Showing posts with label 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Website - SevenSpoons

Food blog by Tara O'Brady from southern Ontario, Canada.
LOTS of wonderful recipes and links to other sites. Yum!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kitty Wells, Country Music Star, Dies at 92

16 Jul 2012 

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Kitty Wells, a singer dubbed the "Queen of Country Music," died on Monday at her Tennessee home, according to family members. She was 92.

Wells, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died ofcomplications from a stroke, her family said in a statement.
Born Ellen Muriel Deason, Wells began her career in 1937 with husband Johnnie Wright, half of the duo Johnnie & Jack. He died in 2011.
She adopted the stage name Kitty Wells and was the first female singer to reach the top of the country charts with her 1952 song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels."
She went on to be the top female singer in country music in the 1950s and 1960s and was inducted into the Country Music Hallof Fame in 1976.
(Reporting by Timothy Ghianni; Editing by James B. Kelleher and Greg McCune)

Monday, July 16, 2012

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Website of the week - Library Thing

Summer reading made easy!

LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of your books. You can do all of them or just what you're reading now. And because everyone catalogs online, they also catalog together. LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.

Adding books to your catalog is also easy. Just enter some words from the title, the author or an ISBN. You don't have to type everything in. LibraryThing gets all the right data from and over 690 libraries around the world, including the US Library of Congress. Just click on the book to add it to your catalog.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Green ‘drivel’ exposed

The godfather of global warming lowers the boom on climate change hysteria

By ,Toronto Sun
First posted: | Updated:
James Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist
Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change.
The implications were extraordinary.
Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist whose Gaia theory — that the Earth operates as a single, living organism — has had a profound impact on the development of global warming theory.
Unlike many “environmentalists,” who have degrees in political science, Lovelock, until his recent retirement at age 92, was a much-honoured working scientist and academic.
His inventions have been used by NASA, among many other scientific organizations.
Lovelock’s invention of the electron capture detector in 1957 first enabled scientists to measure CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and other pollutants in the atmosphere, leading, in many ways, to the birth of the modern environmental movement.
Having observed that global temperatures since the turn of the millennium have not gone up in the way computer-based climate models predicted, Lovelock acknowledged, “the problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago.” Now, Lovelock has given a follow-up interview to the UK’s Guardian newspaper in which he delivers more bombshells sure to anger the global green movement, which for years worshipped his Gaia theory and apocalyptic predictions that billions would die from man-made climate change by the end of this century.
Lovelock still believes anthropogenic global warming is occurring and that mankind must lower its greenhouse gas emissions, but says it’s now clear the doomsday predictions, including his own (and Al Gore’s) were incorrect.
He responds to attacks on his revised views by noting that, unlike many climate scientists who fear a loss of government funding if they admit error, as a freelance scientist, he’s never been afraid to revise his theories in the face of new evidence. Indeed, that’s how science advances.
Among his observations to the Guardian:
(1) A long-time supporter of nuclear power as a way to lower greenhouse gas emissions, which has made him unpopular with environmentalists, Lovelock has now come out in favour of natural gas fracking (which environmentalists also oppose), as a low-polluting alternative to coal.
As Lovelock observes, “Gas is almost a give-away in the U.S. at the moment. They’ve gone for fracking in a big way. This is what makes me very cross with the greens for trying to knock it … Let’s be pragmatic and sensible and get Britain to switch everything to methane. We should be going mad on it.” (Kandeh Yumkella, co-head of a major United Nations program on sustainable energy, made similar arguments last week at a UN environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro, advocating the development of conventional and unconventional natural gas resources as a way to reduce deforestation and save millions of lives in the Third World.)
(2) Lovelock blasted greens for treating global warming like a religion.
“It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion,” Lovelock observed. “I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use … The greens use guilt. That just shows how religious greens are. You can’t win people round by saying they are guilty for putting (carbon dioxide) in the air.”
(3) Lovelock mocks the idea modern economies can be powered by wind turbines.
As he puts it, “so-called ‘sustainable development’ … is meaningless drivel … We rushed into renewable energy without any thought. The schemes are largely hopelessly inefficient and unpleasant. I personally can’t stand windmills at any price.”
(4) Finally, about claims “the science is settled” on global warming: “One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don’t know it.”

