AUSTIN, Texas -- Austin police now say the reigning Miss Deaf Texas was killed by a freight train apparently while text-messaging family and friends on her cell phone. Tara Rose McAvoy, 18, was killed Monday while walking along the Union Pacific tracks in South Austin. Police said she apparently was walking from her family's home to her mother's workplace when she was hit. McAvoy was to represent Texas at the Miss Deaf America pageant this summer in Palm Desert, Calif.
Police said the train's crew spotted her and sounded the locomotive's horn, but got no response. The lead locomotive's snowplow -- which extends 16 inches from either track -- clipped McAvoy, killing her. Police said her family said they'd never known her to walk along those tracks before. Gene Mirus is a deaf studies instructor at Gallaudet, which is the nation's leading university for the hearing-impaired. He told the Austin American Statesman that many deaf people who think they can detect approaching trains by their vibrations are mistaken.
What a waste--walking by or on the tracks with any hearing-impairment (or a Walkman/iPod on) is like playing Russian Roulette. Those trains don't make any noise until they pass you--and then it's too late.
The worst thing about this is what it does to the train crew. They have to live with it.
A 3-year-old boy shot his mother in the knee with a 9mm handgun he had found under a couch cushion over the weekend, police said. It was the second time the boy had handled the gun on Sunday.
"Jack Junior, I told you to leave that alone."
The mother had taken the gun away from the child and removed the bullets apparently overlooking one in the chamber and put the weapon back on the couch. When the boy picked the gun up a second time, it fired. "It appears to be accidental," said St. Paul police spokesman Pete Crum.
Or he was trying to get Mom to tell him where the canisters of nerve gas cookies are hidden....
The woman was taken to Regions Hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. "It could have been much more tragic had the child shot himself or hit the woman in a more vital area," Crum said. The boy was put in the care of his father.
Two suggestions. (1) Keep the kid away from Mom's for now. (2) When he reaches the age of 7, make sure he takes the NRA safety course. Okay, (3) Start him with a .22. Shoot 'n See targets make a great stocking stuffer at XMAS, too.
"When the boy picked the gun up a second time, it fired."
Why do reporters always get the pronouns wrong? "It fired" should read, "He fired it." The handgun did not suddenly become sentient and decide to be malicious nor are handguns manufactured to randomly go off without outside influence. But then, that wouldn't fit the reporters agenda.
In the 24 episode in question, Jack was careful to shot the woman in the leg below the knee. That way, the woman would continue to be fully ambulatory.
Typical 3-year-old, however, only observing part of what happened. I suggest having mom replay this episode until it is fully comprehended. Then give Jr. a cookie and send him to bed. Remember: this is Minnesota nice.
Posted by: Captain America ||
03/15/2006 17:26 Comments ||
She isn't eligible for a Darwin Award. She's already reproduced.
Posted by: Eric Jablow ||
03/15/2006 21:42 Comments ||
A group of European computer researchers has demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into radio frequency identification tags, part of a microchip-based tracking technology in growing use in commercial and security applications.
In a paper to be presented today at an academic computing conference in Pisa, Italy, the researchers plan to demonstrate how it is possible to infect a tiny portion of memory in the chips that is frequently large enough to hold only 128 characters of information.
Until now, most computer security experts have discounted the possibility of using such tags, known as RFID chips, to spread a computer virus because of the tiny amount of memory on the chips.
Who ever wrote this NYT stroy need s to return to their job as a dishwasher. The don't get RFID. at all. They don't understand how they work or even what RFID is intended to be used for. Mind numbing stupidity.
The last three paragraphns contain actual information. It is amazing how often this is true in MSM scare stories:
"We have not found specific flaws" in the commercial RFID software, Tanenbaum said, but "experience shows that software written by large companies has errors in it."
The researchers have posted their paper and related materials on security issues related to RFID systems on the Internet at www.rfidvirus.org
The researchers acknowledged that inside information would be required in many cases to plant a hostile program. But they asserted that the commercial software developed for RFID applications had the same potential vulnerabilities that have been exploited by viruses and other malicious software, or "malware," in the rest of the computer industry.
T Rex can cite Wiki as a knowledgable source? *snort* no wonder you're extinct
Posted by: Frank G ||
03/15/2006 17:22 Comments ||
What bugs me is that I enjoy a lot of the comments made here but get annoyed when the less eloquent post certain types of comment.
It actually worries me that so many here post with such lack of balanced perspective that they look as deranged, tainted and partisan as the extremists often discussed.
I'm not saying these views are not valid but they need to be balanced to be heard, understood and assimilated. Making comments like 'burn them all', 'kill all of them', 'nuke them' etc leaves me feeling the relevant posters are extremists themselves.
This devalues much of what is said and, indeed, Rantburg too.
This article prompted a similar 'gang' attack on a seemingly innocuous subject matter. Such that suddenly these computer scientists and the hack who wrote the story are dumb, stupid, etc. I mean what is the point of that?
Trex, the point is the self-styled newspaper of record, published an articled riddled with errors and ignorance of the subject.
Otherwise, 'burn them all', 'kill all of them', 'nuke them' comments will get you redacted and in some cases trolled.
And finally 'balance' is a myth. It doesn't exist. The notion of balance embeds a spurious single continium of views model. Whereas there are any number of views possible on a particular issue - not restricted to a right/left (or any other) continium.
JFM, you are confusing bits and bytes. A byte can hold either an instruction or data. A single instruction or item of data cannot itself be a bug. A bug is always results from two or more instructions/data in combination. Hence the number of possible bugs is 128! (or 127!).
