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Great Ocean Liner Runs Aground Before Final Voyage

November 11, 2008

The grand British ocean liner the QE2 has run aground on her final voyage.

The ship ran aground at Brambles Turn near Calshot, Cunard, its owner, has confirmed. Witnesses suggested it may have suffered in strong winds.

In an effort to put the ship back on course, three tugs are attached to its stern, while a fourth is trying to attach itself to the ship’s bow.

By John Swaine
The Telegraph, London

The QE2 in its home port.

Thousands of onlookers were expected at Southampton Water to wave goodbye to the QE2 Photo: PA

The flagship cruise liner was set to make its final voyage later on Tuesday before becoming a floating hotel in Dubai.

It was due to sail through a cloud of one million poppies dropped from a Tiger Moth plane to mark Remembrance Day, and thousands of onlookers were expected at Southampton Water.

The Duke of Edinburgh was to lead the ceremonies, which also comprise a two-minute silence and fly-past by a Harrier jet. The occasion marks Prince Philip’s seventh visit to the vessel, which was launched by the Queen on the Clyde in Scotland in September 1967.

The Duke will meet the ship’s long-serving staff, as well as former captains of HMS Ardent, Antelope and Coventry – all ships that were lost in the Falklands war.

Guests will also watch a firework display before the liner, with whistle blasting, moves away from its home port for the last time.

The QE2 has sailed nearly six million nautical miles, gone round the world 25 times, crossed the Atlantic more than 800 times and carried more than 2.5 million passengers.

Weapons In Space? U.S. Yes; U.N. No, No, No

March 6, 2008

By Mike Moore
The Washington Times
March 6, 2008

For more than 25 years, the United Nations General Assembly has been on record, nearly unanimously, favoring a ban on all space-related weapons. The United States has oppsed such a treaty.

An undated image of Earth as seen from space. The U.S. Navy ... 
Last October, for example, former New York Gov. George Pataki, a U.S. public delegate to the world body, explained America’s position. Though the United States is fully committed to the “peaceful uses of space,” he said, it believes “discussions regarding the merits of treaties to prevent the so-called ‘weaponization’ of outer space would be a pointless exercise.”
Every presidential administration since the early 1980s has taken a similar position. And yet, while asserting there is no need for a treaty, the United States has been actively developing both the doctrine and hardware needed to “control” space in a time of conflict and — possibly — to place weapons into orbit.
Peter B. Teets, then Air Force undersecretary and director of the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates intelligence-gathering satellites, presented the classic rationale for such a policy in 2002: The U.S. military needs space for “collection of all kinds of intelligence, precision navigation and… for weapons delivery, communication and transmission of information to users worldwide.”

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