US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama is turning up the global heat with a warning that he would be prepared to send US troops into Pakistan to hunt terrorists if push comes to shove. The story, which broke overnight in the US media, seems to be part of a chest-beating competition Obama is having with rival Hilary Clinton after she called him naive last week, but nonetheless the peaceniks won't necessarily have anything to cheer about if Obama or Clinton win. "The Illinois senator warned Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf that he must do more to shut down terrorist operations in his country and evict foreign fighters under an Obama presidency, or Pakistan will risk a U.S. troop invasion and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid," the Associated Press reports. On the other hand, ironically, al Qa'ida also wants a military assault on Pakistan. Strangebedfellows doth politics make, and Pakistan must be wondering what it did to deserve all this.
Students of history will remember that major wars often erupt from the ashes of financial collapse - partly because major wars re-stimulate the world economy by creating manufacturing booms. Students of history will also be aware that the US economy is living on borrowed time and starting to go into meltdown, which in turn is panicking the rest of the world's financial markets. When trading re-opens for the day, expect further investment flight and a rise in the price of gold.
You may think the publicity surrounding tortured Rotorua 3 year old, Nia, is a one-off of sorts. Unfortunately not. In one American city two teenage girls have been arrested for abducting a pregnant woman and trying to steal her unborn baby. In another city the bodies of two babies have been found in rubbish bags, while in another a woman has been arrested for this.
As you chomp through your cornflakes in prep for another day at the office, ponder yet another health hazard story to add to cellphones, aspartame and bacon: computer printers. Yes, apparently the humble laser printer has just been found to exude minute toxic particles that all of us are inhaling deeply into our lungs.