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I have to give thanks to two of my friends Beth Wise and Lincoln Shaw who work at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. I follow their posts to facebook about the work they do and when I heard about a sea lion they called Silent Knight I was happy. Not so much for the sea lion as it had been shot in the face with a shotgun and was now blind, but I was happy that they got to care for him and bring him back around.I have to give thanks to two of my friends Beth Wise and Lincoln Shaw who work at the... more
"Free Bradley Manning" Rally, Quantico, Virginia. A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, Veterans for Peace, Code Pink and others protest outside of the Marine Base at Quantico, Virginia. Film by Rupert Chappelle."Free Bradley Manning" Rally, Quantico, Virginia. A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition,... more
The death of San Diego sailor Benjamin D. Rast in Afghanistan last week may have been caused by “friendly fire” from an unmanned aerial drone.
The Associated Press is reporting that Rast, a hospital corpsman, and a Marine reservist were killed when they were mistaken for insurgents Apr. 6 in southern Afghanistan.
A Predator drone fired the Hellfiremissile that killed the 23-year-old sailor and the 26-year-old Marine, in what may be the first case of American troop deaths from an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Associated Press said the two men were hit while moving toward other Marines who were under fire in Helmand province.
Reports from the field indicate that Marines who were under attack there mistook Smith and Rast for militants heading their way and called in a strike from an Air Force Predator, the news service said.
The Pentagon has said only that the incident is under investigation. The International Security Assistance Force, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, issued a statement saying that the Apr. 6 deaths were a result of friendly fire but gave no other details.
The U.S. military has used aerial drones extensively in Iraq and, now, in Afghanistan because the vehicles can stay in the air longer and operate at lower cost than manned crafts.
Rast was part of San Diego Naval Medical Center’s Expeditionary Medical Force Detachment.
After joining the Navy in April, 2009, he left San Diego in November to be a field "doc" for Marines fighting in Afghanistan.
"He was a remarkable sailor who was respected by his peers and co-workers for his integrity and strong work ethic," said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Pietro Martone, in a Navy news release. "He was frequently complimented by his patients for his outstanding customer service skills."
Rast is survived by his father and stepfather. The Navy hospital in San Diego is planning a memorial service for later this month.
'Friendly fire'...another example of the Orwellian state we live in. Pat Tillman anyone? Someone pushed a button, made a decision. Will they be held accountable or get a slap on the wrist like the Afghan kill team that murdered innocent children and posed with their corpses as trophies? Bad press for a Nobel Prize winner, unconstitutionally starting another war at the mandate of his UN masters.
Look at that picture. Could be from WWII, but it was last week. Sure, he's a hero. He didn't know that 9/11 was a staged event, perpetrated by rogue elements of our government usurped by the New World Order. And if people knew of the treason, there would be no war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya. We'd still have some rights, maybe our country wouldn't be going in the sh!tter so fast and this poor guy wouldn't have had a bomb dropped on his head by some coward with a PlayStation controller.The death of San Diego sailor Benjamin D. Rast in Afghanistan last week may have been... more
Turkish President Gül is in Indonesia for an official visits. According to the President’s office, following eight cooperation agreements signed between the two countries, during the visit.
AGREEMENTS SIGNED BETWEEN TURKEY AND INDONESIA
A Memorandum of Understanding in Technical Matters; Cooperation Agreement on Defense Industry; A Memorandum of Understanding in Cooperation between Small and Medium-Scaled Enterprises; A Memorandum of Understanding in Cultural Exchange Program; Sea Transport Agreement; A Memorandum of Understanding in Developing Labor Force; A Memorandum of Understanding in Investment Support and a Memorandum of Understanding in Cooperation on Exchange of News and Programs between Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) and the Indonesian State Television.
I have emphasized the Cooperation Agreement on Defence Industry, because according to Turkish Zaman newspaper this agreement cover sales of two Milgem class corvettes to Indonesia. I was not able to find another independent source on the internet to verify this information. Though there a few Indonesian websites confirming the signing of the above mentioned agreements between two nations.
If this news turns out to be true, then it will be big news. As it will be the first major export success for Milgem and important milestone for Turkish defense industry.
Let’s wait and see how things will develop.
