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« Reply #1020 on: Sep 7th, 2010, 11:32am »

on Sep 7th, 2010, 10:36am, Luvey wrote:
Good morning Crystal grin

What a lovely flower.... do you know what kind it is. I have never seen a flower like that before.

I was reading the news article about the UFO book, and I thought you know, we only need one UFO sighting to be credible, and the rest are the icing on the cake.

Have a great day... smiley

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Good evening Pen,
The flower is Japanese Jasmine.

Generalities Japanese jasmine
These plants are shrubs. Japanese jasmine Is an evergreen; during spring iIt assumes a yellow colouring; the adult specimens are medium in size and reach 3 m high. The Japanese jasmine has a climber deportment.

Exposure Japanese jasmine
Plant which need at least a few hours a day of solar light. These plants can be brought outside only if there isn't any more danger of freezings. Usually they are moved to the garden, or terrace, during the months of April-May.To develop to their best, climber plants need grates, or they can be placed near a wall, which functions as a support.

Watering Japanese jasmine
Let’s avoid watering the The Japanese jasmine excessively, always leaving the soil dry for a few days between one watering and the other, therefore let’s irrigate the substratum deeply every 2-3 weeks with 1-2 buckets of water . This plant has a climber development, at times very vigorous; therefore it is good to remember that the more developed plants need more water compared to the more limited specimens.

Fertilization Japanese jasmine
Climber plants have a quick and vigorous development, let’s enrich the soil, towards the end of the winter or in autumn, with manure or slow release fertilizer; during the spring, once a month, we can add a fertilizer for green or flowering plants, rich in nitrogen and potassium to the irrigating water .

Treatments Japanese jasmine
As the day-time temperatures rise at the beginning of the spring, it is agreeable to practice a preventive treatment, with a wide-range insecticide, which should be applied when there aren’t flowerings in the garden. Before the buds become too large, it is advisable to also treat them with a wide-range fungicide, to prevent the development of fungal diseases which spread easily when there is an elevated environmental moisture.

Soil Japanese jasmine
These plants need a substratum with an excellent drainage.

http://www.gardening.eu/plants/Climber-plants/Jasminum-mesnyi/1128/stamp.asp

And you are right it only takes one sighting.
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« Reply #1021 on: Sep 7th, 2010, 11:47am »

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Spc. Brian Tugmon, and Sgt. Jason Tugmon, medics with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and San Dimas, Calif., natives, serve together at the 224th Sust. Bde. Troop Medical Clinic, Aug. 30, at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.

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« Reply #1022 on: Sep 7th, 2010, 11:57am »

Thank you for the info on the Japanese Jasmin Crystal... smiley
I will have to keep my eye out when visiting the plant nurseries.... I had never seen one before until you posted that picture. I have just the place to plant one if I can find one for sale. smiley

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« Reply #1023 on: Sep 7th, 2010, 12:37pm »

on Sep 7th, 2010, 08:42am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
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Church's plans to burn Qur'an will endanger troops, US commander warns
General David Petraeus says move by US evangelical group to burn Islam's holy book would threaten Americans worldwide

Now are they gone totally nuts?!!! rolleyes

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9.07.10 - 8:00AM-
by Emmy Blotnick
A Bunch of Crazy Jack Russell Terrier Videos

The Puppy Bowl is a long way away, but that doesn't mean we can't watch a few videos of Jack Russell terriers being adorable, high-energy nutjobs.

After the break, five videos of rambunctious little dogs that will make you long for the Wishbone DVD box set.

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Thanks for that. grin

The Star Wars-vid was also hilarious.

And glad you liked the pic I've posted yesterday, Crystal and Pen. smiley
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« Reply #1024 on: Sep 7th, 2010, 1:43pm »

on Sep 7th, 2010, 11:57am, Luvey wrote:
Thank you for the info on the Japanese Jasmin Crystal... smiley
I will have to keep my eye out when visiting the plant nurseries.... I had never seen one before until you posted that picture. I have just the place to plant one if I can find one for sale. smiley

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It isn't native to the US. Will Australia let them import it?
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« Reply #1025 on: Sep 7th, 2010, 1:45pm »

on Sep 7th, 2010, 12:37pm, philliman wrote:
Now are they gone totally nuts?!!! rolleyes


Thanks for that. grin

The Star Wars-vid was also hilarious.

And glad you liked the pic I've posted yesterday, Crystal and Pen. smiley


Phil!

Hey! We did like it, thank you again. Hope you had a good weekend.
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« Reply #1026 on: Sep 7th, 2010, 1:49pm »

Guess I'm in the mood to blow stuff up grin


VIDEO: JAGM the Sequel
by Steven Trimble



Raytheon has released video showing the second of three scheduled launch tests of the company's candidate for the Joint Air to Ground Munition (JAGM) contract, which is due to be awarded in early 2011.

Although JAGM includes a tri-mode seeker, this test involved only the imaging infrared (IIR) mode and Raytheon's uncooled sensor technology. The direct hit on the tank at 4mi distance is fairly spectacular considering this test involved only a dummy award. Kinetic energy alone caused the explosion of dust and shrapnel from the high-velocity impact.

Lockheed Martin is competing against Raytheon for the JAGM contract, but its second launch test failed to hit the target. The company is self-funding a repeat test of the IIR seeker mode later this month.

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2010/09/video-jagm-the-sequel.html

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« Reply #1027 on: Sep 7th, 2010, 4:38pm »

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Hey gang! Here are three new character posters for DreamWorks Animation's next upcoming film Megamind. This movie actually looks like it's going to be a lot of fun to watch. It has a nice little twist that give it an original and fun touch.

In case you missed the trailer you can watch it by clicking here: http://geektyrant.com/news/2010/5/20/new-megamind-movie-trailer.html

The film's voice cast includes Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and it was directed by Tom McGrath.

Synopsis:

From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda.” The brilliant and diabolical super-villain Megamind has been attempting to conquer Earth for over 20 years but, each time, he’s been thwarted by his arch nemesis, the caped superhero Metro Man. But all that changes one day when Megamind accidentally kills Metro Man in the throes of one of his evil plans. Suddenly finding himself without a foe to overcome, the despondent evil genius decides that the only way out of his rut is to create a new super rival. He’s a bigger, better and stronger opponent than Metro Man ever was. But when the former good guy begins to wage his own war aimed at destroying the world, Megamind must decide: Can he defeat his own (now) diabolical creation? Can the world’s smartest man make the smart decision for once? Can the Evil Genius switch sides and become the Hero of his own story?

The film is set to hit theaters on November 5th.

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An Interactive Online Broadcast Wednesday, September 8
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Join us tomorrow for a special interactive broadcast of The Search for Life in the Universe, originally taped during the 2010 World Science Festival. The broadcast will include live commentary and a Q/A session with the SETI Institute's Jill Tarter and Seth Shostak.

Are we alone? It’s a question that has obsessed us for centuries, and now we have the technology to do more than wonder. From the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY, scientists on the hunt for distant planets and extraterrestrial intelligence discuss their expeditions into faraway galaxies and barely visible realms. Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse moderates this eye-opening conversation with Jill Tarter, David Charbonneau, Steven Squyres, and Michael Russell to contemplate what it would mean to have company in the cosmos.

Featuring Paul Nurse
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Michael Russell
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Join the conversation During the 90-minute online broadcast, we'll have live commentary from SETI Institute director Jill Tarter and astronomer Seth Shostak. Immediately after the program, there will be a follow-up discussion and Q/A session with these two scientists at the cutting-edge of the search for life in our universe. You can join the conversation by logging into the chat, or by using your Facebook or Twitter account.

You can also send in your questions via email or by Twitter (@WorldSciFest), and we'll ask the scientists our favorites. And you can check back to read the transcript, even if you miss the broadcast.

•Jill Tarter has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings through a systematic search for radio signals from Earth's galactic neighbors. Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and she was the inspiration for Jodie Foster's character in the movie Contact.

•Seth Shostak is an astronomer, lecturer, and the author and editor of several books, including the 2009 Confessions of an Alien Hunter. The Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, he hosts the institute's weekly science radio show, Are We Alone?
Tune in to worldsciencefestival.com on Wednesday, September 8, at 3:00 PM EDT.

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#%$&^@*^)! I tried cropping again...........nothing



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Wow!!! Thanks Crystal.... grin

When you think about it, the time and effort that must have gone into that movie every day to create that appearance on all the different actors. Its rather incredible.
Still hanging out to see Avatar 2. smiley

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on Sep 7th, 2010, 11:50pm, Luvey wrote:
Wow!!! Thanks Crystal.... grin

When you think about it, the time and effort that must have gone into that movie every day to create that appearance on all the different actors. Its rather incredible.
Still hanging out to see Avatar 2. smiley

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Good evening Pen,
The work that went into it is incredible as you said. Amazing.
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New York Times

September 8, 2010
South Korea Aims Sanctions at 126 Iranian Entities
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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea listed 126 Iranian companies and individuals for economic sanctions on Wednesday, including a major Iranian banking operation in Asia, despite Tehran’s warnings that the penalties would endanger South Korea’s growing trade and energy ties with Iran.

The South Korean actions included effectively hamstringing Bank Mellat’s Seoul office, which handles 70 percent of South Korean exports to Iran. The office is the only Asian branch of Iran’s second-largest bank, which the United States has accused of facilitating hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions for Iranian nuclear, missile and defense entities.

Bank Mellat’s Seoul branch will now need to obtain approval from the Bank of Korea, the central bank, before executing any financial deal. South Korean financial regulators also plan to suspend the bank’s operations for an unspecified period — local news outlets said for two months — for assisting Iran’s suspected efforts to develop weapons. Officials here said that wiring money from a third country to Iran through the Bank Mellat in Seoul will be blocked.

“The Seoul branch cannot operate normally any more,” said a senior Foreign Ministry official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

The Seoul office is one of the few overseas branches maintained by Bank Mellat.

In the past weeks, South Korea has been under growing pressure from Washington to join sanctions mandated by the United Nations Security Council. Seoul has sought to balance the pressure with its desire to protect its trade and energy ties with Iran, its largest export market in the Middle East.

Iran is the fourth-largest source of crude oil for South Korea, accounting for 10 percent of its oil imports. Iran had warned of possible boycotts of South Korean cars and electronics if Seoul imposed sanctions.

In the end, South Korean leaders chose penalties similar to those previously announced by Japan and the European Union.

“Our government expects Iran to join the international efforts for nuclear nonproliferation and take steps to faithfully implement its obligations under the relative U.N.S.C. resolutions,” said a government statement read by Kim Young-sun, a Foreign Ministry spokesman.

The ministry official who briefed the news media said Seoul’s decision on Iran reflected its own campaign to bring international pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. Its diplomatic latitude was seriously constricted when Washington announced sanctions against North Korea last month and asked South Korea to join financial penalties against Iran.

On Wednesday, South Korea said it would not curtail oil imports from Iran, but it prohibited new investment, technical and financial services and building contracts for Iran’s petroleum and gas industries. South Korean companies are a major player in the construction and engineering markets in Iran, with an estimated $1.9 billion worth of current contracts.

Bilateral trade between Iran and South Korea grew to $9.6 billion last year, up from $2.9 billion in 2001. In the first seven months of the year it rose 53 percent to $7.4 billion — thanks mainly to increased oil exports to South Korea and a growing Iranian appetite for South Korean electronics and vehicles.

South Korean officials said they were talking with Tehran to open accounts based on South Korea’s currency, the won, in the Iranian central bank to help South Korean companies avoid going through European and Japanese banks and to facilitate their oil and other legitimate dealings with Iran.

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New York Times book review

September 7, 2010
Many Kinds of Universes, and None Require God
By DWIGHT GARNER

THE GRAND DESIGN
By Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

Illustrated. 198 pages. Bantam Books/Random House. $28.
.Stephen Hawking, the most revered scientist since Einstein, is a formidable mathematician and a formidable salesman. “I want my books sold on airport bookstalls,” he has impishly declared, and he’s learned how to put them there.

Mr. Hawking’s “Brief History of Time,” published in 1988, sold some nine million copies. (A typical science best seller will move a tiny fraction of that number.) It did so partly by leaning on his preoccupying personal story. Mr. Hawking’s body has been wasted by Lou Gehrig’s disease, while his mind is utterly intact, a pinging black box amid the physical wreckage. It was no accident that Mr. Hawking’s wheelchair and elfin face appeared on that book’s cover — a rarity for a book of serious intellect — rather than on its back flap.

In “A Brief History of Time” Mr. Hawking also dabbled in what the science writer Timothy Ferris has called “Godmongering.” Mr. Hawking, a longtime professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, has hardly displayed a religious bent during his long career. (A memoir by his former wife outed him as an atheist.) But he ended “Brief History” by declaring that the discovery of a unified theory of physics could help us to “know the mind of God.” It was a line that — cynically, some thought — allowed glints of fuzzy sunshine to warm the cold blade of his thinking.

Mr. Hawking’s new book, “The Grand Design,” published on Tuesday, has already made headlines and been a trending topic on Twitter, thanks to a different sort of Godmongering. This time Mr. Hawking has, we’re told, declared God pretty much dead.

His search for an answer to the question “How did the universe begin?” has led him to suggest that the creation of our universe and others simply “does not require the intervention of some supernatural being or god.” It’s another canny move. Books about the God wars are easier to argue about than those that parse the finer points of quantum physics. As I’m typing this, “The Grand Design” is the No. 1 book on Amazon, one spot above “Freedom,” the heavily hyped new Jonathan Franzen novel.

The real news about “The Grand Design,” however, isn’t Mr. Hawking’s supposed jettisoning of God, information that will surprise no one who has followed his work closely. The real news about “The Grand Design” is how disappointingly tinny and inelegant it is. The spare and earnest voice that Mr. Hawking employed with such appeal in “A Brief History of Time” has been replaced here by one that is alternately condescending, as if he were Mr. Rogers explaining rain clouds to toddlers, and impenetrable.

“The Grand Design” is packed with grating yuks. “If you think it is hard to get humans to follow traffic laws,” we read, “imagine convincing an asteroid to move along an ellipse.” (Oh, my.) This is the sort of book that introduces the legendary physicist Richard Feynman as “a colorful character who worked at the California Institute of Technology and played the bongo drums at a strip joint down the road.” Mr. Hawking has written “The Grand Design” with Leonard Mlodinow, a fellow physicist who has also worked on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” They’re an awkward pair, part “A Beautiful Mind,” part borscht belt. This book is provocative pop science, an exploration of the latest thinking about the origins of our universe. But the air inside this literary biosphere is not especially pleasant to breathe.

At its core “The Grand Design” is an examination of a relatively new candidate for the “ultimate theory of everything,” something called M-theory, itself an extension of string theory, which tries to reconcile general relativity and quantum mechanics. “M-theory is not a theory in the usual sense,” the authors write. “It is a whole family of different theories.” According to M-theory, “ours is not the only universe,” the authors say. “Instead M-theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing.” The image that comes to mind here, others have written about M-theory, is of a God blowing soap bubbles.

But Mr. Hawking and Mr. Mlodinow assert that “their creation does not require the intervention of some supernatural being or god. Rather, these multiple universes arise naturally from physical law. They are a prediction of science.” Many of these universes would be quite different from ours, they add, and “quite unsuitable for the existence of any form of life,” or at least any form of life remotely like ours.

M-theory, if it is confirmed, would be “the unifying theory Einstein was hoping to find,” the authors write. But it’s a somewhat disappointing theory, a patchwork quilt rather than a fine, seamless garment.

To approach their thinking about M-theory, Mr. Hawking and Mr. Mlodinow first stroll leisurely through the history of scientific thinking about the nature of our universe, from Pythagoras to Descartes, and from Heisenberg to Feynman. They are often good at working up crisp mental images. They write about a city in Italy that, a few years ago, barred pet owners from keeping goldfish in curved bowls. Why? Because it is cruel, the city council argued, to give the fish “a distorted view of reality.”

We’re quite similar to those goldfish, the authors suggest. Our perceptions are limited and warped by the kind of lenses we see through, “the interpretive structure of our human brains.” Digging deeply into quantum physics, they argue that our universe “doesn’t have just a single history, but every possible history, each with its own probability.” We create history by observing it; it doesn’t create us. There’s plenty in “The Grand Design” that, if you are not a physicist or a mathematician, will sometimes hurt your head, especially the ideas about why time as we know it does not exist. As even Feynman once wrote, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.”

The arguments in “The Grand Design” — especially those about why God isn’t necessary to imagine the beginning of the universe — put me in mind of something Mr. Ferris said in his excellent book “The Whole Shebang” (1997).

“Religious systems are inherently conservative, science inherently progressive,” Mr. Ferris wrote. Religion and science don’t have to be hostile to each other, but we can stop setting them up on blind dates. “This may be an instance,” Mr. Ferris added, “where good walls make good neighbors.”

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Clint Eastwood turned down the parts of Superman and James Bond in his early career, the actor has revealed.

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The Dirty Harry star said he was offered "pretty good money" to take over from Sean Connery after the Scottish actor stepped aside from the role.

When Eastwood turned down the part, Australian model George Lazenby stepped in for a single outing.

Connery returned for a then record deal in excess of $1 million in Diamonds Are Forever, before Roger Moore took over.

Eastwood also disclosed he was lined up to play Superman before Christopher Reeve, but decided he was too old.

The 80-year-old actor said: "I was offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role.

"This was after Sean Connery left. My lawyer represented Cubby Broccoli [who produce the Bond franchise] and he came and said, 'They would love to have you.'

"But to me, well, that was somebody else's gig. That's Sean's deal. It didn't feel right for me to be doing it."

Oscar winner Eastwood also said in an interview with the LA Times he was an early candidate for the role of world's most famous superhero.

"I can remember – and this was many years ago – when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened.

"This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, 'Superman? Nah, nah, that's not for me.' Not that there's anything wrong with it. It's for somebody, but not me."

Christopher Reeve played the part in three films before tragically breaking his neck in a riding accident.

Connery was paid just $17,000 for Dr No, rising to $250,000 for From Russia With Love, $500,000 for Goldfinger, $750,000 for Thunderball and $750,000 for You Only Live Twice.

After he returned for Diamonds Are Forever his fee was upped to $1.2m and a share of the box office.

He made one last comeback in 1983 with Never Say Never Again for $5m in a version without the backing of Eon, who have made all 22 other films.

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