Did you know it’s Friday?and other stuff

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Apparently it,s Friday today. Here are some more facts for youse.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

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The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old.

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The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.

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The last time the Republican Party won a presidential election without somebody named either Bush or Nixon on the ticket was 1928.

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Richard Nixon poses in October 1960. (AP Photo)

Sunshine Coast Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is 812km’s

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An Ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

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So there we go a few fun facts to start The Pub’s Friday Night. Add your own and a prize to whomever comes up with the best will be awarded.

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We will do another participation  trivia night soon.

 

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277 thoughts on “Did you know it’s Friday?and other stuff

  1. Ah those massive NT electorates 🙂

    Katherine update 3 20.4% counted

    Dean Maxwell DAVID (Ind) 60
    Sandra NELSON (ALP) 330
    Willem WESTRA VAN HOLTHE (CLP) 381
    Leon CELLIER (Ind) 13
    Braedon EARLEY (1TP) 172
    Chris RIGHTON (SFP) 102

  2. anyway, on the Australian website I found interesting recipes for various creams, milks etc to put on one’s body, plus some fascinating information on how this stuff knocks fish oil of the top rung of good nutrients.

    It also had a page on feeding it to animals. Dogs, cats horses etc. Being a good LAC (law abiding citizen) I worked out that four legs in my family would make good legal guinea pigs. As far as taste is concerned fish oil has to be in capsules or it is no way hozay. This oil they lick from the plate, every drop. The dogs vote +1.

    As afar as health, the older ones are moving a bit easier, and have no side effects. The seed-hearts get sprinkled over dinner and every last one is eaten.

    Now if you remember the old(ish) bitch, the one with the fiery attitude, she seems to be getting something out of this, in terms of well being.

    The experiment continues. We will see how the oldish bitch gets on.

  3. I knew nothing of Nasan, but Sim as a resident of Singapore for many years, filled me in. Trev’s outline is excellent for describing the man and how he endured against -near-impossible hardships.

    According to Sim, he was part of an extraordinary clique formed around Lee Kwan Yew’s leadership who transformed Singapore into the success it has become. the most outstanding feature, aside from their talent and determination, was their dedication to the greater public good and their unselfishness. I liked Trev’s description of Singapore as a meritocracy because that was how I saw it in my Singapore Impressions piece I ran on The Pub.

    Sim saw a lot of what was done there as a Confucian-type attitude to public service. This may well be so, but I liked that he was from Indian ethnicity in a multicultural country.

    • Good on you GD, and thank you. Over the years I’ve been a critic of Singapore. At times, I’m also a defender. SR Nathan was one of those rare good people that most reasonable individuals would welcome as their Head of State. To all the Pub Bloggers, who would you choose as an Australian President? I’m not sure. On current availability, I might almost go with a Doug Cameron. (I’ll probably be flamed, but in the absence of a modern day Nugget Coombes there is a limited choice).

      Bloody hell its cold here. Had a welcome weekend in Sydney last week when M got back from KL after seeing her brother in Seremban Hospital. I went up to meet her in Sin-City. Made vindaloo curry today – suspect I over did the vinegar. And, I should have used pork and not chicken.

  4. Arafura CLP ahead on raw numbers but the booth in is from the Tiwi islands where their vote has fallen from about 80% to 54% on primaries.

  5. Gorgeous Dunny,

    The one slight consolation I have in FossilF’s re-election is that the lease on his popup office in Glenferrie Road Hawthorn has finally expired, so I no longer have to pass his smirk on my way to and from a couple of my favourite purveyors.

  6. Thousands of people have rallied around Australia, calling for the government to immediately close its offshore immigration centres following the publication of the Nauru files.

    Protests were held in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle, Hobart, Brisbane, Adelaide, Ballina, and at the Australian embassies in London and Tokyo on Saturday. Another rally is planned for Darwin on Sunday, the day after the Northern Territory election

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/aug/27/nauru-files-manus-island-close-the-camps-rallies-asylum-seeker

    The Sydney march – Pitt Street.

    • Gippsland Laborite,

      I wonder if that’s pronounced “Braiyt-Ling” – similar to Red Symons’ pronunciation of “Braiy-Ton”.

