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  • HBO's "The Pacific" Trailer

    09/29/2009 8:07:56 PM PDT · by Saije · 39 replies · 1,563+ views
    HBO ^ | 9/17/2009 | HBO
    Trailer for "The Pacific", the HBO series on the war in the Pacific during WWII
  • Hurricane JIMENA Forecast Discussion [Pacific/Baja]

    09/01/2009 5:51:16 AM PDT · by xcamel · 16 replies · 1,089+ views
    NWS/NHC ^ | 09/01/2009 | NWS
  • U.S. tsunami threat higher than thought (Ca, Or, Wa)

    07/21/2009 1:13:28 PM PDT · by decimon · 36 replies · 1,236+ views
    Live Science ^ | Jul 21, 2009 | Unknown
    The threat of a devastating tsunami hitting the U.S. West Coast might be higher than previously thought, scientists say, based on a new study of earthquake faults off the coast of Alaska. Tsunamis are often triggered by earthquakes, as was the case with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which was sparked by the 9.3-magnitude Sumatra-Andaman subduction quake in the same ocean. The tsunami killed nearly a quarter of a million people. The new research suggests that future tsunamis could reach a scale far beyond that suffered in a 1964 tsunami generated by the great 9.2-magnitude Alaskan earthquake — "the most...

    04/17/2009 8:39:40 AM PDT · by Stonewall Jackson · 19 replies · 929+ views
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He is Staff Sgt. Jimmie Doyle, U.S. Army Air Forces, of Lamesa, Texas. He will be buried April 25 in Lamesa. Representatives from the Army’s Mortuary Affairs Office met with Doyle’s next-of-kin in his hometown to explain the recovery and identification process and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army. On September 1,...
  • Gazprom gets major deal to supply gas to US

    04/09/2009 2:26:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 577+ views
    AP ^ | April 9, 2009
    The world's largest natural gas company, Russia's Gazprom, has after years of attempts finally gotten a foothold in the U.S., the world's biggest gas market. A supply agreement, part of a multipart contract reached with Royal Dutch Shell, was announced late Wednesday. The contract, signed in Moscow by Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and his Shell counterpart Jeroen Van der Veer, guarantees the two companies will deliver 1 million tons of Russian liquefied natural gas annually until 2028. Under the arrangement, Gazprom gets access to a Shell terminal in Baja California, Mexico, that will turn Russian liquefied gas into gas that...
  • Trailer: Steven Spielberg’s The Pacific Miniseries (HBO)

    03/10/2009 3:19:56 PM PDT · by af_vet_rr · 17 replies · 2,980+ views
    /Film ^ | 10 Mar 2009 | /Film
    Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and from the creators of “Band of Brothers”, The Pacific is a a 10-part HBO mini-series which tells the intertwined stories of three Marines, Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda), during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. Produced on a budget of more $150 million, and shot on location in Australia, the series follows (from an early press release) “The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in...
  • 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron

    03/08/2009 1:11:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 3,706+ views
    201st Mexican Fighter Squadron Flag of Mexico The "Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 201" (201st Mexican Fighter Squadron) of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Expedicionaria Mexicana) has the honor of being the only military unit that has fought outside of Mexican Republic. This Squadron fought in the liberation of the Philippines while assigned to the 58th Fighter Group, under the command of Major Ed Roddy, a fighter ace with 8 kills to his credit while assigned to the 348th Fighter Group under Col. Neal Kearby, 5th Fighter Command, 5th Air Force; (six of its pilots had trained in dive-bombing...
  • Pacific people spread from Taiwan

    01/23/2009 12:08:54 PM PST · by BGHater · 11 replies · 410+ views
    The University of Auckland-New Zealand ^ | 23 Jan 2009 | University of Auckland
    New research into language evolution suggests most Pacific populations originated in Taiwan around 5,200 years ago. Scientists at The University of Auckland have used sophisticated computer analyses on vocabulary from 400 Austronesian languages to uncover how the Pacific was settled. “The Austronesian language family is one of the largest in the world, with 1200 languages spread across the Pacific,” says Professor Russell Gray of the Department of Psychology. “The settlement of the Pacific is one of the most remarkable prehistoric human population expansions. By studying the basic vocabulary from these languages, such as words for animals, simple verbs, colours and...
  • Bush to create three Pacific marine sanctuaries

