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This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Pakistan's Imran Khan detained by US immigration during fund-raising trip
- Burma acknowledges a genocidal scorched-earth policy against Muslim Rohingyas
- Former Carter aide calls activist press a 'fundamental threat to democracy'
- Silvio Berlusconi threatens to bring down Italy's government with him
- Barack Obama unable to do math beyond seventh grade
Pakistan's Imran Khan detained by US immigration during fund-raising trip
Former Pakistani cricket superstar Imran Khan, now an anti-American
"hope and change" Pakistani politician, is visiting the United States
this weekend on a fund-raising tour for his bid to win next year's
Pakistan presidential election. Many expect Khan to win, as he's been
drawing huge crowds. (See "Hope and change Pakistan candidate Imran Khan draws huge crowd in Karachi" from last November.) On Saturday, Khan was taken off
an international flight from Canada to New York and questioned by US
immigration officials over his views on drone strikes and "holy war."
U.S. immigration authorities did not give the reason for detaining him
briefly, but a spokesman said, "Under US immigration law, applicants
for admission bear the burden of proof to establish that they are
clearly eligible to enter the United States. In order to demonstrate
that they are admissible, the applicant must overcome all grounds of
inadmissibility." Few Americans have the vaguest clue who Imran Khan
is, but moderate Muslim groups in the U.S. know who he is and have
been protesting to US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to revoke
Khan's visa. Guardian (London)
Burma acknowledges a genocidal scorched-earth policy against Muslim Rohingyas
Burma's government has acknowledged that the violence in Rakhine State
in western Burma (Myanmar) is spiraling into genocide and a
scorched-earth program, following the release by Human Rights Watch of
satellite photos of five villages where violence has taken place. As
we reported yesterday, most of the
violence is being perpetrated by Buddhists in the Rakhine ethnic
group, directed against Muslims in the Rohingya ethnic group.
Independent and Human Rights Watch
Former Carter aide calls activist press a 'fundamental threat to democracy'
Pat Caddell, who was an aide to President Jimmy Carter and who has worked
in several other Democratic administrations, says he is "nauseated" by
by active participation of the mainstream media in covering up any
news, such as the news about Benghazi, that might be harmful to
President Obama's reelection chances. In a speech earlier this week,
"But all I want to conclude to this is that we face a
fundamental danger here. The fundamental danger is this: I talked
about the defense of the First Amendment. The press’s job is to
stand in the ramparts and protect the liberty and freedom of all
of us from a government and from organized governmental power.
When they desert those ramparts and decide that they will now
become active participants, that their job is not simply to tell
you who you may vote for, and who you may not, but, worse—and this
is the danger of the last two weeks—what truth that you may know,
as an American, and what truth you are not allowed to know, they
have, then, made themselves a fundamental threat to the democracy,
and, in my opinion, made themselves the enemy of the American
people. And it is a threat to the very future of this country if
that—we allow this stuff to go on. We have crossed a whole new
and frightening slide on the slippery slope this last two weeks,
and it needs to be talked about."
I can only agree with this. I've written several times in 2007 and
later that NBC News and the New York Times actively sided with
al-Qaeda in Iraq against the United States, and as far as I'm
concerned, they're guilty of treason. Whether Obama or Romney wins on
November 6, the mainstream media will continue to be a danger to our
country. The Gen-Xers at these institutions are behaving just like
Germany's Lost Generation in the 1930s that created the Holocaust.
That's how generational hatred works during generational Crisis eras.
To say that they're a danger to America is not an overstatement.
Accuracy in Media
Silvio Berlusconi threatens to bring down Italy's government with him
Berlusconi glumly waving last November, after being forced out of office (AP)
Italy's colorful former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was convicted
and sentenced to four years of jail time on Friday for corruption.
However, he will appeal the decision and, at age 76, it seems unlikely
that he'll ever go to jail. Puffing with anger, Berlusconi called the
court hearing a fraud, and said, "Ours is not a democracy but a
dictatorship of the judges." He's threatening to withdraw his party's
support from the government of supposedly non-partisan technocrats,
headed by Mario Monti, that took power when he was forced to step down
last year because of the financial crisis. However, Italy's economy
has significantly worsened since Monti took power, as it has in
countries around the eurozone. Berlusconi was prime minister three
times in the past: 1994-5, 2001-6, and 2008-11. While prime minister,
his "bunga bunga" parties with aspiring starlets became world famous.
However, he is also currently on trial, charged with paying for sex
with underage girl and trying to cover it up. He denies any
Barack Obama unable to do math beyond seventh grade
Appearing on the Tonight Show earlier this week, President Barack
Obama was asked about helping his daughters with homework, and said:
"Well, the math stuff I was fine with up until about
seventh grade. But Malia is now a freshman in High School and I’m
This explains a number of things about the last four years. I have no
idea how much math Mitt Romney understands, but it would be nice for
our country's President, whoever he is, to at least be able to do
simple algebra and geometry. In fact, he'd know a lot more about how
the world works if he understood a little calculus as well.
What does it say about Harvard Law School that someone can graduate
barely able to do 7th grade math? As an MIT graduate, I can say that
this confirms a number of things that MIT students say about Harvard.
As I've written many times, the analysts on CNBC are too stupid to be
able to a simple division of prices by earnings, to get a correct
price/earnings ratio. They earn multi-million dollar bonuses, but
they can't do simple math. Maybe they all went to Harvard Business
School. Daily Mail
KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Canada,
Burma, Myanmar, Rakhine State, Rohingya,
Pat Caddell, Jimmy Carter
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