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George Rebane
Naturalized Citizen, Entrepreneur, Professional Engineer and Systems Scientist formally trained in Physics, Complex Dynamic Systems, and Computer Science.
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George Rebane [This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 17 December 2014.] ‘Our Best Days Lie Ahead.’ How many times have we heard some politician or public figure repeat those words into a microphone while... Continue reading
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JoeK 500pm - Islam is the only religion that still has huge cohorts of believers and millions of 'moderate' supporters who believe and exercise the dictum of 'Accept Allah or die!' World dominating Islam proudly declares its inability to coexist with any other belief system - their belief is in Allah and their marching orders are in the Quran. Since it is they who claim and demonstrate daily that our two civilizations are incompatible to coexist on the same planet, to what extent are you willing to compromise with those ragheads?
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It is interesting again to point out the liberal notion of history when we read BenE's 330pm - "Islam learned from Christianity, which learned from Judaism to be violent." It seems that not all know that Islam was already spreading by the sword when Christianity was still cowering before the Visigoths.
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For the observant reader, please note the diminished interest in this post the topic of which, if implemented, will have an enormous and dreadful impact on the quality of all of our lives. And we wonder why such diktats find their way into the US Code.
JoeK 227pm - are not the embrace of two mutually abhorrent and exclusive "political/religious beliefs" sufficient reason for two civilizations to contend?
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Gregory 1128am - That being the case, half of the world's sovereign nation-states are then "self appointed" as are their subsequent projections of power by your logic. I guess we can let our respective positions stand.
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re Gregory's 959am - putting a finer point on it, so far only the 'lone wolf' ragheads are "self appointed". The overwhelming number of homicide bombers are appointed by and issue from various well-formed Islamist organizations using terror as their current weapon to attack the west and their fellow Muslims not hewing to various 'proper interpretations'. America seeks to hold these organizations accountable primarily through drone strikes that target their leaders. These strikes cannot be called counter-measures since there is little evidence that they have reduced the frequency, range, or lethality of such terror attacks, but such strikes have resulted in the unintended collateral deaths of the innocent. While in the large Obama's feckless foreign policy is mainly responsible for the marked spread of Islamist terror organizations over multiple continents during the years since we declared victory in Iraq and Afghanistan, the effectiveness of drone strikes is thereby confounded as part of that foreign policy.
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The dimensions of difference between the Right and Left are many, and another is illustrated in BenE's 721am as pointed out by Gregory's 814am. What I want to add is that such differences between us go right down to what each side considers the norms of moral behavior and morality, all which rise from the totally different ways we look at and then see the world around us. Here BenE and JoeK's 925am totally dismiss 'intent' as a factor in judging the morality of an action. A military action planned to destroy only a military target that also results in the death of innocent people, is judged morally equivalent to that of a homicide bomber who intends to kill as many innocents as possible since these are his prime targets. That kind of thinking is now institutionalized in our government schools, and this example is a belief tenet of collectivists. As such, it also makes clear why the Left will never publicize a list of its belief tenets, because doing so would immediately expose them to the uninitiated as ranging from the reprehensible to the idiotic. (RR has a years long invitation to any leftist to offer a credo that is equivalent to the one posted here and expanded in numerous specifics on these pages. No one has yet stepped up to the plate, and I will be most surprised if anyone does.)
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BenE 1020am+ - Ben, you are a precious advocate for your beliefs. Christians today are persecuted in a hundred lands while Christianity is being and has been abandoned by more western nations than we can track. Yet there is no uprising of Christians and no 'Christian response' to counter or take revenge on the intolerant Muslims and their governments. All Christians do is bend over and turn a couple of more cheeks to be kicked. Instead, our new non-Christian secular humanist governments are half-heartedly engaged with the Muslims. These governments have no philosophical bases to effectively counter people of faith willing daily to lay down their lives for their god. Instead our governments treat such Muslims as mere cyphers on the battlefield while showing misguided 'sensitivities' to the Muslims living among us. Meanwhile, our leftwingers are delivering Christian beatitudes to those of us who recognize yet do not welcome the oncoming culture of the caliphate. I wonder, who among you are delivering such similar messages to Muslims, especially those who wantonly kill and to the Muslim multitudes who openly celebrate such killings.
