3D's Terrible Summer Continues as 'The Wolverine,' 'Turbo' Hit New Lows
Analyst says that U.S. moviegoers are getting choosier when it comes to the format
July 30 2013 by Brent Lang
Americans are putting down their tinted 3D glasses and choosing to see more films in old-fashioned, cheaper two dimensions this summer, according to a report by B. Riley & Co analyst Eric Wold.
Ticket sales for 3D versions of films including last weekend's "The Wolverine" and the recent animated offering "Turbo" hit new lows for the format over the last two weekends, Wold reports, dipping to just 25 percent of the total box office in the case of "Turbo."
"We have become increasingly concerned that these lower levels will actually represent the norm going forward versus a recent exception as consumers are likely to remain increasingly choosy with 3D premiums," Wold wrote in a note to investors.
3D showings of "Turbo" accounted for just 25 percent of its total box office, which represents the format's worst showing yet. "The Wolverine" fared only slightly better, with 3D screenings contributing 30 percent of its $53.1 million opening weekend. That represents a new low point for 3D action releases.
Both breakdowns were substantially worse than this summer's previous worst showings for 3D, when only 31 percent of “Monsters University”'s $82 million debut came from 3D screenings, while roughly 34 percent of "World War Z”s' $66 million bow came from the format.
Prior to that, the lowest-grossing 3D action movie was "Captain America: The First Avenger," which took 40 percent of its opening grosses from screenings in that format, while the worst showing for an animated film was "Brave," which earned 34 percent of its domestic opening from 3D.
3D is more popular with foreign audiences, where it routinely contributes between 80 percent to 90 percent of a film's box office take in places like Russia and China.
Domestically, it had been expected to produce upwards of 40 percent of a film's box office gross, but that appears to be shifting as U.S. moviegoers are growing more selective about what films they see in the format. It could be the expense. After all, those pictures carry with them a $2 to $3 surcharge.
"3D attach rates in the 30-35 percent range that were previously reserved only for the animated genre have now become more of the norm for action/superhero movies – which indicates that the 3D choosiness of consumers has become increasingly pervasive throughout more genres," Wold wrote.
Wold used evidence of this new "norm" to downgrade his valuation for 3D technology maker RealD. He predicted that other 3D releases this quarter, such as "Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters" and "One Direction: This is Us" will not fare much better.
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Explosions rock regime districts in Syrian city
By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE — Aug. 1 9:28 AM EDT
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Huge explosions rocked regime-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, sending a massive ball of fire into the sky and causing successive blasts that activists said likely came from a struck weapons depot.
A Homs resident said thick smoke and dust could be seen from a distance, as explosions shook the ground and panicked those nearby.
A video posted online by activists showed a huge ball of fire over Homs neighborhoods.
The explosions in Homs coincided with a rare trip by President Bashar Assad to a former rebel bastion near the capital, Damascus, to mark Army Day.
Assad's visit to Daraya is his first known public trip outside the capital, his seat of power, in more than a year. He visited the battered Baba Amr district in the central city of Homs after troops seized it from rebels in March 2012.
It also is the latest sign of confidence from Assad, whose troops have been on the offensive and scored significant gains against rebels in recent months. Assad pledged victory over troops fighting to topple him.
The explosions in Homs reflected the see-saw nature of the conflict. It showed that despite significant advances by Assad's military, rebels could still strike back.
An official at the governor's office in Homs said about 10 rockets slammed into the neighborhood of Zahra and the nearby sports stadium, sparking a large fire and causing several casualties.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a rocket may have struck an arms depot, igniting the fire.
A resident of Homs corroborated that account, saying he was still hearing blasts more than an hour after the first explosion. He said they could be heard from the overwhelmingly pro-regime districts of Wadi Dahab and al-Walid.
Syrian state television did not provide details of Assad's visit to Daraya but the presidency's Facebook page released a photo of Assad in a blue suit and tie, chatting with two soldiers before what appears to be a damaged building.
Daraya, just south of Damascus, was held by rebels for months and it took the army weeks of heavy fighting to regain control of the suburb earlier this year.
Before his trip to Daraya, Assad lauded his troops' accomplishments in the battle against opposition forces.
