Posted by: Gun Guru 9001 | December 5, 2012

North Korean Capitalism. Soon?

Looks like North Korea is achieving more captialism here.  They are expanding their study abroad programs and such.  Should be interesting to see what happens in the coming years.  Soon maybe?  We’ll see how they embrace the western ways.

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Posted by: Gun Guru 9001 | July 2, 2012

Sniper Airsoft …

Sniper Airsoft Rifles

Sniper Airsoft guns?!  Yes – It’s crucial that even the most fundamental airsoft sniper rifle has a large level of accuracy, simply because selection means practically nothing if your pellets are flying numerous yards to the left or proper immediately after each and every shot. Especially when you take into account that you may only have one particular shot to take out a target, it is imperative that the bb shot counts and can really strike.

 

Even however these capabilities are expected of any airsoft sniper rifle, it is also the situation that firms are seeking to take it even additional with innovative airsoft sniper rifles. Given the fast acceleration of technological modify in the contemporary entire world, it is not astonishing that ahead-contemplating corporations are using odds and introducing new, wonderful products to the industry spot. What follows are a couple precise examples of the outstanding feats of engineering that organizations have achieved in buy to assist players require their activity to the next amount.

Very first, it is important to understand that in the airsoft entire world, producing one thing search more genuine can be deemed a benefit in by itself. After all, the goal of airsoft is to simulate armed forces and police action as intently as attainable (with no anyone getting harm, of course), and it is essential for the airsoft guns on their own to appear practical. A lot of new sniper rifles, such as the AGM VSR Sniper Rifle, are produced with genuine wooden and metal, alongside with becoming developed in such a way to be as reasonable as achievable.  These are comparable to their more expensive Japanese counterparts, but generally not as good in build quality.

Of system what you could be most intrigued in are the enhancements which improve accuracy and range. These improvements are coming in the type of ever more adjustable hop-up and digital units on the guns that enable you to increase FPS without needing to use an allen wrench. 

Upgrade airsoft parts from companies such as PDI, Laylax, Prometheus, and many others out of Japan offer a wide selection to customize your airsoft gun.  

Posted by: Gun Guru 9001 | July 29, 2009

Somali Pirates – economic update

The rough fishermen of the so-called Somali coast guard are unrepentant criminals, yes, but they’re more than that. They’re innovators. Where earlier sea bandits were satisfied to make off with a dinghy full of booty, pirates who prowl northeast Africa’s Gulf of Aden hold captured ships for ransom. This strategy has been fabulously successful: The typical payoff today is 100 times what it was in 2005, and the number of attacks has skyrocketed.

Like any business, Somali piracy can be explained in purely economic terms. It flourishes by exploiting the incentives that drive international maritime trade. The other parties involved — shippers, insurers, private security contractors, and numerous national navies — stand to gain more (or at least lose less) by tolerating it than by putting up a serious fight. As for the pirates, their escalating demands are a method of price discovery, a way of gauging how much the market will bear.

The risk-and-reward calculations for the various players arise at key points of tension: at the outset of a shipment, when a vessel comes under attack, during ransom negotiations, and when a deal is struck. As long as national navies don’t roll in with guns blazing, the region’s peculiar economics ensure that most everyone gets a cut.

All of which makes daring rescues, like the liberation in April of the Maersk Alabama‘s captain, the exception rather than the rule. Such derring-do may become more frequent as public pressure builds to deep-six the brigands. However, the story of the Stolt Valor, captured on September 15, 2008, is more typical. Here’s how it played out, along with the cold, hard numbers that have put the Somali pirate business model at the center of a growth industry.

The Hot Zone: Pirates Know That Plunder Pays

Most of Somalia’s modern-day pirates are fishermen who traded nets for guns. They’ve learned that ransom is more profitable than robbery, and rather than squandering their loot, they reinvest in equipment and training. Today, no ship is safe within several hundred miles of the Somali coast.

http://www.wired.com/politics/security/magazine/17-07/ff_somali_pirates

Bonus Somali Pirate video onboard a pirated ship on the link above

Posted by: Gun Guru 9001 | July 27, 2009

Hey there! kcna_dprk is using Twitter

A guy using Twitter has found a way to RSS feed the site from the DPRK (North Korea) official news service here:  http://twitter.com/KCNA_DPRK

“Hey there! kcna_dprk is using Twitter!” – gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “monolithic guidance system of Kim Jong-il”

Posted by: Gun Guru 9001 | July 26, 2009

Parking cars for a living in Cairo

Some unemployed Egyptians have turned to parking vehicles for money [GALLO/GETTY]

Amid Cairo’s bustling neighbourhoods, where cars and people battle for space on congested roads, two brothers are keenly watching a new BMW slow down at an intersection a few metres away.

The driver, a young woman, appears distressed as surrounding cars come very close to hitting her.

Hisham nudges his brother, Sayed, who quickly runs toward the BMW and asks the woman for the keys. She hesitates before handing him the keys and walking away from the car.

In any other metropolis this may appear to be the scene of a car-jacking, but in Cairo it is an example of a street economy that has become increasingly popular during periods of financial crisis.

