SONY: “A Sucker Born Every Minute”

Holding true to form the American public has once again illustrated just how easy they can be manipulated.

Yes, I am talking about a second rate comedy, “The Interview”.

After Sony’s U-turn on releasing The Interview, the controversial movie played in 331 independent cinemas across America on Christmas Day, often to sellout crowds. Many moviegoers made it clear they were there to take a political stand, with one ticket seller in California dressed as “Uncle Sam-ty Claus,” the New York Times reports. “We are taking a stand for freedom,” the manager of the Cinema Village East in Manhattan tells the AP. “We want to show the world that Americans will not be told what we can or cannot watch. Personally, I am not afraid.” Security was light at most theaters, though some had police officers standing by.

Co-directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen made a surprise appearance at a screening in Los Angeles, where they thanked moviegoers for their support, reports Reuters. A North Korean diplomat, meanwhile, called the release an “unpardonable mockery” of the “dignity of our supreme leader,” but said there would probably be no “physical reaction” from Pyongyang. In a first for a major studio, the movie had a simultaneous release online. The groundbreaking release strategy is being closely watched by the industry, although Sony says it won’t release any immediate data on the number of sales or rentals, CNN reports.

A pathetic display of blind consumerism……Americans allowed the media to frame the idea that it was somehow “patriotic” to defy North Korea and buy an overpriced ticket to watch second class actors do a very bad movie.

Their moronic action shows two things….1–the American public is gullible and  2–they are more than willing to throw their money at a corporation that does not need it.  All in the name of some misplaced loyalty.

The people did not disappoint me at all…….I said it was all an act just to boost profits for a bad movie…..

Have you noticed that since SONY got the PR they needed to guarantee a big opening for this movie….it seems to be NO story.  But never fear we have a new air crash to dangle in front of the people.

I wish to thank the American people prove my point for me……..and a Happy Year to you….Sony is laughing all the way to the bank.

Iran: What’s The Big Secret?

The whole world knows of the problems that Iran has caused worldwide since 1979…..the hostages, the nuke thing, its hatred of Israel and so on….and on….and on.  Well all that is up to interpretation…….

Let’s take a short trip in the “way back machine” to 1953 and the events up to that year…..first Persia, as it was known for eons,  becomes Iran in 1935……1941 – The Shah’s pro-Axis allegiance in World War II leads to the Anglo-Russian occupation of Iran and the deposition of the Shah in favour of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.  1950 – Ali Razmara becomes prime minister and is assassinated less than nine months later. He is succeeded by the nationalist, Mohammad  1951 April – Parliament votes to nationalise the oil industry, which is dominated by the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Britain imposes an embargo and a blockade, halting oil exports and hitting the economy. A power struggle between the Shah and Mossadeq ensues and the Shah flees the country in August 1953.

Now you are caught up with the events from Persia becoming Iran to the year of a coup that brought the shah into power….

Let me bring the events of 1953 into focus…….1953 August – Mossadeq is overthrown in a coup engineered by the British and American intelligence services. General Fazlollah Zahedi is proclaimed as prime minister and the Shah returns.

That coup lead to the Shah regaining power that lasted into the 1970’s when he was removed from power by a popular uprising…..

A long waited report on the coup which was lead by the CIA has stayed classified……but why?

Jason Ditz brings us a bit more info on this report……

In 1953, the CIA orchestrated a coup d’etat against the democratically elected government of Iranian Premier Mohammad Mossadegh, installing Shah Reza Pahlavi.

It’s no secret that the CIA did it, and the US has admitted it time and again, but the State Department has announced it is once again delaying the release of its study on the coup, claiming the admission would undermine “ongoing negotiations with Iran.”

The coup was carried out primarily for the benefit of British oil interests, as Mossadegh was planning nationalization. Legally speaking, the State Department was only supposed to keep the history secret for 30 years.

It’s hard to imagine anything in the history of the coup is unknown, let alone that it could do any further harm to US-Iranian relations after decades of acrimony. Still, the lure of secrecy seems to be winning out among officials, as usual.

