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« Reply #8205 on: Mar 22nd, 2013, 10:54pm »

I find Musk to be a fascinating man, albeit a very rich one! He got most of his money from being a co-founder of Paypal, but he has degrees in science and physics. He is the man behind Tesla Motors (with the recently introduced electric car, and, of course, he is the man behind Space-X, the private space company which has made two trips to the space station. Below is his bio and then the link to an interview with this most interesting man!


Elon Musk
Born 28 June 1971 (age 41)
Pretoria, South Africa

Residence Bel Air, Los Angeles, California

Citizenship United States

Education Queen's University, The Wharton School (BEc.),
University of Pennsylvania, (BSc.)

Occupation Inventor, Entrepreneur

Known for Co-founder of Zip2, Founder of PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors
Salary $33,280 per year

Net worth $2.4 billion (2012)

Title CEO and CTO of SpaceX,
CEO of Tesla Motors,
Chairman of SolarCity

Political party Independent

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« Reply #8206 on: Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:20am »

on Mar 22nd, 2013, 7:41pm, Swamprat wrote:
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Punxsutawney Phil 'Indicted' Over Spring Forecast

By: Amanda Lee Myers and Mark Scolforo
Published: March 22, 2013

CINCINNATI - Famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil might want to go back into hibernation.

Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an "indictment" of the furry rodent, who predicted an early spring when he didn't see his shadow after emerging from his western Pennsylvania lair on Feb. 2.

"Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early," Mike Gmoser, the prosecutor in southwestern Ohio's Butler County, wrote in an official-looking indictment.

Gmoser wrote that Punxsutawney Phil is charged with misrepresentation of spring, which constitutes a felony "against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio."

The penalty Phil faces? Gmoser says - tongue firmly in cheek - is death.
Punxsutawney Phil does not have a listed phone number.

Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney club that organizes Groundhog Day, said Phil has a lawyer and would fight any extradition attempt by Ohio authorities.

Deeley defended his fur-bearing associate and said the death penalty was "very harsh" given the nature of the allegations.
"We'll have to plead our case one way or the other, but I think we can beat the rap," Deeley said.

The vitriolic backlash on social media to Phil's dead-wrong prognostication has not gone unnoticed in and around Gobbler's Knob, Deeley said, and special security precautions were in place.

"Right next to where Phil stays is the police station," he said. "They've been notified and they said they will keep watching their monitors."

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« Reply #8207 on: Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:23am »

"I find Musk to be a fascinating man, albeit a very rich one! He got most of his money from being a co-founder of Paypal, but he has degrees in science and physics. He is the man behind Tesla Motors (with the recently introduced electric car, and, of course, he is the man behind Space-X, the private space company which has made two trips to the space station. Below is his bio and then the link to an interview with this most interesting man!"



I never knew about this man, fascinating.

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« Reply #8208 on: Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:26am »







1947

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Johnny O'Clock (Dick Powell) is a junior partner in a posh casino with Guido Marchettis (Thomas Gomez). Complicating their longtime working relationship is Guido's wife Nelle (Ellen Drew), who is still in love with former boyfriend Johnny. She gives Johnny an expensive custom pocket watch, the twin of a birthday present she gave her husband, except Johnny's has a romantic engraving on the back.

Johnny gives the watch, along with a rejection note, to Harriet Hobson (Nina Foch), a hat-check girl at the casino, to return to Nelle. Harriet, however, apparently commits suicide using gas. Her sister Nancy (Evelyn Keyes) shows up to find out what happened. She becomes attracted to Johnny. They eventually learn from Police Inspector Koch (Lee J. Cobb) that Harriet was killed by poison.

Harriet was dating Chuck Blayden (Jim Bannon), a crooked cop who is trying to persuade Guido to let him take Johnny's place. When Blayden also turns up dead, Koch suspects that either Johnny or Marchettis is responsible.

Though Johnny tries to resist, little by little, he falls for Nancy. When Koch shows both Johnny and Marchettis Johnny's watch and note, Johnny tells Nancy their relationship is through and takes her to the airport. As he is driving away, however, he narrowly survives a drive-by shooting, and Nancy realizes he was only trying to protect her. She refuses to leave him.

Johnny decides to flee to South America with Nancy, but not before brazenly cashing in his share of the casino. Marchettis pulls out a gun when Johnny's back is turned. They shoot it out; Marchettis is killed and Johnny wounded. Afterward, Nelle offers to testify it was self-defense, but only if he will come back to her. He refuses, so she tells Koch it was cold-blooded murder. Johnny's first instinct is to run away, but Nancy convinces him to give himself up.

