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Title: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on November 17, 2013, 11:06:04 pm
Colchester, Vermont First week of November, 2013

Rescue and Technical Rescue Squads—Amy Akerlind, Rescue Chief
· Colchester Rescue responded to eighteen calls and transported ten people to the hospital.
· Colchester Technical Rescue assisted Williston Fire Department with the rescue of a 2,600-pound draft
horse rescue that was stuck in a mud pond and had to be lifted with the help of an excavator!  :o

Now there's an interesting and innovative use for an excavator! (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185047.png)

Those Draft Horses are BIG!  :o
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: Surly1 on November 18, 2013, 06:50:58 pm
And they say nothing happens in Vermont!
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on November 18, 2013, 11:13:14 pm
Surly said,
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And they say nothing happens in Vermont!

Well, Norman Rockwell sure ain't here anymore! The police are concerned because a group of young scam artists are going house to house knocking. If nobody answers, they get in through a window and take whatever they can carry. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png)
If someone answers, they offer to do yard work or chores for too high a price.  ;)  Last week there were several burglaries. There have been nearly 200 in the last year. Residents are urged to keep doors and windows always locked and report any suspicious activity to the police.

No, I did not report the egging of my front door to the police. We are working on another approach to that. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185047.png)

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Why Is Money Green in the United States?


Money is green in the United States, it is believed, because that color of ink was the most readily available when the paper currency design was introduced in 1929.

Prior to then, paper currency mainly used black ink with colored elements, but counterfeiters were able to recreate the colored portions too easily.  ;D

Another possible reason green ink was chosen was because it is more able to withstand heat and chemical exposure without changing appearance. Green ink might also have been chosen for US money because the color green was viewed as a symbol of strength and stability in the government’s credit.  ;) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185047.png)
 


 More about money in the US:

•The $1 US Dollar (USD) bill lasts an average of just one year and 10 months in circulation. The $100 USD bill lasts about seven years and five months.

•Martha Washington is the only female to have her portrait appear on US currency. The wife of first US President George Washington appeared on the $1 USD Silver Certificates of 1886, 1891 and 1896.

•It would take about $2.5 million USD worth of pennies laid next to each other to reach across the width of the United States. ::)

http://www.wisegeek.com/why-is-money-green-in-the-united-states.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: Surly1 on November 19, 2013, 06:39:01 am
AG,

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Why Is Money Green in the United States?


Money is green in the United States, it is believed, because that color of ink was the most readily available when the paper currency design was introduced in 1929.

Uh, no.

See this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenback_(money)). Lincoln began the practice of issuing green fiat.
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The term greenback refers to legal tender, printed in green on one side and issued by the United States during the American Civil War which was backed not by the conventional gold or silver standard but by the credibility of the U.S. Government. It was largely what financed the Civil War while promoting and making the industrial revolution possible in the process.

When Lincoln assumed office he already understood that the outcome of the war would be largely determined by resources and understood the importance of raising enough funds to effectively carry out the war effort. With this in mind Lincoln on the day after his inauguration nominated Salmon P. Chase to be Secretary of the Treasury. As Secretary Chase alone was authorized to act on all matters pertaining to the country’s finances, Chase, like most everyone else at the time, underestimated the severity of the War in terms of its duration and cost.[2]
Confronted with the expenses of war, the Lincoln Administration sought loans from New York bankers, most of whom were fronts for, or connected to, European banks. Given the very high interest rates of 24 to 36 percent, President Lincoln refused to accept the terms of the loans and called for other solutions.[3] Colonel Edmund D. Taylor of Illinois made the suggestion that the U.S. government could issue its own money. Taylor is quoted as saying: "Just get Congress to pass a bill authorizing the printing of full legal tender treasury notes . . . and pay your soldiers with them and go ahead and win your war with them also. If you make them full legal tender . . . they will have the full sanction of the government and be just as good as any money; as Congress is given the express right by the Constitution."[3]
The idea to print Greenback based on the government's credibility was not Lincoln's idea originally, but with mounting pressure in Congress to accept the plan the President was quick to endorse it. The government could either print its own money or lead the country into perpetual debt at the hand of European banks.[4] On February 25, 1862, Congress passed the first Legal Tender Act, which authorized the printing of $150 million in Treasury notes.[5]
Printed on only one side with green ink, the bills were soon known as "greenbacks".[6] These United States Notes or "greenbacks" represented receipts for labor and goods delivered to the United States. They could be traded in the community for an equivalent value of goods or services.[3] The union used this money to keep the economy stable and help to pay for the war.

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Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on November 19, 2013, 02:20:46 pm
Surly,
True. I remember reading about Lincoln's greenbacks. The European bankers (and ours too!) were going nuts about that. Some say that is the MAIN REASON he was eventually assassinated. He proved we didn't need financing "arrangements" that always benefit the 1%. They didn't like that, to put it mildly!

Apparently Wisegeek is referring to more recent developments in the 20th century when counterfeiting became a bigger problem.

I think somebody at Wisegeek made a similar comment about the greenbacks. You might go over there and set them straight. You can register and your comment will be attached to the question of why our currency is green permanently.  (http://www.clker.com/cliparts/c/8/f/8/11949865511933397169thumbs_up_nathan_eady_01.svg.hi.png)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on November 22, 2013, 07:20:43 pm
For the Week of November 22, 2013

Police Department—Jennifer Morrison, Police Chief

• Colchester Police responded to 184 calls for service this week and stopped 47 vehicles for traffic violations. Six arrests were made during the week, including a thirty-nine-year-old male on charges of first-degree unlawful restraint, domestic assault, interference with access to emergency services, and sexual assault.

For more information about Colchester Police Department, please visit http://colchestervt.gov/Police/index.shtml or call (802) 264-5556 (non-emergency).

Rescue and Technical Rescue Squads—Amy Akerlind, Rescue Chief


• Rescue responded to seventeen calls and transported eight people to the hospital.

• Colchester Technical Rescue had a quiet week.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185701.png)


For more information about Colchester Rescue, please visit
http://colchestervt.gov/Rescue/index.shtml or call (802) 264-5990.
Title: How Many People Rely on Rice for Food?
Post by: AGelbert on November 30, 2013, 12:19:43 am
How Many People Rely on Rice for Food?

More than half of the world’s people rely on rice for food, making it the most popular grain. It is estimated to be grown in 112 countries. The popularity of rice is thought to be because it contains more carbohydrates and protein than similar amounts of wheat or corn, so it can feed more people with the same quantity of crops. Also, there is a much lower likelihood of allergies or intolerance with rice than with other grains.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/8.gif)


More about rice:

In sub-Saharan Africa, the percentage of people who rely on rice for food increased by 50% from 1990 to 2010, which was the fastest increase of any region.

An estimated 95% of the world’s rice crop is produced and eaten in Asia.

Since 1998, all white rice in the US has been enriched with folic acid, a vitamin that is thought to reduce birth defects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that neural tube birth defects decreased by more than 25% after the fortification of grains began.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-many-people-rely-on-rice-for-food.htm

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Nine Varieties: Jasmine, Wild, White, Pearl, Forbidden, Madagascar, Jade, Arborio, Basma

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40 Rice Genotypes!  :o
Title: How Much Laundry Does the Average Family Do per Week?
Post by: AGelbert on December 02, 2013, 02:48:47 pm
How Much Laundry Does the Average Family Do per Week?

The average family in the United States does eight to 10 loads of laundry each week, with almost 70% of this work in married households being done by women. More than 20% of all water used by US households is estimated to be for doing laundry. A load of laundry takes an average of one hour and 27 minutes, which takes into account washing and drying. About 20% of laundry loads in the US are washed again because of dissatisfaction with the result, with men being more likely than women to rewash a load of laundry.
More about laundry:

The amount of laundry done at Walt Disney World in a single day is roughly equivalent to one load a day for 52 years.

The average container of laundry detergent in the US weighs about 7 pounds (3.18 kg).
There are more than 35,000 coin laundries in the US, and they made almost $5 billion US Dollars (USD) in 2012.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-much-laundry-does-the-average-family-do-per-week.htm
Agelbert NOTE: We do about one laundry load a MONTH. No I don't pay extra for my water bill. It is included in the lot rent. There is just no reason whatsoever for frequent laundry loads that cause such a waste of water, period.
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on December 02, 2013, 09:39:43 pm
What is the Source of Aluminum Used to Make Cars?

Automobile manufacturing has been one of the main uses of aluminum, and about 90% of it that is used to make vehicles has been recycled.

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An estimated one-third of all aluminum in the US is used for automobiles. Aluminum is much more lightweight than steel and typically is preferable for automobile parts such as wheel rims, radiators, cylinders and pistons. This metal's lighter weight allows vehicles to move more efficiently, using less fuel and emitting less pollution.

More about aluminum:

Recycling one aluminum can could save enough energy to burn a light for four hours.

The US had about 17.83 billion pounds (8.1 billion kg) of aluminum in 2009, with a total value of about $40 billion US Dollars (USD). About half of the total supply was made domestically, 30% had been recycled, and the rest had been imported.

The second most common use of aluminum in the US is in packaging. About one-fifth of this metal is used for items such as beverage cans and foil.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-source-of-aluminum-used-to-make-cars.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on December 17, 2013, 12:10:45 am
Where Did the Tomato Originate?

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Costoluto tomatoes Agelbert NOTE: I've eaten the above. I knew them as home grown salad tomatoes. They are FAR more flavorful than the symmetrically shaped ones grown for grocery stores. If you ever get to taste one, you will know what I mean. Yummy!

The tomato is thought to have originated in South America and to have first been eaten by the ancient Aztecs. It was not introduced to Europe until the 1600s, when Spanish explorers brought tomatoes back from their travels.

Italy was the first European country to grow the tomato, followed by Spain.

It gained a reputation for being poisonous, :o but it was determined that the pewter plates that wealthy Europeans were using actually caused lead poisoning — the tomatoes absorbed lead from the plates before being consumed. (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-015.gif)


The tomato did not make its way to the US until the late 1700s, and Thomas Jefferson is thought to have been one of the first tomato growers in the US, in 1781.



More about tomatoes:

The tomato belongs to the nightshade family, which contains poisonous plants. This association is also thought to have contributed to the tomato being thought of as poisonous.

More than 1.5 billion tons of tomatoes are produced worldwide every year. :o

Joseph Campbell invented and sold the first condensed tomato soup in 1897, when he discovered that tomatoes kept well after being canned.

http://www.wisegeek.com/where-did-the-tomato-originate.htm
Title: Why Did Pirates Wear An Eyepatch?
Post by: AGelbert on December 21, 2013, 01:04:11 am
Why Did Pirates Wear An Eyepatch if They Did Not Have an Injury? (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/aliens/hae51.gif)




It is thought that the reason pirates would wear an eyepatch even if they did not have an eye injury was to help their eyes adjust to going back and forth between light and dark. It typically takes the eyes 25 minutes to adjust to seeing in the dark because they must regenerate photopigments, which send visual signals to the brain. Pirates would often have to go quickly from being in the dark below the decks of their ships to being on the sunlit ship decks. Wearing an eyepatch would allow a pirate to switch the eye patch to the other side when moving between locations and bypass the 25-minute adjustment period. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/pirates5B15D_th.gif)



More about pirates:

•Early 18th-century pirate Black Bart is thought to have captured more than 400 ships, the most of any pirate.

•Although legend has it that pirates would often bury treasure, historians claim that pirates typically used most of their stolen goods to purchase women and alcohol. In fact, entrepreneurs at popular ports were known to set up shops that catered to pirates.

•In the 1670s, pirate Henry Morgan served as governor of Jamaica, and he even helped prosecute other pirates during his administration.  ;D

http://www.wisegeek.com/why-did-pirates-wear-an-eyepatch-if-they-did-not-have-an-injury.htm

Title: With only 4% of US farmland, California is one of the top agricultural producers
Post by: AGelbert on December 23, 2013, 11:55:30 pm
How Big Is California’s Agricultural Sector?

California’s agricultural sector is the largest in the US in terms of food production, with more than 450 types of crops produced in the state many of them being exclusive to the state. Total agricultural sales in California were more than $44 billion US Dollars (USD) in 2012, up 3% from 2011. Milk took in the most money, at more than $6 billion USD, followed by grapes and almonds at more than $4 billion USD each. In addition to having one of the top agricultural sectors in the US,

California also is the world's No. 5 supplier of agricultural commodities, including food and cotton fiber.

More about California agriculture:

•Only 4% of the farmland in the US is located in California, even though it is one of the top agricultural producers in the country.

•California is the only US state that produces almonds, and it is the top almond exporter in the world.

•About 90% of the wine made in the US is made in California, and the state is the No. 4 producer of wine worldwide.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-big-is-californias-agricultural-sector.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on December 27, 2013, 07:42:56 pm
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Ice Storm hits Agelbert. We had a full two inches of solid ice on EVERYTHING outside (except the tree branches that have a quarter inch of pretty, sparkly ice glaze encasing them).

The car was stuck in the driveway and required warming up and turing the wheels left and right to free from the ice. Nobody here has ever seen that thick of an ice layer. The town went nuts throwing sand around because the plows couldn't get down to the road surface and it was too cold for the salt to work for a couple of days. They did eventually throw a LOT of salt out there too.

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Colchester’s Weekly Town News
For the Week Ending December 27, 2013
Colchester, Vermont Public Works Department—Bryan Osborne, Director Week ending December
In the aftermath of Winter Storm Gemini, we thought the following information would be of interest:
Statistics
Storm duration: 60 hours from Friday noon to Monday noon
Weather conditions: icing and sub-freezing temperatures
Miles of public roads maintained: 90 miles
Miles of private roads maintained: 20 miles
Miles of sidewalks/paths maintained: 37 miles
Number of parking lots maintained: 6
Number of snow maintenance personnel available: 10
Maintenance staff overtime: 226 hours
Supervisor non-paid overtime: 38 hours
Fuel consumption: 924 gallons
Salt usage: 232 tons
For further information or comment, please call June Campbell at 264-5509.

http://colchestervt.gov/



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BURLINGTON, Vt. —A death certificate indicates that the University of Vermont's associate director of residential life whose body was found in a house fire died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Kathleen Cook's body was found Thursday morning during an early morning fire at an on-campus home owned by the university.

The Burlington Free Press reports that the cause of the fire has not been released.
Cook had worked at the university for 16 years and was described as a devoted educator.


http://www.wptz.com/news/vermont-new-york/burlington/university-of-vermont-staff-member-dies-in-suicide/-/8869880/22813272/-/13vyo0l/-/index.html#ixzz2oivNsyXy

Dr. Kathleen M. Cook

Kathy Cook helped make UVM a welcoming place for everyone
By Katy Cardin, News Editor

Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dr. Kathleen Cook’s legacy at UVM began 24 years ago and will continue on as members of the UVM community remember her inspirational disposition and kind spirit.

Known more fondly as “Kathy” among her friends and colleagues, the 45-year-old associate director for Residential Life at the University died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in her South Prospect Street home that caught on fire last Thursday, according to Police Services.

Cook began what would become a long stay at UVM when she completed her bachelor’s degree in 1991, followed by her master’s of education in 1995 and then her doctorate in education in 2010, according to a University-wide email sent by President Tom Sullivan and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Annie Stevens on Thursday.

“Kathy approached her work with students and student organizations with an infectious vitality that challenged individuals to learn from their experience while also building communities within UVM,”

Director of Student Life Pat Brown said. “Her friendliness and approachability was a pure invitation to students to seek her counsel. As a colleague and friend she will be missed.”

Cook was a Student Affairs staff member for the past 16 years. Before she was the associate director for Residential Life, she worked in the Department of Student Life as the assistant director for leadership programs, Brown said.

As president of the Inter Residential Association (IRA), senior Joe Oteng said he was able to work with Cook at various IRA events and often talked with her on campus.

Oteng said Cook was highly involved with and passionate about solving racial issues that occurred between Resident Assistants and campus residents.

“From a student perspective, I think her legacy will be in challenging students to think about how they relate to students of color in a predominantly white community like UVM, and how questions of identity and race can contribute to a better living community for everyone,” he said.

In fact, Vice President for Executive Operations Gary Derr sent a University-wide email on Thursday stating that Cook’s dissertation for her doctorate was titled “Diversity Training: Moving White Resident Assistants Forward or Backward in their Racial Identity Development.”

Residential Life staff member Carrie Wicks said she feels Cook truly embraced her position as associate director, and was able to make a positive impact on everyone she worked with because of that.

“She gave us freedom to be angry, strong, weak, creative, confused, lost and loved every step of the way,” Wicks said. “She cared deeply about everything she did and created...she was an innovated [sic] leader and woman. I admired her, we all did.”

Cook’s professional achievements did not stop at Residential Life. She was also the Area Coordinator for First-Year Experience for LGBTQ, working with first-years who identify as LGBTQ.

In their letter, Sullivan and Stevens extended condolences to the University community as well as to Cook’s family, friends and colleagues.

“A devoted educator, mentor, colleague, and friend, Kathy touched the lives of many students, staff, and faculty,” the Oct. 31 email read. “Her absence will be felt profoundly across the University.”
Following a status update on the University of Vermont Facebook page relaying the email sent by Sullivan and Stevens, multiple people responded by sharing their feelings and condolences.

“So sad to hear this news. Kathy was such a nice person. She has done a lot of good for UVM and students. Rest in peace friend,” William A Moultan III wrote.

A memorial service will be held for Cook at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 in Ira Allen Chapel.

By Katy Cardin

http://www.vermontcynic.com/news/dr-kathleen-m-cook-1.2845173#.Ur4YT8KA3m4


Agelbert NOTE: When we have a society where a person covers up their agony with a happy face, is consumed by that agony to the point of suicide, and then is lovingly remembered for HAVING SUCH A PEPPY, HAPPY FACE, ACCEPTING AND HELPING DISPOSITION (a big act!) by the society that destroyed her without a HINT that, uh, maybe there is something WRONG with our society if a person with a doctorate in PEOPLE skills offs herself, you know we are really in la la land denial about our failed society. Denial of flaws is the national sport. Vermonters are quite good at it.

That's why things continue to deteriorate. If people don't even recognize they have a society based, not individual based, problem, the problem will worsen. Vermont in general, and UVM academic SOCIETY in particular, FAILED to give Kathy Cook the strength she needed to go on living.  :( So it goes.





Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on December 27, 2013, 08:20:10 pm


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Did Shakespeare Really Invent New Words?


English playwright William Shakespeare invented new words in the 16th and 17th centuries that became commonly used in modern English, with an estimated 1,700 words whose origins are traced back to his works.

Shakespeare did not necessarily come up with completely new words, but rather he tended to add prefixes or suffixes to already established words or change nouns into verbs, or vice versa. Examples of words first used in Shakespeare’s works include assassination, disheartened, inaudible and uncomfortable.

Some historians believe that Shakespeare might not have been the one to invent the words but simply was the first to record words that previously had been used only orally.



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More about William Shakespeare:

Shakespeare was an entrepreneur who made money off lucrative real estate investments. Some historians believe this is why he was able to spend so much time writing.

There is a period of seven years of Shakespeare’s life after the birth of his twins in 1585 during which there are no records of him and are referred to as “the lost years.” It is not known what he was doing at that time.

Shakespeare has no descendants because his only grandchild, a granddaughter named Elizabeth, died in 1670 without having children.

http://www.wisegeek.com/did-shakespeare-really-invent-new-words.htm

Worst Diseases in Shakespeare's London


From a disease standpoint, Shakespeare was living in arguably the worst place and time in history. Shakespeare's overcrowded, rat-infested, sexually promiscuous London, with raw sewage flowing in the Thames, was the hub for the nastiest diseases known to mankind. Here are the worst of the worst.


1. Plague
 It is little surprise that the plague was the most dreaded disease of Shakespeare's time. Carried by fleas living on the fur of rats, the plague swept through London in 1563, 1578-9, 1582, 1592-3, and 1603 (Singman, 52). The outbreaks in 1563 and 1603 were the most ferocious, each wiping out over one quarter of London's population.

Lucky Elizabethans would contract the basic bubonic plague with their odds of survival around fifty percent. Symptoms would include red, grossly inflamed and swollen lymph nodes, called buboes (hence the name bubonic), high fever, delirium, and convulsions.

However, if the bacterial infection spread to the lungs (pneumonic plague) or to the bloodstream (septicemic plague) the unfortunate victim would certainly die, usually within hours with symptoms too horrific to recount.

