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Keynote Speakers : Zhengxu Wang

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The most effective way to introduce democratic elements under a one-party regime is to allow society greater autonomy in the civil and political spheres, writes Zhengxu Wang, Senior Research Fellow at China Policy Institute in this blog post.

China’s political system is moving in a more democratic direction. The question concerning many now is two-folded: how rapid is this evolution and what is its destiny?

For the second part, the answer is simple: nobody knows. When the British started to build a modern political system in the 17th-18th centuries, nobody knew what form the system would evolve into in the 20th century. The same can be said about China’s political future. Following 30 years of rapid industrialization and economic development, China is in search of a modern and democratic government system.

That system will contain elements including people’s sovereignty, political and civil liberties, government accountability, and the rule of law. It will take a particular shape of democracy, yet nobody knows in what exact form it will be.

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Posted: December 7th, 2009
at 3:57pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Startups Backed By The CIA

Tiny cameras. Hearing devices for the teeth. Wi-fi for refrigerators. These are some of the products made by companies that have caught the eye of In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency.

One of the most recent companies to get an infusion of cash from the U.S. spy bureau’s investment fund is Cleversafe, a Chicago-based startup that offers software to keep data stored in cloud networks secure by slicing it up and storing it in different locations. In a press release issued last month about the investment, William Strecker, In-Q-Tel’s chief technology officer, said the intelligence community is looking for new ways to secure information given the increasing ubiquity of cloud computing.

The country’s only federally funded venture capital firm was created in 1999, during the tech boom, because the private sector was setting the pace in technological innovation, leaving the intelligence community feeling not very intelligent. In-Q-Tel invests in startups developing technologies that could prove useful to the CIA and the national security community. But it knew it had to adjust to the Silicon Valley model to work. "The CIA had to offer Silicon Valley something of value, a business model that the Valley understood; a model that provides those who joined hands with In-Q-Tel the opportunity to commercialize their innovations," CIA official Rick Yannuzzi wrote in a briefing document for theADefense Intelligence Journal in 2001.

.:forbes.com->

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Posted: November 22nd, 2009
at 4:17pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Modern Art was CIA ‘Weapon’

For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agencyused American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.

The connection is improbable. This was a period, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the great majority of Americans disliked or even despised modern art - President Truman summed up the popular view when he said: "If that’s art, then I’m a Hottentot." As for the artists themselves, many were ex- com- munists barely acceptable in the America of the McCarthyite era, and certainly not the sort of people normally likely to receive US government backing.

Why did the CIA support them? Because in the propaganda war with the Soviet Union, this new artistic movement could be held up as proof of the creativity, the intellectual freedom, and the cultural power of the US. Russian art, strapped into the communist ideological straitjacket, could not compete.

.:independent.co.uk->

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Posted: November 10th, 2009
at 7:50pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,art,politricks,weaponry,"ninja",ir,security,americana

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Primary Sources : There are UFOs

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An official announcement by the Obama administration disclosing the reality of extraterrestrial life is imminent. For several months, senior administration officials have been quietly deliberating behind closed doors how much to disclose to the world about extraterrestrial life. Dissatisfaction among powerful institutions such as the U.S. Navy over the decades-long secrecy policy has given a boost to efforts to disclose the reality of extraterrestrial life and technology.

The impending disclosure announcement follows upon the secret implementation of a year long openness policy on UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Over the period February 12-14, 2008, the United Nations held closed doors discussions where approximately 30 nations secretly agreed on a new openness policy on UFOs and extraterrestrial life in 2009. The openness policy was implemented but never publicly announced due to threats against UN diplomats not to disclose details of the secret agreement. The secret UN agreement was based on two conditions. First, UFOs would continue to appear around the world; and second, the openness policy would not lead to social unrest in liberal democracies. Both conditions have been satisfied making it possible for the next stage to begin official disclosure of extraterrestrial life.

.::continue reading at the Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner->

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Posted: November 8th, 2009
at 5:30pm by Koookiecrumbles

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the Obameter

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According to 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, Politifact, President Obama has kept 49 of his promises and broken only 7. View the complete analysis at the Obameter here.

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Posted: November 4th, 2009
at 1:08am by Koookiecrumbles

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Terrorism Risk Map

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Posted: October 15th, 2009
at 11:58am by Koookiecrumbles


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Fidel on Obama

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Photo by Alejandro Amdan : Buenos Aires : 14.05.2005 : Fidel Castro speaks to the faculty of human rights

Peep Fidel Castro’s Reflections as published in the state media at the Embassy of Cuba in Canada here. His newest column praising President Obama’s recent arrival of the Nobel Peace Prize will be updated there shortly.

Awarded: "for his extraordinary efforts to stengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

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Posted: October 10th, 2009
at 12:35pm by Koookiecrumbles

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The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein, The Younger (1533)

A found map- The Ambassadors (1533) is a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger in the National Gallery in London.

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Posted: October 9th, 2009
at 9:14am by Koookiecrumbles


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Taken for A Ride - Documentary

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Taken for a Ride is an amazing documentary by Jim Kleina and Martha Olson that documents the efforts to derail mass transit in America. Ever wonder why the U.S. has the worst mass transportation system in the industrialized world? Using historical footage and investigative research, this film tells how GM fought to push freeways into the inner cities of America, and push public transportation out.

~ New Day Films

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Posted: August 10th, 2009
at 6:00am by orangemenace

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