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+ - Computers makers fuel violence in Congo

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JPLR
JPLR writes "A campaign group says western firms are fuelling violence in DR Congo by failing to check where their minerals come from. Coltan is mainly used in electronic devices. The same was also advocated since years by missionaries without anybody listening. For example countries like Congo and Uganda export Coltan without any Coltan mine on their territory. We are talking of millions of persons assassinated and even more raped in Congo, Rwanda since 15 years. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8159977.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coltan#Coltan_in_DR_Congo"
Space

+ - NASA needs a philosopher

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JPLR (1404551) writes "From the moment the Soviets launched Sputnik I into orbit around the Earth in 1957, everybody looked upon the so-called space race as just one thing: a military contest. But physicists were quick to point out that nobody would choose space as a place from which to attack Earth. As a result, the space program has been killing time for 40 years with a series of orbital projects ... The purpose of those orbital projects has been mainly to keep the lights on at NASA. But there is no high purpose in those projects. And once more it is the late Wernher von Braun who comes up: At this moment, what remains the only solution to recovering NASA's true destiny, is of course... . http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/19/opinion/19wolfe.html"

The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time. -- Merrick Furst

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