US Fighter Plane Crashes in Libya

8:46:14 AM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011

‎"An American jet has crashed in Libya, but US officials insist it was not shot down.The US military said both crew members on board the F-15 Strike Eagle ejected from the aircraft and had been recovered separately. Both sustained minor injuries.

A spokesman said the plane may have suffered a mechanical problem.

He said the crew members were separated because they ejected at high altitudes and ended up in different areas.

A US defence official said a Marine Osprey search and rescue aircraft rescued the pilot, and the second crew member, a weapons officer, was taken in by Libyan rebels and then handed over to the US.

The aircraft involved was based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, which is home to three squadrons of US F-15s, and it was flying out of Italy's Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.

The US Air Force has said B-2, F-15 and F-16 fighters are participating in operations over Libya.

The US's involvement in Libya is being run by Africa Command, which is based in Stuttgart, Germany.

Africa Command launched in October 2008 after the Pentagon abandoned efforts to base the command on the continent after it hit resistance among the African nations, and instead posted about two dozen liaison officers at African embassies."

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Smithsonian Historically Hardcore - Hardcore History Ads by Jenny Burrows

3:06:40 PM, Monday, March 21, 2011

-- The ads are wrongly appropriated to the Smithsonian by most (due to obvious reasons), but in fact they were done as spec by art director Jenny Burrows while at the Creative Circus. The museum has since actually asked her to remove the originals with that museum's logo. Some people believe that takes away from the bad-assness of the ads, but I do not think so.

And yes the facts are true. Take the Roosevelt one for example:

Specifically, on October 14, 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was speaking in Milwaukee when he was shot by saloonkeeper John Schrank. According to doctors, the bullet traveled through three inches of tissue but didn't pierce the chest wall, which Roosevelt himself realized when he noticed he wasn't coughing blood. This was because the bullet had had to go through an eyeglass case and a single-folded copy of the speech he was going to deliver - 50 pages of paper.

He gave his speech, went to the hospital, and was informed that removing the bullet would be too dangerous (similar to the case with Garfield, where leaving the bullet in place and keeping the wound from in fection might've allowed Garfield to live). He died with the bullet still in him.

Interesting note: this is where his nickname comes from. He told the crowd at Milwaukee that it would "take more than that to kill a bull moose."

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Model-Morphosis: Models Before and After Make-Up

12:19:18 AM, Monday, March 21, 2011

-- The New York Times Magazine feature shows how some models are transformed for their runway shows. You can see the difference between each model's natural look and their make-up transformed look by dragging the slider.

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New ‘ICBMs vs. Terrorists’ Plan: Now 50% Less Crazy!

12:03:47 AM, Monday, March 21, 2011

"In just the last couple weeks, the Air Force has done some serious waffling on its controversial plan to use conventionally-armed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to take out terrorist targets. Controversial, because every ballistic missile launch — nuke or non-nuke — looks the same on radar, so every strike on a terror camp risks igniting World War III. One general said the plan was kaput. Then a senior civilian official said it wasn’t. A second general weighed in, saying he wasn’t sure yet.

Thanks to an inside source, we have some insight into the apparent confusion. Who’s right? Well, possibly everybody.

According to our source, the basic plan to hit terrorist targets with a speedy, non-nuclear missile remains intact. The so-called “Prompt Global Strike” missile will be based on an ICBM, but it will only be partially ballistic. Under the current thinking, a modified Peacekeeper ICBM will boost an armed hypersonic glider to high speed and altitude, at which point the glider’s own momentum will take over.

“The concept of operations calls for the [Prompt Global Strike missile] to be launched along a trajectory that differs from that of a ballistic missile (they are planning on using a shaped, depressed trajectory) so it will look different to Russia’s early-warning systems.”

This idea for a non-apocalypse-starting, hybrid, semi-ballistic weapon helps explain how two generals and a senior civilian official could seem to contradict each other. In mid-February, Maj. Gen. David Scott said the Air Force had “no plans for conventionally armed sea-based missiles such as a [Navy] Conventional Trident Modification or conventionally armed ICBMs.”

“Our focus is on boost-glide capabilities,” Scott said, “including the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle concept.”

What Scott failed to mention is the Hypersonic Test Vehicle Glider could be boosted to its top speed and altitude by a Minotaur rocket, in essence a modified Peacekeeper ICBM without the nuclear warhead. “This is not the same as putting a relatively dumb conventional warhead on an existing Trident or Minuteman missile, hence the claim that we aren’t going to deploy conventional warheads on existing ballistic missiles,” the source explained.

