The Evening Blues - 4-1-24



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The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Son Bonds

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This evening's music features country blues guitarist and songwriter Son Bonds. Enjoy!

Son Bonds - 80 Highway Blues

"If you still have any doubt that we live in a profoundly sick dystopia as deranged as anything that’s ever been imagined in fiction, take note of the fact that the most powerful empire in history is currently trying to propagandize you into thinking an obvious genocide is fine."

-- Caitlin Johnstone


News and Opinion

Liberal Finger-Wagging At Netanyahu Is A Phony, Cynical Charade

We’re seeing more and more of the cynical, obnoxious plan of the western liberal political-media class to try and pin the blame for the entire multinational genocidal campaign in Gaza solely on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“There is growing opposition to Netanyahu’s war machine,” reads a new tweet by Senator Bernie Sanders. “More Americans than ever are standing up against this horrific war in Gaza, which is causing tremendous suffering amongst the Palestinian people.”

This is on the same day we learned that the Biden administration has quietly signed off on the delivery of billions of dollars worth of 2,000-pound bombs and warplanes for Israel to use in its ongoing massacres of civilians in Gaza. There is absolutely no excuse for continuing to babble about “Netanyahu’s war” this far into a US-backed genocide. This is Biden’s war as much as it is Netanyahu’s — and Sanders supports Biden.

Sanders has been at this schtick for a while now, working to insert the idea into public consciousness that what we are seeing from Israel today is some kind of fluke aberration in the apartheid state’s history and not the obvious fulfillment of its inbuilt nature. The other day he publicly griped that “the Israel of today is not the Israel of Golda Meir,” falsely suggesting that there was once some kind of golden age in which Israel was not an abusive ethnostate built on ethnic cleansing, oppression, racism and injustice.

In an Al Jazeera article published earlier this month titled “This is not ‘Netanyahu’s war’, it is Israel’s genocide,” Ahmad Ibsais berates Sanders and his fellow “progressive” senator Elizabeth Warren for this pernicious narrative control campaign, saying that “Blaming Israel’s blatant human rights abuses, disregard for international law, and open celebration of war crimes on Netanyahu alone is nothing but a coping mechanism for liberals like Sanders and Warren.”

Ibsais writes the following:

“By blaming Netanyahu for the suffering and oppression of the Palestinian people, past and present, they keep alive the lie that Israel was built on progressive ideals, rather than ethnic cleansing.

“By blaming Netanyahu, they whitewash their seemingly unconditional support for a state blatantly committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“By blaming Netanyahu, and casting Israel as a progressive, well-meaning state that would respect international humanitarian law but is currently taken over by a bad leader, they are absolving themselves — and the US at large — of complicity in Israel’s many war crimes.”

But that’s exactly what the Democratic Party has been trying to do in recent weeks. A couple of weeks ago Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer drew the ire of the Israeli right wing with a speech on the Senate floor saying that Netanyahu has become a “major obstacle to peace” who has allowed “his political survival to take precedence over the best interests of Israel,” calling for new elections to oust the prime minister.

In a recent article for Jewish Currents titled “Chuck Schumer and Democrats’ New Line on ‘Netanyahu’s War’,” Alex Kane picks apart the fallacious reasoning behind this trend:

“But despite Democrats’ repeated suggestion that Netanyahu is the impetus for Israel’s war, political analysts say that in reality the prime minister’s actions are in step with Israel’s political mainstream. ‘Schumer is operating in this fantasy that if you get rid of Netanyahu, you might be able to get somebody else who’s more moderate who could then save the relationship between the US and Israel under the pretense of support for progressive values and democracy,’ said Omar Baddar, a Palestinian American political analyst. But this narrative ignores how Israeli politicians almost across the board agree with Israel’s conduct in Gaza, as do the majority of Israelis. Yair Lapid, the former prime minister and head of the Israeli opposition, supports the ongoing assault, as does war cabinet member Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s main political rival and the man who, according to polling, would become prime minister if Israel held elections today…

“Instead of constituting a substantive shift in US support for Israel, experts say, Democrats’ emboldened critique of Netanyahu should be understood as an attempt to respond to growing voter frustration without changing policy, as the Biden administration remains unwilling to use US aid and arms exports to Israel as leverage to demand a change in behavior.”


Portuguese author and journalist Bruno Maçães recently tweeted that “One possible outcome of this is 200,000 Palestinians will be dead, Gaza will be destroyed, hundreds of thousand will be expelled and everyone will blame Netanyahu and move on.”

