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2008 July 21 — Why Now?
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B-52 Crash

MSNBC reports on the loss:

HONOLULU – An Air Force B-52 bomber crashed off Guam on Monday morning, killing at least three airmen and leading to an intensive ocean search for the remaining three crew members, the military said.

Three vessels including a destroyer, three helicopters, two F-15 fighter jets and a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft based in Japan were involved in the search, which covered roughly 3,000 square miles of the Pacific, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. John Titchen.

The B-52 bomber was en route from Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base to conduct a flyover in a parade on another part of the island when it crashed around 9:45 a.m. Monday about 30 miles northwest of Apra Harbor, the Air Force said.

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July 21, 2008   3 Comments

Fun Stuff

You know all of the non-existent oil spills after Katrina, via WKW here’s a satellite photo.

The Pensacola Beach Blogger comes to the aid of the Geography Challenged.

If you think you’re tough, try beating this Aussie “teddy bear”.

July 21, 2008   Comments Off on Fun Stuff

Very Good News

The BBC reports they have finally got him: Serbia captures fugitive Karadzic

“Radovan Karadzic was located and arrested tonight” by Serbian security officers, a statement by the office of President Boris Tadic said, without giving details.

“Karadzic was brought to the investigative judge of the War Crimes Court in Belgrade, in accordance with the law on cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [ICTY].”


But Mr Karadzic’s wartime military leader, Ratko Mladic, remains at large.

Mladic may be at large, but he isn’t breathing freely any more, now that it is obvious that Serbian officials will really be looking for him.  They aren’t the only guilty parties by any stretch of the imagination, but they were among the worst.

July 21, 2008   5 Comments

You Just Can’t Keep The Price Of Oil Down

From CNNMoney: Oil jumps $2 on Iran, storm

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Oil prices rebounded strongly Monday, following the largest four-day slide in trading history, as investors focused on a break down of negotiations with Iran, as well as Tropical Storm Dolly, which is making its way into the Gulf of Mexico.

Light, sweet crude oil for August delivery settled up $2.16 to $131.04 a barrel.

There was no break down in the talks, Iranian representatives have to talk to the Supreme Leader to see where he wants to go. Rice is running around screaming that the Iranians weren’t negotiating because they refused to cave in to US demands. Things don’t happen overnight in the real world unless the real leaders are talking face to face. If Ms Rice organizes a meeting between the Shrubbery and the Ayatollah, then decisions could be immediate.

The tropical storm just illustrates the problem of off shore drilling in hurricane areas. Mexico’s most productive field is shut down again, and some US rigs will probably follow suit.

July 21, 2008   5 Comments

Tropical Storm Dolly

Tropical Storm DollyPosition: 23.1 N 92.8 W. [10 PM CDT] Updated
Movement: West [280°] near 17 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph.
Wind Gusts: 65 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 200 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 999 mb.

The storm is in the Gulf of Mexico,320 miles East of La Pesca, Mexico.

There is a Hurricane Warning from Rio San Fernando, Mexico north to Port O’Connor, Texas centered on the US-Mexican border.

Dr. Masters sees Dolly as a significant threat.

Dolly’s pressure has been dropping and it’s wind is expanding.  A 400 mile section of the coast is subject to tropical storm force winds.

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