Saturday, February 01, 2003
Friday, January 31, 2003
(Rabbits in the House
Billy is a young mild-mannered brown and white dutch bunny. He loves being kissed on the nose and ears and petted endlessly. Poor Billy was found on a balcony standing in 3 inches of water with rain blowing in on him and surviving on a diet of dirty rainwater and Fruit Loops. Its hard to imagine anyone ignoring this playful boy who runs to greet you and beg for grooming every time you walk by.
(Rabbits in the House)
Poor guy -- I mean lucky guy: someone rescued him. Whoever you are: you're awesome!
chocolate and white Dutch, Billy is like family. So we know he's belligerent where it counts, even if he's super-friendly around nice people. Is there a family in Billy's future? Let's hope so!
has been adopted
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Further proof that good things come in little packages: the Selectable Lightweight Attack Munition (SLAM).
SLAM is a compact, lightweight, hand emplaced munition developed for the U.S. Army and Special Operations Forces, enabling them to engage multiple targets.
A hand grenade that can take out a tank. Not bad!
Here's the best part:
Small size and light weight permit carrying in battle dress uniform pocket or over the shoulder with attached carrying strap.
SLAM must be the world's first fighting pocket protector. But wouldn't an SOF shooter look a bit silly carrying two?
Oh the sacrifices we ask in time of war...
Anaway, here at BBB we’re big fans of SLAM. It’s not just a hit, it’s a certified kill!
The BBC reports that al-Qaeda was trying to build a dirty-bomb:
British officials have presented evidence which they claim shows that al-Qaeda had been trying to assemble radioactive material to build a so-called dirty bomb.
Not a surprise. But worth mentioning if only to remind ourselves how much we owe Afghan nuclear scientists Mohammed Jan Naziri and Jora Mohammed Korbani:
The scientists disclosed how they had risked their lives by hiding radioactive materials, sufficient to make dozens of "dirty bombs," in the ruins of the old Aliabad mental hospital in Kabul and in the grimy basement of Kabul University's nuclear physics department.
Attention Time Magazine
: they was robbed!
Thursday, January 30, 2003
Here's a rescue bunny with an unlikely name: Rosie!
Rosie (as in Pete Rose) was released by his owner after being rejected as a snake snack!
He has a wonderful personality. He is constantly active- running, jumping, and chewing cardboard. Rosie is also very nosy, hence the loss of part of his nose. He seems to be unable to keep his nose out of everybunny else's cage. Rosie both gives and loves affection and attention.
I hate snakes. Rosie is so lucky to be alive. I can't tell from the photograph whether the nose fur will grow back. But who cares: a battle-scar is the mark of a really belligerent bunny!
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Not to go all Lee Greenwood on you, but DARPA makes the heart really swell, doesn't it?
Check out Loki
, the coolest little robot subfighter so far!
(Sorry for the brevity, but I'm burning the candle at both ends at the office, and really don't have the energy to post more. Feel free to expand this post in the comments.)
We in Europe have a relationship with the United States which has stood the test of time. Thanks in large part to American bravery, generosity and far-sightedness, Europe was set free from the two forms of tyranny that devastated our continent in the 20th century: Nazism and Communism. Thanks, too, to the continued cooperation between Europe and the United States we have managed to guarantee peace and freedom on our continent. The transatlantic relationship must not become a casualty of the current Iraqi regime’s persistent attempts to threaten world security.
José María Aznar, Spain
José Manuel Durão Barroso, Portugal
Silvio Berlusconi, Italy
Tony Blair, United Kingdom
Václav Havel, Czech Republic
Peter Medgyessy, Hungary
Leszek Miller, Poland
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark
Thanks. We won't forget.
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Featuring a special-needs
rescue bunny is always a bit risky, but Heather needs some special attention.
(San Diego HBS
Heather is a BEAUTIFUL tri-colored lop girl. She is about 4 years old and has been spayed. She is a bit thin right now but we anticipate she will get to be about 9 or 10 pounds. Heather is a special girl and we hope you'll agree and give her the home she deserves!
Heather was dropped off at a shelter, essentially to die, at least that's what the person that dumped her thought. After living with a family for nearly 4 years, she developed large lumps on her underside and the owner decided he didn't want his kids to suffer by having to see her die. He also REFUSED to have the growths removed, saying that she should live out "whatever life she has left."
Fortunately, HBS volunteers were on hand to intervene and she was taken to a vet who removed the lumps and spayed her. When the vet spayed Heather, he noted that her uterus did not have any cancerous areas; the lump however was malignant. The vet believes the masses were removed entirely and Heather will be okay.
