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Well, That Takes All The Fun Out Of It!

Sex ban on the Airbus A380 – Times Online

The A380 may have the world’s first airborne double bed, but it won’t be put to the obvious use if Singapore Airlines has its way: “If couples used our double beds to engage in inappropriate activity, we would politely ask them to desist,” said the company’s Stephen Forshaw. “There are things that are acceptable on an aircraft and things that aren’t, and the rules for behaviour in our double beds are the same ones that apply throughout the aircraft.”

Spoilsports! Killjoys!

Of course, I suppose it wouldn’t be too difficult – just keep quiet and they’ll never know what happened :wink:


Team Toucan Getting The Gear Together

Support Equipment Update

As we might have shared on the website, Infinity Entertainment is committed to creating an experience for airshow fans that goes far beyond any single performance. Access to both the airshow aircraft, the support aircraft, to the team members and to the support equipment is a philosophy we are committed to once we hit the road.

We observed over the years that at many airshows the performing aircraft are sequestered off the ramp where fans have little or no access to their favorite performer or aircraft and we think that is a shame. After going to a Champ CAR event a while back, it was clear how many fans were completely into being around the pit area. All the graphically wrapped tractor-trailers, support equipment and team members made for a very impressive event within an event.

It is this kind of access that really created another level of excitement at venue. And we took note! As part of our support equipment, we had two custom support carts built for the Turbine Toucan. One is a start cart; the other is for fueling/defueling and show smoke (which is a proprietary blend).

Yeah, they’re gearing up, alright :wink: ! I can’t wait to see the team all set up at an airshow – tractor trailer, start cart, fuel cart, and airplane all together and all themed 8) . Add to that a great spectator centered attitude and you’ve got one heck of a great airshow team!

Click on over to the latest post for the rest of the story and some cool pics of the new start cart – the first I’ve ever seen with chromed wheels :D !

Keep up the great work guys!!!


Oops!!! They Probably Didn’t Mean To Kill THAT One – Scientists Find Oldest Living Animal, Then Kill It – Evolution | Human | Theory | Man | Paleontology

British marine biologists have found what may be the oldest living animal — that is, until they killed it.

The team from Bangor University in Wales was dredging the waters north of Iceland as part of routine research when the unfortunate specimen, belonging to the clam species Arctica islandica, was hauled up from waters 250 feet deep.

Only after researchers cut through its shell, which made it more of an ex-clam, and counted its growth rings did they realize how old it had been — between 405 and 410 years old.

Yeah, I can only imagine the horror of these guys who killed the oldest animal yet found. Sometimes science sucks for the one who’s being studied :shock: !


U.S. Air Force SSgt Accused By Italy Of Child Maltreatment – Children Taken And Put In Italian Foster Care While Mom On Military Mission – Americans Put in Italian Foster Care While Air Force Mom on Mission – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

A Minnesota couple is worried about their American granddaughters after Italian authorities placed the children in foster care while their mother, an Air Force staff sergeant, was on a mission last week.

On Oct. 13, police in Pordenone, Italy, took away Staff Sgt. Kris Wylie’s daughters — Leighlora, 7, and Lillian Ann, 5 — from the custody of her Italian fiance at their off-base home while Wylie was on a mission outside of Italy. They were put in the Italian version of Child Protective Services.

“You think of the children themselves in a strange place with strangers,” said Bob Benson, of White Bear Lake, Minn., a suburb of St. Paul. “Fortunately they can speak the language, but they aren’t with their parents; they were just ripped away, no reasons given, no paperwork, no nothing.”

Italian authorities have charged Wylie, 28, with three counts connected to the maltreatment of children, according to Tech. Sgt. Michael O’Connor at the Aviano Air Force Base in Aviano, Italy.

“Her squadron leadership is in full support of her and believe the allegations to not be true,” O’Connor said.

Benson and his wife, Marcia, learned of their grandchildren’s plight from their daughter on Wednesday. “All we know is that our grandchildren are missing and our daughter is telling us that she’s been charged with abandonment,” Bob Benson said.

Wylie, a seven-year veteran of the Air Force, has served at Aviano for the last three years and serves in the 31st Fighter Wing. Her youngest child is fluent in Italian and her eldest is bilingual, Bob Benson said. Their birth father lives in Wisconsin.

She had given power of attorney to her fiance so that he could legally take care of her daughters while she was away for work, the Bensons said.

This is NOT the way to make friends or treat allies. The Italian government knows it’s dealing with American Citizens whose mother is in the U.S. Air Force. Give the kids to the military if you’ve got problems – don’t put them in foster care :evil: .

Best wishes to SSgt. Wylie and her family.


TB Infected Illegal Enters U.S. 76 Times In The Past Year – Why The Silence? – Official: Mexican Infected With TB Used Alias to Evade Capture – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

WASHINGTON — For the second time this year, the federal government has failed to stop a man infected with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis from traveling to and within the United States.

U.S. officials this spring were unable to catch a Mexican man infected with the disease because the doctor treating the man did not know his real name, according to an official who was briefed on the incident but requested anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The Mexican national traveled to the United States 76 times in the past year, even though Mexican and U.S. authorities knew he was infected with a contagious strain of tuberculosis. However, the Mexican clinic that had been treating the man, which is affiliated with the Texas Health department, unknowingly provided a fake name to U.S. authorities, the official said. The Washington Times first reported the episode in Thursday’s editions.

The man crossed the U.S. border 21 times between April 16 and May 31. However, the man used his real name and real travel documents when traveling, according to Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel. The Centers for Disease Control would not provide the man’s real or fake names for privacy reasons.

