Friday, May 26, 2017

UPDATED: Who wants Christians out of the birthplace of Christianity aka--the Middle East?

UPDATE:  May 26, 2017 According to this France 24 Report, Egypt has responded to the cowardly terrorist attack on unarmed Christians by bombing terrorist training bases in Libya

Bus splattered with blood after Gunmen
in military uniforms kill
28 Christians in Egypt[GRAPHIC]

Following Egyptian President al-Sisi's courageous confrontation with the demonic perpetrators of evil the other day--I posted a snippet HERE of his speech before Trump and the leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia, I wondered when the retaliation would come.  Al-Sisis courageously condemned the true supporters of terror--those who create, train, equip and support ISIS and other proxy terrorists, i.e. The US, the UK, Israel and Saudia Arabia.  As I feared, it did not take long for the Satanists to respond.  Please read the following report from RT below and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

Children among dozens killed as gunmen ambush convoy of Egyptian Coptic Christians

Gunmen opened fire on two buses and a truck carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, Egypt on Friday, killing at least 26, including children. Some 26 people were also injured in the attack. The group of between eight and 10 gunmen, reportedly dressed in military uniforms according to eyewitnesses, approached the convoy in three four-wheel-drive pickup trucks before opening fire, according to local media reports and the Egyptian Interior Ministry.

"They used automatic weapons," Essam el-Bedaiwy, governor of Minya told state television as cited by AFP. Security chiefs established a perimeter around the scene and launched a hunt for the attackers, setting up dozens of roadblocks in the area and sending out patrols to scour the desert road.

The Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayeb believes the attack was intended to destabilize the country. Al-Azhar is a center of Islamic learning in Egypt that dates back more than 1,000.  "I call on Egyptians to unite in the face of this brutal terrorism," al-Tayeb said while on a visit to Germany, as cited by Reuters.

The shooting, which occurred on the eve of Ramadan, happened as the victims travelled from Beni Suef province to the Coptic Orthodox Anba Samuel monastery near the southern city of Minya, 250km (155 miles) south of Cairo, according to local security sources, cited by Haaretz.

There is no immediate claim of responsibility. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called an emergency meeting of security officials in the wake of Friday’s attack, Reuters reports.
Al-Bedaiwy confirmed the preliminary death toll, reports Reuters. Ambulances dispatched from the cities of Beni Suef and Minya are transporting victims to local hospitals in Adwa, Minya, Maghagha, according to local news outlet Youm7.

The US Embassy in Cairo warned of an imminent but unspecified terrorist attack on the night of May 24. “The Embassy is aware of a potential threat posted on a website by the Hassm Group, a known terrorist organization, suggesting some kind of unspecified action this evening,” the Egypt mission said in a statement.

The three-month state of emergency, declared in the wake of the Palm Sunday bombings in Tanta and Alexandria, is yet to expire. On April 9, twin suicide bombs targeting Coptic Christians killed at least 44 people and injured more than 118 in Tanta and Alexandria. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Coptic Christians make up roughly 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million and are the Middle East’s largest Christian community. Pope Francis visited Egypt in April to show solidarity with Christians following the April attacks. He met Pope Tawadros II, the spiritual leader of the Coptics in Egypt.

In response to the Catholic Pope's visit, IS promised to escalate attacks in Egypt, warning Muslims to avoid Christian gatherings.  “The growing number of these terror attacks is not at all reassuring,” Fr. Rafic Greiche, the spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church, told local Egyptian media as cited by the AP

Some entity is bound and determined to rout all Christians out of the Middle East.  Who and why are the only questions.  Geopolitical analyst Mimi "Partisan Girl" recently alleged that it is Israel who wants Christians out...to make room for a "homeland" for their favoured Kurd allies.  Surely, Syrian Christians have also been targeted in Syria.  Now, if the Bus had been full of Jews on their way to a Jewish holy site...there would be a worldwide condemnation and search for the killers.  The holocaust would be invoked and the Western Press would be full of lengthy tirades, particularly because this is the third such attack since Easter (the holiest time on the Christian calendar).  Some entity is bent on genocide--trying to wipe out Christians.  Who can it be?

