Board Logo
« Stuff & Nonsense »

Welcome Guest. Please Login or Register.
May 24th, 2017, 8:20pm


Visit the UFO Casebook Web Site

*Totally FREE 24/7 Access *Your Nickname and Avatar *Private Messages

*Join today and be a part of one of the largest UFO sites on the Net.


« Previous Topic | Next Topic »
Pages: 1 ... 325 326 327 328 329  ...  1070 Notify Send Topic Print
 veryhotthread  Author  Topic: Stuff & Nonsense  (Read 44967 times)
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4890 on: Aug 27th, 2011, 12:32pm »

Wired

Ornithologists Find First New U.S. Bird in 37 Years
By Brandon Keim
August 26, 2011 | 2:34 pm
Categories: Animals


User Image
Image: Pyle et al./The Condor


For the first time in almost four decades, a new bird species has been discovered in the United States.

But there’s a catch: the Bryan’s shearwater was identified in a museum collection. Though others have been reported, the first living bird-in-hand example awaits finding.

“I’m pretty certain it’s still out there,” said Peter Pyle, an institution at the Institute for Bird Populations.

Pyle identified the shearwater while compiling a monograph on Hawaii’s birds. The specimen had been collected in 1963 at Midway Atoll, and was identified at the time as a little shearwater, an especially small member of its long-winged seabird family.

When he looked closer at the bird, Pyle thought it was actually a Boyd’s shearwater, though the match still wasn’t perfect: It had a shorter wing and tail. But genetic analyses showed that neither identification was correct.

Pyle and Smithsonian Institution ornithologists Robert Fleischer and Andreanna Welch named the new species Puffinus bryani after Edwin Bryan, a former curator at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. They describe the bird in an article published in The Condor.

While newly-discovered bird species are not rare in the deep jungles of South America and South Asia, P. bryani is the first new U.S. bird since 1974, when the Po’ouli was found in Maui.

“Many ornithologists dream of discovering new species,” said Pyle. “Some are still doing that down in the Amazon. But to find one in our backyard is surprising.”

Much remains to be learned about this new species, starting with where it lives. According to Pyle, a second specimen was tagged and recorded on Midway in 1990. Reports of small, unidentified shearwaters from Japan, California and the southern Gulf of Alaska may represent Bryan’s shearwater sightings.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/08/new-shearwater-species/

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4891 on: Aug 28th, 2011, 08:26am »

Reuters

Hurricane Irene downgraded to tropical storm

MIAMI | Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:13am EDT

MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Irene weakened as it pushed into New York on Sunday and was downgraded to tropical storm status, the National Hurricane Center said.

After battering the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast with hurricane power, Irene's winds dropped to 65 mph/100 kmh by 9 a.m., the center said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/28/us-storm-irene-idUSTRE77K01820110828

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4892 on: Aug 28th, 2011, 12:29pm »

Star Wars the Old Republic





Uploaded by SWTORFilms on Aug 26, 2011

A prison discovered buried in the ice on Belsavis is thought to house an ancient and deadly evil that could threaten the galaxy. To counter this threat, General Thredoldt dispatches Imperial forces to investigate the prison and confront the dangers within. Watch as a group of players work their way towards the prison gates in the opening section of the Eternity Vault, one of the high-level Operations in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™.

Category:
Gaming

~

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4893 on: Aug 28th, 2011, 12:38pm »

LA Times

Libyan rebels reject negotiations with Kadafi

Responding to a purported offer by Moammar Kadafi to discuss a transfer of power, a leader of the provisional government says, 'We're not talking to him. We're going to arrest him.' Rebels are in full control of Tripoli, but crucial shortages loom.

By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2011, 8:45 a.m.
Reporting from Tripoli

Rebel leaders Sunday dismissed a purported offer by Moammar Kadafi to negotiate a transition in government, insisting that Libya's longtime ruler should turn himself in.

The Associated Press reported late Saturday that Musa Ibrahim, a spokesman for Kadafi's all-but-toppled government, had called its New York headquarters to offer talks on a "transfer of power," saying the leader's son Saadi would conduct the negotiations. He said Kadafi remained in Libya but did not specify where.

A top official of the National Transitional Council rejected the offer. "We have no negotiations with Kadafi and we can offer him only two things: safety and a fair trial," said Ahmad Darrat, said to be incoming interior minister of the provisional government now taking the reins of power in Libya.

"There's no negotiations," Mahmoud Shammaam, a spokesman for the provisional government in Tripoli, told reporters. "There were no negotiations before. There are criminals running for justice. We're not talking to him. We're going to arrest him."

Kadafi was driven from his longtime base of power last week in a lightning offensive by lightly armed rebels storming the Libyan capital from several directions. Tripoli now suffers power, water and food shortages, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in the capital and the rebel-controlled Nafusa Mountains region.

