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  • USAF proposes shifting entire Predator fleet to Army

    10/17/2008 5:04:14 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 30 replies · 871+ views
    Flight International ^ | 17 Oct 08 | Stephen Trimble
    Senior US Department of Defense officials are considering an air force proposal to transfer the entire fleet of General Atomics Aeronautical System Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1B Predators to the army’s control. The proposed inventory transfer, if approved, would enable the USAF to afford shifting to an all-MQ-9 Reaper fleet, also made by GA-ASI, said Kevin Meiners, assistant deputy under secretary for portfolio, programmes and resources. The issue is still being debated by senior defence officials as they prepare for the 2009 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), a congressionally-mandated planning exercise that shapes the Pentagon’s spending priorities every four years. The chief advocate...
  • Idaho Mother Gets 10-Year Sentence After Boyfriend Impregnates 9-Year-Old Daughter

    10/16/2008 8:26:34 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies · 3,278+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 10/16/2008 | Foxnews
    An eastern Idaho woman whose boyfriend impregnated her 9-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Isabel Chasarez, 27, must serve at least one year in prison before she is eligible for parole, 7th District Judge Brent Moss ordered Tuesday at the sentencing hearing.
  • Higher-tech Predators targeting Pakistan (incorporating see-through-the-wall technology)

    09/20/2008 11:29:59 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies · 500+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/12/08 | Mel Melcon
    The U.S. drone aircraft involved in strikes against Taliban and Al Qaeda militants across the border have enhanced tracking ability. WASHINGTON -- As part of an escalating offensive against extremist targets in Pakistan, the United States is deploying Predator aircraft equipped with sophisticated new surveillance systems that were instrumental in crippling the insurgency in Iraq, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials.
  • Officials: "Underwear Predator" Had 11 Victims

    08/05/2008 10:45:48 AM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies · 157+ views ^ | 8-04-08
    Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says a Springfield Township man, accused of running an "underwear con" to get near young children, is a predator who deserves to be locked up for a “very long time because he will continue to prey upon young children unless he is removed from the community”. Prosecutors today released new information in the case against 44 year old Ben Hawkins. Hawkins allegedly conned parents into thinking their children were participating in an "underwear survey" in order to get close to them for sexual contact. Prosecutors now say Hawkins had "unpermitted contact" with 11 children, boys...
  • Child pornography customers both fit FBI profile, run gamut

    05/20/2008 7:42:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 497+ views
    Knoxvilla News Sentinel ^ | 5/20/8 | Jamie Satterfield
    Dale E. Schreiber ran a prominent civil and environmental engineering firm in Johnson City when he wasn't parked at a local park perusing child pornography on his laptop computer. Larry A. Hartmann, while acting as Great Smoky Mountains National Park chief, secretly filmed bathroom scenes of his 1-year-old adopted daughter at home and lusted over sadistic images of child rape at work. Kevin Bruce Cooper developed subdivisions, molested teenage boys and snapped photographs of them to add to his sizeable stash of child pornography. David Aaron Becker refereed high school sports, lured players into his home and raped them while...
  • Air Force Predators take out insurgents and weapons

    05/01/2008 4:56:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 128+ views
    5/1/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles continued to play a key role in supporting ground troops fighting the war on terrorism in Iraq. An MQ-1B Predator located a vehicle with loaded weapons in Sadr City in northeastern Baghdad April 26 and directed a Hellfire missile against the target. The Predator was conducting a reconnaissance patrol when it located a group of individuals loading weapons into the trunk of a car. The Predator then followed the car for about 20 minutes when the car stopped. The Predator crew waited for a collateral damage estimate to ensure...
  • Are you looking at me? Birds can tell if you are watching them - because they are watching you.

