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A kid “genetically ill”. And written by someone who has no kids…

There is this genetically transmitted disease called Myopathy, a  terminally deadly illness that afflict boys, and transmitted by the mothers.

The kid shows signs of incapacity to control his gripping muscles, holding firmly any object, and does fall down very frequently.

The kids will ultimately be handicapped in a wheelchair and his life expectancy barely exceed 20 of age.

The transmitted disease is acquired through generation of inbred marriages within closed communities, from repeated close relative intermarriages…

That is cause for a lot of blames to be spread around every which way

You blame your God, your community customs and habits,…

You blame ignorance and the failure of medical advances to finding a cure…

You may blame your God for punishing a kid instead of the real guilty and culprit…

You tend to blame your God to attacking a kid so that you are reduced to beg Him for a compassion that  is not of His nature…

A God playing the ultimate in politics game of afflicting your close family members in order to adore Him the harder…

The mother blame her mother and barely feels soothed that the grandmother is apologizing for her responsibilities in the matter…

We should know by now that we were born to die.

There are statistics of life expectancies for each incurable disease, life-style, “race”, genders, age…

There are statistics of life expectancies for every serious disease that is curable too, for every kinds of surgery…

Regardless, if you factor in the many dangers in modern life-style, you may die much earlier than “expected”

If you factor in the increased medical breakthrough whose time has come, you may live a while longer…

Too complicated a life to play the blame game…

If we could learn to display a genuine smile in a state of full joy and contentment… this moment is worth a lifetime of blame spreading to anyone observing you, worth a lifetime away from the long faces…

Do you think people marry in order to consciously increase its own species?

Do you think people marry and beget descendants with the full consciousness of the ultimate truth of death?

I doubt that anything we do or act upon is generated by a conscious awareness of our demise.

All we do and act upon is to please the community, to feel accepted and recognized as a “wise” member who agrees with the community vaster and deeper wise customs…

Pleasing our community is one of the thousand of unconscious orders that we all succumb to, even at very old age…

Note: Written by someone who never married, and who doesn’t have kids. Was it an act of tacit rebellion against obeying community forceful desires?

There are very rare cases where an awesome girl demands the hand of a plain-looking man. I am lucky to have survived that long, so far. Just playing it dumb. though I’m a terrible actor. A dumb face helps in the game.

Exclusive CIA Files : US Helped Saddam Gas Iranians
The US permits itself to gas anyone considered an arch enemy of the time. It used chemical weapons in WWII, Orange gas in Viet Nam on a massive scale, exported Chemical weapons, and aided Saddam of Iraq to gas Iranians and Kurds…
The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus .Foreign Policy has learned that a generation ago, America’s military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen.

The intelligence included imagery and maps about Iranian troop  movements, as well as the locations of Iranian logistics facilities and details about Iranian air defenses.

The Iraqis used mustard gas and sarin prior to 4 major offensives in early 1988 that relied on U.S. satellite imagery, maps, and other intelligence. These attacks helped to tilt the war in Iraq’s favor and bring Iran to the negotiating table, and they ensured that the Reagan administration’s long-standing policy of securing an Iraqi victory would succeed.

The usage of chemical weapons were also the last in a series of chemical strikes stretching back several years that the Reagan administration knew about and didn’t disclose.

SHANE HARRIS AND MATTHEW M. AID published this AUGUST 26, 2013 on FP: “The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history — and still gave him a hand…”

Saddam Hussein

U.S. officials have long denied acquiescing to Iraqi chemical attacks, insisting that Hussein’s government never announced he was going to use the weapons. But retired Air Force Col. Rick Francona, who was a military attaché in Baghdad during the 1988 strikes, paints a different picture.


“The Iraqis never told us that they intended to use nerve gas. They didn’t have to. We already knew,” Francona told Foreign Policy.

According to recently declassified CIA documents and interviews with former intelligence officials like Francona, the U.S. had firm evidence of Iraqi chemical attacks beginning in 1983.

At the time, Iran was publicly alleging that illegal chemical attacks were carried out on its forces, and was building a case to present to the United Nations. But it lacked the evidence implicating Iraq, much of which was contained in top secret reports and memoranda sent to the most senior intelligence officials in the U.S. government. The CIA declined to comment for this story.

In contrast to today’s wrenching debate over whether the United States should intervene to stop alleged chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, the United States applied a cold calculus 3 decades ago to Hussein’s widespread use of chemical weapons against his enemies and his own people.

