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  • Australia says initial MH370 debris drift models gave wrong clues

    08/04/2015 8:32:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 4, 2015 9:59pm EDT
    Initial models of where potential debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet might first wash up had incorrectly identified Indonesia as the most likely location, the Australian body leading the search said on Wednesday. Flight MH370 disappeared without a trace in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board and search efforts have focused on a broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia. A piece of aircraft debris that washed up on the French island of Reunion last week roughly 3,700 km (2,300 miles) from the expected crash zone was consistent with where the plane...
  • 7 Reasons Women Are Getting the Heck Out of Dodge and Seeking Their Dreams Overseas

    08/03/2015 2:09:53 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 127 replies
    What do you do when you want something more and different than you’re getting in your home country? For an increasing number of 60+ women, the answer is to move overseas. According to the data we collected through our website, Best Places in the World to Retire, there can be a better life out there, if you are willing to uproot and reinvent yourself as an expat in Belize, Nicaragua or Panama. In addition to the over 5,000 answers and 200 stories on our website, in early July, we released Expats: Expectations & Reality, the first in a series of...
  • Pottery, beads retrace close links between India and Bali

    08/03/2015 10:34:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Znews ^ | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | IANS
    Remnants of ancient Indian pottery, beads and even Indian DNA found in human bones point to thriving trade and social contacts between India and Bali dating back to more than 2,000 years. Besides trade, Indian merchants brought with them their language -- Sanskrit -- and the influence of Hinduism and Buddhism... The major Indian port of connect with Bali in Indonesia and other places in Southeast Asia was Arikamedu, a thriving port located seven kilometres from Puducherry from where archaeologists have unearthed Roman artefacts too. The influence of Sanskrit and the ideology of Hinduism and Buddhism which the Indian traders...
  • Ancient Irish were first to record an eclipse -- 5,355 years ago

    08/03/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | Friday, July 31,2015 | Cathy Hayes
    Our ancient Irish ancestors carved images of an ancient eclipse into giant stones over 5,000 years ago, on November 30, 3340 BC to be exact. This is the oldest known recorded solar eclipse in history. The illustrations are found on the Stone Age "Cairn L," on Carbane West, at Loughcrew, outside Kells, in County Meath. The landscape of rolling hills is littered with Neolithic monuments. Some say that originally there were at least 40 to 50 monuments, but others say the figure was more like 100... Martin Brennan and Jack Roberts discovered that the sun illuminates this chamber on the...
  • Moroccan dies trying to reach Spain in suitcase

    08/03/2015 8:14:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | 08-03-2015 | Staff
    MADRID (Reuters) - A Moroccan man suffocated while being smuggled to Spain in a suitcase stowed in the boot of a car, the Spanish government said on Monday. The 27-year-old man, whose name was not made public, was found dead after the car arrived at the port of Almeria on a ferry from Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa. The car's owner, the dead man's brother, was arrested for murder, a government spokesman in the city said. The brother raised the alarm about the stowaway's condition when the ferry docked in Spain but emergency services could do nothing to...
  • Will industry address vulnerability beneath the carpet of the 777?

    07/30/2015 4:45:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    In the forward galley area near the L1 door and flight deck, a small access panel sits below the carpet which acts as the gateway to the 777’s electronics and engineering bay. The bay, referred to as the ‘E/E bay’, contains many of the 777’s extremely sensitive systems. A recently posted YouTube video, below, shows how shockingly easy it is to access the E/E bay, and how seemingly little has been done to keep people out. The systems in the E/E bay vary from fuse panels to the Airplane Information Management System (AIMS), also known as “the brains” of the...
  • Recommendation for Travel health Insurance for 3 weeks in Canada

    07/29/2015 10:55:19 AM PDT · by TNoldman · 18 replies
    7-29-2015 | TNoldman
    My Wife and I will be Traveling via RV to Montreal and Quebec for about 3 weeks. We both have Medicare/Gap coverage in the USA and live in Indiana. We are looking for recommendations for short term medical coverage. We have looked at SafeVisit for Canadian Visitor Insurance at a cost of $250.to cover both of us for $10000. (each) for 23 days. Comments and recommendations are welcome.
  • Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

