December 10, 2015

A Non-Comprehensive List of Contemporary Happenings

Moe Lane brings our attention to an intriguing development. It seems that the head of the ruthless Sinola drug cartel in Mexico has sent a letter to the head of ISIS. Here's an excerpt.

Moe Lane takes the understandable "Pass the popcorn!" position on this development. We here at Brickmuppet Blog however, have seen the video in the previous post and thus are bitter old cranks. What jumps out at us is the fact that the band of bastards having trouble with ISIS Mexico

Speaking of ISIS, via RFERL here is an overview of where their oil is going. 

 U.S. officials tell me they are seeing significant numbers of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps troops retreat from the Syrian combat zone in recent weeks, following the deaths and wounding of some of top officers in a campaign to retake Idlib Province and other areas lost this year to opposition forces supported by the West and Gulf Arab States. As a result, the Russian-initiated offensive that was launched in September seems to be losing an important ally. 

Russia, however, seems to be doubling down. If it means peeling Syria away from Iran, it would seem an acceptable trade-off to let Russia retain their base and make Syria a fully Russian client, rather than a Mediterranean staging area for Iran and Hezbollah. Russia, after all , is not trying to bring about the apocalypse.

The implications for this are troubling to say the least. A nation of aristocrats and paupers is not likely to be stable or free. 

The most dangerous muslim extremists are the most educated.  This may seem counter-intuitive, but it shouldn't be. 

The DRPK sub that fired a ballistic missile the other day suffered extensive damage in the process. Note that while this is a setback, it does mean they are actually doing live fire tests from actual submarines rather than a test rig. 

Someone tampered with a Boston commuter train and it ran wild through 4 stations (with 50 people on board) before authorities cut the power. 

In some good news, India and Pakistan are resuming, comprehensive multi lateral peace talks. This is particularly welcome since the two nuclear powers have been to war multiple times and in 1999 Pakistan came astonishingly close to nuking India.  

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 06:08 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 The funniest thing about Kargil War of 1999 was that Pakistan started it to begin with and fought it on the Indian side of LoC entirely. But when they started losing, they almost nuked India. You'd think people resorted to this kind of thing when the enemy were about to take the capital or something.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Fri Dec 11 21:14:48 2015 (XOPVE)

2 The funniest thing about Kargil War of 1999...

Your definition of "funny" is substantially different than my own.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Fri Dec 11 22:42:51 2015 (zAcee)

3 It turns out the whole Druggies vs Terrorists thing was a fake.  Pity, that.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sat Dec 12 13:00:18 2015 (zAcee)

4 The funny thing about funny is that it can mean funny, funny, or funny so something that's not at all funny can still be funny. Funny that.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Dec 19 20:40:17 2015 (AaBUm)

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