Director: Robert Rossen
Actors: Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb
Release: 1947

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« Reply #8209 on: Mar 24th, 2013, 09:37am »

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Israel fires into Syria after Golan attack on troops

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Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:07am EDT

(Reuters) - Israel said it fired into Syria on Sunday and destroyed a machinegun position in the Golan Heights from where shots had been fired at Israeli soldiers in a further spillover of the Syrian civil war along a tense front.

It was not immediately clear whether Israel held Syrian troops or rebels responsible for what a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said had been a deliberate attack on Israeli patrols in the occupied territory.

Israeli forces "destroyed a Syrian machine gun nest that fired twice in the last 24 hours on Israeli patrols operating to safeguard the border," the spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, said on his Twitter page.

Shells have fallen several times inside Israeli-controlled territory during Syria's civil war. Some of the incidents have drawn Israeli return fire.

Syria's southern provinces bordering Jordan and Israel have become an increasingly significant battleground as the capital Damascus - in Syria's south - comes into play and President Bashar al-Assad's forces fight hard to prevent rebel advances.

The Israeli military said one of its vehicles was hit late on Saturday by shooting from across the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire line on the Golan Heights, but no one was hurt.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner, said, "Our understanding is that it wasn't stray fire."

After a second incident on Sunday, Israeli soldiers "responded with accurate fire toward the Syrian post from which they were fired on", the military said.

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statement that Israel viewed shooting from Syria "with severity" and would not allow "the Syrian army or any other element to violate Israeli sovereignty by firing at our territory".

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the strategic plateau in 1981 in a move that has not won international recognition.

"Any ... fire from the Syrian side will be answered immediately by silencing the sources of fire when we identify them," Yaalon said.

Amos Gilad, a senior Israeli Defence Ministry official, said battles between Syrian government forces and Syrian rebels sometimes take place just a short distance from Israeli lines.

"At times, shells or bullets are fired at Israel. Usually the shooting (from Syria) is not deliberate, but it doesn't matter," he told Army Radio.

"Israel should not be the target of any attack, whether intentional or unintentional - because after all, if you accept something that was unintentional, that could lead to something intentional in the end," Gilad said.

Israel has said for months that it expects Assad's government to fall and has voiced concern that its chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas and al Qaeda.

Israeli President Shimon Peres has called for Assad to step down.

(Reporting by Dan Williams and Jeffrey Heller Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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« Reply #8210 on: Mar 24th, 2013, 09:41am »

Washington Post

Northern Virginia officials worry secret CIA facility could scuttle hopes for landing FBI HQ

By Fredrick Kunkle
Published: March 23

Fairfax County officials want Uncle Sam to know they have the perfect site in Springfield to replace the FBI’s 39-year-old Washington headquarters.

It’s a short run from the FBI Academy and laboratory in Quantico and other FBI operations that are in Northern Virginia or planned for there. It’s near the Capital Beltway and Interstate 395 and within walking distance of the Franconia-Springfield Metro station. Best of all, the federal government owns the property, potentially saving taxpayers as much as $300 million.

But some Northern Virginia officials have been told that the biggest obstacle to redevelopment may be a federal client that’s already at the site: the CIA. Now, as Maryland, Virginia and the District jockey for a prize worth perhaps as much as $3 billion, the presence of the classified site has left several Northern Virginia officials feeling as if one of their best prospects has been mysteriously hobbled.

Fairfax’s bid is one of about three dozen, setting up a political face-off among officials in the region and members of Congress for what they see as a potential blessing to their local economies. Officials from the District, Maryland and Virginia have offered possible sites — vying not only for the prestige that comes with having a new FBI headquarters within their boundaries but also for as many as 11,000 jobs.

In what has been an open secret in Northern Virginia for years, elected officials say the CIA maintains a classified facility in what appears to be a warehouse on property owned by the General Services Administration, the federal government’s landlord. The high-stakes competition for the FBI has put a new spotlight on the site, including new details that suggest the spy agency’s facility is more elaborate than a warehouse.

In interviews, local and federal officials — all speaking only on the condition of anonymity because they were concerned about discussing national security secrets or because they knew only a few details about the spot — said the agency has built a facility that may extend underground and whose infrastructure may be so costly to relocate that its presence could scuttle any redevelopment of the 70-acre site.

