July 2012

Cool Roman Sword photos

by admin on July 30, 2012

A few great roman sword images I found:

Bonn: Unidentified infantryman
roman sword

Graphic by The Armatura Press
Tombstone of an unidentified infantryman from Bonn. Detail of belts and ‘apron’.

Éspérandieu 6254

H: one.08m W: .78m Th: .22m

Bonn: Unidentified infantryman
roman sword

Picture by The Armatura Press
Tombstone of an unidentified infantryman from Bonn. Common look at.

Éspérandieu 6254

H: one.08m W: .78m Th: .22m

Bonn: Unidentified infantryman
roman sword

Image by The Armatura Press
Tombstone of an unidentified infantryman from Bonn. General watch.

Éspérandieu 6254

H: 1.08m W: .78m Th: .22m

{ 0 comments }

Question by Mortaro: global warming: Is it not true that the earth has always gone through cycles of warming and cooling?
Studies of climate show cycles of warming and cooling long before industry and machines could have had any possible effect. As one scientist put it, effects of industry could have no more than .01 degree (one hundredth) rise in temperature.
Also, for the past 10,000 or so years, earth has had a relatively stable climate, even with the “little ice age” of medieval times. Before then, the climate showed instabilities beyond anything we have experienced or imagined. There is the possibility, even probability, that these times could return, with hurricanes of 400mph winds and as large as a hemisphere, with flash freezes that occur in minutes bringing
-100 degree temperatures. Man does not know or understand everything about our climate. We are lulled into a sense of security and safety with the stable climate of today. Read and study climatology. Don’t just go by what politicians and the news networks say; they don’t take the time or effort to do their homework and be objective.

Best answer:

Answer by GJ
Okay about every 10 000 years there is something called an ice age so yes but because of global warming our ice age the one to come is going to be coming sooner or later if it comes later we are not going to be around that much longer.

What do you think? Answer below!

{ 0 comments }

Question by Me: Will America now experience a “brain drain”?

http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2010/12/22/growing_numbers_of_americans_enrolling_at_uk_colleges/

Growing numbers of Americans enrolling at UK colleges

WASHINGTON — When Adelaide Waldrop learned that she had been consigned to the wait list at each of the four universities she wanted most to attend, it was as if all the excitement had drained from her collegiate quest.

Tweet 4 people Tweeted this
Yahoo! BuzzShareThis
Then she remembered her wild-card school: the University of St. Andrews, the medieval cobblestone campus in Scotland.

Now Waldrop, of Silver Spring, Md., is a St. Andrews sophomore, one of a growing number of American students who enroll at top-ranked British universities, which offer the prestige of elite US schools at a fraction of the cost.

The population of US undergraduates at United Kingdom schools has spiked 30 percent in five years, to 3,560 in the 2008-09 academic year, the most recent figure available from Britain’s Higher Education Statistics Agency. It is a trend driven by price, prestige, and — in the case of St. Andrews — a prince.

St. Andrews, founded in 1413, is two centuries older than Harvard. It is the birthplace of golf — and of the romance between Prince William and his fiancée, Kate Middleton.

“It’s just so magical walking around St. Andrews, with all of the history,’’ said Waldrop, 19. “After visiting, I kind of just forgot about my other schools.’’

Waldrop is paying $ 19,670 in tuition this year at St. Andrews. Tuition at Swarthmore College, where she was on a waiting list, is $ 39,260.

“We are considerably less than the very good privates that you have in the United States,’’ said Stephen Magee, vice principal of St. Andrews. “And in that sense, we think we’re a very good value.’’

The small community of collegiate expatriates is populated heavily with students from the New York-Washington corridor and California, British higher education officials say.

UK universities have emerged as a worthy consolation prize for students rebuffed from Ivy League schools. Much of the interest focuses on Scotland, whose four-year collegiate model closely resembles the American undergraduate experience. (English universities, by contrast, graduate students in three years and stress specialization over general education.)

“If you just fail to get in at Harvard, we’re happy to have you at St. Andrews,’’ Magee said, “because it means you’re bloody good.’’

UK universities routinely send recruiters to US high schools. The era of online admissions enables a student in Missouri to apply to schools in St. Louis and Edinburgh with similar ease. Social networking has created a new platform for students overseas to share pictures and stories with friends back home.

“I think universities internationally are trying to compete for American students in a way that they never have before,’’ said Jim Jump, guidance director at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va., and former president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. His school hosted recruiters from St. Andrews and Edinburgh this fall.

