Lizard Rythms

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Afghan Army Thoroughly Defeats Taliban Force

In the largest independent action to date Afghanistan Armed Forces killed 69 Taliban in Helmand, demonstrating not only their independence from ISAF forces, but also their effectiveness.
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Little Green Footballs Back up

LGF appears to be down back up this am, probably from crushes of people trying to get news about the Kidnapping of the British Sailors. I’ve taken the Headline widget out of the sidebar until Charles recovers.

UPdate: Nothing ever keeps the Idefatigable Charles down for long, and I’ve stuck LGF headlines back in the sidebar since he’s recovered nicely.indefatigable.gif

British Sailors Captured By Iran

Breaking: Fifteen British sailors have been captured by Iran, the sailors were on routine patrol in Iraqi waters when this occurred. More from BBC News UK:

Fifteen British Navy personnel have been captured at gunpoint by Iranian forces, the Ministry of Defence says.
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Waziristan — Truce or Just Lull in the Fighting?

The death toll in Waziristan has risen to 132 after the locals rose against the Uzbeks and Chechen foreigners, who have long outstayed their welcome and have crossed the line  by bringing the violence into Pakistan. By attempting assassinations and turning suicide bombers loose in Waziristan, they are creating a rising tide of resentment among the local Pashtun tribes.
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Adak, Alaska Chosen as Base for GMD Radar

sea-based-x-band-radar-pearl-harbor-bg.jpgA new state-of-the-art Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) radar will be based at Adak Alaska. The new radar is a key component for the new missile defense system, and will prove a detterent to any North Korean launches. More at Spacewar.com.

Anthropogenic or Anthropomorphic Global Warming?

Personification of the forces of nature has occurred since the dawn of time, and mankind has painted his face on the forms of nature, assigned human likeness and sentience to the gods of nature, and even perpetuated the myth that human intervention shaped the appearance of the stars in the night sky. (Orion, other constellations.)

Note this Lion statue from ancient Crete — the shortened muzzle and the expressive brows humanize the face; beside it you see a more modern interpretation from the Duomo Di Modena cathedral in Italy.

As the definition from The Oxford dictionary of Etymology explains, this is known as “Anthropomorphism”

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Waziristan Update

As predicted in previous posts, the foreigners in North Waziristan have outstayed their welcome, and there are schisms between the Taliban and AQAM forces. Fighting has broken out between tribesmen in Wana and “Suspected Uzbeks” .
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New Rumors of Bin Laden, or Old News?

Seeing a post at Pajamas Media regarding Bin Laden, I followed up to see if there was something new here…. and it looks to be old news reposted at Family Security Affairs from a 2005 World Net Daily article.

The article appears to be a retread of a 2005 piece by Paul Williams that appeared at World Net Daily in August of 2005. Since then of course much has happened, including registration of foreigners and Afghan refugees, regulation of madrassashs and foreign students attending them, a mass migration of Afghan refugees North to Kunar in August last year (Expect more come Spring) and the Madrassah bombing. There have been rumors of Zawahiri taking over Al Qaeda, and rumors of Bin Laden’s death, and or paralysis.

Previous articles here express disbelief that Bin Laden is still in Dir valley, Darkot, or Chitral, instead I would place him across border in Kunar valley of Afghanistan, if he’s in the vicinity at all.

Previous Bin Laden sightings and Articles.

Chinese Blogger Jailed Six Years

China has again silenced a blogger, this time with a six year prison term. From Shanghai Daily (courtesy PJM)

THE former editor-in-chief of a Chinese Website has been given a six-year prison term for subversion, the Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court in east China’s Zhejiang Province said.

The court ruled yesterday that Zhang Jianhong, former editor-in-chief of a Website named “Aiqinhai,” or “Aegean Sea,” had written articles which defamed the Chinese government and amounted to agitation aimed at toppling the government.

After his Website was shut down and he was punished for illegal practices, Zhang had published more than 110 articles under the pseudonym “Lihong” on overseas Websites from May to September 2006, the court said.

All fragile dictatorships must silence all dissent to survive, governments that silence dissent have shallow roots will eventually become chaff before the wind of liberty — you cannot stop information nor can you stop ideas. 

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