A Northern Virginia official, who toured the GSA site several years ago, said he was told an elevator is needed to access the CIA’s facility, whose walls are lined with lead.

“The person who gave us the tour said, ‘Don’t be fooled by the building’s exterior, because most of the activity that occurs cannot be seen from above ground’ — which the only thing I can conclude from that is they must have a big underground chamber of some sort,” the official said.

In “Fallout: The True Story of the CIA’s Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking,” authors Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz, now The Washington Post’s national security editor, report that the CIA uses the warehouse-like site to train “a cadre of technical officers to bug offices, break into houses, and penetrate computer systems.” Several Northern Virginia officials who have studied the site say it is also served by state-of-the-art telecommunication networks.

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he later looked at photos his passenger took during their descent into Port Aransas on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

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From the Flying Car to the Giant R2-D2: The Greatest MIT Hacks of All-Time

By Robert McMillan
03.20.13
6:31 AM

MIT is the birthplace of the hacker. Back in the science-loving 1950s, MIT's Tech Model Railroad club developed the ethos that would help drive the evolution of Unix, the internet, open-source software, and so many other cool hacker ideas that echo even today.

At MIT, hacking means something a little different than what it means at Facebook (writing cool code for fun) or at the Defcon hacking conference (breaking someone else's code so it works in unexpected ways). MIT hacks are creative, whimsical, and often completely difficult campus pranks orchestrated by anonymous students working with military precision in the dark of night. The good ones come with instructions on how to undo whatever mischief they've created.


Traditionally, the university treated hacks with a kind of tacit admiration, best summed up in an unofficial Hacking Frequently Asked Questions page on the MIT Hacks website:


Q) Does the MIT administration approve or support hacking?


A) No. Hackers who are caught may face legal penalties and fines. Still, this does not stop the administration from appreciating a good hack -- after the fact.


The MIT hack is a very human response to the extreme rigors of study at one of the country's preeminent engineering schools. "One of the problems with being a student at MIT is you have no place to hide," says Samuel Jay Keyser, an MIT professor emeritus who has been affiliated with the university since 1962. "You find out how good you really are. "


So the hacks are part show-off, part anarchy, part sticking it to the man. "They make fun of the judges and therefore they mitigate the judgments against them," Keyser says. "It's a way of wearing sunglasses against a very bright sun."


Beginning with cars and cows dragged to the top of a conspicuous university building, the hacks have become more varied and more complex as time goes on. In 1982, someone inflated a giant black balloon in the middle of a Harvard football game. Just last year, the Green building was abruptly transformed into a 153-pixel Tetris screen.


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Boris Berezovsky's death leaves friends suspecting foul play

by Luke Harding and Robert Booth
The Guardian, Sunday 24 March 2013 17.01 EDT

During the final few months of his life, Boris Berezovsky was living in a mansion in Surrey. The property – just outside Ascot, and surrounded by bucolic fields and close to the M25 – belonged to his second ex-wife, Galina.

The couple remained on friendly terms after their divorce and Galina invited Boris to take up residence after he was forced to sell his own £25m mansion in nearby St George's Hill to pay his astronomical legal bills following his defeat in the high court last summer to Roman Abramovich.

Galina Berezovsky arrived at the house – Titness Park in Mill Lane – on Saturday afternoon, having been informed that the father of her two children was dead. At first, detectives refused to let her inside. Undeterred, she opened the gate and entered the property.

According to Nikolai Glushkov, one of Berezovsky's oldest friends, Galina emerged from the house believing Berezovsky may have been murdered. She has yet to give an account of what she saw, but Glushkov, who spoke to her afterwards, told the Guardian: "I'm definite Boris was killed. I have quite different information from what is being published in the media."

Glushkov is a former deputy director of Aeroflot, and – like Berezovsky – fled from Russia to Britain. He noted that a large number of Russian exiles including Berezovsky had recently died under mysterious circumstances. "Boris was strangled. Either he did it himself or with the help of someone. [But] I don't believe it was suicide."

Friends concede that the normally indefatigable oligarch had been in poor spirits since last summer when his £3bn private litigation battle against Abramovich, the Chelsea FC owner, ended in disaster. Still, they insist, the businessman and vehement Kremlin enemy would never have killed himself. "I don't believe what is being said about Boris being depressed or suicidal. This is terrible. This is bullshit," Glushkov said.

