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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aulute wrote:
The huge number of troops stationed there is just... not good. Some friends of mine went to Okinawa for Fall Break, and some more are planning to go for Spring Break I think, but I didn't go the first time since I'd heard there was a lot of hostility towards Americans over the last rape incident.


Hmm...there are american troops stationed in my city, too. When I leave the house and walk for less than 10 minutes, I'm standing in front of the gates of one of the bases. I can't remember an incident like you mentioned. But some american teenagers, who came here with their parents, stood on a bridge and threw stones on some cars driving underneath. That was some years ago. Except for that, the soldiers and their families are pretty nice people!
I just wanted to tell a droll story out of my life. Thanks for reading.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rogue - Yeah I read that article the other day as well. Its insane! I still can't believe the baby lived!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, i don't know if this is "of note", but it interested me:
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March 4, 2008
Arts, Briefly
Chef Cooks Up Hoax
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

The celebrity chef, author and aspiring St. Petersburg, Fla., restaurateur Robert Irvine will be replaced by the Food Network as host of “Dinner Impossible” after admitting to inaccuracies in a résumé that included a British knighthood, ownership of a castle in Scotland, friendship with Prince Charles and cooking for four United States presidents, the BBC reported. The British-born Mr. Irvine, 42, who also said he had helped to make the wedding cake for Prince Charles and Lady Diana, told The St. Petersburg Times that he had fabricated parts of his history because he felt pressure “to keep up with the Joneses” and that he was “truly sorry.” Mr. Irvine, the author of an autobiography, “Mission: Cook!,” and the owner of a company that sells his own brand cookware, did work at the White House, but in the Navy Mess, not as a personal chef to a president. A spokesman for the Food Network said, “We appreciate Robert’s remorse about his actions,” but added that “for now we will be looking for a replacement host.”


now this kind of saddens me, because i thought irvine was fun to watch - but i rather wondered about the claim of cooking for 4 u.s. presidents. but the thing that gets me is, that sort of thing should be easy to check, no? i mean, white house chefs write cookbooks and there are news stories when new ones are hired - how hard could this stuff have been to check out? and if the food network thinks this stuff is so important - why didn't they check it out?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I saw the show title, "Dinner Impossible", I had to go check to make sure it wasn't what I was thinking of. I lack cable.. and nearly never watched the Food Network even when I did because I didn't like how hungry it always made me. :p But anyway, I guess I have to watch on March 15th, because my cousin's gonna be in an episode of "Rescue Chef". Very Happy

Also, agreed. The Food Network is a large corporation at this point.. resume accuracy should be verified from the beginning. Sounds pretty darn sloppy all around.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Shocked Whoa... I found him kind of annoying but that is just nuts. Why would you make up something like that?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You would think knighthood would be especially easy to check on..
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lasairfiona wrote:
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Shocked Whoa... I found him kind of annoying but that is just nuts. Why would you make up something like that?

it got him his own tv show, didn't it?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MSNBC wrote:
NASA wary of relying on Russia
Moscow soon to be lone carrier of astronauts to the space station
By Marc Kaufman
The Washington Post
updated 2:29 a.m. ET, Fri., March. 7, 2008
Tomorrow night, a European spacecraft is scheduled to blast off from French Guiana on its maiden voyage to the international space station, giving NASA and the world a new way to reach the orbiting laboratory.

For NASA, however, the launch of the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) also highlights a stark reality: In 2 1/2 years, just as the station gets fully assembled, the United States will no longer have any spacecraft of its own capable of carrying astronauts and cargo to the station, in which roughly $100 billion is being invested. The three space shuttles will be retired by then, because of their high cost and questionable safety, and NASA will have nothing ready to replace them until 2015 at the earliest.

For five years or more, the United States will be dependent on the technology of others to reach the station, which American taxpayers largely paid for. To complicate things further, the only nation now capable of flying humans to the station is Russia, giving it a strong bargaining position to decide what it wants to charge for the flights at a time when U.S.-Russian relations are becoming increasingly testy.

In addition, some fear the price will be paid not only in billions of dollars but also in lost American prestige and lost leverage on the Russians when it comes to issues such as aiding Iran with its nuclear program.

'Serious threat to our national security'
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin calls the situation his "greatest regret and greatest concern." For most of the five-year gap, he said, "we will be largely dependent on the Russians, and that is terrible place for the United States to be. I'm worried, and many others are worried."

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), chairman of the subcommittee that oversees NASA, went further. "This is a very serious betrayal of American interests," he said. "This will be the first time since Sputnik when the United States will not have a significant space superiority. I remain dumbfounded that we've allowed this serious threat to our national security to develop."

The White House, Congress and the space community have known for years that the gap was looming, but there were always other priorities.

Those most involved with the issue say that its seriousness will become more glaring this summer, when negotiations with Russia begin and Congress is likely to debate whether to grant a waiver to the law that prohibits certain kinds of commerce with nations that support the Iranian or North Korean nuclear program.

Griffin has testified that while the waiver is essential, it is "unseemly, simply unseemly, for the United States -- the world's leading power and leading space power -- to be reduced to purchasing services like this. It affects, in my view, how we are seen in the world, and not for the better."

Private spacecraft?
NASA's budget calls for spending $2.6 billion for transportation to the space station between fiscal 2009 and 2013. As it stands now, much of that would go to the Russians.

With that prospect ahead, Griffin told Nelson's committee last week that he is working with the fledgling private rocket company SpaceX to speed its efforts to build a private spacecraft that can take over some of the work of ferrying astronauts into space. Both Nelson and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) had recommended that NASA formally push ahead with that effort.

