The World’s First floating nuclear power plant

It’s not the one the Russians are building. Given the Russian’s record of failure with nuclear reactor’s and generally poor environmental record, any buyer’s are doing so at their own risk.

The world’s first floating nuclear power plant was built in the early 1960s by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It was the MH-1A Sturgis, a converted WWII Liberty ship. The BBC falsely reported that the Russians were building the first floating nuclear power plant back in 2006, and other news agencies are still repeating their mistake.

Also posted at Urbin Technology.

BHO does not trust US Military Officers

Graduating Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis will not be allowed to wear their swords, which are part of the official dress uniform, in presence of our Dear Leader.
According to the Washington Times, nothing resembling a weapon is to be allowed in the presence of the one described by a hard core leftist as “our great and divine leader.”

Let’s get this one straight, these are graduating Midship from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, who are about to become active duty officers of the U.S. Navy, swearing an oath to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution and Barack Hussein Obama is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Yet these young men and women, who are about to put their lives on the line to implement our Dear Leader‘s foreign policy can not wear a sheathed ceremony sword in the same room as the President of the United States of America, who will be guarded by multiple Secret Service agents carrying semi-automatic handguns, fully automatic SMGs, and quite probably a few more weapons more modern and dangerous than a meter long length of steel that may or may not even have a decent edge on it.

Just which one of our Dear Leader’s handlers decided on this bit of policy that can be described as absurd, paranoid and insulting in the extreme to the men and women of United States military?

Sadly, I can’t say I’m surprised by this action, it does fit the mindset of our Dear Leader and his leftist policies.

Memorial Day Monday Book Pick: Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose

A Memorial Day special Monday Book Pick. If you have seen the series and haven’t read the book, do so. There is a lot of detail that didn’t make it to the screen. This book follows Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from their initial training to the unit’s deactivation in November 1945. The Normande landings on D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and more.

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Boston University Tri-Service ROTC Pass in Review

I was at the Boston University Tri-Service ROTC Pass in Review ceremony yesterday and got a lot of great photographs. Here is one that I think came out quite well.

Army Cadet with Saber
Army Cadet with Saber

This photo is also posted on the Slices of Life Photography Blog.

There are more photographs of this event at Urbin Photography.

Update: November 3, 2009, I’ve learned that there is an ad on Facebook using this photograph, without my knowledge or permission, and with my copyright notice clearly cropped off. If you see this add on Facebook, could you please flag it as a copyright violation and send me a screenshot of it.

Kudos to the Cast & Crew of Star Trek!

The new Star Trek movie had an advance premiere, complete with the cast and director.
What is really cool, is where they held it. Camp Arijan, Kuwait. Yup, a sneak premiere for members of the US Military serving overseas.

Present were actors Zoe Saldana, Bryan Burk, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Eric Bana and director/producer J.J. Abrams.

Here are some quotes collected by Spc. Howard Ketter

“We feel priviledged to be here and to meet the people who are working hard on our behalf,” said John Cho, who starred as Hikaru Sulu in “Star Trek” the movie.

“It’s so easy for people to take for granted, the fact that [service members] are here doing work that makes this possible,” said Abrams.

“It struck us that there was an opportunity to not just have it be about the movie, but to have it be about something that’s more important than all that stuff,” Abrams commented.

Good on Abrams and the cast!