Would it surprise you if this happened? Would it not be entirely in keeping with what we have been seeing from the US empire in recent years? Would it be very different from what happened after the US destroyed Iraq, blamed George W Bush and Dick Cheney, and then moved on without anyone having been held responsible or any meaningful policy changes implemented?

That’s the entire goal here. The empire managers want nothing to change about Israel, nothing to change about Washington’s relationship with Israel, nothing to change about US foreign policy or the US war machine in general, and for the mainstream public to be thrown some cognitive bone to chew on while the amnesia of the daily news cycle sets in.

They want everyone to pin all the blame for the Gaza genocide on Netanyahu, but this is not all the fault of Netanyahu. It’s the fault of the entire Israeli state. It’s the fault of Joe Biden. It’s the fault of the Democrats. It’s the fault of all the Israel supporters on Capitol Hill. It’s the fault of the western press. It’s the fault of the Israel lobby. It’s the fault of the unelected empire managers in US government agencies. It’s the fault of the entire US empire and all its imperial member states like Australia, the UK, the EU, and Canada.

Gaza is proof that the US empire cannot be permitted to exist any longer, and they’re trying to get everyone to ignore this fact and blame the whole thing on one guy. Don’t let them do this. Don’t let them deceive you into losing sight of what they’ve done.

The US is complicit in Gaza genocide. Lawyer Lara Elborno lays it out

Congressman Suggests NUKING GAZA, Walks Back Comparison To ‘Hiroshima, Nagasaki’

Congressman rebuked for call to bomb Gaza ‘like Nagasaki and Hiroshima’

Rather than provide humanitarian aid in Gaza, the US should ensure it is subjected to nuclear bombing the way that “Nagasaki and Hiroshima” were at the end of the second world war, a Republican congressman said in shocking remarks that were recorded recently at a gathering with a relatively small group of his constituents.

The comments by US House representative Tim Walberg of Michigan drew condemnation from progressive political quarters, including from some who expressed disbelief that a former Christian pastor would advocate for what they called the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.

“A sitting US rep in a secret town hall feels comfortable musing privately about genocide,” said a user on Twitter/X who circulated video of Walberg’s comments late Friday. A reply to that comment read: “Exactly what Jesus would do, right?” ...

Entries on Walberg’s congressional calendar – along with videos on social media – establish that he met with members of the public in Dundee, Michigan, on 25 March. As Mediaite recounted Saturday, a clip of the session that was posted on YouTube and other sites, and recorded by an activist, showed Walberg telling his audience that the US should not spend a “dime” on humanitarian aid in Gaza, where Israel has been carrying out a military campaign for months.

The aid would be better spent on supporting Israel, which Walberg labeled the US’s “greatest ally, arguably, anywhere in the world”.

“It should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima,” Walberg said, alluding to the Japanese cities where the US dropped atomic bombs at the end of the second world war, killing hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom were civilians. “Get it over quick.”

"Genocidal Machine": Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah on Israel's Destruction of Gaza's Hospitals

As always Hedges is worth a click and a full read.

Chris Hedges: A Genocide Foretold

There are no surprises in Gaza. Every horrifying act of Israel’s genocide has been telegraphed in advance. It has been for decades. The dispossession of Palestinians of their land is the beating heart of Israel’s settler colonial project. This dispossession has had dramatic historical moments — 1948 and 1967 — when huge parts of historic Palestine were seized and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were ethnically cleansed. Dispossession has also occurred in increments — the slow-motion theft of land and steady ethnic cleansing in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The incursion on Oct. 7 into Israel by Hamas and other resistance groups, which left 1,154 Israelis, tourists and migrant workers dead and saw about 240 people taken hostage, gave Israel the pretext for what it has long craved — the total erasure of Palestinians. ...

The genocide in Gaza is the culmination of a process. It is not an act. The genocide is the predictable denouement of Israel’s settler colonial project. It is coded within the DNA of the Israeli apartheid state. It is where Israel had to end up. 

Zionist leaders are open about their goals. Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, after Oct. 7, announced that Gaza would receive “no electricity, no food, no water, no fuel.” Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz said: “Humanitarian aid to Gaza? No electrical switch will be turned on, no water hydrant will be opened.” Avi Dichter, the Minister of Agriculture, referred to Israel’s military assault as “the Gaza Nakba,” referencing the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, which between 1947 and 1949, drove 750,000 Palestinians from their land and saw thousands massacred by Zionist militias. Likud member of the Israeli Knesset Revital Gottlieb posted on her social media account: “Bring down buildings!! Bomb without distinction!!…Flatten Gaza. Without mercy! This time, there is no room for mercy!” Not to be outdone, Minister of Heritage Amichai Eliyahu supported using nuclear weapons on Gaza as “one of the possibilities.”

