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Name of source: Media Matters
SOURCE: Media Matters (10-18-10)
Beck: Obama advisers show "the kind of thinking that ... eventually led to the Holocaust." On his October 5 radio show, Beck said that statements by Obama advisers John Holdren, Ezekiel Emanuel and Cass Sunstein indicate "the kind of thinking that led to ... the extermination program that eventually led to the Holocaust."
Beck likened reporting about him to "what Goebbels did." Complaining on the August 27 edition of his radio show that ABC reported a statement by Beck that blacks don't own Martin Luther King without also noting that he also said whites don't own Abraham Lincoln, Beck said: "You know what? I'm gonna get a lot of heat for this, but stand in line. That's what [Nazi propagandist Joseph] Goebbels did. That's what Goebbels did. The truth didn't matter."
Beck equates children singing about Obama with "Hitler Youth." On the June 17 edition of his radio show, Beck said that children singing about Obama was "the playbook of the progressives from ... the former regime in Germany, the Third Reich." Beck added, "This is Hitler Youth."...
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-17-10)
Charles Nungesser, known as French First World War aviation's "ace of aces" and François Coli, his navigator, were hailed as heroes when they took off from Paris on May 8, 1927, in the hope of reaching New York.
The prize for the first non-stop transatlantic flight was a place in the history books and a $25,000 (£15,600) cheque.
However, the pair vanished in their White Bird plane shortly after take off, just 13 days before Lindbergh completed his landmark New York to Paris flight aboard the Spirit of St. Louis.
The mystery of their demise has remained intact for the past 80 years and observers at the time assumed they had gone down over the English Channel or off the coast of Ireland.
But Bernard Decré, a retired French pilot, now claims to have found US Coast Guard archival records suggesting the Frenchmen made it across the Atlantic....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-18-10)
The photographs, which showed blood stained bodies of young men and women who had been blindfolded and had their hands tied behind their backs, were released by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a group which includes former supporters of the Tamil Tiger rebels.
Their release was timed to coincide with the visit of Professor G.L Peiris, the Sri Lankan foreign minister, who will meet William Hague on Wednesday. A foreign office spokesman said Mr Hague will reiterate Britain's demand for a "credible and transparent investigation" into alleged war crimes. The United Nations estimates between 8,000 and 10,000 civilians died between January and May 2009 and claims the Sri Lankan army shelled a civilian 'no-fire zone'.
The GTF said these latest photographs had been passed to them by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elaam (LTTE) intelligence official who said he'd acquired them from within the Sri Lankan Army....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-18-10)
The 30x40 inch promotional poster was based on a painting by artist Montague Black showing the doomed liner and its sister ship Olympic passing each other at sea.
The 45,000 ton Olympic can be seen in the foreground with Titanic heading for the horizon in the distance.
The poster was commissioned by White Star Line before Titanic struck and iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912, killing 1,520 people.
It lithographic poster is the only ever one to feature both Titanic and Olympic and has been kept in superb condition over the last 100 years....
Dr Sean Lang, senior lecturer in history at Anglia Ruskin University, criticised the “absolutely ludicrous” system in Britain that requires pupils to choose subject options half-way through secondary education.
He said many children were pushed into abandoning vital components of the curriculum for spurious reasons rarely linked to the academic discipline....
The 1949 British hardback was found at the bottom of pile of 200 books in the town of Wollongong, one hour's drive south of Sydney.
Its red dust cover, though slightly dog-eared, was still intact.
First editions of Nineteen Eighty-Four sell for thousands of pounds, as there was an initial print run by publishers Secker and Warburg of just 25,000 copies. It was published with both red and green covers, and the red is reportedly the rarer of the two....
The Analytical Engine – conceived in 1837 – remains one of the greatest inventions that never was as Babbage died before he could see out its construction.
However, John Graham-Cumming, a programmer and science blogger, now hopes to realise Babbage’s vision by raising £400,000 to build the giant brass and iron contraption.
