Archive for November 2011

Is this footage of Ogopogo?   Leave a comment


Possible sighting of lake monster in Lake Okanogan in central British Columbia.  There have been reports for years of something in the lake.  This video is inconclusive.  It could be wind, logs, ripples from shallow water.  A Bigfoot snorkeling, who knows?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Posted November 14, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Foul mouthed green parrot   Leave a comment


The parrot scene from Scary Movie 2.  For people that haven’t seen this it is quite funny.

The following clip contains very foul language and a defecation scene.  Viewer discretion is highly advised.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Posted November 13, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Accidental explosion at Revolutionary Guard ammunition depot kills 27 west of Iran’s capital   Leave a comment


 

And these clowns are working on developing nukes!

TEHRAN, Iran – An accidental explosion at a Revolutionary Guard ammunition depot west of Tehran killed at least 27 soldiers on Saturday, Iranian officials said.

The explosion occurred while military personnel were transporting munitions at a base, said Guard spokesman Gen. Ramazan Sharif. The site is located outside Bidganeh village, 25 miles (40 kilometres) southwest of the capital.

The Guard is Iran’s most powerful military force.

“My colleagues at the Guard were transporting ammunition at one of the depots at the site when an explosion occurred as a result of an accident,” Sharif said.

At least 27 Guard members were killed, state TV reported. The broadcast said 16 other soldiers were injured and hospitalized. Sharif said some of them were in critical condition.

Lawmaker Parviz Soroori ruled out sabotage.

“No sabotage was involved in this incident. It has nothing to do with politics,” Soroori was quoted as saying by the parliament’s website, icana.ir.

Posted November 13, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Cannon at Manitoba Legislature on Remembrance Day   Leave a comment


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

 

Posted November 12, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Canadians fought and died courageously in the hell that is war   Leave a comment


 

When World War I broke out in 1914, the Dominions of the British Empire, including Canada immediately and without hesitation supported the United Kingdom’s declaration of war against Germany and its allies. Canada’s sacrifices and contributions to the war changed its history and enabled it to become more independent, while opening a deep rift between the French and English speaking populations. For the first time in its history, Canadian forces fought as a distinct unit under a Canadian-born commander. Battles such as Vimy Ridge, Second Battle of Passchendaele and the Battle of the Somme are still remembered today by Canadians as part of Canada’s heritage and identity. Canada’s total casualties stood at wars end at 67,000 killed and 173,000 wounded, out of an expeditionary force.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

World War II

Canada’s military was active in every theatre of war, though most battles occurred in Italy,  Northern Europe, and the North Atlantic.

Over the course of the war, 1.1 million Canadians served in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Of these more than 45,000 lost their lives and another 54,000 were wounded.  The financial cost was $21,786,077,519.12, between the 1939 and 1950 fiscal years.  By the end of the War, Canada had the world’s fourth largest air force,  and third largest navy.  As well, the Canadian Merchant Navy completed over 25,000 voyages across the Atlantic.  Canadians also served in the militaries of various Allied countries.

By D-Day, June 6, 1944, the landings at Normandy were accomplished by two beachheads made by the American forces at Omaha and Utah, two by British forces, Sword and Gold, and a final one at Juno made by the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.

The war had significant cultural, political and economic effects on Canada, including the conscription crisis which affected unity between Canadian francophones and anglophones. However, the war effort not only strengthened the Canadian economy but further established Canada as a major actor on the world stage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Fifty-eight years ago the Korea Armistice Agreement was signed, ending three years of bitter fighting in Korea. Canada was one of 16 countries which fought under the auspices of the UN defending the principle of collective security. More than 26,000 Canadians served in the Korean War. About 1,500 Canadians were injured, and 516 were killed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

The number of Canadian Forces’ fatalities resulting from Canadian military activities in Afghanistan is the largest for any single Canadian military mission since the Korean War between 1950 and 1953. A total of 158 Canadian Forces personnel have been killed in the war since 2002.

Figures released by DND in January 2011 show that the total number of Canadian soldiers injured and wounded in more than nine years of war reached 1,859 by the end of December 2010.  1,244 of these are listed as NBI (Non battle injuries) and 615 of these are listed as WIA (wounded in action).

Following a policy change at the beginning of 2010, the Canadian military began to withhold all injury reports, releasing only statistics after the end of a calendar year, citing security reasons.

