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'261 Taliban Killed' in Past 24 Hours: MoD
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-Great Cultural Revolution
US State Department invites UN racism investigators to visit US
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 14:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under:

#1  pretty sure we'll owe reparations to the galaxy
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2021 14:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe it's a trap. I know a guy who knows a guy in Philly who... well, let's just say this wouldn't be the first hole he dug.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/14/2021 14:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Blue helmets are a target in most rural areas of this nation. Just saying....
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/14/2021 15:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Fine. I'll start calling my Indian Tonic Water, Delta Variant.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 16:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Send representatives from your Asian countries to check out the hood. Walk around a bit.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/14/2021 18:13 Comments || Top||

#6  In the American date system, month/day/year, today is 7/14/21, according to math the first three multiples of the number 7, proving America is racist.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 18:33 Comments || Top||


California school district will spend $40M making 'ethnic studies' MANDATORY for for high school students sparking a woke gold rush for consultants who will charge $1,500 an HOUR to train teachers in CRT
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2021 00:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If only Ambrose Bierce was alive today.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 3:25 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd be happy to 'settle' for Sam Kinnison.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/14/2021 12:34 Comments || Top||


Sen. Cotton demands answers from Raytheon regarding critical race theory program
[FoxBusinessNews]
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Demand answers from Abbott regarding the TX National Guard CRT training program. Why didn't he shut it down?
Posted by: KBK || 07/14/2021 0:28 Comments || Top||


#3  Treat root causes.
(1) The idea that everyone should go to college.
(2) Affirmative action.
(3) Teachers' colleges.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 1:48 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ A commendable idea, grom, but it'll never happen.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/14/2021 12:11 Comments || Top||

#5  ^The current state can't continue for ever.
And not just in USA.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 13:15 Comments || Top||


'Every officer is up to speed on diversity training. Not so much ship handling': Scathing official report finds US Navy is not fit for war because of risk averse, politically correct, control-freak top brass
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Officers selected and promoted in a peacetime bureaucratic system rather than based upon wartime performance as we've been at war for 20 years. This is what 'equity' gets you. War is not fair or equitable.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/14/2021 6:41 Comments || Top||

#2  this is just about the surface navy

perhaps things are nearly as bad in the submarine fleet and naval air
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/14/2021 9:58 Comments || Top||

#3  I've heard generally similar stories from recently retired Air Force friends and family. (Obviously not 'ship-handling' but loss of mission focus in favor of social focus.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/14/2021 10:27 Comments || Top||

#4  And yes, that's why the retirements.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/14/2021 10:27 Comments || Top||

#5  I think what is important here is that the different crew duty colors on Aircraft Carriers are not racist.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 14:35 Comments || Top||

#6  ^-- don't forget the head and shower facilities to accomodate all 346+ genders.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/14/2021 17:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Navy is literally European Colonialism.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 17:37 Comments || Top||

#8  Bowline is discriminatory against those who don't know to say bo-line or b-owe line.

Head is so sexist I can't even.

Why can't they do the Choose Your Own Adventure PE Course like the more illuminated Air Force? Not everyone is good at swimming or needs to know how. Not like we they aren't going to have Rachel Lavine vests, right?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 17:45 Comments || Top||


Democrat Groups Plan To ''Fact Check'' Private Text Messages
[ZeroHedge] Groups allied with the Biden administration are planning on working directly with cellphone network providers to ‘fact check’ private SMS messages if they contain “misinformation about vaccines.”

The revelation is made in a Politico article which explains how the White House is preparing to characterize “conservative opponents of its Covid-19 vaccine campaign as dangerous and extreme.”

The decision to ramp up the information war against vaccine skeptics was made after conservatives showed resistance to the Biden administration’s plan to go “door-to-door” to increase vaccination rates.

“Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages,” states the report.

“The goal is to ensure that people who may have difficulty getting a vaccination because of issues like transportation see those barriers lessened or removed entirely.”
Posted by: George Orwell1984 || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IOW, the government is allowing/encouraging private organizations to block free speech. One would think that SCOTUS would make short work of this.
Posted by: KBK || 07/14/2021 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Which SCOTUS would you be speaking of?
Posted by: Xyz || 07/14/2021 0:55 Comments || Top||

#3  How 'bout letting me read shit and decide for myself whether or not it's 'disinformation'?
Posted by: Raj || 07/14/2021 1:03 Comments || Top||

#4 

I'd be happy the FED's would just seriously enforce what they are already getting paid to do. eg. Enforcing the NO CALL LIST and shutting down the abuse on my dime.

I actually get more SMS spam than I use sms.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/14/2021 8:18 Comments || Top||

#5 

While the US Socialist seek to become Big Brother
some other history on this date:

National Socialism
1933: All German political parties, except the Nazi Party, were outlawed.


UNITED AMERICANISM
1980: The Republican National Convention opened in Detroit, where nominee-apparent Ronald Reagan told a welcoming rally he and his supporters were determined to 'make America great again.'

Yep! Ronnie said it 1st and Donnie proved it can be done.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/14/2021 8:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Tell me how this isn't quartering a government agent inside your property?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 18:07 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Bill and Hillary Clinton Celebrate Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter's 75th Anniversary: 'Such a Joy'
[People Magazine] Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are marking 75 years of marriage alongside some close friends.

