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1  Other / Politics & Society / THE SECOND CONFEDERACY on: September 23, 2018, 12:07:03 AM
The new, completely legal way 13 States are starting to secede.

The States have been plotting this for a long time! According to a 2012 CNN news article:

“Worried that the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Dollar are on the brink of collapse, lawmakers from 13 states… are seeking approval from their state governments to either issue their own alternative currency or explore it as an option.”

Here’s what Texas is doing to lay down the ground-work:

“Texas House Joint Resolution 89 would alter Article I of the Texas state constitution so that “No government shall prohibit or encumber the ownership or holding of any form or amount of money or other currency.”

From the “R3” banking consortium—more proof the Feds can’t do a thing about the Second Confederacy’s coming state money…

“The legal means to drive out currencies other than Federal Reserve notes were repealed in the 1970s and 90s so that the private issue of notes is technically legal in the U.S.”

Joel Robideaux, mayor Lafayette, Louisiana, is considering alternative currency to help his town. His quote:

“It's the recognition of global stakeholders that the world of banking, finance and payment systems is forever changed, that the world of healthcare, government and possibly every other industry is about to be disrupted.”

Ron Paul, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, sees change coming:

“There is going to be a revolution in monetary policy.”

And Austin Peterson, who helped Dr. Paul on two of his presidential campaigns, recently had $130,000 in the currency I believe will be prototype for state money.

Here’s constitutional tender expert Professor William Greene:

“When people in multiple states actually start using (alternatives) instead of Federal Reserve notes, it would effectively nullify the Federal Reserve and end the Federal Government’s monopoly on money.”

America is divided. And an historic change is about to take place. It’s up to you to decide how you’ll be affected by it. Will you allow your standard of living be cut down… or will you come out ahead?


2  Other / Off-topic / Jet Engines Strapped to Feet, Going 103.4 MPH! In 8K! on: September 05, 2018, 11:14:11 PM
Jet Engines Strapped to Feet Going 103.4 MPH! In 8K!

We reached out to our friend Franky Zapata the inventor of the Flyboard Air to make this project happen! Find out more about his rad inventions here:

Jet Engines Strapped to Feet Going 103.4 MPH! In 8K!


3  Other / Off-topic / UNREAL: Twitter now censoring GIFs of the U.S. flag being planted on the moon… on: September 05, 2018, 12:44:37 AM
UNREAL: Twitter now censoring GIFs of the U.S. flag being planted on the moon…

In recent months we've been documenting the American Left's war on our history, culture, and traditions through the use of threats, intimidation, and censorship. Now that effort has extended to one of the most iconic, truly American events of all time: NASA' space program which, in the late 1960s – less than a decade after John F. Kennedy called for it – put men on the moon.

You may have heard that a new movie, "First Man," is debuting this month. It's film about that achievement, starring – ironically – Canadian actor Ryan Gosling as Astronaut Neil Armstrong, one of the first Americans on the moon.

Armstrong and his crew had three key objectives when they landed: Communicate back to Earth the success of the landing, ensure all systems were online and functioning, and place the American flag on the moon's surface.

But because the insane Left has completely taken over what used to be a very patriotic Hollywood (circa before the 1960s), that iconic scene was cut out of the final version of First Man.

It gets worse, however: Twitter has now taken to censoring GIFs for the American flag being planted on the moon by Armstrong as well, in yet another bid by the Left-wing social media behemoths to trash our country.

As reported by The Gateway Pundit, a Twitter user named Clarence Swirly sent a tweet to legendary World War II flying ace and fighter test pilot Chuck Yeager, who at 93 is pretty active (and on Twitter), was critical of Gosling's portrayal.

"@GenChuckYeager Ryan Gosling is coming out with the movie First Man where it portrays Neil Armstrong as a liberal progressive anti Trump (in spirit) non-flag waiver. Probably agree with the National Anthem kneelers, too; at least in Hollywood's liberal imagination. For your Info," Swirly wrote.

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4  Other / Off-topic / Hydroelectric Dam in New York Repurposed as Crypto Mining Farm on: August 29, 2018, 12:26:23 AM
Hydroelectric Dam in New York Repurposed as Crypto Mining Farm

[A]nteater miners, equipped with ASIC bitcoin mining chips developed by Samsung and Innosilicon, will be used on the site, the company announced.

Dam Turns Mining Farm

A hydroelectric dam roughly ten miles south of New York's capital city, Albany, is being converted into a dedicated cryptocurrency mining farm, Dpw Holdings Inc. announced on Thursday.