Well, all I can do from this vantage point is to repeat the words of Egypt's President al-Sisi which he directed at the leaders of the US, UK, Israel and Saudi Arabia just within the last week...and which, IMO, spurred the demons to spill more Christian blood:

In Front of Trump, Egypt's Al-Sisi
Exposes the true supporters of Terrorism

Christians have become far too complacent over the past centuries.  The Devil hates those who believe in Christ more than anything.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cluster Bomb Manufacturing Investment - How Canadian Corporations Make Money off Human Suffering

Cluster Bombs - How they work and the
Damage They're DESIGNED TO DO

PAX, an international foundation for Peace- has just come out with an update on a concern it has been reporting on since 2009...what corporations from what countries are investing in the Cluster Bomb Industry.  Yes, it is an industry and some "humans" are getting very wealthy designing and manufacturing evil implements of war that instantaneously tear people apart.  These bombs explode into tiny shrapnel fragments that scatter at tremendous speed, tearing limbs from bodies and heads from torsos.  That is what they are DESIGNED to do.  They are DESIGNED to rip the human body apart...and they are used to kill massive numbers of civilians, including children, in urban areas.

What is just as disgusting is that the financial set-up for manufacturing these brutish tools of Satan included huge corporate investment from well known corporations and banks that are the mainstay of the economic fabric of their home countries.  It is almost a form of blackmail.  The big armaments corporations get their funding quietly...from Insurance Companies and Banks that are used by average citizens who are unaware that this is where their savings and health dollars are going...it is evil beyond belief. 

So I read the PAX update released yesterday (and thereafter immediately buried under the salacious distracting headlines churned out by the M$M) and was shocked [not] to read that three very common Canadian Companies, including the Bank that I deal with...are investors in Cluster Bomb manufacturing Companies.  Those corporate entities are:  The Royal Bank of Canada; Manulife Insurance Company and Sun Life Financial.

Regular readers will remember how I've frequently named and targeted big Insurance Companies as being behind the Healthcare scandal/swindle in the US...and who are desperate to install the same healthcare Insurance format here in Canada.  What a coinkydink that these same health insurance companies are investing in tools of human destruction...shows you their morality

It would appear from this report that the primary manufacturers of Cluster Bombs are the following corporations:

Textron United States
Orbital ATK Orbital ATK Inc
Alliant Techsystems Inc

I have read the report as it pertains to my own country of origin...Canada.  Readers are encouraged to look at the report and click on the links that pertain to THEIR countries.  Please read the summation from the PAX report and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

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PAX "May 2017 update - Worldwide investments in CLUSTER MUNITIONS a shared responsibility


Executive Summary

PAX (this edition, dated May 2017), published the first report on “Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions: a Shared Responsibility” in October 2009.

I. It was a state-of-the-art report on financial institutions’ investment in companies that develop or produce cluster munitions, on financial institutions disinvesting from producers of cluster munitions and on states banning investments in cluster munitions. Updates of the report appeared in April 2010, May 2011, June 2012, December 2013, November 2014 and  June 2016.2 This edition by PAX, dated May 2017, updates the earlier reports.

II. The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) categorically bans the use, production, stockpiling and  transfer of cluster munitions. 94 countries signed the convention at the Oslo Signing Conference held  3 – 4 December 2008. The convention entered into force on 1 August 2010.

Article 1(1)c of the CCM states, “Each State Party undertakes never under any circumstances to assist, encourage or induce anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Convention.” It seems obvious that financing the production of cluster munitions constitutes ‘assistance’ or ‘encouragement’, as the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) also points out in its policy paper.3 However, States Parties’ implementation of this convention might not automatically result in a ban on investments in cluster munitions. The process to ban cluster munitions is well underway. Many countries that have signed the convention are now drafting national implementation legislation, and/or have started to implement the convention.

Even before the CCM opened for signature, there was an international consensus on problems stemming from the indiscriminate nature of cluster munitions. This means that from a moral perspective financial institutions should not have needed the CCM to terminate their investment in companies producing cluster munitions. Some financial institutions took this step and banned all investment in cluster munitions even before the convention was negotiated in May 2008; others persisted in supporting the production of these indiscriminate weapons.

