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« Reply #2460 on: Jan 4th, 2011, 08:40am »

New York Times

January 3, 2011
Iran Invites Some Nations, Not U.S., for Nuclear Tour
By MARK LANDLER

WASHINGTON — Iran has invited Russia, China and several European Union members to visit its nuclear facilities this month, but pointedly snubbed the United States, European diplomats said on Monday.

Tehran confirmed on Tuesday that it had offered the invitation to show what Ramin Mehmanparast, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, called transparency and “Tehran’s goodwill” on its nuclear program.

The invitation — which seemed calculated to divide the alliance of nations opposed to Iran’s nuclear ambitions before the next round of negotiations over the program — was swiftly dismissed by the United States.

“It’s a clever ploy, but it’s not a substitute for Iran’s responsibilities to the I.A.E.A.,” said the State Department spokesman, Philip J. Crowley, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has been locked in an increasingly tense standoff with the Iranian government over its enrichment of uranium.

“It won’t draw international attention away from the issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program,” Mr. Crowley added, noting that its enrichment activities violated six United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The European diplomats said the invitation was not likely to be accepted, if at all, until after the next round of negotiations, expected to be held in Istanbul at the end of this month.

“This is something that in principle could be interesting, but not before the next round of talks,” said one diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the confidential deliberations. “This seems like Iranian tactics: they would like to put up a smokescreen and link things that can’t be linked.”

Reuters quoted Mr. Mehmanparast, the Iranian spokesman, as saying the invitation was for a visit on Jan. 15-16 — before the scheduled negotiations in Istanbul between Iran and world powers including the United States.

The Iranian letter was sent to Russia, China, members of the European Union, and other countries. The United States would normally be included in such a group, as it negotiates with Iran, along with the other permanent members of the Security Council — Britain, France, Russia and China — as well as Germany.

“There’s no invitation in our in-box,” Mr. Crowley said.

The United States has assembled a coalition to impose sanctions on Iran, unilaterally and through the United Nations. But Russia and especially China still maintain commercial ties with Iran, and they have voiced reluctance about further tightening the economic vise on Tehran.

The Associated Press, citing an unidentified diplomat, said Iran was offering access to sites at Natanz and Bushehr, as well as meetings with two top officials involved in the program: Ali Salehi, the acting foreign minister who oversees it, and Saeed Jalili, the chief nuclear negotiator.

That would appear to rule out a visit to the enrichment facility near the holy city of Qum, the existence of which was disclosed by the Obama administration in late 2009 and has come to symbolize Iran’s murky intentions.

Natanz, another site for uranium enrichment, has also long concerned international inspectors. But the Bushehr nuclear plant, which is being built with Russian technology, is viewed as less of a threat since it operates under safeguards. Iran insists its entire program is for civilian power generation.

Last month, Iran held two days of largely unproductive nuclear talks with the United States and other countries in Geneva. The atmosphere was frosty, said diplomats who took part, and there was no separate meeting between the American and Iranian representatives.

The Geneva meeting was organized by Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy. But this invitation was sent to European representatives at the atomic energy agency’s headquarters in Vienna — including Hungary, which just took over the presidency of the European Union — rather than to Ms. Ashton, a diplomat said.

Normally, he said, when Iran does something like this they immediately publicize it. The Associated Press said this letter was dated Dec. 27.

Stephen Castle contributed reporting from Brussels, and Steven Erlanger from Paris.

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Can Hurricanes Trigger Earthquakes?
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January 3, 2011 | 12:53 pm
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Hurricanes and other storms are powerful agents of change of the Earth’s surface. In mere hours, storms can erode material from one area and deposit it somewhere else. In some cases, this sudden movement of sediment can completely transform a landscape. But can atmospheric forces trigger movements within the crust?

Earth scientist Shimon Wdowinski and his colleagues at the University of Miami presented an idea at the American Geophysical Union meeting last month linking the devastating Haiti earthquake in January 2010 to strong tropical storm systems that struck the region in 2008*.