"The historic Valatie Falls, New York hydroelectric dam will become operational during the fourth quarter of 2018," the company detailed, adding that it will "serve as a fully-dedicated source of low-cost, renewable power for a new co-located cryptocurrency mining farm to be built and operated by DPW's wholly-owned Super Crypto Mining subsidiary." CEO and Chairman, Milton "Todd" Ault III, commented:


5  Other / Politics & Society / De-Dollarization Diplomacy: Putin's Wedding Trip Seals Marriage Of Convenience on: August 29, 2018, 12:22:07 AM
De-Dollarization Diplomacy: Putin's Wedding Trip Seals Marriage Of Convenience With Merkel

It was supposed to be a low-key, traditional Austrian wedding until Vladimir Putin pulled up in a black limo. The bride was Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, a top energy analyst and former professor at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and the European Business School in Frankfurt.

She knows all there is to know about multiple aspects of Eurasia integration, which is close to the Russian President's heart. So close, in fact, that he stole the show by arriving in a convoy, bearing lavish flowers and the Kuban Cossack Choir.

After a swirl on the dance floor with the blond-haired, but not blushing, bride, he dashed off to Germany for the real business.

Putin dances, speaks German at Austrian FM’s wedding


6  Other / Off-topic / Are we weakening certain numbers by overuse? on: August 15, 2018, 02:47:30 PM
Are we weakening certain numbers by overuse?

For example. We use the numbers 1 to 100 all over the place, many times, each day. And some numbers over 100 are used very often, as well. In addition, we add numbers, multiply them, subtract them and divide them. But usually it is the smaller numbers. Higher numbers, like in the billions or trillions, while being talked about regularly, aren't being used very much in our common daily lives.

The point is, are we weakening certain numbers simply by overusing them? Are other numbers stronger just because we don't use them nearly as much? Or does the frequent using of numbers strengthen them, like when you lift weights you strengthen certain muscles?

For example. Bitcoin uses complex alphanumeric number groups. Bitcoin actually turns letters into digits. Bitcoin is successful. Maybe Bitcoin is successful because it uses fresh, unused "numbers" in its addresses... numbers set in ways that they would never be used otherwise, and so they are "fresh" numbers, and ready to do all kinds of things. And they are fresh because nobody ever uses them more than once or twice, or a few times in transactions... not because of their complexity.

And take the American Dollar. Maybe it is strong because of the long serial number on each dollar bill. Maybe if all the serial numbers on the various dollar bills were reduced to a number under 1000 (numbers we use daily, very much, and are all worn out because of it), maybe the U.S. dollar would lose all of its strength, because numbers under 1000 are essentially used all over the place, and are all worn out.

Maybe our whole understanding of how and why the universe works is skewed, and it all really has to do with how much certain numbers are used, and how they are weakened by overuse. Maybe larger numbers actually hold the smaller numbers in place because the larger ones would collapse if the smaller ones were allowed to fail, so the larger ones don't let the smaller ones fail, because the larger ones don't want to die, so to speak.

What do you think?

7  Other / Politics & Society / How One Deleted Scene Turns Star Wars into a Struggle against Socialism on: August 09, 2018, 02:20:53 PM
How One Deleted Scene Turns Star Wars into a Struggle against Socialism

In the era of Disney, many long-time Star Wars fans have bemoaned the supposed infiltration of their favorite franchise by leftist ideology.  

At first, I rolled my eyes at these objections, many of which remain patently absurd. But after Solo: A Star Wars Story gave us a shrill SJW droid hooking up with a pansexual Lando Calrissian, I had to admit that some critics might have a point.  

This wasn't always the case, though. In fact, one of the deleted scenes included in the 2011 Star Wars Blu-Ray collection explicitly connects the evil Galactic Empire with the socialist economic policies of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

Luke & Biggs - Star Wars DELETED Scene (IMPROVED)


8  Other / Off-topic / Build the Ultimate School Bug Out Kit for your Kids on: August 08, 2018, 06:15:00 PM
Build the Ultimate School Bug Out Kit for your Kids

Is your child prepared to bug out from school? Once she reached a certain level of maturity, mine certainly was.

A few years back, I posed the question, "Should Your Kids Know How to Bug Out…from School?" and the answers to that question were incredibly varied. Some parents said that the kids shouldn't be in public schools in the first place. Others said that they absolutely had a plan in place for their children. Still others said that the very idea was irresponsible and that kids should be under the supervision of a responsible adult, particularly in an emergency situation.

