Monday, January 24, 2011

The making of an Air-force Advert

Here is a great advert for being part of the US Para-Military rescue team and also, how they put the advert together. Amazing how the advert turns out compared to the acting.

USAF Pararescue because even SEALs and Rangers need to call 911 sometimes.

Film crew from Los Angeles, California came to Vandenberg air force base to shoot an official air force commercial. The commercial featured a search and rescue team helping out an injured airman during a mission. Airmen from Vandenberg as well as other air force bases worked together as actors and extras to put the commercial together.

Power Lift-Off of Spy Satellite

Who knows what this satellite is for, but it sure is a POWER lift-off

Its the most powerful rocket ever launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base. For the first time, a Delta IV heavy rocket is at the base being prepped for launch. Since the 1960's, Delta rockets have carried satellites into orbit.

The Delta IV is meant to accommodate larger loads. Lieutenant Colonel Brady Hauboldt, launch squadron commander, said, "This is essentially three rockets put together on one space launch and it'll be quite a show."

In fact, in it's final configuration, it will stand around 238 feet tall. To give you a comparison-- the rocket is as tall as a 23-story building. As for its power, it's incredible. It can launch a school bus that weighs more than 28,000 pounds into orbit, around 22,000 miles above the earth. Hauboldt, said, "It allows us a new capability for our nation that we hadn't had previously."

Jeffry Picower's widow of Madoff refund - "Settlement honors what Jeffry would have wanted!"

Compliments NEW YORK ( The effort to recover money for victims of Bernard Madoff took a dramatic turn Friday when Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said that the widow of one of the Ponzi scheme's biggest beneficiaries agreed to turn over $7.2 billion. She had agreed to return "proceeds" collected over 35 years. His widow has denied that her late husband knew he was benefiting from a scam. "I am absolutely confident that my husband Jeffry was in no way complicit in Madoff's fraud and want to underscore the fact that neither the trustee nor the U.S. attorney has charged him with any illegal conduct," she said. Picower also said she hopes the settlement will ease the suffering of the victims.
Full article HERE

Interestingly, Barbara professes her late husband’s innocence and has said that she wants to return the money because it’s the right thing to do.“This settlement honors what Jeffry would have wanted,” she said in a prepared statement, “which is to return this money so that it can go directly to the victims of Madoff.” If this is true - what what a powerful and moral response! Kudos to Barbara! She did the right thing!!!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The JFK Assassination - The Security Detail Finally speaks out!

Clint Hill and Jerry Blaine, former U.S. Secret Service agents assigned to protect President John F. Kennedy, are now telling their story about that fateful day 47 years ago in Dallas. Clint Hill is the agent who sprinted to the car and tried to jump over and cover the president. To this day he has guilty feelings for not taking a bullet for the president.

These humble men, are in fact heroes and although they have suffered post traumatic stress disorder, nightmares and a feeling of failure, they need to recognize that they did everything they could have done. To say that if he would have reacted earlier by two seconds, he may have saved the president, is not a fair comment (even coming from themselves). It was destined that JFK would die that day - G-d had willed it to happen and nothing any person could have done would have saved him. What Hill and Blaine need to realize is that that they did their duty - they ran to cover the president, and they did protect the first lady and president from further bullets. They are heroes because they put their lives on the line in a time of stress and did what they trained to do. Our mission in life is to do our best. If we have done our best then we have fulfilled our obligation. Its a pity they never had proper counselling in those days which would have helped them through that difficult period and the subsequent guilt feelings.

In the confusion that day, Blaine came close to shooting the newly sworn in president Johnson. In an unexpected turn of events the president came out to get some fresh air. Blaine thought this was an intruder and raised his gun with his finger on the trigger. When he saw the president, (and saw President Johnson turn white) he lowered his gun. This is another proof of the impressive character of these people. After being awake for 40 hours straight, and under the tremendous pressure of that day, he still did not pull the trigger in error. Security people have needed to make quick decisions under pressure and many have killed the wrong people by mistake.

A newly detailed account of the assassination is written up in a new book called "The Kennedy Detail", by former agent Jerry Blaine. It's written with journalist Lisa McCubbin, and based on interviews with many of the agents who protected Kennedy. Former agent Hill, has rarely granted interviews about the shooting, but did write a foreword to this book. CNN has an interesting interview with Blaine and Hill - see below:-

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chinese Piano Maestro plays with his feet?

China's got talent found a piano maestro who plays with his feet!!! As a young boy he lost his arms in a bizarre accident where he touched some high tension wires. After almost giving up, he was found by a gentleman, with the same handicap, who came to help him live again. He loved music and decided to try to learn the piano - no one would teach him, reasoning that even someone with arms has it hard enough, and who would look at someone playing with his feet. He told them, you will live to regret your decision, and so it is. He is moving to the final and people are brought to tears by his achievements and beautiful piano music.
It goes to show - sometimes people are more disabled before their accidents than after - afterwards they really have meaning in their life and live life to the full having much greater and more positive lives. Check this out!

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