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BBC:Sonic weapon' deployed in London during Olympics


Sonic weapon' deployed in London during Olympics

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed a device which can be used as a "sonic weapon" will be deployed in London during the Olympics.

The American-made Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) can be used to send verbal warnings over a long distance or emit a beam of pain-inducing tones.

The equipment was spotted fixed to a landing craft on the Thames at Westminster this week.

An MoD spokesman said it would be used "primarily in the loud hailer mode".  


BBC:JPMorgan shares dive after $2bn trading loss

JPMorgan shares dive after $2bn trading loss

Shares in JPMorgan Chase have dived 9% after the biggest US bank, revealed a trading loss of at least $2bn (£1.2bn).

Chief executive Jamie Dimon blamed "errors, sloppiness and bad judgement" for the losses and warned "it could get worse".

In reaction to the loss, the company's credit rating was downgraded by the agency Fitch.

US media reports say that market regulators have already begun an investigation into the losses.


BBC:US resumes some Bahrain arms sales for 'external defence'

US resumes some Bahrain arms sales for 'external defence'

The United States is resuming sales of some weapons to Bahrain, but says it will not supply the Gulf state with any crowd control equipment.

The US State Department says the shipment will help Bahrain "maintain its external defence capabilities."

Arms sales were frozen last year after the Bahraini government suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations.

Amnesty International says 60 people have been killed since the protests began in February 2011.


BBC:Third Greek coalition bid fails

Third Greek coalition bid fails

The leader of Greece's socialist party, Evangelos Venizelos, has abandoned efforts to form a new government.

Mr Venizelos, the third leader to try to forge a coalition since Sunday's inconclusive elections, said he would now meet the president in a last-ditch effort to avoid fresh polls.

There has been no breakthrough in Mr Venizelos's talks with other parties.

Greece is deeply divided over budget cuts demanded in return for a bailout by the EU and the IMF.


BBC:Peru ministers resign over Shining Path rebel clashes

Peru ministers resign over Shining Path rebel clashes

Peru's interior and defence ministers have resigned in the face of a public outcry over a failed security operation against Shining Path rebels.

Interior Minister Daniel Lozada and Defence Minister Alberto Otarola had been facing censure in congress.

Both had been criticised after at least nine soldiers and police officers were killed in clashes with the rebels.

There was particular outrage after the father of one dead officer was left to recover his body from the jungle.  


BBC:Sudan bombing ‘outrages’ UN's Navi Pillay

Sudan bombing ‘outrages’ UN's Navi Pillay

The UN human rights chief has condemned Sudan's bombing of South Sudan, carried out despite a UN resolution demanding an end to hostilities.

Navi Pillay, on a visit to Juba, said she was "outraged and saddened" by the continued aerial bombardments.

Sudan's leader Omar al-Bashir warned on Thursday that no organisation had the right to dictate to his country, especially when it was threatened.

South Sudan seceded last July as part of a deal to end years of civil war.


Reuters:Chesapeake wins breathing space with $3 billion loan

Chesapeake wins breathing space with $3 billion loan

(Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy Corp said it had received a $3 billion loan from Goldman Sachs and Jeffries Group that will give it breathing room to sell assets and close a funding gap this year.

The company, which has been embroiled in a corporate governance crisis that prompted its move to replace co-founder Aubrey McClendon as chairman, said the new unsecured loan will be used to repay money borrowed under its existing $4 billion revolving credit facility.

"This short-term loan from Goldman and Jefferies provides us with significant additional financial flexibility as we execute our asset sales during the remainder of 2012," McClendon, who will remain as chief executive officer, said in a statement.

The company, the nation's second largest natural gas producer, said it plans to sell $9.0 billion to $11.5 billion in assets this year.


Reuters:Avon cooperating with SEC in stock trading probe

Avon cooperating with SEC in stock trading probe

(Reuters) - Cosmetics company Avon Products Inc is cooperating with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which was reported on Friday to be looking into trading activity before fragrance maker Coty Inc's $10 billion offer to buy Avon.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the SEC sent a letter to Avon on April 2, the day Coty made its offer public, asking for telephone records and other information.

In the letter, reviewed by the newspaper, the SEC said it "is examining trading in the securities of Avon Products Inc ahead of today's announcement that Coty Inc has submitted a non-binding proposal to acquire Avon."

There was no immediate comment from the SEC. An Avon spokeswoman told Reuters the company is cooperating in the matter but declined to comment further.


Reuters:U.S. lawmakers want Haqqani named "terrorist" group

U.S. lawmakers want Haqqani named "terrorist" group

(Reuters) - The leaders of congressional intelligence committees, who recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan, urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday to immediately designate the militant Haqqani network as a "terrorist" group.

