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« Reply #915 on: Aug 30th, 2010, 08:36am »

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Daredevil 'breaks own high wire record'
A high wire performer from a family of daredevils is thought to have broken his own world record by cycling across a tightrope 260ft (80m) in the air, without a safety net.

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Published: 8:30AM BST 30 Aug 2010

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Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation funambulist from the Flying Wallendas circus family, cycled more than 100ft (30m) along the wire strung between two hotels at the Paradise Island Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

The new record for the highest traverse of a high wire on a bicycle is subject to confirmation by Guinness World Records.

Mr. Wallenda is the current holder of the records for the longest distance and greatest height travelled by bicycle on a high wire, which he set by travelling 235ft (72m) at a height of 135ft (41m) in Newark, New Jersey in 2008.

His latest record attempt was watched by hundreds of tourists who photographed the spectacle from the resort below.

Following his successful stunt the daredevil performed a second trick, walking about 2,000ft (610m) across a high wire suspended 250ft (76m) above the resort's open-air marine habitat, which is infested with sharks, barracudas and piranhas.

The performer defied winds of 28 knots and occasional thunderstorms to safely complete the traverse - the furthest he has ever travelled by foot on a high wire.

Mr Wallenda said: "Against all odds I walked on that wire today. There was lightning in the area, high winds, and it was the first walk without my father.

"It was one of the hardest decisions I ever made in my life. and the hardest walk I have ever done. But my family history and my family tradition is that the show must go on."

Mr Wallenda is the great-grandson of the celebrated circus performer Karl Wallenda, who died after falling off a high wire in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1978.

He said he hopes to continue performing as long as he is physically able, adding: "I want to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon, and I have the permit to do it."

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« Reply #916 on: Aug 30th, 2010, 08:44am »

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« Reply #917 on: Aug 30th, 2010, 10:16am »

Morning Crystal.... smiley Thanks for the Avatar news... I am hanging out to see that. I will have to wait a couple of weeks before its released over here.... but worth the wait.

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« Reply #918 on: Aug 30th, 2010, 11:06am »

on Aug 30th, 2010, 10:16am, Luvey wrote:
Morning Crystal.... smiley Thanks for the Avatar news... I am hanging out to see that. I will have to wait a couple of weeks before its released over here.... but worth the wait.

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Hey Pen,
I have been waiting to see it, well get the dvd. But I read that they are going to release a dvd around Christmas time that has more than the original release, so we are hanging on until the Christmas dvd comes out. We haven't seen it and I'm really getting antsy!

Please let us know what you think of it when you see it.
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« Reply #919 on: Aug 30th, 2010, 12:59pm »

Hi Crystal and Pen.

Let's just hope that the additional footage doesn't have any scenes in it where they sing like in Cameron's director's cut of "The Abyss". Those were possibly the most useless scenes I've ever seen in any director's cut. rolleyes

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« Reply #920 on: Aug 30th, 2010, 3:32pm »

A trumpet in the darkness.....


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« Reply #921 on: Aug 30th, 2010, 5:23pm »

on Aug 30th, 2010, 12:59pm, philliman wrote:
Hi Crystal and Pen.

Let's just hope that the additional footage doesn't have any scenes in it where they sing like in Cameron's director's cut of "The Abyss". Those were possibly the most useless scenes I've ever seen in any director's cut. rolleyes

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Sounds like an awful addition to "The Abyss" tongue
Phil that is a cute dog flower arrangement.
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« Reply #922 on: Aug 30th, 2010, 5:24pm »

on Aug 30th, 2010, 3:32pm, Swamprat wrote:
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http://www.wimp.com/remarkableexperience/


Thank you Swamprat, that was such a touching story.
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« Reply #924 on: Aug 31st, 2010, 07:24am »

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Monday, August 30, 2010
Chupacabras Attacks Reported in South Central Mexico

Thanks to Scott Corrales of Inexplicata for the following reports:

Mexico: The Chupacabras in Puebla and Guanajuato, Mexico - Over 300 Goats Decapitated

Shepherds from various communities in Puebla State are frightened by the attacks to their herds. They suspect the presence of natural predator, a nahual (shapeshifter) or the Chupacabras. Authorities have combed the area.

