Libya offers further apology for U.S. envoy's death
Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:23am EDT
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya apologized on Thursday to visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns for an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in which American ambassador Christopher Stevens died.
Burns was holding talks in Tripoli with Libyan leaders, including new Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour and Mohammed Magarief, head of the national congress, following last week's assault, in which three other Americans were also killed.
He was also due to attend a ceremony commemorating Stevens.
Foreign Minister Ashour Bin Khayyal apologized for the violence on Tripoli's behalf, praising Stevens as a "friend of Libya", a foreign ministry official said .
The four Americans died when gunmen attacked the consulate and a safe house in the eastern city of Benghazi. The attackers were among a crowd protesting against a privately financed video made in California that mocks Islam and the Prophet Mohammad.
Matthew Olsen, director of the U.S. government's National Counterterrorism Center, on Wednesday called the assault a "terrorist attack" and said officials were looking at whether those involved had links to al Qaeda, particularly its North African affiliate, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
The Libyan foreign ministry official said Burns and Bin Khayyal had discussed U.S. involvement in the investigation, as well as broader security and economic cooperation.
Magarief, who apologized last week "to the United States, the people and the whole world" for the Benghazi attack, also agreed in a telephone call with U.S. President Barack Obama that their countries would work together to investigate it.
Libya sacked its security chiefs for Benghazi after the attack and another official, tasked with employing militia fighters in the police in the east of the country, said on Thursday he had resigned because the recruits were not being paid or supplied adequately.
Libya's interim government has struggled to impose its authority on a myriad of armed groups that have refused to lay down their weapons since last year's overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. The fighters often take the law into their own hands.
(Reporting by Tripoli bureau; Editing by Alistair Lyon and Mark Heinrich)
'Charlie Hebdo' Editor in Chief 'A Drawing Has Never Killed Anyone'
By Stefan Simons in Paris
The editor in chief of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo insists that their publication of Muhammad caricatures was no provocation, but a signal that free speech is alive and well in the country. Come what may, the magazine won't stop criticizing whatever it wants, he says. But his office remains under police protection.
The eye of the media hurricane is in a nondescript office building located between manicured tennis courts, a cultural center and the Paris ring road. A couple of advertising firms are located here, as is a department of the city police which is responsible for traffic tickets. The location is, above all else, discreet. There is no nameplate that refers to the weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo. The publication, which has around 25 employees, is listed on the intercom under a different name. The only difference to the normally quiet atmosphere is that a riot police van is parked outside the building.
It is here, in the far east of the French capital, that the publisher and editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo have worked since their former editorial offices were destroyed a year ago in an arson attack. Although no one claimed responsibility for the crime, it was apparently motivated by cartoons about Islam that the magazine had published in a special issue under the polemical title "Charia Hebdo," a reference to Islamic Sharia law.
Now the magazine and its Editor-in-Chief Stéphane Charbonnier, who is also a cartoonist himself, are back in the headlines. The satirical magazine has triggered a storm of indignation with its publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad this week. Representatives of the French Council of Muslims, prominent imams and French government officials have all criticized the professional polemicists, who violate political, social and religious taboos on a weekly basis. France has stepped up security at its embassies and other institutions abroad as a precaution.
The US government also expressed concern at the publication of the cartoons. "We don't question the right of something like this to be published, we just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
'Extremists Don't Need Any Excuses'
But Editor-in-Chief Charbonnier, who is known to his colleagues as "Charb," appears relaxed despite the uproar. Surrounded by TV crews from Japan, Qatar, Belgium and South Africa, as well as French journalists, he sits at his desk in the corner of a large room, where he creates his cartoons. He sees himself mainly as a journalist who is just doing his job. "The accusation that we are pouring oil on the flames in the current situation really gets on my nerves," says Charbonnier. "After the publication of this absurd and grotesque film about Muhammad in the US, other newspapers have responded to the protests with cover stories. We are doing the same thing, but with drawings. And a drawing has never killed anyone."