"You have stunned the entire world with your steadfastness and ability to overcome the difficulties and score achievements in the face of the fiercest barbaric war the modern history has ever witnessed," he said in comments released for Army Day.
"Had we in Syria not been confident of victory, we wouldn't have been able to resist" for more than two years, Assad said. The statement was carried by the state news agency SANA.
In August 2012, activists reported that regime forces went on a days-long killing spree after they seized Daraya from rebels.
At the time, reports of the death toll ranged from more than 300 people to as many as 600. It was impossible at the time to independently verify the numbers because of severe restrictions on media coverage of the conflict.
Assad's comments Thursday followed several major gains against the rebels, mostly in the central province of Homs and near Damascus.
The rebels suffered two major setbacks during a wide-ranging government offensive in central Syria. In June, Assad's army recaptured the strategic town of Qusair near the Lebanese border. Earlier this week, government troops took control of a district in the city of Homs that had long been an opposition stronghold.
More than 100,000 people have been killed since the uprising against the Assad family's four-decade rule began in March 2011. The revolt later escalated into a civil war, which has uprooted millions of people from their homes.
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Stars and Stripes
In Afghanistan, mixed reasons for drop in attacks
By KIMBERLY DOZIER
The Associatedd Press Published: August 1, 2013
CAMP GARMSER, Afghanistan - When Marine Maj. Chris Bourbeau walked alone into an Afghan base last spring, he left behind his helmet, bulletproof jacket and rifle. Given the deadly insider attacks that had rocked U.S.-Afghan relations, he was putting his trust - and his life - in the hands of the Afghan troops he was training.
"I tell people who are visiting: `Take that stuff off. Your first line of defense is your rapport, not your gear,'" Bourbeau said.
That kind of cultural awareness and relationship-building is cited by a new Pentagon report noting the slight ebb in the deadly insider attacks on Americans by Afghan forces. Another reason is less encouraging: Americans have taken better measures to protect themselves.
New high walls and barbed wire divide U.S. and Afghan bases where troops once mingled relatively freely. New routines are in place, such as appointing "guardian angels" to watch other soldiers as they sleep in far-flung bases. More biometric and other background checks are run on the Afghans working with the Americans. Troops' quarters and training areas are separate, and Afghans are forbidden to walk armed in most U.S. bases.
A few years ago, American troops had convinced themselves that they could trust their Afghan colleagues while pursuing a strategy that called for empowering local security forces. It was a deadly miscalculation. Growing numbers of Afghan forces turned their guns on their coalition partners.
In its twice-a-year report to Congress this week, the Pentagon said insider attacks remain serious but are no longer the threat they were a year ago. At that time, a 120 percent rise in attacks from 2011 to 2012 threatened to derail the U.S. plan to leave small groups of trainers embedded among Afghan forces after the majority of troops withdraw by December 2014.
There were 22 attacks on U.S. and NATO troops in 2011, 48 in 2012, then only seven attacks as of July. That's compared with 20 this time last year, according to Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Bill Speaks.
The Pentagon report also reclassified nearly a dozen previous attacks on coalition troops and Afghans patrolling with them as insider violence, which raised the number of attacks from 88 to a total of 102 from 2007 through 2012. A total of 144 NATO troops - 92 of them Americans - died in those attacks. Seventy of the attacks were aimed solely at U.S. troops.
A senior coalition intelligence official said the incidents had been reclassified in some cases because new evidence came to light, like an Afghan soldier being arrested for acting as a Taliban infiltrator and admitting to staging past attacks. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the review process by name.
A count kept by The Associated Press has 72 troops from the U.S.-led NATO coalition killed by insider attack from January 2012 to July 2013, including nine so far this year.
To help stem insider attacks, both NATO and Afghan security forces devoted more counterintelligence resources to monitor communications by Afghan troops on leave, including whom those troops associated with when visiting family at home. The Pentagon report said U.S. counterintelligence teams identified 85 Afghans suspected of posing an insider threat and removed them from their posts, while several dozen more were being monitored.
The report said U.S. troops were also given more training on being "more conscious of treating Afghans with appropriate dignity and respect," a strategy that guides Bourbeau's approach to working with his coalition partners.
"I make a point to get to know everyone on this base who carries a gun," Bourbeau said, a reporter beside him as he approached the Afghan guard at the main gate, hand outstretched to shake the Afghan's hand.
Bourbeau was one of a few dozen Marines living at Camp Alamo, a small base next to Camp Garmser, which houses several hundred members of the 1st Brigade, 215th Corps Afghanistan National Army, though separated by high walls and security checkpoints.
It was one of those Afghan troops Bourbeau had befriended who saved a group of expatriate contractors when a young recruit enraged over an anti-Muslim film had grabbed a gun, climbed a watch tower and opened fire on their truck as they left the adjacent U.S. base.
"He was a young kid who had just seen television for the first time in his life the night before," Bourbeau said. The film on Afghan TV that night was the same one that triggered protests across the Middle East around the anniversary of 9/11 last fall.
Afghan army Sgt. Zarif Ali heard the shooting and charged the watch tower to protect the American Marines he assumed were the targets.
"He'd been shooting toward the Americans from the tower, so I aimed my weapon at him and told him to come down" or be shot, Ali said.
The young recruit gave himself up, and the sergeant won the trust of the Americans and a promotion from the Afghan army.
There is far less trust at the small U.S. outpost located next to an Afghan army and police post in the small town of Garmser, where an Afghan teenager killed three Marines last August. The teenager, employed by the Afghans, had free run of the once-open base. After the attack, the Marines installed a checkpoint and barbed wire to divide the Americans from the Afghans, and posted 24-hour guards.
In larger bases like Forward Operating Base Fenty in eastern Afghanistan, even deep inside the most protected parts of the base there are new guard posts - at the entrance to the gym, where everyone is unarmed, or at the exit from the dining hall.
Dozier, based in Washington, reported from Afghanistan in March and April 2013. Associated Press writers Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor contributed to this report.
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These Are the Most Exquisitely Weird Spiders You Will Ever See
By Nadia Drake 07.31.13 6:30 AM
Spiders are among the craftiest and most beautiful of arthropods, entirely undeserving of their maligned reputation. Some signal their presence with massive horns or brilliant colors, others attempt to blend into the scenery. Many spin intricate traps of sticky silk, but some chase their prey -- or ambush it, bursting out of burrows hidden beneath Earth's surface. Some spiders are solitary, watching over trembling webs and waiting for the day when they can mate and cannibalize their partner. Others live in colonies, dividing chores among hundreds of individuals. Some spiders are as big as your face -- others can be mistaken for dewdrops.
Hanging from the corners of the world, or tucked into its creases, is a dazzling array of arachnids, mostly going about their lives with little notice from us humans.
But some are lucky enough to find themselves in front of photographer Nicky Bay's lens. Based in Singapore, Bay specializes in macrophotography -- or taking super close-up images of tiny things. Trekking through the region's forests or poking around parks at night have brought him face-to-face with some of the most bizarre and beautiful spiders we've ever seen. Now, he's captured thousands of marvelous images that highlight a diverse and incredible world that's too easily overlooked. "Macro photography opens a window to the micro world, which exists all around us," said Bay, shown shooting robberflies on a beach. "Looking up close can often reveal many surprises."
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« Reply #8903 on: Aug 1st, 2013, 09:05am »
STARRING: Michael Nyqvist, Sharlto Copley, Embeth Davidtz, Daniel Wu, Christian Camargo, Karolina Wydra, Anamaria Marinca
2013, 90 Minutes, Directed by: Sebastián Cordero
With such a deficit of hard science fiction movies out there – the last one we can think of was 2009’s Moon – one desperately wants to like Europa Report, a low-budget movie starring Sharlto Copley (of District 9 fame) which goes out of its way to depict space travel as realistically as possible. That the movie is merely admirable as opposed to genuinely likeable comes as a mild disappointment, but serious science fiction buffs should still seek it out.
It is the near future. NASA has detected heat signatures beneath the frozen ocean of Europa, one of gas giant Jupiter’s moons. Could it be signs of life? A privately funded spaceship crew is sent on an eighteen-month mission to investigate. So far, so 2010.
Not much of the movie’s running time is spent on the journey to Jupiter. It must be tedious and boring as hell, and the astronauts must have a serious case of cabin fever after being cooped up together all that time, but the movie merely hints at possible interpersonal conflicts. This is a pity. Little time is spent on developing the characters and when they start dying one by one, we feel little for their predicament.
Part of the problem is that Europa Report is a so-called “found footage” movie like Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Apollo 18, et al. We follow the astronauts on their doomed mission (no plot spoilers: it is revealed pretty much early on) while we have a bunch of talking heads back on Earth spelling out onscreen events in the most patronizing way possible. Here is a movie that desperately needs to be re-edited. Dump the found footage angle and the talking heads back on Earth we say.
On the plus side, Europa Report doesn’t have a lot of Vomit Cam ™ sequences because the action is technically recorded by stationary onboard cameras. For a small budget affair, the effects and sets are pretty decent too. Same goes for acting.
Mainstream Hollywood movies such as Star Trek and Star Wars have done a great disservice to the efforts of our current space program. They did a lot to make space travel look easy. The crew of the Enterprise breezily zip light years across stars and galaxies without even bothering to install seat belts on their Apple store lookalike command module. In reality, space travel is quite a hazardous endeavor.
“You know we're sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder” as Steve Buscemi’s character reminded his co-stars in 1998’s Armageddon. A lot can go wrong. The crew in Europa Report has to cope with anything from solar flares to malfunctioning equipment.
The ending may be underwhelming for movie audiences weaned on the likes of Nazis on the moon, but hard sci-fi fans will be appreciative.
Ultimately, the movie could have done with a longer running time and a more substantial storyline. Still, serious-minded science fiction fans tired of mind-numbing action spectacles should cough up for a digital download of Europa Report at Amazon (see link below) as it somewhat restores a sense of wonder to a genre consisting almost entirely of spandex-clad superheroes nowadays.
Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick: Europa Report is flawed and should be filed under “could have been better” but serious sci-fi fans will find that this low-budget movie is the perfect antidote to a lot of the Hollywood nonsense floating out there right now.
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« Reply #8904 on: Aug 2nd, 2013, 10:17am »
US issues global travel alert over al-Qaida threat
By BRADLEY KLAPPER — Aug. 2 11:08 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has issued a global travel alert because of an al-Qaida terrorist threat.
The State Department says the potential for terrorism is particularly strong in the Middle East and North Africa. It says an attack could occur or come from the Arabian Peninsula.
The department says in a statement that al-Qaida and its affiliated organizations "continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond."
The travel alert comes a day after the U.S. announced that it would shutter its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday, and possibly longer.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
The United States is closing its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday after receiving an unspecified threat, officials said.
The threat was linked to al-Qaida and focused on the Middle East and Central Asia, said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
State Department officials said Thursday they were acting out of an "abundance of caution."
Spokeswoman Marie Harf cited information indicating a threat to U.S. facilities overseas and said some diplomatic facilities may stay closed for more than a day.
Sunday is a workday in the Muslim world. American diplomatic missions in Europe, Latin America and many other places are closed on Sunday.
Royce said Friday he supported the State Department decision to "protect our personnel on the ground."
The State Department issued a major warning last year informing American diplomatic facilities across the Muslim world about potential violence connected to the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Dozens of American installations were besieged by protests over an anti-Islam video made by an American resident.
In Benghazi, Libya, the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed when militants assaulted a diplomatic post. The administration no longer says that attack was related to the demonstrations.
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Global Water Shortages Grow Worse but Nations Have Few Answers
By Dina Fine Maron August 1, 2013
As we have been hearing, global water shortages are poised to exacerbate regional conflict and hobble economic growth. Yet the problem is growing worse, and is threatening to deal devastating blows to health, according to top water officials from the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) who spoke before a House panel hearing today.
Ever-rising water demand, and climate change, are expected to boost water problems worldwide, especially in countries that are already experiencing shortages. Globally, the world is on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people unable to reach or afford safe drinking water by 2015, but it still must make strides to improve global sanitation, says Aaron Salzberg, the State Department’s Special Coordinator for Water Resources. In addition to supply problems, unclean water causes more than four billion cases of diarrhea a year which lead to roughly 2.2 million deaths, and most are in children under the age of five.