We emphasise that, at this point, there is still a lack of official information in the public domain about the production of cluster munitions and investment in cluster munitions producers. That is why the information in this report is by no means exhaustive. We explain our methodology in this executive summary and at the beginning of each chapter.

We hope that this information will stimulate states, financial institutions and civil society to further the convention’s goal to halt the unacceptable humanitarian harm to which cluster munitions give rise. There have been positive developments since the first edition came out in October 2009. Civil society in many countries has engaged with financial institutions and government representatives to talk about ways to disinvest. Parliamentary initiatives emerged; in some cases financial institutions disinvested or states took action by adopting legislation on investment in cluster munitions (producers).

Unfortunately, a lot still needs to be done. Ending the human suffering directly attributable to cluster munitions requires national legislation that reflects the spirit of the CCM. Governments must present clear guidelines by introducing and enforcing legislation that prohibits investment in cluster munitions producers. Until such legislation is in place, financial institutions have a moral obligation to act on their own and disinvest from cluster munitions. When they finance companies that produce cluster munitions, financial institutions assist these companies to produce an indiscriminate weapon that has been the object of opprobrium of states and civil society worldwide. We have identified many of the financial institutions that still invest in cluster munitions producers – even more than nine years after the text of the Convention on Cluster Munitions was negotiated in Dublin. You will find the names of these financial institutions in the first part of the report, the Hall of Shame...."

"...Canada

Canada signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 3 December 2008, ratified it on 16 March 2015  and became a State Party to the convention on 1 September 2015.743 
Canada’s implementation legislation does not contain a specific prohibition on investment in cluster munitions. However, in a debate in the Senate in May 2012, the Honourary Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis said that “under the bill it is prohibited to assist, encourage or induce anyone to engage in any prohibited activity including knowingly and directly investing in the production of cluster munitions.”744  On 9 July 2012, a Senior Defence Advisor from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade  stated in an email to Human Rights Watch that: “an investment that is executed with the knowledge and intention that it will encourage or assist cluster munitions production would be captured by the legislation’s prohibition on aiding and abetting any primary offence.”745 On 29 May 2013, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated the view that investment is prohibited under the bill.746

In December 2016, a bill was tabled in the Senate that would amend the Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act by inserting an explicit prohibition on investments into the act. 747 The proposed Bill is discussed in the section on draft legislation.

Manulife*

Manulife Financial (Canada)
Manulife Financial (Canada) has made an estimated US$ 54 million available to the companies on the  red flag list since June 2013.
Manulife Financial owns or manages bonds of the companies to the amount of US$ 54 million 
in Textron United States

*  This corporation is renowned for its "nickel and diming" of Canadians who have been placed in the unfortunate situation of needing to receive benefits from it for sickness and/or injuries.  It is relentless in harassing and denial of benefits...sometimes causing more suffering than the actual injury or sickness...I am NOT at all surprised to see it on this List of Shame.

Royal Bank of Canada (Canada)
Royal Bank of Canada (Canada) has made an estimated US$ 100 million available to the companies  on the red flag list since June 2013.XXII
Royal Bank of Canada has underwritten bond issuances totalling approximately US$ 100 million  to the companies since June 2013
Orbital ATK
Alliant Techsystems Inc

Sun Life Financial (Canada)
Sun Life Financial (Canada) has made an estimated US$ 28 million available to the companies on  the red flag list since June 2013.
Sun Life Financial owns or manages bonds of the companies to the amount of US$ 28 million  (see table below).
Textron United States....


...Recommendations of the Report:

 States that have joined the CCM should make clear that in prohibiting assistance, article 1(1)c  of the convention prohibits investment in cluster munitions producers.

•  States should draft national legislation prohibiting investment in producers of cluster munitions. This provides clear guidelines for financial institutions and is in the spirit of the  CCM and in line with the Dubrovnik Action Plan.

