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« Reply #795 on: Aug 22nd, 2010, 3:27pm »


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To members of Justice for the Bentwaters 81st Security Police at Rendlesham Forest 1980

From: John Burroughs
August 22 at 12:26pm

Jim Penniston put out a goal of hitting 3000 by the weekend! Let’s see if we can reach it by tonight! Any help would be great!

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« Reply #796 on: Aug 22nd, 2010, 3:29pm »

Hello, Crystal. Hope you have a nice weekend so far. smiley

Some great articles you've posted there today.
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« Reply #797 on: Aug 22nd, 2010, 5:54pm »

on Aug 22nd, 2010, 3:27pm, Swamprat wrote:
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To members of Justice for the Bentwaters 81st Security Police at Rendlesham Forest 1980

From: John Burroughs
August 22 at 12:26pm

Jim Penniston put out a goal of hitting 3000 by the weekend! Let’s see if we can reach it by tonight! Any help would be great!

John

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Hi Swamprat,
I saw that. Hope they meet their goal. Thanks for posting it.
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« Reply #798 on: Aug 22nd, 2010, 5:55pm »

on Aug 22nd, 2010, 3:29pm, philliman wrote:
Hello, Crystal. Hope you have a nice weekend so far. smiley

Some great articles you've posted there today.


Why thankee,
We are having a good weekend. All happy.
Hope yours is good too.
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« Reply #799 on: Aug 22nd, 2010, 8:31pm »

on Aug 21st, 2010, 5:52pm, WingsofCrystal wrote:
Beautiful photo Phil, thanks!

I wondered the same thing when I read the headline about the WikiLeaks rape accusation. Smear the guy and keep him in court and broke. Sad but true, and a huge possibility.

Crystal


Hi Crys and Phil

They have hit their mark and smeared his name so that people will always be wondering if it were true or not. Pretty dirty tactics used.
They are attacking him from all sides.... another tactic.... bring him down at all costs any way you can. Like a pack of wolves.

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« Reply #800 on: Aug 22nd, 2010, 9:45pm »

on Aug 22nd, 2010, 8:31pm, Luvey wrote:
Hi Crys and Phil

They have hit their mark and smeared his name so that people will always be wondering if it were true or not. Pretty dirty tactics used.
They are attacking him from all sides.... another tactic.... bring him down at all costs any way you can. Like a pack of wolves.

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Hello Luvey,
And they aren't heck bent on subtlety either.
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I'm just learning World of Warcraft. My husband says that there are no killer cows in the game.

The killer cow below did me in today and husband won't believe me. Says there must have been an enemy in the vicinity and I was too busy looking at the cow to notice them.

I say beware the killer cows!

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« Reply #802 on: Aug 23rd, 2010, 08:30am »

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August 22, 2010
Iran’s President Unveils New Long-Range Drone Aircraft
By WILLIAM YONG and ROBERT F. WORTH

TEHRAN — Iran unveiled a long-range unmanned bomber on Sunday, the latest in a series of announcements about new Iranian military advances as tensions rise over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at a ceremony to mark Iran’s Defense Industry Day, called the weapon a “messenger of glory and salvation for humanity” but an “ambassador of death” for Iran’s enemies.

The new aircraft, called Karrar or destroyer, can carry up to four cruise missiles and has a range of 620 miles, according to reports on state-owned media, not long enough to reach Israel.

The Karrar drone is the third such unmanned military aircraft to be announced this year and the second new weapon that Iran has unveiled in a matter of days. The United States and Israel have said they would not rule out an airstrike to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb, and while Iran has continued to hold out the possibility of compromise, it has also showed off new long-range missiles, submarines and plans to launch high-altitude satellites.

“This is just the beginning,” Mr. Ahmadinejad told military officials. “Today the defense of Iran is identical with the defense of the existence of humanity.”

The announcement came just a day after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Iran’s first nuclear power plant. Iran has long maintained that its nuclear program is peaceful, but Israel and many Western and Arab nations have voiced deep concerns about the possibility that Iran could use its nuclear fuel to make a bomb. On Friday, Iran’s defense minister, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, announced a successful test launching of the Qiam surface-to-surface missile.

Iran’s first ever domestically built satellite is featured on Iran’s 5000 rial banknote, the equivalent of 50 cents, and Mr. Ahmadinejad’s recent promise to put the first Iranian astronaut into space within 15 years was anticipated in February by the dispatch into outer space of a mouse, two turtles and a box of earthworms.

The unveiling ceremony was held at Malek-Ashtar University of Technology here, thought by many in the American intelligence community to have close links to the Revolutionary Guards. In his comments, Mr. Ahmadinejad used provocative language to call on Western powers to engage Iran in dialogue.

“They tell us all options are on the table. We also say to them, all options are on the table,” he said in comments broadcast on state television. “The first option is for you to come down from your tower of pride and sit like polite children and talk.”

“Come down,” he repeated. “If you do not, the hands of the peoples of the world will bring you down.”

William Yong reported from Tehran, and Robert F. Worth from Washington.