Bill and Hillary Clinton traveled to Georgia to visit the happy couple, who celebrated their anniversary on Wednesday, in honor of the milestone occasion.

Hillary, 73, saluted the 39th President of the United States, 96, and his wife, 93, with a thoughtful message on her Instagram page.
"all that time, and Rosalynn never had a girlfriend, I mean assistant, like Huma"
"Such a joy to celebrate these two special people, and their incredible bond, yesterday in Georgia," the former First Lady captioned a photo of herself and Bill, 74, posing alongside the joyful Carter couple. "Happy 75th anniversary, Jimmy and Rosalynn!"

The Carters are now the longest-married presidential couple in history.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 05:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's impressive. (The 75 years, not the Clinton.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/14/2021 10:23 Comments || Top||

#2  I know. Like Carter or not, 75 years of marriage is a great example to set and deserves to be celebrated!
Posted by: Tom || 07/14/2021 11:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, 75 years of marriage should be honored. Let's see they would have gotten married when he was 21 and she would have been 18. Not exactly a Jerry Lee Lewis kind of marriage. (Ya'all know we down here in the South don't have access to copiers according to the VP even today).
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/14/2021 12:08 Comments || Top||


Not child's play! Firearms company is slammed for selling custom kit to make Glock 19s look like LEGO toy guns
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2021 00:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Things that make guns look scary - bad. Things that make guns look cute - also bad. I remember the moaning when the Hello Kitty™ AR-15 showed up...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/14/2021 8:01 Comments || Top||

#2 

Sure isn't gonna help some street rapper thug's rep is it?
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/14/2021 8:09 Comments || Top||

#3 
I can hear it now.....

Don't make me go LEGO on you.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/14/2021 11:13 Comments || Top||

#4 
Posted by: Jiling Gravitch9209 v || 07/14/2021 11:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Makes me wonder if anti-gun people are running that company.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 12:44 Comments || Top||

#6  It does not matter if its made of lego or blue steel, it should be kept out of kids hands. I want one of these!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/14/2021 15:06 Comments || Top||

#7  The Hello Kitty AR-15 Is Just So Damn Cute(2008)... I don't know whether to be appalled or laughingly cheer on their inventiveness.
Posted by: magpie || 07/14/2021 18:41 Comments || Top||

#8  Sure isn't gonna help some street rapper thug's rep is it?

We know that for both animals and humans a gaudy display makes you a chick magnet. There is a theory in evolutionary biology that an extravagant characteristic that is also a handicap announces that not only are you hot, but even with this handicap you are so fit for reproduction that the girls just melt. A classic example is the male peacock's tail which is certainly lovely, but really slows you down trying to get away from predators like zebras or whatever it is that eats peacocks.

A man carrying a Hello Kitty rifle or Lego Glock simply does not care. Do you want to be the one to tell Bad Bad Leroy Brown his gun looks silly? "Go ahead, mother*bleep*er! Say 'Lego gun' one more time. I dare ya!"
Posted by: SteveS || 07/14/2021 22:34 Comments || Top||


Bruce Kiskadden - 'Bronco Twister's Prayer'
[YouTube]
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under:


The Army Is Once Again Trying To Sell Off Some Of Its Underappreciated Naval Fleet
[Warzone] Nearly two years ago, Congress told the U.S. Army to pump the brakes on its plans to dramatically cut the size of its obscure and generally underappreciated fleets of amphibious landing ships, landing craft, and a variety of other maritime assets, which are also referred to as "the Army's Navy." This came after The War Zone first reported that the General Frank S. Besson class Logistics Support Vessel USAV SSGT Robert T. Kuroda was up for sale, a listing that was quickly taken down from the General Services Administration's auction website. Now, a number of Army vessels are available for purchase again, showing that the service is moving ahead again with at least some of the previously planned divestments.

A banner advertisement currently on the GSA Auctions website says that a total of nine Landing Craft Mechanizeds (LCM), eight Landing Craft Utilitys (LCU), four small tugs, one large tug, and a crane barge, will be up for bid between July 7 and July 16, 2021. At the time of writing, all of these vessels are listed on the site.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Any brown water boats?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2021 13:35 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Navy Secretary Hearing After Damaging Report Released
(victorygirls) One year ago this week, the LHD-6 Bonhomme Richard caught fire in the San Diego Harbor. It took four days to fully extinguish the fire and the Navy scrapped the ship rather than repair it. No cause for the fire has been released. A Covid outbreak on the U.S.S. Roosevelt led to the resignation of the Acting Secretary of the Navy. This and other mishaps led four Republican lawmakers to commission a survey of sailors. The results are depressing.

