Foreward: Stephen Coughlin gave an amazing brief he calls, ‘The Red Pill Brief, in Vienna Austria this spring. We edited it and posted it as 10 videos, all available on a page dedicated to this briefing here at Vlad. In this brief he mentions a book by a Pakistani General called, The Quranic Concept of War. This book is claimed to be the rough equivalent of Art of War or Von Clausewitz’s seminal treatise on military strategy, On War.
I plan to start it tonight, but friends who have read it say its an easy read and every bit as interesting and important as Maj. Coughlin indicates it is in his brief linked above. Those who choose to read it, please leave your thoughts in the comments on this or any newer post.
1. British defense minister talks tough on the Islamic State
(But not tough enough to not call it “ISIL” whatever that is)
(Just an excuse to attack the Kurds? Would be interesting to see the real numbers of sorties, payloads and hits on Kurdish targets Vs. Islamic State ones)
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the strikes were part of a broad “process”.
Turkish jets are reported to have also carried out strikes against the bases of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.
Turkey arrested hundreds of suspected IS supporters on Friday and has also said it will let the US use a key airbase to attack IS targets.
(Video at site)
Turkey police use tear gas, rubber bullets to disperse anti-IS protest
Turkish police on Friday used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a protest by hundreds of people in Istanbul to denounce violence by Islamic State group jihadists, an AFP photographer reported.
Some 500 people turned out for the protest in the Kadikoy district on the Asian side of Istanbul to condemn Monday’s suicide bombing in Suruc blamed on IS that killed 32 pro-Kurdish activists close to the Syrian border.
The protesters also denounced the government, who they accuse of allowing IS jihadists inside Turkish territory.
As with similar protests over the last days, police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protest, sending people fleeing into neighbouring streets to escape, the photographer said.
The protest came as Turkey bombed IS targets in Syria and arrested hundreds of militants in its most significant actions yet against the group.
Thousands are expected to respond to a call from Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party and turn out for a “march for peace” on Sunday in Istanbul which is set to be monitored by a heavy security presence.
(Would the turks bust up an anti-Kurd demo?)
The prominent Muslim civil liberties organization, the Council on American and Islamic Relations, has been keeping tabs on Islamophobia throughout the country for decades. But in the last few months, leaders tell New Times, it’s maintained an extra-close eye on Jon Ritzheimer, the local ex-Marine and face of the anti-Islam crusade in Arizona.
“We’ve been monitoring him since the biker rally,” says Liban Yousuf, CAIR Arizona Civil Rights Director – referring the May 29 demonstration outside of the Phoenix Islamic Cultural Center that brought hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters to the streets to defame or defend Islam – “but in the recent videos [he’s posted on social media], he’s really ramped up the violent rhetoric.”
(WARNING: The man in this video seems to not like Islam and says so clearly)
(in this video, he appears to have found what might be behind the murder of the 5 people in Chattanooga)
A device called FlyBag is designed to absorb the shockwaves and shrapnel caused by explosions.
If security fails and a bomb reaches the luggage hold, the idea is that the blast would be safely contained.
The trials – using old jets at Cotswolds Airport in Gloucestershire – showed that explosions on board caused no damage.
The bag involves a novel mix of four different layers of material including one based on Kevlar, which is used in bullet-proof jackets.
(Image at BBC site linked above)
The House passed a bill Thursday which would punish cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration law.
H.R. 3009 passed easily in the lower chamber 241 to 179, The Hill reported. The bill would force local law enforcement agencies to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement if they have an illegal immigrant in custody; otherwise, certain federal law enforcement grants would be withheld.
Two U.S. counter-terrorism officials tell NBC News that intelligence gathered from a U.S. raid in Syria details ISIS finances, revealing millions of dollars in oil wealth.
“The more time on target, the better the estimate,” a senior U.S. official told NBC News. U.S. intelligence agencies have spent a lot of “time on target” since the target, ISIS, emerged just over a year ago. As a result, their understanding of the group’s workings is becoming more intimate.
Oil smuggling, much of it to Turkey, is a key source of income for ISIS. The group uses the money in part to pay its fighters monthly salaries and provide stipends to their families. Foreign fighters tend to be the highest paid of the ISIS recruits, earning as much as a $1,000 a month, according to two Syrian sources.
ISIS, unlike al-Qaeda, sees itself as a state, providing an education and welfare system, which means the group has high running costs. Two U.S. counter-terrorism officials now tell NBC News that the amount of money ISIS can earn from selling and smuggling oil and gas is roughly to $8 to $10 million a month. The officials said this is the most accurate information they have had so far, calling previous estimates speculation.
(Sociopathic they say. But I bet a good look at his records would reveal that ALL his victims were kufar.)
It should be that people are very comfortable with their doctor, trusting them completely. We turn to medical professionals with our health problems and related questions, hoping they’ll do what’s best to improve our condition.
The last thing a person should experience is a severe breach of this doctor/patient professionalism, yet one Michigan doctor recently demonstrated the highest level of human disregard possible: Dr. (a title he’s certainly not worth keeping) Farid Fata told healthy patients they had cancer when they did not and also sold false hope to those who really were ill, administering more treatment knowing full well it wouldn’t help. As if these behaviors aren’t horrific enough, he proceeded to unnecessarily administer chemotherapy treatments to over 550 patients who didn’t need it.