Shattered and Destroyed

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Kevin Siers)

In other news, Israeli police have officially recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be prosecuted for "bribery, fraud and breach of trust" in two cases of corruption.

One case centres on an allegation that Mr Netanyahu asked the publisher of an Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, for positive coverage in exchange for help in reining in a rival publication.

Police said the editor of Yediot Aharonot, Arnon Mozes, should also face charges.

The second allegation centres on a claim that Mr Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister since 2009, received more than $100,000 (£72,000) in gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and other supporters.

The Jerusalem Post says the gifts included champagne and cigars, and were given in exchange for help getting Mr Milchan a US visa.

Meanwhile, and as expected, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed the U.S. will not provide direct financial support to rebuild now that our war on ISIS is over, but we will provide a $3 billion line of credit through the Export-Import Bank.

This is the "private investment" scheme Reuters first reported last week, but it's more than that. The Ex-Im Bank provides financing for American exports, meaning it's a line of credit that can only be used to buy from American companies. It's not just a straight up loan. This is amazingly cynical.

Finally, here's a pair of creepy robots in development at Boston Dynamics that are now able to open doors for each other.

I think it's the part near the end when they enter the room together that feels extraordinarily creepy.

  • muselet

    Relevant. Don’t forget to read the hover-text.


  • Aynwrong

    I’ll never forget all the self righteous blather that came pouring out of the right in the run up to and even years after the invasion of Iraq over how it was conservatives were the ones who were concerned for people suffering around the world and liberals were too cynical and cowardly to care. All the noise about how Iraq was going to be built and the oil was going to pay schools and hospitals and how gragrateful the Iraqis would be for bringing them wonderful Ayn Randian capitalism.

    Turns out conservatives charge interest for freedom.

    • I think the historical term was pillaging.

      • Aynwrong

        That’s a much better word for it.

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