Archive for December 2009

Barbie has a Burka in her wardrobe.   1 comment


Mattel, the company that created and sells Barbie dolls has Burka versions to celebrate the dolls 50th anniversary.

It has been documented that women forced under religious law to wear a Burka suffer from acute vitamin D deficiency.  They get no sunlight.  Let alone any whistles from men.  But whistling at women in the countries where the burka are worn would likely get a guy fifty lashes.

In Afghanistan where women are forced to wear the Burka, women suffer from thin, brittle and misshapen bones.  Their teeth fall out. Vitamin D deficiency results in impaired bone mineralization and leads to bone softening diseases, rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults, and possibly contributes to osteoporosis.

By promoting this medieval cultural backwardness Mattel should be ashamed.

Posted December 16, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Winnipeg auto thieves running out of easy prey.   Leave a comment


Since the introduction of the Immobilizer program in Manitoba in 2004 auto theft has declined by over 75 percent.  The bored little dysfunctional cretins who waste everybody’s time, money and often lives are running out of vehicles to steal. 

The thieves won’t have anything to do to get their kicks anymore.  No money, no functioning family, causes these morons to go after what is available.  Stealing cars was very appealing.  Excitement and glory from being the big bad street hood.  But with the immobilizer auto theft isn’t much of an option anymore.  Where these desperadoes go next is anybodys guess.  Maybe swarming old folks homes stealing motorized carts.

Posted December 15, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

Senior citizen killers.   Leave a comment


(CNN) — A Massachusetts grand jury has indicted a 98-year-old woman, accused of strangling her 100-year-old nursing home roommate, on a second-degree murder charge.
Prosecutors say Laura Lundquist killed centenarian Elizabeth Barrow, a resident of Brandon Woods Nursing Home in Dartmouth, after the two women had an argument over a table Lundquist had placed at the foot of Barrow’s bed.
Barrow was found dead September 24 with a plastic shopping bag tied loosely around her head, according the Bristol County district attorney’s office. An autopsy indicated Barrow had been strangled.

Ex-Wrestler In ‘Bodyslam’ Killing At OAP Home

12:54pm UK, Friday March 06, 2009

A retired pro-wrestler is believed to have bodyslammed a 97-year-old fellow nursing home patient, causing the man’s death.

Verne Gagne, 83, apparently broke Helmutt Gutmann’s hip in the manouevre at their nursing home in Indiana, US.

Mr Gutmann, a former cancer researcher, died three weeks after the incident.

Authorities ruled the death was homicide but details of the event are unclear because neither man could recall what happened.

Police are investigating but not even the victim’s widow wants to see Mr Gagne, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, prosecuted.

Betty Gutmann says she does not blame Mr Gagne for her husband’s death and believes he had no idea what he was doing.

She said most Alzheimer’s victims are old and frail, and when they lash out they do not usually cause much harm.

But she added that Mr Gagne “was a professional athlete and was trained to do certain moves. This is what makes him much more dangerous than the ordinary person” with dementia.

Posted December 14, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

What went on in Norway update.   Leave a comment


 

What is going on in Norway?

It has been confirmed by various sources that the strange Norway lights last week were caused by a Russian submarine launched missile that malfunctioned and went crazy.

Some very strange lights appeared in northern Norway last night.  Who knows what the hell they could be.  The Russians have some major military installations adjacent to their northern border with Norway.  The Americans also have some big electronic intelligence gathering facilities in norther Norway.  So maybe it was man-made, or some really bizzare natural event.

Posted December 13, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

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JHMCS – Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System   Leave a comment


Military technology that is truly space-age.  U.S. developed intial technology in the 1970’s but many other nations copied it.  But the U.S. is back on top with this unit.

The JHMCS is in production and is currently operational with U.S. fighter aircraft. This highly accurate cueing system provides pilots with “First look, First shot” high off-boresight weapons engagement capabilities. JHMCS enables the pilot to accurately direct (cue) onboard weapons against enemy aircraft while performing high-G aircraft maneuvers. The pilot needs only to point his / her head at the target and weapons will be directed to where the pilot is looking. The system can also be employed to accurately cue the pilot to ground targets. As a cueing system, JHMCS is a two way interface in that sensors aboard the aircraft can cue the pilot to potential targets or, conversely, the pilot can cue weapons and sensor systems to areas of interest. Critical information and symbology such as targeting cues and aircraft performance parameters are graphically displayed directly on the pilot’s visor.

JHMCS provides low-weight, optimized C.G. and in-flight replaceable modules to enhance operational performance – including the ability to be reconfigured in-flight to meet night vision requirements.

