Posted by: Barbara ||
11/21/2013 18:43 Comments ||
Maybe this is it is worth noting that the design of the modern bra was undertaken by a civil engineer, that specialized in suspension bridges.
Rantburg University Engineering class, dismissed.
Don't forget your homework is to go out and observe and report back the similarities between the modern bridge and the bra.
Pictures and diagrams receive extra credit. This could be a practical hands on application.
#5 Maybe this is it is worth noting that the design of the modern bra was undertaken by a civil engineer, that specialized in suspension bridges.
I'd give a lot to see the look(s) on the great bossomometrist's face if he could be transported to a certain spot next... ummm... May 18th. Would he laugh? Cry? Jump? Run around like a mad piggy trying to hug every woman at once? Me, I'll be gaping and gasping like a fish, and probably shedding a tear for my pop and bridges past. And maybe ogling just a little bit (roomful of bouncing eyeball-painted ping-pong balls graphic here), strictly in the interest of science. Suave, I am.
[Bangla Daily Star] An Afghan district police chief was killed in an ambush by faceless myrmidons in the volatile southern province of Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... yesterday, officials said.
Tooryalai Khan, police chief of Helmand's Marjah district, was leading an operation against Taliban faceless myrmidons in the area when he was ambushed early in the morning, said provincial front man Omar Zewak.
His bodyguard was maimed in the attack.
Ismael Hotak, a senior provincial police officer, confirmed the incident and said Khan was appointed in the district six months ago.
No one has grabbed credit for the attack. But the Taliban, who are waging an insurgency against the US-backed Afghan government, have a strong presence in southern provinces.
Helmand is one of the most volatile provinces, and the heart of the opium trade. About half of the poppies grown in the country are planted in Helmand.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/21/2013 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Taliban
BELEDWEYNE, Somalia -- At least 20 people were reportedly killed when Al Shabaab militants stormed a police station in Beledweyne town of central Somalia, with a suicide bomber firstly ramming an explosive-laden car into the compound on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.
Witnesses say a thunderous explosion had taken place at the police compound where Somali government troops and Djiboutian contingent are co-located, followed by heavy gunfire between armed militiamen estimated to be 10 and Somali-AMISOM forces at 10:05 AM in the morning.
I saw a car rushing toward the gate of the police station and exploded inside there. I immediately headed back to my shop, a nearby shop keeper told the media shortly after the assault on the policemen ended.
AMISOM commander in Hiraan regional capital of Beledweyne Col. Osman Dubad Sugulle said they have killed 10 Al Shabaab attackers in the shootout.
Al Shabaab claimed the responsibility for the deadly assault, boasting that the attack is a clear testament to their strength.
[An Nahar] Three French soldiers were maimed Wednesday in rebel-infested northern Mali when their armored truck hit a landmine, military sources said.
"A vehicle of the French army was hit by an kaboom likely caused by a bomb, a mine on which the vehicle drove, around 1:00 am (0100 GMT) on Wednesday. Three French soldiers were maimed but their lives are not in danger," a Malian security source told Agence La Belle France Presse.
The incident in the bad boy bastion of Kidal and its cause were confirmed by a bigwig from Operation Serval, the French-led military intervention launched in January to drive out Islamists who had occupied northern Mali.
He said the casualties were being treated in Gao, the largest city in northern Mali.
French armed forces front man Gilles Jaron said the soldiers were suffering from noise trauma caused by the loud blast and "should be able to resume their activities in the coming days".
The kaboom blew a wheel on the truck at the southeast exit of Kidal as it was returning from patrol to the barracks, he added.
He didn't confirm the presence of a roadside kaboom, saying the army was investigating the cause.
The kaboom came a week after Tuareg demonstrators laid waste to public buildings in Kidal in protest at a decision by separatist leaders to end their occupation of state premises.
Young people set fire to part of the governor's offices and sacked the public treasury and a nearby state education facility, according to witnesses.
The separatist National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) pledged two weeks ago to leave the governor's offices and radio station, in line with the terms of a June peace deal.
The accord, signed in Burkina Faso ...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other... 's capital Ouagadougou, opened the way for a presidential election to be held in Kidal along with the rest of the turbulent west African country in two rounds in July and August.
Up until the agreement, the MNLA -- whose ultimate goal is the independence of Azawad, the name the Tuaregs give to their homeland in northern Mali -- had refused to allow any government soldiers or civil servants into the desert town.
