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    • Invest Like a Billionaire: Water Is The New Gold 4/1/2010     Last year, legendary investor Warren Buffet bought a water treatment provider, Nalco Holding Company , adding to other water-related investments in his wildly successful portfolio.  (As of March 30, 2010, a single share of his company, Berkshire Hathaway , could be bought for $122,459.) The move sent ripples through the investing community: a clear signal that investing in water is an untapped opportunity. Water, like oil, is finite. There is only so much ocean saltwater, glacier freshwater and water in the air, while global consumption is growing twice as fast as the world’s population. Climate change affects how and where this resource is delivered around the world, with more intense rainfalls and dry spells impacting everything from the food cycle to manufacturing to drinking supplies. Climate change is expected to account for about 20% of the global increase in water scarcity in coming years. The World Bank estimates water availability will change dramatically by the middle of this century, leading to what some have called “water wars.” New water management technologies are the key to managing water scarcity. Buffet’s investment in Nalco, which had $3.7 billion in sales in 2009, is one example. The company helps its industrial customers reduce water and energy use. For example, it claims it 3D TRASAR® cooling water technology has saved more than 200 billion gallons of water. Nalco is also teaming up with organizations like the World Wildlife Fund to help develop ways to conserve water. The company’s stock price has doubled over the past year.
    • For India, US health care a sea of opportunity Outsourcing firms in India brace themselves for onslaught of work following US health care reform.  GlobalPost April 17, 2010 09:07 ET MUMBAI, India – U.S. healthcare reform gave 32 million new Americans insurance, the new U.S. president a feather for his cap and a good seven years' boon to the workload of India's $61 billion outsourcing industry. India's Economic Times declared it the industry's "biggest bonanza yet" and "far bigger than the Y2K." While it's too early to know the extent of the boon, India's outsourcers — the call centers, the medical record transcribers, the software developers — are quietly gearing up for the increase in administrative work and technology development the health care legislation promises. Finance and banking, telecommunications and manufacturing are the sectors that provide the lion's share of work to India's outsourcers. But healthcare — where now less than 5 percent of the industry's business comes from — is poised to be one of the fastest-growing, said Ameet Nivsarkar, vice president for global trade at NASSCOM, a trade body for India's information technology and business process outsourcers (BPOs). "Now the next $60 billion ... can't come from these sectors," he said. "So the industry is looking at health care as a promising new industry."
    • US weighs Iran military option   The US military say that a military strike may only delay Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.   BBC News, Washington If Iran decides to go for nuclear weapons, the US may not be able to permanently stop this from happening unless it is willing to occupy the country. This is the candid conclusion of one US general testifying in front of the Senate but one that seems to have gone mostly unnoticed amid a flurry of statements on Iran over the past few days in Washington. Gen James Cartwright, one of America's top uniformed officers, slowly edged towards that conclusion during a Senate testimony last week, underscoring the difficult choices facing the Obama administration as it weighs what do about Iran.
    • MONEY APRIL 21, 2010 Money Makeover: $100 Bill Gets Facelift to Fight Fakes When the new $100 is moved, the inkwell changes color from copper to green, and the Liberty Bell appears. The U.S. government wants you to accept its new Benjamins: its new $100 notes. It hopes that counterfeiters are less pleased. The Treasury Department unveiled what it calls "the next generation one hundred," a redesigned $100 bank note to stay ahead of counterfeiters. The new $100 notes will be available on Feb.10, 2011.
    • April 20, 2010, 10:37 am The First ‘Motorcycle’ Heads for Auction   Bonhams This 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller motorrad, considered the first motorcycle, will go up for auction on Sunday in England. A rare unrestored 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller “motorrad” is one of the more interesting lots up for auction Sunday at the International Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford, England. The German word motorrad translates roughly to motorcycle in English. Hildebrand & Wolfmüller, headquartered in Munich, invented the word in 1894 to describe the first two-wheel vehicle to go into series production and offered for public sale. The particular motorcycle being auctioned on Sunday was owned by the late Bill McNee of Staten Island. Following his death in 2007, and the death of his wife, Cornelia, last year, their heirs agreed to consign the motorcycle for auction. The sale, along with hundreds of other rare and vintage motorcycles, is being conducted by Bonhams . From 800 to 2,000 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller motorrads were built before the company went out of business in 1897, according to Bonhams. Several other Hildebrand & Wolfmüller motorcycles are known to have survived and are on display in museums like the Henry Ford in Michigan. The existence of this 2.5-horsepower bike has been known since at least 1970, when Mr. McNee contacted the the Smithsonian Institution about its value. He declined a request from the museum to donate it to its collection. The bike’s mechanical operation was crude, at best, with no clutch, starter or proper brakes. The machine was slowed by a spoonlike device, which rubbed on the front wheel when pressure was applied. Many early owners sued for their money back. Still, the contraption is expected to fetch up to $90,000, Bonhams estimates. The bike, which does not run, will be sold as is. Finding spare parts may be a problem.
