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Homage to Homs

An homage to the battered city of Homs, Syria. I stand with you. Original composition, "Homs" by Eli's Femur Bone.
I wrote and recorded the song, and then created the video... today.

Relatives of Titanic officer seek return of letter


Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- The descendants of a surgeon who died on the Titanic nearly 100 years ago are appealing for a benefactor to purchase a soon-to-be-auctioned letter he wrote from the doomed ship - and to return it to the city where the vessel was built.

A two-page note John Edward Simpson wrote to his mother days before the ship sank in April 1912 is to expected to fetch at least $50,000 at the auction later this week in Long Island, New York.


In the letter, Simpson, 37, said his cabin was larger than the accommodation on board theTitanic's sister ship the Olympic, where he had previously worked. He also complained that he had found one of his trunks unlocked and that some money had been stolen from his pocketbook.

The surgeon, who treated second- and third-class passengers, signed off: "With fondest love, John."

The letter was brought ashore at Cobh (now called Queenstown), Ireland - the Titanic's last port of call before the ship set sail for America. It was dispatched to Simpson's mother, Elizabeth, who lived on Belfast's Dublin Road

Three days later, he died along with 1,500 others after the ship struck an iceberg.

Wanna have some fun? One Million Moms is trolling for TV offensiveness

Hot on the heels of their latest outrage (against JCP and their spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres), they actually have a page in which you can submit reports of indecency on television... like, perhaps, programs running on a certain NewsCorp cable news network? You see where I'm going with this... here's the link:


Have fun and let 'em know Cooley sent you!

Environmental team escorted from Le Roy HS Property


Le Roy, N.Y. (WKBW) – An environmental team working with activist Erin Brockovich was forced off the Le Roy High School property over the weekend.

They were there to collect soil and water samples.

Brockovich and her team are looking into a potential environmental cause for the strange tic-like symptoms of more than a dozen students. Officials at the school said that those tests were already conducted, and came up with negative results.

After researching, Brockovich said she discovered a train derailment in the early 1970's spilled gallons of toxic chemicals just four miles from the school. According to federal documents, Brockovich said environmental agencies did not investigate the spill for more than 20 years. She said there is also a report that some of the chemicals spread to the school through rainwater runoff.

Brockovich thinks chemicals may already be in the soil of the athletic field. She said parents and students claim that they have seen an orange substance in the air, and on their shoes and sports gear when students play on the field.

“Every year when water rises, the chemicals from the bedrock pulse and come out into the ground water,” Brockovich said.



Le Roy, N.Y. Teen Mystery Illness May Be Environmental, Says Top Neurologist

A strange neurological mystery illness is affecting over a dozen teens at a high school in upstate New York, resulting in debilitating twitches, pain and spasms.

The CBS News affiliate in New York reports that high school students are stricken with an unexplainable set of symptoms.

One student, Thera Sanchez, awoke up from a nap with tremors and shaking. "It's very heartbreaking to me to be honest, knowing that right now I can't do what I love," she told CBS News.

Other students also had the onset of shaking, stuttering and uncontrollable body shaking and pain just as suddenly and without warning.

This condition has completely baffled the medical community in Genesee County town, reported first by CBS 2 news Maurice Dubois.

CBS News reports that even the local neurologists are having a hard time understanding why this is happening in the small community.

Poppy Bush looks frail, and he's in a wheelchair?


President Barack Obama meets with former President George H.W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the Oval Office, Jan. 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

An Ill-Omen (Champagne failed to break during christening of Costa Concordia)


Cursed Concordia 'born bad, ended up worse'

If maritime superstitions are to be believed, the Costa Concordia was doomed from the moment it was launched.

When a grand christening ceremony was held in July 2006 in the port of Civitavecchia, the ceremonial champagne bottle failed to smash against the hull of the luxury liner - now on its side in the sea as rescue workers hunt for missing passengers - and wet the bow.

In a video capturing the moment, some among the crowd - which included supermodel Eva Herzigová - can be heard gasping as the bottle is hurled from a height and bounces, unbroken, off the side.

It is a sign some seafarers consider to be a harbinger of bad luck. Ominously, the Titanic was never christened.

"It was born bad and ended up worse," the Italian newspaper Il Giornale pronounced in a headline about Friday's tragedy.

(I looked for the video of the christening, but couldn't find it)

Police take down Occupy Syracuse camp (overnight)


Syracuse, New York - (WSYR-TV) - News is breaking in Downtown Syracuse, where police moved in overnight to takedown the Occupy
Syracuse encampment on South Salina Street.

Police arrested seven people on trespassing charges after they moved in about 3:30 Thursday morning. Syracuse DPW crews have dismantled the tents at the camp site.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner ordered the protesters out by 8 a.m. Wednesday, city officials were concerned that propane tanks and space heaters at the site had become a fire hazard.

'Vada a Bordo, Cazzo' (Get on board, pr*ck!) T-Shirts a Hot Item


Harbour master Gregorio De Falco - the man who told the cowardly Costa Concordia captain to 'Get Back on Board for xxxx's sake' - today woke up to find himself a national hero.

Headlines in Italian newspapers roared 'De Falco Idol' and 'Thank you Captain' as De Falco tried to play down the infamous four minute recording berating Francesco Schettino.

T-shirts with the phrase in Italian 'Vada a Bordo, Cazzo' (Get on board, damn it*) were being snapped up for Ł12 after an enterprising online clothing store advertised them on the web.


(*Cazzo is "prick" in Italian)

In less than 29 hours, the English Wikipedia Will Be Blacked Out Globally...

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative

Replay of AIS Track of Costa Concordia - the night of the accident

The cruise ship "Costa Concordia" sunk on Friday 13th, 2012 near the island of Giglio (Italy). This video uses data received by AIS vessel tracking system VT Explorer (http://www.vtexplorer.com)
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