Posted December 10, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

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What is going on in Norway?   Leave a comment


Some very strange lights appeared in northern Norway last night.  Who knows what the hell they could be.  The Russians have some major military installations adjacent to their northern border with Norway.  The Americans also have some big electronic intelligence gathering facilities in norther Norway.  So maybe it was man-made, or some really bizzare natural event.

Posted December 9, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Fighting the Terrorists?   Leave a comment


The war in Afghanistan was initially noble.  After all this is where the Al Qaeda terrorists had their lair.  But it has reverted into a fight against stone age mountain people.  Hopefully in three years everybody disengages.
 
The Iraq debacle made absolutely no sense.  Bush was persuaded by his Neo-Con hawk handlers to invade for no apparent justifiable reason.  They have created a pro-Iranian regime in Baghdad that could implode into bloody sectarian warfare at any time.  This possibility will be magnified after the US pulls out in the fall of 2011.  Many Americans regard Iran as the main bad guy in the world.  So what did Bush do?  He toppled a blood enemy (Saddam) of the Iranians and installed a friendly little Shia brother.  I guess the Bush handlers had never heard of divide and conquer.
The graph is for Afghanistan.

Coalition Military Fatalities By Year

Afghanistan

Year US UK  Other Total
2001 12 0 0 12
2002 49 3 17 69
2003 48 0 9 57
2004 52 1 7 60
2005 99 1 31 131
2006 98 39 54 191
2007 117 42 73 232
2008 155 51 89 295
2009 302 100 87 489
Total 932 237 367 1536

 

Coalition Military Fatalities By Year

Iraq

Year US UK  Other Total
2003 486 53 41 580
2004 849 22 35 906
2005 846 23 28 897
2006 822 29 21 872
2007 904 47 10 961
2008 314 4 4 322
2009 146 1 0 147
Total 4367 179 139 4685

 

Posted December 9, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Winnipeg is not coldest city in the World.   1 comment


 

There is a misconception that Winnipeg is the coldest city in the world with a population over 500,000.  All the cities below have metro areas over half a million population.

Right now in Winnipeg it is very cold. -35 with windchill.

It is cold enough to freeze the nuts off a bridge.  Where  opticians are giving away free ice scrapers with every new pair of eyeglasses!  Where down at the city morgue, you can’t tell the stiffs from the guys who worked there!

Average Yearly Temperature:
1. Ulan-Bator, Mongolia 24.8(deg.F) -4.0 (deg.C)
2. Chita, Russia. 27.1(deg.F) -2.7 (deg.C)
3. Bratsk, Russia. 28.0(deg.F) -2.2 (deg.C)
4. Ulan-Ude, Russia. 28.9(deg.F) -1.7 (deg.C)
5. Angarsk, Russia. 29.7(deg.F) -1.3 (deg.C)
6. Irkutsk, Russia 30.0(deg.F) -1.1 (deg.C)
7. Komsomolsk-na-Amure, Russia 30.7(deg.F) -0.7 (deg.C)
8. Tomsk, Russia. 30.9(deg.F) -0.6 (deg.C)
9. Kemerovo, Russia. 31.3(deg.F) -0.4 (deg.C)
10. Novosibirsk, Russia. 31.8(deg.F) -0.1 (deg.C)

Posted December 9, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Afghanistan another Vietnam?   Leave a comment


Obama should heed the lessons of Vietnam

By Julian E. Zelizer, Special to CNN
December 7, 2009 10:26 a.m. EST
Editor’s note: Julian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. His new book, “Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security — From World War II to the War on Terrorism,” will be published in January by Basic Books. Zelizer writes widely about current events.
 
(CNN) — On June 17, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson explained to The New York Times reporter James “Scotty” Reston why he had to stay the course in Vietnam by stabilizing the South Vietnamese government so that it could fight communism.

Johnson rejected calls for withdrawal that were being made by liberal Democrats as well as the proposal for neutralization promoted by France’s Charles de Gaulle.

“So the only thing you’ve got left,” Johnson said, “is try to make this thing more efficient and more effective and hold as strong as you can and keep this government as stable as you can and try to improve it as you can and that we’re doing day and night.”

During his recent speech at West Point, President Obama rejected the lessons that these kinds of stories tell us about Afghanistan. The president, saying that the comparison with Vietnam relies on a “false reading of history,” pointed to three differences.

The first is that the U.S. is now part of a broad international coalition. The second is that in Vietnam the U.S. faced a “broad-based popular insurgency” whereas today, according to most polls, a large number of Afghans support foreign assistance. Last, Obama added, is that today Americans are responding to a very real threat that began with the vicious attack on 9/11.

Clearly, Obama feels defensive about this analogy and hopes to undercut liberal critics who are frustrated and disappointed with his decision.

