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But, but, we used to be pals, bro! Apr. 25th, 2016 @ 02:15 pm
When Obama asked his good political pal, Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull what he thought of the fact that Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states were trying to export a more stringent form of Islam to other parts of the world (like Indonesia), the Oz guy responded with a question: "But, but, I thought those guys used to be your pals?" Obama hesitated for a moment and said, "Oh well. It's complicated".

Don't worry, that's just a joke published at The Atlantic. But still, it tells a whole story of America's relations with the Saudis - specifically, the change that has occurred there. The quiet mutual understanding that used to be taken for granted between the US and KSA for decades now seems to have given way to distrust and reservations.

It all began with 9-11 of course...

Congrats, you're in the Matrix. Probably. Maybe. Apr. 24th, 2016 @ 04:58 pm
Universe Is Probably A Simulation: Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Let`s discuss the theoretical and political implications of this sort of thing...

You don't mess with the Shanghai ladies Apr. 22nd, 2016 @ 01:14 pm

Well played, Sultan effendi Apr. 16th, 2016 @ 12:03 am
Erdogan calls for unity among Muslim states as leaders gather in Istanbul

Some thoughts...

Modern times Apr. 11th, 2016 @ 02:14 pm

Missiya vypolnena* Apr. 7th, 2016 @ 07:52 pm
The end of the Russian military operation in Syria has surprised most experts and politicians both in Russia itself and beyond. Most analysts believe Putin has achieved his military and political goals for the most part, and with minimum losses and expenses. But the question is, why didn't the Russians continue to capitalize on the acquired strategic advantage?

Full article...

Bulking land Mar. 31st, 2016 @ 08:59 am
Sweden: The land of the rising coastline

The climate change threat to low-lying islands and cities is well known, but Scandinavia faces the opposite problem.

Bam! Precedent. Mar. 29th, 2016 @ 02:10 pm
FBI Drops iPhone Case Against Apple After Outside Hack Succeeds

"A mysterious method suggested by a third party appears to have allowed the FBI to hack into the iPhone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the attackers in last year’s shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., prompting the agency to withdraw its legal case against Apple."

LOL. Witnessing the whole debate unravel about how they "broke in", I couldn't help but smirk. Makes you wonder how come some of the biggest smartheads in the industry could've missed the whole point of this exercise.

Do bear with me, as I delve into this conspiracy!...

Êtes-vous Lahore? Mar. 28th, 2016 @ 10:20 am
We've talked about this before, haven't we. When a score of people were killed and dozens more wounded in the Brussels attacks, everyone was Brussels (Je suis Bruxelles!).

I know. You were all Brussels. But admit it - are you Lahore now?

The Pez stampede Mar. 27th, 2016 @ 10:03 am
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