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« Reply #8790 on: Jul 9th, 2013, 10:19am »







Published on Jul 8, 2013

This video was recorded and uploaded by Jared Vedder
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Mass UFO sighting in Columbus, Ohio on the night of July 4, 2013.
Many people witnessed and recorded orbs of lights hovering in a triangle formation.

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« Reply #8791 on: Jul 9th, 2013, 2:33pm »

HEY CRYSTAL,

BUENAS TARDES...SORRY I MISSED THE MORNING POST...I WAS INVOLVED IN SOME POST PRODUCTION IN THE STUDIO...
YEAH I'M KINDA LIKE YOU...BY COMPARING THE TWO VIDEOS...I'M NOT GETTING THE CHINESE LANTERN CLAIM AS SAID LANTERNS WOULD HAVE AN ORANGE/AMBER GLOW...AND THESE WERE IN A LIGHTER SPECTRUM...I CAN'T IMAGINE BOTH VIDEOS WERE ..."FILTERED" TO PRODUCE SUCH COLOR SO LET'S ACCEPT SUCH AUTHENTICITY...
IF I WERE IN INVESTIGATING...IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO GET DATA CONCERNING WINDS ALOFT AND COMPARE DIRECTION OF THE AFOREMENTIONED WITH THE SUSPECT OBJECT...ESSENTIALLY TO EXCLUDE WINDAGE EFFECTING MOVEMENT OF THE UNKNOWNS
THE VIDEO POSTED TODAY RAISES THAT QUESTION AS THREE ...LET'S SAY ORBS...PRETTY MUCH LINED UP IN A ROW PRIOR TO...WHICH I AGREE...THE INGRAINED VISIONS OF WHAT ALMOST APPEARED TO BE THE EXACT LOOK OF WHAT WE KNOW TO BE "PHOENIX LIGHTS"...
YA REALLY GOT TO ELIMINATE SOURCES OF KNOWN LIGHTS BY THEIR INHERENT RELATIONSHIP TO THE LIGHT/COLOR SPECTRUM...
THIS WAS DONE ON THE PHOENIX LIGHTS AND I RECALL THERE WERE NO TERRESTRIAL MATCHES IN THE KNOWN LIGHT SPECTRUM...
I ALSO STEER FROM STUMBLING IN THE PIT OF...MILITARY FLARES...BUT SUCH CAN BE EASILY DETERMINED WITH THE RIGHT SOFTWARE...
I ENLARGED OBJECTS FROM BOTH VIDEOS UNTIL SAID OBJECTS WERE OVER PIXILATED...I COULD NOT SEE AN INTERNAL SHAPE BUT ME SAYING THAT...ALONG WITH THE/MY INADEQUATE SOFTWARE AND RESOLUTION CERTAINLY DOESN'T MEAN SUCH IS NOT THERE...
YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO COME UP WITH SOME OF THE MOST ENTERTAINING ARTICLES AND VIDEOS...
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« Reply #8792 on: Jul 9th, 2013, 7:59pm »

on Jul 8th, 2013, 09:36am, WingsofCrystal wrote:

My wife is from there.She states "My cousin and a bunch of his friends believe it was a night sky jumping troup to freak people out".
Appears it did just that.
Ha ha,still.it looks rather peculiar.


Published on Jul 7, 2013


Saw this tonight over ohio. Any ideas what it could be? Mind blown!


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« Reply #8793 on: Jul 10th, 2013, 08:15am »

