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« Reply #480 on: Aug 6th, 2010, 12:29pm »

Good morning,

I was completely confused by the end of that story too. Which croc? Which area? Which decade?

Glad you liked the Sedona photo. No way in heck would you get me up on that rock! Nope!

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« Reply #481 on: Aug 6th, 2010, 7:55pm »

Good evening Crys smiley

There is no way I would abseil on any rock face let alone in Sedona either…. Although I would love to visit Sedona. When flying to the UK we met a man in Singapore on his way to England who had broken his back in a fall while abseiling. Airport staff were struggling to lift him from one wheelchair to another. My husband went to help them when he saw their plight, and stopped and chatted to the man and his wife.

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« Reply #482 on: Aug 7th, 2010, 10:23am »

"Abseil away, abseil away, come abseil away with me"

Hi Pen!

Sedona is beautiful. I was raised in Arizona. Every summer when I was a kid we went to Sedona and camped. It really is a wonderful place.

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« Reply #483 on: Aug 7th, 2010, 10:26am »

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August 7, 2010
Taliban Kill 10 on Medical Aid Mission in Afghanistan
By ROD NORDLAND and SHARIFULLAH SAHAK

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 10 medical personnel, including six Americans, were slain in northern Afghanistan, officials confirmed Saturday.

The Taliban, through one of its spokesmen, claimed responsibility for the killings.

The workers, who were on an expedition to bring eye care and other medical services to remote areas, were found shot to death in a mountainous area of Badakhshan Province, according to the provincial police chief, Aka Noor Kentoz.

The International Assistance Mission said six of the dead were Americans, one was German and one was British. Dirk Frans, the executive director of the I.A.M., said the team was headed by Tom Little, an American opthamologist with four decades experience in Afghanistan and a fluent Dari speaker.

“We have reason to believe that several American citizens are among the deceased,” said a spokeswoman for the American embassy, Caitlin Hayden. “We cannot confirm any details at this point, but are actively working with local authorities to learn more about the identities and nationalities of these individuals.”

Mr. Frans said the team numbered 12, including four Afghans, two of whom were killed. The A.I.M. said that the workers were killed on Thursday, but villagers reported seeing them alive on Friday.

The victims’ bodies were stripped of all belongings, making identification difficult and suggesting robbery as a motive. However, Taliban insurgents are known to be active in the area, and the attackers allowed at least one Afghan to leave the scene unharmed. The survivor, an Afghan driver named Saifullah, told police that he was let go because he had recited verses from the Koran.

The governor of Nuristan Province, Jamaluddin Badar, said the expedition had just crossed the border to Badakhshan Province on Friday. They stopped at a local restaurant for lunch in the rugged Sharron Valley of the Hindu Kush mountain range in Badakhshan.

Mr. Kentoz said that local residents told the police that red-bearded gunmen later took the workers prisoner, marched them on foot to a remote area and shot them to death.

It is common in Afghanistan for older men to dye their beards with henna.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed that the medical team were shot because they ignored an order from the insurgents to stop. Afterwards, he said, they found evidence that the group were American spies and were preaching Christianity. Speaking by cell phone, he said that they had maps showing their bases, and a Bible in Dari. Although I.A.M. is a Christian-supported group, Mr. Frans said, it does not engage in proselytizing.

Last month, the I.A.M. held a fund-raiser in Kabul for a medical expedition to Nuristan Province. In a blog post to raise funds for the expedition, Dr. Karen Woo, a British-trained surgeon, said the expedition would be hiking with packhorses for three weeks along a 120-mile route in northeastern Nuristan Province to bring medical services to remote areas. The area is close to the Badakhshan provincial border.

“The expedition will require a lot of physical and mental resolve and will not be without risk but ultimately, I believe that the provision of medical treatment is of fundamental importance and that the effort is worth it in order to assist those that need it most,” Dr. Woo wrote on the blog.

A statement on I.A.M.’s Web site put the death toll at 10. “It is likely that they are members of the International Assistance Mission eye camp team,” the statement said. “If these reports are confirmed we object to this senseless killing of people who have done nothing but serve the poor.”

Mr. Kentoz said the group, which included an eye doctor and a dental surgeon, was associated with Noor Eye Hospital in Kabul. A spokesman at the hospital identified them as members of the I.A.M.

Mr. Frans said the incident would not deter the Christian-supported group from their work.