The Reagan administration decided that it was better to let the attacks continue if they might turn the tide of the war. And even if they were discovered, the CIA wagered that international outrage and condemnation would be muted.

In the documents, the CIA said that Iran might not discover persuasive evidence of the weapons’ use — even though the agency possessed it. Also, the agency noted that the Soviet Union had previously used chemical agents in Afghanistan and suffered few repercussions.

It has been previously reported that the United States provided tactical intelligence to Iraq at the same time that officials suspected Hussein would use chemical weapons. But the CIA documents, which sat almost entirely unnoticed in a trove of declassified material at the National Archives in College Park, Md., combined with exclusive interviews with former intelligence officials, reveal new details about the depth of the United States’ knowledge of how and when Iraq employed the deadly agents.

They show that senior U.S. officials were being regularly informed about the scale of the nerve gas attacks.

They are tantamount to an official American admission of complicity in some of the most gruesome chemical weapons attacks ever launched.

Note: This is one of 4 pages http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/25/secret_cia_files_prove_america_helped_saddam_as_he_gassed_iran

50 Years After the March on Washington, and Still Fighting for Jobs and Freedom

 Kenyon Farrow posted this August 22, 2013 on RH Reality Check:

On Saturday, August 24, tens of thousands of people will descend on the nation’s capital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the actual anniversary of which is August 28.

There have been some grumblings that the anniversary events will not duly encompass contemporary racial justice issues, and need to do more than re-live the famous images of the past.

I am often frustrated with the way racial justice issues for Black people can only be characterized as racist if they somehow reference past symbols of racial violence: legal “lynching,” the “new Jim Crow,” and Paula Dean’s antebellum-themed summer soiree.

The threats to cutting food stamps, the rollback on abortion access (which disproportionately affects poor women), the battles for low-wage workers and teachers, and the various fights over racial profiling in New York City, New Orleans, and Sanford, Florida, are all contemporary issues facing Black people in the United States, and each need their own mass mobilizations here and now.

The March on Washington, 1963.

The March on Washington, 1963. (Aude / WikiMedia Commons)

What’s past is prologue.

Many of the gains made as a result of the Civil Rights Movement are being rolled back, and some of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions are great examples of this, demonstrating just how much a constant presence the nation’s racist past remains.

In Shelby County v. Holder, the Court ruled section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional. Arguing in its decision that “things have changed in the South,” the Court nullified the formula initially created by the act to determine what jurisdictions needed federal “preclearance” before amending “any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting.”

Critical race legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw told Washington, D.C.’s Afro-American newspaper that the decision was akin to “building a dam to keep the lowlands from flooding and for 40 years the lowlands don’t flood and then deciding that you don’t need the dam anymore.”

But the Court didn’t stop at gutting voting rights. The Supreme Court also ruled in two cases making it more difficult for employees to sue on the grounds of racial discrimination. In Vance v. Ball State University, the Court ruling narrowed the definition of “supervisor” held by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Essentially, the Court decided that supervisors can only be held liable in a discrimination case if they have power over the hiring, firing, changing of work responsibilities, promoting, or demoting of an employee. (All these functions are not the role of the supervisor)

In a second case, University of Texas Southern Medical Center v. Vassar, the Court decided employees must prove that they’ve been denied a promotion or raise only because of discrimination—which gives employers more room to claim a host of other reasons why someone didn’t get a promotion or raise.

Much of the coverage of the Supreme Court decisions this summer focused on those regarding same-sex marriage.

Many people were thrilled that the Court declined to rule on the Proposition 8 case (which essentially made a lower appeals court decision in favor of same-sex marriage in California valid), and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which made same-sex marriages recognized by the federal government in the states that currently allow such unions.

But this ruling is not without racial implications. As American University law professor Nancy Polikoff noted in a statement about the ruling, “The demographics of who marries now is highly skewed by race and class. There is every reason to assume those demographics will hold for lesbians and gay men as well. So we will have same-sex couples who don’t marry, just as we have different-sex couples who don’t marry.”

It is important to note, as Polikoff hinted, that African Americans as a U.S. racial group are the least likely to be married.

And even if Black gay and lesbians want to get married, the areas with the highest proportion of Black same-sex couples are in Southern states that have constitutional bans on such unions.

