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  • Calls grow in Germany for expulsion of disputed US envoy

    06/05/2018 11:54:07 AM PDT · by familyop · 40 replies
    AFP ^ | June 5, 2018 | Hui Min NEO
    <p>BERLIN (AFP) - Leading German politicianson Tuesday called for the US ambassador to be expelled, after the staunch ally of Donald Trump was accused of meddling in domestic politics and aggravating already tense ties.</p> <p>Richard Grenell had taken up his diplomatic posting in Berlin on May 8, and immediately irked Germany when he tweeted on the same day that German companies should stop doing business with Iran as Trump quit the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.</p>
  • China has practiced bombing runs targeting Guam, US says

    10/31/2017 4:58:26 PM PDT · by familyop · 13 replies
    Defense News ^ | 31OCT17 | Tara Copp
    U.S. military officials are concerned over China's increasing air power in the Asia-Pacific region. One activity by the Asian nation is proving especially worrisome. JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — China has practiced bombing runs targeting the U.S. territory of Guam, one of a host of activities making U.S. forces here consider Beijing the most worrisome potential threat in the Pacific, even as North Korea pursues a nuclear warhead. Beyond the well-publicized military build up on man-made islands in the South China Sea, China has built up its fleet of fighters to the extent that it operates a daily, aggressive...
  • Ancient lunar polar ice reveals tilting of Moon’s axis

    03/26/2016 11:54:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | 03/23/2016 | NASA
    New NASA-funded research provides evidence that the spin axis of the Moon shifted by about five degrees roughly three billion years ago. The evidence of this motion is recorded in the distribution of ancient lunar ice, evidence of delivery of water to the early solar system. “The same face of the Moon has not always pointed towards Earth,” said Matthew Siegler of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, lead author of a paper in today’s journal Nature. “As the axis moved, so did the face of the “Man in the Moon.” He sort of turned his nose up at...
  • Japan's Asahi Offers Billions for Italy's Peroni

    02/10/2016 12:37:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Feb 2016
    Japan's Asahi Group Holdings has offered €3.1 billion for two top European lager brands from British giant SABMiller, in what would be the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese beer company, a report said on Wednesday. Board members finalised the 400 billion yen proposal on Tuesday for Peroni of Italy and the Netherlands' Grolsch, the leading Nikkei business daily said, without citing sources. The company refused to confirm the report but said in a statement it was "studying a variety of possibilities for a capital and business tie-up, including this case". Nothing has been finalised, it added. Acquiring the brands,...
  • IRAN is Nuclear Now! With Weapons and Delivery Systems!

    08/20/2015 8:55:28 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 41 replies
    The American Report ^ | August 20, 2015 | MG Paul E. Vallely & LTC Denny Haney
    By MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (Ret) And LTC Dennis B. Haney, USAF (Ret) August 20, 2015 Since 1979, a cabal of nations has aided and abetted Iran in its efforts to develop a robust nuclear program under the guise of generating a nuclear energy system. This cabal is mainly comprised of Russia, China, and North Korea. Since sanctions began being placed on Iran in 1979, with more added since, Iran still had enough free reign to develop its capabilities despite the sanctions regime because of this cabal. All the moving parts are in place, the material is there, and...
  • Assad Targets Civilians, Hospitals Amid Defeats in Syrian War

    06/18/2015 10:00:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is systematically targeting civilians and hospitals, often with chemical weapons, to reverse recent setbacks in the country’s civil war, witnesses told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Assad’s forces have suffered a number of battlefield defeats in recent months, with the Islamic State and the al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra gaining ground north of the capital Damascus and more moderate rebel groups achieving victories in the south. The Syrian army has also lost about half of its soldiers throughout the course of the four-year civil war and has increasingly relied on outside militant...
  • Time to Take the Russia-China Axis Seriously

    11/07/2014 12:58:35 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 3 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 4, 2014 | Ankit Panda
    If you haven’t already read it, Gilbert Rozman has an incisive essay over at Foreign Affairs that explains why the contemporary iteration of close bilateral ties between Russia and China is here to stay. Rozman argues that we’re not about to see a rehash of the Sino-Soviet split anytime soon for a variety of reasons — most related to national identity and ideology. What makes Rozman’s argument remarkably convincing in my view is the complete absence of the United States’ policy and position in Asia as a causal force in driving China and Russia together. Indeed, under Putin and Xi,...
  • Who Needs a Moon?

