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Allen and I have way too much time on our hands. We made this a few months ago, and I never got around to posting it. I think.

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Yeah I couldn’t sleep last night. At least I get to go home a bit early. However, there’s some news that’s been irking me since I checked my RSS feeds for the day.

First off, yet again, a faction of Islam is blaming bad shit in the world on women. This gets tiresome so fast – it’s just another attempt at social control on women. There’s no fucking correlation between showing a little leg or hair (seriously he was complaining about hair showing under scarves) and a damn earthquake. Perhaps this is an even greater attempt to get people behind the idea of building a new capital at Qom, which would have NO significance as being the site of the Fordow uranium enrichment facility, right? Yet Ahmadinejad has said people should leave Tehran and plans to build that capital at Qom. Oh what the hell, they are just crazy. This is not the fault of women, dressing for comfort doesn’t make the world fall over.

Did they or didn’t they? Push and pull fight about Syria giving scuds to Hezbollah. Mossad might be one of the best agencies in the world, and I have problems doubting the veracity of this claim. Syria has been unstable for so long, and gotten their ass beaten by Israel so many times that I really think they would slip a few scuds south. This could be exceptionally dangerous for Israel – if it turns out this is true, prepare for heavy rolls as retaliation strikes forth. This is gonna hurt. Supplementing this, there is another story about White House fears that Syria is leaking “advanced” technology. It’s like they continue to want to piss Israel off, yet they know they are going to get smashed into little piles of goo. If anyone can show the world that a little bit of determination will go a long way, then it is the Israelis.

I find this amusing as hell. I don’t know how they plan to collect, but it’s funny that GW forgot to return some books. It’s going to be FUNNIER when someone DOES find them somewhere.

There’s a reason that picture is under the “creepy” folder. That’s a MIRV reentry of an old peacekeeper missile. In light of the news, I think it’s somewhat appropriate. In fact, the world gets creepier and creepier every fucking day.

On a side note, I just caught two stories on the BBC I had missed earlier.

First off, Ehud Barak, the man that MADE Sayerot Mat’kal the force it is today, said that it is certain that a Palestinian state will be established. I was really not expecting this considering the brutality that he has seen and been part of himself. I think Barak, that “lock-picking bastard”, is an amazing person, but I never expected him to see this as a necessity. Nor did I think he would believe that it could function properly. However, if he has faith that it has to happen, and you can be sure that he will make sure it is secure, then it will work.

Secondly, Iran is still insane. Khamenie, this time, calling the US “An atomic criminal”. Really? He then has the gall to say that nuclear attacks are prevented by religion – yet somehow jihad attacks on civilians are not? Even, you know, considering jihad doesn’t really exist in most Muslim faiths. Oh, what a card. Iran is a threat to all civilized societies across the world, and it’s unclear as to what we can do about them.

I am concerned.

Yeah, same shit toddling around. People are more concerned about Tiger Woods and his penis than they are with the madness that continues in the Middle East. On the bright side, Iran is in the middle of a damn near revolution, so at least they are occupied and can’t get too feisty. North Korea is quiet, which is a good thing. Iraq is a shithole still, and the government has it’s head lodged so far up it’s ass that it will require a bucket of lube, 6 trucks, and a midget wrestler to extricate themselves.

Well before I bitch about a few stories, head on over to The Existential Mix Archive and grab the latest existential mix by Shutterspeed. Yours truly does the voice intros for them, and 2400 Baud really has pulled some good talent together for Radio None. I’m glad to be a part of it.

Obama says intel screwed up – humorously enough, the CNN title says “Obama says intel system screwed up”. That’s a Fox news style headling, since it seems to say that intelligence is fucked, but it just meant in this situation. Frankly, they need to lay this on the doorstep of the CIA, since they kept the cold war mentality of keeping the info to themselves. However, it’s also possible they did not find it credible, although political spin damage control would never admit that possibility.

Yemen is working with us – in reality, they have been for a while. They go on this sine-wave style cycle of working with us apparently, and it seems to be based on the aid we provide. As long as we consider seeing them a problem, and the government works with us, I would imagine they will keep letting us work there and help us. I’m not really sure, but Yemen is beginning to emerge more and more as a breeding ground for extremism. We are going to have to wait and see on this one, as far as I can tell.

Fareed Zakarai is a very smart man – and I agree completely with him. The TSA seems so politicized now, as a lot of their security measures are so stupid and over the top. Soon, we will be required to strip since they will sew explosives into the lining of shirts and pants, in an extension of the underpants bomber. What then? Full body scanners won’t see small concentrations of that.

Ah fuck it. Here, have something awesome:

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So this morning as I was getting ready for work, CNN had a little piece done about militias in the United States, and any possible chance they might develop into Domestic Terror organizations. It was pretty interesting, but there were a few things that I noticed that were downright silly:

1) They show this fat, overweight guy rolling into the bushes doing….hell I don’t know what that was supposed to be.

2) Target acquisition? Seriously? You are teaching them how to…see a target and shoot it? Now don’t get me wrong, that’s a real thing, but they were just lined up shooting at plates.

