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Monday, August 31, 2009

Funny Cats & Dogs

ECGMA says: Thanks Doug!

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From: "Irwin, Doug"
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 9:21:28 AM
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Funny Cats and Dogs!
Enjoy! Smile with tongue out emoticon

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fortune fishes on sale in China

ECGMA says: Geez! What will the Chinese come up with next?

shops in a city in southwest China are offering fish tattooed with patterns and lucky characters intended to bring their owners good fortune and happiness.

The Qingshiqiao pet market in Chengdu sells a variety of ornamental "fortune fish" decorated with flowers, rainbows and characters, the Huaxi Metropolis Daily reported.

Tropical parrot fish are usually used for tattooing, often with the Chinese characters meaning "May your business boom", the regional newspaper said on its website.

A dealer said lasers were used to tattoo the fish.

An ordinary parrot fish sells for just 10 yuan (RM5) while a tattooed one goes for at least 25 yuan (RM12.50).

A set of four fish tattooed with the characters for 'Good Fortune', 'Luck', 'Long Life', and 'Happiness' can cost 120 yuan (RM60), the paper said.

Tattooed fish first appeared on the market in 2005 but only became popular in the past year or two. While some shoppers interviewed by the paper said the idea of tattooed fish was novel, others thought it was cruel.

Fisheries expert Zhang Zhicheng said no one had studied how the tattoos would affect the fish.

"To use a laser to tattoo will surely affect the fish. It's like tattooing a human being's body, it breaks the physiological balance of the fish and damages the skin's protective surface," Zhang was quoted as saying.

Pets have become popular in China in recent years with the country's rising prosperity. – AFP-Relaxnews

Thursday, August 27, 2009


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From: "Irwin, Doug"
Sent: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 7:24:13 AM


It's a beauty!!!!



These are Great In-flight Photos

Of the FA-22 as the first Aircraft

Delivery was being made to Langley

AFB in Va. Langley is to be first

Operational AFB for the FA-22. It is

A very beautiful AFB, located in a

Picturesque location, as you can see

In these photos, near Norfolk and

Hampton, Va.

The Aircraft flying along with the

FA-22 in the last of these photos is

The F-15, which will be replaced by

The FA-22 which is several times


In Actual In-flight (simulated)

Combat Operations against the F-15,

Two FA-22s were able to operate

Without detection while they went

Head to head against (8) F-15s. The

FA-22s scored Missile Hits (Kills)

Against all the F-15 Aircraft and the

F/A-22s were never detected by

Either the F-15s or Ground Based

Radar.. Maj. Gen. Rick Lewis said:

'The Raptor Operated Against All

Adversaries with Virtual Impunity;

Ground Based Systems Couldn't

Engage and NO Adversary Aircraft


FA-22 -- America 's Most Advanced

Fighter Aircraft for the 21st Century!

They're a titanium and carbon fiber

Dagger. They're so advanced that if

Their on-board locator is switched off

Even our own satellites can lose track

Of them. They're the first military

Aircraft ever built that is equipped

With a 'black-out button'. What that

Means is this:
The best conditioned fighter pilots are

Capable of maintaining consciousness
Up to in the vicinity of 15+ G. The

Raptor is capable of making 22+ G

Turns.. If someday an adversary builds

A missile that is capable of catching

Up to one of these airplanes and a

Raptor pilot sees that a strike is

Imminent, he hits the 'b.o.b.' and the

Airplane makes a virtual U-turn,

Leaving the missile to pass right on by.

They know that in the process he will

Temporarily lose consciousness, so the

Raptor then automatically comes back

To straight and level flight until he

Wakes back up.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Volvo Ute

ECGMA says: Thanks Doug! Wow!

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From: "Irwin, Doug"
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 2:11:47 PM
Subject: FW: New Volvo Ute