Archive for January, 2015

Skydiving

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

An excellent article from Charlotte Magazine about skydiver and champion, Cheryl Stearns‘ career and bicycle accident that temporarily got her grounded before the 20k-th jump. Streans currently holds the women’s world record for the most jumps in a single day: 352. That’s one jump every four minutes, on average. Damn!

Sadly, I am fuly aware of this. Ten years after I gave up paragliding because I thought it was too dangerous, I had my first serious bicycle accident from which I still haven’t fully recovered. My neck still squeaks in the morning. As we said back then, accidents always happen on the ground. Not in the sky. It’s always the ground that you’re hitting. Most aviation accidents involve proximity to the ground or water bodies.

Streans, do get well, and see you soon in the sky again.

Tot Secu

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Securiștii profită de atentatele din Franța ca să introducă pe ordinea de zi, în regim de urgență, un pachet de măsuri legislative care încalcă drepturile omului. Este vorba despre legea stocării datelor de trafic ale utilizatorior de telefonie și internet, precum și de legea privind identificarea utilizatorilor de cartele telefonice prepay. Aceste două legi au fost declarate neconstituționale de Curtea Constituțională a României în cursul anului trecut. În Franța există deja astfel de legi, ceea ce nu i-a împiedicat pe atentatori să ucidă mai multe persoane.

Russian propaganda

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

An excellent article by Peter Pomerantsev about present day Russian TV propaganda. We have featured another one by him back in 2013. It looks like he also finished his book in the meantime. I should probably read it.

Just yesterday I have been reading an article about Kremlin extending its news tentacles around the world. As if RT wasn’t enough already. Below is such an example of pro-Kremlin media news reporting:

One of our readers has recently sent me an article from RT, claiming a radioactive leak occured at the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant and blaming it on the operator’s attempts to fuel one of the plant’s reactors with nuclear fuel supplied by Westinghouse Electric. I won’t even bother to link to such fiction. After a bit of research I found out that reactors of similar design located in Czech Republic had already used Westinghouse fuel without any incidents, but later switched to Russian made nuclear fuel provided by TVEL because it was more cost efficient. Additionally, two reactors at the the South Ukraine NPP have been running on nuclear fuel assemblies from mixed suppliers.