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« Reply #9252 on: Oct 11th, 2013, 11:03am »

breathtaking posts individually and collectively.
Great Mind and Eye bro Keep Rollin..
This one caught my eye pn page 613
http://www.blastr.com/2013-9-26/check-out-original-1963-blueprints-doctor-whos-1st-tardis . Im porting over diagrams to the Drone Art thread for fun.
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This one caught my eye pn page 613
http://www.blastr.com/2013-9-26/check-out-original-1963-blueprints-doctor-whos-1st-tardis . Im porting over diagrams to the Drone Art thread for fun.




Hi Sys,

My husband and I went to see Tom Baker in Baltimore years ago. It was so much fun!


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He was really nice.

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Hammer brings together Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee yet again under the direction of Terence Fisher ("The Horror of Dracula" & "The Mummy") for a Gothic yarn which manages to channel Greek mythology. A Medusa-like creature is turning locals to stone in a small, European village.

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Software that Predicts how well you are really suited for Job gets more refined

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-11/machines-gauging-your-star-potential-automate-hr-hiring.html

marrying automation with analysis in the race to better allocate talent. Having people work at what they do best would make them more productive, bolstering the economy’s capacity to expand, according to Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

“People are our biggest resource, and right now a lot of them are mismatched,” said Brynjolfsson, who specializes in research on information technology and productivity and is an advisor to Knack. “If you put the right kind of person in the right task, it’s good for that person and it’s good for the company.”

The advent of the Internet has been both a gift and a curse to recruiters, who now can access a greater pool of potential workers yet also get inundated with too many applications to process. The problem has been a lack of tools to quickly, cheaply and accurately sort through that deluge in an economy that has seen almost five years of above-7 percent unemployment.
Jobs Unfilled

Some 3.7 million U.S. jobs went unfilled in July, even though more than 11 million Americans were looking for work, according to Labor Department figures.

“You have this enormous pool of people that’s being missed because of the way the entire industry goes after the same kinds of people, asking, did you go to Stanford, did you work at this company?” said Erik Juhl, head of talent at Vungle Inc., a San Francisco-based video advertising startup, and formerly a recruiter at Google Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. “You miss what you’re looking for, which is -- what is this person going to bring to the table?”
Online Game

To aid that search, Juhl this month will begin using an online video game designed to track, record and analyze every millisecond of its players’ behavior. Developed by Knack in Palo Alto, California, Wasabi Waiter places job-seekers in the shoes of a sushi server who must identify the mood of his cartoon customers and bring them the dish labeled with the matching emotion. On a running clock, they must also clear empty dishes into the sink while tending to new customers who take a seat at the bar.

Using about a megabyte of data per candidate, Knack’s software measures a variety of attributes shown in academic studies to relate to job performance, including conscientiousness and the capacity to recognize others’ emotions. Knack’s clients will also see a score estimating each applicant’s likelihood of being a high performer.

In a study last year, Knack piloted its technology with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s GameChanger, a program that invests in entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into new products for the energy sector. Hans Haringa, an executive at GameChanger, wanted to see if Knack’s video games could predict who pitched the ideas that turned out to be successful.
Innovative Talents

“Knack built themselves a calibrated model with the capacity to predict innovative talents,” said Haringa, who added that GameChanger is considering adding Knack’s tool to select the right people in whom to invest. “It’s early days for the technology but it clearly has upside and potential.”

Home to a more widely-used human resources machine is Evolv, which specializes at evaluating candidates for hourly positions at companies including Xerox Corp. (XRX) and Harte-Hanks Inc. (HHS) The San Francisco-based company administers an online questionnaire to applicants on behalf of its clients. A computer model translates those results into a traffic light for hiring managers so they can decide whom to interview: green for high-potential, yellow for medium-potential and red for risky.

Evolv’s advantage is the oceans of information it has tracked on the survey results and those candidates’ real-life outcomes if they got hired: how well they performed on the job and how long they ended up staying with the company. In the way that years of experience informs a veteran recruiter, terabytes of data teach Evolv’s algorithms to see who has the makings of a good hire.
Debunked Assumptions

The patterns gleaned since the company’s founding in 2007 have debunked many of the common assumptions held by recruiters, Evolv executives say. For example, a history of job-hopping or long bouts of unemployment has little relationship with how long the candidate will stay at his or her next job, according to Evolv’s analysis of call center agents.

