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Blood on Trumps Hands

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MDC states, Welcome to the Kiss of Death !!
I looked at the spelling of Jerusalem, SALEM means PEACEFUL !
Jerusalem, a Middle Eastern city west of the Dead Sea, has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims since the biblical era. Its Old City has significant religious sites around the Temple Mount compound, including the Western Wall (sacred to Judaism), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a Christian pilgrimage site) and the Dome of the Rock (a 7th-century Islamic shrine with a gold dome).
Founded: 3000 BC
  • Saudi Arabia, an ally of the US, called the new policy “a flagrant provocation to Muslims”
  • Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said recognition crossed “all red lines”
  • China warned against escalating tensions in the Middle East
  • Jordan’s King Abdullah said the decision would “undermine efforts to resume the peace process”
  • Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi urged Mr Trump “not to complicate the situation in the region”
  • Turkey called for a summit of Muslim countries in December to discuss the developments
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said “Muslims must stand united against this major plot”

Watch those Shekels 

MDC warns Netanyahu to watch his shekels.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hired a well-known lawyer described in the Israeli press as a “specialist in white-collar crime” to represent him and his wife if they face criminal corruption charges. Jacob Weinroth is considered to be one of the country’s top defense attorneys.

The potential prosecution stems from a report published Tuesday by Israel’s state comptroller, accusing the Netanyahus of spending public funds in a way that “strayed from the cornerstone principles of financial management and the principles of proportionality, reasonableness, saving, and efficiency.” 

According to the report, Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu spent 8,166 shekels ($2,117) per month to clean their private residence in Caesarea, even though they stay most of the time at the official residence in Jerusalem — which carried cleaning costs as high as 1.1 million shekels ($285,251) a year. They racked up another $68,000 in one year on expenses for makeup, hairstyle and presentation services. 

The findings were nothing new to Israelis who had been following the prime minister and his spending habits. Though the excessive spending was frowned upon, polls show that with elections less than a month away, voters were mostly unaffected by the report.

Netanyahu’s Likud party initially sought to conduct damage control by blaming the fiscal mismanagement on Menny Naftali, former caretaker for the prime minister’s official residence. Naftali, who was already pursuing legal action against the prime minister and his wife, reportedly responded by giving police further testimony against the Netanyahus. 

Beginning Thursday night, Naftali spent 11 hours with the Israeli police, providing audio recordings and paperwork to substantiate accusations of excessive spending by the Netanyahus, as well as violations of labor laws. He has been granted limited immunity from prosecution.

Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, is expected to announce as soon as Sunday whether he is ordering a formal police investigation into the allegations of criminal misuse of funds by the prime minister and his wife. 

While voters seemed unconcerned with the comptroller’s report, a criminal investigation could hinder Netanyahu’s re-election chances. The fact that he chose to hire Weinroth shows that the prime minister is taking the potential legal battle seriously.

The last time Netanyahu enlisted Weinroth’s legal assistance was in 1997, over an appointment scandal known as the Bar-on affair. The controversy involved allegations that Netanyahu had appointed lawyer Roni Bar-On as attorney general with the idea that he would offer a plea bargain to Netanyahu’s political ally, Aryeh Deri, who was on trial for corruption. Ultimately, prosecutors conceded that they lacked the evidence to press charges against Netanyahu but still suggested that “tangible suspicion” remained about the appropriateness of the appointment.

Weinroth is noted for his portfolio of clients across Israel’s political spectrum. In addition to counting Netanyahu as a client, he defended future Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a 1999 bribery case. He also defended Margalit Har Shefi, an acquaintance of then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s killer, when she was charged with failing to prevent the assassination.

According to Haaretz columnist Gidi Weitz, Weinroth was once asked by a colleague if he thought Netanyahu was corrupt. “No,” he replied. “Netanyahu wouldn’t take a bribe. He’s incapable of ever giving anything to anyone.”

Weinroth faced bribery charges of his own in 2011 when state prosecutors accused him of providing legal services to former senior Tax Authority official Yehoshua “Shuki” Vita for free or at little cost, in exchange for Vita handling tax arrangements between Weinroth and his wealthier clients. The lawyer was acquitted two years after his indictment.


