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  • Small Plane Lands on Highway 101 Near San Martin Airport

    02/18/2018 10:02:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 18, 2018 | Brendan Weber and Thom Jensen
    'A couple of cars moved over to make room for me,' the pilot said. 'I'm sure it's a day they'll remember. Everything worked out fine.'The pilot of a small plane experiencing engine failure safely landed on a grassy area in the middle of Highway 101 near the San Martin Airport in south Santa Clara County Sunday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Wayne Wright, who was the only person on the single-engine Piper PA-46 aircraft, was not hurt, FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor stated. The plane also escaped without suffering any damage. 3 to Watch: Tahoe's Maddie Bowman Goes for...
  • Physical Confrontation Involving Gen. Kelly & the 'Nuclear Football' During Trump China Visit

    02/18/2018 4:50:14 PM PST · by mairdie · 49 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 18, 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    When the U.S. military aide carrying the nuclear football entered the Great Hall, Chinese security officials blocked his entry. (The official who carries the nuclear football is supposed to close to the president at all times, along with a doctor.) A U.S. official hurried into the adjoining room and told Kelly what was happening. Kelly rushed over and told the U.S. officials to keep walking - "We're moving in," he said - and the Americans all started moving. Then there was a commotion. A Chinese security official grabbed Kelly, and Kelly shoved the man's hand off of his body. Then...
  • Micro To Macro Mapping -- Observing Past Landscapes Via Remote-sensing

    02/18/2018 3:55:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Friday, February 09, 2018 | University of Cambridge news release
    Remotely detecting changes in landforms has long relied upon the interpretation of aerial and satellite images... More recently, data produced by photogrammetry and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) models have become commonplace for those involved in geographical analysis - engineers, hydrologists, landscape architects and archaeologists... In new research published this week in the journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Cambridge archaeologists present a new algorithm, Multi-Scale Relief Model (MSRM), which is able to extract micro-topographic information at a variety of scales employing micro-, meso- and large-scale digital surface (DSM) and digital terrain (DTM) models... The TwoRains multitemporal remote sensing approach...
  • These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In California For 2018

    02/18/2018 3:13:34 AM PST · by EliRoom8 · 24 replies
    RoadSnacks ^ | December 17, 2017 | Nick James
    There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in California? How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as: “urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.” Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state and then put out a list. After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in...
  • These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In California

    02/18/2018 2:32:13 AM PST · by EliRoom8 · 14 replies
    RoadSnacks ^ | June 14, 2016 | Carrie White
    We used science and data to determine which cities in California are probably voting for Hilary. Well that was one heck of a nomination process for the Republican Party. Never in my life time have I see anything like it — given that’s a relatively short lifetime, but who’s counting? And now that we’re headed towards the big November election, we wanted to get a better sense of what parts of California would be the most likely to back Donald Trump. Specifically, which cities have the highest number of conservative voters in the Golden State? In order to do so,...
  • Fart attack: Plane makes emergency landing after passenger refuses to stop breaking wind on flight

    02/17/2018 7:36:42 PM PST · by sockmonkey · 57 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 17, 2018 | Staff Reporter
    A low-cost Dutch airliner flying from Dubai to Amsterdam had to be diverted and was forced to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight between passengers broke out in mid-air. The reason for the altercation: one of the passengers refused to stop farting. The pilot of the Transavia Airlines flight decided to make the unscheduled stop in Austria after things got a little out of hand during the journey. The Daily Mail, quoting Dutch news outlet De Telegraaf, reported that two Dutchmen objected when a flatulent co-passenger seated next to them kept
  • Rowdy family booted from ship after cruise turns to ‘bloodbath’

    02/17/2018 7:36:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    Passengers tell 9News that people were left bloodied after clashes between two groups of passengers, including members of an Australian family, who threatened to stab others and throw them overboard. “It was a bloodbath,” a man says, adding that some passengers were afraid to leave their cabins. A woman on vacation with her family says certain passengers “looking for trouble” were responsible for fights seen over several days. When her husband told them to take the violence away from their kids, “five of them surrounded” him and “told us to watch our backs,” she tells 3AW. They punched and kicked another man...
  • Life-sized sculptures of dromedaries found in Saudi Arabia