He plans to use Babbage’s original blueprints for the device, which are contained in a collection of the inventor’s notebooks held at the Science Museum in London.
The campaign has already attracted 1,600 supporters who have pledged funds to kick-start the project.
Elements of the engine have been built over the last 173 years, but this would be the first complete working model of the machine....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-15-10)
Everyone Is Art features the faces of 1,096 men and women from all over Europe. The number 1,096 was chosen because this is the average number of women diagnosed with breast cancer in Europe each day.
The images were all uploaded to www.morethantalk.eu, a website created as a centre of support for people affected by breast cancer....
The findings suggest that it is modern lifestyles and pollution levels caused by industry that are the main cause of the disease and that it is not a naturally occurring condition.
The study showed the disease rate has risen dramatically since the Industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer – proving that the rise is not simply due to people living longer.
Now it is hoped that it could lead to better understanding of the origins of cancer and to new treatments for the disease which claims more than 150,000 lives a year in the UK alone.
“In industrialised societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death," said Professor Rosalie David, a biomedical Egyptologist at the University of Manchester.
"But in ancient times, it was extremely rare. There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle....
Name of source: CNN
Mary MacKillop co-founded the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1867, and gained a reputation as the first Australian nun to leave the cities and minister to the rural poor.
Nuns in her order got evidence that a priest was engaged in "scandalous behavior," according to the Rev. Paul Gardiner, who has spent decades researching MacKillop's life.
She died in 1909 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1995.
The Catholic Church credits her with miraculously helping to cure a woman named Kathleen Evans of cancer....
Pakistan has repeatedly denied protecting members of the al Qaeda leadership.
The official said the general region where bin Laden is likely to have moved around in recent years ranges from the mountainous Chitral area in the far northwest near the Chinese border, to the Kurram Valley, which adjoins Afghanistan's Tora Bora, one of the Taliban strongholds during the U.S. invasion in 2001.
The area that the official described covers hundreds of square miles of some of the most rugged terrain in Pakistan, inhabited by fiercely independent tribes....
But the sounds of war training don't interrupt the intensity inside the military hearing as dozens of witnesses here recall that day last November when 13 people were shot to death and 32 wounded on the base in central Texas.
Training with Paladin howitzers is part of everyday life at Fort Hood, the country's largest Army base. Most of the shooting victims were preparing to ship out to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
But nothing prepared them for what happened to them at home -- dodging bullets as a gunman cut down their buddies.
The prosecution put up more than two dozen witnesses in the first three full days of the Article 32 hearing. Prosecutors have set aside two more weeks, and scores more witnesses are expected. The Article 32 hearing will reconvene in November for defense attorneys to make their case. Then an Army colonel, -- the Investigating officer presiding over this hearing -- will decide if there is enough evidence to push the case along toward a court-martial with a possible penalty of death upon conviction....
SOURCE: CNN (10-14-10)
It's the opposite of what you would normally see at a recently discovered archaeological site.
But Allianoi is being buried in preparation for flooding that will occur when the multi-million-dollar Yortanli dam, which is sponsored by Turkish State Hydraulic Works, opens.
The site dates as far back as the second century and features exquisite architecture, mosaics and sculptures.
Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, the Secretary General of Europa Nostra, an organization dedicated to protecting cultural heritage in Europe, told CNN that Allianoi is a "remarkable heritage site" that gives "important scientific insight into Roman art, architecture, engineering, hydrology and pharmacology."...
SOURCE: CNN (10-15-10)
Supporters of the family call it harassment. The brother, Burke Ramsey, has no interest in once again answering questions he has answered for many investigators many times, said the attorney, Lin Wood, of Atlanta, Georgia.
And yet the mere hint of activity in one of the nation's most famous cold cases has headlines swirling.
So, what's the story this time? Burke Ramsey was the 9-year-old brother of JonBenet who, by all accounts, slept soundly in his room that Christmas in 1996 while his sister's skull was fractured and she was strangled elsewhere in the house.