  7. They;ll be able to share a cab to parliament house 🙂

    ” while the CLP will be reduced to just four, according to the ABC election website.

  8. Not all results for Labor are good, Deputy leader Lynne Walker is in a bit of a fight against an independent in Nhulunbuy.

  9. I don’t think “Gunner” is a name that inspires confidence.

    It’s the round tuit thingy.

  10. Result in Stuart (Western NT)
    Primary
    ALP: 72.9%
    CLP: 17.3%
    IND 7.3%
    1TP:2.6%

    2PP
    ALP: 79.7%
    CLP: 20.3%
    Swing to ALP: 35.2%

  11. Okay time to put in my two pennieth. As an older white male it has come to my attention that somehow I have become the bestower of sartorial elegance to the female sex, especially in regard to the clothing they wear to the beach, namely the burkini.

    I didn’t realise that it was up to me what women wear to the beach but after seeing all the opinion pieces and listening to all the opinionated arseholes on the radio and seeing all the overstuffed, red faced bigots on television giving their opinions on what women should wear on the beach I have discovered that for some reason unknown to me it appears that it is up to us old white men to decide what women wear and when they wear it.

    But, hang on, what a woman wears to the beach is none of my fucking business, if she believes that undressing down to something that equates to her bra and panties is immodest and for her her modesty is better protected by wearing something that covers her body and her sex better it is none of my fucking business.

    If on the other hand a person is worried that wearing a pair of bra and panties to the beach opens her up to the terrible consequences of getting skin cancer and so wishes to cover her skin to avoid such a fate, again I say it is none of my fucking business. Particularly when it is us old white men/women that are suffering skin cancers because we were not well covered when we were children prancing around in the sunshine and at the beach.

    And, if a woman wishes to cover her hair in her church of worship, as our own queen does, or wishes to wear an all encompassing habit, coif, wimple and veil, as our religious orders do, or a man wishes to honour his particular religion by wearing a monks robes. I reiterate once again, and say it is none of my fucking business.

    The only time what a person wears is my fucking business is when I am deciding what I should wear both inside and outside. Unless I am the father of a young person who is too young to determine what is suitable clothing at the time but once they are of an age to understand the need for clothing at certain times then they have opinions that need to be listened too when they are dressing each day.

    In regard to all other peoples of the world, what they wish to wear in their houses, outside their houses, in their religious places, outside their religious places, or anywhere for that matter. It is none of my fucking business and no matter who you are, what position you hold in society, what religion, sex, sexual persuasion you are I fail to see it any of your fucking business.

    The only person who’s business it is as to whether he or she wears full body covering clothing to the beach, park, shops, work, or anywhere is the person involved. Certainly not me, you, her/his father, mother, brother,uncle, auntie, sister or any other person.

    So, if you happen to see a nun wandering the streets clad head to toe, or a Hindu person clad in her sari, a Christian woman wearing her neat hat/scarf over her head in church, or a Muslim woman wearing her burkini to the beach do what you should do and what I intend to do and that is mind my own fucking business.

    • I’m with you on this, 100%. I’ve made some appalling decisions about clothing for myself over the years….would likely breach some UN Charter if I were to impose them on the rest of the population.

    • Years ago I read an account (can’t recall if a memoir or a novel based on it) of time in the Spanish Civil War. Franco’s defection from the army and commencement of an insurgency against the democratically elected Republican government had been backed openly by the Fascists and Nazis, and tacitly by the Western powers and the Catholic church.

      The chaos and brutality was appalling, something which led to left-wingers from abroad voluntarily going there to support the government through what became known as the International Brigade.

      From memory, the writer was appalled by the church’s inaction against the murders, tortures and bombing occurring. He described a scene where a Monseigneur actually stood on the steps of a cathedral with a tape measure which he used to measure the length of women’s dresses and skirts as they attempted to enter. Only a certain amount of space was allowable between the end of the skirt and the ankle. If the gap was too great, the woman was denied admission.

      The writer despaired that the church could see this as the most important issue at the time.

