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  • Common Sense Of Missile Defense Continues To Elude Policymakers

    08/01/2006 6:22:46 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 3 replies · 840+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Juy 21, 2006 | Brian T. Kennedy
    On the Fourth of July, North Korea's Kim Jong Il tested a series of ballistic missiles. Two days later, when questioned about the test, President Bush acknowledged that America's missile defenses were "modest and new." That they are new is understandable, since only in the last year has America begun to field missile defenses. The modest part, however, is of greater concern, since they are likely to remain modest by design throughout the administration's tenure.
  • Experts debate space-based BMD assets [Coyle Takes Aim At Brilliant Pebbles]

    08/01/2006 6:17:15 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 16 replies · 1,022+ views
    United Press International ^ | July 21, 2006 | Jessica Taylor
    Experts debate space-based BMD assets [More Usual Suspects] By JESSICA TAYLOR UPI, July 25, 2006 WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- A new report claims U.S. anti-ballistic missile defenses must be deployed in space to be effective, but critics disagree. Several analysts say the study is based on false pretenses and the deployment of defense mechanisms into space is not in national security interests. The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, a Washington think tank, has issued a study saying the implementation of plans for space missile defense is critical for U.S. national security and an effective system against at least some...
  • Muscular dystrophy reversal clue

    07/30/2006 6:09:18 PM PDT · by wjersey · 3 replies · 218+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/30/2006 | Staff
    US scientists have found a way to reverse muscular dystrophy (MD) in mice, offering hope of a cure for humans with muscle-wasting diseases. The animals in the Nature Genetics study had myotonic dystrophy - the most common form of MD in adults. The therapy targets a particular kind of toxic molecule to "silence" its presence in the diseased muscle. The University of Virginia team showed the treatment fully restored heart and skeletal muscle function in mice. In myotonic dystrophy, like the other types of MD, faulty DNA is to blame for the abnormalities that occur. Weakness Myotonic dystrophy occurs because...
  • Defanging Hezbollah: A Directed Energy Defense Could Help

    07/22/2006 3:07:27 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 49 replies · 2,755+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | July 20, 2006 | James Jay Carafano
    Defanging Hezbollah: A Directed Energy Defense Could Help by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., and David D. Gentilli WebMemo #1169 July 20, 2006 | Hezbollah’s Katyusha rocket attacks have killed and wounded dozens of Israelis, destroyed property, and sent thousands to bomb shelters. They threaten to plunge the entire region into conflict. There is a way to shoot these missiles out of the sky, limiting the danger to innocents and mitigating the serious threat of one of the region’s most dangerous terrorist groups. The U.S. Army and Israeli Defense Ministry have a joint program that has developed a high-energy laser that...
  • Six Scuds and a Dud - Why Should We Care?

    07/21/2006 9:27:38 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 24 replies · 1,730+ views
    High Frontier ^ | July 14, 2006 | Henry F. Cooper
    High Frontier Strategic Issues Policy Brief July 14, 2006 “Six Scuds and a Dud” – Why should we care? By Henry F. Cooper 1 (Stanton Coalition Presentation) On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume referred to North Korea’s intrusion on our July 4 celebration with their launch of “Six Scuds and a Dud,” and implied this was not a particularly significant event. I beg to differ. The Dud Problem First, the “dud,” their failed test of a Taepodong-2, involved a three stage rocket presumably intended to deliver a modern nuclear weapon to Hawaii, Alaska or the Northwestern continental United States. And...
  • Independent Working Group Report on Missile Defense, Space Relationship, & the 21st Century

    07/19/2006 12:11:16 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 45 replies · 1,646+ views
    [An 8 megabyte PDF download at the link.]Summary OverviewThis report provides an assessment of missile defense requirements beyond the limited ground-based system currently being deployed, together with opportunities to benefit from existing and new technological opportunities. More specifically, it is intended to provide a greater understanding of proven technology options that should form the basis for deployment of an innovative missile defense that draws upon the legacy of technologies developed during the Strategic Defense Initiative program of the Reagan administration and the first Bush administration. The Report provides the necessary vision to exploit existing and future technologies, with space as...
  • Missile Defense Element Successfully Flight Tested