The message from the Israeli leadership is unequivocal. Annihilate the Palestinians the same way we annihilated Native Americans, the Australians annihilated the First Nations peoples, the Germans annihilated the Herero in Namibia, the Turks annihilated Armenians and the Nazis annihilated the Jews. The specifics are different. The process is the same.

We cannot plead ignorance. We know what happened to the Palestinians. We know what is happening to the Palestinians. We know what will happen to the Palestinians. But it is easier to pretend. Pretend Israel will allow in humanitarian aid. Pretend there will be a ceasefire. Pretend Palestinians will return to their destroyed homes in Gaza. Pretend Gaza will be rebuilt. Pretend the Palestinian Authority will administer Gaza. Pretend there will be a two-state solution. Pretend there is no genocide. The genocide, which the U.S. is funding and sustaining with weapons shipments, says something not only about Israel, but about us, about Western civilization, about who we are as a people, where we came from and what defines us. It says that all our vaunted morality and respect for human rights is a lie. It says that people of color, especially when they are poor and vulnerable, do not count. It says their hopes, dreams, dignity and aspirations for freedom are worthless. It says we will ensure global domination through racialized violence.

This lie — that Western civilization is predicated on “values” such as respect for human rights and the rule of law — is one the Palestinians, and all those in the Global South, as well as Native Americans and Black and Brown Americans have known for centuries. But, with the Gaza genocide live streamed, this lie is impossible to sustain. We do not halt Israel’s genocide because we are Israel, infected with white supremacy and intoxicated by our domination of the globe’s wealth and the power to obliterate others with our industrial weapons. Remember The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman telling Charlie Rose on the eve of the war in Iraq that American soldiers should go house to house from Basra to Baghdad and say to Iraqis “suck on this?” That is the real credo of the U.S. empire.

U.S. signs off on more bombs, warplanes for Israel

The Biden administration in recent days quietly authorized the transfer of billions of dollars in bombs and fighter jets to Israel despite Washington’s concerns about an anticipated military offensive in southern Gaza that could threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian civilians.

The new arms packages include more than 1,800 MK84 2,000-pound bombs and 500 MK82 500-pound bombs, according to Pentagon and State Department officials familiar with the matter. The 2,000-pound bombs have been linked to previous mass-casualty events throughout Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. These officials, like some others, spoke to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity because recent authorizations have not been disclosed publicly.

The development underscores that while rifts have emerged between the United States and Israel over the war’s conduct, the Biden administration views weapons transfers as off-limits when considering how to influence the actions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We have continued to support Israel’s right to defend itself,” said a White House official. “Conditioning aid has not been our policy.”

Anya Parampil: Netanyahu’s Risky Gambles

Israel lodges proposal with UN for dismantling of Palestinian relief agency

Israel has given the UN a proposal to dismantle Unrwa, its relief agency in the Palestinian territories, and transfer its staff to a replacement agency to make large-scale food deliveries into Gaza, according to UN sources. The proposal was presented late last week by the Israeli chief of the general staff, Lt Gen Herzi Halevi, to UN officials in Israel, who forwarded it to the organisation’s secretary general, António Guterres, on Saturday, sources familiar with the discussions said.

Unrwa was not involved in the talks as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have been refusing to deal with it since last Monday, on the basis of claims, so far unproven, of affiliations of some of the agency’s staff with Hamas or Islamic Jihad.

Israel insists it is prepared to allow large amounts of aid into Gaza and that the limiting factor is UN capacity. Its decision not to cooperate with Unrwa severely affects that capacity. ...

Some UN officials see the Israeli plan as an attempt to portray the UN as unwilling to cooperate if there is famine in Gaza, which humanitarian organisations have warned is impending. On Thursday the international court of justice, which is examining genocide charges against Israel, ordered the Israeli government to take “all necessary and effective measures” to ensure the large-scale delivery of aid to Gaza “in full cooperation with the United Nations”.

Some inside the UN, other aid agencies and human rights groups also see the Israeli proposal as the culmination of a long Israeli campaign to destroy Unrwa.

