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« Reply #9975 on: Feb 3rd, 2014, 4:49pm »

on Feb 3rd, 2014, 09:25am, GhostofEd wrote:
Good morning Crystal.
There's no stars in that picture and I swear I see the head of a dead grey poking out of the sand.
Why is the picture such low quality? shocked
Just joking. laugh


I see it too, GhostofEd, nice pic by the way, Crystal! Plus there's two dino/reptilian footprints and a whole skeleton in plain view, as well as SEVERAL donuts (high strangeness indeed!), two pavement stones, an entrance to the planet's (hollow??) interior, as well as a Volkswagen beetle. What's wrong with these Chinese? Don't they know about censorship, the discreet application of an airbrush here and there?! Jeez...


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« Reply #9976 on: Feb 3rd, 2014, 5:32pm »

on Feb 3rd, 2014, 09:25am, GhostofEd wrote:
Good morning Crystal.
There's no stars in that picture and I swear I see the head of a dead grey poking out of the sand.
Why is the picture such low quality? shocked
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Hi GhostofEd cheesy

They must have photoshopped them out. wink

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« Reply #9977 on: Feb 3rd, 2014, 5:34pm »

on Feb 3rd, 2014, 4:49pm, purr wrote:
I see it too, GhostofEd, nice pic by the way, Crystal! Plus there's two dino/reptilian footprints and a whole skeleton in plain view, as well as SEVERAL donuts (high strangeness indeed!), two pavement stones, an entrance to the planet's (hollow??) interior, as well as a Volkswagen beetle. What's wrong with these Chinese? Don't they know about censorship, the discreet application of an airbrush here and there?! Jeez...


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I could swear I saw an In-N-Out Burger in the background!

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« Reply #9978 on: Feb 4th, 2014, 01:04am »

We Can Only hope that these people come out from the shadow government in a big way to make transparency work and make a kinder gentler world.

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« Reply #9979 on: Feb 4th, 2014, 01:55am »

An extraordinary man

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Pete Seeger, 1955, testimony pursuant to subpoena before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Pete Seeger and the NSA

"I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this."

Pete Seeger, 1955, testimony pursuant to subpoena before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

The world lost a clear, strong voice for peace, justice, and community with the death of singer and activist Pete Seeger last week. While Seeger was known as an outspoken musician not shy about airing his political opinions, it’s also important to remember he was once persecuted for those opinions, despite breaking no law. And the telling of this story should give pause to those who claim to be unconcerned about the government's metadata seizure and search programs that reveal our associations to the government today.

In 1955, Seeger was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he defiantly refused to answer questions about others who he associated with and who shared his political beliefs and associations, believing Congress was violating his First Amendment rights. He was especially concerned about revealing his associations:

I will be glad to tell what songs I have ever sung, because singing is my business. . . . But I decline to say who has ever listened to them, who has written them, or other people who have sung them

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/arts/music/pete-seeger-songwriter-and-champion-of-folk-music-dies-at-94.html?_r=0

Like many of Mr. Seeger’s songs, “We Shall Overcome” had convoluted traditional roots. It was based on old gospel songs, primarily “I’ll Overcome,” a hymn that striking tobacco workers had sung on a picket line in South Carolina. A slower version, “We Will Overcome,” was collected from Lucille Simmons, one of the workers, by Zilphia Horton, the musical director of the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tenn., which trained union organizers.

Ms. Horton taught it to Mr. Seeger, and her version of “We Will Overcome” was published in the People’s Songs newsletter. Mr. Seeger changed “We will” to “We shall” and added verses (“We’ll walk hand in hand”). He taught it to the singers Frank Hamilton, who would join the Weavers in 1962, and Guy Carawan, who became musical director at Highlander in the ‘50s. Mr. Carawan taught the song to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at its founding convention.

The song was copyrighted by Mr. Seeger, Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Carawan and Ms. Horton. “At that time we didn’t know Lucille Simmons’s name,” Mr. Seeger wrote in an autobiographical songbook, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” pubished in 1993. All of the song’s royalties go to the “We Shall Overcome” Fund, administered by what is now the Highlander Research and Education Center, which provides grants to African-Americans organizing in the South.
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« Reply #9980 on: Feb 4th, 2014, 11:10am »

Good morning Wild Horse cheesy

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« Reply #9981 on: Feb 4th, 2014, 11:16am »

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Crocodile reported to be on the loose in Bristol

Police search for six feet long crocodile reported to be on the loose in Bristol after a bus driver said he saw the reptile beneath a bridge.

