Western Education Is Sacrilege

Another, day, another country, more Dar al-Harb, the Religion of Murder and Mayhem rampages on.

At least 69 dead in north Nigeria sect attacks

Residents fearfully left their homes Saturday to bury their dead in northeast Nigeria following a series of coordinated attacks that killed at least 69 people and left a new police headquarters in ruins, government offices burned and symbols of state power destroyed.

A radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks in Borno and Yobe states, with the worst damage done in and around the city of Damaturu. The group also promised to continue its bloody sectarian fight against Nigeria’s weak central government, with residents nervously moving through empty streets, waiting for the next attack.

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Boko Haram wants to implement strict Shariah law across Nigeria, an oil-rich nation of more than 160 million which has a predominantly Christian south and a Muslim north. Its name means “Western education is sacrilege” in the local Hausa language, but instead of schooling, it rejects Western ideals like Nigeria’s U.S.-styled democracy that followers believe have destroyed the country with corrupt politicians.

See also:
Nigerian insurgents unleash deadly attacks
Bloody weekend; 66 killed as Boko Haram wreaks havoc
11 policemen, 79 others killed in Yobe bombing
Attacks in Nigeria Leave at Least 65 Dead
At least 65 killed in attacks on Nigerian city: aid agency
More than 100 dead in Nigeria attacks: Red Cross
Nigeria group threatens more deadly attacks
Nigeria: Boko Haram’s deadly attacks show Islamists’ growing reach
US: Bomb attacks possible in Nigeria capital
Nigerian forces hunt killers, locals demand security
Pope urges ‘end to all violence’ in Nigeria
FACTBOX-What is Nigeria’s Boko Haram?
Boko Haram

Much like the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Boko Haram kill and maim, in the name of Islam, to prevent the education of Muslim children.

/is there any other world religion where ignorance is a virtue?

It Is Heavy And Obama Can’t Cancel It

Obama may have killed the Constellation program, but he can’t stop SpaceX.

Huge Private Rocket Could Send Astronauts to the Moon or Mars

A massive new private rocket envisioned by the commercial spaceflight company SpaceX could do more than just ferry big satellites and spacecraft into orbit. It could even help return astronauts to the moon, the rocket’s builder says.

SpaceX announced plans to build the huge rocket, called the Falcon Heavy, yesterday (April 5). To make the new booster, SpaceX will upgrade its Falcon 9 rockets with twin strap-on boosters and other systems to make them capable of launching larger payloads into space than any other rocket operating today.

But the Falcon Heavy’s increased power could also be put toward traveling beyond low-Earth orbit and out into the solar system, said SpaceX’s founder and CEO Elon Musk during a Tuesday press conference.

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SpaceX Unveils Plans for Falcon Heavy, World’s Largest Rocket
SpaceX announces Falcon Heavy: a low-cost, heavy-lifting, 22-story rocket
SpaceX unveils plans for Falcon heavy lift rocket
Space privateers to launch biggest rocket since 70s
SpaceX preps world’s largest rocket. It’s low cost, too
The Tech Behind the New SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket
SpaceX’s ‘Falcon Heavy’ Most Powerful Private Rocket Ever
SpaceX shoots for ‘next big thing’
SpaceX unveils heavy launcher
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation
SpaceX
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation – Falcon Heavy
Falcon Heavy

If the Falcon Heavy becomes operational and performs as expected, this rocket will be able to lift a heavier payload into space than any other rocket ever built, other than the Saturn V behemoth.

/Wernher von Braun would be proud

And The Coast Guard Makes Five

It looks like our mystery sniper wants to collect the complete set of military branches.

Authorities link shooting at Coast Guard center to 4 others

Cleaners at the Marine Corps museum near Quantico noticed spots on windows they thought were bird droppings one recent Sunday. They turned out to be bullet holes.

Since that discovery, the same weapon has been used four more times to fire at U.S. military facilities in Northern Virginia.

The gunman has taken aim only at night or early in the morning, when the buildings would be vacant or sparsely populated, and authorities said they don’t think he or she is out to hurt anyone. The shooter might be trying to send a message, officials said, but they don’t know what the message is. As they search for the person, the questions remain: Who and why?

“Sometimes it is just for the thrill,” said James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston. “Sometimes it’s for the sake of power and control. Or maybe he just wants to wreak havoc on the military.”

The incidents began the night of Oct. 16. or early the next morning, when shots were fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle. The Pentagon was hit a few days later. A U.S. Marine recruiting center in Chantilly was next. Then the shooter returned to the Marine Corps museum.

On Wednesday, authorities announced that a fifth shooting of a U.S. military facility in Northern Virginia was part of the same spree. This time shots were fired at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center in Woodbridge. As in the other cases, no one was injured.

See also:
Coast Guard Shooting Linked to 4 Others: FBI
FBI: Coast Guard shooting linked to four others
FBI links shooting at Coast Guard office to others
FBI: 5th Washington-area shooting linked to earlier incidents at military buildings
FBI links shootings in Washington DC area
5th shooting linked to same gun
Coast Guard Target of 5th Military Shooting
FBI: Coast Guard building shooting connected to other military shootings
FBI Reaches Out To Shooter In Military Site Attacks
Confirmed Sniper On The Loose

How many of these types of facilities are in the area? You’d think law enforcement would have them all pretty much staked out by now. Whoever the sniper is, they’re fairly consistent as to the type of target and when they operate. It would be a good thing if the sniper was caught before they change their mind and start shooting people instead of buildings.

/anyway, the sniper still needs the Air Force, Army, and Navy to collect the complete set of service branches