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Friday, August 7, 2009

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US Congressman: Iran is Threat, Not Israeli Settlements
Soon to be residing under the Republican Party Bus with the other dissenters we have Congressman Eric Cantor....
"Any discussion of settlements, any discussion of the issues of living in East Jerusalem, should not take precedent over the primary focus of import which is the growing threat of a nuclear Iran," Cantor said.
Fatah Postpones Elections, but Extends Conference

The Elusive Palestinian Center
Silly headline. It is elusive because it does not exist. Death to the Jews!

Israeli settlement freeze 'not enough for Saudis'
Death to Jews!

Headline in "The Christian Science Monitor":
Israel's Jerusalem evictions defy Obama, undermine peace proces
I see.

White House: 'War on terrorism' is over
Viva La Preemptive Surrender! Always the war begins with the words in your mouth....

It's official. The U.S. is no longer engaged in a "war on terrorism." Neither is it fighting "jihadists" or in a "global war." President Obama's top homeland security and counterterrorism official took all three terms off the table of acceptable words inside the White House during a speech Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. "The President does not describe this as a 'war on terrorism,'" said John Brennan, head of the White House homeland security office, who outlined a "new way of seeing" the fight against terrorism. The only terminology that Mr. Brennan said the administration is using is that the U.S. is "at war with al Qaeda."
Turkey hems in its Islamist fringe
Turkey is renewing efforts to crack down on its radical Islamist fringe, even as the movement gains increasing grassroots support.Security forces have been on high alert in 2009 and have conducted several sweeps to round up suspected militants and radicals. The latest raids occurred on July 24 when police arrested almost 200 alleged members of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir during operations in 23 provinces across the country.

According to a police statement, two handguns, a Kalashnikov, four rifles, more than 240 bullets and documents linking the suspects to Hizb ut-Tahrir were discovered. The Islamic organization, which is legal in the United States and the United Kingdom, was outlawed as a terrorist outfit by a Turkish court in 2004.

Hizb ut-Tahrir was founded in 1953 and came to Turkey in 1978 espousing its global aims of establishing an Islamic caliphate and introducing sharia law. According to Emrullah Uslu, an analyst at the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington-based think-tank, "It [Hizb ut-Tahrir] has only recently emerged as a power in Turkey. Now it is starting to gain ground."

Uslu puts this down to two primary reasons: the group's advocacy of a caliphate, which increasingly resonates with observant Turks' nostalgia for the days of the Ottoman caliphate, and its deeply anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli rhetoric, the populist tone of which is being appropriated to significant effect.
Pakistan bans 25 militant organisations
Including Hizbut Tahrir.

Pakistan: Local Militants Struggle with Taliban Government for Control of Khyber Agency
Control of the Khyber Agency is important for both the Taliban and the government. The main land route to Afghanistan and the Central Asian states is via the Khyber Pass, now a vital supply route to U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
European, Muslim nations identified to comprise Philippine peace talks
SEVERAL MEMBERS of the influential Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) are looking at joining an International Contact Group (ICG) that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have agreed to form to hasten the peace process. In an interview with Palace reporters, MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said among the OIC countries that are likely to join the group are Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The government and the MILF both agreed to establish the ICG during preparatory talks in Kuala Lumpur last month. The ICG will help the two side in implementing any signed agreements.
Afghans Pin Hopes on Mining As Taliban Attacks Intensify
Afghanistan's mining ministry, emboldened by its first copper tender and undeterred by escalating violence, is inviting more bids in hopes the industry can eventually drive economic growth and help bring security.
Iran shuts down journalists' association
Armed men raided and sealed the Tehran offices of the Association of Iranian Journalists late on Wednesday, said the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) which also called for Iran to free up to 42 reporters currently jailed. "It is true, it has been closed down," said a member of the Iranian association who declined to be named. "

Government actions against media and journalists erode further the credibility and standing of the Government in national and the world opinion," the IFJ said in a statement. Iran has arrested dozens of leading pro-reform politicians, journalists, lawyers and campaigners since the June 12 presidential election which reformists say was rigged in favor of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
New opposition protest in Tehran

Power struggle hits Iran's intelligence agency
Beyond the power struggle playing out on the streets of Tehran is a complex battle for control of Iran's intelligence ministry -- a pivotal institution in the regime's repression of dissent. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who began a second term this week, fired Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei late last month after Mr. Ejei objected to the president's efforts to name an in-law as first vice president.