    02/16/2018 12:23:24 PM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    phys.org ^ | February 13, 2018 | CNRS
    High relief of standing dromedary on sandstone spur at center of image. Credit: © CNRS/MADAJ, R. Schwerdtner _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ At a remarkable site in northwest Saudi Arabia, a CNRS archaeologist and colleagues from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) have discovered camelid sculptures unlike any others in the region. They are thought to date back to the first centuries BC or AD. The find sheds new light on the evolution of rock art in the Arabian Peninsula and is the subject of an article published in Antiquity (February 2018). Located in the province of Al Jawf in northwest...
  • Speed fiends beware - no escape from new cameras

    02/16/2018 11:19:37 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Straits Times ^ | FEB 16, 2018
    They calculate a vehicle's average speed over a stretch of Tanah Merah Coast RoadThey calculate a vehicle's average speed over a stretch of Tanah Merah Coast Road Karamjit KaurSenior Aviation Correspondent Motorists travelling along Tanah Merah Coast Road near Changi Airport will soon have to watch their speedometer over a longer distance. New cameras that calculate a vehicle's average speed over a stretch of road are set to be permanent features along the coastal road, following trials by the Traffic Police in the same area. The cameras are mounted on lamp posts along the central divider and will monitor vehicles...
  • Archaeologists may have found architects' camp for Stonehenge

    02/16/2018 10:44:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Last modified on Wed 14 Feb 2018 | Steven Morris
    A team of archaeologists believe they may have discovered a spot where some of the architects of Stonehenge gathered and camped. The team have been investigating a causewayed enclosure -- these are thought to be ancient meeting places or centres of trade -- on army land at Larkhill close to Stonehenge. They found an alignment of posts that matches the orientation of the circle at Stonehenge, leading to the theory that Larkhill could have been some sort of blueprint for the temple. Si Cleggett, of Wessex Archaeology, conceded it was possible to suggest that any evidence of prehistoric settlement could...
  • Cash and Carry: Woman in China Rides Through X-ray Scanner Rather Than Part With Purse

    02/16/2018 10:09:11 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | FEBRUARY 13, 2018
    A woman in southern China accompanied her purse through a train station’s luggage x-ray machine rather than part with the bag amid the Lunar New Year holiday rush, Chinese media reported. Video from the digital news platform Pear Video, linked on the Facebook page of the state-run People’s Daily newspaper and widely picked up online, showed a guard apparently telling the woman that, yes, small bags need to go in the machine, too. The security video shows her leaving the screen and then emerging from the device. Still x-ray images online show a person in high heels kneeling among bags...
  • Wooden tools hint at fire use by early Neanderthals

    02/16/2018 9:34:56 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, February 05, 2018 | editors
    A study suggests that early Neanderthals in southern Tuscany may have used fire to manufacture wooden tools used for foraging. In 2012, excavations for constructing thermal baths at Poggetti Vecchi, nestled at the foot of a hill in Grosseto in southern Tuscany, turned up a trove of wooden implements and fossil bones of the straight-tusked elephant Palaeoloxodon antiquus. The site was radiometrically dated to the late Middle Pleistocene, around 171,000 years ago, when early Neanderthals inhabited the region. Biancamaria Aranguren and colleagues report that most of the wooden implements were hewn from boxwood branches and likely used as digging sticks....
  • Archaeology: Serpent Mound might depict a creation story

    02/15/2018 10:19:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Columbus Post-Dispatch ^ | Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 | Brad Lepper
    A new interpretation of Serpent Mound, based on American Indian mythic stories portrayed in a remarkable series of pictographs from Picture Cave in Missouri, is offered by James Duncan, Carol Diaz-Granados, Tod Frolking and me in a paper published online last month in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal. We argue that images of serpents and other supernatural beings on the walls of Picture Cave help us make sense of those parts of Serpent Mound that weren't restored. One group of pictographs shows a serpent facing a humanoid female with her legs spread apart next to a large oval that might be...
  • Watch aggressive wild turkey take on traffic in Sacramento neighborhood