Rebels entering the capital have found the bodies of dozens of apparently recent victims of violence at hospitals and military bases. Dozens of injured Libyans have entered Tunisia in recent days to seek treatment, according to Tunisian radio.

Rebels appear to have squelched the last pockets of armed Kadafi loyalists in the capital and are considering an offensive against the city of Surt, a remaining Kadafi stronghold, after negotiations to persuade the city's surrender appear to have gone nowhere.

"As far as I know the negotiations still are going," Mahmoud Shammam, a spokesman for the council in Tripoli, told reporters at a press briefing. "Time is pressuring us. We'd like to unify Libya very soon.

"We're not going to wait endlessly."

The provisional government, still based in eastern Libya but moving to Tripoli, is struggling to take control of the country after the capture of the capital by rebel fighters from the country's west.

Shammam said the transitional council's two top leaders, Mustafa Abdul Jalal and Mahmoud Jebril, were meeting in Qatar to discuss their possible arrival in the capital.

Faisal Gergab, a transitional government official, told reporters that a "stabilization team" has been traveling around the capital to assess the humanitarian needs; officials said 70% of Tripoli residents lacked water.

Gergab said a million-gallon tanker of water had just berthed in Tripoli's port and that the transitional government would soon begin distribution at mosques. Another tanker carrying gasoline had arrived at the port in Zawiya, to the west of Tripoli. More shipments of gas and cooking fuel should be arriving soon, he said.

"We hope the fuel situation will be stabilized in the next few days," he said.

Officials also announced plans for banks to begin reopening within 30 days and to allow residents to withdraw money and government employees to collect salaries. Plans are also being prepared to re-open police stations in part to prevent the type of lawlessness and budding anger that afflicted Iraq after the 2003 U.S-led invasion.

Shammam said the transitional government might request technical police assistance from other Arab or Muslim countries.

"Were not going to repeat the mistakes we saw in Baghdad or Kabul," Shammam said.

The transitional government has managed to complete one thing. Its satellite television station Ahrar, based in Qatar, has taken over the satellite slots from Libyan state television.

Special correspondent Ryma Marrouch contributed to this report.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-tripoli-20110829,0,4186393.story

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4894 on: Aug 28th, 2011, 12:41pm »

.





Uploaded by awe130 on Aug 21, 2011

http://www.keyholepublishing.com/
An interview with Richard Dolan

Category:
Science & Technology

~

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
Swamprat
Gold Member
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Male
Posts: 3731
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4895 on: Aug 28th, 2011, 7:30pm »

Wales Online

Mystery of farm animal mutilations in Wales


by Simon Gaskell
Wales On Sunday
Aug 28 2011

A DECADE of clinical animal mutilations in Wales is being investigation by pathologists who suspect aliens may be to blame.

The organisation, called the Animal Pathology Field Unit (APFU), was set up in 2001 to investigate after sheep and cattle were discovered dead with strange, surgical-style injuries. Reports have since been produced on mutilated lambs in Beddgelert, Gwynedd, slaughtered texel rams in Plwmp, Dyfed, and a farm in Bleddfa, Powys, where it is claimed 20 ewes go missing every June.

And in a plot twist worthy of Steven Spielberg-produced summer blockbuster Super 8, it is also claimed the military has moved in to find out what is going on.

The APFU concentrates most of its resources in the Rea valley near the border and in towns including Knighton and Llandrindod Wells, where mutilations are said to be rife.
It claims the injuries are too “sophisticated” to have been caused by predators and animals have been killed in locations which are difficult to reach without being detected.

And Phil Hoyle, of the APFU, says the curious lack of blood or footprints at the scene – despite the surgical removal of large amounts of tissue – means extraterrestrials can’t be ruled out as the cause of the attacks.

He said: “We are looking to the UFO connection and things people are describing, unconventional things entering the sea and leaving the sea.

“We have some farmers that have seen unusual lights and found animals killed in an extremely surgical way.

“These are not done by satanic cults. These are very sophisticated – whether done by aliens, military or some clandestine monitoring, something unusual is going on.”

John Duggan, a farmer with more than 700 acres of land from Monaughty near Knighton, where one of the mutilations is alleged to have taken place, said: “We do find sheep dead, usually when we find them they have been killed by wildlife, like birds.

“We haven’t seen anything surgical – it is just something dead or carved up and you might not be able to find it for two or three days.”

Mr Hoyle – who has been investigating UFOs since 1983 – said Wales, alongside the US, is one of the world’s hotspots for the mutilation phenomenon.

“We don’t know what has the ability to do this: literally to walk into an isolated area, surgically remove tissue, walk out and not leave a footprint or anything,” he said.

He said activity in the past six months had increased significantly, and claimed the military had moved in to monitor the situation.

