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Monday, 17 September 2012

17 September 2012. Konvertsy Movement to Restore Fathausen… HO HUM

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Click here for a story on a konvertsy movement to restore Fathausen. I’m not going to refute anything that the ignorant jabronies say in it. It’s not worth your or my time, but there’s the link, if you want it. I’d rather spend my time with real people like Vsevolod Chaplin, Mark Golovkov, or V R Legoida. I really don’t like wasting time on the Blunder or Fathusen unless I must, and I commend the same to all of you. However… this guarantees not only a nasty food fight at the Parma Sobor, but acrimonious internet wars before it. Trust me, EVERY ethnic that I know doesn’t want Fathausen back… none of them want Little Vinny from San Francisco either… too many remember his antics in Las Vegas with Soraich. I’ve talked with people personally, and not a one wants El Gordo back, and not one wants Vinny to get the white hat.

I can see why Mark Stokoe didn’t want to chronicle the end of the OCA… it’s a nasty, unedifying, malodorous pile of shit stinking to the very heavens. I’ve had enough of it for a day. I’m not alone…

BMD

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Russia Celebrated 155th Anniversary of the Birth of Cosmonautics Pioneer Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

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On Monday, there were celebrations dedicated to the 155th anniversary of the birth of the founder of cosmonautics Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in his native village of Izhevskoe in Ryazan Oblast. Among the participants were Yelena Timoshenkova, the scientist’s granddaughter, the Director of the Tsiolkovsky Memorial House-Museum in Kaluga, and representatives from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Space Agency, Energia Corporation, and Russian Space Systems Corporation. The visitors went to the house where Tsiolkovsky was born and laid flowers. A meeting dedicated to the anniversary and the opening of the second international school of satellite navigation was held in the local House of Culture.

17 September 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_17/Russia-celebrates-155th-birthday-anniversary-of-Tsiolkovsky/

Will Israel drag the US into a war with Iran?

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Last week’s pogroms in the Middle East should have made the hawks in the West realise that something’s wrong with their strong-arm attitude towards the Muslim world. They should have, but it didn’t seem to have persuaded everyone. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told NBC‘s Meet the Press that Iran would be on the brink of nuclear weapon capability by next spring, saying, “You have to place a red line before them now, before it’s too late”. The idea of drawing a “red line” for Iran isn’t new. Netanyahu has long insisted that the USA should put forward conditions, then, if Iran violated them, it’d prompt a unilateral military action by either the USA, or Israel, or both, without the UN Security Council‘s approval.

Both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta rejected this scenario. Mr Panetta accused Netanyahu of trying to force the USA into a corner over its Iran policy. Ms Hillary said very clearly, “We aren’t setting deadlines”. American officials still appear to believe that negotiations with Iran and stricter sanctions could force the Iranian leadership to abandon its hardline stance on its nuclear programme. On the contrary, Mr Netanyahu’s convinced that the Iranian leadership is too fanatic to step back. He even said that supporters of the policy of “containing” Iran and its nuclear ambitions “set a new standard for human stupidity”. As for President Obama, who’s the main target of the Israeli premier’s criticism, according to Israeli officials, he’s declined to meet Mr Netanyahu when he comes to Washington later this month.

Actually, it isn’t the Israeli premier; the administration’s own policy towards Iran and the Middle East in general forced the USA into a corner. By ardently supporting coups in a number of Arab countries, the USA and its Western European allies created régimes much more monstrous than the previous ones. The backlash is obvious… a wave of anti-American protests swept the Muslim world. These tragic consequences are the direct product of American strong-arm policies in the region. Now, the Israeli premier’s trying to force the administration into continuing this bankrupt policy. What’s more, he’s finding allies within the USA. Whilst the administration itself seems to be wavering and playing the part of the “good cop”, Obama’s Republican contender Mitt Romney is all too eager to exploit this vacillation.

In an interview, Romney hinted that he’d use military force against Iran and accused Obama of “throwing Israel under the bus”. It remains unclear how many of his promises Romney would keep if he became president, but the propaganda effect is there. The hawkish attitude may have an impact on “swing” voters and change the pre-electoral picture in Romney’s favour. Netanyahu himself has denied that he was trying to influence the American election, although he’d definitely be much happier with a more hawkish US president. However, most probably, the belligerent rhetoric used by the Israeli premier is less meant for an American audience than it is for the Israeli public. In Israel, general elections are due in October 2013, and the current premier is facing an uphill battle. In this context, the last thing he’d want to do is to weaken his image as a strongman. Indeed, hardly anyone in the USA or Israel would wish to face a backlash similar to the one the world witnessed last week. Attacking Iran could lead to a much more violent one.

This idea seems to have dawned on a number of competent people in Israel itself. Speaking on CBS60 Minutes, Meir Dagan, a former head of the Mossad, said that an attack on Iran would be the “stupidest idea I’ve ever heard”. Such revelations, followed by an assessment of the Iranian government as “a very rational” one, came from a man who the Iranian authorities claim has dispatched assassins, computer viruses, and faulty equipment in a bid to delay the Iranian nuclear programme. Well, maybe, before labelling those who’d adopt a more cautious stance on Iran as “setting new standards for human stupidity”, the Israeli premier should listen to the voice of reason from his own ranks.

17 September 2012

Boris Volkhonsky

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_17/Will-Israel-drag-the-US-into-a-war-with-Iran/

Poll Shows Romney Losing Support of Hispanic Voters

THIS is why Latino voters aren’t voting for Willy… “This land is OUR land”… 

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On Monday, Latino Decisions said that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to lose support amongst the Latino electorate in the USA, citing the results of its latest weekly political tracking poll. According to the poll, only 20 percent of Hispanic voters will vote for Romney, while 62 percent will vote for incumbent President Barack Obama. Two weeks ago, 23 percent of Hispanic voters were ready to vote for the ex-governor of Massachusetts and 56 percent for Obama. The latest poll is based on a new rolling cross-section of 300 completed interviews with Latino registered voters across all 50 states.

The trend registered by Latino Decisions is bad news for Romney and the Republican Party as Latinos make up 16.3 percent of the American population, or 50 million people. Both candidates made a tremendous effort to win popularity among the Hispanic community. With about seven weeks left before Election Day, Obama, who was nominated by the Democrats to run for a second term in office, has a small lead over Romney nationwide, but enjoys a significant advantage in the Electoral College. Latino Decisions is the leader in Latino political opinion research. Respected media outlets, including CNN and the Wall Street Journal, regularly cite its poll data and analysis.

17 September 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20120917/176019192.html

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