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  • NATO Takes Over U.S.-Built Missile Shield, Amid Russian Suspicion

    07/08/2016 6:38:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 7/8/16 | reuters
    NATO took command of a U.S.-built missile shield in Europe on Friday after France won assurances that the multi-billion-dollar system would not be under Washington’s direct control. The missile shield, billed as a defense against any strike by a “rogue state” against European cities, is one of the most sensitive aspects of U.S. military support for Europe. Russia says the system is in fact intended by Washington to blunt its nuclear arsenal, which the U.S. denies. “Today we have decided to declare initial operational capability of the NATO ballistic missile defense system,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference....
  • Can Captain America's Shield do Damage?

    05/05/2016 9:00:45 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 20 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 5/5/2016 | C Buckner
    Last week the full titanium model of Captain America’s shield stood up to the test against 8 rounds .45 ACP caliber. This week we get to find out if it can be successfully used as an offensive weapon to go for the kill. The titanium model that Jerry Miculek is using is a 12-pound shield that matches exactly that of Captain America. Take a look at the video as Miculek tries his hand at throwing the shield as a weapon at a ballistics dummy to see what the damage may look like. See the result here.
  • One Pic Says It All: The Evil Of Hamas

    08/04/2014 6:01:06 PM PDT · by GilGil · 30 replies
    Redflagnews ^ | 8/4/2014 | Staff
    A Hamas soldier is seen here hanging kids off of a house so that Israeli forces will not attack the house. This case is now in international court. Details below. International Criminal court case number 241-14 Complaint to ICC Khalid Meshaal 07.29.2014 final Letter to ICC crimes against humanity Khairulla Khairakhwa, Barack Obama
  • The United States Lowers Israel's Diplomatic Shield at the United Nations

    07/28/2014 9:05:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Cable ^ | Colum Lynch
    Despite a history of rocky relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration could largely be counted on to watch Israel's back in the U.N. Security Council, where it succeeded for more than five years in blocking successive efforts by the Palestinians to gain more of the trappings of an independent state and to get the world body to formally censure Israeli settlement policies. That changed after the stroke of midnight Sunday when, in the early minutes of Monday, July 28, the U.N. Security Council, with the backing of the United States, issued...
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Shield now Available Without Thumb Safety

    06/19/2014 6:37:23 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies ^ | 6-19-2014 | Smith & Wesson
    Smith & Wesson Corp. is now offering versions of its popular M&P Shield™ pistol in both 9mm and .40 S&W without the single-sided thumb safety. Brought to market after numerous requests from private citizens, law enforcement professionals and firearm retailers, the new models retain original design features that have helped to solidify the M&P Shield’s reputation in the marketplace as a reliable, accurate self-defense firearm. Whether deployed as a backup sidearm for police personnel, a deep concealment pistol for plain-clothes officers or an every-day firearm for concealed carry permit holders, the M&P Shield has been met with wide approval. The...
  • A look at ABC’s new series: ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,’ ‘Super Fun Night,’ and more [VIDEO]

    “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (Tuesdays at 8): From Joss Whedon; with Clark Gregg back in his role as Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, he leads a small group of agents from a worldwide law-enforcement organization.
  • ABC bets TV viewers will marvel at superhero show

    05/14/2013 2:18:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue May 14, 2013 4:20pm EDT | Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine
    Walt Disney Co’s ABC network is tapping its blockbuster “Avengers” franchise for a new TV show, looking to reverse a ratings decline that put it last of the four largest networks among audiences coveted by advertisers. The network is so confident in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” that it scheduled the show on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. eastern time, where it will face off against TV’s top-rated scripted show, CBS’ crime juggernaut “NCIS.” ABC plans to air a total eight new shows this fall, according to a schedule of its Fall lineup that was released by the network. It will also...
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Review

    04/17/2012 5:32:35 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 17 April 2012 | David Gonzales
    In my assessment, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield appears to be one of the more interesting product announcements to come out of the 2012 NRA convention that was recently held in St. Louis. With this announcement Smith & Wesson has thrown their hat into the ever crowding compact pistol arena.The M&P Shield is a striker fired weapon and is just .95 inches wide by 4.6 inches high and is just 6.1 inches long.It weighs 19oz. and comes chambered in either 9mm or .40 S&W. The feature that grabbed my attention is the thumb safety on the left side of...
  • Obama Justice Department tells Court to shield White House visitor logs from disclosure & FOIA law

