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I love the idea that someone is posting my “Apartheid” posters on the page of anti-Israel ignoramus, BDS advocate and former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters.

All in all they’re just more posts on his “Wall”….

(thanks to Mitchell Rubin, h/t אורי פלג)

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Despite brutal and under-reported crackdowns by the Saleh regime, the pro-democracy movement in Yemen continues to soldier on, with widespread defections in the Yemeni military and in embassies across the world supporting the protesters.

This morning, MSNBC host Willie Geist hosted Roger Cressey, who he identified as a “former White House counter-terrorism official” and NBC News terrorism analyst, to talk about Yemen. Geist stated that reported plans by Yemeni president Ali Saleh to resign “scares a lot of people in the United States intelligence community.” Cressey said that “they should be scared” and said that if Saleh leaves, then our ability to battle terrorism will be “thrown up in the air.” He said that the Yemeni dictator was the “glue” that kept counter-terrorism efforts together and warned that his successor may not provide the same level of cooperation against Al Qaeda:

GEIST: Let’s talk about Yemen. We’ve heard now that the president will step down by the end of the year. That opens up a vacuum that scares a lot of people in the United States intelligence community. What can we expect?

CRESSEY: Well, they should be scared, Willy. When you compare Libya and Yemen, Yemen is a far more important concern from a counter-terrorism perspective. We’ve been talking about AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula], their ability twice to attempt attacks against the United States. There is a very strong infrastructure there right now that with Saleh gone, if he does go, then our ability to work with the Yemenis is going to definitely be thrown up in the air. We need to keep in mind that Yemen is on the precipice of a potential failed state. You have a Houthi rebellion in the north, you have a secessionist movement in the south, and then you have this Al Qaeda presence throughout the country. Saleh has been the glue that has kept that together as tenuous as it’s been. And we have provided him with lots of money, lots of training, and we’ve provided him with military operations against Al Qaeda there. If he leaves, it’s up in the air as to what level of coordination we’ll get from his successor.

Watch it:

What is not disclosed about Cressey in this segment where he scaremongers about a post-Saleh Yemen is that he has multiple conflicts of interest with the current regime there. Cressey founded and was president of Good Harbor Consulting, a leading cybersecurity firm. Among the clients of Good Harbor Consulting is none other than the Yemeni government itself. The “National Security Committee of the Government of Yemen” hired Good Harbor Consulting staffer to provide “strategic security advice” for the Gulf 20 games. Meanwhile, another Good Harbor Consulting staff member served as a “senior advisor” to the Yemeni Government “at the Critical Infrastructure Protection & Counter Terrorism Workshop for the 20th Gulf Cup preparations in Aden Yemen.”

Additionally, Cressey was named last month as a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, one of Washington’s top defense-related contractors. In addition to netting literally billions of dollars in defense contracts over the past decade, Booz Allen Hamilton is one of the “principal implementers” of USAID contracts in Yemen related to agriculture investments.

None of this is to say that Cressey holds these views only because of the interests of his employers. It does, however, highlight the importance of disclosing conflicts of interest.


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New York Magazine reports today that Fox News head Roger Ailes told Sarah Palin to avoid responding in any way to the controversy that erupted after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

Before Sarah Palin posted her infamous “Blood Libel” video on Facebook on January 12, she placed a call to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. In the wake of the Tucson massacre, Palin was fuming that the media was blaming her heated rhetoric for the actions of a madman that left six people dead and thirteen others injured, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Palin told Ailes she wanted to respond, according to a person with knowledge of the call. It wasn’t fair the media was making this about her. Ailes told Palin that she should stay quiet.

“Lie low,” he said. “There’s no need to inject yourself into the story.”

Palin told Ailes that other people had given her that same advice. Her lawyer Bob Barnett is said to have cautioned her about getting involved. The consensus in some corners of Palin’s camp was that she faced considerable risks if she spoke out.

But, this being Sarah Palin, she did it anyway.

Given the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the video, and the extent to which it has made Palin’s incredibly bad unfavorable numbers even worse, it seems fairly clear that Ailes, and the others who told Palin she should have stayed quiet, were right. What’s interesting is that the incident seems to have created a rift between Ailes and his network’s most popular guest commentator:

Ailes was not pleased with her decision, which turned out to be a political debacle for Palin, especially her use of the historically loaded term “blood libel” to describe the actions of the media. “The Tucson thing was horrible,” said a person familiar with Ailes’s thinking. “Before she responded, she was making herself look like a victim. She was winning. She went out and did the blood libel thing, and Roger is thinking, ‘Why did you call me for advice?’”