The Ministry of Defence denied it had any personnel in Wales looking for UFOs.
A spokesman said: “There is no benefit in such investigations.”

The animal mutilation mystery in Wales

Beddgelert, Gwynedd, 2001: A lamb was found on a small farm a few miles outside of Beddgelert. A large, oval-shaped hole had been made through its left hip bone. It was roughly an inch-wide and there was a 45-degree-angled smooth “trepanning” of the bone. The field notes ask: What sort of mechanism could have achieved that?

Brook Farm, Plwmp, Dyfed, 2002: According to field notes a farmer found mutilated texel rams in the morning having inspected the animals the night before when there was no sign of anything unusual. A week before the ram attack the farmer had lost six ewes to what the APFU describes as the “usual modus operandi” which includes a jaw strip, missing tongue and hardly any blood.

Woodside farm, Monaughty, Bleddfa, Powys, 2009: Four dead ewes were found with facial strips. According to field notes there were “a number of other odd incidents down the years including an annual instance of 15 to 20 ewes disappearing without trace.” Notes state: “It should also be noted that the SAS are known to conduct training exercises in this area, again a common denominator, could they be monitoring the situation?”

Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/need-to-read/2011/08/28/mystery-of-farm-animal-mutilations-91466-29315869/#ixzz1WMLgTlSn
User IP Logged

"Let's see what's over there."
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4896 on: Aug 29th, 2011, 08:15am »

"Wales Online

Mystery of farm animal mutilations in Wales

by Simon Gaskell
Wales On Sunday
Aug 28 2011

A DECADE of clinical animal mutilations in Wales is being investigation by pathologists who suspect aliens may be to blame.

The organisation, called the Animal Pathology Field Unit (APFU), was set up in 2001 to investigate after sheep and cattle were discovered dead with strange, surgical-style injuries. Reports have since been produced on mutilated lambs in Beddgelert, Gwynedd, slaughtered texel rams in Plwmp, Dyfed, and a farm in Bleddfa, Powys, where it is claimed 20 ewes go missing every June.

And in a plot twist worthy of Steven Spielberg-produced summer blockbuster Super 8, it is also claimed the military has moved in to find out what is going on."



Thank you for that article Swamprat. Strange and creepy to say the least.

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4897 on: Aug 29th, 2011, 08:18am »

Washington Post

Syrian unrest raises fears about chemical arsenal

By Joby Warrick, Published: August 28

In 2008, a secret State Department cable warned of a growing chemical weapons threat from a Middle Eastern country whose autocratic leader had a long history of stirring up trouble in the region. The leader, noted for his “support for terrorist organizations,” was attempting to buy technology from other countries to upgrade an already fearsome stockpile of deadly poisons, the department warned.

The Middle Eastern state with the dangerous chemicals was not Libya, whose modest stockpile was thrust into the spotlight last week because of fighting there. It was Syria, another violence-torn Arab state whose advanced weapons are drawing new concern as the country drifts toward an uncertain future.

A sudden collapse of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could mean a breakdown in controls over the country’s weapons, U.S. officials and weapons experts said in interviews. But while Libya’s chemical arsenal consists of unwieldy canisters filled mostly with mustard gas, the World War I-era blistering agent, Syria possesses some of the deadliest chemicals ever to be weaponized, dispersed in thousands of artillery shells and warheads that are easy to transport.

Syria’s preferred poison is not mustard gas but sarin, the nerve agent that killed 13 people and sickened about 1,000 during a terrorist attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995. Sarin, which is lethal if inhaled even in minute quantities, can also be used to contaminate water and food supplies.

Although many analysts doubt that Assad would deliberately share chemical bombs with terrorists, it is not inconceivable that weapons could vanish amid the chaos of an uprising that destroys Syria’s vaunted security services, which safeguard the munitions.

“This is a scenario that’s on the radar screen if things go downhill,” said a U.S. security official who monitors events in Syria. “A lot of people are watching this closely.”

Deadly, large cache

Syria first developed chemical weapons in the 1970s and slowly amassed a sophisticated arsenal under the close supervision of then-President Hafez al-Assad and, later, his son Bashar, the current president. Using technology obtained in part from Russian scientists, the Assads sought to create a strategic deterrent against Israel, its vastly more powerful southern neighbor, whose forces humiliated Syrian troops in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and captured the strategic Syrian plateau known as the Golan Heights.

Many countries, including the United States and Russia, gradually eliminated their chemical-weapons arsenals, but Syria refused to sign the U.N. Chemical Weapons convention and proceeded to develop an ever larger and deadlier stockpile. The CIA has concluded that Syria possesses a large stockpile of sarin-based warheads and was working on developing VX, a deadlier nerve agent that resists breaking down in the environment.