    04/29/2010 5:18:25 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 19 replies · 869+ views ^ | April 29, 2010 | Not listed
    Court Precedent Contradicts Obama Administration Position Justice Department Lawyers Claim Previous Court Cases “Incorrectly Decided” Contact Information: 202-646-5172 ext. 305 Washington, DC Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that the Obama Justice Department advanced the erroneous claim in an April 21, 2010, court filing that Secret Service’s logs of White House visitors are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  As Judicial Watch noted in its original complaint filed on December 7, 2009, this claim “has been litigated and rejected repeatedly” by the courts.  The Justice Department filing comes in...
  • Israel unveils defense shield for Merkavas

    04/07/2010 8:44:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 530+ views
    UPI via Space Daily ^ | 4/6/2010 | UPI via Space Daily
    As Israel braces for more wars with Hezbollah and Hamas, the army has unveiled a miniature anti-missile system to protect its Merkava tanks and other armored vehicles from missiles that Hezbollah used with withering effect in the 34-day 2006 conflict. The system, known as Trophy, has been in development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for some time but was given impetus by the setbacks the Israeli military suffered in the 2006 fighting. The Merkava IV saw its first heavy combat in the 2006 war. At the recent unveiling of Trophy at a military base overlooking the Mediterranean, the commander of...
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois losing 650 jobs

    08/12/2009 11:28:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 545+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/12/09 | Bruce Japsen
    Preparing for the future under health care reform, the parent of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will shed 650 jobs amid the economic downturn that has caused its employer customers to reduce employees and a demand from Congress and President Obama to reduce administrative costs. Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp, which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas today confirmed plans to reduce its workforce by about 4 percent across the country. Jobs will be eliminated by the first quarter of 2010.
  • Polish pianist stops show with anti-US tirade

    04/28/2009 4:23:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 51 replies · 2,584+ views
    Guardian (U.K.) ^ | April 28, 2009 | Andrew Gumbel
    Krystian Zimerman, the great Polish concert pianist, is usually a man of few words. He doesn't, as a rule, talk to the audience during performances. He says little or nothing in the press between his all-too-rare concert tours - not even about his habit of travelling everywhere with his own Steinway grand piano. He rarely grants them the pleasure of an encore. So he triggered more than the usual rumble of discomfort when he raised his voice in the closing stages of a recital at Los Angeles' Disney Hall on Sunday night and announced he would no longer perform in...
  • Israel successfully tests 'Iron Dome' anti-rocket shield

    03/26/2009 6:15:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 712+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | March 26, 2009 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    The Iron Dome anti-rocket shield passed a critical test in the past 48 hours, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday evening, in a message that will be welcomed by residents of the rocket-battered western Negev. During the test, a number of rockets were launched, "of the same type that were fired in recent years at Israel," and the Iron Dome system responded "accordingly," the Defense Ministry said, using terminology indicating a successful interception of the projectiles. The Iron Dome system is slated to defend southern and northern Israel from Hamas and Hizbullah rockets, and be a key component in a...
  • Friends with Russia or Nuclear Free Iran?

    02/13/2009 12:58:12 PM PST · by QenBirQeni · 202+ views ^ | 2009-02-13 | kilner et al
    If anyone is under the illusion that Russia has become insignificant in the international stage better think again. To day, they still pose the greatest threat to the United States. What's worse, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the general threat of terrorism throughout the globe, as well as a soon to be nuclear Iran, have caused many of our politicians to settle into complacency. No more is this evident than the utter silence of any political talk on the current negotiations by the White House with Russia to back off the deployment of the missle shield in Eastern...
  • Gaza victims describe human shield use

    01/30/2009 8:51:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 733+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1-30-09 | staff
    Members of a Gaza family whose farm was turned into a "fortress" by Hamas fighters have reported that they were helpless to stop Hamas from using them as human shields. Palestinians search through the rubble of their home in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo: AP Slideshow: Pictures of the week They told the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper that for years Hamas had used their property and homes as military installations from which the group would launch rockets into Israel, dig tunnels and store arms. According to the victims, those who tried to object were shot in the legs by...
  • The Shield final ep - likes? dislikes?