The four Republican lawmakers are all serious men and all have military experience. They are:

—Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, U.S. Army Captain, eight years service.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: 746 || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ZD is for manufacturing. What the hell is it doing in the Navy?
Posted by: Knuckles Slererong5344 || 07/14/2021 6:32 Comments || Top||

#2  A study or report was necessary to identify the existence of "Zero Defects" ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 8:07 Comments || Top||

#3  We used to make fun of the Soviet addiction to demoting the junior officer that made the original mistake and their superior officers all the way to the regional overall commander. A very Asian practice that some ancient Chinese emperor would have approved of. The same Emperor would probably be heard complaining that ..."No one shows initiative! I have to order everything myself!"
Posted by: magpie || 07/14/2021 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  It starts with the Naval Academy where over the last decade there has been one scandal after another. It appears that in an effor to change the culture of the Academy the Democrats are nominating their worst and their dimmest.
Posted by: Gerthudion Whomoper3485 || 07/14/2021 17:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Who don't have Good Idea Fairies, but Good Idea Familiars.

And there is little worse than a dullard with power.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 17:53 Comments || Top||

#6  It appears that in an effort to change the culture of the Academy the Democrats are nominating their worst and their dimmest

A low bar, when your Quality Control is "a you loyal to the party"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2021 19:39 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Mass looting breaks out in South Africa
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:


#2  ^Mis my nog?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 0:31 Comments || Top||

#3  In case anyone else is wondering, that's 1.04 Sharpevilles.
Posted by: Gomez Squank9708 || 07/14/2021 0:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Wait until they try to put Trump in prison.
Posted by: Xyz || 07/14/2021 0:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Durbs vs Portland and Seattle. A race to the bottom.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 8:18 Comments || Top||



#8 
Posted by: Jiling Gravitch9209 v || 07/14/2021 11:15 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm so old I remember when the end of apartheid was a gateway to a glorious future for SA. Guess not, eh?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/14/2021 11:56 Comments || Top||

#10  So glorious, the clear thinkers want our new constitution to be modeled on Glorious South Africa.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 12:08 Comments || Top||

#11  This as opposed to the sporatic looting and killing previously in place.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/14/2021 15:16 Comments || Top||

#12  Yes it is.

Box of donuts says Blamtifa are doing AAR. Mission accomplished in 2 hours. Prep Check.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 15:44 Comments || Top||

#13  Yes it is.

Box of donuts says Blamtifa are doing AAR. Mission accomplished in 2 hours. Prep Check.


Glad to see Kim is still blogging and as apocalyptic in tone as ever. Hope his sources are safe and well-fed, because this could be the beginning of South Africa's version of the Zimbabwe War Veterans fiasco. It would not be surprising if Ramaphosa orchestrated the whole thing in order to have an excuse to do what he wanted from the beginning - seize the property of any non-black in the country (including stuff belonging to Indians and coloreds) so as to enlarge his personal bank account.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/14/2021 16:28 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
'The Communists have lost control': First Cuban demonstrator is killed after police 'open fire on peaceful protest' while anti-government reporter is arrested live on TV as unrest continues
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Diubis Laurencio Tejeda, 36, died Monday in a suburb of Havana during a clash between protesters and police

  • Witnesses claimed security forces had responded to demonstrators with gunfire after they threw rocks

  • Social media activist Dina Stars was arrested live on TV by Cuban security forces on Tuesday

  • Cuban government launched crackdown on protests after large-scale demonstrations erupted on Sunday
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2021 10:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Commies




#4  ^^^ gotta help out fellow communist.
Posted by: Chris || 07/14/2021 11:04 Comments || Top||

#5  here is a fun game

so where do the commie big shots go for asylum if overthrown

china
russia
iran
venezuala

Senate office of Bernie Sanders
Governor's office of Gavin Newsome
Governor's office of

Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/14/2021 11:18 Comments || Top||

#6  ^^^ Venezuela and then Spain.
Posted by: Unosh Hupinelet8756 || 07/14/2021 11:33 Comments || Top||

#7  #3 Skid, they will probably find their way to the U.S.--Mexico border and make their way across for a fee. They might claim asylum. Although, he might not remember it, "The Big Guy" invited them several months back.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/14/2021 11:43 Comments || Top||

#8  Ah. So now its a border crises.
-sips coffee-
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 12:01 Comments || Top||

#9  ..can't allow future Republican voters in dontcha know.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/14/2021 12:37 Comments || Top||

#10  The first rule of quelling "Insurrections" is to never, ever, allow a martyr.

If Ashlei Babbitt's murder had gotten some traction, well, you know.

And that's why the media kept it vewy, vewy quiet.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 07/14/2021 20:19 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia returns remains of Napoleon’s missing general to France
[TASS] The remains of Napoleon’s close friend General Charles-Etienne Gudin, killed during the Russian campaign of 1812, were delivered to Paris on Tuesday in the run-up to France’s national holiday, a TASS correspondent reported.

The ceremony in Le Bourget Airport was attended by the general’s descendants, French government members and military commanders, as well as Russian diplomats.

The general will be honored on December 2, during a ceremony at Hotel des Invalides, a complex of museums and monuments devoted to the military history of France.

Cesar Charles Etienne Gudin de la Sablonniere was born on February 13, 1768. He studied at the Brienne military school (France) together with Napoleon Bonaparte. During the Russian campaign of 1812 he was hit by a cannonball in the battle of Valutino near Smolensk and lost both legs. Gudin was evacuated to Smolensk, where he died a short while later. His grave was considered to have been lost.

In November 2019, DNA tests in France confirmed that Gudin’s remains were unearthed in the process of archeological excavation near Smolensk.

