Do-overs in Florida, depending on Russia, President of the World
After the Read More! Hillary rejects a "do-over" in Florida. NASA to buy Plutonium-238 from Russia. The Presidency of the World.
TPM Election Central quotes Hillary as saying "I would not accept a caucus. I think that would be a great disservice to the 2 million people who turned out and voted. "I think that they want their votes counted. And you know a lot of people would be disenfranchised because of the timing and whatever the particular rules were."
Hillary's phrase "whatever the particular rules were," conceals a world of irony. Before the nomination turned into a real fight Hillary had agreed not to count Florida. Those are what the rules were. And in now demanding the rules be set aside she proves that she's a woman of words, as long as you remember the words are "I lied".
NASA may be forced to buy Plutonium-238 from Russia to power its deep-space probes. "The United States stopped producing plutonium-238 in 1988 and since then has relied upon a dwindling stockpile supplemented since 1992 by periodic purchases of the material from Russia. NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizon spacecraft, for example, is powered by a radioisotope power system fueled by Russian plutonium, as will be the system that powers the Mars Science Laboratory."
NASA already depends on Moscow to put men in space. According to the Washington Post:
In 2 1/2 years, just as the station gets fully assembled, the United States will no longer have any spacecraft of its own capable of carrying astronauts and cargo to the station, in which roughly $100 billion is being invested. The three space shuttles will be retired by then, because of their high cost and questionable safety, and NASA will have nothing ready to replace them until 2015 at the earliest.
For five years or more, the United States will be dependent on the technology of others to reach the station, which American taxpayers largely paid for. To complicate things further, the only nation now capable of flying humans to the station is Russia, giving it a strong bargaining position to decide what it wants to charge for the flights at a time when U.S.-Russian relations are becoming increasingly testy.
Maybe these shortfalls will be addressed in next administration? Ya think?
One reader, writing privately believes that foreign money is beginning to dominate the US political process; and that it all began when huge trade deficits enabled foreign entities to dominate the ownership of key corporations. However that may be, certainly in this election cycle has seen a subconscious emphasis among some candidates towards running for the Presidency of the World. For example, Samantha Power, Barack Obama's recently sacked foreign policy adviser was a self-proclaimed "genocide chick" believes America "urgently needs to improve its standing in the world and this should include closing Guantanamo Bay.
It matters not just intrinsically that we close Guantanamo, it matters because we need to be credible at the UN. You can’t be against genocide on a Monday and for water boarding on Tuesday, then on Wednesday show up at the UN. We have to show that we know we can’t do it alone.
What do you mean "we", kemo sabe?
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