Friday, November 30, 2007
The military objectives of the US Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program have created an aesthetic byproduct — a composite photo of the planet, taken during nighttime hours. More than 99% of these representations of actual light sources are indications of human activity on the planet. For example, this image includes more than a million man-made fires, most of them in the Third World, chiefly propagated for agricultural purposes. Population centers are easily identified; however, the amount of light represented here is not necessarily proportional to the population size. Imbalances arise due to unequal electrical consumption. Japanese consume 15 times as much electricity as Chinese per capita, and Americans consume 21/2 times more than Japanese do. This image also illustrates light pollution, a condition only astronomers have complained about so far.
A Satellites Blind Spots
The public service Landsat System has blind spots over territory and time. However, personal satellites can soon be purchased for about the price of a Mercedes, and space junk is increasingly hard to track.
More than 2000 nuclear bombs have been detonated worldwide since 1945. In 1963 the superpowers agreed to limit themselves to underground testing. By then the atomic radiation in Europe had increased to levels comparable to those caused by the Chernobyl accident
In spring 1998 uncontrolled forest fires raged in the equatorial regions. Airplanes crashed in Indonesia, Smoke plumes reached across national borders into other countries and even continents. One day the loss of forest the size of Belgium in Brazil was reported. El Nino was generally blamed for the lack of rain.
Traveling the roads of countries with a red cross is dangerous. The larger the cross, the higher the chance to continue any given trip in an ambulance and end up in a hospital or graveyard.
Navy hosts international sub exercise
Dan Box November 27, 2007
New Sub Class
The guided missile submarine USS Ohio is gently pushed to the pier by a tugboat as it returns to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash., Dec. 19, 2005, after completing sea trials. Ohio is the first ballistic missile submarine to complete conversion to the new class of guided missile submarines. The submarine will also have the additional capability to transport and support Navy special operations forces. Defense Dept. photo by Rick Chaffee
Britain launches massive submarine that can hear a ship from across the Atlantic
This is London 08.06.07
She is four years late and a massive £900million over-budget. But when the Royal Navy's super-sub HMS Astute finally arrived, she made for an awesome sight. More complex than the space shuttle, and able to circumnavigate the globe without surfacing, the 7,400-ton monster is the largest and deadliest hunter-killer submarine ever built.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
The Spirit of America
Amazing National Anthem at Fenway Park - Crowd Helps Autistic Singer
It was Disability Awareness day and the folks at Fenway did a lot of great things for kids with challenges..here is one who sang and when he got nervous the Fenway Faithful helped him out
Watch it all the way through, you will hear the audience join in, it is very powerful.
How to make PEACE!!!
If only all Arabs were as strong as Nonie Darwish, peace would break out tomorrow:
The Bad Egg
Kill all humans for the planet
Who's side are you on?
November 28, 2007 02:35pm
TWO pigs' heads have been dumped at the controversial site of a proposed Islamic school in Sydney's southwest.
The pigs' heads, planted on wooden stakes on the Camden site, with the Australian flag draped between them, are believed to be in protest of the Muslim school proposal.
The proposed school, for up to Muslim 1200 students on 15ha and wedged between market gardens and pastures, has been highly controversial.
A public meeting held in Camden earlier this month attracted more than 2000 people opposed to the development.
The local council also received several thousand written objections during the planning approval process.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Cameron Stewart November 28, 2007
November 28, 2007 01:28pm
One of the gang punched Mr Quirk in the face before he handed over his phone and his wallet.
November 29, 2007 09:10am
The Shock - coming soon to your city?
By Emma Charlton in Paris
November 27, 2007 03:00am
Article from: Reuters
Worst violence since 2005
Gangs use guns against police
A FRENCH judge ordered a manslaughter inquiry after the death of two teenagers in a crash with police sparked a night of rioting in a flashpoint Paris suburb.
The violence was some of the worst since nationwide riots in 2005, which erupted in similar circumstances.
The two youths, aged 15 and 16, died after their motorbike collided with a police car in the high-immigration suburb of Villiers-le-Bel yesterday evening. Six hours of clashes followed.
Gangs of youths used guns against police, according to one police union, as they torched about 30 cars and looted shops and buildings. Twenty-five police and one firefighter were injured, officials said. Calm was eventually restored just after midnight.
About 100 youths thronged the crash site on a high-rise housing estate, accusing police of fleeing the scene.
64 police injured as Paris riots worsen
November 28, 2007
VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France: French police beefed up security yesterday after riots continued for a second night in flashpoint Paris suburbs despite the launch of a judicial probe into the deaths of two teens, which sparked the violence.
