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« Reply #8955 on: Aug 12th, 2013, 09:06am »

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Egypt postpones dispersing pro-Morsi protest camps

By MAGGIE MICHAEL
— Aug. 12 9:00 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Monday postponed a move to disperse two Cairo sit-ins by supporters of the country's ousted president to "avoid bloodshed," an official said, as Islamist supporters stepped up rallies to demand his return to power.

The postponement could, at least temporarily, defuse tensions that had escalated overnight as the country braced for a new bout of violence. Any moves by the police against the protesters would have set the stage for deadly clashes with tens of thousands gathered at the two Cairo sit-ins in support of ex-President Mohammed Morsi, ousted in a popularly supported coup on July 3.

An Egyptian security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters, said the decision to postpone an advance against the protest camps by Muslim Brotherhood supporters came after a plan on ending the sit-ins was leaked to the media.

The security forces had planned to form cordons around the Cairo protest sites as early as dawn Monday, according to officials who spoke earlier to The Associated Press.

The protesters have said they will not leave until Morsi is reinstated.

Weeks of efforts by the international community to end the standoff and find a peaceful resolution have so far failed. Egypt's interim prime minister warned just ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday that ended Sunday that the government's decision to clear the sit-ins was "irreversible."

Morsi was deposed after millions of Egyptians took to the streets on June 30 and for four days demanded that he step down over what they saw as his failure to act as the president of all Egyptians and his attempts to monopolize power and serve only his Muslim Brotherhood group's interests.

Morsi has not been seen since the military deposed him, disbanded his Islamists-dominated parliament and suspended the constitution. He is held incommunicado, along with some of his aides, while several top Brotherhood leaders and their Islamist allies are detained on charges of instigating deadly violence.

Other Brotherhood figures, including the group's top spiritual guide Mohammed Badie, are on the run or taking refuge amid tens of thousands of supporters at the sit-in in Cairo's eastern Nasr City district, where a road intersection facing Rabaah el-Adawiya mosque has been turned to a heavily fortified tent city.

The sit-in, along with a second one in Cairo's twin city of Giza, are used as hotbeds for street rallies. The government says the protest camps are a "threat to national security."

On Monday, Brotherhood supporters also took to the streets in downtown Cairo and elsewhere in the country, chanting anti-military slogans and carrying pictures of Morsi.

Meanwhile, an influential Brotherhood member, Mohammed el-Beltagi, on Monday turned down an offer by the head of the Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's top religious institution, to negotiate a solution.

El-Beltagi said that top Al-Azhar cleric Ahmed el-Tayyb was not an impartial mediator because he backed the coup.

Another Brotherhood figure, Saad Emara, dismissed all efforts to negotiate a solution, saying the Brotherhood doesn't recognize the "initiatives from the post-coup era."

"The key to a resolution is the return of legitimate institutions, including the president," Emara told the AP.

Earlier, Interior Ministry officials had said they were prepared for clashes that might be set off by the cordons and that ambulances were on hand to treat the wounded. A special force within the riot police trained for crowd dispersal was expected to deal with protesters.

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UFO or Cloud? Fla. Residents in Disarray

By Alana Abramson

Aug 9, 2013 3:56pm



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Florida residents spied a possible unidentified flying object, prompting phone calls to the National UFO reporting center after seeing a strange bluish substance in the sky.

Meredith Hockaday, 32, said she was walking her dog in Lighthouse Point, Fla., August 7 when she saw a strange light in the sky. Initially, she thought a plane had exploded, and began taking pictures and video. And then she noticed a strange cloud. At that point, she said, she considered the possibility that it was a UFO, and called her husband “freaking out.” But he could not explain the site either.

“I would like to say it’s a UFO, but I can’t say for sure,” said Hockaday. ”I would like to think they exist, it makes for interesting talk. I believe there is other life out there.”

Peter Davenport, the director of the National UFO Reporting Center, said the center received 14 reports from Florida on August 7, both written and through the telephone.

But according to scientists, the object was a false alarm–it was merely exhaust fumes from a recent rocket launch that had formed crystallized clouds.

The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launched a Delta IV rocket carrying a satellite from their space launch complex on August 7.

