Posts Tagged ‘news’

er.. ok let me explain…

November 13, 2008

As an extinction of what I touched on in last weeks “From a Red State Looking Into a Blue World”. One has to realize, that the South as a whole and as a culture is always at least 30 years behind everybody else in North America. We’re just stubborn that way.

Thanks to Madhouse reporter Kokanee for these and to keep reminding me of where I live. Thanks Kok for breaking the fantasy!

Is there an editor in the house? (Or is this OK in Tennessee?)

One reader took at look at “Ode to President Obama” and wrote in the comments section: “Please don’t put this kind of crap in your paper again.” (Poynter Online)

Cop quits after partying with pal dressed in KKK outfit

A rookie police officer has resigned after photos surfaced of him posing at a Halloween costume party with a friend dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member as the men give Nazi-like salutes. (San Francisco Chronicle)

(Oh, I love this one. Texas is more red neck then TN will ever be.)

Texas newspaper doesn’t bother reporting Obama’s victory

“We covered the local commissioner’s race. We thought that was more important,” says the publisher of the Terrell Tribune. (WFAA.com)


Texas coach warns players about “dangerous” Facebook

It’s only dangerous when his players post stupid things like, “All the hunters gather up, we have a — in the White House.” (A comments poster says the word used was “coon.”) (Houston Chronicle)

It was only 50 years ago that most of the country wasn’t much different. It take a couple of generations out to really see progress on a grand scale like this. The separate but equal living as just yesterday to many still.



*UPDATE:

Just a quick mention. I just went downstairs and somebody had one of those Country Music Awards shows on the TV. Who want to bet that that industry will go into the shitter in 2 years?

NEWS Cruise ship attacked by pirates used sonic weapon against them

October 25, 2008

Thanks to Kokanee for finding me this one….

I am sending this one to Mike also because it would be something out of the Dr. Who show.  How long will it be before the police start using this for crowd control?



Cruise ship attacked by pirates used sonic weapon

By John Pain, Associated Press
MIAMI — The crew of a luxury cruise ship used a sonic weapon that blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam while being attacked by a gang of pirates off Africa this weekend, the cruise line said Monday.

The Seabourn Spirit had a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, installed as a part of its defense systems, said Bruce Good, a spokesman for Miami-based Seabourn Cruise Line. The Spirit was about 100 miles off Somalia when pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns as they tried to get onboard.

The subsidiary of Carnival Corp. was investigating whether the weapon was successful in warding off the pirates, he said. The ship’s captain also changed its course, shifted into high speed and headed out into the open sea to elude the pirates, who were in two small boats, he said. He had no further details.

Device maker American Technology Corp. said earsplitting “bangs” were directed by trained security personnel toward the pirates. That, combined with ship maneuvers, caused the attackers to leave the area, the company said.The LRAD is a so-called \u0026quot;non-lethal weapon\u0026quot; developed for the U.S. military after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen as a way to keep operators of small boats from approaching U.S. warships.The military version is a 45-pound, dish-shaped device that can direct a high-pitched, piercing tone with a tight beam. Neither the  operators or others in the immediate area are affected.American Technology, based in San Diego, compares its shrill tone to that of smoke detectors, only much louder. It can be as loud as about 150 decibels, while smoke alarms are about 80 to 90 decibels The devices have been deployed on commercial and naval vessels worldwide since summer 2003, the company said.

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The LRAD is a so-called “non-lethal weapon” developed for the U.S. military after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen as a way to keep operators of small boats from approaching U.S. warships.

The military version is a 45-pound, dish-shaped device that can direct a high-pitched, piercing tone with a tight beam. Neither the LRAD’s operators or others in the immediate area are affected.

American Technology, based in San Diego, compares its shrill tone to that of smoke detectors, only much louder. It can be as loud as about 150 decibels, while smoke alarms are about 80 to 90 decibels.

The devices have been deployed on commercial and naval vessels worldwide since summer 2003, the company said.