U.S. officials blame the al Qaeda-linked network for attacks in Afghanistan including assaults on embassies and the parliament in Kabul. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen, called the Haqqani group a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's intelligence service.

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees, in a letter to Clinton, said their trip to Afghanistan last week reaffirmed concerns about the network.

"It was clear that the Haqqani Network continues to launch sensational and indiscriminate attacks against U.S. interests in Afghanistan and the group poses a continuing threat to innocent men, women, and children in the region," the letter said.


Reuters:U.S. says "eyes wide open" in response to Myanmar changes

U.S. says "eyes wide open" in response to Myanmar changes

(Reuters) - The United States is matching Myanmar's tentative steps toward democracy after decades of harsh military rule with a calibrated re-engagement, aware of the potential for setbacks, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Friday.

Patrick Murphy, the State Department's deputy special representative for Myanmar, said Washington is deepening its engagement with the reformist government, looking at easing more sanctions and likely to appoint a U.S. ambassador "in coming weeks."

"We embrace these changes that are taking place with eyes wide open," he said in remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington think tank.

Washington was pleased so far with dramatic developments over the past year that have seen the freeing of hundreds of political prisoners, a more liberal media environment and the seating in parliament of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and her fellow National League for Democracy lawmakers, said Murphy.


Reuters:Top Republican rejects Panetta's defense budget criticism

Top Republican rejects Panetta's defense budget criticism

(Reuters) - A top Republican lawmaker on defense issues on Friday rejected Pentagon chief Leon Panetta's criticism of budget maneuvering in Congress, underscoring the difficulty of finding a compromise on security spending at a time of sharp political polarization.

Representative Buck McKeon, chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, told Panetta in a letter that he was "clearly operating under some misconceptions" about a defense policy bill passed this week that authorized $554 billion in defense spending for the 2013 fiscal year.

McKeon said the House panel added nearly $4 billion in additional funding to the Pentagon's budget request because Panetta told them spending cuts ordered by Congress had taken the Defense Department "right to the razor's edge."

McKeon's letter came a day after Panetta warned at a news conference that efforts to protect the defense budget at the expense of other programs was likely to create gridlock in Congress that could block efforts to avert a big automatic cut in the defense budget in January.


Reuters:Putin flexes muscle in shunning U.S.-hosted G8 talks

Putin flexes muscle in shunning U.S.-hosted G8 talks

(Reuters) - Of all the signals and symbols that shape Russian foreign policy, this one seemed particularly blunt: Vladimir Putin, in one of the first decisions of his new presidency, will shun a Group of Eight summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama.

The May 18-19 visit was to have been Putin's first foreign trip since he returned to the Kremlin on Monday, a chance to begin putting U.S. ties back on track after a growth in tension over missile defense, Syria and Russia's presidential campaign.

Instead, Putin is sending his junior partner, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev - and a message that as long as he is in charge, Russia will not bend to Washington's will when its interests are at stake.

"I think the signal he wants to send to America ... is that agreements with America will be built on a balance of the strategic interests of America and Russia," said Dmitry Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center think-tank. "Russia will not make any unilateral concessions."


LA Times:Apple-Owned Map Technologies to Replace Google in iOS 6

Apple-Owned Map Technologies to Replace Google in iOS 6

Apple’s “Maps” app will be updated in iOS 6 to use Apple-owned technologies to replace Google’s mapping data for the backend, according to unnamed sources at 9to5Mac and AllThingsD. Included is a new 3D mode that will reportedly be part of the re-engineered system.

Over the past few years, Apple has acquired several mapping technologies, including PlaceBase (July 2009), Poly9 (July 2010), and C3 Technologies (October 2011). Rumors began before the release of iOS 5 that Apple would be abandoning Google’s maps in favor of its own. However, for iOS5 Apple and Google extended their cooperative agreement.

It seems that with iOS 6 these acquisitions will finally be put to use and the relationship with Google for this service will come to an end.

The Maps app has always had an Apple designed interface, but the mapping data has been pulled from Google databases. The new app is rumored to have a slightly different icon to note the changes in its capabilities.

 
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  •  World War II Kittyhawk fighter found in Sahara (14+ / 0-)
    Military historian Andy Saunders said that the British flight sergeant "must have survived the crash" because a photograph of the plane showed a parachute had been put up on the side of the plane, apparently as a form of shelter, The Telegraph reported.
    "The radio and batteries were out of the plane, and it looks like he tried to get it working. If he died at the side of the plane, his remains would have been found," Saunders added. "Once he had crashed there, nobody was going to come and get him. It is more likely he tried to walk out of the desert but ended up walking to his death. It is too hideous to contemplate."
    Pictures & more here. difficult to contemplate, really.

    http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/...