    12/10/2008 12:41:51 PM PST · by Hacksaw · 23 replies · 775+ views
    12/10/08 | The Hack-Man
    This was by far my favorite show. I really don't watch TV at all anymore except at break on work, but I would always go out of my way to catch up with "The Shield". Thoughts: When Mackey confesses to his crimes, hearing everything he's done at once is a real shocker. We have seen some of the things he has through the episodes, but he always has something "good" he does as well (like saving that priest from blackmail, getting that young gang banger into a juvi program, etc). But when we hear everything at once, it really hits...
  • Alexander the Great's "Crown," Shield Discovered?

    04/25/2008 7:11:55 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 225+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 4-23-2008 | Sara Goudarzi
    Alexander the Great's "Crown," Shield Discovered?Sara Goudarzi for National Geographic NewsApril 23, 2008 An ancient Greek tomb thought to have held the body of Alexander the Great's father is actually that of Alexander's half brother, researchers say. This may mean that some of the artifacts found in the tomb—including a helmet, shield, and silver "crown"—originally belonged to Alexander the Great himself. Alexander's half brother is thought to have claimed these royal trappings after Alexander's death. The tomb was one of three royal Macedonian burials excavated in 1977 by archaeologists working in the northern Greek village of Vergina (see map of...
  • Russia demands permanent access to shield sites

    04/08/2008 12:49:51 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 63+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/8/08 | Oleg Shchedrov and Christian Lowe
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian concerns over Washington's plan for a missile shield in Europe will only be eased if Russian officers have permanent access to the shield facilities, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. Russia says the planned shield is a threat to its own security and the row over the issue has helped to drive diplomatic relations with the United States to their lowest point since the Cold War. Moscow has, however, agreed to consider a set of confidence-building measures proposed by Washington to allay Moscow's concerns. "In all these many proposals we are interested only in two...
  • Poland Questions the Missile Shield

    03/13/2008 5:04:57 AM PDT · by buzzer · 4 replies · 374+ views
    SPON ^ | 03/13/2008 | msm/reuters
    Poland Questions the Missile Shield The formerly staunch US ally has shifted its tone, and now an ambitious pet project of the Bush administration -- a missile shield to protect Europe and the United States -- is no longer a sure thing in Poland. Until recently, it looked like the US missile defense shield was a done deal when it came to cooperation with Poland. Although no formal agreement had been signed, the government under Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski seemed eager to make the Americans happy -- and was even willing to ignore European Union concerns when it came to...
  • Russia could aim rockets at European missile shield - Putin

    02/16/2008 6:13:51 AM PST · by em2vn · 29 replies · 77+ views
    Novosti ^ | 02-14-08 | staff
    Russia may have to retarget some of its rockets at the missile defenses that the U.S. is planning to deploy in Central Europe, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. "Our experts believe the system threatens our national security," Putin said at his final annual news conference in the Kremlin echoing comments he made on Tuesday. "If it appears, we will be forced to respond appropriately - we will have to retarget part of our systems against those missiles." He also said Russia could be forced to redirect its missiles at Ukraine if NATO bases are deployed in the country. "We...
  • Sun shield to let space crews boldly go to Mars

    01/29/2008 7:52:57 PM PST · by BGHater · 26 replies · 87+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 28 Jan 2008 | James Randerson
    · Scientists simulate solar wind in Oxfordshire lab · Magnets give protection against cancer risk "Shields up!" barks Captain James T Kirk as the Starship Enterprise braces itself for another blast from the Klingon cruiser, referring to that essential accessory without which the crew could never have ventured beyond the final frontier. And while real astronauts are not thought to face quite the same risk from alien species, engineers are developing a similar shield to protect them from the solar wind, a stream of high-energy charged particles from the sun travelling faster than the speed of sound. They say protecting...
  • US jet intercepts ballistic missile for first time

    12/04/2007 3:52:23 PM PST · by ECM · 15 replies · 300+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | Dec 4 07:35 PM US/Eastern | AFP
    A US F-16 fighter used an air-to-air missile to destroy a sounding rocket in its boost phase for the first time this week in a test of a new missile defense concept, US spokesmen said Tuesday. The system -- named the Net-Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCDE) -- breaks new ground in that it would arm fighter aircraft or drones with missiles fast enough to intercept a ballistic missile as it lifts into space. The aircraft would have to get to within a 100 miles of the launch site to catch the ascending missile in the first two to three minutes...
  • Atlantis Astronauts Inspect Shuttle Heat Shield

