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« Reply #4245 on: Jun 10th, 2011, 4:00pm »

on Jun 10th, 2011, 10:30am, Swamprat wrote:
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PING Golf Clubs

This one really is true. What a nice gesture for the company to make.

You can check it out yourself at http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/ping.asp.

On Monday, I played the Disney, Lake Buena Vista course. As usual the starters matched me with three other players. After a few holes we began to get to know each other a bit.. One fellow was rather young and had his wife riding along in the golf cart with him. I noticed that his golf bag had his name on it and after closer inspection, it also said "wounded war veterans". When I had my first chance to chat with him I asked him about the bag. His response was simply that it was a gift. I then asked if he was wounded and he said yes. When I asked more about his injury, his response was "I'd rather not talk about it, sir".

Over a few holes I learned that he had spent the last 15 months in an army rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio Texas . His wife moved there to be with him and he was released from the hospital in September. He was a rather quiet fellow; however, he did say that he wanted to get good at golf. We had a nice round and as we became a bit more familiar I asked him about the a brand new set of Ping woods and irons he was playing. Some looked like they had never been hit. His response was simple. He said that this round was the first full round he had played with these clubs.

Later in the round he told me the following. As part of the discharge process from the rehabilitation hospital, Ping comes in and provides three days of golf instruction, followed by club fitting. Upon discharge from the hospital, Ping gives each of the discharged veterans, generally about 40 soldiers, a brand new set of custom fitted clubs along with the impressive golf bags.

The fellow I met was named Ben Woods and he looked me in the eye and said that being fitted for those clubs was one of the best things that ever happened to him and he was determined to learn to play golf well enough to deserve the gift Ping had given him. Ben is now out of the service, medically discharged just a month ago.

It is to their credit that Ping does not advertise this program. I think all golfers, perhaps all Americans, should know about Ping 's generosity.


God bless Ping!

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« Reply #4248 on: Jun 10th, 2011, 8:50pm »

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Navy Commandos Expect Their Shrinks to Be Waterboarded
By Spencer Ackerman
June 10, 2011 | 2:52 pm
Categories: Military Life





Want to help Navy SEALs stay mentally fit enough to survive capture by the enemy? Good. Just let me put this cloth over your face while I fill my water bucket.

The military trains its troops to deal with the contingencies of getting stranded behind enemy lines. That involves passing a rigorous course called Survival Evasion Resistance Escape, or SERE which, for elite commandos, simulates capture and torture. If SERE sounds familiar, that's probably because former Air Force psychologists involved in the program brought its harshest methods, like waterboarding, to the CIA shortly after 9/11 for use against captured terrorists. The rest is infamy.

But that was an aberration. SERE psychologists are actually supposed to stop torture if they observe it. And they're supposed to provide guidance during the extreme training "if students show signs of becoming mentally unstable" according to a recent solicitation for SERE shrinks from U.S. Special Operations Command. One of the ways they'll know is that they'll have had to experience all the pain of the SERE course themselves.

SOCOM clarified that before psychologists can ship out to San Diego to assist Navy SEALs pass the SERE course, they must be a graduate of a SERE level C training curriculum. Level C is the highest level of SERE training, the ones that commandos with a high risk of capture endure.

The importance of the training is underscored in a 2010 Army aviation document. "Soldiers without fundamental SERE-C competencies are not able to mitigate certain risks inherent in military operations," the document reads, "and become factors in the isolating incident and increased risks to others during personnel recovery rescue operations."

The solicitation specifies that it won't specifically provide SERE Level C training for interested shrinks. That gives quite the advantage to commandos-turned-psychologists.

The military is cagey as to whether waterboarding "simulated drowning" remains a part of SERE instruction after the post-9/11 torture controversy. Nor does it discuss what other tactics SERE Level C involves. But a former Navy SERE instructor, Danger Room friend Malcolm Nance, once explained what psychologists working on SERE may still have to endure, as he went through it himself.