So even looking at the DOMA decision from a kind of “states’ rights” perspective, the situation is still one in which there is a liberalization of laws in states that have fewer Blacks.

And the places where Black people reside in great numbers (or are highly concentrated) have the most restrictive voting rules, drug enforcement, and access to social safety-net programs like food stamps and Medicaid, and the least labor protections.

In fact, if we go back one year to the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, we see that a vast majority of the states that are not opting in to the expansion of Medicaid (and all the ancillary benefits for community health centers, hospitals, and health-care jobs that come with it) are in the South, with large uninsured Black populations.

A recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that because of this, nearly 6 out of 10 African Americans who would have otherwise qualified for the Medicaid expansion in 2014 live in states where they will not receive it.

But despite these legal challenges, it seems clear to me that we are on the precipice of a moment of mass civil disobedience particularly involving Black people, the likes of which we have not seen in decades. From the Moral Monday protests in North Carolina, to the Dream Defenders in Florida taking on gun laws involved in the murder of Trayvon Martin and the prosecution of Marissa Alexander, to teachers and parents in Chicago and Philadelphia getting arrested to prevent school closures, to striking fast-food and Walmart workers, to all the work challenging racial profiling and police violence, from New York City to New Orleans, this may be a historic moment for the Civil Rights Movement of today that is largely being reported by mainstream media as isolated incidents and not a potential turning of the tide.

Though I grow tired of always pinning Black people to the past, I don’t think the Civil Rights Movement has the same level of emotional resonance for young people as it has for some others, and that can actually be a barrier to new forms of organizing, mobilizing, and resistance. But I do think, on August 24 at the National Mall, we have many struggles we’ll be carrying into the future.

What the UN inspectors are doing in Syria? Time to recollected their mission in Iraq…What changed between 2003 and 2013?

Is it true that Russia has declared that it will not intervene against the Western preemptive strikes on Syria?

Many believe that the meeting in Jordan is to put the final touch on Geneva 2 conference to resolve politically the civil war in Syria, and to defuse any military strikes.

Like striking what targets? Not chemical depots as you might surmise.

The strikes will target communication facilities, power production and transmission facilities, headquarters of central commands, infrastructures for producing even shells and bullets…

The strikes are not interested in the weapon depots, just facilities for producing weapons…

The strikes are meant to disorganize and weaken a strong and unified Syrian army, determined to foil any partition of the Syrian nation.

The problem is not Bashar al Assad: That was a problem in 2011.

The problem is a unified and well trained army, ready to back any political independent decision to maintain Syria self sufficiency, a unified Syria…

Russia and the USA have agreed that the next Cold War partition for dominion in the Middle East should eliminate any strong armies, and reduce them for internal security missions…

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Let us RECAPITULATE what was the main mission of the UN inspectors in Iraq before 2003:

February 2003: Colin Powell goes before the United Nations Security Council and scrolls through photos of trucks presented as prototypes of mobile laboratory of biological research, satellite photos for plants and chemical weapons bunkers in Iraq and has finally a vial of white powder: anthrax. (Colin Powell publicly regretted for lying, 3 years later after he resigned…)

March 2003: The United Nations Hans Blix Inspector indicates that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. The US and British Tony Blair PM faked not to believe Blix…

March 2003: Invasion of Iraq by a loose coalition led by the United States and not satisfying any UN mandate...

September 2004: Iraq Survey Group charged by the U.S. Government to find these weapons declared that there were no more chemical weapons since 1991

January 2005: the Chief Inspector of the ISG mission, Charles Duelfer, claimed that “it cannot be ruled out that the ADM (chemical weapons) has been transferred to Syria.”.  He cited “a significant number of credible evidence”?

December 2008: Bush acknowledged to ABC News, that “the biggest regret of this Presidency will be the failure of credible intelligence on Iraq.” (Meaning not finding any nuclear facilities…)

March 2013: Attack with chemical weapons to Khan el Asal in Syria

May 2013: Carla Del Ponte reveals that the UN investigation commission has concrete and serious evidence that the rebels have used sarin gas.

August 19, 2013: UN experts arrive in Syria to investigate Khan al-Assal

August 21, 2013: with a developed sense of “timing”… New attack with nerve gas… in the suburbs of Damascus

August 22: The UN team dropped the investigation of Khan el Asal… and UN inspection team directed its attention to the Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus…

The United Nations asked for the Syria access to the site in the suburbs of Damascus

August 24: the system authorizes the United Nations to investigate.  Obama and Cameron agreed that Syria regime had probably carried out a chemical weapons attack and consider military options against Damascus.