    07/12/2006 2:21:22 PM PDT · by RDTF · 21 replies · 599+ views
    Defense link ^ | July 12, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, July 12, 2006 – The Missile Defense Agency successfully completed a developmental flight test of a major element of its ballistic missile defense system today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., agency officials said. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system mobile-launcher is an element of the Missile Defense Agency's ballistic missile defense system, which is designed to shoot down enemy missiles. Courtesy photo Initial indications show that the test achieved what it set out to do: test parts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to ensure they work together, officials said. The THAAD components include truck-mounted...
  • Boeing-led Team Fires Surrogate Lasers from Airborne Laser Aircraft

    06/26/2006 2:03:46 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 17 replies · 994+ views
    Boeing ^ | June 26, 2006
    ST. LOUIS, June 26, 2006 -- A Boeing-led [NYSE: BA] industry team and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) took a major step toward demonstrating the capability of the Airborne Laser (ABL) by successfully firing surrogate lasers from inside the aircraft. During recent ground tests at Boeing facilities in Wichita, Kan., the team placed the lasers in the ABL aircraft, a modified Boeing 747-400F, and fired them repeatedly into a measuring device called a range simulator. The tests verified that the ABL team properly aligned the optical beam train, a series of optical components, steering and deformable mirrors, and sensors...
  • Is the ICRC finally escaping racist Arab Muslim Goliath "lobby" oil Mafia?

    06/19/2006 11:54:56 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 181+ views
    Ha'aretz Israel is set to join the Red Cross after nearly six decadesHa'aretz, Israel - 2 hours agoIsrael is set to join the Red Cross movement after nearly six decades of exclusion, despite attempts by Muslim countries to derail a complex diplomatic ... Cross and crescent gone, 'red crystal' in OhmyNews InternationalAntigua represented at International Red Cross meeting AntiguaSun'Historic' Red Cross vote on MDA to be held Thursday Jerusalem Post Has there been one other nation on earth that was excluded in such a blatant hateful racist manner, under prresure by global Arab Muslim 'lobby' (there are hundrteds of different...
  • Freepers needed to battle ALS

    03/30/2006 1:30:00 AM PST · by gnarledmaw · 7 replies · 439+ views
    FreeRepublic Exlcusive | Wed, 29 March 2006 | William Toebe
    How does a hairdresser meeting a comedian equal a Freeper working to assist in the battle against Lou Gehrig's Disease? Oprah made me do it.Not really, but she is part of this story. Confused? I am too, at least at the way that seemingly small events in one persons life can add up with events in anothers to become something very important. Its a strange and winding path to where I am today, let me show you the way thus far, I think you might wish to continue this journey with me... Tim Pfaffendorf was the owner of a hair...
  • Airborne Laser Completes Laser Ground Tests

    12/12/2005 4:02:19 PM PST · by Paul Ross · 30 replies · 959+ views
    Boeing ^ | December 12, 2005 | Maria McCullough
    Airborne Laser Completes Laser Ground Tests ST. LOUIS, Dec. 12, 2005 -- The Boeing-led [NYSE: BA] Airborne Laser team announced today the successful completion of a series of tests involving its high energy laser at the Systems Integration Lab at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. During this test series, lasing duration and power were demonstrated at levels suitable for the destruction of multiple classes of ballistic missiles. This is the second of two program significant knowledge points planned for 2005. Airborne Laser's (ABL) megawatt-class Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) is designed and built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC). Lasing...
  • MDA to sign deal with Palestinian Red Crescent

    11/27/2005 8:43:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 342+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/27/5 | JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
    Magen David Adom chairman Dr. Noam Yifrach will on Monday sign an unprecedented agreement with his counterpart at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Geneva that is expected to lead to MDA's formal inclusion in the International Red Cross Movement and recognition of its red Star of David symbol. The red Star of David will continue to be used inside Israel, but when on international missions and for fundraising, MDA can be represented by a red star inside a red "crystal," essentially a diamond-shaped frame, or an empty red crystal when a red Star of David could jeopardize its...
  • Ambulance With Israeli Markings Spotted in the PA [Palestinian Authority]

