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Shankargallery.pullfolio.com. Shankargallery.pullfolio.com. Pandemics and Panaceas: Why an MIT Inventor Chased The World's Most Dangerous Flu. NY's Attorney General Demands All Data On NYC AirBNB Rentals. Christopher Lane Murder: Teens Charged In Shooting Death Of Australian Baseball Player. DUNCAN, Okla. — With a motive that's both chilling and simple – to break up the boredom of an Oklahoma summer – three teenagers randomly targeted an Australian collegiate baseball player who was attending school in the U.S. and killed him for fun, prosecutors said Tuesday as they charged two of the boys with murder. Prosecutor Jason Hicks called the boys "thugs" as he described how Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, was shot once in the back and died along a tree-lined road on Duncan's well-to-do north side. He said the three teens, from the grittier part of town, chose Lane at random and that one of the boys "thinks it's all a joke.

" Hicks charged Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, of Duncan, with first-degree murder. Under Oklahoma law they will be tried as adults. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, of Duncan, was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. "I know my son. Meanwhile, St. Have we literally broken the English language? | Martha Gill. It's happened. Literally the most misused word in the language has officially changed definition. Now as well as meaning "in a literal manner or sense; exactly: 'the driver took it literally when asked to go straight over the traffic circle'", various dictionaries have added its other more recent usage.

As Google puts it, "literally" can be used "to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling". Did we, as genuinely hundreds of people are tweeting, just break the English language? Or did we, as totally tens of bloggers are writing, prove that the English language is a beautiful, organic creature that is forever slipping out of our control?

Well, no: to be precise, we have done something mildly annoying. "Literally", you see, in its development from knock-kneed, single-purpose utterance, to swan-like dual-purpose term, has reached that awkward stage. 1. "Literally" has been playfully abused since the time of Walter Scott. 2. 3. Not quite so luvvy-able… Why Sir Laurence Olivier loathed his co-stars - News - People. Before penning the book, historian Philip Ziegler listened to taped interviews with Olivier that were originally intended for the actor’s own memoirs. The star made some choice omissions: chiefly, the parts where he eviscerates some of old Hollywood’s brightest stars.

Joan Fontaine, his co-star in Rebecca, was “loathsome”, according to extracts seen by The Sunday Times, while Merle Oberon was a “silly little amateur”. As one of the greatest performers on the Shakespearean stage – in fact, he refers to himself as the “top English actor” – he feels amply qualified to savage Sir John Gielgud’s interpretation of the bard’s works. “I’ve always despised Shakespeare sung,” he said. Olivier “didn’t care to be taught acting” by Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas on the set of 1959’s The Devil’s Disciple, and his “hatred” for Marilyn Monroe – a flaky and undisciplined presence during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl – was “one of the strongest emotions I had ever felt”.

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Germany has more solar power because everyone wins. Suddenly everyone knows about Germany’s solar power dominance because Fox Newsheads made an ass of themselves, suggesting that the country is a sunny, tropical paradise. Most media folks have figured out that there are some monster differences in policy (e.g., a feed-in tariff), but then latch on to the “Germans pay a lot extra” meme. Germans do, and are perfectly happy with it, but that’s still not the story. The real reason Germany dominates in solar (and wind) is its commitment to democratizing energy. Half of the country’s renewable power is owned by ordinary Germans, because that wonky sounding feed-in tariff (often known as a CLEAN Contract Program in America) makes it ridiculously simple and safe for people to park their money in generating solar electricity on their roof instead of making pennies in interest at the bank.

It also makes the country’s “energy change” movement politically bulletproof. The Worst President of The United States | Connor's Conundrums. For the past few months, I’ve been taking a history class in pursuit of my master’s degree in political economy. This class covered the era from Christopher Columbus (late 1400s) through Abraham Lincoln (mid 1800s). Part of the class requirements is an oral examination, where the student is peppered with questions by the mentor for fifteen minutes. Anything is fair game, meaning that you have to know and understand four hundred years worth of dates, major events, prominent figures, and everything in-between. In addition to defending secession, describing the modern effects of slavery, talking about the Trail of Tears, defining the justice of self-imposed slavery, explaining mercantilism, the ineffectiveness of tariffs, and the imbalance of power in the pre-Civil War era, I was asked which President (Washington through Lincoln) I considered to be the worst.

Oddly, Lincoln has become idealized by numerous historians and idolized by teachers and textbooks. Lincoln... The Worst President In US History? Lately, it seems that Americans are divided on the issue as to who the worst President in history was as rightwingers say it's Obama and leftwingers say it's Bush jr. Well it turns out both are wrong and basing what they know on recent events rather than actual facts.

I went to the library Wednesday of this past week and the librarian there is a big Civil War buff. She was the one who addressed the topic to me because she finds it hilarious that foreigners know more about US history than 98% of Americans being she herself is a former school history teacher. One fact she brought to my attention was how the telegraph played the most important role in the failure of the North when it should have been the best tool they had using instant communication whereas the South often still relied on horse & rider to deliver information.

In 1862, Lincoln threatened the South to rejoin the Union or he would free their slaves. The idea that the South held power and depended on slavery is false. City Opera Aims to Salvage Archive Damaged by Storm. New York City Opera’s music library was “totally ruined” by flooding from Hurricane Sandy, but the company’s archival material, going back 60 years, can be salvaged, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

Water filled the basement of the Lower Manhattan building, 75 Broad St., where the company rents offices and storage space, last week. Workers had removed about half of the material — consisting of recorded matter, programs, photographs and other items — to higher floors before the storm hit, said the spokeswoman, Risa B. Heller. George Steel, the company’s general manager and artistic director, worked hard to save the material, she said, even operating the freight elevator himself. The materials in the basement were retrieved Thursday or Friday, Ms.

“We’re working with various libraries to find a permanent home for those materials,” she said. The “historic value of our old materials cannot be usefully calculated, but it is a very sad loss,” she said in a later e-mail.

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Lookcraft Takes the Pain Out of Shopping for Men. The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: Lookcraft One-Liner Pitch: An e-commerce site that helps men decide what to wear and lets them try out fashion items for free from the comfort of their own homes. Why It's Taking Off: Lookcraft re-imagines the shopping experience to tap into the multi-billion dollar online retail market for men. There is a long held stereotype that men hate to shop for clothes, but Jamie Quint believes the real problem is just that shopping experiences are rarely if ever designed specifically with men in mind.

"The shopping experience as it exists today is really an experience for women," Quint told Mashable. That's something he hopes to change with his new startup, Lookcraft. Don't worry, guys, you won't be asked to name your favorite kind of tie or declare whether you prefer straight-cut pants to loose-fit pants. The Five Dumbest Things on Wall Street This Week: Oct. 12. 5. Tessera's Travel Tips Have no fear all you Californians getting killed by $5 bucks a gallon gas. Thanks to our friends at Tessera Technologies (TSRA_), we have found a solution to ease your pump pain: Commute from Connecticut instead. No joshing. According to regulatory filings released late last week, the semiconductor and digital optics company plans to pay its CEO Robert Young a whopping $150,000 per year to shuttle back and forth between his Connecticut home and Tessera's San Jose offices. The stipend comes on top of Young's $684,000 annual base salary for 2012, and a bonus that can reach up to 100% of that amount.

Oh yeah, let's not forget the 550,000 stock options Young will be able to vest if he spins off one of his two divisions, or the $1.6 million in total compensation he pocketed last year. You see Golden Staters! Furthermore, don't be dissuaded from asking for the additional dough if your company is losing money. Hey, its good work if you can get it. Stan Lee Media Sues Disney For Billions In Alleged Copyright Infringement. Marvel / Disney Stan Lee Media Inc. claims Disney doesn't have true ownership to Lee's characters.

Ever since Disney bought Marvel and its some 5,000 characters for $4 billion in 2009, the company has earned profits off Stan Lee's many characters in the form of action figures, toys, costumes, and a little film called "The Avengers. " However, one company claims Disney has no right to any of the characters. Now, Stan Lee Media Inc. (SLMI), formerly affiliated with Lee, filed a complaint in the district court of Colorado claiming it, not The Walt Disney Company, own the rights to any and all of Stan Lee's characters including the very profitable "Avengers" gang which earned Disney more than $1 billion at theaters worldwide. According to the complaint filed, the Colorado based SLMI claims Stan Lee assigned copyrights for all Marvel properties and characters over to it in October 1998, before signing them over to Marvel Enterprises Inc. one month later.