  12. Seems Mugabe is still alive and still doing 😆 rants

    P.M. NEWS Nigeria > Sports > Football > International >Mugabe orders arrest, detention of Zimbabwean Olympic team

    Mugabe Orders Arrest Of “Rats We Call Athletes” After Zimbabwe Wins No Olympic Medals
    By: malterwitty
    Tags: CURRENT EVENTS

    “We have wasted the country’s money on these rats we call athletes. If you are not ready to sacrifice and win even copper or brass medals (referring the 4th and 5th positions) why do you go to waste our money… If we needed people to just go to Brazil to sing our national anthem and hoist our flag, we would have sent some of the beautiful girls and handsome guys from University of Zimbabwe to represent us…………….“This situation is like an impotent man who is married to five women, what is the essence? I will make sure we share the cost across board for all of them to pay back to government chest even if it takes 10 years to recoup, now it turns out to be a soft loan we have given them to go and visit Brazil as tourist, they are useless” he concluded.

    http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2016/08/24/mugabe-orders-arrest-detention-of-zimbabwean-olympic-team/

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Well there goes the CLP!
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/labor-wins-nt-election-in-landslide-20160827-gr2s5w.html
    Who would believe this? Another from thr finance/insurance industry accused of shady business.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/does-youi-owe-you-insurer-accused-of-billing-without-consent-20160818-gqvrmi.html
    “Turnbull’s” plebiscite plan is in tatters.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bill-shorten-all-but-confirms-labor-will-oppose-malcolm-turnbulls-samesex-marriage-plebiscite-20160826-gr2huk.html
    Michelle Grattan says it’s doomed.
    https://theconversation.com/same-sex-marriage-plebiscite-appears-doomed-64492
    Father Frank Brennan on the tactics and consequence surrounding the plebiscite bill.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/frank-brennan–plebiscite-only-option-if-turnbull-is-to-retain-leadership,9401
    Paul Bongiorno gives us his usual high quality view of what’s happening in politics.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2016/08/27/jelly-roll-shorten/14722200003654
    As parliament resumes there are landmines laid everywhere for Turnbull says Michael Gordon.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/landmines-everywhere-for-turnbull-as-parliament-resumes-20160826-gr1ylk.html
    A similar take from Katherine Murphy. She has described the Liberals as “the party of war”. It’s a good article this one.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/aug/26/danger-for-turnbull-as-the-new-parliament-heads-into-the-unknown
    Everyone’s favourite James Massola on how the Liberals are very nervous aver Turnbull’s threadbare policy agenda.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/nervous-liberal-mps-questioning-the-turnbull-governments-threadbare-secondterm-agenda-20160825-gr0zll.html
    Michael West has examined the fees ASIC has been charging and finds that they are the highest in the world – and that’s BEFORE privatisation!
    http://www.michaelwest.com.au/asic-fees-highest-in-world/

  14. Richard Denniss says Morrison and the Liberals are reverting to type as they double down on the “taxed-nots”.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/target-the-havenots-liberals-up-to-the-same-old-tricks-20160826-gr1scu.html
    Peter FitzSimons at his best as he doubles down on the plebiscite and Alan Jones.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/parliament-should-lead-on-samesex-marriage-issue-20160826-gr20a3.html
    Michael Short opines that big business needs a better voice than the BCA. Ouch!
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/big-business-needs-a-better-voice-20160825-gr17j8.html
    TwitterAudit has found that half of Turnbull’s followers are fake.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/revealed-malcolm-turnbulls-twitter-following-full-of-fakes-20160826-gr27wd.html
    Sean Nicholls writes about the latest NSW poll and how Baird is far from invincible.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/shock-poll-result-shows-mike-baird-is-far-from-invincible-20160826-gr2236.html
    Stephen Koukoulas on how Australian house prices are set to fall.
    http://thekouk.com/item/398-aussie.html
    More on the subject from Michael Janda.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2016/08/26/australian-property-crash/
    Mark Kenny writes on how the ground is becoming fertile for noxious beat-up politics.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/politics-a-fertile-field-for-beatups-20160826-gr1vp2.html
    Pressure is building on the government to abandon the NewStart cuts.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/pressure-builds-on-turnbull-government-to-abandon-newstart-cuts-20160826-gr2bwl.html
    Annabel Crabbe says that Royal Commissions and plebiscites show that Parliament isn’t up to the job.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/why-royal-commissions-and-plebiscites-signal-just-how-appalling-something-is-20160826-gr1xcj.html

