Archive for May 2012

Fat jokes treated as “appearance based discrimination” coming soon.   2 comments


 

Political Correctness raises its ugly head again.

National Post

After an all-party parliamentary committee heard evidence that over half the British public has a negative view of their body image — with girls as young as five worrying about how they look and plastic surgery rates on the rise — they came back with the type of solutions we’ve come to expect from Big Government: Force all school children to attend mandatory self-esteem and body-image classes, and consider including fat people as a protected class under the country’s hate speech laws.

Leave it to the British to take things one step too far. There is nothing wrong with educating children, but preventing adults from speaking what’s on their mind is an egregious violation of the right to free speech. If the committee’s recommendations are followed, the government could put “appearance-based discrimination” in the same class as racial or sexual discrimination — making “obese” and “fat” just as bad as discriminatory terms used against blacks or gays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

Posted May 31, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Chinese Strategic Military Journal   Leave a comment


 

I wonder if this is required reading for recruits of the People`s Liberation Army Strategic Rocket Forces.  The Strategic Rocket Forces people control the Chinese military`s nuclear tipped missile force.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

Posted May 30, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Joke that Won World War II   Leave a comment


 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Posted May 29, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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|New Words & Slang   Leave a comment


 

Merriam-Webster

You know that word that really should be in the dictionary? Until it actually makes it in, here’s where it goes. Welcome to our collection of user-submitted words.

RECENT ENTRIES

shwag : poor quality marijuana…
Thuggs : imitation Uggs…
mankini : a man’s bathing suit that looks and fits like a woman’s bikini bottom…
stroke out : to die from a stroke…
swaportunity : an opportunity to exchange one thing for another…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

prostidude (noun) : a male prostitute : gigolo

slore (noun) : slut : whore

manorexic

(noun) : a very skinny man

pyramidiot (noun) : a person who believes eccentric or lunatic notions about the Egyptian pyramids

squatch (verb) : to search for the creature known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot

beast

(adjective) : cool : awesome

That’s beast!

yesternight

(noun) : the night before tonight

We saw that movie yesternight.

appstracted (adjective) : distracted by an application on a mobile device

The pedestrian was hit by a car because he was appstracted.

 

Posted May 29, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Real Zombie attack in Miami?   3 comments


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Zombie apocalypse becomes reality in Miami as police shoot naked, mindless man literally eating the face off another man.
(NaturalNews) The long-dreaded “zombie apocalypse” may already be underway in Miami, where a human zombie — a mindless naked man — was encountered by police officers who found him literally feasting on the face of another naked man. This is a true event and has been reported by CBS Miami which says:

“Miami police shot and killed a man on the MacArthur Causeway Saturday afternoon, and police sources told CBS4 they had no choice: the naked man they shot was trying to chew the face off another naked man, and refused to obey police orders to stop his grisly meal. …Officers found one man gnawing on the face of another, in what one police source called the most gruesome thing he’d ever seen.”

At that point, the police officers shot the zombie once, but he continued feeding on the other man’s face. They were forced to shoot him again, which mercifully killed him. Then they sought to aid the victim whose face was already mostly eaten off.
“With the attacker dead, lying nude on the pavement, officers and paramedics were able to get to his victim and rush him to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police sources say the man had virtually no face and was unrecognizable. Once the bizarre confrontation came to an end, police were left with the task of figuring out what had happened…”
A surveillance video has surfaced of the incident. Here’s a still shot from the video, showing the two men lying on the sidewalk, under a road bridge, with a police car parked nearby:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The Miami Herald also reported: “According to police sources, a road ranger saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face and shouted on his loud speaker for him to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.”

