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Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 21:08 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Ticketing rises in slump

Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 17:52 by John Sinteur in category: News


The economy is in the toilet. So do yourself a favor and ease up on the accelerator.

That’s the indirect message of a recent study by two economists, who found that when government revenues dry up, police write more speeding tickets. After analyzing 14 years of data in North Carolina, the pair found that for every 1 percent drop in government revenue, the number of traffic tickets issued per capita increases by 30 percent the following year.

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Atomica in mare, esquimesi contro gli Usa

Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 15:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


Ha perfino un nome, cioè un numero di serie: 78252. Ed è una bomba atomica: insieme con il bombardiere americano B52-G che la portava 40 anni fa, ora sta forse in fondo al mare della Groenlandia, sotto i ghiacci e davanti alle casette colorate di legno degli esquimesi Inuit, nella regione che porta il nome suggestivo di Thule. Ma per 40 anni, appunto, quella bomba è stata solo un fantasma, gli esquimesi ne parlavano come di uno spirito maligno ma non è mai esistita ufficialmente: solo una leggenda, proprio come quella dell’«ultima Thule». Da tutte le ricerche, sempre e solo un responso: nessun pericolo, in mare c’è sì il relitto distrutto di quell’aereo ma non c’è la bomba. Poi, qualche settimana fa, un giornalista della Bbc si è appellato alla legge sulla libertà di informazione ed ha infranto il segreto sempre opposto dalle autorità militari americane. Con fatica ha tirato fuori la verità, un po’ come gli Inuit tirano fuori dal ghiaccio i narvali, i cetacei che arpionano per procurarsi da vivere. E la verità sarebbe questa: nel bombardiere B52-G precipitato per un’avaria sulla banchisa, il 21 gennaio 1968, mentre si dirigeva alla vicina base americana di Thule (ancor oggi esistente), c’erano davvero 4 ordigni nucleari classificati come B28. Tre sono stati ritrovati, e segretamente portati via: ma del quarto, il N.78252, mai nessuna traccia.

(google translation)

Apparently a British journalist used the Freedom of Information Act to unearth info that this lost American atomic bomb off the coast of Greenland was covered up, and now the story made it all the way up to the European Parliament.

Radioactive legacy of ‘lost bomb’

Denmark challenged over B52 crash
Lost U.S. atomic bomb lies off Greenland – paper
Nuclear bomb ‘lost near Greenland’

(thanks, Andy)

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  1. I’m attempting a better translation than the google’s one.

    It has a name, or a serial number: 78252. And it is an atomic bomb: together with the American B52-G bomber who was transporting it 40 years ago, it is now laying on the bottom of the Greenland sea, under the ices and in front of the small wooden colored houses of the Inuit Eskimos, in the suggestively named Thule district

    But, for 40 years, that bomb has been only a ghost, the Inuits speak of it as an evil spirit, but it never officially existed: only a legend, just likt that “Ultima Thule” (the place beyond the borders of the flat world, according to middle ages legends – translator’s note)

    All the searches gave only one answer: no danger, into the sea lies an airplane wreck but not a bomb.

    Then, a few weeks ago, a BBC journalist enforced a law on the freedom of information, and broke the secret strictly kept by the American army.

    Painfully he brought up the truth, like the Inuit fish the narwhals out of the ice. The truth would be that: into the B52-G bomber that crashed on the pack ice on jan 21, 1968, while travelling toward the near American army base of Thule (still existing) there really were 4 nuclear devices classifieds as B28. Three of them were recovered and taken away secretly: the fourth, N.78252, was never found.

    About 15 kg of plutonium, according to a danish deputy at the Greenland Parliament, could still be there. A few days after those revelations, the danish government (who has formal jurisdiction on the almost independent Greenland) announced the beginning of a new investigation.
    Old investigations will be reopened, the ones based on the testimonies of the technicians who worked on the area of the incident: they tried to sue the american government, but with no success since nothing confirmed the presence on the wreckage of nuclear material.

    Now the Greenland’s first minister Hans Enoksen speaks about health concerns for the population. Eskimos accuse americans and danish for the long silence, but their is a far and feeble voice.
    650 people are living in the Qaanaaq village, the inhabited place nearest to the incident area, and the northern town on Earth.

    It was founded by those same Inuit which in 1953 were moved away from Thule, where the american air force base was to be built.
    To them, that was a small odissey, later made up by the material generosity of the americans: now that those waters could be poisoned forever, it is like a recurring curse.

    The place is full of other tales. Like those bound once again to the name of Thule: that was the name of a secret society who gave the Nazis theoretic basics; nobody knows what’s the link with the Inuit.

    The Inuit, a population of seal, narwhal and bear hunters, are the same “scouts” that taught the American admiral Edwin Peary how to use sleds and dogs to march to the North Pole.

    He affirmed he reached the pole in 1909, others denied, but in the end who paid were the Inuit: Peary brought a few of them to the USA, where they died of illness and homesickness.

