Saturday, October 10, 2015

Obama's foreign policy has placed America in a bad - very bad - place.

As a student of history, I can't begin to express how terrified I am.

Historian Niall Fergusson writes:

//Now I see that this was the strategy—a strategy aimed at creating a new balance of power in the Middle East. The deal on Iran’s nuclear-arms program was part of Mr. Obama’s aim (as he put it to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in May) “to find effective partners—not just in Iraq, but in Syria, and in Yemen, and in Libya.” Mr. Obama said he wanted “to create the international coalition and atmosphere in which people across sectarian lines are willing to compromise and are willing to work together in order to provide the next generation a fighting chance for a better future.”

The same fuzzy thinking informed Mr. Obama’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly last week, in which he first said he wanted to “work with other nations under the mantle of international norms and principles and law,” but then added that, to sort out Syria, he was willing to work with Russia and Iran—neither famed for spending time under that particular mantle—so long as they accepted the ousting of yet another Middle Eastern dictator.

A fighting chance for a better future in the Middle East? Make that a better chance for a fighting future.

It is clear that the president’s strategy is failing disastrously. Since 2010, total fatalities from armed conflict in the world have increased by a factor of close to four, according to data from the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Total fatalities due to terrorism have risen nearly sixfold, based on the University of Maryland’s Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism database. Nearly all this violence is concentrated in a swath of territory stretching from North Africa through the Middle East to Afghanistan and Pakistan. And there is every reason to expect the violence to escalate as the Sunni powers of the region seek to prevent Iran from establishing itself as the post-American hegemon.

Today the U.S. faces three strategic challenges: the maelstrom in the Muslim world, the machinations of a weak but ruthless Russia, and the ambition of a still-growing China. The president’s responses to all three look woefully inadequate.//

The nice thing about having a president in office - or running for office - is that there is never any bad news.

CNN says "Ignore the man behind the curtain."

//ASHLEIGH BANFIELD: But you've got to – you've got to admit, Robert, that the Republicans are delivering any script that – that Bernie Sanders may need to go after [Hillary] Clinton. What's her ammo against Bernie Sanders?

ROBERT ZIMMERMAN, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Look, here's the deal: any Democrat who resorts to reciting Republican talking points is going to hurt themselves amongst the grassroots-

BANFIELD: So you're saying you don't think he's ever going to touch the e-mail scandal – or, it's not even a scandal-

ZIMMERMAN: It's not even a-

BANFIELD: It's really a controversy. But 'scandal' is the Republicans' word for it-


BANFIELD: So far, no one has determined there's any scandal there.

ZIMMERMAN: Of course not! And I think Senator Sanders is too fine a person to engage in reciting Republican talking points like that. But there will be debates around issues; debates around policy; and it's going to be pretty exciting. This is going to be an historic debate, because CNN's present – really, bringing the Democrats to the nation for the first time.//

First,  it was "Jesus is a myth"... it is "the Jewish Temple is a myth."

But in Civilization 3.0, to the people who are skeptical about historical facts, people with penises can be "women" if they say so.


//Was the White House ever in Washington, D.C.? Can we ever really know for sure? Not unless we dig under the existing structure and find indisputable archaeological evidence of the original structure, which British general Robert Ross is said—by some sources—to have torched in August, 1814.

If you find everything about the previous paragraph patently ridiculous, you are clearly not a reporter or an editor for The New York Times. This morning, the paper of record published a piece about Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, questioning whether or not it was the site of, you know, the Jewish Temple. “Historical Certainty,” the article’s headline reads, “Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place.” Capping the piece is a quote from Jane Cahill, who the paper notes is not only an archaeologist but also a practicing lawyer and therefore, presumably, an expert on incontrovertible evidence. Did the ancient Jewish temple stand where the Dome of the Rock now stands? “The answer might be ‘yes,’ if the standard of proof is merely a preponderance of the evidence,” Cahill is quoted as saying, “but ‘no’ if the standard of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt.”

