British Storms Unbury an Ancient Welsh Forest: Are the petrified trees of Borth part of the mythical kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod? (by Simon Worrall on National Geographic).
Storms lashing the British coast last month revealed a strange new sight off the west coast of Wales, near the village of Borth: the stumps of hundreds of tree trunks, rising out of the sand, like broken teeth.
Composed mostly of oak and pine, the forest is believed to date from the Bronze Age. It was buried under a peat bog 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, then inundated by rising sea levels until this winter’s violent storms stripped away the covering of peat and sand. The high level of alkaline and lack of oxygen in the peat has preserved the wood in an almost pristine state.
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VON BRAUN’S SPACE STATION 1952 — “In a 1952 series of articles written in Collier’s, Dr. Wernher von Braun, then Technical Director of the Army Ordnance Guided Missiles Development Group at Redstone Arsenal, wrote of a large wheel-like space station in a 1,075-mile orbit. This station, made of flexible nylon, would be carried into space by a fully reusable three-stage launch vehicle. Once in space, the station’s collapsible nylon body would be inflated much like an automobile tire. The 250-foot-wide wheel would rotate to provide artificial gravity, an important consideration at the time because little was known about the effects of prolonged zero-gravity on humans. Von Braun’s wheel was slated for a number of important missions: a way station for space exploration, a meteorological observatory and a navigation aid. This concept was illustrated by artist Chesley Bonestell.” (Marshall Space Flight Center/NASA/Wikimedia)
Do you ever stop and think where your used electronics end up after you’ve finished with them? Chances are they have made their way to countries in Africa or Asia for breaking down and recycling. In a small village south of Kolkata, a teenage boy breaks down circuit boards into their constituent parts. This informal industry exposes workers to many hazardous chemicals and metals and is a growing problem in developing countries as they receive more electronic goods from home and abroad.
Canadian government scientists have found that levels of mercury — a potent neurotoxin which has been found to cause severe birth defects and brain damage — around the region’s vast tar sand operations are up to 16 times higher than regular levels for the region.
The United States ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed along with three of his staff members in an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday night by an armed mob angry over a short American-made video mocking Islam’s founding prophet, the White House and Libyan officials said on Wednesday.
In a statement confirming the four fatalities, President Obama said he strongly condemned the killings and had ordered increased security at American diplomatic posts around the world. It was the first death of an American envoy abroad in more than two decades.
The attack at the compound in Benghazi was far more deadly than administration officials first announced on Tuesday night, when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said one American had been killed and one injured.
Another of those killed was Sean Smith, an information management officer who joined the foreign service 10 years ago, Mrs. Clinton said in a statement. The State Department did not identify the other two, pending notification of their relatives. Mr. Smith, who was a husband and father of two, previously served in Iraq, Canada and the Netherlands.
“All the Americans we lost in yesterday’s attacks made the ultimate sacrifice,” Mrs. Clinton said. “We condemn this vicious and violent attack that took their lives, which they had committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future.”
Mr. Obama’s statement did not disclose details of the attack. Mr. Stevens, the ambassador, arrived in Libya in May after serving as an envoy to the Libyan rebels who overthrew Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, last year. The other three killed were not immediately identified.
“While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants,” Mr. Obama said, calling Mr. Stevens “a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States” who had “selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi” and, as ambassador, “supported Libya’s transition to democracy.”
The New York Times, “U.S. Envoy to Libya Is Killed in Attack.”
God damn it.
God damn Terry Jones and his continued incitement and vile hatred; God damn the financiers and filmmakers who made this piece of Islamophobic trash; and God damn the individuals who committed these outright murders in the name of religion.
God damn them all.
Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.
Another annoying example of the patronizing elitist BS popular now in the media.
Having grown up with the 32oz, 44oz, and 64oz refillable Loaf n’ Jug cups we had in the 80’s, I am still a measly 92lbs, not fat, and rather healthy despite not living in a gym, paranoid about my health. Sure, if they sold real orange juice, or chocolate milk, or chai with milk for the same price per ounce as soda, I would happily buy and drink these other beverages more, but my soda habit is not anyone else’s problem. In fact, it is not a problem at all. But it sure is easier to focus on this sort of fake news, rather than discuss all the real problems going on silently all around us in the background. Hmpfh!!!