This could lead to a wealth of conspiracies, that is if anyone cared enough to even know about this report……but this is just another story that most Americans will glaze over on their way to the comics.

My thought is that is more to the coup than the socialistic leanings of the new, popularly elected PM……..my guess is a major corporation or more had a major influence and it is not time for us mere mortals to be told…..

Any thoughts?

More Space Sciencey Stuff

It is the weekend after Xmas…..and it is time for me to do what I always do….give you stuff that is not your everyday posting on the internet…..I am a space geek since the days of Buster Crabbe as Buck Rogers in the Saturday Serials……

First, the space telescope Kepler…….and its newest findings…….

The Kepler spacecraft has had its shares of ups and downs since its 2009 launch. The downs have included a 2013 mechanical failure that left Kepler supposedly “beyond repair”. The ups have included a “resourceful strategy” that made use of pressure from sunlight to allow Kepler to be repurposed for a “K2 mission” announced a little more than a year ago. And that K2 mission has arrived at its first success: the confirmed discovery of an Earth-like planet, the New York Times reports. Kepler’s directive is to seek out new planets by basically staring at stars all day and watching for “transits,” those blips on the screen when a planet passes in front of its parent star. The newly discovered planet, called HIP 116454b, is said to be 2.5 times the size of our planet, 12 times the mass, and about 180 light-years from Earth, Universe Today reports.

“Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries,” says Andrew Vanderburg, who led the team behind the find. Kepler sighted HIP 116454b during a February test run (the K2 mission officially began in May), and its existence was verified with ground telescopes and Canada’s MOST satellite. Astronomers are calling it a possible “water world or a ‘mini-Neptune,’ with a small core and a billowing gaseous atmosphere,” as per the Times. Because of its close, 9.1-day orbit around its star, the planet would be too hot to be habitable, scientists say. Still, Kepler’s mission continues. “K2 is uniquely positioned to … further define the boundary between rocky worlds like Earth and ice giants like Neptune,” a Kepler/K2 project scientist says in a NASA press release. (Astronomers think they found their first “exomoon” hovering around an exoplanet last year.)

Next is the Martian Rover…..it keeps finding groundbreaking stuff……its newest finding…..Mars is farting!

The Mars rover has delivered what a NASA scientist calls an “oh my gosh moment”—it detected methane on the red planet, reports the New York Times. The discovery is making headlines because the gas had to originate somewhere, and one possibility is that the source is some form of microbial life, reports the Guardian. “That we detect methane in the atmosphere on Mars is not an argument that we have found evidence of life on Mars, but it’s one of the few hypotheses that we can propose that we must consider,” says scientist John Grotzinger of the Curiosity team. The rover picked up spikes in the levels of methane that disappeared in a matter of weeks.

The source, however, could be geological rather than biological, explains National Geographic: “Interactions between water and rock could produce methane, as could sunlight cooking off meteorite debris on the Martian surface.” It’s also possible that even if microbes did create the methane, the bugs are long gone, reports the BBC. The gas could have been trapped underground eons ago, and it surfaces periodically because of thermal disturbances. The best hope for real answers is if Curiosity happens to detect a large amount of the gas that can be properly analyzed. Today’s news is all the more surprising because NASA announced just last year that the rover could find no methane at all.

Every year we expand our knowledge of the universe……and soon we will have confirmation of life beyond our little third rock from the sun…..

