Russian Bear bombers play ‘chicken’ with UK

Peace in our time.

RAF photo of a Tu-95 Bear bomber intercepted in Oct 2014. (Image: MOD, SAC Robyn Stewart via Guardian)
RAF photo of a Tu-95 Bear bomber intercepted in Oct 2014. (Image: MOD, SAC Robyn Stewart via Guardian)

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UK: Islamist school plot leads to inspectors ‘testing’ Jewish kids on sex, gay issues

You want to talk from Trojan Horses.

But do they know any gays? Children in a Jewish school in London. (Image via www.simonmarks.hackney.sch.uk)
But do they know any gays? Children in a Jewish school in London. (Image via http://www.simonmarks.hackney.sch.uk)

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The playing fields of Westminster: Parliament votes to ‘recognize Palestine’

Peace in our time.

Banality of pandering: the House of Commons, 13 Oct 2014. (BBC image)
Banality of pandering: the House of Commons, 13 Oct 2014. (BBC image)

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Bad tidings of sea and air space challenges

Memorial services for the Pax Americana will be held shortly.

“History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.” — Ronald Reagan

It made the most news when China did it a few days ago.  But it’s been building for a while, and it’s not just off China.  As the holidays settle in on us, probes of other nations’ sea and air space are in the air.  Is war coming tomorrow?  No.  But whether it comes after tomorrow will depend on more than gestures from that shapeless blob of geopolitical potential that we may now, in a post-superpower world, call the “status quo powers.”  It will depend on the outcomes the status quo powers can secure.

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Breaking wind: NIMBYs, hostages, and other woes from the European wind wars

Winds of… wind.

Those darned Europeans are so attached to their picturesque views.  When it comes to wind power and wind-turbine farms, the honeymoon is over.  The bloom is off the rose.  Rate-payers, homeowners, holiday-makers: if you’re wind, it turns out that Europeans can quit you.

A growing annoyance

It was being reported ominously, two years ago, that the Dutch – the Western world’s quintessential pioneers of wind power – were really starting to be over wind.  Not only is it expensive and unreliable; it’s just so…unsightly.  In the 21st century, we aren’t talking pretty, old-fashioned windmills that creak gently and make the Netherlands look its postcard-landscape best.  We’re talking about those towering monstrosities in vast phalanges that whir menacingly, slaughter birds, and mar world-heritage vistas – all while, who knows, causing cancer to boot.

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