Partly Cloudy With A Chance Of Falling Satellites

Here we go again, this time it’s the German’s turn to randomly drop [expletive deleted] from orbit.

Falling German Satellite Poses 1-in-2,000 Risk of Striking Someone This Month

A big German satellite near the end of life is expected to plunge back to Earth this month, just weeks after a NASA satellite fell from orbit, and where this latest piece of space junk will hit is a mystery.

The 2.4-ton spacecraft, Germany’s Roentgen Satellite (ROSAT), is expected to fall Oct. 22 or 23.

The satellite will break up into fragments, some of which will disintegrate due to intense re-entry heat. But studies predict that about 1.6 tons of satellite leftovers could reach the Earth’s surface. That’s nearly half ROSAT’s entire mass.

There is a 1-in-2,000 chance that debris from the satellite could hit someone on Earth, though the likelihood of an injury is extremely remote, German space officials say. For German citizens, the risk of being struck is much lower, about 1 in 700,000.

All areas under the orbit of ROSAT, which extends to 53 degrees northern and southern latitude, could be in the strike zone of the satellite’s re-entry.

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Dead German satellite to fall on earth
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Reminder: ROSAT’s coming down soon
ROSAT expected to fall to Earth sometime this week, scientists say
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Falling German Satellite Has a 1-in-2,000 Chance of Hitting Somebody
Track Germany’s Falling, 2.4-Ton Satellite in Real-Time
The ROSAT Mission
ROSAT

You’d think that by now, we’d have the technology to orbit powered drones with robotic arms that could guide these massive dead satellites into a controlled deorbit.

/joking about a 1 in 2000 chance of getting hit by tons of space junk moving at terminal velocity is all fun and games until someone actually gets hurt

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Fifty Years Ago Today

The war turned cold.

Berlin marks 50th Wall anniversary with minute of silence

Berlin on Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall started to go up with a memorial service and a minute of silence in memory of those who died trying to flee to the West.

German President Christian Wulff, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in the East, and Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit attended a nationally televised commemoration followed by a ecumenical church service at a chapel built where the Wall stood for 28 years.

See also:
Germany marks 50 years since building of the Berlin Wall
Berlin marks 50th Wall anniversary with minute of silence
Berlin Marks 50th Anniversary of ‘The Wall’
Berlin Wall marks 50th anniversary
Berlin Marks 50th Anniversary of ‘The Wall’
Germany marks 50th anniversary of Berlin Wall
Minute of silence for Berlin Wall anniversary
50th anniversary of Berlin Wall remembered in Germany – pictures
Berlin Wall ‘history, but not forgotten’
‘I’m glad I was wrong about the Berlin Wall’
Berlin Wall, 1961-1989, R.I.P
Berlin Wall at 50: Five Iconic Moments
German left provokes row on Berlin Wall anniversary

The Berlin Wall was a human tragedy for almost thirty years, separating families and dividing a country. What were the Communists thinking?

/normally walls are built to keep people out, when you build a wall to keep people in, it’s called a prison

Calling Don King!

Chessboxing Hits Los Angeles

Chessboxing, the European breakout sport invented by a German artist, Iepe B.T. Rubingh finally has a bastion in the USA, the LA Chessboxing Club. But LA Chessboxing club founder Andrew McGregor has a different slant on the sport. The LA Club, which is sanctioned by the World Chess Boxing Organization, requires fighters to wear headgear, reducing the chance of injury and allowing less experienced boxers to fight.

McGregor told CLO that European healthcare might make chessboxers there more comfortable with the enhanced risk of their fights. By reducing the risk McGregor wants to open the sport up to more people, including women (who have never contested a chessboxing match before.)

See also:
Chess Boxing, a Big Hit in London
Chessboxing fad continues to grow
Chessboxing this Saturday: Chess and boxing – seriously, what’s not to like?
World Chess Boxing Organization (WCBO)
Los Angeles Chessboxing Club
Chess boxing
The United States Chess Federation

Would Mike Tyson actually have to learn how to play rudimentary chess?

/where’s Don King?

The “Religion Of Peace” Is Anything But

It’s just another peaceful day in the world of Islam, without the peace.

Details of deadly Iran protest shooting vague, and reports election was stolen

Pulling out two of the most interesting bits of twitter and bloggerati, here are two reports about the major developments of the day, first the shooting of protesters in Tehran’s streets, from AFP:

One protestor was shot dead and several were wounded during a rally in Tehran on Monday, a local Iranian photographer told AFP.

The incident occurred in front of a local base of the Basij volunteer militia, which was set on fire, the photographer who declined to be identified said, adding that the dead man had been shot in the head. [Ed note, this Twitter link allegedly shows the victim, WARNING, graphic content]

Pictures of the incident which AFP saw showed armed men, wearing helmets and in civilian clothes, pointing guns at the crowds from the rooftop of the Basij base.

The photographer said that the dead man was killed by shots fired by these men from the rooftop.

An AFP correspondent at the rally also said that Iranian police had clashed with protestors and that crowds of people were seen fleeing.

