2014 IST Assessment Report

Today is the last day of the year and I will start doing a year end assessment of In Saner Thought…….

This ends my 8th year as an opinionated SOB of a blogger…and hopefully my readers would have it NO other way.

This year I went over the 1000 follower mark……which to me is just wonderful…I could have more followers if only I would pay for the PR to get people here….but these people chose to follow my blog on their own and that means more to me than anything.  Thank you….Thank you…..

This year I also posted my 7500th post…..now I know why my fingers bleed and are arthritic….LOL  I do so much reading that I need an outlet and this blog is a fantastic outlet.

Comments!  You guys have helped me get over the 19,000 comment  goal….Most of them were insightful and well done…I will admit that I did have a couple trolls appear but they soon went by the wayside…..I will tolerate a lot but not some insulting twat that just wants to try an exercise what little intelligence they my possess…..they are quickly smash like the invertebrate they are…..if not by me then one of my regular readers….thank you guys.

All in all been a great year for IST and I sincerely hope that I have helped my readers understand some of the more baffling issues of the day.

Please have a great New Year’s and may the coming year bring all the happiness you can stand…….Have fun….Be safe!

On ward and Upward to 2015!

 

The Sony Pictures Hack and Old Confusion About Terrorism | The National Interest Blog

Now the Sony has made a hefty deposit of cash thanx to the sheer ignorance of the American people….let’s take a moment to actually talk about the “hack” and terrorism.

In case anyone is interested……

A strong counter-narrative to the official account of the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment has emerged in recent days, with the visage of the petulant North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, replaced by another, more familiar face: former Sony Pictures employees angry over their firing during a recent reorganization at the company.

Researchers from the security firm Norse allege that their investigation of the hack of Sony has uncovered evidence that leads, decisively, away from North Korea as the source of the attack. Instead, the company alleges that a group of six individuals is behind the hack, at least one a former Sony Pictures Entertainment employee who worked in a technical role and had extensive knowledge of the company’s network and operations.

 

The Sony Pictures Hack and Old Confusion About Terrorism | The National Interest Blog.

ISIS Coalition SITREP #61

Good day…..news coming out of the battle with ISIS has slowed to a leak……I have decided to postpone any further briefings until 05Jan15……this will be the final report of 2014.

We have learned about the plane falling out of the sky into the Java sea and a ferry burning off Greece and a new Ebola person in UK…..but with all that the war continues and people die…….

Item 1–Finally!  Someone has spoke the truth within the Obama inner group…….

Trying to decipher this complex enemy — a hybrid terrorist organization and a conventional army — is such a conundrum that General Nagata assembled an unofficial brain trust outside the traditional realms of expertise within the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence agencies, in search of fresh ideas and inspiration. Business professors, for example, are examining the Islamic State’s marketing and branding strategies.

“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it,” he said, according to the confidential minutes of a conference call he held with the experts. “We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”

General Nagata’s frustration is shared by other American officials. Even as President Obama and his top civilian and military aides express growing confidence that Iraqi troops backed by allied airstrikes have blunted the Islamic State’s momentum on the ground in Iraq and undermined its base of support in Syria, other officials acknowledge they have barely made a dent in the larger, longer-term campaign to kill the ideology that animates the terrorist movement.

Item 2–US and ally airstrikes are down to a dribble…..lack of targets is the culprit…..

Item 3–100’s of Iraqis and Syrians die daily……we should ask them what they desire…..maybe in 2015 might be a good time.

I apologize for the brevity of this briefing situations are under-reported…..hopefully a war becomes a priority in the media and the story is better told than today.

I will return to the briefings on 5Jan15….have a good holiday.

Thanx for your time and attention.

Turn The Page!

ISIS Is “Demoralized” And “Reeling”

That is the story that the Pentagon keeps spreading through the airways……thus making the MSM an accomplice in the use of propaganda……Americans are reassured that the USA and its allies are handing ISIS their asses on a plate…….

There is a slight problem with all the successes we are told about……

The first Western journalist to receive wide access to ISIS-controlled territories says the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than the West knows, the Independent reports. The ground it controls has “dimensions larger than the UK,” Jürgen Todenhöfer, who has returned to Germany after 10 days with the group, tells German-language media. And its support is apparently expanding: “Hundreds of willing fighters arrive from all over the world” every day, and they show “an almost ecstatic enthusiasm that I have never encountered in any other war zone.” What’s more, in Mosul, Iraq, some 5,000 ISIS members sleep so far apart that bombing them all would require destroying the city, he says. And “with every bomb that is dropped and hits a civilian, the number of terrorists increases.”

ISIS continually says it wants to take over the world, and it “plan(s) the biggest religious cleansing in history,” Todenhöfer says. Meanwhile, it has worked to create “social welfare” and develop education—including for girls, which surprised the journalist. “The only ones who could stop this now are the moderate Iraqi Sunnis,” he says. “If you want to defeat an opponent, you must know him.” Todenhöfer, 74, headed to Mosul after extensive discussions with ISIS fighters via Skype, al Arabiya reports. He was joined by his son, who was in charge of filming the journalist’s interviews, Deutsche Welle adds. Today he’s set to publish a reflection on his experiences, with a book also to come.

I am sure that this news will be written off as a reporter with an agenda or that ISIS put on a strong face just for this guy…….but the real news tells a different story….yes they have had some setbacks but they do NOT look like they are losing the war……

Amazing this guys access ro ISIS was under reported….why is that?