Archive for December 11th, 2014

December 11th, 2014 - 11:42 am § in Politics

New Face in Israeli Politics?

Netanyahu’s decision to call for new elections reflects a badly divided cabinet.  What else could you have when your cabinet is made of religious fanatics, a far right Foreign Secretary (Avigdor Lieberman) and a peacenik like Zippi Livni? In contrast  Moshe Kahlon, Communications Minister[...]

December 11th, 2014 - 11:42 am § in The Ave Scene

A Great Christmas Present for Dave Meinert!

Ferrari 2015!  .. 12 cylinders, Ferrari debuted the $1.4 million LaFerrari for the year. This is Ferrari’s 60th anniversary in North America The blue F60America combines what the automaker called its American customers’ “two great passions—the V12 engine and open-top driving.[...]

December 11th, 2014 - 10:33 am § in Russia

Czar Vladimir

NY Times: Masha Gessen: The Myth of the OligarchsNYT Now Some of Putin’s opponents predict the oligarchs will eventually take him down. But there are no oligarchs in Russia anymore.[...]

December 11th, 2014 - 10:31 am § in America

Why Dick Cheney is ‘full of crap’

Real-life success refutes b.s. every time. Major Sherwood F. Moran, USMC, who was the most successful U.S. military interrogator of World War 2 and wrote the U.S. armed forces interrogators’ “bible,” never tortured anyone. Not even the loathesome Japanese. He used empathetic rather[...]

December 11th, 2014 - 10:10 am § in America, China, Hypocrisy


China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy.  Meanwhile China is evicting the last of the demonstrators in Hong Kong.  Who is still on Hong Kong’s streets?  Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz explains what this means in Vanity Fair. Excerpts: “2014 was [...]

December 11th, 2014 - 10:04 am § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

Is A University Education Basic?

UW Prof: It is interesting to speculate about whether higher education could be considered a subset of Washington state government’s “paramount duty… (WASTATE’s constitution requires) the state “to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within [...]

December 11th, 2014 - 2:20 am § in Uncategorized

White Guys and White Cops Debate “Is it a gun?”

Imagine if the guys with the “not a firearm” were black![...]

December 11th, 2014 - 1:57 am § in America, Religion

Social Media Show Support for ISIS by Arabs in US and Europe !

The data to the right, from a recent analysis published by the Guardian, show the error of the real need for discussion l of Islamic fundamentalism in the US and Europe. Over 20% of all social media posts written in Arabic in the United States and over 30% of such posts in Germany were found [&helli[...]

December 11th, 2014 - 12:53 am § in America

Special Offer For Rightwing Defenders Of CIA Torture

Hey all you rightwing torture fans, despite my liberal views on issues like this, I’ll be reasonable and make a deal with you. Here’s my offer. Let’s do a trade: You can have the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11/2001, and do whatever you want to do them, and I’ll look the o[...]