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Which Animal Is Faster In The Wild Kingdom

Posted by Farfourr on June 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Belmont Stakes, which takes place Saturday, is the longest and most-difficult leg of the Triple Crown. Often referred to as the "Test of Champions," it requires its competitors to cover a full 1 ½ miles at top speed, often in the muggy heat. But for all the guts and fortitude this race demands, there's only one trait its winner is guaranteed to possess: It will be a horse.


Horses have won the Belmont Stakes a record 144 consecutive times. And with 14 horses in Saturday's field, there's no reason to believe this year will be any different. But what if it was? What if the horse-racing industry dispensed with its long-standing equine bias?

According to several of the nation's top zoologists and experts in animal physiology, very few land animals ever have reason to run 1 ½ miles. But even these experts concede that there's no reason they couldn't if they wanted to. So with a heavy assist from science, here's how one might handicap a Belmont Stakes that was open to select members of the animal kingdom:


1. Lion

The king of the jungle would not be the king of the racetrack. Lions can run up to 40 miles per hour in the wild but the distance of this race would prove a problem. Experienced lion researcher Dr. Craig Packer of the University of Minnesota says the cat would sprint for the first 200 yards, then plod along the rest of the way. The lion's popularity makes it a sucker's bet on race day.


2. Tortoise

If Aesop was writing this article, this would be your winner. But Aesop didn't have a Ph.D. in zoology. Dr. Stan Lindstedt of Northern Arizona University says the most generous estimate for top tortoise speed is 59 feet per minute—meaning most of the Belmont crowd would be sitting down to dinner when the tortoise crosses the finish line (Note: there was no reliable data for hares).

3. Sloth

As tree-dwelling herbivores, sloths pride themselves on their ability to conserve energy and maximize their movement. Too bad this is the worst possible credential to bring to a world-class animal race. Dr. Lindstedt tops them off at 89 feet per minute. Those who choose to stay late could watch the sloth duke it out with the tortoise for second-to-last.


4. Human

The biggest advantage a human has in this race is that unlike some of his competitors, he'd be aware that he's competing in a race. Plus, navigating the turns might prove tricky for nearly all of the other animals. Since 1.5 miles isn't a traditional Olympic distance, Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic estimates the fastest human would finish between 5:41 to 5:49. Add a couple more minutes if the human had to carry another human on his back.


5. Rhinoceros

Built like an NFL defensive lineman, except with surprising sprint speed over short distances. Dr. Richard Emslie, scientific officer for IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group, after consulting with Bill Howells, who used to head up rhino capture in what is now the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in South Africa, estimated that a white rhino could canter at a speed of up to 10 mph. That's not fast enough to win, but the sight of a charging rhino will surely scare the daylights out of the field (and the spectators).

6. Giraffe

The adage that one runs only when one is chased is definitely true for the giraffe. While running away from lions, a giraffe can hit a top speed of over 30 mph. However, Stephanie Fennessy of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation noted that a giraffe can't sustain its top speed for a long time. "I doubt that a giraffe would run 1.5 miles at a stretch—there is just no need for it in the wild." Another disadvantage: They are going to have a lot of problems trying to cram him into that starting gate.


7. African Wild Dog

We could have taken the easy route and just plugged a run-of-the-mill greyhound into this spot, but the African wild dog is arguably a superior canine for this type of distance (there's more ground to cover in the wilds of Africa than there is at the dog track). Dr. Lindstedt estimates these animals can sustain speeds of 31 mph across Belmont, making them a good choice for your trifecta.

8. Pronghorn

The wiseguy pick. They may not be as sexy as some of the other competitors, but pronghorns have an ideal mix of speed and endurance. Dr. Lindstedt says for a 1 ½ mile distance, they could likely reach a blistering pace of 50 mph. Added bonus: They are local, hailing from Western states like Wyoming and Colorado. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!


9. Cheetah

The morning-line favorite. Having a fancy title like "World's Fastest Land Animal" is going to get you a lot of betting action. But this isn't a sprint—and the cheetah has no chance. Dr. Lindstedt estimates it would blast out of the starting gate, and after 20 seconds, would open up a 950-foot lead on the fastest thoroughbred. After that? You may find him napping in the infield.


10. Oh Yeah, Horse

In 1973, Secretariat finished at Belmont in a world-record 2:24. There are no Secretariats in this year's race. Expect the winner of Saturday's 145th running of the Belmont Stakes to post a time of around 2:30 (36 mph). That might be good enough to take the white carnation blanket, but it's probably not good enough to win the Great Animal Race.

Source : The Wall Street Journal

New Space-Diving Suit Like Dreams

Posted by Farfourr on May 30, 2013 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Tony Stark has been to a lot of cool places in that Iron Man get-up of his. But low Earth orbit might still be a bit beyond his operational flight envelope. Not so for the developers of the revolutionary RL Mark VI Space Diving suit. A hi-tech ensemble consisting of augmented reality goggles, power gloves, control moment gyros, and a low-cost commercial space suit, the RL Mark VI will allow future thrill seekers and space tourists an experience that up until now could only be imagined in the boldest science fiction.

A joint collaboration between Solar System Express and Juxtopia LLC., two minority-owned hi-tech startups both based in Baltimore, Maryland, the RL MARK VI Space Diving configuration will allow the well-equipped space tourist of the near future the opportunity to actually return to Earth without his spaceship.

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Space diving is the next big step beyond sky diving, and it is envisioned as a concept that would allow spaceflight participants a means of escape from a possibly disastrous on-orbit emergency, or perhaps just a new recreational activity for those no longer satisfied with merely jumping out of aircraft. The RL MARK VI would allow high-altitude jumps from near-space, suborbital space, and eventually low Earth orbit itself.

The first few flight tests of the MARK VI hardware will follow a profile very reminiscent to that of the recent record-breaking Red Bull Stratos dive of Felix Baumgartner, where the daring aerialist completed his plunge through the stratosphere with a soft parachute touchdown back on terra firma. But the ultimate goal of this futuristic project is far more radical than that. Eventually, through the use of modern “wing suit” skydiving technology and assisted by miniature aerospike engines attached to specially designed footwear, the space diver will end his spectacular glide through the heavens with a propulsive, power-assisted landing on two feet. No parachute. At all. Just like Tony Stark does it in the movies.

In addition to Hollywood, the RL Mark VI also draws upon history for its inspiration. Major Robert Lawrence, United States Air Force, was America’s first African-American astronaut. Major Lawrence was killed on December 8, 1967 in a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base in California before his dream of flying in space ever came to pass. In his honor the principal design team at Solar System Express chose to use his initials for the product code name of this revolutionary new concept.


On October 2, 2012, the birthday of Robert Lawrence, Blaze Sanders, Chief Technology Officer of Solar System Express, ratified a licensing agreement with Dr. Jayfus Doswell, president and CEO of Juxtopia, for the use of Juxtopia’s Augmented Reality (AR) head mounted display technology.