August 24: The US administration says that it has no doubt about the responsibility of the regime.

August 25: Laurent Fabius (France foreign affairs minister and of Israel too)… considers that there is “no doubt” about the attack with chemical weapons near Damascus and put the entire “responsibility” on the Syrian regime

August 26/ today: beginning of the mission of experts from the United Nations. The mandate of the inspectors is to assess if there is a use of chemicals or weapons, but not to determine who is responsible. !!!!!!!!!!

The moral of this story? The wolf has no need for actual and objective proofs.

What changed between 2003 and 2013?

In 2003, the US conducted a preemptive war on Iraq in order to physically plan and control the routes of the Gas pipelines crossing Iraq and Syria. The mission failed and Russia, China, and Iran drew the routes for the gas pipelines.

In 2013, the US and Russia agreed on partitioning the Middle East https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/next-cold-war-partition-line-for-dominion-is-being-drawn/

Note: This post was inspired by an article of Khalil Toubia recapitulating the timeline of the UN inspections in Iraq

Vital public services Not to be Privatized: Failure is the norm

8 Ways Privatization Has Failed America: Health Care, Water, (Internet, TV, and Phone), Transportation, Banking, Education, and Consumer Protection

Ted Koppel said: “Some of America’s leading news analysts are beginning to recognize the fallacy of the “free market”.

Fareed Zakaria admitted “We are privatizing ourselves into one disaster after another. I am a big fan of the free market…But precisely because it is so powerful, in places where it doesn’t work well, it can cause huge distortions.”

They’re right. A little analysis reveals that privatization doesn’t seem to work in any of the areas vital to the American public.Privatization Sucks

Paul Buchheit published in www.commondreams.org this August 6, 2013:

Health Care

Our private health care system is by far the most expensive system in the developed world.

42% of sick Americans skipped doctor’s visits and/or medication purchases in 2011 because of excessive costs. The price of common surgeries is anywhere from three to 10 times higher in the U.S. than in Great Britain, Canada, France, or Germany.

Some of the documented tales: a $15,000 charge for lab tests for which a Medicare patient would have paid a few hundred dollars; an $8,000 special stress test for which Medicare would have paid $554; and a $60,000 gall bladder operation, which was covered for $2,000 under a private policy.

As the examples begin to make clear, Medicare is more cost-effective. According to the Council for Affordable Health Insurance, Medicare administrative costs are about one-third that of private health insurance.

More importantly, our ageing population has been staying healthy. While as a nation we have a shorter life expectancy than almost all other developed countries, Americans covered by Medicare INCREASED their life expectancy by 3.5 years from the 1960s to the turn of the century.

Free-market health care has been taking care of the CEOs. Ronald DePinho, president of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, made $1,845,000 in 2012. That’s over 10 times as much as the $170,000 made by the federal Medicare Administrator in 2010.

Stephen J. Hemsley, the CEO of United Health Group, made three hundred times as much, with most of his $48 million coming from stock gains.

Water

A Citigroup economist gushed, “Water as an asset class will, in my view, become eventually the single most important physical-commodity based asset class, dwarfing oil, copper, agricultural commodities and precious metals.”

Privatization is wrong

A 2009 analysis of water and sewer utilities by Food and Water Watch found that private companies charge up to 80% more for water and 100 percent more for sewer services.

A more recent study confirms that privatization will generally “increase the long-term costs borne by the public.” Privatization is “shortsighted, irresponsible and costly.”

Numerous examples of water privatization abuses or failures have been documented in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Texas, Massachusetts, Rhode Island — just about anywhere it’s been tried.

Meanwhile, corporations have been making outrageous profits on a commodity that should be almost free. Nestle buys water for about 1/100 of a penny per gallon, and sells it back for ten dollars. Their bottled water is not much different from tap water.

Worse yet, corporations profit from the very water they pollute. Dioxin-dumping Dow Chemicals is investing in water purification. Monsanto has been accused of privatizing its own pollution sites in order to sell filtered water back to the public.

Privatization of water protest

Bolivians protest privatization of water.

Internet, TV, and Phone

It seems the whole world is leaving us behind on the Internet. According to the OECD, South Korea has Internet speeds up to 200 times faster than the average speed in the U.S., at about half the cost.

