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« Reply #3225 on: Mar 8th, 2011, 3:35pm »

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« Reply #3226 on: Mar 8th, 2011, 3:38pm »

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The Phoenix Lights UFO Investigation Continues

14 Years Since the Famous Sightings Over Phoenix


Updated: Tuesday, 08 Mar 2011, 11:14 AM MST
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Phoenix AZ - It will soon be the 14th anniversary of the "Phoenix Lights" UFO sighting, which is also referred to as the "Lights over Phoenix".

On March 13th, 1997, thousands of people across the state of Arizona called police, Air Force Bases and Newsrooms about a V-shape formation of lights cruising at low altitude, and silently, across the state.

Most questions went unanswered. Requests for investigations were ridiculed, and skeptics claimed they were flares dropped by military aircraft.

The V-shape formation of lights passed over Phoenix at 8:30pm that night. In its only response, 10 months later, the Air Force said a flight of A-10 Warthogs from Tucson dropped flares over the Goldwater range southeast of Phoenix at 10:30pm that night.

Those lights were also reported to authorities. But the Air Force never gave an official explanation of the Lights over Phoenix earlier that evening.

As time as passed, more and more people have come forward speaking about what they saw that night. One has been former Arizona Governor Fife Symington who said he saw the lights.

FOX News recently spoke to another witness, a man who wishes to remain anonymous, but has confirmed credentials as an U.S. Army Helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, an Air Force F-15 pilot for 16 years and now a commercial pilot.
He says he and his wife saw the strange triangular formation of lights on their way home from dinner at about 8:30pm.
"What are those lights, my wife asked as we were driving along 75th avenue," he said. "I looked out the window and thought they were just jets from Luke Air Force Base which was nearby."

But after a few more minutes of observation, he pulled his car over, and they both got out for a closer look. "I'd been looking at the sky for a long time at this point in my career," he said "The lights we saw that night were in a V formation. We called that a show formation while flying F-15s, but I thought it was strange, because fighters would never fly that type of formation normally, just during air shows."

Then he thought, perhaps it was a large cargo jet, like a C-5A. But as the lights continued in formation floating silently over his car, he realized this was no cargo aircraft. "They were not landing lights, it had no collision lights or navigational lights, and it was moving very slowly. And I heard absolutely no sound at all.”

He doesn't know what flew over him that night. He will only describe what he saw. But this is one pilot who will tell anyone that what he saw at 8:30 on March 13th, 1997 were not military flares. "I've been on the ground under attack when illumination flares were dropped...these were not flares".

The pilot's testimony is also part of an updated documentary "The Phoenix Lights" produced by another witness, a valley physician, Lynne D. Kitei, M..D. The documentary is based on her book “The Phoenix Lights…We are Not Alone.”

For more information on both you can go to www.thephoenixlights.net .

You can also learn more about the documentary at www.harkintheatres.com

There is one showing of “The Phoenix Lights” this Sunday, March 13 (On the exact day the lights were sighted 14 years ago) at 2pm at Harkins Shea 14.

You can also purchase Dr. Kitei’s book or a DVD of the documentary at www.thephoenixlights.net

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« Reply #3227 on: Mar 8th, 2011, 4:49pm »

Thanks for the Phoenix Lights information Swamp. We lived there at the time but didn't see anything. It hit the news that night though. So I've always been particularly fascinated by the evening and the sightings.
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« Reply #3228 on: Mar 8th, 2011, 4:51pm »

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SECDEF visits Bagram, presents three Purple Hearts

by Tech. Sgt. Michael Voss
455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
3/7/2011 -

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Airmen and Soldiers here at Craig Joint Theater Hospital, March 7.

Accompanied by U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly, Secretary Gates' senior military assistant, and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, the secretary took time to thank 455th Expeditionary Wing service members for their continued support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"It brings me a lot of pride to have the secretary visit, especially as a medic," said Col. Christian Benjamin, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group commander. "The most important reason for them to visit is the patients. They are the ones on the line making the sacrifice, but at the same time I like the opportunity to show off the tremendous work done by our staff enabling these heroes to get the care they deserve."