Ailes’s displeasure matters, not only because his network is a holding pen for Republican candidates-in-waiting, but because he is paying Palin a hefty $ 1 million annual salary while she strings out her decision over whether to run for president

There is, it seems, trouble in paradise.


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Washed-up Pink Floyd founding member and singer-songwriter Roger Waters had this to say on Friday:

In 1980, a song I wrote, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, was banned by the government of South Africa because it was being used by black South African children to advocate their right to equal education. That apartheid government imposed a cultural blockade, so to speak, on certain songs, including mine.

Twenty-five years later, in 2005, Palestinian children participating in a West Bank festival used the song to protest against Israel’s wall around the West Bank. They sang: “We don’t need no occupation! We don’t need no racist wall!” At the time, I hadn’t seen firsthand what they were singing about.

A year later I was contracted to perform in Tel Aviv. Palestinians from a movement advocating an academic and cultural boycott of Israel urged me to reconsider. I had already spoken out against the wall, but I was unsure whether a cultural boycott was the right way to go.

The Palestinian advocates of a boycott asked that I visit the occupied Palestinian territory to see the wall for myself before I made up my mind. I agreed.

Under the protection of the United Nations I visited Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw that day. The wall is an appalling edifice to behold. It is policed by young Israeli soldiers who treated me, a casual observer from another world, with disdainful aggression.

If it could be like that for me, a foreigner, a visitor, imagine what it must be like for the Palestinians, for the underclass, for the passbook carriers. I knew then that my conscience would not allow me to walk away from that wall, from the fate of the Palestinians I met: people whose lives are crushed daily by Israel’s occupation. In solidarity, and somewhat impotently, I wrote on their wall that day: “We don’t need no thought control.”

Realising at that point that my presence on a Tel Aviv stage would inadvertently legitimise the oppression I had seen, I cancelled my gig at the stadium in Tel Aviv and moved it to Neve Shalom, an agricultural community devoted to growing chick peas and also, admirably, to co-operation between different faiths, where Muslim, Christian and Jew work side by side in harmony.

Against all expectations it was to become the biggest music event in the short history of Israel. Some 60,000 fans battled traffic jams to attend. It was extraordinarily moving for us, and at the end of the gig I was moved to exhort the young people gathered there to demand of their government that they attempt to make peace with their neighbours and respect the civil rights of Palestinians living in Israel.

Sadly, in the intervening years the Israeli government has made no attempt to implement legislation that would grant rights to Israeli Arabs equal to those enjoyed by Israeli Jews, and the wall has grown, inexorably, illegally annexing more and more of the West Bank.

For the people of Gaza, locked in a virtual prison behind the wall of Israel’s illegal blockade, it means another set of injustices. It means that children go to sleep hungry, many chronically malnourished. It means that fathers and mothers, unable to work in a decimated economy, have no means to support their families. It means that university students with scholarships to study abroad must watch the opportunity of a lifetime slip away because they are not allowed to travel.

In my view, the abhorrent and draconian control that Israel wields over the besieged Palestinians in Gaza and the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem), coupled with its denial of the rights of refugees to return to their homes in Israel, demands that fair-minded people around the world support the Palestinians in their civil, nonviolent resistance.

Where governments refuse to act people must, with whatever peaceful means are at their disposal. For me this means declaring an intention to stand in solidarity, not only with the people of Palestine but also with the many thousands of Israelis who disagree with their government’s policies, by joining the campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel.

My conviction is born in the idea that all people deserve basic human rights. This is not an attack on the people of Israel. This is, however, a plea to my colleagues in the music industry, and also to artists in other disciplines, to join this cultural boycott.

Artists were right to refuse to play in South Africa’s Sun City resort until apartheid fell and white people and black people enjoyed equal rights. And we are right to refuse to play in Israel until the day comes – and it surely will come – when the wall of occupation falls and Palestinians live alongside Israelis in the peace, freedom, justice and dignity that they all deserve.

Roger Waters had this to say after the terror attack which occurred not long after his piece was published - the kind of terror attack we would see more of if the fence did not exist:


Roger Waters, as this Ynet writer opines, you are at best a “useful idiot” and at worst an antisemite.

I’m really inclined to go with option 2 at this stage.


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My latest article in NewsRealBlog takes apart Roger Cohen’s self-righteous piece in yesterday’s New York Times.

