World’s most advanced jet in 60 secs   Leave a comment


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Posted September 30, 2014 by markosun in Military

U.S. Secret Service has been beaten before   Leave a comment


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The United States Secret Service is tasked with a few different missions. One is law enforcement against counterfeiting, the other is protecting the President of the U.S.  This week there was a major breach of security as some lunatic jumped the fence in front of the White House, started running and went through the front door, ran down a couple hallways landing up in the East Room. He was finally tackled by an off-duty Secret Service agent.  What if this guy had a suicide belt. America’s coveted Presidential mansion could have been blown to kingdom come!

But the Secret Service has been overcome before. As this early 1970’s documentary illustrates.

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Posted September 30, 2014 by markosun in Law enforcement

The helicopter taxis of Sao Paulo, Brazil   Leave a comment


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Sao Paulo’s millionaires use helicopters to avoid traffic jams

More of Brazil’s uber-rich are using helicopters to avoid gridlock of its commercial capital

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Brazilian millionaire Cozete Gomes says helicopter is the best way to get around in Sao Paulo. Photo: AFP

Model turned business mogul Cozete Gomes owns eight companies and does not really have time to be stuck in Sao Paulo’s epic traffic jams. So she just flies over them.

In Brazil’s sprawling business capital, home to 20 million people, millionaires sick of nightmarish bottlenecks on the roads are taking to the skies, relying on a massive fleet of private helicopters to get around town.

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“For me, the helicopter is a necessary tool,” Gomes said as she flew high above the clogged streets into Campos de Jordao, northeast of Sao Paulo – a mountain resort for the rich dubbed the “Brazilian Switzerland”.

“I use it in my day-to-day activities, for my business, my meetings. It makes my life a whole lot easier,” she said during the 50-minute ride this month in a private six-seat helicopter.

There are 420 helicopters registered in Sao Paulo – second only to New York, said the Brazilian Association of Helicopter Pilots.

With a net worth estimated at US$125 million, Gomes, 41, is part of a select group of super-rich elite who either own helicopters or can afford to rent them for US$1,300 an hour.

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There are up to 500 helicopter flights daily in Sao Paulo and the city has a staggering 193 heliports. Helicicade, the city’s largest, boasts nearly 80 helicopters owned either by individuals or private companies.

“The helicopter business in Brazil has been growing about 20 per cent in recent years,” said Carolina Denardi, a spokeswoman for the Brazilian Association of Helicopter Pilots. The country had a nationwide fleet of more than 1,900 helicopters, including nearly 700 in Sao Paulo state alone, the association said. On average, more than 300 operator licences have been issued annually in the past three years.

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While most Sao Paulo residents struggle to get around the city, wealthy executives and socialites – oblivious to the maddening gridlock – cruise overhead, hopping to their luxury condos, beach resorts or business meetings.

In the Wealth Report 2013 published by Wealth-X, a Singapore-based wealth intelligence firm, Sao Paulo was last year home to 1,880 individuals with net assets of US$30 million or more.

Gomes – a former model and beauty queen whose eight companies focus on promotional marketing, event management and modelling – says she is one of the few Brazilian women to have built her fortune on her own.

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Posted September 30, 2014 by markosun in Aircraft, Aviation

Did the Vikings Get a Bum Rap?   Leave a comment


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A Yale historian wants us to rethink the terrible tales about the Norse.

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This illustration shows the stereotype of Viking marauders wreaking mayhem, even on clergy. The scene depicts the monastery at Clonmacnoise, Ireland.

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Published September 26, 2014

The Vikings gave no quarter when they stormed the city of Nantes, in what is now western France, in June 843—not even to the monks barricaded in the city’s cathedral. “The heathens mowed down the entire multitude of priest, clerics, and laity,” according to one witness account. Among the slain, allegedly killed while celebrating the Mass, was a bishop who later was granted sainthood.

To modern readers the attack seems monstrous, even by the standards of medieval warfare. But the witness account contains more than a touch of hyperbole, writes Anders Winroth, a Yale history professor and author of the book The Age of the Vikings, a sweeping new survey. What’s more, he says, such exaggeration was often a feature of European writings about the Vikings.

When the account of the Nantes attack is scrutinized, “a more reasonable image emerges,” he writes. After stating that the Vikings had killed the “entire multitude,” for instance, the witness contradicts himself by noting that some of the clerics were taken into captivity. And there were enough people left—among the “many who survived the massacre”—to pay ransom to get prisoners back.

In short, aside from ignoring the taboo against treating monks and priests specially, the Vikings acted not much differently from other European warriors of the period, Winroth argues.

In 782, for instance, Charlemagne, now heralded as the original unifier of Europe, beheaded 4,500 Saxon captives on a single day. “The Vikings never got close to that level of efficiency,” Winroth says, drily.

Just how bad were the Vikings?

Winroth is among the scholars who believe the Vikings were no more bloodthirsty than other warriors of the period. But they suffered from bad public relations—in part because they attacked a society more literate than their own, and therefore most accounts of them come from their victims. Moreover, because the Vikings were pagan, they played into a Christian story line that cast them as a devilish, malign, outside force.

“There is this general idea of the Vikings as being exciting and other, as something that we can’t understand from our point of view—which is simply continuing the story line of the victims in their own time,” Winroth says. “One starts to think of them in storybook terms, which is deeply unfair.”

In reality, he proposes, “the Vikings were sort of free-market entrepreneurs.”

Posted September 29, 2014 by markosun in History

To Serve and Protect   Leave a comment


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Posted September 28, 2014 by markosun in Police

World Class Stadium   Leave a comment


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IGF stadium in Winnipeg is great, now if the Blue Bombers could start winning.

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Posted September 28, 2014 by markosun in Sports

Water everwhere!   Leave a comment


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Since The Forks and Winnipeg City opened up the river walk along the rivers in downtown Winnipeg I have never seen a year like this year.  The river walks have been under water all year. The walkway is still under water in late September.  Crying shame. I love those walkways.

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Posted September 20, 2014 by markosun in Winnipeg

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