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Mumbai's Terror: More Cheerful on Fox?
Dec 7th, 2008 by Syd Walker

The 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks - Another False-Flag Operation?

One of my bad habits is to leave the TV running all night.

When I do this, I usually tune to Fox News before dozing off. I know it’s perverse, but I like dreaming to Fox.

Fox, Rupert Murdoch’s TV network in the USA, is the major national cable ‘news’ channel and really must be seen to be believed. It’s the cleanest feed of Zionist war-monguering propaganda available on TV. There’s little window-dressing on Fox News. It’s not designed for America’s intelligentsia. Absorbed at night, by a mind in repose, it’s like a hard-wired connection to the neocon Zeitgeist. They decide. I soak it in. Later, in my waking hours, I try to de-construct and demystify.

Fox and FriendsLife hasn’t been easy for Fox presenters in recent months. For one thing, the Republicans bombed so badly that even Fox and Diebold combined couldn’t save them (except around the edges). But there’s more!

The folk at Fox spent years regurgitating deregulatory, extreme free-market rhetoric (with only the military industrial complex on ever-escalating welfare). Now these unfortunates must re-learn their lines from scratch, so they can explain to a bemused public why gigantic taxpayer bailouts of banks and insurance companies are, on balance, a fantastic idea.

Just over a week ago, I left Fox running when I went to bed. As I surfaced from my slumbers the following morning, I noticed the talking heads seemed more cheerful than before. Voices were animated. Confidence had returned!

Canberra's Upside-Down View of Bethlehem
Dec 5th, 2008 by Syd Walker

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

–  W.B. Yeats The Second Coming, 1919

The Israeli Apartheid Wall at Bethlehem

Australia has more sheep than any other country on earth. Nearly 20 million of us are bipedal.

Several hundred two-legged Australian sheep, with better superannuation packages than most, meet regularly in Parliament House in Canberra. Today they are all off for well-earned holidays. Another session of the Australian Parliament is coming to an end. It’s time for the Christmas break!

Another session is closing, in which the tragic and deepening plight of the Palestinians has not been seriously discussed. Indeed, it has barely been mentioned at all. As usual.

When Members conclude their business later today, exchanging pleasantries about Christmas goodwill in the improbable setting of a sweltering Canberra summer, the odds are nobody will mention the walled-in residents of Bethlehem or the shivering masses of Gaza.

Many of our elected politicians pray from the Christian Bible, but no-one will utter a word about the beleaguered Christians in the Holy Land. No-one will demand an end to the very un-Christian siege of those parts of Palestine not already under the thumb of the Israeli military or their collaborators. No one will say: enough!

End the Siege of Gazas - a Protest by Orthodox JewsWhy is this?

Are the people in Australia’s Parliament completely ignorant about these matters? Are they cruel? Do they share the view of many Israelis that Palestinians are less than human? Is Evil now Canberra’s official religion?

An Example of Execrable Taste
Dec 4th, 2008 by Syd Walker

According to a report with the lurid title Poland denies Barack Obama cannibal ‘joke’ in Britain’s Daily Telegraph. the Polish Foreign Minister tells jokes.

Actually, the smooth-talking, Oxford-educated former advisor to Rupert Murdoch, whom Wikiepdia descibes as Poland’s ‘point man for missile defense’, tells really crass jokes. Here’s an example:

Have you heard that Obama may have a Polish connection? His grandfather ate a Polish missionary.

Obama and SikorskiThe Telegraph further informs us:

A spokesman for the Polish foreign office conceded that Mr Sikorski had made the controversial comment, but denied that the foreign minister had intended to insult Mr Obama, whose father was Kenyan.”Mr Sikorski did not tell a racist joke,” said Piotr Paszkowski, the spokesman. “He was only giving an example of the unpalatable and racist ‘jokes’ that surround President Elect Obama.”

Ah, I must remember that. A very handy defense! Rather like the Conroy defense for browsing porn (“I wasn’t doing it for fun. I was checking out what should be banned”)

Apparently there are now:

“calls from (Polish) opposition politicians for an investigation to deter (sic) if the foreign minister broke anti-racism laws.”

How futile! Do these people really want to criminalize bad taste? It would wreck Poland’s tourism industry, for one thing. No more Brits at soccer games.

Obama, having survived trial by fire in the cauldron of US politics, can undoubtedly cope with serial silliness from European politicians, who seem determined to trash what remains of Europe’s reputation for sophistication.

Obama to Re-Open USS Liberty Inquiry?
Dec 4th, 2008 by Syd Walker

Obama meets Peres.

America’s President-Elect seeks clarification from an old ally

Conroy: Shocking News for Australia
Dec 4th, 2008 by Syd Walker

Conroy at the Sydney Institute

Meanwhile, high quality debate continues at the coal face of Australian politics, where Senator Conroy has been in defence mode.

Hot talking points include:

"I wouldn't hire them to clean my toilet”
Dec 3rd, 2008 by Syd Walker

The most memorable one-liner of the week surely goes to Runar Birgisson, an Icelandic Marketing manager. Runar feels disillusioned with politicians he helped elect.

Demo in ReykavikMany around the world share similar sentiments, but Icelanders currently believe they have more reason than most.

Following the widely-reported financial meltdown in Iceland, a winter chill has set in. Moods are turning ugly. The hunt is on for perpetrators. Where did all the money go? Some blame politicians. Politicians blame bankers. Artists have begun invoking ancient Norse techniques for cursing enemies.