The Elizabethan pamphleteer Thomas Dekker wrote a chilling account of the chaos and despair brought by the plague:

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Imagine then that all this while, Death (like a Spanish Leagar, or rather like stalking Tamberlaine) hath pitched his tents, (being nothing but a heape of winding sheets tacked together) in the sinfully-polluted Suburbes:

the Plague is Muster-maister and Marshall of the field: Burning Feauers, Boyles, Blaines, and Carbuncles, the Leaders, Lieutenants, Serieants, and Corporalls:

the maine Army consisting (like Dunkirke) of a mingle-mangle, viz. dumpish Mourners, merry Sextons, hungry Coffin-sellers, scrubbing Bearers, and nastie Graue-makers:

but indeed they are the Pioners of the Campe, that are imployed onely (like Moles) in casting up of earth and digging of trenches;

Feare and Trembling (the two catch-polles of Death) arrest every one: No parley will be graunted, no composition stood vpon, But the Allarum is strucke up, the Toxin ringes out for life, and no voice heard but Tue, Tue, Kill, Kill. (The Wonderful Yeare, 1603)

During the outbreak of 1592-93, the Crown ordered the complete closure of all theatres in London. Shakespeare, then working with Lord Strange’s Men at the Rose theatre, would have been in the midst of a run of his Henry VI history plays (Bradbrook, 65), and likely financially devastated by the edict.

Shakespeare mentions plague in several plays, including The Tempest (1.2.426), Timon of Athens (4.3.120), and King Lear:

But yet thou art my flesh, my blood, my daughter;
 Or rather a disease that's in my flesh,
 Which I must needs call mine: thou art a boil,
 A plague-sore, an embossed carbuncle,
 In my corrupted blood.
(2.4.242), Lear, describing his daughter, Goneril

Shakespeare also describes the act of searching out plague victims and quarantining them in Romeo and Juliet (5.2.7). Incidentally, plague is the indirect cause of the deaths of the star-cross'd lovers.

2. Smallpox
 One of the worst outbreaks of smallpox occurred two years before Shakespeare's birth, in 1562. Queen Elizabeth herself, then 29, was attacked by the virus that causes high fever, vomiting, excessive bleeding, and pus-filled scabs that leave deep pitted scars. Although the Queen recovered she was rendered completely bald and forced to wear an extra thick layer of make-up made from white lead and egg whites.

3. Syphilis
 Syphilis, one of the deadliest of all venereal diseases, spread rapidly throughout Europe in the 15th century. A current theory on the origin of the outbreak argues that Spaniards carried the disease home from the Americas in 1493. Elizabethans had many names for this foul malady; the most popular being the French pox, the Spanish sickness, the great pox, and simply, the pox.

 Without antibiotics, Elizabethans would have experienced the full effects of syphilis, which included raging fever (referred to as "burnt blood"), tortuous body aches, blindness, full body pustules, meningitis, insanity, and leaking heart valves, known today as aortic regurgitation. According to a document written in 1585 by the famed Elizabethan barber-surgeon William Clowes, the victims of syphilis were so numerous that London hospitals had no room for the "infinite multitude."

 

Interestingly, Shakespeare's most famous mention of disease: A plague on both your houses!" (Romeo and Juliet), was, in the original printing of the play (the first quarto), "A pox of your houses" (3.1.60).

 Shakespeare mentions syphilis often in his work and in Timon of Athens he alludes to the calamitous Elizabethan treatment of syphilis: the inhalation of vaporized mercury salts:

Give them diseases, leaving with thee their lust.
 Make use of thy salt hours: season the slaves.
 For tubs and baths; bring down rose-cheeked youth.
 To the tub-fast and the diet. (4.3)

4. Typhus
 Epidemics of louse-borne typhus ravaged London several times during the reigns of Elizabeth and James I. Crowded, filthy conditions and a near total lack of bathing made room for body lice, which, when scratched, would defecate on a person's skin. It would take just one minor cut or sore for the typhus infected feces to enter the victim's bloodstream, and soon high fever, delirium, and gangrenous sores would develop.

 The disease was a huge problem among prisoners. The poor wretches, most of them beggars, drunks, petty thieves and pamphleteers, who found themselves in the Newgate jail, would typically die before they could serve their full sentences. Shakespeare felt their pain:
If we mean to thrive and do good, break open the gaols and let out the prisoners. (2 Henry VI, 4.3.15)
Although we will likely never know what really caused Shakespeare's own death, a serious outbreak of typhus in 1616 lends credibility to the story that he succumbed to a fever.

5. Malaria
 Known to the Elizabethans as ague, Malaria was a common malady spread by the mosquitoes in the marshy Thames. The swampy theatre district of Southwark was always at risk. King James I had it; so too did Shakespeare’s friend, Michael Drayton. Without antimalarial medications, many Londoners would have experienced dreadful symptoms, including fever, unbearable chills, vomiting, enlarged liver, low blood pressure, seizures, and coma.

 Shakespeare's characters speak often of ague. A common belief was that the sun spread the fever by sucking up the vapors from the marshes. In The Tempest, Caliban describes the process while cursing Prospero:

All the infections that the sun sucks up
 From bogs, fens, flats, on Prosper fall and make him
 By inch-meal a disease!
 (2.2)

So too does Hotspur in 1 Henry IV:
Worse than the sun in March,
 This praise doth nourish agues. (4.1)

The facts are mind-boggling, especially when you consider that London's population hovered around a mere 150,000 during Shakespeare's lifetime. It is little wonder that the average life expectancy was 35 years.


How to cite this article:
 Mabillard, Amanda. Worst Diseases in Shakespeare's London. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2000. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/londondisease.html >.


Here's a humorous ten minute history of the English language which includes Shakespeare's contributions.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rexKqvgPVuA&feature=player_embedded
Title: Milky Way Galaxy Has Four Spiral Arms, New Study Confirms
Post by: AGelbert on January 06, 2014, 10:33:11 pm
Milky Way Galaxy Has Four Spiral Arms, New Study Confirms
Dec 29, 2013 by Sci-News.com

A 12-year study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has confirmed that our Milky Way Galaxy has four spiral arms, following years of debate that it has only two arms.
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Galactic distribution of massive young stars and compact and ultra-compact H II regions with luminosities greater than 10^4 times that of the Sun. The map shows the positions of the complexes and individual sources as red and blue circles, respectively.

 The sizes of the markers give an indication of their luminosity, as depicted in the upper-right corner. The position of the Sun (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185850.gif) is shown by the small circle above the Galactic Centre . The two solid lines enclose the Galactic Center region that was excluded from survey due to problems with source confusion and distance determination.

The smaller of the two dot–dashed circles represents the locus of tangent points, while the larger circle shows the radius of the solar circle. Image credit: Urquhart JS et al / Robert Hurt, the Spitzer Science Center / Robert Benjamin.

“The Milky Way is our galactic home and studying its structure gives us a unique opportunity to understand how a very typical spiral galaxy works in terms of where stars are born and why,” said co-author Prof Melvin Hoare from the University of Leeds.

In the 50s, astronomers used radio telescopes to map the Milky Way. Their observations focused on clouds of gas in the Galaxy in which new stars are born, revealing four major spiral arms.


In 2008, scientists using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope scoured our Galaxy for infrared light emitted by stars. They revealed about 110 million stars, but only evidence of two spiral arms.

The astronomers behind the new study used several radio telescopes to individually observe about 1,650 massive stars in the Galaxy. The distances and luminosities of these stars were calculated, revealing a distribution across four spiral arms.

“It isn’t a case of our results being right and those from Spitzer’s data being wrong – both surveys were looking for different things. Spitzer only sees much cooler, lower mass stars – stars like our Sun – which are much more numerous than the massive stars that we were targeting,” Prof Hoare said.


Massive stars are much less common than their lower mass counterparts because they only live for a short time – about 10 million years. The shorter lifetimes of massive stars means that they are only found in the arms in which they formed, which could explain the discrepancy in the number of galactic arms that different research teams have claimed.

“Lower mass stars live much longer than massive stars and rotate around our Galaxy many times, spreading out in the disc. The gravitational pull in the two stellar arms that Spitzer revealed is enough to pile up the majority of stars in those arms, but not in the other two. However, the gas is compressed enough in all four arms to lead to massive star formation,” Prof Hoare said.

“It’s exciting that we are able to use the distribution of young massive stars to probe the structure of the Milky Way and match the most intense region of star formation with a model with four spiral arms,” said lead author Dr James Urquhart of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany.
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Urquhart JS et al. The RMS survey: galactic distribution of massive star formation. MNRAS 437 (2): 1791-1807; doi: 10.1093/mnras/stt2006
http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/science-milky-way-galaxy-four-spiral-arms-01649.html
Title: Mekong River Mystery: Fireballs caused, according to legend, by a Mythical Snake
Post by: AGelbert on January 20, 2014, 07:36:35 pm
Is There a River In Thailand that Emits Fireballs?  ???

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There is a river in Thailand that emits fireballs, referred to as Naga’s Fireballs. The phenomenon takes place in the Nong Khai province along the Mekong River has occurred each year for hundreds of years.

On the 11th lunar month, coinciding with the end of the Buddhist Lent, pink, red and orange fireballs jump from the river into the sky for about three days, and the occasion is celebrated with a festival. Legend states that the fireballs are caused by a mythical serpent creature from the river, but scientists believe they could be the result of heated gas being released from decomposed plants and animals on the bottom of the river.

More about the Mekong River:

The Mekong River runs for 2,610 miles (4,200 km) in Southeast Asia, from China to Vietnam.
Fish from this river are estimated to provide the main source of protein for nearly 50 million people in Southeast Asia.

The Mekong River Commission has stated that building hydroelectric dams in the river would provide as much as 8% of the area’s energy needs by 2025, but critics argue that dams could cut the fish supply by as much as half.

http://www.wisegeek.com/is-there-a-river-in-thailand-that-emits-fireballs.htm
Title: Mystery Rock 'Appears' in Front of Mars Rover
Post by: AGelbert on January 20, 2014, 07:41:52 pm
Mystery Rock 'Appears' in Front of Mars Rover  :o


 
 Jan 17, 2014 05:31 AM ET  //  by  Ian O'Neill


After a decade of exploring the Martian surface, the scientists overseeing veteran rover Opportunity thought they’d seen it all. That was until a rock mysteriously “appeared” a few feet in front of the six wheeled rover a few days ago.(http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)

News of the errant rock was announced by NASA Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres of Cornell University at a special NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory “10 years of roving Mars” event at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday night. The science star-studded public event was held in celebration of the decade since twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on the Red Planet in January 2004.

PHOTOS: Alien Robots That Left Their Mark on Mars

While chronicling the scientific discoveries made by both rovers over the years, Squyres discussed the recent finding of suspected gypsum near the rim of Endeavour Crater — a region of Meridiani Planum that Opportunity has been studying since 2011 — and the discovery of clays that likely formed in a pH-neutral wet environment in Mars past. While these discoveries have been nothing short of groundbreaking, Squyres shared the Mars rover’s team’s excitement for that one strange rock, exclaiming: “Mars keeps throwing new stuff at us!”

In a comparison of recent photographs captured by the rover’s panoramic camera, or Pancam, on sol 3528 of the mission, only bare bedrock can be seen. But on sol 3540, a fist-sized rock had appeared (raw Pancam images can be found in the mission archive). MER scientists promptly nicknamed the object “Pinnacle Island.”

“It’s about the size of a jelly doughnut,”
Squyres told Discovery News. “It was a total surprise, we were like ‘wait a second, that wasn’t there before, it can’t be right. Oh my god! It wasn’t there before!’ We were absolutely startled.”

But the rover didn’t roll over that area, so where did Pinnacle Island come from?     ???



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Quote
A comparison of two raw Pancam photographs from sols 3528 and 3540 of Opportunity's mission (a sol is a Martian day). Notice the "jelly doughnut"-sized rock in the center of the photograph to the right. Minor adjustments for brightness and contrast.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

http://news.discovery.com/space/mystery-rock-appears-in-front-of-mars-rover-140117.htm#mkcpgn=fbsci1 (http://news.discovery.com/space/mystery-rock-appears-in-front-of-mars-rover-140117.htm#mkcpgn=fbsci1)

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If you liked that rock, you'll LOVE my NEXT trick...
Title: Vermont Stories and Historical Gossip BEFORE GLOBAL WARMING
Post by: AGelbert on January 29, 2014, 08:28:23 pm
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Vermont Stories and Historical Gossip BEFORE GLOBAL WARMING.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)

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Although it may not be obvious to the casual observer, the population of the State of Vermont can be sorted into two distinct types:

1.Those people whose families have lived in Vermont since it was settled and whose family folklore includes tales of the great Republic of Vermont, when Vermont was an Independent Country, and who have never quite forgiven Ethan Allen for agreeing to join the Union despite all of his other fine accomplishments. These people, who will subsequently be referred to as "Native Vermonters", are hardy and hard working, straightforward and straight talking, and are the foundation of everything that makes Vermont great. They are also almost, but not quite, completely invisible in the current Vermont landscape.


2.Everyone else, who will subsequently be referred to as "Flatlanders." Flatlanders are sometimes called "New Yorkers" by older Native Vermonters.

Vermont has always had a population of Flatlanders: those who've moved to Vermont from somewhere else because Vermont "is such a nice place." In recent years those who pay attention to the media might conclude that Flatlanders have taken over the entire State. It is true that important Towns like Montpelier (the State capital) and Burlington (a self-styled major metropolitan city) are almost, but not quite, exclusively populated by Flatlanders.

Native Vermonters quite sensibly regard the current large numbers of Flatlanders to be a temporary phenomenon and have the attitude of "This Too Shall Pass." Like mud season.  ;D They know that as soon as it appears to the Flatlanders that Vermont has somehow, despite all their progressive efforts (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-023.gif), become "just like everywhere else", they will move away in droves. Perhaps leaving behind a few people, who might after a few generations be considered "Newcomers"  ;)  to Vermont by the Natives and occupy that wide gray area between the two solitudes, so to speak.

This book reveals for the first time the true History of Vermont as maintained by Native Vermonters.  8)  When the influx of Flatlanders started to become chronic Native Vermonters agreed in a series of Town Meetings to conceal some of the more interesting episodes of Vermont History by the simple and expedient method of denying knowledge of any such thing and implying that the questioner was a few cows short of a herd.  ;D  This tactic was incredibly successful and centuries of Vermont History were hidden this way. The truth of this remarkable assertion can be demonstrated at any time by finding an older person in Vermont (Flatlanders without exception move to Florida once their joints reach a certain age and temperature) and asking that person whether he or she has heard of the events described in this book. The answer will invariably be "No." followed by something on the order of "What's the weather like on the planet you come from?"   ;D

How did the author, who moved to Vermont from California, learn of this secret history? The answer is that he inadvertently acquired two undeniable attributes of Native Vermontership as follows:


1.He purchased property in a Town in which the terrain goes uphill in both directions. (Admittedly this is not a difficult feat in Vermont.) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)


2.He built and occupied a one-room log cabin with just a wood stove and without utility power for an entire Vermont winter (11.5 months).  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185441.png) Actually he did this for two entire Vermont winters in a row but no one noticed because it's extremely difficult for anyone, even Native Vermonters, to determine when one Vermont winter ends and the next one begins.  ;D

One day after walking uphill (of course  (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/aliens/hae51.gif)) in the snow for hours into Town for a breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup the other people in the Town Restaurant began to talk about strange events in his presence. After several more days of walking uphill (of course  (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/aliens/hae51.gif)) in the snow for hours into Town for a breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup the author began to piece together the incredible Secret History of Vermont.  ;)

Why is the author willing to reveal these incredible truths? The answer is that if he publishes a book and someone actually buys it then all those breakfasts become tax-deductible as a research expense. Free food!  (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-misc-022.gif) Everyone has their price when it comes to betraying deep secrets. That's mine.  (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-monster-002.gif)

http://www.heurtley.com/richard/tshov.html (http://www.heurtley.com/richard/tshov.html)

SNIPPETS:


The word "Vermont" derives from Olde Neanderthale but modern day scholars are divided as to its precise meaning. Some say that it comes from "ver mont" which in Olde Neanderthale means "Heaven on Earth" but others insist that it really comes from "verm ont" which means "Any place that if you stay there during the winter you must have rocks in your head." Olde Neanderthale is a very pithy language.

Back in the days when the U.S. Federal Government was disorganized and inefficient (1789 to date) it often had difficulty maintaining an adequate supply of currency.


The problem with cows is that they are large and difficult to store.


The problem of keeping the paddlewheel boats running during the winter was solved in a typical Vermont fashion. Instead of trying to keep the water channels open, the paddlewheels were affixed with chains, the entire boat was mounted on sled runners, and a snowplow was attached to the front. As a result, the paddlewheel boats ran considerably faster on the ice during the winter than they did in the water during the summer. The summer slowdown was tolerated because it typically only lasted 15 days.


Vermont is unique among the states in that it has two completely independent State governments. The first, known as the Vermont State Government, has no bureaucrats, has levied no taxes, and is of the opinion that it isn't the government's place to go around telling people what to do. It has the highest approval ratings of any governmental organization in the observed universe. The other is known as the Montpelier Legislature whose motto is, "Pass six unenforceable regulations before breakfast."


Because it is a major cause of pain and suffering the Montpelier Legislature occasionally proposes a bill outlawing Death and is puzzled each time when the idea is solidly rejected by the citizens. This is because the citizens have seen that Death is practically the only way a member of the Montpelier Legislature can be persuaded to give up his or her seat.

During the right time of year a visitor to Vermont cannot help but to be astonished at the amount of acreage devoted to growing corn. A simple calculation shows that during its 15 day growing season Vermont grows enough corn to feed all of Asia and Africa for several years. Where does all this corn go?


Some of it is fed to cows. Cows are no longer legal tender but cows give milk that can be made into Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream which is legal tender in most parts of the world. Some of the corn is converted into whisky most of which is discretely exported to foreign places like Kentucky and Tennessee.

The Vermont Libertarian Mountain Lion

Unlike moose, which are officially everywhere, mountain lions officially don't exist. There hasn't been a proved sighting of a mountain lion by a certified official for over a hundred years. Occasionally someone will claim they've seen a mountain lion, or catamount as they're sometimes called by Native Vermonters, but the evidence is never enough to survive the so-called trial by immersion in a Montpelier manure pit.

The Vermont Tin Pecker

The absence of the usual clue, warmer weather, makes it difficult to tell when spring is coming to Vermont. Nevertheless there are a few signs well known to all Vermonters. When people all over the State are awakened half an hour before the alarm clock by the vigorous percussion of a diamond-hard beak on chimney pipe or roof flashing then you can tell that the springtime mating season of the Vermont Tin Pecker has begun.


Radiocarbon Dating

It's not that Vermont isn't full of jokers. (Drive a car with out-of-state plates and ask directions from someone in Vermont sometime. Please!) It's just that the conclusion that every single Vermont archaeology student independently decides to pull exactly the same prank is one that only an Archaeology Professor or Radiocarbon Lab Owner would come to.

The other conclusion, that the canning jar racks in grandma's basement are 30,000 years old, is one of those things that's so completely and totally obvious that the maintainers of the Secret History don't have the slightest worry of it ever being discovered


http://www.heurtley.com/richard/tshov.html (http://www.heurtley.com/richard/tshov.html)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: Surly1 on January 30, 2014, 06:02:07 am
Vermont humor is pretty damned dry, isn't it?
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on January 30, 2014, 02:19:07 pm
YEP. This place is probably where the term "deadpan" came from.  ;D
Title: Foucault Pendulum
Post by: AGelbert on February 09, 2014, 07:21:29 pm
Foucault Pendulum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqpV1236_Q0&feature=player_embedded



This pendulum provides visual proof of the Earth's rotation. Designed by Jean Leon Foucault in 1851, it is called the Foucault (foo-koh) Pendulum.

Pendulum: a body suspended from a fixed point so as to swing freely to and fro under the action of gravity.

How does the Foucault Pendulum work?
 Once the pendulum is set in motion, it continues to swing back and forth in a vertical plane defined by the track of the ball and cable.

The direction of swing is constant. Although gravity is pulling down on the ball and tension in the cable is holding it up, there is no force acting to change the direction of swing.

