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National Park Service: The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all U.S. national parks, many American national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. It was created on August 25, 1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act and is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior. The NPS is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment. As of 2014, the NPS employs 21,651 employees who oversee 417 units, of which 59 are designated national parks – National Park Service, Twitter. Russia Today: National Park Service ‘regrets mistaken’ less than positive Trump retweets. CNN: Trump admin tells National Park Service to halt tweets.

Binyamin Appelbaum: A Washington correspondent for The New York Times. Pure applesauce. 20 Jan 2017: 18:20 hrs: Compare the crowds: 2009 inauguration at left, 2017 inauguration at right. #Inauguration.  20 Jan 2017: 23:03 hrs: Looks like the Trump administration hasn’t taken control of the @NatlParkService Twitter feed just yet. pic.twitter.com/dCKGHoW0cU

Anne Trumble: Farm girl, landscape architect/urban designer, environmental law. Public lands, property rights, treaty rights & healthy ecosystems. 20 Jan 2017: 20:15 hrs: Civil rights, climate change, and health care scrubbed clean from White House website. Not a trace. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a52430/white-house-website-changes/

Kremlin: President of Russia: Events: Condolences to Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni on deaths caused by avalanche. Jan 20, 2017: 11:30 Meeting with Permanent Members of Security Council: 19 Jan 2017, 17:45. Congratulations to Novoship. Jan 20, 2017. 10:00. Meeting with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller. 20 Jan 2017, 16:30.

Putin EoP Sincere: Blows off Trump Inauguration to go Epiphany Ice Swimming:
EoP MILED Clerk:  19 Jan 2017: 20:11 hrs: @BarackObama GW Bush @TheBushCenter If EoP sincere: Do not attend @realDonaldTrump WiP Only @Inaug2017. CC: @KremlinRussia_E @Timothy4316. || 20 Jan 2017: @BarackObama @TheBushCenter @realDonaldTrump @Inaug2017 EoP sincere Putin https://themoscowtimes.com/news/putin-blows-off-trump-inauguration-for-traditional-russian-ice-swimming-56878 CC @KremlinRussia_E @Timothy4316

Epiphany Ice swimmingWinter swimming is the activity of swimming during the winter season, typically in outdoor locations (open water swimming) or in unheated pools or lidos. In colder countries it may be synonymous with ice swimming, when the water is frozen over. This requires either breaking the ice or entering where a spring prevents the formation of ice. It may also be simulated by a pool of water at 0 °C (32 °F), the temperature at which water freezes. In Eastern Europe and Russia winter swimming is part of the celebration of the Epiphany. Competitions for winter swimming also exist. Many winter swimmers swim with standard swimming costumes rather than with wetsuits or other thermal protection. Famous winter swimmers include Ram Barkai, Lynne Cox and Lewis Gordon Pugh.

US Forest Service Predicts a Strain on Natural Resources due to Rapid Population Growth: U.S. Forest Service report outlines how a growing population and increased urbanization in the next 50 years will drain the nation’s natural resources including water supplies, open space, and forests.  IGN: In Gods Name. Numbers USA. Stormfront.

Life and the Second Law: Surface Temperature (C) vs Transect Distances (M): Figure 3: A thermal Infrared Multichannel Scanner (TIMS) profile over a varied landscape in the Braulio Carrillo National Park in Costa Rica (done by Luvall et al, 1990). The TIMS is mounted on an aircraft measuring six thermal channels in the wave length channels of 8.2 to 12.2 um and flown over a 400 meter transect. Temperatures are canopy temperature values calculated from net reradiated thermal energy. Temperatures showed that forest fire burn was the warmest system (it did not degrade as much incoming energy) and the tree island the coldest (best degrader). The pasture degraded energy in an intermediate fasion. Airborne thermal imaging may hold great promise for rapid evaluation of terrestrial ecological integrity. — Excerpt: Life as a Manifestation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (Schneider and Kay, 1995) [PDF]; referenced by Paul Chefurka in The Thermodynamics of Civilization. Cool Tree Island Douglas Fir Forest vs Hot Quarry: Correspondence to Paul Chefurka with reference to Communication Entropy between Cooperating Cool Forests and Competing Quarry’s. Individuals who cooperate with clear honest sincere communication, can accomplish far more with a small amount of energy/resources/time; than individuals who compete with deception and obsfucation, requiring a huge amount of resources to accomplish the same task.
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Entropy and the Second Law: Entropy and the Second Law: Interpretation and Misss-Interpretations – Arich Ben-Naim. World Scientific, Amazon.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky: Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky (Russian: Влади́мир Во́льфович Жирино́вский; né Eidelstein (Russian: Эйдельште́йн) on 25 April 1946) is a Russian politician and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia. He is fiercely nationalist and has been described as “a showman of Russian politics, blending populist and nationalist rhetoric, anti-Western invective and a brash, confrontational style”. His views have been described as fascist. Zhirinovsky is a long-time member of the State Duma and held the post of Deputy Chairman of the Duma from 2000 to 2011. According to Reuters, “Although nominally part of the Russian opposition, he is widely seen as a servant of Kremlin policy, used to float radical opinions to test public reaction.” Vladimir Zhirinovsky threatens to destroy the world using Secret Tsunami. Project Deep Cover, Chemlin, No Spin News.