Foods NOT For Dogs

I am an animal person…..but I have been blessed with dogs in my life since the beginning…….and of course there are times when eating and your friend is close by waiting for a taste…..but there some foods that can do damage to your friend…..even death……

You may have heard that you shouldn’t give chocolate to your dog—but how about grapes? Or sugar-free gum? Alternet lists eight foods that humans may consume, but pets definitely shouldn’t:

  1. Sugar-free treats like gum, which contain xylitol. The sugar alcohol is extracted from fruits and vegetables to be put in gum, toothpaste, sugarless baked goods, and more. If a 20-pound dog eats a couple of sticks of the gum, it can suffer hypoglycemia and even death.
  2. Chocolate, coffee, and sodas, which contain methylxanthine compounds. They can cause seizures and heart problems in pets, and a single chocolate bar can lead to death.
  1. Avocados, which carry a toxin known as persin. It’s not just dangerous to cats and dogs: Birds, hamsters, and guinea pigs can experience serious health problems from the stuff, too.
  2. Cookies, which could contain macadamia nuts or other dangerous ingredients. Macadamia nuts, or macadamia powder or oil, can make dogs very sick for reasons that are unclear.
  3. Grapes and raisins, which “can lead to acute kidney failure in pets,” says a vet, noting that “we didn’t know about this until a few years ago.”
  4. Onions, garlic, and similar foods, which can make it harder for your pet’s blood to carry oxygen. Watch out for garlic and onion powder in soups, sauces, and elsewhere.

Click for Alternet’s full list.

Please read this and do your friend a favor and fight the urge to give them a taste……

A State Of Palestine?

My answer to that question is….DAMN TIME!

There is a massive movement for the world to recognize the state of Palestine.  It is beyond time for the world to step up and do the right thing and give Palestinians what they richly deserve.

There are some excellent reason that this should become set in stone…..

Five Reasons to Recognise a Palestinian State | European Council on Foreign Relations.

But as normal the cowards of the West are not so hot for there to be a state of Palestine….from UK’s Independent…..

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today mounted a last-ditch effort to thwart a Palestinian and Arab bid to pass a UN Security Council resolution calling for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years.

Mr Netanyahu met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome to lobby for an American veto after issuing statements ruling out any such withdrawal, even if it is passed by the Security Council.

“There are efforts to dictate terms which harm the security of Israel and do not bring peace,” said Mr Netanyahu. “We will repel every effort like this, which will only bring the terrorism to the heart of the country.” Mr Netanyahu said on Sunday that if Israel were to pull out of the West Bank, Islamic extremists would reach “the suburbs of Tel Aviv and the heart of Jerusalem”.

Palestinian leaders then decided to submit the resolution to the Security Council, while today Mr Kerry is to confer in London with Arab League and Palestinian diplomats. They will ask Mr Kerry to break from decades of the US shielding Israel in the Security Council and urge that it not use its veto if a majority on the body supports the resolution on Wednesday. It remains unclear what the wording of the resolution will actually be and whether a watered-down version could gain US acquiesence.

In recent weeks, France, along with Britain and Germany, have formulated an alternative resolution. It does not call for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years but rather sets a two-year deadline for the conclusion of negotiations that are to be resumed between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a two-state solution to the conflict. Unrest in Jerusalem

And as usual the US will do whatever Israel tells them to do…….and apparently so will the UK and the EU………EU lawmakers stopped short on Tuesday of proposing a joint motion urging EU members to recognize a state of Palestine, settling instead on a compromise resolution that peace talks should progress, converging with Israel’s stance on the matter.

Palestinians are not disillusioned by the powers that are trying desperately to preserve Israel’s control of the West Bank……

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will push for a U.N. Security Council vote this week on a resolution setting a November 2016 deadline for ending the Israeli occupation

The Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. The U.N. General Assembly recognized such a state as an observer in 2012. Parliaments of several European countries have in recent weeks recommended to their governments to recognize a state.

The US vote on this could go a long way to lessen the tensions in the Middle East….but that is not in the cards for the US is a SLAVE to Israel and the Military-Industrial Complex……..I mean SLAVE in every sense of the word!

Time for the US to stop pussy footin’ around and do the right thing……Palestine needs to be recognized for what it is…..the homeland of the Palestinian people……time to put them on equal footing with the Israelis…..you want a peace deal then there is NO better way to show it than the recognition of the state of PALESTINE!

The US tone is blatantly condescending…..they put on a concerned face but that is all it is….a face……

Most notable piece of BS came from Kerry…….