Archeological excavation in Smolensk has been underway since May 2019 under the aegis of the Franco-Russian forum Trianon Dialogue, founded at the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron. The expedition’s organizers are the Foundation for the Development of Russian-French Historical Initiatives, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Russian Military-Historical Society.

In July 2019, General Gudin’s direct descendant, Alberic d’Orleans, informed that he had asked the French authorities for reburying the remains of his ancestor at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, which alongside museums contains a cemetery of senior military officers and Napoleon’s tomb.

Posted by: badanov || 07/14/2021 00:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Posted by: Jiling Gravitch9209 v || 07/14/2021 11:12 Comments || Top||


Putin hints at Russia, Ukraine, joining together
[Kremlin.ru] Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin wrote an article posted on the Kremlin website, that he considers the separation between Russia and Ukraine "as a great common misfortune, as a tragedy."

In the article Putin points out:

The Bolsheviks treated the Russian people as an inexhaustible material for social experiments. They dreamed of a world revolution, which, in their opinion, would abolish nation-states altogether. Therefore, borders were arbitrarily cut, and generous territorial "gifts" were handed out. Ultimately, what exactly were the leaders of the Bolsheviks guided by, cutting the country, no longer matters. You can argue about the details, the background and logic of certain decisions. One thing is clear: Russia was actually robbed.

Putin writes that modern Ukraine was a creation of Soviet Bolsheviks under Lenin: "We know and remember that to a large extent it was created at the expense of historical Russia. Suffice it to compare which lands were reunited with the Russian state in the 17th century and with which territories the Ukrainian SSR left the Soviet Union."

He goes on to characterize the Declaration on the Formation of the USSR, and then in the Constitution of the USSR in 1924 to ne a "dangerous time bomb," in its requirement that allows signatories of the Declaration to opt out of the Soviet Union.

Putin writes:

The "parade of sovereignties" began. On December 8, 1991, the so-called Belovezhskaya Agreement was signed on the creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States, in which it was announced that that "the USSR as a subject of international law and geopolitical reality ceases to exist." By the way, Ukraine has not signed or ratified the CIS Charter, adopted back in 1993.

Concerning Crimea, Putin write, "In 1954, the Crimean region of the RSFSR was transferred to the Ukrainian SSR - in gross violation of the legal norms in force at that time."

About pre 2014 Ukraine, Putin writes:

Until 2014, hundreds of agreements and joint projects worked to develop our economies, business and cultural ties, to strengthen security, and to address common social and environmental problems. They brought tangible benefits to people - both in Russia and in Ukraine. This is what we considered the main thing. And that is why we fruitfully interacted with everyone, I emphasize, with all the leaders of Ukraine.

Even after the well-known events in Kiev in 2014, they instructed the Russian Government to think over the options for contacts through the relevant ministries and departments in terms of preserving and supporting our economic ties. However, there was no counter desire, so there is still no one.

Nevertheless, Russia is still one of the three main trade partners of Ukraine, and hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians come to us to work and are welcomed here with cordiality and support. This is how the "aggressor country" turns out.

The entire, translated article can be found here.
The link is to a personal wargame blog. My blog at ffz.1dogstar.net, kept kicking back the article, so I posted it elsewhere. Sorry.
Posted by: badanov || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh, yeah - like two peas in a fuckin' pod...
Posted by: Raj || 07/14/2021 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Why the f*ck he'd want the headache?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 3:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Ask Lukashenko.
Posted by: Ulolump Grumble1426 || 07/14/2021 4:18 Comments || Top||

#4  ^That's Belorussia
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 4:27 Comments || Top||

#5  I believe this is what Ukraine is trying to avoid.
"But Baby, we'd be GREAT together!"
(ABT : already been tried)
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/14/2021 15:20 Comments || Top||

#6  This and Gaddafi, Kim is why you don't give up your nukes. Thanks guys (do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/14/2021 19:39 Comments || Top||

#7  #5: "I only hit you because I love you"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2021 20:44 Comments || Top||

#8  Except for the Holomour Holocast. From link:

An Introduction
In 1932 and 1933, millions of Ukrainians were killed in the Holodomor, a man-made famine engineered by the Soviet government of Joseph Stalin. The primary victims of the Holodomor (literally "death inflicted by starvation") were rural farmers and villagers, who made up roughly 80 percent of Ukraine's population in the 1930s. While it is impossible to determine the precise number of victims of the Ukrainian genocide, most estimates by scholars range from roughly 3.5 million to 7 million (with some estimates going higher). The most detailed demographic studies estimate the death toll at 3.9 million. Historians agree that, as with other genocides, the precise number will never be known.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/14/2021 21:13 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Facing chronic shortfalls, North Korea tells citizens to start supplying their own food
[AmericanMilitaryNews] North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
is ordering citizens to start producing their own food to prepare for a long-term food shortage that could last for three years, but ordinary people say that the government is shirking its responsibility, sources in the country told RFA.

RFA reported in April that authorities were warning residents to prepare for economic difficulties as bad as the 1994-1998 famine which killed millions by some estimates, but experts said that the situation was dire, but nothing like the 1990s.
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimated in a recent report that North Korea would be short about 860,000 tons of food this year, about two months of normal demand.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Abolish the national government, and let the villages form their own governments. Divide the land equally among the people, but let them sell their shares to other people within the same village. Allow them to work for wages. Get back to a pre-industrial farming economy.

