Monday, December 21, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web -- December 21, 2015

'Thunderstorm beneath the Summit' by Hokusai.
  • "Mexico’s Gunshop"--The Truth About Guns. An article about Mexico's lone gun shop--run by the military and located on a military base. I'm going to hazard a guess that this extreme restriction on civilian ownership of firearms has not stopped a single narco from getting a gun.
  • "FDA overturns 30-year ban on blood donations by gay men"--Reuters. According to the article, the change allows blood donations when the donor has not engaged in homosexual sex for more than a year, and is purportedly based on sound science. However, then I see headlines like this from the Huffington Post: "The FDA's Blood Donor Policy Is Still Homophobic," complaining that the change doesn't go far enough. The latter article indicates that the change will provide only an inconsequential increase in blood donations. So, if that is the case, why bother changing the policy?
  • Muslims in the News:
In July 2013, the Joint Chiefs found a more direct way of demonstrating to Assad how serious they were about helping him. By then the CIA-sponsored secret flow of arms from Libya to the Syrian opposition, via Turkey, had been underway for more than a year (it started sometime after Gaddafi’s death on 20 October 2011).​* The operation was largely run out of a covert CIA annex in Benghazi, with State Department acquiescence. On 11 September 2012 the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed during an anti-American demonstration that led to the burning down of the US consulate in Benghazi; reporters for the Washington Post found copies of the ambassador’s schedule in the building’s ruins. It showed that on 10 September Stevens had met with the chief of the CIA’s annex operation. The next day, shortly before he died, he met a representative from Al-Marfa Shipping and Maritime Services, a Tripoli-based company which, the JCS adviser said, was known by the Joint Staff to be handling the weapons shipments.

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