  15. Section 3 . . .

    Ross Gittins on foreign investment, the economic stimulus we love to hate.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/foreign-investment-the-economic-stimulus-we-love-to-hate-20160826-gr1ryz.html
    The supermarket wars rage on and Coles and Woolworths are finding the going hard.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/coles-woolworths-look-for-growth-as-supermarket-wars-rage-on-20160826-gr1mwi.html
    Adele Ferguson revisits the 7-Eleven saga.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/an-inconvenient-year-for-7eleven-20160826-gr1xff.html
    More from Ferguson on 7-Eleven’s exploitation of workers and how the odious practice is not confined to that company.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/7eleven-we-are-not-alone-in-wage-fraud-20160826-gr1yzc.html
    Peter Martin on the convoluted laws on copyright on books in Australia.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/copyright-denies-books-to-hundreds-of-thousands-fair-use-would-fix-problem-20160826-gr2491.html
    How Michelle Obama nailed the job of First Lady. What will be the next phase in her life?
    http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/how-michelle-obama-got-the-job-of-being-first-lady–including-her-wardrobe–so-right-20160825-gr0s0o.html
    Trump leaves the safety of hand-picked FoxNews programs and it didn’t go at all well for him.
    http://www.theage.com.au/world/donald-trump-finally-did-a-nonfox-news-interview-it-didnt-go-very-well-20160826-gr2hlq.html

  16. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding shows us the pedigree of the plebiscite.

    More from Golding – this time on the NewStart cut.

    Mark David and Turnbull reaching across the aisle.

    More from Mark exposes Abbott for what he is.

    Alan Moir indicates that Turnbull’s omnibus bill’s hopes are fading.

    Ron Tandberg unravels Morrison’s latest effort.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/ron-tandberg-20090910-fixc.html
    Mark Knight takes to the streets with the Liberals.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/ed5d12097f57e301887b40e666d3111f

  17. Watched the pathetic coverage of the election last night. Three against one, but our one just concentrated on what was happening and not the rubbish the others were going on with.

    I don’t want to spell our Senators name wrong, but was pleased to see she was dressed elegantly in the First People’s Flag colours. Orange shirt, large yellow necklace and her black hair. It was lovely outfit and she held her own against the others.

    What a great win for the NT and Labor, well done people.

  18. Father Frank Brennan says Labor has to support Fizza’s damned plebiscite if Labor wants Fizza to remain as leader.

    Who the frack thinks Labor wants Turnbull to stay on?

    Shorten has pretty much confirmed Labor will block the plebiscite legislation.

    Bill Shorten all but confirms Labor will oppose Malcolm Turnbull’s same-sex marriage plebiscite.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bill-shorten-all-but-confirms-labor-will-oppose-malcolm-turnbulls-samesex-marriage-plebiscite-20160826-gr2huk.html

  19. More guff on Insiders re. the “NBN”.

    Interviewers (e.g. Barrie Cassidy) keep missing the salient feature of Turnbull’s broadband policy. His “NBN” is not the same as Labor’s “NBN”. It’s so different in degree as to be a completely different system. He has stolen the name “NBN”, and re-badged it into something it was never meant to be and which will not work to purpose. It’s like demolishing an old industrial building, keeping the front facade only, and then calling the 500 apartments you build in its place “The Warehouse”. Clever marketing, but not reflective of reality.

    Saying Labor only had 50,000 sign-ups in 6 years (and that he gets 80,000 a month by contrast) ignores Labor’s infrastructure set-up overheads, and the regulatory mess that had to be sorted out, particularly with regards to the to-ing and fro-ing with Telstra, in both technical issues (e.g. asbestos in pits) and proprietorial issues (i.e. who owned what?).

    It also ignores the fact that Labor’s system would have been much more -streets more – future-proof than the copper schemozzle we’re getting now. Labor’s would only have to be upgraded, mainly at the exchanges, not rebuilt fromthe ground up llike Turnbull’s.