Source : Huffington post 

The Mensch

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Weeks before Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was sworn in, he got a homework assignment from the man sitting in the E-Ring office he would soon occupy. During a private dinner of filet mignon, corn chowder, and chocolate cake, the serving SecDef, Leon Panetta, told Hagel of an up-until-then secret, $10 billion arms deal between the United States, Israel, and two Arab countries that could amount to a strategic game-changer in the region. The terms of the deal were all but settled, but Hagel would need to be the closer, Panetta told him. Hagel’s job was not only to seal the arms deal with Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia, but in so doing help put the “special relationship” the United States and Israel have long enjoyed back on track.

After getting that tasker from Panetta, Hagel dove in. Amid crises in North Korea, Syria, and Egypt, and fights among his top brass over an ever-shrinking piece of budgetary pie, Hagel has kept his eye on the prize: using the arms deal to rebuild a relationship with Israel that has foundered over the years. That triggered a series of “firsts,” as senior U.S. defense officials call them: Hagel’s first trip to an ally, after Afghanistan, was to Israel; the first foreign defense minister he called after being sworn in at the Pentagon was Israel’s, the gregarious Ehud Barak; Hagel called Barak’s successor, Moshe “Boogie” Ya’alon, on the Israeli’s first day on the job; Ya’alon’s first overseas trip as defense minister was to Washington. And as Hagel and Ya’alon sat beside one another on a helicopter tour of Israel earlier this year, the two former soldiers called each other “Chuck” and “Boogie.”

All this has pushed the arms deal, which includes high-tech missiles, radar systems, aerial refuelers, and, perhaps most importantly, advanced V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, up very close to the finish line. Pentagon officials insist it’s basically a done deal; other individuals close to it say there are some details still on the table. Either way, when Hagel does get it across, the Obama White House will have fresh leverage in a region that’s once again engulfed in turmoil. Exactly how much leverage is unclear; Hagel is also seen as the singular channel to Egyptian General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi — who took over in Cairo despite Washington’s wishes, and whose troops have begun massacring its enemies in the streets.

What really animates the arms deal is the degree to which it strengthens not only Israel’s capabilities, but those of two other Arab countries against the region’s biggest danger: Iran. That has thrust Hagel, already acknowledged as the administration’s messenger to Egyptian leaders during that turmoil, to the fore as someone who has enough gravitas to anchor a new coalition between Israel and Arab countries.

“There’s just a strategic opportunity, given Iran’s threat, and given the instability in the region that we can try to help try to build a new strategic coalition, with the U.S. acting at the center, and the role Hagel has played is the strategic thinker,” said one senior defense official. “I think there is a real amount of engagement and personal diplomacy that he has taken on from the beginning in really less than six months into his time as secretary of defense.”

Hagel’s success at courting the Israelis is counterintuitive to those who watched Hagel’s bruising confirmation battle, in which his allegedly-unkind views on Israel figured prominently.

Vus Titzuch?

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Vus titzuch?

President Obama calls the head of the CIA and asks, “How come the Jews know everything before we do?”

The CIA chief says, “The Jews have this expression, ‘Vus titzuch?’

The President asks, “What’s that mean?”

“Well, Mr. President,” replies the CIA chief, “It’s a Yiddish expression which roughly translates to ‘what’s happening?’ They just ask each other and they know everything.”

The President decides to go undercover to determine if this is true.

He gets dressed up as an Orthodox Jew and is secretly flown in an unmarked plane to New York, picked up in an unmarked car and dropped off in Brooklyn’s most Jewish, orthodox neighborhood.

Soon, a little old man comes shuffling along. The President stops him and whispers, “Vus titzuch?”

The old guy whispers back, “Obama’s in Brooklyn!”

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THC halts Brain Damage

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It’s been known for some time that the cannabinoids in marijuana are neuroprotectants, that is, they help guard your brain cells from damage. Now, an Israeli researcher has uncovered more evidence that low doses of THC, the chief psychoactive component of marijuana, can protect the brain both before and after injury.

Professor Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University’s Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine said he has discovered that low doses of THC protect the brain from long-term cognitive damage in the wake of injury from hypoxia (oxygen deprivation), seizures, or toxic drugs, reports American Friends of Tel Aviv University.