"It's a very rapid process where a person is put onto a table and, of course, water is introduced until it overcomes their ability to swallow or spit it away. And then of course it goes down into the esophagus and onto the trachea and starts filling the lungs." Nance told ABC's Brian Ross in 2007.

It's a far cry from a tweedy headshrinking practice. During days 7, 8 and part of 9 during the 10-day SERE course, the psychologist must be physically on site 24 hours during the SERE exercise in case of emergency. And it promises to push even psychologists endurance to the absolute physical limit.

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« Reply #4249 on: Jun 10th, 2011, 10:14pm »

Clocks in Sicily running faster than anywhere else.


That is so strange! Sounds to me like a problem with their electrical service. If just plug in or electrical devices and not battery powered, then its likely the quality of the electricity.
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« Reply #4250 on: Jun 11th, 2011, 07:26am »

on Jun 10th, 2011, 8:54pm, msmorse wrote:
If this is an open thread, here's one.

Time Flies, in Sicily.
http://sicilyguide.com/2011/06/09/time-in-sicily-is-running-20-minutes-faster/

Clocks in Sicily running faster than anywhere else.


Good morning msmorse and Welcome,

It's an open thread. Thank you for the articles on the clocks. That is so strange.

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« Reply #4251 on: Jun 11th, 2011, 07:27am »

on Jun 10th, 2011, 10:14pm, Swamprat wrote:
Clocks in Sicily running faster than anywhere else.


That is so strange! Sounds to me like a problem with their electrical service. If just plug in or electrical devices and not battery powered, then its likely the quality of the electricity.


Mornin' Swamprat! grin

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June 10, 2011
Rare Infection Strikes Victims of a Tornado in Missouri
By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS

Several people who were injured when a tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., last month have become sickened by an uncommon, deadly fungal infection and at least three have died, although public health officials said Friday that a link between the infection and the deaths was not certain.

Also on Friday, the death toll from the tornado was raised to 151.

Eight tornado victims have fallen ill from the mysterious infection, and each had “multiple injuries and secondary wound infections,” said Jacqueline Lapine, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Citing confidentiality rules, officials declined to discuss the treatment or condition of the patients.

The fungus that causes the infection, which is believed to be mucormycosis, is most commonly found in soil and wood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is studying samples from the eight Joplin patients. “It is a very aggressive and severe infection,” said Dr. Benjamin Park, chief of the epidemiology team in the C.D.C.’s Mycotic Diseases Branch. “It is also very rare.”

Mucormycosis enters the body either via a puncture wound or when a victim breathes in its mold spores, officials said. Those who have weakened immune systems have a mortality rate as high as 90 percent. Other people at risk include those with diabetes or cancer and burn victims.

On Friday, the Jasper County coroner’s office said that 151 people died in the May 22 tornado. It is revising the toll as additional death reports come in from hospitals where tornado victims had been taken.

That figure includes the three dead victims who appear to have had the fungal infection — though the cause of those deaths has not yet been established because they had other injuries as well, said Rob Chappel, the Jasper County coroner.

Even before the updated death toll was released Friday, the tornado was the deadliest in the United States since modern record-keeping began. As many as one-third of the town’s buildings were damaged, including the city’s main hospital, St. John’s Regional Medical Center. St. John’s, which lay in the path of the tornado, was evacuated.

Health officials said they were not aware of any other cases of mucormycosis arising from the series of tornadoes that struck the Midwest and the South this spring, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands.

“Although this is a naturally occurring infection, to have a cluster which potentially involves this many people is highly unusual,” Dr. Park said.

Health officials said even busy hospitals around the country might see no more than a case or two of mucormycosis each year. They have asked that tornado victims from Joplin who have wounds that have failed to heal properly see a doctor immediately. It cannot be spread from person to person.

Mucormycosis and similar fungal infections that enter the skin through puncture wounds can usually be prevented once a wound is disinfected in a hospital, health officials said. But during a natural disaster, when there is confusion and a shortage of medical personnel and supplies, wounds are sometimes treated inadequately. In Joplin, staff members from St. John’s treated some of the thousands injured at makeshift clinics.

