10/01/2014

Hump Day Art2

Amazing Face-Paintings 

Transform Models 

Into 

The 2D Works 

Of 

Famous Artists


by  Valeriya Kutsan



China's Nuke Subs


So far there has been no news about Chinese nuclear submarine cruising near the US. There has been official confirmation from China that a Chinese nuclear submarine operated in the Indian Ocean for a short period of time.

US nuclear submarine commander Benjamin Person (transliteration from Chinese) recently laughed at China, saying that Chinese nuclear submarines had never been active near the United States

He is happy that his nuclear submarine has been active in the seas near China for a long time.

This qianzhan.com article comments on Person’s words, saying that China obviously lags behind the US, but it has been making great efforts to catch up. China has established a coastal anti-submarine network and improved and upgraded the equipment of its anti-submarine aircraft and warships.

A submarine race is in the making. The U.S. has announced its new generation Ohio class submarines to address new threats from Russia and China

The US Navy has expressed its concerns about the rapidly expanding submarine fleet of Russia and China while defending the new submarine push of U.S.A.

Vice Adm. Michael Connor, the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Submarine Force commander, notes that the fast-paced development of ballistic missile submarine by Russia and China's will require a matching deployment of U.S. submarine fleet, reported Fox News.

ONI noted that China's plan to include the Jin-class ballistic nuclear submarines was a force multiplier, and the deterrent patrols will start soon. 

The operational deployment of the Jin SSBN would enhance China's at-sea-second-strike nuclear capability, said the report.

According to the report China now possesses 5 Nuclear attack submarines; 4 Nuclear ballistic missile submarines and 53 Diesel attack submarines.

Such efforts will soon effectively deter the activities of US nuclear submarines in the East China Sea but not the South China Sea as the latter is vast in area and complicated under water.

However China’s reclamation in key areas in the South China Sea will enable China to set up naval and air bases for anti-submarine aircrafts and warships to contain US nuclear submarines.

The article says that when China’s new nuclear submarines have been commissioned and communication technology improved, Chinese nuclear submarines will be able to operate near the US.


China has to make hard efforts to obtain the capabilities of fighting its enemy far away from its coasts to avoid damages to its homeland. That is the common views of Chinese generals.

Wife Refused to Have Sex

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said.

The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals' practice facility and headquarters in Tempe. 

He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on bail early Thursday.

The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some of the league's marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.

The NFL has said the Dwyer case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy.
Dwyer was arrested recently for investigation in two altercations that occurred at his Phoenix residence, just days before the Cardinals reported to training camp. 

His wife left the state after the incidents, but came forward a week ago after Dwyer apparently sent suicidal text messages including a photo of a knife.

In the first encounter, police say Dwyer attempted to kiss and undress his wife, but she refused. Someone who heard the argument reported the assault to police, who showed up at the apartment but did not make an arrest. 

Dwyer hid in a bathroom and the wife said she hadn't been assaulted and denied he was in the home because the running back threatened to kill himself in front of her and their child if she told police about the assault, police said.

The next day, Dwyer punched his wife with a closed fist on the left side of her face, according to police. He also punched walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who was not injured, police said.

As his wife tried to call police, Dwyer grabbed her cellphone and threw it down from the home's second story. Witnesses told police that Dwyer's wife said, "I'm calling the police" as she held her swollen face and clutched her son.

Dwyer acknowledged hiding in the bathroom when police responded to the first argument and sending a photo of a knife with suicidal threats. 

Dwyer denied committing an assault, though he acknowledged that he punched walls in his home, threw a phone and that his wife bit his lip during the disputes, according to the police report.


Note:  It is this type of aggressive bullying that wins football games and why fans buy tickets and why sponsors advertise and why the media broadcasts these gladiator type games in the first place.

9/30/2014

Ancient Hair Extensions

Hair extensions may seem like a modern fashion trend, but it turns out they've been around a whole lot longer than most people realize, as a recent discovery out of Egypt shows.


Artificial hair integrations, more commonly known as hair extensions (rarely referred to as a hair hat), add length and/or fullness to human hair.

Hair extensions are methods of lengthening one's hair by incorporating artificial hair or natural hair collected from other individuals. Hair extensions can also be used to protect one's natural hair, especially in the African American community. These hair techniques are advanced and are used to change the hair drastically without looking unrealistic.

