This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Manufacturer makes a metal gun with a 3D printer
- Netanyahu cancels Israeli settlement plan to save ‘peace process’
- Malta sells EU citizenship for 650,000 euros
Manufacturer makes a metal gun with a 3D printer
3D printed metal gun
The gun-control concept took another hit on Friday when a Texas gunmanufacturer, Solid Concepts, tested the first all metal gun made from3D printing. The pistol is a version of an M1911, a handgun designedby John Browning and first used widely in the latter stages of combatstemming from the Philippine-American War.
When I last wrote about gun control and 3D printing, I described a 3D printed plastic gun tested by CodyWilson, an activist, which worked adequately but fell apart afterseveral dozen shots. Now, a few months later, 3D printing of guns hasalready advanced substantially. Within a couple of years, I wouldexpect it to be possible for anyone to be able to purchase a 3Dprinter for a few thousand dollars and make good quality guns in hiscellar or garage. CNN
Netanyahu cancels Israeli settlement plan to save ‘peace process’
Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided tohousing units in the West Bank, which much of the internationalcommunity considers to be occupied Palestinian territory. Thedecision was a slapdown of his hardline nationalist housingminister Uri Ariel, who had authorized the preparatory work.Netanyahu tied his decision in with the ongoing negotiationsbetween the West and Iran:
In recent months, we built thousands of homes inJudea and Samaria [the West Bank], and in the coming months weplan to build thousands more. It was never easy, but we did itresponsibly despite international pressure. [But] there’s nopoint in creating friction with the international community overtheoretical potential and plans that aren’t applicable…
We need to fight for real, true, practical things and not thingsthat create unnecessary tension with the international communitythat can hurt our fight against Iran.
Netanyahu’s decision comes as Palestinian peace negotiators havereportedly submitted their resignations, refusing to take any furtherpart in the so-called “peace process” with Israel. However,Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has not yet accepted theirresignations, and so the farcical peace negotiations may yet continue.Jerusalem Post and Deutsche-Welle and BBC
Malta sells EU citizenship for 650,000 euros
You can now buy citizenship in Malta for 650,000 euros, thanks to anew plan approved by the country’s parliament on Tuesday. Once you’rea citizen of Malta, you’ll be an EU citizen and you can travel freelywithout visa controls. Malta is receiving a great deal of criticismfor this plan, but it turns out that Greece, Spain, and Hungary alloffer residence permits in exchange for steep fees, allowing the samefreedom of movement. Malta has merely gone one step further byoffering citizenship. Spiegel
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