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The RC Airbus A400M Is The King Of Fully Functional Scaled Military Aircraft

 

 

 

 

” This fall, at the model air show in Grenchen, Switzerland, the first-ever remote-controlled model of the Airbus A400M debuted in an impressive 3-minute test flight. The detailing and control shown on this model military plane are super impressive. Aviation fans and military geeks, you have got to check this one out!

  The action opens as a couple of pit crew members wheel the model Airbus out on the airstrip for its 6th ever flight. The plane looks just as big as the two guys, which might make you wonder how effective it is really going to be in the air. What does it take for a plane that large to be piloted effectively by a remote control?”

 

 

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” The whir of the plane’s engine is audible over the announcer’s chatter as the plane begins to taxi down the runway. Around the 0:38 mark, the plane lifts off. It curves up and to the right, looping around the air space with grace.”

 

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B.B. King Live In Bellinzona Switzerland 2001

 

 

Uploaded on Oct 19, 2011

” B.B.King – Guitar “Lucille”, Vocals
Leon Warren – Guitar
James Toney – Keyboard
Michael Doster – Bass
Calep Emphrey Jr. – Drums
Stanley Abernathy – Trumpet
James Bolden – Trumpet
Melvin Jackson – Saxophone
Walter King – Big Baritone

01. Ain`t No Love In The Heart Of The City
02. Introducing B.B.King Jam
03. Let The Good Times Roll
04. I`ll Survive
05. Bad Case Of Love
06. Peace Of Mind
07. Caledonia
08. Summertime
02. Early In The Morning
09. Ain`t That Just Like A Woman
10. You Are My Sunshine
11. The Thrill Is Gone
12. I Know
13. Don`t Go No Farther
14. Please Accept My Love
15. Makin` Love Is Good For You “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blues Legend Johnny Winter Dies At Age 70 In Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

” Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died at the age of 70.

  His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed today that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Winter was a leading light among the white blues guitar players, including Eric Clapton and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, who followed in the footsteps of the earlier Chicago blues masters. 

Winter idolized Waters — and got a chance to produce some of the blues legend’s more popular albums.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Rolling Stone magazine named Winter one of the top 100 guitarists of all time and he was famed for his lightening-fast blues guitar riffs and striking long white hair.

  His representative’s statement said his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.”

 

 

 

    Johnny may have departed this earth but thanks to his music we are “still alive & well” … RIP Mr Winter your absence will be forever felt .

 

 

 

   Read more about the legend’s death here and look for an in-depth tribute to one of our favorite guitarists very soon…

When Dogs Fly

 

 

 

 

Published on May 27, 2014

” Dean Potter, famous rock climber, high-liner and human flyer, wingsuit BASE jumps with his dog, Whisper from the Eiger, Switzerland.”

Swiss To Vote On $25 An Hour Minimum Wage

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A vote on Sunday to establish a minimum wage of $25 an hour would make mostly immigrants here in agriculture, housekeeping, and catering among the world’s highest paid unskilled workforce.

  The vote comes after hundreds of fast-food workers walked off their jobs in many U.S. cities and in more than 30 countries on Thursday in a protest for higher wages. If the Swiss proposal passes, the country would have the highest minimum wage in the world.

  But some who would be eligible for the higher wage worry that it may do more harm than good.

  Luisa Almeida is an immigrant from Portugal who works in Switzerland as a housekeeper and nanny. Almeida’s earnings of $3,250 a month are below the proposed minimum wage but still much more than she’d make in Portugal.

  Since she is not a Swiss citizen, she cannot vote but if she could, “I would vote ‘no’,” she says.

If my employer had to pay me more money, he wouldn’t be able to keep me on and I’d lose the job.” “

 

 

    If this minimum wage law passes get ready to see Switzerland’s low unemployment rate skyrocket as all wages will necessarily have to rise . If your average laborer is making a grand a week where does that leave the tradesmen and civil servants ?

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Ukraine Crisis Live: Russia Admits Its Troops Are Moving In Crimea

 

 

 

” Russian foreign ministry admits to entering Crimea from its Black Sea Fleet base as the Ukraine’s interior minister accuses country of ‘armed invasion’

  17.35 All aircraft movements at Sevastopol’s Belbek airfield are stopped after unidentified individuals seized the runway, a according to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency

  17.06 Russia has just said it will give Russian passports to members of Ukraine’s Berkut – the disbanded riot police.

  16.57 A video has emerged purporting to show 12 Russian-combat helicopters (MI-24 & MI-8 3) flying over Sevastopol in Crimea.”

