U.N. International Telecommunications Union: Flame virus is the most powerful espionage tool ever to target countries • Iranians blame Israel, admit their computers have been affected • “Unfortunately, the Israelis are very powerful in the field of IT.”

Iran on Tuesday admitted that the computers of high-ranking officials had been attacked by a software virus and accused Israel of responsibility for cyberattacks on Iranian computer systems by means of the Flame malware.

The admission came as the U.N. agency responsible for regulating the internet warned that the Flame virus is the most powerful espionage tool ever to target countries.

This is the most serious warning we have ever put out,” said Marco Obiso, cybersecurity coordinator for the U.N.’s Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union.

The formal warning will tell member nations that the Flame virus is a dangerous espionage tool that could potentially be used to attack critical infrastructure, he said. “They should be on alert.” The warning is the latest signal that a new era of cyberwarfare has begun following the 2010 Stuxnet virus attack that targeted Iranian nuclear installation computers.

He said the ITU would set up a program to collect data, including virus samples, to track Flame’s spread around the globe and observe any changes in its composition.

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab ZAO said the Flame virus was unprecedented both in terms of its size and complexity, possessing the ability to turn infected computers into all-purpose spying machines that can even suck information out of nearby cell phones. On its blog, Kaspersky called Flame “the most sophisticated cyberweapon yet unleashed.”


http://www.thecommentator.com/article/1264/stadiums_of_hate_why_i_won_t_be_going_to_any_euro_2012_matches Countries that are well known for being dangerous for visible minorities should be pressured to work harder to tackle their social ills rather than be awarded prestigious international sporting events When I first heard that Euro 2012 was being held in Poland and Ukraine, I immediately ruled out going to any of the matches. […]



Is there anything left for the anti-Israel (supposedly Palestinian-supporting) boycott organisations to boycott? In recent days, their target has been Israel’s national theatre company, Habima.Habima actively promotes Israeli-Palestinian dialogue and co-operation through its ongoing projects and has an Arab-Israeli theatre in Jaffa, so you would imagine it would pass the boycott filter.

But no, Habima’s unforgivable sin was to accept an invitation to play in Ariel – an “illegal settlement” built on “stolen Palestinian land”. Some Israeli theatre professionals had declared they would not play in Ariel or other settlements and so Habima now has pariah status in the international BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) community.

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London invited Habima to perform here in London as part of their “Globe to Globe” festival; 37 plays in 37 languages, including the Palestinian Ashtar company playing Richard II and Habima playing The Merchant of Venice (apposite, we suppose)!

Again, you would think the balance of both companies performing would be good enough, but, again, no. The Globe had the courage to resist boycott calls by David Calder, Trevor Griffiths, Jonathan Miller, Emma Thompson and other British thespians in March this year and Habima has just played to a sell-out house.



Winston Churchill captured what this presidential election is about when he observed, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

It’s why the young black Democratic mayor of Newark, N.J., Cory Booker, got high-level repudiation from the Barack Obama campaign, including from the president himself, when he insolently suggested that Bain Capital, the investment firm once headed by GOP nominee-apparent Mitt Romney, might actually do positive things.

Booker, an Obama campaign surrogate, went off script on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday when he refused to justify a campaign attack ad depicting the evils of Bain. “I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” he said. “To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America, especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses.”

After campaign heavy-hitters criticized him, Booker qualified his remarks. But his “MTP” comments were unmitigated heresy driving to the core of the Obama campaign message. The narrative, telescoping the theme of four years of this presidency, says that the American economy collapsed because of unbridled capitalism. To recover, the narrative continues, we must allow all-knowing, all-powerful, but compassionate political leadership in Washington to rearrange the American economy and make sure businesses never steamroll Americans again.


Planned Parenthood Promotes Gender-Selective Abortion
Judge Says U.S. Mosque Construction Must Stop
Obama Insults Poles with Mention of ‘Polish Death Camp’
Half of U.S. households receive government benefits
Bill Whittle torches MSNBC Host: You’re rhetorically proximate to a being a coward and an idiot!
93-Year-Old WWII Navy Sailor Works to establish National Flag to Show Tribute to Fellow Veterans
Mike Huckabee: Media Boycotting Catholics Suing Obama ‘Like Missing the Roe v. Wade Decision’
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Facebook Making Infidelity Just ‘A Few Clicks Away’
Media Research Center discussing the media’s lack of coverage of a lawsuit filed by Catholic organizations against the ObamaCare
Another Effort to Intimidate the Supreme Court on ObamaCare
Bill Set Forth to Close $4b Tax Loophole and to End Tax Credits for Illegal Immigrants