    07/29/2015 4:32:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 132 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2015 7:29 AM EDT | Dee-Ann Durbin
    In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession. Drivers behind the wheel of older cars aren’t enjoying some of the latest advanced safety features or infotainment systems that effectively turn cars into cellphones on wheels. Then again, they don’t have to worry about hackers finding their way in...
  • Drone View of Norway’s Arctic Midnight Sun

    07/28/2015 11:55:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Jul 2015
    Ever wondered what the midnight sun might look like from the top of one of Norway’s most scenic mountains? This drone video gives you a taste of the Arctic when the sun never sets. Dønnamannen Mountain may not be the tallest at 858 meters above sea level, but the views from the top are spectacular. On a clear day (or night) you can see the Lofoten Wall and Okstindan, as well as well-known mountains and islands such as the Seven Sisters, Vega, Lovund, Hestmannen, Torghatten, Lovund and Træna. The north face of the mountain is virtually vertical, while the south...
  • LaGuardia Airport to Receive a $4 Billion Facelift

    07/28/2015 12:48:17 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 28, 2015 | Reem Nasr
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a plan to completely overhaul LaGuardia Airport that comes with a $4 billion price tag for the first part. He made the announcement Monday at a luncheon detailing new infrastructure plans for his state. Vice President Joe Biden was at the meeting. Biden, who last year compared the airport to something found in the "third world," fully supports the plan which will break ground next year. Total construction will take about 18 months, Cuomo said. "It is actually happening," said Cuomo. "LaGuardia Airport is un-New York."
  • Bad drivers often block emergency first responders from getting to scenes

    07/27/2015 11:50:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    KOB4 ^ | Chris Ramirez
    All this week, our 4 Investigates team has hit the road, taking note and video of those bad drivers terrorizing our roadways. This time, we attached dashboard cameras to emergency responders, which showed that bad driving can be taken to a whole new level that is selfish and dangerous for all of us. As a first responder, every second counts. But the truth is bad drivers are adding seconds to the response times of emergency vehicles. Albuquerque firefighters from Station 11 allowed us to install our dashboard cameras on their engine and paramedic units. On the first callout of the...
  • Signs of world's first pictograph found in Gobeklitepe

    07/25/2015 4:58:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Anadolu Agency
    Turkey's Göbeklitepe, the site of the world's oldest temple, may be the home of the first pictograph, according to a scene etched into an obelisk. A scene on an obelisk found during excavations in Göbeklitepe, a 12,000-year-old site in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa, could be humanity's first pictograph, according to researchers... Ercan said the artifacts found in Göbeklitepe provided information about ancient burial traditions. "There were no graves 12,000 years ago. The dead bodies were left outdoors and raptors ate them. In this way, people believed the soul goes to the sky," he added. Ercan said it was called...
  • Teams digging into history of the earliest people

    07/25/2015 4:51:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | Saturday, July 25, 2015 | John MacCormack
    In a grassy meadow where eons ago some of America's first settlers camped and chipped stone tools, a precisely dug dirt pit, four yards square, is sinking steadily into the dark soil. And as it descends at a rate of an inch or two a day, the remote excavation northwest of Austin is also traveling backward through the millennia toward the continent's first native people... If all goes well, perhaps quite soon, primitive stone tools, similar to those discovered here a few years ago, will again be unearthed, reinforcing an emerging, if once controversial theory, about when the first humans...
  • Two engraved reliefs unearthed on Red Sea coastline [12th Dynasty]

    07/24/2015 11:55:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Wednesday, July, 22, 2015 | Nevine El-Aref
    Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that studies carried out revealed that the first relief belongs to the Middle Kindom because it bears the cartouche of the seventh king of the 12th Dynasty, King Amenemhat IV, whose reign was characterised by exploration for precious turquoise and amethyst on Punt Island. Meanwhile the second relief, which is in a bad conservation condition, can be dated to the Second Intermediate Period. After restoration, Eldamaty said, more information on the relief would be revealed. Three Roman burials and parts of Berenice Temple's façade were also uncovered as well as a number...
  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles to prevent hacking

    07/24/2015 12:00:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 2:55 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet. The company also disclosed in government documents that the hackers got into the Jeep through an electronic opening in the radio and said it would update software to close it. On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler sealed off a loophole in its internal cellular telephone network with vehicles to prevent similar attacks, the automaker said in a statement. The vulnerability exposed by the hack rippled through the auto industry...
  • Report: Mitsubishi Motors to end US production