    10/21/2005 8:34:05 AM PDT · by Alouette · 10 replies · 463+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Oct. 21, 2005
    An ambulance bearing Israeli markings has reportedly been sold to elements in the Palestinian Authority. Concerned the vehicle may be used as cover in a terrorist bombing, police are investigating. The vehicle, belonging to the HaGalil Ambulance company - a private Galilee area ambulance service - was spotted by Samaria District police officers on Wednesday. Subsequently, Afif Zaied, affiliated with HaGalil Ambulance, was picked up by police for questioning in connection with the transfer of the ambulance to Arabs from the PA. Zaied told investigators that the ambulance was sent for service to a garage in the PA-controlled city of...
  • Jeni Stepanek Remembers Her Son, Child Poet Mattie Stepanek

    10/08/2005 3:15:12 AM PDT · by Czech_Occidentalist · 11 replies · 2,044+ views
    Cnn ^ | October 1, 2005 | Larry King Live
    Aired October 1, 2005 - 21:00 ET THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight, Jeni Stepanek -- her unforgettable, inspirational son Mattie Stepanek, the best-selling poet and peacemaker, died in her arms last year before he could even turn 14. She's keeping his legacy alive. Plus, gorgeous exercise guru Denise Austin says you can eat carbs and lose weight. All that and lots more, next on LARRY KING LIVE. (BEGIN INTERVIEW) Great pleasure to welcome to LARRY KING LIVE a good friend, great lady --...
  • Lewis' Telethon to Aid Kids, Storm Victims

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Jerry Lewis can pinpoint the moment he knew his Labor Day telethon had to be more than another chapter in his long effort to help children with muscular dystrophy. It had to benefit hurricane victims, too. A TV news report on lost youngsters in New Orleans, followed by footage of an elderly woman being pushed through flooded streets on a mattress, moved him to act. "I had a box of Kleenex and I'm bawling like a child and I'm not believing it," Lewis told The Associated Press. "If I had the slightest chance of helping them a...
  • About the MDA Telethon.....

    09/01/2005 12:32:59 PM PDT · by Houmatt · 9 replies · 637+ views
    me | 9-1-05 | Houmatt
    In the timing is everything department, nearly a week after a particularly hard hurricane struck the Gulf Coast, leaving property damage and loss of life (hopefully not) in catastrophic proportions, the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be running its annual telethon. My question is, is it really appropriate to run this thing as planned? Or would it be better to do what someone else suggested earlier this morning on the radio, and simply combine the usual stuff with the raising of funds for hurricane relief? I truly believe running this thing on its own will result in one of the lowest...
  • Federal Agents Search Orbital Sciences Offices

    05/28/2005 10:10:29 PM PDT · by anymouse · 5 replies · 697+ views
    Washington Com-Post ^ | May 28, 2005 | Bill Brubaker
    Rocket-maker Orbital Sciences Corp. said yesterday that federal government agents executed search warrants Thursday at its Dulles headquarters and at a design and manufacturing facility near Phoenix.
  • Jerry Lewis telethon raises $59.4M (Frances causes $$ to fall short of last year's total)

    09/06/2004 10:28:36 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 16 replies · 515+ views
    Jerry Lewis telethon raises $59.4MTHE ASSOCIATED PRESSLOS ANGELES -- The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon raised $59.4 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, but organizers said Monday that power outages and other disruptions from Hurricane Frances contributed to a decline over last year.Donations totaled 1.8 percent less than last year's $60.5 million.Television stations in the Florida cities of Jacksonville, Sarasota and Gainesville canceled broadcasts of the telethon completely. Other Florida stations showed only the national portions, preventing the broadcast of local segments during which most pledges are made.Lewis, 78, was assisted during the 21 1/2 hour fund-raiser by Ed McMahon,...
  • Practicing Rescue

    07/16/2004 1:38:43 PM PDT · by Optimist · 3 replies · 222+ views ^ | July 11, 2004 | Barbara Sofer
    by Barbara Sofer Don't confuse knowing what to do in a terror attack with getting used to it.  Last week, there was a practice exercise in a city that's already had more than its share of practice. A dozen and a half young men and women lay on the hot asphalt of Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium parking lot. In real life, these actors are sixth-year medical students, soon to be the next generation of Israeli doctors. They've just finished a special course in terror medicine, an innovation added to the Israeli curriculum. A lot of effort has been invested in...

