Tag Archives: USA

U.S. sends in $900M anti-missile radar array as North Korea vows to fire up nuclear reactor

2 Apr

Originally posted on National Post | News:

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As North Korea pledges to never abandon its nuclear capabilities, the National Post’s Scott Barber looks at the escalating rhetoric coming from the Hermit Kingdom, and the world’s response.

March 7
The U.S. “is set to light the fuse for nuclear war,” said a spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry after the UN Security Council passes tougher sanctions against North Korea. “[North Korea] will exercise the right to
a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country.”

March 11
The United States and South Korea begin annual “Key Resolve” military exercises. In response, North Korea officially quashes the 1953 armistice which ended the Korean War — an act they have done six times since 1994 — and breaks off a Red Cross communication line with South Korea.

March 12
North Korean leader…

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$277M USS Guardian is a complete loss: Navy plans to dismantle ship that ran aground in Pacific

31 Jan

Originally posted on National Post | News:

HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy plans to dismantle a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef off the Philippines because the ship is a complete loss and because removing it intact would cause more damage to the reef and the ship’s hull, a spokesman said Wednesday.

There’s also a chance the USS Guardian might break up or sink if crews tried to remove it without taking it apart first, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Darryn James said.

Limiting damage to the coral, which is part of a national marine park, is important to the Navy, James said.

“We really do care about being good stewards of the environment,” he said by telephone from Pacific Fleet headquarters in Pearl Harbor.

The Navy has presented the ship removal plan to the Philippines, which is reviewing it.

“We’re working very closely with the Philippine coast guard, with their navy and their government…

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The Colonies Strikes Back

6 Aug

‘The Manhattan Project’ Video Lights Up The Internet

14 Jun

Originally posted on CBS New York:

by Evan Bindelglass

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A nearly five-minute-long video featuring stunning time-lapse photography of Manhattan has been making its way around the Internet.

The video, called “The Manhattan Project,” (not to be confused with the project that created the atomic bomb) was created by photographer Cameron Michael.

One of the cool things about this video is that the camera moves each time a new photograph is taken. The music is also really catchy.

“This time-lapse production has been a wild and exhilarating ride, with a lot of physical work lugging my 120-130 pounds of gear around all of Manhattan,” Michael wrote on the video’s page on Vimeo. “I bent (broke) some laws and made a ton of friends.”

His hope was that the video would get shared around the world. It’s well on its way. It has thousands of likes and dozens of comments on Vimeo.

Here it is. Enjoy.


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Businesses Can’t Afford The Proposed $10-Per-Hour Minimum Wage

8 Jun

Originally posted on CBS New York:

The Right Politics

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. from the South Side of Chicago is introducing a $10-per-hour minimum wage across the nation. As a representative, he introduced the measure to his fellow-congressmen in the House yesterday.

It has been five years since the federal minimum wage has been raised. The employees affected are those that are covered by federal minimum wage laws. In 2007, it was set at $7.25 which means Jackson is asking the lawmakers to boost the minimum wage approximately 38% over the five-year period. Though some may argue that an increase is overdue, $2.75 in five years is a huge increase.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 was designed to increase salaries in three steps. The last step increased wages on July 24, 2009. When passed, the Act of 2007 was a rider of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act. That…

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From US to Japan, and Back

14 Apr

These autos are going to be compressed and shipped to Japan, then return to the US as brand new Toyotas and Datsuns (Nissan). Taken in 1974.



Florida Keys

2 Apr


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