Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dumb and dumber: two UN 'experts' question bin Laden takedown

On Friday, two professors and part-time U.N. “experts,” Christof Heyns and Martin Scheinin, issued a joint statement on Bin Laden’s killing. The two academics claimed that “the norm should be that terrorists be dealt with as criminals, through legal processes of arrest, trial and judicially-decided punishment.” They also insisted that the U.N. was entitled to receive “more facts” “to allow an assessment in terms of international human rights law standards.” Those standards would be violated, they claimed, unless “the planning of the mission allowed an effort to capture Bin Laden.”

"Housesnarking?"...From Paris

Fabulous fun article in ShelterPop by AmyPreiser:

"It's more than questioning someone's decor: Housesnarking is a nasty way to cut someone down by hitting them where it hurts: Their home.

...The fact is that our homes, like our bodies, like our lives, are a series of trade-offs. Have a huge kitchen? You probably have a leaky ceiling. Gorgeous backyard? Perhaps your pipes are old. But no matter what virtues your home does or doesn't have, just remember this: Complaining about someone else's will not make yours any better.

Just remember this, ahen, ammended, Audrey Hepburn quote: "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for a beautiful home, don't talk smack about your friends' houses."

Best restaurant in the U.S.

...according to the James Beard Foundation:

It's Danny Meyer's Eleven Madison Park in New York, according to the prestigious James Beard Foundation, which dished out its awards Monday.

Other winning chefs:

*Alex Young of Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor, Mich.

*Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia

*Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery in Minneapolis

*Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune, New York City

*Tony Maws of Craigie On Main, Cambridge, Mass.

*Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, Portland, Ore.

*Michael Tusk of Quince, San Francisco

*Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon, New Orleans

*Andrea Reusing of Lantern, Chapel Hill, N.C.

*Saipin Chutima of Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas

*Tyson Cole of Uchi, Austin, Texas

The Japanese building that survived a 9.0 earthquake

Japanese architect, Toyo Ito, designed the Mediatheque starting with a simple sketch "expressing a virtual world
of indeterminate, seaweed-like tubes swaying freely as they supported floor plates as though the architecture was without weight or dimension."

So how does an engineer get from poetic floating seaweed to a building that can withstand a magnitude-9.0 earthquake? How does he deal with "the vision of an architecture without weight or thickness," something so without precedent that it requires an equally unprecedented structural resolution?

Mr. Sasaki began by breaking the sketch down into its structural parts—floor, beam, column and foundation. Mr. Ito's slender floor slabs were impossible to achieve in concrete without the conventional support of beams or walls; they would have been far too heavy and deep. Instead, Mr. Sasaki used a steel "sandwich" strengthened internally by a network of steel ribs for a slender floor plate only 15¾ inches thick. The welding technique was borrowed from shipyard building.

The stacked floor plates of a multistory building are customarily carried on solid columns. The objective here was to make the columns as light and transparent as possible. Mr. Sasaki substituted a system of hollow steel tubes in the form of open, spiraling lattices formed by smaller steel tubes. There are 13 of these lattice tubes, but only the four largest, 20 to 30 feet in diameter, placed at the corners of the floors, support the building's main loads.

The nine smaller tubes vary in size and diameter and are placed randomly throughout the building, some straight, some angled, echoing the idea of Mr. Ito's "floating seaweed." These twisted, canted, open supports have a structural strength and rigidity that increases the building's earthquake resistance. They act as light wells and contain elevators, stairs and conduits for utilities.

At the basement level, the columns are solid and firmly fastened to a below-ground framework connected by beams that can bend and deform without breaking. The large corner columns that channel the building's major forces to the ground also conduct the seismic energy to this framework, where 60% to 70% of it is absorbed, reducing the stresses to the building above. An engineering inspection after the earthquake determined that Mr. Sasaki's system worked.

Having saved the economy, solved the employment problem as well as the energy crises and the wars in two countries, O moved on.

Obama Hits Reset on ImmigrationAPPresident visits U.S.-Mexico border to deliver speech on immigration reform and legislation, calling on Congress to pass the DREAM Act — while GOP calls for increased border security first.

The DoJ will probably investigate him tomorrow.

Angry neighbour who lives beside mosque erects 'Bomb Making Next Driveway' sign on front lawn

Michael Heick has advised passers-by: 'Bomb Making Next Driveway'.

Michael Heick put up the sign in Buffalo because he was frustrated with how the mosque and town officials handled his complaints that its lights were too bright. 'The place is too close. I don't care what people think. It doesn't matter what people think,' he told the Buffalo News. 'This is a way to get answers now. I get none from the town.