    • Iranian Cleric Says Promiscuous Women Are to Blame for Earthquakes Associated Press A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes. BEIRUT -- A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes. Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric's unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate. "Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes," Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but many, especially the young, ignore some of the more strict codes and wear tight coats and scarves pulled back that show much of the hair. "What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?" Sedighi asked during a prayer sermon Friday. "There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes." Seismologists have warned for at least two decades that it is likely the sprawling capital will be struck by a catastrophic quake in the near future. Some experts have even suggested Iran should move its capital to a less seismically active location. Tehran straddles scores of fault lines, including one more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) long, though it has not suffered a major quake since 1830. In 2003, a powerful earthquake hit the southern city of Bam, killing 31,000 people — about a quarter of that city's population — and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel. "A divine authority told me to tell the people to make a general repentance. Why? Because calamities threaten us," said Sedighi, Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader. Referring to the violence that followed last June's disputed presidential election, he said, "The political earthquake that occurred was a reaction to some of the actions (that took place). And now, if a natural earthquake hits Tehran, no one will be able to confront such a calamity but God's power, only God's power. ... So let's not disappoint God." The Iranian government and its security forces have been locked in a bloody battle with a large opposition movement that accuses Ahmadinejad of winning last year's vote by fraud. Ahmadinejad made his quake prediction two weeks ago but said he could not give an exact date. He acknowledged that he could not order all of Tehran's 12 million people to evacuate. "But provisions have to be made. ... At least 5 million should leave Tehran so it is less crowded," the president said. Minister of Welfare and Social Security Sadeq Mahsooli said prayers and pleas for forgiveness were the best "formulas to repel earthquakes." "We cannot invent a system that prevents earthquakes, but God has created this system and that is to avoid sins, to pray, to seek forgiveness, pay alms and self-sacrifice," Mahsooli said.
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    • Boobquake determined to prove cleric wrong         news.com.au April 22, 2010 10:52AM     Jennifer McCreight is urging women across the world to defy a senior Iranian cleric / AP Source: AP A ONE-WOMAN mission to prove breasts don't cause earthquakes has swollen into a shirt-straining global movement preparing for the inaugural "Boobquake". Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi angered womens' groups around the world on Monday when he claimed that promiscuous women were responsible for literally making the earth move . "Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,'' Sedighi said. "What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?'' he asked during a prayer sermon on Friday. "There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes.'' Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but Sedighi says an increase in young women flaunting the law - and not the fact that Tehran straddles scores of fault lines - is risking the lives of the city's 12 million inhabitants. Jennifer McCreight is determined to prove him wrong. Since launching the " Boobquake " Facebook page two days ago, she has enlisted more than 20,000 women promising to show as much cleavage as possible on Monday, April 26.