    Turnbull’s deceit in calling the current system the “NBN” (and the media’s in allowing him to do so) is brand theft. The NBN’s identity has been stolen and is now touting itself as the same person it always used to be. It’s had a head transplant, a heart transplant, a brain transplant and a leg transplant. Yet it still says its name is “NBN”. Comparing Turnbull’s effort with Labor’s is not comparing “like” with “like”. It’s more like comparing chalk with cheese, or sawdust with coffee – only meaningful if you’re talking about the differences, not the similarities of the two substances.

    I have to say, though, that Turnbull doing so has been the most successful aspect of his broadband effort. It was a brilliant, if predictable move.

  20. Insiders. Geez. Apparently there was an election in NT yesterday, but it must have been only of passing interest. They couldn’t wait to put it aside and talk about other things. ‘Other things’ not including our immigration policy, however. That only got one brief guernsey when Niki Savva got sniffy at SH-Y for being unhappy at losing the portfolio with the Greens.

    Turnbull interview – the usual appalling mess. He was in his condescending mood today, and Cassidy didn’t feel like pushing him. So he got to talk about the ALP’s duty to enter the spirit of compromise ie. do whatever the Liberals tell them to do (look serious, spread arms, try out ‘generous’ face). He waxed lyrical about the success of the DD election because the Senate is probably, maybe, if you look at it from a certain angle, not substantially more compromised than a half-Senate election would have produced (smile broadly, expand arms, try to change subject). He talked about the economic challenge ahead, expressed exclusively in cliches and warnings to Shorten to follow through on everything he may have mentioned in passing in the election campaign (point finger, spread arms, nod, lean forward, look serious, smile, nod, shake head, smile). Asked about the NBN raids, he said it was entirely a matter for the NBN (cough) and that you had to (stammer slightly) ask them about it, but (smile broadly) the NBN is going beautifully, couldn’t be better thanks, here’s some figures, don’t know if they’re substantiated but I’m going to assume they are (authoritative voice, frown and smile at the same time, lean forward then back, let arms dangle then wave them about vaguely, smile desperately). And that was pretty much it, except for some bizarre praise of Morrison and O’Dwyer.

    The panel covered, I think, three topics. Can’t recall the order now.

    1. Plebiscite. According to them, there’s no such option as a Parliamentary vote, and no need to pressure the government to have one. But there’s all sorts of pressure on the ALP and Greens to support the plebiscite, otherwise it won’t happen. In other words, a PM who is publicly in support of SSM (he even said it in the interview that he will vote for it) won’t bother following it up if the form of the plebiscite is not acceptable to the ALP. He’ll just give up. And that’s ok, all Shorten’s fault. The guy from the West Australian said something bizarre in the course of the discussion. Something about the ALP aligning with the Greens on this not being a good idea, because look what happened when they aligned with the Greens on the ETS. What?

    2. Economic measures. Expressed purely in terms of how they play out politically. No interest in whether anything the Liberals are proposing would actually pay off debt. Just lots of “how can they say that when they said this?” crap. Which is more about individual politicians saving face than doing anything useful.

    3. Sarah Hanson-Young. Nobody took her side, but then they didn’t think Di Natale was doing the right thing either. Apparently the guy from the West Australian thinks the new immigration guy can work better with the Turnbull government, which ought to sound alarming to any Greens voter. Compromising with the Liberals has been a disaster for them every time they’ve done it. And now they’re facilitating it?

    Oh, and they had a bit of a laugh at Michaelia Cash’s Speers interview. I did too, until the guy from the West Australian said that she was an excellent performer in the current government. That wiped the smile off my face.

    So there you go, that’s Insiders.

    • I’ve never regretted, along with so many others on this blog, having nothing to do with this smug superficial program. Very occasionally there will be a good moment or two. I’m still very fond of the camera work with Arthur’s disappearing that time. But mostly, it’s time-wasting rubbish: the fizz, while ignoring the substance.

  21. Just re the SSM plebiscite. It’s painfully obvious now that the only lesson Turnbull learnt from the humiliation Howard put him through with the Republic referendum was “I should have a go at that when I get the chance.” He’s trying to give Shorten the runaround he got way back then, and put the pressure back onto Shorten to get it going on Turnbull’s terms.