    07/23/2015 11:48:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 2:44 AM EDT
    Japanese media reports say automaker Mitsubishi Motors has decided to end production in the U.S. to focus on Asian markets. […] The company sold only 82,000 vehicles in the United States last year, less than one percent of the total market. …
  • Tourists queue up to be smothered on Rabbit Island [tr]

    07/22/2015 8:35:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2015 | Chris Kitching
    A Japanese outcrop is giving new meaning to the term island hopping, with tourists flocking there to be smothered by dozens of bouncing bunnies at once. An increasingly popular destination for holidaymakers, Rabbit Island is home to hundreds of wild but friendly bunnies who are known to approach tourists in large groups to scavenge for food. And visitors are more than willing to get on the ground and allow the rabbits to crawl all over them – even though the damp patches on their clothes suggest the adorable animals have wet feet and potentially answered the call of nature while...
  • Been gone now I'm back. (VANITY)

    07/22/2015 7:33:18 AM PDT · by Ruy Dias de Bivar · 23 replies
    Ruy
    Been gone for three weeks. No phone. No newspaper. No Wi-Fi. No TV. At peace with the world. Now I'm back and decided to see what was going on in the world. Wish I hadn't. First thing I see is the world has gone mad! MAD! Tornado hit where I live! Murder in Tennessee! Iran! Obama! Queers! Confederate Flag! Madness, MADNESS! Plus the area back home has 98 degree temps with 75% humidity.
  • Man Sought After Head-Butting Winter Haven Bus (Knocked out, w/vid)

    07/22/2015 5:47:16 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 15 replies
    The Ledger ^ | July 22, 2015 | Kaitlyn Pearson
    WINTER HAVEN | Police are looking for a man who angrily launched himself head-first into the doors of a bus in Winter Haven on Saturday morning. Video from Winter Haven police shows a man exiting the bus at the Winter Haven bus terminal, 555 Ave. E. NW, after it made its regular stop about 11:35 a.m. The man wanted to travel to a new destination, and the bus driver told him he'd have to pay an additional $2 before he could go anywhere else, police spokeswoman Jamie Brown said. Brown said the passenger became extremely agitated when he realized he...
  • A new NASA-funded study lays out a plan to return humans to the Moon

    07/21/2015 7:21:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    theverge.com ^ | July 20, 2015 03:36 pm | Sean O'Kane
    The study, performed by NexGen Space LLC and partly funded by NASA, concludes that the space agency could land humans on the Moon in the next five to seven years, build a permanent base 10 to 12 years after that, and do it all within the existing budget for human spaceflight. The way for NASA to do this is to adopt the same practice that it's using for resupplying the International Space Station (and will eventually use for crew transport) — public-private partnerships with companies like SpaceX, Orbital ATK, or the United Launch Alliance. NASA can cut the cost of...
  • New vulnerability lets attackers hijack Chrysler vehicles over the web

    07/21/2015 1:24:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    The Verge ^ | July 21, 2015 10:57 am | By Russell Brandom
    A new vulnerability in the Uconnect system gives attackers frightening remote powers over Chrysler vehicles, revealed in a Wired exclusive report. In a live demo, attackers used the vulnerability to cut out a Jeep Cherokee's transmission and brakes and, when the car is in reverse, commandeer the steering wheel — all without physical access to the vehicle. "This might be the kind of software bug most likely to kill someone," said Charlie Miller, one of the researchers behind the exploit. The full vulnerability will be presented next month at Defcon, although the researchers plan to withhold crucial details so that...
  • Ford Mustang vs. BMW M4: Which sports coupe comes out on top?

    07/21/2015 10:30:56 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 42 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 20, 2015 | Bengt Halvorson
    The Ford Mustang and BMW M4, at face value, probably don’t appear to have a whole lot in common. They go at it from opposite ends of the enthusiast landscape: The Mustang is the quintessential pony car—an American icon by almost any definition—while the BMW M4 builds on decades of finely groomed performance pedigree. Price-wise there’s a vast difference, too; you could get two high-performance, V-8-powered Mustang GT Coupes for approximately the price of a base BMW M4. Yet these two models have become more closely aligned than you might think, in recent years. Both models are nearly identical in...
  • WATCH: Steamboat American Queen Passes Under Bridge With Inches to Spare

