Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Why did the United States Air Force bomb ISIS target near Tikrit, Iraq, last week? Foreign Policy explains. And it also explains that helping the Shia, Iran-backed militias fight ISIS is a losing gambit. There's little difference between the two.
But the past few months ought to have shown that even indirectly relying on Iranian agents to conduct a credible ground war against Sunni extremists was always a lousy idea for three reasons: those agents hate the United States and have threatened to attack its interest in Iraq; they’re guilty of IS-style atrocities themselves; and they’re lousy at fighting an entrenched jihadist insurgency.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey told Congress on March 3: “What we are watching carefully is whether the militias — they call themselves the popular mobilization forces — whether when they recapture lost territory, whether they engage in acts of retribution and ethnic cleansing.” He needn’t watch any longer. They are engaging in exactly that.
On March 10, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a comprehensive study of human rights violations committed by both IS and pro-Iraqi forces. The Islamic State, OHCHR concluded, has likely committed genocide against the Yazidis, a ethno-religious minority in Iraq, in a catalogue of war crimes and crimes against humanity that include gang-rape and sexual slavery. But OHCHR’s language is equally unambiguous in condemning the other side on the battlefield: “Throughout the summer of 2014,” the report noted, “[PMUs], other volunteers and [Shiite] militia moved from their southern heartlands towards [Islamic State]-controlled areas in central and northern Iraq. While their military campaign against the group gained ground, the militias seem to operate with total impunity, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake [Italics added.]PMU is the acronym for Population Mobilization Units, the main Shiite militia, vastly outnumbering the Iraqi army and directly supported by Iran.
I pointed out in 2013 of the administration's thoughts of arming the Syrian resistance, "Helping the Syrian rebels would be like helping Frank fight Jesse over who would run the James gang." And so Iraq, the battleground between Iran and ISIS. Whomever prevails there, Iraq will still be conquered by one or the other.
Read the whole thing.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Davis, Calif. (CBS SACRAMENTO) – Physicists predict the universe is primed for a “cosmological collapse” that will cause the universe to stop expanding at its current rate and ultimately collapse in on itself to wipe away all known matter.
Physicists Nemanja Kaloper at the University of California Davis and Antonio Padilla at the University of Nottingham proposed the “imminent” collapse – which on the cosmological scale is a few tens of billions of years from today, Phys.org reports. Their paper published in Physical Review Letters focuses on the “dark energy” causing the constant expansion of the universe that is predicted to ultimately continue on a path toward collapse.
It is, once again,The End Of Life As We Know It! Let me count the ways:
- The giant asteroid that could be on course to hit Earth causing massive devastation!
- Or the scenario this year as an obscure Planet X -- or Nibiru -- heads toward or collides into Earth.
- Or that "Unseen dark comets 'could pose deadly threat to earth'."
- That's if we live long enough - doubtful because of the comet Genondahwayanung is on its way back and it pretty much annihilated most life in North America when it came here the first time.
- Not to worry about that, though, since we face supernova and galaxy-attack scenarios.
- And then the massive gas cloud speeding toward a collision with the Milky Way!
- But really, who cares about threats from outer space when out own atmosphere may detonate?
- And then the asteroids.
- Then the black hole death stars!
- And we might be swallowed whole by the sun.
- And there's an intense beam of gamma rays coming our way.
- Then there was the fear that "human society is very quickly headed to a violent and disturbing end."
- Then the earth began to kill people for changing its climate.
- Then there is the voracious, galactic Hoover in Switzerland that will suck the whole planet into a black hole.
- And the massive destruction along the coasts of countries like the USA, UK and many on the African continent, within a matter of hours.
- But don't worry about the universe collapsing since that cannot happen before our galaxy rams into another one.
- Don't forget that The Universe is Going to Collapse anyway!
- Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom.
- The Internet is going to kill every one of us!
- And then there is the stellar Death Star coming right at us. Surrounded by whirling comets, it's like a stellar shotgun!
This calls for a rock song!
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Gerald Schroeder is a scientist with over thirty years of research and teaching experience. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT). His doctorate thesis was supervised by physics professor Robley D. Evans. After five more years teaching in the MIT physics department Schroeder moved to Israel, where he joined the Weizmann Institute of Science. He later joined the Volcani Research Institute and ran a research laboratory at The Hebrew University. He holds Doctorate degrees in both Physics and Earth Sciences.
If we need an atheist for a debate, we go to the philosophy department. The physics department isn't much use. -- Robert Griffiths, winner of the Heinemann Prize in mathematical physics
More related posts here.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals
A fascinating hypothesis that homo sapiens became the earth's dominant species when we domesticated wolves as hunting partners.
Modern humans formed an alliance with wolves soon after we entered Europe, argues Shipman. We tamed some and the dogs we bred from them were then used to chase prey and to drive off rival carnivores, including lions and leopards, that tried to steal the meat.And the whites of their eyes?
“Early wolf-dogs would have tracked and harassed animals like elk and bison and would have hounded them until they tired,” said Shipman. “Then humans would have killed them with spears or bows and arrows.
“This meant the dogs did not need to approach these large cornered animals to finish them off – often the most dangerous part of a hunt – while humans didn’t have to expend energy in tracking and wearing down prey. Dogs would have done that. Then we shared the meat. It was a win-win situation.”
Consider the whites of our eyes, she states. The wolf possesses white sclera as does Homo sapiens though, crucially, it is the only primate that has them.HT: Gerard.
“The main advantage of having white sclera is that it is very easy to work out what another person is gazing at,” added Shipman. “It provides a very useful form of non-verbal communication and would have been of immense help to early hunters. They would been able to communicate silently but very effectively.”
Thus the mutation conferring white sclera could have become increasingly common among modern humans 40,000 years ago and would have conferred an advantage on those who were hunting with dogs.
(2015-03-06) — The Obama administration today celebrated a new milepost in what it calls “our progressive recovery” as government figures show thejobless rate dropped to 5.5%, wages remained stable, and the labor-force participation rate slipped to 62.8 percent.
“Thanks to President Obama’s leadership, we’ve reached full under-employment,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “Nearly everyone who still has any hope of getting a job, has at least one job — and often more than one. A lot of newly-employed people have thanked the president as they wash his golfballs, or pick the turf out of his cleats. It’s heartwarming.”
Thursday, March 5, 2015
So the commentati are trying to figure out just who is behind all this bad news coming out rapid fire about Hillary. For sure reporters aren't taking credit for originating the stories. So who did?
The Elizabeth Warren camp is one answer, since Warren is the darling of the Marxist wing of the Democrat party (which is pretty much the whole party).
Here's my answer. The person behind all this bad news is coming out about Hillary Clinton is ... (drum roll, please) .. Hillary Clinton.
I wrote in 2011 that if she was to reach for the presidency again it would have to be in 2012.
2012 is, effectively, Hillary's last chance. In 2016 she'll turn 69 just before election day. Only Ronald Reagan has been elected at that age level; Hillary surely recalls that Bob Dole and John McCain, each with extensive government experience and both bona fide war heroes and only a little older, were rejected by the electorate.I was not the only pundit who predicted Hillary would run in 2012; a number of Democrat figures said so, too. Well, we were all wrong, obviously. But I stand by my original rationale that she will not run in 2016, for the same reasons I said then.
And she is leaking all these controversies to give herself cover when she declares her non-candidacy, with which the left-wing media are feverishly cooperating.
Hillary will not run for president in 2016 and never intended to. And when she surveys the rubble and wreckage President Obama and she have wrought in his first term, worsened since then, she is glad to have millions of dollars to retire from elective politics and get on with the senior stateswoman act, which will have it's own financial rewards.