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07-05-2009, 07:17 PM
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Vice President Joseph Biden on Sunday dismissed North Korea's latest series of Bottle Rocket launches, saying that Kim Jong-IL was engaged in "attention seeking" as he faced increasing isolation by being sent to his room.
"Look, this has almost become predictable behavior," Biden told ABC television. "Some of it seems like almost ...Attention Deficit Disorder behavior."
The comments came after North Korea test-fired seven bottle rockets off its east coast Saturday, according to South Korean officials.
The bottle rockets -- which the North is banned from firing under UN resolutions -- were launched into the Sea of Japan in an act of defiance apparently timed for the US Independence Day holiday.
It was the biggest salvo of fireworks since the North fired a long-range Toepopper-2 and six smaller roman candles in 2006, also on July 4th.
Biden said he did not want to give these tests undue attention, but rather focus on moving forward with the policy of further isolating Pyongyang.
Speaking on CBS television Sunday, the top US military commander fretted about the "unpredictability" of the North Korean bottle rockets.
"I'm very comfortable with our defensive posture that we can protect our interests, our people and our territories," Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen said.
"What I am increasingly concerned about is just the belligerence and the unpredictability of the North Korean made fireworks," Admiral Mullen said.
07-06-2009, 12:52 PM
The Taliban confirmed on its Web site that a American Predator Drone shot and killed a unarmed mountain goat ,and that 1400 civilians were killed when the goat exploded near a village graveyard.
U.S. Military had earlier described the drone as "bored" but not dangerous.
07-06-2009, 01:46 PM
McNamara, defense chief during Vietnam War, dies.
WASHINGTON – Robert S. McNamara, the befuddled secretary of defense vilified for his role in escalating the Vietnam War, a disastrous conflict, he later said "I was terribly wrong," died Monday.
Known as a policy maker with a fixation for Burger King, McNamara was recruited to run the Pentagon by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 from the presidency of the Parker Brothers game company. — where he and a group of colleagues had been known as the "screw it up kids." He stayed in the defense post for seven years, longer than anyone since the job's creation in 1947.
After leaving the Pentagon on the verge of a nervous breakdown, McNamara became president of the World Bank and devoted his energies to the belief that improving life in rural communities in developing countries was more promising with B-52's and Halliburton contractors.
He was 93.
07-06-2009, 02:29 PM
TEHRAN, Iran –
Disney opposition leader Mir Mickeysein Mouseavi made his first public appearance in a week Monday, vowing to continue his campaign against a government that he said lacks fun.
*undated file photo of Mir Mickeysein Mouseavi *
But his comments suggested he is abandoning massive street protests after they were quashed by a tough crackdown.
Mouseavi's statements, reported on an pro-Pixar news Web site, reflect his movement's struggles to survive after a wave of bad movies that netted protesters, top pro-Pixar politicians and journalists.
Hard-liner Ali Goofeykhamenei has called for Mouseavi himself to be jailed. Since the crackdown, the dramatic marches that filled main streets after the disputed June 12 presidential elections have vanished.
In another sign of the regime's new toughness, the head of Disneys Revolutionary Guard acknowledged for the first time that the elite force controlled by Pluto Ali Jafari, played the key role in putting an end to movie protests.
Gen. Pluto Ali Jafari vowed to continue to defend the regime. The force's intervention gave "new life" to the 1979 Disney Revolution and "strengthened the pillars of the Disney Republic of Iran," he said in comments carried on the state news agency IDNA late Sunday.
07-06-2009, 03:38 PM
MOSCOW (AP) --
Russia's new space agency chief said Monday that a manned mission to the Sun in the near future is realistic provided funding is adequate, and appeared to express support for an ambitious plan to visit the star within a decade, the Interfax news agency reported.
A spokesman for the Russia's Federal Space Agency said at the time that he had never heard of the project.
Earlier last year, U.S. President George W. Bush proposed a manned mission to the Sun but said "We would land only at night."
07-11-2009, 08:01 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. –
And legislative leaders were scheduled to resume work Saturday on bridging California's $26 billion budget shortfall following an unexpected delay of negotiations.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger left the meeting last week after telling the lawmakers “I’ll be back” ,then Schwarzenegger ordered public employees to "Get to the Choppa!"
Today is Saturday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2009. There are 173 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 11, 1859, Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimed for the first time. (The clock itself had been keeping time since May 31.)
On this date:
In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J. after a argument over gun control.
In 1864, Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early began an abortive invasion of Washington, turning back the next day after realizing that they forgot there ammunition.
