Daily Archives: February 15, 2007

X-Hawk Fancraft Like Blade Runner Flying Car?

Technovelgy | Feb 6, 2007 

The X-Hawk is an interesting vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft under development in Israel. Rafi Yoeli hopes to market his X-Hawk by 2010.

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(X-Hawk Fancraft VTOL aircraft)

The Fancraft is the military version of the X-Hawk aircraft. It would be used primarily as a troop carrier. The X-Hawk team is working with Textron’s Bell Helicopters to try to bring the Fancraft version to market.

Yoeli sees the X-Hawk as being more like a futuristic “truck” (as opposed to a flying car); X-Hawk could land vertically and take off with people in trouble, or ferry troops and rescue workers into problem areas.

“I do believe that the X-Hawk is more than a business opportunity,” says Yoeli. “I see this as the forerunner to a new family of vehicles. Our vision is that there is a clear need for a craft that can operate in confined areas, particularly urban environments, to take people out of harm’s way and in some cases into harm’s way for certain missions.

“It is a craft that would be able to fly below rooftop level, in situations that are currently incompatible with existing platforms.”

Readers have remarked on the similarity between the X-Hawk Fancraft and the flying police cars from the 1982 movie Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott.

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(Blade Runner car from underneath)

See more pictures of the flying car from Blade Runner. Read a bit more at Flying car seen as solution for rescue and X-Hawk: revolutionary, modular VTOL aircraft. Thanks to Zac Hunter for pointing this one out. Scroll down for more stories in the same category.

Debris Cloud From Chinese ASAT A Menace To Space Lanes

Technovelgy | Feb 6, 2007 

The debris cloud from the recent Chinese anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test has circled the globe, forming what experts declare to be a menace to any craft or satellite in low earth orbit.

The Chinese ASAT, a ballistic missile tipped with a destructive device, was launched on January 11th, 2007. It destroyed an old weather satellite – the Fengyun-1C spacecraft. As of today, the US military’s Space Surveillance Network has cataloged or is tracking more than 900 bits of debris from the explosion that are at least ten centimeters in diameter.

However, the total number of objects from this single incident reaches into the tens of thousands. NASA estimates that the number of debris fragments larger than one centimeter exceeds 35,000.

“Any of these debris has the potential for seriously disrupting or terminating the mission of operational spacecraft in low Earth orbit. This satellite breakup represents the most prolific and serious fragmentation in the course of 50 years of space operations,” said NASA’s Nicholas Johnson, Chief Scientist for Orbital Debris at the space agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

The cloud extends from less than 125 miles to more than 2,292 miles; this range encompasses all of low Earth orbit. Chief Scientist Johnson states that ““This satellite breakup represents the most prolific and serious fragmentation in the course of 50 years of space operations.”

According experts quoted in the New York Times today, the Chinese ASAT test brought closer the danger of chain reaction, or cascade, of collision events in which fragments collide with each other, creating even more objects. This would precipitate what has been called the Kessler Syndrome, after Donald J. Kessler, a former head of the orbital debris program at NASA, in which launches from Earth would become impossibly dangerous owing to the risk of collision.

Thousands of secret police to enforce smoking ban

BBC News | Feb 15, 2007   

Brits, you live in an Orwellian police state and the Big Government tyranny just keeps expanding. This is the East German Stasi approach to controlling the behavior of citizens. The only thing that will stop people smoking is education. I recommend reading “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr whose system is recognized as one of the most effective in the world. Quitting is a process of psychological deprogramming mainly. The book goes into this process at length.

If the UK government really wanted people to stop, first, they would shut down the tobacco industry which is literally poisoning and killing millions of people around the world who are addicted to their drug — and it is a highly addictive drug worse than heroin. Then they would provide free smoking cessation clinics, free books, CDs and DVDs and advertise these widely in the media and throughout public spaces. But no, instead they are using millions of pounds to police people’s personal behavior with what amounts to a public health Gestapo. This is pure evil!

Big Government destroys liberty. The real goal is to enslave the masses and overrun human freedom and they are doing a bang up job of it. It is the same with terrorism. They don’t want to stop terror because they ARE the terrorists. They don’t want to stop drug addiction because they are the pushers. It is all about power and control and nothing else. Do not be deceived.

PW

They will have the power to enter premises undercover, allowing them to sit among drinkers, and will even be able to photograph and film people.

Thousands of council officers will be enforcing the ban

Thousands of council staff are being trained to police the smoking ban in bars, restaurants and shops in England.

Ministers have given councils £29.5m to pay for staff, who will be able to give on-the-spot £50 fines to individuals and take court action against premises.

They will have the power to enter premises undercover, allowing them to sit among drinkers, and will even be able to photograph and film people.

The smoking ban is due to come into force on 1 July. It covers virtually all enclosed public places including offices, factories, pubs and bars. But neither outdoor space nor private homes will be affected.

“These officers do not have to identify themselves when they go into premises and they can even film and photograph people to gather evidence although this may not be appropriate in many cases.