EndCiv: Resist or Die: END: CIV examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END: CIV asks: If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist? Backed by Jensen’s narrative, the film calls on us to act as if we truly love this land. The film trips along at a brisk pace, using music, archival footage, motion graphics, animation, slapstick and satire to deconstruct the global economic system, even as it implodes around us.  TrailerDocumentary. Top Documentary Films.

Pussy RiotPussy Riot is a Russian feminist protest punk rock group based in Moscow. Founded in August 2011, it had a variable membership of approximately 11 women ranging in age from about 20 to 33 (as of 2012). The group staged unauthorised provocative guerrilla performances in unusual public places, which were made into music videos and posted on the Internet. The collective’s lyrical themes included feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom the group considered to be a dictator. These themes also encompassed Putin’s links to the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church. They gained global notoriety when five members of the group staged a performance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012. The group’s actions were regarded sacrilegious by the Orthodox clergy and eventually stopped by church security officials. The women said their protest was directed at the Orthodox Church leaders’ support for Putin during his election campaign. On March 3, 2012, two of the group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested and charged with hooliganism. A third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was arrested on March 16. Denied bail, they were held in custody until their trial began in late July. On August 17, 2012, the three members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, and each was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. On October 10, following an appeal, Samutsevich was freed on probation and her sentence suspended. The sentences of the other two women were upheld. The trial and sentence attracted considerable attention and criticism,particularly in the West. The case was adopted by human-rights groups, including Amnesty International, which designated the women as prisoners of conscience, and by a number of prominent entertainers. Public opinion in Russia was generally less sympathetic towards them. Having served 21 months, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were released on December 23, 2013, after the State Duma approved an amnesty.

EoP MILED Clerk tells Donald Trump to Answer EoP or WiP Question by December 5: If there is no response to EoP correspondence to Donald Trump, General Flynn, Steve Bannon, 25 Nov: Donald Trump et al: EoP Interpretation of Donald Trump Supporter EoP or WiP Answers: Pro WiP America No Los Pepes Rules; indicating that there is anyone in Donald Trump’s cabinet or amongst his voter supporters; who is sincere about addressing the root causes of the racial and economic resource war problems; they endlessly whine about; and if so: who that individual is; and what their root cause problem solving legislative recommendations are; EoP MILED Clerk shall make an EoP President — David Petraeus and Steven Anderson for EoP US President and Vice President — submission to the Hamilton Electors; for their consideration on 19 December 2016.
— EoP v WiP NWO Neg: 26 Nov: Donald Trump … Yes.

