This article from Business Insider is a really interesting study of the time we have in life. When you really start to break it down and there is a graphical representation of our time in life, you can realize how short a time we have to spend with those we love.
This is an incredible accounting of the preparation and execution of the mission to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. It reads like a Tom Clancy novel. The men who executed this mission are obviously incredible human beings with a love for our nation and protecting her that most of us will never experience. Kudos to Team Six. Make sure to read this very long article all the way through the final sentence, the fact unveiled in the final sentence gave me chills.
No American was yet inside the residential part of the compound. The operatives had barely been on target for a minute, and the mission was already veering off course. Photoillustration by John Ritter.
Shortly after eleven o’clock on the night of May 1st, two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lifted off from Jalalabad Air Field, in eastern Afghanistan, and embarked on a covert mission into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden. Inside the aircraft were twenty-three Navy SEALs from Team Six, which is officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU. A Pakistani-American translator, whom I will call Ahmed, and a dog named Cairo—a Belgian Malinois—were also aboard. It was a moonless evening, and the helicopters’ pilots, wearing night-vision goggles, flew without lights over mountains that straddle the border with Pakistan. Radio communications were kept to a minimum, and an eerie calm settled inside the aircraft.
Fifteen minutes later, the helicopters ducked into an alpine valley and slipped, undetected, into Pakistani airspace. For more than sixty years, Pakistan’s military has maintained a state of high alert against its eastern neighbor, India. Because of this obsession, Pakistan’s “principal air defenses are all pointing east,” Shuja Nawaz, an expert on the Pakistani Army and the author of “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within,” told me. Senior defense and Administration officials concur with this assessment, but a Pakistani senior military official, whom I reached at his office, in Rawalpindi, disagreed. “No one leaves their borders unattended,” he said. Though he declined to elaborate on the location or orientation of Pakistan’s radars—“It’s not where the radars are or aren’t”—he said that the American infiltration was the result of “technological gaps we have vis-à-vis the U.S.” The Black Hawks, each of which had two pilots and a crewman from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, or the Night Stalkers, had been modified to mask heat, noise, and movement; the copters’ exteriors had sharp, flat angles and were covered with radar-dampening “skin.”
Per The Economist, these are the top grossing movie franchises of all time. I am sad to see Star Wars will most certainly be passed for #2 this weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I was also surprised by the series at the top. But with 22 films in the can, I shouldn’t have been shocked.
You know I have been enjoying good time lapse work. This shows a super cell thunderstorm near Topeka, KS. Around :41 you can see a tornado wanting to form. Thank goodness in this case it didn’t drop one to the ground.
I am kind of surprised that Chicago isn’t in the top 20 but Miami is. Most of the other cities on the list don’t shock me. I wonder if the list could be biased by the popularity of Amazon in certain parts of the country. Like Pittsburgh? That doesn’t strike me as an explainable member of the list. Nor does St Louis for that matter. Maybe Amazon is just plain more popular in those areas. Most of the areas are reasonably explained as college towns or places you would expect to find “intellectuals”.