Iran Lied

Israelis smuggle thousands of files related to nuclear program out of Iran, say bottom line is Iran lied about its program; https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/insane-israeli-operation-smuggled-110-000-secret-nuclear-files-out-of-iran

 

In Oct. 2017: Longtime IAEA director says:
“I’m not convinced that Iran had, as a state, a nuclear weapons program.”  He was saying this to somehow defend how Obama handled the deal where he slipped billions in cash to Iran on an airplane, and cut investigations into Hezbollah.

What? Yeah, he let Hezbollah off the hook to protect his Iran deal. Remember that Obama enabled Hezbollah and gave a planeload of cash to Iran in a secretive deal bypassing Congress to get his Iran deal. https://t.co/i89NxPx3Gm

 

So anyway- back to this news.  Remember that Trump had Macron, and Markel (France, Germany) visiting just recently and this is one of the things they discussed- the timeline for renewing the Iran deal is coming up, and Europe wants us to stay in.  But I think while Markel was here, and definitely while Macron was here, Trump already knew about this.

Netanyahu briefed Trump on Iran’s “nuclear archive” two months ago, and timed the public announcement with Trump’s deadline in mind, according to a report from Axios.

HE didn’t tweet about it, and it didn’t leak.

(As  sidenote, let me say this is not remarkable at all.  I really dislike most of Trump’s tweets, as I have said before, and I cannot listen to him talk. I didn’t vote for him. (But I might next time).   But from what I have seen his twitter feed is not a train wreck of impetuous stupidity. It’s like a trail of banana peels for the media to beclown itself over, and it does, reliably, predictably, again and again.  All they have to do is not lose their every lovin’ minds, every time, but they can’t.  Trump gets them talking about what he wants them to talk about.  Remember Sweden?  Remember the string of reports about what an idiot he is because Sweden is doing great, and he’s making things up or just confused to say it isn’t? I do.  And guess what? Every time another terrorist incident, another immigrant crime wave, another immigration related problem in Sweden comes up- and they do, regularly, so does the public. They remember Trump saying Sweden’s unchecked immigration caused them problems and the media mocking him over it, and their respect for the press sinks a little further. )

Meanwhile, here’s what Obama traded for an agreement with Iran which we know Iran wasn’t keeping, isn’t keeping, and never intended to keep- loads of cash, spies, terrorists, murderers, and more.

What should Trump do, now? I honestly have no idea.  Obama made this mess, now the whole world can see it was and is a mess, but how to move forward without making a bigger mess is above my paygrade. Unfortunately, it was above Obama’s, too, but this is where we are.

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We Fear…

“We fear the weather spirit of earth, that we must fight against to wrest our food from land & sea. We fear Sila [the airgod]. We fear death and hunger in cold snow huts. We fear Takanakapsaluk, the great woman down at the bottom of the sea, that rules over all the beasts of the sea. We fear the sickness we meet with daily all around us; not death, but the suffering. We fear the evil spirits of life, those of the air, of the sea, and the earth, that can help wicked shamans to harm their fellow man. We fear the souls of dead human beings and of the animals we have killed. Therefore it is that our fathers have inherited from their fathers all the old rules of life which are based on the experience & wisdom of generations. We do not know how, we cannot say why, but we keep those rules in order that we may live life unhindered.” –Aua, Inuit/ Eskimo in the early 1920’s

http://gp-email.brtapp.com/files/gpconnect/2015/01.07/int_01.07.14_newsletters_davidupp.pdf

See also Eternity in Their Hearts and others by the same author.  Many native religions are not ( as westerners fondly imagine in their special version of the noble savage of Rousseau fairy tale) kindly, harmonious with nature, feel good practices. They are placatory, born in fear, seeking to protect themselves from a terrifying array of unseen but powerful malign forces they believe are all around them.

Christianity is deliverance from the kingdom of darkness and entrance to the kingdom of light.

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He is the mage of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1

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Keith Ranier and Allison Mack arrested on sex trafficking and slavery charges

Allison Mack and Keith Raniere have been arrested on charges of sex trafficking and slavery, amon other things.  These activities took place through Raniere’s organization NXIVM.

NXIVM was founded in 1998 by Keith Raniere. It’s marketed itself as an MLM offering personal and professional development.  Raniere has a previous history of shady business deals combined with friendships and ties to people in high places, both in politics and in entertainment.  When Bill Clinton was governor his then Attorney General charged Ranier with fraud for one of his enterprises.  He left Arkansas, and later founded NXIVM.

