Ugly turn in the Syrian Civil War

A friend sent me this link. Okay, if Syria is using chemical weapons, that pretty much requires intervention, right? I get that the USA doesn't want to look like the bad guys, but we got involved in Libya for a hell of a lot less. I definitely think a no-fly zone is appropriate, if not something…

Banning Polymer Magazines In M4s

Via Paco.  This seems odd.  I'm thinking that, as some of the folks in the comments speculate, someone in the supply chain is a bit bent out of shape that his competition is doing so well, so he does the first thing that comes to any corporatist:  get the government to ban the competition.

On The Japanese Surrender

Steve Sailer has an interesting post in which he attempts to piece together why the Japanese surrendered when they did.  The two major narrative themes tend to be either the atomic bomb forced their hand (or gave them an honorable way out), or the Soviet declaration of war forced their hand.  I tend to discount…

This Is…Horrible? Awesome? Horribly Awesome?

I really don't know where to go with this story.  It's just so "on the one hand, on the other hand."  On the one hand, military robots that feast on the dead to provide power is pretty cool.  On the other hand, these robots presumably would kill the living to do their feasting, and that's…

It’s About Time

The Pentagon is looking at creating a cyberwarfare group. Several countries, most notably China and Russia, already have such groups, and given how vulnerable American infrastructure is to penetration attacks, this can theoretically be a very good development. Unfortunately, we are talking about a bureaucracy here, so you can never be sure... Note to self:…