Now, he's 23, and although police investigators aren't talking, the family's lawyer is. Wood said police investigators approached Burke Ramsey on his college campus in the spring, gave him a business card and said that if he wanted to talk about the case, they'd like to hear from him.
Investigators, no doubt, are hoping that locked in Burke's memory is some clue that could crack the case; maybe it's a detail that he was afraid to mention as a child or as a teenager but that he now wants to discuss....
Name of source: Steven Aftergood at Secrecy News
SOURCE: Steven Aftergood at Secrecy News (10-18-10)
It is to be expected that national intelligence services will sometimes fail to identify and discover a threat to the nation in a timely fashion. But when intelligence warns of a threat that isn’t really there, and then nations go to war to meet the phantom threat — that is a serious, confounding and deeply disturbing problem.
But in a nutshell, that is the story of the war in Iraq, in which the U.S. and its allies attacked Saddam Hussein’s Iraq because of the supposedly imminent threat posed by Saddam’s stockpile of weapons of mass destruction — a threat that proved illusory.
A new book published in the United Kingdom called “Failing Intelligence” provides a remarkable account of the British experience of how intelligence on the Iraqi WMD program was shaped and packaged to support the decision to go to war in Iraq. The book’s author, Brian Jones, was the chief specialist in weapons of mass destruction on the UK Defence Intelligence Staff. He was also a skeptic of the stronger claims made about the existence of Iraqi WMD stockpiles. The book documents his mostly unsuccessful attempts to register that skepticism, to moderate the extreme claims made by government officials, and later to hold those officials accountable for their actions.
He provides a detailed first-hand account of how his efforts were consistently deflected in the rush to war, and how intelligence declined into propaganda. It’s a grim but instructive case study in the overlapping failure of intelligence gathering, intelligence production, and intelligence oversight.
The National Security Archive has recently published three richly informative collections of declassified U.S. and British government documents on the lead-up to the Iraq war (including several key documents cited or relied upon by Brian Jones).
“The more deeply the processes of creating the government reports on the alleged Iraqi threat are reconstructed — on both sides of the Atlantic — the more their products are revealed as explicitly aimed at building a basis for war,” wrote John Prados of the National Security Archive and journalist Christopher Ames in an analysis of the documents.
“In the light of a decision process in which no serious consideration was given to any course other than war, the question of whether American and British leaders set out to wage aggressive war has to be squarely faced,” they wrote.
Name of source: Wall Street Journal
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (10-18-10)
At a time when most vintage warplanes have retired to a quiet life on display in drafty museums, 65-year-old Fifi is embarking on a new mission: giving rides to paying enthusiasts and once again making the air-show rounds, which occasionally feature a simulated atomic-bomb attack.
Fifi's current assignment follows a long journey back from near obsolescence. To make her return to the skies, she required a four-year, multimillion dollar engine overhaul, and her owners had to navigate through a protracted spat with the Federal Aviation Administration for renewed clearance to fly.
In its prime, the B-29 was the most sophisticated heavy bomber ever developed. Boasting a pressurized cabin and automated gun systems, the four-engine propeller plane could traverse long distances at high altitudes—evading enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire—to drop thousands of pounds of high explosives on Japan. The war's most famous B-29, the "Enola Gay," dropped the atomic bomb above Hiroshima.
From the start, the bombers were unreliable and difficult to maintain. They had powerful-but-finicky engines that were prone to spontaneous combustion. When the war was over, variants of the B-29 remained in service until the 1960s, but the Air Force largely discarded the noisy gas guzzlers.
Fifi didn't see combat. Built just weeks before Tokyo's surrender in August 1945, she served stateside with the Air Force until 1954, when she was lent to the Navy, transferred to a facility in California's Mojave Desert, and promptly forgotten....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (10-18-10)
The report says the awards were made in a Kremlin ceremony on Monday, less than four months after the biggest spy swap between the U.S. and Russia since the Cold War. The report cites Medvedev's spokeswoman, Natalya Timakova.