According to Wikipedia, “Clients have been alleged to include Rischard Branson and actresses Linda EvansAllison MackKristin Kreuk, and Nicki Clyne.[12] The NXIVM training system is administered through Executive Success Programs, Inc. In 2003 Forbes magazine reported that some 3,700 people had taken part in Nxivm’s “Executive Success Program,” and named Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BETAntonia Novello, former Surgeon General of the United States, Stephen Cooper of Enron, and Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of former Mexican president Vicente Fox.”
The Bronfman sisters, heirs to the Seagram fortune, also have close ties to Ranier and numerous news articles credit them with paying for his trips, jetting him around the world, and shutting down critics and whistleblowers through lawsuits.

In October of 2007, The New York Post reported,

“Executives and top associates of the Albany-based NXIVM group – along with their family members – donated $29,900 to Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to federal records.

On March 14 and April 13, records show, more than a dozen contributions poured into Clinton’s coffers from NXIVM, an executive and group-awareness training organization led by Brooklyn-born Keith Raniere, 47.

Most were from first-time political donors, each giving the $2,300 maximum.

NXIVM donated a similar amount that year to Republican politicians in a position to grant them political favors (see the NYP article).
NXIVM leadership had other ties to Clinton as well-

“…group President Nancy Salzman and the Bronfman sisters – are members of Bill’s charitable organization, the Clinton Global Initiative. Membership is by invitation only and requires at least a $15,000 donation per person for one year.” (NYP article linked above.)

 

Actress Allison Mack (Smallville, among others) has long been one of the top-ranking members of the NXIVM cult, a group accused of engaging in blackmailsex trafficking and forced labor.

In March, Ranier  was arrested and extradited from MExico oncharges of sex trafficking and related crimes, and Mack’s arrest followed in April.

Charges include child sex trafficking, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy. The SunOnline claims to have seen Ranier’s arrest report and accusations include the sexual abuse of teenage girls, and one girl just 12 years old (he was 29 at the time).

You can see Mack’s court file here.  Note from the file:

Title 18, United States Code, Sections1591(a)(1), 1591(a)(2), 1591(b)(1), 1594(a),2 and 3551 et. seq. – SEX TRAFFICKINGOF CHILDREN OR BY FORCE, FRAUDOR COERCION (1)Title 18, United States Code, Sections1594(c) and 3551 et seq. – CONSPIRACYTO COMMIT SEX TRAFFICKING OFCHILDREN BY FORCE, FRAUD, OR COERCION

The details are somewhat lurid, and include using a cauterizing pen to brand female ‘slaves’ with the initials of Ranier and Mack, requiring compromising photographs and information for the purposes of blackmail, and various other submission rituals.  Allison Mack also recruited other women to become Ranier’s slaves. The SunOnline reported she had recruited at least 25 women.

According to The Rolling Stone, “Raniere allegedly gets financial help from high places
According to the U.S. Attorney’s detention memo, Clare W. Bronfman, heir to the Seagram’s fortune (and NXIVM’s self-described operations director) financially supports Raniere. (Bronfman has previously denied all accusations of coercion and abuse.) In the memo, prosecutors wrote, “[Bronfman] has financed the defendant repeatedly over the years including providing him with millions of dollars and paying for private air travel costing up to approximately $65,000 a flight. She has also paid for numerous lawyers to bring suits against NXIVM critics. Bronfman also owns a private island in Fiji, which the defendant has visited, and both Bronfman and the defendant have contacts all around the world.”

More:

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Leader-of-Secret-Upstate-New-York-Group-Charged-with-Sex-Trafficking-477966643.html

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

Raniere Detention memo: https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Raniere-Detention-Memo.pdf

Frank Parlatto’s page. He outlines some reasons for concern about the child sex trafficking charges, which have gotten scant attention from the media: https://frankreport.com/2018/04/25/allison-mack-and-sex-cult-leader-raniere-may-have-trafficked-teen-and-preteen-girls-from-chihuahua-mexico/

 

 

 

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Baked Tomatoes

You need a bit of butter (or other oil), some sliced tomatoes, and something to sprinkle on the tomatoes- parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, furikake seasoning, and you can make that yourself with toasted and lightly ground sesame seeds, crumbled dried seaweed/nori, and seasoning of your choice), and maybe salt and papper. That’s all.

