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August 19, 2010

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Swedish Helicopter Heist Caught on CCTV

Here's video of an amazing bank heist that took place in Stockholm, Sweden last year. The robbers used a helicopter to land on the bank's roof then explosives and gas-powered saws to get to the money stored inside. They grabbed more than $5 million dollars in cash and then used the helicopter to make their getaway.

Police were alerted but by the time the SWAT team battered their way inside the thieves had already fled and the helicopter was later found abandoned outside the city. Oh and why didn't the police use their own helicopters to chase them? Well someone had planted a phony bomb in the police hangar so they couldn't do anything until the bomb squad checked it out.

It was a clean getaway but the robbers were still caught due to a tip from Serbian police. Their trial starts next month and they're facing up to 10 years. But so far none of them are telling where the money is.

Someone should really make a movie about this.

Oh and these kind of incredible heists seems to take place fairly frequently in Sweden and Norway. According to a co-worker of mine who worked in Scandiland for years it's because the Scandi authorities are very naive about crime and so criminals from other countries head there due to the easy pickings


Kathleen Parker: Useful Idiot
It's hard to imagine that just a few years ago she was writing for National Review. And of course she's all for building the GZM and mthus signaling her place among the elite. And if you oppose it, well you're just an irrational bigot.

These are all reasonable arguments. But the more compelling point is that mosque opponents may lose by winning. Radical Muslims have set cities afire because their feelings were hurt. When a Muslim murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam, it was because his feelings were hurt. Ditto the Muslims who rioted about cartoons depicting the image of Muhammad and sent frightened doodlers into hiding.
No doubt she'll be dining out for years as the MSM's pet 'conservative'.
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How To Be Alone
Okay this is almost poetry but since there's music, I'm willing to let it slide.

Uh oh: New Technique Finds Buried Bodies Better
So better stash your 'packages' a few feet deeper and use a tarp.

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A Wind-Powered Cart That Is Actually Faster Than The Wind
Can a cart powered by the wind actually go faster than the wind? Well that's what this group is claiming - that in a 20mph wind they were able to go 50mph. I've read long involved articles on why this is and isn't physically possible and I'm relatively skeptical. But I've met a guy involved in the DWFTTW project and he was pretty sharp. So I'm willing to believe that at least in some circumstances you can temporarily go faster than the wind.

Guess the Number of Women’s Lovers by Their Appearance
One of these women is a virgin and one has had 5000 lovers over a 9 year period. Which doesn't seem quite possible unless she's quite the industrious hooker.

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Women 'view modesty as sign of weakness'
Did I mention how utterly awesome I am because sometimes when I'm lounging on my private island I forget.

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Chem Porn: Naked Fluorine
Fluorine is one of the most reactive elements in the entire periodic table which makes it difficult and dangerous to work with without special equipment. It's able to eat through almost any material including gold and glass so even experienced chemists are afraid of it. Here Eric Hope of the University of Leicester shows what a little fluorine gas can do.

The ATM in Antarctica
Did you know that there are two ATMs in Antarctica? One is a backup and the other serves the various bases there. It's run by Wells Fargo and it takes 10 months to plan a visit to restock it:

The reason being is, they obviously go in the off-season when it's obviously warmer because no planes fly onto the ice in their winter months. And so anybody that goes to Antarctica has to be cleared with a physical, a dental, and a psychological evaluation, because if for some reason the plane can't get out, you're trapped down there until the next season.

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