Monday, April 30, 2007

Mysterious Objects in the middle of the Pacific Ocean

What is this?









Four unknown objects have been discovered in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To see the photos and read an article follow this link: Objects

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Goodbye Lucy

From Answer In Genesis web-site

Remember Lucy, the sensational simian fossil find that was long championed as the forerunner of humankind, et al.? For some time we’ve explained (c.f. Lucy (and her ‘child’)—look like extinct apes after all) the many difficulties with this apeman portrayal of Lucy. Now, a group of Tel Aviv University anthropologists claim to have “disproven the theory that ‘Lucy’is the last ancestor common to humans.”

Just to refresh the readers memories about some of the claims people made about "Lucy"
here is a section from the Wikepedia article:

Johanson and his colleague Tim White, a Californian born paleoanthropologist, placed Australopithecus afarensis as the last ancestor common to humans and chimpanzees living from 3.9 to 3 million years ago. Although fossils closer to the chimpanzee line have been recovered since the early 1970s, Lucy remains a treasure among anthropologists studying Human origins. The fragmentary nature of the older fossils furthermore deter confident conclusions as to the degree of bipedality or their relation to true hominines.

You can read the entire article here: Lucy


The Arizona State Univeristy has the following webpade dedicated to "Lucy" Here is the link: Lucy


Now compare all of that with the latest "Lucy News"

The Jerusalem Post: Israeli researchers: “‘Lucy’ is not direct ancestor of humans”

Now remember, this information about Lucy has been taught as fact in public schools.


Here are a few links to articles about "Lucy"

Farewell to “Lucy.”



Many of the readers may find the following 4 part video series on Lucy interesting.
Here are the links:

To see the 4 part series follow this link: Video on Demand


You will need to scroll down to the 2006 section. Look for the videos "Lucy, She's no Lady".

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THE HEARTLANDER ROBOT

The HeartLander is a miniature mobile robot to facilitate minimally invasive beating-heart intrapericardial therapies. The robot:

enters the chest through an incision below the sternum,
adheres to the epicardial surface of the heart,
navigates to any location on the epicardium, and
administers the therapy under control of the physician.

As compared to current minimally invasive cardiac robotics, this concept obviates cardiac stabilization, lung deflation, and access limitations. These advantages will result in greater efficiency and reduced trauma, as well as opening the possibility for ambulatory outpatient cardiac surgery. The current HeartLander prototype uses suction to maintain prehension of the epicardial surface, and wire-actuation from offboard motors for locomotion. Magnetic tracking and fluoroscopy provide feedback to the physician, who controls the device through a joystick interface. A working channel provides access for various therapeutic tools. This prototype has demonstrated successful prehension and locomotion on all surfaces of a beating pig heart through a 20-mm percutaneous incision. Additionally, epicardial lead placement and myocardial dye injection have been accomplished.



You can view videos of the robot at work at the following link: VIDEOS

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Native Americans and the War on Terror















The following article was found at this link: Native Americans
Indians In Afghanistan: Soldiers Learn From Native Americans
The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Track the Enemy
By Gary Picariello

It sounds like something out of a Hollywood movie: an elite group of Native American trackers -- leaving the confines of their reservations in the United States and joining the hunt for terrorists crossing Afghanistan's borders.
Sound fantastic? Hey -- nothing else seems to be working.

But first a brief history lesson:

American Indian Scouts helped regular US Army units pursue and attack rival Indian tribes in the 1800s. Their expertise of local terrain, languages, and tribal habits proved essential for success. Most Army officers even followed their tactical advice. A notable exception was the dashing Army officer, George Armstrong Custer, who disregarded the pleas of his Arikaras and Crow scouts to turn back, leading to the "Slaughter" at Little Big Horn. Local scouts were also used the Philippine campaign and during the Vietnam war.

According to an article in the FreeRepublic press (www.freerepublic.com), Native American trackers are joining in the fight against terrorism.

The unit, called the Shadow Wolves, was recruited from several tribes, including the Navajo, Sioux, Lakota and Apache. The unit is being sent to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to pass on ancestral sign-reading skills to local border units.

In recent years, members of the Shadow Wolves -- who have earned international respect for its tracking skills in the harsh Arizona desert -- have mainly tracked drug and people smugglers along the US border with Mexico. The unit -- made up of 19 field officers and two supervisors from a variety of Indian tribes have accounted for more than 70 percent of the marijuana seizures in the southern Arizona desert region where they work.

