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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #30 on: May 25, 2014, 06:47:16 pm »
What Note Do Most American Car Horns Make?



The note most American car horns make has been F sharp or A sharp since the mid-1960s. Prior to that, the first car horns for American vehicles had been in the notes of C or E flat since the 1910s. The first cars in the US in the late 1800s merely had bells until there was a demand for a device that produced a louder alert. The notes of car horns are determined by researching which ones are able to be heard over traffic and other background automobile operating sounds, while still being pleasant  ::)  enough to the ear.

More about car horns:

•Car horns must measure at least 93 decibels, or just louder than an average lawnmower engine, by law in Japan, South Korea, and European Union countries.

•One of the first car horns to gain popularity in the US was known as the Gabriel, a multi-tone horn inspired by the sounds of a trombone.

•In France, it is more common to flash headlights to alert other vehicles or pedestrians rather than using the horn.
   



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Which City Bikes the Most to Work?
« Reply #31 on: June 15, 2014, 08:56:35 pm »
Which City Bikes the Most to Work?

Portland, Oregon, is the city that bikes the most to work among large US cities, with about 6.1% of the city’s residents cycling to commute. The average bicycle commuting rate for all cities in the US is less than 1%. Portland is thought to have a high biking rate because of changes that the city has made to improve safety and convenience for cyclists on its roads. Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, have made similar changes.   ;D

More about bicycle commuting:

•Workers age 16 through 24 are the group most likely to bike to work in the US, at around 1%, and those older than 55 are the least likely, at 0.3%.

More than two times as many men ride a bike to work  :o, in comparison with women, at 0.8% of US men cycling to work and 0.3% of women doing so.

•People who earn graduate or professional degrees have the highest rates of biking to work, at about 0.9%.


http://www.wisegeek.com/which-city-bikes-the-most-to-work.htm

Four reasons why Portland became a cyclists’ utopia
By Heather Smith

http://grist.org/cities/four-reasons-why-portland-became-a-bikers-utopia/
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #32 on: July 06, 2014, 07:10:06 pm »
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Three Boeing 737 fuselages spilled down a steep slope into the Clark Fork River in Western Montana.
Photo credit: Brock Sarbeck/Wiley E. Waters Whitewater Rafting


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Nineteen railcars derailed Thursday about 10 miles west of Alberton, MT spilling three Boeing 737 fuselages down a steep slope into the Clark Fork River in Western Montana. Three other fuselages fell off but stayed on land.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost said Saturday that it’s unclear the type of challenge involved in removing the fuselages from the steep slope because it’s the first time the company has faced such a task.

No one was injured and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Though this derailment doesn’t quite compare to the impact on the environment like other derailments reported by EcoWatch, it clearly shows the challenges faced by increased use of rail. A recent report from Climate Central shows how climate change could lead to more train derailment. With temperatures in the U.S. rising by as much as 9 degrees, train tracks are vulnerable to “sun kinks,” or buckling as a result of extreme heat, according to the report.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/06/train-derailment-boeing-fuselages/
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Has the METHANE BOMB GONE OFF?
« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2014, 11:23:50 pm »
Has the METHANE BOMB GONE OFF?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqdlaLufBa0&feature=player_embedded

The striking abyss is believed to be up to 80 meters wide although its depth has not been estimated yet. A scientific team sent to investigate the hole was due to arrive at the scene on Wednesday, reports Siberian Times.

The cause of its sudden appearance in the remote Siberian land is not yet known, although one scientific claim, cited by the newspaper, is that global warming may be to blame.

There is additional speculation that the giant hole – that appeared close to a forest some 30 kilometers from Yamal's biggest gas field Bovanenkovo – could be caused by a space object – possibly a meteorite – striking earth. It could also be a sinkhole caused by collapsing rock beneath the hole caused by an unknown reason.

Startled helicopter passengers told their pilot to loiter over the mysterious crater as they came by the mind-blowing hole. The passengers were cited as saying the hole was big enough for their helicopter – and 18 meter long Mi8 – to have comfortably enter the crater without touching the sides.

The most deadly meteor impact of modern times known as "The Tunguska air burst" – took place in the region in 1908. The impact flattened vast swathes of forest over a 2,000 square kilometer area.

No streak in the sky, flash of explosion or seismic events has been recorded in the recent time, but the hole has, nonetheless appeared.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/meteor-ufo-landing-site-mysterious-crater-siberias-end-world-baffles-scientists-604542
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This Bug’s Bite Can Turn You Into a Vegetarian  :o

A tick causes the humans it bites to become allergic to red meat.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/08/10/lone-star-tick-red-meat-allergy
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #35 on: August 17, 2014, 08:43:54 pm »
What is the World’s Most Commonly Traded Spice?


