25.3.08

The internet is a drug surely not

Addiction

The internet has now being seen as a major addiction for lots of us, I tend to agree, just like this article states, I get wild if my connection goes for starters, maybe not for the same reasons mooted in the article but a lot of it is true for sure.

I lose all sense of time, get cranky when the phone rings especially if it is a telemarketer, they really cop one.

Forgetting to eat until very late at night, or skip the meal I should be eating now but I am not, do I care nope I don’t.

It says you should visit a shrink if you suffer these symptoms, do I look worried, of course not but I should, methinks maybe you should but like me you won’t

A friend of mine who I like very much is on the internet every minute she can find.

Now she does not blog (if so it is news to me) but she chats and plays games (as do I) until she falls asleep, don’t laugh I have too, I probably still will, yes I will I just know it.

I tease her about it saying her friends are in the black case she carries around, I carry one too.

Will we stop I don’t think so as there is so much information on the net.

You can join social networking sites, I have, some good some not so good.

Then there are videos to consider, yup videos so you go and put videos up on you tube and other sites I know of and am a member of.

Ah then you can e-mail the link to all your e-mail pals, they return the gesture.

I’m typing this between meal courses as I felt so hungry.

This Doctor Block was not just quoting us he was quoting Korea and China.

Who cares we in Western nations are just as bad, no worse their turn will really come.

Cripes I’m starving just a few more minutes (did I say that) I’m a liar hungry or not, hey you know what my hunger is subsiding, oh goody now I can really get going.

After I check my e-mail of course, maybe squizzed at a few videos, oh hell it is getting a tad late, no it is early the wee hours in fact.

Is it really that late surely not yup it is tomorrow go to bed Whizzer you have to be up in 4 hours.

OMG 4 hours I have to do the dishes yet, Hmm run water on them let em soak and do them in the morning er today

I know I’ll take a sandwich to bed with me; the laptop is already on the bed.

I need counselling yeah I’ll book an appointment, next year sometime

19.3.08

An interesting theory

I am talking the Red Chinese Government here not ordinary citizens just thought I would make that very clear to one and all.

From now on I shall just refer to them as Reds, I have always thought of them that way.

We all (or most of us do) worry about the fundamentalist Moslems and their terror attacks, we wonder whether one day they will take over in our western citadels; and with good reason.

Has anyone ever considered the Reds; I have, my opinion is that they will eventually take over and dominate the world.

Take this business in Tibet, we must clamp down on them; but our respective governments will not.

The Reds marched into Tibet in the 1950’s and took over

Australian products are expensive due to high wages no doubt it is the same in the USA and UK; most western societies then.

Why don’t we curtail our trading with this autocratic government and concentrate on our own, we could possibly be better off financially in the long run.

Find other markets why allow the Reds the best of both worlds for example communism and capitalism, which at the moment they do

Methinks we are a tad frightened of them; and now this debacle in Poor Tibet.

I foresee another Tiananmen Square looming here.

They are blaming the Dalai Lama for this as you probably know but how is it his fault.

One is a peaceful man the other is in Australian parlance a right bastard I think we all know who the peaceful one is.

To be blunt it is not his fault it is the Reds fault; I get sick of seeing the bespectacled monster in Beijing smiling.

I recall when the USA boycotted the Moscow Olympics and most of us here said (and rightly so) sport and politics do not mix.

I have revised my thinking on this in regard to the Reds; all of us democratic nations should boycott them and bartering with them as well.

It’s no good sending strongly worded notes of protest like some countries have.

If we make them lose face for a change that will hurt the Reds more than anything

But will we no of course we won’t we will just blunder along letting them get away with it as usual.

Read here to see some violence caused by Red Chinese cops to Tibetan Monks, I reckon it is a bloody disgrace; personally I would be ashamed of myself to do a thing like this

Tibet, together with the disputed territories of Xinjiang and Taiwan, is at present the biggest headaches for China's leaders.

16.3.08

The largest and deadliest hunter-killer submarine ever

HMS Astute is the largest and deadliest hunter-killer submarine ever built and has been launched 4 years late at a stupendous cost to the suffering British taxpayer.

Said to be more technologically and much more complex than the space shuttle it is longer than any submarine yet.

It is as long as a soccer pitch which makes it almost 97 metres long and supposedly as wide as four London Double Decker buses, an awesome beast by all accounts, the specifications are below this.

Nuclear powered and a stealth sub with a speed in excess of twenty knots so pretty fast I reckon, I wish our navy had one, it sure would frighten a few illegal’s if she surfaced by them.

In fact it is the first Stealth submarine of the Royal Navy

Her SONAR is so advanced that reports indicate that she could pick up the noise of a ship leaving New York from the English Channel; details on how are naturally classified in case you are wondering the distance is around 3000 nautical miles.

I wonder what the French call the English Channel oh just a thought lol.

Pretty quiet as well it makes less noise than a Baby Dolphin

It has a lifespan of twenty five years and could remain submerged for twenty five years big groans from the crew; that could never happen obviously as the crew need a break plus food.

Oxygen and water is made on-board amazing the technology we have today I reckon

More info is on here

At the moment she is undergoing a seagoing trials for one year and is supposed to go into service in august 2009 although I did read somewhere it was august of this year

Probably that is when she becomes operational thinking about it.

38 Tomahawk cruise missiles with a very long range plus torpedos.

A 98 man crew will be aboard her the idea being she will remain at or under the sea for three months.

No nuclear weapons for this baby though that is left to the Vanguard class of sub.

Three more of these babies are on the board as well maybe I’ll get to see one I sure hope so.

Here is an interview with its commander you may find it of interest

It will be based in Faslane in Scotland

9.3.08

The Buzz word

Yup that’s right Buzz our very own Australian social network.

This is the site where most of us on it are true blues, I’m pretty sure I saw it on StumbleUpon which is what made me join, being a member there as well.

No harassment on this site like Facebook (FB) where most people are badgering you to get this and that application.

This means when you log on in the morning there are not umpteen applications for you to accept or deny; I deny most, every so often I go prune out what applications I have severely.

This problem is not as rampant on Buzz as FB

One can join a group on it or not it all lies in your hands, you can start a group, but no pressure to join one.

I found it a pleasant experience; if I write to a friend they usually write back, lots of times on FB they just don’t bother.

Reasons for this well yeah, on FB it is hard to find a friend; this is not so on Buzz.

This was a pleasant surprise finding how friendly most of them are on there.

Your kin another point in question, I had (note had) 4 close relatives on FB only one used to write the others well they just used me to find other friends, they then amassed heaps of friends; I deleted them forthwith.

One of my e-mail pals refused to join; her reason, they are too young for me; such rubbish, I am older than she is but I do ok on there.

It’s true a lot are much younger than yours truly but we still write the odd message

Three other friends did join however, so that cancelled her out with no worries.

Buzz also donates to various charities, not quite the same as the causes etc on FB and other sites, and it won't cost you a brass razoo; the site does the donating

Videos I shove up with no worries, photographs as well, there is even a blog on there; I shall put this on my blog on BlogSpot and on Buzz and StumbleUpon.

You can find out more about this site on this link; you will not be sorry I assure you.

All jokes aside I shall still stay as a member of FB, but I doubt I shall use it very much use it much.

Come on Aussies get up and join

Easter this year

Easter this year is: Sunday March 23, 2008

  • As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20).
  • This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
  • Found out a couple of things you might be interested in!
  • Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is unusually rare.

This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! Only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). In addition, none of us has ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here are the facts:

  • The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you are 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).

The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. Therefore, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

Do things in life make you feel ill at times

Well this bloke does and the Rotten Bastard is an Australian to boot; that really sticks in my craw.

I spotted this on Digg I have often seen worthy news reports on there BTW

The man (if you can call him that) is a convicted Paedophile; proud of it too it seems.

See it on this Australian News report below

You might want to call in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals after viewing it as I sure feel sorry for that poor dog

8.3.08

The Churchilian factor

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One could say Thatcherism I guess in the battle to wreak back from the Argentine Junta of the day the Falkland Islands in the eighties.