Butter a glass pie pan (you don’t want to cook tomatoes in iron or tin). Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (or bread crumbs, or Furikake seasoning). Put down a layer of tomatoes. Season this layer with sat and pepper, a few dabs of butter, or other fat, and the same ingredient you used on the bottom of the pan (parmesan for me, thanks).
Repeat. It doesn’t really matter how much, use what you think your family will eat. Finish up with a layer of the parmesan, bread crumbs, or furikake. Cover and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. Remove the cover and brown slightly.

I adapted this from a recipe in a Good Housekeeping from 1897, and they called it a salad. I think it would be a good sidedish for fish, chicken, or vegetarian meal, and probably with a creamy pasta. I am not a huge fan of most pasta (Husband: Ohhh, this is why we never have spaghetti at home? Me: Duh.) We also like sliced tomatoes sprinkled with parmesan cheese and garlic and broiled quickly under the broiler. You do have to eat them immediately after serving for best results, this doesn’t really keep well. However, if you have leftovers, you can put them in a blender and add to tomato soup, pizza sauce topping, or a tomato based spaghetti sauce.

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Malay/Polynesian, Pacific Islanders, or Asians?

“Are the Native Peoples of The Philippines… MALAYS? 1 I was surprised to learn Filipinos have been taught that they are “Malay”! The Malay Peninsula (on the East Shore of the Indian Ocean) is a LONG way from the Philippine Islands. At Rice, I learned the name of their Language Family as “MalayoPolynesian” — but I never thought about that very deeply before. Since that Language Family spread to Madagascar & to Easter Island [Chile] before the Age of European Exploration, a better name might be: RapaNui-Malagasy. Finally, I realized that the name we use was determined BY European Exploration! The Portuguese traveled down the coast of West Africa, back North along its East Coast, along the monsoon winds to India, and finally on East to Malaya/Spice Islands. There they met their first natives of this Language Family. The English and French sailed West to the Pacific, around Cape Horn/Straits of Magellan, and first encountered the Austronesian Islanders in Tahiti (now French Polynesia). So “Malayo-Polynesian” traces back to the two places where Europeans first met such folks, rather than drawn from their Largest Populations or the Earliest Centers. So, where DID these distinctive peoples originate? Now, we can answer that easily. All Nine branches of this Family have only been spoken by Natives of one Island: FORMOSA / Taiwan! Filipinos have been taught that their ancestors migrated to these islands from the Malay Peninsula (yes, that’s used to encourage acceptance of ISLAM by Filipinos, after all, MOST Malays are Muslims). DID those ancestors island-hop their way across Indonesia’s 7000 islands, eventually reaching the Philippines (following the same “Natural Route” Islam later travelled)?? OK, it’s time to look at a MAP. Find Taiwan. [No, the Chinese people are from China, they’re relatively Recent Immigrants to Taiwan, though they totally dominate that nation today.] Now find Luzon. These Islands are Near Neighbors! How did the Filipinos get from Taiwan to Luzon? They didn’t walk. Neither did these peoples walk to Easter Island, nor to Madagascar, nor any of their 30,000 Native Islands. They sailed! 2 The Austronesians were the BEST Navigators in the Whole World! It was a short and an easy voyage. There are even “Stepping Stones” (the Batanes Archipelago North of Luzon, spans most of that distance toward the South from Formosa). Now look at the Map again and ASK yourself IF this route is more or less believable than the story that those people WALKED across all of those countries inbetween [China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand… none of whose intervening Peoples are “Malayo-Polynesians”, except for Chams of Cambodia/Vietnam] & then SAILED from the Malay Peninsula to Luzon. Compare the two distances. Then, realize they couldn’t have even started that trek… unless they could already SAIL from Taiwan to China! Easy as pie to re-construct now. No, Filipinos aren’t Malays! The flow of Migration went in the Other Direction, down Through the Philippine Islands to the others: Malays are former Filipinos! So are the Indonesians! And the Melanesians! and the Malagasy! Their ancestors all used to live in the Islands which are now known as The Philippines!”

–David Upp Hat-tip to Dr. Kambati Uriam of Kiribati & to Pacific Historical Association publications  September, 2017 Dr. David Upp’s mission link

I don’t know that this is a national belief.  I have asked a couple Filipina friends and they are quite firm that they consider themselves Asian, not Malays.  I just found it interesting.

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