Similar in functionality to Google Glass, Juxtopia’s AR Goggles are primarily intended to provide the space diver with a continuous stream of vital information that will keep him on course and within safe life-support parameters throughout the duration of his jump. These visually displayed real-time dynamic analytics will tell the jumper his heart rate, respiration, internal space suit temperature, and his external temperature as well. They will provide data on GPS location, elevation, and rates of acceleration and deceleration. An FAA radar display of the local airspace will always indicate his current relative position.



Huge meteorite explosion resulting in ?meteorite rain? in Siberia

Posted by Farfourr on February 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Meteorites were raining this morning over several locations (Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk) in Russia’s Urals region. These crashed were accompanied by loud booms as recorded in the following video. Crazy! So loud! Roughly 500 people were injured in the blast. You will see it is scary!

Reports vary from a meteor shower, but the Interfax news agency described the incident as a single meteorite. No planes, no ufos but a huge meteorite exploding into pieces leading to a meteorite rain over different parts of Siberia. One of the witnesses say: “My windows were not smashed, but I first thought that my house is being dismantled, then I thought it was a UFO, and my eventual thought was an earthquake. Just amazing. – RT



In this last video you can see the meteorite exploding resulting in the meteor rain. Great shot!

Well something similar, much bigger, but similar occured June 30 1908 in Tunguska Russia. The Tunguska event was an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near (and later struck) the Podkamennaya Tunguska River Russia, at about 7:14 a.m. KRAT (00:14 UT) on June 30 [O.S. June 17], 1908. The explosion, having the epicenter (60.886°N, 101.894°E), is believed to have been caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 mi) above the Earth’s surface


Netanyahu agreed to ceasefire after Obama promised US troops in Sinai next week?

Posted by Farfourr on November 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Israel and Palestine are momentarily at a ceasefire, but the potential reasoning behind the recess could have some real international implications. Israel’s Debka reports that the pause in fighting comes after the US promised to send troops to Sinai.

According to Debka, US troops will soon be en route to the Sinai peninsula, Egyptian territory in North Africa that’s framed by the Suez Canal on the West and Israel on the East. In its northeast most point, Sinai is but a stone’s throw from Palestinian-controlled Gaza, and according to Debka, Hamas fighters there have been relying on Iranian arms smugglers to supply them with weaponry by way of Egypt.

Debka reports this week that Sinai will soon be occupied by US troops, who were promised by President Barack Obama to Israel’s leaders as a condition that a ceasefire be called. Once deployed, the Americans will intervene with the rumored arms trade orchestrated by Iranians, ideally cutting off supplies for Hamas while at the same time serving as a thorn in the side of Iran.

“Once the missile and arms consignments depart Iranian ports or Libyan arms bazaars, Tehran has no direct control of their transit from point to point through Egypt until they reach Sinai and their Gaza destination,” Debka reports. “All the same, a US special forces operation against the Sinai segment of the Iranian smuggling route would count as the first overt American military strike against an Iranian military interest.”

The decision to send US troops to Sinai in exchange for a ceasefire was reportedly arranged early Wednesday morning after Pres. Obama made a deal over the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the days prior, Israel was relentless in targeting Gaza, killing more than 100 persons — including civilians — during a renewed assault on Hamas. A ceasefire has since been called after a week of fight, but more military action could soon occur, claims Israel, if the flow of weapons to Gaza is not stopped. Netanyahu has been adamant with his pleas for the United States to strike Iran in an effort to disrupt its nuclear enrichment facilities, a demand which up until now has been brushed aside by Pres. Obama. The White House has up until now insisted on diplomatic measures in order to make an impact on any Iranian output, but Debka’s sources suggest that US troops may now have to intervene in Sinai if any smugglers should attempt to move weapons into Gaza.

“By opening the Sinai door to an American troop deployment for Israel’s defense, recognizes that the US force also insures Israel against Cairo revoking or failing to honor the peace treaty Egypt signed with Israel in 1979,” adds Debka.

According to their sources, US troops are expected in Egypt early next week. Meanwhile, American forces have all but surrounded Iran and are stationed in countless bases across the Middle East.



R?V?LATION ? Mat?riels d?espionnage : le Qatar a bien trahi le Hamas!!

Posted by Farfourr on November 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)







fin des temps





Selon les sources bien informées, c’est au cours de la récente visite de l’émir du Qatar, à Gaza, que les domiciles de plusieurs cadres du Hamas ont été identifiés!!


Des informations fiables, communiquées par les sources locales, la visite de l’Emir et de son épouse, à Gaza, a permis aux agents informateurs de localiser les maisons et les bureaux de certains dirigeants du Hamas. En effet l’Emir et la délégation qui l’accompagnait ont offert à ces dirigeants des stylos et des montres ayant des mini GPS adaptés aux satellites espions israéliens. L’assassinat de Ahmad Jabari, commandant en chef des brigades Al-Qassam, dans un raid aérien sioniste, s’explique ainsi. Un autre commandant de ces mêmes brigades a été tué, dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi, avec ses trois frères, dans une frappe, qui a, directement, visé sa maison et a causé sa mort et celle de ses trois frères. Ces analyses font état de la volonté de l’émir

du Qatar de transférer les habitants de Gaza, en Jordanie, une fois la chute de la dynastie hachémite devenue effective.




Israeli Attack on Gaza

Posted by Farfourr on November 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Israel has bombed militant targets in Gaza for a fifth straight day, as it prepares for a possible ground invasion.


Attacks were launched from the air and sea, despite Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi saying a truce was in sight.


Forty-seven Palestinians, about half of them civilians, including 12 children, have now been killed in Israel's raids, Palestinian officials said. More than 500 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israel, killing three people and injuring dozens.


Israel unleashed its massive air campaign on Wednesday, killing a leading militant of the Hamas Islamist group that

controls Gaza and rejects Israel's existence, with the declared goal of deterring gunmen in the coastal enclave from launching

rockets that have plagued its southern communities for years.


The Jewish state has since launched more than 950 air strikes on the coastal Palestinian territory, targeting weaponry and flattening militant homes and headquarters.


The raids continued past midnight on Sunday, with warships bombarding targets from the sea.


An air raid targeted a building in Gaza City housing the offices of local Arab media, wounding three journalists from al Quds television, a station Israel sees as pro-Hamas, witnesses said.


At around 5am, two missiles hit the building in which Sky News' offices and studios are housed.

I think that this demonstrates just how dangerous and complex with aerial bombardment is," said Sky's Sam Kiley.


Two other predawn attacks on houses in the Jebalya refugee camp killed one child and wounded 12 other people, medical officials said.


These attacks followed a defiant statement by Hamas military spokesman Abu Ubaida.


"This round of confrontation will not be the last against the Zionist enemy and it is only the beginning."


The masked gunman dressed in military fatigues insisted that despite Israel's blows Hamas "is still strong enough to destroy the enemy."


An Israeli attack on Saturday destroyed the house of a Hamas commander near the Egyptian border.


Israeli aircraft also bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza, including the offices of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and a police headquarters.