Why does it appear to be moving in a circle?
 The apparent change in direction of swing is related to the perspective of the observer. Because no force is acting to change the direction of swing, it doesn't change. Instead, the floor, the observer, and the Earth's surface are turning beneath the pendulum.

The Earth's spin is essential to life.
 Night and day, darkness and light, cooling and warming- these are the result of the spinning Earth.

The Earth's spin contributes to the movement of ocean and wind currents, which in turn affect climate, weather, food production, and our everyday lives.

The pendulum's direction of swing does not spin with the Earth.
 The hardware holding the pendulum is attached to the roof of the Museum and moves with the Earth. But with flexible wire for support, the pendulum swings back and forth in the same plane.

The pendulum is not a perpetual motion machine.
 Because of air friction and gravity the pendulum would eventually stop swinging, but a magnet encircling the cable pulls on the cable with each swing. Electric current controlling the magnetism is turned on and off with each swing of the pendulum.

The pendulum is not a clock.
 However, the time it takes to go around the circle is predictable. Imagine yourself hovering above the Earth's axis at the North or South Pole. The Earth below appears to be spinning like a merry-go-round. The pendulum would complete the circle in 24 hours.

Now imagine yourself hovering above the equator.
 The Earth appears to be rolling like a barrel. As the pendulum swings, it does not move around the circle at all. Latitude determines the length of time required for a complete trip around the circle. Here in San Diego, the pendulum makes its way around the circle in 44½ hours.


I don't know about you but this stuff fascinates me.  ;D
Title: Doomstead Diner INFECTED! Avoid Until Further Advised!
Post by: AGelbert on February 23, 2014, 03:40:55 pm
I am in the process of eliminating ALL links to the Doomstead Diner. It is infected with a HIGH RISK type Trojan virus.  ???   :P >:(


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Title: The Ax falls at IBM
Post by: AGelbert on February 27, 2014, 07:31:44 pm
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IBM  ------->   Big (Butcher) Blue


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Weeks of speculation and nervous anticipation of expected job cuts at IBM’s Essex Junction facility ended Thursday when Gov. Peter Shumlin confirmed layoffs were beginning, drawing a sharp response from his political opposition.

“I have been advised by leadership at the IBM Vermont plant in Essex Junction of layoff notifications there as part of a global workforce reduction,” Shumlin said in a statement sent at 9:40 a.m.

He said he was told the number of workers affected was about one-third the number let go in June,, “although we will not know the exact number of affected workers until the process is completed and a state notice is filed by the company next month,” Shumlin’s statement said. The June layoff affected 419 workers.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20140227/BUSINESS/302270022/Job-cuts-confirmed-IBM-Essex-Junction?odyssey=mod%7Cbreaking%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE
Title: Why you shouldn't be too near a building fire...
Post by: AGelbert on February 28, 2014, 03:22:47 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAGuobwtFSU&feature=player_embedded

FORMER HOTEL IN AINSWORTH BC BURNS TO THE GROUND - TMTV/BCTV Kootenays  June 3, 2010
 
Title: Cat Videos are good or you. REALLY!
Post by: AGelbert on May 02, 2014, 10:39:22 pm
Finally, science confirms what we all already knew in our hearts—videos of cats unrolling (and then re-rolling) toilet paper are good for our brain health!  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)


In fact, anything that makes us laugh is good for our brains. According to new research from Loma Linda University in Southern California, a big fit of laughter (you know, the kind where you think you might pee your pants?) gives your brain a great workout.

For the study, researchers measured brain activity in participants while they watched a laughter-inducing 20-minute video. And from it, they pinpointed the optimal laugh for the brain—30-40 hertz frequency, which matches brain wave frequencies seen in people who reach a “true state of meditation.”

“This allows for the subjective feeling states of being able to think more clearly and have more integrative thoughts,” explains study co-author Lee Berk. “This is of great value to individuals who need or want to revisit, reorganize, or rearrange various aspects of their lives or experiences, to make them feel whole or more focused.”

And that’s not all. The participants who watched the funny video also scored higher on memory tests than those who didn’t watch it, and they also had a significant decrease in cortisol, a stress hormone that can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

And on that note, have you seen the video of the cat in a shark costume on a Roomba? (at link) (You’re welcome!).


Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/why-funny-cat-videos-are-good-for-your-brain.html#ixzz30cGVk1Vc
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 11, 2014, 02:12:37 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XT4SbajwFw&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 11, 2014, 02:20:44 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C6l94JRqYs&feature=player_embedded
Title: Does Sound Travel at the Same Speed Through Different Materials?
Post by: AGelbert on May 18, 2014, 11:21:01 pm
Does Sound Travel at the Same Speed Through Different Materials?‏   ???

Sound travels 17 times faster when going through metal than it does when
going through air.

Sound is the result of molecules interacting or disturbing one another, so
sound does not travel at the same speed through different materials because
there are varying amounts of room between the molecules of different types
of materials. For example, sound travels about 17 times faster when going
through metal than it does through air — more than 10,000 mph (16,093
km/h) through metal, compared with about 761 mph (1,224 km/h) through air.
In water, sound travels about four times faster than through air, at about
3,000 mph (4,828 km/h). Sound travels more slowly through air because air
consists mainly of nitrogen and oxygen, whose molecules are not arranged as
rigidly as those in materials such as water or steel. The more rigidity in
a material, the faster sound travels because the molecules interact with
one another more.

Read More:
http://www.wisegeek.com/does-sound-travel-at-the-same-speed-through-different-materials.htm?m
Title: A month in the springtime in Colchester, Vermont: Police Report
Post by: AGelbert on May 24, 2014, 12:02:08 am
Police Department—Jennifer Morrison, Police Chief

Numbers and Facts

In the past month, we have responded to over 900 calls for service, and we had 422 contacts through motor vehicle stops. We arrested 17 people (http://www.smiley-lol.com/smiley/exagerent/police/enprison.gif) for a variety of crimes, including DUI, domestic assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint, and more.

The busiest days of the week for calls for service were Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The most common reasons for calls this month were suspicious circumstances (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-scared005.gif), public or medical assists (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-004.gif), motor vehicle crashes, and motor vehicle complaints.

Our marine unit is back on the water. As the weather warms, we expect activity on the lake to pick up significantly.

Community Outreach Activities

In the past month, CPD has participated in the following: mock crash at the high school,
**** Aggression Defense class #2 of 2014 (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-games-022.gif), Drug Take Back Day, child safety seat inspections, special traffic details, and more.

For further information or to comment, please call Linda Kingston at 264-5509.
Title: Now these look like homey homes for happy homebodies!
Post by: AGelbert on May 24, 2014, 12:15:33 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-i5pA-ocmY&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 25, 2014, 06:47:16 pm
What Note Do Most American Car Horns Make? (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/swear1.gif)

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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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Title: Which City Bikes the Most to Work?
Post by: AGelbert 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.smileysnetwork.com/sport/velo32.gif)


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/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on July 06, 2014, 07:10:06 pm
MONSTER GMO Salmon run?  ??? NO!  ;D
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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


HINT...   :P
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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/
Title: Has the METHANE BOMB GONE OFF?
Post by: AGelbert 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
Title: Nature Fights BACK! Biosphere Recruits Texas Tick to Stop Meat Eating Humans!
Post by: AGelbert on August 17, 2014, 03:07:03 pm
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 (http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/08/10/lone-star-tick-red-meat-allergy)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on August 17, 2014, 08:43:54 pm
What is the World’s Most Commonly Traded Spice? (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6656.gif)

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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.

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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
Title: Is There Such a Thing as Blue Lava?
Post by: AGelbert on August 23, 2014, 11:43:15 pm
Is There Such a Thing as Blue Lava? ???

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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

(http://theuniversalspectator.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/lava2.jpg?w=560)(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/4fvfcja.gif)


Title: Bárðarbunga - And So Begins The Gas Plume
Post by: AGelbert on September 02, 2014, 08:22:18 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIR2vvoaEjs&feature=player_embedded

Bárðarbunga - And So Begins The Gas Plume (x3)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/01/1326380/-Bar-arbunga-And-So-Begins-The-Gas
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 12, 2014, 05:55:10 pm
 (http://dl3.glitter-graphics.net/pub/1726/1726203ha2mjbxeje.gif)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/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert 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 
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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]


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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 (http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2014-09/14/content_18594869_3.htm)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 16, 2014, 06:52:58 pm
A migrant life in a movable home
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After a day without landing a job, a dejected Xu watches his daughter. For migrant families, having a livelihood is basically a matter of luck. [Photo/CFP]
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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.  (http://www.clker.com/cliparts/c/8/f/8/11949865511933397169thumbs_up_nathan_eady_01.svg.hi.png)
Title: Lava Flow ON TOP OF A GLACIER!
Post by: AGelbert on September 17, 2014, 12:46:31 am
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FAR OUT!   :o     (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191258.bmp) (http://static.uglyhedgehog.com/upload/2012/8/14/1344970546338-awesome_mc_ht_smiley.gif)

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

by
Rei

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330073/-B-r-arbunga-Not-Parrying-Any-Questions-An-Interview-With-orbj-rg-g-stsd-ttir (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/16/1330073/-B-r-arbunga-Not-Parrying-Any-Questions-An-Interview-With-orbj-rg-g-stsd-ttir)
Title: Mammoth filmed by NAZI on death march?
Post by: AGelbert on September 30, 2014, 12:36:39 am
Mammoth filmed by NAZI on death march?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7T6vK3TEQE&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert 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.

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"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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"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights."
(Gen 7:11-12 KJV)
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Title: IBM sells loss generating Vermont plant to Ayrabs! LOL!
Post by: AGelbert on October 20, 2014, 03:48:11 pm
IBM Paying Globalfoundries $1.5 Billion to Take Unit in Retreat From Chips


SNIPPET:


IBM's Big Blues »
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“IBM has always taken the long view of its business strategy  ;), continuously reinventing (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-241013183046.jpeg)  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png) ,” 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.”  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-devil19.gif)

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 (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp) 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 (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2932.gif), 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!  (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/aliens/hae51.gif))  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" (http://www.smilies.4-user.de/include/Spiele/smilie_game_017.gif)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?   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/245.gif)

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.   (http://www.u.arizona.edu/~patricia/cute-collection/smileys/lying-smiley.gif)

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!)? (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1730.gif)   BECAUSE one hell of a lot of Vermonters and New Yorkers OWN IBM stock and are NOT happy campers!  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/swear1.gif)

Believe what you will. The 7 parts of this CRIMINAL (but LEGAL) Corporate two step are now nauseatingly common in the USA.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183312.bmp) 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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A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.

The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.

Beware how you take away hope from any human being.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Title: Antares rocket goes boom
Post by: AGelbert on October 31, 2014, 03:01:22 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ0SgAU9LXI&feature=player_embedded
Press react like normal human beings (for a change) when Antares rocket goes boom.
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on November 23, 2014, 03:12:29 pm
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How Old Is the Oldest Known Tortoise?   ???

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Hi! My name is Jonathan.  I was born in 1832 and I'm STILL ALIVE!   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183515.bmp) (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)

A Seychelles giant tortoise named Jonathan is the oldest known tortoise at 182 years old.   :o (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185701.png) Residing on the tropical island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, Jonathan was brought to the island in 1882. He was estimated to be about 50 years old at the time of his arrival, and is the only survivor of the four tortoises brought to Saint Helena. Giant tortoises are among the longest living animals on the planet, and though to live over 200 years. Yet it is difficult to confirm this idea as the tortoises usually outlive the people studying them. Besides Jonathan, other giant tortoises have lived well into the history books: Harriet at 176, Esmeralda at 170, and Adwaita whose lifespan was measured to be 255 years.

More about tortoises:

•While the term "turtle" refers to any shelled reptile, tortoises are those that only live on land and cannot swim.

•The shell of a tortoise or turtle is fused bone and contains a rib cage, spinal cords, and nerve endings. The nerve endings allow the creatures to feel movement against them.

•Eleven species of giant tortoises live on the Galápagos islands as of 2014. When Charles Darwin arrived at the islands 1835, there were 15 species. The tortoises are listed as endangered species and protected by the Ecuadorian government.

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Respect your elders, you young punks!    (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif) Stop fouling your nest! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/129fs238648.gif)

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-old-is-the-oldest-known-tortoise.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on November 27, 2014, 06:23:08 pm
Floating ZIP CODE  ;D
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A mail boat called the J.W. Westcott II is used by the US Postal Service and has its own zip code: 48222. The boat is used to deliver mail to other ships on the Detroit River, and is the only floating post office in the world that delivers mail to moving ships. In 1895, the floating post office began ferrying mail to passing ships via rowboat, then updated to a 45 foot (14 m) ship in 1949. All mail can be delivered to crews on ships traveling on the Detroit River by being addressed "Vessel Name, Marine Post Office, Detroit, Michigan, 48222."

More about zip codes:


•Zip codes are used by other delivery companies such as FedEx, United Parcel Service (UPS), and DHL.

•Zip codes are used to gather geographical statistics in the US, as well as marketing to provide purchasing-pattern data.  ;)

•The US Postal Service started using two-digit zip codes for large cities in 1943. By 1983, the postal service started to use expanded zip codes called "ZIP + 4" in order to identify certain segments within the general zip code area.

http://www.wisegeek.com/are-cities-the-only-things-given-zip-codes.htm



Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on December 02, 2014, 09:51:41 pm
Why Do Americans Refrigerate Eggs?   ???
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Americans refrigerate eggs because of US federal food safety regulations that require chicken eggs to be washed prior to sale. The process of washing eggs actually exposes them to bacteria because it destroys the outermost protective coating of the shell that keeps bacteria and other microorganisms from penetrating it.   :o   :P   :( 

Refrigerating the eggs after washing helps prevent microorganisms from reaching within the porous shell. Egg refrigeration is not common in other countries   8), with the exception of Japan and Scandinavia, because of differing food safety standards that do not require washing beforehand. Instead, hens are required to be vaccinated against illnesses prior to laying eggs.

More about eggs:

•The US produces around 75 billion eggs each year, accounting for 10% of the total world egg supply.

•A hen lays an average of 250 eggs annually and most eggs are laid between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. due to computer-controlled lighting in henhouses that stimulates egg production.

•The shell comprises approximately 9 to 12% of the weight of an average egg, and each shell contains up to 17,000 tiny holes.

http://www.wisegeek.com/why-do-americans-refrigerate-eggs.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on December 03, 2014, 09:54:38 pm
One Hamburger Contains the Meat of How Many Cows?  :o  :P

One hamburger contains the meat of up to approximately 100 cows. This is due to how ground beef is processed: cuts of beef that are not desired to be used in their whole state for steaks or roasts, for example, are gathered and ground up in a tenderizer. This compilation of scraps makes it likely that a package of ground beef may contain meat from many cows. The cheapest varieties of ground beef are often used for low cost hamburgers for fast food restaurants and will generally be the most likely to contain the highest number of less desirable scraps of beef from 100 cows or so.

More about ground beef:

•Americans consume approximately 14 billion hamburgers every year and 80% of households eat beef at least once every two weeks.

•French fries are the most common side dish to accompany hamburgers. An estimated 31% of all burgers are served with a side of fries, followed by chips at 13%.

•Ground beef is the most popular form of beef, comprising over half of all beef sales.

http://www.wisegeek.com/one-hamburger-contains-the-meat-of-how-many-cows.htm
Title: Does the US Post Office Really Use Mules?
Post by: AGelbert on December 07, 2014, 05:11:17 pm
(http://api.ning.com/files/FqkiRUfegChdHcpR*1YfPILjn7JDX8AMswxoohWYEnRBDWjUqBFL7US-5tBm0Vo9R6*a3bRlmyE-eQvtcQDs*fG50mv8LD0O/SmithMuleTrain.jpg)
We'll STILL be HERE providing RENEWABLE ENERGY  when those dad blamed poison belchin' cars are GONE!   (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-005.gif)

Does the US Post Office Really Use Mules?  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)

The US Post Office really uses mules to deliver items to the Havasupai Indians, who live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. A train of mules is used to transport mail, along with food, supplies, and even furniture, down an 8 mile (12.87 km) trail to the base of the Grand Canyon. The daily deliveries to the Havasupai Indians weigh around 4,000 pounds (1814.37 kg), with an individual mule being able to carry 130 pounds (58.97 kg) at a time. The nearest Post Office location to the Havasupai Indians is in Peach Springs, Arizona and contains walk-in freezers to hold the food for delivery.
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Grand Canyon Mule Train


More about the US Postal Service:

•There is no way to access the Point Roberts, WA Post Office by land in the US—it requires driving through British Columbia, Canada or else by boat.

•The Post Office Stamp Fulfillment Center in Kansas City, Missouri is actually located 150 feet (45.72 m) underground in order to provide the right moisture levels for preserving the stamps.  :o

•Ships on the Detroit River in Michigan have their own mail boat that delivers to them on the water, and it even has its own zip code.


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I'll be back!

Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on January 22, 2015, 12:41:07 am
Does Russia have a greater Surface Area than Pluto?   ???

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Is the above bigger than

(http://www.dailygalaxy.com/.a/6a00d8341bf7f753ef01a511fb4f6a970c-pi)
PLUTO?  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)

Russia is the largest country on Earth and actually does have a greater surface area than Pluto, which is a main reason why it was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. The surface area of Russia is approximately 6.6 million square miles (17 million sq km), while Pluto’s surface area is 6.4 million square miles (16.7 million sq km). The country has a population of approximately 142 million people.

Nearly three-quarters of Russians live in cities, leaving the vast amount of the country’s significant surface area hardly populated due to its harsh cold climates and being mostly covered with trees.

More about Russia:

(http://www.teapartytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/lake_baikal_.jpeg)
Lake Baikal has a LOT of water!

•Russia contains one-fifth of the world’s total forests. It also is home to the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal with a depth of 5,387 feet (1,641.96 m), which contains one-fifth of the world’s supply of fresh water.  :o

•All of Russia’s combined pipelines, such as for gas and oil water, would theoretically be able to circle the Earth six times.  :P

•There are nine different time zones that stretch across two continents in Russia, the most of any country in the world.

http://www.wisegeek.com/does-russia-have-a-greater-surface-area-than-pluto.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on February 21, 2015, 08:31:04 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO8B1zF3xyk&feature=player_embedded
Some good and some rather not so good Japanese customs.     (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191404.bmp)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on March 03, 2015, 07:44:25 pm
Is It True That Atoms Are Mostly Empty Space?

It is true that atoms are mostly empty space. In fact, if all of the space from the body’s atoms were eliminated, the leftover result would be so tiny, the body could fit into an opening that is less than 1/500th of a centimeter -- or the point of a pin.  ;D Although atoms are small and comprised of empty space, they are numerous; the average adult human body is estimated to contain 7 octillion (or 7 followed by 27 zeros) individual atoms. Each atom is believed to contain material that was created billions of years ago. For instance, hydrogen is thought to be nearly 14 billion years old, and oxygen was thought to be created about 12 billion years ago.

More about the structure of the human body:

•The human body is thought to contain 10 times more bacterial cells than actual cells that form the body.
(http://news.wisc.edu/story_images/7570/full_width/TB_2.png?1377098626)
We-the-happy-bacteria are the REAL boss inside you Homo SAP mobile bacterial shelter and food obtaining bio-machines.    (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/Banane21.gif) More food NOW or you get a tummy ache! (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6869.gif)

•60% of the human body is comprised of water, which contains hydrogen and oxygen molecules.

•Although the brain makes up just 2% of the total human body, it requires at least 20% of the body’s entire oxygen supply.


http://www.wisegeek.com/is-it-true-that-atoms-are-mostly-empty-space.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on April 28, 2015, 12:44:51 am
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Collective Sorrow

by  Alfred Lehmberg


Quote
I write to make a music of the sort that won't pretend what the errors of our past produce... today. All the terror raining bombs, insulted Arabs—wounded Jews... all the hate that's running rampant while faux *Christians* hold their sway.

Still, the saucers slither in the blackness if in sight, and we cower in indifference to pretend that wrong is right. To wit? The least of us are sacrificed to pad rich feathered halls with pumped up teats of trophy wives oblivious to all...

W
e tear our eyes from lights that fly. We laugh and smirk and don't ask why. We're mired in mistakes so plain, mistakes so senseless, cruel—insane.

Make some man a public figure, think him... somehow... better, bigger! Place him on your pedestal—too soon held up for ridicule. Listen to his radio. Hit his site. He's getting bold (?)—then cast him out you fickle ****! You whining... puling... fawning snitch!

