Archive for June 2014

A Muto, or technically a M.U.T.O.   Leave a comment


 

MUTO is the new species of monsters in the new Godzilla movie.

Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism. (MUTO)

 

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I swear I have come across a few human beings in my day that are built like a MUTOs!  But bigger and meaner. Ex-wife maybe?

Posted June 28, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Posted June 28, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

United States Ghost Ship Fleet   Leave a comment


After the second World War, the United States established the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) – a fleet of vessels that serve as a reserve of ships for national defense and national emergency purposes. The fleet consist of mostly merchant vessels, that can be activated within 20 to 120 days to provide shipping during national emergencies, either military or non-military, such as commercial shipping crises. At its height in 1950, the NDRF consisted of 2,277 ships at eight anchorage sites: James River, Virginia; Beaumont, Texas; Suisun Bay, California; Stony Point, New York; Wilmington, North Carolina; Mobile, Alabama; Astoria, Oregon; and Olympia, Washington.

Only the first three, out of the original eight, exist today. Long years of neglect and disuse have turned these ships into near wrecks, with flaking paint polluting the waters with heavy metals and hazardous chemicals. As of April 30, 2014, only 122 vessels are left in the NDRF, and their numbers are reducing still.

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Inactive U.S. Navy auxiliary ships of the James River Reserve Fleet

Since its establishment, NDRF vessels were used in seven wars and crises situations. During the Korean War, 540 vessels were broken out to move military forces. During a worldwide tonnage shortfall in 1951–53, more than 600 ships were reactivated to carry coal to Northern Europe and grain to India. From 1955 through 1964, another 600 ships were used to store grain for the Department of Agriculture. Another 223 cargo ships and 29 tankers were activated during a tonnage shortfall after the Suez Canal was closed in 1956. During the Berlin crisis of 1961, 18 vessels were activated and remained in service until 1970. Another 172 vessels were activated for the Vietnam War.

In 1976, the NRF was augmented by the Ready Reserve Fleet (RFF) to provide for military emergencies. In August of 1990, 78 ships were deployed to support Operations Desert Storm during the Gulf War. Between August 1990 and April 1991, the ships transported 750,000 short tons of dry cargo, which was one-fifth of the total dry cargo sealifted during the conflict.

In 2005, 5 ships of the RRF and 4 of NDRF were used for relief operations in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, 6 vessels were activated and took part in the relief efforts. Hurricane Sandy also saw use of one RRF vessel, and two NDRF training vessels.

Over the years, the federal Maritime Administration (MARAD) has been disposing of obsolete ships either by sending them to the scrapyard for recycling or sinking them for use as artificial reefs, such as the vessel Kittiwake that was sunk near the Cayman Islands.

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Posted June 27, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Curiosity didn’t kill this Cat   Leave a comment


1911: Cat drinking from a bottle and looking through a telescope

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Posted June 25, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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North Korean official: Hollywood movie is “reckless US provocative insanity” triggering “a gust of hatred and rage” among North Korean people and soldiers.   1 comment


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North Korea threatens war on US over Kim Jong-un movie

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North Korea has promised “merciless” retaliation if a forthcoming Hollywood movie about killing Kim Jong-un is released, say agencies.

A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said in state media that the movie’s release would be an “act of war”.

He did not mention the title, but a Hollywood movie called The Interview with a similar plot is due in October.

Hollywood actors James Franco and Seth Rogen star in the action-comedy film.

They play a talkshow host and his producer who are invited to interview Kim Jong-un, and are subsequently recruited by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate the leader.

The North Korea spokesman was quoted by the state KCNA news agency as saying: “Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated.”

“If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.

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The heathen in Hollywood have finally done it. The bastards are going to cause World War III!


The sick little creep should be wasted.

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Posted June 25, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Shower Curtains with an Edge   Leave a comment


Dangerous Minds

Here are some shower curtains that would raise the eyebrows of company using the bathroom.

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Grace Jones

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Scene from the movie “Carrie”

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Joan Crawford from movie “Mommie Dearest”

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David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve from the movie “The Hunger”

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The Joker

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Jane Fonda as Barbarella

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Scenes from the movie “The Bad Seed”

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Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

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Posted June 25, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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World livestock Populations   Leave a comment


The Big Four: Cattle, pigs, sheep and chickens.

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Posted June 24, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Life: Quick, Intriguing, Random and quite Absurd   Leave a comment


I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.
Carl Sandburg

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Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

Mark Twain

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Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

George Burns
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When we talk to God, we’re praying. When God talks to us, we’re schizophrenic.
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Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?

Robin William
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There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.

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The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Socrates

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Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon.