But the Taliban's resurgence in Afghanistan and the American military's failure to hunt down Osama Bin Laden -- despite a $25m bounty on his head and the use of billions of dollars worth of sophisticated equipment that includes including pilotless drones, electronic sensors, infrared cameras and satellite surveillance - has prompted the Pentagon to requisition the Shadow Wolves unit.

In fact, the Pentagon -- alarmed at the ease with which Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters have been slipping in and out of Afghanistan -- are convinced their movements can be curtailed by the Shadow Wolves. According to a Pentagon press release, Robert M Gates -- the US defense secretary was quoted as saying, "...If I were Osama Bin Laden, I'd keep looking over my shoulder."

Just the right touch of comic book melodrama.

I do not know a lot about tracking. But I was always under the impression that it wasn't something that was easily taught. Isn't tracking one of those Native American skills that's passed on from father to son over a number of years? How is the skill supposed to be taught in a matter of weeks or months?

According to www.timesonline.co.uk, the Shadow Wolves were founded in the early 1970s to curb the flow of marijuana into the United States from Mexico and has since tracked smugglers across hundreds of square miles of the Tohono O'odham tribal reservation, southwest of Tucson.

RobertKaplan -- in an article written in Atlantic magazine (www.theatlantic.com) - candidly wrote that "...the challenge of the early 21st century military is not to bring tanks and massed troops and firepower to the "dirty little struggles" throughout the Third World but to adopt the guerrilla tactics employed by the tough, elusive 19th century Apaches..."

Kaplan went on to say that the U.S. Army back on the frontier never learned the lesson that small units of foot soldiers were more effective against the Indians than large, heavily encumbered movements -- whose equivalent today are "convoys of humvees bristling with weaponry that are easily immobilized by an improvised bicycle bomb planted by a lone insurgent. "

Who knows. Maybe now someone is listening.

Meanwhile, a senior US official was recently quoted saying that bin Laden's trail had "not gone stone cold". Vice-Admiral Mike McConnell, the new US director of national intelligence, told a Senate committee that bin Laden and his lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, were setting up new training camps in northwestern Pakistan.

Indians in Afghanistan. What will they think of next.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Buddhist Hell

Have you ever heard of the "The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden"?

If not check out the following article:

Chris Hellier takes an unnerving trip through Buddhist Hell.

Here is the link: The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden

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Monday, April 02, 2007

TELEPHONE TO THE DEAD


















I was listening to the March 1 Coast to Coast Am program on my I-Pod. The subject of Thomas Edison and his possible efforts to create a device in which one could contact the dead came up. Most people have heard of Thomas Edison and many of his important inventions. To read more about him and his work follow this link: Thomas Edison


But the question of him trying to build a device to contact the dead is one I have never heard discussed. I have done just a little research on the internet and I have found a few places where this is discussed. If any of my readers can find more information about this, please send what you have found to tsrk30@sbcglobal.net

Here is a link about this: Communication with the Afterlife

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381 killed in 4 days of Somalia battles
















If you do a search for articles I have posted about Somalia, you will find that for almost a year I have been telling people that this is an area people should continue to monitor. Somalia is back in the news and I am going to post links to all the latest information:


381 killed in 4 days of Somalia battles
By SALAD DUHUL, Associated Press Writer

Four days of fierce fighting between Somali forces and Islamic insurgents has killed 381 people in Mogadishu, a local human rights organization said Monday, as the government warned residents to abandon their homes ahead of a new military offensive.

During a lull in the violence, civilians were told to leave insurgent-held areas in Mogadishu as Somalia's transitional government said it planned new attacks with Ethiopian troops, tanks and helicopters to crush insurgents, backed by the remnants of an Islamic group driven from power in December.

On foot, using donkey carts, cars and trucks they poured out of the ruined coastal city, joining the exodus of 47,000 people — mainly women and children — who have sought safety in the last 10 days, according to the U.N.'s refugee agency. Since February almost 100,000 people have fled the growing violence.

Even by Somalia's bloody standards, the last four days of violence has been intense.

Rotting corpses still littered dusty alleyways and back streets in the south of the capital where much of the fighting took place.

To read the rest of the article follow this link: Somalia



Yahoo has created an entire section devoted to the situation in Somalia. You really should take the time to read and listen to all the information. Here is the link:
Full Coverage: Somalia

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