    • Report: China To Overtake U.S. As World's Biggest Asshole By 2020 April 19, 2010 WASHINGTON— According to a new report released Monday by a panel of top economists and social scientists, the People's Republic of China will overtake the United States as the world's dominant asshole by the year 2020. The findings, published in the most recent issue of Foreign Affairs , support recent speculation that America's unquestioned reign as the leading super-prick may soon be drawing to a close, leaving China as the foremost shithead among all developed nations. "We are seeing a changing of the asshole guard," said Andrew Freireich, noted economist and lead author of the article. "Although the U.S. will remain among the world's two or three biggest cocks through much of this century, we can now confidently project that China, with its soaring economic growth, ever-expanding cultural influence, and total disregard for basic human rights, will overtake America as King Prick Numero Uno within the next 10 years." Added Freireich, "It's the dawning of a new huge bastard era." According to the report, China has slowly emerged as a massive fucker over the past half century, a period of egotistical growth unseen since America's booming douche years following World War II. According to estimates, China already has a slight lead on the U.S. in not giving a fuck about climate change. Over that same time, China has seen a dramatic rise in both its GDP and Shithead Index, definite signs that the Asian nation is developing into a cocksucker of global proportions. "When you consider China's wanton pollution, rising militarism, and rampant overdevelopment, it's clear they'll soon be thoroughly out-dicking the U.S. in every measurable area," international affairs specialist Neil Farren said. "Not many Americans want to admit it, but as the yuan continues to get stronger, and millions upon millions are exploited as a result, more and more people worldwide will be looking to China, not America, and saying, 'Man, can you believe what an unbelievable sack of shit that country is?'"
    • China's ascension to supreme asshole status is occurring at a much faster pace than experts originally predicted. In fact, many now believe that by as early as 2015 Chinese citizens will arrogantly strut across the globe disrespecting other cultures and shouting loudly while dressed in XXL "Speak Chinese or Go Home" T-shirts. Prominent scholars claim that America's gradual fall from the upper echelon of international supershits is merely part of an inevitable pattern seen time and again throughout world history. "All of the great asshole nations eventually watch their day in the sun slip away," historian Richard Merriam told reporters. "Don't forget that Great Britain was the world's dominant asshole for well over three centuries, and look at it now: a pussy-whipped shell of the insufferable, bullying jackass it used to be." Others have posited that China's ascension may be part of a larger reorganization of the global asshole hegemony that could see the United States losing even more ground in the century to come. "A country like Iran is obviously a pretty big dick, but ultimately it lacks the resources to be a truly world-class asshole," Farran said. "Same goes for Pakistan. But the list of abominable shit-heel countries competing for global prick dominance is a long one, and the U.S. is just going to have to get used to seeing countries like Russia and India mentioned in the same breath as itself." "Many Americans are going to be upset over the prospect of falling from that top spot, but that's the reality we face," Farrar continued. "Hopefully, the United States will find a way to grow and adjust to its evolving role on the world stage without acting like a complete and utter fuckhead about it." The Onion: America's Finest News Source"
    • World’s Smallest Sustainable House 04/16/10 - “ Building the world’s smallest sustainable house is a mighty big claim, but that’s what one company says that they’ve done with their Nano Living Systems prefab . The Nano is a 200 square foot home designed to ‘comfortably’ accommodate a family of four. Whether you could possibly handle living in that small of a space with three other people is another matter, but with clever design and built-in furniture, the home really has all that you could possible need. Built with SIPs and ready for solar panels, a green roof, rainwater catchment and even more sustainable features, the Nano is certainly making strides to live up to its claim.” w/ photos
    • Shauna Sand's TRANSformation Apr 17th 2010 TMZ It took just seven years, but Lucite lovely mother of three Shauna Sand , 38, has finally completed her transformation.