Israel has said it will keep schools in its southern region closed as a precaution to avoid casualties from rocket strikes, which have reached as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in the past few days.

NASA's SPoRT Team Tracks Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Farfourr on November 4, 2012 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

As Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the east coast, weather experts at the Short-term Prediction Research and Transition, or SPoRT Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville were busy developing information to help forecasters better predict the massive storm.


The SPoRT Center uses Earth Observing System measurements and other satellite data to generate products useful in the analysis of weather events. SPoRT provides these products and data sets to partners within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA's National Weather Service, and private sector organizations like The Weather Channel.


In 2002, NASA established SPoRT, at the Marshall Space Flight Center to facilitate the use of real-time Earth Observing System measurements for short-term weather forecasting. Near real-time satellite imagery is useful for monitoring current conditions and events likely to occur in the next few hours. SPoRT provides a variety of satellite imagery and unique products from NASA and NOAA satellites such as Terra, Aqua, and the recently launched Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP). These products can be useful for identifying hazards such as severe thunderstorms and tropical cyclones, fog, and snow cover, or help to monitor disasters such as floods and wildfires. SPoRT researchers also incorporate satellite observations of the land surface and profiles of atmospheric temperature and moisture within high resolution weather forecasting models with a goal of improving short-term weather predictions over the next few days.


"SPoRT has been transitioning unique NASA and NOAA research satellite data to numerous National Weather Service forecast offices for the last 10 years to help them improve short-term weather forecasts of hazardous weather conditions like hurricane Sandy," says Dr. Andrew Molthan, a research meteorologist affiliated with the project. "We work closely with end users to understand their forecast problems and match our data capabilities to those problems."

For the last year, several additional National Weather Service Centers of Excellence including the National Hurricane Center, the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, and the Ocean Prediction Center, have used unique multichannel satellite composite products from SPoRT. The composites are derived from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer or MODIS and the European Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager or SEVIRI instruments to monitor large scale weather systems that pose significant weather threats to the United States.


Through partnerships with NOAA's Satellite Proving Grounds, SPoRT provides additional data products from MODIS, SEVIRI, and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite or VIIRS instruments to monitor daily weather events, including then-Hurricane and now post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy. Forecasters are being provided imagery from multiple satellite sensors, including a recently developed "air mass" satellite product, fusing data from two instruments on the Suomi NPP satellite, to help forecasters monitor the development and decay of this storm.


"There are many MODIS and VIIRS images of Sandy available on the web, but SPoRT provides the National Weather Service with MODIS and VIIRS data directly within their decision support systems, allowing use with all of their other tools," said Molthan. "SPoRT creates a number of unique value-added products not available anywhere else."


NASA's Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center continues to provide satellite imagery to the National Weather Service weather forecast office partners and National Centers through core SPoRT activities and collaborations with NOAA’s GOES-R and Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Proving Grounds. Final images were created by NASA's SPoRT at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, using MODIS and VIIRS data provided courtesy of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The compositing technique resulting in the false color VIIRS day-night band and infrared imagery was provided by the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, California as part of an ongoing NRL-SPoRT collaboration.


Significant Destinations to watch in 2012

Posted by Farfourr on October 20, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)


One of the great joys of travel is the feeling you've discovered somewhere special, somewhere that's all yours, for the first time - before the developers move in and the crowds descend.


It could be a new and unexplored region, like the Arctic Circle, or an entire country that has been off-limits to tourists for political reasons, such as Sri Lanka and Burma. Or it could be a city which has undergone a cultural transformation thanks to a new arts event or architectural landmark, or a regenerated neighbourhood, or a handful of new hotels and restaurants, which can make a place exciting all over again.


Here, our experts give their predictions for the travel destinations set to be big over the coming year, and why you'll want to go right now - plus some tips on the best places to stay when you get there.

Definitely one for competitive travellers. While your friends may think themselves clever and original with their forthcoming holiday to Laos, you can go one better. Burma (or Myanmar) was, until recently, all but closed to travellers, under an unofficial tourism boycott while opposition politician and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest.


This November she was released, and now the country has opened up to intrepid travellers for the first time in many years. Already there are treks, bike rides, hot-air balloon rides and even swimming trips available, which all help reveal the unseen treasures of this South-East Asian country, from its mist-covered lakes and hills to its golden Buddhas and diamond-studded pagodas.


If you want to learn more about it before you go then The Lady - Luc Besson's new film starring Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi, out in the UK on 30 December 2011 - might inspire you to visit this beautiful, little-explored country.





A number of travel agents are offering all-inclusive, hassle-free tours around the highlights of Burma. You can learn to shoot temples with a travel photographer, float over the country in a hot-air balloon, and explore Bagan by bicycle, among other options. Read details of our favourites


The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - to give it its full and proper name - has been becoming quietly more popular for some years now, but still isn't really on the tourist radar. Its attractions are its vast deserts and oases, its eco lodges in the middle of uncharted nowhere, the Dead Sea and the ancient civilisations, unseen by most.


The most well-known and spectacular of them is Petra. Carved into the rose-gold rock of the Great Rift Valley in the sixth century BC, this Nabataean city lay forgotten for centuries.


This year marks the 200th anniversary of its rediscovery, by a Swiss explorer in 1812. It has been taken over by Romans, defended from Germans by Lawrence of Arabia, threatened by unsustainable tourism. Now its remaining buildings, such as the remarkably well-preserved Treasury, are protected by UNESCO, and it is one of the world's top must-see sights.


Go in springtime when the days are warm and sunny, when black irises, the national flower, grow in clumps along Petra's King's Highway and fig trees sprout out of crevices in the walls of the narrow gorge that marks the entrance to the ancient city.


Until recently, the north and east parts of Sri Lanka were off-limits to tourists, and under the occupation of the Tamil Tigers. Going anywhere vaguely remote, other than the most popular spots, was ill-advised and meant tedious journeys bogged down by military checks.


But now the country is Tiger-free, and for the first time in a long time travellers are being encouraged to return.

As a consequence, the north and east coasts are undeveloped, their natural beauty unspoiled. You can find yourself the only tourist in the traditional villages, and the only person on some of the country's most beautiful beaches. Indeed, those beaches on the east coast have fine sand and calm, clear waters, unlike the surf destinations on the west.


This does, of course, mean top-class accommodation is still limited - but for many, finding charming guesthouses or rustic beach huts is all part of the adventure; and being first to discover a place never loses its thrill.

A lingering element of unpredictability gives this South American country cachet in the travel oneupmanship stakes. Yet despite the fact it remains a rather unusual holiday destination there are some very sophisticated boutique hotels and one of its most vibrant cities, Cartagena, is on the Hay Festival world tour.


Travel writer Lisa Johnson recommends a tour of the Coffee Triangle, which includes accommodation at the Hacienda Bambusa and a coffee masterclass at the Hacienda San Alberto; and an eco tour of the remote Guajira Peninsula in the far north, 'a surreal region of bone-dry desert and empty beaches', with Travel Colombia Direct.