"Now we get to the scary part. Now consider a malicious traveler who attaches a tiny RFID tag, pre-initialized with a virus, to a random person's suitcase before he checks it in. When the baggage-handling system's RFID reader scans the suitcase at a Y-junction in the conveyor-belt system to determine where to route it, the tag responds with the RFID virus, which could infect the airport's baggage database. Then, all RFID tags produced as new passengers check in later in the day may also be infected. If any of these infected bags transit a hub, they will be rescanned there, thus infecting a different airport. Within a day, hundreds of airport databases all over the world could be infected. Merely infecting other tags is the most benign case. An RFID virus could also carry a payload that did other damage to the database, for example, helping drug smugglers or terrorists hide their baggage from airline and government officials, or intentionally sending baggage destined for Alaska to Argentina to create chaos.... "
Interesting that a search of the CERT site returns no hits on RFID.
I found some information here which was interesting - written from the system POV (primarily the data warehousing function which would be important in processing RFIDs):
How does the RFID function?
From a simplistic definition standpoint, an RFID tag consists of a transponder and an embedded silicon chip with encoded data. The tag is placed on an object, and when the object passes within range of an antenna broadcasting radio waves on a specific frequency, the transponder "wakes up" and sends the chips data to a transceiver, sometimes over distances up to 20 feet.
What does the transceiver do?
The transceiver collects the data from each RFID tag, decodes it and transmits it to a data store or central processing computer. From there, the data can be analyzed and used according to specific requirements.
What happens if a transponder receives bad data?
Bad data can be generated (theoretically) by a defective RFID tag or an RFID virus (let's hope not). Transponders must have change data capture logic programmed in, along with parallel authentication devices to ensure that the data from the RFID is indeed bad. We may want to capture this information and record the fact that the RFID is bad so it can be replaced. We may even want to know how to replace it and how to keep it from "infecting" other nearby RFIDs. We can take a lesson from the credit card processing companies here. In an active data warehouse, they have flags that signal possible fraudulent activities. A similar rating system might be employed to detect bad data from the RFIDs and to either re-program them remotely or shut them down. Either way, the transponders must be connected to an active data warehouse in order for these decisions to be made.
And a bit of practical info to flesh it out... Two things that force changes to our architectures and designs are latency and volume. RFIDs are active on both fronts. Let's examine a hypothetical example to explore latency and volume.
Suppose we have a carton of candy bars, and each candy bar wrapper is tagged with an RFID tag. Now assume that the manufacturer has transponders at the plant, and the data from the transponders begins streaming into a centralized data warehouse the minute the candy bar is wrapped. Through the packaging process the candy bars are put in boxes (20 at a time). The boxes are then shrink-wrapped and put on a pallet for distribution. Let's say 500 boxes fit on a pallet. Now from one pallet alone, the transponders are receiving and transmitting data from 10,000 tags.
If I use RFID in my processes, and the product is shipped to a customer containing some data I dont want shared, is there anything to prevent access to that data?
Answer: Yes, permanent memory locks within the computer chip can secure data at the byte level to prevent access of data to unauthorized users. Bytes left unlocked, can be re-written to 100,000 times. Bytes can be locked in the factory or in the field to protect data as it is entered along the supply chain. Data can also be encrypted or password protected if the application requires data security.
I suggest no arguments with this, just following up to see what the issues are - and if the proposed danger exists, and if so, how difficult will it be to secure. RFID is a developing technology - and all newbies have early days grief. Rapid adoption, without standards resolving the issues, is the real danger.
One vulnerability exists if the receiving software is not correctly written. For instance, a common virus technique is to exploit software weaknesses in ways that cause a buffer overflow, i.e. write 'data' into unintended areas of the program in memory. That 'data' can either simply cripple the program or, more subtly, consist of other instructions to execute.
In this case, the most likely scenario suggested by this research is that information either gets spoofed or gets corrupted in a shared database.
This particular type of exploit can be prevented, if the receiving software is tightly written. The point of the research is that many people assume there is no vulnerability and therefore it's quite possible their programs are open to potential exploitation.
And BTW Trex, a few of the people commenting in this thread are computer scientists themselves, or seasoned software practitioners and/or electrical engineers. ;-)
This will be worn by women who will quickly get mad that everyone is staring at their chest.
It's hard enough to read some t-shirts without looking like a perv. Come on ladies, put the messages in the back where we can read them, that way you'll know when we're being pervs and can respond appropriately.
Women involved in prostitution in Daytona Beach, Fla., have reportedly armed themselves and are searching for a serial killer behind the slayings of three residents. "Rather than run from the man police labeled a serial killer, streetwalkers here in Daytona Beach along Ridgewood Avenue say they are seeking the serial killer out," Local 6 reported Tarik Minor said. "They believe the man responsible for murdering three women here is someone they have come in contact with."
"We will get him first," streetwalker Tonya Richardson said. "Yeah, we are going to get him first. When we find him, he is going to be sorry. It is as simple as that." Richardson said she and other women are carrying weapons on the streets after Laquetta Gunther, Julie Green and Iwana Patton were found dead in the city. "I carry a switch blade with me now," Richardson said. "Everyone else does now too."
"We will get him first," streetwalker Tonya Richardson said. "Yeah, we are going to get him first. When we find him, he is going to be sorry. It is as simple as that." The women are apparently teaming up and promising their own kind of justice.
Last week, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement criminal profiler said a serial killer committed the three unsolved murders. Special Agent Tom Davis said he believes the suspect is a male who targeted the three victims because of other stressors in his life, according to a police statement. No evidence so far indicates any of the women was taken against her will, according to the report. But I'll bet being killed was against their wills.
