Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Intel finds that Asian pollution makes computers sick, too

Source: Oregon Live

Intel’s engineers first spotted the issue a few years ago, when it noticed an unusual number of customers from China and India returning computers with failed motherboards. Once Intel noticed a trend, the cause was immediately evident.

The basics of the problem are straightforward. Copper is the essential element on an electronic circuit board, an excellent conductor of electricity that serves as a computer’s nervous system, carrying information and instructions.

But copper is also very susceptible to corrosion. And when the copper connections fail, the computer does, too.

“The copper is there to conduct the electricity,” said Tom Marieb, a vice president in Intel’s manufacturing group. “The more we eat away at it the less connectivity is left.”

Intel is intentionally brewing noxious air in a small chamber inside a windowless Hillsboro lab, to study the pollutants’ effects and, hopefully, devise a solution that protects the computers.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Drone Strikes in Yemen Generate 40-60 New Enemies for Every al-Qaeda Operative Killed

Source: The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

Nabeel Khoury previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Yemen (2004-2007), and in 2003, during the Iraq war, he served as Department spokesperson at U.S. Central Command in Doha and in Baghdad.

"Drone strikes take out a few bad guys to be sure, but they also kill a large number of innocent civilians. Given Yemen’s tribal structure, the U.S. generates roughly forty to sixty new enemies for every AQAP operative killed by drones."

Open source reporting records 45 drone strikes in Yemen in 2012, and 22 so far in 2013.  Reported casualties are 491 for 2012. In war, unmanned aircraft may be a necessary part of a comprehensive military strategy. In a country where we are not at war, however, drones become part of our foreign policy, dominating it altogether, to the detriment of both our security and political goals.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Does Army Consider Christians, Tea Party, a Terror Threat?

Source: Fox News Insider

Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The ocean is broken

The Pacific is terribly polluted as a result of the tsunami that hit Japan and dragged debris into the sea.

Source: The Newcastle Herald

“After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead”

“We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening."

“I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.”

“In a lot of places we couldn’t start our motor for fear of entangling the propeller in the mass of pieces of rope and cable. That’s an unheard of situation, out in the ocean."

“If we did decide to motor we couldn’t do it at night, only in the daytime with a lookout on the bow, watching for rubbish."

“On the bow, in the waters above Hawaii, you could see right down into the depths. I could see that the debris isn’t just on the surface, it’s all the way down. And it’s all sizes, from a soft-drink bottle to pieces the size of a big car or truck."

“We saw a factory chimney sticking out of the water, with some kind of boiler thing still attached below the surface. We saw a big container-type thing, just rolling over and over on the waves…"

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Heritage Action CEO To Fox News: “We Can’t Repeal Obamacare Until ‘17”

Source: BuzzFeed

“Everybody understands that we’ll not be able to repeal this law until 2017. We have to win the Senate and win the White House. Right now, it is clear that this bill is not ready for prime time,” CEO Michael Needham said. Needham’s group has been a driving force behind Republican efforts to use the government shutdown fight to defund Obamacare.

Friday, October 11, 2013

MEMO WARNS TERRORISTS MAY BE DOING ‘DRY-RUNS’ TO PREPARE FOR NEXT 9/11-STYLE ATTACK

Source: TheBlaze

A Sept. 2 flight from Washington, D.C. to Orlando International is the most recent “dry-run” that the pilots are aware of. According to crew members, four “Middle Eastern” men caused a disturbance shortly after take off.
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told WTSP-TV that the incident did indeed happen but that it doesn’t require any additional investigation.

“They’re flat-out liars,” a Federal Air Marshal said of the TSA’s stance.

The unidentified Air Marshal, who is prohibited from talking to the media, says the incident that occurred on Flight 1880 is serious, regardless of what the TSA claims.

“We’re waiting for the next 9/11 to happen, because it’s not a question of if. It’s a question of when,” he said.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Japan asks international community to help solve Fukushima crisis

Source: Telegraph

Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, confirmed that Japan was open to receiving assistance from overseas in a bid to help resolve the world's worst nuclear crisis in decades.

"We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem," said Mr Abe, during a speech made in English at a science forum in Kyoto. "My country needs your knowledge and expertise."

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Laws that apply when a appropriations gap leads to shutdown

Glenn Beck has been telling his webcast subscribers that Obama has shuttered national parks and monuments to "maximize pain" as part of his Marxist communist revolution.

Instead of believing an entertainer's interpretation of the law, I'm one of those cooky people who prefers to do a little reading on my own. So, I went to the Department of Interior web site and followed the link for information on the shutdown. There I found a carefully researched summary of several laws regarding operation of agencies during gaps in appropriations.

Source: Department of Interior

For years leading up to 1980, many federal agencies continued to operate during a funding gap, “minimizing all nonessential operations and obligations, believing that Congress did not intend that agencies close down,”while waiting for the enactment of annual appropriations acts or continuing resolutions. In 1980 and 1981, however, U.S. Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti issued two opinions that more strictly interpreted the Antideficiency Act in the context of a funding gap, along with the law’s exceptions.

The Attorney General’s opinions stated that, with some exceptions, the head of an agency could avoid violating the Antideficiency Act only by suspending the agency’s operations until the enactment of an appropriation. In the absence of appropriations, exceptions would be allowed only when there is “some reasonable and articulable connection between the function to be performed and the safety of human life or the protection of property.” Apart from this broad category of “human life and property” exceptions to the Antideficiency Act, the Civiletti opinions identified another broad category of exceptions: those that are “authorized by law.”