Good Line. Although, alligators would be better than TSA

Obama: Republicans Want a 'Moat' With 'Alligators' on the Border

Least Important Issue Facing America? | Obama Urges Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

It this predication comes true…

Italians evacuate Rome over 'big one' fears

Italians will on Wednesday flee Rome over fears a giant earthquake is coming following a seismologist's 1915 prediction that "the big one" will strike on May 11, 2011.

Italians will today evacuate Rome over fears a giant earthquake is coming following a seismologist's 1915 prediction that the big one would hit the capital on May 11, 2011.


Top Three Actors and Cars

Sean Connery, 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Sean Connery and Aston Martin DB5

When it comes to on-screen portrayals of James Bond, many believe the original is still the best. But Sean Connery wouldn’t have been even a quarter as true to Ian Flemming’s novels if he didn’t have a bitchin’ British car in which to save the world. Thank goodness, then, that EON Productions cast the Aston Martin DB5 as Bond’s ride in the third 007 movie, Goldfinger. It set the precedent for Bond movie cars being loaded to the gills with cool spy tech while still looking basically stock, which was by no means a bad thing in the case of the achingly pretty DB5.

Steve McQueen, 1968 Ford Mustang

Steve McQueen Mustang in Bullitt

While it’s often criticized for (mostly) being a snoozer, the 1968 cop drama/thriller Bullitt did give the world what is arguably the first modern cinematic car chase. The protagonist in that car chase is the film’s protagonist, Lt. Frank Bullitt, played by the King of Cool his ownself, Steve McQueen.

The images of McQueen leaping that Dark Highland Green ’68 Ford Mustang fastback over the hilly streets of San Francisco in pursuit of the assassins in their black ’68 Dodge Charger are etched into movie history. But that jade ‘Stang is as revered (if not more revered) by car buffs (of which McQueen was most certainly one) than film buffs, so much so that Ford has done not one but two generations of special edition Bullitt Mustangs this century.

Burt Reynolds, 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am

Burt Reynolds and Pontiac Trans-Am

Iconic though the Bullitt Mustang may be, there wasn’t a rush on Dark Highland Green Mustang Sportsroofs back in the day, nor was American Racing inundated with orders for Ford bolt pattern TorqThrust wheels (at least, not because of Bullitt fans). About a decade later, however, there was a pony car that was a star in showrooms soon after it was a star on the silver screen.

Pontiac’s Trans-Am was available in black with gold striping and graphics before 1977, but one such car’s appearance alongside Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason in Smokey and the Bandit catapulted the car (and that particular color combo) to super stardom on the sales charts. Numerous other cars went on to copy the gold-on-black idea (which had been inspired by the John Player Special cigarette colors worn by Lotus Formula 1 cars since 1972), including Nissan (still known here as Datsun at the time) with the 10th anniversary edition of the Z Car, which can be seen in this dy-no-mite TV advert.

The 3 best Star Treks

Balance of Terror

The 10 Best Star Trek Episodes
It's sort of Das Boot on a Starship, but it's also more than that. This episode introduces the Romulans, the Original Series' other big antagonists, and forces Kirk to fight them in a big deep space showdown. Kirk's forced to use every ounce of strategy and ruthless cunning that he possesses, and even then he almost loses. And for the first time, the Enterprise crew sees a Romulan's face and realizes that they look just like their own Mr. Spock — because the Vulcans are basically the more civilized versions of Romulans. While the Enterprise crew struggles with its own xenophobia, we learn that the Romulan captain is an honorable man in his own right. Like a lot of the best Trek stories, this episode forces us to understand the "other."

The 10 Best Star Trek Episodes City on the Edge of Forever

The best Star Trek time travel story is also arguably the best Star Trek romance, as Kirk falls in love with a woman who has to die for history to be set right. It's a gutsy move making Kirk's love interest a pacifist on the verge of World War II — a war that was still fresh in people's minds at the time. But if Edith Keeler survives to lead the opposition to the war, then the relative paradise of the Federation will never come to exist in the future. Seldom have the choices on Star Trek been so heartbreaking.

The 10 Best Star Trek EpisodesThe Trouble with Tribbles

It's hard to believe an episode about furry little creatures infesting the Enterprise is one of the most beloved Trek stories, which has spawned two sequels and numerous shout-outs — until you actually watch the episode, and then it's easy to see why. It's not just one of the funniest Star Trek episodes, it's also one of the cleverest. Kirk faces two challenges: a Tribble infestation and a Klingon plot to sabotage the Federation's relations with a key planet, and the solution to both problems dovetails in a nice way. Also, this is arguably the best of the "Federation has d├ętente with the Klingons" stories, where Kirk has to play nice with those ruthless bastards. And in that context, Kirk's annoyance with the Tribbles is just a furry, purring symbol of the challenge of pursuing diplomacy with people who want to kill you.