Shepherds from Colonia San Martín, Los Reyes Metzontla and Cañada Ancha in Puebla State are frightened by the attacks on their flocks by either the Chupacabras, wild dogs or some other wild creature that they’ve been unable to hunt down, and which has caused the deaths of over 300 goats for some 50 days now.

Felix Martinez Hernández, president of Colonia San Martin, said that on August 14th at around 7:00 a.m., over 36 goats were found butchered in the Colonia San Martin strip, located 18 km south of the municipality. The presence of a predator, nahual or the Chupacabras is suspected.

People who live in the community explained that the phenomenon increased after the rains, and this led them to seek support from the authorities in dispelling the mystery, which has people frightened due to the cruel way in which the goats were dispatched.

Anacleto Enrique Montiel Barbosa spoke of his concerns, acknowledging his fear over what is occurring in Zapotitlán: In this community, in the southern reaches of the state, most families owning this sort of livestock have been affected.

According to Anacleto, he first heard gunshots originating on his terrain, where he kept over 120 goats in a pen, “supposedly secure”. Upon reaching the site, he saw his fellow shepherd, Alvaro Mendoza, firing a rifle against some “dogs” that were fleeing the area.

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« Reply #925 on: Aug 31st, 2010, 07:28am »

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ROFL laugh laugh grin Too funny....

Good morning Crystal....

I will let you know what I think of the new Avatar movie when I get to see it. smiley

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Chupacabras Attacks Reported in South Central Mexico

Thanks to Scott Corrales of Inexplicata for the following reports:

Mexico: The Chupacabras in Puebla and Guanajuato, Mexico - Over 300 Goats Decapitated

Shepherds from various communities in Puebla State are frightened by the attacks to their herds. They suspect the presence of natural predator, a nahual (shapeshifter) or the Chupacabras. Authorities have combed the area.


Wow! Glad I don't live in those parts! shocked I doubt that dogs could do that.... its definitely something else....

Have a great day... smiley

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« Reply #927 on: Aug 31st, 2010, 11:33am »

Good evening Pen,
The husband is fine as long as you prop coffee in his hand. grin

Those chupacabra sightings and dead animals are creepy! I don't think dogs could do that either. Mountain lion?
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Dead Codebreaker Was Linked to NSA Intercept Case
By Kim Zetter August 30, 2010 | 6:47 pm | Categories: Crime, Crypto, NSA, Surveillance

A top British codebreaker found mysteriously dead last week in his flat had worked with the NSA and British intelligence to intercept e-mail messages that helped convict would-be bombers in the U.K., according to a news report.

Gareth Williams, 31, made repeated visits to the U.S. to meet with the National Security Agency and worked closely with British and U.S. spy agencies to intercept and examine communications that passed between an al Qaeda official in Pakistan and three men who were convicted last year of plotting to bomb transcontinental flights, according to the British paper the Mirror.

Williams, described by those who knew him as a “math genius,” worked for the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) helping to break coded Taliban communications, among other things. He was just completing a year-long stint with MI6, Britain’s secret intelligence service, when his body was found stuffed into a duffel bag in his bathtub. He’d been dead for at least a week. His mobile phone and a number of SIM cards were laid out on a table near the body, according to news reports. There were no signs of forced entry to the apartment and no signs of a struggle.

Initial news stories indicated Williams had been stabbed, but police have since disputed that information, noting that — other than being stuffed into a duffel bag — there were no obvious signs of foul play. A toxicology report is expected Tuesday.

The NSA wiretaps the internet from this secured room in an AT&T building in San Francisco, and similar rooms around the U.S., according to whistleblower Mark Klein.
Investigators say they haven’t ruled out the possibility that the codebreaker was killed over something related to his work. Rumors that sexual bondage equipment was found in his apartment were also nixed by police, who said the rumors were untrue and they found no evidence yet to suggest that anything in Williams’ personal life led to his death.