“As human beings, we’re actually pretty bad at evaluating other human beings,” said David Ostberg, vice president of workforce science at Evolv. “We’re making sure people are using the right data, instead of the traditional methods that were previously thought to be valid but big data’s showing are not.”
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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/11/205176/obama-and-first-lady-meet-with.html
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met in the Oval Office Friday with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakastani girl who was shot in the head on her school bus by Taliban gunmen for criticizing their rule, including banning education for girls.

The White House says the first couple invited Malala -- the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize -- to the White House "to thank her for her inspiring and passionate work on behalf of girls education in Pakistan."

In a statement, the White House says the United States "joins with the Pakistani people and so many around the world to celebrate Malala’s courage and her determination to promote the right of all girls to attend school and realize their dreams."

In a statement released after the meeting, Malala said she was honored to meet with Obama, but that she told him she's worried about the effect of U.S. drone strikes. (The White House statement didn't mention that part.)

"I thanked President Obama for the United States' work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees," she said in the statement. "I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact."

Malala was in Washington to address the World Bank.

The White House noted that Obama had said in a proclamation marking today as the International Day of the Girl, that "across the globe there are girls who will one day lead nations, if only we afford them the chance to choose their own destinies."

The meeting was not on the president's schedule and there was no advance notice, nor any press coverage.

Press Secretary Jay Carney had earlier said Malala's "courage and efforts are remarkable, and the president absolutely honors them," after ABC News' Jonathan Karl asked him whether the Nobel committee "blew it" by giving the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, rather than Malala.

Carney said the award "reinforces the international community's commitment to the international prohibition against the use of chemical weapons. "One of the President's highest priorities is to prevent the proliferation or use of weapons of mass destruction," Carney said. "And this award honors those who make it their life's work to advance this vital goal."

Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughter, Malia, meet with Malala Yousafzi, the young Pakastani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
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« Reply #9257 on: Oct 13th, 2013, 09:12am »

Good morning Sys cheesy

Thank you for those articles.

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Egypt: Detained US citizen found dead in cell

By HAMZA HENDAWI
— Oct. 13, 2013 9:54 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a U.S. citizen detained in August for violating curfew in Sinai has been found dead in his jail cell.

Officials identified the man as 66-year-old James Henry, a retired U.S. Army officer who arrived in Cairo from the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain on Aug. 25. They said Henry was detained in the turbulent region of northern Sinai three days later.

Officials say Henry was flown to the Suez Canal city of Ismailia and held in police custody pending charges. They say Henry was found dead Sunday after he used his belt and shoe laces to hang himself.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists. U.S. Embassy officials in Cairo did not respond to requests for comment.

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Stroke rate has fallen by 40% since 1995, study finds

Incidence of strokes plummets between 1995 and 2010 - but not for black patients or for those under 45

Saturday 12 October 2013 09.59 EDT

Increases in healthy living and improvements in prevention have resulted in a substantial drop in the rate of strokes, according to a new study.

The incidence of strokes in a large area of south London fell by almost 40% between 1995 and 2010, according to researchers from King's College in London.

Rates fell in men, women, white patients and those aged more than 45 - but not in those aged 15 to 44, or black patients, said the team, after investigating data in the South London Stroke Register, which covers an area with a population of more than 350,000.

The researchers, whose findings are published in the medical journal Stroke, say the ethnic disparities - there were rises in black patients - may be because of different cardiovascular risk factors.

"We observed a higher prevalence of hypertension and diabetes mellitus in black patients compared with white patients in each of the four time periods in all age groups," they say.

"Other possible explanations for ethnic disparities include cultural differences in perceptions of health and the health care system, environmental exposures, genetic factors, socioeconomic status, and educational attainment."

The increased risk for younger people could be because of a rise in classical cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, and high cholesterol level, said the team.

The decline in stroke incidence overall may be partly because of improvements in prevention, combined with an increase in healthy living along with the use of drugs to lower cholesterol.

"The elderly might get preferential prevention treatments compared with young adults because stroke was not expected to occur in the young. Also, many young adults do not visit a doctor regularly to monitor their health status, especially with regard to vascular risk," they said.


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Iran rejects West's demand to ship out uranium stockpiles

By Yeganeh Torbati and Fredrik Dahl

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(Reuters) - Iran on Sunday rejected the West's demand to send sensitive nuclear material out of the country but signaled flexibility on other aspects of its atomic activities that worry world powers, ahead of renewed negotiations this week.

Talks about Iran's nuclear programme, due to start in Geneva on Tuesday, will be the first since the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who has tried to improve relations with the West to pave a way for lifting economic sanctions.

Rouhani's election in June to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has raised hopes of a negotiated solution to a decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear programme that could otherwise trigger a new war in the volatile Middle East.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi's comments on Sunday may disappoint Western officials, who want Iran to ship out uranium enriched to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, a short technical step away from weapons-grade material.

However, Araqchi, who will join the talks in Switzerland, was less hardline about other areas of uranium enrichment, which Tehran says is for peaceful nuclear fuel purposes but the West fears may be aimed at developing nuclear weapons capability.

"Of course we will negotiate regarding the form, amount, and various levels of (uranium) enrichment, but the shipping of materials out of the country is our red line," he was quoted as saying on state television's website.

In negotiations since early 2012, world powers have demanded that Iran suspend 20-percent enrichment, send some of its existing uranium stockpiles abroad and shutter the Fordow underground site, where most higher-grade enrichment is done.

In return, they offered to lift sanctions on trade in gold, precious metals and petrochemicals but Iran, which wants oil and banking restrictions to be removed, has dismissed that offer. It says it needs 20-percent uranium for a medical research reactor.

However, Araqchi's statement may be "the usual pre-negotiation posturing", said Middle East specialist Shashank Joshi at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London.

"It is easy to imagine a compromise whereby Iran would ship out only some of its uranium, allowing the negotiating team to claim a victory. There are many potential compromises that will be explored," Joshi told Reuters.

Cliff Kupchan, a director and Middle East analyst at risk consultancy Eurasia Group, took a similar line, saying Iran was seeking to gain leverage ahead of negotiations.

"Still, it is sobering that a lead Iranian negotiator is setting red lines so early. These are going to be tough talks."

ISRAELI SUSPICIONS

Since the Islamic Republic started making 20-percent uranium gas in 2010 it has produced more than the 240-250 kg (530-550 pounds) needed for one atomic bomb, which Israel has suggested may provoke it to take military action against Iran.

Iran has kept its stockpile below this figure by converting some of it into oxide powder for reactor fuel, potentially buying more time for diplomacy, U.N. watchdog reports show.

But it has also amassed stocks of low-enriched uranium gas that experts say would be enough for several bombs if processed much further to weapons-grade material. It has also sharply expanded its enrichment capacity in recent years.

Israel, which has threatened preemptive military action if it deems diplomacy a dead end, demands the total removal of Tehran's enriched uranium stockpiles along with a dismantling of its enrichment facilities.

Iran says it will never give up its "right" to refine uranium and Western experts acknowledge it may no longer be realistic to expect Iran to suspend all such work, as demanded by a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions since 2006.

Instead, they say, Iran's enrichment capacity should be scaled back in order to make it more difficult for the country to launch any weapons bid without being detected in time.

R. Scott Kemp, an assistant professor of nuclear science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that merely capping Iran's nuclear programme was unlikely to provide enough confidence in the West.

"Some rollback of the programme ... is really the only path to confidence and stability," Kemp wrote in a blog last week.

David Albright, of the Institute for Science and International Security think-tank, told a U.S. Senate committee in early October, referring to machines used to refine uranium: "Any future nuclear agreement must include a limit on the number and type of centrifuges Iran can install."

(Additional reporting by Dan Williams in Jerusalem and Justyna Pawlak in Brussels; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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« Reply #9261 on: Oct 13th, 2013, 09:55am »

National Review

America, Your Vacation Wonderland!

By Mark Steyn
October 9, 2013 9:30 AM

On his radio show yesterday, our pal Michael Graham spoke to one of the tourists held under house arrest (or hotel arrest) by the National Park Service geyser stasi at Yellowstone Park. Here’s part of the interview:


"There was a large group of Asians there. Not many spoke English . . . They said, ‘Are we under arrest?’ I mean, they were fearful. I mean, it looked like we were inside a prison. There were two large guards doing a walk up and down in front of the doors, so people felt like they were in prison. And the Australians said that would never happen in their country. Never never never."


Oh, get over yourself. Consider yourself lucky Obama didn’t just drone your tour bus.

These Australians, Europeans, and Asians paid huge amounts of money to fly thousands of miles to see America’s natural wonders. What do you think they’ll be telling their friends back home about “the land of the free”?

Make sure you listen to the entire audio. The choicest detail is when the lady explains that, during the hours they were stuck in the hotel and prevented by armed guards from walking next door to see Old Faithful, every hour-and-a-half throughout the day, just before the geyser was due to blow, your supposedly “closed” government dispatched a fleet of NPS SUVs to ring the site just in case any of those Japanese or Canadian tourists had managed to break out and was minded to take a non-commissar-approved look at it.

Oh, and stay tuned to the end when she recounts how the Park Service, on the two-and-a-half hour bus journey out of the park to Checkpoint Charlie at the Yellowstone Wall, forbade the seniors from using any of the bathroom facilities en route. If you did that to foreigners you’d captured on the battlefield, it would be in breach of the Geneva Conventions. But, if you seize them in an American park, you can do what you want.

David French is right. This is bigger than the boring process stuff — will Boehner get a deal? (yawn) – that so obsesses the cable yakfests. This pseudo-”shutdown” is about the convergence of the party and the state. For the moment, it’s mostly petty despotism. But despotism rarely stays petty for long.

I’ll be speaking on this and other stuff at that bastion of liberty, the Ashbrook Center in Ohio, tomorrow evening. If you’re in the neighborhood, we promise to give you the full National Park Service experience by locking you in the theatre overnight and closing all the toilets.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/360744/america-your-vacation-wonderland-mark-steyn

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« Reply #9262 on: Oct 13th, 2013, 11:27am »

wow!! this is a perfect example of government killing business..and considering we have less and less income producing sectors, tourism becomes an important and indispensable asset.
It won't take long for the asian word of mouth to spread the the rest of a billion plus folx across the pond..


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On Sunday, protesting the barricades placed at memorials around Washington D.C. by the vindictive Obama administration, veterans removed the barricades and proceeded to take them to the White House. Multiple people tweeted photos of the barricades being removed and taken for presidential inspection:

Our Vets taking the barricades to the White House #1MVetMarch #T4VETS #T2SDA #MakeDCListen #WETHEPEOPLE pic.twitter.com/HhGSLK2Mzd
— Sharon Edwards (@SharonEdwards) October 13, 2013

@twitchyteam RT @ZephyrK9 Taking barrycades to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave #1MVetMarch pic.twitter.com/2utt353IAb
— Tish (@KamaainaInOC) October 13, 2013

@gretawire @BoSnerdley @BossHoggUSMC @SWOHCC Vets hand deliver barricades to the White House! !! @Triarius1 pic.twitter.com/cNNuWYKjG2

— Kohala Dreams (@AKtransplant) October 13, 2013

UStream of the barricades being removed has also been posted:

Wow: vets remove barricades from memorials, carrying them to White House - watch live http://t.co/x5JO8lr0an
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 13, 2013



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The plight of the pangolin: One of the planet's most extraordinary and intelligent animals is being hunted to extinction

t is an enigmatic and highly intelligent animal known as a "mischievous escape artist". However, the luck of the pangolin has finally run out, say conservationists. This extraordinary creature is being slaughtered on an industrial scale and faces being eaten to extinction.

Believed to be the world's most trafficked animal, a single pangolin can fetch as much as $7,000 (£4,300) on the black market.