ADL Says Palestinian Scarf Equals SWASTIKA

US Loosens Sanctions on Violent Israeli Settlers

The Joe Biden administration has clarified a new round of sanctions targeting violent Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, saying it would allow local banks to process routine transactions with people on the blacklist.

The US Treasury Department elaborated on the penalties in a letter to Tel Aviv’s central bank – first obtained by the Times of Israel, which reported that the message was intended to “cool anger” over the sanctions by the country’s finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich.

“Israeli banks can process transactions for individuals designated under [the penalties] that are ordinarily incident and necessary to basic human needs or subsistence without exposure to OFAC sanctions risk, provided these transactions do not involve the US financial system or US persons,” the Treasury said. ...

Smotrich – a fervent supporter of Israeli settlers and himself a resident of the occupied West Bank – has reportedly threatened to retaliate to the US penalties with harsh measures against Palestinians. According to the Hebrew-language daily Israel Hayom, the minister vowed to take steps to “freeze… economic activity in the Palestinian Authority” and even “collapse the Palestinian economy” outright.

"Dying Slowly While the World Is Watching": Bethlehem Rev. on Israel's War on Palestinian Christians

The whole article is worth a read, but there's an interesting bit at the end that I noticed when it was posted by MOA, but it really stands out here
(especially in light of the recent cia/isis-k attack on Moscow):

Patrick Lawrence: Imperium: Decline on the Way to Fall

In another piece that appeared last week, Moon of Alabama, the widely read German website, argued that the defeat in Ukraine announces the end of “military hard power superiority” as the West’s most effective “instrument of deterrence.” It must now find “a new tool that allows it to press its interest against the will of other powers.”

And then, turning to the Gaza crisis, this disturbing conclusion:

It found that tool in demonstrating utter savagery.

The war on Gaza, backed by the West, is a demonstration that the West is willing to cross all lines. That it will discard any nuance of humanity. That it is willing to commit genocide. That it will do everything to prevent international organizations to intervene against this.

That it is willing to eliminate everyone and everything that resists it.

To me the Moon of Alabama piece is chilling precisely to the extent what it has to say is plausible. We are now invited to consider whether the West supports the Israelis’ barbarities in Gaza because barbarity is now policy. I cannot dismiss this argument.

“Those nations who commit themselves to multipolarity,” the piece concludes, “should steel themselves for what might be visited on them.” The comfort to be taken here, cold as it may be, is that the non–West knows all about bracing itself against the imperium and the former colonial powers. And the Russians have shown them these past few years that it can be done.

Russian investigation moving quickly. West fears Russian offensive

Russia demands extradition of Ukraine security chief and others for ‘terrorism’

Russia has demanded that Ukraine extradite a number of people, including the head of the country’s SBU security service, over claims they are connected with “terrorist” acts. The SBU immediately dismissed the Russian demand as “pointless” and said the Russian foreign ministry had “forgotten” that Vladimir Putin was the subject of an international arrest warrant.

A Russian foreign ministry statement listed violent incidents that have occurred in Russia since the full invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, including bombings that killed the daughter of a prominent nationalist and a war blogger, and an incident in which a writer was seriously hurt. The ministry said investigation of these incidents showed that “the traces of these crimes lead to Ukraine”.

“Russia has turned over to Ukrainian authorities its demands … for the immediate arrest and extradition of all those connected to the terrorist acts in question,” the statement said.

Among those listed in the statement to be handed over were the SBU head, Vasyl Maliuk, who has acknowledged that his service was behind attacks on the bridge linking Crimea to the Russian mainland. Russia seized control of Crimea in 2014 and the bridge was built after the region was annexed.

“The Russian side demands that the Kyiv regime immediately cease all support for terrorist activity, extradite guilty parties and compensate the victims for damages,” the ministry statement said. “Ukraine’s violation of its obligations under anti-terrorist conventions will result in it being held to account in international legal terms.”

Larry Johnson: NATO Waits In Vain For a Russian Offensive

Turkey’s opposition party sweeps to local elections victory in snub to Erdogan

Turkey’s main opposition party dealt an unexpected blow to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule on Sunday with a sweeping victory in Turkey’s local elections, maintaining control of major cities including the capital, Ankara, and Istanbul, where Ekrem Imamoglu secured a second term as mayor.

“My dear Istanbulites, you opened the door to a new future today,” Imamoglu told overjoyed supporters of his opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) while declaring victory. “Starting from tomorrow, Turkey will be a different Turkey. You opened the door to the rise of democracy, equality and freedom … You ignited hope at the ballot box.”