on Jul 9th, 2013, 2:33pm, ZETAR wrote:
HEY CRYSTAL,

BUENAS TARDES...SORRY I MISSED THE MORNING POST...I WAS INVOLVED IN SOME POST PRODUCTION IN THE STUDIO...
YEAH I'M KINDA LIKE YOU...BY COMPARING THE TWO VIDEOS...I'M NOT GETTING THE CHINESE LANTERN CLAIM AS SAID LANTERNS WOULD HAVE AN ORANGE/AMBER GLOW...AND THESE WERE IN A LIGHTER SPECTRUM...I CAN'T IMAGINE BOTH VIDEOS WERE ..."FILTERED" TO PRODUCE SUCH COLOR SO LET'S ACCEPT SUCH AUTHENTICITY...
IF I WERE IN INVESTIGATING...IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO GET DATA CONCERNING WINDS ALOFT AND COMPARE DIRECTION OF THE AFOREMENTIONED WITH THE SUSPECT OBJECT...ESSENTIALLY TO EXCLUDE WINDAGE EFFECTING MOVEMENT OF THE UNKNOWNS
THE VIDEO POSTED TODAY RAISES THAT QUESTION AS THREE ...LET'S SAY ORBS...PRETTY MUCH LINED UP IN A ROW PRIOR TO...WHICH I AGREE...THE INGRAINED VISIONS OF WHAT ALMOST APPEARED TO BE THE EXACT LOOK OF WHAT WE KNOW TO BE "PHOENIX LIGHTS"...
YA REALLY GOT TO ELIMINATE SOURCES OF KNOWN LIGHTS BY THEIR INHERENT RELATIONSHIP TO THE LIGHT/COLOR SPECTRUM...
THIS WAS DONE ON THE PHOENIX LIGHTS AND I RECALL THERE WERE NO TERRESTRIAL MATCHES IN THE KNOWN LIGHT SPECTRUM...
I ALSO STEER FROM STUMBLING IN THE PIT OF...MILITARY FLARES...BUT SUCH CAN BE EASILY DETERMINED WITH THE RIGHT SOFTWARE...
I ENLARGED OBJECTS FROM BOTH VIDEOS UNTIL SAID OBJECTS WERE OVER PIXILATED...I COULD NOT SEE AN INTERNAL SHAPE BUT ME SAYING THAT...ALONG WITH THE/MY INADEQUATE SOFTWARE AND RESOLUTION CERTAINLY DOESN'T MEAN SUCH IS NOT THERE...
YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO COME UP WITH SOME OF THE MOST ENTERTAINING ARTICLES AND VIDEOS...
WELL DONE!!!

SHALOM...ZETAR


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« Reply #8794 on: Jul 10th, 2013, 08:17am »

on Jul 9th, 2013, 7:59pm, jm57 wrote:


Good morning formerly known as journryman57 grin

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« Reply #8795 on: Jul 10th, 2013, 08:22am »

Associated Press

Egypt orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader

By MAGGIE MICHAEL
July 10 9:15 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities escalated their crackdown Wednesday on the Muslim Brotherhood by ordering the arrest of its spiritual leader, while the group remained steadfast in its defiance of the new military-backed administration and refused offers to join an interim government.

Even as the new prime minister began reaching out to form a Cabinet and restore a measure of stability, the military-backed leadership has come under fierce criticism from those who supported its toppling of President Mohammed Morsi last week. Several groups in the loose coalition participating in the political process have sharply criticized the transitional plan, saying that sidelines them in the transition.

After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Wednesday will significantly calm the turmoil in the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on activity during the day, but the daily protests have been largely nocturnal affairs, and some observers expect the Islamist camp will likely use it to rally its base.

The prosecutor's arrest warrant issued Wednesday for the Brotherhood's supreme guide, Mohammed Badie, as well as nine other leading Islamists will almost certainly stoke anger among the group's supporters and fellow Islamists. The men are suspected of instigating the violence on Monday outside of a Republican Guard building in Cairo that left more than 50 Morsi supporters dead, according to a statement issued by the prosecutor general's office.

The killings further entrenched the battle lines between supporters and opponents of Morsi, and the ousted leader's Brotherhood backers called for an uprising, accusing troops of gunning down protesters. The military blamed armed Islamists for provoking its forces.

Still, the warrants highlight the military's zero-tolerance policy toward the Brotherhood and other Islamists, who continue to hold daily mass protests and sit-ins demanding reinstating Morsi and rejecting what they describe as a military coup. The military already has jailed five of Brotherhood leaders, including Badie's powerful deputy Khairat el-Shater, and shut down their media outlets. Morsi himself remains in custody in an undisclosed location.

In the face of Islamist opposition, the military-backed interim president, Adly Mansour, issued a fast-track timetable on Monday for the transition. His declaration set out a 7-month timetable for elections but also a truncated, temporary constitution laying out the division of powers in the meantime.