Army Corps of Engineers Dakota Access PipelineThe Dakota Access Pipeline protests, also known by the hashtag #NoDAPL, are grassroots movements that began in early 2016 in reaction to the approved construction of Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline in the northern United States. The pipeline was projected to run from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota to southern Illinois, crossing beneath the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, as well as under part of Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Many in the Standing Rock tribe consider the pipeline and its intended crossing of the Missouri River to constitute a threat to the region’s clean water and to ancient burial grounds. In April, Standing Rock Sioux elder LaDonna Brave Bull Allard established a camp as a center for cultural preservation and spiritual resistance to the pipeline; over the summer the camp grew to thousands of people. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had conducted a limited review of the route and found no significant impact but in March and April 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation asked the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a formal Environmental Impact Assessment and issue an Environmental Impact Statement. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed suit against the Corps of Engineers in July, but the motion was denied in September 2016. The protests have drawn international attention and have been said to be “reshaping the national conversation for any environmental project that would cross the Native American land.” In September 2016 construction workers bulldozed a section of land the tribe had identified as sacred ground and when protesters entered the area security workers used attack dogs which bit at least six of the protesters and one horse. The incident was filmed and viewed by several million people on YouTube and other social media. In late October, armed soldiers and police with riot gear and military equipment cleared an encampment that was directly in the proposed pipeline’s path. In late November 2016, many new participants joined the protest; fluctuating numbers of protesters remained in the thousands. Police use of water cannons on protesters in freezing weather drew significant media attention. On December 4, under President Barack Obama’s administration the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement for construction of the pipeline under the Missouri River. An environmental impact assessment was to be conducted by the Army Corps but many protesters continued camping on the site, not considering the matter closed. On January 24, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to advance the construction of the pipeline under “terms and conditions to be negotiated”. The order would expedite the environmental review that Trump described as “incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible permitting process.” The Guardian: Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, handing a major win to environmental activists.

Blind Spot: An area in which a person lacks understanding or impartiality. Peak Oil documentary – John Hanna.

Whores of the Court: Whores of the Court: The Fraud of Psychiatric Testimony and the Rape of American Justice, by Margaret Hagen.  Margaret Hagen, Ph.D, reveals how expert psychological testimony is a total fraud, showing how the courts have increasingly embraced not a cutting-edge science but, instead, a discipline that represents a terrifying retreat into fantasy and hearsay; a discipline propelled by powerful propaganda, arrogance, and greed. Dr. Hagen sounds a clarion wake-up call, offering some startling – and much-needed – recommendations about how we can reclaim our own ability to judge and supplying vital advice on how we can protect ourselves from the ravages of psychological testimony in our own lives. Whores of the Court. Amazon.

Forest Service: 2010 Resources Planning Act Assessment: Future of America’s Forests and RangelandsResources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment: The Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment reports on the status and trends of the Nation’s renewable resources on all forest and rangelands, as required by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974. The USDA Forest Service has conducted natural resource analyses for over a century. The 2010 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment summarizes findings about the status, trends, and projected future of forests, rangelands, wildlife and fish, biodiversity, water, outdoor recreation, wilderness, and urban forests, as well as the effects of climate change upon these resources. The outlook for U.S. resources is largely influenced by a set of scenarios that have varying assumptions about global population and economic growth, global wood energy consumption, U.S. population and economic growth, land use change, and global climate change from 2010 to 2060. Four key themes from the findings are (1) land development will continue to threaten the integrity of natural ecosystems, (2) climate change will alter natural ecosystems and affect their ability to provide goods and services, (3) competition for goods and services from natural ecosystems will increase, and (4) geographic variation in resource responses to drivers of change will require regional and local strategies to address resource management issues. The results from this report will be useful to resource managers and policymakers as they develop strategies to sustain natural resources.

Deer HunterThe Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers whose lives are changed forever after they fight in the Vietnam War. The three soldiers are played by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage, with John Cazale (in his final role), Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza playing supporting roles. The story takes place in Clairton, Pennsylvania a small working class town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh, and in Vietnam. Trailer. Clips: No Means No, One Last Shot, Vietnam Village Battle, PoW Capture Russian Roulette Escape.

Jacob David George: Flux Rostrum: Veteran Brothers Ride to End All Wars, Afghanistan Special Ops Report. Jacob David George: Human Cost of War Testimony, Minnesota Men’s Conference, Rally for Bradley Manning, Chicago NATO Summit. Jacob David George: Jacob, a 3-tour veteran of Afghanistan, came home and did his best to heal from the wounds of what he called “moral injury.”  Here you can listen to his music, read his poetry, and support our work to get it into the hands of veterans around the world at no cost to them.

Stan Goff explains Terrorism: Stan Goff explains TerrorismStan Goff (born November 12, 1951 in San Diego, California) is an American anti-war activist, writer, and blogger. Prior to his activism Goff had a long career in the U.S. armed forces, serving in the United States Army from 1970 to 1996 with two breaks in service. After retiring from the military he became a political activist, adopting anti-imperialist, feminist, and socialist/Marxist views, and is now a Christian. He is an active blogger and is the author of several books, including Hideous Dream (2000), Full-Spectrum Disorder: The Military in the New American Century (2004), Energy War (2006), Sex & War (2006), and Borderline – Reflections on War, Sex, and Church (2015). He has also been a contributor to CounterPunch and Huffington Post. Blog: Chasin Jesus.