It all comes down to us at last. It's what we catch in nets we cast. But them! So safe (and in position), spewing Right-Wing impositions. Wrapped in their convenience—proud! ...And at the suffering? Laugh out loud!

The truth is ravaged—used, abused! Tormented! Savaged! Depressed! Confused!

From where would come your laughter, then? You're not a clueless JERK, my friend... Truth comes clean if it's but faced, though most will not to earn disgrace.

C
onspiracy's alive and stark! Insidious and plainly dark, it thrives too well in quick denial—is nurtured in conniving guile. It preens itself in our distraction and grows too bold in our inaction!

...I
AGREE the water's filthy, but save the baby—could we? Will we?

We're mushrooms to the non-elected. We're in the dark, fed crap—detective! We don't have a wit or clue... clear evidence of said abuse. Faith and trust is just pretended, crass betrayal, instead, extended!

Nothing's as it must appear if first drawn through ones lens of fear...

You say that's false, but then stop looking... blinded to their looting—rooking! It's like we *know* and just don't care, contributing to angst still there! ...And in your bubble thought secure... you rationalize these lies—absurd!

Hidden in this churning madness, caught up in elitist gladness are the truths that we would have if we would cop to what we've said. Hallowed *treaties* now deplored, around five hundred, *slightly* more—ripped apart by "Uncle Sam" to fill the vaults of shadow men? Fixing prices, built-in failure, planning for a short-term's nadir, building walls to hide behind for "insulation's" sake, one finds!

Knowledge IS the power, friend, explaining schools that just *pretend*. Autonomy is what we're missing, then *teams* have power beyond dismissing, but THAT is what "the man" must fear (above all else) it so appears.

Flying in the skies like crickets, *somewhere*, it has been admitted, are reflections of ourselves who look and wonder for themselves! But they're not here 'cause we're not there (?), our science says... but oh—contraire!

M
uch better that we treat them like... ...they're watching us, just out of sight. The evidence: historical, photos, papers, anecdotal—these just tips of massive 'bergs which float serenely I have heard...

We're not LOOKING! We don't admit it. We're lost to our indifference with it! Our focus is on learned sneering, proudly bloated profiteering. We've no thought beyond tomorrow, and THAT is our collective sorrow. (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2953.gif)

alienview@adelphia.net
www.AlienView.net

http://alienviewgroup.blogspot.com/2015/04/collective-sorrow.html
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 16, 2015, 06:02:17 pm
How Quickly Do Giant Bamboo Plants Grow in the Rainforest?  ???

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Bamboo is a type of grass with hollow, woody stems that grows in warm temperatures. There are many different types of bamboo -- more than 1000 different species around the world. How quickly bamboo grow depend on the species and environmental factors. Tropical species tend to grow the fastest.

(http://www.arsihbamboo.com/attachments/Image/Home/Bamboo_Types/Petung_Rumpun2-web.jpg)

Giant bamboo plants in the rainforest can grow as much as 9 inches (23 cm) in a single day, although some can grow even faster  :o  ;D . As of 2015, the Guinness world record for the fastest growing plant belongs to a bamboo. The tallest recorded tropical bamboo is 40 meters (130 ft) long.

More about bamboo:

•Bamboo likes slightly acidic (5.5 to 7 pH), well draining soil and tropical species love sun; USDA zone 8 is ideal for them.

•Bamboo is used as construction material in many parts of Asia, in making things like flooring and fences.

•According to a Philippine legend, the first man and woman emerged from a giant bamboo.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-quickly-do-giant-bamboo-plants-grow-in-the-rainforest.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 16, 2015, 09:32:48 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkVCmQUzFZE&feature=player_embedded
http://arttec.net/timelapse/index.htm
The way of all physical life. The fellow that made this video sees beauty in decay. I see grace, as well as sadness in decay. 


(http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2955.gif) (http://www.mrwallpaper.com/wallpapers/Sad-Sunflower.jpg) (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2953.gif)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 17, 2015, 12:43:25 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLsXGRvbrpo&feature=player_embedded
Watch a sunflower grow and flower.   (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-103.gif)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 22, 2015, 08:29:09 pm
(http://en.es-static.us/upl/2014/10/ocean-map-north-atlantic-580.jpg)
New seafloor map reveals thousands of seamounts

Vast unexplored areas of the ocean have now been mapped with new satellite data and scientists have discovered thousands of previously uncharted seamounts in addition to an extinct spreading ridge in the Gulf of Mexico. The study was published in the journal Science on October 3, 2014.

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http://earthsky.org/earth/new-seafloor-map-reveals-thousands-of-seamounts
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 30, 2015, 01:19:57 am
Vermonters need $21 per hour to afford rent, study says   :(

SNIPPET:

Quote
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition, which released the report, ranks the state as the 13th-most expensive in the country for renters — the same as last year. A Vermonter working at the $9.15 minimum wage would need to put in 70 hours per week to live in a one-bedroom home, according to the report, titled “Out of Reach.”

http://vtdigger.org/2015/05/28/vermonters-need-21-per-hour-to-afford-rent-study-says/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 31, 2015, 12:27:00 am
Invisible Impact: The Risk of Ionizing Radiation on Cath Lab Staff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXgt0bF3GJM&feature=player_embedded
Surgeons that routinely use fluoroscopy in vascular procedures and cardiac device implantation are suffering the effects of too much exposure to ionizing radiation.  :(

Quote
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Europace. 2014 Jul;16(7):946-64. doi: 10.1093/europace/eut409. Epub 2014 May 2.

Practical ways to reduce radiation dose for patients and staff during device implantations and electrophysiological procedures.


Heidbuchel H1, Wittkampf FH2, Vano E3, Ernst S4, Schilling R5, Picano E6, Mont L7; Reviewers:, Jais P8, de Bono J9, Piorkowski C10, Saad E11, Femenia F5; European Heart Rhythm Association.

Author information

Abstract


Despite the advent of non-fluoroscopic technology, fluoroscopy remains the cornerstone of imaging in most interventional electrophysiological procedures, from diagnostic studies over ablation interventions to device implantation. Moreover, many patients receive additional X-ray imaging, such as cardiac computed tomography and others.

More and more complex procedures have the risk to increase the radiation exposure, both for the patients and the operators. The professional lifetime attributable excess cancer risk may be around 1 in 100 for the operators, the same as for a patient undergoing repetitive complex procedures. Moreover, recent reports have also hinted at an excess risk of brain tumours among interventional cardiologists.

Apart from evaluating the need for and justifying the use of radiation to assist their procedures, physicians have to continuously explore ways to reduce the radiation exposure. After an introduction on how to quantify the radiation exposure and defining its current magnitude in electrophysiology compared with the other sources of radiation, this position paper wants to offer some very practical advice on how to reduce exposure to patients and staff. The text describes how customization of the X-ray system, workflow adaptations, and shielding measures can be implemented in the cath lab. The potential and the pitfalls of different non-fluoroscopic guiding technologies are discussed.

Finally, we suggest further improvements that can be implemented by both the physicians and the industry in the future. We are confident that these suggestions are able to reduce patient and operator exposure by more than an order of magnitude, and therefore think that these recommendations are worth reading and implementing by any electrophysiological operator in the field.   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/34y5mvr.gif)

Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2014. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.


KEYWORDS:

Exposure; Interventional electrophysiology; Radiation; Radioprotection; Risk

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24792380
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 31, 2015, 03:30:41 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fybjetSCYsA&feature=player_embedded
World's BIGGEST pets  :o
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on June 04, 2015, 10:24:01 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQRta8jb3mw&feature=player_embedded

News 6/2/15: Pope to Disclose Existence of ETs?  :o  ???
Published on Jun 2, 2015
Quote

Pope Francis is reportedly about to disclose the existence of extraterrestrial life. Whether or not this claim is true, two things are sure: We're supposed to believe that ETs exist, and this pope is committed to transforming the way all of us live.


Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on June 25, 2015, 10:24:26 pm
Big Ben used to be the largest clock tower in the world. As of 2012, the largest clock tower in the world is  "Abraj Al-Bait," Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower.

Does Big Ben Keep Perfect Time?

Big Ben is the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster in London which houses the United Kingdom's parliament. The tower was built between 1843 and 1858. Since then it has become an iconic landmark of London, and one of the most popular destinations for tourists.

"Big Ben" actually refers to the largest bell inside the clock tower. Although various different names have been given to the structure over the years, Big Ben remains the most popular and recognized. Big Ben is known for being a very accurate and reliable clock.

In fact, the clock even survived World War II and did not pause when the nearby Commons chamber was bombed.
This doesn't mean that Big Ben has never had mishaps however. In 1949, so many starlings roosted on the minute hand of the clock that it stopped. Starlings are short-tailed, dark-colored European birds that flock and fly together in sometimes huge numbers.


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Starlings on the move!  :o

Weather also proved to be a culprit on two accounts, once in 1962 when snow caused Big Ben to delay, and again in 2005 when temperatures hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).

Aside from these incidents and rare repairs or refurbishments, Big Ben has been chiming continuously since it first rang in 1859. If the clock happens to be too slow or too fast, it is adjusted with old British pennies in the pendulum. Pennies are added if it is too fast, and pennies removed if too slow.[/size][/quote]


More about Big Ben:

•“O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First” in Latin is inscribed at the base of each clock dial of Big Ben.

•Big Ben's tower is 315.9 feet (96.3 meters) high. Its bell weighs 13.8 tons and the minute hands weigh close to 220 pounds (100 kilograms).

•Big Ben used to be the largest clock tower in the world. As of 2012, the largest clock tower in the world is "Abraj Al-Bait," Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower.


http://www.wisegeek.com/does-big-ben-keep-perfect-time.htm


Title: Re: Non-routine News - Denver’s Energy Use Is Surging, and It’s Because of WEED
Post by: AGelbert on July 08, 2015, 06:56:30 pm
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Denver’s Energy Use Is Surging, and It’s Because of Weed
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Kate Knibbs

7/07/15 3:20pm

The bud may be green, but growing it really isn’t: Weed growers in Denver are straining the city’s electrical grid.

Denver is experiencing spiking electricity consumption, with nearly half of that growth coming from its burgeoning pot industry, as the Denver Post reports:


Citywide electricity use has been rising at the rate of 1.2 percent a year, and 45 percent of that increase comes from marijuana-growing facilities, Denver officials said Wednesday.

Now, even though the increase in electricity use is related to the increase is dank bud cultivation, the weed growing industry still uses less than two percent of Denver’s electricity altogether. But it’s increasing at such a high rate that the number will swell unless the city’s weed purveyors figure out more eco-friendly growing methods.

The reason why weed is such an energy-suck? Lighting. For indoor grow ops, plants need lots of artificial light. That on its own sucks up energy, but then those lights also heat up the growing facilities, which means they need more air conditioning. They also need ventilation fans and humidity regulators.

Boulder Weekly has more depressing stats on the problem with indoor weed growth:


According to data from Xcel Energy and estimates from those familiar with indoor growing, a single light used to grow 16 square feet of pot consumes about half as much energy as the average Colorado house in a one-month time frame.

This isn’t just a Denver problem. Growing weed requires a lot of energy all over. As City Lab pointed out, a Columbia Environmental Law Journal report recently highlighted how draining the pot industry is on energy all over the US:



It consumes six-times as much energy as the pharmaceuticals industry and requires eight-times as much energy per square foot as the average U.S. commercial building. It is estimated that marijuana currently consumes at least one percent of all of the nation’s electricity. And in California, which reportedly has the largest marijuana growing industry in the United States, consumption totals three percent of California’s total electricity consumption.

So, what to do about weed’s energy suck? Lighting companies are working with pot companies on more energy-efficient LED lighting options. Tesla has a powerful new battery that could come in handy for keeping energy costs down for weed growers in emergency power outages, or help store home-generated solar energy, but there’s clearly a need for more comprehensive solutions.

In addition to finding better lighting options, there’s a simpler solution for minimizing the energy impact of the weed industry: Growing outdoors is more energy-efficient, but it’s not legal in Colorado. When other states legalize marijuana cultivation, allowing for outdoor growth could help lower the drain, though growers often prefer indoors for higher-volume crop yields and year-round growth. While deregulating where you can grow weed could encourage some growers to take crops outside and save energy, regulating licensing to incentivize growers to use renewable energy sources will also help offset some of the drain.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)

http://gizmodo.com/denver-s-energy-use-is-surging-and-it-s-all-because-of-1716253262
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Now THAT's a nice replacement for FIAT dollars! (http://robservations.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/happy-cat1.jpg)
Title: Re: Non-routine News - Ladies and Gentlemen, It's Time to Panic
Post by: AGelbert on July 08, 2015, 07:44:53 pm
Ladies and Gentlemen, It's Time to Panic  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-scared002.gif)

Hamilton Nolan    7/08/15 12:23pm

Have you noticed anything odd going on this morning? Oh yes. Let us be the first to tell you that the time to panic is upon us.

ITEM: The New York City subway system suffered an atrocious commute today, with some trains being inexplicably stranded in stations for long periods of time.

ITEM: The website “The Dissolve” folded today.

ITEM: United Airlines was forced to ground all of its flights after its computer system mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading today after its computerized trading system mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: Immediately after, the Wall Street Journal’s website mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: More than 2,500 people in Washington, DC mysteriously lost power.

It seems our nation’s centers of powers are facing a mysterious and spreading collapse.

I choose to panic. If you choose to remain calm, good—I’ll get away ahead of you.  ;D


http://gawker.com/ladies-and-gentlemen-its-time-to-panic-1716514222 (http://gawker.com/ladies-and-gentlemen-its-time-to-panic-1716514222)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on August 20, 2015, 03:40:24 pm
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When Was Ketchup First Made Available?   ???

America's most favorite condiment, ketchup, was first made available as pill medication and was said to cure all kinds of diseases.(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/34y5mvr.gif)  (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif) 


(https://laddoodedah.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/untitled-6.jpg?w=655)
Named, "Dr. Miles' Compound Extract of Tomato,"  ;D Archibald Miles marketed what he claimed to be a tomato extract with medicinal properties in the United States. The extract was sold in the 1830s in the form of pills with recommended dosages for a variety of illnesses and ailments. Many Americans purchased the pills in the hopes the medication would rid them of their ailments by "purifying their blood."   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png)


Although no one is certain of what exactly they were made of, the tomato extract pills probably contained vitamin C and laxatives. Regardless of whether they were actually beneficial or not, they made a lot of money for Miles and other sellers who followed in his footsteps in the lucrative tomato medicine business. (http://www.smilies.4-user.de/include/Spiele/smilie_game_017.gif)


More about ketchup:

•Ketchup is originally Asian, but the original condiment had nothing to do with tomatoes. The Chinese condiment "ke-tchup" was a fish condiment eaten by Asians as far back as 544 A.D.
(http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/chinese-emoticon-22648577.jpg)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MQmNYxh7EX8/T0KQlVaOg8I/AAAAAAAACvM/k7kpsSm9X1I/s1600/ketchup.jpeg)
•As of 2014, Americans on average consume three bottles of ketchup per year.  :o  :P




Ketchup exits a Heinz bottle at the speed of 1.3 centimeters (0.5 inches) per second.  ::)

(http://factsofhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/heinz_bottle.jpg)

http://www.wisegeek.com/when-was-ketchup-first-made-available.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 07, 2015, 07:33:54 pm
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How Often Do Planes Disappear?     (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191404.bmp)

Do planes disappear suddenly without a trace?  :P
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For many of us, missing planes bring to mind the myth of the Bermuda Triangle, the 500,000 square mile area in the Atlantic Ocean where planes and ships are believed to just disappear. However, missing planes are not as rare as we think and they are definitely not exclusive to the area of ocean called the Bermuda Triangle. According to Aviation Safety Network Records, at least 85 passenger, cargo and military transport planes have vanished without a trace since 1948. These incidents have taken place all over the world and no aircraft debris or passenger bodies have been discovered for them as of 2014.

The record of missing planes includes the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The commercial flight which had 239 people on board went missing on 8 March 2014 in the Southern Indian Ocean. As of 2015, no debris belonging to the plane has been discovered.

Sometimes it can take a very long time for debris from missing aircraft to show up. For example, the debris from the Indian Air Force An-12 transport aircraft that went missing in 1968 was found only in 2013.

More about plane accidents and missing planes:


•Air France 447 crashed while flying over the Atlantic in 2009. It took two years to find all of the bodies of the 288 passengers on board.

•In 1945, a rescue plane looking for the five lost US Navy bombers disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle.

•Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra disappeared in the mid-Pacific in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-often-do-planes-disappear.htm

Lead image is from the article at link below:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/5503117/Six-planes-that-were-lost-and-never-found.html
Title: The Poodwaddle clocks: The big picture on what is going on out there
Post by: AGelbert on September 18, 2015, 03:53:05 pm
The Poodwaddle clocks: The big picture on what is going on out there

Readers might have a little fun at Poodwaddle. They have all the serious stuff.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/www_MyEmoticons_com__smokelots.gif)  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-scared002.gif)  The clock on population growth must certainly give overpopulation fearing weenies heartburn.  ;D

The one on religions drives the nominally "Christian" Republicans to distraction!   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/245.gif)

Are there really that many atheists out there?  :icon_scratch: If so, that just might explain the egocentric attitude the world is gripped in. After all, if this is IT, then you have to "go for it now", so to speak.  :evil4: Don't expect anyone here to believe that stat is evidence of a FUBAR society. I'm certain a breakdown of where EXACTLY, all those atheists are will show a massive correlation with the 20% of the planet's population doing 80% of the damage. But we all know that correlation ain't causation, don't we?  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-280515145049.png)  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png)

But there is a fun stats section you will find interesting, as well.   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191258.bmp)
FUN STATS: (I have the clock set to events year to date. If you set the clock to "NOW", you get a quick idea of what is happening more often. :o  ;D). Look at all those First Kisses! The incrementing count of US Divorces. Marriages, US Cheaters, Wine and more for all eyes to feast on!

http://www.poodwaddle.com/worldclock/soc5/

Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 27, 2015, 09:35:37 pm
Are Vegetables Dead When You Buy Them at a Grocery Store?   ???

Some of us have been told in the past that fruits and vegetables are actually dead when you buy them at a grocery store. It turns out, however, this is not true. Research shows that some picked vegetables, such as carrots and broccoli, die only when they are eaten.

This research was carried out by Rice University and published in Current Biology in 2013. The study discovered that about a week after some fruit and vegetables were picked, they continued to respond to light. This means that fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle of grocery stores are still very much alive. In fact, they even continue to produce compounds that protect them from pests thanks to their circadian clock.

Experts believe that this knowledge can be used for benefit, such as to maximize the natural pest defense qualities of plants and reduce the use of chemical pesticides. The knowledge of circadian rhythms may also be utilized to maximize the nutrients of plants for consumption.

More about food:

•Up to 33% of all food for human consumption is wasted. Food is wasted more in developed countries than in developing countries.

•As of 2013, 65% of those who eat gluten-free foods do so because they believe it is healthier, rather than due to gluten intolerance or sensitivity.

•The typical lunch at American schools has 1,400 calories and includes one bread item, about 1.5 ounces of meat, one starch, a half cup of vegetables or fruit and 8 ounces of milk.

http://www.wisegeek.com/are-vegetables-dead-when-you-buy-them-at-a-grocery-store.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on October 12, 2015, 03:29:39 pm
5 of the Biggest Myths About Creative People
Elise Moreau
October 11, 2015

Creativity is generally defined as the ability to come up with imaginative or unique ideas that haven’t been thought up by anyone else before. But because the word tends to be overused in describing everything from team effort in a workplace setting to throwing a themed dinner party at home, its true meaning can often seem vague and unclear even when used in certain contexts.

People who are labeled as “creatives” even sometimes get a bad rap for all the misconceptions about what they do and how they work. If that’s you, or even someone you know, it may be worth reviewing some of the following points that totally debunk some of the most common stereotypical assumptions about creative people. (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)

Myth #1: Creative people are right-brained.

You’ve probably heard it before: The right side of the brain is responsible for creativity, while the left side is all about analytical thinking. You can stop believing this is true, because modern science has determined that the creative process involves many regions across the brain that isn’t limited to just one side. Many regions even interact and work together, depending on the stage in the creative process and what the task may be.

Myth #2: Creative people pull their inspiration out of thin air.


Otherwise known as the “eureka!” myth, it’s popular to assume that creatives spend hours and hours of their time thinking until suddenly the big idea they’ve been waiting for just arises out of nowhere when they least expect it. It may seem like that’s what’s happening, but you can chalk it all up to something we all do, called divergent thinking—the type of relaxed and aimless thinking that happens when you take a break from focusing on the problem at hand and allow your mind to wander.

Myth #3: Creative people specialize in the arts.

Musicians, writers, painters, sculptors, dancers and actors—they’re the real creatives, aren’t they? We all have to be careful with thinking that creativity applies mostly or only to some of these very specific forms of art. A scientist may need to look for new clues in his research, a team of engineers may need to come up with an innovative product to stand out from the competition or an accountant may need to figure out a different approach to audit financial statements. All these seemingly unimaginative jobs involve much more creativity than you might assume.

Myth #4: Creative people are simply born with it.


Many people look at very successful creative individuals and assume that their talent simply comes naturally to them. What they don’t see are the days, weeks, months and years these people have put into their work, the knowledge and experience they acquired and the many failures they endured before finding success. Creativity can be a learned skill, as long as you’re willing to work for it.

Myth #5: Creative people are loners.


It’s obvious that some of the most famous artists, scientists and inventors that have made their mark on the world are known to have been lone geniuses who thrived on carrying out their artwork and experiments for hours in seclusion. That may be the case for some, but in other cases, sometimes one person ends up receiving all the credit when in fact the creative process depended on the collaborative efforts of an entire team. After all, when you think about it, it would seem pretty impossible for one person to be solely responsible for all the creativity behind an Oscar-worthy Hollywood movie, a band’s chart-topping album or even a massive breakthrough in scientific research.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-of-the-biggest-myths-about-creative-people.html#ixzz3oNpPO0DL
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on October 15, 2015, 12:44:55 am
Do All People Have Bacteria in Their Stomachs?  ???

It was a dirty job:  ;D A study done by Stanford scientists, Dr. Patrick Brown and Dr. David Relman, sampled a year's worth of diapers in 14 different babies to confirm that babies are born with no bacteria in their digestive systems. Adults, however, have about 100 trillion bacteria in their digestive systems. While babies are born with no bacteria in their digestive system at the time of birth, it only takes a few days post-birth for bacteria to begin to grow.

The study also found that even over the first year the bacteria found in the stool samples varied widely from baby to baby. Scientists were intrigued by this finding since adults typically have the same bacterial families colonizing in their digestive system with little variance over time. However, at the end of the first year, the scientists found the bacteria in a baby's digestive system does begin to resemble that of an adult.

More interesting facts about babies:

•Babies are not born with kneecaps. 
:o

•Babies born in May are usually the heaviest; weighing on average about 200 grams more than babies born in any other month.

•A baby recognizes the smell and voice of their mother from birth, and can visually distinguish their mother from other adults in just a few weeks.

http://www.wisegeek.com/do-all-people-have-bacteria-in-their-stomachs.htm
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on October 17, 2015, 03:58:50 pm
These observed phenomena are all REAL.
But Science CANNOT explain them. Particularly unsettling to those who worship science and it's view that the physical universe is the limit of reality, is the placebo effect. It even works better than nothing when you KNOW it is a placebo!

Learn about a careful, meticulous science experiment done involving patients that required knee surgery divided into three groups.

Only ONE group of the three was actually given knee surgery. The other two groups given two variations of placebo surgery (incision with saline solution or just an incision) had equal or better rates of healing.  ;D

But there is a terrible downside to the placebo effect. Propagandists and Con artists everywhere have noticed how effective it is at fooling people. The Fossil Fuel Industry  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp) learned it from the Tobacco Industry (see: Birds of a feather).  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp)

If a polluting industry that is trashing the planet for short term gain can convince enough people that their pollution is "beneficial" to the biosphere, the minds of those propagandized would work to prevent that pollution from being accepted as real.

Perhaps the greatest hidden tool of the fossil fuel industry to fight global warming (in order to preserve their profits, not to stop the pollution) is the propaganda effort to convince people we are entering an ice age! If enough people believe that, reason the Empathy Deficit Disordered ASS HOLES that cheerlead fossil fuels, the placebo effect might even slow global warming down!

But there is a GIANT problem with that logic. And it is not about whether the placebo effect is real or not. That much has been proven. It's the DENIAL of the FACT that something is INJURING the biosphere that undermines any hope of using a mass placebo effect to reduce or prevent global warming.
 
Whether that would work to prevent the biosphere from being polluted is not the question. WHY? Because the placebo effect ONLY works when you think you need to be HEALED of a disease or injury. The Fossil Fuel Industry has PREVENTED public awareness of the problem (i.e. injury/disease to the biosphere).

(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-171015155423.jpeg)

The placebo effect may work quite well inside our bodies but I suspect the faith to move mountains is at odds with fooling  people in using faith to prevent global warming. The predators 'R' US crowd running the polluting industries are not known for their faith or good works. They are known for there 24/7 lie that they are our "loyal servants concerned only with our welfare".
 
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They claim they are merely "supplying our demand" when, in actuality, they are gaming us to supply THEIR demand. Clever, aren't they?





Now you know why the propagandists for the fossil fuel industry lie, distort and double talk about "no warming for a decade, "warming has ceased", "we are entering an ice age" and, last but not least in the hit parade of Push the Placebo to Preserve Profits efforts, "it's the sunspots, not Carbon Dioxide", that control Earth's temperature" baloney.  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-devil12.gif)

https://youtu.be/stwJgL2UtZY

Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on December 23, 2015, 07:11:37 pm
Who is the oldest known person in the history of mankind with a valid proof of their age?  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1402.gif)

Carlos Matias La Borde, Bachelor's Degree in Computer & Information Science



15.7k Views • Upvoted by

Charles Faraone, History is written by the victors

Jeanne Calment. She lived to 122, from 1875 to 1997.

She said that she met Vincent Van Gogh as a child, and that he was dirty, poorly dressed, and disagreeable.

She smoked until she was 117.

One of the funnier things about her life is that when she was 90, a 47 year old lawyer got her to sign a contract so that if she died, he'd get her apartment. In return, he'd give her a monthly stipend.

He assumed she'd be dead within a couple years at most, so he was hoping to get her apartment on the cheap.

But she just kept living. Eventually he died at 77, never having received the apartment. His widow kept paying Calment after his death per the contract.

By the time she died, she'd been paid $180,000... over twice the apartment's worth.


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Jeanne Calment. She lived to 122, from 1875 to 1997.

https://www.quora.com/Who-is-the-oldest-known-person-in-the-history-of-mankind-with-a-valid-proof-of-their-age (https://www.quora.com/Who-is-the-oldest-known-person-in-the-history-of-mankind-with-a-valid-proof-of-their-age)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on December 27, 2015, 02:29:45 pm
The Chemistry of Snowflakes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VYrF3sFBY20

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/how-snowflakes-form-their-intricate-designs.html
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on January 03, 2016, 10:25:58 pm

The Apophis Asteriod: What you Need to Know  :o


https://youtu.be/LmVpx8P4GHM
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on January 04, 2016, 02:53:57 pm
Az,
Since you are open minded, unlike many out there who prefer to bask in unimaginative denial of anything they cannot instantly prove, I want to run this by you.

Have you ever considered how ROUND the Gulf of Mexico is? Isn't it possible that one BIG ASSED ROCK hit there and wiped EVERYTHING out within 10,000 miles (or more) in the past? Big bullets make round holes!  ;D

Human existence is incredibly fragile. I can picture a scenario where a rock that is NOT supposed to hit our planet from past NASA tracking (Near Earth Orbit - NEO rocks) DOES hit. All that has to occur is for the rock to get too close to the moon and get a gravitational slingshot at us. If it's big enough, we get ANOTHER GULF OF MEXICO!

Here's the result of a (somewhat smaller) hypothetical hit of an asteroid in the present Gulf of Mexico.

https://youtu.be/wVK651Lurew



My friend you are spot on ! {pun intended}

According to the data/intel on said crater the object in question was 110 miles in diameter. It had to have entered the planet during Noah's flood event or the impact on dry land would have vaporized every living thing topside. Noah mentions a great wind across the land & I'll bet it's from this impact. Look at the devastation from Tunguska in Mother Russia. That event may not of even had an object hit but vaporize prior to impact.


Here's the corker. Most of the big shi tty's along the gulf are prone to slide into the gulf as their all built on the shift prone edge. Gil Broussard has graphics of the gulf event over at his you tube page (Planet7X) There's a drop box link to his stuff. It's well researched. Very interesting.

Thanks for following along on this thread. I know the threads getting looked at but folks must be just dumb founded about it all.

AG,
I forgot to mention also that " A L L " of our tectonic plates are a direct result of the gulf event. When that 110 mile across space rock came whistlin' in at  over 188,000 mph flamin' hot & punched its way to the center of the planet
through a flooded earth it not only **** earth mommy like an egg but created the Himalaya's instantaneously  :o ...... Notice that those mtns have a circular pattern Gil Broussard has graphics on this as well. 

Gill Broussard also hypothesized that our moon was created from this flood/impact event. If you'll notice the land mass missing from the crust that is now ocean on this planet is closely equal to the mass of material used to create the moon.


(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)




 (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/thankyou.gif) for that information.
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on January 04, 2016, 03:18:43 pm
AZ,
I just want to add that several years ago, when I learned of the hypothesis that our moon was the result of a blow from an asteroid that ejected it into orbit around the earth, I realized that it explained a LOT about the large size of the dinosaurs. Unlike sea creatures, which can get quite large despite the present gravity, land creatures are limited by physiology and bones density and leverage limitations.

Although the idiots out there will scoff, the math HAS been done and the only way dinosaurs could have gotten that big (modern elephant anatomy and physiology has have been compared as proof) was if the gravity was lower. A large asteroid striking the earth would explain the radical slowing of rotation (more perceived gravity through less centrifugal force) and the increase in gravity due to increased mass.

At any rate, I am convinced that earth, for whatever reason, had a more rapid rotation and less gravity due to less mass in the past. The Earth expanded. The relatively YOUNG age of the ocean beds is geologic evidence of that.

The expanding earth hypothesis does not mention the Gulf of Mexico strike. It should. I think that is the missing piece in the explanation of our moon and the large increase in Earth's mass.

https://youtu.be/GT7USV_HZdw
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on January 04, 2016, 03:31:24 pm
Ancient Life's Gravity


https://youtu.be/Qw3HWjvIhVw
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on January 09, 2016, 09:21:35 pm
187,000 Free Hi-Res Images To Use As You Wish  :o  ;D

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Submitted by rob.schifreen | Last update on 8th January, 2016 - 3:39am

The New York Public Library is currently working on a project to digitize its collection, and has amassed some 187,000 high-resolution images so far.  And in a welcome altruistic gesture, it's made the entire collection available online.   

It's royalty-free, copyright-free, and you can browse and download the images as you wish.  So whether you want an illustration for a project, or you just want to peruse some stunning artworks without having to leave your web browser, it's now possible and won't cost you a cent.

Just head to http://www.nypl.org/research/collections/digital-collections/public-domain to get started.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/187000-free-hi-res-images-use-you-wish.htm
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Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on January 24, 2016, 02:45:04 pm
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Everything is working right now.  ;D Thanks again for your patience. 8)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on February 07, 2016, 02:31:25 pm
How do finger lengths correlate with personality?  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6656.gif) (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1730.gif)

Will Wister, 1000s of hours studying psychology. 
9.1k Views 

The longer your ring finger relative to your index finger, the more masculine qualities you are likely to possess.

if you have a longer ring finger, it means you got more testosterone as a fetus and are more likely to be hyperactive, aggressive and disgusted by anything featuring Hugh Grant. A longer index finger, on the other hand, means more estrogen, making you more neurotic and sensitive. … Studies found that it was when the two fingers were nearly the same length that the subjects were more likely to be gay (men and women both).[1]

Scientists … have since found links, for example, between long index fingers in women and a likelihood of being highly fertile, unassertive, neurotic and unlikely to take risks. [2]

Men with particularly long ring fingers are more likely than average to be fertile, athletic and aggressive and to have poor verbal skills.[2]

“The other very strong relationship to digit ratio is found in running speeds — there is a pretty good chance of predicting who is going to win a race.”[2]

There are gender differences with respect to finger lengths in males, the second digit(index finger) tends to be shorter than the fourth (ring finger), and in females the second tends to be the same size or slightly longer than the fourth.[3]

This can be referred to as the 2D:4D ratio:
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Femme lesbians are exposed to less androgens than butch lesbians – or rather it’s logical to infer that because of differences in the ratio of their finger lengths.[4]

[1] http://www.****.com/article_1...
[2] http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol...
[3] Ecker A (1875). "Einige Bemerkungen über einen Schwankenden Charakter in den Hand des Menschen[Some remarks about a varying character in the hand of humans]". Archiv fur Anthropologie 8: 68–74. and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d... and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d... via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig...
[4] https://www.msu.edu/~breedsm/pdf...

Written Oct 31, 2012

https://www.quora.com/How-do-finger-lengths-correlate-with-personality


Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on February 14, 2016, 10:40:58 pm
Nature-Inspired Rugs Transform Your Home Into a Natural Landscape

Cole Mellino | February 14, 2016 11:37 am

Argentinian artist Alexandra Kehayoglou turns carpeting scraps that would have otherwise been thrown out into beautiful works of art. Using recycled scraps from her family’s carpet factory in Buenos Aires, Kehayoglou creates stunning patchworks that resemble natural landscapes, including moss, grass, sand, pastures, lakes and snow. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/treeswing.gif)

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Kehayoglou uses scraps from her family’s carpet factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina to create these beautiful area rugs. Photo credit: Alexandra Kehayoglou

Kehayoglou has been creating the rugs since 2008. It takes about two months to make each rug, which she crafts using “a laborious hand-tufting process,” according to Colossal. “The carpets balance form and function and can powerfully transform an entire room into a lush meadow dotted with pools of water and tufts of grass. Many of her works even function as part tapestry and flow from walls to floor, or work as covers for chairs or stools.”

Kehayoglou told Country Living that each rug has personal meaning to her. Every piece is based on a specific memory and is tied to the landscapes of her home country. “The pieces are big and feel infinite,” she said. “They are meant to be portals that have the power of taking you where your memories are.”

Check out these photos of her beautiful rugs:   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/balloons.gif)


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Photo credit: Alexandra Kehayoglou

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Photo credit: Alexandra Kehayoglou

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Photo credit: Alexandra Kehayoglou

You can find more of Kehayoglou’s carpet creations on Instagram, Artsy and her website. (http://alexkeha.com/)  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/computer3.gif)
http://ecowatch.com/2016/02/14/nature-inspired-rugs/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on March 07, 2016, 09:34:01 pm
Incat To Design Ferry For Loch Ness Monster Hunt  (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)

March 4, 2016 by gCaptain
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20m Catamaran Tour Vessel / Photo Credit: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther said it received a contract to design a 20m catamaran passenger ferry, taking tourists in search of monster Nessie in the waters of Loch Ness in Scotland.

The vessel, being built by Cruise Loch Ness, will be powered by a pair of Volvo D9 MH main engines, producing 313 kilowatt (kW) per side. These engines are capable of propelling the vessel to speeds over 20 knots.

Incat Crowther’s Europe office is working on the preliminary design phase, including an analysis of the vessel’s platform and a narrow-beam catamaran.

The main deck is spacious with large windows for monster-spotting opportunities. Toilets and a bar are located aft. The upper deck is effectively an interior space, being open at the side whilst being covered above. This will allow the cruise to operate in various weather conditions, without forcing passengers inside, according to Incat Crowther.

The vessel’s design features an asymmetric wheelhouse, incorporating an enclosed wing control station on the port side, and an open access passage to starboard. The open starboard side passage allows direct access for crew between the wheelhouse and foredeck, whilst also giving the flexibility of passenger flow between foredeck and upper deck.

Construction of the vessel is underway at Exeter Fabrication Ltd in England.

https://gcaptain.com/incat-to-design-ferry-for-loch-ness-monster-hunt/

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Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on March 13, 2016, 06:51:21 pm
gCaptain


Watch: Scary Video Shows SAR Helicopter Crashing Near Grounded Cargo Ship  :o

March 11, 2016 by Mike Schuler

https://youtu.be/ETzJUk2wnf0

Some scary video shows the moment a search and rescue helicopter crashed into the sea while responding to a grounded containership in Taiwan.

The accident occurred while responding to the grounding of the cargo ship TS Taipei near New Taipei City, Taiwan. One person was killed and the pilot was seriously injured in the accident, reports say. Three others aboard the helicopter escaped unharmed.

All 21 crew members were airlifted from TS Taipei on Thursday after the ship ran aground in rough weather.

https://gcaptain.com/scary-video-shows-moment-sar-helicopter-crashes-over-grounded-cargo-ship/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on March 18, 2016, 10:59:02 pm
The most amazing piece of transformer furniture ever was built in 1810  (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)  :o (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)

(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-180316225421.gif)
I'm a TRANSFORMER  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)


Go to the link to watch the gif of the desk transforming! It's AMAZING!  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/computer3.gif)

http://www.treehugger.com/interior-design/most-amazing-piece-transformer-furniture-ever-was-built-1810.html
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on March 27, 2016, 06:06:06 pm
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Google makes its $149 Nik Collection photo editing software free to download   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183515.bmp)

By Rob Thubron on March 25, 2016, 12:00 PM


SNIPPET:

Back in 2012, Google purchased German company Nik Software, the firm behind a series of photo editing plug-ins designed for amateur and professional photographers. The acquisition was primarily so Google could get its hands on popular photo app Snapseed, but the company also reduced the cost of Nik's collection of seven plug-ins from $499 to $149. Now, the price has dropped even more, right down to zero.

The collection includes Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. It's free to download for Windows and Mac, and provides “a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images,” according to a statement from Google.

http://www.techspot.com/news/64229-google-makes-149-nik-collection-photo-editing-suite.html
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on April 11, 2016, 10:16:03 pm
Three Castaways Rescued from Deserted Island After Writing “HELP” on Sand

April 9, 2016 by Mike Schuler

Three men were rescued from a deserted island in the western Pacific after a U.S. Navy patrol plane spotted the word H-E-L-P spelled out on the sand in a real life castaway drama.

The drama began Monday when the three men set out on their 19-foot skiff from Pulap in the state of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. The men reported that a few hours after their departure their vessel was capsized by a large wave, (https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/60/52/bb/6052bbe5fcb88daddf1f55d7c42a39f2.jpg) (http://rs165.pbsrc.com/albums/u55/BJ_BOBBI_JO9/Summer%20and%20Spring%20activties/sterb038.gif~c100) and they spent the night swimming   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/shrk.gif) until they reached the uninhabited island of Fandadik, located approximately four nautical miles from Pulap.  (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-052.gif)


Coordinating the search, the U.S. Coast Guard enlisted the help of commercial vessels participating in the AMVER program and requested air support from the Navy to search the waters in the region.

Three days later, the men were spotted by a Navy P-8A aircrew on Thursday as they waved life jackets and stood next to a large “help” sign made of palm leaves.

A small boat was then able to recover the men from the island with no reported injuries.

“Ingenuity of these men to build their sign and the preparedness of having lifejackets also contributed to their safe rescue,”  (http://www.clipartbest.com/cliparts/xig/ojx/xigojx6KT.png) the Coast Guard said in a statement on Facebook.
 
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U.S. Navy plane took this photo


https://gcaptain.com/three-castaways-rescued-from-remote-pacific-island-after-writing-h-e-l-p-in-sand/

Agelbert NOTE: As an experienced (light twin air taxi) pilot having flown over, near and along palm tree lined beaches of the tropics often, I can tell you the "HELP" letters were seen from an aircraft that had to be flying BELOW 1,000 feet.

You can barely see anything the size of those letters above that.  :(

To see what I mean, just go to Google Earth and look at the numbers on an airport runway.

(http://www.phlairline.com/images/numbers.jpg)
THOSE numbers (each number measures about 60 feet by 20 feet - at large airports with twin runways they have a letter "L" for "left" or "R" for "right" of the same size along the runway centerline)  CAN be seen easily up to 5,000 feet above.


(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-100416190510.jpeg)
A small boat from Pulap recovers three men from the uninhabited island of Fanadik after they were discovered by a U.S. Navy plane. (U.S. Navy)

The letters on that picture are not white on a black background; they are black on a sandy brownish background. This makes them harder to spot. The size of each letter, assuming the person nearby is about 6 feet tall, is about 12 feet by 7 feet. That severely limits the height at which they can be spotted by the unaided eye.

