Today’s Links

Coming soon to a State near you: A “zombie” disease which makes deer become emaciated and more aggressive may sound like the opening to a horror film. But experts have warned the deadly disease has already affected 24 US states – and could spread to humans next. We all know what experts are worth. On the other paw, Lyme disease was a rare thing when I was young.

Sanctions having an effect on Venezuela: Sending oil to Cuba to free up storage space makes sense from an operational point of view, said Piñón, because it allows Venezuela to preserve its output capacity and keeps wells pumping.“Whenever you have to shut down an oil well you have problems, because it is extremely hard to get it going again, given that you will lose the original pressure of the reservoir,” Piñón said.

If you want to be informed, you should read the short essay “Population Immiseration in America” just so you know the ideas that are being talked about and it has data that is not commonly brought up. That said, I see a lot of issues with the ideas being presented. For example, Japan suffers from a lot of the same issues laid out in this essay without having the same amount of immigration that author calls out as being a major contributor. Another issues would be the fact that it fails to address the role the cult of higher education has on many of the issues being discussed. These and many other issues keep me from agreeing with the general thrust of the essay, but the essay is still generating more discussion then most of the fluff out there.

Short Version: Hand held missiles are getting better and better and that has strategic consequences when they are used intelligently. Long Version: A Hyper-Mobile Defense: Iran’s Novel Strategy to Sustain Proxy Conflicts in the Middle East

Coming soon to a country near you: According to the Register, a total of 2,500 Londoners have been arrested over the past five years for allegedly sending “offensive” messages via social media. In 2015, 857 people were detained, up 37 per cent increase since 2010.The Communications Act 2003 defines illegal communication as “using public electronic communications network in order to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety”. Breaking the law carries a six-month prison term or fine of up to £5,000.The figures, obtained from the Metropolitan police via a Freedom of Information request, only apply to the London area. I got the link to the above from this rant.

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