Pinochio Washington Monument DC Mall: Pinocchio, the name a variant of common pinolo (“pine seed”), is a fictional character and the protagonist of the children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a village near Florence, he was created as a wooden puppet but dreamed of becoming a real boy. He lies often. Pinocchio is a cultural icon. As one of the most reimagined characters in children’s literature, his story has been adapted into other media. Pinocchio’s nose is his best-known characteristic. It grows in length when he tells a lie: this appears in chapter XVI. It should be noted how Collodi himself, in Note gaie claims how “to hide the truth of a speculum animae (mirror of the soul) face [ … ] is added to the true nose another papier-mache nose”. There is an inconsistency, however, because his nose grows when it is first carved by Geppetto, without Pinocchio ever lying. The nose only appears a couple of times in the story, but it reveals the Blue Fairy’s power over Pinocchio when he acts disobediently. After struggling and weeping over his deformed nose, the Blue Fairy summons woodpeckers to peck it back to normal. Vigilant Citizen: The Esoteric Interpretation of Pinochio.

Lorena and John Bobbit Wedding: 18 June 1989; 23 June 1993 Lorena cut off John’s Penis. John and Lorena Bobbit: John Wayne Bobbitt (born March 23, 1967 in Buffalo, New York) and Lorena Bobbitt (née Gallo, born October 31, 1970 in Bucay, Ecuador) are a former American couple, married on June 18, 1989, whose relationship made world-wide headlines in 1993 when Lorena cut off her husband’s penis with a knife while he was asleep in bed. The penis was subsequently surgically reattached.  The incident occurred on June 23, 1993, in Manassas, Virginia, and the legal case surrounding the incident subsequently took place throughout 1993–94. Lorena claimed in a court hearing that after coming home at night on June 23, 1993, her husband raped her. At some point after her husband had come home and gone to sleep, Lorena got out of bed and went to the kitchen. Grabbing a knife, she entered their bedroom, where John was sleeping, and removed the entire penis at its base. After this, Lorena left the apartment with the severed appendage and drove away in her car. After a while, she opened the car window and threw it into a field. After realizing the severity of her crime, however, she stopped and called 9-1-1. John’s penis was found after an exhaustive search, and it was reattached in the hospital where he was being treated. The operation took nine and a half hours.

Patt Junction bus bombing, Jerusalem 18 June 2002: The Patt junction bus bombing was a suicide bombing on an Egged bus carried out by Hamas in Jerusalem on June 18, 2002, killing 19 people and wounding over 74. Seventeen of the dead were residents of Gilo. On the morning of June 18, 2002, at 7:50 a.m., a Palestinian suicide bomber from Bethlehem got onto the Egged line 32A bus, which came from the Gilo neighborhood and stopped at Beit Safafa, an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem. The bomber boarded the bus and exploded himself in the front. His explosive belt included metal balls for shrapnel in order to maximize casualties. Palestinian Islamist group Hamas claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack. The suicide bomber was identified as Muhammad al-Ghoul, a 22-year-old student at An-Najah National University in Nablus. He strapped explosives packed with nails to his body and boarded the bus during the morning rush hour as schoolchildren and commuters travelled to downtown Jerusalem from Gilo. The explosion lifted the bus off the ground, tore off its roof and sent bodies flying through the windows. Two residents of the East Jerusalem suburb of Jabel Mukaber were tried and convicted for transporting a suicide bomber. The charred remains of the bus were shipped to America and displayed at the biannual Jewish Expo fair in New York at the initiative of Zaka, an Israeli rescue and body parts recovery organization whose volunteers scrape up fragments of blood and flesh from bomb scenes for burial in keeping with Jewish law. Zaka said its aim was to increase awareness of its work and show the effects of suicide bombings. – Crime Scene Database, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Osen Attorneys at LawPATT JUNCTION BUS 32A BOMBING, JERUSALEM. Terrorist Organization Responsible. Hamas – Claim of responsibility. Perpetrator: Muhammad Haza al-Ghul. Other Cell Members Involved in the Attack: Muhanad Hafez al-Taher, Ali Musa Ahmad Alan. Media: The New York Times, June 18, 2002. PBS, “Suicide Bombing of Bus in Jerusalem Kills 20,” June 18, 2002. Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, “Suicide bombing at Patt junction in Jerusalem, June 18, 2002”