Free advice for you Doomers that don't want to be seen  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-scared005.gif): Keep your lines small, curvy and discontinuous for your buildings and other infrastructure. That is the basis of all camouflaging techniques.   8)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on April 22, 2016, 10:20:56 pm
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What are the most ironic ways people have died throughout history?   ???

Luc Sánchez
82.9k Views

From: 10 Most Ironic Deaths In The History That Are Hard To Believe

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The owner of the Segway company, Jimi Heseldon, died after he drove off a cliff while riding a Segway.

Garry Hoy, a lawyer in a Toronto law firm, died while attempting to prove to a group of students that the glass in the Toronto-Dominion Centre was unbreakable. Hoy threw himself through a glass wall on the 24th story. The glass did not break, but the window frame gave away and Hoy fell to his death.

Jerome Moody drowned at a pool party. The irony in this is that the pool party was held by lifeguards celebrating their first drowning-free swimming season. His body was found at the bottom of the pool after the party ended.

Michael Anderson Godwin, a convicted murderer who was at first sentenced to an electric chair but later had his sentence overturned to life imprisonment, accidentally electrocuted himself while sitting on a metal toilet seat in his prison cell.

Jim Fixx, a guy who wrote a best-selling book on the benefits of jogging, died from a heart attack while jogging.  :o  :P

Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, a woman wrongly declared dead by doctors, died of shock from a heart attack after waking up at her own funeral.  :(

Clement Vallandighan, a lawyer that was representing a defendant in the court against murder case, shot himself while trying to prove to the jury that the victim had accidentally shot himself and his client was innocent. He died but he won the case.

https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-most-ironic-ways-people-have-died-throughout-history
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Title: WATCH: Cargo Ship Hits Small Boat in Gulf of Izmit
Post by: AGelbert on May 12, 2016, 08:03:04 pm
WATCH: Cargo Ship Hits Small Boat in Gulf of Izmit  :o  :P

By gCaptain on May 11, 2016 10:47 am

https://youtu.be/YZjsbPvqRPU

This incident apparently occurred recently in the Gulf of Izmit. Luckily it appears whoever may have been aboard the small boat was not hurt, but they easily could have been. (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-052.gif)

https://gcaptain.com/watch-cargo-ship-hits-small-boat-in-gulf-of-izmit/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 24, 2016, 10:41:43 pm
WATCH: Ship Scuttled With Two People Still Stuck On Board!  :o

https://youtu.be/LQG48xwxcd8

May 23, 2016 by Mike Schuler

The former flagship of the Yugoslav Navy was scuttled in Croatia’s Polje Bay in spectacular fashion over the weekend where it will now serve as a dive attraction.

Thousands were on hand to witness the event, which went off without a hitch. That is unless you consider the two guys who were still on board when the explosions went off!

Luckily boats in the area raced to save the men as the ship sank quickly. They survived, but man it was close.

https://gcaptain.com/watch-ship-scuttled-with-two-people-still-stuck-on-board/

Update: Here’s a closer look at the two guys stuck on board the ship and how they escaped.

https://youtu.be/VzPxn8l7dms

http://gcaptain.com/incredible-look-at-how-two-guys-escaped-the-scuttling-of-the-vis/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on June 18, 2016, 06:27:33 pm
WATCH: Big OOPS as Bulk Carrier sinks during loading:  :o  :P
(http://media0.giphy.com/media/GDnomdqpSHlIs/giphy.gif)
https://youtu.be/QIyHJTqAkCM
Don't miss the "Safety First" huge letters. Ah, the ironies of the REAL real world.

https://gcaptain.com/watch-bulk-carrier-sinks-during-loading/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on June 29, 2016, 01:53:12 pm
To those who enjoy my posts.

I have been a bit under the weather of late.  :(

My wife has been tending to me and I hope to be recovered soon (hopefully, in about a week), God willing.

Until then, my posts will probably be infrequent. Physical pain only slightly ameliorated by analgesics, continual discomfort and lack of sleep inhibit my ability to post.  :P

Be well. For a while, I won't be.    (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2955.gif)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on July 04, 2016, 11:11:50 pm
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Thank God and my wife's herbal remedies! I have been returned to pain free health.  (http://robservations.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/happy-cat1.jpg)


I will now get back to the business (somewhat quixotic, but considering the times, the only principled thing to do) at hand.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/170fs799081.gif)



Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on July 05, 2016, 01:01:30 am

Thank God and my wife's herbal remedies! I have been returned to pain free health.  (http://robservations.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/happy-cat1.jpg)


I will now get back to the business (somewhat quixotic, but considering the times, the only principled thing to do) at hand.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/170fs799081.gif)

Nice 2 have you back in the saddle AG!   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191456.bmp)

(http://visitdorchester.org/wp-content/uploads/Don-Quixote-Windmill.jpg)

RE
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on July 27, 2016, 06:31:37 pm
46 Rescued from Bering Sea After Abandoning Sinking Fishing Vessel (http://rs165.pbsrc.com/albums/u55/BJ_BOBBI_JO9/Summer%20and%20Spring%20activties/sterb038.gif~c100)

July 27, 2016 by Mike Schuler
 

A still image from Coast Guard video (at article link) shows the crew of the Alaska Juris abandoning ship in the Bering Sea, July 26, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard Image

The U.S. Coast Guard along with good samaritan vessels responded  Tuesday to 46 crewmembers aboard a commercial fishing vessel who were forced to abandon ship in the Bering Sea near Kiska Island, approximately 690 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

All 46 crewmembers were transferred to the merchants ships Spar Canis and Vienna Express to be transported to Adak, Alaska.

 
(http://www.sparshipping.com/media/fleet/canis_1.jpg)
Photo of (guess which    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191258.bmp))  bulk carrier ship

The U.S. Coast Guard says it received an EPIRB alert from fishing vessel Alaska Juris around 11:30 a.m. Alaska time and contacted the crew directly to confirm they were in distress, donning survival suits and abandoning ship.

The Coast Guard Cutter Midgett and a HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Kodiak were diverted to the vessel’s location, while MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters were launched to Adak as a staging and refueling area.

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MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters
Watchstanders also issued an urgent marine information broadcast to vessels in the area, diverting the motor vessels Spar Canis, Vienna Express, Seafisher and Ocean Peace to assist.

The quick response led to the rescue of 46 crewmembers without injury.  (http://us.cdn2.123rf.com/168nwm/lenm/lenm1201/lenm120100200/12107060-illustration-of-a-smiley-giving-a-thumbs-up.jpg)   

Weather on scene was reported as calm seas and limited visibility.

Some video of the rescue released by the Coast Guard is below:
https://youtu.be/9RyR-9pJhQ0


The cause of the vessel taking on water is under investigation.

“The crew of the Alaska Juris did the right thing by calling for help, putting on their immersion suits and safely abandoning the ship,” said Lt. Greg Isbell, District 17 command duty officer. “Emergencies can occur at any time in Alaska’s vast and extreme environment, and the good Samaritans’ willingness to respond to the UMIB was paramount to getting the Alaska Juris crew to safety.”

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is monitoring the case closely.

http://gcaptain.com/46-rescued-from-bering-sea-after-abandoning-sinking-fishing-vessel/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on July 28, 2016, 09:13:34 pm
WATCH: Tugs Pull Grounded MV Benita From Mauritius Coast

July 27, 2016 by Mike Schuler

A salvage team from Five Oceans Salvage refloats the wrecked MV Benita from the southern shore of Mauritius, Monday, July 25, 2016.

The ship ran aground June 17, 2016 after a crew member attacked others on board before locking himself in the engine room, where he damaged equipment that resulted in the ship losing propulsion and eventually running aground.

https://youtu.be/kfTwb9xORRU


Update: Tow to Alang Shipbreakers Proving Troublesome for Wrecked MV Benita


https://gcaptain.com/watch-tugs-pull-grounded-mv-benita-from-mauritius-shore/


Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on August 04, 2016, 01:56:36 pm

WATCH: New Giant Sized container ship built and launched.
https://youtu.be/jUWxmVPh_QU
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on August 10, 2016, 08:27:19 pm
WATCH (at article link): Drone Video Shows How Giant Containerships Enter Panama Canal’s New Locks

August 9, 2016 by Mike Schuler

Check out this drone video posted by Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano showing a neopanamax containership entering the expanded Panama Canal’s new Agua Clara locks from Gatun Lake on the Atlantic side of the waterway.

Administrator Quijano says the video illustrates the excellent work by Panama Canal ship pilots, but I actually think the video does a better job of showing the challenges of maneuvering ships through the locks using the new tugboat system.

The Panama Canal Authority has been under fire over the longstanding safety concerns related to the new piloting system, which as you can see uses tugboats instead of mules (locomotives) to maneuver ships into and through the locks. A report released earlier this year by the International Transport Workers’ Federation seemingly confirmed these concerns even further, concluding that the safety of maneuverability within the locks is compromised due to factors such as the locks’ dimensions and insufficient bollard pull of the tugboats under certain environmental conditions.

Unfortunately for the ACP, these safety concerns were realized in July when a large China COSCO Shipping containership suffered a large gash in its hull after hitting a wall while entering the Agua Clara locks during a northbound transit – basically the exact same maneuver that is seen in the video above.

But the ACP has mostly dismissed these concerns, and last weekend met with some of its biggest customers to reiterate their confidence in the Canal’s operations, the waterway’s stellar safety record (an incident rate of just 0.1% in FY 2015), and the Panama Canal Authority’s highly-trained workforce.

At this time it’s hard to say what the future will hold for the expanded Panama Canal. But in the meantime, let us know what you think of the new piloting system by sharing and commenting on social media.

https://gcaptain.com/watch-drone-video-shows-how-giant-containerships-enter-panama-canals-new-locks/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on August 10, 2016, 09:12:19 pm
Quote
WATCH (at article link): Drone Video Shows How Giant Containerships Enter Panama Canal’s New Locks

August 9, 2016 by Mike Schuler

Check out this drone video posted by Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano showing a neopanamax containership entering the expanded Panama Canal’s new Agua Clara locks from Gatun Lake on the Atlantic side of the waterway.

Administrator Quijano says the video illustrates the excellent work by Panama Canal ship pilots, but I actually think the video does a better job of showing the challenges of maneuvering ships through the locks using the new tugboat system.

The Panama Canal Authority has been under fire over the longstanding safety concerns related to the new piloting system, which as you can see uses tugboats instead of mules (locomotives) to maneuver ships into and through the locks. A report released earlier this year by the International Transport Workers’ Federation seemingly confirmed these concerns even further, concluding that the safety of maneuverability within the locks is compromised due to factors such as the locks’ dimensions and insufficient bollard pull of the tugboats under certain environmental conditions.

Unfortunately for the ACP, these safety concerns were realized in July when a large China COSCO Shipping containership suffered a large gash in its hull after hitting a wall while entering the Agua Clara locks during a northbound transit – basically the exact same maneuver that is seen in the video above.

But the ACP has mostly dismissed these concerns, and last weekend met with some of its biggest customers to reiterate their confidence in the Canal’s operations, the waterway’s stellar safety record (an incident rate of just 0.1% in FY 2015), and the Panama Canal Authority’s highly-trained workforce.

At this time it’s hard to say what the future will hold for the expanded Panama Canal. But in the meantime, let us know what you think of the new piloting system by sharing and commenting on social media.

https://gcaptain.com/watch-drone-video-shows-how-giant-containerships-enter-panama-canals-new-locks/

Enjoyed it, thanks...    (http://us.cdn2.123rf.com/168nwm/lenm/lenm1201/lenm120100200/12107060-illustration-of-a-smiley-giving-a-thumbs-up.jpg)

Glad to be of service.    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191456.bmp) Those tugs can really get up and go when they want to. It was interesting watching the tugs keep the sides of the container ship lined up as the WALL got closer and closer to the tugs on either side.

I imagine the tugboat captain (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/www_MyEmoticons_com__smokelots.gif) sweats bullets timing this just right.  :o
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 22, 2016, 02:27:19 pm
World’s Biggest Ship Lift Opens in China

September 21, 2016 by Mike Schuler

Photo of the ship lift at the Three Gorges Dam in China is the world’s largest (at article link).

Officials in China have began testing the world’s largest ship lift at the massive Three Gorges Dam in Central China.

The shiplift can lift vessels up to 3,000 tons across a vertical distance of 113 meters from the reservoir to the river below. The ship chamber itself has a pool of water 120-meters long by 18-meters wide and 3.5-meters deep. The lift was built to accommodate mostly small and medium-sized vessels, as larger ships use the dam’s adjacent five-tiered lock system to navigate the waterway. In addition to boosting capacity, the new lift is also expected to reduce transit time for most vessels from several hours to under one hour.

Trials of the lift began last Sunday after more than a decade of planning and construction. Check out this video below:

https://youtu.be/Uz0jLZBkx6I

Spanning the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydropower project. Although the dam has been in commission since 2003, the power station opened in 2012 and in 2014 it set a new world record by producing 98.8 TWh of power.

Of course the world’s largest hydro-power dam is not without its share of controversy. While it is marveled by some for its amazing feat of engineering, the dam is notoriously debated both in China and overseas over issues related to its location and development, the displacement of people, and the ecological and environmental impacts that it has had on the area.

https://gcaptain.com/worlds-biggest-ship-lift-opens-china/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 23, 2016, 01:40:00 pm
Big WHOOPS!

https://youtu.be/gDDorMeDvII


https://gcaptain.com/watch-truck-fails-at-backing-onto-barge/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on October 03, 2016, 06:20:54 pm
A search engine that respects your privacy!  (http://us.cdn2.123rf.com/168nwm/lenm/lenm1201/lenm120100200/12107060-illustration-of-a-smiley-giving-a-thumbs-up.jpg)   



(long read)  8)

Inside DuckDuckGo, Google's Tiniest, Fiercest Competitor


John Paul Titlow 02.20.14 9:35 AM

In 2008, launching a search engine seemed like a crazy idea. Here's how Gabriel Weinberg proved the critics wrong.  ;D

SNIPPET:

When Gabriel Weinberg launched a search engine in 2008, plenty of people thought he was insane. How could DuckDuckGo, a tiny, Philadelphia-based startup, go up against Google? One way, he wagered, was by respecting user privacy. Six years later, we're living in the post-Snowden era, and the idea doesn't seem so crazy.

In fact, DuckDuckGo is exploding.

Looking at a chart of DuckDuckGo's daily search queries, the milestones are obvious. A $3 million investment from Union Square Ventures in 2011. Just prior to that, a San Francisco billboard campaign. Inclusion in Time's 50 Best Websites of 2011. Each of these things moved the traffic needle for DuckDuckGo, but none of them came close to sparking anything like the massive spike in queries the company saw last July. That's when Edward Snowden first revealed the NSA's extensive digital surveillance program to the world. The little blue line on the chart hasn't stopped climbing north since.

 

"Every year, we've grown 200-500%," Weinberg says. "The numbers keep getting bigger." As of early February, DuckDuckGo was seeing more than 4 million search queries per day. One year ago, that number had just barely broken 1 million.

Surprisingly, the sudden success didn't send the site crashing down. Nor did it change the company's stripped-down, razor-sharp focus. Here's how one small company is slowly, surely beating its way into the most monopolized category in technology.

Three Ideas In One: Where DuckDuckGo Came From

Weinberg didn't originally set out to build a search engine. After shuttering one failed startup and selling another to Classmates.com for $10 million in 2006, the MIT grad found himself exploring several new ideas. Across multiple projects, he focused on structured data, Quora-style Q&A, and programmatically combating spam.

"I started all of these projects independently and none of them really took off," Weinberg says. "Then I realized, maybe if I put them all together, there might be an interesting search experience there."

The result was DuckDuckGo, a search engine offering direct answers to people's queries, rather than merely delivering a list of links. Below these so-called "Instant Answers," the site still displays traditional, link-by-link search results syndicated from third parties like Bing and Yandex but, crucially, they're filtered and reorganized to reduce spam.


(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/reading.gif)


https://www.fastcompany.com/3026698/inside-duckduckgo-googles-tiniest-fiercest-competitor (https://www.fastcompany.com/3026698/inside-duckduckgo-googles-tiniest-fiercest-competitor)


DuckDuckGo
https://duckduckgo.com/ (https://duckduckgo.com/)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on October 05, 2016, 07:23:40 pm
Amazing Bridge Span Positioning Machine!  :o  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

https://youtu.be/vKGYs71N72c

Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on October 12, 2016, 02:49:39 pm
Up to 80,000 Trout Escape After Cargo Ship Crashes Into Fish Farm in Denmark

October 11, 2016 by Reuters
(http://www.seafreight.eu/80ior.jpg)
The vessel involved in the incident is reported to be the MV Karmel, a Maltese-flagged general cargo ship. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/Aart van Bezooijen

ReutersCOPENHAGEN, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Danish anglers could be in for the fishing trip of their lives in a few days’ time, after a ship crashed into a fish farm and caused up to 80,000 rainbow trout to escape into the open sea.

The cargo vessel, sailing from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea to Kolding in Denmark, collided with the fish farm between the Danish islands Funen and Jutland on Tuesday, aquafarming firm Snaptun Fisk told Reuters.

The trout, weighing about 3 kg (6.6 lb) each, had been due to be slaughtered this week and were worth up to 10 million Danish crowns ($1.5 million), said Tim Petersen, co-owner and director at Snaptun Fisk.

“We will seek compensation from the shipowners,” (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/swear1.gif) he told Reuters.

The incident could damage the sea habitat, said Danish Technical University Aqua researcher Jon Svendsen. The escapees are likely to disturb the eggs and young of wild sea trout. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)


The rainbow trout, unused to life in the open sea, should only survive a few months.

“All sports fishermen should get out there with their gear and start fishing,” Soren Knabe, director of fishing association Vandpleje Fyn, told local broadcaster TV2/Fyn.

The trout will begin to bite after four to five days as they adjust to life in open waters, said Ulrik Jeppesen, a local angler, recalling similar previous incidents.

“I see this as a bit of a tragedy (for the environment), to be honest,” he said. “But I will probably make a trip or two out there.” (Reporting by Annabella Pultz Nielsen and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; editing by Andrew Roche)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2016.

https://gcaptain.com/up-to-80000-trout-escape-after-cargo-ship-crashes-into-fish-farm/

Agelbert NOTE: Is rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) a freshwater or saltwater fish? ???

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1UCKpQ9izYY/TszZ4LW4HkI/AAAAAAAAAR8/uQe6ThHzYuQ/s1600/rainbow-trout-15.jpg)
Oncorhynchus mykiss

Rainbow trout usually mature at age 3 to 5 and grow to about 6 to 16 inches long, .... born in rivers but later venture out to the ocean and adapt to the salt water.

http://online.sfsu.edu/bholzman/courses/Fall01%20projects/rainbow%20trout.htm

Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on October 30, 2016, 04:31:37 pm
Another Earthquake Shakes Italy :o :o :(

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     L'Aquila Mayor Massimo Cialente, left, talks on the phone while surveying damage after the earthquake rattled the town on Oct. 30, 2016.  Alberto Orsini, epa


                                                 
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on December 17, 2016, 05:48:51 pm
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El Faro Container Ship sank October 1, 2015 in a hurricane.

El Faro, Top 10 Failures Of The NTSB Investigation – gLive E21

December 16, 2016 by gCaptain

Agelbert NOTE: For full background info on the following video, see the post after the video. The full transcript shows that massive waves were striking the El Faro over an hour before it sank. Beyond some talk about "seas near Alaska", the crew never estimates the size of those waves.

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Cargo ship severely listing as El Faro did shortly before sinking in a hurricane.

A wave that hit the ship causing a list of over 38 degrees is mentioned as a historical occurrence but at no time does the crew, or the NTSB that heard the full transcript, (except with "uhhhh" and "are you okay?" and "do you want a chair? - to the helmsman") directly mention wave height as a clear and present danger.

Admittedly, it was dark until the last hour or so, so they had no way of visual measurement. But as experienced mariners, they should have intuited wave height from the pounding.

When the ship was hulled, obviously it was caused by a powerful wave.

I do not understand why the NTSB doesn't not want to talk about wage height and damage unless they were told NOT to mention it because of the link between climate change and increasingly dangerous destructive waves. In the following video, the fact that the fuel is stored inside a double hull is pointed at as a major fault in the ship design. The containers are stored two hulls away from the sea. BUT, the fuel is only ONE hull from the sea.

SO, if the outer hull is pierced, the fuel gets contaminated and you lose power. This is a potential death sentence in rough seas. This happened to the El Faro.

But anyone reading/listening to the transcript of the last few hours will note the massive hits they (low frequency sounds recorded and helmsman difficulties) got BEFORE they lost power.

In fact, the ship was hulled BEFORE it lost power. So the wave height should be considered as the primary cause of the eventual sinking instead of the admittedly faulty design of storing fuel in between hulls (a stupidity born of crude oil tanker design documented by an MIT graduated expert in a book he wrote - mentioned in the video).

https://youtu.be/DUsfE6dI8Ko

NTSB Releases El Faro VDR Bridge Audio Transcript; Opens Investigation Docket

December 13, 2016 by gCaptain

http://gcaptain.com/ntsb-releases-el-faro-vdr-bridge-audio-transcript/

Agelbert NOTE: EVERYTHING said on the bridge during the last several harrowing hours is posted. The crew did all they could, but the storm was too strong.

Climate Change will make the oceans more and more hostile to shipping as the years go by. Yes, giant waves making shipping difficult to impossible have been predicted by Climate Scientists to increase, in frequency, size and duration, as a Climate Change consequence of Global Warming.

Here's my three part article that contains a lot of info on shipping that you may be interested in reading, as well as the references to recent, peer reviewed scientific studies predicting giant waves:

Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: Three Part Article (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/climate-change/global-warming-is-with-us/msg4045/#msg4045)

Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: PART TWO (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/climate-change/global-warming-is-with-us/msg4050/#msg4050)

Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: PART THREE (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/climate-change/future-earth/msg4074/#msg4074)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on December 21, 2016, 01:50:19 pm
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A "Deregulated" Regulus Cruise Missile "sending a message" (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-280515145049.png) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png)
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What’s the Fastest Way to Deliver Mail?

Domestic U.S. Air Mail was formally established as a class of service by the United States Post Office on 15 May 1918, when bags of mail were flown between Washington, Philadelphia, and New York.

In 1959, the U.S. Navy took postal delivery to the next level by packing a Regulus I cruise missile with mail aboard the submarine USS Barbero, docked at Norfolk, Virginia, and launching it to the naval air station in Mayport, Florida.

The missile, containing 3,000 letters symbolically addressed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and other government officials, made the 100-mile (161 km) trip in 22 minutes. Although "rocket mail" never caught on as a practical method of postal delivery, the experiment succeeded as a not-so-subtle way to show off the U.S. military’s state-of-the-art missile guidance system during the Cold War.

The first and only missile mail:

•The storage space used for the mail was originally designed to hold the missile’s nuclear warhead. The Regulus was capable of sending mass destruction to a target 600 miles (966 km) away.

•U.S. Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield was ecstatic, saying, “Before man reaches the Moon, mail will be delivered within hours from New York to California, to Britain, to India or Australia by guided missiles.” It was, however, the only time a missile has carried mail in the United States.

•Some of the Regulus I letters have found their way into private collections in the years since, and have sold for $100 USD or more.

http://www.wisegeek.com/whats-the-fastest-way-to-deliver-mail.htm

Agelbert SNARK: The Trump kleptocratic Administration, after studying the Eisenhower Administration  ;D, has figured out a way to keep the "defense" contractors in bidness without having to bomb brown people. ;)

FEDEX, the winner of the contract,  has shown no interest in painting their corporate logo on the Deregulated Regulus because, according to a corporate cost/benefit analysis spokesman, "The things go too fast to be seen well".

Of course, FEDEX will be given appropriate "subsidies", like the other Brave and Loyal National Security Servants, the Fossil Fuel Industry. (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)

After all, the "job creators" (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif) must preserve all the "jobs" that are "created" with OUR tax dollars.

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Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on January 09, 2017, 05:15:45 pm
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Now if I can just stay clear of those cows, this should work out all right.  :D

How Newsworthy Were the Wright Brothers’
First Flights? ???


It may surprise you to learn that news of the first-ever powered airplane flight was not covered by the mainstream press.

It was actually a beekeeper named A.I. Root (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/170fs799081.gif) who first wrote about Orville and Wilbur Wright’s early flights in the pages of his obscure journal Gleanings in Bee Culture. Although Root didn’t witness the first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in December 1903, he was on hand in September 1904 when the brothers took a plane up and circled around, returning to their starting place.

The Wright brothers had obtained permission to use a local cow pasture known as Huffman Prairie, a few miles outside Dayton, Ohio. The owner did not charge them, but he did ask that the Wrights make sure his livestock were not harmed. Root witnessed several other flights at Huffman Prairie and reported the successes in his beekeeping journal.

The first family of fearless flying:  (http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Transports/flying-044.gif)

•The Wrights built a hangar at Huffman Prairie and began experimenting with their second airplane. They started to use a catapult device to assist with takeoff in lighter winds.

•The Wrights added weight to the front of their 1904 Flyer to shift the center of gravity forward and increase stability. They also moved the elevator farther ahead of the wings, which made the plane easier to fly.

•It took 49 flights for the Wrights to equal their Kitty Hawk flight time. The first circular flight lasted 1 minute, 36 seconds and covered 4,080 feet (1.2 km).

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-newsworthy-were-the-wright-brothers-first-flights.htm

Agelbert NOTE: Cows do not take kindly to being buzzed by airplanes. Back in 1966, the flight school I was attending at Opa Locka airport in Florida received numerous complaints from ranchers north of us (what was designated as the "practice area" for student pilots) between North Miami and Ft. Lauderdale (mostly open land at that time). The cows were being buzzed and having abortions. I never buzzed any cows or people. But there are stupid, empathy deficit disordered people in every profession, I guess. The only time you were supposed to be below 600 feet (the lowest altitude for ground reference maneuvers like turns about a point, pylon eights and S turns above a road) was when you were simulating an emergency landing (you got to about a 100 feet and then applied power when the instructor was satisfied that you would survive the forced landing and possibly not damage the aircraft).

I never went anywhere near a cow or a person. I saw cows and people and was perfectly aware of where they were at so I assume some idiots thought is was "fun" to buzz them. So it goes. There are way too many Homo SAPS among Homo Sapiens. (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2955.gif)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on February 24, 2017, 08:11:50 pm
Watch: Stricken ‘Tide Carrier’ Rockin’ and Rollin’ Off Norway  :o

February 23, 2017 by Mike Schuler

https://youtu.be/kpQLLu7-Mp0

Some new video posted by Norway’s Hovedredningssentralen (spelling?) shows just how hairy the situation was yesterday for the stricken Tide Carrier off Norway. As we reported, the 263-meter barge carrier was dragging anchor dangerously close to shore just south of Bergen while dealing with some heavy weather. During the day helicopters evacuated all non-essential personnel and dropped […]

http://gcaptain.com/watch-stricken-tide-carrier-rockin-and-rollin-off-norway/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on March 16, 2017, 02:54:23 pm
Microsoft, Please Stop Breaking My PC With Windows 10’s Automatic Updates

SNIPPET:

Hey  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2mo5pow.gif) Microsoft (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/swear1.gif) , could you please stop breaking my PC? The latest WPD driver update released on March 8, 2017 is just the latest in a long string of bad updates. If Windows 10 is going to force these updates on my system, the least Microsoft could do is test them properly first.

Don’t get us wrong: automatic updates are very important for security reasons, and we believe they are a good thing. The problem is that Microsoft isn’t just releasing security updates. They’re making major changes to Windows, and not testing the updates properly. They need to do better.

Full article:

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https://www.howtogeek.com/298940/microsoft-please-stop-breaking-my-pc-with-windows-10s-automatic-updates/

Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on March 31, 2017, 05:23:07 pm
Cargo Ship Collision Caught on Video

March 30, 2017 by Mike Schuler

Some incredible video coming from Nicaragua earlier this week showing a collision between a general cargo ship and smaller passenger vessel on the Escondido River.

The incident was captured on video by a passenger of the smaller vessel, identified as the Captain D:

https://youtu.be/xq-lNS4JC6E

The Nicaraguan Navy confirmed the incident occurred Tuesday morning on Nicaragua’s Escondido River approximately 25 miles east of El Rama. All 4o passengers and crew members of the Captain D were rescued before the ship sank a few hours of the crash, the Navy said.

The Antigua and Barbuda-flagged Jan Caribe has a gross tonnage of 2770. The ship was built in 1988.

http://gcaptain.com/cargo-ship-jan-caribe-collision-video/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on April 04, 2017, 06:19:37 pm
Scary Video: Disabled Sailboat Gets Tossed Into California Pier  :o

April 3, 2017 by Mike Schuler


https://youtu.be/Isufp-6fudo (https://youtu.be/Isufp-6fudo)

Some scary video coming out of Redondo Beach, California shows a sailboat with four people on board get tossed through the pier’s pilings after the disabled boat drifted into the break.

Amazingly all four people managed to escape without serious injury or worse.  (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)
A full 8-minute version of the video shows the people scramble to reach the beach as the sailboat gets swamped in the surf.

According to reports the incident occurred Saturday just after 7 p.m.

The full video is below:

https://youtu.be/AdYTGre3fAA (https://youtu.be/AdYTGre3fAA)

http://gcaptain.com/scary-video-disabled-sailboat-gets-tossed-into-california-pier/ (http://gcaptain.com/scary-video-disabled-sailboat-gets-tossed-into-california-pier/)


Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on April 25, 2017, 12:52:46 pm
Viral Video: Out-of-Control Ferry Slams Head On Into Pier  :o

April 24, 2017 by Mike Schuler

https://youtu.be/Ti-zq4azB_8

Over a dozen people were injured Friday when an out-of-control ferry slammed into a breakwater at Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

The accident was captured on video which went viral over the weekend, picking up nearly 1 million views on Youtube alone.

Spanish autorities say 13 people sustained injuries when the Volcán de Tamasite lost control and allided head on with the concrete pier.

The owner of the ferry, Naviera Armas, has blamed the accident on a loss of electrical power.

The ferry was reportedly carrying about 140 passengers when the accident occurred. A small oil slick was observed in the area.

The Volcán de Tamasite has been in service since 2004.

http://gcaptain.com/viral-video-control-ferry-slams-head-pier/

Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on April 25, 2017, 08:00:57 pm
Palloy, thank you for that bit of karmic news. It made my day.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185047.png)


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Webroot 'mistakenly' flags Windows as Malware and Facebook as Phishing site
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Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on April 26, 2017, 06:57:14 pm
Why are Lifeboats Killing Seafarers? (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1730.gif)

April 25, 2017 by Editorial

By Nick Yatsenko, Master Mariner

During my life at sea, I was always anxious during lifeboat drills. One of my relatives was employed on a MSC container carrier as an Engineer Watchkeeper, and during his routine inspection inside the free-fall lifeboat, the craft suddenly released and fell into the water while a ship was underway.

He was lucky enough to survive and suffered only severe injury to his knee, and since the vessel was close to the shore so he was evacuated by the helicopter. In the hospital, he had a surgery and then spent another year recovering.

When I was working for Maersk Line, one of our ships reported that a rescue boat accident resulted in one crewmember being killed instantly. Another crewmember was seriously injured.

Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive statistics on lifeboat accidents, but there is an ample amount of research showing a scary outcome. To name a few studies, from 1992-2004, marine insurer Gard “recorded 32 cases of accidental release of lifeboats. Five cases were without injury to people (there are certainly much more, but these five have been reported because they involved P&I claims), the others caused 12 deaths and injury to 74 people. Among the people injured there were several very serious cases of head and spine injury, some causing paralysis or possibly leading to death at a later stage. There were also a few cases where members’ vessels have picked up drifting lifeboats at sea – boats which had obviously fallen from the ships they belonged to.”

In 2001, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) published a review of a lifeboat and launching systems accidents covering a 10-year period from 1991, where seven people were killed and 10 injured.

Some of the recent cases of lifeboat accidents:

•Thomson Majesty Accident – Five Crew Killed During Lifeboat Drill on Cruise Ship

•Lifeboat Drill Accident: One Killed, Four Injured in Fall Aboard Harmony of the Seas

•Rescue Boat Accident on Norwegian Breakaway Injures Four.

•Lifeboat Accident on NCL’s Pride of America Sends Two Crew Members to Hospital

•MTM Westport: Fourth Seafarer/Lifeboat Death in Two Months

•Sailor Killed, Two Others Injured in Apparent Lifeboat Accident Off Germany

•Lifeboat Failure Leads to Fatalities Aboard Ensco Rig

(links to all the above at article link)

As the most of the accidents occurred during routine drills and maintenance activities, the main causes are design failure, lack of maintenance, and lack of proper training. “The equipment failure was reported to be the most common cause of accidents, within which quick release mechanism failure was identified as the most frequent cause,” according to a report by the Nautical Institute.

In response to the growing number of lifeboat accidents, the IMO has released new SOLAS Regulation III/1.5 and the amendments to Chapter IV of the LSA Code concern on-load release mechanisms fitted to new and existing cargo and passengers vessels. SOLAS Regulation III/1.5 also specifies other important dates:

1.“For ships constructed on or after 1 July 2014, on-load release and retrieval systems shall comply with the LSA Code, as amended by Resolution MSC.320(89); and

2.Member Governments are encouraged to ensure that ships constructed on or after 20 May 2011 but before 1 July 2014, on-load release and retrieval systems shall comply with the LSA Code, as amended by Resolution MSC.320(89).”

3.For vessels constructed prior to 20 May 2011, any on-load release systems that do not comply with paragraphs 4.4.7.6.4 to 4.4.7.6.6 of the revised LSA Code must be replaced at the first scheduled drydocking after 1 July 2014, but no later than 1 July 2019.

For the ships which are awaiting for the modification or fitting of the new design on-load release mechanism, the IMO has issued the “Guidelines for Evaluation and Replacement of Lifeboat Release and Retrieval Systems” and advise that Fall Preventer Devices (FPDs) are to be used with each existing RRS, in accordance with MSC.1/Circ.1327 “Guidelines for the Fitting and Use of Fall Preventer Devices (FPDs)”.

Some of the current requirements for the lifeboat/rescue boat inspections and maintenance are:

•Davit-launched lifeboats weekly moved from stowed position (SOLAS III/20.6.3)

•Monthly rescue boats other than a lifeboats launching (SOLAS III/19.3.3.6)

•Quarterly launching lifeboats & rescue boats (SOLAS III/19.3.4.3 & .6, MSC/Circ. 1206)

•Six monthly free-fall lifeboat drill (SOLAS III/19.3.4.4, MSC/Circ. 1206) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)

Considering all the accidents, do you think it is viable to break the boats from its stowed position every week?    (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/126fs3187425.gif) Or even worse to launch them with the crew inside every 3 months? (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzWpwHzCvCI/T_sBEnhCCpI/AAAAAAAAME8/IsLpuU8HYxc/s1600/nooo-way-smiley.gif)

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) went even further and recommended that the IMO undertake a study on the present value ;)  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif), need and desirability of lifeboats. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)

While I’m not ready to argue the present value of the lifeboats, I’m confident that only a change in on-load hooks design is not good enough. Many accidents occurred due to the failed winch operation, damaged wire or some minor imperfection such as remote wire control. I believe more radical changes are required, for example:

•Reduce requirement for the davit-launched lifeboats to be moved from stowed position from weekly to monthly or even quarterly.

•Reduce the launching of the lifeboats & rescue boats from quarterly and monthly respectively to annually. Or even more radically, test the off-load and on-load release mechanism by shore contractor only while the boat in stowed position, of course with the additional securing arrangements. Therefore completely removing the requirements to launch the boat with the crew inside.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)


The crew has been trained how to use the survival craft during their STCW courses which are compulsory. During the external inspections the inspector, such as port state control can test the knowledge by asking relative questions. I’m very confident that in a case of emergency the crew would be able to lower the boat, start the engine, let go the hooks and steer away from the vessel.

This was originally published at http://nickyatsenko.com/blog.

To give you a bit of a visualization of lifeboat accidents, watch the videos below and imagine you are inside one of these boats.


https://youtu.be/jWXmHBoV2GM

https://youtu.be/_QEsTnAIYlA

http://gcaptain.com/why-are-lifeboats-killing-seafarers/

Agelbert NOTE: This is a nice article about the dangers of practicing lifeboat drills.

In passing, let me say that the baloney about "present value" and "desirability" of lifeboats sounds like something some greedy manager working for Trump would come up with. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2z6in9g.gif) It's just like these greed balls to use the drill accidents as an excuse to go back to cheap open top lifeboats.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png)

I think they left something out of the article, although they came up with some reasonable solutions to the problem.

What they didn't mention was that the old kind of open top lifeboat doesn't save ANYBODY in rough seas. The whole point of making these lifeboats that are sealed and launch free fall off a ship is to survive gigantic seas that the ship is sinking in.

That said, the injuries sustained in practice are really unnecessary because any dummy used for car crash tests or aircraft crash tests is what should be there in the drills (to see if injuries would have occurred and try to learn how to avoid them through extra harnesses and/or padding).

These boats hit the water hard. Every seaman knows what the deceleration is going to be and he is trained to brace when the lifeboat releases. So, yeah, stop putting people in there when you are practicing.

A once a year spin around the bay in a lifeboat by crew members is enough to teach them what to do once they have launched, which is the whole idea behind surviving the sinking of a ship.

The other problem is a mechanical one with something they call davit launching. I say put explosive bolts on the things and when you've got to release, IF THE MECHANISM DOESN'T WORK, BLOW THE CONNECTING CABLES AND GET THE HELL AWAY FROM THE SHIP!

Open the pod bay doors, HAL! (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6869.gif)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on April 29, 2017, 05:13:29 pm
Watch: Skillful Navigation Between a Rock and an Iceberg in Antarctica

https://youtu.be/O4ULA9tCho8

April 28, 2017 by gCaptain

In this video you can hear the Captain skillfully direct the helmsman while navigating through the Lemaire Channel between an iceberg and luna Booth Island off the Antarctic peninsula. Video filmed in March 2017.

http://gcaptain.com/watch-skillful-navigation-between-a-rock-and-an-iceberg-in-antartica/

Agelbert NOTE: Notice the sound and vibration when some of those rudder commands are executed.  8)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on May 09, 2017, 03:56:06 pm
WATCH: Giant Crane Collapses After Being Hit by Ship at Jebel Ali

May 8, 2017 by Mike Schuler

An investigation has been launched after a CMA CGM containership struck a ship-to-shore crane while berthing at Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates, causing the giant to collapse.

The UK-flagged CMA CGM Centaurus contacted the quay while berthing at Jebel Ali on Thursday, May 4, causing the crane to collapse suddenly. A second crane was also shifted off its rails during the incident but remained upright and stable.

Amazingly there were no serious injuries even though there were many workers around at the time of the incident.

The dramatic incident was caught on video:

https://youtu.be/eZPYIWzkyds

http://gcaptain.com/jebel-ali-crane-collapses-after-hit-cma-cgm-ship/


Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on July 04, 2017, 02:48:24 pm
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Can Going to the Theater Be a Traumatic Experience?

British playwrights and directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan first staged their theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 in 2013, and the production played successfully to British and international audiences. However, the play, said to be true to the original writing, did not make it to Broadway until June 2017. After Donald Trump took office in the United States and the concept of “alternative facts” came to light, interest in 1984 and the kind of “thoughtcrime” described in the book skyrocketed. The Broadway production of 1984 has been described as an assault on the senses, with flashing strobe lights, a thundering jackhammer, and a lot of blood. Some theatergoers have had extreme reactions -- fainting, vomiting, and unrest have all been spawned by the play's unrelenting violence.

An intense night at the theater:

In Orwell’s dystopian classic, protagonist Winston Smith is brutally tortured for resisting the totalitarian regime led by Big Brother. While some adaptations have toned down the violence, the Hudson Theater production does not.

“The torture scenes are visceral, ghastly, and hair-raisingly vivid,” wrote one critic.