Favourable turnout continued benefit the opposition as the night wore on, and the CHP secured control of a broad swath of western Turkey and scored wins across more conservative regions next to the Black Sea and central Anatolia, areas traditionally seen as hostile to its policies.

The results quickly became symbolic of dissatisfaction with Erdogan, who began rallying his supporters to turn out in local elections immediately after winning the presidency last year. ...

In a muted speech to a subdued crowd outside his party’s headquarters in Ankara, Erdogan praised the vote itself rather than the outcome. “Regardless of the results, the winner of this election is primarily democracy,” he said.

Texas woman charged with murder in 2022 abortion sues prosecutors for $1m

A Texas woman who was charged with murder over self-managing an abortion and spent two nights in jail has sued prosecutors along the US-Mexico border who put the criminal case in motion before it was later dropped.

The lawsuit filed by Lizelle Gonzalez in federal court Thursday comes a month after the state bar of Texas fined and disciplined the district attorney in rural Starr county over the case in 2022, when Gonzalez was charged with murder in “the death of an individual by self-induced abortion”.

Under the abortion restrictions in Texas and other states, women who seek abortions are exempt from criminal charges.

The lawsuit argues Gonzalez suffered harm from the arrest and subsequent media coverage. She is seeking $1m in damages.

“The fallout from Defendants’ illegal and unconstitutional actions has forever changed the Plaintiff’s life,” the lawsuit stated.



the evening greens


Copernicus online portal offers terrifying view of climate emergency

There is so much information on the newly launched Copernicus Climate Change Service atlas that my laptop started to overheat trying to process it all. As well as all the past data, it predicts where the climate is going and how soon we will breach the 1.5C “limit”, and then 2C. You can call up the region where you live, so it is specific to what is happening to you and your family – and all the more disturbing for that.

A separate part called Climate Pulse intended particularly for journalists is easier to operate. The refreshing bit is that the maps, charts and timelines from 1850 to the present day on the main atlas are entirely factual measurements, so there can be no argument on the trends. It then follows those trends into the likely scenarios for the next few years.

Spinning, whirling fish in south Florida prompt emergency response

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is launching what the agency described as an emergency response effort in south Florida after emerging reports of smalltooth sawfish spinning, whirling and displaying other abnormal behaviors.

In a statement released last Wednesday, NOAA said that in addition to the abnormal behaviors, there have been reports of fish deaths in the lower Florida Keys, including more than 28 smalltooth sawfish as of 24 March.

The cause of the abnormal behaviors and fish deaths is not known, according to the Florida fish and wildlife conservation commission (FWC). Ongoing emergency response efforts not only involve coordinating the recovery of smalltooth sawfish carcasses for necropsies, which are animal autopsies, they also encompass collecting and analyzing water samples.

Necropsy results have so far indicated zero signs of a communicable pathogen, the FWC said, adding that the specimens tested negative for bacterial infections. Dissolved oxygen, salinity, pH and temperature also are not suspected to be the causes of the abnormal behavior and deaths. ...

Populations of the smalltooth sawfish declined significantly during the second half of the 20th century due to habitat loss from coastal development and accidental capture in fisheries, according to the NOAA. As a result, the species was the first marine fish to receive federal protection as endangered.


Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

The Plan Is To Turn Palestine Into A Historical Footnote So It’s Too Late To Save It

Israel Lies About Being A Victim So That It Can Victimize

Manufacturing Consent

Ukraine SitRep: Syrski's Interview - Mobilizing - De-Energization

Craig Murray: UK Legal Shambles in Case of Assange

Violent Extremists Get Called “Moderates” By A Violent Extremist Empire

Feds Ordered Google To Unmask Certain YouTube Users. Critics Say It’s ‘Terrifying.’

NYC AI Chatbot Touted by Adams Tells Businesses to Break the Law

Baltimore Drive-By: The Bridge, the City, and Infrastructural Racism

Collection of unreleased Marvin Gaye songs found in Belgium

Israeli Protesters Accuse Netanyahu of Delaying Hostage Deal for His Own Political Survival

Zaid Jilani ACCUSES Matt Taibbi Of PANDERING To Right-Wing Audience, TAIBBI Fires Back

Havana Syndrome CAUSED BY RUSSIA?! 60 Minutes Blames A Kremlin Energy Weapon

Banks Set To Crash Over Commercial Real Estate Collapse! w/ Paul Stone

Assange appeal, British court seeks U.S. assurances


A Little Night Music

Son Bonds - Old Bachelor Blues

Son Bonds - A Hard Pill To Swallow

The Delta Boys (Sleepy John Estes & Son Bonds) - You Shouldn't Say That

Son Bonds & Hammie Nixon - All Night Long

Hammie Nixon & Son Bonds - Weary Worried Blues

Brother Son Bonds - Ain't That News?