From the complaint: The problem? Ariana Saraha's First Studio Album! IT'S TIME! I am in the studio finishing my album on a leap of faith, but I need my community's support in order to finish this project. Dear friends ~ I am so excited to let you know that I am back in the studio, on a leap of faith, and working to complete this amazing album that we started last winter! These songs have been incubating and seasoning for so many years now ~ some as long as 15 years, some only two ~ but all are ready for the world! These are my babies, songs of my soul, and I hope you will consider helping them be born. See, it takes tremendous resources to make an album ~ especially one crafted of real-time instruments, recorded in well-tuned spaces on great equipment, and midwifed along by highly skilled producers! There is nothing I love more than coming to YOU ~ singing my heart out for live audiences, touring this shockingly beautiful and tenderly wounded world.

Please read on for details on how the funds will be used and other ways you can support this project... Books by Mirabai Starr. For Julian, the good news is not merely the reward we will receive one day when we slough off this mortal coil and go home to God. Every moment is an opportunity to remember that we are perfectly loved and perfectly loveable, just as we are. I can’t help but wonder if I need to find alternative language to “spiritual promiscuity.” It may be sending the wrong message. I gave thanks for whatever it is in my life that has allowed me to so deeply drink from the most sacred wells of many spiritual traditions For a long time I have assumed that I would write a “grief book” – and I still may – but I see now that all the deaths in my life, and my daughter’s especially, inform everything I write.

After my own private encuentro with Mother Mary, I never again felt quite so alone in my loss. I still suffered – I still do – but she shares my pain, and that makes my burden lighter. You cannot forgive without grace. Declaration of Internet Freedom. National Review flays Fast and Furious 'conspiracy theory' One of the best-known media outlets for the conservative cause, National Review, is dismissing a popular theory on the right that the Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning probe was part of a deliberate attempt by the Obama administration to advance gun control by sending weapons to Mexican drug gangs.

The scenario sounds improbable, but in a column earlier this week National Review's Robert VanBruggen took House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to task for fueling such suspicions. "Some Fast and Furious critics have [been] concocting a conspiracy theory: specifically, that the Obama administration allowed the guns to go to Mexico deliberately in order to increase gun crime there, so it could cite that crime as a reason for more gun control here. And unfortunately, Fast and Furious’s lead critic, House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa, has joined them," VanBruggen wrote.

"So chicken or egg? We don’t know which came first; we probably never will," Issa said. Dollar. Countries that use a currency called "dollar" Countries that use the USA dollar Countries that formerly used a currency called "dollar" History[edit] 2 dollars, first June 1827 On 15 January 1520, the kingdom of Bohemia began minting coins from silver mined locally in Joachimsthal. A later Dutch coin depicting a lion was called the leeuwendaler or leeuwendaalder, literally 'lion daler'. Spanish pesos - having the same weight and shape - came to be known as Spanish dollars.[3][5] By the mid-18th century, the lion dollar had been replaced by Spanish dollar, the famous "piece of eight", which were distributed widely in the Spanish colonies in the New World and in the Philippines.[5][6][7][8][9] Origins of the dollar sign[edit] The sign is first attested in business correspondence in the 1770s as a scribal abbreviation "ps", referring to the Spanish American peso,[10][11] that is, the "Spanish dollar" as it was known in British North America.

Adoption by the United States[edit] See also[edit] Taos Touring 2012 : DSCN3855.

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The Fukushima Battleground Over Science | Asia Pacific | World. An official measures radiation levels in an elderly woman (L) at an evacuation center in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture, about 35 miles from the crisis-hit Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, on March 16, 2011. (Ken Shimizu/AFP/Getty Images) More than a year after the Fukushima nuclear incident, there is still much disagreement about many aspects of its actual consequences.

A recent example is a report by the World Health Organization, which estimates radiation doses and cancer risks in the wake of the disaster. Its findings are being criticized by other medical professionals who use different assumptions and different science, and accuse the WHO of downplaying the gravity of the health risks for people living in the affected area. The WHO’s May 23 report, “Preliminary dose estimation from the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami,” concludes that radiation levels are too low to significantly increase the cancer risk in most of Japan. Dr. Dr. Romney campaign spells 'America' wrong in new iPhone app.

State and Federal Politicians React to Pilgrim's Reliceinsing - Plymouth, MA Patch. Nuclear Regulatory Commission OKs new 20-year license for Pilgrim nuke plant. Farmers Market April 14, 2012 by Richard Lazzara : DSCN1606. How to Write About Books. House approves Export-Import bill in bipartisan vote despite fire from right - The Hill's Floor Action.