The accelerated process was meant, in part, to send reassurances to the U.S. and other Western allies that the country is on a path toward democratically-based leadership.

But it has faced opposition from the very groups that led the four days of mass protests that prompted the military to step in last Wednesday.

The top liberal political grouping, the National Salvation Front, expressed reservations over the plan late Tuesday, saying it was not consulted — "in violation of previous promises" — and that the declaration "lacks significant clauses while others need change or removal." It did not elaborate but said it had presented Mansour with changes it seeks.

The secular, revolutionary youth movement Tamarod that organized last week's protests, also criticized the plan, in part because it gives too much power to Mansour, including the power to issue laws. A post-Morsi plan put forward by Tamarod called for a largely ceremonial interim president with most power in the hands of the prime minister.

At the heart of liberals' objections is that they wanted to write a new constitution, not amend the one written under Morsi by an Islamist-dominated panel. That constitution contained several articles that drew fierce criticism from liberal quarters, and helped sparked street protests and violence in 2012. Other objections centered on superpowers of the interim president.

However, the only Islamist party that backed military's ouster of Morsi after millions took to the streets on June 30 demanding him to leave, has been vetoing rewriting the constitution.

Meanwhile, new Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, who was appointed by the interim president on Tuesday, is holding consultations on a Cabinet that will face the difficult task of guiding the deeply divided country through what promises to be a rocky transition period. In what is seen as an attempt at reconciliation, el-Beblawi has said he will offer the Brotherhood, which helped propel Morsi to the presidency, posts in his transitional government.

A Brotherhood spokesman said the group will not take part in an interim Cabinet, and that talk of national reconciliation under the current circumstances is "irrelevant." He spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns for his security.

The rejection laid bare the monumental task the interim leadership faces in trying stabilize the country and bridge the deep fissures splitting the country. The nascent government also will soon face demands that it tackle economic woes that mounted under Morsi, including fuel shortages, electricity cutoffs and inflation.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates provided a welcome boost for the new leadership on Tuesday. The two countries, both opponents of Morsi's Brotherhood, celebrated his ouster by showering the cash-strapped Egyptian government with promises of $8 billion in grants, loans and badly needed gas and oil.

In doing so, they are effectively stepping in for Morsi's Gulf patron, Qatar, a close ally of the Brotherhood that gave his government several billion in aid. During Morsi's year in office, he and his officials toured multiple countries seeking cash to prop up rapidly draining foreign currency reserves and plug mounting deficits — at times getting a cold shoulder.

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« Reply #8796 on: Jul 10th, 2013, 08:26am »

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New Space Engine Could Turn Tiny CubeSats into Interplanetary Explorers

Researchers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the testing of miniaturized, high-efficiency propulsion technology

By Mike Wall and SPACE.com
9 July 2013

Researchers plan to launch a tiny spacecraft to Earth orbit and beyond within the next 18 months, in a key test of new propulsion technology that could help cut the cost of planetary exploration by a factor of 1,000.

The scientists and engineers are developing a new plasma propulsion system designed for ultrasmall CubeSats. If all goes well, they say, it may be possible to launch a life-detection mission to Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa or other intriguing worlds for as little as $1 million in the not-too-distant future.

"We want to enable new missions that right now cost about $1 billion, or maybe $500 million — to go, for example, explore the moons of Jupiter and Saturn," said project leader Ben Longmier, a plasma physicist and assistant professor at the University of Michigan.

To get the ball rolling, Longmier and his team launched a crowdfunding campaign on the website Kickstarter Thursday (July 4). They hope to raise a minimum of $200,000 by Aug. 5, which should be enough to loft the miniature thruster on its maiden space voyage.

Miniature thruster technology

CubeSats are cheap and tiny spacecraft that weigh just 11 pounds (5 kilograms) or so. At present, they're generally restricted to Earth orbit, where they circle passively until their orbits decay and they die a fiery death in the planet's atmosphere.

But the new propulsion system — which the team calls the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster, or CAT — could change all that, turning such bantam spacecraft into interplanetary probes, Longmier and his colleagues say.

CAT is a plasma engine, generating thrust by accelerating superheated ionized gas out of a discharge chamber. The CAT thruster is powered by solar panels, and permanent magnets will guide the plasma out the back of the spacecraft.

