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  • Trump's scorching 82 percent on Staten Island is record-setter

    04/20/2016 5:49:22 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    http://www.silive.com/ ^ | Rachel Shapiro
    Donald Trump's Staten Island supporters were confident the brash businessman would win in the borough, but even his most staunch allies were pleasantly surprised that the GOP front-runner on Tuesday took the Island with 82 percent of the vote, setting a record for the highest margin of victory for the candidate so far in the national race. (SNIP) On Staten Island, he got 73 percent in the North Shore's 61st Assembly district represented by Assemblyman Matthew Titone; 85 percent in the South Shore's 62nd district, that Ron Castorina Jr. was just elected to; 80 percent in the mid-Island's 63rd district...
  • Donald J. Trump to Hold Large Rally in Long Island

    Donald J. Trump will pad over his loss in Wisconsin with a large rally in Long Island on Wednesday night, where some 18,000 people have requested tickets and where he will be standing with a number of supporters, organizers said. ”
  • Details on Bill Clinton's ride on pedophile's 'Lolita Express' sought

    03/24/2016 5:01:13 PM PDT · by Mr Apple · 94 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced today that on June 15, 2015, it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain records of all Secret Service expenses incurred to provide "security and or/other services" to former President Bill Clinton during his trips to the Caribbean island of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:15-cv-00915)).
  • Jeffrey Epstein underage abuse victims sue government saying they were kept in the dark...

    02/11/2016 4:12:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/11/16 | Chris Spargo
    Jeffrey Epstein underage abuse victims sue government saying they were kept in the dark about 'sweetheart deal' giving billionaire immunity after he pleaded guilty to hiring teen for sex A decade after police began an investigation into claims that financier Jeffrey Epstein had solicited teenage girls for sex, two women who the government designated as underage victims at the time have filed a lawsuit over his 'sweetheart deal.' The women, identified as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, claim in court papers filed Wednesday that they were unaware of the secret deal being made between the defense team and...
  • The Salacious Ammo Even Donald Trump Won't Use in a Fight Against Hillary Clinton

    01/31/2016 11:46:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Vice ^ | 1/29/16 | Ken Silverstein
    **SNIP** Flight logs show Bill Clinton traveled at least 10 times on Epstein's private jet, dubbed the "Lolita Express" by tabloids, and he is widely reported to have visited Little St. James, Epstein's private island in the US Virgin Islands. That's where, according to attorneys for Epstein's victims, many of the worst crimes against minors were committed by Epstein and friends who traveled there with him. In a 2011 interview with her attorneys, Virginia Roberts, one of the teenagers preyed upon by Epstein, said he had told her he had "compromising" information on Bill Clinton and that the former president...
  • Alan Dershowitz on the Defense (His Own)

    12/13/2015 11:48:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/12/2015 | BARRY MEIER
    --SNIP-- The protesters, however, were not challenging his Middle East politics. Instead, they held up a sign reading, “You Are Rape Culture.” Mr. Dershowitz knew what it meant. A decade ago, he had defended a friend, a money manager named Jeffrey E. Epstein, after authorities in Palm Beach, Fla., found evidence indicating that he was paying underage girls to give him sexual massages. The lawyer led a scorched-earth attack on the girls and, with a team of high-priced lawyers, cut a plea deal for Mr. Epstein that the local police said was too lenient.
  • Conde Nast Traveler: Palawan named world’s best island to visit second year in a row

    10/22/2015 11:59:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Manila Bulletin ^ | 10/22/2015
    For the second year in a row, the island of Palawan was recognized as Best Island in the World by leading US travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler in its Readers’ Choice Awards 2015. Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato Jr., in a text message to the Philippines News Agency said that the department was delighted about the recognition given to Palawan by Conde Nast. “The DOT is continuously focused on developing destinations in the country together with all stakeholders: NGAs, LGUs, private sector, and all our much-valued markets; to exceed expectations in many fronts,” Boncato said. “…Accolades...
  • Egyptian billionaire: I found the island the island I want to buy for refugees