 

The Telegraph has more on the Crimean crisis  . Meanwhile Austria has introduced sanctions on 18 of the more notorious Yanukovych government officials including the freezing of assets …

 

Full list of the 18 people that Austria has imposed personal sanctions on, including the freezing of assets (all the “former”s have either resigned or been fired by the newly formed government):

-Віктор Янукович-Viktor Yanukovich, former President
-Олександр Янукович-Olexandr Yanukovich, oldest son
-Микола Азаров-Mykola Azarov, former Prime Minister
-Андрій Клюєв-Andriy Kluyev, head of the Presidential Administration
-Віталій Захарченко-Vitaliy Zakharchenko, former Minister of Interior Affairs
-Сергій Арбузов-Serhiy Arbuzov, former First Deputy Prime Minister
-Михайло Добкін-Myhaylo Dobkin, former head of Kharkiv regional administration (executive branch) [recently resigned to run for President, according to his press person]
-Геннадій Кернес-Hennadiy Kernes, mayor of Kharkiv-Олександр Клименко-Olexandr Klymenko, former Minister of Revenues and Duties [this ministry created under Azarov will no longer exist]
-Валерій Коряк-Valeriy Koryak, former head of Kyiv police-Олена Лукаш-Olena Lukash, former Minister of Justice-Олександр Попов-Olexandr Popov, former head of Kyiv city administration [executive branch]
-Віктор Пшонка-Viktor Pshonka, former Prosecutor General-Станіслав Шуляк
-Stanislav Shulyak, former Commander of Internal Armed Forces
-Володимир Сівкович-Volodymyr Sivkovych, former Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council
-Олександр Якименко-Olexandr Yakymenko, former head of Ukraine’s Security Service
-Юрій Іванющенко-Yuriy Ivanushchenko, MP, considered one of the most influential members of the Party of Regions-Едуард Ставицький-Eduard Stavytskiy, former Minister of Energy and Coal

 

Switzerland has also frozen the accounts of the following individuals …

 

 

   … while Swiss authorities have raided a firm in Geneva owned by fugitive Yanukovych that is suspected of money laundering …

 

ZURICH (Reuters) -” Swiss police have raided the premises of a Geneva firm owned by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and his son Oleksander in an investigation into “aggravated money laundering.”

The Geneva cantonal ministry in charge of justice and police said the raid took place on Thursday morning and documents were taken away. The action was directed “against the Yanukovych clan,” it said in a statement on Friday.”

 

    The tiny principality of Liechtenstein has also frozen thug assets yet the leaderless US can bring itself to do nothing more than “urge restraint” . More of that “smart diplomacy”™ in action . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swiss Voters Narrowly Approve Immigration Quotas

 

 

 

 

” Voters in Switzerland on Sunday narrowly backed a plan to limit immigration, in a blow for the government after it had warned that the measure could harm the Swiss economy and relations with the European Union.

  The move is seen by some as another sign of the anti-immigrant sentiment that has been brewing in several European countries over the years, fueled by anger over economies that have been stagnant since the global financial recession.

  Swiss public television SRF reported that some 50.3 percent of voters backed a proposal by the nationalist People’s Party to introduce quotas for all types of immigrants. About 49.7 percent voted against the plan. The difference between the two sides was fewer than 30,000 votes, with a turnout of about 56 percent.

  The decision means that the Swiss government will need to re-negotiate treaties on the free movement of workers that it had painstakingly hammered out with the EU. Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but until now, citizens from most EU member states could live and work in Switzerland with little formality, while Swiss citizens could do the same in the 28-nation bloc that encircles the Alpine nation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swisscom Builds ‘Swiss Cloud’ As Spying Storm Rages

 

 

(Reuters) – ” Swisscom is building a “Swiss Cloud” that could loosen the grip of U.S. technology giants and attract foreign companies looking for a way to shield sensitive data from the prying eyes of foreign intelligence services.

