Wednesday, April 20, 2011

nightmare spiders

It hardly compares with the imaginative monsters of Hollywood, but a fossil of the "biggest" spider on record has been unearthed in Mongolia and probably qualifies for nightmare status to those so inclined. At 15cm (a little short of six inches), the leg span of the female arachnid is one for the record books.

Reading the news story this morning seemed to sound a less-depressing news note in my mind than, say, the British and French initiative to send military advisers into Libya.

Mr Hague stressed the officers being sent to the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi would not be involved in any fighting. -- Complete story

Advisers, as I recall, provided the planting soil for any number of protracted, painful and unsuccessful wars in the past -- Vietnam and Afghanistan come to mind. How long can anyone listen to the same explanations and expect a different outcome. Isn't that the definition of "insanity?"

Maybe if they sent in the spiders, both sides would get the message more quickly and keep the nightmares to a minimum.

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