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July 27th 2013

Obama Backs First-Strike Nuclear War as U.S. Policy

By Francis A. Boyle

June 24, 2013 “Information Clearing House -  I have now had the chance to read Obama’s Report on Nuclear Employment Strategy of the United States, that just came out on Friday, June 21, 2013.  The critical passage can be found on page 5:

“The 2010 Nuclear Posture Review established the Administration’s goal to set conditions that would allow the United States to safely adopt a policy of making deterrence of nuclear attack the sole purpose of U.S. nuclear weapons. Although we cannot  adopt such a policy today, the new guidance re-iterates the intention to work towards that goal over time.”

In other words, “nuclear deterrence” is not now and has not been the policy of the Obama administration going back to and including  their 2010 Nuclear Posture Review as well.  Since “nuclear deterrence” is not now and has never been the Obama administration’s nuclear weapons  policy from the get-go, then by default this means that offensive first-strike  strategic  nuclear war  fighting is now and has always been the Obama administration’s nuclear weapons policy. This policy will also be pursued and augmented by means of  “integrated non-nuclear strike options.” Id.


July 26th 2013

J.P. Morgan to sell commodities business

By Christian Berthelsen and Dan Fitzpatrick

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is putting its physical commodities operations up for sale amid regulatory scrutiny of Wall Street’s participation in that business, a retreat for a company that in the past decade made a costly effort to become No. 1 in that field.

The holdings on the block include metals warehouses; ownership in power plants around the country; as well as trading desks that buy and sell oil, gas, power and coal. The businesses employ roughly 600 people and were responsible for less than $700 million in revenue through the first half of 2013, said a person familiar with the situation. The bank will continue helping clients hedge energy risks and store gold and silver in vaults.



July 26th 2013

Light completely stopped for a record-breaking minute

The fastest thing in the universe has come to a complete stop for a record-breaking minute. At full pelt, light would travel about 18 million kilometres in that time – that’s more than 20 round trips to the moon.

“One minute is extremely, extremely long,” says Thomas Krauss at the University of St Andrews, UK. “This is indeed a major milestone.”

The feat could allow secure quantum communications to work over long distances.

While light normally travels at just under 300 million metres per second in a vacuum, physicists managed to slow it down to just 17 metres per second in 1999 and then halt it completely two years later, though only for a fraction of a second. Earlier this year, researchers kept it still for 16 seconds using cold atoms.




July 25th 2013

Depleted uranium found in Florida airport, evacuation ordered

Portions of an airport in Miami, Florida have been evacuated after depleted uranium was discovered early Thursday.

Firefighters have cleared a 150-foot area of the Opa-locka Executive Airport in south Florida after a 55 gallon drum located either on or near part of a dismantled aircraft was discovered to be containing exposed, depleted uranium, NBC 6 South Florida reported.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Arnold Piedrahita Jr tweeted that a haz-mat scene is on the scene attempting to assess the severity.



July 25th 2013

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July 22nd 2013

Dog Finds A Tiny Kitten, Risks Everything To Save Her

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Animal control officers in Anderson, South Carolina, thought that a barking Shih-Tzu was stuck in a ravine. Turns out, she was there nursing and protecting a tiny abandoned kitten she had found.


Animal control officer Michelle Smith got a call about a yelping dog behind a Home Depot. She climbed down a steep embankment to finda Shih-Tzu, tangled in a mess of briars. But she looked more closely, she realized Goldie had a friend: a tiny kitten who was nursing at the dog’s side.


“I didn’t know what to think,” Smith told Fox News 10. “I was shocked and surprised and then of course, awww.”


“I think it would have been okay for the dog to walk down the hill,” Smith told Fox Carolina. “But it just didn’t want to leave the kitten”


The dog and kitten were taken to the Anderson County P.A.W.S. shelter, where they remained inseparable and the dog continued to care for the kitten as one of her own. Eventually, the pair were taken to a foster home – together, of course.


see more at buzzfeed


July 22nd 2013

Ubuntu Forums & Apple Developer Site Hacked


The Ubuntu forums website run by Canonical, has been hacked,

The hack garnered a reported 1.82 Million user credentials including passwords.  The forum site is visited by hundreds of thousands of avid Ubuntu users and hosts community discussion and solutions to common problems. This hack will come as a major blow to Canonical reputation and the linux distribution as a whole, many Ubuntu users are not fond of the recent releases Unity Desktop and Canonicals moves forward into the cloud computing. Canonical offer paid for support for larger enterprises which being Linux distros are perceived to be more secure.

A Twitter account claiming credit for the hack revealed the passwords are stored as Vbulletin board md5 / salt hashes which would be impractical to unhash in the entirety, however if the data were released into the public domain other hackers may take time to recover individuals passwords.


In other news Vulnerabilities in Apples developer site have been reported by a hacker, the White hat reported being able to view a small number of developers personal details such as email and mail addresses, Apple is reworking the developer sites and promises improved security and updated server software.




July 22nd 2013

Rock bottom: Russian economy hits low, will pick up in July

Russia is nearing the end of stagnation, and the Ministry of Economic Development anticipates the economy will expand more rapidly in the next two quarters, fueled by investment.

In the second quarter, Russia’s economy grew by 1.9 percent, an improvement from the 1.6 percent growth it posted in the first quarter, but still well below the best case scenario of 3 percent growth. In 2012 the economy grew 4.7 percent.

The growth figures are from RosStat, Russia’s federal service of state statistics. Though higher than forecast, Russia’s economic performance in Q1 was the worst quarter since 2009.

The Ministry of Economic Development expects the economy to jump start in July, propelled by rising exports and a boost in investment in the second half of the year.


Read more at RT.