Abandon the cities for now, let the city dwellers move to the country and work for wages. Disband the army and give every adult a rifle - there are probably enough to go around.

In other words, abandon communism.
Posted by: KBK || 07/14/2021 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Long pig?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 1:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Pyongyang in talks with the Soylent Corporation?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/14/2021 6:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Nah, they'll scratch out a garden and the State will confiscate the food: Army First/Juche
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2021 7:23 Comments || Top||

#5  I think they have had their own gardens anyway. And like #4 says they army seizes some of them too or they would also starve.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 07/14/2021 10:44 Comments || Top||

#6  No worries, all the CHinese Red Cross food aid will be coming over the border any moment, that's what allies are for....oh wait, they actually don't give a shit!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/14/2021 12:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Agriculture in the Soviet Union(Wiki): "Hedrick Smith wrote in The Russians (1976) that, according to Soviet statistics, one fourth of the value of agricultural production in 1973 was produced on the private plots peasants were allowed (2% of the whole arable land).[33] In the 1980s, 3% of the land was in private plots which produced more than a quarter of the total agricultural output.[34] i.e. private plots produced somewhere around 1600% and 1100% as much as common ownership plots in 1973 and 1980. Soviet figures claimed that the Soviets produced 20–25% as much as the U.S. per farmer in the 1980s.[35]"

The North Korean apparatchiks could wake up and do something sensible... No, Not Enough Juche™! Whatever they do will probably make things worse.
Posted by: magpie || 07/14/2021 18:49 Comments || Top||

#8  I thought they always supplied their own grass
Posted by: Chris || 07/14/2021 20:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe this is a good thing. I have this twisted vision of the future where Pudge becomes the Godfather of North Korea and leads his people into the modern world, sort of like Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore, but more corpulent. Stranger things have happened. Remind yourself that Dennis Rodman is already part of this story.

Side Note: The world owes the NKor people a debt of gratitude for taking part in a grand economic experiment. Experiments on humans have gotten a bad rap (especially since that business with the Soylent Corporation) so it isn't often you can divide them up into groups and do A/B testing.

In this case, we took two identical populations and gave one communism and the other a market economy. South Korean won hands down on pretty much any axis you can think of. Sorry about all the famine and thank you for your participation.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/14/2021 20:56 Comments || Top||


Cyber
[BBC]Cuba protests: Internet sheds light on anger - until it goes dark
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2021 10:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  So, sort of like Fakebook, Twister, and Gaggle.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/14/2021 12:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Chinese are offering to help Cuba. Militarily???
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 07/14/2021 13:16 Comments || Top||


Economy
Inflation Soars but Markets are calm
[MSN] Consumer prices just posted their largest one-month jump in nearly 13 years, a fact that might tempt some to conclude that a white-hot U.S. economy is on the brink of runaway inflation.

But a spike in the June 2021 consumer price index reading may, in fact, be little cause for alarm.

That's because a significant reason for the overall prices increase is thanks to a dizzying rise in one isolated area of the economy: Used car prices.
[It is surprising to me but even the bond market is stable and at very low rates, e.g. below 1.4% for the 10 year T bond]
  • A hot June 2021 consumer price index may not be cause for alarm thanks to a dizzying, but isolated, rise in used car prices.

  • "The headline CPI numbers have shock value, for sure; however, once you realize that a third of the increase is used car prices, the transitory picture becomes more clear," wrote Jamie Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group.

  • The Labor Department reported on Tuesday that its CPI rose 5.4% from a year ago, the largest jump since August 2008.




Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Whistling past the graveyard. Those who do not remember the 1970s (and even those who do) are apparently doomed to repeat them.
Posted by: Tom || 07/14/2021 11:23 Comments || Top||

#2  another issue is to what extent the commodity inflation will lead to wage inflation

last month price increases were, unfortunately for employees, almost double the wage increase -
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/14/2021 14:38 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Shep Smith's Terrible Ratings Keep Getting Worser And Worser
And now for an occasional foray into the slow crash & burn now known as Shep Smith's television career....
[Daily Beast, via Ace] - Whether it’s a poor time slot, behind-the-scenes squabbles, an outdated news format, a slower post-Trump news cycle, or just a once-popular anchor taking his frustrations out on staffers, CNBC insiders have a lot of reasons for why Shepard Smith’s show has failed to capture major ratings. But one thing many agree on is that it has not met the bosses’ expectations.

Embrace the power of 'and'!

In the nine months since he went on the air for NBCUniversal’s financial news network, Smith has put out a slickly produced, no-nonsense evening news show that prizes on-the-ground reporting over the talking-head panel fights that define many of his cable news competitors.

Some serious B.S. and ass-kissing paragraphs ensue, so let's cut right to the good stuff::

And the show has faced its fair share of internal friction, some of which has centered on the host himself. Smith is seen as a pro with high news standards prone to generous gestures—he famously sends his employees several hundred dollars every year as a holiday bonus—but amid a wider re-evaluation of bullying in media workplaces, some staffers have complained that he is difficult to deal with.