“We have worked here under the king, under the Russians, under the Communists, under the warlords and the Taliban,” he said. “Is it time to quit now?”

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« Reply #484 on: Aug 7th, 2010, 10:28am »

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August 6, 2010
Wildfires Ravaging Swaths of Russia
By ANDREW E. KRAMER and KEVIN DREW

MOSCOW — Wildfires that have overwhelmed Russia’s firefighting services and burned freely through large areas of the heat-seared countryside have claimed 52 lives, clouded Moscow in smoke and on Friday forced the military to transfer rockets away from a garrison near the capital.

More than 800 wildfires had been reported by the end of the week. Most were in western and central parts of the country, which is in its worst heat wave since record-keeping began here more than 130 years ago.

Temperatures have been spiking since mid-June, and no relief was in sight on Friday, when temperatures in Moscow were forecast to exceed 100 degrees, about 25 degrees higher than usual.

A thick, milky haze shrouded the city, and many Muscovites peered with red-rimmed eyes over the tops of surgical masks or wet handkerchiefs.

By 1:40 p.m., the city’s environmental protection agency said the concentrations of carbon monoxide were five times as much as acceptable levels, while particulate pollution was three times as much.

The heavy smoke disrupted flights into Moscow. At Domodedovo Airport, visibility on the runways was down to about 400 yards on Friday, the news agency Itar-Tass reported. Dozens of arrivals were delayed or late, the airport reported on its Web site.

Artillery rockets housed at the Alabinsk base, about 45 miles southwest of Moscow, were moved to safer ground away from the fires, a Defense Ministry spokesman told reporters.

The fires posed a different threat when they burned through forests toward a nuclear missile warning center outside Moscow; the center’s fire brigades suppressed two fires Friday that had threatened the site, news agencies reported, citing a Russian Space Forces spokesman.

Russia’s president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, fired five military officers last week for allowing a fire to burn through hangars at an air force base near the capital, and he has upbraided governors and other lower-level officials.

On Friday, a presidential assistant, Georgy Poltavchenko, said in the state newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta that mayors would face a “debriefing” and that those found to have lagged in their response to the fires “will be brought to justice.”

Local officials in Russia have faced accusations of taking inadequate measures to prevent fires and failing to respond effectively to the blazes. Last week, Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin called for the resignations of local leaders who were not dealing with the crisis.

Earlier this week, material was moved from a nuclear research facility in Sarov in Nizhny Novgorod, about 310 miles east of Moscow, as fires approached, removing any threat of explosions at the center, said Sergei Kirienko, head of Russia’s federal atomic energy agency, according to RIA Novosti news service.

Russia’s emergencies minister said Thursday that nuclear contaminants from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster more than 20 years ago could be released into the atmosphere by the fires. “In the event of a fire there, radionuclides could rise together with combustion particles, resulting in a new pollution zone,” the minister, Sergei K. Shoigu, said on state television.

Fires have left more than 3,000 people homeless, the government said Thursday. Mr. Medvedev has declared a state of emergency in 7 regions, and 28 other regions have declared an emergency for farmers whose crops are failing in a severe drought.

Officials were preparing a shelter in the country’s Kaliningrad enclave between Poland and Lithuania to house 150 children from central Russia, the government said.

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Vancouver mystic's secret message describes “alien's memories”
Submitted by Jon Kelly on Fri, 08/06/2010 - 17:54

Jessica Schab on Secret Message TV
August 4, 7:04 PM
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Vancouver-based mystic Jessica Schab spoke to Secret Message TV about inner dimensions of UFO contact that inform her perspectives on contemporary social and spiritual issues. Speaking live from A Coruña, Spain, Ms. Schab explained that her father received communications about her from a being known as Semjase while she was still a baby in her mother's womb. Analysis of these remarks using voice-driven disclosure technology revealed an unconscious message describing “alien's memories”.

While only the first portion of the SMTV version of the Jessica Schab interview is available online, the entire 60 minute audio track is available now as an edition of the Secret Message Report podcast.

Unconscious disclosure

Ms. Schab told the Secret Message TV audience how her father “[S]aid that, for example, when I was asking about Semjase, he said 'Well, she had come to me when you were in your mother's stomach and said that I must name you after her.' And so that helped me get a better understanding. But still, I don't get the connection fully, why she came to him and told him that. I see her as [a guide].”

The audio track from this portion of the interview monitored in reverse revealed the message, “Just ride your ship. Alien's memories”. Click link to listen.