The Department of National Defence also refuses to disclose the nature or severity of injuries and wounds, claiming that information is an operational secret.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Posted November 10, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Occupy Winnipeg tent town   Leave a comment


 

The Occupy Winnipeg social and political activists are braving November weather as they continue to stay in their tent town located in Memorial Park.  As I walked by today there were 40-60 tents, with many people mingling in the bright sunshine.  I talked to one activist and he said they will stay as long as they feel it is practical.  The looming -25 weather is around the corner and the Manitoba legislature has denied the protesters use of its washroom facilities.  Using the porta-potty in -15 weather could be very uncomfortable to say the least.

 

 

The tent town is sort of divided.  There is the main camp, with a second camp nestled among the trees along Osborne St.

 

 

Occupy Winnipeg is part of the larger Occupy Canada which is a collective of peaceful protests and demonstrations that are part of the larger Occupy Together movement which first manifested in the financial district of New York City with Occupy Wall Street, and subsequently spread to over 900 cities around the world.

 

The collective protests are primarily against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the corrupting influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government and democracy.

Characterized by leaderless, horizontally organized, participatory democratic action, and nonviolent civil disobedience, the grassroots democratic movement hopes to effect societal change to put the public good over corporate profits.

 

 

 

 

Societies need social activists that bring attention to important issues that are often buried at the bottom of the mainstream media agenda.  What comes of this movement will become more clear in the days to come.  But for the Occupy Winnipeg protesters the time of the tent town will be coming to an end as the winter arctic air will start pushing south in the next couple weeks.

 

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Posted November 9, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Canada leader in marijuana use by industrialized nations   Leave a comment


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Marijuana is a drug/herb that affects different people in different ways.  Some people function perfectly normal when high.  They can go to work after a few tokes and perform completely fine.  Other people become somewhat self-conscious and slightly paranoid.  The green makes other people lethargic. And marijuana definitely does have its medical uses.

One uniform effect of marijuana is that it makes 99% of people that use it mellow.  People are laid back and non-aggressive.  In that sense it is much less volatile than alcohol.  As a gateway drug I contend that idea is a bunch of bunk.  If people are inclined to experiment with stronger drugs they will do it no matter what innocuous drug they started off with.

 

Table below shows what percentage of the population uses marijuana on a regular basis.

Country with the highest use of marijuana in the world.

Location of Papua New Guinea.

 

 

Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

I can’t believe The Netherlands was so low on the list.

Posted November 9, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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16 Rotor One Man Helicopter Lifts Off   1 comment


One-man flying space hopper could become the ‘air car’ of the future

  • 80kg machine can take off vertically like a
    jump jet
  • Powered by Lithium Ion batteries
  • Inventor claims the 16-rotor machine will make helicopters ‘obsolete
  • Could be used for ‘air sports’ – or even as a
    flying car

It might look like as space hopper surrounded by model helicopters, but the 16-rotor E-Volo is an entirely new kind of
helicopter – which can hover motionless in the air without input from the pilot.

Its bold engineer, Thomas Senkel, took the machine on its first manned flight this week – lasting 1 minute 30 seconds.
It’s not the first electric helicopter flight – but this is a new kind of machine, steered simply by joystick, with the pilot
sitting above the rotors. Senkel says it could revolutionise transport.
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The three inventors claim their flying machine could be used for inspecting pipelines, as an air ambulance or for taking aerial photographs – as well as just for fun.

Once they have solved the problem of how to keep it in the air for longer – and support more people – Senkel hopes it might replace helicopters for good.

It’s far easier to fly than ordinary helicopters – it’s steered by rotor speed, which is computer-controlled, so the pilot just needs to use a joystick as if playing a videogame, rather than controlling multiple complex controls at once.

Senkel describes the easy-to-use machine as ‘good-natured’ and potentially capable of replacing the helicopter in many
situations.

 

 

A one-hour flight would cost around six euros in electricity. The machine has few parts, which could wear out, meaning the
aircraft needs little maintenance.

E-volo say their aircraft is special because of the ‘simplicity of its engineered construction without complicated mechanics,
and redundant engines.’

In an emergency, it can land even if four of its 16 rotors fail. And since the propellers sit below the pilot, a safety parachute can also be deployed.