In recent days, local ministers have also hit Daytona streets warning prostitutes about the killer. "We are asking them to buddy up," Street ministry spokeswoman Denise Horsman said. "To stay in lighted areas and get off the street if they can. If they can't, to do anything they can."
As many as 20 people died after drinking poisoned cologne in the cities of Mecca, Taif, Medina and Riyadh, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on Wednesday. The paper said 40 other people were also admitted to hospital, some in critical condition. The authorities carried out inspections to find the poisoned cologne, as large quantities of it have already been sold. The poisoned cologne can inflict a wide range of damage, including migraines, nausea, vomiting, severe stomach and back pains and infection of the pancreas. It also causes malfunctions in the nervous and respiratory systems, the paper said.
But it leaves your breath minty fresh
Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict interpretation of Islamic law, bans alcohol. Some people drink cologne in the kingdom as a substitute for alcohol.
Some people drink cologne in the kingdom as a substitute for alcohol.
Hey Abdul, pass me the antifreeze... this cologne's off.
Posted by: Howard UK ||
03/15/2006 8:44 Comments ||
Sounds like a lot of folks were accustomed to dringing cologne but the Religious Police caught on to the scheme and switched from ethyl to denatured alcohol in the cologne manufacture process. Sort of like was done in the US back during Prohibition, I think.
As many as 20 people died after drinking poisoned cologne in the cities of Mecca, Taif, Medina and Riyadh, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on Wednesday.
As opposed to just being "normal" in the Majik Kingdom and drinking NON-poisoned cologne. Jeez, just when I think my Karl Rove-Arabic decoder ring is dialed in, they go and do something logical (to them, at least) like that, lol!
Manama has, for the most part, been shut down. Bars closed all across the island when their new "King" rescinded the old Emir's exile of the fundies. They came back and immediately began the pressure to de-Westernize Bahrain. They've largely succeeded. This happened a couple of years ago. As I understand it, the big hotels still have bars - and you have to show a room key to get in. No big thang, just typical Muzzy power games. A couple of the better brothels, located in seedy hotels (which I can't recall the names of, damnit!) within sight of the Grand Moskkk in Manama, are still in operation, lol, and probably serve booze. What have they got to lose? Lol.
1) The big hotels still have booze cuz it's a major money-maker and the Kingy Thingy, PM, and other power brokers are in on the "franchise rights".
2) The old Wednesday afternoon (from about 2:00-5:00 PM) mad dash across the causeway, that used to result in long wait lines and accidents, has disappeared. The reduction in business (estimated as high as 30% in Manama hotels and resaurants) has seriously hotel hurt occupancy, mall sales, etc. I guess they don't need the "Get in Lane. Stay in Lane." signs anymore, heh, since they were definitely directed at the Saudi drivers.
A couple of the better brothels, located in seedy hotels (which I can't recall the names of, damnit!) within sight of the Grand Moskkk in Manama, are still in operation, lol, and probably serve booze.
Great - now I'll spend the rest of the day trying to remember their names.
President Vicente Fox climbed aboard a drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday to formally announce a new deep-water oil discovery he said could eventually yield 10 billion barrels of crude oil.
An exploratory well dubbed Noxal 1 was drilled at a depth of 3,070 feet below the water, and is seeking a depth of 13,125 feet.
"With Noxal we will begin a new era of oil exploration in our country," Fox said aboard the "Ocean Worker 6 Britania" platform.
Government estimates say the find could exceed reserves at the giant offshore field Cantarell, Mexico's largest oil field, which has seen its production decline but is still expected to yield 1.9 million barrels a day this year.
Luis Ramirez, chief executive of Mexico's government-run oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said Noxal is the fourth deep-water well explored by Pemex.
Ramirez said that while production tests will be conducted in coming weeks, "evidence found is sufficient to infer potential reserves to be discovered that could reach 10 billion barrels of crude oil equivalent."
"This number, compared with annual production of 1.6 billion barrels of crude, shows its strategic importance," Ramirez said, adding that crude oil production at Noxal likely won't begin for eight to 10 years.
Fox said his administration has invested more than $6.3 billion in exploration in the last five years. Pemex expects the new find to offset further production declines at Cantarell expected in coming years.
Pemex contracted a private company to drill the well. The fastest way to get the oil out would be by Pemex forming alliances with companies that have the deep-water technology. However, current laws forbid private companies from exploration and production activities in Mexico except under contract to Pemex.
The Fox administration has been attempting to ease foreign investment restrictions in the state-run energy sector. But those efforts have been blocked in Congress.
Pemex produced 3.33 million barrels a day of crude oil last year, of which it exported 1.82 million barrels. This year, the company expects to raise production to about 3.42 million barrels a day.
Given the oil business is nationalized, how much of the revenue will end up lining the pockets of all the corrupt government office holders, bureaucrats, and 'good o'amigos'? How much will be plowed into infrastructure, education, and health services for the people who in desperation seek 'El Norte'?
I'm no Texas Geologist, but if you hit a "Presidential fly me out to the platform immediately" crude oil formation at 3,070 feet (which is a pretty shallow well) with a wildcat hole, why take er on down to 13,125 feet? Something ain't just right here.
that's how far Hugo's ass puckered.... Goodbye oil hegemony!
