"I'd like to meet the pundit or prognosticator who imagined that a major-party candidate for the U.S. Senate would begin a campaign ad by declaring, "I'm not a witch." - Eugene Robinson
“I’m serious about this. Many people have asked me to run. I have never seen the country in the state that it’s in, and now I am considering it.” - Donald Trump
The head of the Nobel prize committee said that Xiaobo deserved the Peace Prize because: "The campaign to establish universal human rights also in China is being waged by many Chinese, both in China itself and abroad. Through the severe punishment meted out to him, Liu has become the foremost symbol of this wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China."
"warning that the "unfriendly gesture" of honoring Liu with the prize "would have negative consequences" for bilateral relations between China and Norway." And here everyone thought that after giving the last Peace Prize to Barack Obama, the committee would play it safe and chose someone from a smaller, innocuous country with less resources to bite back. To make it worse, Liu is said to be a really nice, humble guy, who has long practiced his beliefs in human rights; he was the person that persuaded the protesters in Tianamen Square to leave just before the soldiers arrived to beat and arrest them all. He was put in jail for that, too... So far there has been no mention of Xiaobo winning in the Shanghai Daily, only a brief paragraph in the South China Morning Post, and the Asia Times, published in Hong Kong, pretty much tip-toes around the controversy...
Lost in the Pakistani government's complaints about drone strikes and helicopters launching missiles in their country, the target was Mohammad Usman, who was the chief planners of covert operations for al-Qaeda in that area. The eight German nationals that were found dead from the attacks were probably there learning the details of some terrorist plan that Usman had created for Germany. The excuse that somebody in Bagram prison gave up intelligence of plots in Europe was a decoy, a made-up story to divert attention away from Usman's death, for some reason.
let's talk of failing satellites that could dangerously fall back to earth from decaying orbits. OK, not really. But more seriously, is the threat that the Stuxnet virus infiltrated and shut down satellites from India, China, and Japan during the same time period that Iran's nuclear facility was infected. The virus has to have a person with a USB memory stick with the virus on it, and physically attach it to a Windows computer, so that it can upload to that closed system. Who has access to Iran's nuclear site, and the highly secure areas of satellite control for India, Japan, and China? Or is it all just a crazy coincidence that these satellites failed in the same time period?
FBI investigating an Egyptian - American citizen and attaching a tracking device on his car for no other reason than he is Muslim.
According to a report on Wired.com, a 20-year-old Arab-American college student was visited by several FBI agents after he found and removed an apparent government tracking device from his car.
"The student, Yasir Afifi, told Wired he found the device on his car after taking it to a mechanic. He removed the device and posted a photo of it online (which you can see at the left). Then, he says, he got a visit from FBI agents.
The FBI has refused to comment on an "ongoing investigation." But according to Afifi, several agents showed up at his California apartment a few days after the photos were posted. Readers had identified it as a tracking device that's only sold to law enforcement agencies.
"We're here to recover the device you found on your vehicle. It's federal property. It's an expensive piece, and we need it right now," one agent said. When Afifi asked if they had put it there, the man, who identified himself as Vincent said, "Yeah, I put it there. We're going to make this much more difficult for you if you don't cooperate." You know, if some brave tea party candidate said that if they were elected they would get rid of most of the intelligence agencies and make sure that our freedoms are not encroached or taken away, instead of dufus things like getting rid of the Education Dept. or Social Security, I would vote for them. When we start using drones to police our traffic lights or the streets of our cities at night, you will know that we have come too far and unable to back out of our science fictional, Orwellian nightmare...