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Ghostly Apparitions of Slim Pickens Photographed Riding Various Weapons Platforms   1 comment


Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. (June 29, 1919 – December 8, 1983), better known by his stage name Slim Pickens, was an American rodeo performer and film and television actor. During much of his career Pickens played mainly cowboy roles, and is perhaps best remembered today for his comic roles in Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles.

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Pickens played B-52 pilot Major T.J. “King” Kong. in Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick cast Pickens after Peter Sellers, who played three other roles in the film, sprained his ankle and was unable to perform in the role due to having to work in the cramped cockpit set. Pickens was chosen because his accent and comic sense were perfect for the role of Kong, a cartoonishly patriotic and gung-ho B-52 commander. He was not given the script to the entire film, but only those portions in which he played a part.

One of the best known scenes in Dr. Strangelove had Pickens riding a dropped H-bomb to a certain death, whooping and waving his cowboy hat (in the manner of a rodeo performer bronc riding or bull riding), not knowing its detonation will trigger a Russian doomsday device.

Recently it has come to light that photographs of what appears to be Slim Pickens spook riding various United States weapons platforms. It must be that Slim’s soul can’t follow the path to the bright light at the end of the tunnel that leads to the promised land. In other words, his soul is suspended between the earthly everyday reality and the afterlife.  Poor bastard.

Various military analysts were astounded to see the phantasm of Slim hooking rides on the high-flying weapons. Hopefully Slim will pick the right door and move towards the bright light and ultimately the heavenly realm.

Below are recently released U.S. Air Force photos of Slim’s lost soul in ghostly forms.

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In the photo above Slim seems to be relaxing on the wing of a B-2 Stealth bomber that is pulling away from a refueling tanker.

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In a rare color manifestation, Slim’s ghost is riding a Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, better known as a MOAB. Hopefully he bailed out before it impacted the target.

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A bewildered looking Pickens apparition checks in for a ride on the wing of an F-16 fighter.

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In the mind-boggling photo above Slim is performing a hair-raising balancing act on top of a Predator attack drone.

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Here Slim’s ghost is in the famous riding the bomb pose on top of a AC-130 Spooky gunship.

Rest in peace Slim Pickens.

Posted February 13, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Trump Declares War   Leave a comment


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The ‘Donald’ came in second in Iowa, he is screaming fraud and the beginning of an all-out war.

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Try and break into my house and rob me!

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Gun improvements.

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Northern mortars during the Civil War.

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No wonder there is starvation in North Korea, all the farm tractors have been converted into missile mules.

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Posted February 4, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Atomic Explosion Tests in Outer Space   Leave a comment


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High-altitude nuclear explosions (HANE) have historically been nuclear explosions that take place above altitudes of 30 km, still inside the Earth’s atmosphere. Such explosions have been tests of nuclear weapons, used to determine the effects of the blast and radiation in the exoatmospheric environment. The highest was at an altitude of 540 km (335.5 mi).

The only nations to detonate nuclear weapons in outer space are the United States and the Soviet Union. The U.S. program began in 1958 with the Hardtack Teak and Hardtack Orange shots, both 3.8 megatons. These warheads were initially carried on Redstone rockets. Later tests were delivered by Thor missiles for Operation Fishbowl tests, and modified Lockheed X-17 missiles for the Argus tests. The purpose of the shots was to determine both feasibility of nuclear weapons as an anti-ballistic missile defense, as well as a means to defeat satellites and manned orbiting vehicles in space. High-altitude nuclear blasts produce significantly different effects. In the lower reaches of vacuous space, the resulting fireball grows much larger and faster than it does near the ground, and the radiation it emits travels much farther.

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Starfish Prime Atmospheric Nuclear Test as seen from 900 miles(1,650 kms)  away.

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The strong electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that results has several components. In the first few tens of nanoseconds, about a tenth of a percent of the weapon yield appears as powerful gamma rays with energies of one to three mega-electron volts (MeV, a unit of energy). The gamma rays penetrate the atmosphere and collide with air molecules, depositing their energy to produce huge quantities of positive ions and recoil electrons (also known as Compton electrons). The impacts create MeV-energy Compton electrons that then accelerate and spiral along the Earth’s magnetic field lines. The resulting transient electric fields and currents that arise generate electromagnetic emissions in the radio frequency range of 15 to 250 megahertz (MHz, or one million cycles per second). This high-altitude EMP occurs between 30 and 50 kilometers (18 and 31 miles) above the Earth’s surface. The potential as an anti-satellite weapon became apparent in August 1958 during Hardtack Teak. The EMP observed at the Apia Observatory at Samoa was four times more powerful than any created by solar storms, while in July 1962 the Starfish Prime test damaged electronics in Honolulu and New Zealand (approximately 1,300 kilometers away), fused 300 street lights on Oahu (Hawaii), set off about 100 burglar alarms, and caused the failure of a microwave repeating station on Kauai, which cut off the sturdy telephone system from the other Hawaiian islands. The radius for an effective satellite kill for the various prompt radiations produced by such a nuclear weapon in space was determined to be roughly 80 km. Further testing to this end was carried out, and embodied in a Department of Defense program, Program 437.

