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the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


Psychopath Round-up

1. Bernie Madoff's sons have not spoken to their father since Ponzi-schemer's confession

Excerpts of the horrible suffering endured by the Madoff boys (get your tissues, it's bad):

Both brothers now receive hate calls at home, and Andrew makes dinner reservations under his fiancée's name rather than his own, Vanity Fair claims.

Andrew, 42, also wound up scoring a one-punch upper East Side knockout when a former Madoff Securities employee berated him for making a fortune off the scheme, according to one anecdote.

...The Madoff brothers could lose their fortunes if the bankruptcy trustee in the case goes after their assets, arguing that the pair received stolen money whether they were involved or not.

Their annual earnings ran as high as $5 million.

With their father in jail, the Madoff sons are now saddled with the family legacy. It's even affected Andrew's estranged wife, who uses her maiden name to order groceries, the magazine reported.

2. Is Larry Summers taking kickbacks from the banks he's bailing out?


Last month, it was revealed that Summers, whom President Obama appointed to essentially run the economy from his perch in the National Economic Council, earned nearly $8 million in 2008 from Wall Street banks, some of which, like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, were now receiving tens of billions of taxpayer funds from the same Larry Summers. It turns out now that those two banks have continued paying into Summers-related businesses.

...In September 2007, Revolution Money announced that it had raised $50 million from a group of investors including Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. Some found the investment strange even then, because normally big banks don’t get involved in seeding small startups -- that’s the domain of venture capitalists, not mega-banks. Especially not in September, 2007, when these same megabanks were Chernobyling their way into full-fledged balance-sheet meltdown.

3. The Rockefeller Case: Collection of stories from the Boston Globe

On July 27,2008, Reigh Storrow Mills Boss disappeared near Boston Common, triggering a manhunt for her father, a man known as Clark Rockefeller. Even after his arrest, questions remain about the man who calls himself Rockefeller.

  • Sandra Boss said she spent most of her 12-year marriage unaware that her husband, whom she knew as Clark Rockefeller, was a Bavarian-born impostor.
  • Sandra Boss calmly described meeting her future husband, the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller, in an apartment on the east side of Manhattan during her testimony.
  • Born in Europe, known by several different names, once thought to be a member of American aristocracy, and currently on trial for allegedly kidnapping his daughter -- follow the strange but true saga of the man known as Clark Rockefeller.
  • "I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to remember." Speaking to reporters for the first time since he allegedly whisked his 7-year-old daughter off a Boston street and led authorities on an international manhunt, Clark Rockefeller amicably spun stories of the last 15 years.
  • Clark Rockefeller's lawyer said his client used the alias Christopher Chichester while in California and remembers his landlords' disappearance.
What does it all mean? Will the Boston Globe EVER EXPLAIN that psychopaths comprise one in twenty-five people? Will they ever explain what this man is, and that the psychologists and law enforcement people know exactly what he is, that he LACKS A CONSCIENCE and LIES LIKE OTHER PEOPLE BREATHE? Will people ever get a clue why the world is so fucked up, or will we continue to view these blatant cases of psychopathy as mere curiosities affecting a few poor, unfortunate souls? - ed.

4. Settlers rampage in West Bank, savage Palestinians


Settlers also set fire to Palestinian fields, sawed down olive trees and threw rocks at Palestinians outside the villages of Burin and Far'ata south of Nablus.

...Nearly 20 settlers also opened fire at Palestinian villagers and journalists when a group of Palestinians tried to chase settlers off their land.

Despite the settler violence, three army patrol vehicles at a nearby junction stood by without intervention.

...Hardline settlers believe the Jewish people have a God-given, biblical-era right to live on the land, though most of the more than 280,000 Israelis who live in the settlements dotting the West Bank are there for economic reasons.

5. 'Zionist vision is stronger than any president.' Israeli responses to Obama's speech:

MK Danny Danon (Likud): “The president has crossed all lines. His implied comparison between the Israeli government and the Nazi regime said everything. He has made a covenant with the Arab world and rewarded it for more than 60 years of aggression.”

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union): “Obama makes a shocking parallel between the destruction of European Jewry and the suffering that the Arabs of Israel brought upon themselves when they declared war on Israel.”

“If Obama does not understand the difference between them, perhaps he will understand it better when he visits the Buchenwald concentration camp in the comings days. And if he doesn’t understand it even there, then Islam will once again teach it to him, just as it taught his predecessor on 9/11.”

"How dare Obama compare Arab refugee suffering to the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust?"

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