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Mining companies spent more than $20 million to sink a tax on profits, and Kevin Rudd's Labor leadership in the process.
ForaTV, in conjunction with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, shares another terrific must watch presentation, this time by one of our favorite socioeconomic historians, Niall Ferguson, who in this lecture talks in depth, and with an objective perspective that only few can share, about empires on the verge of decline, emphasizing the precarious position the US has found itself in, now that China's ascendancy is undisputed, and only matched by the accelerating descent of the once great US nation.
Jared Loughner’s descent into darkness started long before he bought the gun, the ammunition, or took the cab to that supermarket on a sunny Saturday in Tucson where Gabrielle Giffords was doing her job. We are spending too much time looking for “THE ANSWER”; be it Sarah Palin’s rhetoric, the Tea Party chorus, gun control, and on and on. It is time to look upstream for the clues and then, as a society, really get that “ we are all connected and no one wins unless we all do ”.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21086" title="Natanz nuclear facility" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2010/11/Natanz-nuclear-facility.jpg" alt="" width="680" height="422" /> In what appears to be the first confirmation that the Stuxnet malware hit Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that malicious computer code launched by “enemies” of the state had sabotaged centrifuges used in Iran’s nuclear-enrichment program. The surprise announcement at a press conference coincided with news that two of Iran’s top nuclear scientists had been ambushed Monday by assassins who killed one scientist and seriously injured the other.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. “strongly condemns” the leak of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables as she sought to reassure nations, civic groups and individuals who might be affected. “It puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems,” Clinton told reporters today at the State Department.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra says the death penalty should be considered for those responsible for the WikiLeaks publication of more than 250,000 classified documents.
BEIJING — Leaked U.S. diplomatic cables show China's frustration with communist ally North Korea and speculate Beijing would accept a future Korean peninsula unified under South Korean rule, according to the documents released by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. The memos posted online by media organizations indicate the enormous import American and South Korean diplomats place on China's attitude toward the future survival of the isolated and impoverished hard-line communist regime in Pyongyang. The release of the documents follows new tensions in the region with North Korea unleashing a fiery artillery barrage on a South Korean island that killed four people a week ago.
WASHINGTON – Saudi King Abdullah has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran's nuclear program and China directed cyberattacks on the United States, according to a vast cache of diplomatic cables released on Sunday in an embarrassing leak that undermines U.S. diplomacy. The more than 250,000 documents, given to five media groups by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, provide candid and at times critical views of foreign leaders as well as sensitive information on terrorism and nuclear proliferation filed by U.S. diplomats, according to The New York Times.
Wikileaks had set this afternoon as the date to release another round of secret U.S. government documents - this time, over 250,000 classified cables from various U.S. embassies.
David Walter Banks for The New York Times An armed robot, called Maars, maneuvering at a training site at Fort Benning, Ga. And while smart machines are already very much a part of modern warfare, the Army and its contractors are eager to add more.
Defense Department scientists are set to conduct a second test launch next year of the Falcon HTV-2 experimental superweapon after the first flight this year ended when the autopilot deliberately crashed the unmanned glider into the ocean as a safety measure. The Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle is designed to skim the top of the atmosphere just below space, and is a key element of the Pentagon's Conventional Prompt Global Strike (CPGS) capability — a program to build non-nuclear strategic weapons that can strike conventionally anywhere in the world in less than an hour. In a statement last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) revealed for the first time that the first test flight April 20 ended when the autonomous onboard control system — the computer autopilot flying the futuristic superweapon — "commanded flight termination."
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Global Economy on Brink! Will The Anglo-American Hegemony Survive? This engineered crisis is a big gamble for the Anglo-American Illuminist hegemony.
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It is strange that authoritarian China demands and gets a better wiretap internet security deal than the two largest democracies of the world, India and the US.
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