Faster and Faster we go ...
San'a is denying that it has any intention of starting a new round of fighting with al-Huthi supporters, according to al-Jazeera. Meanwhile, al-Sahwa is reporting new clashes today.
Trey weighs in with his own take on the potential for escalation.
This is the point in the process that one of the sides needs to take a step back from the brink, or failing that (and it will likely fail) an outside power needs to step in and bring both sides back. But that doesn't look too likely either. Saudi Arabia has an interest in the conflict and in preventing other regional powers (Qatar) from becoming too heavily involved. The US also has a pretty poor record of mediation and observation of the nearly five year conflict.
If both of these fail, then, I think we are looking at the beginnings of a process that will likely end in another round of fighting. The last round, which ended July 17, was particularly destructive and I have little hopes that any future fighting will do little to minimal damage.
There is, in my opinion, still time to avoid another round of fighting but it will take a level of foresight and institutional intelligence that none of the actors have exhibited to date.
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We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
In the face of seemingly unstoppable gun violence, Americans could stand to gain by looking to the Swiss.
- According to a recent study, the U.S. had the second highest number of gun-related deaths in 2016 after Brazil.
- Like the U.S., Switzerland has a high rate of gun ownership. However, it has a considerably lower rate of deaths from gun violence.
- Though pro-gun advocates point to Switzerland as an example of how gun ownership doesn't have to correlate with mass shootings, Switzerland has very different regulations, practices, and policies related to guns than America.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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