War With Libya?! If so, it'll be for the oil, not the democracy!

The United Nations has approved military action against Libya. (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/03/17/uk-libya-idUKLDE71Q0MP20110317)

The UN resolution not only endorses a no-fly zone over Libya, but also authorizes "all neccesary measures" to protect the civilian population. That is diplomatic speech for military strikes against Gaddafi's forces.

The French have suggested the strikes could happen within hours. The vote was ten in favor (including France, Lebanon, Great Britain, and the US) while five countries abstained (including Germany, China. and Russia).

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Kaplan University & The Washington Post Fleece Low-Income Students

The last institution that a student thinks is out to completely screw over is the college or university he/she is attending. Well at Kaplan University Online, they do just that. Government reports of this "for-profit" college owned by The Washington Post Company (yes, they own The Washington Post newspaper) uncovered "deceptive practices at 16 out of 16 colleges investigated". Washington Post chairman Donald Graham denies all wrong doings while continuing to spend huge dollars to fight government regulations.

Shannon Croteau was 11 classes away from a degree from Kaplan University Online when she learned she was out of financial aid, owed $30,000 and that the degree would be worthless in her state of New Hampshire.

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US Military Will Secretly Manipulate Social Media

A corporation in California has been awarded just such a contract from United States Central Command (Centcom). They will develop special software and scripts that will enable every allowed US Military Servicemen to control nearly a dozen separate identities based throughout the world.

Web experts criticize this "online persona management service" will allow the US Military to create fake online conversations and "crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives."

These personas will be very hard to distinguish from a real person even by experts. The contract stipulates, "each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations..."

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