In June, 10 Russian agents who infiltrated suburban America were deported in exchange for four people convicted in Russia of spying for the West.
The spies received a hero's welcome in Russia, with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin leading them in a patriotic singalong in July....
SOURCE: AP (10-17-10)
George Vujnovich, a 95-year-old New Yorker, is credited with leading the so-called Halyard Mission in what was then Yugoslavia.
On Sunday, he was awarded the U.S. Bronze Star Medal, presented by Rep. Joseph Crowley, at Manhattan's St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. Vujnovich received a standing ovation from a crowd of several hundred church members, supporters, friends and officials.
"Better now than never," says Vujnovich, a retired salesman who lives in Queens.
He was an officer of the OSS, the precursor of today's CIA, when about 500 pilots and other airmen were downed over Serbia in the summer of 1944 while on bombing runs targeting Hitler's oil fields in Romania, according to U.S. government field station files, stored in the National Archives....
SOURCE: AP (10-14-10)
For more than four decades, the attorney general's office could unilaterally prohibit publication or distribution of books deemed "offensive" or a "threat to public order."
A group of authors and publishers whose books were banned last year asked the Constitutional Court to review the 1963 regulation that allowed it....
SOURCE: AP (9-14-10)
Authorities said Victoire Ingabire was implicated during investigations into the activities of a man who was a former commander of a Hutu militia group operating in neighboring Congo.
Ingabire already faced charges of genocide ideology after she stated publicly that crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide against Hutu citizens should be investigated....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (10-17-10)
A joint team of Kenyan and Chinese archaeologists found the 15th Century Chinese coin in Mambrui - a tiny, nondescript village just north of Malindi on Kenya's north coast.
In barely distinguishable relief, the team leader Professor Qin Dashu from Peking University's archaeology department, read out the inscription: "Yongle Tongbao" - the name of the reign that minted the coin some time between 1403 and 1424.
"These coins were carried only by envoys of the emperor, Chengzu," Prof Qin said.
"We know that smugglers would often take them and melt them down to make other brass implements, but it is more likely that this came here with someone who gave it as a gift from the emperor."
And that poses the question that has excited both historians and politicians: How did a coin from the early 1400s get to East Africa, almost 100 years before the first Europeans reached the region?
When China ruled the seas
The answer seems to be with Zheng He, also known as Cheng Ho - a legendary Chinese admiral who, the stories say, led a vast fleet of between 200 and 300 ships across the Indian Ocean in 1418. ...
SOURCE: BBC News (10-17-10)
Mandelbrot, who had joint French and US nationality, developed fractals as a mathematical way of understanding the infinite complexity of nature.
The concept has been used to measure coastlines, clouds and other natural phenomena and had far-reaching effects in physics, biology and astronomy.
Mandelbrot's family said he had died in a hospice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The visionary mathematician was born into a Jewish family in Poland but moved to Paris at the age of 11 to escape the Nazis.
He spent most of his life in the US, working for IBM computers and eventually became a professor of mathematical science at Yale University....
SOURCE: BBC News (10-18-10)
The database of works stolen from occupied France and Belgium between 1940 and 1944 includes Monet paintings.
It is a joint project of the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Art collectors, galleries and museums can also make use of the free service.
Hundreds of thousands of artworks were seized by Germany's forces during World War II.
The Nazis often photographed their spoils and meticulously catalogued them on typewritten index cards....
SOURCE: BBC News (10-18-10)
Laura Francatelli's story was published for the first time in early October.
It was bought by an Eastern European collector when it went under the hammer at Henry Aldrige and Son in Wiltshire at the weekend.
In it, Miss Francatelli described how she heard an "awful rumbling" as the liner went down and "screams and cries" from 1,500 drowning passengers.
Her account was recorded in a signed affidavit for the official British inquiry into the disaster.
