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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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That cockpit picture showed up in a few days. Tracing web article should be worthwhile.

Here are several close-up pictures. And WSJ has mapped the pieces.

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I'm dubious about the bullet hole story, the holes appear small for 30mm GSH, which is what the aircraft carries, plus it tends to carry a load of mixed AP and HE rounds. The HE ones,  tend to blow holes in aircraft skin big enough to put your head through. I've seen photos of similar calibre and velocity impacts  on civilian type aircraft from the 1950's, and the result looks like the aftermath of pulling a Christmas cracker.

I'd want a lot more pictures of the opposite side of the aircraft so we could trace  the line of flight of the AP projectiles in one side and out the other. For them the Cockpit should be pretty close to the consistency of fog, so we should get matching holes you would think, unless something very solid intervened.


by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on
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A WSJ journalists on site reported today, in an NPR interview, that the OECD was given significant access the first day and pretty much full access by the second day. Unfortunately, they did not have the proper personnel present until about a week later. By that time the Ukrainian government had launched a new offensive that turned the site into a battlefield, naturally impeding access. Perhaps someone with a subscription to the WSJ could find the article.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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das monde:
Russia does not seem like trying hard to present evidence

That's really the main point for me. This happened so close to the Russian border there's no way Moscow didn't know what happened right from the start. So exactly why didn't they make it clear, right from the start?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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Frank Schnittger:
my neurons escaped that twisting

It was, however, quite a twist at the time. And fuelled this.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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In story: 31 July 2014

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that's a very low ball figure

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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You can bet that our much beloved tabloid newspapers have entire squadrons of the damn things ready to go and intrude on people should the legal situation be decided favourably.

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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One of the images is on an address that is now password protected, from the looks of things.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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We are fortunate that, so far, this outbreak has been a slow burner. Infection rates seem to be very low but, because it is entrenched in large towns, it is resisting eradication.

And that's an issue; because sooner or later that which doesn't die, grows. And if for any reason it mutates and becomes more virulent.....

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Russia Today - BRICS establish $100bn bank and currency pool to cut out Western dominance

The group of emerging economies signed the long-anticipated document to create the $100 bn BRICS Development Bank and a reserve currency pool worth over another $100 bn. Both will counter the influence of Western-based lending institutions and the dollar.

The new bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike the IMF or World Bank, each nation has equal say, regardless of GDP size.

Each BRICS member is expected to put an equal share into establishing the startup capital of $50 billion with a goal to reach $100 billion. The BRICS bank will be headquartered in Shanghai, India will preside as president the first year, and Russia will be the chairman of the representatives.

"BRICS Bank will be one of the major multilateral development finance institutions in this world," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday at the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil.



by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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New Republic - The West Has Cornered Putin--and That's When He's Most Dangerous

oday is not a good day to be Vladimir Putin. A game that the Russian president was winning so deftly in the spring has turned on him in summer: The Ukrainian military is bearing down on the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, and there's word that it's on the verge of splitting the rebel-held territory in two and that two major rebel leaders have fled. Putin's supporting these guys because of a position he staked out months ago, even though they've just gotten him into a whole lot of trouble by mistakenly shooting down a plane full of Dutch people. Which is why the Europeans have finally stopped allowing Putin to divide and conquer them, and announced their toughest sanctions to date, slamming his finance, defense, and energy industries. That's unfortunate, given that Europe is Russia's biggest energy market and that Russia depends on Europe for some 40 percent of its food and medicine. And, in case that wasn't enough, the United States piled on, too, sanctioning three major Russian banks.

And yet, there's very little Putin can do. He's trapped by a propaganda apparatus that has primed the Russian population to want blood and victory, so there's not all that much room behind him to beat a retreat. Even if it weren't for the media, he's spent his entire 14-year tenure establishing Russia as a counterweight to American and European foreign policy. Has he been pushing back on Western righteousness and lecturing all these years just to back down now?