During his brief stop, the secretary received a walking tour of the country's most advanced hospital, stopping for capability briefs at the emergency room, intensive care ward and intensive care unit. The secretary took time while in the ICU to present three Purple Hearts to Soldiers who were being treated for injuries sustained during their deployment.

Staff Sgt. Steven Dawson, Spc. Gregory Miller and Quinn Jensen were deployed to the 744th Engineer Company at Camp Wright as route clearance specialists, when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

Staff Sgt. Dawson, who is serving on his second deployment, explained the last 24 hours have been a daze.

"One minute we were clearing the route, then we were hit, transported here and now Secretary Gates is pinning a Purple Heart on my shirt," explained the Salt Lake City native, whose ankle was broken in eight places from the blast.

As the secretary pinned on Spc. Jensen's medal, Generals Kelly and Rodriguez stopped to shake each man's hand and ask them where they are from before wishing them Godspeed in recovery.

"It means a lot that they took time out of their schedules to come see us," said Logan, Utah, native Spc. Jensen. "It shows they genuinely care about us and those of us still out here."

Just before exiting the hospital the three senior military leaders thanked the medical team working on the Soldiers.

"A lot of visitors have come through, but as I look back at my year here I think the most meaningful have been the President and the Secretary," said Colonel Benjamin. "I think it is more meaningful when our senior leaders come to visit. Celebrity visits are fun and boost morale, but when we see the senior leadership our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines get that the Department of Defense understands the sacrifices here."

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« Reply #3229 on: Mar 8th, 2011, 4:58pm »

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Photo: Mad Dash to Catch Space Shuttle Crossing the Sun
By Lisa Grossman
March 8, 2011 | 3:32 pm
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Intrepid astrophotographer Alan Friedman raced against time to reach exactly the right spot at the right fraction of a second to snap this stunning photo of the International Space Station, with the Space Shuttle Discovery attached, crossing the sun.

Friedman drove 1,800 miles from his home in Buffalo, New York to the annual Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys, “for the steady skies, warm temperatures and the company of good astronomy friends,” he wrote on his website. “But when I heard that the ISS would transit the sun nearby… I had to give it a try.”

The transit would be visible at 2:39 on March 1 from 20 miles to the north of the star party site. The entire crossing would last just 0.2 seconds. Friedman was scheduled to give a talk about astrophotography from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. As soon as his talk was over, Friedman jumped in the car with fellow astrophotographers Brian Shelton and Mark Beale and raced after the sun.

“We got set up just in time to catch it,” Friedman wrote. “I underestimated the narrowness of this event…another 500 feet and we would have missed it entirely. Lucky day!”

Friedman’s shoots his startlingly sharp sun photos with a 3.5-inch telescope he calls Little Big Man and a filter that only lets in light emitted by hydrogen. He then inverts the images, making the light spots dark and the dark spots light, which gives the sun a swirling, textured appearance.

Most of the time, Friedman shoots the sun from his backyard. “I think that is a real fascination with my work,” he said in an email to Wired.com. “With all the wonderful satellites and missions out there taking close-up images of our solar system neighbors… it is still possible to do it yourself and even come up with something magical now and again.”

While in Florida, Friedman also caught a puff of plasma detaching from the edge of the sun (below). Although it looks serene, such plasma clouds can weigh tens of billions of tons, and can flood the inner solar system with hot charged matter if they detach from the sun for good.