    05/28/2011 4:43:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies
    Science ^ | 27 May 2011 | Govert Schilling
    BOSTON—The number of Earth-like extrasolar planets suitable for harboring advanced life could be 10 times higher than has been assumed until now, according to a new modeling study. The finding contradicts the prevailing notion that a terrestrial planet needs a large moon to stabilize the orientation of its axis and, hence, its climate. In 1993, French mathematicians Jacques Laskar and Philippe Robutel showed that Earth’s large moon has a stabilizing effect on our planet’s climate. Without the moon, gravitational perturbations from other planets, notably nearby Venus and massive Jupiter, would greatly disturb Earth’s axial tilt, with vast consequences for the...
  • Japan quake shifted earth's axis by 25 cm. Earth’s rotation will now shift at a different speed.

    04/04/2011 7:52:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Post ^ | March 2011 | Carmen Chai
    Initial results out of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology show that the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rattled Japan Friday shifted the earth’s rotation axis by about 25 centimetres. INGV’s report, which came hours after the devastating incident, is equivalent to “very, very tiny” changes that won’t be seen for centuries, though, Canadian geologists say. Only after centuries would a second be lost as each day is shortened by a millionth of a second, according to University of Toronto geology professor Andrew Miall. “Ten inches sounds like quite a lot when you hold a ruler in front of you. But...
  • Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    03/12/2011 2:04:19 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 141 replies
    CNN ^ | March 12, 2011 1:58 a.m. EST | By Kevin Voigt
    The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis. "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude...
  • NASA: Quake Shifted Earth's Axis, Shortened Day

    03/02/2010 6:51:32 AM PST · by greatdefender · 38 replies · 1,115+ views
    AOL News ^ | March 1, 2010 | David Knowles
    (March 1) -- Apart from claiming the lives of hundreds of people and wreaking enormous property damage, Chile's massive earthquake has likely altered the distribution of the Earth's overall mass, scientists from NASA say. As a result, the length of a day is now a little shorter than it was before Saturday's magnitude 8.8 earthquake. "The length of the day should have gotten shorter by 1.26 microseconds [millionths of a second]," Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told Bloomberg. "The axis about which the Earth's mass is balanced should have moved by 2.7 milliarcseconds [about 8 centimeters...
  • The Axis Of Idiots (via e-mail)

    10/29/2009 3:13:42 AM PDT · by zipper · 35 replies · 2,861+ views
    via e-mail | unknown | J.D. Pendry, Sgt Major, USMC
    The "Axis of Idiots"  From the Podium:J. D. Pendry, Retired Sergeant Major, USMC FROM THE PODIUMThis retired USMC Sgt. Major has his Stuff together. Jimmy Carter, you are the father of the Islamic Nazi movement. You threw the Shah under the bus, welcomed the Ayatollah home, and then lacked the spine to confront the terrorists when they took our embassy and our people hostage. You're the "runner-in-chief." Bill Clinton, you played ring around the Lewinsky while the terrorists were at war with us. You got us into a fight with them in Somalia and then you ran from it. Your...
  • How Turkey Was Lost

    10/20/2009 10:23:32 AM PDT · by Nuc1 · 51 replies · 1,256+ views ^ | 10/19/09 | Caroline Glick
    Once the apotheosis of a pro-Western, dependable Muslim democracy, this week Turkey officially left the Western alliance and became a full member of the Iranian axis. It isn't that Ankara's behavior changed fundamentally in recent days. There is nothing new in its massive hostility toward Israel and its effusive solicitousness toward the likes of Syria and Hamas. Since the Islamist AKP party first won control over the Turkish government in the 2002 elections, led by AKP chairman Recip Tayyip Erdogan, the Turks have incrementally and inexorably moved the formerly pro-Western Muslim democracy into the radical Islamist camp populated by the...
  • Barack Obama Starts US Talks With 'Axis of Evil': North Korea and Iran