The controls could be integrated with GPS software, the three friends claim, and the machine could even automatically avoid obstacles and direct itself to pre-determined locations. E-Volo have already completed several successful ‘drone’ flights with the vehicle, controlled remotely from the ground.

 

Posted November 8, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Pakistan transports nuclear weapons in delivery vans!   Leave a comment


 

The Atlantic

The Alley From Hell

By Marc Ambinder and Jeffrey Goldberg

 

Pakistan lies. It hosted Osama bin Laden (knowingly or not). Its government is barely functional. It hates the democracy next door. It is home to both radical jihadists and a large and growing nuclear arsenal (which it fears the U.S. will seize). Its intelligence service sponsors terrorists who attack American troops. With a friend like this, who needs enemies?

 

Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, February 8, 2011: Set ablaze by roadside bombs, oil trucks bearing fuel for NATO forces burn, as bystanders react. (Fayaz Aziz/Reuters)

 

Shortly after American Navy SEALs raided the Pakistani city of Abbottabad in May and killed Osama bin Laden, General Ashfaq Kayani, the Pakistani chief of army staff, spoke with Khalid Kidwai, the retired lieutenant general in charge of securing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. Kidwai, who commands a security apparatus called the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), had been expecting Kayani’s call.

General Kayani, the most powerful man in a country that has only a simulacrum of civilian leadership, had been busy in the tense days that followed the bin Laden raid: he had to assure his American funders (U.S. taxpayers provide more than $2 billion in annual subsidies to the Pakistani military) that the army had no prior knowledge of bin Laden’s hideout, located less than a mile from Pakistan’s preeminent military academy; and at the same time he had to subdue the uproar within his ranks over what was seen as a flagrant violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty by an arrogant Barack Obama. But he was also anxious about the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, and he found time to express this worry to General Kidwai.

Much of the world, of course, is anxious about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, and for good reason: Pakistan is an unstable and violent country located at the epicenter of global jihadism, and it has been the foremost supplier of nuclear technology to such rogue states as Iran and North Korea. It is perfectly sensible to believe that Pakistan might not be the safest place on Earth to warehouse 100 or more nuclear weapons. These weapons are stored on bases and in facilities spread across the country (possibly including one within several miles of Abbottabad, a city that, in addition to having hosted Osama bin Laden, is home to many partisans of the jihadist group Harakat-ul-Mujahideen). Western leaders have stated that a paramount goal of their counterterrorism efforts is to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of jihadists.

“The single biggest threat to U.S. security, both short-term, medium-term, and long-term, would be the possibility of a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon,” President Obama said last year at an international nuclear-security meeting in Washington. Al-Qaeda, Obama said, is “trying to secure a nuclear weapon—a weapon of mass destruction that they have no compunction at using.”

Pakistan would be an obvious place for a jihadist organization to seek a nuclear weapon or fissile material: it is the only Muslim-majority state, out of the 50 or so in the world, to have successfully developed nuclear weapons; its central government is of limited competence and has serious trouble projecting its authority into many corners of its territory (on occasion it has difficulty maintaining order even in the country’s largest city, Karachi); Pakistan’s military and security services are infiltrated by an unknown number of jihadist sympathizers; and many jihadist organizations are headquartered there already.

“There are three threats,” says Graham Allison, an expert on nuclear weapons who directs the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. The first is “a terrorist theft of a nuclear weapon, which they take to Mumbai or New York for a nuclear 9/11. The second is a transfer of a nuclear weapon to a state like Iran. The third is a takeover of nuclear weapons by a militant group during a period of instability or splintering of the state.” Pakistani leaders have argued forcefully that the country’s nuclear weapons are secure. In times of relative quiet between Pakistan and India (the country that would be the target of a Pakistani nuclear attack), Pakistani officials claim that their weapons are “de-mated”—meaning that the warheads are kept separate from their fissile cores and their delivery systems. This makes stealing, or launching, a complete nuclear weapon far more difficult. Over the past several years, as Pakistan has suffered an eruption of jihadist terrorism, its officials have spent a great deal of time defending the safety of their nuclear program. Some have implied that questions about the safety of the Pakistani nuclear arsenal are motivated by anti-Muslim prejudice. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former army chief and president, who created the SPD, told The Atlantic in a recent interview: “I think it’s overstated that the weapons can get into bad hands.” Referring to Pakistan’s main adversary, India, he said, “No one ever speaks of the dangers of a Hindu bomb.”

