http://www.ted.com Tom Shannon shows off his gravity-defying, otherworldly sculpture — made of simple, earthly materials — that floats and spins like planets on magnets and suspension wire. It’s science-inspired art at its most heavenly.
On March 2, 2009 the Australian Department of Defence released a 140-page white paper called Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific century: force 2030 (1), which announced $72 billion in new military spending for an island nation of barely 20 million inhabitants with no adversaries except those it chooses to make for itself.
The document details the Australian government’s plans to acquire and expand a full spectrum – air, sea and land – arsenal of advanced weaponry in the nation’s largest arms buildup since World War II. Canberra will replace six submarines with double that amount possessing greater range and longer mission capabilities, “hunter-killer submarines” , representing “a big new investment in anti-submarine warfare”  ; three new destroyers “specialising in air warfare” , which presumably be be Aegis class ones with missile killing capacity, and eight new frigates.
Like a Latin American Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote, except with millions of dollars and people’s lives hanging in the balance, narco-traffickers and the DEA have been locked in an ongoing chase scene carried out in a parade of increasingly ludicrous homemade drug-smuggling vehicles.
In the 80s it was small low-flying planes and secret landing strips. As radar technology improved the cartels switched to superpowered ships that somebody let a kindergarten class name “go-fast boats.” Every time the Feds get hep to the latest conveyance the smugglers head back to the drawing board, making the boats smaller and less detectable, then semi-submersible, and finally developing full-on submarines from old torpedo shells in the middle of the South American jungle. In this edition of Motherboard, we travel to Colombia to chat with the navy’s drug squad and a former trafficker about what kwazy konveyances are bringing us our drugs these days. Of course, given that this is what the authorities have already discovered, God only knows what those scamps have gotten up to in the interim.
From a pool of about seven billion, those hard-working geniuses at People magazine have managed to find the 100 most beautiful people in the whole wide world. And-get ready for the surprise-almost all of those beautiful people are rich American celebrities.
On Thursday, April 23, 2009, Stephen Zarlenga, director of the American Monetary Institute (AMI), delivered two briefings on Capitol Hill on the American Monetary Act that AMI drafted and that may be introduced as legislation during the current congressional session. This single measure has the potential of bringing together the tens of millions of people who have realized it’s our bank-run debt-based monetary system that lies at the center of the financial rot that is destroying our republic and its values.
Attending the briefings were congressional staffers and members of the public. Zarlenga was introduced by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has spoken in favor of wholesale reform of the monetary system on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kucinich is also sponsor of H.R. 7260, the “Transparency in the Creation of Wealth Act of 2008.” This act would require the Federal Reserve to resume reporting on the quantity of M3 in the economy (mega-money accessible only to large financial institutions), along with several other economic indicators it now keeps to itself, such as total credit market debt and the holding of Federal Reserve notes by foreign interests.
“Is the US military proselytizing in Afghanistan?” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Iraqi Christians Under Attack,” Alsumaria TV, Iraq
“Rice: Bush wouldn’t approve illegal interrogations,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Arabs Examine Obama’s First 100 Days,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Buying Votes in Kuwait,” Dubai TV, UAE
“At AIPAC, Peres Says Israel is Ready for Peace,” IBA TV, Israel
“Excitement Over Egypt’s Film Festival,” Nile TV, Egypt
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.