Customers are charged about $30 a month in Hong Kong or Korea or parts of Europe for much faster service than in the U.S., while triple-play packages in other countries go for about half of our Comcast or AT&T charges.

Bloomberg notes that deregulators in the 1990s anticipated a market-based decline in phone and cable bills, an “invisible hand” that would steer competing companies to lower prices for all of us. Verizon and AT&T and Comcast and Time-Warner haven’t let it happen.

Transportation

As Republicans continue to deride public transportation as ‘socialist’ and ‘Soviet-style,’ China surges ahead with a plan to create the world’s most advanced high-speed rail transport network. Government-run high-speed rail systems have been successful in numerous other countries, and England and Brazil both lament industry privatization.Privatizatin equals corruption

As a warning to wannabe Post Office privatizers, Greyhound and Trailways once provided service to remote locations in America, but deregulation intervened. The bus companies eliminated unprofitable routes, and cutbacks and salary decreases, all in the name of optimal profits, resulted in drivers working up to 100 hours a week — a fact to consider any time each of us ride the bus.

With privatization comes automatic rate increasesChicago surrendered its parking meters for 75 years and almost immediately faced a doubling of parking rates.

California’s experiments with roadway privatization resulted in cost overruns, public outrage, and a bankruptcy; equally disastrous was the state’s foray into electric power privatization. In Pennsylvania, an analysis of school busing by the Keystone Research Center concluded that “Contracting out substantially increases state spending on transportation services.”

Banking

The industry is bloated with deceit and depravity. Almost all of the big names have taken part. Goldman Sachs designed mortgage packages to lose money for everyone except Goldman.

Countrywide and Wells Fargo targeted Blacks and Hispanics for unaffordable subprime loans. HSBC Bank laundered money for Mexican drug cartels. GE Capital skimmed billions of dollars from its customers. Dozens of hedge fund managers have been guilty of insider trading.

Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase hid billions of dollars of bonuses and losses and loans from investors. Banks fixed interest rates in the LIBOR scandal. T

hey illegally foreclosed on millions of homeowners in the robo-signing scandal.

Matt Taibbi explained to us how financial malfeasance led to the bubbles in dot-com stocks and housing and oil prices and commodities that extract trillions of dollars away from society.

This is all the result of free-market deregulated private business. The best-known public bank, on the other hand, is the Bank of North Dakota, which remains profitable while serving small business and the public at low cost relative to the financial industry.

Prisons

Privatization Prisons No

One would think it a worthy goal to rehabilitate prisoners and gradually empty the jails. But business is too good.

With each prisoner generating up to $40,000 a year in revenue, it has apparently made economic sense to put over two million people behind bars.

The need to fill privatized prisons has contributed to mass jailings for drug offenses, with African Americans, who make up 13% of the population, accounting for 53.5%of all persons who entered prison because of a drug conviction. Yet marijuana usage rates are about the same for Blacks and whites.

Studies show that private prisons perform poorly in numerous ways: prevention of intra-prison violence, jail conditions, rehabilitation efforts. Investigations in Ohio and New Jersey revealed a familiar pattern of money-saving cutbacks and worsening conditions.

Education

The notion that charter schools outperform traditional public schools is not supported by the facts. An updated 2013 Stanford University CREDO study concluded that privatized schools were slightly better in reading and slightly worse in math, with little difference overall. Charter results have shown an improvement since 2009.

An independent study by Bold Approach found that “reforms deliver few benefits, often harm the students they purport to help, and divert attention from…policies with more promise to weaken the link between poverty and low educational attainment.”

Just as with prisons and hospitals, cost-saving business strategies apply to the privatization of our children’s education.

Charter school teachers have fewer years of experience and a higher turnover rate. Non-teacher positions have insufficient retirement plans and health insurance, and much lower pay.

If big money has its way, our children may become high-tech symbols and objects. Bill Gates proposes quality control for the student assembly line, with video footage from the classrooms sent to evaluators to check off teaching skills.Privatization doesn't work

Consumer Protection

Warning signs about unregulated privatization are becoming clearer and more deadly. The Texas fertilizer plant, where 14 people were killed in an explosion and fire, was last inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over 25 years ago. T

he U.S. Forest Service, stunned by the Prescott, Arizona fire that killed 19, was forced by the sequester to cut 500 firefighters.

The rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec followed deregulation of Canadian railways.