    • What’s My Pee Telling Me? 04/16/10 - “ What goes in must come out. It’s that simple. But what does it all mean ? Therein lies the mystery and the key to your health and happiness. In this entertaining and fact-filled guide, the authors of the best-selling What’s Your Poo Telling You? expand their probing inquiry into the workings of the human body to reveal the secrets and splendors of farts and pee, as well as more about their inevitable companion, poo. In the shocking and informative final section, the authors explode a variety of popular myths about the gastrointestinal tract. After reading this book, you`ll never think of your bodily functions in the same way again!” w/ photos
    • Samurai Sword Umbrella The Samurai Umbrella replaces your boring umbrella grip with a Japanese sword handle, into a dashing, rainproof road warrior. They’ve even included a shoulder case for the umbrella, so you can carry it bandolier-style and free up your hands. Source
    • Sex crimes put Jay teachers in prison April 17, 2010   Ashley Burkett and April Watson sobbed in the arms of their attorneys. Their families and friends from the small community of Jay wept at the Santa Rosa County Courthouse in Milton on Friday as a court security officer handcuffed the former Jay High School teachers and led them away to begin state prison sentences for having sex with students. Circuit Judge Gary Bergosh sentenced the pair to 15 months in prison. In addition to the prison term, the former teachers will serve five years on probation, including 18 months of community control for the incidents that began in 2007. Burkett and Watson must register as sex offenders with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the rest of their lives. The pair pleaded no contest in January to three counts of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. The sentence represents nearly half the maximum nearly 33 months in state prison. Assistant State Attorney Christi Hankins asked the judge to order the teachers to spend five years in a state facility. "The idea that they were teachers is absolutely revolting," Hankins said. Burkett, 32, and Watson, 33, were arrested Aug. 6 at the Santa Rosa Sheriff's Department and each was free on bond. The investigation began July 28 after an anonymous letter to the Sheriff's Office mentioned a sexual relationship between the two teachers and three boys who were 17 at the time. Neither teacher taught the students, but Hankins noted that in a small community such as Jay, the students would have known Burkett and Watson were educators. When interviewed, the boys admitted to having sex with the teachers between July and October 2007. Defense attorneys Barry Beroset and Robert Kimmel, representing Watson and Burkett respectively, said the boys in the case said during depositions that they didn't think the teachers should spend time in prison. " 'I don't think they should go to jail because it is 100 percent voluntary on both sides,' " Kimmel said, reading from the transcript of one of the depositions. pnj.com
    • Boy kills dad with sledgehammer after banned from playing computer games      AFP April 14, 2010 8:23AM A 14-YEAR-OLD boy in southern Russia has been charged with killing his father with a sledgehammer after his parents tried to stop him from playing computer games. The unnamed boy in the coastal town of Tuapse, located by the Black Sea in Russia's southern Krasnodar region, bludgeoned his father to death while he lay sleeping, regional investigators said. "At around 1am (local time) on April 12, the suspect dealt his sleeping father at least two blows on the head with a sledgehammer," the region's investigative committee said. "The man died on the spot from a head injury. A spokeswoman said the parents had taken away the keyboard as a disciplinary measure after he spent a week playing computer games. After the killing, the boy's frightened mother gave him the keyboard back and the boy played computer games for several more hours until he fell asleep, the spokeswoman said. At that point, the mother, who was not injured, contacted relatives who in turn called police. The boy, who has no criminal record, is now being held in pre-trial detention. At 14, he is old enough to be charged with murder under Russian law.
    • Man stabs five of his kin, torches house, after Net access row NAGOYA (Kyodo) A 30-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stabbing five members of his family, killing two, at a house in Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, and setting the building on fire. Takayuki Iwase is suspected of stabbing his father, Kazumi, 58, around 2:15 a.m. Saturday while he was sleeping in a bedroom, the police said. He was later confirmed dead. Tomomi Kanemaru, the 1-year-old daughter of Iwase's younger brother, Fumihiko, was also confirmed dead. Iwase, who is unemployed, was taken into custody at a funeral hall near the house after admitting that he stabbed the five with a kitchen knife and set fire to the house, the police said. Iwase reportedly told police under questioning that he was angry that his account with an Internet service provider had been canceled by his father. After receiving an emergency call from a neighbor at around 2:25 a.m., the police arrived and found the house on fire and the five family members inside with stab wounds. Police are treating the investigation as a murder case.
    • Face cream 'made from breast milk could cure teenage acne', study claims A face cream that is made from breast milk and coconut oil could cure teenage acne, a study has claimed. 17 Apr 2010     American scientists found that a component of mother's milk, called lauric acid, which also is found in coconut oil, had acne-fighting qualities. They found the new treatment has no side effects because it comes from natural products unlike current available treatments which can cause redness and burning. Researchers behind the project hope to begin human trials on a new face cream soon that could tackle the problem that hits millions of teenagers every year. They have been able to avoid some of the more arduous restrictions to get approval for testing because the product will be created from natural or already approved ingredients. Dissaya Pornpattananangkul, a bioengineering postgraduate student from the University of California made the discovery that lauric acid could save face for millions of teenagers around the world. She described the findings as exciting which could give hope to millions of teenagers. "It's a good feeling to know that I have a chance to develop a drug that could help people with acne," she said "Common acne afflicts more than 85 per cent of teenagers and over 40 million people in the United States; and current treatments have undesirable side effects including redness and burning.
    • Substance in Breast Milk Kills Cancer Cells, Study Suggests ScienceDaily (Apr. 19, 2010) — A substance found in breast milk can kill cancer cells, reveal studies carried out by researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Although the special substance, known as HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumour cells), was discovered in breast milk several years ago, it is only now that it has been possible to test it on humans. Patients with cancer of the bladder who were treated with the substance excreted dead cancer cells in their urine after each treatment, which has given rise to hopes that it can be developed into medication for cancer care in the future. HAMLET was discovered by chance when researchers were studying the antibacterial properties of breast milk. Further studies showed that HAMLET comprises a protein and a fatty acid that are both found naturally in breast milk. So far, however, it has not been proven that the HAMLET complex is spontaneously formed in the milk. It is speculated, however, that HAMLET can form in the acidic environment of the babies´ stomachs. Laboratory experiments have shown that HAMLET kills 40 different types of cancer, and the researchers are now going on to study its effect on skin cancer, tumours in the mucous membranes and brain tumours. Importantly, HAMLET kills only cancer cells and does not affect healthy cells. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg are focusing on how HAMLET can be taken up into tumour cells. The researchers, Roger Karlsson, Maja Puchades and Ingela Lanekoff, are attempting to gain an in-depth understanding of how the substance interacts with cell membranes, and their findings were recently published in the journal PLoS One .
    • The ash plume of southwestern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano streams southwards over the Northern Atlantic Ocean in a satellite photograph made April 17, 2010. The erupting volcano in Iceland sent new tremors on April 19, but the ash plume which has caused air traffic chaos across Europe has dropped to a height of about 2 km (1.2 mi), the Meteorological Office said.
    • Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010.
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    • 2010 Triumph Scrambler Crotch rockets are great, assuming you don’t mind a comfort level somewhere between sitting on a rock and repeatedly slamming your nuts in a desk drawer. The 2010 Triumph Scrambler is the La-Z-Boy of motorcycles and you’ll appreciate that as soon as you plan your cross country “business trip.” With 58bhp and 50ft.lbs torques (hopefully Jeremy Clarkson is saying that in your head like he is in ours) and good looks to match, you can practically smell the gasoline. $9,000
    • Pot enthusiasts gather at California cannabis expo Associated Press April 17, 2010 DALY CITY, Calif. - Medical marijuana users near San Francisco lit up Saturday at the opening of the two-day International Cannabis and Hemp Expo, where vendors displayed bongs, vaporizers, hash brownies and other marijuana-related products. Organizers of the event at the Cow Palace said they insisted on having an onsite medicating area before holding the expo. Under a white-canopied courtyard, young adults in baggy jeans and baseball caps smoked alongside aging hippies. Adrian Hernandez said marijuana use helps him deal with chronic knee pain. "Everybody needs their medication when they need it," said Hernandez, who is in his 30s. "We'd have to step out and go hide in our cars." In 1996, California voters approved a measure that allowed sick people to use marijuana if they have doctor referrals and an identification card. But marijuana advocates want to take it a step further. In November, voters will consider a ballot measure on whether to legalize and tax pot in California. Bob Katzman, chief operations officer for the expo, said one of the goals of the event — held in an arena that once hosted The Beatles and the 1964 Republican Convention — was to show just how big and far-reaching the state's pot industry has become. "I think we're already mainstream," he said. "At least in Northern California." Katzman said he obtained permission for the medicating area last year from the Cow Palace, which is controlled by the state, after years of negotiations. He credited the recent push to legalize marijuana in part for the approval. The expo, and others like it, will help develop the multibillion dollar pot industry, said Bucky Fisher, national sales manager for Medical Marijuana Inc., which sells hemp-related products and provides services to ensure marijuana dispensaries follow the law. "It makes the industry more of a community, more visible, more powerful," he said. "This country is definitely in need of a homegrown industry, and this could be it."
    • Staring at the Surface of the Sun   What can we learn from this image of the surface of the Sun taken in 2007 by the Swedish Solar Telescope. Well, for one, it was a surprise to me that the Sun’s surface is composed of pomegranate seeds. Very very large pomegranate seeds (the white line in the left corner measures 5000 kilometers). And no, those little white dots aren’t confectionery sugar sprinklings, but tiny, relatively speaking, areas of concentrated magnetic fields. The Sun is a terrifying place . Delicious, but terrifying.
    • The Sun As You’ve Never Seen It 04/22/10 - “Soaring tens of thousands of miles away from the Sun’s surface, a solar flare explodes with the energy of 100 megaton hydrogen bombs. The fiery plasma, heated to tens of millions of degrees celsius, throws out particles into space at near the speed of light. It is just one of the spectacular images from a new satellite which it says could give fresh insight into how the Sun works . The pictures were taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the Sun.” w/ photos + videos
    • John Lennon enthusiasts uncover singer's hidden LSD stash   NewsCore April 19, 2010 7:01PM     HARDCORE fans of The Beatles legend John Lennon uncovered where in the grounds of his Surrey, southern England, home he hid his stash of LSD more than 40 years ago. Builders digging up the lawn of his old house, Kenwood, came across the remains of a leather holdall containing several large broken glass bottles, The Sun reports. Legend has it that Lennon buried a large quantity of the drug in his garden in 1967 when The Beatles declared they had given up drugs in favour of transcendental meditation. But when the band returned from India, John decided he had been a bit hasty and tried to dig it up - but never found it. Now fans are convinced these bottles contained the missing treasure - though they will never know for sure as the one bottle found intact had a cracked cork, so it was empty.
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    • April 18, 2010 What's the Most Recycled Product in the U.S.? It's not paper, plastic or even aluminum.  Scientific American Perhaps the most common manifestation of our urge to be "green" these days is recycling.   After all, it makes intuitive sense to get the most use out of any given object. And when it’s applied, recycling generally works as designed, turning waste paper into fresh paper or old aluminum cans into new ones.   But how much of our waste really gets recycled? According to the EPA , roughly one third of our total trash is reused, a percentage that has grown every year since the first Earth Day in 1970--and really took off in the 1990s.   The most recycled product? It's not aluminum cans--only half are recycled. Or even office paper, at more than 70 percent. It's the lead acid batteries from your car. More than 99 percent of such batteries wind up recycled, keeping toxic lead out of landfills and waterways.   That's a good thing as long as the recycling is done properly. Unfortunately, dismantling old lead acid batteries incorrectly is one of the 10 worst pollution problems for the globe, according to the Blacksmith Institute.
    • Lamborghini Yacht by Mauro Lecchi Apr 19 2010 Dubbed Lamborghini yacht, the design comes from the analysis of Lamborghini car and is as exotic and luxurious as the car itself. The yacht has big intakes, and starting from the Reventon’s side view, the designer changed the intake behind the door in a huge window, to characterize the boat with a single large element. As the yacht is merely a design, it’s assumed characteristics have a Hull length 15m, Hull width4 m, and Height 3.8m. In order to reduce weight, the lamination provides to use fiber Kevlar/carbon. Also, in order to combine high performance and low power consumption, three different motors are assumed for the yacht: 2×700 hp Volvo Penta IPS 900 diesel, 2×950 hp diesel Seatek, 2x (3x) 550 hp v 12 - 60 ° Lamborghini petrol.
    • Smoke Is in the Air Thousands of people gather on Norlin Quad at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where the April 20 date has been famously marked for years. This photo was taken at precisely 4:20 p.m., when the entire crowd exhaled at once.
    • DARPA Takes a Crack at the Flying Car The flying car , a goal of starry-eyed engineers since at least the beginning of the last century, is getting the DARPA treatment. Called Transformer TX, this flying Humvee-like prototype could be airborne by 2015. The Transformer TX was officially detailed in a Pentagon budget report last year, pretty much in name only, and only recently have actual details concerning the project come to light. Like this tidbit, gleaned from the report by the Register : The Government's envisioned concept consists of a robust ground vehicle that is capable of configuring into a VTOL [Vertical Take Off and Landing] air vehicle with a maximum payload capability of approximately 1,000 lbs. The vehicle would be able to carry four troopers and all their gear, and would be no larger than 30' by 8.5' by 9'. For visualization's sake, that's the length of two Hummers end-to-end. DARPA requires that the vehicle be able to lift off from a stand still, like a helicopter, and reach an altitude of 10,000 feet. Oh, and if it's autonomous, like a Predator, that's just fine with DARPA, as they want any ol' Marine to be able to pilot the thing (or sit back and let it take them into the fray), without a huge amount of training.
