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« Reply #8355 on: Apr 21st, 2013, 08:50am »

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London marathon: runners defiant in the shadow of terrorism

As the crowds weaved their way through the dappled sunlight in Greenwich Park this morning, there was little sense that the Boston bombings had overshadowed today's marathon.

By Ben Bryant
11:36AM BST 21 Apr 2013

For Anna Price, inspired by last week's tragedy to run her fourth London marathon in a lycra Union flag body suit complete with matching face paint and cape, pulling out was never an option.

She said: "I didn't even give it a second thought.

"London have got it so secure. We as a culture just get on with it. We have always lived with bombs and terrorists."

The 41-year-old club development manager for Wimbledon Rackets and Fitness Club said that she had been riding a wave of patriotism since last year.

"I'd say it started last year with Team GB, with the Olympics, with the diamond jubilee. It almost gave the Brits permission to show their patriotism," she said.

She planned to complete this marathon - her 14th - with brother James in under four hours.

One American runner from Boston came dressed in an American flag to show her solidarity with her hometown.

Kelly Curran, 23, a school lacrosse coach from Buckingham, also wore a t-shirt proudly emblazoned with the words: "I am Boston strong".

She said: "I'm from Boston but I live over here and work over here. So I'm just showing my pride for the city. What happened Monday inspired me to bring my flag along with me.

When asked whether she was at all apprehensive, however, her response was decisive. "Just about my legs! I feel safe. I'm not worried about my safety at all," she said.

Nursing a knee injury, she hoped to complete the course in under five hours. She said: "I'm determined. I will finish. I just don't know when."

Not everyone was so bold, however. Cathy Dean, the director of Save The Rhino International, said that one of her 16-strong team had dropped out over fears of terrorism.

There remained 15 runners - who had raised more than £100,000 between them - to tackle the course wearing rhinoceros costumes.

Around 37,000 runners assembled at the start line to tackle the 26.2-mile course that snakes around the Thames, beginning in Greenwich and ending at Buckingham Palace.

Along the route, runners cross Tower Bridge, circle Canary Wharf, and pass the Houses of Parliament.

The runners fell silent in memory of those who died in Boston for 30 seconds ahead of the start of the men's elite race.

Many wore black ribbons in memory of the three killed and 180 injured in Massachusetts. Virgin, the race organiser, has promised to donate £2 for each finisher to the fund set up to support the victims of the blasts.

Geoff Wightman, the event commentator, announced over loudspeakers before the half-minute silence: "Marathon running is a global sport. It unites runners and supporters on every continent in pursuit of a common challenge and in the spirit of friendship and fellowship.

"This week the world marathon family was shocked and saddened by the events at the Boston Marathon.

"In a few moments a whistle will sound and we will join together in silence to remember our friends and colleagues for whom a day of joy turned into a day of sadness."

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said it was important to show that Britain would "carry on regardless" despite the Boston bombing.

He told LBC 97.3 that his wife, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper, thinks he is "completely mad" for running a second time, despite insisting "never again" after last year's race.

Mr Balls, who is raising money for the charities Action for Stammering Children and Whizz-Kidz, said: "In politics sometimes doing a U-turn is the wise thing to do."

Mo Farah, the Olympic gold medallist, is planning to run half the route today, but preparations went awray this morning when he overslept.

He told a BBC presenter this morning: "Radio 5, gotta go! Gotta run, run, run, run!" Asked how he was feeling, he said as he ran down the street: "Yeah, feeling good."

Asked whether he had warmed up, he said: "Not yet! I'm late! I woke up late! I'm going to miss the bus!"

Katherine Jenkins, the Welsh singer, said she was running in memory of her father and to show solidarity to people affected by the bombings in the US.

"Like everyone else, it was just so devastating to see that on the news," she said.

"But I think we all feel more than ever that we want to do this and show our support for Boston."

The 32-year-old said she has raised over £22,000 for MacMillan, the cancer care charity.

She added: "I really don't think of myself as an athletic person at all." I never in a million years thought I would do this. I'm glad that I am, but I am nervous."

The Metropolitan Police has increased the number of officers on duty for the marathon by 40 per cent following the Boston bombings and called on spectators to be vigilant.

An exhanced security operation will focus on the runners' baggage. Rucksacks of thousands of runners will be ferried from the start of the race to the finishing line in 34 articulated lorries.

Barbara Stephenson, the Charge d'Affaires at the US embassy in Britain, said the show of support by British runners underlined the "special relationship".