Until the end the oligarch was in close contact with his family – six children from three different women. Two of his children are now in their 40s, two in their 20s, and his youngest are aged 12 and 10.

All three marriages ended, the second in an eye-wateringly expensive divorce. In January his former lover Yelena Gorbunova won a freeze order on his £200m assets after they split last year.

Nevertheless, Glushkov said: "Galina still loved Boris. All his wives did. He was very fortunate about that. He was loved by his children and grandchildren."

According to Berezovsky's friend Lord Bell, his children are "totally distraught". A family friend told Bell his eldest son, Artem, "was just in tears and unable to speak".

Gorbunova sat with Berezovsky during his high court showdown. Berezovsky testified, in fluent but erratic English, that he and Abramovich had co-founded the Russian oil firm Sibneft in the wild west Russia of the 1990s. Abramovich later cheated him out of his share of the business, Berezovsky said, following his much-publicised feud with Vladimir Putin.

Mrs Justice Gloster came to another conclusion. She threw out Berezovsky's claim, finding that he was "dishonest" and "delusional".

Even after this blow, Berezovsky was "full of life", Glushkov said. He added: "Boris subsequently managed to resolve his financial problems."

This may have been true. But there is no doubt the Abramovich case left him broke. The costs were estimated at $100m. Berezovsky was forced to shut down his political foundation, which had waged a bitter campaign for over a decade against Putin. He was even unable to fund lawyers for Alexander Litvinenko's widow, Marina, ahead of an inquest this October into her husband's death. He was reportedly forced to sell a £50,000 Andy Warhol portrait of Lenin.

According to Andrew Stephenson, a London lawyer who represented Berezovsky for the last 20 years, his wealth had been increasingly tied up in a series of investigations around the world instigated by Russia. At the time of this death, he had faced actions against him in locations including Brazil, the Isle of Man, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands, Stephenson said.

A chateau at Cap d'Antibes in the south of France, where his mother lived, was among assets frozen as a result of a complaint by Moscow to the French authorities which led to an investigation for money laundering.

The truth of Berezovsky's final hours may not be known for some time. But the response of Thames Valley police, which has carried out a series of radioactive and chemical tests, suggests that nothing can be ruled out.

Following the 2006 polonium murder of Litvinenko, Berezovsky's close friend, British authorities are alert to the possibility of foul play by Moscow. As of Sunday evening, Berezovsky's body was still at the scene. According to Glushkov, Scotland Yard had Berezovsky's home under surveillance; detectives will be now be examining the tapes.

Viewed as tragic drama, Berezovsky's flaw was simple: he misread Putin. Born in 1946 in Moscow to a Jewish civil engineer father, Berezovsky showed an early talent for mathematics. He gained a doctorate in applied mathematics, worked as an engineer and rose in the Soviet Union's prestigious Academy of Sciences.

Like other nascent oligarchs, he was quick to grasp that Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika offered opportunities to make money. When the Soviet Union collapsed he was one of the first to exploit the new capitalism.

Berezovsky's first business partner was Badri Patarkatsishvili. Like Berezovsky, the Georgian billionaire fled later to the UK, dying in 2008 of a heart attack. His friends refuse to believe his death was from natural causes.

The two went into the car business together, selling Soviet-built models. By 1994, Berezovsky had grown sufficiently rich that someone tried to murder him – planting a bomb under his car. He survived, but the blast killed his driver.

Berezovsky's ambitions were not just financial, extending to the political arena. In 1994 he acquired the television channel ORT, using it as a potent weapon to rescue Boris Yeltsin and to secure his re-election in 1996 against the resurgent communists.

Berezovsky's courting of Yeltsin has become the stuff of Machiavellian legend. He published the president's memoirs, befriended Yeltsin's daughter Tatyana and bankrolled Yeltsin's re-election campaign with fellow oligarchs. By the mid-1990s the mercurial Berezovsky was a figure of enormous influence inside the Yeltsin court – a fact that led many to hate him.

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Science Daily

DNA Damage Occurs as Part of Normal Brain Activity, Scientists Discover

Mar. 24, 2013 — Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have discovered that a certain type of DNA damage long thought to be particularly detrimental to brain cells can actually be part of a regular, non-harmful process. The team further found that disruptions to this process occur in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease -- and identified two therapeutic strategies that reduce these disruptions.