In a world where kids are being immersed in a culture of fear and school officials are becoming more authoritarian by the day, it is a very real concern that a lockdown could occur and you wouldn't see your children again until they were released at the discretion of those in charge at the school.

There are all sorts of practice runs guaranteed to traumatize kids into submission, including live shooter drills and evacuation drills. In the latter, the children are unexpectedly and quickly herded onto buses and sent to an alternate location. (Michael Snyder gave numerous examples of situations in which schoolchildren were put on buses and sent to alternate locations without parental consent.).

During these drills kids are not allowed to phone their parents and parents are not even allowed to know where their children are in many cases.  In some incidences during which the school forewarns parents about the drill, the parents are told that they cannot pick up their children "for any reason" during the drill.  Many schools now boast of having supplies to keep children at the school for 48 hours in the event of an "emergency" during which time the children will not be released to their parents.

And it gets even worse. In the name of predictive programming, do you recall a "drill" during which the police took over a school and practiced fighting "angry parents"?  I've been plenty annoyed at different schools my daughter has attended, but in no way have I been compelled to attack the school, requiring SWAT teams to defend it against me and my band of likewise irate moms. (source)

This stuff doesn't just apply to kids in the public school system.  Very rarely is a parent with a child 100% of the time, every day of the year.  Home-schooled kids go on outings with other families, go to church functions, and enrichment activities.  Whenever your children are not with you, a plan needs to be in place for their safety.

This is also not just about defying perceived authority. Another scenario could be a major disaster during which your children find themselves without a responsible adult to turn to.  Would they have the skills, supplies, and ability to get home or to a safe meeting place?

Is your child mentally prepared to bug out from school?

Each parent knows their own child the best. Not all kids are mentally equipped for a bug-out situation. If you feel that your child would panic, or your children are very young, this may not be a viable plan for your family.

If your kid is the independent, competent sort, then it may be time for a discussion on determining a plan for when and how to bug out from school.

If, out of the blue, the teachers just tell students to get on a bus, and there is no compelling reason for them to be doing so, it might be time for your child to use his or her own judgment on whether boarding that conveyance is actually a good idea.

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9  Other / Off-topic / In Just the Last Two Weeks, Dozens of Children in Iowa Have Vanished on: July 29, 2018, 03:14:25 AM
In Just the Last Two Weeks, Dozens of Children in Iowa Have Vanished

A young University of Iowa student made headlines recently after she disappeared during an evening jog—but she is just one of the dozens of people who have been reported missing in Iowa in the last 10 days, and the overwhelming majority of the disappearances are children.

Mollie Tibbetts, 20, has become the latest face of the missing person database this week after she was last seen going for a jog near her boyfriend's house on the evening of July 18, and she seemingly vanished. Dozens of people of have pitched in to help search for the college student, and as she appeared to have no motive to flee, and her closest friends and family members have cooperated with police, it raises troubling questions about whether she was abducted.

However, Tibbetts is not alone. According to the Missing Person database published by the Iowa Department of Public Safety, 48 people have gone missing in the last two weeks, and 34 of those people are children.


As The Free Thought Project reported last month, disturbing statistics from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children revealed that more than 27,000 children were reported missing in 2017. Nearly 25,000 of those children were labeled as “endangered runaways,” and one in seven were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Of those, 88 percent were in the care of social services when they went missing.


10  Other / Off-topic / Tie a Message to Any Location Using the BCH-Powered Member Client on: July 25, 2018, 09:45:18 AM
Tie a Message to Any Location Using the BCH-Powered Member Client

Member: Tethering Censorship Resistant Memos to Any Geographical Location With Bitcoin Cash 

Over the past few weeks, since the BCH upgrade back in May, there's been a lot of developers creating applications that utilize OP_Return transactions and the extra space added to the data carrier size. The protocol improvement has allowed programmers to create a wide range of applications that tether all kinds of data to the BCH chain like, Blockpress, Chainfeed, and others. Another unique platform, called Member, allows users to tie Memo-style messages to any geographical location in the world. Essentially, after tying a BCH wallet with some funds to Member users can easily tag their location coordinates with a special message that will last forever.

Member is memo transaction browsing software with a client/server architecture. This design allows the client to be featureful (fat) and the server to be simple — Just serving requests on the database," explains the website. 

