Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Los Angeles, Water on Mars, and Chinese Naval Warfare (Link Round-Up 12/7/11)

Los Angeles votes to end corporate personhood 
“Move to Amend’s proposed amendment would provide the basis for overturning the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,” stated Mary Beth Fielder, Co-Coordinator of LA Move to Amend. “The Supreme Court has no legitimate right to grant people’s rights to corporations. We must clearly establish that it is we, The People, who are meant to rule.” 
NASA Mars Rover finds minerals deposited by water
"This tells a slam-dunk story that water flowed through underground fractures in the rock," said Steve Squyres of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., principal investigator for Opportunity. "This stuff is a fairly pure chemical deposit that formed in place right where we see it. That can't be said for other gypsum seen on Mars or for other water-related minerals Opportunity has found. It's not uncommon on Earth, but on Mars, it's the kind of thing that makes geologists jump out of their chairs."
Chinese president tells navy to prepare for war
China has recently acquired its first aircraft carrier and has been vocal about its naval ambitions. 
But its military remains primarily a land-based force, and its naval capabilities are still dwarfed by the US. 
Mr Hu told a meeting of military officials that the navy should "accelerate its transformation and modernisation in a sturdy way, and make extended preparations for warfare in order to make greater contributions to safeguard national security".

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