Scientists have long known that DNA damage occurs in every cell, accumulating as we age. But a particular type of DNA damage, known as a double-strand break, or DSB, has long been considered a major force behind age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's. Today, researchers in the laboratory of Gladstone Senior Investigator Lennart Mucke, MD, report in Nature Neuroscience that DSBs in neuronal cells in the brain can also be part of normal brain functions such as learning -- as long as the DSBs are tightly controlled and repaired in good time. Further, the accumulation of the amyloid-beta protein in the brain -- widely thought to be a major cause of Alzheimer's disease -- increases the number of neurons with DSBs and delays their repair.

"It is both novel and intriguing team's finding that the accumulation and repair of DSBs may be part of normal learning," said Fred H. Gage, PhD, of the Salk Institute who was not involved in this study. "Their discovery that the Alzheimer's-like mice exhibited higher baseline DSBs, which weren't repaired, increases these findings' relevance and provides new understanding of this deadly disease's underlying mechanisms."

In laboratory experiments, two groups of mice explored a new environment filled with unfamiliar sights, smells and textures. One group was genetically modified to simulate key aspects of Alzheimer's, and the other was a healthy, control group. As the mice explored, their neurons became stimulated as they processed new information. After two hours, the mice were returned to their familiar, home environment.

The investigators then examined the neurons of the mice for markers of DSBs. The control group showed an increase in DSBs right after they explored the new environment -- but after being returned to their home environment, DSB levels dropped.

"We were initially surprised to find neuronal DSBs in the brains of healthy mice," said Elsa Suberbielle, DVM, PhD, Gladstone postdoctoral fellow and the paper's lead author. "But the close link between neuronal stimulation and DSBs, and the finding that these DSBs were repaired after the mice returned to their home environment, suggest that DSBs are an integral part of normal brain activity. We think that this damage-and-repair pattern might help the animals learn by facilitating rapid changes in the conversion of neuronal DNA into proteins that are involved in forming memories."

The group of mice modified to simulate Alzheimer's had higher DSB levels at the start -- levels that rose even higher during neuronal stimulation. In addition, the team noticed a substantial delay in the DNA-repair process.

To counteract the accumulation of DSBs, the team first used a therapeutic approach built on two recent studies -- one of which was led by Dr. Mucke and his team -- that showed the widely used anti-epileptic drug levetiracetam could improve neuronal communication and memory in both mouse models of Alzheimer's and in humans in the disease's earliest stages. The mice they treated with the FDA-approved drug had fewer DSBs. In their second strategy, they genetically modified mice to lack the brain protein called tau -- another protein implicated in Alzheimer's. This manipulation, which they had previously found to prevent abnormal brain activity, also prevented the excessive accumulation of DSBs.

The team's findings suggest that restoring proper neuronal communication is important for staving off the effects of Alzheimer's -- perhaps by maintaining the delicate balance between DNA damage and repair.

"Currently, we have no effective treatments to slow, prevent or halt Alzheimer's, from which more than 5 million people suffer in the United States alone," said Dr. Mucke, who directs neurological research at Gladstone and is a professor of neuroscience and neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, with which Gladstone is affiliated. "The need to decipher the causes of Alzheimer's and to find better therapeutic solutions has never been more important -- or urgent. Our results suggest that readily available drugs could help protect neurons against some of the damages inflicted by this illness. In the future, we will further explore these therapeutic strategies. We also hope to gain a deeper understanding of the role that DSBs play in learning and memory -- and in the disruption of these important brain functions by Alzheimer's disease."

Other scientists who participated in this research at Gladstone include Pascal Sanchez, PhD, Alexxai Kravitz, PhD, Xin Wang, Kaitlyn Ho, Kirsten Eilertson, PhD, Nino Devidze, PhD, and Anatol Kreitzer, PhD. This research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

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INTERVIEW: Scott Bakula

Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 6:48 am
by Swank-mo-tron

Scott Bakula is one of the few actors who has been a part of my geek fandoms for as long as I can remember. As a kid, Quantum Leap was one of my first science fiction obsessions outside of Star Wars. As a life-long Star Trek fan, his casting as Captain Jonathan Archer on Enterprise made me extremely happy. For the first two seasons of the show (when I was able to find it on television) I watched religiously, then it vanished mysteriously from my area. With the release of the Blu-ray this week, I’ve been able to revisit the show and it’s actually better than I remember it, and I remembered loving it.

For the occasion of the Blu-ray release, I was able to speak to Scott Bakula about his time as Captain in what has been one of the most enjoyable and pleasant conversations in my time as an interviewer.

