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Mar 14

Moved to New Blog – Fyyst.org

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09
Mar 14

Family of Texas man on flight comforted by faith

KELLER, Texas (AP) — The family of a North Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing over the South China Sea says they saw him about a week ago when he visited home. …read more

Source: Yahoo News


09
Mar 14

’300′ sequel rules box office with $45.1M debut

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Eva Green in the film, "300: Rise of an Empire." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

NEW YORK (AP) — The stylish combat film “300: Rise of an Empire” topped the box office with a strong debut of $45.1 million seven years after the original “300″ became an unlikely sensation.

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09
Mar 14

If you got an old computer, you can still stream music, tv and films with this one simple trick

By Daniel Tomlinson

Q Can I use an old computer to create a hub for films and music to be played on our Apple TV and iPad? Giles, via email

A Yes you can. iTunes even includes a wireless streaming feature called iTunes home sharing. It allows you to share your media collection with any device running iOS, iTunes, and the Apple TV.

Setting up iTunes home sharing is the easiest way to get started with streaming media. Install and open iTunes on the host computer. Choose File > Home Sharing > Turn on Home Sharing. When prompted, enter your Apple ID and password. Sign in with the same Apple ID on any device you wish to stream to.

If you wish to share with non-Apple devices, something like FreeNAS is a much better choice but is more complicated to set up. Luckily Lifehacker made a step by step guide for the process. It’s worth noting that FreeNAS would not allow you to stream to Apple TV. You can use the FreeNAS Plex plugin to stream to the Plex app on iOS and on most internet enabled TVs as well as some streaming boxes such as the Roku.

Q I have a …read more

Source: Raw Story


09
Mar 14

Obama to meet Ukrainian PM at White House

A woman holds a placard bearing the map of Crimea coloured like the Russian flag during a rally in Simferopol's Lenin Square on March 9, 2014

President Barack Obama will meet in Washington this week with Ukraine’s interim prime minister, in a show of support amid a tense stand-off with Russia over control of Crimea. Obama will host crisis talks with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday, US Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said, confirming earlier reports. “He has invited the Ukrainian Prime Minister to come to the White House on Wednesday to further demonstrate… support,” Blinken told NBC television’s “Meet the Press” program.

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Source: Yahoo News


09
Mar 14

Sister says Canadian journalist killed in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A Canadian freelance photographer was killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday after a crude bomb exploded near where he and firefighters were standing, said activists and his sister. …read more

Source: Yahoo News


09
Mar 14

Why do bubbles expand when you heat them?

Think of a cake. When you put it in the oven, it starts off at a particular volume and then, an hour later, it has risen to perhaps double its size. It is obvious what has happened – the air bubbles that you have carefully folded into the mixture during the preparation and the little bubbles of carbon dioxide created by the baking powder have expanded as they are heated in the oven, taking the rest of the cake with it. All this time, the pressure of the air inside those bubbles has stayed the same (you know that because cakes don’t usually explode when you slice them after cooking).

It is an intuitive idea that bubbles of air will expand if you heat them, as long as the pressure remains constant. It is also a fundamental component of the ideal gas laws, first written down in the early 19th century by the French natural philosopher Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac. He was working on the relationship between the volume and temperature of a gas, building on work carried out several decades earlier by the inventor and mathematician Jacques Charles who had shown that volume and temperature were proportional – heat a gas …read more

Source: Raw Story


09
Mar 14

Arab League, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reject recognizing Israel as ‘Jewish state’

The Arab League on Sunday endorsed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s rejection of Israel’s demand for recognition as a Jewish state, as U.S.-backed peace talks approach a deadline next month.

The United States want Abbas to make the concession as part of efforts to reach a “framework agreement” and extend the talks aimed at settling the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The council of the Arab League confirms its support for the Palestinian leadership in its effort to end the Israeli occupation over Palestinian lands, and emphasizes its rejection of recognizing Israel as a ‘Jewish state’,” Arab foreign ministers said in a statement in Cairo.

Arab governments, distracted by the upheaval convulsing the region since the 2011 Arab uprisings, have previously taken few stands on the floundering peace talks, leaving Abbas isolated.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been Israel’s first prime minister to make recognition of his country as a Jewish state a requirement for peace. The issue has lately overshadowed other stumbling blocks over borders, refugees and the status of Jerusalem.

Palestinians fear the label would lead to discrimination against Israel’s sizeable Arab minority, while Israelis say it recognizes Jewish history and rights on the land.