3) It was refreshing to see the hodgepodge of different weapons, from bolt action rifles to simple AR’s.

4) Here’s the kicker: They did not know what rights, if any, the government was taking away short of the second amendment. Even though they were “worried about the constitution”, gun control was the only issue they knew of – although there has been no move by the administration for quite a while on this.

Anyways, that was humorous. You can watch the piece by clicking here. Oh, and of special note is that they have drawn the interest of The Southern Poverty Law Center , who despite having a somewhat strange name, is a group dedicated to fighting hate…er, groups. They have done quite well against many white-supremacist groups such as the Aryan Brotherhood, so I’m interested to see the direction they will take.

Now for some news stories of interest:
“Karzai 12” rules hinder efforts against the Taliban – Imagine police officers going on patrol, only to be stymied by the fact their “observer” was not there. This is one of the many problems our forces are facing there. It makes me want to recant my prior position on how to fix Afghanistan, to go from helping them to making those dumbasses do it on their own. Only problem is, Taliban will come back in because Karzai is a weak-ass leader. We shall see, but I don’t like putting our troops in even more danger when we are trying to help THEM.

Illinois the new Gitmo? – It may be closer than you think. Despite the fact the reason for Gitmo was that it was NOT on US soil, somehow the conclusion has been made that tossing it in Illinois is a good idea. Here’s what I find funny – this top-of-the-line, state of the art prison system is currently unoccupied. We have overcrowding everywhere – and this place isn’t used? I guess I’m missing something, but boy does that seem dumb. Anyways, will be interesting to watch the partisan politics in full-force on this one.

US asks for more from Pakistan. Rightfully so. However, Pakistan has greatly ramped up their efforts to fight the Taliban, much to their credit. It would be good to see them hold the line on the NW/N more though, and try to dig in against Taliban incursions. I am still very nervous that insurgents pushed to within 60 miles of Islamabad, and I don’t want to see that again.

This is not new. This shit has been going on since the early 80’s (or earlier!). The Taliban loves to attack and kill Pakistani officials that don’t kowtow to their every stupid fucking whim. I hope this keeps ramping up people against them more and more, and maybe the Punjab region will stop having people side with the Taliban as they see this.

Anyways, that’s enough for now. How about a happyfuntime image!

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It’s pretty humid out, but I was feeling good until I read the news. Now let me clarify a little bit: I’m a very relaxed and laid back person. Stuff rarely bothers me, and what most people see as stress I just see as an interesting challenge. However, I read a story this morning that has me seeing fucking red.

Abuse of women in Afghanistan. What the fuck is wrong with this picture? The woman can’t have a child, is raped, nearly killed in a graveyard. Here’s the kicker: BY HER HUSBAND, and this is not uncommon in Afghanistan. You see, injustices that happen to women are blamed on them by society. Her parents don’t give a shit, and when her sister, who was married off at 11, died (by being burned to death) by her husband, the parents ignored it. Now, she has fled for her life and is in hiding, and their society says it is her fault that she is a victim. The Taliban is even worse, and proclaims that this is the way things should be. We can sit over here and complain about the stupid bullshit we might face, but think about those in other countries like this poor woman. We can’t idly sit by and let shit like this go down, it’s just irresponsible and ignorant.

HIV vaccine possible. Well it’s about time. Here’s to hoping that the drug companies don’t want an arm and a leg for this and it goes on a national level. I’m also hoping this gets passed out to other countries on a grand scheme, especially those that can’t afford it for themselves. Here’s to hoping HIV and AIDS go the way of smallpox, soon. Note the current vaccine only seems to have a 31% effectiveness – which is 31% better than they thought possible. This means that a vaccination against it IS possible with a bit more work, so it will take a while before it’s completed.

Ghadafi has some good and bad points. Let’s face it – the UN needs some work. It really does have some issues, especially along the lines of who funds it. He made some good points and even more bad points at his speech, but it all wasn’t rotten tomatoes. It was an interesting read, and can help define a lot of his mindset and that of his country. They aren’t really a threat anymore, but still, we need to keep a handle on how things are running there if we want a truly global economy.

Ah yes, Israel. We still coddle them too much. I mean, for fuck’s sake, we have to escort them anytime they are even close to sensitive material, since they will spy on their so-called closest allies at the slightest hesitation. Israel has a very big “everyone against us” mentality, and until they let that go some, people are still going to look at them askew. Now they say that they have not stopped considering anything, but I tell you – if they are to strike Iran, this is going to blow that whole region up into a conflict that could spread to something worse that I don’t really want to think about.

Yeah I’m still pissed off at that first story.
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Had a great dinner with Liz last night, and she gave me a bunch of leftovers. Guess who is having a fantastic dinner of Pad thai, Satay chicken, and hummus? DAMN she makes good hummus, I have to fight off coworkers to have it. Can’t wait to see her again!