Posted by: Frank G ||
03/15/2006 15:04 Comments ||
It's a poorly written article, but my guess is the 3070 feet referred to is the water depth where the well is being drilled and 13,125' is the depth to the bottom of the well. This is consistent with where we have recently made some large discoveries in the US Gulf of Mexico (eg. BP Thunder Horse). This is also consistent with the long lead time (8-10 years) to production - it takes a long time to build stuff to produce oil in that depth of water (though we do it a good bit faster here). Furthermore, the 10 billion barrel number is probably 'optimistic' - ie. 'about the biggest we can imagine fitting into this place' - but the presence of El Presidente still indicates they think it is pretty darn big. My guess - 2 to 4 billion barrels maybe?
The leader of the Russian Communist Party has said the outbreak of bird flu in a number of European countries including Russia is a plot by the United States. Its strange that not a single duck has yet died in America - they are all dying in Russia and European countries. This makes one seriously wonder why, Gennady Zyuganov was quoted by UPI as saying.
Gee, could it have anything to do with the Pacific and Atlantic oceans????
The Communist leader said that he learned all about biological warfare during his time in the army. I tested all kinds of war gases at a range myself, he said.
wink wink, nudge, nudge
Asked whether he believes the bird flu outbreak could be a deliberate attack by the United States, Zyuganov said: I not only suggest this, I know very well how this can be arranged. There is nothing strange here.
Da, we Soviet communist officials are just as savvy and powerful as those damnd imperialist running dog Americans.
EFL...not likely to become a major Hollywood picture. It would harsh somebody's mellow...
As far as musicals go, seeing people break into song on subjects such as starvation and public executions in North Korea may be one of the most unlikely concepts for stage entertainment in several years. Producers held a preview in Seoul on Tuesday of the musical called "Yoduk Story" that features goose-stepping North Korean soldiers and deprived prisoners wondering if they can survive into the next day.
The musical is about a North Korean woman's fall from a dancing revolutionary hero to a tortured inmate along with her family at Yoduk prison camp, where she bears a guard's child, and learns to forgive her brutal captors. Songs in the musical include "You are just like germs" and "All I want is rice". The producers hope audiences can find beauty in the misery of life in the prison camps.
Some of South Korea's top movies have been spy thrillers where agents from the two Koreas overlook their political differences and begin to bond, or sentimental stories about families ripped apart by the political divide. But "Yoduk Story" writer, director and North Korean refugee Jung Sung-san says South Korean audiences have never really gotten a taste of the atrocities committed at the notorious political prisons in the North he was lucky enough to escape after three months. "This is not somebody else's business. This is happening just a few hours from here," Jung told reporters. "We want to convey the reality of what is happening."
Rights groups have criticized South Korea for not pressing North Korea hard enough on human rights, while Seoul said it prefers to ignore it and hope it goes away on its own quiet diplomacy with the North on the sensitive subject.
The show opens to the public on Wednesday for a 19-day run. Jung, who said he put one of his kidneys up for collateral to borrow money from a loan shark to stage the 700-million won ($714,000) production, believes he can make enough money to repay the debt and pay the cast and crew. Hmm...Alan Rickman doesn't believe in "My Name is Rachel Corrie" that much....freakin' wuss.
Jung, 37, from a relatively privileged background, was arrested for listening to a South Korean broadcast on the radio, a minor infraction for people in his class, but discipline had been tightened after the unexpected death of the communist leader, Kim Il-sung, in 1994. Jung said the South Korean government did not try to hide its unease about the production, at one point sending out agents to try to coerce him into abandoning the project. The guy put up a kidney as collateral to a loan shark....and they think "friendly persuasion" is going to make him change his mind?
South Korean officials have said Jung has the right to free speech and they do not censor theatrical productions. South Korea has seen its ties with the North improve rapidly since a unprecedented and unrepeated summit of the two Korea's leaders in 2000.
"Jung, who said he put one of his kidneys up for collateral to borrow money from a loan shark to stage the 700-million won ($714,000) production, believes he can make enough money to repay the debt and pay the cast and crew."
I am a Commie for Korea.
And I live like a king.
Searchin' all Pyongyang for that hooker to bed down.
I know that there is one here somewhere.
I have the airline ticket stub.
And the Commie for Korea, is still looking fine.
I know I need a glass of Cognac.
But the French make me pay.
And if some folks starve that's OK cause
I will feel no pain.
And I need to make some more nukes
And the ballistic missiles too.
And the Commie for Korea, is still looking fine.
And I need to make some more nukes
And the ballistic missiles too.
And the Commie for Korea, is still looking fine.
still looking fine...
still looking fine...
North Korea was having trouble, what a sad, sad story
Needed a new leader to restore its former glory
Where, Oh where was he? Where could that man be?
We looked around and then we found
The man for you and me.
And now it's..
Springtime for Kimmie and DPRK
Pyongyang is happy and gay
We're marching to a faster pace
Look out, here comes the master race
Springtime for Kimmie and DPRK
Means that soon we'll be going
We've got to be going
You know we'll be going to WAR!
Article: Jung, who said he put one of his kidneys up for collateral to borrow money from a loan shark to stage the 700-million won ($714,000) production, believes he can make enough money to repay the debt and pay the cast and crew.
He needs to set up a website with a Paypal link. I'm sure enough *Americans* will help fund his dream. Whether see-no-evil South Koreans will get anything out of it is another matter.
Rape/Brutality = love, prison = home/farm, control and wifully overworked = utopia, etc > Norkie Commie central State planning have produced engineers and bureaucrats whom don't know or don't remember how to raise food or sanitize water for the rest of starvation-happy North Korea. They can produce missles which induces CHina's PLAAF and PLAN to buzz Japan in the name of China being PC anti-North Korea/Kimmie.
