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Jet Man flies alongside jet fighters over the Alps   Leave a comment


Posted November 30, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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What, or rather who, is causing explosions in Iranian nuclear and military facilities?   1 comment


Homeland Security News Wire

28 November 2011

A powerful explosion rattled Iran’s third-largest city Isfahan early Monday evening Iran’s time (late morning EST); a major nuclear weapons-related facility is located eight miles from Isfahan; the facility is used for processing uranium so it can be fed into uranium enrichment centrifuges; the massive blast is the latest in a series of mysterious explosions in Iran during the past two years – explosions which not only destroyed military facilities and development centers, but which also wrecked natural gas transport facilities, oil refineries, bridges, and other infrastructure assets; the blasts have caused dozens of deaths, disrupted Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and inflicted damage on key infrastructure.

A powerful explosion rattled the Iranian city of Isfahan early Monday evening Iran’s time (late morning EST). Isfahan is Iran’s third largest city, but more importantly, a major nuclear weapons-related facility is located eight miles from Isfahan. The facility is used for processing uranium so it can be fed into uranium enrichment centrifuges.

Iran uses two other facilities, in Natanz and in Qom, to enrich uranium.

This is the second powerful explosion in as many weeks in an Iranian nuclear weapons-related facility. On 12 November, a powerful explosion destroyed a large area in a military facility twenty-five miles west of Tehran. That facility is the center of Iran’s ballistic missiles development work, The explosion, which killed about twenty top commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, including Gen. Hasan Tehrani Moghaddam, the general who founded and led the country’s missile program, occurred during a demonstration of a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

Haaretz’s defense and intelligence analyst Yossi Melman notes that during the past two years there were several mysterious explosions in nuclear weapons-related facilities in Iran, and in military facilities operated by regional agents of Iran such as Hezbollah. Only five days ago, a powerful explosion destroyed a major Hezbollah armaments storage facility near the city of Zur in south Lebanon.

A series of explosions during the past two years also wrecked Iranian critical infrastructure facilities (see Thomas Erdbrink, “Mysterious explosions pose dilemma for Iranian leaders,” Washington Post, 25 November 2011). Referring to the 12 November missile base explosion, Erdbrink writes:

A massive blast at a missile base operated by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps nearly two weeks ago was the latest in a series of mysterious incidents involving explosions at natural gas transport facilities, oil refineries and military bases — blasts that have caused dozens of deaths and damage to key infrastructure in the past two years.



No details are yet available about this latest mysterious explosion in Iran. We note, however, a speech former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert gave on 26 March 2009 in an academic gathering in Herzlyia, outside Tel Aviv (he was still in office when he gave the speech). We do not know whether he was referring — obliquely — to the attacks on Iran’s nuclear weapons infrastructure or to the efforts to contain Iran’s influence in the Middle East by preventing it from arming Hamas and Hezbollah. Perhaps he was referring to both campaigns. He warned Israel’s adversaries that Israeli forces, in defending the country, were operating “near and far”:

We are operating in every area in which terrorist infrastructures can be struck. We are operating in locations near and far and attack in a way that strengthens and increases deterrence. It is true in the north and in the south … there is no point in elaborating. Everyone can use their imagination. Whoever needs to know, knows.

Olmert is no longer Israel’s prime minister, but the operational principles which guided Israel’s covert campaign against Iran’s nuclear weapons during his tenure, and which guided earlier Israeli governments, appear to be guiding the current Israeli government as well.

Posted November 29, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The magic of sliced bread   2 comments


I wouldn’t have wanted to own stock with a company in the serrated blade knife industry just prior to this revolutionary breakthrough.

Sliced bread is a loaf of bread which has been pre-sliced and packaged for convenience. It was first sold in 1928, advertised as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.”  This led to the popular phrase, “the greatest thing since sliced bread”.

Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa, USA,  invented the first loaf-at-a-time bread-slicing machine. A prototype he built in 1912 was destroyed in a fire and it was not until 1928 that Rohwedder had a fully working machine ready. The first commercial use of the machine was by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri, which produced their first slices on July 7, 1928.  Their product, “Kleen Maid Sliced Bread”, proved a success. Battle Creek, Michigan has a competing claim as the first city to sell bread presliced by Rohwedder’s machine; however, historians have produced no documentation backing up Battle Creek’s claim.  The bread was advertised as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.”

