U.S. Air Force Testing New Stealth Drone at Area 51 Update on the global drone arms race.Nicholas WestActivist Post It has been predicted that the development of drone surveillance by the U.S. would spark a global race to develop new drone capabilities, leading to a potentially dystopian future of drone wars where combat and even assassinations can be performed by fleets of insect-like microbots. The Washington Post reported in July, 2011:
If You Think Only Poor People Need Welfare, Wait Till You See What Really Rich Folks Do With It Narrator: And all this time I thought the world was round. The world is not round. It has edges we can fall from and faces staring in entirely different directions.
Why I voted for an academic boycott of Israel Michael S. Roth slams the American Studies Assn. for "unfairly singling out Israel" in its vote to boycott that nation's academic institutions; he calls the action an "irresponsible attack on academic freedom." As a 39-year member of the American Studies Assn. (ASA) and a Jewish American, I want to explain why Roth -- whose Op-Ed was published by The Times Dec. 20 -- is wrong and why I wholeheartedly support the organization's resolution.
Challenging militarized masculinities It is not that ‘masculinity’ generates war, as the question has been put, but rather that the process of militarization both draws on and exaggerates the bipolarization of gender identities in extremis, says Amina Mama Militarism and heteronormative gender identities are co-constitutive. It is not that ‘masculinity’ generates war, as the question has been put, but rather that the process of militarization both draws on and exaggerates the bipolarization of gender identities in extremis. Military Urban Operations Training: "Blacked-out" Helicopters Reported in Several Cities Chris CarringtonActivist Post Military training exercises are being conducted over a wide area of the United States. Phoenix, Los Angeles and Dallas news stations were inundated with calls about "blacked-out" helicopters flying low over the cities. In Phoenix eyewitnesses said the pilots flew their craft very close to buildings, weaving between them just a few hundred feet above the sidewalks. The Department of Homeland security is stepping up ‘urban warfare’ training, but it’s unclear at this point if the training is because they fear an attack from outside the country, or if they are practicing these maneuvers so they can control American citizens should the need arise. Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies.
Americans finally understand that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol A new Pew survey out today provides yet another illustration of the failure of America's drug war. By a nearly five-to-one margin, Americans agree that alcohol is worse for you than marijuana. However you slice the data up demographically, majorities say the same thing. The elderly, Republicans and Hispanics are the least likely to agree that booze is more harmful than weed, but even among these groups respondents said that alcohol was more harmful by more than a two-to-one margin. At the other end of the spectrum, blacks say alcohol is more harmful by an eight-to-one margin, while those under thirty agree by nearly seven-to-one. In fact, alcohol was the most dangerous of all the drugs studied, vastly more dangerous than other drugs in terms of harm to society, and behind only meth, crack and heroin when it came to harm to users.
On The 100th Anniversary Of The Federal Reserve Here Are 100 Reasons To Shut It Down Forever December 23rd, 1913 is a date which will live in infamy. That was the day when the Federal Reserve Act was pushed through Congress. Many members of Congress were absent that day, and the general public was distracted with holiday preparations. Now we have reached the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, and most Americans still don't know what it actually is or how it functions. But understanding the Federal Reserve is absolutely critical, because the Fed is at the very heart of our economic problems. Since the Federal Reserve was created, there have been 18 recessions or depressions, the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by 98 percent, and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger.
Nazi anatomy history: The origins of conservatives’ anti-abortion claims that rape can’t cause pregnancy. In 1941, Charlotte Pommer graduated from medical school at the University of Berlin and went to work for Hermann Stieve, head of the school’s Institute of Anatomy. The daughter of a bookseller, Pommer had grown up in Germany’s capital city as Hitler rose to power. But she didn’t appreciate what the Nazis meant for her chosen field until Dec. 22, 1942. What she saw in Stieve’s laboratory that day changed the course of her life—and led her to a singular act of protest. Stieve got his “material,” as he called the bodies he used for research, from nearby Plötzensee Prison, where the courts sent defendants for execution after sentencing them to die.
Texas Students Hijack US Military Drone in Mid Air When the Department of Homeland security makes bets with the civilian population, perhaps they shouldn’t offer college students $1000. In Austin, Texas, College students said they would take that bet and they did. Texas College Students hijacked a US Military Predator Drone in mid-air in front of DHS!The University of Texas came into it saying that they not only could do it, but that it had been done before.
Fighting Masters Fighting Masters (ファイティング マスターズ?) is a Mega Drive/Genesis fighting video game released by Treco in 1991. Summary Tomahawk (top left) fighting Medusa It is set in a pre-apocalyptic universe: according to the manual and pre-game introduction, the giant red sun is about to go supernova within hours and representatives from each alien race must fight each other in order to gain the trust and service of an ultra-intelligent race known as the Primaries who will grant them and their future generations another galaxy to live in. There are only two humans in the game but they don't come from planet Earth. However, the game itself tells a different story of a demon lord who leads an underground campaign against a 12 star galaxy to take control of it.
HSBC Gets Small Fine For Terrorist Transactions A major U.S. bank has agreed to a settlement for transferring funds on the behalf of financiers for the militant group Hezbollah, the Treasury Department announced on Tuesday. Concluding that HSBC's actions "were not the result of willful or reckless conduct," Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control accepted a $32,400 settlement from the bank. Treasury noted, as did HSBC in a statement to HuffPost, that the violations were voluntarily reported. Everett Stern, a former HSBC compliance officer who complained to his supervisors about the Hezbollah-linked transactions, told HuffPost he was "ecstatic and depressed at the same time."
Air Force pursuing antimatter weapons / Program was touted publicly, then came official gag order The U.S. Air Force is quietly spending millions of dollars investigating ways to use a radical power source -- antimatter, the eerie "mirror" of ordinary matter -- in future weapons. The most powerful potential energy source presently thought to be available to humanity, antimatter is a term normally heard in science-fiction films and TV shows, whose heroes fly "antimatter-powered spaceships" and do battle with "antimatter guns."
Sioux Mother Rescues Abused Children, Faces Arrest The emergency room doctor was furious at what he had seen, recalled Audre’y Eby, who is Rosebud Sioux and the mother of disabled 16-year-old twins. One of her sons, who is blind and autistic, squirmed on the examination-room table, screaming, “Ow, ow, it hurts!” The doctor had found livid red and purple bruises covering his penis and scrotum, according to the Nebraska hospital’s records. Those injuries would soon lead to an arrest warrant for the mother—not because she had caused the harm, but because she did not return her son, along with his wheelchair-bound twin, to their abusers. Indian child welfare expert Frank LaMere called the twins’ situation more extreme than any he’d seen in his many years of work in the field.
Why does Norway have a 21-year maximum prison sentence? Photo by Holm Morten/AFP/Getty Images This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Bob Cameron, Ph.D.