Apparently frustrated with the United Nations inability to understand that Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear threat, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to provide visual aids to accompany his speech today.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a dramatic speech to the United Nations, employed a simple diagram to hammer home his plea that the international community set a “clear red line” over Iran’s nuclear program — warning that a nuclear-armed Iran would be tantamount to a nuclear-armed Al Qaeda.
Netanyahu claimed Thursday that Iran would have enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb by next summer. His remarks before the U.N. General Assembly amounted to an appeal to the U.S. and other nations to join Israel in drawing a line that Iran cannot cross without risking a military response.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought a visual aid with him today to the United Nations General Assembly.
He drew a RED LINE on the bomb chart.
During his speech the Israeli Prime Minister explained to the audience that the Iranian regime had already completed the first stage of their nuclear program. The regime is working on the second stage. Netanyahu urged the members to draw a red line before the Iranians complete the second stage of their program.
This was a very effective presentation.
These computer geeks were metal, before metal was cool.
Several Iranian nuclear facilities have reportedly been hit with a virus that turns their workstation computers on in the middle of the night, transforming them into a personal AC/DC concert, pumping out the song Thunderstruck through the speakers at full volume.
The news came from a chief research officer at a computer security firm in Finland, who said he recently received several e-mails from an Iranian scientist.
“I am writing you to inform you that our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut down our automation network at Natanz and another facility Fordo near Qom.”
The Iranian scientist goes on to say that they believe the attackers used Metasploit, a common hacking tool which provides a variety of ways to penetrate supposedly secure networks. “There was also some music playing randomly on several of the workstations during the middle of the night with the volume maxed out,” says the scientist. “I believe it was playing ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC.”
No one knows exactly who is responsible for the hack yet, but if whoever’s doing this is taking requests, do you know “Highway to Hell”?
For you youngins out there, this is the song in question…
Many in the international community believe that Iran is mere months away from having nuclear capability. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stated that Israel must be “wiped off the map.” So with the possible annihilation of Israel at stake, what is the leading factor in determining how and when to respond to Iran? In Obama’s world, it’s all about his re-election campaign.
Via YNet News:
White House tells Sunday Times Obama pressed Netanyahu to postpone Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities until after November, adding president ‘might visit Israel in summer’
Israel will only strike Iranian nuclear facilities in September or after the United States presidential elections in November, a White House official told the British Sunday Times newspaper after a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama last week.
According to the report, Obama has taken Israel’s warnings about a possible strike in Iran very seriously. The Washington source added that the president “might visit in the summer to reassure the Israelis that the US commitment to defend Israel is unshakable and thus thwart a possible autumn attack.”
Obama insisted that any attack on Iran should be postponed until after the US presidential elections in November, possibly even until next spring. The source revealed that Netanyahu consented to delaying a strike, but wished to know until when. “The question is how much time,” he reportedly said.
The White House source added that Netanyahu presented a number of demands Iran must fulfill in order to avoid an Israeli attack, including transferring 150 kilograms (330 pounds) of enriched uranium to a third party, stopping the enrichment process at the Fordow site near Qom and ceasing any further enrichment beyond the 3.5% required for power generation.
Because we wouldn’t want poor Obama to have to act like a world leader in the months leading up to the election, now would we? He may have to feign concern for a U.S. ally…
In November, Accuracy in Media released my report regarding a company known as CH2M Hill, an engineering firm that claimed nearly $2 billion in stimulus awards. Most of their work concentrated on one division – the CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) – which operated one of the world’s largest environmental cleanup projects—the Central Plateau on the Hanford Nuclear Site in Richland, Washington.
New information shows that despite their claims, the Energy Department says the company actually received $1.38 billion from the stimulus, but had an additional $3.1 billion in annual budget appropriations. Furthermore, they are receiving $2 million in state tax breaks annually, yet still laid off thousands of workers.
The Blaze reported:
A new investigative report released by Accuracy in Media Wednesday, reveals that CH2M HILL, a Colorado-based consulting, engineering and construction firm, received nearly $2 Billion in stimulus funding despite a history of kickbacks, poor conduct and contaminating their own workers. While they are not in danger of suffering the same bankruptcy plight as Solyndra, CH2M has laid-off thousands of workers since receiving taxpayer stimulus. And like Solyndra, CH2M has donated thousands in campaigns finances to Democrats.
In response to an FOI request for information, the Department of Energy reported that “CHPRC competed for and was awarded a $4.515 B contract on June 19, 2008, to complete select cleanup work at the Hanford Site.” That award form can be seen here:
In a letter dated January 30th, 2012, the DOE explains that “…the $4.5 billion amount is for the total original contract value. The $1.38 billion is the amount of American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA) funds applied to the contract. The difference between $4.5 billion and $1.38 billion is funded by normal annual budget appropriations (non-ARRA).
So why the discrepancy between the company’s report of $1.9 billion in stimulus funding and the DOE’s claim of $1.38 billion? More importantly, why is a company operating a nuclear cleanup site to the tune of $4.5 billion taking advantage of a $2 million state tax break for research and development?
From a Seattle Times editorial:
HUNDREDS of Washington companies engaged in research and development in technology-related fields pay a reduced business-and-occupation tax. This break was designed to create a healthy R&D climate in our state and spur companies to maturity.
…the Department of Revenue says three companies — Microsoft, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is operated by Battelle, and CH2M Hill — get up to a $2 million tax break every year. These companies do impressive work in the Northwest. But these firms do not really need state assistance.
By comparison, titans such as Google and Yahoo! received less than $300,000 in business-and-occupation tax forgiveness annually.
What R&D is a nuclear cleanup firm performing exactly?