Friday, July 31, 2009

Faces of Corazon Acquino

Below is the photo set of Corazon Acquino many faces in different moments and circumstances. Corazon Acquino dies on Friday, Jul. 31, 2009.

A Washington Welcome - Apart from winning the presidency, one of Aquino's sweeter triumphs was her reception in Washington in Sept. 1986, where she was greeted at the White House by Ronald Reagan, the friend of her old nemesis. Her speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress was widely praised and interrupted numerous times by applause.

Madame President - On Feb. 25, even as Marcos appeared to be adamant about remaining president, Aquino was sworn in by a justice of the Supreme Court as the first woman to lead the Philippines. In Washington, meanwhile, seeing the populace turn against his friend, Reagan called Marcos and convinced him to leave the Philippines for exile in Hawaii. The man who had ruled the Philippines for two decades said farewell to his loyalists as his wife Imelda sang a final song. Then they took off for American territory on U.S. Helicopters.

The Yellow Tide - Aquino turned yellow into the color of her campaign. It was, personally, one of her favorite hues; but its political significance stemmed from the yellow ribbons tied around Manila's trees and posts (inspired by an American pop song) by the supporters of her husband to welcome him on what proved to be his tragic return home. Her rallies were seas of yellow.

The Martyr's Wife - With Benigno Aquino's political star rising, Marcos assumed dictatorial powers in 1972 and imprisoned his archrival. Under international pressure, Aquino was eventually allowed to leave the country with his wife and children for exile in Boston. In 1983, however, he chose to return to the Philippines to try to offer himself as a political alternative to an ailing Marcos. The regime warned it could not guarantee his safety; but Aquino flew back anyway and was assassinated allegedly by a lone gunman while being escorted off his plane by Philippine soldiers. Corazon Aquino flew home for his funeral.

A Life of Privilege - She was born Corazon Cojuangco, an heiress to one of the great fortunes in the Philippines. In 1954, she married Benigno Aquino, one of the most ambitious and promising politicians in the country. Before they met, however, Benigno had dated a young beauty queen named Imelda Romualdez. Years later, his political career would turn him into the political nemesis of the man Imelda married, Ferdinand Marcos, who was elected president in 1965.

Champion of Democracy - TIME chose Corazon Aquino as its Person of the Year for 1986, recognizing her central role in one of the most compelling dramas in recent history — the widowed housewife who avenges her husband's death by overthrowing the regime widely blamed for his murder. In February 1986, Aquino rose to the presidency of the Philippines after a popular uprising that forced Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos from power. She was the first woman to be designated TIME's Person of the Year since Queen Elizabeth II for 1952.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Coins Creative Creations

Instead of spending coins or stashed unspendable coins some creative people used those coins to make creative stuffs from sculpture to chair. Have a look below:

Coin tiles flooring made of thousands of copper pennies

Coin sculpture. Created by Israel sculptor Niso Maman.

Coin hammer (tool). Created by Stacey Lee Webber

Coins couch (furniture). Created by Johnny Swing

Coins chair (furniture)

Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes

Here's a look at the military aircraft with the biggest price tags which are mostly owned by the US Air Forces.

F/A-18 Hornet: $94 million

First entering service in the 1980s, the twin-engine fighter plane was the U.S.'s first strike fighter — an aircraft capable of attacking both ground and aerial targets. It has seen action in Operation Desert Storm and as the aircraft of the Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. The F/A-18 is also used by Canada, Australia, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland.

EA-18G Growler: $102 million

Hot off the presses, the Growler is a lightly armed version of the F/A-18 fighter that has been updated for electronic warfare (it is currently being delivered to the Navy). Growlers are capable of not only finding and disrupting anti-aircraft radar, but also jamming enemy communications.

V-22 Osprey: $118 million

This tiltrotor aircraft, which takes off and lands like a helicopter but can fly faster and farther like a fixed-wing plane, was first used in combat in Iraq in 2007. The Osprey's production has been bedeviled by design and construction problems: the craft claimed the lives of at least 30 Marines and civilians during its development alone (former Vice President Dick Cheney tried repeatedly to ground the plane). Still, because of its range and versatility, the Marine Corps plans to deploy a squadron of V-22s to Afghanistan by the end of the year.

F-35 Lightning II: $122 million

Lockheed Martin's 2001 deal to build these stealth, supersonic fighter jets was at the time the largest military contract ever. The F-35s, intended to replace an aging aircraft arsenal, were developed as part of a Joint Strike Fighter program between the U.S. and its allies and were criticized as underpowered and overweight — and therefore easy targets. Making matters worse, from 2007 to 2008, cyberspies infiltrated the 7.5 million lines of computer code that powered the Joint Strike Fighter, raising concerns that enemies could copy the F-35's design and exploit its weaknesses. In April 2009, Lockheed Martin said it did not believe the program had been compromised.