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7.2 M - NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 7.2 M
Date-Time 9 Mar 2011 02:45:18 UTC
9 Mar 2011 11:45:18 near epicenter
8 Mar 2011 18:45:18 standard time in your timezone

Location 38.510N 142.792E
Depth 14 km
Distances 169 km (105 miles) E (80 degrees) of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
196 km (122 miles) SE (133 degrees) of Morioka, Honshu, Japan
221 km (137 miles) ENE (66 degrees) of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
416 km (258 miles) NE (40 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 12.8 km; Vertical 1.8 km
Parameters Nph = 469; Dmin = 390.7 km; Rmss = 1.06 seconds; Gp = 28°
M-type = M; Version = B
Event ID US b0001r57

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New York Times

March 8, 2011
Hard-Liners Ruling Iran Gain Ally in Key Post
By ALAN COWELL

PARIS — A powerful Iranian clerical body appointed a candidate backed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as its new chairman on Tuesday to replace former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, state media reported, strengthening the hand of hard-liners seeking to silence dissent.

While the maneuver is unlikely to have a far-reaching practical effect, it will nonetheless bolster those around Mr. Ahmadinejad who have moved persistently and forcefully to quash opposition that surfaced in huge demonstrations after a disputed presidential election in 2009.

There were echoes of those protests on Tuesday in Tehran, where security officers fired tear gas canisters around Revolution Square to disperse demonstrators, Reuters reported, citing an opposition Web site, Kaleme.

Mr. Rafsanjani, a former Parliament speaker as well as a former president, was widely perceived as having tilted toward Mir Hussein Moussavi, a challenger to Mr. Ahmadinejad, in the 2009 election. Within Iran’s complex and secretive elite, Mr. Rafsanjani’s relationship with Mr. Ahmadinejad remains strained.

The setback for Mr. Rafsanjani came in a vote for the leadership of the Assembly of Experts, a body of religious scholars entrusted with monitoring the country’s supreme leader and choosing a successor at his death, offering it potentially wide power to mold Iran’s political direction.

Press TV, a satellite network, said 63 members of the 86-member assembly voted in favor of Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani, 80, to replace Mr. Rafsanjani, who was Iran’s president from 1989 to 1997 and is generally perceived in the West as a pragmatic moderate.

He ran for president again in 2005 but lost to Mr. Ahmadinejad.

Mr. Rafsanjani had not competed to retain the post of assembly chairman, Press TV said, after the president’s supporters lobbied for the election of Ayatollah Kani. The new chairman has a reputation as a moderate conservative with no evident sympathies for Mr. Ahmadinejad’s opponents.

Mr. Rafsanjani had said he wished to “avoid division” by not running, news reports said.

Mr. Rafsanjani, 77, who had been chairman of the assembly since 2007, will stay on as a member of the body, whose role has sometimes been compared to that of the College of Cardinals in the Roman Catholic hierarchy, which chooses a new pope after the death of the incumbent.

Mr. Rafsanjani is also chairman of the powerful Expediency Council, which mediates between lawmakers and the Guardian Council, which determines who may stand for election to various bodies, including the presidency.

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the Assembly of Experts has exercised its full powers only once, when it chose Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to succeed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the revolution, who died in 1989.

The vote on Tuesday was the latest indication that the power of Mr. Rafsanjani, one of Iran’s richest men, is slowly waning.

Several of his children have complained about what they depict as hostile acts toward them by the authorities.

A daughter, Faezeh, was briefly detained after being accused of chanting opposition slogans during a protest in Tehran last month.

Last weekend, one of his sons, Mohsen Hashemi, quit as the director of the Tehran subway project, complaining that government subsidies had been withheld. An arrest warrant was issued for another son, Mehdi, who lives in Britain, on charges of fomenting unrest after the 2009 election — an accusation he denies.


Neil MacFarquhar contributed reporting from Cairo.

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March 8, 2011
S.E.C. Chairwoman Under Fire Over Ethics Issues
By LOUISE STORY and GRETCHEN MORGENSON

The Securities and Exchange Commission took a beating two years ago for failing to detect Bernard L. Madoff’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme during the decades that he ran it.

Now, its chairwoman is coming under Congressional fire for hiring as the S.E.C.’s general counsel someone with a Madoff financial interest — David M. Becker, who participated in matters involving how the scheme’s victims would be compensated.

The revelations about Mr. Becker’s role have raised fresh questions about ethical standards and practices at the agency, where Mary L. Schapiro was brought in as chairwoman two years ago with a mandate to strengthen its enforcement unit. Ms. Schapiro will appear before Congress on Thursday to discuss the matter. Questions about Mr. Becker arose last month after Irving H. Picard, the trustee overseeing the Madoff case, sued him and two of his brothers to recover $1.5 million of the $2 million they had inherited in 2004 from a Madoff investment by their late mother. Mr. Becker’s financial ties to Madoff had not been publicly disclosed until that suit.

Mr. Becker said that he advised Ms. Schapiro and the chief ethics officer of his financial interest in a Madoff investment account, “either shortly before or after” joining the agency in February 2009.

Last Friday, H. David Kotz, the agency’s inspector general, announced that he would investigate the potential conflicts in Mr. Becker’s role as a Madoff recipient who was also the S.E.C.’s general counsel and senior policy director involved in decisions relating to the Ponzi scheme. Ms. Schapiro requested the review, a commission spokesman said.

Lawmakers have also asked Ms. Schapiro for details of her discussions with Mr. Becker about his Madoff account when she hired him in 2009. Ms. Schapiro missed a deadline on Monday for those responses. An S.E.C. spokesman said Ms. Schapiro declined to comment on Tuesday.

“One of the things the S.E.C. does is hold companies to a very high standard with regards to transparency and disclosure,” said Representative Randy Neugebauer, Republican of Texas, who is one of four Republican lawmakers asking Ms. Schapiro about her dealings with Mr. Becker and his disclosures. “We think it’s important that the same integrity exists within the S.E.C., ensuring that people working there do not have conflicts of interest and that here is a process to vet those issues and make sure they are taken care of in a way that gives confidence.”

Perhaps the most significant Madoff matter involving Mr. Becker is a proposed reversal of the agency’s recommendation on how to compensate victims of the scheme, according to two people briefed on the S.E.C.’s discussions who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. While the agency had agreed on a deal that would return to investors only the money they had put into their Madoff accounts, Mr. Becker argued that the commission should change its stance to allow victims to keep some of the gains their investments had generated, since the investment would have grown somewhat over time even in a low-interest account. The Becker family would benefit from this approach.

Mr. Becker did not return a call for comment.

In correspondence with lawmakers late last month, Mr. Becker also said that he alerted the ethics office about his family’s Madoff investment again that May after he received a letter from a number of law firms representing Madoff victims asking that the commission change its proposed compensation formula. Among the issues are whether Madoff investors who withdrew money before the fraud was exposed must return some of their proceeds — and if so, how much — to other investors.

“I recognized that it was conceivable that this issue could affect my financial interests because the issue could affect the trustee’s decision to bring clawback actions against persons like me,” Mr. Becker wrote in response to lawmakers. The ethics officer approved his participation, he said. That officer reported directly to Mr. Becker and spent only 25 minutes reviewing the matter, according to Congressional staff members briefed on the discussions who requested anonymity because they also were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Congressional investigators want to know if Mr. Becker and Ms. Schapiro took all the necessary steps outlined in government ethics rules. Under the United States code, for example, Ms. Schapiro may have been required to make a written determination that Mr. Becker’s financial interest was not substantial enough to affect his job performance. A spokesman for the S.E.C. said that such a waiver would not be required unless Mr. Becker had been found to have a substantial financial conflict.

Congress also asked Ms. Schapiro whether she discussed Mr. Becker’s Madoff account with other staff members or commissioners and if she took up the matter with officials in the federal government’s Office of Government Ethics, or the commission’s ethics counsel.

“As the government official responsible for appointing Mr. Becker to his position in 2009, what steps did you take to manage the appearance of or actual conflict of interest presented by Mr. Becker’s financial interest in the Securities Investor Protection Corporation’ liquidation?” asked a March 1 letter signed by four Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee. They are Spencer Bacchus of Alabama, Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Scott Garrett of New Jersey and Mr. Neugebauer.

In any Ponzi scheme, there are victims who withdraw money before the fraud is exposed. There are many such Madoff investors and determining how much they may keep is being sorted out in two places. Some investors are fighting in court to be entitled to the amount of money on their final Madoff statements, though they have been unsuccessful so far. Another battle involves how much customers can be compensated by the Madoff trustee and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, a government entity that helps recover money for customers of failed brokerage firms. The S.E.C. oversees SIPC; neither matter has been decided.

Mr. Becker’s late mother, Dorothy, invested $500,000 with Mr. Madoff’s company; when she died in 2004, her three sons transferred the money into a new account at the firm. The next year, the investment was worth $2.04 million and they withdrew it. Mr. Picard said that the family should be allowed to keep the original $500,000 investment but return $1.54 million — all of the gain — to compensate other victims.

If the S.E.C. gets its way, Mr. Becker and his brothers would be allowed to keep more than that to compensate them for the time the money was invested with Mr. Madoff. How much more is unknown because details of the commission’s proposal have not been disclosed.

Both SIPC and Mr. Picard, the trustee for the Madoff estate, have proposed that the customers who withdrew funds before the fraud was uncovered should be allowed to keep only as much money as they put in. Initially, the full commission agreed and approved that approach in early 2009, according to the two people briefed on the discussions.

Mr. Becker joined the commission in February that year. By spring, he began meeting with lawyers for Madoff customers seeking a different formula. They wanted to let longer-term investors keep more money than those who had money with Mr. Madoff for shorter periods. Mr. Becker apparently dismissed arguments that investors were entitled to the amounts Mr. Madoff had listed on their final statements.

In the summer of 2009, Mr. Becker did reverse the commission’s earlier decision, however. His legal staff came up with a new proposal to reflect the length of time the money was invested, and the commissioners approved it at the end of the year. Some at the agency who worked with SIPC expressed dissent about the change, according to the people briefed on the deliberations.

Stephen P. Harbeck, the chief executive of SIPC, confirmed that his investor protection unit and the S.E.C. had initially agreed that victims should be able to keep only the money they had originally put into the Madoff firm. “Then they refined their opinion,” he said on Monday, referring to the S.E.C. He said that he did not know who had pushed for the change.

The S.E.C.’s definition, Mr. Harbeck said, would benefit anyone who withdrew more money from their Madoff accounts than they had put in. Mr. Becker’s family would be among them.

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Mystery over millions of dead fish in California harbour

Californian fishermen and harbour chiefs were puzzled after millions of dead anchovies were found floating in a marina just south of Los Angeles on Tuesday.

12:22AM GMT
09 Mar 2011

Experts said the fish, found at a harbour in Redondo Beach, may have died from lack of oxygen due to algae, while locals wondered if high winds overnight might have something to do with it.

"It looks like what happens to goldfish when you don't change the water in the tank, mouth open and belly up," said local official Bill Workman, cited by the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

"There are no visible signs of any toxins that might have caused (the deaths) and our early assessment is that this was oxygen depletion," he said, adding: "There are no oil slicks or leaking of substances into the water."

Locals at Redondo Beach, where the stench from the dead fish hung over King Harbour, suggested that high winds could have driven the fish into the harbour, where their sheer numbers would have reduced the oxygen available.

Experts were cautious. "What we're trying to tease apart is whether it's a consequence of algae build-up, a fish build-up or something toxic in the water," said David Caron of the University of southern California.

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March 9, 1945: Burning the Heart Out of the Enemy
By Tony Long
March 9, 2011 | 7:00 am
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1945: In the single deadliest air raid of World War II, 330 American B-29s rain incendiary bombs on Tokyo, touching off a firestorm that kills upwards of 100,000 people, burns a quarter of the city to the ground, and leaves a million homeless.

The raid also represented a tactical shift, as the Americans switched from high-altitude precision bombing to low-altitude incendiary raids.

Tokyo was the first of five incendiary raids launched in quick succession against the largest Japanese cities. Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe were also targeted — with Nagoya getting hit twice within a week. By the end of the war, more than 60 Japanese cities had been laid waste by firebombing.

The Tokyo raid, codenamed Operation Meetinghouse, began an aerial onslaught so effective that the American air command concluded by July 1945 that no viable targets remained on the Japanese mainland.

But if the American objective was to shorten the war by demoralizing the Japanese population and breaking its will to resist, it didn’t work. What had proven true in Germany proved equally true here: Morale was shaken by bombing, but once the shock passed, the war work went on.

The Americans began looking to incendiaries as their stockpiles of those weapons increased, and because the typically cloudy weather conditions that prevailed over Japan made precision bombing difficult at best.

Maj. Gen. Curtis LeMay, commander of the 21st Bomber Command, also argued that incendiary bombing would be particularly effective, because Japanese cities contained a lot of tightly packed, wooden structures that would burn easily when set alight.

He was right.

The B-29 bombers for the Tokyo raid were stripped of their defensive weapons and packed with various incendiary explosives, including white phosphorus and napalm, a new gasoline-based, fuel-gel mixture developed at Harvard University.

As opposed to the high-altitude precision bombing, which the Allies practiced with only mixed success over both Germany and Japan, incendiary raids were carried out at low altitudes between 5,000 and 9,000 feet. The attackers were helped by the fact that Japanese air defenses were almost nonexistent by that point in the war. In fact, only 14 B-29s were lost in the March 9–10 Tokyo raid.

As was done in Europe, pathfinder planes flying ahead of the bombers marked the target with a flaming X, guiding the attackers in. Tokyo was hit over a three-hour period by three bomber streams that dropped roughly 2,000 tons of incendiaries near the docklands and in the industrial heart of the Japanese capital.

Tokyo immediately burst into flames. The combination of incendiaries, the way they were dropped, windy weather conditions and lack of coordinated firefighting on the ground resulted in a firestorm similar to what occurred two years previously in Hamburg, and only a month before in Dresden. Temperatures on the ground in Tokyo reached 1,800 degrees in some places.

The human carnage was appalling. Bomber crews coming in near the tail end of the raid reported smelling the stench of charred human flesh as they passed over the burning capital.

Sixty-three percent of Tokyo’s commercial area, and 18 percent of its industry, was destroyed. An estimated 267,000 buildings burned to the ground.

The firebombing campaign, coupled with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are believed to have killed more than 1 million Japanese civilians between March and August of 1945.

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Toddler Damages 'King's Speech' Oscar (Video)
8:14 PM 3/8/2011
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Co-producer Simon Egan's daughter sends his best picture statuette to the Oscar hospital.

Academy AwardsA toddler created some unscripted drama at a party celebrating The King's Speech last week.

Lara Egan, the 15-month-old daughter of King's Speech co-producer Simon Egan, was posing for a picture with her father's best picture Oscar when she suddenly she dropped it.

Egan says the Feb. 28 party stopped in its tracks when the prize tumbled onto the concrete patio. He told the U.K.'s Telegraph, "Everybody just stopped and it was quite breathless. She had no clue to the damage she had done."

Egan phoned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences about the accident and was advised to take the statuette to the "Oscar hospital," located on the seventh floor of the Academy's Beverly Hills headquarters. There, Egan says, the Oscar was taken by a glove-wearing woman and returned within 15 minutes, minus the scratches and scrapes that resulted from the fall.

Egan now says little Lara is afraid to go near the statuette.

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Hey gang! HBO has just picked up a new series pitch called Hobgoblin and it sounds pretty freakin' awesome! The story will center on a group of magicians and con men who use their skills of deception and trickery to battle Hitler and army during World War II! I am 100% sold on this potential new series.

The project is being set up at the cable network by Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys) and his wife, Ayelet Waldman (Bad Mother) who will co-write and produce the series.

I love the premise behind this project and I can't wait to see how it turns out. What do you all think about it?


http://geektyrant.com/news/2011/3/8/this-new-hbo-series-hobgoblin-sounds-awesome.html#

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« Reply #3237 on: Mar 9th, 2011, 12:57pm »

It's baaaaack!