The cartoonist claims he doesn't want to deliberately provoke anyone. "We publish caricatures every week, but people only describe them as declarations of war when it's about the person of the Prophet or radical Islam," says Charbonnier. "When you start saying that you can't create such drawings, then the same thing will soon apply to other, more harmless representations."
Issues of the magazine hit newsstands on Wednesday with the front cover showing an Orthodox Jew pushing a figure in a wheelchair wearing a turban. There were several caricatures of the Prophet on the inside pages, including some of him naked. Many Muslims consider any representation of Allah or the Prophet Muhammad offensive.
Charbonnier doesn't regard the current cover story as a PR stunt or cheap advertising -- even if the print run of 75,000 is already sold out. "Extremists don't need any excuses," he says. "We are only criticizing one particular form of extremist Islam, albeit in a peculiar and satirically exaggerated form. We are not responsible for the excesses that happen elsewhere, just because we practice our right to freedom of expression within the legal limits." Charbonnier describes himself in modest terms: "My job is to provoke laughter or thinking with drawings -- for the readers of our magazine."
What does he think about the reactions of French Muslims? "If they are not amused by our cartoons, they don't need to buy our magazine. Of course they are allowed to demonstrate. The right to protest needs to be protected, so long as one abides by the law and refrains from violence." Charbonnier believes that French Muslims should be citizens like everyone else, which requires them to also be tolerant. "If the government believes that Muslims have no sense of humor, then that's an insult," he says. "It turns the faithful into second-class citizens."
No Fear of Reprisals
Charlie Hebdo has received support from precisely those politicians who are normally the magazine's targets: French conservatives and even Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right National Front. "Can I allow my country to be reduced to ruins, just because one of the approximately 9,000 titles that are published in France has printed a caricature?" Le Pen said in a television interview Wednesday. "Do we want to live in fear and terror and practice self-censorship?"
Charbonnier says he found her comments "laughable." He points out that Marine Le Pen does not like to be caricatured herself.
He also says he does not fear reprisals. So far, only the Charlie Hebdo website, which was hacked on Wednesday, has been attacked. "If we worried about the consequences of each of our drawings in each of our 1,057 issues, then we would have had to close shop a long time ago." Nevertheless, he is grateful for the protection of the police, who he says "politely and with concern" inquired about the contents of the new issue already while it was being printed. "It's crazy," says the cartoonist with a smile. "Of all publications, our magazine, which mocks the police at every opportunity, is now protected by it. Which only goes to show that freedom of speech is protected in our country."
There will continue to be no taboos at Charlie Hebdo in the future. "It should be as normal to criticize Islam as it is to criticize Jews or Catholics," Charbonnier says. Is he afraid of attacks or violence directed against him and his colleagues? "I have neither a wife nor children, not even a dog. But I'm not going to hide." On Friday, another edition of 75,000 copies will appear.
Just in case, the phone number of the local police station is posted at the entrance to the editorial offices: "Contact for emergencies."
Will Water Become the Chief Commodity of the 21st Century?
The world faces a growing number of challenges surrounding water, from freshwater supply to flooding
By Christa Marshall and ClimateWire September 19 2012
South Bend, Ind., avoided $120 million in upgrades and conserved millions of gallons of water by becoming one of the first cities on the globe to use cloud computing to manage its water systems.
In Oregon, local officials cooled down water from wastewater plants by planting trees near riverbanks rather than using cooling equipment, lowering investment costs at the same time.
The Department of Energy, meanwhile, is working with governors and transmission officials in Texas and the western United States on a multi-year computer project to find the best locations for new power plants faced with growing scarcity in nearby water resources to cool down their operations.
These examples underscore the many options available to alleviate a growing global water crisis exacerbated by climate change, water experts said yesterday at forum in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Growing Blue, a group created by Veolia Water in consultation with the United Nations, Columbia University and water conservation groups.
"Water is posed to be the commodity of the 21st century," said Richard Sandor, an analyst at Environmental Products, who also founded the Chicago Climate Exchange.
