Iran creates competitor to Russian missile

Sources say that the Iranian version of the S-300, dubbed the Bavar (Belief) 373, is just as effective as the Russian version, suggesting possible collusion between the two countries in its development. One Iranian source said that technology from China also is incorporated in the indigenously built Iranian air defense missile.

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The Commentator – Loony Left: What happened to global warming?


You’ve heard of the Gaia ‘theory’, right? I think it’s to do with blue people that live in FernGully, or something. Well, anyway, the environmental guru responsible for its formulation, and climate-alarmist-extraordinaire, James Lovelock, delivered a lèse majesté against his tribe’s sovereigns this week, admitting in a phone interview with

The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened”, before adding that he’d been guilty of “extrapolating too far”.

(H/T Watts Up With That)

Id est climate alarmism has gone overboard; yes, including when they THREATEN TO BLOW YOU UP.

The Commentator – Loony Left: What happened to global warming?

Flying Not Quite as High | The Weekly Standard

The success of Western airpower in recent wars, however, had a foreseeable result: Potential adversaries are investing in systems that prevent access to their airspace. During the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia, the U.S. Air Force faced a Russian air defense “no-go zone” that it could not penetrate or could have penetrated only at unacceptable cost. The lesson is simple: To survive an attack on your homeland or forces, deny the United States control of the air. 

Russian-made sophisticated multi-layered integrated air defense systems (IADS) present the greatest threat. These comprise rapidly deployable and movable surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and launchers, engagement and acquisition radars, over-the-horizon radars, high-speed data links and computer networks, variable wave radio frequency transmitters, and the like. The most advanced systems can track and engage targets out to 250 miles, thereby pushing Western air forces farther out from enemy territory. The missiles an adversary can field will almost always outnumber the planes that the U.S. Navy and Air Force can put in the air. These IADS are already deployed by China and Russia, and countries such as Iran and North Korea continue to invest in air defense systems. Even older model mobile SAMs can be lethally accurate and difficult to destroy. 

Flying Not Quite as High | The Weekly Standard

Chilean Fish Farms and the Tragedy of the Commons

Puerto Montt, Chile — Five years ago, while much of the world teetered toward an epic economic collapse, this bustling fishing port in southern Chile plunged into a crisis of its own. But, instead of a castrophic failure of banking and real estate, Chileans found themselves dealing with an invisible virus that had travelled literally from the opposite end of the earth.

In just two short decades, enterprising Chileans had built a thriving, $3 billion-a-year aquaculture industry, growing salmon in floating pens, processing them in and around Puerto Montt, then shipping their prized fillets off to the US, Japan, Europe and beyond. But in 2007, those pens were infested with a lethal microbe that wiped out millions of fish and threatened to kill the industry.

Now those salmon farms are back; Chile expects a new production record this year – a staggering 700,000 metric tons of Atlantic and Pacific salmon. Along the way, enterprising fish farmers learned some essential lessons about the risks surrounding microbiology and the recurring “tragedy of the commons.”

Chilean Fish Farms and the Tragedy of the Commons

The crash is not the problem. The crash is the solution to another problem(s). In this case poor salmon farming practices allowed this virus to spread. Once Chile changed its farming practices they started bouncing back.

Inside the Ring: Brotherhood Threat

Islamists linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and similar groups are working to undermine the U.S. government through “civilization jihad” aimed at imposing Islamic law rule in the United States.

That is the conclusion of a new 10-part online video course produced by the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a Washington think tank, that was made public Tuesday.

The briefing-style educational video, “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within,” features lectures by CSP chief Frank Gaffney.

The video includes a detailed section on “Team Obama” that identifies six people working close to or inside the Obama administration that the course says are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood or similar Islamist groups through numerous front organizations.

Inside the Ring: Brotherhood threat – Washington Times

Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Overview

Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within [YouTube Playlist]

Military Secrets Leak From U.S. Universities – Businessweek

For 15 days in late 2009, Internet users in 36 countries, including China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan, viewed sensitive information about U.S. weapons technology that was supposed to be for American eyes only.

The disclosure, which prompted a rebuke from a U.S. State Department official, came from a Georgia Institute of Technology course for federal employees and contractors on infrared technology used in weapons-aiming systems for aircraft, ships and tanks. Asked by instructor David Schmieder to copy the course onto a DVD, Georgia Tech’s media staff instead uploaded it to servers.

“I completely forgot the course’s access was restricted,” Media Quality Control Supervisor Edward Bailey told university investigators, according to documents obtained from Georgia Tech through a public-records request.

Military Secrets Leak From U.S. Universities – Businessweek

Rumors of War III: Target U.S. – GBTV – YouTube

GBTV Special on the threat the United States faces due to infiltration of Muslim Brotherhood and otrher radical groups into our country and the governments ignorance and apathy to it or their secretive cohesion with them. A wake up call to all Americans!

Rumors of War III: Target U.S. – GBTV – YouTube

Netanyahu’s choices: Strike Iran before or after Israeli elections

Pressure is building on Netanyahu for an early election. However, this pressure might force Netanyahu to launch an attack on Iran earlier than he had originally planned.

Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are facing another of the periodic opposition campaigns to unseat them – this time by pressure for an early election a year before its October, 2013 date. New faces have joined the opposition lineup. They are focused on challenging the current government’s credentials for leading an Israeli attack to preempt a nuclear Iran. These two goals are interchangeable. However, before the campaign peaks, debkafile’s analysts report it has begun to backfire.

The prime minister, after turning the situation over for 48 hours, assented. He figured that the key weapon adopted by his rivals to knock him over was not in fact in their hands but in his: It is up to him and him alone to decide whether to attack Iran. In fact, if an election was forced on his government, he could defeat their scheme by bringing the attack forward.

So the impression of Netanyahu and Barak fighting with their backs to the wall against a body of generals is totally misleading.

Their opponents are beginning to realize that their anti-government offensive has missed its mark and may well blow up in their faces. The pressure for an election may therefore dissipate in the coming days – or not. That too is up to Netanyahu. He may decide that a successful operation against Iran would assure him of an election victory and wipe out his rivals. For now, he’s got his foes guessing.

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