    09/18/2015 9:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 16, 2015 | Ivana Kottasova
    An Egyptian billionaire's offer to buy an island for refugees is closer to becoming reality...
  • Egyptian billionaire offers to buy an ISLAND ...so fleeing migrants can 'build a new country'

    09/10/2015 2:27:44 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/04/2015 | By Simon Tomlinson for MailOnline
    An Egyptian billionaire has offered to buy an island from Greece or Italy and develop it to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from Syria and other conflicts. Announcing the initiative on Twitter, telecoms tycoon Naguib Sawiris said: 'Greece or Italy sell me an island, I'll call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country'. More than 2,300 people have died at sea trying to reach Europe since January, many of them Syrians who fled their country's four-and-a-half year conflict. His comments also come just days after heartbreaking images emerged of three-year-old...
  • Federal Judge Orders Obama IRS to Court

    Federal Judge Orders Obama IRS to Court JUNE 19, 2015 Judge Demands More Answers from IRS Reopen Clinton FOIA Lawsuit Judicial Watch Goes to Court for Details on Bill Clinton’s Travels with Sex Offender Judge Demands More Answers from IRS Try telling the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you lost some tax documents and then magically found them again once legal pressure was applied. What do you think the end result would be for you if you tried to operate this way? Judicial Watch is succeeding in court in its effort to remind the Obama IRS that it isn’t above...
  • New South Pacific island shows fast-forming geology

    06/10/2015 9:29:56 AM PDT · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | June 9, 2015 | Phil Robinson
    New South Pacific island shows fast-forming geology By Phil Robinson Published: 9 June 2015 (GMT+10) Volcanic activity from a submarine vent of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano has recently created a new island 55 km (35 miles) off the coast of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean. The new island was formed as a result of a six-week eruption which officially ended on 26 January 2015. As a result of erupted magma and vast plumes of ash, which reached heights of up to 9,000 m (30,000 ft),1 the as yet unnamed cone-shaped island was formed spanning about 1.7 km (1.1...
  • Alan Dershowitz defends Bill Clinton, saying he wasn’t a perv on Jeffrey Epstein’s island compound

    02/12/2015 5:34:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/11/15 | Dareh Gregorian
    Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is continuing his offensive against the woman accusing him and billionaire perv Jeffrey Epstein of preying on her when she was underaged. In a statement Wednesday, Dershowitz said Jane Doe No. 3 — aka Virginia Roberts, 31 — lied about seeing former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore at Epstein’s Caribbean island compound in the early 2000s.
  • Bill Clinton caught cavorting with a pedophile- is there more?

    01/05/2015 3:53:01 PM PST · by Starman417 · 38 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-05-14 | DrJohn
    That Bill Clinton is a serial adulterer is not news. That Clinton may have been involved with underage sex slaves is new. A new lawsuit has revealed the extent of former President Clinton's friendship with a fundraiser who was later jailed for having sex with an underage prostitute. Bill Clinton's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, who served time in 2008 for his illegal sexual partners, included up multiple trips to the onetime billionaire's private island in the Caribbean where underage girls were allegedly kept as sex slaves. The National Enquirer has released new details about the two men's friendship, which seems...
  • NBC News Cameraman From Providence Diagnosed With Ebola

    10/03/2014 10:48:44 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 42 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | October 3, 2014 | WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports
    According to NBC, Mukpo started showing symptoms on Wednesday, when he ran a fever and began feeling tired and achy. He was tested for the virus Thursday and it came back positive just under 12 hours later, the network reported on its website Friday. The other four members of the NBC News team are feeling well and not showing symptoms of the Ebola virus, according to the network. Mukpo is the fifth American infected with Ebola. He is currently being treated at the Doctors Without Borders Clinic in Monrovia. His mother, Diana Mukpo, told WBZ-TV Chris McKinnon Friday her son...
  • LAWSUIT: Bill Clinton Flew on Fundraiser's Jet to Private Island Stocked with Teenage Sex Slaves...

