Why Israel need not bomb Iran?
Like most reasonable people I am no fan of wars. In fact as a businessman, I understand the power of money. Look, we have destroyed Cuba without a single weapon. If China was not supporting North Korea, they would have come into line a long time ago. Before warmonger Dick Cheney decided to invade Iraq, the country was a garbage dump, posing no meaningful threat to the rest of the world. Iran is also a pariah for the civilized world and with the sanctions we now have in place, the country is on the verge of imploding. As soon as their currency becomes worthless, I expect the Iranians to completely backoff. It will be a waste or American and Israeli resources to drop even one bomb on Iran; they are ending their death on their own.
Let’s assume your analysis about Iran is correct. We have to take into consideration that their imploding may not occur _before_ they get to nuclear weaponry. Once they are at that stage, they could get all the sanctions lifted by just threatening to use their newly acquired weapons. And, at that point in time, carrying out an attack would be too costly for Israel, The US, the Golf countries, Europe, and basically the whole world.
Also, didn’t the US prevent (and was willing to use force to prevent) Cuba from having nuclear weapons on its soil?
While Ecured runs on a crowdsourced model somewhat similar to its American cousin, government authorities keep close tabs on IP addresses that edit articles and strictly monitor content. Users who edit articles must be approved by government censors as well. Ecured, which launched in 2010, has over 17,000 articles including one on “Yankee imperialism.”
Unlike Wikipedia’s clamorous riot of left-wing and right-wing editors locking horns in perpetual neutrality, Ecured has a somewhat consistent editorial tone: Cuban dissident Yoani Sanchez is described as a “cybermercenary” and “counterrevolutionary.”
Meet The 15-Year-Old Who Is Changing How We Test For Cancer
By day, Jack Andraka appears to be a normal high school student. But after school, he goes to the lab at Johns Hopkins, where he’s developing a test for pancreatic cancer that is worlds better than what’s currently available. You may have read about him before, now see him talk about his breakthrough.
No matter how precocious you were as a kid, odds are that you were not spending your spare time developing a revolutionary way to diagnose pancreatic cancer. Thank goodness, then, for 15-year-old Jack Andraka, a high school freshman who won this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with his mind-bogglingly simple (and inexpensive) test, which is 90% accurate, 400 times more sensitive, and 26,000 times less expensive than today’s methods. How did he do it? During a boring biology class, Andraka realized that he could use carbon nanotubes that react to a specific protein and … oh, just let him tell it.
The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology’s rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse.
Marc Goodman works to prevent future crimes and acts of terrorism, even those security threats not yet invented. Full bio »
The Man With The Iron Fists is an over-the-top kung fu flick starring Lucy Liu. What more needs to be said?
Fine — here’s the plot, as if it matters: In feudal China, a blacksmith who makes weapons for a small village is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers.
Produced by Quentin Tarantino, RZA’s directorial debut also stars Russell Crowe. Out October 26.
(Not Safe For Work — red band.)
The genomes of Ethiopian people hold echoes of the meeting between a legendary king and queen.
About 3000 years ago, the Queen of Sheba purportedly travelled from what is now Ethiopia to meet King Solomon in Israel. Ethiopian folklore even tells of a child between the pair. But that’s just a story, right?
Perhaps not entirely. Luca Pagani of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, examined samples of Ethiopian genomes and noticed that some individuals had components of both African and non-African lineages. Delving deeper, Pagani and his colleagues discovered that the non-African genetic components had much more in common with people living in Syria and around the eastern Mediterranean than in the nearer Arabian peninsula. What’s more, the gene flow probably took place around 3000 years ago.
The finding is backed by linguistic research, which shows that one of the four language families of Ethiopia migrated from the same region about 3000 years ago. “Middle Eastern language came to Ethiopia along with Middle Eastern genes,” Pagani says. “And that is when the Queen of Sheba legend is supposed to have happened.”
The meeting between the queen and Solomon remains a story, but the populations they came from did meet around that time, says Pagani.
Journal reference: The American Journal of Human Genetics, DOI: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2012.05.015
Bray’s recommendation is that when access to a website is denied for legal reasons, the user is given the status code 451:
We can never do away entirely with legal restrictions on freedom of speech. On the other hand, I feel that when such restrictions are imposed, they should be done so transparently; for example, most civilized people find Britain’s system of superinjunctions loathsome and terrifying.
While we may agree on the existence of certain restrictions, we should be nervous whenever we do it; thus the reference to the dystopian vision of Fahrenheit 451 may be helpful. Also, since the Internet exists in several of the many futures imagined by Bradbury, it would be nice for a tip of the hat in his direction from the net, in the year of his death.
The proposal will be considered in July by the Internet Engineering Task Force, the body that makes such decisions.
No Math: Michael Boatman, Julie Bowen, Simon Helberg, and John Oliver are seriously funny in “A World Without Math,” part of a Save the Children campaign for math education programs in Bangladesh and Malawi.
“We do not want to create a situation like that which exists in South Africa, where the whites are the owners and rulers, and the blacks are the workers. If we do not do all kinds of work, easy and hard, skilled and unskilled, if we become merely landlords, then this will not be our homeland.”
— David Ben Gurion (Shabtai Teveth, Ben-Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs:
From Peace to War, London: Oxford University Press, 1985, p. 140)
Breaking Bad Recap: Breaking Bad, seasons 1-4, recapped chronologically — and superbly — by YouTuber Jswinney1.
Season 5 premieres July 15.
Colombian downhill mountain biker Marcelo Gutierrez is back, this time taking us on a Red Bull Downhill time trial that descends some 2,000 meters and includes more than 1,000 stone steps.