CAT is similar in concept to the ion engine that powers NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which orbited the protoplanet Vesta for more than a year and is now on its way to study Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Over long periods of time, such thrusters can accelerate spacecraft to higher speeds than typical chemical rockets can achieve.

But with CAT, everything must work on the micro scale. The thruster and power systems will weigh less than 1 pound (0.5 kg), while the supply of propellant — likely either iodine or water, though many different substances could be used — will be capped at about 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg), researchers said.

Most of the CAT components have been built and tested individually, and the team is making good progress toward incorporating them into a unified whole, researchers said.

"The hurdles that exist right now are getting our newly designed thruster up and running. We think we're about three weeks from that," Longmier told SPACE.com. "We're really sort of ramping up and hitting full tilt right now."

To Earth orbit and beyond

The main goal of the new CAT Kickstarter campaign is to raise enough money to space-test the engine in Earth orbit. The team is planning to launch its first probe within the next 18 months, though it may be possible to get off the ground even sooner, Longmier said.

The team plans to send the maiden CAT-equipped probe out into deep space as well — not all the way to Europa or Saturn's geyser-spewing moon Enceladus, but far enough to demonstrate CAT's capabilities.

"Our secondary goal is getting it out of Earth orbit and proving to the community that this thing works," Longmier said. "If it does work, it's a lot easier to get funding and write grants in the traditional sense."

Raising $200,000 should make all of this possible, while meeting other funding milestones will allow the CAT team to tackle "stretch goals." If the Kickstarter campaign nets $500,000, for example, the team will fast-track its space trip by purchasing a commercial launch, while raising $900,000 will enable a two-CubeSat "space race" to escape Earth orbit.

Longmier and his core team at the University of Michigan are working with experts at a variety of institutions, including three different NASA centers — Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

The asteroid-mining firm Planetary Resources is another partner. The billionaire-backed company, which counts Google execs Larry Page and Eric Schmidt among its investors, is interested in possibly using CAT-equipped probes to do up-close asteroid reconnaissance on the cheap, Longmier said.

"That's sort of where we come in — sending that small spacecraft out as a scout, a radio beacon, to go radiotag it," he said.

Asteroid tagging is just one of many potential applications for the technology, CAT team members say. A fleet of CAT-powered CubeSats could also provide cheap global Internet access, for instance, or study the impacts of solar eruptions on Earth's neighborhood, helping scientists better understand and predict space weather.

And then there's the lure of mounting stripped-down, $1 million life-detection missions to Europa, Enceladus or other intriguing and farflung worlds. Such efforts may be possible soon, thanks to CAT, the increasing efficiency of solar panels, the decreasing size of microprocessors and other technological advances, Longmier said.

"I think we have the opportunity — for the first time, more or less, in history — to go and see if we can make these detections of life within our own solar system," Longmier said. "Not just looking at them, but going and taking sensors, doing in situ measurements, flying through the plumes of Enceladus with small spacecraft. We think we can do that in the relatively near future."

To learn more about the CAT engine and Kickstarter campaign, visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597141632/cat-a-thruster-for-interplanetary-cubesats

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If anyone has heard from DrDil please let me know. I worry about him.

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Vancouver Sun

Police call Quebec train disaster zone a 'crime scene,' raise possibility of charges

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
July 9, 2013

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. - Police say they're treating the Lac-Megantic disaster area as a "crime scene" and they could lay charges in connection with a tragedy that has killed 15 people and left dozens missing.

Quebec provincial police Insp. Michel Forget revealed that police are not leaning towards terrorism as a hypothesis, but are more likely exploring the possibility of criminal negligence.

The result is that the downtown core of Lac-Megantic falls within a security perimeter and trespassers could be charged with obstructing justice if they venture into what police are calling "the red zone."

Rail-company officials and residents who want to access the site, perhaps to retrieve personal belongings, will have to get a police escort.

"There is potential evidence there (at the site) that could eventually lead to criminal charges being laid," Forget told reporters.

''When we start criminal investigations, we do recuperate different elements. I won't speculate on the elements we have recovered because they will be secret.

