Hunting down a meteor

This image was selected as a picture of the we...

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 44th week, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine a meteor, or a comet, tumbling its way thru our solar system, almost invisible against the darkness of space. A mass bigger than a mountain, moving at tens of thousands of kilometers for hour. Let’s say that this piece of rock is mainly composed by iron ore and silicates. Then imagine what kind of damage this meteor could do if its trajectory put it too near our planet.

Do you remeber the dinosaurus?

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When megamerger collapse – taxes versus business

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This is an interesting tale about the supposed third larger merger in history, recently evaporated in the wake of a change in the US tax regulation. This is also a tale about the proposed biggest pharmaceutical deal ever, done for nothing but paying less taxes.
Or maybe this is the demonstration of what happen when a federal administration change the legislation to regulate corporate greed. Again, this could be a story about how a national government crossed path with the free initiative of two major companies. The choice is yours.

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What about an European way for CAS?

English: An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 81st ...

English: An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 81st Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, pulls away from a tanker (not shown) after refueling on the way to Serbian targets during Operation ALLIED FORCE. This photograph was used in the September 1999 issue of Airman Magazine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There has been a lot of noise in the ‘net about the future of the A-10 “Warthog”, probably the best CAS airplane ever, due to obsolescence of the project and for setting the stage for the new F-35. For the non-initiated, the acronym CAS stands for Close Air Support, where “close” means attacking a few meters from the ground in very hostile environments, in order to give a real support for the troops. The whole set of polemics touched moments of absolute estrangement from reality, until the will of the US armed forces has been made clear: the A-10 MUST stay, until something better will come under way. So our american friends will keep their fantastic tank-killer on duty for some more years, leaving the same old question for the European allies: what will you do to give any CAS to your troops?

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Syria no more

The flag of Syrian Arab Republic / Damascus, Syria

The flag of Syrian Arab Republic / Damascus, Syria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The UNO goes on, issuing every now and then documents about the situation in Syria.
Recently I’ve received this one, titled “70/234. Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab
Republic” (HERE); of course the said document is very bureaucratic, full of references with past
resolutions and contains little data.

In the second page, you can read this:
Expressing outrage at the continuing escalation of violence in the Syrian Arab Republic, which has caused more than 250,000 fatalities, including the killing of many more than 10,000 children, and in particular at the continued widespread and systematic gross violations, as well as abuses, of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including those involving the continued
indiscriminate use of heavy weapons and aerial bombardments, such as the indiscriminate use of ballistic missiles, cluster munitions, barrel and vacuum bombs and chlorine gas, and the starvation of civilians as a method of combat, which are prohibited under international humanitarian law, by the Syrian authorities against the Syrian population

In short, a quarter million dead and use of weapons of mass destruction. Against the Syrian people from the Syrian authorities (and the Russians, too).

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Leadership and presidency – the last ten presidential elections in US

English: In January 2009, President of the Uni...

English: In January 2009, President of the United States of America, George W. Bush invited then President-Elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for a Meeting and Lunch at The White House. Photo taken in the Oval Office at The White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everybody is talking about what’s going on in the presidential race, with all the fire on the desperate rush of the GOP to stop Donald Trump and with the not-so-friendly competition between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Whoever will win the nominations, are we so sure that they will be the leaders of their parties?

And again, the presidential candidates in the last ten rounds of the presidential elections were all political leaders inside the Democrats or the Republicans?

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The Future is just around the corner

A military scientist operates a laser in a tes...

A military scientist operates a laser in a test environment. The Directorate conducts research on a variety of solid-state and chemical lasers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All right, the title was a bit optimistic. Let’s say that “the corner” is ten years from now. Or maybe less. But the future is coming, with all the precision that we commonly associate to the word “laser“. Yes, this one is about laser. And about the way it will be used in the near future.

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