Mucormycosis, which can have an incubation period of two weeks or more, must be treated with intravenous antibiotics and in some cases the removal of the affected tissue.

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Navy crew welcomed to Malibu for shore leave

The community came together to plan Navy Days, offering 270 sailors and their families free shuttle rides around the city,
beach volleyball and kayak excursions, museum visits and discounts at shops and restaurants.


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By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2011

Surfers in Malibu are used to sharing the waves with paddleboards, sailboats and the occasional Russian billionaire's 390-foot yacht. On Friday they were startled to see a 505-foot Navy destroyer anchored off Surfrider Beach near the Malibu Pier.

The destroyer John Paul Jones was making the Navy's first-ever port call in Malibu and giving its 270-member crew shore leave there for the weekend.

The community-organized Navy Days is offering sailors free shuttle rides up and down the 26-mile-long city, beach volleyball and kayak excursions, and discounts at shops and restaurants Saturday and Sunday.

The crew and their families have been invited to a barbecue at Sharon Gee's family-owned Malibu ranch. Athletic facilities and an art museum at Pepperdine University will be open to crewmembers, and 10 university shuttle vans will offer sailors transportation to Sunday morning church services.

"Some crewmembers have signed up for museum tours at the Getty Villa," said City Councilman Jefferson "Zuma Jay" Wagner, who operates a Malibu surf shop. "This is not your same old Navy."

Planning for the sailors' salute began a year ago when Wagner was serving as Malibu's mayor. The Malibu Chamber of Commerce, the Malibu Navy League, Pepperdine and businesses such as HRL Laboratories soon joined in the effort.

The hardest part was persuading the Navy to send the John Paul Jones north from its San Diego base, Wagner said.

"It would cost $1 million if a movie studio wanted to do this," he said. "This is something that probably won't happen in our lifetime again."

Chris Cegielski, the destroyer's commander, acknowledged that he wasn't able to just whip out a Navy credit card for fuel and the other assorted costs of anchoring the warship 1,500 yards off the pier.

The ocean is about 100 feet deep out there, but only about 25 feet deep at the end of the state-owned pier. The John Paul Jones requires a depth of at least 36 feet, according to crewmembers.

As a welcome to the ship's crew, Navy Days organizers and supporters lined the end of the pier with 50 of the American flags that go on display annually at Pepperdine to commemorate the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

A Malibu Boy Scout troop posted the colors, the Malibu High School girls' chorus sang the national anthem and local leaders offered welcoming speeches and framed resolutions as Cegielski led the first contingent of sailors — all in their dress whites — off a water taxi and onto the pier.

"To be able to see it off the coast is spectacular," Malibu Mayor John Sibert said of the destroyer. "It's important we recognize the people who keep us safe."

Surfers in wetsuits and fishermen carrying bait boxes and tackle paused to watch. Visitor L.B. Lee of Colorado Springs, Colo., was at first puzzled by the John Paul Jones banner stretched across the end of the pier.

"Is that for John Paul Jones, the bassist for Led Zeppelin?" he asked. When he heard that the destroyer was named for a Revolutionary War naval fighter, he laughed.

"I'd have run and gotten my camera if the other John Paul Jones was here," said Lee, who was in town so his 17-year-old son Jason could tour Pepperdine.

John Paul Jones crewmembers said they were anxious to tour Malibu.

"I just want to see a couple of restaurants and see the beach," said Joseph MacDonald, who is from Jacksonville, Fla., and works with electronics on the ship.

Ship's services crewmember Juan Landin of San Bernardino said he was hoping to bump into a few celebrities while on shore. "Charlie Sheen pops into mind," Landin said.

Amanda Villegas, an anchorage operator from San Antonio, agreed.

"Would I like to see Charlie Sheen? Definitely!" she said. "I was very excited that we're going to see the beautiful people."

But if they don't run into A-listers, that's OK with Marilyn Kennard, a Bessemer, Ala., native who serves as the ship's command master chief.

"I expect to see movie stars and celebrities," she said. "But if I don't, that's fine."