Read More http://eboatz.com/blogs/entry/Indonesia-To-Buy-2-Milgem-Corvettes-From-Turkey
Builders: Istanbul Naval Shipyard
Subclasses: Ada class
Class and type: Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare
Displacement: 2,000 tonnes
Length: 99.00 m
Beam: 14.40 m
Draught: 3.75 m
Propulsion: 1 gas turbine, 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 30,000 kW (CODAG)
Speed: Economy: 15 knots
Maximum: 29+ knots
Range: 3,500 nautical miles (6,480 km) @ 15 knots
Endurance: 21 days with logistic support, 10 days autonomous
Complement: 93 including aviation officers, with accommodation for up to 104
Combat Management System: G-MSYS (GENESIS MİLGEM Savaş Yönetim Sistemi)
Search radar: SMART-S Mk2
Communication: SatCom, GPS, LAN, ECDIS/WECDIS, Link 11/16
IPMS: UniMACS 3000
Others: X-Band radar, fire control radar, navigation radar, LPI radar
and decoys: EW radar, Laser/RF systems, ASW jammers, DG, SSTD
1 x 76 mm (retractable for lower radar cross section, guidance by fire control radar and electro-optical systems), A position
2 x 12.7 mm Aselsan STAMP Stabilized Machine Gun Platform (guidance by Laser/IR/TV and electro-optical systems, automatic and manual modes), B position
8 x Harpoon (and/or RBS15 Mk.IIIand/or NSM)
21 x RAM (PDMS)
Mk.41 VLS for ESSM (TF-100 class)
2 x 324 mm Mk.32 triple launchers forMk.46 torpedoes
Hangar and platform for:
S-70B2 Seahawk ASW helicopters
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Aviation facilities: Capability of storing armaments, 20 tons of JP-5 aircraft fuel, aerial refueling (HIRF) and maintenance systemsTurkish President Gül is in Indonesia for an official visits. According to the... more
When the legendary Ms Marine Corps general Victor Krulak was a boy, his father, a jeweler, gave him two pieces of advice. The first was: “Nobody ever learned a bad habit from a horse.When the legendary Ms Marine Corps general Victor Krulak was a boy, his father, a... more
International marine scientists say that a huge coral death which has struck Southeast Asian and Indian Ocean reefs over recent months has highlighted the urgency of controlling global carbon emissions.
Link : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101020091903.htmInternational marine scientists say that a huge coral death which has struck Southeast... more
This incredible footage was caught on camera at the last round of the 2010 Superstock series http://www.p1superstock.co.uk/news/up-close-and-personal-This incredible footage was caught on camera at the last round of the 2010 Superstock... more
Portraying interesting facts about seahorses, deep sea fishes, marine plants, micro-organisms, marine products is the major objective of the site. Deep sea explorations and research has been categorically sorted out for reference. A collection of deep sea pictures and wallpapers will truly render you to the facts about sea-life if you are unknown about the mesmerizing beauty under the sea.Portraying interesting facts about seahorses, deep sea fishes, marine plants,... more
From the wall of the Malecón there is not much to look at. A blue dish that gets annoyed now and again and launches its foamy waves over its bordering avenue. There are no sailboats, just a couple of patched vessels authorized by the captain of the port. In summer, teenagers throw themselves into the warm waters, but in winter they fearfully shy away from the salt spray and cold wind. A boat plies the route from east to west each night; a shadow on the horizon preventing potential rafters from escaping across the Straits of Florida.
Just now we are in the months of the year when the coastal avenue comes to its greatest turbulence. But everything happens between the reef and the street; this vitality doesn’t even dream of extending to the wide and salty expanse on the other side. When did we start to live with our backs to the sea? At what moment did this part of the country, which is also ours, cease to belong to us? Eating fish, sailing on a yacht, looking back at the buildings from the cadence of a wave, enjoying the contrast of blues along the beginning of the first ridge. Chimeric actions in a coastal city, sharp delusions on an Island that appears to float in nothingness and not in the Caribbean.
