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The White House's Response To The Petition To Build A Death Star Is Absolutely Tremendous

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http://www.businessinsider.com/white-house-death-star-petition-response-2013-1

The White House has finally responded to one of its outstanding petitions with more than 25,000 signatures. And, unfortunately, the White House will not be building a Death Star.

The White House announced Friday night that it will not build a Death Star for job creation and a "strong national defense," as petitioned by more than 35,000 signatories. In what was a truly amazing response, Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch of the Office of Management and Budget, outlined why:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

This will undoubtedly disappoint Star Wars fans. But Shawcross said that the U.S. is part of a team conducting research at the International Space Station. And it has a President who knows his way around a lightsaber.

Here's the full response to the petition:

White House death star    SOURCE

 

Russian Navy to hold biggest war games in decades

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RIA Novosti / Ruslan Alibecov

The four major Russian Navy fleets will hold a joint exercise in late January in the Mediterranean and Black seas. It will be the biggest such event in decades.

­Commands for the Northern, Baltic, Black Sea and Pacific fleets have been preparing for the exercises since December of last year, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced. Warships detached for the event are currently sailing to those regions.

“The primary goal of the exercise is to train issues regarding formation of a battle group consisting of troops of different branches outside of the Russian Federation, planning of its deployment and managing a coordinated action of a joint Navy group in accordance with a common plan,” the ministry’s information department explained.

The exercise will include several scenarios, including the loading of amphibious troops from an unprepared coast in the Northern Caucasus onto transport vessels.........

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Julian Assange: Wikileaks to release 'million more files in 2013'

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said his work "will not be cowed," as he promised the whistle-blowing site would release a million more documents.

In a speech from a balcony at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he said the files to be published in 2013 would affect "every country in this world".It is six months since he sought asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden.He fears being sent to the US and being punished for leaking diplomatic files.A crowd of some 80 supporters gathered outside the building, in Knightsbridge, to listen to the 41-year-old Australian - whose website published a mass of leaked cables embarrassing a number of countries.In his statement, Mr Assange said the US Pentagon had recently described the existence of Wikileaks as an "ongoing crime".Addressing supporters - some of whom carried candles - the Australian said: "While that remains the case and while my government will not defend the journalism and publishing of Wikileaks, I must remain here."However, the door is open, and the door has always been open, for anyone who wishes to use standard procedures to speak to me or guarantee my safe passage."He also said 2012 had been a "huge year" for the organisation.During the speech, Mr Assange saluted journalists who reported arrests around the world, adding: "It is from the revelation of the truth that all else follows... our civilisation is only as strong as its ideas are true."

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Uruguay Marijuana Legalization Proposal To Be Presented To Congress

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Uruguay's president has made it clear that his plan for legalizing marijuana in the South American nation does not mean he favors legalizing any other illicit drugs.

President Jose Mujica said in an interview Thursday with Colombia's RCN radio network that he does not yet know when his government will present Uruguay's Congress with the legislative proposal. Mujica's party dominates Congress.

He says the plan is for the government to sell marijuana at a cheap and reasonable price then monitor what each consumer uses. The idea is to take drug profits out of the hands of criminals.

Mujica says that while drug addiction is a medical problem, drug trafficking is an unwinnable police problem.

Uruguay would be the world's first nation to sell marijuana directly. Source

 

Swedish Pirate Party Sues Banks For 'Discriminating' Against Wikileaks

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Earlier this year, we noted that a court in Iceland had ordered Visa to start accepting donations to Wikileaks again. There's been some cat and mouse games as the various payment processors, under pressure from US officials, cut off the site a while back. The latest, however is that the Swedish Pirate Party itself has pressed charges against Swedish banks for discriminating against Wikileaks.

The charges were filed eariler today with the Swedish Finansinspektionen, the authority which oversees bank licenses and abuse of position. This follows an earlier initiative from the Pirate Party to regulate credit card companies on the European level in order to deny them the ability to determine who gets to trade and who doesn’t.

“The blockade is a serious threat against the freedoms of opinion and expression”, says the Pirate Party’s Erik Lönroth, who has been preparing the formal charges. “It must not be up to the individual payment provider to determine which organizations are eligible for donations. At the same time, these charges will bring clarity as to whether the bank regulations of today are sufficient, or if regulations need to be tightened to protect freedom of expression.”

I don't quite understand Swedish law, so it's not entirely clear to me how the Swedish Pirate Party has standing in which to bring these charges. However, it looks like "charges" basically mean asking the relevant regulatory body to investigate whether the actions are legal. Given how much power a very small number of payment companies have over what can and cannot accept money online, it would be nice for there to be some rules against discrimination. Of course, an even better answer would be to create more services that can accept payment...Source

 

Meet Kenshiro: Japan's creepy boy robot with an aluminum skeleton and 160 muscles

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Say hello to Kenshiro, a 5'2" humanoid robot that moves with creepy precision. While other human-like machines such as DARPA's Petman plod along clumsily as if they could fall at any time, Kenshiro's individual arms, legs, and spine can bend and rotate with unnerving realism. The key is in his advanced musculoskeletal structure, which researchers at Tokyo University's JSK Lab have been refining since 2001, starting first with Kenshiro's predecessor, Kenta...Read all

 

They want to ██████ the Internet

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Right now at a UN meeting in Dubai, authoritarian regimes are pushing for full governmental control of the Internet in a binding global treaty -- if they succeed, the internet could become less open, more costly and much slower. We have only 2 days to stop them.

