From: "Irwin, Doug"
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 9:21:28 AM
Subject: FW: Funny! LOL!
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
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From: "Irwin, Doug"
Sent: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 7:24:13 AM
Subject: FW: FIRST FA-22 FIGHTERS DELIVERED TO LANGLEY
A-22 FIGHTERS DELIVERED TO LANGLEY
It's a beauty!!!!
FIRST FA-22 FIGHTERS DELIVERED
TO LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE.
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
FA-22 in the last of these photos is
The F-15, which will be replaced by
The FA-22 which is several times
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
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:
Capable of maintaining consciousness
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.
Temporarily lose consciousness, so the
Raptor then automatically comes back
To straight and level flight until he
Wakes back up.