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Physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience (KIN) have published a report stating that they were able to transport quantum data with regard to the “spin state of an electron to another electron about 10 feet away.”
Researchers at the Delft University of Technology (DUT) say they have teleported a quantum bit which can be represented in 2 places at once.
This discovery is being hailed as a furtherance of quantum computing; which is still theoretical at this stage.
DUT scientists explain: “To achieve teleportation the scientists made use of an unusual phenomenon: entanglement. ‘Entanglement is arguably the strangest and most intriguing consequence of the laws of quantum mechanics,’ argues the head of the research project, Prof. Ronald Hanson. ‘When two particles become entangled, their identities merge: their collective state is precisely determined but the individual identity of each of the particles has disappeared. The entangled particles behave as one, even when separated by a large distance. The distance in our tests was three metres, but in theory the particles could be on either side of the universe. Einstein didn’t believe in this prediction and called it ‘spooky action at a distance’. Numerous experiments, on the other hand, agree with the existence of entanglement.”
Ronald Hanson, professor at DUT and lead researcher stated: “Entanglement is arguably the strangest and most intriguing consequence of the laws of quantum mechanics. When two particles become entangled, their identities merge: their collective state is precisely determined but the individual identity of each of the particles has disappeared.”
Because information can be teleported, the next question becomes: can humans be beamed up like in Star Trek?
Hanson replied: “There is a big race going on between five or six groups to prove Einstein wrong. There is one very big fish. If you believe we are nothing more than a collection of atoms strung together in a particular way, then in principle it should be possible to teleport ourselves from one place to another. In practice it’s extremely unlikely, but to say it can never work is very dangerous.”
Slavie Federal Savings Bank., located in Bel Air, MD, was closed down by the FDIC on Friday, May 30. This bank failure is the third one for the month of May and brings the total amount of bank closures in 2014 to nine.
5/30/2014 *** MD *** Bel Air *** Slavie Federal Savings Bank *** $6.6 million dollar estimated FDIC DIF cost.
The total DIF for failed banks this week is $6.6 million.
If you were banking at Slavie Federal Savings Bank in Bel Air, MD, you are now banking at the Bay Bank, fsb.
For more on the FDIC bank closure lists you can go to the FDIC website and search through their report of failed banks, credit unions, and Trusts.
In 2013, there were a total of 24 banks that went into receivership, merged with another financial institutions, or closed their doors entirely.
Entering 2014, there are nearly 1000 banks and other financial organizations on the troubled list due to mortgages, derivatives, and bad investments.
At the current rate of banks and financial institutions closing their doors so far this year, the estimated total number of failures for 2014 could reach 19.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Friday evenings giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.
- Wisconsin mother Alecia Phonesavanh and her 19-month-old son, Bou, were visiting her sister-in-law in Atlanta, Georgia
- They were all asleep when police raided the home early Wednesday
- Phonesavanh said officers threw a grenade, which landed in her baby’s crib and exploded in his face
- The child was seriously injured and was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital’s burn unit where doctors placed him in a medically induced coma
- Most photographs of the baby’s burns are too graphic to show
- Police said a multijurisdictional drug unit issued a warrant and organized the SWAT operation
- It’s not clear if any drugs were found in the home during the raid
A family is in shock after a SWAT team threw a stun grenade into their 19-month-old son’s crib during a midnight drugs raid, leaving the baby in a medically induced coma with severe burns.
Wisconsin mother Alecia Phonesavanh, her husband, Bounkham, and their children including toddler, Bou Jr., were visiting her sister-in-law in Atlanta, Georgia, when police raided the home early Wednesday.
Phonesavanh said officers threw a stun grenade, which landed in the sleeping child’s crib.
The child was seriously injured and was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital’s burn unit where doctors placed him in a medically induced coma.
‘He’s in the burn unit. We go up to see him and his whole face is ripped open. He has a big cut on his chest,’ Phonesavanh said. ‘He’s only 19 months old. He didn’t do anything.’
A picture shows the charred portable crib. Most photographs of the baby’s injuries are too graphic to share though one shows burns all over his face.
Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby confirmed the raid took place at the home just before 3 a.m.
He said a multijurisdictional drug unit issued a warrant and organized the SWAT operation. It’s not clear if any drugs were found in the home during the raid.
