Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Attack on Syria: Brief and Limited

     This post will be brief and limited.

     In a post entitled, "Loose lips on Syria," the Wall Street Journal Online has announced, in a sort of regretful way, that "U.S. leaks tell Assad he can relax.  The bombing will be brief and limited." The subtext is ambiguous, at least to me.

     They would like for Assad to "not relax"?  Or, they would like for there to be no war, under the circumstances?  Or, they are opposed to this prospective war on principle?  Or, they want an all out war, and they are afraid that this pre-limited method of entry won't quite do it?

     Is the bombing a done-deal?  Or is it not?  Is this article a last-minute trial balloon to test public reaction?  Or is it a justification-in-advance for some future "We-told-you-so,"  given several possible endings to the "scenario"?

     The Wall Street Journal, much like the New York Times, serves as a generations-old media agency for the American-British-Israel Establishment.  It is used both to inform and to disinform.  I do not know what it is doing at this time (or ever).

     I will confine myself to this remark:

     The September 11, 2001, attacks upon targets in the United States were also brief, and limited.  Point being . . . ?

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     I have written more extensively on this subject in my post of April 27, 2013: "Syria, Chemical Weapons, And The West."

Sunday, August 11, 2013

James Altucher and Two Lifehacks

     I like to write about other writers that I enjoy reading, and post something about them, or by them, here.

     Why, you ask. 

     1.  Because I think they have something interesting and different to say -- something that I haven't thought of myself (and might not in a hundred years), because I think you might like it, and either (a), get to their writings on a more frequent basis, or even, (b), be tempted to get back here with some positive or negative comments.

     2.  Because sometimes I'm right in the middle of some ideas myself, but I'm not ready to post anything yet, I need another week or two, and it seems a shame to keep the same older posts up at the top over-long, even though they are (always) good.

     So.  James Altucher has written a post titled, provocatively enough, "Two Lifehacks That Will Get People To Like You," and you may have missed that post.  You may even have missed James Altucher himself until now.

     I'll not try to introduce, much less explain, James Altucher.  He is very gifted at explaining himself.  Enjoy the link.