awkward – fearless

in Russia, the re-enactments are real…..

I guess this would be too hard to do in a real helicopter

Doomsday scenarios

Up till now Peak Oil has been the preserve of the lunatic fringe.  Not anymore.  Shell finds the issue so pressing that they have taken the unprecedented move of releasing a publicly available discussion paper on the topic, which examines various scenarios leading up to the year 2050.  None of them are good. Most worrying [...]


sky diving without a plane

How to enrage your enemy 101

The US government, no doubt aware of the prohibition on any depiction of the prophet in Islam, has been constructing a device able to ” beam a massive, lifelike hologram over a battlefield, projecting the image of some deity “to incite fear in soldiers on a battlefield,””.  The logic behind this seems a little muddled. [...]

life in New York….

Its always worth a visit to Passive Aggressive notes

accident prone

Ion9, has a compelling collection of nuclear annihilation anecdotes, for those who enjoy reading about just how insanely close we have come to killing vast numbers of people by accident.
This is how NORAD learned not to run computer simulations of Soviet nuclear attacks on the systems used to respond to actual Soviet nuclear attacks. The missile defense agency received [...]

Death Ray

‘It felt like I had a chemical burn. I couldn’t imagine why my head was burning,’ he said.
‘Within 30 seconds, the back of my legs were burning. My first though was, ‘Jesus, they destroyed the ozone layer!’
Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM Resorts, which owns the Vdara hotel, said they were aware of the issue [...]

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