Father's messages

In her online bio, Ms. Schab states that as a teenager “[M]y dad was getting messages for me from everything to Angels to Aliens and I would not hear of any of it. I was very upset with my dad ... As much as I tried to avoid the strange things occurring with my dad, these messages that these beings were so eager to impart on me would not leave me alone. If I went into book stores or libraries, books would fall at my feet, on the very stuff that my dad was talking about. I never picked up the books, I just ran away.“

During the interview, Ms. Schab explained, “There are a lot of girls claiming to be Semjase. I'm not claiming to be Semjase. I have a neat connection with her that I'm trying to understand ... On my father's side, he's had constant ET contact. And [on] my mother's side, we have my grandfather who was telekinetic, [with] all kinds of abilities that he had from his contact.”

A question raised less than two minutes later seems to anticipate discovery of the “alien's memories” message, when this reporter asked Ms. Schab if people who had lived on other planets were reincarnating on the earth today.

The sequential locations along the audio time line where the message was discovered and the location where this reporter asked the past lives question suggest causality.

Is it possible that this reporter's unconscious mind detected and interpreted the secret message encrypted within Ms. Schab's remarks from less than two minutes earlier? Did the past lives question confirm the receipt and decoding of the “alien's memories” message at an unconscious level between the two communicators?

Story continues here:
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-48237-Vancouver-UFO-Examiner~y2010m8d4-Vancouver-mystics-secret-message-describes-aliens-memories

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« Reply #486 on: Aug 7th, 2010, 10:38am »

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If we saw a patent for an iPod Touch with a camcorder, we wouldn’t bat an eyelash. A Mac with a touchscreen? Unremarkable. But we did a double take when we read that Apple filed a patent for a smart bike.

The company, known more for its must-have consumer gadgets than any niche products, has imagined a smart bicycle system that would let users communicate electronically with other cyclists, sharing such data as speed, distance, time, altitude, elevation, incline, decline, heart rate, power, derailleur setting, cadence, wind speed, path completed, expected future path, heart rate, power, and pace.

If that sounds totally un-Apple, it’s worth noting that this system would require an iPhone or iPod Touch, so it’s not a complete departure from the kinds of products Apple usually makes. In fact, it’s not unlike Nike + iPod, which combines Nike sneakers and an app installed on iPod Nanos and Touches to monitor runners’ distance, time, heart rate, and other key stats.

To bicyclists, this idea might not seem novel; they can buy attachable computers now. But they also have to pretty serious about the sport: high-end models can cost upwards of $200. Even the LiveRider iPhone bike computer kit costs $100.

However, it’s unclear how tricked-out a smart bike would be, much less how much it might cost. Part of the mystery is that any number of sensors could be attached to the bike itself, to monitor how it’s moving, and in what direction. For instance, it could come loaded with GPS, an accelerometer, or a magnetic sensor, to name just three types. The patent does indicate, though, that regardless of the combination of sensors, the general concept of a smart bike would apply to any kind of bicycle, whether it be a mountain bike or BMX.

Then there’s the question of display. The patent indicates that an iPhone or iPod Touch, coupled with an armband, is possible, but so is a display (either fixed or removable) that’s attached to the handlebars. (We think a cradle for the iPhone sounds like the most elegant solution, allowing users to easily view data without having to spring for an additional piece of hardware.)

In terms of how intrusive such a system could potentially be, the patent suggests that users could also set a threshold (say, for speed) after which the system alerts the bicyclist to changes in their stats. It might even be possible for users to use voice commands to communicate with the app, which we’d prefer too if we were riding on a fast-moving bike.

We’re still stumped as to how a smart bike, applicable to far fewer customers than, say, an iPad, fits into Apple’s broader strategy. But if this is going to be the bicyclists’ version of Nike + iPod, we sure are intrigued.

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Premature baby saved by makeshift incubator built from plastic bag

A paramedic saved the life of a baby girl born 14 weeks ahead of schedule by building a makeshift incubator out of a rubbish bag.

Published: 8:00AM BST 07 Aug 2010

Sophie Thomlinson weighed just 1lb 15oz when she was born in the back of an ambulance as her mother Emily, 29, was driven to hospital during a blizzard earlier this year.

The premature baby was in need of an incubator but the equipment is too large to be installed in most ambulances.

But paramedic Rob Dalziel, 37, was able to keep her moist by wrapping her in a yellow plastic bag usually used for disposing of hazardous medical supplies.

