Saturday, February 18, 2006

---Philippine Landslide, U.N. "Investigates" Gitmo, H5N1 In Europe, Cartoon Fatwa, NASA IG in Trouble?, and Other Stories 

1800 dead in Leyte mudslide
FOXNews.com [AP]- U.S. & World News - 'No Signs of Life' After Huge Mudslide
An entire village on the Philippine island of Leyte has been wiped out by a landslide. The side of a mountain gave way suddenly after heavy rains saturated ground held mostly by shallow-rooted coconut trees. 1800 people may be dead.

France says stuff about Iran
FOXNews.com[AP] - U.S. & World News - France: Iran Nuke Program a Military Cover
The French government----the FRENCH GOVERNMENT---has determined that Iran’s nuclear activity is a “clandestine military nuclear program”. What are the U.N. governments collectively prepared to do about it? Better yet, why does Iran want to build its own nuclear weapons when it can probably buy them from North Korea or any number of other places, along with launch systems? We can have a whole bloc of sadistic, sociopathic regimes with medium-range nuclear weapons almost immediately….

U.N. “investigation” calls for Guantanamo prison closure
FOXNews.com [AP] - U.S. & World News - U.N. Report Urges Gitmo Shutdown
The “investigators” apparently rejected a U.S. invitation to actually visit the prison facility, having made their determination from “interviews with former detainees, public documents, media reports, lawyers and a questionnaire filled out by the U.S. government.”
The U.S. government should actually suspend the operation until it can explain to U.S. taxpayers why it is using their money to provide copies of the Koran to terrorist detainees. Let’s get our priorities straight.

H5N1 spreading in Europe and Asia
FOXNews.com [AP]- U.S. & World News - Deadly Bird Flu Virus Strikes Italy for First Time
[AP]- U.S. & World News - France Reports Probable Case of Bird Flu
[AP]- U.S. & World News - India Reports First Bird Flu Case
H5N1 has also been detected in birds in Germany. There has been another human death from the influenza strain in Indonesia.

Cartoon violence taking lives
FOXNews.com [AP]- U.S. & World News - Two Killed in Continued Cartoon Violence in Pakistan
[AP]- U.S. & World News - Pakistani Cleric Issues Fatwa Over Cartoons
[AP]- U.S. & World News - 10 Killed in Libyan Cartoon Riots
I don't really know what's going on here---I just like to say "cartoon fatwa". Okay, you're right, it's not even slightly funny.
As nearly as I can understand, the message of the Religion of Peace ™ here is: “…flog, torture, eviscerate, hang, and behead the Danish cartoonists, or we’ll murder more of our own 8-year-olds”. Indeed, the death toll from cartoon violence to date involves almost exclusively Muslims.
To make matters worse, Western leaders continue to abase themselves before the practitioners of this sadistic, playground religion at every opportunity, making it certain that this behavior will continue. That’s what it’s for….

FL Today
In desperation to demonstrate some sort of relevance for the space station, NASA’s ISS effort has been reduced to stuffing radio transmittters into worn-out Russian Vorlan space suits (the U.S. suits probably aren’t up to it), and chucking them over the side as improtu “satellites” for ham radio fans to track. Oh, braaaave new world…..

NASA IG may have to explain himself....
NASA's Inspector General Probed [Washington Post]
NASA Inspector General Robert W. Cobb is being accused by a number of IG employees of interfering with safety investigations and retaliating against whistleblowers. I have personal experience with the NASA IG’s office (Johnson Space Center). Its mission has nothing to do with “rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse”. It’s there to sucker conscientous employees of the NASA/Contractor community into revealing their concerns about the way NASA does business, so they can be efficiently stamped out before the responsible management can be inconvenienced.
My particular IG “case officer” was so concerned about my complaint that he continued to do his “chair-stepping” exercises in his office while I was trying to tell him that the idiot combination Principal Investigator/Project Manager was trying to fly an unevaluated auto-igniting material on the Shuttle mid-deck.

CNT memory on the horizon….
Nantero to roll out Carbon Nanotube memory in 2007 | TG Daily
The nanotube memory is supposed to be a drop-in replacement in PC motherboards, very high density, non-volatile with “virtually infinite” cycle life, and lead to PC’s that boot instantly from memory. Nantero’s CEO seemed to know surprisingly little about the new memory or what it could do. We’ll see.

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