•  Financial institutions should develop policies that exclude all financial links with companies involved in cluster munitions production. Because all investment facilitates this production,  no exceptions should be made for third-party financial services, for funds that follow an index  or for civilian project financing for a company also involved in cluster munitions. Policies should not be narrowed to refusing project financing for cluster munitions.

•  Financial institutions should inform producers of their decision to end investment because  of the producers’ involvement with cluster munitions. Financial institutions can set clear deadlines with a limited time frame within which a company must cease production of cluster munitions if it wishes the disinvestment decision to be reversed. When a company persists in producing cluster munitions after the deadline, the financial institution will disinvest until such time as the company terminates production of cluster munitions. New applications for investment will be declined until the company has halted all activities related to the production of cluster munitions.

•  Financial institutions should apply their disinvestment policy to all activities: commercial banking, investment banking and asset management. All such activities aid and abet a company’s production of cluster munitions. When this new course of action requires a change in investment fund management, investors should be notified of this and given a deadline for withdrawing from these funds. After this deadline, management strategy will change and shares and obligations in companies involved in cluster munitions will be sold.


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PAX should be commended for coming out with this update to their courageous Report of 2009.  It is not good enough to come up with an original report...it is necessary to follow up over the succeeding years to see what changes have been made and reward or punish investors in cluster bomb manufacturing based on their willingness to change...or not.

When I analyze topics such as corporate investments in war weaponry I look for a couple of things.  Firstly, I look for evidence of blackmail.  That is how all the perpetrations of evil are done on this planet..via some form of blackmail.  What are the elements of blackmail here?  These insurance companies and the Royal Bank have stupendous monopolies on their source of income...the public.  Are they being threatened that these monopolies will be cut back?  That some other competition will be introduced into their captive markets?  When you think about it...it resembles a huge money laundering scam.  The "dirty money" earned via the diabolical manufacture of limb-burning and tearing mechanisms...is laundered into pristine investment earnings--that benignly appear on citizens' yearly bank statements.

The second element I look at is the "bloody hands" factor.  The reason the demonic designers of war want the investments of these corporate entities is precisely because of their good corporate reputations.  They want to involve the mainstream corporations in their demonic activities so that thereafter the "honourable" corporations will have their hands bloodied and be subject to blackmail...so it is a vicious circle of blackmail, reward and punishment.  In fact, it is same old same old...same schemes they use to co-opt politicians, celebrities, etc.  These perps really ARE one trick ponies dontchaknow.

Finally, in summation, this report pulls back the curtain of obfuscation and disinformation that surrounds the wildly profitable manufacture of deadly and disgusting anti-human weaponry of war.  Cluster bombs are nothing more or less than child killers.  That is what they are designed to do.  Everybody knows that.  Look at the photo of the child above and wonder where he is today (actually I believe he came to live in Canada to undergo intensive medical follow up to his horrific injuries).  Do the people who work for the big weapons manufacturing companies that assembled the bombs that tore his limbs off ever think about him or his countrymen?  Do the CEO's of the big investment companies listed above ever think about the children they have indirectly maimed and killed?  Do the millions of investors (like myself) who deal with the investing corporations [like the Royal Bank] ever think where their investment dollar is going...and where the profits accruing to their investments come from?

At the moment, it appears that the criminally complicit corporations have the upper hand...they are operating under the protection of the government, the complicit media and the Deep State.  All the children of the planet can hope for is a day of reckoning

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Labile

al-Sisi's shoe on left, Trump's on Right


This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while...ever since the "beautiful chocolate cake"/Syria bombing incident.  You remember that..when Trump, in an interview immediately following his bombing of Syria...where numerous Syrian soldiers and civilians were killed...lost his focus, momentarily forgot the name of the victim of his illegal and senseless bombing...and, incredibly, zeroed in on the "beautiful" after dinner chocolate cake his Maralago resort served up for his guest...the Chinese President...along with the "entertainment"...the shocking revelation of the potentially world war III-inducing American military aggression.

It got me thinking...there's another word for what Trump did that night...along with the designation I used at the time...non sequitur.  His speech pattern was "labile".  This is a term I became familiar with during my days as a social worker...working with parents and children with developmental disabilities.  Here are some definitions of "labile".

la·bile
ˈlāˌbīl,ˈlābəl/
adjective
technical
  1. liable to change; easily altered.
    • of or characterized by emotions that are easily aroused or freely expressed, and that tend to alter quickly and spontaneously; emotionally unstable.
    • Chemistry
      easily broken down or displaced.

