a horrifying Japanese robotic kitty called Yume Neko Smile. It’s just like a real cat, except it won’t leave dead birds on your doorstep, won’t scratch up your furniture and doesn’t have a soul.
with hundreds of Circuit City stores all across the country set to be left vacant in the very near future, the question has arose about what to do with them. One idea is to sell them to schools.
# US military officials failed to keep proper records on about 87,000 rifles, pistols, mortars and other weapons sent to Afghanistan between December 2004 and June 2008 – about a third of all the weapons sent
# There was a similar lack of management of a further 135,000 light weapons donated to Afghan forces via the US military by 21 countries
# The military failed even to record the serial numbers of some 46,000 weapons, making it impossible to confirm receipt of weapons or identify any which had fallen into the hands of militants
# The serial numbers of 41,000 weapons were recorded, but US military officials still had no idea where they were
The view from Moscow is that the Western forces have learned nothing from the bitter experience of the Soviet Union.
Instead, they are falling into exactly the same trap.
One prime example is the current plan by the US to send tens of thousands of extra troops.
“Doubling their forces won’t lead to a solution on the ground,” says Col Oleg Kulakov, who served twice in Afghanistan and is now a lecturer and historian in Moscow.