That being the case, civilian official Stephen Walker and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz weren’t contradicting Scott when they said, several days after Scott’s comment, that ballistic missiles were still on the table for Prompt Global Strike. The ballistic missiles were never the entire solution..."

-- 'Cause we need ICBMs to blow up a terrorist caves... I thought this country was broke!

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The 100 Greatest Novels by Alex Carnevale

11:58:26 PM, Sunday, March 20, 2011

"We can date back all of modern literature to Chekhov's novella My Life, which appeared in Russian in 1896. At about the same time the first translations of new novels by Dostoevsky were hitting American shores, and they too find a place on any compendium of the modern. Many of the novels that contributed in an critical historical capacity to its development are no longer very readable to our modern audience, through no fault of their own. Others, like Tristram Shandy or Moby Dick are far better now than they were at the time of publication, while sharing some of the deficiences of their 19th century brethren. In the end, we are concerned with modern novels, so if it happened before My Life, you won't find it here. Since novellas are essentially short novels, they also find a place on this list.

Without the enduring brilliance of New Directions, the sustained efforts of Dalkey Archive, the phenomenal and immortal NYRB Classics series, and the efforts of so many others editors and writers, some of these novels would never have remained available in America. Whenever I see people giving money to the homeless, or to the American Cancer Society, or James Cameron, I just think, do the world a favor and give it to New Directions or the NYRB and receive the finest literature of our time in exchange.

The comment thread spawned by our notation of the 100 Greatest Writers of All Time has now ascended past the post itself in prurient interest. The novel exploded as a form in the twentieth century; in recent years it has retained only some small percentage of that power. Some novels changed the world simply by existing. The Fountainhead is one of them, but you won't find it below, not because it was not an important book (it's the second bestselling book in the history of mankind and the most annoying to have your friend tell you about after The Corrections), but because it is not an exemplar of the best literary and genre writing has to offer, both in artistic achievement and pure readability for a modern audience. These are those..."

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Things You Shouldn’t Put In Your Vagina

6:45:27 PM, Sunday, March 20, 2011

- 54 bags of heroin

- 31 empty heroin bags

- 8 prescription pills

- $51.22 in cash and change

Twenty-seven-year-old Pennsylannia woman, Karin Mackaliunas, was arrested for suspected burglary and reckless driving. After a routine strip search, authorities discovered all of the items listed above stored in her vagina. Now that’s a vagina! Why bother with a purse when you can carry everything you need between your legs? ... ... ...

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Ramstein - Amerika

3:50:53 PM, Sunday, March 20, 2011
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NASA Proposes Laser Use to Move Space Junk

3:42:55 PM, Sunday, March 20, 2011

"A team of scientists led by NASA space scientist James Mason have proposed the idea of using a mid-powered laser and telescope to nudge pieces of space junk out of the way and slow it down to avoid collisions.

Currently, the low Earth orbit (LEO) is filled with over 9,700 pieces of debris and 1,500 old rocket bodies that are tracked by the U.S. military. When these pieces collide in space, more debris pieces are created. While many of these pieces are small, when you realize that they are traveling at a speed equivalent to 17,000 miles per hour, they pose a serious threat to space travel and the launching of new satellites.

In 1978, a NASA scientist predicted what is now known as the "Kessler syndrome." The idea behind this syndrome being that with the increase in space debris, the increase in collisions, and the generation of more debris could eventually render space exploration and the use of satellites impossible.

Through the years, many proposals have been discussed to remove this space junk, such as rendezvousing with large objects and bringing them back to earth. However, this proposal is complex and comes with a high price tag.

Another study in 1996 suggested using powerful beams to destroy surface material on debris and propel it towards Earth. The concern with this idea is that other countries involved in space exploration could see this as a possible threat to their functional satellites.

Mason and his team at NASA Ames Center and Stanford University have discovered a possible method utilizing much less expensive lasers and providing only enough power to nudge the debris and not cause any damage.

By utilizing a laser beam of five to ten kilowatts, scientists believe that constantly focusing this beam on a piece of debris would exert enough push to change its orbit. The concerns by other countries of this being a threat would be eliminated as this beam would not be capable of creating a force strong enough to alter large functional satellites..."