Current statistics -- outlined yesterday in a new report from IBM at the event -- highlight the challenges facing the water sector on everything from drought to storm runoff.
Between 2005 and 2030, the number of people living in areas where water demand will exceed available supplies could rise 40 percent, from 2.8 billion to 3.9 billion, the company said.
A water trading system to conserve supplies By 2070, the value of flood-exposed economic assets in 136 major ports could reach 9 percent of global gross domestic product. In global agriculture, 35 percent of annual water is wasted because of "poor resource management."
In the United States, there will be a need for 165 percent more water by 2025 above 2000 levels, the report says. Energy use -- such as use for cooling down power plants during hot summers -- accounts for 49 percent of U.S. water demand.
Tight supplies will be further squeezed by a potential shortage of workers managing stormwater, drinking water and wastewater systems, said Mary Keeling, a manager at IBM. The issue is "often overlooked," she said.
In the United States, the average water utility worker is 44.7 years old, with a retirement age of 56, Keeling said. That raises serious questions whether utilities will have the personnel they need to address problems such as drought, she said.
For Sandor, an obvious answer to future water shortages is water trading, which would allow water-stressed areas to purchase supplies from other regions. As one example, he said that it takes the same amount of water to make $250,000 worth of alfalfa as it does to run an Albuquerque, N.M.'s computer chip plant, yet farmers "can't sell their water rights" in the state, he said.
While it could take 10 to 20 years to build a water trading system in a given region, it is an idea that would boost conservation tremendously, he said.
The idea is a controversial one. A study in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association published this spring outlined the potential difficulties of setting up a water trading system in the American West, including the fact that there is not an umbrella authority over states in the 1922 Colorado compact. Some critics also are concerned about trading altering river flows and disrupting hydroelectric dams, among other things.
Alberta could lead the way
Yet Sandor said Alberta, Canada, could be a first mover. The province faces multiple pressures of growing oil extraction, business development and population growth in an arid climate, and there are preliminary discussions about the concept (ClimateWire, Aug. 3).
Lynn Scarlett, a visiting scholar at Resources for the Future, emphasized the importance of ecosystem services or the idea of protecting natural infrastructure such as forests that absorb storm runoff. Roughly 2.7 miles of sea marsh protection can reduce storm surges by a foot, she said, citing federal government statistics.
Many localities using green infrastructure and other conservation measures have saved money over time, she said.
Oregon saved $60 million by paying farmers to plant miles of shade trees to cool down water flowing through the Tualatin River Basin, she said. The move was necessary to comply with regulations governing the temperature of water flowing from wastewater plants upstream.
The savings resulted from not having to install refrigeration plants to cool down the water from the plants, she said. Climate change threatens to heat water above acceptable levels in many other localities, she said.
Keeling of IBM said that technology -- such as South Bend's use of the computing cloud -- definitely can play an important role in water conservation. In Dubuque, Iowa, city officials recently installed a "real-time" computing system to monitor water consumption every 15 minutes.
The system automatically notifies households of problems such as water leaks and resulted in decreased water usage of 6.6 percent during the test pilot, she said.
At the same time, technology will not solve ongoing challenges such as a lack of coordination among the 53,000 water agencies in the United States, she said. Businesses need to gain a better sense of how much water they are actually using via sensors and meters, she said.
"Technology is never the end; it's always the means," said Keeling.
‘Cat On A Hot Roof’ Revival: Scarlett Johansson Is Maggie, Ciaran Hinds Is Big Daddy, Benjamin Walker Is Brick, Debra Monk Is Big Mama
By MIKE FLEMING Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 7:44am PDT
EXCLUSIVE: Tony Award-winner Scarlett Johansson has now been set to return to Broadway to star as Maggie in a new production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and Ciarán Hinds has been set to play Big Daddy, Benjamin Walker is going to play Brick, and Tony/Emmy winner Debra Monk will play Big Mama. The revival of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer classic will be directed by Rob Ashford, and will begin preview performances Tuesday, December 18 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on West 46th Street for a January 17 opening night. Stuart Thompson is producing.
