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« Reply #5130 on: Sep 28th, 2011, 09:11am »

Good morning Kathy,

Thank you for that correction.

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on Sep 28th, 2011, 09:01am, kathy wrote:
Connor got the location wrong, and now you are, too!

The plaque is in Lincoln - NOT Portsmouth. There is only one plaque. The Hill's lived in Portsmouth and were driving through Lincoln.
This is what the plaque has written on it:
"On the night of September 19-20, 1961, Portsmouth, N.H., couple Betty and Barney Hill experienced a close encounter with an unidentified flying object and two hours of "lost" time while driving south on Rte 3 near Lincoln. They filed an official Air Force Project Blue Book report of a brightly-lit cigar-shaped craft the next day, but were not public with their story until it was leaked in the Boston Traveler in 1965. This was the first widely-reported UFO abduction report in the United States."

There is a building on the UNH campus that houses a display of memorabelia of the incident, donated by Betty's niece, Kathy Marden.
A student of UNH should have known that information existed on campus and better yet, gone to see it. That way it would have been reported correctly.
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« Reply #5131 on: Sep 28th, 2011, 09:12am »

My tribe is awake, be back later.

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« Reply #5132 on: Sep 28th, 2011, 1:14pm »

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State Department Employee Faces Firing for Posting WikiLeaks Link
By Kim Zetter
September 27, 2011 | 7:03 pm
Categories: WikiLeaks

A veteran U.S. State Department foreign service officer says his job is on the line after he posted a link on his blog to a WikiLeaks document.

Peter Van Buren, who has worked for the department for 23 years and just published a book that is critical of U.S. reconstruction projects in Iraq, said this week that the State Department had launched an investigation against him earlier this month for disclosing classified information.

His crime, he said, was a link he posted on August 25 in a blog post discussing the hypocrisy of recent U.S. actions against Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffi. The link went to a 2009 cable about the sale of U.S. military spare parts to Qadaffi through a Portuguese middleman.

We recently recapped the weird history of US-Libyan relations, focusing on how, after years of hating on and bombing Qaddafi, soon after the Iraq war commenced we suddenly decided we liked him. The US opened diplomatic relations in 2009 and had all sorts of warm feelings for the once-pariah state. Then somehow in 2011 he started hating on and bombing Qaddafi again.

New cables, on Wikileaks, now give us a hint at how cozy the US-Libyan relationship (briefly) was.

To start, Libya needed lots of spare parts for its military after years of embargoes. The US was happy to assist. An unclassified cable from 2009 outlined that the US sold “Miscellaneous parts, components, accessories, and attachments for the L100 aircraft and T56 engines belonging to the Libyan Air Force,” conveniently through a Portuguese middleman. Wonder if any of those refitted aircraft played any part in the recent unpleasantness in Libya? The cable asked Embassy Lisbon and Embassy Tripoli to check up on these exports, as they had (duh) military usage and cordially concludes “Department is grateful for Post’s assistance in this matter.”

Van Buren wrote in a post published on Tuesday, the same day his new book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People is being released, that he was interrogated by State Department officials twice this month.

Van Buren said he was under investigation for allegedly disclosing classified information — even though he had merely linked to documents that were already widely available on the internet. The cable was just one in a cache of more than 250,000 State Department cables that WikiLeaks allegedly obtained from former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning last year and has been posting piecemeal online with media partners in the U.S. and Europe since last November.

“In other words, a link to a document posted by who-knows-who on a public website available at this moment to anyone in the world was the legal equivalent of me stealing a Top Secret report, hiding it under my coat, and passing it to a Chinese spy in a dark alley,” Van Buren wrote this week.

The State Department investigators, he said, demanded to know who had helped him with his blog and told him that every blog post, Facebook post, and tweet by State Department employees had to be pre-cleared by the Department prior to publication. They also drilled him about the details of his publishing contract — including how much he had been paid — and told him that his refusal to answer questions would lead to his firing. And they warned him against writing about their interrogation, saying he could be charged with interfering with a government investigation if he did so.

Van Buren said the Principal Deputy Secretary of State subsequently wrote his publisher demanding small national security redactions from his book, which had already shipped to bookstores. Among the cuts requested was a vignette that he said was based on a scene from the movie Black Hawk Down.

Van Buren linked to the cable after WikiLeaks abruptly opened the spigot on its cache of cables in August, spewing out more than 130,000 over a few days after a news story in a German news weekly revealed that the entire database of cables had already been inadvertently leaked online by WikiLeaks supporters, along with the password to unlock the file.

“The State Department and its Bureau of Diplomatic Security never took responsibility for their part in the loss of all those cables, never acknowledged their own mistakes or porous security measures,” Van Buren wrote this week. “No one will ever be fired at State because of WikiLeaks—except, at some point, possibly me.”