There are problems with nuclear weapons carried over to testing and deployment scenarios, however. Because of the very large radius associated with nuclear events, it was nearly impossible to prevent indiscriminate damage to other satellites, including one’s own satellites. Starfish Prime produced an artificial radiation belt in space that soon destroyed three satellites (Ariel, TRAAC, and Transit 4B all failed after traversing the radiation belt, while Cosmos V, Injun I and Telstar 1 suffered minor degradation, due to some radiation damage to solar cells, etc.). The radiation dose rate was at least 60 rads/day at four months after Starfish for a well-shielded satellite or manned capsule in a polar circular earth orbit, which caused NASA concern with regard to its manned space exploration programs.

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  • List of high-altitude nuclear explosions

 

  • United States USAHardtack I – Johnston Atoll, Pacific Ocean
  • Yucca 28 April 1958, 1.7 kt, 26.2 km
  • Teak, 1 August 1958, 3.8 Mt, 76.8 km
  • Orange, 12 August 1958, 3.8 Mt, 43 km
  • United States USAArgus – South Atlantic Ocean
    • Argus I, 27 August 1958, 1.7 kt, 200 km
    • Argus II, 30 August 1958, 1.7 kt, 240 km
    • Argus III, 6 September 1958, 1.7 kt, 540 km (The highest known man made nuclear explosion)

    Soviet Union USSR – 1961 tests – Kapustin Yar

    • Test #88, 6 September 1961, 10.5 kt, 22.7 km
    • Test #115, 6 October 1961, 40 kt, 41.3 km
    • Test #127, 27 October 1961, 1.2 kt, 150 km
    • Test #128, 27 October 1961, 1.2. kt, 300 km

    United States USADominic I – (Operation Fishbowl) – Johnston Atoll, Pacific Ocean

    • Bluegill, 3 June 1962, failed
    • Bluegill Prime, 25 July 1962, failed
    • Bluegill Double Prime, 15 October 1962, failed
    • Bluegill Triple Prime, 26 October 1962, 410 kt, 50 km
    • Starfish, 20 June 1962, failed
    • Starfish Prime, 9 July 1962, 1.4 Mt, 400 km (The largest man made nuclear explosion in outer space)
    • Checkmate, 20 October 1962, 7 kt, 147 km
    • Kingfish, 1 November 1962, 410 kt, 97 km

    Soviet Union USSR – Soviet Project K nuclear tests – Kapustin Yar

    • Test #184, 22 October 1962, 300 kt, 290 km
    • Test #187, 28 October 1962, 300 kt, 150 km
    • Test #195, 1 November 1962, 300 kt, 59 km

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The Starfish Prime flash as seen through heavy cloud cover from Honolulu, 1,300 km away.

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Posted January 24, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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A few statistics on Guns in the United States   Leave a comment


Guns played a central role in the history of the U.S.

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There are roughly 300 million guns in the United States—nearly enough for each citizen to own one. But those guns are concentrated in the hands of a minority of Americans. Nearly a third of adults owns a gun, according to a new study in the journal Injury Prevention. And gun ownership rates vary widely by state: Alaska tops the list with 62 percent of adults saying they own a firearm; Delaware is at the bottom with just 5 percent.

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Although America’s political debate about guns tends to focus on grisly mass shootings and murders, a majority of gun-related deaths in the US are suicides. This is actually one of the most compelling reasons for reducing access to guns — there is a lot of research that shows greater access to guns dramatically increases the risk of suicide.

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Gun battles in the west. Custer’s Last Stand.

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Posted December 7, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Bashar Hafez al-Assad’s Devastating Barrel Bomb Terror Weapons   Leave a comment


Cheap, easy to use and devastating. The Barrel Bomb is being used by Syrian forces without restraint.

A barrel bomb is an improvised unguided bomb, sometimes described as a flying IED (improvised explosive device). They are typically made from a large barrel-shaped metal container that has been filled with high explosives, with possibly shrapnel, oil or chemicals, and then dropped from a helicopter or airplane. Due to the large amount of explosives (up to thousands of pounds), their poor accuracy and indiscriminate use in populated civilian areas (including refugee camps), the resulting detonations have been devastating. Critics have characterized them as weapons of terror and illegal under international conventions.