Regulation is meant to protect all of us, but anti-government activists have worked hard to turn us against our own best interests.

Among recommended Republican cuts is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which rescued hundreds of people after Hurricane Sandy while serving millions more with meals and water.

In another ominous note for the future, the House passed the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, which would deny the Environmental Protection Agency the right to enforce the Clean Water Act.

Deregulation not only deprives Americans of protection, but it also endangers us with the persistent threat of corporate misconduct.

As late as 2004 Monsanto had insisted that Agent Orange ”is not the cause of serious long-term health effects.

Dow Chemical, the co-manufacturer of Agent Orange, blamed the government.

Halliburton pleaded guilty to destroying evidence after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. Cleanups cost much more than the fines imposed on offending companies, as government costs can run into the billions, or even tens of billions, of dollars.

People vs. Profits

As summed up by US News, “Private industry is not going to step in and save people from drowning, or help them rebuild their homes without a solid profit.”

In order to stay afloat as a nation we need each other, not savvy businesspeople who presume to tell us all how to be rich. We can’t all be rich. We just want to keep from drowning.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

Paul Buchheit is a college teacher, an active member of US Uncut Chicago, founder and developer of social justice and educational websites (UsAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org, RappingHistory.org)

He is the editor and main author of American Wars: Illusions and Realities” (Clarity Press). He can be reached at paul@UsAgainstGreed.org.

Why Israel begged for an immediate cease fire in its preemptive July War of 2006?

If you want to know the context of the July War that lasted 33 days, you may read the Note first.

Hassan Nasr Allah, Hezbollah Secretary General, gave an extensive interview to Ghassan Ben Jeddo on the channel Al Mayadeen, a day before the car bombing of Bir Al Abed that harvested 26 killed and over 270 injured.
In that interview, corresponding to the anniversary of the cease fire of Israel preemptive war on Lebanon in 2006, Nasr Allah explained:
“In the first 29 days of the war, Bush Jr. and his administration vouched that this war will not end until Hezbollah is wiped out or decide to turn over all its weapons…”
On day 30, Israel sent messages that it is ready to consider a cease fire, but preferred to play coy and insisted on the preconditions:
1. The UN peace keeping forces should be increased to 15,000 instead of the present 2,000 soldiers
2. No Lebanese southern refugees (about 400,000) will be denied the right to return until the 15,000 UN force has arrived. It was estimated that this UN force to assemble will take 5 months to be ready to be deployed.
3. Hezbollah military forces will vacate behind the Litany River and be substituted with the Lebanese regular army…
Hezbollah refused, and its missiles kept showering the Israeli settlements and reaching far inside Israel. About over 600,000 Israelis fled their settlements.
On day 31, Israel ambassador to the UN woke up Qatar ambassador Hamad at 3 am and begged him to do his best to arrange for an immediate cease fire.
US ambassador George Bolton insisted on Hamad to do his best effort for this most urgent demand, claiming that their friend Israel have begged Bush Jr. to desist and accept a cease fire.
(Mind you that Bolton is the one who ironically asked the Arab ambassadors to the UN to take their yearly vacation since this war is going to last…)
At the first meeting of Hamad with Nasr Allah, the main question on his mind was:
What happened for Israel to drop all its preconditions and beg for a cease fire?”
Nasr Allah gave his own interpretation:
Israel has used up all its tactical and strategic means to conduct successful operations within Lebanon.
1. Israel air force bombed everything and even all Lebanon infrastructure, electrical power centers, bridges and production facilities… and yet, Hezbollah missiles increased in numbers, in reach and in accuracy within Israel…
2. Israel navy suffered direct hits and casualty and was taken out of further coordinating operations
3. The many land operations were disastrous and the most modern Merkava tanks were not match to the Cornet missiles
4. Israel failed to hold on any small village during the previous days, even those on the borders. Israeli troops would show up in the morning and retreat in the evening…
5. The last major incursion to reach the Litany River, 6 km away from Israel, the supposed dividing line for a cease fire, was a total fiasco: Over 150 tanks were destroyed and hundred officers and soldiers were left on the field of operation…
Israel thought out one last shot, a night operation: Israel realized that Hezbollah never tried to shoot down any helicopter at night and assumed that Hezbollah lacks night facilities and gears.
And consequently, on the 30th night, Israel dispatch a helicopter carrying 5 officers to prepare the ground for the night operation and landing.
A Cornet missile shot down the helicopter and the 5 officers died. (Cornet missiles are meant to target tanks)
And Israel lost every hope for any meaningful operation in this war. Israel was to be on the receiving end of Hezbollah missiles for any additional day that this war last. Hezbollah was launching over 300 missiles every day and reaching far away strategic installations within Israel.
Nasr Allah confirmed that Hezbollah had missiles that could reach Tel Aviv if Israel refused to take his warning seriously by bombing Beirut.  And Israel refrained from bombing the Capital Beirut because it believed the words of Nasr Allah.
On the last minutes before the cease fire took effect, Hezbollah had the last word and showered Israel with hundreds of missiles.
And why the Lebanese government delayed its response to the Resolution 1701 with devastating consequences?
Note: War in context.
On July 12, Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers on the borders. Hezbollah has been Warning Israel and the Lebanese authorities that it will kidnap soldiers to swap with Lebanese prisoners in Israel.
Israel had already conducted prisoner swaps before with Hezbollah under German hospices, and it was to be business as usual this time around. Two difficulties emerged:
1. A tank arrived on the scene and was destroyed by a land mine, killing all its crew
2. Bush Jr. and Saudi Arabia were totally upset with Hezbollah successes, and pressured Israel to launch a total preemptive war.
A preemptive war was already programmed and planned for late September, and Israel was not ready for an earlier war.  Israel Chief of Staff Halutz promised his government a swift air strike that would put Hezbollah on its knees within two days.
Three days and nights of intensive airstrikes didn’t prevent Hezbollah from delivering hundreds of missiles within Israel.
Israel Foreign Minister Livni asked the government to stop the war since the Jews in the settlements were fleeing en mass and Israel had no experience with these internal problems due to Israelis taking refuge elsewhere. And the settlement had no underground refuge or bunkers for these kinds of wars.
Bush Jr. and his administration would not listen to Israeli dilemma and insisted on the resumption of total war until Hezbollah is wiped out…

