Dangerous

rave_couple02.24.2017

Sex

Postscript: This item from The Stanford [University] Daily newspaper puts a nice gloss on the stupefying idiocy in the campus sex-and-identity debate. Single-occupancy Restrooms Convert to All-gender Facilities: “Single-occupancy restrooms on campus will soon all be converted to gender-neutral facilities due to new California legislature and ongoing administrative efforts. The Diversity and Access Office (D&A Office) has been spearheading the campaign to convert all single-occupancy restrooms….”

Here’s what I don’t get: if a single-occupancy restroom is going to be used by one person at a time, what need is there to officially designate the sex of any person using it? And why are officials at an elite university wasting their time on this?

France’s Le Pen cancels meet with Lebanon grand mufti over headscarf
Feb 21, 2017

After meeting Christian President Michel Aoun – her first public handshake with a head of state – and Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Monday, she had been scheduled to meet the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian

He heads the Dar al-Fatwa, the top religious authority for Sunni Muslims in the multireligious country.

“I met the grand mufti of Al-Azhar,” she told reporters, referring to a visit in 2015 to Cairo’s 1,000-year-old center of Islamic learning. “The highest Sunni authority didn’t have this requirement, but it doesn’t matter.

“You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up,” she said.

The chemical used to kill Kim Jong Un’s half-brother is classified as a weapon of mass destruction

VX is said to be relatively easy to produce in a reasonably sophisticated laboratory.

“Any country with a sophisticated chemical weapons effort can produce VX,” said CNN’s military analyst Rick Francona. “The formula has been around since the 1950s so its nothing new it just has to be made, the political will and determination that we are going to build this weapon.”

Why We Must Oppose the Kremlin-Baiting Against Trump
The Russia-connected allegations have created an atmosphere of hysteria amounting to McCarthyism.
By Stephen F. Cohen

The bipartisan, nearly full-political-spectrum tsunami of factually unverified allegations that President Trump has been sedi-
tiously “compromised” by the Kremlin, with scarcely any nonpartisan pushback from influential political or media sources, is deeply alarming. Begun by the Clinton campaign in mid-2016, and exemplified now by New York Times columnists (who write of a “Trump-Putin regime” in Washington), strident MSNBC hosts, and unbalanced CNN commentators, the practice is growing into a latter-day McCarthyite hysteria. Such politically malignant practices should be deplored wherever they appear, whether on the part of conservatives, liberals, or progressives.

 

Lawsuits could mean that the Silicon Valley self-driving-tech bubble is about to pop

The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost
by Andrew P. Napolitano, February 23, 2017

In the pre-Revolutionary era, British courts in London secretly issued general warrants to British government agents in America. The warrants were not based on any probable cause of crime or individual articulable suspicion; they did not name the person or thing to be seized or identify the place to be searched. They authorized agents to search where they wished and seize what they found.

The use of general warrants was so offensive to our Colonial ancestors that it whipped up more serious opposition to British rule and support for the revolutionaries than the “no taxation without representation” argument did.

Iraqi Forces Begin Bitter Battle for Mosul in Effort to Destroy Isisshutterstock_538451716-600x400
PATRICK COCKBURN • FEBRUARY 19, 2017

Isis depended on mobile squads of snipers, booby traps and over 600 suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives to slow the advance of the counter terrorism service and other elite formation, some of which suffered 50 per cent casualties during a snail’s pace advance. By the end of 2016, the Iraqi Kurdish health ministry was complaining that its hospitals were full to overflowing with 13,500 wounded soldiers and civilians from the fighting in Mosul.

[…]

While Mr Abadi called on the Iraqi forces to be careful of the human rights of civilians in Mosul, videos are emerging of young men being beaten and summarily executed in places already taken by Iraqi troops. Despite frequent claims that it is liberating Mosul, the Shia-dominated Iraqi government is effectively assaulting the last great Sunni Arab city in Iraq. Away from the television cameras Iraqi soldiers often suspect civilians in Mosul of having been much more cooperative with Isis since 2014 than they now claim.