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Before the Civil War, the Syrian arsenal was built to counter an Israeli attack and thus did not have much in the way of close air support (e.g., air to ground bombs and missiles), but instead predominantly had ground-to-air and air-to-air missiles to harass and delay the Israeli air force. The Syrian military thus soon ran out of precision weapons, had trouble obtaining more and needed a cheap and readily available supply of air to ground weapons. The use of barrel bombs in the Syrian Civil War was first identified in August 2012, in particular through the video forensic work of Eliot Higgins (Brown Moses) and Richard Lloyd. Their existence was initially denied by a Russian military expert until a video surfaced in October 2012 from inside a moving helicopter showing a barrel bomb being lit and dropped onto a target by Syrian Air Force personnel. The person who allegedly came up with the scheme to load barrels with explosives, nails, and metal fragments is Suheil Al Hassan, or “The Tiger,” an Allawite warlord.

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The deliberate use of indiscriminate weapons makes President Assad potentially liable for war crimes. As such, Assad has denied the use of these weapons, saying “We have bombs, missiles and bullets. There [are] no barrel bombs, we don’t have barrels.” Nevertheless, there is considerable video, pictorial, and after the fact proof of the use of such weapons in Syria. Video evidence of a barrel bomb being used was recovered from a mobile phone found in the wreckage of a crashed government forces helicopter in May 2015. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said, “This video footage exposes Assad’s lies on barrel bombs,” and “We will bring those involved in these criminal acts to justice”.

Barrel bomb attacks throughout Syria have killed more than 20,000 people since the conflict began in March 2011, according to a December 2013 statement by the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC). It is estimated that, as of mid-March 2014, between 5,000 to 6,000 barrel bombs have been dropped during the war and their use has escalated. Aleppo has been the focal point of the Syrian government’s use of barrel bombs. Over time, government forces have refined their use of the barrel bomb to cause maximum damage – dropping one device and then waiting 10 to 30 minutes to drop another bomb on the same location. According to opposition activists, the aim is to ensure that those who flood the scene to rescue the victims are then themselves killed.

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Putin’s Russia has recently stepped up its military aid for the Assad regime.  Russian advisors have been pouring into the Syrian port of Latakia. Work has also been underway on an airbase near the city. Russian aircraft have been landing at the base in steady streams over the last 10 days.

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Posted September 16, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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U.S. Submarine Fleet   Leave a comment


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The billions of dollars spent on militaries in this world could be spent on much more righteous endeavors. However, past history and geopolitical strategy has determined that this is the direction countries take due to nationalism and self-interest.  Countries have a certain amount of paranoia, and strong militaries reduce these fears. The United States is always on the lookout for bad guys ready to attack, the U.S. often sees evil doers where none exist. But they do read the signals right most of the time, and the U.S. military is ready for any belligerent that wants to start a fight.

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The USS Seawolf, shown here in support of European operation in 2015, is the lead vessel in the three boat Seawolf class. The Seawolf and the USS Connecticut, the second boat in the class, displace 9,138 tons and are 353 feet long.

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The Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter is moored in a Washington state facility that reduces a ship’s electromagnetic signature in 2006. The Jimmy Carter is 100 feet longer than the first two subs in its class. The extra space is for a “multimission platform,” the Navy says. “The hull section provides for additional payloads to accomodate advanced technology used to carry out classified research and development and for enhanced warfighting capabilities.” Possibly delivering Navy SEALS to hostile environments?

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A dolphin swims in front of the Navy’s newest submarine, the attack submarine USS John Warner, during sea trials this May. The Warner is a Virginia-class attack sub, these subs displace 7,800 tons and are 377 feet long, They “are designed to seek and destroy enemy subs and surface ships; project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and special operations forces (SOF); carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions; support battle group operations; engage in mine warfare,” according to the Navy. Twelve subs are active, five are building and the class will eventually reach 48 submarines.

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The US Navy has 14 ballistic missile submarines, also called boomers, in service. The boomers, displacing 18,750 tons submerged and 560 feet long, can carry 24 nuclear-armed Trident II ballisitic missiles and serve as nuclear deterrents. Here, Ohio-class ballistic-missile sub USS West Virginia departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 2013 after an engineering overhaul.

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In addition to the 14 ballistic missile subs of the Ohio class, 4 subs of the class have been converted to conventional missile submarines. The 4 boats, Ohio, Florida, Michigan and Georgia are loaded with Tomahawk cruise missiles as well they are capable of deploying SOF soldiers, IE SEALS.

