In the era of remote-controlled drones, invisible planes and microwave guns, no military innovation should come as a surprise. But among the array of new weapons none are more satisfying than a cannon that allows you to unleash bolts of lightning. The Laser-Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) cannon is currently being tested at Picatinny Arsenal, a key US Army research complex in New Jersey. "We never got tired of the lightning bolts zapping our simulated targets," says George Fischer, who heads the research team.Read more »
The U.S.-led wars, albeit alleged to be "humanitarian intervention" efforts and for "the rise of a new democratic nation," created humanitarian disasters instead. For Iraqis, the death toll in the U.S.-initiated Iraq war stands at 655,000 (Tribune Business News, December 15, 2011). According to figures released by the Iraq Body Count, at least 103,536 civilians were killed in the Iraq war (Reuters, December 18, 2011). In 2011, there were an average of 6.5 deaths per day from suicide attacks and vehicle bombs (www.iraqbodycount.org).Read more »
"We don't need any grounds. We're the United States" Listen in to this experience, at the border, by two Canadian citizens coming to the US to simply go shopping.Read more »
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Tuesday called on the United States to tread carefully on issues related to China's core interests in order to build trust and avoid conflicts. "The Iran nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue, not confrontation, through cooperation, not sanctions," Yang said. "We oppose unilateral sanctions and believe the majority in the world agrees with that."Read more »
A music video highlight the heroic efforts of Julian Assange - clips from "V for Vendetta" interspersed with news footage, images and video of the Wikileaks controversy.Read more »
U.S. soldiers in Iraq who try to read about the Wikileaks disclosures or read coverage of them in mainstream news sites on unclassified networks get a page warning them that they're about to break the law.Read more »
While California's marijuana ballot initiative is garnering a lot of attention this election cycle, Gallup finds that nationally, a new high of 46% of Americans are in favor of legalizing use of the drug, and a new low of 50% are opposed. The increase in support this year from 44% in 2009 is not statistically significant, but is a continuation of the upward trend seen since 2000.Read more »
Marc Emery, well-known Canadian marijuana activist and founder of Cannabis Culture Magazine, was sentenced today by a federal judge to five years behind bars in a US prison.Read more »
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