Techniques for modern hair extensions:
  • Clip-in or Clip On Hair Extensions
  • Bonding
  • Fusion
  • Infusion Hair Extensions
  • Micro Rings (Micro Loops)
  • Netting
  • Netting 
  • Lace Fronts
  • Tracking


The skull of a woman who lived more than 3,300 years ago was uncovered with roughly 70 hair extensions still in place.

"The hair was most likely styled after death, before a person was buried" Jolanda Bos, an archaeologist working on the Amarna Project, told LiveScience. "It is also likely, however, that these hairstyles were used in everyday life as well and that the people in Amarna used hair extensions in their daily life."

Bos is among the researchers exploring the ancient city of Tell el-Amarna, which was the capital during the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten, the so-called "heretic king" for his attempts at altering the religion to focus on the worship of Aten, the sun disk.

The city was abandoned after the pharaoh's death in 1332 BC, and subsequent rulers tried to wipe him from the record. But today, Amarna has been a treasure trove for researchers looking for a glimpse into life in Egypt during this brief period.

The skull with the extensions is one of 28 uncovered still with hair, and Bos said that while most of the cuts were short, there were a number of types and styles -- including three-stranded braids and coils around the ears.


Bos told LiveScience she also found evidence that at least one woman dyed her graying hair, probably "for the same reason as why people dye their hair today, in order not to show the gray color."

Hypnotising


MInd Altering 7-Up

Coca-Cola isn’t the only soda that started as a pharmaceutical elixir.

7-Up, the 85-year-old citrus soft drink, once went by the less-catchy name “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda” -- and it was packed with mood-enhancing lithium.

Lithium, a salt found in groundwater, has long been used to treat bipolar disorder and depression. An essay by psychiatrist and Cornell University professor Anna Fels, published Sunday in the New York Times, argued for adding low doses of the substance -- mostly used to produce ceramics, glass and batteries -- to drinking water in hopes of lowering rates of suicide, murder and rape.

Lithium's mind-altering effects may have been an early draw for 7-Up. The drink, which contained the compound lithium citrate, started selling just two weeks before the stock market crashed in October 1929, kicking off the Great Depression.

But the beverage, then known by its six-word mouthful of a name, cost more than most of its 600 or so lemon-lime soft-drink rivals at the time, according to its official corporate brand history. Soon after its release, founder Charles L. Grigg renamed the soda 7-Up.

Theories about the origin of the name vary. The most logical explanation is that the "7" in the name refers to the drink's seven ingredients: carbonated water, sugar, citrus oils, citric acid, sodium citrate and lithium citrate.

The “Up,” Fels posited, references the lithium lift.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of lithium in beer and soft drinks in 1948, and 7-Up was reformulated two years later.

Chris Barnes, a spokesman for the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group -- the beverage behemoth to which 7-Up was sold in 1986 (before that, it changed hands from its founder to tobacco giant Philip Morris, interestingly) - said Grigg took the secret behind 7-Up's name to the grave.

Barnes said a corporate history book documents the same theory linking the name to the number of ingredients.

But he said other theories suggest Grigg was inspired by a cattle rancher's brand. Another tidbit: Grigg apparently wanted to call the soda "Click," but the name was already taken, Barnes said.


"It's something that's a little mysterious," Barnes said. "It contributes to the lore."

9/29/2014

An Overpaid CEO Works Here

If American income inequality had a poster child, it would be the fast food industry.

Today, CEOs at leading fast food companies pocket more than 1,200 times more than their average employees, according to a report by Demos, an economic policy think tank. In comparison, the average CEO at S&P 500 companies today makes about 200 times more than typical employees.


It hasn't always been this way. Back in 1950, CEOs took home about 20 times as much money as their average workers. Take a look at how CEO-to-worker pay ratios have changed across industries since 2000.

"It's true in many industries but fast food is the primary example: The gains from economic growth are being entirely awarded to people at the top of the income scale," Catherine Ruetschlin, author of the Demos report cited in the graphic, told HuffPost in April. "It's not a surprising finding that it's the worst industry within the worst sector."

There are many reasons the pay gap in the fast food industry is so wide. One reason is that the fast food industry has created jobs at a faster rate than other industries for more than a decade, and for the most part these jobs don't pay well. Because the federal minimum wage is so low and hasn't been raised since 2009, worker pay has stagnated while executives have received huge boosts in compensation.

In 2013, fast food CEOs made about four times more than they did in 2000, according to the Demos report. In the same 2000-2013 period, worker pay rose only about .3 percent when adjusted for inflation. The average fast food worker took home about $19,000 in 2013.


And even while making such low wages, nine out of 10 fast food workers have been victims of wage theft, like having to work off-the-clock, not being paid for overtime work, or having managers falsify time sheets, according to a study by Hart Research.

Highway Patrol Training


Our Obsession with Inequality

Three years ago this week, Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan went from being a place bored office workers went for a cigarette break to the center of Occupy Wall Street.

Today the protesters are long gone, and the public disgust with the financial system that the movement inspired and embodied has faded. But Occupy's effects live on, in the way we talk and think about the American economy, and in the continued work of a core group of activists.

Today, 45 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with their ability to get ahead by working hard.

In 2008, just 31 percent felt the same way.

Introducing Americans to a dramatically different way to talk about inequality is a big achievement.

And while much of the change over the past six years in how Americans view the rewards of work is due to the recession, giving that shift a way to express itself is impressive.

Where you won’t find Occupy’s legacy is in American attitudes toward banks. Despite its initial aim, Occupy did not spark continued, mass disgust with the financial industry among the U.S. public.

How American’s feel about banks isn’t really even the best way to judge Occupy.

Its goals were always both bigger (changing the dialogue about the American economy) and smaller (specific policy proposals and concentrated activism) than just getting people upset at one industry.

The legacy of Occupy can be seen in things like an recent Senate hearing that is looking into “Who is the economy working for?

The impact of rising inequality on the American economy.”

Or the determined, complex work of Strike the Debt, which just bought and canceled $3.9 million in debt from students of a for-profit college.

Since 2012, it has wiped out $15 million in medical debt.

Occupy’s real but limited success shows just how hard a fight they picked.  A fight in which the outcome has already been decided by the 1% who control the way American currently live and will live in the future.


But, without the 1% it is doubtful American would live at all.

Imagine That...

J.C. Chiao, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas, Arlington, and Smitha Rao, a graduate research associate at UT, Arlington, developed the so-called micro-windmill technology based on recent advances in micro-robotic devices.

An iPhone 4 could fit about 2,040 of the micro-windmills on its surface, each one generating electricity from ambient wind currents.

“Imagine that they can be cheaply made on the surfaces of portable electronics, so you can place them on a sleeve for your smart phone,” said Chiao. 

“When the phone is out of battery power, all you need to do is to put on the sleeve, wave the phone in the air for a few minutes and you can use the phone again.”

9/26/2014

T. G. I. F. Solitude


Relax with concentration...





Death Camps Discovered

SOBIBOR, Poland, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Archaeologists working at the site of the Nazi concentration camp at Sobibor, in eastern Poland, say they have uncovered previously-hidden gas chambers in which an estimated quarter of a million Jews were killed.

German forces tried to erase all traces of the camp when they closed it down following an uprising there on Oct. 14, 1943. The Nazis demolished the gas chambers and an asphalt road was later built over the top.

Archaeologists excavated beneath the road and found lines of bricks, laid four deep, where they believe the walls of the gas chambers used to stand.

They have been able to establish how big the chambers were, information they said would help build up a more precise picture of how many people were murdered at the camp.

"Finally, we have reached our goal -- the discovery of the gas chambers. We were amazed at the size of the building and the well-preserved condition of the chamber walls," said Yoram Haimi, one of the archaeologists.

The archaeologists said among the personal items they had come across buried in the ground near the gas chambers was a wedding ring which carried the inscription, in Hebrew: "Behold, you are consecrated unto me."

Historians say that because the Germans razed the camp, and because so few of those detained there came out alive to give testimony, there is less information about how Sobibor operated and the scale of the killing than there is for some other concentration camps.

Polish archaeologist Wojciech Mazurek, who has also been involved in uncovering the site, said the excavations revealed there were eight gas chambers.

"The extermination of people took place there; murder by smoke from an engine that killed everyone within 15 minutes in these gas chambers, in torment, shouting," he told Reuters Television.

"It is said that ... the Nazis even bred geese in order to drown out these shouts so that prisoners could not have heard these shouts, these torments."