It allows users to choose their client and server separately — Maybe choosing a client with particular features, and a server that is geographically nearby.

Sharing Messages Tied to Locations for Less Than a Penny

The BCH developer 'Freetrade' explains the open source Member allows users to remain in full control of their identity, and private keys never leave the client side. Basically, anyone can log in with a private key (Compressed WIF format) to use Member's messaging system or use a public BCH key (any format) to follow a specific person's posts. You don't have to be in the location to tie a message to a specific geographical area, but if you desired to use your current coordinates the Member app uses a browser location detection feature so you can toggle a message to your exact location.


11  Other / Politics & Society / Crypto Exchange Coinbase Forms Political Action Committee on: July 25, 2018, 09:33:44 AM
Crypto Exchange Coinbase Forms Political Action Committee

A disclosure published by the U.S. Federal Election Commission revealed that the exchange formed the "Coinbase, Inc. Political Action Committee" in June 2018, though it has yet to raise or donate any money. The Form 3x – a "Report of Receipts and Disbursements For Other Than An Authorized Committee" – means the PAC is not currently attached to any candidate running for public office.

The document listed a reporting period from June 4 to June 30.

PACs are formed in the U.S. primarily to raise funds on behalf of candidates running for public office, usually representing specific business or ideological interests, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a financial transparency group which tracks money in politics.


12  Other / Politics & Society / To Stop the Cartels, Mexico Strongly Considering the Legalization of ALL Drugs on: July 20, 2018, 09:57:26 PM
To Stop the Cartels, Mexico Strongly Considering the Legalization of ALL Drugs

This week, Olga Sanchez Cordero, the future interior minister of incoming Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, announced that the government is strongly considering the decriminalization of all drugs.

Sanchez Cordero said at a seminar that she has full permission from the incoming administration to do whatever it takes to stop the cartel violence in the country, and ending the drug war is at the top of the list.

"On the subject of decriminalizing drugs, Andres Manuel told me, and I quote: 'Carte blanche. Whatever is necessary to restore peace in this country. Let's open up the debate,'" Cordero said.

"What no one can deny with hard data is that, at least in the past 10 years, the Mexican government has been incapable of stopping violence and responding to it with institutional mechanisms," she added.

The steady increase in violent crime over the past few decades is directly correlated with the escalation of the drug war. As we saw during the times of alcohol prohibition, when you ban an inanimate object, you create an incentive for people to get involved in the black market distribution of that object. Since there is no accountability or means of peaceful dispute resolution within the black market, buyers and sellers are forced to resort to violence as their sole means of handling disagreements.

Eventually, this violence spills over into the everyday world and affects everyone's lives. No one could imagine Budweiser and Miller Lite in a back alley gunfight, but less than a century ago, during alcohol prohibition, distributors of the drug were involved in shootouts on a regular basis—just as drug gangs are today. Of course, all of this violence came to an immediate end when alcohol was legalized. However, it was not long before the establishment found a new crusade in the drug war, which allowed them to continue the same policy, just with different substances.

In 2001, Portugal became the first country in the world to end the drug war within its borders, and in the short time since, the country has seen a radical improvement in their society. In regards to drugs, they actually now have less of a negative impact on society in Portugal than they did prior to the end of prohibition. There are now fewer drug-related deaths, fewer children getting a hold of drugs, and fewer people doing drugs in general.


13  Other / Politics & Society / The Vegas Massacre Exposé: What Really Happened? on: July 20, 2018, 09:53:25 PM
The Vegas Massacre Exposé: What Really Happened?

The Vegas Massacre is clearly the new "JFK Murder Conspiracy" updated for the 21st century. The whole story stinks to high heaven. It's rancid. Clearly, our own government, FBI and Las Vegas police are involved in some sort of cover-up. The question is- what are they covering up?

Las Vegas is my home. I have the top radio talk show in this town. Many dozens of Vegas residents have gotten in touch with me to give me their take on the Vegas Massacre. Included in that group has been MGM employees, top MGM executives, survivors of the worst mass shooting in US history, as well as law enforcement and retired homicide detectives. From my own gut instincts, investigation and these interviews with key players, I've pieced together this story. It's not a pretty picture.

Like any good detective, I have lots of working theories. A good detective doesn't rule anything out. Maybe it really is as simple and clean as "Stephen Paddock did it, case closed." But there are way too many unanswered questions, problems and mysteries with that storyline.

