One Dead in Shooting on UK Nuclear Submarine

3:01:35 PM, Sunday, April 10, 2011

"LONDON (AFP) – A Royal Navy sailor was killed on Friday and another has life-threatening injuries after a shooting aboard a nuclear submarine docked in port, police and the Ministry of Defence said.

A third sailor was arrested and was in custody over the incident in Southampton, officials said, stressing that the shooting was not terrorism-related.

"We can confirm that one person has died and another is in a life threatening condition following a shooting incident on board HMS Astute today," Hampshire police said.

Astute, the British navy's newest and most advanced submarine, was in Southampton on a five-day visit after spending 46 days at sea, according to local media.

Armed police, firefighters, paramedics and the local air ambulance were quickly deployed to the docks, and two police launches patrolled near the submarine, witnesses said.

"Two Royal Navy personnel have been involved in a firearms incident at Southampton docks where HMS Astute is alongside. Sadly, one has now died as a result of his injuries," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

It added: "A third Royal Navy serviceman has been arrested by Hampshire Constabulary and is now in custody.

"This incident was not terrorist-related and there is no threat to the wider public."

The mayor of Southampton and the leader and chief executive of the city council were visiting the submarine at the time, around noon (1100 GMT), but were not hurt.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox offered his condolences to the victims' families, saying: "I am greatly saddened to hear of this incident and of the death of a Royal Navy service person in this tragic incident..."

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They See Me Rollin', They Hatin'

2:32:59 PM, Sunday, April 10, 2011
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NATO Destroys 25 Pro-Gadhafi Tanks

12:47:28 PM, Sunday, April 10, 2011

"NATO destroyed 25 tanks belonging to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces on Sunday, as heavy fighting in Libya raged for a second day around a key frontline city.

The military alliance issued a statement saying it struck 11 vehicles as they approached Ajdabiyah, and another 14 on the outskirts of Misrata.

"The situation in Ajdabiyah, and Misrata in particular, is desperate for those Libyans who are being brutally shelled by the [Gadhafi] regime," said Canadian Lt.-Gen. Charles Bouchard, who leads NATO's operations in Libya.

Air strikes near the strategic city of Ajdabiyah, 150 kilometres south of the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, killed at least 15 government soldiers, Reuters reported.

NATO responded after forces loyal to Libyan leader launched their most sustained offensive since being driven back by international airstrikes last month and as rebels struggled to keep control of a buffer zone protecting their main eastern strongholds.

Rebels are desperate to hang onto the city to give breathing room to their main political base in Benghazi, a coastal city to the north of the latest fighting. If Ajdabiya moves into government hands, however, there is just open desert to Benghazi — the same scenario that galvanized the international air campaign over fears of mass civilian casualties.

CBC's Neil Macdonald, reporting from a hospital in Ajdabiya, said he was told 18 people were killed — including civilians, rebels and troops loyal to Gadhafi.

African Union wants ceasefire

The apparent surge in ground fighting could add urgency to the latest peace initiative. Envoys from the African Union plan to hold talks with Gadhafi and rebels during a two-day visit beginning Sunday. An official from the African bloc, Khellaf Brahan, said its proposals call for an immediate ceasefire, opening channels for humanitarian aid and talks between the rebels and the government.

But it's unclear whether rebel leaders would agree to call off their attacks while Gadhafi remained in power.

In the capital Tripoli, the deputy foreign minister claimed government forces shot down two U.S.-built Chinook helicopters being used by rebel forces in the east of the country.

Khaled Kaim said the helicopters were shot down near the eastern oil facilities of Brega — a key objective of rebels — and accused NATO commanders of a double standard to allow rebel forces to operate aircraft in "clear violation" of the UN-backed no-fly zone over the country.

"We have a question for the allied forces — is this resolution made for the Libyan government only or everyone in Libya?" he asked..."

-- Flying tanks! Gadhafi has the best tech.

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We Are Not Alone

12:27:02 PM, Sunday, April 10, 2011

-- Some examples of the numerous life forms living on our body made visible by scanning electron microscopes.

Excerpt from the documentary "The Invisible World"

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Hot Wheels Creative Advertising: Child Shaped Billboard Ads

11:48:08 PM, Saturday, April 09, 2011
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Ry Legit - UltraViolence

4:36:58 PM, Saturday, April 09, 2011

-- A Bit of the Old Ultraviolence...

