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« Reply #2850 on: Feb 8th, 2011, 11:31am »

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Witches to get permit

Witches could soon be required to get a permit under proposed Romania legislation which would make it possible to fine or even imprison one whose predictions turn out to be false.

5:13PM GMT
08 Feb 2011

The draft bill has just started its way through the Romanian parliament, where witchcraft has been part of its culture for centuries.

On Jan. 1, Romania changed its labour laws to officially recognise witchcraft as a profession, angering some witches.

Vasile Bleotu, from the Social Democrats said that the Senate passed the draft legislation last week but it still must be approved by a financial and labour committee and Romania's Chamber of Deputies.

The bill would also require witches to provide their customers with receipts and bar them from practicing near schools and churches.

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Hedge fund managers arrested in insider case

By Matthew Goldstein and Grant McCool

Tue Feb 8, 2011 11:59am EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two hedge fund managers were arrested on insider trading charges on Tuesday, while another portfolio manager and an analyst agreed to plead guilty in connection with the probe, the latest development in a broad investigation of hedge funds' trading activities.

The charges were announced by federal prosecutors, who are investigating the ties between hedge funds and consultants for so-called expert networking firms that are accused of improperly leaking confidential corporate information to investors.

The latest charges involve a portfolio manager and an analyst who both once worked for hedge fund titan SAC Capital Advisors. SAC itself has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Tuesday's charges mark the expansion of the probe beyond expert networking firm consultants and employees to hedge fund employees who allegedly were recipients of secret tips on technology stocks. Expert networking firms match industry consultants to hedge funds seeking background on certain sectors.

Hedge fund managers Sam Barai, head of Barai Capital Management, and Donald Longueuil, who previously worked for SAC and later for a fund not identified in court documents, were arrested, authorities said.

The other defendants, who have reached plea deals according to court documents, are portfolio manager Noah Freeman, a former analyst at hedge fund Sonar Capital in Boston and later a portfolio manager at SAC Capital, and Jason Pflaum, an analyst who worked with Barai.

Barai, a former hedge fund managing director at Citigroup's Tribeca Global Management, launched Barai Capital Management in 2008. The fund, which focuses on technology and media companies, is in the process of closing.

Barai's fund was one of four raided by federal agents late last year when the trading probe was heating up. The raids shocked the hedge fund world, and were followed by dozens of subpoenas to hedge funds and mutual funds including SAC that did business with various expert network firms and consultants.

A SAC spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Barai was charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, according to the court documents. He is accused of engaging in insider trading involving shares of Marvell Technology Group Ltd and Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc.

Freeman and Pflaum are cooperating with prosecutors, according to the court papers.

Longueuil was charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice, according to the court papers.

Ben Rosenberg, a lawyer for Freeman, did not immediately return a call requesting comment. Attorneys for the other defendants could not immediately be reached.

(Additional reporting by Martha Graybow, Jonathan Stempel, Emily Chasan and Svea Herbst-Bayliss; Editing by John Wallace, Derek Caney, Dave Zimmerman)

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« Reply #2852 on: Feb 8th, 2011, 11:39am »

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Why was Edgar Allan Poe kicked out of West Point?
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4 February 2011

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It’s not hard to believe that Edgar Allan Poe, author of “The Pit and the Pendulum” and other horror stories, went to the United States Military Academy at West Point, an institution conspicuously absent from the list of top party schools.

Poe tried hard to get kicked out of West Point, and in 1831, he succeeded. Rumor is that the final straw came when he reported for drill wearing belts for his cartridges, a smile and nothing else, but did he actually do it? It’s time for a visit to The Rumor Doctor.

Poe’s tenure at West Point from July 1830 to February 1831 was “short, yet tumultuous,” according to, “Edgar Allan Poe: The Army Years,” a publication from West Point’s library.

“His emotional instability coupled with deep personal problems, such as his constant need for funds and a lack of time to devote to poetry more than his deficiency in military aptitude, cut short his cadetship,” the library publication said.

But there are no records of Poe showing up for drill naked. Instead, Poe was court-martialed after he stopped going to class, parade, roll calls and chapel in January 1831. The following month, he was dismissed.

The earliest references to Poe pulling “The Fully Monty” while on parade date back to the 1920s, said Christopher Semtner, curator of The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Va.

In reality, Poe’s meltdown was triggered in part by his strained relationship with his foster father, John Allan, who had recently remarried, cutting Poe out of any family inheritance, Semtner said in an e-mail. Things came to a head when one of Poe’s outstanding debts came to haunt him.

Poe had enlisted in the Army in 1827, rising to the rank of sergeant major. In order to attend West Point, he hired a soldier named Samuel Graves to finish his term. But Poe never paid Graves, claiming in a letter that Allan “was probably drunk and had forgotten to send the money,” Semtner said.

Graves sent Poe’s note to Allan, who then sent Poe a letter saying their relationship was over. Poe responded by saying he intended to resign from West Point.

But that didn’t deter Poe from trying to pursue a military career. A month after leaving West Point, he asked the school’s superintendent for a letter of recommendation so he could join the Polish army. There’s no evidence he got a reply.

THE RUMOR DOCTOR’S DIAGNOSIS: The true story about why Edgar Allan Poe left West Point is sad and short, much like Poe’s life, but will the legend of him appearing naked ever die? Quoth The Rumor Doctor: Nevermore!

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« Reply #2853 on: Feb 8th, 2011, 12:38pm »

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Mysterious, tiny human figures march across a wall


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This crowd of people is part of a swarm sculpture that consists of hundreds of tiny, detailed human figures scattered across several walls. They look like people crossing the street in a city during rush hour, or perhaps a human exodus of shrink ray victims.

These strange little figures are made of oil paint, emulsion, pigments, ash, and mud. They're the work of South African artist Clinton De Menezes, who says:

Working in a variety of media and materials, my current work is an attempt to conjure up ‘landscapes' that are positioned somewhere between utopian dreamscapes and fractured dystopian geographies.

See more of De Menezes' work on his site:
http://www.clintondemenezes.com/Clinton_De_Menezes/current.html


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« Reply #2854 on: Feb 8th, 2011, 2:05pm »

Nice work.



Chile: A Rectangular UFO With Humanoids (2008)

Source: NOUFA (Noticiero Ufológico Autónomo)
Date: 02.05.2011

Chile: A Rectangular UFO with Humanoids (2008)
By Raul Gajardo Lepold

According to an eyewitness report from Mr. Segundo Hernán Godoy López, 50, married, an air conditioning technician, residing in Santiago, the capital city, he lived through the following experience in November 2008.

Around 18:30 hours, in broad daylight and with clear skies, he was working on the rooftop of a building on Alonso de Córdoba Street, in the vicinity of Avda. Americo Vespuccio, when he “felt the urge” to look upward toward the south. At that time he saw a large metallic object in motion. The object emitted no glow whatsoever and was dark grey in color. The witness estimated that it was 10 city blocks distant from him, approximately one kilometer away. [The object] moved slowly toward the northern district of the city, around Mt. Manquehue, toward the NE, in the direction of the Andean Range.

Object Description:

The front section was rectangular with two medium-sized rectangular windows being clearly visible. It wasn’t very tall, but it was long. [The witness] first perceived it as 1.5 meters, and as it grew closer, 100 meters. He estimated that its front was some 10 meters [tall] as well as its rear section. A square object could be made out. The rear section was serrated and uneven, although it had the same length. It tailed off into four peaks. No antennae or light sources were in evidence.

The windows were completely black. At the window on the right, he could see two humanoid figures down to their waistlines. They were thin, grey and featureless. The color of their bodies was very light grey and both creatures could be clearly seen in the rectangle, one beside the other. Their arms rested against the lower part of the frame, and they made clumsy sideways moves, as if looking for something in unison. It seemed as if they were looking at the landscape. At no time did the witness hear anything, but at one moment, when he tried to alert his co-workers in the lower floor, he found himself unable to move. He could only move his eyes. He claims not having felt any sense of despair or fear, and he stood up to the situation. He felt an increase in atmospheric pressure, and says his body was “pressured” and he felt dense – a situation that lasted until the object pulled away some 10 meters from where he worked. At that point he felt normalcy returning to the surroundings.

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« Reply #2855 on: Feb 8th, 2011, 2:07pm »

Either he knows what he's talking about or he's reading to much conspiracy sites:



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« Reply #2856 on: Feb 8th, 2011, 2:50pm »

Hey Phil! cheesy

Thanks for that article. And "Wow!" Egyptian dude has been reading too much on conspiracies or as you said, maybe he knows something. Since I don't know Poop I'll just keep watching. grin

And YES! You may call me Darth Crystal! wink

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Fox News

Unmanned Navy Stealth Bomber's Maiden Flight


Published February 08, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUDpGpEr1g4&feature=player_embedded

The U.S. Navy said it made a breakthrough in drone technology with the first flight of the X-47B, a bat-winged unmanned jet designed to take off and land from an aircraft carrier, one of the most complex and difficult feats in aviation.
Capt. Jaime Engdahl, the Navy's program manager, said the most difficult part of a combat mission for Navy pilots was landing an aircraft back aboard ship. "We're making that challenge with unmanned vehicles today," he said.