Companies are increasingly turning to cloud computing – an umbrella term for technology services such as email and business software offered remotely via the Internet instead of on-site – to cut costs and add flexibility to their IT departments.

But revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) secretly gathered user data from nine big U.S. tech companies including Google, Apple and Facebook has demonstrated that privacy for users of cloud services can be compromised, and some suggest customers could seek out alternatives to the dominant U.S. providers to try and protect sensitive information.

“Data protection and privacy is a long tradition in Switzerland, and that’s why it’s pretty difficult to get to something,” Koenig said.

Unlike in the United States, where the 2001 Patriot Act and the 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISAA) gives U.S. intelligence agencies the power to carry out mass information gathering, Swisscom would have to receive a formal request from a prosecutor before allowing access to data.”

 

 

    Bring it on . Obama’s NSA is certainly uniting the world … not in a way that he intended , surely , but he can in fact take some credit for being the “uniter” that he claimed to be during his initial campaign … LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Is Flooding Out Of London To Switzerland At An Alarming Rate

 

 

 

” This is one of those stories about the gold market that almost seems too wild to be true since the numbers are so extraordinary. According to a Reuters article from earlier today, Australian bank Macquarie has reported that gold is flooding out of London and into Switzerland at a mind-boggling rate. Specifically, 240 tons were exported in May alone and 797 tons during the first half of 2013. That means gold is being exported at a annualized run rate of 17x the 92 tons exported for all of 2012. That’s insane.

 

From Reuters:

 
 

Aug 19 (Reuters) – Britain’s gold exports to Switzerland surged in the first half of this year, Australian bank Macquarie said on Monday, suggesting bullion being sold out of exchange-traded funds may be heading for Swiss refineries before being sold on in Asia.

The UK exported 240 tonnes of gold to Switzerland in May alone, while its exports over the first half of this year totalled 797 tonnes, Macquarie said in a note.

In contrast, Britain exported just 92 tonnes of bullion to Switzerland in the whole of last year, it said.

“The UK does not have gold mines, so where has it all come from? The obvious source is the gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs), most of which hold their gold holdings in London vaults, and which saw huge outflows in 1H 2013,” Macquarie said.

It added: “But a bigger factor, we think, is that the gold bars from ETFs have gone to Switzerland, where most of the world’s gold refining capacity is, to be remelted into different size bars and coins and then sold on end consumers, predominantly in Asia, specifically China and India.” “

 

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Priest Arrested For Fraud At Vatican Bank

 

 

 

” Italian police on Friday arrested a prelate, a financial broker and a former agent of the Italian Secret Service on corruption charges as part of a plot to transport 20 million euros from Switzerland to Italy in a private plane.

The priest, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano of Salerno, had already been suspended from his position as a member of the administration that manages the Vatican’s real estate assets (the APSA) about a month ago, as part of a separate money laundering investigation in connection with the probe into the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), as the Vatican bank is popularly known.

An investigation into Scarano’s bank account at the IOR led to the discovery of the suspected racket.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TINA TURNER TO BECOME SWISS CITIZEN

” Turner has often spoken fondly of the European nation, and she was previously quoted telling German publication Blick, “I’m very happy in Switzerland, and I feel at home here. … I cannot imagine a better place to live.”

The diva isn’t the only star to give up citizenship of her native country — Gerard Depardieu famously accepted a Russian passport earlier this year after fiercely criticizing politicians in France over plans to hike up taxes for the country’s most wealthy residents.”

Meanwhile in the US …

(CNN) — Phil Mickelson, aka Lefty, is thinking of leaving California and perhaps America because, according to his own reckoning, he is facing tax rates of 62% or 63%. Mickelson, probably the second-most-famous professional golfer in the world after Tiger Woods, later backed off from his initial comments about making “drastic changes.

” Mickelson’s instinctive reactions to high tax rates, even if his math may be a bit muddled, are sound and sensible ones. Tiger Woods certainly agrees with him.

Lefty has a point — high tax rates create disincentives. If the rates are high enough, people react by moving. This should not surprise us: American companies have been fleeing our shores for years, in droves. “

He didn’t “back off” so much as he said he should have kept his opinion to himself

” “I think that it was insensitive to talk about it publicly to those people who are not able to find a job, that are struggling paycheck to paycheck,” Mickelson said. “I think that was insensitive to discuss it in that forum.”