    06/09/2007 4:02:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies · 1,102+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/09/07 | Tariq Malik
    Atlantis Astronauts Inspect Shuttle Heat ShieldTariq Malik Staff Writer 37 minutes ago A torn insulation blanket (upper right) on the port side of the Shuttle Atlantis is shown in this video grab from the orbiter's end effector camera during a survey of the spacecraft's thermal protection system June 8, 2007. (NASA TV/Reuters) Astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle Atlantis scanned their spacecraft's heat shield for any signs of damage Saturday as they continue on course towards the International Space Station (ISS). Atlantis launched into orbit late Friday on a planned 11-day construction mission to the orbital laboratory. Commanded by veteran shuttle...
  • Gates: Department Will Shield Troops from Funding Shortfall

    05/03/2007 9:35:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 263+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 3, 2007 – The Defense Department will take “every action necessary for as long as possible,” to ensure that troops fighting in Iraq are not affected by the delay in approval of its supplemental war funding, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday. The longer the supplemental funding goes unapproved, the greater the financial disruptions on the Army, but most of those will be absorbed as monies are transferred from accounts for U.S. construction, training, hiring and travel and funneled to supporting the war, Gates told Pentagon reporters. President Bush on May 1 vetoed an emergency war-funding...
  • U.S. seeks control of Europe through missile shield - Gorbachev

    04/12/2007 1:45:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies · 479+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 4/12/07
    KALININGRAD, April 12 (RIA Novosti) - Deployment of U.S. missile-defense bases in Poland and the Czech Republic is an attempt by the U.S. to control Europe, the former Soviet president said Thursday. "It is all about influence and domination in Europe," Mikhail Gorbachev said. "I believe it is wrong that America did not even bother to consult its NATO allies." Asked how Russia could respond to these plans, he only said: "Time will show." The U.S. revealed plans in January to deploy elements of its missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland to counter possible attacks from Iran...
  • Build antimissile shield together: Russian lawmaker

    04/08/2007 7:55:39 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies · 625+ views
    A senior Russian lawmaker called Saturday for Russia to be included in US plans to build a missile defence system in Europe, warning Moscow will otherwise view the antimissile shield as a threat. "Russia has every reason to be interested in close cooperation in creating Eurasian missile-defense systems," Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the State Duma, wrote in an opinion piece in the International Herald Tribune. "And any attempt to build them without Russia (which is not only an interested party but also geographically and technically the most suitable place for an effective antimissile defense) automatically...
  • Russia Fears US Missile Shield Could Renew Arms Race

    04/06/2007 12:19:00 PM PDT · by bedolido · 26 replies · 640+ views
    VOA ^ | 4-6-2007 | Anya Ardayeva
    The United States is trying to reassure Russia that an American missile defense shield in central Europe will not undermine Russia's national security, but the Kremlin's reaction so far has been deeply skeptical. The United States says the rockets it plans to build will carry no warheads, and are intended only to intercept attacking missiles. Authorities in Russia say the U.S. plan could drag the world into a new arms race. Anya Ardayeva reports for VOA from Moscow.
  • Don't Take Poland for Granted

    03/21/2007 5:14:58 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 24 replies · 556+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, March 21, 2007 | Radek Sikorski
    WARSAW -- The U.S. proposal to place radar and interceptor sites for a new missile defense system in Central Europe -- respectively, in the Czech Republic and Poland -- may generate a new security partnership with the countries of the region. Or it could provoke a spiral of misunderstanding, weaken NATO, deepen Russian paranoia [...] Early omens are worrisome. Some genius at the State Department or the Pentagon sent the first official note describing possible placement of the facility with a draft reply attached -- a reply that contained a long list of host countries' obligations and few corresponding U.S....
  • Missile Defenses in Europe Would Shield Against Iran, Not Russia

    02/22/2007 5:22:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 204+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2007 – Basing missile defenses in Eastern Europe would protect the United States, deployed U.S. troops and Europe against Iran and other rogue nations, but would pose no threat to Russia’s missile deterrent, the director of the Missile Defense Agency said here today. Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry Obering briefed media members at the National Press Club here about plans to deploy missile defense capabilities to Poland and the Czech Republic. The United States could put the first of a projected 10 interceptors in place by the 2011 time frame if the details are hammered out...
  • US-Russia tensions rise over antimissile bases