The departure of Mr. Ejei, a hard-line cleric close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, two other Khamenei loyalists and nearly 20 other high-ranking officials appeared to weaken the leader's hold over the ministry and strengthen the power of the Revolutionary Guards, Iran's elite military force.

The Guards have been heavily involved in the crackdown on dissent since the disputed June 12 presidential election, and there is an unconfirmed report that the force has created a parallel intelligence service called Tehran intelligence. Mr. Ahmadinejad and many of his closest allies are Guards veterans.
Iran bans Ramadan umra pilgrimage as swine flu spreads
Iran has banned Iranians from performing the umra pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia during the holy month of Ramadan to slow spread of swine flu in the country, a health ministry official said Thursday. The umra can be performed at any time but is popular during Ramadan, which this year starts in August. "Iranians are banned from attending the holy places in Saudi Arabia during fasting month of Ramadan," deputy Health Minister Hassan Emami-Razavi told state television.
China Investigates Top Nuclear Official
Everywhere, the purges.... maybe he can share a cell in glorious people's gulag with Kazakhstan's Nuke Chief.
The top official of China’s civilian and military nuclear power programs is being investigated for “grave violations of discipline,” a phrase often used in corruption inquiries, the Chinese Communist Party’s disciplinary committee has announced. The official, Kang Rixin, is the general manager and Communist Party secretary of China National Nuclear Corporation, a vast holding company that is spearheading plans to increase the nation’s capacity to generate nuclear power at least sixfold in the next decade.Mr. Kang, 56, also is a member of the Communist Party Central Committee, the party’s senior ruling body, and sits on the same party disciplinary committee that is investigating him.
Former Beijing Airport Director Is Executed
China executed the former head of a huge state-owned airport holding company on Friday, six months after he was convicted on bribery and embezzlement charges involving more than $14.6 million. The executive, Li Peiying, had been the chairman and general manager of Capital Airports Holding Company, a conglomerate that runs 30 airports in nine Chinese provinces, including Beijing’s much-acclaimed new international airport.

China’s state-run news agency, Xinhua, said that Mr. Li was executed in Jinan, a Yellow River city in Shandong Province. The province’s Higher People’s Court rejected an appeal in July.The execution underscored the gravity of the national government’s campaign against official corruption, which President Hu Jintao has labeled a serious threat to stability. Graft, especially at lower levels of government, is woven into the fabric of everyday Chinese life, and disclosures of especially outrageous instances often provoke outcries on Internet chat sites and, sometimes, even street demonstrations.
Africa: China Leads Investment in Continent

KAZAKHSTAN: THE FORGOTTEN WOMEN OF THE GULAG
Everything old is new again, my friend.
The women’s faces gaze down from the walls, young and old, dark and fair, blue-eyed and brown-eyed. Some look sad, some stoical, some bitter, and some simply confused. These women, who came from all over the Soviet Union, had one thing in common: they had been incarcerated in Stalin’s gulag although they were not even suspected of committing an offense themselves.

Their crime? Being married to an enemy of the state, for which they were sent to this prison in Soviet Kazakhstan, ending up in part of the infamous network of concentration camps which stretched across Siberia, down onto the Kazakh steppe. This link in a chain christened "The Gulag Archipelago" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was called Alzhir, a Russian acronym for the Akmola Camp for the Wives of Traitors to the Motherland.

It was not only wives who served time here, but mothers, sisters and daughters, too. There were also children in Alzhir -- and not just the offspring of "enemies of the people." From its inception in 1937 to its closure after Stalin’s death in 1953, the camp witnessed 1,507 births by prisoners raped by their guards. A museum now stands on this quiet spot just outside Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital. The entrance is marked by a striking black and silver monument, the Arch of Grief, whose conical shape represents a traditional Kazakh bridal headdress. Fragments of barbed wire and a watchtower are vivid symbols of the imprisonment.

