Saturday, August 05, 2017

Stories below the fold

StrategyPage has a long article on Afghanistan. Pakistan is enabling the drug trade by supplying needed chemicals for heroin, and also supporting terrorism.

And i notes Russia supplying arms just to make trouble.

But it also notes Iran's involvement, and that much of the problem is that they host a lot of refugees from the time of Russia's war there.

So how do you divert a lot of poor, aggressive folks into doing something constructive? You recruit them to the military.

In 2012 Iran came up with a solution; allowing Afghan Shia in Iran to join an Iranian sponsored mercenary force in Syria. Iran was trying to keep the Syrian government in power against an uprising by the majority of Syrians (who are Sunni). The Shia minority has ruled Syria for over 40 years and since the 1980s done so with the financial and material support of Iran. After 2012 that support included more and more foreign Shia fighters recruited, trained (usually in only a few weeks), paid and led by Iranians. The key benefit for Afghan volunteers from Iran was that successful service (especially if killed or disabled) provided the volunteer and his family with permanent residency in Iran. Nearly 20,000 Afghans from Iran have volunteered so far and some 20 percent have been killed or wounded.


This is a typical "cutting abortion funding hurts poor people" article in the CSMonitor.

what's wrong with this picture? Well, to start with, notice they have oodles of money to pay outsiders to push birth control, but are not giving out immunizations to keep children alive. Nor are they giving out WHO rehydration fluid, nor are they giving out high protein supplements to keep children alive.

more on Africa here.

and my comments here

the west is just as bad: They just do it more politely.


The WTF post of the day: Marvel is calling their female Muslim Superhero "ISIS"?

not answered: Why would a good Muslim girl chose to use the name of a pagan goddess in the first place.

Instapundit  links to a USAtoday story on why the ban on affirmative action is not just about letting poor whites who work hard an equal chance to college along with the kids of black college professors: It's about the terrible discrimination against Asians.

why, yes. This is why my medical school had a "Jewish quota" back in the 1950s and early 1960s.



Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii), aka “slime eels”, are primitive fish that occupy burrows on the ocean floor. Like earthworms, they have 5 hearts. They have no true eyes, no jaws, nor do they have a stomach. They locate their meals through great senses of smell and touch. In addition to small invertebrates, they are known for consuming carrion that fall to the ocean floor. By consume, I mean burrow into the decomposing carcasses and eating them from the inside out. Ew. Given their dietary habits, it is no surprise they are regularly exposed to little to no oxygen and high ammonia levels as they burrow into carcasses. While some fish suffer from brain swelling, coma and even death with exposure to high ammonia levels, hagfish are remarkably tolerant of ammonia
true, but they are also delicious:

and do you want to stop global warming?

Eliminate Fido 

n a paper published in the journal PLOS One, Gregory Okin, a geography professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), says that cats and dogs are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of environmental influence due to meat consumption.
Okin calculated that dogs and cats’ meat eating habits generate an equivalent of about 64 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, which equals to the impact caused by a year's worth of driving from 13.6 million cars.

George, our killer Lab

headsup DaveBarry.

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