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(Yahoo)   ""My saddest photo yet, From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel"   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 45
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2014-07-25 01:38:55 PM  
He could probably see them much better from the ground.

/just sayin'
 
2014-07-25 01:43:16 PM  
sploosh?
 
2014-07-25 02:17:18 PM  
And I can see my bicycle on google maps. Seeing stuff from space isn't special anymore.
 
2014-07-25 02:22:58 PM  
Seems a bit odd that a German is concerned about Jews and genocide.
 
2014-07-25 02:34:16 PM  

flamark: Seems a bit odd that a German is concerned about Jews and genocide.


Is it? There's a good bit of guilt over the events of WW2 and it's likely very sad for Germans to think that in addition to the ones Germany is responsible for, even more are dying now.
 
2014-07-25 02:35:20 PM  
It is illegal to take pictures of Israel from the sky.
 
2014-07-25 02:35:32 PM  

Lsherm: He could probably see them much better from the ground.

/just sayin'


Low,low,looooow Earth orbit.
 
2014-07-25 02:38:59 PM  

BalugaJoe: It is illegal to take pictures of Israel from the sky.


Not if you're a Hollywood director. Otherwise, probably yeah.
 
2014-07-25 02:52:42 PM  

DerAppie: And I can see my bicycle on google maps. Seeing stuff from space isn't special anymore.


A most impressive analogy fail.
 
2014-07-25 02:53:45 PM  
and the rockets red glare...
 
2014-07-25 02:54:23 PM  

flamark: Seems a bit odd that a German is concerned about Jews and genocide.


Maybe he's jealous?
 
2014-07-25 02:54:37 PM  
Reporting on what people tweeted or commented in Reddit is not news.
 
2014-07-25 02:57:59 PM  
THAT is the saddest photo? Look south a bit, see that giant continent? It's a rotting hellhole of war and disease.
 
2014-07-25 03:08:04 PM  

neversubmit: and the rockets red glare...


...lots of bombs in the air....
 
2014-07-25 03:10:20 PM  
You've been chasing me your whole life only to fail now? I think that's about the worst thing I've ever heard.
 
2014-07-25 03:19:05 PM  
Well, in a few minutes you'll be over Best Korea, so there's that.
 
2014-07-25 03:19:43 PM  

Uncle Pooky: DerAppie: And I can see my bicycle on google maps. Seeing stuff from space isn't special anymore.

A most impressive analogy fail.


I prefer to think that I'm not very poetic and thus don't care about explosions seen from space as compared to other things that can be seen from space.
 
2014-07-25 03:19:53 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: THAT is the saddest photo? Look south a bit, see that giant continent? It's a rotting hellhole of war and disease.


Not all of it. Ghana for example is pretty much an oasis surrounded by shiat.
 
2014-07-25 03:23:52 PM  

Intrepid00: Contrabulous Flabtraption: THAT is the saddest photo? Look south a bit, see that giant continent? It's a rotting hellhole of war and disease.

Not all of it. Ghana for example is pretty much an oasis surrounded by shiat.


Never Ghana give you up
Never Ghana let you down
 
2014-07-25 03:24:10 PM  
#dangerzone
 
2014-07-25 03:29:45 PM  
As I mentioned in a previous thread, I ran out of farks to give about this conflict a long time ago. I kind of gave up caring around the time the Israeli right wing assassinated the one guy who seemed like he might be able to fix this mess. After that, I just wrote off the region as hopelessly FUBAR'd.
 
GBB
2014-07-25 03:59:34 PM  

ZMugg: neversubmit: and the rockets red glare...

...lots of bombs in the air....


....went poof in the night ....
 
2014-07-25 04:01:19 PM  
What's the extra " for?

/I'm hungry for BBQ now...
 
2014-07-25 04:11:51 PM  

Mad_Radhu: As I mentioned in a previous thread, I ran out of farks to give about this conflict a long time ago. I kind of gave up caring around the time the Israeli right wing assassinated the one guy who seemed like he might be able to fix this mess. After that, I just wrote off the region as hopelessly FUBAR'd.


If you really have run out of farks, why do you feel the need to tell us twice, instead of just ignoring the threads?

Heck, I bet if we dig deep enough beneath the layer of stoicism and aloofness, we might even find a caring human being, with feelings and such.

Come here, I'll give you a hug!
 
2014-07-25 04:28:39 PM  

DerAppie: And I can see my bicycle on google maps. Seeing stuff from space isn't special anymore.


The closest zoom levels of Google maps are not satellite photography.
 
2014-07-25 04:38:55 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: THAT is the saddest photo? Look south a bit, see that giant continent? It's a rotting hellhole of war and disease.


Yeah, but those are just black people, which *everyone* knows are just savages who don't know any better and can't be expected to act all civilized and such. Same with Palestinians. *Everyone* expects the Israelis to "know better" and to treat them with kid gloves, or at least not run up the score, while Hamas gets a pass for lobbing rockets indiscriminately into Israel while using schools, hospitals and women and children to shield their launch sites. After all, they're just "sand n#ggars" who can't be held to civilized norms.
 
