New York Times: Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats Up
Fox News Channel: Sophisticated Cyberattack Hits Energy Department, China Possible Suspect
Either Divine Providence is pulling these threads together, or the people involved recognize exactly what they intend to work with. As the global cyberwar now hits the Energy Department, California has a bit of a brawl between two heavyweights within the Democratic Party. An energy field known as Midway-Sunset is located near a shale formation with a few exploratory sites set up already. Speculation abounds that California could be about to experience “a new oil boom”, with energy newcomers setting up shop in nearby Bakersfield. Some have bid as high as $1,000 per acre in auctions that once went up only to the minimum of $2. At least some, if not all, information companies are backing environmental groups, especially the Sierra Club, while certain ethnic activists could rally behind these new energy companies, especially activists within the League of United Latin American Citizens, with stated concerns about low-income people in that state. One could imagine or intuit that while Latino entrepreneurs will fare better in some areas, black entrepreneurs will fare better in other areas. A boost for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference could even arise quickly enough. Either way, I see a battle brewing for President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy within that state – and an altogether different battle brewing across the Pacific Ocean. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has dispatched agents to reinforce the Energy Department’s cybersecurity programs, with notifications sent out to employees with stolen information. The National Nuclear Security Administration is responsible for maintaining our nuclear bombs, and indications exist that the hackers wanted classified data on them this time. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if, say, the Democratic and Republican National Committees ended up targeted for theft down the road, between these two trends and Southeast Asia’s fluctuant emergence.:
Diplomat: Thomas Kean: Burma’s Biggest Win: Its Legislature
Times of India: Armed forces building deadly drone arsenal, also want combat UAVs
Burmese President Thein Sein, the National League for Democracy, and the Union Solidarity and Development Party moved quite quickly in setting up a lawmaking body for their country. Little was expected out of the USDP after a “deeply flawed election” back in November 2010, but the Kachins were able to alleviate a food shortage, while investigations into various land disputes, including confiscations, are taking shape. Former Burmese military officers can now converse with former political prisoners, whom they themselves might have once imprisoned and interrogated for threatening the state or their purposes, to empower the people in general. Legislators from all parties involved have split numerous times on different proposals and bills and ignored recommendations from President Thein Sein himself, largely because USDP members have been known to mix and socialize with non-USDP members on a regular basis, according to the lawmakers. House of Representatives Speaker Shwe Mann has encouraged this focus on national concerns, but plenty of gains remain, such as Internet access. The Kachin Independence Army and those Burmese military commanders could agree to stop their conflict and start the addition of that region to the rest of the world, and that’d be it. Perhaps those officers would even cite the exact same worry I described earlier for such an opposite course of action. In any case, once that happened, the United Wa State Army would have a chance to be the main ethnic troublemaker within Burma, and Generals Bikram Singh and Thanasak Patimaprakorn would have more than a few chances to coordinate their countries’ security ties. India’s military officers are expanding their capacity to acquire and maintain fleets of drones, and Israel Aerospace Industries is generous enough to provide them. From microdrones capable of spying beyond enemy detection grids to “killer” drones capable of firing missiles directly at enemy targets, India wants to set out into its neighborhood, and it might be closer to throwing off a few factions off to the west than even it knows.:
Ahram: Syria, Mali crises overshadow Islamic summit in Cairo
Ahram: Egypt’s presidential palace clashes take toll on local businesses
The Organization for Islamic Cooperation could’ve succeeded in calling all of its members together, and it’d be that much closer to swamping the Muslim Brotherhood, particularly Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi. Al-Qaeda appears to be a major theme for that Islamic nongovernmental group, the Islamic countries’ main forum for coordinating their positions, and it had to postpone its last meeting because it was scheduled for… February 2011, right in the middle of Egypt’s initial implosion. For its part, the upheavals frightened Saudi Arabia into choosing its own delegate, one Iyad Madani, to replace Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu once this summit unfolds this week. The businesses surrounding the presidential palace in Cairo, on the other hand, are clear already, giving the area the appearance of a ghost town. Entrepreneurs aren’t optimistic at all regarding their prospects in the coming weeks and months, but exceptions do exist, such as street vendors selling snacks, cigarettes, and protest masks. The demonstrators could march straight to the location of this summit, and the open jaws and blank stares on certain Islamic leaders would be enough to bring a few chuckles out of me. If their presence convinced certain People’s Liberation Army officers to start monitoring their country’s North African investments ever more closely, whether on energy or food, then the friction could only grow. We could be facing a similar problem in Florida even now.:
American Enterprise Institute: Timothy Carney: Sugar Industry Would Wither without Big Government
Sugarcane subsidies have marked an area south of Lake Okeechobee, and as a consequence, farmers of all stripes favor constant restrictions on imports in order to keep prices high. Even Senator Marco Rubio buys into this story, arguing that accommodations for the likes of Brazil would obliterate the sugar industry. However, it looks like man-made canals are helping prop up these fields, first set up by one Napoleon Broward with help from the Army Corps of Engineers, who drained the surrounding portion of the Everglades. In addition, cheap labor was brought in from Jamaica and the Bahamas, and Florida outlawed any attempts by sugarcane cutters to quit. The main corporate tycoon behind the current arrangement is one Pepe Fanjul, and he’s tossing his money into the fight to preserve these sugarcane subsidies. If this bit of news reaches Rush Limbaugh, then I’m certain that other sugarcane growers throughout this country will have a field day. I find myself increasingly curious, so the rest of you may feel free to cite some numbers for sugarcane production if you wish.
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