    02/22/2007 6:47:23 AM PST · by A. Pole · 3 replies · 263+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 21, 2007 | Arthur Bright
    A top advisor to President Bush left for Moscow Tuesday to deal with rising tensions between the US and Russia over American plans to build missile defense bases in Poland and the Czech Republic. The International Herald Tribune reports that national security advisor Stephen Hadley set out for talks in Moscow just a day after a Russian general warned that Poland and the Czech Republic could become targets if they played host to US antimissile bases, meant to defend against Iranian ballistic missiles. The trip by the adviser, Stephen Hadley, was planned weeks ago. But it now comes in the...
  • US Reiterates Missile-Defense Plan Not Directed at Russia

    02/20/2007 7:12:44 AM PST · by A. Pole · 10 replies · 264+ views
    The Voice of America ^ | 15 February 2007 | David Gollust
    The Bush administration reiterated Thursday that the missile defense system it plans to build in central Europe is not directed against Russia. The comments follow a reported warning that Moscow might withdraw from a Cold War-era arms reduction agreement if the U.S. plans go forward. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department.Officials here say Russia has been consulted at various levels about the U.S. missile-defense plans and intentions, and they say they are puzzled by the repeated caustic comments about the envisaged system from Moscow.The Bush administration announced last month it was opening formal negotiations with Poland and the...
  • U.S. plans missile bases in Europe (Eastern Europe; Czech Republic , Poland)

    01/22/2007 12:57:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 700+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/07 | Vanessa Gera - ap
    WARSAW, Poland - The United States has entered a decisive phase in a plan to set up missile defense sites in Eastern Europe — a system Washington says is aimed at protecting itself and its allies against potential attacks from the Middle East. But the prospect of sophisticated U.S. radar and interceptor systems in formerly communist Eastern Europe has led Russian military leaders to warn of a new arms race. The system "would create a clear threat for Russia," Col. Gen. Vladimir Popovkin, the chief of Russia's Space Forces, warned Monday. The United States told Polish leaders it wants to...
  • BBC: Missile shield 'threatens Russia'

    01/22/2007 7:42:42 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 807+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 22 January 2007, 14:47 GMT | BBC Staff
    Missile shield 'threatens Russia' The US has had mixed results from its missile tests US plans to expand its embryonic missile defence shield to the Czech Republic and Poland are an "an obvious threat", Russia military officials say.Poland has confirmed the US wants to negotiate the use of its territory to build part of its missile defence base. On Sunday, the US asked permission from the Czech Republic and received the backing of Czech PM Mirek Topolanek. Washington says it needs interceptor missiles in Europe to stop attacks by states like Iran or North Korea. It hopes to build...
  • HUMINT: Shields of Flesh

    10/20/2006 8:51:26 PM PDT · by humint · 2 replies · 227+ views ^ | 21 October 2006 | News - humint
    Gone fission: Iran offers visits to nuclear plantsAfter the surprise announcement by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear facilities will be opened to tourists, Persian Voyages says it is “awaiting formal instructions” on how to arrange visits, but is considering including nuclear plant stop-offs in its next trip in December. Nasrin Etemadi, managing director of Persian Voyages, the UK’s leading tour operator of trips to Iran, said: “We were very surprised by the announcement. I think it was made to show that Iran is a peaceful place. If even tourists can see nuclear facilities then it...
  • U.S. Must Move to Full Missile Defense

    10/10/2006 6:53:04 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 54 replies · 1,043+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | October 9, 2006 | Frank Gaffney, Jr.
    U.S. Must Move to Full Missile Defense by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.Posted Oct 09, 2006This week, HUMAN EVENTS begins an occasional series of exclusive articles in which leading conservatives who served in the Reagan Administration explain how they believe the principles of Reagan conservatism ought to be applied today and in the coming years. This week, Frank Gaffney, who served in Reagan’s Defense Department, addresses the issue of missile defense. Ronald Reagan is now esteemed around the world for having the vision and the leadership skills to bring about the demise of the Soviet Union. He is less widely appreciated...
  • Poland wants US pact in exchange for missile silos

    09/14/2006 10:48:51 AM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 13, 2006 | Jim Wolf
    Poland wants US pact in exchange for missile silos WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Poland wants a bilateral pact and improved air defenses as part of any deal to become the first ballistic missile-defense hub outside of the United States, its defense minister said on Wednesday. There would be "downside" to hosting such a facility, Radoslaw Sikorski told a forum during a visit to the United States by Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski. The United States is seeking to put up to 10 interceptor missiles in underground silos in Poland or the Czech Republic to shoot down long-range missiles that could be launched...
  • CONTROVERSIAL SHIELD (U.S. National Missile Defense)