In trying to separate himself from the experience of Johnson, however, Obama did not give an accurate account of what many commentators have been saying recently, and he downplayed crucial aspects of the 1960s that do in fact offer warnings for today.

Mark Twain once said that history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes. Most of those who have compared Afghanistan to Vietnam do not say that the situations were exactly the same politically or strategically. Nor is it inevitable that the surge in Afghanistan will be unsuccessful.

In 1964, Johnson heard from voices ranging from Idaho liberal Frank Church to Georgia hawk Richard Russell that Vietnam was not critical to fighting communism and that the war was unwinnable. Their warnings proved to be accurate. Going into this decision, Obama heard comparable criticism as well.

Both presidents also expanded the war just as they were trying to shape a broad domestic agenda. Johnson was much further ahead of the game when he increased the number of ground troops in the war that he inherited. The war devastated Johnson’s domestic efforts. Obama faces the same threat.

Both wars have been justified as wars of necessity. With Vietnam, proponents warned that the fall of Southeast Asia to communism would vastly strengthen the Soviet Union and China.

In an era when American schoolchildren were being taught to duck and cover under their desks in case of nuclear war, this warning about Vietnam also made the war seem essential. Today, the necessity stems from the claim that failure would resurrect the dangers we faced before 9/11.

And both presidents escalated wars where the path to victory and the potential costs — in terms of human capital and budgetary obligations — were unclear.

Despite the fact that Johnson confronted a very different kind of enemy, the risk today is enormously high. In Afghanistan, the U.S. is dealing with a war front that is notoriously treacherous, as the Soviets learned in the 1980s and the U.S. has learned since 2001. The U.S. is also depending on a highly corrupt and undependable government in Afghanistan.

While the promise of withdrawal in July 2011 might be accurate, presidential assurances of benchmarks and end games historically don’t come true. The one constant in warfare is that it is unpredictable and difficult to control. One day after Obama’s speech, Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated that the deadline was not firm.

And the administration might very well be handcuffing itself to a strategy of more warfare as it keeps offering grave warnings about what a victory by the Taliban would mean.

These warnings will make it difficult in the long run for the administration to contain the operation or to withdraw forces unless it is absolutely clear that the Taliban has been defeated.

Democrats could find themselves feeling like their predecessors in the 1950s who were under political pressure to abide by the containment arguments outlined by President Harry Truman with the Truman Doctrine in 1947 — first with Korea in 1950 and then with Vietnam.

Obama should not be so defensive about the comparisons with Vietnam. Rather, he should use Johnson’s experience to help guide him as he makes crucial decisions in the months ahead and attempts to navigate the challenges of the wartime presidency.

In a conversation with a few of his closest advisers, Johnson said in 1964 that “It’s damned easy to get in a war but it’s gonna be awfully hard to ever extricate yourself if you get in.”

In 1965, Johnson made the mistake of excluding those who were trying to warn him about the dangers of the war. Let’s hope that this time around Obama does not repeat this error.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Julian Zelizer.

Posted December 8, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

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9/11 Truthers are nuts   Leave a comment


I watched the Fifth Estate today and it featured many prominent Truthers. Architects and a university professor from Western Ontario.
These seemingly intelligent people are out of their bleeping minds.
Controlled demolition of the 3 towers. The journalist interviews a professional demolitionist. He said up to a hundred tons of thermite would have been needed for one of the 110 story towers. The demolition people would had to have cut right up to the beams and attached the explosives. With security and cleaners in the building all night nobody noticed anything. No holes were seen anywhere.
This is how the professor believes the real situation unfolded: The 2 planes that crashed into the WTC were taken over by American secret agents as soon as they took off. Then they were flown to a secret military base where they were held. Two identical aircraft that were set up to be remotely controlled were then flown into the towers remotely. The pentagon plane situation is described as being a missile. That plane disappears. The plane that crashed somehow couldn’t be taken over by the secret agents. So it was shot down by the air force.
The other 2 or 3 planes being held at the military base were loaded with all original passengers and witnesses and flown into the Atlantic ocean with no survivors. This must have been remotely controlled also.
When asked why the planes were needed when the buildings were already wired with explosives the architect didn’t want to touch the question because it would only be speculation. What in the hell is his theory in the first place? Complete and utter speculation.
The whole operation would have taken hundreds if not thousands of people to pull off. And as per other conspiracy theories, nobody has talked. Americans like to talk and they like money. Somebody would have told the wife by now or sold his story to the National Enquirer.
Bush could barely wipe his own ass, how did that inept administration pull something like this off?
It takes all kinds to make the world go around I guess.

Posted December 6, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

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