Turkey shoots down Russian plane: Wars have a funny way of taking on a life of their own

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Turkey just shot down a Russian fighter jet along its border. 

Both Russian pilots are reportedly dead, with one corpse already photographed by gloating Syrian jihadis and tweeted out through social media. Shortly afterwards, a Russian rescue helicopter went down in the area, according to reports.

The Pentagon is already distancing itself from Turkey, calling it a matter between Turkey and Russia. Putin’s initial reaction, calling Turkey’s action a “stab in the back” and promising a response, is about as angry and hot-headed as I’ve seen Putin since he first came to power in 1999 in the wake of a series of apartment building bombings in Moscow and southern Russia, vowing “if we find them [Chechen rebels] on the shitter, we’ll whack them in the outhouse.” 

Putin followed through on his threat—with a gruesome war, filtration camps, and years of death squads. (I wrote about those brutal wars in Chechnya and the messed up neocon oil geopolitics in the Caspian region for NSFWCORP  herehere, and here).

Wars have a funny way of taking on a life of their own…

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Grubhub vs Postmates: A founder throws down, but misses the point

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Grubhub founder Matt Maloney posted an amazing throw-down of a piece about Postmates and Door Dash on Medium a few days ago. 

It was a very well argued piece, and I find myself agreeing with much of it.

For instance: I totally buy that it creates problems for restaurants when these sites don’t partner with them. And I totally agree that the fees are way too high for the mass market and aren’t as clear as they could be. And, like many others in the Valley, I worry that companies like these aren’t sustainable. And as I’ve written before, almost all of the on-demand companies out there aren’t really that innovative either.

And yet, I almost never use Grubhub. I use Postmates several times a week. I use it more regularly than any other on-demand service except Lyft. Even when Grubhub and Postmates lists the same restaurant, most times, I’ll go with Postmates. I’ll go with Postmates in some cases even if the restaurant has its own free delivery.

Why? A lot of reasons that Maloney either misses or just chose not to articulate…

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