The Internet has been an amazing example of people power -- allowing us to connect, speak out and pressure leaders like never before. That's largely because it's been governed to date by users and non-profits and not governments. But now countries like Russia, China and United Arab Emirates are trying to rewrite a major telecom treaty called the ITR to bring the Internet under its control -- the web would then be shaped by government interests and not by us, the users. Tim Berners Lee, one of the "fathers of the Internet," has warned that this could increase censorship online and invade our privacy. But if we object with a massive people-powered petition, we can strengthen the hand of countries fighting this power grab.

We have stopped attacks like this before and can do it again before the treaty text is locked this week. A wave of opposition to a new ITR is already building -- sign the petition to tell governments hands off our Internet! and then forward this email to everyone you know -- when we hit 1 million signers, it'll be delivered straight to the delegates at this cozy meeting:

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Russian Prime Minister: "Men in Black" is a good model of our secret ET monitoring program - acclimatizing public opinion?

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Russian Prime Minister: Film "Men in Black" is a good model of our secret ET monitoring program - acclimatizing public opinion?http://youtu.be/rE_iUW0Jv3k
Medvedev Alien Comments on Sky News 08/12/12

 

Blacklisted settlers will be banned from entering EU countries

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RAMALLAH,(PIC)– The European Union is recommending a blacklist of “known violent settlers” who will be blocked from entering EU member states, the Hebrew newspaper Haaretz has revealed on Monday.

In January of this year, the consuls general of the EU countries in East Jerusalem and Ramallah wrote a report dealing with settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, especially the incidents the settlers refer to as “price tag” revenge attacks, Haaretz pointed out.

The report recommended that EU headquarters in Brussels draw up a blacklist of settlers who would be forbidden entry into the 27 EU states.

The consuls’ report lay unaddressed for five months, until the EU foreign ministers decided, on May 14, to take practical steps against settler violence in Area C in the West Bank, which is under full Israeli military and civilian control, according to the newspaper.Source

 

Revealed: How the U.S. planned to blow up the MOON with a nuclear bomb to win Cold War bragging rights over Soviet Union

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It may sound like a plot straight out of a science fiction novel, but a U.S. mission to blow up the moon with a nuke was very real in the 1950s.

At the height of the space race, the U.S. considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon as a display of America's Cold War muscle.

The secret project, innocuously titled 'A Study of Lunar Research Flights' and nicknamed 'Project A119,' was never carried out.



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It may sound like a plot straight out of a science fiction novel, but a U.S. mission to blow up the moon with a nuke was very real in the 1950s.

At the height of the space race, the U.S. considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon as a display of America's Cold War muscle.

The secret project, innocuously titled 'A Study of Lunar Research Flights' and nicknamed 'Project A119,' was never carried out.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2238242/Cold-War-era-U-S-plan-bomb-moon-nuclear-bomb-revealed.html#ixzz2DJkVXhrO
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It may sound like a plot straight out of a science fiction novel, but a U.S. mission to blow up the moon with a nuke was very real in the 1950s.At the height of the space race, the U.S. considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon as a display of America's Cold War muscle.The secret project, innocuously titled 'A Study of Lunar Research Flights' and nicknamed 'Project A119,' was never carried out.

Astronomer Carl Sagan   Leonard Reiffel

Brains of the operation: Astronomer Carl Sagan, left, was involved in the planning of the mission and physicist Leonard Reiffel, right, was the man in charge

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Brains of the operation: Astronomer Carl Sagan, left, was involved in the planning of the mission and physicist Leonard Reiffel, right, was the man in charge

However, its planning included calculations by astronomer Carl Sagan, then a young graduate student, of the behavior of dust and gas generated by the blast.Viewing the nuclear flash from Earth might have intimidated the Soviet Union and boosted U.S. confidence after the launch of Sputnik, physicist Leonard Reiffel told the AP in a 2000 interview.....Read all

 

Rev Kevin Annett: 5 Judges, 58 citizen jurors try Vatican, UK Crown for child genocide

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Interview of Rev. Kevin Annett with Alfred Lambremont Webre on The International Common Law Court of Justice: The Case of Genocide in Canada.Rev Kevin Annett: 5 Judges, 58 citizen jurors try Vatican, UK Crown for child genocide.
READ ARTICLE:http://exopolitics.blogs.com/breaking_news/2012/11/interview-of-rev-kevin-ann...

 


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