    06/29/2004 12:29:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,092+ views
    MDA USA ^ | June 28, 2004
    Poet, peacemaker and precocious teen Mattie J.T. Stepanek was laid to rest in Maryland today in a ceremony befitting an icon, while people across the nation continued to pay tribute and celebrate the 13-year-old MDA National Goodwill Ambassador’s remarkable life and spirit. Celebrities, Mattie’s friends and loved ones, and other admirers made up the thousands who gathered at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Wheaton, Md., to remember, honor and laugh at memories of Mattie, who wowed the world with his message of peace, hope and courage. Former President Jimmy Carter delivered the eulogy for Mattie, with whom he’d enjoyed...
  • Mattie Stepanek Passes Away From Muscular Dystrophy

    06/22/2004 6:17:04 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 62 replies · 2,277+ views
    CNN | 6-22-04 | my favorite headache
    Memorial on CNN right incredible soul
  • Mattie Stepanek, poet, advocate, dies

    06/22/2004 4:24:18 PM PDT · by johnfrink · 6 replies · 466+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 22, 2004 | Stephen Manning
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Mattie Stepanek, the child poet whose inspirational verse made him a best-selling writer and a prominent advocate for muscular dystrophy, died Tuesday from complications of the disease. He was 13. Mattie died at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, the hospital said. "Mattie was something special, something very special," Muscular Dystrophy Association National Chairman Jerry Lewis said in a statement. "His example made people want to reach for the best within themselves. It was easy to forget how sick he was because his megawatt personality just made you want to smile. Mattie had dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, a...
  • Senate vote clears way for missile defense deployment

    06/18/2004 12:07:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies · 164+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | uncredited
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday ordered "realistic" tests of the Bush administration's proposed missile defense system, but balked at Democratic proposals to delay deployment until after the tests are conducted and to require an evaluation by an independent testing office. The votes amounted to a go-ahead for initial deployment of nine ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska and California later this year and signaled likely congressional support for about $10 million for the program in next year's defense budget. Democrats, arguing that the planned national shield may not be effective in shooting down incoming missiles, wanted to require tests of...
  • MDA offers to help N. Korea crash casualties

    04/23/2004 11:23:58 PM PDT · by yonif · 169+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr. 23, 2004 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Two trains that collided triggering a massive blast in North Korea were carrying explosives and not fuel, while casualty figures appeared to be lower than originally feared, an international Red Cross official said Friday. The number of dead was at least 54, and 1,249 people were injured, said John Sparrow, a Red Cross spokesman in Beijing, but he expected the toll to rise as many buildings around the crash site were destroyed. Initial reports had said as many as 3,000 people were killed or hurt. A Thai relief worker, conversely, said the local authorities placed the death toll at 150....
  • American Friends of MDA to Salute Terror Victims

    04/21/2004 7:21:15 PM PDT · by yonif · 118+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 17:17 Apr 21, '04 / 30 Nisan 5764
    ( A delegation of 60 members of the Friends of the MDA in the US arrived in Israel today to celebrate its 56th Independence Day and will meet with the injured from terror attacks over the last three years and with the MDA teams that saved their lives. The hosts and the guests will visit MDA stations throughout the country which were established thanks to their donations over the 56 years of the State. Despite the tense security situation and the serious threats of attacks, members of the Association of the Friends of MDA in the US have come to...
  • Keep politics out [International Red Cross Still Refuses to Recognize Israel Red Magen David]

    02/12/2004 6:54:13 AM PST · by Alouette · 13 replies · 397+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 11, 2004
    The Red Cross is famous for crisscrossing war zones and natural disaster areas to provide for humanitarian needs regardless of race, creed, color, or nationality. It is a veritable symbol of the unity of humanity and the sacredness of human life. It is the very universality of the Red Cross's mission that makes Israel's exclusion all the more disturbing. Israel has never been admitted to full membership in the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has seen fit to accept 176 other nations. The pretext thus far was Magen David Adom's refusal to replace its red Star of David...
  • First visit of MDA's Chairman With President of the International Red Cross

    02/09/2004 5:33:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies · 165+ views
    IMRA ^ | 2-9-04
    Monday, February 9, 2004 First visit of MDA's Chairman of the Executive Committee With the President of the International Red Cross in Geneva 9 February 2004 NEWS RELEASE First visit of MDA's Chairman of the Executive Committee With the President of the International Red Cross in Geneva Last week, for the first time, a meeting took place between the Chairman of MDA's Executive Committee General (Res.) Yochanan Gur, accompanied by the Director of the International Department of MDA, Mr. Haim Dagan, at the Headquarters of the International Red Cross (ICRC) and the Federation (IFRC) in Geneva. The meeting was held...
  • Watch video showing first moments at Israeli Emergency center, as they hear of a terror attack