“In recognizing the Jewish state you (Palestinians) would finally make clear that you are …read more

Source: Raw Story


09
Mar 14

Vietnam says it may have found missing jet’s door

A Chinese relative of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane cries as she leaves a hotel room for relatives or friends of passengers aboard the missing airplane, in Beijing, China Sunday, March 9, 2014. Planes and ships from across Asia resumed the hunt Sunday for a Malaysian jetliner missing with 239 people on board for more than 24 hours, while Malaysian aviation authorities investigated how two passengers were apparently able to get on the aircraft using stolen passports. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane’s doors, as international intelligence agencies joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the aircraft with stolen passports.

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Source: Yahoo News


09
Mar 14

Ex-guerrilla favorite to win El Salvador’s presidential election

Ceren gestures after casting his vote in a presidential election runoff in San Salvador

By Nelson Renteria and Michael O’Boyle SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A former Marxist guerrilla leader is expected to win El Salvador’s presidency on Sunday after promising to expand social programs for the poor and fending off his opponent’s claims that he will impose radical policies. Recent polls showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), the rebel group in the country’s 1980-92 civil war, with about 55 percent support heading into the second round run-off vote on Sunday. One of the wartime leaders of the FMLN, Sanchez Ceren faces conservative rival Norman Quijano, the former mayor of the capital, San Salvador, who trailed in polls with about 45 percent support as voting got under way. A Sanchez Ceren win would give the FMLN a second consecutive term and the affable, media-shy 69-year-old has vowed to build on its social programs, which include a glass of milk a day for children and free school uniforms, shoes and supplies.

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Source: Yahoo News


09
Mar 14

Yes, California Can Really Ban Shamu, Legal Experts Say

whale

CREDIT: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

This week a California state legislator proposed legislation that would ban killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego. The bill would outlaw orca performances, ban captive breeding programs, and prohibit the export of whales out of the state. Existing whales would be retired to sea pens or permitted to be displayed but not performed. SeaWorld argues the law would likely be invalid under the state and federal constitutions. But prominent animal law experts contacted by ThinkProgress strongly disagree.

The legislation is a response, in part, to the controversial documentary Blackfish which alleged that SeaWorld subjected killer whales to mistreatment and exposed trainers to extreme danger. In 2010, a orca named Tilikum killed trainer Dawn Brancheau. It was the third death linked to Tilikum, who still performs at Sea World in Florida.

In response to the new legislation, SeaWorld suggested the bill, even if enacted would be struck down. “The premise behind this proposed legislation is severely flawed on multiple levels, and its validity is highly questionable under the United States and California Constitutions,” Seaworld spokeswoman Becca Bides said in a statement. Bides dismissed that bill as the work of “extreme animal rights …read more

Source: Think Progress


09
Mar 14

Arab League, Abbas reject recognizing Israel as ‘Jewish state’

Palestinian President Abbas gestures during a news conference in Ramallah

The Arab League on Sunday endorsed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s rejection of Israel’s demand for recognition as a Jewish state, as U.S.-backed peace talks approach a deadline next month. The United States want Abbas to make the concession as part of efforts to reach a “framework agreement” and extend the talks aimed at settling the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The council of the Arab League confirms its support for the Palestinian leadership in its effort to end the Israeli occupation over Palestinian lands, and emphasizes its rejection of recognizing Israel as a ‘Jewish state’,” Arab foreign ministers said in a statement in Cairo.

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Source: Yahoo News


09
Mar 14

‘Beethoven of Japan’ who pretended to be legally deaf apologizes for ‘causing trouble with my lies’

A composer once known as the “Beethoven of Japan” said on Friday that tests had shown he was not legally deaf and apologized to people throughout the country for lying by using a ghost writer for his popular symphonies and other music.

Mamoru Samuragochi, a classical musician who became known as an inspirational genius for composing music despite losing his hearing, bowed deeply before a packed news conference, his first public appearance since the scandal broke last month.

“I have caused a great deal of trouble with my lies for everyone, including those people who bought my CDs and came to my concerts,” Samuragochi, 50, said, his trademark flowing hair now trimmed in a typical businessman’s cut.

A statement distributed to reporters said hearing tests had shown that while Samuragochi’s hearing was impaired, it did not meet the requirements for legal deafness.

“I can hear sounds, but the sounds are twisted,” he said. “Hearing conversations is extremely difficult and I still need an interpreter.”

German composer Ludwig van Beethoven began suffering hearing loss from about age 30 and withdrew from public performances while continuing to write music. He was almost totally deaf for the last decade of his life.

