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Honolulu after Pearl Harbor: A report published for the first time, 71 years later

Posted on December 7th, 2012 at 23:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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On Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, I was working as a reporter for the Hono­lulu Star-Bulletin. After a week of war, I wrote a story directed at Hawaii’s women; I thought it would be useful for them to know what I had seen. It might help prepare them for what lay ahead. But my editors thought the graphic content would be too upsetting for readers and decided not to run my article. It appears here for the first time.


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  1. Probably wouldn’t publish it today because it’s not graphic enough.

Kate Middleton’s Hospital Nurse Found Dead In London Days After Being Duped By Prank Callers

Posted on December 7th, 2012 at 20:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The hospital nurse who put through a prank call to Kate Middleton’s private nurse earlier this week has been found dead in a suspected suicide, the Daily Mail reports.

Jacintha Saldanha was found unconscious on Friday morning nearby King Edward VII Hospital in London, where she worked. A Scotland Yard spokesman said that the police were called and an ambulance arrived, but the woman was declared dead at the scene.

The Daily Mail speculates that “one source indicated that the woman appeared to have killed herself.” A rep for Scotland Yard only stated, “The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.”

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Greig and Christian of 2Day FM will be stepping away from their duties following the news of Saldanha’s death. Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns the station, released a statement reported by TMZ, which says, “SCA and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital. [...] SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy.”


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  1. I think this should go in the ‘I wish I had asked myself, “What could possibly go wrong?”‘ file.

Changing Education Paradigms

Posted on December 7th, 2012 at 19:35 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Interesting debate. This kind of difficulty applies to many institutions that were started long ago and now seem to many people that they are run for the benefit of the staff, not so much for the public. Such things as state-run postal services, justice/law enforcement, mental health services, legislatures.

    All of these now have parallel, sometimes for profit, businesses that have been started to satisfy some public need for better, more flexible services.

Mekong Dam May Cause Food Security Threat, Study

Posted on December 7th, 2012 at 14:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The planned construction of hydropowered dams on the Mekong River in South-East Asia could jeopardize livelihoods, water access, and food security for 60 million people across Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, according to a study.

The study reports that dams will block fish migration routes and decimate fish supplies in the lower Mekong region.

As fish dwindle, communities will have to look for alternative sources of protein, such as livestock and poultry. Raising these will require more land and water, and be prohibitively expensive.

“People talk about food security in relation to dams but we need to put the numbers to what that really means,” says Stuart Orr, freshwater manager at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International and co-author of the study published in the October issue of Global Environmental Change.


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Plasma Jets from Radio Galaxy Hercules A

Posted on December 7th, 2012 at 2:21 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Why does this galaxy emit such spectacular jets? No one is sure, but it is likely related to an active supermassive black hole at its center. The galaxy at the image center, Hercules A, appears to be a relatively normal elliptical galaxy in visible light. When imaged in radio waves, however, tremendous plasma jets over one million light years long appear. Detailed analyses indicate that the central galaxy, also known as 3C 348, is actually over 1,000 times more massive than our Milky Way Galaxy, and the central black hole is nearly 1,000 times more massive than the black hole at our Milky Way’s center. Pictured above is a visible light image obtained by the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope superposed with a radio image taken by the recently upgraded Very Large Array (VLA) of radio telescopes in New Mexico, USA.The physics that creates the jets remains a topic of research with a likely energy source being infalling matter swirling toward the central black hole.


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Tim Cook’s Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks

Posted on December 7th, 2012 at 0:34 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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My own personal philosophy on giving is best stated in a [John F.] Kennedy quote, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” I have always believed this. Always. I think that Apple and Apple’s employees have done enormous good and can do even more

People who know me well know I can’t work for large companies. The politics and bureaucracy will kill me. But after reading this, I would make an exception for Apple.


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NASA – Spot The Station

Posted on December 7th, 2012 at 0:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

Just saw the ISS fly straight overhead.. what a sight!

Thank you NASA


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