South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun on Tuesday accepted the resignation of his prime minister over a round of golf that sparked allegations of influence-peddling. "President Roh expressed his intention to accept the ruling Uri Party's request" for the resignation of Prime Minister Lee Hae-Chan, said presidential spokesman Kim Man-Soo. "President Roh will not hurry to name the prime minister's successor," he said, adding that Deputy Prime Minister Han Duck-Soo would act as prime minister until then.
AUSTRALIA is threatening to reconsider its $12 billion commitment to buy up to 100 joint strike fighters unless the US agrees to share the secrets of the planes' Stealth technology.
In a dramatic escalation of the stakes over the US-led JSF program, the head of the Australian Defence staff in Washington told the powerful US Senate Armed Services Committee that Australia needed access to the technology to support the new-generation war planes.
Rear Admiral Raydon Gates said that if Australia did not win that access to information such as software codes to be able to service the fighters, Canberra's involvement was in doubt.
"Guaranteed access to necessary JSF data and technology to allow Australia to operate and support the JSF will be required before we join the next phase of the project," Admiral Gates told the committee, which is conducting two days of hearings into the JSF. Admiral Gates said if the issue was not resolved it would also have ramifications for future joint combat operations with the US.
Canberra has already expressed concern about the technology-transfer issue.
But Admiral Gates's warning adds weight to a diplomatic row that is disappointing US allies who are partners in the JSF - particularly Britain, the US's biggest partner in the development, which also wants access to the technology.
Australia is slated to spend $12billion buying up to 100 of the F-35s, which are due for delivery about 2012 to 2014 to replace its ageing F-111 and F/A-18 fleet.
It would be the biggest military procurement in Australia's history and central to Australia's defence capability for the next 30 years.
But Admiral Gates said that "overly restrictive access to United States technology could have numerous negative consequences for both of us". He said this included "forcing Australia to acquire systems elsewhere" as well as threatening the inter-operability of the warplanes in allied assaults.
He added it would "limit operational capability of Australian forces alongside US forces, and reduce the level of co-operative technological development between our governments and industries".
Admiral Gates told the senators that Australia was still committed to the JSF program as a "key element of our future defence capability, both for the defence of Australia and to contribute to future coalition operations (but) let me stress our ongoing success in terms of operations and co-operative projects, such as the JSF, are subject to timely access to necessary technology and data".
He said this kind of access was "essential for successful coalition operations, including our ongoing co-operation in Afghanistan and Iraq".
Canberra says negotiations with the Pentagon are being conducted with goodwill, with sign-off on the next phase of the JSF program due in September. But the US Congress and aircraft-maker Lockheed Martin are resisting the transfer of technology. They fear handing over the keys to the closely guarded Stealth aircraft evasion systems, particularly to industrial competitors.
Without a transfer, Australia and other JSF partners would become beholden to Lockheed Martin specialists after every sortie of the warplanes in order to work through any technology issues. Australia expects there should be a domestic capability.
The senators were told that letters between US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and then defence minister Robert Hill in 2002, when Australia joined the project, spelt out an understanding over the technology-transfer issue.
Outside the hearing, Admiral Gates played down the threat of Australia withdrawing from the program but said the technology issue was a "major concern for us", saying it "was largely about our ability to support the aircraft". He remained "confident of a good outcome".
Britain's Defence Procurement Minister, Paul Drayson, who also attended yesterday's hearing chaired by Republican John Warner, told the committee: "We are approaching important decisions that will impact on both UK and US military capability for a generation."
Lord Drayson said the US needed to understand that a mutual commitment to the JSF was dependent on Britain having "the operational sovereignty that we require".
He also told reporters that Britain's ability to buy the next-generation fighter was at risk.
"We should be absolutely clear about what our bottom line is on this matter ... we will not be able to purchase the aircraft," he said.
American taxpayers have spent hundreds of billions of dollars on stealth technology. This is before the first aircraft even rolled off the assembly line. There is no way we should be handing source code over to anyone. Even the Brits and the Australians. As far as I'm concerned, they're welcome to buy fighter aircraft from other countries. Maybe they'll get stealth technology from these suppliers.
UK is no longer an independent country, it is an appendage of the EU and will do France's bidding. France is an enemy who would give stealth to China in a nanosecond. The UK needs to decide which side it wants to be on. And so far, it has chosen Europe.
Let's remember where the Brits were last summer with selling military items to China, shall we?
They joined their PU comrades to propose lifting the ban.
Posted by: Captain America ||
03/15/2006 18:52 Comments ||
Yet another article that says more about the ignorance of the writer than it does about the subject matter. If he is referring to codes in the sense of passwords, then Australia is absolutely correct in demanding them. If he is referring to the code, i.e. the source code, then that is an entirely different matter. As a general rule only one entity should own any particular source code and I'd question why the Australians want it. If, in fact, they do, because the difference between code and codes changes the meaning of most of the article.
And BTW, the headline and first sentence are highly misleading, since the issue appears to be about the aircraft's systems, not its stealth technology.
Australia has said it will not get involved if China invades Taiwan and the US intervenes. I don't know if this means that the US will not be able to use its bases in Australia. But it sure doesn't make me want to risk handing over stealth technology to Australia.
For example, Britain is seeking full independent maintainability and control over its F-35 fighters - and one of the most critical and contested areas lies in the plane's massive software source code. Since software will run so many aspects of the F-35's operations, access to the source code is necessary in order to debug many flaws, and may be required to integrate new weapons.
