Venezuela: Next step to longer-range missiles « The Greenroom

China launched a communication satellite for Venezuela in 2008. The next phase in Hugo Chavez’s drive for Bolivarian excellence will entail the Venezuelans launching their own satellite (with Chinese assistance) in 2012 – a feat with dual implications.

One is related to the nature of the payload.  According to a
Venezuelan official this week, the satellite will have a surveillance
mission:

Venezuela: Next step to longer-range missiles « The Greenroom

Israeli Personal Protection Specialist [Video]: How to protect Arabs

The Arab Spring pushes up demand for body guards in Middle East and dozens come to Israel to learn the trade from former members of the country’s secret services. But don’t call them body guards. The preferred term today is Personal Protection Specialists.

YouTube – Going Arab as a Personal Protection Specialist

China’s largest inland lake dries up as country battles drought – Telegraph

China’s largest inland lake has disappeared in worst drought to hit the centre and east of the country for more than half a century.

Almost half of all the country’s rice fields have been affected and four
million people do not have access to drinking water.

At Honghu Lake, in Hubei province, fish farmers have seen 80 per cent of their
stocks die. “More than 20,000 acres of fish farms have been severely
damaged,” said Zou Haibin, the local Communist party secretary in
Dianhe, to Xinhua.

China’s largest inland lake dries up as country battles drought – Telegraph

Mini-weapons: Mini-weapons are sought by Pentagon for new era of warfare – latimes.com

But Marines on the front lines in Afghanistan say there is an urgent need for a weapon that is small and powerful enough to protect them from insurgents planting roadside bombs.

Marines already have small spy drones with high-powered cameras, but what they need is a way to destroy the enemies that their drones discover.

Looking to fill the need, the 13-pound “smart bomb” has been under development for three years. The 2-foot-long bomb is steered by a GPS-guided system made in Anaheim. The bomb is called Small Tactical Munition, or STM, and is under development by Raytheon Co.

“Soldiers are watching bad guys plant” roadside bombs and “can’t do anything about it,” said Cody Tretschok, who leads work on the program at Raytheon. “They have to call in an air strike, which can take 30 to 60 minutes. The time lapse is too great.”

The idea is that the small bomb could be slung under the spy plane’s wing, dropped to a specific point using GPS coordinates or a laser-guidance system, and blast apart “soft” targets, such as pickup trucks and individuals, located 15,000 feet below.

Mini-weapons: Mini-weapons are sought by Pentagon for new era of warfare – latimes.com

What Must America Defend?

China today not only claims Taiwan, but the Senkaku Islands that Japan claims, and all of the islands in the South China Sea, which are also claimed by Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Is it our obligation to validate all of these claims against China? What is our vital interest in any of these disputes when every president since Richard Nixon has agreed that Taiwan is part of China? Cannot these countries buy from us the weapons to defend themselves?

Europe is as prosperous and more populous than the United States. And the Russian army is no longer in Germany, but 1,000 miles to the east, behind the Baltic republics, Belarus and Ukraine.

What is the necessity now for a U.S. troop presence in Europe?

The American Conservative » What Must America Defend?

Apocalypse 2012 (Part 1/6 – Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura)

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura – Episode 7: Apocalypse 2012 (Part 1/6)

Solar storms in 2012 threaten electrical grids around the world. The US government is working to protect top government officials while you dangle in the wind.

YouTube – Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura – Apocalypse 2012 (Part 1/6)

South Korean businessman claims North Korea developed small nuclear warhead | YONHAP NEWS

A South Korean businessman claimed Monday that North Korea has succeeded in mounting a nuclear warhead on a missile that can reach the United States.

Kim Young-il, the head of a small South Korean firm that has business ties with North Korea, said he heard the information from a person familiar with the North’s missile development about a month ago.

S. Korean businessman claims N. Korea developed small nuclear warhead | YONHAP NEWS

Congressman Warns: “Those Who Can, Should Move Their Families Out Of the City”

We realize that for most people this may be decried as fear-mongering and crazy survival talk. We can’t help but point out, however, that it’s not just Representative Roscoe Bartlett, economist Marc Faber, and trend forecaster Gerald Celente that are recommending you prepare and head for rural areas. The US Pentagon and Military are very much aware of these possibilities and they’re preparing for exactly the scenarios described in this documentary.

Congressman Warns: “Those Who Can, Should Move Their Families Out Of the City”

Short-range nukes show Pak targeting Indian forces: Expert – Times Of India

One of world’s most authoritative voices on Pakistan’s nuclear strength and American nuclear expert Hans Kristensen told TOI that a nuclear-tipped NASR seemed more like a weapon intended for use against Indian forces advancing into Pakistani territory.

Short-range nukes show Pak targeting Indian forces: Expert – Times Of India

European integration is unravelling | FT.Com

Both the euro and Europe’s visa-free travel zone,
the two most visible achievements of postwar integration, are under
such serious assault that officials openly speculate about their demise.
Greece’s European commissioner last week became the first top Greek
official to suggest the drachma could return.
French police and Danish customs officials are returning to their
national borders to check incoming overland traffic, and Brussels is to
reconsider the rules of Europe’s Schengen borderless zone.

FT.com / Comment / Opinion – European integration is unravelling