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye: $232 million

A major step forward for surveillance and reconnaissance, the Advanced Hawkeye's powerful new radar system will increase the range of territory an aircraft can monitor by 300%. "It can probably watch the pistachios pop in Iran," an analyst for the think tank Lexington Institute told National Defense in July. Though development of the plane is on track and two test versions have been delivered to the Navy, budget cuts may keep the planes grounded for at least a year longer than planned.

VH-71 Kestrel: $241 million

This high-tech helicopter project, intended to replace the President's aging chopper fleet, was running more than 50% over budget by the time Barack Obama took office. Soon after his Inauguration, the President announced plans to scrap the helicopters because of cost overruns. On July 22, however, the House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved restoring $485 million to fund the Kestrels.

P-8A Poseidon: $290 million

Boeing's spruced-up military version of its 737 jet will be used by the Navy to conduct anti-submarine warfare and gather intelligence. It can carry torpedoes, missiles, depth charges and other weapons. The P-8A is expected to go into service in 2013.

C17A Globemaster III: $328 million

The Air Force military-transport plane is used to move troops into war zones, perform medical evacuations and conduct airdrop missions. There are 190 C17As in service; the aircraft is propelled by four turbofan engines (of the same type used on the twin-engine Boeing 757) and can drop 102 paratroopers at once. In operation since 1993, it has been used to deliver troops and humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and Iraq.

F-22 Raptor: $350 million

First conceived during the Cold War as an airframe to vie with Soviet aircraft that was never built, the F-22 Raptor is touted by manufacturer Lockheed Martin as the best overall combat plane in the world — not to mention the most expensive. It can shoot down enemy cruise missiles, fly long distances at supersonic speeds and avoid nearly all types of radar detection. But the Senate debate over whether to build seven more — at a taxpayer cost of $1.67 billion — eventually came down to the plane's job-creating abilities. The axed project would have employed 25,000 Americans.

B-2 Spirit: $2.4 billion

The B-2 bomber was so costly that Congress cut its initial 1987 purchase order from 132 to 21. (A 2008 crash leaves the current number at 20.) The B-2 is hard to detect via infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic, visual or radar signals. This stealth capability makes it able to attack enemy targets with less fear of retaliation. In use since 1993, the B-2 has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Arts Of Bullets Making

The production of projectiles catches fire as the ammunition market hastens to keep up with a dramatic increase in gun sales. Gun and bullets don't kill, man does.

Ammunition suppliers nationwide have reported a shortage of stock because of a dramatic increase in gun sales. The surge has been attributed to fears that President Obama will usher in more-restrictive gun laws and that the economic downturn will lead to a rise in crime.

A worker at Stone Hart Manufacturing Co. in Miami (where these photos were taken) pours bullet casing into an ammunition loader for .45 caliber cartridges.

An ammunition loader is filled with .40 caliber projectiles.

A machine turns out .45 caliber cartridges.

A .40 caliber cartridge is measured for quality control.

Elsie Garcia weighs a box of 5.56-mm bullets before packaging them for shipping.

The rounds will be shipped to dealers across the country, including international warlords.

A magazine loaded with 5.56-mm cartridges lies on newly manufactured rounds.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

ATNMBL Driverless Car

Autonomous cars, once a fantasy in movies and on TV, are now technologically possible. GPS, sophisticated sensors, and navigation databases will allow driverless vehicles to operate on the same roads we have today. It's inevitable that technology will eventually allow cars to outperform their former drivers. This will drastically reduce the fatality rate and provide new experiences that will enrich our lives.

To be released by 2040, the all-wheel-drive car or autonomous mobile (hence ATNMBL) doesn't have a steering wheel, brake pedal or drivers seat and drives entirely by itself.

The autonomous mobile is designed by the same people who contributed to the Google Phone.

The autonomous driverless car will not be implemented overnight, however, nor will it completely replace current forms of personal vehicles. Even when it is proven safer than human driving, not everybody will be instantly convinced. The new technology will slowly evolve in human-driven cars. . . and it's already happening. Today's cars are available with distance sensors, parking aids and other human overrides that we believe will evolve into an autonomous mode much like cruise control.

Once the technology has proven its capabilities and has been welcomed by the masses for its convenience and safety, the traditional layout of cars will start to change. Front seats will swivel to create a social setting and may even collapse to become beds for overnight driverless travel. Eventually, the steering wheel will be eliminated and cars will start to look drastically different inside and out.

The size of a parking space, the electric powered car will have an internet sitting room and can fit about seven people.

Autonomous Mobile Timeline

Autonomous Transporter Pods at Heathrow Airport

The autonomous bus

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Photo set of 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Photo set of yet-to-be-released pant.

Black 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Sleek 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Grey 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Rear view of 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Maroon 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Blue 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Red 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

2010 Honda Insight Hybrid's steering wheel

Dashboard of 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Dashboard of 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Engine view of 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Logo of 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

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