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Cyberwarfare

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about 4 years ago

“In the wake of a recent speech by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning countries that censor the internet and engage in hacking, China has lobbed a return volley and accused the United States of hypocrisy and initiating cyberwarfare against Iran. An editorial in the People’s Daily ...

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Misread Ulysses?

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about 4 years ago

“No great American has suffered more cruelly and undeservedly at the hands of historians than Ulysses S. Grant. The dominating influence of pro-Southern historians early in the twentieth century—an influence that tainted scholarship on the Civil War for decades—helps to explain Grant’s abysmal ...

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No Biden

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“In another blow to the Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, announced Monday that he would not seek to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by his father. Adding to the party's woes, Democratic Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas said he would retire, putting his seat up for grabs in an ...

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iPhone Baby

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A woman who was considering IVF treatment after failing to conceive a child for more than four years has given birth to a little girl after using an iPhone application to get pregnant. “After four years of struggling to conceive, Lena Bryce and partner Dudley had nearly given up hope of having ...

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“Orphan Accessories”

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s adopted children have been made into “fashion accessories” in a new online game which also encourages young children to administer contraceptives. In the game, My Minx, “players clothe their ‘virtual minxes’ in lingerie and other revealing outfits and can buy orphans ...

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Bedding Down

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Air New Zealand is offering what it calls “the first major improvement in economy class travel in 20 years”: the provision of beds in coach class flights. “The beds are formed by foot-rests rising to the level of three seats; a blanket and loose normal-sized pillows complete the arrangement ...

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Talib Amnesty?

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President Karzai of Afghanistan has proposed a “Taliban amnesty” whereby Taliban names would be removed from a UN blacklist imposing travel restrictions and asset freezes. “He says his Western allies back his plans for reconciliation with those Taliban members who are not allied with Al Qaeda and ...

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“Chemical Ali”

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An Iraqi general and cousin of former dictator Saddam Hussein, Ali Hassan al-Majeed, known widely as “Chemical Ali,” was hanged yesterday, having received four death sentences. “Gen. Majeed, 68, received his final sentence Jan. 17 for his most notorious offense: the March 1988 chemical-weapons ...

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“Aliens Exist”

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The world’s astronomical experts gathered at the Royal Society in London yesterday to discuss aliens, with notable scientists agreeing that on a balance of probabilities “they exist.” “Frank Drake, the veteran American astronomer who was one of the first to conceive of the idea of a coordinated ...

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Newt Gingrich on 2012

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about 4 years ago

Only time will tell how historic Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts may prove to be, but for now its effects can clearly be seen rippling through both parties, as Republicans set their sites on Illinois, while the Obama administration is being forced to cut back a number of its proposed ...

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Extending the Hiatus

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Even though there are a couple of things I am eager to blog about (and disagree with), particularly regarding some of the recommendations put out by the Center for Strategic and International Studies today, I am containing myself (a new experience) and even extending my hiatus from blogging another ...