Van Buren said his real crime appeared to be speaking critically about U.S. policies in the Middle East.

“The advantage of all this? It gets rid of a ‘troublemaker,’ and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security people can claim that they are ‘doing something’ about the WikiLeaks drip that continues even while they fiddle,” he wrote. “Of course, it also chills free speech, sending a message to other employees about the price of speaking plainly.”

The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.

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« Reply #5133 on: Sep 28th, 2011, 1:16pm »

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Watchdogs target tax-exempt campaign money

By Patricia Zengerle
WASHINGTON | Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:59am EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. campaign finance watchdogs challenged the tax-exempt status on Wednesday of four political groups raising millions of dollars in largely unregulated "outside money" to influence elections, terming claims they promote social welfare "nonsense."

Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center sent a letter to tax authorities calling for a prompt investigation of the Republican-leaning Crossroads GPS and American Action Network; the Democratic group Priorities USA; and a centrist group, Americans Elect.

The watchdogs based their request on the terms of the U.S. tax code. The Internal Revenue Service exempts non-profits -- called 501(c)(4) organizations -- from income taxes because they promote social welfare.

"The idea that these organizations are social welfare groups is nonsense," Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, said in a statement. "The overriding purpose of these groups is to participate in and influence elections, which makes them ineligible for tax-exempt status."

He said the groups seek to be considered 501(c)(4) organizations to keep the donors financing their campaign expenditures secret.

American Crossroads, conceived in part by Republican operative Karl Rove, is perhaps the most ambitious of the groups with plans to spend $240 million to defeat Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012.

Priorities USA was formed by two former Obama White House aides partly as the answer to groups like Crossroads.

An American Crossroads spokesman dismissed the complaint.

"This is the fourth frivolous complaint in 12 months from a highly ideological group that wants to sic the IRS on its opponents," spokesman Jonathan Collegio said in an email.

Representatives from the other groups did not have immediate comment.

Fundraising and spending by outside groups not officially linked to any party or campaign has mushroomed in U.S. elections since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 "Citizens United" ruling that ended most restrictions on donations by corporations and unions.

Experts said they expect $6 billion or more to be spent on the 2012 local and national elections in the United States.

(Additional reporting by Kim Dixon; editing by Eric Beech)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/28/us-usa-campaign-finance-idUSTRE78R3OT20110928

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Test Pits Earthquake Forecasts Against Each Other

A method known as "pattern informatics" scored as most reliable. This approach looks for anomalous increases and decreases in seismic activity

By Charles Q. Choi and OurAmazing Planet
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Everyone in an earthquake-prone area wants to know when the next big one might come, but temblors are not well understood, and there is a plethora of methods that forecast quake risk. So which one works best?

A test of seven different techniques that one day could reveal when quakes will occur could help narrow the field.

So far, reliable predictions of earthquakes do not appear possible in the short term — no early warning came with the 2004 Parkfield magnitude 6 quake in California, for instance, or even the massive magnitude 9 that rocked Japan earlier this year, despite it being one of the most seismically monitored areas on Earth. Still, quakes don't happen randomly in space and time, researchers note. Large ones prefer to occur where small ones do, and earthquakes on active faults happen semi-periodically over time.

Scientists have bandied about a number of different earthquake forecasting methods over the years. For instance, one technique might look at the magnitude and timing of small quakes to predict when larger ones might occur; another might examine geological evidence of ancient temblors to forecast when future ones might happen; still another might estimate how much stress is built up in faults to guess when they might rupture from the pressure.

To see which technique might work best, researchers were invited to submit forecasts of future quakes to the Regional Earthquake Likelihood Models (RELM) test, the first competitive analysis of such methods. The project was supported by the Southern California Earthquake Center, a consortium of 600 researchers funded by the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Science Foundation​.

Seven research groups submitted forecasts. The aim was to estimate the chances that earthquakes of magnitude 4.95 or higher would occur in more than 7,600 grids in and around California encompassing about 360,000 square miles (930,000 square kilometers) between 2006 and 2011. During this time, 31 earthquakes of the given magnitudes struck this area.

Of the seven techniques, a method known as "pattern informatics" scored as most reliable. This approach looks for anomalous increases and decreases in seismic activity, and if the number or intensity of these changes exceed a threshold based on past events , a given area gets flagged as a hot spot.

Of the 22 grids stricken by quakes, the pattern informatics model flagged 17 as potential hot spots. For eight of these 17 this model had the highest certainty of an earthquake hitting of all the forecasting techniques, said researcher Donald Turcotte, a geophysicist at the University of California, Davis, who helped develop the model.