    07/20/2015 5:59:52 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    gCaptain.com ^ | July 17, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    Watch your heads! Check out this video showing the American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, passing under the Illinois Central Railroad Bridge in Cairo, Illinois while southbound on the Ohio River with only 6″ minimum clearance. “We topped around above the bridge and backed down through it with the throttles ready to go ahead should anything go wrong,” a source told gCaptain. “We have several close bridges but that was the closest.” Built in 1955 by McDermott Shipyards, the American Queen is an authentic recreation of a classic Mississippi paddle-wheeler and really is powered by a genuine steam plant....
  • Storms wash away part of Interstate 10 in Southern California

    07/19/2015 11:13:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 20, 2015
    all traffic on both sides of the highway was closed. The westbound side of the freeway remained intact, but officers had stopped traffic while they tested its stability. A pair of small nearby highways that could possibly serve as detours were also closed. ... The showers forced the Los Angeles Angels' first rainout in 20 years and the San Diego Padres' first rainout since 2006. Saturday's rainfall broke records in at least 11 locations, including five places that had the most rain ever recorded on any day in July, Sirard said. July is typically the driest month of the year...
  • Move to When They’ve Had Enough of America

    07/19/2015 10:32:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    The Root ^ | 7/14 | Tomika Anderson
    There are plenty of options all over the globe that go beyond the traditional spots in Europe. It’s not hard to feel right at home in Thailand. From its beautiful, tropical weather; low cost of living (in Chiang Mai, a rented two-bedroom home goes for about $500 a month); and access to high-quality medical care (in Ko Samui, it’s just $20 for a basic doctor’s visit), it’s altogether possible for the investment-minded among us to maintain residences in the heart of Southeast Asia as well as back at home. Plus, the Thai come by their reputation for being among the...
  • 'Max of Arabia' Speaks UAE Dialect, Feels at Home

    07/19/2015 4:01:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, July 18, 2015
    Also speaks various Arabic dialects from Saudi Arabia, YemenMax spends a lot of time in the desert with camels. (EAY) They call him ‘Max of Arabia’ as he speaks various Arabic dialects from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and other regional countries, although he is American. The 27-year-old man, whose name is Max Stanton, came to the UAE in 2007 to study marketing in the American University in Sharjah and fell in love with the UAE. Although he has completed his studies, he refuses to return home and insists on staying permanently in the UAE, where he has made many...
  • Belgium, Lux, North France Travel Planning: Which Historic Site & Battlefields Would You See?

    07/17/2015 12:32:02 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 34 replies
    NA | 16 July 2015 | RACookPE1978
    My daughter (A research librarian) and I are planning a 1 week north France-Belgium-Luxemburg trip later this fall to see the historic battlefields and "general sites" across the area. Would fly into Paris, go the the "usual" tourist sites there by tour bus, but then she wants to drive across the area looking at the area of the battlefields and sites across the region. Over 2000 years since the Roman conquests, there are obviously hundreds - if not thousands - of interesting sites. Equally, we want to go to the more interesting architectural and battlefields just to "see" what each...
  • Google self-driving car involved in first injury accident

    07/17/2015 11:39:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2015 9:19 PM EDT | Justin Pritchard
    Google Inc. revealed Thursday that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time. In the collision, a Lexus SUV that the tech giant outfitted with sensors and cameras was rear-ended in Google’s home city of Mountain View, where more than 20 prototypes have been self-maneuvering through traffic. The three Google employees on board complained of minor whiplash, were checked out at a hospital and cleared to go back to work following the July 1 collision, Google said. The driver of the other car also complained of neck and back pain. In California,...
  • The top 20 countries as ranked by reputation

    07/16/2015 8:17:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/16/2015 | Alex Lockie
    Iraq, Iran, and Russia find themselves in the headlines daily because of their ongoing military conflicts, human-rights violations, and oppressive regimes.Unsurprisingly, a report issued Thursday by the Reputation Institute ranks those countries among the least reputable countries in the world.On the other side are the most admired and reputable countries, of which Canada leads the pack.The Reputation Institute's Country Reptrak report "measures the reputation of 55 (largest by GDP) countries based on levels of trust, esteem, admiration and respect based on an online panel of more than 27,000 people representing the G8 countries."The report looks at 16 attributes for each...
  • India: The Stormy Revival of an International University