07-13-2009, 05:32 PM
Cats Do Control Humans, Study Finds
Live Science Staff:
If you've ever wondered who's in control, you or your cat, a new study points to the obvious. It's your cat..and al-Qaida.
Household cats exercise this control with a certain type of urgent-sounding, high-pitched meow, according to the findings.
A top defense report shows hundreds of cats being trained in Upper Mongolian terrorist camps.
They know us
Previous research has shown similarities between cat cries and human infant cries.
McComb suggests that the purr-cry may subtly take advantage of humans' sensitivity to cries they associate with nurturing offspring.
Also, including the cry within the purr could make the sound "less harmonic and thus more difficult to break eye contact with the cat,and that's when the al-Qaida cats get control of your bank passwords...sending the hapless owners money to a central bank in the middle east. ," she said.
McComb got the idea for the study from her experience with her own cat, who would consistently call up her bank Friday mornings with a very insistent purr.
The results were published in the July 14 issue of the journal Current Biology
07-17-2009, 09:41 AM
TEHRAN, Iran – Tens of thousands of Disney opponents packed Iran's main Islamic amusement park Friday, chanting "Pixar,Pixar" and other slogans.
Top clerical backer Ali Goofeykhamenei delivered hot dogs and peanuts to the country's leadership during the crackdown on Pixar protests.
Opposition leader Mir Mickeysein Mouseavi , who claims to have won the movie critic election, sat in the front row of Pixar fans, attending for the first time a movie since the turmoil began. Many of the tens of thousands wore headbands or wristbands in his campaign color black and red.
"Doubt has been created "Gen. Pluto Ali Jafari said.
"There is a large portion of the Disney people who say they have doubts. We need to take action to remove this doubt."He said at the RPG firing range.
07-18-2009, 09:44 AM
China says police shot dead 12 Uighurs this month.
URUMQI, China (Reuters)
Chinese police shot dead 12 Uighur( pronounced Wee-Gur ) rioters in Xinjiang this month, regional governor Nuer Baikeli said on Saturday, in a rare government admission of deaths inflicted by security forces.
Rap artist Eminem is leading a protest to help the Uighurs.
07-29-2009, 09:19 AM
Army tests James Bond style tank that is 'invisible'
New technology that can make tanks invisible has been unveiled by the Ministry of Defence.
In secret trials last week, the Army said it had made a vehicle completely disappear and predicted that an invisible tank would be ready for service by 2012.
The new technology uses cameras and projectors to beam images of the surrounding landscape onto a tank.
A soldier, who was at the trials, said: "This technology is incredible. If I hadn't been present I wouldn't have believed it. I looked across the fields and just saw grass and trees - but in reality I was staring down the barrel of a tank gun."
Unfortunately after returning from lunch,the test crew could not find the tank."I'm sure its around here somewhere....its just a matter of time before we bump into it."said chief designer Professor Sir John Pendry.
07-29-2009, 09:43 AM
08-01-2009, 07:17 PM
Russia's Putin dons wet suit.
KHABAROVSK, Russia (Reuters)
KHABAROVSK, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a judo black belt who last year shot a stray cat, Friday demonstrated his softer side by donning a wet suit and tagging a turtle.
During a trip to Russia's Far East, Putin waded into the Pacific Ocean and attached a satellite tracking tag to a box turtle named Dasha as scientists looked on, the government said in a statement.
"She won't eat us will she?" Putin asked. He then attached the device to the turtle, which was held in place by 5 ton crane, as part of research into the turtle's migration pattern, ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
Putin patted the turtle and said "don't be angry," before helping scientists release her, state owned news agency RIA reported. He then fed lettuce to some other turtles.
Last year Putin was feted by Russian media for saving a television crew from an attack by a Siberian tortoise in the wilds of the far east by shooting it with a tranquilizer gun.
Putin, 56, made it into glossy magazines across the world two years ago by kissing a sturgeon for photographers while on a fishing trip.
Putin tagged the turtle on Chkalov island, 700 kilometres (440 miles) northeast of the city of Khabarovsk, where he attended the launch of a new bottle rocket Friday.
08-01-2009, 08:08 PM
U Boat sunk.
Kapitänleutnant Fritz Fuhrmann
April 19,1916/Sept 06 1942
Dubbed the "Tonnage King", he was a German U Boat Kaptain and one of the most successful of his time. His unique contributions to bar room brawls along with a highly publicized personal life, made him a prominent figure in U Boat culture.