    09/12/2009 2:49:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 746+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | September 12, 2009
    Barack Obama Starts US Talks With 'Axis of Evil': North Korea and Iran President Barack Obama has approved plans for the US to start direct talks with both North Korea and Iran, in a significant shift in policy. By Philip Sherwell in New York and David Eimer in Beijing 12 Sep 2009 Barack Obama's new approach marks a significant change in American diplomacy The State Department said it would meet one-to-one with Pyongyang negotiators in an effort to persuade the reclusive Stalinist state to return to multilateral talks on dismantling its nuclear weapons programme. Washington has also accepted a vague...
  • Obama Takes It Personally

    05/21/2008 8:21:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 45 replies · 276+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 5-21-08
    By any measure, President Bush’s speech to the Knesset last week on the occasion of Israel’s 60th birthday was nothing short of stunning. This paean to the bond between the United States and Israel, while personal in many ways, went beyond anything any U.S. president had previously said and expressed sentiments that all people of good faith and seekers of peace can relate to and embrace. The president’s message was that when it comes to Israel, the U.S. would never accommodate terrorist pressure or political importuning from any source, and those who think otherwise had better reevaluate their position. He...
  • A Chavez/Obama Axis?

    03/06/2008 7:25:15 AM PST · by jdm · 5 replies · 157+ views
    Powerline ^ | March 05, 2008 | Staff
    The government of Colombia says that when it conducted a raid into Ecuador to destroy a terrorist camp there, it seized a laptop that contained a number of communications to and from the "Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia." The communications are pretty interesting; among other things, they seem to connect Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to the Communist rebel group. No surprise there. Most intriguing to an American reader are the references to Barack Obama: References to U.S. diplomatic overtures are scintillating, if vague. In a Dec. 11 message to the secretariat, Marquez [FARC's contact with Chavez, who lives in Venezuela] writes:...
  • 'Dutch Universities Rejecting Iranian Students due to Nuclear Threat'

    01/04/2008 9:32:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 204+ views
    KRSI ^ | January 3, 2007
    'Dutch Universities Rejecting Iranian Students due to Nuclear Threat' THE HAGUE, 03/01/08 - The universities of Enschede and Eindhoven are no longer admitting any students from Iran. They say they are forced to do so by the government, according to newspaper Trouw. The technical universities must state in a declaration that new Iranian students will not in any way whatsoever have access to knowledge on nuclear technology. The universities cannot and do not want to issue this statement because, as they say, their students are entitled to all information available. The third technical university, the TU Delft, does reportedly still...
  • Mourning Bhutto, and heeding the lesson

    12/28/2007 7:55:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-28-07
    The assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto illustrates the fragility of the current international order in the face of the radical Islamist threat. Pakistan is an Islamic country with nuclear weapons and security services that contain many sympathizers with the Taliban and al-Qaida. It is hardly clear that the massive US investment in the Musharraf government as a bulwark against these same jihadi groups will be sustainable. Bhutto was murdered by a suicide bomber who shot her before blowing himself up, killing some dozen of her supporters. This bombing followed two others in October from which Bhutto escaped unharmed,...
  • Huck offers olive branch to Rush, asks for him to get in touch

    12/22/2007 2:16:35 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 223 replies · 276+ views
    Huck offers olive branch to Rush, asks for him to get in touch SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The best-talking Republican politician in America has a message for the best-talking conservative voice in the country: Let's talk to one another. Mike Huckabee, taking questions from reporters after a town hall meeting here, responded to the torrent of criticism that Rush Limbaugh unleashed during his broadcast yesterday by turning the other cheek — and then heaping on the praise. "I love Rush Limbaugh; I've always loved his show," Huckabee assured. "I think he’s been great for the conservative movement." The former Arkansas...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin Named Time's 'Person of the Year'

    12/19/2007 5:06:10 AM PST · by mware · 238 replies · 961+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/19/07 | AP
    NEW YORK — Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the Time magazine "Person of the Year." Richard Stengel, Time's managing editor, said the 2007 honor went to the Russian leader "for an extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability." Others in the running for the honor included Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore and author J.K. Rowling