So here are my "Top 20" nagging questions, inconsistencies and theories about the Vegas Massacre…

#1) RAMBO.

How did an overweight, out of shape, 60-year old, anonymous guy (on no one's radar) with no military training and no military or law enforcement history become Rambo overnight? He carried out this plot with no help? Got hundreds of pounds of weapons to his room? He broke open a hurricane-strength 800- pound window? Set up sniper-type guns? Pulled off worst mass shooting in America's history with no training, no help? Even though the one over-riding theme of every survivor/witness I've spoken to, or heard from is…they saw or heard multiple shooters. Yet the FBI and Vegas police immediately discounted this theory. Why?

#2) The Constantly Changing Timeline.

Did guard Jesus Campos arrive before the shooting started, or after, or during? Why has the story changed so many times? Why can't anyone get it straight? It's telling how authorities finally settled on the one timeline most beneficial to MGM- the single biggest employer in a "company town" called Las Vegas. More on this under the Jesus Campos storyline.

#3) The Police Homicide Division isn't Investigating the worst mass shooting in U.S. history?

FACT. I had guest on my Vegas radio show from a recently retired Vegas homicide detective. The detective reported that the Vegas Sheriff did NOT give the case to a division of 30+ experienced Vegas homicide detectives who deal with murder all day, every day.

He gave the case to a short-handed division of Internal Affairs that investigates police officer's accidental discharge of a weapon. Huh? The Sheriff gave the worst mass shooting in US history to a small division of five cops who have never investigated a homicide? Why?


14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Fork Bitcoin with a new Core that has no miner's fees. on: July 20, 2018, 03:48:06 PM
How about forking Core so that there are no miner's fees? Would anybody use it? Has it been done? Would it work? How long would it take to catch on?

15  Other / Off-topic / Privacy that is 2–4 orders of magnitude faster than Ethereum on: July 18, 2018, 04:58:40 PM
Oasis labs Privacy first blockchain that is 2–4 orders of magnitude faster than on-chain Ethereum.

Oasis Labs is building a privacy-first, high-performance cloud computing platform on blockchain.

Oasis created the Ekiden platform. Ekiden is a system for highly performant and confidentiality-preserving smart contract execution. To the best of their knowledge, Ekiden is the first confidentiality-preserving smart
contract system that can perform thousands of transactions per second. The key to this achievement is the effective combination of blockchains and trusted hardware. Ekiden combines any desired underlying blockchain system (permissioned or permissionless) with TEE-based execution. Anchored in a formal security model that is expressed as a cryptographic ideal functionality, its principled design supports rigorous analysis of its security properties.

Ekiden uses compute nodes to perform smart contract computation over private data off chain in TEEs, then attest to their correct execution on chain. The underlying blockchain is maintained by consensus nodes, which need not use trusted hardware. Ekiden is agnostic to consensus-layer mechanics.


16  Other / Politics & Society / Aristotle's Defense of Private Property: 4 Reasons Communal Property Is Inferior on: July 13, 2018, 03:44:02 PM
Aristotle's Defense of Private Property: 4 Reasons Communal Property Is Inferior

In "The Communist Manifesto," Karl Marx aptly summarized the implications of a communist society, stating that "the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property." As an institution, private property has been a crucial factor in the flourishing of Western society and its political thought. However, its defense rarely extends beyond a calculation of its economic benefits. Many defenders of private property simply state that there is no viable alternative system and that private property is simply the best option of a bad bunch. This argument, with its pessimistic tone, hardly inspires much love for the concept of private ownership.

Thankfully, there have been numerous thinkers throughout history who have robustly defended and justified the institution of private property. Such figures are Cicero of Ancient Rome, Thomas Aquinas of medieval Europe, and John Locke of the early modern period.

Who Was Aristotle?

The first extensive defense of private property comes from Aristotle, writing in the 4th century B.C. in response to the idea of communal ownership as espoused by his teacher Plato. Aristotle was a polymath who wrote extensively on ethics, logic, metaphysics, biology, astronomy, and rhetoric, to name a few of his interests. To this day, he is considered one of the most influential philosophers to ever live. In the thirteenth century, Thomas Aquinas referred to Aristotle as "The Philosopher," demonstrating the immense level of respect Aristotle commanded.


17  Other / Off-topic / One stubborn joker is behind the Firefox browser. on: July 09, 2018, 02:15:08 PM
How do I know? By the fact that there are millions of FF users who want the old control back... the old control that allows the adjusting of where to place the Tabs bar, above or below the Bookmarks bar.

