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Lets go for a trip to the crazy Arab World   Leave a comment


Humpty Dumpty News

Rest their souls. Tight Brits try to save money by going to an Arab country for a vacation. The Arab world is in complete turmoil. They like to behead, torture, and eviscerate at random. Arabs are Crazy, beyond description. So the Brits go there and get shot down. Fools!!

As many as 30 Britons are now feared to be among the dead from the slaughter at a Tunisian holiday resort.

Though the figure of confirmed dead is still at 15, unofficial reports have warned the eventual total is likely to double once all the bodies lying in morgues in Sousse are properly identified.

Officials have had a nightmarish time trying to make identifications of people mown down while they were sunbathing in their swimming costumes, without anything on them to say who they were. But the hotel closest to where the attacks took place was used principally by British holiday makers. The numbers of Irish, German, Belgian and Ukrainians caught up in the slaughter is thought to be small. Two of those alive but critically injured, in the worst terrorist attack against British citizens since the London bombings in July 2005, are in a coma.

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Posted June 30, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Hanging on the Telephone   Leave a comment


Posted June 29, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Everybody wants to rule the world   Leave a comment


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“Everybody Wants To Rule The World”

Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you

Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

It’s my own design
It’s my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most

Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

There’s a room where the light won’t find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do I’ll be right behind you

So glad we’ve almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world

I can’t stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world
Say that you’ll never never never never need it
One headline why believe it ?
Everybody wants to rule the world

All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

Posted June 28, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Weird Canadian Crime   Leave a comment


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How many pigs do you think you could steal? One? Two? Ten? Well, that’d rank you as an amateur in the porker-stealing league, because the OPP in Norfolk County, Ontario are investigating the theft of about 500 pigs from a local farm—that’s around $90,000 worth of swine. The owner, who raises “several thousand animals,” called the cops on June 19 after he or she noticed that a bunch of animals had gone missing since April 21. Who even has the time to steal 500 pigs over three months, anyway? Where would you even keep them all? Does black market bacon really taste better.

Manitoba
There’s either not a lot to do in Niverville, Manitoba, or students are particularly unhappy with their teachers, because some people decided to hit up a local high school at 2:30 AM on June 13 and smash not one, not two, but 29 windows. They also screwed up two school buses. When the cops arrived, they arrested two guys, a 26-year-old and a 16-year-old. Police could not confirm why a 26-year-old was hanging out with a 16-year-old anyway.

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Saskatchewan (really?)
Whining to your friends, smashing out a long-winded Facebook rant, or sending out a flurry of rage-induced Tweets are all proper ways of dealing with being offended by something. But apparently enough people in Saskatoon think calling the cops is the way to go, because local police had to put out a notice asking everyone to stop calling in about the anti-abortion pamphlets being handed out in the city since there’s nothing criminal about them.

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New Brunswick
Some dude in St. George, New Brunswick thought it was a good idea to break into an RCMP office in the early morning of June 17 and smash most of the windows along with damaging police equipment and vehicles. Now, destroying police property is already a pretty stupid idea, but this guy decided to take it to the next level by deciding to pull this just off 10 minutes after the cops had cleared out for the day. Of course, someone called in and a 27-year-old man was arrested just outside the detachment. Pro tip: if you’re feeling like smashing shit up, try to not target a goddamn police station. And if a police station is your only option, maybe hang out for a bit longer so the cops are a little less than a U-turn away.

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Kids out in Peterborough, Ontario, really know how to throw a rager because when the local OPP showed up to the Mallard Drive and O’Connor Drive area just before 2 AM on June 14, they found over 100 intoxicated partiers driving through fields and “numerous intoxicated youths lying on the roadway.” An 18-year-old has since been charged with assault from one of the number of fights that broke out during the party.

