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Staff of Moses? 12 May 2009

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC.

Pope Benedict XVI stands next to “The Staff of Moses” during his visit to Mount Nebo, some 40 kms (24 miles) southwest of Amman, on May 9 [AFP/GETTY]

Ok… if they insist.

From a gallery of the Pope in the HL.. at the Telegraph.  Some odd ones in there, with security for a helicopter ride, I can’t tell if that barrel is a rifle or a boom mic of some sort… a travelling clutch, including Abdullah of Jordan, to see where Jesus was baptised.  What is the best, latest word?  Do we know Jesus existed?  Here we are, pinning down the two thousand year old wings of butterflies – and for what?

The endless parade of young children presented to the Great Father….  Why DO people bring them to these curious old men.

A form of tribute, I suppose.

As I was leafing thru, I remembered what one writer said of Leni Riefenstahl.  Thanks to her, hanging on – being accessible, we were able to see what a really old Nazi looks like.  Ditto on Benny.



1. NYCO - 12 May 2009

Speaking of Leni Riefenstahl…

How America Was Sold on World War

As [George] Creel saw “propaganda,” it wasn’t a bad thing. He defined it as creating the faithful in a good cause. World War I was a kind of quasi-religious endeavor. For Woodrow Wilson and I think for a lot of Americans, democracy is a kind of secular religion, linked to a God-given right to be free that is to be disseminated through the world and, if necessary, imposed on the world.

Creel believed this, and he believed Wilson’s problem was to sell what was essentially America’s first ideological war. The U.S. wasn’t directly menaced by Germany, but Wilson wanted to promote the idea that Germany was attacking democracy and therefore posed a threat to the U.S., and that it was the duty of the U.S. to promote democracy around the world. Propaganda became a way of managing—Creel would say of educating—the American people, a way of managing their perception of what was worth fighting for.

Also, this made me spit out my morning OJ…

If the government can get supposedly disinterested ordinary people, bloggers, to blog the party line…but I tend to doubt it could really work in the U.S…

2. BooHooHooMan - 12 May 2009


? —>No definitive word on who Gawd’s favratz yet??
I hope they can all settle this thing before summer.
Wardrobe choices and all.. I mean to leave us all hanging…
Does one go with the Judean sandal for beachwear or not?
Casual Early Christian? I just hope it’s not the same god damned body armor. With a cross or an ark to drag along.. Unless of course the ark is really a cooler, already iced down. Full of gin.

3. catnip - 12 May 2009

dkos wreck list: Evidence Shows Obama Threatened British Courts to Conceal Torture Evidence which links to Greenwald’s piece.

Apologists, start your engines.

4. mattes - 12 May 2009

Has Obama cut off information to Israel?
Lack of communication ‘not normal practice’

– Unlike the Bush administration, the staff of President Obama is not coordinating its policy on Iran
or the greater Middle East with Israel and has not been informing the Jewish state of its plans or recent diplomatic developments in the Mideast, according to sources in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.

The silence extends to U.S. talks with the Palestinians, the sources said.

“Our intention and our hope as we go to Washington is to establish close intimate cooperative relationships on these sensitive matters,” a top Netanyahu official told WND yesterday.

The official was speaking about Netanyahu’s May 18 visit to the White House.

According to other sources in the prime minister’s office, Israel has been obtaining the vast majority of its information regarding U.S. plans and advances for the Middle East from third parties, mostly European diplomats.

This is in stark contrast to Bush’s eight-year presidency, during which the White House and State Department routinely briefed Israeli counterparts on Middle East affairs to the extent that the majority of official U.S. and Israeli statements on various policy issues were heavily coordinated.

(Story continues below)

I remember Sharon giving Bush his marching orders early on.

5. mattes - 12 May 2009

Swine Flu May Be Human Error, Scientist Says; WHO Probes Claim

The World Health Organization is investigating an Australian researcher’s claim that the swine flu virus circling the globe may have been created as a result of human error.

Adrian Gibbs, 75, who collaborated on research that led to the development of Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu drug, said in an interview today that he intends to publish a report suggesting the new strain may have accidentally evolved in eggs scientists use to grow viruses and drugmakers use to make vaccines. Gibbs said that he came to his conclusion as part of an effort to trace the virus’s origins by analyzing its genetic blueprint.

The World Health Organization received the study last weekend and is reviewing it, Keiji Fukuda, the agency’s assistant director-general of health security and environment, said in an interview yesterday. Gibbs, who has studied germ evolution for four decades, is one of the first scientists to analyze the genetic makeup of the virus that was identified three weeks ago in Mexico and threatens to touch off the first flu pandemic since 1968.

A virus that resulted from lab experimentation or vaccine production may indicate a greater need for security, Fukuda said. By pinpointing the source of the virus, scientists also may better understand the microbe’s potential for spreading and causing illness, Gibbs said.