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Scientists create cow that produces 'human' milk

Scientists in Argentina have created the world’s first cow to boast two human genes that will enable it to produce human-like milk.

By Robin Yapp, Sao Paulo
7:00AM BST 11 Jun 2011

Genetic engineering was used to introduce the “mothers’ milk” genes into the animal before birth, according to the National Institute of Agribusiness Technology in Buenos Aires.

As an adult the cloned cow “will produce milk that is similar to humans” in what will prove “a development of great importance for the nutrition of infants”, it said in a statement.

“The cloned cow, named Rosita ISA, is the first bovine born in the world that incorporates two human genes that contain the proteins present in human milk,” the statement said.

In April scientists in China published details of research showing that they had created GM Holstein dairy cows which produced milk containing proteins found in human breast milk.

But the Argentine team say the Chinese only introduced one human gene, whereas their research involved two genes meaning the milk will more closely resemble that of humans.

Rosita ISA was born on April 6 and was delivered by Caesarean section because she weighed around 100lbs, roughly twice the normal weight of Jersey cows.

Adrian Mutto, from the National University of San Martin which worked with the institute, said the human genes introduced were “both proteins that can be expressed only in the mammary gland during lactation.”

“Our goal was to raise the nutritional value of cows’ milk by adding two human genes, the protein lactoferrin, which provides infants with anti-bacterial and anti-viral protection, and lysozyme, which is also an anti-bacterial agent,” he added.

Cristina Kirchner, President of Argentina, said that the scientific institute “makes all Argentines proud.”

She also revealed that she had rejected the “honour” of having the cow named after her.

“They came to tell me that the name is Cristina, but what woman would like to have a cow named after her? It appeared to me to be more appropriate to call it Rosita.”


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Final Space Shuttle Mission Will Feature iPhones
By Dave Mosher
June 10, 2011 | 3:10 pm
Categories: Space, Tech


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NASA’s final shuttle mission will feature outer space’s first iPhone, tricked out with an app to measure spacecraft radiation levels, orbital location and altitude.

The iOS-based software, called SpaceLab, will come pre-loaded on two iPhone 4s. Testing the software isn’t mission-critical, but it may lead to terrestrial commercial devices being repurposed for space in the near future.

“When Apple added gyros to the iPhone, it suddenly became a small avionics platform,” said Brian Rishikof, CEO of Odyssey Space Research, the company that designed SpaceLab. “You can imagine using it to do backup functions to recover navigational state. If it has any potential life-saving functions, it suddenly becomes a whole different animal.”

Getting any gadget aboard a NASA space shuttle, much less the space agency’s very last mission on July 8, involves a grueling certification process that typically takes up to two years. The device can’t off-gas dangerous chemicals into recycled air, interfere with electronics or otherwise compromise mission performance.

Without relying on wireless communication, SpaceLab can tell astronauts their altitude by analyzing Earth’s curvature, which becomes more pronounced with distance. Sequential photos of Earth’s coastlines, perhaps snapped from the space station’s big window, will give orbital position and spacecraft speed. Letting the phones rest will allow SpaceLab to measure radiation by looking for “single bit upsets,” when radiation smacks into a memory bit and changes its value (from 1 to 0 or 0 to 1).

Space station crew can play with the phones until September, when a Russian Soyuz spacecraft takes them back to Earth for analysis.

“We’re attempting to show how a commercial product that millions of people use can function as spaceflight hardware,” Rishikof said. “Once you demonstrate that it’s capable, you begin to wonder what else is possible.”

Before the phone launches into orbit, NASA will review its software one final time. Rishikof said it’s safe to assume a copy of Angry Birds won’t make its way on.

“We don’t want to compromise astronauts’ time,” he said.

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AZ Central

Wallow Fire: Crews make gains as winds die down

by Dennis Wagner, Dustin Gardiner and JJ Hensley
- Jun. 11, 2011 12:00 AM
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After 13 days of relentless fury, the Wallow Fire rested.

In the absence of blustering winds, the voracious blaze laid down on Friday, allowing firefighters to gain a foothold by setting preventive burns and cutting fire breaks in its path.