This is Putin today: a brash and unpredictable man backed into a corner with little, if any, way out. And it's not a good Putin to be faced with.



by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 29 July 2014

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I strongly suspect that the prime problem is that the most likely substitutes are in the public domain. Which would impact profits in the pesticide business badly.
by Thomas on
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Even just recovering the bodies would have involved moving the wreckage about.  Given the temperature, that would have been an urgent task.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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I'm afraid that's from before my time, so my neurons escaped that twisting...  Interestingly clicking on links in that discussion produces the following message box:

A username and password are being requested by https://scm.clone1.com. The site says: "Web Content"

Maybe because my ET account hadn't been created then? Or is it on some archive server I don't have permission for?

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US Unable to Account for $626 Million Worth of Weapons in Afghanistan | The Diplomat

The United States' Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), in a new report, notes that "747,000 weapons  and auxiliary equipment" given to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) are unaccounted for. The United States has been training and supporting the ANSF to foster self-sufficiency in the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police. The ANSF will take over Afghanistan's precarious internal security situation once the United States and NATO withdraw from the country at the end of this year. Weapons supplies from the U.S. to the ANSF are one of the main ways in which the United States supports the development of the ANSF. According to SIGAR, the unaccounted weapons "are valued at approximately $626 million."

Among the unaccounted for arms are rifles, pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers, and shotguns. 465,000 of these small arms are missing according to the SIGAR report. The report additionally finds that the DoD's ledger systems for recording weapon shipments to Afghanistan have major errors and discrepancies.

The Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP) and the Operational Verification of Reliable Logistics Oversight Database (OVERLORD), two systems used by the DoD to keep track of weapon shipments to Afghanistan, were found to have major errors and discrepancies. For example, 43 percent of serial numbers in the OVERLORD system had "missing information and/or duplication."



by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on
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In story: 31 July 2014

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Moscow Exchange suspends share trading on main market - Yahoo Finance

MOSCOW, July 30 (Reuters) - The Moscow Exchange said on Wednesday it had temporarily suspended share trading at 1200 GMT on its main market where the most liquid assets are traded.

No reason was given for the suspension. The exchange said it would announce when it would resume trade.



by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on
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In story: 31 July 2014

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Pure Lithium in Battery May Generate More Powerful Battery - Scientific American

A team of Stanford University researchers, including former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, believes it has achieved the "holy grail" of lithium battery design: an anode of pure lithium that could boost the range of an electric car to 300 miles.

Lithium-ion batteries are one of the most common types of rechargeable batteries on the market today. But most of the batteries--found in technologies like smartphones and electric cars--use an anode made of graphite or silicon.

The lithium in a lithium-ion battery today is found in the electrolyte. The electrons in the electrolyte flow to the anode during recharging, and if the anode were also made of lithium, the battery would be able to generate much more power and weigh much less.

Until now, however, lithium anodes have been unusable. The material expands during charging, opening fissures on the surface that release lithium ions and form messy, hairlike growths called dendrites that reach out and short-circuit the battery. Lithium anodes are also highly chemically reactive with the lithium electrolyte and can overheat to the point of fire or even explosion.



by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on
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In story: 31 July 2014

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BP Oil Spill Is Much Worse Than People Think, Scientists Say | ThinkProgress

Scientists at Penn State University have discovered two new coral reefs near the site of BP's historic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the impacts to those reefs from the spill have been greater than expected, according to research released Monday.

The two additional reefs found by the PSU team were both farther away and deeper than the one coral reef that had previously been found to have been impacted by the spill. That indicates not only that marine ecosystems may be more greatly affected, but that some of the 210 million gallons of oil that BP spilled into the Gulf is making its mark in the deep sea.

"The footprint of the impact of the spill on coral communities is both deeper and wider than previous data indicated," PSU biology professor Charles Fisher, who led the study, said.

ThinkProgress spoke with Fisher to find out more about what the study says, what it means, and whether or not the findings spell trouble for the future of the Gulf.



by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on
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In story: 31 July 2014

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Report: World faces water crises by 2040 | Al Jazeera America

The world will face "insurmountable" water crises in less than three decades, researchers said Tuesday, if it does not move away from water-intensive power production.

