U.S. to defend space with military force
The United States will use military force in space to protect satellites and other space systems from attack by hostile states or terrorists, the Bush administration’s senior arms-control official said on Dec. 13.
Robert Joseph, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, said in a speech outlining a new White House space policy that free access to space is a “vital” U.S. interest and that the Bush administration opposes new agreements that would limit U.S. space defenses.
“To ensure free access to space [. . . ] we must continue to develop a full range of options to deter and defend against threats to our space infrastructure,” Mr. Joseph said
Blogs do not “dominate” the news and information field, and surprisingly, social-networking sites such as MySpace.com attract people of all ages. Forty-two percent of 18- to 24-year-olds frequent the sites — but so do 10 percent of those from 45 to 54, for example.
The researchers also questioned the idea that young people don’t read newspapers. They found that more than half of the 18to 24-year-olds read their local newspapers, with 16 percent turning to large national newspapers.
The survey was conducted Sept. 6-20 and released Dec. 12. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
The Pew Research Center also found that Americans are not yet rushing to embrace the new media. A survey of national news habits earlier this year revealed that only 4 percent of respondents overall seek out blogs. Among 18to 24-year-olds, the figure only rose to 9 percent.
“The arrival of the Internet as a news option has not changed the basic pattern of news consumption over the past decade,” the survey stated.
Less than a quarter of Americans overall — 23 percent — went online to retrieve news, actually down a point from a similar Pew survey taken two years earlier. Newspaper Web sites did not fare so well: Only 9 percent of the respondents actually read their paper online, the survey found.
While most Americans are far from being insatiable news junkies, most at least have a regular news habit. Pew found that 81 percent of the nation monitors the news daily, down from 90 percent in 1994. How much time gets allocated? Whether they read, listen watch or log on to retrieve it, Americans on average spend 67 minutes a day getting their news fix.
Themosttime(30minutes)went to TV, followed by radio (16 minutes) and newspapers (15 minutes.) The lowest proportion — 6 minutes — was devoted to Internet use.
The Pew poll of 3,406 adults was released July 30 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
A 65-foot tall, 37-year-old Silver Fir from Olympic National Forest is this year’s Capitol Christmas tree, seen during the lighting ceremony on Dec. 6.