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:12:32 PM PDT

    •  My Experience of Near Death is Icewater, (10+ / 0-)

      Titanic style. It's the single most traumatic experience of my life; yet by all the survivor accounts I find, hypothermia is a thousand times faster, and evidently a million times more merciful, than dehydration.

      For our nation, this is a very wicked southern border issue.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:25:33 PM PDT

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      •  Gooserock (5+ / 0-)

        I don`t know what you experienced but I too almost met the Grim Reaper in the icy waters not very far from where the Titanic went down.
        On a 2,500 ton 328 ' freighter that suddenly went dead in the water during a heavy winter storm, we started rolling broadside with the waves. With everything being ripped apart we were about one more roll from going over, when I got one of the two main engines started & finally the captain was able to steer into the storm.
        At the same time, I fully understand the other extreme as being so much worse.
        I`ve heard about & read of family members retracing the immigrants` paths into the US across the endless deserts of the Southwest, trying to locate loved ones, or I should say their bodies, only to find other human remains of similar fate.
        Samaritans go out to place water canisters & food for those during the crossings on the trail of death, but many of those caches are sought out & destroyed by vigilante minutemen. A pox on their families. How un-human is that.

        My ship mentioned above
        MV ANSWER
        THE ANSWER sc000acc30

        I`m already against the next war.

        by Knucklehead on Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:50:30 PM PDT

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  •  Embracing The Mystery..... (9+ / 0-)

    Trix and I have made fun of AMC's "The Killing," which had a huge backlash against it after not revealing the killer at the end of its first season. While as a show "The Killing" has more problems than just not revealing the killer, there is an argument to be made that sometimes less is more. Sometimes its better to not answer the question, because the mystery and all of the possibilities are more satisfying than any solution a writer could come up with.

    An interesting example of this is director Richard Kelly explaining the mysteries in "Donnie Darko" in interviews & DVD commentaries. I think a lot of the "cult" appeal of that movie has been lost because of that, since the movie works a lot better being ambiguous and left open to interpretation.

    Over at the A.V. Club, they have piece centered around the question of which pop-culture mystery have you spent the most time wondering about, or been the most curious about?

    Among the ones discussed:

    • While David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" did answer who killed Laura Palmer, the show never really explained all of the weirdness that surrounded the murder.

    What was up with the creamed-corn kid? Did the Log Lady really have her dead husband’s spirit in her log, or was she just crazy? Is that related to Josie seemingly dying (of fright? Really?) and having her spirit trapped in a bureau-drawer pull-knob? What exactly are the owls? How does the Red Room relate to the Black and White Lodges, and what happens there? And what happens to Agent Cooper at the end? There are plenty more unanswered questions, and generally, no, I don’t have theories, or even much faith that the creators had answers in mind for many of the questions they left open—dedicated Peaks fans have assembled a number of interview fragments from various places that indicate even the writers don’t agree on the answers to some of these questions, and creator David Lynch has said himself that he doesn’t know what the Red Room is, he was just operating on intuition and imagery.
    Fans have pored over these questions, and many others, since the film’s release. And all the heady theorizing has itself been profiled in the recent doc Room 237, in which obsessives suggest that the film is Kubrick’s roundabout Holocaust allegory, or that he’s using it to confess that he faked the Apollo 11 moon landing. While I find this stuff interesting, I’m more interested in how this sort of Shining fandom speaks to the film itself. All these unanswered questions only illustrate how wonderfully spongy and open-ended The Shining is, mysteries creeping around the film’s edges like ghosts. He leaves a lot of threads dangling, but in doing so, Kubrick created what may be the greatest testament to his gargantuan talent—he transmuted the work of a pulpy American author into something evoking the enigmatic splendor of Alain Resnais.
    • Is Deckard a Replicant in 'Blade Runner'? Does the original cut of the film even support it? Does it work better or worse thematically one way or another?
    • What happens to Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross characters after the famously ambiguous happy ending of 'The Graduate'? Happily ever after? Does the excitement of the moment fade shortly after we leave them? Or something in-between?

    A recent example of this sort of thing is Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter," whose ending has been vigorously debated on film websites.


    Without spoiling anything, the debate over the ending gets into how you interpret the nature of the film. Is it a story about a man's mental illness & how that affects his family & all those around him? Or is it about faith, and a modern interpretation of Noah's story and how a community & family would react to that situation?

    •  Hoffman and Ross got married (7+ / 0-)

      He went into plastics, became a vice-president of sales, got himself a honey, and they divorced with 2.5 kids.

