Happy Holidays from PSA!

Happy Holidays from your friends at PSA

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UN Security Council Submission

So while I am trying desperately to distract myself with today I found something interesting that provided a tangential distraction!

The UN Security Council is accepting written/video submissions by individuals 21 and under between now and December 14th! The question that needs to be addressed is, “What is the most vital challenge to international peace and security facing your generation? Tell the UN Security Council what issue you believe deserves more attention, and explain why it is important.” The submissions that are chosen will be incorporated into the UN Security Council agenda for their December 21st event and broadcasted via the web.

The requirements are:

1. less than 250 words if written

2. less than 1 minute if video recording

I encourage everyone to participate in this, since it is not something lengthy, just a short blip of thoughtful, honest rhetoric. After all, younger generations are always complaining about how older generations don’t listen to us, so when the opportunities arise, we should take advantage of it!

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The Fallout from Today’s WikiLeaks Leak

Whether or not you agree with the actions of the organization WikiLeaks, it will be interesting to track the fallout as findings are revealed in the press. I will continue to update this post as more interesting tidbits are found in the 250,000 documents of information.

  • “Wikileaks cables reveal China ‘ready to abandon North Korea'” – http://bit.ly/hfge5A
  • “The King of Saudi Arabia privately urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear weapons programme, according to diplomatic cables leaked by the whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks.” – http://bit.ly/hSVXRB
  • “The Yemeni government covered up US drone strikes against al-Qaeda there and claimed the bombs were its own, according to the WikiLeaks documents.” – http://bit.ly/ifjG17
  • “American diplomats have been running a spying campaign against the United Nations leadership and representatives of permanent members of its security council, including Britain, according to documents released by WikiLeaks.” – http://bit.ly/fnK4iT
  • “China directed Google hacking: leaked US documents” – http://bit.ly/hYZGQq
  • “U.S. diplomats describe German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle as arrogant, vain and critical of America, documents released on Sunday by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks showed.” – http://reut.rs/gha3r8
  • “Iran obtained 19 advanced missiles from North Korea, potentially giving the Islamic nation the capability of attacking Moscow and cities in Western Europe, according to embassy cables posted by WikiLeaks.org and provided to the New York Times.” – http://bit.ly/hPzmZU
  • “The U.S. warned Germany in 2007 that an extradition request for 13 Central Intelligence Agency operatives suspected of mistakenly abducting a German citizen more than three years earlier would have a “negative impact” on relations, a document obtained by WikiLeaks.org showed.” – http://bit.ly/gjdjMG
  • “The leaked US cables on the Pakistani nuclear arsenal reveal a serious and growing threat of nuclear terrorism that has been deliberately played down by western governments, counter-proliferation experts said yesterday. – http://bit.ly/hFG12g
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Isarithmic History of the Two-Party Presidential Vote

This is an awesome visual that displays changing two-party trends in the presidential vote!  The methodology may not be perfect; even so, it will be very interesting to see what happens in 2012!

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