    07/13/2015 8:30:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | August 13, 2015 issue | Amartya Sen
    Classes began in early September last year at a small new international university, called Nalanda, in Bihar in northeast India -- one of the most backward parts of the country. Only two faculties -- history, and environment and ecology -- were holding classes for fewer than twenty students. And yet the opening of Nalanda was the subject of headlines in all the major newspapers in India and received attention across the world. "Ritorno a Nalanda" was the headline in Corriere della Sera. The new venture is meant to be a revival of Nalanda Mahavihara, the oldest university in the world,...
  • Velocity Project (Aviation Buffs)

    07/12/2015 9:31:18 AM PDT · by eyeamok · 17 replies
    self | 7-12-14 | self
    Moving right along on My Velocity Airplane project, top is all cleaned up, lines all straight and even, finish sanding on the top of plane next week.
  • Deathwish as lifestyle: why people run with the bulls

    07/10/2015 12:50:59 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | July 9, 2015 | Miguel-Anxo Murado
    In Pamplona, rumour has it that Hemingway never ran in front of the bulls during the festival of San Fermín. It’s an urban myth: he did run – several times. What is not true is that he was injured, as he would later claim to a news agency. In fact, Hemingway was close enough to the action to witness a man being gored by a bull in 1924. This was actually the very first fatality in the modern history of the encierro, as the running of the bulls is called in Spanish.
  • Pray That This Horrid Airline Seating Arrangement Never Becomes Reality

    07/09/2015 1:35:17 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 9, 2015 | John Wenz
    Six years ago, The Onion ran a story called "United Airlines Exploring Viability Of Stacking Them Like Cordwood," with "them" being a humorous refusal to even say the word "passenger." Now Zodiac Seats France has actually come up with something that's arguably worse, a seating configuration that looks like a covert way to get people to demand high speed trains, more Amtrak lines, more steam ships—whatever it takes to never, ever fly again.
  • 'Extreme fire activity' blocks Alaska Highway at Mile 250

    07/08/2015 5:03:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies
    Alaska Highway News ^ | July 8, 2015
    B.C. Wildfire Management confirmed the Big Beaver Creek fire has jumped the Alaska Highway between Prophet River and Fort Nelson, forcing the road to be closed and cutting Fort Nelson off from the south for the time being. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) and the provincial government issued the notice Wednesday afternoon. The road closure takes affect 30 kilometres north of Prophet River at Mile 250 of the Alaska Highway. All 52 firefighters tending to the blaze were pulled off earlier in the day as increased winds in the area fanned the flames to the point where it unsafe...
  • In first, imperial Roman legionary camp uncovered near Megiddo

    07/08/2015 7:22:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 7, 2015 | Ilan Ben Zion
    The remains of an imperial Roman legionary camp -- the only one of its kind ever to be excavated in Israel or in the entirety of the Eastern Empire from the second and third centuries CE -- have come to light at a dig near Megiddo, archaeologists said this week. Legio, a Roman site situated next to Tel Megiddo in northern Israel, served as the headquarters of the Sixth Legion Ferrata -- the Ironclad -- in the years following the Jewish Revolt, and would have helped keep order in the Galilee during the Bar Kochba Revolt in 132-135 CE... In...
  • Naqada tombs uncovered in Egypt's Daqahliyah

    07/07/2015 1:35:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    el Ahram ^ | Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | Nevine El-Aref
    A Polish mission at Tel Al-Farkha in Daqahliyah has discovered four pre-dynastic tombs, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty announced on Tuesday. Eldamaty said three of the tombs are in a very poor condition and include child burials. Meanwhile the fourth tomb is in very good conservation condition and can be dated to the Naqada IIIC2 era. The minister told Ahram Online that the tomb is a small mastaba with two chambers. The southern one was filled with 42 clay vessels, mainly beer jars, bowls as well as a collection of 26 stone vessels of different shapes and sizes. Some of...
  • Foreign archaeological missions resume excavating Upper Egypt after 13-year ban

    07/06/2015 11:11:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Cairo Post ^ | 4th of July 2015
    For 13 years, the excavation permissions were limited only to Egyptian missions to explore treasures in Upper Egypt but due to the “successive requests from foreign Universities and researchers, the council agreed to give the licenses after 13 years of suspension,” Amin told Youm7 without going into further details on number of the foreign missions applied for the permits. Allowing any foreign mission to search the Egyptian artifacts should be approved by the Ministry of Tourism and five other sovereignty bodies, former head of the SCA Abdel Halim Nour el-Din told The Cairo Post Saturday. Moreover, the mission should be...
  • Opinion: Will California use congestion to coerce motorists?