"But there are pieces that might lead us to believe that there are certain facts that might come to criminal acts.''

He said 200 officers were on the scene investigating.

However, he did not say whether the investigation was for potential crimes committed at the explosion site or farther up the rail line.

The official death toll in the train disaster climbed as two more bodies were pulled Tuesday from the scorched area.

With about another 35 other people still missing, residents expect the grim news to continue.

The railway company is expected to step up its presence in the area Wednesday, with the arrival of a president whose absence so far has drawn public wrath.

His company's lost oil cargo has polluted the nearby Chaudiere River, where about 100,000 litres of oil have spilled — although authorities are confident that the damage can be contained.

Some criticism has also been directed at the federal government, with some veiled warnings from the Quebec government.

Transport Minister Denis Lebel was publicly corrected by his own department Tuesday. Lebel had stated that the accidented train had just had its locomotives inspected; his department revealed in a statement Tuesday that the minister was given poor information, and it was just the cargo wagons that were inspected.

The national Transportation Safety Board is performing its own investigation.

The TSB said Tuesday that authorities were never alerted to the fact that a runaway train was on its way to levelling part of the small town.

Rail dispatchers had no chance to intervene during the fateful 18-minute journey because they didn't know it was happening, TSB investigator Donald Ross told a news conference.

"There were no signals nor track circuits, so the rail-traffic controller had no — and would have had no — indication that there had been a runaway train," he said.

Such systems are in place on busier rail lines including the one linking Montreal and Quebec City, but not on secondary lines, said TSB manager Ed Belkaloul.

A clearer picture of the events leading up to the fatal derailment began to emerge Tuesday as board officials gave a bare-bones account of their investigation thus far.

But they stressed it's much too early to say who was responsible for the security of the train that rolled into Lac-Megantic and exploded into balls of fire.

''We want to know the answer to that question as well,'' Ross said.

''We need to do all of our interviews and talk to all of the people before we make sure we've got it right.

''It's very important to know exactly who did what. Who was there? What did they do? Until we've had a chance to interview everybody we need to talk to, we can't comment on that yet.''

The finger-pointing has already begun, with untold financial stakes at play: there are already local rumours of potential lawsuits while various parties speculate about impending compensation.

The company that owns the train, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, and fire officials in the nearby town of Nantes have blamed each other as investigators search for causes in the tragedy that has ravaged the close-knit community about 250 kilometres east of Montreal.

The fire chief in Nantes has offered an assessment different from the railway's about who might have been to blame in the hours leading up to the tragedy.

Edward Burkhardt, the president and CEO of MMA's parent company, Rail World, Inc., has suggested the fire crew didn't do enough — and even suggested the decision to shut off the locomotive to put out a fire earlier in the night might have disabled the brakes.

The fire crew, however, says it was simply following procedures set out by the railway itself.

Burkhardt is set to visit Lac-Megantic and will likely face tough questions and a fair degree of anger from residents.

He told the CBC in an interview that the company has already changed some of its procedures — such as switching crews around Lac-Megantic and its older rail infrastructure.

He also suggested that the decision to staff trains with one-man crews, and leaving them unattended during breaks, might have to change.

"I think we followed normal industry practice, but the question is is that normal industry practice adequate in today's circumstances, particularly when you're handling trains of flammable materials like oil," Burkhardt told the network.

"I think there is going to be a number of changes in the rail industry overall as a result of what occurred here and I hope that we'll be at the forefront."

When asked whether the one-person policy had been a good idea, Burkhardt replied: "Is this correct? I'd put a real question mark on that one right now... I can tell you on MMA, we're not leaving any of these trains unattended from now on."

A key unanswered question now is: Who was the last person at the scene, tending to the stationary train?

''The employee who was on site initially was the employee who brought the train to Nantes,'' Ross said. ''That person secured the train.

''Subsequent to that, the fire department personnel were on site and subsequent to that another MMA was called to assist the department.''

Ross said the train was travelling well in excess of its authorized speed when it careened off the tracks, although no exact speed was given.

Ross said the train started to roll after the firefighters and the rail employee had left.

Questions were also raised at the news conference about the rail tankers involved in the crash.

