Fear and Loathing in Syria

There’s been a lot of queer goings on in Syria’s civil war: the al-Assad regime accused the rebels of hitting the town of Khan al-Assad with a missile carrying a chemical payload. Since the rebel forces have had to resort to catapults and slingshots to deliver hand-made ordinance in the recent past, this charge is being met with some skepticism. The Syrian government is known to have a significant stockpile of chemical weapons and is further suspected of having used them. Still more bad news for Al-Assad: the British are airlifting chemical weapons detection & protection kits to Syrian rebels, tout de suite.

Speaking of bad chemicals, it made me giggle to find out there is apparently a Hunter Thompson Chemical Inc., a Canadian mining firm. Go buy some Ralph Steadman prints!

The hidden story of America’s own chemical weapons program is only beginning to come to light after 60 years of secrecy. The ominously named Project 112 was conducted by the United States Department of Defense and CIA from 1962 to 1973. The program ran the gamut from herbicides to hallucinogens to VX and everything in between. Psychiatrist James Ketchum’s Chemical Warfare: Secrets Almost Forgotten fills in some of the gaps in the record regarding military hallucinogen research. Seriously, MK-ULTRA I can get down with, but who gives programs names like “Project DORK” if they aren’t already tripping balls??

Chipotle has dropped support for the Utah Scout-A-Rama to stay true to its corporate charitable giving policy, which states that the company “will not support organizations that discriminate against a person or a group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.” (Emphasis my own). Get a clue, BSA!

There’s a new Sasquatch mockumentary out: “Shooting Bigfoot”. It sounds like a hoot! And there are some commercials I don’t mind.

After analyzing 30 years worth of dead bird data, researchers at TU have noted a correlation between cliff swallow car-death rates and the length of their wings. Evolution in action?

HP engineers have a new 3D display: no glasses required and 180 degree viewing angle.

What, they got tired of picking on immigrants? An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill to prosecute transgender people for using the ‘wrong’ bathroom.

Donald Rumsfeld gets absolutely no respect on Twitter after his 10th Anniversary Iraq War tweet. It would be funny if it all weren’t so tragic.

A note from Charles Pierce in Esquire on the Iraq War anniversary:  Shut up, all of you. Go away. You are complicit in one way or another in a giant crime containing many great crimes. Atone in secret. Wash the blood off your hands in private. Because there were people who got it right. Anthony Zinni. Eric Shiseki. Hans Blix. Mohamed ElBaradei. The McClatchy Washington bureau guys. Dozens of liberal academics who got called fifth-columnists and worse. Professional military men whose careers suffered as a result. Hundreds of thousands of people in the streets around the world. The governments of Canada and France. Those people, I will listen to this week. Go to hell, the rest of you, and go there in silence and in shame. I couldn’t have said it any better, only more profanely.

For another 10th anniversary viewpoint, here’s Michael Moore (the bonus quotes start at 03:48 in):


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