April 28, 2012 |
Mitt Romney on the stump, singles at the bar, car salesmen on the lot: All sorts of people are practicing the art of persuasion, with varying degrees of success. We like to think that we make our own decisions, that we're in control. But we're all open to persuasion by others, says Robert Cialdini, professor emeritus of psychology at Arizona State University and author of "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. " Humans have been testing their own trial-and-error persuasion techniques forever, Cialdini says.
May 17, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Russian officials on Friday defended the country's weapons sales to Syria, saying the country is primarily providing defense systems that are in line with international treaties. Responding to news reports that Russia has sent advanced anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he did not understand why the media were making an issue of the sales. “We haven't concealed that we have been supplying weapons to Syria based on signed contracts without violating any international treaties or Russian legislation, one of the strictest in the world in terms of export control,” Lavrov said at a news conference at the Black Sea resort area of Sochi after meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
October 18, 2012
Re "Syrians report use of cluster bombs," Oct. 15 The article accurately describes the heinous nature of cluster bombs and their long-lived capacity to maim and injure people. Mainly civilians. Often children. Really, who would think up and manufacture such a weapon? You cite the Convention of Cluster Munitions, which bans their use, and note that Syria, unlike 100 other countries, has not signed it. You neglected to mention that the United States has also not signed the treaty (along with our friends China, Russia, India, Israel and Pakistan)
May 13, 2012 |
The gig: Alton D. Romig Jr., 58, is "chief skunk" at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s famed Skunk Works secretive weapons development facility in Palmdale. It's one of the most coveted jobs in aerospace. For more than 70 years, workers at the shadowy site have designed and built the world's most innovative military aircraft, including the U-2 spy plane, SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 stealth fighter. About 2,000 people work on 600 programs at Skunk Works, which got its nickname in 1943 at its original Burbank headquarters that was located next to a manufacturing plant that produced a strong odor.
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September 18, 2013 |
A 37-year-old Simi Valley man was arrested Thursday and charged with impersonating a police officer and possessing a stolen cache of weapons including assault rifles, grenades and large amounts of ammunition. Jeffrey Edmonds identified himself as a Los Angeles Police Department captain and had a counterfeit badge and police identification, according to authorities. Detectives tracked Edmonds after responding to a report of stolen weapons from a firearms manufacturer in Castaic, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
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September 16, 1994
Re "Potential U.S. Enemies Amass Advanced Arms," Sept. 4: We've heard a lot about our deficit and its effect upon our children. But why is there such resounding silence about the effect upon our children of the wanton and unrestrained sale of our most modern weapons and war systems? It is a dismal failure of our elected representatives that there have not been laws put into effect that bar such an idiotic, perhaps suicidal, absence of policy that permits our defense Establishment to sell the cutting edge of war technology to our potential enemies.