At least two people with direct knowledge of the situation described Smith as having regular "temper tantrums." When CNBC announced Smith was joining the business news channel, it tapped Sandy Cannold, a veteran TV producer, to help helm the show along with co-executive producer Sally Ramirez, a veteran of local television. But according to multiple people familiar with the matter, Cannold departed less than six months in, and clashed at times with Smith in front of staff.

Other employees were also frustrated when, in recent weeks, the show laid off two of the few non-white employees on its production team.

Smith’s underperformance in the ratings hasn’t come as a surprise to cable-news insiders.

Nor to any of us.
Posted by: Raj || 07/14/2021 15:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Shemp was predictable as a cuckoo clock on anything he covered...
"Coo. Big Business Bad. Coo. Global Warming! Coo."
Posted by: magpie || 07/14/2021 17:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Going up the shepper.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 18:04 Comments || Top||

#3  But the viewers never seemed to show up.

"Our appeal keeps getting more selective"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2021 19:14 Comments || Top||


Iraq
A senior official in MoE sentenced to imprisonment
[SHAFAQ] The Central Criminal Court for Corruption cases of Baghdad/al-Karkh sentenced the head of Economy, Contracts, and Investments in the Ministry of Electricity (MoE) to four years in prison.

A statement of the Supreme Judicial Council said that the indictee was charged for obtaining funds in exchange for facilitating the conclusion of a contract between the Ministries of Electricity and Industry.

"The indictment was issued in accordance with decree 160 of 1983, inferring articles 132/3 of the Penal code 111 of 1969 amended.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [64 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


The death toll of the Imam Hussein Hospital tragedy ranges between 92 to 100
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  this hospital is about 150 miles south of Baghdad

in Nasiriyah, Iraq
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/14/2021 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  "I'll 'see' your hospital and raise you a condo building south of Miami..."
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/14/2021 15:18 Comments || Top||


Kurdistan dispatches medical supplies to Dhi Qar
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraq makes a contract with a Chinese Company to work in Al-Faw
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
'I'm not hurting the haredim, I'm helping them'
[JPost] - "I didn’t come here to appease anyone. My responsibility is to do what is right for Israel’s economy," declared Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman at the beginning of a briefing for journalists in Jerusalem. "I am not expecting to be popular, but I am prepared to do what is necessary. The most important thing is to make the treasury normal again, after two-and-a-half years without stability."

"My dream would be to maintain 5% economic growth for the next four years," Liberman added.

Liberman discussed the treasury’s plans for the upcoming years, as well as the many controversies and surprises that have already come up during his first 30 days in office. And there have been many.

Liberman enflamed the ultra-Orthodox community last week when he revoked child care subsidies for fathers studying full-time in yeshiva, saying that both parents must now work or study in a non-religious educational institute for at least 24 hours a week in order to receive the benefit.
Necessary background - they don't actually study in ultra-orthodox yeshivas - at most, it's rote memorization.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 01:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under:


Science & Technology
Hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir fail to improve COVID-19 outcomes in study
h/t Instapundit --> UPI --->UPI
July 12 (UPI) -- Neither remdesivir nor hydroxychloroquine boosts recovery in patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the findings of a clinical trial led by the World Health Organization, and published Monday by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Nearly 8% of patients treated with hydroxychloroquine and just over 7% of those given remdesivir died in the hospital, the data showed.

In comparison, between 4% and 7% of those who received "standard care" -- typically treatment with steroids and other drugs to reduce inflammation and manage respiratory symptoms -- died during their hospital stay, the researchers said.


Similarly, 10% of those given remdesivir and 15% of those who received hydroxychloroquine required mechanical ventilation to breathe, compared with 7% to 11% of those treated with standard care, they said.
For a true, non-vaccine cure to COVID try the following folk remedy
(1) Mix wasabi powder with jalapeno tabasco until you obtain a uniform slurry.
(2) Fill a turkey buster with the slurry.
(3) Inject it into the digestive tract from the alimentary end.

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 03:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, once again we learn that if you wait for the disease to take serious hold, its not going to be helpful. It's to be taken when the first signs are identified before it takes serious hold. Waiting kills.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/14/2021 6:33 Comments || Top||

#2  It's now also widely known which study "results" will be looked upon with favor by the dispensers of grants.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/14/2021 7:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Neither remdesivir nor hydroxychloroquine boosts recovery in patients hospitalized with COVID-19

Well yea! Once hospitalized and hooked up to a ventilator, you have become a statistic. I believe R&H are prescribed to prevent the need for hospitalization.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 7:58 Comments || Top||

#4 

To me and likely many others, given the World Health Organizations clear political agenda obedience, repeated failures to present timely and factually correct data.

How do we trust a damn thing they say now?

Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/14/2021 8:06 Comments || Top||

#5  #2 & #3 There isn't any evidence that HCQ works as prophylactic. The entire magic cure hysteria was started by an in vitro experiment and received no support from in vivo experiments. Reviewed in
Gbinigie, K., & Frie, K. (2020). Should chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine be used to treat COVID-19? A rapid review. BJGP open, 4(2).