The Titanic was built at Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard. She was billed as "unsinkable".
But, on her maiden voyage to New York on 15 April 1912, she hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sank, killing 1,521 people.
Miss Francatelli, who was 31 at the time, was travelling with baronet Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon and his wife Lady Lucy Christiana, as his secretary.
The account describes how they boarded one of the last lifeboats containing just five passengers and seven crew, admitting they did not consider going back for survivors....
I am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds - previously owned by the city's Gagosian Gallery - had been expected to fetch between £2.5m and £3.5m.
The title of the work - Hirst's largest using butterfly wings - echoes words scientist J Robert Oppenheimer said after the first atomic bomb exploded.
Christie's sale of post-war and contemporary art continues on Friday.
A two-day auction of art by Damien Hirst set a new record for a sale dedicated to one artist in 2008....
The German Postal Service printed 14 million of the stamps in 2001 depicting the actress as Holly Golightly in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.
But after Hepburn's son refused to grant copyright, all but a few sheets were destroyed.
Proceeds from the sale in Berlin next week will got to charity.
The stamps were printed as part of a series featuring classic film stars, but it was only after production that Sean Ferrer, the actress's son, was contacted for copyright permission.
"In the original photo, she's got sunglasses hanging from her mouth, but they had flipped the negative and replaced the glasses with the cigarette holder," Ferrer told AP....
And that, of course, makes for discomfort. After all, the people who come to the German Historical Museum in Berlin are the grandchildren and, occasionally, the children of those who participated in the poisonous relationship in the 1930s and early 40s. This is not an exhibition where the visitors view coolly from outside. It is one where they look into themselves, too.
Hans Coppi, whose parents were hanged by the Nazis
What they will find as they walk the rooms is that Hitler and the Nazis permeated ordinary German life. There are tiny toys depicting him, children's models of him in uniform with his arm outstretched in salute.
There is a quilt where the inhabitants of a village have depicted their homes in delicate needle-craft - alongside the Nazi symbols also stitched with great care. There is a cup and saucer with a swastika, and a lamp shade with the same symbol. There is a deck of playing cards showing Hitler and other Nazis. There is a gravestone from 1938 with a swastika....
They said his comments had targeted Islam, not Muslims, and he had the right to comment on social issues.
The trial will continue next week and judges may still disagree with the prosecution and convict Mr Wilders.
Prosecutors were obliged to look at the case again after an appeals court decision last year.
The trial of Mr Wilders, who compared the Koran to Hitler's Mein Kampf, has gripped the Netherlands.
His Freedom Party's support is crucial to the country's new coalition government.
Prosecutors had initially declined to press charges against Mr Wilders in June 2008....
Name of source: Foreign Policy
SOURCE: Foreign Policy (10-15-10)
Chivers, a Marine Corps veteran and senior writer at the New York Times, has spent nearly a decade mapping the spread of the Kalashnikov and untangling its history, from the dusty government archives of the former Soviet Union to the battlefields of Afghanistan. The Gun, his history of the weapon, was published this week. He spoke via email with FP's Charles Homans about the AK-47's uncertain origins, how it has transformed modern warfare, and why the age of the Kalashnikov won't end anytime soon.
Foreign Policy: The Soviet Union's atomic bomb and the Kalashnikov both date from the same year, and you suggest that the United States made a critical error in obsessing over the former while ignoring the latter. But is there anything the United States could have done to limit the spread and influence of the AK-47?
C.J. Chivers: The United States is not responsible for the Kalashnikov's mass production or stockpiling, and during the Cold War it could have done nothing to stop these things from occurring. Later, while it certainly would have been helpful, in the security sense, if it had done more to contain the spread of weapons and ammunition that have rushed out of post-Cold War stockpiles, it might be useful to ask this question of China and Russia -- the two main Kalashnikov producers, who have shown little interest in undoing the effects of their exported rifles. That said, there are many ways to contain the ongoing proliferation, and rather than pursue them with any real determination, the United States has instead become the largest known purchaser of Kalashnikovs, which it has reissued in Iraq and Afghanistan with scant accountability. One thing about the AK-47 story is that almost no one looks good in it....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (10-17-10)
Fred Wertheimer, a longtime supporter of campaign finance regulation, was then a lawyer for Common Cause. He vividly recalls the weeks leading up to April 7, 1972, before a new campaign finance law went into effect requiring the disclosure of the names of individual donors. “Contributors,” he said, “were literally flying into Washington with satchels of cash.”...