    07/06/2015 2:55:41 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 22, 2015 | Dan Walters
    --SNIP-- Three months ago, Brown’s Department of Transportation, fulfilling a 2009 legislative mandate, began circulating a draft of a California Transportation Plan, aimed at setting policy for the next quarter-century. Citing California’s commitments to reducing greenhouse gases and improving access to non-automotive transportation, the CTP proposes to reduce automotive travel by increasing motorists’ taxes, flatly rejecting “road capacity enhancing strategies,” and urging the state to “avoid funding projects that add road capacity.” Implicitly, therefore, it contends that increasing traffic congestion and the cost of driving would compel Californians to abandon their cars in favor of transit, bicycles and other non-automotive...
  • Ancient bobcat buried like a human being [bobkitten]

    07/05/2015 11:24:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Science ^ | July 2, 2015 | David Grimm
    About 2000 years ago in what is today western Illinois, a group of Native Americans buried something unusual in a sacred place. In the outer edge of a funeral mound typically reserved for humans, villagers interred a bobcat, just a few months old and wearing a necklace of bear teeth and marine shells. The discovery represents the only known ceremonial burial of an animal in such mounds and the only individual burial of a wild cat in the entire archaeological record, researchers claim in a new study. The villagers may have begun to tame the animal, the authors say, potentially...
  • Pirate Hunting: The Search for the Golden Fleece

    07/04/2015 7:12:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Alert Diver ^ | Spring 2015 | Howard Ehrenberg
    In 2008 while we were working in Samaná, renowned treasure hunter Tracy Bowden came to us for assistance in locating a ship that belonged to Capt. Joseph Bannister. Bannister wasn't just any captain -- he was a pirate. And, as we'd soon learn, he was a good one. Bannister was once a reputable captain who spent years sailing between England and Jamaica. But in 1684 he decided to seek fortune and glory by commandeering the Golden Fleece, a ship of 30 to 40 guns with a crew of more than 100 men. The British dispatched a ship that found and...
  • Colorado Stoner Resort Plans Go Straight to Pot

    07/04/2015 2:11:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    THE AURORA SENTINEL ^ | July 3, 2015
    CannaCamp couldn't cultivate kush resort after national derision becomes a real downerA planned pot-friendly ranch resort in southwest Colorado has been snuffed before it opened. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities such as hiking and fishing. But a deal with the landowner fell through, and the marijuana-tourism company promoting CannaCamp announced Thursday that the resort won’t open after all. The MaryJane Group, which runs marijuana-friendly inns in Denver and Silverthorne, announced that it hopes to find a new home for CannaCamp by 2016. Guests who already booked stays starting at $395 per person per night are being offered stays...
  • Robber killed by former CNN journalist in attempted robbery reportedly identified

    07/03/2015 3:40:36 PM PDT · by rikkir · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/3/2015 | No author listed
    The man shot and killed by a former CNN journalist at an Albuquerque motel was reportedly identified by police Thursday night. Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said Tomorio Walton, 27, was involved in the shooting, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Walton was on parole in Memphis, Tennessee before fleeing police. Officials are unsure how long Walton was in the city for. Former CNN anchor Lynne Russell said her husband Chuck de Caro, and Walton exchanged gunfire after the man entered their room at a Motel 6 on Albuquerque’s western edge and demanded jewelry.
  • The Great Wall Of China Is Falling Apart. The Reason? Wind, Rain, And People Stealing Its Bricks!

