Following this discovery the English coined the term “black swan” as a statement of impossibility flowing from the assumption that all swans are white. The importance of the simile is it’s analogy to the fragility of any system of thought. Any set of conclusions are potentially undone once any fundamental postulates are disproved. The Black Swan Theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his 2004 book, Fooled by Randomness which was primarily concerned with the world of finance. His next book in 2007 expanded the Black Swan Theory to encompass societal & political realities on Earth as well as the financial angle. Continue Reading
Global Research, August 21, 2012
Israel’s Channel 10 suggests, in no uncertain terms, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “determined to attack Iran before the US elections” and that the “time for action is getting closer.”
“Israel is now closer than ever to a strike designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive”.
This timely report suggests that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak firmly believe that President Obama “would have no choice but to give backing for an Israeli attack” were it to be waged before the November presidential elections:
The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, “from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer.”
Asked by the news anchor in the Hebrew-language TV report how close Israel now was to “a decision and perhaps an attack,” Ben-David said: “It appears that we are closer than ever.”
He said it seemed that Netanyahu was not waiting for a much-discussed possible meeting with US President Barack Obama, after the UN General Assembly gathering in New York late next month — indeed, “it’s not clear that there’ll be a meeting.” In any case, said Ben-David, “I doubt Obama could say anything that would convince Netanyahu to delay a possible attack.”
There is considerable opposition to an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the report noted — with President Shimon Peres, the army’s chief of the General Staff and top generals, the intelligence community, opposition leader Shaul Mofaz, “and of course the Americans” all lined up against Israeli action at this stage. Continue Reading
Stephen Lendman, Contributor
AIPAC is an unregistered foreign agent. It calls itself “America’s Pro-Israeli Lobby.” It has represented Israeli interests since 1953.
Virtually no one in Congress confronts it. Doing so is a career-ender. It has enormous influence over US Middle East policies affecting Israel, including war and peace.
It disseminates disinformation, lies and hate. It viciously attacks opponents. It calls Iran “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and is racing toward a nuclear weapons capability.”
It manufactures threats to promote fear. It wants the Islamic Republic destroyed. It targets other regional states. It wants unchallenged Israeli regional dominance.
James Petras says its sole purpose “is to ensure Israel’s unchallenged military and political power over a huge region from North Africa to the Persian Gulf.”
It threatens “to drag the US into another major war in the Middle East – this time against Iran.” Doing so is lawless, madness, and self-destructive.
Its web site says “While the World Talks, Iran Enriches; More Pressure Needed.” A litany of disinformation and lies followed.
Negotiations failed. Iran got more time “to advance its nuclear program and cleanse a suspected nuclear site.” Continue Reading
Stephen Lendman, Contributor
Polls show most Israelis and Americans oppose war with Iran. Political leaders pay no attention nor ask why Iran, with or without nuclear weapons, would strike Israel or any other country.
Iran hasn’t attacked another nation in over 200 years. It threatens none now. It’s not developing or producing nuclear weapons. Washington, Israeli, and most other world leaders know it.
Iran’s nuclear program is a red herring cover. It’s used as pretext to replace an independent state with a subservient pro-Western one. It’s also about furthering Israeli regional dominance.
Waging full-scale war on Syria and/or Iran is madness. War with either country is all lose, no gain, and potential catastrophic consequences if things spin out of control. Warmongers push ahead with plans anyway.
Israel will be gravely affected. Why else would most Israelis oppose war and Netanyahu for threatening it? Last spring, hundreds marched in Tel Aviv against it. They chanted anti-Netanyahu slogans and railed against AIPAC.
They never went away. Expect them back. They’re joined by many others. On August 16, Haaretzheadlined “Hundreds of Israelis petition IDF pilots: Refuse orders to bomb Iran,” saying:
Tel Aviv law professors Menachem Mautner and Chaim Gans joined them. Petition language calls attacking Iran a “highly mistaken gamble.”
Besides fundamental legal issues, at best it will delay, not destroy, Iran’s nuclear program. Doing so also exacts “an exorbitant price.”
Petition language said “No.”
“Certainly, this is not a simple option. It involves profound professional and moral dilemmas, and carries the risk of losing a career which is important to you and also the possibility of being prosecuted.” Continue Reading
by Zen Gardner
People don’t realize the driving passion of the Zionist movement and its aims. Nor do they consider its sources and ultimate goals.
Sadly, millions march to the orders of Zionism on a daily basis without knowing the facts and orientation of these insidious plans.
As an example, and nothing you’ll see in modern journalism, a quote from a famous “founding father” of greater Israel:
“Our task consists of preparing the Israeli army for the new war approaching in order to achieve our ultimate goal, the creation of an Israeli empire.” -Moshe Dayan, 1952, Israeli Defense (War) Minister
The Creation of Is-Ra-El
Yes, this U.S.-hosted parasitic creation of the Illuminati called Is-ra-el (read Is=Isis, Ra=sun god, El=Saturn deity) is working to metastasize in order to so-called “fulfill a promise given to Abraham”, their purported ancestor.
Hebrew scholar Levnoch Osman said when defining the aims of Zionism:
“In our eternal Book of Books (the Torah), the lofty ethical teachings of which are cherished by all mankind [give me a break-Z], the land of Israel is described not as a long, narrow strip of land with wavy, crooked borders, but as a state with broad natural borders. God has promised to Patriarch Abraham the following:
“I give unto them the land where they have sown their seed, from the river of Egypt unto the great river of Euphrates’ (Genesis 15:18). And so, in order to realize the words of this prophecy, the Israeli state had to continue, not in the borders it has today but within its broad historical boundaries.”