    12/11/2003 8:39:28 PM PST · by yonif · 3 replies · 144+ views
    Go here: It is a zipped file. This is a news broadcast showing a report with a clip from a amature video of the first moments of the Magen David Adom center (Israeli Emergency Services) hearing the news that a terror attack just happens. And following that, they get reports of the injured and order their people to respond immediately to the scene. The terror attack in question is the one in Haifa, at that Maxim Resturant which took the toll of many, and even whole familes. The guy filiming in the beginning is a teen who volunteers with...
  • Jerry Lewis Telethon Nets Record $60.5M

    09/01/2003 6:57:24 PM PDT · by mhking · 40 replies · 1,741+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9.1.03
    LOS ANGELES - The Jerry (news - web sites) Lewis (news) Labor Day Telethon to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association received a record $60.5 million in nationwide pledges, a telethon spokeswoman said Monday. AP Photo The 77-year-old Lewis, his body bloated due to steroid medication he takes for pulmonary fibrosis, was assisted during the 21 1/2-hour fund-raiser by Ed McMahon (news) and performances from a number of entertainers, including Cher, Celine Dion (news) and Don Rickles (news). "I'm consistently humbled by the generosity of the American public. Every year I ask, and without blinking, you open your hearts...
  • GAO Raises Red Flag Over Missile Defense Program

    06/16/2003 9:21:41 AM PDT · by boris · 5 replies · 187+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 06-09-2003 | Randy Barrett
    A senior missile defense analyst at the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) is "keeping his fingers crossed" that the Pentagon will deliver a workable missile shield, but says much more testing needs to be carried out before the final answer is known. "The ball is in the Missile Defense Agency's court-they've got to demonstrate it," Robert Levin, the GAO's director of acquisition sourcing management told Space News. "Ideally you want to know a heck of a lot more through testing and development before you establish [operational] goals." At the behest of Congress, the GAO has been busy investigating various aspects...
  • Tax dollars shouldn't go to foreign charities (Canada and the MDA)

    10/17/2002 4:50:58 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 209+ views
    National Post ^ | October 17 2002 | George Jonas
    Revoking the registration of the Magen David Adom (MDA) as a charitable organization -- as proposed by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency and upheld by a majority decision of the Federal Court of Appeal -- is an outrage. The MDA, the Red Star of David, is Israel's Red Cross. It's easy to agree with Edward L. Greenspan and David C. Nathanson, the eminent Canadian lawyers, who argued in these pages last week that the Federal Court's "judgment is wrong and should not stand." A withdrawal of charitable status makes donations, on which non-governmental organizations like the Red Star of...
  • Sabotaging Israel's Red Star of David (MDA)

    10/10/2002 3:34:53 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 24 replies · 480+ views
    National Post ^ | October 10 2002 | Edward L. Greenspan and David C. Nathanson
    The Magen David Adom (MDA), the Red Star of David, was born 52 years ago. It is the Red Cross, except with a Jewish symbol. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to alleviate human suffering. It serves, without discrimination, the entire Israeli population, including 1.1-million Israeli Arabs, and Palestinian Arabs in need. MDA is not a government agency. It sought membership in the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) with the Red Star of David as its emblem. The Star of David is the symbol of the Jewish people as well as of Israel. Surrender of its...
  • Record $58.3 Million in Pledges Taken for Muscular Dystrophy Association During Annual Telethon

    09/02/2002 7:53:14 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 5 replies · 295+ views
    Record $58.3 Million in Pledges Taken for Muscular Dystrophy Association During Annual TelethonThe Associated PressPublished: Sep 2, 2002LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association received a record $58.3 million in nationwide pledges through Monday, a telethon spokesman said. The 76-year-old Lewis, his face and body bloated and puffy due to steroid medication he takes for pulmonary fibrosis, was assisted during the 21 1/2-hour fund-raiser by co-hosts that included Ed McMahon, comedians Wayne Brady and Norm Crosby, and performers Charo and Andy Williams. "I asked for their talent and energy,...