news bits

  • | US Marines back accused soldier (November 17, 2004): US marines have rallied round a comrade under investigation for killing a wounded Iraqi during the offensive in Fallujah, saying he was probably under combat stress in unpredictable, hair-trigger circumstances. I wonder if the US is still denying that this war is a new Vietnam.
  • As Powell goes, US doors get harder to open - World - When Colin Powell leaves his post as Secretary of State, so too goes his deputy, Rich Armitage, the de facto minister for Australian affairs in the Bush Administration. And so too goes an era in Australia-US relations. I think it speaks volumes that Powell is no longer willing to work for Dubya.
  • | Thieves steal 10-tonne bridge (November 15, 2004): [The local MP said] Who are the bastards that have flogged our bridge? That's a champion effort. Maybe someone did the old 'got a bridge to sell' and they decided to take what was theirs :) Probably being sold off as scrap metal.
  • Scramjet hits Mach 10, sets record. 17/11/2004. ABC News Online: An unmanned experimental jet has broken a world speed record by accelerating to about 11,200 kilometres per hour high over the Pacific Ocean in a NASA test of cutting-edge engine technology. They talk about potential commercial flights... I can imagine it: 'your cabin staff will now fly past your seat under several Gs of acceleration, anything you can snatch off the trolley is yours...'


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