Bryan Young: With the re-release of Enterprise, it’s been over 10 years since it started and almost 10 since it ended and I’m wondering how differently you look at it now than when you started?

Scott Bakula: It was a good experience for me when we shot it. We were all disappointed that we were off the air after four years, but at the same time, given all the political machinations that went on during our four years, we were lucky to get the four years we did on network television, which was a first. Here we are, we went off the air, here we are 8 years later and I just keep bumping into more and more people at the few conventions that I go to and so many people have discovered the show in the last several years since we were off the air. They’re so excited to see me because there’s not a lot of press going on about Enterprise, so they have lots of questions. We were kind of out of it, so this re-issue is gonna be fantastic. It’ll bring us back into the limelight and give more people a chance to discover us. With the Blu-ray, you’ll really see the great creative work that was done on the show.

Bryan: As a fan watching at the time, it was very frustrating because the show was changing stations and networks in the middle of the run and it was hard to find to find in some areas even.

Scott: It was muddy waters for a lot of it. It was the best laid plans in the beginning and then so many things happened beyond any of our control. Often times, you just had to put your head down and do your work and then you let the business stuff take care of itself.

Bryan: How does the experience of stepping into Star Trek differ for you than stuff like say, I can’t imagine you doing a lot of convention appearances for Men of a Certain Age.

Scott: <laughs> No. The good news is that I had a lot of experience with this with Quantum Leap before Star Trek. Although the convention thing wasn’t as insanely prevalent as it is since I got involved with Star Trek. But I knew the fan, I understood the the sci-fi fan. I had a pretty healthy understanding of that before Star Trek, so, it’s been a great relationship. I appreciate the fans, I appreciate the support, I appreciate the longevity of the support, and the intelligence of the support is something I’ve enjoyed. Stepping into it was daunting but it’s a unique environment to step into. Men of a Certain Age had its own uniqueness, certainly, but everybody gets that when the TV shuts off that that show is over for the week. With any kind of sci-fi, the imagination continues and the world exists and you create that in your own mind and it lives in you. The first time I saw 2001 on this huge screen in the 60s, I’ll just never forget and that’s a big difference, I think.

Bryan: Were you a fan of the Star Trek franchise before you stepped in?

Scott: I was. The original show, with my age and the timing of things, I fell in love with the original show with Kirk and Spock and Bones and those folks when I was in college and it was in reruns. It was every night at 11 o’clock. Everyone would pile into one room and watch that show and I completely was sucked into it.

Bryan: I imagine you were pleased then by the nod to Archer in the new Abrams Star Trek?

Scott: That was a huge surprise. I had no idea it was coming. So much so that I had to turn to my kids and say, “Did I just hear… what? They were talking about what? My dog? Did I hear that?” And they shushed me. They said, “Shut up, Dad, the movie’s on.”

I had to come out of the movie and make a few phone calls and ask other people and they said, “Oh, yeah, you made it. You made it in the movie, the dog and you.” So, I thought Abrams did a beautiful job of that and it was fantastic. Those actors are great.

Bryan: With Enterprise, with your experience being the Captain, did you go through and compare your experience to, say Kirk, or did you try to stay away from all that stuff? It sounds like you were already aware of it and sucked into it, but did you try to stay out of it since you were the “first” captain?

Scott: Because we were 100 years before, I tried to stay as little involved with that as possible. It was so I could create my own, good or bad. I felt that there was a certain freedom that was given us and given me, by being 100 years earlier, and so I chose to just wall off all that other stuff. I’d certainly seen them, but I didn’t dive into every episode and watch again. I thought, let’s not do that, let’s just treat this as fresh and brand new as we possibly can.

Bryan: As you left Enterprise, and I think long before it’s time, what was the experience of that show teach as you move on to new projects?

Scott: Unfortunately, it’s me being the older guy on the show and working with all the younger actors, it reaffirmed the notion of how you can never count on anything in our business. We started that show and everyone was like, “Oh, man, you guys are gonna go 7 years, that’s how it goes, that’s the way it’s gonna be.” And I just remember thinking to myself and telling some people, “Don’t count on it. It’s a different world.” We were on network television, which no franchise had been on, it had all been syndicated which is a completely different animal. And we were on a new network that was just discovering itself and it doesn’t even exist anymore. There were so many variables and it reaffirmed to me that in our business you have to enjoy the work when you’re getting the work, which isn’t a given, and be smart about what your expectations are, and to stay in the moment. Do as good as work as you possibly can every day, and the other stuff takes care of itself.