The Zombie apocalypse begins

Are we now witnessing the rise of the zombies? Humans who subject themselves to fluoride, aspartame, psychiatric drugs, vaccines and street drugs end up lobotomizing their higher brains. Vaccines, for starters, cause extreme neurological damage, and some vaccines are actually made of aggressive viruses designed to “eat” targeted regions of the brain, resulting in a biological lobotomy.
What’s left is the primal section of the brain, sometimes called the “reptilian brain.” Or the “zombie brain,” to use a pop culture term. This zombie brain has no morals and no logic. It only knows hunger, sex, violence and fear. It is entirely focused on selfish needs and has no ability to consider the welfare of others.
“America is becoming a zombie nation,” award-winning investigative journalist Jim Marrs recently told me in a phone interview. In fact, he wanted to name his most recent book “Zombie Nation,” but the publisher overruled him and instead had it named, “The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy,” which doesn’t even make that much sense given the broad coverage of topics in the book. The word “zombie” did make it into the subtitle, however. Here’s the full title: “The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy: How the New World Order, Man-Made Diseases, and Zombie Banks Are Destroying America.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Posted May 28, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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SpaceX docking with ISS demonstrates forward thinking by President Obama   Leave a comment


 

Notice the Canada Arm

SpaceX capsule: Nasa astronauts enter the Dragon after historic docking

Astronauts at the International Space Station have a week to unload supplies from the privately-funded SpaceX Dragon

Astronauts have entered the Dragon for the first time, a day after the privately-funded capsule made history by successfully docking at the International Space Station.

Nasa’s Don Pettit popped into the cargo vessel at 5.53am ET, remarking that it smelled like a brand new car and reminded him of a pick-up truck.

Pettit and other crew members have a week to unload the Dragon’s supplies – food, clothes and other supplies – before it is is scheduled to return to earth.

The capsule was sent into orbit by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the first private company to launch a mission to the ISS.

Its berthing on Friday was met by cheers by staff at SpaceX headquarters in California.

Elon Musk, the PayPal entrepreneur behind the project, described the event as a “great day for the country and the world”.

He added that it had put human beings one step closer to becoming “multi-planet species”.

Earlier on Friday Pettit had informed ground control of the successful docking, with the words: “It looks like we’ve got us a dragon by the tail.”

Experts had to overcome a slight glitch with laser sensors which briefly delayed the docking manoeuvre. That aside, the procedure went to plan, according to those tasked with carrying out the berthing procedure.

It is the first American craft to dock at the station since the US grounded its shuttle programme, marking a shift towards outsourcing space expeditions to the private sector.

The craft carried around 1,200lbs of water, food, clothing and other supplies for the station’s six astronauts.

Before heading back, Dragon will be stocked up with equipment from the ISS.

Unlike other cargo vessels which burn up on re-entry, the SpaceX craft is expected to survive the trip back to earth. It is due to splash down off the coast of California on Thursday.

The task of capturing the capsule appears to have gone smoothly. Pettit and fellow astronaut Andre Kuipers used a 58ft robotic crane to grab Dragon and attach it to the space station.

SpaceX is helping share the burden of resupplying the international station with crafts from Russia, Europe and Japan. It forms part of President Barack Obama’s space strategy of handing over orbital flights to the private sector, freeing a slimmed-down Nasa to concentrate on the farther reaches of the cosmos and unmanned missions to Mars.

US authorities have also expressed a desire to buy commercial flights for its astronauts, breaking Russia’s monopoly on flying crews to the station. SpaceX has said it hopes to upgrade its services to manned flights in the future.

Posted May 26, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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You have the Atomic Bomb, but we have Suicide Bombers!   Leave a comment


 

The title above is a line from a Taliban poet.  They revere their suicide bombers.

The Guardian

Taliban poetry: the gentle, flowery side of the story?

A new collection of verse from the Afghan frontlines has caused much controversy, but it also provides a valuable glimpse of an otherwise unseen culture

In the 1980s, an artist friend of mine made a poster for Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami, a militia later allied with the Taliban. The poster depicted a bearded Afghan mujahid clutching Qur’an and Kalashnikov and standing atop a slaughtered Russian bear. It was sent as a postcard to British journalists and politicians, without controversy.

In the same period I remember reading stories in the mainstream press about the mujahideen’s poetic love of flowers and song. After the Russian rout, these mujahideen committed excesses so extreme that it took Taliban puritanism to re-establish order. Then the Taliban committed their own excesses, of a different sort, and after 9/11 the west waged war on them. Nobody now celebrates the gentle, flowery qualities of these men who have burnt schools and smashed television sets.

