Archive for the ‘Exploding things’ Category

In November 2011, I wrote, “Wait, that stuff is still going on?

So what was still going on three and a half years ago? Post in bold, links show it’s all still going on.

Syria is still killing people. Actually, that one is more nuanced than the rest, it’s pretty much a dog’s breakfast of everybody killing everybody there. Syrian Military, Isis, Hezbollah,  other

The Gaza death cult is still shooting rockets at Israel. Yup.

Fukushima is still going on. Yup.

Mexican cartels are still killing Intertubers. Yup, though most of those alive are “self-censoring”

Somali pirates are still pirating. The funny part being that after ships avoided the area, it seemed as if piracy went down, when ships went back, it went up. Surprising only fools and the willfully ignorant.

Armenia is still occupying and acting all aggressive on Kazakh Azerbaijani lands, totally without Russia’s help and encouragement (wink wink, nudge, nudge). This is a case of people who’ve hated each other for a long time hatin’ on each other and Russia is still involved.

Terrorists are still operating in the Sinai. Now it’s ISIS of course. Giving Hamas Jihad Envy.

North Korea is still working on nukes and threatening with said nukes. Yup.

Iran is still threatening all and sundry with nukes. Now with more aid from Obama! This poll makes me proud to be an American. Subhed

A new Zogby poll suggests that more and more Americans trust Israel more than Obama to get rid of the Iranian nuclear threat.

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A large plurality of Americans prefer that the Obama administration take a more dovish approach to end the Iranian nuclear threat but at the same time back Israel’s bombing the Islamic Republic

 

EUnuchstan is still boned and still won’t even contemplate actually fixing anything. They keep talking “austerity”, which used to mean, “Living within your means” and now means, “Increasing taxes to pay for what you want.” Good luck with that.

On the lighter side, we might be looking at revolution in China. Yup.

 

Something not new, but the vid of the day

Crazy Russian guy lights himself on fire and jumps from 9 story building.

It lives up to its billing.

This liveleak vid is from the guy’s head-cam.  I cannot figure out how to embed it. I’m computerly challenged.

 

Added 30 seconds later because I forgot it:

Same H/T, my generally sour attitude today.

This summer is really going to suck. Jeb Bush is going to get the We’re Better And Smarter Than You party’s nomination, the world is blowing up but in the meantime, we’re going to get to watch the race riots all over the country. (as the gov’t investigates the tea party)

In today’s exciting episode, all the news shows are showing a short, couple minutes of a much longer clip. That short part shows police, totally unprovoked, going all Judge Dredd on some innocent, choir-singing teens while the truth might be a little more nuanced.

Of course, our fine media betters don’t go in for nuance, they go in for race war so nobody’s talking about any exculpatory evidence on TV.

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There’s a lot more at the post, including another video that shows how earlier the youths were mostly peacefully discussing the arrangement of their choir and who gets to work first at the soup kitchen and who gets to help orphans with their homework and laundry.

What the news shows are showing is a very inflammatory part of a much longer video and even if the rest is shown and we see the thugs deserved what they got, it’s too late. It’s already become Truth!, which is to truth as Science! is to science.

Of course, we know CNN and MSNBC will be pushing the Racist Cops meme so any facts will get in the way.

I’m not saying the cop was a saint, but I am saying it’s not what the media is pushing.

I condemn my fascist racism so you don’t have to.

I also hope Benet Embry has the ability to move, change his name and maybe get a sex-change operation to avoid the totally justified Lynching he’s about to deal with.

Important Update!!!!!

Mostly peaceful concert-goers are attacked by police!!!!!!

I will say that I’m happy to see the cops in actual riot gear instead of camo and carrying M-4s, as they did in Ferguson.

Trick question, it’s both!!!

In Phony War news, Ukraine!

Poroshenko said the army successfully repelled the attack “of Russian soldiery” and had to use artillery to keep a town under Ukraine’s control. Poroshenko said they warned the European leaders that Minsk accords (cease fire with Russia, link by me V) were violated.

“The military must be ready as much for a renewal of an offensive by the enemy in the Donbas as they are for a full-scale invasion along the whole length of the border with Russia. We must be truly ready for this,” Poroshenko says, adding that at least 9,000 Russian soldiers are being operating in the Russian-controlled area.

 

Sure Russia is broke and their military has crappy, 20-year-old, commie crap, but Ukraine has the same problems and they haven’t received the upgrades from the tech Russia was sold by…stole from the US

 

Hezbollah has jihad envy so they’re attacking ISIS.

