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Russian satellite takes a striking image of Earth

Portrait called a powerful reminder of how humanity is connected to the cosmos
Wed, May 16, 2012 - 1:13 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

RIP Andy Whitfield

July 17, 1974 - September 11, 2011

He was most known for his leading role in the Starz television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

In March 2010, Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, beginning treatment immediately in New Zealand.[8] This delayed production of season two of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.[8] Whitfield succumbed to non-Hodgkin Lymphoma on September 11, 2011.
Sun, September 11, 2011 - 6:47 PM — permalink - 1 comments - add a comment

If a Married Lesbian Couple Saves 40 Teens from the Norway Massacre and No One Writes About it, Did it Really Happen?

By this point, most of you have heard about the tragedy in Norway a few weeks ago when a Christian Fundamentalist murdered 92 people and injured another 96. The story has been well-covered by International media and the mainstream press here in the US.

What you probably have not heard about is the married lesbian couple who rescued 40 teenagers during and after the bloody event. Several blogs and gay and lesbian publications are now picking up the story, but the heavy hitters who usually kill for hero stories like this, have remained silent.

The Finnish capital city’s largest daily newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, published this account (translated from Finnish):

Hege Dalen and her spouse, Toril Hansen were near Utöyan having dinner on the opposite shore across from the ill-fated campsite, when they began to hear gunfire and screaming on the island.

“We were eating. Then shooting and then the awful screaming. We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake,” says Dale to HS in an interview.

The couple immediately took action and pushed the boat into Lake Tyrifjorden.

Dalen and Hansen drove the boat to the island, picked up from the water victims in shock in, the young and wounded, and transported them to the opposite shore to the mainland. Between runs they saw that the bullets had hit the right side of the boat.

Since there were so many and not all fit at once aboard, they returned to the island four times.

They were able to rescue 40 young people from the clutches of the killer.

“We did not sleep last night at all. Today, we have been together and talked about the events,” Dalen said.

Please share this story and make sure people know the heroism of Hege and Toril.
Mon, August 1, 2011 - 4:59 PM — permalink - 5 comments - add a comment

Hughes & Wagner - The Good Things

The good things in life are hard to come by/Love and a wife to be true to forever/And this couldn't be a dream 'cause that isn't what they say/That for everyone there's someone who will never go away/And I have this dream every morning/You're in my dream and you love me forever
Wed, July 20, 2011 - 7:59 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Mississippi irradiation

First the Calhoun nuclear reactor in Nebraska has a fire due to flooding and the coolant process is interrupted, and now an Iowa reactor is leaking irradiated water into the Mississippi river. Obama has issued a media blackout. This is obviously not good, so I thought you all should know.
Mon, June 20, 2011 - 12:27 AM — permalink - 1 comments - add a comment

My fiancée left me yesterday

I cried a lot yesterday, probably will cry some more today, even now the tears are barely being held back. I love her so much, and think she is making the wrong decision, I told her that, but I had to let her go, no amount of tears or begging would keep her here. She thinks she wants to be with her ex again, and so she moved her stuff out and is moving into a friend's place and is going to see how that all works out. I wish her the best and hope she becomes happy again. 6 months of pretty good times, very sad that it is over.
Mon, May 23, 2011 - 8:39 AM — permalink - 8 comments - add a comment

I'm engaged

I took a while to post this news in my blog, so my apologies. I've been engaged to my Yessie since 3-11-11 and we are getting married on our one year anniversary, 11-11-11.
Wed, April 13, 2011 - 7:11 PM — permalink - 7 comments - add a comment

Wikileaks release of embassy cables reveals US concerns

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has released extracts from secret messages sent by US embassies which give an insight into current global concerns.

They include reports of some Arab leaders - including Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah - urging the US to attack Iran and end its nuclear weapons programme.

Other concerns include the security of Pakistani nuclear material that could be used to make an atomic weapon.

The widespread use of computer hacking by China's government is also reported.

The US government condemned the release of the documents, which number in the hundreds of thousands, saying they put the lives of diplomats and others at risk.

The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, countered by saying the US authorities were afraid of being held to account.

The leaked US embassy cables, published at length in newspapers including the New York Times and the UK's Guardian, also reportedly include accounts of:

* Iran attempting to adapt North Korean rockets for use as long-range missiles
* Corruption within the Afghan government, with concerns heightened when a senior official was found to be carrying more than $50m in cash on a foreign trip
* Bargaining to empty the Guantanamo Bay prison camp - including Slovenian diplomats being told to take in a freed prisoner if they wanted to secure a meeting with President Barack Obama
* Germany being warned in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for US Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in an operation in which an innocent German citizen with the same name as a suspected militant was abducted and held in Afghanistan
* US officials being instructed to spy on the UN's leadership by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
* The very close relationship between Russian PM Vladimir Putin and his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi
* Alleged links between the Russian government and organised crime
* Yemen's president talking to then US Mid-East commander General David Petraeus about attacks on Yemeni al-Qaeda bases and saying: "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours"
* Criticism of UK politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron
* Faltering US attempts to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon

The leaked embassy cables are both contemporary and historical, and include a 1989 note from a US diplomat in Panama City musing about the options open to Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega and referring to him as "a master of survival" - the author apparently had no idea that US forces would invade a week later and arrest Noriega.

In a statement, the White House said: "Such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.

"President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal."

Earlier, Wikileaks said it had come under attack from a computer-hacking operation.

"We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack," it reported on its Twitter feed.

No-one has been charged with passing the diplomatic files to the website but suspicion has fallen on US Army private Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst arrested in Iraq in June and charged over an earlier leak of classified US documents to Mr Assange's organisation.

Wikileaks argues that the site's previous releases shed light on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Sun, November 28, 2010 - 2:00 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment
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