It’s hard to begin to dissect the Times’ potent blend of ignorance and malice. There’s reporter Rick Gladstone’s repulsive bad faith in continually moving back and forth in his text between the narrow question he seems to have asked Cahill and other scholars: did the Temples stand precisely on the exact spot on the Temple Mount where Aksa was built, or might they have stood, say 50 feet over? This, in addition to the idea, which Gladstone weaves in and out of the piece, that there is even the slightest credibility to the idea that “Jewish Temples” were, you know, the products of some kind of religious fever-dream that Zionists then appropriated for their own aggressive purposes.

To be fair, Gladstone’s ignorance is all-embracing. If you know anything about religious history—not Jewish, mind you, but Muslim—you know that the Dome of the Rock was built in its current spot by the Umayyad Caliphate in 692 C.E. precisely because it was sacred space and because it was the former spot of the Jewish temple, just like the Kaaba in Mecca became a shrine because of the belief (stated explicitly in chapter 2, verse 127 of the Koran) that it was built by Abraham.

But hey, never mind any of that. Never mind the physical existence of the Western Wall, which the Times mentions in passing in the fourth-to-last paragraph, even though the existence of an enormous external supporting wall directly below the site where the temple is said to have stood should sort of answer the question. Never mind plentiful Roman historical accounts of the structure built by Herod that was widely regarded as one of the wonders of the ancient world. And never mind the fact that among scholars who actually study this stuff, there is no controversy whatsoever about the existence of Jewish Temples on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, anymore than any controversy that exists between Judaism and Islam on this point, or the fact that there is no contradiction between Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Roman or pagan sources. Don’t bother the Times with any of these facts: Just as long as it is possible to make any Jewish claim on Judaism’s holiest site seem like yet another irrational piece of fiction invented by feverish religious Jews, Zionists, and other troublemakers who are very unlike the good and logical and educated and clean Jews who read and write for the Times.//

Welcome to Civilization 3.0...

...where people with penises are women and historical facts are an opinion.

//“I don’t know that I’ve ever read a book quite as eye-opening as Michael Oren’s Ally, the bestselling historian’s stunning new memoir of his four years as Israel’s ambassador to the United States,” John Podhoretz writes at Commentary. “For what Oren has written is an account of serving as a diplomat during a Cold War — the Cold War the Obama administration launched against Israel upon coming into office.” And then there are Mr. Obama’s operatives with bylines:

[Oren] called the New York Times editorial-page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, after the paper published an op-ed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which Abbas startlingly claimed the Arabs had accepted the UN Partition Plan of 1947. The conversation went thus:

“When I write for the Times, fact checkers examine every word I write,” I began. “Did anybody check that Abbas has his facts exactly backward?”

“That’s your opinion,” Rosenthal replied.

“I’m an historian, Andy, and there are opinions and there are facts. That the Arabs rejected partition and the Jews accepted it is an irrefutable fact.”

“In your view.”

“Tell me, on June 6, 1944, did Allied forces land or did they not land on Normandy Beach?”

Rosenthal…replied, “Some might say so.”//

Friday, October 09, 2015

Imagine if this was a Republican.

//She can’t figure out a fax machine

In one email revealed in an early batch, Ms. Clinton couldn’t get a fax machine to work. Her top aide, Huma Abedin, tried repeatedly—via an email exchange—to help the former secretary of state.

Ms. Abedin: “Can you hang up the fax line, they will call again and try fax.”

Ms. Clinton: “I thought it was supposed to be off hook to work?”

Ms. Abedin: “Yes, but hang up one more time. So they can reestablish the line.”

Ms. Clinton: “I did.”

Ms. Abedin: “Just pick up phone and hang it up. And leave it hung up.”

Ms. Clinton: “I’ve done it twice now.”

Ms. Clinton then sent a final email on the matter, writing, “Still nothing. Call Oscar if they need help. I’ll be out of pocket for an hour or so.”//

SNL, Comedy Central, late night hosts....all would be over this.

Major news - If you are George HW Bush and you ask about a checkout in 1988.

Not news - If you are Hillary Clinton and you can't make a phone all on your phone in 2010.

//The drip, drip of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails has revealed one narrative that doesn’t seem to have been played up in the media.