“Did you see the bright clouds following tonight’s Delta IV rocket launch?,” The U.S. National Weather Service in Melbourne, Fla., wrote on its Facebook page. “We believe they are a form of “noctilucent clouds” that are sometimes present in the mesosphere at a height of 240,000 to 280,000 feet! Since the sun was still shining at that height, the ice crystals that formed in the rocket’s exhaust appeared quite bright.”

Davenport said one of the callers, who was very familiar with rocket launches, had seen something right after the launch with which she was unfamiliar and “had no explanation,” leaving open the possibility that something could have been in the sky in addition to the clouds formed by exhaust fumes.

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Brain Implant Could Enhance Our Senses

By Melinda Wenner Moyer
12 August 2013

Our world is determined by the limits of our five senses. We can't hear pitches that are too high or low, nor can we see ultraviolet or infrared light—even though these phenomena are not fundamentally different from the sounds and sights that our ears and eyes can detect. But what if it were possible to widen our sensory boundaries beyond the physical limitations of our anatomy? In a study published recently in Nature Communications, scientists used brain implants to teach rats to “see” infrared light, which they usually find invisible. The implications are tremendous: if the brain is so flexible it can learn to process novel sensory signals, people could one day feel touch through prosthetic limbs, see heat via infrared light or even develop a sixth sense for magnetic north.

Miguel Nicolelis, a neurobiologist at Duke University, and his colleagues trained six rats to poke their nose inside a port when the LED light above it lit up. Then the researchers surgically attached infrared cameras to the rats' head and wired the cameras to electrodes they implanted into the rats' primary somatosensory cortex, a brain region responsible for sensory processing. When the camera detected infrared light, it stimulated the animals' whisker neurons. The stimulation became stronger the closer the rats got to the infrared light or the more they turned their head toward it, just as brain activation responds to light seen by the eyes. Then the scientists let the animals loose in their chambers, this time using infrared light instead of LEDs to signal the ports the rats should visit.

At first, none of the rats used the infrared signals. But after about 26 days of practice, all six had learned how to use the once invisible light to find the right ports. Even after months of doing so, the rodents were able to respond to whisker neuron stimulation in addition to the infrared light, which suggests that sensory neurons can, when necessary, respond to multiple types of cues. This approach could help scientists create “sensory channels” for prosthetics users that provide constant sensory feedback to and from artificial limbs, facilitating control. The findings also suggest that the human brain can handle an expanded sensory repertoire—that we might one day be able to see, hear, touch and smell what we now cannot.

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George Lucas, Wife Welcome Baby (Report)

6:51 AM PDT 8/12/2013 by Hilary Lewis

The girl, Everest Hobson Lucas, was born on Friday.

George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson have welcomed their first biological child, daughter Everest Hobson Lucas, Huffington Post reported.

The girl, who was delivered via surrogate, was born on Friday, HuffPo adds.

Lucas already has three adopted children.

Hobson is the president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments and chairman of DreamWorks Animation. She's also a financial contributor with CBS.

Hobson and the Star Wars mogul were married on June 22 at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif.

At the wedding, Lucas' adopted son Jett served as best man, while Lucas' adopted daughters Amanda and Katie served as bridesmaids, according to a spokesperson for the director.

Longtime PBS journalist Bill Moyers officiated the ceremony, which was attended by directors Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola as well as DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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« Reply #8960 on: Aug 12th, 2013, 5:46pm »

More on the Hyperloop:


Hyperloop: San Francisco to L.A. in 30 minutes

By Steve Hargreaves August 12, 2013

Serial entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk unveiled design plans for his Hyperloop -- a superfast transport system that could cut the travel time from Los Angeles to San Francisco to 30 minutes, and cost a fraction of the currently proposed high speed rail project.

Musk, a co-founder of PayPal and the man behind commercial space transport firm Space-X and electric car maker Tesla (TSLA), said up to 1,000 employees from both Tesla and Space X worked to come up with the idea, which is basically an elevated tube which moves travel pods at nearly the speed of sound.
In a technical paper published Monday, Musk said his idea is similar to the "old pneumatic tubes used to send mail and packages within and between buildings," but would operate under much less pressure to save on energy.

The cars would be pushed or pulled through the tube by a series of electric motors, possibly similar to the ones used by the Tesla S.

