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NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center aircraft   Leave a comment


NASA.com

Armstrong Flight Research Center is NASA’s primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations. NASA Armstrong is chartered to research and test advanced aeronautics, space and related technologies that are critical to carrying out the agency’s missions of space exploration, space operations, scientific discovery, and aeronautical research and development.

Located at Edwards, California, in the western Mojave Desert, Armstrong is uniquely situated to take advantage of the excellent year-round flying weather, remote area and visibility to flight test some of the nation’s most unique aircraft and aeronautical systems.

Some examples of the research undertaken: Oblique Wing Research, SST and Sonic Boom Research, Autonomous Formation Flight Control, Atmospheric Research, Vortex study,  Develop Dyna-soar launch pad abort procedures, Variable Sweep Transition flight experiment,  F-15 – Thrust Vectoring, to name a few.

Selected aircraft:

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F-16D conducting Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology (ACAT) tests

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F-14 Tomcat

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F-15 Eagle

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F-104 Starfighters

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Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (this drone is bigger than an F-16)

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SR-71 Blackbird

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F-18 Hornet

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The infamous Predator drone

The current fleet

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Posted May 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love child son, Joseph Baena graduates from high school, Arnie not there   Leave a comment


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Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s son, Joseph Baena, donned a cap and gown Thursday as he graduated Frontier High School in Bakersfield, California … but dear ol’ dad was MIA.

Mildred — Baena’s mother/Arnie’s former maid — posed for pics with her son, who proudly displayed his diploma.

As for Arnie’s whereabouts — he was busy having lunch with his daughter Katherine in Santa Monica on Thursday.

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Posted May 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Sunday bicycle ride in The Peg   Leave a comment


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Great day to hop on the bike

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The rivers are still high, but they have receded 5-7 feet in the last week.

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The Winnipeg police river patrol making sure all is civilized on the river and its banks.

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The river walks are under 6 feet of water

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The mighty Red River

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The water taxis are tied up at the Churchill Drive marina because of the high water.

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Swollen Red

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The Forks harbour dealing with the high Assiniboine River.

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The confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers

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The Riel pedestrian bridge

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Major construction of new condos along Tache in St. Boniface

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CN Rail number one line coming from downtown Winnipeg

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The new hotel (Mere) along Waterfront Drive and the restaurant in the refurbished James St pumphouse to the left.

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Old water tower

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Interesting aspect of the Norwood Flats area in St. Boniface, there is no street in some places, just a sidewalk.

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It is quaint, but a slight drawback is the facing house fronts are quite close, but a lot of trees take care of that.

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The garages at the back of the houses open onto streets instead of back lanes.

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Posted May 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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World’s Youngest Baby Acrobat Toddles Above Bloodthirsty Tigers   Leave a comment


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WTF? In China, two (dumb) adults and one three-year-old girl nearly ate it… with more than a few hungry Siberian tigers waiting below.

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On her first step Xiaoyan, of the Jiangxi Elite Children Arts Troupe, was nearly blown off the wire by a strong gust of wind, arousing terrified screams from the audience.

The toddler held no balancing pole, simply using her outstretched arms to keep balance.

It took the girl more than 10 minutes to walk 50 metres, before she was plucked from the wire by a fellow performer.

Just a few feet in front of her two men performed an equally remarkable stunt, with one riding a bike on the thin wire as another hung below him on a ladder.

The men were inches away from tragedy when a curious Siberian tiger leapt into the air and grabbed hold of the ladder – nearly causing the pair to topple into the enclosure.

Arts troupe director Zhang Shenwen said Xiaoyan was the world’s youngest high wire walker, and had been training since she was just one.”

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Posted May 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wipes out on bicycle breaking leg   Leave a comment


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(CNN)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his right femur in a cycling accident in Scionzier, France, on Sunday morning, State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

The injury is near the site of a previous hip surgery, so Kerry will return to Boston on Sunday for treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital with his doctor who did the prior surgery, the spokesman said in a statement. He was en route as of late Sunday morning, a senior State Department official said.

Kerry regrets that he won’t be able to visit Spain as planned, and he also won’t be able to attend the Paris counter-ISIL coalition ministerial meeting on Tuesday. He will participate in the Paris meeting remotely, Kirby said.

(ISIL is another name for the terror network, ISIS.)

The secretary is stable, his injury is not life-threatening and he should make a full recovery, Kirby said.

The Secret Service was trying to get Kerry to ride a safer bicycle as his control seemed to be deteriorating over time. He tried the bicycle below but felt embarrassed riding the 4 wheeler. He will now ride it in the future his doctor said.

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Posted May 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Robot can jump over obstacles while running   Leave a comment


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The military applications for this are many I am sure.

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) researchers have achieved yet another leap in robotic development by programming their cheetah robot to jump hurdles as it runs. According to the Institute’s news office, it is the first four-legged robot to run and leap over obstacles completely on its own. To jump, the robot detects an obstacle in its path, estimates its distance and height, then adjusts its stride to push up and over the object. During experiments the robotic cheetah successfully cleared 18-inch tall hurdles.

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The enemy sees a platoon of these things charging it, drop weapons and start running.

Posted May 30, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Amazing Realistic Military Models   Leave a comment


The land and seascapes make these models incredible.