Hillary Clinton is technologically illiterate. If she were a Republican man, she would be chastised for being so bad at, well, everything that has to do with technology. Heck, if she were a Republican woman, she’d be ripped to shreds as a moron on par with how the media treated former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin or former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. If either of those two women couldn’t figure out how to find an NPR station, for example (as Ms. Clinton couldn’t), they would be the subject of continuous mockery.

Saturday Night Live’s repeated skits about Ms. Palin, for example, led many people to believe the former 2008 vice presidential candidate actually said she could see Russia from her backyard.

But with Ms. Clinton, the comedy sketches to date have been tepid (humorous, but tepid) and have avoided her obvious failings with technology. Now would be the time to list a couple examples of Ms. Clinton’s—let’s call them “disagreements”—with technology, but I think the sheer number of these instances needs to be pointed out. I’m also going to include some other instances of Ms. Clinton showing she’s out of touch with regular people.

She can’t figure out a fax machine//

Got to love science.

After a decade of Alarmists explaining where the heat went to explain why there has been no warming since 1987, one scientist solved the problem by simply adding temperature to the more accurate Argo buoy data.

//The main reason for that is that Karl added 0.12°C to all Argo buoy temperature readings and gave them added weighting when calculating the re-analyzed dataset, according to a critique of Karl’s paper by Dr. Ross McKitrick.

The Argo array and ship-based temperature measurements are in disagreement. Argo’s temperatures are colder than ship-based temperatures and show no sea surface temperature increases since its earliest measurements began. Karl’s change to Argo data increases global temperatures after 2004, when Argo buoys started showing up in large numbers. The Argo network went fully operational in late 2007 with 3,000 floats in place.

The international Argo array is a wonder of modern climate science technology. It consists of nearly 3,900 specially designed buoys distributed in oceans all over the world. Each self-contained robotic buoy records ocean temperature, salinity and ocean drift to a depth of 6,500 feet. They normally free float at 3,000 feet. Every 10 days they dive and then return to the surface, taking measurements all along the way. Once surfaced, they automatically upload their collected data via satellite into a global database.

Argo is specifically designed for climate science. Ship-based measurements are not. Ships have taken measurements in many different ways over the years. Most modern-day water temperature readings from ships are taken from boiler room water intakes not designed for rigorous scientific purposes. Those have a built-in heat bias.

Instead of logically recalibrating the less reliable ship-based data to match the Argo data, Karl alters the Argo data to match the ship-based measurements.//

Liberals - Slogans, not rules.

Planned Parenthood attacks on Carly Fiorina is not a "War on Women."

And, this is not "Black Lives Matter" or

Know Your Slogans.

Remember "No blood for oil"?

Remember "Halliburton"?

Actually fomenting a civil war is perfectly hunky-dory when an FOH (Friend of Hillary) does it.

//So Trey Gowdy sent a formal letter to Elijah Cummings over the latter’s intolerably and pettily partisan hackwork with regard to the Benghazi Committee (@RBPundit categorizes it as ‘BEASTMODE,’ which is highly accurate).  There are a lot of interesting things in this letter.  A lot of brutal commentary on Rep. Cummings’ willingness to say one thing in private and another in public, for example. But I found this part about Sidney Blumenthal to be highly entertaining reading:

Beyond the pure politics that were occurring at this time, perhaps more disturbing it that at the same time [Sidney] Blumenthal was pushing Secretary Clinton to war in Libya, he was privately pushing a business interest of his own in Libya that stood to profit from contracts with the new Libyan government – a government that would exist only after a successful U.S. intervention in Libya that deposed Qaddafi. This business venture was one he shared with Tyler Drumheller and Cody Shearer, the authors of the information sent to Secretary Clinton. It is therefore unsurprising that somebody who knew so little about Libya would suddenly become so interested in Libya and push an old friend in a powerful place to action – for personal profit.

While Blumenthal and Drumheller have both acknowledged a personal stake in the business venture, known as Osprey Global Solutions, they have downplayed their involvement to the Committee. New documents received by the Committee, however, indicate more extensive involvement than previously known.