Samuragochi collaborated with part-time university professor Takashi …read more

Source: Raw Story


09
Mar 14

Obama to show support for Ukraine’s Yatseniuk in White House visit

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk at the White House on Wednesday, just days before a referendum on secession by Crimea, in a show of support for Ukrainian sovereignty, the White House said on Sunday. The leaders will talk about “how to find a peaceful resolution to Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the White House said. …read more

Source: Yahoo News


09
Mar 14

New law drives Uganda’s embattled LGBT community deeper into the shadows

With a World Bank scholarship and top grades in the first year of her masters degree in agriculture, 27-year-old Cleo Kambugu should be well on the road to her goal of an academic career in Uganda.

Instead, she’s working out how to leave after the passing of a law that toughens prison sentences for homosexuality and a tabloid campaign to “out” gays.

“There is totally no hope right now,” said Kambugu, still legally a man despite a sex change in the last year that is not recognized by Uganda, a nation that now has some of the toughest anti-gay laws on a continent where 37 states ban homosexuality.

She worries about her safety on the streets after the newspaper Red Pepper slapped her picture on its front page under the headline “How we became homos”. The paper said such articles were in the public interest. Rights groups say it simply encourages people to take the law into their own hands.

The bill, signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni on February 24, has forced embattled gays deeper into the shadows, by threatening life in jail for “aggravated homosexuality” and a seven-year term for “aiding and abetting homosexuality”.

The United States has condemned the law and …read more

Source: Raw Story


09
Mar 14

Obama plays final round before Fla. vacation ends

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama is squeezing in another round of golf before his family vacation in southern Florida comes to an end. …read more

Source: Yahoo News


09
Mar 14

Five years from U.S. stock market’s low, it’s joy versus worry

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) – Five years ago, the United States was in the midst of its worst recession in seven decades, and stocks were feeling it. On this day in 2009, the S&P 500 hit its nadir, closing at 676.53. That low marked a climax of a 16-month selloff that took more than half the S&P 500′s value. Naturally, some investors are questioning whether the bull run is nearing an end.

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09
Mar 14

ABC reporter grills Ted Cruz: ‘Bizarre’ to keep saying Obama will repeal Obamacare

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) dumbfounded ABC’s Jonathan Karl in a recent interview by sticking to his claim that President Barack Obama will be forced to repeal his signature health care reform law.

During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Cruz had told the crowd that he would fight to repeal “every single word of Obamacare.”

“We can acknowledge that that’s not going to happen while Barack Obama’s president,” Karl told Cruz in an interview that aired on Sunday.

“I’ll give you one scenario where it could,” Cruz replied. “If there’s one thing that unifies politicians of both parties, is there top priority is preserving their own hide. If enough congressional Democrats realize, they either stand with Obamacare and lose or they listen to the American people and have a chance at staying in office, that’s the one scenario we could do it in 2015. If not, we’ll do it in 2017.”

“So you honestly think there’s a chance you could get Obamacare repealed? Every word, as you say?” Karl asked.

“Every single word,” Cruz insisted.

“With Obama being in the White House?” Karl pressed.

“You know what’s funny, Jon, is the media treats that as a bizarre proposition,” …read more

Source: Raw Story


09
Mar 14

American Chanelle Price wins women’s world indoor 800m

American Chanelle Price won the women's 800m title at the World Indoor Athletics Championships at Sopot on Sunday

Sopot (Poland) (AFP) – American Chanelle Price won the women’s 800m title at the World Indoor Athletics Championships at Sopot on Sunday.

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Source: Yahoo News


09
Mar 14

One in 100 Americans has chronic hepatitis C infection

At least one percent of Americans are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus, which over time can severely damage the liver, according to a new study.

“Hepatitis C has a severe impact on the health and well-being of millions of Americans, especially baby boomers (those born from 1945 through 1965),” Dr. Scott D. Holmberg told Reuters Health in an email. He worked on the study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

“The new data from a nationally representative survey of the general United States population (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, or NHANES) found about 2.7 million people have chronic hepatitis C infection,” he added.

“This number should be considered a minimum estimate for those infected in the U.S., because some populations known to be at high risk for hepatitis C, such as those who are homeless or incarcerated, are not included in the sample,” Holmberg said.

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread through contact with contaminated blood.

Baby boomers represent about 81 percent of chronically infected people, Holmberg noted.

His team’s study included roughly 30,000 people who participated in NHANES between 2003 and 2010. As part of the survey, their blood was drawn and tested for …read more

Source: Raw Story