Archive for July, 2012

Eye View London, Olympic Fencing Champion Will Carry The US Flag In Opening Ceremony, Fencing Is Cool Again

July 26, 2012

Two-time Olympic fencing champion Mariel Zagunis will carry the U.S. flag in the opening ceremony of the London Games.

The U.S. Olympic Committee says Zagunis won a vote of the 529-strong team ahead of Friday’s ceremony. Zagunis says she is ”extremely humbled by this incredible privilege.”She was the first American to win a fencing gold in 100 years at the 2004 Athens Games.

Fencing is cool again..

 

Kody Brown And Four Wives Sue State Of Utah, Just Looking For Privacy

July 25, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kody Brown and his four wives want what any family wants, to live in the privacy of their own home free from government intrusion, and out from under the threat of criminal prosecution for — as they see it — just loving each other.

The polygamous family, stars of the TLC show “Sister Wives,” has sued Utah and the county they fled from, hoping to persuade a federal judge to overturn the state’s bigamy law as unconstitutional. The case could potentially decriminalize a way of life for tens of thousands of self-described Mormon fundamentalists, most of whom live in Utah where bigamy is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The state, meanwhile, has publicly said it won’t prosecute consenting adult polygamists unless there are other crimes involved, but insists the law doesn’t overreach.

Kody Brown seeking privacy in his home..

 

 

Clown Convention In Mexico City Promoting Clowns For Peace

July 25, 2012

About 300 professional clowns in Mexico say they hope their 15-minute non-stop laugh-a-thon will make a contribution to world peace.

The clowns from Mexico and Central America are in Mexico City for a four-day convention to trade jokes and hone skills like making balloon figures.

They gathered Wednesday at Mexico City’s Mother’s Monument under the slogan “Clowns For Peace, A World Without Violence.”

They posed for a group picture and then set about laughing, tee-heeing and guffawing for about 15 minutes, on the premise that a world with more laughter will have less time or appetite for violence.

Clowns gather to stop violence..

Forbes States A Hacker Can Access Hotel Door with Very Little Equipment

July 24, 2012

Between jewelry, passports, laptops, and even tablets, a lot of us carry some very expensive things when we travel. And we expect the hotel we’re staying at to do all they reasonably can to keep us and our belongings safe. But according to a Forbes report, hotel doors with keycard entry offer virtually no security at all — they can be easily hacked with as little as $50 worth of equipment.

According to 24-year old security expert Cody Brocious, if your hotel room door’s keycard lock has a DC power port, it can be broken in to with inexpensive software and other hacking tools.

Forbes explanins that hackers can access your hotel room with less than $50 of  equipment..

 

The Most Interesting Man In The World Sets Fire To Nuclear Submarine Just So He Can Leave Work Early

July 24, 2012

Navy investigators have determined that a civilian laborer set a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a nuclear-powered submarine because he had anxiety and wanted to get out of work early.

Casey James Fury of Portsmouth, N.H., faces up to life in prison if convicted of two counts of arson in the fire aboard the USS Miami attack submarine while it was in dry dock May 23 and a second blaze outside the sub on June 16.

He admitted setting the May 23 fire, which caused an estimated $400 million in damage, while taking a lie-detector test and being told by the examiner he wasn’t being truthful.

If convicted of either charge, Fury could face life imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 and be ordered to pay restitution, officials said.

The Most Interesting Man in the World  sets fire to nuclear submarine, just so he can  leave work early…

 

ABC News Journalism 101

July 23, 2012

An attorney representing the family of James Holmes, the man accused in Friday’s mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, on Monday said his mother’s initial comment to ABC News on the morning of the shooting has been misconstrued.

  Reading a statement she attributed to Arlene Holmes, San Diego-based attorney Lisa Damiani said Arlene Holmes’ comment “You have the right person” to an ABC reporter referred to herself, not James Holmes as some media have suggested.

Arlene Holmes made the comment when the ABC reporter phoned her early Friday morning and asked if she was Arlene Holmes and if James Holmes was her son, Damiani said. Her comment has been misconstrued to suggest she was not surprised by her son’s alleged involvement in the shooting.

ABC News Journalism 101..

 

James Holmes Where Life Imitates Art

July 20, 2012

Twelve people were killed and 59 were injured in Aurora, Colo., during a sold-out midnight premier of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight  Rises” when 24-year-old James Holmes unloaded four weapons’ full of  ammunition into the unsuspecting crowd.

The number of casualties makes the incident the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Holmes, a graduate student at a nearby college with a clean arrest  record, entered the movie auditorium wearing a ballistics helmet,  bullet-proof vest, bullet-proof leggings, gas mask and gloves. He  detonated multiple smoke bombs, and then began firing at viewers in the  sold-out auditorium, police said today.

According to police sources, Holmes told the officers arresting him that he was “The Joker,” referring to the villain in the second installment  of the Batman movie trilogy, “The Dark Knight.” He also warned police  that he had booby-trapped his apartment, leading officers to evacuate  the Aurora apartment building.

James Holmes, PHD student  in neuroscience, loner,  living strong disturbed fantasy life..Life imitating art..

Risky Business Porsche On The Auction Block, Watch For Water Damage

July 19, 2012

Looking for a piece of movie history? While you may have missed your chance to own the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, another 1980s movie vehicle is hitting the auction block soon. This time, you have a chance to own Tom Cruise’s Porsche from the 1983 hit Risky Business.

The car, a 5-speed 1979 Porsche 928 with 102,755 miles, was one of three driven by Cruise in the prostitution-themed blockbuster. It will be sold in Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction, which starts July 28.

Without a famous name attached, a car like this could fetch upwards of $12,000 at auction. But with Tom Cruise’s fingerprints all over it, this 928 is expected to sell for between $40,000 and $60,000 — or quite possibly for more. That may sound like a lot of money for a Porsche without assault rifles attached, but given the fact that a new Porsche can sell for over $172,000, Tom Cruise’s old 928 is a relative bargain.

Risky Business car is a risk. Car Fax water damage..

 

Movie Has Created New Interest In Archery For Kids

July 19, 2012

Zack Kocurek credits “Robin Hood” for getting him interested in archery four years ago, long before he read “The Hunger Games.” Still, the 14-year-old from Plano, Texas, likes the way the books and hit movie have made his favorite sport cool.

“It’s kind of fun bragging about your best shots,” he says at the Texas Archery Club in Plano, where he takes lessons and participates in Junior Olympic Archery Development. “I also love that I don’t have technology helping me. It makes me feel more self-reliant.”

“Hunger Games,” the book phenomenon and hit movie that features a teenage girl, Katniss, who’s a master of bows, arrows, plant identification and general grit, is making kids across the country hungry to learn archery and survival skills, according to Jay McAninch, CEO and president of the Archery Trade Association.

Movies are important in creating archery and survival skills in kids..

 

US Post Office Could Default On August 1, May Consider Cooking The Books

July 19, 2012

While lawmakers continue to fight over how to fix the ailing U.S. Postal Service, the agency’s money problems are only growing worse.

The Postal Service repeated on Wednesday that without congressional action, it will default—a first in its long history, a spokesman said—on a legally required annual $5.5 billion payment, due Aug. 1, into a health-benefits fund for future retirees. Action in Congress isn’t likely, as the House prepares to leave for its August recess.

The agency said a default on the payment, for 2011, wouldn’t directly affect service or its ability to pay employees and suppliers. But “these ongoing liquidity issues unnecessarily undermine confidence in the viability of the Postal Service among our customers,” said spokesman David Partenheimer.

With a $6B short fall the PO could consider cooking the books..