Daily Archives: April 22, 2013

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Antares Rocket Launches
NASA – The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it launches from Pad-0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, Sunday, April 21, 2013.

The test launch marked the first flight of Antares and the first rocket launch from Pad-0A. The Antares rocket delivered the equivalent mass of a spacecraft, a so-called mass simulated payload, into Earth’s orbit. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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Can Tsarnaev be ruled an ‘enemy combatant’?


By Ari Melber – The short answer is no – unless evidence emerges that tangibly links the suspect to enemy forces, like al Qaeda, that are listed in the September 11, 2001 authorization of force. This is the main source of the administration’s war powers.

There are also many strong reasons why it would be bad policy – even if it were legal. Revoking the constitutional rights of American citizens, on American soil, based on a suspected crime, opens the door to a two-tiered justice system and executive abuse. more> http://tinyurl.com/bsh344c

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Q&A: Barriers To American Re-shoring


By Joel Hans/Narayan Laksham – Over the last 15 or 20 years, most of the companies that are high-flying are either Wall Street investment banking firms or law firms, not manufacturing firms. When you don’t see an opportunity, the tendency for students is to not go into a field that will not give them a great salary when they get out of college.

If you go into a German or Italian manufacturing company, what you see is people on the floor that are highly knowledgeable. There are budding engineers and people with some technical skills, and there is an excitement on the shop floor that you don’t see in the U.S. more> http://tinyurl.com/bv2u6n8

Google’s former CEO explores opportunities, challenges of technological upheaval in new book


BOOK REVIEW

The New Digital Age, Authors: Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen.

Associated Press – Some illuminating books already have been written about Google’s catalytic role in a technological upheaval that is redefining the way people work, play, learn, shop and communicate.

Until now, though, there hasn’t been a book providing an unfiltered look from inside Google’s brain trust.

The book is an exercise in “brainstorming the future,” as Schmidt put it in a recent post on Twitter — just one example of a cultural phenomenon that didn’t exist a decade ago. more> http://tinyurl.com/buth3sp

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Boeing Dreamliner cleared to fix battery, start flying again



By Jennifer Liberto – Nearly 50 Dreamliners have been grounded for the last four months, after two fires on Japanese jets prompted the FAA to order the planes grounded on Jan. 16.

Boeing basically revamped the internal battery components to minimize the chances of a short circuit. It also improved the insulation of the battery cells, and created a new “containment and venting” system that is supposed to prevent overheating from affecting the plane. more> http://tinyurl.com/d9pvfrn

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CONGRESS WATCH Congress Exploits Our Fears to Take Our Liberty Ron Paul

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CONGRESS WATCH Responsible budgeting is the right thing to do, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Hill Voting Record, US Congress Balancing a budget creates jobs, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Peru Tribune Walorski introduces balanced budget amendment proposal in Congress, Tim Vandenack, Elkhart … Continue reading