The experimental aircraft, made by Northrop Grumman Corp., made its debut flight Friday, taking off from and returning to Edwards Air Force Base in California. The 29-minute flight was designed to pave the way for an eventual demonstration that the fighter-sized robotic aircraft can operate from the deck of an aircraft carrier, not just from land, as current drones do.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/08/unmanned-navy-stealth-bombers-maiden-flight/#ixzz1DPM5siID
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Now THIS is what I call justice!!


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Armed Bird at Cockfight Kills Man in Calif.


Published February 08, 2011

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DELANO, Calif. -- A Central California man who was at a cockfight died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to its own limb, officials confirmed Monday.

Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, of Lamont, was declared dead at a hospital about two hours after he was injured in neighboring Tulare County on Jan. 30, the Kern County coroner said.

An autopsy concluded Ochoa died of an accidental "sharp force injury" to his right calf.

Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said it was unclear if a delay in seeking medical attention contributed to Ochoa's death.

"I have never seen this type of incident," Sgt. Martin King, a 24-year veteran of the sheriff's department, told the Bakersfield Californian.

Ochoa and the other spectators fled when authorities arrived at the scene of the fight, King told the newspaper. Deputies found five dead roosters and other evidence of cockfighting at the location, he said.

No arrests were made at the cockfight.

Cockfighting is a sport, illegal in the United States, in which specially bred roosters are put into a ring and encouraged to fight until one is incapacitated or killed.

According to Kern County Superior Court records, Ochoa paid $370 in fines last year after pleading no contest to one count of owning or training an animal for fighting, according to the newspaper.

Attending or organizing a cockfight, or training an animal to participate in one, are all misdemeanors under California law, although a second offense is a felony.

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on Feb 8th, 2011, 3:00pm, LEVIATHAN wrote:
Off Topic! If so, where does it go?

We at L E V I A T H A N S blogsite have revamped the site, so visit us if you choose.

If this is inappropriate we will remove it.

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on Feb 8th, 2011, 4:17pm, Swamprat wrote:
Now THIS is what I call justice!!


Fox News

Armed Bird at Cockfight Kills Man in Calif.


Published February 08, 2011

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DELANO, Calif. -- A Central California man who was at a cockfight died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to its own limb, officials confirmed Monday.

Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, of Lamont, was declared dead at a hospital about two hours after he was injured in neighboring Tulare County on Jan. 30, the Kern County coroner said....

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/08/armed-bird-cockfight-kills-man-calif/?test=latestnews


Hey Swamp! cheesy

Thank you for this article. Instant Karma.

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on Feb 8th, 2011, 4:14pm, Swamprat wrote:
Fox News

Unmanned Navy Stealth Bomber's Maiden Flight


Published February 08, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUDpGpEr1g4&feature=player_embedded

The U.S. Navy said it made a breakthrough in drone technology with the first flight of the X-47B, a bat-winged unmanned jet designed to take off and land from an aircraft carrier, one of the most complex and difficult feats in aviation.
Capt. Jaime Engdahl, the Navy's program manager, said the most difficult part of a combat mission for Navy pilots was landing an aircraft back aboard ship. "We're making that challenge with unmanned vehicles today," he said.

The experimental aircraft, made by Northrop Grumman Corp., made its debut flight Friday, taking off from and returning to Edwards Air Force Base in California. The 29-minute flight was designed to pave the way for an eventual demonstration that the fighter-sized robotic aircraft can operate from the deck of an aircraft carrier, not just from land, as current drones do.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/08/unmanned-navy-stealth-bombers-maiden-flight/#ixzz1DPM5siID


That is some sophisticated machinery.
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« Reply #2864 on: Feb 8th, 2011, 5:33pm »

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U.S. Army Spc. Omar Soltero was a 28-year-old San Antonio native assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division’s Task Force Warrior, when he was killed during an improvised explosive device attack while patrolling the Tangi area of Wardak Province Jan. 31. During his deployment to Afghanistan, Soltero was a sniper working out of Combat Outpost Tangi under the operational control of TF Warrior’s Co. C.

http://thankyouforyourservice.us/issue/february-2011/article/tf-patriot-leaders-comrades-honor-fallen-soldier-story-and-photos

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