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« Reply #803 on: Aug 23rd, 2010, 08:34am »

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New 'debt boom' fears as banks offer 'more generous credit card deals'
British consumers are being handed even more generous credit card deals than those on offer before the recession, new research has shown.

By Andrew Hough
Published: 7:00AM BST 23 Aug 2010

Despite warnings of a potential double dip recession, banks are presenting struggling customers with offers of cheaper debt than they made available before the 2007 economic crash.

Experts warned that Britain could face a new “credit card boom” leaving families heavily in debt as they borrow to make ends meet and struggle to pay off the money.

It comes amid concerns of future job losses, particulary as the Coalition government’s spending cuts are due to take effect.

The research, from two price comparison websites, found some banks were offering credit cards with attractive interest free rates for an introductory period of an average of 12.2 months.

This was longer than during the peak of the last credit boom but once they end leave families with high interest repayments.

While the improved rates are good in the short term, it can be costly for those who still have debts when introductory offers run out.

Other offers from banks, which have announced recent profits of more than £16 billion, offered cash rebates and other incentives to spend on credit such as attractive interest-free “balance transfer” deals, which encourage borrowers to move debt between cards.

There was also some evidence that despite tightening the rules on who they would lend money to during the recession, the criteria was now being relaxed.

It came as figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility estimated that the average British family of four will borrow £24,000 more during over next five years. It predicted household debt will top £1.8 billion by 2015.

Martin Lewis, an analyst at consumer website moneysavingexpert.com, warned consumers to handle the current deals with care.

“Debt is like fire, used well it is a great tool, used badly you’ll get burned,” he said.

“The worst thing to do with a credit card is to use it to fill the gaps your income does not meet each month, that will see borrowings constantly grow and can leave you in a debt spiral.”

Kevin Mountford, head of banking at moneysupermarket.com, added: “While interest-free periods may be getting longer, the sting in the tail is that the rates of interest charged once they end are also increasing.”

Ministers have said they will review lending and borrowing schemes.

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Solar system 'two million years older than first thought'
The solar system could be almost two million years older than previously thought, scientists have discovered using evidence from one of the oldest meteorites.

By Andrew Hough
Published: 7:00AM BST 23 Aug 2010

Researchers revised the age after analysing a mineral "relic" buried deep within the meteorite, known as an inclusion, found in the Sahara desert in northwest Africa.

These minerals, from a 1.49-kilo (3.2-pound) meteorite found in the Moroccan desert in 2004, are among the oldest solid materials formed following the birth of the Sun.

Experts said dating them could provide one of the most precise estimates of the age of the formation of the solar system.

Researchers from Arizona State University used a technique that relied on forms of lead atoms called isotopes to determine the age of this particular inclusion.

They found it formed 4.45682 billion years ago, which was between 300,000 and 1.9 million years earlier than previous estimates.

This age makes the inclusion the oldest material from the solar system that has been dated so far, according to the finding published in Nature Geoscience on Sunday.

"The age of the solar system can be defined as the time of formation of the first solid grains in the nebular disc surrounding the proto-Sun," said Dr Audrey Bouvier, a space scientist from the university's Centre for Meteorite Studies, who led the study.

"This age is estimated by dating calciumaluminium-rich inclusions in meteorites. These inclusions are considered as the earliest formed solids in the solar nebula.

"Their formation marks the beginning for several long and short-lived radiogenic clocks that are used to precisely define the timescales of Solar System events, such as the formation and evolution of planetary bodies."

She added: "From the consistently old ages in the studied inclusion, we conclude that the proto-Sun and the nebular disc formed earlier than previously thought."

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Aug. 23, 1977: Pedal-Powered Gossamer Condor Flies Into Record Books
By Jason Paur August 23, 2010

1977: Bryan Allen completes a figure-eight course piloting and powering the Gossamer Condor to claim the Kremer Prize for human-powered flight.

In 1959, British industrialist Henry Kremer created a prize for a successful human-powered aircraft. The criteria were fairly simple in concept, but would turn out to be very difficult to execute.

In order to win the prize, a person had to pilot a human-powered aircraft around a figure-eight course where the turning points are a half-mile apart. The aircraft had to clear a 10-foot hurdle at the beginning of the course and again at the end.

For more than 17 years, the prize went unclaimed despite more than 50 official attempts to claim the money. By 1976, the value of the prize had grown to nearly $100,000 and a creative aerodynamicist named Dr. Paul MacCready came up with a creative solution he believed could win: Fly very slowly.

Many of the attempts at winning the Kremer Prize were made with very sleek, efficient and relatively fast aircraft. But these aircraft tended to be rather heavy, which meant that, combined with their sleek design, the aircrafts required more power to get airborne. And because it had to be human-powered to win the prize, power was a limited variable.

While watching vultures fly one day, Dr. MacCready developed the idea he thought could lead to winning the elusive prize. Instead of focusing on building a very aerodynamically clean aircraft with its weight and speed penalties, he would build a very light aircraft that would fly so slowly that there would be little concern for the extra drag of items like wire bracing.

“It was just a big model airplane” MacCready said of the Gossamer Condor.

With a wingspan of 96 feet, the pedal-powered Gossamer Condor weighed only 70 pounds. It was an extremely delicate airplane constructed with a minimal amount of aluminum for structure and covered with a very thin layer of Mylar.