"We've had responses from Her Majesty the Queen, all through Twitter from the British people, and now we have got tens of thousands of London Marathon runners wearing a black ribbon in solidarity with the people of Boston.

"As my senior law enforcement person said on Friday afternoon, it's moments like this when you know what the special relationship's really all about."

She added: "Nobody polices a big event and allows the public to go out in huge numbers in safety quite like the Metropolitan Police."

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Little-known sci-fi fact: Uhura's famed Trek kiss wasn't meant to be with Kirk

Nathalie Caron

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 4:52pm

Back in November of 1968, the TV landscape was shaken to its core by the first interracial lip-lock between scantily clad Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) on a third-season episode of Star Trek: TOS.

But did you know that it wasn’t the womanizing Kirk Uhura was supposed to lock lips with?

Maybe some of you already know this (and maybe some of you don’t), but Uhura was to have been kissing our favorite green-blooded Vulcan, Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy).

In a Vancouver Sun interview, actress Nichelle Nichols recalled the story of that famous kiss, revealing that she had been practicing with Leonard Nimoy (not a bad way to spend the time) when Shatner saw them smooching.

"Bill Shatner saw what was going on and he said, 'Woah, woah, woah. If anybody is gonna get to kiss Lieutenant Uhura it's gonna be me.' And he had the whole thing changed so the first interracial kiss was with Lieutenant Uhura and Captain Kirk."

"Bill wanted to rehearse all the time. He said he wanted to get this right! I said to him, "It's right, it's right. I promise you, it's right." And the camera was shaking and the director was laughing his head off. We really had a good time."

We can't say we're surprised by Shatner's reaction. (We're actually truly amused by it, as was Nichols, who apparently laughed a lot at the recollection.)

And the rest, as we say, is history.

What do you guys think? Are you surprised that the first interracial kiss on TV was meant to be an interspecies one as well?

(via Calgary Herald: http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Uhura+Star+Trek+lock+almost+with+Spock/8266550/story.html)


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Hagel: U.S. Arms to Augment Israeli Military Edge

Apr. 22, 2013 - 09:48AM
By BARBARA OPALL-ROME

TEL AVIV — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in his first visit here as Pentagon chief, said V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft, aerial tankers and other technologies that Washington is willing “to make available” to Israel will augment Israel’s so-called qualitative military edge (QME) over regional adversaries.

At a joint press conference at Defense Ministry headquarters here on Monday, Hagel said the prospective arms package — to include anti-radiation missiles, advanced fighter aircraft radars, KC-135 refuelers and V-22 Ospreys — “ensures that Israel will maintain air superiority for the next generation.”

Speaking alongside his host, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogey” Ya’alon, Hagel said the prospective package marks “another significant step” in Washington’s commitment “not only to preserve, but to enhance and improve” Israel’s QME.

Hagel said that “despite fiscal pressures” Washington will provide the full US $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) assistance to Israel for 2013. Moreover, in keeping with pledges announced last month during U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit here, Hagel said the two countries have begun working on an agreement to extend annual U.S. security funding beyond 2017.

He also noted that to date, Washington has provided more than $460 million in funding for cooperative rocket and missile defense programs, including Iron Dome, David’s Sling and the Arrow. Another $200 million in Iron Dome funding has been requested in 2014, he added.

Under 2008 legislation, Congress defined Israel’s QME as “the ability to counter and defeat any credible conventional military threat from any individual state or possible coalition of states or from non-state actors.”

By law, the U.S. administration is required to submit quadrennial reports on ways it has acted — whether through arms sales, security assistance, joint exercises and other means of strategic cooperation — to preserve Israel’s military superiority in the region.

The first such QME report was submitted in 2009 and a follow-on study is scheduled for release this year.

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Russian billionaire wants to create cyborgs

In science fiction, one of the most popular concepts is the cyborg — a creature that's part human and part machine. Now, a Russian billionaire is determined to take this sci-fi trope and make it a reality.

The man is named Dmitry Itskov, and no, this isn't an April Fools' joke. Itskov is totally serious about wanting to make humans immortal by merging them with machines, and he's been pushing the project forward since 2011 when he founded the 2045 Initiative, ostensibly the deadline for "substance-independent" minds to receive artificial bodies — what some scientists refer to as the Singularity.

As Digital Trends describes, the ultimate goal is to be able to transfer a person's mind or consciousness from a living brain into a machine with that person's personality and memories intact. Freed of physical form, the person would exist in a network similar to the internet and be able to travel at the speed of light all over the planet, or even into space.

