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  • Apparently Obama and his ghostwriter are in French Polynesia earning that huge(T)

    03/27/2017 7:07:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 3/27/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Buried deep inside a very long Washington Post article about Barack Obama’s post-presidency is the revelation that his is supposedly writing his memoir during his month-long South Pacific retreat to French Polynesia. (hat tip: Caitlin Yilek) …he jetted off in a Gulfstream G550 to Tetiaroa, a South Pacific island once owned by Marlon Brando. He plans an extended stay there to start writing his White House memoir, according to a person familiar with his plans who asked for anonymity to discuss them. As ever long time reader of this site knows, Jack Cashill has covered the authorship of Dreams from...
  • Missing Remains Of WWII Marine Finally Returned To Texas

    05/29/2016 10:06:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies ^ | May 29, 2016 | Bob Price
    The remains of a U.S. Marine who was killed in action during World War II finally completed the 70-year journey from a South Pacific atoll to his home in Texas. His body has been missing since 1943. n November 1943, U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Elmer “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr. was killed during the Battle of Tarawa. Private Mathies was one of 1,200 Marines killed during the 3-day battle battle. His remains were finally identified and have been returned to Hereford, Texas in time for Memorial Day, the Amarillo Globe-News reported.
  • Researchers Believe Captain Cook’s Famed ‘Endeavour’ Rests at Bottom of Newport Harbor

    05/04/2016 3:22:10 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    gCaptain ^ | May 4, 2016 | Scott Malone
    The wreckage of the Endeavour, the storied British ship that 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook sailed through the uncharted South Pacific, may lie a few hundred feet off Rhode Island’s coast in Newport Harbor, researchers said Wednesday. The 105-foot (32-meter) long, three-masted bark, later renamed the Lord Sandwich, had been hired out by the British Royal Navy as a troop transport when it was one of 13 ships deliberately sunk by the British in 1778 in an effort to blockade the harbor.
  • My Hunt for Solomon’s Temple (Ruins of the First Temple are in the South Pacific)

    03/19/2013 1:41:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    The Tablet ^ | March 19, 2013
    The Internet says the ruins of the First Temple are in the South Pacific. Matthew Fishbane went to find them.A little over a year ago, Tablet Magazine’s Matthew Fishbane was emailed a grainy video of Papua New Guinea’s Gogodala people—in grass skirts, their bodies decorated with body paint and feathers—singing the Shema, the holiest of Hebrew prayers. A few Google searches later, he’d uncovered claims that the Lost Temple of Israel is hidden someplace in the South Pacific. And so he went to investigate…
  • (Rant) It’s Time To Stop Looking For Amelia Earhart

    07/24/2012 5:19:19 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | July 24, 2012 | Travis Okulski
    It’s Time To Stop Looking For Amelia Earhart On July 2nd, 1937, Amelia Earhart's attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world came to an abrupt end over the Pacific Ocean. She lost radio contact with Itasca, the Coast Guard ship that was serving as her radio contact, and the plane supposedly went down near the tiny atoll of Howland Island. Now, 75 years and uncounted millions of dollars later, we haven't found a trace of Earhart, her plane, or Fred Noonan, her navigator. Today is Earhart's 115th birthday, and it's time for us as a society...
  • In South Pacific, search is on for Amelia Earhart's plane

    07/04/2012 11:17:03 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | July 4, 2012 | Laura J. Nelson
    "I have a feeling that there is just about one more good flight left in my system, and I hope this trip is it," Earhart said before she left. Now, a group of historians, salvage workers and scientists think they know
  • Boy, 12, unmasked as Mexico drug hitman

    11/13/2010 11:27:58 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies
    HeraldSun ^ | November 14, 2010
    THE Mexican Army is hunting a 12-year-old assassin who is allegedly employed by a drug cartel to torture and murder its enemies. Known simply as El Ponchis - which means "The Cloak" - the young boy has been accused of helping wage a turf war in the central Morelos state. Reports said he was paid $US3000 per murder and that he tortured his victims before killing them. He often cuts his victim's throat, leaving the head attached by just a thread. Videos of El Ponchis attacking one enemy with a stick and cutting the throat of another have appeared online,...
  • 7.2 quake hits South Pacific nation of Vanuatu