    09/10/2006 12:09:06 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 394+ views
    The Warsaw Voice ^ | 6 September 2006
    CONTROVERSIAL SHIELD By W.Z. 6 September 2006 The location of part of the U.S. National Missile Defense (NMD) system in Poland, known as "the shield," remains an open issue. Although politicians of the governing coalition stress that the project would bring Warsaw even closer to Washington, voices opposing the construction of such military structures in Poland are equally vocal. According to the Pentagon, the shield is meant to defend the United States and their allies against a limited missile attack by any of the so-called "rogue states," such as North Korea and Iran. The system consists of ground-based radar and...
  • 'Bats' shield Airmen from harm

    08/15/2006 6:48:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 593+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Ryan Hansen
    8/15/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Their mission is simple: save the lives of troops on the ground in Iraq by providing an electronic shield around them. That is the job of the 43rd Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron. Known as the Bats, they take to the air every day of the week to actively support coalition warfighters in harm's way by providing electronic combat coverage. As one of only a few electronic combat squadrons in the Air Force, the 43rd EECS's special skills are in high demand. When not deployed, the 43rd ECS and its sister squadron, the 41st ECS,...
  • Shanghai Builds Vast Bunker To Shield Against Terrorism Attack

    07/30/2006 6:19:57 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 838+ views
    Shanghai builds vast bunker to shield against terrorism attack (Filed: 31/07/2006) The authorities in Shanghai, which is the Chinese financial hub, have built a huge underground shelter against the eventuality of terrorism or industrial accidents. The vast 968,400sq ft subterranean complex could accommodate 200,000 people for up to 15 days.It is linked to government offices, commercial and residential areas and the transport system by a labyrinth of tunnels. The bunker can protect occupants from "nuclear radiation, poisonous gases, explosions and other disasters," the state's news agency Xinhua reported yesterday. "In peacetime, parts of the bunker could be used as garages,...
  • Shark Shield Bites Back

    03/05/2006 9:00:44 AM PST · by voletti · 29 replies · 1,085+ views
    Business Week ^ | 3/5/06 | Ian Cochran
    In the wake of two especially brutal attacks in Australia, ocean-lovers can try a new invention to ward off the toothy terrors This year got off to a bad start in Australia, which had its first fatality in January when 21-year-old Sarah Whiley died from shock and blood loss after being savaged by up to three bull sharks while swimming off a Queensland beach. A short time after, Bernie Williams was mauled on the elbow by a Great White, diving not far from Perth. The animal then proceeded to stalk him while he hid in a crevice on the ocean...
  • Right: Hamas victory will harm Kadima

    01/25/2006 2:18:49 AM PST · by familyop · 4 replies · 350+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 25JAN06 | GIL HOFFMAN
    A victory for Hamas in Wednesday's Palestinian election will strengthen the Right in Israel and harm Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima Party, MKs on the Israeli Right said on Tuesday. They said a Hamas victory would serve as a wake-up call for the Israeli public that would begin a process of support shifting from Kadima and Labor to parties further to the Right. "Hamas is a terrorist organization that wants to destroy Israel, and it was strengthened by the disengagement," Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu told reporters outside the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. The head of the Likud's...
  • The Shield Begins in One Week!

    01/02/2006 9:43:06 AM PST · by LS · 36 replies · 834+ views
    FX Channel | 1/2/06 | LS
    Ok, Vic Mackey fans. This year Forrest Whittaker tries to do what David Acevedo and Glenn Close could not---tame Vic Mackey. Also, 24's new season should be starting soon! Man I'd love to see Jack Bauer and Vic team up for a little whoop-@ss on terrorists!
  • India for land-air missile defence shield

    11/26/2005 5:57:28 PM PST · by Dyaus Pitar · 6 replies · 485+ views
    India has decided on a synergised land and air-based missile defence system, and the US, Russia, France and Israel would be invited as technology partners, should they agree, and on the Indian side, DRDO, ISRO and BARC will participate. Following a US presentation weeks ago, the government mulled the offer of outright purchase of a missile defence system, and rejected it, given the peculiar nature of the threat to India, with in-flight missile time from Pakistan being merely 3.50 minutes and from China seven minutes. After considerable brainstorming, the government has decided to split the missile defence system with a...
  • Michigan; Don't Shield Those With Shields

