by DAVID AXE Artist Matt Bors alerts us to a case of cartooning plagiarism: This isn’t [accused plagiarizer David] Simpson’s first go-round at the light box. He was fired from his previous cartooning gig at Tulsa World in 2005 for redrawing a Bob Englehart cartoon. His excuse that time was claiming he found an unsigned version [...]
Archive of Oct 2011
A deadly suicide attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul at the weekend underscored a key vulnerability in the alliance’s practices. A vehicle filled with explosives rammed a heavily-armored transport traveling along a predictable route. Seventeen NATO soldiers and civilians died in the blast.
A ruthless campaign of killing, extortion and kidnapping by Mexico’s powerful Zetas drug cartel has created plenty of enemies, from the Mexican government to paramilitary vigilantes to rival cartels. But now the Zetas have a new adversary: the hacker collective Anonymous.
Word Bubble 10/28/11
by DAVID AXE One Somali official told The Associated Press that during the fight for Deynile [neighborhood in Mogadishu, Burundi] lost between 30 and 50 soldiers in a single day.
The Air Force is giving Lockheed Martin another $24 million to, among other things, figure out why the roughly 170 Raptor stealth fighters it built have apparently been asphyxiating their pilots.
A campaign of kidnapping that began at sea with Somali pirates has expanded onto land and across Somalia’s borders. Pirates and their allies in the Somali terror group al-Shabab have begun targeting tourists and aid workers in Kenya and Puntland, a mostly self-governing region in northern Somalia.
The U.S. Air Force’s most sophisticated fighter aircraft have been hobbled by unresolved problems with their oxygen systems, potentially undermining American efforts to balance a rapidly modernizing Chinese air force.
Five years after the U.S. backed a disastrous Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, Washington is considering supporting another ill-conceived incursion into the war-torn East African nation — this one by neighboring Kenya. Meanwhile, the U.S. has escalated its drone campaign against Somali insurgents, apparently coordinating the aerial strikes to take advantage of the Kenyan advance.
The U.S. Navy’s roughly 55 nuclear-powered attack and guided-missile submarines represent one of the United States’ biggest advantages over potential enemies. The Navy this year managed to double, to two a year, the annual production rate for Virginia-class submarines, resulting in a long-term attack sub force of no fewer than 40 vessels – more, by far, than any other nation.
Orders grounding the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter spread from Virginia to Alaska this weekend, briefly sidelining up to half of the roughly 170 Raptors. It’s becoming clearer by the day that the problems vexing America’s premier stealth fighter are neither minor nor temporary.
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up
by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Chile A university boycott by thousands of Chilean students demanding education reforms has led to a shortage of military recruits, provoking the government to call up 57,000 18-year-olds for potential service in 2012. The military usually has more than enough volunteers to fulfill its needs, but as the boycott has shut the [...]