Osama’s “Reading Rainbow”

For years we Americans were obsessed with everything Osama….he was the anti-Christ, the number one terrorist, public enemy #1….he was everything evil in the world and he was linked to lots of other things…….conspiracies, theories and a whole bunch of BS……

But all that came to an end about 4 years ago when he was killed by a SEAL with a big gun……..with his death we got a bunch of intel from his papers, notebooks and such…….the big story today is his bookcase, at least it is for the MSM……what sort of books did this evil person read?

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence yesterday released an “unprecedented number” of documents recovered in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan (among them: an al-Qaeda application and a warning about Iranian dentists). The ODNI also released a completed list of the 39 English-language books (though one is described as a “single saved webpage” and another as “only the book’s introduction) found there. The New York Times frames the bookshelf as a “weird hodgepodge.” The Guardian points out that the collection “bizarrely” includes a number of books by conspiracy theorists; one alleges George W. Bush had foreknowledge of 9/11. The full list is here, with 15 standouts below:

  1. A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam by I. A. Ibrahim
  2. America’s Strategic Blunders by Willard Matthias
  3. Al-Qaeda’s Online Media Strategies: From Abu Reuter to Irhabi 007 by Hanna Rogan
  4. Black Box Voting, Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century by Bev Harris
  5. Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier
  6. Christianity and Islam in Spain 756-1031 AD by C. R. Haines
  7. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
  8. Handbook of International Law by Anthony Aust
  9. Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky
  10. Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky
  11. New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David Ray Griffin
  12. Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward
  13. Oxford History of Modern War by Charles Townsend
  14. Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower by William Blum
  15. The US and Vietnam 1787-1941 by Robert Hopkins Miller

What won’t be declassified: bin Laden’s porn stash.

Most Americans could care less what he was reading……but me I found it interesting…….He seem to have a varied taste in reading material which shows he was not an idiot……but the one question that NO one has asked is ……why would a fundamentalist Muslim, a Wahhabi, need a book entitled……”A Brief Guide To Understanding Islam”?  I find that an interesting choice of reading material.

That book and its reason for being there would make an interesting story……at least I believe so.

The scary part is that I have also read a few of the same books as Osama…..so is that he has good taste in books or am I just a radical in waiting?   LOL

Blogging Is Hard Work

The weekend again…..I want to try something completely different from my weird little stories I find to break up my week….some of them are popular and some fall dead from boredom……today is about blogging……a subject that is near and dear to most of us…….

We bloggers are always looking for ways to increase our exposure…..it is hard work to keep a blog up and running and current.  It is even harder to get readers after all there is about a gazillion blogs out there.

We try to find ways to get more readers to increase our stats….some of us pay a service to increase our traffic……or like me they try to visit and follow as many as possible…..we comment on their sites and we give them a like whenever possible…..with the hope that they will reciprocate….this is not for those that are impatient….it is a time consuming process but it does pay off.

Some bloggers carve accolades……like awards that are heaped on them……most of the awards are just a way to try and increase traffic to sites…….do not get me wrong….there is NOTHING wrong with these awards and they work for some people…..we do what we must to try an increase readership.  Thinking that readers show up because it is a certain type of blog is not always true……we bloggers work on the old adage….”you scratch my back and I will scratch yours”

There is no guarantee that there will be people flocking to your site because it has a certain word in the title….like liberal or conservative or other descriptive names……people will help those that help them……

For me I try to use my schooling in international relations especially the Middle East……a subject that many want to forget or ignore simply because it does not fit into the narrative they have made for themselves.

I could post many articles a day….but I try to limit my day to 5 or 6 post at most……more and I feel my readers will be overwhelmed…..plus I look for stuff that can expand their horizons, so to speak…….events and situation that they might not give much thought to but could be a thorn in the country’s butt……I like to be fore armed…….

Hard work pays off, at least it did for me……recently  when the US and Iran came to an agreement on nukes a reader said that he came to IST because he knew I would be all over it…..and that is why I do what I do.  That made my day…….made me feel like it is all worth the hard work.  Then I was asked to be a guest writer on another site……for me that is the highest honor that someone would like my opinions and analysis on their site.

Not just bitching about issues that frustrate me but rather helping my readers understand what is what.  I also try to help them understand politics….but these days there is NO understanding politics other than to realize that it is NO longer a science but rather a circus of morons playing a dangerous game…….dangerous to the country but not to themselves……..HELL the more extreme they talk the more wackos vote for them…..the more wackos that vote the more dangerous the world becomes……it is a vicious circle that cannot be broken until people try to understand the world…..and that is where we bloggers enter into the conversation.