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Bakiyev win in Kyrgyzstan a victory for continuity if not democracy
Oh sure, all the world loves their continuity! Continuity Through Fascist Dictatorships Akbar!
Kyrgyzstan's July 23 presidential elections resulted in a decisive victory for sitting President Kurmenbek Bakiyev. While the OSCE has criticised the election process, Bakiyev's peaceful return to power has been welcomed by businesses and international investors as a sign of continuity, though not by democracy advocates.
Kyrgyz opposition leader suspects he was poisoned
Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's main opponent in July elections believes he has been poisoned and is leaving the Central Asian country for treatment, his office said Thursday.

Almazbek Atambayev, 52, who came second in a poll criticized as undemocratic by Western observers, will leave for Turkey on Friday for a week of medical treatment, his spokesman Zhoomart Saparbayev said. "We think it was poisoning. He felt terrible, his fingernails became brown, he vomited and was dizzy," Saparbayev said.

There have been a series of high-profile poisonings in the former Soviet union in recent years, including that of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, who was disfigured by dioxin during the 2004 presidential election.
Alabama guardsman supports troops in Kyrgyzstan
For four months, Lt. Col. Gary Kirk got to play mayor. He wasn't governing a town, though. In fact, he wasn't even in the U.S.Kirk was in Kyrgyzstan help­ing run the only U.S. air base in the former Soviet Union. The base was known as Manas Air Base until June, when the U.S. renegotiated the lease with the Kyrgyzstan government. It's now called the Transit Center at Manas.
Gazprom takes stake in Kyrgyz gas company

30 members of the 165th Airlift Wing return home
Uzbekistan? Supposedly we were evicted from our base in Uzbekistan in 2005. Mmhmm.
Since the beginning of operations in the Persian Gulf, several elements of the Wing have been deployed throughout the region, serving in Uzbekistan, Turkey, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Uzbekistan - President receives credentials from two ambassadors
New ambassadors of Georgia and the United Kingdom presented credentials to President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov on 5 August in Tashkent
'King Of Uzbek Comedy' Dies In Tashkent

Ten Years After IMU Raids, Central Asia Still Battling Militants
When a small band of armed "refugees" crossed the Pamir Mountains from Tajikistan and seized a small village in Kyrgyzstan in August 1999, they did not appear to pose much of a threat. It has since become clear that the storming of the international stage by those gunmen shattered the hopes of Central Asian governments that they could escape Pakistan- and Afghanistan-style Islamist insurgencies. It also set in motion events that would seriously damage relations among the three states that share the restive Ferghana Valley.

A full 10 years after the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) announced its arrival with the Pamir crossing and villague seizures, the group is now hunted across Central and South Asia and its name is frequently linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The IMU's alliances with those two groups began after the IMU joined the Taliban's efforts to fight forces commanded by Ahmad Shah Mas'ud in Afghanistan in the late 1990s.

Then militants from across the Muslim world, particularly Arabs and increasing numbers from former Soviet states with Muslim majorities, flocked to Afghanistan for training, indoctrination, and refuge. The IMU was among them, and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 led to a U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, IMU members fought alongside Al-Qaeda.

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Turkey and Russia Strike a Series of Energy Deals
When Vlad makes offer you do not refuse, comrades of the ottoman ummah.

Russian Tech eyes $3 bln investment in Udokan copper

Russia Military Force Changes to Add Border Strength
Dude must be a freakin' Mensa member:
Russia is reshaping its ground forces into a structure that would enable it to “militarily dominate” most of its neighbors, the head of U.S. intelligence said.
No shit, Sherlockovitch!

RUSSIA: AvtoVAZ workers want nationalisation
Hundreds of workers at AvtoVAZ, Russia's biggest carmaker, have demanded the state nationalise the company...
Bulgarian Government Suspends Energy Negotiations with Russia

Georgia marks anniversary of war


Russia and Georgia in verbal war
All wars start in the mouth

NATO secretary general wants to go beyond "normal relations" with Russia
Tovarich NATO, there is nothing normal about any of my relations. Would you like to visit the back of beyond? Come, I'll take you!
~ Vladdest in Whole GlowBall!

