Saturday, December 3, 2011

#MER in the future

Hello #MER,
It's been some time since we did regular posts, we appreciate the off line discussion. As 2012 approaches, we are gearing up for just that, weekly then more frequesnt postings of our discussions.

We have decided to aggregate #MER links and focus on the Syrian question via the MER blog. We will focus with a watchful eye on Israel, Syria, and the relations between them and in the larger Middle East theater including the resurgent Arab League and Turkey.

We welcome all web feedback but reserve the right to edit. Please respect the rights of others to speak freely. We are here to help solve problems, not add to them.


Syria opposition leader: We would drop Iran, Hezbollah ties - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News


Syria opposition leader: We would drop Iran, Hezbollah ties - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

#MER #politics

Thursday, September 30, 2010

From the US and Middle East desk ... This is and ... signing on.

Hello faithful lurkers of and

Our media watch process has picked up another digital political riff on the global cyberwaves. We have not witnessed such movement since the days following 9/11.

Right now we are witnessing a series of diplomatic activity via the US, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, Jordan, and Palestine (and of course the rest of the globe) that has ignited this blog again.

In our observation, our country (and the world) is at a geopolitical strategic cross roads that is playing out in the Middle East peace process, US midterm election cycles, and the crucial Afghan war being fought as a violent chaotic free-for-all in lawless territories.

As you know, we have been following the Middle East discussion for some time via our @freeRADlab, @betalab, @ZionTocracy, @PoliticiansTV, @Behaviorologist, and Kosher Wiki eco-system. Please continue to follow along and post when possible.

We'll track this new discussion as best we can to see who's who and what's what as it unfolds right before our eyes.

We look forward to your comments.

(Draft) Statement:
This country is turning Red again but in a way that perhaps is inherently more militant than the George Bush II years. In a series of electoral upsets, but not surprising to media cybernauts, the GOP is splintering, for real this time. This is no Steve Forbes single issue assault or a Ross Perot Mirage, these are "Americans" as defined by this countries Anglo traditions. These citizens are at the heart of every state in the US. They are fighting US wars, harvesting fields, putting the goods on and off ships, and spending the money to keep it all going. Or so they say. This does not appear to be simple "protest" votes.

To some, this is an army of believers that are only now gaining steam and uniting. They are inherently hostile and radical, on demand, when it comes to their beliefs of core issues such as the constitution, modern day immigration, religion, education, and distribution of wealth and property. What this organization lacks right now, is leadership.

Democrats have a much more "fierce" and "partisan" opponent on their hands. As of our post, we are very surprised they seem to be only snickering at the accusations and actual misdeeds of these candidates by labeling them as "scary," "Insane," "Frightening," and more. We wonder what skeletons sit in the Democrats and their Progressive Partisans closet's?

We hope you find the discussion interesting and join in. Please contact us directly with any thoughts at the news desk: 215 592 - 1242.


Benjamin F. Barnett
Bureau Chief /
Media Strategist

Friday, January 22, 2010

Discussing: Digital Media Strategy; #HDmedia; #PIFF4 #PhilaIndie #film
Underground Film Forum #UFF #PUFF;; #buyboards

...:::Networking eco-system:::...

Phase III enabled. Public release - Beta v05
Date: 01.03.2010 / 9.21.2010

Other reference to:
... Google Sidewiki
... Social Network Strategy
... Digital Media Strategy
... Cybernetic Culture Design

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Final Inauguration 2009 blog post ... See you in 2012.

for other posts, please view:

Everybody had a camera. Everybody. No where did you go and not see hands stuck in the air recording everything and anything. Smile! Can I take your picture? Where are you from? Does this diminish the value of any prints out there or make the best ones more valuable? We will never see them all.

This #inaug09 was a full frontal New Media outing (again!). Caveat: It's level of interactivity was minimal - 20% citizen / candidate immersion at best. We witnessed very little contact (organization) with attending citizens on the ground (Citizen interaction was in small defined groups - no large demonstrations or gatherings were visible or audible.) Events appeared to be very much about pomp and the moment.

There was very little intrusion from law enforcement although obvious around an entire perimeter. Witnessed 1 military defensive action. People were cut off from food, water, security and on foot. Metro's were jammed and shut down (Metro Station) with little or no way to figure out what was true or which stations would be affected. People trusted "hearsay," "rumor", and good will. Their seemed to be much hearding going on as people would stand in lines for long amounts of time only to realize the line went no where. This is true everywhere we went. There were no Information booths for people to help you get around or understand what events were happening or when. No vendors of anything visible. No people on loudspeakers to lead. Nothing. Very minimal police / gov / "visible" presence.

Cell phones must have been jammed on a "haphazard basis" as they would go up and down in terms of signal. It could not have just been capacity - their appeared to be no reason why a citizen would call at the same time unless you base it on speaker impact possibilities / potential. Some of the speakers would generate very little interest to begin with. As well, since there was "no" information available to people walking around, nobody knew anything unless they had a “connection” to the outside. The White House and surrounding Mall is on physical / technical lock down.

ATT signal dropped for a full hour period (1:00pm) and txt messaging went down fully.
Update: ATT Service works again (- 2:22pm) and I was able to "phone" out of state.
txt msg not working.

Web access and in turn IM had been disrupted. It seemed blocked and sudden.