“Big Daddy” Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. He is distressed by the rocky relationship between his beloved son Brick, an aging football hero who has turned to drink, and his beautiful and feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of Southern gentility slips away as unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies and suppressed sexuality reach a boiling point.
Insults to Islam ignite violence in Pakistan, 6 killed
By Aisha Chowdhry Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:19am EDT
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Muslim protests against insults to the Prophet Mohammad turned violent in Pakistan, where six people were killed on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, but remained mostly peaceful in Islamic countries elsewhere.
In France, where the publication of cartoons denigrating the Prophet stoked anger over an anti-Islam video made in California, the authorities banned all protests over the issue.
"There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up," said Interior Minister Manuel Valls.
Tunisia's Islamist-led government also banned protests against the images published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Four people were killed and almost 30 wounded last week when the U.S. embassy was stormed in a protest over the film.
Many Western and Muslim politicians and clerics have appealed for calm, denouncing those behind the mockery of the Prophet, but also condemning violent reactions to it.
At street level, Muslims enraged by attacks on their faith spoke of a culture war with those in the West who put rights to freedom of expression above any religious offence caused.
"They hate him (the Prophet Mohammad) and show this through their continued works in the West, through their writings, cartoons, films and the way they launch war against him in schools," said Abdessalam Abdullah, a preacher at a mosque in Beirut's Palestinian refugee camp of Bourj al-Barajneh.
Muslims generally consider any depiction of the Prophet blasphemous.
Western diplomatic missions in Muslim nations tightened security ahead of Friday prayers. France ordered its embassies, schools and cultural centers to shut in a score of countries.
"CUT HIM IN PIECES"
In Pakistan, tens of thousands of people joined protests encouraged by the government in several cities including Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore, Multan and Muzaffarabad.
The bloodiest unrest erupted in the southern city of Karachi, where three policemen and two protesters were killed and 112 people wounded, according to Allah Bachayo Memon, spokesman of the chief minister of Sindh province. He said about 20 vehicles, three banks and five cinemas were set on fire.
Crowds set two cinemas ablaze and ransacked shops in the northwestern city of Peshawar, clashing with riot police who fired tear gas. At least five protesters were hurt and the ARY television station said an employee had been killed.
Mohammed Tariq Khan, a protester in Islamabad, said: "Our demand is that whoever has blasphemed against our holy Prophet should be handed over to us so we can cut him up into tiny pieces in front of the entire nation."
Security forces fired in the air in Peshawar and the eastern city of Lahore to keep protesters away from U.S. consulates. Police fired tear gas at about 1,000 protesters in Islamabad.
The U.S. embassy in Pakistan has run television spots, one featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying the government had nothing to do with the film about Mohammad.
Pakistan declared Friday a "Day of Love" for the Prophet and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said an attack on Islam's founder was "an attack on the whole 1.5 billion Muslims".
The foreign ministry summoned the U.S. chargé d'affaires to lodge a protest over the video posted on YouTube, the latest in an array of irritants poisoning U.S.-Pakistani relations.
In neighboring Afghanistan, police contacted religious and community leaders to try to prevent bloodshed. Protests in Kabul and the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif only attracted a few hundred people and no violence was reported, but a cleric told one crowd: "If you kill Americans, it's legal and allowable."
About 10,000 Islamists gathered in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, after Friday prayers, chanting slogans and burning U.S. and French flags and an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama.
Protests went off peacefully in the Arab world, where last week several embassies were attacked and the U.S. envoy to Libya was killed in an initial burst of unrest over the film.
In Yemen, where the U.S. embassy was stormed last week, several hundred Shi'ite protesters chanted anti-American slogans, but riot police blocked the route to the embassy.
Anger over the film brought several thousand Shi'ites and Sunnis together in a rare show of sectarian unity in Iraq's southern city of Basra, where they burnt U.S. and Israeli flags.