Labile Affect

Labile Affect, also known as Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) or Emotional Incontinence, is a disorder where the patient has excessive displays of emotion, or expresses emotions that are not congruent with the situation. For example, uncontrollable crying over trivial things like accidentally knocking over a glass of water, or laughing hysterically over sad news like hearing about a devastating calamity. This condition results from an underlying neurological disorder, or from brain injury.

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I was going to do this post last weekend where there was a story in the New York Times about Trump calling former FBI Director James Comey a "nut job" while talking with Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.  Then Lavrov denied the conversation and, knowing what liars the NYT are, I dropped the topic.

But, just today, in RT. there is yet another instance where Trump displays labile speech patterns.  He was attending a conference of Middle East Leaders a day or so ago...and, while meeting with Egyptian President al-Sisi, ..he suddenly commented about al-Sisi's shoes.  Here's the story from RT and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:


Trump’s foreign trip: The most bizarre moments so far (VIDEOS)

‘Boy, those shoes’: The President compliments Sisi’s footwear

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wasn’t prepared for Trump’s reaction to his attempted love-bombing during their meeting in Riyadh.
The Egyptian head of state complimented the US President on his “unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.”
Not to be outdone, and uninhibited by his seemingly little knowledge of al-Sisi, Trump returned the compliment.
"Love your shoes,” Trump said, as reporters were being taken from the room. “Boy, those shoes. Man ..."

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No wonder Trump's handlers ushered the reporters from the room.  Here was yet another blaring example of embarrassing non sequitur/labile speech pattern.  Why does this matter?  Because it COULD be an example of Trump having cognitive brain issues....or, it could just be a symptom of a developmental issue/social awareness issue.  Whatever.  It could also just be that Trump is woefully ignorant of foreign affairs issues and has no understanding of the crucial role that Egypt's President al-Sisi plays in Middle Eastern Geopolitics.  If so, then that problem was quickly solved when it came time for Egypt's al-Sisi to address the gathering of leaders.  Watch the following video excerpt of al Sisi's speech and pay special attention to the look on Trump's face.

Thanks to Aletho News for the link

Egyptian President al-Sisi names names
of Terrorist Supporter Countries...
But Trump just focuses on his shoes?

In the above snippet from al-Sisi's speech to the stakeholders and leaders in the Middle East, al-Sisi packs in more truth than all the speeches of all the leaders over the past 16 years [with the notable exception of Syrian President Bashar al Assad]!  Al-Sisi says that the supporters of terror are not only the militants but the governments who support them, financially, medically, media wise, equipment/weaponry wise, etc.  He accuses the US and Israel to their faces of being behind the terrorism that has torn the Middle East apart and through unbridled refugee migration, threatens Europe and North America.

No wonder the Western Main$tream Media has given the speech no coverage at all.  That's always been their response to truth bombs.  They would rather obsess in robotic unison about False Flag bombs....which is yet another reason for the Manchester False Flag the other night...to distract from Trump's Middle East Bizarro Business Trip.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Israeli spokesperson promotes Manchester False Flag as distraction from Seth Rich Murder story

Top 5 Signs of a False Flag Attack

Why does the Zionist Shill, Rita Katz,continue to have any credibility in the Main$tream Media?  Why does anyone believe a Jewish woman who speaks for an Islamic Terrorist group?  What is wrong here?  Here she is this morning, announcing that ISIS has claimed responsibility for the blatant false flag that occurred yesterday evening in Manchester, England.

Follow


1) BREAKING: claims responsibility for attack at concert

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It would appear that the Google obfuscation was a success...because I can't seem to find out if Sean Hannity even interviewed Kim Dotcom after all.  That's how it works.  And if you went from one main$tream media network to another yesterday...following events in Manchester, all you saw were photos of ...well no EVIDENCE really...except some people milling around on dark streets with police tape strung around...the usual nothingburger....that they pass off as a gory false flag.  And, as so many bloggers have already asked this morning...Why do all these False Flags share one bizarre trait?  Nobody around has a decent cell phone with functioning video--who can capture the details that the talking heads are repeating over, and over, and over again.