Harry Hastings, the son of Telegraph editor Max, has extended his travel concierge service, PlanBA, to cover Colombia. 'Popayán is one of my favourite places,' he told Condé Nast Traveller recently. 'It's the second-best preserved colonial city in Colombia, with hardly a tourist.'


Go for the Hay Festival Cartagena, which runs 26-29 January this year; or dip yourself in sequins and head to Shakira's native city for Barranquilla Carnival, on 18-21 February 2012.


Memoires de parfumeurs

Posted by Farfourr on October 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Le tableau noir de l'enfance, les grandes vacances et les voyages inoubliables... Bercées par une douce nostalgie, les dernières fragrances racontent les souvenirs et dévoilent un peu de l'intimité des nez qui les créent.


Que les parfumeurs puisent dans leur passé pour composer un sillage n'a rien de révolutionnaire. Ce qui l'est plus, c'est de le construire autour d'un souvenir précis, parfois intime, souvent revendiqué, à l'instar de quelques fragrances lancées cet automne. Chez Diptyque, depuis toujours, la création est basée sur la mémoire olfactive de ses fondateurs. Mais c'est une scène de l'enfance d'Yves Coueslant, qui a directement imprégné le dernier-né de la maison, Volutes. Une traversée de Marseille à Saïgon sur un élégant paquebot laissa à son acuité de petit garçon une impression de faste et de merveilleux. À bord, de belles passagères fumaient avec raffinement des cigarettes égyptiennes. Ces effluves de tabac des années 1930, ces panaches de fumée crachés par les cheminées et ces bouffées de parfums coûteux ont nourri le projet. Myriam Badault, directrice marketing et conception produit de la marque, explique : « Depuis longtemps, Yves avait l'idée de s'inspirer de ces voyages, de cette ambiance si particulière. Plus tard, il en a parlé à Fabrice Pellegrin, le parfumeur, qui est venu vers moi. Je me rappelais l'anecdote. Nous avons travaillé sur cette base. No

s avons apporté notre propre version de cette narration. La base est très tangible. Puis, par un phénomène de transmission, cela devient plus universel. »



« L'enfance est une énorme madeleine, Serge Lutens justifie ainsi l'importance de cette tranche de vie sur ses compositions. Toute notre personnalité se construit avant l'âge de 7 ans. Après, tout n'est que répétition. On ne fait que retrouver. » Le parfumeur a gardé le goût des fleurs qui se décomposent, de la terre humide et des sous-bois, décor fantastique de son Chypre rouge. Selon lui, « le parfum est une succession d'accords, une suite de syntaxes créant une histoire qui va, consciemment ou inconsciemment, se donner un nom. » Celui de Santal majuscule lui est apparu tel un clin d'oeil à l'épidémie de majuscules qui ornait ses cahiers et lui valait les réprimandes de son professeur.


Friendly Message From President Morsi To Israel

Posted by Farfourr on October 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

‘I came to confirm that we are really working for mutual trust and transparency,’ Atef Salem tells Peres in Jerusalem; Jordanian envoy also presents credentials

I Incoming ambassadors from Egypt and Jordan presented their credentials to President Shimon Peres on Wednesday, both of them affirming their governments’ desires to maintain their respective peace treaties with Israel and to further peace in the Middle East.


“I came with the message of peace and I came to confirm that we are really working for mutual trust and transparency,” Ambassador Atef Salem of Egypt told Peres at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. “We are committed to all the agreements we signed with Israel and we’re also committed to the peace treaty with Israel.”


The arrival of the two new envoys — both career diplomats — appeared to mark a rare and significant positive step amid Israel’s complex relations with its Arab neighbors. While Jerusalem’s ties with Amman and Cairo are formally intact, relations between the governments and citizens have of late been frosty at best, and the two appointments come after a prolonged period in which both posts were vacant.


During a solemn ceremony, Salem, the new Egyptian ambassador in Tel Aviv, handed Peres his letter of credence — a diplomatic missive in which one head of state asks his or her counterpart to accept the bearer as new ambassador.


“Great and good friend,” Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, wrote in the letter to his Israeli counterpart, “being desirous of maintaining and strengthening the cordial relations which so happily exist between our two countries, I have selected Mr. Atef Mohamed Salem Sayed El Ahl to be our ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary.” Morsi closed his letter, which largely followed standard diplomatic

language for the exchange of ambassadors, by expressing “highest esteem and consideration.”


Addressing Salem, Peres said Israel considered Egypt the “leading country of the Arab world.” Peres went on to stress the importance of the 1979 peace treaty: “I believe that all of us will, for the sake of our young generation, keep the peace. The peace saves the lives of tens of thousands of young people, in Egypt, the Middle East and Israel,” Peres told Salem. “I know it’s not simple, I know there are people who try to frustrate peace. I really believe that both our governments will do whatever [they] can to keep it deep, sincere, strong and serious for the sake of your people, for the sake of our people.”


Peres expressed his wish to “introduce a tone of friendship instead of a sense of suspicion” to the bilateral relations. “I am sure that you will find here so many friends,” he told Salem.


Salem assured his Israeli host that the Egyptian government agreed with his vision of a peaceful future for the young generation. “We’re in the same boat, thinking the same way,” and Egypt’s new constitution is going to “preserve the idea of [a] moderate and civilian state in Egypt,” Salem pledged.

Salem has previously served as Egypt’s consul-general in Eilat and is considered by Foreign Ministry officials as someone who knows Israel well and maintains a friendly attitude toward the country. “If that’s not a sign of good relations, then what is?” a Foreign Ministry official dealing with Arab countries told The Times of Israel in describing the appointment.


There had not been an Egyptian ambassador in Israel since August 2011, when Cairo recalled Yasser Reda from Tel Aviv to protest the deaths of five Egyptian servicemen who were killed during a terrorist infiltration from the Sinai in which eight Israelis died.


The new ambassador from Jordan, Walid Obeidat, presented his credentials to Peres right after Salem, filling a post that had been vacant since July 2010, when Amman withdrew its last envoy to Israel, Ali Al-Ayed.


Jordanian officials have reportedly said that sending a new envoy to Tel Aviv does not mark a warming of relations but was rather a purely technical step. But the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem hailed Obeidat’s posting.


“In addition to the symbolic aspects of the ceremony, the accreditation of the new ambassadors represents an important tier in Israel’s relationship with Egypt and Jordan,” the ministry said in a statement released Wednesday. “Their inauguration will enhance bilateral relations and will help to develop cooperation for peace and economic prosperity, for the mutual benefit of all parties. The regular relations between the countries will continue to make an essential contribution to regional stability and to the promotion of peace in the Middle East.”

Not everyone in Jordan was happy about the appointment of a new envoy to Israel: Obeidat, a member of one of the largest northern Jordanian tribes, has been criticized by members of his tribe for accepting the post.


“He who accepts this post will have crossed all the red lines and seriously harms members of his tribe, who disassociate from him,” a statement recently released by members of the Obeidat tribe read. “This tribe was and will remain loyal to its nation and will not reconcile with its enemies, in order to liberate all Palestinian land.”