He then used towels to cocoon the child and keep her body temperature at a safe level and forced air into her lungs to ensure she kept breathing as the ambulance continued on to Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

She spent two weeks in the hospital's ITU 'Hot Room' before being transferred to the High Dependency Unit at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Four months later Sophie has been allowed home with her mother and father Peter Hazzard, 27, in Wheatley, Oxon.

Emily said: ''I was in a lot of pain and quite stressed not knowing what was going to happen.

''Giving birth 14 weeks premature is not ideal, especially on the side of the road.

''I was really worried and I did not know if Sophie would still be alive when we reached the hospital."

Babies are considered on the threshold in terms of their survival chances after 22 weeks. The normal term is 40 weeks.

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« Reply #488 on: Aug 7th, 2010, 10:45am »

The Hill. They are exhausted. Poor widdle things........ rolleyes


Obama's economic team exhausted
By Sam Youngman - 08/07/10 06:00 AM ET

President Obama’s economic team is exhausted, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, and that is one the reasons Christina Romer announced her departure Thursday.

Gibbs dismissed reports that Romer, the outgoing chairwoman of the president's council for economic affairs, was leaving because of conflicts with Larry Summers, the director of the National Economic Council.

The press secretary told The Hill on Friday that Romer and the rest of the economic team have worked the equivalent of six years during the 18 months they’ve been in office, and Romer wanted to return to her normal life.

"These guys have probably packed a term and a half into a half of a term," Gibbs said.

Romer is the second member of the economic team to leave this summer. She follows Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The early days of the administration alone were enough to wear the team down, he said, as they realized the depth of the recession.

"If you think about what we went through in the beginning, nobody knew when we woke up if the whole thing was just going to come crashing down," Gibbs said.

Romer was involved in the administration’s planning of the $787 billion economic stimulus package. Ever since the legislation was approved by Congress, she’s been at the forefront of the administration’s effort to sell the product to the public.

That’s been difficult given the fact that the nation’s unemployment rate soared to 10 percent after the legislation’s approval. The administration had hoped the jobless rate would top off at 8 percent.

Romer was the administration's public face every month when the national unemployment numbers were released – usually to bad news. She issued a statement on Friday noting the private sector created 71,000 jobs in July, not enough to lower unemployment.

Reports surrounding her departure suggest she was leaving because of the heavy presence of Summers, an economist with a reputation for less than stellar people skills, and because she was frustrated with life in Washington.

Gibbs dismissed those stories, saying Romer had been in on every critical meeting with Obama on the economy and played a key role in the White House's economic policies.

"I bet there's not a CEA in history that has spent more time in front of the president than she has," Gibbs said.

Romer echoed that line in an interview with MSNBC.

"I feel very strongly that my voice has absolutely been heard," she said Friday. "And I also have to tell you, I feel the economics team has learned to work together very well. I know there were lots of reports of some fireworks early on, but the truth is we have become good friends and good colleagues."

She also said she was leaving for personal reasons.

“I have a 13 year old son who’s about to turn 14 and start high school in the fall. And we made the decision as a family that the right decision was to return to California so he could have all four years at the same school,” she told MSNBC.

Romer was one of the more liberal members of the president's economic team.

Her departure leaves Jared Bernstein, the top economic adviser to Vice President Biden and a former staffer at the union-backed Economic Policy Institute, as the most senior liberal economist in the administration.

Romer will resign on Sept. 3 and return to her position as an economic professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

She is the second major economics adviser to leave the administration after budget director Peter Orszag’s departure last month.

-- Walter Alarkon and Bridget Johnson contributed to this article

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Defense lobbyist indicted on 11 counts
By Roxana Tiron and Kevin Bogardus - 08/05/10 08:23 PM ET

The founder of a once-lucrative defense lobby shop was arrested on Thursday after being indicted on eight counts of making illegal campaign contributions to lawmakers.

Government prosecutors allege that Paul Magliocchetti, who founded the now-defunct PMA Group, orchestrated a scheme to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions in an effort to enrich himself and his firm by increasing its influence and prestige in Washington.

The PMA Group has been under scrutiny since early 2009 from federal authorities and House ethics committee investigators, but prosecutors do not allege any wrongdoing by lawmakers, who they say were not aware of Magliocchetti’s scheme.

