Wednesday, August 25, 2010

HOT5 Daily 8/25/2010

1. "The Myth of an Anti-Muslim Backlash" Links an excellent article in the LA Times.

Representative Sample: that they have long since ceased to defend Imam Ra’uf and his supporters, and segued into defense of themselves and their pretentious self-elevation to Omniscient Arbiters of All Things Ethical and Moral. Those defenses, couched as they are in terms so insulting, dismissive, and disrespectful of the both the feelings and the rationality of Americans, do not discredit the denounced, they discredit the denouncers.

2. "Iranians at Sea: Swarm Attacks (revisited)" A good look at the often exaggerated Iranian small boat threat.

Representative Sample: it's really hard to hide 20 or 30 or 100 boats getting underway and trying to sneak around in an area like the Persian/Arabian Gulf. Faster boats don't add much to the picture - except they make faster fireballs flaming across the water.

3. "Bring On the Mosque, Bring On the Terror" Reasons why people often object to having a mosque go up in their neighborhood.

Representative Sample: "Around the world, mosques have been disproportionately used as venues for terrorists to raise funds, plot operations, recruit new terrorists and radicalize young Muslims,"

4. "DARPA Asks: Why Can't a Robot Be More Like a Man?Robots need more human-like hands

Representative Sample: The project, known as the Autonomous Robotics Manipulation (ARM) program, seeks software and hardware that will improve the ability of robots' hands to grasp and manipulate objects and perform complicated tasks.

5. "Go, Denmark! Denmark to the stars!" Denmark's private space program.

Representative Sample: If all goes well, in the very near future Denmark will become the fourth nation to put a man into space.

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