Heather is active, happy, and loves attention, and we believe she will have many, many more years ahead of her. We are eager to place Heather in a loving home where she will receive the love and attention she craves and deserves. Heather is very good with her litter box and is good around kitties; she has also been around quiet children. Are you the right person for this special girl?
(San Diego HBS)
Heather has been through so much, plus she's good with cats and small children! Any bunny with those skills deserves a good home.
has been adopted
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It’s crunch-time at work, and that really saps my posting strength. Sorry if the posts seem perfunctory.
For the sake of nostalgia, let’s take a look at a couple of AoD projects which went nowhere.
1. Nuclear Energy for the Propulsion of Aircraft
(see for yourself!
2. Nuclear Powered (and tipped) Cruise Missile
If we’d have built these babies, they could have stayed in the air for weeks or even months (not over my backyard, please).
Here’s my favorite picture: an atomic-powered bomber firing an atomic powered cruise missile.
Hmm... something must have fogged the film. I wonder what?
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
(Sweet Binks [Rhode Island] HBS
Otis & Vern are two bonded, neutered boys, about 1 year old. They are friendly, curious, and great with their box! Wonderful buns!
(Sweet Binks [Rhode Island] HBS)
What a perfect picture. Please go say 'hi.'
A Pack, not a Herd
Al Nofi at StrategyPage
has a really funny story about how Napoleon let his position get overrun
by a pack of belligerent bunnies.
I bet it looked something like this:
(BBC Wildlife Magazine
Surrendering to bunnies. Is that a record low?
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Lately there's been a lot of talk about whether the US should develop a new class of nuclear, earth-penetrating warheads
. Here's a brief summary of the arguments:
: If we knew Saddam was going to spend the next 15 minutes in his Deep Underground Military Bunker One (DUMBO), we could reach out and touch him. End of Saddam; end of problem.
: It's like nuclear and stuff...
My opinion is: what, again?
Back in the super-seventies, the Commies finally gave up on their attempts to field a reliable, solid-fueled ICBM. Their SS-13
was a turkey, and everyone knew it. To save face, they cut off the first stage, renamed the missile SS-20
(okay, we renamed it) and pointed it at Europe instead of America.
To match the threat, we upgraded our MGM-31 Pershing
IRBMs to Pershing II: The Wrath of Khan
status so we could hit Moscow from Europe. Guess which missile frightened the Europeans more?
The Pershing II had a really neat feature: a guided re-entry vehicle.
With its Singer Kearfott inertial guidance system, and the Goodyear Aerospace active radar terminal guidance unit in the warhead, the MGM-31C achieved an accuracy of about 30 m (100 ft) CEP at a range of up to 1770 km (1100 miles).
Pershing II used TERCOM (terrain comparison) radar to steer its maneuverable re-entry vehicle (MARV
) right onto the target -- or close enough for kiloton work.
And the mighty little Pershing II had another trick up its sleeve:
In the 1980s the United States developed and tested but did not deploy a nuclear EPW intended for the intermediate-range Pershing II missile. This warhead, called the W86, was also a modification of the B61. It was about two meters long and 0.2 meters in diameter, and could penetrate less than 10 meters of granite or hardened concrete. The main mission of this weapon was to crater runways rather than attack buried targets.
The folks in the Kremlin maintained a series of hardened bunkers deep within the Moscow subway system
. They figured they could dash of to safety while the rest of the country suffered the firestorm. Nice folks, really.
Do you think that a nuclear EPW with a 10-minute flight time could get inside their OODA
cycle? Do you think the Kremlin might have taken the Pershing II a bit personally? Now you know why they were so eager to sign the Intermediate Nuclear Forces
Here at BBB, we refer to the INF by its proper name: Reagan's Folly
. We threw away our ability to smash tyrants in their deep bunkers on a moment's notice. All the Pershing II's got smashed to pieces.
Except for one
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Next time you visit the Air and Space Museum
, check the main gallery to see if the exhibit is still on display. Were it to vanish for "scheduled refurbishment," I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.
After all, in this war, we need only one.
Environment Defeats Environmentalists
Bad weather has defeated a pressure group's bid to blockade a UK military port in an anti-war protest.
The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior anchored in front of Marchwood port in Southampton on Monday in a bid to stop a supply ship joining the Royal Navy Task Group heading to the Gulf.
But heavy winds and bad weather have caused the campaign ship to slip its anchor and ground itself in the harbour waters, according to a Navy spokesman.