In this year’s midterm elections, there is no talk of satchels of cash from donors. Nor is there any hint of illegal actions reaching Watergate-like proportions. But the fund-raising practices that earned people convictions in Watergate — giving direct corporate money to a campaign and doing so secretly — are back in a different form in 2010.
This time around, the corporations are still giving secretly, but legally. In 1907, direct corporate donations to candidates were legally barred in a campaign finance reform push by President Theodore Roosevelt. But that law and others — the foundation for many Watergate convictions — are all but obsolete. This is why many supporters of strict campaign finance laws are wringing their hands....
SOURCE: NYT (10-14-10)
“There was a strict rule in the O.S.S. and not talk about these things — they teach you to compartmentalize them and lock them away,” Mr. Vujnovich said.
The O.S.S. was the Office of Strategic Services — a precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency. And what Mr. Vujnovich kept locked away all these years was his key role as the operations officer for Operation Halyard, a daring rescue of more than 500 Allied forces airmen during World War II in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia.
Mr. Vujnovich’s efforts went unrecognized because the operation was kept secret by the United States military until a few years ago. But now, 66 years after that summer of 1944, he will receive the Bronze Star for his service, in a ceremony on Sunday afternoon at the Cathedral of St. Sava, a Serbian Orthodox church on West 26th Street in Manhattan....
SOURCE: NYT (10-14-10)
The transaction makes it virtually impossible for the museum to expand in the neighborhood it has called home since 1966. “This is a major step toward the realization of a long-sought-after new facility that will better serve our artists and the community,” said Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s director....
Name of source: Detroit News
SOURCE: Detroit News (10-15-10)
That's why officials at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum jumped at the chance to buy one.
The museum spent a year raising the funds to pay for a World War II T-6 training plane — known as the "pilot maker" — once used by the celebrated all-black aviation unit.
The $200,000 deal was finalized in late September.
One other such plane exists that was flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, said Brian Smith, the museum's president. "It's a national treasure."
The T-6 will be housed at Detroit City Airport and used for youth training and air show demonstrations.
The vintage aircraft was produced at North American Aviation's Dallas factory, delivered in 1943 to Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama and used until 1945.
The same Dallas factory also made the P-51, a fighter plane flown by the African-American war pilots to escort bombers.
Though it's unclear what happened to the T-6 from 1946 to 1950, it was returned to the factory in 1951 to be reconditioned.
The seller is the daughter of a former Air Force colonel who purchased the plane in the early 1990s.
Lucinda Novotny said her father, Rayvon Burleson, was unaware of the plane's historical value....
Name of source: The Local (Germany)
SOURCE: The Local (Germany) (10-14-10)
Düsseldorf historian Gerd Krumeich has studied the picture and its history and concluded that Hitler was superimposed to lend credibility to the image of the Nazi leader as a patriot and a man of the people, daily Die Welt reported Thursday.
The photo was taken by Munich photographer Heinrich Hoffmann at a rally in support of war against the allies in Munich’s Odeonplatz on August 2, 1914.
But it was not until March 12, 1932 that it was published in the Nazi party newspaper the Illustrierte Beobachter, or "Illustrated Observer," the day before the presidential election, after Hitler’s opponents had attacked Hitler over his flight from military service in Austria-Hungary and questioned his patriotism.
The caption on the picture read: “Adolf Hitler, the German patriot … in the middle of the crowd stands with blazing eyes – Adolf Hitler.”
