By Mark Tapson – “When Barack Obama took over the Oval Office from George W. Bush in 2009, he was riding the crest of a tidal wave of gullibility among his supporters, who believed him to be the Chosen One bringing salvation and deliverance from the wasteland of the Bush years. In their fevered imagination, the inept, moronic, old-fashioned cowboy Bush had disastrously bungled his terms in office and caused the world to hate us. Now the multicultural, transnational, post-American demigod Obama had arrived, a deus ex machina from the heavens, offering hope and change to all. He was going to get the world to like us, really like us again.
But this self-delusional, media-assisted narrative has a tragicomic twist: two and a half years into his term, Obama not only hasn’t healed the oceans, harmonized the races, boosted the economy, or repaired our supposedly tattered reputation abroad, he has actually exacerbated all those issues. And now it’s confirmed that he hasn’t been any more successful at resolving the clash of civilizations either.
‘My job to the Muslim world,’ Obama said in his very first interview as President, for the Arabic-language network Al-Arabiya, ‘is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.’ In that case, to quote from Cool Hand Luke, what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. According to a stunning new poll of six Arab nations – Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia – by the nonpartisan Arab American Institute, the United States is viewed even less favorably in the Arab world today than it was during the final year of Bush’s administration.” Read more.
Libya: President Obama’s ‘Non-War’ Rebel Allies Loot, Torch Homes and Threaten the Civilian Population in Benghazi
Let freedom ring …
“Tripoli (AsiaNews) – Benghazi-based rebels took Brega over night. The town, which is 740 km east of Tripoli, is the country’s main oil hub. The National Transitional Council (NTC) called the fall of the city its greatest victory since the war against Gaddafi began. However, doubts remain about rebel intentions. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused them of retaliatory violence against pro-Gaddafi regime civilians.
In a recent report, HRW said rebels looted and torched homes in towns that had fallen under TNC control. In villages south of Tripoli, Gaddafi loyalists were beaten, their houses set on fire.
Tiziana Gamannossi, an Italian businesswoman in Tripoli, told AsiaNews that the rebels’ push is causing fear in the civilian population. ‘The rebels threatened me and some of my aides at a checkpoint between Tripolitania and Cyrenaica,’ she said. ‘They seize women to get money, forcing men to get out of their cars to bargain.’
In her view, NATO is funding and arming violent groups that lack any training or code of honour. ‘Gaddafi’s soldiers committed crimes but they did not harm me, letting me to do my job even though the Italian government is involved in military operations.’” Read more.
The headless corpse, the mass grave and worrying questions about Libya’s rebel army – “The streaks of blood, smeared along the sides of this impromptu mass grave suggested a rushed operation, a hurried attempt to dispose of the victims. Who the men were and what happened to them, close to the Libyan rebels’ western front line town of Al-Qawalish in the Nafusa Mountains, remains unknown. But the evidence of a brutal end were clear. One of the corpses had been cleanly decapitated, while the trousers of another had been ripped down to his ankles, a way of humiliating a dead enemy. The green uniforms were the same as those worn by loyalists fighting for Col. Muammer Gaddafi in Libya’s civil war.” Read more.
UK: Muslim Cab Driver Decries Jews as ‘Animals’, Screams ‘All Jewish Children Must Die’ in Front of Jewish School
Here’s a man who acts like a raging rabid animal wishing for the death of all Jewish children, and in the same breath has the gall and pomposity to turn around and denigrate all Jewish people as ‘animals’ who shouldn’t be allowed in the same country that he himself immigrated to. While he is calling for the death of Jews and for the denial of human rights for these ‘non-humans’, heaven forbid if we dare begin to question his own. Yet by giving him nothing but a mere slap on the wrist the courts continue to demonstrate that they tolerate this vile hatred, and reinforce in the minds of all anti-semites the belief that spewing hatred such as this will never lead to any serious repercussions whatsoever. If calling for the death of children doesn’t constitute an immediate need to begin the process of this man’s deportation, I’d hate to imagine what would …
Taha Osman shrieked ‘All Jewish children must die!’ after his car was hemmed in by parents picking up pupils outside King David School in Crumpsall.
Two mums on the school run and a teaching assistant were singled out in a foul-mouthed and ‘frightening’ tirade witnessed by kids, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Osman – an Iraqi Kurd who has settled in Britain – also shouted that Jewish people were ‘animals’ who ‘should not be allowed in this country’.
The 36-year-old denied causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress in a trial, but was found guilty by the jury.