Hammie Nixon & Son Bonds - Trouble Trouble Blues

The Delta Boys - Black Gal Swing

The Delta Boys (Sleepy John Estes & Son Bonds) - Don't You Want To Know


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Tim Shorrock finally posted something online (at X) after two weeks explaining his absence. I was sorry to learn that his daughter Roxanne passed away unexpectedly. I knew something terrible had happened. He never stops his political commentary.

Thanks for the news and blues JS. Still working through it.

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語必忠信 行必正直

@soryang

in the administration that a war with Iran is in the offing. In addition to the recent arms deliveries previously mentioned in the Evening Blues we get this.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/4568479-us-israel-major-new-weapons-s...

The Biden administration is mulling a major new arms sale to Israel amid calls to stop sending weapons to the ally as civilian casualties in Gaza mount, The Hill confirmed Monday.

The U.S. government is considering selling Israel up to 50 new F-15 fighter jets, 30 AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles,' as well as Joint Direct Attack Munition kits, equipment that can alter dumb bombs into precision-guided weapons.

Neither Hamas or Hezbollah have an airforce so what would be the purpose of this type of munition?

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@soryang

wow, that israeli attack on the embassy/consulate just screams "rules based international order" doesn't it?

israel appears to want a war and one of these days i reckon they'll get it.

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that appear that appear to contain Israeli actions we get this with not one bit of condemnation.

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@humphrey

heh, and world central kitchen was the group that israel likes!

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@humphrey @humphrey is what I will say online, but in my head...Providing food and water gets you killed if delivering to the "wrong people". Some say all humans deserve water and food, others say only certain people do.
There is some debate about whether or not Palestinians are actually humans, so is that their "out"?

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ---- William Casey, CIA Director, 1981

that and escalation
are empires only two
moves

I’ll kill every last mother-
fucking one of Us. . .
wait, What? hold on a minute

ain’t nobody saying hold on a minute
with FEELing, ya dig? ‘cause if they
did they’d be Gaza’d in a minute

sad sad sad. . .

the blues soothe the
news away
thanks mon

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . . still waiting. . .

If you’ve ever wondered whether you would have complied in 1930’s Germany,
Now you know. . .
sign at protest march

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@Tall Bald and Ugly

lately, i've been counting the blues among my blessings more fervently as there seems to be a concomitant rise in global savagery, brutality and stupidity. Smile

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Inside story: Airstrike kills Iran’s 'most influential' commander in Syria

In a major escalation, a suspected Israeli attack has claimed the life of Iran’s most influential military commander in Syria. The significance of the assassination is on par with the US killing of former Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Israel’s targeting of late Hezbollah military chief Imad Mughniyeh, experts say.
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Known as a close associate of Soleimani, Mousavi long acted as the former Quds Force chief’s right-hand man in the Levant. He notably also worked closely with Mustafa Javad Ghaffari, the previous head of IRGC operations in Syria, in this role. Following Ghaffari’s return to Iran in 2021 under contentious circumstances, Mousavi’s influence is said to have been further elevated.

Palestinian Policy Network fellow Tariq Kenney-Shawa said: "What the Biden administration means by 'taking every measure to avoid regional escalation' is that they're making sure only Israel is allowed to escalate. Deploying aircraft carriers, airstrikes in Yemen/Syria/Iraq, all of that is to make sure Israel can provoke but no one can respond."

I’m out of words on the Israeli genome. The last operating hospital was bombed yesterday and gawd only knows how many people were murdered by Israeli soldiers. One article I read said that body parts were sticking out of the ground and some had their hands tied behind their backs.

Bibi says if UNRWA is dismantled he will let more aid into Gaza. He went under the knife today and my hope was that he wouldn’t wake up…damn. "Nothing on the wires yet, Jim."

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Which AIPAC/MIC/pharma/bank bought politician are you going to vote for? Don’t be surprised when nothing changes.

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@snoopydawg

there are no red lines. biden and the neocons would love the opportunity to go to war with iran.

i think that i heard that bibi was having hernia surgery.

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Hossam Shabat, a Palestinian journalist reporting from northern Gaza, said he witnessed "hundreds of bodies" outside of the hospital when he visited the compound on Monday.

