Crap! I had already lost 3 blogs because a host company screwed up somehow and would not answer my tickets. So this morning I cancelled my paypal subscription to that host company. Now here is the name of the freakingly BAD host company: Sundog Enterprises. Do NOT ever host with those shitheads! Here is a link, it is not live, to their host company main site: sundogenterprises.com/ Again, do NOT host with them as they have no freaking customer service, they took my blogs down without notice, and on and on! Assholes!
Then yesterday, another 3 blogs of mine went off the net! But the host company let me know that they had server problems and were working on restoring full service. Well, guess what? Here is the email I got this morning:
We have received all emails and support tickets concerning the server downtime today. We apologize for the delay in response; we have been working diligently to resolve the issue. However, after many hours of work, it appears that the Alpha Server has been attacked beyond repair. The root password of the server was compromised, and thereafter, the information held within the server was destroyed.The client who breached the server unfortunately sabotaged the server beyond any chance of repair or recovery. The client has terminated thousands of accounts, along with all of our back-up information. This selfish and malicious act has resulted in disruption and inconvenience to both you and our staff.
Unfortunately, due to this attack, we will be suspending our hosting services until further notice. We apologize deeply for this tremendous inconvenience; and we have appreciated your business! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know and we will attempt to answer all emails that we receive. We wish you the best of luck in seeking out new services, and with your business.
So, that means I lost everything on those 3 blogs! That makes 6 blogs I have lost just like that! Backups for them are all old. So today, will be fixing up some hosting for some of those blogs. Others will stay dead and I will just sell off the domain names.
That was my MERRY CHRISTMAS from two host companies!
Oh, this blog is hosted with a great company run by a great man who has always took care of me and my blogs. I will probably set up hosting for the 3 blogs I will keep with him.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai transsexual ladyboys are taking to the air as flight attendants for a new airline, a move that some said could be a key step towards still broader acceptance in a nation where they are already unusually visible.
Known as “katoeys” or “ladyboys,” transgenders and transsexuals hold mainstream jobs in a variety of fields in Thailand. They are especially common in cosmetics shops or health stores, which almost always have a ladyboy shop assistant.
“Maybe in the future we can get any job that transsexuals never did before, such as police, soldiers or even pilots.”
- Yahoo News
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The Greek theatre grew out of Dionysian worship. Dionysus, also called Bacchus, was a nature god of fruitfulness and vegetation, especially known as a god of wine and ecstasy. He was the son of Zeus and Semele. Dionysus was the patron god of the important international society of actors, and their reunions were celebrated in the mode of Dionysiac Mysteries. The meetings of the mystery clubs evolved into the Greek theatre. – Provided by Reference.com
Last Tuesday, particle physicists at CERN did not announce that they had found the Higgs Boson particle. Nor did they announce that they had not found the Higgs Boson. Instead, what we got was an update on the state of the research. But it’s a really tantalizing update.
The Higgs Boson is a popular, but confusing, bit of physics. You know that reality is like a Lego model, it’s made up of smaller parts. We are pieced together out of atoms. Atoms are made from protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons are made of quarks. (Quarks and electrons, as far as we know, are elementary particles, with nothing smaller inside.) When you’re talking about the Higgs Boson, you’re talking about the mass of these particles. Here’s an imperfect analogy: A top quark, the most massive particle we know of, is like an elephant. An electron, on the other hand, is more like a mouse. And nobody knows for certain why those differences exist.
There is a theory, though. Back in the 1960s, a guy named Peter Higgs came up with the idea that all these particles exist in a field, and their mass is a reflection of how much they interact with that field. Heavy particles have a lot of interaction. Lighter particles are relatively standoffish. If this field exists, the Higgs Boson is the tiny thing it’s made of. Fermilab physicist Don Lincoln has a really great video explaining this, where he compares the Higgs field to water, and Higgs Bosons to the molecules that make up water. Everything that exists swims in an ocean of Higgses.
Today in history, the original Tea Party!
Massachusetts Colonists Protest Tax with the Boston Tea Party (1773)
In 1773, American colonists led by Samuel Adams dressed as Native Americans and threw hundreds of chests of tea from three British ships into Boston Harbor. The action was taken to prevent the payment of a British tax on tea and to protest the British monopoly of the colonial tea trade authorized by the Tea Act. In retaliation, Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts, which further united the colonies against the British. What American founding father called for the cost of the tea to be repaid? More…
If there was a unifying theme to 2011, it was confusion, frustration and anxiety, but with no clear villain.
