Thursday, December 13, 2012

Boulder County Approves Fracking

On Thursday, Boulder County, Colorado became the latest county in the US to allow fracking.

The controversial issue was unanimously passed by the Boulder County Commissioners.

They did so despite a courtroom full of opponents, who thanks to a new security plan, remained calm and civil.

Opponents of fracking fear that it is an unsafe process, and will cause damage to the environment.

Supporters feel that with the right regulations in place, it is perfectly safe.

Fracking is expected to begin by the summer of 2013.

Death Star Petition Has Enough Signatures

Thanks to the White House's petitions, we now have another opportunity.

A petition calling for the building of a Death Star has received enough signatures for it to be considered.

"Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.

"By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense."

The petition barely squeaked by with the necessary twenty-five thousand votes.

Almost sadly, the petition has no hope of becoming reality.

Canada, UK, and US Walk Out on UN Internet Treaty Talks

Discussions over a proposed United Nations internet treaty came to an end Thursday, after Canada, the UK, and the US walked out.

The proposed treaty would have given all country's equal rights to the internet.

It was progressing, slowly, til an African bloc of countries proposed that all countries have equal control of the world wide web.

An eventual vote showed seventy-seven in favor of that proposal, with thirty-three against it.

Most of Europe voted against it, but for Canada, the UK, and the US it was too much, and the three countries left the conference saying no treaty would now be possible.

1 US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Bombing

Panetta (center) visiting the base
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visited a NATO airbase in Afghanistan, on Thursday.

Hours after he left, the base was attacked by a suicide bomber.

A car filled with explosives detonated itself as NATO vehicles drove past, just outside the base.

Three people were killed, one of whom was a US soldier, ten civilians were injured as well as three US troops.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

As Panetta had been gone for several hours, it is not thought that the attack was in connection with his visit.