According to DHS sources, the car bomb that failed to go off in Times Square was built according to plans detailed in the Al Qaeda instruction manual. A Connecticut man has been arrested in connection with the incident. His name is Shahzad Faisal, and he hails originally from Pakistan. Authorities say they have no clue as to his motive.
In other news, the Greek public sector unions have called a two-day strike to protest the austerity measures that will be required to get an EU/IMF bailout. Meanwhile, Italy has joined the burqa-ban-bandwagon, and violators of the new law may face a €500 fine.
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Rest assured that MO is gonna win the game in the end – and while you, honourable counterjihadistas, are bickering about copyrights!
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May 4, 2010
How much would it cost to solve some of the world’s biggest problems? King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia says about $10 billion — that’s the endowment he’s given to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, or KAUST, a huge research facility devoted to solving some of the major problems facing the planet.
The brand new school — it opened just this past fall — rises from the desert north of Jeddah like the secret research lab in a James Bond movie. The desert blooms here, thanks to a private desalination plant and an army of gardeners. With a private Red Sea beach, knock-your-socks-off architecture and world-class labs, KAUST hopes to lure the world’s brainiest scientists to this Xanadu for nerds.
This isn’t a university in the traditional sense, says KAUST President Choon Fong Shih.
“KAUST is a global university of the 21st century,” Shih says, “a place where we integrate graduate education with research and the cutting edge.”
“There’s something else KAUST’s huge budget can buy, according to David Keyes, dean of math and computer sciences.”
“You can purchase good friends, and we’ve purchased, if you will, a lot of very good friends,” Keyes says.”We will buy them all.”
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