Friday, November 27, 2015

Nauru, the richest country in the world (in 1976)

These photos are from a September 1976 NatGeo article about phosphate rich Nauru. Just look at all the money pissed away.

Venezuelan-built Mercedes

I'm going through old issues of National Geographic. This photo was in an August 1976 article about Venezuela's oil wealth. This Mercedes cost $32,000(!) and there was still a waiting list. It was built at the Barcelona plant, 150 miles east of Caracas.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

APEC leaders step out of Hongqis

The first 15 minutes of this video shows various leaders riding in Hongqis. Only Obama and Putin brought their own cars. Also cool to see six-door E-Class Mercedes and S-Class sedans with police light bars interspersed.


Blackjack being refueled on way back from Syria

The Syrian conflict should just be called the YouTube War.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Latin American mercenaries in Yemen

Holy. Fucking. Shit. This New York Times story is even crazier than Turkey shooting down a Russian jet. What's going on in North Africa and the Middle East is beyond tragic, but for the armchair geopolitics buff, the stories are mind blowing.

Ramon, is the Chilean media talking about this?

Life after 44 years in prison

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Renault Samsung hearse in Chile

Via Ramon. Who knew Samsung made cars?

Osprey in dust

Kopp-Etchell's effect.

Syrian rebels shoot Russian rescue helicopter

Turkey shoots down Russian fighter jet. Two Russian attack helicopters try to rescue crew. Syrian rebels blow up one of the helicopters. Video is uploaded onto YouTube. Brave new world, people.