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What vehicles make up the Presidential motorcade? - image

The Presidential Motorcade travels like a giant mechanized centipede, each vehicle has a specialized role while some are just a shell game, hiding where the President is sitting Others are military counter measures and some are for medical or for assorted hanger ons I imagine that these are just the visible aspects at the time, there are helicopters, and also people along the route Its a big event to move a president

Libyan security drag away woman appealing to reporters for help - video

Scary Libyan secret police, some disguised as hotel workers, grab a woman appealing for help after being raped at checkpoint and drag her away despite the reporters attempts to protect her A Libyan woman from Benghazi who identified herself as Eman al-Obeidy pushed her way into Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel, which houses members of the foreign press, asking to speak with reporters from Reuters and The New York Times “Look at what the Qaddafi men did to me,” she said, before proceeding to reveal

Pilot talks about landing in Japan during the earthquake - a great read

"I'm currently still in one piece, writing from my room in the Narita crew hotel It's 8am This is my inaugural trans-pacific trip as a brand new, recently checked out, international 767 Captain and it has been interesting, to say the least, so far I've crossed the Atlantic three times so far so the ocean crossing procedures were familiar By the way, stunning scenery flying over the Aleutian Islands Everything was going fine until 100 miles out from Tokyo and in the descent for arriv

Japanese gangsters send 100's of tons of aid to Tsunami and radiation victims

The worst of times sometimes brings out the best in people, the Japanese mafia, the yakuza, are sending significant amounts of aid to those in need Hours after the first shock waves hit, two of the largest crime groups went into action, opening their offices to those stranded in Tokyo, and shipping food, water, and blankets to the devastated areas in two-ton trucks and whatever vehicles they could get moving The day after the earthquake the Inagawa-kai the third largest organized cri

Animated radiation heat map from Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex Japan - ani image

This is amazing, an animated radiation heat map from Japans Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex showing the huge plume of radiation spewing across the ocean Unfortunately I can't find the original source for this image, but it comes from [url=http://wwwredditcom/r/pics/comments/g5kp6/this_animated_radiation_heatmap_of_japan_is/ ]Reddit[/url] from the URL its from http://wwwspiegelde/international/ another one http://tvrepubblicait/copertina/il-viaggio-della-nube-radioattiva/64236vi

Japan has a track record of covering up nuclear accidents and problems with equipment

In a newly released diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks, politician Taro Kono, a high-profile member of Japan's lower house, told US diplomats that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry – the Japanese government department responsible for nuclear energy – has been "covering up nuclear accidents and obscuring the true costs and problems associated with the nuclear industry" Read the [url=http://wwwguardiancouk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/175295]Wikileak US cable[/url]

North Korea using GPS jamming to mess with military exercises

The dastardly North Koreans used jamming equipment to block South Korean military communication devices last week amid high tension over the joint drills between Seoul and Washington Although this seems serious in a real war I imagine the jamming stations would be the first target, just not with GPS enabled bombs Yonhap news agency said strong jamming signals sent across the border on Friday had caused minor disruptions to phones and navigational devices using GPS Global Positioning Syst

Pakistan tried to trade imprisoned CIA agent for Al Qaeda neuroscientist

Pakistan offered to trade a CIA contractor currently jailed in that country for a Pakistani neuroscientist imprisoned as an al Qaeda operative According to a senior American administration official and a Pakistani official involved in the negotiations to free CIA contractor Raymond Davis, the Pakistani government proposed trading Davis for Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-educated Pakistani neuroscientist currently serving 86 years in federal prison for attempted murder The offer was immediately

Dutch soldiers captured by Pro Gaddafi forces accused of being spies

Leaders of the Netherlands' main political parties had been told in advance about the failed evacuation operation in which three soldiers were captured by pro-Gaddafi forces The three troops landed near the port of Sirte to pick up a Dutchman and another European citizen who were working in Libya News agency ANP said sources had confirmed that the government had let various party members know about the situation but had stressed the need to keep the information secret A special 'secr

The bloodthirsty world of Liberia - video series

Founded by the United states its a country of extreme lawlessness and violence Where 'eat or be eaten' is a literal truth A great video series of the search for the lost warlords of Liberia The series starts with the depravity of human life, but nearer the end it shows that there is a future, even for Liberia [flash=640x505]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/3b115XlJz4wfs=1[/flash] [flash=640x505]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/t4Ms3BDKBiIfs=1[/flash] [flash=640x505]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/vv

Revolution will not help the Arab world find prosperity and security

The unrest in the Arab world is being fueled by massive economic problems, as young populations, who are facing a grim future, vent their frustration on the streets But economists argue that the region's opposition movements may not be acting in the best interests of the youth In Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and on Wednesday Yemen, Arab leaders are being forced to appear humble in public The pressure of the population and the fury of the young people, who are propelled into action by unemploym

Rush Limbaugh thinks journalists being attacked in Egypt is funny, until he finds out Fox journalists are involved.

Rush Limbaugh is an awful individual and commentator on Fox He mocked the journalists who were being rounded up in Egypt until he learned, later in his program, that Fox journalists were also beaten up So its funny when its liberal journalists, but a tragedy when its conservative journalists [quote]LIMBAUGH: Ladies and gentlemen, it is being breathlessly reported that the Egyptian army --- Snerdley, have you heard this The Egyptian army is rounding up foreign journalists I mean, even two

Somali pirates now using hijacked ships to launch attacks

Somali pirates are using already hijacked ships to launch their hijack attempts on other ships Why doesn't the navy use the same thing, vulnerable looking civilian ships with weapons and military on board to entice pirates Somali pirates' use of "mother ships" to attack their prey is complicating foreign navies' efforts to improve safety in the Indian Ocean, a senior anti-piracy commander said Jan 14 Somalia's expanding army of pirates are increasingly launching their attacks fr

The Christmas Nativity story as told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google - video

In tune with the social media era here is a video that tells the Christmas story through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google, among other popular media tools [flash=640x390]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/GkHNNPM7pJA[/flash] "The Digital Story of the Nativity" begins with a Google search of "the story of the Nativity" The user then clicks on Google maps to locate Nazareth, Israel From there, Mary receives a text message on her phone from Archangel Gabriel who tells her, "Mary, you'

US State Department stops persecuting Wikileaks for a day to proclaim ... World Press Freedom Day!

Read this hilarious excerpt from the State Departments Press Release proclaiming 2011 to be "World Press Freedom Day" with the "enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age" [quote]The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts New media has empowered citizens aro
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