Don’t buy a used car right now

Don't buy a used car right nowAlthough we're normally big fans of buying your cars used, now is the absolute worst time to be buying one — especially if you want high fuel economy. Here's why.

And a surge of demand means prices for popular used vehicles are poppin'. Recent data from Kelley Blue Book indicates that so far this year, fuel-efficient segments have increased far more aggressively than they have during the past two years. Today, values of high fuel economy vehicles are up nearly 20% since January, a far cry from the steady depreciation of 2009 and 2010. At the segment level, values are up around $1,500-$2,500, with some models surpassing their respective segment average.

Although more difficult to measure, the chart over yonder helps to illustrate the average change in value for a three-year-old vehicle in April 2007 versus today. It clearly shows how much values have risen since 2007.


As we reported earlier and the MSM did not report.

    Did Your Local News Report The Yemeni Passenger Shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’?


    Media Manipulation? The Majority of American Media Outlets Fail to Report the Yemeni Passenger Was Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ as He Attempted to Storm the Cockpit Door

    First Question: How could the house be so messy?

    U.S. officials will question the three wives who were taken into custody following the raid.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1LyYBktAJ

    This is who they are. And they don’t care what you think.

    Poet? Rev. Wright Defender and Promoter of Cop Killing Invited to White House

    Largest Great White catch and release ever

    The 17.9-foot-long (5.5-meter-long) male behemoth was found off Mexico's Guadalupe Island (map) in fall 2009.

    The animal breaks the team's previous record of 16.8 feet (5.1 meters), set when they caught a female great white named Kimel. (Both records are unofficial and not maintained by a formal organization.)

    The new titleholder was named Apache after the dog of Brett McBride, boat captain on the National Geographic Channel show Shark Men.

    Once on board, the researchers fitted the fish with a satellite-tracking tag, took a blood sample, and released him, watching him vigorously swim away.


    Not sure this counts. He did not hit the ground. Actually hit a floor higher than Empire State Building.

    First suicide from world's tallest building...

    Burj Khalifa suicide jump confirmed by police

    DUBAI // A man jumped to his death from the 147th floor of the world’s tallest tower this afternoon in the first recorded suicide since the building was completed last year, a police source confirmed.

    The man, believed to be in his 30s and of an Asian nationality, jumped from an air vent and landed on a terrace at the tower's 108th floor, police said.

    Boys and their Toys

    My yacht's bigger than yours! Battle of boats as Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is put in his place by Microsoft boss Paul Allen's larger vessel

    Roman Abramovich and Paul Allen's yachts hit side by side

    He is used to having the biggest and best of everything. Yet Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was put in his place yesterday by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The billionaire Russian's 377ft yacht named Luna (left) was moored close to the town of Antibes in South East France, making quite an impression on the coastline. But then Mr Allen's 414ft vessel, named Octopus (right), cruised past to give him bragging rights.

    More on the Slow Flood

    Mississippi flood finally crests . . . just inches short of 1937 record


    The Mississippi River finally swelled to its crest today, bringing hope to areas devastated by near-record flooding that the worst may have passed. The river reached an astonishing 47.8 feet in Memphis, the second highest level ever recorded, swamping whole communities on its banks and causing mass damage to homes in the region. Experts said the rushing waters would, however, now begin to abate, with efforts now turning to cleaning up the huge mess that nature has caused.

    Stacked Deck

    Obama Judges Hearing Obama Health Law Case

    Three judges hearing case on health care law were appointed by Dem presidents — including two by Obama

    The Slow Flood

    Mississippi Delta residents are warned that even if water is diverted through a second spillway, they may see flooding up to 25 feet deep, as the Mississippi River crests at nearly 48 feet in Memphis

    What about cuts?

    Boehner: Tax hikes are “off the table”


    Frack, just Frack.

    “The Energy Department wants to find ways to make hydraulic fracturing, a fast-growing method of extracting natural gas, safer and cleaner.

    Say, isn’t that how the administration justified its offshore drilling ban?”

    Parsley Contains Breast Cancer-Fighting Compound

    “It appears that keeping a minimal level of apigenin in the bloodstream is important to delay the onset of breast cancer that progresses in response to progestins such as medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA),” Salman Hyder, the Zalk Endowed Professor in Tumor Angiogenesis and professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, said in a news release. “It's probably a good idea to eat a little parsley and some fruit every day to ensure the minimal amount. However, you can also find this compound in pill supplements in the health food section of many stores

    Stacked Deck

    COURT SHOWDOWN: Obama Administration Fights to Save Healthcare Law...
    1 Clinton, 2 Obama nominees to hear suit...

    Probably upset because it makes the Goddess look fat.