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Saskatchewan
Most people’s reactions to emails with poor grammar that claim to be from billionaire African princes going through rough patches and needing a few thousand dollars from you, which they will pay back 20-fold as soon as they get out of jail or whatever, is to send it straight to the trash. But not for someone in Moose Jaw, Sask., where the cops got a call the morning of June 21 because someone had “accepted job and payment through Nigerian Scam.” No word on how much money the person got screwed out of or how often they click on popups that tell them their computer is infected.

British Columbia

Vancouver police were almost outsmarted by a fugitive who tried to hide from officers — inside a sofa.

Acting on a tip, police went to an East Van home with a search warrant for Adam Harlock, who is on the run from authorities in Alberta after being sentenced to 3.5 years for drug offences.

Officers searching the home for Harlock, 36, were close to giving up when a police dog began to focus on the living room couch, said a news release on Wednesday.

Police lifted the sofa, removed the fabric from the bottom, and found the wanted fugitive hiding inside.

“In my 24 years of police service, I have never in my career seen a suspect hide inside the body of the sofa,” said Vancouver police Insp. Ian Upton in the release.

Harlock is now being returned to Alberta to finish his sentence.

“His new accommodations might not include a sofa as comfortable as the one he was found hiding in,” said the release.

 

 

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Hamilton residents may want to watch out for shady characters trying to sell them toiletries out of the back of a truck.

The Hamilton Police Service reported that last week thieves broke into a commercial truck business and made off with $15,000 in shampoo and mouthwash, They also stole a tractor and a vehicle from the site.

No one was on site at the time, according to the CBC.

Ontario (again)

Police are looking for a man who broke into an office in Toronto’s Liberty Village stole some electronics and, uhm, tried to wrap a ping pong table.

The break and enter happened at 2:30 am on January 1 and was captured on video. You can see the man breaking the glass door of the building and other footage shows him taking gift wrap and trying to wrap a full-size ping pong table.

He got away with a number of Apple laptops and a Microsoft tablet.

 

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Posted June 26, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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How high is the water Momma? Eight and a half feet and not rising!   Leave a comment


River watch

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The River Walks on the Assiniboine and Red rivers are breathing air again

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The River Walk is drying out, but still pockets of mud

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Two Water Taxis passing each other

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A big family of geese. I researched how many goslings one pair of adults will have. The information says 1-10 eggs, with 5 usually making it to the gosling stage. But this pair of adults had 14 goslings! Has to be two families with the other parents gone on a shopping trip or vacation.

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The unpredictable rivers

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Posted June 26, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Ten Drugs not to take while driving   Leave a comment


This video has been around for a long time, but it is worth an encore.

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Posted June 26, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Tiger Jumbo Jet   Leave a comment


When you think of nose art on aircraft, military planes come to mind. From the first World War to the present military aircraft have often been made to look mean with provocative nose art. Like the U.S. air force A-10 Warthog below:

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A Russian commercial airline has come up with a great, jazzy paint job on a Boeing 747. It is stunning and very creative.

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The Amur Tiger, closely related to the Siberian Tiger.

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OJSC Transaero Airlines or simply Transaero  is a Russian airline with its head office in Saint Petersburg. It operates scheduled and charter flights to 103 domestic and international destinations. Its main hubs are Moscow-Domodedovo and Saint Petersburg with further bases throughout Russia.

Transaero has a big fleet of over 100 aircraft with 20 747’s. It also flies Boeing 777’s, 737’s, 767’s and many Airbus models.

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Posted June 26, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Rod ‘Blackie’ Black has his own street in his hometown of Winnipeg   Leave a comment


Rod Black (born 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian sports announcer for TSN and CTV Sports.

Back in the eighties Blackie did the local late night sports for the local CTV affiliate in Winnipeg.  Acerbic, somewhat witty, insightful and very mean, Blackie used to bully his fellow newscasters during the program. Clay Young, an almost Neanderthal-like galoot who did the news was often the recipient of Black’s ruthless chides. Clay, who looked twice as strong as Rod, could have beaten the tarnation out of Blackie. But he showed immense discipline and never threw a punch. Job security was surely the reason. Clay, who now manages a radio station in Brandon, Manitoba, must have nightmares of the unending onslaught of demeaning insults and constant sarcasm that he endured at the hands of Rod.  But that was Blackie.