I have the illusion that one day, in order to rent even a rowboat, it won’t be necessary to show a foreign passport. The sails will return to take over this bay, reminding us that we live in a maritime Havana, born between the cries of the corsairs and the clamor of the port. The red snapper will displace the catfish and carp on our plates and from the wall of the Malecón — our legs dangling over the limestone reef — we will greet a flotilla of boats coming and going from El Morro.From the wall of the Malecón there is not much to look at. A blue dish that... more
Buscan a un britanico por muerte de es soldado de USA
A manhunt was under way Monday in Thailand for a British kickboxer police say is believed to have killed a former U.S. Marine after provoking a barroom brawl on a tropical island.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ4lEjImpc4&playnext=1&videos=lCXlDPgL2Ac&feature=subBuscan a un britanico por muerte de es soldado de USA A manhunt was under way Monday... more
Want to slow global warming? Save a sea otter. So says Chris Wilmers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, whose team has calculated that the animals remove at least 0.18 kilograms of carbon from the atmosphere for every square metre of occupied coastal waters.
That means that if sea otters were restored to healthy populations along the coasts of North America they could collectively lock up a mammoth 1010 kg of carbon – currently worth more than $700 million on the European carbon-trading market. Wilmers explained this at the annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology in Edmonton, Canada, this month.
The figures are part of a growing realisation that predators play a crucial ecological role, promoting the growth of vegetation by controlling herbivore populations. Just as wolves benefit trees and shrubs by killing deer, sea otters allow the luxuriant growth of kelp by consuming sea urchins.
In former kelp forests that have lost their otters, Wilmers says, "all you are left with is piles of urchins and very little else".
To estimate the minimum size of the carbon sink that could be provided by sea otters in North America, Wilmers and his colleagues determined the total available habitat for kelp – rocky reefs in up to 20 metres of water – and summed the amount of carbon that would be locked up in kelp either if no otters were present, or if the animals were present throughout in populations sufficient to control sea-urchin numbers.
The true size of the sink is likely to be larger than the calculated 1010 kg, Wilmers suggests, as some carbon drawn from the atmosphere by kelp forests may find its way into the deep ocean and be sequestered for long periods.
The exact size of historical sea otter populations, before they were nearly wiped out by hunting for fur in the 18th and 19th centuries, is uncertain. But after bouncing back from the brink, the animals are now in decline once again in parts of their range. In Alaska, for example, populations have dropped from up to 125,000 in the 1970s to around 70,000 today – possibly due to a rise in killer whale populations.
The new calculations provide an added incentive to protect sea otters, but do terrestrial predators provide a comparable carbon sink? No calculations have yet been done, but Wilmers believes the numbers could be similarly impressive. As a result of the loss of wolves across most of their former habitat, he points out, deer populations in parts of North America are currently around five times as high as historical levels, dramatically changing vegetation.
Predators are not the only large animals that help create carbon sinks, suggests Jedediah Brodie at the University of Montana in Missoula. In October 2009 in Science (vol 326, p 364), he argued that hunting in forests for bushmeat removes fruit-eating animals, reducing the numbers of trees that rely on them to disperse their seeds. Because these trees tend to have denser wood than those with smaller seeds that rely on wind for dispersal, the net result will be a decrease in the amount of carbon stored by a forest.
Some ecologists remain to be convinced by his argument (Science, vol 327, p 30), but Brodie is now crunching the numbers using measurements of the growth of saplings in two Peruvian forests – one heavily hunted and one with an intact fauna – plus data on the density of wood from different species.
Merely protecting a forest from logging isn't enough to ensure that it functions properly as a carbon sink, Brodie says. "You've also got to be concerned about the large animals."
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19145-sea-otters-worth-700-million-in-carbon-credits.htmlWant to slow global warming? Save a sea otter. So says Chris Wilmers at the University... more
Scientists have just returned from a voyage with samples of rare animals and more than 10 possible new species in a trip which they say has revolutionised their thinking about deep-sea life in the Atlantic Ocean.
Link: http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Marine_Scientists_Return_With_Rare_Creatures_From_The_Deep_999.htmlScientists have just returned from a voyage with samples of rare animals and more than... more
Marine: Union bullying me to pay $500
Teacher runs ROTC, rejects any benefits
A retired U.S. Marine who runs a high school ROTC program in Worcester says he faces the boot for refusing to pay local union dues, leaving the 58-year-old father of two crying foul and school administrators bewildered.
“It just seems crazy that they’re gonna fire me over $500,” said Maj. Stephen L. Godin, senior naval science instructor at the Naval Junior ROTC Unit of North High School. “Everyone’s talking about finding good teachers - I haven’t missed a day in 14 years.”
Indeed, North High School Principal Matthew Morse praised Godin yesterday as an “excellent” instructor who has turned his program into a top junior ROTC academy.
