Russian Poison From The Sky

This time, it’s the Russian’s turn to randomly drop a spacecraft to Earth from orbit, only this one is loaded up with ten tons of highly toxic chemicals. When you duck, don’t forget your umbrella.

Toxic Russian Mars Probe Heads Back to Earth

It’s hard to believe that only last week we were getting excited for Russia’s first interplanetary mission in 15 years to launch. By now, we should be happy in the knowledge that the ambitious — and awesome — mission is powering through space, toward the Martian moon Phobos.

The reality is that we are now discussing uncontrolled reentry scenarios.

As if that wasn’t enough bad news, we are looking at an uncontrolled toxic reentry scenario. Phobos-Grunt — correctly written “Fobos-Grunt,” meaning “Phobos-Soil” or “Phobos-Ground” — is fully-laden with unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide; that’s ten tons of fuel and oxidizer. The probe itself weighs-in at only three tons.

The majority of the fuel will likely vaporize during reentry, but everyone will be hoping for a splash-down in an ocean (which covers two-thirds of Earth, fortunately), as the wreckage will still be hazardous. There’s also a small quantity of radioactive cobalt-57 in one of the science missions housed in the probe — a fact that will most likely cause a media frenzy.

It is for these reasons that the Russian media is dubbing Phobos-Grunt “Most toxic falling satellite ever.”

See also:
Russia’s Phobos-Grunt Spacecraft Goes AWOL
Russian Mars Probe Will Likely Come Crashing Back to Earth
Toxic Russian Mars Probe Likely Heading Back to Earth
Mood grim over Mars probe faultRussia Running Out Of Time, As Mars Mission Seems Destined To Fail
Report: Russians Believe Martian Moon Probe is ‘Lost’
Source: Russian Space Probe Unlikely to be Saved
Phobos-Grunt Mars probe remains silent in Earth orbit
Now Russians can’t even contact their busted Mars probe
Contact with Russian Mars probe ‘unlikely’ – expert
Failed Russian space mission shows difficulty of exploring Mars
Salvaging Science from Stricken Mars Moon Probe: A Scientist’s View
Phobos-Grunt mission
Fobos-Grunt

Man, the Russians just can’t catch a break. This is their fourth launch failure just this year and now they’re 0 for 18 at Mars missions.

/and we trust the Russians with our U.S. astronauts, it makes me nervous

Keeping Up With The Jetsons

You want a flying car? We got your flying car right here, almost, maybe in a few years.

‘Flying Humvee’ moves ahead

A flying car that’s rugged enough for hardcore off-road driving, able to survive small-arms fire and can quickly take off and land is potentially just a few years shy of reality, according to reports sourced from DARPA, the U.S. military’s future-oriented research arm.

Aerospace companies Lockheed Martin and AAI Corporation have presented “feasible designs” to the military’s Transformer program, reports Aviation Week’s Ares blog, and have advanced to the next phase, which is to begin work on prototypes of the contraptions.




See also:
Is Darpa’s Fly-Drive Transformer on the Right Road?
The ‘flying Humvee’ gets off the ground as U.S. military plans first all-terrain, bullet-proof warcraft by next year
Flying humvee inches closer to reality
DARPA sets target date for testing ‘flying Humvee’
Coming soon: US army four-seater vehicle that can take off and land vertically
Progress to the Flying Humvee and enabling a revolution if door to door air travel up to 400 mile ranges
What’s The Point of Darpa’s ‘Flying Humvee,’ Exactly?
Military Developing Transformer To Solve Problems That Don’t Exist
Pentagon Wants Flying Humvee, For Some Reason
Transformer (TX)
Transformer (flying car)

I’m all for flying cars, but do we really need them for combat? The concept drawings of the Transformer TX makes it look like a huge ordnance magnet that, if it wasn’t blown up transitioning from ground to sky or vice versa, it would have so many complex moving parts that it would be undergoing maintenance for many more hours than it would be available for field use. Look at the trouble we already have keeping the V-22 Osprey in service.

/at a time when budget cutting and deficit reduction is the new national pastime, the Transformer TX would seem to be, in my opinion, a military toy too far

Speaking Truth To Farce

Bibi pours on the reality and lays the wood on the Jew haters. Predictably, the Jew haters hated it.

‘We’re Ready’: Netanyahu Challenges Abbas to Restart Peace Talks

An hour after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the U.N. General Assembly to a rousing ovation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a more measured response.

“The Palestinians should first make peace and then declare their state,” he said today in response to Abbas’ bid for U.N. statehood. “Israel is prepared to have a Palestinian state but we are not willing to have another Gaza.”