Right. Continue Reading
By Michael Billera | IBTimes.com
Sweden heightened security at three nuclear power plants Thursday after explosives — without triggering devices — were found on a forklift near the country’s largest power station, police said.
A truck was stopped from entering the Ringhals nuclear power plant on Wednesday afternoon and searched. The explosive paste was discovered by bomb-sniffing dogs during a security check.
“The discovered object could not have induced a serious damage at Ringhals,” the plant operator said in a statement reported by CNN. “Ringhals nuclear power plant is still in operation.”
The truck was on its way from an industrial park into a secure area. It never made it inside the facility.
“There was no detonation device connected to the material. The object could not have caused serious damage at Ringhals,” the company added, reported Reuters.
Investigators are looking to the incident but say the public was not in danger, even if there was a detonation device. Continue Reading
Fukushima Fuel Pools Are an American National Security Issue
After visiting Fukushima, Senator Ron Wyden warned that the situation was worse than reported … and urged Japan to accept international help to stabilize dangerous spent fuel pools.
Fuel pool number 4 is, indeed, the top short-term threat facing humanity.
Anti-nuclear physician Dr. Helen Caldicott says that if fuel pool 4 collapses, she will evacuate her family from Boston and move them to the Southern Hemisphere. This is an especially dramatic statement given that the West Coast is much more directly in the path of Fukushima radiation than the East Coast.
I will keep this short as possible. A single nuclear weapon has “gone missing” as of last week, one of four missing but this one “more missing” than the others.
The Thames Valley Police, famous for their fictional representations in the Colin Dexter detective novels, detained a high ranking government security officer, department to remain unnamed, at the behest of what we are told is the Home Secretary.
Time we put a call in to Inspector Lewis? Morse, played by John Thaw, would never have allowed such a thing. John Thaw was always a favorite and his pub of choice, The Trout outside Oxford is a nice stop off, you can misplace a nuke, torture a spy, this time one of your own, and make it home with fish and chips. I do so love Britain.
Now, to put this is American English.
A nuclear weapon that wasn’t supposed to exist, a single 500 kiloton hydrogen bomb, one of four being tracked, was seen being loaded at the German port of Bemerhaven, Germany.
The groups assisting in what we were informed was a counter-terrorism surveillance operation were the American NSA, British MI 6, the Office of Naval Intelligence and the British Royal Navy. The “device” was loaded onto a Germany built “Dolphin” submarine and left the harbour doing 7.5 knots.
The submarine disappeared while being tracked by every sophisticated device NATO seems to be able to own or borrow. Continue Reading
The Intel Hub
April 11, 2012
The US Military is currently seeking a large amount of potassium iodide, this according to a listing on the FBO.gov website by the Defense Logistics Agency.
In the listing it is made clear that they want to be ready in the event of nuclear fallout which has lead many to speculate that this could be in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster or perhaps in anticipation for an attack on an active Iranian nuclear facility.
The DLA is apparently looking for upwards of 400,000 dollars worth of the thyroid protecting tablets at a time when many government officials have openly told American citizens NOT to buy potassium iodide.
In an article published by Business Insider on March 10th, some of the possibilities as to why this order has been put in were explored.
The U.S. has bought potassium iodide tablets in the past, and is now looking ahead to scenarios, possibly spurred by last year’s Fukushima crisis.
As the federal solicitation is quick to point out, “The recent earthquake in Japan in March of 2011 and the resultant nuclear crisis has renewed interest in this item.”
Of course, potassium iodide would also come in handy if there were to be an airstrike against a target laden will nuclear material, say, like the sites in Iran. One of the big concerns surrounding the practical devastation of those nuclear facilities is the radiation it will unleash into the surroundings.
Destroying one of the most likely Iranian targets, the 1000-megawatt Bushehr nuclear plant, would create just such a concern. Continue Reading
Two billion years ago, where the Gabon Republic is now located in Africa, there existed a huge nuclear reactor that was operative for five hundred thousand years.
Oklo is the site of a uranium mine in the Gabon Republic. France obtains much of the uranium used in its nuclear program from this mine. In 1972 when uranium ore from this mine was introduced into a French gaseous diffusion plant, it was discovered that the feed uranium was depleted below the 0.711 w% of ordinary natural uranium. It seemed as if the uranium had already been used. The French government announced the finding and took the whole world by surprise.
Scientists investigated the uranium mine and the results were made public at a conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The uranium indeed had been used. One may wonder what exactly happened at Oklo?
French scientists found traces of fission products and fuel wastes at various locations within the mine area. These observations were puzzling at first because it is not possible for natural uranium to go critical, except under very special circumstances such as the presence of graphite or heavy water as a moderator, neither of which could reasonably be expected to have been present in the vicinity of Oklo. Continue Reading
America’s frenzy over “diabolic” Iran has its roots not on the Potomac riverside, but rather on the banks of Tel Aviv’s Yarkon River: appeasing the US Jewish community has become an inevitable idiosyncrasy of the US presidential campaign.
When America beats the drums of war over Iran, it may not always be driven by the Islamic state’s alleged nuclear intentions.
Would-be US presidential candidates aren’t shy when it comes to voicing their anti-Iran rhetoric in front of America’s influential Jewish community.
And America almost never misses an opportunity to praise its best ally.
“Our iron-clad commitment, and I mean iron-clad, to Israel’s security has meant the closest military cooperation between our two countries, in history,” announced US President Barack Obama from a rostrum in Washington.
And the American President did not forget to point a proverbial punch at Israel’s greatest adversary.
“Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal,” Barack Obama insisted.
However, for many American Jews and Israeli supporters, Obama’s war of words against Tehran doesn’t go far enough. Continue Reading