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It started in a flying boat ... a century of commercial aviation


Great Pictures w/ captions at link - AND not a single mention of MH370!!!

Heads up! A new Cosmos is on tonight!!!!


Proof that Michael Stipe has mastered Time Travel:


‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Tall Ship Sinks Off St. Lucia


An iconic two-masted, square-rigged tall ship famously featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies has sunk off St. Lucia.

According to reports, the TS Brig Unicorn sank early Saturday morning as it sailed from St. Lucia to St. Vincent & the Grenadines for dry docking, a short journey of about 18 miles.

St. Lucia Times reports that the ship sank within a matter of minutes of first taking on water. So far there is no official determination as to the cause of her sinking.

All 10 crew members including the captain abandoned ship and were rescued by the St. Vincent & the Grenadines coast guard some time later. No injuries were reported.

In an interview with the St. Lucia Times, a spokesman for the St. Vincent & the Grenadines coast guard said the ship had already sunk upon their arrival at the scene.

The 138-foot long Brig Unicorn was built in the late 1940’s in Finland. The ship was featured in at least three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (although not as the Black Pearl), as well as in the 1970’s TV series Roots.

Reminds me of when the replica of the HMS Bounty was lost during Hurricane Sandy...

People Start Pollution. People can stop it.

This PSA had a profound effect on me as a child in the early 70's. The great Iron Eyes Cody... especially the tear running down his cheek. I have never chucked my litter out onto a public thoroughfare because of it.

Perhaps it's time to bring it back...

Shipyard Personnel Freed with Fire Axe as $10M Motor Yacht Capsizes at Launch [IMAGES]


The 85-foot expedition style motor yacht Bäden took two and a half years to build in meticulous detail, but it was all for nothing as she capsized and sank last Sunday night after being launching at Northern Marine Industries in Anacortes, Washington.

Reports indicate there were four or possibly five shipyard personnel on board the vessel at the time of the incident who became trapped on board as the vessel rolled over. They were subsequently rescued through a portlight after breaking it with a fire axe.

Roddan Engineering, a firm which had been engaged “to review build progress, track weight and prepare an Intact Stability analysis” notes in a letter dated 19 July 2013 that the vessel was “lighter than other Northern Marine builds of similar length, thus requiring more ballast to sit on a desired waterline.” The firm recommended “that partial ballasting be done currently, with final ballasting for trim and desired waterline to be performed at launch.”

What exactly occurred during and after launch however, is still unclear.


GM's banned words in new Ad (John Oliver):



DETROIT – What do the words "safety," "chaotic" and "problem" have in common?

They're all on General Motors' list of banned words for employees who were documenting potential safety issues.

The revelation of the 68-word list is one of the odder twists in GM's ongoing recall of 2.6 million older-model small cars for defective ignition switches.

On May 16, the U.S. government slapped GM with a $35 million fine for failing to report the deadly defect for more than a decade. The government also released a 2008 GM training document that includes the list and warns employees to stick to the facts and not use language that could hurt the company down the road.

The word "defect," for example, "can be regarded as a legal admission" and should be avoided, the company document says.

I took the plunge...


...there's NO WAY anyone's gonna know that's me!

Eleanor Roosevelt interviewed on the Longines Chronoscope

August 26, 1953. Summary from the Paley Center: "In this edition, Bill Downs and Edward P. Morgan, both of CBS news, interview U.S. stateswoman and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Topics discussed in this program include the following: foreigners' attitudes toward Americans and the basis for these attitudes; reasons for America's suspicion of the United Nations and the world's expectations of the UN; Secretary of State John Foster Dulles's recent remarks regarding the UN charter; the Security Council veto; defining "liberal" and the Liberal movement; and how to prepare oneself for life during a Cold War. Includes a Longines commercial for Wittnauer watches.

Navy pays a penny to get rid of ex-USS Saratoga


(CNN) -- For the second time in two years, the U.S. Navy is parting with one of its aircraft carriers for a penny.

The Navy announced Thursday it's paying ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas, one cent to take the former USS Saratoga off its hands for dismantling and recycling.

The warship was decommissioned in 1994. It is now at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island and is expected to be towed to Texas in the summer, the Navy said.


The Saratoga will follow the former USS Forrestal to dismantling in Texas. That ship was towed to All Star Metals of Brownsville earlier this year, with the Navy paying a penny to the ship recycler under a contract awarded last October.

The recyclers make money from selling the metal they salvage from the warships.

A third carrier, the former USS Constellation, is expected to meet a similar fate soon, according to a Navy statement.


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