      •  In His Re-Review Of The Film..... (6+ / 0-)

        ...Back in 1997, Roger Ebert pointed out that Ben & Elaine's relationship is based on the circumstances of the film, and they don't have a meaningful conversation that could be considered the basis of a relationship at any point in the movie.

        So, given that, how well do you think a marriage based on those particulars is going to work?

        The only character in the movie who is alive--who can see through situations, understand motives, and dare to seek her own happiness--is Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). Seen today, "The Graduate'' is a movie about a young man of limited interest, who gets a chance to sleep with the ranking babe in his neighborhood, and throws it away in order to marry her dorky daughter.

        Consider, for a moment, the character of Elaine (Katharine Ross), Mrs. Robinson's daughter. She has no dialogue of any depth. She has an alarming fetish for false eyelashes. She agrees to marry a tall, blond jock (Brian Avery) mostly because her parents will be furious with her if she doesn't. She is so witless that she misunderstands everything Benjamin says to her. When she discovers Benjamin has slept with her mother, she is horrified, but before they have ever had a substantial conversation about the subject, she has forgiven him--apparently because Mrs. Robinson is so hateful that it couldn't have been Benjamin's fault. She then escapes from the altar at her own wedding to flee with Benjamin on a bus, where they look at each other nervously, perhaps because they are still to have a meaningful conversation.

        As Benjamin and Elaine escaped in that bus at the end of ``The Graduate,'' I cheered, the first time I saw the movie. What was I thinking of? What did the scene celebrate? ``Doing your own thing,'' I suppose.

    •  I enjoy ambiguous films (4+ / 0-)

      It's why i like Michael Haneke's films. He's so good at endings. I loved how Lost in Translation wrapped up.

      And speaking of Kubrik, i think another good example is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Practically that entire film is ambiguous.

      All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

      by subtropolis on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:12:06 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you!!! (9+ / 0-)

    Best wishes to all here!!

    May you have a great weekend, and if you can't then {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:18:02 PM PDT

  •  12% of Moms Use Cellphone During Sex (9+ / 0-)

    Hey, can`t you see I`m busy... on the phone.
    Now if we`re "busy" the only use for the phone Might
    be on "Vibrate"

    Some other highlights from the survey include:

    Seventy-two percent of moms say they are frustrated by recent Facebook changes to its format and privacy policies.
    Most moms (96 percent) say it's important to control who sees their personal information on Facebook.
    Fort-four percent say they keep Facebook open on their computers all day, twice as many who said the same in 2010; And compared with 2010, when Mom had 151 Facebook friends on average, she now has 209.
    Streaming television online is on the rise, with 23 percent of moms doing so now, compared with 16 percent in 2010.
    Who needs commercials? Some 36 percent of moms said they watch programs on digital video recorders (DVR), and 84 percent said they avoid commercials when watching live television.

    http://www.livescience.com/...

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:20:07 PM PDT

  •  Are they making a movie (7+ / 0-)

    with their cell phones?

     

    12% of Moms Use Cellphone During Sex

    Fascism will come to the United States wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross. --Sinclair Lewis

    by maggiejean on Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:31:16 PM PDT

  •  Thank you JML for another (9+ / 0-)

    interesting and informative OND.  

    I am past annoyed at all the money that goes to the military/industrial complex at the expense of so many things. I just wish everyone felt as I feel.

    Top Republican rejects Panetta's defense budget criticism

    (Reuters) - A top Republican lawmaker on defense issues on Friday rejected Pentagon chief Leon Panetta's criticism of budget maneuvering in Congress, underscoring the difficulty of finding a compromise on security spending at a time of sharp political polarization.

    Fascism will come to the United States wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross. --Sinclair Lewis

    by maggiejean on Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:37:06 PM PDT

  •  Mississippi River saved the Gulf of Mexico (11+ / 0-)

    Penn News: A Push From the Mississippi Kept Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Off Shore, Penn Research Shows

    When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, residents feared that their Gulf of Mexico shores would be inundated with oil. And while many wetland habitats and wildlife were oiled during the three-month leak, the environmental damage to coastal Louisiana was less than many expected, in part because much of the crude never made it to the coast.

    Research by a trio of geoscientists, including the University of Pennsylvania’s Douglas Jerolmack, now offers an explanation for why some of the oil stayed out at sea. Using publicly available datasets, their study reveals that the force of the Mississippi River emptying into the Gulf of Mexico created mounds of freshwater which pushed the oil slick off shore.

    “The idea is that, if the water surface is tilting a little bit, then maybe the oil will move downhill, sort of like a ball on a plate. If you tilt the plate, the ball will roll one way and then another,” Jerolmack said. “Surprisingly no one had really investigated the effect that the tilting of the water surface can have on the migration of oil.”

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