Saturday, May 07, 2011
…how much better to be shot dead with an environmentally friendly bullet.
ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — The Army will be demonstrating new "green" ammunition at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The military began providing the lead-free round last June to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. It replaces ammunition used since the early 1980s. A live-fire demonstration will be held Wednesday morning at the post. Soldiers will fire the new and old rounds, as well as a third type, to compare the performance of all three on identical targets. The targets will include a parked vehicle, steel plates and building materials. The Army says the new ammunition is the first developed as part of a "greening"' effort for small-caliber ammunition.
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The secret word is Ammo
Posted by Mick at 5/07/2011 08:31:00 AM
A little more sensitivity when you’re assassinating, okay?
“Leaders of the Onondaga Nation blasted as “reprehensible” the code name used for Osama bin Laden in the commando assault that killed him: “Geronimo.” “We’ve ID’d Geronimo,” U.S. forces reported by radio Sunday to the White House. Later, word came that “Geronimo” was dead. “Think of the outcry if they had used any other ethnic group’s hero,” the Onondaga Council of Chiefs said in a release Tuesday. “Geronimo bravely and heroically defended his homeland and his people, eventually surrendering and living out the rest of his days peacefully, if in captivity.” “Geronimo is arguably the most recognized Native American name in the world,” the chiefs said, “and this comparison only serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes about our people.” “It’s typical,” said Onondaga Tadodaho Sid Hill, the nation's spiritual leader. He said Geronimo was a hero to American Indians and it was incomprehensible that “they use him to identify a man like Osama Bin Laden. All they know is just cowboys and Indians, the stuff they saw on TV.” (Click here for more)
Posted by Mick at 5/07/2011 08:20:00 AM
Friday, May 06, 2011
“God’s emotions, like humans, are complex and not always black and white as some portray them to be, writes Piper, founder of the ministry Desiring God, on the group’s blog this week. It is true that He delights in the death of the wicked, but at the same time death does not bring God pleasure. Citing Ezekiel 18:23, 32, Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, points out that the Bible records, “I do not pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.” But in other verses, the Bible records that God finds pleasure in the judgment and death of unrepentant evil doers. In Ezekiel 5:13, the Bible records, “Thus shall my anger spend itself, and I will vent my fury upon them and satisfy myself,” and in Proverbs 1:25-26, “Because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you.” “My suggestion is that the death and misery of the unrepentant is in and of itself not a pleasure to God,” writes Piper. “God is not a sadist. He is not malicious or bloodthirsty. The death and suffering considered for itself alone is not His delight.” “Rather, when a rebellious, wicked, unbelieving person is judged, what God has pleasured in is the exaltation of truth and righteousness, and the vindication of His own honor and glory.”
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The secret word is Inexplicable
Posted by Mick at 5/06/2011 07:34:00 AM
Thursday, May 05, 2011
As we wait for the Terminators of the Singularity and the HAL 9000 decision that humanity is redundant and should erased, I have to challenge a remark in the story below. “If they are shot down, no lives are at risk.” I would say that the lives of the poor bastards the Phantom is shooting at would be very much at risk. And war becomes a trillion dollar video game.
"The US military is making ever more use of unmanned fighters and intelligence gathering aircraft. The great thing about this type of aircraft is that they can loiter over some far away battlefield for a long time, and if they are shot down, no lives are at risk. The Boeing Phantom Ray Stealth UAV made its first flight this week and is on its way to becoming the first stealth UAV in the arsenal. The Phantom Ray is the size of a fighter aircraft, and its maiden voyage took it to 7,500 feet and a speed of 178 knots. “The first flight moves us farther into the next phase of unmanned aircraft,” said Craig Brown, Phantom Ray program manager for Boeing. “Autonomous, fighter-sized unmanned aircraft are real, and the UAS bar has been raised. Now I’m eager to see how high that bar will go.” (Click here for more)
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The secret word is Accountable
Posted by Mick at 5/05/2011 08:15:00 AM
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
“Former Playboy pinup and B-movie actress Yvette Vickers died at the age of 82. But it wasn't until a year later—last Wednesday—that her mummified body was found in her Beverly Hills home. Neighbor Susan Savage found the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman star lying on the floor of an upstairs room, after pushing open a barricaded front gate, "scaling a hillside", climbing through a broken window and pushing through stacks of "clothes, junk mail and letters" to reach her. Although Vickers generally kept to herself in the neighborhood, Savage decided to check on her after seeing cobwebs and old letters in her mailbox. "The letters seemed untouched and were starting to yellow," Savage said. "I just had a bad feeling." Vickers' body, which was lying on the floor that entire time, was so decomposed that it was unrecognizable. "We've all been crying about this," Savage said. "Nobody should be left alone like that." In spite of the circumstances, police suspect no sign of foul play, and the cause of death has yet to be determined by the Los Angeles county coroner's office. During her career, Vickers starred in horror flicks like Attack of the Leeches and What's the Matter With Helen? and earned a bachelor's degree in theater arts from UCLA. She quickly rose to fame after playing Honey Parker, mistress of Allison Hayes (the titular giantess)' husband in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.”