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    • Whatcom County man arrested in animal cruelty case KING 5 News April 15, 2010 BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Federal agents uncover a bizarre sex operation in Whatcom County that involves animals and a business that has attracted people from all over the world. In a crudely built compound tucked into the backwoods near the Canadian border, federal investigators say crimes were happening that are too disturbing to describe. Under the blue tarps they say people from around the world would stay as sex tourists invited to abuse animals. Among them is 51-year-old Stephen Clarke visiting from England on a month-long trip to the U.S. He now sits in the Whatcom County Jail on three counts of cruelty to animals in the form of bestiality. Kelli and Ron McDonald had no idea such activity was happening on their rural road, but they say there always seemed to be traffic. "There is a lot of trucks up and down, but we didn't know anything about that," said Ron. "I'm shocked," said Kelli. "Whoever the guy is, lock him up and get him out of here." U.S. probation officers raided the compound looking for Douglas Spink who is suspected of running the operation and maintaining a Web site displaying home video of sexual abuse against animals. Spink, a once millionaire businessman, was on parole for felony drug charges from 2005. He was convicted of transporting hundreds of pounds of cocaine through Snohomish County and served three years. "You'd think you've seen it all in 36 years," said Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo. He says dozens of horses and dogs were seized from the compound. Some of them were so injured they had to be euthanized. "This shows there is something new that is shocking even to law enforcement," he said. But this case could be even more widespread. Investigators are searching through home video taken from the compound, which could result in additional arrests. Douglas Spink will appear in a Seattle courtroom Friday morning. He is accused of violating his parole. It is not clear what other charges he'll face. Animal cruelty is now a felony offense in Washington state.
    • METRO  - 19th April, 2010 Vaseline smothered mice found in 'bizarre' bestiality sex farm A British tourist has been arrested at an alleged ‘bestiality farm’ in the US. Stephen Clarke, 51, is accused of having sex with three dogs at the compound in Washington State. A video showing Clarke, of Peterborough, allegedly abusing the animals was found by police who raided the farm, said to be owned by convicted cocaine smuggler and former dotcom millionaire Douglas Spink, 39.  Dozens of dogs, horses and mice were seized last Wednesday, along with animal and child pornography, according to reports. ‘This stuff is just truly bizarre,’ said police. ‘These mice had their tails cut off. They were smothered in Vaseline and had string tied around them.’
    • Shawnee man accused of exposing buttocks at Target stores   NewsOK.com 4/19/2010  2:33 PM   OKLAHOMA CITY - Police arrested a Shawnee man Thursday on a complaint of indecent exposure after a former conviction after a shopper at a Target store said he exposed his buttocks, according to an Oklahoma City police report released today.   Sean Andrew McClendon, 33, was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on the complaint and later released on bail, jail records show. He has not been formally charged in the case. Court records show he pleaded guilty in 1999 to two counts of indecent exposure from a 1998 incident.   A shopper at the Target, 8315 N Rockwell Ave., said a man followed her around the store and exposed his buttocks, "shaking" it, in the garden section about 7 p.m. Thursday, the report states. A shopper at the Target store on N Pennsylvania Avenue at W Memorial Road reported a similar incident earlier in the day.
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    • Posted on Tue, Apr. 20, 2010 Woman sex offender charged with assault on boy, 14   INQUIRER A Lansdale woman convicted in February of indecent assault on a minor eight years ago has been arrested and charged with engaging in intercourse with a 14-year-old boy. Erica Dillon, 31, of the 800 block of Walnut Street, was awaiting sentencing on charges of indecent assault and child endangerment in the first case when she had sex with the boy April 5 in the bedroom of her home, police said. Her live-in boyfriend, Antonio Morano, 28, allegedly watched. The boy had come to the house to visit Morano, his former neighbor. Police said Morano showed the boy a pornographic video on a computer. The second sexual encounter came to light April 15 when the boy's mother went to Dillon's home to confront her about the incident. Lansdale police responded to a report of a disturbance and began investigating. According to an affidavit of probable cause, officers learned that Dillon had been convicted in February for the 2002 indecent assault on a 5-year-old family member and was out on $50,000 bail. Since a repeat offense violated the terms of her plea, authorities Friday moved for an increase in bail. They also filed a second set of charges, including indecent assault, corruption of a minor and related offenses in the April 5 incident. "This is really unusual," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. "Sometimes we see sex offenders do their time, and repeat the offense. But it's unusual only a few weeks after conviction to have the offender doing it again." At an arraignment Saturday, Dillon was ordered held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $250,000 cash bail. Law enforcement officials also arrested Morano on Friday and charged him with showing obscene material to a minor and corruption of a minor. He was ordered held at the Montgomery County prison after failing to post $10,000 cash bail. Because of her conviction, Dillon is entered on Megan's List, a registry of sexual offenders in Pennsylvania.