Still, General Kidwai promised that he would redouble the SPD’s efforts to keep his country’s weapons far from the prying eyes, and long arms, of the Americans, and so he did: according to multiple sources in Pakistan, he ordered an increase in the tempo of the dispersal of nuclear-weapons components and other sensitive materials. One method the SPD uses to ensure the safety of its nuclear weapons is to move them among the 15 or more facilities that handle them. Nuclear weapons must go to the shop for occasional maintenance, and so they must be moved to suitably equipped facilities, but Pakistan is also said to move them about the country in an attempt to keep American and Indian intelligence agencies guessing about their locations.

 

 

Nuclear-weapons components are sometimes moved by helicopter and sometimes moved over roads. And instead of moving nuclear material in armored, well-defended convoys, the SPD prefers to move material by subterfuge, in civilian-style vehicles without noticeable defenses, in the regular flow of traffic. According to both Pakistani and American sources, vans with a modest security profile are sometimes the preferred conveyance. And according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, the Pakistanis have begun using this low-security method to transfer not merely the “de-mated” component nuclear parts but “mated” nuclear weapons. Western nuclear experts have feared that Pakistan is building small, “tactical” nuclear weapons for quick deployment on the battlefield. In fact, not only is Pakistan building these devices, it is also now moving them over roads.

What this means, in essence, is this: In a country that is home to the harshest variants of Muslim fundamentalism, and to the headquarters of the organizations that espouse these extremist ideologies, including al-Qaeda, the Haqqani network, and Lashkar-e-Taiba (which conducted the devastating terror attacks on Mumbai three years ago that killed nearly 200 civilians), nuclear bombs capable of destroying entire cities are transported in delivery vans on congested and dangerous roads. And Pakistani and American sources say that since the raid on Abbottabad, the Pakistanis have provoked anxiety inside the Pentagon by increasing the pace of these movements. In other words, the Pakistani government is willing to make its nuclear weapons more vulnerable to theft by jihadists simply to hide them from the United States, the country that funds much of its military budget.

The nuclear shell game played by Pakistan is one more manifestation of the slow-burning war between the U.S. and Pakistan. The national-security interests of the two countries are often in almost perfect opposition, but neither Pakistan nor the U.S. has historically been able or willing to admit that they are locked in conflict, because they are also dependent on each other in crucial ways: the Pakistani military still relies on American funding and American-built weapons systems, and the Obama administration, in turn, believes Pakistani cooperation is crucial to the achievement of its main goal of defeating the “al-Qaeda core,” the organization now led by bin Laden’s former deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The U.S. also moves much of the matériel for its forces in Afghanistan through Pakistan, and must cross Pakistani airspace to fly from Arabian Sea–based aircraft carriers to Afghanistan. (In perhaps the most bizarre expression of this dysfunctional relationship, Osama bin Laden’s body was flown out of Pakistan by the American invasion force, which did not seek Pakistani permission and was prepared to take Pakistani anti-aircraft fire—but then, hours later, bin Laden’s body was flown back over Pakistan on a regularly routed American military flight between Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, in the Arabian Sea.)

 

 

Posted November 7, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Aerial shot of Winnipeg   Leave a comment


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Country Canada
Province Manitoba
Region Winnipeg Capital Region
Established, 1738 (Fort Rouge)
Renamed 1822 (Fort Garry)
Incorporated 1873 (City of Winnipeg)
Government
– City Mayor Sam Katz
– Governing Body Winnipeg City Council
– MPs
– MLAs
Area
– Land 464.01 km2 (179.2 sq mi)
– Urban 448.92 km2 (173.3 sq mi)
– Metro 5,302.98 km2 (2,047.5 sq mi)
Elevation 238 m (781 ft)
Population (2006 Census)
– City 633,451 (7th)
– Density 1,365/km2 (3,535.3/sq mi)
– Urban 641,483 (9th)
– Urban density 1,429/km2 (3,701.1/sq mi)
– Metro 694,668 (8th)
– Metro density 131/km2 (339.3/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
– Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
Postal code span R2C–R3Y
Area code(s) 204
Demonym Winnipegger
NTS Map 062H14
GNBC Code GBEIN

Posted November 6, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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