"We are not predicting the occurrence of a specific earthquake," Turcotte cautioned. "We are giving the relative risk of occurrence of earthquakes."

In the future, this research could be extended to other parts of the United States and to other countries, Turcotte told OurAmazingPlanet. He and his colleagues detailed their findings online today (Sept. 26) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Hollywood Reporter

Move Over, Mel Gibson: New Judah Maccabee Project in the Works

(Exclusive)The Bruce Nash-produced project will compete with Warner Bros.' take on the story.

9/28/2011
by Jay A. Fernandez

The war for Hanukkah is on. Or Hollywood's version of it anyway.

Producer Bruce Nash (Modern Marvels) is pulling together a version of the Hanukkah origin story for a potential feature or TV miniseries. News of the project comes just three weeks after Warner Bros. acknowledged that it is developing a Judah Maccabee/Hanukkah movie with actor-writer-director Mel Gibson and Basic Instinct screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.

Gibson's involvement in the WB project as a producer (and possible star and/or director) provoked immediate recriminations from some in the Jewish community because of his record of making anti-Semitic remarks. The Hanukkah story is a pillar of Jewish history and describes the successful rebellion that liberated the Second Temple in Jerusalem from the Greek occupier Antiochus. Judah Maccabee, who became known as "The Hammer" after leading the fight, instituted Hanukkah -- the "Festival of Lights" -- to celebrate the triumph. Jewish leaders strongly indicated their displeasure with Gibson's desire to appropriate such a treasured cultural milestone.

That antipathy could provide an advantage for Nash's project, which, unlike the Gibson effort, already has a finished script by Scott Abbott, who wrote the HBO movie Winchell and co-wrote Introducing Dorothy Dandridge for the cable network. Nash and Bob Kosberg would produce along with Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks, where Nash originally developed the project and which provided initial financing.

While Christmas has been represented extensively in TV and film -- most recently in the Catherine Hardwicke-directed The Nativity Story -- Hanukkah has yet to claim its own holiday classic. The Nash-Abbott version is clearly counting on the support of those in the industry who want to provide a take on Hanukkah that doesn’t involve Gibson -- or his eight crazy nights.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/risky-business/move-mel-gibson-new-judah-239299

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DC Superhero Board Games For 2012 To Look Back Forty Years

Submitted by Rich Johnston on September 28, 2011 – 12:29 pm

Warners and Wonder Forge are to make DC Super Friends and Justice League board games, with Super Friends aimed at preschool children in time for Christmas 2012 and Justice League games for kids 8 and over to follow in 2013.

It may seem odd to aim a seventies-associated brand as Super Friends at the youngest kids rather than an older market.

But the mainstream market knows that it likes it’s DC characters retro, for now at least. Check this ad on the back of Superman #1, published today.


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Odds are that the 2013 board games will feature the new look Justice League though. That’s if they are still around by then…

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/09/28/dc-superhero-board-games-for-2012-to-look-back-forty-years/

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« Reply #5138 on: Sep 28th, 2011, 1:55pm »

Hi ya, guys (Crystal, Broom, Philli, and other former OMies smiley)--I thought I'd stop by and say howdy. User Image

Looks like you've been busy, Crystal. smiley hehe.. imagine that. tongue I hope you're all doing well and staying safe.

That place sure isn't the same without you all. Feeling like I should leave, too. I have for a while, but of course I got to liking some people there and wanted to help others, but idk if it's worth the bother anymore.. I should be done with my suspension today, so we'll see. I definitely have a few things to say to the person who provoked the suspension. wink


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Dove! Welcome! Nice to see you around here!

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on Sep 28th, 2011, 09:01am, kathy wrote:
Connor got the location wrong, and now you are, too!

The plaque is in Lincoln - NOT Portsmouth. There is only one plaque. The Hill's lived in Portsmouth and were driving through Lincoln.
This is what the plaque has written on it:
"On the night of September 19-20, 1961, Portsmouth, N.H., couple Betty and Barney Hill experienced a close encounter with an unidentified flying object and two hours of "lost" time while driving south on Rte 3 near Lincoln. They filed an official Air Force Project Blue Book report of a brightly-lit cigar-shaped craft the next day, but were not public with their story until it was leaked in the Boston Traveler in 1965. This was the first widely-reported UFO abduction report in the United States."

There is a building on the UNH campus that houses a display of memorabelia of the incident, donated by Betty's niece, Kathy Marden.
A student of UNH should have known that information existed on campus and better yet, gone to see it. That way it would have been reported correctly.

Thanks and welcome, Kathy. Do you live in that area?
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« Reply #5142 on: Sep 28th, 2011, 3:20pm »

Welcome, Kathy!

Hello, Dove! Nice to see you again!

Swamp, Broom....whatever wink
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Separated at birth?


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