    11/05/2005 12:57:25 PM PST · by cougar_mccxxi · 3 replies · 329+ views
    Grand Rapids Press ^ | Monday, October 31, 2005 | Grand Rapids Press
    Some bad ideas look even worse at second glance. That's true of legislation that would potentially protect rogue police officers from scrutiny. The measure has been reintroduced in the Legislature, where it died last year. It deserves the same quick burial this time. Under the bill, statements made by law enforcement officials in internal investigations would no longer be subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act. The statements could be disclosed only if the individual responsible for them gave written consent or if a court subpoenaed them. The first is highly unlikely, the latter an unnecessary obstacle to the...
  • IDF reveals revolutionary shield system

    03/09/2005 3:10:00 PM PST · by solmar_israel · 45 replies · 1,328+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/9/05 | Jpost
    The IDF has revealed a revolutionary new protective shield system for its armored vehicles that intercepts and destroys missiles and rockets with a shotgun-like blast just before they hit. The system is called Trophy and was shown in public for the first time during this week's arms fair at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds during a conference on Low Intensity Conflict sponsored by the IDF's Ground Forces Services. The Trophy was developed by RAFAEL together and Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Group and General Dynamics. Known as an "active protective system" (APS), it is seen as a major milestone in weapons...
  • Canadian Prime Minister says "nope" to missle defense.

    02/23/2005 2:47:28 PM PST · by doublehelix · 37 replies · 910+ views
    This comes as no surprise, but our do-nothing neighbors to the North have declined participation in the missile defense shield. Apparently, the support just isn't there within the House to "risk" the Liberals losing future elections over. The fact that this issue is so charged that Canadians would vote them out of office if they supported it should give us all a little into the mindset of our "allies." I don't know how else to read it other than Canadians prefering to bind our hands when it comes to defense. Does the majority of Canada prefer to see more destruction...
  • First Missile Interceptor Installed at Vandenberg AFB

    12/06/2004 6:23:30 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 4 replies · 448+ views
    The Lompoc Record ^ | 12/6/04 | Janene Scully
    The Lompoc RECORD First missile interceptor to be installed at VAFBBy Janene Scully - Associate Editor12/5/04 Countdown clocks ticking off minutes, hours and days will hit zero with this week's installation of the first missile defense interceptor at Vandenberg Air Force Base.On a remote section of northern Vandenberg early Tuesday morning, crews expect to begin lowering the first missile defense interceptor to its underground home.Rain or heavy wind could force the crews to postpone their work, officials warned.The missile, and a second to be added this month, join six already in place in silos at Fort Greely, Alaska, for the...
  • Dark, Leafy Greens Help Shield Eyes from Cataracts

    12/03/2004 10:10:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 696+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/04 | Alison McCook - Reuters Health
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research provides further evidence that substances in kale, spinach and other green vegetables help protect aging eyes from cataracts. In an experiment, investigators found that human eye cells treated with antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin showed less damage after being exposed to ultraviolet rays, the sunlight ingredient considered a major contributor to cataracts. Cataracts occur when proteins in the eye's lens begin to clump together, forming a milky cloud that obscures vision. Currently, around 20 million Americans have cataracts, and research suggests that the more sunlight you are exposed to in life, the greater...
  • U.S. destroyers deploying off N. Korea(Ships are first phase in Bush plan for 'missile shield')

    09/24/2004 3:08:46 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 65 replies · 1,941+ views
    AP ^ | 9/24/04
    In the first step toward erecting a multibillion-dollar shield to protect the United States from foreign missiles, the U.S. Navy will begin deploying state-of-the-art destroyers to patrol the waters off North Korea as early as next week. The mission, to be conducted in the Sea of Japan by ships assigned to the Navy’s 7th fleet, will help lay the foundation for a system to detect and intercept ballistic missiles launched by “rogue nations.” Washington hopes to complete the network over the next several years.
  • Kobe Bryant Ruling a Step Towards Equity in Rape Trials

    08/02/2004 5:16:51 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 8 replies · 804+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/2/04 | Glenn Sacks
    Kobe Bryant Ruling a Step Towards Equity in Rape Trials By Glenn Sacks A Colorado judge issued a highly controversial decision late last month on a matter that should not be controversial. Judge Terry Ruckriegle ruled that Kobe Bryant, who is facing four years to life in prison for an alleged rape he claims was consensual sex, can introduce evidence that his accuser had other sexual encounters in the 72 hours before her medical examination for the alleged assault...