"The bodies were in horrific conditions; many had their hands and legs tied behind their backs and were flattened by a bulldozer," Shabat wrote on social media. "Many of the bodies were burned and left to be crushed to pieces. Several bodies were decomposed and partly eaten by stray dogs. Most of the bodies were unrecognizable; families could only identify them by their clothes."

According to eyewitness accounts of the raid, Israeli soldiers abused and executed civilians inside the al-Shifa complex, including more than a dozen children. The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said last week that its field team "received identical testimonies about the killings and executions of Palestinian children between the ages of four and 16" in and around the hospital.

Photographs taken in the aftermath of Israel's assault show al-Shifa buildings scorched, riddled with bullet holes, and reduced to rubble. The hospital's emergency, surgical, and obstetrics wards were reportedly devastated by Israeli forces, and an unknown number of bodies are believed to be trapped under building ruins.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Sunday that Israel's siege of the hospital killed at least 21 patients and left dozens of critically ill or wounded Gazans without "necessary means of care—no diapers, urine bags, water to clean wounds."

Executing children. How Nazi of them. As the woman in the Galloway video said, every country should immediately sanction Israel. I think only 3 have cut there with them. Big whoop.

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@snoopydawg

israel is showing the world who they are. if countries continue supporting israel or engage in trade with them, then they are showing themselves to be undesirable countries as well.

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Israel has ended its assault on the al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, because there is nothing left to assault. The facility — the largest medical complex in Gaza where hundreds of civilians had been sheltering — is now an empty, unusable, burnt-out husk. Witnesses report hundreds of corpses in and around the complex, with video footage showing human body parts protruding from the earth and bodies with zip ties on their wrists.

“It’s not just about targeting the buildings, it’s about systematically destroying the infrastructure of the hospitals,” says Maynard. “Destroying the oxygen tanks at the al-Shifa hospital, deliberately destroying the CT scanners and making it much more difficult to rebuild that infrastructure. If it was just targeting Hamas militants, why are they deliberately destroying the infrastructure of these institutions?”

It’s so obvious what’s happening here. Painfully obvious. Poke-you-in-the-eyeballs obvious. But we’re still subjected to a western political-media class who keeps forcefully telling us that this blatant ethnic cleansing campaign is not what it looks like. Telling us that all this starvation and destruction and elimination of healthcare services and the way it directly places pressure on the Palestinians to leave their homeland is just a series of coincidences arising from Israel’s “war” of “defense”. That only by pure happenstance does it look exactly the same as the advancement of an agenda that Israelis have sought to advance for generations.

Al-Shifa Hospital Entered By Journalists After Israel Withdrew Its Forces (2 week siege).

Decomposing bodies, with signs of torture & hands bound everywhere.

Israel doesn’t have an army, it has a militia of uncontrolled sadists. What a cowardly, pathetic group of terrorists.

A more clear video that shows the zip ties Twit won’t let me embed it.

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she raised many important points.

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@humphrey

i bet the "journalists" there address the question by going home, taking up their crayons and writing about how annoying protesters are.

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is absolutely correct.

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joe shikspack's picture

@humphrey

breaking rules is what israel does best.

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@humphrey

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/3/30/delusions-at-the-united-nat...

Basically there is nothing the world can do to make Israel adhere to the decisions of the UN or the courts. They have thumbed their nose at every UN decision for decades so why did UN ambassadors cheer when America didn’t block the last vote. Interesting read and spot on.

Look at how world leaders reacted when Israel bombed the Iran embassy…Russia said they are upset that Israel did that, but they allowed Israeli jets to send the bombs.. I haven’t heard anything from Biden yet.

Israel is not going to stop or be stopped from killing every last Palestinian. Where is the condemnation of them destroying the hospital? Killing 5 people from the world food kitchen? How many refugee camps has Israel dropped 2,000 lbs bombs on and yet Biden just sent them 1,800 more.

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joe shikspack's picture

@snoopydawg

there are not many ways of compelling israel to act decently. probably the best hope is that the nations of the world will cease to trade with israel. since israel needs things from outside in order to live in a difficult environment a global boycott might stand a chance of making them squirm. on the other hand, they may attack enough of their neighbors that they might just get the war they were hoping for, but not the way they wanted it.

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@joe shikspack

Many people were talking about the Samson option Israel has threatened countless with. Israel supposedly has nukes pointed at all European countries that they will use if they are threatened.

