Day: May 17, 2015

The Killing of Osama bin Laden (Seymour M. Hersh)

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It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations? He was hiding in the open. So America said.

The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military…

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Why Do We Love Dogs So Much?

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The pair-bond relationship between human and dog stretches back hundreds of thousands of years. Our two species have evolved together into domestication, but what is special about dogs over every other species that exists? It seems dogs have one particular social trait that no other animal has. They gaze!

Humans and dogs ability to sustain eye contact releases the hormone oxytocin into the system. This hormone usually regulates our sex drives, but it can be used to create the feeling of love and intimacy. Humans develop social bonds easily though eye contact, and it is a similar bonding relationship we develop with dogs as a parent would with a child.

Researchers from Azabu University in Japan have determined this is a unique interspecies relationship. They found that it is not just humans that oxytocin is produced in. Dogs also experience a rise in oxytocin levels, and…

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