Magliocchetti was indicted on a total of 11 counts: four of making illegal campaign contributions in the name of someone else; four of making illegal campaign contributions from a corporation; and three of causing federal campaigns to unwittingly make false statements, according to a release from the Department of Justice.

The former star lobbyist made an initial appearance in Alexandria federal court on Thursday afternoon. He will enter a plea at his arraignment, which is scheduled for Aug. 13.

The court released Magliocchetti under several conditions, including that he post a $2 million bond and surrender his passport, according to information provided by the Justice Department’s press office.

Magliocchetti also can’t leave the Washington area except to travel to his home in Florida, and must remain only on Amelia Island when there, Justice said.

The court also said Magliocchetti must “receive mental health treatment at a location that pre-trial services thinks is appropriate” as a condition of his release, according to Justice. He must “reside at a place approved by pre-trial services, which will include his current presence at a psychiatric facility in Baltimore,” Justice said.

The PMA founder is represented by Bill Lawler and Amy Riella of Vinson & Elkins LLP. The firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Separately, Magliocchetti’s son Mark pleaded guilty to one charge of making illegal campaign contributions. Mark Magliocchetti, who worked at his father’s firm, could face a year in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the plea agreement he reached with federal authorities.

Mark Magliocchetti made between $120,000 and $200,000 in illegal campaign contributions, according to court documents.

The PMA Group made significant campaign contributions to several veteran defense appropriators, including the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a defense appropriations chairman.

It also contributed to the new chairman, Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), and committee members Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.).

Ethics investigators already scrutinized several lawmakers and cleared them in the process.

The indictment alleges that Magliocchetti used straw donors, including family members and PMA employees, to make contributions to campaign committees. He then personally or through his company paid back those donors for their contribution in a scheme to evade donation limits to lawmakers, according to the Justice Department.

Prosecutors say that the PMA founder also recruited two acquaintances in Florida to write checks to candidates and then reimbursed them by writing personal or company checks.

The Floridians, John Pugliese and Jon Walker, were listed as PMA associates and members of the PMA board of directors since 2005. The two men, however, were not involved in defense lobbying and were not seen as political players despite their checks to politicians.

The Hill reported last year that Magliocchetti was planning to go into another business with the two Florida-based men.

According to corporate records filed with Florida’s Department of State, Magliocchetti is listed as an executive for Firenze Partners with Walker and Pugliese. Based in Fernandina Beach, Fla., the business’s purpose is to be a restaurant, according to its articles of organization on record.

Filed on Nov. 26, 2008, the records state that Magliocchetti, Pugliese and Walker are all managers of the business.

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Call Me Carl!!! I'll take it! grin

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Carl Icahn to Warren Buffett: 'Call me!'
Tells THR he'll join other billionaires to give away his money
Aug 6, 2010, 03:11 PM ET

Billionaire Carl Icahn told THR he was never contacted by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to join their Giving Pledge initiative, which went public this week.

Buffett and Gates contacted 80 of the world's billionaires to join -- a minor blip on the radar -- and Icahn was't one of them. (The initiative asks the wealthiest on the planet to give 50% of their earnings to charity. George Lucas, Ted Turner and Barry Diller are among those on board.)

Worth $10.5 billion, Icahn supported the idea wholeheartedly, calling the pledge "excellent."

"If I got a call, I'd send it in," Icahn said. "I made a commitment 20 years ago that virtually all my assets would be used to fund a charitable foundation. I never really thought of going public with it."

Icahn is currently in a battle to gain control of Vancouver-based studio Lionsgate.

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« Reply #491 on: Aug 7th, 2010, 11:21am »

Carl could do some simple reading and figure out where to send his money.

http://www.bread.org/hungerbasics/domestic.html

The relevant information there says:

--36.3 million people--including 13 million children--live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger. This represents more than one in ten households in the United States (11.2 percent). This is an increase of 1.4 million, from 34.9, million in 2002.

--3.5 percent of U.S. households experience hunger. Some people in these households frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for a whole day. 9.6 million people, including 3 million children, live in these homes.

--7.7 percent of U.S. households are at risk of hunger. Members of these households have lower quality diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. 26.6 million people, including 10.3 million children, live in these homes.

The second two paragraphs amplify the first. The 36.3 million people live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger. 9.6 million people, including 3 million children, experience hunger, when people frequently skip meals or eat too little. The second group, 26.6 million people including 10.3 million children are at risk of hunger, which they deal with by buying cheaper (and less nutritious food) and by relying on public or private food programs.