Scene: Police raided this Cornela, Georgia, home early Thursday
Deputies said they bought drugs from the house and came back with a no-knock warrant to arrest a man known to have drugs and weapons, WSB reported. They arrested Wanis Thometheva, 30, during the raid.
Darby told WSBTV that the entire police unit is upset over the incident, which was an accident.
Bou Sr., a musician, wrote of his grief on his Facebook page Thursday morning.
‘My friends my heart my mind my soul is fill with sadness right now my son is not doing too good l will need few days to get myself together l will get back and share music with you when we are all feels better keep rocking friends.’
Friends of the Phonesavanh family have set up a fund to help pay for medical expenses for the little boy. To donate, click here.
Well, it appears Orly Taitz is finally making small strides when it comes to her mission to reveal the truth about President Obama’s citizenship. After years of attempting to bring the truth to light, the government may be forced to address questions about the President’s Social Security Number.
Apparently, Taitz’ contention that Obama has been using the SSN of a deceased man named Harry Bounel may actually legally require a response from the government, according to Judge Hollander of Maryland.
In a recent press release, Taitz shared the following information:
NEW YORK â€” Given his drifting and buffeted foreign policy, President Barack Obama needed to hit a political home run in his long awaited policy address at the West Point commencement ceremonies.
Instead amid the majestic setting of the Military Academy graduation, the President presented a measured and lawyerly foreign policy lecture with a few good sound bites, few surprises, and fewer specific initiatives.
Viewing Americaâ€™s role in the world, the President strove to attain a rhetorical sweet spot between the temptations of isolationism and the pull of intervention. Instead we heard a rehashed defense of his existing policy with a few tweaks against terrorism.
Obama had the perfect stage to present what was hyped as a major foreign policy address; an overdue reset of what both Republican and Democrat critics as well as American allies view as a loss of faith and respect for the USA in the global arena.
Coming just days after his policy pronouncements on Afghanistan, which foolishly signaled to the Taliban the specifics of the American troop withdrawal plans, the speech presented broad-brushed themes and only detailed an important $5 billion anti-terrorist initiative for the developing world.
Richard Haas, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, conceded the speech â€œlacked a clear strategic rationale.â€�
Reviewing key foreign policy challenges over the past five years, does the Presidentâ€™s rhetoric at West Point match the sorry reality in which the world has become a far more dangerous, and clearly less predictable, place because of his wavering policies?
Significantly, The Arab Spring swept like a desert sandstorm across much of North Africa; Egyptâ€™s pro-American ruler was toppled only to be replaced by a Muslim Brotherhood regime, which in turn was thankfully ousted by the Egyptian military. Sadly Egyptians on both sides of the political fence blame the USA, and itâ€™s far from assured that the new government of General Abdul Fatah al-Sissi will be a reliable partner. Egypt a pivotal ally for the United States, and indeed Israel, has become a political question mark.
After the toppling of the hated dictator Gadhafi, the U.S. watched as Libya degenerated into militia rule. The premeditated attack on the U.S. Consular facilities in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, killing four Americans, reflected the instability in which terrorists thrive. Today Libya remains in chaos, and a U.S. Navy task force is on standby to evacuate Americans from the beleaguered country.
Syria has descended into a humanitarian hell during its three years of civil war. While the Obama Administration initially encouraged pro-democracy forces to overthrow the Assad family dictatorship, the USA failed to follow through early on with necessary aid.
The conflict expanded, the rebels became increasingly radicalized, and today the options have dangerously narrowed. Indeed after the Assad regimeâ€™s use of chemical weapons last August, Obama drew his infamous red lines, threatened military force, and then waffled before both Damascus and the world community, doing nothing.
As for Russia, despite former Secretary of State Hillaryâ€™s Clintonâ€™s signature reset on Russia policy, the current relationship between Washington and Moscow is strained in ways not seen since the Cold War.
Vladimir Putinâ€™s nationalism and neo-Soviet swagger has bullied and dismembered neighboring Ukraine. While U.S. policy has rhetorically challenged the Russian actions, besides some slaps on the wrist, Putin got away with Crimea. The Ukraine crisis is far from over. European countries such as Poland and the Baltic states, though NATO members, remain quietly nervous.