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Waking up to NPR's Morning Edition, its report on the Sydney Muslim lone-wolf terrorist bent over backward not to use the words 'Muslim' and 'Islam'. He was just described as a deranged cleric (of some unknown religion), and the word 'Muslim' came in only at the end when it was reported that a black flag with a Muslim message was held up to the store window. This guy was a longtime Muslim radical, known to the police, and most probably heeding the current ISIS call for lone-wolf Muslims to conduct acts of terror was never mentioned by NPR (one of lamestream's prime outlets). A more straightforward report was in the 16dec14 WSJ here -
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re fish 718am - It appears that ever larger numbers of followers of the Religion of Peace are conducting nothing more than business as usual. The Taliban, supposedly some of the most devout Muslims in the world, in Pakistan attacked a school just for the purpose of killing and maiming children. And they were wildly successful in the achieving their objective, having killed over 120 and wounded uncounted others in today's attack in Peshawar. The interesting peek into their culture is that the kids were specifically targeted for revenge killings because it was a military run school and many of the students had a parent in the Pakistani military. Meanwhile, here at home we will hear apologetics from the America Last crowd detailing how this Muslim-on-Muslim attack was really our fault - maybe even being able to pin it specifically on Bush2.
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BillT 428pm - OK Mr Tozer, you should understand that just because you know the answer doesn't mean that you have to spill the beans for everyone. I was hoping some of our readers sitting on the Left would take a cut at it first.
George Rebane Reports from Sydney (here) are the latest addition to a new dimension of threats from the world of Islam. We have seen in Canada, the UK, the US, and now Australia how self-radicalized Muslims are emerging from the... Continue reading
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The DiFi torture report circus continues. Our gruberized masses have little idea to differentiate between the kinds of torture routinely practiced by our enemies vs the 'enhanced interrogation techniques' used by the CIA. And when the ragheads are finally successful in their next assault on our homeland, you can bet the farm that the same sanctimonious and politically correct prudes making hay today will be the first to again blame our security systems, and demand that they extract needed info from one and all by any means so as to prevent yet another strike. So my question stands, "...why was that report released, and why at this time?"
A data point on all the cries about the outrageous profits of oil companies and all the benefits they received from their alleged manipulation of our involvement in the Mideast over the last decade. When you examine the share price behavior of one of the industry's giants, Exxon/Mobil, then you discover that their share price appreciation over this interval has been about 5.3% annually. This is exactly the same appreciation as in the broad-based market index SP500. And such appreciations are typical for the world's largest oil/gas companies. In short, the markets have valued their performance no more or less than that of the aggregate of other industry sectors. (For the non-investors, the share price of a company closely reflects the market's assessment of the discounted value of the company's stream of future earnings.) The reason for this completely understandable market performance is obvious to those who understand economic fundamentals. The oil/gas industry is about as competitive and close to a free market as possible. Despite certain nations forming themselves into price-manipulating cartels like OPEC, supplier fragmentation remains high, oil/gas is both fungible and easily transported, and oil/gas markets are global. Given such markets and the history of oil/gas price performance, it is hard for a reasonable person to conclude that the energy industry has been successful in their alleged geo-strategic and self-serving manipulation of nations or their public policies. (This is different from nation-states using energy exports to manipulate their customers.) All of this information is, of course, not taught in government schools, disseminated by the lamestream, or understood by the gruberized public - to which I might adjoin today's self-declared leftwing intellectuals.
JoeK 548pm - Would love to hear from you and yours about who should be the arbiter of what news is presented to whom and when. I'm afraid that things again are a bit more complex - Fox's ratings reflect that they attract many more than your "angry old white men". Your 1000am threat summary is cute. From another perspective, unfortunately a very few of us believe that the real threat to America continuing as a sovereign nation-state based on our historical constitutional democratic republic model is in the advance of technology and how it impacts labor markets and income distribution. Given these, the destruction of America is accelerated by the more broadly held disastrous beliefs that central planning and collectivism has the answers to how society should be organized.
