Apartheid Wall of Iran

from Ummah News Links:

Iran is building a concrete wall along its frontier with Pakistan to stop “illegal border crossings”, officials said.

“Iran has started building a concrete wall along its border with Pakistan, from Taftan to Mand, to stop illegal border crossings,” Pakistani officials said in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, a province which shares long borders with Iran.

The wall will be built from near the border town of Taftan, about 700 km west of Quetta. “The Iranian authorities started work on the wall about a month ago,” Barkat Ali Khan, a Pakistani border town administration official, was quoted by local daily ‘Dawn’ today as saying.

“The concrete wall will be 10 feet high and 3 feet wide,” he said, adding that hundreds of workers could be seen building the wall.

He said the Iranian authorities appeared to be in a hurry to complete the project. “I think they want to seal the border with Pakistan to stop illegal crossings from both sides and check drug smuggling,” Barkat said. The wall would be up to the Mand area in the Turbat district of Balochistan.

In a hurry?  hmmmm. To keep people in or to keep people out?

The World According to Gorp

Yesterday, Taranto picked it up. Today, el Rushbo talked about it. But readers of News and Views were alerted two days ago (h/t swamps) of the silliness and utter hypocrisy of Gore’s use of so-called carbon offsets to alleviate his own personal guilt for his own extravagant lifestyle, including the use of private jets, and the energy consumption at his Nashville mansion:

Gore helped found Generation Investment Management, through which he and others pay for offsets. The firm invests the money in solar, wind and other projects that reduce energy consumption around the globe…

As co-founder and chairman of the firm … he “buys” his “carbon offsets” from himself, through a transaction designed to boost his own investments and return a profit to himself.

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s wonderful that the former Vice President can afford to do whatever he wants to do whenever he wants to do it. This is still America. But, as is the case with many liberals who inherit their wealth, he feels enormous guilt for his fortunate financial situation, and to assuage that guilt, seeks to impose his guilt trip on the rest of us. If Gore wants to buy these so-called carbon offsets, I say, fine. Do it. But stop the sales pitch. The koolaid faithful of the environmental left are already on board, and if they want to play this game, then again, fine. But stop trying to impose your guilt trip, your “religion” on the rest of us who aren’t buying into your crisis, or into your solutions.

Doug Ross has a business opportunity for you aspiring entrepreneurs in the carbon offset game.


Since we’ve beaten up on the Goracle and the neo-moralists™ for several days now, please consider this to be an open thread to post links to other articles of interest, comment on any topic you want to talk about, except pron, spam, or stuff like that. And, since I’m not too keen on joining the 7-word crowd, please keep it somewhat civil…..heh. (just kidding, Chad).

See also, Angel’s Purim OTB

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Earth’s Crust Missing In Mid-Atlantic


research.jpgScientists have discovered a large area thousands of square kilometres in extent in the middle of the Atlantic where the Earth’s crust appears to be missing. Instead, the mantle – the deep interior of the Earth, normally covered by crust many kilometres thick – is exposed on the seafloor, 3000m below the surface.

Marine geologist Dr Chris MacLeod, School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences said: “This discovery is like an open wound on the surface of the Earth. Was the crust never there? Was it once there but then torn away on huge geological faults? If so, then how and why?”

Source: sciencedaily.com

Progress of the research cruise can be monitored via the internet at this URL:


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