Putin, Russian subs flex muscles in Siberia and off US East Coast

Vlad will remind world how real man flexes his muscle.

Putin's influence widespread

HA HA HA my friends! Vlad is Glow Ball's Capo di tutti Capiski deluxe! And you all know it! Kiss my ring, insolent proles!

JOHNNY ZEITGEIST Red Beret: Vladimir Putin Conquers the Wilderness

I am loving it.
~ Vlad of the Jungle

The weak get beat: Putin marks 10 years in power
GLORY TO ME IN THE HIGHEST!
~ Vladdyweight Champion of Whole Glow Ball

Russia's Putin strips for stardom, again
Comrades, you know you want me. Never has such swaggering manhood strutted before your sorry eyes with such open arrogance since Yul Brynner as Ramses!
~ Vlad's too sexy for his shirt

Was Goldman Sachs ever even close to failure?
Now that Goldman is minting money again, the bank insists that it was never in any real danger. Mr. Blankfein, in an e-mail message this week, disputed his private account, saying Goldman’s survival was never in doubt. Other Goldman executives reject the notion that the bank was rescued at all. “We did not have a near-death experience,” said Gary D. Cohn, Goldman’s president. The government saved the financial industry as a whole, but it did not save Goldman Sachs, he said.
Goldman: 2008 commodity redux coming

Goldman's Unexpected GDP Boost

AIG Posts $1.82 Billion Profit, First Since 2007


US Stocks Fall As Investors Grow Nervous About July Jobs Data

Report on Icelandic bank fuels fury

It's Congress vs. ICANN in the battle for Internet authority
The current three-year working arrangement between the US Dept. of Commerce and the institution that maintains the Internet's top-level domain structure, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), expires at the end of this September. With the Internet being perceived as more of an international platform than an American one, support is growing among overseas legislators including the European Commission for the US Government to let lapse the term of its oversight role, and let ICANN be answerable to an international agency.
Austin, Texas: City authorizes agreement for controversial FUSION Center
The round up of dangerous mobsters will likely begin one sleepy Chicken Shit Bingo night at Ginny's Longhorn.
Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Austin City Council voted during its Aug. 6 meeting to authorize an agreement with the Texas Department of Public Safety to establish an operating space for the Austin Regional Intelligence Center, also referred to as the Fusion Center.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo addressed the council and hashed out details of the Fusion Center, which tentatively could be operating by December. The hope of city and law enforcement officials is that the center will act as a tool to combat terrorism and solve other crimes in the area through information sharing on the local, state and federal levels.

Several members of the public, including at least two affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, voiced their opposition to the establishment of a Fusion Center citing a violation of privacy. Concerns of violations to civil liberties and civil rights were also expressed. The agreement with the DPS will allow for the improvement and leasing of an existing DPS building to house the center.

Funding for the build out and improvements is provided through the Office of Emergency Management Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Fund and was recommended by the Urban Area Working Group and will not exceed $200,000. The council authorized the agreement, but added a motion to hold a public hearing in order to address community concerns regarding the operation of the Fusion Center. The meeting is expected to take place in late September.

Raytheon sells its first 'pain ray'
As you are no doubt aware, one of the perks of being in the corporate security field is that you get to try out things that would come across as, well, unseemly if put in the hands of the government. While there's been some controversy over the possible use of Raytheon's 10,000 pound "portable" Silent Guardian by the military, it appears that at least one private customer has no such qualms.

We're not sure exactly who placed the order -- news of an "Impending Direct Commercial Sale" was just one bullet point of many at Raytheon's recent presentation at a NATO workshop on anti-pirate technologies.