    02/15/2018 6:42:01 PM PST · by Mariner · 54 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 15th, 2018 | Unattributed
    This wild turkey wasn’t too pleased with traffic on Riverside Boulevard in Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood on Thursday, Feb. 15th.
  • Uber Abortions: Volunteers Drive Women to Other States for Late-Term Abortions

    02/15/2018 1:05:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb 14, 2018 | Indya Rennie
    Compassion causes people to sacrifice their time, money, and safety to help those who are less fortunate. This sense of compassion is what prompts Diana and her network of volunteers provide transportation for women who seek abortions. It is unfortunate that their “compassion” consists of assisting a woman in ending the life of another human being. The Huffington Post reports Diana is one of many volunteers who run a “service,” similar to Uber or Lyft, that transports women to and from abortion clinics. Women rely on this service, especially in states with few abortion clinics and no public transportation, according...
  • An End to Airline Red Tape—Or Consumer Protection?

    02/15/2018 11:01:33 AM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08 Feb 2018 | Scott McCartney
    Airlines want to nix a host of rules that attempt to keep them from mistreating customers. The Transportation Department is considering it. The DOT has asked airlines to suggest changes or cuts to regulations, part of a broad initiative from President Trump, once an owner of a small airline, to reduce government red tape. It comes as DOT fines against airlines fell by half last year. The rules matter because DOT is just about the only protection consumers have in U.S. air travel. If the airlines get what they want, the government would weaken the tarmac delay rule, which imposes...
  • ‘Demonic’ child screams and rampages throughout eight hour flight (video)

    02/15/2018 8:53:38 AM PST · by simpson96 · 97 replies
    Metro U.K. ^ | 2/14/2018 | Helen Smith
    A passenger on a flight from Germany to New York documented a child’s eight-hour-long tantrum. The man began filming the three-year-old climbing on seats and screaming before the Lufthansa flight had even taken off. The footage was uploaded to YouTube by Shane Townley with the title: ‘Demonic child screams and runs through an 8 hour flight.’ He writes: ‘Watch as this kid runs and screams throughout the entire flight while the mother does little to nothing to stop him. 3 years old on a 8 hour flight from Germany to Newark NJ. He never quits!’ The footage begins with the...
  • "A look at some Israeli West Bank settlements"

    02/15/2018 7:45:21 AM PST · by Voption · 9 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 25, 2017 | Robert Zimmerman
    As my regular readers know, I periodically take trips to Israel to visit family. When I return, I then post my impressions and what I have learned, thereby providing an eye-witness perspective to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Passengers Recall 'Flight From Hell' After 3-Year-Old Screamed for 8 Hours Straight

    02/15/2018 6:02:46 AM PST · by Simon Green · 117 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 02/15/18 | Inside Edition Staff
    It was a transatlantic headache for passengers aboard a flight from Germany to the U.S. when a child would not stop screaming for eight hours. The passengers described it as the flight from hell which featured nonstop screaming and fussing from a 3-year-old on board. The mother of the child was overheard telling flight attendants that her son has “behavioral problems,” according to passengers. Passenger Shane Townley captured parts of the August flight on video, which has recently come to light. "She kind of looked like she was used to it," he told Inside Edition of the boy’s mother’s disposition....
  • Scientists rush to explore underwater world hidden for 120,000 years

    02/14/2018 2:20:20 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 02/13/2018 | By Jeanna Bryner, Live Science Managing Editor
    A huge, trillion-ton iceberg about the size of Delaware broke free from Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf in July 2017. As it moved away from its chilly birth mom and into the Weddell Sea, a vast expanse of water saw the light for the first time in up to 120,000 years. And this month, a team of scientists will venture to the long-ice-buried expanse to investigate the mysterious ecosystem that was hidden beneath the Antarctic ice shelf for so long. The newly exposed seabed stretches across an area of about 2,246 square miles (5,818 square kilometers), according to the British...