Egypt casualties matching Iraq score this month?

The UN and international communities are trying hard to forget that Iraq still exist. The monthly casualties in Iraq due to daily dozen terrorist attacks on civilians have climbed to over 3,000.

Iraq, this once most highly literate State and the wealthiest among the “Arab” States has been reduced to suffer the ignominies of the most ignorant and Takfiri terrorist movements implanted by Saudi Arabia Wahhabi regime.

And Egypt restored ex-generals’ role in provinces before the latest mass bloody crackdown on the peaceful sit-in of the Moslem Brotherhood movement. The casualties are climbing quickly: Over 560 killed and 4,000 injured withing a day, and every day scores are being harvested since the bloody crackdown on peaceful demonstrators.

Tom Perry posted in Aswat Masriya (Egyptian Voices) this August 13, 2013

CAIRO, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim president named at least 18 new provincial governors on Tuesday, half of them retired generals, in a shake-up that restored the influence of men from army and police backgrounds and flushed out Muslim Brotherhood members.

Deposed President Mohamed Mursi had appointed a number of civilians as provincial governors during his one year in office. Many of them were members of the Brotherhood. That marked a break with the Hosni Mubarak era, when the posts typically went to retired army and police officers.

The new appointees were sworn in by interim President Adli Mansour, head of the army-backed government which replaced the Mursi administration that was removed from power last month after mass protests against Brotherhood rule.

                            Minister of Defence and Military Production Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inspects an air defence formation on March 28, 2013 – photo from the Facebook page of the military spokesman

Critics said the line-up announced on Tuesday was a step backwards.

“It is Mubarak’s days,” prominent blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah wrote on his Twitter feed. “Down down with every Mubarak. Sisi is Mubarak,” he added, referring to General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief who deposed Mursi.

Mursi’s final days in office were marked by controversy fuelled by his decision to appoint a member of the Gamaa Islamiya, a once-armed Islamist group, as governor of Luxor, where members of the movement killed 58 tourists in 1997.

Mursi’s appointment of Brotherhood members as provincial governors fuelled accusations that his movement was staging a power grab – a charge the Brotherhood always denied but which added fuel the uprising against his rule.

Strong Egypt party, a party led by former Brotherhood politician Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, described the shake up as “a step towards the militarization of the state that copied the approach of the Brotherhood“, Al-Ahram reported, quoting its spokesman.

