The Nissan Leaf was shown to the press on Thursday. It will be on display at the Time Warner Center on Friday. Nissan had originally planned to bring its Leaf electric car concept to 22 American cities, but requests from Atlanta and Boston made it 24. Nissan will sell or lease the Leaf only with batteries included, no separate battery deals. The next step, in April, will be to ask those interested consumers to put down a refundable $100 deposit to reserve a place in line for the Leaf, which has 100-mile range and a top speed of 90 miles per hour.
The American blogosphere is going increasingly “viral” about a proposal advanced at the recent meeting of the Davos Economic Forum by Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft, that an equivalent of a “driver’s licence” should be introduced for access to the web. This totalitarian call has been backed by articles and blogs in Time magazine and the New York Times.
Police forces all over the UK will soon be able to draw on unmanned aircraft from a national fleet, according to Home Office plans. Last month it was revealed that modified military aircraft drones will carry out surveillance on everyone from protesters and antisocial motorists to fly-tippers, and will be in place in time for the 2012 Olympics. Surveillance is only the start, however. Military drones quickly moved from reconnaissance to strike, and if the British police follow suit, their drones could be armed -- but with non-lethal weapons rather than Hellfire missiles.
As far as grassroots activism goes, the surge in Tea Parties across America is one of the more encouraging developments to recently take place. It reminds me of the "Conservative Revolution" of 1994, when the GOP reclaimed both the US Senate and House of Representatives. At that time, it had been over 40 years since the Republican Party controlled both the US House and Senate. And, between the two, the House victories were the most significant.
As mourners gather to mark a month to the day since Haiti was shattered by a devastating earthquake, thousands of families around Port-au-Prince are still struggling to shield themselves and their children from hunger and disease.
Debra Medina has been presenting a solid free market/live and let live campaign for the Republican nomination for governor of Texas. She is now well into double digits in the polls. She may not win the Republican Primary (this time), but she has provided a great litmus test as to who is for real as far as loving liberty and who is a fraud. On the national level we can now identify two more people who clearly are infiltrators of the live and let live philosophy, and are attempting to take control of the freedom movement to keep it safely in the hands of the power elite.
A British court has ordered the publication of previously secret information that appears to reveal the UK government's complicity with the U.S. in the torture of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident who was imprisoned by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision by the English Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier High Court ruling that ordered the release of seven paragraphs that the British government had sought to suppress because the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama "explicitly threatened that publishing the information would harm the intelligence-sharing relationship between the two nations."
Tomorrow is the 19th memory of the Amiriyah shelter massacre when more than 408 civilians were killed on February 13, 1991 during the Gulf War, by US military air-raid on shelter ("Public Shelter No. 25"), also referred to as the Al Firdos C3 bunker at Baghdad, Iraq. The USAF destroyed the shelter by with two laser-guided "smart bombs"
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