Friday, September 25, 2009

HOT5 Daily 9/25/09

1. "Afghanistan" One perspective as we consider sending more troops.

Representative Sample: Afghanistan was a conflict launched with limited aims - topple the Taliban and deny Al Qaeda sanctuary at minimal commitment and loss of American life - in response to an attack on the US emanating therefrom. Afghanistan is not fundamentally a strategic asset of geopolitical import.

2. "Water, Water Everywhere - Even on the Moon" Major discovery.

Representative Sample:  At a one ton surface material / 32 ounces water ratio, I don't see 'mining' water from the moon's surface as a practical idea. However, this article discusses how water molecules probably travel - making the existence of 'cold traps' near the poles a real possibility.

3. "Atheism and Self-Definition" The endless need to counter strawman views of atheism & atheists.

Representative Sample: Why, when atheists explain who we are and what we do and don't believe, do so many people respond by saying, "No, that's not who atheists are -- let me explain to you who you are"?

4. "Video: Pentagon’s Cyborg Beetle Takes Flight" Remote bug control in action.

Representative Sample:The creation of a cyborg insect army has just taken a step closer to reality. A research team at the University of California Berkeley recently announced that it has successfully implanted electrodes into a beetle allowing scientists to control the insect’s movements in flight

5. "The Stalin Option" It's for your own good, because they know better.

Representative Sample: The left is anything but liberal - I generally do not use that word to describe the left at all. These are some of the worst authoritarians America has ever produced. They stay out of your bedrooms - mostly - but feel free to mandate what is in your refrigerators, your driveway, your home and your thoughts.

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