The photo went on to become a favourite Nazi propaganda picture, appearing with captions such as “Adolf Hitler: a man of the people.”...
Name of source: AOL News
SOURCE: AOL News (10-15-10)
Chris Laskowich spotted the footprint in Clifton -- 15 miles west of New York's Empire State Building -- at an old stone quarry that's being cleared to build an 800-unit housing development. It's a popular place for fossil hunters to browse through piles of old stones once buried deep underground.
"I saw it in a boulder pile, it was upside down," Laskowich told The Record newspaper of Hackensack, N.J. "When the area was blasted, it could have gotten destroyed. The Caterpillar bulldozers might have rolled over the top of these boulders, making this rock useless [scientifically]."
The footprint is believed to be that of an early Jurassic Dilophosaurus. The print is about a foot long, embedded in a slab of stone about the size of a small car. The stone is a hardened mix of lava, sandstone and metamorphic rocks, and holds clues to the types of minerals and plant life present when dinosaurs roamed New Jersey -- now one of the nation's most densely populated states....
SOURCE: AOL News (10-13-10)
"Wojtek" translates to "the happy warrior," and the bear's contribution to the Polish military effort was largely noncombative. He was an unofficial mascot for the 22nd Army Corps, providing much-needed entertainment and distraction during brutal desert warfare.
But Wojtek's greatest moment may have come when he voluntarily braved Nazi fire to help soldiers unload artillery shells at the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944....
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (10-14-10)
Like the two previous auctions held by the Maritime Affairs Ministry earlier this year, no investors paid the hefty 16-million-dollar deposit required to bid.
The auction committee's secretary at the ministry, Aris Kabul, said the Chinese government was interested in the haul salvaged in 2004 off Cirebon, West Java....
SOURCE: AFP (10-14-10)
After all, how could such a small village survive in the poor and remote Romanian countryside?
But Romanians -- Roma Gypsies as well as non Roma -- have breathed new life into the picturesque village.
They moved into the abandoned houses and worked with the remaining Saxons to forge a new future based on cultural tourism, sustainable agriculture and a revival of ancient craftsmanship.
Last year more than 11,000 tourists from around the world came to see Viscri's pastel-coloured houses and its fortified church, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Even Britain's Prince Charles has bought a house there.
Name of source: BBC
The Military Medal, presented to non-commissioned soldiers for bravery until 1993, was awarded to an I.W. Grinter from Roath Road in Cardiff.
The battle honour was recovered with accompanying paperwork dated 2 June, 1919, revealing that Mr Grinter served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
The medal was discovered following an arrest by Dyfed-Powys Police in Powys.
A police spokesman said the owner from Cardiff had come forward, but it is unclear at the moment whether the person is a medal collector or a relation....
Islwyn Roberts, from Llanbedr, near Harlech, left in 1958, but little was known of what became of him.
The library, which is staging a travel exhibition in Aberystwyth, said people from South America who remembered Mr Roberts had been in touch.
It has emerged he returned from his trip and died in 1993, aged 79....
One tiny south Wales community - the Aber valley in Caerphilly county - has long lived with the risks and on Thursday is coming together for a service to remember two tragedies.
More than 500 men and boys died in 1901 and 1913 at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd.
The second explosion, on 14 October 1913, was to remain the UK's worst pit disaster of the 20th Century, killing 439 miners trapped in three mines.
That blast was so powerful that it threw a two-ton pit cage back up the shaft with such force that it decapitated the man overseeing the winding gear.
The funerals were held until the middle of November while rescuers were still finding men alive days later....
SOURCE: BBC (10-13-10)
The card was posted at Cobh in County Cork, then known as Queenstown, three days before the Belfast-built luxury liner sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.
It will now go under the hammer along with a rare promotional brochure in Danish for the ship which has a presale estimate of £6,000 to £10,000.
The postcard was sent by Eliza Johnston to her father-in-law William J Johnston and describes how excited the six children in her company were to be on the vessel....
