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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Iran's nuclear program is one of the most polarizing issues in one of the world's most volatile regions. While American and European officials believe Tehran is planning to build nuclear weapons, Iran's leadership says that its goal in developing a nuclear program is to generate electricity without dipping into the oil supply it prefers to sell abroad, and to provide fuel for medical reactors. The IAEA has confirmed Iran is now enriching uranium to the 20-percent level at its underground bunker housed on an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps base.

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This advancement comes just months after the IAEA's unprecedented report detailed for the first time that Iran had engaged in activities related to the production of nuclear weapons.  These developments are a wake-up call. The United States must immediately implement existing sanctions and pass new, tougher sanctions on Iran to prevent the regime from building nuclear weapons.

 

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As of March 1, 2012, whatever you do on one Google-owned site will change whatever you see on another Google property – be it Google' search engine, Docs, Maps, Calendar, Gmail, Picassa, YouTube, G+, etc.

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"We can provide reminders that you're going to be late for a meeting based on your location, your calendar and an understanding of what the traffic is like that day," reads Google's blog explaining the search giant's unified policy. This works whether you're accessing Google on your computer, tablet or cellphone, as long as you're logged in.  "People still have to do way too much heavy lifting, and we want to do a better job of helping them out," Google points out.  What the blog posts fails to mention however, is that it is now better equipped to help out law enforcement officials and the government when it comes to finding out about you. 

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"Solar City Tower," a technological wonder built atop the island of Cotonduba will be the welcome symbol to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

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It will be seen by the game visitors and participants as they arrive by air or water.  The tower captures solar energy. It will supply energy for all of the Olympic city, as well as for part of Rio.  

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Now that Facebook has filed its paperwork to go public, we're getting our first real glimpse at the inner workings of the world's largest social networking website.   Let's set aside the potential for Facebook's valuation to get out hand. We're still several weeks away from actual deal pricing and retail investor reactions.

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Facebook is not going public because it needs to raise money, but by going public the company is giving its early investors a way out and its not going to be cheap.

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Treasure hunter Greg Brooks of Sub Sea Research in Gorham, Maine found a World War II shipwreck filled with platinum, now worth billions of dollars.  The wreckage of the SS Port Nicholson was found 50 miles off the east coast of the United States.   He says official records show it was carrying boxes of platinum bars - payment from the Soviet Union for US war supplies.  He thinks he's got underwater video footage that proves it. If the claim proves true, it could be one of the richest sunken treasures ever discovered.  But an attorney for the British government expressed doubt the vessel was carrying platinum. And if it was, in fact, laden with precious metals, who owns the hoard could become a matter of international dispute.

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The SS Port Nicholson was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat (submarine) in 1942, in an attack that killed six people.  The Atlantic was one of the main battlegrounds in World War II, because Britain and the Soviet Union relied on all sorts of supplies from the US.  Most of these came by ship and they could be easily attacked by German warships and U-boats.  Platinum is a precious metal that is usually more valuable than gold.