In similar vein, a group of Jordanian teachers this week condemned a proposal to introduce Holocaust studies to curricula in schools in Palestinian refugee camps, saying such a move would “equate the butcher and the victim.”


Relations between Cairo and Jerusalem have been increasingly tense since Egypt’s longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year in the throes of the Arab Spring. Tensions flared last September, after the cross-border attack, when the Israeli Embassy in Cairo was attacked by thousands of angry protesters.


In June, Morsi — the candidate of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood — became Egypt’s first freely elected president. His ascent to power sparked fears among Israelis regarding the future of the 1979 peace treaty. While senior Muslim Brotherhood members continue to rail against Israel – the movement’s Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie last week demanded Egypt replace negotiations with Israel with “holy jihad” — Morsi has said he intends to honor all of Egypt’s international obligations and treaties.

The letter of credence Morsi sent to Peres on Wednesday is also significant in light of an episode that occurred earlier this summer. In July, Peres’s office said it had received a friendly letter from Morsi in which the Egyptian leader said his country was committed to regional security and stability, including for the Israeli people. After Israeli media reported on the missive, a spokesman for Morsi denied any correspondence had been sent to Peres. Some analysts saw Morsi’s friendly overture to his Israeli counterpart as an encouraging sign that the new president was acting in accordance with diplomatic protocol, and expressed concern that Israel had embarrassed him by publicizing the letter.


Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, Yaacov Amitai, was warmly received by Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in February, when Egypt was still controlled by the country’s military council.


“The presentation of credentials was held in a cordial atmosphere,” the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem stated at the time in a statement. Amitai, who arrived in Cairo in December 2011, and Tantawi spoke to each other, reiterating “the importance of the peace agreement and cooperation” for both countries,” according to the statement.


While Israel still does not have a new embassy in Cairo, Amitai spends most weekdays and some weekends in Egypt, a diplomatic official told The Times of Israel.


But what exactly Salem’s appointment as ambassador means for the future of bilateral relations will remain to be seen. For one, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said he expects ties to include more than merely the exchange of ambassadors.

“It’s an important step in the right direction. But it’s not enough,” he said in September of Salem’s appointment. “It is important for two states that have diplomatic relations and signed a peace treaty to have relations — they can be cold but at least they should be normal.”


Liberman then quipped: “The State of Israel cannot be the mistress of the Middle East: Everybody is enjoying her but nobody is willing to admit having relations with her. This kind of diplomacy is unacceptable.”


Diesen Mercedes gibt es nur f?nf Mal

Posted by Farfourr on October 9, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Seit 45 Jahren tragen die sportlichsten Mercedes-Autos den Zusatz „AMG“. Zum Geburtstag präsentieren die Tuning-Partner den SLS AMG GT3 „45th ANNIVERSARY“. Nur fünf Exemplare des Sondermodells für Rennsportfans werden produziert.

Das Sondermodell hat schon äußerlich alles, um direkt auf die nächste Rennstrecke zu flitzen: riesiger Heckflügel, Überrollkäfig, Renn-Schalensitze mit Sechspunktgurten, von Motor und Fahrwerk ganz zu schweigen...

Um die Exklusivität des SLS AMG GT3 zu unterstreichen, ist er in einem matten Dunkelgrau lackiert, auch die Leichtmetallräder sind in diesem Farbton gehalten.

Auf den Flügeltüren findet sich ein silber eingerahmtes Logo, „45 Years of Driving Performance“. Darunter ist die unlackierte Karbon-Struktur der Türen zu erkennen.

Auch innen kommt der leichte Werkstoff zum Einsatz: Instrumententafel und Mittelkonsole des Rennwagens sind in Karbon matt gestaltet. Auf den Sitzen und der Mittelkonsole weist auf ein Logo auf die limitierte Stückzahl des GT3-Rennwagens hin.

Wer zu den Glücklichen gehört, die einen der fünf Rennwagen ergattern, bekommt etwas ganz Besonderes unter die Haube: einen AMG 6,3-Liter-V8-Motor, den der fünffache DTM-Champion, ITC-Gesamtsieger von 1995 und FIA GT-Weltmeister von 1997, Bernd Schneider, zusammen mit einem AMG-Spezialisten montiert hat. Als Beweis liefert AMG eine Plakette mit den Unterschriften der beiden Motor-Monteure.

Bei der Abholung im AMG-Werk übernimmt Bernd Schneider dann auch die Einweisung, erklärt Technik und Bedienung des Flügeltürers.

Ob der SLS AMG GT3 „45th ANNIVERSARY“ tatsächlich von Privatkunden als Rennwagen eingesetzt wird, ist allerdings fraglich. Beim Preis von 446 250 Euro für dieses exklusive Vergnügen wird er wohl eher eine gut behütete Sammlung ergänzen.


Chavez Wins Venezuelan Election

Posted by Farfourr on October 7, 2012 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won his closest election fight since taking office 14 years ago, overcoming cancer surgeries to extend his self-declared socialist revolution by six more years.

With 90 percent of the votes counted, the 58-year-old former paratrooper received 54 percent of the votes cast, the national electoral council said tonight. Henrique Capriles Radonski, the former governor of Miranda state, conceded the race after taking 45 percent. Fireworks erupted across Caracas as Chavez supporters partied in the streets downtown.

Thank you, my God, thank you to everyone,” Chavez said via his Twitter account immediately after the results were announced. “Thanks to my beloved people!! Long live Venezuela!!!!”

Chavez solidified his support by tapping the world’s biggest oil reserves to subsidize food, provide low-cost housing and expand health care in poor neighborhoods. Questions about the state of his health following three cancer surgeries mean attention will now shift to who would succeed Chavez if his health fails, said former Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz Felipe Lampreia.

“The succession race will begin almost immediately,” said Lampreia, who oversaw ties with Venezuela when Chavez took office in 1999. “It could create a problem of instability in the government because it’s not clear who his preferred successor is.”

Respect the Results

An emotional Capriles congratulated Chavez and called on him to govern for all the country’s citizens.

“I’m here to recognize and respect the will of the people,” Capriles said. “This is a country that has two visions and a good president is one who works for the union of all Venezuelans.”

If Chavez becomes too ill to serve during the first four years of his term, Vice President Elias Jaua assumes the presidency for 30 days while elections are held. If he can’t serve the final two years, the vice president can finish out the term.

While Diosdado Cabello, the president of the national assembly, and Foreign Affairs Minister Nicolas Maduro are potential replacements, Chavez has dismissed the need for a succession plan since he claims to be free of cancer.

“Undoubtedly, chavismo without Chavez is in trouble and the question of his successor would challenge his party in ways it hasn’t before,” said Miguel Tinker Salas, a professor of Latin American history at Pomona College in Claremont, California, who wrote a book about Venezuela.

