Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Slurpee: Between 2000 and 2013, about 8,000 beautiful blue lakes appeared on the surface of the Langhovde Glacier in East Antarctica. There's not supposed to be liquid water in Antarctica. Remember the meltwater lakes that nearly covered the Greenland Ice cap? Remember that it was a sign of how fast the ice was melting? Same, same. And just like in Greenland the lakes are draining down into the glacier, weakening it and speeding up its demise. And ours.
Absolutely: Any Russian practicing female genital mutilation (FGM) could face ten years imprisonment under a new bill that says that FGM “has no place in a civilized society.” But the French are wrong about burkinis.
Yachts: According to the CEO of CareFirst, Baltimore, MD's version of BlueCross BlueShield, if you have to ask how much decent health insurance will cost, you can't afford it. CareFIrst, like all US private health insurance companies only wants to cover young, healthy individuals, not the older, sicker and poorer folks who actually need healthcare. Too bad all the public hospitals have been privatized...
Drumbeats: US jets intercepted Syrian SU-24s that were threatening US Special Forces troops who were on the ground in Syria helping the Kurds trying to overthrow the Syrian government. We have the right to overthrow governments without their trying to stop us, apparently. And we've told Russia to watch it, too. Russia has, for now, stopped using Iranian bases to strike Syria, but Turkey's Erdogan has offered Russia joint use of the US airbase at Incirlik “if necessary.” Elsewhere, the US has resumed using B-52s to bomb Afghanistan, while about 100 American soldiers have been deployed in the capital of Helmand province, former President Saleh has offered Russia “all of Yemen's facilities' and the Saudis have been bombing civilians rallying for the 'rebel-led' government.
Noted: The world's best and most expensive military has not won a war in 70 years. Except Grenada. Oh,and Gulf I, if you don't count that as just the opening salvo of the ongoing Iraq/ME adventure.
Efficiency: Since July, in the Philippines, the cops have killed 712 suspected drug dealers and vigilante groups (assuming there's a difference) have killed 1,067. No arrests. No evidence. No trial. Just kill 'em.
Porn O'Graph: Mostly true.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:38 AM