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Peace On Earth?

Once again the BBC reports on a war that has been going on for centuries: Monks brawl at Jerusalem shrine

Israeli police have had to restore order at one of Christianity’s holiest sites after a mass brawl broke out between monks in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Fighting erupted between Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Christ’s crucifixion.

Two monks from each side were detained as dozens of worshippers traded kicks and punches at the shrine, said police.

Trouble flared as Armenians prepared to mark the annual Feast of the Cross.

This is not how one comports themselves at church. Both sides need a time out, about 10 centuries should do, or take their complaints to court. One of those fake TV courts would be appropriate for this juvenile garbage. Maybe we could send them to kindergarten to learn how to share.

November 9, 2008   10 Comments

The Military Is Dangerous Work

I have been watching this to see if there would be more details released, but I think we have most of the relevant information.

The BBC story: Twenty die on Russian submarine

At least 20 people have died in an accident on a Russian nuclear submarine when a fire extinguishing system was activated by mistake.

Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman Igor Dygalo said both sailors and shipyard workers died in the accident, which occurred during sea trials.

The dead were suffocated by freon gas, which is used to put out fires as it removes oxygen from the air.

The vessel was not damaged and there was no radiation leak, Mr Dygalo said.

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November 9, 2008   2 Comments

Tropical Depression Paloma – Day 5

Tropical Depression PalomaPosition: 22.0 N 78.0 W [9 PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [360°] near 3 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph.
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb ↑.

It is inland 40 miles [70 km] North of Camaguey, Cuba.

This is the final advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 9, 2008   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Paloma – Day 5