Bryan: If Enterprise had continued or if it had gotten a movie, where would you have liked to see Archer go?

Scott: Well, the plan had always been, before we had to slap in this truncated ending of my exploits and the ship’s exploits, would finally lead us to the creation of the Federation. From day one, that was Archer’s path. He didn’t know that’s where he was going to end up, but I knew that because we talked about it. That was going to be Archer’s mission in life, to be instrumental in putting the Federation together. And that would have been with the folks we gathered over the years, they would have also been instrumental, but they never got there. And so here we are.

Bryan: As you look back to Enterprise, is there a particular story or moment or something that you did with Captain Archer that you did that sticks with you today as something you’re particularly proud of?

Scott: Oh, boy. Um… There’s one epsiode where I, where we got into the whole Xindi arc, and it was in the third or fourth year, and I basically took one of our prisoners and almost killed him to get information from him. It was a cruel crossing of the line of what’s techincal and what’s correct and who we expect Archer to be and what we expect with certain behaviour to be from a Captain and it went way past that. I know the fans were very worried about that, but also very excited about that, because it just showed the seriousness of where we were and what we were trying to achieve and also the stress and pressure of it. I remember that as being a moment that shocked a lot of people.

Scott Bakula can next be seen in Stephen Soderbergh’s Liberace film “Behind the Candelabra” on HBO. Enterprise hits Blu-ray this week.

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Oggetto sferico luminoso ripreso a Torino: Sabato 23 Marzo 2013.
Puntamento videocamera: Caselle (TO).
Strumentazione: Canon Legria FS-20 modificata (rimosso il fitro interno IR-Cut) al fine di aumentare la sensibilità all'infrarosso.
Davanti all'obiettivo è stato inserito un filtro IR-Pass da 900 Nm (Hoya RM90) tale filtro elimina le altre radiazioni visibili e lascia passare solo quelle infrarosse, in questo caso, a partire da 900 nano metri (infrarosso lontano).
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Hi WingsofCrystal, thanks for putting the Scot Bakula interview on. Like the interviewer, I'm a Bakula fan too, especially in the Archer role, and of all things Star Trek, movies, series whatever, I have been watching reruns for decades. All I need is a set of pointy ears and my life would be complete.

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we got into the whole Xindi arc, and it was in the third or fourth year, and I basically took one of our prisoners and almost killed him to get information from him. It was a cruel crossing of the line of what’s techincal and what’s correct and who we expect Archer to be and what we expect with certain behaviour to be from a Captain and it went way past that. I know the fans were very worried about that, but also very excited about that, because it just showed the seriousness of where we were and what we were trying to achieve and also the stress and pressure of it.


Good to hear the Star Trek Enterprise makers/actors were aware how big the impact of that scene would be on it loyal audience. It brought home to me the terrifying question of how far we may go, how UNETHICAL we'll get, is we ever have to fight for survival of the entire human species, the planet. And I was shocked because I'd come to see Captain Archer as the good guy, a heroic example for humanity.


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on Mar 25th, 2013, 11:09am, purr wrote:
Hi WingsofCrystal, thanks for putting the Scot Bakula interview on. Like the interviewer, I'm a Bakula fan too, especially in the Archer role, and of all things Star Trek, movies, series whatever, I have been watching reruns for decades. All I need is a set of pointy ears and my life would be complete.



Good to hear the Star Trek Enterprise makers/actors were aware how big the impact of that scene would be on it loyal audience. It brought home to me the terrifying question of how far we may go, how UNETHICAL we'll get, is we ever have to fight for survival of the entire human species, the planet. And I was shocked because I'd come to see Captain Archer as the good guy, a heroic example for humanity.


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Good morning Purr cheesy

I loved the whole series but REALLY loved Scott Bakula!





As far as how "unethical" we would get to save the planet, humans aren't perfect and if it meant saving earth I might get serious about some dirty fighting myself!


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In blow to Assad, opposition takes Syria's Arab summit seat

By Sami Aboudi and Yara Bayoumy

DOHA | Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:12am EDT

(Reuters) - To applause from Arab heads of state, a foe of Bashar al-Assad took Syria's vacant seat at an Arab summit on Tuesday, deepening the Syrian president's diplomatic isolation and diverting attention from opposition rifts.