Significantly the South China Sea disputes were mentioned, with Obama stating, â€œIn the Asia Pacific, we are supporting Southeast Asian nations as they negotiate a code of conduct with China on the South China Sea, and are working to resolve territorial and maritime disputes through international law.â€�
What the President failed to say was that Beijingâ€™s territorial assertiveness is encouraged by the gradual decline in U.S. Navy sea power which serves as a counterweight in the Pacific. Equally there was no mention of South Korea, a place where many West Point graduates are likely to serve.
Even ties with Western Europe, especially Germany, remain strained in the wake of the NSA electronic spying scandal. This is one of the reasons why a planned Transatlantic Trade Pact, a win-win economic deal for both American and European consumers, is now in limbo.
According to Mark Mardell of the BBC, â€œThe problem with this speech is that it is a restatement of Mr. Obamaâ€™s policy, not a re-evaluation. Heâ€™s defending a policy that has manifestly failed to produce a stable world free from crisis and turmoil.â€�
Is this faltering foreign policy, which has made friends fearful and enemies bolder, really in the U.S. national interest?
John J. Metzler is a U.N. correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He writes weekly for WorldTribune.com. He is the author of Transatlantic Divide ; USA/Euroland Rift (University Press, 2010).
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LONDON â€” Germany has decided to restrict security exports to Turkey.
The German government announced restrictions on surveillance technology to Ankara amid reports of civil and human rights abuses.
Officials said Turkey was blocking access to the Internet and social media in an effort to block the opposition.
“Countries who want to defend Internet freedom cannot provide technology
to those regimes that monitor Internet users and therefore breach
fundamental human rights,” German Deputy Prime Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.
In a briefing on May 20, Gabriel said German reconnaissance software
would not be supplied to Turkey and other countries deemed to violate human
rights. He cited Russia as also coming under export restrictions by Berlin.
Germany has been criticized for supplying spy technology to countries
that used this against civilians. Human rights groups said one German client
for this technology was Bahrain, which has been fighting a Shi’ite revolt
Turkey was said to have intensified its search for surveillance systems.
Officials cited the expansion of Turkey’s intelligence community, which was
used to track political opponents of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.
Officials said the restrictions on Turkey would be reviewed. They said
surveillance exports would be examined on a case-by-case basis.
“We are calling on EU members to agree on standards for surveillance
technology exports,” Gabriel said.
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CAIRO â€” Egypt has increased allocations of natural gas to avoid massive power blackouts over the next few weeks.
The Petroleum Ministry said it supplied 77 million cubic meters of gas
to power stations over the last few weeks.
The supply, a three percent
increase, was meant to maintain electricity service during the presidential
elections, which ended on May 27 with the landslide victory of Abdul Fatah
Petroleum Minister Sheriff Ismail said his office also oversaw the supply
of 26,000 tons of mazot and 1,000 tons of diesel during the three days of
elections. Ismail said the ministry would provide any power station with
Officials have raised the prospect of massive power outages over the
next three months. They said Egypt has obtained commitments from several
Gulf Cooperation Council states for gas and other fuel to ease any expected shortage.
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NEW DELHI â€” The division between India-held and Pakistan-held Kashmir ranks with that between North and South Korea as long-running, bloody and dangerous.
The two were divided at about the same time â€” Kashmir in â€œpartitionâ€� of the Indian subcontinent that gave birth to Pakistan as a separate nation at a cost of about two million people killed; Korea in the division of the peninsula in 1945 at the end of World War II, and then in the Korean War that ended in 1953 after another two million deaths.
I was just up in Srinagar, the capital of the Indian portion of that beautiful Himalayan land, nestled between towering mountains with glaciers glistening in the distance.
No one I met at Kashmir University was happy about the rise of Narendra Modi, who has described himself as a â€œHindu nationalist,â€� as prime minister of India. Kashmiris, almost all of them Muslim, believe passionately in â€œseparatismâ€� â€” to be decided, they say, in a referendum in which they would vote overwhelmingly to become an independent nation.
Who would imagine, then, that Modi, the day after his swearing-in Monday, would spend an hour in intense conversation with the prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif? To everyoneâ€™s surprise, Modi invited Sharif along with the leaders of other nearby countries, to attend the ceremony and, to even greater surprise, Sharif accepted the day before the great event. Presumably he had to overcome objections from military people to whom India remains their sworn enemy. The invitation for him to come to India, and his decision to accept, were bold gestures toward reconciliation of contentious issues that keep Pakistan and India from normal commerce and cultural relations, while always hovering on the brink of war.
