This is happening right now. #BringBackOurGirls

I picked this up on Facebook late yesterday afternoon. This is happening, right now, in the world. Here are the facts as I understand them. First, a map Nigeria, which is in east-central Africa.


The northeastern corner of the country is a big forest, and an Islamist extremist group known as the Boko Haram jihadist network has┬ábase camps there. “Boko Haram” means “Western education is forbidden,” assuming I Fucking Love Science has their story straight (and I trust them). Here’s what’s happened over the last couple of weeks in northeastern Nigeria:

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This is only text. You should read it.

I read a story in the print WSJ yesterday that shocked me. I tried to find it online, but couldn’t. Last April, a group of people cut some telephone lines outside San Jose and then proceeded to open fire on an electrical substation with high-powered rifles and destroy all the transformers. It was apparently the electrical substation that causes Silicon Valley to be well-lit. They fired for 20 minutes or so, then melted away into the night.

Authorities had to reroute some stuff and make a few power plants produce extra power to prevent the blackout. It took a month to repair the damage.

The police responding to the 911 call arrived 1 minute after the last transformer went down, and they found no one on the site. To this day, no one has been arrested. I have a few observations after the cut.

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