Syria: Cancer versus Aids

This was how one guy on twitter described Syria. Two sides, almost equally detestable, inflicting depravities on the the other. 

This week, two sordid war crimes (out of the hundreds committed every day) received global attention.

It is worth reading both of these if you find yourself cheering for the "rebels".

Syria Video Turns the Debate on U.S. Intervention

Witness to a Syrian Execution: “I Saw a Scene of Utter Cruelty”

Ratchet effect

Forget that Miley Cyrus junk, this is the real ratchet. 

Ratchet effect – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “A metaphorical ratchet effect is an instance of the restrained ability of human processes to be reversed once a specific thing has happened, analogous with the mechanical ratchet that holds the spring tight as a clock is wound up. It is related to the phenomena of featuritis and scope creep in the manufacture of various consumer goods, and of mission creep in military planning.”