In January 2012, the MNLA launched an insurgency to take control of the north. A subsequent coup in the Malian capital Bamako led to chaos, and armed Islamist gunnies linked to al-Qaeda overpowered the Tuaregs and seized control of Mali's northern half.
La Belle France's operation ousted the Death Eaters, but sporadic attacks have continued, resulting in the kidnap and murder of two French journalists on November 2, and the Tuareg demand for autonomy has not been resolved.
About 200 French soldiers remain in Kidal, the army confirmed on Wednesday.
[Libya Herald] Reports that Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... Congresswoman Soad Sultan was briefly placed in durance vile I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! today after being discovered to be carrying a hand grenade in her handbag are true, the Congresswomen has told the Libya Herald.
The incident happened when she went to the Tripoli Local Council in Algeria Square to meet with officials, she says, explaining that she always carries a grenade to defend herself. "I receive threats on a daily basis," she explains. Her son had even been kidnapped to get at her, she adds.
When she arrived at the council building, she says, she handed the grenade to security staff telling them what it was but that she was authorised to carry a weapon.
The next thing that happened, she told this paper, was that Tripoli Council Leader Sadat Elbadri phoned the security authorities and men from Tripoli Security Directorate quickly came to investigate.
Given reports of attempts to assassinate him, he was perhaps understandably concerned.
According to the Council Facebook page, "she walked through the metal detector and put her handbag in the scanning machine. The siren went off, detecting explosive. Security asked the congresswoman about it and she replied it was a grenade that she carries for personal protection. She left the grenade with the security official and went in for her meeting.
"Security in charge called the concerned security authorities. Police directorate sent the Criminal Investigation Department to the scene."
There was no investigation, however. She says she told them they had no right to investigate because she was a member of Congress. This was apparently accepted.
She then insisted she be given back her grenade. It was. She left.
Congresswomen Sultan was elected as a National Forces Alliance member for Tripoli but became an independent, she says, after the Alliance withdrew from Congress.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/21/2013 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Arab Spring
she always carries a grenade to defend herself
What does she do - pull the pin, hold it up and scream "Don't move, or the Congresswoman gets it?"
[Washington Post] Two separate kabooms in the Egyptian capital and the restive border province of North Sinai killed 11 soldiers and maimed at least two coppers early Wednesday, underscoring the country's struggle to rein in rising myrmidon violence following the military coup against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi ...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator... .
A jacket wallah drove a boom-mobile into a convoy of buses transporting army conscripts near the North Sinai city of el-Arish, killing 11 troops headed home on leave and wounding an additional 35, army front man Ahmed Ali said in a post on his Facebook page. It was one of the deadliest attacks on security forces there since 25 coppers were executed near the town of Rafah in August.
Earlier Wednesday, assailants driving a white Hyundai lobbed a homemade bomb packed with nails at a police checkpoint on a road in north Cairo, wounding two coppers, including a supervisor, an Interior Ministry front man said.
The Egyptian armed forces "assure the great Egyptian people of the determination of its men to continue the war against black terrorism," Ali said in his Facebook post, in reference to the Sinai attack. The military then swept through the area surrounding the bomb site, but no one was immediately jugged Book 'im, Mahmoud! , according to an Arish-based local journalist who asked not to be named for security reasons.
Although there was no evidence that Wednesday's attacks on the security forces were coordinated, they highlighted the broadening nature of a budding Islamist insurgency here. Attacks have been largely concentrated in the already volatile areas of the Sinai Peninsula, but have recently spread to the Egyptian mainland and include several in Cairo.
Small, diffuse cells of bully boyz are stepping up attacks such as the one on the police checkpoint in Cairo, analysts and security officials said, although no group grabbed credit for that assault. Last month, a previously unheard- of group called the al-Furqan Brigades posted a video on YouTube that allegedly showed two of its members firing a rocket-propelled grenade at a satellite communications center in the Cairo suburb of Maadi.
Attacks like these "are likely the work of many different, scattered entities -- different cells that are not communicating, not coordinating," said Ziad Akl, a political analyst at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo.
But cohesive, battle-hardened groups such as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, an hard boy organization formed in Sinai, also boast of having launched sophisticated myrmidon operations against major military and police targets in Cairo and in the increasingly volatile Suez Canal city of Ismailia in recent months.