Tip: Breed or Don’t Breed? Carrying Capacity Barrel Overproduction: Starvation, Accidents, Pollution, Old Age, Disease, Predation population losses. The carrying capacity of a biological species in an environment is the maximum population size of the species that the environment can sustain indefinitely, given the food, habitat, water, and other necessities available in the environment. In population biology, carrying capacity is defined as the environment’s maximal load, which is different from the concept of population equilibrium. Its effect on population dynamics may be approximated in a logistic model, although this simplification ignores the possibility of overshoot which real systems may exhibit. For the human population, more complex variables such as sanitation and medical care are sometimes considered as part of the necessary establishment. As population density increases, birth rate often decreases and death rate typically increases. The difference between the birth rate and the death rate is the “natural increase”. The carrying capacity could support a positive natural increase, or could require a negative natural increase. Thus, the carrying capacity is the number of individuals an environment can support without significant negative impacts to the given organism and its environment. Garret Hardin: Ethical Implications of Carrying Capacity; Cultural Carrying Capacity.

Inside Man: Inside Man is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Spike Lee, written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank heist on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier, the NYPD’s hostage negotiator; Clive Owen as Dalton Russell, the mastermind who orchestrates the heist; and Jodie Foster as Madeleine White, a Manhattan power broker who becomes involved at the request of the bank’s founder, Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer), to keep something in his own personal safe deposit box protected from the robbers. Trailer.

Compet Ping Pong PizzagatePizzagate is a debunked conspiracy theory that emerged during the 2016 United States presidential election cycle alleging that John Podesta’s emails, which were leaked by WikiLeaks, contain coded messages referring to human trafficking and connecting a number of restaurants in the United States and members of the Democratic Party with a fabricated child-sex ring. It has been extensively discussed in the media and discredited by a wide array of sources across the political spectrum, described as a “fictitious conspiracy theory” by the District of Columbia Police Department and determined to be false by multiple organizations including Snopes.com, The New York Times, and Fox News. Pizzagate connected Comet Ping Pong pizza business with an alleged child sex ring.

FBI: Peadophilia Pizza gate logo’s: Benn Swann Reality Check Pizzagate Report.

Donald Trump: The Donald Trump Theory: Pranking us all.

Mr Zog’s Quick Humps Sex WaxMr. Zog’s Sex Wax® is a specially formulated surf wax used to coat the deck of a surfboard and provide traction between the surf.

Richard Manning: ‘We shall run out of air to breathe; before we run out of fossil fuel to burn’ – Richard Manning: What A Way to Go: Psychosis of Civilization, Green Revolution. CSPAN: Against the Grain.

The RockThe Rock is a 1996 American action thriller film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, written by David Weisberg and Douglas S. Cook. It stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris in the lead roles, with William Forsythe and Michael Biehn co-starring. In The Rock, an FBI chemist and an imprisoned former SAS captain are tasked with a mission to go out to the old prison island Alcatraz, in order to stop a group of rogue US Force Recon Marines who have taken over the island and captured innocent people, also threatening to launch M55 rockets filled with deadly VX gas over San Francisco unless they are paid $100 million.  Trailer.

SyrianaSyriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan’s screenplay is loosely adapted from Robert Baer’s memoir See No Evil. The film focuses on petroleum politics and the global influence of the oil industry, whose political, economic, legal, and social effects are experienced by a Central Intelligence Agency operative (George Clooney), an energy analyst (Matt Damon), a Washington, D.C. attorney (Jeffrey Wright), and a young unemployed Pakistani migrant worker (Mazhar Munir) in an Arab state in the Persian Gulf. Trailer.

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear: Adam Curtis: The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear is a BBC television documentary series by Adam Curtis. It mainly consists of archive footage, with Curtis narrating. The series was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom in 2004. The film compares the rise of the neoconservative movement in the United States and the radical Islamist movement, drawing comparisons between their origins, and remarking on similarities between the two groups. More controversially, it argues that radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organisation, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, is a myth, or noble lie, perpetuated by leaders of many countries—and particularly neoconservatives in the U.S.—in a renewed attempt to unite and inspire their people after the ultimate failure of utopian ideas.  – Top Documentary Films.