A clash of competing necessities -- drinking water and energy demand -- will cause widespread drought unless action is taken soon, researchers from Denmark's Aarhus University, Vermont Law School and the U.S.-funded Center for Naval Analyses Corporation said in the reports.

"There will be no water by 2040 if we keep doing what we're doing today," researcher Benjamin Sovacool, director of the Center for Energy Technology at Aarhus University said in a press release on two new reports released Tuesday.

Globally, there has been a three-fold population increase in the past century and a six-fold increase in water consumption, the report said. If trends in population and energy use continue, it could leave a 40 percent gap between water supply and demand by the year 2030.



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In story: 31 July 2014

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White House: $150 Billion a Year Will Be Cost of Climate Inaction | InsideClimate News

Seeking to blunt Congressional criticism of its climate agenda, and in particular its new power plant rule, the White House released a report on Tuesday that argues the world could face severe economic consequences if it doesn't act now to curb global warming.

Allowing warming to pass safe levels and reach 3 degrees Celsius could cause damage amounting to 0.9 percent of global economic output each year, according to the new report from the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, a three-member group that counsels the president on economic policy.

That level of warming would cost the United States about $150 billion a year in today's dollars. It will come in the form of damage to public health and biodiversity, as well as physical impacts from rising seas and more severe storms, droughts and wildfires.

"The incremental cost of an additional degree of warming beyond 3° Celsius would be even greater," the report warned. With a rise from 3 to 4 degrees of warming, the world "would incur greater additional annual costs of approximately 1.2 percent of global output," as dangerous climate effects become permanent and the cost to mitigate the climate problem soars.



by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on
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In story: 31 July 2014

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Weighing the Milky Way: Researchers devise precise method for calculating the mass of galaxies -- ScienceDaily

Does the Milky Way look fat in this picture? Has Andromeda been taking skinny selfies? It turns out the way some astrophysicists have been studying our galaxy made it appear that the Milky Way might be more massive than it's neighbor down the street, Andromeda.

Not true, says a study published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society by an international group of researchers, including Matthew Walker of Carnegie Mellon University's McWilliams Center for Cosmology. In the paper, they demonstrate a new, more accurate method for measuring the mass of galaxies. Using this method, the researchers have shown that the Milky Way has only about half the mass of its neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy.

In previous studies, researchers were only able to estimate the mass of the Milky Way and Andromeda based on observations made using their smaller satellite dwarf galaxies. In the new study, researchers culled previously published data that contained information about the distances between the Milky Way, Andromeda and other close-by galaxies -- including those that weren't satellites -- that reside in and right outside an area referred to as the Local Group.

Galaxies in the Local Group are bound together by their collective gravity. As a result, while most galaxies, including those on the outskirts of the Local Group, are moving farther apart due to expansion, the galaxies in the Local Group are moving closer together because of gravity. For the first time, researchers were able to combine the available information about gravity and expansion to complete precise calculations of the masses of both the Milky Way and Andromeda.



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Social origins of intelligence in the brain -- ScienceDaily

By studying the injuries and aptitudes of Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head wounds during the war, scientists are tackling -- and beginning to answer -- longstanding questions about how the brain works.

The researchers found that brain regions that contribute to optimal social functioning also are vital to general intelligence and to emotional intelligence. This finding bolsters the view that general intelligence emerges from the emotional and social context of one's life.

The findings are reported in the journal Brain.

"We are trying to understand the nature of general intelligence and to what extent our intellectual abilities are grounded in social cognitive abilities," said Aron Barbey, a University of Illinois professor of neuroscience, of psychology, and of speech and hearing science. Barbey (bar-BAY), an affiliate of the Beckman Institute and of the Institute for Genomic Biology at the U. of I., led the new study with an international team of collaborators.

Studies in social psychology indicate that human intellectual functions originate from the social context of everyday life, Barbey said.