    • Man operates strip club in his basement April 20, 2010 Jay Thunderbolt owns a Detroit strip club. In his basement. He runs the whole thing himself, and makes sure that Club Thunderbolt is open 24/7, by appointment. From the Metro Times:  There's no cover charge. Customers can order different strippers out of the company catalog -- a photo album full of seedy-looking Polaroids. Each page features one of his strippers in three poses -- bent over, spread eagle and come hither. There are dozens of girls to choose from.   Thunderbolt doesn't need a cabaret license like other Detroit strip clubs must have. The city ordinance regulating other places doesn't apply, because it's not a bar serving liquor or food, but rather a private arrangement in a private home. To him it's like having a strip-o-gram sent to your own house... The club's main room, at the back of the house, looks like a Northern Michigan lodge decorated in the 1970s. The walls are fake wood paneling. The aged carpet is greenish-brown. The seating is an old, thick, sectional couch. A single bed rests suggestively in a corner. An ancient stereo receiver and 8-track tape player sit on a table. A few shotgun shells are lined up along its edge, incongruously. A patron's first visit is an eye-opener. "Usually everybody is shocked," Thunderbolt says, "but I've been in AmVet halls smaller than this." Before every night's show, customers are given the same introduction. "Listen up," Thunderbolt announces to the room. "These are the rules: There's no licking, sticking, biting or slapping. Can't hurt the girls, gentlemen. Be good to the girls, they'll be good to you. It's 10 dollars a dance with the g-string on, 20 dollars with the g-string off. OK? It's lap dance time..." He has had the club in several different houses, mostly on the east side. Every time he moves to a new one, he goes door-to-door to explain what's coming to the neighborhood. "I tell everybody, 'This is what I'm gonna do. Don't be freakin' out.' I have to because the girls put a shitload of cars on the street, but I keep the grass cut, I pay the bills." 
    •                                   It’s an ancient practice, secretly revived--young boys sold by families to ‘entertain’ wealthy merchants and warlords. An undercover investigation into this illicit sex trade... April 20, 2010 Frontline As the United States deepens its commitment to Afghanistan, FRONTLINE takes viewers inside the war-torn nation to reveal a disturbing practice that is once again flourishing in the country: the organized sexual abuse of adolescent boys. In The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan , Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi ( Behind Taliban Lines ) returns to his native land to expose an ancient practice that has been brought back by powerful warlords, former military commanders and wealthy businessmen. Known as "bacha bazi" (literal translation: "boy play"), this illegal practice exploits street orphans and poor boys, some as young as 11, whose parents are paid to give over their sons to their new "masters." The men dress the boys in women's clothes and train them to sing and dance for the entertainment of themselves and their friends. According to experts, the dancing boys are used sexually by these powerful men. In detailed conversations with several bacha bazi masters in northern Afghanistan and with the dancing boys they own, reporter Quraishi reveals a culture where wealthy Afghan men openly exploit some of the poorest, most vulnerable members of their society. "What was so unnerving about the men I had met was not just their lack of concern for the damage their abuse was doing to the boys," Quraishi says. "It was also their casualness with which they operated and the pride with which they showed me their boys, their friends, their world. They clearly believed that nothing they were doing was wrong." Under the guise of doing a documentary on similar practices in Europe, Quraishi gained the confidence of Dastager, a former mujahideen commander and wealthy businessman whose business interests include importing autos from the Far East. With Dastager as his guide, Quraishi takes viewers inside the world of bacha bazi, where prominent men compete to own and use the boys.
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