That is, no experimental support, except from your pals from Wuhan
Chen, Z., Hu, J., Zhang, Z., Jiang, S., Han, S., Yan, D., ... & Zhang, Z. (2020). Efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19: results of a randomized clinical trial. medrxiv.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 8:21 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 Look up second paragraph in #5.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 8:22 Comments || Top||

#7  HCQ as prophylactic: Look at Brazil
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 8:39 Comments || Top||

#8  The article costs $ 35.00 I don't have.

Do I need to spend $ 35.00 to find out it's just like all the other studies where they gave patients a lethal dose and pretended they proved something in their paper?


(I blew my budget last week buying a used copy of the PDR).
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/14/2021 9:00 Comments || Top||

#9  some of the pro HCQ people have stated that many of the studies

- didn't administer the HCQ at the right time, which is just after first diagnosis

- didn't give a sufficient dosage of HCQ

some time ago I read thru some of the studies; I was horrified by the general bad design and incomplete follow up - perhaps this happens when there is so much study money that there is no incentive to think the problem all the way through
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/14/2021 10:22 Comments || Top||

#10  The article costs $ 35.00 I don't have.

No it doesn't - just click on the link that I've provided and download.
This IS the most pathetic excuse I've heard from one of you covid-sceptics yet.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 10:40 Comments || Top||

#11  There's just the link at the top that goes to UPI which also has a link to the abstract at the journal but they want money for enough details to show that this is basically scientific fraud.

As a side question: Do you realize that all the people you're pushing as experts, who say we're all Covid Skeptics, in _this_ country, are also simultaneously pushing Remdesivir as the Standard of Care here? The same Remdesivir that this study says also doesn't work...

Anyway, I looked at the paper, it says they used 2400 mg in the first 48 hours when the online version of the PDR says the limit should be 2000 mg in the 1st 48 hours.

This 2010 PDR I bought doesn't seem to have an entry but I think I know where one is that does. BBL.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/14/2021 12:19 Comments || Top||

#12  #11 The links (bold) in comment #5
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 12:38 Comments || Top||

#13  I'm going out the door. Note the French study cited in one of the links in comment 5 used _wildly_ different dosages for profalaxis than the Norwegian study you're citing.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/14/2021 12:52 Comments || Top||

#14  Groovy. Except, two things.
(1) The first ref is literature survey.
(2) If it works at all then it should show some effect at smaller doses.

Finally, if HCQ worked we would hear about it - from one of the poor countries where they can't afford anything else!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 13:34 Comments || Top||

#15  Well, I had a chinese-american friend who was briefly looking stuff up on chinese and russian search engines for me and was finding studies in both chinese and russian on the subject, where it's away from the censorship of goolag, but it doesn't do me much good because I can't read Russian and Chinese.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/14/2021 13:58 Comments || Top||

#16  >"Finally, if HCQ worked we would hear about it -
>from one of the poor countries where they can't
>afford anything else!"

It's more like, the "poor" countries that refused to commit suicide by malaria because Dr. Fauci suddenly decided the drug was dangerous have a mysteriously lower death rate per million people than anywhere else. But they all signed up for the Sino Vax and are having outbreaks now.

Cambodia's had a thousand or so deaths, but mostly since March of this year. I suspect because all the ways the antimalarial drugs protect against transmission don't function when the virus is injected.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/14/2021 14:04 Comments || Top||

#17  The original studies were such obvious hitjobs that the Lancet had to retract them both:

"On June 4th, the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine retracted two high-profile COVID-19 papers after critics challenged the data in those studies. The Lancet paper found COVID-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were associated with more deaths and adverse effects, resulting in the World Health Organization halting its clinical trials that use hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients. The NEJM study found that certain blood pressure drugs, including ACE inhibitors, were not associated with an increased risk of death among COVID-19 patients. Last month, the New York Times profiled Dr. Sapan Desai, founder of Surgisphere, the company that supplied the data for both retracted studies. Desai is a co-author on both the Lancet and NEJM papers. The Times story should be a case study on the importance of “normative errors” and why they cannot be brushed aside in medicine (or, frankly, anywhere else).

The Times article details a history of normative errors by Dr. Desai according to different sources. Former colleagues said he often did not follow through on directives about treating patients and was dishonest when confronted. In one instance, he didn’t return pages to the nurses while he was on call, and when asked about why he missed them, Desai said he was busy resuscitating an infant by performing a rare and complicated procedure: an incident the charge nurse and another doctor present for his explanation said never occurred. Several doctors recalled Dr. Desai saying he had a law degree—and a license plate listing it among his credentials: M.D., J.D., and Ph.D.—but there is no evidence of this being true. He became involved in at least four medical malpractice cases that are still pending, including three filed last year.

As for the Surgisphere data, Desai said his data analytics product, called QuartzClinical, accumulated a registry with patient data from more than 1,200 hospitals and health centers, with data about more than 240 million (the WSJ reports 240 billion) patient encounters in 45 countries. One former Surgisphere employee told the Times that by the end of 2019, she knew of only one hospital that had signed a contract with QuartzClinical.