On Tuesday, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis grabbed credit for Sunday's targeted liquidation of a high-ranking security official in the Cairo suburb of Nasr City. In a statement posted on jihadist forums, it said its fighters had targeted the officer, Mohammed Mabrouk, in Dire Revenge™ for security agencies arresting and interrogating Moslem women, according to the SITE monitoring group, which tracks hard boy Web sites.
Mabrouk, a lieutenant colonel in Egypt's powerful internal security service, was also in charge of monitoring Islamist groups, security officials said.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis -- which is made up of nomadic Bedouin rustics from Sinai, Egyptians from the Nile Delta region and some imported muscle -- escalated its attacks on Egyptian security forces after the violent dispersal of two mass, pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo in August.
According to the New York-based Human Rights Watch ... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world... , about 1,000 people were killed in that security operation, which marked the country's worst mass killing in its modern history. The military also led a sweeping crackdown on the Moslem Brüderbund group from which Morsi hails, rounding up its leaders and other Islamist activists on charges that many regard as serious. Many of the leaders who evaded arrest have since fled Egypt.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis "has consistently said [its] attacks are a response to the crackdown by Egyptian security forces," said David Barnett, a researcher at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington and a contributor to the organization's Long War Journal, a daily online publication focusing on global terrorism.
On Sept. 5, the group urged Egyptian Moslems "to stay away from the installations and headquarters of the ministries of Defense and Interior," according to a statement.
"We should definitely expect more bombings," Barnett said.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/21/2013 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Sinai Peninsula
A militant wanted for his alleged involvement in a number of terrorist acts was killed by police in the Russian republic of Dagestan.
Ruslan Kazanbiev was killed in a shootout in Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala, on November 19, after he and his associates reportedly attacked two separate police patrols killing two police officers, and injuring one. A bystander was also killed in a shootout.
Police in Dagestan say Kazanbiev's three associates are now hiding in a home in Makhachkala, which is surrounded by security forces and police. The special operation continues.
[ABCNEWS.GO] An al Qaeda-linked terrorist, who was resettled in the U.S. as an Iraq War refugee after allegedly killing American soldiers, was caught on camera in Kentucky handling heavy weapons that the FBI said he believed would be sent to snuffies back in Iraq.
The 2010 video, obtained exclusively by ABC News, was part of a broader ABC News investigation into the flawed refugee vetting program, which officials said may have let "dozens" of Death Eaters into the country.
In the video, Waad Ramadan Alwan is seen expertly field stripping what the FBI identified as a Russian PKM machine gun. Other still images provided by the FBI from hours-worth of surveillance footage show Alwan and an accomplice, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, handling a Stinger missile launcher and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher.
An FBI agent assigned to the sting operation that captured the video told ABC News that Alwan had bragged to an informant about killing American soldiers in Iraq. "He said he had them 'for lunch and dinner,'" FBI Louisville Supervisory Special Agent Tim Beam said.
The FBI said that beyond sending the arms back to gunnies in Iraq, Alwan spoke of targeting a specific American soldier in the U.S. and possibly attacking other homeland targets.
The weapons seen in the video, however, were supplied by the FBI after being rendered inoperable. Alwan and Hammadi were tossed in the calaboose Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! in 2011 and later pleaded guilty to terror-related crimes.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/21/2013 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: al-Qaeda
Missing some digits I think.
More like thousands of sleepers trained to softly recruit and then focus the disenfranchised onto targets of opportunity, which may be more recruitment.
[Pak Daily Times] The unending spate of violence claimed three more lives in restive Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... on Wednesday.
In the first incident, a man was killed and another maimed in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, within the jurisdiction of Mobina Town cop shoppe.
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[Pak Daily Times] Terrorists attacked a police checkpost in Swabi but were repulsed by the coppers stationed there, who killed four of the assailants. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... Police chief Nasir Khan Durrani Wednesday announced Rs 100,000 cash award and commendation certificates for the police party that repulsed the attack. A group of about 20 snuffies equipped with heavy weapons attacked the Natyan police-post in Swabi District. The police jawans deputed at the post fought back after getting reinforcements. The fierce fighting between police and snuffies continued for about two hours, leaving four snuffies dead. While praising the unparallel performance of Swabi police, Nasir Khan Durrani announced Rs 100,000 cash award and commendation certificates for the police party. According to Swabi police, the Death Eaters were equipped with rocket launchers and automatic weapons and ambushed the police checkpost. During the exchange of firing, four attackers were killed, while their accomplices escaped.
[Pak Daily Times] Two men were killed and five others maimed in three back-to-back kabooms in Quetta, on Wednesday.