The company itself is being mum on the subject, saying that it would be "premature" to name names at the present time, but rest assured -- this is only the beginning. As soon as these things are small enough to fit in your briefcase or glove compartment, every nut in your neighborhood will want one. In the mean time, looks like you're stuck with the Taser. [Warning: PDF read link] [Via Wired]
Science Applications Receives $55 Million Army Task Order
To do what? WhoTF knows....
San Diego-based Science Applications International (SAIC) is a scientific, engineering, and technology applications company whose roughly 45,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. government civil agencies and various commercial markets.
SAIC is a FORTUNE 500®
Deep Domain Knowledge! Solving Problems of Vital importance to Nation and World!
...scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. We do this with the constant and deliberate commitment to ethical performance and integrity that has marked SAIC since its founding.
Feds join $3.2 billion Stennis “whistleblower” lawsuit
This must be an example of SAIC's commitment to ethics and integrity:
The U.S. Justice Department has intervened in a so-called "whistleblower" lawsuit that accuses several companies and former government employees of rigging a winning bid on a $3.2 billion computer contract at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

The lawsuit, unsealed Wednesday by a federal judge in Gulfport, alleges three former or current federal employees conspired to steer the Stennis contract to Science Applications International Corp. A company started by one of those former employees had teamed up with Science Applications (SAIC) to bid on the contract.

The defendants allegedly shared secret information about the bidding process with Science Applications and chose a type of contract that favored the company's successful bid in 2004. The Justice Department estimates the scheme cost the federal government more than $116 million.
So what do we do then? Give them more contracts, obviously!

Janet Napolitano: The Cyber Czar?
In remarks Thursday at a cybersecurity conference sponsored by the Secret Service, a Homeland Security agency, Napolitano said: "In terms of cybersecurity, we've been living in a cyber 1.0 world and we need to be cyber 3.0 and beyond. Because the minute we start talking about a particular methodology of cyber the cyber bad guys are already moving ahead. This is a very, very rapidly evolving environment in which real crime and real damage can occur."
Army Monitoring Protest Groups
Stephen Dycus, a professor at Vermont Law School who focuses on national security issues, said the Army was prohibited from conducting law enforcement among civilians except in very rare circumstances, none of which immediately appeared to be relevant to the Fort Lewis case. Mr. Dycus said several statutes and rules also prohibited the Army from conducting covert surveillance of civilian groups for intelligence purposes.“Infiltration is a really big deal,” he said. He said it “raises fundamental questions about the role of the military in American society.”

Catherine Caruso, a spokeswoman for Fort Lewis, said in a written statement that “the Fort Lewis Force Protection Division, under the Directorate of Emergency Services, consists of both military and civilian employees whose focus is on supporting law enforcement and security operations to ensure the safety and security of Fort Lewis, soldiers, family members, the work force and those personnel accessing the installation.”
The Guardian UK: Turning the US army against Americans
An antiwar activist in the state of Washington had been exposed as an undercover informant for the US army, stationed at massive Fort Lewis, south of Tacoma. And in one of those Kafkaesque twists for which our government is renowned, the army is now investigating itself to determine how such an arrangement came to pass.
Obama Administration Weighs in on State Secrets, Raising Concern on the Left
The Obama administration’s brief argued, though no one had asked, that the state secrets privilege was rooted in the Constitution.
War on Terrorism: CBR Weapons and WMD Terrorism
ProcessProxy Corp. in Ellwood City is in line to get $2 million for a health information technology project in Lawrence County
Health information technology project? Now WTF could that be?

Health Information Technology
Project Mission:
The mission of the Health Information Technology project is to drive adoption of health information technology to help create a Nationwide Health Information Network, a secure, interoperable system where all stakeholders electronically exchange individual health and healthcare information.

Project Goals:

1) Drive adoption of electronic health records and other information technologies
2) Reach consensus and convergence on open data standards for interoperability
3) Facilitate research of de-identified healthcare data for new treatments, health management, and trends
4)Engage consumers on using personal health records in their health and healthcare management
Administration Plans Overhaul of Immigration Detention System
"We need a system that is open, transparent and accountable," Morton said. "With these reforms, ICE will move away from our present decentralized jail approach to a system that is wholly designed for and based on civil detention needs and the needs of the people we detain."
CREEPIEST PIECE OF THE DAY:
Esquire ~ The Last Abortion Doctor
For thirty-six years, Warren Hern has been one of the few doctors in America to specialize in late abortions. George Tiller was another. And when Dr. Tiller was murdered that Sunday in church, Warren Hern became the only one left.

The young couple flew into Wichita bearing, in the lovely swell of the wife's belly, a burden of grief. They came from a religious tradition where large families are celebrated, and they wanted this baby, and it was very late in her pregnancy. But the doctors recommended abortion. They said that with her complications, there were only two men skilled enough to pull it off. One was George Tiller, a Wichita doctor who specialized in late abortions.