    Only a few years ago their remains were brought to Qaanaaq and buried.
    To the village, the name of America is bound to sad memories and to the consumerist marvels of today. In December, as usual, a “aeronautic” Santa flew full of presents from Thule to Qaanaaq: there were dance and songs, and for an evening nobody talked of the hidden secrets of the sea.

    (personally, I find the italian version of the article an insult to the most elementary rules of Italian grammar. Every single paragraph has bad punctuation and an awful use of conjunctions. As usual, about one fourth of the article is about news, the remaining is full of “poetic” bullshit and silly folklore. Sorry for the inevitable errors in translation, i’m not a pro)

  2. Thanks!!

  3. P.S. I wrote an article about the “lost nukes” a few years ago, using some paper and online bibliography.
    The Thule accident was cited (actually, AFAIK there were two or three “thule accidents” involving near-missed nuclear detonations, one of them deemed by the USAF as “miraculous”).

    So maybe that was not a big secret.

    According to my memory, there should be at least 20 lost nuclear warheads in the Gulf of Naples, dropped by a Russian submarine in the ’70s.

    Do you know what’s the ONLY foreign state ever bombed (involuntarily) with Hydrogen bombs?

    Those doggone geniuses down at the USAF lost 4 H-bombs near the Spanish coast: the TNT primer of two of them detonated, while the fourth went missing. It took months to find the bomb, and when they found it in mildly deep maters… they just left it there.
    C’mon, who could be interest’d in an american-made mid-60’s-model not-too-well-kept f’king H-bomb?

    But the best one, if I remember well, was a true darwin award candidate at a US nuke silos in Arkansas, who throw a steel wrench down the shaft of a Titan silo.
    The missile fuel didn’t like the insult, and just went BOOM, killing the idiot and throwing the nuclear payload high in the sky…

  4. More “funny” accidents here. Looks like partially coming from my old (2005) article.

  5. If that was a Titan II, as I’m led to believe from your last link, it used nitrogen tetroxide and hydrazine – not something you want to throw sparks around…

  6. Nuclear warheads in the Gulf of Naples? Mr. N, is there any reference on the Internet about it? Or in the press? Considered it’s in my backyard, I’m curious….

  7. About nuclear warheads in the Gulf of Naples: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/soviet-navy-left-20-nuclear-warheads-in-bay-of-naples-529084.html

    […] But one naval source said he doubted the presence of the torpedoes. “The chances of them going undetected are extremely remote,” he said.
    “Sonar systems today give you a visual picture of the bottom of the sea. For a busy port such as Naples you map the bottom year by year. And the Italian navy’s mine-clearing capability is very good.”


Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 14:57 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Another London photographer arrested for “terrorism” (i.e. “taking a picture of a public building”)

Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 14:55 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security


A photographer who spent his whole life photographing and painting around his home neighbourhood of Elephant and Castle in London was arrested under anti-terror laws and jailed, his DNA and fingerprints taken. He was released after five hours, once his Member of Parliament intervened. Under current policies, his DNA will remain on file forever — though the EU has ordered Britain to cease this practice.

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The Joy of Tech

Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 10:55 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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  1. Typical, have you tried it, of course not. I actually quite like it, but then again I have no problems with vista.

  2. Actually, yes, I have tried it. It’s currently already a bit better than Vista, but I won’t be advising any XP users to upgrade, there’s nothing in there compelling enough to make the switch.

  3. Oh, and jokes like this will continue to be made for a long time – just like there are plenty of jokes about Apple and Linux. Get used to it. Laugh.

    Have you seen the MacBook Wheel video? Wait – let me update the post with the video.

ARR! “dramatic action” ahoy

Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 8:52 by John Sinteur in category: News


President Obama’s plan for American Recovery and Reinvestment [pdf] might be thought of as TARP round two [1,2] — instead of hiding the bodies, this one’s preparing the ground for a big tent or the economic equivalent of war. There are critics and detractors (cramdown nation left and right, natch, but also conservative supporters and progressive defenders to save or create three four million jobs; hooray!

…then there’s the question of how to pay for it all [entitlements, ORLY?] — of course it pays for itself thru the (one) wonders of self-financing! like a key difference in my mind between the current situation and depressionera US or ‘lost decade‘ Japan is reliance on external creditors to finance deficits; the dog isn’t barking yet, so to speak

From the comments: A household analogy would be a household income of $25,000 and credit card debt of $130,000. And the business you work for only clears $130,000 a year. Obama’s solution? Put another 10 grand on the credit card and give it to your boss in the hopes that you’ll get a big enough raise to solve your problems.

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Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 8:35 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Privacy, Security


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  1. heh…and that’s a can of Mace in her hand, I’m sure.
    Reminds me of the old Thurber story of the moral of his reworked Little Red Riding Hood – something about little girls aren’t so easy to fool anymore…

Quote of the day

Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 8:34 by John Sinteur in category: Quote

The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.

— Omar Bradley


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