Friday, November 06, 2015


Dog problem. George, my new dog, suffers from acute separation anxiety, and the problem just keeps getting worse. He whines or howls CONSTANTLY AND LOUDLY when I am not at home, and even when I am in another room. Basically, the pooch wants me to sit in my chair looking at the computer screen 24/7. It's like working for Microsoft.

My readers tend to know a lot about dogs. Any suggestions? Do herbal stress relief supplements work?

Carson's past. The media has finally noted this guy's tendency to concoct a personal history that doesn't mesh with the verifiable facts. Now we learn that his famous West Point Scholarship story is a hoax.

Back when I was in the College of Cardinals, I met a guy who was a lot like Carson. A total whack-job. When that fellow became Pope John Paul II, I felt so betrayed that I quit the church. Besides, there was an opening in the Justice League of America, and I couldn't pass that up, could I?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership. We finally have the full text of the trade deal that Congress was supposed to endorse without reading. I have not read it, but advance word is that this thing is worse than we thought.
“Apparently, the TPP’s proponents resorted to such extreme secrecy during negotiations because the text shows that the TPP would offshore more American jobs, lower our wages, flood us with unsafe imported food and expose our laws to attack in foreign tribunals,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. “When the administration says it used the TPP to renegotiate NAFTA, few expected that meant doubling down on the worst job-killing, wage-suppressing NAFTA terms, expanding limits on food safety and rolling back past reforms on environmental standards and access to affordable drugs.”
The Center for American Progress and Israel. Glenn Greenwald talks about the new email leaks from the CAP:
They reveal the lengths to which the group has gone in order to placate AIPAC and long-time Clinton operative and Israel activist Ann Lewis — including censoring its own writers on the topic of Israel.
CAP is rolling out the red carpet for Bibi next week, despite the frosty relations between Obama and Netanyahu. Personally, I think that a lot of this has to do with Hillary's friendship with Sidney Blumenthal, father of Max Blumenthal, the highly effective supporter of the BDS movement.

Even so, this bit is downright shocking:
The emails, provided to The Intercept by a source authorized to receive them, are particularly illuminating about the actions of [CAP President Neera] Tanden (right), a stalwart Clinton loyalist as well as a former Obama White House official. They show Tanden and key aides engaging in extensive efforts of accommodation in response to AIPAC’s and Lewis’ vehement complaints that CAP is allowing its writers to be “anti-Israel.” Other emails show Tanden arguing that Libyans should be forced to turn over large portions of their oil revenues to repay the U.S. for the costs incurred in bombing Libya, on the grounds that Americans will support future wars only if they see that the countries attacked by the U.S. pay for the invasions.
We are the ones who ruined Libya. And now Tanden wants the Libyans to pay? Is this a joke? Is Tanden out of her freakin' coconut? My god, even Ann Coulter would not have made such a hideously evil suggestion.

The money should flow in the opposite direction. If CAP were truly democratic (with a small d), it would be lobbying for the US to pay reparations to Libya.

The Drone Papers. If the series in The Intercept seems too daunting, go here and then here.
These “Drone Papers” show, among other disclosures, that the U.S. government has been lying about the number of civilian deaths caused by drone strikes in Afghanistan,Yemen and Somalia. For every targeted individual assassinated, another five or six non-targeted individuals are killed – giving the lie to the Obama administration’s long-standing claims of careful, precision killing of specific targets in order to avoid killing civilians.
The NYT and the WP are doing everything they can to keep this information hidden. So is the right-wing press. You'd think that Fox and other right-wing news sources would miss no chance to humiliate the Obama administration -- but when it comes to maintaining the neocon-sensus, the Murdochian hordes and the dreaded "librul media" have become full partners in a conspiracy of silence.
The Intercept published new figures, but the picture the numbers paint hardly counts as a revelation.
Re: your pup.

I adopted one like that. I never petted the dog when he was like that because he would demand it all the time. I ignored him but turned on music or the tv and he became secure in a very short time.
A Twelve O'clock high episode features the 918 bombing leaflets over Germany asking those below to leave before the real bombing starts. Reparations are promised to the Germans who will be bombed. This would support your statement that the U.S. should be supplying reparations to countries it bombs rather than want to be paid for invading them.
How about a guest comes over, the dog plays with the guest, you disappear.
Then repeat the next day only this time you leave, then the guest leaves a while later.
An unnamed French former intelligence officer advises us, in the words of the headline, that

Egypt crash shows mass surveillance can be crucial.

Like it stopped 200 people being murdered!

But a named official at the Royal United Services Institute in Britain says otherwise.

“In the last few years, since the Edward Snowden revelations, we have seen some pretty big claims from intelligence agencies like GCHQ and NSA,” he added referring to the former US intelligence whistle-blower.

Such claims, he said, included “all the things they have foiled and all the things they wouldn’t be able to do if they didn’t have ‘bulk powers’ or they didn’t have the ability to break encryption,” Joshi told AFP.

“In practice, a lot of those claims have turned out to be a lot more feeble when examined in more detail.

“That’s why I think we have to be very sceptical about assuming that dragnet analysis has been key to these things.”

Is something going on here?

Or is this just some traditional Brits, as usual, thinking they understand the "towelhead" "Ay-rab" mind, and humint, better than the gunslinging and elint-collecting Americans (and their British pawns) do?

What is the Russian response going to be?
If Daesh were involved, did they get help?
Whoever says they did it on their own would be suggesting a very big development in their military capability.
Russia will not take this lying down. Bombing Sinai will probably be a minimum.
Actions committed by Clinton supporters and not actions committed by Clinton. CAP is not the Clinton campaign. Greenwald tries to tie this directly to Clinton but that is unfair.
Dogs are pack animals. He sees you as part of his pack. Maybe another member of the pack would help. After we got our dog eight years ago, my wife insisted on getting another so our pet would have his own pet. It's worked out pretty well. Some dogs get along famously with cats. Seems odd to me, but it is true.
Don't forget, George is a rescue. He's been given up before, so his anxiety must be acute when you're out of his sight. My suggestions: try to tire him out with ball playing, have a "crate" full of cozy blankets. This is his safe space. Give him BONES to chew....raw soup bones, which are cheap and extremely distracting to dogs. Have him get in his space and give him a treat. When you have to leave, have him get in his space, praise him. Tell him to wait there for you and tell him you will be back. Do this for short periods, then longer. Now my dog has the run of the place when I'm gone, but back in the day, housemates told me he howled like the dickens when I gave him the run of my office as opposed to when he was confined in his own crate.

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