VARANASI: The world's only 'zero-fuel' aircraft 'Solar Impulse-2' today landed in Varanasi for an overnight stopover after its pilot held the Ahmedababd 'administration' responsible for the delay in departure from the city for want of customs and immigration clearance.
Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard, who had flown the airplane from Muscat to Ahmedabad, did not get clearance from the Immigration department.
“ Myth: British soldiers were taught not to aim, but merely to point the piece towards the target …the British soldier was a poor marksman. Actually, he did not “aim” his musket but merely “pointed” it at the enemy.”
Via Mr. David Burton, AP US History
“ Sandusky Register We, the paranoid: A history of US conspiracy theories Washington Post August 20, 2013 12:04 PM EDT — Conspiracy theories have been an entrenched part of American politics for centuries, from the Red Scare to 9/11 trutherism.”
Via AP US History
PHUKET: — The Royal Thai Navy has issued a warning to all shipping to stay away from an area of the Andaman Sea where components of an Indian space shot are likely to fall back into the sea after launch.
The exact date of the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is not certain – it is currently scheduled to be on March 29, and should not be later than April 8.
The launch vehicle will carry a solar-powered 1.38-ton IRNSS-1D regional navigational satellite into geosynchronous orbit. The satellite will provide navigation, tracking and mapping services.
The Navy warned, “Please do not go close to, or pass through that area until after April 8.”
The warning also gave coordinates marking out the expected debris landing area: 9°15’00”N 94°45’00”E;10°05’00”N 95°05’00”E; 9°45’00”N 96°00’00”E; and 8°55’00”N 95°40’00”E.
The centre of the area is roughly 250 nautical miles (460 km) to the west-north-west of Phuket, not far from Car Nicobar Island.
The Chinese factory that manufactures shoes for Nike, Kenneth Cole, Timberland and other top-line bands saw over 5,000 of their employees walk out this week, demanding that the company pays for their housing and improved conditions in the factories.
How much privacy do you have to hand over in school? How much have you had to do so historically? It’s one thing for a teacher to recognize that you’re still struggling with your 8 times table, for example. It’s another thing entirely for a piece of software, that the school mandates you use, to track massive quantities of other data about your “progress” – not just how well you score on various math exercises or math quizzes, but all the mouse clicks, all the videos you watch, all the times you rewound a video or fast-forwarded. All this data and metadata represents an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about how students learn, we’re often told. But what does this data collection and data-mining mean in terms of power and privacy and vulnerability? What does it mean in terms of how students have already been surveilled and shaped by school? Do students know this data is being collected? What sort of trust relationship is expected between a student, a school (or an informal learning environment too, I should add), and technology when it comes to learning data?
NPR (blog) Family Trust Wins Supreme Court Fight Against Bike Trail NPR (blog) The plaintiffs in the Wyoming case, Marvin Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, are descendants of the owner of a sawmill that produced railroad ties.
ABC News UN Ambassador Power says Russia intervention 'must stop,' Moscow defiant Fox News And candidly -- and I'm a fairly hawkish guy -- sending more naval forces to operate in the Black Sea is not a good idea," House Intelligence Committee...
Comments on the Media Coverage of the Recent Events in Crimea
"As was the case 160 years ago, Crimea has once again become 'the tinderbox', potentially ready to ignite a pan-European conflict. Precipitous events in Crimea once again draws public attention to that often-forgotten triangular peninsula jutting into the Black Sea off the underbelly of Ukraine. While the news reports from Russian, Ukrainian, and Western sources have been generally confusing and conflicting, some interesting analysis has appeared in several media outlets."
“ The timing couldn't be more ironic, or telling, about how we choose as a nation to frame Native America. It is so much easier to add our $12 to the coffers of Disney and Depp in order to enter the debate about our fantastical American history.”
Via Mr. David Burton, AP US History
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