    Hindu Swimsuit Goddess Outrage


    A fashion show has sparked a huge row after models wearing skimpy bikinis plastered with images of a Hindu goddess have enraged the religion who worship her.

    Australian swimwear label Lisa Blue sent its models down the catwalk at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in Sydney last week, sporting bright swimsuits which had pictures of revered Lakshmi on them.

    Common Sense

    Longer prison sentences deter re-offending, study shows

    Criminals who are jailed for longer are less likely to reoffend after being released than those serving shorter sentences, according to official figures.

    A strike by prison officers would add to threats already looming from other public sector unions

    According to the figures, only a third of offenders given sentences of between two and four years went back to crime within a year. By contrast, some 43 per cent of those jailed for between a year and two years went on to reoffend.

    A Law School Exam question come to life (or from the grave)

    'I'm pretty sure he didn't like his family': Bemused heirs of one of America's richest - and meanest - men set to collect millions... nearly 100 years after he died

    Wellington R Burt
    Michigan millionaire Wellington Burt knew he couldn’t take his money with him when he died in 1919 – but he was determined to make his descendants pay for crossing him. The vindictive lumber baron, once among America’s eight wealthiest men and buried in a mausoleum 15feet high, left explicit instructions in his will that his bequest should be frozen until 21 years after the death of the last grandchild born in his lifetime.
    Now, 92 years later, the estate valued at between $100 million and $110 million will finally be shared among his 12 heirs later this month.
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385320/Wellington-R-Burts-family-set-collect-millions-nearly-100-years-died.html#ixzz1LxEAXbrl

    Microsoft to buy Skype for $8.5 billion cash

    Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it is buying Web video conferencing service Skype Technologies in an all-cash $8.5 billion deal.

    The deal ranks as the biggest ever for the software company. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype.


    Admin is downplaying this. You have heard almost nothing on it in the MSM. (We reported it yesterday after reports showed up in the English papers.) If you fly, watch closely.


     “Yemeni Man Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Tries to Rush Cockpit on AA Flight to San Francisco.”

    Obama to Honor Controversial Rapper Known for Cop-Killing, Misogynistic Lyrics

    President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will celebrate American poetry and prose with a gathering of poets, musicians and artists at the White House next Wednesday night.

    One of the poets who will attend is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. who goes by the name “Common.”

    It is likely Obama met Common at the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ were both men were members. Several of Wright’s sermons caused a firestorm of controversy during the 2008 presidential campaign due to their caustic, racially charged, anti-American tones. One sermon in particular caused Obama a severe headache – the one in which he blamed America for Osama bin Laden’s terrorist attacks. “America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he said.

    "Tell the law my Uzi weighs a ton … I hold up a peace sign but I carry a gun,” raps Common in one appearance that was posted onto YouTube. The performance, you’ll see, is full of racially-tinged language.



    One city worse that Afghanistan. Yes, lets open the doors to them.

    Obama Picks Wrong Town to Give Immigration Speech

    President Barack Obama's commitment to providing some legal status for illegal aliens is reflected in the time he has spent focusing on the country's immigration laws in recent weeks, the White House said one day before the president is set to deliver a national address on immigration from El Paso, Texas.
    El Paso is across the border from Juarez, Mexico, a city where 3,111 civilians were murdered last year--more than in all of Afghanistan.
    In recent weeks, Obama met with current and former elected officials, business leaders and Hollywood celebrities - all whom agreed with his position on the matter - to promote comprehensive immigration reform.
    He is proposing amnesty for the roughly 12 million illegal aliens in the country.

    Irony. He did raise awareness.

    82-Year-Old Dies In Attempt To Be Oldest To Climb Everest

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    Mount Everest

      KATHMANDU - An 82-year-old former Nepalese foreign minister has died in his attempt to become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, a government official said Monday.

      Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya died Monday afternoon, hours after arriving at Camp One in his record attempt, the official told AFP by telephone from Everest base camp. The cause of his death was not yet known.

      Upadhyaya had said he wanted to raise awareness about the capabilities of elderly people by scaling the world's highest peak, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of mountaineers.

      National alert system coming to your cell phone

      A new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones.

      The announcement of the new emergency alert system came Monday in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and an uptick in security and safety concerns around New York City.

      The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the system will warn people about terrorist attacks, natural disasters or other emergencies.

      Starting next year, all new cell phones will be required to have a chip that receives the alerts. Some smart phones already have the technology.


      The Slow Flood

      Old Man Rising...
      Mississippi River Nears Historic Levels...
      Moving at 2 million cubic feet per second...
      SNAKES FLEE...

      They want to track you, they want to “warn” you. (Imagine everyday getting a test that say “Terrorist Condition Orange today”)

      Cellphone warnings to include urgent texts from the president...