By nightfall, crews had gained 6 percent containment, an increase from just zero percent two days earlier, said Kelly Wood, a spokesman for the fire command.

The amount of pine forest and meadowland consumed by the second-largest fire in Arizona history grew to 408,887 acres Friday from about 386,000 on Thursday.

But no additional homes or buildings were lost. At least 50 have been destroyed so far. And no injuries were reported.

Jim Whittington, spokesman for the Southwest fire-management team, said: "We had a really good day today. We are feeling really good about the east flank of Greer. That's going to be a critical piece we are going to be watching tomorrow."

Conditions are expected to be more difficult today, and Whittington said "we are very concerned about the winds," which could be 25-35 mph, with gusts even higher on the ridges.

But perhaps more importantly for thousands of evacuees, there was talk that at least some residents may be able to return to their homes in Eagar, Greer and Springerville.

Chief Deputy Brannon Eagar of the Apache County Sheriff's Office said poor air quality and back-burn operations could delay the lifting of evacuation orders until Monday.

Officials said they may still need three to five days of mop-up around Alpine and Nutrioso, but residents should be able to return after that.

For Ross Ashcroft, 77, and other longtime residents of the White Mountains, the good news was offset by fear of what they might find - a forest of ash and charcoal.

Ashcroft wondered whether he'd again see the colorful fall foliage of Escudilla Mountain or marvel at the view from his Eagar home.

"That's kind of why we hate to go back and look at it," he said. "Imagine going back and seeing it all black."

Instead of flames roaring down mountain slopes and mushroom clouds of smoke overhead, the prevailing image Friday was a gray pall covering hundreds of square miles as the fire mostly stayed at ground level.

That was posing a new problem. Mark Schaffer, director of communications for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, said because the fire had dropped down low and the winds subsided, smoke had become "very hazardous."

"We've got a serious potential health problem on our hands" in the Springerville-Eagar area, he said. Fine dust particulates are way above national safety standards of 30 milligrams per cubic meter, with overnight readings at 1,200 mpcm.

Whittington said the smoke affects firefighters to a great extent. "We are dealing with the hand that was dealt by Mother Nature. We've got to get out and stop this fire. And that means we are going to have to suck some smoke to get it done," he said.

Command officials emphasized that nobody is out of the woods when it comes to the Wallow Fire's remaining threat: stiff winds of up to 25 mph that have been driving the flames all week are expected to kick up again this afternoon.

But Friday's calm, with breezes up to 15 mph, allowed a team of thousands of firefighters and support staff to get some rest and to launch an offensive from the air and on the ground.

Wood said numerous backfires were set by hotshot crews south of the high country towns.

Logistically the firefighting operation is a marvel: 211 engines, 17 bulldozers, 16 water tankers, 14 helicopters, 3,137 people and one DC-10 air tanker dropping fire retardant.

Standing on a cliff overlooking the Little Colorado River near Greer, R.J. Estes of the Southwest Incident Management Team pointed to at least three smoke plumes where crews had ignited the forest between homes and the approaching blaze, literally fighting fire with fire.

The relative calm was a bit of hope for residents at Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop-Lakeside as they waited for word on the fate of their homes and the surrounding forest. About 50 stayed at the shelter Thursday night.

Lynn Livingston, a retired high school teacher from Springerville, has been sleeping in her car outside the shelter with her Rottweiler, Molly, since Tuesday. Pets aren't allowed in the shelter and Molly has seizures, so she can't be boarded.

"All I want to know is when can we go home," Livingston said. "I don't know what we're going to find when we drive up to our gates. It's almost scarier than packing up and coming here."

Friday's reprieve also gave firefighters a chance to talk about the devastation of the Wallow Fire and the huge effort to stop it.

Michael Umphrey, a medic with a 20-man crew out of Ronan, Mont., said he spent six nights patrolling burnout operations and was stunned that the blaze remained active even at 2 a.m. "I've never seen a fire burn up so much timber before," Umphrey said. "That's what struck me."