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The secret word is Fleeting
Posted by Mick at 5/04/2011 05:29:00 AM
If the following statement from Julian Assange is correct, the intelligent agencies of Corporate Global will be sifting through a close to infinite supply of self-indulgent, misspelled irrelevancy. I try to imagine what misconceptions they might glean about me from Facebook or Doc40. What would a NSA analyst make today of the odd resonances I feel about the death of Yvette Vickers – or the Frozdick family for that matter?
“Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has leved an accusation that Facebook is "the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented." Assange said he believes Facebook is a giant database of names and records about people, maintained voluntarily by its users but developed for U.S. intelligence to use. “Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States intelligence agencies, and building this database for them,” Assange said. While Assange doesn’t claim that Facebook is actually run by U.S. intelligence agencies, the fact that they have access to its records is — in his view — dangerous enough. “Now, is the case that Facebook is run by U.S. intelligence? No, it’s not like that. It’s simply that U.S. intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure to them,” he said.” (Click here for more and a video)
Posted by Mick at 5/04/2011 05:22:00 AM
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Our outspoken pal Chris Hedges seems to think so.
“I spent a year of my life covering al-Qaida for The New York Times. It was the work in which I, and other investigative reporters, won the Pulitzer Prize. And I spent seven years of my life in the Middle East. I was the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. I’m an Arabic speaker. And when someone came over and told Jean and me the news, my stomach sank. I’m not in any way naïve about what al-Qaida is. It’s an organization that terrifies me. I know it intimately. But I’m also intimately familiar with the collective humiliation that we have imposed on the Muslim world. The expansion of military occupation that took place throughout, in particular the Arab world, following 9/11 – and that this presence of American imperial bases, dotted, not just in Iraq and Afghanistan, but in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Doha – is one that has done more to engender hatred and acts of terror than anything ever orchestrated by Osama bin Laden. And the killing of bin Laden, who has absolutely no operational role in al-Qaida – that’s clear – he’s kind of a spiritual mentor, a kind of guide … he functions in many of the ways that Hitler functioned for the Nazi Party. We were just talking with Warren about Kershaw’s great biography of Hitler, which I read a few months ago, where you hold up a particular ideological ideal and strive for it.” (Click here for more)
Meanwhile, over on the right, the shit is stirring. Here is a selection of comments from the loathsome Michelle Malkin’s website.
“Obama simply took Bush’s work and used it to his own political advantage. Thanks Georgie-boy. More proof he was really a leftist.
Since when have you seen a crowd of college age people that would celebrate a victory for the US? They are brainwashed everyday to hate our country and everything it stands for just like our fearless leader.
Do they really expect us to believe that this is spontaneous and that people carry 2008 Obama campaign signs and flags with them? Do you know any student that owns a flag?
THANK YOU PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH FOR TRYING TO PROTECT THIS NATION!!! YOUR HARD WORK AND OUR AWESOME MILITARY DID AWESOME….GOD BLESS YOU!!! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
Some moronics have a sign that says Obama 1, Osama 0. What a libtard. Liberals have NO shame. None at all.
I do give Obama credit for being willing to give the order to pull the trigger. At least he did do more than fire some cruise missiles at empty tents, which is all the first black president managed to do. I notice Obama kept many of the same methods that Bush used, as he should since those policies were much better and wiser than candidate Obama ever gave him credit for.
This should have been the press conference: Barry: “Despite of all my actions to the contrary, Osama Bin Laden has been killed”.
And don’t forget, we used “torture” to get the pertinent information we needed to get that a-hole. Shame on us!
Is it too early to place bets on how soon college Liberals start wearing OBL’s face on their defiant, latte stained tee-shirts?
I said it before and I’ll say it again…BUSH.DID.IT! This was not a victory for Obama. He (and Holder) fought against EVERYTHING that should have been done. And in spite of him, our military prevailed. He is taking full credit, of course. But this victory goes to George W. Bush.”
(Click here to see for yourself. At Doc40 our concepts of free speech are close to absurd.)
