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  • Libyan Liberation Movement Strikes Back as NATO Comes to the Rescue
    • Sidewinder missiles (AIM-9) are typically used against airborne targets. More likely used against ground targets are Hellfire missiles (AGM-114) as they can be laser guided, can be launched from drones and conventional fighter aircraft.

  • Looking for PETN, Scanning Grandma at the Airport, and the Future of Air Travel
    • Random Quip Generator 11/22/2010 at 10:18 pm

      F. Wockner: It seems to me that the majority of shipping is not done by air but by container ship; these cheap goods from places like China would not be nearly as cheap if sent by air. Thus, all but urgent air parcel express would be relatively unaffected.

      Prof. Cole: If I go by what I see on a day to day basis in my professional life in how people use Skype and other services on a daily basis, the future is indeed here. I've (thankfully) attended more meetings in this manner in the last year than I have at any point in the last ten or so. I would imagine that much of this may supplant what we think of in terms of telephone conversations in the next 5-8 years or so.

      That said, I suspect that much of future travel will probably involve cruise ships rather than aircraft for all but the most urgent of business and those needing to part with too much disposable income. Given the ready availability of satellite internetworking, one should be able to keep "working" all the while en route to the destination ... and I suspect there are those who would find this sort of nautical business travel quite becoming...

      It would be most sad, perhaps, were the impacts of decreasing petroleum production, adoption of renewable energy sources, and ultimately the migration away from fossil fuels to finally collude to bring about the end of interest in Middle East oil and ultimately bring about peace through economics means what negotiation (however sporadic and lacking sincerity) have not yet been able to do.

  • Walthen: I saw 100 Dolphins in the Oil, some Dying
    • That's just it -- We WON'T see this every night on the television news. Here's an event that will have massive impacts on the environmental, economic, and public health over a vast area, inside and outside the US. And yet, like you write, there will be little in the way of actual coverage of these impacts. Herman and Chomsky's book (Manufacturing Consent) may well be some 20 years old now, but it seems it's still quite on the mark in this case.

  • "Peace is Terror, Protest is Terror"
    - The Israeli Ministry of Truth
    • Even if they aren't usually seen as being lethal, the role of the stun grenade is to blind, disorient, and incapacitate long enough that the attacking side can obtain tactical advantage over the enemy; and what the attacker does with that tactical advantage -- injure you, capture you, shoot / stab / hit you repeatedly -- as the victim, you're not in a position to react, resist, or protect yourself. Because your adversary -- you being the defender -- seeks to gain this advantage over you by using these devices, it is difficult to see the use of stun grenades as anything else but a prelude to much further violence against you.

      These weapons have a much greater effect on enemy personnel (from the perspective of the attacker) than on their surroundings, so they're relatively safe to use in buildings and near equipment (compared to concussion or fragmentation grenades). and their activity is relatively short compared to lachrymators like tear gas (which can stay active for long periods and affect both parties), but devastating nonetheless.

      The use of stun grenades against unarmed civilians is plainly violent, and most certainly indefensible.

  • Rachel Corrie Intercepted;
    The 9 activists killed last Monday were shot 30 Times
    • One of the Canadian participants, whose role it was to give time to some journalists to transmit their stories by blocking a doorway on the ship, in a news article points out that "Sixteen people were murdered on the boat, my boat."

    • While they do exist, rifles using 9 mm ammunition are not typical. 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm are by far more common (and these are in fact rounds for most standard infantry weapons). Weapons using 9 mm rounds are normally reserved for tactical pistols, semi-automatic and automatic. If pistols were used in this scenario, the shots would have been made at close quarters where the targets would have been in plain view of the shooters.

      It is difficult to reconcile the notion that the killings were anything other than intended ("pour encourager les autres") given previous experiences of IDF's doctrine of disproportionality (eg. OP Cast Lead).

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