Walking for hours to the farthest MEtro stop to exit Mall area.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barack Hussein Obama Inauguration 2009 ... blogging

The drive from Philadelphia, PA USA was 2:40 minutes. We saw very little traffic on I95. We continued to Northern Virginia via the Chain bridge and saw large trucks with snow plows positioned off the roads and no traffic. We have been told that bridges would be blocked at 4AM. We arrived by 3:45 and and met up with our host, Washington Bureau Chief Alan Rosnenblatt who has briefed us.

Washington DC is on lock-down, cold, and very quite.

Expected attendance is 2 million and they will spill into the city all at once starting now via public transportation that will be no doubt very slow.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hamas rethinks its position. Israel blinks. The world thinks.


Has the state of Israel experienced a positive reaction in world opinion on the matter of their right to exist during the war in Gaza? Has the Israelie media team some how managed to shape global expression?
The expected immediate and violent backlash has not happened from the Arab world – yet. Israel seems to have shaped world opinion to believe that it is acting in self defense. This global RS ( Reaction Scenerio) seems familiar to how the United States was perceived immediatly after the World Trade Center attacks. This manifestation and growth of world opinion based on events has happened swiftly and will last for just a few short days. It has happened in the past. Can Israel negotiate swiftly its way out of the conflict with world opinion intact? Will they get what they came for - The complete cessation of rocket and mortar fire into Israel with International assurance that it will not occur? Will a prisoner exhange be part of the negotiation? Will we know?

Has Israel finally taken on the task of engaging with the world community as a debater of its right to exist by taking on the enormous task of speaking to the world in real time - across all platforms, media’s, and possibilities? We think so. But if Israel keeps out world media and produces a carnival of media (cool smart bomb shots posted to the web …) that results in perceived true or not distortions, which they will most certainly be spun into, then make haste or be ready to take on the global swarm.

There's no turning back.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Middle East Links - The Israel Project (TIP)


The following links are organized to help you learn more about Israel and the Middle East. Click on the headings below to jump to a specific group of links.


Why Hamas can cease fire ...

The Palestinian Israeli conflict reaches a crucial cross-road. Israel is demonstating to its enemies and the world that it will act capably on the ground and thoughtfully in the media by exposing how the untruths of Arab propaganda victimize Arabs first.

Israel has been in a state of war since May 1948. Wars are fought to be won. The scope of anti-Israel militancy has expanded to "Jews" anywhere, any time -- and with disproportionate cruelty to the victims. It was not always like this. This probably did not go unnoticed to Israel's politicians and military of the savagery taking place under the guise of resistance.

Whatever illusions came from Israel's retreat at the hands of Hizbollah, the Israelis are now showing that if Hamas remains incapable of accepting peace and two sates, Israel can destroy them.

Hamas has an opportunity to act and take charge of the bully pulpit they currently claim. They have Hezbollah as an example in Lebanon. Hamas has proven itself as fierce fighters. Standing on the dead bodies of your comrades with everything destroyed around you and rattling your Saber is no way to claim victory. Put down your arms and pick up ploughs and partnerships from whom you choose. Remember the people you are trying to save.

Notes: Jewish refugees fleeing the fighting:
Move to New Palestine and attempt tp take their plight to the heart of the matter.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Why Israel had to attack ...


Israel has never won the propaganda war of world opinion. With recent operations in the Gaza Strip, they will continue to be looked down upon as aggressors despite actions taking place based on obvious truce violations by their sworn enemy, Hamas. We think it has never actually tried to explain itself to the global body and has walked the line of its existance alone. It has done so in the name of defending its people, culture and basic right to exist (even at 1967 borders) after coming close to planned extinction. In recent years (perhaps since Oslo accords) Israel has attempted to approach peace with its Palestinian neighbors a gun and stick. It offers compromise while standing ready to fight back attempts to exterminate it. In the slug fest of Middle East politics, it seems that both sides can see no other way. Israel has no choice. Its very existence is on the line.

Israel has never been given the green light from world opinion to defend itself. The lack of any Security Council resolutions (against Palestinians etc) alone shows this to be true. Israel feels they are alone and now, it shows again, with action in Gaza that this is true. Despite pulling out from Gaza and leaving the land entirely, it has received neither praise nor compromise. They were only met with scorn as Hamas took over from an inept PA and moved rocket installations to the new frontlines.

Hamas ended the truce by not symbolically offering the Israelis an opportunity of interaction when Israel's settlers and Army left Gaza. We realize it is more than that, but when you consider your land is not "occupied anymore" perhaps it was worth more than shouting "your enemy lost the war" and use it as a cry for recruits. It's diabolical to think that Hamas propagandists believe that the world believes this. This is to pray on the disenfranchised.

Now as they are being pounded into the ground they long for, they cry foul. Why? To claim victory? Will they stand on the bodies of their dead people and destroyed buildings like Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah and claim victory? They certainly will, while their people starve.

History’s wars show victory for those that concede defeat and pick up the plough. In the eyes of Hamas, only the extermination of the Jews will do, yet they throw their women and children into the fire with no mercy in the name of Jihad. We hope they see through the violence and plague that has fallen upon them. The violence is an eye for an eye. The plague is their failed leadership. Israel has no moral obligation to restrain from defending its people despite the ferocity of their attacks.

Where are the Arab peacemakers?

Scientocracy must rise.