Thin fibres have been found in batches of petrol sent to Manchester pumps after a slip up at a refinery. The fibres clog up filters and eventually lead to the engine cutting out. Damian, who sent me the link, thinks this might explain the spate of breakdowns in the area.
Just a random thought about words, which I may throw at a few Freepers later to upset them. The Iraqi guerillas are being reffered to as ‘militia’. Now, the second amendment- about the only one safe under Dubya- calls for the creation of an armed militia to defend the homeland (I paraphrase). Are these guys exercising their constitutional rights, or is the NRA a terrorist organisation?
I didn’t promise NO war, just less.
A little bit of humility in the American ranks. They finally admit that they misjudged the average Iraqi’s willingness to replace one military regime with another.
“There is a big cultural difference between the US and the Arab world. That makes it hard,”
Another DEx idea makes its way into the real world. The team is going to have wireless equipment to deploy at crime scenes as they gather information and little information tablets/ PDAs to enter notes on. North Wales Police are giving beat officers PDAs (and tablet PCs inside vehicles).
Interesting article by Slate over here. Just an excerpt to keep you interested.
“At face value, these statements dispense with months of debate over covert, indirect Iraqi sponsorship of terrorism. Iraq, represented by its third-highest ranking official, now embraces terrorism openly and directly. Any regime that threatens to “use any means to kill,” “follow the enemy into its land,” “kill 5,000 people” at one time, and take the battle to “all who support” American and British troops�not just “those who wear the military uniforms”�is implicitly targeting civilians. By any definition, that’s the essence of terrorism”
After a relaxing week of doing nothing, all of a sudden I find myself put to work for a day. Why me god? This isn’t fair at all. The Gods must be telling me to take the evil webmaster out for beer and give him some money as well. Damn, I was hoping to avoid that for a while….
I was hoping to get a GPS so I could log the latitude and longitude of all my pictures and one day put them on a map. As the Guardian reports, other people have had similar, and larger, ideas. The conversations for the UpMyStreet listing of my area did seem to dwell on the crime problem, which is a little disconcerting. And I think I just promised to GeoURL all my pics of the day.
I went away and found out where to register to vote yesterday, though I may not make it onto the list in time for the local elections (still don’t know if there are any in my area, that’s a job for later today.) And, as if I didn’t have enough of a reason to register, today I found out that the BNP are putting a couple of hundred candidates up for seats. I doubt any of the idiots would dare to run in Longsight, but I’ll be ready with my ballot just in case.
So that Spinneyhead can get back to its normal themes of sex, cycling and just how stupid Americans can be, I’m going to try and post most war related stuff to Sounds of Soldiers. Abnormal service will now resume.
The special forces POW rescue in Nasiriyah is the Boy’s Own sort of stuff that the war planners want more of, to distract us from the stupid reasons the poor soldier was put at risk for in the first place. My second thought, after ‘nice one’ was that this’ll be a movie soon, a sort of Blackhawk Down for GW2 painting it as a Just war and priming US filmgoers for whatever new invasion is being planned.