Chuq’s Daily Musical Interlude

Enough!  My brain is going into shutdown so now would be the perfect time for some tunes!

We all know of Led Zeppelin and their Stairway To Heaven….but this version should be heard in all its glory…….

 

ISIS Coalition SITREP #43

Good Day and welcome to briefing…..this will be a short week because of T’giving…..as the month ends the news of the conflict is but a trickle….but that is expected because the media now has immigration to fixate on…..and of course the wait for the decision in Ferguson………….but IST will remain a good source of information for the war and its consequences….

Item 1–ISIS seems to be in the move again…..

(CNN)ISIS militants are fighting Iraqi military and tribal forces close to the main government complex of Anbar province in the center of Ramadi, according to a local official there.

The fighting started Friday after ISIS militants launched a coordinated assault from different direction around the city, according to Faleh al-Issawi, deputy head of the provincial council.

The battle is taking place about 1,000 feet from the complex that houses the local government and security headquarters. “If the government complex falls, it would mean the fall of the whole province,” Al-Issawi told CNN.

Anbar where the US will try to use the tribes again to fight the bad guys….

Item 2–US has issued mixed messages on the Syrian front of the conflict…….

Vice President Joe Biden spent four hours today in private meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The topic: how to impose regime change on Syria, Turkey’s war-torn neighbor to the south.

Publicly, the US has been in favor of regime change for years, and had been backing “moderate” rebel factions on and off in hopes of installing one of them.

Since entering a direct war with ISIS in Syria two months ago, the US war focus has been on ISIS and other rebel factions, strikes which the US concedes are benefiting the Assad government.

At some point the US will need to pick one eventuality concerning Syria….hopefully it will not be too LATE to effectively meet the strategy.

Item 3–This is a paradox since Turkey has been fighting the PKK and Peshmerga for decades…….

(Reuters) – Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday.

Turkish soldiers began special forces training with Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq three weeks ago, peshmerga spokesman Brigadier General Halgurd Hikmat said. The Turkish official said similar assistance would be given to Iraq’s National Guard.

Item 4–Chuck Hagel resigns as sec of Defense……There is more to this than meets the eye…I will be looking into this situation…..my guess at this time is he did not like the direction of the war against ISIS……

Sadly the media does not think that a conflict where Americans can die is woth more than a few seconds as an afterthought to some BS report on what Cosby has done….personally I find it disgusting.

Thanx for your time and attention………

Turn The Page!

Is The Web Doomed?

You may think that this post is all about the privacy thing that is making its way around the news…..well gosh Batman….you would be mistaken…..

This is not about some crazy crap about the effort to keep net neutrality……nope this about that all knowing apps……apps could be the death of the web in years to come….at least that is what this article is all about……

It might soon be time to pay last respects to what we know as “the web,” writes Christopher Mims at the Wall Street Journal. It’s “dying,” he writes, and the killer is easy to find: Just look at your smartphone and count the apps. These days, people are spending more and more time within apps—or within the “walled gardens” of app stores controlled by gatekeepers such as Apple—and less time on actual websites. The shift looks to be unstoppable, and the consequences are profound.

“Everything about apps feels like a win for users—they are faster and easier to use than what came before,” writes Mims. “But underneath all that convenience is something sinister: the end of the very openness that allowed Internet companies to grow into some of the most powerful or important companies of the 21st century.” Mims makes the case that innovation will suffer and that someday the web itself could be “nothing but a curiosity, a relic haunted by hobbyists.” Click for his full column.

Okay, read the article then weigh in with your opinion……I really would like to hear what you have to say on this subject……

Why is the US administration pushing for a ground intervention in Iraq? | Al Akhbar English

This is an opinion piece coming out of the Middle East…….

With all the denial coming out of DC…..what is it that makes the people of the Middle East think the US is planning another intervention?

This piece is interesting in it says a lot of what us “radicals” have been saying for months……

Read and let me know what you think……

 

Why is the US administration pushing for a ground intervention in Iraq? | Al Akhbar English.