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Joe Cocker - (My Heart Is A) Ghost Town
Written by Michael Dan Ehmig, Tony Joe White
Taken from “N’oubliez Jamais” album 
Suddenly this is popular again because of this:
Armenian Genocide Monument, Yerevan Photo © RaffiKojianSince today marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the 1915 Genocide, I was poking around trying to find out more, especially after the U.S. being criticized for not using the word “genocide”. Turns out only 26 countries have actually recognized it as such. Did you notice who’s missing from the list aside form the United States? Several Western European countries (the UK, Spain, Portugal, Malta); Lebanon is there, but Israel isn’t; except for Syria, the entire Middle East is missing, as is the rest of Asia (except for Russia) and the entire continent of Africa. There are regional governments that have recognized it (e.g. most of the states in the U.S. as well as regions & provinces in other countries), yet I still find I find the silence troubling, especially in the cases of countries that have themselves experienced genocide and/or ethnic cleansing in the past 100 years.
Here’s where it gets seriously messed up, historically speaking: After following several cited sources in various Wikipedia pages on the subject, I came across an article published back in 2012 by a Maltese newspaper named The Malta Independent. It described how in 1919 over 100 Turks were deported to Malta to face charges for war crimes, including the Armenian genocide, but “the lack of concrete evidence and an appropriate legal framework with supranational jurisdiction resulted in the Turkish detainees being repatriated and freed in exchange for 22 British prisoners held by Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk).”
So basically, it simply didn’t get handled and the Turks walked. How awful up is that? The article in question was a bit hard to follow as I’m not familiar with the subject, but I nonetheless found it interesting. I think that those of you who like history will very much enjoy reading it.
This important but seemingly forgotten chapter of modern colonial history was treated by Judge Bonello in one of his volumes in the Histories of Malta series published by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti.
Following a story carried yesterday by this newspaper quoting the remarks made by the Turkish EU Minister regarding the Armenian Genocide which he referred to as an ‘incident’, Dr Bonello alerted The Malta Independent to clarify that these remarks are simply “nonsense”. He referred us to volume nine of the Histories of Malta series which dedicates a particular chapter titled ‘The “Malta Trials” and the Turkish-Armenian Question’ to this controversial issue.
Dr Bonello explains that following World War I no international norms for regulating war crimes existed. He claims that it was only through a series of engineered coincidences that WWI did not end in the “Malta Trials” the way WWII led to the Nuremberg Trials. He defined the legal vacuum encountered in 1919 as “a legal nightmare, a terra incognita that for a first time challenged legal minds to figure out solutions to phenomena unfamiliar before in the history of warfare and its aftermath.” Although events that took place in Malta at the time feature quite prominently in Turkish histories, according to the author they remain completely unknown or ignored in Malta. […]
University of Utah seismologists have mapped out a new 11,200-cubic-mile magma reservoir underlying the Greater Yellowstone area and now have a full image of the supervolcano from the Earth’s deep mantle to its surface.
The discovery, the subject of an article in the academic journal Science, is the culmination of decades of research and provides the most complete picture yet of Yellowstone’s volcanic plumbing system, University of Utah geophysicist Bob Smith said.
“I think it’s a capstone of what we have done,” Smith said Thursday. “It’s kind of the big discovery we’ve made on the whole Yellowstone system in the last decade.”
The newly mapped partially molten body — going by the name the “Lower Crustal Magma Reservoir” — is about 4.4 times larger than the shallow, long-known magma chamber. The blob-shaped reservoir is found between 12 and 28 miles deep and is situated between the shallow magma chamber and massive plume that rises from 440 miles down in the Earth’s mantle.
Directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson.
Featuring Jos’ Gonz’lez.
Most of the fears about GMOs are baseless, if not at least way overblown. Its not like climate change where practically the only scientists who say we have nothing to fear from increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, are the ones working for the big oil companies. For anyone who is worried about genetically modified food killing us or messing with our DNA, or just wants to have a good laugh, watch this. The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi debunks the paranoid pseudoscience surrounding Simplot’s new GMO potatoes in the most hilarious way possible.
Should we revel in our aloneness, or freak out about our future due to our inability to discover evidence of Kardashev level III civilizations?
Astrobiology—the study of extraterrestrial life—has made great strides since its 1960s origins, when the evolutionary biologist George Gaylord Simpson derided it as “a science without a subject.” Today it is booming as never before, driven by perennially high public interest and steadily growing scientific respectability.
In a press conference last week two senior NASA officials—Ellen Stofan, the agency’s chief scientist, and John Grunsfeld, the former astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s science programs—predicted that astrobiologists would at last find their elusive alien subjects within only a decade or two. Not long ago the prediction would have been bold but now it seems almost passé, as more evidence mounts that the warm, wet conditions for life as we know it prevail throughout the cosmos. Surely simple, single-celled life should be common out there, waiting to be found by a rover in subsurface brines on Mars or by a mission sent to probe the oceans of the icy moons Europa or even via space telescopes gazing at Earth-like planets orbiting faraway stars. NASA generously funds all these efforts.