    03/24/2014 3:41:12 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 37 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
      Can you believe that after all these years Bill Clinton sex scandals are still emerging, evolving... and getting worse?   Good grief, man- Slick Willie (and sidekick Willie Jr) are no spring chickens, both turning 68 this year. But just when you thought he couldn't get any lower, we hear of Bubba and a major bundler proven by flight records to have traveled repeatedly to the very same fundraiser's private island, which was allegedly stocked with underage 'sex slaves' being held against their will... you just can't make this stuff up any better than Bubba does it.  ...
  • Staten Islanders file civil rights complaint against Bayonne Bridge project

    01/28/2014 4:27:51 PM PST · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Star Ledger NJ.com ^ | January 28, 2014
    NEW YORK — A Staten Island community group says a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge violates the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 by exposing minority residents of the island's north shore to toxins without providing any offsetting economic benefits.
  • Giant oarfish found off Catalina Island

    10/16/2013 8:10:26 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 15, 2013
    (UPI) -- A snorkeling instructor discovered a dead 18-foot oarfish off the coast of Catalina Island on Sunday. "It just amazed me," said Jeff Chace, director of the Catalina Island Marine Institute, adding that it took about 15 people to carry the leviathan onto shore. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery," he said. The instructor was snorkeling in 15 to 20 feet of water in Tony Bay when she stumbled upon the carcass after seeing a "half-dollar sized eye starring at her from the sandy bottom," Chace said. Chace said it is unclear how the oarfish died because there were no...
  • Strong Pakistani Earthquake Creates New Island Off Country's Coast

    09/24/2013 11:22:21 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 22 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/24/2013 | Tyler Durden
    As reported earlier, Pakistan and India were both shaken by a strong 7.8 magnitude earthquake with numerous aftershocks. While the damage and the casualties from the quake are not fully known yet although according to Raza news agency the latest death toll is at 45, one quite stunning development has emerged, quite literally, out of the sea. As Pakistani's The News reports, an entire island emerged off the country's Gwadar coast in the aftermath of the quake. "According to DIG Gwadar Moazzam Jah, the island's altitude is 20 to 40 feet and width around 100 feet. Talking to Geo news,...
  • Did Barack Obama pick the wrong venue for anti-slavery speech?

    06/28/2013 4:22:42 PM PDT · by Errant · 48 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 June, 2013 | Colin Freeman
    For a black American president on a tour of Africa, it seemed an obvious opportunity for a speech about the evils of slavery. When Barack Obama visited Senegal on Thursday, he headed for Gorée Island, where a crumbling fort is said to have been the key departure point for millions of slaves shipped across the Atlantic. Yet as the president toured the 18th century building and later spoke of how the visit had allowed him to "fully appreciate the magnitude of the slave trade", historians pointed out that it was probably never used for that purpose at all.
  • Jack Lew Oversaw Up to 113 Cayman Island Investment Funds

    04/14/2013 5:00:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/13/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Jack Lew, who has been nominated as the next treasury secretary, oversaw up as many as a hundred Cayman Island investments when he worked at Citi Bank as chief operating officer of the alternative investment services unit, SEC disclosures reveal. It has previously been reported that Lew himself had been invested in a fund that was based in the Cayman Islands. "To meet your complex hedge fund, fund of hedge funds and private equity fund needs, Citi is your single provider with market-leading experience, global reachand state-of-the-art technology. Our unmatched worldwide presence, economies of scale and comprehensive portfolio of solutions...
  • NASA Photo of the Day: Guam "Tip of the Spear" USA

    04/04/2013 6:33:28 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 20 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | December 30, 2011 | National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    U.S. Territory of Guam photographed from the NASA Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite on December 30, 2011. Map 1 and Map 2. 2013 x 3020, 2680 x 4020, 3346 x 5020, 4014 x 6021. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-201304.htm
  • Obama Called Cayman Island Investments 'The Biggest Tax Scam on Record' (2008 video)

    02/11/2013 5:31:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 2/11/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama called Cayman Island investments "the biggest tax scam on record." Now, in 2013, President Obama has nominated Jack Lew, who had $56,000 in Cayman Island investments, to be the next secretary of Treasury. Here's Obama making the claim in 2008:
  • El Hierro getting worse by the day