Bond Rally

Investors seized on Chavez’s health scare and Capriles’ strong campaign this year, boosting the price of bonds issued by South America’s largest oil producer. Venezuela’s bonds returned 30 percent this year through September, more than any country except Ivory Coast, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s EMBI Global index.

Venezuela’s dollar bonds yield 11.05 percent on average, down 3.06 percentage points this year while still the highest among major emerging-market countries tracked by JPMorgan’s EMBIG index.

Under Chavez, poverty fell to 31.6 percent at the end of 2011 from about 50 percent when he first took office. Extreme poverty declined to 8.5 percent from about 20 percent over the same period. Venezuela has the lowest level of inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the United Nations.

18% Inflation

A pre-election spending boom of 30 percent fueled economic growth of 5.4 percent in the second quarter and speculation that the government will devalue the bolivar. While inflation slowed for nine straight months to 18.1 percent in August, it’s still the highest annual rate of 102 economies tracked by Bloomberg after Belarus, Iran and Argentina, where economists say prices are rising at more than double the government’s estimate of 10 percent.

“He’s inevitably going to have to devalue and it’s going to be immediately,” said Kathryn Rooney Vera, an emerging- markets analyst at Bulltick Capital Markets in Miami. “He has to do it even just for government financing reasons.”

Rooney Vera forecast the bolivar will tumble from a fixed rate of 4.3 bolivars per dollar to at least 7 per dollar.

The government will weaken the official rate 31 percent to 6.2 per dollar in the first quarter of 2013, generating more revenue in local currency from each dollar of oil exports, according to the median estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg in July.

Opposition Leader

The 40-year-old Capriles had sought to draw a contrast with his rival in an energetic campaign that included stops in almost 300 communities. By unifying a fragile alliance, Capriles may have sealed his role as the leader of the opposition going forward, said Javier Corrales, an associate professor at Amherst College in Massachusetts who wrote a book about Chavez’s government.

“Capriles is starting his career still,” Corrales said in a phone interview. “There are going to be elections in December and April so he has some opportunities to continue to play a role.”

As pre-election polls showed the race tightening, Chavez apologized for his government’s shortcomings, vowing to eliminate poverty and be a “more efficient” leader.

“I’m committed to being a better president starting on Oct. 8,” he told supporters at an Oct. 2 rally in Lara state.

“Chavez is an icon,” said Lampreia. “As long as he’s alive, most people will vote for him.”


source: Bloomberg

Hackers Attack Major banks

Posted by Farfourr on September 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- There's a good chance your bank's website was attacked over the past week.

Since Sept. 19, the websites of Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), JPMorgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500), Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500), U.S. Bank (USB, Fortune 500) and PNC Bank have all suffered day-long slowdowns and been sporadically unreachable for many customers. The attackers, who took aim at Bank of America first, went after their targets in sequence. Thursday's victim, PNC's website, was inaccessible at the time this article was published.

Security experts say the outages stem from one of the biggest cyberattacks they've ever seen. These "denial of service" attacks -- huge amounts of traffic directed at a website to make it crash -- were the largest ever recorded by a wide margin, according to two researchers.

Banks get hit by cyberattackers all the time and typically have some of the best defenses against them. This time, they were outgunned.

"The volume of traffic sent to these sites is frankly unprecedented," said Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of CrowdStrike, a security firm that has been investigating the attacks. "It's 10 to 20 times the volume that we normally see, and twice the previous record for a denial of service attack."

To carry out the cyberattacks, the attackers got hold of thousands of high-powered application servers and pointed them all at the targeted banks. That overwhelmed Bank of America and Chase's Web servers on Sept. 19, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank on Wednesday and PNC on Thursday. Fred Solomon, a spokesman for PNC, confirmed that a high volume of traffic on Thursday was affecting users' ability to access the website, but he declined to go into more detail.

Denial of service attacks are an effective but unsophisticated tool that doesn't involve any actual hacking. No data was stolen from the banks, and their transactional systems -- like their ATM networks -- remained unaffected. The aim of the attacks was simply to temporarily knock down the banks' public-facing websites.

To get hold of all the servers necessary to launch such huge attacks, the organizers needed to plan for months, Alperovitch said. The servers had to be compromised and linked together into a network called a "botnet."

That level of pre-planning is a deviation from the kinds of denial of service attacks launched at banks in the past by so-called "hacktivists." Typically, hacktivists use home PCs infected with malware to amass their botnets. Attacks on this scale would be impossible to carry out with home PCs -- users too frequently turn them off or disconnect them from the Internet.

The Islamist group Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters publicly claimed responsibility for the attacks in what it called "Operation Ababil," but researchers are divided about how seriously to take their claims. The group has launched attacks in the past, but those have been far less coordinated than the recent batch.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, an Independent from Connecticut, said in a C-SPAN interview on Wednesday that he believed the attacks were launched by Iran.

"I don't believe these were just hackers who were skilled enough to cause disruption of the websites," he said. "I think this was done by Iran ... and I believe it was a response to the increasingly strong economic sanctions that the United States and our European allies have put on Iranian financial institutions."

A cybersecurity firm following the attacks also expressed doubt about the connections between the Cyber Fighters and the bank attacks. On social networks and chat forums, the group urged its followers to use a mobile "low orbit ion cannon" -- a software tool typically used by Anonymous and other hacktivist groups to direct a massive flood of traffic at a targeted site.

That tool was not used in the attack, according to Ronen Kenig, director of security products at network security firm Radware.

"Supporters of this group didn't join in the attack at all, or they joined in but didn't use that tool," said Kenig. "The attack used a botnet instead." He doesn't think the Cyber Fighters would have access to a botnet as advanced as the one used by the attackers.

But CrowdStrike's Alperovitch said he is "quite confident" the perpetrator was the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, since they announced each attack well before it was carried out, and the attack wasn't that sophisticated -- it just took significant planning. PNC was the last target on the lists the Cyber Fighters have circulated, but more attacks could still be coming.

Both researchers agree that the controversial anti-Muslim YouTube video was not the initial impetus for the attacks, as the Cyber Fighters claimed in messages recruiting volunteers to join in. Before the video was even released, the group claimed responsibility for similar attacks.


Truth About anti-Islam film's mystery producer

Posted by Farfourr on September 14, 2012 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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(CNN) -- Some time in the summer, a small theater in Los Angeles screened a movie to which hardly anyone came.

It was a clunky film filled with scenes in a desert and in tents. The characters were cartoonish; the dialogue gauche.

The actors who'd responded to a July 2011 casting call thought they were making an adventure film set 2,000 years ago called "Desert Warrior." That's how Backstage magazine and other acting publications described it.

The American-made movie, it turns out, was hardly an innocent desert action flick.

Instead, the movie, backed by hardcore anti-Islam groups in the United States, is a tome on Islam as fraud. In trailers posted on YouTube in July, viewers saw this: scene after scene of the Prophet Mohammed portrayed as a womanizer, buffoon, ruthless killer and child molester.

Islam forbids all depictions of Mohammed, let alone insulting ones.