I have to admit, I wish they would join Obama’s semi-kinetic effort to degrade/annoy ISIS so we could perform airstrikes in support of one terrorist organization that’s killed plenty of Americans against another terrorist organization that’s killed fewer Americans.

I’ve been ignoring China, that’s not because they’ve stopped being all expansiony and bellicose but because I figure they’re not that far from using their military against someone. I’m trying to figure out who. Philippines? Japan? Vietnam? Us? Russia?

I’m mostly just hoping the Navy hasn’t allowed Obama to get rid of all their competent leaders as he’s so obviously doing to the Army and Marines.

 

Yesterday was day 756 since we discovered Obama was using the IRS to attack his political enemies and what’s Congress doing about it?  Not a blessed thing, but the Treasury Dept is on the job!!!!

While the TIGTA report will put the matter back in Congress’ hands, it’s uncertain whether it will arm lawmakers with enough new information to rejuvenate their stalled investigation into the scandal — or whether they’ll have the appetite to follow through on any new information that does emerge.

 

Yeah, about that, Congress will delay things until just before the next election so they can appear to be DOING SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So get ready to clap your fins and HONK YOUR HORNS!!!!!!

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Speaking of our fine, Congressional, betters.

With a newly installed Republican majority that campaigned as fiscal conservatives one would expect big government Democrats to be howling in pain about all the “unfair budget cuts,…

One would be acting very stupidly to expect that.

but unfortunately big government Republicans are doing as much or more spending as would be expected from the Democrats.

I still feel embarrassed that I thought the GOP wanted to borrow a little under a $trillion and the Dems a little over when they were competing with the Dems to see who could spend the most.

And they are using the gimmicks and tricks they all campaigned against to continue the ruinous spending.

Why, it’s as if they think we’re idiots!

Listen, if you have to watch those feckless assholes to know what they’re doing, you haven’t been paying attention so doing so now is not going to help.

 

In  more Gov’t Being Responsive News(link added): DC!

The District of Columbia Police Department said on Monday it has not issued any gun-carry permit denials since a federal judge ruled the city’s requirement that applicants show a special need to carry a firearm unconstitutional.

You could take that to mean they are handing out permits. Well you could if you were gullible, stupid or willfully ignorant.

Conboy could not say whether any new applications would be approved or what would happen to those whose applications had been denied under the now defunct “good reason” clause.

“We’re awaiting further guidance from the Office of the Attorney General on other applications,” he said.

They will slow roll this and get away with it. Who is going to force them to follow any judge’s rulings? Obama’s “Justice” Dept? The DC police?

If you believe either of those two anti-freedom entities are going to enforce the Constitution,  I have some beach front property to sell you. Sure you can’t see the ocean from AZ, but you get plenty of sun and sand!

 

This one is pretty funny, mostly because I’m not a Baltimore resident or Baltimore Cop.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray’s autopsy report and other “sensitive” documents as she prosecutes the six police officers involved in his arrest….

The move is the latest effort by Mosby’s office to restrict information in the high-profile case. Her office has also sought a gag order to prevent participants from discussing the case in public, and has broken with a long-standing practice by not giving a copy of the autopsy report to Baltimore police.

She’s hiding evidence from the defense. Rules of discovery are being suspended because White Privilege!!!!!

I can’t tell if this defense attorney is stupid, ignoring reality or just trying to get a soundbite out there.

“It’s as if she wants to do everything to make sure our clients do not get a fair trial.”

The deuce you say!

 

This is the media!

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Heh. Heh I say. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think enough people pay attention to Time to really affect anything, but that’s pretty funny.

 

I feel a little stupid, lately I’ve talked about hydraulic despotism and indentured servitude (don’t get me started on debtor’s prison) but I’ve been ignoring the comeback of guilds.

Mark Rippetoe: Should Personal Trainers and Coaches Be Licensed by the State? Occupational licensing is always a tool to protect the connected from competition by the unconnected. It’s justified in the name of protecting consumers, but it’s never demanded by consumers, but by members of the industry being protected.

Midieval Guildmasters would approve.

Medieval Guilds
The guilds were an important part of city and town life. Guilds were exclusive, regimented organizations;
created in part to preserve the rights and privileges of their members; and separate and distinct from the civic governments, but since the functions and purposes of guild and civic government overlapped, it was not always easy to tell them apart, especially since many well-to-do guildsmen were prominent in civic government.