Lebanon's Hezbollah-run al-Manar television showed thousands of people waving Lebanese and yellow Hezbollah flags as they marched past the Roman ruins of Baalbek and shouted slogans such as "Death to America, death to those who insult the Prophet".
A Beirut protester, who gave his name as Ahmed, called for a boycott of Western products. "They hate us and want to get rid of our culture and we will resist. We should reject all aspects of their culture too," the 23-year-old student said, wearing jeans and an orange t-shirt with English writing on it.
The violence provoked by the film has led to a total of about 30 deaths so far, a United Nations official said.
"Both the film and the cartoons are malicious and deliberately provocative. The film particularly portrays a disgracefully distorted image of Muslims," Rupert Colville, spokesman for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, told a news briefing in Geneva.
He said Pillay upheld people's right to protest peacefully, but saw no justification for violent and destructive reactions.
"In the case of Charlie Hebdo, given that they knew perfectly what happened in response to the film last week, it seems doubly irresponsible on their part to have published these cartoons," Colville said of the French magazine.
(Writing by Alistair Lyon; Reporting by bureaux in Asia, the Middle East and France)
'Psychopaths' Have an Impaired Sense of Smell, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (Sep. 20, 2012)
— A new study suggests that a poor sense of smell may be a marker for psychopathic traits.
People with psychopathic tendencies have an impaired sense of smell, which points to inefficient processing in the front part of the brain. These findings by Mehmet Mahmut and Richard Stevenson, from Macquarie University in Australia, are published online in Springer's journal Chemosensory Perception.
Psychopathy is a broad term that covers a severe personality disorder characterized by callousness, manipulation, sensation-seeking and antisocial behaviors, traits which may also be found in otherwise healthy and functional people. Studies have shown that people with psychopathic traits have impaired functioning in the front part of the brain - the area largely responsible for functions such as planning, impulse control and acting in accordance with social norms. In addition, a dysfunction in these areas in the front part of the brain is linked to an impaired sense of smell.
Mahmut and Stevenson looked at whether a poor sense of smell was linked to higher levels of psychopathic tendencies, among 79 non-criminal adults living in the community. First they assessed the participants' olfactory ability as well as the sensitivity of their olfactory system. They also measured subjects' levels of psychopathy, looking at four measures: manipulation; callousness; erratic lifestyles; and criminal tendencies. They also noted how much or how little they emphasized with other people's feelings.
The researchers found that those individuals who scored highly on psychopathic traits were more likely to struggle to both identify smells and tell the difference between smells, even though they knew they were smelling something. These results show that brain areas controlling olfactory processes are less efficient in individuals with psychopathic tendencies.
The authors conclude: "Our findings provide support for the premise that deficits in the front part of the brain may be a characteristic of non-criminal psychopaths. Olfactory measures represent a potentially interesting marker for psychopathic traits, because performance expectancies are unclear in odor tests and may therefore be less susceptible to attempts to fake good or bad responses."
Hey there little lady. I hope you're doing well. Sorry I don't come around much; just very busy with things. I did want to stop by and post this very important article, though, as I want everyone to read it. If you posted it already, I apologize. If you can think of another thread where this would be appropriate, please link this to it. Thank you, Ma'am. Be well...
Shock findings in new GMO study: Rats fed lifetime of GM corn grow horrifying tumors, 70% of females die early
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor of NaturalNews.com
(NaturalNews) Eating genetically modified corn (GM corn) and consuming trace levels of Monsanto's Roundup chemical fertilizer caused rats to develop horrifying tumors, widespread organ damage, and premature death. That's the conclusion of a shocking new study that looked at the long-term effects of consuming Monsanto's genetically modified corn.
The study has been deemed "the most thorough research ever published into the health effects of GM food crops and the herbicide Roundup on rats." News of the horrifying findings is spreading like wildfire across the internet, with even the mainstream media seemingly in shock over the photos of rats with multiple grotesque tumors... tumors so large the rats even had difficulty breathing in some cases. GMOs may be the new thalidomide.
