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Lunatics.

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At least the Cold War made some sense - a clash of ideology about how to run a society, democracy versus tyranny, command economies versus mixed economies and so forth.

 

What are the conflicts today?  

 

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/iraq-mosul-nineveh-t...

How the Gaza war is brutalising all sides.

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15 killed by shelling of of an UNWRA school.

In an interview with Al Jazeera Chris Gunness, the spokesman for UNRWA, the UN's humanitarian organisation in Gaza, said his organisation had been in contact with Israeli forces as fighting closed in on the shelter.

Liveblogging the bombing of Gaza.

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I know we all want to live in alternate worlds but this is JPost's official liveblog of the Gaza bombardment.  Some illuminating comments, and some curious parallels which seem to have bypassed OpEds in the JPost.

 

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/LIVE-BLOG-Israels-Operation-Protective-Edge...

Men's Rights Open Thread

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http://time.com/2949435/what-i-learned-as-a-woman-at-a-mens-rights-confe...

 

Tidbits

“Women don’t marry men in unemployment lines,” he said. The audience nodded in agreement.

Who should we support Open Thread.

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eeyn posed an interesting question about who are the good guys in Libya, and BlaiseP summed it up, accurately IMO, that there are no "good guys" - both supposed secularists and obvious Islamists can be both good and bad.

 

Cut to Syria where a chemical weapon-using supposed secularist is fighting tunnel-bomb using Islamists.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/20/aleppos-most-wanted-man-reb...

A lament for Tibet (picture diary).

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We travelled in Western Tibet last month (the bit that belongs to us) - a tiny residuum of an incredibly dense and literate culture, almost, one hears, wiped out in its own land.  Fortunately this culture seems to be relatively safe with us, rather than our somewhat more intolerant neighbors.

 

The Greatest Engineering Project Ever Open Thread.

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For those of us minutely following ITER, the possibility of seeing the project come to fruition within our lifetimes is simply amazing.  

 

A great write-up for those who need an introduction.

 

This year's polar Open Thread.

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This year's Arctic ice melt is shaping up to be very interesting.  

 

Privatisation, the panacea.

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Introducing our soon-to-be new Prime Minister, supposedly winning a cakewalk, if his election campaigners are to be believed.  Starnge to imagine that this could come about so soon after the 2002 annus horribilis.

 

Microfinance for the poor gets legitimate.

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Big news here.  The Reserve Bank has finally accepted that microfinance companies are not all scamsters and corrupt.

 

In the last round of granting licences to form a bank 10 years ago, only two relative unknowns made the cut.  This time, most of the large corporates made bids, all of which were rejected.

 

Virtual Reality and Conspiracy Theory Open Thread.

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Was Facebook was created by the CIA?  If so, why did they buy Oculus?  More than 60,000 Oculus Developer kits have been sold.  

 

Sony is readying its version.  No doubt factories in China are retooling to make 6 billion headsets.

 

Still deluded after all the intervention in AfPak.

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So the NYT has an extensive article about how Osama bin Laden was deliberately protected by the ISI, with the full knowledge of the State.

 

Where's the Boeing 777? Open Thread

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/09/malaysia-airlines-missing-p...

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/08/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane-mis...

 

Terrorists?  Chinese missile?  Russian missile (misfire from Sevastopol)?  North Korean test?  Satellite debris on re-entry?

 

Aliens? 

 

Does sport addle the brain?

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I really don't get it.  

 

Let us consider any modern collective human activity - if more than 20 presumably fit young men performing physical labour die every month,  (die, that is, not be disabled or be otherwise unable to carry on) - would we be able to suggest that this was a normal state of affairs and get away with it?

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