Archive for November 28th, 2008

Eli’s Obsession With The Google

In a surreal twist of fate, Multi Medium is the #1 search result for Sex with built in August.

I don’t know how to even begin to parse that.  Maybe someone has a very specific fetish for three-month-old sex dolls?  Or maybe August was just a really good month for sex dolls?  I’m grasping at straws here.

November 28th, 2008 at 07:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

B&W Alien Baggage Carousel Photoblogging

Okay, it’s actually the Philly subway, but it looks like an alien baggage carousel.

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2 comments November 28th, 2008 at 06:40pm Posted by Eli

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Friday Quote & Marmoset Blogging

This week’s quote is from Killer Tongue, which has one of the greatest IMDb plot summaries ever written:

After four years of sawdust and pain, I’m coming out.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s marmosets:

Heh.  Johnny Carson is very poised.

1 comment November 28th, 2008 at 11:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Monday Media Blogging

Tell Me Why We Invaded Afghanistan Again?

We didn’t capture or kill bin Laden.  We didn’t destroy al Qaeda.  Oh, but at least we liberated the country from the Taliban, established democracy, and ended the oppression of women!  Eh, not so much…

The collapse of Afghanistan is closer than the world believes. Kandahar is in Taliban hands – all but a square mile at the centre of the city – and the first Taliban checkpoints are scarcely 15 miles from Kabul. Hamid Karzai’s deeply corrupted government is almost as powerless as the Iraqi cabinet in Baghdad’s “Green Zone”; lorry drivers in the country now carry business permits issued by the Taliban which operate their own courts in remote areas of the country.

The Red Cross has already warned that humanitarian operations are being drastically curtailed in ever larger areas of Afghanistan; more than 4,000 people, at least a third of them civilians, have been killed in the past 11 months, along with scores of Nato troops and about 30 aid workers. Both the Taliban and Mr Karzai’s government are executing their prisoners in ever greater numbers. The Afghan authorities hanged five men this month for murder, kidnap or rape – one prisoner, a distant relative of Mr Karzai, predictably had his sentence commuted – and more than 100 others are now on Kabul’s death row.

This is not the democratic, peaceful, resurgent, “gender-sensitive” Afghanistan that the world promised to create after the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001. Outside the capital and the far north of the country, almost every woman wears the all-enshrouding burkha, while fighters are now joining the Taliban’s ranks from Kashmir, Uzbekistan, Chechnya and even Turkey….


Is it really the overriding ambition of Afghans to have “democracy”? Is a strong federal state possible in Afghanistan? Is the international community ready to take on the warlords and drug barons who are within Mr Karzai’s own government? And – most important of all – is development really about “securing the country”? The tired old American adage that “where the Tarmac ends, the Taliban begins” is untrue. The Taliban are mounting checkpoints on those very same newly-built roads.


“We” are not winning in Afghanistan. Talk of crushing the Taliban seems as bleakly unrealistic as it has ever been. Indeed, when the President of Afghanistan tries to talk to Mullah Omar – one of America’s principal targets in this wretched war – you know the writing is on the wall. And even Mullah Omar didn’t want to talk to Mr Karzai.

So… after our supposed victory, Karzai was effectively nothing more than the mayor of Kabul.  Now, 7 years later… Karzai is effectively nothing more than the mayor of Kabul.  I think the biggest change that we’ve effected in Afghanistan is to make its people hate us.  Bravo.

(h/t Elliott)

3 comments November 28th, 2008 at 07:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Afghanistan,War

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