So, the Israelis and “Palestinains” are at it again. The Gazans are launching the better part of a hundred rocket a day into Israel; the Israelis are doing their best to blow them out of the sky with the “Iron Dome” system, and then trying to smash the launch sites. With the exception of the Iron Dome system, it’s the same old, sad, boring story, once again.

But how about if the Israelis switched it up? Here’s my proposal:

1) Pump up Iron Dome. Add lasers and CIWS as necessary. Do whatever feasible to destroy every single Gazan rocket.

2) Do *not* otherwise respond. No blowing up the houses, no artillery, no sending in troops. Just close the border, cut off all supplies and utilities to Gaza.

3) Count the incoming Gazan rockets. Keep a running tab.

4) Let this go on for, oh, two  months or so. And then total up all the Gazan rockets… and return them. Not over the span of two months, but over the span of two minutes. If the Gazans launch 50 rockets a day for 60 days, you launch 3000 rockets in two minutes.

Use rockets as similar as possible to the Gazan rockets. Same basic weight, performance and warhead. Same lack of guidance and minimally precise aiming.

Who could *honestly* object to this, unless they have first objected to the Gazan rocketing of Israel?

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Ask yourself when it’s ever cool for a cop to respond to a complaint with:

“When you’re wearing that, what do you expect is going to happen here?”

So, what does a guy look like who’ll sexually abuse a boy under the age of twelve? Well, if the father happens to walk in on the molestation… kinda like this:

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Bad as this scumbag feels now… wait till the general prison population gets a hold of him. Dregs of humanity they may be, they tend to take a dim view of child abusers.

It seems The End is to come.

That blog and especially the comments section is a vast cornucopia of crazy. It’s got your “We’re all going to die by 2030 because global warming will cause the oceans to rise by 50 meters” and witchy bullcrap coupled with a truly astonishing level of hatred for an entire half of the human species. If the hate expressed here – which is of the we-need-to-exterminate-them-from-the-face-of-the-Earth kind – was aimed at a religious or ethnic group, you can bet your keister that the SPLC and the FBI would be all over ‘em.

By a Russian “Buk” missile, reportedly. Fingers being pointed at the pro-Russian separatists. Plane had 295 souls on board, all dead now.

BBC: Ukraine airliner ‘crash’ updates

CNN: Report: Malaysia Airlines flight crashes in Ukraine

The “Buk” missile is a substantial weapon, launched from an armored vehicle. Somewhat akin to the Patriot missile the Buk is capable of reaching aircraft at an altitude of 25 km… well above the 33,000 foot cruising altitude of the jetliner.

UPDATE: Below is a twitter feed showing a number of photos of wreckage on the ground. Be warned, though… some of the wreckage used to be alive. The fall from 33,000 feet, and especially that sudden stop at the end, does the human body no favors. So if Ogrish and Rotten were your websites of choice back in the day, here ya go (not directly linking because, well, if ya want it, what, are your fingers broke?)

https://twitter.com/MatevzNovak

This one might prove to be a bit heartbreaking for a few hundred families:

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UPDATED update: Another interesting Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/StateOfUkraine

UPDATED UPDATED update:

Oh, it’s on now:

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#BREAKING: Number of dead from crash of #MH17 more than 300, includes 23 U.S. citizen: Interior Ministry adviser, quoted by Interfax

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Pictured: Police find MISSILE in haul of illegal weapons at Dukinfield home

This is the hoard of firearms – including a missile – which were found at a home in Tameside.

Ummmm… firearms? Missile?

unnamed GUNSRECOVERED2What I see here are a whole bunch of old, rusty, empty (and in some cases, sawed in half) artillery shells, some brass cases, what appear to be two fake missiles and a bunch of… well, crap. So, my questions:

1) How is any of this “firearms?”

2) How is any of this illegal?

Assuming that the artillery shells are indeed demilitarized, they are no more weapons than any other inert chunk of steel or brass. So are these things nevertheless illegal in Ol’ Blightedly?

One of the best reasons to not reduce much of certain regions to softly glowing green glass is because of all the neat historical and archeological sites and artifacts. But if those sites and artifacts don’t exist anymore… that reason goes away, and were left with “ummm… something about looking bad, or something?”

How Syria’s ancient treasures are being smashed

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At some point, “silly” turns into “sad” which turns into “tragic.”

British Film Institute tells filmmakers to tick new diversity targets or miss funding

In order to score funding from the BFI (honestly, I don’t know how important that is for the British film industry), it is proposed that new Britfilms must have two of the following three features:

at least one lead character must be “positively reflecting diversity”, with the story more likely to receive funding if it “explicitly and predominantly explores issues of identity relating to ethnicity or national origins, a specific focus on women, people with disabilities, sexual identity, age and people from a socially disadvantaged background”. … It will ask filmmakers to ensure that at least 30 per cent of supporting and non-speaking characters are also “diverse”.

Off-screen, at least two heads of department must be from diverse backgrounds, as well as a range of “key creatives” including the director, screenwriter, composer and cinematographer.

The third category requires companies to offer paid internships and jobs to “new entrants from diverse backgrounds” and to help them progress.

One wonders what exactly is meant by “diverse. Does this mean that a film about, say, King Henry the 8th  can get away with having an Irish character? or must it be a blind black lesbian single mother who has courageously struggled against domestic abuse and alcoholism?

On this same page there is a link to a piece about a new BBC series:

BBC goes for Game of Thrones audience with new Saxon vs Viking drama

Now how the hell are they going to shoehorn 30% “diverse” actors into a story about Scandinavian white people fighting Germanic white people in a world populated almost exclusively with white people? Or are they going to make a third of these dark-age warriors gay cowboys eating pudding?

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‘Mocking accents should be a crime’ says linguist, Dr Baratta

I’ve no idea who this goober is. Likely a nobody, apart from being a professor of Something Or Other at Manchester U. But making speech a crime? How does this merit anything other than mockery and derision? Anybody know what exact accent he has, so that it can be mocked? Really, there’s only one reply to this sort of idiocy.

Since the US team finally lost and left the World Cup Of Kickball  Boredom a while ago, the news – at least from what I’ve seen – has been blissfully free of socceryammerings. This indicates that Americas interest in the World Cup was solely driven by the fact that some Americans were in it. Woo! There’s hope for us yet; remove the nationalism, and people realize just what a snore that game is to watch.

Still, apparently there was a game today that the Brazilian team lost. Who cares? Well… apparently a whole lot of Brazilians. It’s good to see this game bring so much joy to these people:

All Of Brazil Is Crying Right Now

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The link is just *filled* with people with a really screwed up sense of priorities. Is Brazil such a utopia that things are so awesome that a loss in a *game* is the emotional equivalent of watching your baby getting torn apart by rabid hamsters?

 

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ISIS Blow Up ‘Heretical’ Shia Mosques In Mosul

Them ISIS boys have been busy. Click the link to see some Michael-Bay-esque photos of centuries-old religious sites being blown sky high.

Here’s the purported trashing of the tomb of the Biblical prophet Jonah (the “great fish” feller):

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And good times had by all in wrecking a Christian cemetery (to the familiar strains of “Allahu Ackbar,” the phrase that let’s you know something barbaric is afoot):

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Just keep repeating “It’s a religion of peace, it’s a religion of peace…”

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