The possible existence of intelligent aliens and extraterrestrial civilizations, on the other hand, remains much more controversial and is scarcely funded at all. Even so, for more than a half-century a small, scattered contingent of astronomers has gone against the grain, engaging in a search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). SETI chiefly looks for chatty cosmic cultures that might be beaming messages around our region of the galaxy using radio waves or laser pulses. But its interstellar eavesdropping has yet to detect any signals that withstand close scrutiny. Even if brimming with life, to us, the galaxy seems to be a very quiet, rather lonely place.
Three members of the University of Florida’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity have been expelled from the campus chapter after they allegedly spit on and hurled beer bottles at veterans attending a retreat at Panama City Beach. Some were apparently seen peeing on veterans’ American flags.
The Zeta Beta Tau chapters of University of Florida and Emory University were at the Laketown Wharf Resort in Panama City Beach last weekend to hold their annual, joint spring formal. Veterans had also convened at the resort for Warrior Beach Retreat, held for about 60 vets who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
On Friday, vets say, members of UF’s Zeta Beta Tau chapter were seen spitting on veterans, throwing beer bottles at them from their hotel room balconies, ripping flags off their cars, and insulting them for “wearing caps and T-shirts.” Some Zeta Beta Taus were also apparently seen peeing on American flags.
Long Beach has been known for some for unusually agressive policing and use of force incidents, including the infamous Doug Zerby shooting. Mr Zerby was waiting for a ride home at a friends house and was holding a water nozzle when Long Beach police infiltrated bushes behind him and opened fire after getting a report of “a man with a gun”. Mr Zerby apparantly never knew police where nearby and he was never given any verbal commands before he died. His estate was awarded 6.5 million in a lawsuit last year, which the city is appealing.
Police in Long Beach shot and critically wounded a 19-year-old man Thursday afternoon at an apartment where a group of people were reportedly spraying graffiti, authorities said..
Officers were called to the 1100 block of Hoffman Avenue after being alerted to several people trespassing and tagging an empty apartment, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Megan Zabel.
An officer saw a man inside the apartment and opened fire, Zabel said. The man was hit by an unknown number of bullets and hospitalized in critical condition.
His name was not released. It was unclear what immediately preceded the shooting.
Long Beach police are investigating the incident, Zabel said. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is conducting a separate, independent investigation, which is customary in all officer-involved shootings.
Nice use of the passive “hit by an unknown number of bullets”, like they were a wandering swarm of insects looking to sting somebody at random.
10 to 1 the officer says the kid reached for a weapon at his wasteband, or pointed something looking like a weapon and he “was afraid for his life”…because these guys have been filled with hours of videos showing them how every “civilian” out there is a potential mutant wastelend murderer right out of a Mad Max movie waiting to ambush them.
Something needs to change. Now.
Tagging an empty apartment shouldn’t be a potential death sentence. Opening the door while holding a wii remote shouldn’t be an actual death sentence. Riding a bike and holding a cell phone shouldn’t be a potential death sentence. Getting your crutch out of your truck shouldn’t be a potential death sentence. Getting your wallet out of your car shouldn’t be a potential death sentence.
I am getting sick of posting these things, and I actually can no longer keep straight who died what day and where.
When force protection becomes prioritized over public safety…the public becomes victims that can be exploited instead of citizens to be protected.
One of the inherent rights of owning a vehicle is the ability to get on one’s backside — a wrench in one hand and a grease rag in the other, and just tinker to your little heart’s desire. Since the vehicle was invented, it’s been an important facet within the community of gearheads.
General Motors — the same company responsible for 87 deaths related to faulty ignition switches, FYI — wants to take that right away from you citing safety and security issues. Along with a few other big names.
It’s called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It’s been around since 2000 and started as anti-Internet piracy legislation. But automakers want to use it to try and make working on your own car illegal. Yes, illegal. The general premise is that unlike cars of the past, today’s vehicles are so advanced and use such a large amount of software and coding in their general makeup, altering said code could be dangerous and possibly even malicious.
Listing the vehicle as a “mobile computing device,” the law would hypothetically protect automakers from pesky owners looking to alter any sort of technology in the vehicle that relates to the onboard computer. Flashing your ECU would be a big no no, which could also lead to all sorts of problems for aftermarket shops.
What GM, and even tractor companies like John Deere, argues is that you, as an owner, don’t actually own your car. Rather, you’re sort of just borrowing it for an extended amount of time and paying for the rights to use the technology. If it sounds ridiculous— it is. But it gets even more ludicrous.