Piper nigrum plant 


Black pepper
is the world’s most commonly traded spice, with the United States being the leading importer and consumer of the spice. It comes from the peppercorn fruit on the vine of the Piper nigrum.

While the Piper nigrum plant is indigenous to South India, black pepper’s leading producer is Vietnam, followed by India, Indonesia, and Brazil. Black pepper is a component of a wide range of ethnic cuisines to add a pungent or hot flavor. Its popularity may be attributed to the long history of the spice, which dates back to 2000 BCE; however, black pepper was once so rare, it was only used by the very wealthy and was even considered a form of currency in the Middle Ages.

More about spices:

•India is the leading producer, consumer, and exporter of spices overall worldwide.

•Black pepper causes sneezing because it contains a chemical known as piperine, which irritates the nerves inside the nose.


piperine



•Saffron, the dried threads from the crocus flower, is the most expensive spice in the world--it has an average price of $1,500 US Dollars (USD) per pound (.45 kg), which requires an entire acre of land and thousands of flowers to be produced.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-worlds-most-commonly-traded-spice.htm
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Is There Such a Thing as Blue Lava?
« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2014, 11:43:15 pm »
Is There Such a Thing as Blue Lava? ???


Spectacular blue lava flows at this Indonesian volcano.
 

Indonesia' Kawah Ijen Volcano produces blue lava, which glows at night. This is due to the combustion of sulfuric gases when they meet air temperatures exceeding 239 degrees Fahreneit (115 degrees Celsius). The volcano is part of a group of stratovolcanoes—volcanoes built up by layers of hardened ash, lava, and other materials—called the Ijen volcano complex. Since the volcano produces large amounts of sulfur, and despite the high-level of toxicity in the area, sulfur mining takes place in the area.

More about volcanoes:

•Lava flows can reach more that 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,250 Celsius).

•Italy's Mt. Etna is supposedly the world's oldest volcano with its first recorded eruption in 1500 BC. The world's youngest volcano located in Paricutin, Mexico with its first eruption in February 1943.

•The majority of the world's volcanoes, nearly 90%, exist within the Ring of Fire that runs along the edges of the Pacific Ocean.

http://www.wisegeek.com/is-there-such-a-thing-as-blue-lava.htm




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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #38 on: September 12, 2014, 05:55:10 pm »
 Space Rock Slams into Nicaragua, Leaves Crater
Posted on September 9, 2014

A thunderous explosion shook the crowded Nicaraguan capital of Managua late Saturday, leaving a large crater thought to be caused by a small meteorite. In a vast city of 1.2 million people, it’s amazing it did not cause any known injuries. It impacted near the international airport and left a crater measuring 39 feet (12 meters) across.  :o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPTCGDU52Ss&feature=player_embedded

Authorities in Nicaragua believe it was a piece of the small asteroid “2014 RC,” which passed very close to Earth this past Sunday. It was estimated to be about 65 feet (20 meters) across, or roughly the size of a house. “We are convinced that this was a meteorite. We have seen the crater from the impact,” said Wilfredo Strauss of the Seismic Institute.

Watch the meteor stream across the night sky:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8cTf8irnvY&feature=player_embedded

The meteorite landed in a wooded area near the airport around midnight and the impact was so violent that it registered on tools the Seismic Institute uses to measure earthquakes. “You can see two waves: first, a small seismic wave when the meteorite hit earth, and then another stronger one, which is the impact of the sound,” Strauss said.

People living near the crater told local media they heard an explosion and saw liquid, sand and dust being cast into the atmosphere, leaving a burning smell.

http://knowbefore.weatherbug.com/2014/09/09/space-rock-slams-nicaragua-leaves-crater/
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #39 on: September 16, 2014, 06:36:37 pm »
For Buddhists in particular and any other humans (like myself  ;D ) who are fascinated by the diversity of human cultures: ENJOY!
Renovation programme underway at Labrang Monastery
Updated: 2014-09-14 11:02 

Photo taken on Sept. 2, 2014 shows the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe county of Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Northwest China's Gansu province.

The Labrang Monastery, a major Tibetan Buddhism monastery in China, is undergoing the largest renovation programme since its establishment in 1709.
  :o

The renovation, which started in April 2013, is intended to replace stone and wooden structures within the monastery that had been worn down by the years.