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State Senator Wants N.J. Students To 'Opt In' To Paying Activity Fees Following Snooki's Rutgers Visit

4:26:27 PM, Saturday, April 09, 2011

"New Jersey's public universities students would have to "opt in" to paying for student events — like last week's appearance by "Jersey Shore" star Snooki at Rutgers University — under new legislation Sen. Joe Kyrillos is preparing to propose in the state Senate.

Kyrillos (R-Monmouth/Middlesex) said students at state colleges and universities should have a clearer choice of whether they want to pay for student-planned events that carry fees. Last week, Rutgers students paid Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi $32,000 to appear for two one-hour question-and-answer sessions on the Livingston campus in Piscataway. The students, who were not required to get approval from university officials, used a portion of the mandatory student fees they pay with their tuition to pay Snooki.

"Students ought not be forced to fund entertainment or events that they find objectionable," Kyrillos said. "There were a great deal of Rutgers students who I am certain were uninterested or flat out outraged by Ms. Polizzi's appearance on campus."

Kyrillos described Snooki as "a degenerate reality television star who offers neither useful advice nor any appreciable talents."

Like most colleges, Rutgers allows student committees to book speakers, concerts and other events funded by student fees. About 1,000 students attended the two free Snooki shows at Rutgers. Most students said they had a great time.

Under the current system, most students automatically pay student activities with their tuition. Under Kyrillos' legislation, public colleges would also be required to give students a box on their tuition forms to "opt in" to contributing to a student activities fund.

"If students can make a case for continued fees then let's find a methodology for appropriate checks and balances so that money is not wasted," Kyrillos said..."

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Taking Stock At 69-th Birthday: This Guy Is In Better Shape Than You

1:49:38 AM, Saturday, April 09, 2011
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Nazi Warplane Lying Off UK Coast Is Intact

11:39:17 PM, Friday, April 08, 2011

"A rare World War Two German bomber, shot down over the English Channel in 1940 and hidden for years by shifting sands at the bottom of the sea, is so well preserved a British museum wants to raise it.

The Dornier 17 -- thought to be world's last known example -- was hit as it took part in the Battle of Britain.

It ditched in the sea just off the Kent coast, southeast England, in an area known as the Goodwin Sands.

The plane came to rest upside-down in 50 feet of water and has become partially visible from time to time as the sands retreated before being buried again.

Now a high-tech sonar survey undertaken by the Port of London Authority (PLA) has revealed the aircraft to be in a startling state of preservation.

Ian Thirsk, from the RAF Museum at Hendon in London, told the BBC he was "incredulous" when he first heard of its existence and potential preservation.

"This aircraft is a unique aeroplane and it's linked to an iconic event in British history, so its importance cannot be over-emphasized, nationally and internationally," he said.

"It's one of the most significant aeronautical finds of the century."

Known as "the flying pencil," the Dornier 17 was designed as a passenger plane in 1934 and was later converted for military use as a fast bomber, difficult to hit and theoretically able to outpace enemy fighter aircraft..."

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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Milky Way Over Tenerife

11:08:25 PM, Friday, April 08, 2011

-- "Have you ever seen the band of our Milky Way Galaxy? Chances are you have never seen it like this -- nor could you. In a clear sky from a dark location at the right time, a faint band of light is visible across the sky. This band is the disk of our spiral galaxy. Since we are inside this disk, the band appears to encircle the Earth. The above spectacular picture of the Milky Way arch, however, goes where the unaided eye cannot. The image is actually a deep digital fusion of nine photos that create a panorama fully 360 across. Taken recently in Teide National Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, the image includes the Teide volcano, visible near the image center, behind a volcanic landscape that includes many large rocks. Far behind these Earthly structures are many sky wonders that are visible to the unaided eye, such as the band of the Milky Way, the bright waxing Moon inside the arch, and the Pleiades open star cluster (can you find it?). The deep exposure also brings out many sky wonders normally beyond human perception, many of which are labelled on the annotated image version, including Barnard's Loop, visible above as the half red ring below the Milky Way band."

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Virtual Sales Provide Aid To Poorer Nations

10:39:35 PM, Friday, April 08, 2011

"Up to 100,000 people in China and Vietnam are playing online games to gather gold and other items for sale to Western players, a report suggests.

The global market for such virtual game goods is worth at least $3bn (£1.8bn) the World Bank study estimates.

About 75% of that comes from so-called "gold farmers" who stockpile game currencies to sell on later.

Encouraging these in-game services could aid development in many poorer countries, said the report.

Virtual farms

Popular online games such as Lineage and World of Warcraft revolve around the gear that players gather to outfit their characters. Better equipment makes characters more powerful.