Because one of the requirements to win the Kremer Prize was to fly in a figure eight, the biggest challenge proved to be figuring out how to turn the delicate airplane. Eventually the team used an idea first put into practice by the Wright brothers: wing warping. The combination of wing warping and tilting the canard wing out in front of the pilot allowed the airplane to make coordinated turns.

By gently twisting the wings, the Gossamer Condor didn’t require and traditional control surfaces such as ailerons or a vertical rudder, both of which would add precious weight to the aircraft. The concern over weight was so strong that the team often joked that if something didn’t break within two weeks of being put on the airplane, it was too heavy.

By early 1977 the Gossamer Condor was setting records for human-powered flight, with flights lasting more than five minutes. Once the ability to turn was worked out, Dr. MacCready and the team were confident the Kremer Prize was within reach (to his credit, many involved with the project say MacCready always believed he was within a few weeks of winning the prize).

The Gossamer Condor endured several crashes. But because the aircraft flew at a jogging pace and only 10-15 feet above the ground, the impacts were fairly minimal. The team was usually able to repair the airplane quickly and have it flying again shortly after crashes. The ultra-thin Mylar was susceptible to tearing and the team ended up using massive amounts of Scotch tape to repair the airplane.

In early August 1977, pilot (and “engine”) Bryan Allen flew through some convection turbulence and crashed the Gossamer Condor again. This time the airplane was seriously damaged. But the damage gave the team the opportunity to redesign the fuselage. The new airplane weighed six pounds less than before.

On August 23, 1977, Allen began to pedal the Gossamer Condor on its 223rd flight. Seven minutes and 27 seconds later, after an all-out 11 mile per hour sprint to clear the 10-foot hurdle at the end of the course, Allen had successfully completed a figure eight and the Gossamer Condor won the Kremer Prize.

The flight changed Dr. MacCready’s life. Before the record-setting flight, he was well-known in a relatively obscure corner of the aviation world. After winning the prize, and the subsequent publicity provided by an Academy Award-winning documentary about the project (see video below), he would be known around the world as one of the most creative and prolific aircraft designers of all time.

In 1979, Dr. MacCready would win a second Kremer Prize when the human-powered Gossamer Albatross crossed the English Channel. With his company AeroVironment, he would go on to develop a wide range of aircraft, including a solar-powered aircraft called Helios that would set altitude records flying at more than 96,000 feet, and a life-size flying pterodactyl for the Smithsonian. He also collaborated with General Motors on the solar-powered Sunyracer and EV-1 electric car.

One of the most creative and innovative aircraft designers of all time, Dr. MacCready died of brain cancer in 2007.

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August 22, 2010 | 12:34 pm

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The search is still underway for a Vincent Van Gogh painting that, according to Egypt's minister of culture, Farouk Hosni, was cut from its frame and stolen from Cairo's Mahmoud Khalil museum on Saturday.

Known as both "Poppy Flowers" and "Vase With Flowers" and believed to have been painted by the Dutch Impressionist master in 1887, the 12-inch-by-12-inch canvas is worth $55 million.

Hosni ordered urgent measures at all ports to try to prevent it from being taken out of Egypt.

A few hours after the painting's disappearance, Egypt's official news agency, MENA, reported that two Italian tourists were detained at Cairo International Airport on suspicion of connection to the theft moments before they boarded their flight back to Italy.

Museum officials were quoted as saying that the Italian couple raised suspicions after they were seen going to the toilet before swiftly cutting short their tour and leaving the museum.

Hosni later announced that "Poppy Flowers" had been recovered -- before retracting that statement, saying it was "based on information we received that was wrong and incorrect" and that authorities were still on the hunt for the painting.

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« Reply #807 on: Aug 23rd, 2010, 09:42am »

that is a freaking shame. i have never understood why some one would cut a painting to steal it. i realize it all about the money, but still it sux
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on Aug 23rd, 2010, 09:42am, jwalker28 wrote:
that is a freaking shame. i have never understood why some one would cut a painting to steal it. i realize it all about the money, but still it sux


Hi jwalker28,
It sure is a shame. One of a kind that can't ever be repaired.
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« Reply #809 on: Aug 23rd, 2010, 1:28pm »

Hello Crystal, Pen and jwalker!
on Aug 22nd, 2010, 9:49pm, WingsofCrystal wrote:
I'm just learning World of Warcraft. My husband says that there are no killer cows in the game.

The killer cow below did me in today and husband won't believe me. Says there must have been an enemy in the vicinity and I was too busy looking at the cow to notice them.

I say beware the killer cows!
Crystal

Now I know why Crystal was absent these days. wink grin

on Aug 23rd, 2010, 08:37am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
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Solar system 'two million years older than first thought'

Look there, look there! And one day they even will have to admit "Oops, sorry, we really aren't alone in this universe!"

I wonder, is it a big miss if you wrongly assume that the universe is two million years younger?
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Oh, I once saw these aircraft on tv back in the 80s. Great idea! They should have became a hit. Especially these days. Looks like people are still a bit lazy.
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