Glad to read our military budget is being used to fall behind, rather than protect us:
How the Pentagon is Preparing for a Tank War With Russia

The T-90’s active protective system is the Shtora-1 countermeasures suite. “I’ve interviewed Ukrainian tank gunners,” said Karber. “They’ll say ‘I had my [anti-tank weapon] right on it, it got right up to it and then they had this miraculous shield. An invisible shield. Suddenly, my anti-tank missile just went up to the sky.’”

$254 Billion in Unconditional US Aid to Israel Is Unique
New drive to compare it with equally suspect military alliance expenditures fails
by Grant Smith, February 23, 2017

Awkward

31 Replies to “Dangerous”

  1. you know, I think she’s making a mistake. although the guy does have a nice tat on his upper arm, I think she needs to make an even bigger mistake with an older man, like me, or dave.

  2. wisdom of CTG posted at OFW:

    CTG says:
    February 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I have posted this before last year. I will do it again for the benefit of new people here. Collapse is relative and the straw that breaks the camel’s back will be something that no one think will do it. Some people say collapse started in the 2008 GFC. Some will say it was 2000 (dotcom). Some say 1987, 1971 or 1913. It really does not matter. Future historians, when they look back, they will say that the modern human civilization collapsed in the late 20th and early 21st century. The actual year of the collapse is irrelevant.

    To me, the ball started in 1913, gained momentum in 1971 and after 1971, it accelerated and in 2008, it was actually “the end” but the governments across the world tried to correct it but it made it worse instead. Every 7-8 years, there must be a recession to clear up the deadwood (akin to forest fires) but it was not done and we are now again past the 7/8-year period. We are already on life support for a long time and more and more people are getting aware about this. When OFW started, there were only a few people who were actually aware of what is happening. Those who were aware stayed until today (most of them).

    If there are no historians in future because all homo sapiens are dead, then any future lifeforms millions of years from now, when they had a look at the stratified layers of soil/earth, they will see there is a thin line of dark and rusty red material sandwiched between all the different layers of earth. This layer, probably no more than 5mm or 10 mm thick is rich in carbon and iron (remember we used a lot of iron in our civilization) and it coincide with a 99% extinction of all lifeforms on the planet and a very significant climate change. The future lifeform concludes that “climate change” caused the extinction of the 99% of the lifeforms during that epoch.

    As you see, in a large enough time scale or long enough timeline, perception, viewpoints are relative and it is irrelevant to even debate about it.

  3. whenever i read political commentary, of any sort, i’m often left scratching my head and wondering what the fuck they’re talking about. it just seems obvious to me that some shit happens, while other shit doesn’t. the actors, political or otherwise, are just parts, and parcel of, the shit. i guess…

  4. for example, it’s got to be obvious, to even the most obtuse observer, that the united states, as a polity, is in a downward spiral. does anyone, with even half a brain think that this downward spiral can somehow be “managed”.? or, even more laughable, somehow “reversed”?

    so, i says to myself, why pay any attention to the rhetoric? entertainment? i just don’t get it…

  5. that humans have no choice but to arrange themselves into these weirdly dysfunctional social hierarchies is, of course, an unfortunate fact of life. i guess…

  6. “trump, to his complete dismay and incomprehension, will be left “holding the bag”, so to speak, of neolliberal finance, neoconservative adventurism, resource depletion, diminishing returns on complexity, &tc., &tc. i feel bad for him…”

    that is the view of many commenters over at Gail’s OFW blog. we all thought that Obama was going to get the poison chalice, but it looks like Trump will be the unfortunate one, especially if he runs for and gets a second term, assuming there will be another election by then.

  7. if you want to help de-complexify society, only buy the plain version of any food offering, e.g., plain crackers, like Triscuts, plain cereals, like granola. not that it will make too much difference, food is fungible.

    if you need a new car, maybe buy a used Toyota Camry, white with non-alloy wheels. don’t wash it, too. tell everyone you’re buying a “rescue car” because it’s the right thing to do.

  8. hey EE, just signed up for another review panel meeting, so will be visiting DC and NYC in late May – early June timeframe. please mark your calendar.

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