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White House Will Use “Information Control” to Prevail by MARGARET CALHOUN HEMENWAY

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/white-house-will-use-information-control-to-prevail Bettina Viviano, with a long and distinguished career in the movie industry, had not voted, and wasn’t active politically. In 2008, with Hillary Clinton supporters, she volunteered to produce a documentary to expose what she describes as sweeping corruption and fraud in the Democratic primary process, including suspicious deaths of two prominent Hillary supporters […]



Talking turkey about Ankara

Two years ago almost to the date, the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” set sail from Turkey in an attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade on the Hamas-led terrorist enclave. Organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), the Ankara-backed, six-ship flotilla was ostensibly bringing medical and construction supplies to the people of Gaza.Since this was the ninth attempt on the part of activists to pull such a stunt, the Israeli government and military were prepared. Or so they thought.

For a few weeks before the scheduled event, Israeli naval commandos had practiced boarding ships from speedboats and helicopters, as well as dealing with potential chaos. They were told to expect all kinds of provocations (such as being spat on, having lit cigarettes thrown at or stubbed out on them, being pelted with garbage, and maybe even suffering a few blows). They were instructed not to allow such actions to rile them. After all, there were going to be camera crews on the ships, waiting eagerly to catch the Big Bad Wolf pouncing on Little Red Riding Hood.

When the fateful day arrived — May 31, 2010 — and the flotilla reached a certain point in the international waters of the Mediterranean, the commandos were sent in. Because no major violence had been anticipated, most of them were only equipped with paintball (!) guns, some tear gas, and a few smoke bombs for riot dispersal. Only a few were armed with real rifles and live ammunition.

The captains of the ships were notified that they could dock at the Ashdod port, where their cargo would be inspected. Any non-blockaded items would then be delivered to Gaza by land. (This would be nothing new for Israel, which has provided humanitarian aid to the inhabitants of the Islamist mini-state all along.) But the activists rejected the proposal. So the commandos began to board the ships.



There is a great deal of ruin in a nation, and even more of it in the nation’s publishing catalogue. Robert Kagan has noticed the resurgence of declinism; he doesn’t care for it; and The World America Made is his response to it. For the record, I am not a declinist: I’m way beyond that, and am more of a collapsist, as may be adjudged from the title of my own contribution to the genre, After America, and even more from its subtitle, “Get Ready for Armageddon.” As I’m always at pains to point out, an author doesn’t get into the apocalyptic doom-mongering biz because he wants it to happen. As anyone who’s tried enforcing his copyright in China or the old Soviet Union or your average nickel-‘n’-dime Third World basket case well knows, in a world without Western civilization the royalty checks are going to be a lot smaller. So you write the head-for-the-hills stuff in hopes of preventing the need to.

Similarly, Kagan’s entry into the field is designed to help ensure that it doesn’t happen. He is an eminent thinker, consulted by Romney, quoted favorably by Obama, but don’t hold either against him. I have a high regard for him, too. In the early years of the century, he came up with a line that, as geopolitical paradigmatic drollery goes, is better than Jon Stewart’s writing staff could muster: “Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus.” Granted, even at the time, one was aware that many Americans were trending very Venusian, but the gag was worth it just for the way it infuriated all the right Continentals. Nothing so deftly distilled emerges from The World America Made, an extended essay that paints with a very broad brush. This time around, Kagan hangs his thesis on the film It’s a Wonderful Life, although he’s not quite confident enough in the conceit to call the book It’s a Wonderful World. Instead, he offers section headings like “Meet George Bailey: What Is American about the American World Order?”


http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/301250/chicago-way-john-fund Every president comes to Washington with a coterie of outside advisers, friends, and fixers they’ve picked up during the course of a career. Eventually one or more of them becomes controversial. Richard Nixon had Bebe Rebozo. Jimmy Carter had his brother Billy and Bert Lance. Ronald Reagan had Mike Deaver. Bill Clinton had many […]


http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/301119/two-three-many-obamas-victor-davis-hanson As the campaign heats up, one problem is that we continue to meet lots of different Barack Obamas — to such a degree that we don’t know which, if any, is really president. I think the president believes that private-equity firms harm the economy and that their CEOs are at best indifferent and sometimes […]