Sandinista National Liberation Front guerrillas.
Internet security firm finds early ‘Stuxnet O.5’ version revealing espionage and sabotage virus released under George W Bush
The US military plans to set up a base for drones in northwest Africa to bolster surveillance of al-Qaida’s affiliate in the region as well as allied Islamist extremists, a US official told AFP on Monday.
The base for the robotic, unmanned aircraft would likely be located in Niger, on the eastern border of Mali, where French forces are currently waging a campaign against al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
If the plan gets the green light, up to 300 US military service members and contractors could be sent to the base to operate the drone aircraft, according to the New York Times.
US Africa Command was also looking at an alternative location for the base in Burkina Faso, the official said.
The United States and Niger signed a status of forces agreement Monday, which will provide legal safeguards for any American forces in the country. The Pentagon secures such agreements for base arrangements or troop deployments.
As news emerged of the planned drone base, the Wall Street Journal reported that US military and intelligence officials were weighing plans to provide French fighter aircraft with sophisticated data to help them hunt down militants in Mali.
President Barack Obama’s administration waited for more than two weeks before agreeing to offer aerial refueling tankers to the French forces, amid concerns among some advisers that assisting the French could draw the United States into an open-ended conflict.
The Obama administration has also provided transport planes to help ferry French weapons and troops and to share intelligence with Paris from surveillance aircraft, including reportedly unmanned Global Hawk spy planes.
Cairo, Egypt: Underground train station near Tahrir Square blocked by protesters, January 25, 2013.
Affluent Students Have an Advantage and the Gap Is Widening | NYTimes.com
Low-income students with above-average scores on eighth grade tests have a college graduation rate of 26 percent — lower than more affluent students with worse test scores. Thirty years ago, there was a 31 percentage point difference in the share of affluent and poor students who earned a college degree. Now the gap is 45 points. The gap has also grown in college entrance rates and spending per child on tutors, sports, music and other enrichment activities. Related Article »===
Confirms what we already knew, but still noteworthy. Our system does not reward the “smartest” and “most industrious” but simply the most wealthy. Even when a rich student and a poor student get the exact same test scores, the rich student is 6 times more likely to complete college than than the poor student.
And the poor student is more likely to be burdened with debt in the form of student loans, thus keeping them poor. Essentially, every time the not-rich move a step up the ladder, the wealthy saw out a rung.
Water is wet, sky is blue.
Tell me more about this “bootstraps” argument I’ve heard so much about.
One of my relatives tried the “well anyone can go to college, just work a part-time job at mcdonald’s and put yourself through night school, it’s not hard” and I was like “you. just. don’t. get. it.” (worth mentioning: said relative did NOT put themselves through night school while working part time.)
Today is the anniversary…of one chapter in American History…that we should NEVER FORGET…!!!
On July 25, 1972, the notorious Tuskegee syphilis experiment came to light as The Associated Press reported that for the previous four decades, the U.S. Public Health Service, in conjunction with the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, had been allowing poor, rural black male patients with syphilis to go without treatment, even allowing them to die, as a way of studying the disease.