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In story: 31 July 2014

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BBC News - 'Milestone' for child malaria vaccine

Experts say the world's first malaria vaccine could be approved for use in 2015.

Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented.

And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given.

Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step.



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Yemen protests erupt after fuel price doubled - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Protests have erupted in Yemen's capaital Sanaa after the government announced a sharp rise in fuel prices, part of a bid to ease the burden of energy subsidies on the impoverished country's state finances and curb its budget deficit.

Witnesses and a medical source said a female protester was killed as the army fired into the air in an attempt to break up a demonstration near the presidential palace. Yemeni officials were not immediately available for verification of the death.

According to new prices posted in the capital, Sanaa, the government raised regular petrol from $0.58 a litre to $0.93. Diesel used for public transport and trucks rose from $0.46 to $0.91.

The government spent about $3bn on energy subsidies last year, nearly a third of state revenue.



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Female suicide bomber kills six in Nigeria - Africa - Al Jazeera English

A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a college in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano, killing six people and critically wounding another six in the fourth such attack by a woman in Kano in less than a week, a security source said.

The bomber targeted youths who were looking at a notice board for national youth service in Kano Polytechnic, the source told Reuters news agency on Wednesday.

Government spokesman Mike Omeri also confirmed the attack in a statement to the AFP news agency.

"At about 2.30 pm (1.30pm GMT), another female suicide bomber exploded an improvised explosive device at the Kano State polytechnic."



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Ebola epidemic 'out of control' says charity - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Global medical charity Doctors Without Borders has given warning that the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unprecedented, absolutely out of control", as states across the world took steps to prevent its spread.

Bart Janssens, the charity's director of operations, warned there was no overarching vision of how to tackle the outbreak, in an interview with Belgium's La Libre Belgique newspaper.

"This epidemic ... can only get worse, because it is still spreading, above all in Liberia and Sierra Leone, in some very important hotspots," Janssens said.

"We are extremely worried by the turn of events, particularly in these two countries where there is a lack of visibility on the epidemic. If the situation does not improve fairly quickly, there is a real risk of new countries being affected.



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Libyan militants overrun Benghazi special forces base as chaos deepens | Reuters

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Militant fighters overran a Libyan special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people.

A special forces officer said they had to abandon their main camp in the southeast of Benghazi after coming under sustained attack from a coalition of Islamist fighters and former rebel militias in the city.

"We have withdrawn from the army base after heavy shelling," Saiqa Special Forces officer Fadel Al-Hassi told Reuters.

A separate special forces spokesman confirmed the militants had taken over the camp after the troops pulled out. Part of the area is Camp 36 in the Bu Attni district and the special forces school.



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Gaza: at least 15 killed and 90 injured as another UN school is hit | World news | theguardian.com

At least 15 Palestinians were killed and about 90 injured early on Wednesday when a UN school sheltering displaced people was hit by shells during a second night of relentless bombardment that followed an Israeli warning of a protracted military campaign.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, condemned "in in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces".

He said in a statement: "Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN-designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.

"We have visited the site and gathered evidence. We have analysed fragments, examined craters and other damage. Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school, in which 3,300 people had sought refuge. We believe there were at least three impacts.



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In story: 31 July 2014

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Economy in U.S. Grows More Than Forecast - Bloomberg

The economic expansion in the second quarter picked up where it left off late last year, led by gains in consumer spending and business investment that indicate the U.S. slump at the start of 2014 was an anomaly.

Gross domestic product rose at a 4 percent annualized rate from April through June, exceeding the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, after shrinking 2.1 percent in the first quarter, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The increase matched the average growth rate from July through December of 2013 that marked the strongest six months in a decade.

"The economy is looking pretty darned good," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group Inc. in Pittsburgh, the only economist in the Bloomberg survey to accurately forecast the gain in GDP. "The momentum for the second half is solid. The labor market is driving this growth, which means companies are looking for workers. The big picture looks a lot brighter and is probably more accurate" than the first-quarter reading suggested.



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