In a meeting at the presidential palace, Mansour told the governors their priority was to improve public services, “provide essential commodities at appropriate prices, and bring about security in the Egyptian street”.

Writing on his Facebook page, Mohamed Abu Hamed, a former MP, said it was “a very positive step” towards implementing the army-backed roadmap that envisions parliamentary elections within about five months. (Additional reporting by Omar Fahmyl; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Meditate in full Consciousness: In 25 Lessons?

I say: “Truth is what I experienced and fits nicely in my Life World Vision; for a duration, the longer the more trustworthy” (adonis49 saying)

A few of the best selling books of Christophe Andre are “Imperfect, free and happy” and “The states of the spirits”

Five basic exercises:

1. Follow your respiration (12 min)

2. Take conscious of your body (13 min)

3. Absorb the sounds (11 min)

4. Detach from your thoughts (12 min)

5. Open up to the experience of the moment (15 min)

Why these numbers exactly? To fit an hour of exercise?

Four advanced meditation techniques:

1. The body in pain (14 min)

2. The painful emotions (14 min)

3. Full consciousness of pain and happiness (15 min(

4. Meditate on love and relationship (15 min)

And a single lengthy meditation session: Open Consciousness (30 min)

And how’s that is done?

1. Regular practices require efforts

2. Stop, sit, and close the eyes: Receive and observe what the body and spirit capture

3. Start in quiet locations. Afterward, you can meditate anywhere you are.

4. Learn to just feel instead of reflecting: Be instead of doing

5. Stay focused on your experience: Do not worry if occasionally you feel uneasy and uncomfortable

6. Any moment is good for meditation. Better to begin your day with a few exercises.

I say: ”

Truth Beckons

Truth Beckons

Full Consciousness, unconscious mind, subconscious brain, Night Dreaming…

First we need to define among the various levels of consciousness:

The Unconscious Mind is the constant stream of thoughts that crosses our mind haphazardly, which we have no control over the process. Basically, the unconscious mind recalls the past, think of the future and prevent us from focusing on the present moment. It is the main terrifying constraint in our inability to refrain our brain from venting out all the thoughts that crowd the brain networks.

The Subconscious Brain is what govern and take control of our current activities. Without the subconscious brain, or automatic activation of our inner brains, accidents will be the norm instead of avoiding risks and calamities.

It captures millions of observations and events per minute while the conscious brain may observe only 40 events and objects. The subconscious is way far ahead of what we think we actually have “seen”: We are seeing the mental image of objects before we recognize the actual object.

For example, in a city crowded with bike riders, very few bike accidents are recorded: The subconscious brain was “trained” to memorize the whole environment and possible risks and engages to take full control of our biking activities while our mind is wandering, and our unconscious mind spreading all kinds of thoughts that are not relevant to the current activities.

Another example, as we land in a foreign city, we quickly feel exhausted: We rely on our senses to capture the environment and our senses are overloaded. It takes a few days for our subconscious brain and memory to assimilate the environment, take control and relieve our senses from tending to the details.

Full Consciousness is the power acquired by training to “disobey” a few of the thousands of orders our unconscious bombard us with every minutes.

For example, “Open your eyes, scratch your nose, what time do you have…”

The main problem is that we are not conscious of our mental agitations that make us confuse reality with thoughts

The difficulty is not the content of the haphazard thoughts, but the links that we attach to them.

Training our consciousness help us to identify the thoughts as just thoughts, transitory mental phenomena, and Not as durable certitudes.

Training our consciousness to Full Consciousness help us to observe the multitude of orders that the unconscious is bombarding us with and to learn to counter a few of the orders and delay the responses at least.

 Full Consciousness says “I am Not simply what I think!”

For example, the following two sentences are not the same:

“My life is sad” and “I am in the mood of thinking that my life is sad”

 Full Consciousness is tantamount of observing the flow of our thoughts, to keep a distance from the flow, observe our thoughts pass by.

There are no way to control our brain from thinking of all kinds of thoughts. As Paul Valery observed “We think that the conscious mind rules, but for sure it cannot governs”

When we reflect, we are not producing any new thought: We are simply engaging in rearranging, cataloguing, and trying to focus on a few thought that are out of our control.

We can take conscious of the tumultuous crowding of our thoughts, take a deep breath and learn to observe the haphazard flow of our thoughts.

Note: Night dreaming re-organizes the unconscious thoughts into a story book that the subconscious brain “memorizes” for later usage.


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