    07/03/2015 12:01:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Indiatimes ^ | June 30, 2015 | AFP
    Construction first begun in the third century BC, but nearly 6,300 kilometres were built in the Ming Dynasty of 1368-1644, including the much-visited sectors north of the capital Beijing. Of that, 1,962 kilometres has withered away over the centuries, the Beijing Times reported. Some of the construction weathered away, while plants growing in the walls have accelerated the decay, said the report Sunday, citing a survey last year by the Great Wall of China Society. "Even though some of the walls are built of bricks and stones, they cannot withstand the perennial exposure to wind and rain," the paper quoted...
  • ISIS Destruction of Ancient Sites Hits Mostly Muslim Targets

    07/03/2015 6:04:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    National Geographic ^ | July 02, 2015 | Kristin Romey
    ISIS has reportedly placed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) around the ancient ruins of Palmyra, in Syria, after recently capturing the adjacent city of Tadmore. The jihadi group has released images of the destruction of two shrines near the site... Michael Danti, co-director of the Syrian Heritage Initiative at the American Schools of Oriental Research, which is monitoring cultural damage in Syria and Iraq, reports that the pattern of IED placement appears to be optimized for "filmed destruction." Multiple independent sources confirmed to Danti that following the IED placement, ISIS members traveled around Tadmor using megaphones to announce their action to...
  • Free Checked Bags Come to an End on JetBlue

    07/03/2015 6:03:03 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Airways News ^ | July 1, 2015 | Roberto Leiro
    No More Free Checked Bags on JetBlue. As of June 30, the airline introduced new fare options when booking tickets online, which include charges to checked bags, unless passengers pay for its premium fares. Passengers purchasing Blue fare—JetBlue’s base fare—will now be charged $20 for the first checked bag when purchased during web check-in or at a kiosk, or $25 at the check-in counter, and a $35 fee for a second checked bag.
  • Captain of TransAsia Flight 235 shut off working engine after other failed: Report

    07/02/2015 11:56:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    cnn ^ | 02:39 AM PHT Fri, July 3, 2015 | Tim Hume, CNN
    "Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle." These are the words of the captain of TransAsia Airways Flight GE235, eight seconds before the plane clipped a bridge and plunged into a Taiwanese river mere minutes after takeoff, killing 43 people on board. The latest report by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council into the February crash confirms that the captain of the ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft mistakenly switched off the plane's working engine after the other lost power. The plane is designed to be able to be flown on one engine. The report also showed that the captain had failed simulator training...
  • Roman Villa Reopens on Wild Tuscan Island

    07/02/2015 11:34:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Rossella Lorenzi
    The remains of one of the most prestigious maritime villas from Roman times are set to reopen July 2 in a small, almost uninhabited island off the Tuscan coast after been locked for 15 years. Commonly known as "Villa Domitia," the imperial complex stood magnificently 2,000 years ago on the island of Giannutri, a rocky crescent about 3 miles long with thick areas of Mediterranean vegetation... The majestic complex marks Giannutri's most glorious time. Today the southernmost island of the Tuscan archipelago is almost empty -- populated by a huge colony of seagulls and, in summer, by a group of...
  • Gold coin may be key to solve Sweden's 'Pompeii'

    07/02/2015 9:31:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | August 18, 2014 | Solveig Rundquist/Oliver Gee
    A small team of archaeologists at Kalmar County museum, in collaboration with Lund University, has been digging at the site for the past three years. The team is studying the Migration Period in Scandinavian history, from about 400 to 550 AD... While the team has found several hundred of the coin already, Monday's discovery was a big one, said archaeologist and project manager Helena Victor. "This is the first one found in an archaeological context," she told The Local. "Normally we find them while we're plowing the field. But we found this one inside a house where we found people...
  • What GOD created for us!

    07/02/2015 7:07:27 AM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 5 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | May 30, 2015 | Jonathan Zhou
    But for our hypothetical hermit, there is no escape: a Swedish man recently sailed across Antarctica, capturing his 16-day odyssey in hours of HD drone footage so viscerally stunning, you can expect copycats to continuously make similar treks to the swathes of ice caps down under for the next century.
  • The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeii

    07/01/2015 5:37:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | July 2015 | Joshua Hammer
    ...The two towns remained largely undisturbed, lost to history, through the rise of Byzantium, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In 1738, Maria Amalia Christine, a nobleman's daughter from Saxony, wed Charles of Bourbon, the King of Naples, and became entranced by classical sculptures displayed in the garden of the royal palace in Naples. A French prince digging in the vicinity of his villa on Mount Vesuvius had discovered the antiquities nearly 30 years earlier, but had never conducted a systematic excavation. So Charles dispatched teams of laborers and engineers equipped with tools and blasting powder to the site of...