On to the world news. Frankly, my concern right now is shifting from the direct threat in Afghanistan to the subtle threat that is Russia. I somehow feel like we are backsliding into a new type of cold war. Just like then, the implicit threats are growing bigger and bigger. They rank ridiculously high on the bad economy scale (after Mexico!) and high on the corruption index (After Syria and Bangladesh). This is pretty disturbing considering the ultra-nationalistic rhetoric coming out of there lately. I think this is something we need to diplomatically nip in the bud, because otherwise they are going to keep requesting concessions of some sort, and keep trying to make us look like the bad guy.

Still out of touch with reality. The Supreme Leader of Iran is pissed off at our defense plans. He really believes that we have made up all this shit about their nuclear ambitions. Correction, he is PRETENDING to believe it, as if he has no clue what their method of madness towards nuclear weapons is. Hint: Many many people know how your government work and where the lines of control are. You aren’t really fooling us, buddy. This is dangerous, and if we back down now we are setting a really nasty precedent for nuclear weapons development. Thankfully, I trust our President enough that he won’t back down.

Our President is awesome. I’m a bit biased, I guess. I find it interesting that even with all this healthcare bullshit, his approval is still pretty good. Could it be, perhaps, because people realize just how much he wants to help the country, and his people? For the first time in two terms, we have a President that cares more about the people in the country than the face of the country as a whole.

Drug staging area in West Africa All I have to say really is: what took you so fucking long? I’m surprised it took them this long to expand into a volatile area like this. There’s two things – it’s going to stabilize the area some through sheer violence, but also provide a good staging ground to hop into Southern Europe. Good yet worse.

MIT students launch a balloon to near-space. These kids are awesome. I wish I had this sorta brains when I was growing up. They get a balloon to near-space and take some ridiculously good pictures. I hope that NASA picks these two up, because we need brains like that. Oh, did I mention that they did this all for about 148$? Damn.

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You go, Jimmy! I’m glad someone just had the balls to come out and say exactly how I feel: that this opposition in the south largely stems from the fact that Obama is black. It’s so damn transparent – half of the arguments are so vapid and idiotic. I’m glad that he called out Wilson for his statement. He is completely correct – even if we don’t agree with the President, he still deserves respect.

Fear of a South American arms race. Continuing on yesterday’s report of Russia crediting Venezuela with money for arms, there is now fear this could spark an arms race in South America. In addition, there is the chance that venezuela could get some nuke info from Iran, which is becoming buddy-buddy with them. This does not sit well with me, and frankly, I’m more concerned with them than I am with Iraq right now. It’s mainly due to the instability of that bizarro man, Chavez.

That’s pretty much all I’m interested in this morning. In other news, we have problems with Afghanistan junkies and AIDS, Israel and Palestine both being told they are war criminals, and Russia saying we blocked their WTO entrance. All in all, seems like just a normal week so far, but the weekend can’t come soon enough – Liz is cooking me some Pad Thai, so it’s going to be a great time.

And now for your inspiration for the day:
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Dirty Dancing was a stupid hot movie for the time. I didn’t even think the star chick was that super good looking, but man, if any movie was on par with the tango, this is it. You’ll be missed, man.

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Now, on to more pressing matters.

He’s getting wedding offers and shit. The guy that tossed shoes at former president Bush has been getting all sorts of tribute, accolades, and wedding offers. He is totally unrepentant about what he did, too. Makes sense considering if he was I bet the gravy train would start drying up.

And so the cycle dangerously continues. Same pattern as WWII. Afghanistan is more dangerous than Iraq ever was. Iran and DPRK are a shadow of problems that Afghanistan could snowball into. The proximity to Islamabad has always made me nervous, too, although I hope the Pakistani government was smart enough to move nukes way the hell away from there. People only see the immediate activities of a war/battle, and do not understand the broader reaching problem. This irritates me to no end.

Hey I agree with Pelosi for once. Why the hell are we wasting more time on this? And what the hell is a resolution of disapproval? Really, can we just get a move on, the guy was an idiot and made himself look like that, who cares. We’ve got much more pressing issues to worry about.

As our ties grow tenuous, Russia’s grow stronger. That idiot Chavez has bought more arms from Russia. They seem to be moving along behind us, sweeping ties with those that simply refuse to bargain in any way. This disturbs me, and Russia’s government disturbs me. They seem to vacillate back and forth on their stance as if they are trying to play the old game of juggling politics. This is something we need to watch, as I do not trust them.

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I’d have thought there would be another tagline by now. Frankly though, who can forget it, and people that do are pretty much already doomed to repeat their own mistakes. It was a tragic time.

I can remember people saying that we should have glassed Afghanistan after that. What would that have solved? Think about it – they already had their bunkers dug and knew we would be coming with blood in our eyes. Bunkers that probably would not have been targeted and even if they were would be buried so far….yeah, it probably would not have done much other than kill a lot of civilians.

So this 9/11, remember how far we’ve come since then. It was a dark time, but we came back pretty damn strong. There’s a lotta problems now, but somehow we manage to climb back out. Anyways, enjoy your weekend folks, I know I will mine.

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