The summit, if thatâ€™s the right name for the meeting between the two leaders, conjures memories of the abject failure of the two Koreas to come to viable terms despite two North-South summits during the decade of the Sunshine Policy enunciated by Kim Dae-Jung as president from 1998 to 2003. Hopes were probably never higher for reconciliation when DJ flew to Pyongyang in June 2000 to meet Kim Jong-Il. Hopes were still high in October 2007 when DJâ€™s successor, Roh Moo-Hyun, also flew to Pyongyang to meet the North Korean leader, even though North Korea had already conducted its first underground nuclear test.
Would anyone dare believe that Kim Jong-Un, the anointed son, having given no hint of rapprochement since taking over after his fatherâ€™s death in December 2011, would fly to Seoul for the inauguration of a Korean president? At this stage, itâ€™s hard to imagine Kim inviting any South Korean president to Pyongyang â€” certainly not the conservatives who have led the South since the end of Rohâ€™s presidency in 2008.
For one thing, we may be pretty sure that Kim Jong-Un is not capable of making any grand gesture on his own.
People do say heâ€™s firmly in power, that heâ€™s capable of making his own decisions, that heâ€™s asserted his authority over the Workersâ€™ Party, the armed forces and the government to a degree that hardly seemed likely when he took over at less than 30 years of age.
Despite a whole lot of speculation, however, thereâ€™s no evidence to verify the degree of his power. His survival may rest on a balancing act in which factions avoid fighting one another, settling differences in acclamations of support for the â€œsupreme leader.â€�
Like the military leaders in Pakistan, the generals in charge of North Koreaâ€™s armed forces may be assumed to be dead-set against any rapprochement with the South other than moves toward another phony deal in multi-party talks that do nothing about the Northâ€™s nuclear program.
Therein lies another parallel between the standoff on the Korean peninsula and that between India and Pakistan.
Both India and Pakistan are nuclear states, each ready to destroy one another. Nobody thinks theyâ€™re about to stage a nuclear war, but their membership in the global nuclear club of eight or nine powers, if you include North Korea, has to be disturbing.
Might Modi and Sharif have discussed ways to scale down if not do away with their nuclear weapons? No, they would have been lucky if they could approach an understanding on Kashmir â€“ no more shooting by their respective forces across the â€œline of controlâ€� that divides the Indian and Pakistan portions. And it would be even more fortunate if the long border between the two countries could open to normal travel.
Rapprochement between India and Pakistan assumes still greater significance considering the dangers posed by the Taliban and Al Qaida in Pakistan as the U.S. withdraws its forces from Afghanistan.
You have to wonder which is more likely or more dangerous â€” that of conflict in Pakistan spilling over into India or North Korea staging incidents similar to the sinking of the Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in 2010. Thereâ€™s no guarantee Sharifâ€™s meeting with Modi will forestall violence, but it may help. It would be nice â€” but unimaginable â€” for Kim Jong-Un to consider a similar gesture.
Donald Kirk, has been following conflict and confrontation on the Korean Peninsula and the Indian subcontinent for decades. Heâ€™s at email@example.com
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ANKARA â€” The Kurdish Workers Party has intensified operations in Turkey.
The Turkish military has reported a PKK offensive in the southeast, which included attacks on soldiers and police.
The General Staff reported more than 10 attacks in which the PKK attacked civilian motorists and torched their vehicles.
“This [PKK] group consisted of between 200 and 250 people,” the General
In a statement on May 26, the military said the PKK also attacked a unit of the paramilitary Gendarmerie in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Other PKK operations were said to have included attacks on police special operations forces and an irrigation dam in Diyarbakir’s Hani district on May 25.
Two days later, a Turkish soldier was abducted by an alleged PKK team in Diyarbakir. The attackers, said to possess pistols and firebombs, were said to have grabbed the sergeant from his car.
Officials said the PKK was also sabotaging the Diyarbakir-Bingol
highway. They said the PKK also planted improvised explosive devices in the
southeastern province of Sirnak on May 27.
The PKK has also been accused of abducting children. The Turkish
government has demanded that the PKK release the children.
“First and foremost we stress that everyone who joins the guerrilla
ranks of the PKK does so on a voluntary basis,” a PKK commander told Turkey’s
Firat News Agency. “It is not possible for us to keep anyone in our ranks
who does not want to be there, and no one has been abducted against their