By early in the last decade, some weapons experts ranked Syria’s chemical stockpile as probably the largest in the world, consisting of tens of tons of highly lethal chemical agents and hundreds of Scud missiles as well as lesser rockets, artillery rockets and bomblets for delivering the poisons.

Jeffrey Feltman, the State Department’s chief diplomat for the Middle East, last year cited Syria’s chemical weapons program as a primary reason for continuing U.S. economic sanctions against the Assad regime.

“We will continue pressing the Syrian government on its problematic policies,” Feltman said in testimony before a House committee.

The 2008 State Department cable, obtained and made public by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, was prompted by a Syrian attempt to obtain glass-lined reactors and other high-tech equipment from a private Indian firm. U.S. diplomats pressed the Indian government to block the sale. “We are concerned that the equipment in question is intended for, or could be diverted to Syria’s chemical weapons program,” the cable stated.

It was unclear whether the sale, which at the time was in its final stages, was allowed to proceed.

Dangerous ripple effects

Syria tops the list of Middle East countries with potentially vulnerable weapons systems, but U.S. officials say the political turmoil in the region has prompted a reassessment of the risks posed by arsenals elsewhere as well.

Several Middle Eastern countries possess large numbers of conventional weapons as well as nuclear research reactors whose fuel rods could be used in a “dirty bomb.” There is no evidence that advanced munitions have been stolen. But U.S. officials acknowledge increasing uncertainty about the control of weapons depots in countries undergoing prolonged periods of unrest.

Libya risk assessment

Western officials have been less concerned about Libya’s chemical stockpile, which was all but dismantled after Moammar Gaddafi agreed about eight years ago to renounce weapons of mass destruction. In reality, it was never especially impressive, having barely advanced beyond early 20th-century technology, weapons experts say. At the time Libyan rebels overran Gaddafi’s headquarters in Tripoli last week, the stockpile consisted of 11 metric tons of mustard agent and 845 tons of chemical precursors, none of it directly usable in weapons and all of it stored in steel barrels inside a fortified bunker.

“We assess that the facility is secure,” the State Department said Friday in a statement on the Libyan program.

U.S. officials said they were more concerned about safeguarding Libyan conventional weapons, including shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles. U.S.-backed teams of weapons experts have been working in liberated areas of Libya since May to find the missiles, which are coveted by terrorists because they can be used to shoot down low-flying planes and helicopters.

The teams have been given $3 million to find the missiles, hundreds of which are said to exist in depots scattered throughout Libya.

The number destroyed so far: five.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/syrian-unrest-raises-fears-about-chemical-arsenal/2011/08/26/gIQAFmfVlJ_story.html?hpid=z2

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4898 on: Aug 29th, 2011, 08:22am »

Huffington Post


UK UFO Files Show High Level Officials Were Concerned
Posted: 8/28/11 10:27 PM

by Alejandro Rojas

Britain's Ministry of Defence ceased to collect UFO reports as of December 2009, because, as they put it, "...in over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom." However, the UFO files being released by the British National Archives contain cases that clearly should be of concern, and I am not alone in this opinion. In fact, the last batch of files includes correspondence between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and two high level military officials who were adamant that UFO cases should be taken more seriously.

The highest ranking among those hounding the MOD about UFOs was Baron Hill-Norton, former Admiral of the Fleet (1970-71), Chief of the Defence Staff (1971-73), and head of NATO's military committee (1974-77). Two years after his retirement in 1977, Peter Hill-Norton was made Baron and a member of the House of Lords. As you can see, Lord Hill-Norton was quite an impressive chap and known as a tough and aggressive leader. In other words, he didn't take no crap.

At some point Lord Hill-Norton took an interest in UFOs, and was unsatisfied with the MOD claiming that they were of no concern. He badgered the MOD with questions, trying to get them to actively investigate important cases. There are over 300 pages of correspondence between Lord Hill-Norton and the MOD in the latest batch of UK UFO files.

Lord Hill-Norton took a particular interest in the Rendlesham forest case. In late December of 1980, several US servicemen witnessed UFO activity over a two day period near the bases of RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge, both on lease by the US from the UK. The Rendlesham forest surrounds the bases. One of the witnesses included Deputy Base Commander, Charles Halt, who was ordered to forwarded a memo on the incident to the MOD.

In a response dated October 22, 1997 to Minister of State for Defence, Lord Gilbert, who claimed the Rendlesham sightings were not of interest, Lord Hill-Norton wrote:

My position both privately and publicly expressed over the last dozen years or more, is that there are only two possibilities, either:

a. An intrusion into our Air Space and a landing by unidentified craft took place at Rendlesham, as described.

or

b. The Deputy Commander of an operational, nuclear armed, US Air Force Base in England, and a large number of his enlisted men, were either hallucinating or lying.

Either of these simply must be 'of interest to the Ministry of Defence', which has been repeatedly denied, in precisely those terms. They, or words very like them, are used again in your letter and I believe, in the light of the above, you would not feel inclined to sign your name to them again.

Further, Lord Hill-Norton pushed Lord Gilbert on the sensitive question of whether there were nuclear arms on the base, which would have been against their agreement with US. Lord Hill-Norton asked Lord Gilbert, "Whether they are aware of reports from the United States Air Force personnel that nuclear weapons stored in the Weapons Storage Area at RAF Woodbridge were struck by light beams fired from an unidentified craft seen over the base in the period 25-30 December 1980, and if so, what action was subsequently taken."

Lord Gilbert responded, "There is no evidence to suggest that the Ministry of Defence received any such reports." He continued that he intended "neither to confirm nor to deny where nuclear weapons are located either in the UK or elsewhere, in the past or at the present time."

In 2001, Lord Hill-Norton asked that the MOD reopen its investigation into the Rendlesham forest incident. He was told, "No additional information has come to light over the last 20 years to call into question the original judgment by the Ministry of Defence that nothing of defence significance occurred in the location of Rendlesham Forest in 1980. Accordingly there is no reason to hold an investigation now."

Clearly upset with this response, Lord hill-Norton replied, "I have now had time to have a proper look at your letter dated 22nd March, and I find it not so much disappointing as absurd. This for various reasons but mainly because you seem unable to grasp what we are arguing about." Lord Hill-Norton continued, "There is a great deal more, now in the public domain which makes it beyond any possible doubt that the incident most certainly was of considerable Defence interest, and it is absurd of you to pretend otherwise."

Ralph Noyes, who retired as the Undersecretary of State in 1977, was another British government official whose letters petitioning that the UFO matter be taken serious can also be found in the UK UFO files. In 1969 he was head of Defense Secretariat 8 (DS8), and one of his responsibilities was to answer public questions about UFOs. He says he was not able to share his true opinions on the subject. In the files he states, "It is only since I left the MOD (in 1977) that I have seriously tried to consider what may possibly lie behind the 'UFO phenomenon'. It was impossible to discuss it seriously within the Department: I would merely have 'rubbished' my working relationship with the RAF and scientific colleagues if I had disclosed the interest I felt in the better reports which reached us. What I retain from my MOD experience -- greatly reinforced by much that I have since read -- is that the 'phenomenon' is veridical and important"

There is one more British official of note in the files, who also disagrees with the stance that UFOs pose no concern. Nick Pope ran the MOD's UFO desk from 1991 to 1994. In a recent article by Lee Speigel of the Huffington Post, Pope actually apologized for having to play down the importance of UFO sightings when responding to public inquiries on the matter while manning the MOD UFO hot seat.

In a recent Open Minds article on Ralph Noyes, Antonio Huneeus, suggested that some of the responses Noyes received from the MOD might have actually been authored by Pope. I emailed Pope to inquire about Huneuus' suspicions, which Pope confirmed. He went on to write:

I had tremendous respect for Ralph Noyes, who I met on several occasions. He briefed me about his earlier UFO-related work at the Air Ministry and the Ministry of Defense. In many ways, we grappled with the same problem, albeit several years apart: we had official responsibility for a phenomenon that defied conventional explanation, but we faced a situation where we had to follow the official line that UFOs were of no defense significance. But this was Orwellian doublethink. How could it not be of defense interest, when our own radar systems were picking up these things, when jets were being scrambled and when both pilots and radar operators confirmed that these objects -- whatever they were -- were capable of speeds and maneuvers that defied conventional explanation? So we had a bizarre situation where we were telling the public that we weren't interested, but behind the scenes, our scientific and technical intelligence specialists were desperate for data, hoping that solving the UFO mystery might enable us to make a quantum leap breakthrough in propulsion system technology, aerodynamics or a related field.Pope continued to explain, "The ultimate irony was that it wasn't just the public who were out of the loop. There were factions at the MoD on this issue. I was involved in work that led to the setting up of a highly classified study into the UFO phenomenon, codenamed Project Condign. But my successors didn't enjoy the close relationship with the Defense Intelligence Staff that I'd had, and weren't briefed on the study. When the final report was issued in 2000, it wasn't copied to Directorate Air Staff, despite their being the division with the policy lead for UFOs! When the report was declassified and made public under the Freedom of Information Act, there was a farcical situation: it emerged that the people who had been sending out letters to the public saying that MoD didn't investigate UFOs hadn't been aware that, behind their backs, intelligence staffs had been doing the very thing that the civil servants had been telling parliament, the media and the public that we didn't do."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alejandro-rojas/uk-ufo-files-show-high-le_b_937478.html#s339987&title=Ralph_Noyes

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4899 on: Aug 29th, 2011, 08:25am »

LA Times

Iran pardons some activists in 2009 election protests

Their release from prison is viewed as a conciliatory gesture before next year's elections, but opposition activists remain wary.