The Labrang Monastery remains open to the public during the renovation programme. It will make an application for the listing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites at the end of the whole renovation, which takes at least another four years.[Photo/Xinhua]

 
A Tibetan Buddhism believer visits the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe county of Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Northwest China's Gansu province, Sept. 2, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

 
A Tibetan Buddhism believer visits a prayer wheel corridor at the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe county of Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Northwest China's Gansu province, Sept. 2, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

 
A worker repairs a wooden structure inside the residence of the first Jamyang Shepa, founder of the Labrang Monastery, in Xiahe county of Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Northwest China's Gansu province, Sept. 2, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

 
A Tibetan Buddhist monk sits near the site of a renovation programme at the residence of the first Jamyang Shepa, founder of the Labrang Monastery, in Xiahe county of Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Northwest China's Gansu province, Sept. 2, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on Sept. 2, 2014 shows the site of a renovation programme at the residence of the first Jamyang Shepa, founder of the Labrang Monastery, in Xiahe county of Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Northwest China's Gansu province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Workers repair wooden structures inside the residence of the first Jamyang Shepa, founder of the Labrang Monastery, in Xiahe county of Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Northwest China's Gansu province, Sept. 2, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on Sept. 2, 2014 shows wooden architectural parts inside the residence of the first Jamyang Shepa, founder of the Labrang Monastery, in Xiahe county of Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Northwest China's Gansu province. [Photo/Xinhua]



Photo taken on Sept. 2, 2014 shows wood-plate paintings inside the residence of the first Jamyang Shepa, founder of the Labrang Monastery, in Xiahe county of Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Northwest China's Gansu province. [Photo/Xinhua]


http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2014-09/14/content_18594869_3.htm
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #40 on: September 16, 2014, 06:52:58 pm »
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Two children and their mom watch cartoons on a VCD player powered by the van's battery in the cramped vehicle. The privilege of watching a cartoon can last for only one hour due to the limited capacity of the battery. [Photo/CFP]

Agelbert NOTE: I admire the grit of these folks. They are DETERMINED to make it and tough it out no matter the adversity and hardships they face to make ends meet. 
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Lava Flow ON TOP OF A GLACIER!
« Reply #41 on: September 17, 2014, 12:46:31 am »

FAR OUT!   :o     
Video interview and MANY pictures at link below:
Tue Sep 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM PDT.

Bárðarbunga: Not Parrying Any Questions - An Interview With Þorbjörg Ágústsdóttir

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Mammoth filmed by NAZI on death march?
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2014, 11:40:59 pm »
Massive 'ocean' discovered towards Earth's core  :o
19:00 12 June 2014 by Andy Coghlan
 
A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans :o has been discovered deep beneath the Earth's surface. The finding could help explain where Earth's seas came from.

The water is hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite that lies 700 kilometres underground in the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth's surface and its core.

The huge size of the reservoir throws new light on the origin of Earth's water. Some geologists think water arrived in comets as they struck the planet, but the new discovery supports an alternative idea that the oceans gradually oozed out of the interior of the early Earth.



"It's good evidence the Earth's water came from within," says Steven Jacobsen of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The hidden water could also act as a buffer for the oceans on the surface, explaining why they have stayed the same size for millions of years.

Pinging the planet

Jacobsen's team used 2000 seismometers to study the seismic waves generated by more than 500 earthquakes. These waves move throughout Earth's interior, including the core, and can be detected at the surface. "They make the Earth ring like a bell for days afterwards," says Jacobsen.
 
By measuring the speed of the waves at different depths, the team could figure out which types of rocks the waves were passing through. The water layer revealed itself because the waves slowed down, as it takes them longer to get through soggy rock than dry rock.

Jacobsen worked out in advance what would happen to the waves if water-containing ringwoodite was present. He grew ringwoodite in his lab, and exposed samples of it to massive pressures and temperatures matching those at 700 kilometres down.

Sure enough, they found signs of wet ringwoodite in the transition zone 700 kilometres down, which divides the upper and lower regions of the mantle. At that depth, the pressures and temperatures are just right to squeeze the water out of the ringwoodite. "It's rock with water along the boundaries between the grains, almost as if they're sweating," says Jacobsen.

Damp down there

Jacobsen's finding supports a recent study by Graham Pearson of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Pearson studied a diamond from the transition zone that had been carried to the surface in a volcano, and found that it contained water-bearing ringwoodite, the first strong evidence that there was lots of water in the transition zone (Nature, doi.org/s6h).

"Since our initial report of hydrous ringwoodite, we've found another ringwoodite crystal, also containing water, so the evidence is now very strong," says Pearson.

So far, Jacobsen only has evidence that the watery rock sits beneath the US. He now wants to find out if it wraps around the entire planet.

"We should be grateful for this deep reservoir," says Jacobsen. "If it wasn't there, it would be on the surface of the Earth, and mountain tops would be the only land poking out."

Journal reference: Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1253358

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25723-massive-ocean-discovered-towards-earths-core.html&utm_media=email&utm_content=us#.VDC41Gd0zm4

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IBM Paying Globalfoundries $1.5 Billion to Take Unit in Retreat From Chips


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“IBM has always taken the long view of its business strategy  ;), continuously reinventing   ,” Tom Rosamilia, IBM’s senior vice president of the systems and technology group and integrated supply chain, said in a blog post today, calling the deal “one more step in the company’s reinvention.” 