So three million children live in homes that experience hunger. Two further points are important:

--First, this is really "experience hunger at some time during the year." A majority of the people who were hungry at some time during the year were hungry in several different months, but only for a few times each month. So that daily statistics for hunger would be smaller.

--Secondly, the number of children that experience hunger would be smaller, as adults usually try to shield children from hunger. The first people to be hungry are usually adults.

Thus, on a typical day in November 2003, for example, between 490,000 and 698,000 households (0.4-0.6 percent of all U.S. households included one or more members who were hungry because the household could not afford enough food. Children are usually shielded from hunger even when resources are inadequate to provide food for the entire family. Nevertheless, hunger among children occurred in 33,000 to 37,000 households (.08 to .09 percent of all U.S. households from children) on a typical day. [This would represent an estimated 100,000 children with three children per family.] Source: Food Security Research Brief.

I'm sure these numbers are higher now that we are in a depression.
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« Reply #492 on: Aug 7th, 2010, 11:28am »

It's Seattle Seafair time again. The Blue Angels are flying today.

SEATTLE (NNS) -- USS Port Royal (CG 73), USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrived in the Port of Seattle Aug. 3 for Seattle Seafair 2010.

Seattle Seafair is an annual summer celebration. The U.S. Navy, along with the Canadian navy and U.S. Coast Guard, participate in the event, during which selected ships sail into Seattle.

"Seafair is a great opportunity for Sailors to visit the great city of Seattle and interact with the public in a positive way," said Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class (SW) Brian Macias assigned to the Kidd. "I'm really looking forward to some of the great events in Seattle that are open to Sailors, like the Mariners Military Appreciation Night."

There are various activities held throughout the week for the Sailors to participate in, but some plan to take advantage of being in the Seattle area and visiting with family and friends.

"I'm excited to see some of my friends from the area that I haven't seen in years," said Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Richard Hinkson. "I'm also looking forward to the boat races and air show at Lake Washington."

For some, the arrival meant preparing for the next evolution, which would be the "Parade of Ships." This event involves the ships taking on groups and giving them tours while the ships pull out and cruise the Elliot Bay area.

The community is also invited aboard the ships from Aug. 2 - 5 at the downtown Seattle Waterfront.

Sailors said they were pleased to have the opportunity to visit Seattle and will get a chance to not only show the colors of the U.S. Navy, but to enjoy themselves while in port.

"It's a beautiful city and my first time here. It was kind of a long transit, but I'm ready to go out and eat some seafood," Electronics Technician 3rd Class (SW) John Polinard.

"I'm excited. I'm looking forward to getting out on liberty and seeing what Seattle has to offer. I might go find out what the Space Needle's all about," said Boatswain's Mate 1st (SW) Class John Cook.

For more news from Navy Region Northwest, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrnw/.

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« Reply #493 on: Aug 7th, 2010, 11:56am »

Some really lovely photos of our troops and their families. They look so young.

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« Reply #494 on: Aug 7th, 2010, 1:04pm »

Yes, they do look very young.

Morning, Crystal and Pen. smiley

on Aug 6th, 2010, 7:55pm, Luvey wrote:
Philliman that is such a beautiful serene picture… I love it…. Thank you for posting it… smiley Its a nice start for the day.

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You are welcome. When looking at that picture I nearly got the feeling that I can smell those plants.

Scientists find sea sponges share human genes

Fri Aug 6, 5:58 am ET

SYDNEY (AFP) – Mankind may be descended from apes but Australian scientists have found proof of links much closer to the sea floor, with a study revealing that sea sponges share almost 70 percent of human genes.

Genetic sequencing of sea sponges from the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef showed the ancient marine animal shared many of its genes with humans, including a large number typically associated with disease and cancer.

Lead researcher Bernard Degnan, of the University of Queensland, said the findings "would shed light on a whole range of different things," and could lay the foundation for breakthroughs in cancer and stem cell research.

"Sponges have what's (considered) the 'Holy Grail' of stem cells," Degnan told AFP.

Exploring the genetic function of sponge stem cells could provide "deep and important connections" to the genes that influenced human stem cell biology, he said.

"(It) might actually inform the way we think about our own stem cells and how we might be able to use them in future medical applications," he said.

The study -- published in the journal "Nature" this week -- is the result of more than five years of research by an international team of scientists.

It required the extraction of "really pure DNA" from sponge embryos and a complex sequencing exercise, Degnan said.

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