... Finally Friday ... 9-7-2007


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Selected news and photographs from the internet for the week prior to 9-7-2007.

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... Finally Friday ... 9-7-2007

  1. 2. FOXNEWS.COM Report: Pentagon Has 3-Day Plan to Knock Out Iran's Military Sunday, September 02, 2007 The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians' military capability in three days, according to a national security expert in Sunday's edition in the Times of London. Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for "pinprick strikes" against Iran's nuclear facilities. "They're about taking out the entire Iranian military," he said. Debat was speaking at a meeting organized by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told The Sunday Times that the US military had concluded: "Whether you go for pinprick strikes or all-out military action, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same." It was, he added, a "very legitimate strategic calculus". President George Bush intensified the rhetoric against Iran last week, accusing Tehran of putting the Middle East "under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust". He warned that the US and its allies would confront Iran "before it is too late". Israel, a close ally of the United States, has warned it will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, making its own preparations for airstrikes. If the United States back downs, it is said to be "ready to attack."
  2. 3. Las Vegas Hilton Announces MiG Flight Experience Program Signs unique sponsorship with STRAC aviation and CHIMPP corporation. Las Vegas, NV ( PRWEB ) September 6, 2007 -- The Las Vegas Hilton, a classic property that has transformed itself into a contemporary resort that ranks among the world's most famous and popular destinations, today announced a new sponsorship relationship with STRAC Aviation, LLC and CHIMPP Promotional Experts. Through this unique, innovative, and creative sponsorship alliance, the Las Vegas Hilton becomes a business sponsor of STRAC's L-39 "MiG" jet-fighter aircraft operations. The resort's best casino customers will have the opportunity to personally experience the thrill and excitement of flying in a genuine Soviet-era high-performance military jet aircraft. Under the personal guidance of retired airline Captain Bob "Snake" Cox (STRAC Aviation), selected participants will experience ground-school safety training, learn about aircraft procedures and capabilities, and be tutored in aircraft control and communications. The highlight of the program is the personal flight experience in a real Soviet jet. "This is not a ride simulation," says Captain Cox, "this is a genuine Soviet-era high-performance military aircraft, with a top speed of 600 miles per hour. Its power and maneuverability are unmatched in a jet of this type. But, we take it easy on participants and only do maneuvers that they are comfortable with and discussed beforehand. Safety and comfort are our top priority." "In a 'been there, done that' era, this is truly an innovative and unique program," says CHIMPP Promotional Experts' Jim Personius. "As an industry leader, the Las Vegas Hilton was looking for something that no one has done before and we have put together a fantastic program for our sponsor and their VIP clients. This program gives new meaning to the term 'corporate skybox.' "
  3. 4. Woman sees own heart on display Jennifer Sutton, 23, from Ringwood, Hampshire, successfully underwent an operation to replace her heart earlier this year. She had developed a life-threatening condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy in her teens. Now the original heart, which nearly killed her, has been put on temporary display by the Wellcome Collection in central London. The exhibition explores the medical and cultural significance of the heart.   Jennifer decided to lend her heart to the Collection after undergoing surgery at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, in June. She hopes to help increase public awareness about organ donation - and the disease that could have ended her life. She said: "Seeing my heart for the first time is an emotional and surreal experience.   BBC
  4. 5. Elderly couple wins big lotto - again  August 30, 2007 NEW YORK --How lucky can you get? Very. Adeline and Eugene Angelo won $5 million Thursday after buying the winning ticket in last week's Lotto game. In 1996, they won $2.5 million after splitting a $10 million jackpot with three other people. Eugene Angelo, 81, said he and his wife would share their new fortune with their three sons and their families. Taking the lump-sum payment of $2.5 million, Eugene and Adeline and each of their sons will get about $513,000 before taxes. "We're a little older, a little wiser and there are a few more of us, when you count the grandkids," Angelo said at a news conference. "We're still the same old people. Still very excited. It's a great feeling." Adeline Angelo, 74, a retired medical secretary, said she hoped the new money will "buy us good health and longevity." Their last big prize allowed the couple to move from the Bronx to Putnam County, about 50 miles north of the city. Eugene Angelo said they would continue to live modestly. But they will continue to buy lottery tickets "just for the fun of it," his wife added. The Angelo sons -- Eugene Jr., 48, Steven, 47, and Michael, 42 -- who joined their parents at the news conference, said they would use the money for home renovations, new home purchases and their children's college education. Eugene Jr. said his father spent about $42 on lottery tickets every week, and has done so since the lottery began 29 years ago. The couple bought their latest ticket at a market in Croton Falls for the drawing on Aug. 18, just one month shy of their 50th wedding anniversary, on Sept. 28.
  5. 6. The makers of the single-engine Victory hope it will become the first personal jet to use a whole-airframe parachute When the alternative is a fiery crash at terminal velocity, hitting the ground at 25 ft. per second sounds almost cushy. That’s the speed at which a plane will land when dangling from a whole-airframe parachute: It’s 5 ft. per second faster than a sky diver lands, and the bone-jarring equivalent of an 11- to 13-ft. drop. According to Minnesota­-based Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS), its chutes have been deployed successfully in real-world situations roughly 160 times since 1983—saving 203 lives. Initially an option for small, piston-engine aircraft, whole-airframe chutes are now being developed for personal jets. “You’re going to see a lot more of these chutes,” says Alan Klapmeier, CEO of Cirrus, which recently unveiled a V-tail single-turbine jet that will come standard with a chute. “When everything else goes wrong, you have one more chance to save your life.” Diamond Aircraft also plans to offer chutes on new jets in the next few years—but the Victory, an experimental single-turbine from Epic that requires less FAA oversight than a certified model, will likely pioneer the jet-ready chutes. The $1 million jet should be available this fall, and Epic hopes to install chutes as soon as BRS finishes them.
  6. 7. The very first McDonald’s store in Des Plaines, IL. Check out Speedee touting the 15¢ price and the fact that they had sold over 1 million - read that: ONE MILLION! - burgers !
  7. 8. Mobile Barbecue Pit: a BBQ Grill Chopper! When Andrew Fishel, the owner of New York restaurant RUB, wanted "the sickest, baddest thing in the world," he commissioned Orange County Chopper (of the American Chopper TV show fame) to create a mobile BBQ pit.
  8. 9. Clark Gable 'Had Affairs With Men' Legendary actor Clark Gable was secretly bisexual, according to a new biography. David Bret's book Clark Gable: Tormented Star claims the legendary womanizer had relationships with openly gay men and was "gay for pay" in his early career. It adds that, as a child, Gable was branded a "sissy" by his father, which prompted him to adopt a macho image and denounce homosexuality. The five-times-married star died in 1960 at the age of 59.   Starpulse News
  9. 10. The latest work by British artist Damien Hirst entitled, "For the Love of God." The diamond-encrusted skull by British artist Damien Hirst sold on Thursday for 100 million dollars (75 million euros), a record price for work sold by a living artist, a London gallery announced.
  10. 11. Pics of the Week
  11. 18. Cairo 2007
  12. 19. Big White Cat
  13. 34. Motivation Posters
  14. 40. Girls Are Wonderful
  15. 42. Models display a creation of the Colombian designer Amelia Toro during the "Exposhow 2007" in Cali, September, 4, 2007.