Saturday, March 28, 2015

ISIS, Iran-backed militias: What the diff?

By Donald Sensing

Why did the United States Air Force bomb ISIS target near Tikrit, Iraq, last week? Foreign Policy explains. And it also explains that helping the Shia, Iran-backed militias fight ISIS is a losing gambit. There's little difference between the two

But the past few months ought to have shown that even indirectly relying on Iranian agents to conduct a credible ground war against Sunni extremists was always a lousy idea for three reasons: those agents hate the United States and have threatened to attack its interest in Iraq; they’re guilty of IS-style atrocities themselves; and they’re lousy at fighting an entrenched jihadist insurgency.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey told Congress on March 3: “What we are watching carefully is whether the militias — they call themselves the popular mobilization forces — whether when they recapture lost territory, whether they engage in acts of retribution and ethnic cleansing.” He needn’t watch any longer. They are engaging in exactly that. 
On March 10, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a comprehensive study of human rights violations committed by both IS and pro-Iraqi forces. The Islamic State, OHCHR concluded, has likely committed genocide against the Yazidis, a ethno-religious minority in Iraq, in a catalogue of war crimes and crimes against humanity that include gang-rape and sexual slavery. But OHCHR’s language is equally unambiguous in condemning the other side on the battlefield: “Throughout the summer of 2014,” the report noted, “[PMUs], other volunteers and [Shiite] militia moved from their southern heartlands towards [Islamic State]-controlled areas in central and northern Iraq. While their military campaign against the group gained ground, the militias seem to operate with total impunity, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake [Italics added.]
PMU is the acronym for Population Mobilization Units, the main Shiite militia, vastly outnumbering the Iraqi army and directly supported by Iran.

I pointed out in 2013 of the administration's thoughts of arming the Syrian resistance, "Helping the Syrian rebels would be like helping Frank fight Jesse over who would run the James gang." And so Iraq, the battleground between Iran and ISIS. Whomever prevails there, Iraq will still be conquered by one or the other.

Read the whole thing.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We are all going to die in The Big Cosmic Crunch!

By Donald Sensing

Researchers Predict ‘Imminent Collapse’ Of Universe After Period Of Rapid Expansion


Davis, Calif. (CBS SACRAMENTO) – Physicists predict the universe is primed for a “cosmological collapse” that will cause the universe to stop expanding at its current rate and ultimately collapse in on itself to wipe away all known matter.

Physicists Nemanja Kaloper at the University of California Davis and Antonio Padilla at the University of Nottingham proposed the “imminent” collapse – which on the cosmological scale is a few tens of billions of years from today, Phys.org reports. Their paper published in Physical Review Letters focuses on the “dark energy” causing the constant expansion of the universe that is predicted to ultimately continue on a path toward collapse.
 

It is, once again,The End Of Life As We Know It! Let me count the ways:

  1. The giant asteroid that could be on course to hit Earth causing massive devastation
  2. Or the scenario this year as an obscure Planet X -- or Nibiru -- heads toward or collides into Earth
  3. Or that "Unseen dark comets 'could pose deadly threat to earth'." 
  4. That's if we live long enough - doubtful because of the comet Genondahwayanung is on its way back and it pretty much annihilated most life in North America when it came here the first time.
  5. Not to worry about that, though, since we face supernova and galaxy-attack scenarios
  6. And then the massive gas cloud speeding toward a collision with the Milky Way
  7. But really, who cares about threats from outer space when out own atmosphere may detonate
  8. And then the asteroids
  9. Then the black hole death stars
  10. And we might be swallowed whole by the sun
  11. And there's an intense beam of gamma rays coming our way
  12. Then there was the fear that "human society is very quickly headed to a violent and disturbing end." 
  13. Then the earth began to kill people for changing its climate. 
  14. Then there is the voracious, galactic Hoover in Switzerland that will suck the whole planet into a black hole. 
  15. And the massive destruction along the coasts of countries like the USA, UK and many on the African continent, within a matter of hours.
  16. But don't worry about the universe collapsing since that cannot happen before our galaxy rams into another one.
  17. Don't forget that The Universe is Going to Collapse anyway!
  18. Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom.
  19. The Internet is going to kill every one of us!
  20. And then there is the stellar Death Star coming right at us. Surrounded by whirling comets, it's like a stellar shotgun!
I tell ya, I'm starting to think that sooner or later, every one of us is going to wind up dead!

This calls for a rock song


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In memoriam

By Donald Sensing

From Matthew Currier Burden

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

How science proves God

By Donald Sensing

Gerald Schroeder is a scientist with over thirty years of research and teaching experience. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT). His doctorate thesis was supervised by physics professor Robley D. Evans. After five more years teaching in the MIT physics department Schroeder moved to Israel, where he joined the Weizmann Institute of Science. He later joined the Volcani Research Institute and ran a research laboratory at The Hebrew University. He holds Doctorate degrees in both Physics and Earth Sciences.


If we need an atheist for a debate, we go to the philosophy department. The physics department isn't much use. -- Robert Griffiths, winner of the Heinemann Prize in mathematical physics

More related posts here.

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Only SOME black lives matter

By Donald Sensing


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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Why science points to God

By Donald Sensing

Prager University:



A  umber of other relevant posts are here.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Hunting with wolves and the whites of their eyes

By Donald Sensing

How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

A fascinating hypothesis that homo sapiens became the earth's dominant species when we domesticated wolves as hunting partners.