Part 1: Baby Its Cold Outside: The first part of the series explains the origins of Islamism and neoconservatism. It shows Egyptian civil servant Sayyid Qutb, depicted as the founder of modern Islamist thinking, visiting the U.S. to learn about its education system, then becoming disgusted at what he judged as the corruption of morals and virtues in western society through individualism. When he returns to Egypt, he is disturbed by westernisation under Gamal Abdel Nasser and becomes convinced that in order to save his own society, it must be completely restructured along the lines of Islamic law while still using western technology. He then becomes convinced that his vision can only be accomplished through use of an elite “vanguard” to lead a revolution against the established order. Qutb becomes a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and, after being tortured in one of Nasser’s jails, comes to believe that western-influenced leaders can be justifiably killed to remove their corruption. Qutb is executed in 1966, but he influences Ayman al-Zawahiri, the future mentor of Osama bin Laden, to start his own secret Islamist group. Inspired by the 1979 Iranian revolution, Zawahiri and his allies assassinate Egyptian president Anwar Al-Sadat in 1981 in the hopes of starting their own revolution. However, the revolution does not materialise, and Zawahiri comes to believe that a majority of Muslims have been corrupted, not only by their western-inspired leaders, but Muslims themselves have been affected by jahilliyah and thus may be legitimate targets of violence if they refuse to join his cause. They continued to believe that a vanguard was necessary to rise up and overthrow the corrupt regime and replace it with a ‘pure’ Islamist state.

At the same time in the United States, a group of disillusioned liberals, including Irving Kristol and Paul Wolfowitz, look to the political thinking of Leo Strauss after the perceived failure of President Johnson’s “Great Society”. They conclude that an emphasis on individual liberty was the undoing of Johnson’s plans. They envisioned restructuring America by uniting the American people against a common evil, and set about creating a mythical enemy. These factions, the neoconservatives, came to power during the 1980s under the Reagan administration, with their allies Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. They alleged that the Soviet Union was not following the terms of a disarmament treaty between the two countries, and together with the outcomes of “Team B”, they built a case using dubious evidence and methods to prove it to Ronald Reagan.

Part 2: Phantom Victory. Part 3: Shadows in the Cave.

Sayyid Qutb (Arabic: سيد قطب‎‎ Sayyid Quṭb; also spelled Said, Syed, Seyyid, Sayid, Sayed; Koteb, Qutub, Kotb, Kutb; 9 October 1906 – 29 August 1966) was an Egyptian author, educator, Islamic theorist, poet, and the leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966 he was convicted of plotting the assassination of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and was executed by hanging.

Author of 24 books, including novels, literary arts critique and works on education, he is best known in the Muslim world for his work on what he believed to be the social and political role of Islam, particularly in his books Social Justice and Ma’alim fi al-Tariq (Milestones). His magnum opus, Fi Zilal al-Quran (In the Shade of the Qur’an), is a 30-volume commentary on the Quran.

During most of his life, Qutb’s inner circle mainly consisted of influential politicians, intellectuals, poets and literary figures, both of his age and of the preceding generation. By the mid-1940s, many of his writings were officially among the curricula of schools, colleges and universities.

Even though most of his observations and criticism were leveled at the Muslim world, Qutb is also known for his intense disapproval of the society and culture of the United States, which he saw as obsessed with materialism, violence, and sexual pleasures. Views on Qutb vary widely. He has been described by followers as a great thinker and martyr for Islam, while many Western observers see him as a key originator of Islamist ideology. Others in the West believe Qutb is an inspiration for violent groups such as al-Qaeda. Today, his supporters are identified by their opponents as “Qutbists” or “Qutbi”.

The Taliban ShuffleThe Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a memoir by American journalist Kim Barker about her experiences reporting in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It was published in 2011. Amazon. New York Times: Battle-Zone Absurdity and Adrenaline-Fueled Folly: A funny book about Afghanistan and Pakistan? It sounds like an oxymoron. Where is the comedy in a terrible war that continues to claim American and Afghan lives? What is comic about suicide bombers and I.E.D.’s, or a nuclear-armed Pakistan, reeling from corruption, violence and chronic dysfunction?