The tube itself could be built above ground, roughly following California's Interstate 5 highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Musk said it could cost one-tenth of the planed high speed rail system in California -- a project that's estimated to cost $70 billion. In fact, it was the high cost of the California train that prompted Musk to research the Hyperloop in the first place."How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL doing incredible things like indexing all the world's knowledge and putting rovers on Mars would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world," he wrote.

Musk, has been talking about the idea for months. He provided few details up until Monday, other than to say he won't take an active role in the project's development and will publish the plans as open source.
Earlier, he indicated his idea was similar to one being developed by ET3, a Colorado-based company dedicated to "space travel on earth."

ET3's plan is much more ambitious, and involves using a series of vacuum-sealed tubes to whisk magnetically levitated transport cars around the world.

A video about the idea claims that in the frictionless environment, the cars, each carrying six people, could top 4,000 miles per hour -- six times the speed of a Boeing 757. It claimed a travel time of 45 minutes from New York to Los Angeles.

The video claims the network could be built for one-tenth the cost of a high-speed rail network, and a quarter of the cost of a highway.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&list=PL57D3046BBE23B2A0&v=51HbmuKhRbk
But Musk said that, among other challenges, maintaining a vacuum in such a large system with so many entry and exit points would be next to impossible.

While these ideas may sound far-fetched, both are theoretically possible. The concept was a popular topic on Twitter Monday.

"Technology tough, but doable," science educator Bill Nye tweeted Monday. "Problems are: buying the rights-of-way & perception of Big Gov't. Someday..."

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« Reply #8962 on: Aug 12th, 2013, 11:01pm »

I'm not saying anything I say is RIGHT, just looking for similarities.

But you might find these pictures of an unusual LIGHT posted here on site helpful. The article talks about "ELECTRICAL CHARGES" of the light. See picture below in Link
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UFO caught on surveillance in Naples? Posted: Aug 07, 2013

A video showing LIGHTS HOVERING over a pool is the talk of Naples......

After nearly thirty minutes, the object started to disappear.

" The electrical charges coming from it, it's truly unbelievable," said resident Curtis Kate.


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on Aug 12th, 2013, 11:01pm, IslandStar wrote:
I'm not saying anything I say is RIGHT, just looking for similarities.

But you might find these pictures of an unusual LIGHT posted here on site helpful. The article talks about "ELECTRICAL CHARGES" of the light. See picture below in Link
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I'm sorry but I don't see a link. And don't worry about anyone on this thread judging you re: right or wrong. This is a NO STRESS thread. grin

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Associated Press

Israel army shoots down rocket near Egypt border

By DANIEL ESTRIN
— Aug. 13 10:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military shot down a rocket launched toward a Red Sea resort town near the border with Egypt on Tuesday, the army said.

It was the first time Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted a rocket attack on the resort of Eilat, the military said. The incident came after days of heightened tension along the Egypt-Israel border.

The army said the rocket was intercepted early Tuesday and that there were no injuries. It didn't provide more details and declined to comment on the origins of the projectile.

An al-Qaida-inspired militant group based in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Ansar Jerusalem, claimed responsibility for launching the rocket in an email to The Associated Press. The little known group is hostile to both Israel and Egypt and was behind an attack in August 2011 near Eilat that killed eight people.

In Cairo, Egypt's state MENA news agency quoted an unnamed security official as saying authorities could not confirm that the rocket was launched from Sinai. The report said Egyptian forces were investigating.

Most Iron Dome batteries have been deployed along Israel's border with Gaza, and the missile defense system intercepted rockets during Israel's fighting with Gaza militants in 2012. Other batteries have been placed on Israel's border with Lebanon.

Last Thursday, Israel briefly closed the Eilat airport in response to unspecified security warnings.

The following day, five suspected Islamic militants were killed in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula, and a rocket launcher there was reportedly destroyed, according to Egyptian officials. Ansar Jerusalem said four of its men were killed in the strike and blamed the deaths on Israel. The discrepancy between the group's death toll and the one offered by Egyptian authorities could not be reconciled.

Egyptian security officials attributed Friday's strike to a drone fired from the Israeli side of the border, but Israel has remained silent about the attack, likely out of concerns about exposing Egypt's military to domestic criticism over an Israeli strike on its soil.

Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1979, but many in Egypt still view Israel with suspicion.

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Associated Press writer Ibrahim Barzak in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, contributed to this report.