They arrived in Wichita on Sunday, May 31. As they drove to their hotel, a Holiday Inn just two blocks from the Reformation Lutheran Church, they saw television cameras. They wondered what was going on, a passing curiosity quickly forgotten.

But when they got to their room, the phone was ringing. Her father was on the line. "There was some doctor who was shot who does abortions," he said.

They turned on CNN. Dr. Tiller had just been killed, shot in the head as he passed out church leaflets. In their shock, they mixed up the clinic and the church: We were supposed to be there. What if it had happened while we were there? What if he couldn't complete the procedure?

Now there is only one doctor left.

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Without Dr. Hern, she says, she doesn't know what she would have done. It's crazy that he's the only one left. She is grateful, grateful, so grateful that she will be here to raise her son. And as the words tumble and repeat you hear, in the urgency unleashed by her deliverance, a love too sad for sermons, too personal for headlines, a private benediction, the abortionist's reward, the love song of Warren Martin Hern, M.D.

Abortion Doctor Blames 'Hate Speech' For Killing
In a profile to be published in Esquire's September issue, Hern said he got hate mail and death threats in 1970 when he started working in family planning. Hern, a friend of slain Kansas doctor George Tiller, said the threats resumed in 1973 when he helped start Boulder's first non-profit clinic.

"I started sleeping with a rifle by my bed. I expected to get shot," Hern told the magazine. Tiller was shot May 31 while serving as an usher at his church. Hern said Tiller's death was the result of 35 years of "hate speech" against abortion providers, something he blames on anti-abortion politicians and commentators.
Valve manufacturer pleads guilty to federal bribery charges
CCI designs and manufactures service control valves for oil and gas, nuclear, and power generation customers. According to the information and plea agreement, from 1998 through 2007, CCI violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Travel Act by bribing numerous officers and employees of national and privately-owned customers in China, Korea, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries to obtain or retain business.
DHL to pay $9.4M to settle shipping dispute
The Obama administration announced Thursday that DHL has agreed to pay the government $9.4 million to settle a dispute that the company made shipments to Iran, Sudan and Syria in violation of U.S. embargoes.

The Treasury Department alleged that the company, which is part of Deutsche Post DHL, based in Bonn, Germany, made more than 300 shipments from the United States to Iran and Sudan between 2002 and 2007 in violation of U.S. embargoes with those countries. The department also alleged that the company failed to keep records of certain shipments to Iran between 2002 and 2006.

Intel To SEC: No Ties To 'Sponsors Of Terrorism'
The SEC earlier this year had sent a letter to Intel asking the chip giant to describe the nature of its business contacts with such countries as Cuba, Iran and Syria, which have been identified as "state sponsors of terrorism," according to a company filing with the federal agency. In response, the company wrote the SEC saying, "Intel prohibits all transactions with countries identified under certain trade-related sanctions." Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said that, "to the best of my knowledge," it was the first time the SEC has ever raised such a concern with the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company.

South Africa's ANC denies arms deals accusations
South Africa's ruling ANC on Thursday denied opposition allegations that the country's arms control body had authorized "dodgy" deals such as a weapons exhibition for North Korea and possible sales to Iran, Syria and Libya. The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said a number of "dodgy" deals had "slipped through the cracks" when the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) last met in 2008.
A Brave New World For DiCaprio And Scott
Risky Biz Blog is reporting that director Ridley Scott will be teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio to make a movie based on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. The classic novel tells the story of a future where humans are engineered both scientifically and psychologically to be passive and consistenly useful to the ruling order. Huxley’s vision of the future takes place in 2540 AD. The book was written in 1931. Farhad Safinia, who wrote the script for Apocalypto, is expected to start working on the script for Brave New World very soon.

Engineering Earth's Climate Could Be Dangerous
Ya think? Freakin' Obama's Czar of Loon Science Sez:
Presidential science advisor John Holdren said this year he wouldn't rule out engineering the Earth's climate as an option to slow global warming.
Men make very shitty gods my friends.

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