Witnesses told the correspondent that the clashes erupted at the end of the rally when armed men dressed in plain clothes who did not appear to belong to the police force started shooting at people.

See also:
‘One shot dead’ at Iran protest
At least 1 dead in Iran election protests
Shooting raises tensions in Tehran
Protesters rally for Mousavi in election dispute
Shooting Victim, Tehran

PM calls Mubarak to clarify stance

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu telephoned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday night to clarify Israel’s stance on a Middle East peace agreement, according to a report on Egyptian television.

It came after Mubarak blasted the prime minister for Sunday night’s policy speech, saying that “Netanyahu’s demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state is ruining the chance for peace.”

According to Egyptian news agencies, Mubarak further added that “not Egypt, nor any other Arab country would support Netanyahu’s approach” to the peace process.

See also:
Syrian media blasts Netanyahu speech
PA: Netanyahu speech will spur new intifada
Palestinians angered by Netanyahu peace terms
Palestinians reject Benjamin Netanyahu speech

Bodies of foreign hostages found in Yemen: officials

The bodies of several foreign hostages have been found in Yemen, officials said Monday, the first time in almost a decade a kidnapping in the country has resulted in deaths.

Seven Germans, including three children and two female nurses, were abducted last week in the volatile Saada province in northern Yemen along with a male British engineer and a woman from South Korea.

There were conflicting reports coming out of Yemen about how many bodies had been found by the son of a tribal leader in Noshour, east of the mountainous Saada area.

One official, who also said two children had reportedly been found alive, put the number at seven. Another, at the interior ministry, said later only the women — two Germans and one South Korean — had been found.

“We have found the corpses of three women… who were kidnapped alongside six others,” the official told the website http://www.26sep.net, which is linked to the defence ministry.

Another source close to the investigation said examinations had shown the corpses, including one child, had been found shot and stabbed.

The missing nine belong to an international relief group that has worked for 35 years at a hospital in Saada, which borders Saudi Arabia, an official said on Sunday.

The Yemeni authorities have accused Shiite Zaidi rebels of being behind the abductions although there has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

See also:
Yemen hostage killings: the work of Al Qaeda?
Govt ‘very concerned’ over reported Yemen hostage deaths
Yemen hostages ‘found dead’
Yemen Hostages Found Dead

Taliban attack musicians at Afghan wedding

Taliban fighters beat musicians, shaved their heads and left them tied to trees overnight because they performed at an Afghan wedding, a village tribal chief said on Monday, a sign of the fighters’ growing influence.

While in power from 1996-2001, the Taliban banned music as un-Islamic.

The militants have returned to areas in the east and south of the country, where violence has sharply spiked in recent years. They attack government officials, Afghan police, foreign troops and schools that teach girls, another practice they forbid.

“A party was going on when a group of Taliban grabbed five musicians and started beating them and smashing their musical instruments,” said Rahmatullah Khan, a head of Merke Khel village in the east of the country.

“The musicians were tied up with rope to trees last night and villagers found them in the morning when going out for prayers,” Khan said.

Khan said Taliban fighters shaved the heads of the musicians and made them take oaths in the presence of villagers that they would not sing or play music at weddings again.

Afghan weddings and engagement parties in rural areas are traditionally celebrated with hundreds of guests, music and singing that often continues until late at night.

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Taliban attack musicians at wedding
Taliban attacks musicians at Afghan wedding

Christian Man Raped, Murdered for Refusing to Convert to Islam, Family Says

A young Christian man was raped and brutally murdered in Pakistan for refusing to convert to Islam, and police are doing nothing about it, the victim’s brother and minister told FOXNews.com.

Pakistani police reportedly found the body of Tariq “Litto” Mashi Ghauri — a 28-year-old university student in Sargodha, Pakistan — lying dead in a canal outside a rural village in Punjab Province on May 15. He had been raped and stabbed at least five times.

“They have sexually abuse him, torture him with a knife on his testicle and genitals,” Ghauri’s brother, 24-year-old Salman Nabil Ghauri, said. “They have tortured him very badly, and after that they have stabbed five times with a knife and killed him.”

The family believes Litto Ghauri was murdered by the brothers of his Muslim girlfriend, Shazi Cheema, after they found him in a compromising sexual position with their sister.

The Rev. Haroon Bhatti, a Christian clergyman in the village and a friend of the Ghauri family, said Cheema’s three brothers came to Litto Ghauri’s house on May 11 and gave him an ultimatum: Marry their sister and convert to Islam.

Ghauri agreed to the marriage but refused to accept Islam, and the brothers kidnapped him at gunpoint and drove him to a remote farmhouse, where they tortured and murdered him, the minister said.

See also:
Student Reportedly Raped, Killed in Pakistan
Pakistan: Christian Raped, Murdered for Refusing Islam

So we have reports of Muslims of murdering international aid worker hostages, torturing and murdering a Christian for refusing to convert to Islam, murdering fellow Muslims for protesting, beating musicians for playing music, and, as always, refusing to make peace with the Jews. And that was just today, what will they do for an encore tomorrow?

/based on widely observed behavior over time, the “religion of peace” should be more aptly named the religion of murder, mayhem, and violence