Thursday, March 1, 2012

US Senate Against Iran

Senator Joe Lieberman led a third of the United States Senate in presenting a resolution that was all but a declaration of war on Iran. A move which will only add to the problems between the two countries.

If passed by the Senate, and then the House, the resolution would require the United States to declare war on Iran if Iran was about to possess a nuclear weapon. The objective of such a war would purely be to keep Iran from ever having one that they could use.

This comes less than two weeks after it has become abundantly clear that US and European Union sanctions are truly beginning to hurt Iran and as Iran pushes it's military into the Mediterranean. The sanctions were placed to try and force Iran to stop it's nuclear program.

The majority of the world backs the sanctions. Exceptions being Pakistan and Russia. Both of whom have stated they will consider any attack against Iran as being against themselves as well. Only Russian vetoes have kept the United Nations from forming it's own official sanctions.

Iran maintains that the program is for reasons that are purely for energy. Yet evidence, and Tehran's own bragging show that they are refining uranium well past what is needed for energy.

Apple Worth $500 Billion

Apple's stock market value hit $500 billion on Wednesday, reinforcing it's place as the world's most valuable company. Only four other companies have ever reached that spot, but none of them are there now. Microsoft, Cisco, and General Electric all did it in 1999, with Microsoft reaching over $600 billion. Exxon Mobil hit $500 billion in 2007.

Apple is now valued higher than the gross domestic product of Poland, Belgium, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, or Taiwan. There are many things that Apple is worth more than. There is even an entire blog dedicated to listing everything it is.

Profits for Apple are only expected to go up, as they continue to expand their markets. Steve Jobs' death had many worried about the future of the company, but clearly for naught.

Could Diplomacy With North Korea be Working?

Kim Jong Un's first diplomatic move, that doesn't involve threatening South Korea, is to agree to end nuclear enrichment and long range missile research in exchange for food. This is far from the first time that the North has agreed to such an arrangement. Over the past two decades North Korea has reneged on nearly a dozen deals.

What makes this time different is that they've agree to do it not just for food, but specific types of food. They've agreed to food types most appropriate for young children, pregnant mothers and elderly people. This gives hope that maybe they are actually serious about holding up to their end of the bargain.

Whatever does come about as the result could very well tell the future of how the reign of Un will go. If he'll start by discussing things with the world, and working to actually begin taking care of the North Koreans, then maybe he'll also be willing to move the country towards becoming freer.

Tornadoes Kill Twelve

Remnants are all that's left of parts of Harrisburg, Illinois after a tornado hit the town, killing six. Seven states were struck with twenty-three tornadoes that killed twelve people. Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Hospitals, schools, churches, business, and homes were all damaged or destroyed by the twisters.  Most of them struck during the middle of the night, when people were sleeping and making sightings of the tornadoes extremely difficult. And sometimes a tornado just forms too rapidly for any word to be given out to where it first lands.

Despite the difficulties, early warning systems, storm chasers, weather watchers, and Twitter are being praised for saving many lives by getting the word out. Advances by meteorologists and chasers have made it easier for them to detect a tornado before it forms, whilst watchers can easily spread the warnings through mass media.

Champagne at The Oasis on Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain now boasts the world's first portable champagne sled bar. For $15 you can now enjoy a glass from on the slopes, at The Oasis, wherever you can find it. The bar will be towed by a snow cat, and be a unique "yellow color. The bar will feature umbrellas, lounge chairs, a solar-powered sound system, flags and other eye-catching features that will make The Oasis stand out in the white snow." Plans are for the bar to be traceable via social networking sites.

The opposition worries about the inclusion of alcohol onto ski slopes that already are challenging courses. Slopes in Colorado have already been deadly without drunk skiers. Others have worried that it sends a message of high exclusivity about Aspen.


Davy Jones, Dead at 66

Davy Jones, the heartthrob member of the 60's boy band The Monkees, died Wednesday of a heart attack. Born December 30, 1945 in Manchester, England he had been residing in Florida.

In 1965, The Monkees were put together as an American counter to the Beatles, ironically with their own Brit. Starting with a TV sitcom in 1966, they had two seasons, which were then reaired in the 80's on MTV. The band had several number one hits, and four number one albums. The Monkees continued, even into 2011, to have reunion tours.

Jones, had begun his career on the stage. He starred in "Oliver" as the Artful Dodger, and was on The Ed Sullivan Show February 9, 1964, the same night that the Beatles debuted there. Davy was still immensely popular, and his personal appearances were often sold out.

In a January 2011 message on his blog, he wrote, "I wrote some time ago that not everyone has dreams and hopes that come true. Mine have. Regrets, yes -- if you don't have them you're a fool. However, I thank all of you -- yeah, you -- for your support and love."

Argentina Continues Escalation Over Falklands

Argentina's industry minister Debora Giorgi helped continue the escalation by Argentina as she began a program of calling on Argentinian companies to cease buying any goods from British companies. Until this week, the Argentinian government had seemed content to focus on just blocking goods from the Falkland islands. But now with the move against British shipping it is a clear enhancing of their growing hostilities.

Earlier this week, two cruise ships that had previously docked in the Falklands, were refused entry into Argentinian ports, simply because they had been to the Falklands.

The UK has sent strong protests over both actions, calling them, "Counterproductive and also a complete misreading of Britain's resolve on this issue." British officials have also called upon the European Union's members to join their protest. "It is clearly very sad that Argentina continues with their policy of confrontation instead of co-operation." said a spokesperson for Prime Minister Cameron.

In just over a month, on April 2, the thirty year anniversary of the Falklands War will take place. On April 2, 1982 Argentina invaded the islands, and were later defeated by a British force sent to liberate the Falklands. Over the past few months Argentina has once again been demanding that the Falklands be turned over to them. Britain is defending the rights of the Falklanders, who wish to remain British.

Andrew Breitbart, Dead at 43

"With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart. We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior. Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love. Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us." A great statement about the man from Big Journalism.

Friday morning, just after midnight, Andrew collapsed whilst walking near his home. Paramedics were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead later at the hospital. It is stated that it was natural causes, and as he had heart problems last year, it is likely that a heart attack claimed him.

Famous, or infamous depending on your views, for his fight against main stream media, corrupt politicians, and liberals; he was well known as a champion of conservatism. He was known to be a man of honour and courage. Living every day the way he thought best, and encouraging others to do the same. His life may be over, but his mission and message are far from concluded.

He wrote in his book, Righteous Indignation: "I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and -- famously -- I enjoy making enemies. Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I've lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I've gained hundreds, thousands -- who knows? -- of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night."