photo: traveling hat dog, the frankenstein of airships, iraq auditor fired for embarrassing Bush

traveling hat dog 

The rare traveling hat dog was probably first bred by the Cherokee or Seminole tribes of North America in 1782, but as they were not much on patents or written records the bred is credited to Sir Arthur Snoresalot from the Northern England town of Hatdogger.

From this blogger an interesting story about the future of air travel, The Aeroscraft Airship 

Even though the Aeroscraft dwarfs the largest commercial airliners, it requires less net space on the ground than any plane because it doesn’t need a runway. The airship takes off and lands like a helicopter: straight up and down.

This is not a Blimp. It’s a sort of flying Queen Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air travel. It’s the Aeroscraft, and when it’s completed, it will ferry pampered passengers across continents and ocean s as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre cabin or relax in their well-appointed staterooms.

There is a photo at the link and here at the companies web site. From an ABC network news release on their site, New Aircraft Blends Elements of Helicopter, Airplane and Blimp, and Looks Like Cruise Ship

“Today we have three types of vehicles — air vehicles, which are airplanes, helicopters and airships [blimps]. So this Aeroscraft, as we’re going to call it, is going to be the fourth type. And it is going to combine technologies of all three other vehicles.”

Roughly the size of two football fields, the Aeroscraft can be used as a military transport for troops, artillery and equipment; as a cargo transport service in the spirit of Federal Express or UPS; as a commuter transport service; and as a luxury travel option.

Because the vehicle moves slower than conventional airplanes — a coast-to-coast trip would take about 18 hours.

But for the luxury traveler or businessman on the go who might be willing to pay the high price of a first-class airline ticket, it’s not about getting there fast; it’s about enjoying the trip, Pevzner said.

We’ve all heard the phrase and most of us are probably a little tired of hearing it, but speaking of “thinking outside the box”, Iraq auditor fired for embarrassing the administration

Investigations led by a Republican lawyer named Stuart W. Bowen Jr. in Iraq have sent American occupation officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges, exposed disastrously poor construction work by well-connected companies like Halliburton and Parsons, and discovered that the military did not properly track hundreds of thousands of weapons it shipped to Iraqi security forces.

Mr. Bowen’s office has inspected and audited taxpayer-financed projects like this prison in Nasiriya, Iraq.

And tucked away in a huge military authorization bill that President Bush signed two weeks ago is what some of Mr. Bowen’s supporters believe is his reward for repeatedly embarrassing the administration: a pink slip.

The order comes in the form of an obscure provision that terminates his federal oversight agency, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, on Oct. 1, 2007. The clause was inserted by the Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee over the objections of Democratic counterparts during a closed-door conference, and it has generated surprise and some outrage among lawmakers who say they had no idea it was in the final legislation.

See how clever that was. Instead of denials, accusing the auditor of caring more about the terrorists then he does America, or some other smear just fire the guy and no more audits. Auditors are like policemen with spread sheets and you don’t want any of those around when you’re screwing over taxpayers and getting members of their families killed.