Looks like Greenpeace is not an all-weather environmental group after all. What posers!
Monday, January 27, 2003
Rescued Dutch bunnies can always count on going to the head of the line at BBB:
(Upstate NY HBS
Amelia, a female Dutch and approximately 1 year old, was a stray found in the Syracuse area. She was brought into Animal Ark with a slight ear infection. She was medicated there and is now healthy. Dr. Waugh of Animal Ark kindly donated Amelia's spay to the NYSHBS.
(Upstate NY HBS)
A bunny with a tuxedo. Who doesn't think Amelia's cute? Please follow the links and say hello!
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is working on a new airplane called the Multi-sensor Command and Control Aircraft (MC2A). Looks like it's a kind of Looking Glass
command post for flying robots:
Raytheon will provide and integrate on board the MC2A aircraft next- generation systems and solutions, including communications and data links; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems; unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control; planning and control systems for on and off-board sensors; and information assurance.
Just imagine a 767 outfitted with booths instead of seats. While the MC2A flies in friendly skies, the robot commanders stand before the booths and take charge of the UAVs in enemy airspace. In the back of the cabin is a bank of bill-changing machines, in case the crew ever run out of quarters (most of the crew thoughtfully strap coin-dispensing magazines to their belts during pre-flight). In this manner, the humans are protected while the robots fly into harm's way.
I bet flying on an MC2A would be fun. Except of course for the unlucky players who would have to confront the true horror of robot warfare:
The psychic wounds of robotic warfare often run deep. In the future, society might have to rehabilitate some MC2A vets to the point where they could walk past an arcade without shuddering. The least we could do for them, really...
Scientists in Manchester claim they can tell when people are lying after inventing the world's most sophisticated lie-detector.
Neato, but my favorite remains the colander/photocopier
. Too funny!
Sunday, January 26, 2003
Look who got rescued from the local shelter:
([Maryland] Bunny Magic
Dora is a beautiful fawn mini-lop. Dora came from the shelter, so we are unable to know her true age, but she is an adult. We do not believe her to be more than 2 years of age.
She's lucky to have a nice foster home. Let's hope there's a family in her future.
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Let's see: the AoD has a stealth fighter
, stealth bomber
, another stealth fighter
, stealth cruise missile
, stealth ship
, yet another stealth fighter
and a flying stealth robot
. Anything left out?
Oh yeah, a stealth helicopter
The Comanche incorporates more low-observable stealth features than any aircraft in Army history. The Comanche radar cross-section (RCS) is less than that of a Hellfire missile. To reduce radar cross-section, weapons can be carried internally, the gun can be rotated aft and stowed within a fairing behind the turret when not in use, and the landing gear are fully-retractable. The all-composite fuselage sides are flat and canted and rounded surfaces are avoided by use of faceted turret and engine covers. The Comanche's head-on RCS is 360 times smaller than the AH-64 Apache, 250 times less than the smaller OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, and 32 times smaller than the OH-58D's mast-mounted sight. This means the Comanche will be able to approach five times closer to an enemy radar than an Apache, or four times closer than an OH-58D, without being detected.
When Comanche goes into production, all the world's Grails
will become obsolete. You can see the anti-radar faceting. And as for the threat of infrared-guided missiles:
The Comanche only radiates 25% of the engine heat of current helicopters, a critical survivability design concern in a low-flying tactical scout helicopter. The Comanche is the first helicopter in which the infrared (IR) suppression system is integrated into the airframe. This innovative Sikorsky design feature provides IR suppressors that are built into the tail-boom, providing ample length for complete and efficient mixing of engine exhaust and cooling air flowing through inlets above the tail. The mixed exhaust is discharged through slots built into an inverted shelf on the sides of the tail-boom. The gases are cooled so thoroughly that a heat-seeking missile cannot find and lock-on to the Comanche.
Too cool, Comanche... too cool!
Swiss syndicate Alinghi wins the Louis Vuitton Cup
, and the right to race Team New Zealand
for the America's Cup beginning February 15th
. Get all the details here
Otherwise, it's a pretty slow day in sporting news. I know what you're saying: it's hard to sustain interest in contrived conflicts when there are so many real armed competitions around the world to watch.
When Bunnies Attack!
Leigh-Anne of Over Coffee
recommended a BBC story
about a pet fair in the UK.
Whoa... that big bunny can pounce and take down a small child!
In a related BBC story
, Bunnies are set to become the UK's top pets. Hurrah! Here are some links
to available British bunnies.
Today the UK, tomorrow the world!