Godin, a 20-year Marine veteran until 1994, who flew F-4 Phantoms and was deployed five times, said he refuses to join the union because he receives all his benefits, including health insurance and half his salary, from the military. Unlike other teachers, he doesn’t earn a stipend for after-school activities, such as the hours he spends coaching the high school’s regional champion drill team. His salary is dictated by the U.S. Military, not labor negotiators, Godin said.
Officials from the Education Association of Worcester did not return repeated calls, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association declined comment.
State law requires certain public employees to join unions as a condition of employment or pay a so-called agency fee, which goes toward the cost of collective bargaining. But Godin said he shouldn’t have to pay the $500 fee because he receives no benefit from the local union. He provided a letter from the local union demanding he join or pay the fee by the school year’s end. Godin said in 14 years of teaching in Worcester public schools, he’s never been asked to pony up for the union.
“I’ve always worked hard,” he said. “I’m a loyal Marine. Now they’re chasing me away.”
Worcester schools superintendent Melinda J. Boone said she has asked the district school attorney to investigate a way to keep Godin on board, but added, “this is really a union matter.”
I'm struck by the concept that a state can MANDATE that all employees be forced to join a union.
Maybe I'm way off base, but when I think about the freedom of assembly, or freedom of association, and freedom of expression, it seems to me that citizens should be free to choose NOT to assemble, or to associate.
Certainly there would be problems if a state declared that ALL EMPLOYEES MUST JOIN THE BAPTIST CHURCH...
Imagine if the state declared that "ALL EMPLOYEES MUST JOIN THE X POLITICAL PARTY AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT."
Or, "ALL STATE EMPLOYEES SHALL ASSEMBLE ON X DATE TO SUPPORT Y POLITICAL CAUSE."
Does this not sound just a LITTLE like the Cuban government ordering all citizens to assemble to support the Communist Party and Fidel Castro?Marine: Union bullying me to pay $500 Teacher runs ROTC, rejects any benefits... more
The research, which is ongoing and was begun by Mr. Charles Moore in 1997, has revealed a deadly nightmare for organic life. There is a proven process in which any hydrocarbon-based material can be converted back to high-quality light oil by a brief application of heat and pressure... http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/372-oceans-of-plasticThe research, which is ongoing and was begun by Mr. Charles Moore in 1997, has... more
by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is worse than anyone thought, and the crisis will likely go on for months. British Petroleum (BP) is tripping over itself to say it’ll cover the costs of the clean-up, yet before the spill, the company spent its time and money pushing back against government regulation and safety measures.
Care2 reports, “A piece of machinery costing .004% of BP’s 2009 profits might have prevented the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that is currently threatening the U.S. gulf coast. An acoustic valve designed as a final failsafe to prevent oil spills costs $500,000; the Wall Street Journal writes that the valve, while not proven effective, is required on oil rigs in Norway and Brazil, but not in the U.S.”
Oil is drifting towards the southeastern coastline as clean-up crews and politicians scramble to respond. BP has not staunched the leaks that are pouring more than 200,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day.
Beach communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are bracing for the oil’s arrival and waiting to see what the damage to their businesses and their natural resources will be. And in Washington, members of Congress, who just a couple of weeks ago were willing to compromise on off-shore drilling expansion are rallying against the practice.
As Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said this week, “accidents happen,” but in this case, it’s becoming clear that the oil industry and government regulators did not do all they could to minimize the risks of a spill.
Over the past week, reporters trying to describe the size of the spill have compared it to Jamaica or Puerto Rico. Public News Service talked to Steve Bousquet, Tallahassee bureau chief for the St. Petersburg Times, who saw the slick in flight.
“It’s really a horrifying thing to see because of the magnitude of it,” Bousquet said. “They use these chemicals to break up the oil and it takes on a kind of rust-colored look to it. And we saw these long streaks, miles and miles long of oil, and just oil as far as the eye can see.”
The visual stretch of the spill hardly represents the scope of its impact, either. As Dr. Riki Ott, a Chelsea Green author, explained to CNN:
“This is Louisiana sweet crude, and it’s got a lot of what’s called “light ends,” which evaporate very quickly into the air and also dissolve very readily into the water column. So what you see on the surface is like the tip of the iceberg…Imagine a big cumulus cloud of dissolved and dispersed oil under the slick, wherever it is. And that cloud is extremely toxic to everything in the water column — shellfish, eggs and embryos — so shrimp eggs and young life forms that are in the water column, young fish.”