Rod moved up the journalistic ladder and ultimately became famous. The city fathers of Winnipeg decided to name a street (crescent) after Blackie. It is located way out on the periphery of the eastern suburbs in Transcona. No matter, how many people get a crescent named after them?

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Black calls games for the Canadian Football League CFL, CIS Canadian University Sport Football, & occasionally for the The NHL on TSN, and used to call games for the Toronto Blue Jays, ending in 2009. He also calls Canadian golf tournaments for the PGA, on occasion bowling tournaments, curling, boxing and figure skating. He anchored CTV’s coverage of the 1991 Canada Cup, 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also called games for the Toronto Raptors. He won the 2005 Sports Media Canada Award as Outstanding Sports Broadcaster and has earned five Gemini Award nominations for Best Sports Broadcaster.

Prior to coming onto the national scene, Black studied Creative Communications at Red River College. Black got his start as a sports announcer at the age of 19 at the local CTV affiliate CKY-TV where he soon became host of the Winnipeg Jets’ NHL broadcasts.

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Rod checking out the typical middle-class houses on his namesake crescent.

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Posted June 25, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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50 Years of ‘Spacewalkin’   Leave a comment


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50 years ago Ed White became the first American to step into space.

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Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot for the Gemini-Titan 4 space flight, floats in space during America’s first spacewalk. The extravehicular activity (EVA) was performed during the Gemini 4 mission on June 3, 1965. White spent 23 minutes maneuvering around his spacecraft as Jim McDivitt remained inside the spacecraft. White is attached to the spacecraft by a 25-foot umbilical line and a 23-foot tether line, both wrapped in gold tape to form one cord. In his right hand, White carries a Hand-Held Self Maneuvering Unit (HHSMU), which he used to help move him around the weightless environment of space. The visor of his helmet is gold plated to protect him from the unfiltered rays of the sun.

It’s half a century since Ed White became the first American to step into space, in 1965. Now an almost routine part of any space mission, the EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity), or “spacewalk” was once a hazardous procedure.

During the 1950s and 1960s, the USSR scored a few early firsts in the Space Race: first satellite (Sputnik 1); first man in space (Yuri Gagarin); and first spacewalk (Alexei Leonov on March 8, 1965).

Leonov encountered many difficulties during his own spacewalk. He could only maneuver by pulling on the umbilical cord that tethered him to the spacecraft, and his suit over-inflated in the vacuum of space. Leonov had to bleed some oxygen from the suit to be able to get back in the hatch. The extent of these problems was not revealed until after the end of the Cold War.

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Ed White over the Gulf of Mexico.

NASA scheduled its first spacewalk to take place during the Gemini 4 mission. On June 3, 1965, Ed White left the Gemini spacecraft and, with the aid of a Hand-Held Self Manoeuvring Unit (HHSMU), or “zip gun,” White was able to move 15 feet (5 meters) from the craft.

Communication problems meant White had to be actively ordered to re-enter the spacecraft. Opening and closing the hatch was problematic, and a planned dump into space of White’s used spacewalk equipment was abandoned.

Several more spacewalks were performed during the Gemini missions, but the astronauts tired quickly and experienced overheating. It was Buzz Aldrin who first overcame these problems, working for just over two hours outside Gemini 12. Aldrin’s experiences as a scuba diver inspired NASA’s move to training astronauts for spacewalks in large water tanks to simulate the weightlessness of space.

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Nov. 12, 1966

Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., pilot of the Gemini 12 spacecraft, performs extravehicular activity (EVA) during the second day of the four-day mission in space. Aldrin is positioned next to the Agena work station.

With the advent of the space shuttle, spacewalks became routine. In 1983, NASA astronauts began using the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), a self-contained life support device. The Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS), also known as Canadarm, was developed by Canada and delivered to NASA in 1981, the first of five such arms. This machine could be used as an anchor for astronauts during spacewalks.

