April 5, 2010 archive

Afternoon Edition

Afternoon Edition is an Open Thread

Early Edition.

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Pakistan attacks kill 46, target US consulate

by Lehaz Ali, AFP

51 mins ago

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Islamist militants armed with guns, grenades and suicide car bombs targeted the US consulate in Pakistan’s northwestern capital and a political rally, killing 46 people on Monday.

The attacks in quick succession were among the deadliest so far this year in nuclear-armed Pakistan, where insecurity has raised concerns in the United States as Washington steps up the fight in Afghanistan and against Al-Qaeda.

Pakistan’s Taliban claimed responsibility for the consulate attack, claiming it was to avenge a US drone war targeting top militants in Pakistan’s border areas with Afghanistan, and threatened further assaults on Americans.

Hate Open Thread

Obama Should Sign Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples Because…(#2)

Obama should sign the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples because…

Docudharma Times Monday April 5

Monday’s Headlines:

Scores rescued from flooded Chinese mine

Diverse Hay Festival line-up promises 11 days of illumination


In Colorado, health-care debate reverberates in congressional race

Ranchers Alarmed by Killing Near Border


Support for Pope in the face of ‘petty gossip’

Pope makes no mention of abuse scandal in Easter sermon

Middle East

Israel allows goods to go to Gaza traders after three years

Inside the world of the ‘Kennedys of the Gulf’


A new danger for sex workers in Bangladesh

Afghanistan’s women defy militants to learn to read


South Korea tanker hijacked by Somali pirates

Pakistan: U.S. Consulate Attacked

There are varying reports this morning that the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan may have been or has been attacked.

Stratfor has this:

One attacker was able to blow up in the U.S. Consulate premises, AAJ TV reported April 5. The front side of the U.S. Consulate has been totally destroyed. Reports of seven or eight security personnel in the Consulate are dead. The Consulate’s communication system is down.

Three explosions, two rocket attacks and subsequent gunfire have been reported in the near vicinity of the U.S. consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 5. The attack occurred early afternoon local time when the consulate would have been full of both American and local employees. The death toll is reported at 36 but is expected to rise.

There are no assessments yet of the damage that the consulate building has sustained, but reports indicate that the explosions led to the collapse of other, adjacent buildings. Pakistani soldiers are also reported to be engaging militants in gunfire, indicating that militants are actively engaged in an attack near the area – possibly with the intention of breaching the U.S. consulate.

Many U.S. diplomatic missions (including the one in Peshawar) have a number of built in security features, such as a perimeter wall, ample stand-off distance between the buildings and the wall, reinforced concrete structure and windows and marines stationed inside to ward off attacks. While militant activity in the tribal belt of northwest Pakistan has led to regular attacks against targets of the Pakistani state, today’s assault against the consulate is an extremely rare direct attack on a U.S. target.

STRATFOR is monitoring the situation for more details.

Muse in the Morning

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Egg 2010 – 1

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Late Night Karaoke

Open Thread

Before and After Tale from our Great Lakes

I recently had an opportunity

to visit some shorelines on Lake Michigan

and Lake Huron (after almost 2 decades away)

and the peaceful inland seas,

were beautiful and restoring.

But what stunned me most

was the green algae mats, most places

(both dead and living).

Easter Sunset Open Thread

Hello and I hope everyone had a happy Easter. I did a sunset on the fly today and I thought you might like to see. But first this view of the Cloisters from the “A” train at Dykeman Street.

Below the fold, I think I captured a moving sunset.

Pique the Geek 20100404: The History of Easter

The Geek usually does not write about history, but he will make an exception.  First, Easter this year coincides with my father’s birthday.  He was born on this date in 1919.  If he were still alive, he would have just turned 91 years old.  My granddad on his side lived to that age.

Second, Easter is by proclamation the highest of the Holy Days in the Christian tradition.  Christmas is also joyful, but everyone is borne and only One has, as tradition and religion insists, been resurrected.

Third, the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences insisted on a well rounded education before anyone could be graduated.  Whilst I am a scientist, I appreciate literature, art, architecture, and especially history.

On a historical note, today is the date on which Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968.  On a more personal historical note, my father would have been 91 today, but he died in 2005.

Sunday Train: King of the Mountain, Part 1

Burning the Midnight Oil for Living Energy Independence

I noted near the beginning of the Appalachian Hub series about the special advantages offered by rail electrification for this project.

Now that I have sketched out a process by which a national Steel Interstate network of corridors can, in fact, be built in this coming decade, this is probably a good time to come back and take a look at the challenges that are faced when putting the Steel Interstates through hilly and mountainous terrain.

Of course, if rail electrification was a particular benefit in mountainous terrain, one would expect to see it in places like, say, Switzerland.

Picture of a Swiss electric freight west of the Albula tunnel

Marjah is not Iwo Jima

Hi, my name is Mike Gravel and I’m a former US Senator from the state of Alaska.  I’m standing in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial, and I’m blessed to live a block away, in fact, from my balcony I can look down at the Iwo Jima Memorial.

What this memorial represents is a sacrifice our young men have given for the safety of this country.  Today we are visited with threats to our safety, but they’re of a different kind.  They’re not of the kind of the Second World War, nor are they of the kind of the Cold War.  What we have today is global terrorism.

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