2014-07-25 04:39:50 PM  

BalugaJoe: It is illegal to take pictures of Israel from the sky.


Space != Sky
 
2014-07-25 05:10:08 PM  
Just let this thought cheer you up space man- every one of those flashes means one less fanatic or future fanatic in the world. Both sides are crazy, just make the proverbial popcorn and let them kill each other.
 
2014-07-25 05:19:24 PM  
I just see a bunch of lights
 
2014-07-25 05:20:33 PM  
Battle on the Blue Dot.
 
2014-07-25 05:49:33 PM  

MagicBoris: Mad_Radhu: As I mentioned in a previous thread, I ran out of farks to give about this conflict a long time ago. I kind of gave up caring around the time the Israeli right wing assassinated the one guy who seemed like he might be able to fix this mess. After that, I just wrote off the region as hopelessly FUBAR'd.

If you really have run out of farks, why do you feel the need to tell us twice, instead of just ignoring the threads?

Heck, I bet if we dig deep enough beneath the layer of stoicism and aloofness, we might even find a caring human being, with feelings and such.

Come here, I'll give you a hug!


True enough, It is one of things that will just make me angry if I think about it, so it's better to just not care. I'm just done with it, but I feel like the news media is trying to guilt us into feeling bad that it is happening, even though there is bugger all that most of us can do to stop the killing. We can't negotiate a peace, we can't convince the Palestinians to try some of that non-violent resistance that generally works really well, and the pro-Israel lobby will keep our tax dollars flowing in to help pay for more tanks and planes and bombs no matter how I vote.

It just seems like an exercise in futility to get emotionally invested in what happens over there because it is such a huge clusterfark that is never going to ever get resolved.
 
2014-07-25 05:52:22 PM  
I'm curious. Did the ISS crew take a drink every time they saw an explosion?

/if I owned this place and Hell I'd rent this place out and live in Hell said every Palestinian ever
 
2014-07-25 05:58:18 PM  
Did Batman go to the ISS?
 
2014-07-25 06:09:50 PM  

Ishkur: Reporting on what people tweeted or commented in Reddit is not news.


Welcome to Fark.jpeg
 
2014-07-25 06:26:04 PM  

DerAppie: I prefer to think that I'm not very poetic and thus don't care about explosions seen from space as compared to other things that can be seen from space.


Like your mom?
 
2014-07-25 06:27:52 PM  
Y'know what I see in those pictures? I see a place I would like to stick my hands into.

I see a shiathole thousands of miles away which I, somehow, for some inexplicable reason, know to be my business. Clearly this is somehow America's fault and we must do something.

Is there some way would could make this worse and then not figure out our mistake and keep shiatting up the whole area? All the while wasting money and attracting terrorists to our land? For decades and decades?

I'm excited by this idea.
 
2014-07-25 07:10:04 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-07-25 09:49:45 PM  
I can make out some noses.
 
2014-07-25 09:51:00 PM  
I wonder if the ISS is diverting its orbit away from east Ukraine? It's a war zone, y'know.

/see the tuna fleets clearing the sea out?
 
2014-07-25 10:09:19 PM  

Kuroshin: BalugaJoe: It is illegal to take pictures of Israel from the sky.

Space != Sky


Since countries vary from 2 miles to 200 miles what they consider international waters, how does it work vertically?  Up to the atmosphere?
 
2014-07-26 04:41:09 AM  
 
2014-07-26 05:59:32 AM  
 
2014-07-26 06:48:10 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-26 10:50:24 AM  

Intrepid00: Contrabulous Flabtraption: THAT is the saddest photo? Look south a bit, see that giant continent? It's a rotting hellhole of war and disease.

Not all of it. Ghana for example is pretty much an oasis surrounded by shiat.


Ghana is an example of what a few generations of good government can do to a society.
 
2014-07-26 11:15:40 PM  

AngryDragon: (image)


Cool picture, but unfortunately according to Kerbal Space Program, it wouldn't work (it's not your fault, the government did it). Those tungsten rods, when dropped, would just follow the same orbit as the satellite. Even if they were shot out in the way the picture shows, they would land hundreds of miles away (just following the orbit) and be very difficult to aim because they will travel through a lot of atmosphere sideways. The only other option is to shoot the rod sideways in the opposite direction of the satellite's travel, so the rod is essentially 'stationary' over a single point on Earth, and letting it drop on that point. Wind would still probably move it at least a few hundred yards from the original target.

The downside of this plan is that tungsten rods would be very heave and therefore require a lot of fuel to launch from the satellite, and even more fuel to launch into orbit in the first place. It would be much easier to just make a tungsten rocket and shoot it wherever you wanted it to go. Also, the rod would have a very small impact area, and would do more self-burying than anything else, so it would only be viable as a bunker-buster.


/Waiting for Kerbal Space Program to update so I can play the latest version.
 
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