To call Itskov's plan ambitious is an understatement, but he's mapped out several key steps to get there. The first goal, called Avatar A, involves a person controlling a robotic human replica via a brain-machine interface (BMI), a technology that already exists today. That deadline is set for 2020.

Next up is Avatar B, due 2025, which would involve transplanting a human brain into an artificial body "at the end of one's life". That sounds eerily similar to what one of Doctor Who's most notorious monsters, the Cybermen, do to their victims — granting them immortality, but at the cost of losing all emotion and individuality.

Don't worry too much about that, though, since Itskov will take care of it by the time Avatar C rolls around in 2035, which would also involve a human-machine brain transplant, only this time with all personality intact. To achieve this step, it will be necessary to create a computer model of human consciousness.

Finally, by 2045, Itskov hopes the Initiative will have learned enough about the human mind to free it completely from physical form. From the internet-like hive mind, individual personalities could manifest themselves as holograms when they need to interact with their environment.

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Fresh Bigfoot mystery as police admit they are baffled by giant decomposed foot found in Massachusetts wood


By Kerry Mcdermott

PUBLISHED: 06:24 EST, 22 April 2013
UPDATED: 13:01 EST, 22 April 2013

It sounds like the plot of a childhood adventure movie.

Two young boys stumble across a giant, decomposing foot in the woods, leaving local police to wonder whether the grisly find is evidence of the fabled Bigfoot.

But that's exactly what has happened in Massachusetts, U.S., where tests are being carried out on the mysterious remains amid speculation over exactly what kind of creature it belonged to.

According to a report on Discovery.com, the boys found the decomposing foot in woods in Quincy last month.

Baffled officers at the Lakeville Police Department sent the foot to medical examiners to see if they can shed any more light on its origin.

'On March 29, Sgt Steven Leanues picked up what appears to be a decomposed foot that the boys found in the woods off Pantheon Road,' it said, citing the Patriot Ledger newspaper.

'Police Chief Frank Alvihiera sent it to the medical examiner, who determined it is not human, although it appears to have five toes.'

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Humans Feel Empathy for Robots: fMRI Scans Show Similar Brain Function When Robots Are Treated the Same as Humans

Apr. 23, 2013

— From the T-101 to Data from Star Trek, humans have been presented with the fictional dilemma of how we empathize with robots. Robots now infiltrate our lives, toys like Furbies or robot vacuum cleaners bring us closer, but how do we really feel about these non-sentient objects on a human level? A recent study by researchers at the University of Duisburg Essen in Germany found that humans have similar brain function when shown images of affection and violence being inflicted on robots and humans.

Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten, Nicole Krämer, and Matthias Brand of the University of Duisburg Essen, will present their findings at the 63rd Annual International Communication Association conference in London. Rosenthal-von der Pütten, Krämer and Brand conducted two studies. In the first study, 40 participants watched videos of a small dinosaur-shaped robot that was treated in an affectionate or a violent way and measured their level of physiological arousal and asked for their emotional state directly after the videos. Participants reported to feel more negative watching the robot being abused and showed higher arousal during the negative video.

The second study conducted in collaboration with the Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Essen, used functional magnetic-resonance imaging (fMRI), to investigate potential brain correlations of human-robot interaction in contrast to human-human interaction. The 14 participants were presented videos showing a human, a robot and an inanimate object, again being treated in either an affectionate or in a violent way. Affectionate interaction towards both, the robot and the human, resulted in similar neural activation patterns in classic limbic structures, indicating that they elicit similar emotional reactions. However, when comparing only the videos showing abusive behavior differences in neural activity suggested that participants show more negative empathetic concern for the human in the abuse condition.

A great deal of research in the field of human-robot interaction concentrates on the implementation of emotion models in robotic systems. These studies test implementations with regard to their believability and naturalness, their positive influence on participants, or enjoyment of the interaction. But there is little known on how people perceive "robotic" emotion and whether they react emotionally towards robots. People often have problems verbalizing their emotional state or find it strange to report on their emotions in human-robot interactions. Rosenthal-von der Pütten and Krämer's study utilized more objective measures linked to emotion like physiological arousal and brain activity associated with emotional processing.

