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10 votes

Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal

Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal

By Marcus Woo | 10.30.14

Even a piece of metal can get a second chance. In 1991, a group of researchers investigating the disappearance of Amelia Earhart found a sheet of aluminum on the island of Nikumaroro in the Western Pacific. Earhart’s plane, a Model 10 Electra, mysteriously vanished near the island on July 2, 1937. This piece of metal, a sheet 19 inches by 23 inches and made of the same material as Earhart’s plane, looked like it could be the first piece of the aircraft ever found.

The problem was its odd shape and size, which didn’t seem to fit any part of the Electra. “We finally reached the point that we decided that it couldn’t be from Earhart’s plane,” said Richard Gillespie of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which has spent 26 years and made 10 expeditions to investigate the mystery surrounding Earhart’s disappearance.

The team then looked at every other kind of plane that could’ve flown over the Pacific at that time. But, again, nothing fit.

“Earlier this year, around June, I threw up my hands,” Gillespie said. “I didn’t know what the heck this thing is.”

12 votes

NYPD arrests, ‘brutalizes’ peace activist McGovern ahead of Petraeus speech

The New York Police Department has detained prominent peace activist and former CIA agent Ray McGovern, with witnesses saying he was “yelling in pain” during arrest. McGovern was detained ahead of a David Petraeus speech that he planned to attend.

McGovern was detained before the start of a talk between former CIA director David Petraeus, retired US Army Lt. Col. John Nagl, and author Max Boot on American Foreign Policy at the 92nd St Y., an Upper East Side cultural community center.

21 votes

Volkswagen’s New 300 MPG Car Not Allowed In America Because It Is Too Efficient

You won’t find the 300 MPG Volkswagen XL1 in an American showroom, in fact it has even been denied a tour of America because it is too efficient for the American public to be made widely aware of, and oil profits are too high in America with the status quo in place. No tour has been allowed for this car because the myth that 50 mpg is virtually impossible to obtain from even a stripped down econobox is too profitable to let go of, and when it comes to corporate oil profits, ignorance is bliss.

6 votes

First Presidential Debate Set For Republicans

The Hill:

The Reagan Library in California has announced it will host candidates contending for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in September of next year.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/22241...

34 votes

I will never respect another U.S. military aircraft again!

Since I was a boy I've loved planes and especially our mighty Air Force. Airshows, parades, museums, air force bases, movies and so on were many examples of America's might. Never again! It is all a charade and I was duped into believing this is what makes our country great. It's all a lie and our government and military has done nothing but invade, pillage, murder, destroy, enslave, and terrorize innocent people who have done nothing to us.

I am ashamed of our military and will do everything possible to keep my kids and grandkids from joining.

14 votes

Test to see if AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Bell Canada, or Vodacom is using a unique tracking beacon to identify your device

There’s been a big stinky splash about Verizon using a privacy-decimating “perma cookie” so advertisers can track Verizon customers across the web. It works by Verizon injecting a Unique Identifier Header (UIDH) at the end of HTTP connections. As Jonathan Mayer, a computer scientist and lawyer at Stanford, explained, “In short, Verizon is packaging and selling subscriber information, acting as a data broker on real-time advertising exchanges.”

9 votes

US Mint Smashes October Silver Sales Record with 5.8 Million American Silver Eagles Sold

The price of silver is down and sales at the US Mint are soaring. The US Mint reported selling 5,790,000 American Silver Eagles this month, the most ever in October.

https://smaulgld.com/silver-gold-sales-ratio-october-2014-2/

7 votes

The difference between the UK, Great Britain, and england

I was asked yesterday, what's the difference between the UK, Great Britain, and England? I did a poor job of explaining that answer so I looked it up. This is what I found...

Great Britain is an Island, containing 3 countries, England is one of them, the others are Wales and Scotland. The UK is a Kingdom that joins these 3 countries and a fourth called Northern Ireland.

So,

England - Is a Country.