As a reminder: Sidney Blumenthal was not some mere hanger-on to Secretary Clinton. He was supposed to become a formal adviser when Clinton became Secretary of State, only to be told no by the White House.  Blumenthal still operated as a confidant afterward, only informally. The record shows that he was a constant presence in Hillary Clinton’s utterly non-secure online discussion of Libya. He had influence over the decision making process. And a company that Sidney Blumenthal ran allegedly benefited from it.//

Remember when Obama was caught on camera cravenly telling the Russian ambassador "Tell Vlad that I will have more flexibility after the election."?

A.  Did we ever find out what that was about?

B.  Did anyone in the media ask him about it?

C.  Did anyone not see this as the result of such craven fawning?

White House weighing Syrian retreat.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

If only women babysitters could marry...

...if only women could be babysitters.

//A babysitter who had sex with an 11-year-old boy was spared jail after a judge declared that her immaturity "narrowed the arithmetic age gap" between them.
Jade Hatt, 21, was looking after the "sex-mad" youngster when she stripped off, removed his clothes, then straddled him and had sexual intercourse.
However, the boy's father - who had a previous sexual relationship with the woman - defended Hatt in court and described her as immature.
He said his son was "fully up for the experience" and regarded it as a "notch on his belt".//
Plus, no "deep pockets."

The debate is settled, so the president of the Sierra Club doesn't have to be able to discuss how the satellite data shows no warming for the last 17 years....

...all he has to do is quote a bogus "97% of ALL SCIENTISTS agree" artifact.

You have in this clip the classic Appeal to Authority fallacy AFTER the president of the Sierra Club says that the "preponderance of the evidence," i.e., something greater than 50% support AGW and that debate and discussion is perfectly OK, which came AFTER the Sierra Club's position statement that "debate is closed" was read.

This isn't science; it's ideology all the way down.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Welcome to Civilization 3.0...

...where the left is beyond mere human ability to parody...

...because using the intellect is an artifact of patriarchal, colonial racist, cisgendered, homophobic oppression but feeling passionately about an issue is all that matters.

//This is gross. And also sad. Progressivism continues its inevitable descent into complete parody.

According to Right Wing News, a few n’er do wellers on 4chan had a brilliant idea: see if they could convince people to, “publicly piss/sh*t their pants in the name of ‘Equality?'”

For these types of things to work, pranksters start a hashtag usually by attaching it to other well trafficked ones, then the intended marks take it from there.

#PissForEquality is not first outlandish hashtag used to successfully troll self-described feminists. Last year, 4chan started the #EndFathersDay hashtag, but with even better trollistic success. Professor Jacobson wrote:

There is a strange lack of connection of so many progressive manias to reality, that it’s hard to know what is real or not. Even for progressives.

There was a major trolling of leftist feminists and Gender Studies types on Twitter, with the hastage “#EndFathersDay.” It was started at 4Chan, but feminists ran with it apparently believing it to be true. Some of the tweets were hysterical — but impossible to tell if part of the group trolling or the leftist feminists who thought it was real.

Ask the Internet for idiocy and idiocy ye shall receive. These tweets being an indicator, 4chan’s trolling managed to rope in a few takers.//

Sunday, October 04, 2015

There can be good socialists and bad socialists, but it takes atheism to make socialism  truly evil.

Atheists like to claim that atheism is not responsible for atheist atrocities because "atheism is a lack of belief" and "a lack of belief has never caused anyone to do anything."

As if ignorance has never been the cause of a mistake, bad judgment or injury.

In this case, perhaps, the ignorance lies in the failure to perceive the victims of Communism as beings made in the image of God rather than mere commodities?

//China harvested livers, kidneys, corneas and even hearts from tens of thousands religious prisoners while they were still alive and the world is paying no attention, according to a new documentary.

Rumours of the live organ trade in China first surfaced in 2006, and have been supported by human rights lawyers, witnesses and even surgeons who admit having performed the operations.
But claims that supporters of the Falun Gong faith are having their organs sold to wealthy transplant tourists from all over the world are still not taken seriously.

The documentary, Hard to Believe, offers the first sustained examination into why the world is so willing to turn a blind eye to 'one of the most catastrophic human rights violations in our time'.//

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Even the weaponized fact checkers at Politifact don't accept the spin and slander that America's lame-duck president uses to distract Americans from his loss of the Middle East and inability to get America back to work....

...which means that the evidence is crystal clear.

The data shows that it clearly happens in other countries, and in at least three of them, there’s evidence that the rate of killings in mass-shooting events occurred at a higher per-capita rate than in the United States between 2000 and 2014. The only partial support for Obama’s claim is that the per-capita gun-incident fatality rate in the United States does rank in the top one-third of the list of 11 countries studied. On balance, we rate the claim Mostly False.//

If not helping insane people to not mutilate themselves is what modernity means by tolerance and compassion...

...count me out.

Psychologist blinds women who wanted to be blind.
The fallacy of publicity meets the Big Lie...

...or who cares how many people are killed in Belgium, Finland or the Czeck Republic by mass shooting?

The nice thing about having a Democrat in the White House is that there is never any bad news.

Yay! Another first for the Obama administration.

Voting against America.

//Castro told Obama “the pace of the normalization process will depend on lifting of the embargo,” according to Rodriguez. Therefore, he added, Cuba will present its annual America-bashing resolution at the General Assembly in a few weeks. “We’ll continue to present this resolution as long as the blockade persists,” he said. He even demanded compensation for Cuba’s suffering under the embargo.

Rodriguez referred to a resolution Cuba’s initiated at the Havana-friendly General Assembly every year since President John F. Kennedy established the embargo. In recent years, America found itself increasingly isolated, as all our allies, including Britain and the rest of Europe, joined Cuba in condemning us. Only Israel joined America last year in voting against that resolution.
But this year, our own amabassador reportedly might abstain from the vote. Senior American officials have so far declined to deny those reports, suggesting they may indeed be true.

No UN diplomats can remember a case in which a country voted against its own policies, or abstained on them.//

Let's see...China is actively making connections in Latin America, Russia is bombing insurgent forces we support in Syria, and this idiot may join the anti-American mob in the UN.

But where's the American outrage?

Hard to say who is worse....

....the intellectually/morally deficient Nancy Pelosi or the media whores who run interference for killing unborn humans.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Treason against the First Amendment.

The media's spinelessness on the Benghazi story was as close to treason against the Constitution. The story was a blatant lie from the beginning, an American's right to free speech was thrown under the bus, a movie producer was put in prison without a peep from the media, and without a bit of curiosity from the media, Candy Crowley sided with Obama in the debate on the Benghazi issue, Obama lied to the American people...

...heads should roll.

//Given the Weekly Standard piece's length, this is a good time to interject how Thomas Lifson at American Thinker interprets what happened to Logan's story: "the words 'set up' start to come to mind." Here's why Lifson would write that, Getting back to Hemingway's report:

According to a source with extensive knowledge of CBS News operations, of all the senior figures at CBS News and 60 Minutes, Drumheller had a “close relationship” with Bill Owens who was charged with fact checking the story. While New York [Magazine] notes that 60 Minutes made “no calls were made to the State Department or the FBI specifically to vet Davies’s claims,” based on the publicly available emails it would appear that CBS News’s intelligence consultant should have had no problems getting information from the highest levels of the State Department.
All three outlets cited in this post mention another person who was a CBS reporter at the time but no longer is. Here's what the IBD editorial has to say about her:

At least three CBS journalists did try to get the facts — and in varying ways were all punished by their bosses, who were being advised by Drumheller.

Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson was repeatedly treated as a troublemaker by CBS executives for her Benghazi coverage, which she recounted in her book "Stonewalled," and saw her stories relegated to the CBS website instead of the evening news.

If this were a story about a Republican administration and conflicts of interest at a center-right media outlet, the establishment press would have had this matter on the front pages and nightly newscasts by now, and would be doing their own independent digging into this conflict-of-interest-riddled mess.

Instead, it involves heavily protected Democrats and the so-called Tiffany network. Thus, a search at the Associated Press on Tyler Drumheller's last name comes up empty, and a Google News search on his full name (not in quotes, sorted by date) returns only the American Thinker item cited earlier.

Perhaps someone at Google can explain why Hemingway's work, which comes up in a general web search, doesn't come up in the news search.//

Stay classy, Hillary.

Stay classy....

...and honest.