The whiff of revolution is in the air. Perhaps Marx and Mao were both wrong. Maybe the real revolution will start in Reykavik?

According to an Associated Press report by Jill Lawless and Valur Gunnarsson (emphases added):

Thousands of Icelanders marked the 90th anniversary of their nation’s sovereignty with angry protest Monday, and several hundred stormed the central bank to demand the ouster of bankers they blame for the country’s spectacular economic meltdown.

Tiny Iceland has seen its banks and currency collapse in just a few weeks while prices and unemployment soar — leaving a country regarded as a model of Scandinavian prosperity in a state of shock.

“The government played roulette and the whole nation has lost,” writer Einar Mar Gudmundsson told a noisy but peaceful anti-government rally of several thousand people in downtown Reykjavik.

After the rally, hundreds of protesters stormed the headquarters of Sedlabanki, Iceland’s central bank, demanding the sacking of its chief, David Oddsson.

Pass the Mop, James
Nov 20th, 2008 by Syd Walker

The furor over the appointment of Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff has, for many, cast a pall over the Obama Presidency before it has begun.

I argued in this blog several days ago that there are real concerns that Emanuel could be an Israeli agent. In that case, Obama has just appointed a foreign spy as his Chief of Staff; at the very least, it’s clear he’s appointed an utterly biased pro-Israeli partisan. Either way, Emanuel’s appointment as Obama’s Chief of Staff should be unacceptable to the great majority of Americans.

The appointment should be reversed, without delay.

This issue has provoked quite a lot of debate around the world – although you wouldn’t guess that, of course, from coverage by the mainstream western media. But this is 2008. It’s not 1992 or 2000. A LOT more people now are aware of the extent of Israeli influence on the American body politic (and on other the political process in other western countries, from Canada to Australia). More and more people are getting the word out and demanding real change on THIS specific front – not just a wink and a brush off.

I was disappointed, although not really surprised, to see James Zogby, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Arab American Institute, springing so quickly and uncritically to Emanuel’s defense.

Writing in the Huffington Post, Zogby’s apologia reads as though it was drafted by one of Emanuel’s staff. Would it be uncharitable to speculate whether Zogby is vying for a cleaning contract at the White House?

No Debate, No Dispute
Nov 18th, 2008 by Syd Walker

Some things are obvious, aren’t they?

Take the shape of the earth. As everyone these days well knows, it’s round. OK, I know – some pedants argue that ‘approximately spherical’ is more accurate. Bet hey – it’s roundish! Close enough is good enough. Anyone who disagrees is probably a ‘flat-earther’.

These days, we don’t debate or dispute with ‘flat-earthers’. There’s no need. Everyone knows they are wrong, so what’s the use?

One is reminded of the wonderful ditty in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases

It’s much the same with The Holocaust.

Everyone knows what happened back then. It’s all really obvious. Why debate or dispute with ‘teasers’ who claim otherwise?

There’s another good reason never to debate with ‘Holocaust Deniers’. To hold such a view of history, it’s obvious they must be motivated by hate. Nasty, racist hate! Anti-Semitism, no less!

Disputing openly with these people grants them a platform for their wicked, racist views. Like an infection, this may spread the hate around. Better by far, therefore, to shut these people out of pubic debate. If they persist… well, perhaps it’s time to lock them up – to make sure they can’t keep spreading hate.

All this stands to reason, doesn’t it? It’s obvious.

No need for debate or dispute!

Obama's Rahm Emanuel Dilemma: the Solution
Nov 10th, 2008 by Syd Walker

All Barak Obama needs to do to resolve the furore over the Rahm Emanuel’s appointment is to submit the application to FBI scrutiny and ensure the security-risk assessment process is thorough and fair.

There’s so much evidence that the pro-war Emanuel has unacceptably close links to a foreign power that any honest assessment woud easiy knock out his application for a White House security pass – let alone the Chief of Staff job.

Obama can then turn to the Zionist lobby and say: “Sorry guys, your man didn’t get clearance. (Not my fault)”

Then Obama can pick someone who would.

Sweet!

But will he do it?

Perhaps Michelle Obama could whisper encouragement during some pillow talk?

It may be the only time Obama’s communications aren’t bugged.

An Obama Landslide
Nov 5th, 2008 by Syd Walker

8.50am Queensland time as I start writing this post.

Fox News has just released results of exit polls from three crucial swing states. According to these, Obama is outpolling McCain 2:1

On that basis, I’m calling this election for Barak Obama, right now.  Fun to get in early 🙂

Barak ObamaUp to now, I’d shared some commentators’ concerns that this Presidential election might once again be stolen.

Yet as the election has drawn closer, it’s become apparent to just about everyone watching that another 2004 coudn’t be orchestrated without provoking a calamitous level of outrage.

Too many people understood what happened last time. What happened last time was too well documented – even though electronic voting fraud has been a non-topic for most of the western mass media.

Above all, this time, thanks to the brilliance of Obama’s campaign – the margin is far too large to ‘adjust’ by electronic voting/optical scan rorts. This early spin from Fox shows that it won’t even be attempted (one dreads to imagine what Plan B may be in preparation…).

Barak Obama has won the White House back for the Democrats!

Congratulations!

You may well be the most impressive political leader of this generation.

You’ve won an audacious victory that brings the world new hope.

I am a fan of Cynthia McKinney – and I share a lot of Ralph Nader’s criticisms of the US Democratic Party.  I offer these congratulations to Obama with wide open eyes.

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