"One goal of current robotics research is to develop robotic companions that establish a long-term relationship with a human user, because robot companions can be useful and beneficial tools. They could assist elderly people in daily tasks and enable them to live longer autonomously in their homes, help disabled people in their environments, or keep patients engaged during the rehabilitation process," said Rosenthal-von der Pütten. "A common problem is that a new technology is exciting at the beginning, but this effect wears off especially when it comes to tasks like boring and repetitive exercise in rehabilitation. The development and implementation of uniquely humanlike abilities in robots like theory of mind, emotion and empathy is considered to have the potential to solve this dilemma."

"Investigation on Empathy Towards Humans and Robots Using Psychophysiological Measures and fMRI," by Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten and Nicole Krämer; To be presented at the 63rd Annual International Communication Association Conference, London, England 17-21 June.

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Order Amid Chaos: Syrian City Embodies Absurdity of Civil War

By Christoph Reuter
23 April 2013

The city of Zabadani is full of surprises. Rebels have established a city council, a prison and court system, a financial office and even a Facebook page. And their efforts are not unusual: Locally operating rebel governments are springing up across the country, becoming an important new force in the Syrian civil war.

With just one hour to go before daybreak, the city emerges from between the mountain slopes. The sentry gives a hand signal and the rebels' couriers suddenly freeze. All that can be heard is the sound of exhausted breathing and a pebble rolling down the hill. The first man in the group surveys the landscape with night-vision goggles and speaks quietly into his radio set. "Everything quiet?" The answer crackles back that yes, everything's quiet, none of the enemy guards has stirred from their position. The army of dictator Bashar Assad can listen in on their radio communications, but they can't locate the devices. Another hand signal and the rebels gradually continue their descent into the valley, toward Zabadani.

Nestled between fruit orchards along a river, the city was once the summer getaway of Damascus residents who fled here on weekends to escape the brutal heat of the capital. Restaurants catering to day-trippers lined up alongside holiday apartments. The king of Saudi Arabia owns an estate on the city's outskirts. "We didn't take to the streets out of poverty," the bookkeeper of the underground city council says later of the uprising's beginning two years ago. The demonstrations were followed by gunfire, attacks perpetrated by the army, house-to-house combat, ceasefires and renewed fighting.

Today Zabadani is a large, almost completely black smudge in the night, framed by the lights of the military outposts on the mountain crests. The city has been completely surrounded for nearly 14 months, shot at by tanks from the 4th and 18th Divisions. It's reachable only on moonless nights after long marches through the mountains.

Zabadani is a singular arena in this war, with strange fronts and grotesque alliances. Yet the fight for control of the city in the valley shows how people are adapting to the horror of this seemingly endless war. It also shows how far both sides are from giving up.

'Light Isn't Good'

Cherry trees are blossoming in white, and the night wind blows their fragrance toward us. Suddenly, two shots from a military post ring out through the night. There's still no need for concern, the leader of the group says. "Sometimes the soldiers shoot just to let us know they're awake -- so no one attacks them."

A shadow appears amid the darkness of the first rows of houses, and murmured morning greetings are audible. The journey continues in a car with no windshield and no lights, a frighteningly speedy drive through complete darkness into the city of ruins. "Light isn't good," the driver says as he veers into black. It makes you bait for snipers, he says. "Ankar" introduces himself. He's a lawyer, but at the moment what's far more important is that he can see surprisingly well in the dark. We're heading for an alley between tall houses. A shimmer of light appears from a basement apartment.

In the morning, the men in the basement are awoken by the sounds of shell fire from the surrounding area. At first the city appears to be empty, with only cats crossing the streets. But then the occasional person scurries past outside, and a few shops even open up, albeit with a sparse range of goods. Three rebels lean against the wall of a house.

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what... what was THAT!?

i watch stuff with the sound off, so i don't know if there was any foreshadowing to that, but it's funny. he looked surly, but straight ahead, and his eyes only slightly turned to look at one for a split second as the push off occurred. on the scene reporters have to put up with so much from the public. it's funny, and sad. what may strike some of us as common courtesy doesn't even enter the heads of others, looking to do things on a lark
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on Apr 23rd, 2013, 2:15pm, Reasoner wrote:
what... what was THAT!?

i watch stuff with the sound off, so i don't know if there was any foreshadowing to that, but it's funny. he looked surly, but straight ahead, and his eyes only slightly turned to look at one for a split second as the push off occurred. on the scene reporters have to put up with so much from the public. it's funny, and sad. what may strike some of us as common courtesy doesn't even enter the heads of others, looking to do things on a lark


Good morning Reasoner,

There didn't seem to be any warning but he didn't even flinch. And sure they were larking about but the guy was on camera, not a good time for goofing on him!

