypt and Tunisia being the better.

  • Egypt blogger and metalhead @3arabawy (2) was using Flickr to store images for his awesomely-named Piggipedia project, intended to shine a light on the Egyptian secret police, especially their torturers. Flickr (which is, btw, still hosting some of the Piggipedia photos) decided that they didn't want to host photos from the Egyptian secret police complex, and deleted them, using the lame excuse that they violated IP. This turned into an epic fail when Anonymous, and then Slashdot, caught on. Now not only is the Piggipedia project (2 - PDF) alive, it's gotten more attention than it ever would have had Flickr not been a bunch of assholes who sympathize with torture. That, and of course Flickr looks like a bunch of assholes who sympathize with torture.

  • Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, and the mayors of Portland, Eugene, Seattle and Vancouver BC, have officially asked for the high-speed rail money that the teabagger governors have rejected. The hope is to have high-speed rail from BC to Duck Territory. (Beavers can drive to Salem.) More here and here.

  • James Cameron was set to produce and Guerillmo del Toro was set to direct a $150 million Universal Studios production of At The Mountains of Madness -- when Universal balked. According to Del Toro, the Studio's actuaries don't think that an R-rated movie (which Mountains of Madness would almost certainly be, because it's such an intense story) can gross enough to justify the $150M budget; and Del Toro wasn't willing to do this movie on a smaller budget, or worse yet, Disney up the story to guarantee a PG-13 rating. Lovecraft fans are mounting a campaign to get Universal to change their minds. There's even a FaceBook page.

  • Check out Qatar's web censor page. Isn't it just disgustingly cute?

  • Could this - an ancient settlement in Spain that was apparently wiped out by a tsunami - be Atlantis?

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  • Anonymous started releasing leaks from Bank of America detailing their schemes for fraudulently foreclosing on home mortgages. More at bankofamericasuck.com/ (currently slashdotted). Of course Slashdot has a discussion.

  • How's the revolution going in Libya? Not well. In fact, despite the claims of the Bengazi leadership and even if the rest of the world gets off their asses and establishes the no-fly zone they've been debating for almost three weeks now, it's looking almost certain than Bengazi will get crushed. And in Bahrain the Emir has asked Saudi Arabia to step in. Looks like the Arab Spring could be coming to a quick, bloody end soon, with only Egypt and Tunisia being the better.

  • Egypt blogger and metalhead @3arabawy (2) was using Flickr to store images for his awesomely-named Piggipedia project, intended to shine a light on the Egyptian secret police, especially their torturers. Flickr (which is, btw, still hosting some of the Piggipedia photos) decided that they didn't want to host photos from the Egyptian secret police complex, and deleted them, using the lame excuse that they violated IP. This turned into an epic fail when Anonymous, and then Slashdot, caught on. Now not only is the Piggipedia project (2 - PDF) alive, it's gotten more attention than it ever would have had Flickr not been a bunch of assholes who sympathize with torture. That, and of course Flickr looks like a bunch of assholes who sympathize with torture.

  • Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, and the mayors of Portland, Eugene, Seattle and Vancouver BC, have officially asked for the high-speed rail money that the teabagger governors have rejected. The hope is to have high-speed rail from BC to Duck Territory. (Beavers can drive to Salem.) More here and here.

  • James Cameron was set to produce and Guerillmo del Toro was set to direct a $150 million Universal Studios production of At The Mountains of Madness -- when Universal balked. According to Del Toro, the Studio's actuaries don't think that an R-rated movie (which Mountains of Madness would almost certainly be, because it's such an intense story) can gross enough to justify the $150M budget; and Del Toro wasn't willing to do this movie on a smaller budget, or worse yet, Disney up the story to guarantee a PG-13 rating. Lovecraft fans are mounting a campaign to get Universal to change their minds. There's even a FaceBook page.

  • Check out Qatar's web censor page. Isn't it just disgustingly cute?

  • Could this - an ancient settlement in Spain that was apparently wiped out by a tsunami - be Atlantis?

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The Times of London reports that the UK is ready to use force to "free" Libya. They also note Prime Minister David Cameron's remarks that the Gaddafi government is "illegitimate."

Every Libyan revolutionary - by which I mean the youth and workers, not the people defending the Gaddafi regime - that this author has heard from on Twitter and via Al Jazeera English has expressed their solid opinion that this kind of use of force is absolutely, positively, unequivocally unwelcome. What they want isn't direct military intervention. What they want is aid, international pressure on the Gaddafi regime, and maybe, depending on whom you ask, a no-fly zone. They also tell us that any occupation from Western powers (meaning specifically the UK and USA) would be met with fierce resistance.

