The real meaning of “surge”

 I have noted from several recent newspaper and TV accounts covering the “surge” in Iraq that a significant percentage of the “Iraqi Army” soldiers engaged in joint operations with the US Army are actually members of Kurdish units — presumably…  [more]

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Full-court press

 Today’s Washington Post features a defense of the war by Michael Chertoff, secretary of homeland security, that begins with “As the rubble of the Twin Towers smoldered in 2001…”  Talk about connecting the dots…  He attacks Brzezinski for being critical…  [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2007/04/22/full-court-press/

Lebanon (1890-1900)

Thanks Fadwa.  What a beautiful country!  Whenever I see pictures like these and read accounts from the same time period, I wish I could have walked the countryside paths and ridden on four-legged beasts instead of whizzing around in noisy…  [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2007/04/18/lebanon-1890-1900/

Tastes like chicken

 The crawl on CNN just revealed that scientists have analyzed genetic material from a 168-million year old dinosaur and now have conclusive evidence that Tyrannosaurus Rex is related to the modern chicken. +++ Natural selection hardly seems to be a…  [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2007/04/13/tastes-like-chicken/

Blood sport

 The math is pretty basic:  Jerusalem Post = disinformation. If you read from multiple sources to triangulate a semblance of reality, you can safely eschew the Jerusalem Post, Faux News, Rush Limbaugh, Krauthammer, every other neocon-Jewish (there, I said it)…  [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2007/04/08/blood-sport/

15 sailors

 …and whaddaya get?  Another day older and deeper in debt…  Bush and Blair have got to be the most inept diplomats in the world: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article2412764.ece The whole thing is rather silly — the general area where the incident occurred has…  [more]

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More on gravity…

 The point I tried to make was this:  I think the death-spiral of humans towards exclusivity is as innate as taking the next breath.  Many religions take advantage of that human characteristic, but not just religions.  Political parties, advertisers, specialists…  [more]

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