At the same time, the plane's dependence on software makes protecting the securtity of that source code an absolute must. To have even parts of it fall into hostile hands could be a disaster of the first magnitude. On the American side, there is also the quasi-protectionist angle of not wishing to have others copy the software and develop spin-off products in future that are based on US work. Even attempting to scrutinize that would be a challenge, however, and creates intrusiveness, approval, and friction problems of its own.
Article: On the American side, there is also the quasi-protectionist angle of not wishing to have others copy the software and develop spin-off products in future that are based on US work.
Quasi-protectionist angle? There's nothing protectionistic about retaining sole access to proprietary intellectual property on which one has spent hundreds of billions of dollars. Levying high tariffs on imports - that's protectionistic. Not handing out your source code to your competitors - that's merely keeping a tight rein on your personal property.
Federal Social Integration Minister Christian Dupont has announced plans to combat the problem of mothers and children begging on Belgian city streets.
The announcement was welcomed by Socialist SP.A MP Dalila Douifi, who has raised concerns about the issue.
Distressing scenes of mothers seen begging with babies in their arms particularly during the past few days of freezing cold have sparked renewed concerns. Research indicates that these babies face enormous health risks and they are often given too much cough syrup. International law bans exposing children to extreme circumstances, such as cold weather.
Now THAT's policymaking as it ought to be done. Overuse of cough syrup is clearly a key issue here. It's a good thing there's an international law we can reference, too. Otherwise we'd have to use common sense and compassion.
After raising the matter with Interior Minister Patrick Dewael and Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx, Douifi has since shared her concerns with Minister Dupont.
Dupont subsequently announced on Tuesday that he will deploy 12 intercultural mediators to approach the beggars.
"The intercultural aspect is not unimportant. For example, the Roma do not always want to be helped. That is part of their culture," Douifi said.
One wonders if the Gypsies are the main source of begging in Belgium, or if they are merely one of the groups Belgians feel comfortable looking down on publicly. As opposed to more ... vigorous ... immigrants.
The mediators will be deployed in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Liège and Charleroi.
Douifi also said there have been positive developments in Antwerp, where city authorities demand that school age children actually attend school. When the children start attending school, their parents are then granted social security.
"The problem is very complex: often it is a combination of repressive, preventative and remedial approach that is necessary. The measures from Minister Dupont are the start of a solution," Douifi said.
The Socialist SP.A minister also stressed that using children for the purposes of begging is a criminally prosecutable offence.
The cough syrup would contain codeine and probably antihistamines for a powerful sedative effect- resulting in a dramatically floppy baby to wave around. In other words, serious and possibly fatal child abuse.
I think the kids have a bigger problem than that if their parents are using them for begging in the middle of a Euro welfare state. The cough syrup (if it is indeed codeine based - are those easy to get in Belgium? they're prescription-only in the States) and the cold are only the visible indicators of a deeper problem here.
Interior Minister Patrick Dewael came out in support again of economic migration at an international conference on immigration in Brussels Wednesday.
The Liberal VLD minister said the aging population will lead to a shortage of workers in Europe, a problem which could be solved by controlled migration.
Dewael said decisions must be made on which country needs which workers and economic migrants would have to undergo specific training and education prior to immigrating.
He said a controlled system of migration would have benefits for both Europe and developing nations over a given timeframe, news service VRT reported on Wednesday.
"I think that if you do it in an organised manner, you will also see people return to those lands. You are seeing that at the moment, for example, with India," Dewael said. "Secondly, there is a transfer of resources from those people to their countries of origin, which also benefits the economy."
Dewael was speaking at a two-day international conference on immigration in Brussels.
The conference is jointly sponsored by Belgium, the World Bank, the European Commission and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). It seeks to "create synergies between migration and development".
It will also discuss the contribution of migrants to the development of their home countries, investments, trade opportunities and the transfer of competencies and knowledge.
bigjim - You may be joking, but I truly think that may well be Europe's answer to their "problem" (since they won't make their own babies and are beginning to wake up to the problem caused by their present "immigrants" and their children).
They could import lots of Mexican and South Americans AND their families - legally - pay their way over and give them, say, 2 months of support to get set up and get jobs.
The Mexicans would work hard and not burn cars.
Then cut off the welfare to the troublemakers and, when they go ape, ship them back where they came from.
Win-win for everyone.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
03/15/2006 18:31 Comments ||
Nah, the Jihadis combat everyone - not just the old (though they do prefer the helpless).
The European Parliament are set to adopt on Tuesday a resolution - endorsed by a record number of MPs from across the political spectrum - to tackle racism in football.
Boy, it's a good thing they don't have anything more serious than that to worry about...
The declaration calls on football governing bodies, leagues, clubs, players and fans to do more to fight racism in football, ahead of the World Cup taking place in Germany in June. A total 423 out of 732 MEPs have now signed the declaration, a spokesman for Dutch Socialist MEP Emine Bozkurt, one of five MEPs who initiated the resolution, told Adnkronos International (AKI). It urges the European football association UEFA and other competition organisers to take a tougher sanctions against racist abuse on and off the pitch, and demands new powers for referees.
The UN war crimes court closed the book Tuesday on the historic genocide trial of Slobodan Milosevic as the son of the former Yugoslav leader arrived in the Netherlands to pick up his father's remains. In Belgrade, a Serb court dropped an arrest warrant for the widow of Slobodan Milosevic, an official of Milosevic's party said, in a move that could allow her to attend his funeral if he is buried in Serbia.