So, in summary, yesterday in the City of Manchester, England there was yet another stereotypical false flag.  The likely purposes of it were to obfuscate and distract from:

1.  The rising curiosity in the assassination last summer of DNC worker Seth Rich who, it now has been revealed, was the individual who leaked DNC e-mails to WikiLeaks.

2.  The election in England which seems to be turning into the usual contest between the 'people's will' and the "need for fraud" to install the perps' puppets.

3.  The latest in the series of media "Drills" to make sure the co-opted, complicit, criminal media is still compliant..

Monday, May 22, 2017

CawRANT Events #47

CawRANT Events #47

Good Morning Everybody!  It is a gorgeous, sunny day on the West Coast.  Finally!  After unprecedented amounts of gloomy days and rain...not to mention a big hail storm a week or so ago that destroyed the blossoms on the trees. Today is a day to get outside, plant my flower bed and bring out my summer deck furniture.  So this is hopefully going to be a very short CawRANT.

The first topic is the ongoing radiation hazards around the world.  Here in the Pacific Northwest we have that disgusting open pit of spewing radiation lying around from the halcyon bomb-making days of WWII and just after...the Hanford Nuclear "Reservation" in south central Washington State.  It has been a danger to the planet since it's inception but ever more so as in the past few years as it has started to deteriorate with the passage of time.  The US government was supposed to clean it up once it was abandoned...but they never have (or perhaps they can't).  If ever there was a clue as to the Satanic mindset behind all nuclear technology...Hanford is that.  The Evil Perps don't even have to plant a bomb to cause havoc all over the West Coast...all they have to do is blow up the Hanford site.  The government could avoid this diabolic risk by cleaning up the site permanently...but they have other projects [perpetual war being one] for the taxpayers' dollars.

And, of course, we have the ongoing disaster at Fukushima.  The M$M, which is obsessed with every tidbit about Donald Trump...never gives us an update on what is going on in that mega catastrophic radiation spill pouring into the Pacific.  But we can get an inkling of the damage being done to the environment, directly and indirectly including all living things, through stories like this:

From the CBC   

Sea lion drags girl into water off Steveston dock in Richmond, B.C.

Marine mammal expert says animal made mistake, most likely thought dress was a piece of fish



Sea Lion Pulls Girl into Water on
Vancouver coastline

Sea lions are a common sight in the coastal waters...but in all my years of sailing (40) years.  I have never seen one come this close to people on a dock.  This animal is obviously starving.  We have heard about the "dead or dying Pacific Ocean" and this is a symptom...again, not something the lying and criminally complicit mainstream media will tell you about.  They're too busy trying to force Donald Trump from office.

Speaking of Donald Trump...like Mike Whitney said in a post this morning...Trump may indeed be the worst president in US History...but drumming him out of office with newspaper lies is not going to solve the issue.

I'm trying to avoid reading stories about Trump's current trip to the Middle East....just like I try to avoid listening to fingernails scratching a chalk board.  His whole speech to the Saudis in Riyadh was copied verbatim yesterday but I just scanned it.

I saw where he told Muslims "not to shelter terrorists"..."That's OUR job," being the subtext.  I also read in an Israeli newspaper where Trump just sold billions of weaponry to the nation that he said masterminded 9/11 - Israeli newspaper.  Again...were the Israelis piqued because "masterminding 9/11 was OUR project?"  The irony, hyperbole and ludicrousness of the coverage and the substance[?] of Trump's trip and speech are just too much for the human heart.

Lastly, moving on to something even more ridiculous.  Here we have a story from "Mashable", a website I keep on my favourites because it reflects the superciliousness of today's western "culture" and trends".  Please read the following fairy tale/hoax and I will have further thoughts in comments to follow:



This rare bag of moon dust could fetch $4 million at auction
On the outside, the plain white bag seems unremarkable. But inside, it's laced with an exquisite and extremely valuable material: moon dust.
Neil Armstrong stuffed this sack with the world's first samples of lunar rocks during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Traces of dust still remain in the outer decontamination bag, which includes a label reading "LUNAR SAMPLE RETURN."