According to Dr. Ott, the extent of the damage won’t be clear for a few years. Oyster fisherman, for instance, would usually be seeding oysters now, as the crops take two years to mature. That work needs to be done within the next few months to avoid economic losses two years in the future, but the precautionary measures shutting off access to waters east of the Mississippi are keeping that from happening.
Oiling the machine
It’s no accident that oil interests work under looser rules. As Lindsay Beyerstein reported last week for Working In These Times, BP wrote to the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) saying that tighter regulation of the oil industry was unnecessary. MMS doesn’t have a stellar history of oversight, and if you’re not familiar with its sordid past, TPM’s Justin Elliott put together a tour through the agency’s history with sex and drugs.
The industry hasn’t just been selling snake oil to MMS, though. Oil companies have been greasing the palms of politicians with campaign donations for years. Democracy Now! spoke to Antonia Juhasz, author of The Tyranny of Oil, about the oil industry’s influence.
“The entire oil industry, will continue to use its vast wealth – unequaled by any global industry – to escape regulation, restriction, oversight and enforcement,” Juhasz says. “BP, now the source of the last two great deadly US oil industry explosions, has shown us that this simply cannot be permitted.”
The new politics of climate
To see the oil industry’s influence in action, look no further than the ongoing work on the Senate’s climate legislation. Two weeks ago, before the spill, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) announced that the oil industry would back the tri-partisan legislation that he was working on with Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Since then, Graham has stepped away from the bill, and off-shore drilling, a keystone of the negotiations over the legislation, has become much less politically palatable.
But this Wednesday, Kerry had nothing but nice things to say about the oil industry, as Kate Sheppard reports at Mother Jones.
“While he acknowledged that “we can’t drill and burn our way out of danger,” Kerry also spoke highly of the oil companies backing the draft legislation, which was supposed to be released last week,” Sheppard writes. “BP, operator of the rig currently spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, was expected to be among the supporters.”
“Ironically we’ve been working very closely with some of these oil companies in the last months,” Kerry said. “I took them in good faith. They have worked hard with us to find a solution that meets all of our needs.”
Kerry still seems confident that the climate and energy bill will move forward, but, Steve Benen writes at the Washington Monthly, that’s things are far from certain.
“The legislation was predicated on something of a grand bargain — the left would get cap-and-trade and investment in renewables; the right would get nuclear plants and offshore drilling,” Benen explains. “But in the wake of the catastrophe in the Gulf, there is no deal. Key Dems now insist drilling be taken off the table, while Republicans and Democratic industry allies (Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, for example) now insist they won’t even consider a bill unless it includes plenty of drilling.”
While the White House is saying that the oil spill may spur interest in and support for clean energy legislation from Congress, that hasn’t happened yet. Congressional leaders might have to wait for the noise from the Hill to die down before they can re-start serious discussions about how to pass a climate bill.
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SCARS OF WAR
David Winnett, Jr.
Captain, United States Marine Corps (Retired)
So long after the battles are won, the scars will always remain, the marks of a past that was often filled with sacrifice and pain.
The scars that he has may be visible, or just beneath the skin, but nothing can hide the lingering pain he feels from deep within.
The pain endured and years spent, standing lonely in shadows of night.
Or in the glare of a melting sun, on guard and ready to fight.
He’s drawn the line, planted our flag, stood tall in far off lands.
All in the name of freedom, protecting his children and fellow man.
So why you ask, did he give so much, and would he do it again?
Oh yes he replies, in a moment he says, there is no hesitation within.
But though he would jump to serve again, the body defies his will.
For the scars, the pain and the wounds of war are the one thing he can’t kill.
His posture reveals the curves that grow from years of weight and toil, of mountains climbed and brothers lost fighting on enemy soil.
Although he does not stand as tall in stature as he had in his best years of past, he stands taller today in pride and spirit, taller than the greatest ships’ mast.
So when you see this veteran of war who may carry the telltale signs, the scars of war and lingering fears from battles on enemy lines;
Stand straight and give him your best salute, but don’t bow down to him, for the gift he insists he has given you, is that you are equal in freedom to himSCARS OF WAR David Winnett, Jr. Captain, United States Marine Corps (Retired)... more