Pierre Malatare, with the same crew out of Montana, said the fire moved so fast that maps showing its boundaries quickly became useless.

"The scariest part, at least for us, is working around houses," Malatare said. "At night, you don't know what all your hazards are. You get a lot of downed wires. One particular house we were by up near Nutrioso had a lot of warning signs about bear traps. It was slow going through there, but no one stepped in one."

Malatare said that, while flames licked right up to one man's porch, firefighters were able to save the home.

"It feels real good just to be able to help out," he added.

Republic reporter D.S. Woodfill contributed to this article.

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PING Golf Clubs

This one really is true. What a nice gesture for the company to make.

You can check it out yourself at http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/ping.asp.

On Monday, I played the Disney, Lake Buena Vista course. As usual the starters matched me with three other players. After a few holes we began to get to know each other a bit.. One fellow was rather young and had his wife riding along in the golf cart with him. I noticed that his golf bag had his name on it and after closer inspection, it also said "wounded war veterans". When I had my first chance to chat with him I asked him about the bag. His response was simply that it was a gift. I then asked if he was wounded and he said yes. When I asked more about his injury, his response was "I'd rather not talk about it, sir".

Over a few holes I learned that he had spent the last 15 months in an army rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio Texas . His wife moved there to be with him and he was released from the hospital in September. He was a rather quiet fellow; however, he did say that he wanted to get good at golf. We had a nice round and as we became a bit more familiar I asked him about the a brand new set of Ping woods and irons he was playing. Some looked like they had never been hit. His response was simple. He said that this round was the first full round he had played with these clubs.

Later in the round he told me the following. As part of the discharge process from the rehabilitation hospital, Ping comes in and provides three days of golf instruction, followed by club fitting. Upon discharge from the hospital, Ping gives each of the discharged veterans, generally about 40 soldiers, a brand new set of custom fitted clubs along with the impressive golf bags.

The fellow I met was named Ben Woods and he looked me in the eye and said that being fitted for those clubs was one of the best things that ever happened to him and he was determined to learn to play golf well enough to deserve the gift Ping had given him. Ben is now out of the service, medically discharged just a month ago.

It is to their credit that Ping does not advertise this program. I think all golfers, perhaps all Americans, should know about Ping 's generosity.

That's really a great thing!
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Will 'Harry Potter' & 'Transformers' Stop Wall Street's Anti-3D Stampede?
By DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Friday June 10, 2011 @ 4:00pm PDT

Wall Street's backlash against 3D movies is growing serious. Just weeks after movie executives and investors wondered how well 3D films would do this summer, they've begun to ask much tougher questions including: When will movie theater chains begin to cancel orders for 3D projection equipment? And could continued weakening in ticket sales force AMC Entertainment to shelve its plan to go public and raise as much as $450 million?

Defenders of the technology are urging everyone to wait and see whether there's an uptick in 3D ticket sales for Paramount's Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, which opens July 1, and Warner Bros' Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part II, which opens July 15. The films should "help provide for a more positive outlook" for 3D in general and particularly for 3D technology company RealD, says Merriman Capital analyst Eric Wold.

But investors didn't appear to agree on Friday. RealD's stock price fell 13.2% to $20.90 the day after executives responded to the Street's concerns with talking points that simply urged people not to read too much into disappointing 3D sales for just a few films. RealD shares now have lost 41.3% of their value since May 19. "While management dismisses a change in consumer enthusiasm toward 3D, the public is speaking and 3D is simply being overused with ticket premiums far too high," says BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield -- who has a "sell" rating on RealD.

Exhibitors also are losing patience. Regal Entertainment's stock price is down 16.7% since mid-May. Cinemark is down 12.6% since this beginning of this month. "When 3D was first introduced the public got really excited," says Imax CEO Rich Gelfond. "But over time it's going to be on a movie-by-movie basis. In some cases it will work. And in others it won't."

http://www.deadline.com/2011/06/will-harry-potter-and-transformers-stop-wall-streets-anti-3d-stampede/#more-138945

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