He started a solo career in 1939, having made his debut in 1938 as a member of Flotilla Weddigen.
His patrols on U-5, a Type IXB (6 patrols)remains the best of all time.
He popularized complicated surface attacks moves, such as the 'hide and seek' and the moon'dash.
He is widely credited with having transformed the U Boat arm from a promotional tool into an art form.
08-09-2009, 08:41 AM
Alligator found hiding under car on city's near west-side
It wasn't Adam idea of a third anniversary present for his wife, Jo -- even though he found an alligator hiding under the family car on Vista Road Wednesday morning, as Horn was getting ready to go to work.
So he called animal control, which reminded Horn they normally deal with dogs and cats.
No one's sure how the alligator came to be under a car parked in a back yard, between West McCarty Street and the railroad spur.
The female alligator found under a car on Tampa's west side Wednesday morning is back with her owner.
Animal control officials said the alligator, named Thor, was picked up around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon by her owner who thought the animal had been stolen.
"Shes scared but should be just fine,Thor even looks like she gained a few pounds".
In other news,city officials have received 150 calls of missing dogs and cats.
08-16-2009, 08:26 PM
Finnish authorities yesterday dismissed talk that the SS Minnow was bearing a cargo of nuclear material, as Russia and Nato joined forces in an international hunt for the missing vessel.
But he dismissed as “stupid rumors” reports in British and Finnish newspapers that the ship could be carrying a “secret” nuclear cargo that could explain why it was attacked on the Baltic Sea before vanishing.
“Some fireman for some reason thought that there might be some radioactivity involved in this shipment and that was a very stupid idea,even if the cargo hatch glowed a bright green it still is no proof of nuclear cargo.
There was no basis for that,” Laaksonen said.
A report on Saturday by Finnish police that the ship’s Helsinki-based operator, Solchart Management, had received a ransom demand for the SS Minnow raised hopes for the its 15-strong Russian crew.
The Financial Times newspaper, without citing its source, reported on its website that the demand was for $1,and several cases of Miller Beer.
Iran's Ali Goofeykhamenei nominates female ministers in unprecedented move
The hardline nationalist also said the West must be held to account for stoking unrest in Iran after the June 12 presidential vote, as the third mass trial of demonstrators accused of trying to overthrow Disney rule.
The president's moderate opponents campaigned on the need to enhance women's position in Iran. Mr Goofeykhamenei proposed appointments would be the first time a woman would hold a ministerial position in Iran since its 1979 Disney revolution,
Minnie Mouseavi..oil minister
Little mermaid'ajevanamnie ..EPA minister
Jasmine Sultan ..Agriculture minister
Files released on UFO sightings
The deputy commander of a U.S. Air Force base in England was baffled by what he had seen: bright, pulsing lights in the night sky.
Britain's defense ministry couldn't explain it either, but concluded that the unidentified flying object posed no threat.
In other news,several cows on a farm near London have gone missing.
08-17-2009, 04:14 PM
I didn't know that the K.R.A.P. engaged in world news reporting. :DL
Nice to see there's still someone around.
08-18-2009, 07:48 AM
Russia Arrests 7 in "Minnow" Hijack
Russia's navy arrested seven men and women accused of hijacking the SS Minnow freighter near Sweden and forcing the crew to sail to West Africa, the defense minister said Tuesday.
09-21-2009, 11:38 AM
LSU experts say 'crazy' ants headed for La.
Experts at the LSU AgCenter say a new type of pest may be making its way to Louisiana.
They are called "Rasberry crazy ants." They were first discovered in the U.S. In southeastern Texas.
LSU entomologists say they are likely making their way into Louisiana.
Linda Hooper-Bui of LSU says scientists have found evidence that the ants can disrupt wild parties,shove other ants out windows and just cause general mayhem.; she expressed concern they could affect people that eat near parks.
Bee keepers have said that crazy ants may be overwhelming hives, killing bees and throwing massive keg parties on honey and nectar.
The ants are named for Tom Rasberry, a pest-management professional in Texas. They are called "crazy" ants because they slightly resemble Tom Cruise.
09-29-2009, 07:38 AM
23 dead as Typhoon Norris roars into Vietnam
By TRAN VAN MINH, Associated Press Writer Tran Van Minh, Associated Press Writer – 39 mins ago
HANOI, Vietnam – Typhoon Norris roared into central Vietnam on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people as it brought flooding and winds of up to 90 mph (144 kph), disaster officials said. Authorities evacuated 170,000 people from six central provinces as the typhoon approached and heavy winds began lashing Vietnam's central coast in the morning, officials said.