See how wise Cohen is? Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas are the good, democratic choice for the Middle East! Hezbollah, which has had a crucial role in turning Lebanon from a cosmopolitan and tolerant society into an Iranian satellite state armed to the teeth against Israel, is the model for all Arab states. Islamist Hamas, which chose to shoot rockets into Israeli communities after Israel withdrew every single resident and soldier, should be propped up with Western gifts and recognition. Arabs need to learn about free and fair elections from Iran. Hateful rhetoric against Jews and Israel are mere words, but Roger Cohen enjoying coffee with Islamic fundamentalists prove they are really the good guys. As he wrote, “Perhaps I have a bias toward facts over words, but I say the reality of Iranian civility toward Jews tells us more about Iran – its sophistication and culture – than all the inflammatory rhetoric.”

Cohen’s thinking is simple: Western-backed authoritarian governments=bad.  Iranian-backed Islamist authoritarian governments=good.

Read the whole thing.

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Washed up rocker Roger Waters from Pink Floyd has been obsessed with Israel’s separation fence, perhaps thinking that his album “The Wall” was somehow prophetic.

Anyway, Waters has come out in favor of BDS, using the usual pretentious and absurd arguments we are all too familiar with.

Ma’ariv’s Ben Dror Yemini has a nice rejoinder:

Support for the boycott campaign against Israel in effect is support for the prolonging of the occupation and suffering of the Palestinians. An open letter to the rock star who is calling for a boycott of Israel.

To Roger Waters, Greetings.

Look Mr. Waters, the Jewish People is already used to blood libels. From using the blood of children for baking Passover matzah, to directing world Communism, to directing world capitalism, to controlling the media, and in the last generation, committing genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. A generation passes on and a generation arrives, and the number of blood libels forever exist.

Israel, Mr. Waters, is not exempt from any criticism. We’re the world champions of self-criticism. There isn’t another nation in which, in every field - not just the Israel-Palestinian conflict - there is so much biting, roiling criticism - often false and vicious. But even to this we’ve grown accustomed. Usually we’re proud of our democracy, even when it’s biting. But sometimes, Mr. Waters, we’re fed up. We’ve simply had it. Not from the criticism; it’s essential for every community, every society, every nation, like air to breathe.

We’re fed up with the lies. For most of us - if you can read a little beyond the slogans - were fed up with the occupation. So if that’s your thing you would find lots of partners in Israel - most Israelis. But that’s not the story - not for BDS, of which you’ve become a great supporter, and not for the Hamas in Gaza, which only a year ago you announced your support for those who went there to cheer them - another campaign of useful idiots.

Let’s start with the occupation. Only in the last decade Israel announced its willingness to end it, again, again and again. Completely. This began with the Camp David talks. The Palestinians backed away from a serious discussion. Then Clinton offered his proposal, which would have granted the Palestinians a state on 95% of the territory. They decided to say”no”. Right after that, at the Taba talks all the giants of the the Israeli Left showed up. They went another big step towards the Palestinians, but even that didn’t help. Two years ago another generous offer was made by Prime Minister Olmert. He didn’t even get a reply from Abu Mazen.

Back to the BDS. Listen to the leaders of the campaign. Read their manifesto. They don’t want two states for two peoples. Not the end of the occupation, but the end of Israel. You can hear it in their own voices. Yes, there are Israels among us who support this campaign. That’s how we are. Runaway democracy. Everything goes. So instead of marvelling at our unparalleled democracy, you take advantage of the fact that Israeli democracy allows demonstrations like this, and you go and join the gang that is fighting against the very existence of the national home of the Jewish People. That’s the position of Ahmadinejad, Al Qaida and Hamas. Is that your position? Have you gone crazy?

Are you in the peace camp, Mr. Waters? Here’s a simple test for you. Very simple. Ask your friends in the BDS one question: “Do you support an agreement of two states for two peoples?”

We’ve got news for you: They oppose it. They don’t want a Palestinian state alongside Israel, they want a Palestinian state in place of Israel. That’s what’s written in the manifesto of BDS. Read it, it’s in English. They write in it, “Right of Return”, which, loosely translated means “Destruction of Israel”. To remove any doubt, they have the right of return-to a Palestinian state alongside Israel, not in place of Israel.

You and your ilk, Mr. Waters, are simply prolonging the suffering of the Palestinians. You are encouraging the peace refuseniks among them. You are encouraging their illusions.You are creating a new chapter of the Palestinian disaster. Who knows, if it were not for this support - by so many useful idiots - the Palestinians would have emerged from their position of refusal. But when they see you, and you join up with them, they continue to refuse peace.