Remember Andrew Speaker? He was the guy who had the seriously infectious and drug resistant strain of TB and flew and drove back to the U.S. from Europe. The CDC raised all hell along with the media and Congress.

Why hasn’t this happened here?


CBP Predator Crash In AZ Caused By Pilot Error, Failure To Follow Proceedures

NTSB Cites Lax Safety Controls, Pilot Error in Ariz. Drone Crash –

Predator Drone (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) - Click on this image to see it on its original page in a new window

The pilot, an employee of General Atomics, was flying the drone Libby Airfield in Sierra Vista, Ariz., about 60 miles away, when the problems started about 3:30 a.m., NTSB investigators said.

The pilot’s computer console locked up, investigators said. He started to transfer control to a backup console used by Customs agents to operate the drone’s cameras but did not follow a checklist that required him to make sure the engine controls on the second console matched the ones he had been using.

Because the second console’s controls were in the fuel shut-off position, investigators said, the Predator-B’s engine quit when control was switched.

The pilot, who did not understand why his plane kept descending, turned off ground communication with the drone to trigger its automatic emergency responses, according to investigators. Under such conditions, the plane should have climbed to 15,000 feet and circled above a designated spot until communication was reestablished. But without engine power, the plane crashed.

The pilot told investigators that he didn’t follow the checklist because he was in a hurry, said Pam Sullivan, an NTSB investigator.

Under Customs guidelines, the pilot did not have enough hours on the Predator-B to fly the plane without an instructor in the room, and the instructor was in another building, Sullivan said.

My take on it? Systemic failure. Follow proceedures and checklists – they’re often written in blood. Nobody was physically injured in this crash, but I’ll bet some careers have been damaged and rightly so.

Of course, it also makes me wonder why there weren’t a whole bunch of warning lights on the “instrument panel” screaming for attention because of the lack of a running engine. Oh yeah, why wasn’t an engine restart included in the lost communications protocols?

We learn from mistakes and I hope we’ve learned from this one.

Hat tip to Defense Tech for the link :wink: .


Sign Of Success In Iraq – Burials Down At Holy Site In Najaf

As violence falls in Iraq, cemetery workers feel the pinch – Yahoo! News

NAJAF, Iraq — At what’s believed to be the world’s largest cemetery, where Shiite Muslims aspire to be buried and millions already have been, business isn’t good.

The city, with the shrine and graveyard, is considered the third-most important holy site for Shiite Muslims, after Mecca and Medina. It attracts millions of pilgrims each year— and tens of thousands of funeral parties.

The Wadi al Salam cemetery— its name translates as “Valley of Peace”— dates to the 7th century. Its mud-brown jumble of crypts and rectangular and domed brick and marble tombs stretches to the horizon. It’s six miles long, two miles wide and grows by acres every day.

Imam Ali himself is said to have pronounced it the entrance to paradise. And so the Shiites come with their dead.

For the laborers in the Valley of Peace, it was just another workday, one they faced with a matter-of-fact attitude unnerving to those who deal with death less frequently.

“Certainly, when the number of dead increases I feel happy, like all workers in the graveyard,” said Basim Hameed , 30, a body washer. “This happiness comes from the increase in the amount of money we have.”

When the cemetary workers start complaining about the drop in business, it’s good news for the living and the U.S. Go and read the whole article – it’s an interesting take on the downside of victory as some would have us see it.


A Post For Those Who Want “Free” Healthcare

Stop The ACLU » Blog Archive » Need Another Reason to Hate Socialized Medicine?…

Record numbers of Britons are travelling abroad for medical treatment to escape the NHS – with 70,000 patients expected to fly out this year.

And by the end of the decade 200,000 “health tourists” will fly as far as Malaysa and South Africa for major surgery to avoid long waiting lists and the rising threat of superbugs, according to a new report.

I keep telling people that we’re gonna be going to Mexico for treatment if HillaryCare becomes reality. Most laugh. I’m sure these Britons thought it was a good idea at the time, too.


Credit Where It’s Due – Scott Thomas Beauchamp Redemption

Michael Yon : Online Magazine » Blog Archive » Beauchamp and the Rule of Second Chances

Beauchamp is young; under pressure he made a dumb mistake. In fact, he has not always been an ideal soldier. But to his credit, the young soldier decided to stay, and he is serving tonight in a dangerous part of Baghdad. He might well be seriously injured or killed here, and he knows it. He could have quit, but he did not.

As I’ve said before, I believe in giving credit where it’s due. Today I’d like to give some credit to Scott Thomas Beauchamp.

For those not familiar with the history of Pvt. Beauchamp, you should click on the link for the full story but the short story is that he wrote under a pseudonym for The New Republic and recounted stories of serious misconduct. An Army investigation of the stories found them to be false.

The reason I’m giving Pvt. Beauchamp credit today is that he has decided to own up to his history and when given the chance to quit or stay, he chose to stay. He’s not seeking the spotlight and from several reports online is becoming a good soldier.

Kudos to Pvt. Beauchamp!


Iraqi Army Collected Donations For SoCal Fire Victims

Stop The ACLU » Blog Archive » Iraqi Army in Besmaya collected a donation for the San Diego, Calif., fire victims

Iraqi men that are risking their lives everyday and barely have the money to feed their own families are donating to the fire victims of San Diego.

Where is the MSM?

Where, indeed, is the Main Stream Media??? Iraqis have enough to deal with, but these guys collected $1,000 to send to the people in San Diego who were impacted by the wildfires.

These guys get it. They’ve lived it. They know it forwards and backwards. EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS AND EVERYONE DESERVES HELP!!!
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