In which Vox brings the pain on the fact that the current US airstrikes against ISIS are in part to destroy hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American-made military equipment seized by ISIS after it was abandoned by the fleeing Iraqi army.
The article is chock full of other uplifting passages, such as:
It keeps going: the US is intervening on behalf of Iraqi Kurds, our ally, because their military has old Russian-made weapons, whereas ISIS, which is America’s enemy, has higher-quality American weapons. “[Kurdish forces] are literally outgunned by an ISIS that is fighting with hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. military equipment seized from the Iraqi Army who abandoned it,” Ali Khedery, a former American official in Iraq, told the New York Times.
More: One reason that ISIS has been so successful at conquering northern Iraq is that it has a huge base of operations in Syria, where it had exploited the civil war to overtake huge swathes of Syrian territory. One reason that ISIS was so successful in Syria is that the US refused to arm moderate Syrian rebels, for fear that the weapons would fall into ISIS’s hands. So that made it easier for ISIS to overpower the under-funded moderate rebels, and now ISIS has seized, in Iraq, much better versions of the weapons that we were so worried they might acquire in Syria. So now we’re bombing the guns that we didn’t mean to give ISIS because we didn’t give guns to their enemies because then ISIS might get guns.
On last night’s "Daily Show", Jon Stewart welcomed some very special guests: the Wu-Tang Clan. Like, all of them. Ghostface Killah, RZA, Raekwon, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, Method Man, U-God, and Masta Killa performed “Ron O’Neal”, the new single from their forthcoming album A Better Tomorrow (which is apparently coming in November). They closed the show with “Triumph”.
Summers in most of the U.S. are already warmer than they were in the 1970s. And climate models tell us that summers are going to keep getting hotter as greenhouse gas emissions continue. What will this warming feel like? Our new analysis of future summers illustrates just how dramatic warming is going to be by the end of this century if current emissions trends continue unabated.
For our Blistering Future Summers interactive we have projected summer high temperatures for the end of this century for 1,001 cities, and then showed which city in the U.S. — or elsewhere in the world, if we couldn’t find one here — is experiencing those temperatures today.
They point out that by 2100, Las Vegas will have temperatures similar to what Riyadh, Saudi Arabia experiences today, and Phoenix will be the new Kuwait City.
Check your city’s long (long long long) range forecast here.