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Modell des Flugzeugträgers CVE-26 USS Sangamon im Maßstab 1:72, gebaut von Rene' Hieronymus aus Bürmoos in Salzburg Foto und Copyright: Moser Albert, Pressefotograf, 5201 Seekirchen, Weinbergstiege 1, Tel.: 0676-7550526 mailto:albert.moser@sbg.at

Modell des Flugzeugträgers CVE-26 USS Sangamon im Maßstab 1:72, gebaut von Rene’ Hieronymus aus Bürmoos in Salzburg
Foto und Copyright: Moser Albert, Pressefotograf, 5201 Seekirchen, Weinbergstiege 1, Tel.: 0676-7550526 mailto:albert.moser@sbg.at

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Posted May 30, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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China is constructing artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea   Leave a comment


DSC News Bulletin Services

 

The US has called for an “immediate and lasting halt” to land reclamation in disputed areas of the South China Sea.

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter told the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that China’s actions in the area were “out of step” with international rules.

China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with its neighbours.

Chinese officials have described US remarks on the South China Sea as “groundless and not constructive”.

Other countries have accused China of illegally taking land to create artificial islands with facilities that could potentially be for military use.

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At the conference on Saturday, which was attended by defence ministers from across the Asia-Pacific region, Mr Carter said he wanted the “peaceful resolution of all disputes”.

“To that end, there should be an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by all claimants,” he said.

He acknowledged that other claimants such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan had reclaimed pockets of land or built outposts in the area, but said “one country has gone much farther and much faster than any other”.

“China has reclaimed over 2,000 acres, more than all other claimants combined and more than in the entire history of the region. And China did so in only the last 18 months,” he said.

“It is unclear how much farther China will go. That is why this stretch of water has become the source of tension in the region and front-page news around the world.”

The US defence secretary also said the US would maintain a substantial presence in the region, adding: “The United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows.”

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Ash Carter’s comments were some of the toughest on China’s island-building strategy that have come from a senior US official.

The key question is what the US can actually do about it beyond words.

Recent over-flights by US maritime patrol aircraft of some of the new islands have been met by terse radio traffic with the Chinese demanding they leave the area. The fear is that this kind of activity might lead to some kind of incident in the air or at sea that may only further inflame tensions between Washington and Beijing.

China takes the view that it is doing nothing wrong – and certainly nothing that other countries are not also doing.

However, it is clearly the pace and scale of what China is doing that worries many.

And with the precedent of China’s self-declared air defence identification zone in the East China Sea, there are fears that such an approach to monitoring or potentially even ultimately limiting freedom of movement could be extended into the South China Sea as well.

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The Philippine army has released new photographs of Chinese construction work in disputed waters in the South China Sea as it launched giant war games with the United States involving 11,500 personnel that were partly aimed at warning China.

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Philippines army photograph showing construction at Gaven Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on February 19

What in the hell are the Chinese building here? A five star hotel!

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The Philippines voiced alarm about Chinese ‘aggressiveness’ in the area as it launched giant war games with the United States that were partly aimed at warning China. This photograph shows Chinese construction at Chigua (Kennan) Reef

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Construction at Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands.

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Construction at Calderon (Cuarteron) Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands. The Philippines has said that Chinese aggression in the region could lead to war

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General Catapang, from the Philippine Army, said China’s construction work was causing concern ‘not only because it would deter freedom of navigation, but also due to its possibility of military purposes’
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It appears China is constructing possible naval base facilities and airbases on the islands.

The United States already has airbases in the region:

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Posted May 30, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Dozing Off   Leave a comment


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Quotes from the Irreverent Charles Bukowski   Leave a comment


Charles Bukowski was the quintessential non-conformist. He was completely anti-establishment and had a very unique perspective on life that is filled with hilarity, existential insight and hard drinking. For certain types of people this guy should be a must read.

Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and beautiful economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books. The FBI kept a file on him as a result of his column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, in the LA underground newspaper Open City.

In 1986 Time called Bukowski a “laureate of American lowlife”. Regarding Bukowski’s enduring popular appeal, Adam Kirsch of The New Yorker wrote, “the secret of Bukowski’s appeal. . . [is that] he combines the confessional poet’s promise of intimacy with the larger-than-life aplomb of a pulp-fiction hero.”

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“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”
― Charles Bukowski

“Do you hate people?

I don’t hate them…I just feel better when they’re not around.”
― Charles Bukowski, Barfly 

“what matters most is how well you walk through the fire”
― Charles Bukowski

“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”
― Charles Bukowski

“My ambition is handicapped by laziness”
― Charles Bukowski, Factotum  

“That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”
― Charles Bukowski, Women

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”
― Charles Bukowski

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”
― Charles Bukowski

“Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.”
― Charles Bukowski

“the free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”
― Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness  

“Of course it’s possible to love a human being if you don’t know them too well.”
― Charles Bukowski

“Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall.

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“you boys can keep your virgins
give me hot old women in high heels
with asses that forgot to get old.”
― Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

Bukowski died of leukemia on March 9, 1994, in San Pedro, aged 73, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp. The funeral rites, orchestrated by his widow, were conducted by Buddhist monks. An account of the proceedings can be found in Gerald Locklin’s book Charles Bukowski: A Sure Bet.

Posted May 29, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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