“The magnitude of it is extraordinary.” says Christian Holmes, global water coordinator for USAID.
The hearing comes on the heels of stark reminders of the current water shortages that are apparent across the globe. Pakistan, one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, is on the brink of crisis. A recent report from the Asian Development Bank, highlighted by The Atlantic, states that the country’s emergency water reserve only has enough supply for 30 days – more than 30 times below the 1,000-day recommendation for similar countries. Pakistan, the report states, is “not far from being classified as ‘water scarce,’ with less than 1,000 cubic meters per person per year.” Among other factors, climate change is affecting snowmelt and reducing flows into the Indus River, the area’s main water source.
USAID expects its programs to provide a minimum of 10 million people with sustainable access to improved water supply by 2018.It also plans to provide 6 million people with sustainable access to improved sanitation by that time, according to the agency’s new water and development strategy, its first. It is also supporting regional discussions on water scarcity issues. Despite such a large effort, almost 800 million people lack access to safe water, and more than double that number are unable to access sanitation. And without big changes, two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to be living under “severe water stress conditions” by 2025, according to USAID.
To alleviate more of that stress, USAID will work with other countries to use emerging science and technology to track the problem and prepare communities to adapt. It will continue to share NASA Earth Science and satellite data about water supply throughout the world to help detect and prepare for future threats. It will also help nations translate that data into decision-making for aid and how to better alert communities about likely food shortages.
At the hearing, House members pressed speakers for information on tools they might need to better address the problem. Answers, however, are challenging to come by, says Holmes, “It really doesn’t lend itself to easy fixes.” Moreover, when water shortages threaten to elevate tensions where the supply is scarce it can be challenging to provide assistance. “Many countries view water as a sovereign issue and discourage outside intervention,” Salzberg says.
Last year the U.S. government invested more than $700 million in global water activities as part of its congressionally mandated requirement to make global water aid a specific policy objective of U.S. foreign assistance. About 27 percent of those funds went to sub-Saharan Africa, where needs continue to be particularly dire. In 20 African countries, more than 30 percent of the population does not have access to safe water, and in seven of those countries more than half the people lack access to safe water, according to Salzberg.
China and India are also experiencing unprecedented strain on water supplies, due to water shortages fueled by climate change, urbanization and massive industrial growth. Indeed, rising demand for water-hungry foodstuffs like beef coupled with already scarce water resources paint a stark picture.
Despite a continued focus on water issues, barely a dent has been made in the problem, says Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D), who today introduced new legislation with Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) geared toward furthering U.S. water assistance and ensuring that work will have measurable impact. “We’ve just moved the needle a little bit, and in some cases—like the area of sanitation—we are at risk of falling behind because of rapid urbanization. But the key here, and part of what we are trying to do with the new legislation, is to leverage money that is already being spent.”
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A man with learning difficulties could become the first in the country to have a vasectomy on the orders of a judge in a case lawyers insist is "not covered by a shadow of eugenics".
By Victoria Ward 3:19PM BST 02 Aug 2013
The 36-year-old, identified only as DE, has a young son with his girlfriend, who also has learning difficulties, but does not want more children and does not have the mental capacity to use contraception.
The Court of Protection heard it was "inevitable" that if they had another baby it would be taken into care, causing significant psychological distress.
Angus Moon QC, for the Official Solicitor, appointed to represent DE's best interests, told the court the "truly exceptional case" could make legal history when judgment is handed down later this month.
"It would be the first judgment in this jurisdiction in which permission had been given to carry out a vasectomy," he said.
But Mr Moon cautioned that the case should not be seen as a "green light" for applications for others with learning difficulties to have a vasectomy.
He noted that it was "unusual" for two people with learning difficulties to maintain a relationship of more than 10 years as this couple had done, highlighting that they already had a child and that another would cause great emotional trauma.
"This case is not about a youngish man being given a vasectomy against his will," he said.
"The evidence is compelling that (DE) does want to have a vasectomy and therefore this case is not covered by the shadow of eugenics."
DE, who lives with his parents in the Midlands, has effectively been banned from having intercourse since last November, when an interim court order declared that he lacked the mental capacity to have a sexual relationship.