Great Britain - Is an Island containing 3 countries but itself is not a country.

UK - Is a Kingdom, but also a country that has 4 "states", all considered one nation state.

6 votes

Shadow Banking Grows to $75 Trillion Industry, FSB Says

The shadow banking industry grew by $5 trillion to about $75 trillion worldwide last year, driven by lenders seeking to skirt regulations and investors searching for yield amid record low interest rates.

The size of the shadow banking system, which includes hedge funds, real estate investment trusts and off-balance sheet investment vehicles, is about 120 percent of global gross domestic product, or a quarter of total financial assets, according to a report published by the Financial Stability Board today.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-10-30/shadow-banking-g...

8 votes

Mass protests convince Hungarian government to drop internet tax plans

Mass protests convince Hungarian government to drop internet tax plans

Prime Minister Viktor Orban says government will revisit internet taxation and regulation next year

By Amar Toor
October 31, 2014 06:13 am

Hungary has decided to suspend a controversial plan to tax internet data transfers, after the proposed policy sparked large protests earlier this week. As Reuters reports, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced told Hungarian media today that the so-called internet tax will be withdrawn from the country's draft budget, and that a tax on money earned online will be revisited next year.

22 votes

Building With Papercrete

The dome project is moving VERY slowly forward. We had "projectus interruptus" in the form of an unemployed son with twin babies. You know, if you have to put your dreams on hold, that is a pretty fine reason. We now live in the house next to our property, so are getting back after things at last. This fall, we began to cover the dome. We covered it in plywood this summer, leaving a southern window framed to allow maximum light in winter, minimum in summer.

Papercrete is amazing stuff. We put the plywood on with the intention of putting insulation in and roofing over it, then we learned about papercrete (just in time, as always!) Some of the people using it will make a frame of styrofoam. Take two sheets, frame them so there is a gap of a few inches between and fill with papercrete, then when dry, cover with more papercrete. Lightweight, excellent insulation and very, very inexpensive.

We have been mixing it in a bucket, very tedious. We wanted to do some testing before we committed further FRNs to this. We are delighted with our test. We are building one of these now:


http://youtu.be/JoLBeV6tzJ4

21 votes

F- the Lawn

A facebook friend posted this:

http://pulptastic.com/neighbors-saw-boxes-lawn-60-days-later...

Which leads to this project by Luke Keegan:

Fuck the lawn.
"How I replaced my lawn with a veggie garden"

13 votes

Saudi Arabia's Secret Plan to Sabotage U.S. Oil Production

By Jason Simpkin
www.outsiderclub.com

...some observers believe that Saudi Arabia is pushing down oil prices to hurt Russia and other petro-states unfriendly to the U.S.

However, that seems unlikely...

...It takes a lot more money to produce oil from shale than it does traditional wells.
The cost of drilling shale and deepwater formations ranges from $85 to $115 for each barrel of oil produced, compared to $20 to $30 per barrel for traditional oil wells in Saudi Arabia.

The Tuscaloosa shale in Louisiana breaks even at about $92 per barrel, for example.

12 votes

What the Swiss Gold Referendum Means for Central Banks

"It will send shock waves through the gold market and will be a game changer for central banks around the world, according to Egon von Greyerz, Founder and Managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Management, Switzerland, and one of the powers behind the initiative. "

http://wolfstreet.com/2014/10/26/the-swiss-gold-referendum-a...


http://youtu.be/aWrrzVqYMeE

7 votes

The systematic governmental destruction of the presumption of liberty in the name of public safety-Judge Nap

In one of his essays, Madison noted that freedom came about in Europe when the people rose up and cast off or intimidated tyrants, who reluctantly granted the people the freedoms they sought. That was, in Madison’s words, “power granting liberty.” The American experience was the opposite, he argued. After we seceded from Great Britain, the free people of the 13 independent states voluntarily came together and through the states delegated discrete amounts of power to a central government.