It reported, "Scientists found that rats exposed to even the smallest amounts, developed mammary tumors and severe liver and kidney damage as early as four months in males, and seven months for females."
It goes on to say: "The animals on the GM diet suffered mammary tumors, as well as severe liver and kidney damage. The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group."
The study, led by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen, was the first ever study to examine the long-term (lifetime) effects of eating GMOs. You may find yourself thinking it is absolutely astonishing that no such studies were ever conducted before GM corn was approved for widespread use by the USDA and FDA, but such is the power of corporate lobbying and corporate greed.
The study was published in The Food & Chemical Toxicology Journal and was just presented at a news conference in London.
Findings from the study
Here are some of the shocking findings from the study:
• Up to 50% of males and 70% of females suffered premature death.
• Rats that drank trace amounts of Roundup (at levels legally allowed in the water supply) had a 200% to 300% increase in large tumors.
• Rats fed GM corn and traces of Roundup suffered severe organ damage including liver damage and kidney damage.
• The study fed these rats NK603, the Monsanto variety of GM corn that's grown across North America and widely fed to animals and humans. This is the same corn that's in your corn-based breakfast cereal, corn tortillas and corn snack chips.
The Daily Mail is reporting on some of the reaction to the findings:
That abstract include this text. Note: "hepatorenal toxicity" means toxic to the liver.
Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, although different between the 3 GMOs. Other effects were also noticed in the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system. We conclude that these data highlight signs of hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides specific to each GM corn. In addition, unintended direct or indirect metabolic consequences of the genetic modification cannot be excluded.
Here are some quotes from the researchers:
"This research shows an extraordinary number of tumors developing earlier and more aggressively - particularly in female animals. I am shocked by the extreme negative health impacts." - Dr Michael Antoniou, molecular biologist, King's College London.
"We can expect that the consumption of GM maize and the herbicide Roundup, impacts seriously on human health." - Dr Antoniou.
"This is the first time that a long-term animal feeding trial has examined the impact of feeding GM corn or the herbicide Roundup, or a combination of both and the results are extremely serious. In the male rats, there was liver and kidney disorders, including tumors and even more worryingly, in the female rats, there were mammary tumors at a level which is extremely concerning; up to 80 percent of the female rats had mammary tumors by the end of the trial." - Patrick Holden, Director, Sustainable Food Trust.
Bungling sailors had to be rescued twice in 24 hours after taking to the sea with no charts, radios or flares.
By Telegraph reporters 2:49PM BST 21 Sep 2012
The trio set sail from Canvey Island in Essex at 3pm on Wednesday this week in a boat called Dolphin, but came a cropper after running aground on rocks just 15 miles into their journey on Foulness Sands.
They called 999 to say they were stuck and had "no idea where they were" and an RAF helicopter and flotilla of lifeboats were called out to search for them.
When they were found at 6pm on Wednesday, however, the crew refused to be winched to safety, saying they were sailing to Harwich - around 40 miles from where they started at Canvey Island.
They admitted they had no charts, radio or flares, but insisted on continuing their journey.
Then, at 3.15pm on Thursday, 24 hours after they set off from Canvey Island, the dozy trio ran aground again, this time on rocks at Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea. They were still 10 miles from their destination and just 30 miles from where they set off.
The coastguard were again called out after several calls from onlookers who saw the men swimming to shore.
One had to be rescued from the water and was rushed to hospital suffering from chest pains and hypothermia and the other two were 'exhausted' after managing to swim to the shore.
The total journey by sea from Canvey Island to Harwich - around 40 nautical miles - should take no longer than three hours by boat. The route can be covered by car in just over an hour, or on foot in 17 hours.
A spokesman for the Thames Coastguard said today: "Thames Coastguard received several 999 calls from members of the public and one from the crew of the 20ft motor boat Dolphin to report the boat was stranded on the rocks at Jaywick and one person was in the water attempting to swim to the shore.