The hypothesis put forth by Wdowinski and colleagues is that the mass of sediment removed from Haiti’s uplands (and deposited in adjacent lowlands) influenced the stresses on the Léogâne Fault zone enough to cause it to rupture, resulting in the devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake. The cause of such rapid erosion, according to the abstract, was the combined effects of two hurricanes and two tropical storms in 2008 on a severely deforested landscape.

The authors combine observations and calculations of the changing landscape from satellite imagery over the past 35 years with modeling of the stresses on the fault zone. In this post, I’ll explore this intriguing idea by breaking down the various aspects one by one.

(Note: I did not see the presentation and only have access to the abstract, which I’ve included at the bottom for all to read. I welcome comments from anyone who did see it and I especially welcome comments from the authors of the study.)

Deforestation, Erosion and Deposition
Barren hillsides are more prone to erosion compared to forested hillsides because of the ability of the root networks to stabilize the soil. This relationship is well documented and, unfortunately, an environmental nightmare for poor countries in the tropics. The erosion of deforested hillsides leads to life-threatening mudslides, harms agriculture and fisheries, and affects natural habitats.

How do landscapes become deforested? Fire is one way to quickly strip a landscape of this stabilizing vegetation. This is a serious hazard in southern California when winter storms dump massive amounts of rain on wildfire-scorched mountainsides triggering sudden and often catastrophic erosional events. Wildfires, whether caused by natural events like lightning strikes or by inconsiderate smokers tossing their still-lit cigarette butts out car windows, can be extensive and destructive.

Intentional deforestation, however, is far more devastating. Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, has had its tropical forests systematically stripped from the landscape over the past several decades. Small-scale, yet widespread, logging of the trees for energy has transformed the once-forested countryside into a barren landscape (estimated 60 percent tree cover in 1923 compared to only 2 percent in 2006).

When rain falls on the barren and steep landscape the soil is easily eroded (nearly two-thirds of Haiti has slopes of more than 20 percent). The consequences of deforestation-induced erosion are exacerbated in tropical areas such as Haiti where intense storms and hurricanes are common.

What happens to all the sediment when it’s eroded from the hillsides? Whenever there is erosion of sediment it is balanced by deposition elsewhere. This is where Wdowinski and coauthors come in. They use estimates of the amount of sediment deposited on the Léogâne River delta over the past few decades to calculate an erosion rate in the mountainous area the river drains. The deposition and erosion rates were then integrated with a model of how the stresses on the fault zone change over time.

Earthquakes Triggered by Surface Processes?
When we think of earthquakes, we typically think about the large-scale tectonic forces driving one plate into or past another plate. What we experience at the surface — shaking and, if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, rupture — is the manifestation of processes several miles or more deep in the crust. Surely, processes occurring on the surface of the Earth can’t influence the timing of these deep-seated tectonic forces. Or, can they?

A Nature paper published in July 2010 by Calais and others discussed the possible relationship of Mississippi River incision to the timing of earthquakes on the New Madrid fault zone in the central United States. Much like the mechanism discussed here for Haiti, Calais and colleagues model the change in stress along the fault zone in response to removing surface mass through river erosion (although they discuss timescales of thousands of years instead of decades).

A 2003 paper by Dadson and colleagues, also published in Nature, discusses the link between erosion and seismicity on the mountainous and typhoon-ravaged island of Taiwan. A separate study of Taiwan concluded that so-called “slow” earthquakes are influenced by the change in atmospheric pressure from typhoons passing over the island.

To be clear, Wdowinski and coauthors are not saying that storm-induced sediment transfer of the deforested landscape is the underlying cause of the earthquake — rather, it is the trigger. Tectonic forces along the North American-Caribbean plate boundary build up stresses, which are released abruptly as earthquakes. In many cases, the trigger for that release is thought to be that the fault zone simply reaches a threshold. If you keep stretching a rubber band, at some point — snap! In other cases, distant earthquakes on other plate boundaries are thought to trigger earthquakes. Here, Wdowinski and coauthors are concluding that the movement of sediment from one area to another directly above the fault zone was sufficient enough to be the trigger.

