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Archive for August 2009

Police Helicopter Hovering over Taman Connaught at Midnight (A Glimpse of Police State — Big Brother is Watching You!)

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Police Monitoring 11 ‘Hot Spots’ (2009/08/07)

KUALA LUMPUR, Fri: City police have begun mobilising its personnel to realise the government’s target of reducing street crimes by 20 per cent by the end of next year.

Its police deputy chief, Datuk Abu Samah Mat, said the police have identified 11 “hot spots” which are favourite haunts of criminals.

The hotspots are the Bukit Bintang and Jalan Pudu areas, which are under the jurisdiction of the Dang Wangi police; Brickfields and Kuchai Park (Brickfields police) Taman Midah, Taman Connaught, Alam Damai (Cheras), and Jinjang North, Metro Prima Kepong, Danau Kota (Sentul).

He said the move was necessary to reduce street crimes such as snatch thefts, unarmed robberies and unarmed gang robberies.

“We have started a joint operation in Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Cheras, from July 17.”

“The operation clearly has a positive impact as the rate of street crimes in the area have lessened, as compared with before,” he said, adding that eight snatch thefts were reported in Bandar Sri Permaisuri as compared with 10 cases in the two weeks before the operation.
As the police are understaffed, Abu Samah said it had to enlist the help of the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela).

On July 27, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the government viewed crime prevention seriously and was focusing on efforts to reduce crime as one of the National Key Results Area under the home ministry. — BERNAMA

[Link: New Straits Times – Police Monitoring 11 ‘Hot Spots’]

I was reading the news online, when the above video footage was captured.

The low flying helicopter, the blaring rotor, the bright luminance of the spotlight — and all of the spectacular police “efficiency” in the middle of the night.

An “overkill” if that’s supposed to reduce street crimes. More police patrolling the area would be suffice — and on foot.

I feel like living in a ghetto in Brooklyn.

Heaven’s Fury — Modelling the Exploding Star

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This Argonne supercomputer visualisation shows the mechanism behind the violent death of a short-lived, massive star.

The image shows energy values in the core of the supernova. 

Different colours and transparencies are assigned to different values of entropy

By selectively adjusting the colour and transparency, the scientists can peel away the outer layers and see what is happening in the interior of the star.

Physicists at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago have used the IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer to model the extreme physics of a supernova explosion.

[Link: NewScientist – Snapshots from inside an exploding star]