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Scientific American

Is the U.S. Grid Better Prepared to Prevent a Repeat of the 2003 Blackout?

The nation’s electrical system has undergone some revamping--maybe still not enough--since tens of millions in the Northeast experienced a prolonged outage 10 years ago.

By David Biello
August 13 2013

On August 14, 2003, at least 50 million people lost the ability to cool their homes, refrigerate food, light offices, compute and commute, along with the myriad other necessities electricity provides in the modern world. A failed power line in Ohio set off a cascade of events that triggered the largest blackout in North American history and crippled much of the northeastern U.S. for two days.

In the year following the disaster the U.S.–Canada Power System Outage Task Force convened to figure out the causes of what happened.

Just prior to the 10th anniversary Scientific American spoke with electrical engineer Jeff Dagle, a member of the task force and a specialist in power-grid resilience at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, to find out what we know now that we didn’t then, and whether similar mishaps could still happen.

[An edited transcript of the interview follows.]

What happened on August 14, 2003?

The blackout itself, which was a big one, affected 50 million people and 60,000 megawatts with an estimated economic impact of $10 billion. It started at 3:05 P.M. on August 14. A power line tripped [went offline] in northern Ohio. It was actually carrying less [electricity] than it was capable of so it should not have tripped, but trees under the line had gotten too close to the wire. It's just energized aluminum suspended in a wire and it relies on the air to provide insulation. If something gets too close it will arc and short-circuit.

So we lost a 345-kilovolt line in northern Ohio. Normally the grid is designed to have enough resilience built into it that losing a single line doesn't have any impact. But on that day there was also a problem with the software in the control center. The utility [First Energy] that owns that line would normally be looking and taking preventative action, but they didn't even know the line had tripped.

Because of the loss of that first line, about 30 minutes later an adjacent line tripped due to a similar cause. As with any heavily loaded transmission line, the heat from the current heats the metal and it expands. The line sags down closer to the things below it. So it was within its rating but trees [again] had been allowed to grow too tall. Fifteen minutes later a third line tripped.

Now we have three key lines over a period of about 45 minutes that tripped offline. The grid isn't designed for that level of redundancy.

At this point, the power is still trying to flow. So you get this cascading sequence of events that picked up speed. Shortly after 4 P.M. this cascade progresses outside of northern Ohio. So it blacks out Akron and Cleveland and then works its way around to Detroit and works around Lake Erie, taking out Toronto. Then it works around to the northwest and much of New York State trips off along with a big chunk of Ontario, making it the largest blackout ever in North America.

You were on the committee that investigated the event. Were the trees the main problem?

Another key root cause was this loss of situational awareness, which went a little deeper than just a software glitch. We were curious why the operations center didn't start to put the clues together. In fact, it wasn't until the lights went out in the control room that they really understood the grid was in peril.

Really?

They were getting a lot of phone calls and activity suggesting that there was a problem but they didn't connect the dots. They allowed the system to fail over that span of about an hour.

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Telegraph

Quiche thieves in five-hour police siege

A pair of armed thieves were involved in a lengthy stand-off with police when they barricaded themselves into a cafe after breaking in to steal quiche.

2:07PM BST 13 Aug 2013

The raiders broke into Cafe@Marshalls in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, in the early hours to get their hands on some food.

But when police surrounded the premises, they armed themselves with knives and a five-hour siege ensued.

Angela Marshall, who runs the cafe with her husband, said: ''Apparently they were hungry and wanted some quiche.

''There was a little bit of money in the till, but I think they just wanted food and then it got out of hand.''

Mrs Marshall said she got a call at around 1am from the police saying a break-in had taken place and when she got there she saw about 15 police cars.

Eventually officers were able to talk the pair out and they were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said:''The two men who were armed with knives refused to come out of the premises and threatened police.

''After speaking with officers the two men, aged 21 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary. No-one was injured during the incident.''

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Doomsday Fear: Could an EMP Throw World into Chaos?

By Douglas Main, Staff Writer | August 13, 2013

SOMEWHERE IN THE CAROLINA MOUNTAINS — If a nuclear bomb went off in the high atmosphere over the United States, it could possibly take out the electrical grids over most of the country. Likewise, a huge solar flare could create widespread devastation by knocking out electricity, experts say.

