The Polish president along with almost 100 other military and civilian leaders died in a plane crash this morning.
God bless Poland.
The Nuclear Summit Conference began today in Washington, DC.
Probably the biggest topic of the day is the security of enriched uranium and plutonium deposits. If terrorists were to have access to these materials, they would not hesitate to use nuclear power to terrorize. In other words, American security is already threatened.
Obama has already sparked some success. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed by Russia and the USA which aims to reduce strategic nuclear weapons from both sides and verify existing terms from the previous treaty which expired in 2009. Ukraine has agreed to give up all their nuclear materials. So far, France, as well as China, have both agreed to co-operate with USA because they share similar views toward the Iranian nuclear program.
However, Obama’s goal to secure all loose uranium and plutonium deposits in four years doesn’t seem possible without full co-operation. This is only the beginning and Pakistan, as well as India have confirmed that they will expand their nuclear programs. Israel did not show up and two very vital factors in the nuclear conflict, North Korea and Iran, were not invited to the talks.
Time will tell.
VERITAS: THE ATLANTIC
The news is good for you. We live here. Feel privileged to live during events that will soon exist in history textbooks all over the world.
Today, the Nuclear Summit in Washington concluded. Here are a few things that came out of it:
- CANADA will return nuclear material to the USA and fund removal of enriched uranium from Mexico and Vietnam. $100 million security cooperation deal with Russia.
- CHILE removed all enriched uranium in March 2010
- KAZAKHSTAN will convert their uranium reactor and eliminate remaining uranium. Agreed on the shutdown of BN-350 reactor and fuel security.
- MEXICO will work with USA and Canada and the International Atomic Energy Agency to convert their reactor to low enriched uranium which will eliminate all highly enriched uranium in the nation.
- NORWAY will give $3.3 million over 4 years to the IAEA for nuclear security and will work with Kazakhstan to prevent nuclear smuggling.
- PAKISTAN is offering its atomic fuel services to the world.
- RUSSIA signed START with the USA. They will also shut down the ADE-2 reactor which is the last plutonium reactor they have.
- UKRAINE will give up all their nuclear material by 2012 and half of it by the end of this year. USA will back Ukraine in safeguarding Chernobyl.
- VIETNAM will convert their uranium research reactor and has joined the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism
- USA will convert their six remaining reactors to use low enriched uranium fuel once acceptable fuel has been developed. They will also provide financial support to other nations and will join Canada to call G8 countries to contribute up to $10 billion to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction and to secure nuclear material.
Promises always sound promising.
The coffins of Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria were displayed at the presidential palace for the public to pay their respects. Thousands came out. Protests also erupted after the decision for Kaczynski’s body to be laid amongst previous Polish kings in the Wawel Cathedral located in Krakow. Protesters question Kaczynski’s worthiness of being buried with kings.
A 13-year old girl from Croatia had just started to learn German at school. She was not fluent. After she had woken up from her 24-hour coma, she could no longer speak Croatian. However, she spoke fluent German.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, challenged the United States and Obama’s promised action proposed at the Nuclear Summit in Washington earlier this week. His remarks conclude that the US calls for non-proliferation of nuclear materials while they hypocritically choose to make no substantial changes to their own nuclear stock. Iran claims that their nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes only. Obama had not invited Iran to the Nuclear Summit conference because he thinks Iran is using their civilian nuclear program to secretly develop weapons.
The man has a point.
A short documentary about NIKE’s move in Tokyo’s Miyashita Park.
I’m sure you’ve all heard about the giant ash cloud cowering over Europe, produced by the volcano in Iceland. It cancelled flights to and from Europe, leaving millions of people stranded in airports with unanswered questions. Why? The ash had the power to bring airplanes down if it were to get into the engines. Here’s a picture of it at it’s prime (April 18, 2010). As you can see, it completely prohibits entry and exit into and from Europe.
The Known Universe - A short video displaying every part of the universe mapped by man so far.
French president Sarkozy supports the ban of the niqab (veil which only exposes the eyes) in public places.
“If the Icelandic volcano that started its big show in March does not go down in history, it’s only because nobody will remember what it’s called.”
- Krista Mahr
This is a Toyota Corolla. If I’m on the streets, I will see this car every 15 seconds. If I were in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, this would be a different story. The state has recently banned the sale of the Toyota Corolla due to safety concerns. Toyota has certainly been under fire recently. They have a record-breaking debt of $16.4 million dollars to the United States for failure to notify them of defects, along with abundance of recalls and now the abolition of Corolla sales in Brazil. Things don’t look too bright for the famed Japanese carmakers. Toyota blames their defects on their recent rapid expansion. In 2008, Toyota overcame General Motors by becoming the world’s biggest carmaker.
In this aerial photo taken Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, rising smoke and an oil slick are seen as the firefighting boats attend to the burning Deepwater Horizon oil rig. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
On April 19, 2010, Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi said this:
“Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society which increases earthquakes.”
In response to his remark, 22-year old college student Jennifer McCreight created the event, “Boobquake”, which would occur on Monday, April 26, 2010. She encouraged women all over the world to dress provocatively to prove that breasts were not the cause of earthquakes.
On the morning of Monday, April 26, 2010, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan.