An Urgent Plea to the International Community to Protect Mosul and its Residents. I feel for the dude as supposedly he really is in the city. But this demonstrates the problems with feeling and not thinking. If you think instead of feel, there is nothing worthwhile about this post, particularly as he was crying all along for ISIS to be driven out of Mosul. Regardless of their morals, the Iraqi Army has only three choices. They can leave ISIS alone and not bother them, they can starve them out (the safest way, but every civilian trapped with them will starve along with them), or they can come into where they are fortified and blast them out. None of those options is a good option for the people in the city. They lose no mater which one gets chosen.
South American group has the healthiest arteries ever seen. I think the writers of this article are making the same mistake that the Atkins diet crowd makes. It is not the diet that matters. It is this “While people living in cities are sedentary for more than half their waking hours, the Tsimane are inactive for only 10 per cent of the day.” The same things has already been noted for the Amish. Amish who are active all day long (farmers) and Amish who are not active all day long (shop keepers) have the same diets but wildly different health outcomes.
Shut Up About Daylight Saving Time, It’s Actually Great. This article is bogus for many reasons. But even if you took the studies it cites at face value (there are problems with them in reality) the article is self refuting. The money quote “In fact, studies actually estimate that we could save about 366 more lives per year if we extended DST all year round.”
How the CIA Forgot the Art of Spying. What makes this story bogus is that it presumes the CIA was good at its job to begin with. I know of no real evidence that would back that up and I fairly widely read on the subject.
Justice Thomas sharply criticizes civil forfeiture laws. You might think that if it is in the Washington Post, it is in the news. But it is just a blog that the post runs and I doubt most people will ever get to see the words that Justice Thomas wrote. It is an issue that should have more attention but sadly judges like Thomas seem to be rare.