We seem to be locked into Tabs above the Address and the Bookmarks bars. Oh sure. We can go through the trouble of making a Chrome folder, and placing a userChrome.css file with the proper scripting into it. But why won't the FF people simply add a simple control in preferences or tools like they had years ago?

I surmise that it is because there is one stubborn FF joker running the show, and he/she simply wants to show us who is boss.

What do you think?

18  Economy / Speculation / Hayes: A Positive Regulatory Etf Will Push Bitcoin to $50,000 in 2018 on: July 02, 2018, 02:27:00 AM
Hayes: A Positive Regulatory Etf Will Push Bitcoin to $50,000 in 2018

Hayes made his prediction while speaking on the CNBC Fast Money show on June 29 2018. This prediction has been described as a "SuperBowlish Forecast".

One step away

According to Hayes, the cryptocurrency is just one positive regulatory decision away from climbing through $20,000 on its way to $50,000 by the end of the year.

Considering the slump in price that Bitcoin has experienced for most part of 2018, Hayes remains bullish, noting such as a normal correction.

"I think that something that goes up to $20,000 in one year can have a correction down to $6,000 and will definitely find a bottom at about $3,000 and $5,000 range", says Hayes.

This insinuation definitely upholds the opinions of most long term investors who have continued to HODL, seeing every deep as an opportunity to buy more Bitcoins into their portfolios.


19  Other / Off-topic / Harlan Ellison has died. He wrote some Classic Trek and was involved in ... on: June 30, 2018, 03:33:53 AM
Harlan Ellison has died. He wrote some Classic Trek and was involved in Babylon 5 and Terminator

Science Fiction giant Harlan Ellison has died at the age of 84.

He wrote the best Classic Star Trek episode – City on the Edge of Forever.

VIDEO: City on the Edge of Forever: Edith Keeler Must Die

Star Trek - Destiny


20  Other / Politics & Society / The United States Withdraws from the World on: June 30, 2018, 03:05:02 AM
The United States Withdraws from the World

The United States has decided to no longer participate in the United Nations 47-member Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The number one reason cited by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley was that the council is unfairly critically focused on Israel. The United States had already left the U.N.'s cultural organization UNESCO last October, the last straw reportedly being when the organization named the city of Hebron on the West Bank a Palestinian World Heritage site, which Israel declared to be unacceptable. At that time, the number one reason cited by Haley for the withdrawal was that the organization was too critical of Israel.

Haley has also made a number of other comments relating to the United Nations and Israel. Immediately upon taking office she complained that "nowhere has the U.N.'s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel" and vowed that the "days of Israel bashing are over." In February 2017, she blocked the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to a diplomatic position at the United Nations because he is a Palestinian. In a congressional hearing she was asked about the decision: "Is it this administration's position that support for Israel and support for the appointment of a well-qualified individual of Palestinian nationality to an appointment at the U.N. are mutually exclusive?" Haley responded yes, that the administration is "supporting Israel" by blocking every Palestinian.

There is clearly a disinclination on the part of the Trump Administration to support multinational bodies, evident in the rejection of climate, trade and non-proliferation agreements. Complete withdrawal from the United Nations is not unthinkable in the current climate, though the Democrats and some moderate Republicans would no doubt strongly resist such a move. In my opinion, the United Nations is a dystopian mess but it is better to have it than not as it provides a forum where nations that otherwise cannot meet are able too do so and discuss transnational issues. And it should be conceded that the U.N.'s inability to actually function is largely both structural and bureaucratic due to the veto power given to the Security Council's five permanent members, a function that Nikki Haley has repeatedly used to stop resolutions that might be offensive to the United States or Israel.

Beyond that, Haley's constant citation of concern for Israel gives strength to the suggestion that there is something unnatural about its bilateral "special" relationship with the United States. In the Middle East in particular, Israel would seem to be driving U.S. policy, particularly vis-à-vis Syria, Lebanon and Iran. Israel is intent on continuing political chaos in Syria lest there be a threat to its continued occupation of the Golan Heights and has warned about possible preemptive action in Lebanon to punish Hezbollah. It also wants the United States to deal decisively with Iran. By all accounts, those agendas are proceeding very well as Washington has been regularly threatening Iran and last week vowed to take military action if Damascus seeks to recover territory in the Syrian southwest that until recently was held by terrorists.


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