Tuesday, November 23, 2010

HOT5 Daily 11/23/2010

1. "Could Stuxnet Mess With North Korea’s New Uranium Plant?" Let's hope so.

Representative Sample: While U.S. officials are trying to figure out how to respond to North Korea’s unveiling of a new uranium enrichment plant, there are clues that a piece of malware believed to have hit Iran’s nuclear efforts could also target the centrifuges Pyongyang’s preparing to spin.

2. "Brazil unveils massive navy buildup plans" Is there a big naval threat to Brazil we don't know about?

Representative Sample: Officials said the navy was working on plans to build or incorporate in its fleet at least 26 submarines, six of them fueled by nuclear power. Last year Brazil signed strategic cooperation contracts with France that includes joint production of nuclear-powered submarines.

3. "Most hate crimes target blacks or Jews" Something to keep in mind the next time you hear hysterical nonsense about some sort of wave of anti-Muslim sentiment.

Representative Sample: From a new report by the FBI, there were 8,336 hate crimes reported last year — less than 5,100 of them were crimes against a person (the rest were property crimes).

4. "Support for gun control plummets" Good news. Links to latest Gallup poll.

Representative Sample: The latest Gallup data shows that, from 1990 to present, support for stricter gun laws fell drastically, from 78% to 44%

5. "Is marriage obsolete?" I guess it depends what exactly you mean by obsolete. But I think it's surprising that so many would answer yes.

Representative Sample: 4 in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete

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