Submarine Questions of the Week Involve the USS Kitty Hawk Again
Thoughts to excite, alarm or foil paradigms, senses of humor, and imagination although not always in that order. "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool." -Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics 1965.
The second of three U.S. Navy warships carrying relief supplies to Georgia passed through the Turkish straits.
McCain's top strategists argue that the Bush coalition that won the last two presidential elections is dead and must be replaced by a new one that extends to the left, as Lieberman would. Bush strategists disagree, asserting that McCain is getting around 90 percent of the old Bush vote and can win the election with a few moderates added in.
The West has never been this united against Moscow's aggressive, neo-imperial foreign policy. But this has been building up for years, based largely on the inflammatory rhetoric of Russia's top leaders. Remember, for example, how then-President Vladimir Putin's repeatedly threatened the West with "asymmetric" responses -- for example, aiming the country's missiles at Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine in response to NATO expansion and the planned deployment of elements of a U.S. missile-defense system in Europe. In addition, there were those ridiculous media leaks about refueling Russian strategic bombers in Cuba and the threat from a top military leader to deploy Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad region. And don't forget Putin's incendiary speech in Munich in 2007. - The Moscow Times 26 August 2008
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The North Sea is an epeiric sea of the Atlantic Ocean. Located atop part of Europe's continental shelf, it's depth averages a mere 100 m (325 ft), with a 700 m (2300 ft) maximum. Some areas are as shallow as a scant 15 m (49 ft).
Has Vigilis ever submarined the Zechstein Sea? Possibly. Submarines are always silent and strange.
In April 2006, we introduced readers to an uncanny resemblance of Jolene Blalock's character (Sub-Commander T'Pol), the Vulcan officer in Star Trek: Enterprise, to a New Zealand ship's female figurehead. Check it out at left.
The material implies the existence of one or more ghost lineages, at least one of which (based on the relatively plesiomorphic partial femur) spanned the Middle Miocene to at least the Early Cretaceous, probably before the time of divergence of marsupials and placentals >125 Ma. ... We conclude that at least one previously unknown group of terrestrial mammals of uncertain affinities inhabited NZ between the Late Cretaceous and Early Miocene.
One of the primary obstacles to properly recording history has been the need to maintain national secrets. Military secrets are vital to national security.
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Confined Space Entry: Inside Maneuvers (CSH‑021K) 1Working in a confined space is a lot like working in a submarine – space is tight, atmospheric conditions are critical, and potential hazards abound. This dynamic program uses the USS Atlanta, a United States Naval submarine, and its crew as a dramatic backdrop to compare the dangers of working in a submarine to that of working in a confined space. The Trainer’s Toolkit contains the video program, Confined Space Entry: Inside Maneuvers, employee handbooks, a leader’s guide and several overhead transparency masters. - Idaho Occupational Safety & Health Consultation At Boise State University.
Flatus is indeed flammable, because methane and hydrogen are flammable gases, and they are both found in flatus. The odor in flatulence comes from hydrogen sulphide (which comes from foods in people's diet) and other sulfur or nitrogen containing compounds including methanethiol (metyhyl mecaptan). Upon lighting a match the hydrogen sulphide will ignite to form water (vapor) and sulphur dioxide. Removing the hydrogen sulphide also removes the odor.  Explanation .
In 2008, submarines have been placed in the global public's subconsciousness. As Charles Colton said, Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. [1820 C. C. Colton]
Baltimore native Michael Phelps has earned his legacy. Called the best Olympian ever on several occasions throughout the 2008 games, Phelps officially earned the title with his eighth gold medal.
Varying Perceptions of the U.S. Fourth Fleet's missions in chronological order:
November 7, 2001 - Sources: Terrorists find haven in South America - ... Across the river in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, two more mosques are suspected of involvement in terrorist activity. Argentine intelligence documents obtained by CNN map out what the intelligence sources said are links between the mosques and a laundry list of terror groups. They include Egypt's Al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya and Lebanese Hezbollah, both identified by the U.S. State Department as terrorist organizations linked to Osama bin Laden, and Egyptian Islamic Jihad, linked to Iran's Imad Mughniyah, who is on the U.S. list of most wanted terrorists. ... Argentine and Paraguayan prosecutors have identified another man, Assad Ahmad Barakat, as the regional operative for the Shiite extremist organization Hezbollah.