“Right now what we are trying to do is have a constructive conversation with everybody to find the best way forward,” he said, while being careful not to interfere in the Israeli political campaign. “We want to find the most constructive way of doing something that therefore will not have unintended consequences, but also can stem the violence,”

That is doublespeak and is an out right LIE…….what could be more constructive than the recognition of the state of Palestine?

If the US could find the cajones to go against the anti-Castro lobby then maybe they could grow a pair and buck the Israel lobby….wishful thinking I know…….all these games played by Israel and the US will do NOTHING but insure more violence……..and Israel could not be happier.

 

 

Mississippi: Kinda Ironic?

My grandfather who was a Jicarilla Apache always said there was someone hiding in the wood pile…..he was referring to me and my blue eyes…he was joking because he knew my father was mostly white….but he enjoyed messing with me…..outta love.

I now live in Mississippi and I see every day how many of the people detest African-Americans mainly because they think they get special treatment by the government….of course if most of them would graduate from grade school they would see that ALL poor people in the state are being screwed by that same government, irregardless of race……

And then I read a report about research done in the South, which includes Mississippi, that will no doubt be pushed aside as some sort of nut job……

– A simple cheek swab can reveal a lot about your DNA, and for 6 million Americans who identify as white, mostly in the South, that swab has revealed African ancestry hidden in their genes, the Washington Post reports. One in 10 Southerners have at least 1% African origins, and the reason isn’t hard to pinpoint: Slavery. The study, conducted by 23andMe, also found African Americans today are more likely to have a European male ancestor (19%) than a female one (5%). “That, of course, reflects what historians know about white slave owners raping enslaved women who descended from Africa,” writes Jenée Desmond-Harris at Vox. The study even reveals that this blending started in the early 1800s.

The study examined the DNA profiles of about 160,000 people; the data was compared to where they lived and which race they identified with. They found people with less than 15% African genes didn’t identify as black and the average African American’s genes are at least 24% European. “Descriptors like ‘black’ and ‘white’ mean a lot less from a biological standpoint than they do from a cultural one,” writes the Post‘s Christopher Ingraham. Some other interesting finds, according to Discovery:

  • 5% of African Americans have 2% Native American ancestry; the highest is 14% in Oklahoma, where Native Americans were displaced after the Trail of Tears.
  • Iberian ancestry was common in Latinos from Florida and the Southwest.
  • Scandinavian ancestry is highly concentrated in Minnesota and the Dakotas.
  • Native ancestry among Latinos is concentrated in Texas and California.

Now thinking back I believe this is most likely a valid paper and study……whites will most likely want to hid this from their neighbors….oh the horror of possibly having black genes coursing through their body…..but makes a Hell of a story……Ironic those that hate the most are themselves at least partially those they hate…..

Merry Christmas–2014

Well it is that time of year……for me it is a season that I would prefer to live without…..but it is a time of happiness and joy for most….as it should be.

This will be my only post of the day….I much prefer spending time with my granddaughter….she is my joy and my confidant…..

I want to wish all my followers and commenters a very special day filled with fun, food, family and for most football.  Me?  I will eat and most likely argue anthropology with my daughter…..good times and wonderful family……

May you all have all the joy and happiness this season can bring……we will be back to work tomorrow…..and I will return to my normally cynical self….that we all know and love, right?  LOL

Merry Christmas to all….and to all a very special THANK YOU!

How the Iraq Wars began with the Invasion of Panama | Informed Comment

Today is Christmas Eve so I will be lazy….there will only be a couple of posts today……getting ready for tomorrow…..thanx for your understanding.

I enjoy studying historical perspectives….you know how one international event can lead to another and another…..kinda like the events that gave us World War 1……

It seems that Iraq has become our perpetual war that seems to go on and on without any possibility of conclusion……then I ask ….but why?

It is time for Americans to remove their heads from the sand……they should realize just what their government is doing and why……

 

How the Iraq Wars began with the Invasion of Panama | Informed Comment.

Please after reading let me know your thoughts……