Poetry of the Taliban, therefore, is a brave and useful project. Published this week, and already denounced in some quarters as “self-justifying propaganda”, it offers a perspective on the conflict through the Other’s eyes, something worth more than a library full of cold analysis.

There are poems of love, battle, transience, grief, enthusiasm, material deprivation and mystical astonishment. The voices are diverse and often surprising. Faisal Devji’s preface points out that this poetry is not the official product of the Cultural Committee of the Islamic Emirate, not centrally organised propaganda, but the efforts of men (and one woman) who fight for a variety of reasons: tribal, ethnic or nationalist, and particularly out of gut resistance to foreign occupiers. At its simplest or crudest the poetry describes a pastoral idyll and an innocent people spoiled by the dread hand of foreign-brought war and western technology (the mobile phone, for instance, suffers harsh criticism).

 

 

But a great deal of this Taliban poetry will be comprehensible to western readers who are unable to understand Taliban ideology. The major themes are recognisable, even universal, and the dominant form is the ghazal, or love lyric, which links the Pashtu language to the classical civilisations of Persia and India. The poems describe a land of mountains and pines, each stone a ruby, each bush a medicine, and of laughing blossoms, dancing tomorrows, of twilight arriving with its lap full of red flowers (a poem called Sunset, reproduced here, reads more like a product of a Zen monastery than of a Deobandi madrasa).

What is interesting is that the Taliban’s official face and past practice has been so fiercely anti-Sufi, anti-historical, and seemingly anti-culture. This book provides an entirely different outlook. Indeed, in their rich memory of 19th-century British invasions, of Afghan folklore and Islamic heroism, the Taliban poets seem more awake to history than we are.

As well as raillery and satire against the foreign enemy and its local servants, there is self-criticism aplenty. “Humanity has been forgotten by us,” writes one poet. “And I don’t know when it will come back.”

 

Posted May 26, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Swedish Danseband hilarious album covers from 1970   Leave a comment


 

You have got to love the outrageous clothing and hair styles from 1970.  Jump suits and bell bottoms.

Video at the bottom

Dansband (“dance band”) is a Swedish term for a band that plays dansbandsmusik (“dance band music”). Dansbandsmusik is often danced to in pairs. Jitterbug and foxtrot music are often included in this category. The music is primarily inspired by swing, schlager, country, jazz, and rock. The main influence for rock-oriented bands is the rock music of the 1950s and 1960s.

The terms dansband and dansbandsmusik were coined around 1970, when Swedish popular music developed a signature style. The genre developed primarily in Sweden, but has spread to neighbouring countries Denmark, Norway and the Swedish speaking regions of Finland. When the music came to Norway it was first called “Svensktoppar” (from the Swedish radio music chart Svensktoppen, which was a major arena for dansband music before its rules changed in January 2003).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Posted May 24, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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U.S. Army preparing to test a new Giant Toy   2 comments


Army Readies Its Mammoth Spy Blimp for First Flight

Danger Room

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

TAMPA, Florida — Sure, it took an extra year or so, but Northrop Grumman has finally penciled in the first flight of the giant surveillance airship it’s building for the U.S. Army. The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle — a football-field-size, helium-filled robot blimp fitted with sensors and data-links — should take to the air over Lakehurst, New Jersey, the first or second week of June. K.C. Brown, Jr., Northrop’s director of Army programs, crows: ”We’re about to fly the thing!”

It’s fair to say Northrop and the Army are crossing their collective fingers for the flight to actually take place, and smoothly. Giant airships promise huge benefits — namely, low cost and long flight times — but it’s proved incredibly hard to build and equip the massive blimps with military-grade sensors and communications … and fill them with helium.

