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Syria! [Aug. 21st, 2019|02:26 pm]
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And, just like that, Syria disappears from the news again. Syria Map shows Khan Sheikhun now fallen, and lots of Islamists pocketed and in motion to the south, presumably trying for a breakout or just a stable perimeter. The air force is hammering away as hard as they can on any feasible retreat or resupply route to the north.

I'd love to see stuff like this on the news, but it almost never gets carried here.

Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/104129.html
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Syria! [Aug. 20th, 2019|11:53 pm]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Syrian Civil War Map, which seems a reasonably detailed and reliable source, reports that western news reports that the Syrian army has captured Khan Sheikhun are wrong. Where the BBC gets their information that the fall of Khan Sheikhun will mean that Syria controls the M5 is an absolute mystery. What it will do is to cut off the supply lines to the rebels' southern units in places like Murak and to some extent Kafr Zayta. That cuts away a big chunk out of Idlib, and helps bring the end of the war that much closer. You can see the Syrians working toward that end, concentrating their airpower (which I suspect is largely Russia's airpower, especially that close in against the Turks) on supply and transit chokepoints.

The Syrian Civil War Map itself reminds me of an old Avalon Hill wargame, with the fascinating yet bewildering array of coloured markers.

If the Syrians keep up the pressure, I think it's entirely possible that the rebels will begin to collapse bigly in the southern part of Idlib in the next few days, and perhaps be pocketed. I'm sure we'll see all kinds of 'humanitarian' concerns and calls for cease-fires these coming days.

Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/103749.html
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“harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society” [Aug. 19th, 2019|12:58 pm]
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So, the Palestinian Authority has declared that gay people are dangerous, and will be arrested. Given the area, it's hard to see that as anything other than a call for lynch mobs.

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WTF, terrorists?!? [Aug. 19th, 2019|01:32 am]
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So, apparently ISIS just decided to blow up some guy's wedding reception at random. That's just plain insane. It doesn't even advance any agenda apart from death and chaos. Even the Nazis and the Khmer Rouge were trying to accomplish something, however appalling. This is just random. The softness of the target seems to have been their only criterion. It truly does drive home the image of ISIS as a social cancer, a meaningless automaton of destruction.

Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/103399.html
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August Afternoon [Aug. 18th, 2019|12:57 am]
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[music |Me: 'twas then I Heard the Kaiser Say...]

Interesting, rather attractive weed

An attractive weed growing in the flower garden. In some ways, I fail at decorative gardening, as I tend to avoid uprooting interesting-looking weeds, and let them develop to see how they turn out. On the other paw, stuff like this is often more visually striking than what I actually planted, so...

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Chipmunk hopes that I don't see her.

A young Chipmunk, almost certainly one of the family that was raised under the concrete stairs, sits quietly as I sneak up on her. She's well aware that I'm there, but I think she hopes that I haven't seen her. That probably seems plausible from her perspective, as I'm fiddling with the camera and not really even looking directly at her. ("What's he doing? Is he eating that thing?") I got within about two and a half feet before she bolted.

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The spider builds her web.

Late afternoon, and a spider builds her web in the garden. I like how the sun shines through her legs, a warm amber and brown like tortoiseshell.

The patient spider waits.

Now she finishes, and waits, hoping that she'll catch something tonight.

Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/102894.html
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In Another Land [Aug. 17th, 2019|09:22 pm]
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If I were being bested by monkeys, I don't think I'd be giving interviews about it on the news...

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They're apparently very hard up for uniforms in Kenya.

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Much of Dhaka apparently burned down last night. The pictures are amazing. I'm strongly reminded of Bosch's "Visions of the Hereafter", or "Christ's Descent into Hell".

Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/102614.html
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Cubs [Aug. 15th, 2019|10:24 pm]
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For Pete's sake, Cubs. :P

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Replacement Time [Aug. 13th, 2019|12:52 am]
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So, those factories where ICE rounded up the 680 illegals last week had a job fair Monday to try and replace their workers. They got about 30 applicants. One suspects that it was not for lack of the locals being aware that there were vacancies. One also suspects that they'll need to increase the pay and benefits, or offer better working conditions, or both, to employ honest people.

Their statement that their payscale is average for the area is a bit disingenious, since that area average apparently included large numbers of illegals willing to settle for whatever they could get.

Original posted at https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/102009.html
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Epstein [Aug. 10th, 2019|03:38 pm]
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I'm apparently not the only one who thinks this seems suspiciously well timed.

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And On, and on... [Aug. 8th, 2019|06:54 pm]
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I believe Bernie's star is finally fading. In a way, I'm sorry to see him go. He'd have made a shitty POTUS, but he really does want to do what's right, rare as that is. I like the man, for all that his politics horrify me.

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