Previous studies had concentrated on injecting high doses of THC within a short time frame, usually within 30 minutes before or after the injury. But Prof. Sarne’s current research shows that even extremely low doses of THC — about 1,000 to 10,000 times less than in a joint — administered from one to seven days before, or from one to three days after, a brain injury can boost biochemical processes which help protect brain cells and preserve cognitive function over time.

This treatment could be applicable to many cases of brain injury, especially in light of the long time frame for administration and the low dosage, according to Prof. Sarne.

Sarne and his fellow researchers found that low doses of THC had a large impact on cell signalling, preventing cell death and promoting neuronal growth factors (neurogenesis). This led to a series of experiments designed to test the neuroprotective properties of THC in response to various brain injuries.

Researchers injected mice in the lab with a single low dose of THC either before or after exposing them to brain trauma. A control group of mice sustained brain injury with no THC treatment. When the mice were examined three to seven weeks after initial injury, the THC mice performed better in behavioral tests measuring learning and memory.

Biochemical studies also showed larger amounts of neuroprotective chemicals in the THC group compared to the control group. The researchers concluded that THC can prevent long-term cognitive damage that results from brain injury.

Due to the long therapeutic time window, THC can be used not only to treat brain injuries after they occur, but also to help prevent damage from injuries that might occur in the future, according to Sarne. For example, cardiopulmonary heart-lung machines used in open heart surgery can sometimes interrupt the blood supply to the brain, causing brain trauma; THC can be delivered beforehand to help prevent damage from this occurrence.

Professor Sarne is now working with Professor Edith Hochhausen of the Rabin Medical Center to test the ability of low doses of THC to prevent damage to the heart. Preliminary results indicate they will find the same protective phenomenon in relation to cardiac ischemia, in which the heart muscle doesn’t receive sufficient blood flow.

Source : hemp.org

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The Pope and the Rabbi

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Every time a new Pope is elected, there are many rituals in accordance with tradition, but, there is one tradition that very few people know about.

Shortly after a new Pope is enthroned, the Chief Rabbi of Rome seeks an audience. He is shown into the Pope’s presence, whereupon he presents the Pope with a silver tray bearing a velvet cushion. On top of the cushion is an ancient, shriveled envelope. The Pope symbolically stretches out his arm in a gesture of rejection. The Chief Rabbi then retires, taking the envelope with him and does not return until the next Pope is elected.

A new Pope’s reign was shortly followed by a new Chief Rabbi. He was intrigued by this ritual and that its origins were unknown to him. He instructed the best scholars of the Vatican to research it, but they came up with nothing.

When the time came and the Chief Rabbi was shown into his presence, they faithfully enacted the ritual rejection but, as the Chief Rabbi turned to leave, the Pope called him back.

“My brother,” the Pope whispered, “I must confess that we Catholics are ignorant of the meaning of this ritual enacted for centuries between us and you, the representative of the Jewish people. I have to ask you, what is it all about?”

The Chief Rabbi shrugged and replied: “We have no more idea than you do. The origin of the ceremony is lost in the traditions of ancient history.”

The Pope said: “Let us retire to my private chambers and enjoy a glass of kosher wine together; then with your agreement, we shall open the envelope and discover the secret at last.” The Chief Rabbi agreed.

Fortified in their resolve by the wine, they gingerly pried open the curling parchment envelope and with trembling fingers, the Chief Rabbi reached inside and extracted a folded sheet of similarly ancient paper.

As the Pope peered over his shoulder, he slowly opened it. They both gasped with shock —

It was a bill for the Last Supper — from “Moishe the Caterer.”

Source: thx Coma

ISRAEL War Secret

 

The jury is still out whether Israel will or will not attack Iran, despite the endless and relentless (dis)information in the media from all sides, and certainly when such an attack might happen, but if it did take place, these are all the logistically possible formats what an airborne attack could look like. MDC says, NO TO WAR !

Anonymous offers information by hacking into Stratfor security computers;
A unilateral strike on the Iranian nuclear program is not Israel’s preferred option. However, if Israel does decide to proceed with the mission unilaterally, the different routes the strike package could take each pose unique challenges. Currently, the Israeli air force has three principal routes to its targets in Iran.

The first route involves flying northward over the eastern Mediterranean Sea between Cyprus and Syria, and then proceeding eastward along the Turkey-Syria border, flying through northern Iraq and into Iran. This route circumvents Syria’s air defense network, which was built to cover its western flank against an Israeli air attack.

The second route is the shortest and involves flying directly over Jordan and Iraq to reach Iran. Due to the shorter distance, the likelihood that Jordan could be deterred from interfering with the strike package, and the absence of any viable Iraqi air defense, this route probably poses the least risk.

The third route goes through northern Saudi Arabia, over the Persian Gulf and into Iran. While most of Saudi Arabia’s air defenses and air bases are oriented toward the Persian Gulf and the main cities to the south, Israeli planes would almost certainly be detected, especially since they would have to fly near Tabuk’s air base.

If Riyadh did choose to intercept the Israeli aircraft, the Israeli air force would face serious complications because Saudi Arabia has a large number of advanced interceptor aircraft. As the war in Syria intensifies, another route may become viable. Rebel operations have already negatively affected the Syrian regime’s air defenses somewhat. If this trend intensifies, the country’s air defense network may be degraded to the extent that the Israeli air force would be able to fly directly over Syria without undue risk to its aircraft.

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Of course, if the US were to engage alongside Israel, presidential elections notwithstanding, and the numerous US aircraft carriers stationed in the Gulf and the Arabian Sea were to participate in any offensive, then all predictive bets are off. One thing is certain: it is, at least in Israel’s view, that the window of attack is rapidly closing, which may explain why crude is once again trading on edge every single day, and why gas at the pump, has once again never been more expensive on this day in history.

 

 

ISRAEL GROWS MARIJUANA

 

MDC says, they grow in a secret location in northern Israel. A tall fence, security cameras and an armed guard protect them from criminals. A hint of their sweet-scented blossom carries in the air: rows and rows of cannabis plants, as far as the eye can see.

It is here, at a medical marijuana plantation atop the hills of the Galilee, where researchers say they have developed marijuana that can be used to ease the symptoms of some ailments without getting patients high.

“Sometimes the high is not always what they need. Sometimes it is an unwanted side effect. For some of the people it’s not even pleasant,” said Zack Klein, head of development at Tikun Olam, the company that developed the plant.

Cannabis has more than 60 constituents called cannabinoids. THC is perhaps the best known of those, less so for its medical benefits and more for its psychoactive properties that give people a “high” feeling.

But cannabis also contains Cannabidiol, or CBD, a substance that some researchers say has anti-inflammatory benefits. Unlike THC, it hardly binds to the brain’s receptors and can therefore work without getting patients stoned.

“CBD plants are available in different forms all over the world,” said Klein, adding that the company’s plant is free of THC and very high in CBD.

 

Source = reuters

IRAN WAR TALK

 

The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was wondering who to invade when his telephone rang.
“This is Mendel Schlepper in Tel Aviv. We’re officially declaring war on you!”
“How big is your army?” the Iranian president asked.

 
“There’s me, my cousin Moishe, Avi Goldberg and our

pinochle group, Max, Larry, Jacob, Ari and Joshua!”

 
“I have a million men in my army,” said the president.

 
“I’ll call back!” said Mendel.

 

The next day, he called. “The war’s still on,” he said.

“We have now a bulldozer, and Simcha Goldberg’s tractor.”

 
“Well, we have 16,000 tanks, and the Iranian army is now two million men,” responded Mahmoud.

 

“Oy gevalt!” said Mendel. “I’ll call back.”

 

He phoned the next day.

“We’re calling off the war,” he said.

 

Why?”, asked the president.

 

“Well,” said Mendel, “we’ve had a little chat, and there’s no way we can feed two million prisoners.”

 

ISRAEL’S NEW AIRPORT SCANNER

TEL AVIV, Israel The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners. It’s an armoured booth you step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person.

Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of long and expensive trials.

You’re in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement: Attention to all standby passengers, El Al is proud to announce a seat available on flight 670 to London . Shalom!

BRILLIANT.