December 14, 2005 - Americas Policy Program Special Report ... South America's Tri-Border Area (TBA)—where the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge and which hosts a large Arab population—took on a new prominence in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the United States. Although arms and drug trafficking, contraband smuggling, document and currency fraud, money laundering, and pirated goods have long been associated with this region, it also has been characterized as a hub for Hezbollah and HAMAS activities, particularly for logistic and financial purposes. At year's end, press reports of al-Qaida operatives in the TBA had been disproved or remained uncorroborated by intelligence and law-enforcement officials. 3
April 13, 2006 - Invade Venezuela M.E. said (LOL)...The first new fleet since prior to WWII will be Roman-numeralled 'IV' (as in the missing 4th fleet). In a departure from Arabic numeralled fleets, the IV fleet will be phonetically referred to as the IV Fleet (as in Invade Venezuela). There are no firm plans to overthrow Chavez or invade Venezuela, but Venezuelan water temperatures are conducive to relatively easy training, maintenance, and swim call activities.
Fourth Fleet Established ...
April 24, 2008 - Navy Reestablishes U.S. 4th Fleet - MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead announced today the reestablishment of U.S. 4th Fleet and assigned Rear Adm. Joseph D. Kernan, currently serving as Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, as its first commander.
May 24, 2008 - U.S. Fourth Fleet in Venezuelan Waters - With U.S. saber rattling towards Venezuela now at its height, the Pentagon has decided to reactivate the Navy’s fourth fleet in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Aug. 4, 2008 - Chavez threatens to sink U.S. Fourth Fleet - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez boasted Sunday that his air force could sink the US Fourth Fleet in the Caribbean ... [registration required]
July 11, 2008 - Praetorianos said...
I live in Buenos Aires and i personally think they [the 4th Fleet] are here because of the natural resources (water).. I don't think their presence here is justified and should get the hell out of here. We are peaceful nations and if the US wants to fight drugs (as they say they do), they should pay more attention at home cos it s their children who use drugs. [emphasis added]
August 18, 2008 - Brazil has joined Canada and Russia in openly declaring it is beefing up its military to protect offshore energy reserves. The Brazilians have taken it one step further — they are in the process of acquiring the technology from France to build a nuclear-powered submarine.
August 19, 2008 - A Combatant Craft to counter the Asymetric Threat - Stiletto was designed with the needs of our special forces in mind. [SEALS]
August 19, 2008 - Hez[bollah] Submarines in South America? - 'In 2006, we were tracking ... around three of these,' said Admiral James Stavridis, southern Command boss, referring to the crude, four-man, fiberglass semi-submersibles that have become favorite tools of drug smugglers down south. 'In the year 2007,' Stavridis continued, 'it jumped to about 30. This year so far, in three months, we've seen about 30.' (British magazine Warships International Fleet Review reported Stavridis' comments in its latest issue.)
Submarines are always silent and strange.
One of the primary obstacles to properly recording history has been the need to maintain national secrets. M.E. acknowledges military secrets are vital to national security and safeguarding them remains an absolute necessity.
Both early and modern design of submarines combined the utmost in visionary potentials with among the boldest naval operations ever proposed. The impressive attack of the submarine Turtle against HMS Eagle that occurred off the coast of Staten Island on 6 September 1776, for instance, is wonderfully illustrated in this brief video:
The photo at left is an advertising graphic produced by human laborers in an asian rice field. Photos like the UK wheat field at right are of Linda Moulton Howe's alleged high strangeness genre, supposedly of unknown purpose and origin. These occur most frequently in the UK, Canada, Australia, and the US, however.
Well, paradise is where martyred Saleman Abdirahman Dirie must be now, unless he really committed suicide in Denver's upscale Burnsley Hotel, located only 2 miles from the site of this month's DNC convention.
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Last month M.E. posted The 'Littorals' - Part 1 - Submarines and Surface Craft, noting that SSNs and SSGNs are littoral combat ships in every sense of the word short of directly landing troops or SEALS. SSNs and SSGNs can piggyback SEAL delivery vehicles, however.