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Most Censorship And Content Takedown Requests Come From US, Says Google

google-legal-lawGoogle has released data from its latest Transparency Report covering censorship and content removal requests. The report features separate presentations of copyright-based removal requests and government requests. Google began publishing this data about two years go.
The report is updated regularly; however government censorship and removal requests are updated every six months. The number of copyright removal requests has grown dramatically over the past six months. Most of these requests involve file sharing domains.

Most of the takedown requests are coming from entertainment companies or trade groups representing them. However the top copyright owner requesting takedowns was Microsoft with more than 2 million URLs requested to be removed in the past year and almost 500,000 in the past month.
In the government requests category, Google said that the US is the country with the most activity. Some of these requests are in the form of court orders, while others from various government and law-enforcement entities. Overall there were more than 6,000 content items targeted in just under 200 removal requests in the US during the past six months.
Google actually complied with those requests a little over 40 percent of the time. That includes court orders, interestingly.
Germany, Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Turkey and the UK were other countries with considerable content removal activity. Driven by local laws, in some cases Google’s compliance was much greater than in others. An article in the Wall Street Journal goes into some of these legal differences between states and governments and provides some examples.

In addition to the overview and summary information Google maintains the raw data detailing the dates, parties and reasons provided for the removal requests. Google also discusses the chilling effects of these removal requests in several instances. In a blog post Google pointed out that political speech is often being targeted in government removal requests:
And just like every other time before, we’ve been asked to take down political speech. It’s alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect—Western democracies not typically associated with censorship. For example, in the second half of last year, Spanish regulators asked us to remove 270 search results that linked to blogs and articles in newspapers referencing individuals and public figures, including mayors and public prosecutors. In Poland, we received a request from a public institution to remove links to a site that criticized it. We didn’t comply with either of these requests.
It’s significant, indeed important, that Google provides this information so that the public, third parties and watchdog groups can take governments and corporations to task where such requests are unreasonable, overboard or would attempt to stifle public discourse and debate.

Monday, June 18, 2012

RIP Maureen Dunlop de Popp

Pioneering female pilot who flew Spitfires during Second World War and became magazine cover girl dies aged 91

By Lucy Waterlow

Maureen Dunlop de Popp, a female pilot who flew Spitfires, Lancasters and Hurricanes during the Second World War, has died aged 91.

Dunlop joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in 1942 and became one of a small group of female pilots based at White Waltham in Berkshire who were trained to fly 38 types of aircraft between factories and military airfields across the country.
Her sex meant she was not allowed to fly in combat but her duties were still not without danger. 
Cover girl: This picture of pilot Maureen Dunlop leaving the cockpit of a plane she had just flown in 1944 featured on the cover of Picture Post magazine
Cover girl: This picture of pilot Maureen Dunlop leaving the cockpit of a plane she had just flown in 1944 featured on the cover of Picture Post magazine

She often had to fly in challenging weather conditions - which cost the lives of some of her experienced colleagues including Amy Johnson, who had become famous for setting world records for flying long-distances, but died in 1941 after bailing out in cloud over the Thames estuary.

Once Dunlop had to make an emergency landing when flying a Spitfire as the cockpit canopy blew off after take off, while another time she had to land in a field after the engine of her Argus aircraft failed in the air.
Dunlop loved being behind the controls of a plane and while she clocked up more than 800 hours during her time with the ATA, she lamented the fact women were not allowed to fly them in combat. 'I thought it was the only fair thing. Why should only men be killed?' she once said. 