See also:
Full transcript of Netanyahu speech at UN General Assembly
Netanyahu chides UN, seeks renewed talks with Abbas
In U.N. speeches, Abbas, Netanyahu trade charges of ‘ethnic cleansing’
In Jerusalem, pessimism prevails after UN speeches
Netanyahu on the attack in UN speech
Palestinians Celebrate, Israelis Express Concern Over UN Recognition Bid
Netanyahu to convene advisers to discuss Quartet peace planPalestinian leader rejects intl peace blueprint
Abbas says ‘no’ to Jewish state
Palestinian refusal to recognize a Jewish state preventing peace: Israeli PM

/Michael Ramirez

The ground truth is that there is no such thing as a “Palestinian”, there never has been in all of history, Gaza is controlled by Hamas, sworn to the destruction of Israel, and none of the “Palestinian” leadership will even recognize that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state. Their motto is “from the river to the sea“, they’re constantly attacking Israel, and they indoctrinate their children from birth to hate and kill Jews.

/until they completely turn around their culture to conform with the civilized world, if that’s even possible, and accept peaceful coexistence with the Jewish state of Israel, why on Earth should these sick, genocidal, Islamic Jew hating “Palestinian” freaks be granted statehood?

Taking NATO To The Woodshed

On his way out the door, retiring U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates lets it fly.

Gates Says NATO Could Face ‘Irrelevance’ in the Future

American Defense Secretary Robert Gates has told NATO members that they need to do more — and spend more — to support the alliance.

ROBERT GATES: “The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the US Congress — and in the American body politic writ large — to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense.”

On Friday, Mr. Gates gave his last policy speech before he retires as defense secretary on June thirtieth. He spoke in Brussels, Belgium, at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO was created in nineteen forty-nine to defend western Europe against the Soviet Union.

See also:
Transcript of Defense Secretary Gates’s Speech on NATO’s Future
Gates rebukes European allies in farewell speech
‘Collective Military Irrelevance’
After Gates’ Blunt Warning, What’s Next for NATO?
US warns Europe over NATO future
Libya, Europe and the future of NATO
NATO’S future at risk, warns Pentagon chief
Gates offers grim account of NATO’s Libya efforts
Gates slams NATO allies over share of combat burden
Where Gates criticizes, Obama celebrates
How long will the U.S. find NATO relevant and affordable?

Just how worthless is NATO? They’ve been battling third rate military power Libya for three months now, NATO’s running out of ammunition, and Moammar Gadhafi is still there. What would NATO do if, say, Russia attacked western Europe? If NATO can’t defeat Libya, how can they possibly defend themselves? It’s more than obvious that NATO has outlived its usefulness and needs to be disbanded. Why should the United States continue to put up the vast majority of funding, troops, and equipment to support Europe’s defense, when Europe refuses to defend itself?

/and why the [expletive deleted] is Turkey a member of NATO, they not only don’t contribute much of anything, they actively work against the other alliance members, how insane is that?

Enough Already!

The political bickering and blame game over the weekend has been absolutely disgusting. Human beings died and others were seriously wounded. Shame on both sides, but a big extra heaping helping of disgrace for the frothing libtards. Trying to paint conservatives and Republicans as accessories to murder, without any linkage whatsoever, was and still is well beyond the pale and way worse than reprehensible.

/Michael Ramirez

Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Jared Loughner ‘believed he could fly’

Bryce Tierney, 22, was a school and college friend of Jared Loughner, the man charged with the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords.

. . .

He said Loughner was “more interested in this world than our reality.”

Mr Tierney said: “I saw his dream journal once. That’s the golden piece of evidence. You want to know what goes on in Jared Loughner’s mind, there’s a dream journal that will tell you everything.”

He said that Loughner sometimes approached strangers and would say “weird” things.

“He would do it because he thought people were below him and he knew they wouldn’t know what he was talking about.”

By the beginning of 2010, Loughner’s imaginary world was taking precedence over his everyday life, Mr Tierney said.

“He sort of drifted off, didn’t really care about hanging out with friends. He’d be sleeping a lot.

“He figured out he could fly.”

See also:
Alleged Arizona Shooter — Crazy Rambling Videos
Jared Lee Loughner: ‘mentally unstable dropout’ who had met Gabrielle Giffords before
Arizona shooting: Jared Loughner was urged to seek help
Loughner’s Sickness
Loughner: Mentally ill, with no intervention
Recognizing the signs of severe mental illness
New Deranged Comments Found Online, But Loughner Might Not Be Able to Plead Insanity
Crazy shooter didn’t need push from Far Right
Exclusive: Loughner Friend Explains Alleged Gunman’s Grudge Against Giffords
What Does Jared Lee Loughner Believe?

Jared Lee Loughner is seriously mentally ill, lost in his own fantasy world, fifteen pounds of paranoid schizophrenic in a five pounds bag. He doesn’t live in or near reality and doesn’t get his “marching orders” from Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, or the Tea Party.

/period, end of story, so KNOCK IT OFF WITH THE CHILDISH, BASELESS, BULL[EXPLETIVE DELETED] FINGER POINTING!