By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
6:02 PM PDT, August 28, 2011
Reporting from Tehran

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has pardoned an unspecified number of political activists imprisoned for their part in tumultuous protests over the country's disputed 2009 presidential election, in what was seen as a conciliatory gesture ahead of next year's national elections.

The pardons did not cover top leaders of the 2009 demonstrations, including former presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who remain under house arrest.

State news agencies announced the pardons of 100 "security" prisoners late Saturday night. About 70 of those granted clemency are believed to have been jailed for their role in massive street protests over the 2009 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranian rights groups say at least 100 people were killed when the government crushed the large-scale protests.

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said the majority of those pardoned were being freed immediately. "All of these security prisoners have been repentant for what they have committed and have asked for pardon from the supreme leader," he said.

The pardons were timed to coincide with the conclusion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, traditionally a time of clemency for prisoners. Analysts said they saw the pardons as a gesture ahead of March parliamentary elections, which will be the first national vote since 2009.

The pardons are unlikely to persuade many reformist opposition members to take part in the elections, according to an opposition activist who spent several months in jail after the 2009 protests.

Because those freed are said to have asked the government's forgiveness, "they are castrated politically once they are out of jail," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. "So long as all political prisoners are not freed without conditions, we cannot justify the participation of reformists in elections."

The clemency apparently did not extend to two U.S. men, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, sentenced by Iran this month to eight years in prison on convictions of espionage and illegal entry. The men say they accidentally strayed across the border into Iran while hiking in northern Iraq.

The Americans' lawyer, Masoud Shafii, said Sunday that he had filed a judicial appeal for the two. "I can be hopeful that their release will be possible," he said.

Mostaghim is a special correspondent.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran-protests-pardons-20110829,0,4111589.story

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4900 on: Aug 29th, 2011, 11:48am »

Science Daily

Peculiar Pair of Galaxies Nicknamed 'The Eyes'
ScienceDaily (Aug. 28, 2011)

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has taken a striking image of a beautiful yet peculiar pair of galaxies nicknamed The Eyes. The larger of these, NGC 4438, was once a spiral galaxy but has become badly deformed by collisions with other galaxies in the last few hundred million years. This picture is the first to come out of ESO's Cosmic Gems programme, an initiative in which ESO has granted dedicated observing time for outreach purposes.


User Image
ESO's Very Large Telescope has taken a striking image of a beautiful yet peculiar pair of galaxies nicknamed The Eyes.
The larger of these, NGC 4438, was once a spiral galaxy but has become badly deformed by collisions with other galaxies in the last few hundred million years.
(Credit: Image courtesy of ESO)



The Eyes are about 50 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin) and are some 100 000 light-years apart. The nickname comes from the apparent similarity between the cores of this pair of galaxies -- two white ovals that resemble a pair of eyes glowing in the dark when seen in a moderate-sized telescope.

But although the centres of these two galaxies look similar, their outskirts could not be more different. The galaxy in the lower right, known as NGC 4435, is compact and seems to be almost devoid of gas and dust. In contrast, in the large galaxy in the upper left (NGC 4438) a lane of obscuring dust is visible just below its nucleus, young stars can be seen left of its centre, and gas extends at least up to the edges of the image.

The contents of NGC 4438 have been stripped out by a violent process: a collision with another galaxy. This clash has distorted the galaxy's spiral shape, much as could happen to the Milky Way when it collides with its neighbouring galaxy Andromeda in three or four billion years.

NGC 4435 could be the culprit. Some astronomers believe that the damage caused to NGC 4438 resulted from an approach between the two galaxies to within about 16 000 light-years that happened some 100 million years ago. But while the larger galaxy was damaged, the smaller one was significantly more affected by the collision. Gravitational tides from this clash are probably responsible for ripping away the contents of NGC 4438, and for reducing NGC 4435's mass and removing most of its gas and dust.

Another possibility is that the giant elliptical galaxy Messier 86, further away from The Eyes and not visible in this image, was responsible for the damage caused to NGC 4438. Recent observations have found filaments of ionised hydrogen gas connecting the two large galaxies, indicating that they may have collided in the past.

The elliptical galaxy Messier 86 and The Eyes belong to the Virgo Cluster, a very rich grouping of galaxies. In such close quarters, galaxy collisions are fairly frequent, so perhaps NGC 4438 suffered from encounters with both NGC 4435 and Messier 86.

This picture is the first to be produced as part of the ESO Cosmic Gems programme. This is a new initiative to produce astronomical images for educational and public outreach purposes. The programme mainly makes use of time when the sky conditions are not suitable for science observations to take pictures of interesting, intriguing or visually attractive objects. The data are also made available to professional astronomers through ESO's science archive.