According to police, two kabooms occurred at Sirki Road and the third at Moti Ram Road. Resultantly, two people were killed and five others sustained injuries. "The third blast damaged electricity cables that plunged the area into darkness," a police official said, adding that one deceased was a rickshaw driver. Rescue workers shifted dead and injured to the Civil Hospital Quetta where one of the dear departed was identified as Shahjahan.
The Bomb Disposal Squad officials said that over two kilogrammes of explosive was used in the bombs, which were detonated remotely. They said ball bearings were used in the bombs due to which several people were maimed. Meanwhile, ...back at the argument, Livia had made her point with her knee to Jane's stomach... two kabooms were heard in Khuzdar town, some 360-km from Quetta. However, some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go... no news of damage or casualties was reported immediately.
[Pak Daily Times] Talibs launched two separate attacks on security checkpoints in the tribal areas Wednesday, killing at least two security personnel and wounding seven others, officials said.
In the first attack, a jacket wallah rammed his explosives-filled car into a security checkpoint as snuffies armed with guns stormed a nearby building in Shawa area of North Wazoo Agency, killing two personnel, officials said. The post is run jointly by the paramilitary Frontier Corps and tribal police and the adjacent building houses more than 40 security forces. In a second attack in Swabi district, around a dozen snuffies launched an attack at a police checkpoint before dawn on Wednesday, police said. "The attack was successfully thwarted and four snuffies were killed in the retaliatory fire by police," Sajjad Khan, district police chief told AFP.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A wave of attacks, most of them boom-mobiles targeting Shiite neighborhoods, rocked Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... early on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people in the latest bout of bloodshed to rock Iraq.
The violence, which left 65 others maimed, comes amid a protracted surge in violence just months ahead of general elections that has forced Iraqi officials to appeal for international help in combatting the country's worst unrest since 2008.
At least seven kabooms, including six boom-mobiles, hit Shiite Mohammedan neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital, according to security and medical officials, from about 7:30 am (0430 GMT) onwards.
They come after similarly coordinated bombings in Storied Baghdad on Sunday evening left 21 dead.
Wednesday's attacks occurred in areas ranging from the city's main commercial district of Karrada to the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Shaab, as well as Sadriyah, one of Storied Baghdad's oldest areas.
One boom-mobile also went off in the Sunni-majority neighborhood of Adhamiyah in north Storied Baghdad, the officials said.
Security forces imposed tough measures in areas hit by attacks, in many cases barring journalists from filming video or taking photographs at bombing sites.
No group immediately grabbed credit for the violence, but Sunni faceless myrmidons linked to Al-Qaeda's front group often set off coordinated bombings across Storied Baghdad, typically targeting Shiites, whom they regard as apostates.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/21/2013 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq
[An Nahar] Jordanian military prosecutors on Wednesday charged 15 men, including students, with carrying out "terrorist acts" over festivities on a university campus that injured four people, a judicial official said.
"State security court prosecutors accused the suspects of carrying out terrorist acts and possessing automatic weapons with intent to use them illicitly," the official told AFP.
"They took part on Tuesday in a brawl in the Al-Balqaa Applied University," he added in reference to the campus in Salat, a city northeast the capital Amman.
The suspects face life prison sentences if convicted.
The reasons behind the clash are still unclear as officials declined to give details.
Riot police fired tear gas on Tuesday to break up the fight and prevent people from outside the university from entering to take part.
Four people, including a woman, were maimed, police said.
Violence occurs frequently at Jordanian universities, and sometimes spreads beyond campus grounds.
In April, armed festivities between students at the King Hussein bin Talal University in the southern city of Maan killed four people and maimed more than 25, provoking a public outcry and royal fury.
[An Nahar] A Jordanian jihadist died on Wednesday of gunfire wounds he suffered as he tried to cross into the kingdom from war-torn Syria, a security official said.
"Ahmad Fakhuri, a jihadist, was maimed by gunfire from the Syrian side as he tried to return to Jordan from Syria on Sunday night," the official told AFP.
"He died in hospital today of wounds in the stomach and chest. Fellow jihadist Belal Feisal, who was maimed in the same shooting, is still in hospital."
Home to more than half a million refugees from Syria, Jordan has tightened its northern border and locked away ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... scores of men, mostly jihadists, for entering the war-ravaged country or trying to go to fight alongside rebels.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/21/2013 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: al-Nusra
Bah, the guy misses the point, the second simpler software was intended to be found to explain the problems the first caused. It was not a second attack.
