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Flight Simulation - FOR ANYONE INTERESTED!
 
It is one of the many mind-thrilling softwares available in the market.
 
The first software (WWII Pacific Theater) which I purchased and tried
was as early as 2001. I was new to computers then and to my knowledge,
a computer, as I had studied and known it, was not for games. I decided
not to spend more money on accessories and returned the purchase for
refund.
 
I learned a lot about computers since then. My mind and knowledge have
broadened about what PC systems are capable of and now my mind is thrilled
by flight simulators - the softwares that I thought would harm and/or damage
PC's when I was a computer novice.
 
Flight simulation can have you immersed - learner and expert level alike -
hours just pass by and there seems to be not enough in a day. I think I will
never get tired of it in the years ahead.
 
Two flight simulators keep me busy.
 
The first Flight Simulator is one in which I can pilot model aircrafts from the
outside: Take off, fly inconceivable paths (cruise, fly-by, aerobatics, dead
zoom, etc., etc.) and then finally gently land the aircraft on the runway.
The aircraft models as well as most of the amazing scenarios (airports, airfields,
etc.) are pictorial, not graphics, which make them very realistic indeed. Except
for a very few "jerky frames" in a few scenarios, the software is indeed superb.
 
The second Flight Simulator, built by Microsoft, that I purchased recently, is one
in which I can fly the aircraft inside the cockpit. The aircraft can also be controlled
and monitored from the outside but only in 2-dimensions, meaning the aircraft does
not fly in random flight paths (you don't see the aircraft fly around). It is also
amazing but not as realistic as that for aircraft models. The scenarios (airports,
airfields, sceneries below, including the aircrafts) are not pictorial - only graphics,
so realism has been sacrificed.
 
This Microsoft Simulator is not uncommon (available in supermarkets since 2007).
Nevertheless, I am amazed and get immersed in it. Looking down from the cockpit
window, sceneries below are especially very impressive and the flight lasts over
real time (hours) from take off to landing. However, I am skeptical: Landing any
aircraft on any runway is impossible. Approach is impossible. The aircraft does not
fly straight but bobs up and down, veers and meanders in drunken directions -
worse than breaking a Bronco! Finally the aircraft stops on anything but the runway!
If aircrafts fly like this, there would be crashes every minute around the globe and
no one would dare pilot any aircraft. Microsoft must have put everything they had,
most specifically coding programs, in this mind-thrilling software ... FOR ENJOYMENT!
 
P.S.
Correction:
The fantastic landscapes and sceneries viewed from the cockpit are too numerous
and detailed to be anything else but pictorial and computer enhancement.  The
views are very much as though you were really in the cockpit flying. Incredibly
amazing how this was done!
 
 
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Odd As It Seems
IN NORTHERN SYRIA
Two women were stoned to death for adultery in two separate
occasions and public places in Northern Syria, very recently.
The stoning was done by jihadi fighters, members of the Islamic
State group, after a cleric had read the verdict over loud speakers.
It was supposed to have been an execution by the public but local
residents refused to take part. The jihadi fighters were Saudis
and Tunisians.
 
Although the first of its kind in these swaths of land in Northern 
Iraq seized by the Islamic State group, the stoning, beheading
and cutting off the hands of thieves and burglars, scorching under
the summer sun while tied to a cross or post, as well as other
deadly brutal punishments have been, and now being perpetrated
on helpless inhabitants by the militants. This group claims such 
punishments are in accordance with ancient Islamic laws.
 
IN IRAQ
Two U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters dropped 500-lb bombs Friday,
09Aug2014 on insurgent artillery and the truck towing it near
the city of Erbil, near the Syrian border North of Baghdad.
The missions were to counter the advance of militants belonging
to the ISIS to protect American civilians and interests in the city.
T here are rumors, however, that the targets bombed by the jet
fighters were junks from the previous Iraq wars.
 
Meanwhile on top of the Sinjar mountains in Iraq, tons of food
and water were air-dropped from one C-17 and two C-130 cargo
planes by the U.S. Military escorted by two F/A-18 jet fighters
from the USS George W. Bush.
 
The airdrop was for the tens of thousands of Iraqi religious minorities 
stranded in the mountains in Northern Iraq surrounded by militants. 
The Islamic State group had issued ultimatum to about 40,000 Yazidis,
(ethnic Kurds who follow the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism) to be
converted to Islam, pay fine, flee their homes or face death.
 
More air-drop and strike missions as necessary are being contemplated
at the request of the Iraqi government.
 
Nothing but politics? If Obama were preparing for re-election, I would
say it is. But no, Obama has only about two and a half years more
in the White House. His interests would be in business rather than 
deliberately bear the brunt of war on his shoulders for re-election
purposes.
 
It has been 10 years since the U.S. Military has seen war missions
and combats. Time, inventions and technology, businesses and
populations have changed. It is time for wars once more.
 
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
A toddler caused a lockdown of security system in the White House
on Thursday 08Aug2014 just as the President was about to address 
the nation on Iraq. The tot was able to squeeze his body between
the steel bars in the perimeter fence and triggered the security system.
The briefing was halted until the toddler's lockdown was cleared.
 
The tot was simply returned to his parents.
 
ON PBS TV BROADCAST
PBS recently aired on TV a series of shows featuring "Sex In The Wild".
The title is self-explanatory.
 
A bunch of people, fully equipped for audiovisual recording and animal
business, went around far and wide to catch on camera the mating 
of animals such as elephants, kangaroos, pandas, whales, dolphins, etc.
 
The older generation would recall that public exhibitions of such mating,
even among animals, were blocked by censorship.
 
However, not only was the "Sex In The Wild" unperturbed by censorship,
but more oddly, their women narrators were outspokenly directly
participating in the taping of scenarios.
 
These people chased the male animals in helicopters, land rovers and other
jungle vehicles and fired anesthetics on them. Then as their women were
narrating their script,  they were holding,  caressing, massaging, pulling,
and playing, etc. the huge, long penis of the downed anesthetized beast.
 
Who knows what excitement these women were experiencing while doing
this job ... and ... their male counterparts as well as the camera men were
looking at them most undoubtedly bloating with "gusto" of course.
 
 
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