“There will be two ways of doing this, either staff can go in and identify themselves to the landlord, but they don’t have to.”

In Nottingham, there will be about 30 officers patrolling the city, composed of new staff and existing environmental health officers.

But the council is also exploring the possibility of getting street wardens, who currently aid the local police force, to help ensure the ban is effectively enforced.

Steve Dowling, director of environment and public protection at Nottingham City Council, said: “We have about 100 wardens and they could keep an eye on whether people are smoking in pubs as they go about their other duties.

“But it is not just about pubs and restaurants.

“We will also be looking at the likes of car garages and shops are complying as well.”

‘A sledgehammer’

In Liverpool, there will be a core team of about 20 to 25 staff keeping an eye on public places, although in the first few days after the start of the ban the council is planning to do a mass patrol of the city with 200 staff.

Liverpool City Council official Andy Hull said: “We want to make our presence felt from the start, and while we will probably just issue warnings on the first day, we won’t be afraid of making an example of people or businesses if they try to make a stand.”

And across Wales, where the smoking ban comes into force in April, 500 officers will be carrying out inspections after councils received just under £3m.

But Simon Clark, director of smokers’ lobby group Forest, said: “The idea of getting public officials to snoop on people is distasteful and disproportionate.

“It is like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Smokers will abide by the law so it will be a complete waste of public money.”

And a spokesman for the British Beer and Pub Association added the approach was too “heavy-handed and elaborate”, especially when the experience in Scotland, which has already introduced a ban, is considered.

Family meals may help children eat well

Scotsman | Feb 14,  2007 

More profound wisdom from the health bureaucracy. Again, common sense should be self-explanatory, yet it has to be brought up over and over to neutralize the noise and disinformation we get living in the New World Order system. But ask why the kids aren’t eating right in the first place. First, the parents are scrambling so furiously to pay the bills that they barely have time to spend with the kids. Then at the end of the day, they are too spent to cook a decent meal for them, so they take them out to McDonalds. The kids eat sugary cereals for breakfast, and are fed junk food at the schools which end up having them more of the time than the parents do. But this is deliberately set up to effectively take over the children and train them to be good slaves — dumb, fat, bouncing off the walls and filled with happy-pills, enjoying their servitiude.

PW

CHILDREN who snack among a large groups of friends eat up to 30 per cent more than those in smaller groups, according to new research.

Youngsters ate more when in a group of nine children than when they were in a group of three, the study found.
The research, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood by researchers at the University of Michigan said the findings could help families to control their child’s weight.

Children who are overweight may eat more in busy environments, such as fast food restaurants, while those who under-eat could be encouraged to consume more during family mealtimes, according to the research.

Waivers to Army recruits with criminal backgrounds double from 2003 to 2006

Raw Story | Feb 13, 2007   

The number of waivers granted to Army recruits with criminal backgrounds has doubled in three years, according to press reports on data released by the Defense Department.

“The Army and Marine Corps are letting in more recruits with criminal records, including some with felony convictions, reflecting the increased pressure of five years of war and its mounting casualties,” Lolita C. Baldor reports for the Associated Press.

In Wednesday’s New York Times, Lizette Alvarez notes that “the number of waivers the military granted to Army recruits with criminal backgrounds has nearly doubled in the past three years, jumping to more than 8,000 in 2006 from about 4,900 in 2003, Department of Defense records show.”

“In the past few years, the Army has employed a range of tactics to expand its diminishing pool of recruits,” Alvarez adds. “It has offered larger cash bonuses for enlisting, allowed more high school dropouts and applicants with low scores on the Army’s aptitude test to join, and loosened weight and age restrictions.”

The Creeping Fascism of Global Warming Hysteria

Prison Planet | Feb 13, 2007  

Man-made orthodoxy is a dogma of coercion, bias, and junk science

The hoax of the doctrine of man-made global warming that is being foisted upon the world by decree, and the junk science that is manipulated to support it, represents a creeping fascism whose agenda to stifle open debate betrays the fact that climate change hysteria is a farce intended to crush freedoms and further centralize global power.

In an interview with a Czech newspaper , Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic blamed the “whip of political correctness” for preventing more scientists and statesmen from going public with their skepticism on man-made global warming. This is precisely what we have arrived at, in a bizarre vacuum of common sense and without any attribution, the establishment and the controlled left have managed to squash reasoned two-sided debate about global warming by coating their argument with the nebulous claim that expressing disagreement is somehow bigoted, backward and even racist.

The very fact that the man-made advocates have to introduce such a far distant concept as race into a debate about scientific climate change makes it self-evident that their argument is inherently weak and vulnerable.

In an article we published in November about global warming being primarily caused by the sun, we commented somewhat tongue in cheek that people who express doubts about global warming would soon be compared to holocaust deniers by the media and other self-appointed cultural kingpins who demand total adherence to orthodox religion style beliefs about climate change.