But SpaceX, while eager to do the work, has not successfully orbited even a cargo spacecraft, let alone one designed to the much higher standards needed for human flight. Nonetheless, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in a telephone interview that his company might have a manned spacecraft capability by the end of 2011 if NASA exercises its option under a 2006 agreement to provide cargo service. With that go-ahead, SpaceX would put its manned rocket program into high gear, he said.


"Is there a risk that we won't succeed? Yes, there is," said Musk, co-founder of the PayPal online payment system. "But if the United States doesn't provide any competition to the Russians, then they have a monopoly on crew transport to the station and they can dictate their terms. Do taxpayers really want all that money to go to Russia, rather than to an American company with American workers?"

In his testimony, Griffin said he is inclined to exercise the human spaceflight option, but he also said he very much doubts that SpaceX will have a spacecraft ready for astronauts by 2012.



'Starved for funds'
The gap in American capability to reach the space station is the result of factors including the 2003 breakup of the space shuttle Columbia, the subsequent decision to retire the three remaining shuttles by September 2010 and the lack of additional funds to quickly build a replacement.

NASA has let contracts to design and test a new-generation rocket and crew capsule, but it has had to go slowly because of the high cost of operating the shuttles, which are the only spacecraft able to carry large components to the still-incomplete space station. Griffin has testified that the replacement spacecraft could be ready in 2013 rather than 2015 if the agency had an additional $2 billion, but the administration has not asked for the funding.

Last year, the White House opposed a bill passed by the Senate to give NASA an additional $1 billion to make up for some of the costs incurred after Columbia broke apart -- a step similar to one taken after the Challenger disaster in 1986.

"What we have here is an agency that has been given a lot to do but has been starved for funds," Nelson said. "I think the gap is largely due to the administration's refusal to give NASA the funds it needs. And now we'll be forced to give billions to the Russians because we didn't spend millions before. It's the worst of all worlds."

Griffin, a strong advocate for manned spaceflight and a loyal member of the administration, said that past Congresses and administrations let the manned space program atrophy and that it took President Bush's 2004 "vision" for human travel to the moon and Mars to rejuvenate the program.

Still, many see Bush as having limited interest in space. Not only have NASA budgets remained tight, but Bush never visited the Johnson Space Center in Houston during his six years as governor of Texas, and as president he visited once, for a memorial service for the lost Columbia astronauts.

EU may provide counterbalance
The European spacecraft scheduled for launch tomorrow night is the first of six cargo-carrying flights by Arianespace, a public-private company, in exchange for NASA ferrying a large European lab to the station on the shuttle. Chairman and chief executive Jean-Yves Le Gall said in an interview last week that the company would like to play a larger role in supplying the space station, but it is waiting for its first successful launch before pressing its case.

The European Union is scheduled to decide in November whether to enter the field of human spaceflight, potentially joining the club that so far includes only the United States, Russia and China.

Le Gall acknowledged that the ATV -- which is the size of a London double-decker bus -- is now more expensive to build and operate than its Russian competitors, but he said that may change if Russia becomes the sole carrier. Nonetheless, the Europeans face a number of obstacles in selling their space transport services to NASA, including buy-American provisions that favor homegrown companies such as SpaceX.

"We believe we can be an important part of the solution for the space station and counterbalance to the Russians, if we are given a chance," Le Gall said.

Despite the broad concern over NASA's future dependence on Russia, Griffin said the agency's experience with its most important space station partner has been good. The Russians helped astronauts stranded on the space station after the Columbia breakup, and they have continued to provide crew and cargo transport services -- currently as part of a $780 million, multiyear contract.

Griffin also said a new deal with the Russians has to be signed by early next year. The Russians, he said, need a three-year lead time to build a sufficient quantity of their expendable, but very dependable, Soyuz and Progress spacecraft.



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MSNBC wrote:
Still, many see Bush as having limited interest in space. Not only have NASA budgets remained tight, but Bush never visited the Johnson Space Center in Houston during his six years as governor of Texas, and as president he visited once, for a memorial service for the lost Columbia astronauts.


that sounds like no interest at all, to me....yet one other area we are going to suffer in for the foreseeable future because of this incurious man.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Overall that article just inflamed my ire and frustration over the dwindling political importance of space exploration. I want to knock heads around! Mad
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lemontree wrote:
Overall that article just inflamed my ire and frustration over the dwindling political importance of space exploration. I want to knock heads around! Mad


For what? It's not important and never really was, except as a weapons demo. The nation that can shoot missiles further and more accurately is the one not to be fucked with.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you take that viewpoint, most of science is pointless. i mean, what does it matter if we understand how the universe was formed, what the limits of life might be, how life itself works, the geological processes that formed our planet, how weather systems work?

curiosity is a human trait. why start insisting now that it has to have some immediate benefit?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to mention, it does have immediate benefits. It creates dreamers. Yes, thats "hippy-ish" sounding.. but after the trip to the moon.. it created a surge in people wanting to be astronauts, scientists, engineers! It spurs passion and imagination.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how else would we have discovered the joy that is freeze-dried ice cream? and tang?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Epic failure... but then not surprising. Bush did some babbling about going to Mars a few years back to distract people and apparently it stuck. Despite the fact he has never pushed for giving NASA a real budget, much less the resources they would need to replace the shuttles (antiquated bastards they are) with something better.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the x-prize kinda prove that we don't have to sit on a bomb to get into space?
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