The tankers are known as DOT-111 and have a history of puncturing during accidents, Ross has said.

Flaws in the DOT-111 have been noted as far back as a 1991 safety study. Among other things, its steel shell is too thin to resist puncturing in accidents, which almost guarantees the car will tear open, potentially spilling cargo that could catch fire, explode or contaminate the environment.

''We've had a long record of advocating for further improvements to many of these 111s because they're a very common type of tanker car,'' Ross said Tuesday.

''When you take very large volumes of petroleum products, like in this case, everyone sees the damage that was caused here.''

Ross said it's too early to say the explosions could have been prevented had the tanker cars been stronger.

On Tuesday, Pope Francis sent a blessing from the Vatican to those touched by the tragedy. In a statement announcing that "special apostolic blessing," the Pope expressed his sympathy to victims, their families and emergency workers.

The Queen has also offered a message of condolence.

It remains to be seen how the disaster might affect the ongoing political debates in Canada, and the United States, about energy transportation and pipelines.

The head of TransCanada, which hopes to build the Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast, said he's been optimistic about the project's chances but stressed Tuesday he saw "no good news" for anybody in the tragic Quebec event.

As for another project to build a West-East pipeline, Quebec's premier was asked whether the plan should be sped up in light of what's happened with rail transport.

Premier Pauline Marois replied that it's "fair to ask that question." But she cautioned she didn't want to "get the two files, (the disaster and the pipeline-approval process), mixed up."

There are plans to reverse the flow of an existing pipeline to bring Alberta oil to customers in the eastern half of Canada. The project is being reviewed by the National Energy Board.

The premier also offered a first hint that her pro-independence government might be gearing up to blame Ottawa for the Lac-Megantic disaster.

Marois said she's concerned about federal safety standards and wants answers. She pointed out that, under Canada's federal system, there's little the province can do to protect against rail disasters.

"All we can do now is demand answers from Ottawa," Marois said during a brief news conference outside her office in Quebec City.

"I believe they've understood and that's what they're working on."

She was asked whether she might call a public inquiry into the disaster: "We're not there yet," she said. "It's a federal responsibility. The federal government will assume its responsibilities. But we can revisit all the issues related to this event in the coming days."

Meanwhile, Lac-Megantic's mayor said Tuesday that about 1,200 residents were being allowed home.

The town of about 6,000 has lost most of its downtown — with a library, a popular bar, a waterfront park, and dozens of homes and businesses incinerated.


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'Sons of Anarchy' Star, Artist Turn to Kickstarter to Create Physically Disabled Action Hero

"Vindicated, Inc." will turn a double-amputee soldier suffering from PTSD into a modern Captain America

Published: July 10, 2013 @ 5:40 am
By Greg Gilman

Graphic novel artist Gerry Kissell and "Sons of Anarchy" actor Kurt Yaeger aren't waiting for a greenlight from Hollywood to create a physically disabled action hero -- they're teaming up to do it themselves through Kickstarter.

Kissell, best known for his work with IDW Publishing ("Code Word: Geronimo," "Iron Sky"), has turned to the crowdfunding website to raise $8,000 to produce and publish "Vindicated, Inc," a graphic novel about a double-amputee Delta Force soldier-turned-vigilante suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Kissell hopes to produce a movie adaptation as soon as next year.

"This is going to be a film. It's gonna happen," Kissell told TheWrap. "Even if we choose not to use Kickstarter, we've got the backers."

Kissell wouldn't unveil any specifics about partners who have already agreed to independently finance what he expects to be a $10 million film. But he said multiple directors are already interested in the project, including "Iron Sky" director Timo Vuorensola.

Yaeger, a real-life amputee who is lending his likeness to the comic book character and is involved in the creative process -- would star in the film adaptation as the elite soldier, who wages war against Seattle's criminal underworld with a pair of prosthetic limbs.

"I felt that Kurt would bring so much more believability to it, and I did not want to have a person with nothing but green screen on their legs playing the part," said Kissell, a former Army medic. "You're shortchanging the audience, and you're also letting down the disabled audience by having someone who has not experienced what they experienced, as well. And Kurt brings that. And I think he owns the character now."