I’m tired of living under the threat of nuclear war. Men who have them should just wip their dicks out and see whose is bigger.

Look at how many states have passed anti BDS laws. And Germany says that if you want citizenship you have to swear that Israel has a right to exist. Poo.

CN has a good article on why Germany is Israel’s puppy.

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The rest of the tweet:

Iran asks the Security Council to take any necessary measures, including holding an urgent meeting to deal with this gross violation and to prevent future aggressive actions that endanger the security and safety of diplomatic missions, as well as to quickly hand over to justice. Those responsible for such criminal actions should be assured.

The aggressor Zionist regime is fully responsible for the consequences of such terrorist crimes, and Iran reserves its legitimate and inherent right based on international laws and the United Nations Charter to respond decisively to such terrorist acts.

https://tass.com/politics/1768945

UNITED NATIONS, April 2. /TASS/. The UN Security Council will hold an open meeting, requested by Russia, on the Israeli strike at an Iranian diplomatic facility in Syria on April 2, Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky announced.

"After Israel's airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus today, Iranians have turned to the UN Security Council to condemn this action. Following their letter we have requested an open briefing of the UN Security Council. The Maltese presidency has scheduled it for 3:00 PM New York time (10:00 PM Moscow time) on April 2nd," the said on social media.

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@humphrey

you have to wonder which bullshit reason the u.s. will have to veto it. doesn't condemn the hamas attack? it has to be non-binding? nanny-nanny-boo-boo?

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"Bullshit" statements like this.

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“Following the Reports regarding the World Central Kitchen Personnel in Gaza today, the IDF is conducting a Thorough Review at the Highest Levels to understand the Circumstances of this Tragic Incident.

The IDF makes Extensive Efforts to assist in the Safe Delivery of Humanitarian Aid, and has been working closely with WCK in their Vital Efforts to provide Food and Humanitarian Aid to the People of Gaza.”

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The only other historical instance was NATO bombing the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in 1999, killing 3 Chinese journalists, but the U.S. profusely apologized, Bill Clinton publicly said it was a mistake (something China still doesn't believe to this day), compensated the families and paid to rebuild the embassy. All this highlighting how profound a taboo this is in international relations.

Israel now doing this - and it obviously isn't a mistake - shows just how rogue and unhinged it has become as a state. It's literally become beyond the pale on a scale that goes back centuries, even millennia.

If the world doesn't forcefully respond to this, it undermines the very core of international relations: the sanctity of diplomacy. And if that's the case, we're literally entering a world we've never known.

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lotlizard's picture

@humphrey  
to take their Staatsräson* and shove it.

* “Reasons of state” which, say Germany’s elites, means all moral concerns and national interests must be subordinated to an unconditional fealty to Israel

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janis b's picture

Thanks for the EBs joe.

Shame about the sawfish. How sad they have to adopt abnormal behaviour due to abnormal conditions in order to bring attention to their plight. A desperate plea for help. I hope NOAA has some success. It's time for a Noah miracle!

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@janis b

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2023/04/cari-letelier-aurora-borealis/

ps. Thanks QMS for your occasional features of art from Collossal, which now arrives daily in my mailbox.

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@janis b

wow, cool pix! reminds me that a good view of the northern lights is still on my bucket list.

have a great evening!

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@joe shikspack

be a good way to go out ; ).

Cheers

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Moon of Alabama is German?
Why is it called that, then?

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In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is declared mentally ill for describing colors.

Yes Virginia, there is a Global Banking Conspiracy!

@The Liberal Moonbat

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@FutureNow @lotlizard Is that the same source as "Mack the Knife"?
Would one of you mind linking it?

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In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is declared mentally ill for describing colors.

Yes Virginia, there is a Global Banking Conspiracy!

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lotlizard's picture

@TheOtherMaven  
As folks who remember the pop music of the Sixties know, Jim Morrison and The Doors did a version that made the Top 40.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_Song

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@The Liberal Moonbat
B was a reader and commenter at Billmon's Whiskey Bar blog. iirc the front page of the Whiskey Bar also included The Alabama Song. Billmon was referencing The Alabama Song from The Doors album which he thought was a Doors original composition. Well, until I mentioned that it was a Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht song. aka Moon of Alabama, from their opera Mahagonny. When Billmon decided to close the Whiskey Bar, he was fine with B starting a new blog where commentators at WB could gather.

Here's Weill's wife Lotte Lenya:
https://youtu.be/6orDcL0zt34?si=7LqbqYt8jsNAcn5C

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