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The Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine USS Hampton surfaces through Arctic ice in March 2014. The Los Angeles-class is the biggest in the Navy’s sub fleet, with 41 now in commission. These subs displace 6,900 tons and are 360 feet long. The class was introduced in 1976.

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Posted August 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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“Skunk” anti-riot weapon leaves protesters reeking for days   Leave a comment


“Skunk” is a malodorant, non-lethal weapon used for crowd control by the Israel Defense Forces. It was developed and is manufactured by Odortec, with two supporting companies, Man and Beit-Alfa Technologies. The liquid’s strong odor is intended to be an improvement over the rubber bullets and tear gas used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) against Palestinian protestors. The IDF has received criticism for its tactics during deployment, including accusations of use against businesses and people not involved in protests.

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The material used is an organic and non-toxic blend of baking powder, yeast, and other ingredients. Deriving its name from the animal of the same name, “Skunk” is dispersed as a form of yellow mist, fired from a water cannon, which leaves a powerful odor similar to rot or sewage on whatever it touches. The inventors plan to market Skunk to law enforcement agencies worldwide, specifically American local police departments.

A BBC reporter describes its effects as follows:

“Imagine the worst, most foul thing you have ever smelled. An overpowering mix of rotting meat, old socks that haven’t been washed for weeks – topped off with the pungent waft of an open sewer. . .Imagine being covered in the stuff as it is liberally sprayed from a water cannon. Then imagine not being able to get rid of the stench for at least three days, no matter how often you try to scrub yourself clean.”

A reporter for Reuters described its effect in the following words:

Imagine taking a chunk of rotting corpse from a stagnant sewer, placing it in a blender and spraying the filthy liquid in your face. Your gag reflex goes off the charts and you can’t escape, because the nauseating stench persists for days.

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Israeli forces deploying Skunk against Palestinians in the West Bank

Skunk was first used for crowd control in August 2008 in the Palestinian village of Ni’lin where daily protests had been taking place in response to the construction of a security barrier. Spraying the liquid has developed into one of the preferred measures adopted by the IDF to meet the challenge of civil disobedience and demonstrations by Palestinians. The tactic was devised to tamp down organized civilian protests in the West Bank. It has been used regularly against the villagers of Bil’in, Ni’lin, Kafr Qaddum and Nabi Saleh, where weekly protests against the occupation are practiced.

In Hebron it was used on the 26 February 2012 to disperse a crowd of an estimated 1,000 people which clashed with Israeli soldiers during a protest described as commemorating the anniversary of the Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre or as pressing for the reopening of the zone of Shuhada Street A funereal procession waiting for the riots to be dispersed were also doused with the liquid. According to “Ma’an”, it has been used during clashes with “Palestinian protesters calling for the release of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan near Barzilai Medical Center” in the Israeli city of Ashkelon”.

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Among Palestinians, the liquid is known simply as “shit”.  Amnesty International, B’Tselem, and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel have been critical of the IDF’s use of the product. Concerns have included accusations of indiscriminate use against people, homes, and businesses not involved in demonstrations. The IDF has also been accused of deployment in a manner described as punitive. Critics have said that the IDF sprays Palestinian houses after protests as a form of collective punishment. In response to a negative B’tselem report, the Israel Defense Forces has stated that “Skunk” is used only when demonstrators become violent or engage in vandalism and has specific rules of engagement for its use.

Posted August 24, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Megatons   Leave a comment


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Tsar Bomba (Russian: Царь-бомба; “Emperor Bomb”) is the nickname for the AN602 hydrogen bomb, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. It’s October 30, 1961 test remains the most powerful artificial explosion in human history. It was also referred to as Kuz’kina Mat’ (Russian: Кузькина мать, Kuzka’s mother), potentially referring to Nikita Khrushchev’s promise to show the United States a “Kuz’kina Mat'” at the 1960 United Nations General Assembly. The famous Russian idiom, which has been problematic for translators, equates roughly with the English “We’ll show you!” Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb was originally designed to have a yield of about 100 megatons of TNT (420 PJ), but the yield was reduced to 57 megatons to reduce nuclear fallout (and also to prevent the blast from destroying the drop aircraft). This attempt was successful, as it was one of the cleanest (relative to it’s yield) nuclear bombs ever detonated. Only one bomb of this type was ever built and it was tested on October 30, 1961, in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, at Sukhoy Nos.

Posted August 4, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Full Metal Firepower   Leave a comment


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Posted May 22, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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