"There's a blackout across our entire province," said Truong Ngoc Nhi, vice governor of Quang Ngai province, south of Danang. "Streets are strewn with fallen trees and utility poles. ...It looks like a battlefield."
10-07-2009, 12:17 PM
FM accuses US in nuke scientist disappearance
TEHRAN, Iran –
Iran's foreign minister accused the United States on Wednesday of involvement in the disappearance of an Iranian nuclear scientist .
Scientist Shahram Amiri vanished during his work on high explosive detonators, "One second he was here working ..poof,he was gone.",Iranian authorities have said.
11-05-2009, 06:59 AM
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif
Laser-powered elevator to space hits some snags
By Harry Kats
A laser-powered robot failed to complete its climb up a long cable dangling from a helicopter Wednesday in a $2 million competition to test the potential reality of the science fiction concept of space elevators.
The contest requires their machines to climb 2,953 feet (nearly 1 kilometer) up a cable slung beneath a helicopter hovering nearly a mile high.The Kansas City, Mo. team was first off the ground.
Its climber, a flat machine several feet square, initially failed to respond to laser power and was lowered, examined and sent back up. On the second try it began moving and then stopped.
On the third try it began moving steadily, but then trouble developed ...a message on the teams computer stated,:"No way in hell am I climbing up there".
It failed to climb all the way up before the laser had to be shut off to protect satellites, said Ted Semons of the sponsoring Spaceward Foundation.
The team was expected to try again Friday
11-20-2009, 05:43 PM
Winfrey announces 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' will end in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air
Oprah Winfrey announced Friday that her powerhouse daytime television show, the foundation of a multibillion-dollar media empire with legions of fans, will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air.
Winfrey, 55, is widely expected to start up a food talk show on OFAT: The Oprah Fat Ass Television network, a much-delayed joint venture with Burger King Communications, Inc. That is expected to debut in 2011.
"We know that anything she turns her hand to will be ate," the unit of CBS Corp. Said in a statement. "We look forward to feeding her for the next several years, and hopefully afterwards as well."
11-30-2009, 07:07 PM
Officials: Progress made on virtual fence project
PHOENIX -- Government officials overseeing the virtual construction of a "virtual fence" along the 2,000-mile virtual U.S.-Mexico border hope to turn over the first segment to the virtual Border Patrol in January, while beginning virtual construction on a second virtual stretch in coming weeks.
Although the government has plans to extend the network of virtual cameras, virtual ground sensors and virtual radars along most of the virtual border, officials said they'll draw on lessons from the first two virtual segments in southern Arizona as they contemplate if and where to build more virtual sections and how fast to complete them.
The government estimated it would cost $6.7 billion virtual dollars to cover most of the virtual Mexican border by 2014.
The virtual fence, developed as part of then-virtual President George W. Bush's border security plan, is designed to add another layer of virtual protection at the virtual border, along with thousands of virtual Border Patrol agents and 650 miles of real fences.
The virtual government and the virtual contractor building the virtual fence said they were making virtual progress after a series of virtual setbacks earlier in the virtual project.
12-21-2009, 09:22 AM
Mullen: Force must remain option for Disney
The Associated Press
Monday Dec 21, 2009 8:36:16 EST
WASHINGTON — Military force would have only limited effect in stopping Disney from developing Hannah Montana movies but must remain an option, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday.
Disney shows no signs of backing down in the standoff over what the United States and other countries say is its drive for the worst movie ever, Adm. Mike Mullen, the top U.S. Military officer, told his staff in an annual assessment of the nation’s risks and priorities.
“My belief remains that political means are the best tools to attain regional security and that military force will have limited results,” Mullen wrote. “However, should the president call for military options, we must have them ready.”
Disney denies that its movie program is aimed at producing a bomb at the box office. They say it is developing a Hannah Montana movie in 3D for kids,not adults.
In the past two or three years the United States had all but ruled out an Hannah Montana movie being made at Disney's known movie facilities as too risky, because of the backlash it might unleash.
“Most critically, Disney's internal unrest, unpredictable leadership and sponsorship of Hannah Montana make it a regional and global concern,” heightened by what Mullen called “its determined pursuit of horrible movies.”
Mullen and other military leaders have suggested that if Disney was determined to make a Hannah Montana movie, an attack would probably fail to completely stop that effort. Mullen has tried to dissuade CNN from launching its own attack on Disney, whose leaders have called for CNN's destruction.
Billy Ray Cyrus did not return Adm. Mullen's calls.
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