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Giant Commercial Aircraft Maintenance Base in Southern California   Leave a comment



Southern California Logistics Airport, also known as Victorville Airport, is a public airport located in the city of Victorville in San Bernardino County, California approximately 20 mi (32 km) north of San Bernardino. Prior to its civil usage, the facility was George Air Force Base from 1941 to 1992 which was a front-line United States Air Force base.

The airport is home to Southern California Aviation, a large transitional facility for commercial aircraft. The main activities at the airport are MRO, an aviation term meaning Maintenance and Repair Organization.  Major overhauls of commercial jet airliners are undertaken at Victorville.  It is the largest MRO facility in the world.





























Posted February 19, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Superstitious Kingdom of Saudi Arabia very dangerous place for suspected Witches   1 comment



A Sri Lankan woman has been arrested on suspicion of casting a spell on a 13-year-old girl during a Saudi family’s shopping trip, a police spokesman said on Wednesday, and may face death in a country where convicted sorcerers are beheaded.
The spokesman, Mesfir al-Juayed, confirmed to Reuters by phone that details of the woman’s arrest published in local media were correct.
The daily Okaz reported that a Saudi man had complained his daughter had “suddenly started acting in an abnormal way, and that happened after she came close to the Sri Lankan woman” in a large shopping mall in the port city of Jeddah.”



Saudi Arabia continues to use the death penalty for sorcery. In 2006 Fawza Falih Muhammad Ali was condemned to death for practicing witchcraft.
There is no legal definition of sorcery in Saudi, but in 2007 an Egyptian pharmacist working there was accused, convicted, and executed. Saudi authorities also pronounced the death penalty on a Lebanese television presenter, Ali Sabat, while he was performing the hajj (Islamic pilgrimage) in the country.
In April 2009, a Saudi woman Amina Bint Abdulhalim Nassar was arrested and later sentenced to death for practicing witchcraft and sorcery. In December 2011, she was beheaded.”





Posted February 19, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Coldest Village in the World   Leave a comment


Winnipeg residents can relate.


Daily Mail

Coldest village in the world just got even COLDER… weather takes turn for  the worse in -71C Russian hamlet where even the planes can’t land in winter

  • Russian  village of Oymyakon has lowest recorded temperature for any permanently  inhabited  location
  • Nothing grows so  locals live off diet of reindeer meat and horse meat but never suffer  malnourishment
  • Locals keep their  cars running all day for fear of them not starting again if turned  off
  • Digging graves  for a funeral can take up to three days as ground has to be thawed with hot  coals





As we whinge about the wintry weather here in  Britain, spare a thought for those living in a Russian hamlet where temperatures  can plummet to -71C, so cold even planes cannot land there in winter.

The valley of Oymyakon in northeast Russia is  known as the ‘Pole of Cold’ and with an average January temperature of -50C, it  is no wonder the village is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the  world.

This is the lowest recorded temperature for  any permanently inhabited  location on Earth and the lowest temperature recorded  in the Northern  Hemisphere.

The ‘Pole of Cold’: The average temperature for January in the Russian village  of Oymyakon is -50C, with -71.2C the lowest ever recorded temperature



The village, which is home to about 500  people,  was, in the 1920s and 1930s, a stopover for reindeer herders who would water  their flocks from the thermal spring.
But the Soviet government, in its  efforts to  settle nomadic populations, believing them to be difficult to control and  technologically and culturally backward, made the site a  permanent  settlement.










Posted February 19, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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New British Antarctic Research Station can be raised and re-located   1 comment



Halley VI Research Station is the first fully re-locatable research station in the world. It was commissioned in 2006 and its unique and  innovative structure was the result of an international design  competition in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The state-of-the-art research facility is segmented  into eight modules, each sitting atop ski-fitted, hydraulic legs. These  can be individually raised to overcome snow accumulation and each module towed independently to a new location.

The station took four  years to build and delivered its first scientific data in 2012. Its iconic design houses a cutting-edge science platform and modern, comfortable accommodation.

The central red module contains the  communal areas for dining, relaxation etc., while the blue modules provide accommodation, laboratories, offices, generators, an observation  platform and many other facilities. Remote scientific equipment, set up for long-term monitoring, is housed in a number of cabooses around the  perimeter of the site, which also contains numerous aerials and arrays for studying atmospheric conditions and space weather.









Science at  Halley VI provides vital information for a global understanding of ozone depletion, polar atmospheric chemistry, sea-level rise and climate  change. Since it was first established in 1956, meteorological and  atmospheric data has been continually collected at Halley, providing an  unbroken record.

The station operates throughout the year with a  maximum population of 70 in the summer and an average of 16 over winter.  The Emperor penguin colony near Halley, which is present from May to  February, is a special attraction, while other recreational trips take members further inland towards the “hinge zone” where the floating ice  shelf is joined to the continent.






There  have been six Halley bases built so far. The first four were all buried  by snow accumulation and crushed until they were uninhabitable. Various construction methods were tried, from unprotected wooden huts to steel  tunnels. Halley V had the main buildings built on steel platforms that  were raised annually to keep them above the snow surface. However, as the station’s legs were fixed in the ice it could not be moved and its occupation became precarious, having flowed too far from the mainland to a position at risk of calving as in iceberg.












Summer team

halley6 summer team





Posted February 18, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam   2 comments



How is it possible that a dozen different motorists around the Russian city of Chelyabinsk were able to capture video of a massive meteor flying through the sky? Because almost everyone in Russia has a dash-mounted video camera in their car.

The sheer size of the country, combined with lax — and often corrupt — law enforcement, and a legal system that rarely favors first-hand accounts of traffic collisions has made dash cams all but a requirement for motorists.

“You can get into your car without your pants on, but never get into a car without a dash cam,” Aleksei Dozorov, a motorists’ rights activist in Russia told Radio Free Europe last year.

Do a search for “Russia dash cam crash” in YouTube — or even better,, the county’s equivalent of Google — and you’ll find thousands of videos showing massive crashes, close calls and attempts at insurance fraud by both other drivers and pedestrians. And Russian drivers are accident prone. With 35,972 road deaths in 2007 (the latest stats available from the World Health Organization), Russia averages 25.2 traffic fatalities per 100,000 people. The U.S., by comparison, had 13.9 road deaths per 100,000 people in the same year, despite having six times more cars.

A combination of inexpensive cameras, flash memory and regulations passed by the Interior Ministry in 2009 that removed any legal hurdles for in-dash cameras has made it easy and cheap for drivers to install the equipment.

And it’s turned into an online phenomenon.

YouTube content policing means some of the most disturbing videos get pulled from U.S. video sites almost immediately, but as Marina Galperina reported at Animal New York last year, sites like the Ru CHP LiveJournal community are filled with disturbing videos of profanity-laden fist-fights, massive crashes and gruesome deaths, all captured on camera and shared for the world to see.

But then there are times like today, when dash cams catch a once-in-a-lifetime meteor falling from the sky, from every possible angle — something that couldn’t have happened just a few years ago.



Posted February 18, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Aliens vs. Robots in new short film, ‘R’ha’   Leave a comment






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Tractor girls of Red China   Leave a comment



Maoist propaganda from the 1960’s.  In the utopian land of communist China the red tractor and the smiling girls help lead the progress of the great revolution.
























Posted February 18, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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