St. Louis baker Gustav Papendick bought Rohwedder’s second bread slicer and set out to improve it by devising a way to keep the slices together at least long enough to allow the loaves to be wrapped.  After failures trying rubber bands and metal pins, he settled on placing the slices into a cardboard tray. The tray aligned the slices, allowing mechanized wrapping machines to function.

W.E. Long, who promoted the Holsum Bread brand, used by various independent bakers around the country, pioneered and promoted the packaging of sliced bread beginning in 1928.  In 1930 Wonder Bread, first sold in 1925, started marketing sliced bread nationwide.



Posted November 22, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Occupy Movement facing eviction orders across North America   2 comments


The Occupy Movements are facing eviction orders after judge’s are making rulings that freedom of speech arguments just aren’t strong enough to trump enforcement of bylaws.  The eviction orders will keep the Occupy phenomena at the forefront of news coverage.

The Occupy movement has been decrying corporate greed and aims to highlight the concentration of the world’s wealth in the hands of very few.

It began in Manhattan with Occupy Wall Street and crossed the border into Canada on Oct. 15, when encampments began to be set up in cities across the country.






















Posted November 19, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers fight song circa 1970’s   4 comments




The Blue Bombers are in the Eastern conference final this weekend so I thought I would add some musical titillation to the occasion.  This is the Blue Bombers fight song from the early 1970’s.  It sounds like it was arranged and performed by Lawrence Welk’s polka band.




Posted November 18, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Transit fares in Canadian cities   4 comments


Winnipeg city council has approved a 25 cent increase in transit fares starting in 2012.  An adult one way fare on Winnipeg transit is currently $2.40, the increase will put that up to $2.65.  The increase is to help fund the rapid transit corridor from the Jubilee overpass to the University of Manitoba.  Eighty-percent of the citizens that use Winnipeg transit never go to the U of M, but the corridor is the first baby step to bring to Winnipeg a semblance of a rapid transit system.

No trains involved here, the rapid transit corridor will be a street that will be built along an abandoned rail track that will exclusively be used by transit buses.  The idea is to alleviate congestion along major streets by getting the buses onto their own thoroughfare.



Below is a comparison of transit fares in major Canadian cities.  For many Winnipegers that are against the fare hike, this list demonstrates that Winnipeg has one of the lowest transit fares in Canada.  All fares are adult single fare one way trip.  This list goes west to east.

Vancouver SkyTrain


In Vancouver a single fare lets you travel on the transit system for 90 minutes.  Whether by bus, SkyTrain or Seabus.  In Vancouver however, there are different fares according to how far you travel. Three zones.



Zone 1 $2.50

Zone 2 $3.75

Zone 3 $5.00



Adult fare: $2.75



Adult fare:  $2.85



Adult fare:  $2.75



Adult fare:  $2.50



Adult fare:  $2.40



Adult fare:  $3.00



Adult fare:  $2.55



Adult fare:  $3.25



Adult fare:  $3.00


Saint John

Adult fare:  $2.75



Adult fare:  $2.25


St. John’s

Adult fare:  $2.25

In Halifax a regular fare gets you on the ferry.



Posted November 18, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Automobile safety tips from decades past   2 comments


Popular Science magazine had many articles devoted to automobile safety back in the 1930’s, 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  The car explosion in those decades revealed many problems and concerns as cars became bigger and faster.  Many of the tips Pop Sci brings up from back in the day could be utilized in today’s world of mass automobile use.





Keep your eyes on the road!






If this cover image doesn’t terrify you into driving safely, we don’t know what will. According to the illustrator, driving 30 miles and hour is as dangerous as driving on the roof of a building.

Manitoba Public Insurance should start preaching these same basic rules.  I don’t know about the one of suspecting every pedestrian of suicide.

1. Learn to judge the conditions of the road and the drivers. 2. It isn’t how fast you can go, it’s how fast you can stop. 3. Keep one car length between you and the car in front of you for every 10 miles on your speedometer. 4. Suspect every pedestrian of suicide. 5. Every intersection is a crash point, so slow down. 6. Signal properly. 7. Expect the worst from the other car.


Get those brakes checked regularly


Speed limits in certain States back in 1960 was 30 mph.  That would be about 52 kph.


Keep those tires up to date and checked out regularly

Posted November 17, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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