In the early 1980s, Israeli leaders sought to expand what they called their “strategic collaboration” with the United States military by inviting U.S. arms and equipment to be stockpiled at Israeli bases for use in wartime.37 Nearly a decade later, the United States agreed to establish munitions stockpiles in Israel for use by the United States and, with U.S. permission, for use by Israel in emergency situations. The United States European Command (EUCOM) manages the War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I) program. The United States stores missiles, armored vehicles and artillery ammunition in Israel.38 According to one Israeli officer, “Officially, all of this equipment belongs to the US military…. If however, there is a conflict, the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] can ask for permission to use some of the equipment.” During the 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, the United States granted Israel access to the stockpile.
The initial value of the U.S. materiel stored in Israel was set at $100 million. It increased over time to $800 million in 2010. In the 111th Congress, lawmakers passed P.L. 111-266, the Security Cooperation Act of 2010. Section 302 of the act amended the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2005 to extend the President’s authority to transfer to Israel surplus defense items that are stockpiled in Israel and intended for use as Israeli reserve stocks. This amendment increased the statutorily permitted maximum value of U.S. materiel stored in Israel from $800 million to $1.2 billion.40 The U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 (P.L. 112- 150) further extended the WRSA-I program through FY2014, and, as discussed above, the U.S.- Israel Strategic Partnership Act (H.R. 938, S. 462) would extend it through FY2015.
1:07 am • 31 July 2014
“During June 2014 DigitalGlobe received permission from the US Department of Commerce to collect and sell imagery at the best available resolutions. Additionally, six months after WorldView-3 is operational DigitalGlobe will be permitted to sell imagery at up to 25 cm panchromatic and 1.0 m multispectral GSD. We applaud the US Government’s relaxation of satellite resolution restrictions, as it benefits our customers, and the industry in general.”
— WorldView-2 Satellite Imagery and Satellite Sensor Specifications | Satellite Imaging Corp
2:50 pm • 28 July 2014
"Flying Tower" - plan for inflatable building in Netherlands. Unclear if built.
"Flying Tower’ contributes to the publicity and potential of any urban area. It not only visualizes the future development but also creates space for public events.
The marked spot between the balloons offers space for exhibitions, meetings, projections, screenings, festivals and manifestations for everybody.
Anything can happen between the balloons.
The ‚Flying Tower’ evokes a positive expectation.
‚Flying Tower’ is inspired by the Swiss ‚Baugespann’
This methode of publishing future building plans in scale 1:1 on site exists in Switzerland already for a long time and is even part of the construction permit procedure.
In the country of direct democracy, the inhabitants are early involved in the process and can directly express their opinion about building plans to the municipalities.
The ‚Flying Tower’ project is directly linked with dealing with public space.
The negative effect of the internalisation of the public realm has been widely discussed. Shopping as the only remaining activity in the city has often been critized. The reciprocity of social security and well-functioning public space is evident.
‚Flying Tower’ defines a space and creates a location – the site convertes from an unused emptiness to a public attraction. ‚Flying Tower’ makes space public.
9:40 am • 25 July 2014 • 3 notes
Noel is 100% Texan! He has very clear ideas already, he wants to be a pilot!
Noel plays only with airplanes of all sizes and sometimes with the playstation but only with a flight simulator. His favorite game is to put the little men of lego on his big boing that his father gave him and then let them fly to the bottom of the garden where there is a small pond. He envisions bringing legos on vacation at the lake, then after making him take a bath, puts them in the aircraft and brings them back home. (via Toy Stories | gabriele galimberti)
9:24 pm • 21 July 2014
Just Flight – Traffic X 1.0 is a software simulation program add-on for users of Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX that integrates seamlessly with, and adds to, the capabilities of FSX, providing users with a host of new features and traffic including a new Traffic Control Center and four virtual airports.
Just Flight – Traffic X 1.0 includes over 100,000 scheduled airline flights within its AI feature including general aviation and military flights, extraordinary rendition flights, flying to known and unknown destinations, in addition to airliner flights in the traffic database.
— Just Flight - Traffic X 1.0 Download (Free trial)
2:17 pm • 18 July 2014
Each phase of capitalism has a particular affect which holds it together. This is not a static situation. The prevalence of a particular dominant affect 3 is sustainable only until strategies of resistance able to break down this particular affect and /or its social sources are formulated. Hence, capitalism constantly comes into crisis and recomposes around newly dominant affects.
One aspect of every phase’s dominant affect is that it is a public secret, something that everyone knows, but nobody admits, or talks about. As long as the dominant affect is a public secret, it remains effective, and strategies against it will not emerge.
— Plan C | Plan C
11:58 pm • 14 July 2014 • 1 note