Dust flux, Vostok ice core

Dust flux, Vostok ice core
Two dimensional phase space reconstruction of dust flux from the Vostok core over the period 186-4 ka using the time derivative method. Dust flux on the x-axis, rate of change is on the y-axis. From Gipp (2001).

Friday, June 27, 2014

As Russia had its East Germany, so the United States has its Canada

In the bad old days of NATO and the Soviet bloc, East Germany was the snarling dog of the Communist world.

It was East Germany that had the Stasi, and the tightest control over the thoughts and actions of its people. East German athletes went the farthest in terms of steroid usage in order to bring glory to the country through athletic accomplishment.

Today, Canada is moving into that role for the United States. Where even the US is talking about engaging with Iran to formulate a response to ISIS in Iraq, and Britain is set to reopen its embassy, Canada remains opposed to talking with Iran. Canada's position with respect to Israel is now so far to the right as to be indistinguishable from the Likud.

The role of the snarling dog is to appear so unhinged as to make its "master" seem reasonable.

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