Staff and crew of film that ridiculed Muslims say they were 'grossly misled'

The Muslim world erupted in rage.

Protesters aired their anti-American anger in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Violent mobs attacked the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi leaving theambassador and three other Americans dead.

As outrage spread, the film's origins still remained murky. Whose idea was it? Who financed it?

At the heart of the mystery was the filmmaker himself, a man identified in the casting call as Sam Bassiel, on the call sheet as Sam Bassil and reported at first by news outlets as Sam Bacile.

But federal officials consider that man to be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who was convicted in 2009 of bank fraud.

The FBI contacted the filmmaker because of the potential for threats, a federal law enforcement official told CNN Thursday. But he is not under investigation.

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With media parked at his residence in Cerritos, California, Nakoula called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Wednesday night to report a disturbance, said spokesman Steve Whitmore. He wanted local police to protect him.

When news of his movie first broke, the filmmaker identified himself as Sam Bacile and told the Wall Street Journal that he was a 52-year-old Israeli-American real estate developer from California. He said Jewish donors had financed his film.

But Israel's Foreign Ministry said there was no record of a Sam Bacile with Israeli citizenship.

"This guy is totally anonymous. At this point, no one can confirm he holds Israeli citizenship, and even if he did we are not involved," ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

A search by CNN of public records related to Bacile came up empty. A search of entertainment records turned up no previous mention of a Sam Bacile, and the directors and writers guilds had no listing for him.

CNN has not been able to speak with the filmmaker.

A production staff member who worked on the film in its initial stages told CNN that an entirely different name was filed on the paperwork for the Screen Actors Guild: Abenob Nakoula Bassely. A public records search showed an Abanob B. Nakoula residing at the same address as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.

He believed the filmmaker was a Coptic Christian and when the two spoke on the phone during production, the filmmaker said he was in Alexandria, Egypt, raising money for the film. There has been a long history of animosity between Muslims and the minority Copts in Egypt.

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Another staffer who worked on the film said he knew the producer as Sam Bassil. That's how he signed a personal check to pay staff.

The staffer said he was "99% positive" that Sam Bassil was not Jewish. He had quite a few religious pieces in his house, including images of the Madonna.

He was married with two children -- the daughter helped during production and even brought in lunch on a few occasions, the staffer said.

Neither staffer wanted to be identified for security reasons.

When CNN inquired about Sam Bassil, the U.S. attorney's office sent a copy of a 2009 indictment. Those court documents showed the bank fraud conviction for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.

Several other aliases -- Mark Basseley Youssef, Yousseff M. Basseley, Nicola Bacily and Malid Ahlawi -- were all listed as aliases in the indictment. Other court documents listed Thomas J. Tanas, Ahmad Hamdy and Erwin Salameh also as aliases.

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In his interview with the Wall Street Journal, the filmmaker characterized his movie, now called "Innocence of Muslims," as "a political effort to call attention to the hypocrisies of Islam."

"Islam is a cancer," he said. "The movie is a political movie. It's not a religious movie."

Cindy Garcia, an actress in the film, told CNN that the original script did not include a Prophet Mohammed character. She said she and other actors complained that their lines had been changed.

She said she spoke Wednesday with the producer.

"He said he wrote the script because he wants the Muslims to quit killing," Garcia said. "I had no idea he was doing all this."

Garcia described the movie's repercussions as a "nightmare," given the outrage and deaths, and she regretted having a role. She said she was angry and hurt by the lies.

The 79 other cast and crew members said they were "grossly misled" about the film's intent.

YouTube restricts video access over Libyan violence

"The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer," they said in a statement.

They said they were "shocked by the drastic rewrites of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred."

Garcia said that the character of Mohammed in the movie was named George when it was shot, and that after production wrapped she returned and read other lines that may have been dubbed into the piece.

A member of the production staff who worked on the film and has a copy of the original script corroborated the woman's account. There was no mention of Mohammed or Islam, the crew member said.

The filmmaker told the Wall Street Journal Jewish donors contributed $5 million to make the film. Based on the trailer, however, the amateurish movie appears to have been produced on a low budget.

Anti-Muslim activist Steve Klein, who said he was a script consultant for the movie, said the filmmaker told him his idea was to make a film that would reveal "facts, evidence and proof" about the Prophet Mohammed to people he perceived as radical Muslims.

Klein said the movie was called "Innocence of Bin Laden."

"Our intent was to reach out to the small minority of very dangerous people in California and try to shock them into understanding how dangerous Islam is," Klein said.

"We knew that it was going to cause some friction, if anybody paid attention to it," he said.

But when Klein went to the screening in the Los Angeles theater, no one was there.

"It was a bust, a wash," he said.

Killing shines light on Muslim sensitivities around Prophet Mohammed

But a while later, the trailers were online. They were segments focusing on the Prophet Mohammed and posted under the title, "Innocence of Mohammed."

The trailers were translated into Egyptian dialects of Arabic, the New York Times reported. Egyptian television aired certain segments.

And the fury erupted.

Klein told CNN Wednesday that the filmmaker, whom he called Sam Bacile, was in hiding.

"He's very depressed, and he's upset," Klein said. "I talked to him this morning, and he said that he was very concerned for what

happened to the ambassador."

The Atlantic later quoted Klein as saying that Sam Bacile was a pseudonym. He said he did not know Bacile's real name.

Klein is known in Southern California for his vocal opposition to the construction of a mosque in Temecula, southeast of Los Angeles, in 2010. He heads up Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment, a group that contends Islam is a threat to American freedom.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, says Klein, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, helped train militant Christian fundamentalists prepare for war.

On Thursday, a Los Angeles County official denied a CNN's request to view a copy of the film permit filed for the production of "Innocence of Muslims."

"While these permits are typically made available to the public, online, this particular permit has been temporarily removed at the specific request of Federal authorities, who have cited public safety concerns," county Assistant Chief Executive Officer Ryan J. Alsop told CNN in an e-mail.

Alsop later revised his statement to say that the permit "is not being made available to the public at this time due to public safety concerns raised by the U.S. State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The Federal government has not issued an official request to the County of Los Angeles to remove the permit."

A permit is required when filming is done outside of a certified soundstage or studio backlot, which could involve cameras in public spaces, according to Film L.A. Inc., the private nonprofit group set up by the city and county of Los Angeles to process film permits.

The FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a joint intelligence bulletin about how the film poses "security concerns to U.S. interests at home and abroad," according to the bulletin obtained by CNN.

"Although there has been no violent reaction to the film in the Homeland thus far, the risk of violence could increase both at home and abroad as the film continues to gain attention. Additionally, we judge that violent extremist groups in the United States could exploit anger over the film to advance their recruitment efforts," the bulletin says.

The movie got even more notice after it was promoted by anti-Islam activists, including Egyptian-born Coptic Christian Morris Sadek and Terry Jones, the Florida pastor whose Quran-burning last year sparked deadly riots in Afghanistan.

Jones said he had been contacted to help distribute the film.