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Navy lands unmanned drone on aircraft carrier

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July 10, 2013: An X-47B autonomous aircraft lands on an aircraft carrier. (AP)

For the first time ever, a fighter jet-sized drone piloted entirely by computer landed on a modern aircraft carrier.

The successful touch down paves the way for unmanned aircraft to operate alongside traditional airplanes, providing around-the-clock surveillance while also possessing strike capability. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was clearly aware of the import of the historic moment.

"It isn't very often you get a glimpse of the future,” Mabus said in a statement. "The operational unmanned aircraft soon to be developed have the opportunity to radically change the way presence and combat power are delivered from our aircraft carriers."

The X-47B experimental aircraft took off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland before approaching the USS George H.W. Bush, which is operating off the coast of Virginia. The drone landed by deploying a tailhook that caught a wire aboard the ship, bringing it to a quick stop, just like normal fighter jets do.

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July 10, 2013: An X-47B autonomous aircraft lands on an aircraft carrier. (AP)

For the first time ever, a fighter jet-sized drone piloted entirely by computer landed on a modern aircraft carrier.

The successful touch down paves the way for unmanned aircraft to operate alongside traditional airplanes, providing around-the-clock surveillance while also possessing strike capability. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was clearly aware of the import of the historic moment.

"It isn't very often you get a glimpse of the future,” Mabus said in a statement. "The operational unmanned aircraft soon to be developed have the opportunity to radically change the way presence and combat power are delivered from our aircraft carriers."

The X-47B experimental aircraft took off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland before approaching the USS George H.W. Bush, which is operating off the coast of Virginia. The drone landed by deploying a tailhook that caught a wire aboard the ship, bringing it to a quick stop, just like normal fighter jets do.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/07/10/in-historic-first-navy-lands-unmanned-drone-on-aircraft-carrier/#ixzz2YhQddEGo


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Hackers ask Feds to stay away from convention to defuse tension over Snowden

By Jim Finkle

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Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:25am EDT

(Reuters) - The annual Def Con hacking convention has asked the federal government to stay away this year for the first time in its 21-year history, saying Edward Snowden's revelations have made some in the community uncomfortable about having feds there.

"It would be best for everyone involved if the Feds call a 'time-out' and not attend Def Con this year," Def Con founder Jeff Moss said in an announcement posted Wednesday night on the convention's website.

An irreverent crowd of more than 15,000 hackers, researchers, corporate security experts, privacy advocates, artists and others are expected to attend the Las Vegas convention that begins August 2.

Moss, who is an advisor on cyber security to the Department of Homeland Security, told Reuters that it was "a tough call," but that he believed the Def Con community needs time to make sense of the recent revelations about U.S. surveillance programs.

"The community is digesting things that the Feds have had a decade to understand and come to terms with," said Moss, who is known as The Dark Tangent in hacking circles. "A little bit of time and distance can be a healthy thing, especially when emotions are running high."

He said that the move was not designed to create tension, but to defuse it. "We are not going on a witch hunt or checking IDs and kicking people out," he said.

In previous years the conference has attracted officials from federal agencies including the CIA, National Security Agency, FBI, Secret Service and all branches of the military.

Last year, four-star General Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, was a keynote speaker at the event, which is the world's largest annual hacking conference.

The audience was respectful, gave modest applause and also asked about secret government snooping. Alexander adamantly denied that the NSA has dossiers on millions of Americans, as some former employees had suggested before the Snowden case.

"The people who would say we are doing that should know better," Alexander said. "That is absolute nonsense."

Alexander is scheduled to speak in Las Vegas on July 31 at Black Hat, a smaller, two-day hacking conference that was also founded by Moss. It costs about $2,000 to attend and attracts a more corporate crowd than Def Con, which charges $180.

Moss said that he believes Alexander will still speak at Black Hat and that his call for a "time out" only applies to Def Con. Officials with the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security could not be reached for comment late on Wednesday.

The Feds have previously always been welcome at the event.

Moss says he invited them the first year because he figured they would come anyway. They politely declined, then showed up incognito, he said. And they have attended every year since.

"We created an environment where the Feds felt they could come and it wasn't hostile," Moss said in an interview a year ago. "We could ask them questions and they wanted to ask the hackers about new techniques."