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Experts: Obama's Armed UAV Policy Takes US Law to Breaking Point

Apr. 23, 2013 - 07:10PM
By JOHN T. BENNETT

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s use of unmanned aircraft to kill members of some Islamic extremist groups appears to violate the measure that authorized the US war on al-Qaida, experts said Tuesday.

Several legal and defense analysts told a Senate Judiciary Committee subpanel that the use of drone strikes by the US military and CIA against groups loosely affiliated with al-Qaida in places like Yemen and Somalia pushes the 2001 congressional authorization for military force to its legal breaking point.

What’s more, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. James Cartwright, now retired, endorsed the use of the remotely piloted aircraft. But in a blunt moment he added this: “I’m concerned we might have ceded some of our moral high ground.”

At issue is the covert and clandestine drone war program, which has become the Obama administration’s preferred tool in the fight against al-Qaida. Lawmakers in both parties in recent months have been ramping up their scrutiny of the controversial program.

Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown University Law Center professor, told the Senate Judiciary Constitution, civil rights and human rights subcommittee that “current practices might undermine the rule of law.”

Brooks and other legal experts called for changes to both the 2001 use of force authorization and the administration’s process for picking targets. That’s because, Brooks said, she has concluded the administration believes “they can kill anyone at any time anywhere” through a process that is completely “secret.”

Retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally told the panel that during her time with US Africa Command, American officials emphasized ensuring that all drone strikes in North Africa adhered to the 2001 resolution.

Brooks said it would be “absolutely possible” to build a legal case for “every” U.S. drone strike.

But, as lawmakers and administration officials mull potential changes to existing laws and drone-strike procedures, the Georgetown professor urged them to mull this question: “Do we want to live in a world where” the administration’s legal basis for the strikes “is so infinitely malleable”?

Ilya Somin, a George Mason University School of Law professor, told the panel he has concluded the “targeted killings of U.S. citizens are legal” if those individuals have become “enemy combatants.”

Several of the other legal scholars that testified before the panel Tuesday answered similarly under questioning from Republican lawmakers such as subcommittee ranking member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Such concerns spawned the headline-grabbing Senate floor filibuster conducted by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., of President Barack Obama’s then-CIA director nominee, John Brennan. Cruz joined in that lengthy filibuster, which succeeded in forcing Attorney General Eric Holder to answer that the administration does not believe the Constitution would allow it to use a drone to strike a US citizen on US soil.

Senators expressed an interest in making changes to the drone-strike targeting process, and called for the administration to explain how it has determined its drone policy is legal.

Somin called for a revised system that allows missions to go forward, but provides “a check on executive power.” Any revised force authorization also needs to better define which groups and in which nations the US could legally carry out drone strikes and targeted killings, he and the other experts said.

Members of both parties asked about the notion of setting up a special court to approve strikes before they are carried out or their legality reviewed afterward.

Cartwright endorsed the notion, and Brooks later added that such a court could be set up without hindering the president’s constitutional powers as commander in chief.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., however, said he is concerned such steps would turn “a war” into “a crime,” and hinder crucial operations against al-Qaida and other US foes.

Due in part to lawmakers’ mounting concerns, reports surfaced in recent weeks that the White House is considering shifting most or all of the CIA’s drone program to the control of the Pentagon. A turf battle already is playing out among the military and intelligence oversight panels, and sources expect a years-long fight before the matter is settled.

Cartwright said if the drone strike is a “covert operation,” the intelligence community should run it. If a specific strike mission is a “clandestine” one, then the military should carry it out, the retired Marine four-star general added.

He noted that two American administrations have used a range of military tools, from bomber aircraft to cruise missiles to commando raids, to capture and take out al-Qaida operatives and leaders. But, he said candidly, armed drones are “the best available” option.

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Five people reported shot dead in Illinois town

Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:35am EDT

(Reuters) - Five people were shot to death and one injured as a result of a shooting in Manchester, Illinois, local television station KSDK and WLDS radio reported on Wednesday.

A suspect from the shooting is in custody, according to WLDS radio.

In response to the report, Jacksonville School District 117 is closed for the day, according to Debbie McKean, secretary to Superintendent Steve Ptacek. The school district covers 222 square miles and includes the area where the suspect was reported apprehended, according to McKean.

The Scott County Sheriff's Department referred all questions to the Illinois State Police. A spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police was not immediately available for comment.

Manchester is located about 85 miles north of St. Louis.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Greg McCune)

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