Mustn’t forget the bribes from the guildmasters and the added power over people this gives to our elected officials.

Everything old is new and everything new is getting pretty dam old.

 

 

 

It doesn’t get much funnier or endier than this.                                                                                                       Headline

Obama will even defend anti-Semitism to spin his Iran deal

 

That’s from Lebanon, the country that embraced Hezbollah because they hate Jews.

This is a two-fer, an illustration as to why Green Science is neither and global warmmongers lie.

Headline

SAMSOE: A ROLE MODEL IN SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Yeah, about that, first, they use windmills, that they don’t make. They also brag about how much money they make from selling electricity to the mainland, but they fail to mention this.

As a result of these decisions, three things happened: Vestas, Bonus and Danish wind turbine–makers came to lead their industry globally; a high fossil-fuel tax created generous government subsidies for renewable development; and Samso became sustainable—producing more energy than it consumed for the first time in 2005 and every year since. “[The] fossil-fuel consumer is actually paying for the green development,” Hermansen notes….

…thanks to a bonus payment for renewable energy supplies and to 10-year contracts utilities are required by law to sign with wind power producers.

It’s self-sufficient if they get huge subsidies. Antidictionaryestablishmentarianism in other words. Like this part, it’s the bit where greenies are just like middle ages monks scourging themselves in the public square

If he is consuming more than he is producing, he runs around unplugging things while his poor wife is sitting in the dark,”

Blow out a candle and praise the dark!

 

I do wish environmentalists weren’t just commie tools or maybe they’d do something about this

Chinampas are floating farms started by the Mexica (Aztecs) 600 years or more ago and now they’re disappearing because of various things but mostly pollution.

Low-income housing developments blot lands that used to be chinampas, or floating gardens. Cars and trucks rumble down pollution-choked streets that used to be canals.

Many of the development projects were built as a bid to win votes when Xochimilco, like  most of Mexico, was controlled by the notoriously corrupt Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

I look forward to stories about “bad luck” in Mexico City.

Semi-related, it just makes me laugh. And cringe of course, but you takes teh funny where you can get it.

science!!!!!!

 

In Gov’t Healthcare News, the Brits NHS is going to improve the lives of people!!!! How?

Under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, UN member states will be given targets to cut the number of deaths from diseases like cancer, stroke, diabetes and dementia by one third by 2030.
However because many are age-related illnesses people who succumb to those diseases from the age of 70 are not deemed to have died prematurely and so are not included in the target.

They starve them to death and call it “natural causes” and now this. It sucks to be old in (used to be) Great Britain. So we have that to look forward to.

 

So as American cities are being sacked by Democratic voters, the “Justice” Dept knows who to go after.

The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism.

They say Islamic terrorism too, but why no targeting of the domestic groups actually blowing up our cities? I know, it’s a Chicag0-machine-“Justice” Dept so why would they go after their foot-soldiers, but still, they can at least lie to me the way they’re lying and saying that since Congress didn’t authorize it they’re stopping their collection of data .

Here we have the part where Veeshir disagrees with Clarence Thomas.

No monuments are ever built to cynics.

Yeah, about that……

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Last, and least important, the most important bit of the day.

Lyndsey Graham is really running, which leaves me in a conundrum.

Which pic is a better illustration? graham  or little lord graham

These are the things that keep me up at night.

And everything new is old.
Or something, that made more sense before I wrote it down. Maybe it’ll make more sense later on. Wish us luck.

So the old is new first.

Since we just had some good ole’ hydraulic despotism in the last post, how about we start with some good ole’ indentured servitude.

Little known Veesher Vact, my step-father’s family came over on the Mayflower, as indentured servants. His ancestor has a house at Plymouth Plantation, but he’s never home so Harry hasn’t been able to meet him. I’ll see if I can find out his name.

So the newest, legal, immigrants are coming over as indentured servants .

But for foreign workers, there’s a catch: the employee is tied to the company that sponsors the visa. She cannot switch jobs, quit to found a startup, or indeed leave in protest of lower pay or dissatisfaction without forfeiting her immigration status.

With the added attraction that we ship them home when they piss us off.

That’s all about the American Dream, huh? The new Robber Barons, still in collusion with the gov’t and screwing the little guy but this time it’s for our own good. I can’t wait until Apple starts paying their employees in Applebux that are only good at Whole Foods and Old Navy (not Apple stores).

