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Verio to Shut Off Controversial Web Site April 30, 2007

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PC World – Verio to Shut Off Controversial Web Site
Cryptome.org, a Web site that sometimes posts documents about government policy and intelligence, received a short letter from its ISP (Internet service provider), Verio, indicating that the site would be terminated on Friday. Verio, owned by NTT Communications Corp., said the termination is due to violation of its acceptable use policy.

Cryptome.org has run afoul of Verio’s policy before but historically the ISP has allowed the site to rectify the violation either by removing a document or proving that posting the document doesn’t breach any laws. This time, Verio hasn’t offered Cryptome.org that opportunity and also hasn’t specified how exactly the site violates the rules, said John Young, Cryptome.org’s founder, in a note on the site.

Reformists prepare to take on Ahmadinejad and his militias April 29, 2007

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Reformists prepare to take on Ahmadinejad and his militias | Iran | Guardian Unlimited
The legislature, the Majlis, voted last week to trim Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s term and hold the next presidential and parliamentary polls simultaneously next year. The change, it is argued, will be cost efficient and will reduce the potential for fraud – a reason, critics say, why the government opposes the move.

Mr Atrianfar claimed that despite the positive impression created by the president’s “stage-managed” provincial tours and financial handouts, most Iranians no longer supported him. “Everyone says he talks bullshit,” he said. “Even in parliament, out of 290 MPs, about 210 supported him. Now more than 200 disagree with him, including many fundamentalists. If the Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] stopped backing him, parliament would impeach him in a week. He’s not dangerous. He’s just a little man with an IQ below zero.”

How to Hypnotize a Bird April 29, 2007

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If You Want to Know if Spot Loves You So, It’s in His Tail April 28, 2007

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If You Want to Know if Spot Loves You So, It’s in His Tail – New York Times
Every dog lover knows how a pooch expresses its feelings.

Ears close to the head, tense posture, and tail straight out from the body means “don’t mess with me.” Ears perked up, wriggly body and vigorously wagging tail means “I am sooo happy to see you!”

But there is another, newly discovered, feature of dog body language that may surprise attentive pet owners and experts in canine behavior. When dogs feel fundamentally positive about something or someone, their tails wag more to the right side of their rumps. When they have negative feelings, their tail wagging is biased to the left

Could black holes be portals to other universes? April 28, 2007

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Could black holes be portals to other universes? – space – 27 April 2007 – New Scientist Space
The objects scientists think are black holes could instead be wormholes leading to other universes, a new study says. If so, it would help resolve a quantum conundrum known as the black hole information paradox, but critics say it would also raise new problems, such as how the wormholes would form in the first place.

Wormholes are warps in the fabric of space-time that connect one place to another. If you imagine the universe as a two-dimensional sheet, you can picture a wormhole as a “throat” connecting our sheet to another one. In this scenario, the other sheet could be a universe of its own, with its own stars, galaxies and planets.

Vegan Eateries Not Just for Hippies April 28, 2007

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Vegan Eateries Not Just for Hippies – Forbes.com
Once a network of grungy, obscure cafes, the vegetarian and vegan experience in some cities has blossomed on par with its carnivorous counterparts, complete with Zagat ratings and celebrity clienteles.

There are between 1,000 and 1,200 vegetarian restaurants in the U.S., almost double the number seven years ago.  Find them at http://www.vegdining.com

‘I wanted to show how niceness evolves’ April 28, 2007

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‘I wanted to show how niceness evolves’ | Life | Guardian Unlimited

Since 54 per cent of adults in the US believe we did not evolve from earlier species, this scientist’s research “…completely turns creationism on its head. It says there is a scientific explanation for creationism.”.
David Sloan Wilson says plankton can tell us a lot about God and human morality. (more…)

Child Soldiers – The Scourge of Africa April 28, 2007

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Child Soldiers – Africa – Guerilla Warfare – Kenya – Mozambique – Somalia – Uganda – New York Times
IN the early 1980s, in the lowlands of Mozambique, a new technology of warfare emerged that would sweep across Africa and soon the rest of the world: the child soldier.

Rebel commanders had constructed a four-foot tall killing machine that cut its way through village after village and nearly overran the government. Its trail was smoking huts and sawed off ears.

The Mozambicans learned that children were the perfect weapon: easily manipulated, intensely loyal, fearless and, most important, in endless supply.

Raising Alexandria April 27, 2007

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Raising Alexandria
More than 2,000 years after Alexander the Great founded the city, archaeologists are discovering its fabled remains, from the likely site of Cleopatra’s palace to pieces of an astonishing lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. What may be the world’s oldest surviving university complex has come to light, along with one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pharos, the 440-foot-high lighthouse that guided ships safely into the Great Harbour for nearly two millennia. And researchers in wet suits probing the harbor floor are mapping the old quays and the fabled royal quarter, including, just possibly, the palace of that most beguiling of all Alexandrians, Cleopatra. The discoveries are transforming vague legends about Alexandria into proof of its profound influence on the ancient world.

The Climate Engineers April 27, 2007

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The Climate Engineers
Beyond the security checkpoint at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ames Research Center at the southern end of San Francisco Bay, a small group gathered in November for a conference on the innocuous topic of “managing solar radiation.” The real subject was much bigger: how to save the planet from the effects of global warming. There was little talk among the two dozen scientists and other specialists about carbon taxes, alternative energy sources, or the other usual remedies. Many of the scientists were impatient with such schemes. Some were simply contemptuous of calls for international cooperation and the policies and lifestyle changes needed to curb greenhouse-gas emissions; others had concluded that the world’s politicians and bureaucrats are not up to the job of agreeing on such reforms or that global warming will come more rapidly, and with more catastrophic consequences, than many models predict. Now, they believe, it is time to consider radical measures: a technological quick fix for global ­warming. (more…)

Ray Bethell – Multiple Kite World Champion April 25, 2007

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Ray Bethell – Multiple Kite World Champion

The Vancouver Film School has done a great documentary on this remarkable man. Click here to see “Good Stuff” as a Quicktime movie.

