Friday, July 25, 2014

Various stories you may have missed

a solar flare 2 years ago was a near miss...if it had hit it could have wiped out civilization.


The left insists Israel is evil: just ignore the 100 thousand refugees from Syria and the genocide of Christians in Iraq.

But that isn't to say the photos of these atrocities don't make the front page: They do, but they are labeled as Israeli casualties. Photoshop anyone?

Heh. even the WAPO notes that Hamas atrocities are ignored. A thousand missiles aimed at Israel, no problem. Aid money spent on smuggling tunnels, no problem.

The resources devoted by Hamas to this project are staggering, particularly in view of Gaza’s extreme poverty. By one Israeli account, the typical tunnel cost $1 million to build over the course of several years, using tons of concrete desperately needed for civilian housing. By design, many of the tunnels have entrances in the heavily populated Shijaiyah district, where the Israeli offensive has been concentrated. One was found underneath al-Wafa hospital, where Hamas also located a command post and stored weapons, according to Israeli officials.
The depravity of Hamas’s strategy seems lost on much of the outside world, which — following the terrorists’ script — blames Israel for the civilian casualties it inflicts while attempting to destroy the tunnels. While children die in strikes against the military infrastructure that Hamas’s leaders deliberately placed in and among homes, those leaders remain safe in their own tunnels. There they continue to reject cease-fire proposals, instead outlining a long list of unacceptable demands.

all of this reminds me of the left in the past, who believed all the lies put out by communists, ignored the starvation of China's great leap forward, ignored the atrocities of the VietCong, blamed the Cambodian holocaust on the US, and looked the other way when the boat people fled the ethnic cleansing of their Chinese community or even when Vietnam went to war with China.

Yes, I have read Chomsky et al, but you know, I believe what I observe, not what someone in a university theorizes, and he is wrong. Of course, I don't talk to the small elite pro communist community, but tend to live in the trenches.

And I remember when the left cheered on the communists as the only alternative to Marcos...and then Cory found a third way. Heh. imagine that.


the "MCDONALDS" meat scandal on Drudge is actually just another case of Chinese corruption; The meat supplier figured a way to increase profits by selling shoddy meat.

KFC and Pizza Hut parent Yum, McDonald's and coffee chain Starbucks Corp are among the global brands that pulled products from their outlets after the news broke that Shanghai Husi supplied expired meat to clients in China as well as in Japan, in the latest in a series of food scandals in the country.
Earlier, the official Xinhua news agency cited the Shanghai food and drug watchdog as saying that food-safety violations at Shanghai Husi were company-led rather than the acts of individuals.
In its statement, Yum said: "It is difficult to believe and completely unacceptable that the management of Shanghai Husi ... would oversee and organize illegal and dishonest operations."

And if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I plan to sell you.

A similar scandal happened two years ago with tainted milk, and of course the heparin scandal where suppliers to American drug companies supplied a fake ingredient that tested the same as the real thing. Then there was the fake protein in the dog/cat food, and the cadmium in the toys and jewelry.

Here in Asia, people know Chinese goods are often shoddy and will fall apart quickly. so they will pay more for a product labeled  "Made in USA/Korea/Japan/Taiwan.

as for drugs: beware generics. Fake/counterfeit/underpowered drugs kill a million people a year, and most of them are made in China or India...

StrategyPage has an article on China's sealane grab and internal corruption problems.

oh yes: Did you know that there is an outbreak of Black plague in China?

and the Chinese aggression in the east Philippine sea includes stealing VietNam's oil and the VietNamese are more aggressive at push back


No, I hate Vampire movies/Tv shows, but when they turn political, I think they go too far:

On his personal Facebook page, Cruz said he never expected to turn up on the “misogynist and profanity-ridden” show. “I’m sorry to have lost the vampire vote,” Cruz wrote, “but am astonished (and amused) that HBO is suggesting that hard-core leftists are blood-sucking fiends.”

Jordan's army is good, partly because a lot of them are Bedouin.


when you ethnically cleanse an area and settle outsiders, expect some pushback..

Yes, that's what happened in Ireland, and only in recent years has that war calmed down. Again, the backstory at Strategypage.


ALS is a scary disease, more common in those who served in the military and those who went to college? or is this selection bias?


Tylenol doesn't work any better than placebo.

Yes, I know.

But what isn't said here is that the only pain medicijne that works a lot better than placebo for severe pain is....Mophine. and even that has a large placebo effect


another sign that the end of the world is nigh:

Americans like Jar Jar Binks more than Congress

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