In this case, although there were some clouds, the atmosphere was exceptionally stable, which allowed very sharp details to be revealed in this image taken using the VLT's FORS2 instrument. Light passing through two different filters was used: red (coloured red) and green-yellow (coloured blue), and the exposure times were 1800 seconds and 1980 seconds, respectively. FORS2 is the visual and near ultraviolet FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph for the VLT. It is installed on the VLT's Unit Telescope 1.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110824091512.htm

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4901 on: Aug 29th, 2011, 8:01pm »

.



User Image


I got a new soldier from Soldier's Angels. My girl is going home safe, thank the Lord. Anyway I got an email from my new soldier. Yea!!!!!
I'm so excited to hear from him! He is married with two little girls. That has to be so hard. Understatement!

Crystal

User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4902 on: Aug 30th, 2011, 08:40am »

Reuters

Lehman to seek creditor vote on $65 billion payout

By Nick Brown
NEW YORK | Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:04am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc will ask a bankruptcy judge on Tuesday to let creditors vote on its $65 billion payout plan, a key step toward ending the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The investment bank, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since September 2008, will present its plan outline at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. If Judge James Peck deems the outline sufficient, creditors will vote on the plan on November 4.

The plan would pay creditors an average of 20 cents on the dollar, with some groups receiving more, including derivatives creditors who would take home nearly 28 cents on the dollar.

Depending on whether creditors accept the plan, final court approval could come as early as December, providing a glimmer of light at the end of Lehman's three-year bankruptcy tunnel.

But hurdles remain before the company can officially exit bankruptcy and complete its liquidation. Lehman must meet certain financing and other conditions outlined in its plan, a process that could take days, weeks or months, a company spokeswoman said last week. Lehman has said it hopes to begin creditor payouts in the first quarter of 2012.

The process may also be delayed if Lehman has to battle numerous objections from creditor groups unhappy with the plan as crafted. While Lehman has won support from most of its key creditors, some remain opposed, including a German bank association and investment firm Mason Capital Management. They say the plan is too vague on how it would treat creditors of non-bankrupt foreign affiliates.

Lehman has said those objections should be put off until the plan confirmation stage of the bankruptcy.

Lehman has received pledges of support from most of its largest creditors, including two groups that hold a combined $100 billion in claims, nearly one-third of the total claims against Lehman.

Those groups -- a bondholder group led by hedge fund Paulson & Co, and derivatives creditors, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Morgan Stanley -- proposed their own plans before accepting Lehman's revised version.

Asian affiliates holding about $20 billion in claims have also pledged support.

Lehman filed for bankruptcy on September 15, 2008, with $639 billion in assets. The filing was six times larger than any previous U.S. bankruptcy and was considered to be a key catalyst to the financial crisis.

The case in re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, No. 08-13555.

(Reporting by Nick Brown; editing by Andre Grenon)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/30/us-lehman-idUSTRE77T0K820110830

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4903 on: Aug 30th, 2011, 12:40pm »

Cape Cod Today

Artist, UFO writer Budd Hopkins dies at 80, saw UFO over Truro

08/30/11 · 7:25 am :: posted by editor

TODAY's quote: "I had a daytime UFO sighting on Cape Cod. It lasted about three minutes. The object seemed to be able to hover. And then it zoomed at great speeds straight into the wind. We had thought perhaps it was some kind of flat balloon or something, but clearly it wasn't."
- Budd Hopkins.

Artist, UFO writer Budd Hopkins dies at 80
Hopkins claims to have seen a flying saucer over Truro

The New York Times reports that Budd Hopkins, a world-renowned abstract expressionist, died in his Manhattan home on August 21. Hopkins was 80. Best known for his art, Hopkins was also known as the father of the alien abduction movement.

According to the Times, in Truro in 1964, Hopkins had a UFO encounter, describing an object that was "flat, silver, airborne and unfathomable".

Shortly after his encounter, Hopkins began gathering UFO sighting as well as abduction stories and published the first collection of such stories. He is credited with having started the alien abduction movement.

Hopkins believed that one in fifty Americans have been abducted by aliens, they just don't know it, the Times reports. Before his death, Hopkins lived in New York City and summered in Wellfleet.

Read the story in the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/arts/design/budd-hopkins-abstract-artist-and-ufo-author-dies-at-80.html

http://www.capecodtoday.com/blogs/index.php/2011/08/30/artist-ufo-writer-budd-hopkins-dies-at-8?blog=109

Crystal

User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
WingsofCrystal
Global Moderator
ImageImageImageImageImage


member is offline

Avatar




PM

Gender: Female
Posts: 11629
xx Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #4904 on: Aug 30th, 2011, 1:00pm »

Wired Threat Level

WikiLeaks Springs a Leak: Full Database of Diplomatic Cables Appears Online
By Kim Zetter and Kevin Poulsen
August 29, 2011 | 4:34 pm
Categories: OpenLeaks, WikiLeaks

For the second time in a year, WikiLeaks has lost control of its full, unredacted cache of a quarter-million U.S. State Department cables — and this time the leaked files are apparently online.

