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February 1, 2014

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Destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan

January 11, 2014
Destruction of Bamyan Buddha statues by the Ta...

Destruction of Bamyan Buddha statues by the Taliban (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Pashto: د بامیان بوتان‎ – "de bámiyán botán", Dari: بت های باميان – but hay-e bamiyan) were two 6th century[1] monumental statues of standing buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamwam valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, 230 km (140 mi) northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,202 ft). Built in 507 AD, (smaller), and 554 AD, (larger)[1] the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art.[2]

The main bodies were hewn directly from the sandstone cliffs, but details were modeled in mud mixed with straw, coated with stucco. This coating, practically all of which wore away long ago, was painted to enhance the expressions of the faces, hands and folds of the robes; the larger one was painted carmine red and the smaller one was painted multiple colors.[3]

The lower parts of the statues’ arms were constructed from the same mud-straw mix while supported on wooden armatures. It is believed that the upper parts of their faces were made from great wooden masks or casts. Rows of holes that can be seen in photographs were spaces that held wooden pegs that stabilized the outer stucco.

 From Heaven & Hell Blog    Taliban  blew up the Buddhas of Bamiyan, on March 2001.  A question that exercised me while I was writing about the Buddhas, and still bothers me now, is the basic one of why these giant statues were destroyed. A lot has been written about Afghanistan in the run up to 9/11 and the NATO invasion, including the destruction of the Buddhas, but the picture gets no clearer. What I’m going to share here, a fragment of evidence that has emerged recently, won’t make any decisive difference, either, but it highlights one dimension of the process.

The destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan was an expensive and technologically challenging project. It involved a massive allocation of resources to a remote valley in the mountains for an extended period of time. It all took place in a country which was impoverished, deep in civil war and experiencing an extreme humanitarian crisis. It was a staged media event, too. Mullah Omar’s edict that “all fake idols must be destroyed” was distributed to international journalists, and Al-Jazeera had a cameraman there as the demolition was going on (he was later convicted in Spain of “co-operating with a terrorist organisation”). A group of journalists were flown to Bamiyan after the destruction to witness the scene. It became headline news across the globe.

One way of tackling the question of why the Buddhas were destroyed is to ask Cui bono? Who benefited? Whose interests did it serve?

One of the few things that commentators on events in 2000-2001 broadly agree on is that al-Qa’eda and the Taleban were in essence very different organisations, one with an international perspective, the other with much more domestic ambitions; but that in this period the foreign fighters based in Afghanistan came to exert as much influence over the Taleban as they ever did. How close Mullah Omar and Bin Laden came, and how great the influence exerted, is a much debated point. Some, like Roy Gutman and Finbarr Barry Flood, have seen the attack on the Buddhas, and the vandalism in the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul the previous month, as symptoms of a growing influence exerted by bin Laden and his collaborators over elements of the Taleban leadership.

Certainly, viewed in retrospect, Bamiyan had all the hallmarks of an al-Qa’eda action. In a fine (though in retrospect over-optimistic) piece written after the death of bin Laden, Olivier Roy captures the essentially theatrical character of al-Qa’eda. Lacking mass support, it achieves its impact by staging provocative, headline-grabbing spectaculars:

Al-Qaeda always needs a mise-en-scène – the volunteer for death filming himself before carrying out an action, the execution of hostages in front of the camera in a macabre ritual … The staging is then taken up, for free, by the media: rolling coverage of the attack on the World Trade Center, front pages for any attack in which innocent westerners are killed.

The aim of this “propaganda of the deed” is of course to polarise, galvanizing supporters, outraging opponents, and promoting the “Clash of Civilizations” between Islam and the West that figures like bin Laden think is the inevitable upshot of contact between Islam and the West.

Well, coincidentally or not, Bamiyan was in its effects a model jihadi publicity stunt, outraging and alienating the West, while increasing  the flow of foreign jihadists to Afghanistan. Flood describes it as “a performance designed for the age of the Internet.” Bin Laden loved his symbolism, too, and to a Salafist manner of thinking, the Buddhas of Bamiyan and al-Qa’eda’s targets in New York six months later were in the same category, emblems of the ignorance of a time before, or a time outside, Islam. At min. 2.45 here, for example, Bin Laden, talking about 9/11, calls America “the Hubal of this age”. Hubal was an idol worshipped in Mecca in the Age of Ignorance before Islam, destroyed along with all other idols by the Prophet. To bin Laden’s obscenely reductive way of thinking, both events were pious acts of idol-breaking.

The new piece of information is a charge sheet issued by the US Department of Defense against Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. Al-Iraqi, an ethnic Kurd, is now held at Guantanamo Bay, having been picked up by the US as he attempted to enter his native Iraq from Iran in 2007. Al-Iraqi was a very senior figure in al-Qa’eda indeed, often referred to as “Number 3″ in the organisation after bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the most senior commander of foreign fighters in Afghanistan before the overthrow of the Taleban in 2001. Al-Iraqi shared bin Laden’s global perspective, and was also involved in training foreign recruits for activities back in their own countries. He apparently identified the UK as especially promising territory: through al-Iraqi’s capable hands passed two of the 7/7 suicide bombers and other would-be homegrown terrorists such as Omar Khyam, convicted in 2007 of a plot to blow up Bluewater shopping centre and other targets with bombs made from chemical fertiliser.

In other words, al-Iraqi is a ruthless and intelligent man fully in sympathy with bin Laden’s ideal of global conflict.

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We Can’t Afford to Cut the Budget

January 5, 2014
English: The headquarters of the United States...