Sayed is known among Cairo residents – also called Cairenes – as a sayes, or parking attendant that roams the city streets looking for drivers in need of his valet services.

Each service has its cost, of course. If he were to find a place for the car, the driver pays from five to ten Egyptian pounds ($0.80 to $1.80).

Sign of the times

The job of the sayes is a fairly new socio-economic trade. It was a rarity in the 1960s and 70s, but gained a foothold in the 1980s as migration from rural to urban centres increased Cairo’s population from 10 to 18 million people.

With the migration of many farmers to the heart of the city, urban developers felt the need to demolish thousands of villas and raise buildings which would house several families.

On average, Cairo’s buildings have five floors, each with at least two apartments. With two cars to a family, every building requires enough adjacent space to park 20 cars.

In 1980, several Cairo municipalities started to require that parking attendants apply for a license to park cars.

“With the increasing numbers of cars in the streets, the municipality urged people to register,” said Saber Abdel Aal, an official at the Mohamed Mahmoud street municipality.

“Each registered Sayes is required to wear a city-certified metal name tag at all times.”

Harsh economic realities

The growth of modern accommodations increased the need for more parking spaces [GALLO/GETTY]

However, the global banking crisis in 2008 and its effect on Egypt’s once-thriving real estate market put strains on the economy and the already devalued local currency.

Brokerage firms in Egypt predict that the US financial downturn could reduce growth in foreign investment in the country by as much as 35 per cent.

Tariq Hussein, a Dubai-based financial analyst, says emerging markets, such as Egypt, are forced to bear the repercussions of the US financial downturn.

“There is no doubt that over the past five months, foreign investors have been aggressively fleeing our regions’ equity markets,” he told Al Jazeera.

Egypt’s central bank expects economic growth at 6 per cent, down from 7.2 per cent in 2007.

Egyptian investment firms have also pointed out that foreign direct investment (FDI) figures are also expected to fall in the face of the global financial turmoil.

Some financial experts believe the unemployment rate will surge past the officially reported statistic of 8.3 per cent.

Egyptian police authorities say they anticipate a number of unemployed men will turn to the street for work.

Khaled Abd El Rahman, an official with the Cairo traffic police department, said the authorities are no longer enforcing the licensing rule on parking attendants.

“If we closed all [the] doors of opportunity to them, you will find that they will soon resort to theft,” he told Al Jazeera.

“The demand for the sayes is really growing – sometimes drivers have no other option but to leave their cars with a sayes to park. Who has time to park a car on a busy day?”

Garage days

Sayed, who is an unlicensed parking attendant, has been driving around Ali Mahmud Street in Heliopolis, a suburb in northeast Cairo, for 15 minutes hoping to find a parking space for the BMW.

He tells Al Jazeera that the BMW’s owner is not one of his regular customers, but he figured he could use the extra money.

“My brother and I are responsible for 100 vehicles; we are able to park 10 of them in the garage of a nearby building, but the other 90 we drive around the neighbourhood until we find a parking spot,” he said.

Last year, the brothers were living in al-Mahala, a town in the al-Gharbya province north of Cairo where they both had jobs. They moved to Cairo once the opportunities for work became scarce.

“Parking cars all day is a tiring job, but it is worth the money paid,” Hisham said.

Sayed and his brother pay the garage owner the equivalent of $18 a month for each car. They then charge the car owners about $26 a month and pocket the difference.

For each car parked in the street, the brothers charge about $7 a month, half of which goes to the garage owner. Together they earn about $385 a month, nearly three times the average salary of a government employee.

“But we usually depend on tips,” Hisham said, grinning.

“During Ramadan and the Eid our customers tip rather generously.”

http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/outofwork/2009/02/2009215212550134908.html

Posted by: Gun Guru 9001 | July 26, 2009

Burundi albinos killed and body parts sold for potions

In a small town in the East African nation of Burundi, a group of people live in fear of being savagely murdered at any moment. They are always on guard night and day maintaining shifts of who keeps watch.

These people are not criminals on the run but victims of mother nature.

They are among a dwindling number of albinos who have been in hiding since early 2009 when more than a dozen of them were slaughtered for body parts that are later sold to witch doctors for use in potions.

Arms, legs and genitals are the most valuable parts, fetching a lot of cash.

In depth

Video: African albinos killed for body organs
Killers of Burundi albinos jailed

The witch doctors’ would-be customers fervently believe the potions concocted from albino body parts will bring them fortune in life, love and business.

I first broke this story on Al Jazeera in June 2008 when the gruesome trade entered the public spotlight after the killings of more than 50 albinos in neighbouring Tanzania.

Al Jazeera reported at the time how fishermen, traders and members of the business community working in and around Mwanza in northern Tanzania confessed to buying potions prepared with human body parts from witch doctors – and finding great success thereafter.

But now the trade in albino parts, which has led to the most profound and sadistic acts of violence, has spread to neighbouring Burundi.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/07/20097231380929658.html

The body of one albino brother was sold for a reportedly $240 USD.  Considering the yearly income for some Burundi is as low as $10/year, that’s a lot of money.

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