“The sooner we get to grips with where it’s come from, the safer things might become,” Gibbs said in a telephone interview from Canberra today. “It could be a mistake” that occurred at a vaccine production facility or the virus could have jumped from a pig to another mammal or a bird before reaching humans, he said.

Gibbs and two colleagues analyzed the publicly available sequences of hundreds of amino acids coded by each of the flu virus’s eight genes. He said he aims to submit his three-page paper tomorrow for publication in a medical journal.

“You really want a very sober assessment” of the science behind the claim, Fukuda said yesterday at the WHO’s Geneva headquarters.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has received the report and has decided there is no evidence to support Gibbs’s conclusion, said Nancy Cox, director of the agency’s influenza division. She said since researchers don’t have samples of swine flu viruses from South America and Africa, where the new strain may have evolved, those regions can’t be ruled out as natural sources for the new flu.
Gibbs said his analysis supports research by scientists including Richard Webby, a virologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, who found the new strain is the product of two distinct lineages of influenza that have circulated among swine in North America and Europe for more than a decade.

In addition, his research found the rate of genetic mutation in the new virus outpaced that of the most closely related viruses found in pigs, suggesting it evolved outside of swine, Gibbs said.

Some scientists have speculated that the 1977 Russian flu, the most recent global outbreak, began when a virus escaped from a laboratory.


It’s not out of the question, and should be fully investigated.

And, if there are external forces accelerating mutations, i.e. sun radiation or pollution, the public should be informed.

6. mattes - 12 May 2009

Ops…I missed the second quote.

…like I said before, looks like designer virus.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 May 2009

So … NOW we know what Catnip is up to! Canada cannabis industry boom

Funny, NPR did a story this afternoon about scary Mexicans growing weed on “public lands” here in the US.

All of this growing talk about legalizing it is freaking them out.

marisacat - 12 May 2009

oh brother. The commercial (volume) growers around the state are mostly WHITE GUYS. The guys who oversee the smuggling are WHITE GUYS. And it can be a mean business.

I really only have sympathy for sort of itinerant drug mules who do it for need.. and the small medicinal growers.

“Scary Mexicans”… gah.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 May 2009

the NPR thing was really funny.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 May 2009

Guatemala: Protests for Assassinated Lawyer Streamed Live from Laptops in the Streets

Protests are taking place today in Guatemala City to demand justice for an attorney who was assassinated on Sunday, and who claimed in a posthumously released YouTube video taped before his death that if he were to die, it would be at the orders of Guatemalan president Álvaro Colom.

Quick background: The slain attorney, Rodrigo Rosenberg, represented a man who refused to take an assigment by Guatemala’s president to serve on the board of a bank widely known as a money laundering hub and a shelter for narcotrafficking spoils. This whistleblower client of Rosenberg, Khalil Musa, was assassinated in March. On Sunday, after reportedly refusing to participate in the corruption and the coverup, Rosenberg himself was assassinated.

Protesters are at the presidential palace today. Libertópolis is streaming the action on Ustream.tv, as I type, though the stream is going on and off as armed military police swarm in.

Twitter users are marking conversations about today’s protests, and about the case in general, with the hashtag #escandalogt. To take this sort of public action in Guatemala is not something one does lightly, and the young people at the center of these protests are placing their lives at risk.

I’m seeing some Guatemalan Twitterers spreading word that “chicken bus” drivers will gather tomorrow in the capital for another round of protests. Why? These same transportistas have long been the target of ever-escalating assasinations and extortion from narco gangs. The same corruption Rosenberg and Musa attempted to expose fuels this cycle of violence.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 May 2009

This conversation demonstrates, on so many levels, why this country is fucked and lost beyond hope.

marisacat - 12 May 2009

Thanks for posting that.. I had read about the back and forth wth only a short quote from it, at a Knoxville blog.

Well there goes a legacy and dynastic Demcocrat. Family is FOB, Friend of Bill — they pulled out all the stops in Tennesee for Harold to win. I was glad he lost. It was immaterial that Corker won.. afaiwc

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 May 2009

HF Jr. and his ilk are what we’re sold as “leaders” all the damned time. Horrible, corrupt, pampered people, divorced from reality, consumed by calculation and polling and privilege.

Add to that the fatuous crap spewed by that toady Cillizza, a courtier masquerading as a “reporter” …

We’re just so damned screwed.

marisacat - 12 May 2009

oh Cilizza is awful.

10. lucid - 12 May 2009

Something I wrote…

Breeding Warriors [sic]

It starts with an IV drip,
Purify sediment.

The still bleeding skins,
Buffed from hair, nail and pore,
Ask sotto voce
To let live again:

If only to see the majesty
Of a life lived.

And from those petrified bones,
And architectural wonders
Warriors make history
With transcendental hallucinations.

Should we be amazed,
Stand in awe,
Grovel in shame,
Before the most fixed of fights?

Or should warriors be redefined?

11. marisacat - 13 May 2009



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