    07/03/2012 10:25:13 AM PDT · by Errant · 56 replies
    Iceage Now ^ | July 3, 2012 | Robert
    “The island has now been elevated by 9 cm due to the magma pressure. Last night there was one quake of 4.4 on the Richter scale, at a depth of 18km, which was also felt on the neighbouring island of La Palma.”
  • Video from Space Shows Army Creating an Island Off the Coast of the US

    07/03/2012 9:11:49 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jesus Diaz
    The Army has been creating an island since 1998 on the Northeast coast of the United States. Slowly, the US Army Corps of Engineers built concrete dikes to establish its perimeter and then have spent more than decade filling them with mud. Its name: Poplar island. Fortunately, no weird stuff is going on there (that we know of, anyway). Poplar Island, which is being rebuilt in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, is 30 miles south of Baltimore Harbor, where all the mud is coming from.
  • Oops: White House Sending Joe Biden Off to ‘Road Island’

    02/20/2012 11:55:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Jammiewf.com ^ | 2/20/12 | Jammie
    Let’s face it, Greasy Joe probably has no idea where he is most of the time, so the fact he’s heading to Road Island probably doesn’t register with him. Joe Biden‘s camp might be overly-reliant on spell-check. The White House recently announced that the Vice President would be attending campaign events in “Road Island.” The glaring misspelling of the Ocean State showed up in a widely-distributed press release detailing Biden’s upcoming travel plans. After spending the holiday weekend in Wilmington, Del., the VP will make stops on Thursday in Boston, Mass., Manchester, New Hampshire, and finally, Providence, Rhode Island. In...
  • Greeks claim having found Alexander the Great’s tomb, Ark of the Covenant

    11/09/2011 5:11:12 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 92 replies
    Focus ^ | 09/11/11 | staff
    Athens. It is believed that the tomb of Alexander the Great and the Ark of the Covenant have been found on the Greek Island of Thasos, announced Russian Grekomania.ru, which is information partner of the Greek Minister of Culture and Tourism.
  • Libertarian Peter Thiel Shocks With Political Island Project

    08/21/2011 2:27:23 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 41 replies
    The Winston Review ^ | August 21, 2011 | -TWR-
    Billionaire Peter Thiel shocks again. Details magazine, reports he’s supporting what could be described as “Fantasy Island” or “Lord of the Flies” – revolutionary manmade floating nation-states, only 200 miles off the coast of San Francisco. It’s a story now receiving both national and international interest. From The Washington Post: The micro-countries Thiel proposes are diesel-powered, moveable, 2,000-ton structures built on oil rig-like platforms, with space for 270 residents to live. Thiel believes these islands may be important in “experimenting with new ideas for government,” such as no welfare, no minimum wage, fewer weapons restrictions, and looser building codes. The...
  • Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands

    08/16/2011 11:28:05 AM PDT · by Freeport · 56 replies
    The Lookout ^ | Aug, 16 2011 | Liz Goodwin
    Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 million to an initiative to create floating libertarian countries in international waters, according to a profile of the billionaire in Details magazine. Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach of law-of-the-sea treaties. The idea is for these countries to start from scratch--free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place. Details says the experiment would be "a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that...
  • 15 illegal immigrants stranded on Calif. island

    07/11/2011 3:06:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/11/11 | Robert Jablon - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fifteen suspected illegal immigrants who were stranded on a remote Southern California island for three days were being held Monday after what may have been a 300-mile journey in a rickety boat — the latest evidence that Mexican smugglers are heading farther north to avoid capture. Fourteen men and a woman in their 30s and 40s were rescued from the north side of Santa Cruz Island on Sunday — days after a man called 911 to say he and three other men had been dropped off somewhere on an island and were stranded, authorities said. "It...
  • Rhode Island: Muslim student charged with making bomb threat at Roger Williams University

    05/09/2011 12:42:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    jihad watch ^ | 5/9/11 | Robert
    Maybe he just didn't like the food. "Bristol police charge Saudi student in bomb threat at RWU," by Donita Naylor in the Providence Journal, May 9 (thanks to Block Ness): BRISTOL, R.I. -- The suspicious person arrested at Roger Williams University on Thursday was a Saudi Arabia man studying English, police said Monday. They had been called to investigate a possible bomb threat. Lt. Steven Contente said Abdulrahman Khalid Althuwayb, 25, asked for food service at the dining center before it opened Thursday morning. A dining supervisor said that Althuwayb was served, and he was asked to come during business...
  • Hawaii Law: Child born prior 1967 must have Christian name

    01/21/2011 3:25:29 AM PST · by bushpilot1 · 104 replies
    Google Scholar ^ | February 21, 1979. | Chief Judge Samuel P. King
    United States District Court, D. Hawaii. February 21, 1979. THE HAWAII LAW ON NAMES The basic statute in Hawaii on names was adopted in 1860. Until 1967, it was required that all children born in wedlock shall have their father's name as a "family name" and ". . . a Christian name suitable to their sex."
  • Geology Picture of Last Week, Jan. 2-8, 2011: Semisopochnoi Island

    01/13/2011 8:56:50 PM PST · by cogitator · 4 replies
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | Last week | NASA
    Semisopochnoi Island, from space, from sea level This image came up a few days ago in the Earth Observatory. Clicking it here will go to the full image from space, which isn't labeled. I wondered if they were any images of the Semisopochnoi volcanoes from sea/ground level or aircraft. There are. Below are two pictures of the Fuji-esque Sugarloaf Peak. Second is clickable, first isn't.
  • Breaking: North Korea Fires Artillery at South, Killing 1

    11/23/2010 1:42:43 AM PST · by FTJM · 27 replies
    AP via FOX News ^ | 11/23/10 | Staff
    North Korea fired artillery barrages onto a South Korean island near their disputed border Tuesday, setting buildings alight and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets. At least one South Korean marine was killed and 13 wounded, the military said. The skirmish came amid high tension over North Korea's claim that it has a new uranium enrichment facility and just six weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il unveiled his youngest son Kim Jong Un as his heir apparent. One South Korean marine was killed, three were seriously wounded and 10 slightly wounded, a Joint Chiefs...
  • North Koreans Attack South Korean Island: One Dead, 70 Houses Burning (photos, video)

    11/23/2010 12:56:07 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 23, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    South Koreans return fire- scramble fighter jets Some houses in South Korea's Yeonpyeong Islandin the Yellow Sea are ablaze as scores of rounds of artillery,fired by North Korea at 2:34 p.m. on Nov. 23, hit the island.  As revelations of secret advances made in Pyongyang's ability to enrich uranium come to light, some have suggested arming the South with nuclear weaponry... looks like Dear Leader didn't care for that prospect much... North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of rounds of artillery toward South Korean waters and an island near the tense west sea border, the South's military said, leaving at least...
  • North Korea artillery fire hits South island

    11/22/2010 10:44:48 PM PST · by John W · 137 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 23, 2010 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return fire by the South, Seoul's military and media reports said.
  • N. Korea fires artillery towards S. Korean island, official says (houses destroyed, fire broke out)

    11/22/2010 10:44:16 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 574 replies · 4+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 11/23/10
    N. Korea fires artillery towards S. Korean island, official says SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Tuesday fired several rounds of artillery towards South Korean waters and an island near the tense west sea border, the South's military said. The North's artillery shells fell at 2:34 p.m. in the South's waters off the island of Yeonpyeong, some of them landing directly on the island, said Col. Lee Bung-woo, spokesman at the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The South's military responded with its artillery firing.
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, October 17-23, 2010: Waterfalls of La Reunion (+Bonus)

    10/20/2010 8:26:23 PM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies
    Flickr ^ | Various
    This week, a couple of waterfalls on the island of La Reunion (which, bye-the-bye, also has its own active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, erupting right now.) La Reunion is the French version of Hawaii: tropical, waterfalls, old volcanoes with landscapes like Kauai, and the active one, too. I've posted pictures of the big 1,000+ foot volcano in the Iron Hole crater; these are some other nice ones. Click for full-size. Cascade Niagara (not the one in Canada!) And if you want adventure:
  • Disputed isle in Bay of Bengal disappears into sea

    03/24/2010 12:20:28 PM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 3 replies · 466+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 3/24/10 | NIRMALA GEORGE
    <p>NEW DELHI – For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island's gone.</p> <p>New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said.</p>
  • Nan Madol: The City Built on Coral Reefs

    11/16/2009 7:33:16 PM PST · by BGHater · 5 replies · 748+ views
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 03 Nov 2009 | Christopher Pala
    One of the oldest archaeological sites not on a heritage list, this Pacific state, like Easter Island, is an engineering marvel We zigzag slowly in our skiff around the shallow coral heads surrounding Pohnpei. The island, a little smaller than New York City, is part of the Federated States of Micronesia. It is nestled in a vast tapestry of coral reefs. Beyond the breakers, the Pacific stretches 5,578 miles to California. A stingray dashes in front of us, flying underwater like a butterfly alongside our bow. Our destination is Nan Madol, near the southern side of the island, the only...
  • British archaeologists solve the mystery of the Easter Island red hats

    09/07/2009 8:49:36 AM PDT · by BGHater · 23 replies · 1,009+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 07 Sep 2009 | Sarah Nelson
    A team of British archaeologists has solved the mystery of how the famous statues dotting the landscape of Easter Island acquired their distinctive red hats. Dr Sue Hamilton from University College London and Dr Colin Richards from the University of Manchester believe the hats were constructed in a hidden quarry and then rolled down from the slopes of an ancient volcano. They are the first archaeologists ever to have excavated the Puna Pau quarry on the tiny Pacific island. The team have discovered the mystery behind the red hats worn by the Easter Island statues Around 70 intact giant red...
  • Caldey Island population fights to protect ancient right to independence

    08/27/2009 2:33:35 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 4 replies · 743+ views
    Guardian Co UK ^ | August 26th 2009 | Caroline Davies
    In a battle of "democracy over bureaucracy", monks and residents on a tiny Welsh holy island are fighting to protect an ancient right to independence amid fears they could become part of Tenby. Under local government proposals Caldey Island, a religious retreat for more than 1,000 years and with an electorate of 28, will come under the seaside town's local council. But the islanders, which include the semi-trappist brothers of the Reformed Cistercian Order, say the move could cost them Ł55 a year each in council precept for no additional benefit. With only a few hundred yards of road,...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, June 14-20, 2009: Living on volcanoes (+ bonus)

    06/18/2009 9:43:16 PM PDT · by cogitator · 16 replies · 1,540+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory and Volcano Discovery | Various | Various
    NASA's Earth Observatory inspires a couple of different views this week. First of all, there's this: Fogo, Cape Verde Islandswhich in part notes that there are villages inside the caldera which holds the volcanic peak of Fogo (actually Pico do Fogo, if you're wondering why it's labeled Pico in the picture). I wouldn't think that's exactly prime real estate! In the picture below you can see the villages as small white dots, and the road to them through the caldera. The other images are a few I found that the two villages from various perspectives. View from the 1995 eruption...
  • Report: Obama Unloads Uighurs to Palau at $12 Million a Pop

    06/09/2009 9:21:54 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 26 replies · 1,383+ views
    Weekly Standard | 6/9/09 | Thomas Joscelyn
    It looks like the Obama administration has finally found a home for the 17 Uighurs detained at Gitmo. According to the Associated Press, the small Pacific Island of Palau is reportedly taking all 17 Uighurs in exchange for $200 million. If true, this raises a few obvious observations and questions. First, it says much about how poorly the effort to close Gitmo is going that no nation, other than an island resort nation that is heavily dependent on aid from the U.S., is willing to take the Uighurs. The Obama administration considered the Uighurs the easiest bunch of detainees to...
  • Welcome to “Fantasy Island” – ACLU Style

    02/21/2009 10:34:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 944+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 2/21/09 | Alan Sears
    “I am for socialism, disarmament, and ultimately for abolishing the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion,” wrote one particularly ambitious contributor in his 1935 Harvard 30th anniversary classbook. “I seek social ownership of all property, the abolition of the propertied class, and sole control by those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.”
  • Owner: Missing Airplane Stolen by Fake Pilot, Illegal Immigrants (Or Enemy Combatants?)

    12/18/2008 4:56:35 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 13 replies · 1,040+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 12/18/08 | Rita Cant
    A Britten-Norman Trislander, the kind of small aircraft that disappeared off the Dominican Republic Monday with 12 on board. A small Caribbean airplane that vanished into thin air Monday was allegedly stolen by a fired Dominican Navy cadet who may have been trying to carry illegal immigrants to America, the plane’s owner told FOXNews.com. Luis Perez, the Puerto Rico-based owner of the aircraft charter company, said his twin-engine plane was stolen by an unlicensed pilot named Adrian Jimenez. Authorities told him Jimenez was a student of the Dominican Republic Armed Forces and a former Navy cadet. “They took his pilot’s...
  • Welcome to Albino Island[Africa][Ukerewe Island]

    12/10/2008 8:46:02 AM PST · by BGHater · 22 replies · 3,418+ views
    The Sun ^ | 09 Dec 2008 | David Lowe
    WITH their milky white skin, wispy hair and haunting, pale eyes, they are called “the living ghosts” by locals. And the vulnerable albinos of Tanzania in East Africa have more than insults to fear. They are being hunted down and hacked to death to satisfy a growing demand for their body parts and blood to use in black magic. It is the stuff of nightmares. In the Mwanga district, near Mount Kilimanjaro, a baby girl was dressed in black by her mother and left alone in the family hut. A group of men cut off the pale girl’s legs, slit...
  • The real Robinson Crusoe: Archaeological island dig unearths fresh evidence of historical castaway

    10/30/2008 9:02:47 AM PDT · by BGHater · 17 replies · 954+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 30 Oct 2008 | Chris Johnson
    The legendary literary story of Robinson Crusoe, cast away on a desert island, has captivated readers for centuries. Now archaeologists have unearthed fresh evidence about the real-life Crusoe - Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk - who was marooned in 1704 on a small tropical island in the Pacific Ocean for more than four years. During a dig on the island of Aguas Buenas , a nautical instrument was discovered, along with proof of a campsite dwelling, thought to be used by Selkirk. The research, presented in the journal Post-Medieval Archaeology, supports contemporary record of the Scotman's existence on the island, since...
  • Stunning Angel Island fire seen for miles

    10/12/2008 11:52:19 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies · 2,229+ views
    SFGate ^ | 10/12/08 | Tanya Schevitz
    (10-12) 23:25 PDT Angel Island -- A fast-moving brush fire atop Angel Island shot flames high in to the air and glowed so brightly Sunday night that it could be seen for miles around the San Francisco Bay by residents in several counties. "We are seeing a silhouette of the island in flames," said Jacqueline McCrath, who was watching the fire from Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. "It's been spreading really fast -- we saw a vigorous blaze at the top of the hill at first, and now it has spread across a lot of the island. It appeared very...
  • Tiny Shetland island declares independence

    06/21/2008 3:54:28 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 34 replies · 565+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Saturday, June 21, 2008 | Kate Kelland
    LONDON (Reuters) - The owner of a tiny island in off Scotland declared its independence from the United Kingdom on Saturday, saying he wanted the territory, population one, to be a crown dependency like the Channel Islands. In a declaration on his Web site, Stuart Hill, who owns the 2.5 acre island of Forvik in the Shetland Islands in the North Sea, said he no longer recognised the authority of the government or the European Union, and cited a centuries-old royal marriage dowry deal as the basis for his claim. "Forvik owes no allegiance to any United Kingdom government, central...
  • Clinton wants to debate Obama on issues affecting Puerto Rico

    05/25/2008 3:29:51 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 22 replies · 394+ views
    ABC News Blog ^ | 5/25/08 | Eloise Harper - ABC News
    ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: Since the Pennsylvania primary Sen. Hillary Clinton has been calling for a debate with her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama. She continued her plea in Penuelas, Puerto Rico, standing outside a restaurant while less than 100 people gathered on a dirt walkway. Obama has rebuffed these requests and has instead begun campaigning in states that would be important for him in the general election if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee. "I was informed that Univision will sponsor a debate between Sen. Obama and myself about the issues affecting Puerto Rico," Clinton said. "I accept that...