By Claire Carter, and agencies
12:46PM GMT 04 Feb 2014

A six foot long crocodile is reported to be on the loose in Bristol.

Officers started a search for the reptile after a bus driver flagged down police, claiming he had spotted the crocodile under a bridge.

Nick Gargan, chief constable at Avon and Somerset Police, wrote on Twitter: “One of our officers was flagged down by a bus driver today, claiming to have seen a 6ft crocodile under Coronation Bridge. We can't find it.”

The bus driver reported the sighting on Monday morning and there were reports of a second sighting on Tuesday morning at Snuff Mills in the city.

Bristol Zoo said none of its animals were currently missing.

Andy Carbin, who works at the zoo, said while it was unlikely there was a crocodile on the loose in the city because of the cold temperatures in the UK, it was not impossible.

“I guess it would have had to be pretty big to have been spotted from the bridge," he said. "Generally they just poke their head up out of the water - just their eyes and their snout.

"This time of year crocodiles are pretty dormant and hibernating, rather than swimming around - unless it had just been dumped there.

"If it was in the water to be honest with you it would eat anything that it came across - rats, ducks, invertebrates."

Dr Adam Britton, a British zoologist who works in Darwin, Australia, said while the crocodile could survive in Britain it wouldn't last long.

He said: "Assuming it is a genuine sighting it would almost certainly have to be an escaped or released pet. Quite a few people in the UK keep crocodilians.

"Let's say it was a crocodile. Crocodiles are resilient creatures, they can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, and can even survive brief periods of freezing temperatures.

"Some species like alligators can find shelter to stay warm when it freezes, or even remain underwater to act as a temperature buffer.

"The animal would be extremely lethargic under those conditions. It's a challenge for any crocodile to survive those conditions and it's unlikely to last long.

"In terms of food, if it's stressed it probably won't eat very much, especially not when it's so cold, but if it were to survive into the warmer months it would take a variety of small mammals, fish, amphibians, even birds. I don't rate its chances though."

Police were forced to apologise after it emerged a tweet from the official Avon and Somerset Police account claiming officers were searching in Eastville Park was a joke.

By Tuesday morning a spoof twitter account had been set up, called Chris the Croc and had more than 1,100 followers.

When asked by one Twitter user whether there was a crocodile on the loose, Gargan wrote: "It may mean precisely that, madam. No need to stay indoors – but you may want to think twice before you go water-skiing."

Other people reported sightings of the animal on Twitter.

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« Reply #9982 on: Feb 4th, 2014, 11:22am »

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Inspired by Bugs, MIT Whizzes Create Tiny, Liquor-Powered Boats

By Joseph Flaherty
02.04.14
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Homework at MIT can be pretty intense—students are regularly tasked with building robots or helping NASA solve thorny problems with the space station, but grad student Lisa Burton was recently assigned a homework project that combined the emerging field of biomimicry with booze. Instead of wrestling with a problem set, she was tasked with designing cocktail garnishes that flit around martinis, propelled by minute differences in surface tension.

Her professor, John W. M. Bush conducts groundbreaking research on interfacial phenomena, including “hydrodynamic quantum analogues” and shares his findings with both scientific journals and gourmet kitchens. The Epicurean polymath attended a course at Harvard focused on the intersection of food and science, and there met the world famous chef José Andrés and realized that his works in advanced mathematics could lead to a breakthrough amuse-bouche.

His study of water-walking insects drew his attention to a tiny, semi-aquatic insect called Microvelia that releases a surfactant in its wake, resulting in a change in surface tension that propels it forward. Bush asked Burton to apply this principle to create a scientifically advanced party favor.

Fire Up the 3-D Printer

Burton and her colleague Nadia Cheng began prototyping miniature “boats” to prove the principle would work in bars as well as bogs. Their simple vessels were filled with alcohol, which seeps out of a slit on one side. The difference in surface tension creates a propulsion effect. “We did a ton of 3-D printing to optimize the geometry of the components to make them work,” says Cheng. “Like designing the slit in the back of the boat to enable slower ‘fuel’ leakage so that the boat can operate for longer periods.”

They discovered the shape of the boat, while important, was overpowered by the alcohol content of the fuel. Higher octane hooch helped the boats move faster, and top-shelf spirits let them reach top speeds of four inches per second.

Leveraging their fundamental understanding of buoyancy and drag, Cheng and Burton worked out the key mechanics—how much liquor the vodka-fueled vessels required, the optimal size of the gap that powered them. They were ultimately able to move on to aesthetic challenges, creating a fleet of boats and a little plastic duck. “We could make almost any shape work,” says Cheng. “The rubber ducky was just fun. I love miniatures.”