On Feb. 7, 1984, the Manned Manoeuvring Unit (MMU) was deployed. For the first time, this allowed an astronaut to work untethered. Using the MMU, Bruce McCandless became the first astronaut to fly free in space, moving 320 feet (98 meters) away from the shuttle.

In 2001, Susan Helms and James Voss set the record for the spacewalk with the longest duration, at eight hours and 56 minutes.

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Mar. 6, 1969

Apollo 9 Command/Service Modules (CSM), nicknamed “Gumdrop,” and Lunar Module (LM), nicknamed “Spider,” are shown docked together as Command Module Pilot David R. Scott stands in the open hatch. Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, took this photograph of Scott during his EVA as he stood on the porch outside the Lunar Module. Apollo 9 was an Earth orbital mission designed to test docking procedures between the CSM and LM, as well as test fly the Lunar Module in the relative safe confines of Earth orbit.

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Feb. 12, 1984

Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II, is seen further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut had ever been. This space first was made possible by the Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU, a nitrogen jet propelled backpack. After a series of test maneuvers inside and above Challenger’s payload bay, McCandless went “free-flying” to a distance of 320 feet away from the Orbiter.

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Sept. 16, 1994

Astronauts Carl J. Meade and Mark C. Lee (red stripe on suit) test the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) system some 130 nautical miles from Earth. The pair were actually performing an in-space rehearsal or demonstration of a contingency rescue using the never- before-flown hardware. Meade, who here wears the small backpack unit with its complementary chest-mounted control unit, and Lee, anchored to Discovery’s Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robot arm, took turns using the SAFER hardware during their shared space walk.

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Sep. 16, 1995

The pale blue Earth serves as backdrop for astronaut Michael Gernhardt during his Extravehicular Activity (EVA). He is standing on a Manipulator Foot Restraint (MFR) attached to the Remote Manipulator System (RMS). He is positioned over the Payload Bay, and Endeavour’s forward section is reflected in his visor. A thermal cube is attached to the RMS and records temperatures during spacesuit evaluations. Unlike earlier spacewalking astronauts, Gernhardt was able to use an electronic cuff checklist, a prototype developed for the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS).

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Nov. 14, 1984

Astronaut Dale A. Gardner, having just completed the major portion of his second extravehicular activity (EVA) period in three days, holds up a “For Sale” sign referring to the two satellites, Palapa B-2 and Westar 6, that they retrieved from orbit after their Payload Assist Modules (PAM) failed to fire. Astronaut Joseph P. Allen IV, who also participated in the two EVAs, is reflected in Gardner’s helmet visor. A portion of each of two recovered satellites is in the lower right corner, with Westar 6 nearer Discovery’s aft.

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Russian cosmonaut conducting maintenance on the ISS

Posted June 25, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Escape through the sewer pipes and out the manhole   Leave a comment


New York prison break

The 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape took place on June 6, 2015, when two inmates were discovered missing during a bed check at 5:30 a.m. at the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility. The inmates were Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34. Both had been convicted of murder.

On June 7, 2015, it was reported that an “external breach” was found on a street approximately 500 feet (150 m) south of the prison wall where a opened manhole cover was discovered; they had tunneled out of the facility with power tools. Matt had also escaped from an Erie County jail in 1986. The men were housed in Honor Block, a privileged housing unit, that allowed them access to cooking stations, televisions, wall mounted telephones, showers, and card tables in the cell house at specified intervals during the day. According to news reports, the escapees used tools from contractors to cut their escape way during the nights, and returned them to their toolboxes afterwards.

The escape was elaborate and has been compared to the escape made in the novella and film by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a walking tour of the facility and the escape route to witness the method in order to understand how to prevent further attempts in this and other facilities.

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Richard Matt has greased back hair after lubricating it with raw sewage during the gutter pipe crawl

Posted June 24, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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