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Russian tricks – Inflatable army of tanks and planes

The Russian army is blowing up everything in sight – from rocket launchers to radar stations, fighter jets and arms factories.

But those fearful of a new world war need not worry as the Red Army has simply developed a fetish for rubber – with a new military arsenal stocked full of inflatable weapons.

Defence bosses are toying with the flexible firearms in a bid to bamboozle satellites and surveillance aircraft into thinking its forces are more powerful than they actually are :))

Russia’s new fighting force includes tanks, complete with gun barrels, an S-300 missile launching truck, MiG fighter jets and entire radar stations.

Manufacturer Rusbal has been dealing with defence bosses since 1995 but refused to say how many air-filled models have been made, sold and deployed


Facebook Expansion Limits

Although it approaches 700 million users worldwide, the site’s growth has slowed for the second month in a row. The number of people using Facebook during May fell in the US, UK, Canada, Norway and Russia, according to new data.

While the  UK, Norway and Russia all saw falls of more than 100,000 users, in the US the site lost about 6 million users since the begining of  May, now totalling 149.4 million users.  Also in  Canada,  Facebook lost in the same period 1.52 million users, now totalling 16.6 million users.

Although some countries are starting to loose users, in  May  Facebook added in total another 11.8 million users, but the numbers are going down as for the past year, 20 million users were typically added each month.  In total the number of  “monthly active” users  (who log in at least once per month) has reached 687 million.

Eric Eldon of Inside Facebook noted that “by the time Facebook reaches around 50% of the total population in a given country (plus or minus, depending on internet access rates in that country), growth generally slows to a halt … So far, Facebook has been able to make up stalls and losses with big gains in heavily populated developing countries like Mexico, Brazil, India and Indonesia.”

He notes that if it is allowed into China, that growth could take off again towards 1 billion users – although he adds that getting inside the country “could both give it access to hundreds of millions of users and compromise its reputation in the US and many other countries around the world”.

Despite the  fall, the US still saw a 23% overall growth in users between May 2010 and May 2011 to 155.2 million users, while the UK grew by 10% to 29.9 million in the same period. The US is the largest country in terms of users overall, with Indonesia second with 36.4m, followed by the UK and Turkey.

The slowing growth in user numbers may indicate that Facebook has hit the limits of expansion in the countries where it was first successful – and perhaps even that some early adopters from those countries have stopped using it.

 


Michael of Romania

145 years since King Carol I proclaimed himself as “king of Romanians,” King Michael has informed that beginning Tuesday he breaks all connection with the Royal House of Hohenzollern. In this way, he respects the 1921 decision of his ancestor, King Ferdinand I to give a national character to the Romanian Royal House, according to the Royalty press release on Tuesday.

TIME Magazine Cover – 1 Aug  1927

Following the recent decision, the Royal House will no longer be called The House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, but the Royal House of Romania. The members of the Royal Family will also give up all their titles given by the heads of the Hohenzollern royal family.

“In accordance with our grandfather’s wishes , the Royal Family will be entitled Of Romania, and beginning with May 10 they will no longer be entitled with the additional Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen House name”

The House of Hohenzollern is one of the most important dynasties in Europe. The Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen is a wing of the Hohenzollern dynasty. Kings Carol I (1881-1914), Ferdinand I of Romania (1912-1921), Mihai I (Michael) of Romania (1927-1930 and 1940-1947) and Carol II of Romania (1930- 1940)


I could have been German

The Soviet Victory Day[1] or 9 May marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union and some post-Soviet states).

Preparations for Victory Day celebrations on May 9, 2011

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Burg crono 2.0

Really now… Is being Dmitry Medvedev‘s bodyguard such a dirty job?

Members of the president’s security detail in Russia, placed an order for a Burg Crono 2.0 mineral-cast luxury bathtub, price: 9000 euro .

As Russia is dealing with a scandal concerning over free-spending bureaucrats, this doesn’t look good as the bathtub is costing more than the country’s average annual wage.


Cosmonauts..50 years later

As 50 years have past from the first human space flight, I’m sure you all remember Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, the Soviet  cosmonaut that was to be remembered as the first man in outer space. After launching the Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.

1961 video

 

In order to celebrate and remember the historical landmark, on the 5th of April 2011….inside

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