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I finally got a video of the bus campaign. In this video we even see Richard Dawkins, the author of  “The God Delusion”.

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Actually I think this helicopter is even more deadly than it seems in the film. Years ago, probably even more than 10 years ago, I had been able to play a flight simulation of this helicopter on a computer. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longbow_(computer_game)

AH-64D Longbow is an ultra-realistic PC flight simulator of the world’s most advanced attack helicopter, the AH-64D Longbow. Released on May 31 1996, this simulation was developed atOrigin Systems, Inc. by producer Andy Hollis and director Will McBurnett. AH-64D Longbow was the second simulator released under the Jane’s Combat Simulators line from Electronic Arts.

It had the most authentic flight model for a helicopter (for its time), and every aspect of the electronics systems were meticulously detailed. The weapons had realistic operational ranges and limits, and all friendly and enemy units were strictly based on their real-life counterparts. You got a wingman to help you, and you took on Russian equipment in multiple single missions and campaigns, as well as a handful of historically-accurate missions in which you could ‘re-live’ memorable battles.

The helicopter has a 30mm cannon. When they say 30 milimeter, this is the width of the projectile itself, not the length. This cannon is not aimed the ordinary way with a sight. When the gunner moves his helmet and looks at a target, the cannon moves with it, shortening the time to fire. The first version of the helicopter had hellfire anti-tank missles which were guided to the target with a laser. This puts the helicopter in danger since the helicopter would be seen by the enemy as the missle approaches the target. The helicopter featured here is a more advanced version (the Longbow). This version has a radar above the rotor which can scan the area for tanks, duck behind a hill and shoot all its missles while it is behind the hill. The missles which may approach several targets at once go to their respective designations and hit the target.

At night, aside from the infra red sensors it has to spot hotspots, the helicopter can optionally amplify the light from the moon or the stars if now hotspots are available.

While the popular russian helicopter the “Hind” is known for its size, this helicopter is known for its technology.

Below is a filmclip showing the “Hind” in the movie “Rambo”.

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Earlier, we had an article on buses in Britain advertising atheism

https://thecriticalthinker.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/atheists-campaign-using-british-buses/

Now, it seems that advertising using buses have now gained ground in several countries.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090119/lf_afp/lifestylebritainreligiontransportatheism;_ylt=AveBcS.Rr_mlnMEBafIQq00DW7oF

 

 

Around the world, atheists hit road to knock down GodAFP/File – An artists impression of a London bus with the slogan ‘There’s probably no God. Stop worrying …

LONDON (AFP) – An atheist drive to persuade people that God doesn’t exist is catching on in a surprising fashion — on the sides of buses in a growing number of countries around the world.

With the concise message “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life,” the campaign took to the road in Britain this month, while similar drives are underway or planned in SpainItaly,Canada and Australia.

Atheists in Italy and Spain, however, have had more success with their attempts.

Buses with a similar slogan to the Atheist Bus Campaign’s message, translated into Catalan, began appearing on two routes in Barcelona on Monday, with plans to extend the campaign to the rest of the country.

In Italy, meanwhile, buses with the slogan “The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is that we do not need him” will begin traversing the northern Italian city of Genoa on February 4.

Here in Britain, apart from opposition from religious groups, some atheists are unhappy with the inclusion of the word “probably”, principally added so that it would adhere to British advertising rules.

Cave, though not in agreeance with the word’s inclusion, noted that the campaign is trying to make a broader point.

“I can see no evidence for God just as I can see no evidence for pineapples floating around the moon,” he said.

“I don’t say there probably aren’t any pineapples floating around the moon, I just say I know there aren’t any pineapples floating around the moon. But, it’s a piece of marketing, and I think it’s good because it makes people think.”

Now think about it really hard, which should be considered an offensive slogan (if one of them is even to be considered to be offensive at all):

1. “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”

2. “There is a God. Now start examining yourself”

Should the first one really be considered as offensive or non-offensive as the latter?

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