Archive for May, 2013

Al-Qaeda magazine warns of more ‘lone-wolf’ attacks – Tucson Citizen

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Al-Qaeda magazine warns of more 'lone-wolf' attacks
Tucson Citizen
The online English-language al-Qaeda magazine Inspire, which once printed instructions for building a pressure-cooker bomb, has published a special edition that attempts to take credit for motivating the Boston bombers and warns the West of more “Lone ...

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Judge to Google: comply with warrantless FBI data requests – Boing Boing

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Judge to Google: comply with warrantless FBI data requests
Boing Boing
You'll change your tune if this gets overturned and the FBI could've stopped a busload of kids from being used as a bomb.' You know how Google, Microsoft, Apple, and all are pushing for The Cloud? Yea no. I'd rather have data on a drive I can ...

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Chicago school closings: Shuttering these institutions is shortsighted, says … – Christian Science Monitor

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Christian Science Monitor

Chicago school closings: Shuttering these institutions is shortsighted, says ...
Christian Science Monitor
In my neighborhood tonight, chaos will reign. My neighbor, President Obama, will be staying in his part-time home just around the corner from me in Chicago. His occasional visits bring limited parking, random ID checks, and bomb sniffing dogs to our ...

Rebels reinforce for key Syria fight

Friday, May 31st, 2013
Dozens of fighters arrive to reinforce rebel units battling to hold off a Syrian government and Hezbollah assault on the key town of Qusair.

The Best Way to See the Smithsonian? On a Segway, of course – Smithsonian (blog)

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The Best Way to See the Smithsonian? On a Segway, of course
Smithsonian (blog)
During the Civil War, President Lincoln viewed the Union troop movements across the Potomac River from the tall north tower of the Castle. In the 1970s, the Castle was home to a pair of barn owls who lived in the west tower, named “Increase” and ...

Lebanon parliament postpones vote

Friday, May 31st, 2013
Lebanon's parliament votes to postpone elections due in June because of security concerns over the conflict in Syria, officials say.

US nuclear bomb test “Priscilla” on June 24, 1957 – The Slatest

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The Slatest

US nuclear bomb test "Priscilla" on June 24, 1957
The Slatest
It turns out that while tactical (i.e., little) nuclear bombs do blow down trees wonderfully well, the large enemy army only has to clear a path through the blown-down trees and keep moving south. “It's only bought you a couple of months,” Dyson said ...

Is NASA planning on using nuclear weapons to stop asteroids? – Science Recorder

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Science Recorder

Is NASA planning on using nuclear weapons to stop asteroids?
Science Recorder
One way to handle asteroids on a collision course with Earth is to destroy them with nuclear warheads, according to one scientist. NASA is apparently in agreement, according to a 2007 report the space agency released to Congress in which it said that ...

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In The Parks: Bad week for Disneyland ToonTown – MiceChat

Friday, May 31st, 2013

In The Parks: Bad week for Disneyland ToonTown
MiceChat
There was a buzz of incorrect information in the twittershpere (and even some mainstream media throughout the world) with pronouncements that Disneyland had been evacuated and that a bomb had gone off in the park. In the end, it turned out that that a ...

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Marines stand back as Afghans take lead – Washington Times

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Marines stand back as Afghans take lead
Washington Times
In this vast desert area, Afghan troops can easily spot an outsider coming in or someone trying to plant a roadside bomb, and can resolve the situation themselves, he said. “This is a big time [counterinsurgency] win,” Col. Treglia said. Coalition ...