ISIS, Tick Bites, and More News and Views for 8/8/14

Here are some of the big news stories of the day, and some interesting opinions:

Iraq: As no doubt you’re aware, the U.S. military launched airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq. Overall, U.S. engagement in Iraq has been a disaster, and certainly many Iraqis are now much worse off than they would have been had the U.S. never intervened. Now, it seems, the U.S. is faced with a variety of no-win outcomes.

Tics: The Associated Press reports, “Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.”

Fracking: David Biederman writes for the Objective Standard, “Europeans can continue to blame American frackers for producing lower-cost energy in America, or they can liberate European energy producers to do the same.”

Catcalling: Buzz Feed has a good video out critical of catcalling:

Tiny Houses: And Reason magazine has out a fascinating video about minimalist “matchbox” houses—and government’s war against such houses.