None of this seems to faze the Tories, either because they're not hearing these voices or because these voices don't matter to them in the slightest.

And of course they shouldn't worry about the consequences of "freeing" a nation whose people do not welcome their presence. I mean ... how bad could it possibly get? Right?

Right?
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The Times of London reports that the UK is ready to use force to "free" Libya. They also note Prime Minister David Cameron's remarks that the Gaddafi government is "illegitimate."

Every Libyan revolutionary - by which I mean the youth and workers, not the people defending the Gaddafi regime - that this author has heard from on Twitter and via Al Jazeera English has expressed their solid opinion that this kind of use of force is absolutely, positively, unequivocally unwelcome. What they want isn't direct military intervention. What they want is aid, international pressure on the Gaddafi regime, and maybe, depending on whom you ask, a no-fly zone. They also tell us that any occupation from Western powers (meaning specifically the UK and USA) would be met with fierce resistance.

None of this seems to faze the Tories, either because they're not hearing these voices or because these voices don't matter to them in the slightest.

And of course they shouldn't worry about the consequences of "freeing" a nation whose people do not welcome their presence. I mean ... how bad could it possibly get? Right?

Right?
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Minister Farrakhan, I was very encouraged to see you finally address events in Libya earlier today. It shouldn't be a mystery to you that I've been waiting for you to comment on these events. After all, it was you who embraced Gaddafi as far back as the 1980s, and who was still embracing him as a friend as late as 2009. I am pleasantly surprised to see that you're sticking to your guns, saying that Gaddafi is still your friend and a friend of the NOI. I can't agree with your stance since Gaddafi is busy killing the workers and the youth of Libya in a vain attempt to hold on to power, but I give you points for consistency.

That said, I'm a little confused by this statement:

Farrakhan has described a 1985 religious experience in which he ascended into a flying saucer and heard the voice of Elijah Muhammad predicting events that came to pass. (Chicago Tribune)


If you knew about all this crap back in 1985, would have hurt you to tell your good friend Gaddafi about some of it ahead of time, so that he could make the necessary liberal reforms to keep the youth and the workers happy and avoid the mess he's in now? Maybe at least warn him that bombing Pan-Am 103 would cost him the life of one of his kids? What kind of friend doesn't at least give their good friend a heads up?

Also, I'd love to hear you expound upon L. Ron Hubbard more. I always figured there'd be a connection to NOI somewhere in there.
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Minister Farrakhan, I was very encouraged to see you finally address events in Libya earlier today. It shouldn't be a mystery to you that I've been waiting for you to comment on these events. After all, it was you who embraced Gaddafi as far back as the 1980s, and who was still embracing him as a friend as late as 2009. I am pleasantly surprised to see that you're sticking to your guns, saying that Gaddafi is still your friend and a friend of the NOI. I can't agree with your stance since Gaddafi is busy killing the workers and the youth of Libya in a vain attempt to hold on to power, but I give you points for consistency.

That said, I'm a little confused by this statement:

Farrakhan has described a 1985 religious experience in which he ascended into a flying saucer and heard the voice of Elijah Muhammad predicting events that came to pass. (Chicago Tribune)


If you knew about all this crap back in 1985, would have hurt you to tell your good friend Gaddafi about some of it ahead of time, so that he could make the necessary liberal reforms to keep the youth and the workers happy and avoid the mess he's in now? Maybe at least warn him that bombing Pan-Am 103 would cost him the life of one of his kids? What kind of friend doesn't at least give their good friend a heads up?

Also, I'd love to hear you expound upon L. Ron Hubbard more. I always figured there'd be a connection to NOI somewhere in there.
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This is more amusing than anything else: one of Gaddafi's palaces was taken over by protesters and they found several "witchcraft and sorcery" books in his collection. Al Jazeera broadcast footage of these books, which is included below:



I don't read Arabic, but I was lucky enough to get a translation from the very kind @MaissAl. According to her, the titles are:

1- The Talmud
2- Qabalah and Magic
3- Alliance of Satan *politics Mafia and religions Mafia* Author: abdulhaq alhur.
4- 72 secrets in Jewish mysticism
5- Facts about reincarnation and The Sixth Sense author: Dr. Kamal Othman bek .
6- Spirits and ghosts * Modern spiritual [ Lies and Facts ] .


So yeah...the Talmud is the Talmud, Qabalah is Qabalah, and the Mafia book could be interesting to a scholar if it is well researched. The rest just look like junk. It's the kind of stuff I'd find in a local new age bookstore.

Except, of course, that these titles were found in the library of a brutal monster.

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