Some of that equipment can be found on monsters, as well as being bought from other players who have found or made it.

Increasingly, the report said, Western players who have limited time for gaming are buying game cash, gear and high level characters from people in China and Vietnam that are paid to play as a job..."

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Ian McElroy’s Honda CBR 1000F Custom Streetfighter Motorcycle

10:56:22 PM, Thursday, April 07, 2011

-- Follow the link for a write up and many more shots of this beast.

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Video: Spaceship Lands at San Francisco Airport

10:33:20 PM, Thursday, April 07, 2011

"One of the first planes to dock at Virgin America’s new San Francisco International Airport terminal was a spaceship.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo arrived hitched between the twin fuselages of WhiteKnightTwo, its mothership and launch platform.

“For the first time we’ve brought the spaceship and WhiteKnight to a commercial airport…. It’s just a fantastic, exciting day,” says an obviously amped-up Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides. Before he was the company’s CEO, Whitesides was one of the first people to sign up for a $200,000 ticket to ride on the space plane.

Commercial flights will begin in a year or two, Whitesides added.

The spaceship/mothership combination landed at SFO in formation with a more typical Virgin vehicle, an Airbus A320, which carried celebrity passengers such as Virgin founder Richard Branson (seen peering out the window in the video above) and pioneering astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

A handful of lucky schoolchildren who are part of a Virgin-backed nonprofit foundation’s effort to get students interested in science, math and entrepreneurship, also got to ride, plus a passel of journalists.

It’s just one of the public relations benefits Virgin enjoys as a result of operating both a domestic air carrier and a suborbital spaceflight operation.

The event was staged to show off Virgin’s new home at SFO’s Terminal 2, a sleek new structure that’s been under construction for nearly 10 years. The company touted the green credentials of the new terminal and its fleet. For instance, contractors recycled 90 percent of the construction project’s debris, according to Virgin. It is also LEED Gold-certified, meaning the terminal meets stringent criteria for energy efficiency.

“Virgin America has the most advanced and carbon-efficient commercial fleet in the U.S,” Whitesides said in a statement. The 700-800 gallons of jet fuel consumed by the hourlong, celebrity-laden A320 flight was not mentioned.

Also of interest to travelers is the terminal’s free Wi-Fi, “elevated laptop work stations” with power outlets, and hydration stations for refilling your Earth-friendly, reusable, stainless steel water bottles.

But at the end of the day, it was the spaceship that stole the show. There’s no word on whether regular flights to space will actually depart from SFO once Virgin Galactic begins commercial operations.

If so, they might have to rename the airport San Francisco Interplanetary."

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Freemasons feat. Wynter Gordon - Believer

10:15:03 PM, Thursday, April 07, 2011
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7 Psychotic Pieces of Relationship Advice from Cosmo

4:20:45 PM, Thursday, April 07, 2011

"We get it. Guys are tough to figure out: There's like 24 possible combinations that you can make with 1) beer 2) food 3) sex and 4) sports. No wonder their girlfriends have to resort to lady magazines to gain insight into the buzzing hive that is the male mind. We know most women laugh that stuff off as cheap entertainment not to be taken seriously, but what if they actually did listen to all of the advice?

It'd pretty much turn into a nightmare of paranoia and petty revenge. After all, according to various Cosmo articles...

#7.He Shares the Details of His Day, Therefore He Must Be Hiding Something

Men just aren't as communicative as women, especially when they're stressed. So, let's say a guy makes a conscious decision to share more. That's solid advice, no matter the source. When she asks him about his day, instead of just saying, "fine," he can tell her in detail about his argument with Sarah, the lady from HR.

Guess what? Sharing about his day was a big mistake. According to one Cosmo article, giving too many details is a sign that he's hiding something:

"Don't be fooled by a guy who offers up tons of minor bits of information about where he's been or what he's been doing. At first, it may seem that because he can describe so much, he must be truthful. But he could actually be trying to cover his ass. 'If he's telling a story and you notice he's peppering it with insignificant details, that's a warning sign,' says Driver. 'This is especially true if you detect a lot of pauses, because it means he's trying to come up with more facts.' "

"How many more facts before you'll love me?"

Yes, according to Cosmo, by sharing so much about the stressful day he just had, the man is actually revealing that he's cheating on his partner (probably with Sarah). And all those times the man had to stop and think -- to make sure he didn't miss any details? You know, because he wanted to be more communicative? That's pure incrimination..."

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