Me?  I have been a writer for decades……until I discovered the internet most of my stuff was ‘letters to the editor’ and an occasional piece sent to magazines and such…….then Katrina hit where I live and I was badly injured and could no longer work…..but I continued to read, research and analyze……and by a stroke of luck I was given a used computer by a friend…..and as they say…’the rest is history’.

Blogging is hard work and bloggers are hard workers!  Most of us do it out of love of information and passing it on to others with the hope that they will use it for a better understanding and to eventually make better decisions.


Free Advice!

From time to time I offer up a bit of advice…..this is one of those times…..with our news media in such a poor condition maybe YOU should look for your news elsewhere……the government will be NO help…….


Farmer Markets For Your Health

We all see the reports about the crap we put in our bodies as food….right?  And we know we must eat healthier if we are to live longer and healthy……right?  What is the answer for finding and consuming healthy food?

The answer most of us think about at first is that we need to spend more time and money at our local farmers market.

But how do we know that the food in these markets are safer to eat…..we know it is not cheap to do so…..but is it really better?

Some say hold the bus!  This may not be the best way to improve one’s health…….

Who doesn’t like a farmers market? Organic food, weird jams, and a sense of community have drawn shoppers nationwide for years. But a new study says the markets don’t really fulfill their reputation of promoting a healthy diet—and definitely don’t save people money, Pacific Standard reports. “There seems to be much enthusiasm for using farmers markets” to improve food quality in areas where healthy food is lacking, a team of researchers writes in the journal Appetite. “It is hard for us to share this enthusiasm.” Their study of 26 farmers markets and 44 stores in Bronx County, NY, found that the markets offered 26.4 fewer items of fresh produce on average, fewer commonly-purchased foods, and more expensive items overall, even among regular produce.

What’s more, 32.8% of items at farmers markets aren’t fresh produce: They’re processed or refined products like cookies, cakes, pies, and jams. The study admits that farmers markets do have upsides, however, like generally fresher produce and a slightly higher rate of organic foods. (But a two-year-old study says organic foods are no more nutritious or safe than conventional foods, except that germs in non-organic meats are more often resistant to antibiotics, the CBC reports.) Meanwhile, the growth rate of farmers markets is in decline over the past five years after markets outpaced farmers’ supply and the number of shoppers, the Los Angeles Times reports. “I think we’ve glutted the marketplace,” says a farmers market manager in Los Angeles. (Now see a few myths about washing produce.)

Well crap!  Thanx for that Professor.  What is the answer?  For me is that I grow most of my fresh vegetables and can some for the lean months……yep, it is hard work some times but far better on the body than store bought produce.  Nothing better than picking your salad stuff, wash it and then eat it………… Lettuces, tomatoes, radishes….I also grow pears, peaches, plums, figs and different citrus……I have a totally yummy yard!

Anybody else have an idea or ideas?

Those Zany Guys In Baggy Psychedelic Pants

Weekend ramblings….stuff that I found while stretching my brain during the past week…..enjoy.

The 70’s America fell in love with tennis….all the hoopla and ceremony….but that was short lived….we fell out of love as quickly as we fell into it…..then in the 80’s and 90’s a new participatory sport took prominence……GOLF

I mean it even has a channel dedicated to the sport….if you want to be bored out of your mind then I suggest that you make watching this a regular exercise…….speaking of exercise….the doctor tells business men they need more of it and they take up golf…….and ride in cart and drink heavily.  Tiger has dropped into the lower regions of the world standings and the sport is entering a dark time……..

Like playing golf? Then you’re in a shrinking minority in America, where fewer people are willing to play a sport that’s seen as time-consuming and expensive, the Washington Post reports. Not only that, its traditionalism seems contrary to today’s lifestyle of fitness classes, extreme races, and diddling on smartphones. Even all-time great golfer Jack Nicklaus has doubts: “I’d like to play a game that can take place in three hours,” he tells CNN. “I’d quite like to play a game that I can get some reasonable gratification out of very quickly—and something that is not going to cost me an arm and a leg.” Americans seem to agree, as sales of golf clothes and clubs decline, women and minorities show less interest, and people aged 18 to 30 play 35% less often than they did 10 years ago.

Golf hit a “high water mark” when 30 million people played 550 million rounds in 2005, the head of the World Golf Foundation told CBS News last year. But the recession, tough winters, and a low-end cost of $700 per year cast a shadow over the professional set’s grassy playground. Dick’s Sporting Goods felt the pain after buying the Golf Galaxy retailer for over $200 million in 2006, and closing many stores since: How golf “translates to retail, is in a structural decline,” says Dick’s CEO. “And we don’t see that changing.” And while golf stars are able to win more money than ever, there’s no Tiger Woods-like player to inspire young people to play. “Mum and dad are working, and kids are playing video games,” says an analyst. “That doesn’t leave a whole load of time or people to populate these golf courses.”

Golf is entering in the dark times…….will it resurrect itself?