He didn’t apologize for what he said — only that he said it.

“I shouldn’t have taken advantage of the forum that I have as a professional golfer to try to ignite change over these issues,” Mickelson said.”

  Spoken like a true gentleman … a gentleman that understands the principles of the free market and the punishment of hard work that our present tax code represents .

HT/2nd Amendment, Shooting & Firearms Blog

Around the World in Photos Pt.7 [20 Pics]

 

World's highest tennis court

World’s highest Tennis court: Andre Agassi and Roger Federer playing atop of Burj Al Arab helipad.

Cliffs of Moher Ireland

Mountain biking on Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

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Tiny Gold Bars Latest Rage For Jittery Investors

 

 

” Private investors in Switzerland, Austria and Germany are lining up to buy gold bars the size of a credit card that can easily be broken into one gram pieces and used as payment in an emergency.

Now Swiss refinery Valcambi, a unit of U.S. mining giant Newmont, wants to bring its “CombiBar” to market in the United States and build up its sales presence India – the world’s largest consumer of gold where the precious metal has long served as a parallel currency.

Investors worried that inflation and financial market turmoil will wipe out the value of their cash have poured money into gold over the past decade. Prices have gained almost 500 percent since 2001 compared to a 12 percent increase in MSCI‘s world equity index.

Sales of gold bars and coins were worth almost $77 billion in 2011, up from just $3.5 billion in 2002, according to data from the World Gold Council. “

 

 

HT/Tyler Cowen

A Sheep No More

 

 

“What America can learn from Switzerland is that the best way to reduce gun misuse is to promote responsible gun ownership.”

 

 

Around the World in a Solar Plane

 

 

 

 

 ” Build a plane that’s as heavy as a car, but uses only as much energy as a scooter. And stay aloft with just the energy of the sun—even after sunset. That, pilot André Borschberg says, is the challenge facing the Solar Impulse team as it stares down its biggest challenge yet: flying around the world in a solar-powered plane.

You might have heard about Solar Impulse when the sun-powered plane project made its maiden flight in 2009, or in 2010 when Borschberg set the endurance record by piloting the aircraft for 26 consecutive hours, running on stored solar energy from on-board batteries after the sun went down. Now he and teammate Bertrand Piccard are off on even more ambitious ventures, which they came to New York to discuss last night. First, in 2013, they will fly their solar-powered plane across the United States. Then, in 2015, they will pilot a larger version around the world. “

 

Gun Review: SIG Sauer M400 Rifle

 

 

 

 

 

” With its Swiss-made 550 series, Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) earned an impressive reputation for producing rifles used by a nation of riflemen. Now SIG Sauer makes the Model 556 and Model 551-A1 gas-piston operated rifles in Exeter, N.H., as well as the AR-based gas-piston Model 516 rifle. With so many piston-operated designs it came as a surprise when SIG Sauer introduced a direct gas impingement system AR-style variant, the M400 semi-automatic-only carbine. “

You Can’t Go Wrong With SIG Sauer .

Conservative Countries To Move To [SLIDESHOW]

 

Surf, sand, clear blue waters, and no direct taxation on income or Cayman businesses. Sounds a lot like a conservative's paradise.

 

  “Conservatives will still have a powerful voice in the House of Representatives next year, but the presidency and the Senate will remain in the hands of the Democrats.

 

  If that’s just too much for you to handle, here are some countries that could offer you lower taxes and more business-friendly governments.”

What’s Wrong with this Picture ?

Jim Hoft

” Busy Month for Obama Campaign with Fundraisers in Switzerland, Sweden, Paris and Communist China . “

  It’s time for our government to mind it’s own damn business , which it is none too good at by the way , instead of minding ours .

” 3) Because it really is none of your damned business . This applies more to Joe the Plumber than Mitt the Romney (politicians, and especially presidential aspirants, deserve to be held to a higher standard), but the ugly truth as it stands today is that Uncle Sam believes he has a right to know each and every detail about your
money, so long as it is parked in a foreign financial institution instead of buried in your back yard. There is something very wrong about
the principle that your after-tax earnings are subject to still more scrutiny by the most powerful government the world has ever
known, and something insidious about the sight of politicians blaming Americans’ investment
choices for their own shoddy governance. “

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