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The secret word is Figment
Posted by Mick at 5/03/2011 07:08:00 AM
Monday, May 02, 2011
The Western media have lost interest. No more dramatic pictures are coming out Fukushima so screw it. Why bother? Better to concentrate on the unseemly dancing in the streets after the death of Osama Bin Laden. Fortunately we have our very good friend Yukiko writes to keep it fully in our minds…
“There's not much left for me to write about what's going on at Fukushima. The human race simply hasn't reached the stage of evolution in which they can control atomic power. Soon, the highly contaminated water will overflow one of those "trenches" and go into the sea (at one of them, it's about 3 feet up to the edge). And just yesterday, they detected some radioactive substances in breast milk. I feel humbled for the people who've been working so hard at the disaster site. The Japanese absolutely have a very special notion regarding bodies of the dead. Do you know that the Japanese government still sends a ship to Iwo Jima every year to pick up bones of the soldiers? So, you can imagine with how much care and attention they are clearing the debris given more than 15,000 people are still missing. Also, it's amazing even to me that they are actually trying to "recycle" the debris by dividing the rubbles. A few days ago, the bullet train operation was reinstated throughout the extensive disaster site, connecting the area with the rest of Japan, which is admirable if we imagine how much reconstruction work and safety check was necessary. Since the new school year begins in April in Japan, most of the schools reopened last month, which required substantial restructuring of the system to utilize the school buildings that were left relatively intact. The seismologists say the seismic map under Japan have completely changed by the 3.11 earthquake, which means their accumulated knowledge is almost no use to predict what will happen next. Given the frequent aftershocks we've had all around Japan (in fact I had one while I was writing this), there is a good chance that Tokyo will also hit by a major quake before long.”
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The secret word is Invisible
Henry Cooper – RIP
Andy Dunkley – RIP
Posted by Mick at 5/02/2011 08:59:00 AM
Yukiko may make the commonsense statement, “The human race simply hasn't reached the stage of evolution in which they can control atomic power”, but the global energy corporations and even the President of the United States continue to tout nuclear power as though nothing had happened.
“The nuclear industry has promised the world cheap, safe, and clean energy for over 60 years. As the Japanese government continues to extend its nuclear evacuation zone around the Daiichi nuclear complex in Fukushima, the pushers of nuclear power--including President Barack Obama--still demand that Congress approve ever-larger subsidies for new reactors. Wishful thinking about energy generation has apparently induced both temporary blindness and long-term amnesia about the history of nuclear "mishaps." In 2009, the government subsidized the nuclear industry with $18.5 billion in loan guarantees, which failed to anticipate the total costs of "the next generation of plants." The Nuclear Energy Institute--the industry's lobbying group--now wants $20 billion more in loan guarantees to get the so-called "nuclear renaissance" underway. Before ramping up funding for the nuclear gang, lawmakers should look beyond the current catastrophe and into some of the numerous U.S. nuclear accident reports.” (Click here for more)
Posted by Mick at 5/02/2011 08:52:00 AM
Sunday, May 01, 2011
This is the second Sunday Doc40 breakfast partaken behind the iron curtain of a Blogger Content Warning. For those of you who are not involved, the topic is probably getting boring, but what-the-fuck? It’s pissing me right off. A couple of times this week I was about ready to quit the whole thing and find some other means to waste my free time. It wasn’t the simple matter of the actual content warning. As some well-wishers on Facebook suggested, it was something of a badge on honour. The real problem is that it royally screwed up search engines and consigned the accumulated Doc40 random data-fest to inaccessible oblivion – and there is some vitally arcane stuff in the Doc40 archive. Traffic dropped by 40% and I was at a loss. I had dug into the non-human circular labyrinth of Blogger and achieved nothing. No explanation or appeal was offered. I had considered restarting the whole thing on Wordpress or some other platform, but I had to ask myself just how much time could I really devote to what is, after all, a piece of unpaid internet performance art. But then I realised something. The traffic might be dwindling, but the readers who have stayed with me are the hardcore regulars and I value our mutually created virtual funhouse too much to simply dump it. Also I began to suspect that the content warning was somehow screwing up my tracker. I was seeing no referrals even from my own Facebook links and blogs in the same philosophical neighbourhood, when I knew that they existed. Thus I wasn’t even certain of the figures. I also became recalcitrant, because I strongly suspected that my troubles were the handiwork of trolls with a new weapon. They can flag as offensive anything they don’t like or with which they disagree, and create the kind of damage that has just caused me almost to quit the business. Then I saw a story on Dangerous Minds about how the mega-blog Ars Techina had been royally screwed on Facebook by what seemed to be malicious copyright complaints. The culture wars continue being fought in cyberspace and the trolls have found a new weapon. Unfortunately my moral scruples will not allow me to use it against anything I might find offensive. This whole business requires thought, discussion, and definite pressure on Facebook, Blogger and other providers to check more thoroughly that complainants are legitimate. In the meantime, I carry on while wondering what the fuck will happen next.
The secret word is Struggle
Posted by Mick at 5/01/2011 03:43:00 AM