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We all know that the UN (United Nations) okayed the no fly zone over Libya and that the USA, France, and England are now off the coast of Libya. Having a heyday bombing and strafing and shooting down anything the Libyans put into the air. Well, according to Russian intelligence there will be ground troops next month in Libya. A further escalation of this useless military adventure (my opinion okay?).
The international coalition force is planning a ground operation in Libya that could start in late April, a high-ranking Russian intelligence service source said on Friday.
“Information coming via different channels shows that NATO countries, with the active participation of Britain and the United States, are developing a plan for a ground operation on Libyan territory,” he said.
“From all indications, a ground operation will be launched if the alliance fails to force the Gaddafi regime to capitulate with air strikes and missile attacks.”
If the events in Libya follow this scenario, the ground operation could start “in late April-early May,” he added.
Read the original here: Libya Ground Operation
Why North Dakota May Be the Best State in the Country to Live In “While many states are confronting severe budget shortfalls and dragging economies, North Dakota has a different sort of problem. It’s stuck deciding how best to deal with a budget surplus. Yes, a surplus. North Dakota’s balance sheet is so strong it recently reduced individual income taxes and property taxes by a combined $400 million, and is debating further cuts. Article by CBS MoneyWatch.
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You are standing in an airport. What do you see? People? Luggage? Perhaps an aeroplane or two, glimpsed through the portholes of a lounge?
No. None of these. If we are honest with ourselves we never really see anything when we are in an airport. We look beyond the unnecessary goods, look beyond the bawling infants, look beyond the indecipherable directions to our boarding gate, and keep looking, unhindered and uninterrupted, towards our beach holiday, our business trip, our family reunion, our dirty weekend. In airports – even if they are Eero Saarinen’s Washington Dulles, or Renzo Piano’s Kansai – we are always looking forward to things, never at them.
Oh snap! Look who just ate Apple and Google’s lunch here? Minutes ago, Amazon rolled out its very own music streaming service which is conveniently dubbed the Amazon Cloud Player. Existing Amazon customers in the US can now upload their MP3 purchases to their 5GB cloud space — upgradable to a one-year 20GB plan for free upon purchasing an MP3 album, with additional plans starting at $20 a year — and then start streaming on their computers or Android devices. Oh, and did we mention that this service is free of charge as well? Meanwhile, someone will have some catching up to do, but we have a feeling it won’t take them too long.
Update: As some readers have confirmed, it appears that the Cloud Player will support music purchased from iTunes as well, presumably from the post-DRM era.
Attacks on multiculturalism
David Cameron’s attack on “the doctrine of state multiculturalism” at the Munich Security Conference in February 2011 echoed Angela Merkel’s comments in October 2010 that “multiculturalism had failed utterly”. Nicolas Sarkozy has also jumped on the bandwagon, replying to a question on French TV that “we do not want a society where communities exist side by side” – despite the fact that France has never pursued an official multiculturalist policy. Multiculturalism deserves criticism but Merkel’s comments were more an attack on immigrants and immigration, writes Kenan Malik. Claus Leggewie, on the other hand, defends the concept of multiculturalism and argues that policy failures on the part of multiculturalism’s conservative critics are the real point of issue. Writing in response to Cameron’s comments, Cécile Laborde finds little to criticize in the relatively successful integration policies pursued by previous British governments and argues that the real “multiculturalist” danger lies in a security policy that places citizens under suspicion on the basis of their religion.
But of course, given the diversity of our societies, it is diversity that is common sense.
Rome’s population of more than a million was not matched by any other European city until London finally over took it in the nineteenth century. – Provided by RandomHistory.com
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The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant at Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.
Published: March 28, 2011
WASHINGTON — American nuclear safety regulators, using a complex mathematical technique, determined that the simultaneous failure of both emergency shutdown systems that are designed to prevent a core meltdown was so unlikely that it would happen once every 17,000 years.
But 20 years ago, it happened twice in four days at a pair of nuclear reactors in southern New Jersey.
The American people, and the regulators whose job it is to protect them from a catastrophic nuclear accident, are watching the unfolding events at a complex of crippled reactors in Japan with foreboding and an overriding question: Can it happen here?
The answer — probably not — from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is meant to reassure. But as the New Jersey accidents in 1983, which did not result in any core damage or release of radiation, show, no one can predict what might upend all the computer models, emergency planning and backup systems designed to eliminate those narrow theoretical probabilities or mitigate their effects.