Also watch this video of 79 year old, 3 time National Kite Champion, Ray Bethell practicing in Vancouver at Vanier Park. Thanks Chip Welfeld for pointing this video out.

02:03:04 05/06/07 April 23, 2007

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At three minutes and four seconds after 2:00 am on the 6th of May this year,

the time and date will be: 02:03:04 05/06/07.

This will never happen again.

Pointed out by Jeff Ullian.

The dark legacy of Carlos Castaneda April 22, 2007

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The dark legacy of Carlos Castaneda | Salon Books
The godfather of the New Age led a secretive group of devoted followers in the last decade of his life. His closest “witches” remain missing, and former insiders, offering new details, believe the women took their own lives. What was a counter-culture icon on the cover of Time magazine has since been exposed as a fraud. In this Salon article it gets more sinister than that. Thanks to Bob Bopp for pointing this one out.

1,063-pound shark may earn crew a record April 20, 2007

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1,063-pound shark may earn crew a place in the record book – Northwest Florida Daily News

DESTIN – A Gulf Breeze fishing crew interrupted the dinner of a Mako shark that was feasting on a school of dolphins Wednesday.

And the capture of the feisty 1,063-pound shark may earn the crew a world fishing record.

1900 Predictions April 20, 2007

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1900 Predictions
The Ladies Home Journal from December 1900, which contained a fascinating article by John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. “What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years” (more…)

The Pirate Pose April 20, 2007

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The Pirate Pose – Executive Articles – Portfolio.com
Twenty years after Bonfire of the Vanities, the author checks in on the new masters of the universe and finds them even coarser and ruder than their predecessors could have ever imagined being.

A long (7,000 word) article by Tom Wolfe on the blue jean lifestyle of this new Gilded Age creation – The Hedge Fund Manager- to launch Vanity Fair’s new on-line magazine.

Surfers Barely Rescued April 19, 2007

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Standup To The Rescue – FKA Kiteboarding Forums
Dead of winter, a couple hours before sunset off of Northern California. You hit the 50 degree F surf looking for some great rides in head high and better swells. Instead of an epic surfing session you are flushed by too strong a current far away from land. You paddle for all you’re worth and then paddle some more to exhaustion, numbing cold and beyond. The guys in the lineup vanished below the horizon a while ago and there are no boats, lifeguards or anyone else that knows where you are. It’s just you and your bud being dragged westward towards the Farallon Islands and the cold wet unknown. Dread and cold fear take over as your options sink away. You see something small and hazy in the distance moving slowly toward you from land. What is it … ? Click on the link for the rest of the story. Thanks to Randy Marks.

Landscape photo collections April 18, 2007

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Landscape photos | landscapes with a soul

194845155_91c7c0922c_b.jpgIf you click on the “Random Landscapes” or the “Archives”, you will be treated to an extensive collection from around the world.

Video of Life & Nature April 18, 2007

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Full Screen Flash Video

A slide show with music from the BBC of nature and life around the world.

The Future of our World April 18, 2007

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YTMND – The Future of our World

A slide show on the future of earth in the universe.

Cut a Tree and Save the Earth? April 18, 2007

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Plant a Tree and Save the Earth?
A new study says that it depends on where the trees are planted. It cautions that new forests in mid- to high-latitude locations could actually create a net warming. It also confirms the notion that planting more trees in tropical rainforests could help slow global warming worldwide.

In the first study to investigate the combined climate and carbon-cycle effects of large-scale deforestation in a fully interactive three-dimensional climate-carbon model, scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Carnegie Institution and Université Montpellier II found that global forests actually produce a net warming of the planet.

Six Funny Life Lessons April 18, 2007

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Six Funny Life Lessons | Who the hell is Carl Pei?
Lesson 1: Naked Wife

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.” After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.

After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks,…

“Who was that?” “It was Bob the next door neighbor,” she replies. “Great!” the husband says, “Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?”

Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure. (more…)

the oops list April 17, 2007

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the oops list

Yes we love those pictures of others misfortune. A lot of the photos are of aeronautical nature, but still is quite a collection. Thanks to Joe Greene  for this link.

Western Europe’s America Problem April 14, 2007

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The Chronicle: 1/19/2007: Western Europe’s America Problem
It is completely unclear which direction and what kind of political and symbolic content this waving of the European flag will assume: a negative, exclusionary, and therefore arrogant identity formation that Hannah Arendt labeled “Europeanism,” or a positive and universalistic ideology that builds on the commonalities of Western values and then forms the basis for further European state and nation building. But there can be no doubt about one thing: Outfitted with a mass base and a congruence between elite and mass opinion, anti-Americanism could, for the first time in its long European history, become a powerful political force going well beyond the ambivalences, antipathies, and resentments that have continuously shaped the intellectual life of Europe since July 5, 1776.

Leonardo’s Pushbike April 14, 2007

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Leonardo’s Pushbike – The Ride by Ellsworth featuring NuVinci’s Continuously Variable Planetary (CVP) transmission – gizmag Article
 A bicycle 517 years in the making? Well, perhaps not – Leonardo Da Vinci’s original mind-boggling sketches of the first Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) used a spiral shaped cog to achieve the goal of perfectly smooth gear ratio alteration. NuVinci’s CVP transmission uses tilting balls to achieve a similar effect.

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