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2009 April 05 — Why Now?
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Italy Shakes

The BBC reports that an Earthquake strikes central Italy: “According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck at 0132 GMT about 95 km (60 miles) north-east of the capital, Rome.”

Earlier there was a 4.6 quake East-Southeast of Bologna in Northern Italy.

Here’s a map of the location.

April 5, 2009   Comments Off on Italy Shakes

North Korean Test

A whole lot of people got their knickers in a bunch about the North Korean missile test.

If you can believe Kim Jong-il [get real, you believe a guy who goes to the same barber as Beaker?] everything went wonderfully and their satellite is in orbit broadcasting sounds of joy to the world.

If you believe the US military [boy, these multiple choice tests are getting tricky] the second and third stages didn’t fire and they ended up in the central Pacific.

I would classify it as limited success for North Korea [hey, it didn’t blow up on the launch pad, like the last one], but they still can’t reliably launch multi-stage rockets. Japan is right to be upset, given North Korea’s success rate, because the North Korean missile program could drop a test missile into Japan as easily as flying over it, and with Japan’s population density, thousands of casualties is a definite possibility.

April 5, 2009   3 Comments