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Monday, September 1, 2014

Is this Social media journalism now?

This is not about my hobbies or activities, this is just an observation. as I woke up social media gives me these newsfeeds. violence, war, beheading and... the ALS (no donation) ice bucket challenge! I mean why? why do some people pour cold bucket of ice on their head to make a joke out of themselves on social media? and do you think ALS gets to use all the donated money ?? No. if you want to help, just donate. and do not accept the challenge. another is MRTChallenge. do you think our govt officials will take the Mrt on rush hour at 6am-7am? again,  No. I still salute Senator Poe for her effort, thats without media, without bodyguards or personal assistants.

how about the traditional media? are they getting most of their news relying on social media?

We live in dangerous times today.
1. you ride the MRT and youre not guaranteed safety, you ride at your own risk.
2. you took the aircon bus and you can be robbed all it takes are 2 armed men and a lot of cowardly big guys.
3. you take a cab and you're 95% safe to arrive at your destination, that is if you possess that intimidating stare, ex. if you are more criminal looking than the driver.
grabbed from the net
indeed we live in dangerous times, election time is near, rampant kidnapping
4. you drive you own unarmored  car, suv and theres a 2% chance that you can randomly be caught in this scene.
A photo showing men pointing guns at an suv vehicle along EDSA went viral yesterday after a witness posted it on Fb and Twitter. the witness' photo is now taken down, and her twitter account deactivated for now.

by the way, a civilian armored car is a security vehicle which made by replacing the windows of a standard vehicle (typically a limousine or SUV) with bulletproof glass and inserting layers of armor plate into the body panels. so unless you drive a stock Mercedez S600 GUARD or a $450,000 armored suv, (Girkha F5)
the german presidential benz w220, the QUEEN mother's Bentley State Limo, the US President's Caddilac- the Beast are some expensive stealth armored cars.

Civilian armored cars  in stock form like the  Lincoln Town Car BPS, Audi A6 and A8,  Hyundai Equus, BMW High Security series, benz s600 guard etc.  A security vehicle is made by replacing the windows with bulletproof glass then inserting layers of armor plate under the outer skin of the car, a high cost, labor-intensive process that generally takes a few weeks and most often costs upward of 4M or above.

 The makers usually leave the external appearance of the car unchanged, in order that it look as inconspicuous as possible. In most cases materials like Aramid (e.g. Kevlar), HMPE (e.g. Dyneema), composites or ballistic stainless steel plates are used, and the increased mass is offset by a more powerful engine and brakes and stronger shock absorbers. The increased weight means that the mechanical parts of an armored car are subjected to higher forces than normal, which in turn reduces the service life of the car.

Armoring passenger cars has become big business, especially in places such as Brazil, where the murder rate is five times that of the big, bad U.S. of A. Although automakers have tiptoed into the bulletproofing game—BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and for a time, Ford

The first step is to remove all of the components from the car’s body (from interior trim, wiring, carpet, seats, everything as if you want to paint the whole car). Then the doors and all other cavities (such as the pillars) are cut open so various materials can be stuffed or welded into those voids. Depending on the level of protection desired, the doors and pillars might be bolstered with steel plates, a combination of ballistic nylon and Kevlar (same as bulletproof vests),  If the doors get too heavy, a third hinge is added. The fire wall can be steel-plated, too,  the floor and ceiling are generally lined with ballistic fabrics. The stock bumpers, designed to crumple and absorb energy during major impacts, can be reinforced to allow the armored car to, bash through a roadblock without damaging the vulnerable part -the car radiator. bulletproof armoring has one goal : to make the car appear to as stock and as unmodified, inside and out.

bulletproof glass pic from IAG
Car glass is referred to as “transparent armor.” Its not a thicker version of the safety glass found in the side windows of standard cars but rather a sandwich of polycarbonate and leaded glass. The thinnest option is .08 inch and will stop subsonic rounds such as those from the popular 9mm handgun, while the thickest glass is 2" inches and should emasculate a single shot from a high-powered  riffle. If necessary, the electric window motors can be replaced by beefier ones.


Conventional run-flat tires can’t stand up to gunfire because bullets could shred the stiff sidewalls these tires rely on for support. a Hutchinson-made Composite Run Flat tire, which is a polymer donut custom-built for each application. It is clamped around the center line of a wheel, inside the tubeless tire, and the working principle is similar to the Michelin PAX System’s: If the pneumatic tire loses pressure, the polymer ring provides support that allows 80-Kph speeds for more than 80 Kms.

POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO during escape.

Even the lightest armoring adds at least 500 pounds to a large sedan. With the greatest level of protection for a large sedan adding 1400 pounds, it is necessary to modify the chassis and occasionally the drivetrain. To maintain drivability, damping and spring rates rise, so engine modification is needed. Three-quarter-ton trucks and SUVs are the only vehicles with underpinnings capable of bearing the roughly 2000 pounds of the highest level of protection without any modifications.

to be safe, I would rather stay at home.
this is your loveboy DENNIS signing off. stay safe on the road.

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