Sotheby's New York said the dinner plate-sized bag could fetch up to $4 million when it goes on the auction block on July 20 — the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11's historic first moon landing.
"The only such relic available for private ownership, it is exceptionally rare," Sotheby's said on its website.  NASA won't be reaping the benefits, however.

In a space-themed comedy of errors, Armstrong initially turned the zippered bag over to scientists at a Houston lab, but the U.S. space agency forgot about it over time. Decades later, the government mistakenly auctioned off the bag along with other space exploration memorabilia.

Nancy Lee Carlson, a Chicago-area attorney and self-proclaimed space nerd, bought the pouch and other items for just $995. Suspecting it contained more than fibers and zippers, she sent her bag to NASA for testing. That's when NASA scientists realized they'd lost the world's original bag of moon dust, and they refused to forfeit it a second time. Carlson fought back and, after a protracted legal battle, a U.S. District Court ordered NASA to return the bag in February.
NASA said it won't appeal the ruling, but the agency is still salty about the outcome.

William Jeffs, a NASA spokesman, said NASA thinks the bag should be on public display because it "represents the culmination of a massive national effort involving a generation of Americans, including the astronauts who risked their lives in an effort to accomplish the most significant act humankind has ever achieved," he told the Wall Street Journal.
But Carlson isn't exactly a moon-digger. The attorney plans to donate a portion of the sale proceeds to charity, and to establish a scholarship at her alma mater, Northern Michigan University, Reuters reported.

Sotheby's, meanwhile, is downright giddy. Apart from this court-ordered exception, NASA doesn't allow individuals to own any bits of the moon, which is why this bag is likely to fetch millions, said Cassandra Hatton, a senior specialist at the auction house.

"This is my Mona Lisa moment," she told the Journal.

The moon dust bag will be the shining star of Sotheby's first space exploration-themed sale, which will also include items from the personal collections of astronauts; signed photographs, maps, and charts; as well as engineering models and 3-D objects.

What was it that PT Barnam said?  "There's a sucker born every minute".  Never so true as those who still believe that the USA successfully sent several Apollo astronaut teams to the moon in the late 1960's and early 1970's.  You remember those days don't you?  We all watched the epic voyages on our black and white TV's and called each other to celebrate...on our big, honking black phones with the rotary dials.  We watched our TV's in awe, as the tiny metal capsule returning the astronauts safely to earth entered the super-heated earth's atmosphere...and splashed down ever so gently in the ocean...a tiny cloth parachute breaking its fall...slowing the space capsule down from its supersonic speed.  Each capsule splashed down...where only some military vessels and a few select "journalists" witnessed the returns. 

Buzz Aldrin on the "Moon"

We knew that the astronauts brought "moon rocks" with them.  I, myself, saw a moonrock while visiting the Smithsonian Institute back in the late 70's.  There was a huge crowd gathered around the glass display case. Then we heard that someone in The Netherlands had one of the moon rocks given to the country by the American government tested...only to find out it was actually an "earth rock".  Suddenly, all the "moon rocks" disappeared from the Smithsonian and became "lost"...just like the original footage of the moon walks filmed by the astronauts Such a LOSS!

Recently discovered sample of
"lunar dust"

Now, thankfully, a long lost bag of "lunar dust"....collected by the recently deceased astronaut Neil Armstrong...has turned up.  And it's going to be sold by auction at Sothebys for $4,000,000!  And I have a couple of West Coast bridges in excellent condition up for sale as well.  If those tiny return space capsules actually contained all the rocks and dust and rolls of film that the astronauts brought back and then got lost...they would have had no room for the astronauts!

What dust is actually in the bag?  Could it be the cremated remains of Neil Armstrong?  Or, more likely, I suspect it's the contents of someone's vacuum cleaner.  In that case....We're ALL rich!!!

That's it for this CawRANT...have a wonderful rest of your day.  Until next time, bye.