Wednesday, September 29, 2010

HOT5 Daily 9/29/2010

1. "The Worm that Ate Bushehr" One of the better, most informative posts I've seen on this matter.

Representative Sample: While the origin of the worm has not been confirmed, Israel has been pegged as a likely suspect. Israeli defense forces and intelligence services have robust cyber-warfare capabilities, and Stuxnet could prove an excellent tool for crippling key Iranian facilities, including the nuclear power plant at Bushehr, which was recently fueled with Russian assistance.

2. "Confirmed: Mohammed Cartoons Can Drive Islamists Nuts 5 Years Later"
There's no point in worrying about offending people who will find anything to be offended by.

Representative Sample: If you hold a grudge over cartoons from 5 years ago, you just might be an Islamist.

3. "After Mubarak" What happens in Egypt when he dies?

Representative Sample: Mubarak has been president of Egypt for a very long time. He is old. He is ill. He is facing an election next year. He has a son, who, if he follows the typical Arab Nationalist tradition begun by Egypt's Gamal Abdul Nasser, will surely inherit the throne. But there is also a fairly strong sentiment expressed through political organizations in Egypt, that dynasties are not what is needed in Egypt.

4. "Most American believers don't know what they're talking about" Completely unsurprising.

Representative Sample: the ignorance of religion displayed by religious believers in America is appalling. Their reasons for believing in a particular set of religious propositions certainly cannot be based on a sound knowledge of what is on offer and deep reflection on the evidence. In America, at least, most believers simply don't know what they're talking about.

5. "The Second Amendment Post 2010" Will getting hammered in November affect the positions of pro-gun Democrats?

Representative Sample: what effect is this going to have on the Democrats disposition toward the Second Amendment going forward? Certainly after November, our opposition will be hammering on the point that, because NRA could not offer perfect protection, Democrats obviously have nothing to gain by being pro-gun. I worry that 2010 will undo many of the bipartisan gains we have made in this issue.

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