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Walt 1244pm - I think you about nailed it with the bottom scraping lamestream outlets. As you point out, Fox cannot get those high marks attracting only the folks on the Right, they have to have a good portion of eyeballs from the Left also. The question that the Left elite don't dare ask too loudly is 'how come so many of our people are glued to Fox?' When I sample leftwing outlets (I do it daily), then it's easy to see what gets reported/ignored by whom and when. Sadly for our country, so many (most?) on the Left have very little information about what is going on, and often that comes to them very late. The obverse is a rarity for consumers of Fox et al, which, of course, explains the ratings.
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BenE 1239pm - Could not understand your "...we are Germany, Italy, and Japan in our self perceived "war against terror". We are the ones who have been the aggressors and invaded/ occupied sovereign nations, tortured, suspended due process, and basically reeked havoc in the region not the other way around." And then our being Germany, Italy, and Japan ..., it is then we who should also start the Marshall Plan against our current enemies without first defeating them to unconditional submission - something does not compute. Your dalliance with history seems to be a haphazard version of the history that I was taught and witnessed. But, of course, that has been our perennial problem - you and I subscribe to totally different versions of the events that brought us to the present.
BenE 1213pm - Germany, Italy, and Japan initiated the Marshall Plan to help rebuild what countries, US, France, and GB??? Your 'reality' has morphed into something that to me seems surreal. Back to square one.
BenE 1039am - OK, then let's deal with the "reality" upon which your Marshall Plan template is drawn. As a student of history and observer of current events, it then seems to me that we're in the (albeit to date prosecuted inefficiently) phase of first beating the shit out of countries supportive of radical Muslims declaring their intent to make the world Islam and killing all infidels in the process. To follow your reality scenario, the Marshall Plan phase will then kick in as soon as the ragheads unconditionally sue for peace. I'm for that, and especially, in the interval, for making the kick-ass phase more economical and effective. I'm hopeful and glad that we understand this part of your reality-based geostrategic plan forward.
JoeK 1027am - thanks for that disclosure of how the same story is presented differently to different audiences (do you have a source for that comparison?). A closer look at your report reveals no lies told to either audience; the same body of truths was reported from a different perspective designed to conform most closely with their audiences' worldviews. Although, I admit that the characterization of the reason for the 'kinder surge' from Central America does toy with ingenuity bordering on perfidy because there has been no documented surge in the usually high rates of crime, etc as precursors to the sudden influx that now appears to have come and gone. So one is reduced to asking what was the major change in factors affecting illegal border crossings. Interviews with senders, the illegal entrants, and welcoming relatives all pointed at the statements from our administration. But your point about the presentation of news being tailored to its audience stands. No one wants to lose eyeballs and their attendant advertisers.
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BenE 952am - I understand that your desired plan forward involves beating most of our swords into Marshall Plans (aka food stamps for the poor nations). And then we will be allowed to pursue global commerce unhampered, or better yet, left in peace to stick to our own knitting within our borders. And all over the world, ten thousand flowers will bloom. Is that an accurate summary of your vision?
fish 920am - Am not familiar with nor care about Drudge's positive hum about this or that. But I am aware of the ongoing stream of unexplained 'urban warfare' exercises conducted over our cities during the last few years, and think that the latest schedule of these by the military and local constabularies is worth noting, along with an attempt to provide plausible purposes for their continued conduct. For the lamestream this again seems to be a question too far. And maybe they're right, because noting the lack of interest right-leaning RR readers have about these goings on, combined with the expected silence from the Left, no one really cares. Are the sheeple lulled and comfortable, or what? Harbingers of 'Arbeit Macht Frei'?
It is amusing to me that in this comment stream no one has picked up on the resumption of urban military exercises denied as being anti-terror training without giving an alternative explanation. But boy, is it fun to run around the old 'Obama bringing our boys home' barn and the everlasting coulda/shoulda/wouldas surrounding that. Why not also revisit the WMD arguments once more to present a complete reprise? Perfect!
BenE 516pm - OK, let's assume the mea culpas, then what?