Airships and Exorcists

Aeros Corp has received FAA certification of the Aeroscraft rigid frame airship. It utilizes a new buoyancy control system to reduce the need to juggle ballast.

The AfriGadget website is full of ingenious fun! Check out this home-made arc welder made from scrap. It’s jua kali dressed in mitumba!

No, this isn’t from The Onion: Iowa grants gun permits to the blind.

Roger Angel is one of the world’s most brilliant and audacious engineers. Could he design the next energy revolution?

Ancient Roman coins depict sundry sexual acts, but their purpose is unclear (they’ve been found everywhere except brothels).

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away”: Philip K. Dick on Reality, Media Manipulation, and Human Heroism.

“If any [further reason] were needed by thoughtful persons …there are no vampires save countries where the dead are buried.” How occultism brought cremation to America.

Armed with bibles and holy water, these empty-headed American teeny-bopper whack-jobs head to England to vanquish the Dark Forces of Harry Potter. So I guess a friendly game of D&D is out of the question?

Obligatory Syria Kvetching –

Evidence from the massacre of civilians in eastern Damascus last month strongly suggests the Syrian government carried out chemical weapons attacks, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Tuesday.

Obama Backs Idea for Syria to Cede Control of Arms. What a graceful “out”, leaving a homicidal maniac still in power! Isn’t that all better?

Exclusive: Does Israel Have Chemical Weapons Too? One secret CIA file may have the answer.

Chemical and Biological Weapons Status at a Glance, from the Arms Control Organization.

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