    05/27/2010 1:26:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies · 326+ views
    AP ^ | 5/27/2010
    An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 rattled the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu early Friday, briefly triggering a tsunami watch for the region, officials said. There were no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck just after 4 a.m. local time and was centered 300 miles (485 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Port Vila, at a depth of 22 miles (36 kilometers). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia, but canceled the alert about an hour later. The center's duty geophysicist...
  • At least 113 dead as Pacific quake, tsunami flatten villages

    09/30/2009 3:20:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 594+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | Sept 30, 2009 – 1 hr 44 mins ago | Cherelle Jackson Cherelle Jackson
    AFP – This photo taken on September 29, after an 8.0-magnitude quake and tsunami struck in the early morning … APIA (AFP) – Dozens of aftershocks rocked the South Pacific Wednesday, 24 hours after a huge earthquake churned up towering tsunamis that killed at least 113 people when they wiped out villages and flattened tourist resorts. Huge waves that witnesses and officials said measured between three and 7.5 metres high pounded the remote Pacific islands of Samoa and Western Samoa after an 8.0-magnitude undersea quake struck early Tuesday. While the quake toppled buildings and sent thousands fleeing to high ground...
  • Spam At Heart Of South Pacific Obesity Crisis

    02/11/2008 6:54:44 PM PST · by blam · 117 replies · 409+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-11-2008 | Nick Squires
    Spam at heart of South Pacific obesity crisis By Nick Squires In Sydney Last Updated: 12:32pm GMT 11/02/2008 It was lampooned by Monty Python and spurned by British shoppers, but Spam is fuelling a "raging epidemic" of diabetes, strokes and heart disease among the previously lithe inhabitants of the South Pacific. Another of Britain's colonial culinary legacies - corned beef - is also being blamed for a rise in obesity-related illnesses in countries once known for muscled warriors and slim-hipped maidens. Many islanders drive to the local shop to buy tins of spam Countries across the region - many of...
  • 7.2 quake in Vanuatu

    08/01/2007 11:18:35 AM PDT · by BlownChevelle · 33 replies · 1,567+ views
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  • Mariners report new island in South Pacific

    11/09/2006 11:14:24 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 80 replies · 2,005+ views
    CNN ^ | November 9, 2006 | Unattributed
    A new volcanic island has risen from the South Pacific near Tonga, according to reports from two vessels that passed the area. The crew of the Maiken, a yacht that left the northern Tongan islands group of Vava'u in August, reported on their Web log on August 12 that they saw streaks of light, porous pumice stone floating in the water -- then "sailed into a vast, many-miles-wide belt of densely packed pumice." They posted photos of huge "pumice rafts" that they encountered after passing Tonga's Late island while sailing toward Fiji. "We were so fascinated and busy taking pictures...
  • Tongan Unrest Ripples Out to New Zealand

    08/23/2005 3:51:24 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 14 replies · 487+ views
    BBC ^ | 23 August 2005 | Staff
    Tongan protesters have scuffled with New Zealand police outside a residence of the king of Tonga in the northern city of Auckland. Civil servants on the impoverished South Pacific archipelago have been on strike for several weeks. A blaze engulfed one of the king's houses on Tonga on Monday, although it was not clear if this was related. New Zealand has said it will send a negotiator to Tonga to mediate between the government and civil servants. Some 3,000 government employees have been on strike since July, demanding pay increases. The unrest is now spreading to Auckland's large Tongan community....
  • Depopulation Our Biggest Threat, says Cooks Islands PM ( -4% per year decline)

    08/06/2005 6:23:26 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 65 replies · 1,032+ views
    Radio New Zealnd ^ | 5 August 2005 | Staff
    The Cook Islands prime minister says depopulation is one of the biggest challenges facing the country. The nation has celebrated 40 years of self government in association with New Zealand this week. Its population has dwindled from over 20,000, 40 years ago, to about 12,000 now, with many Cook Islanders living in Auckland. The prime minister, Jim Marurai says about 500 people a year are leaving, despite the economy performing well. Mr Marurai says young people in particular are not interested in traditional work. Jim Marurai says the country has to work to provide better jobs to keep the young...
  • New Caledonia Tops in Thyroid Cancer