The Republican Party has wondered what's taking Democrats so long to unveil their election-year agenda. Amid press reports that it will happen any day now, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday offered what amounts to a draft version. Americans who find it hard to make ends meet may like the promises they hear from the Democrats. But the companies that employ such Americans may not like the plan. In any case, the Republican Party says the Democrats' real agenda involves the censure and possible impeachment of President George W. Bush.
In a speech to the Communications Workers of America on Tuesday, Pelosi mentioned Democrats' opposition to outsourcing. She said Democrats will end tax subsidies for companies that send jobs overseas.
She also said Democrats support the "right of all Americans to organize," a sentiment that goes over well with labor unions such as the CWA. To protect workers who want to join unions, Pelosi said Democrats are "fighting" to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) in the House and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in the Senate. "The bill will guarantee that when a majority of workers in a company want a union, they will get a union," Pelosi said.
Democrats also support an increase in the minimum wage. Pelosi, describing the income of corporate American CEOs as "immoral," used Wal-Mart to make her point:
"I was told that an entry level person at Wal-Mart, who works his or her entire career at Wal-Mart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks. A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite -- this is not America, this is not fairness, this is not the basis of a strong middle class that is essential for our democracy. We must change that in our country," she said.
"From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs", eh Nancy?
Pelosi also mentioned the Democrats' "Innovation Agenda" to maintain America's leadership role in the global economy. America lags behind other countries that have universal broadband deployment, Pelosi said; but the Democrats' agenda "guarantees" that every American will have affordable access to broadband within five years.
...and a pony!
"We also believe that the nationwide deployment of high speed, always-on broadband and Internet and mobile communications will fuel the development of millions of new jobs in the United States," Pelosi said.
Democrats support "energy independence" within ten years;
Unless it means drilling for oil...
health care for all American within five years;
and "dignified retirement" (no privatization of Social Security) through an "AmeriSave" plan.
"In order to make any of these victories, we must have one important victory first -- we have to win in November," Pelosi told the CWA. "And win we will, because the American people want change," she added. (Pelosi then mentioned the Republican "culture of corruption, cronyism, and incompetence" in Washington.)
Pelosi attacked Republicans for writing a prescription drug bill that has seniors "paying higher prices on drugs at the pharmacy"; she mentioned an energy bill "that gives obscene subsidies to oil companies" that raise prices for consumers; and she mentioned "tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America" who "certainly don't need them." Pelosi also mentioned the high cost of college tuition and the cost of the Iraq war. "America's working families simply cannot afford George Bush and this Rubber Stamp Congress," Pelosi said.
"Democrats stand for "real security," Pelosi said, including port security. "We must have 100 percent screening of our containers that come into our ports," she said.
By union inspectors....
She also said real security means giving troops the equipment they need to keep them safe in a war zone.
But I thought you wanted to pull them out of these war zones?
Democrats have the issues and the strategy, Pelosi told the CWA -- and "we're going to have this unified message that we put out there, making a stance on the issues because there are so many of them." She did not say exactly when that will happen.
According to Pelosi, Democrats are "about the future" and making it "better for the next generation."
But the Republican Party says Democrats are about censure and impeachment. As Democrats keep promising to introduce their 2006 policy agenda and the date keeps slipping, look what's been happening, the Republican National Committee said on its website:
On Monday, Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, introduced a resolution to censure a sitting president in a time of war - "over a program that is successfully stopping terrorists," the RNC said. And Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced a resolution that would create a select committee "to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment" of President Bush. The Conyers resolution, introduced in December, now has 29 Democratic co-sponsors, the RNC said. Democrat incumbents are in full defensive mode for the mid-terms. "Go! Team! Go! Minimize our losses! Let's keep down that over/under! Block that point spread!"
To protect workers who want to join unions, Pelosi said Democrats are "fighting" to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) in the House and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in the Senate. "The bill will guarantee that when a majority of workers in a company want a union, they will get a union," Pelosi said.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that already the law?
And what about the folks who don't want to join a union? Are they free not to?
Posted by: Robert Crawford ||
03/15/2006 10:57 Comments ||
Robert, in a few words, yes it is already law and no they are not free not to. Once a Union is organized at a particular place they then have the clout to demand a closed shop, which means either you join the Union or you don't work there. One reason I'm not a fan of Unions. I wonder where all the money to pay for all these programs will come from? Increased taxes? Increased tarrifs on imported goods? Tax the Rich to feed the Poor until there are no Rich no more.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
03/15/2006 11:16 Comments ||
Well, it kind of depends on the state if they have to belong to one, too. Arizona is a "right to work" state, and even if there was a union, there was generally no requirement to join it.
I wonder how their plan aims to change that, if at all.
"A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite -- this is not America, this is not fairness"
The Dems want equal outcome, not equal opportunity.
America is about fairnes of opportunity.
Nancy, LIFE isnt fair. Some people are born with the wrong genes ans die soon. Some die in wars. Some are killed in the womb before ever having a chance to draw a breath all for the "conveninece" of theer mother.
If all you can do is work in Walmart at the lowest end job they have for 40 year, then you are nto the sort that could ever *create* new wealth on the scale of a Walmart Executive.
In other words, In the Dem's world of class woarfare:
No matter how much you excel you cannot be allowed to make much more than the lowest.
Nancy, they had this once - its called Communism, and it doesn't work.
Desert Blondie: It sounds like they want to make a National law requiring unions if the majority want it. That way, States won't have a say-so, I guess. One of the reasons (in my book) why Wal-Mart's doing so well is because it doesn't have a Union. Sounds like San Fran-Nan wants to take that determination from the States and give it to the Feds.