Sentencing him to a community order, Judge David Stockdale QC said it was a ‘particularly nasty offence’ – but did not warrant a jail sentence.” Read more.
Flashback: Islamic Schools in Britain teach students that Jews are ‘transformed from pigs and apes’ – “LONDON – Islamic schools in Britain are teaching anti-Semitic material to high school students, some of whom have been exposed to extremist preachers and Islamist groups, a BBC documentary revealed on Monday evening. According to its flagship documentary program Panorama, around 5,000 Muslim children are being educated from a Saudi Arabian textbook that teaches them that Jews are transformed from pigs and apes, and asks them to list the ‘reprehensible’ qualities of Jews. Another says that Zionists want to establish world domination for Jews, a charge levelled in the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” Read more.
‘Resistance will continue until Iran sends its enemies to the morgue,’ he said on his website, making a reference to the US and Israel who he said are ‘on the verge of collapse and gasping for their last breathes.’
Ahmadinejad may have been reacting to news from Iranian state media that Iran brought down a U.S. ‘spy drone’ flying near its Fordo nuclear enrichment plant in Qom province.
State-run Press TV didn’t say when the incident happened. US officials said there were unaware that a US unmanned aircraft was downed, according to news reports.
The Islamic Republic, Ahmadinejad said on his website ‘is the region’s greatest military power.’” Source.
Chief Nuclear Engineer A. Gundersen: “The Japanese announced that it’s gonna be 10 years before they begin — begin — to remove those cores from the bottom of the containment. There’s no technology right now to remove them. Remember, they’ve melted through the nuclear reactor and they’re lying on the floor of the nuclear containment. Now, at Three Mile Island they had melted on to the bottom of the reactor, but not through the reactor. So this is brand new. And, you know, it’s sort of like trying to peel an egg off the bottom of a frying pan. If it’s cooked too long it’s a very, very complicated and difficult process and that’s what we’re facing at Fukushima in the long-term cleanup. So in the meantime there’ll be an awful lot of liquid radioactive waste that will have to be processed for 10 or perhaps 20 years…
Some friends of mine are biologists that had worked at Chernobyl and went to Japan to do some scientific work over there. They went anticipating things were gonna be bad. I got a call this week from them and they said, ‘You know, things are really, really bad.’ So these are hardened scientists who are used to dealing with radiation, and they believe that conditions at Fukushima are much worse than they had thought…”
Report: Japan to name new Fukushima ‘hot spots’ – “The Japanese government will announce new “hot spots” recommended for evacuation near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant possibly “within the next couple of days,” Kyodo News reported Thursday, citing Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. Late last month, for the first time since the nuclear crisis was triggered by the March earthquake and tsunami, the government designated about 100 households in the city of Date in Fukushima Prefecture as being located in the so-called hot spots, where radiation levels are sporadically higher than other locations nearby.” Read more.
1 Billion Becquerels Per Hour Emission of Radioactive Materials from Fukushima I Nuke Plant at the End of June
“That’s an amazing reduction from the maximum emission of 2,000 terabecquerels per hour on March 15, it is actually one-2 millionth of the maximum, says TEPCO in the Reference No. 2 of the progress report on the ‘roadmap’ to God knows where.
Is this number, 1 billion becquerels per hour emission, good? TEPCO’s Matsumoto, in the press conference on July 19, avoided the judgment, and said he didn’t know, but it was one-2 millionth of what it had been on March 15.
On closer reading of the document, though, I noticed one strange thing about this emission number. TEPCO is talking about the radiation emission measured in cesium (cesium-134 and -137), not in iodine equivalence.
To come up with the iodine-131 equivalence, you have to multiply cesium-134 by 3, and cesium-137 by 40 (according to INES handbook). TEPCO doesn’t even give the breakdown of cesium 134 and -137 in its calculation of 1 billion becquerels/hour number. Other nuclides have even higher multiplier: americium-241 is 8,000, plutonium-239 is 10,000.
If half of 1 billion becquerels is cesium-134 and the other half is cesium-137, then in iodine-131 equivalence like in the previous calculations, the emission would be:
(0.5*3)+(0.5*40)=1.5+20=21.5 billion becquerels/hour
Instead of 1 billion becquerels/hour, it would be 21.4 billion becquerels/hour in iodine equivalence, or 516 billion becquerels in one day. In less than 2 days, we would be talking about over 1 terabecquerels.” Read more.