So this is an opportunity for you, Mr. Waters, to prove that you’re a humanitarian and human rights activist. It’s not complicated. Tell the Israelis and Palestinians and BDS people one thing: the end of the conflict will come only if the two sides recognize the two-state solution. The side that refuses is the side that must be pressured, even boycotted. Only when you say this simple thing to both sides will you truly be in the peace camp. If you continue to support BDS, you are supporting refusal and the continuation of occupation and suffering.

A reply from you Mr. Waters, will be greatly appreciated.

(h/t אורי פלג)

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Susannah Bryan reports
Larry Sofield will be sworn in to the Sunrise commission at 6 p.m. Wednesday, more than four months after winning the November election.

Longtime politician Roger Wishner, who lost the Nov. 2 race to Sofield, will step down after his last meeting on Tuesday.

Wishner served as a Sunrise commissioner from 1987 to 1999 and as a state representative from 2000 to 2004. He won reelection to the Sunrise commission in March 2007.

Wishner lost the mayor’s race to attorney Mike Ryan on Aug. 24. He was allowed to return to his commission seat based on a controversial interpretation of the Sunrise charter by City Attorney Stuart Michelson.

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Don’t miss the big House hearing Tuesday, March, 8,  10 am EST, “Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations.”  You should be able to watch it here.  I’ll post the again link tomorrow morning.

The witness list is fascinating, so I’ll go through it in some detail:

Dr. John R. Christy
Director, Earth System Science Center
University of Alabama in Huntsville

Christy is one of the nation’s few remaining seriously credentialed disinformers who has arguably been wrong longer than any other serious disinformer and thus deserves our inattention and scorn (see “Should you believe anything John Christy and Roy Spencer say?“ and below).  As RealClimate wrote:  “We now know, of course, that the satellite data set confirms that the climate is warming , and indeed at very nearly the same rate as indicated by the surface temperature records. Now, there’s nothing wrong with making mistakes when pursuing an innovative observational method, but Spencer and Christy sat by for most of a decade allowing — indeed encouraging — the use of their data set as an icon for global warming skeptics. They committed serial errors in the data analysis, but insisted they were right and models and thermometers were wrong. They did little or nothing to root out possible sources of errors, and left it to others to clean up the mess, as has now been done.”

Christy contributed the chapter “The Global Warming Fiasco” to a 2002 book called Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths, published by Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading provider of disinformation on global warming that was funded by ExxonMobil.

In the Vermont case on the state’s effort to embrace California’s tailpipe GHG emissions standards, the car companies brought in Christy as an expert witness to rebut Hansen (see here). In one footnote on the sea level rise issue, the judge noted, “it appears that the bulk of scientific opinion opposes Christy’s position.”

Dr. Christopher Field
Director, Department of Global Ecology
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Stanford, CA

Field is the Working Group II Co-Chair for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  I interviewed him here:  “Videos: How we know humans are changing the climate and Why climate change is a clear and present danger“).

Dr. Knute Nadelhoffer
Director, University of Michigan Biological Station
University of Michigan

Dr. Roger Pielke, Sr.
Senior Research Scientist,
Cooperative Institute for Research in
Environmental Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder

RealClimate eviscerated Pielke, Sr. in an important post, “More bubkes.”  I discussed it at length here “Roger Pielke Sr. also doesn’t understand the science of global warming — or just chooses to willfully misrepresent it.”  Pielke Sr. loves to cherry-pick climate data over short time spans to make misleading scientific claims about climate.  Climate, of course, is about long-term trends.

Pielke actually wrote in 2009 that the scientific observation that Arctic sea reduction is “progressing faster than was expected a few years ago” is NOT TRUE because of data “since 2008.”  One year.  Not kidding (and that was just sea ice extent, not volume, which looks to have kept declining).

Pielke Sr. continues to take very short term snapshots of just a piece of the global ocean warming data to argue (his emphasis), “upper ocean heat, in terms of its annual average, did not accumulate during the period ~2004 through 2009. This means that global warming halted on this time period. There is no other way to spin this data.”

Skeptical Science eviscerates his disinformation here:  “Pielke Sr and scientific equivocation.“  For the record, the key chart is

Time series of global mean heat storage (0-2000m).

SkS concludes, “Scientists like Pielke have a responsibility not to put dangerous myths into the hands of those whose interests are very different from that of the majority.”  Sadly, he’s almost certainly going to do just that in his testimony.