The pangolin – unique among mammals because of its reptilian scales – is considered a delicacy in parts of Asia. Its scales are also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat conditions that include inward-growing eyelashes, boils and poor circulation.

Its conservation status is being reviewed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and two species, the Chinese and the sunda (Malayan pangolin), are likely to be designated as "critically endangered" next year.

Pangolins, largely nocturnal ant-eaters, roll up in a ball when threatened and their scales are so tough that a lion cannot bite through them. But this defence mechanism makes it easy prey for poachers.

However, Dan Challender, of the IUCN said the "mischievous" animals were famed as "escape artists". Traffickers have been known to nail their tails to the floor to prevent them running away.

The pangolin population in China is thought to have fallen by up to 94 per cent since the 1960s. This has driven traffickers to raid populations in India, Pakistan and Africa.

Mr Challender said the four species in Asia could be extinct in as little as 20 years. The four African species may last longer.



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"The enforcement agencies in the region are very reactive," said Shepherd. "There is not enough investigation into who is behind the networks." In March, the world's top wildlife trade official told the Guardian that crime syndicates and terrorists are outgunning those on the frontline of wildlife protection and pose a deadly threat to both people and animals.

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same uses for the poor Rhino and Elephant..I give them less than 20 years unless the Chinese themselves clamp down
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The plight of the pangolin: One of the planet's most extraordinary and intelligent animals is being hunted to extinction

t is an enigmatic and highly intelligent animal known as a "mischievous escape artist". However, the luck of the pangolin has finally run out, say conservationists. This extraordinary creature is being slaughtered on an industrial scale and faces being eaten to extinction.

Believed to be the world's most trafficked animal, a single pangolin can fetch as much as $7,000 (£4,300) on the black market.

The pangolin – unique among mammals because of its reptilian scales – is considered a delicacy in parts of Asia. Its scales are also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat conditions that include inward-growing eyelashes, boils and poor circulation.

Its conservation status is being reviewed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and two species, the Chinese and the sunda (Malayan pangolin), are likely to be designated as "critically endangered" next year.

Pangolins, largely nocturnal ant-eaters, roll up in a ball when threatened and their scales are so tough that a lion cannot bite through them. But this defence mechanism makes it easy prey for poachers.

However, Dan Challender, of the IUCN said the "mischievous" animals were famed as "escape artists". Traffickers have been known to nail their tails to the floor to prevent them running away.

The pangolin population in China is thought to have fallen by up to 94 per cent since the 1960s. This has driven traffickers to raid populations in India, Pakistan and Africa.

Mr Challender said the four species in Asia could be extinct in as little as 20 years. The four African species may last longer.



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"The enforcement agencies in the region are very reactive," said Shepherd. "There is not enough investigation into who is behind the networks." In March, the world's top wildlife trade official told the Guardian that crime syndicates and terrorists are outgunning those on the frontline of wildlife protection and pose a deadly threat to both people and animals.

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same uses for the poor Rhino and Elephant..I give them less than 20 years unless the Chinese themselves clamp down


I am very unhappy, Sys_Config, reading that article. Isn't it high time poachers are given a taste of their own medicine? (Within the law and morality of course, oversight by the WWF and regular appearances by Philippe Cousteau, Jr., HRH Prince William, and Jane Goodall, to ensure all is kept quite decent and civilized. We cannot start hunting poachers to extinction or sumtin.)

I really want to get those butchers stopped, though.


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« Reply #9265 on: Oct 13th, 2013, 2:17pm »

I agree whole heartedly Purr I wish our site could organize these important themes..like the environment to keep them going..but as you say it will take a heavy heavy hand to stop them.these countries need to step up to the plate educate their populations that like drugs create the market, if only to to adress the potential for dangerous pathogens that are introduced by consumption and handling of these meats..such as our simian cousins in Africa and South America..
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After Johnny Comes Marching Home again...follow up


How the World Health Organisation covered up Iraq's nuclear nightmare

Ex-UN, WHO officials reveal political interference to suppress scientific evidence of postwar environmental health catastrophe

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/oct/13/world-health-organisation-iraq-war-depleted-uranium
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