Lest we forget which end of civilization we are in, recall we brought indentured servants to supplant the Indians (Feather) and now we’re using indentured servant Indians (Dot) to supplant us. There’s a sorta irrational symmetry there, and to make even more endily funny, it’s Mickey freaking Mouse doing it.

I’d put a youtube of his laugh here but Disney attorneys are very good and their bosses are assholes, as we can see from the above. Recall the Palestinian terrorists who were afraid enough of Disney to have some Jews kill off Farfur to avoid Disney’s wrath. If jihadis who think it’s funny to mess with Mossad are afraid of them, I’m going to have to agree.

 

The 30s fad of shirts that were brown appears to be making a comeback.

Al Sharpton is calling for the creation of a national police force.  And it looks like President Obama is considering the option.  While the federal government undoubtedly lacks a “police power” and the concomitant authority to create a national police force, it does have a “spending power,” implied from the Constitution’s enumerated power to levy taxes, and the Supreme Court has upheld the imposition of “strings,” or conditions, on the receipt of federal funds. (links in original V)

Yeah……no.

 

I’ll translate this from Obama’s taskforce on forming his national Polizei force I’m in bold.

1.8.1 ACTION ITEM: The Federal Government should create a Law Enforcement Diversity Initiative designed to help communities diversify law enforcement departments to reflect the demographics of the community. (Discriminatory hiring practices Also known as the We are so going to screw Sheriff Arpaio section)

1.8.2 ACTION ITEM: The department overseeing this initiative should help localities learn best practices for recruitment, training, and outreach to improve the diversity as well as the cultural and linguistic responsiveness of law enforcement agencies.(Intrusive federal gov’t intervention into places they don’t like, this is the Screw conservatives section Also known as the We are so going to screw Sheriff Arpaio section)

1.8.4 ACTION ITEM: Discretionary federal funding for law enforcement programs could be influenced by that department’s efforts to improve their diversity and cultural and linguistic responsiveness.(This is the Use the power of the purse to force compliance section, Also known as the We are so going to screw Sheriff Arpaio section I can only assume they’ll make sure it’s well stocked with Lois Lerner types to ensure the right people get screwed with all slavered over with good, old-fashioned graft and embezzling by gov’t employees)
2.1 RECOMMENDATION: Law enforcement agencies should collaborate with community members to develop policies and strategies in communities and neighborhoods disproportionately affected by crime for deploying resources that aim to reduce crime by improving relationships, greater community engagement, and cooperation. (This is the Money for Al Sharpton/Acorn section Also known as the We are so going to screw Sheriff Arpaio section)

 

2.2  RECOMMENDATION: Law enforcement agencies should have comprehensive policies on the use of force that include training, investigations, prosecutions, data collection, and information sharing. These policies must be clear, concise, and openly available for public inspection.(This is the Intrusive federal gov’t rules section Also known as the We are so going to screw Sheriff Arpaio section with the added attraction of also making sure they have an, I’m sure, totally working web page that will be easily searchable…. did I say that last with a straight face? I’ve been practicing is why I ask)

2.6 RECOMMENDATION: Law enforcement agencies should be encouraged to collect, maintain, and analyze demographic data on all detentions (stops, frisks, searches, summons, and arrests). This data should be disaggregated by school and non-school contacts. (This is the You have to hassle and arrest the right mix of races so look for innocent people of the wrong color being messed with section. Also known as the We are so going to screw Sheriff Arpaio section.  I can’t figure out the “school/non-school” bit and that kinda scares me)

2.7.2 ACTION ITEM: The Federal Government should create a mechanism for investigating complaints and issuing sanctions regarding the inappropriate use of equipment and tactics during mass demonstrations.(This is the Give Al Sharpton a Megaphone and/or selectively use/plant complaints to ensure the right (right) people get screwed with section Also known as the We are so going to screw Sheriff Arpaio section)
7.1 RECOMMENDATION: The President should direct all federal law enforcement agencies to review the recommendations made by the Task Force on 21st Century Policing and, to the extent practicable, to adopt those that can be implemented at the federal level. (This is the ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ section Also known as the We are so going to screw Sheriff Arpaio section)

7.3 RECOMMENDATION: The U.S. Department of Justice should charge its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) with assisting the law enforcement field in addressing current and future challenges. (If you had any hope this would not be bad, note that we’ll have the “Justice” Dept., that bastion of fairness, in charge of all this. Also known as the We are so going to screw Sheriff Arpaio section)

 

In case I was too subtle, I’m not real happy about that.

