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.



An rina fari ya zama baki: Nigeria analysis


Nigeria is headed for another civil war.  The USA must not take sides in Nigeria's de-facto civil war.  There's no saving Nigeria from the outside.  Consider: Boko Haram is largely based in Borno State, in the northeast.  Borno is the poorest part of Nigeria: corruption keeps the oil wealth in the Christian/animist south and away from the Muslim north.  As the largely Islamic southern Sahel empties out, Borno State has filled up with destitute migrants.  Though the West cannot and must not attempt to intervene, from the outside, much can be done from within. 


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.


Around the World Open Thread

In Italy, a new law allows prisoners to reduce their sentences by reading books.


In the UK, a new law forbids family and friends from sending books to prisoners.


In Iran, women are posting pics of themselves on facebook sans headscarves.


London.town (and other European Adventures, Video & Pics)

...as a continuing Project, to be added to from time to time...in Comments...as may you comment...lol


April 29, 2014


I am in London and there is an Underground Transportation Strike when I arrive at London Heathrow Airport...madness everywhere...see attached link with pictures.




The would take you two stations and then you'd have to transfer by foot to a different station...up and down...

Young Blood Reverses Aging

More precisely, infusing young blood in mice reverses many of aging's central effects:


Lebroning open thread

The War of Madmen: Ukraine analysis

The idiots in Kiev have begun an assault on Slavyansk.  Two MI-24 helos have been shot down with surface to air missiles, another badly damaged and several prisoners were captured.  Where once Ukraine had a tactical advantage, besieging Slavyansk, held the highway on both sides, holding their fire, playing for time, the one commodity both sides need, Ukraine have now only further enraged the ethnic Russians. 


For their part, the Russians and their Little Green Men stupidly continue to seize government buildings. rioting in Donetsk. Putin bluffs, demanding Ukraine pull its troops from the southeast. 


Clearly Ukraine's military has no concept of how to manage a combined arms assault.  Russia has successfully infiltrated superior troops and weapons systems into Ukraine's eastern corridor but such troops are spread thin across many towns and cities.  To win, the Russian elements must hold out long enough for the Kiev government, such as it is, to flinch.


Scottish Independence and Texan Wild Boars Open Thread

Scottish Independence is losing ground despite Chomsky's support. The latest poll shows momentum swinging to "No" on the referendum, 51 to 37.


Texans actually aren't eating enough bacon and ham:

Dementia on the Supreme Court

While I mentioned this in a post yesterday I think Justice Scalias blunder during his dissent in yesterdays 6-2 decision upholding the authority of the EPA to regulate cross border pollution merits closer examination. Scalia is of course a darling amongst certain conservatives whose overriding guiding principle is "does it piss off liberals". The high regard in which he is held comes not only from his votes on cases before the court, but by his sarcastic, belittling and insulting language (both written and verbal) towards anyone who disagrees with him.

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