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (10-12-10)
A prehistoric pelvis, nicknamed "Elvis," and other fossilized bones are what's left of the world's first known elderly human with clear signs of aging and impairment, according to a paper in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The remains, which date back to 500,000 years ago, also represent the earliest post-cranial evidence for an aged individual in the human fossil record.
The elderly fellow, who lived in Spain, was a member of the species Homo heidelbergensis, a type of ancient human believed by some to be exclusive to Europe and ancestral only to Neanderthals....
SOURCE: Discovery News (10-8-10)
Anthropologists said on Friday they had confirmed long-running suspicions that a germ called Yersinia pestis caused the plague that wiped out an estimated third of Europe's population in the Middle Ages.
Teeth and bones sampled from 76 skeletons found in "plague pits" in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands and sequenced for DNA intrusion are conclusive evidence that Y. pestis was to blame, they said.
Y. pestis has been in the dock for more than a century as the source of so-called Black Death, which gripped Europe in successive outbreaks from the 14th to the 18th century.
But scientific data to convict the bacterium have until now been sketchy or debatable....
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (10-12-10)
Andrey Belinskiy said that unusual circular settings made of stones were found at one of some 200 settlements that date back to 1600 B.C. and are located in the North Caucasus mountains. The settlements have been uncovered in the past five years by a Russian-German expedition he heads, Belinskiy said.
He referred to the structure as a "Caucasian Stonehenge," drawing a comparison with the famous monument in southwest England....
SOURCE: Yahoo News (10-14-10)
It has been more than a decade since the University of Mississippi began stripping away its images of the Old South. Confederate battle flags were first to go. Next was mascot "Colonel Reb," the goateed Southern planter who cheered on the Rebels from the sidelines since 1979.
After seven years and plenty of bickering, his successor was named Thursday: "Rebel Black Bear" won 62 percent of the vote in a final poll and will become the new face of the school's athletic programs....
SOURCE: Yahoo News (10-14-10)
But the monument remained closed for the rest of the day as guards there launched a strike in solidarity with the evicted protesters. Protest organizers said they would gather again at the Acropolis early Friday, but it was unclear whether they would attempt to block the entrance.
Up to 100 workers on short-term contracts had kept the ancient citadel closed since Wednesday morning, complaining they were owed up to 24 months' worth of back pay and faced dismissal when their contracts expire on Oct. 31....
Name of source: Medievalists.net
SOURCE: Medievalists.net (10-12-10)
Saxonhouse is open to visitors, where Steven and Jude, both teachers, talk about daily medieval life as well as the history of England during the Middle Ages. They appear in costume and have a wide assortment of equipment and goods replicated from the Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods....
Name of source: Sify.com
SOURCE: Sify.com (10-13-10)
According to News.com.au, since WWII, a number of museums have displayed works on Nazi crimes, the Holocaust, slave labour, the murdering doctors, cruel judges and massacring soldiers, all of which faced protests....
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (10-13-10)
As it turns out, modern times have got nothing on the past. Pornography existed long before video or even photography, and many researchers think evolution predisposed humans for visual arousal (It's a lot easier to pass on your genes if the sight of other naked humans turns you on, after all)....
By that standard, the first known erotic representations of humans might not be porn, in the traditional sense, at all. As early as 30,000 years ago, Paleolithic people were carving large-breasted, thick-thighed figurines of pregnant women out of stone and wood. Archaeologists doubt these "Venus figurines" were intended for sexual arousal. More likely, the figurines were religious icons or fertility symbols.
Fast-forwarding through history, the ancient Greeks and Romans created public sculptures and frescos depicting homosexuality, threesomes, fellatio and cunnilingus. In India during the second century, the Kama Sutra was half sex-manual, half relationship-handbook. The Moche people of ancient Peru painted sexual scenes on ceramic pottery, while the aristocracy in 16th century Japan was fond of erotic woodblock prints....