"Clacton RNLI Inshore Lifeboats and Clacton Coastguard were tasked. Two persons swam to the shore before the Lifeboat arrived on scene."
The lifeboat rescued a third male from the rocks and landed him on the shore. An ambulance was tasked and took him to Colchester Hospital suffering chest pain and possible hypothermia."
He added: "This was the second incident involving the Dolphin in two days.
"Despite Coastguard safety advice to the contrary, they declined assistance and once refloated continued on passage to Harwich before becoming stranded on the rocks at Jaywick.
"The crew had set sail without having any charts, VHF radio or flares onboard."
Royal Observatory Picks Best Astronomy Photos of the Year By Adam Mann September 21, 2012 | 4:36 pm Categories: Space
This beautifully composed image of the Whirlpool Galaxy combines fine detail in the spiral arms with the faint tails of light that show its small companion galaxy being gradually torn apart by the gravity of its giant neighbour. A closer look shows even more distant galaxies visible in the background. Image: Martin Pugh, winner for Deep Space and overall winner
Some of this year’s best images of the heavens include colliding galaxies, open star clusters, and frozen waterfalls beneath a twinkling night sky. All these photos are winners in the Royal Observatory Greenwich‘s annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The competition is in its fourth year and growing, with a record 800 entrants submitting their cosmic photography. Winners were announced on Sept. 19 in four main categories — Deep Space, Our Solar System, Earth and Space, and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year — and three special awards were also handed out.
The overall number one prize and top spot for the Deep Space category went to Martin Pugh for his amazing shot (above) of the Whirlpool Galaxy, which shows two galaxies colliding. Pugh also won in 2009 for his picture of the Horsehead nebula.
Other incredible images showed auroras, the Milky Way, and, particularly popular this year, the Transit of Venus. Being the last transit for 105 years, the event was highly photographed and the subject for two winners: Chris Warren, who won the Our Solar System category, and Paul Haese, who was ranked "highly commended" in the same group.
Here we take a look at all the winners, runners up, and highly commended images. If you’d like to see the photos in person, they will be exhibited for free from now until Feb. 2013 at the Royal Observatory.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer 2012 - Official movie trailer 2 in HD - starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett - a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hits theaters on December 14, 2012.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. The Hobbit official trailer 2012 is presented in full HD 1080p high resolution.
THE HOBBIT 2012 Movie Genre: Adventure | Fantasy Cast: Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage, Ian Holm Directors: Peter Jackson Writer: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh
Plan 9 from Outer Space (originally titled as Grave Robbers from Outer Space) is a 1959 science fiction/horror film written and directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. The film features Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Maila "Vampira" Nurmi. The film bills Béla Lugosi posthumously as a star, although footage of the actor had been shot by Wood for another film just before Lugosi's death in 1956.
The plot of the film is focused on extraterrestrial beings who are seeking to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. In the course of doing so, the aliens implement "Plan 9", a scheme to resurrect Earth's dead as what modern audiences would consider zombies (called "ghouls" in the film itself) to get the planet's attention, causing chaos.
For years, the film played on television in relative obscurity, until 1980, when author Michael Medved dubbed Plan 9 from Outer Space the "worst movie ever made". Wood was posthumously awarded Medved's Golden Turkey Award as the worst director ever.
Hi. Yeah, I'm sorry about that. Just really busy this year with my new garden and the cancer treatments. Not a lot of energy to spare, you know. Also working on getting a business set up so I can finally start making money again. Moving pretty slow on that. Just wish I haven't been feeling like I'm walking through a swamp for 7 years now.
I wanted to make sure to post that article about the GMO cancer connection, though, since it's so important. People should avoid eating GMOs at all costs. I think there's a link in that article to Jeffrey Smith's new documentary. It was free to watch for a week or so. I hope they extend that; it's a really good film and everyone should watch it, IMO. Everyone who eats "normal" food, that is. Lol. Here's the link again, to make it easy: