They’re Not Against War

They’re just on the other side:

Upon boarding the ships, the soldiers encountered fierce resistance from the passengers who were armed with knives, bats and metal pipes. The soldiers used non-lethal measures to disperse the crowd. The activists, according to an IDF report, succeeded in stealing two handguns from soldiers and opened fire, leading to an escalation in violence.

Al Jazeera on Monday broadcasted footage from the Gaza flotilla’s lead vessel, the Mavi Marmara, showing Israeli Navy commandos boarding the ship. Helicopters could also be seen flying overhead.

“It was like a well-planned lynch,” one IDF officer said. “These people were anything but peace activists.”

As Claudia Rossett notes, this isn’t about peace, or freedom, or humanitarian aid. It’s about making a terrorist-supporting political statement, with the added frisson of killing Jews.

[Update a few minutes later]

Here’s more:

In a later search aboard the Marmara, soldiers found caches of bats, clubs, knives, and slingshots used by the rioters ahead of the IDF takeover. It appeared the activists were well prepared for a fight…

…It appears that the error in planning the operation was the estimate that passengers were indeed political activists and members of humanitarian groups who seek a political provocation, but would not resort to brutal violence.

They won’t make that mistake again.

[Late evening update]

A photomontage of “peace” activists.

And it’s time for Israel to stop playing Mr. Nice Guy.

It certainly hasn’t bought them much.

Keep It Coming

A cure for ebola?

They used small interfering RNAs or siRNAs, a new technology being developed by a number of companies, to hold the virus at bay for a week until the immune system could take over. Tests in four rhesus monkeys showed that seven daily injections cured 100 per cent of them.

I like a hundred percent. Of course, it’s a small sample.

Space Junk

While a cascade in LEO is something to be very concerned about, this Pop Sci article gets this quite wrong:

If a chain reaction got out of control up there, it could very quickly sever our communications, our GPS system (upon which the U.S. military heavily relies)…

Most communications satellites are in GEO, thousands of miles above LEO, and GPS are in twelve-hour orbits, also very high, but not as high as GEO. Most of our communications would remain intact, as would GPS.


Sestak or Gibbs? Someone is lying.

I know where I’d put my money.

[Update a few minutes later]

As usual, it’s not the crime, it’s the cover up. And why am I not shocked that there’s a Clinton involved?

[Update a few more minutes later]

I, like everyone else, expect a White House release on this late this afternoon. It’s merely a coincidence that it’s a Friday just before a three-day weekend.

[Update a while later]

Well, the WH PR staff blew it. You’re supposed to release these things late in the afternoon, after it’s impossible to get hold of anyone to ask questions, not in the morning.

[Update a few minutes later]

Republicans are skeptical. So am I. All this does is raise more questions (like why did Sestak say “someone in the White House,” which Bill Clinton hasn’t been for almost a decade).

[Update a while later]

Well, now that they’ve had time to coordinate their stories, Sestak confirms it. Even though it’s not what he said the first time.

Lying then, or lying now? I know where my money is.

[Update a few minutes later]

The Sestak smell test. And why did the White House contact Sestak’s (lawyer) brother yesterday?

Oh, what a tangled web we weave…

[Late morning update]

Jonah Goldberg isn’t buying it, either:

If it wasn’t a job offer but instead was some third-rate perk, he shouldn’t have pretended otherwise to seem like the one honest man in the whorehouse of politics. I hope he gets hounded by local press asking him to explain the disconnect. Something like: “You said you were offered a job to get out of the race. This wasn’t a job. Were you exaggerating then or are you lying now?”

Again, I know where I’d put my money.

XCOR Update

I’m seeing tweets from the ISDC that Jeff Greason is saying Lynx rollout and flight tests are about a year from now.

This is interesting:

XCOR has plans to develop an orbital vehicle.

Jeff has been saying that he has some ideas along those lines. I wonder how much he’s revealing publicly?

[Update a while later]

A lot more XCOR tweets over at Space Transport News.

Peter Beinart’s Hero

Ron Radosh has some thoughts on anti-Israeli Jews.

[Update late morning]

More thoughts, and good ones, from Noah Pollack:

The sad truth is that Peter Beinart isn’t any kind of trailblazer or whistleblower, and he most certainly has not earned himself any trouble by coming out as an Israel-basher. He is someone who has rather belatedly fallen completely and predictably into line with the demands his ideological compatriots make for orthodoxy when it comes to their increasingly passionate interest in assaulting Israel and championing the Palestinian cause. In Beinart’s work, we are not witnessing an act of courage but rather a spectacle of conformity.

I used to think that Beinart was smarter than that.

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