    What he hasn’t figured out is that Shorten’s no Turnbull. All Shorten has to do is keep reminding people that changing the legislation is a simple matter of a Parliamentary vote. And then the onus is back with Turnbull.

    Turnbull tried to be too clever in the interview this morning. The ALP and Greens have had some information from polling companies that the plebiscite in its current form may not deliver a yes vote on SSM. Turnbull’s response was something like, “If the ALP have information saying that the will of the people is not for equal marriage, then they shouldn’t be pursuing it!” That, coming from a man who claims to be pro-SSM, is reprehensible.

  22. New Zealand: Thousands infected by contaminated water in Havelock North

    By Tom Peters
    27 August 2016

    Over the past fortnight an estimated 4,500 people in Havelock North have become sick with a gastrointestinal infection linked to campylobacter bacteria in the town’s water supply. As of August 21, 10 people remained in hospital, down from 22 a few days earlier. At least one person, 89-year-old Jean Sparksman, died after contracting the disease, which is fatal in rare cases.

    Havelock North has 13,000 residents and is located in the Hawke’s Bay region, just outside the city of Hastings on the North Island.

    Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (DHB) chief executive Kevin Snee told TV3 on August 23 there was “a risk” cryptosporidium and giardia were also in the water. Cryptosporidium takes up to 20 days to affect people, meaning there could be “another wave of sickness.”

    On August 12, the Hastings District Council received test results showing the presence of E. coli bacteria, an indicator for faecal contamination, in one of the bores that feeds Havelock North’s water supply. The council was also informed by the DHB of numerous recent cases of vomiting and diarrhoea. A warning was issued to Havelock North residents to boil drinking water while the council began to chlorinate the water. Not all communities in New Zealand have chlorinated water.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/27/have-a27.html

  23. Israeli think tank: Don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a “useful tool” against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria

    According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and ethnically cleansing minority groups in Syria and Iraq.

    Why? The so-called Islamic State “can be a useful tool in undermining” Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Russia, argues the think tank’s director.

    “The continuing existence of IS serves a strategic purpose,” wrote Efraim Inbar in “The Destruction of Islamic State Is a Strategic Mistake,” a paper published on Aug. 2.

    By cooperating with Russia to fight the genocidal extremist group, the United States is committing a “strategic folly” that will “enhance the power of the Moscow-Tehran-Damascus axis,” Inbar argued, implying that Russia, Iran and Syria are forming a strategic alliance to dominate the Middle East.

    “The West should seek the further weakening of Islamic State, but not its destruction,” he added. “A weak IS is, counterintuitively, preferable to a destroyed IS.”

    http://www.salon.com/2016/08/23/israeli-think-tank-dont-destroy-isis-its-a-useful-tool-against-iran-hezbollah-syria/

  24. Assange Assassination Attempt? Cops Took 2 Hours to Respond to Embassy Breach

    (ANTIMEDIA) The Wikileaks Twitter account reported early Monday morning that an unidentified man attempted to scale the wall of the Ecuadorian Embassy in the U.K. at 2:47 am. The “cat burglar” escaped security and managed to flee to safety while embassy security waited two hours for U.K. police to take the two minute walk from the police station to the embassy housing internationally-known whistleblower Julian Assange.

    UK police took 2h to respond to Assange Embassy intruder despite 24h covert op & police station 2 mins walk away. pic.twitter.com/omaGWDwwuW

    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 23, 2016

    http://theantimedia.org/assange-embassy-2-hours/

  25. Diplomats: Israel has provided no evidence against indicted World Vision employee

    Western diplomats say that Israel has not provided them with “any intelligence or evidence” against a Gaza-based World Vision employee recently indicted for funnelling aid money to Hamas.

    According to a report in Israeli newspaper Haaretz, “some of Israel’s key allies have complained to the Foreign Ministry about not receiving any intelligence or evidence” about Mohammad el Halabi, in contrast to the huge amount of publicity granted to the accusations by the Israeli authorities.

    Diplomats told the paper that “Israel’s behaviour in the affair is creating the impression that the government is interested in creating a ‘public diplomacy buzz,’ rather than any real attempt to resolve the matter.”

    One Western diplomat commented: “The Israelis’ priorities in this affair are very strange”, adding: “Israel’s conduct is very disappointing.”