Police said yesterday 64 officers were injured in clashes with youths in and around the suburb of Villiers-le-Bel, adding that five were in critical condition.
"One policeman was wounded in the shoulder after being hit by a high-calibre bullet," a security official said.
The injuries followed rioting in Villiers-le-Bel and the nearby towns of Sarcelles and Garges-les-Gonesses, police said.
Riots intensified in the town and neighbouring areas, police said yesterday. Six hours of violent clashes erupted in Villiers-le-Bel on Sunday after the teenagers' motorbike crashed into a police car.
Yesterday, about 100 youths crouching behind bins in Villiers-le-Bel hurled objects at 160 riot police, who responded with rubber bullets and teargas.
Police said young rioters in other towns were armed with baseball bats, Molotov cocktails and bottles of acid.
Weapon of Deception
America's Truth Forum
Call of the Terminators
Nov. 21: An experimental robotic exoskeleton turns grunts into super-soldiers.
Hillary and Huma
Drudge is highlighting the Hillary Clinton/Huma Abedin innuendo, which has made the Times of London.
Pamela had background on this awhile ago: the whispers are that Hillary Clinton is carrying on a lesbian relationship with her top aide, Huma Abedin. It's certainly a salacious rumor, but what concerns me about it is not the affair but the fact that Hillary's closest aide is a Muslim who grew up in Saudi Arabia, and whose father was an Islamic scholar there:
Real Ugly Bride
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Wahhabism, Financed By Saudi Arabia, Quickly Gains Ground in Bosnia
SPIEGELONLINE INTERNATIONAL: The Dayton Peace Accords called for the removal of foreign combatants from Bosnia after the Balkans war. But hundreds of mujahedeen fighters stayed, and today they are successfully spreading their fundamentalist Islamist views.
Cool New Way to Surf News
The site is
Once on board, you can easily link your blog, update your location, and build a personalized internet world of content.
F-16 History Markings 90th
US Air Force Nov 26, 2007
AUSTIN, Texas: An F-16C Fighting Falcon from the Texas Air National Guard's 111th Fighter Squadron is flying with a special paint job in honor of the squadron's 90th anniversary.
"Ace in the Hole" and the star on the tail replicate the markings of the squadron's F-84s during the Korean War. The ventral fin, partially obscured, reads "Est. 1917."
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Iraq's New Era
By DJ Elliott
November 23, 2007 10:44 AM
While the "surge" of five US brigades plus their accompanying support elements, about 30,000 US troops total, is the main focus of commentators when discussing the current situation in Iraq, the real surge in Iraq is happening behind the scenes. The rapidly expanding Iraqi Army is where the real surge in forces is occurring.
4-3 Brigade - Southwest Ninawa
A new era for Australia 2007
BRITISH Prime Minister Gordon Brown has personally congratulated Kevin Rudd on Labor's federal election victory and welcomed his plan to quickly ratify the Kyoto protocol. Read more
US President George W. Bush looks forward to working with the new Australian government after Prime Minister John Howard, a staunch Bush ally, suffered an overwhelming electoral defeat by the Labor Party, a White House spokeswoman said. Read more
Didn't Peter Garrett just about admit to being a Marxist about a decade or so ago?
WORD of Labor's victory in the Federal Election has made headlines worldwide, with many international news agencies describing it as an "end to a conservative era". Read more
ALEXANDER Downer has put the Coalition's federal election defeat down bad timing for himself and his Liberal colleagues. Read more
Sunday Herald Sun
November 25, 2007 12:00am
THE parents of fallen Australian commando Luke Worsley have paid an emotional tribute to their son.
John and Marjorie Worsley released a statement yesterday saying their brave son had made the "ultimate sacrifice" for the country he loved.
"He loved the army, its discipline, training and spirit," they said.
"Our son chose his profession and, as fate would have it, he paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"We are extremely proud of our boy and we know we lost him doing a job he was trained for and loved doing."
Pte Worsley, 26, was killed in a raid on a Taliban bomb-making centre in Afghanistan. Three civilians and a number of Taliban also died.
His body will be flown home late this week to his family, which includes his parents, three sisters, a brother, two nieces and two nephews and his girlfriend.
Pte Worsley is the third Digger to die in action in Afghanistan in seven weeks and the fourth Australian soldier to die since the Afghan campaign began in late 2001.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Conservative Labor Win
Howard Admits Election Defeat
Updated:11:24, Saturday November 24, 2007
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has suffered a humiliating election defeat as the opposition Labor Party swept into power.