Speaking at an annual gathering of Arab heads of state in the Gulf state of Qatar, Moaz Alkhatib said he had asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for U.S. forces to help defend rebel-controlled northern parts of Syria with Patriot surface-to-air missiles. NATO swiftly rebuffed the idea.

The insurgents have few weapons to counter Assad's helicopter gunships and warplanes.

"It was a historic meeting. You could feel the grandiose nature of the meeting," said opposition spokesman Yaser Tabbara.

"It's a first step towards acquiring full legal legitimacy."

Alkhatib said the United States should play a bigger role in helping end the two-year-old conflict in Syria, blaming Assad's government for what he called its refusal to solve the crisis.

"I have asked Mr Kerry to extend the umbrella of the Patriot missiles to cover the Syrian north and he promised to study the subject," Alkhatib said, referring to NATO Patriot missile batteries sent to Turkey last year to protect Turkish airspace.

"We are still waiting for a decision from NATO to protect people's lives, not to fight but to protect lives," he said.

Responding to Alkhatib's remarks, an official of the Western military alliance at its headquarters in Brussels said: "NATO has no intention to intervene militarily in Syria.

"NATO calls for an end to violence in Syria, which represents a serious threat to stability and security in the region. We fully support the efforts of the international community to find a peaceful solution," the official said.

Michael Stephens, a researcher based in Qatar for Britain's Royal United Services Institute, said acceding to Alkhatib's request would effectively put NATO at war with Damascus.

DEFENSIVE DEPLOYMENT

NATO's current deployment of three Patriot missile batteries, in eastern Turkey, is intended to be purely defensive, shielding Turkey from possible attack from Syria. The Patriots are designed to shoot down hostile missiles in mid-air.

Alkhatib, a Sunni Muslim cleric, took Syria's chair at the summit for the first time despite announcing on Sunday that he would step down as leader of the Syrian National Coalition.

The emir of Qatar, a strong supporter of the struggle to topple Assad, asked his fellow-Arab leaders to invite the coalition delegation to represent Syria formally at the summit, despite the internal divisions plaguing the opposition.

The Arab League suspended Syria in November 2011 in protest at its use of violence against civilians to quell dissent.

In his opening speech, Qatar's Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani urged the U.N. Security Council to stop the "oppression and repression of the people" in Syria, halt the bloodshed and "present those responsible for these crimes against their people to international justice".

The United Nations says about 70,000 people have been killed in a conflict that began with peaceful anti-Assad protests and turned into an increasingly sectarian armed insurrection.

The war in Syria has divided world powers, paralyzing action at the Security Council. The Arab world is also split, with Saudi Arabia and Qatar the most fervent foes of Assad, and Iraq, Algeria and Lebanon the most resistant to calls for his removal.

Syrian rebels again fired mortar rounds into central Damascus on Tuesday. State television said several people had been wounded by "terrorist" mortar bombs that landed in the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA compound in the Baramkeh district.

The attack followed a similar flurry of rebel mortar bombs that struck near the Opera House on Ummayad Square in the heart of Damascus, killing two people on Monday.

Syrian state TV did not cover the Arab League meeting in Qatar, airing a program on makeup for women instead.

INTERNAL DISARRAY

Alkhatib's decision to quit, which he blamed on the world's failure to back the armed revolt against Assad also appeared to be motivated by internal disputes in the alliance. It undermined the alliance's claim to provide a coherent alternative to Assad.

Liberals saw it as a protest against what they view as the rising influence of hardline Islamists in the Qatari-backed umbrella group set up in Doha in November to replace the ineffectual Syrian National Council.

Syria's Muslim Brotherhood, criticized for its grip on the Syrian National Council, appears to be wield as much sway on its successor coalition, which has won wide international backing, but has failed to shake an image as consisting mostly of foreign-backed exiles immersed in political infighting.

Jane Kinninmont, of Britain's Chatham House think tank, said Qatar and the other Gulf states had been frustrated that the United States in particular and also European powers had not done more to help the Syrian opposition.

"The Gulf countries contrast this to the Iraq war which many of them were quite dubious about, and they see a U.S. that's far less interventionist today, even though there's a much greater case for an immediate humanitarian need than there was in the case of Iraq."

(Additional reporting by Mirna Sleiman and William Maclean, Omar Fahmy in Cairo, Oliver Holmes and Erika Solomon in Beirut and Adrian Croft in Brussels; Writing by Alistair Lyon)

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