    04/30/2008 11:26:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 50 replies · 151+ views
    Wild Biology ^ | 4/30/08
    Birds can tell if you are watching them - because they are watching you.In humans, the eyes are said to be the 'window to the soul', conveying much about a person's emotions and intentions. New research demonstrates for the first time that starlings also respond to a human's gaze. Predators tend to look at their prey when they attack, so direct eye-gaze can predict imminent danger. Julia Carter, a PhD student at the University of Bristol, and her colleagues, set up experiments that showed starlings will keep away from their food dish if a human is looking at it....
  • USAF Ordered to Step Up and Man Up

    03/25/2008 4:36:31 AM PDT · by Renfield · 76 replies · 1,921+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 3-23-08 | Jim Dunnigan
    March 23, 2008: A year ago, the U.S. Army was only getting about a third of its requests for Predator missions filled. The surge campaign was under way, and the new Secretary of Defense got involved with the growing number of complaints from army officers about the Predator shortage. The air force had about a hundred Predators, but only a dozen were in Iraq. Questions were asked. The air force said it did not have enough Predators, and that there was also a shortage of Predator operators. A typical Predator crew consists of an pilot and a sensor operator. Because...
  • Early life on Earth - no predators, plenty of sex

    03/20/2008 2:10:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 389+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/20/08 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sexual reproduction may be nearly as old as animal life itself, according to researchers who discovered a new species of organism that lived 540 million years ago. The tube-like creatures called Funisia dorothea anchored themselves in abundant flocks onto the shallow, sandy seabed of what is now the Australian outback. Nothing appears to have evolved yet to eat them, so they lived peaceful lives, reproducing sexually at times and by asexual methods such as budding at other times, Mary Droser of the University of California Riverside and colleagues reported in the journal Science. They behaved very much...
  • French Women 'Are Sexual Predators Now'

    03/06/2008 7:27:59 PM PST · by blam · 89 replies · 1,544+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-7-2008 | Henry Samuel
    French women 'are the sexual predators now' By Henry Samuel in Paris Last Updated: 2:50am GMT 07/03/2008 French women are becoming increasingly assertive in their sexual habits, while one-in-five younger French men "has no interest in sex", according to one of the most comprehensive surveys of the nation's love lives. Carla Bruni, wife of the French president, has talked publicly about her conquests Women now have more than twice as many partners as they did in the 1970s, according to the study by the French Aids research agency, which is backed by the government. "Are women just like men?" asked...
  • Female sex predators hard to understand

    02/25/2008 8:23:28 AM PST · by redrunner · 112 replies · 478+ views
    The Galveston County Daily News ^ | 2/24/2008 | Sara McDonald
    Schoolboys may have always harbored crushes on attractive teachers, but experts say more than ever before, flirtations between boys and women are developing into sexual affairs that lead to criminal charges, convictions and jail time. This month, Friendswood police arrested a 26-year-old private school teacher on charges that she had sex with a 17-year-old student along a deserted road. Days before, a 29-year-old Galveston City Hall worker was charged with sexually assaulting of 13-year-old boy who was a longtime friend of her stepson. Within the same week, a Deer Park High School teacher was charged with having sex with a...
  • Time served, sex offender who killed 6-year-old girl has come to live in Derry

    02/01/2008 5:53:09 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 84 replies · 19,970+ views
    Union Leader ^ | February 1,2008 | PAT GROSSMITH AND NANCY WEST
    Time served, sex offender who killed 6-year-old girl has come to live in Derry By PAT GROSSMITH AND NANCY WEST New Hampshire Union Leader DERRY – A man who strangled, then sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl and stuffed her body into a storm drain in 1981 is living near the Derry Montessori School, a park and the public library. Douglas Allen Simmons, 47, moved into 71 East Broadway, Apt. 3, Derry, over the weekend, according to police. Yesterday, his name and photo were posted on New Hampshire's child sex offender Web site. Simmons was a 20-year-old sailor when he lured...
  • Predators keep vigilant eye on Iraq

    01/22/2008 4:37:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 139+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Phyllis Hanson, USAF
    1/22/2008 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Taking center stage in helping win the war on terrorism in Iraq are unmanned aerial vehicles such as the MQ-1 Predator. Although the plane is small compared to the F-16 Fighting Falcon, it packs a punch with its vigilant purpose and silent victories. Since October 2007, the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron's two-man crews have successfully flown more than 300 sorties, helping to put a foothold on terrorist activities in Iraq. "We have made some close liaisons with the Army here on base and have helped them in a few very successful operations recently,"...
  • With predator populations rising, more calls for control

