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Her journey ends. Costa Concordia arrives at Genoa for scrapping

Costa Concordia reaches her Valhalla...


GENOA, Italy, July 27 (Reuters) - The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into its last port on Sunday, when it was towed to the northern Italian city of Genoa to be broken up for scrap, two-and-a-half years after running aground and sinking with the loss of 32 lives.

After a four-day journey from the Tuscan island of Giglio, where it sank on Jan. 13, 2012, the 114,500-tonne hulk was manoeuvered into place and secured at the conclusion of one of the largest and most complex maritime salvages ever attempted.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi flew to Genoa to hail the completion of the operation which restored some pride to Italy after a disaster that was widely interpreted as a national humiliation as well as a human tragedy.

"This isn't a day for showing off or creating a spectacle, but it's a mark of gratitude from the prime minister for getting something done which everyone said would be impossible," Renzi told reporters on the dock, saluting the work of the salvage engineers from Italy and around the world.


Punch me.. I'm a hippie. This song *still* resonates 43 years later:

...and it applies more today than then. Gaza; Ukraine; Domestic...

Mike Farrell - yes, BJ Hunnicutt - for Congressman Grayson!


Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. American Music...

...not just "Country Music". All (AFAIK) Liberals:

For your Saturday enjoyment (ProgRock, New Wave, Alternative, Grunge Boy here is digging it!)

History Nerd Saturday Documentary: Harry S Truman...

I've done enough outside. I've mowed the lawn of my elderly neighbors, and my own. Time to settle in and get my nerd freak on with a compelling documentary of one of my favorite POTUSes:


Costa Concordia is towed away to Genoa for scrap


The wrecked Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, is being towed on its final journey to the port of Genoa for scrapping.

Its removal is one of the biggest ever maritime salvage operations.

The Concordia struck a reef off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people.

It was re-floated nine days ago and is being kept above the surface by giant buoyancy chambers. Over a dozen vessels will help to tow the ship.

The wreck was hauled upright in September last year but was still partially submerged, resting on six steel platforms.

The cruise ship is being towed to Genoa at two knots, almost at walking pace, with an escort of more than a dozen tug boats.


If interested, you can follow the position of the wreck here (also has live webcam photos):


Greenpeace Activists to Shadow Costa Concordia During Tow


With the departure of the Costa Concordia from Giglio scheduled for Wednesday morning, environmental activists with Greenpeace and the Italian group Legambiente plan follow along with the convoy as it travels through one of Europe’s largest marine sanctuaries.

Greenpeace has been at the wreck site at Giglio all week to monitor for pollution and oil spills during the refloating operation as part of a joint operation between Greenpeace Italy and Legambiente called “Costa, We are Watching You”. The group plans to follow the stricken ship in a chartered sailboat once the wreck leaves for Genoa under tow.

“We’re particularly concerned about impacts on the Pelagos sanctuary, which protects whales and other marine life in the area,” said Greenpeace in blog post.

The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals is a vast marine protected area extending over an area 87,500 square kilometers of water in the north-western Mediterranean Sea. The tow to Genoa is expected to take about 4 days and will take place entirely within the protected area.


CBS coverage of Apollo 11 lunar landing (provided by NASA)

3 hrs of original video footage of Apollo 11's moonwalk in HD:

Provided by NASA!

James MacGregor Burns, historian and FDR biographer, dies at age 95


PITTSFIELD -- James MacGregor Burns, the renowned political scientist, historian and author of more than 20 books including biographies on Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday morning at his home in Williamstown. He was 95.

Burns died peacefully in his sleep, according to his son, Stewart Burns of North Adams.

A 1939 Williams College graduate, Burns is the college’s Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government Emeritus. He taught political science at Williams from 1947 until his retirement in 1986.

Stewart Burns said his father "lived a full life" and was active both physically and mentally until November 2011, when he suffered a series of falls. He skied and played tennis into his 90s, Stewart Burns said. His last book, "Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed The World," was published in the fall of 2013. He wrote or co-wrote a half dozen books after the age of 80.


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