Britain first of all had to save face after the Argentines took control first in South Georgia and then Port Stanley.

In March 1982 some argentine scrap dealers landed on the Island of South Georgia hoisting their flag, this brought on a fierce battle by the 22 Royal Marines stationed there, the whole action was condemned by the weakling UN Security Council; it’s still weak, some things never change.

The Brits under Thatcher got rather annoyed with this action especially when the only other British military defending these Islands consisted of a mere garrison of 80 Royal marines (naval party 8901) surrendered to a party of over 1150 Argentine special forces.

After all this, numerous and lengthy discussion at the UN The Brits hit back aided in part by logistic facilities from the USA at Ascension Island, the Airfield on there was leased to the USA which left Ronald Reagan a little embarrassed.

I have blogged this before over a year ago now; maybe more, these are just a few facts to jog your memory and to allow you to view these Videos which are in three parts.

The battle in the South Atlantic

The Falkland Islands is a group of islands first sighted by Captain John Davis in 1592 and the first recorded landing was made by Captain John Strong in 1690.

The Falkland Islands were originally controlled by the Spanish (Islas Malvinas). However, after Argentina gained its independence from Spanish rule, it began to show an interest in the Falkland Islands and in 1820 claimed possession of the territory. In 1882 a British naval squadron occupied the islands and claimed it as a crown colony.

When the Argentine gained its independence from Spain it ceded the Islands to the Argentine as I recall, so they did have a valid point I guess

After the 1982 conflict, the United Kingdom established a garrison on the Falkland Islands, consisting of naval, land and air elements.

The armed forces continue to protect the Falkland Islands today. Their mission is 'To Deter Military Aggression against the South Atlantic Overseas Territories'. The Falklands Conflict led the way in the Services working together, and this has continued to the present day. A combined force comprising members of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy are based on the Islands.

The Falkland Islands are a dependent territory of the UK and will remain so for as long as the Islanders wish to.

The situation in the South Atlantic has changed substantially since the conflict. Argentina is now a democracy, committed to the peaceful resolution of issues over the Islands.

Enjoy the Videos I did

3.3.08

A tribute to all souls lost on the Kurst

This Russian Submarine K-141 called in Russian as Атомная подводная лодка "Курск" on August 12 2000 was sadly lost with all souls onboard in the Barents Sea.

Her name came from the Russian city of Kursk; this city has the distinction of where the largest tank battle in military history took place in 1943.

Have a squizz at the video below music by Tommy Cox

Kursk was known by NATO as Oscar 11 it was one of the first ships built after the USSR became a sort of democracy casting aside communism, although there have been many attempts to go back; as yet it has not.

This class of ship was it seems the largest attack submarine whether that applies to all countries I just don’t know; it was 154 metres long and four stories in height, massive I reckon.

She was part of Russia’s Northern fleet launched and commissioned in 1994; she carried out a recon mission in 1999 or near about, a successful one against the U S Navy’s sixth fleet.

I think this was in the Kosovo war according to what I have read on various articles about her.

The flagship of the northern fleet was the Pyotr Velikiv; in the August of 2000 this ship was going to be the target of the Kursk in a training exercise, whilst performing evasion techniques communications were lost with the Kursk which sadly suffered a terrible torpedo detonation; the Flagship zealously guarded the area at the time.

Reports on this were very slow in coming naturally due to this particular country’s addiction to secrecy still they are not alone there I guess.

One credible report I read was the magnitude of this explosion 100-250 kilogramme of TNT and strike, me 2.2 on the Richter scale, bloody hell.

The BBC has a report of this

No need to tell you some of the grisly facts really but what stuck in my craw was Vladimir Putin the Russian president waiting 5 days before making a public comment; what’s new with politicos they are all tarred with the same brush I reckon, but worse he found time to send birthday greetings to a well known actress from his holiday hideaway in Sochi.

His excuses pissed me off; western politicos at least have the dignity of attending a shocking thing similar to this