All sheriff’s around the country who think the fact that the people of their county elected them means anything had better understand that they’re about the get Lynched.

 

So old it’s almost new again, digging up the stupidest “dirt” on a conservative

The latest attack on Walker is that he has “up to” $50,000 in credit card debt to — wait for it — Sears.

We don’t know exactly how much because financial disclosures only are made in broad ranges, so it could be as little as $10,000.

Regardless, it’s SEARS!

 

They say the attack has “boomeranged”.

No, it hit its intended target.

The point is not to get him in any trouble, legal or otherwise, it’s so Minitrue can mention this in a litany of supposed “irregularities” in Walker’s past every time they mention him, along with dog-gate, thesis-gate and macaca-gate (I figure they’ll just re-use those, they’re kinda stupid and lazy).

 

In Everything New is Getting Pretty Freaking Old news,

 

Holy Moley, 96% of Americans are bracing for a summer of riots. The new normal that’s pretty darn old already.

You know who is included in that 96%? The people doing the rioting and the Obama admin and the entire Dem political/media industrial complex, who are encouraging it. In other words, count on it.

I’d make sure I sold my property in or near any low-rent area of any big-city now before it gets burned down, blowed up or just drops like an Obama-picked business in value. Especially with the charges against those Baltimore cops. Second degree murder. If convicted, expect cops to go on strike (declared or otherwise), if not, expect every big city to explode.

 

Lebanon Now has an interesting article that’s pretty new with one glaring “getting pretty old” that could undo all the hope the rest of the article brings me.

First, the new,  the headline is “On Our Own”. They realize Obama is a feckless incompetent and their well-being isn’t really all that important to him.

Recently former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was in Washington. …held a get-together with Arab journalists, in which he said there was a new Arab attitude to act against Iranian influence in the Middle East.

In Syria, Hariri reportedly said, the establishment of “safe zones,” or the provision of “air cover” to advancing rebels in the north and south of the country was “inevitable.”…

such action in Syria could come regardless of Washington’s position or whether it strikes a nuclear deal with Iran

 

Good, someone has to do it.

Here’s where they start to go wrong

The United States, in order to disengage from the region, wants the Arab states to become more proactive and stop turning toward Washington at every crisis. At the same time, the Arab attitude risks endangering an Obama administration priority, namely the conclusion of a final nuclear deal with Iran that can lead to normalized relations.

Yeah, the US (Obama admin) doesn’t “want” the Arabs to do anything but leave Iran alone.

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That’s not to say that the Arab states can block a nuclear deal if the leaderships in Iran and the United States want one.

You got that right, it’s getting pretty darn old but our freaking Congress can’t stop him, he cares not for you losers, you don’t hate America enough to warrant his respect.

 

And then, the train goes off the tracks… into the quicksand

But it is very much within their capacity to create situations in which the Obama administration will be forced to choose one side over the other,

I’d be careful about that

and there the American president’s principal concern will be to avoid alienating his regional allies.

The problem for Lebanon is another of the things “getting pretty damn old”, Obama’s ally in any region is based on who hates America the most and in the middle east, it’s Iran.

If you live in Lebanon, you might want to make sure you have a few Hezbollah flags lying around.

I’m not sure exactly how more ridiculous it can get out there, but I’m gonna have to assume pretty darn ridiculously scary.

 

As with the Religion of Peace, the felonious thugs in Ferguson are accorded more rights than the people who live and have businesses there.

Via Ace, we have this from Missouri Lt.Gov. Kinder

Why were they not in there at the first sign of an overturned police car, or a smashed police car window, with a show of force that would have stopped this? And here’s my question that the governor must answer: Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason,” Kinder said.

 

You know that if they deign to answer a question about this decision they’ll say they didn’t want to exacerbate the situation.

You know, because they wouldn’t want to incite the mostly-peaceful protestors or 20 or more buildings and businesses  might be burned and/or looted.

Assholes. As if they should be more solicitous of thugs and felons than the people they’re performing their felonious acts on.

So what’s on deck for tonight?

The media have been blaring the news about reporters being injured, I can see some thug thinking it’ll be funny if a reporters gets killed live on TV.

Hell, I can see some producers thinking that would be cool.

They’re saying now that they’ll more Guardsmen on duty.

