Is this a case of ‘ass-king for trouble’?

Hat-tip to Marc D. for e-mailing the link to this story. According to Iraq The Model, there’s a new danger facing our troops and allies – the IRED, or ‘Improvised Rectal Explosive Device’. The suicide bomber who tried to assassinate a Saudi prince used an unusual place to conceal his explosive charge; his anus. Al-Arabiya, a Saudi-owned television network, said the attacker concealed the explosives in his anus, allowing him to evade detection. The network also quoted an expert as saying that the method of concealment aimed the blast away from the target, while blowing the bomber to bits. Gladly

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Red faces at Democratic Party HQ?

It appears that the Democratic National Committee’s Web site has been adopted by scammers to send out all sorts of unwelcome e-mail to unsuspecting – and unhappy – recipients. Scammers pumping out emails that try to trick recipients into parting with large sums of cash are getting a helping hand from the Democratic National Committee. According to a researcher with anti-spam company Cloudmark, 419 fraudsters have been relaying a “significant” amount of messages through the democrats.org domain name. The abuse, which dates back at least to the beginning of this month, helps evade filters that internet service providers employ to

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A Mediterranean diet – in a pill?

I’m intrigued by an article claiming that a single pill can provide health benefits equal to eating three kilograms (over 6½ pounds) of tomatoes. British scientists have developed a groundbreaking pill which provides all the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. One capsule of Ateronon taken daily can break down fatty deposits in the arteries and help prevent heart disease and strokes, potentially saving millions of lives. The supplement, which costs £35 [about US $57] for a month’s supply, contains lycopene, a chemical found in the skin of ripe tomatoes. Each pill provides the equivalent of eating three kilos of

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Now that’s a big “Oops!”

An e-mail was circulated today to a list of which I’m a member. Dan B. sent us a Powerpoint presentation of a rather nasty accident involving a US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. It was so graphic that I thought other aviation enthusiasts might enjoy seeing it too. The indented text below was included with the photographs in the presentation. Click each picture for a larger view. This is an example of what happens when we do not pay attention to detail, and do not follow instructions and checklists! A KC-135 aircraft was being pressurized at ground level. The outflow

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Bolivian Baroque?

I was intrigued by the title of a BBC news report: ‘Why Bolivian Baroque Rocks‘. With the Bible in one hand and a flute in the other, Jesuit missionaries played a unique role in bringing not only Roman Catholicism to South America but also baroque music. And in the nearly 250 years since the Jesuits were expelled from the region, it seems the tradition of baroque is still thriving. The musical legacy is tangible in the small town of San Ignacio de Moxos, located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest where the heat is sweltering, the roads muddy and

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Daylight robbery FAIL!

I’m obliged to Don Z. for e-mailing the link to the video clip below. It uses footage from four separate security cameras. It seems that two thugs decided to break into a shopping center and rob a jewelry kiosk. They arrived on two motor-bikes, driven by accomplices, and tried it on – only to be driven off by the kiosk owners/staff and others from neighboring shops. What Don refers to as a ‘combat fire extinguisher’ came in rather useful, too! Well done to all involved. Resistance is the only way to treat muggers like these. If they’d been armed with

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An interesting discovery

Speaking as a former prison chaplain, I’m intrigued by a discovery in England. A perfectly preserved iron ball and chain found on the banks of London’s River Thames is causing a stir among archaeologists who say the 300 year-old artefact may have a gruesome tale to tell. The leg irons, believed to date from the 17th or 18th century, were pulled from the mud with the lock fastened, suggesting a convict could have drowned while trying to escape. . . . ‘Nothing like this has ever come across my desk before,’ [Museum of London archaeologist Kate Sumnall] said, adding that

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Some great aviation pictures

The Big Picture at Boston.com has published an article with 40 great photographs of aircraft and aviation. Here are a couple of them (in reduced size) to whet your appetite. The new 90 foot high tech catamaran belonging to America’s Cup defender Alinghiis airlifted on August 7, 2009 near Aosta, Italy,flying from Switzerland over the Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. Eurocopter EC120 Colibri helicopters from the Spanish Air Force’s aerobatic team Patrulla Aspaperform during an aerial exhibition over San Lorenzo beach in Gijon, northern Spain July 26, 2009. The Virgin Galactic WhiteKnight2 mothership “Eve” makes its first public debut at

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Alleged reincarnation of a fighter pilot, revisited

Last night I posted about a young boy who allegedly exhibited knowledge, memories and other ‘symptoms’ of a US Navy fighter pilot killed during the invasion of Iwo Jima in World War II. I confessed that A commenter on that post, Andrew C., pointed me to another Web site that casts doubt on the authenticity of the story, as it was reported on the ABC television network. Here’s an extract from what they have to say. Looks pretty conclusive from the way it was presented on ABC, yes? Actually no. The TV company, looking for ratings rather than the truth,

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Ever heard of ‘free running’?

I hadn’t, until I came across the video clips below. According to Wikipedia: Free running is a form of urban acrobatics in which participants, known as free runners, use the city and rural landscape to perform movements through its structures. It incorporates efficient movements from parkour, adds aesthetic vaults and other acrobatics, such as tricking and street stunts, creating an athletic and aesthetically pleasing way of moving. It is commonly practiced at gymnasiums and in urban areas that are cluttered with obstacles. The term free running was coined during the filming of Jump London, as a way to present parkour

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