Dr. Richard Somerville
Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego

Somerville is a great scientist and communicator who is well-known to CP readers (see Richard Somerville editorial: How much should the public know about climate science? and  Terrific ABC News story: “Raging Waters In Australia and Brazil Product of Global Warming”).

Dr. Francis W. Zwiers
Director, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia

Zwiers is co-author of one of the seminal Nature papers that join a growing body of evidence that human emissions fuel extreme weather, flooding that harm humans and the environment.  His paper concluded ““human-induced increases in greenhouse gases have contributed to the observed intensification of heavy precipitation events” over much of the NH,” which is either obvious or extremely likely.  Take your pick!

Dr. Donald Roberts
Professor Emeritus,
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD

NOT the usual suspect.  Roberts is not there to talk about climate science, but to push myths about how great DDT is.  He actually wrote a book on DDT titled, The Excellent Powder.  His 2007 NYT op-ed is here.  Presumably the GOP want him to argue that environmentalists going back to Rachel Carson have said things were bad for us that were actually good for us.

The problem is, DDT almost certainly does harm human — but it is also true that it may have value in addressing malaria in places where there isn’t DDT resistance.  Roberts, however, pushes the phrasing that you often heard from the old pro-tobacco scientists, “Scientific scrutiny has failed to find conclusive evidence that DDT causes cancer or other health problems in humans.”

Ah, “conclusive.”  This 2003 CDC article, “Nonmalarial Infant Deaths and DDT Use for Malaria Control,” by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences experts.  It finds that “plausible if inconclusive studies associate DDT with more preterm births and shorter duration of lactation, which raise the possibility that DDT does indeed have such toxicity. Assuming that these associations are causal, we estimated the increase in infant deaths that might result from DDT spraying. The estimated increases are of the same order of magnitude as the decreases from effective malaria control.”

A more recent 2011 review paper, “DDT and Malaria Prevention: Addressing the Paradox,” was summarized this way:

The paper reviews recent information on human health effects of DDT exposure, and particularly epidemiological studies. It was noted that, of 22 epidemiological reviewed, 12 showed significant relationships between exposure to DDT (or its metabolite DDE) with conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, blood hormone levels, birth mass, a type of pancreatic cancer, and fertility. The authors also concluded that exposures are often high in areas where DDT is applied in dwellings, and breast milk levels often exceed tolerable daily intakes recommended by agencies such as WHO.

However, at the same time, the authors noted that malaria control measures, which include the use of DDT, significantly improve community health. As a result, an outright ban on DDT in tropical regions at this time would have greater negative consequences than continuing to use it.

So reducing DDT exposure to Americans looks to have been a very, very good idea for public health.

The smear against Carson repeated endlessly by the right-wing, that she somehow caused millions of malaria deaths, has been widely debunked, see Deltoid (Tim Lambert) here.  Lambert has a whole series on DDT here.  In one piece, “Reaction to Tierney’s bad science,” he takes on Roberts:

Meanwhile, over on his blog, Tierney gets some well deserved criticism in comments. Also in comments Donald Roberts writes some stuff that is just untrue:

Carson claimed that the insecticides evolved from military research.

No, she said (correctly) that organophosphates evolved from military research. She was careful to distinguish them from DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons

DDT resistance is not a reason for not using DDT. Resistance is just not as important as Tim Lambert and others want to believe. … DDT has been used successfully in regions where mosquitoes are resistant. The basic relationship is that people are protected from indoor transmission of malaria if DDT is used. If DDT is withdrawn from control programs, people lose protections from devastating diseases, those diseases spread, and people get sick and die.

Now this was a response to my comment:

To give just one example: in Sri Lanka in the 1970s there were hundreds of thousands of cases of malaria because the mosquitoes had evolved resistance to DDT and DDT spraying no longer worked to control malaria. This is something that Rachel Carson warned about in “Silent Spring”. If they had taken her advice sooner and banned the agricultural use of DDT in Sri Lanka in the 60s, many lives might have been saved.

You can read the history of what happened in Sri Lanka here and judge for yourself whether Roberts is correct when he claims that DDT still prevents malaria when the mosquitoes are resistant. The fact is that Sri Lanka was only able to control the malaria epidemic by withdrawing DDT from the control program and replacing it with malathion. According to Roberts, this should have increased malaria rates, but it didn’t — malaria rates went down.

So, again, it was a good idea to reduce Americans’ DDT exposure — and the picture in developing countries is more complicated, but the way it has been portrayed by folks like Roberts is not scientifically nor medically accurate.

The GOP could certainly have found a superior witness, someone who could mislead directly on climate science, rather than DDT.

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