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  1. Mendo
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    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-50461860

    Two metal detectorists stole a £3m Viking hoard that experts say has the potential to "rewrite history".

    George Powell and Layton Davies dug up about 300 coins in a field in Eye, near Leominster, Herefordshire, in 2015.

    They did not declare the 1,100-year-old find, said to be one of the biggest to date, and instead sold it to dealers.

    The recovered coins were issued by two separate, but neighbouring, kingdoms in the late 9th Century: Wessex and Mercia.

    Wessex at the time was ruled by the famous Alfred the Great and Mercia by the lesser known Ceolwulf II, who "just disappears from history without a trace" when the hoard was buried around the year 879, Mr Williams said.

    "What the coins show, beyond any possible doubt, is that there was actually an alliance between Alfred and Ceolwulf," Mr Williams continued, as they were sharing a coin design.
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    Which is why we need government and regulations, yes.
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    :borg: ThE mArKeT cAn ReGuLaTe ItSeLf.
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    Privacy is only half the problem. The other half is that facial recognition software isn't there yet. It makes mistakes. It makes a LOT of mistakes.

    The upshot is that folks let on airliners because of facial recognition ONLY, might actually be hijackers and those dragged away to be interrogated might actually be innocent.

    /sigh

    Companies selling all kind of biometric junk (and I use the word "junk" advisedly) are just looking for the quick buck and to get tied in with big contracts. In many cases the science doesn't support their claims.
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    Truth... and not just limited to biometrics.
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    So was talking with0 a friend about this and he was blindsided, and apparently it's happening too fast, or too "under the radar", so... let me assemble the story in parts.

    Supposedly in retaliation for the recent attacks on US military installations in Iraq Trump ordered several airstrikes against militia encampments that are allegedly Iranian-backed:

    In response, there was condemnation from Iraq for it being a unilateral action on their soil as well as from others.

    A mob protested outside of, then assaulted, the US embassy in Baghdad doing minor damage. The administration doubled down on the "Iran" ticket saying that the mob was arranged by Iranian-backed groups (couldn't possibly be actual Iraqis upset over the US's actions)

    And now a company of Marines from the SP-MAGTF Crisis Response-CENTCOM is on the way to reinforce the compound.

    Nothing bad could happen from this, everything is fine.

    On the one hand, I'm glad we're not letting Trump wag the dog and distract from the impeachment, but on another, this is also important.

    Also, while I'm sure Iran is involved, I think the administration is vastly overstating their role in hopes of gaining more support for military action, and possibly war, against Iran so Trump can get his woody for being a "war-time" President stroked off.

    https://www.npr.org/2019/12/30/792391687/iraq-condemns-u-s-airstrikes-against-iran-backed-militia

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/30/world/middleeast/iraq-airstrikes-us-iran-militias.html

    https://www.militarytimes.com/2019/...tia-renews-call-for-american-troops-to-leave/

    https://taskandpurpose.com/marines-reinforce-baghdad-embassy
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    This is not good.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-s-air-strike-militia-spokesman-idUSKBN1Z11K8

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    This could be the understatement of the year

    But yeah...shit is gonna hit the fan eventually.
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    A short brief on Suilemani, and why this is a bigger deal than the White House thinks it is.

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    I think its scarier to know that there are likely plenty within the white house/pentagon that know exactly what a big deal this is, and wouldnt or couldnt steer it a different direction...
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    Being that similar strikes were options under both Obama and Dubya but the administrations then ultimately decided no, and combined with the fact that reports that Suilemani was a "target of opportunity", I'm leaning more towards a 'couldn't' scenario.

    But hey, Iran was already in talks to begin major joint military exercises with BRICS, so this further destabilizes the US position, strengthens Russia and China, and further weakens our standing on the global stage, so everything is fine right?
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    I've always been a bit dubious about our attitude towards Iran, backing the Sunni's so heavily etc. Be interesting to see what comes out in hindsight regarding how this went down. It's always been sold as a grudge stemming from the hostage situation and the revolution, and them 'wild muslims' but it seems obvious after all these years its more like trying to keep the whole region permanently destabilized and on the US petro dollar.

    Hopefully cooler heads prevail, and this gets forced into cooldown mode. sure seems like a provocation and/or some dog wagging, more than anything else though, which is pretty disturbing.
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  16. Warrior
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    Yeah, well with Pence coming out with some more revisionist history and stating Iran was responsible for 9/11, I think the whole revolution thing is a bit dated (and our own fault regardless, one of the CIA's biggest blunders outside of South America). And if the goal was to destabilize the region, it hugely backfired as Iran has doubled down on its stance and doctrine and more regional nations are revisiting their relationship with us, not them. The hard cap of troops in Iraq is likely to be lowered further if not our presence there revoked entirely since all the strikes before, and since, were unilateral.

    The thing about cooler heads prevailing, I would argue they already have, just none of those heads belong to anyone in the administration. Iran got what it wanted. Russia and China likely are happy. And we're still thinking that we can act like a bully and go around punching people to get what we want.

    The world just got a whole lot more dangerous for anyone carrying a US passport as Iran plays by the same rules we do and isn't afraid to target people who would otherwise not be considered legitimate targets utilizing third parties.
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    Why don't we just call him Tzar Putin...
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