English: The headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Photographed on August 12, 2006 by user Coolcaesar. Español: La sede de la Agencia de Proteccion Ambiental de los Estados Unidos – Washington D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Try running your family budget like the government and you would be put in jail.

Source:  TheBlaze Jan. 3, 2014 10:48am Becket Adams

The fiscal cliff , sequestration , the government shutdown Americans were told throughout each of these events that the United States government couldn’t handle the “devastating” financial side effectsAnd yet, according to the Federal Business Opportunities website , it looks like the federal government has found millions of dollars to award to projects that seem, on their face, highly questionable.

Since the beginning of December, as noted by the Daily Mail , the U.S. government has green lit more than 1,300 procurement contracts for pricey projects that include valet parking and containers for shipping fruit flies.

Here are just a few of the questionable, big money projects that have been awarded contracts since December, as listed by MailOnline: Click here to read more about the recent contracts .

7. LinkedIn — $544,338

imageThe U.S. Department of Justice provided the Reston, Va.-based Carahsoft Technology Corporation with a list of desired LinkedIn services valued at approximately $0, the Washington Free Beacon reported .

The $0 list is confusing when you consider the fact that the Justice Department contract clearly states that the department wants its LinkedIn profile to include “Work With Us” banner ads and so-called “gold level” pages, which are commonly used and paid for by private companies. It’s even more confusing when you realize that $544,338 has been allotted to the project. 

6. Parking — $450,000

A Palo Alto, Calif., Veteran’s Affairs health care facility has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs a contract for roughly $450,000 for a valet parking project.

5. Copy machines — $252,000

The U.S. Department of Labor apparently has a problem with its copy machines, but not for long. Thanks to a $252,000 contract awarded to a Minneola, N.Y., company, the agency’s machines should soon be humming along with no problem.

4. Waste Not – $68,000

A contract for $68,000 has been approved by the Bureau of Prisons for disposable, biodegradable food trays for prison inmates.

3. Trash It — $791,000

A contract worth $791,000 has been awarded by the Treasury Department to have a contractor dispose of trash and recyclables at a facility in Texas.

2. It Flies — $284,000 image

The Department of Agriculture awarded a contract valued at more than $284,000 for an order of 5,400 boxes to ship fruit flies from one department facility to another.

“Each box consists of one (1) Fruit Fly Shipper, one (1) Fruit Fly Shipper Liner, two (2) Fruit Fly Scored Pads, two (2) Level Stands, two (2) Level Separators, and one (1) Top Level Separator,’ according to the contract,” the contract reads.

1. Big Ticket — $11 Million

imageThe Environmental Protection Agency has setimageaside an $11 million outlay to have a private company publish its academic journal, the Environmental Health Perspective, according to the Daily Mail.  The site appears to be of 2nd rate quality and any experience net user will observe.  more like and investment in . . . .Brogan & Partners Advertising Consultancy as a firm that is supposedly an expert in social media marketing and they advertise themselves with the tagline: “More awesome, less suck .

But here’s where it gets interesting. image

“Environmental Health Perspectives was accused in 2012 of participating in a human-experimentation study that exposed 41 people to airborne particles that the EPA says can cause death just hours after exposure,” MailOnline reported. “One subject was taken to the hospital after experiencing (heart) trouble during the experiment.

“The journal also caused a stir in 2012 when it published a widely mocked study claiming that fluoride in drinking water was poisoning children’s nervous systems,” the report added.

Click here to read more about the recent contracts .

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Ain’t NOBODY got time for switching betw

November 6, 2013

Ain’t NOBODY got time for switching between tabs. I tweet from anywhere on the web, with #Hootlet: http://ow.ly/oR4hM ^L

In Prison and Agenda 21 Everyone Is Treated Equally

January 29, 2013

David Can Still Beat Goliath

January 8, 2013

We are living in a precious sliver of time where the opportunity where  even the insignificant can have a significant influence upon the what people see and and talk about, in spite of overwhelming opposition.  Look at what Matt Drudge did with his simple news break that most everyone else was sitting on the story, because it wouldn’t be respectful and proper.            

TrueJournalismOutoftheBox

Four days after Drudge posted this . . . the media had to report on it,  because people were talking and wanting to find the truth of the matter.  The ITU and the mass media would never have let this get out. Drudge opened the window.  The UN is working to close that window with Agenda 21 and it’s ITU. 

International Telecommunication Union

Easy AS 1-2-3 To Register Local Agenda 21

November 20, 2012
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  Agenda 21 relies heavily on local governments. The problem is that there is currently no way to track on a national level just how prevalent Agenda 21-related efforts have become. But you can help. Check your town’s council minutes and agendas (and those of committees as well) or, if possible, attend a meeting. If any Agenda 21-related efforts have been discussed or implemented, please let us know!   If you can’t spot Agenda 21 in your local city hall ordinances look for International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives ( ICLEI ).


Step One
Review this list of keywords and phrases to watch out for.


Step Two
Visit your town’s website (or City Hall) and review minutes and agendas from council and committee meetings. Just put the name of your city in the address bar and look around. 


Step Three
Report your finding here.

Agenda 21 relies heavily on local governments. The problem is that there is currently no way to track on a national level just how prevalent Agenda 21-related efforts have become. But you can help. Check your town’s council minutes and agendas (and those of committees as well) or, if possible, attend a meeting. If any Agenda 21-related efforts have been discussed or implemented, please give your findings here.

To help visualize what the UN’s Agenda 21 can mean to us in the not too distant future, Glenn Beck has written a thriller. The book  ‘Agenda 21’ liberally stirs the UN’s real Agenda 21 plan to bring out the flavor of our UN-Future. See video trailer below.

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