Pleased with the alcohol-powered arks, Bush assigned his star pupils another project—an elastocapilillary pipette inspired by flowers that close their petals to keep water out during a flood. He realized that the mechanism could also grab water, essentially creating a dainty dropper that could be uses as an avant-garde utensil by his molecular gastronomist colleagues. For a celebrity chef like Andrés who serves theatrical 30 course meals, this MIT innovation is an easy way to bring flair to a fancy dinner.

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« Reply #9983 on: Feb 4th, 2014, 5:06pm »

LIVIN IN MI AIN'T FOR SISSIES WHEN THE 'ARCTIC VORTEX' STRIKES... Why would anyone want to go south and miss a sight like this?

St Joseph Lighthouse is located in Michigan, across Lake Michigan from Chicago. It is encased in ice as the Midwest was hit with wind chills that reached -50 degrees on Lake Michigan after the January storm.

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« Reply #9984 on: Feb 4th, 2014, 6:43pm »

Oh my word! That is just too cold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks for that article Swamprat. I won't complain about the cold. shocked

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« Reply #9985 on: Feb 4th, 2014, 9:01pm »

Maybe this will thaw us out.. grin

Gee they just getting around to this? Feds have excellent contract monitors..or used to..when I was young..
Or are they looking not to pay someone..
Fear that a former Soviet republic inserted malicious code in Obamacare site
Checks of software urged for cybersecurity exploits


http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/4/us-intel-warns-belarus-hand-obamacare/
U.S. intelligence is urging the Obama administration to check its new health care computer network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarusian government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans could be compromised.

The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the HealthCare.gov network, about their concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyberattacks, said U.S. officials familiar with concerns.

SEE ALSO: Grim prognosis: No system to fix sign-up errors in HealthCare.gov

The software on the website links the millions of Americans who signed up for Obamacare to the government and more than 300 medical institutions and health care providers.

“The U.S. Affordable Care Act software was written in part in Belarus by software developers under state control, and that makes the software a potential target for cyberattacks,” one official explained, speaking only on the condition of anonymity.

Cybersecurity officials said the concerns are compounded by an Internet data “hijacking” incident last year involving Belarusian state-controlled networks. The monthlong diversion covertly rerouted massive amounts of U.S. Internet traffic to Belarus — a repressive dictatorship country bordering Russia, Poland and Ukraine.

“Belarusian President [Alexander] Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime is closely allied with Russia and is adversarial toward the United States,” the official said.

The combination of the Belarus-origin software, the Internet rerouting and the anti-U.S. posture of the Belarusian government “makes the software written in Belarus a potential target of cyberattacks for identity theft and privacy violations” of Americans, the official said.

U.S. officials were alerted to the Belarus angle last month when a top official in the country boasted on radio about his country’s role in programming the Obamacare website.

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Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said he was surprised by media reports from Belarus indicating that “some parts of HealthCare.gov or systems connected to it may have in fact been written overseas.” He called for an independent security review of the Obamacare website.

Mr. Rogers said he was especially concerned by the potential software vulnerability because an official testified to Congress that all software work for the network had been performed in the United States.

“We need an independent, thorough security evaluation of this site, and we need the commitment from the administration that the findings will be acknowledged and promptly addressed,” Mr. Rogers told the Free Beacon.

“I continue to call on HHS to shut down and properly stress test the site to ensure that consumers are protected from potential security risks from across the globe.”

Security officials last week urged HHS to immediately conduct inspections of the network software for malicious code. The software is being used at all medical facilities and insurance companies in the United States.

The officials also recommended that HHS use security specialists not related to software vendors for the inspections to reduce further risks.

Officials disclosed the software compromise last week after the discovery in early January of statements by Belarusian official Valery Tsepkalo, director of the government-backed High-Technology Park in Minsk.

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« Reply #9988 on: Feb 5th, 2014, 07:42am »

Good morning ya'll cheesy

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New York Daily News

Chupacabra sightings in Texas backyards are result of crossbreeding: animal experts

Photos taken in a Houston-area neighborhood over the weekend show a large, hairless canine with pointy ears and a long skinny tail trotting past lawn chairs.

By Nina Golgowski
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 7:45 PM

Whatever it is, it's ugly and on the prowl.

Recent sighting of the mythical Chupacabra, wandering the backyards of Texas, have led to at least one neighbor setting up traps in a desperate bid to prove its existence....

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