Archive for December 2009
Unfortunately today Canada lost four soldiers and a female journalist in a bomb blast in Khandahar City.
In Khost, Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed eight American civilians. It has now been revealed that the base is a C.I.A. Special Activities Division base. The acronym is SAD.
The Special Activities Division (SAD) is a division of the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) National Clandestine Service (NCS), responsible for covert action and other “special activities”. These include covert political action and paramilitary special operations. Within SAD there are two separate groups, one for paramilitary operations and another for political action. The Political Action Group within SAD is responsible for covert activities related to political influence, psychological warfare, and economic warfare. The rapid development of technology has also added computer or cyber warfare to their mission. A large covert operation usually has components that involve many or all of these categories, as well as paramilitary operations.
Special Operations Group (SOG) is the element within SAD responsible for paramilitary operations. These operations include the collection of intelligence in hostile countries and regions, and all high-threat military and/or intelligence operations which the U.S. government does not wish to be overtly associated with conducting. As such, members of the unit (called Paramilitary Operations Officers) normally do not carry any objects or clothing (e.g., military uniforms) that would associate them with the United States. If they are compromised during a mission, the government of the United States may deny all knowledge.
C.I.A. SAD agent.
The Winnipeg suburb of Charleswood has a few eccentric features about it. It is known for a very big deer population which causes many problems with drivers. It is also known for having hardly any sidewalks on its streets. I guess deer don’t use sidewalks. But for pedestrians it must be somewhat dangerous.
I have also discovered a bizarre housing development while I was searching Google street view. It is called Westboine Park Housing Co-op. Some cursory research shows that it is some type of collective housing organization that has no landlords or leases. That is as much as I can figure out.
What it does have is some of the most interesting urban architecture I have ever come across. The housing units look like something that should be at Falcon Lake or in Thompson, Manitoba. The siding is wood like, but it is the shape that is incongruous. The roofs are as steep as a ski-jump. They are located north of Roblin off of Shelmardine Drive. The pictures speak for themselves.
The first picture shows the non-existant sidewalks.
Sports team nicknames come in all shapes, sizes and strange meanings. Most of the major professional leagues have names that make immediate sense. Vikings, Bruins, Rangers and Yankees. But there are some that are a little hard to understand. Maple Leafs, Browns, Dodgers (what the hell is a dodger?), Thrashers and Blue Bombers. Blue Bombers has to be one of the greatest ambiguous team nicknames of all time.
But once you get to the college ranks and minor pro leagues in North America, almost any name goes. Check below to see some of the weirdest.
Mary Baldwin College Fighting Squirrels
Syracuse Salty Dogs
North Carolina Tar Heels
Ohio Weslayan Battling Bishops
Webster College Gorlock
Whittier College Poets
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
Everett Aqua Sox
Since the early 1980’s a few American arms companies have come up with ultra-long distance 50 calibre sniper rifles. Fifty cal is a really big bullet. And as the Americans take guns extremely seriously, they have developed sniper guns that can take down a really big camel at 3000 meters.
These rifles split Jihadists in half. Fifty cals can knock out vehicles by ripping into the engines or snapping axles. Helicopters can be knocked out of the air. When a terrorist gets hit by one of these slugs, his split remains make his buddies think twice. The Mexican drug cartels have used them. So they are spreading.
The US companies that make them — Barret, McMillan and Cheytac corporations — sell them to private individuals. So basically anybody can buy one. I’m sure the authorities in the States usually know where the guns are going, but it is just a matter of time before the terrorists get their hands on one. One of these things could knock Obama’s chopper out of the sky. And we don’t want Joe Biden running the USA, do we?
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airliner has the dubious distinction of being the most back ordered aircraft in history. Delays have led to more than 875 airplanes on back order. Over 40 airlines are waiting for their planes.
Winnipeg is a major centre of production for wing to body fairings for the 787. Sub-contractors from around the world could not procure the needed parts, perform the subassembly on schedule, or both. This lead to major delays. But the problems seem to be ironed out and the assembly lines in Winnipeg are humming.
Boeing Winnipeg is a Tier I partner to the 787 Dreamliner program and is responsible for the Wing-to-Body Fairing, Main Landing Gear Doors and the Vertical Fin Fairing for the lifecycle of the program. Boeing Winnipeg also supplies the Engine Strut Forward and Aft Pylons for the 787 as a Tier II Partner.
These are pictures of ship breaking in Chittagong, Bangladesh. These old ships are pulled ashore and then the work begins. Unskilled labourers use mainly setaline torches to break down the ships. The steel is then pulled or carried to trucks further inland.
The labourers can make up to US $1.50 a day. No safety equipment or standards. The heat can be excruciating. Tough days work.
Western countries used to break down their own ships. But dismantling a steel ship is costly with high union wages in European countries. So the ship owners sell the ships to ship breaking firms in India, Bangladesh and China.
This has got to be the closest to earthbound hell that you can get.
T.G. Hamilton was one of Winnipeg’s stranger characters to say the least. He held many seances in his Henderson Hwy home. It is near Hespeler. Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made a visit to the house in the early part of the century.
Below are some pictures taken at the house of ectoplasm. To me it looks like early photo-shop.
Thomas Glendenning Hamilton (November 27, 1873 – April 7, 1935) was a Canadian doctor, school board trustee and member of the Manitoba legislature. He is best known however for the thousands of photographs he took during séances held in his home in Winnipeg in the early 1900s. His wife, Lillian May Hamilton, and his daughter, Margaret Hamilton Bach, were co-researchers and continued this enquiry into life after death after he died.
Ectoplasm is a term coined by Charles Richet to denote a substance or spiritual energy “exteriorized” by physical mediums. Ectoplasm is said to be associated with the formation of ghosts, and asserted to be an enabling factor in psychokinesis.
Another building in Winnipeg purported to be haunted is the Demon Hotel on Hargrave between Assiniboine and Broadway.
Esteemed demonology historian Nad Deene gives this description of the history of the Demon Hotel:
It is believed to be haunted by the damned souls who died within it’s walls. They say they had to close it down when tenants were driven to madness by paranormal activities.
There are stories of homeless squatters who have gone in and never been seen again. Sometimes when you walk by, you can see the faces of tortured souls at the windows pleading for salvation. But they say nothing, because their tongues have been cut out.
It all began when the Victorians built that Dalnavert house on the site of an ancient Indian burial ground. The natives buried their insane there, who had been possessed by evil spirits. The house became haunted, and many of the family died under mysterious circumstances. Because of this the house was empty for almost a century. Then they built that museum around the house. The demonic spirits can’t stay in a place that is active and alive, so they fled to the nearest “dead” structure they could find: The Demon Hotel. Now they wait, for the unwary person who foolishly enters this abode of the damned.