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Berlusconi and Gaddafi by Matteo Bertelli

3:14:12 PM, Sunday, March 20, 2011

-- Deviant Art has some real gems to be found... haha

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Obama’s Libya Goals AWOL

2:22:19 AM, Sunday, March 20, 2011

"President Obama’s speech on the impending war in Libya Friday afternoon was eloquent, passionate and stirring. So much so that it was almost easy to overlook the one thing the speech lacked: an endgame.

A statement of purpose? Sure: “protecting innocent civilians within Libya, and holding the Gadhafi regime accountable.” An articulation of the costs of inaction? Check: “Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue.” A demarcation of lines the U.S. won’t cross? Indeed: “The United States is not going to deploy ground troops into Libya.”

But you can read the speech over and over and still not know when the no-fly zone authorized by the United Nations can be lifted. Obama insisted that he has a “well-defined goal” — “the protection of civilians in Libya.”

At what point is that goal met? When Gadhafi’s forces pull back from Misrata and cease attacks on Benghazi, the rebel capital of Libya? When he enforces his declaratory ceasefire? Or when Gadhafi actually leaves power?

That latter goal is the declaratory policy of the United States. But it’s nowhere to be found in Obama’s conditions laying the groundwork for U.S. participation in a military campaign against Gadhafi. Yet just hours before Obama spoke, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that beyond seeking an end to the violence in Libya, “a final result of any negotiations would have to be the decision by Colonel Gadhafi to leave.” ..."

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Japan Tsunami Videos: Collection of Footage (13 Videos)

11:03:59 PM, Saturday, March 19, 2011

-- Some you've probably seen already, but others you may have not. Below is a random clip I selected.

-- "As the days pass in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, more videos keep making their way onto the Internet filmed by those experiencing the tragedies first-hand — be it in a helicopter, on top of a building, or even on the ground. These videos show not only the sheer disaster instantly gripping Japan, but they also serve as examples of how advancements in technology have created a ubiquitous camera eye allowing for so many people to capture and share their experiences with the rest of the world.

Although these grim scenes have an unreal, movie-like feel to them insofar as what we see happening, to know that what you’re seeing is reality certainly evokes a myriad of emotions. I can only imagine what it must have been like to live through this shockingly surreal experience. Preempted by my interest in finding all the unique footage I could, below are some of the most devastatingly heart-aching videos captured of the tsunami. Approach with caution as some of the footage may be difficult to watch. Lastly, if you’re interested in donating, be informed and make sure you don’t get scammed."

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Human Planet - Web Exclusive Series Trailer - BBC One

10:53:11 PM, Saturday, March 19, 2011

-- "Human Planet is an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping landmark series that marvels at mankind's incredible relationship with nature in the world today.

Uniquely in the animal kingdom, humans have managed to adapt and thrive in every environment on Earth. Each episode takes you to the extremes of our planet: the arctic, mountains, oceans, jungles, grasslands, deserts, rivers and even the urban jungle. Here you will meet people who survive by building complex, exciting and often mutually beneficial relationships with their animal neighbours and the hostile elements of the natural world.

Human Planet crews have filmed in around 80 locations, bringing you many stories that have never been told on television before. The team has trekked with HD cameras and state of the art gear to film from the air, from the ground and underwater. The result: a "cinematic experience" created by world-class natural history and documentary camera crews and programme makers."

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Is Pepsi Alright?

6:07:01 PM, Saturday, March 19, 2011
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Libyan Jet Shot Down Over Benghazi

3:49:43 PM, Saturday, March 19, 2011

-- It is not known who is responsible for the attack yet, or if the pilot survived, but the jet appears to be a MiG-23. Here is another close-up clip of the same incident There is a high possibly right now that it was a rebel jet flown by a defected pilot, shot down by friendly fire.

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Knut, Beloved Polar Bear in Germany, Found Dead: Berlin Zoo Official

3:13:49 PM, Saturday, March 19, 2011

"A publicity-addicted polar bear that became famous after his mother rejected him at birth died Saturday, a Berlin Zoo official said.

Knut, who was four years old, was alone when he passed away in his compound, bear keeper Heiner Kloes said.

The cause of death was unknown.

A necropsy is scheduled for Monday to figure out what killed the bear that was hand-raised by a team of zoo keepers since birth.

Knut was unable to care for himself after his mother rejected him following his 2006 birth, leaving humans to raise him.

He became a cause celebre when animal activists claimed it would be better for Knut to die than to be weaned by man..."

-- Aww... Remember this little guy? Super sad. =(

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