Mr Howard, who was seeking a fifth term after 11 years of conservative rule, is reported to have telephoned Labor leader Kevin Rudd to admit defeat.
The outgoing prime minister also appeared to be on course to lose his own seat, which he has held since 1974, as the elections saw a 6.3% swing to Labor.
If he does lose his constituency, he will be the first prime minister since 1929 to do so.
Former diplomat Mr Rudd, 50, presented himself as a new generation leader compared with the 68-year-old Mr Howard.
Voters warmed to his promise to pull Australian troops out of Iraq and sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
The pledges further isolate the United States, which had received strong backing from Mr Howard.
"On the numbers we've seen tonight, Labor is going to form a government," deputy Labor leader Julia Gillard told Australian television as results came in.
The Labor victory marks only the sixth change of government in Australia since the Second World War.
The election was fought mainly on domestic issues, with Labor exploiting widespread anger at workplace laws and rising interest rates.
Mr Howard was Australia's second-longest serving prime minister behind Liberal Party founder Sir Robert Menzies.
If government changes, so does nation
Paul Kelly, Editor-at-large November 21, 2007
IN his final-week interview with this newspaper John Howard has belled the cat, warning against the new political era Australia confronts if Labor wins the election. Howard's scare tactic is reminiscent of Paul Keating's dictum that "you change your government, you change your country".
From the moment he entered politics, Kevin Rudd wanted to make a difference. His chance is imminent. Despite his clever me-tooism Rudd, an ambitious and single-minded leader, intends to make a difference to Australia if he prevails.
Rudd will change the nation and nobody should expect anything less of a new prime minister. The magnitude of Labor's potential supremacy may be unprecedented. This was the foundation for Howard's final-week wake-up call.
His sketch of the Rudd era, if it comes, is Labor control of the House of Representatives, a Labor-Greens majority in the Senate, coast-to-coast Labor governments in the states and federally, and a Labor-trade union alliance to rewrite our industrial relations laws from top to bottom.
This portrait is not just a Howard scare. It is a realistic result from the election if the polls are vindicated. Howard calls this system "the least checked and balanced political distribution in the history of the country".
This may become the crucial prophecy from campaign 2007, with Labor's supremacy comprehensive.
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Australian Elections Loom
Barry Rubin in the Jerusalem Post articulates a widespread malady among the Western intelligentsia: The idea that poverty, relative backwardness, violence and instability must be caused by external circumstances is ingrained in much of the Western intelligentsia. It contributes to...
Is the U.S. government infested with jihadist moles?
Looks as if it is. And it is, of course, because of the government's politically correct eagerness to hire Muslims, to show that the war on terror is not anti-Islam or anti-Muslim. And because no one in the government is...
Friday, November 23, 2007
Picked the wrong guy
Ali K. is suspected of having burned Kristina H. (Foto) alive in a suitcase.
Ali K. is a 17 years old Turkish citizen in Berlin-Neukölln. Ali K. is the prototype of the integrated immigrant, his mates from the Neuköllner Gangs consider him helpful and supportive; he never failed to support himself by dealing with narcotics.
Unfortunately he has come under suspicion by the police (who arrested him in the meantime) that he killed his 14-year old girlfriend Kristina K. by burning her alive in a suitcase because she threatened to inform the police about his activities. (source: Welt 20. November 2007, )
“Although you cannot and should not compare homicide and murder, but this here is one of the worst crimes I have ever seen committed on a child in the history of our city,” said the chief of the homicide commission in front of the media.
From Jihadwatch Deutschland
Careful who you hook up with girls, take this as a warning!
U.S. aircraft carrier denied access to Hong Kong
Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:22pm EST
HONG KONG (Reuters) - China has refused permission for a U.S. aircraft carrier and accompanying vessels to visit Hong Kong for a long-planned Thanksgiving holiday visit, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.
The Kitty Hawk group and its crew of 8,000 U.S. airmen and sailors had been expected in Hong Kong on Wednesday, but will now spend the holiday on the South China Sea.
Hundred of relatives of crew members of the USS Kitty Hawk had flown to Hong Kong to celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones. Hong Kong has been a regular port of call for U.S. sailors on "R & R" (rest and recuperation) since the Vietnam War.
The Chinese move comes as a surprise just weeks after a visit to China by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, which he said he hoped would lead to a long-term dialogue.
"At present, it appears the USS Kitty Hawk strike group will not be making a port call in Hong Kong as previously planned as a result of a last minute denial by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs," State Department spokeswoman Nicole Thompson said.