Some Feds have even worked among the motley crew of Def Con volunteers who run the conference and walk around wearing T-Shirts that identify them as "goons."

It has also become a fertile ground for recruiting. The U.S. military, intelligence agencies and law enforcement typically compete with corporations to find new talent at Def Con.

(Editing by Susan Fenton)

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Swearing parrot shocks rescue workers

A distinctive parrot has been found which dances, whistles, and swears like a sailor.

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Officials from the Scottish SPCA, who were called to rescue him from a garden in Livingston, say they were immediately struck by the parrot's wide and colourful vocabulary.

Now they are trying to find the, possibly embarrassed, owner of the foul-mouthed bird, a Timneh African grey.

He is currently being looked after at the charity's rescue and rehoming centre at Balerno, Edinburgh where he was said to be "entertaining" the staff.

Assistant manager Kenny Sharpe said the bird had been nicknamed Sam.

Mr Sharpe said: "He is a real character. Not only does he know a vast array of swear words, he also dances and whistles if he feels he's not getting enough attention.

"He's a very friendly boy who will jump on your shoulder or hand so it seems someone has spent quite a bit of time taming him.

"Sam doesn't have an identity ring so unfortunately we've not been able to trace his owner."

He was rescued by the charity on July 6th.

Mr Sharpe added: "Hopefully someone will recognise him and come forward so we can return this rather mischievous bird home soon."

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San Francisco crash pilot tells investigators he was blinded by light

Lee Gang-kuk, the pilot of doomed Asiana Flight 214, has told investigators that his vision was obscured by a flash of light just before the plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday. It is unclear if the flash played a role in the crash.

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Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 10:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 7:48 AM

SAN FRANCISCO — The trainee pilot of Asiana Flight 214 told investigators he was blinded by light seconds before impact at San Francisco International Airport Saturday.

National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday Lee Gang-kuk told investigators his vision was obscured at about 500 feet and the point at which the airliner began to slow and drop precipitously. She said lasers have not been ruled out.

It was unclear if the flash, which would have been 34 seconds before impact, might have played a role in the crash.

Gang-kuk, a 46-year-old pilot with 35 hours of experience flying a Boeing 777, was landing the big jet for his first time at the airport. He was paired with Lee Jeong-Min, a trainer making his first trip as an instructor pilot.

While the two men had years of aviation experience, this mission involved unfamiliar duties, and it was the first time they had flown together. The flight came to a tragic end when the airliner, which came in too low and too slow, crash-landed on Saturday, killing two passengers and injuring many others as it skittered and spun 100 feet.

“The question is why did it land short. Obviously the captain is responsible, and in this case it’s the instructor in the right seat who is responsible,” said Kees Rietsema, a dean at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The agency also said that after the crash-landing, passengers were told to stay seated while the crew contacted the control tower as part of safety procedure. People did not begin fleeing the aircraft until 90 seconds later when a fire was spotted outside the plane.

At that point, the doors were opened and escape slides were inflated. Two flight attendants were pinned by slides that inflated inside during the impact.

Investigators trying to piece together what went wrong will consider the report about the light and the pairing of the pilots, who were assigned to work together through a tightly regulated system developed after several deadly crashes in the 1980s were blamed in part on inexperience in the cockpit.

They will also be examining their working relationship, and whether junior officers were comfortable challenging their managers, and whether senior pilots will welcome that feedback, Hersman said.

“That’s what the airline needs to do, be responsible so that in the cockpit you’re matching the best people, especially when you’re introducing someone to a new aircraft,” former NTSB Chairman James Hall said.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology aeronautics professor Mary Cummings said it’s common for two commercial pilots who have never worked together before to be assigned to the same flight.

But she said the military tries to have crews work together more permanently.

“Research would tell you that crew pairing with the same people over longer periods of time is safer,” she said. “When two people fly together all the time, you get into a routine that’s more efficient. You have experience communicating.”

Jeff Skiles, a US Airways first officer, said that with the right training it should not matter if a pilot new to a plane is paired with a pilot making his first trip as a training captain.

“Everybody had to have their first time,” Skiles said. “You can’t show up and have 500 hours experience in aircraft.”


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