The Illness Of Insurgency: Afghanistan After The War

Balloon vendor in kabul Afghanistan

Boy sells balloons in Kabul after 100,000 American troops are withdrawn. Source:Rafiq Maqbool

To understand the post 9/11 world, it’s important to take a long, thoughtful look at the complicated history of Afghanistan. The proving ground of al-Qaeda, Afghanistan has undergone a constant barrage of civil wars and borrowed weapons, depositions and transitional governments for years- this monarch is ousted by this democrat, who is then assassinated by this Soviet puppet, who is then deposed by this transitional Islamic government. In Afghanistan, it seems that power changes hands every six to ten years, while the people are always the ones enduring the suffering.

The establishment of the Taliban was a symptom of this constant and ongoing political turmoil. Essentially a group of refugees and students, the Taliban were trained by Pakistan’s military intelligence division and armed with Saudi and American weapons for the purpose of eradicating the lingering Soviet presence in Afghanistan. After capturing Kabul in 1996, the Taliban became the ruling party of Afghanistan. Pakistan, seeing an opportunity to have a supportive, complementary government in power next door, continued to cooperate with the Taliban, offering financial support, training, and personnel. This is where things get especially violent and hairy.

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Is Your Boss A Psychopath?


Source: Draft House

He seemed so normal.

It’s fairly well known that while only about 1% of the entire population are psychopaths, around 4% of all CEOs can be classified as such. Just so we’re clear, a psychopath can be defined as “a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, [and] failure to learn from experience.” Psychopaths are broken down into two groups: people displaying Factor One psychopathic tendencies would simply feel no emotional response if they saw an image of a child crying or a natural disaster, while people displaying Factor Two psychopathic tendencies would be excited by these images.

April Psychopath

Source: NBC Parks And Rec

April Ludgate: Potential Factor One Psychopath.

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Witness Every Death In Every Tarantino Movie Ever

Yep, that’s really all there is to this video. It’s gory and great.

Here’s a list of all the films that appear in this sequence:

– Reservoir Dogs (1992)
– Pulp Fiction (1994)
– Jackie Brown (1997)
– Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
– Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
– Death Proof (2007)
– Inglorious Basterds (2009)
– Django Unchained (2012)

First There Was Banksy, Then There Was Bricksy

Bricksy Mouse Banksy

Source: Designboom

Whimsical, captivating, hilarious—these are the words that have been used to describe Bricksy, the Banksy artwork recreations made entirely out of LEGO bricks. While small plastic toys aren’t the most obvious medium for re-creating street art, photographer Jeff Friesen uses Banksy’s urban artwork to inspire a more humorous, tongue-in-cheek project.

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