The United States was pressing China for an explanation and to reconsider its decision, she added.
There are several possible sources of discontent that may have prompted the decision -
- including U.S. plans to sell Taiwan a $940 million upgrade to its missile system and a meeting last month between President George W Bush and the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist leader who Beijing considers a traitor.
The Foreign Ministry in Beijing declined to make an immediate comment.
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Thursday, November 22, 2007
So it’s up to us.
All of Us
Save this rape victim in Saudi Arabia
Saudi defends 200 lashes for gang-rape victim
How could they not defend it? They're just applying Islamic law. "Saudi defends verdict against gang-rape victim," from Reuters (thanks to John): RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia defended on Tuesday a court's decision to sentence a woman who was gang-raped...
Full article: <http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/018877.php>
The US and Australian governments have effectively abandoned the woman, who was raped 14 times by seven men. US Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton has urged President George W. Bush to call on Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah to drop the charges, while Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has asked diplomatic staff to “raise Australia’s concern” over the sentence with the Saudi Government.
Compounding the obscenity of the sentence is the fact that it has been increased from 90 lashes.
The victim, a 19-year-old who has become known as “Qatif girl” after the Shiite-populated area of Al-Qatif in the Eastern Province she comes from, has vowed to challenge the ruling, even though the judge has warned her sentence could be increased if she loses her appeal.
The politicians’ silence doesn’t stop us from speaking out for her.
Today we are collecting your comments and views in a petition that we will present to the Saudi embassy in Canberra.
Please post your comments below and we will pass them on to the embassy.
We also encourage Australians to protest directly to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. You can telephone the embassy in Canberra at (02) 6282 6999 and ask to speak with the Australian and New Zealand ambassador Mr Hassan Talat Nazer.
You can also send faxes to (02) 6282 8911 or post letters to:
P.O. Box 9162 Deakin ACT 2600
Saudi women challenge driving ban
Official Saudi website for fatwas
Rand Corporation Nov 20, 2007
International cooperation is needed to keep a new generation of advanced conventional weapons now under development from falling into the hands of terrorists, according to a RAND Corporation report issued today.
By staff writers
November 20, 2007 11:40am
Scandinavian feminists were outraged when two women were asked to cover up their breasts by a lifeguard at a public pool near Stockholm, the Daily Mail's Metro.co.uk website reported.
"If women are forced to wear a top, shouldn't men also have to?" said one of the women, 22-year-old Ragnhild Karlsson.
Now women in southern Sweden have set up the Bara Bradiost network, which translates as Just Breasts.
"We want our breasts to be as normal and desexualised as men's, so that we too can pull off our shirts at football matches," said a spokeswoman for the group.
The country's equal opportunities ombudsman will decide whether or not to take up the case on behalf of the women later this month.
Hope this spreads to Australia :)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Avoid the Radical Left
Beware Green alliance: PM
Paul Kelly and Dennis Shanahan November 20, 2007
New UK sniper rifle
UK Ministry of Defence Nov 19, 2007
Snipers in the Army, Royal Marines and RAF Regiment are to get a new rifle that will give them lethal precision at even greater distances under a £4M contract announced today. The British firm Accuracy International Ltd will supply 580 rifles with day telescopic sights for snipers across the services, which will fire a larger caliber bullet than the existing weapon.
The new rifle is being supplied as part of a broader Sniper System Improvement (SSI) programme to give UK snipers more power, precision and stealth than ever before. All-weather new advanced day and night sights will mean snipers can operate round the clock in difficult conditions, and laser technology will allow distant targets to be accurately located.
Baroness Taylor, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support said: "We are committed to providing our troops on the front line with the equipment they need.
"Military snipers provide vital capability on operations, defeating the enemy and protecting our troops on the ground.
In response to feedback from operations we are investing in new sniper equipment. The first contract is for the new longer range rifle and day sight, and we expect to start taking deliveries of this kit early next year."
Training units will familiarise themselves with the weapon and how it works with other parts of the sniper system. The rifle is due to be ready for operational use next spring.
1. Accuracy International Ltd is based in Portsmouth
2. Day sights are manufactured by Schmidt & Bender
3. Other elements of the Sniper System Improvement programme include night sights, spotting scopes, laser range finders and tripods, and will be sourced from a variety of suppliers taking the total procurement value to over £11 million.
Long Range Rifle L115A3 -
- Calibre: 8.59mm -
- Weight: 6.8kg -
- Length: 1300mm -
- Muzzle velocity: 936m/s -
- Feed: 5-round box -
- Effective range: 1100m plus
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