Woody Allen

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Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.

George Carlin

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Posted June 24, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Malaysia Airlines MH370 captain plotted route to southern Indian Ocean on home simulator   1 comment


The Telegraph

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 three months ago discover new evidence which has renewed suspicions about its pilot 

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The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane which disappeared in March with 239 people on board had plotted a flight path to a remote island far into the southern Indian Ocean where the search is now focused, investigators have discovered.

The route, which was deleted before MH370 disappeared on March 8, was made on a home flight simulator machine used for practice by its captain, Zaharie Shah. Its discovery has intensified suspicion that he deliberately hijacked his own plane and diverted it from its approved flight path to Beijing.

More than three months have now passed since the flight disappeared in what has become one of the great mysteries of modern aviation. And despite a lack of any hard evidence, suspicion of Capt Zaharie’s involvement has grown as investigators have gradually eliminated other potential suspects and causes of its disappearance.

Detectives and investigators, including experts from Britain’s Air Incident Branch, have so far found no evidence of a technical fault or malfunction which could explain its disappearance. Inquiries into the backgrounds of the flight’s passengers and crew have similarly failed to yield any evidence of, or motive for, anyone hijacking the plane or sabotaging it.

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But suspicion of Capt Zaharie emerged within a week of MH370’s disappearance as the Chinese government intensified pressure on Malaysia to explain the mystery and find the missing plane. More than 150 of its 227 passengers were Chinese nationals.

Detectives raided Capt Zaharie’s home in Kuala Lumpur and took away his flight simulator as part of their investigation as tracking information from the British Inmarsat satellite company indicated the flight had not plunged into the South China Sea off Malaysia’s east cost close to Vietnam as feared but had doubled back across the Malay Peninsula, turned left and headed towards the southern Indian Ocean.

Its movement indicated it had been deliberately diverted but there is no evidence yet to conclude who was responsible.

On Friday, shortly before new details of Capt Zaharie’s deleted simulator flight path emerged, Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, said his search team would soon begin looking in a new area in the southern Indian Ocean corridor suggested by a new analysis.

“We have to continue with the lead because the best lead we have is based on the handshake on the Inmarsat [satellite data] and still in the southern corridor”, he said.

Sources close to the investigation confirmed to The Telegraph on Sunday that a deleted flight path had been recovered from Capt Zaharie’s simulator which had been used to practice landing an aircraft on a small runway on an unnamed island in the far southern Indian Ocean.

The discovery leaves Capt Zaharie as the prime suspect in a crime which cannot yet be proven to have been committed – and Malaysian police have been careful in their public comments to stress that all leads are still being investigated and no conclusions have been reached.

At a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on March 16, however, Malaysia’s chief of police Khalid Abu Bakar said he believed the plane had been diverted by hijackers, saboteurs or someone with a personal vendetta or psychological problem. Friends and relatives of Capt Zaharie denied he had any motive for hijacking his own plane and described him as a warm and helpful man who was committed to social work.

He had campaigned for the mainstream People’s Justice Party of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim and did not support Islamic extremists, party worker Sivarasa Rasiah told The Telegraph shortly after the plane disappeared.

“He comes across as a really likeable guy, a warm guy. There is absolutely no way he is doing this of his own volition,” he said.

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Posted June 24, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Manitoba’s Famous Grounded Shipwreck   Leave a comment


Well maybe not so famous. I just happened to stumble upon it scanning the Net. I never realized that Manitoba had anything like this. The ship is 260 feet long. It is located 15 kilometers east of Churchill.

The Ithaca was a small freighter that ran aground in Bird Cove 12 or 15 kilometres distant from Churchill, Manitoba—the only port in North America on the Arctic Ocean that is connected to the North American railway grid. She was built in 1922, and ran aground during a storm on September 14, 1960.

In 1960 she was a Greek-flagged vessel, when she was hired to transport ore from a nickel mine in Rankin Inlet in what is now Nunavut. She had delivered her first shipment of 3,000 tons of ore to Churchill, and had loaded a small amount of mining equipment and a building supplies, for a return trip, but she encountered a storm with 80 mile per hour winds. The captain turned back to the safety of the port. But the weather was so bad that he decided to drop anchor. The anchor chain broke and her rudder was beaten off. Completely out of control the vessel was driven onto a shallow gravel-bank 750 metres off shore.

Her bottom was completely ripped out when the storm pounded her on the gravel bank. Lloyds of London wrote off the vessel as a complete loss. All 37 crew members survived. The water was shallow enough that individuals could walk to the wreck, at low tide. Her cargo was salvaged.

Tourists occasionally visit the wreck.

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Posted June 22, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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