U.K. Deems Breast Milk Ice Cream Safe to Eat
Published March 09, 2011
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LONDON -- Breast milk ice cream was back on the menu at a London parlor Wednesday after council officials confirmed it is safe for human consumption.

The ice cream, dubbed Baby Gaga by maker Icecreamists, was confiscated by Westminster council and sent for laboratory tests after two members of the public complained that it could contain hepatitis viruses.
Richard Block, of Westminster council, told the London Evening Standard newspaper, "We have now received confirmation from the lab that the product did not contain any harmful bacteria or viruses. Our investigation into the safety of the product is now over."

However, Icecreamists founder Matt O'Connor, 44, said he was considering suing the council over the bad publicity the ban brought the product -- which is made from donated breast milk combined with vanilla pods and lemon zest.

"Breast milk is not dangerous and Westminster council confiscated our product in the full knowledge that we had done all the proper tests," he said."We are considering taking legal action because this has damaged our reputation."

"They should have waited until they got the tests back before saying our product could have been a risk to the public," he added.

The ice cream has caused controversy on both sides of the Atlantic since its launch last month, with US pop star Lady Gaga last week beginning legal proceedings against the makers.

The singer described the product as "nausea-inducing" and said it "intended to take advantage of [her] reputation and goodwill."

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/03/09/uk-deems-breast-milk-ice-cream-safe-eat/?test=latestnews
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« Reply #3238 on: Mar 9th, 2011, 2:51pm »

on Mar 9th, 2011, 12:57pm, Swamprat wrote:
It's baaaaack!

U.K. Deems Breast Milk Ice Cream Safe to Eat
Published March 09, 2011
| NewsCore

LONDON -- Breast milk ice cream was back on the menu at a London parlor Wednesday after council officials confirmed it is safe for human consumption.

The ice cream, dubbed Baby Gaga by maker Icecreamists, was confiscated by Westminster council and sent for laboratory tests after two members of the public complained that it could contain hepatitis viruses.
Richard Block, of Westminster council, told the London Evening Standard newspaper, "We have now received confirmation from the lab that the product did not contain any harmful bacteria or viruses. Our investigation into the safety of the product is now over."

However, Icecreamists founder Matt O'Connor, 44, said he was considering suing the council over the bad publicity the ban brought the product -- which is made from donated breast milk combined with vanilla pods and lemon zest.

"Breast milk is not dangerous and Westminster council confiscated our product in the full knowledge that we had done all the proper tests," he said."We are considering taking legal action because this has damaged our reputation."

"They should have waited until they got the tests back before saying our product could have been a risk to the public," he added.

The ice cream has caused controversy on both sides of the Atlantic since its launch last month, with US pop star Lady Gaga last week beginning legal proceedings against the makers.

The singer described the product as "nausea-inducing" and said it "intended to take advantage of [her] reputation and goodwill."

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/03/09/uk-deems-breast-milk-ice-cream-safe-eat/?test=latestnews


aaaaaggggkkkkkkk!!!!!!!

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« Reply #3239 on: Mar 9th, 2011, 2:53pm »

Reuters

BRIC countries gain more billionaires -Forbes

Wed Mar 9, 2011 3:39pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rising steel and oil prices in Russia, more honest disclosure in Brazil and booming economies in China and India have fueled a spike in billionaires in the so-called BRIC countries.

Moscow is now home to the most billionaires with 79, followed by New York with 58, Forbes said in its annual list of the world's richest people..

The world's richest man, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, retained his crown for the second year in a row and made more money than any of the other 1,209 billionaires in the past year -- $20.5 billion -- taking his fortune to $74 billion.

The magazine said China nearly doubled its number of billionaires to 115, while Russia and Brazil posted two-thirds jumps to 101 and 30 respectively. It is the first time countries outside the United States have produced over 100 billionaires. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Gary Hill)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/09/billionaires-idUSN0819753420110309

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