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Lol Swampy... laugh grin Holidays are great not having to go to work, but when the holidays are permanent you start missing work.... rolleyes Its crazy... it actually takes quite a while to get into permanent holiday mode, to readjust. We are like trained monkeys, we go to work to do a specific job and when we no longer have to go to work... we realise we are someone else in a new role.
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Pakistani governor Salman Taseer assassinated; suspected gunman cites opposition to blasphemy laws

Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab province, is shot and killed in Islamabad. Police say the gunman, one of Taseer's guards, killed the outspoken official because of his opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

By Nasir Khan and Laura King, Special to the Los Angeles Times
6:27 AM PST, January 4, 2011
Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan, and Kabul,

The governor of Pakistan's most populous province was gunned down in an upscale Islamabad marketplace Tuesday, apparently by one of his own guards, a brazen killing that threw a country already roiled by political crisis into even greater turmoil.

Salman Taseer, the outspoken 56-year-old governor of Punjab province, was killed at an open-air shopping center in the capital frequented by foreigners and the Pakistani elite. He was a member of the Pakistan People's Party and an ally of President Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhuto — who was herself assassinated just over three years ago.

Pakistan is considered a crucial if problematic ally of the United States, and its latest woes could have repercussions on the war in Afghanistan. The Pakistani government has been under pressure to act decisively against the Taliban and other insurgents fighting Western forces in Afghanistan who use Pakistan's borderlands as a sanctuary and staging ground.

Pakistan's Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, said Taseer's killer had confessed to killing the governor because of his opposition to Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, which have been denounced by international human-rights groups. The laws have been under particular scrutiny of late after a Pakistani Christian woman was condemned to death for allegedly defaming Islam.

The ruling People's Party, which in recent days has been struggling to cope with the defection of a major coalition partner and keep the government afloat, was plunged into mourning. Many of its senior members likened Taseer — a popular and charismatic figure who commanded a large following on Twitter — to the assassinated Bhutto, who also ran afoul of religious extremists.

Malik said it was not known whether the killer acted on his own or in concert with others. The blasphemy policy — which Taseer had called a "black law" — is strongly supported by Islamist parties. Taseer was the target of angry protests by Islamists after he called for the pardon of the condemned woman.

Pakistan's latest political crisis erupted Sunday, when the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, announced it was quitting the ruling coalition and going over to the opposition, a move that could bring down the government and trigger early elections. Zardari and his top associates have been courting the main opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, but so far without success.

Special correspondent Khan reported from Islamabad and Los Angeles Times staff writer King reported from Kabul.

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Tech Preview: What to Look For at the Consumer Electronics Show

1:38 AM 1/4/2011
by Carolyn Giardina

From 3D TVs to VOD-enabling 4G phones and iPad-killing tablets, an insider’s guide to gadget-crazed Vegas.
For a technophobe, the annual Consumer Electronics Show can be an intimidating place. But an enthusiast might feel a bit more like a small child who has been unleashed at FAO Schwarz.

There's a frenetic vibe at the show -- and millions of dazzling lights -- as more than 100,000 visitors weave their way through the crowded Las Vegas Convention Center to check out cutting-edge technology on display during the four-day convention, running Thursday through Sunday.

This year, the most closely watched product categories will include tablets, smartphones, connected TVs and 3D TVs. Topics that will be discussed are the macro trends driving the future of consumer electronics and entertainment -- whether you're setting up your home entertainment system or completing your studio's 3D development budget. Here's a sneak peek.

3D

Expect stakeholders to tub-thump the 3D format. A growing selection of 3D-ready technologies are now on the market following CES's 2010 preview of 3D TVs, laptops, Blu-ray players and consumer cameras.

3D glasses, however, have been a sticking point. While a few select pairs have been announced for universal use, such as eyewear from Xpand, they're generally incompatible across all TV brands. So if your neighbors don't have the same brand TV set you do, coming together for a Super Bowl party might not be a practical idea. They're pricey, too, some running $150 a pair. This dilemma could change as companies have been working to identify a standard that will work with all major set manufacturers' systems.

But why use glasses at all? Industry veteran Peter Fannon, Panasonic's vp technology policy, suggests that glasses-free 3D could soon come in the form of handheld devices and digital signage -- though not yet 3D TVs.

"Most manufacturers would say a real no-glasses 3D experience on a large TV is many years away," he said. "We can demo how it could work. But it isn't comfortable or an acceptable situation. It requires [viewers] to sit perfect still [and at a single angle]."

4G

The fourth generation of wireless technology will be front and center at CES.

"It means getting closer to a broadband-like environment on a mobile device," explained Shawn DuBravac, CEA's chief economist and director of research. "If one can get a broadband experience on a mobile, it changes what that person can do on the device. You could see changes in services being offered."

"4G really paves the way for wireless HD," said Edward Lichty, online VOD service VUDU's general manager. "It would allow us to leverage our strength in HD."

Still, there's room for debate as to the importance of 4G, as some technology veterans see it as simply an incremental speed improvement versus 3G.

Connected Everything

Imagine being able to access the Web anywhere, anytime, from any device. TVs? Connected. Phones? You bet. Tablets, video game consoles, Blu-ray players? Absolutely.

But that's just the start.

Soon, "other devices like outlets, alarm clocks and coffee pots [will be connected] as we build an 'Internet of things' they will do things on our behalf," DuBravac said. "We will start to see the first level of artificial intelligence integrated into these devices."

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on Jan 4th, 2011, 08:35am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
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I saw one poor woman on the news. She was my age, about 56 or 57. Wiped out, everything she had was gone. It broke my heart. And now more rain.
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There will be many such heartbreaking stories to emerge from those floods.
Queenslander's are a tough breed, use to floods, but this flooding is a real doosey, worse than they have ever had. And, it looks like there is no let up in sight for them.
When I lived in Qld there was a 20 year drought, the dam was nearly dry, and it was becoming very worrying as many livelihoods hung in the balance, then suddenly in one days rain the dam was full and flooding and there were floods all around... its scary seeing water rushing over the top of bridges and being caught in floods. The rain that Qld gets is like nothing I have seen anywhere else... the whole house and gardens turn into an instant water feature. It rained so much in a short time my fish in my fish pond swam away. shocked

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on Jan 4th, 2011, 08:59am, Luvey wrote:
Good morning Crystal dear

There will be many such heartbreaking stories to emerge from those floods.
Queenslander's are a tough breed, use to floods, but this flooding is a real doosey, worse than they have ever had. And, it looks like there is no let up in sight for them.
When I lived in Qld there was a 20 year drought, the dam was nearly dry, and it was becoming very worrying as many livelihoods hung in the balance, then suddenly in one days rain the dam was full and flooding and there were floods all around... its scary seeing water rushing over the top of bridges and being caught in floods. The rain that Qld gets is like nothing I have seen anywhere else... the whole house and gardens turn into an instant water feature. It rained so much in a short time my fish in my fish pond swam away. shocked

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Hello again Luvey,
That sounds like a TOUGH area to live in. In Arizona the rains can act like that but not nearly as overwhelming. It can get scary fast.
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ABC's remake of the classic "alien trojan horse" show V comes back tonight. We've seen the first few episodes, complete with thrilling stunts, WTF moments and Morena Baccarin vamping it up. Here's our spoiler-free review.

Bottom line: the first few episodes of season two aren't bad, by any means. The show sticks pretty close to the format it established in the first season. The characters remain not quite well-rounded enough to be one-dimensional, and the dialogue is often a bit... let's say stylized. The plots chug along at a reasonable pace, and there are the occasional blow-out action scenes. Anna, the lizard queen leader of the alien Visitors, has the occasional "did she really do that?" moment. Each episode has a Theme, which is usually repeated over and over by various characters, lest you miss it. The whole thing feels like a sturdy science fiction melodrama.

If you liked the first season, you'll like the second. If you didn't... you won't.

And this show does have a lot going for it — it has a mostly rock-solid cast, including Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell and Firefly's Morena Baccarin, who do quite a lot with the material they're given. The visuals are often really nice — the shots of the alien motherships hanging over major cities look even more impressive this year than last year. The greenscreen shots aboard the alien ships look even more sterile and weird than before, and the direction is often really deft. It's all nicely creepy, including the treacly way Baccarin spouts platitudes while she's plotting some undefined but horrible fate for the human race.

It's just not terribly well-written. There are lots of scenes where the characters seem like they're reading from the Cliff Notes of what's supposed to be happening in a particular scene, rather than actually talking about what's going on. And none of these characters ever quite breaks out of their one-sentence description, and develops a whole paragraph worth of character traits. The anti-Visitor rebels, the Fifth Column, seem completely clueless, and when they talk about their strategic thinking, you'll probably have a bit of a chuckle. Anna, the show's villain, is sort of an old-school evil overlord, like Servalan with less va-va-voom. And the attempts at philosophizing, Battlestar Galactica-style, really are incredibly heavy-handed.

On the plus side, the addition of Jane Badler, from the original 1980s series, brings the show much closer to being actually campy, rather than just overly serious. And fans of Reaper will be thrilled to see that show's star, Bret Harrison, play a new ongoing character who gets one or two funny moments. Plus, the writers have remembered that Father Jack is actually a priest, and he gets a fairly decent story arc in the first few episodes.

All in all, after watching the first few episodes, it's clearer than ever that V is never going to revolutionize television, or even produce anything terribly memorable along the way. But if you relish the prospect of Elizabeth Mitchell kicking ass and Morena Baccarin being ridiculously inappropriate, with the occasional moment of squickiness or splodiness thrown in for good measure, then you'll want to make a date with V.

V airs tonight on ABC at 9 PM, after No Ordinary Family.

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I'll watch anything with Morena Baccarin in it. Loved her in 'Firefly' and 'Stargate'. Not so much in this 'V' program though! Kinda too scary!!! LOL

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on Jan 4th, 2011, 08:59am, Luvey wrote:
Good morning Crystal dear

There will be many such heartbreaking stories to emerge from those floods.
Queenslander's are a tough breed, use to floods, but this flooding is a real doosey, worse than they have ever had. And, it looks like there is no let up in sight for them.
When I lived in Qld there was a 20 year drought, the dam was nearly dry, and it was becoming very worrying as many livelihoods hung in the balance, then suddenly in one days rain the dam was full and flooding and there were floods all around... its scary seeing water rushing over the top of bridges and being caught in floods. The rain that Qld gets is like nothing I have seen anywhere else... the whole house and gardens turn into an instant water feature. It rained so much in a short time my fish in my fish pond swam away. shocked

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Partial solar eclipse visible over Mideast, Europe

GENEVA – Wintry skies darkened over Switzerland on Tuesday morning, but Romanians were treated to a pinkish ethereal light and Swedes to a beautiful sunrise, as a partial solar eclipse that began over the Mideast extended across much of Europe.

In Switzerland, the pall of clouds and light snow seemed like dusk with lights twinkling in cities — time in reverse just as people streamed off trains and buses to arrive at work. The solar occurrence was at its height over Geneva, Bern and other Swiss cities in the midmorning, then the grayness at the lower altitudes began to brighten a bit.

As much as two-thirds of the sun slipped from view behind the moon, something that hasn't occurred in Switzerland since August 1999. A more minor eclipse happened in August 2008.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110104/ap_on_re_us/partial_solar_eclipse

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Partial solar eclipse visible over Mideast, Europe

GENEVA – Wintry skies darkened over Switzerland on Tuesday morning, but Romanians were treated to a pinkish ethereal light and Swedes to a beautiful sunrise, as a partial solar eclipse that began over the Mideast extended across much of Europe.

In Switzerland, the pall of clouds and light snow seemed like dusk with lights twinkling in cities — time in reverse just as people streamed off trains and buses to arrive at work. The solar occurrence was at its height over Geneva, Bern and other Swiss cities in the midmorning, then the grayness at the lower altitudes began to brighten a bit.

As much as two-thirds of the sun slipped from view behind the moon, something that hasn't occurred in Switzerland since August 1999. A more minor eclipse happened in August 2008.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110104/ap_on_re_us/partial_solar_eclipse

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http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Partial-Solar-Eclipse/ss/events/sc/010411solareclipse
Heres a thought on this wonderful nonsence page.Here on planet earth we are talking about climate change due to to much emissions of carbon dioxide being put in the air causing at this point in time Global warming.But with the pole reversal coming on this planet every 25000 years or so.If mars whos atmosphere is so full of carbon dioxide which would kill us.Could it be because when the meteor hit and wiped out the dinasaurs causing the sun to be blocked out and causing the deep freeze until we are and have been adding carbon dioxide to the planet which is to some heating up the planet over time maybe for the last 25000 years causing the great flood till it heated up.Could the same thing had happened on mars to were now that condition on that planet is so full of carbon dioxide and life as we know it may not exist anymore.Then heres another nonsense thought a race of beings being like us in some ways but much more intelligent with there technology sees the on coming doom of a world on a planet we call mars realizes that all life will be wipes out.So many many years ago they decide as we have done with many animals putting them on the endangered list to try to bring them back.But on mars they needed to leave the planet to be saved decide to bring life from the now doomed mars to here on earth.While on the planet mars the life there built places to live and worship and because of the material there built pyrmids even making a face out of stone facing the stars like a sphinx.Now being on this other planet taught by there anciesters do what they know and build the same type structures down here.Then as time went on others living in areas of wood built with that material and on and on to now pressed wood not timbers but nicely cut wood and brick.Yes nonsense is such a good thing to write about.
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Hello spacechild,
Phil is entitled to his opinion just like everyone else. He isn't a nonsense prone person.
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Since birds seem to be all over the news I thought I would post this. grin

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It's not that they can't. They just don't need to, says Mike Murray, a veterinarian at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Birds have the anatomical and physical ability to pass gas, he explains, "but if I saw gas in a bird's gastrointestinal tract on an x-ray, I'd suspect that something abnormal was going on in there."

Birds don't typically carry the same kinds of gas-forming bacteria in their gut as humans and other mammals to help digest food, so there's nothing to let loose. Parrots sometimes emit fart-like sounds, but it's not what you might think."They like to make playful sounds like they're giving you a raspberry, but it's coming from the north end, not the south," Murray says.

Scientists are a little less certain about whether birds can release gassy buildup from the mouth, though. There's no official documentation of a bird burp (it's not a common field of research), but most ornithologists suspect that if a bird needed to burp, it would have no trouble doing so."Birds are able to excrete lots of things through their mouth," says Todd Katzner, the director of conservation and field research at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh."The fact that birds can regurgitate food for their young suggests that they can also reverse the direction of other things down there. I'd be pretty surprised if birds didn't burp."

http://www.popsci.com/environment/article/2009-05/it-true-birds-cant-fart

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on Jan 4th, 2011, 1:13pm, LoneGunMan wrote:
I'll watch anything with Morena Baccarin in it. Loved her in 'Firefly' and 'Stargate'. Not so much in this 'V' program though! Kinda too scary!!! LOL

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She was amazing in "Firefly" and "Stargate". I haven't decided about "V" yet. I didn't watch the first season so have been watching a couple of the re-runs. She is a stunning woman.

We'll be watching the season two premier tonight. I hope it isn't crap.

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