    01/05/2009 3:41:36 PM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 554+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Jan. 5, 2009 | staff and news service reports
    Size is reduced from what activists sought, but they plan to lobby Obama> The marine areas — totaling 195,280 square miles — are: * In the northern Pacific, waters at the northern end of the Northern Mariana Islands, including the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of Earth's oceans at 36,000 feet. * In American Samoa, the Rose Atoll — the world’s smallest coral atoll and one of the most remote. * In the central Pacific, coral reefs, pinnacles, sea mounts, islands and surrounding waters of Johnston Atoll, Howland, Baker and Jarvis Islands, Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island. These...
  • Asia-Pacific leaders sound upbeat note on crisis (confident world will overcome crisis in 18 mos.)

    11/23/2008 1:16:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 363+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/23/08 | P. Parameswaran
    LIMA, Peru (AFP) – Asia-Pacific leaders wrapped up a summit Sunday voicing confidence the world would overcome the financial crisis within 18 months by jumpstarting global trade talks and resisting protectionism. The meeting in Peru marked the farewell to international summits for US President George W. Bush, who held final meetings with other top world leaders including a cool exchange with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum vowed in a final declaration to "act quickly and decisively" to combat "one of the most serious economic challenges we have ever faced." In an unusual...
  • Pacific Ocean Hurricane Norbert heads toward El Paso, TX

    10/11/2008 3:05:20 AM PDT · by topher · 21 replies · 943+ views
    The storm is forecast to be a TROPICAL DEPRESSION when it reaches the El Paso, Texas area on Sunday Morning/Afternoon. It is expected to dissipate into a low pressure center in that area... Just some wind for the El Paso area. Fox News reports the storm is a Category 3 Hurricane as it is set to strike the Baja Peninsula, and Mexican mainland. Also of interest is (Fox News story): Fox News: Hurricane Norbert Strengthens to Category 3 Storm LA PAZ, Mexico — As Norbert bore down on Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula, it gathered strength overnight and was classified...
  • Harmony thrives in Pacific isolation

    07/27/2008 10:32:41 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies · 118+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/26/08
    It is one of the world's most remote islands but has a community spirit that is almost utopian, reports Huw Cordey from Anuta in the Pacific. Sailing from Santa Cruz, in the eastern Solomons, it took us five days to reach Anuta. It was one of the most tedious journeys I have made, the continuous pitching of our small yacht making it impossible to either read or write. So it was with some relief when the speck of land that was Anuta finally appeared on the horizon. Harbour masterBut as the island grew larger, the question of how 300 people...
  • Navy says fire damage on USS George Washington to delay Kitty Hawk transition

    06/24/2008 1:14:54 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 18 replies · 542+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6/23/08 | Allison Batdorff
    Fire damage aboard the USS George Washington will delay the swap out with USS Kitty Hawk and may push back the carrier’s arrival to Japan, the Navy announced. The Kitty Hawk, which left Yokosuka last month for eventual decommissioning in Bremerton, Wash., was to turn over duties to the George Washington this month at Pearl Harbor. The aircraft carrier transfer will now happen in San Diego in August, according to a Navy release. The George Washington is already in San Diego undergoing repairs. A May 22 fire aboard the George Washington damaged electrical cabling and components in about 80 of...
  • El Niño May Have Been Factor In Magellan's Pacific Voyage

    05/15/2008 8:49:47 PM PDT · by blam · 117+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-16-1008 | North Carolina State University
    El Niño May Have Been Factor In Magellan's Pacific VoyageA new paper by North Carolina State University archaeologist Dr. Scott Fitzpatrick shows that Ferdinand Magellan's historic circumnavigation of the globe was likely influenced in large part by unusual weather conditions -- including what we now know as El Niño -- which eased his passage across the Pacific Ocean, but ultimately led him over a thousand miles from his intended destination. (Credit: iStockphoto) ScienceDaily (May 16, 2008) — A new paper by North Carolina State University archaeologist Dr. Scott Fitzpatrick shows that Ferdinand Magellan's historic circumnavigation of the globe was likely...
  • Islanders Speak With A West Country Accent

    04/28/2008 8:26:35 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 126+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Richard Alleyne and Richard Savill
    Islanders speak with a West Country accent By Richard Alleyne and Richard Savill Last Updated: 1:32am BST 29/04/2008 The entire population of a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has been found to speak with a West Country accent - because the residents all descend from one man from Gloucestershire. William Marsters [left] and with his family, who had four wives, 17 children and 54 grandchildren before his death in 1899. All the inhabitants of the island descend from him Researchers have long been puzzled by the strong rural drawl spoken by the inhabitants of Palmerston Atoll,...
  • Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Nina Linger

    04/22/2008 1:42:29 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 92+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-22-2008 | NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
    Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Nina LingerThis La Niña is indicated by the blue area in the center of the image along the equator. Blue indicates lower than normal sea level (cold water). (Credit: NASA/JPL) ScienceDaily (Apr. 22, 2008) — Boosted by the influence of a larger climate event in the Pacific, one of the strongest La Niñas in many years is slowly weakening but continues to blanket the Pacific Ocean near the equator, as shown by new sea-level height data collected by the U.S.-French Jason oceanographic satellite. This La Niña, which has persisted for the past year,...
  • Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Nina Linger

    04/22/2008 11:32:05 AM PDT · by cogitator · 26 replies · 129+ views
    SpaceRef ^ | April 22, 2008 | NASA JPL
    PASADENA, Calif. -- Boosted by the influence of a larger climate event in the Pacific, one of the strongest La Ninas in many years is slowly weakening but continues to blanket the Pacific Ocean near the equator, as shown by new sea-level height data collected by the U.S.-French Jason oceanographic satellite. This La Nina, which has persisted for the past year, is indicated by the blue area in the center of the image along the equator. Blue indicates lower than normal sea level (cold water). The data were gathered in early April. The image also shows that this La Nina...
  • Japan To Plant Coral Island In The Pacific

    04/09/2008 10:18:56 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 137+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-10-2008 | Julian Ryall
    Japan to plant coral island in the Pacific By Julian Ryall in Tokyo Last Updated: 12:01am BST 10/04/2008 Japanese scientists will attempt to "grow" an island in the Pacific Ocean to maintain its fishing territory. Up to 50,000 shards of coral will be transplanted into the waters around Okinotorishima, two stone outcrops 1,000 miles south of Tokyo, in an effort to stop them sinking. The outcrops sit just 4in above water at high tide. If they disappear, Japan's maritime territory will shrink dramatically. addition, rights to oil, minerals and gas beneath the seabed could be lost. However, the £3.6 million...
  • Archaeologists Find Evidence Of Origin Of Pacific Islanders

    03/31/2008 1:56:50 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 1,238+ views
    VOA News ^ | 3-31-2008 | Heidi Chang
    Archaeologists Find Evidence of Origin of Pacific Islanders By Heidi Chang Honolulu, Hawaii 31 March 2008 The origin of Pacific Islanders has been a mystery for years. Now archaeologists believe they have the answer. As Heidi Chang reports, they found it in China. The excavation of the Zishan site (Zhejiang Province) in 1996, where many artifacts from the Hemudu culture have been found China had a sea-faring civilization as long as 7000 years ago. Archaeologist Tianlong Jiao says, one day, these mariners sailed their canoes into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, and stayed. He points out, "Most scientists, archaeologists,...
  • Kansas aircrew brings WW II comrades back from watery grave (Home at Last!)

    03/11/2008 5:53:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 666+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. W. Michael Houk, KS USAF NG
    3/11/2008 - PALAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Palau (AFPN) -- A Kansas Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker crew from the 190th Air Refueling Wing returned the human remains March 3 to American soil after a recovery team recovered from a downed B-24 Liberator shot down near the Pacific island nation of Palau Sept. 1, 1944. According to military reports, the Army Air Forces B-24 was involved in a fight between American and Japanese forces over the island and suffered anti-aircraft fire. Three of the crew reportedly bailed out, one without a parachute, before the bomber crashed into the water. BentProp officials, a...