Now that everybody is wound up, both the protestors and the people who are going to try to keep order.

Should be interesting,

Especially since I’d bet the mostly-peaceful protestors there tonight will be the ones who are even more mostly-peaceful than the norm.

It’s going to be a busy couple days, we get to watch Ferguson tonight and then tomorrow the blizzard in the northeast.

 

I haven’t been ‘tubin much lately, so I did my tour and boy is it ugly out there.

There is one funny part, we have Obama, Biden, Chuck, Please Take My Calls, Hagel and J. Effin Kerry on the the job.

Not so much just funny, but funny and endy. Which is better than just endy.

First, some Unexpected Coincidences.

Obama declares war on ISIS. Isis captures a regiment of Iraqi tanks (Abrams?) on their way to Baghdad.

presence in Abu Ghraib would put Baghdad International Airport within artillery range of the militants.

“We know they have captured substantial numbers of 155 mm howitzers,” …“These have a range of about (20 miles) and if they are able to hold territory in Abu Ghraib then the concern they can shell (the airport)…

 

You realize what that means? We will get to see Josh Earnest say that ISIS is not at the Baghdad Airport as we’re watching ISIS tanks roll through the airport on split-screen.  We need the Koch brothers to offer him a few $million to wear a beret when he does that.

The Lebanese give Obama his grades on Syria.  Unlike Americans, they do not grade Obama on a curve.

By bombing the Al-Nusra Front in addition to ISIS, the US may have driven two terrorist organizations that have been at war with each other for almost a year closer together. According to the Guardian’s Martin Chulov, “[m]any al-Nusra units in northern Syria appeared to have reconciled” with ISIS and leaders from both were now holding war-planning meetings to discuss a rapprochement or strategic merger. Whether one formally takes places, with Ayman al-Zawahiri presiding over the marriage or not, seems more an academic question than an operational concern: already 73 Nusra militants have “defected” to ISIS as a result of the air strikes, proving yet again that nothing nullifies jihadi hermeneutics and the narcissism of their tiny differences faster than Tomahawk missiles.

 

I generally don’t trust the Gruaniad, but since they probably have members of various jihadi groups in their newsrooms, I’ll accept their judgement on stuff like that.

Poor bastards, they picked the wrong POTUS to go for freedom.

So what does this say?

Police officers deny claims that they have colluded with those who used violence against the (Pro-Democracy V) demonstrators.

 

When murderous commie thugs deny something, they’re doing it.

I love the headline on this one.

Insight – Chinese troops play symbolic role in Hong Kong drama over democracy

That’s from roto-reuters, who seem to think the threat of actions by the army of murderous commie dictators is symbolic.  They blather on about how China won’t risk the furious frowning of frumious philosopers in EUnuchstan and then note this.

The Chinese military is housed in 19 urban and rural sites inherited after the British folded up the Union Jack on what had been a major military staging post of the British empire and a vital Cold War-era listening post.The bases, dotted strategically across Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the New Territories, include the old British Tamar headquarters building in Admiralty, now next door to the government’s new offices – and the epicentre of the current demonstrations.

The building was recently refurbished, along with other sites, and is now topped with a red neon star. Most of its offices are thought to be occupied, some for the first time.

A large domed surveillance camera sits perched above a corner over one of the main thoroughfares leading to Hong Kong’s glittering Central financial district.

 

Yeah, symbolic.

Related, as per FrnakJ once said, blood is symbolic of blood. I’m sure the pro-democracy protesters are fully aware of that fact.

I have to wonder if the next two stories are related.

Obama offers help to Philippines.

Filipino troops position themselves near a marine amphibious assault vehicle manned by their US counterparts during a mechanized assault exercise as part of the 2014 Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) in Zambales on Sunday. Around 1,000 Filipino and 3,000 US marines and sailors will join the annual joint military exercise that will last for 12 days.

Philippines don’t want to act ‘provocative’ toward the expansionist, murderous, commie dictators.

The Philippines has put infrastructure projects on hold in territories in the disputed South China Sea in a bid to ease tensions in the region

 

With Obama on your side you know you’re on your own.

Hell, he declared war on ebola and it ended up in America.  At least the Filipinos are paying attention.

This guy shot down a drone and now they’re wondering if they can charge him with something.

Don’t forget, you were skeet-shooting. You skeet-shoot all the time.

 

So as I end up I’m left with this lesson:

Just stop paying attention and hope that when it all blows up, my part of the world won’t blow up as much.