In the wake of Trump’s election, the book climbed to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list -- nearly 70 years after it was first published.

http://www.wisegeek.com/can-going-to-the-theater-be-a-traumatic-experience.htm

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Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on July 18, 2017, 07:10:22 pm
Agelbert NOTE: Trisomy 21 is an inherited condition (Down syndrome) that is not limited to lack of normal vocabulary skills. People with this used to be called "Mongoloids". Thankfully, that abusive term has been eliminated from civilized discourse.
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The term Mongolian idiocy and similar terms have been used to refer to a specific type of mental deficiency associated with the genetic disorder now more commonly referred to as Down syndrome. The use of these terms has largely been abandoned because of their offensive and misleading implications about those with the disorder.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongolian_idiocy



BUT, this excellent anecdote sheds some light on a particularly offensive and arrogant man we have all been forced to read about and listen to. ENJOY!  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)  :D
 
How good an orator is Donald Trump?   (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)

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Nikki Primrose, Donald Trump? God help us all.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)

Updated July 13, 2017

I have a sweet and beautiful aunt who just so happens to have Trisomy 21. Her name is Karen and she is in her forties, but her intellectual capabilities are more like those of a seven year-old. Her vocabulary is very simple and I'd estimate that 95% of her speech consists of fewer than 200 words.

My 6 year-old nephew Sam loves Karen, and they consider themselves BFFs (best of friends). Yesterday we were in the kitchen and a clip of Trump giving a rambling speech in the Rose Garden was playing on TV. I made a comment about how ridiculous he sounded, and Sam wagged his Cheeto covered finger at me and sternly told me not to say things like that. I had no idea the little dude had become a Trumpkin, so I asked him why. He put on his big boy voice and explained that “we don't make fun of people like Karen”.

When we asked why he thought the orange man on TV was like Karen, he said it was because he looked and spoke like her. We asked him to elaborate, and he said he looked like an old grown-up, but he sounded like “a little kid”. So according to Sam, Trump is not a great orator.

https://www.quora.com/
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Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on August 03, 2017, 08:50:36 pm
https://youtu.be/R-TPF3h_KQs

https://youtu.be/sHPdAVY3tJ8
   

Published on Aug 3, 2017

A massive fire has broken out at Dubai's 1,105ft tall Torch Tower.  :o

The blaze is thought to have started at around 1am local time (10pm BST) before shooting up one side of the 86 story building. Footage captured from the scene shows the flames illuminating the night's sky with debris cascading down onto the streets below. As the tower burned many gathered below to watch the fire engulf it.

Agelbert NOTE: Of course. THIS tower, unlike the WTC towers on 9/11, will "somehow" avoid collapsing like a ,uh, controlled demolition...

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Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 15, 2017, 07:07:46 pm
SpaceX Blooper Reel – How Not to Land a Rocket at Sea  :P

By Mike Schuler on Sep 14, 2017 08:54 am

https://youtu.be/bvim4rsNHkQ

Elon Musk could be the only person in the world who could create a video like this and actually be cool about it, but I guess this is just the cost of doing business when you’re trying to sell your reusable space rockets to NASA. Then again this blooper reel is almost the epitome of the famous Elon Musk quote: “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817121649.png)

SpaceX landed its first reusable Falcon 9 rocket on the “droneship” in 2016 and earlier this year it achieved its first successful reflight, which the company described as a major milestone on the road to full and rapid rocket reusability.

http://gcaptain.com/spacex-blooper-reel-not-land-rocket-sea/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 17, 2017, 07:22:28 pm
Excellent closeup of a powerful tornado:  (http://dl2.glitter-graphics.net/pub/722/722242dwt3vpq0qd.gif) :o 

https://youtu.be/bjb7QtMEBUg
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 23, 2017, 03:50:07 pm
IMO Issues New Warning on Bauxite Cargoes

September 22, 2017 by Mike Schuler

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MV Bulk Jupiter. Photo credit: Gearbulk

The International Maritime Organization has issued a new warning that a newly-discovered phenomenon – different from cargo liquefaction – could cause bauxite cargoes to become unstable when carried in bulk on a ship, potentially causing the vessel to capsize and sink.

Bauxite, a type of rock, is one of the world’s major sources of aluminium with around 100 million tonnes transported annually by sea. Although extremely rare, bauxite cargoes have been known to liquify and shift during shipping, which can cause a vessel to capsize at a moments notice.

In 2015, the Bahamas-flagged MV Bulk Jupiter unexpectedly sank off the coast of Vietnam while transporting 46,000 metric tons of bauxite loaded in Malaysia. All but one of the ship’s 19 crew members were lost in the accident.

While bauxite has been classified under the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code as a low-risk Group C cargo, under certain circumstances, in rare cases it has been known to exhibit liquefaction characteristics similar to high-risk ‘Group A’ cargoes. The IMSBC Code is the industry rulebook on how to deal with bulk cargoes.

In response to the Bulk Jupiter accident, the IMO requested that the global bauxite industry undertake research into the behavior and characteristics of bauxite cargoes during ocean transportation, leading to the formation of the Global Bauxite Working Group (GBWG). The group presented its findings from its research to an IMO Sub-Committee this week.

According to their report, the group found that certain forms of bauxite with a large proportion of smaller particles could be subject to a newly-identified phenomenon of “dynamic separation” when there is excess moisture in the cargo.

In such conditions, a liquid slurry (water and fine solids) can form above the solid material, according to the report. The resulting free surface effect of liquid “sloshing about” could significantly affect the vessel’s stability, leading to the risk of the ship capsizing.

To raise awareness about the potential risks posed by moisture, IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers, which met this month at IMO Headquarters, issued new guidance on the carriage of bauxite in the form of a circular aimed at shippers, terminal operators, shipowners, ship operators, charterers, shipmasters and all other entities concerned.

The circular requests that extreme care and appropriate action be taken, taking into account the provisions of relevant IMO instruments, when handling and carrying bauxite in bulk.

The circular takes immediate effect, ahead of the next scheduled adoption (in 2019) of the new test methods and relevant schedules for bauxite cargoes during the routine scheduled updating of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code.

The new circular updates a previous circular on the carriage of bauxite issued in 2015 following the Bulk Jupiter sinking, and invites Governments to note that some bauxite cargoes (specifically those with a larger proportion of smaller particles) present a risk caused by moisture and should be treated as Group A cargoes.

“Excess moisture in such cargoes can lead to a free surface slurry. This can cause atypical motion of the ship (wobbling). The master should take appropriate action in the event of this possible sign of cargo instability,” the IMO circular says.

The circular also includes the draft Test Procedure for Determining the transportable moisture limit (TML) for bauxite; the draft individual schedule for bauxite of Group A (Bulk Cargo Shipping Name “BAUXITE FINES”); and draft amendments to the existing individual schedule for bauxite of Group C (bauxite with a lower proportion of smaller particles and with a degree of saturation by moisture not liable to reach 70%).

For a copy of the GBWG Report on Research into the Behaviour of Bauxite during Shipping email media@imo.org.

http://gcaptain.com/imo-issues-new-warning-on-bauxite-cargoes/

Agelbert NOTE: The hazards in the oceans will get much, much worse within less than a decade because of Catastrophic Climate Change.

Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: Part 3 of 3 parts (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/climate-change/future-earth/msg7422/#msg7422)
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 25, 2017, 11:06:59 pm
WATCH: Thunderstorms, Torrential Rain & Busy Traffic 4K Timelapse
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September 24, 2017 by John Konrad

https://youtu.be/AHrCI9eSJGQ

Read how it was done:

http://gcaptain.com/watch-thunderstorms-torrential-rain-busy-traffic-4k-timelapse/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on September 26, 2017, 10:16:45 pm
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Bali volcanic eruption seems imminent, after massive seismic activity increase

LAST UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017 AT 5:36 PM BY MIHAI ANDREI

http://www.zmescience.com/science/geology/bali-volcano-eruption-26092017/
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on October 02, 2017, 10:47:54 pm
Coast Guard Releases El Faro Investigation Report: Here’s the Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations

October 1, 2017 by gCaptain

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SS El Faro. Photo: Tote Maritime
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Full article at link below:

http://gcaptain.com/coast-guard-releases-el-faro-investigation-report-summary-conclusions-recommendations/

Agelbert NOTE: They unfortunately refuse to admit a giant wave hit El Faro, but at least they recommended, among other things, that these types of ships no longer have the open lifeboats, as I had hoped they would.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)


Excerpt from an article I wrote on future Ocean Wave activity:

* Agelbert NOTE: The container ship El Faro sank during Hurricane Juaquin on October 1, 2015. All 33 crewmembers perished. The lifeboats on El Faro were also 65 feet above the water line. From the condition of the lifeboat that was recovered, the evidence indicates a giant wave sank the El Faro. The authorities have not admitted this as of yet. But I am not the only one that strongly suspects that the condition of the lifeboat is evidence that a giant wave sank El Faro (Spanish for "Lighthouse"). 

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Coast Guard Investigates El Faro Life Boat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQv_NxVBge0&feature=player_embedded


Warming oceans are with us now and increasing the violence of the oceans. By chance, I recorded the SST (Sea Surface Temperature) off the East Coast of the USA the day before Hurricane Juaquin sank the El Faro container ship. Here's the September 30, 2015 (8 day average - proof  that it was really consistently hot out there!) screenshot:

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Notice all that ocean surface at 27.8C (82F) hurricane forming minimum temperature or greater.

Here's two days later (one day after the El Faro Container ship sank). I superimposed the hurricane location. It is a one day average SST so the conditions when the El Faro sank are displayed.  I was not aware that the El Faro had been lost at the time I made these screenshots. Notice the cooler spot on the ocean precisely where Hurricane Juaquin is lashing El Faro. A hurricane transfers several degrees of water temperature directly to the atmosphere, which, in turn, increases the ferocity of the winds. Ferocious winds produce ferocious waves.

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El Faro departed Jacksonville en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico.


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The El Faro was one of TWO cargo ships that went down because of Hurricane Juaquin (the 215 ft. MV Minouche that went down didn't make national headlines, because people, perhaps, might start to get "unnecessarily alarmed" about the increasing shipping losses from our increasingly violent oceans). All 12 crew of the MV Minouche were rescued.

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MV Minouche

The Coast Guard pilot's voice shakes as he describes conditions they have never before experienced in rescue attempts when they were searching for the El Faro and rescuing the crew of the MV Minouche.

https://youtu.be/_xFT9JD2f1A

US Coast Guard search for El Faro; 12 rescued from MV Minouche
The El Faro, that went down with a crew of 33, all lost, 294 cars, trailers and trucks, along with hundreds of containers, had a type of lifeboat that is a death boat in stormy seas.

Here's a comment by a fellow who's handle is deckofficer:

Hurricane Joaquin vs. M/V El Faro's final voyage, weather and decision-making...

I guess the only point I would like to make is some owners don't seem to value the lives of their crews. Schedules are tight and safety equipment is in many cases the bare minimum for certification. In the case of SS El Faro (it is my understanding this is a steam ship, not diesel) the open life boats as high on the super structure as they were meets requirements but certainly doesn't offer the all sea state conditions of deployment as free fall enclosed life boat capsules. If these souls are lost at sea, it is maddening that the simple added investment of better emergency egress would have saved their lives. I have done more lifeboat drills than I can remember, and for the older style gravity systems there was a good reason these drills only occurred on calm days.

When sea state is overwhelming and you have lost propulsion and need to abandon ship, do you want this....

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Or this....

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https://youtu.be/a7giEX-vIyo

Bob
USCG Unlimited Tonnage Open Ocean (CMA)

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f122/hurricane-joaquin-vs-m-v-el-faros-final-voyage-weather-and-decsion-making-154191-3.html

Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on November 01, 2017, 08:44:32 pm
Watch Earthquaqes from 2001 to 2015
https://youtu.be/ph7Eczs-nTI
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on November 06, 2017, 03:03:54 pm
That's getting closer to the truth, but what it really is is a FU CK ED UP SOCIETY problem.

There were plenty of gunz around 20 years ago, but you didn't see a mass shooting every month.  This is a manifestation of collapse psychology.

RE

"Guns Don’t Kill People, People Do?"

What exactly is wrong with the "guns don’t kill people, people do" argument?

Everyone's heard it, a lot of people believe it, and some even think it settles the whole gun control debate. (After all, that’s why it’s the NRA’s slogan, and why people brandish it on bumper stickers and post it endlessly on facebook.) Others, however, think the argument is terrible. Interestingly, however, I can’t find a solid consensus regarding what exactly is wrong with it. Some think it begs the question, others think it equivocates, still others think it merely oversimplifies the issue. Consequently, especially as a logician, I think it’s an argument worth some examination. 

Some might not want to read any further, thinking that by using the Sandy Hook tragedy to argue for gun regulations I am politicizing that tragedy. There are a couple of things to say in response. First, I'm not going to argue for or against gun regulations. I am simply going to examine this argument. There may still be good arguments against gun regulation, or there may not. All I want to know is whether or not this argument is one. Secondly, the notion that the political ramifications of a tragedy should not be discussed in the wake of that tragedy is itself fallacious. We do need to make sure our heads are emotionally clear before having a serious discussion, but it is not disrespectful to the victims of a tragedy to discuss possible ways that we might avoid similar tragedies. Besides, tragedies such as Sandy Hook have now become so common that if we are not allowed to speak about gun regulations in the wake of such tragedies, we will never be allowed to speak about it at all. Truth be told, the notion that one shouldn't talk about such things after a tragedy is a political notion itself, one invented by those against gun regulations because they know that people are more in favor of gun regulations after such tragedies.

So let us turn to the argument itself: “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” The first thing to notice is that the argument has no stated conclusion. What follows? Since the argument is usually given in the context of a discussion about gun regulation, by gun advocates, I assume the conclusion has something to do with that. But what exactly? That there should be no gun regulation at all? That there should not be more gun regulation than there is? That the increase in mass killings done with guns is irrelevant to whether or not there should be gun regulations? Who knows? And an argument without an obvious conclusion is hardly an argument at all.

In any event, it doesn't matter because no conclusion about gun regulation logically follows from these two statements. To understand why, let me articulate the difference between ultimate, intermediate, and proximate causes. Consider the words you are looking at right now. What "caused" the words to appear as they are appearing to you right now? You might say that I, the author, did; but that is not the whole story. The whole story is long and includes my fingers typing on a keyboard, the creation of an MSWord document, me posting the words on my blog, and so on. There is a long "causal chain" standing between my intention to type these words and the emission of light from your screen to your eyes. The causal chain starts with me; I am the ultimate cause. Other subsequent links in the chain—my typing, Justin’s postings, your clicking—are “intermediate causes." And the light emitting from your screen is the proximate cause—the thing or event most immediately responsible for your current experience.

The argument under consideration clarifies that, when it comes to murders, people are the ultimate cause and guns are merely proximate causes—the end of a causal chain that started with a person deciding to murder. But nothing follows from these facts about whether or not guns should be regulated. Such facts are true for all criminal activity, and even noncriminal activity that harms others: The ultimate cause is found in some decision that a person made; the event, activity, or object that most directly did the harming was only a proximate cause. But this tells us nothing about whether or not the proximate cause in question should be regulated or made illegal. For example, consider the following argument:

"Bazookas don't kill people; people kill people."

Although it is obviously true that bazookas are only proximate causes, it clearly does not follow that bazookas should be legal. Yes, bazookas don't kill people, people do—but bazookas make it a lot easier for people to kill people, and in great numbers. Further, a bazooka would not be useful for much else besides mass murders. Bazookas clearly should be illegal and the fact that they would only be proximate causes to mass murders does not change this. In fact, it is totally irrelevant to the issue; it has nothing to do the fact that they should be illegal. Why? Because other things are proximate causes to people’s demise, but obviously shouldn’t be illegal. For example, consider this argument (given in the aftermath of a bad car accident):

"Cars don't kill people; people kill people."

Obviously cars should not be illegal, but notice that this has nothing to do with the fact that they are proximate causes. Of course, they should be regulated; I shouldn't be allowed to go onto the highway in a car with no brakes. But all of that has to do what cars are for (they are not made for killing people), what role they play in society (it couldn't function without them) and so on. It's a complicated issue—one to which pointing out that cars are merely proximate causes to some deaths contributes nothing.

So clearly the argument under consideration, and any other argument that merely points out that guns are proximate causes ("stop blaming the guns and start blaming the person") is fallacious. Since people can't seem to agree on what fallacy such arguments employ, I would like to give a name to the mistake I have identified within them: "the fallacy of mistaking the relevance of proximate causation."

So, should all guns be illegal? After all, like the bazooka, they do make killing people in mass easier to accomplish. Then again, like cars, using them for mass murder is not their intended function. Most people agree that they should at least be regulated (at the least, most think that all gun sales should require a background check). But how strictly should they be regulated? Perhaps very strictly. After all, states with stricter gun regulations have fewer gun related deaths. Then again, there may be philosophical issues related to the protection of liberty that trump such utilitarian concerns. It’s a complicated issue.

And that’s my point: It’s a complicated issue. There are lots of relevant factors involved, but the fact that guns are proximate causes isn't one of them. So the next time someone quotes the NRA slogan, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people," in an attempt to end a discussion about gun control, do me a favor: point out that they have “mistaken the relevance of proximate causation,” pause briefly to enjoy the confused look on their face, and then patiently explain the fallacy to them.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/logical-take/201302/guns-don-t-kill-people-people-do (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/logical-take/201302/guns-don-t-kill-people-people-do)

I am pretty sure that nutcase would not have managed to kill 26 innocent people if he were armed with a baseball bat, although he might have gotten one or two.

We had another killing in Austin over the weekend. Interestingly, the only guy killed was a guy who was a professional guide, and ran a hunting ranch owned by his parents for the last several years. The shooter managed to wound three or four others before he killed the victim, who was trying to talk him down.

Motivation? The shooter was just drunk on his ass, and angry about something. He knew everyone he shot.


I am pretty sure that nutcase would not have managed to kill 26 innocent people if he were armed with a baseball bat, although he might have gotten one or two.

How about if he was armed with a Hummer or a Pipe Bomb?

RE

Moron plus pipe bomb often equals Darwinian selection. In Texas we have pickup trucks bigger than Hummers. Lots of them.

No pedestrian/bike paths to barrel down in rural Texas. To take out a whole church you'd have to making pretty good speed on impact.

You don't HAVE to hit them inside the Church.  You can wait until they come streaming out after services are over.  You also don't HAVE to use a Hummer.  You could use a Freightliner and load the trailer with bricks.  You would flatten a stick built church like that hitting it at 80 or so.  As to Darwinian Selection with Pipe Bombs, I am unaware of any morons recently blowing themselves up this way.  Can you cite an example?

In any event, it's hard to imagine how they could collect up all the gunz distributed around Amerika.  You could ban new gun sales, but there would be a thriving Black Market and gunz would "leak" across the Mexican border.  Then you have your rednecks and Brandon "Lexington & Concord" Smiths who vow "You'll only take my gun over my cold, dead body."  I forsee some nice Waco style standoffs with the FBI & ATF.

RE

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If "Darwinian selection" (an EXCLUSIVELY SUBTRACTIVE PROCESS) had beans to do with the increase in violence in our society, we would have less violence, not more, as the more violent among us got killed off (i.e. selected out).

I do not want to get into a long drawn out argument about the violent humans getting around that by makin' babies before they get to the violent stage, thereby increasing their destructive gene pool percentage, rather than reducing it. That's bullshit on many levels, all of them objecctively scientific.

Classifying this increase in violence as an outlier/moronic/not systemic phenomenon is technically accurate but scientifically erroneous, simply because violence has increased in all areas of human society from sexual harrassment to bullying to greed based ruthless exploitation.

In all these areas people don't always get killed right away, but this breeds more anger, frustration and, of course, violence. So, the increase in violence is SYSTEMIC, not an outlier result of "low IQ" humans.

So this is not about intelligence levels, adabtability, evolution or guns, for that matter.

Of course Eddie is right that a baseball bat or some other blunt weapon will slow down the kill rate. RE is right that we have lots of machinery around to jack up the kill rate, so limiting everyone to a murf bat won't solve this problem of people going postal.

(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-191017143841.jpeg) THIS IS ABOUT EVIL! Until we address the CAUSE of this EVIL (i.e. lack of EMPATHY for fellow earthlings) in our society, THINGS WILL GET WORSE, not better.
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: GWarnock on November 07, 2017, 01:46:59 pm
Irresponsible government, bought and paid for!!
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on November 07, 2017, 02:37:22 pm
Agreed.  :(
Title: Re: Non-routine News
Post by: AGelbert on November 21, 2017, 09:26:25 pm
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https://youtu.be/CMJ7ksX8-0Q