The uncensored cables are contained in a 1.73-GB password-protected file named “cables.csv,” which is reportedly circulating somewhere on the internet, according to Steffen Kraft, editor of the German paper Der Freitag. Kraft announced last week that his paper had found the file, and easily obtained the password to unlock it.

Unlike the cables that WikiLeaks has been publishing piecemeal since last fall, these cables are raw and unredacted, and contain the names of informants and suspected intelligence agents that were blacked out of the official releases. Der Freitag said the documents include the names of suspected agents in Israel, Jordan, Iran and Afghanistan, and noted that interested parties — such as the Iranian government or intelligence agencies — could have already discovered and decrypted the file to uncover the names of informants.

“The story is that a series of lapses, as far as I can see on behalf of WikiLeaks and its affiliates, has led to the possibility a file becoming generally available which it never should have been available,” confirmed former WikiLeaks staffer Herbert Snorrason, of Iceland, who left the organization as part of a staff revolt last year, and is now part of the competing site OpenLeaks.

Information about the exposed file and password was also confirmed by the German newsweekly Der Spiegel. According to that publication, the cables were contained in an encrypted file that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had stored on a subdirectory of the organization’s server last year, which wasn’t searchable from the internet by anyone who didn’t already know its location.

Assange had reportedly given the password for the file to an “external contact” to access the file’s contents. With both the file and the password now online, the leak is complete.

“The issue is double: On one hand there is the availability of the encrypted file, and on the other the release of the password to the encrypted file,” Snorrason told Threat Level on Monday. “And those two publications happened separately.”

The password leak was done “completely inadvertently,” Snorrason added. He declined to identify the leaker, or the circumstances of the leak, but said it was someone who was with neither WikiLeaks nor OpenLeaks.

Last year, former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg and another WikiLeaks staffer led a staff revolt at WikiLeaks following a rift with Assange. They finally left the organization and set up OpenLeaks.org. When they left WikiLeaks, they took the contents of the WikiLeaks server with them, which included the encrypted file. Last December, Domscheit-Berg returned most of what he had taken, including the file containing the cables.

Wikileaks supporters subsequently released an archive of the data that Domscheit-Berg had returned, as a public service to provide readers with access to everything WikiLeaks had previously published. But among the documents was the encrypted file containing the cables. Several months later, the person to whom Assange had provided the password somehow made it public online. Der Spiegel doesn’t elaborate on precisely why or how that person published the password, and Snorrason declined to say more, for fear of guiding people to the password.

“It’s not very obvious how the password was made available, and we’re not keen on making it any more obvious how or why it might have been published,” Snorrason said.

Both the encrypted file and password went unnoticed until recently. Der Spiegel implies that Domscheit-Berg or someone else connected to his rival OpenLeaks organization was responsible for calling Der Freitag’s attention to the file and password to make a point that WikiLeaks is unable to properly secure the data it possesses. Domscheit-Berg did not immediately respond to an e-mail query from Threat Level on Monday.

After nine months of slow, steady publication, WikiLeaks abruptly opened the spigot last week on its cable publications, spewing out over 130,000 by Monday afternoon — more than half the total database.

This is not the first time that WikiLeaks has lost control of its database of cables. Last year, as the organization and its media partners were beginning preparations to publish stories related to the cables, a WikiLeaks member gave the database to a freelance reporter, Heather Brooke.

Brooke was not a member of the approved cabal of media outlets that had been given access to the documents and her possession of them threatened to derail the plans that WikiLeaks and its media partners had hammered out for publication. The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. subsequently secured agreement from Brooke that she wouldn’t herself publish any of the cables or stories related to them.

WikiLeaks responded to the leak on Twitter on Monday by writing: “There has been no ‘leak at WikiLeaks’. The issue relates to a mainstream media partner and a malicious individual.”

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/08/wikileaks-leak/

Crystal
User IP Logged

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VkrUG3OrPc
Pages: 1 ... 325 326 327 328 329  ...  1070 Notify Send Topic Print
« Previous Topic | Next Topic »

Become a member of the UFO Casebook Forum today and join our more than 18,000 members.

Visit the UFO Casebook Web Site

Donate $6.99 for 50,000 Ad-Free Pageviews!

| |

This forum powered for FREE by Conforums ©
Sign up for your own Free Message Board today!
Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Conforums Support | Parental Controls