Of course, in my devious little mind, I think the second software is a red herring for something far more dangerous and insidious lurking under cover. If the first attack was so well configured it could hide itself and turn itself on and off, what's to stop the existence of a hidden set of code writing a more obvious set of code to hide itself? That would explain why the second code was so much simpler.
I shutter to think of what happens in central Iran when all of that uranium hexafluoride goes splat all over the facility...it will make Three Mile Island, Fukashima and Chernobyl look like a diesel spill on I-35.
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
11/21/2013 11:27 Comments ||
Bill, as a gesture of good Wii, Obama will probably provide Iran with information on how to detect and disable or remove the virus.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
11/21/2013 12:15 Comments ||
Posted by: Barbara ||
11/21/2013 18:51 Comments ||
I humbly thank you, USN & B, for your correction.
I will now retire to contemplate my mistakes through the bottom of my scotch glass.........unfortunately the Old Fettercairn is gone, as is the MacAllan. I do however have sufficient Ardmore to provide me suitable penance. ;^)
Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants kidnapped a ranking official of Sulu province in Mindanao, police said on Wednesday. Senior Superintendent Abraham Orbito, Sulu's police chief, said the suspects kidnapped Jess Cabelin, the Sulu provincial treasurer from his quarters near the provincial capital early on Monday evening.
Orbito cited witness testimony reporting heavily armed men, believed to be followers of Abu Sayyaf leaders Sawadjaan and Julli Ikit, dragged Cabelin to a waiting van after which they sped away. He said the abductors have not yet contacted the family of Cabelin who was believed to have been brought to the jungles of Patikul town, an Abu Sayyaf stronghold.
Also in Mindanao, police and the Marines have been alerted after reports that the Abu Sayyaf have taken to Sulus neighboring island province of Tawi-Tawi the wife of a Taiwanese tourist who was abducted from a resort in Sabah, Malaysia on November 15.
Malaysian officials have sought the help of Philippine security forces for the rescue of Chang An Wei, the wife of a Taiwanese tourist who was gunned down while they were vacationing. The authorities believe the abductors were from the Abu Sayyaf.
Posted by: ryuge ||
11/21/2013 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf
[An Nahar] Four suicide boom-mobiles struck Syrian regime targets Wednesday in the Qalamoun region near Leb, killing at least seven soldiers, a monitor and state news agency SANA said.
The attacks come a day after troops loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Scourge of Qusayr... made gains in the Qalamoun area north of Damascus.
The attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front, two Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, came after rebels were driven out of nearby Qara village on Tuesday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Observatory reported two attacks in the town of Nabek, while SANA reported two others in Deir Attiya.
"At least seven regime troops were killed in the two attacks (in Nabek) and five others are at death's door," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.
A Syrian security source told AFP there was just one kaboom at a checkpoint in Nabek.
"The soldiers at the checkpoint stopped a suspicious car and the driver, who was a jacket wallah wearing an boom belt, tried to escape but was rubbed out by soldiers," the source said.
"However, the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits... the vehicle went kaboom!," the source added, saying there had been "victims."
Meanwhile, ...back at the shouting match, a new, even louder, voice was to be heard... SANA reported two suicide kabooms in front of the Bassel hospital in Deir Attiya, a majority Christian town in army control north of Nabek.
"Several guards were killed, then the forces of Evil broke into the hospital and tried to destroy the equipment but the army managed to chase them down," said SANA.
The Observatory said the rebels had entered the hospital and captured a maimed officer, before being thrown out by the army, leaving the man behind.
The Britannia-based group did not report the two boom-mobiles at Deir Attiya.
Loyalists backed by Leb's Hizbullah have launched a major assault on Qalamoun, a mountainous region straddling key supply lines between Damascus and Homs, as well as rebel smuggling routes criss-crossing the border with Leb.
Fighting raged elsewhere in Qalamoun, mainly around the rebel bastion of Yabrud, which the army shelled Wednesday, and Deir Attiya.
Warplanes launched air strikes on rebel positions around Deir Attiya, said the Observatory, while ongoing festivities killed at least eight opposition fighters.
The army had earlier said it was hunting jihadists across the region, while rebels vowed to return to Qara.
Elsewhere, a mortar round struck near central Damascus's Umayyad square, and two others hit the capital's Kassaa neighborhood, said the Observatory.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/21/2013 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Syria
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.