Modern humans formed an alliance with wolves soon after we entered Europe, argues Shipman. We tamed some and the dogs we bred from them were then used to chase prey and to drive off rival carnivores, including lions and leopards, that tried to steal the meat.

“Early wolf-dogs would have tracked and harassed animals like elk and bison and would have hounded them until they tired,” said Shipman. “Then humans would have killed them with spears or bows and arrows.

“This meant the dogs did not need to approach these large cornered animals to finish them off – often the most dangerous part of a hunt – while humans didn’t have to expend energy in tracking and wearing down prey. Dogs would have done that. Then we shared the meat. It was a win-win situation.”
And the whites of their eyes?
Consider the whites of our eyes, she states. The wolf possesses white sclera as does Homo sapiens though, crucially, it is the only primate that has them.

“The main advantage of having white sclera is that it is very easy to work out what another person is gazing at,” added Shipman. “It provides a very useful form of non-verbal communication and would have been of immense help to early hunters. They would been able to communicate silently but very effectively.”

Thus the mutation conferring white sclera could have become increasingly common among modern humans 40,000 years ago and would have conferred an advantage on those who were hunting with dogs.
HT: Gerard.

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Obama Triumph: U.S. Reaches ‘Full Under-Employment’

By Donald Sensing

Obama Triumph: U.S. Reaches ‘Full Under-Employment’

(2015-03-06) — The Obama administration today celebrated a new milepost in what it calls “our progressive recovery” as government figures show thejobless rate dropped to 5.5%, wages remained stable, and the labor-force participation rate slipped to 62.8 percent.

“Thanks to President Obama’s leadership, we’ve reached full under-employment,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “Nearly everyone who still has any hope of getting a job, has at least one job — and often more than one. A lot of newly-employed people have thanked the president as they wash his golfballs, or pick the turf out of his cleats. It’s heartwarming.”

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Hillary controversy baloney

By Donald Sensing

Presumptive automatic Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton has been keeping a very low profile in recent weeks - since the first of the year, at least - and the political rumor mill is that she is ducking answering tough questions about taking millions of dollars from foreign governments and donors to the Clinton Foundation, or about her private email server handling all her official email while she was secretary of state.

So the commentati are trying to figure out just who is behind all this bad news coming out rapid fire about Hillary. For sure reporters aren't taking credit for originating the stories. So who did?

The Elizabeth Warren camp is one answer, since Warren is the darling of the Marxist wing of the Democrat party (which is pretty much the whole party).

Here's my answer. The person behind all this bad news is coming out about Hillary Clinton is ... (drum roll, please) .. Hillary Clinton.

I wrote in 2011 that if she was to reach for the presidency again it would have to be in 2012.
2012 is, effectively, Hillary's last chance. In 2016 she'll turn 69 just before election day. Only Ronald Reagan has been elected at that age level; Hillary surely recalls that Bob Dole and John McCain, each with extensive government experience and both bona fide war heroes and only a little older, were rejected by the electorate. 
I was not the only pundit who predicted Hillary would run in 2012; a number of Democrat figures said so, too. Well, we were all wrong, obviously. But I stand by my original rationale that she will not run in 2016, for the same reasons I said then.

And she is leaking all these controversies to give herself cover when she declares her non-candidacy, with which the left-wing media are feverishly cooperating.

So what's her plan instead of elective politics? Same as it has always been: money. She has opened her coffers to foreign donations for one simple reason: she wants the money, the more the better.

Hillary will not run for president in 2016 and never intended to. And when she surveys the rubble and wreckage President Obama and she have wrought in his first term, worsened since then, she is glad to have millions of dollars to retire from elective politics and get on with the senior stateswoman act, which will have it's own financial rewards.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hillary's private server

By Donald Sensing

ABC News blog:

This week, we asked Amy Chozick, national political reporter for the The New York Times, who covers Hillary Clinton, about when the former secretary of state might announce her 2016 intentions, her possible competition and one thing that surprised Chozick about Clinton.
And the thing that surprised Chozick about Clinton:
5] Covering Clinton, what is one thing that has surprised you about her? Amy Chozick: Hmm. She likes to drink. We were on the campaign trail in 2008 and the press thought she was just taking shots to pander to voters in Pennsylvania. Um, no.
Leading to this comment on FB: 
When they told her they were putting a private server in her basement, she thought they meant a bartender ...
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Islamist jihadis are mostly well off and educated

By Donald Sensing

The Education of ‘Jihadi John’ - NYTimes.com

These speakers claim to preach Islam, but they peddle a highly politicized, often violent strain of my faith. It is easier than one might think for bright, capable people like Mr. Emwazi to fall for the myopic worldview of the preachers of hate. Young people from relatively prosperous, educated backgrounds have long been overrepresented in jihadist causes.
So writes a former, highly-radicalized Muslim. Read the whole thing.

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A liberal moves to Realityville

By Donald Sensing

Another Obamacare Supporter Just Got A Hard Dose Of Reality

Her blog post ends with this sentiment (emphasis added) -
 
It saddens me to say this, but I no longer believe that the government should mandate health care. It’s not because I’ve abandoned the basic principles behind health care reform. Quite the contrary. But a great idea, is just an idea, if you can’t execute.And the government has proven time and time again, it can’t execute. So I’m over it until someone figures it out.
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