The London School of Economics and Political Science has 1,067 US students enrolled and more than 20,000 alumni living in the United States, “a huge asset in promoting the school to prospective students’’ in America, said Will Breare-Hall, manager of student recruitment and study abroad.

Kajetan Malachowski, 17, a senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., has applied to nine schools, five of them in Britain. His top choice is the London School of Economics and Political Science.

“It’s a lot cheaper,’’ he said, “and I kind of want a change of scene.’’

Applications to UK universities rose 17 percent in 2010 and are up by 50 percent in six years, said Mary Catherine Scarborough, higher education adviser at the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international cultural relations and education organization.

“I think with Facebook, Twitter, e-mail contact, pictures online, I think that’s why this is picking up finally,’’ she said. “Think about it: If it’s a six-hour plane ride to the UK, that’s the same as if I attended UCLA.’’

Like their US counterparts, public universities in Britain charge higher tuition to international students — in this case, those from outside the European Union.

A great many British students consider their subsidized tuition outrageously high. Violent protests have erupted over plans to raise domestic tuition, which will range up to about $ 14,000.

It’s all relative. To US applicants, even $ 20,000 tuition appears modest for a group of UK universities equal in global prestige to the best public and private universities at home.

Once these kids manage to escape the “land of the free”, and learn the truth, do you think they will want to go back to the USA? Or will they wish to live their lives else where?

Best answer:

Answer by THE GREATEST GODDESS JILL
Obama has force them too. When Obama is giving every illegal free college educations and making citizens pay full price , they are being forced to go else where

Give your answer to this question below!

{ 0 comments }

Nice Renaissance Costume photos

by admin on July 27, 2012

Check out these renaissance costume images:

Renaissance Faire 2009
renaissance costume

Image by Parker Michael Knight

Renaissance Faire 2009
renaissance costume

Image by Parker Michael Knight

{ 0 comments }

Question by L.T.M.: Interesting case, where do you come down on this?
What did he do right? What did he do wrong?

SACRAMENTO, CA – An airline pilot is being disciplined by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting video on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security.

The 50-year-old pilot, who lives outside Sacramento, asked that neither he nor his airline be identified. He has worked for the airline for more than a decade and was deputized by the TSA to carry a gun in the cockpit.

He is also a helicopter test pilot in the Army Reserve and flew missions for the United Nations in Macedonia.

Three days after he posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff’s deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally-issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well and provided all the video to News10.

At the same time as the federal marshals took the pilot’s gun, a deputy sheriff asked him to surrender his state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.

A follow-up letter from the sheriff’s department said the CCW permit would be reevaluated following the outcome of the federal investigation.

The YouTube videos, posted Nov. 28, show what the pilot calls the irony of flight crews being forced to go through TSA screening while ground crew who service the aircraft are able to access secure areas simply by swiping a card.

“As you can see, airport security is kind of a farce. It’s only smoke and mirrors so you people believe there is actually something going on here,” the pilot narrates.

Video shot in the cockpit shows a medieval-looking rescue ax available on the flight deck after the pilots have gone through the metal detectors. “I would say a two-foot crash ax looks a lot more formidable than a box cutter,” the pilot remarked.

A letter from the TSA dated Dec. 6 informed the pilot that “an administrative review into your deputation status as a Federal Flight Deck Officer has been initiated.”

According to the letter, the review was directly related to the discovery by TSA staff of the YouTube videos. “The content and subject of these videos may have violated regulations concerning disclosure of sensitive security information,” the letter said.

The pilot’s attorney, Don Werno of Santa Ana, said he believed the federal government sent six people to the house to send a message.

“And the message was you’ve angered us by telling the truth and by showing America that there are major security problems despite the fact that we’ve spent billions of dollars allegedly to improve airline safety,” Werno said.

The pilot said he is not in trouble with his airline, but a supervisor asked him to remove public access to the YouTube videos.

He does, however, face potential civil penalties from the TSA. He said he would likely go public when it becomes clear what the government plans to do with him.

By George Warren, GWarren@news10.net

Update: Whistleblowing pilot explains why he did it

http://www.news10.net/news/story.aspx?storyid=113731&catid=2

Excellent group of answers! Maybe the best I’ve seen on this site yet.

Best answer:

Answer by Mike
Airport security is a farce.

Give your answer to this question below!

{ 0 comments }