Tuesday, September 02, 2014

ISIS sharia law enforcers in Raqqa

It's time. I have been avoiding watching in-depth videos of ISIS because I didn't want to see images of headless bodies and psychopaths spouting off non-sense. But I finally watched the 5-part Vice series on ISIS in their capital city of Raqqa in Syria. The third episode, below, is the most benign. There is no violence until the 8:50 mark, when they show a crucified body (be warned). This episode follows the morality police and ends with interviews of prisoners. It's worth a watch as you get to see what daily life is like in the city and the protagonist/antagonist is an odd figure.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Foreign fighters in Syria come from at least 81 countries (list)


Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Canada
Chad
Chile
China (Uyghur?)
Cote d'Ivoire
Denmark
Egypt
Eritrea
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan (!)
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Libya
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Maldives
Mauritania
Montenegro
Morocco
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Singapore
Somalia
Spain
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
UAE
UK
US
Uzbekistan
Yemen

Source.

Me in a Ralph Lauren ad

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lancia Y10

This is a car I never knew existed. I saw it on Ripituc's Instagram feed.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Citroen Visa aircraft carrier ad

Where journalist have been killed in the last decade


Sobering. Source.

H/t Peter.

Saab and Volvo owners

Two quick stories.


1. I was in the Park & Call parking lot at Oakland airport yesterday, waiting for my wife's flight. There was a clean Volvo V70R AWD parked across from me. I walked up and complimented the owner. He has owned a number of Volvos and it took him months of online searching to find the V70R. He bought it from a guy in Sonoma, not far from where I bought my V50. When I told him about my V50, he was even able to count off the model years when the manual transmission was available!


2. Then, I read Zack's post about a Swedish car meet in Massachusetts. He brought his Saab and two of the car's prior owners came up and chatted with him!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ISIS: Criminals/psychopaths in a lawless land

I do not have the stomach to watch the beheading videos. But tonight, the CBS Evening News aired the following clip (which does not show the beheading). However, at around 1:20, they show ISIS driving past cars and just randomly shooting up the occupants inside. For some reason, this vile act bothered me more than any of the other atrocities I've read about. These terrorists are essentially a bunch of thugs and psychopaths acting out in a land with no police force to arrest them and no elders to castigate them.

The truth about Jags and Volvos

From the movie Crazy People. Has anyone seen the movie? I had never heard of it. It's not available on Netflix.


Nascar at Sonoma


Eric Rood at Hooniverse wrote an excellent piece on his Nascar experience. Even this non-fan found it enlightening and entertaining. Read it here.

He also wrote a piece on Calistoga's dirt track here.