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'World's oldest Torah' scroll found in Italy

The University of Bologna in Italy has found what it says may be the oldest complete scroll of Judaism's most important text, the Torah.

The scroll was in the university library but had been mislabelled, a professor at the university says.

It was previously thought the scroll was no more that a few hundred years old.

However, after carbon dating tests, the university has said the text may have been written more than 850 years ago.

The university's Professor of Hebrew Mauro Perani says this would make it the oldest complete text of the Torah known to exist, and an object of extraordinary worth.



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Jack Kennedy at 96: The torch is passed...

Jack Kennedy would have been 96 on May 29, and for people over 55 or so, that seems a bit difficult to fathom.

Elected at the astoundingly young age of 43 (even at 47, Obama was at his election older than Kennedy when he died), he seems fixed in historical amber, impossibly young almost fifty years after his death.

For people younger than 55, he is a picture hanging on a classroom wall, a victim of a tragedy replayed almost nightly on some upper cable channel, a caricature of womanizing with Marilyn Monroe, or just another guy who was president. I had one friend, then in her early thirties, who told me that "Kennedy means nothing to me." I was rather taken aback, but I could see that in many ways, he had no resonance for her.

He should and does, of course, for anyone who remembers him, even in the slightest way.

For example, had Kennedy not been president for the brief period of time he served (two years, ten months, 2 days), this country might not have taken up the wildly improbable mission of going to the moon. Had he not been president, perhaps this country might have made different choices in Cuba in October, 1962, and we wouldn't be reading this. And, indeed, had Kennedy not been president, maybe we would not have had the also nearly inconceivable notion that a black man (with a white mother, no less) named Barack Hussein Obama would be currently sitting in the White House today.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/28/5453913/jack-kennedy-at-96-the-torch-is.html

Prominent banker charged in thefts

Henry K. Lee
Published 5:44 pm, Tuesday, May 28, 2013
(05-28) 17:43 PDT OAKLAND -- A banker who serves as president of a merchant association in Oakland's upscale Montclair District has been charged with bilking at least seven clients out of $1.4 million.

Linda Foss, 62, who is on leave as head of the Montclair Village Association, stole money from clients - many of whom are elderly - while serving as branch manager at U.S. Bank on Mountain Boulevard, according to Alameda County prosecutors.

After she was fired from the bank, she became branch manager at a First Republic Bank, where she stole money in an attempt to conceal earlier thefts, authorities said.

Foss was arrested May 10 and charged several days later with 20 felony counts including grand theft, elder theft, misapplication of bank funds and money laundering. She remained at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on Tuesday in lieu of $1.6 million bail.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Prominent-Oakland-banker-charged-in-thefts-4555056.php#ixzz2Ug9jqfBC

Steal a million? Go to Jail! Steal a few Billion/trillion? Become an economic 'advisor'...

Blogger claims creature with tail seen in NASA photo from Mars

By Carol Christian
Updated 10:41 am, Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The website UFO Sightings Daily has posted photos of what it says could be a rat or lizard on Mars.

Maintained by blogger Scott C. Waring, UFO Sightings Daily says someone in Japan who was scrutinizing photos released by NASA discovered the strange creature's image in March.

Waring raises the question of whether the space agency could be placing animals onto the Mars surface from inside the rover to conduct tests. The blog post invites readers to offer their opinions of the photos.

Although the images posted on UFO Sightings Daily depict something that appears to have legs and a tail, in the original NASA photo, the rat/lizard looks more like a rock.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Blogger-claims-creature-with-tail-seen-in-NASA-4553390.php

A map of Pangea overlaid with current country’s borders

If today’s international boundaries existed two or three hundred million years ago…

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