Williams, an avid cyclist, lived in an apartment in Pimlico in central London that was reportedly part of a network of flats registered to an offshore front company and rented out to GCHQ workers. He is believed to have returned from a trip abroad on August 11. He was last seen alive on August 15, eight days before his body was found.

Williams flew up to four times a year to the U.S. to the NSA’s headquarters at Fort Meade HQ, according to the Mirror. His uncle, Michael Hughes, told the paper that Williams would mysteriously disappear for three or four weeks.

“The trips were very hush-hush,” Hughes said. “They were so secret that I only recently found out about them – and we’re a very close family. It had become part of his job in the past few years. His last trip out there was a few weeks ago, but he was regularly back and forth.”

Williams was said to have worked with the NSA on e-mails intercepted between Abdullah Ahmed Ali and Assad Sarwar and Rashid Rauf, a British national in Pakistan who was allegedly director of European operations for al Qaeda. The e-mails, intercepted by the NSA in 2006, allegedly contained coded messages.

The NSA shared the e-mails with British prosecutors but wouldn’t allow them to use the evidence in an early trial of the suspects out of fear of tipping off Rauf that he was under surveillance. It was only after Rauf was reportedly killed in a U.S. drone attack that the NSA allowed prosecutors to use the e-mails to convict the other suspects. It’s never been known whether the NSA intercepted the messages overseas or siphoned them as they passed through internet nodes on U.S. soil as part of the NSA’s controversial and unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping program.

An unidentified Western intelligence source told the Mirror that Williams’ job would have had him participating in “crucial high-level meetings with American intelligence officers. His job would have been crucial to the security of the UK and our interests abroad – and also to America and Europe.

“Although not particularly high up the GCHQ ladder, the importance of his role should not be underestimated. The man was a mathematical genius.”

His landlady, Jenny Elliott, told the Telegraph, “Occasionally you could hear tapes whirring from his flat, which must have been audio cassettes he used for work, but he never told me what they were.”

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« Reply #929 on: Aug 31st, 2010, 11:49am »

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What Do You Call an IED with Fins? A SAM …

Our friends at Popular Mechanics are reporting that “DARPA has selected two companies to proceed with the next stage of its Transformer, a fully automated four-person vehicle that can drive like a car and then take off and fly like an aircraft to avoid roadside bombs. Lockheed Martin and AAI Corp., a unit of Textron Systems, are currently in negotiations with DARPA for the first stage of the Transformer project.”

The gee-whizzery is undeniable here, and the article points out that DARPA has $40 million to spend on developing a’TX,’ as the project is known. But having spent a few years around military procurement and several weeks in Afghanistan recently, I have doubts about the craft’s ability to make it to the front lines — literally and figuratively.

Who’s going to fly/drive it? Do we specially train Joes or do infantry units add dozens of pilots? What kind of RW gear will it have? (The threat immediately jumps from IEDs to RPGs and SAMs once you get airborne.) Who’s going to work on it around the FOBs and COPs? And what’s the cost per copy?


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Denver—The race to build the world's first flying military jeep just moved a step closer to the finish line. The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected two companies to proceed with the next stage of its Transformer, known as TX—a fully automated four-person vehicle that can drive like a car and then take off and fly like an aircraft to avoid roadside bombs. Lockheed Martin and AAI Corp., a unit of Textron Systems, are currently in negotiations with DARPA for the first stage of the Transformer project, several industry sources told Popular Mechanics at a robotics conference here in Denver. DARPA has not announced the official winners yet.

It's unclear how many companies competed for the DARPA project, but the competition brought together an unusual mix of large defense companies with smaller aviation firms vying to build the vertical takeoff and landing craft. Perhaps most surprising—and for some competitors galling— is that DARPA selected a rotor-based aircraft for one of the two winning submissions. At an industry day held earlier this year, DARPA officials had initially said they weren't interested in a traditional rotary-wing aircraft, though they might consider a vehicle if the rotor was shrouded

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