By making the Employee Free Choice Act one of their core tenants its clear the Democrats are already in public fellation mode with Big Labor. There are a couple of interesting proposals in this legislation. Through mandatory neutrality agreements it will allow union organizers unfettered access to all companies and to all employees even while on the clock. Most troubling is the Card-check proposal. If there is a majority of signatures through this process the union will be the exclusive bargainer for the employees. Through the union authorization card process it means that employees will never get to cast a secret ballot for or against the union. I guess the union bigwigs feel that confidential voting is somehow un-democratic.
Did someone say a broadband equipped pony? Why not, it's California isn't it? And a govenment tit for everyone?
Posted by: Captain America ||
03/15/2006 17:33 Comments ||
Dem Socialist Pie in the sky. 40 acres and a mule. Who is going to pay for it? Since the Donk agenda is a draft, say 35% submittal, they do not have to put the cost and the means to pay for it in right now. Watch the 65% and 95% submittals. They will not have the taxes required to feed this monster in their platform, either.
Of course, the republicrats have not been having any financial discipline either. I sure would like to see and independent movement happen, and boot both parasite parties out, but that is pie in the sky too. Ima so depressed.......
Posted by: Alaska Paul back home again ||
03/15/2006 17:36 Comments ||
Democrats and Liberals are all for free speech, as long as you are saying what they want to hear. If not you are automatically a "racist", a "homophobe", an "islamophobe", some sort of "supremacist", a "Nazi", or oddly enough as it is for libs to use the word, a "Zionist". Free speech works both ways, you can't just restrict it to liberal agenda viewpoints.
So, you shouldn't be an islamophobe, but you should come out to block the UAE port deal while your husband receives money for consulting services to Dubai on the very same issue. That's Democrat, that's Liberal skullduggery, and that is the same kind of thinking that perpetuates the need of things like affirmative action.
This article is filled with so much doublethink it makes my head hurt.
Its 'inapproprate' to host a bake sale protesting affirmitive action.
But its ok to harass participants (by other studends and the faculty), threat them with physical injury (no referral to the anti-harassment policy needed since its being done by the left its ok....).
Claims that their policies are non-racist and then in the following paragraph: I find troubling is that the protest was intentionally located across from the universitys Cultural Center, a place where our students of color organize numerous enriching events for the campus community Isn't referring to them as 'students of color' racist in itself?
What has occurred has been another example of political correctness run amok at DePaul. A small group of students engaged in a relatively innocuous public protest of affirmative action and as a result they were investigated for a possible case of harassment, had their organization censured and penalized by the university, were tricked into being subjected to a two hour public bashing at the hands of several faculty members and in front of about a hundred jeering students, were publicly scolded [Transation: Harassed...] for the bake sale by the university president in an email to every member of the DePaul community, were the victims of a crude attempt to falsely brand them as the perpetrators of a nasty incident of racist graffiti and when it they were cleared of this charge the school administration, knowing that this was a hoax, suggested to the media that their bake sale had contributed to the atmosphere that led to the graffiti.
MUZAFFARABAD: An earthquake measuring at 5.0 on the Richter scale jolted Muzaffarabad and surrounding areas at 8:30 pm on Tuesday. According to details, the tremor prompted the people to come out of their tents.
Police have arrested a quake refugee who allegedly sold his three daughters to two couples. Mohammad Shafique, a resident of Muzaffarabad, has been living at relief camp No 193 in Sector H-11 since November. His wife and eight children were killed in the October 8 earthquake. Sources told Daily Times that Shafique, with the connivance of camp manager Azmatullah, sold his three daughters Sonia, 3, Ulfat, 5 and Riffat, 8 to two couples for Rs 300,000.
3's a little young, but 5 and 8 are gettin' up there to Pashtun marryin' age...
Sources said that Shafique also gave a share of money to the camp manager and disappeared from the camp along with his two sons, Amir and Saqib.
"Let's go, boyz! We're off to gay Karachi!"
Fauzia, an official of the United Nations Fund for Children, learned of the incident. Sources said that police arrested the accused from Muzaffarabad. Acting SSP Asim Gulzar told Daily Times that DSP Jameel Hashmi was investigating the matter. However, he ruled out that the children were not sold.
A false tsunami warning allegedly sparked by a "fake prophet" sent thousands of villagers fleeing their homes and has affected resorts south of Manila yesterday, officials said. Local officials said most of the evacuees were from the coastal towns of Nasugbu and Lian, which the man reportedly claiming to be an occultist said would bear the brunt of the tsunami.
Nasugbu Mayor Antonio Barcelon told reporters that up to 40,000 of the evacuees were from the barangays of Balaytigue, Bukana, Calayo, Natipuhan, Papaya, and Wawa in his town. Mayor Osita Vergara of Lian said the tsunami scare also affected residents from the villages of Balibago, Buyubusan, Luyahan, Lumanyag and Matabungkay and San Diego in her municipality. "They started leaving their houses Monday midnight as rumors of an oncoming tsunami spread like wildfire," she said in Filipino.
Local reports said an unidentified old man who claimed to be a prophet had warned that a tsunami would hit the Batangas shoreline 13 days after a minor quake was felt in the area last March 1. They described the rumor-monger as a "male vagabond clad in a white gown and carrying a wooden stick."
Looks realistic to me. I'm not sure that the buy/sell strategy will do much good in the case of a real pandemic, though -- given their high stress jobs and crowded working conditions, the exchange floors traders are likely the first to succumb after the illegal aliens sleeping in shifts in sweatshop back rooms.
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.