    Haaretz stated that, as of Thursday, “neither the ministry in Jerusalem nor any other official Israeli body has provided additional information or evidence concerning the matter to any of the Western countries involved, directly or indirectly, in transferring donations to World Vision.”

    Furthermore, “in the past few days, the Australian, British and U.S. ambassadors asked for clarifications from the Foreign Ministry concerning the delay in the transfer of the information and have expressed their displeasure to [Israeli officials].”

    On August 9, the director general of the Australian foreign affairs department wrote to Dore Gold, his Israeli counterpart, and “requested detailed information that would help the investigation into alleged misuse of donations from his country and their transfer to Hamas.”

    Three days later, “the Australian Embassy sent another letter to the Foreign Ministry, again asking for any information pointing to the transfer of donated funds from Australia via any international aid organization to Hamas or other terror organizations in Gaza.”

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160825-diplomats-israel-has-provided-no-evidence-against-indicted-world-vision-employee/

  26. Aguirre

    Thanks for that, I avoid the show like the plague. Follow what is being said about it in my twitter stream, but it is good to have someone being more comprehensive and not so biased.

  27. Competing While Black: Rio 2016 Olympics and Racism

    The 2016 Olympic Games have come to completion, and there’s a difference between competition and the dominance that was displayed by black athletes this year. Not just on the court, not just on the track, not just in the pool, but on the winners’ podium, where several athletes made statements against police brutality and the social conditions here in America.

    Here to join me now to discuss this issue further is Dr. Sheri Parks. Dr. Parks is an associate dean of research, interdisciplinary studies, and programming, and associate professor of American studies and founding director of the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy at the University of Maryland at College Park. Her most recent publication is the book Fierce Angels: Living With a Legacy From the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman, an editor’s pick by Essence magazine. Dr. Parks, thank you for joining us today…

    Well, let’s talk about Gabby Douglas, right. There was big controversy during the Olympics that Gabby Douglas, after the team all-around competition, that she did not place her hand over her heart. And that same week, Michael Phelps can be seen laughing during the Olympic ceremony with the U.S. national anthem playing. But yet the media kind of just laughed his gesture off, but criticized Gabby Douglas. We saw four years ago she was criticized for her hair not being properly groomed enough, in media’s terms.

    Why is it that Gabby Douglas is criticized for her gesture during the Olympic–or during the national anthem–but Michael Phelps, we just see him as some great American hero who doesn’t have to place his hand over his heart and gets to laugh, not pay respects?

    http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=17055

  28. Trouble between Moscow and Tehran?

    While the granting of the use of the Iranian airbase in Hamedan to the Russian Aerospace forces was greeted with a lot of coverage, the recent departure from Hamedan of the Russian Tu-22M3 has attracted much less attention. The official Russian line on this was very neutral, as shown by this article in Sputnik.

    What really took place, however, deserves some further scrutiny.

    First, it should be said that the Russians had been using that airbase for a quite a while already, but that the deal between Russia and Iran had been kept secret. According to Russian sources, it appears that the Iranians were completely surprised when this information was made public and that some factions inside the ruling elites of Iran were outraged at what they saw as a public admission of a compromise of Iranian sovereignty. First, it was the Iranian Defense Minister, Hossein Dehghan, who expressed his outrage at what he saw was a Russian leak made without Iranian agreement. According to Dehghan, the Russians wanted to show that they were an influential superpower and that is why they made that information public. Soon after that, both the Iranian Foreign Ministry and the Russian ambassador to Tehran confirmed that the Russians had left Hamedan and that they would only come back when the two countries would agree to their return.

    However, there might be more to this than meet the eye.

    According to the same Russian sources, what might be taking place is an internal struggle between different Iranian factions, specifically the Iranian armed forces and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Russians believe that the website which initially released this information, Warfare Worldwide, is linked to the Iranian Armed Forces who, according to the Russians, leaked this info (and pictures) through Warfare Worldwide in order to embarrass the Iranian government. Once this information was made public, the Russians had to confirm it, and that resulted in some very heated exchanges in the Iranian Parliament.

    http://thesaker.is/trouble-between-moscow-and-tehran/

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