“Upon taking office, President Barack Obama pledged to change the dynamics of America’s adversarial relationship with the Islamic world. Just seven years earlier, the terrorist attacks on September 11 had shattered the American sense of security like never before, severely impairing the optimism of a proud nation.
America’s leadership was unprepared to respond to terrorism of such devastating proportions. The shockwaves that reverberated across the nation diverted the American public’s attention away from its government’s inconsistent, morally ambiguous strategy. With no hesitation, the Islamic world asserted that American support for Israel was in fact the cause of horrible acts of terrorism. What is the origin of this glaring confusion? Could Israel truly be the cause of Islamic terrorism?
In The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama, author David Rubin uncovers the mask of Islam: a dangerous, violent ideology that strives for world domination through terrorism and through what Rubin calls ‘non-violent aggression.’ Rubin reveals why Islamists choose terror over peace and explores Israel and America’s vital roles in combating the rampant spread of Islam.
This groundbreaking book explains why the rise of Obama has been so unsettling for the U.S. – Israel relationship. Examining the constantly evolving and often uneasy relationship between Christians and Jews with an eye on the future, The Islamic Tsunami merges history with current events to create astute analysis of the historically troubled trichotomy between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. With America’s Founding Fathers and the ancient but relevant biblical sources, David Rubin delivers a powerful and lucid battle plan for confronting the Islamic threat to our civilization; a bold strategy that will halt the Islamic tsunami once and for all.” Source.
By Tim Marshall – “To lunch with Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon where the talk is of little other than the proposed United Nations vote on full recognition of a Palestinian state as proposed by President Abbas.
The Minister opens with ‘The way to end the conflict is not unilateral action, they must not change the rules of the game’ . He continued ‘ It would be confrontational because it’s against the agreements we have made. By breaking the agreements they also release us from the agreements’.
The vote may not happen. Many countries oppose it knowing it would be only symbolic and could lead to violence. But President Abbas has boxed himself in. If there is no vote, the pent up frustrations of Palestinians could erupt against both the Israelis and the Palestinian leadership. If there is a vote, and nothing changes, the same could happen.
Mr Ayalon warned against a third intifada. ‘If there is violence they will lose all their achievements on the ground. Were the last two intifadas to their advantage? I don’t think so’. Behind that statement is the truth that there has been an economic boom in the West Bank albeit one built somewhat on sand. There are new hotels, cafes, restaurants and businesses. These would all likely be smashed if there was another round of fighting.” Read more.
Jailed Palestinian leader Barghouti calls for mass rallies to back UN statehood bid – “Jailed leader Marwan Barghouti has called on Palestinians to stage mass rallies in September in support of a diplomatic bid to gain UN membership for a state of Palestine. Barghouti, a figure widely respected among many Palestinians, said taking the statehood quest to the United Nations was part of a new strategy that would open the door to ‘peaceful, popular resistance’… Israel is wary that the September bid could serve as a trigger for protests inspired by uprisings across the region.” Read more.
Torrential rain and lashing winds from the typhoon injured at least 47 people in 15 prefectures, while another person was reported missing and public transportation was disrupted, Kyodo News reported.
In Okayama prefecture, a man collapsed and fell unconscious during the storm, while in Kochi prefecture, an 84-year-old man went missing after going to check on a boat.
Powerful winds also overturned a truck on the Seto-Chuo Expressway, with the driver suffering slight injuries, police told Kyodo,
Stars and Stripes reported that the typhoon had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
But as of 8:30am local time today, as the typhoon moved north-northeast, it was still packing winds of up to 120kph near its centre, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.” Read more.
By Elizabeth Weise – “Iceland’s gotten all the press of late, but there are other volcanoes in the world. One of the more famous ones, Italy’s Mount Etna, spent Monday night into Tuesday morning sending up cascading fountains of lava and throwing out car-sized molten rocks.
The volcano’s southeast crater began to show fractures on the Monday afternoon, says volcanologist Tom Pfeiffer, who leads volcano tours through Volcano Discovery. At just after midnight Tuesday morning it began to mildly erupt and the tour group walked to a viewpoint on the rim of the Valle del Bove.
At around 2:30 am the volcano began to send up fountins of lava 1,600 feet into the air, Pfeiffer said via email from Italy.
‘At the peak of the eruption at around 3 am, the fountains pulsated between an estimated 500-800 m height, with large incandescent bombs visible more than 1 kilometer above the vent and landing behind southeast crater,’ he wrote.” Read more.