//Good morning, ma’am,” a member of the uniformed Secret Service once greeted Hillary Clinton. “F*** off,” she replied. That exchange is one among many that active and retired Secret Service agents shared with Ronald Kessler, author of First Family Detail, a compelling look at the intrepid personnel who shield America’s presidents and their families — and at those whom they guard.//

Project, much?

Unhinged feverswampleft journalist explains how Ratzinger Conspiracy secretly swindled Pope Francis into meeting Kim Davis.

Because, obviously, the Pope has absolutely no opinions on the "human right of conscientious objection."

On the other hand, when "they" are accusing you of doing something that wouldn't occur to you, that means they are doing it to you.

//However, as the pope is preparing to go wheels-up in Philadelphia, I'd get the word to a reporter – say, Terry Moran of ABC. On the plane ride home, Moran would ask the pope a vague question about "religious liberty," without mentioning Davis's name, which seems a curious omission for a veteran journalist to make. The pope again would give a fairly anodyne answer about freedom of conscience with which nobody can disagree. Then, with the pope safely back in Rome, I'd leak the news to a conservative Catholic website and wait for the inevitable explosion. (Implicit in this strategy are two facts: a) that the pope doesn't know who Davis is or the facts of her situation, and b) that the Vatican press office will resort to its default position of clumsy semi-stonewalling when the  story breaks.) When it comes, lo and behold, Kim Davis gets to give an exclusive interview to ABC, the same network that employs the reporter who asked the question on the airplane. But to pull this off, I'd need someone with serious clout within the Church bureaucracy. And this is where Vigano comes in.

The man is a real player within the institutional church. He first came to prominence as a whistleblower during one of the several investigations of the Vatican Bank, which may be what got him exiled to this godless Republic in the first place. Despite that fact, Vigano is well-known to be a Ratzinger loyalist and he always has been a cultural conservative, particularly on the issue of marriage equality. In April, in a move that was unprecedented, Vigano got involved with an anti-marriage equality march in Washington sponsored by the National Association For Marriage. (And, mirabile dictu, as we say around Castel Gandolfo at happy hour, one of the speakers at this rally was Mat Staver, who happens now to be Kim Davis's lawyer.) In short, Vigano, a Ratzinger loyalist, who has been conspicuous and publicly involved in the same cause as Kim Davis and her legal team, arranges a meeting with Davis that the legal team uses to its great public advantage. Once again paraphrasing New Orleans lawyer Lamar Parmentel from The Big Easy, the Vatican is a marvelous environment for coincidence.

(Also, I have been remiss in not mentioning that, because of the way John Paul II larded the cardinalate with conservatives, the pope was surrounded by conservative American clerics, including his host in Philadelphia, Charles Cardinal Chaput, who's really something of a dog's breakfast. While presiding in Denver, Chaput led the movement to deny communion to pro-choice American politicians. And, after this pope met with survivors of sexual abuse in Philadelphia, Chaput reached deeply into the Corporate Works Of Mercy to declare...//

Catholic pro-tip: "Corporal," not "corporate," you idiot.


...if you don't, you are just a hateful bigot making yourself a victim!

I know, it doesn't make any sense, but that's the way that gaybrownshirt left sees it.

//But the optics of it are bad no matter what. Rather than moving us forward on LGBT rights ever so slightly, as many viewed the pope as doing, he now, with this meeting, emboldens the haters in the church who will be pushing to make sure church doctrine continues to call homosexuality "intrinsically disordered." And it sends a message to all those people who've experienced anti-gay discrimination -- like the Catholic school teachers fired from their jobs in the U.S. simply because of who they are -- that this pope is not going to end that discrimination any time soon. Rather than stopping that discrimination, he welcomed, with open arms in the Vatican's own embassy, the bigots who promote that discrimination but who've turned themselves into the victims.//

The Carly Factor.

Abortionist want to say (a) cutting apart born alive children for their organs doesn't happen but (b) if it does it doesn't matter because they are not people so who cares? and (c) anyone who would suggest that they support such awful things that don't happen and don't matter is a horrible slandering liar for suggesting that they would do something so horrible that doesn't happen and doesn't matter.

Short response to this pleading in the alternative: It does happen; it does matter; Carly wasn't lying.

Deal with it, but stop being a "good citizen of Omelas."
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