    01/20/2008 9:38:28 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 71+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 18, 2008 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Western states grapple with how to address an increasing threat to livestock from wolves and big cats.Ashland, Ore. - Around the West and in various ways, efforts to wage war on wildlife predators are increasing. Some examples: ranchers and environmentalists are fighting over a proposal to have the Environmental Protection Agency ban the use of two poisons that kill coyotes. A successful wolf-reintroduction program means wolves are likely to be taken off the endangered species list soon, and critics of removal say this would leave them vulnerable to indiscriminate shooting, particularly in Idaho and Wyoming. And here in Oregon, hunters...
  • Military Use of Unmanned Aircraft Soars

    01/01/2008 2:50:40 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies · 298+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1-1-08 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The military's reliance on unmanned aircraft that can watch, hunt and sometimes kill insurgents has soared to more than 500,000 hours in the air, largely in Iraq... the Air Force more than doubled its monthly use of drones between January and October... The dramatic increase in the development and use of drones across the armed services reflects what will be an even more aggressive effort over the next 25 years... For some Air Force pilots, that means climbing out of the cockpit and heading to places such as Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, where they can remotely fly the...
  • Wolf debate hits close to home for ranchers ( Canadian wolves )

    11/24/2007 6:50:43 PM PST · by george76 · 115 replies · 20,524+ views
    Associated Press...The Billings Gazette ^ | November 24, 2007 | MATTHEW BROWN
    PRAY - For rancher Randy Petrich, the removal of gray wolves from the endangered-species list - a move that would open up the animals to hunting in the Northern Rockies for the first time in decades - couldn't come soon enough. Petrich has seen fresh wolf tracks almost every morning this fall - close enough to threaten his cattle. "I believe that any wolf on any given night, if there happens to be a calf there, they will kill it," ... Just 12 years since the wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park ... federal officials say the sharp rise...
  • Teachers who seduce students deserve jail

    11/10/2007 9:21:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1,670+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 11/11/7 | Jack McElroy
    I'm sorry, but if teachers or coaches seduce high school students, they ought to spend some time in jail. That's not been happening around here lately. - Erin McLean, 29, a student teacher at West High School, had an affair with a male student that led to his death. She left town, got another teaching job in Nashville, tried to seduce another boy, then skipped out when that came to light. Prosecution has not been pursued. - David Higgins, 51, a West High ROTC instructor, videotaped female cadets changing clothes and convinced them to disrobe and perform stunts. He got...
  • Father of wolf victim relieved to have answers

    11/04/2007 10:21:55 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies · 327+ views
    CBC News ^ | November 2, 2007
    The father of an Ontario man killed in a wolf attack in northern Saskatchewan says it's a relief to finally have the truth come out. A coroner's jury in Prince Albert ruled Thursday that wolves killed Kenton Carnegie in November 2005. The 22-year-old University of Waterloo engineering student had been on a work-term ... An expert, who prepared a report for the coroner's office, said it was more likely a bear killed Carnegie. But in the end, the jury dismissed that notion, declaring it a wolf attack. "Kenton was an honest man," he said. "His life was honest, we didn't...
  • World's largest black bears live in Pennsylvania

    11/01/2007 6:59:52 AM PDT · by finnsheep · 3 replies · 87+ views
    PA Game Commission press release ^ | 10/30/07 | PA Game Commission
    Well, it's official, "At the latest measuring session of the Boone and Crockett Club, Pennsylvania black bears taken in the past three years placed first and second in North America. One of those - taken by Andrew Seaman Jr. of Dunbar in 2005 - is now tied with a bear taken in California for the largest ever taken legally by a hunter in the world."
  • Vacancies in rental houses, condos at 6-year low ( Denver)

    09/19/2007 11:18:42 AM PDT · by SaxxonWoods · 26 replies · 182+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 19, 2007 | John Rebchook
    The overall vacancy rate for-rent single-family homes, condos and other non-apartment unit properties in metro Denver dropped to a six-year low of 4 percent during the second quarter, a state report released today shows.