This meant that anyone he slept with could be charged with sexual abuse or rape and all visits to his girlfriend have since been supervised in order to "keep him safe".
As a result, he had lost his independence, causing him considerable distress, the court heard. The order is expected to be overturned.
The court heard that DE did value his relationship with his son, with whom he plays for up to an hour at a time.
However, he has made it clear that he does not want any more children. His relationship with his girlfriend was said to be of the utmost importance to him and Mrs Justice Eleanor King indicated that she would consider it a priority when she makes her ruling later this month.
John McKendrick, for the Local Authority, said: "By granting this application the court has the power to return (the man's) independence to him."
He said a vasectomy was "the least restrictive option" and was in his best interests, a view echoed by the man's parents and his GP.
Judgment will bring to a close a three-year legal battle undertaken by DE's parents, which began with a simple visit to their son's GP. Mrs Justice Eleanor King praised the way the couple had coped with the ordeal expressed her "utmost admiration" for them both.
There is only one known previous case involving an application for male sterilisation and it was refused in 1999.
The court ruled that a vasectomy would not be in the best medical and emotional interests of the 28-year-old man, who had Down's syndrome, despite his mother's wishes to the contrary.
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« Reply #8907 on: Aug 2nd, 2013, 10:28am »
Published on Aug 1, 2013
Best viewed in HD. This is Miami, FL 33176
More details coming now, this was recorded just not even 2 hours ago, I got footage from 3 cams and even an smart phone. It was spotted first at 7:41pm and it fades away at 8:21pm.
Today I was searching actively the sky, from east side of the sky to west. I was kind of expecting it, coming from the east and moving westward as in other times, but not today, in one of the scanning returning to the west side of the sky, it was there, and not long time before I did not see it at that location, that was at 7:41pm, in plain daylight.
Today it behaves in an even less predictable way, at some moments it just stop, staying exactly at the same spot, even applying all zooming not apparent movement was present. I flashed a laser pointer to this object multiple times with no apparent feedback.
It moves initially to the left of the screen, that is south, then it stop for some moments, then return a little bit to the right and then it fades away in the same spot. I have many minutes of footage from 3 cams and one smart phone, this object was very visible in the sky, other people may have seen it, but it could be easily mistaken for a star, but it definitely it was NOT a star or any astronomical object, nor it is a man made satellite, it appear to be inside the atmosphere, no triangulation was done, so a proper distance estimation is not possible.
A balloon? I think that that explanation is out of the picture completely. You can read the following post were some analysis is done about the movement of weather balloons: http://ufoflicks.com/weather-balloon-...
I will be posting the footage from the other cams, in a bit, and more from this one, still as you can image I have not a chance to go over even the skin of the footage of the other cams, this is very fresh. As always I will be providing all raw video footage in the archive to anybody that want to do extra validation or study. I will be providing access also to the m2ts raw footage from the Sony HD camcorder. remember I could be making erroneous claims, but I will be providing all material available to me, you can reach your own conclusions, nothing is hidden here.
Be aware that is is part of a recurrent sequence of sightings, this is sighting number 7 in a 10 days period:
I saw this object the first time 03/28/13 07:17pm, this is around the same time of day(winter time), I was not prepared for that sighting, I just managed to get some very shaking footage using an old Sony Hi8 held in my hands, no tripod, but it was this object http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_vSGR...
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« Reply #8909 on: Aug 2nd, 2013, 2:36pm »
Marine helps lost 9-year-old boy finish race
August 1, 2013
DENVER — A Marine running a 5K charity race in Charlevoix, Mich., helped a young racer who had become lost in the crush – and became an internet hero in the process.
Boden Fuchs, 9, was looking for someone to help him after he lost his group, USA Today reported. That’s when he spotted 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr, who was running the race wearing his boots and rucksack.
“Sir, will you please run with me?” Boden asked him.
Kerr was happy to help — “I was just doing what any man would do,” he later tweeted — and ran the rest of the race with the boy. He let him cross the finish line first, then helped him find his group.
Meanwhile, Kerr’s Marine buddies had finished well ahead and were wondering where he went. As they went to look for him, they saw him rounding the final corner, coaching Boden to the end.
The picture of that scene has become a massive hit on Facebook.