One of the most graphic television documentaries ever shown in the United Kingdom, this documentary outlines some of the atrocities that were committed during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war and features amateur video footage from the conflict zone filmed by civilians and Sri Lankan soldiers.
Jon Snow presents a forensic investigation into the final weeks of the quarter-century-long civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the secessionist rebels, the Tamil Tigers.
The video filmed by civilians included harrowing scenes during and after intense shelling of civilian targets, including hospitals, by the Sri Lankan military. The trophy video filmed by Sri Lankan soldiers showed disturbing scenes of blindfolded victims being executed and dead bodies of naked women being dragged onto trucks by soldiers as they made lewd remarks about the victims.
The documentary also included interviews with civilians who managed to survive the conflict, United Nations staff based in Sri Lanka during the conflict, human rights organizations and and international law expert. The documentary was made by ITN Productions and presented by Jon Snow, the main anchor on Channel 4 News. The Sri Lankan government has denounced the documentary as a fake.
Watch the full documentary now. Alternatively watch it at Channel 4.
If there’s a U.S. security mission, there’s a drone for it: killing terrorists, seeing over the next ridge, hunting illegal immigrants. Now that Iran claims to have captured one of the United States’ most secretive flying robots, chances are there’s another use for them: nuclear inspector.
Why use drones to spy on nuke sites when the United States has giant, expensive spy satellites in space? The same capabilities that make them handy for spotting insurgents in Pakistan also make them helpful at sussing out clandestine nuclear weapons work. They provide persistent, detailed imagery and video of nuclear facilities — something that other spy systems aren’t quite as good at.
Drones are very good at parking themselves in the air, loitering over a target of interest for hours on end. Stealthy drones like the RQ-170 Sentinel, which allegedly crashed in Iran, add an element of surprise. Those are important advantages, given the limitations of image-capturing tools like satellites. Satellites’ orbital mechanics can give a heads-up to espionage targets and make glimpses of facilities very brief.
Members of Company E, Fourth U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment, pictured at Fort Lincoln, in Maryland. The regiment, which was organized in Baltimore after the war broke out, lost nearly 300 men. Library of CongressIn my seventh-grade year, my school took a bus trip from our native Baltimore to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the sanctified epicenter of American tragedy. It was the mid-’80s, when educators in our inner cities, confronted by the onslaught of crack, Saturday Night Specials, and teen pregnancy, were calling on all hands for help—even the hands of the departed.Preposterous notions abounded. Black people talked openly of covert plots evidenced by skyrocketing murder rates and the plague of HIV. Conscious people were quick to glean, from the cascade of children murdered over Air Jordans, something still darker—the work of warlocks who would extinguish all hope for our race. The stratagem of these shadow forces was said to be amnesia: they would have us see no past greatness in ourselves, and thus no future glory. And so it was thought that a true history, populated by a sable nobility and punctuated by an ensemble of Negro “firsts,” might be the curative for black youth who had no aspirations beyond the corner.The attempt was gallant. It enlisted every field, from the arts Phillis Wheatley to the sciences Charles Drew. Each February—known since 1976 as Black History Month—trivia contests rewarded those who could recall the inventions of Garrett A. Morgan, the words of Sojourner Truth, or the wizard hands of Daniel Hale Williams. At my middle school, classes were grouped into teams, each of them named for a hero or a “shero,” in the jargon of the time of our long-suffering, yet magnificent, race. I was on the Thurgood Marshall team. Even our field trips felt invested with meaning—the favored destination was Baltimore’s National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, where our pantheon was rendered lifelike by the disciples of Marie Tussaud.Given this near-totemic reverence for black history, my trip to Gettysburg—the site of the ultimate battle in a failed war to protect and extend slavery—should cut like a lighthouse beam across the sea of memory. But when I look back on those years when black history was seen as tangible, as an antidote for the ills of the street, and when I think on my first visit to America’s original hallowed ground, all is fog.
The 10 Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows of All Time
There is no greater spectacle in the world of sports than the Super Bowl, which has come full circle since its inception in the late ’60s, when the Green Bay Packers were kings of the NFL. The style of play has changed, with more emphasis on passing and scoring in the name of TV ratings, and the entertainment – including the commercials – has also undergone quite a transformation, particularly the halftime show. The Super Bowl halftime show has become an event unto itself, with the target demographics shifting dramatically in the early ’90s. The 1986 performer was Up with People (for the umpteenth time); by 1991 it was New Kids on the Block. Here are the Ten Best Super Bowl Halftime Performances.
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