"The film is not intended to insult the Muslim community, but it is intended to reveal truths about Mohammed that are possibly not widely known," Jones said in a statement.

"It is very clear that God did not influence him (Mohammed) in the writings of the Quran," said Jones, who went on to blame Muslims' fear of criticism for the protests, rather than the film.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Jones to ask him to withdraw his support for the film, said Col. David Lapan, Dempsey's spokesman.

"Jones' support of the film risks causing more violence and death," Lapan said.

That fear mounted as anger raged in the Muslim world and especially as Friday, Islam's day of religious observance, fast approached.



Protesters in Egypt In front American Embassy

Posted by Farfourr on September 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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صرح مصدر أمنى مسئول بوزارة الداخلية، أنه فى الساعات الأولى من صباح اليوم الخميس، قام

عدد من المتظاهرين المتواجدين حول مبنى السفارة

الأمريكية بإلقاء الحجارة وزجاجات الملوتوف الحارقة على القوات المكلفة بتأمين مبنى السفارة، والتى أقامت سياجا من السلك حول المبنى لمنع وصول المتظاهرين إلى مقر السفارة.


وأوضح المصدر فى بيان رسمى صادر عن وزارة الداخلية، أن المتظاهرين حاولوا مرة أخرى التعدى على القوات وهو ما نتج عنه إصابة ضابطين و11 من المجندين بإصابات مختلفة، وتم نقلهم المستشفيات لاسعافهم، مشيرا أن المتظاهرين قاموا بإلقاء زجاجات الملوتوف الحارقة على سيارتين من سيارات الشرطة خلال مرورهما بأحد الشوارع القريبة من السفارة لتفقد الحالة الأمنية، وهو ما دعا القوات للتعامل معهم لإبعادهم عن محيط السفارة وإطفاء السيارتين بعد أن التهمتهما النيران، وتمكنت القوات من القبض على 12 من المتهمين وجار اتخاذ كافة الاجراءات القانونية تجاههم.


ودعت وزارة الداخلية خلال بيانها المواطنين المتواجدين بمحيط السفارة التعبير عن مشاعر غضبهم بصورة سلمية، وتناشد الوزارة الرموز الوطنية التدخل لتهدئة المتظاهرين حفاظا على الأمن والاستقرار ومصالح البلاد الوطنية.

Solar Storm Warning

Posted by Farfourr on July 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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Researchers say a storm is coming--the most intense solar maximum in fifty years.

It's official: Solar minimum has arrived. Sunspots have all but vanished. Solar flares are nonexistent. The sun is utterly quiet.


Like the quiet before a storm.


Recently researchers announced that a storm is coming--the most intense solar maximum in fifty years. The prediction comes from a team led by Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). "The next sunspot cycle will be 30% to 50% stronger than the previous one," she says. If correct, the years ahead could produce a burst of solar activity second only to the historic Solar Max of 1958.


The sun's conveyor belt is a current, not of water, but of electrically-conducting gas. It flows in a loop from the sun's equator to the poles and back again. Just as the Great Ocean Conveyor Belt controls weather on Earth, this solar conveyor belt controls weather on the sun. Specifically, it controls the sunspot cycle.


Solar physicist David Hathaway of the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) explains: "First, remember what sunspots are--tangled knots of magnetism generated by the sun's inner dynamo. A typical sunspot exists for just a few weeks. Then it decays, leaving behind a 'corpse' of weak magnetic fields."


Enter the conveyor belt.


"The top of the conveyor belt skims the surface of the sun, sweeping up the magnetic fields of old, dead sunspots. The 'corpses' are dragged down at the poles to a depth of 200,000 km where the sun's magnetic dynamo can amplify them. Once the corpses (magnetic knots) are reincarnated (amplified), they become buoyant and float back to the surface." Presto--new sunspots!


Right: The sun's great conveyor belt. [Larger image]


All this happens with massive slowness. "It takes about 40 years for the belt to complete one loop," says Hathaway. The speed varies "anywhere from a 50-year pace (slow) to a 30-year pace (fast)."


When the belt is turning "fast," it means that lots of magnetic fields are being swept up, and that a future sunspot cycle is going to be intense. This is a basis for forecasting: "The belt was turning fast in 1986-1996," says Hathaway. "Old magnetic fields swept up then should re-appear as big sunspots in 2010-2011."


Like most experts in the field, Hathaway has confidence in the conveyor belt model and agrees with Dikpati that the next solar maximum should be a doozy. But he disagrees with one point. Dikpati's forecast puts Solar Max at 2012. Hathaway believes it will arrive sooner, in 2010 or 2011.


"History shows that big sunspot cycles 'ramp up' faster than small ones," he says. "I expect to see the first sunspots of the next cycle appear in late 2006 or 2007--and Solar Max to be underway by 2010 or 2011."


Who's right? Time will tell. Either way, a storm is coming.


Rihanna -SOS

Posted by Farfourr on June 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)


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Rihanna, 24, foi acordada às 6h22 da manhã pela equipe da brigada. A cantora está na cidade após fazer um show na noite do domingo no festival Hackney Weekend, na Inglaterra

A cantora pop Rihanna escapou de um incêndio em um hotel na cidade de Londres na manhã desta quarta-feira (27). A informação foi publicada pelo site do jornal "Huffington Post". De acordo com a brigada de incêndio, Rihanna e mais trezentas pessoas foram obrigadas a deixar o Corinthia Hotel após o início de um foco de incêndio no poço do elevador na altura do sétimo andar.

Por volta das 8h, Rihanna publicou uma foto em sua página no Instagram mostrando o caminhão de bombeiros.

Rihanna, 24, foi acordada às 6h22 da manhã pela equipe da brigada. A cantora está na cidade após fazer um show na noite do domingo no festival Hackney Weekend, na Inglaterra.


A cantora de Barbados segue com a turnê que chega a cidade de Oslo, na Noruega, nesta sexta (29).




Rihanna escapa de inc?ndio em hotel em Londres

Posted by Farfourr on June 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Rihanna, 24, foi acordada às 6h22 da manhã pela equipe da brigada. A cantora está na cidade após fazer um show na noite do domingo no festival Hackney Weekend, na Inglaterra

A cantora pop Rihanna escapou de um incêndio em um hotel na cidade de Londres na manhã desta quarta-feira (27). A informação foi publicada pelo site do jornal "Huffington Post". De acordo com a brigada de incêndio, Rihanna e mais trezentas pessoas foram obrigadas a deixar o Corinthia Hotel após o início de um foco de incêndio no poço do elevador na altura do sétimo andar.

Por volta das 8h, Rihanna publicou uma foto em sua página no Instagram mostrando o caminhão de bombeiros.

Rihanna, 24, foi acordada às 6h22 da manhã pela equipe da brigada. A cantora está na cidade após fazer um show na noite do domingo no festival Hackney Weekend, na Inglaterra.


A cantora de Barbados segue com a turnê que chega a cidade de Oslo, na Noruega, nesta sexta (29).



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Posted by Farfourr on March 23, 2012 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)


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