    07/09/2005 7:51:36 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 4 replies · 344+ views
    New Zealnd Herald ^ | 8 July 2005 | Staff
    A medical study says the incidence of thyroid cancer in New Caledonia is the highest in the world. The study published in the Medical Bulletin of New Caledonia and French Polynesia says the rate is 17 times higher than the global average for women, and eight times higher for men. The study has failed to establish a reason why New Caledonia’s rates are so high, while detailing that Kanaks are three times more likely to get thyroid cancer than people of European descent. A link has been established between such cancers and exposure to radiation but looking at figures from...
  • American Samoa - Twin cyclones bear down on South Pacific islands

    02/14/2005 10:06:25 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 347+ views
    Reuters | February 15, 2005 | Carrie LaFrenz
    SYDNEY, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Two tropical cyclones are bearing down on three South Pacific island nations creating a "critically dangerous situation", weather officials said on Tuesday. Cyclones Olaf and Nancy, which are expected to hit Samoa, American Samoa and the Cook islands, could cross paths creating one giant, destructive storm centre where the two cyclones spin around each other until one is flung off. "For the South Pacific it is unusual to have two cyclones this close together," said Kevin Vang at the Australian-Pacific Centre for Emergency and Disaster Information. "This has the making of an absolute mess,"...
  • Ousted president pursues French Polynesia elections (political chaos in French Pacific territory)

    10/29/2004 10:38:41 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 24 replies · 565+ views
    National Business Review (New Zealand) ^ | 29-Oct-2004 | by Stuart McMillan
    The positions over the situation in French Polynesia are becoming increasingly entrenched. Although a strong argument can be made that this is a political crisis rather than a constitutional or legal crisis, if two men claim to be the president of French Polynesia and if the main opposition party refuses to concede that it has lost power then a major constitutional crisis is in the making. Oscar Temaru, the leader of the Union for Democracy (UPLD), appears to have lost most of the legal battles he has waged. He wanted new elections to be held immediately after he lost two...
  • You (Australia) police the Pacific: US

    03/05/2004 2:42:50 AM PST · by Dundee · 10 replies · 127+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 05, 2004 | John Kerin
    You police the Pacific: US THE US has formally recognised Australia's role as South Pacific policeman in the war on terror - but Canberra wants more back-up in the region from its superpower ally. Washington says Australia's professionalism in leading military coalitions in East Timor and the Solomon Islands has given the US confidence that it can let Canberra lead the way in future regional conflicts and assistance missions. But Australia, while generally happy with the direction of the 53-year-old ANZUS alliance, wants the US to take a more active role in providing financial and training support for Southeast Asian...
  • The Devil's in the Details of a Hellish Account of War FLYBOYS: A True Story of Courage

    10/23/2003 5:56:16 AM PDT · by OESY · 8 replies · 262+ views
    BOOKS OF THE TIMES ^ | October 23, 2003 | JANET MASLIN
    "Flyboys" is the latest example of how easy it is to be ambushed by mainstream popular culture. This book may have hit best-seller lists, but its popularity is no guarantee of the benign. Think of all the budding book lovers who raced out to read "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," only to be regaled with a gruesome showdown at the end of the story. Think of the audiences who briefly made the hyper-gory "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" the nation's hottest movie, only to discover that it had all the wit of a falling brick. And now look...
  • Australian defence review predicts rising tide of terrorism

    02/26/2003 3:15:23 PM PST · by spitz · 2 replies · 195+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | 27.02.2003 | By GREG ANSLEY Australia correspondent
    CANBERRA - Australia's latest strategic review, issued as its forces prepare for war in the Gulf, warns of a rising tide of terrorism, spurred by a wave of anti-Western anger and the belief the United States is leading a crusade against Islam. Announcing plans for a new shift in military emphasis away from defence of the continent, the review also warns of the spread of weapons of mass destruction and potentially violent instability in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In a chilling assessment, it says the September 11 attacks on the US and the Bali bombings could spur terrorists to...