The Air Force’s highly computerized (and potenitally missile-armed) Blue Devil 2 airship recently ran into integration problems, forcing the flying branch to cancel a planned test run in Afghanistan. (Although the service had never been too hot on airships in the first place.) The Navy meanwhile grounded its much smaller MZ-3A research blimp for a lack of work until the Army paid to take it over. The LEMV seemed to be losing air, too, as Northrop and the Army repeatedly delayed its first flight and planned combat deployment originally slated for the end of 2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

As recently as last month Northrop and the Army declined to comment on the airship’s new flight schedule. Northrop VP Brad Metzger’s boast from last summer that the $500-million LEMV prototype would “redefine persistent surveillance” seemed hollow.

But at a special forces industry conference here in Tampa, Northrop’s Brown surprised Danger Room with a hard date range: LEMV will lift off between June 6 and 10, he says. After a brief trial around Lakehurst, the 300-foot-long airship will motor south to Florida to be mated up with a custom-designed gondola containing the blimp’s cameras and radios.

If the gondola fits as planned and all the gear functions, the pilotless LEMV will cross the Atlantic in “early winter,” bound for “a theater” for a front-line demonstration, Brown says. We’re sure the “theater” in question is Afghanistan. If war commanders like what they see in their new giant spy blimp, the Army could order up more copies, Brown says.

Never mind airworthiness and sensor integration: The biggest danger, according to Brown, is the weather. Airships are “subject to buffeting by winds and by thunderstorms.” Operators have to plan carefully to keep their airships away from storms.

Despite airships’ checkered past, Northrop is optimistic the LEMV will survive the elements and its combat debut. The company is already looking beyond the initial Afghanistan trial. The LEMV can do more than hover and spy. It’s also a potentially useful cargo carrie. The current model can carry 20 tons of supplies. A scaled-up version could carry hundreds of tons — and at a fraction of the cost of fixed-wing airplanes.

Noting Pakistan’s continuing blockade of roads into Afghanistan, Brown proposes that the LEMV could help the Army remove its weapons and gear from from the landlocked country as U.S. troops withdraw. “It presents an attractive alternative.”

Yes, if the giant airship actually flies in June — and works as advertised.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

The agreement to develop the project was signed on June 14, 2010, between the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Northrop Grumman.

The airship will cost between $154 million and $517 million, dependent on all options.

The cost includes the design, development and testing of the airship system within an 18-month time period, and then the transportation to Afghanistan for military assessment.

The agreement also includes options for procuring two additional airships.

The LEMV will include the capability to operate at 20,000 feet above mean sea level, possess a 2,000 mile radius of action, have a 21-day on-station availability, consume 16 kilowatts of electrical power, have reduced flight-hour costs compared to manned flights, be runway-independent and possess the ability to carry several different sensors at the same time.

Combined with an array of payloads – including ground moving target indicator radar, Electro Optical/Infra-Red sensors, communications relay, blue force tracking, signal intelligence, and electronic counter measures – the LEMV will augment existing ISR platforms to provide additional capabilities.

The LEMV will provide a possible solution to communications beyond the line-of-sight to the user, signals intelligence collection and almost any other type of payload configuration that meets the power, weight and size requirements.

By providing this all-source sensor data to existing ground stations, the data is available to multiple users and analysts.

This interoperability with existing tasking, processing exploitation and dissemination has the potential to improve information-poor situations, mitigating Warfighter gaps and existing shortfalls through multi-intelligence sensor integration.

Posted May 23, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Manitoba Aerial Photos   Leave a comment


Great aerial views as the pilot in his small plane travels from Winnipeg to Gimli, onto Erikson and then back to Winnipeg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Kings Park in south Winnipeg

                                                                                                                                                                     

University of Manitoba

                                                                                                                                                                          

Downtown Winnipeg

                                                                                                                                                                           

St. Andrews airport

                                                                                                                                                                           

Shores of Lake Winnipeg

                                                                                                                                                                         

Flat Interlake Farmland

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Old Gimli Airbase, now a Dragstrip

                                                                                                                                                                             

Shoal Lakes

                                                                                                                                                                            

Lake Manitoba Shores

                                                                                                                                                                             

Woodland and Farmland Converge

                                                                                                                                                                                    

The completely flat Prairie

                                                                                                                                                                                

James Richardson (Winnipeg) International Airport

                                                                                                                                                                                     

The Forks in downtown Winnipeg

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Posted May 23, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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