Capping off his trip to Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump completed his process of fully assimilating to the Saudi's political outlook and goals by laying hands on the magical orb that cleanses all sense of self from anyone who touches it.
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President Donald Trump is celebrating a ten-year, $US350 billion ($460 billion) arms deal with Saudi Arabia he announced over the weekend during his visit in Riyadh; $US110 billion of that figure will take effect immediately. Here's what $US110 billion dollars in nothing but the finest American weapons gets you these says.
For the last few years, the drought-stricken nation of Saudi Arabia has been responsibly cracking down on thirsty crops to conserve water. But their cows still need alfalfa, one of the most water-intensive crops around. To solve the problem, Saudi Arabia wants to grow its alfalfa in a land that apparently has plenty of water: California. Wait, what?
Saudi Arabia is building great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to "protect against ISIS" in Iraq. And it's not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won't work. Why? Because walls aren't just about security. They're also powerful symbols.
In the US, the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy 15 boring machines to build a sprawling new train system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states.
The New York Times reports that unknown computer hackers, who call themselves "Cutting Sword of Justice", have claimed responsibility for spreading a malicious virus into Saudi Aramco, which is owned by the Saudi Arabian government.
Telstra's NextG network is capable of the theoretical 42Mbps download speed, but you can only use it with one of the company's USB mobile broadband modem. Hopefully Telstra is keeping an eye on Netcomm;'s new mobile data router, which can support the 42Mbps HSPA+, and has just launched in Saudi Arabia.
While you were using Google Earth to zoom in on your house, these archaeologists used it to find places to dig. And it paid off with 1977 potential archaeological sites, including 1082 ancient stone tombs.
There are reports around the internet today that MobileMe—Apple's paid-for membership to heaps of Mac/iOS4 services—has been blocked in Saudi Arabia. As you know, the Saudi Arabian government has had a hot temper in the last year when it comes to technology, specifically products (like BlackBerry smartphones) and services which are too secure, and keep their data on foreign servers.