One family is going to the extreme to prepare for such a contingency, building a castle here in the Carolina mountains where they could hole up without electricity and fend for themselves for months or years. The family is the subject of a new show on the National Geographic Channel called "Doomsday Castle," which premiers tonight (Aug. 13) at 10 o'clock ET.

But how likely is such a scenario?

The nuke scenario

It depends on whom you ask. One way to create a widespread and damaging electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would be to detonate a large nuclear weapon over the central United States, at an altitude of 25 miles to 500 miles (40 kilometers to 800 kilometers), according to the Commission to Assess the Threat to the U.S. from EMP Attack, in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in July 2008. At this height, a nuclear blast could interact with the ionosphere, the shell of electrons and electrically charged particles surrounding Earth, to create a series of electromagnetic pulses that could reach across a continent, according to the commission.

Once a burst of atmospheric radiation hits the ground, it could induce strong currents in telephone and electrical cables, which can short out transformers, said Daniel Baker, a physicist at the University of Colorado. Transformers take high voltage current and "transform" it into low voltage current that can be used by households. But an EMP could derail this process, creating currents that overheat transformers and cause them to fail, Baker said.

Brent, the patriarch of the "Doomsday Castle" clan, thinks that terrorists or a rogue nation could loft a nuke high enough to take out the electricity grid over the eastern United States or Southeast, he told LiveScience. (Family members aren't disclosing their last name or location for fear of curious and/or hostile fans showing up on their castle steps.)

But such a nuclear attack would be nigh suicidal for any country, as the United States could retaliate with its nuclear submarines, which lurk in the oceans around the world out of the range of any EMP threat, according to the commission. It's also hard to imagine that a rogue terror group could accomplish such a feat, due the technical difficulty of the task. And in either case, the missile would have to make it into the middle of the country, eluding U.S. missile defenses, according to a fact sheet from the Department of Homeland Security.

Solar flares


An electromagnetic surge from a solar storm is a more likely threat for an EMP. Generally, experts expect a bad solar storm to reach Earth about once every century, Baker said. The last time one hit the planet was during the Carrington event, when particles from a powerful coronal mass ejection overloaded telegraph wires and set paper messages on fire in 1859. A coronal mass ejection is an enormous sun eruption of super-hot plasma that spews charged particles across the solar system.

At that time, the world was just beginning to use widespread electronic communications. Baker and his colleagues just submitted a paper that details a coronal mass ejection that took place in July 2012. In that event, some 80 billion pounds of energized particles were ejected from the sun at a speed of several million miles per hour. Luckily it missed Earth. But if it had occurred one week earlier, it would have been aimed directly toward our planet — with catastrophic results.

"Given our current state of readiness, we'd still be picking up the pieces," Baker said.

Bad solar storms work by sending "blobs" of energized particles toward the Earth, carrying their own magnetic field, Baker said. This missile-like group of particles can "open a gate" in Earth's magnetic field, allowing energetic particles to enter the high atmosphere and send currents all the way down to the planet's surface, he said. These can induce currents in the electrical grid, overheating transformers and causing them to fail. And these things can take months or years to replace. "You can't exactly buy another at Sears," Baker said.

Preparation and protection

There are ways to protect against an EMP attack or a solar storm, although they involve coating certain electrical parts and allowing electrical current to be routed around transformers, Baker said — steps that would be expensive, he said. Installing extra transmission lines and generators could help divert power around vulnerable nodes in the grid, he added.

One way to protect devices is to encase them in Faraday cages, wherein a shell of conductive material prevents them from experiencing external electromagnetic currents. The military protects some of its most important facilities this way, Brent said.

While some preppers take things a little far, both an EMP attack and control mass ejection are "genuine concerns," Baker said. "I don't think taking preparations for both is unwarranted" by governments and individuals, he said. Governments can prepare by looking at how to better secure the electrical grid, Baker said. Some reasonable preparations individuals can take involve keeping enough food and water to last a week or more, he added.

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« Reply #8969 on: Aug 14th, 2013, 08:47am »

Good morning Swamprat,

Thank you for that article. If you can't afford to build a castle you might pick up "The Foxfire Books" by Eliot Wigginton. I think there are 12 books total.

http://www.amazon.com/Eliot-Wigginton/e/B001IGLU3G/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1376487955&sr=1-2-ent

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