Typically, nobody shows up with the degree of corruption out of the gate to falsify and publish data concerning treatments for hospitalized patients in life-and-death situations. There’s usually a history of normative errors preceding it. If the accounts of colleagues and critics are correct, Desai left a trail spanning at least two decades in his wake."
Posted by: Angstrom || 07/14/2021 17:39 Comments || Top||

#18  If that "folk remedy" is used (whether or not it has any effect on COVID-19) one result is certain: The patient will have 100% amnesia for whatever he thought might have been wrong with him before he took the stuff.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 07/14/2021 20:51 Comments || Top||

#19  g(r)omgoru you have officially lost all credibility.

findings of a clinical trial led by the World Health Organization

Right. We completely trust those chicom bastards.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/14/2021 22:50 Comments || Top||


Boeing cuts production of the 787 Dreamliner after yet another problem: Fuselage isn't joined together to meet precise standards
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/14/2021 00:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another brilliant idea - the distributed manufacturing of major components of this aircraft. Imagine surgery where you are sent to one hospital to be anesthetized, then transferred to another to be cut open, to yet another for the procedure, yet another to be closed up and finally another for postop. Brilliant...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/14/2021 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  I worked for the company that made the tooling for 2 of the main fuselage sections; our tolerances on these were half of what was then typical. These tools all came from the same mold (all high temp composite). So logic would dictate any misalighment due to tolerance stack would be relatively constant and shimming processes in place. Something else in play here i think.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 07/14/2021 9:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Something else in play here i think.

I wonder what that might be.

Boeing used to be a brand name in aeroplanes. Now their planes fall out of the sky and the parts don't fit together. The IRS, the FBI, the DOJ, the EPA, major league sports, Boeing... feel free to add your own 'favorites'... it's as if everything we built over the last century is turning to shite. I gotta say that doesn't seem like a positive trend.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/14/2021 13:09 Comments || Top||

#4  ^^^ Social Engineering, Diversity, Inclusiveness…etc. etc. These things are a cancer hollowing us out from the inside, brought to us by the Left. There is only one solution. One.
Posted by: Tyranysaurus Jones4656 || 07/14/2021 16:15 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran unveils Islamic dating app to encourage marriage
[AlAhram] When a match is made, the app 'introduces the families together with the presence of service consultants', who will 'accompany' the couple for four years after marriage

Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
on Monday unveiled an Islamic dating application aimed at facilitating "lasting and informed marriage" for its youth, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
reported.

Called Hamdam -- Farsi for "companion" -- the service allows users to "search for and choose their spouse," the broadcaster said.

It is the only state-sanctioned platform of its kind in the Islamic republic, according to Iran's cyberspace police chief, Colonel Ali Mohammad Rajabi.

While dating apps are popular in Iran, Rajabi said that all other platforms apart from Hamdam are illegal.

Developed by the Tebyan Cultural Institute, part of Iran's Islamic Propaganda Organization, Hamdam's website claims it uses "artificial intelligence" to find matches "only for bachelors seeking permanent marriage and a single spouse".

Tebyan head Komeil Khojasteh, speaking at the unveiling, said family values were threatened by outside forces.

"Family is the devil's target, and (Iran's enemies) seek to impose their own ideas" on it, he said, adding that the app helps create "healthy" families.

According to Hamdam's website, users have to verify their identity and go through a "psychology test" before browsing.
"Do you like Lavendar Oil?"
When a match is made, the app "introduces the families together with the presence of service consultants", who will "accompany" the couple for four years after marriage.

Registration is free, as Hamdam has "an independent revenue model," the website said without explaining further.

Iran's authorities, including the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
...the very aged actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini...
, have warned several times against the country's rising age of marriage and declining birth rates.

In March, Iran's conservative-dominated parliament passed a bill titled "population growth and supporting families."

It mandates the government to offer significant financial incentives for marriage and to encourage people to have more than two children, while limiting access to child sacrifice abortion.

The law awaits approval by the Guardian Council, which is tasked with checking that bills are compatible with Islamic law and the constitution.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  And it was "love at first sight"...
The hills are alive, with the sound of music
Posted by: Slaiger Crineng4900 || 07/14/2021 1:28 Comments || Top||

#2  fertility rate has been decreasing in Iran for decades

age at marriage has been increasing

probably these trends accelerated last year with covid, inflation and economic contraction

Mullocracy considers this a threat

Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/14/2021 9:56 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ Is Iran suffering from a "Lost Generation Effect" like France and England after the loss of human resources in WW1? The use of "human wave tactics" by the Iranians in the Iran-Iraq War was not a way to raise the next generation...
Posted by: magpie || 07/14/2021 17:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Is this an app which auto-updates your shopping list based upon what she is currently, really thinking?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 18:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Is Iran suffering from a "Lost Generation Effect"

That is an interesting question, magpie. Can't help the demographics and likely leads to suspicion and resentment of the ruling class.

The pic in #1 gives me an idea for a Lassie reboot. tagline: The story of a goat, and the boy who loved him.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/14/2021 19:29 Comments || Top||

#6  "What's the Muhammie? The 12th Imam is trapped in a well?!"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 20:13 Comments || Top||

#7  #3 - Magpie" Good point. Most of the educated went abroad during the Shah era. They aren't coming back til the Mullamania is over
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2021 20:43 Comments || Top||



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