The cash portion paid to Globalfoundries will be partially offset by $200 million of working capital. IBM’s third-quarter charge will account for the cash payment and a $2.4 billion non-cash writedown on the business.

 
After months of on-again, off-again talks, IBM Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty... Read More

Retaining Jobs Agelbert NOTE: See EMPTY PROMISES (LEGAL Predatory Limited Liability employee shafting for translation...) 


Globalfoundries will acquire and operate manufacturing facilities in East Fishkill, New York, and Essex Junction, Vermont, and also add IBM’s commercial microelectronics business. The company said it plans to provide jobs for all IBM employees , aside from a group that will remain with IBM. 

The 10-year partnership and exchange of thousand of patents will allow Globalfoundries to access key chipmaking technology and guarantee supply  ;) ;D of chips that IBM needs for its systems, like mainframe computers and its Watson data-analytics technology.

Related: IBM Plunges as CEO Abandons 2015 Earnings Forecast
Read the full bit of innocent sounding predatory Capitalist Puffery at link below.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-19/ibm-agrees-to-pay-globalfoundries-1-5-billion-to-take-chip-unit.html

Another Agelbert NOTE: Tell me chillun', why does a stock PLUNGE when the IBM conscience free (see NAZI partners in business in WWII) predatory capitalist, employee shafting piggery strategy (Vee must make ze profits for ze shareholders!  )  announces that they are offloading LOSING operations? ???  No, it's not because of the lowered earnings per share, NOPE, NOPE, NOPE, don't be a DOPE.  ;D

Here's the way this SICK EMPLOYEE SHAFTING stuff works:

1) Corporation is losing money and wants to shut down a plant.

2) Politicians say corporations can't do dat because there is an employment crisis in the USA and it will look "un-American". ESPECIALLY since they want to sell the plant to rich Ayrab despots who don't give three hoots about human rights or employee  benefits.

3) Corporation makes a "deal" with politicians (so they won't make a fuss) to keep quiet while they announce the sale of the plant(s) to the "Silicon Valley" (good PR!)  based GlobalFoundries along with lots of crocodile tears about lost earnings in the media. The fact that GlobalFoundries is owned by Abu Dhabi is the fine print not be "overly and irrationally" emphasized in the press releases. LOL!

4) About 6 months to a year from now massive layoffs occur in said plants. IBM don't own em' so, it ain't dere problem. Mens Rea in the STRATEGY to sell, maybe?  YEP! Of course the lawyers will, CORRECTLY, claim it's ALL LEGAL and MENS REA is for the criminal code so, even if it could be proved, it's NO BIG DEAL.  ;D

5) Towns with these plants go into a depression. In Vermont's case, Essex Junction is IT for the whole state as far as the economy. The only thing bigger is health care. Vermont will take a massive hit.   :P

6) THE IRONY IS SO THICK YOU CAN CUT IT WITH A KNIFE! Vermonters are xenophobic right down to their microscopic DNA!. They don't even want New Yorkers livin' heah; never mind having AYRABS OWN the pride and joy of Essex Junction! Can you say schadenfreude?   

Vermonters claim to support democracy (especially the kind we export to the Ayrabs in explosive packages... ;)) while taking care to keep their town meetings very 'democratic' (as long as you are the right - see very long list starting with COLOR). NOW the plant in Essex Junction belongs to an UNDEMOCRATIC, autocratic, RICH country which is intolerant of human rights and anything else that threatens oligarchic rule.  :o

 Will Vermonters QUIT in protest? I don't think so. All that money made from supporting WAR in the Ayrab world is about to turn into a lesson in what not to do when your country wants to wage wars for profit. What goes around, comes around.  :P

7) The media in places like Vermont will do everything they can to LIE about how "democratric" and "nice" the government of Abu Dhabi is.   

But I admit, it will be fun to watch Vermonters pretend they aren't fit to be tied by this "betrayal" of BIG BLUE. So how come the stock took a hit today when IBM is going to make big bucks in the long run from this (at the expense of Vermonters and New Yorkers!)?    BECAUSE one hell of a lot of Vermonters and New Yorkers OWN IBM stock and are NOT happy campers! 

Believe what you will. The 7 parts of this CRIMINAL (but LEGAL) Corporate two step are now nauseatingly common in the USA.   They grow ever more clever (with the aid of the Fascist handmaiden, the COURT SYSTEM and the conscience free LAWYERS that run it) in, with malice and aforethought, finding ways to legally pay slave wages to employees. Have a nice day.
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