Are you really sure you know who you're eulogizing this evening, and mourning?
Be sure folks.
I don't have all the facts. But I do remember that he was imprisoned for allegedly doing some very evil things, as opposed to "just" protesting or "just" speaking.
Now maybe he was right, in the end, anyway.
But maybe he wasn't. Maybe the government he spawned and led wasn't either -- and still isn't.
Just look into a few points before you join the chorus -- like, for instance, whether he was a member of the SACP -- indeed, a leader in the SACP.
And if you find by a preponderance of the evidence that he was, then you've got a wee problem -- and that's before you examine whether he was involved in Umknonto we Sizwe in any particular form or fashion.
Never mind the outcome of South Africa since apartheid has "fallen."
Start reading here.... be a skeptic folks. For your own good. And when you hear "leaders" extolling Mendela's "achievements", including the current resident in the White House, well.....
Let me just leave you two words to contemplate tonight, because some time in the future, if I'm still writing Tickers, I suspect I'll be flying the flag on this one, and you know which flag it is too....
A truck carrying "extremely dangerous" radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, authorities said Wednesday.
The vehicle was transporting the radioactive isotope cobalt-60 from a hospital where it was being used for radiotherapy, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.
It's probable that the thieves have no idea what they stole.
The reasons for this are many -- first, in order to actually remove the cobalt-60 from the device without committing suicide (and it's a nasty, reasonably slow and painful way to die too) you'd have to have access to robotic manipulation (e.g. "remote hands") that you can operate behind heavy shielding. That's not exactly the sort of thing that most thieves -- or terrorists -- have laying around.
But -- if this was an intentional theft and the people who did it know what they were taking it's a very bad thing. Such a "source", if scattered in a major population center, would very effectively deny access to that area for a couple of decades if not longer -- and would be very, very hard to completely clean up.
Cobalt-60 has a half-life of ~5 years, which means that if spread around in any material amount unless you can recover all of it you're basically precluded from going near where it happened for 50 years or so (10 half-lives), with extreme risk for the first 20 or 30 of those years.
That's very bad.
Let's hope this is a case of someone stealing a truck and not targeting what was in it.
LONDON — Germany has become accustomed to being top of the class in Europe, the economic musterkind, or model pupil, of the Continent. But it was recently reprimanded by the United States Treasury for running a large trade surplus and imposing a “deflationary bias” on the euro zone. Germany was then told by the European Commission that the country could face action under the European Union’s “excessive imbalance procedure,” which gives the commission the right to demand action to address large trade surpluses and deficits.
Germany has a "duty" to deficit spend -- or to spend down surpluses at all?
Let me see if I can put this into a bit of context when you boil down what is being suggested:
I don't see the problem here. As for Germany they should erect the middle finger toward the rest of the Euro zone -- and if the EU doesn't like it, I hear stories about there being Deutsche Marks stored somewhere and ready for use.
Perhaps flashing a few of those around Brussels will shake up a few idiots.
H/t: Jonathan Sugarman for the poke
To those who think that Obama has "neutered" the Iranian nuclear problem (and that "agreement", by the way, appears to be good for an ~8pt spike in the S&P futures and ~70pts on the Dow futures) you might want to read this.
Addressing concerns over the language in the agreement between the six world powers and Iran regarding Tehran’s ability to continue work on its nuclear program, Rouhani said, “Let anyone make his own reading, but this right is clearly stated in the text of the agreement that Iran can continue its enrichment, and I announce to our people that our enrichment activities will continue as before.”
This is simply not our issue when it comes to whether Iran should or should not use nuclear power. I personally believe that all nations using a Uranium/Plutonium fuel cycle (that would be all of the present ones) are doing so because they want to leave open at least the capability if not the immediate and present production of nuclear weapons.
Why? Because there are alternatives in the nuclear realm that do not present the ridiculous waste problem that the uranium fuel cycle does, especially when combined with light-water civilian power use. These reactors inherently produce insane amounts of high-level radioactive waste that is extremely difficult to contain and dispose of safely. This is an inherent side effect of the technology.
So why do it when there are other alternatives? Yes, part of it I'm sure is that humans love to defer to tomorrow (at higher cost -- potentially catastrophic higher cost!) what we could deal with today.
But in addition these other fuel options make it very, very hard (but not impossible) to use the same infrastructure for both weapons production and military propulsion (specifically, submarines and ships) alongside civilian energy.
And that, my friends, is in my opinon why both the United States and every other nation today uses the uranium fuel cycle for nuclear energy.
So with that as a backdrop why shouldn't Iran do so as well?
Maybe its incompetence or maybe it's something more, but in the end does it really matter when dead is dead?
According to State Department and military sources, dozens of highly armored vehicles called GMV's, provided by the United States, are now missing. The vehicles feature GPS navigation as well as various sets of weapon mounts and can be outfitted with smoke-grenade launchers. U.S. Special Forces undergo significant training to operate these vehicles. Fox News is told the vehicles provided to the Libyans are now gone.
Along with the GMV's, hundreds of weapons are now missing, including roughly 100 Glock pistols and more than 100 M4 rifles. More disturbing, according to the sources, is that it seems almost every set of night-vision goggles has also been taken. This is advanced technology that gives very few war fighters an advantage on the battlefield.
The biggest issue is the night-vision goggles. Along with those M4s are probably EoTech NV-capable reflex sights, which are compatible with the night-vision systems.
Between those two you can shoot in near-total-darkness.
Never mind the armored vehicles. Since those also have hard-points on them they can mount things like an RPG launcher, heavy machine gun or similar things.
But heh, keeping this quiet is part and parcel of the crap that went on with Benghazi, isn't it?
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