Fearless: Maureen clocked up more than 800 hours flying during the Second World War
Fearless: Maureen clocked up more than 800 hours flying during the Second World War

As well as being an experienced pilot, Dunlop became a cover girl sensation when she was pictured pushing her hair out of her face as she left the cockpit of a Barracuda in 1944. The shot featured on the front page of Picture Post magazine, proving women could be fearless as well as glamorous - and integral to the war effort.
Dunlop was born in Argentina in 1920 to Eric Chase Dunlop, an Australian farm manager employed by a British company in Argentina, and Jessimin May Williams, an English woman, giving Dunlop dual nationality.
Dunlop regularly visited England, having her first flying lessons here at the age of 15, and was taught for a time at St Hilda's College, an English school at Hurlingham in Buenos Aires.
Despite the journey being dangerous, she returned to the UK with her sister via a ferry in the Forties because she was determined to help the war effort, following in the footsteps of her father who had served with the Royal Field Artillery in the First World War.
Female pilots like Dunlop had to fight hard to prove themselves in a chauvinistic climate. In order to join the ATA, they needed a minimum of 500 hours' solo flying, whereas men could join with 250 hours.
They had to fly the fighter aircraft with limited training and were often looked down upon by the male RAF pilots. However, not all men saw the female pilots as inferior, as Sir Stafford Cripps arranged for the female members of the ATA to have the same pay as their male colleagues. 

War effort: Maureen flew fighter planes including Spitfires, pictured, during her service for the ATA
War effort: Maureen flew fighter planes including Spitfires, pictured, during her service for the ATA

Dunlop's achievements were recognised in 2003 when she was one of three female ATA pilots awarded the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigator’s Master Air Pilot Award.
After the war, Dunlop returned to Argentina where she continued to fly as an instructor and then a commercial pilot.
She married Serban Victor Poppin in 1955 after meeting him at a British Embassy function in Buenos Aires and they had a son and two daughters.
In 1973, they returned to England and lived in Norfolk breeding pure-blood Arab horses.
Her husband died in 2000 but she is survived by their son and one of their daughters. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Website of the week - aCharts

Welcome to ╬▒Charts. ╬▒Charts gives a quantitative impression of the happenings in the global music industry. By summarizing chart history of performers, songs and albums. And by listing over 35 music charts from this and previous weeks, which are free for download.
On this page you will find links to all charts as well as a popular performers cloud and the search option which grants you access to chart info on 14824 performers, 18675 songs and 19592 albums. Read our Questions 'n Answers for help. Enjoy the Charts!

Single Charts:
Australia Singles Top 50
Austria Singles Top 75
Belgium Singles Top 50
Bulgaria Singles Top 40
Canada Singles Top 100
Denmark Singles Top 40
Dutch Top 40
Finland Singles Top 20
France Singles Top 100
Ireland Singles Top 50
Italy Singles Top 50
New Zealand Top 40
Norway Singles Top 20
Portugal Singles Top 50
Spain Singles Top 20
Sweden Singles Top 60
Swiss Singles Top 100
UK Singles Top 75
US Airplay Top 100
World Singles Top 40

Album Charts:
Australia Albums Top 50
Austria Albums Top 75
Belgium Albums Top 50
Denmark Albums Top 40
Dutch Albums Top 100
Finland Albums Top 40
France Albums Top 150
Ireland Albums Top 75
Italy Albums Top 50
Norway Albums Top 40
NZ Albums Top 40
Portugal Albums Top 30
Spain Albums Top 100
Sweden Albums Top 60
Swiss Albums Top 100
UK Albums Top 75
US Albums Top 100
World Albums Top 40

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Website of the week -

This is an excellent resource for serious music collectors. Especially us "geeks" who like to argue about issued versions. You can simply type in the artist and/or album/single and up pops pretty much every known release issued. Get tracklists (with run times) and plenty of cover art. They have a member section if you wish to use their selling and buying facilities (in THREE currencies) too. There are reviews as well. You can even create and manage your own collection online using 'My Discogs.' You DO NOT have to join to search discogs, but you do if you want to set up email alerts when an item on your wishlist appears for sale, etc. You can even join a group if you merely wish to chat/comment/review online. Happy discogging!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Website of the week - Swap Baby Goods

" is the first web site of its kind, providing a friendly place for parents to swap, buy or sell baby items that are no longer needed. Our philosophy is very simple - Why buy when you can swap? Our product focus is baby items; for this reason, our users can enjoy the website, knowing that they are part of a community. Our primary goal is to provide a platform that brings together willing sellers, buyers and swappers in an online marketplace, benefiting everyone involved."

This site is completely free to use. US only though.